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16. i am cynne simpson. >> i'm natasha barrett, in for steve chenevey. we will check on the forecast with steve rudin. >> good morning. a warm start to our monday. it will warm up even more as we move through the morning. by the afternoon, hot and uncomfortable outside. looking at the doppler radar hardly anything to speak of. a few sprinkles in the mountains. that will not amount to much this morning. better chance of pop up thundershowers later this afternoon. only about a 20% chance of seeing anything. 92-97 degrees. nighttime lows will fall into the '70s. if today is not hot enough, look at tomorrow. 95-100 degrees. now to lisa baden. >> rolling along, singing a song. heading along 66 between
centreville and the beltway, giving you the green light as well as across the beltway through tysons and bethesda across the american legion bridge. south of town, the wilson bridge looks good. 95 callista northbound at the prince william parkway, the right lane blocked. still giving you the green light out of dale city to the beltway. now to news. >> metro is open for a nice morning commute following a series of problems over the weekend. >> metro was forced to shut down its entire rail system. john gonzalez is outside the mount vernon square station to explain how metro is preparing for any possible problems today. >> more personnel this morning. whenever there has been a problem with trains being halted, in the past, it's usually a track problem. this time it was a computer glitch inside the control center. that means controllers were not able to see the moving trains. the shutdown occurred twice this
weekend. once on saturday afternoon and again early sunday morning. extra staff is on hand this morning just in case the transit agency computers crashed against. >> they need to do something. >> twice in one week. >> i have to get to work. >> computer problems caused all the trains to stop for about a half-hour each time. no evidence of computer hacking. software issues instead. some commuters are worried about it happening again during the morning or afternoon rush hour this morning. >> i have to explain to my boss why i am late for work. i don't want to lose my job because i cannot get on the train. >> metro officials said on sunday the safety systems remained operating and crews were working to minimize the chance of additional problems while they search for the cause. >> i will have to leave two hours early to make sure i make it to work on time. >> the trains eventually were
dispatched by radio. a metro spokesperson says all the trains are able to get to their necks stop. reporting live in northwest washington, john gonzalez, abc 7 news. >> thanks for that. looking at the day ahead, several lawmakers will join the u.s. department of transportation and other agencies, announcing the first ever federal safety standard for rail transit systems nationwide. the safety standards were included in bipartisan legislation signed into law by president obama earlier this month. the national transportation safety board has already identified several areas that could improve safety and oversight, including evacuation and rescue features on railcars. >> prince george's county police need your help finding the missing man. 75-year-old oscar harry washington was last seen yesterday morning in the backyard of his mother's home in bowie. he suffers from high blood pressure and memory loss.
call police if you seen him. >> turning to the campaign trail, president obama says that he refuses to apologize for its latest attacks on mitt romney. the center around romney's time at bain capital. abc 7 went one-on-one with president obama. brianne carter is in the newsroom. >> that interview, the president talks about some of his personal failings, but he also had a tough words on his opponent. the president will be in ohio for his first town hall meeting today and a likely another round of attacks on his rival mitt romney. as we countdown to election day, the battle between the two candidates is heating up. this time over the bain capital controversy. president obama's campaign team alleges the presumptive gop nominee oversaw the company even after he claimed to have left during outsourcing and layoffs. the president had this to say.
>> my understanding is that mr. romney attested to the sec multiple times than he was the chairman ceo, and president of bain capital. most americans would figure if you are the chairman, ceo and president of a company, if that you are responsible for what the company does. mr. romney will have to answer those questions. >> promises the outsourcing happened after he left in 1999. he quickly fired back at the president. prexy ought to say he is sorry for the kinds of attacks coming from his team. >> the president said that will not happen anytime soon. in the interview, what you might not know about the president, he says that he makes good chili and says he is a pretty good pull player -- pool player.
>> thanks for that report. the latest developments in talks to expand gambling in maryland. governor o'malley and prince george's county executive baker are expected to meet today to discuss efforts to allow a new casino at national harbor. that is where we find jummy olabanji this morning with more details. good morning. >> good morning. according to the washington post also joining the governor and the county executive in prince george's county will be ike leggett of montgomery county, and the mayor of baltimore. the meeting scheduled to happen in annapolis later this morning. incupit was a couple weeks ago when the idea of expanding carogambling stalled. the governor has been working hard to get this back on the table and into a special session
that would happen later this summer. the general assembly has until august 20 to decide whether or not they will hold a special session. if that goes through and the vote to allow it on the ballot, that would happen in november. this is something many lawmakers and people across maryland say they would like to see the expansion of gambling. but there are also those who say they have enough. the expansion would allow for more table games including blackjack and russian roulette and gmmgm is trying to move forward with a plan. we will have updates from the meeting when we get them. jummy olabanji, abc 7 news. >> 72 degrees, 5:07. >> secretary of state clinton
what is happening on the road? clearing an accident on northbound 95 and the main lanes of the prince william parkway. tow truck on the scene, right lane closed with a minor delay. 66, nothing complicated. 395 and 66 inside the beltway, pretty decent. no worries on the beltway at the american legion bridge or the wilson bridge. travel times working in our favor on 270. on the beltway, moving at speed add new hampshire ave. now to steve rudin in the weather center. >> in the belfort furniture weather center, it's quiet and dry. if a warm start to this monday morning, 77 degrees at reagan national. in the mountains in elkins, west virginia, and in oakland looking at temperatures in the '60s in maryland. showers and storms from yesterday are gone. daytime highs will eventually make it into the mid-90s today
with heat index readings exceeding 100 degrees. tonight it will be warm and humid, partly cloudy, temperatures in the '70s. tomorrow, cranking up the heat, a 95-100 with a heat index of 100-105 degrees. coming up, a look the extended outlook. first, to look-up. >> 5:12, 72 degrees. degrees >> gas prices are falling ♪ ♪ ♪
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wrong with its computer system. the system crashed saturday and early sunday forcing the transit agency and to stop trains at the nearest station. metro is searching for the cause of the outage. acordia need your help to find a missing prince george's county man. 75-year-old oscar harry washington was last seen sunday morning and his daughter's home in bowie. he suffers from high blood pressure as well as memory loss. county executives from montgomery and prince george's county will meet with governor o'malley today to talk about efforts to expand gambling in maryland. lawmakers are struggling to agree on a plan which would allow table games and the possible new casino in prince george is county. >> turning to news around the world, the egyptian kidnapper of boston pastor and two others as spoken with intelligence officials about their release he says. the rev., a church member, and
their tour guide were abducted from near cairo. he said thatthe man wants his own goal released from jail. he said that his encore was jailed for refusing to pay police a bribe. he wants his uncle released in return. secretary clinton was in egypt where protesters confronted her motorcade, threw tomatoes, at shouted "monica," in reference to monica lewisnky. she earlier urged the egyptian leadership to work with islamist leaders there. >> the united nations observers
gathering new details on what happened in a village in syria where government forces killed dozens of people last thursday. >> opponents of the largest gas station in montgomery county will hold a news conference today to discuss a measure that would restrict meaga fueling stations from being built next to schools hospitals, and recreation centers. -- mega cooling centers. >> gas prices falling again, but it may not last. prices dropped 7 cents in the last weeks. the average price for regular and home is $3.59 in d.c., $3.40 in maryland, $3.25 and virginia. experts say rising oil prices could send gas prices back up again soon.
>> a new study out this morning says youtube is emerging as a major platform for news. > 15 months of the most popular news stories on youtube. the video sharing web sites it is a growing digital environment. more than a third of the most watched videos came from citizens. more than half of them came from news organizations. the footage sometimes incorporated shots of youtube users. they are finally catching on. >> you can get the latest news at wjla.com. they have a lot of information, including where some people claim they can see a face. it is the northern lights.
it's a little creepy. are you ready for the heat and humidity? it is backed for the start of the week. -- back. you can see the clouds as the sun is about to rise. expect a rapid warmup as we move through the morning and afternoon. 77 degrees but now it reagan national airport. dew point levels near 70. 77 in arlington. 74 in downtown d.c., 75 in landover. temperatures warming. 71 in martinsburg and 70 in gaithersburg. 78 in annapolis. baltimore has a heat advisory for later on today. the doppler radar is quiet. a welcome change compared with yesterday. we have some very slow-moving clusters of thunderstorms especially off to the west near front royal that dumped about a half-inch of rain. partly cloudy skies today, maybe
an isolated thundershowers. 20% or 25% chance. 92-97 degrees for the daytime high. nighttime lows in the '70s with partly cloudy skies. even though the humidity and dew point levels will be slightly lower tomorrow temperatures will be higher, 95-100. heat index around 100-105. >> an accident in woodbridge is gone. northbound 95 out of fredericksburg to join the beltway, along the way at the prince william parkway traffic moving abnormal pace. looks good on 66. no worries on 270. normal service on metro rail. 395 in this camera, travis moving at speed at duke street. heading away from us is northbound traffic to the pentagon. back to you. >> thank you. that's a beautiful sunrise.
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>> the u.s. men's basketball team will play against brazil at the verizon center. >> if the 2012 version of the team will claim a gold medal and the olympics next month, they could get a performance from kevin durant. although he looks forward to performing, he also likes putting an home. >> it will be special to play in front of my friends and family. i know they will be there supporting me. it will be fun. >> its more than just friends and family. president obama and vice- president joe biden are scheduled to attend. the game is at 8:00, following
the women's game. >> that will be fun to watch. if the washington redskins' rookie training camp begins today. one high-profile absence possibly, robert griffin. he has not signed his contract. the holdup is reportedly over the amount that they would pay if he were released. steven strasburg bounced back from a couple of less than stellar outing is against the marlins on sunday. >> was on a three game losing streak going into the game, but he made sure that would not get to no. four. he opened with an rbi single. that was what he needed. he went six shutout innings, striking out seven, the nationals win 4-0, finishing out the series tonight. justin verlander showing up to pitch -- they got the same old
thing. d.c. united suffered an embarrassing loss. the goalkeeper was sent out of the game and it was downhill from there. d.c. is in second place in the east, behind kansas city. we are looking at 72 degrees this morning. the news continues. >> metro is hoping the commute this morning is a lot smoother than what passengers dealt with on the weekend. we're live with efforts to determine what caused a computer
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>> straight ahead, metro officials hope they don't see a repeat of a big issue been at all weekend. if they want to know what caused computer problems which shut down the entire rail system. good morning, washington. it is monday, july 16. i am cynne simpson. >> i'm natasha barrett, in for steve chenevey. let's start with the commute. what's going on, lisa baden? >> not much. travel times working in our favor. 81, route 11, 70 270 has a 40 minute ride between 70 and the beltway. 95 between -- first of all fredericksburg, dale city, springfield, moving well in baltimore on 95. heavier volume are the headlights. that is the northbound direction. still moving at a steady pace. steve rudin has the weather. >> a look at the expense
forecast. daytime high temperatures will range from the low to mid 90's across much of the area. cannot rule out a pop-up thundershower. limited to about 20% or 25%. temperatures will fall into the seventies tonight. tomorrow 95-100 degrees. heat index around 100-105 with wind out of the west at 5-10. a cold front is on the way by wednesday morning. more details on that in a few minutes. back to you. >> thank you. 5:31. don't be surprised to see extra metro workers at several stations today. >> the transit agency is taking precautions after a computer problem forced metro to shut down the entire rail system over the weekend. john gonzalez is live at the mount vernon square station with more. good morning. >> good morning.
the metro station next to the convention center has just opened. so far, so good. this was a computer glitch on the weekend at the main metro control center, which means controllers were not able to see the moving trains. the shutdowns occurred twice this weekend, once on saturday afternoon and again sunday morning. extra staff is on hand this morning just in case the agency computers crashed again. computer problem caused all trains to stop for about a half- hour each time. no evidence of packing -- computer hacking. it was an apparent software issue. safety systems remained operating and crews were working to minimize the chance of any additional problems as they are trying to figure out why this computer glitch happened. at one point all the trains operating, dispatched by radios. all of the trains were able to get to their next stop according
to a metro spokesperson. metro hopes this does not happen again today. john gonzalez reporting. >> many commuters hoping the same. a former high-school football coach accused of selling steroids is expected in court today in fairfax county. jeffery reagan was arrested last month as he met with his alleged suppliers at a central shopping center. he was a coach and south county and was supposed to start at west springfield high school this fall. there's no evidence that he sold steroids to students. howard county police are searching for a man shot and critically injured two people. yesterday evening tuan pham went to a nail salon in beltsville where his ex-girlfriend worked. he beat and then shot a man who was waiting to pick up and then he shot his ex-girlfriend before taking off in a gold honda accord. police found the vehicle in colombia. this morning he is still on the los. investigators are looking for three men wanted in connection
with a deadly attempted robbery in capitol heights. the suspects stopped a car and gunpoint early sunday morning at farmingdale avenue. they ordered the people inside the car to get out and to lie on the ground. then the driver got startled and ran over and killed a man who was lying on the ground. >> investigators are looking for the driver of a car involved in a deadly pedestrian accident that happens in langley park. a tow truck hit a woman saturday night as she walked on to university boulevard near ridge road. another vehicle then hit the woman and kept going. the woman died at the hospital. her name is not been released. >> on the campaign trail, the race for the white house continues to heat up. president obama says he will not apologize for his recent attacks on mitt romney's involvement with the private equity firm bain capital. if that was one of many subjects that he discussed during a one- on-one interview with abc 7
news. brianne carter joins us live this morning from the newsroom with more. >> no topic was off-limits when scott thuman spoke one-on-one with president obama on his personal failings to the fight for a second term. the president opened up about a lot and went after mitt romney. presumptive gop nominee romney oversaw the company even though he claimed to have left baines doubled during possible layoffs. but romney says that was not the case. it's the latest in the battle between the two over this controversy. >> ultimately, mr. romney will have to answer those questions because if he aspires to be president, one of the things you learn is you are ultimately responsible for the conduct of your operations. that is probably a question that he will have to answer. >> there's a difference between being a shareholder and owner and being a person who is
running an entity. he should say he is sorry for the attacks coming from his team. >> the president says his team will not apologize. he will be in ohio for its first town hall meeting while romney is expected to campaign with a republican governor bobby jindal. reporting live, brianne carter, abc 7 news. >> we are looking at 73 degrees. >> still ahead, growing frustration for prince george's county homeowner. why she still not is able excuse
>> we are now serving fresh greek yogurt at pinkberry. >> good morning, washington. >> it's 5:39 right now for traffic. >> lisa baden, what's going on this morning? >> no disruptions for metro rail. no major disruptions on the roads. 270 is clear as well as 70. normal travel times in and out of baltimore. estimated travel time is 18 minutes between washington and baltimore and a 22 minute ride on the b-w parkway. looks good across the american legion bridge. no disruption going through
northeast d.c. steve rudin is in the weather center. >> looking at a quiet start to our monday morning. temperatures in the '70s. they will quickly jump through the 80's and eventually into the '90s later this afternoon. 77 at reagan national. gaithersburg at 70. 73 in fredericksburg. the satellite and radar showed the showers and storms have fizzled out. partly cloudy across much of the area now. doppler radar is dry. that is good news as we move through the early morning rush hour commute. 92-97 today for the high temperature. heat index around 100 degrees. nighttime lows in the '70s. tomorrow it will be even warmer, 95-100. cold front on wednesday and may bring some stronger thunderstorms. more on that in a few minutes. back to you. >> thank you. 5:40, 72 degrees. >> coming up, the latest on the
>> coming up at 6:00, we will tell you about a new social networking upside helping a special group of people. helping them live comfortably with a disability. and find out house of recent blockbusters spurred interest in the medieval sport. >> cars and trucks crash around a man at a gas station. how he walked away unharmed. those stories and more coming up a 6:00. >> first, a frustrating time for prince george's county woman recovering after last month's
storm. >> there's still a big tree sitting on the public sidewalk, blocking her driveway. its preventing the woman from entering her home. >> more than two weeks after storms and the d.c. region, local homeowner is asking why this bigotry is still blocking her driveway a tree that she says is the county's responsibility to move. >> i don't keep my house like this. >> juanita would like to pull her car into her driveway and in fort washington, maryland, and finally return home. >> i cannot get in my driveway. >> the storm last month toppled a tree that had blocked the street at first, she says. she said someone pushed the massive branch onto the sidewalk somehow, in front of the house. >> i cannot enter my driveway. therefore the trees blocking my driveway and it is a disgrace of my house. i have not been in my house. >> she has been staying at
another property that she owns in virginia. she says she would like to come home. she said the first problem was convincing pepco to remove a down the line from your property. that happened last week. now she's waiting for prince george's county, bush did believes is responsible, to do its job. she says after repeated calls to county officials the tree remains. >> i have called over and over and i have not been in my house. it is terrible. >> we have reached out to the agency in prince george's county responsible for tree removal. we are waiting to hear back. jay korff reporting from fort washington, maryland. >> now to the penn state scandal, the board of trustees says that it has not yet decided whether or not to remove a statute of joe paterno. some want the stadium spa statute to be removed after a
report shows that he was more involved than first thought in covering up sexual allegations against jerry sandusky. >> hollywood is mourning the loss of a celebrated actress celeste holm. in a career that spanned more than half a century, she had doubled in "oklahoma" and won an oscar for her role in "gentleman's agreement"." she was 95. >> the 36-year-old son of actor sylvester stallone was found dead in his los angeles home on friday. prescription bottles were found inside but the medical examiner would not contribute if that -- would not confirm if that contributed to his death. >> nba star jason kidd is in trouble in the big apple. the 39-year-old point guard was arrested yesterday on drunk
driving charge after if the crashed and suv into a telephone pole in the hamptons. officers say he was treated for minor injuries and then released without bail after being arraigned on mr. berner dwi charges. >> some critt-- on a dwi charge. >> ice age was in first place of the box office with $46 million. in second place was the amazing spider-man. that was followed by at ted and brave. >> ipod deals kicking off a head of the back-to-school shopping season. >> you can give your unused hotel rewards points to wounded warriors and their families. linda bell has more. >> if you have hotel points or rewards that you don't think you will use, donate them to military families.
lawmakers will officially launch a nationwide program allowing the americans to donate total reward points to wounded warriors and their families. this is part of a program called hotels for heroes. an official announcement is expected later this morning from the j.w. marriott hotel on pennsylvania avenue. target is offering a deal on apple ipad ahead of the back-to- school rush. if you get a $25 target gift cards with the purchase of a qualified 16 gigabite ipad 2. apple is also offering deals when you buy a new ipad between now and september 21. retail sales report coming out later this morning. stock-index futures indicating a lower open ahead of that. that's business news from bloomberg headquarters in new york. linda bell reporting for abc 7
news. back to you. >> thank you. now traffic. >> lisa baden standing by. >> it is a good morning on 95 between dale city and the beltway and coming out of fredericksburg looks good. but the between washington and baltimore, travel times running in our favor. that's about 20 minutes. looks good on the greenway, the toll road, 66 between centreville and the beltway. quiet is between father hurley and 495 on 270. this is the beltway at new hampshire ave. no delays. uncomplicated. no sign of moisture, steve rudin. >> that is good news. it was a hot weekend. three more days of really hot weather. after that, i think we will breathe a sigh of relief. cooler, drier air next weekend.
in the meantime, we have to get through the next few days. heat index readings around 102 degrees. right now the sun is up. look at rehoboth beach, delaware looking really pretty at the boardwalk. one person quickly running somewhere. 77 degrees at reagan national airport this hour. dew point level around 70. 76 degrees in st. leonard maryland. low 70's at wtop radio in washington. 74 degrees in alexandria. temperatures will be warming over the next couple hours. 72 degrees in winchester and manassas looking at a daytime high of 74. partly cloudy outside at this hour. we will look for a few pop up showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon, but limited to about 25%. more than likely, you will not see anything at all. on the doppler radar there's
nothing. it's quiet and dry. futurecast keeps temperatures cooler than i anticipated for today. i think we will see 95 reagan national. even warmer tomorrow with highs approaching 100 degrees. thunderstorms expected for the day on wednesday with cooler air by thursday and friday. here's the forecast for today 92-97, wind out of the west at 5-10. nighttime lows in the '70s. tomorrow 95-100, heat index around 100-105. the extended outlook, cooler and drier on the weekend, daytime high temperatures in the mid '80s. that will feel great by saturday and sunday. wjla.com has the radar and the latest forecasts as well as the daley wonder./
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>> in shanghai, china volunteers said a new guinness book record after creating the largest ever human mattress domino chain. look at this. the volunteers carefully arranged 1001 mattresses at an intersection of a shopping mall and then put their backs against the mattresses creating a chain reaction. it took 10 minutes to topple. who had this idea? >> i have no idea. looks like they had a good time. a bold move by concert organizers in london. they pulled the plug on bruce springsteen's concert saturday night in hyde park featuring paul mccarthy. >> concertgoers were not very
happy about. springsteen was playing a cover of "" twist "and shout" with paul mccartney when the audio went out. this occurred because it was past curfew. concertgoers>> the queen of soul told cnn in an e-mail that she is a longtime fan of ""american idol" and is interested in coming on as a judge. jennifer lopez and steven tyler will not be coming back next season. fox has not replied to aretha franklin's e-mail. >> i think they need her on
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