State Department officials are warning Americans to be extra cautious if they're planning to travel overseas for the holidays.
There are concerns about possible terrorist activities aimed at U-S tourists.
And the man who stabbed a Campbell County deputy last year is found NOT guilty by reason of insanity.
News 7 at noon is up next.
You may want to think twice before leaving the U-S borders over the holiday season.
The State Department is warning all Americans traveling overseas that they could become victims of terrorism.
Mark Phillips has more.
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[SUPER=01-Mark Phillips/Reporting; :00]
[SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary of State; :14]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Berger/National Security Advisor; :42]
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[OUT Q=Mark Phillips, CBS News, London.]
((The State Department apparently feels there's enough of a terrorist threat to warn Americans traveling abroad -- but not enough to tell them to stay home. The threat is considered serious enough though that the
warning came from the US's top two foreign policy officials.
CBSSOT: Madeleine Albright- Sec of State
Yesterday/Face The Nation
'We are concerned. There are a lot of activities going on and more specific indications. We don't want to discourage people but we want them to be more vigilant.'
(Bin Laden/embassy bombings)
What Madeleine Albright calls a lot of activities going on centers around this man -- Osama Bin Laden. The US has been demanding his extradition from Afghanistan to face charges for the bombing of two US embassies in Africa last year.
NAME: Sandy Berger - National Security Advisor "Obviously Osama bin Laden is someone who we have been watching and trying to deal with for some time. He's well known for the threats he's made against the United States and the actions that he took on our embassies in Africa." But the general nature of the warning has some Americans abroad confused.
(Series of MOS SOTs/American travellers in England -- No ID)
outcue "...it hasn't changed my feeling at all"
PHILLIPS ON CAM CLOSE
The embassy here is advising Americans not to travel around in large obvious groups -- in other words, not to present a soft target. It's a time for caution -- they say -- not panic... MP, CBS NEWS, LONDON. ))
U-S immigration officials met early today with the father of (eh-lee-AHN') Elian Gonzalez.
He's the six-year-old Cuban boy caught in an international
custody battle that's increased tensions between the U-S and Cuba.
The meeting is a sidebar to the current immigration talks between the two countries, set in Havana.
The U-S government wanted to meet with Elian's father to determine whether the boy should be returned to Cuba.
Elian did have a break from the controversy yesterday, when he spent the day at Walt Disney World.
Elian first received international attention when he was found in the waters off Florida on Thanksgiving and given to relatives in Miami.
They want to keep him, but his father and Cuban leader Fidel Castro want him brought back home.
A Campbell County deputy who was stabbed in the line of duty last year says justice has "not" been served for the man who attacked him.
23- year- old Allen Hawkins was found not guilty by reason of insanity this morning for the July, 1998 attack.
Hawkins stabbed Deputy Rodney Thompson twice during a struggle on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg.
Thompson says he would have preferred jail time for the man who nearly killed him.
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((DEP. RODNEY THOMPSON/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE OUTCOME OF THE CASE BECAUSE I'VE NOT BEEN ABLE TO HAVE A VOICE IN THE JUDICIAL PROCESS. I WOULD RATHER HAVE SEEN IT GO TO A JURY OF MY PEERS WHICH WOULD HAVE MADE IT EASIER TO ACCEPT. I, NOR MY FAMILY, HAVE ANY CLOSURE NOW IN REFERENCE TO THIS MATTER AND NOW SUBJECTED TO YEARLY REVIEWS.))
[SUPER=01-Rodney Thompson/Campbell Co. Sheriff's Dept.]
[OUT Q=to yearly reviews.]
Hawkins will be sent to Central State Hospital for a 45-day evaluation.
You may want to be extra careful with your Christmas tree this year.
This year's trees may be extremely dry.
Safety experts say immediately put the tree in a bucket of water and continue to water it regularly.
They also recommend cutting an inch off the trunk to help the tree absorb water.
Finally, keep it in a cool room to keep it from drying out more.
State police have set up a fund for the widow and three children of a state trooper who died yesterday.
Daniel Lee Williams suffered third degree burns when he crashed his patrol car Friday night in Cumberland County.
Williams was 38 and leaves behind a wife and three children.
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The address to send donations is One Valley Bank - Cumberland Branch.
P-O Box 7.
Cumberland, Virginia and the zip-code is 23040.
Videotapes made by the two teen gunmen are offering some insight into the fatal shootings at Columbine High School.
But some parents are angry that the tapes were released to the media while they have not been allowed to see them.
Chris Schauble has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Brian Rohrbough/Victim's Father; :27]
[SUPER=01-Chris Schauble/Reporting; 1:44]
[OUT Q=Schauble, CBS News, Denver.]
(( RAGE AGAINST MINORITIES, PEERS WHO PICKED ON THEM, EVEN THEIR FAMILIES ARE AMONG THE REASONS ERIC HARRIS AND DYLAN KLEBOLD SAY THEY WENT ON THEIR BLOODY RAMPAGE.
THAT ACCORDING TO TIME MAGAZINE, THE ONLY MEDIA AGENCY ALLOWED TO VIEW
FIVE TAPES MADE BY THE KILLERS...WHO MOST OF ALL WANTED TO BECOME CULT
VICTIM'S FAMILIES SAY THEY'VE BEEN ASKING FOR MONTHS TO SEE THE SAME
VIDEO TAPES AND ARE NOW DISGUSTED WITH INVESTIGATORS.
SOT: (Brian Rohrbough) "It looks like that may be the only way to get the information that we've asked for...would be t
o have some type of a lawsuit. If for no other reason, just for the purpose of discovery. so
we can find out exactly what happened to these kids."
SOT (Shoels phoner) "I think we should have been the first to see it. I mean you know we asked to see these things rig
ht up front and we were denied by those investigators in the sheriff's department."
"TIME" CORRESPONDENT TIM ROCHE VIEWED THE KILLERS'S HOME VIDEO TAPES. FROM ERIC HARRIS COMES THE INTENT: "WE'RE GOING TO KICK-START A REVOLUTION"...SAYING THEY WOULD HAUNT THE SURVIVORS AND "CREATE FLASHBACKS FROM WHAT WE DO...AND DRIVE THEM INSANE."
FROM DYLAN KLEBOLD, THE HATRED OF WHAT HE CONSIDERED STUCK-UP CLASSMATES: "IF YOU COULD SEE ALL THE ANGER I'VE STORE
D OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS...I'M GOING TO KILL YOU ALL. YOU'VE BEEN GIVING US S--- FOR YEARS."
NEW INFORMATION THE VICTIM'S FAMILIES DEMAND TO SEE.
SOT (Brian Rohrbough) "Hopefully you'll never face this tragedy. But once you do...the most important thing to know is
, why it happened...how it happened...and what is going to be done to keep it from happening to someone else. And at this point we have none of those questions answered,"))
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The wire tapping case against Linda Tripp faces a big hurdle today.
That's one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And the cold search for a missing snow-boarder continues in Washington State.
For our rainy forecast let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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A judge begins a hearing on whether Linda Tripp should face trial for secretly taping phone conversations with Monica Lewinsky in 1997.
It was those tapes that led to President Clinton's impeachment.
Lee Cowan has more from Maryland.
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[OUT Q=Lee Cowan, CBS News, Ellicott City Maryland. ]
(( The feud between Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp may come to legal blows again this week.
Lewinsky is on a potential witness list to determine whether her former friend will go to jail for illegally offering up evidence of the Presidents affair.
In July, Tripp was indicted on two counts of violating Maryland's wiretapping law for secretly recording a phone conversation between herself and Lewinsky. It was just one of a host of conversations that made it impossible for the President to deny the relationship.
The tapes, some of which were turned over to Newsweek magazine, became the catalyst for Ken Starr's full-scale investigation of the President.
Although Tripp faced up to 10 years in prison and a $20-thousand dollar fine for recording the conversations in the first place, Starr promised her she wouldn't be prosecuted as long as she turned over the
But Maryland State Prosecutors argue that's a promise Starr couldn't keep.
NAT/SOT BREAK --
At issue is the timing of the immunity deal. Prosecutors argue Tripp wasn't officially protected until a Court had signed off on the agreement. That didn't happen until February 19th 34 days AFTER she
turned over the tape.
Tripp's lawyers argue the deal was solid as soon as Starr made the offer and shouldn't matter anyway because Tripp was under the impression she was protected from prosecution all along.
COWAN ON CAM:
Without the tape, Prosecutors admit they have little chance of continuing with the case and would likely be forced to drop the charges. But if a judge agrees the immunity deal wasn't valid Tripp could go to trial as early as next month. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Ellicott City Maryland.))
There's a deadline for the only large town in Chechnya, aside from the capital, still under rebel control.
It's been told to raise the Russian flag by mid- day, or be attacked.
The town of Shali (SHAH'-lee), about 13 miles southeast of Grozny (GRAHZ'-nee), is surrounded by Russian troops.
In Grozny, few people have left, even though Russian troops have given them more time before launching an all-out assault.
A second corridor is open for those who want to leave Grozny, but civilians say Russian forces often fire at refugees' cars.
Witnesses claim three cars were hit on the outskirts last night.
Eleven people were killed -- three of them children.
The cold and tedious search will go on for a missing snowboarder in Washington state.
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24- year- old Ronald Hinchey was last seen on Friday at the Mount Baker ski resort.
Heavy snowfall has hampered the search effort.
Hinchey is a Navy officer at Washington's Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
Yesterday, volunteers from the base helped out with the search.
A Montgomery County family lost everything in a fire.
It happened shortly after seven last night on Unicorn Lane-- just off Yellow Sulphur Road.
Fire officials say the fire started in the back of the house and spread quickly through the home.
Crews from Christiansburg and Blacksburg were able to save the structure but the family lost all their possessions.
No one was home at the time... and investigators say it appears it was accidental.
A new campaign hopes to shed some light on the death penalty.
The lights illuminating Rome's Coliseum will change from white to gold for two days whenever someone in the world is spared from execution.
The campaign is sponsored by the Vatican, Amnesty International and others.
A video was played during yesterday's ceremony in which Sister Helen Prejean (pray-ZHAHN) gave the campaign a thumbs up sign.
She's the American nun whose fight to end the death penalty was dramatized in a movie.
Earlier this year-- Prejean came to Virginia to speak at Roanoke College about her views and experiences.
[IN Q= I've accompanied]
((I'VE ACCOMPANIED 5 PEOPLE TO EXECUTION, JOSEPH ODELL WAS ONE OF THEM, THIS MAN YOU EXECUTED HERE IN VIRGINIA.))
[SUPER=01-Sister Helen Prejean/Author; ]
[OUT Q= in Virginia.]
[ss=VA Death Penalty]
Last week, Andre Graham became the 14th death row inmate to be executed in Virginia this year.
That's the most in any year since the state resumed executions in 1982.
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Still ahead on News-7 at Noon-- a wedding with the works.
Meet a couple who tied the knot at the Roanoke Weiner Stand.
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15 years ago, on-field heroics by Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie boosted applications to the school by 30 percent.
Virginia Tech officials are hoping success on the field will do the same for their school.
They believe the publicity will pay off in applicants, alumni gifts and other revenue.
Already, sales at the school bookstore are up 33 percent over last year.
A Tech official said annual licensing revenues of 340-thousand dollars should at least double.
The Roanoke Weiner Stand has played host to thousands of customers and even a few celebrities.
Yesterday, it played host to a wedding.
Standing right below the menu board at Roanoke Weiner Stand -- Gus Chackness and Beth Carter exchanged their vows.
And for this couple -- this tiny restaurant was the ideal place to gather family and friends for the holy ceremony.
The two first met at the Weiner Stand four years ago -- when Beth came to the restaurant to buy a coke.
And ever since then the two have been inseparable.
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((BETH IS THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT LIKES UNUSUAL THINGS. IT'S THE FIRST TIME A WEDDING HAS EVER BEEN HELD HERE AND IT WAS SOMETHING DIFFERENT))
[SUPER=01-Betty Wirt/Bride's Mother]
[OUT Q=something different.]
The newlyweds are headed to Cancun for their honeymoon.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 19 points.
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Still to come in sports, the Redskins remain number one in the N-F-C east, pounding the Cardinals in Landover yesterday,
and George "Kila" Miller performs his last duty as head football coach at William Fleming.
Patrick has details, next.
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The Washington Redskins have held on to first place in the N-F-C East for another week.
Stephen Davis rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown as the Skins beat Arizona 28 to 3.
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Norv Turner gives the team a play from the sideline.
Washington got off to a good start. Stephen Davis takes the handoff from Brad Johnson, goes through the hole and scores on the 50 yard T-D run, his 17-th of the season. 7-nothing Skins.
Arizona added a field goal but Washington answered when Johnson finds Irvan Fryer with the quick hitter over the middle for the 8 yard T-D. The Skins led 14 to 3.
Rookie Champ Bailey continues to play well. On this play, he intercepts the Jake Plummer pass after the Cardinals moved the ball to the Redskin 9 yard line.
The Skins would score just before the half. Johnson hits Michael Westbrook on the 25 yard T-D to make the score 21 to 3.
Then Darrell Green picks off this Plummer pass in the fourth quarter, his 50-th career interception.
The Skins beat the Cardinals 28 to 3.
The New York Giants remain in second place thanks to a big play by Tiki Barber and Cory Blanchard's 48 yard field goal.
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The Bills fans painted up for the big game.
Jonathan Linton scored on this two yard run and the Bills took a 17 to 16 lead in the fourth quarter.
Roanoke's own Tiki Barber made the big play in New York's final drive catching the Kerry Collins pass on fourth and 15 picking up the first down.
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Several plays later Blanchard booted the 48 yarder and the Giants beat the Bills 19 to 17.
Dallas shares second place with the Giants after beating Philadelphia 20 to 10.
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Deion Sanders waited to get into the game.
Chris Warren scored on this 4 yard run giving the Cowboys their first lead at 7 to 3.
Troy Aikman threw this T-D pass to tight end David Lefluer.
The Cowboys held on for the 20 to 10 win.
Tech quarterback Michael Vick ended his trip to New York yesterday as the guest of C-B-S during halftime of the Colts and Patriots game.
He talked with host Jim Nance about the Heisman experience.
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[OUT Q=....deserving of it."]
It was the end of a sweet run.
One of Roanoke's coaching greats performed one of his final duties as head football coach.
William Fleming's George "Kila" Miller, who is retiring after spending five years as the Colonels' head coach and over 25 years in athletics, honored his final team at Fleming's Fall sports banquet.
The Colonels' coaching staff and the school's Student Government Association also presented Miller with some parting gifts.
Mike Stevens will have more with Miller tonight on News 7.