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roads? a new accident to start this morning. take a look here, we have a crash to talk about outbound south dakota avenue at bladensburg road. this could be around for some time, it's been there an hour so far. a wider look of things, we are looking good in and out of town. no major problems there, 66 and 95 in virginia, nice and green and slowing right now. we'll take a look up north here at 95 in maryland. bw parkway looking quite good right now. the beltway at maryland route 1 looking good as well. 270 is moving right along. again, reminder about the latest bladensburg accident. you want to take south dakota avenue to get around that crash. it will be there for quite some time. 4:30 now. breaking news in ferguson, missouri, parts of the town set on fire overnight after a grand jury chose not to indict an officer who shot unarmed black teenager michael brown. >> there have been reports of hundreds of gunshots and looting. police say despite the violence,
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no lives have been lost. nbc's jennifer bjorklund is live with the latest. >> reporter: here a few blocks from where michael brown was killed, chaos overnight after word there is no indictment against police officer darren wilson. businesses torched, a police car ablaze, looting and violence met with tear gas punctuated by automatic gunfire. >> i know there's at least a dozen buildings that have been set on fire. most of those are total losses. and i can tell you that i personally heard about 150 shots fired. >> reporter: outcry from a community angry over the grand jury's decision not to indict officer darren wilson in the shooting of unarmed teenager michael brown. st. louis county prosecutor robert mcculla stressing the panelist of nine whites and
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three blacks are the only ones who have examined all the evidence. >> they met on 25 separate days in the last three months, heard more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses. >> reporter: witnesses and evidence he says indicate brown scuffled with officer wilson as wilson tried to get out of his patrol car. his gold unholstered, discharged twice. among the documents released, the pictures of wilson's injuries after the shooting. president obama spoke from the white house after the announcement. >> to those in ferguson, there are ways of channeling your concern constructively and there are ways of channeling your concerns destructively. michael brown's parents understand what it means to be constructive. the vast majority of people protesters, they understand it as well. >> reporter: but the others swarmed the streets torching buildings, destroying businesses. >> our community is about to
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take responsibility for what happened tonight, for what happened tonight as far as tearing the our community apart. >> reporter: dealing another heavy blow to a community battered by three months of turmoil. the brown family statement asked not just for peaceful protests but also expressed their hope to campaign for a body camera on every police officer that patrols the streets nationwide. live in ferguson, missouri, jennifer bjorklund, back to you. take a look at the cover of "the st. louis post-dispatch." it says no charges for wilson, pockets of rioting, looting erupting. >> and planes are being re-routed from the st. louis airport a couple miles from ferguson. police say outbound flights are still flying. some reports say people are shooting guns into the sky. in a town, ferguson schools are closed. a decision the administrators
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made before the decision came out last night. and angie goff is live at the live desk with more. >> take a look at these photos of officer wilson showing a slightly bruised face and neck that were taken at the hospital after the shooting. according to the records, he was in the hospital for about two hours. these jurors heard more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 different witnesses. some of the things that standout, wilson said as he tried to open his cruiser door, brown slammed it back shut and then said he pushed brown with that door trying to reopen it. and that's when brown hit him in the face. wilson had never fired his gun on duty before the shooting. he ended up firing it a dozen times. brown was running through the shots. also, the medical examiner never took photographs at the scene and we learned that through the documents that was not done because the camera battery had
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died. we continue to follow the unfolding situation to bring you the very latest. over to you. and officer willson thanked his supporters after the grand jury decision not to indict him issuing a statement through his lawyer that is read in part, quote, officer wilson followed his training and followed the law. we recognize that many people will want to second-guess the grand jury's decision. we would encourage anyone who wants to express an opinion to do so in a respectful and peaceful manner." right now we are getting new video from protests around the country overnight. we'll have more on that part of the story coming up in ten minutes. and this story is still breaking. there are going to be a lot of updates throughout the day. get push alerts with all the latest developments on the nbc washington app. 4:35 is your time right now. today the governing board at the university of virginia will meet to discuss how its responding to the reports of sexual assault on campus. right now all fraternity activities are suspended after the rolling stone article that
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graphically described a rape at a frat house. all college policies in virginia could soon be changing. according to "the richmond times dispatch," the general asemisem can cold this as a reasonenable defense. and the denver medical center says the airline called to check on a passenger because of the person's recent travel history. the person remained on the plane while others walked away. a medical team determined the passenger did not have symptoms of the virus and that person was released. carrying on one of marion barry's tradition. the event in the hours ahead aimed to make sure everyone has a meal this thanksgiving. also, no more hidden surprises. the changes that will make it easier to track the calories in
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meal that is you eat away from home. and we are tracking a winter storm watch and the impact it could have on your week. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein has more on what to expect and your commuter forecast at 4:41. of shaving stuff. and thankfully, being able to find backups.
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lifeand thankfully, of shaving stuff. being able to find backups. this morning all services are back to normal at bw airport following a power outage. overnight we called the airport and everything is now running on time. an underground electrical cable
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forced a lot of cancelations and delays yesterday. and a new bill could be passed to ban e-cigarettes from public places and ban minors from using them. they are also looking into changing the packaging for the electronic cigarettes as well. the hearing will be january 22nd. soon you'll know how many calories are in the movie theater popcorn or vending machine snack before you decide to buy it. the fda will announce new food labeling rules today to require all chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to provide calorie information on the menu. many parts of our area already require this but the fda is taking it a step further. prepared foods at supermarkets need to have calorie information count as well and the vending machine snacks will also need to
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have the calories prominently displayed. companies have until this time next year to make the changes. so we know the calorie counts is on the packaging but in the vending machine you have to make that number bigger before you make your selection. >> the idea is knowledge is power. people can make better choices if they count calories. >> some things you don't want to know. >> right? 4:41 is the time as we take a look outside. another mild start to your day. not quite as warm as yesterday, but not complaining, tom kierein. >> yeah, it got to the mid-70s yesterday. a lot of cloudiness held the warmth in. up and down the atlantic seaboard, no travel problems today. have u.s. some light rain now falling in southeastern virginia and along the carolina coast down into florida. and for our morning commute here, we'll have dry roads, cloudy skies, the mid-50s through the morning. getting near 60 by early afternoon. then back down to the upper 50s for the afternoon commute and dry roads.
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this little sunshine is in and out during the afternoon. a look at storm team 4's snowfall forecast for tomorrow. the next weather and traffic is on the 1s at 4:51. we have construction around, what's going on with that, melissa? we have construction around until probably 5:00 this morning as you typically do, but this is the inner loop and outer loop near university boulevard with lanes closed on both sides of the beltway. that's fun one in the morning. and georgia avenue southbound at randolph, two right lanes are blocked there. and outbound south dakota at bladensburg, the alternate is there. we'll have more coming up in ten minutes. we are working to keep you safe and secure as you do your holiday shopping. the steps being taken on to make sure criminals don't prey on you and your gifts while riding metro. and backing news of protesters expressing outrage overnight over the decision not to bring charges against the ferguson police officer for the death of michael brown. we'll show you the actions of
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protesters here in washington and in cities across the country. your time now is 4:43. ♪ [instrumental music] ♪
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your time is 4:45. we are monitoring breaking news from ferguson, missouri, right now. take a look at the live pictures of buildings in the city smoldering this morning after a chaotic night. this is a live look at an advanced auto parts store in ferguson. you can see the huge flames and smoke billowing into the sky. this is one of the dozens of buildings burning into the sky. jay gray said they have seen 25 fires and there could be more. riots erupted after officer darren wilson was not indicted
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after shooting and killing unarmed teenager michael brown in august. gunfire was heard throughout the city. so far no deaths have been reported. right now demonstrations are being held in cities across america protesting the grand jury's decision not to indict officer wilson in the shooting death of michael brown. angie goff has been following overnight developments from the live desk. >> aaron, you mentioned the protests continue to be widespread from new york to california and in between. we'll take you to chicago where hundreds marched downtown chanting "whose streets? our streets!" they continue to shout outside police headquarters right now. and in new york city, 1,000 people marched from union square to upper manhattan chanting "no justice no peace." and take a look at a protester who sprayed fake blood on the nypd commissioner bill bratton walking through times square. out in oakland, california, dozens surrounding police and blocking off traffic on a major interstate but no arrests were
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made there. we are going to continue to follow the unrest and bring you the very latest. eun? >> angie goff, thank you. right here in washington, news4's jackie benson watched hundreds of protesters arrive at the white house. dozens of secret service officers and d.c. police stepped back as a rally crowded lafayette park and pennsylvania avenue a. the protesters said they were committed to peaceful demonstration. >> we had some police officers follow us down seventh street, but we kept telling them this was a peaceful protest and insisted it was peaceful. >> d.c. mayor elect muriel bowser said, as washingtonians we'll stand with michael brown's family and their work to find peaceful solutions working tirelessly for change and learning to better understand one another.
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many of the protesters started on u street. police shut that road down and then the demonstrators marched a mile and a half shouting "hands up don't shoot." a lot of people were on their way to the white house as well. shortly after the grand jury decision, the naacp said it will embark on a 120-mile journey for justice starting this saturday. demonstrators will walk from ferguson, missouri, to the governor's mansion in jefferson city. they are demanding new leadership of the ferguson police department. they also want changes in the police culture in ferguson and across the country. that march is expected to take seven days. and you can stay on top of all the developments from ferguson with our nbc washington app. we've also posted video of the protests in our area on nbc washington's facebook page. 4:48. you'll have several opportunities to pay your final respects to former d.c. mayor marion barry. starting today, you can sign a book of condolences at the wilson building in downtown
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washington. you can stop by the lobby today, tomorrow and friday during business hours. next tuesday barry's body will lie in repose at the wilson building. his funeral will happen at the washington convention center. no date has been set. barry died early sunday morning from heart problems. barry's annual award of a turkey giveaway will go on as planned today. it is a thanksgiving tradition for many families. megan mcgrath is live at the union temple baptist church in southeast washington with more. megan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. the annual turkey giveaway was an event very important to marion barry. when he died early sunday morning, his staff was very quick to spread the word that the turkey giveaway would happen this year. that there was going to be a schedule, in fact, in the days prior to marion barry's death, he was planning and getting ready for this event. take a look at the tweet his staff put out. they said, spread the word, everyone. mayor barry's staff will distribute 3,000 turkeys and
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40,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to ward 8 residents. and that's exactly what is going to be happening later on here this morning. the video you're seeing here, this is from the giveaway last year. there is always a big crowd and many families in ward 8 depend upon this event every single year to have a thanksgiving dinner. and we are expecting perhaps an even larger crowd than usual here. and his staff has been tweeting out to show support by wearing t-shirts and wearing the color green here today. so we are expecting to see that. and right now all is quiet here at union temple baptist church, but we are expecting to start to see people in the coming hours. and we are expecting a very large crowd here today. reporting live in southeast, megan mcgrath, news4. back to you. >> thank you. right now flooding fears are starting to ease a bit this morning in the buffalo, new york, area. rivers and streams continue to move which is crucial to prevent them from overflowing their
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banks. there is still a chance for problems from lowing the snowfall there. and american, delta, united all waiving a change fee if you were supposed to fly out tomorrow. the airlines say you can change your flight to thursday or friday for no fee. i am sure some people are trying to leave today if you can slip out early. >> it's always great to get an early start. it's hard to believe we broke a record yesterday, tom. >> 74 degrees tied the record for november 24th. and now we're talking snow. yes, we have a large area under a winter storm watch. all the counties in blue to our west, including loudoun county, frederick county, points west, the panhandle of west virginia, shenandoah valley. areas east will just have the
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rain changing to wet snow. so some of the roads are wet and slushy around the metro area. any accumulation is on the grassy areas. however, to our west that is where it is going to be mostly all snow accumulations likely. shenandoah valley and many roads will be slippery, the untreated surfaces in that winter storm watch will be slick. temperatures in the mid-50s throughout much of the region. near 60 in the southern suburbs and around the bay through central virginia where we are seeing the low to mid-60s holding the warmth from yesterday. here's the timing of the rain moving in after midnight tonight. all the area in green is rain. the area here in the pink is a mix of rain and snow. and to the west there, that is all snow. that is by 8:00 tomorrow morning. but still raining here. then by around noontime, we'll have a mix with some wet snow here. and then to our north and west, it's just all snow for the shenandoah valley with a mix of rain and snow in the metro area and quickly ending by 5:00 p.m.
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tomorrow afternoon. and leading in its wake, maybe one to three inches. mainly grassy areas in the metro area and the darker blue zone, three to six inches. the higher amounts in the higher elevations over 2,000 feet along the blue ridge and in south mountain. what to wear today? you need a light jacket as we stay in the 50s to near 60 degrees for the rest of the day with highs hovering near 60. it's going to feel fairly cool compared to yesterday. then tomorrow with that rain changing to snow, we'll see the 40s in the afternoon. low 40s and still partly sunny. rather cold on friday with a high near 40. the upper 40s on saturday and sunday into the 50s as well as monday and partly cloudy each day. melissa, we have a crash to talk about on this early tuesday. yes, still talking about the crash after talking to police and it's still there after happening a couple hours ago. outbound south dakota avenue at bladensburg road is shut down because of the tractor-trailer crash. your alternate is eastern avenue this morning to try to get around that.
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also some construction still in the way here on 395 northbound between the beltway and seminary with the right lane blocked for another ten minutes. we'll let you know if that's still sticking around. a wider look at things overall, no major problems inner loop and outer loop both looking good with construction happening near the inner loop, but that's normal for this time of the day. prince george's county looking good. 66 at sudley road, no problems there. more construction coming up in ten minutes. thank you, melissa. taking the pain out of breast cancer exams. the new health break through that could lead to a pain-free alternative to the current mammograms. first, back in play. the move by d.c. lawmakers in the hours ahead that could push a new soccer stadium project forward. plus, keeping you safe on metro as you make your way home after doing some holiday shopping. the steps being taken to make sure you do not become a crime sure you do not become a crime
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4:57. we are monitoring breaking news from ferguson, missouri, this morning. buildings in the city are in flames or smoldering this morning after a chaotic night. you take a look here and this is a live look at the advanced auto parts store in ferguson, missouri. you can see the ladder trucks and firefighters trying to douse the flames with water at this early hour. we're getting reports of up to 25 fires having burned in that town overnight. and riots erupted after the grand just decided not to indict
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dollar rep wilson. much more on the developments while you were sleeping in just minutes. we are hearing from st. louis police this is worse than anything they saw in august. the police department, michael brown's family, politicians, are pleaing for peaceful demonstrations but this scene quickly escalated after the decision was announced. >> 29 people arrested in the overnight hours there. no major injuries reported at this point, but a lot of property damage. we saw a live picture of looting happening late last night. of course, we'll stay on top of this with more details in a few minutes. our affiliate in charlottesville obtained a police warrant how jesse mathews was linked to another case. morgan harrington disappeared five years ago and investigators found a wooden tip from a cigar butt in matthew's wallet with dna that was a match to the dna on harrington's shirt. and they matched a 2005 rape
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case where mathews was already charged. this morning police are looking for a driver who hit a man running in loudoun county and took off. that hit-and-run happened yesterday morning near great fal falls forest drive. the runner is expected to be okay. police are looking for a white four-door sedan with possible damage to the passenger front door. if you have any information, call the loudoun county sheriff's office. we're helping you to stay safe and secure this holiday shopping season. tyson's corner is adding extra security and service. this is the first time you can take metro's silver line to tyson's. fairfax police say they are glad riders already feel safe taking bags on metro. they are also adding undercover and uniformed officers out this shopping season. passengers tell us they are always aware of their surroundings. >> some people get on and off,
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and some people move faster than others, but other than that, no, not reallily. >> tysons corner says it will deliver your bags to your house this year if you live within a ten-mile radius. the same day delivery will set you back $5. today the d.c. council will vote on a new proposal to change the plans for a soccer stadium in southwest d.c. muriel bowser pitched the plan last week to remove the land swap from the deal. "the washington post" says if the council votes for the deal it could use imminent domain to acquire the land instead. angry protesters riot in the streets after a decision not to bring charges against the police officer for the death of michael brown. but first, we're


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