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weather should be perfect for it. vai and tracy. >> we thank you for your service. you're watching nbc 10 news today at 6:00 a.m. starts right now. nbc 10 breaking news. we are following breaking news at a ymca in abington. inside is extensive damage and could cause child care issue for parent. firefighters rushed to six flags and this morning the fire marshal is taking a closer look to see if these fires were set on purpose. headed back to philadelphia. the man accused in this vicious kidnapping will soon be back in town to appear in front of a judge. and it's a foggy morning in some sparts of the tri-state area, but once that burns off it will warm up and we'll get your forecast neighborhood by neighborhood. good morning, nbc 10 news today. i'm tracy davidson. >> yesterday was nice and today is expected to be much better.
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let's get to meteorologist bill henley. good morning, bill. >> improving conditions throughout the day. starting off with low clouds and fog. low clouds into the city and dense fog in parts of new jersey. very thick. right now it's down to zero visibility in some areas. some moisture blowing past the aramark building and one of the elements that helps fog to form and we got that this morning. now down to zero visibility at atlantic city at the airport. if you have a flight out this morning, there may be delays. check with your carrier. georgetown a half a mile visibility and dover has been in and out of the fog so far this morning. we're into cooler temperatures north and west pottstown and allentown back in the 30s and 40s in the i-95 corridor and 47 degrees at philadelphia international. watch the temperatures climb and that will clear out the fog. partly sunny, 50 at 9:00 and into the 60s at noontime and climbing. your hour by hour forecast.
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first alert traffic reporter katy zachary has your traffic. >> behind me a foggy shot. cherry hill right at route 70 where we're seeing fog is an issue on many new jersey roadways and will be over the next hour or so. so, just take it slow. of course, your low beams will need to be on. a live look at 76 and girard avenue. this camera was of a problem-free stretch of 76, but now we're focusing in on a vehicle right now. i don't have control over these cameras, penndot does. the expanse of 76 between the vine street expressway and the blue route looking great. your drive times in both directions about 14 minutes. finally, in abington, there is a scene right at old york road and adams avenue. you're asked to avoid that area by fire crews out there. >> let's talk more about that, katy, at 6:02. breaking news. an early morning fire inside a
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ymca and new information just into nbc 10 about what caused a fire inside their child care facility at the y. matt delucia is live with this update. what do you know? >> i spoke to the abington fire marshal and he told me the fire was caused by an air conditioner space heater one of the units that are in the back of the building here and that is what caused the fire. it malfunctioned and the flames started coming out. heavy smoke coming from the back of the original building. that is the building that you see right here behind us and there is still a lot of fire department activity here for the moment. the fire is out. it has been for a little while. the fire started about 4:00 this morning. and what we're told right now is that the northbound lanes of route 611 here, old york road still shut done for the moment but i'm told it should reopen within the next 30 minutes or so. you see they do have that ladder truck up there right now and inspecting the property making sure everything is okay.
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as for damage, we're told that it is mostly smoke and water damage. the damage was contained to the one room that contained that heater and air conditioner. so, that happened in the child care area. and, so, that will be closed for the day. so, no child care at this ymca facility in abington. so, you may want to make other plans if you have kids that come here for day care and right now, at least, they don't know how long it will take to get everything back up and running. get everything cleaned up. but as far as 611, that should be reopened within the hour. we'll keep you posted on that. i'm matt delucia, nbc 10 news. also new from overnight, police say a series of fires at six flags in new jersey looks suspicious. at least five different fires broke out on the property on the theme park in ocean county. nbc 10 jesse gary is live just outside the theme park in jackson. jesse, you just spoke with the township police. what are they telling you this
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morning? >> just talked to lieutenant decker. he confirmed authorities are investigating this as a case of arson. the signs were there. if you see last night the secondary set of flames in a wooded area of the great adventure theme park. you'll see they almost make a circle on the ground, but the tree limbs appear to be burning. the initial fire was reported late last night in a utility shed in the safari off road adventure. the roof collapsed before firefighters tapped out the blaze. no reported injuries and park officials say the animals are all safe. i'll put one more call into the park official's office here and see if anybody made it into work yet and perhaps have little more information before the end of the broadcast and we'll join you again in 40 minutes. live in jackson, ocean county, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. 46 degrees. police responded to a bizarre incident after last night's eagles game. they say a guy tried to attack police with a metal baton. this is video of the police response from our camera at the wells fargo center. officers say the man was in
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eagles gear running through the parking lot wielding a baton. the man was arrested and facing several charges this morning. happening today, the man accused of abducting a woman in philadelphia will begin his journey back to pennsylvania to face charges today. in just a few hours, the fbi will take custody of delvin barnes in virginia. being held there on charges from a separate kidnapping case. tomorrow he will appear in a philadelphia court. barnes faces several kidnapping charges here in philadelphia after authorities say he abducted carlesha freeland-gaither off a germ germantown street last week. new information this morning on the state police barracks in the poconos that was the target of a deadly ambush. the barracks will resume full operation tomorrow. eric frein is accused of opening fire on two state troopers killing one of them and injuring another. he was captured a 48-day manhunt
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and now his defense attorney claims police tried to keep him away from his client. james sweat said he was hired by frein's family on the night of his arrest but police told him he couldn't see the suspect because frein himself didn't ask for the lawyer. a northeast philadelphia man was injured when he tried to stop a burglar from taking his stuff. the man broke in ransacking his home that happened around 6:30 last night. the 49-year-old homeowner tackled the burglar who was in the process of stealing jewelry. he fought back hitting the homeowner in the head with a crowbar. >> this is my neighbor. no. this is unacceptable. >> the homeowner was treated for injuries to his head, his face and his neck. the burglar got away. seven new jersey high school football players accused of hazing their teammates will not be tried as adults. family court is the appropriate venue for the cases, instead.
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last month the football program was cancled for the season. those seven players are charged with crimes ranging from hazing to sexual assault. the team's head coach and four assistant coaches were also suspended. eight minutes past 6:00 right now as our nation celebrates veterans day, the federal government is promising to do a better job of caring for those who serve their country. yesterday the veterans affairs department announced the largest overhaul in its history. secretary robert mcdonald said they'll focus on customer service and make it easier for the veteran to access the department. the va has been under intense scrutiny over wait times that hospitals. we check with veterans hospitals across our region to see where they stand. nbc 10 chris cato will have those numbers coming up at 6:30. but here's a question. is philadelphia a good place for vets to live? according to wallethub.com it ranks 83rd out of 100 out of best cities for veterans. criteria included the
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availability of jobs, va health facilities and the percentage of veterans living below the pov t poverty line. now your nb xrrx 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> fog is developed in much of the area and very dense fog, especially thick in new jersey this morning. it's not going to last all day. in fact, as temperatures climb, we'll watch the fog disappear this morning. we're heading for a mild afternoon and even warmer than yesterday, middle to upper 60s on this veterans day and mild again tomorrow, but then the temperatures tumab ablble as we towards the end of the week. right now cold in allentown and 47 in northeast philadelphia. atlantic city is seeing some thick fog and 40 degrees there. you can see the low clouds that are overhead. and you can also see some of the low fog that is parts of the area. this is what cherry hill looked like earlier this morning. the thick fog will not last all day. we will see it disappear. still plenty of fog in
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burlington and atlantic city, zero visibility this morning. spotty in the dover area and now good visibility there and georgetown half a mile visibility and southern delaware. you can see the low clouds that have moved into the area. they'll break and we'll get some sunshine and the temperatures warm up nicely this afternoon. and today won't be the only day either. your hour-by-hour forecast showing by lunchtime the temperatures will be in the upper 50s, 60 degrees for reading and lancaster and look at millville at 65 degrees and then into the 60s this afternoon. watching clouds move through this and just a chance we'll see a shower this evening, most areas will stay dry. so, a nice warm up after a foggy start this morning. middle to upper 60s this afternoon with southeasterly winds up to eight miles an hour. colder air is here before the weekend. when i come back in less than ten minutes, the seven-day forecast. yeah, i drive in to work and mt. laurel come to maple shade. surprise when i got here to see
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so much fog. i must have just beaten. >> let's check with katy zachary and where it is. a problem spot i'm seeing on a lot of our traffic cameras where i'll show you fog in just a minute. but the first accident into our system all morning long right as you approach churchman's road. the two center lanes are blocked. crews are still getting out there and delays until they move it over to the shoulder. we'll get to the fog in just a minute, but, first, a live look at i-95 right at the betsy ross bridge where volume is building. tail lights, brake lights headed southbound and drive time between wood haven and the vine great right now. on the pennsylvania turnpike westbound at ft. washington, debris in the center lane and blocking the center lane. it just happened, until crews can get out there and move it to the shoulder, might be delaying things for a bit. finally the fog in new jersey an issue for many of our drivers on new jersey. right at i-295. the fog is an issue and you want
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to have low beams on and add extra time this morning. tracy? 12 minutes past 6:00. crying foul against the ar archdiocese of philadelphia. has to do with their closed church and sacred statue. a divorce gets nasty and this little red corvette ends up in the mitdal or in the bottom of the dispute. we'll explain. ♪ there's confidence...
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6:15 this tuesday morning. you're taking a live look at lincoln financial field. home of the philadelphia eagles. big win last night, of course. it's clear there. fog in some places and that will all clear up and we'll have bill henley come and explain in a few minutes. the eagles are 7-2 after last night's big win against the carolina panters in monday night
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football. sproles scored in the first quarter and then followed it up with this punt return up the middle and cut to the right touchdown. mark sanchez, meanwhile, two touchdown passes and both of them to rookie jordan matthews. his first start in almost two years for matthews. eagles win easily. today is also sanchez's 28th birthday. happy birthday. police say an upset husband is responsible for dumping a perfectly good corvette into the delaware river. there it is right there. the camera is there as the marine units fished the car out of the water last night. police tell nbc 10 that he pushed his wife's car into the river because the two are in the middle of a divorce. they have not released his name. they do plan to file charges. we have new information about last year's deadly car jacking in the parking lot of a north jersey mall. the owner of the mall at short hills tried to block the release
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of surveillance video that shows the deadly shooting of 30-year-old dustin freeland. freeland's widow who was with him that day has filed a wrongful death lawsuit accusing the mall of reducing security to save money. four men are charged in that deadly carjacking have pleaded not guilty. attorneys for convicted murder jodi arias has filed a motion to dismiss all charges against her. a forensic expert hired by the defense discovered that thousands of files were deleted from the computer of arias' ex-boyfriend. most of the files were pornographic. police have previously testified there was no porn on the computer and prosecutors disputed arias's testimony that she walked in on travis alexander viewing porn. conviced of killing him last year. the jury will decide if she's sentenced to life or in prison or death. the family of joan rivers says they're outraged after learning the results of an
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investigation in the comedian's death. according to the new york state health department the clinic where rivers underwent surgery made several errors during the procedure that ultimately led to her death in september. the report says staff failed to notice her deteriorating vital signs. the report does not accuse the clinic of negligence. the clinic says it's addressing all the issues raised in the report. members of a parish in fishtown say the archdiocese of philadelphia is violating church law. they're upset because workers began removing sacred items. the archdiocese closed the building last march saying it was in imminent danger of collapse but the church has appealed to the vatican and parishioners say removing sacred items before the appeal is complete feels like a violation. >> i was angry because i know they're just pushing ahead and doing things in defiance of the vatican and they're showing a complete disrespect for the church and its parishioners. >> the archdiocese says it was
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the new pastor at the parish who asked them to remove the items whose building is unsafe and might attract thieves. archdiocese leaders tell nbc 10 that each item will be cataloged and stored in a warehouse at least until a decision is made on that appeal. all right, i tend to notice trends and for two days in a row now, the first accident doesn't come into the system until i come and sit in this chair next to you. don't know what's going on. >> let's see how things happen tomorrow when jillian's back. i will have to give her a heads up about this vai. two accidents you're dealing with. 95 southbound right at the exit for the commodore berry bridge exit for the left lane is blocked and if we go a little further south 95 southbound when you're approaching churchman's road two center lanes are blocked. this just happened in the last 20 minutes or so. crews are out there trying to move them to the shoulder. we're talking about fog all morning. vai said when he was coming in
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on 73, he didn't notice it but we've been showing him video of 73. it's really filled with fog. 73 is route 70 and 295 and right in berlin drivers are needing to have your low beams on and allow for extra time. now your nbc 10 first alert weather. with meteorologist bill henley. >> if vai is like me he drives in with his eyes closed. widespread in south jersey, but look at the low cloudiness here at nbc so. this is the view from nbc 10 studios. very little wind right now and is calm at philadelphia international. 47 degrees. that's one of the warm spots with the cooler temperatures around, take a look at this. this is mt. laurel. look at the fog there. the thick fog is starting off in new jersey is not going to last all day. we'll see it clear out as the temperatures climb. and they will be climbing. now northeast philadelphia, visibility is down to a mile and
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a quarter and the thickest fog remains in new jersey. quarter mile visibility in mt. holly and atlantic city is down to zero visibility. radar shows we are dry. nothing falling from the low clouds, but we're watching some snow in the midwest that colder air, that's going to be arriving here before the weekend. but before it gets here, look at this. 60s this afternoon. not bad for veterans day. 64 to 67 degrees with a light southeasterly wind and tomorrow will be even warmer. we'll get some clouds coming through tonight, even a spotty rain shower is possible late this evening and most areas stay dry, though. the wind picks up on wednesday and peak at 66 on wednesday and then the wind drives in the colder air for thursday, friday and the weekend. there's still a chance we'll see a snowflake or a raindrop early on friday, though it's not going to be anything big and a cold start on saturday morning for the walk at citizens bank park for als and then a chance of some showers, rain showers moving in later on sunday. might be mrixing with snowflake
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good monday morning. i'm katy zachary. for new jersey drivers, a live look for you. right at the atlantic city expressway in wince low toslow extra time to add to your commute. bill, let's get an idea of what the rest of the day will look like. foggy? >> low clouds and fog and you can see that from this view from center city. the fog is thickest in new jersey. mount holly, tom's river down to a quarter mile visibility and zero visibility right now in atlantic city and it just got a bit thicker in parts of delaware, too. dover the visibility is under a mile. we're following two fires this morning. the first is at a ymca in abington. firefighters have just wrapped up on the scene. matt? >> vai, the big update right now
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are both lanes of 211 are open and an update of what happened here and the impact of this fire. that's coming up. and flames kept firefighters busy overnight at six flags great adventure in new jersey. the fire is now out and the investigation is just getting started and an arson is being looked at as a possibility.
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nbc 10 breaking news. >> we are following breaking news for you this morning in montgomery county. fire rips through a ymca in abington and have an effect on parents who use the day care center. and we do have some nice weather on tap. but, first, we've got to get through this fog. we'll get your forecast neighborhood by neighborhood in just a second here. good morning and welcome to nbc 10 news today. i'm vai sikahema. >> let's find out about the fog
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and temperatures. bill? >> improving conditions through the day and right now thick fog starting off mainly new jersey and some of the low cloudiness has spread inland to center city. look at this dramatic view from the comcast center and turned cloudier in just the last few minutes. clouds overhead but the low cloudiness that you see below the camera will be disappearing as the cameras climb. zero visibility in atlantic city and mount holly and toms river and especially thick in new jersey and at times seeing thicker fog in delaware, too. the worst of it right now is in dover where the visibility is under a mile. 47 degrees at philadelphia international and look at the 30z north and west. pottstown at 36 degrees and 40 now in mount holly. 47 warming up with sunshine and temperatures into the 50 degree zone at 9:00 and then into the 60s with no sign of fog this afternoon. your neighborhood by neighborhood forecast when i'm
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back in less than ten minutes. right now let's check in with katy zachary. good morning, katy. >> a few things you have to deal with. first, a live look at 95 southbound right near exit 4 right near the exit for the commodore berry bridge. a disabled vehicle initially we thought it was an accident, but upon further review, a disabled vehicle. it's not blocking any lane any more. further southbound on i-95 an accident that is affecting, it was affecting traffic in the center lane and has since been moved to the shoulder and right when you approach churchman's road. moving on now and we are updating a situation in abington on old york road and the scene of a fire there at adams avenue and that has since been cleared for about a quarter of a mile was off limits to traffic that has since been reopened and a live report coming up on that soon. a fog an issue for new jersey drivers. route 73 at jackson road.
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we have an update from the scene of the fire inside montgomery county. matt delucia which katy just mentioned it reopened. >> tracy, all the fire crews have left and the scene is clear and i'll give you a look at the road right now. both directions are back open and the northbound lanes reopened just within the past 15 minutes or so. we have some video of what the scene looked like not long ago. i have been talking with people out here about what happened. the fire started inside this ymca at old york and adams avenue just after 4:00 this morning. the fire marshal tells me that it was caused by a faulty window unit air conditioner and space heater. there was heavy smoke when firefighters arrived and the fire was contained to one room. the child care room, but there is also smoke and water damage i'm told throughout this building. i spoke with a representative for the ymca in the past hour. take a listen. >> well, our child care facility
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will be closed for the day. it will be closed until further notice until we find out the extent of the damage. the rest of the building, as of right now, is open. if anyone wants to come and take a fitness class or use the wellness center, they are more than welcome to do that. the pool area was closed, also, we're waiting to find out if that will open today. >> and back out here live on the scene, again, this is old york road and adams avenue. the ymca. you see the window there, a lot of activity in that part of the building. we see some people in there just trying to clean up this damage. parts of the building will stay open today. fairly big complex. people were even in the gym i'm told as firefighters were out here investigating. i'm also told no injuries and no one was in the affected section of the building at the time, but repeating, once again, old york road both directions back open for your morning commute. live in abington, i'm matt delucia. new from overnight, a series of fires at six flags in ocean
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county are being investigated as arson. crews had to attack five different fires at the theme park. one was in a utility shed at the safari offroad adventure and the others in the woods surrounding it. no one was hurt and all the park's animals are safe. as we celebrate veterans day, the va department has announced the biggest overhaul in its history. the goal to make sure veterans get the services that they deserve. the va has been under intense scrutiny over wait times at its hospitals. checked with hospitals across the region to see where they stand. chris cato is live in the digital operation center with a look at those numbers. chris, what did you find? >> following that scandal over wait times the va set a goal of 30 days or less for veterans to get their initial appointment to be seen by a primary care doctor. here's how regional hospitals are doing. that goal is being met at va hospitals in philadelphia and
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coatesville. in wilmington, they have some work to do here. the average is much higher, 66 days. wait times for specialty care. the highest in this case is at the philadelphia va where they're waiting 55 days for an appointment there for specialty care and 36 days in wilmington and 29 in coatesville. veterans are waiting for months and months to get a response on their disability claims. according to pennsylvania senator bob casey, pennsylvania has one of the longest wait times in the country. 266 days for a response. he addressed this problem before veterans group in west philadelphia yesterday and said more needs to be done to fix the backlog. >> we do this not just to make a system work better, we do this to fulfill, to fulfill a promise that this government that our country has made to our veterans. >> now, senator casey is sponsoring a bill to address that backlog.
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it calls on regional offices to improve their practices. we'll certainly update this story for you another six months from now to see how those offices are doing. live in our digital operation center, chris cato, nbc 10 news. a police officer pulled from a burning car is telling nbc 10 exactly what happened during that ordeal. officer mark kinsy was pulled from his car moments after he crashed. he was rescued by joe chambers a ridley park volunteer firefighter. he can't remember much because he blacked out after the impact and suffered a concussion, but what he does know is that he is grateful that chambers was there. >> oh, he's my hero. by far. because, i mean, if he wouldn't have pulled me out of that car, i would still be sitting in it. i owe him a steak dinner or something because i owe him big. >> moments before the accident, the officer was responding to a call with his lights and sirens on. chambers isn't the only hero,
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we're told donte johnson helped drag the officers to safety. today the u.s. is ebola free and later today dr. craig spencer will be released from a new york city hospital after being declared free of the ebola virus and making him the last patient in the u.s. with the disease. doctor spencer returned last month from west africa after working there for doctors without borders. he was monitoring his own health when he came down with a fever. he was criticized for using public transit and going to public places like a bowling alley. and part of his treatment, he received a plasma transfusion from another ebola survivor. the last patient in the u.s. with ebola. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> thick fog around for much of the area and low clouds in other parts of the area. in fact, over center city look at the cloud cover no fog here at the nbc 10 studios. different story in parts of south jersey where temperatures
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dropped into the 30s and low 40s. right now low 40s for philadelphia international and starting to brighten up as we get closer to sunrise this morning. the sunshine is going to be brighter this afternoon and right now it is thick fog in the area. so, it's going to take some time to clear. light fog right now in northeast philadelphia at the airport. but it's still dense fog in mount holly and atlantic city, zero visibility right now. if you have plans to fly out this morning, there may be some delays. there you can see the low clouds that will arrive overnight. they will not stay with us all day. get breaks of sunshine and the temperatures climb into the 50s for the pocono mountains and low 60s for allentown, quakertown and reading. with partly sunny sky 66 for trenton and northeast philadelphia 66 and little bit warmer for mount holly and right along the coastline, fog disappears and sunshine and fog and 65 this afternoon for atlantic city and little bit warmer for vineland up to 66 and 65 in dover. though we're starting off with lots of low clouds, it's going to be 66 degrees in glassboro,
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we have an extra one. westchester will move up to 66 degrees. it will be warm tomorrow, not that warm, but colder air is on tap for later in the week and got the seven-day when we come back in less than ten minutes. and it's 6:40 this tuesday morning. got the fog to deal with out there and a couple trouble spots on 95. >> katy zachary can tell us where they are. >> that volume building on area roadways. start off with the fog. route 73 and 73 takes drivers from northeast philadelphia into new jersey and vice versa. so, you may deal with some fog as you're headed over the bridge. our area bridges for the most part look good, but we are dealing with a lot of fog for drivers in new jersey. there are some issues on 95 southbound approaching churchman road accident and there was an accident in the center lane and since moved to the shoulder and not tying anything up there. average speeds on 95 southbound
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and northbound right near center city really slowed over the last half hour. it's down to 19 miles an hour was your average speed. and then finally the newest accident into our system, this is in concord township route 202 at smithbridge road. >> thank you, katy. hits part of the midwest hard bringing some cities to a stand still and when that wintry blast could show up in our area. a debate over what should and should not be sold at a new sports comflex. the new item soon on the menu and why parents aren't happy about it.
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6:44 right now. drivers in pennsylvania have a new way to honor military veterans. four new special license plates that recognize veterans which
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bring the total number of plates honoring veterans to 34, including the medal of honor and operation enduring freedom. a portion of the money helps preserve monuments inside gettysburg national park. in the nation's capital on this veterans day preparations are under way for a number of events there and since the president is in china, vice president joe biden will take his place in arlington national cemetery. this is video from last year as president obama placed the traditional wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. veterans have been buried alartingtalar alarlington for the last 150 years. offices in your city or town will be closed but business as usual in one cape may county community and not everyone is happy about that. the bureau council approved a request by some employees to work on veterans day. in exchange, get off the day after christmas, but some veterans called the decision disrespectful, including the father of a vet we talked to. >> i don't know where their
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heads are. they should respect the vets. and, you know, it's no big deal. our guys did everything for, i mean, we forget we have a bad memory. >> stone harbor is encouraging employees to attend the veteran day ceremony at noon outside the local american legion hall. happening tonight, a chester county community will debate whether alcohol should be sold at a local sports complex. the united sports training center wants permission to serve beer. the center was built 15 years ago under the condition that it would be alcohol free. not just kids play here. a lot of adult leagues and also like to cater to parents who are at youth tournaments. public hearing is scheduled for 8:00 tonight. atlantic city casino crisis the parent company trump taj mahal is giving its union an ultimat ultimatum. if the union does not drop its appeal designed to keep the casino alive, they'll shut it
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down, most likely next month, leaving 3,000 employees out of work. the union blames investor carl icahn and says if he did increase the interest rate, enough money for all workers to have health insurance. trump ceo sent a letter to workers yesterday in part that says "we have tried everything to save this company, but as the saying goes, you cannot squeeze blood from a stone. the letter continues, this is like a spoiled child saying his parents have just gone bankrupt. i will not under any circumstances give up my fancy sports car." a new jersey lawmaker thinks he can help stabilize atlantic city financial crisis. yesterday's state senate president steve sweeney outlined a plan that he says would raise towards the tax levee. it would establish a set amount casino pay in taxes each year and also require all casino operators to pay health care and retirement benefits for its employees and redirect gambling taxes to pay off debt.
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a former opponent is joining the team of tom wolf. wolf has named katie as his chief of staff. she ran against him, you'll remember, in the democratic primary. she served as the state's environmental protection secretary under governor ed rendell. after coming in fourth, she led the campaign for a fresh start, a political action committee that supported wolf and other democrats. today president barack obama and vladimir putin entered a meeting together at the apex summit in beijing as president obama arrived at his seat, putin padded him on the back. it appeared friendly enough, but the two leaders have yet to seriously discuss russia's actions in ukraine and the sanctions that followed. also today mr. obama will sit down for a meeting with the chinese president in an effort to open trade and create jobs. parents who worry about the time their kids spend playing action packed video games can relax. according to a new study,
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fast-moving video games actually boost learning and the effect lasts for a long time. study finds even new gamers become faster learners after about two months of playing. scientists believe it's because fast paced games force the brain to sharpen its skills. >> as a parent i'm not yet convinced of that study. just me. let's go ahead to new york now for a look at what's ahead on "today" show. >> for that we say good morning to matt lauer and savannah guthrie. >> could you do me a favor and never repeat that around my kids, please. >> right. >> not good. >> vai and tracy good morning to you. straight ahead on the show this morning that nasty winter storm in the midwest is intensifying as temperatures creep even lower. >> jenna bush hager sits down with her dad and grandfaurlth and the pitfalls of raising children on the campaign trail. then on our special series, snooze or lose. does mommy brain really exist?
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find out how to get your kids more rest so you can, too. >> the early indication is, yes, mommy brain does exist. those stories plus gjennifer hudson will stop by for a special live performance. she's paying tribute to one of her idols, whitney houston. she had us all with our jaws hanging open. we'll hear that when we see you on a tuesday morning on "today." >> look forward to it, guys. >> she's awesome. >> see you at 7:00. well, that blast of winter weather in the upper midwest has now turned deadly. more than 16 inches of snow fell in minnesota yesterday. state police say two people have died after crashing on icy roads there. troopers also responded to nearly 500 crashes and 700 spinouts. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> we'll get some of that cold weather later this week but it is fog and low clouds. you can see them both. dramatic view from comcast
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center. the clouds overhead and look at the low clouds and fog that have moved into the city. 48 degrees and holding at philadelphia international. you can see fog and clouds in the pocono mountains, too. view from camelback this morning. we'll see sunshine break through the clouds and dissipate. right now thick and dense in mount holly and toms river and zero visibility in atlantic city and down to a mile and a half in dover. rest of the area mainly cloud free and cloudiness that moved in overnight. during the day, though, the clouds will break and we'll get sunshine and the temperatures will be climbing. the radar is clear for our area and there is the cold and the snow falling north and west. the cold air arrives later in the week and there's a chance we'll see a bit of wet weather, too. partly sunny and mild today. veterans day middle to upper 60s and another warm one tomorrow. few clouds overnight will make temperatures a bit warmer tomorrow morning. wind picks up on wednesday and
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here comes the colder air for thursday and thursday night into friday, we might see a few spotty showers and doesn't look very impressive, but could be a mix of a few raindrops and the first snowflakes of the season. better chance of wet weather over the weekend. saturday we'll be dry and saturday morning at citizens bank park for the walk to defeat als and then the clouds are back on sunday and later sunday rain will be developing as temperatures get colder into monday morning. we could see snow mixing in to the rain. >> bill, thanks. eight minutes before 7:00 and updpatidate on the roads as you're getting ready to head out. >> katy zachary monitoring all the roads. >> we're seeing a number of more issues on our roadways in addition to the fog. start things off with a live look at route one. the southbound side right before you meet up with 76 and you take that exit for 76 westbound. and if you could see just beyond the guard rail there, there is a disabled vehicle over in the right hand lane and blocking things in the right hand lane
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for what what i can see the traffic is getting around it just fine. new accident in plymouth and there is also an accident in chelteniham and then also to follow up, an earlier accident in concord township right at route 202 and smithbridge road. i'm matt delucia live in abington, montgomery county. a fire at a ymca will have lasting impacts. i'll fill you in after this break. lots of little fire erupted six flags great adventure. investigators are trying to figure out if arson is to blame. a live report in three minutes.
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i'm matt delucia live in abington. workers here are beginning to clean up the damage after an early morning fire. we have some video for you. this happened just after 4:00 here at old york road and adams avenue. the fire marshal told me caused by a heater. heavy smoke was present when firefighters arrived. the fire was contained to one room. the child care room, but there's also smoke and water damage throughout and we'll come back down here live. you can see parts of the building are undamaged. it will stay open for the day. but the ymca spokeswoman tells me there is no child care today as a result and i'm told that there are no injuries and no one was in the affected section of the building at the time. i'm matt delucia. i'm jesse gary live in
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jackson township where in the past hour police officials confirm fires here overnight. the case of arson. you can see that there is evidence of that at the secondary location and a set of flames in a wooded area of the great adventure theme park. you can see almost a circle on the ground of flames, but the tree limbs don't appear to be burning. the initial fire call reported late last night in the utility shed in the safari off road adventure. no reported injuries and park officials say all the animals are safe, although they haven't commented beyond that. the fire marshal continues the investigation later this morning. live in jackson township, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. and good morning, i'm katy zachary with a look at your foggy commute. if you're driving in new jersey. take a look behind me, 73 right at 295. a lot of fog on our area roadways. the entire expanse of 73 and i've been watching laden with fog. this is a live look at the 42 freeway at belmar where fog is
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an issue there for drivers, as well. a live look at a very slow moving 76 right at city avenue. look at your drive times. 23 minutes in both directions between the vine and the blue route and a new accident in germantown pike at valley road. >> now your nbc 10 first alert weather. >> low clouds and fog you can see in this view from center city. it will not last all day, but certainly starting things off. right now the thickest fog is still in new jersey down to a quarter mile from mount holly and atlantic city is now at quarter mile visibility. toms river has dropped to zero visibility this morning. and some fog in delaware, as well. the thickest is in southern delaware, georgetown. temperatures right now, 30s and 40s to start with. but we're looking at 60s this afternoon. but a chilly start at the bus stop with clouds and some fog. 37 in the suburbs and 48 degrees in center city. and the temperatures will climb to the low 60s by lunchtime today.
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>> thank you, bill. salute to all our veterans out there. "today" show is next. we'll see you for an update in 25 minutes. good morning. whiteout. heavy snow across the midwest. nearly 2 feet in some states and still falling, causing at least two deaths and hundreds of accidents, while much of the country gets set for a massive drop in temperatures. ebola-free. the final patient being treated in the u.s. set to walk out of a new york city hospital this morning, as that nurse who fought quarantines in two states receives good news of her own overnight. tragedy of errors. a scathing, new report blasts the clinic where joan rivers went into cardiac arrest. the doctors accused of failing to act quickly, even taking pictures of rivers during the procedure. this morning, reaction from her daughter, melissa. and family portrait. three generations of the bush family sit down to talk politi

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