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
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.
Stick around News 7 at Noon is next.
Bosnian Serb military and political leaders are reportedly ready to step
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.
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.
((WILLIAM PERRTY: I BELIEVE IT WILLL BE DIFFICULT TO IMPLEMENT THE PEACE
AGREEMENT THAT IS WHY WE ARE SENDING SUCH A STRONG MILITARY. ))
SUPER=01-William Perry/Secretary of Defense;
OUT Q=strong military
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.
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.
IN Q=In what may be
SUPER=01-Tom Fenton/Reporting; 1:16
OUT Q=Tom Fenton, CBS News Moscow;
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
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
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
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
Tom Fenton CBS News Moscow.))
Ireland is the only Western nation that outlaws divorce, but that could
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.
((MICHAEL SMITH/BISHOP OF MEATH:AFTER ALL IT WAS CHRIST WHO SAID ANY MAN WHO
DIVORCES HIS WIFE AND MARRYS ANOTHER COMMITS ADULTRY AND HE MADE IT VERY CLEAR
THAT ADULTREY WAS AGAINST THE LAW OF GOD SO THE CHURCH CAN'T STAND TO PUT THE
LAW OF CHRIST ON ITS HEAD JUST TO PLEASE PEOPLE.
JOAN BURTON/JUNIOR JUSTICE MINISTER: WE ARE FACIN TWOARDS A NEW IRELAND PART
OF THE PROCESS THE DECLARATION WAS FOR US TO SAY AS A SOCIETY WE ARE OPEN TO
CHANGE WE ARE GOING TO BE PURLESS SOCIETY.))
SUPER=01-Michael Smith/Bishop of Meath;
SUPER=01-Joan Burton/Junior Justice Minister; :16
OUT Q=PURLESS SOCIETY.
Opinion polls show a nation split almost down the middle.
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France is virtually paralyzed today with millions of workers on a one day
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,
and police in Mississippi say there's not much hope a missing millionaire will
be found alive.
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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
An autopsy is being performed on a body found this week near Galt's Mill in
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.
Police investigators in southern California have resumed their search for
the body of missing model Linda Sobek.
Poice have booked a photographer who claims he accidentally ran over and
SUPER=03-Hermosa Beach, CA;
Charles Rathbun was arrested Wednesday night.
IN Q=Mr. Rathbun has
((DEPUTY DIANE HECHT/L.A.CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: MR. RATHBUN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH
MURDER, HE WAS BOOKED AT THE HERMOSA BEACH PPOLICE DEPARTMENT, HE'S BEING HELD
ON ON MILLION DOLLARS BAIL. ))
SUPER=01-Deputy Diane Hecht/L.A. Co.Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=on million dollars bail.
Authorities believe Sobek's body is buried in Angeles National Forest near
In Mississippi, police suspect foul play in the disappearance of a furniture
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.
A gunman searching for former L-A police Sergeant Stacey Koon was killed
yesterday after he forced his way into Koon's halfway house.
A swat team stormed the house after the man killed one hostage and
threatened to kill another.
IN Q=(nats sound of shooting)
OUT Q=(nats of shooting.)
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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Three teen-agers charged in the death of a Tennessee sheriff's deputy have a
date in Juvenile Court today in Bristol, Tennessee.
SUPER=03-Sullivan Co., TN/Wednesday;
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.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
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,
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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Forget football on T-V, the big sport today is shopping.
Retailers are luring customers in early with promised sales and extended
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.
Scott Prince is at Valley View Mall with a look at the local rush.
Scott, is today living up to its expectations?
(scott ad lib)
(roll cue: keeping up with that tradition.)
SUPER=01-Toby Fitch/Shopper; :12
SUPER=01-Judy Breene/Shopper; :22
OUT Q=get good bargains
(scott ad lib)
SUPER=01-Scott Ashcraft/Valley View Mall;
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.
IN Q=Pediatricians say
SUPER=01-Dr. Mark McBride/Pediatrician; :19
OUT Q=CS. News 7.
(( 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.
IN Q=In the one
((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.))
BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT
IN Q=The four to ten
((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.))
OUT Q=focus on that.
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
Connie Stevens, News 7.))
Someone has yet to come forward with the winning 24 -million-dollar Lotto
The ticket was sold Tuesday at a Hampton Seven-Eleven.
The Lottery Department will be open today in Richmond in case the winner
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.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Stick around. We'll have tonight's Friday Football lineup,
and what makes the creator of this artwork so unusual?
We'll show you, next, on News 7 at Noon.
MUSIC UP FULL
Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith will undergo an M-R-I today on his
sprained left knee.
SUPER=03-Irving, TX/NBC SPORTS; :
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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SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/FOX SPORTS; :
Scott Mitchell threw for a team-record 410 yards and Barry Sanders rushed
for 138 yards in Detroit's
win over Minnesota.
Brett Perriman caught two of Mitchell's career-high four touchdown passes.
The Lions improved to 6-and-6 with their third straight victory.
Regional champions will be crowned in high school football tonight and
Let's take a look at the Friday Football Extra lineup.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=......FOOTBALL EXTRA BOARD."
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.
IN Q=At first glance
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
SUPER=01-Alexandra Nechita/Artist; :30
SUPER=01-Joan Green/Perry Art Gallery; 1:12
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Kaledin/Reporting; 2:05
OUT Q=cbs News New York.
((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..
JOAN GREEN/PERRY ART GALLERY:..THEY CAN'T BELIEVE SHE IS TEN YEARS OLD-----2
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
MAKE THEM SMILE--MAKE THEM HAPPY--BRING THEM JOY--IN SOME OF MY PAINTINGS YOU
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.))
(toss to Patrick)
(Patrick ad lib)
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
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.