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the h.d. city camera showing cold conditions under a cloudy sky. it is stone cold starting off this thursday morning. we have temperatures right down into the low to mid 20s. that includes prince george's, arlington, fairfax, montgomery counties. much of southern maryland away from the waters. right on the waters, near freezing. farther to the north and west, only near 20 degrees in frederick county. into washington county and the panhandle of west virginia and much of western maryland. most of the shenandoah valley only the low 20s right now. some of the highlands in west virginia, down into the teens this morning. certainly our coldest morning in some time. as we get through the commute, it's going to stay in the 20s through 6:00, 7:00 this morning with a light wind. light winds during the afternoon, as well. we'll have lots of sunshine. by the noon hour, mid 30s and near 40 by early to mid-afternoon. sunrise, 7:27. sunset, 4:59. by sunset time, we'll be back to the mid 30s. another cold night tonight. a hometown forecast, that's
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coming up in ten minutes. now a look at traffic on this thursday morning. alexis davies is here. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, tom. and good morning, everyone. still looking at a very light commute as you're traveling on the beltway this early morning hour. still dealing with that road closure, water main break here on route 355. two southbound lanes closed on wisconsin avenue between cumberland avenue and dorsett avenue. getting by with one lane there. elsewhere on the roadways, 95 and bw parkway, looking good as you travel into the district from baltimore. we're looking at 55 miles per hour on the bw parkway as you're heading southbound. and here's a live look at the beltway at connecticut avenue. and looking good, as well. aaron, eun? >> all right. thank you. a developing story now in adams-morgan this morning. police found a body last night on biltmore street just a block from where a 23-year-old missing man was last seen celebrating the new year. news4's megan mcgth is there live. >> reporter: good morning, aaron.
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this 911 call came in late last night. the report of a body found down at the bottom of a light shaft at an apartment building here on biltmore street. now there is a rooftop patio on top of this building. neighbors have told news4 that people were up on top of the roof celebrating on new year's eve. police were here on the scene until about 2:30 this morning collecting evidence and trying to identify the body that was found. one of the things they're looking into is the possibility that it might be 23-year-old michael poe of poolesville. poe has been missing since new year's eve. family and friends were out in the adams-morgan area yesterday posting flyers with his picture, looking for information on his whereabouts. poe was celebrating new year's eve in adams-morgan with a group of about 20 friends. he left shenanigans bar at around 12:30. that's when he parted ways with his group of friends. now he did place a cell phone call at 2:30 in the morning, but that was the last time that anyone heard from him. again, police trying to piece together exactly what has
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happened here at this apartment complex, trying to identify the body, figure out if the person that was found here at the bottom of that light shaft is indeed michael poe. as of yet, they have not released names, have not made any identification. so still an open investigation. reporting live in adams-morgan, megan mcgrath, news4. back to you. >> thank you. this is expected to be an emotional day in newtown, connecticut. students and staff will return to a new sandy hook elementary school this morning. officials moved classes to an empty middle school building a few miles away. crews spent the last few weeks trying to remodel the school to look like the old sandy hook. last month the gunman killed 20 children and six staff inside the old building. today counselors will be available as students arrive, as well as heavy police presence. parents will be allowed to stay with their children to help with the transition. a maryland task force recommends new gun laws for mentally ill people who make threats. the general assembly appointed the panel last year. the group says police should be authorized to take weapons after
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a specific threat. if that person doesn't have a gun, that person should be blocked from buying one. a spokesperson for maryland governor martin o'malley said he'll use the report as agated for a gun control -- a guide for a gun-control legislation package. new this morning, the debate over the fiscal cliff is behind us at least for the time being. overnight, president obama signed into law a bill which prevents taxes from going up on 98% of americans. it also defers billions in spending cuts for two months. the president signed the bill in hawaii where he resumed his vacation shortly after the house approved the measure, hours after 2013 started. you can can expect more negotiations, though, over taxes and spending in the coming weeks, especially with economists warning that the government must do more to lower its deficit, or it risks losing its top credit rating. president obama also has signed a defense bill for the coming year. the $633 billion bill boosts security at diplomatic missions around the world. that's in response to september's deadly attack on the
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u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the president had threatened to veto the legislation. he had issues with several provisions including one that limits his authority to transfer terror suspects from the military prison in guantanamo bay. we are tracking breaking news out of pakistan right now involving the death of a high-ranking taliban leader. also ahead this morning, the offer made to the families of the colorado theater shooting victims that some are calling insensitive. talk about a clearance sale, pieces of nasa history that are available to you if the price is right. we are waking up to temperatures in the 20s.
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take a peek out the window, and you could see quite the show in the sky. the annual quadranted, i think is how you say it, is happening now, and is expected to peak before the sun rises. you're looking at meteors caught by nasa cameras earlier. the shower happens every year when the earth passes through a stream of dust created by an asteroid that may have once been a comet. the shower expected to last through the overnight hours. >> very cool. did you see anything? >> i didn't, but i was reading. i couldn't see the video very well. tom, did i pronounce it
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correctly? >> quadrantids. close enough. unfortunately here, we had cloudiness. you might have had only a brief view of them overnight. and they did peak several hours ago. right now, we have a lot of cloudiness over the washington monument, the jefferson memorial and throughout most of the region, although there are a few thin spots in the cloud cover to the west where it's breaking up. we'll get the dry air pushing in, the clouds should be eroding as the morning progresses. it is cold, down into the mid teens, much of western maryland, west virginia. east of there, all these areas in the dark blue, low 20s. lighter blue color there around 30 degrees. hometown forecast, mitchellville in prince george's county. by 7:00 this morning, it's only going to be in the upper 20s. and then lots of sunshine for the lunch hour there. only in the mid 30s. here's how things are looking for the region today. we'll have our afternoon highs peaking near 40 degrees briefly. most of the day in the 20s and 30s. right back into the 30s after sunset which today is at 4:59.
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this morning, sunrise at 7:27. i'm back in ten minutes with your seven-day outlook, a look at traffic, alexis davies if for danella. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. traveling on the beltway in prince george's county, montgomery county, all looking good. even into virginia, no issues or delays being reported. we still have the water main break in bethesda. southbound route 355 between cumberland avenue and dorsett avenue. we've got two southbound lanes blocked there. you can get by one lane to the left. taking a look elsewhere, route 50 in maryland, no problems being reported as you travel from annapolis into the district. here is a live look at route 50. just right there around the beltway, you're looking at a six-minute ride as you travel from the beltway on route 50 toward the bw parkway. elsewhere on the roads, 66, seeing more volume building as you travel into the district. no major issues being reported. aaron, eun? >> thank you. 5:10 now. bowing to the pressure. when congress can finally take up the issue of aid for victim
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there is more breaking news. this time a man shot and killed three people, injured two others in switzerland. this shooting happened in the southwestern part of the country. once police got to the scene, the gunman pointed his weapon at the officers, and ey shot and i when they shot and injured the gunman. he's in custody. three people died on the scene. two others were taken to the hospital. no word on their injuries. relatives of people killed in last summer's colorado theater shooting have rejected an invitation to attend a memorial. since mark theaters invited family members to attend an evening of remembrance at the aurora theater when it reopens january 17. relatives of nine of the 12 victims released a statement angrily rejecting the invitation. the mother of one of the victim called it "a disgusting offer." >> they want the public relations ploy of having us there to support their grand reopening when none of us are interested in ever stepping foot in that theater, that killing
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field ever again. >> prosecutors in colorado will outline their case against accused gunman james holmes at a preliminary hearing next week. justin bieber is calling for a crackdown on paparazzi after a photographer was killed trying to shoot photos of the pop star's car. the photographer died tuesday night. los angeles police say he was hit by a car shortly after taking pictures of bieber's white ferrari on the side of the road. bieber was not inside the car at the time. the pop star released a statement saying he hopes the tragedy will lead to a new law that will protect the lives of celebrities as well as photographers. new this morning, the six men accused in the gang rape and killing of a 23-year-old in india are due in court. police are expected to charge the five men -- five adults with murder. among other charge in the attack that killed a medical student. a sixth suspect is a minor. no word whether he will be charged as an adult. the woman was attacked on a bus last month in india. she died from her injuries. prosecutors will likely seek the death penalty in this case.
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right now, police in montgomery county need your help to find a missing man. take a look at this picture. 43-year-old frank herschel was last seen at around 3:45 yesterday afternoon at his home in the 6 00 block of southport drive in bethesda. he's without his medication. his family is concerned for his well-being. he's 5'10" and 170 pounds. police do not know what he was wearing when he went missing. if you have information about this man, contact montgomery county police. 17 after the hour now. in the day ahead, family, friends, and colleagues will say good-bye to a prince william county police officer killed in the line of duty. a wake for officer chris young will be held from 6:00 till 9:00 tonight at the hilton memorial chapel in woodbridge. his funeral is set to happen at the chapel tomorrow morning at 10:00. young was killed on monday afternoon when he collided with a minivan while responding to a call. he leaves behind a wife and three children. secretary of state hillary clinton is out of the hospital this morning after spending four days there for a blood clot.
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clinton was seen smiling inside a van as it pulled away from new york presbyterian hospital last night. doctors believe the blood clot developed after clinton fainted and hit her head in december. she's expected to make a full recovery. about a dozen people who survived a bus crash that killed nine others in oregon are back home in canada. the survivors arrived home last night in an suv convoy. they did not want to board another bus. they were on a tour bus sunday heading back to british columbia from las vegas when the bus hit a guardrail and flew some 200 feet down an embankment and rolled over. 14 people are still in the hospital. 5:18 now. congress could approve billions of dollars in aid for victims of sandy by this weekend. house speaker john boehner schedule a vote for tomorrow on a measure to allocate $9 billion for the national flooding insurance program. the house will voted in a few weeks on providing another $51 billion. democrats and republicans were furious with boehner for
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canceling a vote tuesday on the aid package. he didn't want the house to pass millions more in spending on the same night as it passed fiscal cliff legislation. >> had democrats and republicans getting up saying it was a failure, it was a disgrace. i believe it was a dereliction of duty. >> talk to the people down in union beach. talk to the folks in toms river. talk to the people in lavalette. ask them if another two weeks matters in their lives. >> it took congress ten days to provide more than $60 billion in aid in the wake of hurricane katrina in 2005. lawmakers approved aid for victims of hurricane ike in 12 days. there are still no signs of fuel leaking from a drilling ship which ran aground on a remoted. the coast guard checked out the rig yesterday. it ran aground during a strong storm monday night. the coast guard says it is still too early to decide when to try and move the ship. apparently you don't have to be a rocket scientist to go to work every day at one of nasa's
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high-tech facilities. the space agency looking to rent out many of its buildings now that the shuttle spring no more. it's already -- it already has some tenants. nascar renting its runway to test some race cars. boeing using a former shuttle hangar to build a commercial spaceship. unfortunately, though, nasa is struggling to find renters for many of its facilities. they could be demolished if they are not leased by the end of the year. >> nasa and nascar. strange -- >> yes. you wouldn't expect those two to be sharing space. >> there you go. making the most of it. 5:21. time for weather & traffic on the 1s. tom kierein here with the cold forecast. what's going on? you need your warmest winter coat over several layers to stay comfortable if you're going to be outside for any length of time this morning. there's live view of the city camera showing the washington monument, jefferson memorial under a mostly cloudy sky. a little bit of the moon trying to show through. we have a few thin spots in the
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overcast to the west. cloud cover will continue to head east and thin out as the day progresses. right now around the region, it is cold most of the region. down into the low and mid 20s. that includes prince george's county, arlington, fairfax, montgomery county, and all of northern virginia, most of maryland. in fact, near 20 degrees farther north and west. frederick county, washington county, panhandle into allegheny county. here's how thing are looking, storm team 4 four-day forecast. afternoon high only in the 30s. briefly near 40 around the metro area. lots of sunshine, a clear night tonight and cold, down into the low to mid 20s again tomorrow morning. on friday afternoon, lots of sunshine, we should be a bit milder. maybe the low to mid 40s, but still cold. cold day gwen on saturdagain on, clouding up in the afternoon into the mid 40s. there's going to be a front coming in, does look like sbotd sunday with a lot of cloudiness.
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only a small chance of a few scattered flurries. and should not cause any problems for the skins' game. shower in the mid 40s for a brief time sunday, then during the game back to the low 40s. then 30s during the evening sunday. here's the storm team 4 seven-day outlook. into the first part of next week, another dry pattern setting up. we'll have sunshine monday, tuesday, and wednesday. highs in the 40s. and morning lows, 20s to near 30. i'm back in ten minutes with another update, a look at your first 4 traffic with alexis davies. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, tom. good morning, everyone. still looking at a very smooth ride as you travel the beltway this morning in virginia and maryland. no delays being reported. dealing with a water main break in bethesda. two southbound lanes of route 355 are closed between cumberland avenue and dorsett avenue. elsewhere on the roadways, 270 is looking good. no delays being reported in either direction. here's a live look. the southbound lanes are the taillights heading away from the
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screen as you travel into the district. elsewhere, the beltway in virginia. traveling on the inner loop, this is a live look at the robinson terminal. inner loop is on the right. you've got a seven-minute ride as you travel from the woodrow wilson bridge to van dorn street. back to you. >> thanks. a developing story on the ice now. nhl players have decided not to dissolve their union and will meet with league officials again today to try to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement. players and owners held a series of meetings yesterday. it lasted until 1:00 this morning, and a federal mediator has rejoined the talks to try to get a deal done before the january 11 deadline. >> not going to get into the details. there's been some progress, but we're still apart on a number of issues. as long as the process continues, i am hopeful. >> differences between us relate to the core economic issues which don't involve the share. >> if a deal can be reached before january 11, the league plans to hold a shortened
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48-game season that would begin january 19. it looks like the road will be rough for the wizards in 2013. washington fell to the indiana pacers last night 89-81. d.c. fell behind as much as 17 points in the first half but battled back to keep it close. jordan crawford led the team with 20 points. it is the wizards' 11th loss in the last 12 games. there is a bit of good news here, though. bradley beale was named the eastern conference rookie of the month for averaging 13 points a game in december. civic pride will be on the line when the redskins take on the seattle seahawks this sunday. d.c. mayor vincent gray has a gentlemen's bet going with seattle's mayor. the city with the winning team will fly its flag over city hall in the losing team's city for a day. sound familiar? well, gray made the same bet with st. louis' mayor when the nationals took on the cardinals in the playoffs in october. if you remember that, the wilson building looked like the gateway to the west one afternoon. we weren't happy about that. go, skins. robert griffin iii fielded
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dozens of questions from reporters every week. now he can say he knows what it's like to be on the other end of the microphone. >> coach? we -- we just wanted to know -- [ laughter ] >> you got me by surprise there. who is this guy? >> what did you do for new year's? >> tried to put a good game plan together. i wasn't sure how healthy you were so it was hard without you calling me. >> that -- of course that was rg3 catching head coach mike shanahan offguard during his news conference yesterday. as for his knee, griffin says he feels better every day. having fun with his head coach. >> nice to see shanahan laughing and smiling there. >> there you go. a lot to laugh about now. but we've got to focus on sunday's game. >> yeah. a little levity never hurts. almost 26 minutes after now. coming up this morning, a developing story out of northwest washington. police working to see if a body
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in stories making headlines, a senior taliban commander is among the dead after a pair of u.s. drone strikes in pakistan. an emotional day in newtown, connecticut, as students of the sandy hook elementary school return to class. police are trying to figure out if a body found is that was a missing man. we'll have much more throughout the morning. first, good morning you to, i'm eun yang. >> i'm aaron gilchrest. welcome back to "news4 today" on this thursday, january 3. a traffic alert for drivers heading into northwest d.c. you could see big delays along wisconsin avenue because of a water main break. news4 has more live from chevy chase on more. tony? >> reporter: hey, good morning. i hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is going to be one ugly commute for drivers headed into the district if you use 355 on into wisconsin. behind me you see a broken water
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main they are fixing now. if you look, if you see the green piece of fabric, that's a filter that they're using to pump out the water to get a look at the main, see what the damages are and how they're going to repair them. this broke about 6:00 p.m. yesterday. they got it shut off around 8:45. but the reason for the delay in the repairs, they had to wait for utility to come out, clear them on the gas lines. then you see they actually had an unusual amount of concrete to dig through before they could actually get down to the hole and get to some of the water and get it drained out. now i'm told it an eight-inch water main. they say no customers are affected. i got to tell you, they're telling me this isn't going to be fixed until well into the afternoon. folks coming down 355 on to wisconsin, you're only going to be able to get by on one lane. make sure you plan accordingly. we're going to continue to stay on this all morning. for now, we'll toss it to alexis. >> reporter: all right. thank you, tony. looking at the overview here, no delays on the beltway. like tony was saying, two
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southbound lanes are closed on route 355 between cumberland avenue and dorsett avenue. going to be there for a while. give yourself a little extra time as you head out this morning. taking a live look at the beltway at connecticut satisfy, more volume but no delays being reported. tramping elsewhere, 95 northbound in virginia, no delays reported there, as well. things are traveling at speed as you head up to the beltway and further north. looking at 55 miles per hour. here's a live look at 395 at seminary road. not seeing delays there. then again at the 14th street bridge, you've got about a 12-minute drive time from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. taking a look at transit, nothing -- no delays on the trains this morning. aaron, eun? >> thank you. 5:31. it is a cold morning, some places waking up in the 20s. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein here with the forecast. good morning. yes, it is stone cold throughout most of the region. we are down into the 20s, even teens out of the mountains now. a lot of cloudiness over the region. cloud cover, though, continuing to move to the east. will give us increasing sunshine this afternoon.
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all these areas in lavender are down into the teens much of western maryland, west virginia, into the mid teens. elkins now just 15 degrees. pittsburgh only ten degrees. closer to washington, reagan national at 30. and the nearby suburbs around the metro area, we're in the low to mid 20s. that includes arlington, fairfax, prince george's, and montgomery counties. most of northern virginia, much of southern maryland, too, charles, calvert, st. mary's, 20s to 30s right on the bay waters. here's how we're looking hour by hour, cold morning. we'll stay in the 20s through 6:00, 7:00. by noontime, mid 30s. lots of sun from noon all the way through the afternoon with highs reaching briefly near 40 early to mid-afternoon. i'm back in ten minutes with another hometown forecast. aaron? >> thank you, tom. 5:32. we're following a developing story. the search for a man who vanished in adams-morgan might have come to a tragic end. police found a man's body late last night on biltmore street just a block from where michael
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poe was last seen on new year's eve. news4's megan mcgrath is live on the scene now with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it's important to say that police have not yet released the name of the person who was found dead on biltmore street. they are certainly looking into the possibility that it could be 23-year-old michael poe of poolesville. now the body was found at the bottom of a light shaft at an apartment building on biltmore. there's a rooftop patted yo and neighbors say that people were celebrating on the roof on new year's eve. michael poe was last seen on new year's. he had gone to adams-morgan with a group of 20 friends. he parted ways around 12:30 with his friends at shenanigans bar. he did talk to one of his friends by cell phone ad recent 2:30 in the morning. that was the last that anyone heard from him. friends and family handed out flyers with his picture yesterday in the adams-morgan neighborhood, looking for information, anyone who may have seen him. the apartment building is about a block from the bar where poe
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was last seen. again, no identification or name has been released with respect to the body found on biltmore street. the investigation still ongoing. we are expecting police to return to the area to take a closer look and continue to collect evidence once the sun comes up this morningment reporting live in adams-morgan, megan mcgrath, back to you. >> thank you. today a virginia death row inmate expected to walk out of prison a free man. justin wolfe is scheduled to be released by 5:00 this evening. he was sentenced to death for the 2001 murder of drug dealer daniel petroli in prince william county. prosecutors say he hired owen barber to kill him and he testified against wolfe in exchange for a lighter sentence. in july a judge throughout wolfe's conviction saying barber lied. wolfe's parents say they are grateful for a second chance for their son. >> we're so relieved but still concerned over the next 24 hours. >> a federal appeals court could
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still intervene to stop the release. in the day ahead, lawmakers get back to work as the 113th congress begins. here's a live look at capitol hill. swearing-in ceremonies will begin. shortly after lawmakers gather the house will vote on a speaker for the new two-year session. john boehner is expected to be re-elected to the position despite criticism from his own party party during the fiscal cliff negotiations. and d.c.'s delegate to congress will fight for her right to vote on the house floor as the new session opens. the draft rules for the 113th congress do not allow delegate eleanor holmes norton to vote in the committee of the whole which considers changes to legislation. that goes against the ruling of a judge and limits norton to only voting in committees on which she sits. today she will file a motion to force the house to examine the constitutionality of those rules. the fiscal cliff teal deal passed this week included a gift for local commuters. a provision raises the federal
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benefit to take public transportation to $240 a month. most federal workers and some contract employees are eligible for that incentive. the benefit of just $125 a month in 2012 and was blamed for reduced ridership on metro and vre. the provision is also retroactive meaning federal workers may be able to recoup some of the extra costs they paid for public transit last year. virginia lieutenant governor bill bolling may not be giving up hope of becoming the commonwealth's next governor. the "washington post" is reporting that the republican is considering a run as an independent. he says he's been polling voters and meeting with business leaders to help him make a decision. bolling suspended his campaign for the gop nomination in november. that makes attorney general ken cuccinelli the presumptive republican nominee. it is now 5:36. 32 degrees. still to come, waiting to return home. the red tape that is keeping a virginia woman overseas. plus, the impact a court ruling will have on people who post reviews on web sites like
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yelp. bundle up as you head out.
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this morning sydney harbor look more like a huge bathtub
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thanks this giant rubber ducky. i guess i can't tall a ducky, it's a duck. >> it's the one. >> it is one duck, 50-feet high. one of several massive ducks designed by a dutch artist for the city's annual summer festival. it's summer there now. the artist believes the duck is an eye opener that brings people together, and the duck will stay in the harbor until january 23. it's a talker. and i guess if everyone's gathering to look at what the heck that thing is, it brings people together. >> absolutely. you can tell them quickly -- did they open the bridge for it to go through? got a big head. >> i'm going to say it, he's really cute. >> he is. he makes bathtime lots of fun, too, in case you were wondering. >> i know that song. coming up on 5:41, we'll look outside over the capitol, the capitol dome in the distance. dealt with clouds yesterday. let's see what we can expect this morning. tom kierein's here. cloudiness now, but it is cold. under the clouds, temperatures are down into the 20s in the nearby suburbs including montgomery, arlington, fairfax,
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prince george's counties, most of southern maryland, away from the waters, down into the mid 20s. right on the waters near the freezing mark. and farther west, across northern virginia and into west virginia, most locations just in the low 20s, even a few spots western maryland, west virginia teens. great falls, virginia, in fairfax county, hometown forecast there by 7:00 a.m., upper 20s. by the noon hour into the mid 30s with sunshine breaking out. a mostly sunny afternoon. here's the forecast for the region. we'll have temperatures into the 30s to near 40 by early to mid-afternoon with lots of sunshine and a light wind. i'm back in ten minutes with your seven-day forecast, a look at traffic now with alexis davies in for danella. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we're still looking at some good travel roadways here this morning as you're traveling on the beltway. no major delays being reported in montgomery county or prince george's county or virginia. taking a look, still dealing with that water main break in bethesda, two southbound lanes closed on route 355 between cumberland avenue and dorsett
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avenue. two southbound lanes closed. elsewhere on the roadways, reports of an accident in fairfax there on route 50. aaron, eun? >> thank you. it is 5:42 now. a day to try and move forward. just ahead, live in connecticut where the children of shook elementary are preparing to go back to class. plus, why a d.c. police officer is blowing the whi
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15 before the hour now. survivors of the sandy hook elementary school shooting returned to class today. students and staff will hold classes at a nearby middle school. despite the new building, many things inside may feel familiar. nbc's jay gray is live near newtown, connecticut, in monroe with more. >> reporter: good morning, aaron. that familiarity that you talk about is part of the plan to
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integrate the kids back to school. the new school is about seven miles away from sandy hook elementary school here in monroe. was an empty elementary school that crews for the past three weeks have been working to refurbish. just one of so many changes here again, they expect to start class around 9:00 this morning. a later start. it won't be a regular schoolday for these children. the lesson plan not all that important as you might imagine. the structure and getting back to some form of being together in the classroom and trying to work through some sort of routine is exactly what they're going to be working on for at least half a day. then the parents will come back and be part of what will be an open house type of situation where they can discuss exactly what's going on and how the process is going to work. there was an open house
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yesterday, as well, for families just to get familiar with the new facility here. there will also be counselors on hand throughout the day and throughout the foreseeable future to talk with families that feel they need help. >> does it seem as though most families also want their children to start school again today? are you getting an indication that folks may not show up. >> reporter: no, i think they absolutely want these kids to get back together. i think they think that's important for them to move forward. i think i a lot of the family are also apprehensive. they don't know how this will work, and they're feeling like it's going to be difficult and maybe they'll take time, do a half day today or for the next week, trying to ease into the routine. again, there's no playbook, no way to detail how it's going to play out.
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they're going to go today, see what happens, and move from there. >> thank you, jay. maryland governor martin o'malley will use a panel's report as a guide for his new gun-control package. the task force released its report yesterday. recommends giving police authority to take weapons from mentally ill people who make specific threats. they could be blocked from buying a gun. the panel said that health care professionals should be required to appropriate threats to law enforcement. an immigration battle over a visa is keeping a virginia man from his newlywed wife. adam ross and his wife got married three weeks ago. after the wedding, apena's mother got terminally ill and had to return to thailand before finishing the process. now she cannot return to herndon. ross says immigration officials could be more understanding. >> i haven't seen any humanity from any of these people that they really can't imagine themselves in my position.
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they're just a result of very, very bad bureaucracy. >> ross says his elected officials have tried to help but so far, no luck. the virginia supreme court reversed a judge's ruling on negative online have views. yesterday the highest court threw out the injunction issued in fairfax county last month. deetz development is suing jane preresses over comments she put on yelp and angie's list. she said the contractor stole items and did subpar work. the owner says the statements are false. this morning, police arrest robbers who forced a u.p.s. driver to the floor of his truck at gunpoint. the attack happened yesterday at alabama avenue and ridge road. the men stole several packages from the truck. they were last seen driving off in a white cargo van. the driver was not hurt. and four men are wanted for question being a stabbing and assault on a metro bus. photos are from early new year's
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morning. one of the men got into an argument with two women on the 93 bus. police say that he stabbed one woman and beat the other. the bus was headed toward congress heights. the men got off at martin luther king avenue. both women are expected to be okay. vultures causing problems in leesburg, virginia. take a look here. nearly 200 of the birds have set up nests around mayfair drive and plaza street in the northeast part of the town. police say the waste that the birds leave behind is a health risk. the birds can also damage buildings. starting next week, wildlife experts will try to move the vultures by setting off fireworks using lasers and noisemaker, as well. the daily operations will begin at 4:00 p.m. and last an hour. 5:50. the chesapeake bay appears to be on the mend. the chesapeake bay foundation says the bay's health is improving, giving it a grade of 32 out of 100. in the latest report, it may sound dismal but is a slight improvement from the grade it received in 2010. the chesapeake received a grade
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of just 23 in the early '80s. this report comes after maryland and virginia announced their identity thefter populations are rebound -- their oyster populations are rebounding. still work to get the chesapeake up to where it should be. >> absolutely. 5:51. bitter cold out there. seems like it wasn't that long ago we were talking about it being warmer than you might expect. now here we are. >> it has been unusually cold the last couple of days. we'll stay this way into the first part of the weekend. and this dry, cold pattern continues for the next several days. unlike 2012 which ended up the warmest year on record. these are now the final statistics, the climatologist did the final numbers, crunching yesterday. and 3.3 degrees above average at reagan national airport. that's the warmest on record there. they've been keeping records since way back to 1871. 2012 was also the warmest year on record at dulles airport. a drier than average year, 7. -- 7.3 inches drier than norm a.
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breaks in the clouds to the west. we'll have the drier air continue to push in aloft and bringing increasing sunshine through the morning. now off to the west, only in the teens. much of western maryland and much of west virginia. east of the shenandoah valley, it's generally in the 20s. much of the shenandoah valley only round 20 degrees as is panhandle of west virginia. the nearby suburbs around washington in montgomery county. low to mid 20s. mid to upper 20s in prince george's county. arlington and fairfax. western fairfax, much of northern virginia, though, in the upper 20s. but shenandoah valley west only 20 to near teens this morning. 7:00 a.m., still a lot of cloudine cloudiness. temperatures still in the 20s. and as we get to the noon hour, though, for your lunch hour, lots of sunshine. temperatures should be into the mid 30s by then. then briefly near 40 this afternoon. here's the storm team 4 four-day forecast. tomorrow, another cold morning, in the 20s and sunny afternoon. high mid 40s. more of the same on saturday, although more clouds around. then sunday, a lot of clouds but good weather for the skins'
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game. maybe scattered flurries. highs reaching mid 40s or so. cold, dry pattern into midweek next week. alexis davies in for danella with first 4 traffic. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we are seeing more volume building on the roadways, on the beltway. no major delays to speak of on the beltway. we have that water main break still dealing with in bethesda. two southbound lanes closed on route 3 5 between cumberland and dorsett avenue. here's a live look now as crews areotted scene trying to repair that. it's going to be there for a while. give yourself extra time. 95 an accident in the hov lane, blocking a left lane. here's the springfield interchange. no delays being -- looking at there yet. and traveling on 66 at gallows, looking good there, as well. >> thank you. it is 5:53. commuters will finally be able to use elevator at the bethesda metro station this morning. new elevators are up and running after being out of service for seven months. there's been frustration among the riders at the station since elevator outages have often coincided with escalators not
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working. construction to replace the station's three escalators is set for early 2014. there is new controversy surrounding speed cameras in the district. d.c. police sergeant mark robinson recently got two speed camera tickets while rolling through the 3rd street tunnel in his personal car. the 22-year veteran of the force says the speed dplarm that tunnel is not accurate. he says the trarm still has the normal speed limit of 45 miles per hour. the posted speed limit, though, dropped to 40 miles per hour because of construction. >> you have to enforce the posted speed. and it has to be accurate. >> robinson took this case to the dmv which agreed that there were discrepancies with the ticket and they should be tossed out. no word on what will happen to thousands of other similar tickets. starbucks is trying to clean up its act this morning by getting its customers to change the way they get their cup of coffee. cnbc has more on that and more. good morning. good morning. that's right.
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starbucks wants you to reduce, reuse, and recycle. the coffee chain is rolling out $1 reusable plastic cups in the u.s. and canada today. the company also gives customers a ten-cent discount when they bring in reusable cups for a refill. now it hopes the new cups which resembles its white paper cups will murj people to increase that habit. in 2008 starbucks said it wanted to serve 25% of all drinks in reusable cups by 2015. meanwhile, bank of america is ramping up lending to consumers and companies after two years of focusing on cost-cutting and strengthening its balance sheet. the ceo, brian moynihan, tells the financial times b of a should surpass jpmorgan in direct mortgage lending in the next six months. he's directed bankers to be aggressive to lending to businesses. that could mean competitive loan rates.
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>> thank you. if you don't gettal jazeera in your home, there's a good chance you will soon. the arab channel bought al gore's current tv. it plan to launch it as al jazeera america. the channel upon reach 40 million american homes. al jazeera plans to open five to ten more bureaus in the u.s. it already has five here. most of its content will focus on american news. the u.s. is officially a wired society. apparently there are more internet-connected devices than people in this country. according to the research firm npd group, there are 425 million internet-connected gadgets in u.s. homes. that's compared to only 311.5 million people. the connected home report says the trend is fueled by devices like gaming consoles like this kid has, also blu-ray players which add internet connectivity directly to your television. >> we'll be worried once they start taking over. >> we will. now that the holidays are over, we're learning about unique proposals that happened
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over the past few weeks including a huge redskin fan who even worked the burgundy and gold into his game plan. [ applause ] [ cheers ] >> oh, my god! >> i love the reaction. travis functionhowser proposed to his girlfriend on new year's eve with a redskins jerseyy that said "marry me" on the back. the surprise proposal came during a gift exchange with a dozen friends, she said yes. awesome. congratulations. >> that reaction is priceless, too. >> starting off their lives in the right way, a redskins jersey. >> a winner. absolutely. >> there you go. it is 5:57 now. we're keeping an eye on a developing story in the chevy chase area. a water main break blocking part of wisconsin avenue. a live report coming your way in just a couple of minutes. plus, weather & traffic on the 1s. [ stefan ] with a cold or flu, nighttime nasal congestion
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