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you could be facing. >> sarah: this morning we're hearing from the woman saved by patriots' linebacker darius fleming. she's describing the moment he rescued her from a smoking car. >> christa: and that blackstone house of horrors case headed back to court today. why attorneys for erika murray want the judge to drop system of the charges. >> sarah: and controversy on the campaign trail when sarah palin links her son's arrest to president obama's policies. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good thursday morn, everybody. it's 5:00. thanks for waking up with us. i'm sarah french. >> christa: nice and early. great to have you along today. i'm christa delcamp. all of us are keeping a very close eye on this huge winter storm. it's moving east right now. the track a little tricky to nail down. but we do know we are going to get some snow. i know that chris lambert is watching this storm. >> chris: we're going to have to use some coloring in the hair by the end of the weekend, guys. 23 in boston now.
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cool start, but the wind less of a factor today. so we'll get today out of the way here. temperatures running close to 30 degrees this afternoon. getting back down into the upper 20s by early this evening. how about a bluable snow. we're talking about two inches or greater. certainly still a possibility from worcester to boston, immediate north shore. you're more likely to see that the further south and east you go. it's less likely the further north and west you go. this is an early look. we're talking later saturday afternoon, saturday night into sunday morning. it's a big storm, sharp cut-off in precipitation. so, yes, these numbers could change, but i know a lot of you want to know, what are we thinking at this pilot? with the bulk of the precipitation staying closer to the south coast, that's where we see heavier totals. i want to show you what the gradient looks like. you see some of these oranges showing up on long island. you can go from about a foot of in connecticut. there will be a sharp cut-off. it will be important to track where that shield ends.
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again an early look at what we expect. guys? >> christa: okay, chris. thank you. a combo of light snow and some untreated roads in the washington, d.c., area last night leading to a slippery hour-long drive for a lot of commuters and also for president obama from joint base andrews in suburban maryland back to the white house. this is because he was unable to fly out on marine one because of the snow there in washington. so lots of trouble for them there. and ahead. as for us, danielle, at least the traffic this morning isn't snarled by snow. >> danielle: it's looking good so far. leverett connector and zakim bridge looking good so far this morning. route -- 193 looking good. northbound the drive nine minutes. no issues on route 3, 24 or 95. the pike looks good back out to framingham. take a look at those edith holmes drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. ten minutes on the expressway, 12 minutes into town on the pike.
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if you're taking the "t" this morning, so far it's on time. >> christa: a hearing happening today in the massachusetts senate could impact your morning commute in the future. you may be forced to put down your cell phone. >> sarah: the state senate is set to debit a bill that wound ban the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving. jennifer eagan is live with more on how much you could be fined. >> if this bill becomes law, you'll have to put down the cell phone or face some pretty steep fines, and the fines do seem to be the main point of debate here. right now the bill calls for a fine of $100 for the first violation, $250 for the second and $500 for every violation after that. after three or more violation, offenders would also be hit with an insurance surcharge. if the bill becomes law, massachusetts will join 14 other states that ban the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving, including connecticut, new hampshire and vermont. drivers under 18 are banned from using devices while driving already.
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for those 18 and older, texting and driving is illegal. this bill would only allow for drivers to use a phone now in hands-free mode, manually entering information enter a gps would also be banned. there is an exception in the bill for emergency situations. we're live outside the statehouse this morning, jennifer eagan, "today in new england." >> christa: patriots linebacker darius fleming has been right where the team has needed him recently, and now we're also learning that he came to the rescue of a woman not far from gillette stadium kicking in the window of a smoking car and helping her to make an escape. let's head out live to gillette stadium. apparently he's talking about this for the first time. here's 7's nicole oliverio. nicole? >> nicole: that's right, christa. basically fleming saying that he just came upon this accident, saw the smoke inside the car, the driver inside, and knew he had to help. patriots' linebacker darius fleming makes a huge play off
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woman who was trapped inside her car after police say she caused a three-car crash. >> the lady's car started to smoke. she couldn't get out. i realized the smoke was building up inside. that's what made me think to help her. >> nicole: the accident happened thursday afternoon in walpole. the victim wants to remain anonymous but says the doors to her car wouldn't open. >> it was definitely a 30-second to a member period of oh, wow, this is a really bad situation to be in. and i was never so grateful that he was able to be there and he window. >> nicole: fleming kicked out the passenger window and got the woman out of the car but ended up cutting his leg. >> the lady was climbing out the window. i probably scratched it on the way out. >> nicole: fleming needed 22 stitches and sayings his only concern was coach belichick being made. his teammates not surprised by his actions. >> he gave us his account of what happened.
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a lot of cheers went up. it was a happy time for us. >> you look at darius and the way he carries himself, the way he treats people. you know, he's a tremendous young man. so we're obviously very proud of him. >> i don't need accolades for what i did. anybody would have done the same thing in my position. >> nicole: and fleming was able to play in saturday's game against the chiefs. nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: don't forget, joe amorosino and trey daerr are headed to denver. their live reports begin later today on 7. >> sarah: right now framingham police are investigating after man was killed while crossing route 9 wednesday night. it happened right near prospect street. the driver of the car that hit him stayed on the scene. there was significant damage to the car. so far in charges have been filed. happening today, students in methuen and tewksbury are heading back to class after more bomb threats forced schools to evacuate on wednesday. police searched hundreds of
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backpacks laid out on the sidewalk after a teacher at methuen high school received a threat via e-mail. a threat also placed schools in tewksbury on lockdown for the second day in a row. more than a dozen other massachusetts schools were affected by bomb threats earlier this week. >> christa: also happening today, that case of the blackstone house of horrors heads back the court. attorneys for erika murray, who had allegedly been living in filth and the skeletal remains of three babies want some of the charges against her dropped. for the latest on that story, let's head out the victoria warren outside the courthouse this morning. vicki? >> victoria: good morning, christa. they are looking to get the most serious charge, the murder charges dropped, so this mother, erika murray, is facing nine charges. she's accused of murdering two of her babies and then concealing the death of her newborn whose body was found with the umbilical cord still attached. the attorney wants those three charges along with two charges
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of reckless endanger. dismissed. the babies bodies were found inside a house of horrors, trash and feces piled up inside the blackstone home. murray's four other children ranging from five months old to 13 years old were all living there along with her boyfriend who is also facing charges. prosecutors say her two youngest children were severely neglected. so the judge will hear arguments today about whether or not to dismiss five of those nine charges. it is unclear if erika murray, who has been in custody since her arrest in 2014, will be here at the courthouse today. live this morning in worcester, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa:>> sarah: governor charlie baker is gearing up for his first state of the state address tonight. he'll talk about opioid addiction, expanding charter schools and increasing the use of hydroelectric power. >> christa:lso expected to touch on some issues with the budget, which he plans to file next week. gough baker's remarks begin at 7:30 tonight.
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you can watch the speech here on 7 nbc. >> sarah: now to the race for the white house. a new poll is out on the republican race in new hampshire. donald trump is still on top in the cnn, wmur poll with 34% of the vote. he's followed by ted cruz who is 20 points back. jeb bush and marco rubio are tied for third with 10%. controversial comments from former alaska governor sarah palin just one day after she endorsed donald trump for president. palin told a crowd in oklahoma wednesday her son's arrest on domestic violence charges this week stem from the post traumatic stress disorder he developed from serving in the iraq war. she blames president obama for what she calls his lack of respect for veterans. >> my son is like so many others. they come back a bit different. it starts from the top. the question, it comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder, do you know what we go through? do you know what we're trying to
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do to secure america? ism palin also said america needs a commander-in-chief who will respected and honor veterans. >> christa: breaking overnight, asian markets taking another hit today. that's leading to more concern on wall street. falling oil prices causing stocks overseas to fall again today. yesterday oil closed below $27 a barrel, which is the lowest in 13 years. and later on this morning when the markets open here in the u.s., they will do so at their lowest level in nearly two years. the dow closing 249 points yesterday. it will open the day 15,766. and the nasdaq also falling 5 points to close the day at 4,471. stock futures are in the red, down about 1%. >> sarah: there's much more ahead on today "today in new england." he might not have a badge just yet, but a reading student police officer is already showing the bravery of a veteran officer. what he did, saving a woman's life. >> christa: also michigan's governor releasing hundreds of e-mails detailing that water
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crisis in flint. what one reveals about when he was first warned about that lead contamination. >> sarah: and before first flakes even start flying, major airlines are preparing for a monster storm. how your weekend travel plans could be impacted. >> chris: plenty of wind the last couple days. today those winds lighter. yesterday, though. close to 30 degrees this afternoon. of course we're tracking that winter storm. looks like late saturday into sunday morning. the best chance for some steadier snow south. ahead. >> danielle: and the roads are looking pretty good so far this morning. here's the expressway northbound. you can see looking pretty good. nine minutes from the braintree split into boston. if you're taking the "t" this
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>> sarah: a number of major airlines are preparing for winter weather this weekend.
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they are already issuing travel waivers to customers. delta air lines is wavering its change fee for people traveling between boston and washington, d.c. the airlines say they should know by today about whether they need to cancel any flights. >> christa: and that massive winter storm has people in d.c. stocking up on groceries. shoppers are rushing the stores, grabbing food an supplies in preparation for this big snowstorm. the national weather service says the mid atlantic could get hit with up to 18 inches of snow within next few days, and check out the store shelves in virginia. completely wiped out. look at that. people buying every last jug of milk and loaf of bread, preparing for the storm. i used to work down if the mid atlantic in the baltimore area, and that would be the joke, that there would be a rush on milk, bread and toilet paper. >> sarah: you have to get i'm saying? >> christa: we were convinced it was some kind of collusion there.
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>> chris: you know what, meanwhile if a meteorologist ever walked into the grocery store, the general manager would be giving the two thumbs-up saying, good job, really driving up business. i don't think you have to do that unless you want to make french toast and you're out of bread and eggs and you need to get those ingredients. otherwise the worst part of the storm staying south of us as it appears right now. 23 in boston. 16 in worcester. wind out of the northwest 5 to 10mph. so the wind today not as strong as what we've seen the last couple days. overall the next couple days quiet. close to 30 in the afternoon. mostly sunny skies. here is the energy diving out of kansas. this is going to traverse the deep south, create some severe weather down there, and form into powerful ocean storm just off the carolina and virginia coastlines. this is going to bring that milk and bread storm down to the mid atlantic. baltimore, d.c., likely seeing some blizzard conditions. that may extend all the way to new york city and long island. so we're right on the edge of where the the heaviest snow will fall.
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from hardly any snow to the north of this heavier shield to a lot of snow just to the south of that heavier shield. for us the timing of the snow, if we get a little bit of snow, will start to work in here on saturday late afternoon from south to north, saturday evening into early sunday morning. the highest risk for a foot or two of snow, yes, down through d.c., baltimore, even into new york city perhaps close to a foot of snow. now, there may be just enough moisture to give us close to half a foot of snow along the south coast of new england, extending into interior southeastern mass. so as it looks right now, it look like we still can get some snow in the city of boston, but as i mentioned, the sharp cut-off from hardly anything to the north and west, maybe an inch or two in the city of boston, and then locally 3 to 6 the further south you go down across rhode island into southeastern mass. with that sharp gradient, you know, if the track is adjusted 50 miles to the north, you start to bring in heavier precipitation because as close by as fairfield, connecticut, good six, eight, maybe ten
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inches of snow. long island dealing with close to a foot of snow. so there will be a lot of snow just to the south of us. this is certainly something to continue to keep an eye on. we will get wind regardless. major coastal flooding across the mid atlantic. the wind for us will be out of the northeast, a couple high tides to watch. one will be saturday night close to 11:00, and then the sunday morning one at 11:00 a.m. i do expect whether we get a lot of snow or not, winds gust 30 to 40mph along the coastline and even closer to 50 down through the cape and the islands. very late overnight on saturday and into sunday morning. it's really the sunday morning high tide that we're most watching here in terms of the possibility of minor to even pockets of moderate coastal flooding, especially those east to northeastern-facing shorelines that have that wind essentially driving the water. 7 on 7 forecast, next couple days again quiet. even saturday if you have morning plans, i think we're flake-free in the morning. in the afternoon, especially mid to late afternoon from south to north, some of that snow starts
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early next week. looking quiet by monday. >> sarah: thanks, chris. a frighten slip in brazil caught on camera. a trucker lucky to be alive after he's tossed from a truck. dashboard camera captures the crash -- look closely -- as the truck rolls on the road. the driver is thrown sky high. he's okay. he's currently at the hospital being treated for broken bones. a snowboarder could be facing criminal charges after he allegedly triggered an avalanche. >> christa: he was wearing his own camera friday when he boarded down a steep run at sugar bowl resort out in california. one of his friends also recorded video. so really getting a bird's-eye view of this. and the center, you can see it burying him from that camera's perspective. sugar bowl says that area has been closed to the public since 2010 and by snowboarding there he apparently triggered that avalanche and put other people at risk. >> sarah: up next on 7news,
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the buffalo bills make nfl history. barriers. >> christa: spread -- a student police officer rushing to a car to save a driver trapped inside. how his training and his
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morning. temperatures upper teen, lower 20s this morning. can kiddos needing winter gear again this morning. by this afternoon, temperatures closer to 30. more comfortable day overall. new england on the northern edge of this powerful storm that will be forming over the weekend. sharp cut-off in precipitation. right now the chance for any snow for us looks to be late saturday, saturday night into very early sunday morning, perhaps up to a couple inches in the city of boston. higher amounts the further south you go. this is an early look, so any adjustment north or south of the
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track would change these numbers, but as of now that's what we're looking at. >> and now time for 7sports with yes amorosino. >> joe: good morning. it will be a battle of strength versus strength in sunday's a.f.c. championship game. on the one side, tom brady and the patriots' offense that's getting healthier and more cohesive by the day. on the other side, the broncos' top-ranked defense. and a home-field advantage that's been a problem for tom brady in the past. >> it's always frustrating when we lose, so i know we've had a lot of lonely feelings when you're driving out of that stadium. we've had some pretty tough losses there over the years. they've had really good teams. and i think that's what it comes down to. it's always a challenge to play anybody on the road, especially a team that's as talented as they are. they just got a lot of great players, really good coaches that put those guys in a position to play their best. so it's not easy to go in there and win, but we're going to give it everything we got.
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>> joe: celtics wrapping up a three-game road trip in toronto. the green team down two late in the third quarter, but too much demar derozan. celtics could not close the gap. they fall to the raptors 115-109. they're back home tomorrow night against the bulls. and the red sox avoiding arbitration. they reportedly reached a one-year, $3.375 million deal with their righty reliever. i'm joe amorosino. that's sports. have a great day. >> sarah: state police confirm they had to bring footballs to gillette stadium for saturday's playoff game between the patriots and the chiefs because the referees accidentally left the kicking balls at the hotel. staff at the hotel contacted state police and troopers brought the kicking balls and their pressure gauges to the stadium. they arrived around 3:30, an hour before kickoff. >> christa: all right. the buffalo bills have hired a woman to be part of the coaching staff, making nfl history. buffalo hiring katherine smith
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to be the team's special teams quality control coach. she is the first woman to have a full-time position on a coaching staff in the nfl. she spent the past two seasons working as an administrative assistant for coaches on rex ryan's staff. so look at that. buffalo bills, trailblazers this morning. >> sarah: i love it. coming up next at 5:30, what could derail the green line extension before the project ever takes off? >> reporter: and we're live at gillette. both quarterbacks talking about a storied rivalry and who they may or may not be comparing themselves to. >> christa: and how a student police officer put his training the good use to rescue a trapped driver in reading when we come right back.
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territory. >> christa: the governor of michigan making on a promise to release e-mails related to that flint water crisis. >> sarah: and predicting the risk of developing dementia. the potential breakthrough made by scientists. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> christa: it's 5:30. we know it's early. we want the thank you for waking up early. we know you have a job to do, get off to work, but you're choosing us this morning which is really nice. i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: and i'm sarah french. the real reason we know you're tuning in is for chris lambert to see how the snow will affect us this weekend. >> chris: not for me per se, but for the actual forecast for the weekend plans, right? good morning, everyone. nor'easter forming, hammering the mid atlantic coastline friday night into saturday. there's little doubt of that. but the track is critical if terms of how much snow we get. the the heaviest snow across southern new england likely through southeastern mass back through rhode island and southern connecticut. high tide, too, especially the 11:00 morning one on sunday we
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of coastal flooding, minor to moderate temperatures in the teens and lower 20s. winds not as strong as the last couple days that. wind not hitting you as hard in the face walking out the door. a little bit of good news there. temperatures close to 30 this afternoon. close to 30 again tomorrow afternoon. the next couple days quiet. what are we thinking right now in terms of snow potential? maybe an inch or two in the city of boston. higher totals further south, but just sitting to the south of us, there's going to be a ton of precipitation. we have the watch carefully for any adjustment north or south with the track. ism time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. good morning, everyone. roads looking pretty good so far this morning. here's the expressway northbound. looking pretty good. let's go to the maps from the braintree split into boston. a little slowing, but no major delays to tell you about. route 3, 24, 95 looking good. the pike out the framingham, all green. no delays eastbound on the pike into boston. north of town we have a water
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route 1a and right by vinon square. north of that, that's causing delays there. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. 128 to the zakim bridge, that drive 11 minutes. if you're taking the "t" this morning, so far it's on time. back to you, guys. >> christa: danielle, thank you. let's get a check of the day's top stories on your thursday. the state senate will debate a new bill requiring you to put down your cell phone while on road. this would ban all hand-held devices behind the wheel. typing in an address into gps would be illegal. the proposed fines range between $100 and $500. the case of the blackstone house of horrors headed back the court today. attorneys for erika murray living in filth and the skeletal remains of her three babies are looking to have murder charges against her dropped. murray was charged in the babies' death in 2014 after they
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were found living in heaps of trash and filth in that home. she's also accused of concealing the death of her newborn. also this morning, teammates praising patriots' linebacker darius fleming for helping a woman get out of her car after an accident in walpole last week. fleming talked about what happened yesterday. he says he was driving home after practicing and saw this three-car crash. he said he kicked out the window in order to free the woman. she's doing okay, but fleming needed 22 stitches in his leg. he still managed to play in saturday's win over the chiefs. >> sarah: the patriots now focusing on football ahead of the a.f.c. championship game. today they'll hit the practice field preparing for the denver broncos. 7's nicole oliverio live at gillette stadium with more. hey, nicole. >> nicole: good morning. that's right. of course i'm sure tom brady would have liked to avoid talking about the game plan and the broncos in general, but he couldn't avoid questions about the brady-manning matchup.
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upcoming 17th duel with manning. >> i think playing someone 17 times is pretty cool, especially as someone as good as him. to play against those peyton manning-led teams, you have to play 60 minutes. you're in for a tough game. >> nicole: manning was asked if his rivalry with brady is as famous as the one between larry bird and magic johnson. >> it's an uncomfortable one for me to comment on. i grew up a huge larry bird and magic johnson fan. i grew up with the posters of larry and magic in their very short shorts. all i can say about tom brady is he plays the position the way it's supposed to be played. >> nicole: coach bill belichick also praised manning, saying he's a tough competitor who you should never count out. >> there is no player off our team that i have any more respect for than peyton manning. his preparation, risk consistency, his skills, i would never ever ever underestimate him under any circumstances.
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is nearly 40, so the question is, is this going to be the last brady-manning matchup. that's the latest live from gillette, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: new this morning a gun, drugs and thousands of dollars in cash all allegedly taken from a home in roslindale. boston police say they arrested a 25-year-old man for possession of heroin. they say they made the discovery at a house on kohlberg avenue and they say the semi-automatic weapon was loaded and there was about $12,000 in cash here. >> sarah: also new this morning, b.p.d. making a drug bust in dorchester. police arrested seven people accused of distributing heroin and cocaine. officials seized several bags of the drugs after searching a home on stanwood street. police also seized nearly $700 in cash. >> christa: the opioid overdose epidemic taking a deadly toll in massachusetts. according to new data from the state department of public health, more than half of the
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between the ages of 25 and 44. also 83% of those who died from unintentional overdoses were white, non-hispanic men. in fact, men were much more likely to die from an overdose. meantime, the state's attorney general maura healey has announced new efforts to stop the spread of addiction and overdoses here in massachusetts. healey says a new multistate effort will track... will start cracking down on doctors who prescribe addictive pain medications. >> what we want to take on and what we want to shut down are the prescribers who are out there prescribing to people who have no business receiving this, who have no need for this, who have known substance use issues, who recently o.d.s. >> christa: every opioid prescription that pharmacies fill is logged into a database. this new task force will use that information to get started. this morning. the mbta's fiscal board says
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to the proposed green line extension project. according to the "globe," board members told consultants to revise the plan to save funds. the expected costs jumped from $2 billion to nearly $3 billion inch may board members are scheduled to discuss whether to go forward with the plan. a risky rescue in reading when a student police officer rushes to save a driver involved in a bad car crash. charlie guarino was on his way to the police academy when a car right in front of him lost control. he says that's when his training kicked in and he ran over to save that driver trapped inside. >> so i ran over. i tried to kick the window to help him get out. i don't know how to explain it. it wasn't like, oh, should i stop. it was just stop the car, get out, try to help them. that's why you go to the police academy. you want to help people. >> sarah: so he officially starts to protect and serve in about three weeks when he graduates from the police academy. isn't that wonderful?
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well on his way. 5:37. just ahead, michigan's governor releasing his e-mails related to that toxic water crisis in flint. what they reveal about what he knew and when he knew it. >> sarah: and it's in laughing matter. amy schumer denying that she steals jokes. how she plans to prove it coming up. >> chris: plenty to watch for the weekend. the next couple days nice and quiet. temperatures close to 30 degrees with lighter winds this afternoon. a little bit of a cool breeze but not too bad. what about the traffic this morning, danielle? >> danielle: thanks, chris. not looking too bad out there. here's a look at the braintree split. ten minutes into boston. in salem on 1a, we have a water main break. if you're taking the "t," so far it's on time this morning. we'll be right back. find your sweet spot today with dunkin's
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>> sarah: welcome back. 5:45. time now for everything you need the start you day off right. >> christa: here's what you need to know and go. chris lambert has been talking about forecast for today and the storm. my goodness, you have your work cut out for you. >> we certainly do over the weekend. the next couple days fairly straightforward. 23 in boston. 16 in worcester. the wind not as active as it was the last couple days. you can see that on the wind map here. taking a look at the speeds at 5 to 12mph. still occasionally gusting to 20, but not as windy as yesterday, and a more comfortable feel to the air. close to 30 the next couple afternoons. we have quite a bit of sunshine to go through. travel forecast to d.c. or down into the mid atlantic, today it is dry. different story setting up by storm night as this energy continues to push down toward the southeast. it will emerge as a big celestial storm. in fact, blizzard watch in that green for long island as well as d.c. into baltimore, and winter
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to the west of that area. now, you take a look at a high-impact storm. philadelphia on south, likely seeing one to two feet of snow including the big cities of baltimore, down into d.c. and into northern virginia itself. you get right on the northern edge of the storm, there is a sharp cut-off in the precipitation. you may get a foot of snow in long island, perhaps close to six near the south coast of new england. and that will taper off to hardly anything north of the mass pike. as it looks on the setup right now, this area of low pressure important to watch the evolvement, watch the final track of it that. will dictate how far north this snow does get. i do expect some snow across southern new england beginning from south to north during saturday afternoon, especially late afternoon and the best chance of more widespread accumulating snow would be saturday evening, overnight saturday wrapping up early on sunday morning by 7:00, 8:00. here we go even with a big difference across southern new england, from close to six inches down to the south coast of new england to maybe an inch or two in boston and hardly
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anything across northern mass, southern new hampshire, that's the way it looks right now. and you notice you put that 8 to 12 on long island. so there's going to be a sharp gradient in the precipitation, any adjustment north or south would mean an adjustment for us in terms of the snowfall that we expect. winds gusting 40 to 50mph on the cape and the islands late saturday night early sunday morning. going to have the watch the sunday 11:00 high tide for the potential of minor to moderate coastal flooding. >> sarah: all right. time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. good morning, everyone. let's head outside. take a look. this is route 93 heading into boston. take a look. let's go to the maps. we have an accident on the median right before route 125 and traffic backed up to dascomb road from that incident. also keeping an eye in salem, we have a water main break on route 1a north of vinnin square. that's causing some delays there. route 1 not looking too bad this morning. neither is 93 southbound after you pass over 128 from the braintree split into boston
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expressway. 128 southbound as you approach the braintree split, we're startinging to see some slowing. route 3 looks pretty good. so does route 24 and 95. your drive eastbound on the pike mostly green. no delays to tell you about. there take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning. into town on the pike, 12 minutes 93 southbound. 128 to the zakim bridge, 11 minutes. if you're taking "t" this morning, so far it's on time. back to you, guys. >> sarah: a hearing happening today in the massachusetts senate could impact your morning commute in the future. drivers in massachusetts may be forced to put down their cell phones. >> christa: the state senate is set to debate this bill. it would ban the use of all handheld electronic devices while you're driving. so let's check in right now with 7's jennifer eagan. she has the latest on how much you could get fined for this. jen? >> jennifer: fines would start at $100 for the first time you get caught with your phone in your hand, $500 for the third
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time and every time after that. you could also be hit with a surcharge on your insurance. the state senate takes up the bill today. drivers under 18 are already banned from using devices. it's illegal to text and drive for drivers 18 and older. if the bill becomes law, you could only use your phone in hands-free mode. manually entering information into a gps would also become illegal. if the law passes, massachusetts would join connecticut, vermont and new hampshire in banning the use of devices unless they are being used hands-free. the bill does allow for exceptions in an emergency. we're live outside the statehouse this morning, jennifer eagan, 7news "today in new england." ism new this morning, incentives were offered to general electric in exchange for moving to boston. the city will build a public helipad and provide an area for g.e.'s corporate planes at mean airports. city leaders also offered up to $25 million in property tax relief. g.e. announced it would move its headquarters to boston last
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week. dallas mavericks' owner mark cuban once again shows his support for daily fantasy supports. texas attorney general announced tuesday that daily fantasy games should be considered illegal gambling. cuban was a speaker at the fantasy sports trade association conference in dallas on wednesday. he says daily fantasy games should be allowed. >> i thoroughly enjoying picking on politicians and picking on hypocrisy and challenging conventional wisdom. there's more luck involved in the stock market than there is in fantasy. >> while it does involve some element of skill, it also involves an element of chance, because it involves an element of chance, it's gambling, and if it's gambling, it's illegal in texas. >> sarah: several states have introduced legislation to regulate daily fantasy sports sites. breaking overnight, a public enquiry has found russian president vladimir putin probably approved an operation
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a british judge said the spy was poisoned by a cup of tea laced with a radioactive poison at a willed hotel back in 2006. he publicly accused putin of ordering his killing before he died three weeks later. >> christa: happening today, an announcement aimed at making it harder for europeans tied to isis to get inside the u.s. the bum -- obama administration will outline new visa requirements for european travelers who are also dual nationals of iran, iraq, sudan or syria. this new rule would also apply to people who have visited any of those countries in the past five years. an assistant principal down in tennessee is accused of trying to cover up the sexual assault of four freshman basketball players. this apparently happened, the assault, while the teen was staying in a cabin for a tournament last month. the assistant principal also serves as the athletic director, and prosecutors say he did not report what happened. >> sarah: troubling new
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details in the lead contamination water crisis in flint, michigan. the state's gough has released all of his e-mails about the situation. >> christa: they apparently include comments from a staffer who says it was the city's problem, not the state government's. the white house has now sent an envoy to flint to help coordinate federal efforts to this crisis. president obama also addressed the issue while he was in detroit yesterday. >> and i know that if i was a parent up there, i would be beside myself that my kids' health could be at risk. >> christa: meantime, michigan lawmakers have approved $28 million in emergency funding to deal with the crisis, but the mayor says fixing the damage crowd cost as much as a half billion or 1.5 billion dollars. >> sarah: oregon's governor is frustrated with the way federal authorities are handling an armed group's occupation of a national wildlife refuge. she says the government needs to
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end the occupation quickly and hold all of its protesters accountable. many people who live there say the group has worn out their welcome. >> you know, i can't say the you for the disruption to our county to, my home. >> it is time for you to go home. [applause] >> sarah: the group has occupied the refuge for nearly there weeks, protesting federal land use. the governor also says the federal government needs to pick up state expenses because of the siege. >> christa: in 7 the healthcast, could there be a new test to predict a patient's risk of dementia? british researchers have dropped a computer also rhythm for a five-year risk, using medical history and use of prescription, the researchers say the test was most accurate for people between the ages of 60 and 79. so you might not think of a scented candle as something that's dangerous, but a new
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react with other elements in the air inside your household to create a cancer-causing chemical. this can apparently happen with cleaning products and air fresheners. the compound that gets created has been apparently linked to some forms of cancer. >> sarah: on 7news now, amazon offering refunds on hover boards due to growing safety concerns. the move comes after the consumer product safety commission is investigating more than three dozen cases of hover boards suddenly bursting into flames. the cpsc welcomed amazon's decision and is calling on other retailers to do the same. >> christa: "star wars" fans anxiously awaiting another new movie will be forced to wait. disney announcing the release pushed back. it will now hit theaters in december 2018. it seems like they like those
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kind of good for business maybe? >> sarah: they do well. still another hour of 7news ahead on "today in new england." next at 6:00, a daring rescue. what patriots' linebacker said he did to help save a woman who was trapped and in trouble. >> christa: nervous parents sending their kids back to class this morning after schools in two more towns received threats. meet the new, 3rd generation nest learning thermostat. it's proven to save energy. and you could get a $100 rebate from your energy company.
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>> sarah: a major winter storm about the batter the east coast. >> everyone is going crazy. >> sarah: the potential impact in new england.
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phone, how much will drivers be fined if a new law goes into effect? a patriots player saves a woman in trouble. >> he really went out of his way. >> sarah: darius fleming's roadside rescue. another day of road scares in massachusetts. investigators combing through backpacks trying to track down a threatening caller. plus a trucker flipping out and somehow survives. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> christa: good morning. 6:00 a.m. on a thursday. yes, we're tracking some winter weather that's headed our way. i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: and i'm sarah french. a monster storm taking aim at the mid atlantic region. heavy, perhaps crippling amounts of snow headed for baltimore, washington, d.c., and philadelphia. but what's in store for us here in new england? let's send it over the chris lambert with all the details on that. >> chris: good morning, sarah. looks like we're just on the northern fringes of this storm some the biggest impact off to the south of us essentially from new york city south down through the mid atlantic. 22 in boston. 14 in bedford.
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we've had it in place for quite some time now. wind out of the west 7 to 12mph. the wind today not as strong as yesterday. so instead of gusting to 30mph, we're gusting 15 to 20 this afternoon. a cool breeze but not a stinging breeze out there with temperatures close to 30 degrees. okay. the setup, what do we expect this weekend? the storm will hammer the mid atlantic. there is little dutt of that. the northern edge of this storm works into southern new england. there will be a sharp cutoff of snow from north to south. the heaviest chance of snow across southeastern mass, especially further down toward the south coast, back through coastal rhode island and connecticut. we also have to watch the tides. astronomically high. even if we don't get a lot of snow out of this storm system, there will still with some gusty and prolonged northeasterly winds with the toe teach of minor coastal flooding and pockets of moderate coastal flooding on the sunday morning high tide cycle around 11:00 a.m. what about the snow in again, north of the mass pike, as of right now, given the track, i don't expect a whole will the of snow out of this, perhaps a few
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better chance for these four, fives and sixes the closer you get down through the south coast. we'll talk more about this forecast the next seven days ahead. >> even a small amount of snowfall in washington, d.c., already causing trouble. vehicles in president obama's motorcade could be seen slipping and sliding on the streets last night. a drive that normally took 25 minutes, took an hour and ten, and of course this is not even the big storm that's headed that way. let's get a check on our traffic this morning. hopefully no one is slipping and sliding out there yet, danielle. >> no, our traffic not looking nearly that bad this morning, christa. here's a look at the pike. looking good. let's head to the maps. no issues to tell you about on the pike. we have an accident on route 9 in natick. this is in natick eastbound on rout 9 at oak street causing some delays there. the rest of you drive looking good. let's head north of town. an earlier accident in wilmington. this did clear. we have some delays. you're starting to slow down on route 93 southbound as you pass over 128. in salem, we're still keeping an
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this is route 1a north of vinnin square there. south of town, from the braintree split into boston on the expressway northbound, just 12 minutes. 128 southbound, you're slowing down as you approach the expressway. route 24 a little slowing as you approach 128. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. 12 minutes on the expressway. 12 minutes into town on the pike from 128. 20 minutes on 93 southbound. from 128 to the zakim bridge. if you're taking the "t" this morning, so far it's on time. back to you, guys. ism right now framingham police are investigating after man was killed after crossing route 9 wednesday night. it happened right nea prospect street. the driver of the car that hit him stayed on the scene. there was significant damage to that car. so far no charges have been file. happening today, debating device-free driving and how much you should be fined for using your phone behind the wheel. a hands-free bill is moving forward, of course, in the statehouse. >> christa: they're saying the next phase is trying to decide how much to penalize drivers who break the law. for the latest details, you
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probably want to know about it. here's 7's jennifer eagan. she's live for us. jen? >> jennifer: christa, good morning. if this becomes law, you'll have to put down the cell phone or face some pretty steep fine, and the fines do seem to be one of the main points of debate here. right now the bill calls for a fine of $100 for the first violation, $250 for the second and $500 for every violation after that. after three or more violations, offenders would also be hit with an insurance surcharge as well. if the bill becomes law, massachusetts would join 14 other states that ban the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving, including connecticut, new hampshire and vermont. drivers under 18 are banned from using devices while driving already. for those 18 and older, texting and driving is illegal right now. this bill would only allow for drivers the use a phone in hands-free mode, manually entering information into a gps would also be banned. there are exceptions in the bill right now for emergency situations. we're live outside the
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jennifer eagan, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: this morning we are learning more about a patriot player's roadside rescue. we're hearing from the woman who was pulled from a burning car by linebacker darius fleming. even more incredible, he hurt himself during that rescue but still went on to play in the game against the chiefs last weekend. here's 7's nicole oliverio. she has more on the story from gillette. nicole? >> nicole: well, we spoke with a driver who was rescued by fleming. now, she says she panicked and was scared when she couldn't get out of her car and it began to fill with smoke. she knew it was a patriots' player that was helping her. she says he was wearing his team sweatshirt, but she didn't know it was fleming until yesterday. patriots' linebacker darius fleming makes a huge play off the field when he rescued a woman who was trapped inside her car after police say she caused a three-car crash. >> the lady's car started to smoke. she couldn't get out. i realized the smoke was building up inside. that's what made me think to
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>> nicole: the accident happened thursday afternoon in walpole. the victim wants to remain anonymous but says the doors to her car wouldn't open. >> it was definitely a 30-second to a minute period of oh, wow, this is a really bad situation to be in. and i was ever so grateful that he was able to be there and he pulled over and he broke the window. >> nicole: fleming kicked out the passenger window and got the woman out of the car but ended up cutting his leg. >> the lady was climbing out the window before my leg was out the window. i probably scratched it on the way out. that's how i got glass in my leg. >> nicole: fleming needed 22 stitches and sayings his only concern was coach belichick being made. his teammates not surprised by his actions. >> he gave us his account of what happened. a lot of cheers went up. it was a happy time for us. >> you look at darius and the way he carries himself, the way he treats people. you know, he's a tremendous young man. so we're obviously very proud of him. >> i don't need accolades for
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what i did. anybody would have done the same thing in my position. >> nicole: and despite getting the stitches in his leg, fleming was able to play in the game saturday against the chiefs. live at gillette, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: don't forget, you can count on 7news for the pats in the playoffs. 7's joe amorosino and trey daerr are both headed out the denver. trey's live reports begin today on 7news. >> sarah: and the woman who lived in the house of hor centers blackstone is set to face a judge. she's accused of one of the worst child abuse cases in massachusetts, but her lawyers want some of those charges dismissed. 7's victoria warren live at the worcester courthouse with more. vicki? >> victoria: good morning, sarah. they are looking to get some of the most serious charge, the murder charges, dismissed. erika murray will be inside a courtroom here at worcester superior court later today. she's facing nine charges and is accused of murdering two of her
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death of her newborn whose body was found with the umbilical cord still attached. her attorney wants those three charges along with two charges of reckless endangerment dismissed. the babies' bodies were found inside a house of horrors, trash and feces piled up inside the blackstone home. murray's four other children ranging from five months old to 13 years old were all living there along with her boyfriend, who is also facing charges. prosecutors say her two youngest children were severely neglected. so the judge will hear arguments today on the motion to dismiss five of the nine charges. it is unclear if erika murray, who has been in custody since her arrest in 2014 will be in attendance. live this morning in worcester, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: asian markets taking another hit today, and that's leading to more concern on wall street. falling ole prices are causing stocks overseas to fall yet again. yesterday oil closed below $27 per barrel, which is actually
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the lowest now in 13 years. and later on this morning when the markets open here in the u.s., they will do so at their lowest level in nearly two years. the dow losing 249 points yesterday. it will open the morning at 15,766. the nasdaq also falling five points to close the day at 4,471. meantime, u.s. stock futures are in the red down about 1%. >> sarah: governor charlie baker will deliver his first state of the state address tonight. among the topics the governor says he'll talk about are combating opioid addiction, expanding charter schools and increasing the use of hydroelectric power. he's also expected the look back at some of the actions taken in his first year in office, including ones with the mbta and department of children and families. governor baker's remarks begin at 7:30 tonight. you can watch his speech right here on 7 nbc. >> christa: still ahead, sarah palin coming under fire for comments connecting her son's ptsd to president obama's policy.
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>> sarah: video need to see the believe, a man survives getting thrown from his pick-up truck. >> christa: and getting ready for the storm. airlines making changes after the system heads east. >> chris: it will be a powerful storm down through the mid atlantic cities like baltimore, philly and d.c. what about us? we'll get some snow out of it late saturday, saturday afternoon into early sunday morning. the the heaviest of the snow the further south you go in new england. there is the wind and coastal flood threat. we'll talk more on this coming up in the forecast. >> danielle: good morning, everyone. sky7 is over this water main break in salem on route 1a north of vinnin square. only one lane is getting by. we also have an accident in natick on route 9 eastbound. if you're taking the "t" this
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>> christa: tracking oner the weather for you on this thursday morning. it's weather of historic proportions. now in the nation's capital, just about an inch of snow fell
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last night, creating some dangerous driving conditions there, but, folks, this is just the warm-up act for the storm that's headed toward d.c. for the weekend. last night even with that small amount of snow, more than 100 accidents were reported. this weekend up to two feet of snow could fall in the mid atlantic. i'm a little worried about them after hearing that. >> sarah: i know, right? people there stocking up on supplies. the store shelves in virginia completely empty. people brought every last jug of milk and loaf of bread preparing for that storm. and a number of major airlines are preparing for the winter weather. they are already issuing travel waivers to customers. delta air lines waiving its change fee for people traveling between boston and washington, d.c. the airlines say they should know some time today whether they need to cancel any flights. >> christa: usually we're the ones in the bull's-eye, right, the northeast, mid atlantic maybe getting a little less. this time it's reversed. we might be the lucky ones.
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opposite of last year. we got hammered with every storm. west of hartford, connecticut, got hardly anything. now it's their turn. 22 in boston. wind speeds this morning not as strong as they were yesterday. so lighter wind always helps when it's january cold. temperatures into the teens. next couple afternoons nice and quiet. we're not concerned with any travel issues over next couple days, even into saturday morning it does look quiet. what is going on this afternoon? well, we're watching the energy coming out of the middle section of the country, diving toward the deep south. there will be a likelihood of some severe weather with this storm system down across the gulf coast states. this will form into the major nor'easter that will hammer the mid atlantic. in fact, there is a blizzard watch that's close by as long island. then you get south down the 95 stretch into baltimore, d.c., that's a blizzard watch for those folks there, blue, winter storm watch posted from the national weather service. very sharp cut-off with this
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highest impact in philly. high impact in new york city out through long island. you get north of there, the gradient of precipitation will fall off fast. so that's why we have a moderate risk along the connecticut coastline, rhode island coastline of dealing with some heavy snow, perhaps six inches or more that. risk really tapers off the further north you go. in terms of the timing of the snow that we do get, again, it's dry on saturday morning. saturday afternoon, 1:00, 2:00 p.m., may begin to see some snow across the south coast of new england. that will slow the afternoon and evening. for the city of boston, best chance of know is after 4:00, 5:00 on saturday. that may continue for a little while here saturday night into very early sunday morning. by about 7:00, 8:00 sunday morning, the snow is out of here. in terms of that sharp gradient, you know, we may go from a coating in worcester county to close to six inches, 50 miles further to the south. then you get 50 miles south of there and they could pick up close to one foot of snow down into long island.
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so this is the way it looks as of now. not a huge amount of snow for us, but if we adjust the track 50 miles either way, that would make a difference. a couple days out, two and a half days out before the snow even starts. expecting major coastal flooding jersey shore and down into the delmarva. when you get further off to the north, expecting minor pockets of moderate coastal flooding. the high tide for us to watch, this will be the sunday morning one around 11:00 a.m. we'll also watch the saturday night one, but i think more prone to coastal flooding sunday morning. winds gusting 30 to 40mph overnight saturday and into sunday morning along the coastline. even 40 to 50 down through the cape and the islands. and that's consistent northeasterly wind. some of this ocean water close `to the coastline. that's why i do expect pockets of moderate, coastal flooding and i think widespread coastal flooding will occur with this storm. 7 on 7 forecast, otherwise quiet the next couple days and fairly quiet to start next week. guys? >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle
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gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. this is salem. it's a water main break just north of vinnin square. you can see one lane was getting by. now i think two lanes are getting by, one in each direction. regardless, delays here. let's go to the maps. we have other incidents to tell you about this morning. route 1 not looking too bad from the braintree braintree split into boston on the expressway, 25 minutes that drive. south of town new york major delays on route 3, 24 and 95. the pike, nothing the tell you about, but we do have an accident, this is natick route 9 eastbound at oak street, causing some back-up there. the rest of you drive into town from the pike and 128, looking good. 22 minutes on the expressway from the braintree split into boston. into town on the pike, just 12 minutes. 9 the 3 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 16 minutes. if you're taking the "t," it is on time this morning. back to you, guys. >> sarah: a frightening flip in brazil caught on camera. a trucker lucky to be alive after he's just tossed from his
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truck. dashboard camera captures that crash. look closely as the truck rolls on the road. the driver is just thrown sky high. he's currently at the hospital being treated for just some broken bones. now to the race for the white house. donald trump continues to hold a commanding lead in new hampshire. a new cnn/wmur poll finds 34% supporting trump. ted cruz is in second place. but 20 points back. marco rubio and jeb bush are in a tie for third with 10%. >> christa: some controversial comments from former akbar alaska governor sarah palin a day after she endorses donald trump. palin told a crowd that her son track's arrest on domestic violence charges stemmed from post traumatic stress disorder he developed after serving in the iraq war. then she blamed president obama for what she calls his lack of respect for veterans. >> but my son, like so many
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they come back hardened. it starts from the top. the question, though, that comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder: do you know what we go through? do you know what we're trying to do to secure america? >> christa: palin said america will need a commander-in-chief who will respect and honor veterans. >> sarah: still ahead, nfl refs apparently dropped the ball. why equipment for last week's playoff game needed a police escort to gillette stadium. >> christa: students headed back the class after more threats shut down bay state schools, and the question this morning, is the f.b.i. any
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>> and now time for 7sports with joe amorosino.
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>> joe: good morning. it will be a battle of strength versus strength in sunday's a.f.c. championship game. on the one side, tom brady and the patriots' offense that's getting healthier and more cohesive by the day. on the other side, the broncos' and a home-field advantage that's been a problem for tom brady in the past. >> it's always frustrating when we lose, so i know we've had a lot of lonely feelings when you're driving out of that stadium. we've had some pretty tough losses there over the years. and i think that's what it comes down to. it's always a challenge to play a team that's as talented as they are. they just got a lot of great players, really good coaches that put those guys in a position to play their best. so it's not easy to go in there and win, but we're going to give it everything we got. so it should be a lot of fun. >> joe: celtics wrapping up a three-game road trip in toronto. the green team down two late in the third quarter, but too much demar derozan. dropping two of his game-high 34. celtics could not close the gap. they fall to the raptors 115-109. they're back home tomorrow night against the bulls.
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arbitration. they reportedly reached a one-year, $3.375 million dollar deal with their right year reliever, junichi tazawa. i'm joe amorosino. that's sports. have a great day. >> sarah: state police confirm they had to bring footballs to gillette stadium for saturday's playoff game between the patriots and the chiefs because the referees accidentally left the kicking balls at the hotel. staff at the hotel contacted state police and troopers brought the kicking balls and their pressure gauges to the stadium. they arrived around 3:30, an hour before kickoff. >> christa: the buffalo bills have hired a woman to be part of the coaching staff, making nfl history. buffalo hiring kathryn smith to be the team's special teams quality control coach. she is the first woman to have a full-time position on a coaching staff in the nfl. she spent the past two seasons working as an administrative assistant for coaches on rex ryan's staff. >> sarah: still ahead, a rookie rescue. a student police officer makes a veteran move, rushing in to
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rescue a driver. >> reporter: and we're live at gillette. coming up you'll hear both brady and manning talk about playing each other for the 17th time. find your sweet spot today with dunkin's chicken apple sausage sandwich. enjoy sweet apple and savory sausage together for under 400 calories.
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>> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good thursday morning, everybody. thanks for staying with us. we are keeping an eye, of course, on this winter storm. >> christa: chris lambert is for sure. we're all relying on him for this. a major snowstorm is set to slam the mid atlantic. you know what, just a small amoun of snow fell overnight in washington. it led to more than 100 accidents on the roadways. that's just an inch of snow. what's going the happen when the real storm hits? and how much will it it pact us here in new england? here's your forecast with meteorologist chris lambert. you have your work cut out. >> andy: absolutely. we've been tracking this for a few days now, knowing a big storm will form. it's where exactly is the northern cut-off to it. that's the trick question here. 22 in boston. 15 in worcester. the good news this morning, the winds are lighter, so the wind is not hitting you in the face as hard as it was the last few mornings. wind-chill factors down into the single digit, if not the lower teens. overall today, some improvement, slight breeze with temperatures close to 30 degrees.
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what are we watching as we go into the weekend. there's that storm that hammers the mid atlantic, one to two feet of snow down through d.c., philly, baltimore. we're on the northern edge of the storm with the the heaviest of the snow falling across southeastern mass. it would start from south to north saturday afternoon. if you get snow in boston, probably not until late in the day. the other thing we'll consider is the astronomical high tides and with the prolonged northeasterly wind overnight saturday into sunday morning, there may be some minor coastal flooding or likely some minor coastal flooding along the shoreline. in terms of snowfall, again, the bulk of this would fall saturday evening, overnight on saturday. boston maybe an inch or two of snow, dramatic tapering off to the north and west with the best chance of six inches of snow essentially alisten the south coast of new england. you look back toward long island, 8 to 12. so again, a big difference from long island to northern connecticut. so we'll have the watch exactly where this has stopped, but it's an early look at what we expect.
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here's a look out the expressway traveling northbound, starting to slow down as we head to the maps. you'll see your drive from the braintree split into boston on the expressway. that's up to 25 minutes. you really are starting to hit the brakes at adams street there. south of town new york major issues to tell you about. slowing on route 3 as you approach 128. same with route 24. and in sharon on 95 northbound at route 1. we have a disabled vehicle. not causing major delays. the pike back out the framingham, no red, but a little bit of yellow. you're slowing down a little bit eastbound on the pike. north of town route 93, looking pretty good so far. still keeping an eye on this water main break. this is in salem north of vinnin square on route 1a. it look like either one or two lanes are getting by. there we're seeing some delays. the rest of your ride on 93 southbound into town from 128 is slow. let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. 26 minutes on the expressway from the braintree split into boston. into town on the pike from 128, 14 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge 16 minutes. if you're taking the "t" this
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back to you, guys. >> sarah: thanks, danielle. now to the stop stories. the state senate will debate a new bill requiring you to put down your cell phones while on the road. it would ban all hand-held devices on the wheel. typing an address into a g.p.s. while driving would also be illegal. proposed fines range between $100 to $500. the case of the blackstone house of horrors heads back to court today. lawyers for erika murray, who had been living in filth with the skeletal remains of her three babies are looking to have murder charges against her dropped. murray was charged with the babies' deaths in 2014 after they were living in heaps of trash and filth. he's also accused of concealing the death of her newborn. teammates are praising patriots' linebacker darius fleming after helping a woman out of her car last thursday. fleming says he was driving home after practice when he saw the three-car crash. fleming kicked out the window to free this woman.
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she's doing okay this morning. fleming needed 22 stitches in his leg. but he did play in saturday's win over the chiefs. >> they challenge you in all three phases. we can't just play well offensively. we're going to need... >> christa: t.b. 12 definitely got his work cut out for him. the pats' q.b. talking about the broncos and peyton manning, really familiar territory for him. and he knows a win this sunday will not come easy in hostile territory. let's head out live to gillette stadium. 7's nicole oliverio standing by with what the two quarterbacks are saying about the showdown. nicole? >> nicole: well, brady knows how tough it is to play in denver. his record there only 2-6. while he wanted to focus perhaps on the game plan or the broncos as a whole, he couldn't avoid questions about his head-to-head matchup with peyton manning. tom brady talks about his upcoming 17th duel with denver quarterback peyton manning.
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times is pretty cool, especially someone as good as him. to play against those peyton manning-led teams, you have to play 60 minutes. you're in for a tough game. >> nicole: manning was asked if his rivalry with brady is as famous as the one between larry bird and magic johnson. >> it's an uncomfortable one for me to comment on. i grew up a huge larry bird and magic johnson fan. i had some of hold the old posters with larry and magic in their very short shorts. all i can say about tom brady is he plays the position the way it's supposed to be played. >> nicole: coach bill belichick also praised manning, saying he's a tough competitor who you should never count out. >> there is no player off our team that i have any more respect for than peyton manning. his preparation, risk -- his consistency, his skills, i would never ever, ever underestimate him under any circumstances. >> nicole: but as manning is close to approaching 40, people are wondering if this is the last brady-manning matchup that
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that's the latest live from gillette, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: happening today, students in methuen and tewksbury are headed back the class after more bomb threats forced schools to evacuate on wednesday. police searched hundreds of backpacks laid out on the sidewalk after a teacher at methuen high school received a threat via e-mail. a threat also placed schools in tewksbury on lockdown for the second day in a row. more than a dozen other massachusetts schools were affected by bomb threats earlier this week. >> christa: new this morning, we're now getting a much better look at just who is affected most by the opioid epidemic here in massachusetts. according to data from the state's department of public health, more than half of the overdoses are among people between ages of 25 and 44. 83% of those who died from unintentional overdoses were white, non-hispanic men. in fact, men were much more likely to die from an overdose. meantime attorney general maura healey has announced new efforts
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and overdoses here in massachusetts. she says a new multistate effort will start cracking down on doctors who prescribe addictive pain medications. >> what we want the take on and what we want to shut down are the prescribers who were out there prescribing to people who have no business receiving this, who have no need for this, who have known substance use issues, who recently o.d.ed. >> christa: every opioid prescription that pharmacies fill is logged into a database. this new task force will use that information to get started. >> sarah: a risky rescue in reading when a student police officer rushes to save a driver involved in a bad car crash. charlie guarino was on his way to the police academy when a car right in front of him lost control. he says that's when his training kicked in and he ran over to save the driver trapped inside. >> i ran over. i tried to kick the window to help get them out.
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i don't know how to explain it. it wasn't like, oh, should i stop? it was stop the car, get out, try to save them. that's why you go to the police academy. you want the help people. >> sarah: he officially starts to protect and serve in three weeks when he graduates from the police academy. >> christa: still ahead, the water crisis out in flint, michigan, spreading this morning. a scandal in the governor's office now. >> sarah: plus a snowboarder gets caught in the avalanche and captures the wild ride on camera. >> christa: and forced to wait. the big announcement from the makers of the next "star wars"
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>> christa: we're back with a look at what's trending on this thursday morning, and a snowboarder could be facing criminal charges after he allegedly triggered an avalanche. so taken a look at this camera. this is his mel met cam as he was boarding down a steep run. this is out in california. you can see the snow actually burying him. he was able to get out. he's doing okay. the area had been closed, though, because of a risk of avalanche. >> sarah: now you can take a tour of buckingham palace without leaving your home. the british monarchy released this video of an inside look at one of the most popular places in the u.k. buckingham palace expedition
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royal residence led by goidz who will also reveal some secrets of the property. >> christa: "star wars" fans anxiously awaiting another new movie will have to be forced to wait. disney announcing the release date for episode viii has been pushed back seven months. so now it will hit theaters coming up december 2017. filming starts next month in london. so another early holiday gift for "star wars" fans. >> sarah: j.r. probably has his calendar marked already. >> christa: i'm sure he's in tears over this delay, but he'll get over it. >> sarah: know and go is next with all your day's top stories. hear from patriots' linebacker darius fleming and the woman he rescued from a smoking car. >> reporter: and soon you may have to put down your cell phone entirely while driving. it's up for debate at the statehouse today. we'll have a preview coming up. >> christa: also ahead, the driver who thought it was a good idea to hit the road with a car looking like this. look at this spot just to see
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>> it's 6:45, time to know and go. >> reporter: a patriots' lair saves a woman trapped in her car. this morning we're hearing from the driver. >> reporter: massachusetts driver could be forced to go hands-free. th issue taking center stage at the statehouse. >> reporter: the so-called house of horrors case is back in court.
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what a blackstone mother is now asking for from a judge. >> sarah: all right. it's 6:45. time to know and go. we have all your day's top stories coming up. >> christa: let's start off with a little traffic and weather. we know you want to know about this storm. chris, you have all the details for us. >> chris: we do. trying to pin down the time line, how much snow and any coastal issues we have. it's a cold start. winds this morning not as strong as they were yesterday morning. between 5 and 10mph this morning. wind-chills down into the single digits and low teens. it's a cold start but a cool afternoon. the breeze 15 to 20mph on top of gusts. we're not talking about as much wind and friday even lighter winds out there and similar temperatures with a lot of sunshine. here's the storm we're tracking for the weekend. this is diving down to the southeast united states. this will form into a powerful ocean storm just off the carolina coastline, mid atlantic coastline and bring a lot of snow, essentially south of new york city down through d.c. and northern virginia. d.c. one to two feet. philly one to two feet. perhaps a foot of snow in new
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to the north of there, it's a sharp cut-off in the precipitation. so that's why we're not expecting as of now nearly as much snow across southern new england. still some snow and the best chance of picking up close to half foot of snow the further south you go in new england. up into the city of boston, along the mass pike. perhaps a leading edge of one to three with one to three going down into northern southeastern mass with higher totals to the south. much lower to the north. again, sharp cut-off in this, so it's key to watch the track. and we're still 60 hours away from any snow falling. so with consistency and a gradient like this, from nearly nothing in northern connecticut to a foot of snow in long island, it will be important to see if there is any adjustment north and south with this, so stay tuned on that one, but as of now, that's the way it is looking. winds gusty along the coastline, 30 to 40mph. even gusts to 50 down through the cape and the islands early sunday morning. a sunday morning high tide around 11:00, we'll watch for minor to moderate coastal flooding and beach erosion on that with a strong, prolonged
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northeasterly wind. guys? >> christa: okay. fast track traffic with danielle gersh. what do you have for us this morning? >> danielle: definitely some slow spots. a typical thursday. let's go to the maps. the drive on the expressway up to half an hour. route 128 southbound as you approach the expressway, route 3 looking good, so is route 24. on route 25 in sharon, we're still keeping an eye on that disabled vehicle. that's 95 northbound right at route 1. let's take a look at the pike. no major delays. some flowing. you can see that yellow eastbound on the pike as you head into boston from 495. north of town a disabled vehicle up toward andover, not causing any delays. where you are seeing delays on 93 southbound as you pass over 128, all the way into boston. route 1 not too bad out there. still keeping an eye on this water main break. this is in salem right on route 1a north of vinnin square. very close to salem state college, as well. take a look at those drive times if your getting ready to head out the door. 26 minutes on the expressway
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from the braintree split into boston. 14 minutes into town on the pike from 128. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, nearly half an hour. if you're taking the "t," we have moderate delays on the orange line. back to you, guys. ism right now framingham police are investigating after man was killed while crossing route 9 on wednesday night. it happened right near prospect street. the driver of the car that hit him stayed on the scene. there was significant damage to that car. so far no charges have been filed. >> christa: happening today, debate in the statehouse that could force you to go ahead and put down your phone when you're driving. >> sarah: lawmakers discussing how much to fine people who do not go hands-free. 7's jennifer eagan is live now with more on this. jen? >> jennifer: and, sarah, some of the fines could be pretty steep. the severity of the fines does seem to be one of the main points of debate here. right now for your first offense, the fine would be $100. for a second offense $250. and $500 for every violation after that. also after three or more
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violation, offenders would also surcharge. some lawmakers are calling for lower fines. if the bill becomes law, massachusetts would join 14 other states that ban the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving, including connecticut, new hampshire and vermont. drivers under 18 are banned from using devices while driving already. for those 18 and older, texting and driving is illegal right now. this bill would only allow for drivers to use a phone in hands-free mode, manually entering information into a gps would also be banned. there are exceptions in the bill right now for emergencies. we're live outside the statehouse this morning, jennifer eagan, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: a new england patriot tackling trouble off the field. darius fleming revealing his role in a roadside rescue. and then he actually played in saturday's game with a gash in his leg. he had sticks. let's go to 7's nicole oliverio live at gillette with the latest. nicole? >> nicole: christa, this all
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happened thursday afternoon after fleming was leaving the stadium here. he came upon a three-car crash. in one of the cars he noticed it was beginning to fill with smoke. he wanted to help that driver inside. his teammates were crediting him with what he did. they said they were proud, but they also said they weren't surprised that he rushed to help. >> it was definitely like a 30-second to a minute period of, oh, wow, this is a really bad situation to be in, and i am ever so grateful that he was able to be there and he pulled over. >> the lady's car started to smoke. she couldn't get out. i realize the smoke started to build up inside. that's what made me think to help her. >> nicole: so fleming says as he was getting her out of the car, he actually cut his leg. he required 22 stitches. he said the only thing he was afraid of was that bill belichick was going to be mad. fleming was okay and able to play in saturday's game against the chiefs. live at gillette, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: stay with 7news for the pats in the playoffs. joe amorosino and trey daerr are
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headed to denver. you can see trey's live reports starting today right here on 7news. >> christa: also happening today, the woman who police say hid the remains of her three babies in a house of horrors is set to face a judge. let's head to the worcester courthouse. here's 7's victoria warren with the story. vicki? >> victoria: good morning. her defense attorneys are looking to get the most serious charges against her, the murder charges, dropped. erika murray will be inside a courtroom here in worcester spearer court. she's facing nine charges, accused of murdering two of her babies and concealing the deaths of her newborn whose body was found with the umbilical cord still attached. her attorney wants those three charges along with two charges of reckless endangerment dismissed. the baby's bodies were found inside a house of horrors, trash and feces piled up inside the blackstone home. murray's four other children ranging from five months old to 13 years old were all living
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who was also facing charges. prosecutors say her two youngest children were severely neglected. so the judge will hear arguments today on this motion to dismiss five of those nine charges against erika murray. erika's been in police custody since her arrest in 2014. and it's unclear if she will be attending today's hearing. live this morning in worcester, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." ism breaking overnight, a public enquiry has found russian president vladimir putin probably approved an operation to kill a former spy. a british judge said the spy was poisoned by a cup of tea laced with a radioactive poison at a london hotel in 2006. he publicly accused putin of ordering his killing before he died three weeks later. asian markets taking another hit today. that's leading to more concerns on wall street. falling oil prices are causing stock exchange overseas to fall
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again today. yesterday oil closed below $27 a barrel. that's the lowest in 13 years. u.s. futures are down this morning. >> christa: governor charlie baker will deliver his first state of the state address tonight. among the topics he plans to talk about combating opioid addiction, expanding charter schools and increasing the use of hydroelectric power. he's also expected to look back at some of the actions taken in his first year in office, including ones with the mbta and the department of children and families. governor baker's remarks begin at 7:30 tonight. o you watch his speech on 7 nbc. >> sarah: developing this morning, michigan's give has released all of its e-mails about the lead-contaminated water crisis in the city of flint. they include comments from one staffer who says it was flint's problem, not the government's. president obama addressed the issue while in detroit on wednesday. >> and i know that if i was a parent up there, i would be
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beside myself that my kids' health could be at risk. >> sarah: meanwhile, michigan lawmakers have approved $28 million in emergency funding to deal with the crisis. but flint's mayor says fixing the damage could cost as much as $1.5 billion. >> christa: the president's motorcade slipping and sliding in the streets of washington last night. the president's chopper was grounded because of the light snow in the area, but the one inch of snow caused a traffic nightmare. a drive back to the white house that normally takes about 25 minutes took an hour and ten minutes. so here's one question: at least they cleared off their s.u.v. there because this driver, an 80-year-old man in toronto, actually tried to drive his car like this. a policeman saw him, pulled him over, gave him a ticket and then helped the man clear off his car before sending him on his way. i mean, that is a pet peeve, right, when you get behind one of these cars, even when you don't... >> sarah: it's terrifying.
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>> christa: you have your own miniblizzard right in front of you. pretty dangerous, there chris. >> chris: most people leave it on the top, the folks get the snow thrown back on their car, but to have it on the hood and half of the windshield, maybe he can find a nice neighbor to take care of that for him. 30 degrees. mostly center skies today. the wind not as strong. do expect some snow to arrive as we go into the weekend. the best chance of snow the further south you go. perhaps 1 to 3 close to boston. sharp cut-off from north to south. you get to filed, you talk to close to a foot of snow. so you go from a foot of snow to hardly anything in northern connecticut. that's sharp gradient. still 60 hours away from this snow falling. that's the way it looks as of now. we'll likely have to pin down the timing and the exact track over next day or two. otherwise, saturday morning is dry. we do indeed get some snow. it will be saturday afternoon, saturday night wrapping up by about 7:00 or 8:00 sunday morning. >> christa: all right. >> sarah: the "today show" is
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