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good afternoon. i'm pat lawson muse. >> and i'm jim handly. new pictures, we begin with a developing story this afternoon and more con ro versy for new york congressman anthony wiener. a woman has come forward now and told radar online and big government.com that she had a consensual online relationship with the congressman. conservative blog errand rue -- who runs biggovernment.com says that he has new pictures that could get the congressman in trouble. just last week another woman released a lewd photo sent from wiener's twitter and facebook accounts. the congressman claimed his accounts were hacked, but he could not say for sure if the underwear photo was of him. anthony wiener announced a news conference expected to start at any minute now. we will bring you any updates as soon as they come into news 4. the former leader of the international monetary fund
plead not guilty this morning to the sex assault charges against him. dominique strauss-kahn is accused of assaulting and trying to rape a maid at a manhattan hotel. strauss-kahn has been under house arrest since his release last month on $6 million bond. it includes 24-hour monitors and armed guards. if he's convicted he faces up to 25 years behind bars. former nfl star plaxico burress is a free man today. the former nfl new york giants wide receiver was released from prison in upstate new york today. burress was jailed after accidentally shooting himself in the thigh with an unlicensed handgun he took into a manhattan nightclub. before that incident burress was at the top of his game. he made the game-winning catch earlier that year in super bowl xlii. he plans to play in the nfl again. a woman is dead and two others seriously injured after a stabbing in fairfax county. this happened early this morning in an apartment complex along
braddock springs road in centreville. that's where police found three people suffering from stab wounds. a man and woman were transported to a nearby hospital and another woman was pronounced dead at the scene. investigators say it appears to be the result of an isolate domestic argument. a massive wildfire burning out of control in arizona is threatening mountain communities and forcing evacuations today. the flames are being fueled by high winds and low humidity. this as a massive heat wave stretches across much of the u.s. kurt gregory reports on all of this wild weather. >> reporter: in arizona a raging wildfire is growing, threatening homes and lives. >> we just saw the fire burning around the house. >> reporter: and forcing evacuations in mountain communities. >> they said you have to leave now because the fire was right there so we had to turn around and leave. >> reporter: burning for more than a week, there is zero containment and more than 2,000 fire fighters are battling the blaze. the thick, rugged terrain is
making the fire difficult to fight, now strong winds and low humidity are making a bad situation worse. >> because of the swirling winds, trying to put water down and retardant down on areas to try to save the town, but here we go. this is the sad part of it. >> reporter: 193,000 acres have been scorched. >> it is going to be a very hot fire. >> meanwhile, blazing heat is gripping much of the country from the upper midwest to south florida. temperatures are reaching into the mid-09s in chicago where on saturday the heat turned deadly. a 26-year-old man died while running a half marathon. nearly a dozen others were hospitalized for heat exhaustion. triple digit temperatures are setting records and in south florida, drought conditions have lake oak chobe in its lo lowest levels in four years. while it may feel like the dog days of summer, the calendar still says spring.
the official start of summer is still two weeks away. kurt gregory, nbc news. >> there's been wild weather in other parts of the country, but here in the washington area today, mild weather. >> a nice start to the week. meteorologist veronica johnson says don't get too used to it. we have scorching weather ahead. >> it's pretty dom fortable across the area, but upper 80s the air temperatures throughout the area and when you look at june so far we've only had one day that was 90 degrees or higher. last year already we were up to two. so humidity again in the comfortable range, shaw, trinidad at 88 degrees. 86 in manassas, virginia, falls church and reston, 83 and bladensbu bladensburg, 83 degrees. close to 90 degrees in raleigh and knoxville close to 83. very high temperatures in the plains and it's the hot air that will be opening up and expanding
eastward giving us the second heat wave so far of the year. so that's what we're going to be dealing with starting tomorrow as we get over 90 degrees and into the upper 90s by mid-week. for your 9:00 p.m. temperature, 76 degrees just a few clouds up there until 9:00 and we'll see the skies clear as we drop into the low 70s by 11:00 p.m. and midnight. a pleasant evening, so do enjoy it. higher temperatures first tomorrow and humidity and higher temperatures for the mid part of the week. we'll talk about the record setting heat coming up for wednesday and thursday. pat, back to you. >> thanks, veronica. another republican entered the presidential race today. former presidential candidate rick santorum declared the candace. . he was a major player during his time to the hill. steve handelsman has the story. >> reporter: like the rest of the republicans who are running, rick santorum blasted barack
obama as a big spender. >> who are you, mr. president, to say that you and your administration should take 40 cents out of every dollar and borrow it from future generations to prop you up? >> reporter: santorum was in pennsylvania where he lost re-election of the senate in '06 after fighting gay marriage and abortion. now santorum says the fight against barack obama is about values. >> he is devaluing our dollars and he devalues our other currency, our moral currency. >> reporter: it's similar to the campaign of minnesota republican congresswoman michele bachmann who is expected to declare soon and to sarah palin, but her stumble over the story of paul revere saying he rode to warn the british is more of the palin problem now than rick santorum and the economy is sure to be the main issue, that's why form businessman mitt romney is seen by many as the gop front rirn,
but he flip-flopped on abortion. newt gingrich has been married three times and admitted an affair. santorum sees an opening. >> join the fight! join the fight! >> reporter: he's already campaigned a total of 47 times in iowa, new hampshire and south carolina. and rick santorum has already won two republican straw polls in south carolina, the most conservative early primary state. i'm steve handelsman, news 4shgs capitol hill. turning now to the rush hour. bad accident on i-twefsh 0. >> let's get the very latest. we have chopper 4 up. teresa wiltshire, what's the story? these are southbound larngs is that right? >> southbound 270 before father hurley. we have amazing footage from chopper 4. overturned cement truck that blocked all of the lanes. we now have two lanes open that are going south and 270 north we have very slow traffic. i think people are trying to get
a look at what's going on. as you see there, it was not good and people were backed up for a little bit. let's take a look right now at father hurley. you are seeing slow traffic going north and the lanes that are open are barely getting by there. those back urp goes to germantown road. at middlebrook, that's where it's going to slow a little bit and montgomery village avenue, that's where your delays begin. back to you. >> trees a thank you. well, it's more than two years' late, but now a u.s. airways plane is on its way to its original destination. this time it's going by highway. take a look. it's the infamous miracle on the hudson airplane that hit a flofk geese and went down in the river as you'll recall. thanks to the efforts of the pilot and crew no one aboard died in that crash. the plane is on a glad bed truck traveling back roads to avoid overpasses heading to the carolina's aviation museum. that's in charlotte, north
carolina. yesterday it got stuck in new jersey. it was too big to make a turn at an intersection. it was stuck for about an hour. the wings traveled separately. i would like to see that make its way around the beltway. >> that's a big one. >> it is, indeed. >> officials from the european union are meeting in luxembourg to talk about the aggressive e. coli outbreak spreading across europe, but it's believed that the contamination started in an organic farm in germany. michelle kozinski has the latest. >> reporter: hamburg has been the epicenter of the deadliest known e. coli outbreak. 21-year-old student, the bacteria attacking her kidneys and eyesight every day must have all of her blood plasma replaced. >> when i was getting sicker and sicker -- >> reporter: she says the only thing she ate that her family didn't was strawberries. this is still a mystery and almost all the victims young and strong. doctors have never seen anything like it.
what we have seen, more than three dozen times since 1995 are bacterial outbreaks linked to sprouts. one in japan in 1996 sickened 9,000 people, killed 17. the cdc and fda issued warnings in the u.s. not to eat raw sprouts for children, the elderly and people with weakened immunity. it turns out the highly nutritious greens of which 300,000 torngs $250 million worth is produced every year in the u.s. could be a perfect bacteria breeding ground. scientist s say because of the new rient, moisture and seeds they contain. if you're worried about sprouts in the u.s., health officials say look, the vast majority of food borne illness dollars animal products before sprout growers in the u.s. are under strict regulations. the usda saw fit to warn people again about the risk. back to you. >> michelle kozinski. about half the sprout sachl
8s from the organic farm have been tested and the tests have come back negative, but authorities say it's possible that contaminated sprouts are no longer in the distribution chain. well, it's official. no big surprise, but katie couric is getting her own daytime talk show. tonight abc announced the deal with the former abc news co-anchor. the arlington, virginia, native will also work with abc news. when news 4 at 4:00 continues an a-list actress says you don't have to have a sex tape to make in hollywood. also ahead, a best kiss winner puckers up for his male co-star. princess catherine's wedding dress is going on display for all to see. >> reporter: coming up, a major mishap inside several of those inflatable bounce houses. we have the
rounding out the top four were "the hang over part 2" and kung fu panda with 24 million. "pirates of the caribbean on stranger tides" came in fourth. vampires a s ans an s ans a stole it. it was the win for best kiss that has a lot of people talking today. robert pat inson and kristin stewart went onstage to accept their award, but instead of re-enact the movie moment, pat inson runs off the stage and starts -- with taylor loughner. he took home a moon man for best actor, best actress and best film, too. reese witherspoon took home last night's generation award. she's been in the business for 20 years now and is best known for her legally blond and "walk the line" roles.
>> when she went onstage to accept her award she sent a message to young women hoping to one day make it in hollywood. >> i just want to say to the girls it's cool to be bad, i get it, but it's also possible to make it in hollywood without a reality show. you know? >> when i came up in this business if you made a sex tape you were embarrassed and you hid it under your bed and, like, if you took naked pictures of yourself and your cell phone, you hide your face, people. hide your face. it's totally possible. so for all the girls out there, it's possible to be a good girl, and i'm going to try to make it cool. >> previous winners of the generation award include sandra bullock, tom cruise and jim carey. speaking of cool to be bad or bad to be cool on. >> mtv's "jersey shore" has just
wrapped up the taping in italy and the cast is heading back to the jersey shore for season number five. >> do we have to let them in the country? i guess we do, they're american citizens. they're back in seaside heights for the fifth season. the crew has been in florence, italy, taping the fourth season. that will premiere august 123450g9 they certainly made their time there interesting. >> for us and for the italians. >> i wonder if italy's done with them. yeah. take them back! >> the jacket michael jackson wore in his "thriller" video is going on the auction block. it sure s the red and black jacket is described as the most recognized and significant piece of clothing in pop culture. i don't know. anyway, the jacket is expected to bring in $200,000. other jackson items on the block include the wig he wore when he announced the "this is it" concert series and the shirt from "the scream video veto veto, tharm? it will take place on june 25th
and 26th. it was one of the most talked about and most scrutinized outfits of the decade. >> now people will get a chance to see kate middleton's dress and other goodies up close and personal. the gown is going on public display on buckingham palace this summer from july 23rd to october 3rd. visitors will get to see the va veil, tiara and shoes she wore on that special day. its part of the annual tour of state rooms that the palace offers to visitors during the summer months. >> there is also word today that the newlyweds will use a small apartment in kensington palace as their official london home. however, a house in wales will still be considered their primary residence. that's where prince william serves as a royal air force chopper pilot. a bridal company in missouri held a contest with some pretty nice prizes for prospective brides, but the women really had
to be willing to work for the winnings. welcome to the sixth annual cake dive contest. no hands here. ten contestant his to eat their way for gift vouchers buried inside the cakes. the prizes included gift certificates for bridal wear, and the brand prize was a honeymoon vacation. one prospective bride refused to give up. she came up for air with a face full of cake as well as the prize. >> no hands, but they needed a hair net. the hair was all over it. >> messy way to win one. the prom date that almost didn't happen did happen in connecticut. >> it did, james tate and sonali rodriguez were banned from the high school fair because of the way he asked her. giant cardboard letters on the school wall. the school's headmaster said he'd trespassed and banned him from the prom, but worldwide outrage convinced her to change her decision. >> i mean, it's definitely
different after everything that happened. >> yeah, i can't wait for everything to calm down. >> he sure won that campaign, didn't he? now that the prom is over the kids say it's back to reality. they have to work on their biology project. >> they look all dressed up and cleaned up. they look great. >> i'm glad they got a chance to go. >> i am, too, but i don't know about the lessons there. >> i know, the headmaster, it will be interesting to see what that does to her authority next year. coming up on news 4 at 4:00, a teacher punched a student and it was all caught on tape. yet teacher of the year won't be facing any charges. she's speaking out today. plus women take it off to protest censorship. we'l
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techniques, angler ethics, safety and aquatic conservation. organization iersz wanted to expose the kid tosca rears in natural resources and also highlight the benefits of fresh air, exercise -- >> clean air. >> and volunteerism. >> it was crystal clear out there. >> it was very nice. >> perfect weather for fishing. i would love to be out there, i love fishing until i catch the fish. >> you'd cook it? or throw it back? >> i'd think about it. >> depends on the day. >> after you catch the fish. >> well, you know, it's so serene to be out there talking, fishing and all of a sudden you catch the thing and it's all over the place. >> okay. >> hey, let's talk about the weather this week because, you know, today shy of 90, said it was very comfortable outside, now every other day this week likely to be 90 degrees and higher. and the humidity is going to start climbing, too. 88 is the temperature, currently with the north wind at 8 miles per hour and you can see that we've got just a few clouds out
there right now. 29%, the relative humidity, that's going to increase over the next couple of days especially wednesday and thursday. look at manassas and warrenton in 86 degrees. 86 the temperature with the north wind and leonard town and annapolis are cool spots at 82 and 80 degrees. and the dew point temperatures throughout the area range between 50 and 55 degrees. so we are well in the comfortable zone below 60 degrees. the next couple of days, the humidity increases wednesday and thursday, likely to be between 65 and 69 degrees, if not higher. so it's really going to start to feel oppressive. look at st. louis, missouri, and memphis, tennessee, 109 that's what it feels like. the hot air expands off to the east and arrives here really full-fledged by the time we get to wednesday and thursday. thursday we could top out around 98, maybe 100 degrees. so get red for another heat wave. next 48 hours there is high
pressure. we'll have a few clouds coming into the area. overnight we're mostly clear, tomorrow, we're mostly sun e and i think that tomorrow there is the point as well as on wednesday with a few isolated showers and thunderstorms off to the west and down to the south, but our best chance of rain comes around thursday and especially friday. so we're mild here for the evening. sunshine for tomorrow morning and a very, very nice start between 60 and 67 degrees. take a look at tomorrow, 86 to 90 degrees. again, things really heath up around here. wednesday, close to a record, thursday, close to a record. 96 and 98 degrees, all week long we'll be into the 90s now. today, the best day out of the workweek, tomorrow, second best day out of workweek. we'll take a look at the weekend forecast coming up in a few minutes. >> thanks, veronica. we have an update on the top story. anthony wiener is holding a news conference in new york about new photos that have surfaced
apparently, we're getting word, over the internet about the new photos and charges. let's listen in now. for the most part these communications took place before my marriage, though some have sadly took place after. to be clear, i have never met any of these women or had physical relationships at any time. i haven't told the truth. and i've done things i deeply regret. i've brought pain to people i care about the most and the people who believed in me. and for that i'm deeply sorry. i apologize to my wife and our families as well as to our friends and supporters and i'm ashamed of my terrible judgment and action. i'll be glad to take any questions that you might have.
>>. [ inaudible question ] >> i came here to accept the full responsibility for what i've done. i -- i am deeply regretting what i have done, and i am not resigning. i have made it clear that i accept responsibility for this, and people who draw conclusions about me are free to do so. i've worked for the people of my district for 13 years and in politics for 20 years, and i hope that they see fit to see this in the light that it is which is a deeply regrettable mistake. >> congressman, why do you draw the distinction between before you were married and after you were married. you were a member of congress before hand. >> i think it is more inappropriate things that i have done since our marriage. my primary -- my primary sense of regret and my primary apology
goes on my wife. i should not have done this, and should i should not have done this particularly when i was married, that is why i make that distinction. >> why would you do this after your marriage? you know it's wrong. the question people have and a lot of us have is what were you thinking? >> you know, i don't know what i was thinking. this was a destructive thing to do. i'm apologetic for doing it. it was deeply, deeply hurtful to the people i care about the most, it was something that i did that was just wrong and i regret it. >> did you use other resources for this kind of activity and if so, is that a violation of the public trust? >> i did not. >> you did not use congressional phone, congressional e-mail on congressional time? >> no. i didn't do -- listen, i'm going to try to tell you everything that i can remember was my
blackberry is not a government blackberry. my home computer is usually where i did these things. >> usually? >> i don't have a knowledge of every last communication, but i don't believe that i use good government resources. >> andrew was standing where you were standing not more than 20 minutes ago saying he had an x-rated photo of you. did you say that is not true? >> no, i cannot. >> congressman -- >> i regret not being honest about this. this was a big mistake to -- to -- i was embarrassed. i was humiliated. i'm still to this moment. i was trying to protect my wife. i was trying to protect myself from shame. it was a mistake, and i really regret it. [ inaudible question ] >> will you get some kind of help or counseling -- >> this was -- this was a mistake, and i am very sorry for
it and i take it seriously, but i -- i am and where i go from here and what steps i take, i take it seriously that this was a destructive thing to do they deeply regret. >> congressman, your wife is not here. are you going split up with your wife because of this? >> i love my wife very much -- >> are you going split up? >> i love my wife very much and we have no intention of smith up over this. we have been through -- we have been through a great deal together and we will -- we will weather this. i love her very much and she loves me. >> where is she? where is she? >> sir, where is she? >> -- the constituents -- >> generally in some cases i initiated and generally women they met on facebook. >> do you have anything to say to andrew? >> i am deeply apologetic first and foremost to my wife to the many people that put so much faith and confidence in me that
watch mead make this terrible mistake, everyone in the media, my staff, they all deserve an apology. >> y after eliot spitzer and why would you speculate as a member of public office? >> this was a very dumb thing to do, and it was a destructive thing to do, but it wasn't part of any plan to be hurtful to my wife. it wasn't part of a plan to be deceitful to you. it wasn't part of a plan to be -- it wasn't part of a plan. it was a destructive thing that i did that i accept responsibility for, but if you're looking for some kooirp kind of deep explanation for it i simply don't have one -- except that i'm -- except that i'm sorry. >> there you have it, accepting full responsibility, he said. that's why he called this news conference today, but congressman anthony wiener said he is not resigning over the new photos that have surfaced
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wk to welcome back to news 4 at 4:00. >> there was a scary scene in new york. a big wind gust blew away three of those bounce houses with children inside. >> an incredibly scary situation. a woman is in critical condition today after she was injured. john yang tells us what happened. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: it was a terrifying sight caught on cell phone video. three inflated bounce houses or moon walks picked up by the wind in a long island soccer tournament and tossed into the air with kids playing inside. >> stay here. >> where's my daughter? >> i couldn't believe it. it was like something out of a movie. kids were being knocked over and there were kids lying everywhere. >> reporter: laura was waiting in line to get in when she got tangled in a rope that was supposed to anchor the houses. she had rope burns on her neck. >> a rope caught me and it dragged me. >> reporter: one made cart wheels along the ground.
>> everyone ran over and jumped up on them. each one was holding it down. >> tried to grab onto it and it knocked me down. police said 13 people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries. it's not the first time something like this has happened. the tucson, a arrizona, area, te separate incidents. the most recent caught on cell phone video. parents and teachers evacuated the bounce house before wind whipped it around a light pole. six kids were slightly injured by debris. in february at a birthday party two sisters were in a windblown bounce house. >> i just closed my eyes and i felt myself bumping and being tossed around. >> reporter: her sister alisa ended up on a roof two houses away. >> she was crying. she was full of blood, her head, her face. >> reporter: she had a concussion and required staples to close a cut on her scalp. in april, strong winds blew a bounce house away in rockland county, new york. four children had minor injuries. the federal consumer products
safety commission estimated from 2005 to 2007 all types of bounce house accidents sent an average of 6,000 people a year to emergency rooms, most of them age 5 to 14. the most frequent injury, broken bones. they weren't operators to anchor them properly, but not all states regulate their use which concerns parentses. >> never in my mind imagined that the thing would take off and fly. >> reporter: a popular attraction and an unexpected danger. for "today," john yang, nbc news, new york. >> that's got to be frightening for the kids. >> a lot of accidents. 6,000. that's -- >> unbelievable number. >> there is more to come on news 4 at 4:00, steve jobs comes out of his medical leave to make a major apple announcement. >> i told you, step back! >> plus a teacher's fist flies at a student, the fal@@@@@@ú@@@
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well, we hope you like where the mercury was today. >> right. yeah. >> it's not staying there. >> from here on out it's back to what we talked about -- what was it? about a week and a half ago when we were talking about hydrating and we were talking about making sure that you cover up, do the sun block.
uh-huh. 88 degrees right now. that's our high temperature for today. we should stay under the 90-degree mark once the official high comes in for today. 52 d the dew point. even though we had temperatures close to 90 degrees still feeling fine throughout the area. 86 degrees down south in virginia, maryfield at 85. ashton and kensington at 88 as is adams morgan right now. the temperatures just came in. 92 in richmond, virginia, 90 in jackson, kentucky and there's a lot of heat out to the west that will expand this way. as we look at the next couple of days, by the time we get to thursday that's when we can see readings around here around 98 to 100 degrees. so a lot more heat coming this way. that's with high humidity. so on thursday, likely to be feeling like we're around 105 degrees and maybe even higher. for tomorrow morning, a little bit of fog 67 to 68 degrees to start in town. 63 in mt. erie and 66 to start
in fredericksburg, virginia, the high tomorrow might be an isolated shouer to the west and down to the south offous wednesday. the big story this week once again, guys, is the heat. we've got the chance for some rain that will break the heat again, friday, saturday and sunday as we get into an easterly wind. so a couple of days and it will be a hot one this week and school is still in session. >> thursday, i'm hibernating. thursday looks like a tough one. >> all right, thanks. a florida teacher who punched a student in class will not be charged. >> prosecutor say the 64-year-old teacher acted in self-defense. >> i told you, step back! >> oh, my god! get away from me! >> officials say video taken from a student's cell phone backs up their decision on the tense confrontation between the teacher and student. 64-year-old sandra is seen punching the taller mayhle male student cutting his lip although no charges are being filed.
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the story. the pictures were so compelling. an attack on an employee. a man surprised the woman on the left as he surprise said her at the luxor casino. the man hit her on the comed face until his accomplice walked out with money the employee suffered minor injuries and the crooks got away. >> still to come, more expert testimony about the smell in the air
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off week three on the stand in the casey anthony murder trial. an expert testified the odor of human decomposition in an air sample taken from anthony's car was, quote, extremely overwhelmingly strong. hundred of people camp out each night hoping to grab a seat in the courtroom for this case. nbc's kerry sanders reports on why this trial has become so popular. >> reporter: almost every day three and a half hours before court begins. >> go! go! >> reporter: there is a race. no one is allowed on courthouse property until exactly 5:30 a.m., at that moment from sidewalks to back alleys, the curious hoof it for position. >> number one! >> reporter: there are 62 vooets a day set aside from the public, spectators from across the country traveling here to see the 25-year-old mother casey anthony accused of murderering
her daughter caylee. >> it's absolutely wonderful to be a part of it and we're really excited that the public has an opportunity to be a witness to this and see the action in the courtroom. >> you can see that the root portion of the hair is distorted. >> reporter: on saturday karen korsberg lowe an expert on case evidence began to detail forensic evidence, a single strand of hair taken from the trunk of casey anthony's car that the fbi crime lab concluded fell from the scalp of a corpse. >> one of the items had characteristics of decomposition. >> the defense argues that not only is the testing conclusive that the hair was from a dead person, but that the single strand was even caylee's. >> the best that we have at this point is that the hair either belonged to caylee, casey, cindy or even cindy's mother. any other maternal relative?
>> correct. >> reporter: casey now admits she waited 31 days to tell anyone her daughter was missing and when she did the story that a nan he caylee was all made up. prosecutors allege casey stowed her daughter's dead body in the trunk of her car before dumping it in the woods near her home. >> this is my label identifying what's inside the can. >> reporter: prosecutors claim they captured the stench of death. crime scene analyst mike vincent explained how the odor was extracted from the trunk of casey's car. >> this is the first time you've ever taken hair sample, correct? >> yes, sir, it was. >> you've had no training whatsoever in the collection or preservation of air samples. >> this is the first time i've heard of it being done, that's correct. >> that's news 4 at 4:00, news 4 at 5:00 starts right now.
i've brought pain to people i care about the most and people who believed in me, and for that i'm deeply sorry. i apologize to my wife and our families. >> oh, a bad day for congressman anthony wiener as he admits he did, indeed, send those lewd pictures over twitter, but he says he will not be stepping down. good afternoon. i'm wendy rieger. >> and i'm jim handly. he calls it dumb and deeply regrettable. >> absolutely, after days of deniles congressman wiener openly cried as he admitted to sending those pictures of himself to a young woman. >> he wrapped up a news conference to new york city, elaine reyes is live in the newsroom with the details. what a dramatic afternoon it was. >> it really was, wendy and