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There's finally an end in sight to the days of torrential rain in California.
Meanwhile, search crews continue looking for 21 people missing after a deadly mudslide.
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And, President Bush gives it another try-- as he names a new nominee for Homeland Security Chief.

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Mostly cloudy today with an arctic blast heading our way for the weekend. I'll have your forecast.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.

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A witness says it was "like the hillside turned to liquid"--
More than a dozen homes crumble under a mudslide in Southern California.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
At least 21 people remain unaccounted for in the wake of the mudsclide, but officials haven't given up hope.
As Manuel Gallegus reports, the weather has made rescuers' work even more challenging.
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Iraq's Prime Minister has announced he's expanding the Iraqi army from 100 to 150- thousand troops.
That comes after 13 Iraqis were killed today in two separate bombings.
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One of them was a suicide blast at a police headquarters in Tikrit.
U-S military officials say the bomb left six people dead.
Iraqi sources say 12 others were injured in the attack.
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Crews are searching the Potomac River for a person still missing after a medivac helicopter crashed late last night.
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The chopper crashed in the river just south of Washington, D-C after delivering a patient.
Maryland state police say one crew member was killed.
Another was rescued from the chilly waters, but is in critical condition.
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Authorities aren't yet sure what caused the helicopter to go down, but they say the survivor told them the chopper hit something before it crashed.
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President Bush says his new nominee for Homeland Security chief has ``an unwavering determination to protect the American people.''
Bush has named a former top prosecutor in his second try at filling the post.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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HE'S NOT THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST CHOICE BUT NEW JERSEY FEDERAL APPEALS COURT JUDGE MICHAEL CHERTOFF HAS BEEN NOMINATED AS THE NATION'S HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF.

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He's faced countless challenging decisions and has helped to protect his fellow Americans while protecting their civil liberties.
CHERTOFF PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE NATION'S LEGAL RESPONSE TO SEPTEMBER 11TH WHILE HEADING THE CRIMINAL DIVISION OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FROM 2001 TO 2003.
HE ARGUED THE GOVERNMENT'S CASE IN AN APPEAL OVER TERRORISM SUSPECT ZACARIAS MOUSSAOUI, THE ONLY PERSON CHARGED IN THIS COUNTRY IN CONNECTION WITH THE 9-11 ATTACKS.

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In the days after September the 11th, Mike helped trace the terrorist attacks to the Al Qaida network. He understood immediately that the strategy in the war on terror is to prevent attacks before they occur.
CHERTOFF ALSO HELPED DEVELOP THE PATRIOT ACT. HE SAID HE'D BE PROUD TO AGAIN SERVE ON THE FRONT LINE AGAINST TERROR:

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confirmed, I pledge to devote all my energy to promoting our homeland security and, as important, to preserving our fundamental liberties.)
CHERTOFF'S NOMINATION COMES AFTER THE DEBACLE SURROUNDING THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST NOMINATION OF BERNARD KERIK. AFTER A FORMAL ACCEPTANCE IN THE WHITE HOUSE, THE FORMER NEW YORK CITY POLICE COMMISSIONER LATER WITHDREW THE NOMINATION CITING IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS WITH A FAMILY HOUSEKEEPER.

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IF CHERTOFF IS CONFIRMED, HE WILL REPLACE TOM RIDGE...WHO WAS THE FIRST AND ONLY PERSON TO HEAD THE HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBSNEWS, WASHINGTON.))

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A Radford murder suspect is expected to enter a plea agreement today.
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The trial of 21 year old Roy Omar Hodge was to begin next week.
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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.
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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.
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Still to come on the newscast, authorities are looking for help in the disappearance of a local man.
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and officials hope a cease fire will keep rebels from snatching relief supplies meant for victims of the tsunami.
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The onslaught of tsunami- relief supplies has prompted the opening of a second airport in Indonesia's capital.
Meantime, the country's military chief is offering a cease-fire to rebels who officials say have tried to hijack relief supplies.
Byron Pitts has more on relief efforts and a story of survival.
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Police are searching for leads in the disappearance of a Martinsville man.
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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.
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Officers ask that anyone who may have seen Mitchell, but has not already been interviewed, to contact them. That number is 276-403-5300.

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A three judge panel has upheld the outcome of a Bedford County school board race decided by one vote.
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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.))
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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.
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Virginians between the ages of 50- and 70 should expect a letter from Governor Mark Warner.
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The governor announced a public education campaign encouraging Virginians to plan for the impacts of aging. Warner, who recently celebrated his 50th birthday, will be sending letters and appearing in television ads encouraging Virginians to apply for a long- term tool kit.
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((MARK WARNER: WE REALLY THINK GETTING THIS INFORMATION INTO CONSUMERS HANDS IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST IN EDUCATING FOLKS ON THE CHOICES THEY NEED TO BE MAKING NOW.))
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The tool kit includes a list of available resources and a "Virginia Long Term Care Guide." Warner says planning now will help off- set rising Medicaid costs in the future.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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at least part of legendary photographer O. Winston Link's dream for his memorial comes true -- but on a one eighth scale.
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The dream of a famous railroad photographer has been fulfilled in Roanoke, at least on a smaller scale.
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O. Winston Link envisioned the massive Norfolk and Western locomotive Number 12-18, NOT his famous pictures of it, as the centerpiece of the museum that would bear his name. Limited space at the museum in Downtown Roanoke didn't allow for such a display.
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((DAVID HELMER/CHAIRMAN OF O. WINSTON LINK MUSEUM COMMITTEE; HE WANTED TO HAVE THE 1218 PARKED NEXT TO THE PASSENGER STATION HERE AND PUT ON A TURNTABLE AND HE SAID DAVID YOU CAN DO THAT AND I SAID WELL WINSTON I GOT SOME PROBLEMS PHYSICALLY I JUST CANT PUT THE ENGINE HERE I MEAN I DONT CARE WELL HOW YOU CUT IT IT IS TOO BIG.))
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Although only a fraction of the original's size, the one-eighth-scale replica features working parts and authentic details, such as N and W railway lettering.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 64 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 16 .

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Two years now Peyton Manning has earned Most Valuable Player status in the N-F-L.
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Coming up in Sports the Colt's Q-B talks about what he does to stay in top form.
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Peyton Manning is the N-F-L's Most Valuable player for the second year in a row.
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The Colts leader got all but one of the 48 votes cast.
The other went to Atlanta's Michael Vick.
Manning also breaks Steve Young's record for season- long quarterback ranking.
Manning adds the M-V-P honors to his N-F-L Offensive Player of the Year selection and his starters spot on the All-Pro team.
He has also helped his coach re-invent himself.
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U-V-A's record breaking tight end is giving up his last year of eligibility as a Wahoo to head to the N-F-L.
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Heath Miller made the announcement shortly after seven last night saying it was a difficult decision. The former Honaker star had little else to prove in college.
He is a unanimous all-American who owns almost every UVa and ACC tight end receiving record. Coach Al Groh says he fully supports the decision. Miller is on schedule to graduate with a degree in sociology in May.
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It's only been a week since the Hokies were battling for the Sugar Bowl crown. Now coaches will start the battle of maintaining a winning team next year.
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Yesterday, Sports Illustrated dot com released its preseason picks for next season. And the Hokies have been tabbed the number three team in the nation. A lot has to happen for that to materialize, but one reason for the high expectations is the fact that all of the top returning receivers will just be sophomores.
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Current champ Southern Cal is picked to pull off a three-peat, while LSU is second, Ohio State fourth, and Tennessee fifth in the Sports Illustrated poll.

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The Highlander men took a loss to Charleston Southern last night 67 to 60 -- but the Lady High's fared much better in doubleheader action at the Dedmon Center.
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The Lady Highlanders, hosted Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne. Jeri Porter's Highlanders were led by senior Taryn Causey's 22 points, but the freshman again made a major contribution for R-U.
Kelli Darden from Chesapeake had eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks. While Corrie Fertitta, the freshman from Northside celebrated her Big South freshman of the week honor by
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getting her first double-double, with 12 points and 11 rebounds. RU wins its fourth in a row with the 78-to-69 victory.
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In a couple more hoop notes from the ACC women's court -- Virginia Tech is still ranked 25 in the new polls released last night.
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Veteran coach Kay Yow of N-C State, will miss the team's next two games, including next Monday's game in Blacksburg, due to a recurrence of breast cancer. The 62 year old coach has over 600 wins. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987.
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