Afghanistan's interim leader speaks optimistically about the defeat of terrorism in the country.
And, a possible connection between the shoe-bombing suspect and the first man indicted in the September 11th attacks.
Plus, Marya Jones checks in live from Valley View Mall.
We'll see how post- holiday sales and returns are going.
The Holiday season continues with cold weather....What will the first few days of the new year bring us...I'll have your forecast....
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As U-S forces continue searching through caves for evidence of Osama bin Laden, Afghanistan's interim leader says he's optimistic about the defeat of terrorism..
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The man who's now heading up the Afghan government says terrorism has been "largely" defeated in his country.
Hamid Karzai says only pockets of terrorism remain in Afghanistan.
But the interim leader says the war's isn't over-- and there's still a need for coalition troops.
Meanwhile, American troops are busy cleaning out caves and tunnels, where Osama bin Laden may have hidden over the last three months.
And the shoe-bombing suspect may have known a man accused of plotting the September 11th attacks.
Teri Okita has the latest on all that now, from Washington.
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U-S SPECIAL FORCES ARE GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF SEARCHES OF CAVES
AND TUNNELS IN TORA BORA HOPING TO UNCOVER INFORMATION ON OSAMA BIN
LADENS MOVEMENTS. THERES STILL NO END IN SIGHT TO THE MILITARY ACTION
WHILE POCKETS OF RESISTANCE REMAIN AND BIN LADEN AND MULLAH OMAR ARE
IN KABUL, AFGHANISTANS INTERIM CABINET MEMBERS MET FOR A SECOND TIME TO
BEGIN THE MONUMENTAL TASK OF BUILDING A NEW GOVERNMENT BUT THE INTERIM
LEADER SAYS THEY ARE STILL FOCUSED ON HUNTING DOWN OMAR AND BIN LADEN.
(Super: Hamid Karzai/Afghanistans Interim Leader)
SOT: Doesnt know where OBL is, but if they find out, theyll go after
and arrest him.
NVESTIGATORS ARE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO
BLOW-UP A TRANS-CONTINENTAL AIRPLANE OVER THE WEEKEND. MORE CHARGES ARE
PENDING FOR 28-YEAR-OLD BRITISH CITIZEN, RICHARD REID WHO, AUTHORITIES
SAY, TRIED TO DETONATE A BOMB HIDDEN IN HIS SHOE. REID ATTENDED AN
ISLAMIC MOSQUE IN ENGLAND THE SAME ONE FREQUENTED BY SUSPECTED
TERRORIST, ZACARIAS MOUSSAOUI. THE HEAD OF THE MOSQUE FEARS REID DIDNT
(Super: Abdul Haqq Baker/Brixton Mosque Chairman)
SOT: I really personally believe he was a tester to see how far he would
get and then act thereafter.
With an interim government now in place, Afghanistan's new education chief has the difficult task of rebuilding his country's school system.
Meanwhile, female students are finally returning to class.
Randall Pinkston has the story.
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Natsot (Man bangs school gong w/rock)
(VO 1): FIVE YEARS AGO, WHEN THE TALIBAN SHOT THEIR WAY TO POWER IN
AFGHANISTAN, ONE OF THEIR FIRST ACTIONS WAS TO END EDUCATION FOR
NOW THAT THE TALIBAN ARE GONE, GIRLS LIKE 17-YEAR OLD RONA CAN PICK
UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF & FARZANA POPOL AND OTHER FEMALE TEACHERS CAN
RETURN TO WORK.
SOT - I'm happy for the first time in my life , SAYS RONA. FIVE YEARS
AGO, SHE HAD REACHED 3RD GRADE WHEN THE TALIBAN SENT GIRLS AND THEIR
FEMALE TEACHERS, HOME.
(SOT:- RONA) I want to be a literate woman. Europe and other countries
are progressive, my nation is backwards. I want to be educated so that I
can serve my country.
(VO 2.) IF EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO THE FUTURE, AFGHANISTAN FACES
DAUNTING CHALLENGES. (teacher reads?) HERE, BACK-TO-BASICS IS MORE
THAN A CATCH-PHRASE. (Boy recites) ISMATULLAH YUSEFZAI IS A TEACHER.
(SOT: ISMATULLAH YUSEFZAI) DO THEY HAVE BOOKS? No PENCILS? No. NO
BOOKS, NO PENCILS, NO PENCILS, NOTHING. Nothing. NO CHAIRS? No chairs,
(VO 3) AND, IN MANY ROOMS, NO WINDOWS. AND TEACHERS AREN'T BEING PAID.
SUPER: ISMATULLAH YUSEFZAI, TEACHER
Taliban carried our six months salaries. THEY TOOK SIX MONTHS OF YOUR
SALARY? Yes, six months of our salary.
(VO 4)a TEACHERS salary is 16- DOLLARS month.
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WITH SCHOOLS REOPENED AND GIRLS BACK IN THE CLASSROOM, THERE'S A NEW
BEGINNING FOR AFGHANISTAN'S CHILDREN BUT MUCH OF THE OLD REPRESSION
STILL LINGERS. STRICT RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION IS STILL AN IMPORTANT PART
OF THE CURRICULUM. MOST OF THE TEACHERS ARE MEN. AND THE WOMEN WHO WORK
HERE MUST STILL WEAR BURKAS (end s.u.)
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I am happy girls are back in school, SAYS TEACHER FARZANA POPOL, but I
am sad I was educated at the teachers' academy but I look at myself
with my burka, how can I teach them with this?
(VO4: ) SHE SAYS SHE WILL REMOVE HER BURKHA WHEN THE PRINCIPAL GETS THE
ORDER FROM THE MINISTRRY OF EDUCATION THE TALIBAN MAY BE GONE, BUT SOME
OF THEIR RULES RETAIN A LOCK-GRIP ON AFGHAN SOCIETY. RANDALL PINKSTON,
CBS NEWS, JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN
Long- simmering tensions between India and Pakistan appear to be reaching the boiling point--
Indian security officials have met to discuss the situation.
The two rivals are arming their borders in the wake of a suicide attack earlier this month on India's parliament.
India blames the attack on Pakistan- based militants.
An Indian Cabinet minister says no further decisions will be made until tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's president has warned India against any military action, saying his country is ready to defeat ``all challenges.''
Christmas Day marked the latest in a long- running series of attempts by French refugees to get into Great Britain.
French authorities detained all of the refugees--
No one was injured in yesterday's incident.
The refugees have repeatedly tried to reach Britain, where they believe they can win permanent entry and a better life.
Train traffic through the channel tunnel dries up on Christmas Day, which would have given the refugees a better chance of walking the 25 mile stretch un-detected.
Refugees often try to enter Britain illegally from France on ferries, by train, or through the Channel tunnel.
Governor-elect Mark Warner's choice for Health and Human Resources Secretary is facing some ethical scrutiny.
Jane Woods has been a registered representative for three pharmaceutical companies, a major hospital system and associations of doctors, physical therapists and veterinarians.
State Senator Leslie Byrne (BURN), who unseated Woods two years ago, calls the appointment "a real Christmas present for lobbyists.''
Woods says she's giving up her lobbying job, and says any conflicts between her former clients and her public duties will be settled by statutes against ethical violations.
He may not be Virginia's governor, but as Speaker of the House - Republican Vance Wilkins may wield about as much power as Mark Warner this winter.
The G-O-P won its largest majority ever in the house, grabbing 64 seats.
With the voting majority, political experts say Wilkins can override Warner's vetos, forcing the Democratic governor-elect to work with the Republican-dominated house.
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Sabato went on to say Wilkins may be the most powerful Speaker of the House since Blacky Moore in the late 1960s, when Democrats held 85 of the 100 house seats.
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Next on News 7 at Noon -
Marya Jones is braving the mall mania this afternoon -
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A multi-car accident slowed down traffic on Interstate 5-81 last night -
Authorities say the driver of a Monte Carlo merged across two lanes onto southbound 581 at the Orange Avenue Exit, causing two other cars to collide.
Two of the southbound lanes were temporarily closed.
One woman was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for minor cuts.
Police say, charges are pending against the driver.
Wildfires have forced at least 25-hundred residents out of their homes near Sydney, Australia.
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At least 75 fires are burning.
Officials say lightning started most of the fires, but they're also investigating seven cases of arson.
Strong winds continue fanning the flames, and 95-degree temperatures on Christmas Day made it nearly impossible for firefighters to contain them.
More than five-thousand firefighters are battling the flames.
There are reports of dozens of injuries, but so far no fatalities.
Drive around a while, and you'll be sure to find thousands of Christmas displays...
However, one display in particular caught our eye.
Brent Watts gives us a look.
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The decorations will be on display through News Year's Eve. You can check out the display at 410 Pine Street in Vinton.
On Wall Street at Noon,
, the Dow was up 35 points. Nasdaq gained 118 points.
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In sports, the 'best of the best' duked it out at the College all star game in Alabama.....
And - does THIS face look familiar? We'll tell you who he is and what he was doing at the Dazzle game yesterday... Don't go away -News 7 at Noon will be right back.
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The Roanoke Dazzle earned a season high of 42 points yesterday - by none other than its BENCH players....
The Dazzle went on to grind Greenville 94-86.
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A national TV audience would take in the game against the Greenville Groove for a Christmas showdown.
Here the Groove gathers up all the heart it can muster - setting out to take over the Dazzle on its home court.
But - Speaking of heart, the Dazzle had a lot of it.
Watch Andre McCollum give to Thomas Hamilton.
He scores in close to the hoop for two of his four points.
Then, Greenville's Eric Harris hits the nice jumper, and the count is 70 to 55.
Roanoke out in front with 27 seconds left in the third.
In the fourth, Hamilton finds Marshall Phillips.
He scores two of his game- high 19 points
And although the Dazzle is outscored 31-20 in the fourth, it holds on for the 94-86 win, and successfully protects a big lead.
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The Dazzle is now 7 and 11 on the season.
Derrick Hines scored six points.
He was 6 for 6 from the free- throw line for his most productive day yet as a pro.
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And -Christmas always brings many familiar faces home, like this one at the Dazzle game--
Former Salem star football player and now UVA linebacker Dennis Haley.
He and his family were at the Roanoke Civic Center watching his cousin and former Clemson star Merl Code, who scored 11 points for the Greenville Groove.
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Two NBA games hit the hard wood yesterday.
Starting with New York and Toronto ---
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In the six PM game, The Knicks hosted the Raptors and Vince Carter.
But Vince was held to just 2 points, on one for six shooting in the first half by Latrell Spreewell, who gets the assists to Othello Harrington right here.
Carter would awaken in the third quarter.
He rips rope from three- point land to cut New York's lead to 11.
56-45 in the third.
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But the Knicks' Alan Houston was a scoring machine.
He tallies 18 in the first half alone.
Here gets his 20th point on the jumper.
Toronto's Antonio Davis is always dangerous from this spot.
He drills the baseliner.
But Houston and the Knicks are too much, winning 102-94.
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In the other night cap, the Lakers, playing without Shack, beat Philadelphia 88-82.
Kobe Bryant, sore ribs and all, picked up the slack with 12 points to lead L.A. in the rematch of last year's NBA championship.
Allen Iverson finished with 31 points for the Philadelphia 76ers.
College football fans were treated to a Christmas showdown in Montgomery, Alabama - The annual Blue-Gray college All Star game.
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No, this was not the Rose Bowl, but these fans were ready for this one.
Virginia senior fullback Tyree Foreman, playing for the Gray team, is gonna score from a yard out in the second quarter.
But the Blue squad is still up 14-7.
Football can be hazardous to your heath, especially if you are a cameraman.
This guy gets laid out, but gives the thumbs up that he's OK.
Virginia kept Penn State out of a bowl game.
Ironically, it's a couple of Nittany Lions on the Blue that deny UVa's foreman and tight end Chris Luzar of the white team a win in this classic. Penn State's Eddie Drummond scores here, and Blue snaps Gray's four- game winning streak 28-10.
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And be sure to tune to your Hometown Station's Virginia Tech Gator Bowl Special "Tech 2001 Back to the Beach".
The show hits the WDBJ airwaves New Years Eve at seven PM.
Join Mike Stevens for all your pre-game news.[12-returns]
Tis the season for returns, exchanges and bargains.
Marya Jones went to Valley View Mall to check out the madness.
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((Tomorrow on News 7 Mornin.))
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A new survey says now more than ever Americans want to stay in touch with family and friends. We'll find out some of the ways people are staying connected this holiday season.
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