[Iraq]

[ANCHOR=Denise]

[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Conflict]


The U-S and Britain say they'll continue enforcing the no-fly zones over Iraq.
Byron Pitts has the lastest on the action in Iraq.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=04-Al Jazeera TV; :00]
[SUPER=03-Basra, Iraq/Last Week; :36]
[SUPER=01-Byron Pitts/CBS News; :50]
[RUNS=:58]
[OUT Q=cbs news]

(( This was the first confirmed incident OF ANY KIND between a US WAR plane and Iraqi anti-aircraft fire since the four nites of air attacks last week.
Though according to a spokesman at the National Security Council -- the American pilot was never in danger -- and barely noticed the enemy fire.

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THIS 'NOT SO CLOSE' ENCOUNTER OCCURED IN SOUTHERN IRAQ - INSIDE THE NO FLY ZONE. ' US OFFICIALS TELL CBS NEWS -- THE PILOT WAS ON ROUTINE PATROL WHEN HE OBSERVED ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE FROM A DISTANCE. HE DID NOT FEEL THREATED AND DID NOT FIRE BACK.
SADDAM HUSSEIN HOWEVER HAD A DIFFERENT ASSESSMENT. IRAQ CLAIMS SATURDAY'S ENCOUNTER WAS THE 3RD THIS WEEK WITH WESTERN WAR PLANES -- AND TWICE THE IRAQI'S CLAIM -- THE US DROPPED BOMBS.
IN FACT, EARLIER THIS WEEK... IRAQI SOLDIERS ESCORTED A GROUP OF IRAQI JOURNALIST TO A REMOTE AREA IN SOUTHERN IRAQ -- TO SHOW WHAT THEY CALLED 'EVIDENCE' OF A US BOMB ATTACK.
CHANTING AT THE END -- THEIR SUPPORT FOR SADDAM.
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TAG:
IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE -- WESTERN JOURNALISTS WERE NOT ALLOWED ON THAT TRIP. THEN LIKE ALWAYS -- IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO CONFIRM WHAT THE IRAQI'S CLAIM.
STILL IT IS ONE MORE EXAMPLE --SADDAM MAY NOT HAVE THE MUSCLE TO POSE ANY REAL THREAT TO THE US MILITARY -- BUT HE ALWAYS SEEMS TO FIND AWAY TO ANNOY THEM. BYRON PITTS CBS NEW BAGHDAD. ))

[Rehnquist]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Cheif Justice William Renhquist will reside over the Senate Impeachment trial next month.
What can we expect from a man the public rarely sees. Stephanie Lambidakis answers that question.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=04-January 1997; :01]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC; :10]
[super=01-Charles Cooper/Attorney; :19]
[Super=01-Stephanie Lambidakis/Reporting; 1:00]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS Washington]

((THEY CALL HIM ' THE CHIEF' AS IN CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE UNITED STATES, BUT THE PUBLIC RARELY SEES WILLIAM REHNQUIST, EXCEPT WHEN HE'S SWEARING IN PRESIDENTS. BUT NEXT MONTH, WHEN HE'S RESIDING OVER THE SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL, PEOPLE WILL LEARN QUICKLY THAT REHNQUIST RUNS A TIGHT SHIP.

SOT; CHARLES COOPER -ATTORNEY

He is a very no nonsense Chief Justice, and I'm sure he will a no nonsense presiding officer.
CHARLES COOPER CLERKED FOR REHNQUIST AND HAS ARGUED BEFORE THE CHIEF JUSTICE MANY TIMES. HIS ADVICE FOR HOUSE MEMBERS WHO WILL PROOSECUTE THE CASE: DON'T TRY ANY OF THE ANTICS THAT MARKED THE HOUSE IMPEACHMENT DEBATE.

SOT COOPER

There won't be any theatrical moments while he is presiding.
AND THE HOUSE PROSECUTORS BETTER BE READY. LISTEN TO WHAT HAPPENED TO ONE LAWSYRE DURING ORAL ARGUMENTS. WHILE THERE ARE NO CAMERAS IN THE COURT, AN AUDIO RECORDING CAPTURED THE FAMED REHNQUIST TEMPER.

SOT:FROM ARCHIVES TAPE:

Rehnquist: "How can you stand up there at the rostrum and give these totally inconsistent answers?" A: "I'm sorry, your Honor, I don't mean...." Rehnquist: "Well you should be."
ON CAMERA One of the things people do know about Rehnquist is that he's a genuine expert on impeachment. He wrote this book on the senate trials of President Andrew Johnson and a supreme court justice. While Clinton's prosecutors in the house are studying his words, Rehnquist in a sense has been ready for this job for years.

SOT:COOPER

The chief justice will be the person who is most comfortable in his role.
DEMOCRATS ARE STILL NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THIS FACT: REHNQUIST, A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT NIXON, SELECTED THE CONSERVATIVE JUDGES THAT PICKED KENNETH STARR AS INDEPENDENT COUNSEL. BUT NO ONE DOUBTS THAT DURING THIS HIGH MOMENT IN HISTORY, THE CHIEF JUSTICE WILL MAKE SURE THAT FAIRNESS RULES. STEPHANIE LAMBIDAKIS, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))

[SE-Cleanup]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Homeowners, Utility workers and volunteers are cleaning up from the ice storm that hit the Southeast Wednesday. Heather Murphy has more.
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[SOT 5:38:31]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Petersburg; :01]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Wallace/Petersburg Fire Chief; :24]
[SUPER=01-John Shenal/Virginia Power Company; :40]
[SUPER=01-Heather Murphy/Reporting; :47]
[super=03-Raleigh, NC; 1:03]
[RUNS=1:35]
[OUT Q=CBS News Alexandria VA]

((
NAT SOT OPEN "VA POWER COMPANY" (COVERED WITH POWER TRUCKS AND TREES)

"WE ARE EXPERIENCING WIDESPREAD OUTAGES IN OUR SERVICE AREA DUE TO EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO POWER LINES CAUSED BY ICE AND DOWNED TREES"
VO FONT: PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA It's 36 hours and counting...hundreds of thousands of people in Virginia who never expected to spend Christmas without heat or light ... are still in the dark. Today they're buried under ice, snow, and in some case the trees that fell on their roofs, and waiting for the power crews to bail them out.

SOT/JERRY WALLACE/PETERSBURG FIRE CHIEF

"SOME OF THE DEVASTATION INCLUDES TREES THROUGH HOMES AND POWER LINES, THOUSANDS OF POWER LINES DOWN EVERYWHERE."
VO Volunteer workers from as far away as Ohio have come to Virginia to help out ... but even with their help it might be next week before everything is back to normal.

SOT/JOHN SHENAL/VA POWER COMPANY

"WE WILL FINALLY HAVE EVERYONE BACK IN SERVICE EITHER LATE TUESDAY OR BY THE LATEST WEDNESDAY"
HEATHER MURPHY/CBS NEWS UNTIL THEN 14 CITIES IN SOUTHERN VIRGINIA HAVE DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND SET UP SHELTERS FOR THOSE HARDEST HIT BY THE STORM.

SOT/JERRY WALLACE

"IT'S JUST BEEN REALLY HEARTWRENCHING SOME OF THE SITUAITONS WE'VE HAD TO DEAL WITH."

NAT SOT/RALEIGH

"THE BRIDGES FROZE UP PRETTY QUICK..."
VO FONT: RALEIGH, NC All across the South people have been struggling to recover from the sudden freeze...In North Carolina icy roads have been blamed for hundreds of traffic accidents over the past few days.. ... this 9-car pileup in Raleigh paralyzed traffic for hours this morning.

NAT SOT SAWING TREES


VO/CLOSE Back in Petersburg Virginia residents are focusing on sawing and scraping their way out from under the ice ... and even the most stoic are hoping for an early release from the icy grip of the storm of `98. HM, CBS, ALEXANDRIA, VA))

[VA-Power]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]



It could be mid-week before power is restored to those still in the dark after Wednesday's ice storm.
As of last night, about 140-thousand homes and businesses were still without power in the eastern part of the state.
About 13-hundred workers from Virginia Power and several out-of-state utilities worked throughout the day yesterday to restore service.
But for those still without heat or electricity, there are emergency sheltors that remain open in many localities.

[Health-Week]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Health Check]

Cancer research remains a major focus of the medical community, and 1998 saw some major advances. Lee Cowan looks back at the top medical news of the past year.
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[SOT 12/23/98 - 10NA - 10:21:43 SPLIT TRACKS MIXED AUDIO ON 6.2/NAT ON 6.8]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Larry Norton/Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center; :10 ]
[SUPER=01-Therese Celmer/Cancer Patient; :47]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:36]
[RUNS=1:50]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.]

(( (( NAT )) 1998 WAS A YEAR OF THE MIRACULOUS. WHILE `CURE' IS A WORD MOST MEDICAL RESEARCHERS RARELY UTTER - THIS YEAR, THEY WERE A LITTLE MORE BOLD. (( SUPER: DR. LARRY NORTON//MEMORIAL SLOANE-KETTERING CANCER CENTER )) "We're talking about tens of thousands of women who could benefit from the use of this drug." THAT DRUG WAS TAMOXIFENUSED FOR DECADES TO `TREAT' BREAST CANCER, STUDIES SHOWED IT COULD `PREVENT' IT AS WELL. (( NAT LAB)) FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY HAD THE DISEASE, LAB MICE SHOWED IT MIGHT BE POSSIBLE TO STARVE IT TO DEATH. THE IDEA WAS SIMPLE: CUT OFF THE BLOOD SUPPLY, THE TUMOR DIES - THE HOPE IS IT WORKS IN HUMANS TOO. IF YOU CAN'T STARVE A TUMOR - ALTER IT. RESEARCHERS IN PHILADELPHIA DISCOVERED RE-INJECTING TUMOR CELLS BACK INTO A PATIENT GIVES THE BODY'S OWN IMMUNE SYSTEM A FIGHTING CHANCE -- A CURE RIGHT UNDER OUR NOSES.
(( SUPER: THERESE CELMER//CANCER PATIENT)) (( SOT ))

"I had 4 injections from December '95 and by May of '96 both tumors were totally gone." IT WAS A YEAR WHEN AIDS AGAIN LOST SOME GROUND - THANKS TO THE SUCCESS OF CUTTING EDGE VACCINES AND NEW, MORE POTENT COCKTAILS. BUT H-I-V REMAINS STUBBORN AS EVERINFECTION STILL A DEADLY PROPOSITION.
(( NAT SOT ))

IT WAS A YEAR WHEN WE WERE TOLD SALT WAS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR
US---

WHEN PARENTS WERE TOLD THEY COULD CHOOSE THE SEX OF THEIR CHILD. AND WHEN OLDER MEN DISCOVERED THEY COULD HAVE SEX AGAIN, THANKS TO THE IMPOTENCE DRUG "VIAGRA". (( NAT TISSUE LAB ))
IT WAS EVEN A YEAR WHEN THE STRANGE PROVED POSITIVE---WHEN A

HUMAN EAR GREW OUT OF THE BACK OF A MOUSE - IF YOU COULD GROW AN EAR, RESEARCHERS SURMIZED, - PERHAPS YOU COULD GROW OTHER VITAL ORGANS TOO - REPLACEMENT PARTS FOR THE NEXT MILLENIUM. BY THE END OF 1998, THERE WERE MORE NEW MEDICINES FOUND THAN THERE WERE NEW DISEASES. MOST RESEARCHERS AGREE, ANY YEAR THAT ENDS THAT WAY HAS TO BE A SUCCESS. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.)) [HEADLINES]
[ANCHOR=Denise 2 shot]

[***No Music Under]
Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Denise]
[SUPER=#4070;weekend headline banner]

The U-S and Britain's no-fly zones over Irag are causing controversy once again. Baghdad's Vice-President says Irag will no longer tolerate the flights, and that U-S and British planes would be fired upon if they violate Iragi airspace. The U-S and Britain say the flights WILL continue.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Denise]

It will be a jazzy day at the Dumas Hotel and Music Center today. This evening dignataries and officials will honor those who helped make the center a great success in the past. The hotel was once known as the best place to go to enjoy jazz music in Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Denise]

People will be in the dark at least for another few days because of Wednesday's ice storm. Utility workers were out in full force yesterday trying to restore service. And emergency shelters remain open in many localities for those without heat or electricity. There are still an estimated 140-thousand homes and businesses without power in the eastern part of the state.
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[ANCHOR=Andrew 2 SHOT]


And that's what's making news on this Sunday DECEMBER 27-TH .
(toss to Andrew for Newsreel)




[ReelOpen]


[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=VA Newsreel]
[Graphic=VA Newsreel]


If you were dreaming of a White Christmas this year you almost got one. Freezing rain, sleet and light snow paid a visit just in time for the holidays. In this area, The storm could have been a lot worse in terms of power outages and extensive damage. In this weeks Virginia Newsreel we will look at a couple of winter storms that have crippled
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[RUNS=:05]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE][Ice-Reel]


[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=Sun am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=VA Newsreel]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]



[wipe wipe wipe wipe wipe]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :01]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :19]
[SUPER=01-Ted Aaron/Area Superintendent; :41]
[super=03-Christiansburg; 1:05]
[SUPER=01-Carol Bower/English Meadows Director; 1:18]
[SUPER=01-Glenn Reed/Reed Orchard; 2:00]
[RUNS=2:21]
[OUT Q=i'M A F]

(( It looked like a winter wonderland after A major winter storm came through the area in February of 1994. But the glistening ice and snow left a path of destruction.
In the New River Valley, Thousands were left without electricity after trees collapsed under the weight of the ice and fell on powerlines.
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[sot 35:18 tape 98-01]

(( Nat Sound of ice falling out of trees)) [runs11]
The situation was not only dangerous for residents, but also for Appalachian Power employees working to restore power.
[IN Q=]

(( TED AARON/AREA SUPERINTENDENT: WE'VE EVEN HAD SOME HAZARDOUS AREAS WHERE WE'VEHAD TO WAIT UNTIL WE COULD CLEAR THE TREES OUT OF THE WAY. THEY WERE STILLFALLING ON THE LINES WHILE WE WERE TRYING TO CLEAR THOSE. )) [RUNS:08]
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Thousands of Roanoke residents were also in the dark.
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[sot 4:49]


(( IN THE ROANOKE AREA ABOUT 13-THOUSAND CUSTOMERS ARE WITHOUT POWER AT THIS POINT THOSE NUMBERS CAME ON US SUDDENLY AS THE DAY WORE ON))
[RUNS=]


Power also sparked other problems.
At the English Meadows Retirement Village in Christiansburg, a falling tree branch dragged a power line onto the roof, creating some tense moments for the 60 residents.
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[SOT 11:56:54]
[IN Q=]

(( CAROL BOWER/ENGLISH MEADOWS DIRECTOR: EVIDENTLY THE LINE CAME DOWN, CREATED ASHORT TO A WIRE INSIDE THE BUILDING, OUR GROUND WIRE, CAUSED SOME SMOKE. ))
Christainsburg Fire chief Jim Epperly said it was only a small fire in the attic.
The freezing precipitation left many roads treacherous to travel,but VDOT employees worked around the clock trying to clear the roads.
The situation was no different in February this year when a winter storm iced over Bent Mountain.
Trees were not the only things that snapped from the weight of the ice, electrical towers gave in . The combination of the two left approximently 16-hundred residents without power.
The concern was not only driving conditions and loss of power, but the damage to crops.
The damaging freeze hurt Gleen reeds apple orchard.
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[sot 32:44 Tape 98-01]

((GLENN REED/REED ORCHARD; WELL WE GOT A LOT OF BROKEN LIMBS SOME TREES DOWN YOU KNOW IT MOGHT AFFECT NEXT YEARS CROP BY 5 OR 10 PERCENT ))
Even though this winter storm was mild compared to others we have had in this area, just remember winter only officially arrived last week. We will have to wait and see what else Old Man Winter has in store. That's Virginia Newsreel, I'M Andrew Frieden.))



[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=morning sports]
[GRAPHIC=none]


In sports, the Express get a win on the home ice and highlights from college hoops.
Here's Roy Stanley with the details.
Good morning Roy.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Good morning]
[RUNS=1:21]
[OUT Q=when we return]



[Sports-Plays]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sports plays]
[GRAPHIC=NHL]


In NHL action a third period goal gave Phoenix the edge in Los Angeles.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/NHL-FOX-West;]


The Kings, Vladimir SIP-li-kov gets his eighth goal of the season and give L-A the early lead.
In the second period Jeremy Roenick wins the battle in front of the net to tie things up.
Greg Adams would play the hero picking up the late third period goal and Phoenix wins it two to one.
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN/NHL-HTS;]


In Nashville, Washington tries to hook Vinchurno Yachmenev, but the Predator gets the kill.
And Nashville outguns the Capitols three to one, Greg Johnson gets a goal here and had one assist for the Predators.
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[11Kwanzaa]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-78; 27:16]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Christmas Day is a memory now..but if you're celebrating Kwanzaa the festivities are just beginning.
David Johnson has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The word Kwanzaa]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :05]
[SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Museum Executive Director; :11]
[SUPER=01-Leroi Lowe/Participant; :58]
[SUPER=@David1; 1:05]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=DJO, News 7.]

(( [RUNS06] The word Kwanzaa is Swahili for "first fruits". Maulana Keranga began its celebration for African-Americans 32-years ago.
[SOT=00:28:12]
[IN Q=HE TOOK THE]

((ALETHA BOLDEN/MUSEUM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; HE TOOK THE PRINCIPLES FROM AFRICAN TRADITIONS AND INCOORPERATED IT INTO THE PRINCIPLES THAT ARE THE CELEBRATION OF KWANZAA.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=OF KWANZAA.]

[Pre-Pro] Those principles are Umoja or unity, Kujichagulia, meaning self determination, Ujima which is collective work and responsibility, Ujamaa or cooperative economics, Nia meaning Purpose, Kuumba for Creativity and Imani which is Faith.
[VO-NAT]

Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday or a substitute for Christmas but rather a week to share and incorporate these principles. Bolden says the Harrison Museum has shared those principles since it opened 13-years ago and incorporates them year round. Participants agree.
[SOT=00:31:41]
[IN Q=COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS]

((BOLDEN; COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS AND HAVING THE PEOPLE'S SUPPORT AND BRINGING MONEY BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY. WITH OUR EXHIBITS AND WHAT WE DO, WE HAVE A SENSE OF PURPOSE AND CREATIVITY.)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=AND CREATIVITY.]
[SOT=00:42:18]
[IN Q=ANY SOCIETY]

((LEROI LOWE/PARTICIPANT; ANY SOCIETY THAT WE KNOW OF NEEDS UNITY, THEY NEED FAITH. THEY NEED ALL OF THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES TO CALL THEMSELVES A VALID FUNCTIONING COMMUNITY. I CAN SEE ONLY GOOD THINGS COMING FROM THE EXERCISE OF THESE PRINCIPLES.)) [RUNS21]
[OUT Q=THESE PRINCIPLES.]

[STAND-UP/00:35:17] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; BOLDEN HAS NOTICED OVER THE YEARS THAT KWANZAA HAS BECOME MAINSTREAM. STATISTICS SHOW SHE'S RIGHT. LAST YEAR 28-MILLION PEOPLE IN AMERICA CELEBRATED THE HARVESTING HOLIDAY. BUT BOLDEN HOPES KWANZAA STICKS WITH ITS PRINCIPLES AND AVOIDS BECOMING COMMERCIALIZED. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7. [RUNS21])) ))

[2-Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Conflict]


U-S military officials say U-S war planes were fired on by Iraqi anti-aircrafts.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Al Jazeera TV;]


This is the first confirmed incident of any kind since the four nights of air attacks last week.
It occured in southern Iraq inside the no-fly zone and officials say the American pilot was never in danger.
Saddam Hussein claims that Saturday's encounter was the third this week with western war planes.
Iraqi officials claim the U-S dropped bombs in a remote area of Southern Iraq.
Western journalist were not allowed to tour the site the Iraqis say was bombed.
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[Ramsey]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Ramsey]


It has been two years since Jon Benet Ramsey was found murdered in her parents Colorodo home and no suspects have been named.
Diana Olick takes a look at this case.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=04-1996; :01]
[SUPER=01-Bill Ritter/Denver District Attorney; :18]
[SUPER=04-August 6; :27]
[SUPER=01-Gov. Roy Romer/(D) Colorado; 1:17]
[RUNS=2:17]
[OUT Q=do cbs NEWS nEW YORK]

((VO: IF ANNIVERSARIES ARE MARKED TO HELP PEOPLE REMEMBER, THEN THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF JONBENET RAMSEY S MURDER NEED NOT BE: FEW IN BOULDER HAVE FORGOTTEN. THERE HAVE BEEN NO ARRESTS, NO NAMED SUSPECTS IN THIS SECOND YEAR, JUST ONE MARKED CHANGE: THE QUIET.
RITTER/: Certainly you ve heard nothing about what s happening inside the grand jury and that s a positive from a prosecutor s perspective.
VO: DENVER DISTRICT ATTORNEY BILL RITTER IS ASSISTING IN THE GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION THAT FINALLY BEGAN JUST THIS PAST FALL.
RITTER/: No matter what the source of the leaks are, oftentimes they re either partial truths or they re inaccurate and then the public develops perceptions about the case that are inaccurate.
VO: BUT WHILE THE TABLOIDS TONED DOWN, THE CRITICS OF BOULDER DA ALEX HUNTER, AND HIS ADMITTEDLY ACRIMONIOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE POLICE, TOOK OVER IN A WAR OF WORDS..
SUPER: AUGUST 6, 1998 VO: ON AUGUST SIXTH, A DETECTIVE IN THE CASE RESIGNED WITH A LETTER SAYING...
GRAPHIC/ FORMER DETECTIVE STEVE THOMAS The primary reason I chose to leave is my belief that the district attorney s office continues to mishandle the Ramsey case.
VO: WEEKS LATER, FLEET WHITE, A FORMER FRIEND OF JOHN RAMSEY, WROTE TO THE GOVERNOR, CALLING FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR.
GRAPHIC/ FLEET WHITE : The people of Colorado are entitled to be frustrated and angry with those public officials...who have brought this case to its current status.
VO: BUT GOVERNOR ROY ROMER DECLINED.
ROMER/: It s obvious that I have concluded that it is not proper to appoint a special prosecutor because it would impair this investigation.

VO: STILL, IN SEPTEMBER, ANOTHER INVESTIGATOR, THIS TIME FROM THE DA S OFFICE, RESIGNED, ARGUING:
GRAPHIC: FORMER DETECTIVE LOU SMIT The case tells me that John and Patsy Ramsey did not kill their daughter, that a very dangerous killer is still out there and no one is actively looking for him.
VO: FINALLY, SUPPORTING SMIT S RESIGNATION, JOHN RAMSEY, WHO MOVED THE FAMILY TO ATLANTA, WROTE IN AN OPEN LETTER:
The killer could never have guessed that he or she would be so lucky as to have the resulting investigation conducted by such closed minded people.
VO: ALL THE WHILE, THE SECRET GRAND JURY CONTINUED, TOURING THE MURDER SCENE AND CALLING WITNESSES. THE FUTURE OF THE CASE LIES WITH THEM, AND SOURCES CLOSE TO THE PROCESS EXPECT IT TO TAKE AT LEAST THROUGH 1999--A THREE YEAR INVESTIGATION INTO A SIX YEAR OLD S MURDER. DO CBSN NY.))


[11Gift-Returns]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-75; 1:43:58]
[GRAPHIC=Christmas Shopping]


Now that Christmas is over...shoppers are hitting the malls once again..
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


Some were there to take advantage of the after-Christmas sales.
Others to exchange or return Christmas presents.
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[SOT=00:44:21]
[IN Q=I DON'T]

((KATHY BOONE/SHOPPER; I DON'T ALWAYS LIKE WHAT MY HUSBAND PICKS OUT FOR ME. AND MY SON'S SHOES DIDN'T FIT, SO WE'VE COME TO EXCHANGE THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Kathy Boone/Shopper; :00]
[RUNS=08]
[OUT Q=EXCHANGE THEM.]
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[VO-NAT]


Many retailers across the nation are hoping after-Christmas sales will help make up for sagging sales leading up to the holiday.
But, one area retailer said profits were better-than-expected this time around.
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[SOT=00:39:44]
[IN Q=MY BUSINESS]

((CARL ROSEN/BELK INTERIM MGR.; MY BUSINESS IS POSITIVE THIS YEAR. WE'RE NOT DOWN AT ALL. OUR BUSINESS IS STEADY AND WE'RE NOT HAVING TO RELY ON THIS AFTER-CHRISTMAS BUSINESS. THIS IS ALL A PLUS FOR US, SO WE'RE ANTICIPATING A GOOD YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Carl Rosen/Belk Interim Manager; :00]
[RUNS=14]
[OUT Q=A GOOD YEAR.]
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[VO-NAT]

Rosen said it was just as busy today as it had been the week before Christmas. He said that's probably because the day after Christmas fell on a Saturday.
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[Balloon]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Yet another team of balloonist is seeking the elusive goal of being the first to fly around the world in a hot air balloon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Alice Springs, Australia;]


THe U-S-Australian team takes flight next week.
This team is training and preparing for the flight in the Australian Outback town of Alice Springs.
The plan is to fly on the outer edge of the atmosphere, where weather shouldn't be an issue as it's been for Chicago millionaire Steve Fossett's team.
Fossett's team, which included millionaire Richard Branson, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean Friday.
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[TWA]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sun AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A judge ordered unionized flight attendants back on the job.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO;]


Dozens of TWA attendants called in sick on Christmas Eve forcing the cancellation of flights during the holiday.
Airline officials say they had to cancel two dozen flights yesterday but 90 were can celled on Christmas day.
The hardest hit area was the TWA hub in Saint Louis.
THe flight attendants are seeking a new contract that would put their wages on par with that of their colleagues at other airlines.
Contract talks resume next month.
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[2-Yearender]


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It was a Titanic year in the entertainment world. After many setbacks James Cameron's epic film set sail on the big screen and sank the competition. As Manuel Gallegus tells us Titanic was just one of the big entertainment stories of 1998.

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Leonardo DiCaprio may be worth his weight in gold at the box office, but he was not worthy of an Oscar nod. Titanic won 11 Oscars, but the Academy snubbed the heartthrob. The epic love story raked in 1.8 billion dollars worldwide. Becoming the top grossing film of all time. James Cameron silenced his critics with the film's success.

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Shawn Colvin's "Sunny Came Home" won Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in February. Her platinum album "A Few Small Repairs" reached number one on the adult contemporary chart.
It was hard to believe the news that crossed the zipper in Times Square in May. Frank Sinatra dead at the age of 82. The Empire State Building turned blue for thr Chairman of the Board..whose first number one hit was "I'll Never Smile Again" in 1940..when he sang with the Tommy Dorsey Band.

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Alan Cumming won a Tony for his role as the Emcee in "Cabaret". The musical, which takes place at the mythical Kit Kat Klub also, won a Tony for Best Musical Revival.

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Disney's "The Lion King" won a Tony for Best Musical. "Art" Won a Tony for Best Play.

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Garth Brooks took home the CMA's Entertainer of the Year Award. He beat out George Strait who was honored as Male Vocalist of the Year. Trisha Yearwood was named Female Vocalist of the Year. The Dixie Chicks Vocal Group of the Year

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After nine years Jerry Seinfeld and the gang signed off. The comedy about New Yorkers became a fan favorite. Proving that people can find a show about nothing entertaining. Manuel Gallegus, CBS News Hollywood))


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Irag is urging Arab nations to ignore the U-N sanctions on Baghdad. The action was called for in today's meeting of Arab legislators. They are also demanding the removal of foreign troops from the Persian Gulf area.
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The clean-up continues today in the Southeast after Wednesday's ice storm. Hundreds of thousands of people who spent Christmas without heat or lights are still buried under ice and snow. All across the South people have been struggling to recover from the sudden freeze. But relief from winter's icy grip may not be in sight until some time next week.
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Festivities for those who celebrate Kwanzaa are now under way. And Roanoke's Harrison Museum is celebrating the "Harvesting Holiday" of this African-American tradition. The Executive Director of the Museum says that last year 28-million Americans celebrated Kwanzaa, a week to share and incorporate the principles of Christmas.
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And that's what's making news on this Sunday december 27-th .



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1998 was a year for ringing in the new...a new bowl system, a new number one team, and even a new rushing champion. Dave Baker has more...
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In sports, the Minnesota Vikings set the record for the most sports scored in the N-F-L's regulars season.


Roy Stanley has highlights of yesterday's game.
Good morning again Roy.
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Some people will honor the history of The Dumas Hotel today. The hotel was once known as the place to be for jazz music in Roanoke.

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Dignitaries and officials will gather today to honor the founders of the Dumas Hotel and Music Center.
The highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of a sculpture of the people who helped make the center what it was.
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