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in some spots. most of the moisture will be south of the metro. even if we do get wet snowflakes, not expecting a stimulation. -- not expecting a stimulation. -- accumulation. >> 66 outside the beltway overnight construction is complete. they will come back after 9:00 as normal. around the beltway there are few projects in tysons, near fedex field, near andrews air force base but nothing now. giving you the green light on the beltway if between the wilson bridge and the american legion bridge. back to you. >> thank you. one person was taken to the hospital with serious but non- life threatening injuries after a building fire in a quest. this started in the back room of a building on sixth street. because of the fire is still under investigation. following the latest developments in an arrest that
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has shocked students in montgomery county. >> a well-known teacher and coach accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl. jummy olabanji is live in rockville with details. >> good morning. that teacher and coach scott spear was a coach at richard montgomery high school in rockville. a lot of students tell us that he was very well-liked. all of them say they are very surprised to find out that he took one of his relationships with a student too far. montgomery county police say the 47-year-old was arrested at julius west middle school on thursday morning. he was a teacher there. he was also well-known coach at richard montgomery high school where for several years he has coached the boys' varsity basketball team and cross country team. correct he is popular. everybody likes him. >> the form and inappropriate relationships with a teenage girl on the track team last spring and eventually had sex with her two straight nights at
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a home in rockville. >> i was shocked because the schoo -- because he is cool. gretzky had been the track coach since 2009 and had taught at the school. the constantly talked to the girl on the cell phone after school and on the weekend. parents are shocked to hear of another teacher behaving badly. >> we do talk about what is appropriate and what is not even with authority figures. >> there is a basketball game here tonight at montgomery high school. we are told by school officials that he will not be coaching. he has been suspended with pay and has been suspended with pay from his teaching job at the middle school. all this is pending the outcome of the investigation. jummy olabanji reporting from rockville. >> abc 7 news has learned a local student was taken to hospital after being stabbed at a school. that happened at high point high
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school in beltsville. the stabbing stems from a gang- related fight. the students injuries were not life-threatening. police are still searching for the attacker. >> investigators need your help try to find a missing wheaton teenager and her child. the 14-year-0 cox and her six- month old daughter were last seen yesterday on gregorian -- on georgian way. family members are concerned about the welfare of the baby and that the mother may need medical attention. >> republican presidential candidate mitt romney, some critics wonder if donald trott's endorsement will help or hurt in tomorrow's caucuses in nevada. brianne carter has more. >> this remains to be seen on what impact the endorsements will have on the race for the white house. the top two candidates were hoping to the millionaire businessman would support their campaign.
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preparations under way in nevada one day ahead of the latest contest in the back and forth battle for the white house. in a move that's surprised some, yesterday donald trump threw his support behind mitt romney. >> governor romney, go out and get them. you can do it. >> will give support help the current front-runner? a recent fox news poll found only 10% of americans said they would be more likely to vote for candidates endorsed by. donald trump's. newt gingrich is trying to build support in nevada without the billionaire behind him. >> i called him twice last night. i left a message. i hope it was the right number. i like him a lot. he's a friend of mine. >> donald is a force of his own. >> mitt romney is also talked about the statement he made about a very poor people promising that he misspoke. coming up in the next half-hour, what he said when talking about
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it and what he says he really meant by the comment. brianne carter, abc 7 news. >> actress and comedian roseanne barr joining the race for the white house. she said yesterday that she is running for the green party opposing presidential nomination. she submitted paperwork for her candidacy. a vice-presidential nominee will be selected at a convention in baltimore in july. >> president obama will visit and arlington fire station debate to discuss a new initiative to its current law enforcement agencies and fire departments to hire veterans. fire station 5 was among the first to respond on 9/11. you can expect some road closures. >> 36 degrees. >> still ahead, growing concern over metro's aging infrastructure. how it stems from a series of cracks rails. >> more fallout after susan g. komen cut funding for planned
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parenthood. new details. >> first, another check on traffic and weather. looking at the beltway right now at
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>> walked back. 5:08. checking traffic and weather.
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well combacome back. >> it's 30 degrees in gaithersburg, 38 in the district, 32 in frederick. oakland, maryland, 27. along the water 40 in quantico. a little below freezing in isolated locations. high pressure over today nothing to worry about. a lot of sunshine. the area of low pressure in north texas and oklahoma this morning will cause blizzard-like conditions later this morning in kansas. that system will track east. by saturday night into sunday morning that will be over the carolina coast line. it will be close enough at that time to give us a chance of rain and maybe a wintry mix with little to no accumulation. 50 degrees today. clearing on sunday. >> i have been busy trying to find anything to tell you to steer clear of. i don't have anything.
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pretty good shape right now 66, moving construction barrels out of the way. no problems on 95 in virginia. coming from fredericksburg to get interesting still looks good. looks good on 395 between the beltway and 14th street bridge. looks good in maryland on 95 between richmond and baltimore. no problems on 270 and interstate 70. metro rail are having a nice ride. back to you. >> thank you. 5:10. a traffic alert for drivers in northern virginia. vdot is closing all of the lanes of interstate 495 northbound before leesburg pike. that's happening overnight because of construction. starting at 9:30 tonight one lane will be closed. by 11:00 p.m. all lanes will be closed for up to a half-hour. all lanes will reopen by 7:00 tomorrow morning. >> a sharp rise in the number of
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cracked rails is causing the done about metro's aging infrastructure. the transit agency says the number of cracked rails has increased from 19 in 2009 to 49 last year. metro blames the cracks on temperature fluctuations. agency hopes a new piece of equipment that can detect cracks will help it catch up on maintenance. it is 5:11. >> learn what defense secretary leon panetta is saying about the possibility of its rail attacking iran. >> the latest on a law that prevents virginia schools from opening before labor day. whee wheeeeeeeeeeeee! wheeeeeeeeeeee! whee whee wheeeeeeeeeeee-he-he-heeeeee! whee whee wheeeeeeeeeeee! pure adrenaline. whee whee wheeeeeeeeeeee! everything you love about geico, now mobile.
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>> texting our top stories, a montgomery county high school track coach faces sex crimes charges. scott spear had sex with a 16-
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year-old girl on but richard montgomery high school track team. he is on the district of leave from julius west middle school. one person hospitalized after an overnight fire in northwest d.c. flames broke out in the back room of a building on sixth street. the victims suffered non-life threatening injuries. no word on the cause. the republican presidential candidates are spending another day campaigning in nevada. that is caucuses tomorrow. mitt romney in the lead in the polls. yesterday he was endorsed by real estate mogul donald trump. >> defense secretary leon panetta is concern that israel could attack iran over the next few months. he believes there's a strong likelihood israel will strike tirana in april, may or june. israelis fear that iran will soon have stored enough enriched uranium to make a weapon and that only the u.s. could stop them militarily. a congressional hearing will be
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held today on accountability at arlington national cemetery. if officials are expected to testify. a year-and-a-half ago, numerous problems were found including misplaced remains. a hearing to look into whether recent management changes are adequate. >> a major breast cancer charity is facing a backlash over its decision to stop giving grants to planned parenthood or press screenings. officials at susan g. komen denied the cutoff was driven by pressure from anti-abortion groups. planned parenthood has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations since the cut off was announced including a pledge from michael bloomberg, a mayor of new york. >> the avirginia general assembly is making a step towards loosening the gun laws. >> a la put in place in 1993 limited personal handgun
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ownership. more than 40 gun-related bills are before the general assembly this session. virginia students one step closer to starting the school year even earlier. the house of delegates passed a bill yesterday repealing the decades-old king's dominion law that forced schools to open after labor day and a spatunless they got a waiver. the bill will now go to the senate. >> the lines between different types of media are blurring. >> rob nelson has more. >> a new television network on the way. "the huffington post will begin providing 12 hours each weekday of live original programming and content will be similar to their web site. apple is introducing electronic text books. there's biology, chemistry, and
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algebra. >> there is very cool content in the books, the ability to take advantage of experiencing something, video seeing the genome rather than just reading about it makes a big difference. >> students will not have to carry 50 or 60 pounds of textbooks is another advantage. 60% of people watching the super bowl on sunday will have a mobile device sandy and advertisers hope to capitalize on that with interactive ads. i am rob nelson. >> its friday. happy friday. >> glad we made to the weekend. what can we expect as far as temperatures? >> not that bad. cooler than the past couple days. we cannot give 70 every day. we will be near a 50, where we should be this time of year, but still above average for the weekend. there's a low pressure system to the west that will pass to our
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south saturday night into sunday morning. that could give us areas of precipitation. rainfall and possibly a little wintry mix especially south of town. something we will talk about. first, let's look at the temperatures. 27 in accident, maryland 28 in woodbine, 29 in frostburg and martinsburg. 38 downtown in the district, 40 at quantico. in frederick 30. a few spots a little below freezing. that's just a few more hours. been warming up to about 50 this afternoon. no clouds in the sky right now. you would be hard-pressed to find any clouds throughout the day. a high-pressure system over and giving us sunshine. there is the area of low pressure off to our west in north texas and oklahoma. this is bringing blizzard conditions to colorado nebraska, and kansas later today. in colorado, they could see over 1 foot of snow from this low
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pressure system. nebraska could see up to 1 foot of snow from the system that. will move east and will pass to our south saturday night into sunday morning. that will come close enough to washington where we could get a little rainfall and maybe even a wintry mix. that is not expected to accumulate. sunny and 50 today, near 50 on the weekend with sunshine especially for the second half of the day on super bowl sunday. >> the commute is decent right now. no accidents reported. most of the construction barrels have been moved out of the way except for 66 westbound at rush- hour streets against the rush hour. we have some pictures to show you. maryland traffic is behaving not only on 270 but on the beltway. looks good in virginia, and around the beltway and the wilson bridge. nothing in shirlington and across the 14th street bridge. a little action at the pentagon
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with heavy volume. back to you. >> thank you. we are wearing red to fight heart disease. >> i saw that. very well done. >> it is 34 degrees in bethesda. >> the final weekend of football this year. guest who is still in the headlines in indianapolis? she will not be playing in the super bowl. >> drew barrymore. everybody wants to see your engagement ring. and the right man? >> i will figure things out.
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>> in indianapolis, peyton manning has been cleared medically to play football again. he missed a whole season. he is on a $28 million -- owed
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a $28 million roster bonus in march. if they don't pay the dolphins could pounce on him as well as the dojets and colds and washington redskins. >> indianapolis is hosting the super bowl, so probably not gone to make an immediate decision on that. >> tim brant has more on the big game. >> the side shows are now over. the teams aren't pregame mode hundred down and finally getting focused on the game and hand. we have heard about bill belichick. the patriots are favored, but the giants have been very low- key. that's just the way eli manning wants things. >> we are still the underdogs and have a lot to prove. talk is cheap. play the game. that is exactly what it is. >> desolated your morning
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sports. have a great day. did there is a look at your morning's sports. >> the news continues. >> in the next half-hour, a violent night at a bus stop in northeast d.c. person was stabbed a man who was dressed as a woman. >> preparations underway in the battle ahead of tomorrow's caucus. hear what the candidates are doing, the latest. >> bright sunshine on a beautiful friday. noticeably cooler.
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to bounce back from an embarrassing moment right before the nevada caucuses. the campaign thought it had the support of donald trump but it's not the case. good morning, it's friday february 3. >> thanks for waking up with us. i am cynne simpson. traffic and weather. adam caskey has the forecast. >> very good friday morning to you. it is a little cooler today than what we have had the past couple days. it was well into the 50's yesterday. today we will be close to 54 few hours this afternoon. fairfax is 35 degrees currently 34 in aldie, 32 and olney. we are little above freezing for the most part. some locations are just below such as columbia maryland, 28. sunny and 50 today, a beautiful friday light northwesterly wind. the average high is 45 degrees. as for the weekend, increasing clouds tomorrow.
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cannot rule out the late-day showers if especially south of the metro tomorrow evening and tomorrow night and maybe even a couple wet snowflakes by sunday morning. >> the penn line 401 is running 20 minutes late. marc rail is running on normal service. no disruption on the vre. roadwork on 66 westbound at nutley street will remain until 6:00 this morning. about another 30 minutes. traffic is getting by to the right. we are quiet about the beltway right now. looks good north into baltimore south into richmond, and to the airport. traffic moving very well at father hurley boulevard. back to you. >> thank you. we begin with vote 2012. time running out for the republican presidential candidates to sway voters. >> the nevada caucuses take place tomorrow. brianne carter has a look ahead. >> good morning.
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preparations are underway in nevada. two top candidates doing all they can to gain votes. mitt romney is doing his best to carry over the momentum from the florida while gingrich is trying to build support without a billionaire backing him. donald trump endorse romney yesterday. it remains to be seen whether that will have an impact. romney says he is dmoving forward after an interview he said earlier this week where he said he was not very concerned about the very poor. he has issued a statement now that he said he misspoke. >> when i said was that my focus, my primary focus, is helping people get into the middle class and to grow the middle class. we have a safety net that cares for the poor. i want to keep that faith in a strong and stable. we really need to focus on the middle-income people in this country. >> romney and gingrich are focused their in nevada with the caucus tomorrow. rick santorum moving on to
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missouri with several events planned there. brianne carter reporting, abc 7 news. >> later this morning president obama is scheduled to visit fire station 5 in arlington to discuss a new initiative to encourage law enforcement agencies and fire departments to hire military veterans who serve d since september 11. stay with abc 7, your election station, for complete coverage of the presidential race. also, follow on wjla.com. >> we are following a developing story out of northeast d.c. where investigators are searching for the person who stabbed a man and a bus stop. the victim was dressed as a woman and was attacked at east capitol street stands a more road. he is hospitalized in grave condition. no word on what led to the stabbing. >> there's been a second arrest in the murder of a local
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community activist. lenny harris was recently found shot to death inside a well in fort washington. police made an arrest earlier this week. now a second. they believe the motive in the murder was robbery. they also believe there are still more suspects on the loose. police believe this man ivan newman is the second person responsible for the death of lenny harris. the 20-year-old was arrested in his all-star form, and charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, and robbery. >> i was shocked. he kept to himself. >> neighbors are stunned to hear that they're fairly new neighbor is believed to be responsible. >> kind of scary to know someone that close -- it is scary. never know who you live next door to. >> linwood johnson and ivan newman disposed the victim's
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body in a well after shooting him. they used the 53-year-old composer credit card at an atm machine shortly after his disappearance in september. >> robbery appears to be the motive. the status of mr. newman's relationship with the victim or the other suspect in the case is not something we are getting into right now. >> harris at least one of his attackers. drugs may of played a factor in the murder. police are now hoping to adopt a more witnesses. they are not saying much this morning about the person who found the body and called 911. >> a teacher is charged with having sex with a 16-year-old female student in montgomery county. 47-year-old scott spear, a teacher at julius west middle school is also a basketball coach at richard montgomery. the assaulting a teenager at least twice and has been
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suspended with pay while the investigation continues. >> d.c. district leaders will meet with credit ratings agency officials and are hoping to get a boost in the d.c. reserve fund. an upgrade could save the city millions of dollars. occupy d.c. protesters suffered a setback in efforts to stave off a potential crackdown at mcpherson square. the federal judge denied their request for an injunction to prevent u.s. park police from seizing their tents and evicting them from the camp. authorities began enforcing the camping ban at mcpherson square on monday and it also applies to freedom plaza. 5:34 is the time, 34 degrees in 08 >> . new details on the accused or did shooter. why the court martial for major nidal hassan has been delayed. -- the fort hood shooter. >> and details on metro station
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closures. >> texting traffic and weather every ten minutes. looking right now at 395
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>> i am from the national institutes of health clinical center in bethesda, maryland. america's research hospital. we would like to say --
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good morning, washington. . >> that was energetic. 5:37 is the time. we begin with traffic and weather as we do every 10 minutes. >> always energetic on a friday morning. adam caskey has the forecast. >> a little cooler today. you have to be energetic to warm up outside. 28 in gaithersburg, 38 in the district. at the freezing mark in frederick. 36 at dulles airport. a little warmer along the water in quantico, 40. we will have a lot of sunshine today. nothing to worry about on this friday. bright and sunny near 50 this afternoon. on saturday the clouds will increase and there could be some areas of rain. we could even be pressed in the metro area. by sunday morning we cannot rule out a few wet snowflakes mixing into the equation. this is all looking like very light precipitation, so not a big deal. should we see a few wet snowflakes by sunday morning i don't expect any accumulation.
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something we will keep an eye on. sunny and 50, it's really been at 5-10. near 50 again tomorrow with morning sunshine. late sunday, some sunshine as well. >> volume of traffic increasing on the highway with more of our neighbors waking up and doing their morning stretched. just a little more action southbound on 270. looks good from leesburg to get into sterling, tysons out of ashburn. nothing on seven headed toward tysons as well. 270 as normal travel times. 355 inside the beltway heading towards n.i.h, looks good. a good run for metro rail and marc rail and vre. back to you. >> thank you. metro riders will face delays this weekend's due to track
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work. orange line trains will not operate between courthouse and foggy bottom. no service between the pentagon and foggy bottom. free shuttle buses will available. red line trains will single track between van ness and friendship heights. this is from 10:00 tonight through closing on sunday. >> illegal immigrants convicted of killing a prince william county nun will learn to skate today. carlos montano could spend up to 70 years in prison, found guilty of federal =felony murder. he killed six parensister denise mosier in the car crash and two other nuns were injured. a man led police on a dangerous chase through maryland did to the district. he refused to pull over on the beltway and then the chase moved into northeast d.c.. it ended when he slammed into four car is at new york and
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florida avenue. he was under the influence of alcohol. no one was hurt. 5:41 38 degrees in the nation's capital. >> the countdown to the big game in the nfl. we will look at the preparation for this sunday's super bowl. >> i was wondering if you could do more pushups and i could. >> it depends on how your back is. i know you have some back issues. >> firstly michelle obama flexing muscle on the talk-show circuit. steve sheath indeed ellen
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at 5:00. >> a month permit county high school track coach accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl. police say that scott spear had sex with a member of the richard montgomery high school track team where he coaches. he also teaches at julius west middle school and faces sex crimes charges. today it, the last day of campaigning before tomorrow's nevada caucuses. republican mitt romney got a boost yesterday when real estate mogul donald trump endorsed him. polls show romney in the lead in the silver state. president obama headed to the arlington fire house and will unveil a new initiative that will help veterans. the president will encourage law enforcement agencies and fire departments to hire veterans who have served since the 9/11 attacks. >> army major accused in the 2009 mass shooting in fort hood texas, will go on trial in june. nidal hassan's court-martial was supposed to begin next month but
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the data was changed after his attorneys requested a delay. if it is charged with killing 13 and wounding dozens of others during a shooting spree at a medical building. prosecutors could seek the death penalty. new developments in the case of a man suspected in a shooting rampage that wounded gabrielle giffords. a psychologist believes jared loughner has an improved mental state but is still incompetent to stand trial. a hearing is set for monday to determine if he should remain in federal prison in missouri, where officials have been medicating him forcibly. 7 is on your side with a great present to wear red. >> today is national wear red day. it is to raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease. that is the number-one killer of women aged 25 and older. 8 million women in the united states currently are living with heart disease. show your support.
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first lady michelle obama was not afraid a little exercise during the daytime showtalk show appearance. >> ellen degeneres challenged the first lady to push up contest. >> 6 7, 8. >> they went into high teens before ellen ended the contest visible a breathless. she finished second to the paris later. the first lady was calm, cool, and collected. -- she finished second to the first lady. >> i thought it would not be good to show up the first lady. >> mrs. obama was on a two-day trip to the los angeles area in part of her campaign to promote healthy food and fitness. >> the first lady says that she has the right to bear arms because she has guns.
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football fans are gathering in indianapolis for the superbowl. >> looking at the pregame excitement. >> the countdown to kickoff is almost over. in two days the new england patriots will take on the new york giants at indianapolis. thousands of giants fans and patriots fans have been flocking to the city ahead of the big game >> . the most exciting event that is held in the u.s. both>> giants quarterback eli manning said his team should continue playing the way they have been. >> they will do what they have always been all season and will not do anything special. you don't after tried extra hard. you just have to compete and do your job. >> that will not be easy, according to the competition. >> we are pretty confident. we will show up sunday night and
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give it our best. >> the spotlight will not just be on the team's. it is game on for madonna, and have time act. >> i have never worked so hard or been so scrupulous or detail- oriented or freak out as much as i have, maintaining my sanity and try to make the most amazing show for the super bowl. corr>> a new york baker may have cooked up the most unusual super bowl street. it is a chicken wing cupcake. cornbread cupcake with blue cheese frosting, with a chicken wing. we are told the cupcake isa a hit. i might let you try that first period >> i might see it could be good if you take it apart but not altogether. social media and the internet is expected to play a huge role in this weekend's super bowl. >> there are problems you should
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know about as well. linda bell at bloomberg headquarters in new york. >> good morning. i don't know if you are a big orange juice drinkers. according to the fda some samples have tested positive for a band fungicide. webber they still say the levels are low enough not to pose a significant public health concern. golden rings may be on the minds of the giants and patriots players this weekend. burger king is giving away its own ring saturday and sunday, offering free onion rings to commemorate the weekend of championship football. mobile marketing company says 83% of mobile users planned to look at or use their mobile device much more during this year's superbowl compared with last year. advertisers are also turning to youtube and twitter to generate bus and stretched their $3.5 million investments. i want to mention that youtube is promoting an ad blitz program
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this year to let your reply commercials once been aired on television. i'm sure facebook is also gearing up for your comments on there as well. live at bloomberg headquarters in new york, linda bell reporting for abc 7 news. enjoy the super bowl. >> let's find out what the weekend forecast is shaping up like. >> could have a little action saturday night into sunday morning and that should not get in the way of any plans by sunday evening. >> i don't think anything will get in the way of super bowl plans. >> even a few years ago there was snowmageddon and we are coming back from that and it did not even get in the way of the game. >> the game is a welcome relief -- was a welcome relief from that storm. >> it came across the screen but the federal level but was closed -- that the federal government was closed and people
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were upset. we could possibly have a few wet snowflakes saturday night. first, temperatures are little cooler now and the past couple morning's. 28 in manassas, 38 in the district, 32 in frederick, 33 in martinsburg. no clouds in the sky. cyprus replace will give us total sunshine throughout the day. the nearest cloud cover is in kentucky and tennessee and even that is falling apart as it moves into a high-pressure system disintegrating the clouds. there is an area of low pressure in north texas and oklahoma gas and possibly over 1 foot of snow in parts of colorado today and up to one put in nebraska later on today. that low will track east. it's not a strong system but it could brush us as it passes to our south. it could brush washington with a little light rain and possibly like snowflakes by sunday morning. the bulk of the moister looks to be south of d.c. but we could get clipped locally. 50 degrees today, total
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sunshine, no question in a 5-10. precipitation chance late saturday into early sunday. not going to be a washout. there's a slight chance of a wintry mix. no accumulation is expected. clearing out on monday. >> the bulk of traffic found on the interstates. 270, 66, 95 virginia. 95 maryland in pretty good shape. all the traffic is normal volume. no accidents to report on the beltway. we do have time for some the geico traffic camera pictures. 395 moving nicely at duke street. we will take you to maryland moving very well on the beltway at university boulevard. i am natasha barrett. -- now back to you. >> 36 degrees in springfield. >> back after this. a [ male announcer ] for andy,
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bay came in second followed by ames, cedar rapids, and so false -- sioux falls, south dakota. >> much more coming up next hour. >> super bowl sunday is more than just football but it's also about some great ads. >> i love this time of year. lisa baden helping you navigate your commute. there's duke street
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>> putting americans back to work. why the president is taking a trip to an arlington fire house. >> of montgomery high school coach is arrested and starts with having sex with one of his students. i am jummy olabanji in rockville. hear reaction from students and parents. >> mitt romney is riding high after a surprise endorsement from the donald. the republican front-runner looking for another victory in reno. >> did you see this? >> going back in time to recreate a big miracle. the weekend's best bets. "good morning washington"

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