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Iraqis all over the world are registering to vote for the nation's first free election in nearly 50 years.
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And firefighers in North Dakota are battling the cold and the flames, as they try to gain the upper hand on an oil company fire.
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((I'M A 50 YEAR OLD MAN AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I VOTE AS AN IRAQI. ))
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Voter registration begins today for Iraqis living abroad.
But insurgents in Iraq are doing what they can to disrupt the elections.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Insurgents are still trying to intimidate voters through violence and the death toll keeps mounting.
Meanwhile security measures for the upcoming January 30th elections are getting tighter.
David Hawkins has the latest from Baghdad.
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(( Pkge; (TODAY PIX FROM BAQOUBA) IRAQI INSURGENTS KILLED 8 NATIONAL GUARDSMEN TODAY... IN BAQOUBA, NORTH OF BAGHDAD. THEIR PRE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN OF VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION IS TARGETTING IRAQI SECURITY FORCES... WITH CONSIDERBALE SUCCESS.
NONETHELESS... IRAQ'S POLICE AND NEWLY-TRAINED MILITARY WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ELECTION-DAY SECURITY. THE 150,000 AMERICAN SOLDIERS HERE WILL STEP IN ONLY IF NEEDED.

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OUR ROLE IS TO BE ON THE SIDELINES. WE DO HAVE CONTINGENCY PLANS AND IF WE'RE CALLED UPON WE'LL RESPOND.
PLANS FOR SECURITY INCLUDE A THREE-DAY BAN ON TRAFFIC... AND IN SOME PLACES... THE LOCATION OF POLLING STATIONS WILL BE KEPT SECRET UNTIL JUST HOURS BEFORE VOTING BEGINS.
OVER ONE MILLION IRAQ'S LIVING ABROAD ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE TO VOTE... AND BEGAN REGISTERING TODAY... IN 14 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.

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NOT ONLY DO MOST IRAQIS NOT KNOW WHERE THEY'LL BE VOTING... THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE ELECTIONS ARE ABOUT. ACCORDING TO A NEWSPAPER POLL HERE ... 60 PERCENT OF VOTERS THINK THEY'RE CHOOSING A NEW PRESIDENT. THEY'RE NOT. THEY'LL BE ELECTING A NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO WRITE IRAQ'S NEW CONSTITUTION.
DH, CBS NEWS, BAGHDAD ))

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A subway accident this morning in Thailand left more than 200 people injured.
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Subway officials say workers apparently lost control of a train being taken out of service.
The train then rammed into another train, which was packed with people, as it prepared to leave the station during the morning rush.
Authorities say there were about 700 people on board at the time.
Bangkok's subway is only six months old.
Officials say it'll be shut down for the rest of the week while authorities investigate the crash.
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Firefighters can do nothing but sit and wait, as flames continue tearing through a North Dakota oil company.
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The fire starting lighting up the sky last night.
By mid- morning, the blaze had reached warehouse with storage tanks, forcing firefighters from several different companies to retreat for their own safety.
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((BOB WETZLER/FIREFIGHTER:THE CHIEF MADE THE DETERMINATION IT'S UNSAFE TO TRY AND FIGHT THE FIRE RIGHT NOW, UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE TO LET IT GO AND THERE'S A LOT OF FUEL IN THERE. ))
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Firefighters had to battle not only the flames, but also bone- chilling temperatures as low as 21 degrees below zero.
So far, there are no reports of any injuries.
Authorities aren't sure how the fire started.
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Someone on the other end of the phone is trying to cheat people out of their money.
Here's how it works.
The caller tells the person they qualify for a bogus ten-thousand dollar government grant -- and then asks for bank account information for an application fee.
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The only problem- there is no grant. It's all a scam.
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((JULIE WHEELER/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: NOW WE ALL KNOW REASONABLY STEPPING BACK FROM IT THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T HAVE FREE MONEY SITTING OUT THERE TO GIVE US.))
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The scam artists are trying to get bank information so they can take money out of your account or charge something to your credit cards.
Wheeler says never give your credit card information out over the phone.

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The First Street Bridge in Downtown Roanoke is one step closer to becoming a memorial dedicated to Martin Luther King, Junior.
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Roanoke City Council chose the pedestrian bridge as the future site for the King memorial last year. Now the federal government is providing some of the money needed to do the work.
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((GOODLATTE:WELL WE SECURED FOR THE CITY OF ROANOKE 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO HELP WITH THE REPAIR AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE BRIDGE.))
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Southern Christian Leadership Council members thanked Goodlatte at their banquet on Friday and said the congressman was a major factor in securing the funds.
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Plus the ski season has been an uphill climb for resorts in our region, but after the break there are signs that things could be turning around.
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Now that the weather has cooled off from the recent record highs, skiers are getting a chance to hit the slopes. Crews at the Homestead Resort were able to turn on the snow-making machines over the weekend.
And as Jeremy Butterfield reports, that's enough to keep the business from going all down hill.
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(( It's been a long wait for many Virginia skiers, like Washington and Lee student Blake Anderson.
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((BLAKE ANDERSON:I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THE COLD TO KICK IN AND IT HASN'T SO. THIS WEEK IS A LITTLE BIT COLDER THAN IT HAS BEEN SO I THOUGHT WHY NOT GO CHECK IT OUT.))
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And for ski areas like The Homestead, it's about time. People here says it's normal to have a January thaw, but it usually only lasts for a couple of days.
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But over the weekend, the Homestead went from bare ground to a snow base of almost 20 inches.
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After what has turned out to be a challenging winter for ski resorts in Virginia, it looks like skiers like Tracie Fox and her family can once again enjoy the ups and downs of the slopes.
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((JEREMY BUTTERFIELD:THE HOMESTEAD STAFF SAYS THEY ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MAKE AS MUCH SNOW AS POSSIBLE WHILE THE TEMPERATURES STAY LOW AND THEY HOPE IT WON'T BE LONG BEFORE MOTHER NATURE KICKS IN AND DOES HER FAIR SHARE. JEREMY BUTTERFIELD, NEWS 7, HOT SPRINGS.))
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Wintergreen, Snowshoe, and Massanutten (Mass-uh-nuh-tehn) resorts are also taking advantage of the cold temperatures to open up or improve more of their slopes for skiing.

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It's not Gotham City--
But that didn't stop a super hero wanna- be from scaling a courthouse in the Netherlands.
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A Dutch protestor dressed as Batman drew lots of attention today while representing the group Fathers- 4- Justice.
The man was protesting against the treatment of fathers in court cases.
The group often shows up in various parts of Europe dressed as Super Hero protesting what they consider to be unfair custody cases-- claiming that the law is usually on the side of the mother..
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``The Aviator'' is flying high after last night's Golden Globe Awards.
Julie Chen has a wrap-up of all the big winners.
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That was Julie Chen reporting from Los Angeles.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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Local author Susan Cain will join us to tell us about her new book, "Pride and A Tear."
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A new book by a Roanoke author may make you laugh AND cry. [TAKE APRISA FULL]
"Pride and a Tear" is an inspirational book based on a true story of a woman overcoming such major obstacles as infertility and homelessness.
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Author Susan Cain is here in the studio with us to share more about her book.
Good afternoon, Susan.

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(It sounds like you've had your share of difficulties... Can you touch on some of the things that happened in your life

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Thanks so much for joining us today, Susan and good luck with your book.

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Coming up next in Sports, we'll have the highlights from yesterday's N-F-L playoffs.
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Also, a former Oakland Raider is in critical condition after he was shot twice by police.
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A former N-F-L pro bowler is in critical condition after getting shot several times by a Miami police officer last night.
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Police say an officer was fighting for his life with former Oakland Raider Barrett Robbins after a burglary at a South Beach office. Robbins was allegedly trying to take the officer's gun when he was shot several times.
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The 31 year old Robbins played for the Raiders, and is mostly remembered for disappearing the night before the 20-03 Super Bowl, and spending Super Bowl Sunday in the hospital. Oakland released him after he tested positive for steroids.
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Robbins was arrested last month in San Francisco for hitting a security guard at a nightclub. No charges have been filed in this latest incident.

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Tom Brady has another Indianapolis notch on his belt -- while Peyton Manning has another loss to the Patriots.
New England ousted the Colts to advance to the AFC title game next weekend in Pittsburgh.
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The Pats led a field goal contest 6-3 in the snow at halftime.
But the home team dominated time of possession in the third quarter.
Brady found David Givens in the endzone to cap a 15 play, 87 yard drive that took over 8 minutes.
Cory Dillon rambled for 144 yards on the ground.
This 27 yard scamper set up a Brady sneak for another New England score.
Manning and the Colts were their own worst enemy, committing three turnovers--
A Reggie Wayne fumble was picked up by Teddy
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Bruschi, and the Patriots advanced 20 to 3 over Indy.
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Two birds -- the Falcons and Eagles -- will face off for the N-F-C title next weekend.
Philadelphia showed its brotherly love to the Minnesotta Vikings by sending them back to the Land of a Thousand Lakes

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Donovan Mcnabb threw the first of his two TD passes to Freddie Mitchell--a two yard pitch and catch in the first quarter to get the Eagles rolling.
Later in the opening half, Mcnabb hit LJ Smith over the middle, but Smith coughed up the pigskin only to have it land right in the arms of Mitchell in the endzone for 6 more.
Philly led it 21 to 7 at halftime.
The Eagled defense harrassed Daunte Culpepper all afternoon.
Culpepper threw two interceptions and was sacked once in a 27 to 14 loss that really wasn't that close.
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Philadelphia will become the first team to ever host 3 consecutive conference championship games.
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