There's been an early morning explosion at the Japanese embassy in Peru were
leftist rebels continue to hold more than 100 hostages.
And some new information about the cargo plane that went down Sunday in
Giles County killing six people.
Skies will become mostly cloudy late this afternoon with the chance of rain
or freezing rain tonight. I'll have the forecast in a few minutes.
Stay with us News 7 at Noon is next.
In Peru, an explosion early this morning rocked the Japanese embassy, where
leftist rebels are holding more than 100 hostages.
So far there is no indication of any injures.
It's also not clear whether the bomb went off inside or outside the
Byron Harlan has the latest.
IN Q=the blast
SUPER=03-Lima, Peru; :00
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/Reporting; :52
OUT Q=CBS NEWS NEW YORK.
In Belgrade this afternoon, heavily armed riot police have encircled
thousands of people who defied a ban on demonstrations.
The marchers are protesting Serbian President Sloban Milosevic.
Yesterday they took to the streets with brooms and detergent.
They were trying to symbolically clean the city after a violent
confrontation with government forces earlier this week.
Opposition leaders today are urging calm.
They say police want a violent incident so they can justify a crackdown.
A tropical storm is blamed for killing at least 88 people in Malaysia.
Tropical Storm "Greg" blew ashore last night causing widespread flooding.
Many people died when rivers spilled over their banks and swept away homes.
Police say the death toll is expected to rise because search
parties are still recovering bodies.
The Airborne Express plane that crashed Sunday night into a Giles County
mountainside reportedly had trouble a day before the crash.
Triad International Maintenance Corporation, the company that was
overhauling the cargo plane that crashed --- is now launching its own
Saturday's trouble forced pilots to scrap a test run.
A Greensboro television station reports trouble with the hydraulic system
caused the plane to drop a mile in altitude, so pilots turned the plane around
and returned to North Carolina.
Federal officials say the Airborne Express D-C-Eight was 20 minutes into a
maintenance test flight Sunday when it fell into a steep dive.
The pilot reportedly made a distress call just before the crash.
Six people died.
The investigation is scheduled to pick back up today.
A man driving backward on Route 29 last night was killed when his car
collided with another vehicle.
It happened in the northbound lanes of Route 29 near Arrington.
State police say 40- year- old Lionel Dwight Crawford was backing up to meet
with friends he had just passed along the roadway.
Crawford died at the scene.. a passenger in his car was treated and released
from U-V-A hospital.
The driver of the other vehicle and her three- year- old daughter were not
injured in the crash.
GRAPHIC=mideast peace talks
An agreement on the West Bank could come before the new year.
SUPER=03-Ramallah, West Bank;
That's the prediction of U-S mediator Dennis Ross who returned to the U-S
last night to update President Clinton on the situation.
Ross has been mediating talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and P-L-O- Chief Yasser Arafat on troop withdrawal from Hebron.
IN Q=I'VE JUST HAD.
(( DENNIS ROSS:I'VE JUST HAD A MEETING WITH ARAFAT WAS VERY POSITIVE AND I AM
VERY PLEASED WITH THE WAY THE TALKS ARE PROGRESSING,
ADDING THE TALKS ARE GOING VERY WELL AND MEMBERS OF MY TEAM ARE STAYING
ARAFAT:WE HOPE THIS AGREEMENT IS CONCLUDED VERY SOON.
SUPER=01-Dennis Ross/U.S. Mediator;
SUPER=01-Yasser Arafat/PLO Chief;
OUT Q=VERY SOON.
Hebron is the last West Bank urban area still under full Israeli control.
The pullout has been held up by Israeli demands for greater security
guarantees for the 400 Jewish settlers living in the city of 120-thousand
Former Arkansas governor Jim Guy Tucker has a new liver this afternoon.
Doctors at the Mayo clinic say Tucker's Christmas day transplant went well
and he's now resting in stable condition.
Tucker was convicted of fraud and conspiracy in a White-Water related trial
He was spared a prison term because of bad health.
The man accused of a Christmas Eve murder in Lynchburg made his first court
appearance this morning.
33- year- old James Michael David is charged with the beating death of his
roommate inside their motel room early Tuesday morning.
The victim, whose identity has not been released, apparently died of blunt
force trauma to his body.
Police say the two men had been staying at the Ramada Inn for about two
They would not discuss a possible motive.
David was given a court- appointed attorney today, and remains held without
A fire did not disrupt one Roanoke County family's Christmas morning.
According to emergency officials they did not even realize their house was
on fire until a passerby knocked on the door and alerted them.
The fire started in the chimney, but quickly spread to the attic.
Flames started shooting out of the home, but apparently the people inside
had no idea it was happening.
Everyone inside was able to escape without injury.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas is OVER... but not entirely.
After a one- day break, the Christmas shopping season resumes today with
holiday returns and exchanges.
This morning at Valley View Mall, the hunt was on for the best after-
IN Q=We found some
((GERALDINE FRITH/SHOPPER: WE FOUND SOME GOOD DEALS ON CHRISTMAS PAPER, 50
((HARRY FRITH/SHOPPER: IT'S WORSE THAN IT WAS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, ALMOST,
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE STANDING IN LINE FOR THIS PAPER, CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR
OUT Q=for next year.
For some retailers, foul weather and fewer shopping days between
Thanksgiving and Christmas kept their sales down... so they're counting on
post- holiday sales to improve their bottom line.
The town of Buchanan has a unique Christmas tradition that dates back to
one of the town's darkest days.
In 19-85 and the town was all but destroyed by flash flooding.
With the town's water supply contaminated -- people brought in fresh water
in plastic milk jugs.
One resident had the idea of using the empty jugs to celebrate the coming
Since then -- every Christmas Eve townspeople have filled the jugs
with sand and placed a lighted candle in them to line Main Street.
This year -- there were 14-hundred of the lighted jugs illuminating Main
Some people wait until the eleventh hour to send Christmas presents.
Scott Prince caught up with one person in charge of delivering those last
IN Q=He has
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Mark White/U.S. Postal Service; :33
SUPER=07-Debbie Bull; :47 (QUICK!!)
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Roanoke County
(( He has white hair and a white beard, and he delivers presents on
No, he's not Santa Claus.
But he sure acts like it.
NAT SOT 10:29:16
IN Q=Merry Christmas
OH, THANK YOU. OUR SON HAS BEEN CALLING FROM CALIFORNIA-- THREE TIMES LAST
NIGHT-- AND IT CAME!))
OUT Q=it came
Mark White has worked for the United States Postal Service for more than 2
decades... and he's been delivering packages on Christmas Day for 15 years.
He has enough seniority now that he doesn't have to work on the holiday...
but he likes doing it.
IN Q=It's an
((MARK WHITE/U.S. POSTAL SERVICE: IT'S AN ENJOYABLE JOB. YOU'RE OUT MOST OF THE
DAY. YOU GET TO MEET A LOT OF PEOPLE AND IT'S VERY ENJOYABLE. ))
OUT Q=very enjoyable
It's enjoyable for the package recipients too.
After all, who wouldn't be happy about getting more presents on Christmas?
IN Q=The mail
((DEBBIE BULL: THE MAIL MAN BROUGHT ME A PACKAGE ON CHRISTMAS DAY. I CAN'T
BELIEVE IT! ))
OUT Q=believe it
As for the Santa similarities, Mark shrugs them off.
He says he's not trading in his blue uniform for a red suit any time soon.
And he much prefers a postal jeep over a sleigh and eight reindeer.
IN Q=Some people
((WHITE: SOME PEOPLE MAY SAY I LOOK THE PART, BUT I JUST TRY TO MAKE THE
DELIVERIES. WHEN I DO BRING THEM, I THINK THEY'RE PLEASED. ))
OUT Q=they're pleased
At least he admits to spreading a little good cheer.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Roanoke County.))
The holidays are about more than presents and a local charity found the true
meaning of Christmas yesterday.
Roanoke Area Ministries' RAM House once again opened up its kitchen for a
Freshly prepared turkey, ham, and all the trimmings were served.
Organizers say it could have never happened without the help of volunteers.
IN Q=We've got
((LOU IOTT/ROANOKE AREA MINISTRIES: WE'VE GOT ALMOST TWENTY VOLUNTEERS HERE IN
THE KITCHEN TO HELP SERVE THE FOOD. IT'S JUST A SPECIAL DAY. THAT'S A VERY HIGH
NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS. ))
SUPER=01-Lou Iott/Roanoke Area Ministries;
OUT Q=of volunteers
More than 100 hungry guests spent a portion of their Christmas at Roanoke
It may not have been at the top of your Christmas list, but its authors say
it's a gift that could save lives.
The Virginia Gun Owner's Guide is being rushed to a book store near you.
It's chock full of information on gun laws and court precedent about the
legal use of guns.
IN Q=It doesn't
((ALAN KORWIN/VIRGINIA GUN OWNER'S GUIDE": IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO OWN A GUN
AND NOT KNOW THE RULES. AND THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS HAS MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT
TO KNOW THE RULES. SO I'VE COMPILED ALL THE GUN LAWS AND TRANSLATED THEM INTO
PLAIN ENGLISH BECAUSE I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT THEY WERE AND I FIGURED AS A WRITER
OTHER PEOPLE WOULD WANT TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE. AND IT'S BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL.
MY ARIZONA BOOK WHICH WAS FIRST IS NOW IN ITS 17TH PRINTING.))
((STEVE MANISCACLO/"VIRGINIA GUN OWNER'S GUIDE": A LOT OF GUN OWNERS IN
PARTICULAR WILL FEEL THAT THEY HAVE AN INNATE RIGHT TO DEFEND THEMSELVES IN
WAYS THAT PERHAPS ARE GOING TO BE ILLEGAL OR CAUSE TREMENDOUS PROBLEMS FOR
SUPER=01-Alan Korwin/"Virginia Gun Owner's Guide"; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Maniscalco/"Virginia Gun Owner's Guide"; :22
Since Virginia's concealed carry law took effect in July of 19-95, more than
47- thousand people have gotten the permits.
Bikers are giving their support to a proposed trail running from Virginia to
The American Motorcyclist Association is planning to give four thousand
dollars toward the development of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System.
Plans call for the development of two- thousand miles of trails in the
The project is already getting started in southern West Virginia.
The trails will be open to dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles, as well as
horseback riders, hikers and mountain bikers.
Authorities have arrested a man suspected of robbing Food Lion stores in
Pulaski County and Abingdon.
Washington County deputies traveled to West Virginia, to arrest 48- year-
old Henry Burton at his home Monday night.
Burton was being held on robbery charges in connection with the Saturday
night holdup of an Abingdon Food Lion.
Police say witnesses got the man's license number as he fled the scene and
then picked Burton out of a photo lineup.
While not all of us had a white Christmas, winter is upon us and shoveling
snow is one activity many of us are not looking forward to.
It's also an activity that in some cases can be life threatening.
Dr. Howard Torman files this report.
SUPER=01-Dr. Jacob Haft/Cardiologist; :15
SUPER=01-Dr. Howard Torman/Reporting; :25 (not SU)
OUT Q=CBS News
It's well known that heart attacks can be triggered in susceptible people by
physical exertion, and shoveling snow can certainly be very strenuous. But
what makes shoveling so high risk compared to other types of exercise?
HAFT: "SHOVELING SNOW IN PARTICULAR IS STRESSFUL BECAUSE IT'S AN
ISOMETRIC EXERTION, WHICH MEANS YOU'RE LIFTING SOMETHING HEAVY, AND WHEN YOU
DO THAT YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE GOES UP."
The rise in blood pressure puts additional stress on the walls of blood
vessels already diseased with hardening of the arteries, atherosclerosis.
Cardiologists in New Jersey studied 19 patients, men and women, who were seen
with acute chest pains or shortness of breath after shoveling snow in last
Fifteen of them had heart attacks or similar severe problems.
With x-rays it was determined most had experienced a sudden
rupture, injury, in an area of atherosclerosis.
HAFT: "WHEN IT RUPTURES PART OF IT OBSTRUCTS THE FLOW OF BLOOD THROUGH
THAT BLOOD VESSEL AND IT ALSO STIMULATES THE FORMATION OF A CLOT THAT CAN MAKE
ALL THE BLOOD FLOW THROUGH THAT BLOOD VESSEL STOP."
And if blood flow stops in an artery supplying part of the heart muscle,
muscle dies, and that's a heart attack.))
Medical Experts say if you have chest pain while shoveling snow or even a
few hours later, it may be the onset of a heart attack and you should go to an
emergency room immediately.
These days doctors can break up the clot or open up the blood vessel.
Despite two recent snow storms, the Virginia Department of Transportation
says it's pleased with the mild temperatures this winter.
Last winter's heavy storms caused V-DOT to exceed its snow removal budget by
V-DOT says another hard winter could mean less money to fix state roads.
A cold snap has hit the great lakes area.
Minneapolis recorded a record Christmas low of twenty below.
The old record of 20 below was set back in 19-62.
Meantime, the temperature at Flag Island near the Canadian border dipped to
forty below for a state Christmas record.
SUPER=330-Light Rain/Or Freezing Rain/30-34/Partly/ Sunny/50-55;
SUPER=331-Light Rain/Or Freezing Rain/30-34/Mostly Cloudy/Then Clearing/51-55;
SUPER=333-Scattered/Freezing Rain/30-35/Mostly Cloudy/Then Clearing/45-49;
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 37 points.
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College football dropped N-F-L scouts a Christmas present yesterday in the
form of a record breaking Blue-Gray all star classic.
SUPER=03-Montgomery, AL; :00
The Blue racked up 44 points, breaking the old scoring record.
Blue quarterback Jim Arellanes's 70 yard touchdown connection to Nathaniel
Jaquet shattered the record for longest pass play and gave his team a 7-nothing
lead in the first.
Colorado State's Calvin Branch made it 14-nothing Blue on this 5 yard T-D.
Van Miles took the interception 45 yards for the touchdown to tie it up.
But the Blue goes on to win it 44 to 34.
TAPE#=net (edit of FB96-3)
The Midshipmen of navy took on the California Golden Bears in the Jeep Eagle
Aloha Bowl in Honolulu.
SUPER=03-Honolulu, HI; :00
California's Deltha O' Neal takes the opening kickoff and finds a seam on
his way to a 1 hundred yard touchdown return.
The extra point fails but the Bears led 6-nothing.
The midshipmen gave up 35 points in the first half alone.
Navy came from 10 points down in the SUPER=34-Navy/42/California/38;
last 8 minutes to win thanks to back up quarterback Ben Fay who came in to run
for a pair of T-D's, including the game winner with under 2 minutes to play.
Navy beats California in the Aloha Bowl 42 to 38.
The Carolina Panthers are gearing up for their first post season appearance
in their two year history.
The Panthers clinched the N-F-C West division with a win over Pittsburgh,
which capped off a solid 12 and 4 season.
All of the talk has been about the defense and the emerging offense behind
Kerry Collins, but the unsung heroes are the offensive lineman.
((GREG SKREPENAK/PANTHER TACKLE: WE'VE BEEN A GREAT THAT'S BEEN
INTERCHANGEABLE SO ITS BIG-- THAT HAS GONE AND PLAYED WELL WHEN CALLED UPON, SO
YOU KNOW, THIS IS NOT JUST 5 GUYS, IT'S BEEN THE WHOLE TEN , 11 GUYS THAT WE
HAVE ON OUR OFFENSIVE LINE, AND IT'S BEEN GREAT, ESPECIALLY TO SEE AJ RUN FOR
OVER 1000 YARDS.))
((KERRY COLLINS PANTHER QUARTERBACK: THEY ARE DOING A GREAT JOB PASS
PROTECTING, AND THAT'S MADE MY JOB A LOT EASIER AND I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE
REASONS WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO THROW THE BALL A LOT BETTER LATELY.))
SUPER=01-Greg Skrepenak/Panther Tackle; ;00
SUPER=01-Kerry Collins/Panther Quarterback; :17
4 N-B-A teams were hard at work on Christmas day.
In the windy city the Chicago Bulls hosted the Detroit Pistons in a match up
of premier guards.
SUPER=03-Chicago/Pistons vs. Bulls;
Michael Jordan and Grant Hill had a chance to showcase their talents head
Hill would draw first blood on this easy pull up jumper in the first quarter
Jordan was off on this shot but watch Dennis Rodman gather the rebound and
nail the rare fade away.
Jordan did get on track. Here he takes the pass from Tony (Koo-coach) Kukoc
and gives the fans a show on the slam as the Bulls pull away to win 95-83.