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finish in first, her ninth place finish was no less spectacular. it took her nine hours and 34 minutes to complete the race, but she says it was all worth it. >> yeah, i made it. that last part was really hard. you know, i kept -- it always is in a long race. >> great job, great job. >> thank you very much. >> coming up on "good morning america," as michael jackson's mother prepares to get perma it will be slow going on the red line today. metro is fixing the troubled circuit system. >> we will try to do something in the next couple of weeks. will try to take care of it today. >> and we are waiting for word from three americans being held in iran for accidentally crossing the border. "good morning washington" begins
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right now. captioned by the national captioning institute good morning, washington. i'm doug mcelway. >> and i'm alison starling. thank you for joining us. let's go started with your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. it was a stormy day yesterday. >> very tropical kind of weather. we will see this for the rest of this summer. this >> is the first w august. f had a cold front the moved o ug roth ro fehrindb the frontal system.eon thfog out there. marshall, 69 degrees. fairfax, 71. six satellite and radar shows the cold front off shore.
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high pressure will give us plenty of sunshine and temperatures that will make it to around 90 degrees. let's check the rush-hour commute. >> it is rushing around. we are good around of the beltway. nothing complicated north into baltimore or south into richmond. quiet on the freeman. 95, the normal travel times between baltimore and richmond. good on 270 and 66. this is traffic near dulles airport. more on the traffic seen in just a little while. >> thank you. we begin with breaking news. this is from prince george's county. a fire at a county firehouse. >> the closest stations lost its fourth career staffing. matt brock has the details.
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>> to show you the fire station behind me. people are working inside. it is ok now. not so much at about 2:30 this morning. people are worried that this is a sign of things to come. smoke and flames poured out of an engine. volunteers whoere there doing prep work were able to move some equipment before it got too bad. the first fire company called in to help was the capitol heights station. only just this weekend there were bumps down to volunteer stuffing. we're told the capitol heights group never made it here. so many told us they are concerned about reduced staff and that it could lead to disaster. the fire chief at prince
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george's counties said he is dealing with $110 million budget, that is $2 million less than last year. he has had to make these changes in staffing in certain stations and making some station's specialty stations. he said no new hires until june of 2010. the guys working here get no overtime. matt brock, abc 7 news. >> a tough situation out the. thank you. the swiss embassy in tehran is saying they are learning more about three detainees in iran. shane bauer, sarah shourd, and joshua fattal were hiking through the area when they strayed across the border. iraqi troops then surrounded them. their families are concerned
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about the safety of the hikers. our only isncn er for the ahethelal wndfa of josh, shane, and sarah. >> a fourth member did not go with them on the hike and he is said to be safe. barack obama will mark the g.i. bill at george mason university. it is the farthest reaching measure of its time since the original g.i. bill in 1944. speicher the family of > is saying -- of scott specicher sas they are getting some solace. we have the story. >> the first american killed during the first operation
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desert storm will be the last to come home. >> i am calling it out. are you there? >> he did not answer. he had been shot down over the rocky desert. more than 18 years later, his remains have been found. president obama issued this statement. a box of mementos was saved. >> to me, to bring scott home, it does mean something to wasp. i am just sorry we couldn't bring a home alive. >> the wreckage from this f-18 was found, but his remains were not. in 2001, he was declared missing in action. efforts to find his body
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included a search of more than 50 sites. s family was waiting for answers. >> i just want a straight answer. what happened tmy brother? last >> month, an iraqi citizen answered that question. he led marines to a site where his remains were respectfully buried. >> he was our shipmate. we wanted to bring him home. >> he left behind a wife and two children. his famous said the news has been difficult for the family. he will remain in our hearts. kris van cleave, abc 7 news. it has been three years since a man was murdered in northwest, washington, and police do not know who killed him. the anniversary was marked at the home where he was killed.
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they are handing out fliers about the case. >> thought it our responsibility to do what we could do to help find some answers. >> three men who will -- who lived at his home are now facing trial for tampering charges. nobody has been charged with his murder. metro will begin paris this week at the site of the deadly crash. that will mean more delays. the ntsb has completed their on- site inspections. metro says it can now begin replacing track circuitry in that area. the official cause remains under investigation. trains will move more slowly while repairs are made over the next month. unless the senate pomps more money into cash for clunkers,
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that program will be suspended. it went through its first billion dollars in just one week. americans are getting some good deals, for it is cashing in on the program. they are reporting their first monthly increase in two years. 5:08 is your time. >> up to $200 million is at stake. will find out who gets to control michael jackson's this state. >> if you like it hot and humid, you will like the extended outlook. >> lisa baden will be back with another look at your morning commute. you'y
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good morning. we're looking at a quiet start for our work week. we will have plenty of sunshine this afternoon. there is some fog, especially around the charlottesville area. part, we're holding in the 70's. 7 l il whave plenty of sunshine. the high temperature will
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approach 90 degrees. time for the rush-hour commute. >> various moved around the beltway. 270 traffic looks great. headlights from father hurley boulevard to get to the beltway. nothing on the dulles toll road and greenway. the shift the traffic pattern over the weekend towards 395. heads up for that. >> thank you. il5:12, 7 degrees. hand sanitizers that can make your hds dirty air -- 70 degrees. >> we will check the morning's headlines, including som hey smart, heard you're getting free nights from how? well, funny you should ask. you see, after i book 10 nights, get free one. say i spend 2 nights at a big name hotel,
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>> you are watching abc 7's "good morning washington," with
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doug mckelway, alison starling, meteorologist brian van de graaff, weather, and la baden, traffic. this is "good morning washington," on your side. in our top stories, the obama administration is considering having a facility to try prisoners from the guantanamo bay military prison. the idea has not moved beyond the discussion stage. there could be a backlash. a court in los angeles will start to unravel michael jackson's this state. his mother and debbie rwe are talking about visitation. the fda says harmful bacteria in skin products cause them to raid one building.
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there are warning the public not to use any of those products. national weather service is confirming that two tornadoes struck maryland on friday. a storm moved through frederick county spawned a tornado in ijamsville. another tornado touched down and was confirmed in carroll county. a lot of damage there. a lot of trees were down. >> we have had a stormy couple of days. let's check in with steve rudin on what we can expect. but first let's check in with lisa baden. >> we will jump into the pool of life and talk about travel times at the american legion bridge, which are in our favor. we will talk about 95.
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it is building in volume. northbound trouble are headlights and it looks pretty smooth from dale city up to springfield. now to the weather center. just >> a little bit of patchy fog. we will look for plenty of sunshine later this morning and into the afternoon hours. it is comfortable outside. ocean city, they are at 77 degrees. it looks like a good day at the beach today. the surf temperature is around 75 degrees. detroit, 57 at this time. we are looking for temperatures to move near 90 degrees as the wind begins to change direction. high temperature will move back into the area. wind will change again tomorrow. temperatures will be a couple of degrees warmer.
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the cold front is pushing off shore. a tornado warnings across the delmarva peninsula. nothing touched down. we will have a couple of good days. our next best chance for thunderstorms will come late in the day on wednesday as another shot of cool area are rise in the area. high temperature dominates our area. wind from the southwest. hot and humid air. air quality today, cold -- code orange tomorrow. temperatures near 90 degrees. 92 and the chance for an isolated shower tomorrow afternoon. better chance of storms on wednesday. highs in the mid 80's. >> thank you. apple makes iphones safer from hackers.
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>> you could become a movie critic. >> apple fixes a major flaw on the iphone. they say they have patched a bug that people could possibly take over their phones. users will receive a message to download a fix. smart phones like i fought allow you to watch movies on the go. if you prefer a bigger picture, there is a new device that lets you watch movies when you travel. >> this panasonic is the world's first portable blu-ray portable. you could watch your movies on the go. comes with a stand. it is very expensive, $800. it is debatable on whether you even need it. most of the laptop's we're seeing come with blu-ray players
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already installed. >> sites like facebook and twitter get tens of millions of fans. but not everyone is sold on them. 87% of adults preferred dealing with other adults in person. half of the respondents said they do not even use social networks. it appears netflix can see the future. they can now tell you which movies you might like before they are even know it -- even made. the site will predict how many stars you might give these movies. helpful for planning movies in years in defense. for more iormation, log onto the tech page at those are your tech bytes. i am vinita nair. 5:21 is your time. 70 degrees outside.
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>> heavy hitting in d.c. >> later on "oprah," the 900- pound man. what life is like when you're battling obesity.
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with her son off to college, liz turned to target for great deals. like a twenty dollar comforter for his bed. a fridge for healthy snacks a reading lamp to study by and a cell phone to call home. so liz chose target showing off her college smarts about savings target. expect more. pay less. welcome back. 5:24. this is a live look of the u.s. capitol. we're expecting a hot and humid
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day. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. time for your sports report. the defense is way ahead of the offense. should fans be worried? not at all. it is the way it's supposed to be. there are a lot of complex place for offensive guys to run through. the pittsburgh franchise has become a aaa ball called for the rest of baseball. it does not mean the nationals are better. after dropping the first two games, the nationals rallied to win on sunday. fairfax county will be hosting the 2015 world police and fire games. fairfax beat out toronto and winnipeg. the event is expected to draw
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10,000 competitors. george mason university will be the main venue for most of these defense. the team from san francisco will take home the street soccer usa cup. 16 teams competed and they are comprised of homeless men and women. the tournament was held that kastles stadium. locally, the team from montgomery county placed third. >> there are some fine soccer players among that group. time for the latest headlines in business from linda bell. >> the dow had its best monthly gainin sce 2002 and those gains may extend into august. they are indicating gains on wall street. the cash for clunkers plan is increasing sales.
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ford, chrysler, and general motors are all reporting their july sales figures today. chrysler is dropping an incentive plan offering to double the $4,500 cash for clunkers rebate. chrysler will still be offering some rebates, but the size will depend on the model of the car. barack obama is urging the senate to approve an additional $2 billion for the cash for clunkers plan. but dealers selling under this plt may nobe reimbursed if that money is not passed. that is your business news. live at bloomberg headquarters in new york, i am linda bell. doug and alison, back to you. >> thank you. 5:27. the news continues. >> a deuced guardian heads to
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fairfax county court after he -- a goose guardian has to fairfax county court. >> a fire in this fire house. wait until you hear how long it took for help to arrive. ay right here. >> i am steve rudin. ay right here. >> i am steve rudin. we have 90 degrees expected hi, i just switched jobs, and i want to roll over my old 401(k) into a fidelity ira. man: okay, no problem. it's easy to get started. i can help you with the paperwork. um... this green line just appeared on my floor. that's guidance from fidelity. it's the route to your financial goals. could you hold on a second? whatever your destination, fidelity has the people, guidance and investments to help you find your way. this is going to be helpful. contacus today.
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>> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. i think what the country needs to do is understand we
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will do what it takes. >> could t middle class be seeing some new taxes? we will have more on that in just a moment. good morning, washington. thank you for joining us. i'm alison starling. >> and i'm doug mckelway. we begin with your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. steve rudin is filling in for brian on this monday. >> yesterday, only 83 degrees. with thunderstorms early in the day. yesterday afternoon, erngythi w sliltawe will start o on a nc a pretty warm out there. 70 degrees already in leesburg this morning. 69and front royal. here is the cold front will off shore. high temperature today, just around 90 degrees under mostly sunny skies. we will change directions for
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tonight, and dropping down into the 70's. let's check got on the rush-hour commute. >> in a loop of the beltway, the right exit onto 95, a vehicle ofand into the woods. prince george's county, between pennsylvania avenue and richie marlborough road, there has been a crash. the two left lanes are closed. -- your traffic smoothes on 95. now to the news desk. >> thank you. more news for commuters. mr. posner troubled signal system will be replaced. -- mr.'s troubled signal system will be replaced. -- metro's troubled signal system will be replaced.
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kathy park has more. >> metro says you can expect to see if the same amount of delay is that you have been experiencing since the deadly collision. crews will now come in to make critical repairs to the track circuits. it is the circuits that have been the focus of the investigation. for the next 30 days, the top priority will be repairs. the ntsb announced testing between fort totten and takoma is now over, making ways for crews to replace circuitry. it is the hard way that may have failed to detect the other train. >> there has been a blip. we're going in to see what it was. >> metro made several changes after the collision.
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there are computerized reports created twice the day after each rush hour. riders can expect more of the same as reconstruction continues during the next month. >> i just hope they find a resolution. so many of us depend on the red line to go to work. >> the cause of the crash is still not known and the answer my not come for several months. metro will keep writers updated on the investigation. service is expected to return to normal in about 30 days. kathy park, abc 7 news. >> thank you. some tense moments for people on board a delta jet that was about to takeoff. the plane experienced engine failure as it was powering up. the airport's fire department
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responded. there was no visible fire coming from the plane. passengers were put on another plane to get up to new york. no one was hurt. new staffing rules sparked a different problem. a fire truck was lost to fire. matt brock is live to explain. >> serious business when we talk about this. the assistant fire chief, we just spoke with him. i do want to show you the fire department. you could see the boulevard heights station. the garage door is open. there is a small smell of -- there is a strong smell of smoke. you do have the video now? but we do not have the video. we will show you in just a moment a piece.
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an engine inside caught on fire. if you can pull out to me. this was just given to us by an assistant chief. it lists the timing of everything that happened. the call of the fire was 2:00 for. the response for help the not read spawned here until eight minutes later, at 2:00 12th. it should have been about six minutes. he is concerned if it was a house fire that it could be a sign of bad things to come when it comes to response time. smoke and flames poured out of an engine part inside the boulevard heights station. volunteers there were able to move some equipment before it got too bad. the issue is the first fire coany called in to help was the capitol heights station,
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bond down to volunteer station -- volunteer service just this week. the crew never made it here. so many have told us they are concerned their reduced staffing at fire stations could lead to disaster. his mother-in-law lives in a senior citizens' home nearby. >> if the fire department is close, how are they going to help herd? she has to have somebody with her at all times. if >> is the result of a $110 million budget, to million dollars worse than last year. >> have about 22 fire stations that we can no longer afford to staff that way. they are already >> when to reduce staffing back in ril. one of the folks that went away was a maintenance technician, somebody who checks everything
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to make sure about safety checks. the assistant chief said there are some signs that is making an impact and that things are getting missed because they do not have the folks to do the work. matt brock, abc 7 news. >> thank you. the top economic aides are refusing to rule out future tax increases to deal with the growing deficits. timothy geithner and larry summers sidestepped questions about the possibility. >> think what the country needs to do is we have to do what it takes. >> the priority right now and it is never a good idea to rule things out. >> alan greenspan tells abc he is pretty sure the recession has
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hit bottom. he is concerned about the huge government deficit and that home prices may now have stabilized enough. 5:38. still ahead, we are on your side helping to save some cash with your back-to-school shopping. >> temperatures already in the 70's in town. what can we expect for the remainder of the week? my forecast in just a few minutes. >> lisa baden will be back with another look at your morning commute.
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♪ ♪ the best part of wakin' up... ♪ ♪ is folgers in your p hello. we're at the regional park in sterling, virginia. come join us at our wonderful water park. the morning, washington. -- good morning, washington. 5:42. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. this >> my pay a perfect day for a water park. no rain expected. >> there was a lot of rain yesterday. much different story forod ay .. a cd front has movaedon through. u can see what is going on. threesre some patchy fog tos the
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south and west of us. urs we're on. it is fa cormfotable comfortable outside. aroardundo 90 degrees.ffun t we will look at the extended outlook. let's check in on the rush-hour commute with lisa baden. >> for drivers in maryland, there is an accident with two lanes closed after pennsylvania avenue. out of silver spring, crashed on the exit ramps that will carry you to 95 north. we have slow traffic southbound on 270 into montgomery county. this is the pace at 109. >> thank you. 5:43 is your time, 69 degrees. >> still ahead --
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you are listening to a new musical masterpiece. we will hear more from the child genius. a familiar face the world ov who composed it.
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>> you are watching abc 7's "good morning washington," with doug mckelway, alison starling, meteorologist brian van de graaff, weather, and lisa baden, traffic. this is "good morning washington," on your side. checking our top stories on this monday morning. there is a new strain on the fires at the causes aids. a woman has tasted positive for a strain of hiv. researchers say the new virus appears to be closely related to a simian virus.
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>> prince george's county is moving firefighters out of three stations because of budget cuts. the riverdale station will now be run by volunteers. >> virginia's sales tax holiday it runs from fridayhrough sunday. you can get school supplies without 5% sales charge. it is also available on clothing and shoes that cost less than $100. 5:48 is your time. 69 degrees. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. steve >> written is filling in -- steve rudin is filling in for brian today. >> we are entering august on a warm note. 76 degrees in ocean city.
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it is a much better day compared with yesterday. there was a lot of water on the intersections in some parts of ocean city. everything has cleared on al. plenty of sunshine. a lot of heat and humidity. -- everything has cleared on out. hot and humid for today. coated yelw for air quality for today. -- code yellow for air quality for today. winds up just around 5 to 10 miles an hour. near 70 degrees downtown. just a bit cooler to the north and west. 60's out in loudoun county tonight. hot and humid tomorrow. risk of an afternoon thunderstorm le. typical for this time of year.
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temperatures around 93 degrees. winds out of the southwest at 5 , 10 miles an hour. >> we had a crash on the left side of the road. leaving pennsylvania avenue towards college park, stay to the right. in a loop of of silver spring, there was an accident on the exit ramp on 95 north. we will take you live to traffic out of urbana. southbound 270 moving slowly but moving. we will go back inside. a fairfax man is going to court today. he is fighting a jaywalking ticket. he got the ticket trying to help several geese across the fairfax county parkway. he was driving in june when the
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spotted the gis. he stopped the traffic to allow the keys to cross. he faces a possible $250 fine. >> i think it is bad pr for the policeepartment. >> we hope the judge will be sympathetic to d.c.. >> on the her hand, was seek endangering traffic? we will have to get all of the facts. >> they will have to have a goose summit at the white house. there will serve a great boost. >> a new hot dog place in new york where most of the people have been in the joint. it is called felony francs. -- felony franks.
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the owner says it gives the staff a second chance and an opportunity to find work. that is a great thing. so many people get out of prison having served their debt to society and nobody wants them. >> he is doing his part. listen to this. this music right here comes from one of the two piano pieces recently identified as being composed by a young mozart. experts believe he was only seven or eight years old when he wrote these pieces. he began playing music at 3, and started composing at age 5. this will help us better understand his early development. they said he played it for his father who transcribed it. this is the first time they have
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been playing it. unbelievable. just >> incredible. -- >>
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there's no school on saturday and sunday, genius. don't ruin this for me. (announcer) staples equals savings on everything for back to school. staples. that was easy. a court hearing is set to untangle michael jackson's affairs. >> investigation into his death continues to focus on drugs. we have the latest from los
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angeles. >> string of legal and financial matters will finally be discussed in court. the biggest issue is w will control his estate. he has given temporary control to a music executive and an attorney. his mother gets a 40% share. she will ask the judge for a bigger cut. she runs the risk of being cut off completely. >> if you challenge of the will, you might be left out of the will. how dishy avoid challenging the will? how did she avoid being left out. his >> estate -- >> his estate is worth about $100 million. >> there are different estimates as to what is the net worth of
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his estate. some say it is more than $500 million. it depends on how much debt the estate loans -- those. >> she will likely retain full custody of his children. debra rowe will likely receive customization visits. it is just a matter of time before dr. conrad murray is named a suspect in the case. >> you do not issue search warrants unless you think you will find evidence more than circumstantial that he was involved somehow in the death of michael jackson. it will >> likely not be discussed later in court. the judge will decide on several business dealings. one decision he has approved is the release of his
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autobiography. reporting for abc news in downtown los angeles. >> those legal talks will be going on for years. 5:57. more to come. >> a local fire truck is badly burned while it is at a firehouse. >> fed up with fedex field that we will tell you what happened at paul mccormack's concert. >> lisa baden will be back with another look at your morning mog
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