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for the area tomorrow. today it's just cold enough for snow, cold enough for 8 inches of snow and we had a storm, but there is no storm near us this morning and none expected today. though clouds will already increasing over center city. that's a live view from the adventure aquarium. a little sunshine is breaking through the clouds, but we are watching massive clouds offshore. this is the coming nor'easter that's going to come together with potentially heavy rain for us through the day tomorrow. for today, though, after a cold start, the temperatures will climb into the 30s. right now 27 in philadelphia. it feels, though, like it's 17 degrees. ten degrees colder with the wind that's blowing. and the wind will be with us through this afternoon and through tomorrow with the rain. for today, cold, 26 degrees at 7:00. by 9:00, 32 degrees. and then 36 as clouds increase at lunchtime. 36 degrees and we'll stay above freezing this afternoon. we'll go through it hour by hour with the future weather when i come back in less than ten minutes, but right now, christine maddela's in the traffic center.
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good morning, christine. >> good morning to you, bill. happy monday, everybody. take a look right now at the ben franklin bridge. i just showed you this minutes ago when those construction crews were moving along the right-hand lane into camden from philadelphia. looks like the right lane is still closed with construction crews still out there, but they are clearing out of the way. no major delays because of that, because it is still early out there. taking a live look, it's dark out there. interstate 95. this is in delaware county, the upper chichester area. you can see traffic is moving along nicely at this hour. we don't have any major accidents on the interstates. we do have a problem in clementon, new jersey, though. white horse pike and higgins avenue. this is left over from an earlier accident. there's a downed pole and wire there, so that intersection is closed. you'll want to take egg harbor road or berlin road to get around that. and this breaking news we've been following all morning in frankford. arrott street is closed between horrocks and oakland streets because of all those fire crews responding to that fire. so, if you need to navigate around that, orthodox street or harrison street, that's your best bet. rosemary? let's get right to that breaking news that christine just mentioned.
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this is out of philadelphia's frankford neighborhood. firefighters have been battling a blaze at an apartment building that's been burning for more than four hours. jesse gary is live at the scene with some good news now on the firefighters' progress. fill us in, jesse. >> reporter: rosemary, just within the past couple minutes, firefighters were able to tap out those flames that you had seen burning for most of the early-morning hours. now, once they're sure it is safe, inspectors and investigators will work on the inside to try and get to the cause. neighbors and fire officials say at least one squatter was inside the building before the fire started around 1:00 this morning, but it is unclear if that person actually made his way out. so, he was taken -- a firefighter was injured fighting this blaze. he had cuts to his face. he was taken to hataman hospital. several neighbors living in a
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house just next door to the fire scene were evacuated, about eight people. they were sheltered in place on a septa bus, but right now they're being allowed back into their homes. coming up in the next 30 minutes, now that the fire is out, the investigation is going to begin. you can see firefighters walked around the exterior. they have flashlights with them. so, they're going to start trying to figure out how this all-starred and also trying to confirm whether or not that squatter made it out. right now they don't believe anybody was inside, but they're going to have to double-check and make sure now that the flames are out and they can do that. i'll have an update in 30 minutes. live in frankford, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. and some other breaking news we're keeping our eye on this morning. we just got this into the newsroom out of burlington county. a murder investigation is under way there. right now, nbc 10's katy zachry just arrived in maple shade just minutes ago. katy, what do we know at this point? >> reporter: chris, i've only been on the scene for a few minutes, but take a look behind me and i'll tell you what we know. we are right outside the quality inn along busy route 38 in maple shade, new jersey.
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there are several police officers and investigators still on the scene. they are in the parking lot focused on this white four-door sedan that just in the last few minutes police cars have blocked our direct view of. so, we know that they are focusing on this white, four-door sedan. what i'm hearing from maple shade police is that they are investigating what they at this time are calling a suspicious death. i'm told the victim was discovered last night. now, this suspicious death is somehow related to philadelphia police, because police there i've talked to in the city are part of this investigation. i've made calls to philadelphia homicide detectives as well as maple shade police, burlington county dispatch. very little information is being released at this time. i am told that the burlington county prosecutor's office will be releasing more information in the next few hours, so, we are right now making calls and trying to contact someone with that office. but we were able to talk to a guest of this quality inn motel, who tells us around 2:00 this morning police and investigators were knocking on doors asking people if they heard anything or
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saw anything. so, there is a lot of information that we still need to gather, but i'm going to do that and i'll have another update for you in the next half hour. reporting live along route 38 in maple shade, katy zachry, nbc 10 news. >> all right, katy, thank you for that. 5:35 now. also new from overnight, a man is in critical condition after this accident. he crashed his car into a utility pole. you can see the car badly damaged. this happened around 1:00 this morning at westfield and sherman avenues in pennsauken, camden county. police are still investigating what caused the crash. in germantown, police are looking for a gunman who shot and killed a man inside his car on east hortter street last night. police tell us someone walked up and shot the man multiple times through an open driver's side window as the car was parked. no motive or arrest at this time. happening later today, jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a man accused of murdering a philadelphia police officer. rafael jones is one of two suspects accused in the death of officer moses walker. jones is accused of firing the
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shot that killed officer walker. walker was off duty. he was walking home from work in the early-morning hours of august 18th, 2012, when two men tried to rob him. here's surveillance video. you see officer walker walking along there in north philadelphia. the other suspect in this case pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in june. authorities say he has agreed to testify against jones. a philadelphia restaurant will hold a fund-raiser today for shane montgomery, the missing college student who was last seen leaving a manayunk pub. chubby steaks on henry avenue will donate a portion of its proceeds today to shane's family members who have organized a reward fund. yesterday the effort to find the 21-year-old student shifted to lincoln financial field. volunteers passed out leaflets with shane's picture and information to the crowds of fans. the west chester university student was last seen early thanksgiving morning leaving a bar in manayunk. the reward for information in this case is now at $50,000.
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at 5:36 this morning, here's a look at three stories that we're following for you. >> including this bizarre story here. police are looking for leads in the murder of a security guard. the 67-year-old man's body was found tied up inside a van that was parked at locker room storage incorporated on 62nd street in southwest philadelphia yesterday. police say he had injuries to his face. no word yet, though, on how he died, and they have not released his name or a possible motive for the murder. today we'll get a first look at the full legislative report into the jersey jam bridge scandal. details were leaked late last week. the report found that no conclusive evidence linking governor chris christie with the lane closures on the gw bridge in september of last year. instead, the report blamed some of his former top aides for the closures, which caused traffic jams in ft. lee, new jersey. also today, public hearings will be held on 40 charter school applications in the philadelphia school district. the germantown community charter school committee is just one of
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those applicants presenting its case this morning. they want to start their school inside germantown high school, which was forced to close last year due to declining enrollment and budget issues. no cash? no problem! paying to ride on septa is about to get a little easier. say good-bye to those metal tokens and paper transfers. you'll soon be able to use your cell phone or debit card. and if you're thinking about a last-minute holiday getaway, it may be cheaper than you think. we'll tell you when you need to buy to cash in on some deals. cold start this morning. that's a clear view from the comcast center in center city. 26 degrees at 5:38 here at nbc 10.
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wow something sounds sweet in here!!!! ♪ need a little honey in the bowl. yeah!!! badabopbopbopa!!! no? must be the honey!!! we want to take you to breaking news out of los angeles. take a look at these flames. this is an apartment fire. this is a live picture from the scene. here's what we know. the fire started a short time ago in this building. it was about seven or eight
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stories high. nobody is hurt. no injuries to report at this time. investigators have not called this fire suspicious. they are investigating, though. we will continue to follow this and bring you any new information as soon as we get it. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> a cold start this morning. temperatures have been falling overnight. most of the area is in the 20s, but it feels like it's in the teens with the wind. cold enough for snow, but we're dry today. it's tomorrow that we'll be tracking wind and rain. the temperatures will stay warm enough that it will just be rain through the day tomorrow and heavy rainfall could lead to some coastal flooding tomorrow. then snow showers as this one pulls away from us wednesday and thursday. a possibility for parts of the area. 23 right now in doylestown, philadelphia's 27 degrees and cape may right at the freezing mark with cloudy skies. cape may cloudy but dry right now. could see a sprinkle during the day, but not the rainfall that we're expecting for tomorrow. the heavy nor'easter is going to
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hold off. winds are already at 13 miles an hour in dover, 14-mile-an-hour winds in allentown and atlantic city, enough to make it feel like it is 11 in allentown, 23 the windchill in atlantic city and teens right along the i-95 corridor. so, if you have to head out right now, bundle up. and you might need some sunglasses to begin with. a little bit of sunshine, but it's not going to be a bright, sunny day like we saw yesterday. those clouds offshore, that's the nor'easter that will be here first thing tomorrow. during the day today, your hour-by-hour forecast shows temperatures that start off in the 20s, will climb above freezing by early this afternoon we'll be in the middle to upper 30s with clouds taking over during the day, and that will lead to rain late tonight and tomorrow. for today, clouds increasing, the temperature also moving up with high temperatures in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees, winds to 15 miles an hour today. but stronger winds are on the way and rain as well. the seven-day forecast with the timing of the nor'easter when i'm back in less than ten minutes.
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at 5:42, let's get a check of the highways now before you hit the road for this monday morning travel. >> that's right, and christine maddela is watching what's happening on i-95. >> we've got a crash on interstate 95, this is on the northbound side here approaching the commodore barry bridge. you can see the help crews out here and we have this over on the right-hand lane. it is slowing some things down out there. just be aware if you are on interstate 95 heading northbound, heading toward the commodore barry bridge. that will slow you down. checking on your drive time there, you can see it is impacting the delay a little bit. ten minutes from delaware to the blue route right now, but elsewhere on 95, southbound from woodhaven road to the vine street expressway still in the clear. same thing goes for route 422. and taking a look out there in south philadelphia, this also happened within the past five minutes or so. there's a malfunctioning traffic light in south philly, darien street and pattison avenue to be aware of. on the 42 freeway, we have
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volume approaching 1 2 55, but this is just snoerm volume. once you get up to 295, there is an accident off to the shoulder as well. septa riders, this is for you. passengers will soon be able to use debit cards and cell phones to pay for their rides. transit officials will begin testing a new key payment stimulater this month. septa hopes the new system will be ready to go in 2015. it will be a welcome change. septa is among the last major transit agencies in north america to still use metal tokens. millions are expected to travel by air this holiday season, and if you're looking to get a deal as we get closer to christmas and new year's, experts say you'll want to book those tickets as soon as possible. that's because they're only going to go up in price. experts also recommend keeping an eye out for promotions that can save you on baggage fees and hotels. protests continue from coast to coast following the deaths of two men at the hands of police and demonstrators in california turned their anger on each other
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and on the officers. the details from berkeley are just ahead. a royal visit. all eyes are on will and kate as they make stops in the u.s. this week. we'll tell you what's on their agenda while they are in the big apple.
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senate committee will meet for a preliminary vote on a tax plan that would help atlantic city. the plan lays out how much the eight remaining casinos would have to pay the city instead of property taxes. and it will let the city know how much revenue to expect from those casinos. a national protest movement continues to build momentum across the country. let's go now to nbc 10's vai sikahema live in our digital operations center with a look at that and what else is happening around the country today. vai? >> yeah, good morning, chris. while there were many peaceful protests in other parts of the country, in berkeley, california, another violent night. take a look. >> hands up! >> don't shoot! >> protesters attacked police, attacked each other and shut down a freeway in berkeley. some tried to light a highway patrol vehicle on fire and threw rocks, bottles and an explosive at officers. officers responded with tear gas. this is the second night in a row of violent demonstrations in berkeley. and on saturday night, three officers were hurt and six people were arrested there. meanwhile, a 500-page senate
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report detailing alleged torture by the cia expected to be made public next week, and it's causing another rift in washington. many top lawmakers say the release of the report will incite violence abroad. others say it needs to be shared. it's a secret study on cia interrogation tactics. and the royals have arrived! the duke and duchess of cambridge arrived at the carlyle hotel in new york city last night. today william will meet with president obama in washington and attend a conference at the world bank. kate will stay in new york city touring a center for child development. by the way, later tonight, william and kate will meet up to watch the brooklyn nets hosting the cleveland cavaliers. so, the british royals coming to the colonies to check out our own royals, king james, lebron, of course, and the cavs taking on the nets later tonight. i know they're big sports fans. i saw them at the olympics about 2 1/2 years ago. live at the digital operations center, vai sikahema, nbc 10. "rolling stone" magazine is once again back-pedalling over a story about a college student who said she was gang raped at a
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fraternity at the university of virginia. on friday, "rolling stone" said that the magazine would no longer stand behind the story. now it's clarifying its apology to readers. the magazine says its staff made mistakes, not the alleged victim. "rolling stone" initially said that their trust in the victim was "misplaced." they removed that line in the apology as critics said it seemed like the magazine was blaming the victim. at 5:50, we're learning more now about the failed rescue of an american hostage who was being held by al qaeda. about 40 special operations forces conducted a raid saturday in hopes of rescuing luke somers. security officials in yemen say ten militants were killed in that raid along with somers. earlier this week, al qaeda released a video threatening to kill him in three days if the u.s. did not meet its demands. somers' friends believe the american photojournalist was targeted for a reason. >> i think he was given up because he is american, not because he is journalist or because he is photojournalist or
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something like this, no. i think he was killed because he is american. >> and another hostage, pierre korkie, who's a teacher in south africa, was also killed in that attack. guantanamo bay has the least amount of prisoners now since it opened. that's after the u.s. government released six men and sent them to uruguay. those prisoners were at guantanamo for 12 years. they were suspected to have ties to al qaeda but were never charged with anything. the government in uruguay agreed to take them as refugees. the red cross in the philippines is reporting that typhoon hagupit has killed at least 21 people. right now, hagupit has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but officials are still worried about dangers as it heads now towards the capital of manila. forecasters say the storm is packing winds of 65 miles per hour and is bringing rain that could trigger landslides and flash flooding. >> the weather that we're watching in our area, of course, is this nor'easter that's going to be coming in this week. >> tomorrow. that's the day.
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24 hours from now it will be raining in the area, and we'll be in for some heavy rainfall tomorrow and gusty winds, too, but not today. we do have the wind, however. and unfortunately, the temperatures have been running 15 degrees colder than yesterday. and that's giving us a really cold start. windchills that are in the teens this morning, but no sign of the coming rain. that will hold off until tomorrow. and because of the potential with this coming nor'easter, they've issued a first alert day for tomorrow and wednesday. looking for heavy rainfall and strong, gusty winds through the day tomorrow that will end as some snow showers. come thursday, we'll still see some snow in the area. there is the potential for coastal flooding with this storm as well. right now, dry, though. 27 degrees. the winds are not all that strong, but when it's this cold out, you don't need much wind to make it feel even colder. 17 degrees the windchill right now. this is the view from blue mountain. they are making snow this morning. you can see it blowing around in the wind in the pocono mountains, where it's going to be cold enough all day to make
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snow. the temperatures will top out near freezing this afternoon in the mountains. 23 in doylestown, wrightstown's 26, wilmington is 29 degrees, but there are some colder spots. willow grove now at 24 degrees and 22 in collegeville, while in gilbertsville and pottstown, the temperatures are right in the middle 20s to start with. a cold morning, but it is dry. radar may show a few rain drops at times at the shore today, but the heavy stuff holds off until tomorrow. this afternoon, 34 degrees. that's 4:00 with cloudy skies, and it will still be cloudy late tonight at 11:00 and mainly dry. but watch how that changes overnight tonight. here comes the rain. first thing in the morning we'll see some rain and temperatures in the 40s. so, just rain with this storm for tomorrow. it's colder air that arrives on wednesday that will have us into snow and rain showers. but it will be much lighter by wednesday. for today, clouds increase. a little bit of sunlight to begin with, but it will fade as the day goes on.
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temperatures into the upper 30s and 40 degrees this afternoon. that will be the warmest. 45 tomorrow, but the rain and the wind will be steady through the day on wednesday. it will really lighten up wednesday, but showers are still a possibility. snow showers and rain showers. snow north and west, rain showers south and east and a chance of some scattered, light snow showers on thursday. a high of 39 degrees. but then over the weekend, the wind dies down and the temperatures come up. up to 45 saturday, sunday 52 degrees with sunny skies. at 5:54, the morning rush did start to pick up right about now. >> yeah, it's just the time that we don't want to see an accident on interstate 95, but it looks like we do have one out there. nbc 10's christine maddela has a look at that. christine? >> yeah, this is interstate 95, this is on the northbound side here near the commodore barry bridge. i'll step out of the way so you can see what's going on. still a police vehicle, a tow truck out here off to the right, but you can see all of this volume already stacking up and
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the delay has worsened since the last time i checked in with you. 13 minutes now your travel time from the delaware state line to the blue route here. i'm going to keep an eye on that crash to let you know what's going on. septa tweeted out about a delay just a few minutes ago. the warminster train 6400 heading to warminster is operating about ten minutes late. the last is at jenkinton-win coat. other than that, that's the only major problem we're seeing on the regional rails. chris? what's possible today? wi-fi access in more places then ever before. all your favorites in the cloud and on every device. a home you control with the touch of a finger. news and entertainment that informs and delights in ways you never thought possible.
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and yummy! honey bunches of oats. tasty! yummy! it is 5:58. time to take you county by county now to show you the news happening in your community, and we start in phoenixville, chester county, where police are following up on some leads after someone set fire to a traditional holiday statue. a neighbor sent us these photos of the charred remains of the phoenix statue. and you can see what appears to be a lighter fluid can there in the ashes. now, here's the thing, this statue is actually meant to be burned, just not in this way. the town burns the statue as part of its fire bird festival. saturday morning, though, someone else got to it first and went ahead and set it ablaze. neighbors were able to build a new statue and carry on the
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tradition anyway. in montgomery county, a big crowd expected tonight at the supervisors meeting in franconia township. that community dealing with budget problems. people who live in franconia say they want answers about how the township ran up more than $3 million in budget deficits over the past three years. due to that shortfall, as we've told you, officials have had to lay off six police officers and four other township employees. they also raised taxes 19%. a lot of fired up people expected to be at that meeting. we'll be there as well to let you know what happens. guys? >> all right, chris. you're watching nbc 10 news. "nbc 10 news today" at 6:00 a.m. starts right now. we are following two breaking news stories this morning. first, a suspicious death in maple shade. a body found in a motel parking lot. we're live on the scene gathering more information as the investigation begins. and we're also following breaking news this morning in the frankford section of philadelphia. it took more than five hours for
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fire crews to put out this apartment fire you're looking at. we're gathering new information about who was inside at the time. wear the layers this morning. we are off to a cold and windy start. it's dry right now outside, but a nor'easter is on the way. we'll give you the nbc 10 first alert forecast hour by hour. good morning, this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm rosemary connors. >> and i'm vai sikahema. i heard you and chris talking about this is the one-year anniversary of the whiteout game last year. i think i'd be willing to trade the whiteout for an eagles win, but i'm not even sure if snow is on the table right now. let's get to bill henley and find out if it is. bill? >> oh, we're going to getti a b storm, even though they lost. you need to make that deal ahead of the game, i think. we will get a big storm tomorrow, but it will be rain tomorrow. could end with snow in the area wednesday and thursday. the pocono mountains will definitely get snow, but they are making it this morning. that is not the natural stuff, but it will do for now. that's a live view from blue


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