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>> ♪ >> from the cbs broadcast center in philadelphia, this
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is cbs3 "eyewitness news." >> now at 10 o'clock, canceled. in the face of terror threats sony scraps its chris mayday release of the interview, a film about the assassination of the north koreaian dictator kim jong-un. good evening, i'm chris may. >> i'm jessica dean. sony is reeling from the cancellation and an unprecedented cyber attack by the group that made those threats. >> federal investigators have confirmed a link between the hack and the north koreaian regime. chris van cleve picks up the story. >> reporter: sony pictures canceled its christmas day release of the interview the james franco seth rogen comedy about the assassination plot against the leader of north korea. law enforcement sources tell cbs news the federal government has linked the weeks long cyber attacks
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against sony pictures to state sponsored hackers inside north korea. in an on high pressure message tuesday a group calling itself the guardians of peace warned the world will be full of fear. remember the 11th of september. sony said it made the decision to pull the film with paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater goers. >> i would be laughing if it weren't kind of a sad day also for hollywood. in the history of cinema this has never happened where major studio said we're not going to show a movie out of concern for the safety of the moviegoers. >> reporter: this times square theater was supposed to host an advance screening wednesday night as moviegoers showed up they learned it had been canceled. >> i understand it's for the safety of the people. >> whenever you're forced to do something out of fear it's just unfortunate situation. >> reporter: the interview was projected to make $30 million in its opening weekend. sony has no further plans for the film. chris van cleve for "eyewitness news" on the cw philly. >> tonight a community is mourning the loss of a bensalem high school student
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hit and killed as she walked to her school bus. 16-year-old was crossing the street this morning when she was hit. >> tonight friends and familiar are remembering her. "eyewitness news" reporter natasha brown is live in bensalem with more on an emotional evening. natasha. >> reporter: very emotional indeed, chris. we can tell you that this makeshift memorial here near the intersection where monette lost her life has been growing throughout the night. meantime calls for action to make sure that something like this doesn't happen again. >> i know she's looking down on us right now. >> reporter: candles highlight the faces of grief stricken teens mourning the loss of a friend. >> it's impossible for me to think that i'm not going to see her ever again. it's not fair. >> me being this young, i'm only 14 that i would have like friends that i would be losing some, it's hard to cope with. >> reporter: a somber group of students from bensalem high school gathering in the
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shadows of the intersection where the 17 year old sophomore lost her life. police say she was en route to her waiting school bus at 6:40 a.m. before sunrise at the intersection of bensalem boulevard and bridgewater road. that's when investigators say the driver of this suv allegedly disregard the stopped bus. >> a bronco suv vehicle was traveling westbound on bensalem boulevard, disregarded the school bus, activation lights and stop sign and proceeded through the intersection striking and dragging the child for some distance. >> she's gone. >> reporter: an inconsolable friend and fellow classmate says the 16-year-old victim stopped her from getting hit by a passing car at this same site just the other day. >> she grabbed me a couple weeks ago to keep from getting hit by a car. >> reporter: now calls for action. >> the morning if you come 7 o'clock it's jam packed and everybody is rushing to get out of here. >> reporter: investigators
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say the 18-year-old driver of the striking car also a bensalem area high school student did stop and is cooperating. classmates of the victim still reeling from the loss. well, as you can see the candles are still burning even at this hour and the flowers are mounting here at this makeshift memorial. meantime the bensalem school superintendent tells us there has never been a history of crossing guards for high school students, the older students but that is something they'll be discussing in a meeting tomorrow with bensalem police. meantime it's up to the d.a. now to decide what, if any, charges will be filed in this case. we're live in bensalem tonight, natasha brown, "eyewitness news" on the cw philly. >> natasha thank you very much. well, tonight there is joy in havana and outrage in miami. president obama's decision to restore diplomatic relations with cuba is drawing criticism and praise in the cuban american community. it is a historic move no doubt, a deal negotiated in secret with the help of pope
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francis. it was all capped off with an extended conversation between president obama and raul castro and the release of the american contractor alan gross today. gross had been a prisoner in cuba for the last five years. the president says that he hopes to open an embassy in havana ease travel restrictions and allow for more business between the two nations. >> i believe that we can do more to support the cuban people and promote our values through engagement. after all, these 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked. it's time for a new approach. >> now only an act of congress can completely end the embargo against cuba that has been in place since 1961. reaction from philadelphia it's cuban american has been mixed. our pat ciarrocchi has more. >> reporter: the restaurant alma d.a. cuba first built the
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philadelphia connection with cuba 14 years ago. now co-owner chef douglas rodriguez who is cuban american envisions a new economic landscape. >> this bridge that's between cuba and miami has been for the middle part has been broken for so many years and now that -- to see it come back together, it's like -- it's just unbelievable. it's just a historical moment. >> reporter: history making a u.s. embassy will open, banking regulations eased and travel is expected to be less restrictive. rodriguez's parents had to leave family behind and they've never returned. >> in our own family people had to stay behind and when you see them, they regret that they didn't have the opportunity to come here and be educated or make choices. that's the most important thing, making choices. >> reporter: rodriguez calls the island magical. peggy goldman of friendly planet travel agrees and believes the president's step is a good one for business.
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>> i see this as an opportunity to make cuba accessible to many people. >> reporter: until now travel was restricted. travel hers to prepay and carry cash. now credit cards will be able to be used. >> that will make it possible for more people to visit and to visit with less hassle, less of the bureaucracy that exists today. >> reporter: in the meantime new jersey senator democrat robert menendez who is cuban blasted the president's decision. >> at a critical moment in which the regime would have to make decisions to change because its own economic vitality could not be sustained we're going to send tons of money. it's just fundamentally wrong so i disagree with the president. >> reporter: lifting the trade embargo with cuba will take congressional approval and senator menendez went on the record saying he'll not support any change with u.s. policy with cuba. in the sat center pat ciarrocchi "eyewitness news" on the cw philly a pretty warm
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day by december standards but temperatures are about to plunge. meteorologist kathy orr is on the sky deck with the latest. kathy. >> jess, the winds of change are blowing in and it is cold out here, bluster regent winds are gusting to about 30 miles an hour and that means it is going to be a cold night and we're talking wind chills come tomorrow morning. we are seeing skies clearing out. that is the good news. on storm scan3 we have a partly cloudy skies across the delaware valley. temperatures, though, are falling fast out of the 40's and into the 30's across the region. 39 in wilmington, 37 in allentown, freezing in the poconos. philadelphia still holding on barely to 41. look what's coming. cleveland 29, buffalo, new york, at 31. we won't get into the teens but the 20's will be wild around the delaware valley, especially our suburbs overnight tonight. winds sustained between 10 and 15 miles an hour keeping a chill in the air. come tomorrow morning waking up in the 30's and staying there through the morning hours. by 11 o'clock, it will be 38 degrees and still blustery
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with those winds gusting to at least 25 miles an hour. coming up we'll talk about how long it will stay cold when the sun comes back and our next chance of snow. two storms in the seven-day forecast, one on christmas eve. more details on what to expect with that 'cause that could slow down holiday travel. i'll see you a little bit later on in the broadcast. >> kathy thanks so much. the family of a brigantine new jersey woman who fell down an elevator shaft at fenway park is now suing the parent company of the red sox and the elevator company. this suit claims a closed door swung opened when liz see scotland brushed against it back in may causing her to fall two stories. she suffered severe brain damage, spinal injuries and facial fractures. and her medical expenses have reportedly surpassed more than a quarter million dollars. coming up at 11:00, exclusive new video and a side of the story we haven't heard until today. again, that's at 11:00 on our sister station cbs3. tonight an 18-year-old man will face charges in
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connection with a gun found inside samuel fels high school a student took a cell phone picture of the gun inside the building and philadelphia police were on the scene just minutes later. the school was locked down for several hours and that gun was ultimately found in a trash can. >> there's metal detectors, there's video surveillance of the entrances shows right now weary viewing -- northeast detectives is doing an investigation, they're reviewing the video of each entrance and exit. >> police say the gun did not have any bullets inside. >> there's new information on the death of bradley stone, the man behind a killing spree in montgomery county. authorities now say that stone did have a deep stab wound in his leg but they say that did not kill him. stone took his own life somehow yesterday in a wooded area near his home in pennsburg. investigators say that they found a machete and a type of ax near his body along with some medicine bottles. "eyewitness news" reporter justin finch tells us that some people who knew stone best knew nothing about his
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troubled past. >> helpful, friendlily, quiet, all words used to describe bradley stone by throws who knew him. >> i don't remember him ever having a temper even. i don't ever remember anybody having a problem with him at all. >> reporter: john gilmore commander at the william hair american legion post in lansdale recalls meeting stone about 10 years ago when stone was in charge of the post bar. >> well, when i saw him in 2011 he was drinking, he had a different prescriptions for antidepressants. >> reporter: adam served under stone in the marine corps in iraq. when he last saw stone he believes he was struggling with posttraumatic stress disorder coupled he says by years of fighting with his ex-wife, nicole hill. >> he would actually pull over on the highway and yell on his phone, him and his ex-wife would go back and forth yelling at each other. >> reporter: fast forward to early monday morning, detectives say stone killed his ex-wife and five members of her family across three montgomery county neighborhoods. after shooting and can killing his ex-wife, authorities say stone left their two young daughters with a neighbor before taking his own life in
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woods near his pennsburg home. the killings now believed have been sparked by onion going custody dispute between stone and hill over their two daughters. back on stone's block so many unanswered questions. i'm justin finch "eyewitness news" on the cw philly meantime tonight we are getting a first look inside of the pakistani school where taliban gunmen mass derred 148 people mostly children. some of these schoolhouse walls are riddled with the bullet holes, some rooms blackened by flames. investigators say that the gunmen lit several teachers on fire. vigils and prayer services have been held across the country today and the government has declared a three day period of mourning. well, this evening some supporters of all faiths gathered in center city philadelphia to mourn the victims of that school shooting in pakistan. a few dozen people gathered across from love park lighting candles and holding signs that condemned the attacks. >> and this is the time when it really hits hard, it's kind
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of attacked our hearts. >> school is a place that everyone is teaching humanity. the people are teaching how to live peacefully with each other. >> those demonstrators said the taliban does not speak for muses hims and that no religion condones the killing of innocents. >> a delaware county doctor is charged with operating a pill mill out of his baltimore pike lawrence. dr. lawrence levine is accused of writing prescriptions for cash no question the asked. investigators say they built their case through undercover buys of painkillers and narcotics. prosecutors called wean a drug dealer. >> picture drug dealers selling on neighborhoods and playgrounds but we also attack those drug dealers that are wearing white coats. >> dr. wean's arrest comes after a three-month long investigation. he's now being held on $500,000 bail. >> still to come here on "eyewitness news," arrests are made in a deadly fungal
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meningitis outbreak. the allegations against the co-owner of a clinic and a dozen employees. >> also ahead, a very rough ride aboard an american airlines flight. we'll show you what happened to some passengers after that plane hit severe
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>> more than a dozen people are facing charges allegedly for selling tainted steroids linked to a meningitis
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outbreak that killed 64 people back in 2012. >> 30's swooped in earlier this morning on the new england compounding center a deaf if you know laboratory in massachusetts. they arrested two cofounders and 12 employees. police say that lab was filthy and left hundreds of people infected with a rare if you know cal form of meningitis. severe turbulence leads to an emergency landing in tokyo. cell phone video captured that chaos. flight 280 was on its way from seoul south korea to dallas fort worth when it ran into turbulence so severe anything that wasn't nailed down went flying into the air and some of the injuries were serious. >> all the plates and everything flew up and a plate broke across his head, had a nice bump and a little gash on there. >> the flight attendance one flew up and hit the exit sign. another was passed out. there were lots of calls for doctors and nurses. >> the boeing 777 200 was
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carrying 240 passengers and 15 crew members. 15 on boards were hurt five of whom had to be taken to the hospital. officials say most of the passengers were able to complete their journey later in the day. >> temperatures rose into the 50's today. now we're down into the 30's and they will that continue to fall into the overnight with breezy conditions continuing across the delaware valley. our eyewitness weather watchers are saying it is a cold night out there. doug is saying winds out of the northwest at 13 miles an hour even though the temperature is 40 and we have clear skies, it is feeling pretty cold. let's go to the north and west of philadelphia where we have many weather watchers reporting this evening. 36 degrees right now being reported in collegeville. bud says a cold night, the pressure is steady, relative humidity at 65 percent. crisp and cold tonight, no rain or snow. no, not yet, bud, but it could be coming. in the reading area tonight 38 degrees. dave is saying a cold night with westerly winds at
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14 miles an hour. if you would like to be an eyewitness weather watcher we're expecting a very busy winter, sign up now. go to we're looking at a cold night in philadelphia as well. the winds are picking up and we're still seeing those gusty winds continue to drive wind chills down. in center city philadelphia we just have a few clouds and that will translate into sunshine tomorrow. here's a look at our trend. we do expect temperatures to be much colder tomorrow than they were the past couple of days. consider tuesday and wednesday in the 50's, thursday and friday in the 40's but it's actually normal going back to normal average being around 44 degrees for this time of year. philadelphia 41. elsewhere to the north and west in the 30's. millville 39. atlantic city at the airport looking at 40 degrees. to the north and west 30's in state college, pittsburgh, 29 in cleveland. this is the cold air that is going to be moving in with a large area of high pressure, so we say goodbye to the mild air, the 40's are back. we see some sunshine thursday,
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more sunshine, less wind on friday so that's the better day and then clouds will be rolling in with our next weather system. on storm scan3 you can see it, a developing storm system with snow through kansas. you can see through missouri seeing some snow and some rain. this is going to really redevelop to the south and then move off the eastern seaboard. the good news is it stays to our south so this weekend will stay dry. then watching our next weather maker but this moves up into the midwest, into the great lakes by christmas eve. we stay on the east side. that is the warm side, so right now it looks like christmas eve will be more wet than white, at least for us. could disrupt some travel plans, though, with some heavy rain and wind. we'll keep an eye on this. new computer models do come in during the overnight. overnight tonight the low temperature around freezing. it will be turning much colder with windy conditions. tomorrow a bit of a blustery day. temperatures will be in the 40's but with the wind it will feel much colder and on the exclusive eyewitness weather seven-day forecast one we get
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into the 40's we stay there. right now saturday and sunday look dry. monday 46, tuesday some showers. by wednesday, christmas eve, rain and wind, 52 degrees. be sure to wake up with "eyewitness news" in the morning. katie will track the weather, have the new computer information and any changes in the forecast. the team starts at 4:30 on our sister station cbs3 and then continues right here on the cw beginning at 7:00 we'll take a continues right here on the cw beginning at 7:00 we'll take a short break and be back wit
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>> ♪ >> as the eagles prepare for washington on saturday, they will be without outside linebacker trent cole. cole had surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand. he reportedly had a plate inserted in that hand. he injured it late in sunday's loss against dallas. brandon graham will be taking his place and chip kelly seems okay with an expanded role for graham. >> brandon can rush a quarterback, he's doing a better job in pass coverage and we've been happy with him. i think he's really dedicated himself. i think he's really played better from a special teams standpoint in every phase we've had an opportunity to get him on the field, i think he's done a really good job. >> as for nick foles he was back at practice today as his broken collarbone continues to heal. he'll not play this saturday. he did throw more during today's practice than he has in weeks. chip kelly didn't rule out foles returning at some point but just not right now. >> we didn't throw at all
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yesterday. it was kind of a walk through. seen him throw the ball around a little bit today but the bone is not healed. i think nick can throw, i don't think you can see anything from him throwing. he can't have any contact. that's the biggest concern right now. >> you can watch the eagles game on our sister station cbs3. a full day of football action will get you ready for toyota kickoff special at 3:30 followed by a 4 o'clock with the nfl network pregame show. that will be followed by philadelphia and washington game at 4:30 and then chargers and san francisco all on our sister station cbs3. phillies and pal teaming up to make christmas special for children at the ford center in south philadelphia. hundreds of toys waiting under the christmas tree for the kids. the toys donated by phillies fans at toy drives that were held last season. the phillies also donating a $10,000 check to the center as well. >> wow. >> uh-huh. >> santa phanatic on hand.
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>> got a soiled like us to investigate? e-mail your ideas to i-team at >> tonight on cbs3 "eyewitness news" at 11:00 chicken is always a popular dish. it's low in fat, high in protein but it can contain a chemical some try to avoid. >> oh. >> and it's one you're not going to find on the label. health reporter stephanie stahl has that story to your. it's tonight at 11:00 on cbs3. thanks for watching "eyewitness news" on the cw philly. >> for lesley, kathy and all of us here, i'm chris may. >> i'm jessica dean. have a good night. we'll see you at 11:00 on cbs3. >> ♪
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