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35 to washington. 57 by noon with sunshine and high clouds. even this afternoon 61 by 5:00 with highs today in the low to mid-60s. it is going to be a very pleasant november day. high clouds are streaming in a cross the region. the high thin ones give us this pretty sunrise and sunset. just get that pretty sky up there. little fog, cambridge, let's step out a moment. visibility one-half mile. that is about the worst of it. temperatures down to 36 in cumberland, 4 petersburg, and stanton. 43 at andrews air force base. let's go over to monika santani. >> reporter: we are just getting word of an accident in bowie. i'll get to that in just a minute. here's what it looks like on the beltway and on the north side as well. no problems to report traveling through the silver spring area. let's look at university
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boulevard and the beltway. looking good. all the cones were moved to the side from the overnight construction between 95 and silver spring. traffic moving at speed, this time over to the bw question and route 50. in the bowie area, that is just the initial report. i'll keep you posted on that. you are going to be okay. heading into northeast this morning. we'll look at the beltway just on the south side of town near route 4, pensacola pen avenue. here through austin hill you are fine. no problems coming in from southern maryland on route 4, 5, or 301. coming up in my next report virginia at 5:10. it was the result many court observers expected and it came very quickly. >> brittany norwood is now convicted of first degree murder in the lululemon case. it took an hour to come back with the guilty verdict.
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norwood's lawyers admitted early on their client killed her coworker, 30-year-old jayna murray. but they had hoped to spare norwood a life sentence. surae children is back at the scene of the crime with reaction to the verdict. >> reporter: good morning. it is eerie, coming back to the crime scene here at the lululemon store knowing now the details of the brutality. brittany norwood nothing less than a cold-blooded killer. quick decision. they had a choice between first degree and second degree murder. but they would knotted be swayed by anything less than the toughest verdict possible in maryland, first degree, premeditated murder. here's jayna murray's brother, hue, talking about the decision yesterday. >> today has been an unbelievably stressful day.
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and i actually wish that i never had to hear any of these words. but hearing them, that we got a first degree murder verdict, was very pleasing. >> hue murray emotional, choking back tears. the verdict paves the way now for brittany norwood to spend the rest of her life behind bars. back to you mike and andrea. sue rae, what have jurors said that convinced them of first degree murder? >> reporter: some of the convincing things they talked about was jayna murray suffered through all the blows, the 331 blows the medical examiner described and she lived through all of that. a painful, slow death.
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that is one of the reasons. we'll talk about some of the other reasons in the next half hour andrea. surae chinn reporting live in front of the lululemon store in bethesda. the man accused of killing his estranged wife and her 11-year-old son is back in maryland. curtis lopez was extradited from north carolina. officers say he murdered 51-year-old jane mcquain in her apartment last month and days later found the body of her son, william in a wooded area in clarksburg, maryland. he died of blunt force trauma to the head. lopez is expected to be charged in william's murder very soon. the end of life dispute we told you about yesterday morning did not happen. 56-year-old daniel sanger died before the hearing started. a heart attack in july left
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sanger severely brain damaged. last month his wife consented to having his feeding tube removed. but his brother and mother questioned the decision. sanger died just a few hours before a judge was to hear arguments from the two sides. the communications chairman in the lowdon county republican committee has resigned over a controversial halloween picture of the president. his resignation letter says the picture was in bad taste and if he had reflected a little longer he would have sent out a different photo. time for the latest your money report in the morning. >> jessica is here talking about the numbers on wall street. >> reporter: good morning. the g20 summit is happening today. the rest of the eu is trying to strong arm greece into doing what it is told. the federal reserve said the
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central bank will step in again should the system need another boost. bedau 11836, surged 178 points in trading yesterday. the nasdaq up 3 points and the s and -- 33 points and the s&p 500 up 1. g20 meetings are held in the south of france. a deal for greece has been put in jeopardy after the country's prime minister announced, in a surprise, that he would put the program to a vote. germany and france's leaders had a tough meeting with greece's leader last night. they said greece will not receive the latest installment of the bailout money until possibly december. here's encouraging economic news. most companies suspended their 401-k matches during the economic downturn have now restored them, according to business consultant towers watson. among the companies that did suspend matching funds the
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suspensions lasted for one full year. people are going to get a boost to their stack portfolio. what do you have for us in the the next half hour. >> you are going to want to step away from the bacon this morning if your budget is a little tight. >> not going to happen. giving you want something else before the bacon -- giving you want something else before the bacon. herm main cain finds someone to -- herman cain finds someone to blame. shutting down one of the nation's busiest shipping ports. if you thought the redskins stats couldn't be any worse, upon further review, they actually were. we'll be right back.
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it is 9 after 5:00 on this thursday morning. we have high clouds but a comfortable morning. as long as you have a jacket on if you are going to be outside. 50s and 40s, our day planner, in the 50s, 54 by 11:00. by 1:00, 60 degrees. mid-60s this afternoon, showers possible tonight. and hen some chillier weather heading toward the weekend. right now monika has an update with us. >> reporter: we are looking at the beltway in new carrollton. bowie at route 17 an accident cleared from the right side. watch out for residual delays as you come in on route 3. mike, back to you. thank you monika. making news at 5:10.
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the occupy wall street protesters in oakland, california shue shut down operations at a shipping port. five hour long protest was intended to highlight a day long general strike. the port demonstration was peaceful but there were clashes in other protests. one protester was actually hit by a car. as road, tree and power crews keep trying to clear away debris, authorities in connecticut are in the process of delivering food and water to dozens of towns where there is still no power five days after the weekend blizzard. hundreds of thousands of people remain without electricity. a third woman accusing republican presidential candidate herman cain of inappropriate sexual behavior. cain says his rival, rick perry is behind these stories. perry is pointing the finger at mitt romney and romney's campaign denies any leaking of information. the federal government may actually be losing money in a
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project to manufacture more currency. we'll explain what is going on with dollar coins, coming up at 5:56. another look inside an area historic building, still partially closed because of damage from the august earthquake. next at 5:14. howard has a few raindrops between now and the weekend. his full forecast is coming up. you are watching 9 news now. 3q you disgust me. prove it. enough's enough. d-con baits are specially formulated to kill in one feeding, guaranteed. d-con. get out.
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good morning. welcome back to 9news now. 5:14 thursday morning pre friday, friday eve. whatever up to call it the weekend is at hand. >> just a couple tonight and overnight early, early friday, especially south of washington. a dry weekend, a cooler weekend. yesterday we were 60 degrees here in town. low 60s today. probably be a few degrees warmer than that. next week when we have more nice weather headed this way let's get you started with the bus stop forecast. 30s and 40s high clouds, winds not too bad. a touch of fog over toward cambridge on the eastern shore. i want to remind you we are still a couple of hours plus from sunrise. 7:37. one more late sunrise tomorrow and then monday sunrise about
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6:40 standard time. this is the weekend. the batteries and the smoke detectors and weather radios. if you got them. 47 and you really should have a weather radio. 57 degrees, south winds at 7 miles per hour. nice sunshine high clouds, 61. clouds are going to thicken up. later tonight maybe a shower. 37 in laurel and college park. 38 in croftton to our east. reston great falls, sterling, leesburg. 36, feels like 44 though. wind at 3 miles per hour. cold air in the country is out west where they had the snow a couple of days ago in denver. 21 this morning. warmer temperatures up through parts of the mississippi and highway highway and tennessee
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valleys ahead of the storm system spinning right here. tonight the clouds thicken up. notice some showers trying to get to around result 50 in southern maryland, toward fredericksburg, we'll go into tomorrow morning, still a few showers, southern maryland, points south on the eastern shore. sun returns in the afternoon. that will set the stage for a dry, pleasant but chilly weekend around here. so the next three days we have temperatures in the mid-60s in
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spots today. chilly on saturday. 54. don't forget the clocks back saturday night, and then nice and mild monday, tuesday and wednesday. monika? >> i just checked all of the public transportation. everything is running on time. the beltway no problems to report, there was an accident on the outer loop of the beltway right near georgia avenue. just past georgia avenue. moved to the right shoulder. you should be okay. let's sook in to 270 and take a live look if you are planning to head southbound from frederick. all the way down past father hurly boulevard, where the lanes divide, traffic is still moving at a good clip right now. no problems to report if you are planning to head in from 66 or the dulles toll road. let's take a live look at the american legion again leaving bethesda, across the potomac
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river fine all along the west side of town. coming up you'll i'll update you in dc at 5:25. thank you monika. our background looks a little bit different behind the set. >> a little crowded, because it is full of food. if it could go up higher, it would be even higher. it is a reminder food drive 9 is underway. boy scouts in maryland and virginia this saturday will leave more than 800,000 bags at homes. a week later they will be back to collect the bags which we hope you will fill with nonperishable foods and other donations. you can learn more on our food drive 9 effort at the wusa website. okay. still ahead. the nationals beat a midnight deadline to ink a deal with one of their pitchers. you thought the redskins's loss last sunday couldn't get any worse, it did.
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welcome back to 9 news now we are following breaking news out of aspen hill, maryland. firefighters are battling a house fire, which injured two people. the call came in just before 4:00 this morning. >> the 4700 block of irish street, two victims were pulled out of the burning home. we have a crew on the scene collecting information right now. changing gears there is a little good news for the redskins faltering offense. >> but a review of last sunday's game adds more insult to injury about the redskins shutout loss. >> reporter: good morning, everybody. if being shutout and nine sacks wasn't bad enough for the redskins, they learned in fact they gave up ten sacks against
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buffalo. a review of the game tape showed a john beck running play was in fact a sack. that makes ten sacks. it is the most ever in one game for the skins. here's another number for you. zero. a big fat one. that is the number of wins john beck has. not just as a redskin but in his entire career. beck has played eight games since he was drafted in 2007. talk about a monkey on your back. as much as he would like a w, to get him off, he doesn't really dwell on that fact. >> i can't get overconcerned with the outcome before the start of the game. s i definitely want to win. good news for the redskins offense. tight end fred davis was back without his walking boot participating in some drills. he suffered a sprained ankle against the bills. he was still limited in access. davis is recovering from a
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hamstring injury, so he didn't practice. the caps were down a goal to the anaheim ducks tuesday. alex the captain was still sitting on the bench. obviously not very happy about the coach's decision. it was a bold, coaching move that paid off with a victory. and with the 12:01 deadline looming the nationals have reached a deal with pitcher wong. wong debuted posted with a 4-3 record. he is known for his dangerous sinker ball which got better as the season went on, making it be one of the toughest pitches for batters to hit. that is it for your morning sports. have a great thursday. the g20 summit gets underway amid new fears one country's debt crisis could trigger a new
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recession. don't panic when you see the salt and sand trucks on the road this morning. it is just a drill. >> reporter: a problem in an accident shuts down route 28. north of old centerville road. authorities are on the scene, directing traffic. area roadways coming up at 5:30. you are watching 9news now, we'll be right back. çñ
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good morning. welcome back to 9 news now. it is third morning. i'm andrea roane. i'm mike hydeck. here's monika santani, she will have traffic momentarily. boy we had a great day yesterday. >> it was fantastic.
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overnight tonight is when we are going to have that slight chance of a shower. early friday down south, it will pass to our south. the weekend a little bit chilly, especially on saturday. thursday morning or friday eve as we like to call it here on 9news now, temperatures in the mid-40s. 57 by noon, sunshine, high clouds, highs today low to mid-60s with a 5:00 p.m. temperature of 61. so today really about ankle and. average temperatures 63 and 45. high clouds that are moving in this morning should give us, when they are thin enough, a pretty nice sunrise around here. cambridge, four miles. we'll look toward cumberland. just notice your visibility down to one-half mile. isolated patches of fog. temperatures start at 36 in frederick in, 43 in andrews air
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force base. 43 with the fog in cumberland. monika? there is a serious accident prince william county police are on the scene right here on route 28 onbert street. 28 is blocked in both directions here. follow police directions to get around it. you can see this is south of i 66. 66 is fine. we are going to zoom in to the beltway. no problems to report here. let's go downtown, taking a look at all the bridges. 14th street bridge on i-395 you are going to be fine leaving the beltway in springfield up through this point at the potomac river. heading in on pennsylvania avenue into southeast again, very, very quiet. over to the west side of town at the american legion bridge traffic is moving well. i'll update you on traffic. making news now at 5:31. breaking news out of aspen,
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maryland. a house fire is in aspen hill, maryland. the call for help came in just before 4:00 this morning. >> this is a live shot of the scene in aspen hill in the 4400 block of irish street, rescuers pulled the two victims out of the burning home. the victim not as seriously injured is a man in his 60s and we'll bring you any information on this fire in aspen hill as soon as we get it. this morning president obama is meeting with his french and german counterparts before the g20 summit, which officially kicks off today. the economy is slated as a topic in the south of france. the greek minister has now called for a national vote on the bailout package already approved by the greek parliament. the greek people as i said are wise and capable of making the right decisions for the
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benefit of our country. >> the focus here is a european problem that requires a european solution. for which the europeans have the resources and capacity necessary. it is feared that if the greek people reject the bailout in next month's leverage dumb the economic collapse that have country could trigger a global recession. guilty of first degree murder. montgomery county jury took about an hour to return a verdict against brittany norwood in the lululemon case. the lawyers tried to convince the jurors the murder was not premeditated. surae chinn was live outside the store. surae, good morning. >> we talked with some of the jury members. they say what convinced them the most was jayna murray was alive during the 331 blows and that
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she suffered a slow and painful death. it didn't take long for the 12-member jury to come to their swift decision to convict brittany norwood of first degree murder. one juror said the suffering of a slow death and the fact jayna murray fought back, and there was the knife the final injury through her brain, but jayna had been alive through the other blows. >> we basically wanted to be thorough and make sure there was nothing that could cause reasonable doubt. we discussed possible scenarios and couldn't of any scenario where it wasn't premeditated. >> what made it premeditated was the number of injuries and the fact that they were sustained while she was still alive. >> and jury members said that norwood used a handful of weapons to savagely kill jayna
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murray, including a wrench, hammer and knife. they said that some of the other things that convinced them was jayna murray's mother, taking the stand. one juror sid that clinched the decision. she was so emotional talking about her daughter's lost life. >> thank you surae chinn, she is live outside the lululemon store. in a case of where the body has never been found the defendants brian gaither and johnny sweet are accused in the alleged kidnapping and killing of 18-year-old latisha frazier. frazier was expected of stealing money from a group of people. authorities say she was beaten, bound of tape and her body was disposed in a trash bin. however, her body has never
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been found. the committee is holding a work session on county executive ike leggett's county wide teen curfew. a couple of council members have proposed reinstating an antiloiterring law instead. in montgomery county expect to see salt and sand trucks roaming the street. no howard isn't calling for snow. they are conducting a snow drill from 10:00 until noon. other department and his agencies will be involved in responding to a 20-inch snowstorm that left 300,000 homes without power again. that is a drill and the worst case scenario you are safe today. 5:35. time for another your money reports. >> jessica doyle is back with the price of the state dinner or bacon breakfast. when you throw the bacon in the pan this morning.
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>> the bake cobb fat isn't the only thing that is sizzling. proof price of 34% for bacon over the last two years. beef prices are up by half that amount. the wall street journal reports even though people have heard about the economy, united states exports of beef and pork are on pace to set records around here. looking for a holiday job, stores expect to hire about the same number of people as last year. our partners at career builder report more than half plan to pay more money to those seasonal workers. here are the most popular areas for recruitment within the stores this holiday season. customer service 30% administrative or clerical support at 16%, delivery 15%, technology 12% and inventory control at 10%.
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we warned you new bank fees are on the way even though bank of america dropped plans for fees for debit card usage. now it will charge if you use your savings acounts. starting in december transactions include online transfers from savings accounts to other accounts as well as phone and debit card withdrawals. other banks had similar fees in place $9 a time. so be very careful if you are a td bank customer. >> they always find a way to get around it. thank you for telling us so we can pay attention to the things they are doing. watch those fees. watch them. >> making credit unions look a lot more appealing. all right thanks jess.
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coming up 5:38. another historic site, run by the national park service. concerned about earthquake damage. we are going to see how bad it is. first if you want to be the first to see this year's christmas tree lighting in person, you'll need to be in front of your computer in just a few hours. we'll be right back. [ speaking french ] [ speaking french ] movie buffs! this film is tres bien, but the interest rate on your checking account is le pew. interest on your checking? earn more with new high yield free checking at capital one bank. your interest rate will be five times the national average. five times the interest! and free atms at any bank.
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5:40. high, thin clouds out there but still can see some stars out here. northwest dc, a chilly morning. with jackets, maybe some gloves. as we look at the day planner, we'll have sunshine today. high clouds mixing in. a comfortable day, upper 50s by noon. low to mid-60s, with a 5:00 p.m. temperature at 61. right now let's go inside
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monika, timesaver traffic. we have been talking about this accident blocking northbound route 28 prince william county police are on the scene. you might want to go ahead and take old centerville road as your alternate route. i'll keep you posted on this and other virginia roadways in my next report. andrea, back to you. more than two months and we are still getting new footage on the earthquake damage. the people who run the arlington showed us why they had to close off large portions of the house. the house is the former home to confederate general robert e. lee. since the tremor shifted the home's back wallaby a quarter inch, the national parks service was already in the midst of rehabilitating it is home and now engineers will determine if the building's structural integrity was compromised. we are just over four hours away from the start of the ticket lottery from the 2011 national christmas tree
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lighting ceremony. it will take place thursday, december 1 right across from the white house. the online lottery lasts exactly four days. registration starts today at 10:00 a.m., closes at 95:00 monday morning. the website is the national illegal marijuana use is not increasing in wing state that legalized the drug for medical use. that story, coming up. smashing pumpkins isn't just fun. it is turning into a math and science exercise for a group of local students.
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welcome back to 9 news now. coming up on 5:46 this thursday morning. howard says maybe you don't
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need the umbrella today but don't be surprised if you see raindrops later on. that would be tonight into early tomorrow. north of town, i think you won't see rain maybe for a week or more at this point. i'm talking next thursday. that is going to be your next best chance of rain. chilly out there. 40s even 30s, there has been a touch of fog out toward cumberland last check, and sunset real late 7:30. 7:37. sun sets just after 6:0 0 tonight. high clouds, that would give us a pretty sunrise, hopefully a pretty sunset. south winds at 5 to 10. you want a nice afternoon this thursday, we are going to give you one with temperatures going into the low to mid-60s out there. 49 that is a warm spot also down in reidville. we have 30s.
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37 in culpepper. along with winchester. 34 in cumberland and hagerstown and reagan national. light winds and not much of a wind chill. high clouds it looks like it is overcast here. but these are high, thin clouds. the thicker clouds are out west here with all of this rain through the mississippi valley coming through illinois. a little bit of a wintry mix. that is the same storm that hit denver. that will be the case today and tonight as this system going to slide south of us. notice showers just getting into areas from dc and points south, especially into southern maryland, quantico, those areas south of dc, going to richmond or southern virginia as we head into friday morning. this thing will kick out of here by afternoon and evening. we return sunny friday
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afternoon. the chilly northeast winds will be with us for the next couple of days. today 64. high clouds, isolated showers south of dc. early friday the sun returns tomorrow. winds tomorrow will be out of the north at 10 to 20 miles per hour. saturday chilly 54. sunday looks good, 58. by the way this weekend the clock's back. we are 62 monday and tuesday and wednesday. still looking good. sunshine and highs in the mid-60s. monika santani, tell me something good about the morning commute. i wish i could. unfortunately, the big story is the accident. good morning, everybody. if you are planning to head northbound on route 28 atbert street, watch out for the accident north of old centerville road. all lanes are blocked there. you'll have to follow police directions to get around it. inbound you basically got slow
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traffic in centerville at the fairfax county question. back to the maps this time northbound 95. a live look in springfield. overall delays prince william parkway and you are okay headed for the beltway and up to 35. coming up in my next report i'll update you on the accident. andrea? making news now at 5:49. closing arguments begin later today in the trial of michael jackson's physician. dr. conrad murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges. murray's lawyer say jackson self administered the overdose. occupy protesters are reacting to the violence in the occupy oakland demonstration. in portland, oregon protesters march to the streets bringing traffic to a standstill.
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doctors in rhode island say legalizing medical marijuana in their states has not led to greater use among young people. physicians studied data from over 30,000 students. 14 other states in the district have similar laws. i'm a little tied to jobs hop canes children's center. this tie i'm wearing this morning is from joseph abanks miracle collection. you can find these ties at their stores. these are made by young patients at the hospital. this tie was designed by alyssa, there are ten to choose from. all the money goes to hopkins children's center. you can find the ties at joseph abanks stores and we'll have a link to them on wusa another good cause, our
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news set will stay full of food for the next week to help remind you about food drive 9. donating food as easy as possible this saturday scouts will drop off empty bags at homes in maryland. then on november 12th, the scouts will return to pick up the bags hopefully chock full of food. the scouts will be available next saturday, november 12th, for you to bring your food donations to any area safe way store. 5:51. have you had your breakfast yet? if you haven't, if you can wait until 6:15, we'll show you some heart healthy ideas. plus we'll tell you why the federal government is just sitting on millions and millions of dollars worth of brand new $1 coins. jessica? >> reporter: iphone users are
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having to charge their phones a lot more lately. we'll tell you why and what you can do about it. you are watching 9 news now.
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weather first with meteorologist howard bernstein. coming up on 5:55 this thursday morning.
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you'll need a jacket. look at these temperatures in the 30s and 40s 9. a touch of fog out toward cumberland. we'll have sunshine, and high, thin clouds should give us a pretty sunrise. by 9:00 upper 30s to even upper 40s in a few spots. it is going to be a really nice day. you want to get lunch outside, you might need a light jacket. temperatures upper 50s. 60s this afternoon. andrea. thank you, howard. if you are like mike and you have friends in connecticut, someone you know could be a whole lot richer this morning. one ticket sold in that state matched all six numbers and here they are. 12, 14, 34, 39, 46 and the powerball 36. that winning ticket, the lone ticket worth $254 million. wow. plenty of people in the district maryland and virginia snapped up tickets before last night's drawing. one ticket in maryland matched five of the numbers making it
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worth $200,000. >> not bad. >> i'm making some phone calls this morning. you get a busy signal you'll know. uncle sam is investing millions of dollars in making $1 coins. >> they may never see the light of day and wind up costing taxpayers instead. >> reporter: if you have never seen a dollar coin it is because most of them aren't being spent out there. one of several fancy government vaults where over and over again the dollar coin has come to die. we have them before. >> reporter: these presidential dollars are congress's latest effort to get americans to make the switch from green backs. they will eventually be engraved. former congressman jim colby he
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says there is a simple reason lawmakers would make a coin. it would save the government over $5 billion over 30 years. >> a dollar coin lasts for 30 years, a piece of paper lasts about a year and a half. >> that only works if people use them. so far they haven't. >> you could have mistaken this coin for maybe a quarter. millions of dollar coins are filling up federal vaults. they cost 32 cents to make and millions of dollars more to ship into stores. >> those coins would get into circulation very, very fast. >> americans will embrace the dollar coin, basically because they wouldn't have a choice. >> i've got some free money. >> but no choice sounded unamerican to us. >> a dollar bill or a dollar coin, which would you pick? >> dollar bill.
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>> reporter: how come? >> they weigh you down. >> i would take the coin. >> reporter: mixed results in our informal survey. that is until we mentioned saving uncle sam billions. >> reporter: how come? >> anything that can help the economy. >> reporter: while change is hard, but perhaps not impossible. >> they are cool looking. >> some middle school students are getting vertical when it comes to disposing of their halloween decorations. >> it is like david letterman. >> reporter: members from montgomery county took part in a pumpkin drop competition yesterday. it was held off clair barton parkway. after breaking some of the unprotected pumpkins like you saw there the student team
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tested their design for protecting the pumpkin from such a big fall. >> a cardboard box and we put in stuffing of pieces of brown paper bags and parts of like clothing. a pillow on the bottom. >> some of the pumpkins survived without a scratch, believe it or not. the students were required to use biodegradable materials to protect their pumpkin. apparently that one worked. >> that is cool. anyway you can make learning fun is a good thing. thank you for watching 9 news now at 6:00 a.m. i'm andrea roane. i'm mike hydeck. here's monika santani. and howard bernstein. >> reporter: looking good. temperatures in the 30s and 40s. any rain tonight looks like generally south of town and light. we are in good shape as we head


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