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In Southern California, rescue workers searched through the night for survivors of a deadly mudslide.
[SUPER=03-La Conchita, CA;]
Authorities say 21 people are missing-- at least three were killed-- when the hillside in this coastal town gave way.
A nurse just getting off his 12- hour shift began calling out to survivors.
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[IN Q=I was trying to]
((BILL HARVISON/NURSE: I WAS TRYING TO CONSOLE THEM LET THEM NOW I WAS THERE AND THAT WE WERE GOING TO GET THEM OUT, UNDERSTANDABLY THEY WERE SCARED SENSELESS.))
[RUNS=:09] (estimated bite runs time)
[OUT Q=scared senseless.]
A baby was one of those saved after a rescue raft overturned.
Crews had to race to pull the infant from the fast- moving water.
Meanwhile, authorities have evacuated the town, leaving residents fearing whether they'll have homes to come back to.
Indonesian officials have opened a second airport to help cope with the deluge of aid arriving for tsunami victims.
[SUPER=03-Banda Aceh, Indonesia;]
Aid continues flowing in from all over the world.
After meeting with Secretary of State Colin Powell, President Bush pledged long-term reconstruction help from the U-S.
Meanwhile, a new victim identification unit has been opened in Thailand to help families track down their loved ones.
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[IN Q=Everyone fron foreign]
[SUPER=01-Shalom Tsaroom/Israeli Morgue Coordinator;]
((SHALOM TSAROOM/ISRAELI MORGUE COORDINATOR:
EVERYONE FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES CAN TAKE THE RESULT FROM THEIR COUNTRY, SEND THE RESULT TO THIS CENTER, AND MAKE THE ID, THE COMPARISON, AND FIND THE SAMPLE, IF THEY ARE LUCKY.))
[OUT Q=if they are lucky.]
In Indonesia, the death toll climbed by more than a thousand today.
The government has pledged to step up efforts to bury the dead, and is also trying to deal with fears that rebel groups will target
foreigners who come to help.
At least 13 Iraqis have been killed in separate bombings.
One hit a minibus, killing seven.
A suicide attack in Tikrit left six dead.
In other news, the alleged ringleader of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal heads back to a military court today in Texas.
[SUPER=03-Ft. Hood, TX;]
Yesterday, a military guard testified he saw Army Specialist Charles Graner punch an Iraqi detainee.
Another witness said Graner was laughing and having a good time, while making naked prisoners pose for photographs.
Graner's attorney said his client was rewarded for softening up detainees for interrogations.
It's been more than a month since a Martinsville man was last seen, and police are still searching for leads.
[TAKE MITCHELL FS]
61 year old Earnest Thomas Mitchell was last spotted at the Hairston Home for Adults in Martinsville on December Fourth.
Over the past weeks, police and Old Dominion Search and Rescue have searched several areas on foot, with dogs and from the air.
[SUPER=16-(276) 403-5300/Martinsville Police Department;]
Officers ask that anyone who may have seen Mitchell, but has not already been interviewed, to contact them.
That number is 276-403-5300.
A Roanoke County man says he's speaking up for people on methadone.
Robert Ahern travels to Galax seven days a week to control his heroin addiction.
But, Ahern says the trips are time-consuming and costly.
He says a new methadone clinic in Roanoke is just what he needs.
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[IN Q=it's very, very]
((ROBERT AHERN/METHADONE PATIENT: IT'S VERY VERY IMPORTANT, CAUSE I DON'T KNOW IF I COULD KEEP UP, RIGHT NOW I HAVE HELP FROM FAMILY MEMBERS, AND EVERYTHING WITH THE MONEY FOR THE GASOLINE, AND NOT BEING ABLE TO WORK THE KIND OF WORK THAT I CAN WORK, BUT I WON'T HAVE THAT FOREVER.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Ahern/Methadone Patient;]
[OUT Q=have that forever]
The Vietnam vet says many people have misconceptions about methadone patients, and fail to realize they're just regular people who want better lives.
C-R-C officials say the new clinic on Hershberger Road could begin seeing patients pretty soon.
In business news, Alcoa releases its earnings report.
And a judge finds that the Listerine ads that compare the mouthwash to flossing are misleading.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
((EARNINGS REPORTS ARE BEGINNING TO TRICKLE INTO THE MARKET.
THE ALUMINUM GIANT ALCOA KICKED OFF THE PROFIT PARADE. THE COMPANY SAID fourth-quarter earnings slipped TO 30 CENTS A SHARE from a year ago despite sharply higher revenue. Profits were held back by higher energy and freight costs.
INTEL, APPLE COMPUTER AND SUN MICROSYSTEMS ARE ALL SCHEDULED TO REPORT EARNINGS THIS WEEK.
ON WALLSTREET.. INVESTORS FOCUSED ON A FLURRY OF MERGER ANNOUNCEMENTS
DOW ENDED 17 POINTS HIGHER AT 10-621
NASDAQ FINISHED 8 POINTS HIGHER
Hollywood Entertainment agreed to be bought out by rival Movie Gallery for 850 (m) million dollar - THAT'S 15 PERCENT BETTER THAN AN OFFER BY BLOCKBUSTER. The deal makes Movie Gallery the second-largest video chain in the U-S, behind Blockbuster.
AND A MEGA HOOKUP IN THE CELL PHONE INDUSTRY... Western Wireless agreed to a six (b) billion dollar buyout by Alltel, which would create the fifth-largest cell phone carrier in THE COUNTRY.
ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST:
PFIZER - THE MAKER OF LISTERINE WILL SPEND 2-MILLION DOLLARS TO CHANGE ADS THAT CLAIM THE MOUTHWASH WORKS JUST AS WELL AS FLOSS IN FIGHTING PLAQUE AND GINGIVITIS... a judge last week found the ads to be false and misleading. A Johnson and Johnson unit that makes dental floss brought a lawsuit over the campaign saying it falsely implies that you could get all the benefits of flossing by using Listerine.
AFTER RALLYING TO NEARLY 47 DOLLARS A BARREL, CRUDE OIL SETTLED AT 45.33...
Track all the market action at cbs.mw.com in NY I'm Alexis Christoforous.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Authorities in Martinsville believe two recent fires are connected, and say they need the public's help in solving them.
Investigators believe an arsonist is responsible for two fires on Wingfield Street, the first on November 17 and the second Sunday night.
They ask anyone with information to call police or fire investigators.
A Radford murder suspect is expected to enter a plea agreement later this morning.
The trial of 21 year old Roy Omar Hodge was to begin next week.
He's charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of 25 year old Brian Keith Gray.
Gray was shot and killed in his Radford apartment last May, in what police are calling a home-invasion drug robbery.
Police believe Hodge did not pull the trigger, but was an accomplice in the killing.
A murder suspect has turned himself over to Lynchburg police.
Police charged 45-year old Clayton Calvin Martin Junior with the murder of 25 year old Jamishia Lanise Jackson.
Jackson was shot around 12:30 Sunday morning while sitting in a vehicle across from the James Crossing Apartment Complex.
Martin is being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.
(kim tosses to bump)
In business news, stocks closed higher yesterday.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; : :06]
[SUPER=04-Penske Video; :11]
[SUPER=04-"Taxi" - 20th Century Fox; :46]
[SUPER=04-"Fat Albert" - 20th Century Fox; :56]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((STOCKS MANAGED TO GAIN MONDAY.
THE DOW INDUSTRIALS ROSE 17-POINTS.
AS THE NASDAQ ADDED EIGHT.
LEADING RURAL TELEPHONE COMPANY ALLTEL SAID IT IS BUYING WESTERN WIRELESS IN A
DEAL WORTH SIX-BILLION DOLLARS, INCLUDING THE DEBT BEING ASSUMED.
ALLTEL SAID IT WILL GAIN ABOUT ONE-POINT-FOUR MILLION MOBILE CUSTOMERS IN 19
STATES -- NINE OF WHICH IT IT WILL ENTER FOR THE FIRST TIME.
VIDEO RENTAL CHAIN HOLLYWOOD ENTERTAINMENT ACCEPTED A TAKEOVER BID FROM SMALLER
RIVAL MOVIE GALLERY.
THIS DEAL IS VALUED AT 850-MILLION DOLLARS IN CASH, PLUS 350-MILLION DOLLARS OF
SHARES OF HOLLYWOOD ROSE MONDAY ON INVESTOR HOPES THAT A HIGHER BID WILL
SURFACE -- POSSIBLY FROM INDUSTRY LEADER BLOCKBUSTER.
NEWS CORP IS OFFERING NEARLY SIX-BILLION DOLLARS TO BUY THE REMAINING
18-PERCENT OF FOX ENTERTAINMENT IT DOESN'T OWN.
THE MOVE WAS EXPECTED AFTER NEWS CORP'S NOVEMBER DECISION TO RELOCATE ITS
HEADQUARTERS FROM AUSTRALIA TO THE U-S.
SHARES OF FOX ENTERTAINMENT SURGED NEARLY 10-PERCENT ON THE NEWS, WHILE NEWS
CORP DIPPED TWO-PERCENT.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF... I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
The outcome of a Bedford County school board race decided by one vote has been upheld by a three-judge panel.
Keith Jones defeated Laura Rodes by a single vote in the District Five race last November.
Rodes challenged the outcome based on a single provisional ballot from Bedford County resident Aimee Peters.
Peters says she registered through the D-M-V when she moved to Virginia two years ago ... but the alleged paperwork never turned up.
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((AIMEE PETERS/CAST PROVISIONAL BALLOT: I FEEL VERY DISENFRANCHISED. AND I'VE TALKED WITH THE REGISTRAR IN NORTH CAROLINA AND THEY SAID 'YOU HAVE BEEN VERY DISENFRANCHISED'. AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, I'LL PUT MY VOTE BACK IN NORTH CAROLINA.))
[SUPER=01-Aimee Peters/Cast Provisional Ballot]
[OUT Q=back in North Carolina.]
Because Peters voted for Rodes, had her ballot counted, it would have forced a tie and election officials would have drawn the winner's name from a hat.
Rodes and her attorney are unsure whether they can or will appeal the judges' decision.
Smart solutions to Virginia problems.
That's how Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine describes his legislative agenda.
Kaine wants K-12 teachers to receive annual evaluations and would also like to see their salaries match the national average.
He says he'll continue to work for the concept of a new university in Southside, while making the legislature more accountable when it comes to funding higher education.
Kaine says its increasingly difficult for small business owners to offer their employees health insurance.
This year, he'll propose tax incentives to help ease the burden.
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[IN Q=Overwhelmingly the issue]
((TIM KAINE: OVERWHELMINGLY THE ISSUE THAT BUSINESS RAISE WITH ME IS THE RISING COSTS OF HEALTHCARE AND THAT IS BECOMING A CHOKE POINT ON VIRGINIA'S ECONOMY.))
[OUT Q=point on Virginia's economy]
The Lieutenant Governor also wants to enhance penalties for juveniles who illegally carry guns.
[WIPE TO STATE OF COMM. FS e673]
The General Assembly convenes tomorrow afternoon, and will hear from Governor Mark Warner that evening.
WDBJ-7 will carry Warner's State of the Commonwealth address live tomorrow night, beginning at Seven o-clock.
Sensative information on thousands of students and staff at George Mason University may be in jeopardy after someone hacked into the university's computer system.
It affects about 28-thousand students and four-thousand faculty and staff members.
As Laura Evans reports, it's opened the door to the threat of identity theft for all of them.
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[SUPER=01-Dan Walsch/Executive Director University Relations; :22]
[SUPER=01-Laura Reynolds/Student; :57]
[SUPER=01-Laura Evans/Reporting; 1:05]
[OUT Q=for the rest of my life.]
((IT'S A COMMON PROBLEM IN THIS DAY AND AGE... COMPUTER HACKING.
THOUSANDS OF SERVERS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE HACKED EVERY YEAR.
POSTERS IN THE COMPUTER LAB AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY... WARN OF THE MODERN
BUT NOW... THE UNIVERSITY ITSELF IS A VICTIM.
sot: we're very concerned
about it... we're working with authorities to see what can be done to fix it...
THE HACKER ACCESSED THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, PHOTO I-D AND IDENTIFICATION
NUMBERS OF 32 THOUSAND STUDENTS
THE PROBLEM WAS DISCOVERED JANUARY 3RD... BY SOMEONE DOING A ROUTINE REVIEW ON
A MASS EMAIL WENT OUT WITHIN A WEEK TO NOTIFY EVERYONE.
AND ACCORDING TO WALSCH... AUTHORITIES ARE NOW ON THE CASE.
sot: hopefully we can find out who did this... better determine what to do
sot: I figured at some point someone might get thru... but disappointed they
got thru to that particular system
WHILE SOME STUDENTS ARE WRITING IT OFF AS A MODERN DAY PROBLEM... NEWS OF THE
HACKING ISN'T SITTING WELL WITH
OTHER STUDENTS....ESPECIALLY ONE WHO STUDIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.
sot: i feel upset the people responsible for educating us on this matter
aren't able to implement it themselves.
this is going to possibly follow me around for the rest of my life.))
That was Laura Evans reporting.
A 24-hour information
hotline has been set up so students can find out what to do about