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Next on News 7, another person stopped at the border may have terrorist connections.
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And with two days left till Christmas, many men decide it's time to get serious with their shopping. We'll take you to the front lines.
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Cold weather headlines the forecast, with one of the chilliest days this season on tap for tomorrow. I'll have your Holiday forecast details.

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The top medical stories of the year. A successful hand transplant is one of them.
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Here's another .. a "magic" pill to help lose weight? It comes close, if you can tolerate the unpleasant side effects.
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New 7 at 5 is next.
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The government is tightening security at border crossings, post offices and airports around the United States.
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Good Evening...




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Authorities are linking a woman arrest at a border crossing in Vermont to suspected terrorists. A man who made threats to drive a truck loaded with explosives into New York City's Lincoln tunnel was in court. And there's also a warning about postal packages to the US from Frankfurt, Germany. Lisa Hughes has the latest.
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((Federal prosecutors laid out a case strong enough to keep a Canadian woman and an Algerian man behind bars. The pair was caught at the Canadian/Vermont border-allegedly using phony papers to enter the U-S. Prosecutors say they've linked Lucia Garofalos cell phone and car to a member of an Algerian group suspected of terrorism. And they are still investigating Super: Charles Tetzlaff/U-S Atty.
(12:11:57 PARTICULARLY ANY CONNECTIONS THAT MAY EXIST BETWEEN THESE

DEFENDANTS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT)
Concerns about terrorism prompted the FBI to issue its own warning about packages. It says the government has received unsubstantiated information that mail bombs could be sent to U-S addresses.

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AUTHORITIES SAY THE PARCELS COULD BE SENT FROM FRANKFURT, GERMANY. ANY QUESTIONABLE PACKAGES SHOULD NOT BE HANDLED AND POLICE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THEM)
The FAA's beefing up security at airports. Hundreds of inspectors have been added to U-S border crossings. Despite all the precautions, some experts believe the chance for a New Years attack is high.

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DOMESTICALLY I'D SAY PROBABLY 80- OR 90-PERCENT AND I THINK IT MAY COME FROM DOMESTIC TERRORISM. AND IT MAY BE THE LONE INDIVIDUAL, THE PERSON THAT'S A BIT DERANGED.)
In New Jersey, a man who allegedly threatened to blow up a tunnel to New York City made his first court appearance. Police say there's no evidence he planned to carry out the threat made over the Internet-but he's considered a flight risk and is being held in jail. Lisa Hughes, CBS News, Washington.))

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Here in Virginia, V-DOT is turning safety concerns to people who have an accident on Interstate 81. Not just on the busiest weekends, but all the time. They're creating a permanent safety patrol.
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Tina Tenret is near the highway in Roanoke County to tell us more.
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Tonya -- the goal of the eight man crew is not only to respond quickly to accidents on Interstate 81, but also to free up state police so they can spend more time handing out tickets and making sure people obey the laws.
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V-Dot has hired eight people, dressed them up in bright yellow, and stocked their bright orange trucks with all kinds of rescue gear. The receipt for that: 600-thousand-dollars of taxpayers money every year.
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((CHIP NOTTINGHAM/VA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER: IT IS COST EFFICIENT. ANYTIME WE CAN AVOID CONGESTION, AVOID ACCIDENTS AND SAVE LIVES AND GET PEOPLE MOVING, REALLY COST IS NOT A FACTOR IN THIS.))
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Already the new hires have helped one holiday traveler stranded on the Interstate. They also re-routed traffic around her car.
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((CHIP GOAD/SAFETY PATROL: IT WAS A LADY AND HER TWO SONS FROM MISSISSIPPI. HER CAR HAD OVERHEATED AND SHE REQUESTED A TOW TRUCK.))
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Now this comes just days after Roanoke attorney Richard Lawrence said he's taking the state to court for running what he calls an unsafe highway --
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We'll have V-DOT's response coming up tonight on News7 at Six. [5-Men-Shopping]


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Two shopping days are left until Christmas and malls are packed with last minute shoppers.
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These late shoppers have more in common than just the need for a quick gift. Most of them are men.
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((IT'S A BAD HABIT. I'VE ALWAYS DONE MY SHOPPING AT THE LAST MINUTE.))
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Stores such as Victoria's Secret -- usually women's domain -- were packed with guys looking for that perfect gift. Another popular gift from these procrastinating men is jewelry, and it's not always just for Christmas. Even before it gets here, the year two thousand has been a good one for the jewelry business. Some stores are selling what they call millennium diamonds, which means twice as many presents for guys to buy.
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(( THEY NEED ONE FOR CHRISTMAS AND THEN ANOTHER FOR THE NEW YEAR.))
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Some shoppers say that the stores are pretty well picked over, while others say the selection's just fine. Either way, they only have two days left to walk away with something to put under the tree.
Coming up at six, we'll take a look at what keeps these shoppers away until now ... and what some do in preparation to hit the stores.
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So what happens if the lights go out at midnight on New Year's Eve?
One Southside inventor has just the thing for you..
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Lou Garland has spent most of the year perfecting his new board game "Millenium Vacation".
As many as eight players take turns making their way to "Grandparents House" and back.. but the trip can be filled with lots of unexpected twists and Y2K calamities.
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((LOUIS GARLAND/MILLENIUM BOARD GAME INVENTOR: THE TRUE MILLENIUM IS NEXT YEAR. THIS IS A MILLENIUM VACATION, WHICH GOES ALL THE WAY THROUGH NEXT YEAR. IT JUST HAS A FEW Y2K IMPLICATIONS THAT ARE IN THE GAME, BUT AS I SAID, MOST OF IT IS FAMILY VACATION PROBLEMS AND SUCH.))
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Garland says his board is family values-oriented and helps bring parents and children together.
It will start appearing in many area Wal-Marts in the next few weeks.
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A second spacewalk is under way right now. Still ahead, what's going on outside the Space Shuttle.
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And dozens of families have little time to find new homes for the holidays, after fire roars through theirs.
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Dozens of families living in one building must find new homes for the holidays.
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Flames broke out this morning in an apartment complex just outside Cincinnati, Ohio ... and the building was still burning several hours later.
64 families were forced to evacuate, and it's clear many are unable to return.
There are no injuries reported.
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In Chicago, residents and staff of a senior citizen's apartment building were evacuated today, when flames erupted on the building's third floor.
No injuries reported here, either.
One resident says it started when someone dropped a lit candle.
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"Don't ask, don't tell". And now, "Don't harass."
The Pentagon has added the new wording to its policy of gays in the military.
A Pentagon spokesman said today the previous policy should include stronger language ... clearly stating that harassment on the basis of sexual preference is wrong.


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Spacewalkers are 300 miles in the air upgrading the Hubble Telescope.
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Astronauts are replacing the old computer with a newer model. The new computer is 20 times faster. The system is based on an Intel-486. It's slower than most models in home PC's, but it takes years of testing before a chip can be certified to work in space. A new guidance system will help better point the telescope.
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Some needy children in the New River Valley are getting just what they wanted this Christmas, thanks to the help of strangers.
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Representatives of local children's homes picked up hundreds of presents donated by Christmas shoppers at the New River Valley mall this morning.
The gifts are headed to 63 kids at children's homes in Floyd and Wythe counties and foster children in Montgomery County.
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((LATISHA KIDD/MONTGOMERY CO. SOCIAL SERVICES: A LOT OF OUR KIDS THAT COME INTO OUR CARE DON'T HAVE CHRISTMAS AND SO THIS GIVES THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE GIFTS AND THE FEELING THAT SOMEBODY'S OUT THERE THAT CARES FOR THEM. ))
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A local radio station organized the gift drive.
The presents include clothes, shoes and "wish list" items chosen by the kids.
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In Pittsylvania County, the sheriff's department has been collecting toys and food, and today it was time to deliver.
A half-dozen deputies hit the roads this morning, making Christmas deliveries to 22 families with 48 children.
This is the second year the Pittsylvania County sheriff's department has helped families at Christmas.
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Some fruitcakes tend to get passed around a lot.
But later on News 7, Patrick will show us one fruitcake that REALLY gets around.
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A woman's waistline could determine her risk of breast cancer. We'll explain why next on News 7 at 5.
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And a drug that can reduce a woman's chance of breast cancer. It's one of the top medical stories of the year .. and we'll run them down on tonight's Healthcheck.
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The shape of your waist may play a major role in your risk of developing breast cancer.
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A study of more than 44 thousand women show those shaped like an apple, meaning they had big waistlines are 34% more likely to develop breast cancer than women shaped like pears.
It may have to do with fat being closer to important organs and glands that make hormones.
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Medical Science made some important breakthroughts in 19-99, most notably in cancer and gene research.
Lee Cowan has a look at the big medical stories of the year.
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((Scientists accomplished a medical milestone in 1999 -- mapping the entire genetic code of a single human chromosome. This information could be key to unlocking the mysteries of several diseases ... including leukemia and schizophrenia.
New cancer treatments are also offering patients hope. A drug commonly used to fight bone loss -- raloxifene -- is proving to be effective in reducing a woman's risk of breast cancer. And a new screening technique for lung cancer is detecting tumors much earlier than traditional x-rays.
This year, doctors uncovered increasing evidence linking heart disease to infection. Researchers believe a type of bacteria enters the bloodstream and inflames the arteries. If so, antibiotics could soon be prescribed to prevent heart attacks.
Good news for millions of Americans on another heart front. Those who were diagnosed with a heart valve problem. It turns out they never really had it. A study found that not only was mitral valve prolapse often misdiagnosed, but fears surrounding the condition were greatly exaggerated.
Hundreds of people across the country began taking part in a groundbreaking study on Alzheimer's disease this year. Scientists are testing two new therapies to see if they can find a way to ward off the brain disorder.
As Americans continue to get fatter, everyone seems to be looking for that magic pill to lose weight. This year xenical came pretty close -- at least for those who could tolerate the unpleasant side effects. Other dieters turned to a 70's phenomenon. The Atkins Diet made its way back to the dinner table ... and back into the American psyche. But experts caution the high-fat, low-carb regimen could contribute to kidney as well as other health problems.
Then there were the human stories in 1999 -- like that of Matthew Scott -- one of the first in the world to receive a hand transplant. Scott opted for the surgery -- instead of a prosthesis -- to fulfill his wish of one day holding his two sons.
And who can forget the dramatic story of a doctor who discovered a lump in her breast ... while stationed in the South Pole. With the help of airlifted medical supplies and emails to doctors in the U-S, Dr. Jerri Nielsen was able to treat herself for months ... in the most remote places on Earth.
LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS))


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Thanks Tonya and good afternoon everybody and welcome to the two minute ticker.
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The Virginia Cavaliers are all set for Miami and the Micronpc.com bowl against Illinois.
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The teams met in the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando in 1990 and the fighting Illini defeated the Cavaliers 31 to 21.
And a major concern for Illionis this season is the Cavalier defense.
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The Illini know another key to beating the Cavaliers is to stop running back Thomas Jones and the U-V-A running game.
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The bowl game is scheduled for Thursday December 30-th. Kickoff at Pro Player Stadium in Miami is 7 Oclock.


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And Tech fans heading to the Sugar Bowl may want to play close attention to Mike Stevens Story coming up at six.
It will tell you all the do's and don'ts once you get to the crescent city for the match up between Tech and Florida State.
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The N-B-A's former rebounding champion Dennis Rodman is again in trouble with the law.
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Last night in Costa Mesa, California Rodman was arrested for alleged drunk driving. It's the third time in the past four month's he's been arrested.
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Whether you love it or hate, fruitcake is a part of the holidays.
But there's one fruitcake that's gone where no fruitcake has gone before.
Our own fruitcake, Patrick Evans, has the story.
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Finally, Santa has just one more day to go before he begins the big delivery,
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so he can probably use a little relaxation.
And it seems the jolly one decided some snowboarding would be a good way to prepare for the big night.
And Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia knows a good photo op when it sees one, bringing along Mrs. Claus and some helpers to the slopes.
Tomorrow of course, it will be all work and no play .. as Santa turns in his snowboard for one high-flying sleigh.
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