Up next on News 7-- two people are arrested in connection with an explosion at a Roanoke home last night.
And, at least nine people are believed dead after a collision between two commuter trains in Southern California.
Warmer today with a significant drop in temperatures tomorrow. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Investigators say they now know what was behind an apparent bombing in Roanoke last night.
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Two people have been arrested in connection with the explosion.
Authorities say around nine o'clock, a pipe bomb went off inside a trash can behind this house on Patterson Avenue and 14th street.
The explosion was so strong, neighbors say it rattled their homes down the street.
Part of the house and a vehicle were damaged, but no one was injured.
Federal authorities have arrested two adults in their 20s.
They say they do have a motive, but are NOT releasing it at this time.
Patterson Avenue and Chapman Avenue remain closed at this time.
Officials expect to re-open them within the hour.
Details are still coming in about a major train collision in California.
Officials say nine people were killed, and dozens more are injured.
Two commuter trains jumped the tracks near Los Angeles.
Bianca Solorzano has more.
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THREE TRAINS DERAILED EARLY THIS MORNING IN A DEADLY CRASH IN THE LOS
ANGELES SUBURB OF GLENDALE.
A METROLINK SPOKESPERSON SAYS TWO COMMUTER TRAINS SOMEHOW SIDESWIPED
EACH OTHER - FLIPPED OVER AND RIPPED OPEN.
AND AMONG THE DEBRIS AND TWISTED WRECKAGE - A THIRD ENGINE.... FROM A
UNION PACIFIC FREIGHT TRAIN.
You heard the crash and it sounded like the train was dragging something
across the tacks. And then the lights went out the train did a sharp
jerk and stopped.
FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY CREWS SAY AT LEAST SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE
DEAD...AND AS THEY RUSH TO REMOVE THE PASSENGERS AND SEARCH THROUGH THE
WRECKAGE THEY'RE FINDING MANY PEOPLE INJURED.
THE MASSIVE EMERGENCY RESPONSE INCLUDES A MAKESHIFT TRIAGE AREA, AND
DOZENS OF AMBULANCES. LOCAL HOSPITALS ARE PREPARING FOR A FLOOD OF
THE MOST SEVERELY INJURED WERE TRANSPORTED BY HELICOPTER .
BUT THERE ARE REPORTS THAT SOME PASSENGERS WERE ABLE TO LEAVE THE
TRAIN.... ON FOOT. BIANCA SOLORAZANO - CBS NEWS.
Insurgents have killed five American troops on what's become the deadliest day for U-S forces in Iraq since the war began.
And with just four days to go before the election there, a U- S military
transport helicopter has crashed in bad weather in Iraq's western
The crash killed everyone on board-- all 31 victims are believed to be Marines.
Charlie D'Agata is in Baghdad with the latest.
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In the deadliest crash of a US helicopter in Iraqmilitary officials say
everyone on board died - 31 people.
The CH53 Super Stallion came down in the early hours while conducting
security operations in Rootbah, 220 miles west of Baghdad.
The cause of the crash - still not known.
Military officials say early signs point to an accident - NOT hostile
OR (Military officials believe the chopper was brought down by hostile
LOCATOR: RAMADI, IRAQ
Hostility is high in the region - at least four Marines were killed in
the restive area, and fierce fighting broke out today between insurgents
and US troops in the town of Ramadi.
In BAGHDAD itself, militant bombs blasted several schools - designated
to be polling centers come election day.
Blasting polling stations is a double whammy for the insurgents. Not
only does it cripple the station, it spreads fear and that campaign was
stepped up in other areas of Iraq.
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Militants carried out a string of car bombings across the country...
killing more Iraqi police officers. (aptn09:30) Another car bomb
targeted a US military convoy on the road to Baghdad's
airport...injuring at least four soldiers.
(nats..sadr city campaigning) LOCATOR: SADR CITY, IRAQ
Amid the unrest, progress came from an unlikely place. Sadr City, once
an insurgent hotbed, is now buying into the elections. Now they say the
only way to get the Americans out of the country, is to get themselves
into office. Charlie D'Agata, CBS News Baghdad.
It's the first full week following President Bush's second inauguration, and one of his main goals is dealing with a major budget deficit.
With Congress putting the deficit at 368- billion dollars this year, the White House is working to make the budget numbers add up.
The ultimate goal is to cut the deficit in half by 2009.
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Congress will wrestle with trying to pay for social security reform and tax cuts-- without cutting funding for the war on terror.
The administration is asking for another 80- billion dollars for fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Leo in WX Center
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For the second time this week, a motel in Pulaski County has been robbed at gunpoint.
Pulaski County investigators say the latest incident happened around 11:30 last night at the Super 8 Motel off interstate exit 98.
The man showed a weapon, demanded money, and got away with a small amount of cash.
The motel is near the Holiday Inn Express that was robbed early Monday, but investigators do not believe the same person robbed both motels.
The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to call the department's crimeline at 540- 980-7810.
A faulty furnace may be to blame for a fire that destroyed a Pulaski County landmark and popular business.
The United Muffler Auto Care Center off Pepper's Ferry Road in Fairlawn caught fire Monday morning.
The building was also once the home of the Fairlawn Fire department for 40 years.
It's a total loss and damage is estimated at well over a hundred thousand dollars.
Investigators have not named an official cause, but are taking a closer look at the furnace.
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The vote to confirm a controversial member of the Bush Cabinet could come at any moment. We'll have the latest next.
Also a man convicted once of an Ironto murder is scheduled to be in court today.
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A man accused of first degree murder in Montgomery County may finally get new attorneys today.
Livingston "Bud" Pritchett was sentenced to life in prison for the first degree murder of Estel Singleton Senior at the Ironto rest stop.
He was later granted a new trial because the original jury was never told he is mildly retarded.
Last month Pritchett fired two attorney's that have represented him for 10 years, a week before his second trial.
He later tried to re-hire them, but the judge denied the request.
Today, Pritchett is supposed to be back in court to get NEW attorneys.
A frightening spectacle on a Florida highway-- a school bus flipped over on its top.
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Authorities say the bus was loaded with children when it overturned this morning near Tampa.
One elementary school student was airlifted to an area hospital.
The Florida highway patrol says seven other students and the bus driver were also injured.
The bus overturned after driving off the road.
No word yet on what caused the accident.
It hasn't been easy.
Condoleeza Rice has faced days of criticism, as she waits for the vote that'll likely confirm her as the next Secretary of State.
That vote could come any time now.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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SENATORS DUKED IT OUT ....RIGHT UP TO THE LAST MINUTE...............
Sen. Richard Lugar, (R-IN)
(she'll will be extraordinary qualified to be sec of state.)
HER CRITICS ARGUING CONDOLEEZZA RICE IS THE WRONG PERSON TO BE
SECRETARY OF STATE...FOR ONE MAJOR REASON...........IRAQ.
(SOT) Sen. Barabara Boxer (D-California)
BUT EVEN SOME OF THOSE CRITICS CONCEDE THAT RICE.......ONE OF THE
PRESIDENT'S CLOSEST ADVISORS, IS THE OBVIOUS CHOICE.
(SOT) Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Delaware)
(I believe the president is entitled to chose his cabinet.)
AS THE SENATE CONTINUED IT'S WAR OF WORDS...ACROSS TOWN..THE PRESIDENT
WAS LAYING OUT HIS AGENDA FOR HIS SECOND TERM....AND OFFERING LAST
MINUTE ENCOURAGMENT TO SKEPTICS.
"dr. rice is a fine public servant who needs to be confirmed, she'll be
a great secretary of state."
AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, THE 50 YEAR OLD ACADEMIC DEVELOPED A
REPUTATION FOR BEING UNFLAPPABLE. SUPPORTERS SAY SHE PROVED AS MUCH
WHEN THE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS HEATED UP...........
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SOT (Rice): I really hope you will refrain from impugning my integrity,
thank you very much.
SOT (Boxer): Im not. Im just quoting what you said.
RICE COULD BE SWORN IN AT THE OVAL OFFICE AS SOON AS THIS EVENING..AND
THEN GET RIGHT TO WORK AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT TOMORROW. ALEEN SIRGANY,
Just moments ago, the Senate approved the nomination of
Condoleezza Rice. The vote was 85-to-13.[11L'burg-Council]
A proposal to rename a Lynchburg street in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King has picked up more support.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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Boston has already exhausted its entire snow removal budget this year. The mayor asks for help coming up after the break.
And some people in Montgomery county will soon have their own library, although not everyone's happy with the million dollar price tag.
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We have an update now on the train derailment in California.
A California sheriff says it appears a vehicle was deliberately placed on railroad tracks in Glendale, causing this morning's derailment that killed as many as nine
people and injured about 200.
Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca says authorities are speaking with the driver of the vehicle. He says, ``It appears that it was deliberately placed there.''
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There's a happy ending to report in Montgomery County,
After more than a decade, residents in Shawsville, Elliston, and Alleghany Springs are finally getting a library.
And as Justin McLeod discovered, that's not the only thing they have to look forward to.
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Here's something you don't see everyday.
People encouraged to destroy property ((NAT SOUND OF WOMAN SAYING "THIS IS FUN" AT 12:32:37)) and loving every minute of it.
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((LINDA WILSON/SHAWSVILLE RESIDENT: IT WAS GREAT. WE ALL PUT A LOT OF ENERGY INTO IT.))
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They're tearing down walls so a new library can be built here in Eastern Montgomery County, something that's desperately needed in this area.
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((LINDA WILSON/SHAWSVILLE RESIDENT: WE HAVE ABOUT NINE THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTY WHO'VE NEVER BEEN CLOSE TO A LIBRARY.))
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((TOBY SIMMONS/SHAWSVILLE RESIDENT: I THINK THERE IS A GREAT NEED. IF YOU DON'T GO TO THE LIBRARY, YOU HAVE TO GO TO CHRISTIANSBURG OR DOWN TO SALEM.))
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The new library will be located on Route 460 in Shawsville.
It will be housed in the old Meadowbrook nursing home and it will have everything you'd expect to find in a library.
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((JUNE SAYERS/LIBRARY MANAGEMENT TEAM: IN ADDITION TO OUR BOOKS, CD'S, DVD'S, THE MATERIALS WE'LL HAVE AVAILABLE. WE'LL ALSO HAVE COMPUTER LAB. WE'LL HAVE COMPUTERS FOR THE PUBLIC TO USE.))
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That's only the beginning for this building.
There are plans to add a local history museum, a coffee shop, a daycare, and a YMCA.
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((MICHAEL HEMPHILL/SHAWSVILLE RESIDENT: WE HAVE NONE OF THAT RIGHT NOW SO WE'RE THIS REALLY FILLING NEEDS ACROSS THE SPECTRUM.))
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But some may wonder why the county is spending over a million dollars for a library in the internet age.
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((JUNE SAYERS/LIBRARY MANAGEMENT TEAM: I STILL THINK THERE IS GOING TO BE A ROLE FOR THE PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HELP PEOPLE SORT OUT THE INFORMATION THEY HAVE TODAY.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IN ADDITION TO THE MILLION DOLLARS CHIPPED IN BY THE COUNTY, THE COMMUNITY HAS RAISED NEARLY 300-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO PAY FOR WHAT WILL GO IN THE LIBRARY WHICH IF EVERYTHING GOES AS PLANNED SHOULD BE OPEN THIS SEPTEMBER. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 39 points. The NASDAQ has gained 13.
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The changes keep coming since Nextel took over NASCAR.
Coming up in sports we'll take a look at qualifying changes and what the drivers think.
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There are still changes being made in the world of NASCAR, although not as drastic as they were a year ago.
Travis Well has more on a big change to qualifying for races, and what teams think of the new elitist format.
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