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devastating flames, an early morning fire kills six members of an east baltimore family. the investigation and reaction from the grieving community. hi. i'm kai jackson. >> i'm mary bubala. here's what people are talking about. >> the fire in the homewood neighborhood claims the lives of three adults and three children. the youngest, just one year old. wjz is live. mike hellgren is live on this story. >> kai, it's such a tragedy. and we are still feeling the strong, biting winds that made it so difficult for firefighters to fight this fire. just in the past few minuting they started boarding up these homes. those who knew those who died.
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>> they are among the six people who died in this rowhouse on rosewood avenue. as winds whipped smoke and flames through it in two neighborhoods. >> this is my aunt and uncle's home. used to play with the family a lot. knew mr. richard and miss alice. lovely people. my heart really hurts. when i got the call this morning, it was really sad. >> reporter: loved ones say they along with their granddaughter and three great grandchildren never made it out. the fire department is unclear what caused the fire. and whether they were working smoke detectors, but say the weather is a major factor in response. >> the conditions began to worsen, making it unsafe for our firefighters to be inside. the incident commander ordered an immediate evacuation of all firefighters from inside the structure. >> reporter: the mayor toured the scene this morning. this is the deadliest fire in baltimore this year. >> i don't think there are words to describe how devastating this is for their family.
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i don't think there's ever a good time of year to lose family. the holidays make it particularly difficult. >> this is sweet people. it's going to be missed. and it's sad because it's almost christmas. you know? so god rest their souls. >> reporter: the city will be putting those displaced in hotels. and shirley braxton who lived next door to the satterfields and saw the fire firsthand. >> we just got out as fast as we could get out. i'm trying to keep calm. i'm just upset. >> reporter: there was one nearby fire company that was closed last night, due to those rotating budget-related firehouse closures. however, the fire department says that did not affect response times, that they were here within three minutes. and that is well within the national standard. reporting live in east baltimore, mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. kai. >> mike, thank you. authorities are investigating the cause, which the fire department says is routine. >> as mike told us, gusty winds
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made that fire especially hard this morning. and it is also making things feel much colder out there today. in towson, people bundled up against the bitter wind chill. and we're looking live outside now. the temperatures only going to dip lower as the sun goes down, of course. meteorologist bernadette woods is updating the temperatures and the wind chills. bernadette. >> >> ed the winds are still a major factor out there. and because of that, the winds are still in effect for most of the state. and it is until tonight. let's take a look right now. we will show you as far as the advisory goes, that we do have the advisory in effect until tonight. and here are the winds that we are discussing. we are sustained winds. between 20 and 25 miles per hour for most of the area and are gusting over that and actually, it's calmed down from where it was. temperature-wise, too, we have not gone out much. with the cold winds in place. 25 is where we sit in baltimore. that's where the air temperature is. wind chill, 11 degrees. oakland, feels like minus 11 now. this cold is going to continue. and we'll have that forecast.
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>> thank you. check in with wjz for first warning weather coverage. for updated forecast on the latest on any closings or delays, go to >> the new twist in the mysterious death of a teenager from baltimore found dead and mutilated in a boston neighborhood. denise is in the newsroom with more new information from the boy's mother. >> kai, investigators in boston believed del vonty tisdale may have stowed away in the wheel well of a plane and fallen and died. but tisdale said her son is afraid of heights. jonet washington said even though tisdale is a member of the army air force rotc, he had never been in an airplane. some family members tell wjz he was trying to get home to baltimore. >> tis dale's mother said if her son wanted to leave charlotte, all he it to do was call her. teenagers across the country are using more marijuana and less alcohol, according to a new study.
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an annual government study of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, shows a jump in marijuana use by all three groups. high school seniors saw the biggest increase from 5.2% using marijuana in 2009 to 6.1% this year. but binge drinking is actually on the decline, 2% less, high school seniors reported having five or more drinks in a row. >> time is running out for the tax cut compromise. president obama made with republicans. joel brown reports for wjz. it's been a struggle to get democrats on board. >> the clerk will call the role. >> tuesday's debate gave senators one last chance to have their say on the controversial compromise that is all but guaranteed to pass. >> if we wait until next year to pass a bill, we are going to throw this economy into upheaval. >> reporter: most republican senators support the agreement that extends unemployment benefits for 13 months and cuts
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payroll taxes. in exchange, democrats won't block an extension of bush-era tax cuts to people in upper- income brackets. each side didn't get everything it wanted. but time and options are running out. >> we can't afford to get everything wait until we get everything we want. we can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. >> the bill still faces what promises to be a much tougher fight in the house. liberal dep crates have not been -- democrats have not been shy about speaking out. >> but the white house is urging house democrats not to stand in the way. >> the president has had some good conversations. and i think we are on a path toward getting this agreement through the house. >> reporter: leading democrats in the house say they expect the bill will ultimately pass, but aren't ruling out changes. meamentds that republicans warn could ruin the compromise. there's not much wiggle room, if there's no deal by the end of the year, everyone's taxes
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will go up. in washington, joel brown, wjz eyewitness news. >> reporter: once the tax cut plan passes in the senate, the white house will push lawmakers to look at a new missile treaty with russia, before they head home for the holidays. >> the house of representatives getting ready to vote on a repeal of the don't ask, don't tell policy. maryland congressman steny hoyer, house majority leader says the house will vote on a stand-alone bill that allows gays to serve openly in the military. the house already passed a defense bill that included a repeal of don't ask, don't tell. but it stalled in the senate. if you're waiting for somebody to get home from work right now, let's check in on the roads, here's kristy breslin. hi. >> overall, not a bad drive out there. a couple of delays to watch out for on the beltway system. if you're on the north side outer loop, slowing there from dulaney to charles street. brake lights as you approach security boulevard. average speed about 35 miles an hour.
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as far as accidents go, westbound northbound parkway at falls road. accident on the right shoulder. also slowing from whitemarsh to the beltway. also in the city, east north avenue, at north calvert. for travel times, if you're traveling on the inner loop, from 95 to 83, 41 miles an hour, and 14 minutes to get through. now, let's take a live look. as you can see, traffic moving pretty well out there at greenspring avenue. and we'll take another live look at our m-dot camera. no problems in either direction. this traffic report is brought to you by len the plumber. they're experts. call len the plumber and have it done today. back over to you. >> thanks, kristy. ranks with a narrow prime time win. but is the team ready for the play-offs? sports director mark viviano has more. mark, i don't know who need oxygen more last night, the ravens after the game or their
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fans? >> needed plenty for both, kai, no question. that ravens victory yet another roller coaster ride, voicing concerns like the ravens had lost. again, an example of the uncertain, unpredictable nature of the nfl in general, and the ravens in particular. >> reporter: the game had everything the ravens cover wanted. three touchdowns in the first half, a sign of life after the struggle with the steelers am then to start the second half, an historic kick return by rookie david reed. he brings it 100 yards. and baltimore had him down by three touchdowns. but the party was put on hold. the texans were down but certainly not done. delivering a stunning rally against the ravens' defense. matt shaw two-point pass, plus the conversion in the fourth quarter. and a monday night miracle in houston became a nightmare for the ravens. ravens redeemed itself with a
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game-winning play, delivered by josh wilson who picked off the pass and carried it into the end zone to put a cap on a crazy night. a 34-28 overtime win. >> just the hero of the game. made a play. you know, critical situation. on the road, in overtime. in december in a play-off haunt. >> when you're up by the amount of points we were, you don't like to have these amount of games. to win that after giving it up is pretty big for us right now. >> the ravens breathe a sigh of relief and bring home a victory. with our wjz fan cam, we ask you, have you ever been so worried during a ravens' win? >> i am worried. and i want to see them go to the super bowl or get deep into the play-offs. and i don't think they're going to if they keep playing like this. >> and then i'm looking at my defense. people are starting to be able to just pass on us a lot, too. kind of worries me. >> reporter: yeah. you know, i'm worried about the wildcard. i think we can pull it off. >> reporter: high expectations, high standards in baltimore. even with a 9-4 record. the fans are worried that play-
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off push continues with another challenge coming up sunday. super bowl champion new orleans saints come to town. kai, back to you. >> mark, thank you very much. i'm going with a win is a win at this point. how about that? >> easy for us to sit criticize from the sidelines. >> and we got the win. bottom line. still ahead on wjz eyewitness news at 4:00. large-scale rescue. a baby whale stranded on a california beach. how seaworld saved its life. snow and ice, destroys the vikings zone in minnesota. the other havoc it's causing across the country. and a group of autistic children gets a chance to help others, and a member of the travolta family is behind the program. will we see any relief from the cold? the first warning forecast is next. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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history goes up in flames. a massive fire destroys dozens of antique vehicles. and the fire broke out in an austin, texas warehouse, where classic cars and motorcycles are stored. most of the vehicles have ties to the movies and to celebrities. including the motorcycle driven by peter fonda in easy rider. that bike was covered in soot, but it's not a total loss. back to sea, a beached baby whale, rescued in san diego. the whale washed ashore sunday night. a 20-person rescue team from sea world took care of the whale's wounds. then they pushed the 18-foot- long, and 3,000-pound whale back in the water. lifeguards are keeping an eye on the ocean to make sure it does not return. john travolta has starred in classic movies. now his brother joey is becoming a legend in his own right. stacy butler is showing us how he is making a difference in the lives of bullied kids.
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>> i've been picked on half my life. >> reporter: let's face it, when developmentally disabled teens talk. >> i didn't want to go to school every day. i'd come home crying. >> don't be a bully. be a buddy. >> reporter: few listen. >> who is this one here? >> that's the villain. >> but joey travolta is all ears. >> he is one of the characters for the anti-bullying campaign. >> reporter: has brother may be an acting icon but is the founder of inclusion films, a film school for the developmentally disabled. joey travolta is a legend in his students' minds. >> i feel for the kids. and i've always had a heart for the underdog. and i was the one that always would save the kids from getting to stuff like that. thank you. >> joey travolta runs summer camps, primarily for young adults with autism. this year, one theme emerged.
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>> earlier this year, a friend of mine hung himself. from bullying. >> i just don't want to be bullied anymore. i just want to have friends. >> reporter: with the help of his students, travolta is launching an anti-bullying campaign. >> don't be a bully ♪ ♪ be my buddy >> reporter: using the voices from the health group, the national autism foundation, he's writing a public service announcement. >> it's the story of a bully. >> reporter: directed and animated. by his students with autism. >> together, we're going to do something special. >> everybody, let's be friends ♪ >> in addition to the psa, travolta is launching a social network for people with developmental disabilities, where they can support each
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other. it's called inclusionville. >> well, a decent day on wall street. the dow posted gains for the third straight session. the dow was up 49. s&p up a point. nasdaq up 3. let's go to new york right now, where alexis christoforous has tonight's cbs money watch update. >> the federal reserve did not change interest rates at a final meeting of the year. fed chief ben bernanke and fellow policy makers said while the economic recovery is continuing, it's too slow. they also capped a plan to buy 600 million federal bonds. and retail sales gave stocks to booths. sales rose for the fifth straight month in december. the biggest jump for the holiday season in two years. gave a strong start. shares of best buy fell the most in eight years.
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down 15%. that's after the largest consumer electronics retailer slashed its annual profit forecast because of increased competition from wal-mart and target. and wholesale prices posted their largest gain in november. that's mostly because of a large increase in the cost of new cars. but there was little sign of inflation in that report, which showed the weak economy is keeping prices in check. and that's your money watch. for more, just stay with cbs money in new york, i'm alexis christoforous. still ahead at 4:00, out on bail, why the wiki leaks mastermind may not be free just yet. and what is next in the case. what millions of children want from santa this year. a look at the hottest toys and the trends. we're keeping an eye on the weather. meteorologist bernadette woods will update the forecast when we come back.
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looking than it is felt. >> a lot of sunshine. but it's not warming things up very much. with this cold air in the way. this is what we've got going on. the thing that is bringing in the cold air. gusty winds. wind advisory in effect for most of the state. still a winter storm warning in effect for extreme western maryland. because the snow is still piling up. sustained winds, 20 to 25 miles per hour right now. and gusts have been over 40 miles per hour. and take a look at some of these temperatures. it is 25 degrees in baltimore right now. 20 for most of the state farther west you go. we're only in the teens and single digits in the mountains. and also, notice the dew point has dropped down to 3 degrees. that's how dry this air is. so you're really probably feeling it in the hair and in the skin right about now. when you factor in that wind, the more numbers for you here. it feels like 11 in baltimore right now. and this is close to our high on the day. 15 in ocean city. oakland, still well below zero
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at minus 11 out there. we've managed a high so far today of 26 degrees. that is it. that's 20 degrees below average. so yes, it gets cold in december. but not quite this cold. these are close to records because the old record low high on the day was 25 degrees. we have managed 26 so far. but that's about it. so this cold air is dominating a lot of the country east. you see that it cuts off and is really warm out west. 16, denver. but only 51 degrees in miami. contrast that there. warmer in denver. and that cold air is going to stick around. and we have lake-effect snow going on. not as much. and that connection will be dropped tomorrow. but a new storm system is going to move our way. and it's a quick mover. but on thursday, the majority of it passes off to the south of us, with some rain and snow. but it's close enough that with this cold air around, probably a little light snow out there, mixed with maybe some rain the farther south you go, on thursday. then that gets out of here. after that, the weather pattern gets very interesting. the cold air continues to dominate the forecast. the thing is, though, a lot of
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the computer models are picking up on different storms. none of them have really formed into one big storm. one is watching this weekend. if it make the turn up the coast, or if it heads out to sea, something will be monitoring. the forecast on the waters. gale warning still in effect with the winds gusting so high. and tonight, a windy and cold one. we're going down to 18 degrees. tomorrow, only a high of 32. but close to freezing. we didn't even get to 30 today. and for the next couple of days, we have a few of the little storms coming through. a bigger one that could start to form as we head through the five-day forecast. we'll keep you up-to-date on that. don't miss tonight's cbs primetime lineup here on wjz. at 10:00, it's the goodwife, followed by eyewitness news at 11:00. katie couric has a preview of what's coming up tonight on the cbs evening news. >> baby boomers now make up the majority of men and women who are divorced in this country. why have so many split up? we'll take a look as our
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special series, senior moment, continues, tomorrow night only on the cbs evenings news. -- evening news. deep freeze. wind, cold, snow. and ice. the major problems it's causing. danger in your mouth. are those metal fillings safe? the just-released report from healthwatch. and hear from the woman who spotted a missing virginia girl. and quite possibly saved her life. eyewitness news at 4:00 continues with denise and vic after this. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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it is 4:29. 46 degrees and mostly clear. hello. and thanks for staying with eyewitness news. i'm vic carter. >> and i'm denise koch. deep freeze. bone-chilling freeze. gripping the country. dean reynolds reports for wjz, with more on the widespread damage. >> the wind continued to howl overnight, knocking out power to thousands and making any kind of travel a real
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nightmare. in some areas, not even the snow plows can handle the chore. >> it was pretty scary. >> tammy logan learned her lesson the hard way. she and her family, along with another 100 vehicles, were stranded for more than half a day, on an indiana highway after snow stopped them dead in their tracks. >> we're just trying to clear off the car periodically and make sure nothing was in front of the exhaust. just so we would be safe. >> reporter: at storm pushed east, so did the danger. slick snow across new york's long island, triggered numerous car wrecks, including this 10- car pileup. not much better down south. does this look like north carolina to anyone? >> reporter: citrus farmers are scrambling to protect their crops. jim williams could lose tens of thousands of dollars if the cold snap decides decides to stick around for a while. >> there's no bigger risk than a farmer in a freeze. that is gambling. >> reporter: in the northwest, rain is the culprit.
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downtown astoria, oregon, now has a hole in it. after the city block collapsed in the deluge. >> and in minnesota, officials are just now beginning to work on the deflated dome. it collapsed sunday morning under all that snow and ice, forcing the giants and vikings to play in detroit. now they're hoping it could be fixed before next week's game. >> well, back here, we're dealing with blustery winds and wind chills in the teens. this was the scene in frederick today. the winds whipping through the season. and a live look now. it's another bone cold start to the season. first warning weather with bob. >> last night, around this time, we had a few flakes of snow flying. and last night, around portions of d.c., if you had almost an inch in montgomery county. i don't think we'll see that tonight. but look at the temperatures. 7 in oakland. 25 here. 27, the warm spot in ocean city and easton. and with the winds 20, 25 in
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some spots. but our wind chill is 11 degrees. in oakland, it's 11 below zero. it will be remaining in the single digits and the midteens tonight. so if you're heading out, dress for that. don't dress for temperatures in the 20s. one more cold day tomorrow. but not quite as windy. vic? >> okay, bob. that is good news. wjz 13 is always on. check in with eyewitness news for complete coverage of first warning weather. for updates on the forecast, live doppler radar any time, and the updated power outages, if any, log onto investigators are still looking for the cause of a fire this morning that killed six people in east baltimore, three of them children. a rowhouse in the 2400 block caught fire just before 5:00 a.m. firefighters say the winds fanned the flames and made it extremely difficult to contain. it is unclear whether there were any working smoke detectors in the home. we'll have much more on how this tragedy is impacting that close-knit community coming up at 5:00 and 6:00. the father of three
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michigan boys is heading back there to face parental kidnapping charges. the three boys disappeared last month. when john skelton didn't return them. police say skelton made up a story about handing over sons to a friend. they say they don't expect a positive outcome of this story. a virginia home was abducted and is safe back home. we have reaction from the woman who may have saved the young girl's life. >> reporter: 12-year-old brittany smith was reunited with her family in virginia today, more than a week after she was missing. smith was last seen with her mother's boyfriend, 32-year-old jeffrey easley. a woman in a supermarket recognized the pair from the news. and had the store call police. >> i'm a mom. and i would hope that, god forbid that anything would happen to my daughter like this, that another mom would do
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the same. >> reporter: brittany's mother was found dead in her southwest virginia home. easley has been named a suspect in the murder. >> easley is awaiting extradition in virginia to face kidnapping charges. back in court, a british judge agrees to release the founder of wikileaks on bail. but julian assange is not a free man yet. >> reporter: julian assawmpleg -- assange rode to a prison. but prosecutors are appealing his bail. so assainch. >> assange will wait in jail. >> they want to put him through more hurdles. they clearly will not spare any expense but to keep mr. assange in jail. >> reporter: he's fighting extradition to sweden, where he's wanted on sexual assault charges, charges he denies. his mother, christine, traveled
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from their home country of australia, to visit her son in jail. >> as a mother, i'm asking the world to stand up to my brave son. >> reporter: supporters of julian assange accuse u.s. authorities of putting political pressure on sweden. they say his extradition could make it easier for the u.s. to take legal action against them. >> because they're desperate to silence wikileaks and the embarrassing recommendations that they made. they are exposing war crimes, humanitarian crimes. >> assange's arrest only seems to increase his fame. time's online reader. tuesday's court hearing is the first step in a long, legal battle. a decision on whether to extradite assange to sweden, is expected to take several weeks. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. >> and a grand jury is also reportedly trying to decide if assange should face any charges here in the united states. a disturbing story out of
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afghanistan, where they are celebrating the death of richard holbrook. he died last night after having surgery for a torn aorta. the taliban claimed his death was caused by the failures in afghanistan. president obama credited his special envoy to afghanistan and pakistan with the progress made in those countries. maryland gets high marks for the readiness in the case of a widespread medical emergency. mary is live with more on this new report. >> reporter: the study looked at how prepared states are to respond to disease outbreaks, like h1n1, as well as bioterror attacks. maryland received passing marks in nine out of 10 indicators of emergency preparedness. the only area where they were lacking funding for public health programs, which dropped in the last year. the study found the continued cuts to public health money could put the country at a greater risk. 32 other states also cut public health funding in the last year. vic? >> mary, thank you.
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arkansas, north dakota and washington state were the only ones to receive perfect marks. in tonight's health watch, tens of millions of americans have silver teeth that contain fillings. as randall pinkston reports for wjz, the fda is once again looking into the issue. >> reporter: ross prevet has suffered with allergies most of his life. but says he started breathing a whole lot easier, after his silver fillings were removed. >> just kept getting clearer. had much less symptoms. >> reporter: amalgam dental fillings contain mercury. a year and a half ago, the fda ruled them safe. but now, they are holding a two- day hearing to review the scientific evidence again. consumer groups claim it can trigger health problems, from neurological problems to breathing disorders to even heart disease. >> that mercury is a hazardous material it goes into the mouth. it has to be digs posed of --
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disposed of as hazardous waste when it comes out of the mouth? why would it be safe while in the mouth? >> but the american dental society stands by the decision. >> they say the amount of mercury in amalgam is too low. >> there is nothing wrong with the use of amalgam. >> reporter: it is still popular because it's cheaper. the fda advisory panel isn't looking to ban the fillings, but consumer advocates are hoping for restrictions for children and pregnant women. >> getting rid of the silver fillings improved his health dramatically. randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> now, several countries in europe already ban or restrict the use of amalgams. silver fillings have been used in the u.s. for 160 years. if you want to lose weight,
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taxing soda isn't the way to do it. researchers found that a 40% tax on soda would only help you lose about 1 pound a year. on the plus side, the tax would raise about $2.5 million for the government every year. if you're waiting for someone to get home right now, let's check on the roads with kristy breslin. >> hi, denise. hi, everyone. as far as the beltway goes, still looking at a 15-minute delay. that's on the north side outer loop from dulaney valley to harford road. brake lights there. as you make your approach to the west side. wilkens avenue. that has traffic backed up to route 70. 70 westbound, bumper to bumper there, 29 to mare yotses -- marriottsville road. and philadelphia road at ridge road. back river neck road at hamburg. and in baltimore city, due to fire investigation, baltimore street remains closed between south and gay, as well as commerce between baltimore street and water street. now, let's take a live look, as you can see volume definitely
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beginning to build on the beltway at greenspring avenue. also take a second look at our 95 camera. no problems to report there. attention, ravens fans. check out papa john' for the ravens touchdown tuesday. you get a free topping for every touchdown and a large cheese pizza. check it out at papa john' did you know there are more than 160,000 different toys on the market this holiday season? >> manuel gallegus shows us which are topping sales. >> reporter: bop it bounce. tea cup piggies. >> i'm full now. >> scwirchgies. they're among the most popular. >> the average family in the u.s. spends about $300 per year, per child on toys. >> reporter: chris bin byrne show -- chris byrne showed us around. oversized dolls are big this
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year. from disney to dora the explorer. if your child is past the christmas phase, there are the kids of monster high. and they text on a little eye coffin, which is a high seller too. on the tiny side, there are scwirchgies. >> there are play sets. they're very collectible. little girls love those miniature things. and here's something. it's called the vetteron rave. wave. it keeps lev stating as long as you keep your hand under it now. >> classics are still possible. elmo and lego. and a new take on simon called loops. and a v-reader. like a kindle for kids. what i love about this is it's a toy. but kids feel like they're doing something mom and dad do. >> reporter: but believe it or not, the best-selling toy this year is singa majigs. >> jingle all the way. >> the main squeeze this
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holiday season. manuel gallegus, cbs news, new york. >> and by noon, on christmas day -- americans spend over $123 billion on toys each year. giving barbies stylish looks to compete for the title of miss barbie, venezuela. the judges can't ask them tough questions. but the dolls are judged on their unique appearance. this is the fifth year for the pageant. the winner goes on to compete for the title of miss barbie universe. this is not a joke. this is real. the barbies compete. >> not one of them stumbled. >> on the talent company, it's very limited. >> that's right. >> arm up, arm down. straight ahead on eyewitness news. hugh jackman. see what happens to him. and you think your credit cards are safe inside your wallet. why they may not be.
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and what you can do. cold still gripping maryland. and wjz is always on for the top stories. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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on the verge collapsing. homes in the seattle area. several homes have already been evacuated because they just aren't safe to live in. homeors have to wait -- homeowners have to wait for a safety inspection before they can return. a disturbing discovery. crews looking for a missing woman stumble on an even bigger mystery. mary has ray look at what they found. >> reporter: well, denise, it's a sandy graveyard. and police think it could be the work of a serial killer. police were out looking for a woman who has been missing for months. that's when they found three badly decomposed bodies and the skeletal remains of a person. now, detectives are looking for clues to see if they can connect these murders. police think all four of these bodies were driven from a beach
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and thrown from the vehicle. >> reporter: the bodies could have been dumped there over an 18-month period. a riot in rome. hundreds of angry protestors threw rocks, smashed windows and torched cars outside parliament. they're upset the country's prime minister barely won support. police arrested a handful of protestors. about 20 people were hurt in the riot. >> stolen secrets. in just a few seconds, hackers can steal your personal information without you knowing it. julie watts shows you the new ways they're stealing from you and easy ways to protect yourself. >> reporter: in a crowd, walt augustsinowitz blends right in. and that's the problem. >> if i at the time go in a crowd, i just have to get that close to it. and there's my credit card number and information on a screen. >> reporter: armed with a credit card reader he bought online and a netbook computer, he can steal your credit card. >> you have a sun trust card there. and that's your account number
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and expiration date. >> i don't like it. >> and it's not just your crat cards and debit cards. while harder to hack, passports also have our identity. >> it gives me your personal information, like date of birth. your info if i want to make a photo id. >> reporter: he is the company of identity stronghold. to block this type of hacking. and while he has a lot to gain from your fear, computer security expert mark gleason says that fear is valid. >> i think people do need to be concerned and should be aware. and we'll see if this becomes a major problem. >> reporter: for now, the identity theft resource center says they've never actually seen a case of rfid skimming used to steal information. but augustsinowitz believes that is because the crime could easily go untraced. unsuspecting people falling victim to another face in the crowd, hidden scanner in hand. >> you have a chase card.
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>> yeah? >> yeah. here's the expiration date and your number. >> that's it. that's it. >> you might as well print your credit card number and walk around with if on your t-shirt. >> many people have their identities stolen. aluminum foil is a cheap way to block those credit card scanners. maybe they should leave the stunts to the trained professionals. actor was riding a zip line from the sydney opera house. but the landing didn't go as planned. jackman slammed face first into some light. he ended up getting a cut under his eye. he was filming a segment for the open ra show. -- oprah show. well, this is the holiday season. but a california inchmused a made-up holiday to get out of eating bad jail food. malcolm king didn't like eating the salami meals in the slammer. so he asked for a kosher meal. because he believe negligence
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festiveus. that's of course, a fictional holiday from "seinfeld." he got away with it for a while until they realize would that it was a hoax. no relief from the wind and cold outside. cold outside. >> bob b ,,,,,,,,,,
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soish taking a live -- taking a live look outside now. it's chilly and windy. >> 85 degrees out. >> what? >> not quite. not 85 anywhere in the united states. right now, it's only 51 in miami. believe it or not. and this morning, it was 32 in palm beach, florida. a new record for them. this morning in naples, it was 37 down there at the airport. key west was 50. very cold temps. in northern florida, as well as 20 degrees this morning. along the panhandle. let's take a look at temperatures. yes, it's cold. and we got the wind chill to deal with. 25. dew point is way down. this is very dry air. 3 degrees, humidity 38%. west winds. that's the major factor.
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with no winds, 25 ain't so bad. but with a wind of 25 miles an hour. the barometer, 29.75, it feels a lot colder. still have winter storm warning for garrett and some of those neighboring counties. wind advisory. finally, winds are beginning to come down somewhat from what we saw earlier. 20-mile-an-hour winds. 25 in elkton. 25 and 20 in oakland now. temperatures, 25 here. still only 9 degrees above zero in oakland. and it's still snowing, with that lake effect snow. 19 in cumberland. and that makes the wind chill feel like 11 above here. and 11 below in oakland. and in ocean city, it feels like 15 above zero. all right. we have one system that moved through the region. caused a little snow across portions of montgomery county. in d.c. last night, we missed it here. although there was one cloud, it seems, over timonium, that
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gave them a quick dusting. looks like the lake lake-effect snow is winding down. looks like we'll have an area of precip, crossing kentucky, virginia, just to our south, on thursday. we'll still be dominated by the cold air. it's possible we could get a little bit of light snow on thursday. i think most of it is going to be just to our south. as you can see at least the models showing it. we may get from mason-dixon line south, maybe half an inch to a trace, an inch further south. and it will probably mix with rain. that's thursday, possibly in our region. west winds, still gusting. gale warning still on the bay. and the bay temp still in the upper 30s. although it's dropping. tonight, then, 18. still breezy under partly cloudy skies. yeah, that's cold. tomorrow, 32 degrees. may get up to freezing. but still windy and cold. with a mixture of clouds and sunshine. slight, very slight chance of an isolated flurry tonight and tomorrow. >> okay. >> all right, thank you, bob. still to come on eyewitness
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news. fierce flames. i'm mike hellgren. fire ripped through a row house in east baltimore, killing six people. i'll have the latest on the investigation. and the impact the wind played in fighting the fire. ,,,,,,,,,,
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coming up next on wjz eyewitness news. a fire. painfully cold. how long will it last? wjz is live at first warning weather. a teenager held in a locked facility in michigan after the death of a crofton boy tells a judge by phone he's rehabilitated. will the judge decide to let him come home? we'll have that coming up next. check in for more on these
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and all the day's breaking news. >> eyewitness news at 5:00 starts now. out of control flames. in east baltimore. kills six. >> tonight, friends and family left grooving, as investigators search for a cause. hi. i'm kai jackson. >> and i'm mary bubala. here's what people are talking about. young victims tonight. we know a 1-year-old is just one of three children killed in that deadly fire. in all, six people died. wjz is live in east baltimore. mike hellgren spoke to the victim's loved ones. mike, such a tough story. >> reporter: mary, there's a lot of heartbreak here. elnorthbound and rich orderrard satterfield were the heart of th


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