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say hoallelujahallelujah. ♪ that's what we dishin' 'bout good morning to you. this is a live look at the wilson bridge. it is the third day of january already. i'm wisdom martin. >> i'm sarah simmons. let's check in with tucker barnes to see how things are
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going in the weather world. >> you guys are laughing about the day. did you see the banner? it said january 3, 2012 on it. let's get to your weather forecast. temperatures right now in the upper 20s and low 30s. should be a decent day for us though. we are still dealing with all this cloud cover and rain shower activity south and east of us. this will remain south and east although some of that cloud cover kind of spilling up into the region as we speak. a few clouds to start your day. generally sunshine today and chilly. high temperatures only expected to be about 40 degrees later today. right now, we're cold and we're cold areawide. even now at reagan national, the temperature dipped to 31 degrees. dulles and bwi marshall, both in the upper 20s. should be a sunny but chilly afternoon with high temperatures about 40 and the dry streak continues near the end of the week. more details on that weather forecast in just a moment. back to you. >> thank you, tucker.
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taking a look at our top stories, students and teachers return to the chas room today less than three weeks after the tragic shooting at sandy hook elementary. yesterday, moving trucks brought in the furniture around supplies from sandy hook and families got a chaps to see the inside. the school superintendent says the new building has been renamed sandy hook. the secretary of state is resting at home this morning. hillary clinton left a new york hospital yesterday, three days after doctors found a blood clot in her head. they discovered it in a follow- up exam for a concussion mrs. clinton suffered after fainting last month. the 113th congress will be sworn in today. on tap for lawmakers, taking care of what was left undone in the new fiscal cliff bill that. includes a delay in defense cuts put off until march. president obama synd the new fiscal cliff legislation last night extending tax cuts for millions of americans but raising income taxes on
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individuals making more than $400,000. the president also signed a new defense bill which includes funding to tighten security at diplomatic missions around the world. -- president obama signed the new thrive legislation last night. >> the nonpartisan tax policy center point out that 07% of american households will pay higher tax this is year. it is because of that payroll tax cut being allowed to expire. we are learning more about behind the scenes tensions. it is said that john boehner had harsh words for harry reid. >> there are thousands and
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thousands of people word homeless tonight, who are without jobs, who have lost their business. >> speaker boehner is a good man in general. he is under huge pressure. but he shouldn't have allowed owl that pressure to be taken out on new york home owners, new york small business owners, new york taxpayers. >> reporter: the fema money for sandy is down to $3.5 billion and loan money will run out next week before the january 15th vote. the block grant fund which gives home owners large loans to rebuild their homes must have money from the sandy relief bill n far rockaway, a construction worker has borrowed $30,000 from his credit card, gotten a $25,000 loan if his boss and a $15,000 federal loan to rebuild his home. the entire first floor was
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destroyed by sandy. he needs $100,000 more to rebuild his home. >> it is ridiculous what is going on up there. go on vacation like nothing happened. where is this money coming from? it is crazy. it's crazy. >> the newly sworp in house will take the first vote on immediate relief and another on more aid next week. we still have plenty ahead this morning. -- the newly sworn in house will take the first vote on immediate relief and another on more aid next week. good morning to you. this is a live look outside where hopefully a lot of work will continue to be done on this whole fiscal cliff business. it is a cold day in washington, d.c. it is wintertime so we expect that. not a big surprise there. it is thursday, january 3, 2013. i'm wisdom martin. >> i'm sarah simmons. good morning to you. welcome to fox 5 morning news.
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let's hello to tucker barnes and get the least our forecast. >> hello, tucker barnes. >> it got cold outside. cold start to the day but a mostly sunny day and high abouts 40 degrees. >> okay. >> is it like a carbon copy pretty much? >> yes, i think so. >> we could rerun yesterday's forecast. >> yeah. i have a different tie on. but yeah. so i guess it is big change from yesterday, it is even colder this morning than it was yesterday morning as the very chilly air from the north and west has had a chance to move on in. we do have some clouds out there at this hour. there will be some clouds here not next few hours. but just like yesterday, we'll trend toward mostly sunny skies and a nice quiet pattern. not expecting any rain or
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winter weather around here any time soon. much of your next seven days featuring quiet conditions. cold start, sunny end. it will still be chilly this afternoon just like yesterday with highs about 40 degrees. make sure you are properly prepared for a cold day. we will. >> thank you, tucker. >> it is time to say good morning for the first time this morning to julie wright. >> she has on-time traffic. we're in for i arough commute along 355 this morning. -- we're in for a rough commute along 355 this morning. did you guys get caught in this? >> area, there is a hole in the middle of the street. >> the southbound stretch of wisconsin avenue which is, yes, indeed our morning drive coming from the capital beltway head out wards willard avenue, traffic will be diverted off at cumberland. just south of bradley is where all of this work is taking place. the detour will be cumberland over to dorsett.
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it will be quite complicated for your morning drive. i strongly suggest you leave early, pick up connecticut avenue or depending on where you need to travel from, there is also the option of taking the beltway at river road. southbound 355 wisconsin avenue remains closed off south of bradley but before you reach willard. 66 not so busy. looking good from 123 to the capital beltway. light traffic volume there. 395 open for business as you continue out to the 14th street bridge. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. traffic. thank you very much. action on capitol hill is once again our big story this morning. 113th congress will be sworn in today. the new congress will bring with it some historic changes. >> the senate will remain in democratic control but there will now be a record number of women, 20 including an all- female delegation from new hampshire. there will also be more than vaicial difters at this and the fewest number of veterans in congress since world war ii. despite a deal being reached on the fiscal cliff by the 112th
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congress, the new congress still has a lot of work in store including taking up a vote on an aid package for superstorm sandy relief. -- there will also be more racial diversity. >> congress is expected to vote on a $9 billion flood insurance package tomorrow and vote on the remaining part on the 15th. the dow soared more than 300 points yesterday. that is more than any trading day in all of 2012 where every stock that lost, 10 gained on the new york stock exchange. the nasdaq add 93 points and
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the gains continued in hong kong and europe. later today, d.c.'s delegate to congress is going to demand that the house restore d.c.'s right to vote in the committee of the whole that. would let delegate eleanor holmes norton vote on many matters on the house floor but not on final legislation. delegate norton was granted the right to vote in the committee of the whole in the early '90s but it was later taken away by the republicans. now, classes resume this morning for students and teachers at sandy hook elementary school. this comes less than three weeks after that deadly shooting at the school. classes will now be held in a former middle school just down the road from the shooting scene in the town of monroe. last night, par incidents were invited to an open house of the new school. newtown school's superintendent announced the new school will be renamed sandy hook elementary. the d.c. leaders will hold
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a news conference for discuss the homicide rate for 2012. mayor gray says it is the lowest since 1960. he will join police chief cathy lanier this affect to discuss what the city is doing to keep the numbers low. -- this afternoon to discuss what the city is doing to keep the numbers low. the hunt for a missing maryland man could be over. a body was found in a ventilation unit in a build at adams morgan last night. police say the victim is an adult male. d.c. and montgomery county investigators say they are trying dorm whether the victim is michael po, the 23-year-old missing since the early-morning hours of new euro's day. he was with some friends in adams morgan but split from the group and never returned for his home in clarkburg, maryland. coming up next, how would your job handled 100 sick calls in one day. i don't think they would do very well that. >> especially not here. that is a problem that d.c.'s fire department was faced with
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on new year's eve. and now some questions are being raised. we'll have more on a fox 5 exclusive coming up. >> later o pop star justin bieber calls for change after a photographer is killed while trying to capture images of the singer. 
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we are hearing from d.c. fire officials about a big problem they that'sed on new year's eve. more than 100 firefighters called out sick. at least 11 ambulances went on staff and supervisors were forced to ask for help from prince george's county. >> one man died waiting for an ambulance and a stabbing victim was transported to the hospital on a fire truck. paul wagner has the story. >> reporter: the firefighters union is denying there was any kind of a coordinated sickout and says the problem new year's eve could have been averted had the department staffed up like it has in recent years. ed smith, the president of the
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union, says the department is choosing cost cutting over public safety, a claim the fire chief denies. if you call for an ambulance in the district of columbia new year's eve, you were likely left waiting for quite some time. multiple sources with internal department documents to back it up say ambulance crews were in constant motion crisscrossing the city trying to keep up with the demand. on lang place northeast, fire engine 30 transporteded a stabbing victim to the hospital because an ambulance wasn't available. it is highly unusual for a patient to be transported on a fire truck. at this house on 44th place southeast, it took 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive from prince george's county for a man in cardiac arrest. a relative says the man later died. chief kenneth ellerbe declined to point any fingers over the large number of firefighters calling out sick but admitted it was highly unusual. >> today, we have 26 people off sick. but it could be that members
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waited because they have an option to use sick leave three times a year without going to the clinic. it is called our minor ill innocence program and new year's eve, it could be a lot of folk just wanted to be off or they were sick. >> reporter: chief ellerbe described the man shower shortage as a challenge rather than a crisis and says he attempted to find replacements ask the deputy mayor for public say at this to waive the cap on overtime that prevents some firefighters from working extra hours. >> my understanding is he talked to the mayor and phil mendelsohn and there was an understanding that if we needed to relax the cap, we would need it for this instance. only two members decided to take advantage of it so it doesn't make sense to talk about those things. >> reporter: the chief says when the department went looking for extra help on new year's eve, 48 out of 50 firefighters turned the department down. it is no secret the firefighters union and the fire chief have been at odds. it was just bay year ago a room full of firefighters turned their backs on the chief and
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walked out of a state of the department speech he had just given. in 2010, the district put a law into place limiting the number of overtime hours a firefighter can work, a law the union would like to see overturned. one other note. fox 5 has obtained an internal document showing on new year's eve, the department was looking for staffing for five medic units and eight ambulances for a total of 13 units, not the 11 we were originally told. in the fox 5 newsroom, i'm paul wagner. when we come back, we'll talk about justin bieber. he is calling for action in the response to the death of a photographer killed just moments after trying to take pictures. of the superstar's car. also ahead, brangelina finally makes it official maybe. there are reports that the two have tied the knot. we'll delve more into that story coming up. >> all right. it is cold out. temperatures in the 20s and low 30s. another chilly day with
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temperatures only in the 30s to about 40. i'll have the details on the weather forecast. julie wright is back and she has a look at your forecast. i think she was back yesterday. she's really back today. we'll have that after the break. 
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welcome back on this thursday, friday eve. >> first friday of 2013. >> it will be. this is the first thursday of 2013. a live look over washington, d.c. right now. another cold start to your day. kind of an identical twin to yesterday, basically, right? >> the only change is we've got cooler terms temperatures early this morning. if you are going to do the early morning jog, i know you're big on that, sarah, going for that run. >> right before i come in. >> it is amazing the people i see running. >> i was running today. from the parking lot. >> he was out of breath. >> it will be a chilly start with high temperatures only about 40 so make sure you are ready for a winter day. only made it to 40 at reagan national. dulles, 38 degrees. bwi marshall, 37. we have to go all the way back to 2010 the last time we failed to get above freezing for
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daytime high temperature. you can see we did it again yesterday although we'll come close here over the next couple of days. parts of the area won't get above mid-30s. 31 in washington. annapolis, 31 degrees. leonardtown reported a temperature of 30. off to the north and west, we are falling back well into the 20s. 23 in winchester. 24 in hagerstown. very chilly temperatures. remember, it is not even 5:00 a.m. so these temperatures will like l.a. fall a few more degrees before sunrise during the 7:00 hour. not a lot to show you. we do have showers and stormy's to our south. you have to get down into the carolinas, down towards georgia, they're getting some pretty good rain this morning. we are on the northern edge of that. getting a little bit of cloud cover. otherwise, the clouds should push to the east here and just like yesterday, after a little bit of early cloudiness, we'll trend towards more sunshine. sunny skies today. cool afternoon. high temperature, 40 degrees. just like yesterday, winds here out of the west at five to 10.
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cold overnight. we should have less in the waive cloudiness tonight than we've got early this morning. look at that dry accu-weather seven-day forecast. let's pick a couple of highlights. sunday, redskin game, 46 degrees with partial sunshine here and then we'll pop it up near 50 here by next tuesday and wednesday. i think the middle of next week, we'll have a nice warming trend for a couple of days. let's do traffic. julie wright is in with your latest. >> i know you said i was back. i was like where was i yesterday. >> your voice wasn't back yet. >> it is a little froggy still. here is this big hole in the road that you were talking about that you encountered on your way to work. the 20-inch water main break. there is ongoing repairs that we can see from jason's shot live now at the scene. this is tying up 355 between bradley boulevard and willard avenue. traffic is able to squeeze by to the right both southbound and northbound on 355 wisconsin avenue but this will tieen your
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commute for those traveling from the capital beltway headed southbound through bethesda. you may want to think about alternate routes which include connecticut avenue. 395 still in good shape in both ine headed north from duke street up to the 14th street bridge. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. e traffic. >> thank you. justin bieber is speaking out about the tram you can death of a photographer hit by a car and killed after taking pictures of the singer's sports car. >> the pop star says he hopes new laws can prevent similar tragedies. >> reporter: justin bieber no, sir stranger to head lines. this time it is not for his hairstyle, music or love life. a photographer has died after trying to capture an image of the pop star.
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chris garrrow was struck and killed by a vehicle along a los angeles highway on tuesday after snapping photographs of a white ferrari registered to bieber. police pulled over the pop star's car giving the photographer a chance to snap what he hoped would be a money making shot. of his police asked him to move away, he was struck and killed trying to cross traffic. >> some people will say another crazy kid trying to make some money. >> reporter: bieber was in the in the car at the time. of his being driven by a friend. the pop star has released a statement regarding the incident saying, quote, hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders and the photographers themselves. a 69-year-old woman was driving the vehicle that struck the photographer. police say she is not believed to be at fault for the accident
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and is unlikely to be cited. in new york, lauren green, fox news. the rumor mill is turning about a brad pitt-angelina jolie wedding. the london telegraph is reporting that the couple may have secretly tied the knot during a holiday in the caribbean. there has been no official confirmation from the actors. pitt and jolie announced their engagement last april after seven years together. so maybe. maybe. >> could be. it is where many people turn to get their opinions on everything from nail salons to repair shops. >> one woman's review on yelp got her into legal trouble. there has been a new ruling in her favor. >> fans are hoping things go into the redskins favor this sunday against the seahawks. find out more about a friendly wager tweeps d.c. mayor vincent gray and the mayor of seat --
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between d.c. mayor vincent gray and the mayor of seattle.
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it is almost that time. super bowl ads, remember that one? they are almost sold out. at last check, only two 30- second slots were left with both selling for a record $3.8 million. maybe we should get some fox 5 promos in there. producers are keeping quiet about who has already purchased ad time. >> those are so much fun. for some people, that is the best part of the super bowl. >> i look forward to that every year. a lot of times i'm kind of disappointed. you see a couple here and there. >> stirring up the free speech debate. according to the "washington post," the virginia supreme court overturned preliminary injunction against a fairfax woman. she was facing a $507,000 defamation lawsuit for her negative reviews on yelp and angie's list. a fairfax county circuit court had previously ordered jane person he'ses to remove her negative reviews on a contractor who did some work at
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her home and barred her from repeating the accusations. you know what in the d.c. region is still buzzing over the redskins march to the playoffs and this weekend's first round match-up against the seahawks. >> possible no one wants the skins to win more than d.c. mayor vincent gray. that is because he has agreed to a bet with the mayor of seattle. the mayor of the losing city must fly the victor's flag at city hall. both men talked about the bet last night with brian bolter on the news at 11:00. >> from my perspective, it is a way of us being able it once again communicate that this is a city that is taxed without representation so if we are fortunate enough to be able to win the flag that seattle will fly will say no taxation without representation. >> it is nice to be able to stand up for d.c. citizens an help them way political cause. it will be awful nice to see that seattle flag flying in d.c. >> friendery wager there.
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we are just beginning with our coverage of the skins-seahawks match. you. and honor for their other rookie sensation and the latest on rg iii's recovery from the knee injury, coming up. >> also ahead, we have some more football news for the people up in baltimore. this one is going to lit close to home. a football legend says he is ready to hang up his helmet. more on who has an announcement that he is going to retire. >> later serious words from victims of the superstorm after a vote on a much-needed aid package was delayed. but now there are promises of quick action coming from the top. 
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the excitement is building for skins fans. >> a big honor for a redskins rookie and it is not robert griffin iii. alfred morris was named the nfc offensive player of the week. he is the first redskin rookie running back to be so honored. morris racked up 200 yards and three touchdowns last sunday
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against dallas and morris wasn't the only player running for the much-needed yards on sundays. rg iii, of course, tallied more than 60 yards and a touchdown. it was clear that griffin was not his same explosive self. it has been nearly a month since he injured his knee. what hinders him more, the brace or the injury itself. >> it is getting pretty close to being post lit brace. the doctors aren't going to let me take it off, i don't believe. i try to do as much as i can without the brace and then whenever they find out that i don't have it on, i have to throw it on. >> can you catch the redskins- seahawks showdown this sundays right here on fox 5. our special pregame show starts at 3:30. then the fox network pregame show is at 4:00 and kickoff is at 4:30. >> we want you o


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