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but the shopping season still going strong. we'll tell you what you need to know today as the focus shifts from buying to returning. and a much colder start as we take a live look outside this morning, but not as windy. you see the flags are barely blowing there. we are starting out 20 degrees lower than this time yesterday and drier, as well. the first alert weather team is tracking wet weather for the weekend. good morning, happy friday, welcome to nbc 10 news today, i'm christine maddela. >> a nice weekend to get out there and test out the new mikes and other things. meteorologist brits meteorologist brittney shipp is standing by with our forecast. >> mild conditions, but a cold start to the morning. but before you head out the door, grab your coat and take it with with you. temperatures pushing into the 50s and clear skies there are on our city skylines. right now conditions looking at boat house row. 55 degrees in philadelphia and wind speeds staying light at
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nine miles per hour, but with that light wind speed it feels more like 28 degrees when you step outside. so, definitely cold. 32 in wilmington and 39 in dover and heading into the rest of today, our temperatures will push into the 40s. by 9:00 a.m., 49 degrees by noon and 46 and cool by 6:00 p.m. temperatures today will warm into the low 50s. we'll get closer to 60 degrees for tomorrow, plus, i'm tracking a chance of showers and go over all the details. for now, we'll check in with first alert traffic reporter katy zachary. good morning. >> good morning. we are watching a disabled tanker truck on 95 southbound. this is a live look right at frankford avenue. located between girard avenue and the vine street expressway. very light volume and been moved over to the shoulder and a couple emergency vehicles out there. just alerting drivers about it because it is a pretty large vehicle. that is 95 southbound right at frankford avenue. taking a look at your drive
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times between route 30 and i-76. looking great right now. about 10, 11 minutes in both directions. if you're taking 202 this morning. also, highway overview of your majors in new jersey. things are free and clear on 295 on the turn pike and the 42 freeway. an accident on the 42 freeway southbound, but it was cleared in a matter of minutes and, finally, your area bridges looking good, with the exception of the burlington bristol bridge because right about now, it is scheduled to open for a ship to pass through. chris? 5:32 and new from overnight, investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire in north philadelphia. it started on the second floor of this home at eighth and jefferson streets around 2:30 this morning. three people were inside at the time and thankfully they all made it out safely. happening today, funeral services will be held for a chester county high school student who apparently died from complications of the flu. jesse gary is live for us in downing town this morning. jesse, a sad case here that should serve as a warning to
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everyone and you have been digging as how the flu was impacting the delaware valley, right? >> that's right. the cdc says there is widespread flu activity in both pennsylvania and delaware. they also say there is minimal flu activity in new jersey. one of the cases in the keystone state turned fatal. 17-year-old andrew specht collapsed a week ago while working at his part-time job. his family said he died from complications of the flu bug. they're doing testing to confirm that is the cause. they said the virus was present in his body at the time of his death. the influenza virus has infected the nose, threat and lungs. getting an annual flu shot is the best way to protect against catching the virus. they also recommend washing your hands regularly to prevent transmission. andrew specht's death has rocked this community. i'll tell you what action both the school ask district officials took even before students were dismissed for the
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christmas break. live in downing town, chester county, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. happening today, philadelphia state representatives ron waters and vanessa lowery brown are set for preliminary hears on bribery and conspiracy charges. they were among five lawmakers caught in an undercover sting. indictment after kathleen kane said the case was racially charged and could not be prosecuted. count on nbc 10 to bring you updates on those stories. here are three others we will be following for you today. we'll bring you video from new york city as colleagues and families say good-bye to one of the two police officers killed in that ambush last week. a wake will be held for rafael ramos. services for his partner have not been finalized. here in our area a balloon release ceremony will be held in willemten to remember the victims of an unsolved murder ten years ago.
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shot and killed matthew macerato and jessica watson in the big & tall store in the basement. african heritage within african-american culture. we'll see how groups in this yare rucelebrating the holiday. on this morning after christmas, philadelphia can proclaim its own birth miracle. septa police sergeant daniel caben and darnell james were working when they got a call about a woman in labor. the two rushed down to the train to help and before they knew it, the woman had given birth at the 15th street stop. officers helped get mom and her baby to the hospital and both are doing just fine. not waiting on the rules as the faa continues to work out the regulations for drones, schools are preparing pilots for the future of aviation. we'll look at the programs already offering flight classes and the number of jobs that drones can one day create. and does this name look
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familiar? oh, the holiday prank on a busy south jersey road that pays tribute to a classic christmas movie. and a cold start on this friday morning. temperatures are going to warm into the 50s today. close to 60 tomorrow. but a chance of showers back in your forecast. i'll let you know when, coming up.
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good morning. as we head into the rest of your friday, we are going to see clear skies switching over to plenty of sunshine and mild conditions for us. high pressure is in control just to the south of us, but it's going to slide off shore as we head into the weekend. so, changes are on the way, but it is going to be a nice friday and a nice start to the weekend. 32 degrees, a cold start in the poconos. 33 in allentown and 33 in pottstown and temperature in atlantic city at 31. 39 degrees in wildwood and 29 in millville. our futurecast shows that we'll see plenty of sunshine today.
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clear skies tonight. a nice start tomorrow, but we will see clouds moving in tonight overnight saturday and then by sunday at 8:00 a.m., a chance of a few scattered showers. it will be short lived and we'll see most of that moisture moving off shore by the afternoon, but still be stuck with mostly cloudy skies on your sunday and cooler temperatures as the cold front starts to move through. as far as today is concerned, sunny and mild. less wind for us. temperatures will range between 52 and 55 degrees and the wind speeds out of the west, five to ten miles per hour. coming up at about ten minutes, forecast. about 20 minutes until 6:00 now. time to get a check of traffic as some people are heading back to work today after christmas break. >> some people, not most people. >> not most people is absolutely right. we are following, i had a picture of it, but, unfortunately, our connection was just lost. on 95 southbound wibetween gira and the vine a disabled tanker truck, actually, moved off to
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the shoulder and emergency crews out there and not tying anything up at all and your drive time between wood haven and the vine are looking really good this morning. the one thing i want to tell you about is the scheduled opening of the burlington bristol bridge happening right now. scheduled to open for a ship to pass through and takes 15 minutes for the arms of the bridge to go up and come back down. traffic on route 14 can resume and that's in bucks county. betsy ross bridge and the walt whitman bridge all looking really good. christine? longer lasting street lights coming to parts of camden county by the spring. 84 new l.e.d. lights installed. the goal, to boost safety. brighter bulbs mean less crime and vandalism and they also expect to save on lighting costs since the l.e.d. lights use less electricity and won't need to be replaced as often. the new lights will cover parts of cooper folly road and other roads that intersect the white horse pike. the project should be finished by march.
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in chester county, coatesville presented a preliminary budget that has $1.4 million in cuts. a mu jajority of the cuts are reducing staff, but the administrators still need to make about $280,000 in cuts before passing the budget next week. and that's to avoid a large tax increase next year. ready, set, return. nbc 10's monique braxton is live at the annual after holiday rush gets ready to begin. monique? >> in about 20 minutes, macy's will open its doors for folks coming to return those items that don't fit or they don't really like. i'll tell you what, we've already seen some customers pulling up, waiting in their cars to get in. live after the break. and the search forp0 millio in missing money. this morning an update on the cash that went flying down the city streets and the charges lots of people could be facing.
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5:44 on the day after christmas. we're off to a much chillier start this morning as we take a live look at boat house row on the schuylkill river all lith up for the holidays. 35 degrees in philadelphia, but in for a nice warm up. meteorologist brittney shipp saying highs in the mid-50s to
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upper 50s and then even warmer on saturday. enjoy the time with those new christmas gifts. authorities in hong kong are hoping surveillance video will help them track down the people who grabbed cash that spilled out of an armored truck. a security van spilled nearly $2 million on to a busy highway after a door came loose. authorities quickly cordoned off the scene and tried to find some of that cash there in the bushes, but much of it was already gone. so far at least 13 people have come forward to return close to $500,000. ual, we are following all the news around the country and around the world. >> throughout asia today, survivors, victims' families and government officials are marking the tenth anniversary of the indian ocean tsunami. that earthquake and tsunami on december 26, 2004, killed more than 230,000 people. the disaster hit a dozen countries around the indian ocean rim. a show of christmas spirit for the surviving family of a mother killed when a plane crashed into her maryland home.
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marie gemmell's friend collected gifts and $1,500 in gift cards for her husband. her two sons were also killed in the crash. in mississippi, theñíó8k pos back on this morning now in a town devastated by a tornado on tuesday. it left a number of families homeless. the volunteers are clearing away debris and the salvation army is providing food and water for victims. it was a white christmas in california sierra nevada mountains. the area received between three and six inches of snow with up to ten inches in higher elevations. many took their new gifts like that, sled, skis, out for a run. 5:46 now. the number of students attending aviation schools has jumped 1,000% over the past three years. all because of the popularity of drones. this week, the faa launched a new drone safety campaign and while the agency still hasn't given the go ahead for widespread drone use, an announcement is expected in the next few months but already
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thousands of would-be pilots are leading up and leading aviation schools are stepping up to train them. >> seems to be the wave of the future and especially with the military. >> 100 colleges and universities now offer drone programs. the new technology is expected to create 100,000 jobs over the next ten years. 5:47 a.m. well, shopping has become kind of a sport for some. the rush on black friday to buy all those presents before the holiday and then now return some of them the day after. nbc 10 monique braxton is live. they're opening up there in just about ten minutes or so, right? >> that's right. less than 15 minutes away. the doors will be open and check out the customers already sitting in their cars, waiting to get inside. they're going to hop out of those cars and walk right through these doors. now, here's some video that we captured of the employees arriving a short time ago. the first employees actually got out of their own cars about 5:00
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this morning. now, according to macy's return policy on the website, it says to take the item and the gift receipt or invoice to the store, you'll get a full refund. macy's is calling it happy returns gift card. if you don't have an invoice, you are encouraged to print your order, coniffirmation e-mail an then present that to a store associate for a refund. in the next half hour, we'll tell you how to return items purchased at you'll be surprised little tricky maneuvers to make sure you get a gift you want or your money back. live for now in the northeast, monique braxton. holiday fraud will cost them billions. according to a survey iby the national retail federation. the retail industry will lose more than $10 billion to return fraud this year. overall retailers estimate 5.5% of holiday returns are fraudulent.
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if santa brought you a gift card you're not too thrilled with, well, you might be able to exchange it. walmart is testing a program that allows shoppers to swap gift cards for more than 200 other businesses for one of its own gift cards. but it might not be an even exchange. in some cases, a walmart gift card will be worth just 70% of the original card, depending on the brand. shoppers will be out in force searching for those post-christmas bargains today. analysts say that after christmas sales this year are expected to break records. many stores have already debuted their sales with as much as 6 o% to 70% off some items. if you got a new smartphone or tablet there christmas, load them up with our two free nbc 10 apps. they are available in the app store right now and, again, they're free. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist brittney shipp.
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>> good morning. a cold start on this friday. temperatures mainly in the 30s. that's a 25 degree difference from this time yesterday. mild conditions expected as we head into the weekend and then winter-like weather for next week. temperatures dropping into the 30s for our daytime highs and it will affect your new year's eve plans. a closer look outside right now. clear skies and 35 degrees in philadelphia. feels like temperature 28 due to the light wind out of the west, southwest at 9 miles per hour. throughout the rest of the region, 32 degrees in the poconos and 37 in mount holly and 32 degrees in wilmington and 31 in atlantic city and 39 degrees in stone harbor and 35 degrees in dover. satellite radar shot shows high pressure to the south of us. staying nice and dry and not just our area, but really the entire eastern half of the country, so, it should be smooth sail figure you're getting up today and heading back home. a closer look at your futurecast hat shows plenty of sunshine
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today. and clouds will increase and then we'll see scattered showers moving in. by 8:00 a.m., short lived. by noon, 1:00, we'll already see most of the moisture off shores and cloudy skies will remain as a cold front pushes through our region heading through sunday. our temperatures will drop down a bit. our future temperature shows by 9:00 a.m., low 40s here. slow to warm up and we will push into the 50s and the high 40s especially in the afternoon. our average for this time of year is 42 degrees and we're a little bit above that average and your seven-day forecast shows that warmer day by tomorrow, 58. low h40s by monday and daytime highs in the 30s and our overnight lows wednesday night heading into 30, down to the 20s and then by thursday, 36 degrees. >> about nine minute until 6:00 a.m. now. obviously a bit of a slower morning on the roads out there on this day after christmas. >> let's check in with first alert traffic reporter katy
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zachary. >> it is an overall slower morning, but things are starting to pick up. i want to give you an update on the burlington bristol bridge. scheduled for 5:30 and pushed back to 6:00 a.m. we're told what the scheduled time is. that's the information i'll give you. if it's pushed back later, i'll let you know. we do have a disabled tanker truck and this is a live look at girard avenue, just south of the scene that you're looking at. but your drive time between wood haven and the vine are looking pretty good. and just recently into our system, an accident on route 1 northbound right at route 476, i'm following that and more details coming up. chris? you know national lampoon christmas vacation is a classic, but a fan of that movie may have let his holiday spirit run away with him on the garden state parkway. look at this instagram on the parkway. change it to clark griswold.
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the name of chlark griswold style. christmas memories more than a decade in the making. dressing up like santa to visit children in this area is a holiday tradition for this local family and they don't even celebrate the holidays. and you don't have to wait until next new year's day to get your fix of the mum mrs. how you can get in on the action this weekend.
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5:56 a.m. the mummers fest kicks off this weekend. look at those moves. preview of the mummers parade on new year's day. you can even learn how to dress up and strut like a genuine mum mr. the event runs from december 28th to the 31 and, again, the big parade will be held on new year's day. 5:56 and time to take you county by county now as we do at this time every morning and this time we're looking at the good deeds and memorable christmas moments that happen in your neighborhood this holiday and
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first we take you to atlantic county where a college student made a difference for a lot of families. the williams family opened gifts around the tree yesterday morning, but that would not have been responsible without the 22-year-old who decided to buy presents for 20 less fortunate children in the atlantic city area. >> season is about forgiving and all about love and helping someone. and that's what elijah is all about trying to help. someone in any way he can. >> i feel if i can do it at 22, a lot of other people can do it, too. >> he is the son of the mayor and he had used his own money and also had generous donors who helped him make this happen. a man who calls himself jewish santa claus is bringing holiday cheer to children in need. dressed up as st. nick and visited the ronald mcdonald house in camden. a tradition he and his family
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have taken part in for the last 14 years. in cumberland county some folks made a special four-legged delivery in vineland yesterday. >> merry christmas from santa. this is lucy. >> what a priceless reaction there. the cumberland county surprised her with a 3-month-old puppy named lucy. she had written santa a letter asking for a puppy for christmas after her dog, prince, passed away. >> unbelievable for each other. and when she lost him, she lost a little piece of her heart. so, i knew that she needed this. >> and gia wasn't the only one who got a surprise, lucy's brother, linus, for her mom. if you're looking for a pet, you can get one for free this weekend. the animal care of philadelphia is offering free pet adoptions tomorrow and
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sunday. just go to the acctc shelter between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for their holiday open house. >> i'm such an animal lover it makes me want to go and get another pet. there is a lot of little furry animals. >> you'll have plenty of suitors there if you head there this weekend to the shelter. you're watching nbc 10 news, nbc 10 news at 6:00 a.m. starts right now. nbc 10 news starts now. >> a chester county high school student is dead after coming down with the flu. this morning, we're learning more about the teen's sudden death and new flu fears in our area. people are reacting to the film that is at the center of a international controversy. "the interview" and movie goers in this yaarea say it's a victo for america and free speech. we'll tell you where you can catch the flick today. cold start to your friday.
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live look at center city. expecting warm up this afternoon, but also tracking some wet weather this weekend. good morning, this is nbc 10 news today, i'm christine maddela. >> thank you for joining us. br brittney shipp, did you get everything you wanted for christmas? >> i did. i didn't have a long list. hopefully everyone at home did, as well. mild conditions and plenty of sunshine. live look at boat house row. our temperatures at 31 degrees in mount pocono and 34 in allentown and 38 in philadelphia and 33 in wilmington and 36 degrees in dover and close to 40 in wildwood. a cold start, temperatures down 15 degrees in philadelphia from this time yesterday. down 24 in millville and we're at 19 degrees colder in pottstown. as we head into the rest of today, temperatures will push into the 40s by 9:00 a.m. 54 degrees our daytime high and barely at 49 by noon and by


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