Survivors are reported in the crash of a U-S jetliner in Columbia.
The senate wants to take President Clinton to court over Whitewater.
And a royal divorce may be in the works in London.
It's going to be a windy, cold day with highs in the upper 30s. I'll have the
forecast in a minute.
Don't go away.
The news is next.
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At least four people have survived an American Airline crash near Cali,
The Boeing 7-5-7 went down late last night in the Andes Mountains.
The plane originated out of Miami and was carrying 164 passengers and crew.
Earlier, the airline reported all aboard were killed, but the Columbian
civil defense now says a woman, a man and two children have survived.
There is no word on the cause of the crash, but it's the worst
involving a U-S airliner since the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 --which
ironically was seven years ago, today.
U-S safety investigators and F-B-I agents are heading to Colombia to
Attorney General Janet Reno says there's no indication yet that the crash
was anything more than an accident.
Don Dare has more from Miami.
SUPER=01-Tim Smith/American Airlines;
SUPER=01-Angela Landono/Lucky Passenger
SUPER=01-Pat San Pedro/Manager Corp. Communications;
((You could see the anxiety and fear on their faces. Family members of
relatives aboard American Airlines flight 965 arrived at Miami International
where the doomed flight began.
Agents for American Airlines quickly escorted the families behind closed
A few hours later, they tearfully left the room having learned the awful
SMITH:UNFORTUNATELY THE SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS HAVE GOTTEN TO THE SCENE AND
HAVE CONFIRMED TO US THERE ARE NO SURVIVORS AMONG THE 164 PASSENGERS AND CREW
MEMBERS ON BOARD THE AIRCRAFT.
Officials on the scene say the jetliner lost radio contact while flying over
Buga, a town 40 miles north of Cali, Columbia.
American airlines says the Boeing 757 crashed into a mountainside.
It was Angela Landono's lucky night. She was supposed to be on flight 965,
but the snow in New York delayed her.
LANDONO:IT'S SAD FOR THE PEOPLE BUT I'M LUCKY YEA. I'M REALLY HAPPY.
But this man wasn't so lucky. He holds a cherished gift given to him by his
girlfriend... a girlfriend who was on the plane. American Airlines is now
helping breaved family and friends of those aboard the plane.
SAN PEDRO: IT'S CALLED CARE, THOSE PEOPLE ARE WITH FAMILY MEMBERS THAT WE
HAVE FOUND. WE ATTACK A CARE REPRESENTATIVE TO EACH FAMILY THEY SPEND ALL TIME
WITH THEM. GONE BACK HOME WITH THEM AND ASSISTING THEM UNTIL THIS IS OVER.))
In Egypt, an early morning train collision near Cairo has left dozens dead
Police say at least 75 people were killed when a passenger train slammed
into the back of another train in heavy fog.
Another 76 people were injured.
Authorities say both numbers are expected to rise.
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Here in the states --
President Clinton is the first president since Richard Nixon to face a
battle with Congress in court.
The Senate voted last night to take the President to court to gain access to
Whitewater related papers.
Republican lawmakers say they've waited long enough.
((SEN. ALFONSE D'AMATO/R- NEW YORK: AND DELAYING THIS MATTER FOR MONTHS NOW
FORCES US TO DEMONSTRATE THAT WE ARE ABSOLUTELY SERIOUS IN TERMS OF DETERMINING
THE FACTS THAT WE ARE ENTITLED TO.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Alfonse D'Amato/(R) New York;
OUT Q=WE ARE ENTITLED TO."
Mr. Clinton says a Senate subpoena for the notes violates his right to
And while Congress doesn't have good news for the president, it may have
some good news for furloughed federal workers.
They apparently will get paid for their time off the job.
That's the word from G- O- P leaders this morning.
They say government workers should not be punished because of the latest
They also say veterans should not suffer either.
The Senate could take up a measure that would allow the government to issue
benefit checks to veterans.
The House approved the measure yesterday.
Meanwhile, a Virginia representative is asking Congress to look at HIS
L-F Payne says the Conservative Democratic Coalition eliminates the major
stumbling blocks to a seven- year balanced budget.
IN Q=Let's end
((REP. L-F PAYNE/D- VIRGINIA: LET'S END THIS BUSINESS AS USUAL. LET'S SUMMON
THE POLITICAL COURAGE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. LET'S TAKE SOME RISKS FOR A
BALANCED BUDGET. LET'S PASS THIS COALITION BUDGET. ))
OUT Q=coalition budget.
There's a plan for talks today involving chief negotiators, but the White
House says it's unlikely President Clinton will take part.
A historic handover of power is taking place today in the West Bank.
As part of the Israel-Palestinian autonomy agreement Israeli soldiers are
turning over Bethlehem to Palestinian troops.
The move ends 28 years of Israeli occupation.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth says she's had it.
It's time, says her majesty, for Prince Charles and Princess Diana to
officially end their troubled marriage.
Mark Phillips has more from London.
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OUT Q=CBS NEWS LONDON.
It is the time of year for greetings to be sent between family members. But
the world's most famous Christmas card, it seems, was sent by the Queen of
England to her son Prince Charles and his estranged wife, Diana. Enough
already, it said. Stop this unseemly public bickering. Get it over with.
It's provided the royal court reports with a busy Christmas.
ROSS BENSON/ROYALS COMMENTATOR:THE QUEEN WANTS TO RUN A ROYAL FAMILY NOT A SOAP
The Prince, who made HIS televised admission of adultery over
a year ago, is said to agree.
The Princess, who made HER televised admission of adultery a
few weeks ago, is said to be devastated and will giver her
response after the holidays.
It was in the same famous
interview that Diana said divorce wasn't what she wanted...
DIANA;I DON'T WANT A DIVORCE BUT OBVIOUSLY WE NEED CLARITY ON THE
SITUATION THAS HAS BEEN OF ENORMOUS DISCUSSION OVER THE LAST
THREE YEARS IN PARTICULAR SO ALL I SAY TO THAT IS I AWAIT MY
HUSBAND'S DECISION ON WHICH WAY WE ARE ALL GOING TO GO."
They're going to go -- inevitably -- their separate ways. But
then, they've been doing that almost since before they were
CHARLES AND DI;"(INTERVIEWER) ... AND LOVE? (SHE) OF COURSE. (HE) WHATEVER
What it means is that a royal divorce is in the offing...plenty of work for
the royal lawyers in sorting out the royal houses and the royal castles and the
royal silver and or course the royal sons. Prince Charles now says he would
not be interested in remarrying after a divorce, ending, he hopes that bit of
speculation. Mark Phillips, CBS News, London.))
O-J Simpson's Los Angeles estate is the site of much speculation.
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Camera crews have been seen going in and out of the gates, but they're not
talking about what they're taping.
One published report says Simpson is making a video delcaring his innocence
in the deaths of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
The two-hour tape reportedly will be sold for 30 dollars and will be
promoted in an informercial.
Simpson is expected to make millions in the deal.
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Still to come on News 7,
Some parents in Bath County want some books taken off the shelves at the
and an early morning car pool makes quite a splash in Radford.
Snow showers and flurries across parts of the region last night left a
dusting in most places. A few parts of the Greenbrier Valley and far southwest
Virginia got up to two inches.
More of these isolated snow showers are expected throughout the weekend...
but no major storms are in the forecast.
I'll tell you what you can expect this weekend in a few minutes.
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It took a jury three hours last night to find a a Roanoke man guilty of
first degree murder and arson.
The jury set a 30- year sentence for Raymond Mahoney.
He was convicted in the death of 40- year old Brenda Ann Davis--
She died in a house fire in May.
Mahoney is scheduled for sentencing January 30th.
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In Halifax County, 17- year old Kevin Newman was found guilty yesterday of
second degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.
The jury said he should spend 79- years in prison.
He was accused of pulling the trigger in a drive by shooting in February
that killed Anthony Scott Whitlock.
Harry Antoine Traynham (TRAIN-UM) was convicted of first degree murder in
September after a jury held him responsible for driving the car.
Carpooling has taken on a whole new meaning in Radford.
This morning Radford police had to bring in a crane to lift a 19-93 Mercury
van out of the city pool at Bissett Park.
Police say the driver started from about 100 feet, floored the accelerator,
crashed through the fence and into the pool.
Damages to the fence are estimated at about three- thousand- dollars.
Police say the crane lift caused most of the damage to the van.
Turns out the vehicle was stolen from Roanoke County.
A Roanoke school bus driver indicted on federal drug charges faces more
charges in state court, including failure to stop for a school bus.
Wayne Hicks pled NOT guilty to the federal charges yesterday as he was
He is accused of possessing 38 grams of crack cocaine.
The 23 year old man faces a minimum sentence of five years if convicted.
Hicks faces unrelated charges from an arrest in May, including passing a
stopped school bus, failure to stop for police, and attempted escape.
In Bath County -- the mouse that roared.
"Of Mice and Men" is among the books causing an uproar in the county.
Parents there say certain books being used in school are indecent and they
want them out.
But other parents say that violates the principles of freedom of speech.
Ron Jones has the story.
IN Q=The two books in
SUPER=01-Clarence Perry/School Board Member;:17
SUPER=01-Joyce Breem/English Teacher;:51
SUPER=01-Tina Baker/Bath Co. Senior;:1:12
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven, Bath County.
(( The two books in question?
"Go Ask Alice"and John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men".
Some parents of Bath County High School say the books have too much
profanity, drug use, and sex.
The school board held a meeting earlier this month "Go Ask Alice" was
banned from the classroom.
((CLARENCE PERRY/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: I FEEL LIKE THE LANGUAGE SHOULDN'T BE IN
THE SCHOOLS AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT YOUR MEN'S MAGAZINES OR YOUR WOMEN'S OR
PLAYBOY IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT THAT OR WHATEVER. AND I FEEL LIKE IF THEY WANT
TO READ THAT STUFF THEN THEY CAN GO GET THE PLAYBOY BUT NOT HAVE IT IN
parents and teachers who opposed the idea are crying foul.
((CHERI WRIGHTS/PARENT: CENSORSHIP IS DANGEROUS FOLKS. AND SOME OF YOU HAVE
ALLOWED THIS VICIOUS CYCLE TO START. A CYCLE THAT WILL NEVER END UNTIL THE
PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTY SEND A WAKE UP CALL.))
((JOYCE BREEN/ENGLISH TEACHER: YOU HAVE TO READ THE A WHOLE BOOK TO GET A
WHOLE MESSAGE. AND THE PARENTS WHO OBJECTED TO THIS DIDN'T EVEN READ THE BOOK.
THEY DID WHAT CENSORS DO THEY UNDERLINE WORDS.))
But after parents, teachers and students presented a petitionwith 300 plus
signatures against the ban the board rescinded the their decision and the books
went back into the classroom.
((TINA BAKER/BATH COUNTY STUDENT: I THINK THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH THE BOOK
BECAUSE THEY HAVE THEMON MOVIES. THE SAME WORDS ON MTV, MUSIC OF THE KIDS THEY
Parenst against the books say they want freedom from the influencesthese
But parents who don't have a problem with the books say all they want is
freedom of speech.
Ron Jones, News Seven, Bath County.))
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Now's the time to get your pet in the spot light - thanks to the SPCA,
and police in Vinton get into the Christmas spirit by delivering gifts to
families in need.
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Some halloween haunts have helped to raise Christmas spirits in Vinton this
Money raised from a haunted house is supporting the Vinton Police Needy
This year, the department is providing food baskets for 65 families, and
presents for 135 children.
Last night, Santa and a small army of helpers made their deliveries.
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((CHRIS STULL/VINTON FIRST AID CREW: IT REALLY MAKES IT A NICE CHRISTMAS WHEN
YOU HELP SOMEBODY ELSE OUT WHEN THEY'RE IN A TIME OF NEED. ))
SUPER=01-Chris Stull/Vinton First Aid Crew;
OUT Q=in a time of need.
Other sponsors included Kroger, Cox Cable, the Vinton First Aid Crew, and
Parents Without Partners.
It's not unusual for little ones to have their pictures taken with Santa
this time of year -- but what if their names are Rover, Spot, or Fido?
Right now you can bring your pet to the Roanoke S-P-C-A to have its photo
taken with Santa.
Executive Director Al Alexander is here to tell us about it.
Why pets, Al?
SUPER=01-Al Alexander/Roanoke SPCA.;
(So what happens when someone brings in their pet to sit with Santa?)
(How much is a photo, is this a polaroid or what? And how long does it take
to get it?)
(How do the proceeds benefit animals at the SPCA?)
(You did this last year, how many animals were saved as a result?)
(Has Santa had a hard time getting some of his visitors to pose with him?)
(Does he use certain tricks to get them to be patient?)
(What's the most unusual pet to have its picture taken with Santa?)
(And you can bring in your kids, too, right?)
(How much time is left before Christmas to bring in your pets?)
(toss to weather)
Cable T-V may soon cost more in Lynchburg.
Lynchburg Cablevision is adding THREE new channels to its Standard Tier-
V-H-1, The Inspirational Network, and The Home and Garden Network.
The monthly rate for that service will jump about two dollars- and- fifty
cents, to fifteen- fifty- five a month.
Basic cable viewers will get more than a quarter taken off their rates,
which will drop to nine- twenty- seven a month.
Lynchburg Cablevision says it still charges LESS for its Basic and Standard
Tier services than the federal government allows.
Stocks have been fighting their way back from a dramatic, last-minute
Analysts say the fundamentals remain strong in the market, and that
yesterday's drop was largely a reaction to stalled budget talks.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP 27 points.
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When News 7 returns,
A local basketball player slam dunks a personal career high,
and Alonzo Mourning offers some big shoes to fill at Roanoke College's
We'll tell you who will benefit.
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It was a special night over at William Byrd.
Not only did the Terriers beat Blacksburg 60 to 49, but Chris Childress
reached a milestone.
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A few minutes into the game Childress scores and reaches the one- thousand
point mark for his career.
The game was stopped and Childress and SUPER=33-William
his dad were presented with the ball to the delight of all the fans.
Childress goes on to score 35 points to lead Byrd to victory.
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Closer to home North Cross took on Floyd County.
John Mull takes the missed shot and scores as the buzzer sounds to end the
The Raiders SUPER=33-Floyd Co./=75/North Cross/=64;
tied the game at 53- all.
But the Buffaloes' Travis Cantrell scores and Floyd goes on to hold off
North Cross 75-64.
Roanoke College will host the fourth annual Dominos-Lewis Gale basketball
tournament January 3rd and 4th.
One of the best highlights will be the N-B-A and college memrobilia that is
raffled off during the two day event.
Proceeds go to cancer research and the V-Foundation.
Tech's Bill foster donated a Tech Jersey as did U-V-a's Jeff Jones.
Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning even threw in a pair of size 17 shoes!
Coming up in tonight's Health Check Report on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
More promising news in the fight against breast cancer--
An international team of scientists has reportedly identified a second major
gene responsible for inherited breast cancer.
It could help pinpoint who's more likely to get hereditary breast cancer.
That story and more news tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE--then stick around for
News-7 at SIx. Byee.