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talking hours? >> it could, yes. >> reporter: vetrano was an avid jogger who used to go running with her father, a retired firefighter. but not lately. and he came here and discovered the worst several hours after she went missing last night. >> you could imagine his angst at that point. we found her face down in the ground. we immediately called ems. >> reporter: vetrano, police say, appeared to be strangled, possibly sexually assaulted. everyone knows everyone. >> there's nothing bad you could say about her. she was a sweetheart. she lit up the room when she walked in. she was a beautiful girl. >> reporter: question is, who's responsible? area residents fed up with strangers who linger near this path. now they wonder if a stranger did the unthinkable or if it was someone she knew. >> she has a very high social media profile.
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will have to comb through to see if there were any threats, anything said that was inappropriate. >> this is a girl that wound up unfortunately face down in a pit near her home which should have never happened ever. >> we know karina vetrano was texting a friend of hers as she went running last night. police say it was routine stuff. but those texts suddenly stopped. once again, this investigation continues vetrano's family was too distraught to speak to anyone tonight. she's a st. john's university grad. she worked at a nearby bar and restaurant where an evening vigil will take place in her honor. live in howard beach, stacey sager, channel 7 eyewitness news. police in new jersey are looking for the driver who crashed in to a home and took off. surveillance video shows the moment the car slammed in to house. not only was the house damaged
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in to the house. the homeowner says about five minutes after the crash the driver backed out of the home and drove off. by the time police arrived, the car was gone. >> i don't know how he left the scene. you could see the skid marks where we're standing and must have spun it up. smelled like smoky. >> fortunately no one inside the home was hurt. garth o'neal cole appeared in court today and pleaded guilty. he's one of four people responsible for the drive-by shooting at a burger king in yonkers last september that killed 23-year-old michael
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having his kids tell him they love him. i don't get that. i don't get to tell my son and hear him say it back to me. i'll never have grandchildren from him. >> nolan was a gifted left-handed pitcher who had been drafted by the oakland athletics. a man tonight claiming he hit a close call when he came face to face with a bear in new jersey. he swatted at him in pohatcong but so far no sign of the animal. toni yates is there. >> if that happened, whatever happened happened in this backyard of the home you see there behind me. what's common in warren county are bear sightings. what's not common are bear encounters with humans. police up here trying to figure
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of this home on route 627 looking for anything that might corroborate a homeowner's story about his encounter with a bear at about 9:00 this morning. >> he stated he came out on the porch to feed his cats. when he came out, he encountered a black bear. he described the bear as between 450 and 500 pounds. he said the bear looked at him and scratched his arm. when it scratched his arm it turned around and ran away. >> so far the environmental protection is saying scratches on the man are not consistent with what would have happened with the bear. the man's wounds are considered minor but we're being told he's being treated for other issues. police would not elaborate. >> right now he's currently still at the hospital and the police department plans on speaking with the individual once they're given access by the facility. >> so even though they're saying right now that the wounds aren't consistent with the bear
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>> that's correct. >> he did have injuries to arm. we're trying to verify the injuries to the story he told us but i wouldn't call this a bear attack. >> reporter: even if there was an encounter, the chief says it would be more bear and human startling each other and that's it. fish and wildlife hope to find out if a bear frequents the yard to see if it needs to be moved or if this even happened at all. >> when a lot of our residents are on there was a bear and in fact that's not the case, we'll proceed accordingly. >> there are penalties for filing false reports. they're not calling it that just yet. live in pohatcong, toni yates, channel 7 eyewitness news. a washington, d.c. metro transit police officer in federal custody tonight accused of supporting isis.
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isis operatives communicate in secret. police say he purchased gift cards and intended to give them to isis operatives but young actually gave the gift cards to an undercover fub source. >> we know part of the strategy used by extremist groups around the world including isil is to recruit people around the world. >> this is the first time terrorism charges have been brought against a law enforcement officer in the united states. donald trump says his campaign is doing great but his part it that way. republicans are reportedly preparing a contingency plan in the course of turmoil in the trump campaign. eyewitness news political reporter dave evans here with more. >> things have gotten so bad within the trump campaign, there's now speculation donald trump might possibly drop out rather than suffer a humiliating loss to hillary clinton. polls now give her a strong lead. and trump is having trouble staying on message. but this afternoon trump seemed
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of a campaign lately but this afternoon in florida a chance for donald trump to finally get back on message. >> we let isis take this position. it was hillary clinton, that she should get an award from them as the founder of isis. that's what it was. >> reporter: republicans like the gop chairman are angry that trump refuses to endorse house speaker paul ryan in his primary, same thing with john mccain in arizona. >> reporter: in the last few days, trump has insulted the muslim family of a captain killed in iraq. he seemed confused about foreign affairs. >> he's not going to go in to ukraine. >> he's already there, isn't he? >> reporter: and yesterday this head scratcher amid news trump got five deferments during the vietnam war. >> i always wanted to get the purple heart. this was much easier. >> reporter: at the same rally trump gave the boot to a crying baby. >> actually i was only kidding. you can get the baby out of
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for retiring police commissioner bill bratton, this is no laughing matter. >> mr. trump, excuse the hell out of me to be quite frank with you. >> reporter: meg whitman writes, i've decided to support clinton. i urge republicans to reject trump this november. even the president piling on, calling trump dangerous. >> i think the republican nominee is unfit. i think i was right and mitt romney and john mccain were wrong on certain polic i i never thought they couldn't do the job. >> despite trump's refusal to endorse ryan, trump's running mate mike pence says he talked with trump this morning and said trump is now fine with him endorsing ryan. that will be the third time pence has had to clarify or actually disagree with trump. we'll see you at 6:00. president obama commuting hundreds of sentences today.
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them were life sentences. almost all were for nonviolent drug offenses. so far the president has commuted more sentences than any president in nearly a century and more than the past nine presidents combined. a judge set bail at $100,000 for new jersey governor chris christie's former transportation commissioner jamie fox. he did not enter a plea in n newark today. fox's exchanges with former port authority chairman david sampson were uncovered during the so-called bridge gate investigation. not feeling much like august out there. meteorologist lee goldberg with the forecast. >> we have the august sunshine but we don't have the august humidity. 78 degrees. super comfortable out there right now. that's a satellite picture on the tri-state area match. a couple clouds over parts of
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we'll let you know when it heats up. check on tropical storm earl. the new advisories in accuweather in just a few minutes. >> 71. lovely. preying on zika fears. the companies busted for false claims of protection against the virus and what you should look out for. >> up in flames. the hard landing that caused panic for passengers and what may have caused the explosion. >> why the latest message on hi guys! got the birthday girl a drum set. drum set? he's kidding! [laughs] oh you guys must have time warner cable. this is gonna be some party. yeah, their free home wifi lets us connect all our devices at the same time.
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frightening landing. all the passenger and crew survived, but a firefighter who was responding to the crash was killed. >> reporter: an explosion right in the middle of a runway in dubai. emirates airlines flight 521 erupting in smoke and flames. the incident coming after a hard landing at dubai international airport. at least one firefighter losing his life while battling the flames. passengers and crew feeling lucky to be alive. >> all the children [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: the boeing 777 traveling from south india to dubai. everything appeared normal just before touchdown. then the hard landing. dubai international. the busiest airport in the middle east shut down for hours.
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crash. >> we expect it could be a wind shear at the time of the area. it's not clear yet. >> reporter: what is clear, the pilots had extensive experience flying, each logging more than 7,000 flight hours. the question now, what happened in those final moments before landing? for passengers, there is only relief. >> our family is safe. >> reporter: the ntsb is sending five investigators to the crash site. we have also learned boeing is launching a team to dubai to serve as technical advisors supporting the investigation. parole denied today for a notorious one-time ku klux klansman convicted for a church bombing in alabama that killed four little black girls in 1963. the board denied the request after relatives of the victim
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the 78-year-old did not attend a hearing. he's the last surviving kkk member convicted of murder in the bombing of birmingham 16th street baptist church. meanwhile a suspect under arrest tonight in the murder of two teenagers in a suburb of atlanta, georgia. 20-year-old jeffrey hazelwood faces murder charges in the deaths of henderson and carter davis. their bodies were found behind a grocery store on monday. they were both shot in the head. police say they're not sure of a motive but believe hazelwood acted alone. mayor bill de blasio revealing plans today for the development of a massive new ymca complex in the bronx. the mayor announced his plans for a 50,000 square foot facility to be built in edenwald. it will be built with state-of-the-art features. they'll have a full gym. basketball court, and not one but two swimming pools. two. the facility will offer memberships to people of all income levels.
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they get that built. >> that rendition in the background looked really cool. the band is back together. >> good to be back. >> so nice to come back to. 71 tonight? >> in the 9:00, 10:00 hour. should be really nice. maybe a light jacket. do have a little breaking news in terms of earl. the new advisory came out, still to the storm. just upgraded to a category 1 hurricane. now our second hurricane in the atlantic. first one was alex. now earl approaches belize. already some of the islands to the north of honduras receiving a land fall. 75-mile-per-hour winds. more on that in a moment. beautiful conditions outside. nothing tropical. swift steps by everybody. it's not anymore, no heat sapping energy, energy sapping heat out there. humidity down to 46%.
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week in the 70%. high temperature today just shy of the 80-degree mark. 84 is the average. we'll get closer to that by the weekend. sunset tonight at 8:09. nice and warm in hopewell junction. 77 in danbury and armonk. close to the 76-degree ocean water. 74, montauk. 77 in howell, new jersey. just a light wind off the water at times over 10 miles per hour and that's why we have the around the 80-degree mark. the dew points are in the 50s. super comfortable. sunshine early evening. clear skies. your midnight temperatures around 69. comfortable mid and upper 60s tomorrow morning. upper 50s north and west. we'll get in the low 80s tomorrow afternoon. very similar feel to today. satellite picture nice and clear. high pressure controlling. a weak front is falling apart. this front will be a weather maker over the weekend. it arrives saturday.
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middle of the day where we can have a shower or thunderstorm. otherwise a warm and humid start to the weekend. that's a little less than about 1800 miles to our west. this is 1500 miles to our south. this is now hurricane earl. you can see the circulation right here and how it's approaching here, eastern coast here belize, belize city right there. there's honduras and guatemala. category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 miles per hour. moving off to the west at 14 miles per hour. to be critical whether the center goes just to the south of belize center or to the north. because remember the strongest winds are in the northeast quarter so we'll have to see. going to be a very, very close call. meanwhile it will travel through the yucatan and maybe southern mexico. if it goes over the gulf of mexico it can go back to tropical storm status. i think as we go in to late thursday night, friday, it becomes a depression. for us, closer to home, it's
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still going to be with us on friday. more of a southeast wind coming in means the rip current risk probably a little higher. ocean temperatures will keep the beaches in the 70s but it's a beautiful finish. this is the front that comes in on saturday. mainly clear and comfy overnight. high tomorrow, 81. low humidity. bright and sunny skies. 68 tomorrow night. pretty simple forecast. here's what we're working on for 5:30. talking about the rip current risks. storms? and hurricane earl, we answered that question. that was just updated. your 7-day accuweather forecast in the next half hour. police in oklahoma released dramatic dashcam video of an attack on an officer. the officer was confronting two suspects accused of using cloned credit cards at a grocery store when one of the men started kicking, punching, and dragging the officer. a second officer tried to restrain the man but when that didn't work, a bystander tackled
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for a second suspect. it is august and that means back to school shopping season is here. what to look for when you're out choosing a laptop. >> plus, the big piece of evidence now missing in the investigation of the car crash that killed journalist bob simon. >> a couple has been fighting for over a year to get a refund on a broken bed that this business was ordered to pay them. what kind of business are you running? how come they can't get a check? they come to 7 on your side for help and their story is coming
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for the first time in u.s. history, a presidential library will be in the heart of an urban community. official announcement today. the obama presidential center will be built in jackson park in chicago. the library will be on the south side of the city where the first family lived for many years. chicago leaders say it will be a major draw for tourists. >> there are three cities in the united states that have north of 50 million visitors and tourists. new york city, orlando, and the city of chicago. and with this investment today, we'll double down on the ability
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university of chicago where president obama once taught constitutional law. new research shows self-service checkouts are turning honest shoppers in to thieves. a report by a university in the uk found people who get frustrated by the technology then feel justified when they fail to scan all their items. the study shows the amount of money a business loses to theft sky rockets by adding self-service checkouts. a lotf college this fall. they're going to need a laptop. even high school students may need one. with so many options out there, how do you know which laptop is best? consumer reports offers tips on how to pick the right one. >> reporter: whether it's writing papers, taking notes, or playing streaming video games, it's important for college students to choose a laptop that can handle what they need. consumer reports says the first thing to do when shopping is check with your school. often they have specific requirements when it comes to
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buy either windows or apple but some specific schools within the college may use applications that only run on one or the other. >> on college campuses you're going to see a lot of mac laptops except when you go in to an engineering building in which case you'll see a lot of windows laptops. >> reporter: laptops experts say price is the next thing to consider. >> mac laptops tend to be expensive. you're probably going to pay a thousand dollars or more for anything they have to offer, but the most reliable. windows laptops are for a much wider range of pricing. you can pay as little as a couple hundred dollars or as much as a mac or more. >> reporter: 13-inch laptops are for a good compromise for screen size and weight for students on the go. recommended 13-inch models include the mac brook pro for $1300 and the $1,000 del xps.
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buy at $700. >> they're easy to carry. if you're pulling an all-nighter writing the term paper, you're going to be looking for a larger screen than what those little guys afford you. >> michelle charlesworth, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> when shopping, consumer reports suggests for looking at back to school discounts. microsoft offers discounts of 10% or more and many individual computer makers offer them as well. now a the middle of the fight against the zika virus. by this time it's not mosquitos in the crosshairs. the new warnings about companies pedaling zika prevention scams. >> first a strike, now a shut down. a big bust at a casino at the center of atlantic city's financial crisis. >> and the milk shakeup. the last plant i know you! [laughs] welcome! hi! we're your neighbors. we live across the street. thanks for this.
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the latest for you on the zika virus. in an effort to fight mosquitos, new york city health officials are spraying pesticides over the next several days. they're targeting three boroughs. queens, staten island, and the bronx. meanwhile down in florida, health officials are struggling to contain the zika threat. the number of cases in the miami area now stands at 15. officials are preparing to start aerial spraying in an effort to kill mosquitos around that the continental u.s.'s first known cases of zika transmitted by mosquitos were confirmed last week. scammers have been swarming new york with dubious zika prevention methods. eyewitness news reporter kemberly richardson has the story. >> what do you think this is for? >> looks like pokemon nonsense. >> reporter: not exactly, but officials say buying these colorful stickers, these
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money. >> whenever you have a crisis and people are anxious, that's an opportunity for fraudsters. that's an opportunity for scammers. they take advantage of people's anxiety and desperation. >> reporter: new york attorney general eric snyderman is now going after seven companies, just issued cease and desist letters to the businesses, which he says are giving the public a false sense of security, claiming these items prevent and protect you from getting the zika virus. the items include ultrasonic claim to repel mosquitos, as well as wristbands that contain botanical-based oils. >> it's not like these guys are making hundreds of millions of dollars. we just want to shut them down and stop it. if people persist then we'll go after them for damages. >> officials say these products are sold online in discount stores and bodegas. look for anything in spray form
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five ingredients. >> deet. or piccarden. or oil of lemon, eucalyptus. something called ir3535 which is in a product that's brand name skin so soft bug guard. >> reporter: there have been 400 confirmed cases of zika in new york city but as of today no mosquitos have tested positive for the virus. kemberly richardson, channel 7 eyewitness news. governor cuomo has just signed a new law resumption of daily fantasy sports in new york state. it's called a game of skill. that legal definition was in a lawsuit brought against draftkings and fanduel. the country's two top fantasy sports country. the state attorney general likened the online matches to illegal gambling operations based on chance. new information about a prisoner whose double murder conviction was overturned last
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pending a prosecutor's decision on whether to retry him. prosecutors admitted the trial against wayne martin was grossly mishandled. he has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting at an east flatbush tire shop back in 2005 that killed two men. the owners of the trump mahal are threatening to shut the casino down. they're warning if an ongoing labor dispute is not resolved be closed after labor day. tomorrow the strike will become the long walk-out in the casino era. strikers hit the picket line july 1st. right now no new negotiations are scheduled. the union is demanding the workers' health insurance and pension benefits be restored. it's been approved for memorial sloan to build a treatment facility at the old
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hurdles with the town board. nassau county sold the five-acre site to sloan kettering for $6 and a half million last year. police arrest a man accused of robbing a bank while decked out in a wild wardrobe. 24-year-old jordan wise turned himself in to police this week. he told investigators he held up the bank in stapleton last monday with a water gun and took off with $780 in cash. he wore a formal dress, and high heels to pull off the crime. a key piece of evidence is now missing in connection with the wrongful death case of 60 minutes correspondent bob simon. simon was killed in a car crash on the west side 2015. investigators now say the back seat of the lincoln towncar that simon was sitting on in the crash has disappeared. after a unilateral inspection of the car was conducted by the defendant, skyline credit ride. the family is suing the company
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had his license suspended nine times. tonight the cause of a massive fire at a supermarket in queens is still a mystery. flames broke out last night about 9:00 at the strawberry farm supermarket in white stone. it took crews five hours to get it under control. four firefighters were hurt battling it. their injuries were minor. officials are now checking the stability of that building. more than 300 people will be out of work when new york city's last milk processing plant shuts of elmhurst dairy in queens made the announcement today. he says after nearly a century in business, he's forced to shut down at the end of october because of a major drop in demand. one worker says 16 years with the company, he's sad to see it go. >> no bad memories. the company was able to put food on my table, roof over my head. the old cliches. no bad memories at all.
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to turn the property in to another type of business so he can give his employees a flew place to work. home delivery is about to take a big leap in to the future. the white house says google will soon start testing drones that can deliver goods to your doorstep. the announcement is part of a larger drone initiative by the white house, office of science and technology policy. the faa has also said it hopes to allow drones to fly over people by the end of the year. amazon recently announced it will soon start testing drone china is testing an elevated bus that actually drives right over other vehicles on the road. here's a look at the prototype model and animation of how it works. the transit elevated bus is about 70 feet long and can carry up to 300 passengers. runs on electricity and solar power. each one could replace 40 standard buses, going a long way to ease traffic congestion and
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romance. a prankster messes with a message on a road sign but not everyone is in love with it. >> a disorder, a dentist's missing tool ends up days later in a patient's stomach. >> august is back on track. beautiful weather. clear, sunny skies right now. about 78 degrees. down to the south, we now have a hurricane, hurricane earl right winds at 75 miles per hour and looks like it's going to make landfall later tonight in to
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more rain is on the way in the southwest where several states are already reeling from a devastating monsoon. in phoenix yesterday, a storm
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hour in some spots. a flooded underpass of a major freeway was forced closed causing a nightmare for the evening commute. heavy rain is typical during monsoon season. wind patterns shift every summer and draw moisture from the pacific ocean to the southwest. a sign spoof with words of love in buffalo and that sent mixed messages to drivers. a prankster accessed the keyboard on a sign along a busy roadway in a buffalo park on monday and the prankster changed it's all a dream. and the same sign on tuesday flashed, i love you. before crews shut it down. state police say tampering with road signs is illegal and potentially dangerous because it can distract drivers. but others said hey, the sign made me feel good. somebody loves me. >> in the midst of everything going on, one good thing we can let slide. >> i think it's pretty funny. i think it's harmless fun. i think these days people take things a little too seriously.
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words. the department of transportation says it is a contractor's responsibility to make sure the sign's keyboard panel is locked uptight. >> at least it was a nice message. a routine root canal turned in to a nightmare for one man in illinois when his dentist dropped a tool down his throat. janice is now opening up about the day two years after it happened. he said he didn't know the tool was lodged in his stomach till he started feeling sharp pains a the procedure. he had to have it surgically removed. he took the dentist to court and won a $675,000 settlement. harry potter still has the magic touch. with reader sales through the roof. the script to the london stage production of harry potter sold more than 2 million copies in the u.s. in its first two days of release. that's well below the 8.3
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deathly hallows. it's still remarkable considering the new project only partially involved author jk rowling. more than a year after lucille ball's statue caused more screams than laughs, a new sculpture is about to be revealed in the star's hometown. the original statue was criticized because when you take a look at it, it doesn't look a whole lot like her. a new statue will be unveiled her 105th birthday. the statue scared a lot of people. >> it needs a little work. a tough break for a driver who's now looking for new wheels. a super sinkhole opens up and swallows his suv. >> and toy story, a new lease on life at the library for the stuffed animals that inspired a childhood classic. plus this. >> this boardwalk washed away during superstorm sandy but long beach
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a water main break caused a giant sinkhole to open and swallow a car in the streets of albany. it was up to 15 feet deep. the medical student who owns that suv says he's trying to during the incident. but with an exam coming up in a few days, this obviously adds a bit to his stress right now. whinny the poo and friends are celebrating the return to the new york library. their original toys are looking fresh after a year of much needed repairs. they went back on display today. an english boy christopher robin mill was the original owner.
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the whinny the poo stories on stuffed animals. >> tigger says i'm so happy, i feel like bouncing. >> can't get enough of that. the george washington bridge, easy ride under blue skies. feels great. you don't even need the ac. we're at 78. a wind out of the south southeast and bright sunny skies. look at hurricane earl now, looking more organized and strengthening at the last second fall. moving through some very warm waters of the west caribbean. right now 75-mile-per-hour winds moving to the west at 14. very low central pressure. it looks like it will make land fall as a cat 1 hurricane in the wee hours of the morning toward sunrise. maybe just to the north of belize city and moving through maybe northern guatemala and in to parts of southern mexico. they even go back to the gulf of mexico on friday, get tropical
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rain through this area and flash floods and mudslides so we'll be watching that. clear sky for us tonight. couldn't be quieter. low humidity. comfortable night for sleeping. upper 50s in the northern suburbs. low to mid 60s in new york city. mid 60s. then near 80 again tomorrow with low humidity. beautiful first pitch at yankee stadium tonight. it should actually be in the upper 70s. southeasterly wind around 5 to lower 80s at most. cooling in to the mid 70s during the game. north and west. 66, islip. 65, bridgeport. 66 in belmar. during the afternoon hours tomorrow we should get in to the lower 80s, backing off in to the 70s along the coast with that sea breeze. air quality is good tomorrow. uv index of 9. pollen count is a little higher than it has been lately. i think that's after all the rains we got. easterly wind, 3-foot chop. water temperature niges.
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later in the week. for the timing of the thunderstorms, it's not your classic late day thunderstorms. i actually think it's going to happen from late morning to midafternoon. let's say early call, 11 a.m., to 3:00 or 4:00. after that it should be fine for any late day or evening plans. around the thunderstorms if we get any sun at all we'll make a run at 90 degrees. clouds may hold us back a little bit. sunday is the better half of the weekend. i'm just hoping it's a few hours where a line goes through and doesn't r whole day. sun, fun, films. all at the beach. the fifth annual long beach international film festival is kicking off today. from now till friday, visitors can catch an international slate of more than 40 films. lauren glassberg takes a look. >> reporter: the sand, the surf, and films. no, this isn't cannes, france but long beach, long island which is also home to an international film festival.
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manhattan. we're close to jfk airport. >> reporter: he's the co-founder of the long beach international film it kicked off in 2012 weeks before superstorm sandy decimated this area. >> we're actually better than we were ever before. brand new boardwalk. brand new homes. and more and more people are now getting back in to their homes and businesses are thriving. we thought hey, let's use the festival to bring people in. >> reporter: there are more than 40 films in this year's festival and for the first time, all will be shown at theater which had to be extensively repaired after the storm. >> we had to travel to other places to screen the films. to have the theater back and having the long beach cinema give us that theater for this event is heartwarming and shows we've come full circle. >> for local filmmakers, this is pretty sweet. >> we're at heart this is where it lies. >> reporter: the film bridge in tunnel won best ferment festival two years ago. they hope their newest
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>> we have a great relationship here. it was a no-brainer to come back. >> reporter: tickets to the films are $12 but there's a free screening of shorts that happens here on the beach on friday night. on long beach, lauren glassberg, channel 7 eyewitness news. new at 5:00, a bed debacle. their new furniture flopped and the company hasn't paid up yet. >> 7 on your side with the important lessons that could save you big bucks. >> i'm liz cho. man wrongly convicted of raping a teenager 28 years ago. we'll tell you what finally convinced prosecutors and the judge to overturn the conviction after all these years. >> plus, we're learning more about a 30-year-old woman murdered near a jogging path in queens as police continue to
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brand new bed breaking. >> and talk about new, it was just 30 days old. they thought getting it repaired or fix was going to be easy. but that was almost two years ago. >> they turned to 7 on your side's nina pineda for help. >> when demands for the refund from the bbb, state attorney general's office and county consumer affairs were ignored, this couple didn't stop trying. they e-mailed us. it took a few visits but we got results. >> reporter: the sullivans but it was just their brand new bed caving in. >> the whole inside of the bed just collapsed. >> with you in it? >> yes. >> reporter: more than two years ago charles and amelia paid over $1100 for a sleigh bed like this one. weeks later they say the wooden slats holding up the mattress snapped in the middle of the night. when they called the furniture floor for the fix -- >> they blamed it on us. they said we moved the frame
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to tell them. >> reporter: the business refused to fix the frame or refund them for months. they had to throw out the broken bed and buy a new one. >> it was unbelievable what happened and they just ignored us after we called them and told they we had a problem. >> reporter: they filed complaints with the state attorney general's office. the case went before an arbitrator who sided with the sullivans, ordering them to refund them in full. >> it's been 13 months since the they never did. >> reporter: this message got left on the sullivans' voicemail. >> we would like to set up a day we could pick up the broken furniture from your home and give a check to you. >> reporter: demanding the bed, which was tossed two years ago. it was time to get answers in person. >> the sullivans want to pick up their check. >> i have nothing to do with it. >> reporter: the woman who said she was head of accounting didn't want to talk to me.
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are you running? it is up to you. you told me last week you'd have a check for mr. sullivan to pick up. >> reporter: she shut the door. but a week later -- >> they so much for your help. >> reporter: more than a year after trying on their own, the sullivans finally got their check. >> 7 was on our side. [ laughter ] >> the owner of room and board told me today the payment was delayed because he didn't agree with the arbitrator and he also claims he sent a repairman to fix the bed and the sullivans with a credit card. this couple paid in cash in exchange for a discount. if you pay with plastic, you'll have more recourse if things go wrong. 90 years young. tony bennett planning a birthday bash that will shine across new york city. >> eyewitness news at 6:00
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justice years in the making. today a man wrongly convicted of raping a teenager nearly three decades ago is cleared after a dna test exonerated him. first, police search for clues to find a killer. a 30-year-old woman out for her daily jog is murdered in queens. good evening at 6:00. i'm liz cho. bill is off tonight. police right autopsy results. they say karina vetrano was possibly strangled and may have been sexually assaulted. vetrano was last seen jogging just about 24 hours ago. her body was discovered late last night by her father off the jogging path near 161st avenue and 78th street in howard beach. eyewitness news reporter rob nelson is in the neighborhood where a vigil is planned for
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here behind me at this restaurant and lounge. there is a vigil set for later tonight in her memory. meantime though police are continuing to investigate, trying to figure out who did this and why. >> parents are scared to send their kids outside now because of this. >> reporter: residents in howard beach are understandably shaken tonight, one day after 30-year-old karina vetrano was killed and possibly sexually assaulted as she went for her routine run in spring creek park. never happened here. it's utterly shocking that it did. >> reporter: her father was supposed to run with her at about 5:00 last night but was not feeling well. so karina went alone. when she did not come home two hours later, panic set in and sadly, it was her father who ultimately discovered her body at 9:00 last night about 14 blocks from her home. >> right now there's evidence of strangulation, asphyxiation. >> reporter: karina was a
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she was an inspiring writer. in one of her online posts, she wrote, quote, i am a girl in dire need of love. i am a woman afraid to give herself up. i'm a child who just wants goodness. but karina apparently only found evil last night on an unpaved marshy path where she had run countless times. her body found 15 feet off the trail. her cell phone nearby. >> there's nothing bad you could say about her. she was a sweetheart. she lit up the room when she walked in. sh beautiful girl. >> this is a girl who wound up unfortunately face down in a pit near her home which should have never happened ever. >> reporter: tonight the investigation continues in this tight knit community. so many here wondering if this was random or whether karina for some reason was targeted. >> just a few minutes ago we did get word the medical examiner has officially ruled this a

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