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frederick county and entering carroll county. a mild start to the day, 41 in washington and oxon hill. 37 in olney. 40 degrees in warrenton. near 50 this afternoon. showers on and off especially in midday and afternoon. clearing tomorrow with sunshine, mid 50's, but a little uneasy at times tomorrow. >> we will take everybody to a live picture on 270 southbound under the geico traffic camera enter logo. a boat on the side of the highway. not much rain is expected. we are watching not only traffic on 270 which is good, but across the american legion bridge. normal travel times on 66 in virginia and good on 95 between richmond and baltimore. taking you to a picture of springfield, red is southbound.
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headlights are northbound at the beltway. back to you. >> thank you. thousands of family members, friends, and firefighters are expected to be in a synagogue in alexandria this afternoon for the funeral of paramedic joshua weissman, killed on the job last week's. jummy olabanji has more. >> strong antril is under pressure, but rooted in compassion and kindness. >> hundreds or wrapped around the everly-wheaton funeral home last night to pay tribute. as they walked by ambulance that the work in a reminder especially to his family of how he put his life on the line every day. >> impossible to get something tragicg positive out of something so tragic. >> he was responding to a car
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fire on 395 when he fell from the overpass into the creek. he died the next day at washington hospital center. his funeral is expected to draw thousands of people to alexandria today if including 270 members of the alexandria fire department who will be off duty until friday night to have a chance to say goodbye. >> he was awesome, a great credit -- great medic. >> his funeral takes place at 1:00 p.m. at beth el hebrew congregation on seminary road. and burial at ivy hill cemetery at the king street. try to avoid trouble in that area because many streets will be closed. alexandria city public schools will have early dismissal today. the full details on streets and school closures are our website >> 7 is on your side with a health alert at george
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washington university, dozens of students deal with the norovirus outbreak. brianne carter has more details. >> good morning. if you have ever known anyone than as have the norovirus, you know how sick you can get. a lot of people on campuses after hearing that so many people were developing symptoms they say that there is cause for concern. an outbreak of norovirus on the campus of george washington university has students and community members on high alert. >> it is definitely scary for us knowing it's on campus and we have to be aware. >> according to officials at the university, 85 students have come to university health services with the virus, most of them within the last 24 hours. if students suffering from the stomach illness attend a wide range of classes, at different locations on and off campus. there is no commonality among the cases. >> i am a little more concerned
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now, so i will be washing my hands band not touching things if i don't have to. >> it's kind of scary especially when we got the e-mail. so many people checking in. >> school officials are scheduling additional cleanings in areas where students usually gather and warning students to take precautions. talking of those precautions they are asking students to use individual hand sanitizer and washington a lot. if you believe you have the virus, contact your doctor or go to a student health center as quickly as possible. they say this should last about one or two days. if you are continuing to be sick, go back to the doctor. brianne carter, abc 7 news. >> the defense will resume its case today in the trial of a former university of virginia lacrosse player accused of killing his ex-girlfriend. george huguely's lawyer tried to chip away at medical testimony
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him in yeardley love's desk in may of 2010 at her apartment in charlottesville. -- yeardley love's death. >> investigators have arrested two in connection with three armed robberies in the district. a 27-year-old karen walker and another person suspected of carrying out robberies in northwest and southeast d.c. late monday and early tuesday. police don't believe they are linked to a series of robberies in upper northwest d.c. -- aaron walker. >> governor of new jersey responding to criticism about how he is trying to honor whitney houston by flying flags at half staff. >> a busy night on 95 near baltimore after a truck overturned. why the driver was arrested. >> another check on traffic and weather in the area,
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and a little action moving through. you'll see showers on the radar screen throughout the day. we got a few sprinkles this morning. now we have a break in the action. clouds in weoff to our west. this action will continue moving east through the washington area. most of the rain today will be midday and lunchtime through the afternoon. it will amount to a quarter of an inch. not a total washout and it will not be raining everywhere all the time. 42 in the district. average high is 47. 37 in manassas, 37 in winchester and 32 in frederick. near 50 this afternoon with a few areas of light rain. sunny tomorrow, breezy, mid 50's. there's a chance for some precipitation on sunday. a storm system that could pass to our south. we don't know where that will go. we are tracking that to
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determine what type of precipitation we will get. chance of a wintry mix on sunday. >> not much around the beltway looks pretty good. travel times in our favor as far as interstate. 270 looks good as well as 395. uneventful in maryland where the john hanson highway merges with the beltway. beyond to the new carrollton metro as well. looks good and to a northeast d.c. 29 in maryland between colombia and silver spring moving nicely. metro rail is on normal service systemwide to start the morning. back to news. >> crews spent the night cleaning up and keep trucks built on 95 south of baltimore. -- and ink truck spil.
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-- and cynne simpson. >> there was a visitation for joshua weissman last night. a paramedic died last week after falling from naupa 395 overpass the alexandria fire department went out of service to honor him. george washington university campus on alert after dozens of students came down with norovirus. 85 students have been affected. the university will thoroughly clean places where students tend to congregate. the defense will resume its case today in the murder trial of former lacrosse player george huguely. his lawyers are targeting medical testimony implicating him in the 2010 death of his former girlfriend yeardley love. >> i want to turn to the death of whitney houston. new jersey governor chris christie is defending his decision to have the flagst lower than at half staff on sunday. >> she is a significant -- had a
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significant cultural impact on the people of our state and of our country and i believe she deserves to be honored for that impact and contribution that she made as a daughter of new jersey. correct he says that he rejects criticism that she for for the good things that she did because of struggles with substance abuse. the funeral will be held in new jersey on saturday. although it is private, it will be streamed on the web. lawmakers are looking at renewing the payroll tax cut. the legislation would also renewed jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and would protect doctors, big cuts in their medical reimbursement -- medicare reimbursement. >> tehran wants to restart talks over its disputed nuclear program. iran is faced with crippling sanctions and many believe the offer to renew talks is a delaying tactic.
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it says that its nuclear enrichment is for energy purposes and not to develop an atomic bomb. >> ♪ >> north korea marking what would've been the 70th birthday of the late leader kim jong-il. a variety of dedicated programming on state television shows ceremonies and singing. he passed away in december and was succeeded by his son kim jong un. >> republican presidential candidate rick santorum will reveal more about its finances. >> released his federal tax returns federal tropic2007 and 2010. he earned between $600,000 and a million dollars as a consultant. he pays about 29% of his income in taxes. president obama attended two
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fund-raisers in los angeles last night and will attend three more fund-raisers today in san francisco. is road trip ends tomorrow in seattle. he's expected to bring in $8 million on the west coast. the programs on your smartphone could be exposing your address book to the world. greg paula faris explains. >> your smartphone may be a cynic. the twitter app and others are retrieving contact information about your friends without permission. several of the companies involved say they will be more careful. facebook wants more celebrities to participate. they will be able to use thei stage nam -- their stage name to verify they are the reopening -- the real thing.
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there's a web site that helps you get a good fit in your clothing. and, cell phones are expected to outnumber human beings by end of this year by 2016. there are billions of such devices around a world. >> does every baby have a cell phone? >> that's the future, i guess. >> today there's possible rain on the weekend. we don't know exactly what will happen. but we have a better idea of the possibility. chance of precipitation in there for sunday. what type of precipitation that's the big? for sunday. let's get to the conditions outside right now on this thursday. it's kind of early in the weather pattern to get into details about the weekend. live super doppler 7 radar owes some areas of precipitation.
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not all of this is hitting the ground. what you see in green from romney towards harrisonburg is not hitting the ground. that's just the level clouds. that action will continue pushing east and the clouds will thicken and we will see more rain later on today and especially midday and through the afternoon. notice precipitation in kentucky and west virginia. that is moving east and will move through washington, giving us a quarter inch of rain and in some spots a third of an inch. bats by later this evening. sunny high pressure from yesterday is moving offshore. that's being replaced by an act of low pressure system. it is enough to give us areas of rain today. -- an active ow e low pressure situationsystem. temperatures dropping into the
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thirties tonight. a beautiful friday tomorrow. a lot of sunshine and temperatures in the mid 50's. you will notice a breeze tomorrow and especially into sunday. still trying to determine the exact storm track on sunday. that could give us a wintry mix. we will have updates accordingly. >> mass transit, i was checking and they are reporting normal service systemwide. anne arundel county, an accident in crofton, southbound 3 . that will be closed for another hour. northbound up to 97 is open. we go to the geico traffic camera enter pictures over 270 moving normally at shady grove road. 29 at lockwood drive between colombia and silver spring in this picture. we will take you to rosslyn and ballston. 66 off to a good run as well.
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back to you. >> thank you. 42 degrees right now. cracks coming up next -- >> jeremy lin, another rebound for him. >> how long can lin-sanity continue? at least one more day. we will fill you in on it. and a wizard's update. >> next "anderson" -- you are selling a drawing of how he killed her daughter.
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>> you see how mcgee is helping on any situation. >> the wizards winning streak has come to an end. blake griffin became too much to handle. the clippers won 102-84. >> the knicks' point guard
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jeremy lin and led his team to another victory last night. a career high 13 assists and. 10 and >> with less than three weeks before the college basketball regular season comes to an end, the maryland terrapins find themselves in a tough situation. they will play the boston college tonight. the senior guard sean moseley is back to square one. terrell is incredibly competitive, but goes one-on- one, but the head coach wants him to take better shots. >> i understand he will not always take the right shots. we don't need a bad shot in the first five or six seconds. that's what we try to get through to him. hopefully, it will work. >> that was the head coach. maryland will play boston
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college at the comcast center tonight. i will announce that game and i will see you at college park. >> we are looking at 39 degrees in sterling when the news continues at 5:30. >> health concerns on the campus of george washington university. details on the norovirus outbreak that has affected dozens of students already. >> friends family, and fellow firefighters will gather today to say goodbye to paramedic joshua weissman. we will hear from his family, coming up. >> very good thursday morning to you. adam caskey in the belfort furniture weather center. i will
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duple live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your -- >> live and in hd, this is
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"good morning washington," on your side. >> we feel thankful there are people like josh. >> a paramedic loses his life while trying to help others. this afternoon they gathered to say goodbye to joshua weissman. good morning, washington. it's thursday, february 16. i am cynne simpson. >> i'm steve chenevey. glad to be with you. we start with traffic and weather every ten minutes. adam caskey has a check on the forecast. >> union umbrella around and after lunch time. some areas of light rain. however this morning there are few sprinkles here and there. most of it will hold off until later on. 42 right now in d.c., 37 in winchester, 36 in hagerstown, 32 in fredericksburg -- 42 in fredericksburg. we could get up to a third of
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an inch in some spots. partly cloudy and in the thirties tonight. you'll notice a breeze tomorrow out of the northwest from time to time on friday. >> we have been busy watching them move overnights construction barrel out of the roadway. watch in the rush-hour heating up, normal volume. no accidents right now. i spoke with maryland and virginia. they said everything is fine. there's a a crash they are documented in anne arundel county, southbound 3 after the break shopping center. southbound 3 will be closed at least another hour. coming out of columbia to over spring in this picture near the high school in colesville. these headlights are northbound. what your neighbors out of woodbridge to the pentagon, looking good. back to you. >> thank you. funeral services this
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afternoon for local paramedic who died while responding to a call last week. joshua weissman died shortly after falling off interstate 395. jummy olabanji joins us from alexandria where loved ones will gather today to honor his memory. >> good morning. they gathered last nights for the visitation. joshua weissman started volunteering with his local fire department when he was 16 years old. he lived a life of service and died in performing those acts of service. last night not far from where we are kept at the funeral home was where his friends, family, and cal fire fighterfellow firefighters gathered to say goodbye to the 33- wh year- -- who tied while responding to a and a car fire on 395. he fell into the creek and suffered a fatal head injury. firefighters and friends and
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family gathered around and helped one another. we heard from his brother on the life that you lived. >> if it's possible to take anything positive out of something so tragic, it would been how thankful we feel that there are people like josh who are there unflinchingly in the most trying times for those they know and those they don't. >> all 300 members of that department are off until tomorrow night so they can attend all the memorial services. arlington and fairfax will be filling in gaps and responding to emergency calls and so there's no disruption in service calls in alexandria. the funeral starts at 1:00 this afternoon behind us at the beth el hebrew congregational. reporting live in alexandria, jummy olabanji, abc 7 news. >> the funeral starts at 1:00 on seminary road. interment will follow at ideals cemetery on king street.
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drivers are being asked if possible to avoid traveling in those areas because surrounding streets will be closed at that time. alexandria city public schools will have early dismissal today. we have a map and full details on street and school closures on our website, >> 7 is on your side with with 85 students at george washington university coming down with norovirus. that includes students living on campus and off campus and in a wide range of classes. it can be spread by sharing food or drinks. >> it is definitely scary for us knowing it's on campus and that we have to be aware. >> i will lock myself up in my room with my books. >> all the cases have been reported since monday. authorities our pink urging students to wash their hands use hand sanitizer, and to disinfect surfaces. the university of maryland
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baltimore county school maybe infected with tuberculosis. the student has been isolated for further testing. there notify people who have come in contact with the students so they can be tested. the university says it's difficult to contract tuberculosis. 5:34 is the time. >> the defense will resume its case today in the trial of a former university of virginia lacrosse player accused of killing his ex-girlfriend. george huguely's lawyers will try to chip away at medical testimony implicating him in yeardley love's death in may of 2010 at her charlottesville apartment. the prosecution rested its case after several of his former teammates testified about their volatile relationship. >> 23 people have filed to run in the special election to replace former d.c. councilman aaron thomas jr. council hopefuls have to collect 500 signatures from registered voters in ward 5 answer written by 5:00 yesterday. the election is set for may 15.
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thomas resigned last month after pleading guilty. guilty. prosecutors say former prince george's county executive jack johnson as the money to pay a $100,000 fine before heading to prison. the washington times reports they are challenging his request to defer paying that's fine until after he completes an 87- month sentence on corruption charges. johnson is scheduled to report to a federal prison in north carolina next saturday. >> 5:35 is the time, 32 degrees in hyattsville. >> fans will have a chance to watch whitney houston's funeral even though the funeral is private. >> dead birds ending up on a highway in maryland. >> and people want to know what it looks like out there right now. here is one of ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male
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clucks i am the executive chef at food and friends, where we prepare and deliver meals to people with hiv/aids, cancer, and live challenging illnesses. my staff along with our volunteers would like to wish you a great -- >> good morning, washington. >> a very good thursday morning to you. adam caskey in the belfort furniture weather center. starting by looking at live
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super doppler 7 radar. there's some action on the radar screen, if not all of which is hitting the ground. what we will see later on this morning and especially in the midday and afternoon is some rain. liquid precipitation today and temperatures on the rise, near 50 this afternoon. moving into the shenandoah valley are sprinkles at this time. 40 degrees at dulles airport, 42 in the district, 34 in cumberland, 42 in lexington park. near 50 this afternoon. most of the rain around midday and this afternoon with around a quarter inch accumulations. of? on sunday but a chance of a wintry mix. -- a question mark about a chance of rain on sunday. >> 66 looks fine coming from manassas and into vienna. typical volume. looks good through falls church. no worries on 395 inside the beltway. park police said the george washington parkway is fine. we will take you to maryland.
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quiet at colesville road and university boulevard. metro rail, marc rail, and virginia railway express are on normal service. back inside. >> you can see a lot more money coming out of your pocket to use the dulles toll road soon. a new study says the cost of a one-way trip could rise from $2.25 to $4.50 next year. 1-way toll could rise to $7 by 2018. the airports authority except the decision on future increases will not be made for several months. the polls will be used to finance the second phase of the dullest metro extension to the airport. in the state 95 in maryland in laurel, many birds fell onto the highway and caused a number of traffic tieups. they are starlings and move in
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unison. some experts think they all hit a bunch of power lines while others think they crashed into the side of a tractor-trailer. >> president obama will take part in a groundbreaking for the national american museum of african-american history and culture. former first lady barbara bush will also participate in the february 22 ceremony near the washington monument. construction is under way. the museum will open in 2015. >> new details about whitney houston's funeral. even though it will be private it will be streamed online. it will be held saturday at noon in yorknewark and jersey at the church where she sang as a child. her godmother aretha franklin has been asked to sing. if the investigators will subpoena documents from her doctors. it is 41 degrees in culpeper. >> new details on a father who killed himself and young sons in
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>> coming up tonight at 5:00, is drinking destroying your smile. some popular beverages, what they are doing. my decide to switch to water. join us tonight at 5:00. >> voters head to the polls in michigan in two weeks. if the battleground states for republican presidential candidates running and santorum. romney is struggling to win in the state where he was born. tahman bradley joins us from northwest to explain. good morning. >> good morning. running against john mccain a four-door years ago, romney easily won again, his birthplace and even did well among social conservatives there. this time michigan is a
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different story and romney noses. this is not a homecoming that romney was hoping for. polls show the battle for michigan has tightened as a santorum has surged ahead of romney nationally. trying to find its footing romney today will pick up the endorsement of michigan's governor. santorum is fundraising hard to stay in place for the long term. he and his wife made big money after leaving office and pay a higher tax rates 29%, and rival romney at 14%. santorum is on the offensive. >> this time romney is firing at rick santorum. romney's attacks will backfire. >> michigan has long been considered a stronghold for romney. a loss on february 28 could be devastating. he was born and raised in michigan. romney took aim at president obama. >> he got $100 million from labor bosses for his campaign.
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and so, he is paying them back in every way he knows how. >> three years ago romney spoke out against obama's plan to lend money to general motors and chrysler. many blue-collar workers in michigan have not forgotten romney's position. >> we are on our way back and becoming profitable again. >> president obama continues to stall jobs as he toured a factory and in milwaukee on wednesday. he will spend the day on the west coast raising campaign cash. mitt romney still maintains billions of dollars in government bailout money for the auto industry was a sweetheart deal for unions. reporting live in northwest tahman bradley, abc 7 news. >> the kennedy family could once again have a presence in congress. joseph kennedy iii is expected to announce today he will run for the massachusetts seat now held by berdi frank. he is the son of joseph kennedy
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and grandson of the late senator robert kennedy. two more democrats and two republicans are considering running for that seat. >> the underwear bomber could face life in prison when sentenced today in detroit. abdulmutallab pleaded guilty to try to blow up a u.s. airplane bound for detroit. incident happened on christmas day in 2009. he had a bomb hidden in his underwear and cause a fire that injured him but failed to explode. he said he was acting on behalf of al qaeda. >> a dispute involving a washington state man that killed himself and his two sons. -paul is also a suspect in his wife's disappearance. his surviving relatives of want him buried at the same cemetery as the two sons that killed. his wife's parents are trying to stop that from happening and are promising legal action. >> there could be a big name this year and missing from the oscars. kodak. >> the academy awards is held
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at the code appeared, but the company is ending its sponsorship deal with the hollywood theater. it's not clear which name the bidder will have on it when the oscars takes place every 26. kodak declared bankruptcy last month. >> to poisoning at jimmy john's restaurants again. >> could your new-car be telling you? we have details with linda bell in new york. >> interesting story. so many people of the new-car smell. researchers identified more than 235 different chemicals in car interiors including chromium and lead. these are associated with birth defects, and they're hearing liver problems, and cancer. the healthiest part is that it was a 2012 honda civic. the worst offender was a 2011 mitsubishi outlander sport.
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sprouts have been linked through a food borne illness once again at jimmy john's restaurants. at least 12 cases of e. coli poisoning in five states. i will, missouri, kansas, arkansas, and wisconsin. two victims have been possible los -- have been hospitalized. moody's is considering downgrading the credit rating of bank of america, goldman sachs, j.p. morgan chase, and morgan stanley. that's business news from bloomberg headquarters in new york. linda bell reporting for abc 7 news. >> its thursday morning. >> we want to a a check on traffic and weather. adam caskey with us. that's after the break.
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captioned by the national captioning institute collect thursday morning. we have cloudy skies outside the metro area but no rain falling. we will make it through the majority of the rush hour without being too wet. a few showers in charlottesville and even clipping hagerstown. not everything you see is hitting the ground. i'm skeptical of these echoes at the current time. as the action continues moving east, we will see our fair share of rain in the metro area this midday and into the afternoon. grab the umbrella for later today as opposed to this
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morning. widespread precipitation from ohio and kentucky and into west virginia. that action will move our way and slide through especially around midday. a quarter inch of rain. not all that impressive. but we could see a third of an inch in some locations as well. high pressure from mr. de is moving offshore, being replaced by low pressure and the associated front. -- from northern mexico and south texas there is a system on the way east. the exact track is critical in determining what type of precipitation and how much. we could see more snow than rain if it takes a more northerly track. a southerly track, we may not see anything at all into sunday with the storm system.
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39 in manassas right now, and 37 in modesto, 42 in the district. today near 50 degrees. sunshine tomorrow, at breezy at times, mid 50's. chance of a wintry mix on sunday. still just a chance at this time. >> we will go directly to newschopper 7. they went directly to crofton maryland. a fatal crash on southbound 3. all traffic diverted onto wacha ppel rd. southbound rte. 3 is closed as they take pictures and measurements. accident occurred earlier this morning. northbound 3 everything is open. this will be complicated in this normally congested area of crofton. there's a detour in place, but these folks have been sitting still for quite some time. southbound is closed on route 3.
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back to you. >> thank you. you can call this a pretty disturbing valentine's day gift in portland. police want to know who left a beef hearts on the doorstep of a house. >> it came in a box with a note that said, "you will always have my heart." the homeowners have no idea who left it. police admit it is a little alarming. >> now to a story in las vegas. a customer suffers a heart attack while eating a burger at a restaurant that happens to be named to the heart attack grill. >> the customer was eating the burger which was named the triple bypass burger when he began sweating and shaking. it's not clear if tourists were confused or cynical about his misfortune because some started giggling and taking pictures and he was rolled out on an ambulance. >> i felt horrible for the gentleman because tourists were taking photographs of him as if it were a stunt.
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even with our own morbid sense of humor, we would never pull a stunt like that. >> i don't think i would walk into place even if it's called the heart attack grill and expect i would have a heart attack. >> there's a warning sign on the door telling customers it is bad for your help. a meal there could easily surpass 8,000 calories. three meals are offered to customers waiting over 350 pounds. i would don't want to think about how long it takes to work off all those calories. >> there's more to come in the next hour. >> coming up, dozens of george washington university students are sixck from eating something. the norovirus outbreak affecting the campus. >> and lisa baden help and us navigate the thursday morning commute. traffic and weather when we continue.
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>> straight ahead at 6:00, say goodbye to a fall in alexandria paramedic. we have a live report. >> now the defense in the uva murder trial, attorneys for george huguely claim really happened >> . the battle for michigan is heating up as rick santorum certification just past mitt romney nationally. i will have the latest in the gop fight for the


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