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the news keeps coming, shawn yancy now with the news edge at 11:00. >> life moves on but is forever changed. three days after the mass shooting at a connecticut elementary school the first victims buried today. mourners grieve for two little boys, one who loved animals, the other an avid football fan. meanwhile children across the country went back to school with some tough questions and lawmakers debated gun control at the white house and on capitol hill. fox's jennifer davis starts off our coverage from newtown, connecticut. >> reporter: rain and clouds ushered in a trying day for families of the victims of the sandy hook elementary school shooting. one mother said in her eulogy it seems the sky is crying for her young son. >> you try to feel their pain, but you can't. you try to find some words that you hope will be adequate knowing that they'll be inadequate and you see little coffins and your heart has to ache. >> reporter: white balloons
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signaling a difficult task for the family and friends of 6- year-old noah pozner laid to rest today. his twin sister survived the rampage. >> his older brother said he could have been anything, you know, as he would have grown older. so it's a tragedy of epic proportions and we have no answers for this. >> you tell help that their community, their state and their nation, dare i say the whole world stands with them. >> reporter: 6-year-old jack pinto, a new york giant fan, was buried with a representation of his idol. >> for my jersey to be his favorite player and so much that they want to bury him with it, it was unreal. >> reporter: on capitol hill the u.s. senate and house of representatives observing moments of silence. with heavy hearts the connecticut delegation signaled their grief. >> let each of us affirm that we will keep in our hearts and honor those who fell and that we will do everything that we can to ensure that this never
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happens again. >> reporter: as other towns around the country get ready for the holidays, this new england community still faces many more funerals over the next few days. in newtown, connecticut, jennifer davis, fox news. >> students across the nation returned to their classrooms this morning, but friday's violence forced parents and educators to talk about what we need to do to make schools safer and more secure. >> at the time we are going to have a moment of silence. at district heights elementary students held a moment of silence for the victims and talked to their teachers about what happened. counselors and psychologists braced for the tough questions. >> it's very important that we have some age appropriate discussions as the students bring their concerns forward. >> part of the moment of silence is to think about how we it continue to care for each other. -- we can continue to care for each other. >> at other schools other principals chose not to address the shooting unless students asked questions on their own.
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experts are urging parents to limit exposing their children to the disturbing images from the tragedy. anti-gun advocates are demanding tougher gun laws. two rallies were held in the nation's capital. fox 5's bob barnard has more. >> reporter: this was a noon time march on the capitol hill offices of the national rifle association, about 100 people taking part. >> obviously it was just the amazing horror of 20 little children. i mean that was my motivation. this is my first time going to an anti-gun rally. it will not be my last. >> we're here urge nra lobbyists to step down. >> reporter: the demonstrators confronted by one man with an opposing view. >> this principal in the school tried to defend the children and was killed for it, but if the principal tried to defend the children with a gun,
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perhaps, you know, they could have saved many lives. >> reporter: rally organizers encouraged by president obama's remarks in newtown sunday night. >> are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage? that the politics are too hard? are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? >> reporter: white house officials acknowledging today changing the nation's gun laws is complicated business. >> i don't have a specific policy outline for you today from the president and i think that it's important to remember that this is about our gun laws and enforcing them, but it's also about a broader series of issues. >> reporter: outside the white house another midday demonstration smaller and much quieter happening every monday since the movie theater massacre in aurora, colorado, this summer. >> it has been an amazing
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experience because we've talked to people from all over the world and all over the country and we all really people that we are changing people's minds one person at a time. >> it says ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines. there's absolutely no reason on this earth for these things to be available for sport. >> reporter: bob barnard, fox 5 news. another big story tonight, long time hawaii senator daniel inouye died at walter reed hospital today. he'd been fighting a respiratory illness. inouye was a world war ii veteran and medal of honor recipient. he was the third in line for the presidency as senate president pro tem. he was first elected to the senate in 1962. senate majority leader harry reid broke the news today on the senate floor. >> i rise with a real heavy
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heart. our friend dan inouye just died. i've never known anyone like dan inouye. no one else has. >> reid went on to say if there were ever a patriot, dan inouye was that patriot. dan inouye was 88 years old. now a news alert from virginia, prince william county police are tracking down the man who sexually assaulted a teenager inside her home this afternoon on echo court in woodbridge. this is a composite sketch of the man. the victim says this man knocked on her door, claimed to work for a cable company and threatened her if she didn't let him in. once inside he pulled out what appeared to be a knife and sexually assaulted the teenager. call police if you recognize him. to the district where a man was discovered dead in a northwest apartment. tonight police search for his killer. the victim was found in the 200 block of i street, no word how the victim died. police are asking anyone with information to call them.
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bold car thieves stole another police cruiser in alexandria, the second cruiser stolen in under a week. both were marked cruisers. the first was stolen last week overnight thursday into friday and was later found in maryland, but a shotgun and computer were missing. the second cruiser was stolen overnight friday and turned up in d.c. police believe the incidents are connected but so far no arrests. coming up a mother proves her doctors wrong and now they're calling her a medical miracle just in time for the holidays, her amazing survival story is next. >> we're tracking some showers moving across the area, still a very mild night. the showers are trying to break up that fog that's remained very thick across the region. >> stick around. here's a look at some of the other stories on the rundown. the news edge at 11:00 is coming right back.
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proud to have been able to participate in your care. when i think back at six months or so and remember you in the icu, you were amazingly ill. you were so sick we had debates about whether to go ahead and we bet on you because of your tremendous determination. on. >> reporter: today a celebration was held in her honor. among those in attendance, all the nurses and staff members there for her journey. stephanie has had a lifetime of congenital heart problems, but things got worse this summer when she was told she not only needed a new heart but new kidney and liver. stephanie was born without a tricuspid valve which helps move blood in the right direction. she ran marathons well into her 30s. stephanie is no stranger to heart surgeries. by the time she graduated college she had already undergone four heart
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procedures. in early july she was told her condition had worsened. she and her family had prepared for the worst. >> my family actually came in on july 4th individually and would say good-bye. >> reporter: but two days later the call came. they had a match. >> wonderful to have an option for these young patients and there are others like her that will follow in her footsteps and she's made that possible. >> i'm more thankful. i'm like i really don't want to age and get older and hit 40 and 50, but i'll so be happy to. it's another chance at life. l >> wonderful christmas miracle. so if you have not shipped your holiday gifts, time is running out and you may notice a little change in your favorite soda. maureen umeh has your fox 5 top five. >> great news for the young cooks in your life.
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no. 5, after years of pink and purple easy bake ovens hasbro is unveiling a gender neutral easy bake oven. a 13-year-old girl started the campaign calling for an oven that appeals to all kids. the new oven is black, silver and blue. no. 4, diet pepsi changes its sweeteners. diet pepsi used only aspertane which is sensitive to heat and breaks down easily. the taste was made to -- the change was made to help the taste from degrading over time. no. 3, chlamydia rates rose 8% between 2010 and 2011 and gonorrhea rates rose from 100 to 104. the rate of primary and secondary syphilis cases remain the same. no. 2, gas prices dropping to the lowest level of the year. the national average is now $3.25 for a gallon of regular.
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it is 3.47 in d.c., 3.27 in maryland and in virginia it is 3.11. this is expected to be the busiest travel season in six years. no. 1, are your holiday packages in the mail? better hurry. ups kicked off its seasonal peak week of the year today. the mail service plans to deliver more than 135 million packages worldwide. 28million deliveries are expected thursday, the busiest day of the holiday season and that is tonight's fox 5 top five. d.c. mayor vince gray opposes plans to reimburse flood victims in the district. gray says the plan proposed by the d.c. council could 70 a precedent making tax -- could set a precedent making taxpayers liable for millions of dollars in future damage claims. there is a fund created to be paid for via an assessment on residents' water bills. speaking of water, there's a little water outside tonight or later on? >> yes. there's some showers out there
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now. i think they're rather spotty. we're really dry this december, only about 1/ 3 of an inch and 2012 is about 9 inches below. so we need a little moisture. that's what we're getting. it's also helping to get rid of the fog. we've been foggy all day in some spots. now that the showers are getting closer, that is dispersing the fog for the time being, but we don't expect the showers to hang around for the morning rush hour. as they depart the area, we may build in a little more fog briefly from the sun comes up. we've got a couple frontal boundaries on the move. radar in motion here, this is one trigger, a stationary boundary that has not budged all day. south of it it was a lot warmer today. everybody north and east stayed cooler and certainly saw the fog hanging tough. the boundary is beginning to shift, but you can see showers coming through the area. let's get a tighter look going to our sent net radar. you can see these showers -- sentinel radar. you can see these showers especially on the east side of
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town moving quickly west to east and another little batch, but these won't last long. i think by 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning it's probably going to be out of here. what we'll be waiting for next after the showers, you can kind of see the dry slot and area of low pressure on the frontal boundary. the front swings through tuesday morning and what's left of any fog will be dispersed and we'll have a pretty decent day, although blustery. in the meantime we remain under a fog advisory because there are some spots who aren't getting rain and you do have very low visibility and in some spots it's below 1/4-mile, a couple spots be lee 1/8 of a mile. it's -- spots about 1/8 of a mile. it's much better for baltimore now with 1 1/2 miles visibility. they were down to .1-mile much of the day, a lot of delayed flights up here. 3-mile visibility for the city. let's hope we can hang onto
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those good numbers through the night. meanwhile today's temperatures into the 50s and very close to these numbers, 54 degrees the 10:00 temperature at dulles. they've dropped down to 53 degrees now, 54 still for the district. it looks like we've gone up. it looks like quantico popped up a bit, too. obviously very mild tonight, fredericksburg 57 and all this because of a frontal boundary to our west pushing warmer air ahead of it and cooler air behind it as you can see with pittsburgh down to 46, chicago 32 and detroit at 40. for usen cold tonight, mainly -- us not cold tonight, mainly in the 40s. tomorrow we'll see the showers out of here. the rest of the night we'll call for scattered showers and then maybe areas of fog be back in with a dense fog advisory slated to go till 6 a.m. i do think the fog is gone by the morning commute and the showers are gone. that's because the front will be through the area. winds will start to pick up.
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we should see our temperature hitting 58 degrees, although it might not feel like it because of the breeze. later in the afternoon the clouds build up. we could have a spotty shower here and there. in the short term we watch the fog around here in the next number of hours, 49 degrees at 8 a.m., a mix of sun and clouds. by noon the breeze is noticeable at 56. it's possible at 4:00 we could have a couple more showers around the area because colder air will come in aloft making everything a bit unstable. this is mild for december, no doubt about it, again with d.c. looking for a high of 58, annapolis 56, leonardtown 57, manassas at 55. our area of low pressure will drag a cold front through here. it will keep moving and it looks like wednesday is very nice with lots of sunshine and high pressure back in business here in the mid-atlantic. that means real settled weather for us. so your fox 5 accuweather seven- day forecast, three days in the 50s, next chance of rain, much more heavy rain, thursday afternoon and evening into the
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overnight hours. that brings in a push of colder air friday and spatter, but notice beginning friday and all the way through christmas eve while temperatures will be in the 40s it's going to be dry which means easy travel to hit the road. that's it for your forecast. let's send it over to scott smith for a look at sports. this is the verizon sports desk with scott smith. >> if all you want for christmas is robert griffin, iii to start this weekend in philly, i'm afraid santa will need doctor's clearance first. if a griffin jersey will do the trick, you're not alone. the no. 10 jersey is the best selling jersey in any one season. yesterday it was all about that no. 12 in burgundy and gold, kirk cousins making the most of his first nfl start in cleveland. his first touchdown of the game came in the late 1st quarter, a 54-yard connection to leonard hankerson. he ended with 329-yard, second most by a redskins rookie and most by any redskins quarterback since rex grossman
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in 2010. this standout performance prompted the question should the skins double down and go with cousins again this week to give rg3 even more time to heal? >> we're going to play robert when he's 100%. when that ligament is fine and the doctors feel that there's no chance for injury, that he can go out and perform at the level and n a game situation without injury, we're going to go with our starter. also today the nfl slapped redskins offensive lineman jordan black with a four-game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. many of his teammates spoke out in his defense saying it's a paperwork mixup and it's prescribed medication. the defense was critical in yesterday's win and linebacker rob jackson has led the charge, a huge interception in the 3rd quarter which led to the final go ahead touchdown. action jackson also had a sack in that game, something he's done a lot lately, four sacks in the past five games, a big
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reason the skins currently sit atop the pack of the nfc east. >> you're looking for guys that can make plays. that's what rob has been able too do, make plays and put pressure -- to, do make plays and put pressure on the quarterback, make sacks, cause fumbles, seems to get better and better of game. john wall breaks his silence. when might we see the wizards point guard back in a game? that's coming up. >> hi, i'm lieutenant bill hill in kabul afghanistan. i'd like to wish my wife jessica and daughter sarah and my son won't happy holidays. i miss you -- owen happy holidays. i miss you guys and i'll see you soon. 
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the wizards are home tomorrow night against the hawks looking for that fourth win. today head coach randy wittman joked about the list of injuries his team has been hit with saying if anybody knows an exorcist that can come into this be, yeah. one of his recovering round ballers john wall was shooting baskets for a rare photo op today. he hasn't had a full practice all season due to swelling in the left knee. last friday wall received a lubricating injection in that knee from a doctor in new york
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which will hopefully allow him to ramp up his workouts. will he still miss the entire season? >> i'm not thinking about that. hopefully the time i've taken off and the shots and treatment is helping me get healthy so i can play basketball this season. you don't want to miss the whole season. if it comes to it, you have to. i'm not trying to think that far ahead. teammates bradley beal, jordan crawford, nene, martell webster and chris singleton partipated in the wizards annual family to family delivery and delivered gifts to five appreciative families in northeast and southeast bringing christmas cheer and putting smiles on the faces of all involved. finally in college hoops syracuse coach wins his ninth game this evening.
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after a week of sad news we could all use a kind word or how about a hug? volunteers in oakland, california, set up a free hug stand in the farmers market today and gave out high fives, compliments, notes of inspiration encouraging others to step up and spread good cheer this holiday season. volunteers say during tough times love can always get you through the day. so remember that tomorrow. maybe give somebody a hug or a high five. spread the cheer. thanks so much for joining us tonight on the news edge. we will see you right back here tomorrow night.
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