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> breaking news. a woman is in grave condition right now. the victim of a hit and run in a popular area for night life in the district. deadly attack. a restaunt in northern virginia turns into a crime scene when a woman is killed during dinner. good morning and thanks for joining us for "news 4 today," i'm eun yang. >> i'm joe krebs on this thursday, the 7th day of october, 2010. let's take a live look outside. mostly clear skies around the region. some stars up there. and 55 degrees. going to be a nice day according to veronica johnson. >> we're excited about that. >> you bet. it's been dreary around here. now it's goingo be dazzling. everything's sparkling with the sunshine that we're going to be getting. nice, warm temperatures through the area, too. let's get a check on the temperatures right now across the area, where, as i said, we are warming up a littl bit. georgetown at 52 degrees right now. largo is at 49. 48 in annandale, and 52 currently in ithersburg,
maryland. so a nice morning. the sun will rise at 7:11 today. we'll hit a high temperature today of 74 degrees. probably close to 70 degrees by noontime today. again, just a light southwesterly wind for the early part of the day. then that wind will pick up a little bit. breezy conditions maybe for the afternoon. and close to 80 degrees this weekend. saturday, sunday, awfully, awfully nice. is it nice, though, on the roads? >> for the most part, veronica. for the most part chopper four all over the city this morning looking down. they'll be perusing traffic for us around the morning. relatively quiet. a shot of chopper 4 on the job for us. they're going to eventually head over to the beltway in maryla. let's head over ourselves along i-270, looks like just a traffic stop in germantown. not a bi deal. let's head over and see if there anything that is a big deal to virginia. just volume only, this is interstate 66 nib now, a couple
of spots for emerging traffic towards vienna. and headed out to the rails this morning. not too bad. good news, metrorail and vre are fine earlier delays were cleared. m.a.r.c. rail, six minutes behind schedule. >> all right, jerry, thank you. now to the latest on that breaking news we've been following all morning out of northwest washington. access to dupont circle is closed fromonnecticut avenue right now, after a woman was hit by a car. the woman is in grave condition, and the driver too off after the accident. megan mcgrath is live on the scene with the latest. megan, good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning, eun. you can see the area where we're standing here, that is completely blocked off at this point. this is connecticut avenue at the split where you can take the ramp up to the right-hand side to access dupont circle. you can go to the left, underneath the circle. this actlly happened on that road. the ramp, the access road leading up to dupont circle. now accordinto witnesses, the
woman, the victim, was getting out of a car, a mercedes that was parked along the curb here in front of one of the bars here in this stretch. she was getting out of the rr of the passenger seat on the driver's side whe an suv traveling down the road struck her. the driver of that suv kept going. we spoke to a witness who did not want to be identified. he said he was here on the scen when it happened. he's been cooperating with police. he saw the woman get struck. he was on a bicycle, actually. he got on his bike, started to chase the driver, an actually followed that driver for several blocks, he said. he was able to get a tag number off of thevehicle, gave that tag number to police. police were told -- have been talking to someone that they located in month qomry county. they believe that they have the suv that is involved in this accident, and again they are talking to a person they believe may be the driver. no arrests have been made as of yet. but certainly they've had some
critical informaon provided by witnesses on the scene. in terms of the woman who was stwruk, we don't have any update. no confirmation of her condition. we were last told she was in critical and grave condition. and again no updates since that last report. back to you in the studio. >> megan, could this cau some traffic problems this morning as we get into rush hour? >> its could. because this is apparently going to be closed off for a couple of hours. they've got to document the scene. basically access to dupont circle from connecticut avenue is limited. you cannot take the ramps to get up to the circle. so you're going to either have to detour around before you get to the spot or you're going to be forced to go down through that tunnel beneath the circle. at least for a couple more hours. >> megan mcgrath live in northwest this morning. thanks so much. this morning the search is on for answers after a woman was murdered inside a northern v restaurant. this happened inside the 5-t bar and grill on sring garden drive
in springfield while people were eating dinner there. police say a man and woman got into an argument when the man pulled out a knife and stabbed her before injuring himself. investigators say thtwo involved did know each other. the suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. this morning we have new information about what is beeved to be a serial burglar who is targeting homes in northern virginia. the number of cases in prince william county is growing. we now know of 14 incidents that occurred monday night into tuesday morning. that's up from the four we reported yesterday. police say they investigated seven burglaries, two attempted burglaries, and five thefts from vehicles. and that's on top of the 90 cases already reporte in fairfax county. the burglar is getting in through unlocked doors and windows. this morning people living in the foggy bottom neighborhood are on art after a young woman was raped near washington circle. the attack happened tuesday morning in the 2300 block of pennsylvania avenue northwest. that's right behind t embassy
of spain. there are at least ha a dozen surveillance cameras covering the ally because of the proximity to the eassy. police are now reviewing those types. g.w. university sent out an alert last night, however it is not clear if the victim was a g.w. student. we're still waiting for a statement from the prince george's county police chief abouan alleged cheating scandal involving more than 30 county officers. chief roberto hilton canceled a news conference late yesterday afternoon and then promised a written statement later in the evening. so far, nothing. investigators are trying to determine whether more than 30 ficers cheated on tests when they were still cadets. department records show the cadets had perfect scores on at least 11 tests measuring basic skills, arrest procedures and how to testify in court. and they included scores from one cadet who did not even take the test. today marks nine years since the war in afghanistan started. president obama has said u.s. troops will come home next year. pakistan -- or afghastan's president hamid karzai is
spearheading a new afghan peace council to guide reconciliation with the taliban and other insurgent groups. but the taliban has said it will not participate in peace talks, as long as u.s. and nato troops remain in afghanistan. the u.s. has lost some 1200 lives in the war. d.c. delegate elliot homes norton wants to bring all foreclosures in the strict to a halt. she says she wants lenders to prove they have systems in place to prevent improper foreclosures. norton says her office has been flooded with calls fm constituents complaining banks are refusing to modify their mortgages. the congresswoman's announcement comes after three major lending companies voluntarily stopped ee vibzs in 2 states after admitting so mistakes in foreclosure filings. we have a traffic alert. if you have to cross the wilson bridge tonight, the bridge wil be closed for about ten minutes at 10:00 p.m. again tonight so a luxury yacht can pass through. the british ship the "boo kwrks
2" passed under the bridge lt night causing language backups as the bridge was opened. the ship is more than ten stories high. well, the situation side a house in prince george's county, the surprising find for one real estate agent. >> also ahead, more legal trouble looming for former senator john edwards. 53 degrees outside, under mainly clear skies. we'll have weather and traffic together on the 1s right after this.
a gorgeous thursday. welcome back to weather and traffic on the 1s. we've got temperatures that range from the upper 40s to the low 50s right now. dumfries william county, 45 degrees right now. it is 52 degrees currently at riverwood in the district. at the bus stop, 52 to 61. really good start for us, and awfully nice finish. your high temperature today, 74 degrees. elsewhere 72 in frederisburg. 64 in warrenton today. a high tomorrow of 75 degrees. and this weekend, close to 80 degrees if you didn't think you could get any better, it will. jerry? >> all right, veronica. as we take to the air, chopper 4 looking down on the masses headed to work or wherever ov the capital beltway this morning. we did have that one accident rly on, on the outer loop between georgia avenue and
connecticut avenue. over on the shoulder. as you make the trip around it is going to be slow. so heads up, just typical morning out there. let's go over to prince george's county. eenbelt and check out the beltway. both the inner loop and outer loop. this is near kenilworth avenue, right now from i-95, down to foreville. morningside to the wilson bridge, just a little bit of volume. joe, eun? >> jerry, thank you. 6:12 is ou time now. 53 degrees. the rare sports feat accomplished that has only happened twice in the htory of the world. >> one of the candidates in the maryland governor's race is bringing in a heavy hitter. a big rally taking place today. >> and change in security after a hostage standoff puts the discovery channel at odds with montgome county.
with the governor today in prince george's county. news 4's elaine reyes is live in bowie with a preview. >> that's right, eun. he's making an appearance at bowie state university. the president has a loot of support in the state of maryland and especially in prince george's county. but martin o'malley still needs voters to show up on election day. president obama is expected to rally at the campus, around 3:15 this afternoon. and it's expected he'll tell the crowd how maryland will continue to move forward under martin o'malley and lieutenant governor anthony brown's leadership. >> we're smart enough in our state to know tt it was george bush and his wrong-headed policies that drove our economy into the ditch and we know that president obama's doing everything in his power to move our economy forward. so, marylanders always choose in the face of challenge and adversity to make progress and move forward. for that reason the preside's more popular in maryland than he might be in other states.
>> now o'malley and ehrlich, their poll numbers were evenly divided back in may. with just a couple of weeks to go until election day, o'malley has opened up a double digit lead according to a "washington post" poll conducted lt week. former governor bob ehrlich, the republican candidate in this race, downplayed today's rally, saying that the president hasn't done very well in oth races nationwide. but, of course, martin o'malley has his full support. back to you in the studio. >> elaine reyes in bowie this morning, thank you. >> martin o'malley telling us maryland is moving forward. >> and moving maryland forward. >> meanwhile republican challenger bob ehrlich begins airing his first television ads in the washington region today. the former maryland governor is campaigning to get his old job back. he hopes to turn around recent polls that show him behind governor martin o'malley. o'malley's campaign has been airing ads in the region for the past two weeks. the man likely to become d.c.'s next mayor willold his
next town hall meeting tonight. democratic mayoral nominee vincent gray started the gatherings on tuesday in ward five. gray talked about his goals as mayor if elected and then took questions from the audience. d.c. voters in ward three can aggress gr tonight at saint lumbus episcopal church in northwest washington. that town hall meeting begins at 6:00. investigators are still trying to figure out who put what appears to be two pipe bombs in a foreclosed prince george's county home. a real estate agent found the devices in a vacant house in district heights yesterday. the bomb squad spent about four hours making sure they weren't a threat to the public. the agent who discovered them said he didn't evenrealize how dangerous the situation really was. >> i mean, when i found it, i didn't even -- it didn't even register to me that i was in a dangers situation, really. i was more concerned about who may be looking for it, and wouldn't find it. i didn't know, you know, somebody might be watching me or that kind of thing.
>> investigators sent a substance inside the devices to a crime lab to determine if they were real or fake. well, this morning there is a controversy stemming from last month's standoff at the discovery channel headquarters in silver spring. some of discovery's neighbors are upset that the company is now closed its public gardens. it closeded gardens days after e hostage sittion back on the 1st of september. according to discovery's agreement with montgomery county the garden must be open to the public during the day because it is the only green public space in downtown silver sprin the company spokeswoman says discovery is conducting a security review right now and will try to work with county officials when that assessment is complete. thousands are expected to attend the dueling rallies of jon stewart and stephen colbert on the national mall at the end of this month. now stewart has announced the exact location for his rally to reste sanity. on the area of the mall near the capitol between 3rd and 7th streets rthwest. it's not clear yet where stephen
colbert's rally will take place. the washington wizards may soon be no more. no, the team's not leaving town, but they could once again don the name bullets on their uniforms. new owner ted leonsis just posted a list on his bl of 101 signs of visible change since he took over the team back in june. number 31 on that list is, quote, change wizards team name to bullets. according to the blog that request is, quote, under consideration. other changes are a little less astic, but just as important to a lot of fans. colder beer. different cheerleader outfits. and, drum roll, please, well-stocked toilet paper. >> all very important things. >> solutely. >> all right. roy halladay is the talof the sports world this morning. >> a bouncer, ruiz, in time!
roy halladay has thrown a no-hitter! >> the illies' pitcher threw a no-hitter yesterday in the opening game of the national league division series. halladay allowed just one walk in philadelphia's 4-0 win over theincinnati reds. it is just the second no-hitter in postseason history and halladay's second no-hitter of this season. the yankees were also victorious last night beatinghe minnesota twins 6-4. he is the real deal. attention baseball card directors, are you missing hundreds of cards from your collection? someone found more than 500 baseball cards in a grassy area near east potomac park near the tennis center. the collection includes topps and clear cards from the early '80s. the person who made the discovery was nice enough and honest enough to hand over the cards to police. and you can contact them if you think you're the rightful owner. >> a lot of folks going to be wanting a doc holliday card soon.
>> there will be an interesting story behind that. i'm su. well, we have, or at least do, an easy day of forecasting around here. and will for awhile. finally got everybody's e-mails, those that were requesting, could you do somethingbout the weather? we're just tired of it since this past weekend. all right. we've got mostly clear skies right now. the sun's goingo be coming up shortly after 7:00. so hold on. brooklyn at 52 degrees. kettering, prince george's county at 50 degrees. mash shall 45, and 47 in ashburn. a high todaybout 3:00 of 74 degrees. 72 in fredericksburg. degrees down in st. mary's. and then 75 with more sunshine tomorrow and close to 80 degrees. this weekend, saturday and sunday is lookingreally, really good. better than last weekend. jerry? >> all right, veronica. let's head over and take a look. the capital beltway as we look around new hampshire avenue. notice the brake lights early.
first there's a beltway crash reported near new hampshire avenue. then another one reported to be on the beltway near the i-270 spur. so authorities are headed over for both of those incidents and keep you updated. elsewhere, on the rails, metrail and vre doing fine. m.a.r.c. rail okay 70 and872. joe, eun? >> thank you, jerry. a new report that blasts the white house's response to the oil spill in the gulf. and why federal posecutors are expanding their investigation into former senator john edwards' campaign finances. facebook rolls out a number of new features. what you'll now be ae to do.
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breaking news. a woman is the victim of hit and run early this morning in an area known for its night life. we're live on the scene with new information. good morning and welcome back to "news 4 today," i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. it is thursday, october 7th, 2010. we want to take a live look outside at 6:29. it's 57 degrees out there. we've been tking about how nice the weather is going to be. especially after those gloomy days we've had. veronica johnson tells us more about this great news. >> this is our best morning out of the work week. really good. no excuse for folks getting out of bed and taking charge of the day. >> let's do it. >> mostly clear skies overhead right now. temperatures, they are warming up. germantown, kensington at 51. right there at our studios in
nbc washington. 52. 44 degrees down to the south now in dunn fry. look at that wild spot, st. mary's 53 degrees right now. 50 to 58 degrees. very light wind at the bus stop. so jacket might be able to lose that today. close to 70 degrees by noontime. just aew high clouds. 70 for your high about 3:00 today. sun sets at 6:40. so throughout the area, we'll be rising to 70 to 74 degrees. tomorrow, the high 75 and a great weekend, take in a little bit of fall color, back to crisp, cool nights and warm days. the color will be coming on pretty strong. >> all right, veronica. breaking news, chopper 4 has just arived on the scene of the accident we told you about a couple of moments ago. they're over the capital beltway. right at the decision point. is is the outer loop at the decision point to stay with 495 headed over toward old
georgetown road or toward virginia, or to go north on to i-0 up toward old georgetown road. right at that decision point, looks like somebody didn't quite make the decision in time. th're right in the middle of the roadway. fire a rescue crews are on the scene. so it doesn't matter if you're planning on going north on 270 or staying with the beltw to virginia, you're going to be in the thick of . elsewhere at this hour, top side of the beltway, notice the far left side. that's the inner loop at new hampshire aven. authorities are headed to a crash. inner loop between new hampshire avenue and route 1 in college park in that stretch. we'll keep you updated on that. switch gears, head over to virginia. quiet, fortunately, on 395, no worries. and out to the rails we go. so far, metrorails doing okay. v chlt rechlt fredericksburg 300 slightly delayed. just minor delays, less than ten minutes, m.a.r. rail r 72 and 92. eun? >> all right, jerry, thank you. >> we continue to follow breaking news this morning.
hit and run accident near dupont circle. police say a woman was hit at around 1:30 this morning in the 1300 block of connecticut avenue. megan mcgrath is live from the scene ght now. good morning, megan. >> reporter: good morning, joe. the latest information here is that investigators believe they have found the driver involved in this hit and run accident, and we have video to show you, actually, of a scene, something that's going on in chevy chase. apparently investigators are speaking to someone at is high race building in chevy hase. they believe that they are speaking to the person who was behind the wheel when this accident occurred very early this morning. theyelieve that they have found the vehicle that was involved in is accident. now this happened at around 1:30 in the morning. according to witnesses, the victim was getting out of a mercedes that was parked here along t ramp that leads from connecticut avenue up to dupont circle. she was getting out of that vehicle when an suv struck her as she got out. that vehicle, that driver, continued to go.
now, witnesses say that the vehicle did not even hit the brakes, continued on. there was a person on a bicycle that was in the area, saw the accident happen. that person, according to investigators, gave choice and actually followed this suv for several blocks. as many as five or six blocks, got a tag number from that vehicle. from that suv, called it in to police. that was the critical piece of information that police needed, and they were able to then track down this car. they found it, they say, in montgomery county in the chevy chase area. thats what led them to this building we showed a little while earlier in chevy chase. they have not charged anyone yet but they believe they have the driver who was responsib. in terms of the victim. the information weere given when this first came down was that she was in critical, grave condition. there has been no update on her condition since that initial report. so the only information we have is that this is a very serious
incident. she's in very critical condition. and we're hoping to get an update for you later on here this morning. no word on who the person is. all i know is that she's an adult female. that's the victim here. and just a horrible accident. wiesses say it was just a terrible thing for them to see. that the victim just really was getting out of the car when she was struck by this passing vehicle. back to you i the studio. >> megan mcgrath reporting live. thanks very much. this morning, people livin in the foggy bottom neighborhood are on alert after a young woman was raped near washington circle. it happened near the 2300 block of pennsylvania avenue northwest. that's rig behind the embassy of spain. there are at least half a dozen surveillance cameras covering the alley because of its proximity to the embassy. police are now reviewing those tapes. george washington university sent out an alert last night. however it's not clear if the victim was a g.w. student. we are still waiting for a statement from the prince george's county police chief about an alleged cheating scandal involved more than 30
county officers. chief robeo hilton canceled the news conference late yesterday afternoon and then promised a written statement later in the evening. so far, though, nothing. investigators are trying to determine whether more than 30 officers cheated on tests when they were still cadets. >> well, we just want to make sure that, you know, any information that the defense had a right to know before the case was resolved was turned over to them. theyight want to use this afternoon for impeachment of the officers who may have testified, and that's true for cases that haven't come forward, as well. >> department record show the cadets had perfect scores on at least 11 tests measuring basic skills, arrest procedures, and how to testify in court and they included scores from one cadet who did not even take the test. >> this morning, new information involving the trial of the man accused of willing chandra levy. prosecutors have asked a judge to keep certain lie detector tests out of the trial.
ingmar guandique is charged with killing lee very. prosecutors say a examiner said he was not being deceptive. they also want to keep out the 2001 polygraph when they found a witness was being deceptive when he or she said guandique killed levy. prosecutors say the procedures for both tests were flawed. the trial is set toget under way later this month. this morning the search is on for answers after a woman was murdered inside a northern virginia restaurant. this happened inside the five-t bar and grill on spring garden drive in springfield while people were eating dinner. police say a man and woman got into an argument when the man pulled out a knife and stabbed the woman before he injured himself. investigators say the two did know each other. the suspect was taken to the hoital. he has nonlife threatening injues. >> today starts year number ten of the war in afghanistan. president obama wants to bring u.s. troops home.
afghistan has a new peace council to improve relations with t taliban and other insurgent groups. meanwhile, 1200 lives lost, some question if u.s. troops are fighting the right enemy. critics say it is time to refocus america's $100 billi effort away from insurgents, and back to al qaeda. >> now is the time to give the new strategy one last chance. and if this one doesn't work, it's time for a backup plan. >> the taliban says it will not participate in peace talks while u.s. and nato troops remain in afghanistan. 6:37. 56 degrees. coming up a real estate agent inspecting a home finds something that sets off a neighborhood scare. >> also ahead the new features you'll now find on facebook. >> a live look outside right now. we have clear skies. dawn here in the nation's capital. brightening skies as well. we'ltake a look weather and traffic on the 1s next.
working on this morning. meredith, go morning to you. >>ood morning to you, joe. coming up on a thursday morning on "today," rare tornadoes tear through arizona, leaving behind a path of destruction. and this morning there's a threat of even more twisters. we are live with the very latest. also ahead, a sex scandal rocks the duke university campus after a female student'sist of encounters with athletes is posted online. we're going to have details about that. plus the secret wrightings of marilyn monroe that are revealing a side of the icon the public has never seen when we get started on a thursday morning right here on "today." back to you, joe. >> all right, meredith, thanks very much. have a wonderful day. thanks. 6:41 is your time now. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. veronica johnson joins us in the studio. >> very nice. areawide, this is our mildest morning. temperatures throuout the area, it's going to be the prettiest date of the work week so far. montgomery village right now at
51 degrees. you folks around clinton heights, at 50. tyson's corner in fairfax at 47 degrees. 50 to 58 degrees right at the bus stop. nice start for us the. 70 degrees by about noontime today. it is 74, your high temperature about 30. look at e weekend, saturday and sunday, close to 80 degrees. and well, let's see what's going on on the roads, if we have any trouble spots. >> all right, veronica. authorities remain on the scene of the accident here on the beltway in maryland. and chopper 4 clearly on the scene as the outer loop of the beltway right at the exit too north on i-270, keeping cars to the far right of your screen headed up 270 toward old georgetown road. ese folks headed around toward northern virginia right there at the decision point. looks like all the activity now has been moved out of the road way. the flares are still there. one car there, i suspect police are up there, as well. ray little bit of a destruction. so heads up.
a bit slow between rockville pike and old georgetown road over on the beltway. quick check elsewhere, inner loop of the beltway at i-95 earlier accident out of the roadway. on the rails, very quickly, metrorail and vre looking good. minor delays on mairk. >> thanks very much. this is news. drivers, we have some good news for you for a change. construction on ohio drive will soon be coming to an end. >> more break-ins are reported in northern virginia. where the serial burglar may have struck again. >> and the day ahead in maryland governor's race. the big name democratic candidate martin o'malley will be campaigning with today. i'm bob ehrlich. i'm not the kind of guy
already reported in fafax county. the burglar is getting in to unlocked doors and windows. investigators are sti trying to figure out who put what appear to be two pipe bombs in a foreclosed prince george's county home. a real estate agent found the devices in a vacant house in district heights yesterday. a bomb squad spent about four hours making sure that they were not a threat to the public. the real estate agent who scovered them said he did not even realize how dangerous the situation might have been. >> i mean, when i found out, i didn't even -- it didn't even register to me that i was in a dangerous situation real. i was more concerned about who might be looking for it and couldn't find it. i didn't know, you know, if somebody might be watching me or that kind of thing. investigate ares say the substance was returned inside the devices to the crime labto determine whether the pipe bombs were real or fake. we are less then a month away from election day, and today maryland governor martin
o'malley is getting a presidential push. president obama will campaign with the governor today in prince george's county. news 4's eine reyes is live in bowie with a preview. >> good morning. taking place this afternoon at bowie state university. you know, maryland is primarily a blue state, and president obama has a lot of support here, especially in prince george's county. "the washington post" conducted a poll last week and o'malley has a double digit lead over bob ehrlich. and he hopes it stays that way. now president obama is scheduled to speak at a rally he at 3:15 this aernoon. it's pected he'll tell the crowd how maryland will continue to move forward under a martin o'malley and lieutenant governor anthony brown's leadership. >> we're smart enough in our state to know that it was george bush and his wrong-headed policies that drove our economy into the ditc and we know that president obama is doing everything in his power to move our economy forward. so marylanders always choose in
the face of challenge and adversity to make progress and to move forward. and for that reason the president's more popular in maryland than he might be in other states. >> republican candidate and former governor bob ehrlich downplayed today's endorsement, saying that president obama hasn't really helped much of the other races around the countr but, again, martin o'malley getting a lot of support from someone very up high. back to you. >> allrigh elaine reyes in bowie this morning. thank you. >> martin o'malley telling us maryland is moving forward. >> and moving maryland four. >> television ads in the washington region today. the former maryland governor is campaigning to get his old job back. he hopes to turnaround recent polls that show him behind governor martin o'malley. o'mall o'malley's campaign has been airing ads in the region for the past two weeks. tonight, d.c. voters in ward three can personal ask questions of vincent gray, the democratic mayoral candidate is making himself available at several town hall meetings this
month. gray held s first gathering on tuesday in ward five. attendees there heard him describe his goals as mayor, and got some questions answered. tonight'town hall meeting begins at 6:00 at saint columbus episcopal church in northwest washington. this morning on wall street, the dow is closing in on the 11,000 mark. cnbc's courtney reagan joins us live with more on where the markets are headed today. courtney, od morning. >> good morning toyou. well right now i'm looking over and seeing futures are actually marginally positive after a mixed seion on wall street wednesday. stocks did come off on lows following a report that showed a surprise decline in private sector payrolls last month. it's raising concerns of friday's big jobs rert won't show employment growth last month. we'll have to wait and see. asian markets fell overnight and europe is also in the red. in the meantime we'll get another report on jobs this morng. it's the one that measures those unemployment filings on a weekly basis. and texaco reports results before the bell.
alcoa this afternoon that marks the unofficial start of earnings season. the dow gained 22 points yesterday to 10,967. the nasdaq last 19 to 2380. and apple is making a version of its popular iphone for verizon's wireless network. "the wall street journal" says it will be available early next year. this ends apple's exclusive relationship with at&t. apple is also reportedly developing a fifth generation ipho that will different significantly from existing models. back to you. >> verizon getting into the game. >> yeah, definitely. >> courtney, see you soon, thank you. >> thank you. a few new features on facebook today. one of those features makes it easier to separate online friendships into different groups. it'sdesigned to share comments, photos and other links with others based on relationships and interests. for example, users could be grouped by family, by friends, coworkers,nd more. another change to facebook lets users archive personal informion posted on e website.
>> i'm still trying to figure out -- >> joe can teach you. >> i used it once in the last year. >> well that's me. that's about it. >> i'm getting better at it. >> all right. >> we're going to be getting better at getting out and doing something today. we had a couple of days of crummy weather. now we're going to have really go weather around here. kind of mother nature's way of balancing everything out. let's head on out because the sun is coming up officially at 7:10 tod. 52 is the current temperature. right no at reagan national airport. humidity, 0%, dew point at 47 degrees. the air really getting a little dry now after yesterday's little weather system finally kicked on out of here. 52 up in fredericks maryland. 47 in sterlingnd around mclean. 48 around calverton and manassas. 44 down south. at the bus stop this morning, 50 to 58 degrees.
50 in some of the northwestern suburbs. by noontime today, up to about 70 degrees. we have not been over 70 since last saturday. in fact, today, i think we'll get up to 74 to about 75 degrees. there's the weather system. at little low that was sitting over here in west virginia, it's noup in pennsylvania. there's even less rain with it. cold front back to the west, maybe just a few high clouds through the area. 49 montgomery county. 49 also in detroit. a little bit of a chilly, colder air, if you will, over to the northern plains and midwest. but nice for us. the trend will continue right through the weekend. so this is what we wanted, and finally it's coming after a cool start tomorrow. back up to 75, and close 80 degrees this weekend. let's get one more check of traffic with jerry. >> all right, veronica. in from the west, along interste 66, the sun slowly coming up over the horizon. won't be long we'll have those intense sunshine delays. right now it's jus volume.
centville, to vienna on in. travel lanes are open but a lot of brake lights in your future. if you're headed westbound, no worries from the beltway all the way on up elsewhere chopper 4 over the scene. beltway crash outer loop at the exit to 270 north. everything is out of the roadway, waiting on the tow truck. out on the rails, doing pret at the well. metrorail, vre 2 slight delays. fredericksburg 00 to 302. m.a.r.c. 872 and 892 delays under ten minutes each. >> the national park service says the road work near the lincoln memorial willbe finished by the end of the month or early november. crews have been working on ohio drive since april. they're replacing structures, curbs and sidewalks along the heavily traveled road that runs along the potomac river. the cpletion date is new for drivers who had trouble getting to the memorial bridge, and the southwest freeway. >> more on that breaking news we've been following all morning out of northwest washington. a woman is in grave condition
after being hit by a car near due month circle. police said the driver then too off. megan mcgrath is live on the scene of that accident. good morning, megan. >> good morning, joe, the driver involved in this accident did not stop. she kept going. but investigators believe that theyave found that driver, thanks to some key information that they got from a witness who was here i the area when it happened. now, this video was shot just a short time ago. investigators are there at a high rise complex in chevy chase. they are talking to a person th they believe was the driver of this vehicle. they apparently also have the vehicle involved in the accident, as well. and that's an ongoing element here. no charges have been filed yet. but again, they do believe they found the person involve in this accident. this happened right around 1:30 this morning. a woman was getting out of a vehicle that was parked here on the ramp that es from connecticut avenue up to dupt circle. as she was exiting that vehicle, witnesses say that an suv driving up thatramp struck her and then kept going. now the woman who was hit, we're
told that she is in very grave, critical condition. we have not gotten any updates about her condition in the last hour or so. but the last w heard, grave and critical condition. so obviously a very serious situation. now, witnesses actually gave chase to the suv. a guy on a bicycle was able to get a tag, gave that tag number to police and that's how they were able to locate the person they believe was behind the wheel. back to you, skroe. they believe the person behind the wheel was a woman? >> yes, that is our understanding. >> okay. >> the victim was a woman, and the iver was a woman. >> indeed. okay, thank you very much, megan mcgrath reporting live. 6:55 is your time now. here are some of the other top stories this morning. a 37-year-old woman is dead after she was stabbed inside the five-t bar and grill in springfield virginia. police say a 40-year-old man walked in d stabbed a woman he knew to death. he was taken to the hospital with self-inflicted injuries. he is expected to survive and is in police custody. >> this morning people living in the foggy bottom neighborhood are on alert after a yog woman
was raped near washington circle. this attack happened tuesday morning in the 2300 block of pennsylvania avenue northwest. >> and we are still waiting for a statement from the prince george's county police chief about an alleged cheating scandal involving more than0 county ofcers. chief roberto hilton canceled a news conference late yesterday afternoon. investigators are trying to determine whether more than 30 officers cheated on tests while they were still cadets. today marks nine years since the war in afghanistan began with some 1200 lives lost. president obama has said u.s. troops will come home next year. afghanistan -- reconciliation with the taliban and oer insurgt groups. >> now to the forecast. >> weather has put on a new face and it's sunshine. 68 degrees by noontime today, out of the 50s and 74 your high temperature. >> all right. >> and we're in pretty good shape for the most part out there. on the 14th seet bridge, just volume and on the maryland side, a quick check, just volume.