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jummy: we're learning new details about the rockville, maryland man killed in a u.s. counterterrorism operation in january. the white house says warren weinstein being held hostage by al-qaida was killed in a drone strike. our john gonzalez is at the abc 7 live desk this noon about what we now know about that mission. john? john: jummy, good afternoon. a stunning and tragic admission.
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the white house this afternoon says a u.s. counterterrorism operation accidentally killed this american held by al-qaida for the past four years. american doctor warren weinstein who lived in rockville before going to work in pakistan as a contractor was abducted by operatives in 2011. he and an italian hostage were killed in a january drone strike along the border of afghanistan and pakistan. the local doctor's wife says she and her children are devastated. the president spoke moments ago saying he profoundly regrets what happened. president obama: as a husband and a father, i cannot begin to understand the anguish that they're going through today. there are no words that can ever equal their loss and know there is nothing i can ever say or do to ease their heartache. today, i simply want to say this. as president and as
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commander-in-chief, i take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations including the one that inadvertently took the lives of warren and giovanni. john: white house officials released a statement saying the operation targeteded an al-qaida town where they had no reason to believe either hostage was present. two other americans turned terror operatives were also killed including an american who was an al-qaida leader. president obama has ordered a full review of what happened. jummy? jummy: all right, john thanks for that update. meantime, developing now another dramatic court appearance today by accused serial killer charles severance and a big decision from the judge in the case. jeanette reyes is in alexandria with the big change in his trial. jeanette: well just an hour ago, a judge here moved the whole trial to fairfax. the decision comes after a hearing that was interrupted several times by outburst of
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severance. he vehemently expressed his opposition from a change in venue. from the moment that the hearing started until he walked out of the courtroom, an agitated severance was blurting out comments to the judge as well as his attorneys. high profile cases like the boston marathon bombing were cited throughout this hearing. prosecution argued if the city of boston can seat an impartial jury so can the city of alexandria. the judge, however, ultimately agreed with the defense on one key point. the defense argued that residents in alexandria lived in fear for more than a decade and that may present a problem when looking for impartial jurors who live in alexandria. the d.c. sniper case is also referenced in that fact because of the fear that created in this city. today's decision the trial will be held in fairfax. that's set to begin on october 5th. our jeff is inside of the courtroom right now and we'll have the latest coming up on abc 7 news at 4:00. jeanette reyes, abc 7 news.
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jummy: we are expecting to learn more about today about the arrest of a death of a toddler in prince george's county. police arrested 29-year-old joshua riley for death of his girlfriend's 23-month-old child. investigators say the boy died from blunt force trauma back on april 15th. riley is being held without bond. also in prince george's county this noon the trial of officer jerry thomas is expected to wrap up today. thomas is charged with misconduct. he's accused of striking a handcuffed juvenile while in police custody back in 2012. that incident was captured on surveillance video. happening now, metro taking new safety steps in response to that deadly metro smoke incident back in january. the board of directors met this morning and sam sweeney is live in northwest d.c. with metro's plan to keep passengers safe. sam? sam: jummy, good afternoon. i just walked out of where metro officials met with board members to establish initiatives to help
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keep passengers and employees safe. so far this year metro habit even come close to their goal when it comes to keeping passengers and employees safe. in today's metro meeting, board members and metro employees expressed deep concerns for metro's safety. when it comes to injuries involving metro riders and employees, the numbers for the year are up more than 50% from this time last year. while the l'enfant plaza incident remains under investigation, metro is not wasting time ordering new safety measures. the biggest changes will be maintenance improvements. 88,000 tunnel lights must be functioning, no exceptions. underground passageways must be clear of debris. new protocols must be put into place when it comes to metro's alarm system. the ventilation fans that should have cleared smoke during january's incident will now be under a microscope. under the new plan they must be routinely tested and properly maintained. and while these complex issues are tackled, metro tells us passengers can help with safety
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too. >> we continue to for example, be concerned with passengers' trips and falls. they're the most common type of injuries in metro. we see that when platforms are wet and people are running for a train. sam: 37% of those incidents stem from trips and falls. they will educate the public that includes not using your cell phone when walking on the platform and using caution when the platforms are wet. as far as complete coverage goes metro tells us they are working with the cell phone carriers. however, they could not give us a timeline for when that project will be completed. we're live outside of metro headquarters, i'm sam sweeney, abc 7 news. jummy: thank you. two people are in the hospital with life threatening injuries this noon after an early morning shooting in fairfax county. they found a man and woman both suffering gunshot wounds in a
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home on a branley park court near the dunkin' donuts and burger king. they believe it started as a domestic incident and believe there's no public threat. that shooting under investigation. police are investigating a crash on richmond highway. we'll show you a picture right now the fairfax county police tweeted out. they say the head-on crash involved three vehicles. we know three people were taken to the hospital. no word yet on the extent of their injuries. you know that north and southbound lanes of richmond highway just reopened about 20 minutes. police have identified the victim in a fatal crash in st. mary's county. police say 25-year-old ashton taylor of california maryland, lost control of her car and struck a tree on boufon lane off flatiron road yesterday morning. she died at that scene. police believe speed was a factor in the crash. an overturned tractor-trailer caused huge headaches for morning commuters on i-95 in
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virginia. take a look at this video from news chopper 7. that print spilled -- truck spilled printer ink on the highway. it initially closed two right lanes and the dale city off ramp causing massive backups as you can see. the highway reopened after 6:00 this morning. taking a look outside right now, though, this noon at the white house. we're dealing with much cooler conditions today. doug hill is here with a look at the first forecast for us. hey, doug. doug: kind of breezy and chilly out there right now. here we are in the second full month of spring and we have weather that will remind of us late winter. lot of clouds sun and gusty winds. 17 miles per hour at reagan national. only 57 degrees. it's 48 still in gaithersburg and cumberland. 51 degrees now in annapolis. the winds are a story too, and yeah, we got a bit of a chill you can calculate with temperatures in the 50's and winds 15 to 20 miles per hour makes it feel a few degrees
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cooler and later tonight, it's going to get downright cold. here's the story. breezy chilly maybe a sprinkle towards the maryland-pennsylvania line this noon. temperatures fall more quickly and in fact, the winds will diminish lighter tonight and as temperatures fall, there's a freeze watch up. you see it shaded in blue. frederick, carroll county maryland washington county straight down to the blue ridge and points west along i-811. could get below freezing for a couple of hours in the morning in those locations. see if there are any warmer days coming up and we'll let you know in the seven day outlook in a couple of minutes. jummy: see you then. today, former c.i.a. director david petraeus will be sentenced in a federal courtroom in north carolina. he's accused of sharing military secrets with his biographer and former mistress paula broadwell. petraeus agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials. the deal carries a possible sentence of up to a year in
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prison. for the first time publicly, a new pentagon strategy warned the u.s. military plans to use cyber warfare as an option in conflicts with enemies. the 33-page strategy is out today. it says that the defense department "should be able to use cyber operations to disrupt an adversary's command and control networks, military related critical infrastructure and weapons capabilities." we are learning more about france's foiled terror attack. the prime minister says six attempts have been thwarted since the summer 2013 and that includes the plan officials stopped on sunday when they arrested a 24-year-old algerian man. they say he was targeting one or more churches and was linked to the shooting death of a young woman. european union leaders are gathering in brussels today to address the migrant crisis. more than 10,000 people from countries and conflict have been pulled from seas between libya
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and india in a week. it comes as european officials honor the hundreds of people who died in the mediterranean over the weekend. 24 caskets were laid out for a memorial service. the caskets contained the only bodies recovered from the capsizing ship that killed an estimated 800 people. coming up on abc 7 news at noon nine months after his death sparked protests and outrage across the country, the new legal action expected from the family of michael brown. and it's not the traffic stop this montgomery county officer expected. how he helped with a very special delivery on the side of the road this morning. plus new details about a frightening mid-air scare. the problem that caused three passengers to pass out on a flight. plus tracking the potential for rain this weekend. doug hill back with his full forecast. that's coming up after the break.
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jummy: loretta lynch finally headed for a confirmation vote in the senate. it was five months since she was nominated to serve as president obama's attorney general. lynch is expected to win approval with the support of all democrats and at least five republicans. she will replace eric holder and become the nation's first black female attorney general. today, the family of michael brown jr. expected to file a civil wrongful death suit against the city of ferguson missouri. it's been nine months since the 18-year-old was shot and killed by the ferguson police officer darren wilson. wilson was cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting but a justice department investigation found a pattern of racial discrimination and unfair practices by ferguson police and city officials.
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the ncaa meantime, says it expects thousands of people to protest the death of freddie gray at city hall in baltimore this afternoon. the justice department is investigating the death of the 25-year-old who died from a spinal injury while in police custody. the six officers involved in the arrest have been suspended with pay. what do kanye west ashton kutcher and hundreds of people right here in the d.m.v. have him in common? the "7 on your side" i-team got their hands on their sensitive personal information and joce sterman is here to explain how. joce? joce: scary stuff. we're talking about social security numbers, credit card accounts and all kind of stuff. i hate to break it to you it wasn't hard to find. >> i didn't have to pay for this. joce: how do you react hearing that? >> it's scary. joce: the "7 on your side" i-team got its hands on the sensitive personal information for thousands of people. and tonight at 11:00, the shocking place we found it right
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out in the open. we'll explain how identity thieves used information stolen in data breaches to make cash off selling your good name and all the places that we've found it. what we found on those public websites just the tip of the iceberg. >> i am going to sell these credit cards and private information on the black market. i want my buyers to believe that, in fact, i really do have the goods. joce: tonight at 111:00 i'll explain why experts say shutting down the websites that i found the valuable information won't do much good. that personal information is sitting out there and leaves you vulnerable to identity theft. "7 on your side." tonight at 5:00, we have a panel of experts answering your calls and helping you put a stop to identity thieves that may try to use your good name. until then go to our website at right now we have resources you can use at this moment if your information has ever been compromised. joce sterman abc 7 news.
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jummy: ok, joce we will be looking for that. thank you. new this noon an amazing story out of montgomery county. officer dan campbell almost pulled over a car on georgia and dennis avenues in rockville for speeding. that is until he found out the woman in the car was in labor and she just could not wait. >> as i made my way around to the passenger's side where the woman was, i could see the baby and the woman was crowning and the baby was coming right now. at that point, i put on my latex gloves and i had my ipad with me already. from that point, mom did all the work. and the baby came out. and let out a really good cry which was a great sign. jummy: great story there. both mom and baby are doing fine this noon. hear more from the officer and the mother tonight at 4:00 and 5:00. doug: good news. jummy: good news. at least the weather, they didn't have to compete with the weather trying to get to the hospital. doug: good point.
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we don't have weather problems. for some people a little uncomfortable because of the coolness of the air and the gusty winds. we'll see what we can do to brighten up the day a little bit here weatherwise. right here kind of cloudy and looking life at the rockville cameras, montgomery college. 47 degrees right now. definitely chilly and the cooler air can stay around. we'll hold most areas in the 50's. can't rule out a sprinkle here and there. certainly looks like it with the skies over rockville. 48 degrees in gaithersburg right now. 54 at andrews air force base and 51 degrees in annapolis and we have these gusty winds that will be with us throughout the day. give us time here and the sun is pretty warm even though the air is cool. you won't be able to stand in a lot of sunshine today. you'll feel the coolness here. winds gusting to 31 miles an hour at washington dulles. 24 at reagan national. so a breezy chilly thursday under way. we'll probably hit 59 at best in the immediate metro area but not much warmer than that. as we get to the afternoon,
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temperatures will continue to fall. nats first pitch this afternoon home game at 4:05 58 59 degrees. feeling cooler with the breezes out there. we'll also have late tonight with the diminishing winds and clear skies, we have the possibility of freezing temperatures. very close to freezing temperatures. freeze watch issued by the national weather service across southern pennsylvania, northern maryland and straight down the i-81 corridor and the best chance of those temperatures between 5:30 and 6:30, 7:00 tomorrow morning. as far as the temperatures go across the entire area metro area inside the beltway probably about 41 degrees. there are going to be spots at or maybe briefly below freezing as indicated by the computer projections, 33 in frederick. 36 at andrews and 41 again in downtown washington. lot of cloudiness to the area. upper level low continues to spin and some snow showers and snow flurries across pennsylvania new york state. yep, second full month of spring in here. we're still dealing with this stuff and a few sprinkles and light showers. we're right on the southern edge
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of that area. go 50 60 miles south of washington and get more sunshine. i think more clouds than anything else for the balance of the day. as high pressure moves in tonight, that will slow the winds down and make it an opportunity for very chilly temperatures. lots of sunshine thursday as well. as we get into the weekend, thing change. system approaches from the south. could bring rain here late afternoon and evening saturday into sunday morning. fingers crossed it clears out by lunch time sunday and then we'll clear beyond that. at least that's the plan right now. still the seven day, staying cool with sunshine until we hit the weekend. partly sunny early saturday and then afternoon, hopefully evening and nighttime rain. clearing out midday sunday and then sunshine monday and tuesday. temperatures closer to average. average will be 70 and 71. kind of below the mark. if it's sunny, we'll take it. jummy: the sun makes everything better. thank you. coming up here on abc 7 news at noon, we have new details on the mid-air problem that caused three people to pass out on a flight.
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and the baggage handler best known for falling asleep on a plane talks about that emotional
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jummy: we are getting new details about a frightening mid air scare. there were reports that the plane lost cabin pressure but the f.a.a. says those reports were false. airline said three passengers lost consciousness and the pilot descended quickly out of an abundance of caution. >> wasn't just one person and it wasn't just some sort of a medical emergency. it was multiple people affected. >> i didn't feel great myself. flight attendants, same thing. everybody in the middle of the flight started not feeling well.
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jummy: wow. all the passengers that were passed out or got sick are ok. airline and the f.a.a. still investigating exactly what happened. it was what literally forced a plane out of a sky. you remember the story. he is speaking out this noon and he's the most infamous baggage hajder after he fell asleep in a cargo bay and woke up mid flight. that plane was forced to turn around after passengers heard something below their feet. >> last thing i texted i love you to my mom. i thought i was going to die. >> you really did? >> yes. jummy: a week later, he is still employed but says he wouldn't be surprised if that changed. he says he's sorry for all the trouble that he caused especially for the passengers, that is, who were delayed. cold air coming our way. doug has a look at when it will
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jummy: all right. doug: i wish you could take this, i can change the maps and graphics. wish i could change the temperature. take a look at what we have today. chilly today cold tonight with a freeze watch up north and west of the metro area. as far as the next few days here, 60. tomorrow, have a chance of rain late saturday and sunday. lay out the timing today at 4:00. jummy: see you then. thank you for joining us. have a great day.
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