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police say the victim was driving with his family when the driver of an acura pulled up alongside and started shouting at them. this ended in brick when both drivers began to fight on the side of the road, and that's when two accomplices joined n. the victim surrendered only minor injuries. a pentagon e-mail network is back online more than two weeks hackers. the breach happened sometime around july 25th. roughly 4,000 military and civilian workers who work for the adjacent chiefs of staff were affected. the pentagon insists no classified information was stolen. additional security measures have also been installed. tonight frank gifford is being remembered as a family man, a hall-of-famer, and one of the greatest giants to ever play the game. gifford died over the weekend at the age of 84, and bruce beck is here with a look back at his life and legacy. >> rob, he conducted his life the way he played the game. with style and elegance.
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he excelled in the broadcast bath the same way he did on the gridiron. in many ways, frank gifford was larger than life. and now that he's gone, he's being remembered as one of the greatest giants of them all. >> i don't know that there was ever a higher-class professional athlete than frank gifford. >> reporter: that was former giants general manager, ernie acoursy, who has worked in the nfl for 45 years. he, like so many others, was singing the praises of frank gifford today. the eight-time all-pro selection was a giant through and through. who played his entire 12-year nfl career for big blue. gifford was also the play-by-play voice of monday night football, teaming with the legendary howard cosell and don meredith. pulitzer prize winner dave anderson of the "new york times" who covered new york sports for six decades put gifford's career in perspective. >> you think we'll ever see somebody like that again or no? >> no, because the world is
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different, you know. it's a different world. >> there are certain icons in franchise history of all clubs. but he had such grace, and elegance to him. that just set him apart, i think, from so many other players. >> gifford is part of new york royalty in sports. how many people do you want in that is a subjective thing. but he's in there. >> reporter: kids who didn't see gifford play can just ask their parents or grandparents about him. that's because his legacy spans generations. and we haven't even mentioned his role as a great family man. to kathie lee and all the giffords, we send our condolences. but as kathie lee has said. this is not a tragedy, his life was a triumph. rob? >> certainly was. and we learned so much just hearing everybody talking about him. for a look back on gifford's life and legacy, head to still to come here, some
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long island residents can finally rest a little easier. >> what they're getting for the first time since superstorm sandy. that's coming up. coming up tonight on "nbc nightly news," a worrisome report has surfaced about air traffic controllers, sleep deprivation and how work schedules may be affecting their performance. the toxic spill in colorado affects other states and is bigger than thought. and jeff rossen visits a hackers' convention to see just how vulnerable we are to cyber interference. we'll see you tonight.
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one year after the shooting death of michael brown in ferguson, missouri, governor andrew cuomo took part in a round table discussion today. the focus, police brutality. this comes after an executive order by cuomo directing the attorney general's office to investigate and potentially prosecute cases involving killings by police or the deaths of civilians in police custody.
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cuomo says justice should be blind, and this special unit will focus on fair results. >> it doesn't matter who you are, who you work for, color of your skin, how much money you have. justice is blind. and justice is fair. and people are questioning that result. >> the team's first investigation will be the case of rainette turner, a 42-year-old woman who died last month in a holding cell in mt. vernon. the ban on hunting lions and leopards in zimbabwe was lifted today, ten days after the death of cecil the lion. the ban was put into place earlier in this month of after the big cat was killed by a minnesota dentist. the ban is still in place in a limited area, including the farm where cecil was killed. in his first comments, zimbabwe's president said zimbabweans failed in their responsibility to protect cecil. coming up, good advice for pet owners. the biggest fear for many is losing their beloved animal.
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what's the safest way to keep track of your pet? lynda baquero has advice you need to hear. first, our social pic of the day. the fountains outside the met, the metropolitan museum of art. and what a cool reflection. look at that. and might i say, rob, looks very tempting on this hot summer day to get in. >> suit and all, i'm in the fountain. >> this pic coming to us from deejay j spin on instagram. if you have a pic you would like to share, send it to or use the #nbc ny and it may be selected as the social pic of the day.
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coming up on news 4 at 6:00 on the campaign trail.
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hillary clinton is taking on student loans. tried and sentenced and now scolded by the judge. what happened to those world trade center b.a.s.e. jumpers when they went to court today. and this. >> it's a dog's day here in jersey city, and a great day for homeless dogs across the state. i'm tracy strayhan with more on this special park dedicated just to them. >> those stories and much more all new tonight when cindy and i see you at 6:00. big changes on the way affecting verizon wireless customers. starting this week, the company is getting rid of two-year contracts that give users cheaper phones. instead they're urging customers to pay for phones through monthly installment plans. verizon is also offering new data plans from small one gigabyte to an xl 12 big gigabytes per month that can be shared up to ten devices. current verizon customers who like their existing plans can keep them with some exceptions. hundreds of you are talking about this next story on our facebook page tonight. target's move to make its stores
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more gender-neutral. >> that's right. if you haven't heard about this, here is the deal. while clothes will still be divided by gender, suggestions for boys or girls will be gone from the toy aisle. signs will also get rid of boy or girl suggestions. only reading kids' bedding now. the changes take effect over the next few months. >> so if you want to buy blue for your girl, you can do that. here's what some of you are saying about this. janika hayes writes, quote, i guess it's too much for parents to tell their child they are free to be creative. as a kid, i played with whatever i wanted to, and my mom didn't have to tell me i wasn't a boy. >> vivian is not a fan of this either. she says, in part, the signs made it easier to shop. we are creating a world where these kids will not even know who they are. let them be. some of you have a different take. shayla writes, thank you, target. good move. little girls can like blue bedding too, little boys can like pink building blocks. if we like pink bedding, we can
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find it in the bedding aisle. >> and maureen agrees, saying another reason to love target. i love that they listen to their customers' concerns, and do something about it. that's how you run a company. well done. so we invite to you go to our facebook page and share your thoughts on this. >> it is almost time for our clear -- did you have something? everybody has different opinions >> yeah. >> pro, con. you can see the argument on both sides. >> we have seen all sides of the full spectrum. it's almost time for our clear the shelters event. you have the chance to add a new member to your family by adopting a pet for little or no cost. >> how do you keep your animal safe and sound? better get baquero for advice. lynda baquero takes a look at the many resources available to pet owners. lynda? >> great to do a story like this. i get to meet some wonderful pets. unfortunately, one of the biggest fears we have is losing your pet. so from tags on collars to micro chipping and more, here are some ways to protect your four-legged friend. >> there you go. >> these adorable kitties will
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likely spend most of their time indoors, but when it comes to pick uppees, they love to get outside. in new york, new jersey and connecticut, dogs are required to be licensed. because they can lose their collars with their tag, you might consider a microchip. we watched as winifred got one. >> okay, okay. it's okay. almost done. all done. >> is it painful for the pet? >> not at all, no. it's a momentary little prick, maybe. but most animals don't even like respond that it happened to them. and it's a lifetime of assurance to you that you know you'll never lose your animal. >> reporter: tiffany laci is executive director of animal haven, a shelter in sew show. she says it's important to keep the contact information updated and to have a picture of you and your pet. if it gets lost, the president of the alliance of new york city animals suggests this. >> post it in pet offices, pet food stores, any business that will allow you to and don't give up hope. >> reporter: in the city, check the lost and found section, and
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during these dog days of summer -- >> dogs and cats don't sweat like human beings do. they can't get the heat off as well as we human beings do. but also remember, they're nearer to the sidewalk than you are. there is heat radiating up. it can burn their paws. and you should try to wet them down with water. and if god forbid you see them drooling, panting heavily, becoming disoriented, they need to get out of the sun and heat immediately. >> reporter: as nbc 4 tries to clear the shelters this weekend, remember to spay or neuter your pet. >> it's free or low cost. people really need to look into that to help us get over this crisis. >> and in case of an emergency, keep a go bag with essentials. check out the website of the new york city office of emergency management. click on the tab that says get prepared. it's get prepared for humans and for your pets as well. >> such helpful information, i think, especially for new pet owners with the paws and everything. we saw the microchip being put into the doggy there. how much do those actually cost?
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>> it averages about $45. it is a one-time fee, and it does include registration in the pet recovery database. but also the mayor's alliance for new york city animals, every so often have micro chipping clinics where they do it for about $25 or half the price. and, in fact, they usually do it around this time, late summer, early fall, so you can check out with them and see when the next one is. >> that's a good idea. well worth it. >> priceless. august 15th is the day to mark on your calendars when we are teaming up with hundreds of shelters to find homes for pets in need, and many have agreed to cut the cost of adoption for this one-day event. you can get more information at we have heard from hundreds of you. here are just some of the pictures we have received. look at the kitty behind the computer. >> aww. >> you can see all of them on all right. let's turn to the weather now. going to go over to janice and sounds like some pretty big storms. >> yes.
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>> rolling this way. >> it's going to be a nasty morning commute. we're talking about heavy rains, flooding rains, flash flooding across the area, especially in these counties, northeastern new jersey, lower hudson valley. southern westchester, nassau and the five boroughs. after midnight. you don't have to worry about any downpours this evening. it's really going to happen overnight, starting to happen around 3:00, 4:00 in the morning, and then continuing at least until about 10:00 in the morning with some isolated tomorrow. so what are we talking? anywhere from 1.5 inches of rain to maybe as much as 3.5 inches of rain possible with the downpours coming through. and so flash flooding is a definite likelihood in some spots. so the rain moves in overnight. the heaviest rain will be in the morning, during the morning commute, say between 5:00 and about 9:00 in the morning is when we'll see some of the heaviest downpours, maybe raining at the rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour, which would
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definitely result in rapidly rising waters, especially on streets and areas that normally flood when there is heavy rain, could see increased flooding. embedded thunderstorms with some of this. so there will be some thunder and lightning and flash flooding happens rapidly. we always tell you if you're driving to never drive over a flooded road because you don't know how deep the water is. gets you into trouble there. great. it is going to clear out after tomorrow, and even going into decent. we will have a couple of thunderstorms north and west of the city on saturday. temperatures are going to heat up for the weekend near 90. so we're talking beaches and pools and movie theaters that will be packed indoors. these are the highs for today. 70s to the mid 80s. quite comfortable across the area this afternoon. right now it's in the mid 70s in midtown, harrison, jersey city, tenafly is at 76. mid 70s in farmingdale. east port, 78. near 80 in greenich and 75 in danbury now.
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at the jersey shore, seeing mainly mid to upper 70s from surf city up to long branch. 78 now in east brunswick. per sip knee, 74. and a few 60s in jeffersonville and high point, just you said 70 degrees. 81 in sleepy hollow. so for tonight, some late showers and thunderstorms. this is after midnight, and we'll start to -- may wake you up in the overnight before you are ready to get up. heavy rain expected during the morning commute. very muggy tomorrow. everything clears out for wednesday, thursday, friday. over the weekend, only a slight chance of a thunderstorm here and there, mainly north and west on saturday and temperatures heat up again to near 90. another update at 6:00. back to you. >> janice, thanks so much. up next, the return of round the clock care. >> we'll take you inside the new emergency center serving residents who have gone without one since superstorm sandy.
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it is the opening some long island residents have been waiting nearly three years for, and their health depended on it. >> for the first time since sandy, a new emergency center is open in long beach. andrew siff takes us there. >> dizzy. >> you got dizzy. >> dizzy, dizzy. >> reporter: retired long beach re dent, patricia hawkins nearly fanlted this morning, so she called for an ambulance and felt so relieved. >> hey! >> reporter: that the new er in her community opened today. what does it mean to you there is now an er right in long beach instead of you having to ride in an ambulance miles away? >> it's the most wonderful thing they did. and everybody in long beach is thrilled with it. >> reporter: yes, for the first time since superstorm sandy, inundated long beach hospital with floodwater, 1,000 days ago. there is now an emergency room here. >> not only was this -- there was a tremendous outcry from the public here, but when we talked to the professionals about what they needed, this was top of their list. >> reporter: the new e.r. is
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designed to stabilize a patient whose life is in immediate jeopardy, from a baby suffering hypothermia to an adult in cardiac distress. even a high-tech decontamination room. >> special air handling, water handling, and camera systems. >> reporter: critics question the $13 million expense, when a neighboring hospital in oceanside is only five miles north. but officials said the state said long beach had to have emergency care nearly three years after sandy, it's here. >> t state health department wouldn't have let us do this, unless they agree there is a department. >> reporter: behind me, that bridge illustrates one of the reasons officials thought this important. you've got to cross a bridge to get to the next hospital. so instead there is a lot of relief and comfort to have an emergency department right here. in long beach, andrew siff, news 4 new york. >> certainly nice to have. and thanks for watching. >> stayd ight here. the news continues at 6:00.
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live, from studio 3c in rockefeller center, this is news 4 new york. now at 6:00, the struggle to keep egionella at bay as the death toll rises again. and amtrak admits it messed up and apologizes for the dreadful summer delays, but not future. and the thrill of the fall, the agony of the judge. parachutists get a stern scolding as a sentence for b.a.s.e. jumping. i'm chuck scarborough. >> i'm sibilia vargas. those stories in a moment but we begin with janice huff with a flash flood watch for new york city and several counties. >> that's right. including parts of northeastern new jersey from bergen to essex and union counties, nassau, and southern westchester and fairfield. this goes into effect overnight. it's not in effect yet because the heaviest rain has not made it to the area. it will be here by 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning and will continue until midday. we're looking at a storm system that has several components, a front moving through the great lakes.
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we've got moisture across the southern states. there isd warm front with that, and all of that will converge over our area to bring us the heavy rain. estimates right now anywhere from 1.5 inches to up to 3.5 inches in isolated spots where you'll get more downpours. and flash flooding is likely when we see rain lake this. so the rain moves in after midnight. most locations it will be from 4:00 in the morning until about 10:00 a.m. the morning will see the heaviest downpours. even in the afternoon, we might have some embedded thunderstorms here and there that could cause some isolated flash flooding. flash flooding potential is high in the counties that we showed you, because that's where we are likely to see the heaviest rainfall. it could happen in almost any location n the tristate area. more on all this heavy ain that's coming our way, and when it's going to dry up in a few minutes. back to you. >> all right, janice, thank you. and new at 6:00, dutchess county police believe they found the body of a kayaker who capsized upstate. the accident happened in dutchess county. the missing man in jones was
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kayaking with a daughter of singer annie lennox when their boat flipped over. neither had a life jacket on. the body was found not far from the poughkeepsie yacht club. it matches jones' description but authorities are waiting for an autopsy to confirm the identity. the search for jones suspended until further notice. amtrak is apologizing again for its aress trous week in late july when the northeast corridor broke down every other day and tens of thousanns were stranded for hours waiting to get to work or home on its transit. and a lot of a ologies are needed. look at thfs. 350 new jersey transit trains and 100 amtrak trains carry over 200,000 riders on the northeast encorridkr every day. railroad executives appeared at the state senate committee today, with hope, but also with a warning. news 4 new jersey reporter brian thompson has our story from trenton. >> i would like to begin by offering my apologies. >> reporter: an amtrak official
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apologizing for the breakdowns from philadelphia to new york and beyond during the week of july 20th. railroad vp ste en gardner showed off this b nedout c mle from one of the hudson river tunnels that d es to the 1930s, and he frankly warned -- >> it's quite possible these delays will become the norm at some poert. >> reporter: there was a picture of one of the sandy flooded tubes from three years ago. the seeping corrosion getting much of the blame for these recent sheakdowns.tland these pictules show structures that literally date back more than 100years, adding urgency to the need for new tunnels, so the old ones c g be repaired repaired and capacity increased. >> they need it badly. >> probably just lack of money. it's economics. >> reporter: two riders take on amtrak's case for billions more to fix what ails it,ifo where will the month come from? well, amtrak today said the feds will pick up 80%, leaving the rest to a state and railroad mix. committee chair bob gordon.


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