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state of new jersey, and plans are in the works to allow anyone who wants to to pay their respects. overnight, police in the district investigated several robberies. good morning, and welcome to "news4 today." i'm eun yang. >> good morning to you, i'm joe krebs. let's take a live look outside now. we have had some drizzle moving into the region. 42 degrees, a little milder than it was yesterday i believe. we'll see how it's going to be today. >> yesterday morning, in the teens. now we're around 40 degrees near the metro area. >> much better. >> what a difference. yeah. we've had clouds moving in overnight. holding in some of the warmth from yesterday. that's a live view from the city camera. right now 38 at reagan national with a very light southerly breeze. and it's rather dry at the surface. so here on the radar, this precipitation is most leave evaporating before it reaches ground. there may be a few flurries panhandle of west virginia, into far western maryland. elsewhere, there may be just a few sprinkle around the bay, north and east of washington toward baltimore, and the
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northern part of the eastern shore. and temperatures are in the mid 30s in prince george's county, arlington, parts of fairfax to montgomery. farther west into the shenandoah valley, around the blue ridge, parts of northern virginia, near freezing, as well as panhandle of west virginia. here's the day planner for tuesday, valentine's day. sunrise 7:01. and a cloudy day. we've got more of an increased chance, maybe a few sprinkle reaching the ground late afternoon. before then, mid to upper 40s. a look at the evening planner in ten minutes. danella, good morning. good morning. chopper 4 is live in brookville, maryland. this is where an accident is on georgia avenue, near mt. carmel cemetery road. it's involving multiple vehicles, one overturned. right now georgia avenue is shut down in both directions. we'll keep watching all morning long. i'm back in ten minutes with an update on the accident. now over it i-95 in virginia, if you're traveling northbound at fairfax county parkway, watching cameras, are you hitting the brakes at fairfax county
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parkway. slow as you connect to 395. no accidents to report in this area at this time. back in ten with another look at traffic. over to you. >> thank you very much. it is now 6:01. this morning the family of whitney houston is preparing for a public memorial. the superstar's body is back on the east coast in her home state of new jersey. late last night, a private jet carrying her body from l.a. arrived at teterboro airport. police escorted the hearse from the airport to a funeral home in newark. a wake is planned for thursday followed by a service on friday. both are expected to happen at the prudential center in newark. seats 18,000 people. as houston's family is working out details of her funeral services, the coroner's office confirmed authorities found prescription pill bottles in the hotel bathroom where houston's bide was found. >> a person could have suffered a heart attack or embolism or something. no matter what medications they're taking, until we run a
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tox and see the level, what's in the system, we're not going to speculate. >> police confirmed one of houston's staff members found her body under water in a bathtub. authorities are not yet ruling on an official cause of death. they're waiting toxicology reports which could take weeks. right now montgomery county police are asking for your help in finding a missing 8-year-old girl. detectives say london marshall got into an argument with her family and left the apartment in silver spring around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. police say the 8-year-old had on a gray button-down sweater, faded black jeans, and gray suede boots. her family says she knows how to get around on metro rail. if you see this girl, call montgomery county police. breaking news now. one person is in the hospital after being shot. this happened around 1:00 along call place in southeast washington. tracee wilkins is live on the scene with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning.
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just got an update from police. they say that this person is in very bad shape here. take a look behind me. you can see d.c. police are on the scene, talking about the evidence they've been collecting in the area. they have closed off a two-block radius at call place in southeast. this all happened in the 5000 block of call place around 12:51 a.m., shots were fire department. we're told that one -- fired. we're told that one man has been taken to the hospital. i understand that he's in very bad shape. and police are searching for who's responsible for the shooting. at this point they have no official lookout, although there were initially reports of someone seen running from the scene. police say they have no official information at this point for a lookout. tracee wilkins live in southeast. news4. >> thank you. new from overnight, police are sefging a series of robberies -- investigating a series of robberies that happened in three hours. the first happened around 11:00 in friendship heights. three men held up a woman at
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gunpoint along wisconsin avenue. in all there were four bank robberies -- four robberies. in two cases the suspects were armed. no one was hurt in any of the incidents. police are trying to figure if nut of the -- if any of the robberies are connected. moody's downgraded its credit ratings on italy, portugal, and spain. the agency may strip france, england, and austria of their top triple-a ratings. moody's blames the downgrade on the debt crisis. the news is not keeping the world's stock markets down. right now european stock markets are rallying. asian stock markets ended up today. right now u.s. futures are up. the world will be watching today when the vice president of china ntsb with president obama. the two will discuss economic and security issues. vice president xi jinping has said he wants to rebuild trust between the two countries. he is expected to become
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president of china next year. expect more demonstrations from free tibet activists today. the group is expected to rally outside the white house around 8:30 this morning. yesterday protesters rappelled off the memorial bridge to hang a large sign. at least four people were taken into custody. two people were arrested while still dangling from the bridge. hundreds of people also rallied in lafayette park to continue the demonstration. the protests are timed with china's vice presidential visit. israel and iran are trading accusations this morning over similar bombings a month apart. monday an israeli diplomat's wife and three others were injured when a magnetic bomb exploded on their car. a similar bombing killed an iranage nuclear scientist last month. each country has blamed the other for the attacks. both attacks are part of an ongoing war between the nations, and they say we could see an increase in similar attacks. the release of a suspected
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al qaeda straft triggering debate. british courts ordered the release of abu qatada even though he's considered a threat to national security. investigators believe he inspired several al qaeda attacks including the september 11 attacks. the 51-year-old spent six years behind bars in britain but was never charged. he is wanted on terrorism charges in jordan. 6:07. we may have a new leader emerging in decision 2012 this morning. rick santorum is surging in the polls after winning contests in colorado, minnesota, and missouri last week. a pew research survey shows him ahead of mitt romney by two points. 30% to 28%. newt gingrich was third and ron paul fourth. a brand new gallup poll shows santorum gaining momentum, trailing mitt romney by just two points. just last week, santorum was 14 points behind in the same survey. 6. 07. ahead, a court victory for jerry sandusky. and flu fears. why the season could be about to take off. and the chance we could see
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good morning, weather & traffic on the 1s. mostly cloudy in storm center 4. cloudy and cold, down to the national park. near i-95, in the mid to upper 30s as well as point south and east. sunrise at 7:01. a cloudy day, highs reaching the mid to upper four40s. this evening a chance of sprinkles of light rain, near 40 at midnight. a look at the week and weekend in ten minutes. how's traffic? looking much better traveling georgia avenue near mt. carmel cemetery road. the accident still happening, but now it's really on your shoulder lane as you travel southbound. southbound is able to get by to the left of the accident.
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northbound is traveling in their shoulder lane to get by the accident. it's good that it's out of the roadway and are you able to pass. 66 slow eastbound at sudly road. delays continue again around waples mill road. stop and go for you. back to you. >> danella, thanks a lot. 6:12. 41 degrees. on this valentine's day, some people are saying skip the chocolate. why protesters are urging a hershey's boycott. and next, what investigators noticed ab
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good morning and welcome back. the trial of five men accused in one of the most notorious crimes in the history of d.c. is underway. jury selection began for those charged in the so-called southeast mass shooting in washington. nine people were shot in a drive-by shooting on south capitol street in 2010. four of them died. six others were hurt in a series of violent attacks within eight days of each other. they were all connected. each of those charged face a life sentence without the possibility of parole. today the medical examiner is expected to take the stand for a second time in the george huguely murder trial. the jury has hear seen graphic photos in the case against the former uva lacrosse player. we have more at the super screen with more on what he has detailed so far. >> reporter: the medical examiner is expected to testify again today. dr. william gormley told the jury yeardley love's body was nearly covered head to toe with bruises. he said during the autopsy he discovered bruises on her chest, a bruise on her buttock that
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measured nearly three inches, and a bruise on her neck so severe it caused a hemorrhage near her carrot i-- carotid artery. she had mouth abrasions and a cut on her tongue. when gormley was asked what could have caused the injuries, she'd the injuries to the mouth were consistent -- he said the injuries to the mouth were consistent with smothering. injuries were documented on huguely's body including bruises and abrasions, a laceration on his calf and knuckles reddened. the prosecution hopes it helps them prove that he broke into her apartment, beater and left for her dead. >> thank you. the trial is expected to last at least another week. jerry sandusky says he's relieved a judge is giving him perm mission to see his grandchildren as he awaits trial on child sex abuse charges. a judge ruled that sandusky can have contact with most of his
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grandchildren under their parents' supervision. the judge ruled that sandusky can have a local jury hear his case. the former penn state coach will stand trial in may on 52 charges that he sexually abused young boys over a 15-year period. the members of an hiv awareness advocacy group are calling for a valentine's day boycott of hershey chocolate. it's part of a protest again the prestigious milton hershey school. the school recently denied admission to a 13-year-old honors student because he is hiv positive. that boy's family is now suing. the school cited concerns for the health and safety of the other students. this morning, a news anchor in denver is revealing some new details it her injuries when a dog bit her live on the air. kyle dyer is from the nbc affiliate there and says she needed 70 stitches in her lips and nose. on her facebook page she says that she cannot talk now because her mouth is stitched shut so blood can circulate in her lips
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again. she also has a skin graft. she says she expects another procedure in the next few weeks. the dog right now is quarantined while doctors look for any possible signs of rabies. this morning, there is a desperate call for the makers of a childhood cancer drug to step up production. the drug is called methotrexate. it is used to treat a type of leukemia known as all. doctors say with the drug they can cure about 90% of patients. right now, there is only a two-week supply left in the entire country. officials believe the shortage to quality control problems at a plant in ohio. it shut down voluntarily. flu season is here. the centers for disease control said the first week in february showed an increase in positive tests. up 3% from the week before. until now cases have been at 30-year lows. widespread cases are being reported in california, and there's been an increase in virginia, as well. doctors say we still have not reached the peak of the flu season. so more cases of the virus could
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still be on the way. even playing at home doesn't seem to be helping the caps win games lately. they dropped their third straight last night. the san jose sharks came to the verizon center and blasted the caps 5-3. braden holtby got the start after being called up from hershey hours before the game. all three of the caps' goals came from defense men. washington will look to get back on track friday against the division-leading florida panthers. the wildly popular "sports illustrated" swimsuit issue is hitting the stands today. you don't have to wait to see who's on the cover. 19-year-old model kate justice departmenton got the nod this -- upton got the nod to be the magazine's cover girl. she's one of 17 models appearing in the issue. someone pick up tom kierein. "s.i." says they were photographed around the world. the swimsuit issue is annually "sports illustrated's" most popular magazine gawked at by 70 million viewers.
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>> you're picking it up for the articles, though. >> absolutely. >> the stellar -- don't get me wrong, i'm sure this are good writers at "sports illustrated." >> very good writers at "sports illustrated." i had to read the story so i didn't see what you were talking it. >> you didn't know -- >> yeah. >> you okay, tom? want to make sure you're all right over there. >> i'm looking at the college lacrosse articles. good morning. this morning we've had on radar a few sprinkle trying to reach the ground. the lower atmosphere very dry. this precipitation is pretty much evaporating before it reaches the surface. it's moving west to east. right now, some of this may be trying to reach the ground on the eastern shore. and right along the pennsylvania border. the area in pink, there may be a few wet snowflakes mixing with a few sprinkle out in the panhandle of west virginia, western maryland. the temperatures now are near the freezing mark as is the shenandoah valley. blue ridge east, though, most locations above freezing. mid 30s in montgomery, fairfax, arlington, prince george's counties, upper 30s in washington. near the chesapeake bay. much of southern maryland, mid 30s. weather watchers are reporting
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this morning generally above freezing. a cloudy sky. it will stay cloudy throughout the day. sunrise at 7:01. during the afternoon, mid to upper 40s. there is a little greater chance of maybe some of the sprinkle of light rain reaching the ground late this afternoon and through the evening hours. by midnight, down to near 40 degrees. and then by dawn tomorrow, temperatures should bottom out near freezing. sunshine and a bit milder tomorrow afternoon. low 50s. rain likely on thursday with highs in the 40s. sun back for friday into saturday. right now sundays we could get a mix maybe of some rain and snow. stay tuned, we'll keep you posted on that. danella, how's traffic? we have a disabled vehicle really slowing you down on i-95. going to be a headache as you travel northbound at 6:44. the disabled vehicle causing delays around it. here's fairfax county parkway. the travel speed is looking at 29 miles per hour from the occoquan to the beltway. that trip will take you about 21 minutes. on the rails, two delays.
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first, marc camden south, 843, six-minute delay. a 20-minute delay on manassas line, the vre train 324. i'm back in ten minutes with another look at traffic. back to you. >> thank you very much. it is now 6:22. 41 degrees. ahead, why calorie counting may not just be good for your waistline but your brain, as well. as long as you add, subtract, and divide. next, overwhelming demand y. fans of madonna are
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caught on video. the osteoporosis thvideo that l to a police officer. what happened to a supreme court and his wife on vacation. >> the journey home. this morning, whitney houston's body is back in her home state as plans for a public memorial are released.
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good morning. welcome back to "news4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. let's take a live look outside now. it is 6:29 and 43 degrees out there. a beautiful look at the nation's capital. and much warmer than it was at this time yesterday morning. which i hope means good news. i know we're getting a little rain, but i'll take the warmer weather, tom? >> clouds like a down comfortser kept in the warmth from yesterday. we got to 50 yesterday afternoon. clouds came in just in time to hold in some of the warmth overnight. as a result, this morning temperatures are a lot milder than they were yesterday morning. right now the radar showing precipitation, snow and rain, the white areas, light snow, kentucky into ohio, indiana, farther north and east into pennsylvania. closer to our region, we've had a lot of dry air at the surface hang in overnight. so any precipitation is falling into dry air and evaporating in most areas. and temperatures right now are cold. but not as cold as yesterday. yesterday morning we were in the teens. right now in the 30s much of the region.
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right near the freezing mark right along the blue ridge and parts of loudoun county and into the shenandoah valley and points west and north. closer to washington. fairfax, arlington, prince george's county, montgomery counties and the district, in the mid to upper 30s. we'll stay here in the 30s throughout the mid morning hours. then getting to the 40s this afternoon. we do have a possibility of some more sprinkle of light rain later this afternoon. this time they may reach the ground. we'll talk about that and the evening planner in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic now? good morning, the disabled vehicle on i-95 at franconia road still slowing you down and blocking the right lane. you are seeing delays as you head out of woodbridge and make your way northbound to the beltway. traveling on 66, same story with delays really slow as you head eastbound past sudly road. take a deep breath, these delays continue as you make your way to the beltway. slow and sluggish for you this morning. and if you're traveling along the beltway in maryland, new hampshire avenue, outer loop starting to hit the brakes around new hampshire avenue. your delays are as you make your way to georgia avenue.
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you're still moving. you're just moving at a low speed. i'm back in ten minutes with another look at your traffic. joe and eun? >> thank you. a northern virginia man is suing a former loudoun county sheriff's deputy over an attack caught on tape that the man says caused a brain injury. carlos garcia claims he had his hands in the air when deputy terry daniel hit him in the back of the head, knocking him unconscious. as you see, the camera of the sheriff's deputy's cruiser recorded the altercation back in 2009. garcia has since pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of battery. in court yesterday, the former deputy said that he was trying to find a lawyer and would not comment on the case. right now, montgomery county police are searching for a missing 8-year-old girl. detectives say london marshall got into an argument with her family and left their apartment on blair mill road in silver spring about 4:30 yesterday afternoon. police say the 8-year-old had on a gray button-down sweater, faded black jeans, and gray suede boots.
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her family says marshall knows how to get around on metro, so she could be anywhere at this hour. if you see the girl, you're asked to call montgomery county police. the u.s. supreme court justice steven breyer is back in the united states this morning. a masked man armed with a machete robbed him and his family while they vacationed in the caribbean. authorities say it happened inside his vacation home on the island of nevis last thursday. the robber got away with about $1,000 in cash. serve jury duty and get the day off. that's the goal of a bill on the way to lawmakers in maryland's house of delegates this morning. it would make it illegal for an employer to force you to report to work on the same day you serve jury duty. opponents argue that the law would let people take an entire day off even if they were excused shortly after showing up. the bill passed the senate last night. we should learn this week the results of an ethics probe involving a maryland state senator acquitted of bribery charges. an ethics committee reached a decision on how it recommends the senate address senator
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ulysses curry. the prince george's county senator was acquitted in a federal bribery case last year relating to more than declares 245,000 in payments he received from shoppers food warehouse. a maryland man was arrested for a deadly shooting outside a dupont circle restaurant. prosecutors charged 29-year-old brandon terry with second-degree murder. he's accused of shooting 34-year-old jhonte coleman outside of heritage india on connecticut avenue in northwest washington over the thanksgiving weekend. all the time the d.c. police chief shut down that restaurant. it has since reopened. this morning we're getting a look at the investigation -- the interrogation video of the woman convicted of killing her co-worker at that lululemon store in bethesda. montgomery county police released this video showing the moments detectives discovered that something was wrong with brittany norwood's story just days after jana murray's death. >> to him sexually assaulting me
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and tying me. they made me move her car. >> you left out some things, okay. how did they go about telling you that you had to move the car, okay? >> i don't -- >> you were there. >> i know i was there. >> people would probably ask, well, why didn't you just keep on going. >> norwood eventually confessed to making up the story that two men attacked and sexually assaulted both of them and then confessed to the killing of her co-worker. she's currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. two occupy d.c. protesters were arrested overnight. police say the pair put up tents outside a merrill lynch office on 15th street downtown last night. officers told them to leave, but investigators say the demonstrators would not budge. the officers then pulled the protesters out of the tents and put them in handcuffs. 6:35 now. the "today" show coming up next at 7:00, of course. let's check in with ann curry to see what they're working on. good morning to you. hey, joe, good morning to you. that's right, coming up on a tuesday morning here on "today," the latest on the death of whitney houston as her body
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arrives in new jersey where a public memorial is now being planned. this morning, the producer who worked with houston in the recording studio just days before she died speaks out in a live interview. also ahead, an american serving a 22-year prison sentence in nicaragua for crimes even drug agents say he did not commit. what his family and now doing to try to win his freedom. plus, jim bob and michelle duggar speak out in a live interview about their recent miscarriage and how the family is moving forward. and jenna bush hager catches up with country superstar taylor swift to talk about her new movie, her music, and where her career is headed. that's when we get started on a valentine's day morning here on "today." back to you, joe. >> and happy valentine's day to you, ann. thank you very much. >> enjoy it. all right. lots of love to you. bye. >> thank you very much. bye-bye. 6:36 now. 42 degrees. ahead, the spree of crimes that kept police very busy overnight. also, how starbucks ended up in the middle of a second amendment fight. the photos reportedly taken
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inside whitney houston's hotel room. next, the request that will be hard to refuse for football
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tim tebow, will you be my date to the 2012 military ball? i would be the luckiest and maniest girl if you were to say yes and -- happiest girl if you were to say yes and be my date. please say yes. >> that is airman jamie walden's video invitation to tim tebow to join her at a military ball. the video includes other members of the air force and even walden's mom encouraging tebow to "just say yes, tim." so far no word if tebow has accepted. the track record of invites from service members has been pretty good. >> it has been. hope he sees it go for it. >> come on. did you see how cute she is? not only that but it is
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valentine's day. more incentive. >> yes. let's go to tom and find out about the forecast. tom, clouds above us, rain, too? >> we've had a few sprinkle trying to reach the ground. good morning, 6:41. cloudy, chilly, temperatures around the region are down into the low to mid 30s from tinley town to lanham and clinton, centreville, mclean, and poolesville. it's just a little above freezing most of those locations. there's the cloudy sky over  washington now. live view from the nbc 4 city camera. and the temperatures today will be holding steady in the mid to upper 30s through the rest of the morning. climbing to the 40s later today and then we have an increased chance of some sprinkle of light rain reaching the ground late afternoon and through the ooechbing hours. by midnight, should be down to near 40 degrees. a look at the rest of the week, maybe a little snow for the weekend. details in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? good morning. traveling route 50 in maryland, slow walnuone you pass the belt. making your way to landover road, 25 miles per hour. these delays continue as you
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head to 295 and make your way into the city. no accidents to report in the area at this time. 395, you're hitting the brakes and feeling the pain as you make your way to seminary road. once you get past seminary road, you're still slow. you are going to see a little bit more momentum. 39 miles per hour as s the travel speed northbound, taking 16 minutes to get from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. and on the rails, still seeing two delays, first on the marc penn south train 409. six minutes. manassas, 20-minute delay on the vre. back to you. >> thank you very much. this morning, the remains of singer whitney houston are back in her home state of new jersey while her family's putting together her funeral plans. police in california are trying to piece together the final moment of her life. we have more live from the newsroom on this. good morning, melissa. >> reporter: good morning, joe. police are continuing their investigation, of course into some what caused houston's death as her family is preparing for a public memorial later this week. houston's body left l.a. and arrived in her hometown of newark, new jersey, by private
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jet late monday night. a police escort followed as she was taken by hearse to a funeral home. the l.a. county coroner's office confirmed that she was found under water. bottles of prescription pills found in her hotel room in beverly hills. and they're now looking into all possibilities that could have led to her death. sources tell nbc news a wake is scheduled for thursday. her funeral will long island be friday at the newark center -- will likely be friday at the newark center which seats 18,000 people. >> i think just newark and new jersey but i think across the country and world, she's going to be honored. >> devastating, but i feel she died before she should have, definitely before she should have. and i feel so sad for her family. >> and there are photos emerging from that night, as well. this is the latest photo. celebrity web site tmz reports this is the tub in which the singer died. they say they have another shot that was the singer's last meal. there's a glass of champagne and a beer. they quote family sources as saying she ate a burger and fries and took the tray into the
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bathroom to eat a turkey sandwich after her bath. nbc news has not been able to verify the photos or that information. sources tell nbc news that friday's service will be on a first come, first serve basis and might be televised. as for the toxicology report, many people wondering about that. that could take up to eight weeks to be completed. still could be quite some time before we have any real answers. back to you. >> reporting live, thank you very much. sony music is now get something heat for increasing the price of whitney houston's "greatest hits" album on itunes. according to "the guardian" newspaper, the music company increased the price of the album hours after her death. shortly after that hike, though, it went back to the original price. apple and sony are not commenting about this. sales of houston's songs have jumped to the top of the itunes sales chart since her death. new from overnight, police are investigating a series of robberies that happened within three hours. the first incident happened shortly before 11:00 in friendship heights. police say three men held up a woman at gunpoint along
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wisconsin avenue. police say in all there were four robberies and one attempted robbery in northwest, and one robbery in southeast. in two of the cases, the suspects were armed. we're told no one was hurt in any of the incidents, and police are trying to figure out if any of the cases are connected. breaking news. one person is in the hospital after being shot. it happened around 1:00 along call place in southeast washington. news4's tracee wilkins is live on the scene with the very latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, joe. police are telling us that the victim in this case is in very bad shape. and that may explain why police are so intensely keeping this scene here. and they have tape that's going for about two blocks here in the 5000 block of call place in southeast. you still see police cars up there. detectives cars, as well. let me show you what it looked like earlier. they've been collecting evidence in the area. we had initial reports that someone was seen running from the scene. but police are now saying that they have no suspect lookouts. we don't have an age or
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identification for this man who was in the hospital and recovering from this gunshot. it happened around 12:51 a.m. police have been on the scene ever since maintaining it. at this point they're calling this a shooting investigation. in southeast, i'm tracee wilkins, news4. >> thank you very much. today the virginia house of delegates is expected to vote on the so-called person hood bill that defines life as starting at conception. lawmakers gave preliminary approval yesterday. delegate bob marshall from prince william county is the bill's sponsor. and during the voice vote, marshall made it clear his ultimate goal is to outlaw abortion. in virginia, a controversial measure could make it easier to remove public school teachers from their jobs. it would phase out continuing contracts which are considered to be tenure. teachers and principals would move to three-year contracts and be evaluated every year. the three-year contracts would apply only to new hires, though.
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virginia governor bob mcdonnell could sign a bill repealing the one handgun a month law. opponents worry about an increase in violence. those in favor of a repeal says a national system of background checks on gun buyers makes the limit unnecessary. an anti-gun group is calling for a nationwide boycott of starbucks today. the national gun victims action council is protesting starbucks' gun carrying policy. right now the coffee retailer allows residents to carry guns and assault weapons into the store if it is legal in the state. virginia is an open-carry state. and maryland is a concealed carry state. the group says the goal is to eliminate the risk of guns in public places and ultimately bring some gun laws to the united states. ratings agency moody's investor services downgraded its credit ratings on italy, portugal, and spain. the agency says it may strip france, england, and austria of
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their triple-a ratings, as well. moody's blames the downgrade on the debt crisis. the news is not keeping the world's stock markets down so far. right now european stock markets are rallying. asian stock markets ended up, and right now u.s. futures are unchanged. today president obama welcomes the vice president of china. the two will discuss economic and security issues. vice president xi jinping has said he wants to help rebuild trust between the two countries. xi is expected to become president of china next year. and xi's visit is prompting free tibet activists to hold a protest outside the white house this morning. yesterday protesters rappelled off the memorial bridge to hang a sign. at least four people were taken into custody. two people were arrested while still dangling from the bridge. hundreds of people also rallied in lafayette park. apple is asking a nonprofit labor group to inspect the working conditions at some of its suppliers in china. it's apple's latest response to a growing storm over how workers are treated.
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one particular supplier called foxcon has come under fire for alleged child labor and unsafe work environments. there have also been a rash of suicides at that supplier over the past year. the fair labor association will conduct the audits and post the results on line next month. meanwhile, apple stocks reached a new high. cnbc's jackie deangelis has the story and more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. the good news keeps coming in for apple. its shares closed monday about $500 for the first time. the "wall street journal" reporting that verizon and at&t will sell the next generation of ipads that are going to run on 4g wireless networks. it's also rumored that the ipad 3 will be announced in the first week of march. apple is the largest company in the u.s. with a market cap value of $468 billion. and as jeremy lynn -- is jerry lynn the unlikely star of the stock market? the former harvard star who led the knicks to five consecutive wins propelled the stock to an all-time high monday. it closed at 32 spot 27.
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overall, the stock has jumped about 6% since february 3. the day before lynn saw his first day of significant playing after taking the place of injured superstars amar'e stoudemire and carmelo anthony. back to you. >> love jeremy lynn's far-reaching inspiration. thank you. >> amazing. >> yeah. >> amazing story. really has been -- a great story for this winter. >> indeed. it's great that it's happening for the new york knicks. if it was happening for another team, would we have the same excitement? i don't know. happy for him. tom, what's going on with the weather. >> valentine's day. good morning. this forecast should warm your heart even though it's going to be cloudy. 40s later today. there are clouds over the nation's capital now. that's a live view from our city camera. and we are right now just about 11 minutes away from sunrise. sun's getting earlier and earlier, coming up at 7:01. 38 at reagan national. a light southerly breeze. and we have on radar some precipitation that has really
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not quite been reaching the ground in our region. farther to the north, there are flurries in pennsylvania and farther west into the ohio valley. right now the radar showing a few sprinkles around the bay and the mason dixon line. that is moving north and east. a cloudy, dry morning throughout the region. cold, we're down into the low to mid 20s, rather 30s throughout much of the region. yesterday, low 20s and teens. this morning quite a bit milder because of the cloud cover. it's going to stay this way, in the 30s, through the morning hours. we'll have our temperatures getting into the 40s this afternoon with the sunshine really being held back. maybe a little bit of a peak of sun this morning, around next half-hour or hour. otherwise, cloudy. then a greater chance of some sprinkle this time reaching the ground, maybe this evening, a small chance. cloudy this evening, near 40 at midnight. during the day on wednesday, we'll get sunshine back. morning lows near freezing. afternoon highs into the low 50s tomorrow. then rain likely on thursday with highs in the 40s. then friday, we'll get the sunsd
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50. into the weekend, there's going to be an area of low pressure coming close to us from the south. and yesterday looked like it was going to stay far to the south. now there's some indication it may come far enough north late saturday into sunday, perhaps to give us some snow and/or rain. stay tuned. we'll keep you posted on that. and now danella, how's traffic? traveling on activities, if you have not left the house yet, this is a day where you need to take a deep breath. at sudley road, heading eastbound, significant delays making your way toward the beltway. slow trip. give yourself just extra time and try to relax because it is tough as you make your commute out of the house. traveling on i-95, as well, you're slow, as well, i-95 north at fairfax county parkway. i'll give you a travel speed. it's bad. not terrible. 31 miles per hour from the occoquan to the beltway. that trip will take you 19 minutes. eun, back to you. >> thank you. 6:52 now. if you need to use the metro
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during your lunch break this week, expect some delays. trains are single tracking on two lines during the midday hours this week. on the red line, they will share tracks between friendship heights and medical center, and on the green line, there will be single tracking between southern avenue and naylor road. the work starts at 10:00 in the morning and will last until at least 2:00 p.m. each day through friday. two new polls show an ever-changing landscape in decision 2012. check out the survey side by side. rick santorum is no longer lagging behind -- in the republican presidential race. santorum and mitt romney find themselves just two points apart from each other. santorum is ranked first with 30% in the pew research survey on the left in the column. the numbers on the right show santorum behind romney in a new gallup poll. santorum's surge comes after sweeping wins in moody's, minnesota, and colorado last week. the polls also show newt gingrich falling further behind.
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but this morning, he vows to stay in the gop race for the long haul. he has not picked up a win since the south carolina primary last month, and finished fourth in maine's caucuses this past saturday. gingrich says his campaign has rallied back after every loss. a group called dogs against romney plans to protest outside of the westminster dog show in new york today. the westminster kennel club will crown best in show tonight. the protesters are upset with romney because of something that happened in 1983. romney admits to putting his dog in a car carrier on the roof of his car for a 12-hour trip. he has responded to the claim saying his dog was comfortably put in an air-tight kennel and let out regularly during the trip. today is valentine's day, of course. happy valentine's day, everyone. love is not in the air for some people in the washington area. valentine's day can be a bit dreary perhaps if you're
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unattached or recently dumped. you may want to buy a bitter drink at bar pillar on 14th street. it's running several specials today. i guess in honor of people who are bitter. last night, students performed an anti-valentine's day show called "mad love" in columbia heights. others say they just don't want anything to do with valentine's day. >> i always get mad when i see girls who get depressed about not having a date for valentine's day. it was always for me about showing other people that you love them or showing yourself some love. >> and it's not that people aren't romantic. they are. at least some people are. they just don't want to be forced to be romantic on this particular day. >> stop it, you're breaking my arm. >> yeah. be romantic every day, right, joe? >> absolutely. be romantic. take your valentine out for a ride on the roof of your car. no. this would be a bad day for that. right? tom? >> no, especially because we might have rain. you could get wet out there. >> or a heart-shaped pizza, how about that? >> and pepperoni.
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>> it doesn't always have to be chocolate. >> yes, it does. >> into the 40s this afternoon. if you are heading out for valentine's this evening, might be a few sprinkle tonight. then sun back tomorrow. rain on thursday. how's traffic? >> do something special for your sweetie if she's driving in this. outer loop, new hampshire avenue. slow to georgia avenue. now back to you all. >> all right. thank you very much. that is "news4 today." thank you for starting your day with us. and happy valentine's day. >> the "today" show is next. we'll be back in 25 minutes with weather, traffic, and any breaking news. and we're back tomorrow morning at 4:30. hope you'll join us then. until then, have a great day. see you tomorrow.
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