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later what the local governors are saying about the republican race for the white house. good morning washington at 5:00 a.m. starts now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> rise and shine. good morning, washington. 5:00 a.m. on this monday, october 3. i am cynne simpson. >> i am natasha barrett. we begin with traffic and weather every ten minutes. lisa baden in a moment. first, adam caskey. >> good monday morning. we are live in the belfort furniture weather center with the unsettled and cold weather pattern, but just one more day. big improvement for the majority of the week. we do have areas of rain in winchester and towards cumberland and romney and martinsburg and hagerstown getting some of that action. lexington park and solomon's island getting some light rain. 45 in leesburg, 47 in
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washington, 45 at andrews air force base. mid 50's the high temperatures, accused by the showers with a light westerly wind. the average high is 73. we will be there by wednesday. improvements by tomorrow. starting the day cloudy with afternoon sunshine, conditions of the 60's. traffic is ok. no accidents to report in virginia. folks are starting to wake up and hits the road. 95, 66 looking good. looks good on 81 and route 11. no worries on 7100 or the dulles greenway or the dulles toll road. b-w parkway near 198 as an accident. be careful near 198. accident just reported. they are looking for that. back to you. >> thank you. we begin with breaking news from italy. amanda knox's fate is in the hands of an italian court. the american college students
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said that accusations she killed her dismay and are not fair and groundless. in 2009 she and her four friends were convicted and sentenced to prison for killing meredith kercher. they say they did not do its. the defense issued a new trial after an independent review found dna evidence and not the links the two to the murder weapon. amanda knox's family hopes the court will rule in her favor. >> these people hold our lives in their hands. it has been stressful for years. >> she is 24 and could be looking at the rest of her life behind bars. >> the two judges and six jurors could throw out the conviction or a poll did. prosecutors want her to get life in prison. war in 16 minutes. defense attorneys will begin a second week of testimony in a murder trial of a fairfax grandmother. >> 50-year-old carmela dela rosa is accused of killing her two-
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year-old granddaughter six doors down to her death. jummy olabanji is live outside the courthouse in fairfax. -- six stories down. >> the trial continues at 10:00 this morning. the defense expected to have more witnesses take the stand. they started last week by having a husband of the defendant takes the stand. the prosecution painted a different picture of a 50-year- old carmela dela rosa, saying she was motivated in the murder by anger against your son and offer getting her daughter pregnant before they were married. the prosecution rested their case last week after showing jurors a videotaped confession of debt larosa -- of carmela dela rosa's saying that the young man broke up her family. her defense says that she suffers from severe depression
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suicidal thoughts, and was hospitalized because of this. it's a very emotional trial very emotional crime that happened last november. it really shocked the community. the woman faces life in prison if convicted. reporting live in fairfax, jummy olabanji, abc 7 news. on the hill, the new supreme court term gets under way today. >> injustices are expected to weigh in on some major issues. the constitutionality of the health care reform law could top the list. the justices have not decided whether to take it on. the high court will also consider cases on the secfcc indecency laws. and whether the fbi can put a tracking device on a suspect's car. >> it could become absolutely explosive and enthralling. it could be the most interesting one in the country. >> other politically charged issues that could, including immigration, a marriage, and
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abortion. congressman darrell issa will chair a hearing today regarding the fate of the u.s. postal service. the agency is nearly $10 billion in debt and dealing with high labor costs. the postal service is proposing an end to saturday delivery and the closure of hundreds of processing plants. speculation on whether to address a republican governor chris christie will run for president is growing. virginia governor bob mcdonnell was asked how we felt about chris christie yesterday on nbc. >> he an extraordinary communicator and a great governor and enormous reforms for the pension system and budget reform. he is such a terrific leader. i think whoever is going to get in needs to immediately. >> he added that he would be surprised if christie enter the race. maryland democratic governor martin o'malley has less flattering things to say.
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o'malley said chris christie would bring "tremendous entertainment value, but little substance to the presidential race. chris christie has struggled to create jobs, pand new jersey gos the unemployment rate is up 9.5%." we could learn later this morning if the rappelling at the washington monument will continue. the national park service will announce whether it is safe to climb back up there for inspections. it was a little too windy yesterday to check for cracks from earthquake damage. 45 degrees outside. >> still ahead -- >> they have nothing left. >> the community comes together to help some young flood victims of last month's extreme weather. >> than it appears washington is becoming less manly. the unusual study that says d.c.
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and studs have turned into duds.
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5:09, time for a check on traffic and weather. >> what's going on out there? >> and other damp, cold day.
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huge improvements especially by tomorrow. we have light rain in lower southern maryland, lexington park, near the naval air force station. and hagerstown and martinsburg along 81, and into untested is light rain slow circulating through parts of our area off to the west. we will have accused body showers here and there throughout the entire day. 47 now when the district, 50 in quantico and fredericksburg. 43 in frederick, 41 in cumberland. mid 50's this afternoon well below average. the average is 73. gray skies with scottish hours. mostly cloudy tonight with possible showers tonight or early tomorrow. by the afternoon we will have a fair amount of sunshine on tuesday with more profitable highs in the 60's. here's the payoff. this is what we have been
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deserting for a couple weeks. by wednesday all the way through the weekend, looking sunny with a strong high-pressure overhead. highs in the 70's with near total sunshine. i just spoke to park police. they found a crash on the b-w parkway and northbound between 197 and 198. \ traffic getting by. looks good between washington and baltimore. 395 from edsall road across the 14th street bridge and onto the freeway is normal. looks good to the third street tunnel. the suitland parkway at branch avenue has an overnight accident gone. that's good. we will take you to the geico traffic camera to a camera, the beltway at river road moving nicely. back to you. >> thank you. 5:11 45 degrees. cracks coming up anticipation building for tomorrow's announcement by apple. new details on the highly
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secretive iphone 5. >> in italy's i will have the latest on a much-anticipated verdict in the amanda knox case. all that's coming up. >> first, another night of protests on wall street and demonstrators so many great pioneers before me, guided only by a dream. i'm embarking on a journey of epic proportion. i will travel, from sea to shining sea, through amber waves of grain, and i won't stop until i've helped every driver in america save hundreds on car insurance. well i'm out of the parking lot. that's a good start. geico, fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent, or more on car insurance.
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welcome back. checking our top stories testimony will resume today in the involuntary manslaughter trial of michael jackson's doctor. dr. conrad murray is accused of giving the pop star a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic. last week witnesses testified that his actions on the day jackson died in 2009 -- testified about his actions. al qaeda's? bomb maker engleman did not die in the air strikes that killed a
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radical cleric, anwar al-aulaqi. people believe al-asiri designed the bomb that an algerian man tried to detonate on an airplane in 2009. people have been protesting in new york's financial district more than two weeks. they are against greed and other issues. hundreds of or demonstrated while trying to cross the brooklyn bridge on saturday. breaking developments in the murder trial of amanda knox. an appeals court will decide today if she will go free. the american student was convicted in 2009 in the death of her roommate. what is the latest? >> good morning. there's high drama in court today. an emotional 10-minute speech that she gave in italian. she was very upset and crying and her voice shaking.
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she proclaimed her innocence and said she just wanted to go home and did not want to be punished for crimes she did not commit. amanda knox has been waiting for this moment, an opportunity to make a statement to the italian court in brooklyn and reticence and expressing sorrow for the family's loss of their daughter meredith kercher. >> she is 24 and could be looking at the rest of a life behind bars. trying to pass the time and prepare yourself to do her spontaneous statement is what she is focusing on. >> her lawyer will make a final robocall for the two judges and six jurors deliberate and decide her fate. >> these people hold their lives in their hand. it has been hugely stressful for years now. >> she and her then boyfriend raffaello sollecito were convicted in 2009 for murdering her british roommate meredith kercher, who was found lying in a pool of blood in a house that
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she shared with amanda. now the case is the hands of the appeals court after a new judge ruled a new hearing because there was a lack of dna evidence. the dna evidence was sloppy and could been contaminated. that night the alleged murder weapon contained too small a dna evidence to be effective. the new judge in the case is said to be erespected and experienced. the jury has gone into a deliberate in the courthouse down the road from where we are. the lead judge said that we are not going to hear from them for at least the next nine hours. reporting live from italy, abc 7 news. back to you. >> thank you. we will continue to follow
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that through the morning. you can always cut the latest online at our website, wjla.com. new details are looking ahead of tomorrow's the big announcement for the iphone 5. rob nelson has details. >> anticipation is building with the iphone 5, expected out tuesday. some reports put the price at $199. we don't know a lot about the new phones including what features apple may include. it's expected to be pinner and lighter than the iphone 4f and includes an 8 megapixels camera and access to high-speed 4g networks. the kindle fire tablets retailing for $199 actually costs almost $210 to manufacture. there's speculation amazon sokolov in order to spark a big initial sales. global maps has introduced a feature to help you plan your next road trip. the 3d feature provides an
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aerial view along the entire route and lets you sightsee from the comfort of your own house. i am tanya rivero. time for traffic and weather every ten minutes. return to adam caskey for look ahead. >> good morning. we had a record high temperatures. record cold high temperatures. we tied for the record cold this afternoon at reagan national, 52 degrees. >> it was cold. >> it's got to be damp and gray today, not what we are looking forward to. but we do have changes tomorrow afternoon and especially wednesday through the weekend. i will show you the seven-day. first, 47 in the district. 50 in quantico and fredericksburg. 41 in cumberland. temperatures differ by 9
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degrees. 50 degrees in fredericksburg, 41 in cumberland. off to the west from hagerstown and martinsburg towards winchester there's a light rain along interstate 81. cold rain we get sometimes in the autumn and even into west virginia and western maryland a few areas of light rain. all this is a result of the big upper level pressure system that is stuck overhead. you can see the counterclockwise rotation in the animation. that's the upper level 0. obviously, the cold core to the system we are feeling. 55 this afternoon with gray skies and often on spotty showers. it will not be raining everywhere all the time and we will only see a few showers here and there. we will start tomorrow with clouds and end the day with sunshine in the afternoon, highs in the 60's. one status sunday, in the 70's,
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skies. a beautiful morning as far as traffic. looks good on 270 70, 95 in maryland. minor crash at the b-w parkway northbound between 197 and 198. there's a crash on the suitland parkway that's now gone at branch avenue. beautiful in virginia. no troubles on 95, 395 across the potomac river and into town. metro rail is on normal service. we will have newschopper 7 in a little while. stick around. back to news. 5:21, 45 degrees. cracks coming up, redskins reemerged with a vengeance on sunday. >> good morning. we are talking about believing and teen suicide. the jacobsons is there 14-year- old son and their back from an anti-bleeding summits initiated
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by president obama. -- anti-bullying. >> we have made a decision to find a solution so the next generation of kids don't have to go through this. >> a real conversation about believing that could save a child's life,
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the best offense is a good defense for the baltimore
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ravens. >> that was never more true than last night. >> the ball was loose. the ravens have scored. >> three touchdowns, a franchise record. they beat the new york stocks 34-17. here's what the baltimore coach ted does that. -- had to say. >> i thought the most amazing game with the pittsburgh turnover, but this talk thaopped it. three turnovers by the defense has ever been done before? >> alone at the top of the afc north, the reagans. also at the top of their division, the washington redskins. the redskins have their defense to thank. they held the st. louis rams to
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172 yards. ryan ran for 135 yards along. mike shanahan liked what he saw from the defense. >> that's great. this does not happen very often. the running back, quarterback, very great talent, as good as it gets. i was proud about the way they played. >> the redskins and giants are tied for first ar 3 adn 1 at the nfc east -- 3 and 1. the news continues with good morning washington at 5:30. >> still ahead in the next half- hour -- >> it has been for years now. she will get out of there and be ok. >> a mother holds out hope as her daughter rights to learn her fate. we continue to follow late-
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breaking details in the amanda knox case. >> a local trauma grandmother accused of killing her granddaughter of continues this morning. i am jummy olabanji in fairfax. details coming up. >> 47 in the district right now. a little action on the radar screen this early morning.
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live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> i don't want my future to be taken away for from the for something i did not do. >> we could learn what's ahead for amanda knox. american students convicted of killing her roommates in italy. good morning, washington.
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we are approaching 5:30 on this monday, october 3. i am cynne simpson. >> i am natasha barrett. we begin with traffic and weather every ten minutes. adam caskey has a check on the forecast. >> a gregg starks to the day, a little damp, but not too cold. tomorrow will be like today. big improvement for the rest of the week. -- a gray start to the morning today. there will be light rain in front royal shortly. the average low is 55 degrees this time of year. 45 the dulles record at the moment. 55 later this afternoon. the cold day. gray skies and a few showers here and there. improvements tomorrow. we will start the day cloudy with a sprinkle. afternoon sunshine, warmer temperatures in the 60's.
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and there is the payoff. wednesday through sunday, nearly total sunshine, highs in the 70's 8. a lot to look forward to. the roads look ok. plenty to look forward to in virginia 66, 95, 395 everything working across the wilson bridge and american legion bridge. i will take youtube 270. -- to 270. looks good in germantown and everything looks good at the beltway. back to you. >> thank you. we continue waiting to hear whether amanda knox will be released from jail. the american exchange student was convicted in the deaths of her roommate in 2009. >> today and appeals court is expected to make a decision. brianne carter is in a satellite center with details. good morning. >> the jury is deliberating deciding the fate of amanda knox, who's been behind bars for the past four years.
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a little while ago amanda knox and her boyfriend at the time raffaello sollecito spoke. amanda knox told the italian appeals court that the accusations against her are not fair and are groundless. speaking in italian, sister or innocence. she said "i am paying with my life for something i have not done." she and her co-defendants were convicted of murdering meredith kercher in 2009. knox got 26 years in prison and boyfriend got 25. several different outcomes could come back today. she could be acquitted or her sentence could be increased to life in prison. we are watching and waiting. we expect to get a verdict later this afternoon. reporting live in a satellite center, brianne carter. >> thank you. you can continue to follow the details on this verdict on our website, wjla.com.
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one person is in custody now in connection with a double stabbing that happens in northwest d.c. two people were stamped around 12:30 this morning at at the regency house apartment on connecticut avenue. one person was stabbed in the test. both people are in stable condition. the second week of a grandmother's murder trial gets under way in a couple hours. 50-year post-old carmela dela rosa is accused of throwing her two- year-old granddaughter from a walkway down six stories. >> what we can expect starting this morning is for the defense to present even more witnesses to take a stand. they are trying to prove to the jury that carmela dela rosa was insane when she threw her two- year-old granddaughter angelyn
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off a sixth floor walkway last november. the prosecution tried to paint a dark picture last week, trying to prove that carmela dela rosa did this out of anger, that she had something against her son a loss for getting her daughter pregnant before the two were married. the prosecution rested their case last week after showing the jury a videotape confection we did confession of carmela dela rosa saying that she killed the baby primarily to get back at her son-in-law. she's pleading not guilty. her lawyers say she was insane at the time this happened. the defense plans to continue their case this week. last week they had on the stand president as well as several mental health experts trying to prove she was insane at the time this happened last november. this is expected to start again this morning in fairfax county at 10:00 this morning. carmela dela rosa faces life in prison if convicted of this murder. reporting live in fairfax, jummy olabanji, abc 7 news.
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we will get an update today in the investigation into the potential cancer cluster in frederick county, maryland. the county health department is holding a meeting to address the public's concerns and present a report. some people who live near fort detrick believed the soil and water are contaminated from agent orange. the meeting is this evening in the first floor hearing room of winchester hall. the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. dozens of flood victims in prince william county getting some help. they have lived at the mobile home park in woodbrige. last month's flooding ruins 66 of 108 trailers. the group called mexicans without borders yesterday's sponsored a fund-raiser to help residents whose homes were destroyed. >> it is horrible, the devastation. people put their life savings into some of those trailers and they have nothing left. >> would you like to move back? >> i would, my family and
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friends and everything. >> prince william county has given the red cross and other agencies $70,000 in order to help the displaced families. metro board members have expensive taste. the examiner is reporting the transit agency spent more than $13,000 on food for board meetings between january of last year and july. the average cost for each member's meal is $20.43. the board chairman kathy hutchins says the panel will review who provides the lunches and thomas they are paying for them. interesting. 46 degrees. >> still ahead -- >> it is the end of an era. >> i came in to say goodbye. >> a popular bar closes after 44 years of service. >> donald is expected to make a big economic announcements in virginia. >> ?
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5:39, 4 traffic and weather every ten minutes. >> we are off to a cool start after a cold weekend. when do we expect a change? >> by tomorrow afternoon. especially wednesday through the weekend we will get what we deserve. that is sunshine, dry weather comfortable conditions. 5 inches above average in terms of rainfall at reagan national. there's no rain in the metro area at the moment. but there is in calvert county and prince george's county on the pax river and in st. mary's county and steady rain from hagerstown to martinsburg and winchester, and down interstate 81 this is slowly drifting to the south and east. it is circulating around a broad area of our low pressure that is stuck around for another day. if it is 41 degrees in college park, or rather 45. 43 in gaithersburg and frederick. there's the counterclockwise rotation overhead, the upper levels been, a low pressure
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system. that will slowly move away by tomorrow. it will move to the northeast and will be better placed -- will be replaced by a a high- pressure system that will mean a nearly total sunshine and wednesday through sunday. today will be damp with a few stray showers off and on. high temperature of 55 degrees way below the average of 73. warming a little tomorrow, back in the 60's. morning clouds and agreed sprinkle, then sunshine by lunchtime tomorrow. nearly total sunshine wednesday all the way through the weekend with dry conditions, constable highs in the low to mid 70's and very low humidity. that's the forecast. metro rail, marc rail vre looking pretty good. there's police activity on 270 at 370. no. found on the b-w parkway near 198 there's a crash. volume growing in virginia on 66
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and 95. -- nnorthbound on the b-w parkway near 198, there's a crash. this is 270 at father hurley boulevard, headlights are southbound. back to you. >> thank you. american stock skinny, but they eat fat. people cannot stay away from burgers and fries. >> is the seat in need of a man in a covert? we will explain in a moment. -- is d.c. in need of a man
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2007. a judge ordered a new trial after an independent review found flaws in the prosecution's case. engineers could resume their inspections of the outside of the washington monument today. the inspections were halted on the weekend because of high wind. crews are looking for any more damage caused by august's's powerful liquid. redskins fans have good news this morning. their team is tied for first place in and a seat east after defeating the st. louis rams today, 17-10. the redskins will take on the philadelphia eagles in two weeks. let's take a look at news, around the region. the martin luther king jr. library branch will stay open on sundays. officials found the money to keep the building open seven days a week. the library was scheduled to close on sundays due to budget cuts but city officials attended yesterday's opening. the branch is the only one that will be open on sundays.
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billionaire donald trump will be in virginia tomorrow marking the opening of his vineyard near charlottesville. the real estate mogul box the winery for more than $6 million in april. governor bob mcdonnell will join donald trump for the grand opening. he's been trying to promote the rapidly growing virginia wine industry. dozens of washingtonians last night gathered to bid farewell to a d.c. landmark. hawk 'n' dove on capitol hill closed after four years in business. a rival bar owner took over the lease forcing a landmark to close. a bittersweet moment for patrons and staff. >> very sad for me. it's not the way i wanted to end, but that's the way happened. >> the new owners say they will keep the bar's name but that's about all. they're planning a total interior renovations, scheduled
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to reopen in six months. as for the current furnishings most of it will be slated for public auction. >> not so good news for the men in our area. d.c. is not a very manly city. the district dropped 33 spots to no. 42 on the annual listing. the ranking measures the concentration of home- improvement stores, manly occupations, steakhouses, and motorcycles. nasa bill, tennessee topped the list along with charlotte, north carolina, and oklahoma city. >> i had no idea this group was the authority on studs or dusds. -- nasashville tops the list.
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>> always great to see a guy on a motorcycle. anybody? >> i think there are a few washingtonians who could learn how to fillet a fish. let's talk about the weather. cold today. yesterday we hit a record high temperatures. that's because it was so cold. record cold afternoon high temperatures. i just put a lot about it on wjla.com -- a blog about it. you can go there or scan the qr code on your screen. this is equivalent to november 29 i august and.
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by wednesday, a big improvement, all the way to the weekend. 47 right now in washington, 41 in gaithersburg, 42 in hagerstown, 50 in quantico, 45 in winchester. i think d.c. is manly enough. areas of light rain pushing through anne arundel county, mr. prince george's county, calvert county and city mayors county. in winnipegwinchester and harrisonburg, light rain. this is moving south and east slowly an unsettled weather pattern, like the weekend. you can feel the cold outside. we do exchanges on the way. the southerly wind will kick in over the next few days and that will bump temperatures up especially with a strong high- pressure moving into place allowing sunshine to do its job. there's the counterclockwise
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rotation in our atmosphere. you can see it around a low pressure system. there's the pinwheel, which will slowly push out of fear throughout the day tomorrow. tomorrow will be our transition day. we will see the change from the crowded conditions at the sunshine all throughout the day tomorrow. then bigtime sunshine wednesday through the weekend. today, gray skies, a dreary still. high temperature of 55. that is well below average. it's equivalent to our average morning low temperature. the morning low is typically 65 degrees. that is as warm as we will get this afternoon. tomorrow, morning clouds and a stray sprinkle possible, then afternoon sunshine, and warmer, back in the 70's. and long stretches of dry weather with a high-pressure in place wednesday through sunday in the 70's. good news from metro rail marc rail, and vre, running on normal service systemwide.
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there is distressing news about the b-w parkway. there's a crash knocked down near 198. -- northbound. there was one crash that's gone and another one replaced it. we look across the wilson bridge and near the pentagon. we will keep an eye on things. 46 degrees. >> much
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more pet owners are expected to shell out a pretty penny for halloween this year. if >> and job-seekers get ready for a career fair, to the d.c. area. with business news we have linda bell at bloomberg headquarters in new york this morning. >> hello. stock-index few trees are indicating lower open. if you are looking for work, there's a career fair scheduled for tomorrow hosted by the national career fair, at the holiday inn in arlington. companies registered to attend include new york life insurance, walden university and the secret service. 11:00 a.m. through 2:00 in the afternoon. bring your resume and dress for success. pet lovers who like to dress up their pets on halloween are
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saying it's a not a bad economy. they are still shopping at a party city and in all the items that had fallen to their world. the national retail federation says nearly 50% of paula deen revelers will dress up their pets. that is much more compared with last year. they found 161 million people plan to celebrate halloween this year. that is the highest in nine years. that is business news. live at bloomberg headquarters in new york, linda bell reporting for abc 7 news. >> have to get those costumes early. >> good to see you. have a good day. 7 on your side. eating help the is overrated, it appears. that's according to a new survey that pines have americans find they want healthy food choices. less than 1/4 actually follow through. at mcdonald's, mcdonnell reports
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11% of parents ordered apple slices instead of french fries for their kids happy meal. many people claim that the prices the main reason for not eating helping as those options are usually more expensive. >> i think if you go to mcdonald's it's like, the french fries or the apple slices? >> a tough choice. >> it really is. you have to be helpialthy. there's a lot more ahead. >> the lion king was moved from its perch. >> the fate of amanda knox is in the fate of the court. her emotional plea. details coming up. >> lisa baden is coming back to help you navigate through the monday morning com
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straight ahead watching and waiting. amanda knox makes her emotional plea for freedom. we have a live report. >> fighting for first place. it was not pretty, but the redskins are celebrating another victory. >> do you need to bundle up this morning at the bus stop or is the warmer weather coming backed? ""good morning washington" continues right now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >>

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