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after a friend dialed 911, she explained the situation to the operator. >> i explained to them what's going on. two adults and a child were stuck on the third floor balcony, and they could not get out because there was too much smoke in the building. >> firefighters rescued the three people trapped by raising a ladder. a kitchen fire in a neighboring apartment started the fire. >> stay with us now. "news 4 today" continues right now at 5:00 a.m. ready for anything. right now crews are mobilizing for the upcoming winter. it's looking more and more likely they won't have to wait long to put that into practice. >> good morning. i'm eun yang. it's friday, october 28, 2011. that is no trick. you may not see it as a treat either. that storm is coming our way,
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and it looks like it's going to bring some s-n-o-w. i don't know if i can even say. meteorologist tom kierein will tell us about it. this is certainly highly unlikely for october and especially for halloween. we had measurable snow in october, way back in 1979, but this type of snow would be historic if we get some of the higher amounts i think we may around the blue ridge, shenandoah valley, and into eastern west west virginia where there is a storm watch for accumulating snow on saturday. right now clouds are drifting over. we still have leaves on the trees. that's another issue. if we get any snow on leaves on trees, we could have tree limbs snapping. that would be in shenandoah valley and eastern west virginia where temperatures are cold, down into the mid to upper 30s. although we don't have any reports of freezing temperatures. there may be a few isolated spots in western maryland, parts of eastern west virginia, where it's below freezing. elsewhere, upper 30s to 40s in
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washington. quite a chill in the air. sunrise at 7:31. a chilly day on the way. dress accordingly. you'll need a couple of layers. it will be partly sunny through midday and clouding up this afternoon. a look at your friday evening planner at 5:11. danella, how's traffic? good news for you traveling in virginia. if you're taking richmond highway at kings highway, all your southbound lanes are back. that accident is out of the roadways. look at the bridges in your area, looking pretty good. here's the american legion, no problems inner loop or outer loop. your commute is clear. taking the 14th street bridge, no problems on 395 or as you head across the bridge into the city. and the key bridge as well, nice and clear at this time. now back to you both. >> thanks, danella. day three of the lululemon murder trial is set to begin in a few hours. this comes after an emotional
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day of testimony by the first people to treat the suspect, brittany norwood. news 4's megan mcgrath has been covering the story all morning long and joins us from the courthouse. >> reporter: good morning, joe. grim testimony and graphic photos have been showed to the jurors. there were the weapons used to kill jayna murray, a hammer, a wrench, and other tools apparently from the tool kit inside the store. photos of lululemon shown in disarr disarray, even more graphic photos we're not going to show that indicate the amount of blood at the crime scene, photos of victim. it was a very difficult day for the family of jayna murray. they are in the courtroom. they have seen these photos as they are presented into evidence. they have been listening to the testimony of how their daughter died. at the heart of this case is premeditation. prosecutors say that brittany norwood lured murray back to the score after closing with the intent to kill her. the defense, though, says that norwood simply lost it, that
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there was no premeditation. interestingly enough, both the prosecution and the defense are pointing to the cover-up to try to prove their case. prosecutors say that norwood had the presence of mind to try to cover up the crime, that she cut herself, tied herself up, ripped the crotch of her pants, and made up a story about being raped by masked man. the defense, though, they say that the very cover-up shows that norwood had no idea what she was doing. it was haphazard. it didn't make sense. therefore, in their mind, the mind of the defense, it shows there was no premeditation. now, we are expecting testimony to resume right around 9:30 this morning. again, another very difficult day is expected with more graphic testimony and more photos as well. back to you in the studio. >> megan mcgrath reporting live. megan, thanks very much. today the man suspected in the disappearance of a maryland woman in aruba could learn if he will be set free. gary giordano's 60-day detention ends monday, and a judge could decide today if he will be let
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go or if the prosecution will be able to hold him for another 30 days. giordano has not been charged with anything, but prosecutors believe him responsible in the death of 32-year-old robyn gardner. giordano maintains he did nothing wrong and that she was swept out to sea while the two were snorkeling. rescue crews in turkey are celebrating another amazing rescue this morning. a 13-year-old boy was pulled from the rubble of an apartment that collapsed more than 100 hours ago when that 7.2 magnitude quake rocked the building on sunday. the boy was conscious, but he was injured and rushed to a waiting ambulance. unfortunately, similar stories are becoming less and less common. at least 550 people have now been confirmed dead and another 2,300 others are wounded. new from overnight, seven people are dead in a violent accident in indiana. state police say a minivan carrying ten people was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer
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on the indiana toll road near bristol. seven of the minivan passengers died on the scene, and four others, including the tractor-trailer driver, had to be taken to a local hospital, two of them by chopper. the van either hit a deer or stopped to allow the deer to cross when it was hit by a tractor-trailer. a war veteran injured in the protests will not need surgery. he has been upgraded to fair condition and is expected to make a full recovery. the demonstrations in oakland have calmed down dramatically since earlier this week. the police have not reported any further injuries or major arrests during the occupy oakland protests. students and alumni and faculty from howard university will participate in their own occupy d.c. protest.
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their goal is to bring racial diversity to the occupy protests. the group will meet for a rally on the campus in northeast washington. they'll then march to commerce and "h" streets joining the two other occupations taking place in d.c. right now overseas markets are once again soaring amid reaction to that deal to address europe's debt crisis. japan's nikkei jumped 1.2%. hong kong's hang seng gained 1.9% today. in germany, the dax index is up more than 1% at this hour. this comes one day after the dow closed up more than 2.5% at 1,209. this is the first time the dow closed above 12,000 since august. it's also on track to have its best month since 1987. it is now 5:07. 49 degrees. the photo that had kate
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tune in tonight for the premiere of nbc's new primetime news show. "rock center" with brian williams debuts this monday at 10:00. and tune in for a special preview when brian williams hosts the "today" show. frees hits it in the air to center. we will see you tomorrow night. >> you were asleep in game six of the world series last night, you missed a lot. david frees hit the game-winning tonight to force a game seven against the texas rangers. that home run was just the last of several late inning moments. frees tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run triple and two outs and
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two strikes. then after the rangers took the lead again, cardinal lance berkman tied the game again with a signal in the tenth inning, again with two outs and two strikes. keep in mind, if either hitter had made an out in either one of those situations, the ranger would be sitting fat and happy in texas this morning as the world series champions. instead they're eating toasted ravioli in st. louis getting ready for tonight's game. >> i have chills just watching the highlights. imagine if you were there. what an incredible game. wish we didn't have to get up this early. >> it's been a great world series. >> it really has. we're sleeping. we can't even watch it. >> good morning. i'm meteorologist tom kierein. overnight, we've had the rain ending and things are drying out. we have a few high clouds drifting over us right now. temperatures are cold but still above freezing. in every location, we have from the airport reports that don't have any freezing temperatures,
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but it's near freezing in western maryland, parts of west virginia. but generally elsewhere, we're in the upper 30s and low and mid-40s. 43 in reagan national. there's a winter storm watch for accumulating snow saturday from the blue ridge reason, shenandoah valley, into west virginia and western maryland for accumulating snow on saturday. not today. we'll have a partly sunny morning, near 50 by noontime. clouding up late afternoon. in the upper 40s by late afternoon. here's your friday evening planner. sunset at 6:13. a cloudy evening, down into the mid-40s by midnight. there is that possibility of accumulating snow along with cold rain tomorrow. we'll look at that and the rest of the weekend by 5:21. good morning, danella. how's traffic? my traffic is looking better than your forecast. not seeing any delays on the metro, marc, or vre. on the roadways, checking travel speeds. let's start with the inner loop in prince george's county. 60 miles per hour as you make
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your way towards route 5. taking the outer loop in montgomery county, you're traveling at 56 miles per hour, looking really good. taking the beltway in virginia, this is the view at van dorn street. i'll give you a travel time right now. if you're making your way from van dorn street to the wilson bridge, you're traveling at 55 miles per hour. now back to you both. >> 5:13 now. it is 44 degrees out there. ahead on "news 4 today," the painful
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welcome back at 5:16. new allegations in the probe
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into mayor vin september gray. an anonymous source told the associated press that sulaimon brown told prosecutors that gray handed him a list of talking points to use against then mayor adrian fenty. brown was a minor candidate for mayor then. a federal grand jury is investigating brown's claims that he was paid by gray's campaign to bash fenty. brown also said he was promised a job in the gray administration. mayor gray has denied the allegations. a loudoun county school bus driver is in custody this morning accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her boyfriend and his other girlfriend. prosecutors say the woman named anjenine cinnamon wanted her boyfriend's mistress dead. she said she met the hit man on a website but he then alerted the fbi to the plot. she negotiated the price down from $1,000 to $500, and she refused to pay for the potential hit man's airfare. she then asked for a two for one
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deal and wanted the hit man to kill her boyfriend too. she drives a hard bargain. cinnamon was arrested last week. she face ds up to ten years in prison. federal prosecutors hope to convince a judge today to keep a virginia man accused of acting as a spy for syria behind bars. 47-year-old mohammed swaid is accuseded of working with intelligence agencies in syria to monitor opposition of president bashar assad's regime in syria. last week they ordered him free and placed him on home detention. he appears to be a low level operative, says the defense. prosecutors are asking that he remain in custody while he attends trial. heads up if you plan to take metro this weekend. four green line stations closed for track work. waterfront, navy yard, anacostia, and congress heights stations all closed. free shuttle buses will take you between l'enfant plaza and southern avenue stations. all four stations should be open
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in time for monday morning's rush hour. good news if you take metro downtown. beginning at noon today, you will not have to pay to connect between the farragut west and farragut north stations. metro is calling the free transfer a virtual tunnel. you'll have 30 minutes to leave one station and walk about a block outdoors to the other station, and you won't be charged to re-enter the system at that time. rina has weakened down to a tropical storm. it was once a category 3 hurricane. it's making its way to cancun and other cities along the yucatan peninsula. thousands of tourists have already left in anticipation of the storm, but it's expected to get even weaker over the next two days. it's not even november, and the northeast is already seeing some snow. parts of new york, connecticut, and massachusetts saw as much as two inches of snow this year. many areas also saw a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. fortunately, there have been no
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major accidents or traffic problems connected to that particularly nasty weather. don't be surprised if you see snow plows patrolling the streets of prince george's county this morning. the county is conducting its annual snow drill and ice drill. tracee wilkins is live in forestville with more. it's a little too early for my taste, tracee. >> reporter: i know. even though we're talking about snow coming this weekend, it's hard to imagine. that's exactly what the workers this morning needed to do. before you get there, take a look at this picture, this video right here, to get you in that state of mind. imagine that this is prince george's county this morning. we've got all of this snow, and folks need to go to work. let me show whyou what it looke like just a while ago. all the trucks in prince george's county pulled out. and i mean 400 pieces of equipment, a whole lot of workers. everybody who works here for the department of public works here in prince george's county showed up for work this morning. they're going to go out and
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drive 5,000 miles of prince george's -- 5,000 lane miles of the county's maintained roads and make sure that these roads are ready for the possibility of snow. they're going to be looking for road hazards, make sure there's no potholes getting in the way of their trucks. they're going to make sure all of yr engineers and employees are ready. they know what to do. folks out in the community can call and let them know what snow is looking like in their neighborhoods. they're actually going to be calling in and helping them direct the trucks as well to where they need to go first. this is a run they do every year to make sure they're prepared for the snow when it comes. hopefully, we won't need it this weekend, eun. i'm tracee wilkins live. back to you in the studio. >> tracee, thanks so much. >> let's take a look at our weather right now. speaking of snow, here's tom to tell us all about what we might
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get this weekend. no travel problems this morning. that's a live look from our city camera. that rain system left yesterday evening. just a few high clouds drifting over us now. certainly a cold morning in many locations, down to the low and mid-30s. no freezing reported yet over to the western suburbs of washington. points south and east, low to mid-40s in most locationed. here's your day planner. sunrise, 7:31. near 50 by noontime. clouding up late afternoon and back down into the 40s in the evening. during the day on saturday, we could have cold rain, and, yes, some wet snow developing west of i-95. especially around the blue ridge, shenandoah valley, points west. highs only low 40s. sunday, sun returns finally. looking good for the marine corps marathon. cold sunday morning, just near 30. afternoon highs mid-40s.
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into the afternoon and next week, temperatures moderating a bit and mostly dry all the way in toward the end of the week. here's the possible snowfall. heaviest amounts in the shenandoah valley and points west. unfortunately, with all the trees and the leaves on them, could have power outages. a little farther to the east, one to three inches. closer to washington, an inch at the most. just a few flakes elsewhere. otherwise, a cold rain saturday. some children in southeast washington got to hear some spooky halloween stories. our own danella sealock took part in hallow-read. this is at the center on martin luther king jr. avenue. it's all part of a push to encourage literacy for at risk kids. danella has been getting plenty of practice, of course, by telling us about the scary traffic out there. did you use your spooky voice?
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>> you know i used my spooky voice. i should use my spooky voice now. we have some traffic on the road. actually, we don't. it's not halloween just yet, and i don't have anything bad to share. so that's good. i do have to say i had an amazing time yesterday, and i can actually remember being in preschool at the same time, and i went to preschool right down the block, and i remember my biggest fear was what do you mean? i can't have snaps in elementary school. that still scares me to this day. no naps during the workday? very strange. we need naps. make your way around downtown. no problems on i-66 inside or outside of the beltway. as we loop around 395, i'll give you a live look at that right now. here's the view at edsall road. you are clear at edsall all the way to the 14th street bridge. see, that's not so spooky after all. back to you both. >> thanks very much, danella. the national park service in new york will mark the 125th anniversary of the statue of liberty today with a high tech
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gift. lady liberty has internet connected ram rcameras on her t that will allow viewers to read the tablet in her hand and view visitors down on the grounds. after many hours of talks over the last two hours, the nba and the players union say they hope they can discuss a deal today. they spent most of the time discussing salary cap issues, so discussions on team revenues may stop the talks. the owners insist the revenue be split 50-50. the buffalo bills meet washington in toronto this sunday. the skins enter this game at 3-3 and have lost two in a row. the bills have a very balanced offense, led by quarterback ryan fitzpatrick. the skins and the bills kick off on sunday at 4:00 in the afternoon. it turns out the washington capitals are indeed mortal. the caps drop their first game of this young season, losing to the edmonton oilers last night by a score of 2-1.
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this loss snaps the team's 7-0 start to the season. they were chasing the nhl record of ten straight wins to start the season, but now the caps are looking to start a new winning streak against vancouver tomorrow. we're comparing royal scars this morning after someone noticed a prominent scar under the duchess of cambridge's hair. >> duchess kate wore a half up, half down hairstyle on wednesday, and a three-inch scar near her left temple was visible. as a result, a spokesman for the duchess confirmed it was a result of surgery she had as a young child. no word on what kind of an operation it was. prince william also has a scar on his forehead, the result of being hit with a golf club when he was 13. perhaps that's what attracted them to each other. >> she's so stunning. did you see that dress? i'm surprised anyone noticed anything on her face besides her beauty. >> she certainly has that. >> that's true.
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say it saint -- ain't snow. there's a storm churning across the western states and moving this way. i didn't think i'd have to say that until december, tom. by the time it gets here, it could pack a cold white punch. good morning. i'm eun yang. >> good morning to you. i'm joe krebs. welcome to "news 4 today." it's friday, the 28th day of october. take a live look outside right now. 44 degrees. are they pretty clear skies right now? are we clouding up out there, tom? >> it's partly cloudy. enjoy the tranquillity while you can. we'll have that big storm developing and coming our way on saturday. looks like much of the region will be a cold rain. just plan on a cold windy rain throughout much of the area.
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however, off to our west, we have a winter storm watch that has been issued for these areas. it includes the blue ridge, shenandoah valley, much of west virginia, western maryland, northern frederick county in maryland out to washington county, points west. this is for saturday for accumulating snow that could get four inches or more of wet snow in all of these regions, with the leaves on the trees, we could have power outages with the tree limbs snapping and bringing down power lines. right now just a few high clouds drifting over us. the overnight rain is gone, and the pavement's drying out, and it is cold. we're down into the mid-30 tins areas north and west of washington and into the mountains. portions of arlington county, frederick, and prince george's, it's just near 40 degrees. district of columbia, low 40s. here's your day planner. sunrise at 7:31. by 9:00 into the mid-40s and partly sunny and near 50 by
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noontime. quite a chill in the air today. in fact, highs only low 50s early afternoon. back down into the upper 40s by 5:00 and cloudy. a look at your friday evening planner at 5:41. danella, how's traffic? >> good morning. people are starting to hit the roadways on i-270. so far no major delays. here's the view at west montgomery avenue. as you travel south towards the spur. good to see a little volume but no major delays at all. no accidents to report on 270 north or south. shooting down to i-95 in virginia, this is a view at the rest area. so far, traveling i-95, you are clear. i'm not seeing anything in the roadways. no major delays for you just yet. joe, back to you. in just a few hours, prosecutors will begin day three of presenting their case in the lululemon murder trial. prosecutors contend that evidence did not match norwood's story that she was also a
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victim. a wound on norwood's hand looked like an accidental cut like one would get in the kitchen, not a defensive wound fending off an attack. there was no evidence of rape, and norwood's wounds were also superficial. prosecutors entered dozens of photos that showed the weapons that norwood used to beat murray. the defense claims that norwood lost control during a fight and that murray's death was not premeditated. a former cia contractor in loudoun county is behind bars while authorities investigate whether he sexually assaulted dozens of children. jeffrey lee faces nine counts of child pornography possession. investigators say they also found a list of sexual encounters with 47 minors when she searched lee's home. they're now looking into whether those encounters really happened. a custodian in occoquan, virginia, is behind bars this morning accused of videotaping a woman in a shower. it happened at the healing hearts counseling center. a woman who works there discovered the hidden camera on
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tuesday. police arrested 53-year-old americo rodriguez of woodbridge. investigators say he videotaped the woman three different times. he's being held without bond on three counts of unlawful taping. today the man suspected in the disappearance of a maryland woman in aruba could learn if he will be set free. gary giordano's 60-day detention ends monday. a judge could decide today whether he will be let go. prosecutors assume he's involved in the death of 35-year-old robyn gardner. giordano claimed he did nothing wrong and she was swept out to see while the two were snorkeling. a judge denies a motion by john edwards that charges against him be dismissed, clearing the way for the trial
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to start. edwards has pleaded not guilty. the trial of dr. conrad murray has now stretched to more than a month long, and there are no signs it will end soon. yesterday dr. paul white, nicknamed the father of propo l propofol, took the stand for the defense team. he testified that the prosecution's propofol expert may have made a mistake in determining how much of the drug murray gave michael jackson. dr. white said murray most likely did not administer a lethal dose but he did make mistakes. >> conrad murray has been accused of infusing a dose of propofol and leaving his patient. can you justify that? >> absolutely not. >> an addiction expert also testified and said he believed that jackson was addicted to
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pain killers which caused his insomnia. no word if dr. murray will take the stand in his own defense. and now to the race for the white house. secretary of state hillary clinton might have proved a tougher challenge against the gop than president obama. according to a recent "time" magazine poll, clinton could easily defeat the current candidates. she holds a 59-35% advantage over mitt romney. and a 49-37% advantage over herman cain. not even president obama holds that kind of lead over any of his challengers. keep in mind that clinton has insisted she has no interest in running for president again. former president bill clinton will be talking economics at georgetown university today. his foundation is partnering up with the school to discuss ways to alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen economies, and help protect the environment. today's symposium will focus on
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clinton-gore economics and lessons learned in the 19090s. tickets were given out for the lottery. four average americans got an extraordinary chance to break bread with the president last night. they were winners in the dinner with barack contest. the president took them out to liberty tavern in clarendon. the four winners had given at least $5 to the president's re-election bid. his guests included a retired teacher, a postal worker, a small business owner, and an artist. they were flown in from arizona, minnesota, colorado, and indiana -- all states important to the president's re-election campaign. just as hope was beginning to fade, crews are celebrating another miraculous rescue in turkey this morning. a 13-year-old boy was pulled from the rubble of an apartment building that collapsed more
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than 100 hours ago when the 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the country on sunday. the boy was conscious but injured. he was rushed to a waiting ambulance. at least 550 people are confirmed dead now, and another 2,300 others were wounded. our time right now is 5:38. coming up, watch out for a big cat. the wild animal spotted roaming the city neighborhood.
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just heard from mike drysbach reporting frost in western maryland. closer to maryland, in the 40s. near 50 by noon. low 50s early afternoon. clouding up the rest of the afternoon and into this evening. here's your evening planner. we'll be in the 40s through the evening under a cloudy sky. a look at the snow totals, i think, we'll get around the region. i'll show you my forecast map coming up on the forecast for the weekend and into next week. danella, good morning. how's traffic? >> good morning. right now i have a report of a vehicle fire. this is an "m" street northwest. we'll be watching that for you. heading up to i-270. a look traveling north and southbound. here's a look at west montgomery avenue. starting to see cars make their way on the road. no crowding and no accidents on 270 in either direction. still a good commute for you. taking 66 east, getting a little busy as you make your way towards the fairfax county parkway. if you're taking 66 east or
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west, your lanes are open. no problems for you just yet while you're making your commute. back
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good morning. welcome back this morning. police are thanking all the volunteers who spent the week searching for a missing 8-year-old boy with autism in richmond. today volunteers are being asked to report to the meadow creek park instead of kings dominion. police are hoping 1,000 people will join in the search today. robert wood jr. disappeared on sunday. crews still believe he's alive. yesterday dive teams joined in the effort and searched the north anna river. pine nuts sold in bulk at wegman's are being recalled after a salmonella outbreak that sent two people to hospitals and sickened 40 others in five east
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coast states in arizona. the centers for disease control and prevention. pine nuts were imported from turkey by sunrise commodities and sold between july 1st and october 18th. hundreds of students at st. mary's college in maryland will be going to sea. going to sea and then live on a cruise ship. they've been living in hotels for the past week after mold was found in their dormitories. today they'll move to that cruise ship. this morning the sea voyager is expected to dock along the st. mary's river right alongside the school's campus. school officials say that housing the students on the ship costs about the same as in the hotels, and it's closer to the campus. the ship will serve as an offshore dormitory for 250 students until the end of this semester. police in jess up, maryland, are investigating a second death at a mental health facility. a male patient in his 30s was found dead in his room at the clifton t. perkins hospital. officials are considering all
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possibilities in the cause of death. last weekend a patient was charged with the murder of his roommate at the same facility. the frederick police department in maryland will hold a press conference today on the murder of a burger king employee back in march. there are reports of the possible arrest in the death of 32-year-old assistant manager jacinta ayala. the suspect waited for ayala to open the store and tried to rob her, killing her in the process. occupy protesters around the country are rallying behind an iraq war veteran who was injured in demonstrations in oakland. scott olson suffered a fractured skull tuesday night. fellow protesters say it was caused by a police fired projectile. he has been upgraded from stable to fair condition. meanwhile, the police demonstrations in oakland have calmed down after they turned violent earlier this week.
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police have not reported any further violence in oakland. today's march is to bring more racial diversity to the occupy protests from howard university. the group will gather at 5:00 p.m. for a rally on the howard university campus and then march to the u.s. chamber of commerce on "h" street to join the two other so-called occupations taking place there. think traffic in our area is bad now? imagine dealing with three times as many commuters on the road. it could be a reality less than 20 years from now. that's according to a new study. researchers at george mason university predict 1 million new jobs will be created in our region between 2010 and 2030. they say local governments must create hundreds of thousands of new housing units near these jobs to help accommodate workers and avoid complete gridlock. the whole region will need 700,000 new housing units. maryland will need 200,000. northern virginia will need nearly 400,000 new units. the end of the $1 dvd from red box. after this weekend, the company
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is raising its prices. beginning on monday, the price for a standard dvd rental will go up 20%. it will now cost you $1.20 for a daily rental from red box. redbox says it needs to raise prices because of higher operation costs and higher debit card fees. this amazing picture is sure to boost tourism in california. take a look. it was taken by a photographer who was getting promotional shots in santa cruz. he noticed a humpback whale swimming nearby and timed the shot perfectly to capture these two whales. notice to the right that kayaker who was able to get up close and personal. maybe a little too close with the whales. he says it was thrilling to get that close, but he had to duck a couple of times to avoid getting hit by their tails. could you imagine a smack from a humpback whale's tail? >> think those whales are smooching? >> joe. >> i don't know. they're pretty close.
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the washington humane society will be searching a glover park neighborhood today after people reported seeing a mountain lion in the area. >> i still can't get over the story. a mountain lion like this one. residents say they saw the large cat like this one in a wooded area in mclean gardens. that's not far from the station, joe. others report seeing the cat back in february. while officials have not confirmed it as a mountain lion, they are taking the reports very seriously. >> translator: the cat went running because the dog started barking. so she didn't really -- i think it was more surprise to see it there. >> it could have been that someone had it as a pet and let it go because they realized they couldn't take care of it. >> another resident says she spotted the cat on wednesday afternoon just off of connecticut avenue. >> mountain lions as pets, not a gooded idea. >> they kind of outgrow the home. what do you think, tom? >> let's just talk about the
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weekend. moving right along here, we indeed have the possibility of historic snowfall here for late october. it's so highly unusual to get any snow at all in october this close to the region, but we could tomorrow. there's a winter storm watch out, meaning there could be four inches or more of accumulating snow in the blue ridge, shenandoah valley, western maryland, and west virginia. the higher amounts, maybe four inches or more, would be up on the ridges in the higher spots. maybe down in the valleys, one, two, or three inches, mostly on grassy areas. it appears now. right now i'll show you the forecast map here on the end of my broadcast now. the cloud cover we've had overnight that was producing rain has nowed the rain
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region. close to washington, shenandoah valley, around the blue ridge, mid and upper 30s most locations. nearby suburbs, montgomery, loudoun, and fairfax county, upper 30s just near 40. southern montgomery, most of prince george's near 40. mid-40s, southern maryland, northern neck, and eastern shore. here's the day planner. sunrise at 7:31. a little sunshine this morning. by noontime, beginning to cloud up near 50. low 50s early this afternoon. cloudy the rest of the afternoon and this friday evening. for your evening planner 40s through the evening and then cloudy. then yes on saturday. a cold rain, a blustery wind, and, yes, even some wet snow west and north of washington on saturday afternoon and into the evening. it will begin to taper off and end. this snow and rain could begin off to the west in virginia. for sunday, for the big marine corps marathon, cold in the
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morning, just in the low 30s. mid-40s sunday afternoon. for halloween on monday, partly cloudy, upper 40s. small chance of a late afternoon or evening sprinkle l. sunny on tuesday and into midweek next week, i think we'll have it moderating a bit with temperatures up near 60. blue zone, three to six inches is possible from the blue ridge west. closer just from the blue ridge, a little farther east into loudoun county. right along the blue ridge east one to three inches. and montgomery, fairfax county, fauquier, closer to washington, an inch to the west. again, all in grassy areas. now, danella, how's traffic? >> the fire department is on the scene of the cold fire in washington, d.c., on 18th street at "m" street. on the roadways right now, want to show you the beltway in virginia. if you're traveling from van dorn street and making your way towards the wilson bridge. here's the view for you. you're clear. if you're traveling at 55 miles per hour. taking a look at the beltway in montgomery county, starting to get really busy around colesville road as you make your
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way towards georgia avenue. however, in both directions in maryland, inner loop and outer loop, you are clear. i'm back in ten with another look at your traffic. back to you both. >> thank you, danella. many will be celebrating halloween early this weekend. the regional alcohol program is reminding people to party responsibly. more than half the deaths during the halloween period are caused by drunk drivers. the sober ride program will provide free rides to those ages 21 years of age and older who celebrate with alcohol on saturday night. you can call 1-800-200-taxi between 10:00 p.m. saturday and 6:00 a.m. sunday for a free ride home. coming up, warning of the dangers of texting while driving. the national highway administration along with the state attorneys-general and other officials are laurchlinch new ad campaign called stop the
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texts, stop the wrecks. this comes as new statistics that show how common texting behind the wheel is. according to a survey, 75% of young adult drivers have texted while driving. nearly half have done it several times. and nearly 82% have said they've read a text while driving. the intercounty connector will be open completely in just a month. it will open on tuesday, november 22nd. the stretch from i-270 in gaithersburg to i-95 in laurel is scheduled to open. the icc from lorbach, virginia, opened in february. tolls will remain the same as those set for the first section. if you're running on empty this morning, it may be worth it to go out of your way to fill up your gas tank. one local station is giving away free gas. you can get free gas at the shell station on route 1 in
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laurel right near route 198. it's one of the only three stations in the country giving away free gas. the discovery channel is footing the bill to promote the new season of its show "gold rush." firefighters rescue three people in forestville, maryland, all thanks to the help of a 12-year-old girl. china livingston heard alarms going off at a building behind her yesterday. when she went to check out, she saw people were trapped on a third floor balcony. after a friend dialed 911, china explained the situation to the operator. >> i told the lady what was going on and there was a fire that was occurring, and two adults and a baby were stuck on the third balcony, and they could not get out because it was too much smoke in the building. >> because of that, firefighters were able to rescue the three people who were trapped by raising a ladder. a kitchen fire in a neighboring apartment started that blaze. good for her. congratulations. a lot of the major changes. the roman catholic church is making to its mass.
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