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ander the changes for social networks. good morning washington at 5:00 a.m. begins now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. i am scott thuman. >> i am alison starling. good morning, i hope you had a great weekend. let's give started with traffic and weather every ten minutes. first, meteorologist adam caskey. what's ahead for the week? >> the average high temperature is 50 degrees. we will be lucky to reach 40 over the next several days. 32 at reagan national, 29 in hagerstown. when you factor in the wind, it feels like the teens. hagerstown has until of 15. mendon feels like 19. scattere -- herndon feels like
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19. partly cloudy today, temperatures near 40. let's check in with lisa baden for the commute. >> the ferry will be operating today. everything looks great according to vdot. 66, 95, 395, and the troubles in maryland. looks good along 95, 4. a good run along 270 and interstate 70. metrorail first trains taliban normal service -- first trains on normal service. a water main break in northwest washington happened near condit avenue and combie road. no reports of street closures.
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officials say the salt trucks will treat the votes to prevent freezing. the crews will not begin fixing the break until later this morning. top story, the future of prince george's county. today rushern baker takes the oath of office as the next county executive. >> , executive jack johnson is in the middle of a corruption scandal. his wife, who also faces charges, is expected to take a seat on the county council. courtney robinson is there. >> good morning. we are not expecting leslie johnson to back down. she will be at the county administration building this morning to take the oath. the question is will this place a shalit over rushern baker's term as county executive? a corruption scandal in prince george's county. rushern baker karroubi sworn in.
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as will leslie johnson, faces federal evidence tampering charges along with her husband. some people say that she should step aside. >> i am kind of skeptical about her being in office. i have lost my trust. >> it is hard to have faith in someone when they have been looked at in such a negative manner. >> there is an on-line petition trying to stop johnson. she still plans to take office. some hope it will quickly be resolved and that a new county executive will be able to instill trust. >> it is an embarrassment. she is starting off on a bad note. >> johnson is innocent until proven guilty. the swearing in ceremony begins this morning at 10:30 at the county administration building. stay with abc 7 news for
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continuing coverage of today's inaugural events. we will have an update at 12 noon and at 5:00 and online anytime at investigators are looking for the person who vandalized two cars used by a prince george's county police chief hilton. someone shot at the cars with a pellet gun while they were parked at police headquarters in october. it could be retaliation for his efforts to punish officers for misconduct. an emotional outpouring for two students at frostburg state university who died at a fire in their apartment. dozens of students gathered in maryland. 20-year-old alyssa salazar of annapolis and 23-year-old evan kullberg of frostburg were killed friday morning. friends say that they are devastated. >> she will never be forgotten.
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>> devastating knowing i will table to see him again. >> the two victims were trapped on the second floor of. the state fire marshal believes it would stove may have caused the fire. a troubled northwest d.c. high-school, don ballou high school was -- don ballou high school will have new administrators to deal with violence. a 15-year-old girl had been raised by students previously. a controversial abortion doctor will begin working at a germantown clinic today. he performs late term abortions in nebraska. he may offer that procedure in germantown as well. there could be a deal to extend the bush tax cuts and restore benefits to people who have been out of for along
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time. >> but it could add trillions to the national debt. >> with the clock ticking, every american tax bill is set to go up in 25 days. >> it's pretty clear taxes are not going up on anybody in the middle of this recession and. >> republican leaders say it is not a matter of tax cuts will cover everyone, but how long they will be in place. republicans argue quinlan: should pay more in this economy. >> we should not have tax increases on anyone. >> we need to redouble efforts to resolve this. in the next few days. >> in return for extending tax cuts to the richest americans, democrats want extended
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unemployment benefits for millions of people. >> without unemployment benefits being extended, this is a nonstarter. haditch mcconnell says he's more conversations with president obama in the last two weeks than in the last two years. a compromise deal could be worked ballot shortly. -- worked out shortly. >> it's cold outside. >> its freezing. still ahead de, president obama conners oprah winfrey and paul mccartney among others for their contributions to pop culture. >> a power failure. a new report examines the reliability of pepco. >> rondella. reliability of pepco. >> rondella.
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welcome back. checking on traffic and weather. >> let's get to adam caskey to find out if it's going to be disclosed all week. >> there you have it. that's the forecast. if it's going to be blustery.
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in riverdale and college park, 30 degrees, and when you factor in the wind, that is when you feel the chill. it feels like 24 in spotsylvania, feels like 18 in germantown. we are dealing with the windchill to date and all the way through wednesday. high temperatures today from the mid-30s in outlying areas to near 40 degrees downtown. we will drop down to the 20's tonight. breezy and gold again tomorrow, temperature in the upper 30's. we will have a few snow flurries here and there. don't be surprised to see that west and northwest of the metro area. cold temperatures through the week. warming up by the weekend. close to average by sunday. pretty good chance of rain by sunday. normal travel times.
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95 between fredericksburg and baltimore. also good, 66, 70, the dulles greenway, the dulles toll road. traffic moving nicely along to 70 at father hurley boulevard, and there's a smooth transition inside the beltway from the northeast to the southeast and notables for metrorail. back to you. >> thank you. >>-- no troubles for metrorail. will facebook users like the -- new
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welcome back. taking a look at our top stories. inauguration day in prince george's county could be
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overshadowed by the corruption scandal. rushern baker will succeed jack johnson as county executive. leslie johnson will be sworn in as a county council member even though she is charged with tampering and destruction of evidence. the white house and republicans may be close to a compromise on extending the bush era tax cuts. it appeared the tax cuts will stay in place temporarily. if that agreement could include an extension of jobless benefits for the unemployed. dabel over gay marriage in california, opponents are asking a federal appeals court to throw out calling that bans gay marriage in the golden state. pepco is talking liability. the company has a morning news conference to address, washington post reports that ranks the company at the bottom among utilities. the study shows most of the
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outages were caused by equipment failures although pepco managers have often blamed tree limbs and storms. lawmakers on capitol hill are demanding a full account at arlington national cemetery. the senate passed a bill on saturday that requires the army to report whether the braves were correctly marked and to, with a plan to fix any errors. investigators have found hundreds of unmarked and wal- mart's gravesites since june. threatening the future of the preakness. maryland state officials today will meet with the company that owns pimlico race course and they're looking at racing schedule that would satisfy a both sides. last week the commission rejected a proposal to shorten the racing schedule from 146 days down to just 47. a new look for facebook. rob nelson has the latest. >> facebook has a new look.
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the latest design lets you feature your friends and divide into groups. they say it will give users opportunity to share interests and activities. changes will be available by early next year to all users. the high tata nano wristwatch. it's getting a big boost. -- i tata nano -- ipod nano. latest deal, the company acquired frenetic arts -- phonetic arts so that you can speak your web searches. those are your "tech bytes" and i'm rob nelson. traffic and weather. >> its cold.
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scott was complaining about of his car this morning. >> i had all sorts of things going on today. things were falling everywhere. >> it is hard. >> been there is gusty wind. you are the only one in the street at 3:00 a.m. it is really cold. the average high temperature is 50 degrees. we will be lucky to reach 40 this afternoon. ander could be a few snow flurries. on live super doppler 7 h.r., there is an area of white just northwest of frederick. that could be a small flurry. kids can quite possible to see a few of those and an isolated snow shower here and there east of the mountains.
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and to the blue ridge. that's today through wednesday. on the question facing slopes is where we will see accumulating snowfall. that's in west virginia answer our western maryland. high temperature yesterday was 41 at reagan national. the record is 78, set in 1998. that's december letter. we are not going to be near that anytime soon. at the freezing point right now. it's 29 at annapolis. it's not just the temperatures but also been killed. it's rare at this time of day to have steady wind over 10 miles an hour, but that is the way it is, north-northwest. anywhere from 12-18 miles an hour or. if that makes it feel like we are in the teens at times. feels like 18 in gaithersburg. "use by" 23 in downtown d.c. lake ef -- feels like 23 in
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downtown d.c.. cares lake effect snowplow -- there is a lake effect snow in spots. mostly cloudy in spots. highs today in the upper 30's. near 40 degrees. partly cloudy tonight. cold and breezy. the windchills could drop down to the single digits later tonight along the ridge tops. something to keep in mind for tomorrow morning. blustery again tomorrow in the 30's. looks like we will be near 50 degrees by sunday. rain showers possible, then. traffic is singing happy tune. we will desoto horicon 95 between richmond and baltimore. looks good on 66.
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-- we will be whistling all the way to work on 95. metrorail reporting all service. back to you. >> thank you. 31 degrees. 5:21. >> a question of lot of people are asking, how much is free agent jayson werth worth? apparently, a fortune. the new contract. >> today on "oprah," a family comes forward with an astonishing secret. they say they had a 25-year relationship with michael jackson, it happens, today at 4:00 on abc 7.
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>> he gets knocked down and the ball is loose. he gets taken down to the 10 yard line. >> the ravens quarterback joe flacco coughed up the fourth quarter fumble and returned it to be very costly. the steelers won 13-10. >> the redskins suffered another embarrassing loss to a division rival. >> you kind of tattoo watch like this.
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-- you had to watch the game like this. flat against the new york giants. they were defeated. a running back of the giants ran over them. the final score was 31-7. >> the effort was there, but we missed tackles and one after the other. >> doing the fundamental things. >> mcnabb turned the ball over six times with his teammates. >> cuts go to college football. colbern will play oregon for the national championship. -- auburn will play oregon. maryland will play east carolina in the military revolt at rfk
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stadium. the washington nationals have agreed to one of good heftiest free agent deals in baseball history. delafield and jayson werth has been signed to a stunning seven- year $126 million deal. -- outfielder jason werth. he is 31 years old. you cannot even imagine that kind of money. >> similar to my contract. still negotiating. 31 degrees. the news continues after this at 5:30. >> two local police officers lucky to be alive. the story behind this. encounter. >> what is being done for the deal on taxes in washington,
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coming up. >> adam caskey in the weather center on this cold and blustery monday morning. we'll talkness loans.
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government car auctions to finding a new job, to get information go to the official source, live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> straight ahead this half hour, unchanged and controversy in prince george's county. good morning, washington. thanks for joining us on this monday, december 6, i am alison starling. >> i am scott thuman. we begin with traffic and weather every ten minutes first. let's get to adam caskey with the cold forecast. >> unseasonably cold outside. not just the cold temperatures,
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but the windshield. it feels much colder with the windchill. windchills in the teens right now. even colder tonight and tomorrow morning. it feels like 14 in germantown, views like 15 in strasbourg. temperatures are in the 20's for the most part with windchills in the teens. " 25 miles an hour or this morning. partly cloudy this morning, temperatures in the upper 30's. gusty. some wind gusts about 40 miles an hour or this midday and afternoon. the afternoon windchills will be in the 20's. tomorrow will be like today, partly cloudy, cold and blustery with high windchills. now to lisa baden. volume of traffic is heating up. 66 in manassas, 95 into dale city, 395.
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southbound on to 70 is seeing more action, a total of frederick, your neighbors on the roads. metrorail is on normal service system wide. back to you. >> thank you. knew this morning, there are some slippery streets in northwest washington because of a water main break near connecticut avenue and columbia road. no reports of street closures. the streets could freeze. officials say the crews will not be able to fix data until later this morning. our top story, a new day for prince george's county. mr. baker takes the reins today to become the next county executive. >> a new county council will also be seated. one member will take the oath of office surrounded by controversy. courtney robinson is live and upper marlboro rogan details. >> rushern baker and will take the county in a new direction.
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some voters say that will be difficult as leslie johnson plans to take the oath of office as well for the quality council membership. question and baker will likely to immediately begin taking resignations and asking other political appointees to step down after he takes the oath of this afternoon. leslie johnson and eight other county council members will take the oath. leslie johnson qantara husband jack johnson faces federal evidence tampering charges. some voters are now questioning their trust in government. some say rushern baker is the best leader to calm on board and they hope petco things will change as he becomes county executive. stay with us for continuing
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coverage of today's inaugural events. updates today at 12, and at 5:00 this evening and always online at county executive in legged will be sworn in for a second term during a ceremony at rockville high school this morning. council members will also take their oath of office. an emotional tribute to two state university students killed in a fire. dozens of students gathered last night for a vigil in frostburg maryland. 20-year-old alyssa salazar of annapolis and 23-year-old evan kullberg of frostburg were killed when the apartment, this weekend. the friends are having a difficult time coping with the loss. >> she will never be forgotten. >> "be able to see him again. i don't know what else to say. >> the two victims were trapped
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on the second floor of the building. state fire marshals believe ablest of may have caused the fire. a juvenile is under arrest in connection with an attack on capitol hill. police arrested a man for allegedly punching a young woman in the face, fracturing her jaw. the woman was attacked in pennsylvania avenue southeast in the 1300 block. they're trying to configure alan thicke connected to another attack last week. we did try to figure out if it is connected to another attack. dunbar high school in northwest will get new administrators and new security. six students were charged with raping a 16-year-old girl. there will be protests outside a germantown clinic. the doctor performed late term
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abortions at the clinic inh clinic. e may -- he may offer the procedure at the germantown clinic. the bush tax cuts could be extended and there could be benefits restored for people out of florida long time. >> emily schmidt is live in northwest with more calls on the give-and-take over taxes. good morning. >> a long weekend for lawmakers. still no resolution. good morning. $4 trillion on the line. it may take the richest americans getting a tax break for some america's struggling people to continue to get help from the government. the deadline is set. the bush era tax cuts set to expire at the end of the month unless there's a compromise. on the weekend the democrats failed to exempt high earners from the tax breaks. republicans say the taxes will
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not to go up for anyone but the only question is how long the exemptions will be in place. democrats are looking to balance the loss. obama vowed that he would not extend the tax cuts for the richest americans. republican leader mitch mcconnell said that he has had more conversations with president obama in the past two weeks than in the past two years. it is likely there could be a deal by the end of the week. we will keep you posted. >> we will see what happens. thank you. 31 degrees on this monday morning. 5:36. >> a star-studded kennedy center's celebration, highlights
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from the red carpet. >> a deep freeze. a cold front cuts the country in half. if >> another check on traffic and weather every ten minutes. we will be right back. you are watching "good morning washington." you are watching "good morning washington."
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we are inviting you to zoo lights. it is free. good morning, washington. it feels like a winter across most of the nation this morning. cold air from canada is blanketing the east coast. it is being felt as far south as georgia and florida. buffalo cannot seem to get a break, digging up from two feet of snow and more is expected there this week. a lot of trouble in buffalo. difficult already. >> we may see some snowfall in our area. some sprinkles perhaps. >> it does not look like a sprinkle. it would be a few snow flurries
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isolated across the region near grande terre. on the western facing slopes of the allegheny mountains is there will be accumulating snow continuing over the next couple days. adair county and parts of west virginia. if it's 32 degrees at reagan national, 30 in manassas, for 30 in frederick, 29 in annapolis along with lexington park. feels like the teen's s to do to conceal. high temperature of 40 degrees today. cold and breezy, partly cloudy tonight. single digits out west. blustery ann coulter again tomorrow with highs in the upper 30's. 66 looks good.
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looks good now the baltimore washington parkway. 270 traffic, headlights are southbound approaching falls road, light volume, moving at speed . next, 29, a traffic from colombia and silver spring look good. 395 moving at speed near the pentagon. back to you. >> thank you. 31 degrees, 5:42. >> two officers lucky to be alive after a close call. we will show you dramatic pictures. >> reliability reports about pepco problems, what may be to blame for the ongoing outages. that's coming up. >> a show of support for the that's coming up. >> a show of support for the founder of
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ticking our top stories, the prince george's county corruption scandal will cast a
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shadow over inauguration day. rushern baker eric fehr will succeed jack johnson as county executive. johnson's wife leslie johnson is expected to take a seat on the council even policies charged with tampering and destruction of evidence. democrats and republicans appear to be close the deal on a compromise to extend the tax cuts. it appears there will be kept in place temporarily and jobless benefits for long-term unemployed will likely be extended. australia says it will help ""wikileaks" founder if he's invested overseas. he is australian and is wanted on allegations of rape and sexual molestation. the austrian government has condemned his postings of secret u.s. documents. a new washington post report shows local customers get left in the dark more often than
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people in other knicks cities and the paper claims pepco is to blame. brianne carter is live in the newsroom with the report and with the response as well. >> good morning. about this time last year we were bracing for what would be the first of many winter snowstorms, followed by the violent thunderstorms during the summer that left thousands in the dark for days. the weather may not be the only culprit for the lights going out. equipment failure caused the ongoing outages, according to the report. reliability has continued to deteriorate and the company ranks near the bottom when it comes to keeping power on. reliability, pepco says is, is a priority and technology to the statistics are not what they should be. they will hold a press conference at their headquarters later this morning.
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brianne carter, abc 7 news. a memo sent by the montgomery county school superintendent is creating a stir. he said his school districts have more minority students passing standardized ap exams than the total number of students who took the test in fairfax county. he said that he was just using fairfax county as a benchmark and was not criticizing the county. frustration is growing about delays involving vre trains. on july 12 the new operator began running the trains. their work 488 delays and 10 cancellations between then and november 30. 46 other delays that lasted more than an hour > >. the national average for regular gasoline is $2.94 a
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gallon. gas prices have risen 14 cents in the past month. if the average price of regular in the d.c. area is $3.40 a gallon. oil reaching its highest level so far this year. 5:49. time for traffic and weather every ten minutes. >> 31 degrees. we will struggle to reach 40 degrees today. >> not just today. until about thursday. on thursday we will have a tough time reaching 40 degrees as well. the temperature will come back down again. it will only reach the high temperature and stay that temperature for about an hour or so. there's nothing going on locally. we could have a few snow flurries year-end there. western allegany county, and in
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maryland there that are some snow showers and added moisture coming off lake erie. there could be up to a foot out there. there's a winter storm warning werke. -- there. nothing locally. lake effect snow showers are the bright white on the screen. snow coming off the great lakes. some of that the moisture makes it down to western maryland and west virginia and then there is an upper slopes effect as air hits the ridges. that is why they have accumulating snow today and maybe tomorrow. it's 30 degrees -- 32 degrees at reagan national, near and low below freezing pretty much everywhere. near 29 in annapolis. when you factor in the wind gusting over 20 miles an hour, it feels like the teens.
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there's been settled 18 in gaithersburg. some wind gusts out of the west at 45 miles an hour later today. despite temperatures in the 30's most of the day, afternoon windchills will be in the mid- 20s. tonight will be called again likewise night with some windchills if in the single digits, especially on the ridge tops and out west late tonight and early tomorrow morning. we will warm up a little tomorrow. closer to normal by the weekend. pretty good chance of rainshowers by sunday. cold and windy otherwise. 66, delays in manassas. 95 slowing in woodbridge. 395 building volume through landmark. looks good on the wilson bridge. good on 95 in and out of baltimore. southbound leaving 109 looks good, good from tysons to
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and looks good on the american legion bridge. normal service. the kennedy center honors were handed out in the nation's capital. it was a good night. the awards is the nation's top prize for those defining culture through the arts. recipients include paul mccartney, merrill haggard, oprah winfrey, choreographer bill t. jones, and composer jerry herman. >> the people who have supported need through the years are on equal ground with me because i cannot be where i am without their support. >> president obama was given stitches' recently while being elbowed quiet playing
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basketball and the jokes about it. >> interesting celebrities. that's fun. michael jackson generates interest always. a glove from his tour in the late 1980's got $330,000 at auction on the weekend. one of his trademark hats sold for $72,000. assigned jacket got another $96,000. jacket.ned >> i cannot imagine. >> would you wear that during your forecast if you cannot that the glove? >> i would. >> 31 degrees. lisa baden is laughing. look inside a more than
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welcome back. a narrow escape for two prince george's county police officers. >> early saturday morning a driver slammed into their cruiser in temple hills. officer stewart santa global johnson were directing traffic away from an accident and an suv and plaut into one of the product cruisers. >> the vehicle was going at a
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higher rate of speed and struck one of our cruisers, which then struck another cruiser. >> despite the force of the collision, the suspect was not injured. the suspect faces several charges including dui and reckless driving. he's from maryland. 5:57 on this monday morning. there's a lot warheads in the second hour. season is alls' but over with four games left. >> in just a few hours, the county executive will take their reigns in prince george's county, but will the corruptions scandals overshadow the day?
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straight ahead , inauguration day in prince george's county, but there's a cloud of controversy over this year's ceremony. >> and there is a tax-cut compromise with the clock ticking. >> some big changes in store for facebook. good morning washington continues right now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. side. >> good morning, washington.


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