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disturbing new details behind the online sting that cost him his job. >> christa: and breaking overnight, watching wall street because u.s. investors are bracing for what could be a tough day there. trading troublings -- troubles overseas forcing markets in one country to close. >> sarah: and donald trump back in new england, holding a rally tonight. why it's expected to be a full house. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good thursday morn, everybody. thanks for waking up with us. i'm sarah french. >> christa: and i'm christa delcamp. let's see what our chances are of having a half-way decent forecast, hopefully better than one in 200 million. i think that's the powerball odds. >> meaghan:>> chris: so you're saying there's a chance. there is. i'd call today more than half-decent by this afternoon, christa. temperatures back into the lower 40s. so after a cold start, we do okay for ourselves. as you get into the weekend, half decent, especially going downhill on sunday here. i do expect some patchy drizzle to form beginning as early as tomorrow afternoon.
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patchy drizzle around on saturday. sunday the best chance of a widespread soaking rain, half an inch to an inch of rain sunday morning through about mid-day. friday, friday night into saturday morning, some patchy drizzle, and then you get north and west of boston, there may be some patchy freezing drizzle out here, especially friday night into early saturday morning. so we'll have to keep an eye on this. not much precipitation, but it doesn't take much to give you a glaze out there, especially north and west of 495, out through the worcester hills, up into southern new hampshire. the steadiest rain again on sunday when that weekend forecast ahead. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. good morning, everyone. let's head outside and look at the zakim bridge, leverett connector. traffic looking good. wide open. no delays to tell you about, at least here. heading into town from the north, route 193 looking good so far this morning. you're slowing down a little bit on 93 southbound as you pass through somerville. let's head south of town from the braintree split into boston. just nine minutes. so no delays on the expressway
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route 24 looks good. this is just a construction crew up there in canton. not causing any delays, though. the pike out to fam all green. no delays to tell you about yet. times. the expressway just ten minutes into boston from the braintree split. enter town on the pike from 128, just 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge just 11 minutes. so far this morning the "t" is on time. back to you, guys. >> sarah: new this morning, it's been growing since november and it is still climbing. there were no winners in last night's powerball jackpot. >> christa: this means the rollover to saturday makes this contest the largest lottery jackpot now in u.s. history. >> sarah: wow. >> christa: but you could still have some cash headed your way. let's head out to plymouth with 7's nicole oliverio. we know she did not win the $1 million prize in plymouth because she's up early reporting this morning. good morning, nicole. >> nicole: that is right. i would not have come to work today. i'll just say it.
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people's dreams if they were waking up thinking they wouldn't have to go to work today. there was no $500 million winner. however, if you bought a ticket here at this express mart in plymouth, then you may have one of the 13 $1 million tickets sold, which meant you hit all five numbers but not the powerball. the good news is if you didn't win last night, the new drawing is worth $675 million. that's going to be saturday's drawing. again, the ticket sold here in plymouth did win $1 million. there were a total of 12 states that sold $1 million tickets. and more than seven seven million tickets won something. last night's numbers were 2, 11, 47, 62, 63 and the powerball was 17. total prizes were worth more than $65 million. so again, there is still a chance. but christa, you were talking about the odds. they're like one in 292 million.
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having identical quadruplets than you would hitting the powerball. we're live in plymouth, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: thanks, nicole. new this morning, investigators remain on the scene searching in dorchester. it happened overnight at around 3:00 a.m. on gaston street. most of the damage was to the attic. nobody was hurt, but three people are now staying with family. hot wheels on a highway. a delivery truck goes up in flames on 495 south yesterday afternoon. the truck was carrying paper supplies, making it even more flammable. sky7 h.d. overhead showing five-mile back-up. the driver told firefighters he heard a noise in the engine and pulled over. that's when the truck caught fire. it also spread to some of the grass next to it. no one was hurt. everything clear this morning after a tractor-trailer rolls over on 495 in andover. it happened on the southbound side of the road last night. four other cars were also involved.
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minor injuries. >> christa: this morning a pedestrian hit by a car overnight in bridgetteon, and you can see the damage to the windshield of that vehicle. boston ems says the victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, and the driver was also taken to the hospital to get checked out. right now students at swampscott high school are returning to class after learning that their former principal was allegedly caught in a cyber sting. a new police report accuses him of sending inappropriate messages to someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl. let's head out live to 7's jennifer egan who has more details for us. jen? >> jennifer: christa, according to that police report, he went into an internet chat room and started chatting with who he thought was a teenage girl, telling her he was 51 and a high school principal. it turns out that girl was not a teenager. police say swampscott high's former principal sent inappropriate messages to someone who he thought was a 13-year-old girl. according to a police report,
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in november, 51-year-old rozmiarek asked the girl about her bra size and other inappropriate questions. he told the girl he was 51 and a school principal, exchanged phone numbers and e-mails with the girl, but the teen was actually a decoy who turned the information over to police. rozmiarek resigned from his position of principal last month after allegations of inappropriate use of school computers. detectives found adult pornographic material on his school laptop. police confronted rozmiarek on december 7th. they say, "when asked why he was doing this, he stated, "because it's exciting." rozmiarek acknowledged his behavior as inappropriate but would not elaborate. rozmiarek was ordered not to return to the school. filed.
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morn, jennifer egan, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: now to new details about the saugus firefighters who pulled their brothers from a burning home. three firefighters were trapped by the flames tearing through this building. 7's victoria warren is on the scene and, vicki, we're now hearing those calls for help. >> victoria: this was an amazing rescue, sarah. here on the scene today, they're going to finish demolishing the house. the house is a complete loss, but no one will soon forget the heroic efforts of the firefighters who ran in to save three of their own. an urgent call for help from three saugus firefighters trapped inside this burning home. >> may day, may day, get us out of here! > victoria: the fire spread so quickly, the firefighters found themselves surrounded by flames and quick smoke.
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his helmet and was out of air. -he broke the window. i seen his hand and i reached in and i said, brother, give me your hand, brother. he grabbed my hand and basically started pulling him out. >> victoria: two other firefighters were helped down the stairs. >> if we didn't grab them, there wasn't anyone else coming in enough time. so fortunately we were able to get to them. >> victoria: a woman in her 80s, her daughter and her adult granddaughter were staying in the home and able to escape. >> the most important thing is that everyone got out safe, the family and no one was hurt. >> victoria: the family says things can be replaced, people cannot. the saugus fire chief says he witnessed true heroes in action. >> i would say the firefighters on scene definitely saved the lives of my men. >> i don't want the think about what would have happened if i didn't see his hand. >> victoria: the three trapped firefighters all had minor injuries. the women who were in the home
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boom shortly before the fire started. the fire chief has said that the fire started in the basement, but he's not given an official cause yet. live this morning in saugus, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: new this morning a new report finding "t" bus drivers and rail operators already the highest paid in the country are getting some of the biggest raises. according to the boston "herald," over the next two years, bus drivers' pay will increase to nearly $37 per hour and rail operators will get a boost that puts them over that aim. according to the "herald" investigation, only transit drivers in san francisco will get a bigger raise. and that news, of course, comes as the mbta is considering two different plans to raise fares on the "t." those increases could be anywhere from $5 to 10% beginning in july. also new this morning, the next court appearance for bill cosby is now being postponed. the comedian is set to face a judge next week in pennsylvania or was on a sexual assault charge, but cosby's attorneys
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prepare. cosby is accused of drugging and assaulting also yesterday prosecutors out in los angeles announced they will not press charges against cosby in a pair of similar cases there. >> sarah: now to the race for the white house. burlington, vermont, police say donald trump's campaign has given out 20,000 tickets for an event at a venue that only has 1,400 seats. seating at the flynn theater will be first come first serve tonight. police say 6,500 people have confirmed their plans to attend, and it's likely many won't be able to get inside. republicans in congress are holding a ceremony today celebrating a milestone they've been working toward for the past six years. sending a bill to repeal obamacare to the president's desk. president obama already promised to veto the bill, which would also defund planned parenthood. republicans don't have the votes to override that veto. >> christa: now to breaking news from overnight. china's financial mar cetle have
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second time this week after major losses earlier in the day. stocks plunged 7% in just a half hour. analysts say concerns over china's economy and currency are behind that slide. and it's expected wall street will take a big hit at the opening bell today because of that. yesterday the dow lost more than 250 points. the nasdaq hopefully we'll show it to you, 55 points it dropped. dow futures are running about 400 points down at this hour, as well. >> sarah: much more ahead on "today in new england." coming up, danny amendola running into a little controversy with his neighbors. what's in his driveway that has them so upset. >> christa: new this morning, the damage done to a red sox legend and the work under way the clean it up. >> sarah: and lending a paw. how a dog leads rescue crews to his sister who was trapped and in trouble. >> chris: seasonably cool this morning, but we warm up nicely. in fact, back into the 40s
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how long this nicer weather lasts ahead. >> danielle: and the expressway looking good so far this morning. no other major delays to tell you about on the roads, and the "t" is on time.
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>> christa: happening right now. el nio storms leaving parts of california under water. heavy rain flooding several roads down in san diego. the rising water trapping people in some of their vehicles. further north high winds flipped at least one home over, ripped a water tank in half and knocked down trees. hail. i was just talking to danielle gersh, and she was saying i think a tornado warning there, as well? >> sarah: it's so unusual because i feel like we're usually covering drowlts in this area, chris, and now we have all this flooding there.
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turnaround. when you get that colder air aloft with some of those storms, you can get gust owe winds, hail, and with enough spin, occasionally a brief tornado in southern california. it does happen, not a lot, but it does happen out that way. 27 degrees in boston. wind out of the south, southwest. take a look at the numbers. 15 a common number from nashua, new hampshire, to new bedford and down into norwood. a cool start, but the winds not much of factor as they're dead calm in a lot of the suburbs. 9mph in the city of boston. 9 in worcester, as well. still out of the southwest, this wind turns back to the northeast later on through the day and through the day tomorrow. cooler along the coastline late this afternoon. i think more notably north and west of boston for tomorrow afternoon. here are the wind-chill factors running into the mid-teens at this time. overall, though, it's a quiet day. we keep mainly clear skies around. we have that in place. you watch the forecast model here. almost looks like i'm showing you this blank map in southern
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model projecting clouds and precipitation. we just don't find many of them as we go through tonight. low-level moisture starting to ooze on in from the coastline, you notice a lot more of these low-level clouds showing up, and with that we could get a little bit of patchy drizzle at time, especially into the afternoon and evening hours. but no significant storm friday into saturday. a lot of clouds around, occasionally some patches of drizzle, and where it's cold enough, just north and west of boston, friday night into saturday morning, there may indeed be a little bit of patchy drizzle. now we're talking about minimal precipitation in the next couple days, but sunday that changes. this whole slug of moisture has to work through new england, and it will, providing us with about an inch of rain. widespread across the area. so it will be a quick-hitting storm, but we'll get quite a bit of rain in here sunday morning through about mid-day. with the area of low pressure to the north and west of us, it's a mild storm. winds out of the south-southeast. gusty wind, but overall
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so we're not worried about a rain/snow line here on sunday. here's some of the rainfall totals. again, close to an inch. about half an inch to an inch with a slug of moisture coming on through. then it's behind us by the time we get into sunday night and monday. mostly sunny skies. seasonal temperatures. even a few degrees above average. upper 30s to lower to middle 40s. another nice day out there. a little breeze kicking in along the chestline later on this afternoon. 21 to 31 overnight tonight. 31 in boston. 21 in the colder suburbs. tomorrow clouds increasing. a little patchy drizzle developing, especially in the mid-30s north and west of boston. close to 40 degrees along the coastline. 7 on 7 forecast, there's the wind and the rain on sunday. but also mild air. temperatures close to 50 degrees. colder next week. we're back below seasonal levels by tuesday. guys? >> sarah: thanks, chris. well, they don't call dogs "man's best friend" for nothing, right? >> christa: this morning everyone is talking about this real-life lassie, this dog who tracked down rescuers and then
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friend in danger. here's 7's nick emmons with the story from orange. >> nick: this is the furry face of a hero. >> hey, jock. >> nick: and this is the lucky girl that made it out of a rough stop. >> hi, unanimous bell. >> nick: tuesday their owner had to be taken to the hospital. >> when she was transported by ambulance, she was really concerned her two small dogs were left the house and they were out running around loose. >> nick: so officer chris biceglia was determined to find them. communications. he was saying, no, i'm committed. i'm staying here. >> nick: he waited for hours in the woods in single-digit temperatures before finally jock came calling. >> i mean, you hear about things like this with, of course, lassie. >> nick: jock apparently insisted officer biceglia follow him to annabelle, who had slipped down an embankment and was trapped. >> you know, come with me. i know you have the means to do what i can't do. >> nick: the fire department
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annabelle was taken to nearby athol where the vet gave her the all clear. >> for an officer to come back an hour later and not give up and turn back, he's the key to having this all come into play. >> he really takes the oath of serving the public seriously. and he just would not leave. he was up there until he found these dogs in frigid temperatures to make sure they got home. >> nick: so unanimous bell here is doing much better now, but she's going to go home and get some much-needed rest, and you can bet jock will be right by her side. in athol, nick emmons, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: i love that as nick is saying that, the dog scooches over even closer. >> christa: that's me. i did that. >> sarah: great story. >> christa: true devotion all around there. very nice. coming up on 7, regrets. yeah, he says he has a few. vice president joe biden opening up in a new interview. the decision he said he made that still haunteds him. >> sarah: and she's already received an emmy and golden
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>> and now time for 7sports with joe amorosino. >> joe: good morning. no shortage of unknowns for the patriots on their bye week. their next opponent, their level of confidence, having lost four of their last six, their overall health. but one thing we do know is what tom brady looks like coming out for his walk-through, which doesn't tell us a whole lot. the patriots' quarterback on hand in sweats alongside his teammates yesterday in foxborough. tough to tell if his sprained right ankle is bothering him more than he's letting on, but for now we have to take brady at his word. he says he's feeling better than he has in the last couple days and things are going in the right direction. the celtics led the pistons by as many as 13 last night, but watch detroit outscore them 33-19 in the fourth quarter. and rookie stanley johnson delivers the dagger from the corner there. celtics lose 99-94. they're right back at it tonight in chicago.
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two new members, ken griffey, jr., making history in his first year on the ballot, earning 99.3% of the vote, the highest percentage ever. mike piazza will join him there next sumner cooperstown, getting in on his fourth try. roger clemens and barry bonds denied for a fourth straight year. clemens 45.2% of the vote. bonds 42.3%. players need 75% of the vote forren try into the hall of fame. that's sports. i'm joe amorosino. have a great day. >> christa:>> sarah: harvard theater's hasty pudding announced a scandalous award winner. >> christa: kerry washington will be the subject of the roast put on by the players. the group's choice for man of the year is expected in the next couple weeks. >> sarah: i have to go to some of those to cover them, and that are so funny. >> christa: robert downey, jr., was the one i covered. he was absolutely hilarious. >> sarah: that would be a good
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up next at 5:30, danny amendola weigh up to some off-the-field issues. what he put in his yard that has his neighbors so upset. >> christa: new this morning, a red sox legend hit by vandals and how the team is cleaning up graffiti left on a player's number. what would you do with five minutes to kill, and a smart phone? check the scores. probably post a pic. text a friend. how about register to vote? really? you can. five minutes online and a massachusetts drivers license
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>> sarah: now at 5: 30, why patriots' wide receiver danny amendola is catching some grief from his neighbors. >> christa: vice president joe biden making a confession, what he says he regrets. >> sarah: and do you want the keep that resolution to exercise more this year? the surprising thing researchers say you should do between workouts. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> christa: i hope it's eating. >> sarah: i know. eat more, lose more? >> christa: doughnuts. thanks for waking up with us on this thursday morning. i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: and i'm sarah french. yeah, one of our guys here had
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it looked so good this morning. i'm like, you're killing me. >> chris: food is always on the top of our minds, pizza, bacon cheese burgers, wings, think you can do that between workouts? not so sure. mid-teens in a lot of the suburbs. if you're up early and taking a jog this morning before you have to get the kids ready for school, it's a cold start. not a lot of wind outside. 27 degrees in the city of boston. mainly clear skies. so we don't have any precipitation to worry about either. that will be the trend as we go throughout the day. holding on to a lot of that sunshine. temperatures this afternoon, nice bounce-back again into the 40s. 43 in worcester. 41 in boston. a little cooler late in the day along the immediate shoreline. the wind will turn back out of the northeast as we get into the afternoon. i don't expect a lot of precipitation friday and saturday, but there will be patchy drizzle and even patchy freezing drizzle inland. we'll keep an eye on that. the best chance of downpours arriving on sunday. more on the weekend forecast ahead.
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cronuts, but we do know danielle gersh often bakes for us when she's not tracking traffic. >> danielle: i can multitask, too, actually. right now we have an accident. this is the braintree split. let's go to the maps. this is 128 southbound as you get on to the braintree split. this is a four-car accident blocking the left lane. you can see the back-up is to about route 24 or to logan express. so we're seeing some delays there. the pike looking good so far this morning all the way out to framingham, all green some no delays to tell you about there. let's take a look north of town. route 93 looking good from boston. morn, as well. from the braintree split into boston expressway, nine minutes right now, but that could be slowing down because of that accident in braintree here shortly. take a look at you drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. the pike into town from 128, 12 minutes 93 southbound. minutes. if you're taking the "t," it's on time so far this morning. back to you, guys. i thanks, danielle.
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saturday's powerball jackpot is expected to reach a record level after no one took home the grand prize in wednesday's drawing. the next jackpot is expected to be worth an estimated $675 million, the largest prize in u.s. lottery history. well, no one won last night's jackpot. one ticket sold in million. it won for $1 million. a pedestrian is hit by a car. this is in brighton overnight. windshield of that car. boston ems says that victim was serious injuries. the driver was also taken to the hospital to be checked out. police say the former principal of swampscott high sent inappropriate messages to a 13-year-old girl. according to investigators, in november 51-year-old edward rozmiarek initiated chat and text conversations that were sexual in nature. he has resigned but so far is not facing any criminal charges. >> christa: also here this
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danny amendola facing a bit of a car challenge, so his neighbors, you could say, are throwing a red flag on this carport that is set up outside his home down in rhode island. amendola got permission to put it up, but some people living nearby say it's a bit of an eyesore. so let's go to 7's nancy chen. nancy, i guess he's saying, i got to get to work. >> nancy: that's right, danny amendola put up that carport to help him get to practice when it snows, but his neighbors want to know why he can't plow or shovel himself out like everyone else. a star on the gridiron, danny amendola isn't scoring as well with many of his rhode island neighbors, all because of this carport. >> the biggest ugliest bread basket you've ever seen. >> nancy: the football player will lives in the shadow of the capital of providence. >> we all have beautiful clapboard houses. this is this horrible tin
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it just looks chintsy. >> nancy: the city gave amendola permission to put up this temporary carport because there are no garages here. now he can get the practice on time. >> some people said this is catastrophic. >> nancy: amendola didn't answer his door for comment. the structure is supposed to come down in february, around the time of the super bowl. >> i think it's not appropriate to keep it long term. it doesn't fit with the character of the neighborhood, but like i said, go, pats. >> nancy: some neighbors say they have no problem with the carport. others say they hope this sends a message to city officials that the public should weigh in on all permits. >> sarah: a new bill would mandate clear orange markings on imitation guns. the law would apply to bb gun, air rifles or any other gun
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the bill would also allow police to confiscate any imitation gun being used with malicious intent. governor charlie baker taking on the opioid epidemic. baker and the department of public health are providing a grant of $700,000 to police and fire departments across the state. the grant will help with purchasing and administering of an overdose reversal drug. baker says the grant will impact 40 communities that have been hit hard by the epidemic. >> christa: new this morning, the red sox will be working to remove graffiti from johnny pesky's retired number. the team learned the number had been vandalized last night, but officers don't know when it happened exactly. pesky spent six decades with the sox, including seven full seasons as a player. his number was retired back in 2008. pesky died four years later at the age of 93. >> sarah: still ahead on 7news, what might have been. vice president joe biden opening up about what he regrets. >> christa: also we're
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n more at myusps.com >> chris: good thursday morn, everyone. suburbs. 27 in the city of boston. it's a cool start but not terribly cold for this time of year, and with very little wind out there this morning, that helps us out when it's a cool start. a lot of sunshine in store as we go throughout the day. mostly sunny skies again. temperatures warming up into the lower 40s.
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the bus stop here, yeah, you need the hat and gloves this morning, but likely having outdoor recess this afternoon with the sunshine and temperatures back into the low 40s. a little bit of drizzle over next couple days, though, friday into saturday. more on that. the rain on sunday coming up. >> sarah: a touching tribute trending today. it's been a long day without you my friend vin diesel stole the show at the people's choice awards, referring to his friend, the late paul walker, as he accepted two awards for "furious" 7 as favorite movie and favorite action movie. the actor remembered his close friend and how difficult it was to film that movie after walker died in that car crash back in 2013. >> christa: it was really touching. someone was also kicked off stage. we'll have that in our 6:00 hour. also the force is strong at the box office. "star wars: the force awakens"
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of all time here in north america. the movie has already raked in more than $760 million. the worldwide record still blngs to "avatar," but the race for the top will heat up when "the force awakens" opens in china on saturday. >> sarah: how many times do you think j.r. has seen it? >> christa: well, i get the honor of having seen it with him if the first time. i'm sure it's five by now. >> sarah: in is so cute. prince george growing sao paulo fast. the third in line to the british throne started nursery school on wednesday. proud parents shared pictures of him bundled up with the backpack. i believe kate middleton took these pictures. she's such a good photographer. >> christa: montessori school for him. thanks to nancy chen for making sure we get that in our newscast. lots to get to this morn, including know and go. three months after bowing out for the race for the white house, v.p. joe biden says he has a few second thoughts about
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5:45. time now for everything you need to start your day off right. >> christa: let's start things off with chris lambert. a bit of a chilly day the start. >> chris: it is. we had a nice recovery yesterday and a nice recovery again this afternoon. this theme will continue over next several days. the lack of snow, not even an inch of snow in the city of boston so far this winter. typically we've seen on average about a foot of snow by this point and about a foot and a half out in worcester. barely seen about two inches in worcester right now through the part of the winter. 27 in boston. mid-teens in a lot of the suburbs. so it's a cool start, but pretty typical january morning here in southern new england and the winds calm. so that helps us out, you know, waiting for the "t" or waiting for the bus stop. winds not much of factor out there. a little breeze in the city of boston at this time. taking a look at the satellite and radar composite, very quiet here throughout much of new england. so i do expect mostly sunny
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tomorrow clouds increase from the east. on friday night into saturday morning, little bit of moisture from this storm system tries to work on in, may give us a little more patchy drizzle and perhaps north and west of boston out into the worcester hills and southwestern new hampshire, maybe a couple snowflakes early saturday morning, but the the bigger storm is this one out in california now as it traverses the country and moves up into the north and west of us that. will provide us with soaking rain in here on sunday. but all is quiet outside today. tomorrow you can watch what happens with some of the low cloudiness building back in. and again, i can't rule out some patchy drizzle starting tomorrow and again into friday night and into saturday with a little bit of that maybe some patchy freezing drizzle, especially across northern worcester county, up into southern new hampshire. so we'll keep an eye on that into saturday morning. here comes the rain on sunday. a half an inch to an inch of rain. we will get a widespread soaking rain in here on sunday, but temperatures way too warm to support any snow.
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50s on sunday afternoon. monday, tuesday, colder weather. close call with the storm system on wednesday. could at least provide us with a few snow showers at this point. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. let's head outside. we're still keeping an eye on this accident. this is braintree at the split. traffic backed up to about route 24. this is a four-car accident at 128 southbound at the split. it's blocking the left lane. so keep that in mind. it's causing some delays. route 3 looking pretty good. 24 looking good and so is 95. aside from this little incident there, let's head out to the pike. from framingham into town eastbound on the pike, no major delays to tell you about. 93 southbound, a little slow through andover and then you're moving nicely, slowing down through woburn, as well. route 1 looking pretty good so far this morning. let's take a will be at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. the expressway from the braintree split into boston, ten minutes into town on the pike from 128, no delays there.
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93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, that ride is up to 13 minutes, and so far this morning the "t" is on time. back to you, guys. >> christa: new this morning the powerball jackpot reaching new historic levels after no one in the country matched all five numbers plus the powerball number in last night's drawing. so by the time the numbers were picked last night, the jackpot had surpassed $500 million. >> sarah: this morning it's closing in on $700 million. take a look at your numbers. here they are. 2, 11, 47, 42 and 63 and the powerball being 17. let's head out live to plymouth. nicole oliverio live outside a store that sold one of the biggest prizes won last night. nicole? >> nicole: well, if you can't win $524 million, $1 million isn't a half-bad prize either, however, keep in mind, you need to have bought your ticket here at the express mart in plymouth.
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waking up, sort of still goingy-eyed, grab those tickets and see if your numbers match. that jackpot was $524 million. the cash payout would have been $300 million, but the good news is since no one won in the 44 states where the game is played, that means the estimated jackpot million. that's the largest u.s. lottery jackpot in history. and as we mentioned, there was $1 million winner here at the express mart in plymouth. and there were some other million dollar tickets that were sold in at least a dozen states, and one ticket in new mexico won $2 million because of the multiplier. so again, don't be discouraged yet. you can keep on dreaming through saturday. but keep in mind, your odds of winning, there is a better chance you could become the president, an astronaut or be killed by a vending machine. live in plymouth, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: right now office centers north attleborough are
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believe stole the fire department's snowplow. the fire chief says this pick-up truck was used to steal the department's snow blade. they learned it had been stolen over the weekend. according to fire officials, the men hooked the blade on to their own truck right behind the department's headquarters. police in whitman are trying to find the owner of this wedding band. someone turned the ring into police. this was on wednesday morning. it's inscribed with initials gbl and dwl. the person who turned it in says it was found in the parking lot of whitman high school. anyone who may know the owner is asked to call the police station. >> christa: a federal judge stepping down from the death penalty retrial of gary lee sampson. the judge had o'seen the death penalty trial for 15 years. he says he'll step away from the case because of the significant workload inch 2003 sampson pleaded guilty in federal court to two carjackings and three murders. a jury sentenced him to death
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wolf, however, overturned that decision in 2011 and ordered a retrial after finding evidence of jury wrongdoing. >> sarah: we have new details the trooper who arrested a woman in texas who was later found dead in her jail cell is being charged for lying in a police report. >> christa: the trooper pulled over sandra bland, told her to get out of the car, and in an affidavit he claimed she was combative and uncooperative. the grand jury, however, found that to be untrue and decided to charge him with perjury. fired. bland was found dead inside her jail cell three days later. police claim it was suicide. so-called affluenza teen visiting him while he's being mexico. ethan couch is fighting extradition back to the u.s. he was arrested in mexico last week after breaking his probation and leaving the u.s. with his mother. his attorney says that couch seems fine and that they'll be
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>> he seems fine, and i had a chance to converse with him at length, and for the time being that's going to be it. things are progressing as we expected and that's all i can say. he's not in jail. he's just a migrant. that's all. as far as mexico is concerned. >> christa: couch was convicted of killing four people in a drunk driving crash when he was 16. he received ten years probation because his attorney argued his parents spoiled him so much that he didn't understand consequences. >> sarah: new this morning, president obama has released a u2 video to preview his final state of the union address which he will deliver next week at the capital. rather than going to congress with the traditional legislative wish list, he's promising a look back at his years in office as well as a look forward to big things he wants to accomplish in 2016. vice president joe biden looking back on his decision not to run for president.
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but it was the right decision for my family and me, and i plan on staying deeply involved. we've got two good candidates. >> sarah: biden said he will stay deeply involved in the race to replace president obama. he praised hillary clinton and bernie sanders for engaging in a debate and noted that there had been no personal attacks between the two. >> christa: on 7news now, closing time for dozens of macy's stores in the u.s., including two in western massachusetts. the department store giant says they will be closing their stores in eastfield and the berkshire mall along with 38 others throughout the nation. macy's also plans the lay off about 4,300 employees, as well, and the company is blaming those cuts on poor holiday sales and what it called a disappointing 2015. >> sarah: this morning we're helping put a little extra money in your pocket by telling you where to find the best deals on groceries. so according to a.o.l..com, when it comes to paper product, stick to your local supermarket.
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on the first and third weeks of the month. also you typically get the best savings buying store brand canned goods from a discount grocer or big box store. lastly dollar stores, discount grocery store and ethnic markets are all great for finding some deals on produce. there you go. >> christa: in 7 health cast, the government will be releasing some new dietary guidelines for americans this morning. the health and human services secretary says there will be a focus on getting people to limit their amount of daily calories from added sugar to 10% and she says making some small changes like cutting back on soda would help a lot of people achieve that goal. when it comes to trying the shape up. you know what, you could benefit from a six-pack, they're saying. >> really? >> christa: uh-huh. >> sarah: several studies have found people who moderately drink tend to exercise more. this is interesting. one theory may be that alcohol
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pathways in the brain. both releasing feel-good chemicals. >> christa: oh, dear. okay. >> sarah: researchers are also looking into whether people who drink have that mentality, work hard play hard, or if they exercise, they do it because they feel guilty for drinking. >> christa: interesting. does this hold true for chocolate, as well, and other guilty pleasures? ism that's my guilty pleasure. >> chris: dark chocolate, right? a little strong taste. that's great stuff there. i think that's first time we've had the okay from one of these studies to have a few beers. usually it's a glass of wine or something, right? upper 30s. lower to middle 40s out there this afternoon. maybe that sunshine motivates you to get a jog in this afternoon as we do have some nice january weather. often and early here. i do expect some patchy drizzle to develop. mid-30s to lower 40s. could be a few icy spots. a little patchy freezing drizzle morning north and west of the city of boston. not a lot of rain on saturday, but we get a soaking rain on sunday. guys?
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another hour of 7news to go. so stay with us, everybody. the powerball jackpot once again jumping overnight. no one matching the winning numbers, but we'll tell you more about this local town where $1 million ticket was sold. >> sarah: plus firefighters sharing their stories this morning after being trapped by
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>> i said, griff me a hand, brother. >> christa: hear from the men who made the lifesaving rescue. >> sarah: new details about a principal's sudden resignation. troubling information about an onlining sting. >> christa: and a real-life lassie story in orange. one dog leading a police officer to rescue another dog in distress. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> christa: what a good dog. >> sarah: i know. i love this story. >> christa: he was so proud, too. good morning, everybody. it's great to have you here on this thursday. i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: and i'm sarah french. let's send it over to chris with a look at your forecast. he keeps saying bundle up. >> chris: it's been cold the last couple mornings. guys, like yesterday afternoon, nicely. we start off in the mid-teens in a lot of the suburbs. 27 in boston. the wind not much of a factor. in fact, it is calm where we have the coldest temperatures this morning through in inland boston. we have mainly clear skies once again, so that sunshine
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that sunshine getting to work by this afternoon. we're bouncing back up into the low to even middle 40s out there. a little bit of a coastal breeze developing this afternoon as winds turn on shore, but overall a comfortable january day. typical winter start here this morning. now it's dry today. a little patchy drizzle developing tomorrow, especially in the afternoon into saturday. could even have patchy freezing `drizzle inland over these couple days. the best chance of downpours, though, that will arrive on sunday. we'll take a closer look at that forecast ahead. >> christa: swinging over the fast track traffic with danielle gersh. what's going on out there. >> danielle: that accident we've been keeping an yea non-braintree just cleared. we still have a back-up at the braintree split. let's go to the maps. this is 128 southbound at the braintree split. the traffic still backed up on 128 southbound to route 24. and this is a four-car accident that was blocking the left lane, but again, it did just clear. the pike looks pretty good out to framingham. mostly green heading into boston eastbound on the pike. north of town on 93 southbound, you're slowing down through
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and then you're moving nicely and then hitting the brakes again as you approach 128 and woburn. route 1 looking pretty good so far this morning. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. the expressway from the braintree split into boston, that ride is up to 16 minutes. into town on the pike from 128, no delays there. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 13 minutes. and if you're taking the "t" this morning, it is on time. back to you, guys. >> sarah: new this morning, get ready for a jumbo jackpot drawing, the largest in history. the powerball is still up for grabs. no one matched all the numbers in last night's drawing. >> christa: everybody is going back to work today. but there are several million dollar winners out here, including someone in massachusetts. so let's get this story from plymouth and 7's nicole oliverio where that ticket was sold. nicole? >> nicole: well, christa, i hate to burst bubbles and dream, but if you thought you were going to win that $524 million jackpot last night, well, nobody did. the good news is that means even
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but if you did buy a ticket here at this express mart in plymouth, well, check your tickets because someone here matched all five numbers and won $1 million. now, of course, last night's jackpot up to $524 million. if you want to take the cash payout, that would have given yes uh a cool $300 million. but as we mentioned, because there were no winners in the 44 states where the powerball is played, that means saturday's drawing is going to be $675 million. just because you didn't mean the big one doesn't mean you didn't mean something. last night's numbers were 2, 11, 47, 62 and 63. the powerball number was 17. so keep in mind, though, your chances of winning the powerball are one in 292 million, which means you are actually twice as likely to be killed by a vending machine that you are to win. but, of course, eventually
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that's the latest live in plymouth, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: thanks, nicole. hot wheels on the highway. a delivery truck goes up on the flames on 495 in milford yesterday afternoon. the truck was carrying paper supplies, making it even more flammable. sky7 h.d. overhead showing five-mile back-up. the driver told firefighters he heard a noise in the engine and pulled over. that's when the truck caught on fire. it also spread to some of the grass next to it. thankfully no one was hurt. new this morning, a pedestrian overnight. you can see the damage to the windshield of that car. boston ems says that victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. the driver was also taken to the hospital to be checked out. >> sarah:>> christa: we have disturbing new details in a scandal at swatch swamp high school. the principal call in an online high school. he's accused of having explicit conversations with opinion he thought was a young girl. let's go out the 7's jennifer egan live in swampscott now with
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jen? >> jennifer: christa, there were a lot of questions when the principal resigned back in december. students and parents only knew there was some kind of misconduct with a school computer. now a new police report reveals the reasons why he stepped down. police say swampscott high's former principal sent inappropriate messages to someone who he thought was a 13-year-old girl. according to a police report, over about a three-week period in november, 51-year-old edward rozmiarek initiated chat and text conversations that were sexual in nature, asking the girl about her bra size and other more graphic questions. police say he told the girl he was 51 and a school principal, exchanged phone numbers and e-mails with the girl. but the teen was actually a decoy who turned the information over to police. rozmiarek resigned from his position of principal last month after allegations of inappropriate use of school
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detectives found adult pornographic material on his school laptop. police confronted rozmiarek on december 7th. they say, "when asked why he was doing this, he stated, 'because it's exciting.'" rozmiarek acknowledged his behavior as inappropriate but would not elaborate. rozmiarek was ordered not to return to the school. no criminal charges are being filed. we're live in swampscott. jennifer egan, today in new england. >> sarah: everything is clear this morning after a tractor-trailer rolls over on 495 in andover. it happened on the southbound side of the road last night. four other cars were also involved. state police say there are only minor injuries. >> mayday, mayday, get us out of here. >> sarah: a fiery rescue in saugus. you saw it breaking here yesterday. now we're learning more about the firefighters who pulled their brothers from the flames. 7's victoria warren is live in saugus with more.
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>> victoria: it was an intense rescue here yesterday. today what remains of the home away. the home's a complete loss, but heroic efforts of the firefighters who ran in to rescue three of their own. >> mayday, mayday. >> an urgent call for help from three firefighters. >> get us out of here. >> the firefighters were surrounded by air and thick smoke. >> they blue the air horn, which building. >> reporter: a malden firefighter saw the hand of a firefighter. >> he broke the window. i seen his hand. i reached in and said, brother, give me your hand, brother. he grabbed my hand and basically started pulling him out.
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firefighters were helped down the stairs. >> if we didn't grab him, there wasn't anyone else coming in enough time. so fortunately we were able to get to him. >> reporter: a woman in her 80s, her daughter and her adult granddaughter were staying in the home and able to escape. >> the most important thing is everyone got out safe, the family. no one was hurt. >> reporter: the family says things can be replaced. people cannot. the saugus fire chef says he witnessed true heros in action. >> i would say the firefighters on scene definitely saved the lives of my men. >> i don't want to think about what would have happened if i didn't see his hand. >> reporter: the three firefighters who were rescued all had minor injuries. the women who were asleep inside of the home say they heard some sort of a boom shortly before the fire started. saugus' fire chief has said the fire did start in the basement, but he's not yet said the exact cause. live this morning in saugus, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england."
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congress are holding a ceremony today celebrating a milestone they've been working toward for the past six years, sending a bill to repeal obamacare to the president's desk. president obama already promised to veto the bill, which would also defund planned parenthood. republicans do not have the votes to override that veto. now to the race for the white house. concern about overcrowding at donald trump's event in burlington, vermont, tonight. police say that trump's campaign has given out 20,000 tickets for an event and a venue that has about 1,400 seats. so seating at the flynn center or theater will be first come first serve. thousands of ticket holders may be left out in the cold. >> sarah: breaking overnight, china's financial markets have suspended trading for the second time this week after big losses earlier in the day. stocks plunged 7% in just 30 minutes. analysts say concerns over china's economy and currency are behind the slide. wall street is expected to take a hit at the opening bell today.
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than 250 points while the nasdaq dropped about 55. dow futures down about 400 points right now. >> christa: new this morn, a report finds that "t" bus driver and rail operateors already the highest-paid in the country russia getting some of the biggest raises. according to the "herald," over the next two years, bus drivers will get a raise that's nearly $37 an hour and rail operators will get a boost that puts them over that amount. according to the "herald"'s investigation, only transit drivers in san francisco will be getting a larger raise. and that news comes of course as the mbta is considering two different plans to raise fares on the "t." those increases could be anywhere between 5% and 10% in july. >> sarah: students in west bridgewater are being told to not bring their hover boards to school. the self-balancing scooters have been banned in all schools in the town. administrators are worried about safety since the batteries can burst into flames.
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hover board will be taken to the fire department. the students ea parent or guardian can claim it there. >> christa: patriots' player trying to avoid shoveling this winter. don't have any snow yet but eventually we'll get some. what he's installed in his driveway has neighbors upset. >> sarah: a tribute to a red sox defaced outside fenway park. this morning the search is on for the vandals. >> christa: and this is upping the cute factor. doing's best friend playing the role of lassie. how one terrier led rescueers to his buddy trapped and in trouble. >> chris: no need to shovel, but it is a cold start. temperatures in the teen, but look at the rebound this afternoon. back in the 40s under sunny skies. >> danielle: good morning, everyone. we've been keeping a close eye on this accident in braintree. we have delays 17 minutes from the braintree split enters be on the expressway northbound. if you're taking "t," so far it's on time this morning. we'll mornings. wonderful, crazy mornings. we figure you probably don't
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>> christa: we're back with breaking news we wanted to pass along with you. 17 minors are stuck in an elevator below ground in lansing, new york. it's a salt mine located south of syracuse, central new york area. crews have been able to talk to the miners. they're using radios and trying to rescue them in fact right now. at this point officials say no one appears to be hurt. crews have been given -- have given the miners heat packs and blankets to stay warm while they wait to be rescued. we'll keep tabs on the story today. >> now 7weather with meteorologist chris lambert. >> chris: good thursday morning, everyone. temperatures starting off on the cooler side once again outside the city of boston. we're in the teens. 15 in norwood. 15 in bedford. 27 in the city itself. take a look at the wind speeds
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so we're not battling too much of a breeze this morning, even in the city of worcester and boston. single-digit wind speeds some a slight breeze out there, but in the really adding much to the wind-chill factor as you see the wind-chill factor running into the mid-teens and upper teens to low 20s some the actual air temperatures and wind-chill factor pretty close to side by side. mainly quiet weather across new england through upstate new york right now. a couple patchy clouds into the mix. so i do expect the sunshine to demeanor indicate once again today. it will turn out to be another nice afternoon, like yesterday afternoon. albeit a little bit on the cool side. but you'd expect that here in january. in fact, temperatures still a few degrees above average for this time of year. here's one system we're watching back in the middle part of country. this may throw a tiny bit of moisture in here by saturday morning. the bigger storm system working enter california. that's the one we'll watch traverse the country and give us the best shot of a soaking rain as we get in here on sunday. in terms of today, though, we notice temperatures for the west of us into the 30s in the
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so seasonably mild if you want to call it mild, but relatively speaking from the midwest into the northeast. 30s and 40s, not all that bad. the pattern starts changing up on sunday. area low pressure tracking north and west of us. this was a potent area of low pressure. we'll get a slug of rain and gusty winds on sunday. behind that bitter cold. probably going to be hearing about how cold it is out in minnesota for the football game out there on sunday. playoff game, vikings taking on the seahawks. it will be a cold one, maybe not even above zero out in minneapolis. for us in southern new england, we're on the warmer side of this storm here, so we'll get some patchy drizzle and freezing drizzle as a possibility as moisture comes in off the ocean as early as tomorrow afternoon lingering into saturday morning. then maybe a couple slippery spots north and west of boston friday night and saturday morning, especially out through the worcester hills and up into southern new hampshire. heavier rain on sunday. i do expect widespread rain close to an inch for many towns and with that rain comes a gusty
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that will drag in mild air. so take a look at the forecast for sunday. that's why i have 50 degrees out there because of that southerly wind dragging in, all that mild air. no mild air today in terms of 50s, but we'll take low 40s with a lot of sunshine, right? as we get into next week, it does turn colder again. close call with an ocean storm tuesday night into wednesday. the brunt of it looks to be a little bit too far out to sea, but we'll keep the chance of some snow showers here on wednesday. guys? >> sarah: thanks, chris. time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. good morning, everyone. let's head out to the expressway starting to slow down. you see the brake lights as you passes the gas tank. let's go to the maps. you're slowing down around granite avenue. now. our earlier accident in braintree did just clear. that was a four-car accident blocking the left lane at 128 split. but you can see the backup there at 128 southbound back the route 24. so hopefully that will start to ease up now that that accident has cleared.
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to framingham. mostly green heading into boston. no major delays to tell you about there. let's head north of town. we have reports of a new accident. this is in lowell on route 3 southbound at 495. 93 southbound slowing down as you pass over 128 through woburn and then again if you approach boston. route 1 log good. take a look at those drive times if your getting ready to head out the door this morning. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, right around 20 minutes and the "t" is on time. back to you, guys. >> sarah: thanks, danielle. a lucky dog rescued thanks to her brother. the two terriers got loose and they ended up in the woods. one dog found itself in a rough spot and needed some rescuing. >> christa: this other dog runs for help and then police come back to get her. it's a great story. here's 7's nick emmons with it. >> nick: this is the furry face of a hero. >> hey, jock. girl that made it out of a rough
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>> hi, annabelle. >> nick: tuesday their owner had to be taken to the hospital. >> when she was transported by ambulance, she was really concerned her two small dogs were left the house and they were out running around loose. >> nick: so officer chris them. >> i listened to all the radio communications. he was saying, no, i'm committed. i'm staying here. >> nick: he waited for hours in the woods in single-digit temperatures before finally jock came calling. >> i mean, you hear about things like this with, of course, lassie. >> nick: jock apparently insisted officer biceglia follow him to annabelle, who had slipped down an embankment and was trapped. >> you know, come with me. i know you have the means to do what i can't do. >> nick: the fire department helped with the tricky rescue. annabelle was taken to nearby athol where the vet gave her the all clear. >> for an officer to come back an hour later and not give up and turning around and coming back again, he's the key the really having this all come into play. >> he really takes the oath of serving the public seriously. and he just would not leave.
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these dogs in frigid temperatures to make sure they got home. >> nick: so annabelle here is doing much better now, but she's going to go home and get some much-needed rest, and you can bet jock will be right by her side. in athol, nick emmons, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: it's lying right on cue as he scoots right in. >> christa: that's right, yes. i'm good. i know it. >> sarah: all right. still ahead, dozens of macy's stores are closing, some right here in massachusetts. we'll show you where coming up. >> christa: also flames and choking smoke forcing people to make desperate jumps from their apartment. not once but three different times. >> sarah: a stage crasher at the people's choice awards, plus the awkward mistake people are talking about today.
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>> and now time for 7sports with joe amorosino. >> joe: good morning. no shortage of unknowns for the patriots on their bye week. their next opponent, their level of confidence, having lost four of their last six, their overall health. but one thing we do know is what tom brady looks like coming out for his walk-through, which doesn't tell us a whole lot. the patriots' quarterback on hand in sweats alongside his teammates yesterday in foxborough. tough to tell if his sprained right ankle is bothering him more than he's letting on, but for now we have to take brady at his word. he says he's feeling better than he has in the last couple days and things are going in the right direction. the celtics led the pistons by as many as 13 last night, but watch detroit outscore them 33-19 in the fourth quarter. and rookie stanley johnson delivers the dagger from the corner there. celtics lose 99-94. they're right back at it tonight in chicago. baseball's hall of fame getting two new members, ken griffey, jr., making history in his first year on the ballot, earning 99.3% of the vote, the highest
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mike piazza will join him there next summer in cooperstown, getting in on his fourth try. roger clemens and barry bonds denied for a fourth straight year. clemens 45.2% of the vote. bonds 44.3%. keep in mind, players need 75% of the vote for entry into the hall of fame. that's sports. i'm joe amorosino. have a great day. >> christa: we've done so many stories about the popularity of drones, some with cameras, some of them crash, some about carrying pizza and packages. >> sarah: yeah, it's crazy, but now there's one that can carry people. would you trust it, though? a chinese company developed this new type of drone. they say it can take a single passenger the a preprogrammed destination. >> christa: preprogrammed. so you can only go certain places i guess. >> sarah: i don't trust it. they also say it can get up to 11,000 feet in the air and go more than 60mph, but it only lasts 23 minutes on its batteries.
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>> christa: do you get a warning, like the battery is about to go? or does it just go? >> sarah: i'm okay. >> christa: at least you can avoid some traffic on the expressway. >> sarah: this is true. >> christa: coming up on 6:26, a restaurant on the south shore going up in flames. and crews from several towns are called in to fight that fire. >> sarah: he may one day be king, but for right now he's the most adorable preschooler. prince georg what it' s like to buy a house. i know how it feels to be stressed about money. "retirement" is, and i can help. because i' m not
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fellow mom, fellow saver, m a fellow citizen. her best. just like you. sincerely, elizabeth trackler samantha parke robert kennedy deanna morrison jared duemling alex payne (cell phone rings) where are you? well the squirrels are back
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mom? your dad won't call an exterminator... can i call you back, mom? he says it's personal this time... if you're a mom, you call at the worst time. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. r it's what you do. where are you?r it's very loud there. are you taking at zumba class? wow. the internet is crazy fast here. i know, right? it's so nice to have everyone over. hi hey. mmm. i just laid an egg. does anybody want it? joey, you want some gasoline? yes, please. mom, guess what? i married a clown and we're having tiny little clown babies. mhm. i just bought a hammer. with internet fast enough for everyone, your guests might get a bit carried away.
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. >> christa: get ready to buy more powerball tickets. the jackpot growing to an historic level. plus a player in plymouth has a reason to celebrate. >> sarah: patriots' player danny amendola is catching some grief. >> this is a horrible structure. >> sarah: why his neighbors are throwing a red flag on what
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>> christa: and fierce flames. >> sarah: anger at fenway park. a pesky vandal defaced the number of a red sox legend. >> christa: an and awards show stopper. >> you ain't going to pull no steve harvey up here. >> christa: a stage crashing literally kicked off stage. >> sarah: oh, my goodness. >> christa: i think the lesson there is don't mess with sharon osborne. she just hauls off and hits him. >> sarah: she doesn't care. good thursday morning, everybody. thanks for staying us with. i'm sarah french. >> christa: i'm christa delcamp. we're waking up to a chilly morning. chris, this all seems to be wrapped around the wind whether or not it's chilly. >> chris: when you see numbers in the mid-teen, you hope it's not windy because you don't want to add to the chill factor. winds dead calm. feeling like 15 in norwood and bedford, as well. 8mph breeze in the city of boston. yeah, if you're walking around the city of boston, there's a
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buildings, but overall 27 feeling more like 19 out there. it's not too tough to take for january. so winter coats this morning. probably shedding a layer by this afternoon, though, like yesterday afternoon, with the sunshine warming us up back into the lower 40s. 41 in boston. 43 in attleboro. 44 in taunton. so it's another nice day with sunshine filtered by some high clouds, but today is the last bright day out of the next several. patchy drizzle developing as early as tomorrow afternoon. that will continue into saturday. maybe even some patchy freezing drizzle inland. but the best chance of a soaking rain arrives on sunday. more on that forecast ahead. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. good morning, everyone. let's head out and take a look at the expressway northbound, starting to slow down. let's go from the maps to the braintree split into boston. on the expressway, that drive is up to 24 minutes. the good news, we had a four-car accident in braintree at the split. that's clear. traffic still backed up on 128 southbound the route 24. in bridgewater we have a new accident. this is 24 southbound right at route 104. the pike starting to slow down
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let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. 24 minutes on the expressway from the braintree split into boston. no delays on the pike. 20 minutes on 93 southbound from the zakim bridge and the "t" is onime. >> christa: danielle, thank you. saturday's powerball jackpot is expected the reach a record level after no one took home the grand prize in wed's drawing. the next jackpot is expected to be worth an estimated $675 million, maybe even more. so this is now the largest prize in u.s. lottery history. while no one won last night's jackpot, one ticket sold in plymouth did manage to win $1 million. also here this morning, a pedestrian hit by a car in brighton overnight. boston ems says the victim was taken to the hospital and had serious injuries. the driver was also taken to the hospital to get checked out, as well. and police say the former principal of swampscott sent inappropriate messages to a
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according to investigators, back in november, 51-year-old edward rozmiarek initiated chat and text conversations that were sexual in nature. he's resigned as principal, but right new he's not facing criminal charges. >> sarah: also this morning, patriots' wide receiver danny amendola facing a car challenge. his neighbors are not happy with the carport set up outside his home. amendola got permission to put up the carport, but his neighbors say it's an eyesore. 7's nancy chen joins us now with more on this. >> nancy: sarah, good morning to you. you do not want to be late for bill belichick when he's your coach, so danny amendola put up this carport to help him get to practice on time when it snows, but his neighbors want to know why he just can't plow or shovel himself out like everyone else. a star on the gridiron, new england patriots wide receiver danny amendola isn't scoring as well with many of his rhode island neighbors all because of this carport. >> biggest, ugliest bread basket you've ever seen. >> nancy: the football player
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hill historic district, a neighborhood in the shadow of the capital. >> we all have beautiful clapboard house, and this is this horrible tin structure with metal and black and it just looks chintzy. >> nancy: neighbors say because there are no garages here, city officials gave amendola permission to put up this temporary carport so he'll get to practice on time when there is a snowstorm. >> some people said this was catastrophic or having a very negative effect on our neighborhood. >> nancy: amendola didn't answer his door for comment. the structure is supposed to come down in february, around the time of the super bowl. >> i think it's not appropriate the keep it long term. it doesn't fit with the character of the neighborhood, but like i said, go pats. >> nancy: some neighbors have no problem with the carport. others hope it sends a message to city officials that the public should weigh in on all permits. at the news desk, nancy chen, 7news "today in new england."
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the red sox are working to remove graffiti from johnny pesky's retired number located outside fenway park. according to the "globe," the team learned the number had been vandalized last night. but officers don't know exactly when it happened. pesky spent six decades with the sox, including seven full seasons as player. also new this morning, investigators remaining on the scene searching for the cause of a house fire that happened in dorchester. it was overnight while you slept around 3:00 a.m. on gaston street. this is video sent to us by a viewer there. you can see the flames just pouring out of the top floor there. and most of the damage, as you might imagine, looking at that, was to the attic. but luckily no one was hurt. three people are now staying with family. and crews from several towns responding to a fire at a popular restaurant in kingston. carmela's went up in flames overnight. you see here it looks like that fire is coming out of the roof, as well. the duxbury fire department says they were able to mock down the fire around 9:30.
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hearing at the statehouse for a bill to mandate clear orange markings on imitation guns. the new law would apply to bb guns, air rifles or any other gun that's considered a toy. the bill would also allow police to confiscate any imitation gun being use with malicious intent. closing time for dozens of macy's stores in the u.s., including two in western massachusetts. the department store giant says they'll be closing their stores in the eastfield and berkshire malls along with 38 others throughout the nation. macy's also plans to lay off about 4,300 employees. the company blames the cuts on poor holiday sales and what it called a disappointing 2015. >> christa: and we're following breaking news in new york. a rescue mission under way the reach 17 miners trapped 800 feet underground. we have much more on that coming up. >> christa: also questions surrounding donald trump's rally in new england tonight. why thousands of ticket holders may not even get inside.
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>> christa: we're back with the people's choice awards amending today. >> yes, sir. >> you about it going to pull no steve harvey up here. no. >> christa: love that. they just take it back. so as the woman from from the talk accepted their award for favorite daytime hosting team mark suddenly runs on the stage and grabs the microphone from sarah gilbert. sharon osborne was literally kicking him away. it looks like a case of ambush pr. the man ran on stage and started shouting a plug for an upcoming album by rapper kevin gates. that's what that was about. >> sarah: there's another moment. social media star matt balise was snubbed. instead of showing him on the screen, the camera panned to somebody else. so the guy is sitting behind him. he's known for his video series where he drinks a huge glass of
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some people really like his web series. he quickly tweeted saying in part, "they showed the wrong person on tv and i'm the drunk one?" >> christa: mistaken identity. so "star wars: the force awakens" is now the highest-grossing film of all time in that passes "avatar." the number-one title comes just after 20 days. "star wars" could take the number-one global title when it opens in china on saturday. >> christa: all right. we're following several breaking news stories. this just in. a truck bomb in libya killing dozens of police. >> sarah: we'll have the latest on that. also this story, 17 people trapped beneath the ground in a mine in upstate new york. the rescue operation now under
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>> it's 6:45. time to know and go. >> reporter: new this morning, no jackpot winner in the meg powerball drawing, but there is a new military here in massachusetts. >> reporter: we're now hearing the calls for help from firefighters trapped inside a burning home. >> reporter: disturbing new details of the online sting that cost a north shore principal his job. >> sarah: and a real live lassie. the pup credited with saving his sister. all right. 6:45. time to know and go. we have all you day's top stories.
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to be a busy morning. we'll start off with the weather. here's chris lambert with a check of your forecast. >> chris: busy for you in the news department. quiet weather-wise over the last couple days that. will continue to be the case this afternoon. mid-teens in a lot of the suburbs, not much of a wind out there. so we're not battling a strong breeze. 27 degrees in the city of boston. a lot of clear skies yielding to a lot of sunshine once that sun does rise. high temperatures this afternoon upper 30s, lower to middle 40s. little breeze at the coastline developing later on this afternoon. but overall another comfortable day. take a look at forecast model. other than a few thin, high clouds, not much going on today as the sunshine rolls on. patchy drizzle out there on friday. likely seeing more patchy drizzle friday night into saturday morning. system of that inland may be some patchy freezing drizzle. we'll watch out for a couple slippery spots friday might into early saturday morning. heavier rain on sunday. an inch of rain coming in on
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a gusty south-southeasterly wind. that drags in mild air. so we're nowhere close to seeing any ice or snow on sunday. this will all be rain. heaviest of the rain likely mid-morning through about early afternoon. drying out sunday night. quiet and colder monday and tuesday. imtime now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> chris: thanks, sarah. let's head outside to 95 northbound where we have a couple incidents to tell you about. this is an accident at neponset street blocking the left lane. looks like three cars. and this is in canton. let's go to the maps. we have another accident on 95 northbound. 128. so keep that in mind. again, this is 95 northbound. bridgewater still keeping an eye on this accident. this is 24 southbound right at route 104. the expressway starting to slow into boston. hour. the pike looking pretty good. a little slow as you head into into boston.
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slow down as you approach 128 and then crawling into boston. back to you, guys. >> christa: danielle, thank you. more on breaking news unfolding in new york. salt miners trapped there. this is south of syracuse. it's a rescue operation going on right now. here's 7's nancy chen. nancy? >> nancy: these salt miners, 17 of them have been stuck in the elevator since about 10:00 last night. they are 900 feet below the ground in this crane right here was brought in to get them out. crews have been able to talk to the miners by radio and are speak. this mine, as you mention, is in lansing, new york, that's south of syracuse. crews were able to give the miners heat packs and blankets to keep them warm while they wait to be rescued. fireworks say the good news here is no one appears to be hurt. it's a story we'll continue to follow throughout the morning. england. >> sarah: also breaking, a truck bomb in libya kills at least 60 police officers. so far in group has claimed
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>> christa: new this morning, the powerball jackpot reaching a new and historic level after no one matched all the numbers in last night's drawing. so by saturday this jackpot could reach $700 million, maybe even more. >> sarah: crazy. there was one second-prize winner here in massachusetts. nicole oliverio is live in plymouth where that ticket was sold. hey, nicole. >> nicole: good morning, sarah. if you think you need to run and check your powerball ticket, there was in grand prize winner, however, if you did buy a ticket here at the express mart in plymouth, well, then you may have a $1 million winner, meaning you matched all five of the numbers, but as we mentioned, there was no jackpot winner in last night's drawing where the prize was $524 million. if you took the cash option, that would have been $300 million. keep in mind, stores are packed yesterday as customers were rushing to just get a ticket for the chance of the dream that you could become an overnight millionaire.
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might have within a smaller prize. grab those tickets. these were last night's winning numbers: 2, 11, 47, 62, 63 and that powerball number was 17. there were at least a dozen winners over the 44 states where the game is played who won that million dollar prize. obviously we don't know who won yet here in plymouth. the store just opened a few minutes ago. so now the jackpot is 675 million for saturday's drawing. that's the largest in u.s. history. but keep in mind, the odds of winning, you have a better chance of being an astronaut, the president, giving birth to identical qoop lets or being killed by a vending machine. we're live in plymouth, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: a delivery truck going up in flames on 495 south in milford yesterday afternoon. the truck carrying paper supplies at the time, making it even more flammable. look at that back-up, several
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things are back the morallal, but the fire also spread to grass nearby. luckily no one was hurt. and a pedestrian hit by a car overnight in brighton. you see the damage to the windshield of the vehicle. boston ems says the victim was taken to the hospital and had serious injuries. the driver also taken to the hospital to get checked out. >> sarah: disturbing new details in a scandal at swampscott. the principal caught in anin' line sting, accused of having explicit conversations with who he thought was a young girl. 7's jennifer egan is live in swampscott with the story. jen? >> jennifer: well, sarah, there were a lot of questions when the principal resigned back in december. students and parents only knew there was some kind of misconduct with a school computer. a new police report reveals the reasons why the former principal stepped down. according to the police report, 51-year-old edward rozmiarek sent inappropriate messages to someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl. police say over a three-week period in november, rozmiarek chatted with the girl, asking
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he told her he was 51 and a school principal. as it turns out, the girl was a decoy, working for a anyone profit which aims to track down internet predators. they turned in rozmiarek's information over to police. detectives confronted him on dis7th, and he resigned that same day. police say they found adult pornography on rozmiarek's school laptop. the school. no criminal charges are being filed in this case. we're live in swampscott, jennifer egan, 7news "today in new england." >> mayday, mayday, get us out of here! >> christa: dramatic and fiery rescue in saugus. you saw it as breaking news here yesterday morning. now we're learning more about the firefighter who pulled his brothers from the flames. let's go to 7's victoria warren in saugus. vicki, it sounds like he really just saved their lives here. >> victoria: yeah, there was a team of firefighters that went
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were trapped inside of the burning home. and it was a desperate situation where seconds really meant the difference between life and death. now these heroes, they are speaking out. they're telling us about how they had to pull these three saugus firefighters out of this burning home. the men called a mayday from inside of the home, overtaken by smoke and fire and out of oxygen. other firefighters from saugus and malden ran in to help guiding them to the door and in one case pulling one man out the window. >> he broke the window. i seen his hand. i heard him pounding the window to break it. then i seen his hand, and i reached in and i said, brother, give me your hand, brother. he grabbed my hand and basically started pulling him out. >> if we didn't grab them, you know, there wasn't anyone else coming in enough time. so fortunately we were able to get to him.
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women inside of the home when the fire broke out. they were able to get themselves out. the house is a complete loss. today they continue to demolish it. the fire has said the fire started in the basement, but the chief has not said the exact cause. live in saugus, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: the mother of bella bond being held on $1 million after pleading not guilty in connection with her daughter's killing. rachelle bond appearing in court wednesday. she's now facing a new charge. prosecutors say she accepted more than $1,400 in state welfare assistance for children even after she knew bella was gone. bella's body was found in june on deer island. investigators spent months trying to identify her. michelle bond's boyfriend michael mccarthy is facing murder charges in this case. >> sarah: likely a rocky day on wall street today. dow futures are down 400 points following major losses on the dow and nasdaq.
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markets suggestion -- suspended trading after big losses earlier in the day. stocks plunged 7% in just 30 minutes. concerns over china's economy and currency are behind the slide. >> christa: we have new video of a boy and his parents jumping from a fourth floor of their apartment to escape a fire. this was in quebec city, canada. you can see them here. this ten-year-old boy dangled from his father's arms a few seconds before his father let go. this is terrifying to watch. so they were taken to the hospital. they're expected to be okay. that's because they jumped into the snow and that was able to cushion their fall. what happened here, a rescue truck ladder broke, and that's what prompted this desperate escape from people there. >> sarah: switching gears now to the race for the white house. concern over crowding at donald trump's event at burlington, vermont, tonight. police say trump's campaign has
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event at a venue that only has 1,400 seats. >> christa: well, seating at the flint theater will be first come first serve. thousands of ticket holders may be left out in the cold. we also have a story this morning. it will put a smile on your face, about an unbreakable bond involving two dogs in orange. two scottish terrier, siblings jock and annabelle wandered away. so annabelle fell 30 feet down an embankment and was injured, just like the famed tv dog show lassie. jock went in to get help. he got the attention of a police officer and insisted the officer follow him to annabelle's location. so all is right with the world. >> sarah: i love that story. >> christa: happy ending there, and he looks so proud as he moves in next to her. >> sarah: final check of the forecast with chris lambert. >> chris: looking good today. a lot of nine throughout the day. we rebound into the lower 40s. patchy drizzle friday into saturday. soaking rain on sunday. >> christa: it's been good
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thursday. hope it's a good one.
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(cell phone rings) well the squirrels are back in the attic. exterminator... he says it's personal this time... if you're a mom, you call at the worst time. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. r it's what you do. where are you?r it's very loud there. are you taking at zumba class? look, i know you're a cow and all. and you may not know what i'm talking about, but, uh. the yogurt made from your milk, is delicious. mmmm, yoplait.
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s like to buy a house. i know how it feels to be stressed about money. i understand what a scary word "retirement" is, and i can help. because i' m not just a fellow dad, fellow mom, fellow saver, i' m a fellow citizen. who gets up every day and tries her best. just like you. sincerely, elizabeth trackler samantha parke robert kennedy deanna morrison jared duemling alex payne wow. the internet is crazy fast here. i know, right? it's so nice to have everyone over. hi hey. mmm. i just laid an egg. does anybody want it? joey, you want some gasoline? yes, please. mom, guess what? i married a clown and we're having tiny little clown babies. mhm. i just bought a hammer. with internet fast enough for everyone, your guests might get a bit carried away.
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