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At least 70 are dead following a high- speed train wreck in northern Germany this morning.
Another 200 are injured.
Officials say the high- speed passenger train was going 125
miles- per- hour when it rammed into a car that had plunged off an overpass onto the tracks.
At least 13 cars derailed.
They piled into each other and caused the overpass to collapse.
Emergency workers are struggling to free trapped passengers.
It's the worst rail disaster in the country since a 1975.
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Two people were killed when a single-engine plane crashed into a Winston-Salem home just over an hour ago.
Authorities say the plane struck several utility lines before crashing into the house.
According to Winston-Salem police, no one in the house was injured.
Several nearby homes are being evacuated as a precautionary measure.
It was a night of destructive storms in the eastern U-S.
In western Maryland, at least three tornadoes roared through the town of Frostburg, leveling close to 100 homes.
Only minor injuries were reported.
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Twisters also touched down in Pennsylvania killing two people.
And what may have been a tornado damaged several homes in Mount Washington, near Pittsburgh.
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Closer to home, in West Virginia, there were several reports of tornadoes but no confirmed touchdowns.
At least one person was critically injured by a falling tree.
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Storm systems also wreaked havoc in Southside Virginia.
One Martinsville woman was forced from her house last night after strong winds tore the roof from the structure.
Neighbors to Eva Taylor came together and nailed a tarp over the home, but there was still evidence of water leaking through after the harsh rains and wind left their mark.
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((EVA TAYLOR/STORM VICTIM; TERRIBLE NOISE AND EXTREMELY HIGH WINDS. WHEN WE LOOKED OUT, NORMALLY YOU CAN SEE THE HOUSES CLEARLY, BUT WHEN WE LOOKED OUT ACROSS THE STREET YOU COULDN'T SEE ANYTHING.))
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[OUT Q=SEE ANYTHING.]
In Henry County, officials say a tornado warning amounted to only a funnel cloud that never touched the ground.
What little damage there was included a few uprooted trees and dislocated shingles.
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((STEVE EANES/HENRY COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR; WE HAD SOME MINOR STREET FLOODING FROM THE HEAVY RAINS. WE HAD HAIL REPORTED FROM THE SIZE OF PEAS TO ABOUT THE SIZE OF A NICKEL OR QUARTER.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Eanes/Henry Co. Public Safety Director;]
[OUT Q=OR QUARTER.]
There were no confirmed tornadoes and no one was injured in yesterday's storm.
A Bedford County man who admits sending threatening letters to President Clinton and his daughter Chelsea will undergo psychiatric evaluation.
The letters threatening bodily harm were traced to Edmond Coffey's Moneta trailer by the Secret Service.
Coffey admitted in court yesterday that he had sent the letters.
But he claims it was part of a plan to set up his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend the letter writer.
Coffey will not be sentenced until he undergoes psychiatric screening.[CLINTON-PAKISTAN]
President Clinton is again denouncing the nuclear testing by India and Pakistan.
Mr. Clinton and Secretary of State Madeliene Albright spoke to reporters in the White House Rose Garden today.
Both called on the Senate to quickly approve the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
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[OUT Q=dangerous and less secure.]
The President also told reporters its in the nation's best interest to renew normal trade relations with China.
The President today submits a renewal of China's most favored nation status to Congress.
One day after she hired a new legal team, a deal may have been reached in the Monica Lewinsky probe.
Sources tell C-B-S news that prosecutors are now willing to offer Monica Lewinsky complete immunity from prosecution in return for her full cooperation.
Talks with Lewinsky's new lawyers are expected soon.
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The two veteran criminal lawyers replace civil lawyer William Ginsburg.
PLATO CACHERIS/LEWINSKY ATTORNEY; WE HOPE WE HAVE A LOT TO BRING TO THE TABLE. ))
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[OUT Q=to the table.]
Meantime, prosecutor Kenneth Starr says President Clinton is under serious criminal investigation.
Starr wants the Supreme Court to combine one urgent appeal and compel three Secret Service employees and top White House aide to testify before his grand jury.
The condition of a passenger injured in Monday's plane crash in Floyd County has been upgraded.
Flight instructor Barry Hyde is now listed in very serious, as opposed to critical, condition.
Meanwhile F-A-A inspectors say it could be six months before they determine what caused the twin-engine plane to crash.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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((NATURAL SOUND OF TREE BEING CUT DOWN.))
While F-A-A officials worked to determine the cause of the crash...crews began clearing away the debris left dangling when the plane clipped several trees on its way down.
The plane, with two occupants on board, was enroute from North Carolina to Lewisburg when it crashed.
The pilot, Robert Anderson, is in the hospital with two broken legs.
He did NOT want to appear on camera but says he and his passenger knew they were in trouble when the right engine began losing power, which coupled with wind sheer, threw the plane, off course.
Anderson says he'd hoped to reach Roanoke but soon realized they wouldn't make it and began aiming for an open field.
But it was too late-- and the plane crashed between two houses.
Ford Wirt, who's the county's emergency services coordinator, praised the EMS volunteers' efforts.
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((FORD WIRT/FLOYD CO. EMERGENCY SERVICES:THEY DID A VERY GOOD JOB, WE HAD SEVERAL ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT PEOPLE ON SCENE, THE PATIENTS STABILIZED AND WE'RE EXTREMELY PROUD OF THE WAY THEY HANDLED THE ENTIRE SITUATION.))
[OUT Q=entire situation.]
F-A-A officials say two things worked to victims' favor.
They say this particular plane is extremely sturdy and the fact it clipped several trees on its way down, slowed the plane on impact.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Floyd.
The Food and Drug Administration has given its O-K for the nation's first large-scale trial of an AIDS prevention vaccine.
``The Wall Street Journal'' says the three-year trial of a drug called Aids- vax will involve five-thousand U-S volunteers.
The effort will be headed by Donald Francis, the scientist who successfully battled the Ebola virus in the Sudan and smallpox in India.
Tests could begin this month.
Two Campbell County students are learning a tough lesson just before graduation day.
School violence is no joke.
The Brookville High School seniors were suspended for the rest of the year after they joked about having weapons on school grounds.
Educators say recent shootings on school campuses around the country have prompted them to take a "zero tolerance" approach to these kinds of situations.
The two teens were not identified.. but they WILL be allowed to walk with their class at graduation on Friday.
Several tax hikes are in store for Danville residents.
That's courtesy of the city's new budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Council members voted eight-to-one last night to pass the city's 152-million dollar budget.
The spending plan includes several tax hikes.
The real estate tax will go up eight and a half-cents per one-hundred dollars of assessed value.
The city's meal tax will jump from three-percent to four and a half-percent.
One budget item still being debated is a waste water rate increase.
The money raised by that increase would be used to expand the year-round school program.
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((RUBY ARCHIE: WELL, SOME PEOPLE THINK IT'S SIGNIFICANT BUT IT'S 1.3% AND SO SOME PEOPLE SAY WE DON'T WANT TO PAY ANYMORE, PERIOD. YOU'RE ASKING US TO PAY TOO MUCH ALREADY. SO THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER.))
[SUPER=01-Ruby Archie/Danville Vice-Mayor;]
[OUT Q=we need to consider.]
Council members seem divided over a waste water rate increase.
A public hearing on the proposal is set for June 16.
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Unhappy with your present job?
You could find a new one at a job fair today in Danville.
Employers have set up booths at the Community Market on Craghead Street.
They are looking for people to fill all types of jobs-- from nursing assistants to bank tellers.
You can talk one-on-one with company representatives and fill out resumes.
Danville Social Services is sponsoring today's job fair and is pleased with the large turnout.
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((L.P. MOSS: IT SAYS TO ME THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN DANVILLE WANT TO FIND BETTER EMPLOYMENT THAN WHAT THEY'VE ALREADY GOT OR IF THEY'RE UNEMPLOYED THEY'RE LOOKING FOR AN EMPLOYER AND WE'VE GOT 30 OF THEM TO SERVICE THEM.))
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[OUT Q=to service them.]
You still have time to get to the job fair.
It continues today until one.
In Thailand, an ad agency is killing a T-V and poster campaign that used the image of Adolf Hitler to sell potato chips.
The action was taken today after a number of protests.
The Thai office of the Chicago-based Leo Burnett agency produced the ads.
It says they were ``never intended to cause any ill feeling.''
Israeli officials say images of the Nazi dictator should never be used to make money.
It was fairly easy for him to get the Democratic nomination.
Now it's time for Roanoke Mayor David Bowers to begin preparations for the race to gain the Sixth District Congressional seat.
Joe Dasheill takes us to last night's rally in Roanoke.
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((Bowers was the only candidate who came forward to challenge Republican Bob Goodlatte, so sixth district democrats dispensed with their convention and declared him their candidate.
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But if Bowers is to mount a credible campaign, he must convince Democrats he's serious about the race, and persuade them to work hard on his behalf.
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[OUT Q=then we can win this race.]
Democratic leaders point to their recent sweep in the Roanoke city council elections.
And say it's not such a stretch to think Bowers can extend his local success to the entire district.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Residents reviewed the Franklin County administrator last night -- and some are not happy with his performance.
Carl Simpson is one of those people- He owns land on route 40, with the option of buying 19 more.
He has preliminary plans with Kroger to build a multi-million dollar shopping center.
But businesses will not sign until there are sewer lines here, and the town and county cannot reach a deal to build them.
Simpson says delays are expensive and the county administrator should be more aggressive.
[IN Q=We do not]
((CARL SIMPSON/LANDOWNER: WE DO NOT FEEL THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR IS INTERESTED IN THIS PROJECT. HE HAS MADE NO CONTACT WITH US TO HELP US. I THINK HIS POSITION SHOULD BE WHAT CAN HE DO TO HELP THIS COUNTY.
MACON SAMMONS/FRANKLIN CO. ADMINISTRATOR: WE'VE MET TWO OR THREE TIMES TO REVIEW SITE PLANS ... EXTENDED EFFORT.))
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Sammons says the county has plenty of businesses already and does not need to rush into a sewer deal.
In the National League, the Cubs and the Marlins are both on streaks.
Chicago won its fifth straight last night, while Florida dropped its seventh in a row.
In the bottom of the ninth, pinch hitter Jason Hardtke comes up to the plate with the winning run, Mickey Morandini, on third.
Hardtke bangs one out to left center, it's scored as an RBI single.
Morandini crosses the plate and Cubs beat Florida 2-to-1.