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NOON-HEADLINES

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Some of the key players rejecting the Balkan peace accord may be resigning.
Irish voters head to the polls to decide whether to make divorce legal.
Meantime, Americans head to the mall as the traditional holiday shopping season begins.
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Cloudy skies will linger through much of the day, with a gradual clearing n the latter part of this afternoon and tonight. We'll have sunshine for the weekend, and I have that forecast coming up.
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Stick around News 7 at Noon is next.

BOSNIA


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Bosnian Serb military and political leaders are reportedly ready to step down.
Sources close to the Serb leadership say Radovan Karadzic and General Ratko Mladic (MLAH'-dich) are ready to resign in exchange for not being handed over to a U-N tribunal.
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Both Karadzic and Mladic have been indicted for war crimes.
The Balkans peace agreement negotiated in Ohio prohibits anyone indicted for war crimes to hold office in Bosnia.
After the deal is formally signed next month in Paris, 60-thousand U-S and other NATO troops will start rolling into Bosnia.
Defense Secretary William Perry, in Macedonia yesterday with U-S soldiers, says 25 countries so far have agreed to join the peace keeping force.
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And the White House confirms President Clinton has new tools to convince Congress and the American public that the U-S needs to send the troops.
Mr. Clinton has received letters from Serbian, Bosnian, and Croat leaders promising safety and security for NATO peacekeepers.

Russia


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Officials in Moscow are monitoring radiation levels this afternoon after a container of radioactive material was found in a park.
Tom Fenton has the story.
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In what may be the most chilling threat to date from Chechin terrorists, a Russian television crew unearthed a radioactive parcel in a Moscow park yesterday.
Chechen rebels directed the crew to the package -- which they said contained the radioactive element cesium.
Two weeks ago in their mountain hideout, Chechin rebels warned that four such parcels had been smuggled into Russia as part of a compaign to bring home the war to the Russians. Rebel leader Shamil Baseyev said two of the radioactive parcels were packed with explosives and hidden somewhere in Moscow, and could be set off at any time.
"We are completely prepared to commit acts of terrorism that will be tangible for Russia," Basayev said.
Reporters at the rebel press conference refused to take the threats seriously at the time.
It was only after the rebels told them where to look that the the threat was made public.
Police sealed off the area, and took the package to a lab for detailed examination.
Results of the examination have not yet been announced.
The war in Chechnya has never really ended, despite a partial truce last summer.
In the past week, dozens of soldiers have been killed on both sides.
And the rebels have exploded several large remote- controlled bombs in the Chechin capital, Grozny.
Moscow has put into effect an emergency system of radiation monitoring. Authorities this morning say there has been no increase in the level of background radiation in the city. But a Defense Ministry spokesman said that if the package found in the park had been blown up, it could have caused widespread contamination.
Tom Fenton CBS News Moscow.))

Ireland


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Ireland is the only Western nation that outlaws divorce, but that could change today.
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Some two- and- a- half- million voters are going to the polls deciding whether to amend their constitution and allow divorce.
The issue has pitted church against state.
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Opinion polls show a nation split almost down the middle.
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paris


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France is virtually paralyzed today with millions of workers on a one day strike.
The protest is over the conservative government's plan to change retirement and health plans and to privatize key public utilities.
Public transportation has ground to a halt in Paris and other major cities.
Banks and government offices are closed, as are most schools.
And hospitals are only handling emergencies.
Another strike is planned for Tuesday.
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Still to come --
The search continues for a missing Hollywood model,
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and police in Mississippi say there's not much hope a missing millionaire will be found alive.
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Fire


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A woman found dead after a fire in Fairfax County yesterday is believed to be a student at Hollins College, and police say she may have been assaulted before the fire.
Police have yet to make a positive I-D, but they're pretty sure the victim is Ann Harper.
Harper is a junior at Hollins. She was visiting her family for Thanksgiving, when fire broke out at her house early yesterday morning.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it is considered suspicious.

Amherst-Body


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An autopsy is being performed on a body found this week near Galt's Mill in Amherst County.
Police have identified the body as 25-year-old Robin Burge of Lynchburg.
She was discovered along a riverbank by two deer hunters.
Police are treating her death as a homicide.

MODEL


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Police investigators in southern California have resumed their search for the body of missing model Linda Sobek.
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Poice have booked a photographer who claims he accidentally ran over and killed Sobek.
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Charles Rathbun was arrested Wednesday night.
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Authorities believe Sobek's body is buried in Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles.
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MISSING-MILLIONAIRE


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In Mississippi, police suspect foul play in the disappearance of a furniture heiress.
Authorities believe Jacqueline Levitz was killed and her body wrapped in sheets missing from her bed.
Police found a large amount of blood in Levitz' bedroom and bathroom.
She was last seen on Saturday.
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KOON-shooting


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A gunman searching for former L-A police Sergeant Stacey Koon was killed yesterday after he forced his way into Koon's halfway house.
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A swat team stormed the house after the man killed one hostage and threatened to kill another.
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Two others were wounded in the incident.
Koon is serving out his sentence for beating Rodney King.
He was not at the house at the time of the shooting.
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Tennessee-Ax


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Three teen-agers charged in the death of a Tennessee sheriff's deputy have a date in Juvenile Court today in Bristol, Tennessee.
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The 15- year -olds are charged with first-degree murder, theft of more than ten-thousand dollars, felony evading arrest and felony possession of cocaine.
Police began chasing their van Wednesday in Bristol, Virginia.
One of the teen's grandmothers lives there and police believe the youths were trying to get to her house after running away from Florida.
The police pursuit ended in Sullivan County, Tennessee, where the deputy died after the teens' van rammed his cruiser.
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Up next, shoppers hit the malls on the busiest shopping day of year.
Scott Prince braves the crowds and joins us for a live report,
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and if you're shopping for toys, Connie Stevens has some tips on how to find the right ones for your kids.
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Shopping


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Forget football on T-V, the big sport today is shopping.
Retailers are luring customers in early with promised sales and extended hours.
Store owners are hoping for a big weekend-- and then will watch and wait to see if this will be a green or a blue Christmas for them.
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Scott Prince is at Valley View Mall with a look at the local rush.
Scott, is today living up to its expectations?
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Toys


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Parents shopping today face that yearly challenge -- how to find a fun toy that's also safe and educational.
Health Check's Connie Stevens has some advice.
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(( Pediatricians say the top priority when selecting toys is SAFETY-- avoid small toys that can be swallowed, or those with small parts attached.
Beginning in infancy, babies need toys that teach them to hold and shake-- often colorful toys that make sounds.
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((DR. MARK MCBRIDE/PEDIATRICIAN: IN THE ONE TO THREE YEAR AGE GROUP WE LIKE TO CHOSE TOYS THAT SUGGEST INTERACTION. TOYS THAT WILL PROMOTE INTERACTION OF THE CHILD WITH OTHER CHILDREN. THINGS LIKE BOOKS, PUZZLES WITH LARGE PIECES, ANY THING ELSE YOU CAN FIND THAT WOULD SUGGEST OR PROMOTE INTERACTION., EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS ARE HELPFUL, SING-A-LONGS.AND YOU ALSO WANT TO CHOSE TOYS AND VIDEOS THAT SORT OF PROMOTE VOCALIZATION.))
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((THE FOUR TO TEN YEAR AGE GROUP IS A DIFFICULT AGE GROUP, AND THOSE CHILDREN JOIN THE MORE EDUCATIONAL AND THINKING TOYS. THEY CHOSE THINGS LIKE, AGAIN EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS, SOME CHILDREN HAVE A COMPUTER SO COMPUTER GAMES THAT ENCOURAGE THINKING, NOT JUST SEDENTARY LIKE THINKING IN FRONT OF THE TV. I WOULD ALSO RECOMMEND GETTING AWAY FROM VIOLENCE AND AGGRESSION AND CHOOSING TOYS THAT DO NOT FOCUS ON THAT.))
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For older children, music, as well as sports and outdoor equipment are usually big hits.
For whatever age group, is important to follow the recommend age listing.
And-- plan your purchases, rather than spending it all on inappropriate impulse items.
Connie Stevens, News 7.))

Lottery


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Someone has yet to come forward with the winning 24 -million-dollar Lotto ticket.
The ticket was sold Tuesday at a Hampton Seven-Eleven.
The Lottery Department will be open today in Richmond in case the winner comes forward.

Stocks


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Stocks are slightly higher in very quiet trading as many investors extend their Thanksgiving holiday.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was UP 12 points.
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Stick around. We'll have tonight's Friday Football lineup,
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and what makes the creator of this artwork so unusual?
We'll show you, next, on News 7 at Noon.
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Cowboys


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Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith will undergo an M-R-I today on his sprained left knee.
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Smith ran for 56 yards and a touchdown before suffering the injury in yesterday's 24-to-12 victory over Kansas City.
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Lions


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Scott Mitchell threw for a team-record 410 yards and Barry Sanders rushed for 138 yards in Detroit's
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Brett Perriman caught two of Mitchell's career-high four touchdown passes.
The Lions improved to 6-and-6 with their third straight victory.
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FFE


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Regional champions will be crowned in high school football tonight and tomorrow.
Let's take a look at the Friday Football Extra lineup.
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young-artist


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And finally, you've no doubt heard the saying "some people have talent--and some people do not."
Well in the art world----there's very little doubt that Alexandra Nechita
(na-key-ta) has it---and it will only improve with time.


Elizabeth Kaledin has the story.
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((At first glance these may look like the works of picasso hanging on the walls of a New York City art gallery. but on closer inspection you'll notice the signature...a name you may not recognize Alexandra Nechita.
Despite the similarities...nechita is not one of picasso's contemporaries, in fact, you won't find her work in any art history books...she's only ten years old. ALEXANDRA NECHITA/ARTIST: I FIRST STARTED OFF WHEN I WAS 2--WHEN I WAS COLORING AND DRAWING--FIRST I WAS COLORING IN COLORING BOOKS--THEN I STARTED OFF DRAWING MY OWN PICTURES.
Alexandra was two years old when she emigrated from Romania with her parents in 1987. Even then they noticed she had artistic talent.
As Alexandra grew she graduated to different mediums..water colors and pastels at age four..oil paints at five. Alexandra's creations come to life here in her studio--a converted family room in her parents california home. collectors snap up the art work which sells for thousands of dollars..
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DIFFERENT WORLDS--
Alexandra's youth and talent attract a lot of media attention. she prefers to concentrate on her art--instead of what is going on around her.
ALEXANDRA: LOVE TO PIANT--IT'S MY PASSION. I WANT TO MAKE EVERYBODY HAPPY. IN SAD TIMES MAKE THEM SMILE--MAKE THEM HAPPY--BRING THEM JOY--IN SOME OF MY PAINTINGS YOU NEVER KNOW.
Though not yet a teenager, alexandra chooses subjects that show a rare degree of maturity....paintings such as-"heart transplant"--which pays tribute to those who save the lives of others. "forgotten values"--is about people who are blinded by their fame and fortune and forget about their families....and "California" which honors her adopted home.
ALEX:IT'S SHOWING MY PRIDE---AND TO MAKE A CHOICE--MY CHOICE TO LIVE..

When she is not at work--alexandra loves playing with her baby brother max...who is the subject of one of her paintings. there's also plenty of time for rollerblading,swimming and fishing...and maybe in the future...boys. though she may appear to be an old soul on the canvas...she's still a child at heart. Elizabeth Kaledin, CBS News, New York.))

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On tonight's Health Check on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
Do you know what most children's favorite food is?
The answer probably won't surprise you.
But what might is the number of kids in charge of the day's important meals.
We'll have the results of a recent study, along with more news, weather and sports tonight on NEWS-7 at Five. Happy Shopping-- bye bye.