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>> sarah: by land and by air, crews searching for hours after reports of a baby thrown into a river was a hoax. why police are saying the whole thing was made up whom is facing charges this morning. >> and christmas celebrated around the world today. how the pope rang in the holiday with thousands at the vatican. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> good morning. 5:00 on the defendant on this christmas. i'm nancy chen. >> sarah: i'm sarah french. happy friday. got to be excited about that. it's definitely not a white christmas but a warm with with temperatures way above normal. take a look at this. isn't this beautiful, a full moon on christmas. rudolph maybe didn't even need his nose, you know, because it's lighting up the night sky. it won't happen again, though, until the year 2034. >> christa: wow. this morning some places are still dealing with some fog, so they might not be able to see it.
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>> chris: rudolph needed the red nose in some towns and not other towns. 55 degrees in boston, 41 in bedford. 46 in norwood. that full moon on christmas, last time it happened, 1977. 30-plus years between. ten-mile visibility in boston down in plymouth. visibility okay in the city. you step outside the city and get back across that 128 stretch and visibility reduced until about a quarter mile with locally dense fog. we'll shake the fog off. dense fog advisory many place until 9:00 a.m. this afternoon temperatures run intag the low 60s on average. not quite as mild as yesterday, but how many days in a reof 70-degree weather can you have in late december? it will be cooler tomorrow. mostly dry day on saturday. better chance of rain starting to arrive saturday night. have a couple scattered showers still around on sunday, and then next week they feature the colder air moving in place. winter delayed but not denied. i do expect some snow and ice to mix in here on tuesday. more on that seven-day forecast coming up. >> nancy: chris, thank you.
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station, presents stolen right from one family's home. >> sarah: to make things worse, the family was forced to move yesterday in what has been a very tough time of year. 7's nicole oliverio live. nicole, there is some good news on this christmas morning, right? >> nicole: there is, sarah. after our story aired yesterday, so many of our viewers reached out saying they wanted to help this family. what happened is this single mother received donated gifts from the city. although it was just days ago when she realized somebody break into her apartment and stole everything. colleen fritz's children are grateful no matter what they have, but this mom of five wants the same thing as any parent to, give her children a wonderful christmas. but she's afraid that won't happen this year. >> they stole my kids' christmas basically. >> nicole: on tuesday she came back from shopping and went to hide her gifts. >> i had a weird feeling something wasn't right. there was a bad aura. >> nicole: the closet filled with presents ransacked and all
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>> i was thinking they're going to appear, they're under something, oh, my god, where are they. this is my children's christmas. >> she realized her back door and window were open. police say someone broke in and stole everything. >> somebody must have been watching me come in with gifts. i don't know how people can be so cruel. >> nicole: to make things even more difficult for the family, because they receive housing assistance, they were forced to move yesterday for safety concerns. >> we don't even have a tree. i had the buy lights to just put up so that they'd have an area so when they wake up... >> nicole: but she doesn't know if santa can fill that spot. she says her kids, ages 16, nine, five and three-year-old twins just want to be together, and that's something that can't be taken away. >> you can't get angry because there's nothing you can do about it. this is my life right here, you know? i do everything for my kids. >> nicole: so those children will be waking up to presents
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if you would still like to help, you can go on to our web site, whdh.com, and click on the link for more information. we're live in dorchester, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: a holiday heist in salem, new hampshire, almost left children without any gifts to open this morning. police say a couple walked into the sex offender registry board and stole $1,000 worth of donated toys. they say the couple told employees they were picking the toys up for the toys for tots program, but no one actually ever checked their i.d. the workers rallied around and donated new gifts. police are still searching for those suspects. >> nancy: new this morning, an overnight. you see it right there. this r.v. on the side of the road. that vehicle has been driving south and crossed the median before ending up on the northbound side near exit 9. now, according to reports, one person was taken to the hospital after possibly being thrown from
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one lane of 495 was closed for a short time while crews cleared the scene. >> sarah: also this morning, police searching for two suspects after a violent home invasion. they say they received a call after two men went into the victim's camper and robbed the victim at gunpoint. authorities believe one of the suspects looks like this. anyone with information is asked to call police. >> nancy: right now officials are investigating after reports of gunfire near a state police in shirley. that prison sent into lockdown while police look for any possible threats. 's tim caputo has the latest. >> tim: a prison put on lockdown after corrections officers heard a gunshot in the woods nearby. state police were called to mci shirley, a medium-security prison to, help search for man seen running away not long after a single shot was fired. no one was hurt and state police are still trying to determine if it was a hunter in the woods. those who live near the prison say around 3:30 they new something was up. what's it been like since?
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a lot of helicopters. >> tim: state police used infrared cameras on their helicopter to search the woods but came up with nothing. they searched with dogs, too, and shut down both entrances to the prison. christmas eve visiting hours were canceled because of the prison lockdown. anna drove an hour hoping to wish her brother merry christmas. >> i just wanted to see him before the holiday, but i guess we can't now. >> tim: they're no longer searching, but state police officers who normally patrol this area will keep an eye out for the man seen running away. neighbors say they worried about a possible gunman lurking in the woods. a little excitement and then go on your merry way? >> if there is anybody in the woods, my dogs would tell me. i'm not worried. >> tim: there is also a maximum-security prison on this sprawling property where aaron hernandez currently resides. all the inmates in that prison are also accounted for. in shirley, tim caputo, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: new details on a report of a baby thrown into the merrimack are river in haverhill.
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reportedly charged with misleading police and filing a false police report. according to the ""eagle-tribune" police arrested the 42 and 23 year old woman last night. officers spent more than two hours searching the river after a woman told them they saw man throw a baby over the bridge. after interviewing the woman, police determined they lied and they called off the search. a woman charged in connection with a gun stolen from an armory in worcester is waking up at home this morning. a judge allowed 26-year-old ashley bigsbee to be released under certain conditions until her trial. they include wearing a gps monitoring bracelet and obeying curfew. investigators say they found pictures on bigsbee's cell phone showing some of the guns stolen from last month. >> nancy: we're following new news today.
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boston is still shut down because of a water leak. the restaurant was shut down two weeks ago after dozens of students got sick from norovirus. no word yet on when the restaurant will reeach, but some customers say it doesn't matter to them. >> i'm not going to take the chance. i don't want to be sick. i don't want to go to a hospital, wait in a waiting room and ruin an entire day. >> nancy: a spokesperson for the restaurant says it will not reopen until that water leak is fixed. >> sarah: wild weather in georgia where parts of the state were gladded after being hits with heavy rains on christmas eve. people reportedly had to be evacuated from their homes and counties the rain is expected to continue throughout the day. >> nancy: a funnel cloud caught on camera in california. it came as the national weather service put out a tornado warning for the area. people were urged to get to the lowest part of the building they were in and avid windows. >> sarah: turning now to the race for the white house, christmas may be upon us, but the candidates are not taking a
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instead of last-minute shopping, some were still throwing jabs before taking today off. as 7's elizabeth noreika tells us, they're expecting the war of words to fire back up in just a few days. >> elizabeth: don't feel guilty about your last-minute christmas shopping. even presidential candidates are procrastinating. >> normally i'm much better right. >> elizabeth: jeb bush browsing for a game. >> unlike donald trump, i didn't try to have a m.p.ly. >> elizabeth: and taking shots at donald trump, who is focused on hillary clinton in a not-so-silent night on christmas eve. >> i haven't gone after hillary yet. there's a lot to go after. she's very suss sentable. the job she's done is horrible. >> elizabeth: trump's attacks just getting started, cautioning clinton to be careful, and while trump has called clinton a liar, she's under fire now for what
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after examining his controversial comments and determining three-quarters are not true, that's also not hurting. >> donald trump is the only candidate i've seen in how many cycles that's been able to get away with what he gets away with. the electorate constantly forgives him for the things that he says. >> thank you. >> elizabeth: trump making plenty of noise, but on christmas quiet on the campaign trail. candidates spending time with families. >> i wish you a merry christmas. >> happy holiday, happy new year, and here's to a great 2016. >> elizabeth: and in rand paul's case, airs his festivus grievances, light-hearted swipes at his rivals. rand paul tweeted, "i have no grievances against fellow doc ben carson because i have not heard a word he has said in any debate." >> sarah: while those candidates take time off, the pope called on christians to let the life of jesus inspire their
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about 10,000 people packed into st. peter's basilica called on those lured by things to return to the essentials of life. a warning, before you open the presents under your christmas tree, why some gifts could be hacked. plus the patriots hoping the holiday spirits last long into the weekend as they look to lock up the top spot in the a.f.c. >> sarah: and at 5:30, first responders coming to the aid of a teen in need. >> chris: record warmth out there yesterday for christmas eve. for christmas day, not quite a record. still very mild this afternoon. temperatures enter the low 60s. dealing with some fog this morning.
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>> nancy: welcome back. 5:14 on this christmas morning. steven tyler staying local for
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the marshville police department posted this picture on facebook of the rock star helping people in need this holiday season. that's tyler and the police chief spending a little time shopping for the food bank. he has a house out there. so it's nice to see everyone come home for the holidays. >> sarah: so cool. i spoke to some people who live in that area. they said they see him and it's always so cool to see him. >> nancy: you have to do a double take. >> sarah: i know, but we're all huge fan, aren't we, chris? >> chris: absolutely. hometown guy, always back in the area. merry christmas, everyone. doesn't feel like it outside with temperatures running in the 40s and 50s although it's 48 in fitchburg. look at the dew point levels. muggy yesterday. we had dew points in the lower 60s. right now in the low 50s in boston where the dew points are side by side with the temperatures. about the same. you get relative humidity about 20%. with the winds dead calm and a lot of the suburbs, very easy for fog to form. we've certainly seen that this morning, locally dense outside the city of boston, especially around that route 128 stretch from norwood and then you go up
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the bedford, also patchy dense fog out in orange as well as through southeastern mass. we've had areas of dense fog. they're hit or miss. they're not all of us here, but there is a dense fog advisory in effect for all of us between 9:00 a.m. mostly between 128 and 495 and down through southeastern mass. we'll continue to contend with that for a few hours, otherwise it's dry. you're in between a couple areas of rain. one batch to the south of us. one to the north and west of us, and we stay dry throughout the day today. if there's any chance of rain within the next 24 hours, there may be a sure or two that gets closer to the south coast of new england tonight. but today's dry. better chance of rain arriving for tomorrow after sunsets. and i think we'll have a good slug of rain coming in here for tomorrow night. snow in far northern maine. now sunday we'll get some dry hours in here, but as the front crosses in the afternoon,'d expect a couple more showers in here, scattered about in the afternoon. and behind that front, we have colder air that will settle on in, and it's that colder air
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mild. not as record setting as yesterday, but still a good 20 to 25 degrees above the average for this time of year. then tonight above freezing, still mostly cloudy skies. 38 to 46. for tomorrow, mostly cloudy, cooler, a shower late day, but much of this will be after sunset tomorrow, so we'll hold temperatures enter the upper 40s and lower 50s. on 7 forecast, the know cuss of next week will be on tuesday. i do expect a messy mix of snow and sleed and perhaps even some rain, especially along the coastline. plowable snow most likely outside 495. how close to the coastline will depend on how much cold air is locked in place, but certainly something to watch for next week, guys. >> nancy: thank you, chris. if you open some gifts this morning and find a hot new gadget, you might want to stop
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that's because experts are warning these electronics could be hit by hackers. but there are ways you can keep that from happening. cyber criminals might be following santa down the chimney this holiday season. smartwatchs and fitness watchers gifts. many wearables use bluetooth to sync with downloaded apps that. i can often jump outside of that app and be aware of everything else that might be on that device. >> nancy: smartphones and tablets are also susceptible. >> oftentimes cyber criminals can impersonate a bluetooth device to gain. >> your information. >> nancy: turn off bluetooth when you're not using it and protect your home network. drones and camera-enabled hackers. >> make sure you maintain all the materials that came with that particular product.
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some of the preset passwords or settings on those particular devices. >> nancy: it can be easy to overlook the kids' toys when it comes to cyber security, but many modern toys are made with high-tech features. >> any kids toys that are connected to the internet could vulnerable to cyber security threats and hacks. >> nancy: it's not just child's play. parents should be sure to change the default password and manage settings to restrict what it broadcasts to the internet. unwrapping your going gifts while keeping your data covered up. experts also say it's a good idea to make sure your security software is up to date on all of devices. >> sarah: coming up next on today in new england, a holiday weekend showdown for the pats and jets, but can new england secure the top spot or will the jets play grinch and spoil the christmas spirit? >> nancy: plus tom brady hanging out with the wig man. hear who some fans think might
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>> chris: 5:23 on this christmas morning. good morning, everyone. merry christmas. it is a mild start once again. 55 in boston. 40 in bedford. 46 in norwood. we have some areas of dense fog with the calm winds and the soupy air mass in place. so we've seen reduced visibility in a lot of the suburbs. norwood to bedford, that stretch along 128 and visibility is reduced to a quarter of a mile and that is it. a dense fog advisory in place until 9:00 a.m. otherwise it's dry, not quite as warm as yesterday, but we'll take temperatures enter the low 60s this afternoon with partial sunshine. >> nancy: thanks, chris. tom brady and the patriots getting ready for a sunday showdown. >> sarah: the pats taking the practice field on christmas eve and getting ready for a tough battle with a division rival. new england plays the jets this
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lock up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. and you can expect new york to bring their a game after getting beat by the patriots earlier this season. 7's alex corddry has more now on the matchup. >> merry christmas. >> shopping done? >> yeah, late last night. >> alex: tom brady's crossed every item off his list. now he's going to get to play with an early christmas gift bill belichick got him, three-time pro bowler steven jackson. >> just what you would expect. i think he's a real professional, takes good care of himself. so hopefully he can add a lot to our team. >> alex: and making his new running back feel right at home right away is important to brady. >> you always try to welcome the guys and get them up to speed. these guys can help you win. we have guys out here playing that weren't here a month ago that are helping us win. that's the way it is. >> alex: derrell revis helped brady win his fourth super bowl title, and brady says his
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hasn't changed despite some less-than-in thering comments about fleet fleet. >> it's fun to watch him play. he has a very unique style. but he certainly locks his guy down. i think that's pretty impressive to do it for as many years as he has. >> alex: and brady will have his hands full with revis and gangrene again this sunday. >> this defense has never been walk in the park for our offense. it's always been a big challenge. it's tough. we're grinding through it, trying to get everyone on the same page. i'm sure we'll feel pretty good about our game plan. >> alex: alex corddry, 7news "today in new england." ism and supermodel gisele bundchen hanging up some last- minute decorations. five stockings, one for each child and the couple's puppies, lua and scooby. i like the little paw stockings. >> sarah: brady getting in on
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lounging on the sofa with santa. the pats' quarterback posted this picture on facebook. we don't know who that santa is, though. some people are saying they think it's gronk dressed up as santa. >> nancy: he's certainly big enough. look at the eyes. >> sarah: he does look like a giant san that. >> nancy: or maybe santa is just really that tall. >> sarah: maybe. very good point. >> nancy: all right. coming up next at 5:30, firefighters lending a helping hand this holiday season. how they stepped up to make one local boy's christmas a special one. >> sarah: plus cardinal sean o'malley giving back. find out how he spent his christmas eve serving up some cheer. >> nancy: and mayor walsh and the menino family coming together to put bright smiles on
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become and coming through in a big way, making one by's christmas a little sweeter this year. plus it could be a merry christmas for detectives city-wide. the ruling that could put more money in their pockets. >> nancy: and mayor walsh coming together with the menino family for a gift giveaway. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good friday morning, everybody. merry christmas. thanks for joining us. i'm sarah french. >> nancy: i'm nancy chen. definitely not a white christmas out there this year. >> sarah: no. >> nancy: not by in i standards. feeling more like late spring yesterday. we were talking this morning, it almost feels like we made it past winter and it's time for spring and summer. like we circled around. >> sarah: didn't even wear jackets today, chris. santa probably has his luau shirt on, his hawaiian shirt. >> chris: he needs the light-weight temperatures, especially in new england. temperatures yesterday resembling daytona beach, not boston, massachusetts.
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57 in marshfield. right now we have areas of dense fog this morning. really the only thing we have to contend with throughout the day. so some dense fog this morning by about 9:00, 10:00. a lot of that lifts. partly sunny this afternoon. mild day still this christmas day, in the lower 60s this afternoon. cooler weather working in for the first half of the weekend. and then believe it or not, guys, i know we're talking about it feeling like we've passed moisture, but it's just delayed. it's not denied. we have to deal with snow and ice on tuesday. the seven-day forecast ahead. >> nancy: chris, thank you. now to the day's top stories. a single mother of five from south boston came home to find her closet filled with gifts ransacked on tuesday. all those toys were gone. police say someone broke into her home and several people have now stepped forward offering to replace those gifts. also police say a report of man throwing a baby in the merrimack river in haverhill was a hoax. according to the
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a 42-year-old mother and her 23-year-old daughter last night. they're charged with misleading police and filing a false police report. officers searched the water for more than two hours before determining the two women lied. and police continue searching for a person who fired a shot outside a prison in shirley yesterday, causing it to go into a lockdown. correctional officials say they heard a gunshot coming from a wooded area behind the minimum-security facility. and then they saw a man running from that area. all inmates were accounted for and that lockdown was lifted. >> sarah: now to a special surprise from santa for a local teen in need with some help from some chelsea firefighters. those firefighters had just dpinnished collecting and handing out gifts when they heard about a boy in dcf care without any presents. less than a day, firefighters came through and n a huge way. 7's jennifer eagen has the story. [siren wailing]
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at christmas eve, firefighters at chelsea's central fire station had another important tas took complete. >> no one should wake up christmas morning and not have anything to open. >> jennifer: they collect toys every christmas for children in need, but this year they got a call from the department of children and families, a first for this fire station. >> they said they had a young man who wasn't going to have... he would have no gifts this christmas. >> jennifer: these gifts are for a 16-year-old boy from chelsea in the care of dcf. >> i give dcf credit. i'm sure they have plenty of these cases, and they cared enough to, you know, reach out on tuesday. it was getting close to christmas. it worked out for this young man. >> it sure did. in a day the firefighters bought and wrapped a carful of presents for the boy. >> they gave us some ideas. they gave us his sizes. you know, they said he really needed clothes. >> it's great for the community, especially for us firefighters to give back to the community. so it's a great feeling. >> jennifer: they didn't meet the teen.
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is, but they hope they're making his christmas very special. >> he couldn't thank us enough, the gentleman from dcf. he kept saying, you're really going the make their christmas, and i think in small way they're making ours. geneseo ferres egan, "today in new england." >> nancy: a pedestrian recovering this morning after being hit by a vehicle in tewksbury on thursday. sky7 h.d. over the scene in front of st. williams church. that victim was flown to a nearby hospital. she has two broken arms as well as a cut on her head. the driver will not be charged. >> sarah: a judge has granted a motion to postpone aaron hernandez's double-murder trial. both the defense and prosecution asked the judge to delay the trial. hernandez is accused of killing two men in boston's south end in 2012. he's currently serving life in prison for murdering odin lloyd. both sides will be back in court next month to figure out a new start date. new this morning, an independent arbitrator has ordered the city of boston to give police detectives a 28% raise over six years.
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detectives will receive retroactive increases dating back to 2011. it's estimated it costs the city $23 million. the mayor hasn't said whether he plans to appeal. the award will go before the city council for approval next year. >> nancy: happening today, cardinal sean o'malley will share lunch with more than 350 homeless people in boston. the bischoff of boston -- the archbishop in boston will also hold a special prayer service. yesterday he helped serve lunch at the pine street inn and talked about the importance of remembering the less fortunate during the holiday season. >> we live in a world at one level where everyone is getting ready for the holidays and partying, but realistically there are so many refugees in our world, the most number of refugees since world war ii, and in our own country, we have so many people that even some who are working who cannot afford a
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>> nancy: governor charlie baker was also among the more than 150 volunteers that helped out yesterday. >> sarah: and it was a special christmas eve for mayor walsh and the menino family, the two sides coming together for a christmas celebration in dorchester. they joined catholic charities at st. peter's teen center for a festive gift giveaway. inside the st. st. peter's teen center in dorchester... >> i got reading books, toys. >> sarah: gifts for hundreds of kids this christmas. >> i have nine grandchildren. i'm, you know, i'm a heart patient. i can't work. so it does make it a lot easier. >> what did you ask santa claus for this year? >> i asked for... i asked him if i can see him. >> sarah: that may be a tall order, but there were plenty of other treats all donated and handed out with the help of catholic charities and team menino. >> this was one of his favorite things. >>
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and daughter carried on the tradition of giving their father began. >> he loved this. look at what we did. we made kids smile. >> if it's not a white christmas anyway. >> sarah: and there were bright smiles on many faces on christmas eve and hopefully this morning, too. >> they asked them what they wanted and they give them their own personal gifts. so it's nice. it's nice. my kids enjoy. >> sarah: mayor menino's son says this was his favorite time of the year. >> nancy: if you didn't get the gift you were hoping for this holiday season, you might be among the clouds redded for that return line tomorrow, why more gifts are expected to be returned this year. >> and a sweet surprise for one florida mother when her son flips the script on her. that's coming up in this morning's must-see video.
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a little early for the hacker behind "iron man." why he's being let off the hook. >> chris: and temperatures this afternoon in the lower
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>> jeremy: 5:41 on this christmas morning. merry christmas to everyone. average high this time of year, 39 degrees in boston. we're starting off christmas day at 55. mild air continues. not quite as warm as it was yesterday. but we'll continue to see the mile trend at least through this afternoon. we have areas of dense fog this morning, in fact, for many towns just west of boston, also down through the south shore, dense fog advisory until 9:00 a.m. look at the temperatures this afternoon. santa dropping off this nice new bike there. plenty of time this afternoon to get a couple of rides in. temperatures running into the low 60s. seven-day forecast does feature colder weather and even the chance of snow and ice ahead. guys? ism thanks, chris. santa headed back to the north pole. even though he was busy delivering all those gift, he definitely packed on the pounds.
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and milk left out for old saint nick, he ate about $1.1 billion calories. that's how many calories, 563,000 adults eat every day. it will take santa 203 years of swimming rap, 235 years of resistance training or a century of running to burn off all those calories. i teal -- feel like we've come close to that between all the cookies in the break room. holidays are not over yet, but shoppers are already planning their gift returns. according to a survey by american express, 8% of shoppers plan the hit the stores tomorrow to return or exchange gifts that they received. experts say an increase in online shopping is to blame. most shoppers place orders without ever seeing the product in person. and they guess onering -- on everything from size to the style. >> nancy: that's what happens when you last-minute shop. >> sarah: i go to the mall
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their gift, i know they like it. then i wrap it up on christmas. merry christmas. >> nancy: surprise. we have a lot to get to this morning. everything you need to know and go is up next, including a reminder about flu season. why you shouldn't be fooled by the warm weather this winter. >> reporter: and we're live in dorchester. a single mother of five has her christmas gift stolen just days
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>> sarah: welcome back. time now 5:45. time no start your day with everything you need. take a live look at the zakim bridge. everybody maybe still sleep, unless you have children who wake you up at 4:30. here's what you need to know and go. first up, chris lambert. >> chris: a glass of milk half drank, a few cookies gone and crumbs left by the fireplace. nice shot of the zakim bridge in the green. in the red out there, ten-mile visibility. dense fog inland. we contend with that for a few hours this morning. mile air still in place holds true throughout the day. 55 in boston. 46 in norwood. here is the dense fog advisory, essentially from 128 to 495, down through southeastern mass. this dense fog advisory until 9:00 until morning. otherwise, we're not really tracking any rain here in there's some showers to the south of us, and to the north of us, but we're right in between
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the dry weather throughout the day. and the mild air still holding on to new england. but you can see to the north and west of us across the country, there is some colder air building on in. rather quiet through the midwest this afternoon. you go down into the deep south with some showers and storms, especially just north of atlanta there. and then out through the rockies, heading west of denver, plenty of snow to be had again out that way. what about for us? will we see any snow? yes, i think we will by tuesday, but before that we have this mild air in place for christmas itself. temperatures close to 60 degrees this afternoon. the record high in boston 65. i think we'll fall just shy of it. mostly cloudy skies tonight, 38 to 46. still above the freezing mark. despite a cooler day tomorrow, still about ten degrees above average. better chance of rain arriving tomorrow night and maybe even a couple showers still around on sunday. you get into monday, good travel weather. tuesday i drop it down to four, and again on tuesday, this is
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pressure in canada providing us with french -- fresh cold air from monday into tuesday. a lot of this moisture overrides up into that cold air and we'll force out some snow and some ice. i do think it will be a bluable snow inland, especially outside 495. along the chestline likely changing over to rain. we'll keep an eye on that one. should feature cool weather. >> nancy: chris, thank you. not the way we want to wing in christmas, family's gifts swiped just days before the holiday. >> sarah: on top of that, family is forced to move to a holiday season for them. good news this morn, send it to nicole oliverio with more on this story you'll see on just one station. nicole? >> nicole: sarah, you can imagine for parents out there trying to make sure their children have a wonderful christmas, this mother was trying to do the same thing for her five children that range in age from the three-year-old twins to her 16-year-old daughter. well, she received gifteds that were donated from the city, but on tuesday, when she came home,
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into her house, ransacked her closet and stole her entire family's collection of christmas gifts. and the make matters worse, because she was receiving housing assistance, the city deemed it no longer safe to be there because she was broken into, so her family had to move yesterday on christmas eve. but after our story aired, there were a number of viewers who were willing to help, so we're told that santa will not be missing the house this morning and that there should be gifts for those children. police meanwhile are still looking for the suspects who stole those presents. we're live in dorchester, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> nancy: nicole, thank you. protest centers chicago marching and calling for change. those protesters want the mayor of chicago to resign following a federal investigation into that city's police department. it comes in the wake of a shooting death of a teenager by a former police officer. the protests have been reportedly peaceful and one protester explained why she
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>> for one i'm a young person, and the people who are majority being killed are young people, millennials. so i stand in the gap right now for people like laquan mcdonald, sandra bland and also rikiea boyd, because we cannot forget our black women being killed, as well. >> nancy: chicago's police chief was fired after that shooting and the investigation that followed. 17-year-old laquan mcdonald was shot 16 times while allegedly walking away from police last year. that dash cam video was just released last month. police say the teenager was holding a knife when it happened. the officer who shot him is being charged with first-degree murder. >> sarah: a scare in the air for passengers on board an american airlines flight from miami to los angeles when the cabin filled with smoke midair. a mechanical issue forced the jet to make an emergency landing in lubbock, texas, on wednesday. the passengers were then put on another flight. however, they had to stop in dallas to refuel. one man says he saw the smoke
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and alerted a flight attendant. >> it looks like we have a fire, dude. the cabin is full of smoke. then he reacted, called the pilot. all of a sudden we started going down. i went back to my seat. >> we're 15 hours late, and there was no sort of information from the flight crew. >> sarah: the passengers finally arrived in los angeles about 20 hours after they boarded the plane from what should have been a five-hour flight. >> nancy: also this morning, a lottery winner in iowa facing criminal charges for underage gambling. officials say the 20-year-old bought his winning $100,000 ticket illegally. the minimum age to play the lottery in iowa is 21. now he may have to return his prize. >> sarah: >> there wasn't anything wrong on the face of it from that situation so long as the facts back up what occurred. in this case, the facts did in the back up the story that we were presented with, so then
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we got a tip that, in fact, people didn't think that was the case. we looked into it. and we determined through our investigation that, in fact, he purchased the ticket, which made it an illegal purchase. >> nancy: the lottery is now trying the ban the convenience store from selling any tickets for an entire week. >> churches in paris stepped up security for christmas services today due to concerns of potential attacks. the government said no specific threats were made, but they are asking churches to take extra security measures like limiting the number of doors open and checking bags. france is still under a state of emergency after the terrorist attacks in november. >> nancy: at least 13 people are recovering from minor injuries after this bus crashed into a building in england. officials say that bus collided with a car and then veered into the office of a guide dog charity on thursday. no one inside that building was hurt. >> sarah: robert downey, jr., off the hook after the give of california pardons him for a drug conviction that sent him to prison.
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possession back in 1996 when police arrested him for having heroin, cocaine and a gun in his car. governor jerry brown says the actor has paid his debt to society and earned his pardon. he is one of 91 people in california receiving pardons this year. >> sarah: the deadline is coming up to get a refund if you use sprint or vytas for your wireless phone carrier. you have until december 31st to file a request for a refund. those two carriers allowed third-party companies to charge customers extra for premium text messages without prior consent. that refund applies the people who paid for those unauthorized texts since july of 2010. >> sarah: and 7 health cast, despite the warm weather, it's still flu season. the centers for disease control expects flu activity to pick up in the next few weeks. health officials say flu season tends to peak in february, so it's important to get the vaccine as soon as possible. almost everyone older than six
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shot. >> nancy: and this morning's must-see video, a soldier surprising his mom at the airport just in time for christmas. mary marlow thought she was picking up her mother-in-law when her son, right there, walked down the hallway. oh, man. specialist william marlow finished a nine-month tour in iraq and returned to the states just a few days ago. mary says she now has everything she wants for christmas. her youngest son was sworn into the u.s. marine corps and will be leaving for boot camp in may. >> sarah: i love that. in the buzz "star wars" star mark hamill skipped a recent promotional appearance of "the force awakens" to spend time with sick kids at a british hospital. the actor who plays luke skywalker posted a picture of a young boy listening to his heart with a stethoscope. he told a newspaper the movie is important but trivial in comparison. and taylor swift wishing her fans a happy holidays.
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herself in an elf onesie. the photo's caption says, "they used to call me on me elf phone." that's a reference to a song by drake. if anyone can pull off an elf onesie, it's taylor swift. >> nancy: and onesies are the best, aren't they, chris? >> chris: they really are. ism i have one. >> chris: we need colder weather, though, to bust out the onesie to lounge around all day in around the house, especially throw a couple rotion on the fire and just chill lax. near 06 this afternoon. no need to get the fireplace going this afternoon. you can if you want. nice ambience to the atmosphere, there but overall featuring warm weather again today. not record-breaking like yesterday. ally l bit of rain coming this weekend. mostly tomorrow night. a couple scattered showers sunday afternoon. then we'll see some ice and snow and even some rain on tuesday. guys? >> still another hour of 7news straight ahead next. a prison placed on lockdown. the noise officials heard that
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>> sarah: plus a hoax had officials searching a river for hours last night after reports of a baby being thrown into the water. >> sarah: and millions of catholics waking up across the globe this christmas morning. we'll show you how the holiday
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>> sarah: just one station talking to a single mother and her five children robbed of their gift just days before christmas. >> nancy: new this morning two people now facing charges after police say they called in a hoax about a baby triple crown into a river.
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will be spending this christmas cleaning up damage from an apparent tornado. >> nancy: and people all around the globe celebrating christmas today as thousands gather at churches for midnight mass visits. >> this is 7news "today in new england." ism good friday morning, thanks for joining us. i'm sarah french. >> nancy: and i'm nancy chen. between all these commercial breaks, we've within sneaking cookies. >> sarah: it's hard. it's like a buf fay back there. all those christmas lights blinking this morning, did you maybe see the full moon? because it's really bridgette outside right now. >> nancy: rudolph didn't need to turn on that nose. here's a look. >> sarah: it's been 38 years since there's within a full moon sighting on christmas day. today's full moon is the last of the year. it's called the full cold moon because it occurs at the start of winter, even though it
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well, there won't be another christmas full moon until 2034. that's amazing, chris. >> chris: beautiful sight to see this morning. when you didn't have to deal with the fog. as we've had some patchy fog out there. i think rudolph, his nose going on and off depending on what town he was in last night. look at these numbers yesterday. full cold moon, yeah right. bedford 70 degrees. 70 in beverly and even boston at 69. 69 degrees christmas eve in boston. we're at 72 on the fourth of july. so not far off of that. 56 right now in the city. 39 in bedford. 50 in plymouth and take a look at the visibility. it's good in the city of boston, but you can see outside the city, beverly, visibility about a quarter mile. close to zero if not a quarter mile in norwood as well as bedford running at a mile. we've had locally dense fog west and south of the city of boston. that's where we have a dense fog advisory until 9:00 a.m. otherwise dry throughout the day. in fact, expect partial nine as we get into the afternoon.
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no question about that. temperatures averaging if in the low 60s. cooler day tomorrow, more clouds around. i don't expect any rain to work in throughout much of the day. better chance of rain arriving near day's end and overnight tomorrow night. believe it or not, cold air returning. snow, ice and rain on tuesday. more on that first ahead. >> sarah: it's a story you'll see on just one station. a local family keeping their spirits high after thieves break into their home and rummage through a closet, stealing all of their christmas gifts. >> nancy: but this morn happening pi ending as the community comes together after seeing the family's story on 7news. 7's nicole oliverio joins us with their story, and nicole, it's really good to see things work out. >> nicole: that's right. it looks like santa won't have missed this house overnight, but, of course, what happened to this single mother who has five young children, just absolutely devastating. she received donated gifts from the city. and then came home earlier this
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colleen fritz's children are grateful no matter what they have, but this mom of five wants give her children a wonderful but she's afraid that won't happen this year. >> they stole my kids' christmas basically. back from shopping and went to hide her gifts. >> i had a weird feeling something wasn't right. there was a bad aura. >> nicole: the closet filled with presents ransacked and all the toys were gone. >> i was thinking they're going to appear, they're under something, oh, my god, where are they. this is my children's christmas. >> nicole: she realized her back door and window were open. police say someone broke in and stole everything. >> somebody must have been watching me come in with gifts. i don't know how people can be so cruel. >> nicole: to make things even more difficult for the family, because they receive housing assistance, they were forced to move yesterday for safety concerns. >> we don't even have a tree. i had to buy lights to just put up so that they'd have an area
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>> nicole: but she doesn't know if santa can fill that spot. she says her kids, ages 16, nine, five and three-year-old twins, just want to be together, and that's something that can't be taken away. >> you can't get angry because this is my life right here, you know? i do everything for my kids. >> nicole: and if you're interested in helping the family, you can log on to our web site, whdh.com, and click on the link for more information. we're live in dorchester, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> nancy: nicole, thank you. now to salem, new hampshire, where a holiday heist there almost left children without any gifts to open this morning. police say a couple walked into the sex offender registry board and stole $1,000 worth of donated toys. they say the couple told the employees they were paying up the toys for the toys for tots program, but no one ever asked them for their identification. workers all rally around,
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police are sill searching for the suspects. >> sarah: new details on the report of a baby thrown into the merrimack river in haverhill. police say it was a hoax. now a mother and daughter are reportedly charged with misleading police and filing a false police report. according to the "eagle-tribune," police arrested the 42 and 23-year-old woman last night. officers spent more than two hours searching the river after the woman told them they saw a man throw a baby over the bridge. after interviewing the women, police determined they lied and called off that search. a woman charged in connection with a gun stolen from an armory in worcester is waking up. a judge allowed 26-year-old ashley bigsbee to be released. they include wearing a gps monitoring bracelet and obeying a curfew. investigators say they found pictures on bigsbee' cell phone showing some of the guns stolen last month. >> new this morn, an accident on 495 in raynham overnight. you can see right here, that's
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the vehicle had been driving south across the median before ending up on the northbound side near exit 9. according to reports, one person was taken to the hospital after possibly being thrown from that rv. one lane of 495 was closed for a short time while crews cleared the scene. >> sarah: right now pedestrians are recovering after being struck by a vehicle in tewksbury tewksbury on thursday. sky7 hmm d. over the scene if front of the slt williams church. that victim was flown to a nearby hospital. she has two broken arms and a cut on her head. the driver will not be charged. bolton police searching for two suspects after a violent home invasion. they say they received a call after two men went into the vrkt's camper and robbed the victim at gunpoint. authorities believe one of the suspects looks like this. anyone with information is asked to call police. >> the oneman behind a shooting scare near a shirley prison is still on the run this morning. police spending the overnight
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the outside of that prison. 7's tim caputo has more on what investigators know about that person. >> tim: a prison put on lockdown after corrections officers heard a gunshot in the woods nearby. state police were called to mci shirley, a medium-security prison, to help search for man seen running away not long after a single shot was fired. no one was hurt and state police are still trying to determine if it was a hunter in the woods. those who live near the prison say around 3:30 they new something was up. what's it been like since? >> chaos. a lot of helicopters. >> tim: state police used infrared cameras on their helicopter to search the woods but came up with nothing. they searched with dogs, too, and shut down both entrances to the prison. christmas eve visiting hours were canceled because of the prison lockdown. anna drove an hour hoping to wish her brother merry christmas. >> i just wanted to see him before the holiday, but i guess we can't now. >> tim: they're no longer searching, but state police officers who normally patrol this area will keep an eye out
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neighbors say they worried about a possible gunman lurking in the woods. a little excitement for your christmas eve and then go on your merry way? >> yeah. if there is anybody in the woods, my dogs would tell me. i'm not worried. >> tim: there is also a maximum-security prison on this sprawling property where aaron hernandez currently resides. all the inmates in that prison are also accounted for. in shirley, tim caputo, 7news "today in new england." >> nancy: people in georgia are cleaning up after parts of the state were flooded following heavy rain. people reportedly had to be evacuated from their homes and roads were closed in several counties. that rain is expected to continue throughout the day. also a funnel cloud caught on camera in california. it came as the national weather service put out a tornado warning for the area. people were urged to get to the lowest part of the building they were in and avoid windows. some buildings were damaged, but there were no reports of any injuries. >> sarah: the race for the white house taking christmas off.
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last-minute jobs at each other in what's within a busy week in the war of words between the front-runners. 's elizabeth noreika has more now from the campaign trail. guilty about your last-minute christmas shopping. procrastinating. >> normally i'm much better organized, but a little busy, right. >> elizabeth: jeb bush browsing for a game. >> unlike donald trump, i didn't try to have a monopoly on real estate. >> elizabeth: and taking shots at donald trump, who is focused on hillary clinton in a not-so-silent night on christmas eve. >> i haven't gone after hillary yet. there's a lot to go after. she's very susceptible. the job she's done is horrible. >> elizabeth: trump's attacks 78 just getting started, cautioning clinton to be careful, and while trump has called clinton a liar, he's under fire now for what politifact calls his lie of the year. after examining his
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not true, that's also not hurting. >> donald trump is the only candidate i've seen in i don't know how many cycles that's been able to get away with what he gets away with. the electorate constantly forgives him for the things that he says. >> thank you. >> elizabeth: trump making plenty of noise, but on christmas quiet on the campaign trail. candidates spending time with families. >> i wish you a merry christmas. >> happy holiday, happy new year, and here's to a great 2016. >> elizabeth: and in rand paul's case, airing his festivus grievances, light-hearted swipes at his rivals. rand paul tweeted, "i have no grievances against fellow doc ben carson because i have not heard a word he has said in any debate." >> nancy: #festivus on that one. the pope led christmas eve mass calling on christians to let the life of jesus inspire their lives. about 10,000 people packed st. peter's basilica for the mass.
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"intoxicated by possession" to return to the essential values of life. >> sarah: and a busy day at the national cathedral in washington, dc, today. the church will hold a christmas mass this morning, a traditional service along with christmas carols is set for this afternoon. >> nancy: all right. it's 6:11 a.m. much more ahead on today in new england. hopefully santa left a few goodies under you tree. coming up, the dangers, though, that come with some of the gadgets you might be getting this year. >> sarah: and the holidays are a time for family, friends, food and film going. we'll take a look at some of the today. >> chris: apparently this year with mild weather, too. areas of fog this morning. temperatures this afternoon in the lower 60s. not record setting, not as warm as yesterday, but still very mild for this time of year.
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>> sarah: supermodel gisele bundchen hanging up some last-minute decorations. she posted this photo on it sta gram. five stockings over the fireplace, one for each child and, of course, the couple's puppies. >> nancy: cute. >> sarah: and tom brady getting in on the christmas spirit lounging on the sofa with nobody else but santa. the pats' quarterback posted this picture on facebook, but we don't know who is dressed up as santa. a lot of people saying this is rob gronkowski. but, you know, santa may just be this tall. that may really be santa. >> nancy: and strong. >> sarah: he can eat a lot of cookies. it could be gronk also. i see it in the eyes. it is a fairly large santa, chris.
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i think we'll have to bring up the roster and go through the list and see who is taller than 6'5" on the pats' team. narrow it down that way. 56 in the city of boston. 50 in plymouth. 39 in bedford. 45 in norwood. visibility reduced in some of the suburbs thanks to the locally dense fog outside. also have that down through buzzards bay, the cape and the islands. so keep that in mind. if you're up and adam early this morning, you know, traveling with some relatives early this morning, i do expect some fog issues for a little while, but the patchy dense fog should alleviate any travel issues by about 9:00 a.m. weather-wise at least. across the west coast, more scattered showers and mountain snows in the west coast. rocky mountain snow to the west of denver. otherwise it's quiet for the midwest this afternoon. we will start to have colder weather working into the forecast once we get beyond this weekend here in the northeast. lower 60s this afternoon. partly sunny skies after that morning fog. nice, mild day. the record 65.
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just shy of it. but about as warm as it gets this time of year. mostly cloudy skies, 38 to 46. tomorrow mostly cloudy skies. a little cooler out there. a shower late day, but much of the day is dry with temperatures running on average into the upper 40s. tomorrow night a much higher chance of rain, i think a good batch of showers will work across the area for much of us for saturday night. still some scattered showers on sunday, especially in the afternoon, and monday itself is dry. once we get enter monday night and tuesday, this is the setup we're watching. fresh area of the high pressure driving in some cold air monday, monday night and even into us. strong area of the high pressure. so that cold air is hard the move. storm system approaching us from the southwest. as all this points chur gets pushed up enter the killed air, we'll start ringing out some snow as early as early tuesday morning and likely continuing through the day on tuesday. now there may be enough mild air along the coastline that we
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in the mid-levels that we could get some sleet and freezing rain change over inland, but i think in terms of a plowable snow, most likely near 495 north and west. but if the storm is a little bit cooler, you could push that snow line even closer to the coastline. we'll have to keep an eye on that. this is first legit shot of accumulating snow and ice that will be widespread across southern new england. that's not until tuesday. too early to start making snow maps and highlighting specific amounts and things like that. but just keep in mind that tuesday would be a messy day out there. so that's really the timing of it in the day we're picking out over next sever days that has the most potential of winter finally arriving back into new england. otherwise the weekend still featuring temperatures well above average this time of year. certainly a mild day today, guys. >> nancy: take it while it lasts. thanks, chris. new this morn, a warning if you got that gadget on your christmas wish list. many of the holiday's hottest gifts could be susceptible to
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to protects your newest devices. cyber criminals might be following santa down the chimney this holiday season. smartwatchs and fitness trackers made intel security's list of most hackable gifts. many wearables use bluetooth to sync with downloaded apps. >> they can often jump outside of that app and be aware of everything else that might be on that device. >> nancy: smartphones and tablets are often suss sentable. >> oftentimes cyber criminals can impersonate a bluetooth device or connection to gain access to the information you may have. >> nancy: some tip, turn off bluetooth when you're in the using it and protect your home network. drones are another target. >> make sure you maintain all the materials that came with that particular product. they're going to outline for you the preset passwords or settings on those particular devices.
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the kids toys when it comes to cyber security, but many modern toys are made with high-tech features. >> any kids' foys connected to the internet could be vulnerable hacks. >> nancy: it's not just child's play. parents should be sure the change the default password and manage settings to restrict what it broadcasts to the internet. unwrapping your gadget gifts while keeping your data covered up. and experts also say it's a glad idea to say your security software is up to date on all of your computers and mobile devices. if you're looking for a bite to eat today, there are a few restaurants that are open. dennys will serve breakfast, lunch and derrer today, in fact, christmas has been the chain's busiest day for the past five years. some applebee's, boston market, ruby tuesday's and starbucks are all open, as well. makes me think of "the santa claus." have you seen that movie? >> sarah: no? which one.
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ism oh, yes, yes, yes. >> nancy: anyway, if you're looking for something to do after opening gift, a bevy of new movies are being offered on the big screen. today is opening day for "joy," "daddy's home," "point break," "concussion," "the revenant" and "the hateful eight." i want to see "joy" and "concussion." >> sarah: joy was filmed right around here in february during all those blizzardards that kept hitting. she said she was so miserable, jennifer lawrence, it was so cold, she was so miserable, a she and the director would greet each other every day by saying, "merry christmas," to make themselves feel better. >> nancy: it all comes together. the patriots getting a great gift from coach bill belichick. no practice on christmas day. coming up on 7news, how the players are gearing up for sunday's crucial matchup with the jets. imalso ahead, how chelsea
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>> sarah: tom brady and the patriots will be taking christmas day off, but on christmas eve the pats were hard at work hitting the practice field in foxborough. they're gearing up for a tough matchup, renewing the rivalry against the jets this weekend. >> nancy: and you can expect new york to bring their a game after getting beat by the patriots earlier this season. here's 7's alex corddry. >> merry christmas. >> shopping done? >> yep. late last night. >> alex: tom brady has crossed every item off his list. now he'll get the play with three-time pro bowler steven jackson. >> just what you would expect. i think he's a real professional, takes good care of himself. so hopefully he can add a lot to our team. >> alex: and making his new running back feel right at home right away is important to brady. >> you always try to welcome the guys and get them up to speed.
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we have guys out here playing that weren't here a month ago that are helping us win. that's the way it is. >> alex: derrell revis helped brady win his fourth super bowl title, and despite some less-than-supportive comments concerning deflategate this season, brady says his opinion of the all-pro corner hasn't changed. >> no, no, it's fun to watch him play. he has a very unique style. but he certainly locks his guy down. i think that's pretty impressive to do it for as many years as he has. >> alex: and brady will have his hands full with revis and gang green again this sunday. >> this defense has never been a walk in the park for our offense. it's always been a big challenge. it's tough. we're grinding through it, trying to get everyone on the same page. i'm sure we'll feel pretty good about our game plan. alex corddry, 7news "today in new england." >> nancy: and brady knows taking the high road on revis would be a good thing
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five meetings have been decided by seven points or less. >> sarah: still ahead in our next half hour, chelsea firefighters rushing to rescue one by's christmas. how they stepped up to help a teenager none of them had ever met before. >> nancy: and mayor walsh and the menino family coming together for a christmas celebration in dorchester. from your day can haunt you at night, don't let it. advil ivouhe healing sleep you need, u fall asleep and stay asleep our can heal as you rest. . for a healing night's sleep. ou could see your cough, it's just a cough. see how often you cough all day d so would everyone else.
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>> nancy: saving christmas. chelsea firefighters help a teenager in need. >> sarah: new this morning, boston detectives could see a boost in their paychecks soon, but not everyone is happy. >> nancy: and a brighton chipotle set to reopen, shut down once again this morning. the new problems it's now facing. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good friday morn, everybody. merry christmas. thanks for staying us with. i'm sarah french.
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>> sarah: i was thinking today is baby blair's first christmas. >> nancy: did santa make a visit last night? >> sarah: he did. but they're not going to do anything until i get home. >> nancy: you hear that, nothing at all, sarah's family, if you're watching. >> sarah: christa is showing me some pretty cute videos of your little girl. she got a little house, right. >> nancy:. >> chris: yeah, she's already living on her own. she already moved out, 21 months old. unbelievable how fast they move out. she went up to my in-law's in maine. they made a cardboard cottage. she's opening and closing the door, come in and out. she showed me the video. a lot of fun to watch. 56 in the city of boston. 50 in plymouth. 38 in bedford right now. we have areas of dense fog close to bedford and down into norwood. this will dissipate b 9:00 a.m. a dense fog advisory many play until 9:00 a.m. not all towns seeing it. some towns already seeing partially clear skies outside. i do expect partial sunshine as
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so temperatures starting off on the mild side and finishing off on the mild side from stowe to lexington to everett, running in the lower 60s this afternoon. but this mild air not going to last all this much longer. still above average through the weekend. but it's really next week we start tracking the chance of cold and center and ice. more on that seven-day forecast ahead. >> sarah: a nightmare before christmas for a single mother of five in boston. she came home from shopping to find her closet that was filled with gifts ransacked. all the toys gone. police say someone broke into her home. several people have now stepped forward offering to replace those gifts. police say a report of a man throwing a baby into the merrimack river in haverhill was all a hoax. according to the "eagle-tribune," police arrested a 43-year-old mother and her 23-year-old daughter last night. they're charged with misleading police and filing a false police report. police searched the water for more than two hours before determining that those two women
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police are still searching for a man who fired a shot outside a prison in shirley, causing it to go into lockdown. corrections officials say they heard a gunshot coming from a wooded area behind the minimum security facility. and then they saw man running from the area on thursday. all inmates were accountedded for and a lockdown was then lifted. >> nancy: also this morn, a local teen in needs gets a surprise from santa with a little help from the chelsea fire department. firefighters had finished colleging and handing out gifts, and that's when they heard about a 16-year-old in the care of dcf who had no presents. in less than a day, firefighters really came through in a big way, and 7's jennifer egan has
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>> in between fighting fires on christmas eve, firefighters stepped no help. these gifts are for a 16-year-old boy from alcohol sympathize gifts are from dcf. >> i give dcf credit. i'm sure they have plenty of case, and they cared enough to reach out on tuesday. it was getting close to christmas, and it worked out for this young man. >> it sure did inch a day the firefighters bought and wrapped a carful of presents for the boy. >> they gave us some ideas. they gave us his sizes. they said he really needed clothes. >> a great thing for the community, especially for us firefighters to give back to the community. so it's a great feeling. >> they didn't meet the teen. in fact, they don't know who he is, but they hope they're making his christmas very special. >> he couldn't thank us enough, the gentleman from dcf. he kept saying, "you're really going to make their christmas,"
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they're making ours. geneseo ferres egan, 7news "today in new england." >> this morning an independent haitian assembly of god arbitrator has ordered the police department to pay detectives a 28% raise. $223 million. the lawyer representing mayor walsh called the ruling disappointing. it's not clear yet if the city will appeal the decision. despite getting the city's seal of approval to reopen, the cleveland circle chipotle in the fast-food restaurant putting its reopening on hold because of a water leak. the restaurant was shut down two weeks ago after dozens of students got sick from norovirus. it's not clear yet how long this latest delay will last. >> happening today, cardinal sean o'malley will share lunch with more than 350 homeless people in boston. the archbishop of boston will also hold a special prayer service at st. francis house. yesterday he helped serve lunch at the pine street inn and
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remembering the less fortunate during the holiday season. >> sarah: we live in a world where at one level everyone is getting ready for the holidays and partying, but realistically there are so many refugees in our world, nose number of refugees since world war ii, and in our own country, we have so many people that even some who are working who cannot afford a place to live. >> nancy: governor charlie baker was also among the more than 150 central tears who helped out yesterday. >> sarah: it was a special christmas eve for mayor walsh and the menino family. the two sides coming together for a christmas celebration in dorchester. they joined catholic charities at st. peter's teen center for a festive gift giveaway. inside the st. peter's teen center in dorchester... >> i got books, learning toys. >> gifts for hundreds of kids this christmas. >> i have nine grandchildren.
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pairnghts. i can't work. so it does make it a lot easier. >> what did you ask santa claus for this year? >> i asked him for... i asked him if i could see him. >> that may be a tall order, but there were plenty over treats all donated and handed out with the the help of catholic charities and team menino. >> this is one of his favorite things. -late mayor's son and daughter carried on a tradition of giving this holiday their father began. >> loved it. he thought this was one of the best places in the city. he loved it. you know what, look at what we we made kids smile. >> if it's not a white christmas, it's a bridgette christmas anyway. >> and there were bright smiles on many faces on christmas eve and hopefully this morning, too. >> well, they ask what they want and they give them their own personal gifts. it's nice. my kids enjoy. >> mayor menino's son says this is one of his father's favorite
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were donated by local parishes. >> nancy: nice to see them continue that tradition. >> sarah: hopefully they do that for years to come. still to come, beginning as soon as tomorrow, stores are expecting ad from of returns. we'll tell you which items gets returned most often. and maybe you follow this routine each year, decorate the tree, wrap gift, heave out trees for santa on christmas eve. so how many calories does santa
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>> nancy: welcome back. san dark another year done, headed back to the north pole. even though he was busy delivering all those gift, he definitely packed on some pounds. >> like we're doing too, this week. between cookie, milk, all the other goodies left out for old saint nick. he ate more than $1.1 billion calories. maybe he just saves up all year. >> yeah. he just pleasure js one big day. >> nancy: to put that into perspective, that's how many calories, 536,000 adults eat every day. it will take santa either 203 years of swimming laps, 235 years of resistance training or a century of running to burn off
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santa doesn't want to burn off the calories. >> i like it. how about this? the holidays aren't even over yet. shoppers are already planning their gift returns. according to a survey by american express, 8% of shoppers plan the hit the stores tomorrow to return or exchange gifts they've received. experts say an increase in online shopping to blame. here most shoppers place orders without ever seeing the product in person. they guess on everything from the size to the style and among the most returned gifts, clothing, overly fancy jewelry and video games. it is tough to shop for people for clothes, though, sometime, because you don't know the fit. you also don't know their style. >> that's why i take my family members to the mall, let them pick it out, and wrap it back up for christmas. >> nancy: that's a nice way to do it. i like that idea. know and go is next with all the day's top stories. new this morn the work women now facing charges after police say they called in a hoax involving
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merrimack river. >> nancy: shots ringing out at mall packed with last-member shoppers on christmas eve. what police say happened just before the gunfire erupted.
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>> sarah: it's time to know and go, 6:45. time for your top stories as you
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this christmas morning. >> nancy: red and green. start with traffic and weather. here's chris lamb weather with a check on forecast. >> chris: you guys with the red and green. 56 in boston. nice, comfortable, mild start to the day. 38 in bedford. we have areas of dense fog out'd the city of boston from bedford to norwood all the way down the southeastern mass. it's sort of hit or miss. not all towns seeing it this morning. quiet in terms of dry weather in southern new england for now. a couple showers back through upstate new york and a few extending through the ohio valley. can't rule out a couple sprinkles rolling through this evening, but much of the day itself is dry and mild. this a little bit overdone this evening by 7:00 p.m. maybe a couple showers near the south coast of new england and a few sprinkles working in from the north and west. that should be about it. otherwise partly sunny through the day. mild, temperatures a few degrees either side of 60 degrees this afternoon. above freezing tonight. upper 30s to lower to middle 40s. so still relatively mild for this time of year, but not as warm tomorrow as what we'll have today. and today not as warm as yesterday.
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yesterday. hard to believe it was 72 on the fourth of july. 69 degrees on christmas eve in the city of boston. close to 50 tomorrow. a couple of showers late in the day. a better chance of rain moving in for tomorrow night. so i expect those showers to be more widespread saturday night. a couple scattered showers around on sunday. okay, what about tuesday, what's all this talk about some snow and ice. fresh area of cold air building in from canada with area high pressre. we'll have a storm system working in from the southwest, shoving a lot of moisture into the cold their we have in place. beginning early tuesday morning, before the morning commute, out. now, eventually what hands on tuesday is the east wind should change it over to rain along the coastline. although we may have some snow and ice continuing inland. too early to get specific with aim, but i think it will be plowable snow, especially outside 495, even inside 495 initially starting off with messy weather on tuesday morning.
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many of us will see the first snowfall of the season. guys? >> it's a story you'll see on just one station. a local family keeping their spirits high after thieves break swa their home and rummage through a closet stealing all their christmas pest. >> nancy: this morn happening pi ending after the community comes together after seeing the family's story on 7news. nicole oliverio joins us with their story. good morning to you, nicole. >> nicole: good morning sarah and nancy. keep in mind, this all happened just days before christmas. so this mother really had no time to get any new gifts for her children. now, she said she came home on tuesday and realized that somebody had broke into her house and stole all of the gifts that had been donated by the city. now, the single mother has five children ranging in age from 3-year-old twins to a 16-year-old daughter. so she said she had felt like somebody had stolen her christmas. she had actually snapped this photo of what it looked like when she returned home on tuesday. she said she found wrapping
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gifts. >> just in shock. couldn't believe where they had gone, like i was just thinking they're going to appear like they're under something, oh, god, where are they? think is my children's christmas. this is my life right here. you know? i do everything for my kids. >> nancy: now what made things more difficult for the family is because they receive housing assistance, it was no longer considered safe where they were because they had been broken into and they were forced to move just yesterday. but after our story aired, many viewers offered to help the family to make sure that santa would be there and there would be gifts for the children. if you would like the help,o you log on to our web site and click on the link to the story for more information. live in dorchester, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> nancy: nicole, thank you. a holiday heist in salem, new hampshire, almost left children without any gifts to open this morning. police say a couple walked boo the sex offender registry board and stole $1,000 worth of donated toys.
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employees they were picking the toys up for the toys for tots program, but no one ever asked them for their imd. the workers rallied around and donated new gifts and police are suspect,. >> sarah: new details on the report of a baby thrown into the merrimack river in haverhill. police say it was all a hoax. now a mother and daughter are charged with filing a false police report. police arrested the 42 and 23-year-old women last night. officers spent more than two hours searching the river after the women told them they saw man throw a baby over the bridge. after interviewing the women, police determined they lied and called off the search. >> nancy: new this morning, an accident on 495 in raynham overnight. crews responding to an r.v. off the side of the highway. the vehicle had been driving south across the median before ending up on the northbound side near exit 9. according to reports, one person was taken to the hospital after
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one lane of 495 was closed for a short time while crews cleared the scene. >> sarah: right now pedestrians are recovering after being struck by a vehicle in tewksbury on thursday. sky7 h.d. over scene in front of st. williams church that. victim was flown to a nearby hospital. she had two broken arms and a cut on her head. the driver will not be charged. >> nancy: police still searching for man who fired a shot outside a prison in shirley causing it to go into lockdown, corrections officers at mci shirley say they heard a gunshot coming from a wooded area behind the facility and then saw a man riding away on thursday. police searched the whole area, cam up with nothing in the end, though. one woman drove an hour hoping to wish her brother a merry christmas, but visiting hours were canceled. >> i just wanted to see him before the holidays, but guess we can't now. >> i figure if there is any noise, anybody in the woods, my dogs would tell me, so i'm not worried. >> state police are still trying to determine if it was a hunter
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all inmates were accounted for in the lockdown was later lifted. >> sarah: a woman charged with the gun stolen from an armory in worcester waking up this morning. a judge allowed ashley bigsbee to be released under certain conditions until her trial. they include wearing a gps monitoring bracelet and obeying a curfew. investigators say they found pictures on bigsbee' cell phone showing some of the guns stolen last month. >> nancy: happening now, people in georgia are cleaning up after parts of the state were flooded after being hit with heavy rain. people had to be evacuated from their homes. roads were also closed in several counties. the rain is expected to continue throughout the day. and a funnel cloud caught on camera in california. it came as the national weather service put out a tornado warning for the area. people were urged to get to the lowest part of the building they were in and avoid windows. in the end some buildings were damaged, but there were no
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ism chaos in charlotte. last-minute slopers run to safety as gunfire eruptings in mall. it happened thursday afternoon. shots were fired after two groups of people had an argument. an off-duty officer opened fire and killed man who pointed a gun at him. the mall went into lockdown. >> i heard big gunshots and it sounded like firecrackers to me. and then i saw people turning around and running toward me and trampling each other. >> sarah: police are saying the shooting was not a random act of violence and this not believe it's gang related. >> nancy: now to the race for the white house. the president, candidates got in some last-minute jabs at each other before taking a short break to spend the holiday with family and friends. in a not-so-silent night before christmas eve, donald trump focused on his feud with hillary clinton. he warned his attacks are just getting started. this is not hurting him in the polls, though. >> donald trump is the only candidate i've seen in i don't
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able to get away with what he gets away with. the electorate constantly forgives him for the things that he says. >> well, trump has called clinton a liar for some of her comments about him. the web site politifact is calling her campaign misstatements its lie of the year after determining three-quarters of his controversial comments are not true. >> sarah: if you open your gifts and find some smart gadgets, you may want the watch out for hackers. smartwatchs and fitness trackers made intel security's list of most hackable gifts because many use bluetooth devices to sync with downloaded apps. hackers can get into those and steal all your information on the device. also watch out for drones and devices with the camera. >> make sure that you maintain all the materials that came with that particular product. they're going to outline for you some of the preset passwords or settings on those particular devices. >> sarah: some ways to protect
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when you're in the using it and don't connect to any unknown wifi networks. also look out for the kids' toy, too. many are now made with high-tech features. >> nancy: of course, it is christmas. many businesses are closed today. retail stores won't be open unless they got a special permit to do so. liquor stores and supermarkets ares a closed today. no business being done at the bank, on wall street or at the post office. and all local, state and federal offices are also closed for the day. but if you're looking for a really last-minute gift card or maybe some batteries for your new toy, many convenience stores are open today. restaurants can also be open. it really depends on the owner's preference. the "t" is running, but it's on a sunday schedule. if you're coming into the city, good news. parking meters are free in boston today. >> sarah: well, today will be a merry christmas for tom brady and hess teammates. coach bill belichick giving the day christmas day off. the pats travel to new jersey
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that has won four games in a row. it's their longest streak of the season. new york also needs a win this weekend to keep their playoff hopes alive. the patriots also have something to play for, the top seed in the a.f.c. and it looks like tom brady was prepared for santa's visit. he posted this picture on facebook with the caption, "santa claus is coming to town. seriously. i saw him." you can see it i a peers santa is enjoying some milk and cookies. some people even saying, is that gronk dressed up as santa? >> nancy: it might be, or it might be the real santa, chris. you never know,. >> chris: if anyone is going the hang out with santa, i think it would be tom brady. we'll give him a pass. upper 50s and lower 60s this afternoon. sol fog this morning. merry christmas, everyone. enjoy the mild air. winter delayed and not denied. a wintry mix on tuesday. >> nancy: thank you for joining us. i'm nancy chen. ism and i'm sarah french.
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