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hello, i'm j.c. hayward. thanks for being with us. d.c. police are looking for the driver who crashed his van into a home and then left. this happened just after 10:00 this morning. at 24th and douglas streets northeast. no one was injured. authorities believe that the van was stolen. medics evaluated three people
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who were inside the home but they were not seriously injured. the crash did cause structural damage to the home and also it damaged a fire hydrant. police are trying to put a lid on violent rioting in greece as thousands have taken to the streets in protest. many are outraged over the country's finances. greece needs $145 billion in bailout loans. tina kraus reports that citizens are fed up. >> reporter: riot police clash with protestors on the streets of athens. they fired tear gas at demonstrators who pelted them with firebombs and chunks of rock. thousands of angry greeks walked off the job to join a nationwide strike over government budget cuts. she says wage earners cannot pay for the country's financial crisis in such a barbaric way.
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greece needs a $145 billion package of bailout loans but the government isn't meeting budget targets required to qualify for the funds. government officials are urging residents to rally behind their plan to fend off national bankruptcy. but it is a tough sell to maybe workers who -- many workers who are losing their wages. this man says we're fighting against the layoffs. we're united to stop this economic policy that is a dead end for our country. the 24-hour strike shut down schools and halted public transport. >> everything is canceled. we slept on a chair. we have to wait until tomorrow. >> international auditors say they're likely to give greece the bailout money it needs but want reassurance the government will make promised budget reforms. without the cash, athens could go broke as early as next month. triggering a default that could drag other european countries deeper into debt. tina kraus, cbs news.
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>> auditors will not say when they will decide whether to bail out greece. the country's two largest labor unions are planning another nationwide strike later this month. a jury may hear closing arguments today in the murder trial of a virginia grandmother charged with tossing her 2- year-old granddaughter to her death. attorneys for 50-year-old carmella della rosa fairfax are pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. she's on trial for throwing her 2-year-old granddaughter from a skywalk at tysons corner center last november. prosecutors say that della rosa clearly understood right from wrong, adding that she was motivated by anger at her son- in-law for getting her daughter pregnant. she faces up to life in prison if she is convicted. well, democrat earl ray tomblin is the winner in the special election for governor in west virginia. he beat republican bill
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maloney. the race was seen as a referendum on president obama. it got national attention and money. we all came together to tell the outside groups that no one, no one is going to tell us what to do in west virginia. we may be open for business but ladies and gentlemen, west virginia is not for sale. [ cheering ] >> reporter: he has served as acting governor since former governor joe manchin left charleston to become a u.s. senator. there will be another election next november. facebook executive and the president of cartoon network are joining maryland governor martin o'malley to kick off national bullying prevention month. the event starts tomorrow at arundel high school in annapolis. walk to school day. it is an international campaign to get students to walk or to bike to school rather than hitching a ride with parents or
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taking the bus. students in maryland, virginia, and washington, d.c. are also taking part in this year's event. walk to school day is being observed in 40 countries around the world. a team of cadaver dogs is helping authorities in aruba search for a missing woman from frederick, maryland. the solicitor general says the search will focus on the southeastern part of the island. robin gardner has not been seen since early august. her travel companion, gary giordano of gaithersburg, says that she was swept away while the two of them were snorkeling. giordano remains in police custody in aruba. well, today, prosecutors are expected to call the detectives who investigated michael jackson's doctor, conrad murray. it comes a day after the court heard more testimony about what doctor murray was doing on the day that the singer died. kendis gibson is at the courthouse with more
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information. >> jurors could hear from dr. conrad murray as soon as today. prosecutors are expected to play audio from an interview police had with michael jackson's personal physician two days after the singer's death. jackson died from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol. pharmacist tim lopez said he shipped 255 vials of the drug to murray. >> did conrad murray ever disclose to you he was michael jackson's physician? >> no. >> lopez said murray claimed the drugs were for his los angeles clinic but of there no clinic in l.a. and murray actually had the propofol sent to the apartments of his girlfriend, nicole alvarez. she testified that murray called her from the ambulance on the day of jackson's death. >> i remember him telling me that he was on the way to the hospital in the ambulance with mr. jackson. and for me not to be alarmed. >> prosecutors are trying to prove that murray's negligence led to the pop star's death.
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the defense claims jackson gave himself the fatal dose of propofol. anding who dated murray told jurors she was on the phone with the doctor about a half hour before paramedics were called to jackson's mansion. >> i pressed the phone against my ear and i heard mumbling of voices. it sounded like the phone was maybe in his pocket or something. >> i hung up the phone and i tried calling back and there was no answer. >> prosecutors say that is when murray likely realized his patient was no longer breathing. kendis gibson, cbs news, los angeles. murray faces up to four years behind bars. and the loss of his medical license if he is convicted. it is a no go for an ethickens reform bill for the d.c. city council. council member vincent orange wanted to make council positions full time, restrict outside jobs and impose term limits. in exchange, council members would get a hefty raise.
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well, council member orange is the only one who voted for that plan yesterday. the other 12 council members voted against him. councilwoman bowzer says she will map out a different ethics reform plan later this year. a minor win for former prince george's county councilwoman leslie johnson. a judge agreed to delay her sentencing. johnson is admitted to destroying evidence in a federal corruption case. the same case that landed her husband, jack johnson, the former county executive, in trouble. a new sentencing date for johnson has not been set. still to come on 9news now at noon, find out when washington's national cathedral will reopen. after the earthquake and a crane collapse. what caused a helicopter to crash into new york's east river? the ntsb is looking for clues today. i'm drew levinson in new york. that story is coming up.
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at least two people were killed, as many as four others jurisdiction after a shooting rampage at a quarry in los angeles. authorities say that an employee walked into a meeting armed with an assault rifle and a handgun and opened fire. right now, police are looking for the gun. federal investigators are looking into what caused tuesday's deadly helicopter
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crash in new york city's east river. the helicopter was carrying four tourists when it went down after taking off and it killed one passenger. drew levinson has a report now from new york. >> reporter: ntsb investigators are examining the helicopter that crashed into new york city's east river. they're trying to figure out what went wrong. >> the board will look at three areas. the human, the machine, the environment. >> reporter: the private helicopter was carrying four tourists when it took off. but it only made it about 25 feet in the air before spinning around, crashing into the river and flipping upside down. >> as soon as you realized something's not right, it turned over and went right down. >> emergency crews raced to the victims who were hanging on to the helicopter's skid. >> we were able to grab on to the first gentleman who was alive and i was able to get my arms underneath him by lowering myself down on to the pier and laying face down. >> the pilot, paul dudley, swam
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alone in the river before a firefighter reached him. rescue crews pulled out three of the passengers but sonya nicholson who was celebrating her 40th birthday with her family, died after being trapped inside. last year, the federal aviation administration proposed tighter safety regulations for helicopters. over a 14-year period, there were 75 commercial helicopter accidents in the united states. those resulted in the deaths of 88 people. fellow pilots call dudley an experienced flier. he was friends with the passengers who were in from portugal and australia. >> all new yorkers feel for this family. and we wish it had not happened. >> the ntsb says the fact that the chopper remained intact should help them understand exactly what happened. drew levinson, cbs news, new york. the pilot was uninjured. the three surviving passengers are still in a hospital. one person is dead and four others critically injured after a dust storm caused a series of
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crashes in arizona. the biggest chain reaction involved 16 vehicles on interstate 10. police had to shut down the highway until the dust storm passed. coming up next, howard and our forecast. >> j.c., turning into a great afternoon. temperatures going into the 70s. one thing that might be bugging you, the mold spores. allergy counts come in for the day. trees, grasses, weeds, pollen, all over. the mold spores are high. i've got a really fine seven- day forecast coming up when 9news now at noon returns.
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after spending four years in an italian prison, amanda knox is finally back home in seattle. she spoke public publicly for the first time yesterday. think to everyone who's believed in me, who's defended me, who supported my family. on monday, an italian appeals court overturned her murder conviction. knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison for the murder of her roommate in 2007. however, a review of dna evidence during the appeals trial discredited crucial genetic evidence. well, the washington national cathedral will reopen but it still needs about $25
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million for repairs. services will resume on saturday, november 12th. the cathedral has not been open since the 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck in august. it took down three of the building spires and then a crane collapsed and that caused more damage. the $25 million will be needed to make repairs and to keep the cathedral running through 2012. inspectors have finished climbing the earthquake-damaged washington monument. the national park service says inspectors removed a few pieces of stone that were shaken loose. authorities say that the building now is structurally sound. however, engineers must review their findings and perform a safety assessment before reopening the landmark. and we're going to have the forecast which is a beautiful, beautiful day if view been outside. >> gorgeous. a little bit breezy. other than that, this is the
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type of weather we have earned after enduring so many cloudy, cool, damp days over the last four, five, six weeks. let's show you what's happening this afternoon. get out, enjoy it. we've got more of this coming for maybe the next week or so. before things go downhill again. we've got low to mid-70s this afternoon. really looking good here. we'll be in the upper 60s here by 7:00. and then the mid-60s by 9:00 p.m. with perhaps a few high clouds starting to come in. northwest to northerly winds gusting over 20 this afternoon. but slacking some as we get past the sunset. storm system, you really can't see it anymore. it is pulling away. with the northwesterly flow, all we're looking at are a few lingering showers across parts of west virginia. clouds across parts of west virginia with wall to wall sunshine out there. and temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s in culpepper at 72. 70 in baltimore. still in the 50s in the mountains. locally, we've got 68 in
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haymarket and sterling. 65 for reston. gaithersburg, 66 while it is 69 in laurel. 65 at mason neck. 67 in baden. 69 in annapolis. an here in washington, we're just a degree shy of 70 with sunshine, a brisk north- northwest wind at 12. gusting over 20 at times. the dew point is holding in the upper 40s. a fantastic afternoon going ahead. we've got a situation in the upper atmosphere, we call it an omega block where the jet stream takes on the configuration like the greek letter omega. things are just backed up. they won't move very quickly. storminess out on the west. you can see all of the rain across parts of california, the pacific northwest. snow at the higher elevations in the rockies. showers into west texas. this ridge of high pressure, now building in upstairs and at the surface. where the low departs. still with high pressure nearby, we're going to have some great days. sunny skies. the winds will be different tomorrow. instead of being a northwesterly wind, another area of high pressure builds in
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from the north. tomorrow, northeasterly wind. that's a cooler one for us. instead of being in the mid-70s like today and tomorrow, 65 to 70. the high pressure will still be around on friday so we're looking really, really good. tonight, we're down in the 40s and 50s once again. tomorrow again, the highs of 65 to 70. today, 75, breezy. sunny. 44 to 54. tonight, tomorrow, 67. cooler but still nice. great finish to the week on friday. pleasant. 70 degrees. your weekend, check it out. saturday, 75. sunday and columbus day, we're going to be flirting with the 80 degree mark! we'll be right back with more 9news now at noon after this.
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a new book written from an. thor from northern virginia called we meant well. how i helped move the battle for the heart and minds of the iraqi people. i would like for you to meet peter van buren. this is -- you're not on the
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most famous list at the state department because this book talks about how our country spent more than $63 billion to help the people of iraq and this book says uh-huh. we didn't really help them, did we? in the rebuilding. >> after 23 years in the state department, i went to iraq to help in the rebuilding process. we had lots of money and lots of ambition. we did mean well. unfortunately, what we lacked oftentimes was adult supervision. and so instead of spending our money on important things like water and sewer and electricity, the same things everyone needs, we wasted it on plays and pastry making classes and silly things like a baghdad yellow pages that we really didn't need. >> but there will be some who will say now, really, your book, we did help the iraqi people in reconstructing their country. >> we did help them and we did do a few good things. we had a successful dairy project and we started 4-h
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clubs all over iraq to help the children. but at the end of the day after eight years and $63 billion, we're not leaving behind a country that is significantly better than it was before we got there. >> we're not? so what should have been done? >> what should have been done was an early emphasis on order and early emphasis on the networking structures of water, of sewer, of electricity, the kind of things that people have been relying on government since the romans occupied to provide. we lost our focus. we lost our ways. good ambitions were not enough. we meant well but we didn't do well. >> you also say that people were educated, they were put in positions and they really weren't qualified for the positions. >> in the desire to staff up as fast as possible, the department of state sent people like me and a number of contractors out in the civilian surge to match the more macho military surge. unfortunately, we didn't have enough folks so we had to recruit broadly. a women's gym teacher became
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the women's empowerment instructor. former army turret gunner was our water and sewage person. we ended up putting people into positions where they hope to do well but without the technical skills needed to do the serious work of rebuilding, we were sent there for. >> i have to ask you, what was the purpose of your book? >> the purpose of my book was to tell people about what happened over there. this was largely done outside of the media's attention. people didn't realize the time we were spending, the money we were spending and the importance of our project. our job was to secure a victory to make iraq a stable country, a democracy, an ally of the united states and so when we failed to do that, we failed significantly. >> well, as serious as this book is, it is infused with a lot of humor. on october 1st was when the military changed hands in iraq to the state department. if you would like to find out
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the inside story of what happened, i suggest that you get this book. we meant well. and peter van buren is going to have a signing on -- when is that? on tuesday? >> tuesday, october 11th and it is going to be at the barnes & noble on 12th street. >> yes. >> it starts at 6:30. >> yes, everyone should come on down. we'll have the book on display. i'm going to do a reading. it will be great fun. balloons for the kids. >> october 11th. barnes & noble. 6:30. you can get a copy of this book and it really tells the story that has not been told. we meant well. be sure to go to get all of the information about me, where i'm going, what i'm doing, projects i'm involved in. of course, come back here at 5:00 p.m. tonight. thanks for being with us.
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