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>> reporter: but facebook isn't sitting still. the company just unveiled a faster app for iphone and ipad users and is working hard to beef up its mobile platform which more than half its members use to access the social networking site. in san francisco claudia cowen, fox news. the news keeps coming tonight, matt ackland with the news edge at 11:00. tonight we're tracking tropical storm isaac. the massive storm is hitting the dominican republic and haiti at this hour and haiti has hundreds of thousands of people still living in tent camps after that massive earthquake in 2010. the national hurricane center has just released its 11:00 advisory on tropical storm isaac as it makes its way closer to the florida panhandle. let's check in with gary mcgrady with more on this. how's it looking? >> just sitting here updating things as we speak. i want to show you first what's going on with the satellite picture. isaac may be trying to form a little eye there just to the
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south of port-au-prince haiti. that's not a good thing because, of course, it's strengthening a little bit with this advisory, but any time a strengthening tropical system makes landfall, most of the time it's exponentially worse in terms of the winds and tides and the rains, too. we already know there's going to be a lot of heavy rain there for that island to hispanola. over to show you the current readings on drops isaac, wind right now -- tropical storm isaac, wind right now 70 miles per hour, up from 65 at 8:00. pressure is down a little bit, movement to the northwest at 14 miles per hour. that same general track is going to continue. the national weather service has -- national hurricane center has issued a forecast now. what they have done with this latest update, they have issued not only a tropical storm warning for most of south florida including the key west area, but they've also put in a
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hurricane watch. so that's the newest part of this update coming through. the track has not really changed. it's still expected to make landfall there in the panhandle of florida sometime tuesday evening right between pensacola and panama city. at least that's the forecast for now. these things can always change. a news alert from riverdale, maryland tonight. police believe a woman may have been murdered inside her home on kennedy street. as you can see, sky fox live high over the scene. right now police say the victim's family members were concerned because they hadn't heard from her in a while. she was found dead inside. it's being treated as a murder investigation, but police aren't releasing any more details at this time. the edge on virginia now where two young brothers are dead after a fire swept through the upper story of a house in winchester last night. it happened in the 200 block of
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summit avenue. tonight fox 5's john henrehan has more. >> reporter: summit avenue is in a wholly residential neighborhood in winchester. just after 9:30 thursday night firefighters from across the city were summoned to 210 summit avenue where they found smoke pouring from the upper floor of a home. >> we observed one adult male at a bedroom window up there hanging out. there was heavy smoke coming out of the window where he was at. our truck company did a ground ladder rescue from the window. >> reporter: family members said there were two children in another upstairs bedroom. their stepfather had gotten badly burned trying to rescue them by running up the inside stairwell. >> we made an aggressive interior attack and advanced a hose line to the second floor, did a very quick extinguishment on the fire and in the process of doing search and rescue our firefighters found two children ages 4 and 6 and they succombed
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to their injuries from the fire. >> reporter: there is a small memorial now consisting of stuffed animals and flowers on the front lawn for brothers landon and braden who perished in the fire. the stepfather's hands were so badly burned he was transported to a hospital specializing in burn injuries. the mother and grandfather suffered smoke inhalation. all the family's dogs and cats survived, but this pomeranian was singed by the blaze. fire investigators believe the blaze started on that upper floor, but they are not yet ready to conclusively name a cause. firefighters say the house appeared to have hard wired smoke detectors. they want to do more interviews before concluding whether and when those deckers sounded their alerts. -- detectors sounded their alerts. because of the two child fatalities, there was a stress debriefing held at the scene in the middle of the night. a preliminary ruling on the cause of this fire may not come
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for several days. the gunman who killed a prince george's county honor student in her sleep is still out there tonight and now police are investigating the possibility that it may have been a case of mistaken identity. audrey barnes joins us now live with more on this. >> police say they went to amber stanley's home tuesday to investigate an undisclosed crime reported by another person living in the house. the next day amber was shot and killed. a family friend thinks the killer got the wrong girl. [ audio difficulties ] >> she came over to me and she said someone tried to, you know, grab me, take me into the woods and he had a knife and she had to fight him off. >> reporter: now that you hear what's happened at the house, what do you think? >> i do because amber is such a
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good killed i do believe that. i do. >> reporter: that it had something to do -- >> with that girl. >> there is a $25,000 reward available for information that leads police to amber's killer. football arrangements are not complete -- funeral arrangements are not complete yet. a guilty plea of a montgomery county man accused of stealing a car with a toddler and mother inside. police say last july terron alvin white carjacked the vehicle at a baltimore gas station. the nightmare ended on the beltway when the 24-year-old victim bailed out of the car with her son. fox 5's tom fitzgerald has this story. >> reporter: this was the scene on the beltway in montgomery county on july 13th, 2011. police following a carjacked lexus, inside a mother, alyssa samuels and her 20-month-old son julius taken against their will and behind the wheel, a man who carjacked them from a
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west baltimore gas station. >> got a female screaming out the peak window help me. >> reporter: -- passenger window help me. >> reporter: police trailed the car for miles even having one state trooper sideswiped, but when the car approached cabin john parkway in the beltway, suddenly the passenger door opens and the victim, alyssa samuels, jumps out of that car with her baby joshua in her arms. >> the female just jumped out of the car. she's in the far right lane. >> this is a woman who, look, she feared for her life. she feared for child's life. she didn't know if this was going to be a violent assault against her. she didn't know if this was going to be a sexual assault. i am sure that there were many terrifying thoughts. >> reporter: in court friday 23-year-old terron white of west baltimore pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping. authorities say the carjacking began when white forced his way into samuels' car at a west baltimore gas station. court documents say she had begged white to get her baby
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out first. instead he used a piece of glass as a weapon to threaten her jumping out of the car officials say possibly saving their lives. >> i spoke to miss samuels today. she said that she saw her chance to escape. she took. it she didn't know whether he was going to take off again and was fearful he might crash the car. >> reporter: court documents say during the chase white ordered his victim that if they were caught to tell police that she was his girl friend. police were able to stop terron white and arrest him only a few minutes after alyssa samuels jumped out of the car with her baby. luckily both the mother and child suffered only minor injuries. prosecutors added that when he was arrested, terron white was under the influence of both marijuana and percocet and over the past year has had his mental state evaluated. he faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced on these charges on november 21st. in rockville tom fitzgerald, fox 5 news.
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>> one year later alyssa samuels says she still doesn't know why white targeted her family and she says the ordeal may be long over, but it's still very alive in her mind. >> it was nighttime and i automatically panicked. i roll up my windows, make sure the doors are locked. that's why i'm super paranoid now and i think that kind of rubbed off on him. >> samuels says she's also upset that her insurance isn't paying for her medical bills from when she bailed out of her car. another big story we are following tonight, two people are dead and several others wounded after a shooting outside the empire state building. this is newly released surveillance video of the shooting. police say the gunman highlighted on the screen is 58- year-old jeffrey johnson, a laid off woman's accessory designer who shot and killed a former co-worker during rush
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hour this morning. johnson was then shot dead by police during the confrontation that wounded nine bystanders. >> he killed one person and at least nine other people were shot and some may have been shot accidentally by police officers. >> i was crossing the street and as i crossed people started falling down. one woman actually fell at my feet. >> police are now looking at johnson's background for signs of past criminal behavior. six of the shooting victims have been released from the hospital. the other three are being treated for nonlife threatening injuries. a scary scene on a train platform near boston as a mother falls onto the tracks with her child. she explains why coming up. >> check out some of the other stories on our rundown tonight. the news edge at 11:00 is coming right back. stay with us. >> this is fox 5 news edge at 11:00. [ male announcer ] some think obamacare is the same as free health care.
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caught on surveillance video, have you seen this? a massachusetts woman walked right off a train platform while carrying her 4-year-old son. it happened at a stop in cambridge monday evening. the mom and child landed on the tracks. two other passengers immediately jumped down to help them. the woman says she couldn't see where she was going and she
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thought the train that was stopped on the other side of the tracks was at her platform. fortunately no one was hurt here. mosquitoes are causing panic in texas and we have a warning for metro riders this weekend. laura evans has your fox 5 top five. >> if you ride metro, you may worth to add some time to your commute this weekend. no. 5, the vienna, dunn loring and west falls church station on the orange line are closed until monday morning. buses will replace trains between vienna and east falls church and singing tracking on the red line. no. 4, the state of maryland wants public input on hospital policy breastfeeding recommendations. the hospital may recommend giving newborns only breast milk unless medically indicated and not allowing pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants in the hospital unless medically indicated. no. 3, a possible alzheimer's disease treatment from drugmaker eli lilly has failed
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to slow mental decline in two late stage studies, but it did show promise in patients with mild cases of the disease. now there is no cure for alzheimer's which affects a person's memory and ability to think. no. 2, tobacco companies will not be required to place graphic health warnings on their cigarette packages. a federal appeals court tossed out the government mandate saying the fda failed to prove the labels would reduce smoking rates. no. 1 tonight, west nile fears hit panic levels near dallas, texas. up to a dozen people have called 911 to request an ambulance for a simple mosquito bite. mosquitoes can spread west nile, but doctors ask people not to seek medical help unless they showed symptoms like neck stiffness or fever. so far 29 people in texas have died from the west nile virus and that is tonight's fox 5 top five. matt? 20 years ago today thousands of south florida residents were huddled in their homes riding out the worst
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storm of their lives. category 5 hurricane andrew took more than 60 lives and became the most expensive natural disaster at that time. andrew leveled entire communities in dade county. the national hurricane center says andrew is the second costliest hurricane in atlantic history. hurricane ike in 2008 is the third costliest and katrina in 2005 was the most expensive. by the way, today is also the seventh anniversary of the day that katrina formed as a tropical storm. >> 175 mile-per-hour winds when that thing made landfall. >> i'm from florida. i remember that. my dad had to go down to miami and work. he was a telephone worker. he replaced all the lines. >> we are right in the middle of tropical season now. we did have joyce yesterday, but she's since fallen apart, just kind of a wave out there.
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we'll be talking a little more about isaac, too the next several days as it heads up into the gulf of mexico. at least that's the forecast. it's bearing down on haiti now. it strengthened up to 70 miles per hour, so not quite a hurricane but real close and the last few pictures of satellite imagery seemed to be trying to form an eye around isaac. temperatures in town 78 degrees, relative humidity 64%. in terms of wind when we get that n there and then 0, no wind to speak of outside. temperature 72, cooler for gaithersburg, dulles and manassas, fredericksburg sitting at 73 degrees. a lot of rain down to the south and basically that rain is coming our direction. it does look like tomorrow as this comes up with an area of low pressure the heaviest of the rain will stay on off to the east, but it has been heavy today. the most of the real heavy stuff stayed just offshore north carolina, but it has really been raining down there.
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futurecast, this is tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. i think when we initially wake up, maybe a few light showers, but most of it will still be down to the south of us. we'll have some clouds. if we get any sunshine tomorrow, it will be very limited. so don't expect that. 1:00 still most of the rain to the south, but some showers already coming up and by late tomorrow afternoon we'll have more showers, more numerous showers, more widespread and we'll have to watch this. where do we get some heavy rain bands coming up? and the way it looks now most of that should stay off to the east of i-95. sunday morning perhaps a little bit of sunshine breaking through right around 8 a.m., more showers wrapping around and the way it's looking right now we're getting some agreement on sunday that we'll get a little dry patch coming on in. if that's the case, sunday is not looking too bad. you got tickets to the preseason game tomorrow between the redskins and colts? well, have your umbrella and everything you need to stay dry.
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i think periods of rain, temperatures will be in the lower to mid-70s and in the upper 70s by 4:00 or 5:00. tonight we're 70 degrees, upper 60s out in the suburbs and tomorrow's temperatures with a little bit of sunshine, if any. temperatures will get into the upper 70s, but don't expect much. easily temperatures tomorrow could be lower to mid-70s if you're in one of those places that ends up getting more sustained rain through the day and morning and in the afternoon. the picture looks a little better for sunday, but not too terribly much better on sunday i think, maybe a little warmer and then monday, tuesday and wednesday right here we dry out, temperatures warming back up into the middle 80s. the nats travel to philadelphia. how well did they do? lindsay is in with sports to let you know. >> this is the verizon 4g lte sports desk with lindsay murphy. >> the nationals got a well deserved day off yesterday and today begin their third
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straight nl east series against the phillies. earlier in the day the team announced they extended chad tracy through the 2013 season. ian desmond sat out with a sore hamstring. he may be out all weekend long. more injuries issues in the 1st. michael morse gets nailed on the hand. morse was in pretty bad pain. he heft the game but good news, nats fans. -- left the game, but good news, nats fans. it was only a contusion and bruise. bottom of the 5th, jimmy rollins singles to left. two runs score. laynce nix slides in safely and phillies go ahead 3 -0. top of the 7th tyler moore in to pinch-hit. he lifts one high and deep to left, a two-run shot but it's not enough. nationals drop their second straight 4-2. it snaps their streak of winning 20 straight games when they've homered. here is davey johnson on morse's injuries. >> x-rays were negative. he's got a bad bruise, but
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hopefully he'll be all right in a few short days. the orioles at home hosting the toronto blue jays. bottom of the 2nd bases empty for chris davis. he goes yard to right field. this game was tied 1-1. bottom of the 4th, davis up again at the plate and again he connects to right for another solo shot. 2-2 so far. orioles lead 2-1. bottom of the 6th. can davis do it again? yes and no. he does go yard but this time it's not to right. davis becomes the first oriole since nick markakis in 2006 to hit three home runs in one game. the birds win this one 6-4. coming up after the break it's no. 1 versus no. 2 tomorrow at fedex field and the top two draft picks are downplaying the hype. stay with us.
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happy birthday to mike shanahan. the redskins third year head coach turned 60 years young today. it was announced at the team's annual welcome home luncheon this afternoon, but the big story is tomorrow's third preseason game featuring rg3 versus andrew luck. with the redskins trading four high draft picks and the colts parting with peyton manning boat teams made it clear griffin and luck are their guys. griffin was sacked three times and luck two interceptions in the last game, but regardless the hype surrounding the game tomorrow makes it feel like a regular season game to fans.
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rg3 would beg to tiff. >> i think he'll leave the talk -- to differ. >> i think i'll leave the talking about me and him to you guys. definitely look forward to playing the guy throughout my career. i think it will be exciting match-ups. you hope that for every quarterback. i never wish any quarterback any harm. we're all trying to make it in this life and league. my alma mater good council in las vegas to take on nevada's bishop gorman. a 9-yard touchdown, the falcons down by 1. on the ensuing extra point the high snap forces holder c.j. carroll to take it himself. he dives into the end zone. good council one up 8-7 but now trailing in the 2nd half. the second roundthe barclays tiger woods in the hunt. here is tiger on the 4th hole bidding for a birdie. this putt is on line. it will fall. he shoots a 2-under and is five- under for the tournament, three shots off the pace.
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sergio garcia chipping just off the green on two and this is a beauty. a birdie for garcia sitting tied for first place with nick watney at 8-under far. finally the mystics lost at home to the atlanta dream 81- 69. the news edge will be right back. good night. >> the verizon 4g lte sports desk brought to you by verizon 4g lte. for back to school. introducing share everything, only from verizon. a shareable pool of data to power up to 10 different devices. add multiple smartphones to your plan, so everyone in your family can enjoy unlimited talk and text. the first plan of its kind. share everything. get your student a samsung galaxy nexus for $99.99.
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