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alert. dangerous mosquito-borne virus spreading fast. now it's reaped the bay state. >> christa: and collision court out in framingham. more than a dozen children hurt after a car slams into their school bus. >> sarah: and all eyes on the race for the white house last night at two separate events fought for voters' attention in iowa. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> happy friday, everybody. we made it. it's 5:00. i'm sarah french. >> christa: and i'm christa delcamp. it's is cool here in the government center area. it's like a wind tunnel. it's not so nice, chris, just like placid water out there. it's been awesome. >> chris: it has been fantastic. we battle that wind so many time, especially in the winter in downtown boston. you know even commuting in from out of the city, you get into the city, you get off the "t" and the wind hits you in the face. not the case this morning. 34 degrees. this is the other nice thing, a couple mornings we've been
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that's the case again this morning, not as cold as yesterday morning. not a picture-perfect day. we track a little rain, most of it off to the east of us this morning. we'll get a couple scattered rain and snow showers throughout the day, but plenty of dry hours, too. i wouldn't count on a whole will the of precipitation. temperatures generally running into the upper 30s to near 40 this afternoon. nice-looking weekend ahead and plenty of 50-degree wealth ahead, too, guys. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. good morning, everyone. happy friday. let's head outside. here's a look at the zakim bridge and leverett connector. no issues to tell you about yet this morning. heading into town from the north, 93 southbound, route 1 looking good so far this morning. south of town from the braintree split into boston, that drive nine minutes right now. route 3, 24, 95 all looking good this morning. into town on the pike eastbound from framingham, no delays as we head enter your friday morning commute. let's take a look at those drive head out the door.
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drive 11 minutes. if you're taking the "t" this back to you, guys. >> sarah: breaking news out of groton. two people are dead after a house goes up in flames. >> christa: state investigators have been on the scene for hours now. let's go to groton. us. nicole? >> nicole: christa, just sad news this morning. the fire marshal along with the fire chief in groton just confirming that two people were killed in this fire. that's again just after midnight. if you take a look, you can see it's still an active scene, even though for the most part the fire has been put out, but the damage to this home is extensive. the home completely gutted. again, we're learning that it was two adults that were inside the home that sadly did not make it out. now, the fire marshal says that they're not going to release information about the two people who were killed until they're able to notify their families. however, we're told there was nobody else in the home who made it out.
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the home who were killed. right now it's too early into the investigation to figure out what caused this fire or where it started, but firefighters will remain on the scene throughout the rest of the morning. for now, that's the latest live in groton, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: also on 7, health officials on high alert across the globe, and now here in boston as the first case of the zika virus in the city is announced. let's head out out to 7's jennifer eagan. it sounds like this person traveled overseas and that's where they contracted this virus. >> jennifer: christa, that's right. it's man who traveled to an infected area. he is recovering, but there are concerns about the spread of this virus. the fast-moving zika virus has arrived in boston. health officials have confirmed one case here in the city. they say the patient, a man living in boston, contracted the virus while traveling to a country where it's widespread. the world health organization sounding the alarm thursday,
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>> last year the virus was detected in the americas where it is now spreading explosively. as of today cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the region. the level of alarm is extremely high. >> jennifer: the zika virus is spread by mosquitoes. the big concern is that the virus can cause microcephaly, a birth defect that affects the size of a baby's brain and head. there have been cases in south america and asia. the c.d.c. is warning women who are pregnant or considering getting pregnant to talk to their doctors if they have traveled to areas mosquitoes can carry the virus. otherwise only one in five people who get infected with it will show symptoms. most of the people who get sick only have mild symptoms, which last about a week. common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. the c.d.c. is now reporting 31 cases in 11 states as well as
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the clear if any of those cases involve pregnant women. while experts expect some zika mosquitoes will arrive down south, they don't expect a major outbreak. >> there is always the slight possibility that we might see a major outbreak. we don't think that's going to occur, but we're going to be prepared for it. >> jennifer: and health officials here in boston say the type of mosquito that carries the zika virus is not common to massachusetts. we're live in boston this morning, jennifer eagan, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: well, covering more news now, 13 children are recovering from minor injuries after their school bus crashed into a sedan in framingham. this was thursday afternoon. it was on their way home from school. 40 children all in elementary school were on board the bus at the time, and 13 of them were taken to local hospitals to get treated for things like bumps and bruises. the kids say understandably this was a really scary experience. >> the kids just hit the side of
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>> we all fell, and then i like hurt my neck. >> a bunch of students crying. too? >> no. >> christa: the driver of the car also received medical treatment. it's not known if any charges will be filed in that case. two people, including a firefighter, getting injured at a fire in an excavating business in foxborough. according to "the sun chronicle," the workers suched might beer burns and a firefighter ended up with laceration under one of his eyes thursday afternoon. the fire chief believes gas tanks caused several explosions there. >> sarah: g.o.p. rivals taking center stage in iowa last night, but not all eyes were on the last debate before the iowa caucus as the front-runner decided to do his own thing. 7's vicki mabrey vick live in nashua, new hampshire, where donald trump will actually address supporters later this morning. vicki? >> victoria: he's got a big event this morning here in
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he made good on his promise not to appear as part of the debate, instead holding his own separate, dueling event. >> he's an entertaining guy. that's greatest show on earth. >> victoria: donald trump missing from the fox debate and not forgotten. >> i'm a maniac, and everyone on this stage is stupid, fat, and ugly, and ben, you're a terrible surgeon. now that we've gotten the donald trump portion out of the way... >> victoria: nearby trump held his own event. >> look at the cameras. this is like the academy awards. >> victoria: carried on several cable networks, trump raised $5 million, he said, for veterans. no tough questions. his mic, his message. >> my whole life i've been greedy, greedy, greedy, i've grabbed all the money i can get. now i want to be greedy for the united states. i want the grab all that money. >> reporter: back at the stage. >> rebuilding our navy,
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rebuilding our army. >> victoria: second to trump, cruz was target. >> the only budget ted has ever called for has called for defense spending. >> victoria: so donald trump will hold an event here in nashua later this morning. live in nashua, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: all right, vicki. on the democratic side, bernie sanders has now released his medical records. a letter from the 74-year-old's long-time doctor says the vermont senator is in overall very good health. among the ailments listed, gout, high cholesterol and acid reflux. >> sarah: meantime hurricane k will campaign with former congresswoman gabrielle giffords this weekend in iowa. last night she talked about the importance of childhood education and affordable colleges at a middle school in the state. clinton also touched on the issues of equal pay for women and raising the minimum wage. >> christa: don't forget, 7's dan hausle will be out in iowa. he'll there through the caucuses
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look for his live reports on how it all plays out here on 7news. >> sarah: there are new details about the standoff in oregon. the f.b.i. has released a video of the shooting that resulted in the death of a protester. footage shows the police set up a barricade blocking a car on tuesday. the driver of that car was 55-year-old lavoie finicum. he got out of the car and started running. officers say he then reached for a gun and that's when they shot him. the f.b.i. says one person left the refuge on thursday. several other people still remain there. agents are working to try to get them to leave the area. >> there are four people believed to still be occupying the refuge. the negotiators continue to work around the clock with these individuals to try to help them to leave that area peacefully. >> sarah: since the establishment of the f.b.i. checkpoints, nine protesters have left that refuge. >> christa: we still have much more to go here on this friday
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hasty honor for a "scandal" star. kerry washington parading through cambridge, but she also had a very important message. we'll share it with you coming up. >> sarah: plus it's friday and that means class act. this week we're honoring a student that has a bright future ahead. it all centers around giving back the others. >> christa: and lights, camera, action here in the hub. the stars were out last night for a special film screening based on the cape. >> chris: it looks like this weekend we don't have to shovel any snow. close call with that ocean storm today. the bulk of the action staying off shore. overall today temperatures holding into the upper 30s. an isolated rain or snow shower out there. ahead. >> danielle: good morning, everyone. roads looking pretty good is far for your friday morning commute. here's the expressway, nine minutes from braintree into boston. if you're taking the "t" this morning, so far it's on time. we'll be right back. >> sarah: of course we're staying on top of breaking newt in groton.
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overnight fire when a house goes up in flames. we'll have more from the scene
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call the verizon center for customers with disabilities at 800.974.6006 tty/v >> sarah: 5:14 this morning. massachusetts helping the people in washington hit by that giant blizzard over the weekend. massdot sent this snow meltedder to help with the clean-up. they also sent front-end loaders and extra crews of people to help out. it's funny, i have an app, and this week it was showing me all the pictures from around this time last year with snow higher than the parking meters and everything. ugh. >> christa: why do you do that to yourself? it's self-torture. >> sarah: it's fun to do that. >> christa: it makes you feel appreciative of what we have right now. >> sarah: exactly. >> chris: yes throwback thursday to last year at this time, two feet of snow in the city of boston. we have that play back to give d.c. 110 inches of snow last year.
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here are the snow melters. this is what you do. 34 in boston right now. 30 in worcester. quiet week ahead of us. we're not having any flashbacks of big snowstorms over next seven day, i can assure you of that. taking a look at the wind direction it is calm. hardly a wind out there. light winds out of the northwest as we go throughout the day. visibility for the most part is good. we've had some locally dense fog across rhode island and sneaking up into southern worcester county and perhaps out close to wrentham, as well. but for the most part it's a quiet start to the day. a little light rain across nantucket. ocean storms just grazing by new england. really missed the bulk of this, something we've been talking about the last few day, how we're just on the edge of a little bit moisture and watching to see how much of it got pulled back into southern new england. just enough to give us an isolated rain or snow shower throughout the day. best chance of a couple rain showers close to the coast. this afternoon with the cold front to the west of us pushing on in, we could ring out a passing snow shower out there. but with temperatures above freezing, i don't expect any
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you know, if you're in worcester county or even northern mass or southern new hampshire and you get a heavier center shower late this afternoon, could you get a yeah. i think that's few and far between with the amount of moisture that will be limited. taking a look at forecast for tomorrow, we start off with sunshine. warm front approaching from the we'll increase the clouds throughout the day, and we'll even get some scattered snow showers and the heavier squalls across the mountains of northern new england, which is great for the ski resorts there. it's been cold snuff the last couple days to produce plenty of man-made snow and even some natural snow today and enter tomorrow with scattered snow showers across that region. milder by sunday. this will be the theme not only for sunday, but again into monday as any seasonably cool weather retreats and we're really bringing in the warmth, talking 15 to 20 degrees above average by the time we roll into monday. that means temperatures, yes, once again into the 50s. so i don't expect a lot of wet weather today or snowy weather, just a passing rain or snow shower at times between dry
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mid-30s to near 40 degrees this afternoon. and then tonight an early evening flurry or snow shower. otherwise clearing late overnight tonight. temperatures falling back into the 20s to lower 30s. sun and clouds tomorrow, not too cool out there. temperatures upper 30s to lower 40s. and, yes, the groundhog pops out of the ground here on tuesday. what will he see? well, i know what we'll see. temperatures close to 50 degrees. no sign of winter on the seven-day forecast. >> christa: okay. a scandalous choice for woman of the year in harvard. harvard tasty pudding group honoring a star of the big screen and tv. kerry washington. you saw her there given top honors yesterday. >> sarah: the scandal star touched on serious topics, even asking students to get involved. nancy chen is in the control room with more on her big night. hey, nancy. kerry washington asked the students the raise their right hand and take a pledge. she stepped on stage to accept the pudding pot, but to also
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inclusion. >> our woman of the year. >> nancy: actress kerry washington was in cambridge thursday to be honored as the hasty pudding woman of the year. the ceremony began with the annual parade around harvard. and, of course, features a famous roast. >> she does not drink coffee. the reviews of her 2013 film "the peoples" keep her up at night just fine. >> nancy: washington even showed off her singing voice. when the wind blows and while some hollywood heavyweights might have used the stage for purely fun and game, the emmy-nominated actress made it a point to impress upon the all-male cast as well as the audience the importance of acceptance and diversity. >> and when i give up on acting after five years... >> when i give up on acting after five years... >> and go run my father's hedge fun. fund... >>ly pay women as money as i pay men.
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as they were honoring me, i'm honoring them and the power that they leave here with. >> nancy: very funny. washington also gave her thoughts about the boycott at the academy awards. she is grateful that conversation is taking place, she personally would not boycott the awards show. live in the control room, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: how smart is she? >> sarah: i love kerry washington. >> christa: to be able to spend a message like that through humor to make people laugh and think at the same time. >> sarah: up next on "today in new england," we're spotlighting one high school theme here. one student has her future figured out. she's ready to dedicate her life to helping others. >> christa: a bay state native on a marathon mission. she's nearing the end of her globe trekking journey. it's exhausting just thinking about it. >> it just always goes too quickly, but experts say you can
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>> chris: 5:23 on this friday morning. good morning, everyone. the bulk of the storm staying off shore. we'll still have enough instability for a couple scattered snow showers across the area this afternoon. we're not talking about an all-day snow or rain event. there will be a couple pockets of rain and snow showers out there. temperatures generally run bofg freezing. we're above freezing today, but we have plenty of mild weather ahead of us. we're talking temps close to 50 degrees by the second half of the weekend and the start next week. more on that forecast ahead. >> sarah: so many students we meet don't usually have their whole futures figured out. >> christa: this girl has the plan set here, and at the same
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that's really neat. she's this weekend's class act. it was off to greater lawrence tech. hi. how you guys doing? i'm from 7news, and my name is christa. but this week it wasn't much of a surprise. one of you is really standing out. oh, you guys know. you know! this week's class act, cassandra jean marie, a senior from methuen. congratulations. can i give you a hug? >> of course. >> she's my best friend. she motivates me a lot. >> she's very well respected. >> she has a good heart. >> christa: cassandra is a determined young woman, and everyone around her seems to feed off that. >> she always motivates us. >> christa: she's already a certified nurse's assistant, a cna. it's something she learned from her mom. >> my mom is a nurse. she worked there. when i got my cna license, she asked if it would be okay if i got experience. i liked it so i never left. >> christa: she learned nursing skills in school, but
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>> i like to invoke questions that will get you to think. and she'd come up with these answers and give me these looks, like why is she picking on me. i know she has something to share. >> christa: cassandra has been the coclass president, but she also volunteers at the pediatric center at lawrence general hospital, has organized blood drives and is an alzheimer's caregiver. medicine is in her future. >> she's going to be a great doctor one day, i know that for sure. >> i don't think i ever wanted to be anything else. >> christa: until then she's happy helping as a cna. >> i think it's a humble job because it shows you how much people need help when they get older, and it's so nice because they show so much gratitude. it's a very rewarding job. >> when you start from cna going up to being a doctor, it really helps because you know everything. you know about taking care of the patient, everything. >> she's going to do whatever she wants. no one is going to stop her. >> christa: it was so funny. when we went into the class and just describing this great
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away, you know, someone who stands out, oh, it's a cassandra. >> i can't believe a senior in high school doing so much already. >> christa: she's well on her way. she would like to go to medical school. after this she wants to study diseases with the hoping of curing them. well. >> sarah: an amazing young woman. if you know a student between 6th and 12th grade doing something outstanding in school, sports or their community, please until indicate them online at whdh.com. >> christa: coming your way at 5:30, the star is out in boston. the movie premiering today based on a risky real-life rescue off the cape. >> sarah: and a would-be robber runs into some trouble.
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>> sarah: breaking news, a deadly fire tears through a home in groton killing two people. we're on the scene with the very latest. >> christa: and alarming details in a norton murder. why a judge is ordering the suspect undergo a mental evaluation.
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pump for some customers after a card skimmer is discovered in hingham. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> christa: all right. good morning. up and adam, everybody. you know what, it's friday. it isn't all this bad. i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: and i'm sarah french. we're always in a good mood on fridays. let's send it over the chris lambert to get a better idea of your weekend. >> chris: this weekend we don't have to shovel. we don't have to snowblow. mild air back in place. an easier weekend for us to deal with. 34 in boston. 30 in worcester right now. 32 in plymouth. very little wind outside this morning. there have been some areas of fog into rhode island. bulk of the storm off the coastline staying off shore, although there is enough moisture and instability to occasionally give us a passing rain or snow shower throughout the day. they will be scattered about. we're not talking about a lot of precipitation. you'll get your dry hours in there. a lot of clouds around. temperatures gradually warming up into the upper 30s to near 40 this afternoon. close to 50 by the end of the weekend. seven-day forecast coming up. >> christa: okay.
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danielle, quiet or not? >> danielle: roads looking good so far for your friday morning commute, christa. here's the expressway. traffic flowing nicely. let's go to the maps from the braintree split to the expressway northbound, that drive just nine minutes. south of town, route 3, 24, 95 all looking good so far this morning. the pike out to framingham, eastbound all green, no delays there. north of town, 93 from lawrence over 128 into boston, no delays. route 1 looking good so far this morning, as well. let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. into town on the pike from 128, 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 11 minutes. if you're taking "t," it's on time so far this morning. back to you, guys. >> sarah: 5:31 right now. we're staying on top of this breaking news. a deadly fire in groton. >> christa: you see 7's nicole oliverio. any dole, -- nicole, what are we learning about the victims? >> nicole: christa, the medical examiner just left here with the two people who were inside.
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two people inside did not make it out. they knew upon arrival two people were unaccounted for. all we know is they are two adults. the firefighters say they're not going to give any more information about the people who were killed until they're able to notify their family. firefighters were called to this single-family home here on riley road in groton just after midnight, and flames were shooting out of the building. you can see there is extensive damage to this home here. it's unclear exactly if the people inside were trying to fire. investigation. groton fire along with the state the scene. if you take a look. you can see it's still an active scene. this home is set back far here from the road. it's unclear how long investigators will be here. for now that's the latest live in groton, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: nicole, thank you. let's get a check of your friday top stories, a boston man now the first confirmed patient here in massachusetts with the zika
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health officials say he contractedded the virus in another country and is expected to make a full recovery. the virus, as you've heard by now, is spread by mosquitoes. there is also concern that it could cause birth defects. so far cases have been reported in 11 different states here in the u.s. several elementary school students out in framingham are expected to be okay after their school bus was involved in a crash yesterday. 41 children were on their way home, elementary school aged, yesterday. 13 of them had to be treated at the hospital for minor injuries. hurt. so far no charges have been filed in that case. and republican president, front-runner donald trump will hold a rally up in nashua, new hampshire, this morning. today we'll also get our first hint of whether he might have benefited or suffered from his boycott of last night's final g.o.p. debate before the iowa caucuses on monday. while trump held a fund-raiser for veteran, ted cruz faced attacks from several other candidates on the stage.
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weymouth charged with murdering his estranged wife is being held without bail. a judge ordered martin mcdonald to undergo a mental health evaluation. he plead not guilty the beating and stabbing the 34 year old to death in front of her four children inside her apartment in norton. when the victim's 11-year-old daughter tried to call police, mcdonald allegedly punched her in the face and took off. police say he then crashed his pick-up truck into an oncoming car on 495. that woman driving that car was seriously injured. when police arrived at the home, they found julie meade pleading to death. her three children and a niece were all around her. mcdonald is due back in court in march. >> christa: a dorchester man is facing felony charges in connection with a violent home invasion. the 18-year-old was arraigned in his hospital bed thursday, a day after police say he break into a home in brookline. so one other man was arrested. he is also in the hospital, but
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police say the teen and two other men broke enter an apartment and attack mand who was inside. they're still looking for one man seen walking away from the area. another person apparently drove the suspect's car. >> sarah: hingham police say someone installed this credit card skimmer at a gas pump. it was at the gulf station on lincoln street and it was fitted into the credit card slot at the pump and can store credit card information when used. police say they don't know yet if the skimmer actually got any information. they didn't find any other skimmers on other pumps. >> christa: "the finest hours" opens in theaters this morning, but a few stars came out far special screening in boston last night. cambridge native casey affleck and fellow actor chris pine hitting the red carpet at the amc loews in boston. the film is based on a real-life coast guard rescue off the cape in 1952. >> sarah: the woman who set out the run seven marathons on
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is it is to run, can you believe it, her very last race today. she will be in sidney, australia. beck ca pizzey from belmont started the world marathon challenge in antarctica. she has so far run each of her six races. can you believe that? if she completes the marathon today, she will be the first american woman to finish this challenge. i got to imagine after running in the cold sidney, australia, and her last race is going to be pretty exciting today. the finish line. i love that shot of her on the frozen tundra. whatever it is she's having, i like that. still ahead this morning, a simple act of kindness is getting a big reaction online. why people are talking about this police officer who offered a little help during last weekend's winter weather. >> sarah: plus caught on camera, a police chase turns into a foot chase and ends right inside of a busy restaurant. >> christa: and we have new details on those escaped prisoners out in california.
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them make a getaway. >> chris: getting the kids ready for school, still need heavier jackets this morning. temperatures close to 30 degrees. not moving all that much, mid to upper 30s this afternoon. an isolated rain or snow shower out there. the weekend forecast does look good. closing in on 50 by sunday. more on that coming up. >> danielle: good morning, everyone. happy friday to you. you can see some slowing, but once you get through this, nine minutes from braintree into boston, no issues heading into town on 93 southbound or route 1 this morning.
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>> chris: 5:40 on this friday morning. temperatures in the lower 30s. good morning, everyone. we're missing the bulk of an ocean storm that will stay out to sea for us. the fringes of a couple showers nantucket. the rest of us, isolated rain throughout the day. low 30s this morning. into the upper 30s. degrees this afternoon.
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around. dry hours mixed in with rain or snow shower passing by. we work ahead over next couple days. pattern ahead is mild. look at those numbers coming up. >> sarah: it looks like facebook is slowly trending into uber's turf. a patent application reveals the social media giant is looking to get into ride sharing. facebook's event feature could soon get even more useful. the company is looking to help users share cars or find a travel buddy to get to those events. >> christa: for the first time ever, a real rabbit will be featured on boxes of trix serial. this is sin that bun, a bunny from houston. he beat out more than 7,500 rants to be named the real trix rabbit. the new boxes will feature the rabbit soon. >> sarah: a boston police officer lending a helping hand to a woman in west roxbury.
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elderly woman trying to remove a ock of snow and ice from the front of her house so he stopped to help and someone snapped a picture. officer quinn said it was the right thing to do but also admitted the lady reminded him of his own mother. so sweet. always nice to see people helping out. >> christa: we have lots to get to, including our know and go segment coming up. the attorney general speaking out, what she has to say about the deal between boston mayor marty walsh and the developer of a casino in everett. >> reporter: and man from boston diagnosed with the mosquito-borne zika virus. we'll have the very latest coming up. ism and we continue to follow breaking news out of groton
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>> christa: good morning, everybody. it is now 5:45 on your friday. last friday of the month of january. >> sarah: oh, my goodness. can you believe that? let's send it over the chris lambert with more on your forecast. >> chris: during the month of february on a mild note, it will feel like early april by sunday, monday, tuesday and wednesday of next week. 33 in boston. 32 in plymouth. not all that cold. the bulk of it has been off shore. i do expect my dry hours today. we're in between two systems, so i can't rule out a passing rain or snow shower at time, but otherwise a cloudy day with
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40 degrees this afternoon. you can see on this forecast model here, the precipitation is rather limited, although this afternoon as a cold front sweeps on through, we have the chance of passing snow shower certainly out there in a few towns. i give you about a 30% chance of picking up a rain or snow shower today, maybe a slight risk of a couple snow showers southern new hampshire tomorrow. the weekend is dry, even monday is mainly dryer, although monday night could have a few showers swinging through with a cold front. taking a look across the country, other than the pacific northwest, it's rather quiet here from new england down through the deep south, out into the plains. so we have a quiet forecast ahead of us as we go through much of the early stages of next week. not really seeing any big storm systems working in here until wednesday. and that one will be rain. here's the cold front sweeping through later on today. that accompanied by a couple scattered snow showers. otherwise the weekend is quiet. more clouds around tomorrow afternoon versus the morning. and then we're milder again on sunday. we're talking about temperatures close to 50.
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and into the 50s by monday. so mostly cloudy skies today. isolated rain or snow shower. 36 to 40 degrees. should clear out late overnight tonight after a passing evening flurry or snow shower. how about those 50s? there they are on the seven-day forecast. sunday, monday, tuesday, wednesday and even into thursday. next best chance of a widespread rain and wind will come in here on wednesday afternoon. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. good morning, everyone. happy friday. let's head outside. the expressway, volume building northbound. no major delays yet. let's go to the maps. from braintree into boston expressway northbound, that drive up to 12 minutes. south of town, route 3 looks good. so does 24 and 95, 128 southbound, you can see that back-up as you head toward the braintree split. the pike out to framingham, eastbound into boston, mostly green, so no delays to tell you about there. 93 southbound, slow and go from lawrence over 128 into boston.
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far this morning. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning. into town on the pike from 128, 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 13 minutes. if you're taking the "t," it is on time so far this morning. back to you, guys. >> christa: danielle, thank you. breaking news out of groton. two people are dead after an overnight house fire. fire crews were called to a home on riley road. we know the victims were adult, but we don't know their identities. we know the state fire marshal is on the scene and the cause is under investigation. 7's nicole oliverio is gathering information right now. she'll have a live report coming your way at 6:00 a.m. ism also on 7, the zika virus continues to grow here, and now it's reached the bay state. >> christa: and now someone right in boston has contracted this after traveling outside of the country we should mention. let's go to 7's jennifer eagan who is in boston. jen, this is really concerning, especially for pregnant women we understand. >> jennifer: it is, christa.
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last spring and spread to the caribbean. the man from boston that you mentioned, he had traveled to an affected area. he is now recovering. in most people, the zika virus won't cause any symptoms, and in about 20% of people, they will develop mild symptom, which last about a week, fever, rash, joint pain and cojung civil rights. the real concern is for pregnant women or women who plan to get pregnant. the zika virus can cause microcephaly, a birth defect that affects the size of the baby's brain and head. doctors say women who are planning to get pregnant may want to reconsider travel plans to affected areas. in fact, some airlines are now allowing customers to delay their trip or to get a refund. health experts expect the zika virus the arrive down south. the type of mosquito that carries the zika virus is not common to massachusetts. live in boston, jennifer eagan, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: and we're following more news today. maura healey says she still
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struck with wynn resorts. healey did promise that charlestown and sullivan square would get a fair shake from this deal. on wednesday mayor walsh announced a deal that would bring more than $30 million into boston over the next 15 years. workers at boston city hall have recently been trained for an active shooter situation. police have given them tips on whether they should run, hide or fight if a shooter storms the building. now, according to the "globe," mayor walsh ordered this training earlier this month, telling employees in a let they're recent terror attacks like the one in san bernardino, california, remain fresh in our minds. >> sarah: people in rhode island remembering a local legend. former providence mayor vincent "buddy" cianci has died. he died on thursday morning after being rushed to the hospital with severe stomach pains. he was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and underwent chemotherapy and radiation. the twice-convicted felon was the longest-serving mayor in
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elected in 1974. during his second time in office, he helped transform providence into a tourist destination, revitalizing the city's downtown, but he also faced some controversy, resigning in 1984 after plead nothing contest to an assault of his esstrained wife's lover. and again in 2002 after being convicted on a federal racketeering conspiracy charge. he spent the last year as a radio host. he was 74 years old. mbta transit police are asking for the public's help identifying this man who they say assaulted an mbta customer service agent. the incident happened on the evening of january 7th on a red line platform in south station. so take a look at this man. if anyone has any information, please call transit police. >> christa: also this morning, police in southern california have arrested another person as part of their search for those three escaped inmates. officers announcing thursday they arrested a 44-year-old
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central men's jail in santa ana. investigators believe the woman helped the men escape by providing them with maps and possibly even tools, teaching one of the inmates and officials believe the two had some sort of relationship. >> it developed into a closer relationship where she then began providing him information. i don't know exactly what she knew in terms of what his plans were to escape, but we do know that she provided him some information. >> sarah: officers believe the inmates may have stolen a white van. they escaped last friday and since then police have made upwards of ten arrests in connection with that investigation. >> sarah: $28 million now being dedicated to help the city of flint recover from a water crisis. $4 million of that money will be used to treat children affected by lead poisoning. the remaining amount will go toward paying residents' water bills and replacing the water system. the governor has been under fire for the incident but says he wants to help with the cause. >> this is something i do care about. i'm looking to do tele-town
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phone to people and have them ask their questions, the citizen of flint. >> sarah: governor snyder has recently appointed a 17-member committee to help the city get clean drinking water again. >> christa: a mansion in san francisco that was sold a few months ago has to be demolished after a crack was discovered in the foundation. inspectors say the crack will cause this multimillion dollar home to slide into other homes, and they say it already moved more than one foot in a week. they believe the crack was caused by powerful storms in the area. the new homeowner had just bought it back in october, but hadn't even moved in yet when that had to happen. >> sarah: caught on camera, a bank manager in north carolina stopped a suspected robbery suspect. police say a man wearing mask approached the back door of a bank shortly after it opened yesterday. but the manager saw this person coming and held the door shut. officers say the suspect had a gun and used it to hit the door.
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him. >> christa: the crackdown inside a cracker barrel. police in albuquerque, new restaurant. the police body camera recorded the whole thing. here. he had flipped his truck on a busy roadway and they close in on him. he's me hide a display in the store. luckily no one was hurt, but shocked by this. the man was also wanted for past month. >> sarah: for the first time in three years, the celtics will be represented in the nba all-star game. isaiah thomas will be a reserve on the eastern conference roster. thomas was named to the team last night. he then posted several messages on twitter thanking his teammates, coaches and fans in boston. at five feet nine, thomas has tied the record for the shortest player to ever make an nba all-star team. the all-star game is february 14th. >> christa: this is going to crack you up this morning,
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phelps having a little fun at an arizona state basketball game. he joined fans to take part in the famous curtain of distraction, so phelps was there with his medals and his swim cap and, of course his speedo. nice touch with the... >> sarah: not as tan. >> christa: they do this to try to distract the other team when they make free throws. chris apparently it worked. the player missed both of the shots there. >> chris: a lot of that light reflecting off those gold medals and getting into that there. it shows you how much talent he had and how dominant he was in the sport of swimming. 36 to 40 degrees this afternoon. mostly cloudy skies. isolated rain or snow shower today. not too cold tomorrow. sun and clouds mix together. more sunshine in the morning. more clouds in the afternoon. a couple degrees either side of 40. hey, gold medal weather here as we work into sunday and monday. temperatures close to 50. guys? `>> thanks, chris. still another hour of 7news straight ahead.
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trump making a statement. the g.o.p. front-runner skipping last night's debate just days before the iowa caucus. >> christa: and following breaking news, a deadly fire in groton that killed two people.
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in fact, not only should we not cut benefits -- we should expand them. my plan for social security increases benefits and cost of living adjustments and raises minimum payments for low-income seniors. it will ensure that all seniors can retire with dignity and respect. i'm bernie sanders, and i approve this message. . >> christa: breaking news, flames tearing through a home in groton. firefighters on the scene.
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>> now we have a pandemic. of zika virus. >> christa: a dozen children knocked around on their school bus. >> hit their heads, their knees. >> they were all crying. dad. >> christa: who is to blame for the crash. >> sarah: the race for the white house taking center stage in iowa. >> it feels like the academy awards. >> i'm a maniac and everyone on ugly. >> sarah: the republicans debate without trump and turn on each other. snow and scandal at harvard. actress kerry washington honored by hasty pudding and making its members take a solemn swear. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> christa: i solemnly swear the weekend is almost here. you just have to get through this friday. how glorious is that, right? i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: i'm sarah french. everybody is in a good mood on fridays usually, unless you walk in and say to one of our floor directors, hey, happy friday. "oh, it's my monday. justice. >> christa: it's true, that happens.
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department when you're there's a huge snowstorm working up the coastline, like last weekend, but i can assure you we won't with shoveling or snow blowing as we get into saturday and sunday of this week. no major storms rolling up the east coast, although there is one this morning, but it's too far out to sea to bring the brunt of any impact across new england. 35 this morning in boston. wind is calm. relatively mild start for this time of year, and here's some of the light rain just to the east of chatham and over nantucket right now. not too much rain falling in nantucket at this point. the bulk of the moisture staying just to the east of us throughout the day. we'll get occasionally a scattered rain or snow shower passing by. it won't amount to much and throughout the day, you're going to have many a dry hour out there with temperatures in the upper 30s to near 40. take a look at the weekend forecast coming up. >> christa: okay. let's turn it over the danielle gersh with our fast track traffic on a friday. >> sarah: good morning, everyone. happy friday. leverett connector, zakim bridge, things look good here so far this morning. let's go to the maps.
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north, 93 southbound slow and go from lawrence over 128 into boston. route 1 looks good is far this morning. south of town from the braintree split into boston on the expressway northbound, that drive is up to 12 minutes. some slowing on 128 southbound, backed up to route 24. route 3, 24, 95 looking pretty good. no major issues to tell you about there. the pike from framingham eastbound into boston all green some no major delays there i'der. let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. 13 minutes on the expressway. into town on the pike from 128, 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, that's your longest minutes. if you're taking "t," it is on time. back to you, guys. >> sarah: we're following breaking news right now. investigators on the scene of a deadly fire in groton. >> christa: two people were up in flames. let's go to 7's nicole oliverio. nicole? >> nicole: christa, just a devastating fire. you mentioned two people were killed and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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department got the call just after midnight. you can see they're still on the scene here about a house fire here on wylie road in groton. when they arrived on scene, they were... they knew there were two people that were unaccounted for. it's unclear if the two people inside even managed to try to get out. there was no eastbound else inside the home at the time. unfortunately firefighters could not get to those two people. and they did die in this house fire. now, investigators say they're not going to release more information about the two people who were killed until they're able to neat phi their families. -- notify their families. as for the house, there was extensive damage. this was a two-alarm fire. the cause again remains under investigation. the state fire marshal's office is also here on scene. for now, live in groton, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: all right, nicole, thank you. also right now, state health leaders confirming as be man has the zika virus. now, the c.d.c. has been warning about this virus.
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through latin america. let's head out live to boston with 7's jennifer eagan. jen, what do we know about this patient and where he was? >> jennifer: christa, this is a man who recently traveled to an affected area. he is recovering, but there are concerns for pregnant women. the fast-moving zika virus has arrived in boston. health officials have confirmed one case here in the city. they say the patient, a man virus while traveling to a country where it's widespread. the world health organization sounding the alarm thursday, spreading quickly. >> last year the virus was detected in the americas where it is now spreading explosively. as of today, cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the region. the level of alarm is extremely high. >> jennifer: the zika virus is spread by mosquitoes.
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virus can cause microcephaly, a birth defect that affects the size of a baby's brain and head. there have been cases in south america and asia. the c.d.c. is warning women who are pregnant or considering getting pregnant to talk to their doctors if they have traveled to areas mosquitoes can carry the virus. otherwise only one in five people who get infected with it will show symptoms. most of the people who get sick only have mild symptoms, which last about a week. common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. >> there is always the slight possibility we may see a major outbreak. we don't think that's going to occur, but we're going to be prepared for it. >> jennifer: some airlines are allowing customers to delay or get a refund to affected areas. the type of mosquito that carries the zika virus is not common to massachusetts. we're live in boston this morning, jennifer eagan, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: now to the race for the white house.
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hampshire today hours after skipping the g.o.p. debate in iowa. for the first time the republican candidates got a chance to see what it's like to debate without him. 7's victoria warren is live in nashua, new hampshire, with more. hey, vicki. >> victoria: good morning. last night donald trump made good on his promise to boycott that debate. instead he held his own dueling event. >> he's an entertaining guy. that's greatest show on earth. >> victoria: donald trump missing from the fox debate and not forgotten. >> i'm a maniac, and everyone on this stage is stupid, fat, and ugly, and ben, you're a terrible surgeon. now that we've gotten the donald trump portion out of the way... [laughter] >> victoria: nearby trump held his own event. >> look at the cameras. this is like the academy awards. >> victoria: carried on several cable networks, trump raised $5 million, he said, for wounded warriors, even inviting low-polling rivals on stage.
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>> my whole life i've been greedy, greedy, greedy, i've grabbed all the money i can get. i'm so greedy. now i want to be greedy for the united states. i want to grab all that money. >> victoria: back at the debate, ted cruz was center stage. >> rebuilding our navy, rebuilding our air force, rebuilding our army. >> victoria: second to trump, cruz was target. >> the only budget ted has ever called for has called for cut defense spending. >> victoria: so from iowa to new hampshire, donald trump is in new hampshire this morning. he has an event here later on. live in nashua, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." ism on 2 democratic side, bernie sanders has released his medical records. a letter from the 74-year-old's long-time doctor says the vermont center is in overall good health. among the ail. s listed, gout, high cholesterol and acid reflux. meantime, hillary clinton will campaign with former congresswoman gabby giffords this weekend in iowa. last night she talked about the
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education and afford l colleges at a middle school in the state. clinton also touched on the issues of equal pay for women and raising the paige. dan hausle is in iowa for next weekend's caucuses. we'll have a live report from him later right here on 7news "today in new england." >> christa: 13 children are recovering this morning from minor injuries after their school bus crashed into a sedan out in framingham. this was thursday afternoon. it happened on their way home from school. 40 kids in all, all of them in elementary school, were on board the bus at the time. 13 of them had to be taken to local hospitals to be treated for things like bumps and bruises and, as you might guess, they say this was a really scary experience. >> all the kids just hit the side of the bus and hit their heads, their knees. >> we all fell and then i hurt my neck. >> a bunch of students crying.
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>> no. >> christa: the driver of the car also receiving medical treatment. it's not known if any charges will be filed. >> two people including a firefighter are recovering this morning after being injured in a fire at an excavating business in foxborough. according to "the sun chronicle," a worker suffered minor burns and a firefighter ended up with a laceration under one of his eyes thursday afternoon. the fire chief believes gas tanks caused several explosions. there are new details about the standoff in oregon. we're now seeing a new video of the shooting that resulted in the death of one of the protesters. the f.b.i. footage shows that the police set up a barricade blocking a car on tuesday. the driver of that car was 55-year-old lavoy finicum. he got out of the vehicle and started running. a gun. that's when police shot and killed him. the f.b.i. says one more person has left the refuge, but four people still remain there. agents say they're still working
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to leave peacefully. >> christa: still ahead, troubling details about a murder in norton. children at home as a mother is killed. >> sarah: a monster sinkhole opens up on the highway, and aides growing and threatening homes there. >> christa: wow. look at that. also hasty pudding's woman of the year making the most of her honors. you know what, she used humor to tackle serious issues at the same time. >> sarah: . >> sarah: dry start for many of us. >> chris: an isolated rain or snow shower throughout the day. quiet times through the kay itself. temperatures enter the upper 30s to near 40. we have a nice-looking weekend ahead. forecast coming up. >> sarah: 6:10 right now. we're staying on top of breaking news in groton. two people killed in an overnight fire when a house goes up in flames. we'll have much more from the
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>> sarah: 6:14 on this friday morning. time to rise and shine. take a look at this beautiful picture from the south shore. isn't that gorgeous? jeeves sending us this photo from scituate. >> christa: it's inspiring, isn't it? >> sarah: to have that as your view, cup of joe. >> christa: very ?ies. sit back and relax and spend some time with us here on "today in new england." and don't forget, you can send your rise and shine pictures to us at whdh.com. you can tweet at us with the #rise and shine on 7. also picture us this morning, a slight little detour here, people are noticing. they're noticing chris and his suit today. it was first thing i noticed when i came in. people on twitter are noticing. you look outstanding, my friend. >> chris: thank you. i appreciate that.
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>> chris: i've worn it a few times. it's relatively new, but as a guy, you can get away with wearing the suit over and over if it's black and you change up the tie and the shirt. this suit kind of stands out. i have to use it sparingly here. 35 in boston. 32 in norwood. we've gone through the detour. now we're back on the main road in the forecast. calm winds this morning. i do expect temperatures overall to be above the freezing mark. visibility okay. a lot of clouds around. locally dense fog down through rhode island, sneaking into southern worcester county, western bristol county. we'll keep an eye on that. rainfall just off shore, even across nantucket. a couple drops out there. but the band is setting up just to the east of the cape and the islands this morning. we will not get a whole will the of precipitation out of. this we have an ocean storm to the east of us and a cold front to the west of us. and we're threading the needle between the two system, which means we have dry hours but maybe not completely dry throughout the entire day. i do expect a couple scattered rain and snow showers,
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approaching cold front works in. there may be a heavy enough burst once in a while out through worcester down toy give you a slushy coating on the grassy areas with the car tops. overall i don't expect to be issuing too many travel problems with the snowfall coming through the skies again. temperatures 35b9 to 40 this afternoon. west coast, seattle down to san francisco, rain and snow. later today of course the higher terrain seeing the snow out there. cascades down to the northern sierras. for us the pattern cooler the next couple days. seasonably cooler. even above seasonal levels, but in terms of the real mild stuff, that will come surging back in here sunday into monday. we're talking about temperatures close to 50 if not surpassing 50 degrees by the second half of the weekend into early next week. monday the better bet. see those temperatures rising into the lower to middle 50s. all right. 36 to 40 this afternoon. a couple of passing rain and snow showers out there. and then today an early flurry or snow shower, clearing skies late overnight tonight. 20s to lower 30s. sunshine to clouds tomorrow.
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standards. comfortable day. temperatures close to 40. 50 looks great. on sunday a or close to it at least, 50s on monday. groundhog day close to 50 here in southern new england. we'll have to wait and see what ms g says about the winter. >> sarah: already groundhog day, wow. time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. this is the braintree split. you see slowing getting on the expressway. we have an accident on 128 southbound. will let's go to the maps. just before the braintree split, traffic is backed up to logan express from this. you see the back-up, that red there. something to keep in mind. the pike mostly green, eastbound on the pike into boston from framingham. no major delays to tell you about there. 93 southbound, slow and go from lawrence over 128 and into boston. route 1 looking pretty good so far this morning and the expressway, slowing down from braintree into boston. 23 minutes. take a look at those drivetake a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning.
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delays there. "t." it's on time so far this morning. back to you. >> christa: danielle, thank you. harvard. honoring their choice for woman of the year. kerry washington looking right harvard. >> sarah: she was cracking jokes and even getting harvard students to make a special promise to her. this is pretty fun. all right. 7's nancy chen is here with more. >> nancy: she did such a great job. good morning to you both. washington asked students the raise their right hands and take a pledge. she stepped on stage not only to accept the pudding pot, but also to talk about diversity and inclusion. >> our woman of the year. >> nancy: actress kerry washington was in cambridge thursday to be honored as the hasty pudding woman of the year. the ceremony began with the and, of course, features a famous roast. >> she does not drink coffee. the reviews of her 2013 film
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night just fine. >> nancy: washington even showed off her singing voice. when the wind blows and while some hollywood heavyweights might have used the stage for purely fun and game, the emmy-nominated actress made it a point to impress upon the all-male cast as well as the audience the importance of acceptance and diversity. >> and when i give up on acting after five years... >> and when i give up on acting after five years... >> and go run my father's hedge fund... >> and go run my father's hedge fund... >> i will pay women as much as i pay men. i just wanted them to know that as they were honoring me, i'm honoring them and the power that they leave here with. >> nancy: she is just amazing. while discussing the issue of diversity, washington also gave her thoughts about the boycott of the academy awards. she says while she's grateful that conversation is taking place, she personally would not boycott the awards show. live in the newsroom, nancy
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>> christa: always love it when people use humor to make a point. >> sarah: i completely agree, and i love her. she's fabulous. >> christa: still ahead, stars of a new action thriller walking the red carpet here in boston. wow. lots of stars in the area, right? they're talking about making the movie here in the boston area. >> sarah: plus a troubling discovery at a south shore gas station. the criminal act putting customers in jeopardy. >> christa: we have class act this morning. a stand-out student from methuen has a global vision, getting an early start on a career helping
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congress doesn't regulate wall street... wall street regulates congress. it's a rigged economy that sends most new wealth to the top 1%. and it's held in place by a corrupt political system where wall street banks and billionaires buy elections. my campaign is funded small contributions. people who know you can't by taking more money from wall street. i'm bernie sanders, and i approve this message. join the fight
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>> sarah: not in high school students have their entire >> christa: a student you're young woman. she's determined to help others. you'll meet her in this week's
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it was off to greater lawrence tech. hi. how you guys doing? i'm from 7news, and my name is christa. but this week it wasn't much of a surprise. one of you is really standing out. oh, you guys know. you know! this week's class act, cassandra jean-marie, a senior from methuen. congratulations. can i give you a hug? >> she's my best friend. she motivates me a lot. >> she's very well respected. >> she has a good heart. >> christa: cassandra is a everyone around her seems to feed off that. >> she has fun with us, but she's always like, get the work, guys. she always motivates us. >> christa: she's already a certified nurse's assistant, a cna. it's something she learned from her mom. >> my mom is a nurse. she worked there. when i got my cna license, she asked if it would be okay if i got experience. i liked it so i never left. >> christa: she learned nursing skills in school, but it was her history teacher that nominated her. >> i like to invoke questions that get you to think.
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and give me these looks, like why are you picking at me. because i know she has something to share. >> christa: cassandra has been the co-class president, but she also volunteers at the pediatric center at lawrence general hospital, has organized blood drives and is an alzheimer's caregiver. medicine is in her future. >> she's going to be a great doctor one day, i know that for sure. >> i don't think i ever wanted to be anything else. >> christa: until then she's happy helping as a cna. >> i think it's a humble job because it shows you how much people need help when they get older, and it's so nice because they show so much gratitude. it's a very rewarding job. >> when you start from cna going up to being a doctor, it really helps because you know everything. you know about taking care of the patient, everything. >> she's going to do whatever she wants. no one is going to stop her. >> christa: it's so fun to see. she's so quiet and soft spoken but truly a star. everybody loves her. and she has this global vision after med school. she says she wants to go on and study diseases. >> sarah: wow. >> christa: and find cures for them.
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classmates, too, i'm sure. if you want to nominate a student between 6 and 12th grade, doing something outstanding in school, sports or in their community, please nominate them as a 7news class act. just head to our web site at whdh.com. >> christa: still ahead, a bay state mother's incredible run is entering the final leg. she is running marathons around the world. and she is winning. >> sarah: general electric announcing layoffs in lynn just weeks after announcing it's moving the health care to the hub. >> reporter: and we're live in groton. two people killed in an overnight house fire.
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>> reporter: breaking news, the state fire marshal investigating after flames tear through a home in groton.
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>> christa: troubling news about a mother murdered in front of her estranged children. >> sarah: f.b.i. releasing details of a murder in oregon. and we're talking to the stars of "the finest hours." >> we made movie here. i'm from here. it's the best. >> christa:>> sarah: what casey affleck says made him happier than any movie he's been in. >> this is 7news "today in new england." ism good friday morning, everybody. thanks for staying us with. i'm sarah french. >> christa: and i'm christa delcamp. we have our first man up, chris lambert, with everything you need to know going into the weekend. >> chris: good morning, everyone. 35 in boston. 32 in plymouth. temperatures this morning milder than the average for the time of year. a lot of times we're down in the teens and 20s. not the case this morning. a lot of clouds around, but the bulk of two storms missing us, one to the east, one to the west. with the cold front swimming on through, a little moisture in place, i think occasionally we'll catch a passing rain or
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but more dry hours or wet hours, and temperatures rebounding into the upper 30s. it's friday, get on to the weekend here, what are we looking at? temperatures close to 40 tomorrow. i think more sunshine in the morning. more clouds in the afternoon. second half of the weekend, certainly no shoveling out there. temperatures in the upper 40s to near 50 degrees. we'll keep the mild weather as we get into early next week. that seven-day forecast coming up. >> christa: how about fast track traffic? what are we seeing on the road, danielle? >> >> danielle: you can see it's looking much better at the braintree split heading onto the expressway. still some back-up at 128 southbound to the logan express, but this accident did clear. the pike, a little slowing as you head into framingham and then over 128 into boston. you're slow and go. no major delays to tell you about there. 93 southbound, slow and go into boston. but no red really. so not too bad. route 1 looking good so far this morning. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning.
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prrks the braintree split into boston, 21 minutes. into town on the pike from 128, just 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 15 minutes. if you're taking the "t," it's on time. back to you, guys. ism we're following breaking news on this deadly fire in groton. >> christa: let's go out live to the scene. you see 7's nicole oliverio there for us today. nicole? >> nicole: christa, just devastating news. two people killed in this overnight house fire here in groton. if i step out of the way, you can see firefighters remain here on the scene. you can see the damage done to the single-family home. the house completely gutted and just reduced to the studs on the second floor. firefighters were called to the home just after midnight, and when they arrived on scene, they knew that there were two people who were unaccounted for. we're told two people who were killed were the only two in the home. a family member came by, one woman saying that it was her sister that was in the house who lived there. she was obviously too upset to
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right now the cause of the fire remains under investigation. firefighters, even though the fire marshal was here on scene, right now they're focusing on the back of the house, but we don't know exactly where this fire started. we can tell you two people who were inside this home when the killed. for now, that's the latest live in groton, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: nicole, thank you. 6:33, checking the morning's other top stories on this friday, a boston man is now the first confirmed patient here in massachusetts with the zika virus. health officials say that he contracted the virus in another country and he is expected to make a full recovery. the virus is spread by mosquitoes and there is concern that the virus could cause birth defects. women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant are being cautioned against traveling to countries where the virus has been found. presidential front-runner donald trump will hold a rally in nashua, new hampshire, this morning.
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republican debate before the iowa caucuses and held a fund-raiser for veterans a few miles away. 7's dan hausle will have a live report from iowa coming in, in about 15 minutes from now. >> sarah: a weymouth man facing alarming allegations that he killed his estranged wife in front of her children. prosecutors say 35-year-old martin mcdonald beat and then stabbed his wife to death right in front of her four young children. when her 11-year-old daughter tried the call police, mcdonald allegedly punched her in the face before rushing out of the home. police say mcdonald then crashed his pick-up truck into an oncoming car on nearby 495. the woman has been released from the hospital. when police arrive at the crime scene, they found julie meade pleading to death. her three children and a niece were all crying around her. the judge ordered mcdonald held without bail and ordered a psychological evaluation. a dorchester man is facing felony charges in connection with a violent home invasion. the 18-year-old was arraigned in his hospital bed thursday, one
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into a home in brookline. one other man was arrested. he's also in the hospital, but he isn't well enough to be arraigned. police say the teen and two other men broke into an apartment and attack mabd inside. officers are still looking for one man seen walking away from the area and another person who drove the suspect's car. >> christa: new this morning, people who use their credit cards at a gas station in today. police say someone placed a skimmer on one of the pumps at street. of course, a skimmer can be used to steal your celt card number. investigators don't know if any information was actually gleaned, but it appears the skimmer was put in a pump there about a week ago they're saying. mbta transit police asking for the public's help in finding the man who they say assaulted a customer service agent on the weekend of january 7th on a platform. anybody with information is asked to get in contact with
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>> sarah: general electric laying off dozens of employees at their lynn facility. 59 engineers in the aviation division will be without a job. this coming just two weeks after the company announced they were moving its global headquarters to boston. across the country more than 300 aviation engineers are losing their jobs. massachusetts helping the people in washington hit by that giant blizzard over the weekend. massdot sent this snow melter to help with the clean-up. they also sent front-end loaders and extra crews of people out to help. a boston police officer lending a helping hand to a woman in west roxbury. officer john quinn saw an elderly woman trying to remove a block of snow and ice from the front of her home. so he stopp to help her and someone snapped this photo. officer quinn said it was just the right thing to do but also admitted that the lady reminded him of his own mother. >> christa: very nice gesture. i'm a little worried about officer quinn. he has to start bending with the knees a little more. don't want him to have any back problems.
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>> christa: all right. still ahead fast,-acting bank manager thwarting a robbery all on his own and it's caught on camera. >> sarah: the earth opens up on a highway and the giant sinkhole keeps on growing. >> christa: and have you seen this video? game. there he is, michael phelps, just the speedo, just the medals.
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>> christa: welcome back. it's 6:40. the massachusetts woman who set out the run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days will run her last race today. this is remarkable. australia. she started this world marathon challenge in antarctica last week. the 35-year-old from belmont has won all six of her races so far. what a accomplishment. if she completes today's marathon, she will be first american woman to complete that challenge. look at her running in the frozen the tundra, sarah. >> sarah: i'm so impressed. a soldier in alabama going viral by lending a helping hand to two young boy, treating them to
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>> did you eat all the tacos? did your brother eat the tacos? >> sarah: the boys were selling homemade desserts for money. the soldier asked them if they were hungry, so he decided to buy them dinner. the youngest one told him, "i want to be just like you when i grow up." olympic gold medalist michael phelps having some fun at an arizona state basketball game. he joined fans to take part in the infamous curtain of distraction. i guess it worked. this time when the curtain was open, fells was there, speedo medals and all. the player missed both shots, so i guess it worked. i just want the know, was it their idea or was this michael phelps' idea? >> christa: taking the distraction to the next level. is this a dance or is this a distraction? >> sarah: just showing off your ambassador. >> christa: it was funny. 6:41. we have know and go with with the day's top stories coming up
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>> reporter: a man from boston has contracted the mosquito-borne zika virus. we'll have the very latest coming up. ism also new video of a deadly encounter between the f.b.i. and a militiaman in oregon. what happened moments before he is killed. >> reporter: we're live in des moines, iowa, where we'll tell you what the other candidates are saying at the trumpless debate and what trump himself said the indicate what caused his boycott may be over. >> it made me happier than any movie i've ever been in. >> christa: wow, casey affleck talking about his favorite part of his new movie and filming it
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>> sarah: we're following breaking news this morning. a deadly fire overnight in groton state investigators on report coming up. >> christa: and we'll have stories following last night's debate and dueling trump rallies. that and much more in our know and go segment. >> sarah: let's send it over the chris lambert. >> chris: we'll bring that march/early april weather on the seven-day forecast. 35 in boston. 32 in norwood. it's not that cold of a start. it's cool but not cold by january standards. the bulk of the rain is off shore to the east of us. and you can see how this line is staying to the east of us. now just enough moisture working back in across southern new england to combine with this front swinging on through from
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rain or snow shower at times through the day. you'll get a lot of dry hours in here, but that passing rain or snow shower still a possibility, especially mid-afternoon as that through. you can see forecast model here, again, it's not widespread, it's in the like the entire area will be raining or snowing at any given point, but once in a while we catch the passing rain or snow shower and skies beginning to clear out late overnight tonight. so we'll call it mostly cloudy. there may be a few thin spots in the overcast. temperatures mid-30s to lower 40s with that passing rain or snow shower. generally speaking about light winds where we want the snow across the central and northern new england, a lot of the ski resorts, they'll get some snow showers through the day today and even a couple snow showers possible tomorrow. comfortable skiing weather as we work into the weekend saturday and sunday going from the 30s back into the low 40s. meantime, down here in southern new england, close to 50 degrees on sunday, and if we don't hit 50 degrees on sunday, looks like a good bet we'll hit at least 50 on monday, guys. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh.
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good morning, everyone. here's the expressway, not looking too bad. just over 20 minutes from the braintree split into boston. you're really starting to hit the brakes at granite avenue there. south of town we have an issue to tell you about in westwood on 128 northbound at university avenue. we have an accident. and you can see that's causing some back-up on route 95 there, too. the pike starting to slow down as you approach framingham eastbound into boston. north of town you're slow and go on 93 southbound. route 1 not looking too bad. so far this morning, let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. over 20 minutes on the expressway into boston. into town on the pike from 128, just 14 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge 24 minutes. and if you're taking "t" this morning, so far it's on time. back to you, guys. >> christa: danielle, thank you. we're tracking breaking news. the state's fire marshal investigating the deaths of two people in a house fire overnight in groton. >> sarah: let's go out live to 7's nicole oliverio with the
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>> nicole: a couple came by earlier to take a look at the damage done to this home. one woman telling us it was her sister who was inside who was killed. right now firefighters will only say it was two adults. they still have not identified who they were, but if you take a look, you can see the extensive damage done to this home here in groton. the entire bottom floor gutted. the second floor reduced to the studs. now, the fire came in, the call came in just after midnight. firefighters say they initially received reports that there were two people who were unaccounted for, but they were unable to get those two out of the home. we're told they were the only two who were in the home at the time. the cause of the fire remains under investigation, and we still don't know exactly where this fire started, but you can see firefighters remain on the scene here along with the state fire marshal's office. you can tell investigators right now are focusing on the back of the home. we'll be sure to bring you the latest information as soon as we get it. for now we're live in groton,
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new england." >> sarah: right now health officials on high alert across the globe, and now here in boston as first case of the zika virus in the city is announced. let's head out to jennifer eagan. jen, this virus is particularly concerning for pregnant women, right? >> jennifer: sarah, that's right. the zika virus first started showing up in brazil last spring. caribbean. the man from boston who contracted it had traveled to an affected area. he's now recovering. in most people the zika virus won't cause any symptoms. in about 20% they will develop mild symptoms which last about a week, fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis. it's only transmitted by mosquito bite. the real concern is for pregnant women or women who plan to get pregnant. the zika virus can cause microcephaly, a birth defect that affects the size of the baby's brain and head. doctors say women who are
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want to reconsider travel plans to affected areas. in fact, some airlines are allowing passengers the delay or get a refund for their trip. health experts say the zika virus could spread down south, but the type of mosquito that carries it is not common to massachusetts. we're live in boston this morning, jennifer eagan, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: jen, thank you. now dueling events in the race for the white house. most of the gop candidates were debating out in iowa last night while the front-runner, donald trump, took his own show on the road. here's 7's dan hausle who attended the debate. he's live for thus morning. quite the nightmare, dan. >> dan: we got two events instead of one, the debate downtown and trump holding his counter-rally for veterans nearby at drake university. trump defending why he did it, but at the same time suggesting that his feud with fox that started this boycott may be over. >> you have to stick up for your rights.
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have to stick up for your rights. you have to do it. they did apologize and they could not have been... but once this started, it's for our vets, there was nothing i could do. >> dan: so trump saying fox apologized to him. he was joined on stage at drake by two other candidates, mike huckabee and rick santorum. they were available because they were on the undercard, but they were the winners of the last two iowa caucuses. interesting there. trump gone from the debate but far from forgotten. >> everyone on this stage is stupid, fat and ugly. and, ben, you're a terrible surgeon. now that we've gotten the donald trump portion out of the way... >> it's not about donald trump. he's an entertaining guy. he's the greatest show on earth. >> i kind of miss donald trump. he was a little teddy bear to me. >> dan: with trump not at the debate, the candidates tried to figure out who was toughest on
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also a lot of the shots instead of going at front-runner trump went at cruz because he was the highest-polling candidate there on the staining. spin doctors after suggested cruz may have suffered from that, and rubio, they suggested, had maybe the best night, but christie and bush also getting some good shots in. the final call on this will be iowa caucus-goers on monday. they'll decide whether trump hurt himself or helped himself by not going to the debate and whether any of the other candidates, well, whether they succeeded in his absence. we're live in des moines, iowa, dan hausle, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: we will find out. dan, thank you. side. medical records. a letter from the 74-year-old's long-time doctor says the vermont senator is in "overall very good health." among the ailments listed, gout, high cholesterol an acid reflux. meantime, hillary clinton will campaign with former congresswoman gabrielle giffords this weekend in iowa.
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importance of childhood education and affordable colleges at a middle school in the state. clinton also touched on the issues of equal pay for women and raising the paige. you just saw dan out in iowa. he will stay there through monday's caucuses. you can look for continued live reports right here on 7 news. >> sarah: new details about the standoff in oregon. we're now seeing a new video of the shooting that resulted in the death of one of the protesters. the f.b.i. footage shows the police set up a barricade blocking a car on tuesday. the 55-year-old driver got out of the car and started running. officers say he then reached for a gun and that's when police shot and killed him. the f.b.i. says one person has left the refuge today, but four people still remain. agents say they're still working to get the remaining protesters to leave peacefully. >> christa: crackdown inside a cracker barrel restaurant. police in albuquerque new mexico dhaising a man inside. what you're looking at here is the body cam recording of exactly what happened.
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his truck on a roadway and then police close in on him behind a display inside the store. they arrested him, obviously frightening for some customers there, but nobody was hurt. police say the man was also wanted for several crimes in the past month. >> sarah: a bank manager in north carolina stopped a suspected robbery attempt. police say a man wearing a mask approached the back door of the bank shortly after it opened yesterday. but the manager saw the person coming, so he held the door shut. officers say the suspect had a gun and used it to hit the door. he eventually ran away. >> christa: two huge sinkholes just opening up in oregon not too far apart. they're right across the street from one another. look at the size. one of the sinkholes took out some lanes of the highway, both of them opening up just within a short period of time. >> sarah: for the first time in three years, the celtics will be represented in the nba all-star game. isai thomas will be a reserve on the eastern conference roster.
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last night. he then posted several messages on twitter thanking his teammates, coaches and fans in boston. the all-star game is february 14th. >> christa: also this morning ... >> we made the movie here. i'm from here. it's the best. >> christa: casey affleck and chris pine here in boston premiering their made in massachusetts movie called "the finest hours." you probably heard about it. it opens up in theaters today, but really it was a hollywood event hitting the hub for that special screening here last night. >> sarah: affleck, who grew up in cambridge, joined pine on the red carpet at amc loews boston common. the movie is based on a true story right from new england. the most daring rescue in the history of the coast guard that took place back in 1952. the actors say it was special to film the movie around the area. >> sarah: to do it in a place where it actually happened and a
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>> two shots of cape cod in 1952 and it just looks... i grew up out on the cape. every summer we'd go out there, and seeing the cape transformed back in time, it's... it really touched me. it's beautiful. >> sarah: affleck says the shots made him happier than any movie he's ever been in. i can't wait the see it. it looks great. >> christa: i know it's slightly different, but it kind of reminds me of "a perfect storm" with george clooney. >> chris: that was the winter of 1952. i believe it was february 18th. anyway, 35 in boston. should be a good movie to watch. visibility okay in boston. how about some locally dense fog inland few and far between, and the bulk of the moisture staying off shore today. the bulk of it, not all of it. we do expect a couple scattered rain and snow showers throughout the day. the weekend looking great. guys? >> christa: all right. we hope you have a great weekend. how can you go wrong with 40 degrees, right? thank you for watching.
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