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of rape and incest. for women... for president... the choice is ours. i'm barack obama, and i approve this message. good morning, everyone. welcome to "news 4 midday." i'm monday, august 20, 2012. the school bell rang this morning for more than 100,000 students in prince georges county. some are in class for the first time. there are a f changes parents need to know about. tracy is live to share some with us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. after years of stability in the prince georges county school district specifically from the top, there are lots of changes happening this year. it's the first day of school in prince georges k. it's also the grand opening for
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greenbelt middle school, and this eighth grader aapproves of the new $53.6 million building. >> i'm very excited. i mean, i need to learn more. i can learn more in this school. >> reporter: parents say they're excited about the programs this new state-of-the-art building will offer. >> this is aa new tag program that my child is entering, and it's new. they're expanding, and we have a lot of good thoughts about the entire program. >> reporter: delays in construction for laurel elementary means the students spend the first week of school at the old greenbelt middle school. that's not the only uncomfortable change parents are focused on. >> i'm going to miss these beautiful students that i had the privilege of working with for the past six years. >> reporter: he's leaving prince georges schools to lead the philadelphia school system. he said his proudest accomplishment here was leveling the playing field for students. >> ten years ago certain students didn't have access to certain programs, which means they didn't have access to
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certain opportunities. we've kind of wiped away many of the roadblocks, the barriers, f full, for those students. >> he has some advice for successors. >> we tend to begin talking about a lot of issues generally around adults. someone has to keep the attention focused on what's best for students. >> reporter: doctor crowley, a high-ranking administrator has been named interim superintendent. the school board president says the permanent position is still very much open. >> dr. alvin crowley can very much apply for the permanent position, but we want to make sure that we have the right amount of community engagement and make sure it's a transparent process and our community is engaged in helping us select who that next person is. >> parents are looking forward to taking part in that process. >> i think we all have to be very involved and make sure that our thoughts are heard so that we all understand these are our priorities. let's work together to find
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them. >> reporter: the board of education is holding county-wide forums about the search process. they're called the moving forward forum. the next one is tomorrow night at bowie high school. now the school board is suggesting that parents that would like their comments to be heard and want to know what's going on with this process to make it to one of those meetings. reporting live in greenbelt, i'm tracee wilkins, news 4. >> thank you. back to school means drivers in prince georges kths should be on the lookout for school zones. speed cameras in those school zones you have to watch out for. they were set up last year you'll remember. police say almost 350,000 automated speed camera tickets were issued last year bringing in more than $5 million. all school zone speed camera tickets are $40 each. turning to the weather, a cool, cloudy start to the day. storm 4 meteorologist tom keer nine joins us with the first
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forecast. welcome back, tom. >> we've had a lot of cloudiness this morning, and temperatures have been pleasantly comfortable in the 60s to low 70s over the last several hours ever since predawn. going back over the last 12 hours, this is what it looked like around 11:00 last night. we had a few passing showers to the south and east and through the morning hours getting breaks in the clouds north and west of washington. shenandoah valley out of mountains is getting sunshine now. it's cloudy in washington and points east. those areas of green getting light rain in the lower part of eastern shore near ocean city down to southeastern virginia. that's heading off to the north and east. it's a weak wave of low pressure along a stalled front south and east of us. some of that dry air to the west should make it in here later today. all the areas in green are still in the 60s in a few locations in our northern and western suburbs and across the piedmont of virginia. closer to washington now, 74 at
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reagan national, low to mid-70s around the bay and the eastern shore. for the afternoon a few breaks in the clouds and a 30% chance of maybe an isolated thundershower in the late afternoon. we'll climb into the upper 70s and low 80s by mid afternoon. i'll look at the rest of the week and weekend in a couple of minutes, barbara. >> tom, we'll see you in a few minutes. let's check in with danella sealock. any problems lingering from the rush hour? >> no, not from the rush hour. on i-66 let's take a closer look. pretty good outside the beltway. closer around nutley you're a bit delayed here because there's roadwork just happening in the left shoulder lane. drivers are slowing down a bit as they make their way to the beltway. travel speeds, though, from fairfax county parkway to the belt way is at 33 miles per hour. nsdz the beltway on i-66 no incidents to report in either direction. nice and clear. barbara, back over to you. >> all right. thank you, danella.
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we have breaking news we're following from montgomery county. police tell us a ride-on bus has crashed into a house. the bus crashed into the house at the intersection of avondale drive in silver springs. emergency crews are on the scene there, and we have a new crew on the way. we'll bring you more information tlult the day as soon as we get more information. we will bring it to you. you'll also find it on nbcwashington.com. and new this morning, police are looking into an officer-involved shooting in prince georges county. police were called to the 5100 block of woodland boulevard around 10:00 last night for a report of a suspicious man. once officers arrived, they found a man covered in blood. police say the man fought with the officers when they tried to help him. they say an officer tasered the man to get him under control, but that only seemed to make him angrier. police say he threatened their lives and one of the officers shot him. he was taken to the hospital
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with nonlife-threatening injuries. police believe he was high on pcp at the time. the two officers did suffer minor injuries. family and friends of a 29-year-old father want to know why he was beaten and left unconscious near eastern market. police say he was found saturday mound with a severe head wnd on the front porch of a home in the 700 block of north carolina avenue southeast. his friends say he was walking home from a washington nationals game. police believe someone beat him up in a nearby park, and he t tried knocking on doors looking for help. a family friend tells news 4 he actually walked past the scene, but he didn't realize it was his friend. >> i was struggling with the boys to eastern market as our normal saturday morning stroll, and our neighbor across the street who was an actual policeman was there. i didn't put the two and two together. >> he remains in critical condition this morning. police are looking for a motive in the attack.
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they've not made any arrests so far. a movement at the university of maryland to get chick-fil-a kicked off campus is growing. a group of students is pushing a petition to get the fast food xhan removed from the school's student union food court. this weekend more than 200 students and staff signed a petition bringing the total to more than 700. the group is outraged at chick-fil-a's ce o's view against same-sex marriage. umd students say chick-fil-a does not accept equality, which is a value embraced by the school. the naacp will hold a demonstration outside the laurel police department tonight. they say they're protesting alleged police brutality. the allegations stem from this video obtained exclusively by news 4. it sws an officer appearsing to punch or slap 27-year-old donte williams three times while he was in handcuffs. police are investigating the
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incident. it is now 8 minfterutes a 11:00. coming up, the two republican lawmakers taking heat this morning. one for something he said. the other for showing a little too much. plus, a special afternoon at the white house. why today's state dinner is very different from any other. we're going to show you why. stay with us. stay with us. we'l but somewhere along the way, something went horribly wrong. george allen voted for trillions in debt while voting to raise his pay four times, then voted to keep special tax breaks for oil and gas companies and took over a half-million from them. worse, allen went to work for them.
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every paycheck. now, when you need it obama has cut $716 billion dollars from medicare. why? to pay for obamacare. so now the money you paid for your guaranteed healthcare is going to a massive new government program that's not for you. the romney-ryan plan protects medicare benefits for today's seniors
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and strengthens the plan for the next generation. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. you're watching "news 4 midday." this morning a top military general met with senior afghan officials to stop a rise of afghan police attacks on u.s. and coalition forces stationed in afghanistan. a spokesman for the international forces says two afghan police have turned their weapons on u.s. troops in the kandahar province. it happened on sunday, and they killed an american serviceman. it's the latest so-lled insider attack. commanders ordered u.s. troops to carry loaded weapons at all
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times in afghanistan now, even when they are on their bases. later this week first lady michelle obama will meet with family members affected by that sikh temple shooting. a gunman stormed a sunday service earlier in month and killed six people including a police officer, then killed himself. the first lady will meet with immediate family members of those killed and injured. shortly after the shooting president obama called the shooting senseless. the white house says the first lady's visit is part of the administration's outreach to the sikh community. right now in decision 2012, republican presidential candidate mitt romney and his running mate paul ryan are holding a town hall in new hampshire at this hour. the joint appearance comes one week before the republican national convention. they have campaigned separately since romney announced ryan as his vp pick two weeks ago in virginia. two members of the gop are under fire today.
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the romney/ryan ticket is distancing itself from a missouri congressman and his comments to a st. louis tv station. >> if it's a legitimate rape, the female bodies has to way to try and shut that whole thing down. >> that's republican todd akin. the reporter asked him if he supports abortions after rape. after the interview he said he misspoke, but he didn't explain how. romney's campaign said he and ron paul disagree with his comments. a freshman congressman says he now regrets skinny-dipping at a holy site in israel. politico reports after a late night dinner he swaum in the sea of galilee without a swimsuit. chuck todd says the incident will likely not farewell in public perception. >> reporter: it's not exactly what an institution with an
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approval rating hovering in the teens on a good day wants showing. >> congressman yoder released a statement apologizing for the spontaneous incident. we're learning maryland governor martin o'malley is a fee tured speaker at next month's democratic national convention. that's new from the washington post. overnight we got that news. governor o'malley spoke at the dnc in 2004 when he was mayor of baltimore. now he's serving his second term leading the state and chair of the democratic governors association. it beginning september 3rd in charlotte, north carolina. we're now just one aweek away from the republican national convention as we mentioned yerl in tampa. news 4 julie kerry is traveling to florida along with aaron gilchre gilchrest. look for live coverage all week next week. we have breaking news from augusta national gulf club. for the first time in 80 years, the home of a masters, they have
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a female member. former secretary of state condoleezza rice and darla moore will be the first female members of that club. the announcement was made just a few minutes ago. tom joins us now with with a look at the forecast. not exactly golf weather at the moment? >> as long as it's not raining or snowing, you can play golf. >> that's true. i hear that all the time. people are out there on the courses. >> and not too hot either. a wonderful pattern. a lot of kids off to school this morning, and parents and teachers as well starting school in many of the area school districts including prince georges county. started off this morning with a few scattered sprinkles but since then it's been dry. there's the cloudy sky over the washington monument. 20 miles to the west and northwest, there's some sunshine. it's 74 and cloudy at reagan national. dew point is a comfortably dry 63. we have a very light breeze out of the southeast now.
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over the last 12 hours we've had some breaks in the clouds off to our west. shenandoah valley and around the blue ridge and this dark area breaks into the clouds here. a little sun there as well as western fairfax and down through prince william, stafford, and areas east of 95 generally still cloudy including the district. these patches of green and sprinkles up around baltimore getting a few showers on the lower part of the eastern shore. right now around the region under the cloud cover in the upper 60s it to around 70s, and farther west there's breaks in the clouds with the low 70s and upper 60s. that holds steady here. we warm up and get some of the sunshine breaking out. going forward through the rest of the day, these areas in greens are zone of potential showers that may pop up around late afternoon and early evening. maybe a rumble of thunder, and then the rest of the evening should be dry during the day on tuesday. should be sunny in the morning and a few clouds building during
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the afternoon. these areas in green are zones of potential rain. that may happen to the west out in the mountains, maybe a few isolated showers on the eastern shore. now, lower part of the eastern shore would be on wednesday afternoon and evening and into wednesday as well. more of the same tuesday, maybe some showers in the mountains as well as wednesday, as well as maybe a few on the eastern shore. not a lot of rain. a drying pattern into thursday. so for the rest of this monday, partly sunny during the afternoon, small chance of a shower, upper 70s to low 80s where the sunbreaks out, winds out of the southwest by late afternoon. overnight tonight any showers ending and mostly cloudy in the upper 70s, early evening. low 70s by midnight, and then by dawn tomorrow back down to the 60s again like we were this morning, and during the day on tuesday partly sunny, highs in the mid-80s. a small chance of showers out of the mountains on tuesday. on wednesday much of the area is partly sunny with highs in the 80s tuesday, wednesday and thursday. morning lows in the 60s each one
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of those days. then into the weekend, friday, saturday and sunday, looking pleasant. we'll take this in late august. highs in the 80s, morning lows in the 60s. after that torrid july, what a wonderful break. that's the way it looks. >> all right, tom. sounds pretty good to me. thanks a lot. we go out on the roads once again and check with danella to see how things are moving. any problems? >> there is a situation in northeast. downed wires blocking all lanes in the 2800 block of seventh street in northeast. again, all lanes are blocked. our crews are working to get the wires off the roadway. the alternate roads is is taking sixth street or eighth street instead. look right now as you travel on 395. no problems here. northbound as well as southbound and edsel nice and clear. clear from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. no issues to report. travel speed northbound, a cool 55 miles per hour. that drive just taking 12 minutes. barbara, back over to you. >> thank you so much, danella. it's 19 after 11:00.
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still ahead on "news 4 midday," are you counting calories? why you can't always trust what the label on your favorite ice cream says. a free-for-all at the shakespeare theater. we'll sit down with the celebrated star of that show, "all's well that ends well." first, a look at what's
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. you're watching "news 4 midday." the shakespeare theater company's free-for-all kicks this week with all's well that ends well starring in the production award winning actress marsha mason. we look at what audiences can expect. we're happy to have you here. welcome. >> thank you. >> you like coming to washington, don't you? >> i do. i love washington. it's a beautiful city and the people are very friendly, and i love doing theater here.
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>> tell us about "all's well that ends well," your part and about the show in general. >> the show is one of the shakespeare's lesser known romantic comedies filled with all the fantastical elements of magic and mixed up identifications and love lost and gained and all kinds of stuff. i play the countess who tries to get her son and the young leading lady together. >> what period is this in? >> we've placed it right around the early 1900s, 1914, right before the first world war. >> it's interesting that shakespeare will work in any period. >> absolutely. that's what's so unique about it. it's really quite wonderful that way. >> this is part of the shakespeare theater's free-for-all as we just mentioned, which means some tickets are free. do you think this brings people in, and what can at the expect?
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>> i hope so. it's so wonderful that the shakespeare theater gives this as a gift to the city every year. it gives everybody an opportunity to see shakespeare, and i think especially they choose the place hopefully so that people will feel that they'll understand it and can come. speaking of that, it's in a different period from when he wrote, but are you using the same words, the same language? >> absolutely. exactly the same language and everything. >> this is not your first time of doing "all's well that ends well"? >> no we did it in 2010. micha michael caan brought it back this year. >> you have done a lot of things, cinderella, liberty, only when i laugh, chapter 2. what is your favorite of all the things that you've done and we've seen your face for many years and we're glad that we're still seeing it here. >> thank you. >> what was the most wonderful
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thing that you can remember? >> i think that every film i did was really quite wonderful. i had a terrific time. it's kind of special, i think, that "the good-bye girl" still holds up, and i had a great time with richard dreyfus. he and i went to london some years later and did "prisoner of second avenue" to great success there. i think i would have to say that holding a special place in my heart, "the good-bye girl" and richard dreyfus. >> you have done something a lot of actors can't do, and that is running your own farm. tell us about that. >> i know. i just hit that place in hollywood when the business was changing, and i was getting older and the work wasn't coming. i decided i needed to throw the pieces of my life up in the air and see how they would come down. i wound up becoming a farmer in new mexico. >> had you ever done anything like that before?
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>> no, and i hadn't planned it. >> how did you start being a farmer? >> i brought some raw land. my friend shirley mclain told me about. i went out and looked at it. she said i'm big the mountain behind me. i said, okay, i'll buy the valley. >> you did it. it's still running? >> it's still running. we're a very happy group out there. i've decided that i'm now going to sell the farm and move back east and concentrate on the theater. so we'll see. >> you've been very busy, and folks are calling you up and want to do shows like this. we're happy. how long is the run quickly? >> from the 22nd to the 5th of september. >> and for more information on performances that begin on thursday, go to shakespearetheater.org. marsha mason, so great to have you, and hope you come back to see us again. >> i will. thank you. it is 11:27. in the next half hour of news 4 mid dashgs a special state dinner is about to start aat the white house. why most of the invited guests
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are kids. plus, how you can help with the earthquake repairs at the national cathedral. we'll tell you about that. a cloudy and cool start to the day. tom says it's okay for golfout
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now. look at this. this is a live picture from chopper 4. a ride-on bus crashes into a house, and these are live pictures coming right now into our studio from chopper 4. the bus crashed into a house at the intersection of avondale drive and st. camelis drive. that's in silver spring. another car was involved in the cash. that could be the one we're seeing there perpendicular to the bus. there are reports of minor injuries of passengers on the bus. no one was injured inside the home, however. we have a news crew on the way, and we will bring you more information throughout the day and on nbcwashington.com.
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right now a "news 4 midday," 125,000 students in prince georges kths are in class. the school bell rang this morning for the first time this year. the county announced the school district's new interim superintendent replacing -- or the new superintendent is alvin crowley. he's replacing former superintendent whilliam hite. he stepped down to run the school system in philadelphia. first lady michelle obama is hosting the first ever kids' state dinner at the white house. here's a live look at what's going on there. more than 50 children including those from d.c., maryland, virginia and west virginia are with the first lady at this luncheon. >> i willi ilyana gomez. >> the children are being introduced. they arrived about an hour ago with their parents. all the children won mrs. obama's lunchtime challenge, part of her let's move campaign.
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they created original lunch recipes from each of the food groups. some of the winning recipes sound delicious like mexican delight, sizzling tofu with green onions and sugar snap peas and one called golden moroccan butternut stew. they're on a mission to restore the national chath dral after the earthquake. later this week marks one year since the quake damaged several parts of the d.c. landmark. angie goff shows us the efforts to rebuild. >> reporter: it's been one year. >> it represents the ability to stand strong even in the midst of storm. >> reporter: since a 5.8 earthquake rocked washington, destroying parts of some of d.c.'s most loved landmarks. memories of that day are still fresh. >> it sounded like a landslide to me. >> chris recalls shooting a story with barbara harrison when it hit. it rattled nerves and left much to be repaired. at the national cathedral
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millions of dollars worth of damage done. the past year the focus is stabilizing the grounds. three days before the appear versary, a campaign to raise $100,000 before stone masons officially begin restoration. >> he and the team will be installing the first repair. it's a crockett stone. crocketts are the nodules on the pinnacles, and it was literally sheared off in the earthquake. our stone carvers have been busy recarving the stone. >> reporter: on the fix-it list, cone shaped pinnacles you find on the scaffolding here on the cathedral towers. they include two more that remain on display fenced in rear here in front of the church. they took a toll on statues and gargoyles, too. it could take years and upwards of $25 million to fix it all. at a little more than 2 million raised, it's a major task the cathedral is taking on stone by stone. an angie goff, news 4. >> the campaign that runs
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through midnight thursday has raised more than $14,000 so far. you can find out how to donate at nbcwashington,.com. the national cathedral campaign runs through midnight on thursday. we told you how to get involved, nbcwashington.com. nasa hopes to get the mars rover curiosity on the move this week. yesterday it used its laser beam as target practice burning a small hole into a nearby rock. next the flit continues with command curiosity moving ilts wheels from side to side. it's the first drive since landing on the red planet on august 6th. we want to check in with tom keer neen nine now. >> i'mdowned by a couple hundred cicadas. there is a core yus of cicada noise out here heralding this wonderful summer day under way. we have a few breaks in the clouds and blue over there to the west and right over capitol
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hill and the monuments, too. a little bit of sun trying to break out now. that's a live view from the nbc 4 hd city camera. on this monday over the last few hours, the cloud cover has thinned out. the dark areas to the left are areas where the sun is breaking out around the blue ridge, shenandoah valley and other western northern suburbs and to the east and southeast, there's a lot of cloudiness. the little patches of green, we get a few sprinkles on the hooern eastern sho and a few showers in the mountains, a little thunder and lightning there. they could have a greater chance in the afternoon. we're in the low to mid-70s throughout the region. we ought to peak in the low 80s later this afternoon and a 30% chance of isolated shower or thundershower here around the metro area and a higher chance out of the mountains. then tuesday, wednesday, thursday, each day nice. late august weather into the mid-80s each afternoon, not too humid. the morning lows of 60s and looks like the trend continues into the weekend friday,
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saturday and sunday. that is the way it looked. barbara. >> all right, tom. thank you. right now diana niyad is forging through her historic swim from cuba to the florida keys. she left cuba on saturday and right now she's in the straits florida. they say she were comfortable and steady around 50 strokes per minute yesterday after a night of painful jellyfish encounters. even though she has a special wet suit to protect her, on saturday night she was stung four times. >> unfortunately you need every piece of skin of your body covered to have full protection against these things. there's no way really to cover your lips, and the stings at that she encountered the first night were on her lips. >> that's right. she is 62 years old now, and this is her fourth attempt to make the 103-mile journey. she tried to go twice last
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summer. you may remember that. we were following it, but she had to stop because of an asthma attack and those same jellyfish stings. drivers in northern virginia can now share their thoughts on a proposal to raise rates along the dulles toll road. they're taking public comment on its plan to raise rates over the next three years from 2.25 now to 4.50 by 2015. the air port authority says it will pay for the metro silver line. you can comment online or there will be three public hearings in september. hi gas prices are putting us on pace to hit a new record. analysts say gas prices typically begin to up drop this late in the summer, but that hasn't been the case this year so far. prices averaged out to be the highest ever last year. new numbers overnight from aaa say d.c. is paying 3.91 for a gallon on average.
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in maryland you pay 3.69 this morning, which hasn't moved much in recent days. in virginia the average is 3.58, which jumped one cent over night. in west virginia you pay about 3 oot .74 which dropped a fraction of a penny. still checking on the situation in northeast 2800 block of seventh street. it's just blocked right now because of downed wires on the road. the road that you are going to want to take is either sixth or eighth street to continue your commute. look at the belt way. this is connecticut avenue traveling on the inner loop, not bad, outer loop nice and clear as well. inner loop from i-270 to i-95 at 57 miles per hour. that takes 10 minutes. taking the beltway in virginia, things look good here as well on the inner loop towards braddock road. back over to you. >> thank you. a d.c. shelter is caring for nearly two dozen dogs rescued from a puppy mill. the animals are getting
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much-needed care after some were found cramped in cages. news 4 darcy spencer has the progress to give them new, loving homes. >> reporter: some of this are so scared they're shaping. one dog constantly walks in circle. these are among the nearly two dozen dogs rescued from a puppy mill in shelby, ohio they call the washington animal rescue league home for now. >> they're in a little rough shape with regard to health, but nothing that i think will prevent them from getting better with care. >> reporter: 220 chihuahuas and shar-peis were rescued. they'll get the medical care they need for skin conditions and eye issues. >> they have skin conditions. they were kept in small quarters. >> the shelter's baifr and training staff will work with the dogs to get them ready for adoptive homes. they've already been given cute
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names like carmel cluster, moose tracks and splish slash. >> a lot of these dogs haven't been socialized at all. so they will -- we will work with them, and by the time we put them up for adoption, they'll be much easier to handle. >> the dogs will need a lot of care and love. shelter officials are confident they'll get it and find homes in the d.c. area. >> we'll use the medical center and get them fixed up and ready to go. hopefully in two or three weeks they'll be ready to go. >> darcy spencer, news 4. >> the dogs were rescued from an elderly breeder. we're told the woman that owned the kennel is in a hospital and can no longer care for the dogs. the hollywood director behind "top gun" is dead. a suicide investigation is now under way. authorities say tony scott climbed a fence and jumped off a bridge in los angeles county. scott directed several hollywood movies including tom gun and crimson tide starring denzel
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washington. a suicide note was found in his office. scott was 68 years old, and he's the brother of director ridley scott. new this mortgage, legendary music icon willie nelson is waking up in a colorado hospital today. he missed a concert in denver on saturday because of breathing problems. according to nbc out there, the 79-year-old was having problems because of the high altitude and emphysema. there's no word on how long he'll stay there. nelson is scheduled to perform at the house of blues in dallas tomorrow. singer skolt mckenzie who performed the 1967 hit "if you're going to san francisco, wear flowers in your hair" has died. he battled barr disease that faekts the nervous system. he's been in and out of the
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hospital since 2010. he co-wrote the beach boys 1988 hit cocoa mow. he was 73 years old. 11:42 is our time now. still ahead on "news 4 midday," low calorie ice cream too good to be true? why labels cannot always be trusted. we're going to tell you about that. [ male announcer ] since 1996 welfare recipients were required to work.
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this bipartisan reform successfully reduced welfare rolls. on july 12th president obama quietly ended the work requirement... gutting welfare reform. one of the most respected newspapers in america called it, "nuts!" saying, "if you want to get more people to work, "you don't loosen the requirements -- you tighten them." mitt romney's plan for a stronger middle class will put work back iwelfare. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message.
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a northern california company is recalls lettuce because of a possible e. coli contamination. it was shipped to 19 states including maryland and virginia. the sal linas-based company says it involves feel fresh wrapped single head romaine lettuce. it has a best buy date of august 19th. if you have any of this lettuce, throw it away. so far there have been no reported illnesses. well, in case you need another reason to dread mondays, it is consistently the worst day of the week for the stock market. let's see what's happening out there today. we're joined by cnbc's hampton pearson who joins us live with more on that. hey, hampton.
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>> a different kind of lettuce problem on wall street. we start the week with disappointing news from lowe's and concerns about greece again, keeping the major averages in negative territory. right now the dow is down about 28 point and the nasdaq down 10 and the s&p off 4 founts. lowe's came up short of earnings expectations. revenue at stores open at least a year fell 0.4%. the company cut the outlook for the rest of the year. meanwhile health insurance giant aetna making a multi-billion dare addition. it will spend $5.7 billion in cash and stock to acquire coventry health care. it can compete for medicare and medicaid customers who will benefit from the expansion of those programs that are part of the affordable health care act, obama care. also in europe the greek prime minister is expected to ask for
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more time to reach debt reduction targets. for the last two years greece has depended two multi-billion dollar bailouts from euro zone countries and the international monetary fund to keep it out of bankruptcy. back in the u.s. realty track is reports that the number of homes with the first notice of default increased 6% in july compared to the same month last year as lenders tackled a backlog of mortgages that have gone unpaid. finally, facebook founder mark zuckerberg is facing calls to accept down as ceo as the social network stock hit a new low dropping below $20. it looks like facebook needs some friends in the investment community. >> sounds like it. thank you so much, and we'll see you tomorrow. >> take care. >> thank you. there is a new wave of lawsuits against the food industry on how accurate food labels really are. some companies are being accused of not putting the correct calorie count on the label.
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nbc's jeff rossen puts diet desserts to the test. >> they promise all the satisfaction with none of the guilt. diet desserts from frozen yogurts to ice creams and treats boasting low calorie numbers dieters crave. >> they don't make me feel like overindulging. >> everybody wantsed ed ted to clum and be fabulous. >> it's front and center. buy measure, and you'll lose weight. >> nutritionist joy bayer says you buy these indict yet products because you couldn't calories. she wants the numbers to be as accurate as possible. after all, these are preportioned packaged foods. >> i'd like to see the calories right on the money, but if you had a little bit of wiggle room, i'd say no more than 10%. >> so it should be 10% off tops? >> tops 10%. >> we found claims that aren't even close to what's in the
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package. we went shopping buying nine individual diet desserts from popular brands. from ben and jerry's to weight watchers, skinny cow to the new sensation arctic zero ice cream, promising 150 calories for an entire pint. don't be so sure. we put each camp in specialized marked containers for our blind test, packed them in dry ice, then took them to emsl, a top food laboratory. there scientists tested each one for calories using the industry's standard methods. the results? three of the products actually had fewer calories than the label claimed. the skinny cowies and cream truffle bar and stonyfield frozen yogurt and ben and jerry froyo half-baked. they had a bit more calories but were without 10% of the label.
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but things are about to take a turn. take the weight watchers desserts. the giant chocolate fudge sundae cone had 13% more calor the label. the ice cream candy bar? 16% more calories. the company told us it does rigorous testing to make sure the labels aree. >> isn't that illegal for them to represent it in one way and have it, in fact, be something different? >> i'm glad you asked. believe it or not, it's completely legal. under fda regulations, packaged foods, even diet foods like this, can be as much as 20% off on the labels. the fda says to account for variation in portions. >> they know they can get away with it because the fda allows up to 20% wiggle room. so they push the envelope a little bit. there's variation. it's upsetting, but it's legal. >> but the biggest gut buster of
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all? this new summertime craze, arctic zero ice cream. it promises 150 calories for the whole pint. sounds great. in our test the results are less than appetizing. our sample of arctic zero vanilla maple had a whooping 46% more calories than the label. the chocolate peanut butter an incredible 68% more calories. >> that really upsets me. that really sticks a knife in my heart. that's horrible. >> arctic zero said their calorie kounlts are accurate. we asked to see their test results, and we're still waiting. >> shame on this company, really. people are eating the whole pint in one sitting. you each that every single day, at the end of the week you have to walk an extra nine miles just to burn off those calories. >> that was jeff rossen reporting. the industry trade group tells nbc news when most companies come up with labels, they test a dozen or so samples and take the
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average. they say to ensure accuracy they do that. the fda does not have the manpower to test most foods, so the companies are on the honor system. 11:52 is the time right now. coming out, more of reiihanna's reveals interview and we'll have the forecast. we'll have an update on breaking news. ne[ male announcer ] you paid in to medicare for years.
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rihanna is facing criticism this morning after she said she loves chris brown after he beat her up. some women's groups say it sets a bad example for victims of domestic abuse. others call the move brave to admit it. in an interview with oprah she denied rumors she and brown were dating again though. >> we're working on our friendship again. we're very, very close friends. we built a trust again, and that's it. we love each other, and we probably always will. i think he was the love of my life. he was the first love. i see that he loved me the same way. >> brown pleaded guilty to assaulting rihanna back in 2009. he was placed on five years
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probation. coming up on news 4 this it afternoon, the way we watch tv and movies has dramatically changed, and so has the competition among those who get it to us. we'll find out how they decide which service they will serve us best. see what their decision is. coming up at 5:00, a warning about some of the new scams making their way into your mailbox. liz crenshaw will have details on that as well. it's time for a final check on the forecast. tom, you going to go play golf? >> no, but there will be a lot out there. it's a wonderful, late august day. we have breaks in the clouds now, and later today maybe a few isolated showers coming through. small chance of that. we're into the 70s now. pleasant week coming up. highs in the 80s each day. before we leave you, we want to bring you up to speed on breaking news from last hour from montgomery county. just burpo an hour ago a bus crash into a house at silver
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spring. another car was also involved. you see it there. they're in front of the house. there are reports of minor injuries of passengers on the bus. we will be finding out more about that coming up. no one was injured inside the home we understand. that home, again, in silver spring. we have a news crew on the way there and we'll bring you more information throughout the day. you can find out more on nbcwashington.com as well. that is "news 4 midday." thank you for being with us, and we invite you to tune in for news tomorrow. we have news before that at
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