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less than seven hours till the polls open for the new york primary. the stakes are enormous for the candidates who want to be president. first, a tragic story. a fire ripping through a home and killing a woman who lives there. good evening at 11:00, i'm bill ritter. >> i'm liz cho. sade is off tonight. that fire tonight destroyed a home and a life and injured eight firefighters. eyewitness news reporter lucy yang is in prospect lefferts garden with the developing details. >> firefighters believe the blaze began somewhere on the second floor of this one family house behind me. it moved so quickly. we're told there was no way to save the poor victim trapped upstairs.
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screams for the woman to climb out the window. her son pleaded for her to escape. >> he's like my mom is still in there, my mom is still in there. >> reporter: but it wasn't that easy. >> she's a heavy set woman so she doesn't move that well. >> i don't think she was capable of climbing out of the window. that's the real tragedy here. the house can be replaced but his mother cannot. >> reporter: the two-alarm fire erupted at fenimore street in prospect lefferts. the older woman lived here with her grown son. 100 firefighters valiantly to keep the flames from consuming neighboring homes but no second chance for the victim trapped upstairs. >> was faced with heavy fire condition on the second floor in to the third floor or attic. hour and 40 minutes. >> reporter: the 911 call came in around 6:00 tonight. officials report the first truck arrived within two minutes but the flames had already gotten
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>> real thick. flames were pouring out of the top floor of the building. just pouring out. >> we're told the mother was once an active member of the block association. firefighters will be watching this house overnight for any possible hotspots. this as the fire marshals try to determine what started the blaze. live in brooklyn, lucy yang for channel 7 eyewitness news. from brooklyn we go to westchester county. another developing story as we take a live look at yonkers where detectives are investigating a suspicious death inside an apartment. police are releasing few details at this hour. detectives expect to be on the scene throughout the night. new at 11:00, the man who police say sparked a lockdown has been caught tonight. 24-year-old john pierre filcher was picked up.
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spotted with a gun last night . the incident forced students to remain indoors for hours while police searched the campus. the final push for the candidates who want to be the next president ahead of new york's primary. we start with the democrats. latest national poll shows hillary clinton and bernie sanders neck and neck, but in new york, clinton is way ahead in the polls. a big win means uber bad news for sanders. maybe that explains why clinton did eight campaign stops today and tonight. eyewitness news reporter josh einiger in long island city, queens, where tonight sanders spoke. in a normal election year by the time they get to new york in the primary season, the candidates barely even have to come here. their nominations. but this is no normal year and tonight each candidate, hillary clinton and bernie sanders were barnstorming the city looking for every last vote. >> the next president of the
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>> reporter: it's been a long slog these past few weeks in the new york primary and the end of a picture-perfect day on the queens riverfront, bernie sanders supporters hope the sun wasn't setting on their hopes. >> when people stand together with a vision, with determination, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. >> reporter: sanders' final major rally before new yorkers finally vote tomorrow capped a day of feverish campaigning by the senator from new york. hillary clinton in the polls by double digits with his pathways to victory narrowing even further. to secure the nomination, if he loses here by 10 points, sanders will need to win 80% of remaining delegates. new york first time voters, one of his most reliable blocks, needed to register weeks ago. anna missed that deadline. >> i'm bummed especially now that donald trump is in the
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>> reporter: as for clinton, today she made eight campaign stops. she served for eight years as senator. >> i'm hoping to wrap up the democratic nomination. >> reporter: tonight with her husband bill she stopped at a fundraiser before heading home to chappaqua where she'll cast a ballot for herself first thing tomorrow morning. >> sanders has a big potential disadvantage, for people registered in the working families party or independents, they cannot vote in the democratic primary in the state of new york. perhaps that's one reason bernie sanders is already planning on moving on. he won't be sticking around to hear the results here in new york tomorrow. instead he'll be campaigning in pennsylvania, their primary is next week. we're live in long island city, queens, josh einiger, channel 7 eyewitness news. meanwhile the republican frontrunner donald trump campaigned in buffalo tonight, once again took aim at his chief
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>> cruz is just a catastrophe. he didn't even get 50% of his own stake. he was well below 50%. and he doesn't represent what we need. >> reporter: trump stuck to his familiar themes. he talked about building a border wall, complained about unfair treatment by the gop, and the voting system had been rigged. meanwhile, staff turmoil within his campaign continues. the latest change, trump's campaign field director abruptly designed tonight. trump did make one cringe inducing gaff referring to the 9/11 attacks as 7-eleven. meanwhile, john kasich structured for last minute votes in schenectady. kasich, who remains far behind in the delegate race, is hoping for a strong second place finish in new york tomorrow. he continues to court would-be delegates just in case there's an open national convention. ted cruz is polling behind kasich in new york spent the day
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cruz has had trouble making any traction here in new york, especially after he made those snarky remarks about, quote, new york values. meanwhile, there is some worry tonight among new york election officials especially here in the city that some new yorkers will try to vote tomorrow only to be told they're not registered. the rules are strict ask unforgiving. only registered republicans and registered democrats can vote tomorrow. there are 3.2 million new yorkers with no affiliation, that's greater than the number of registered republicans. the deadline to register with a party, six months ago, october 9th. first time voters had to register with a party last month, march 25th. today a lawsuit filed in long island on behalf of voters who missed the deadline in october mptz >> a third of the people that are registered to vote are what's called blank, which means they're not registered with either party, so a third of the registered voters are essentially in new york disenfranchised at this moment because we have a closed primary. >> they'll be back in court
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year's voters but say the only way to make new york an open primary is a legislative change. we have everything you need to know about tomorrow's big and important primary at our website, abc7ny. we invite you to stay tuned tomorrow for updates throughout the day on the primary. we'll also keep you updated on facebook and twitter. the first arrest tonight in a widening corruption probe involving the nypd. shaya lichtenstein is accused of bribing to get gun permits. they're the latest in a string of officers transferred in this widening corruption probe. eyewitness news jim dolan with the latest. >> federal prosecutors today said alex lichtenstein obtained so many gun permits for so many people in south brooklyn, he was essentially an arms dealer for the neighborhood.
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to drop in the growing nypd corruption scandal. >> reporter: alex lichtenstein left federal court today after posting half a million dollars bond and did not say a word about the bribery charges against him. >> no comment. >> reporter: a week ago lichtenstein was recorded by a hidden microphone appearing to offer a police officer up to $6,000 for every gun carry permit the officer helped him obtain. lichtenstein represented several wealthy businessmen in an orthodox community in south brooklyn. lichtenstein is heard at one point saying i'm not bribing you and the police officer replies, i'm not an -- and here used an expletive. of course you're bribing me. let's be frank and honest here. lichtenstein didn't respond to that. >> no justice, no peace. no corrupt police. >> reporter: today at police headquarters a small group of activists protested the scandal that's ensnared people in the nypd as high up as commander. five commanders have been
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on the tape lichtenstein brags about using his connections in the department to help him get at least 150 handgun permits and paying corrupt cops thousands of dollars for each permit. one man who got a permit had been involved in four motor vehicle accidents with 10 moving violations, an arrest for forgery, and four domestic violence complaints, including one where he was accused of threatening to kill someone. in the end it appears lichtenstein tried to bribe the wrong cop, a good cop who went to internal affairs and that led to the investigation. jim dolan, channel 7 eyewitness news. sentencing day tomorrow for former new york cop peter liang convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of akai gurley. liang's gun discharging in a stairwell, killing the unarmed gurley last year. a judge will decide how much time if any he spends in prison. prosecutor says he should not be
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threat to the public. cops looking for a pair of thieves who mugged a man in central park. police say the man in the sketch blocked the victim's path and threatened him with a knife last night. second man came up from behind and stole the victim's belongings. the death toll rising again tonight from the devastating earthquake in ecuador. 413 people now confirmed dead. crews still looking for survivors. three people rescued from a collapsed shopping center today. firefighters had to cut a hole in the cement ceiling to reach one of them. tonight in queens, a show of consulate. council general looking to charter a cargo plane to bring supplies to people in need. still to come tonight, a warning for women in new jersey. watch your purses. a team of pickpockets singling out women. for. >> caught on camera, police make a dramatic save, rescuing a woman just in the nick of time.
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while with temperatures getting over 80 in spots. 82 in central park and for the first time in a while, rain is
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new video tonight of a dramatic rescue caught on camera. a police officer pulled a distraught woman to soft over the weekend as she teetered on the edge of a bridge. this is in chattanooga, tennessee. when he arrived at the scene, others had engaged the woman in conversation and he as you can see managed to run up to her and grab her. according to the officer, falling in to the river would
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a tragic beginning for u.n. ambassador samantha powers' trip to cameroon. a jeep killing a young boy who darted on the road. the driver didn't have enough time to react. powers meeting with the boy's parents afterwards. as it happened, abc was in camaroon doing a story about powers when the accident happened. police are asking for the public's help looking for pickpockets targeting shoppers. a suspect in a blue coat toumpting to steal -- attempting to steal a woman's purse. he was escorted by security. one suspect distracted the victim while a male suspect stole her purse. she won four emmys and in the process won so many millions of hearts. playing the lovable mother on everybody loves raymond. doris roberts died at the age of 90.
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all these years, her family said tonight. roberts also starred on a host of other tv shows and films. four deaths are now linked to the dangerous flooding in texas. authorities say two of those deaths after a driver ignored barricades and then tried to drive under a highway. emergency crews have made hundreds of rescues so far. look at that. the governor says more than half of texas remains under flood warnings tonight. >> just so devastating. amazing. >> it's up to 20 inches of rain in spots there. >> that's incredible. >> it's the flip side of what we had. we're stuck in a weather pattern that's amazing and goes on and on and then getting drenched over and over again. it will break up. right now just a very stagnant weather pattern. outside we go right now. it's a milder night than we've seen in a while.
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you can see over to one world trade visibility is good. we're in a mild 65. westerly wind at 6. first time in a while seen more of a northeast wind. the high today 82 degrees. running 20 degrees above average today. about 8 degrees above average tomorrow. there are your sunrise and sunset times for a very nice tuesday but a different type of day. so 82, that's the first time we've hit 80 in the parks since september 29th. it's the sixth straight dry day. the streak will go all the way to 9 and head in to thursday. that will be the longest dry stretch since last october. the summer preview is over. tomorrow is more gusty. 10 or more degrees cooler than it was today. the nine-day dry stretch will end friday with showers. then we're looking at a dry and fairly pleasant weekend. early clouds give way to sun saturday. partly sunny to mostly sunny sunday. temperatures should be around 66 or so.
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soil and the wind coming off of the chilly ocean. 55 across the sound and danbury. 57. because we have clouds coming in tonight, we're not seeing that chill we've had over the last several nights. we'll get back to that tomorrow night. one thing you'll notice is the breezes picking up tomorrow. temperatures even though we have a high launching pad will only get in to the upper 60s to around 70 degrees. with the gusty wind, the low humidity, sun coming back out and around 70. fire weather watch because vegetation isn't in yet so brush fire danger is high tomorrow. have the patchy clouds right now. there's a front coming in from new england. there's rain that's headed our way but it's all going to dry out. we'll get a piece of this cold air. won't get in to the 40s. but a little bit cooler tomorrow in the upper 60s to around 70. with that cool breeze it will feel a lot different. you'll need the jacket. that breeze leaves us and on wednesday it will be day number eight of dry weather. high pressure. sunshine. beautiful day. there's our system that will increase the clouds thursday and give us a shower late thursday night or in to the day friday
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see at 7 a.m., might be a shower or sprinkle mainly north and east. that will go. skies will brighten during the afternoon. we'll be around 70. very pleasant. you'll notice the wind gusting over 25. mostly cloudy. sprinkle north and east. up to 70 tomorrow. clouds give way to partly to mostly sunny skies. tomorrow night the chill is back in the air. even 30s in the coldest spots north and west. 7-day. sunshine on wednesday. 67. clouds will start to gather on thursday. on friday i think we have showers or a period of light rain. it does not look substantial. it's not the beneficial rain we need. another nice spring weekend and maybe a chance of showers coming in on monday. i think the weekend will be dry. bill evans will have an update tomorrow morning. if you suffer from allergies tonight, we have important new health research about how treating your allergies could hurt your workout in the gym. plus, this was not a smart move.
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>> first let's check in with our pal jimmy kimmel. york. tonight emily blount, music from shinedown. they're one of the wall street banks that triggered the financial meltdown -- goldman sachs. just settled with authorities for their part in the crisis that put seven million out of work and millions out of their homes. how does wall street get away with it? millions in campaign contributions and speaking fees. our economy works for wall street because it's rigged by wall street.
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as long as washington is bought and paid for, we can't build an economy that works for people. sanders: i'm bernie sanders, and i approve this message. when a car gives you sound you can feel... for an experience you won't soon forget. that's the more human side of engineering. experience what a lincoln can do for you. at the lincoln spring collection event. right now lease a 2016
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he say's we should punish women who have abortions. there has to be some form of punishment. that mexicans who come to america are rapists. they're rapists. and that we should ban muslims from coming here at all. total and complete shut down. donald trump say's we can solve americas problems by turning against each other. it's wrong and it goes against everything new york and america stand for. with so much at stake, she's the one tough enough to stop trump. hillary clinton.
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under the heading, kids, do not try this at home or anywhere else. a visitor at a zoo jumping over a wall in to a restricted area. face to face with the tiger. the woman retrieved the hat that had fallen. but only fencing separated her from the big cat. this is at the toronto zoo. the anxious tiger looking like it wanted to bounce. the spokeswoman called it irresponsible for the woman. the woman could face trespassing charges. a special ceremony on long island tonight. stony brook university hospital hosted a wedding so a mom could see her youngest son get married. >> you may kiss your beautiful bride. >> they were set to get married this summer, but back in march mark's mother catherine was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia and ended up on
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the hospital agreed to host the ceremony so mom could be a part of the big day. the negative effects of antihistamines on your post-workout recovery. a new study out of oregon found high doses of antihistamines stunted the body's ability to help the body's muscles recover. speaking of exercise, rob powers up next with sports. >> fun baseball. the mets' road trip took them to philadelphia. straight ahead, david wright loves playing there. he proves it once again. plus, the ranger captain had a
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there are those who say we cannot defeat a corrupt political system and fix a rigged economy. but i believe we need to lift our vision above the obstacles in place
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to a nation where every child can not only dream of going to college, but attend one. where quality healthcare will be a birthright of every citizen. where a good job is not a wish, but a reality. where women receive equal pay and a living wage is paid to all. an america where after a lifetime of labor, there is time for rest and grandchildren. a nation that defends our people and our values, but no longer carries so much of that burden alone. i know we can create that america if we listen to our conscience and our hearts and not to the pundits and the naysayers. i'm bernie sanders. i approve this message,
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philadelphia fans love seeing the mets. i was being sarcastic. >> it's a little bit of a fight here. nobody likes to visit philadelphia more than david wright. the mets captain hit 20 home runs at citizens bank park, more than any visiting player. 97 games there, wright hits .292, 67 rbi. just lights up in philly. mets resume the schedule there tonight. in the 1st inning he did it again. solo home run. the mets jump on top. wright can do no wrong at this ballpark. noah syndergaard, nice game. seven innings, eight strikeouts. 17 pitches clocked at 100 or better. look at the help he gets from wright on this play in the infield. in the 8th inning, back-to-back home runs from lucas duda who goes to right field and neil walker who goes to left field. mets have the lead late and david wright will end it like he started it with a home run.
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the mets have hit 11 home runs in their last four games. now here's the best baseball news of the day. jackson degrom went home from the hospital. jacob and stacy's baby boy born a week ago. he had complications. jacob went on the family emergency list. now the baby is home. jacob throws a simulated game tomorrow in port st. lucie getting ready to rejoin the mets. yankees off tomorrow. they host the as. ranger captain ryan mcdonagh on ice at ranger practice today. hasn't appeared in the series yet with an upper body injury. series tied 1-1. while mcdonagh did practice today, he's officially listed as doubtful for the next game. >> taking strides in the right direction. i'm sure he's excited, wanted to be out there. good to see. plenty of football news today. giant have resigned kicker josh brown.
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there, and the expectations everybody tries to live up to. >> not looking back at last year, but building up what we have in this locker room right now, and you're ready to expect the best out of each individual. and now the 120th running of the boston marathon. 30,000 runners, zachary the top u.s. man. he finished 10th. gracie, the first american woman finished 9th. for the women it was abesa in 2:29:19. ethiopians winning both races for the first time ever. he was there, the former boston champ also a former new york champ in the crowd at the finish line taking pictures today. i retweeted this one.
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upport, character, whatever it takes, showing what it's all about right there in one simple photo. former champion.
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that's it for us for now. thanks for watching. i'm bill ritter. >> i'm liz cho. jimmy kimmel is coming up next. eyewitness news returns tomorrow morning at 4:30 a.m. with ken rosato and lori stokes. for all of us here, have a great night.

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