As U-S forces continue their hunt for Osama bin Laden, Marines are building a temporary prisoner of war camp at their Afghan desert base.
Warplanes continue to bomb a cave complex in eastern Afghanistan, where they believe bin Laden and his top aides are hiding.
Officials haven't decided yet whether to release a videotape of bin Laden that they say proves he was behind the September 11th attacks.
Vice President Dick Cheney says officials are reluctant to give him any more air time.
Meanwhile, the only American killed by the enemy in Afghanistan is being buried today at Arlington National Cemetery.
C-I-A officer Mike Spann will receive full honors from the Marine Corps, where he was a captain before joining the C-I-A.
Jim Acosta has the latest now from Washington.
[LIVE= Acosta /FULL]
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[IN Q=U-S Warplanes]
[SUPER=01-Haji Muhammad Zehman/Afghan Commander;]
[SUPER=01-Capt. Stewart Upton/U.S. Marines Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
((U.S. WARPLANES FLYING ABOVE TORA BORA ... ARE PAVING THE WAY FOR A MAJOR
TRIBAL ASSAULT ON THE GROUND.
AMERICAN B-52'S ARE TARGETING THE COMPLEX OF CAVES OF TUNNELS IN EASTERN
AFGHANISTAN, WHERE AL-QAIDA FIGHTERS ARE SAID TO BE HIDING. AFGHAN
COMMANDERS BELIEVE THE GROUP'S LEADER, OSAMA BIN LADEN, IS THERE AS WELL.
(SOT: HAJI MUHAMMAD ZEHMAN/AFGHAN COMMANDER)
"I'm sure 100-percent he's here .. because I see the people, they bring
me the information. I'm talking, I'm working here. I'm here."
TODAY, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS DECIDING WHETHER TO RELEASE A
VIDEOTAPE IT SAYS IS FURTHER PROOF OF OSAMA BIN LADEN'S CONNECTION TO
THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS.
ON THE TAPE, BIN LADEN REPORTEDLY EXPRESSES SURPRISE AND PLEASURE AT THE
AMOUNT OF DAMAGE DONE TO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. U.S. OFFICIALS SAY HE
ALSO MAKES COMMENTS THAT CLEARLY SHOW HE HAD PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE
MEANWHILE, THE AMERICAN WHO FOUGHT ALONGSIDE THE TALIBAN AWAITS A
DECISION ON HIS FATE. JOHN WALKER IS BEING HELD AT A MARINE BASE IN
SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN -- WHERE HE'S RECOVERING FROM A GUNSHOT WOUND TO
(SOT: CAPTAIN STEWART UPTON/U.S. MARINES SPOKESPERSON)
"Walker is a battlefield detainee. He is being held here pending
disposition instructions from higher headquarters."
THE MARINES ARE NOW SETTING UP A HOLDING AREA OUTSIDE THE BASE FOR
DURING THE TAPING OF A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, PRESIDENT BUSH REACHED OUT TO
THE FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVED ONES IN THE 9-11 ATTACKS, AND ON THE
BATTLEFIELD FIGHTING TERROR.
(SOT: PRESIDENT BUSH)
"America grieves with you and we hope that you especially find comfort
and hope this Christmas season."
MICHAEL SPANN BURIED TODAY AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMEMTERY ...
JIM ACOSTA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
Three teenagers are dead after being struck by an Amtrak train near Philadelphia yesterday.
[SUPER=03-Falls Township, PA;]
The train's engineer saw them on the tracks, but couldn't stop in time.
Police say the Express train, headed from Boston to Washington, D.C., was going 100 miles an hour when it rounded a bend and struck the teens.
Two others escaped injury.
Police say they had their backs to the train and aren't even sure if the victims heard it.
The teens were trespassing in an industrial area.
Amtrak says its engineers need at least a mile to stop a fast-moving train.
Police say they expect to charge a woman who drove the wrong way on Route 581, injuring a family in a head-on collision.
It happened after 7 last night.
Police say 60-year-old Carol McKenna got into the northbound lanes of 581 .. heading south .. at Orange Avenue.
She drove the wrong way for the better part of a mile before striking a northbound car with two adults and two children inside near Elm Avenue.
Rescuers had to pry open the vehicle to get some of the victims out.
39-year-old Anthony Early, his wife, Yvonne, and their two children, ages 7 and 10, were taken to the hospital with critical, but not life-threatening, injuries.
The accident blocked two of the three northbound lanes as they approached Elm Avenue .. and backed up traffic in both directions.
Less than two hours later, another accident tied up Route 460 east of the city .. near Cloverdale Road. County police say a van, a pickup truck and a car were involved in this one .. but since vehicles came to rest in both directions of traffic, investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what happened.
Authorities say there were minor injuries.
Traffic was backed up both ways on the busy roadway until the wreckage was cleared away.
Investigators in Montgomery County may have solved a 22 year old missing persons case.
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Last week, skeletal remains of a man were discovered off Meadowbrook Road just outside Blacksburg.
Sources say investigators suspect the bones are those of a Virginia Tech student reported missing in January of 1979.
Authorities spent the weekend combing the area for additional evidence-- and are expected to release more information
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A much-anticipated report on Virginia's death penalty will be released today in Richmond.
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission is the General Assembly's investigative agency. It has spent the last year studying how capital punishment is administered in the state.
Fairness .. and the role of D-N-A testing .. are among the main issues under review.
In business news this morning, gas prices have reached a two year low.
Here's Barton Eckert with a look at the morning's top business stories..
[SUPER=01-Barton Eckert/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in Washington.]
(( GOOD MORNING THIS MONDAY THE 10TH OF DECEMBER.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MORNING.
------------------------- CALL IT A RETURN TO "THE GOOD OL'
GAS PRICES PLUMMETED MORE THAN 40 CENTS SINCE SEPTEMBER 11,
REACHING A TWO YEAR LOW.
ACCORDING TO THE LUNDBERG SURVEY OF EIGHT-THOUSAND STATIONS
NATIONWIDE.. REGULAR WAS AVERAGING UNDER $1.12 A GALLON.
THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR ALL GRADES RANG UP AT $1.15 A GALLON ON
FRIDAY, THAT'S DOWN MORE THAN EIGHT CENTS IN THE LAST THREE
GAS CONSUMPTION FOR NOVEMBER WAS UP NEARLY 3 PERCENT FROM LAST
YEAR. S-U-V SALES IN NOVEMBER CLIMBED ALMOST 14 PERCENT FROM THAT
SAME MONTH A YEAR AGO... AND HALF OF THE BEST SELLING AUTOS SO FAR
THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN,, YOU GUESSED IT.. BIG TRUCKS OR S-U-Vs..
SANTA MAY MAKE AN EARLY VISIT TO WALL STREET THIS WEEK AS
INVESTORS.. ARE BETTING ON AN ECONOMIC RECOVERY NEXT YEAR..
AND THERE ARE HOPES FOR A 1-4 POINT CUT IN INTEREST RATES BY THE
ON ASIAN MARKETS OVERNIGHT .. IN TOKYO STOCKS FELL.. BANKS WERE
OFF ON JITTERS OVER CREDIT RISKS..
JUST AFTER STARTING TALKS TO BUY BETHLEHEM AND WHEELING
PITTSBURGH... U-S-X UNITED STATES STEEL NOW SAYS... IT WANTS TO BUY
NATIONAL STEEL FROM N-K-K CORP OF JAPAN.
THOSE TWO ARE IN TALKS... MAINLY OVER CONSOLIDATING SOME OF
NATIONAL'S DEBT SO THE PURCHASE COULD GO AHEAD....
AND THAT'S YOUR FIRST BUSINESS CHECK ON THE MORNING'S TOP
I'M BARTON ECKERT IN WASHINGTON.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
University of Michigan's affirmative action policies appear to be headed to the Supreme Court.
Students are taking on the school for giving some minority students with lower grades preference for admission over non-minority "A" students.
Cynthia Bowers reports.
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[IN Q=At the federal]
[SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH; :00]
[SUPER=01-Liz Barry/University of Michigan; :24]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Grutter/Anti-Affirmative Action Plaintiff; :46]
[SUPER=01-Cynthia Bowers/Reporting; 1:27]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Gratz/Anti-Affirmative Action Plaintiff; 1:43]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Cincinnati.]
(At the federal courthouse in Cincinnati this week, a scene reminiscent
of the civil rights movement, as hundreds of students marched in support
of affirmative action in college admissions.
(Sot CG :2-line�Agnes Aleobua �Univ. of Michigan Student)
We are demanding that education be opened up to everyone.
Inside, in a case some call 'the Alamo' of affirmative action, the
University of Michigan will defend racial preferences in its admissions
(Sot CG :2-line�Liz Barry�University of Michigan
We care about integration for education's sake, because we know when we
bring students together on our campus we get a dynamic educational
But some say in order to achieve that diversity, Michigan discriminates.
Two women, one who applied to law school the other to the undergrad
program, sued the university saying they were turned away in favor of
less qualified minority students.
(CG :2-line�Barbara Grutter �Anti-Affirmative Action Plaintiff)
I am not willing to accept that i'm discriminated against to enhance
someone's educational experience nor do i accept that a bunch of
bureaucrats have the authority to deny my rights.
At issue are the procedures Michigan uses to rank the applications they
get. (graphic) For example, for undergraduates, 150 points guarantees a
spot. While a high school student with straight A's gets 80 points, a
perfect SAT score is worth only 12. But some students get 20 points just
because of their racial or ethnic backgrounds. Which means, according to
the plaintiffs, white students are starting with a big handicap.
(Sot CG :2-line�Jennifer Gratz �Anti-Affirmative Action Plaintiff)
if you're treating people differently based on the color of your skin,
if your giving preference to one person based on the color of your skin,
(StandUp) CG :2-line�Cynthia Bowers�CBS News
In 1978, the Supreme Court found admissions quotas unconstitutional, but
did rule universities can take race 'into account.' Since then lower
court rulings in affirmative action cases have varied widely. Even in
this case, trial judges ruled differently on each woman's complaint.
That ambiguity makes both sides think this case is a likely contender
for High Court review.
(Sot/Liz Barry University of Michigan) These policies are very important
for higher education in America - there's a lot at stake here 05
Including the face of affirmative action and the face of student bodies
around the country for years to come. Cynthia Bowers, CBS News
Ready, set, build a robot ... not from metal but from an ever-popular childhood toy.
As Jennifer Miele reports, hundreds of children across Virginia are using Legos to learn about robotics... and they're already taking their inventions to college.
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[IN Q=Their mission]
[SUPER=01-Tommy Flaherty Jr./Lego League Competitor;:20]
[SUPER=01-Tommy Flaherty Sr./Lego League Coach;:38]
[SUPER=01-Bill Duggins/Lego League Coordinator;1:18]
[OUT Q=JM News 7 Blacksburg.]
Their mission... to simulate a rescue operation in Antarctica with a robot built entirely out of Legos.
That's the assignment from the First Lego League of Virginia... 60 teams, 600 HUNDRED kids, at this year's regional competition at Virginia Tech.
((TOMMY FLAHERTY JR./LEGO LEAGUE COMPETITOR: I'M 11 YEARS OLD, MY SISTER'S IS 9, AND WE'RE GOING AGAINST MIDDLE SCHOOLERS WHO ARE HOLDER THAN US.))
For Tommy Flaherty, Lego League is a family affair... his dad's the coach.
Dad first heard about the competition three years ago.
((TOMMY FLAHERTY SR.: WE TRAVELED TO ALABAMA FOR THE FIRST YEAR BECAUSE THERE WAS NO OTHER TEAMS IN VIRGINIA, NOW THERE ARE 100 TEAMS.))
((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: EACH TEAM'S ROBOT GETS TWO MINUTES TO COMPLETE SIX MISSIONS...INCLUDING RESCUING THREE SCIENTISTS FROM A POLAR BEAR, RECOVERING MEDICAL SUPPLIES, AND DELIVERING FUEL BARRELS. BUT THE MISSION DOESN'T END THERE.))
The second round of the competition requires teams to make a presentation about how their robot could help combat any Global Warming.
((WHERE ARE ALL THESE CRACKS COMING FROM? MAYBE IT'S GLOBAL WARMING.))
And the final round gives competitors a chance to answer judges' questions.
((BILL DUGGINS/LEGO LEAGUE COORDINATOR: KIDS SEE THE ROBOTS AND COMPUTERS AND THAT'S WHAT GETS THEM INTERESTED. BUT THE TRUE VALUE IS LEARNING PROBLEM SOLVING TECHNIQUES, TEAM WORK, ITEM MANAGEMENT, REALLY HOW TO PERFORM UNDER PRESSURE. THAT'S WHAT THIS ENVIRONMENT TRIES TO PROVIDE.))
Lego and other area civic organizations sponsor the competition.
Trophies are awarded for leadership, presentation, and overall performance.
It's easy to see this competition is something kids really flip for.
Jennifer Miele, News 7, Blacksburg.))
(Marya tosses to bump)
A Texas man continues to stand by the wife accused of drowning their five children in a bathtub.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
But Andrea Yates' husband, Russell, says she's ill and needs help.
Lee Cowan has the story.
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[IN Q=With her five children]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New YOrk.]
With her five children lying dead in her Houston home -- Andrea Yates
calmly picked up the phone.
(NAT/SOT 9-1-1 TAPE)
"Operator: What's your name? Yates: Andrea Yates. Operator: What's the
But she wouldn't tell police why she needed them -- she just told them
(NAT/SOT 9-1-1 TAPE)
"Operator: Is your husband there? Yates: No. Operator: Well, what's the
problem. Yates: I need 'em to come. Operator: I need to know why we're
She answered only with a sigh.
Moments later, an officer appeared at the door -- she explained simply:
'I killed my kids.'
NAT/SOT CRIME SCENE
All five had been drowned in the bathtub -- four of them she had tucked
into bed in the master bedroom -- the other was still lying face down in
"He was a good kid."
But tonight in his first sit-down interview -- her husband Rusell Yates
tells 60 Minutes -- he still believes his wife is innocent -- by reason
None of it would have happened he says, had she received competent
"The kids would be alive and well, and Andrea would be well on her way
to recovery, and we would be unknown."
And in a brief moment on those 9-1-1 tapes -- his wife seemed to agree.
(NAT/SOT 9-1-1 TAPES)
"Operator: Are you ill, or what? Yates: Yes, I'm ill."
It started soon after the birth of her fourth son -- she tried to kill
herself twice in 1999 -- and was finally diagnosed with postpartum
CG :2-line�LEE COWAN�CBS NEWS
"But then she had another child -- and it got worse. Mr. Yates blames
her doctor and the hospital for not treating his wife properly.
Prosecutors disagree -- and are seeking the death penalty.
(SOT/)CG :2-line�CHUCK ROSENTHAL�PROSECUTOR
"Five dead children. Bradley: Simple as that, clear and straight
forward. A: Five dead children."
Her trial is set to begin on January 7th. Lee Cowan CBS News, New York.))
The town of New Castle is mourning the loss of its mayor.
James Robert Kibler passed away Friday, ending 21 years of service to the town.
Kibler died after battling throat cancer. He was 62.
There are now three council members and a vice-mayor left to govern.
They must appoint a new mayor within 60 days--- he or she will serve until the May elections.
Voters in Greenbrier County, West Virginia have decided to raise their own taxes.
Greenbrier residents overwhelmingly approved a 15 million dollar bond issue on Saturday. The tax increase will pay for a new Ronceverte (RON suh vurt) Elementary School.
A hypothetical snow storm clobbers the Arctic trapping three American scientists...
and it's up to these kids and their robots to save them.
That's the assignment from the First Lego League.
60 teams from across Virginia strutted their robot stuff yesterday at Virginia Tech.
The teams get two minutes to save the scientists, three minutes to make a presentation about their robot, and 10 minutes to answer judges' questions.
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[IN Q=This was three years]
((TOMMY FLAHERTY: THIS WAS THREE YEARS AGO. THERE'S SHEBA EXHIBITION AND IT WAS OUT IN THE ARCTIC FOR GLOBAL WARMING. IN THIS SCENARIO, INSTEAD OF A HAPPY ENDING, THERE'S A HUGE ARCTIC STORM.))
[SUPER=01-Tommy Flahery/Lego League Competitor]
[OUT Q=arctic storm.]
Judges say the true value of the competition is learning about teamwork, and how to perform under pressure.
Harry Potter's run as Number One at the box office is over.
[VO-NAT - 3:34:13]
[SUPER=04-"Ocean's Eleven"; HOT CHANGE]
``Ocean's Eleven'' bumped the boy wizard from the top spot.
The star-powered caper film took in just over 39 million dollars this weekend.
It's the best December opening ever.
The movie has major star power.
It features George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia.
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[SUPER=77-Ocean's Eleven/39.3/Harry Potter/14.8/Behind Enemy Lines/8.1/Monsters, Inc./6.7/Spy Game/4.6;]
After three weeks in the top stop, ``Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'' slipped to second place, with 14-point-eight million dollars.
``Behind Enemy Lines'' was third with about eight million.
``Monsters, Incorporated'' and ``Spy Game'' rounded out the top
The Hotel Roanoke's General Manager has been awarded a top Industry Honor.
Gary Walton was named Virginia's "Star of the Industry General Manager of the Year" by the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association.
Walton is known for his efforts to re-open the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in 1995.
He was selected to lead the 45 million dollar hotel renovation with the addition of the new state-of-the-art conference facility.
Recently, the property was designated on the list of Historic Hotels of America.