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soon. >> absolutely had pride in what he did. >> reporter: 24-year-old kenneth mitchell, the first suspect arrested in connection with officer morris' death is scheduled to make his first court appearance sometime later today. matt jablow, 9news now. in washington state, police have arrested a man after he allegedly threatened president obama. a secret service spokesman says the 31-year-old e-mailed threats against the president. when police arrived at his home in federal way, washington, he reportedly charged at them at the door carrying a shotgun, ammunition and a pistol. investigators say while he was being arrested he made remarks suggesting explosives were in the house. police searched the home but couldn't find any explosives. a crofton, maryland man accused of threatening to shoot up his workplace has been released from custody. 28-year-old neil prescott was transferred from a psychiatric facility to his parents' home. he was ordered to keep taking
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medication and attend counseling while he awaits arraignment. crews have been workingor the clock trying to clear the railroad tracks after a deadly train derailment in ellicott city. >> there are still many unanswered questions. ken molestina has more. >> reporter: crews continue to work to clean up the mess left behind by this train derailment. handful of workers could be seen up and down the tracks. people from around the area have been pouring in throughout the evening to get a look at it for themselves. >> we only live a couple miles from here. we just wanted to see it for ourselves, see how bad it was. >> i knew it was bad and i heard where it was right by the streets. >> reporter: one of the reasons why the cleanup effort will take so long, you can see large pieces of debris. in this case a rail car that's been flipped over. these thanks weigh tons and crews are removing them slowly little by little. elizabeth nass and rose luis
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mayr, both 19 years old, were killed when the train derailed. they posted this picture moments before it happened where they're seen on a nearby bridge. officials don't know if the teen's presence near the tracks may have led the conductor to slam on the brakes. they will only say a broken airline caused the trig gler they indicate they saw nothing before an emergency brake occurred in the train. >> reporter: the train was traveling at 25 miles per hour. a data recorder was recovered and investigators are in the process of downloading the information to learn more about the steps. meanwhile these ellicott city residents are left with heavy hearts over the two teens killed here. >> it's a sad situation that they go were there at that time. why they were up there i have no idea, you know. kids will be kids. >> reporter: the ntsb says they
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hope to have all that information from the data recorded downloaded by wednesday. at that point we expect to hear a lot more and learn more details about this derailment. we're in ellicott city, ken molestina now. >> it's also interrupting verizon and enter nept service rylain ma. the company says the crash damaged some of its facilities and that's affecting its land line services. verizon has restored some customers by rerouting services but can't completely fix the problem until crews are allowed to get to their damaged equipment. a decorated soldier from maryland has died in afghanistan. sar went david -- owe sergeant david williams died saturday in kandahar. there's no word he died. that is under investigation. america's top military officer in afghanistan is safe after an attack on his plane. general martin dempsey was sleeping at the air base north of kabul when rockets hit the
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airfield. the c-17 aircraft like this one was parked at an -- and empty at the time when shrapnel hit it. the taliban is claiming responsibility spoke the a-- for the attack. president owe boom ma said -- obama said romney is was oblivious to college problems. the romney campaign responded saying the president's policies have not stopped the surge in tuition costs. the campaign also said during the obama presidency, students can't find jobs when they graduate. 4:34 now. missouri candidate todd akin will not be abandoning his campaign for u.s. senate despite repeated calls from many top member in the republican party. >> the congressman says he's staying in the race and going to win. he claims too much is being made of the situation. he said he misto one word in
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one -- misspoke one word in one sentence in one day. >> reporter: in case you missed it, this is what he said about how rare it is. >> if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. >> reporter: his press -- mitt romney said he should get out. tuesday still seemed surprise at the flood of criticism and the demands he quit the senate race. >> that i misspoke one word in one sentence in one day and all of a sudden overnight everybody decides well, akin can't possibly win. i don't agree with that. >> reporter: the party has pulled five million in funding. the end end group crossovers america is pulling its money. >> if he remains the nominee, there's no reason to throw good money after bad. >> reporter: the republican party chairman wants him out. >> we can win this seat and mr. akin can make it a lot easier for us if he would step aside
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and let someone else fill that hole. >> reporter: he doesn't want akin to attend the republican convention next week, but democrats are fighting any attempt to distance akin from the g.o.p. >> the republicans would like to pretend that akin is just a one all, a real shocker in the republican party. but we've got to remember he is part of an ongoing republican agenda. >> reporter: akin said tuesday he's staying in the race keeping the issue alive and under law it will now take a court order to get him off the ballot. he still could and yet change miz mind but now that the deadline has passed in missouri it becomes more complicated and more expensive for him to do so. the republican convention is next week and at a time when the party wants the country to focus on mitt romney, it's akin's candidacy that continues to dominate the public debate. gary nurenberg, 9news. 4:36. here's a look at some of the other things making news now. strong winds are putting more homes in the path of a growing wildfire if northern
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california. the ponderosa fire is now moving toward a fourth town. thousands of people from three other towns have already been evacuated. more than 50 structures have been scorched so far. most of them are homes. diana nyad is celebrating her birthday on dry land after she was forced to stop her latest swim. she was pulled from the ocean just before a thunderstorm pounded her with heavy rain, strong winds and powerful waves. she also dealt with squealy fish stings and -- jellyfish stings and hypothermia. she was disappointed but there wasn't anything she could have done better. howard is back and will tell us at 4:39 how warm it's going to be. >> once one of the hottest new stocks, facebook suffers another setback. >> cab drivers in d.c. may have to fork over their own money to pay for the city's new smart meter system. >> we're back in for minutes with your weather first -- two
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minutes with your weather first. you're watching 9news now.
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it is 4:40. flies out there of the -- nice out there. a little fog. 82 by lunch time. we're going to the mid-80s this afternoon. just a stray shower or storm in a couple of spots. i'll be back with the seven-day forecast and always looking ahead toward the weekend. here's monika with timesaver traffic. on the northbound side of i- 395 looks like this at duke street heading right up to the 14th street bridge. a few people out and about but no delays and all lanes are open. i'll be back with more traffic coming up at 4:47. 4:40 and time for the first your money segment of the morning. >> good morning, jessica doyle. >> good morning to both of you and to everybody. what are we going to see today? hopefully some green arrows.
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this comes after stocks had an across-the-board sellout. checking the numbers the dow stands at 12,203. let's take that 13,000. the nasdaq slipped by 9 and the s&p 500 was down by about 5 minutes. a fight between apple and samsung is now in the hands of a jury. apple is accusing samsung of copying its iphone and ipad technology. it wants samsung to pay $2.5 billion and pull its smartphones and tablets of the u.s. market. samsung claims apple has been using its tech knoll and seeking -- technology and seeking damages of its own. one of facebook's earliest and largest investors has cashed out. he sold the bulk of his stake in the social network. last week was the first time some insiders were allowed to
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share their -- sell their shares. consumers, are you willing to pay more than $300 for a pair of sneakers? >> no. >> nike thinks so. "the wall street journal" is reporting that nike is pricing its new lebron x basketball sneaker. they're $315. the shoes of course are named for the miami heat's power forward come with sensors. overall basketball shoe prices are up more than 9% compared to a year ago because it's become more expensive to make these shoes and to ship them. $315 for a pair of sneakers. >> whatever. >> they're not lewis vuitton. >> i don't care whose name is on them. i'll leave my opinion on the table those shoes too. doctors are using a new tool that might help treat
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train tumors that are otherwise unoperable.
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good morning. welcome back to 9news now. we're mid week. we've got howard back. all is right with the world including his forecast. >> it's going to be a pretty day similar to the last couple of days with mid-#s on and the ice -- mid-80s and the isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms. the pattern isn't going to change much the next few days although i do think we'll get a little warmer, maybe hotter as we head toward the weekend. here's a look at the bus stop forecast. school is back in session for some. the children anxiously awaiting next week when some others return. temps in the cool spots have dipped into the upper 50s this morning. by the way here in town, we're still 70, 72. sunrise not till about 6:29. i've got patchy fog because areas from orange or if you're traveling south out of fredricksburg even toward richmond, you're going to run into some of those areas of fog. there's luray at 59.
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cumberland 57. very comfortable this morning with 71 here in d.c. 67 down south at the pax river naval air station. bill in newland was 63. bowie 64 in prince frederick. 65 degrees. officially 71 at reagan national. still dark and partly cloudy on our michael & son weather camera. humidity at 78%. the winds this morning nice and light. they are reported calm. high pressure in the middle of the country so some nice weather here. very unsettled from florida across much of the coastal areas here from georgia up through the carolinas. a frontal boundary here. for us we're getting just enough instability with the front nearby that we've been popping these isolated showers. had some overnight that came out of west virginia, out toward loudoun county until they really fell apart. other than partly cloudy conditions, it is a quiet morning out there. can't rule out a stray shower or two. as we get to the middle of the day, still looks all right. watch in the afternoon.
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we're going to pop these bubbles of green so the isolated showers here and there. lose the daytime heating. really diminished that shower threat overnight. tomorrow afternoon again maybe a stray shower will pop here or there. i think rain chances tomorrow even lighter than today. then again on friday afternoon we're likely to pop a few showers and storms in spots. we're also watching the tropics. not only do we have isaac here which is getting better organized, a little tough to see behind our bar here, but there's probably tropical depression 10 right behind it. that would be helene but isaac will be more of an immediate threat to the leeward islands. you can see it to the west. this is strengthening here. still a tropical storm. the latest advisory, winds of 40 miles an hour gusting to 50 moving west at 18 miles an hour. we'll get another update in the next few minutes but looks like it's going to be nearby guadalupe by wednesday evening. winds 50 if not stronger.
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then it's going to move toward the northern caribbean sea. south of puerto rico potentially as a hurricane. all eyes will be on haiti and the dom minnick republic -- dominican republic. how strong will isaac be as he heads toward south florida potentially early next week. so we really will watch isaac very carefully. next three days mid-80s today. the isolated storm today. even tomorrow. i guess there's a stray storm possible but rain chances maybe 10%, 20%, 87. still decent on friday 88 with the isolated storm. over the weekend upper #s on to around 9 -- 80s to around 90. monday and tuesday. better chance of storms by tuesday. we may be talking about isaac's rep nantz sometime the middle to latter part of next week. 4:48. let's go over to monika. good morning, everybody. i'm happy to say the construction on the west side of town is in stages but it's
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still left slow traffic for you especially between tysons corner and 66 on the west side of the beltway. keep that in mind. let's go out live right now and show you what it looks like. 270, on the southbound side, all of your lanes are open leaving 70 down to clarksburg and the point where the lanes divide and a live look at shady grove road. you can see it's nice and light here. route 355, great seneca highway all look pretty much the same. i'll be back in a few minutes with traffic at 4:55. but first, d.c. cab drivers may soon be required to pay for the installation of new smart meters inside their cabs. the d.c. taxicab commission has sent a notice to drivers that they may have to pay the $500 cost for the meter. the district had a $1.3 million deal in place to pay those costs but last week councilman marrian barry filed a
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disapproval resolution on contract which puts it on hold for 45 days. the taxicab commission is now looking for alternate funding. smart meter installation is scheduled to start today. >> thank you, monika. the maryland court of appeals has granted a motion to reconsider its controversial ruling which says pit bulls are inherently dangerous. the court's new ruling stands by the original decision for pure bred pit bulls but says extending the rules to cross breeds were both gratuitous and erroneous. our brains function off electrical currents. we've seen it in tv shows, the hospital. there's a power source behind every thought and memory we have. >> they're also behind a new approach to medicine. researchers are using an electrical helmet to help control brain tumors which otherwise might be untreatable. >> reporter: just to look at elaine, you'd never show she's undergoing almost constant treatment for a serious brain tumor. but tucked in this backpack and needly under a hat is a secret
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weapon that gives elaine back her life. >> it allows me to do everything. i mean, we go to church all the time. we go here. it doesn't interfere. >> reporter: a few months ago she was diagnosed with a dangerous type of brain tumor. after undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, doctors gave elaine this. a kind of helmet she wears up to 18 hours a day that bombards her brain with electrical currents. >> the currents then interrupt the ability of cells to divide thereby leading to cellular death thereby leading to tumor death. >> reporter: the device has shown a remarkable ability to not only slow the growth of brain tumors but in some cases tumors have actually this rumpg. best of all the electrical currents that kill cancer cells don't hurt healthy ones and can work just as well as chemo without the major side effects. >> the major studies performed
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suggest that this is equivalent to keep therapy in terms of outcomes. >> reporter: right now the device is only being used on brain tumors but there are plans to test the technology on other types of cancer. elaine says other than getting slightly warm at times, she often forgets the helmet is there. she's content to let it deal with her brain tumor while she gets on with life. anita brikman, 9news now. >> the device plugs into the wall at night and it's battery powered during the day. a california neurologist is launching an fda approved study using cord blood in an effort to true to cure autism. 30 children are going to receive infusions of their own cord blood stem cells over the course of 14 months. the goal is to see if this improves their behavior and communication. the lead scientist in the study got the idea after a little boy with sell balance palsy -- sell balance palsy showed dramatic improvement after blood transfusions. doctors at wake forest
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baptist medical center use a ct scan to detect calcium buildup in areas around the heart. doctors still need to evaluate the cause and risks associated with radiation exposure by doing this. learn to play an instrument and you'll be a better listener. researchers at northwestern university fowntsdz adults who had -- found adults who had one to five years of musical training had brain responses to complex sounds. the study is published in the journal of neuroscience. >> those piano lessons weren't a waste then. time for the question of the morning. >> a recent medical study suggests that consuming too much of this could actually lower your iq. is it a, cotton candy, b, wine, or c, french fries. >> log on to the wusa9 face facebook fan page and leave your response. we'll reveal the answer during the 6:00 hour.
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welcome back. 4:56. your weather first on this wednesday morning. comfortable. we have a few spots well west of town in the upper 50s. it's going to be a nice day. partly to mostly sunny at times with also the threat for the isolated afternoon shower or thunderstorm with high temperatures in the middle 80s. monika samtani, how is the traffic looking? not bad at all i'm happy to say. on the inbound side of i-66 this is what it looks like at nutley street headed for the beltway. inside the beltway to the roosevelt bridge, all lanes are open. more on traffic coming up once again at 5:01. >> thank you, monika. 4:56. after almost two years of renovations, the reflecting pool in front of the lincoln memorial is finally about to reopen. crews are refilling it right now and the massive project to repair the cracks and leaks started back in 2010.
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it should be full and open to the public by this weekend. researchers are examining photographs they hope will solve the mystery of whatever happened to amelia earhart. here's a photo that was taken in the 1930's off the coast of carabatta. an expedition last month explored the area and after taking a closer look at the underwater images they captured, the team now believes they found the debris field under water off the coast. jimmy kimmel is going head to head with leno and letterman. >> dick van dyke get as big honor from his peers. edward lawrence has those stories and more in this look at entertainment. >> reporter: there's a new battle in the late night talk show shows. kimmel is moving to 11:35 so he can compete directly against david letterman and jay leno. dick van dyke is getting a big
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honor. the screen actors guild announced it's giving him its lifetime achievement award. he's called annual enorm newsily talented performer whose work has crossed nearly every major category of entertainment from tv, movies and broadway. the grammys are moving their nomination show out of los angeles and heading to nashville this year. the show airs on cbs in december. it combines the naming of nominees with life performances. the grammy awards will still be handed out in los angeles in february, although the recording academy is open to moving the awards show in the future. atlantis is the latest immortalized on the rock hall of fame in los angeles. >> i feel very connected with everyone who has already been inducted and i just feel like it's coming home in a way. >> reporter: the 38 yearldz grammy winner rocketed to worldwide fame in the '90s selling 33 million copies
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worldwide of her album "jagged little pill." i'm edward lawrence for cbs news. >> mike is singing a little alanis during the commercial. thank you for watching 9news now at 5:00 a.m. i'm andrea roane. >> she did create the anthem for positivetivity, didn't she? reminds me of sunshine. monika samtani, good morning. >> good morning. >> i'm singing that ironic thing in my head. today will be like yesterday. maybe an isolated shower or storm with temperatures about where they should be. average high this time of year 186. that's our forecast high for this wednesday. here's a look at your day planner. we start comfortable this morning. still very dark because sunrise not till 6:29 setting at 7:52. by lunch time, though, 82 degrees and for those kids in school, it will be a nice ress

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