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beforehand, several dissidents were arrested for trying to approach the pope. they were reportedly from a group that opposes the communist regime. pope francis also met with fidel castro. the two exchanged books. pope francis giving castro two, one written by an italian priest, the other by a jesuit. the 89-year-old castro gave francis his own book titled "fidel and religion." then later the pope met with cuba's current president, castro's brother, raul castro. that was in a private meeting. as we said, darlene rodriguez is in cuba right now. we're going to check in with her at 5:00 a.m. we'll have an update on the pope's historic visit there. as we prepare for the holy father's arrival here in the united states, head to our website for the list of closings and itinerary. head to it is 4:34. it means it's time for weather
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and traffic on the 4s. it's a little chilly out there this morning. >> 'tis the season, i guess. we're getting there. we've been spoiled. we're talking about temperatures finally near normal as opposed to well above normal. fall jackets needed this morning, especially north and west of the city. a lot of 40s there. clouds will filter out the sunshine today, but there will be periods of sunshine. a cool breeze coming off the ocean. temperatures only in the low and mid-70s. right now we're starting out at 61 degrees in the city. a lot of 40s and 50s in the suburbs with a partly cloudy sky. clouds, sun at times. 74 should be the high temperature for this afternoon. lauren, how's the commute? early on a monday morning. hopefully easy going so far. >> so far, so good, especially for the roads. we'll take a live look outside at the brooklyn bridge. since we're coming out of the weekend, no road work. you can see the manhattan-bound side of the span is open. heading over to the george washington bridge, similar story over there.
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things moving along nicely into the tolls on both levels. at the lincoln tunnel and holland tunnel n for a nice ride. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. new this morning, a man shot and killed in the bronx. it's the latest in an outbreak of violence that claimed seven lives over the weekend. jen maxfield is in the belmont section of the bronx. >> reporter: that's right. this is still an active investigation here at the corner of east 189th and beaumont avenue. we're going to show you behind me e the nypd crime scene unit has just showed up here on the scene. this is where a 39-year-old taxi driver was shot in the head this morning and killed. his family members have gathered arounded corner to mourn his violent death. women were wailing and dozens of fellow taxi drivers came to grieve. this gentleman was driving a
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green taxi. after being shot, the driver lost control and crashed into several other cars, including the silver car next to where it came to rest. this man is the latest victim of gun violence after a weekend of shootings. seven people were killed this weekend, including three men who were murdered outside the ingersoll houses in brooklyn. three people were injured in shootings, including a 7-year-old girl, who was grazed in the ankle by a stray bullet sunday night. she is recovering. back here live on the scene in the bronx, early this morning another gunshot victim. this one a taxi driver. again, police are still at the scene investigating here. that's the latest live from the belmont section of the bronx. back to you. >> all right, jen. thank you. 4:37 now. the coast guard and fdny raced into action after a boat capsized near queens. rescuers took 19 people out of the east river after their competitive rowing boat went down.
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boat was completely submerged in the choppy and chilly waters. members of the rolling club were pulled to safety one by one. moments before that boat went down, this woman's boyfriend pulled out a ring and popped the question. >> he said in his proposal that in our relationship, just like water, there's high tides and low tides, but we survived it all. >> they did, thankfully. everyone was wearing life jackets, which is great. nobody was hu . no word as to what caused that boat to capsize. there is grief and sadness this morning at university of connecticut for two sophomores two died in a violent car crash. ryan mooe began and al ya that fren today were both killed when the car they were riding in collided with a truck. it happened friday. police say the truck hit the car, pushed it across the intersection, and into a utility pole.
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fellow students are shocked. >> so young, only sophomores. it's really heartbreaking. losing a child is crazy, so i can't imagine what they're going through. but i'll be praying for them. >> another student and the driver of the truck were rushed to the hospital. the brother of al ya that has sent up a funeral fund campaign to pay for her burial. also a vigil planned tonight for two new york college students killed in a plane crash. two students died when their small plane went down in madison county. they were both freshmen from ridgefield, connecticut. the cause of that crash is under investigation. many more refugees will be coming here to the u.s. in the coming years. the move announced sunday just as europe struggles with its migrant crisis. secretary of state john kerry says the u.s. is willing to let in 85,000 refugees next year, 100,000 the year after that. this year, 70,000 refugees from around the world are being welcomed.
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4:39. vice president joe biden apparently has his wife's support if he'd like to run for vice president. he adds that they haven't made that decision just yet. mrs. biden was long seen as an obstacle to the vice president's bid. she may have more to say about all of this when she appears today a little later in st. louis. >> she certainly will be asked about it. >> yes, she will. coming up on 4:40. still ahead, new rules aimed at preventing future fires like this. they go into effect today. while some people are complaining that they don't go far enough. also, an emotional moment at emmy awards. stage. the message he delivered to the crowd. coming up, weather and traffic on the 4s. a live look there. things moving nicely on the you're watching "today in new
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4:42 right now. four things to know this morning. hundreds of thousands greeted pope francis in cuba. the pope held a mass and met with fidel castro. darlene rodriguez is in cuba. she's going to provide an update for us on that visit at 5:00 a.m. today the city council is scheduled to discuss one of mayor de blasio's signature proposals from his state of the city address, a major expansion of ferry services. mayor de blasio hopes to add services city wide by 2017. f train riders for the second week in a row, the mta is doing work on the lines. no service between 179th street and briarwood overnight. also, nassau counties executive asking for more than $200 million to develop the area
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it would help build a biotech park around the arena, which is untudergoing renovations. 4:44 right now. time for a check of weather and traffic on the 4s. just looking at the video there, i think if all the people went to see the islanders there in the winning years. >> billy smith, all those guys. and i'm a ranger fan. but i know them. it was a great team. in the meantime, weather shifted from that summertime pattern inonto one more typical of fall, at least for the next couple ys. things have cooled off this morning. you notice it in a big way. stepping out into 40s and 50s in the distant suburbs. weth're down to 61. it's partly cloudy. bit of a breeze out there with the wind out of the northeast. it's chilly north and west in particular early on. breezy today and again tomorrow with the wind coming off the water somewhat. looks like fantastic weather for the papal visit on thursday and friday. in fact, temperatures may get warmer again.
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right now we take the temperature tour around the area. in and close to the city, 60 degrees. out across long island, numbers are generally a little cooler out here. basically mid-50s. eaatstport down to 56. down the jersey shore, still in the 60s from point pleasant to seaside park and surf city. go inland, it drops to the 50s. then north and west, this is where the real chill is. high point is 49. chester is 48. hunter down to 41 degrees right now. everybody under a partly cloudy sky. we have clouds pushing in from a system to the south. the rain doesn't get here, but the leading edge of the clouds will be with us. they're high and mid-level clouds. breaks for some sunshine. ar brit it breezy, comfortable day. clouding over tonight. the northeast wind gets more prer persistent.
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tomorrow, more clouds, sun, temperatures back into the mid-70s. another quiet day. in fact, it's a quiet weather week ahead. meantime, hopefully the mets get back on track here. getting a little nervous. 69 degrees, first-pitch te ymperature. bring the jacket to the gameat 74, 75, today and tomorrow. 81 on wednesday with sunshine. 80 on thursday as the pope arrives. 76 on friday with a few more clouds. the weekend cool but dry. 75 saturday and 73 for sunday. it's 4:46. let's find out about the commute. >> good morning. we do have our first accident on the roads. we'll head over to route 7 where southbound after the wittpenn bridge there is an accident that blocks a lane. bit of a slow ride through there. heading to throgs neck bridge, we have construction in the westbound direction. a slow go here. your best bet would be to head to the white stone bridge.
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if you're getting on the ferries, general assembly is in town this week. pope in town later this week. what we're seeing on the east river ferry at the pier 11, wall street stop, temporary delays and closures at any time. also bus route changes throughout manhattan. sea streak on time. alternate side of the street paorking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. it's 4:47. a long island man heads to court today to face serious charges in an alleged road rage attack. state police say 28-year-old ro san hinn to forced a car off the meadow brook parkway, beat the driver, and took off. investigators say he had his 2-year-old child in the car during this attack. the victim was punched so hard, he had to be treated for broken bones to his face. it is 4:47.
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legend jimmy "super wly" due in a pennsylvania court on murderh charges. he's accused of beating his girlfriend to death in a hotel room. this was back in 1983. the case was reopened a couple years ago after snuka released his autobiographoo it reportedly contradicted his own account when argentina was killed. snuka is now 72 years old and free on bail. happening today, a tennessee man whose selfie on the brooke religion bridge went viral is now facing a judge. he's got a new selfie here in new -rk. 21ear-wed daesd carr nooch walked out on a beam and snapped this p ture back in july. yeah, you can't do that. last month he was arrested in chattanooga and extradited here. the photo raised security concerns just before the fourth of july. 4:48 now in new jersey. new construction codes take effect today, but some people say the rules don't go far enough to prevent fires. our news partner says the regulations lack many of the
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safety changes called for after th massive fire in edgewater, new jersey. thr,e fire destroyed the avalon luxury housing comple bk in january. among the suggestions are to limit the use of light wood frames which can burn faster and collapse. officials say they're already working on the next set of revisions for the year 2018. moving now to northern ca glifornea. the deadly and destructive valley fire is now 69% contained.d,it's been burning for more than a week though. evacuation orders for several communities have been lifted. that's a bit of good news. people returning to their neighborhoods finding they're gone. their neighborhoods are just destroyed. officials say the fire has destroyed about 1,000 homes, and it is still threatening to burn ndreds more. in new jersey, state wildlife officials are hoping to trap a bear spotted by a 7-year-old boy. the encounter happened on saturday near ramapo state forest in oakland, new jersey. the boy had marks on his dy, but they appear to be caused by thor .
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officials have not ruled out that there could have been contact with the bear. the town says residents should not be alarmed. it is 4:49. the 67th annual emmy awards, a fantasy favorite was crowned king. >> "game of thrones." >> yes, "game of thrones" won best drama series. the series now has 26 emmys. it's tied with "hill street blues" and "the west wing." john ham i inally won best actor for his role in "mad men." he didn't even use the stairs to get on stage. it was viola davis who made history. she became the first non-white to win best actress for a drama. >> the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.
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you cannot win an emmy for roles that are simply not there. >> it was a very moving speech. best come by went to hbo's . eep." meanwhile, jon stewart and "the daily show" took home the best variety talk series award. >> and the emmys marked the return of tracy morgan. >> he got a standing ovation as he walked on stage for the first time in more than a year. [ cheers and applause ] amazing to see. as we all know, morgan was critically injured in a car accident on the new jersey turnpike last year. he went on to thank everybody r theiowwell wishes, and he cracked a couple jn sh too. >> i suffered a traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma for eight days, and i finally regained consciousness. i was just ecstatic to learn that i wasn't the one who messed up.
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>> he's getting back. he was the final presenter of the night. he will host "saturday night live" on october 17th. >> it is amazing to see. >> it's been a long road for him. i think everybody is rooting him on. >> 4:52 now. still to come, why some lawmakers are pushing to turn a local bar into a national landmark. and a new way to get around on a citi bike for people who doe n't live in new y k city.
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4:54 right now. a live look at, as we refer to it, the tbizzle bridge. >> i like it. >> it is a little cool tals morning, whatever bridge you're on.
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>> is that the wizzle? the wertheinr. >> never mind. i'm not going to go there. clouds and sun mixed today. i think we'll see more clouds than sun, but there will be sunshine peeking through at ti pomes. 74 the expected high this afternoon. a cool, refreshing breeze. it will feel like autumn, indeed. 60 tonight with a mostly cloudy sky. 40s and 50s in the bupus. non rain anticipated for the next few days. we'll have the weather for the pope coming up. >> the papal forecast. >> let's not talk about lae traffic forecast. we'll get to that in a few days. let's start ith today. thly a few detours. we'll start with the bus. just one for now. for the rest of the week, expect a lot of detours. this morning, the b-63. everything else olrcng along nicely. a look at the belt parkway.ooth sailing here. no roadwork getting in your way. so far, a nice ride in all of the boroughs.
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>> all right. thanks very much. another way of getting around, the citi bike. the popular bike sharing program rolling into jersey city. 350 bikes will be going up at 35 different stations throughout the city. for those fho travel between rsey city and new york, good news. the membership is good in both places. so you can take advantage of citi bike in jersey city and also in new york city. >> very good. hey, you have another chance to buy a long island home at a fraction of its original cost. there are 155 more homes going up for auction november 17th. these e rty homes were pretty badly damaged by hurricane indy. the bidding starts at just $43,000. you can inspect thetiomes during two weeks in mid-october. our i-team told you about dangers of synthetic drugs. now senator charles schumer wants federal agencies to fight
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the dea raided ten locations in our ar alea. senator schumer wants agents to go after the website that sells these drugs. >> unless we find a way to choke off their supply, synthetic drugs are going to keep delivering very real and very painful consequences. >> schumer also wants the dea to put credit cards and paypal on notice as well. he doesn't want them doing business with the websites that sell those synthetic drugs. several lawmakers and activists pushing to create a stonanall national park in greenwich village. the move would give a higher profile to the place where gay rights began. they're afraid the designation could get stuck in congress, so they'd like president obama to make it. well, aftut winning one game each, e mets and yanks mixed it up for the finale of the subway series. matt harvey pitching five greater weight innings, striking
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out seven, allowing only one hit. however,vehe mets fell apart after that. xth inning, carlos beltran hits a two-run double. ackley hit a three-run home run. the yanks go on to hose them 11-2. the game also had an unexpected visitor. a pigeon started walking around the infield. the announcers joked he wassen extra infielder. the little.guy strutted by cc sasabathia. it actually didn't cause a delay, but the igeon ended up near first base next to yankee rookie. took a nice lead off the bag. he could have stolen. >> in football now, unfortunately another heartbreaking loss for the giants. hosting atlancnta, eli manning gets sacked, loses the ball. that led to a falcons touchdown. with under two minutes to go, matt ryan lobs the deep ball to julio jones. he's marked down at the 1 yard line.
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good two plays later. the giants lose this one 24-20. >> all right. not the way we wanted to start the season. coming up on 5:00 a.m. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. >> keep watching "today in new york" by downloading the news 4 new york app on your mobile device. our next hour starts right now. breaking news this morning. hours after a very violent weekend, a deadly shooting in the bronx. live pictures from the scene. we've learned the victim is a taxi driver. plus, a dramatic rescue. nearly two dozen people plunged into the east river when their boat overturned. and thousands of people gather for pope francis' historic visit to cuba as the pontiff meets with that country's long-time leader. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 5:00 a.m. on this monday, september 21th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett. darlene on assignment in cuba, covering pope francis' historic
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in fact, we'll be checking in with her in a couple minutes. >> in the meantime, we want to check with chris cimino here with the forecast. talk about streaks. you just keep wondering how long this is going to go on for. >> we're on it. we'll keep it going for the balance of this week. we've set back the temperatures a little bit but not bad. you get closer to be the city, it's 50s. in the city itself, down to 60 degrees right now. we may slip into the upper 50s, even in central park, before the morning is through. clouds mixed with filtered sunshine throughout the day. a cool breeze by noon. forecasting a high of 74 degrees. here's lauren scala. >> good morning, everyone. overall the roads are in good shape. we have roadwork causing a bit of a problem on the throgs neck bridge. the white stone bridge is the way to go. watch out for an accident in new jersey heading southbound on route 7 after the wittpenn
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bridge. that blocks a lane. you can see things are still moving along. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up. we have breaking news this morning from the bronx. a cab driver shot and killed overnight. jen maxfield is in the belmont section with the latest on this story. >> reporter: good morning to you. that's right. we're here near the intersection of east 189th street and beaumont avenue. i'm going to step away and show you exactly what is happening here at the scene. you can see police have cordoned off this intersection with crime scene tape. the crime scene unit is here at the scene right behind that white van is a green taxi. the man driving that taxi was shot and killed just before 1:30 this morning. police are still looking for the suspect. the driver lost control of the taxi after he was shot in the head and crashed into several other cars here at this intersection.
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again, police are investigate ing. this shooting this morning is the latest after what was a very violent weekend here in the city. seven people were killed, four people were injured by gun vanls, including a 7-year-old girl who was grazed by a bullet in the ankle on sunday night. she is recovering at this time. back here live at the scene, we are here in the belmont section of the bronx where police are currently investigating this fatal shooting of a taxi driver that happened just before 1:30 this morning. that's the latest live from the scene. now back to you. >> jen, obviously there's concern in these situations as so happened with cab drivers we've seen in the last couple days. concerns about when they pick people up, who interacted with them, and i'm sure that's what police are looking for right now. >> reporter: that's exactly right. they're looking to see who was riding in the taxi before this happened, but of course as you know, this has been a big
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livery cab drivers throughout the city. this is something that will certainly cause even greater concern for them. >> jen, thank you very much. the former tennis star mistakenly arrested by an nypd officer sitting down with mayor de blasio and police commissioner bratton a little later today. surveillance video of james blake's arrest outside of a manhattan hotel shows the officer there charging at him, grabbing him by the arm, and tackling him to the ground. well, it was then that the officer discovered he had the wrong guy. the officer is on desk duty now. the mayor and police commissioner have apologized to blake, who has said that officer should be fired. 5:03 now. still no word as to what caused a dragon boat to capsize near queens. rescuers took 19 people out of the east river after their competitive rowing boat went down. officials say the wooden dragon boat was completely submerged by the time the coast guard got there. members of the rowing club were
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