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vehicle at an absolute bare bones minimum of 65 miles per hour. this on a road with a posted speed limit of 35." during a press conference today, prosecutors admitted the plea deal happened fast but admitted there was no favoritism granted. >> it's not uncommon to negotiate a plea up until the last minute. there were no favors given or rewards made. it was a straight-up plea to the two lead count. kevin: by pleading guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter, samuel ellis faces 20 years in prison. that being said, both parties expect the sentence between three months and eight years. more to come at 5:00. we're live in rockville, i'm kevin lewis, abc7 news. jonathan: that is a wide range. thank you. now turn to the weather because the weekend, we were looking at this on monday. >> i know! if you have been outside, it's windy and cold. now t
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snowshowers. chief meteorologist doug hill has the forecast. a bleak outlook. doug: not a pretty picture, especially for tomorrow. we'll tell you what to expect. clouds increase tonight. temperatures start to fall off as well. as we get through the early morning hours we will feel the effect of the cold front that is advancing in our direction. we wake up to temperatures in the 30's with the skies becoming mostly cloudy. tonight there is a freeze warning in effect north northwest of the metro area. the entire region is under a freeze watch for tomorrow night into sunday morning. very much expect a large part of this area to be upgraded to a freeze warning. again, this is for tomorrow night for the entire area. what we are talking about is a strong cold front and low pressure center over chicago now that will rapidly advance we think by 5:00 in the morning. there will be areas of rain, rain showers, snowshowers to the north of metro washington. as the system moves out, colder in
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by 3:30 in the afternoon we'll have a mix of rain/snowshowers. snowshowers no the north. more -- snowshowers to the north and more over the mountains. we could have snowshowers this warm because the air overhead is cold. it will be blustery and cold with winds up to 40 miles per hour. more about the details of the weekend forecast, different part of the area and what to expect coming up shortly. jonathan: thanks. don't be surprised by whatever weather comes our way this weekend. you can stay connected with updates on facebook, twitter and a stormwatch7 weather app. fantastic. a great resource. you can find all of it on wjla.com. kimberly: a shocking and a disturbing story. a daycare worker charged with murdering an infant. savannah wright was dropped off on september 2 and never made it home. beatrice manning who was caring for the child faces murder charges and is in police custody. maryland bureau chief bad
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bell is live with the story. what have you found out? brad: a quick update. she is not in custody. she was released on bond, essentially bailed out today. that is beatrice manning we are talking about. get to the story and show you her picture. this is beatrice manning. a woman for 14 years ran a daycare center she called little giggles. little giggles she called it and ran it out of her home in oxon hill. caring for up to four or five young children at a time. we are told that she had a great reputation but that back on december 2, something happened with as you said 9-month-old savannah wright. the girl was dropped off at 7:00 a.m. at 11:00 a.m., miss manning alleged to call 911 saying the child was unresponsive. by 5:00 p.m. that night, doctors diagnosed severe brain damage and called detectives. she died two days later. this comes out of the blue to manning's neighbors and they are tonight standing by her.
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i don't have anything negative to say about her. brad: well, we heard that from more than one person. we tried to reach out to savannah wright's parents today. we have had no luck. when we come back at 5:00, you will hear the police version of events. a tough story. still trying to figure out what went on in that house. sources telling us it was something akin to a shaken baby injury. we'll have more as we said coming up at 5:00. prince george's county police headquarters, brad bell, abc7 news. kimberly: virginia is cracking down on illegal daycare operators after a string of deaths in that state. governor terry mcauliffe signing a bill to make it a felony if a child is hurt or killed in a daycare that is not properly licensed. violators would spend up to ten years in prison. jonathan: a story developing in northeast washington. a teen was stabbed a short walking distance from a metro station. this is happening in
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block of rhode island avenue right by the rhode island avenue metro station. police are there investigating as we speak. our jeff goldberg is also there. what can you tell us? what happened out there? jeff: well, we can tell you right now that a 13-year-old male is in the hospital recovering with nine life -- with non-life threatening injuries as a result of what happened. this happened outside the bus station at the rhode island avenue metro. we're told a group of teens. the police officer told the group to disburse. there was a fight going on. the fight spilled here to washington place northeast by the home depot, near the home depot. behind the jersey mike's sub shop and behind the chipotle. that is where police say the group spilled over into. now according to m.p.d., at some point either by the metro station or down the street that 13-year-old male was stabbed in the back. he was conscious and breathing when he was transported to children's hospital at 1:15, 1:30 this afternoon. m.p.d. w
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shortly after investigating the incident, speaking to victims. at this point police do not have a suspect in custody. they have not recovered a weapon. they do not know what the fight was about or how many teens were involved in this skirmish. back here live, you can see both the metropolitan police department are on scene and metro transit police out here as well. still speaking with witnesses. police tell us they will be looking at surveillance video, trying to determine what happened here. we can tell you that 13-year-old suffering from non-life threatening injuries in children's hospital right now but he will be okay. live in northeast washington, jeff goldberg, abc7 news. kimberly: good to hear he will be all right. 5:00 is the deadline for a dozen strip club in prince george's county to close down for good. they no longer meet the stricter zoning rules. i only allows adult entertainment clubs to open -- it now only allows the adult entertainment clubs o
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warehouse areas. jonathan: more campuses across the country seeing semi-automatic rifles. what i mean by that is at least 100 college police agencies ordered the rifles over the past decades. the departments like the range, the accuracy and the fire power that the rifles bring. but the build-up, however, raised tensions on campuses including in college park where protesters in the past said that the campus police are putting students at risk by having this kind of fire power. kimberly: the pentagon official says an airman shot his squadron commander and then himself this morning at joint base san antonio-lackland. we don't have the motive for the shooting. lackland is where the u.s. air force conducting its basic traininger if enlistees -- training for enlistees. jonathan: keith harward is a free man. he was found guilty in 1982 for rape and murder. for three decades he maintained his innocence. now
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suzanne kennedy has his reaction. suzanne: he left prison and said today was the best day of his life. he was wrongly convicted of a newport news rape and murder and locked up ever since. at one point he was facing the death penalty. today he walked out of prison knowing his name has been cleared. >> it's overwhelming until i am on the road going down the street. do a lot of crying, joy. suzanne: the d.n.a. from a crime scene matched another sailor on the same ship at the time of the crime. who died later in an ohio prison.
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the freed man about one of the biggest regrets about being wrongfully convicted. jonathan: thank you very much. an incredible moment for him after being free for the first time in three decades. more from him on this big day. >> that is the worst part about this. my parents. it killed them. it devastated them. at the trial, like my brother said he has never seen my father cry. it broke his heart. they knew -- >> you're doing great. >> i never get that back. i couldn't go to their funeral. jonathan: he had a lot more to say. in fact we're posting the whole story online. if you would like to see it. go to our website at wjla.com. search harward. kimberly: coming up at 4:00 -- bill clinton and donald trump have somethi
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jonathan: first, update on mastiff on the brink of death. the violent, condition and the new home. kimberly: anti-terror raids in brussels net a big catch. the man they have taken into custody and what he is believed to have done. that's still ahead. jonathan: also ahead on "abc7 news at 4:00" -- one-on-one with the man who has all the answers. alex trebek. we're ready for "jeopardy" to start taping this weekend. we will have it for you when we come back.
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she has a broad and deep facility with policy. emily's list praises matthews as pro-choice and the post says on gun control, clean energy, education and health research kathleen matthews "has greater potential, following the van hollen model, to move the ball forward." kathleen: i'm kathleen matthews and i approve this message.
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jonathan: i love this update. when she was found, violet was 100 pounds under weight. she was skin and bones. she should have weighed a hundred pounds more when we found her. kimberly: i remember when we first reported the story you were very upset. now on the road to recovery. she will have a permanent home. we have a happy update for violet. >> this is jay korff in virginia, with violet, the amazing mastiff we did a story on a couple of months ago. near death. 56 pounds. she came to this remarkable foster family and now look at her. bere
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sticking up along her back and ribs. now she has gained, she is 115 pounds so she has more than doubled her weight. today amazing violet gets a new forever home. a new home in west virginia. the next chapter of her life which we believe will be better than the earlier chapters of her life. so coming up at 5:00, we will tell you her complete, full, emotional story including a perspective through photography. that is at 5:00. jonathan: looks good. from a sweet dog to dog eat dog. race for the white house. the lead candidates for both parties are not exactly well-liked. clintons and trump have more in common. protests at their rallies. bill clinton shouted back at black lives matters protesters yesterday. watch this. >> i don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got
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hopped up on crack and sent them out onto to the street to murder other african-american children. maybe you thought they were good citizens. she didn't. she didn't. jonathan: it got heated yesterday. yesterday's protesters in philadelphia were disappointed with bill clinton's time in the oval office. specifically, they weren't happy when he and a republican congress passed welfare reform and anticrime laws with tougher sentences. a man suspected in last year's paris attacks has been captured. police arrested mohamed abrini friday in brussels. he is suspected of driving those involved in the paris attacks. authorities also say he could be the mysterious man in the hat who escaped the double bombing at the brussels airport. he had been on europe's most wanted list and was captured. kimberly: key milestone arrestkying memories
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holocaust. the u.s. holocaust memorial museum and ancestry.com announcing records can be searched for free. volunteers worked to compile the information. a woman from los angeles indexed the records of nearly 80,000 victims. jonathan: a while back, pepsi's slogan was, "the taste of a new generation." fast forward a few years and now twitter is poaching from pepsi. hugh johnson is now twitter's new chief financial officer and had been with pepsi for six years. twitter is hoping that he can help turn things around for the company. speaking of turns it around it's friday. so many people want to get home to start the weekend. green behind you looks so much better than red, jamie sullivan. jamie: it does! if they are in the green area like the g.w. parkway or 66 through falls church. the problem spot for us is
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beltway. that northwest corner from tysons toward the american legion bridge. continuing. we are seeing that slow traffic. we can take a live look near the american legion bridge. to show you 12 miles per hour. this is what you are seeing in some spots. we do have stop-and-go traffic. so it does break up a little bit. really that is it. happy to report no crashes. we have traffic lights malfunctioning as we move back to the maps. that is in glen echo on river road. both at whittier road. treat it at a four-way stop. in d.c. we have a closure in the next 15 minutes. near d.a.r. constitution hall because of filming of "jeopardy." it's scheduled until next wednesday. saturday and sunday both days this weekend c street is closed. e street is a good alternate. cleared away a crash outbound on the 14 street bridge. the freeway is heavy westbound at 7 miles per hour. you clear
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past the pentagon. jonathan: before i tell you the next story, put my tongue in my cheek. montgomerys are looking for spring. they describe it as the one between summer and winter and goes by springtime or vernal season. if you find warmer temperatures and april showers give the montgomery county police department a call. as soon as they warm up the flood lines will be flooded because they were goofing. doug: my brothers and sisters in montgomery county need to take a trip to punxsutawney, pennsylvania. that is the problem of it all. it might be enough for the state's attorney to get ahold of. it's a possibility. kimberly: the plot thickens. jonathan: he doesn't like punxsutawney phil. doug: not a bit. tomorrow is nasty. make up your own words. this is tv. lousy. not nice at all. at the mom
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partly cloudy skies. cooler than average but i will take it compared to tomorrow. 51 degrees right now. the last check at reagan national airport. winds are calm. sunshine through the clouds. that will change later tonight. at the moment, a quick look at the temperatures across the map. upper 40's to 50's metro area. 55 in fredericksburg and charlottesville right now. 50 in annapolis. what will happen tonight is we are going to see temperatures start to drop in the 30's. especially north and west of washington where a freeze warning is in effect from midnight until 9:00. areas near freezing again. the reason we have it every time we go low. we are in the growing season and because of that every time the temperatures forecast to be near 32 or lower the freeze warning goes into effect. that is through tomorrow morning. we will see clouds increasing around the area. before sunrise even we could see rain showers or snowshowers mixed in. the way this pattern will evolve the way it looks in the computer models, let's get started. low pressure cen
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that is advancing in our direction. you don't see an upper level low pressure system that is the cause of the real cold air to get mixed up here. we will get the batches or the period of rain showers and snowshowers. we may have period not doing much of anything except for being cloudy and breezy and cold. tomorrow 6:30 in the morning area of rain and snowshowers should lift out of the area. we will see a break. more snowshowers as the system will continue to bring in cold, gusty winds. that is the pattern through the late afternoon and the early everything. scattered showers. rain showers, snowshowers. strong winds and cold temperatures. later tomorrow the skies clear. late in the night. as a result we could have a widespread freeze tomorrow night. by sunday looks like we will start with sunshine. get clouds returning by the afternoon. so looking ahead for you tonight. increasing cloudiness. rain. 39 by morning. tomorrow windy, lousy, breezy, cold, nasty,
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then. 52 on sunday. quick peek at the seven-day as i race back to the set to kimberly and johnson. there is the up and down we go. up to 64 with monday and showers. cooler on tuesday. seasonal the rest of next week. kimberly: ouch! doug: i don't like it a bit. i'm not happy about it. kimberly: everybody put their coats away. jonathan: it's good that punc punk -- punxsutawney phil is hiding. doug: he better be. kimberly: still ahead on "abc7 news at 4:00" -- pope francis on love. two years of research and his opinion on how the catholic church should handle issues like divorce and same-sex marriage just ahead. >> what does the host of "jeopardy" alex trebek have to say about being in d.c.? that is co
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jonathan: this is cool. all week long we have watched crews put together to "jeopardy" set at d.a.r. constitution hall. kimberly: abc7 placed a work there for all the work. a week's work squeezed into 30 seconds. jonathan: that is how fast they work. kimberly: that is a "jeopardy" question. how long does it take to put up a "jeopardy" set? jonathan: what is a long time? kimberly: yes. they start taping tomorrow several sessions to the middle of next week. jonathan: what is it like for the man with
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with alex trebek. brianne: the stage is set. the final preparations are underway for "jeopardy" in d.c. today, abc7 was there as host alex trebek walked through the show's new home for the upcoming week. trebek who hosted the show for more than three decades says he feels an added level of excitement when taping in the nation's capital, particularly in an election year. over the next five days he will host power players, teacher and team tournament in front of a crowd ten times the size of the audience in los angeles. >> the fact that it's a special event makes it more exciting for me. i am more nervous. so i try to get up a little more for the shows. because i know the audience is going to be on the edge of its seat. brianne: from the stylus the contestants use to write their names on the screen and the electronic lift used to make everyone the same height we got a firsthand look what it takes to build america's favorite q
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away from home. >> we got a behind the scene of a lectern where alex trebek will be when hosting each of the tapings. we'll have much more behind the scenes on "jeopardy" coming up at "abc7 news at 5:00". in northwest washington, brianne carter, abc7 news. kimberly: she looks good there. jonathan: running for something. ahead at 4:00, safety concerns on d.c. buses. potential dangers flagged in a new report that some say went ignored. kimberly: also ahead at 45:00 -- the pope is calling for roman catholics to relax some of their views. the details of the major new vatican documents up next.
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announcer: you're watching "abc7 news at 4:00" on your side. jonathan: a lot of folks are asking the same question. where is spring? tomorrow, maybe, snowshowers? doug: it's spring but it will feel like winter. but i will start with something to make everyone feel better. twitter. a twitter friend posted a beautiful picture. jonathan: sensational. doug: we have seen his beautiful work before went see it here in h.d. put it full screen to enjoy this as well. beautiful sunrise this morning across the area. some of those mid-and the high level clouds. maybe they're cows. clouds.
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so before sunrise and after sunset there is a red color. this could be a final "jeopardy" answer sometime. red has the longest wave length of any color in spectrum so that is why we have a reddish hue in the morning and the afternoon. thank you very much. i know you appreciate learning that. we have a freeze warning in effect midnight to 9:00 tomorrow. the temperatures are close to freezing. tomorrow night at this area is under a freeze watch. what will happen if it looks that we will have the freezing temperatures. the weather service will upgrade us to a freeze warning or drop it altogether. anyway you it can it is cold. not much fun tomorrow. we see the clouds increase overnight. if you wake up at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00. it may not do anything. it's cloudy. cold, winds come up but during the day we have period of rain and/or snowshowers. it will be breezy and 46 degrees.
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have. still sunshine around the area. steve rudin will be here to look at the weekend. back to you. kimberly: stay updated with the changing forecast. get weather alert sent to your tablet or smart phone by subscribing to the text alert system. go to wjla.com/text to subscribe. jonathan: right now animal control officers are trying to figure out how two dozen birds died in chantilly. you can see here from the pictures they ended up on a highway. this is the avian parkway and lee jackson memorial highway. kimberly: a major announcement from the catholic church. pope francis calling for the church to be less judgmental. in a new document called "the joy of love" the pope says
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individual conscience should guide sex, marriage, family. the pontiff urging more acceptance of the divorced catholics, gays and lesbians and others living outside traditional church rules. a pastor cannot feel it's enough to apply moral laws to those in irregular situations. as if they were stones to throw at people's lives. >> the keyword is that the church has to understand, to integrate. also people in difficult situation. kimberly: in the lengthy paper the pope insists the aim is reintegrate and welcome all the members. at the same time he does reject gay marriage and repeats the church's position that the same-sex unions cannot be equivalent to the marriage. in the footnote the pope signals a possible path for divorced catholics to receiver holy communion.
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prize. on thorny issues like contraception, pope francis says it's the individual conscious not dogmatic rules that guide the decision. the pope pushes the decision-making downward to bishop and priests saying they are better suited to seek solution for culture and the local needs. in aing who postcardal wuerl -- post, cardinal worel wrote -- they will bring hope and healing to those who find themselves in broken and wounded situations with sensetity toward diversity of particular relationships and cultures. jonathan: safety questions on board the d.c. circulator. odds are if you have been on one of the buses, the bus probably shouldn't have been out on the streets.
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audit. d.c. bureau chief sam ford is on a circulator bus right now with the safety questions. sam? sam: i'm on a circulator bus around 11th and m southeast. a lot of people like the circulator buses that are city-owned. they only cost $1 to ride. metro buses cost $1. 75. the city audit made public raises question about the safety of the buses. inspection by the transit resource center of 42 circular buses found nearly a thousand defects. so many of them were safety critical defects that the auditor wrote it was unacceptable by any standard. union members today complained about poor maintenance and low pay in a hearing that d.c. council transportation community member seemed stun by the degree of problems revealed in the
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>> i might go on it but i don't want my kids or parents on it. we have to fix this and stop fooling around with this stuff. >> we are back live. on 11th street across the anacostia river. the department of transportation ddot insist that things have improved since the audit last year and it is continuing to monitor the situation. coming up on "abc7 news at 5:00" we will hear from some of the drivers who talk about problems with doors and brakes that are extremely serious. reporting live from southeast washington, i'm sam ford, abc7 news. kimberly: the family and friends of davonte washington said the final cowboys at the funeral today. the 15-year-old largo high school student was shot and killed last month at the deanwood metro station in front of his
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landover. jeanette: it was difficult for everyone including myself not to get emotional in the funeral. there wasn't a dry eye in the room as people pack the sanctuary and overflow at first baptist church of glenarden. many people coming to say goodbye to a young boy described as loving and respectful. davonte washington. many of his peers had to leave the sanctuary. it was too much for him. 10-year-old little sister painted before the opening prayer of the funeral. family, friends and local leaders sat in on what was called a joyful occasion to celebrate the life of davonte washington but it was difficult to ignore senseless tragedy behind the death. the 15-year-old freshman was shot to death in front of his mother and sisters last month in front of the deanwood metro station. he was on his way to get a haircut for easter sunday when his 17-year-old accused killer shot him because he didn't like the
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looking at him. we spoke to his grandfather who shared a few words about the groundson's murder and violence in the community. take a listen. >> seek knowledge about yourself. understand where you come from. understand the struggle we have been through. have self-worth for yourself and other man. have self-worth. jeanette: his grandfather wednesday washington wanted to serve his country and wanted to be a professional football player. he told us, "the world lost a star. he was one of the good ones." shortly after the funeral wraps up washington will be laid to rest at the washington national cemetery. jeanette reyes, abc7 news. jonathan: a new warship unveiled in portland, oregon, the first of its kind. unthat will be unmanned. check this out. they called the sea hunter a robot warship. although the main function of the sub is
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vessels and clear sea mines in the area, it's armed. it can fire on demand. the prototype was built by american defense company and the navy hope the sub could limit putting lives at risk. kimberly: this is not good. a leak in the keystone pipeline is worse than first reported. transcanada announces it appears nearly 17,000 gallons of oil leaked in south dakota. now first official said less than 200 gallons were spilled. the leak was found on saturday. transcanada says the leak has been controlled although they have yet to find the source of the leak. ahead at 4:00, you paid your taxes. now you are waiting for the refund. not so fast. the legal ways the government can keep your tax refund. jonathan: also ahead at 4:00, why the u.s. senate doesn't want you to have extra leg room when you fly. we' narrator: all that political mail might be overwhelming. let's simplify. only one candidate has been endorsed by the washington post:
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as a journalist and progressive leader at marriott, she has a broad and deep facility with policy. emily's list praises matthews as pro-choice and the post says on gun control, clean energy, education and health research kathleen matthews "has greater potential, following the van hollen model, to move the ball forward." kathleen: i'm kathleen matthews and i approve this message.
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ones about it. [ laughter ] thousands of blue tags. thousands of low prices. my giant.
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trying to make me eat my greens?low. no, just trying to save you some green. whaaat?! thousands of blue tags. thousands of low prices. my giant. jonathan: this little critter made a great escape, barely making it out of the woods before being caught in a brush fire. the brush fire overtook his habitat. kimberly: firefighters in florida find the baby bear where they were working and say the typicals ca
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cub is only a few months old. what a strange noise he makes. he did make it out of the fire. but not completely unscathed. >> the hair has been singed. minor burns on the bottom of his feet and maybe his lips but survivable if cared for. jonathan: wildlife officials are checking the cub to make sure that it will be okay. they have great folks that do good work there. kimberly: so cute and cuddy right now. jonathan: you feel bad, mom is not around. kimberly: he will be all right. he will be cared for. a cool story from chunk. that is chunk. jonathan: a daschund. kimberly: he was named fat vincent. the owner passed away.
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in. jonathan: he is svelte now. kimberly: chunk to hunk. jonathan: had him on a treadmill and worked him out. kimberly: terrible. jonathan: i know. i shouldn't laugh. coming up at "abc7 news at 4:00" -- a midair broad on a flight from baltimore to l.a. the video went viral. now passengers are suing the airline. their big complaint. we will tell you about it up next. >> the clock is ticking to file your taxes. if you are expecting a refund you might not get it all back from the i.r.s. four reasons why it can legally hold on to your money still ahead.
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usaa. we know what it means to serve. get an auto insurance quote and see why 92% of our members plan to stay for life. jonathan: checking news from around the nation, police arrested a suspect in a murder that shocked a college campus. they arrested 17-year-old creiner in connection with the death of 18-year-old haruka weiser who was a dance student at the university of texas austin and last soon leaving a drama building sunday night. her body was found tuesday in a creek on campus. kimberly: there is a manhunt underway for a man
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hospital. police say anthony garver last seen buying a bus ticket to spokane two hours after his escape. the search was conducted in the woods outside the city. the accused murder has been on the loose since wednesday when he and another man escaped through a window. the other man was arrested the next day. jonathan: there is new information on a deadly plane crash in russia. the fly dubai flight aborting the second landing attempt when it crashed and killed all the people on board. the plane hit the ground at 360 miles per hour. that is according to the russia civil aviation authority. pilots were trying to climb out of the landing attempt when it went down very hard. kimberly: "7 on your side" right now with the consumer alert. victoria secret announcing a round of layoffs. 200 jobs were cut. mostly new york city. and the headquarters in ohio.
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into three business parts. lingerie, beauty and its pink line. elle brands owned victoria secret says it is coming off a record year which is why they are revamping so to speak. jonathan: they are not following the models, are they? kimberly: they didn't specify. jonathan: the humanity. a group of women fighting on a spirit airlines flight and now three of the women are suing the airline saying that the airline is responsible for them fighting on the plane. i know. the passengers' attorney says they are suing for emotional distress. they came if the airline didn't serve excessive amount of alcohol the incident may have been avoided. >> airline has a duty to train its personnel. to monitor and control passengers who do become intoxicated. kimberly: wow! jonathan: i know. what happened to personal
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drinking. the fight occurred after the three women blasted loud music on the flight while they were drunk. none of the women were arrested or charged. spirit airlines had no comment. kimberly: forget the music. if your seat is the complaint. congress is not helping out. the senate rejected an amendment that called for the central aviation administration to regulate airplane seat size. senator chuck schumer was responsible for the amendment lamenting the average seat size and the distance between them is shrinking. jonathan: you know the problem is i'm 6'1", 210 plans. i'm also seated by a linebacker. can you break us up a little bit. kimberly: bring the breath mints on board. jonathan: you don't have to cram into an airline seat to have a good weekend. kimberly: you don't have to leaf the area. plenty to fill your weekend planner. kidd o'shea has the weekend kickoff. kidd: still firming up the weekend plans? i have a few id
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let's start with the cherry blossoms. bundle up and head southwest water front for the cherry blossom fireworks festival. that is saturday 1:00 till 9:00 and our doug hill is hosting that. the firework goes off at 8:30 rain or shine. how would you like to be served a beer by congresswoman eleanor holmes-norton. a bar tender sunday afternoon to raise money for d.c. vote. and maybe your kids need to burn energy. if that is the case, this is awesome. go to the nationals game on sunday versus the marlins at 1:30. all kids age 4 to 12 will be able to go on the field after the game to run the bases. how cool is that? whatever you decide to do this weekend, i hope he has a great weekend. i'm "good morning washington"'s kidd o'shea. kimberly: we would have a better weekend if it weren't like winter. jonathan: i put all of my snow gear away. kimberly: yeah! steve: we talk abo
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showers. it's nothing we have to shovel. it's the timing and the kids. they have soccer and baseball games and lacrosse. all the outdoor fun activity. jonathan: softball game. steve: out the door. nationals baseball tomorrow. they are playing the marlins. they are really suffering. kimberly: they will hurt. jonathan: from florida! steve: if you are going golfing tomorrow morning. are you going to be there? >> no. steve: that is the right answer. it will be yucky. i don't know other words to describe it. i do but i won't say it. 51 at the reagan national airport. it stays dry for the evening. looking for the temperatures outside this hour. 52 degrees at leesburg. upper 40's at hagerstown. mid-40's in cumberland. it's chilly out there. with the winds blowing it's a few degrees colder than that. for tonight, 32 to 38 degrees. it will become mostly cloudy. we have a freeze warning to the west of us. you can see it here. it includes northern montgomery, loudoun and prince
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it does not include fairfax or the district or arlington or alexandria. but those areas and the all areas shaded in purple and not shaded at all. tomorrow will be under -- tomorrow night will be under a freeze watch. upgraded to a freeze warning or downgraded to nothing at all. go to the baseball game tomorrow? temperatures in the 40's. late afternoon in the early everything hours. there is the mix of the rain. maybe with snow. not going to accumulate to anything at all. sunday is another cold day, but not as wet. it won't be wet at all. temperatures around 50 degrees. i'll take you to look at the next seven days. warming touch the middle 60's on monday. back in 50's for most of next week. let's check on traffic with jamie. jamie: we are starting with virginia and 95. northbound traffic is moving well. within the past two minutes. they just cleared away an accident that was before the capital beltway. move to the
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we have do have slowing of the northwest of capital beltway. that is where it is the heaviest. 270 is not much to worry about. river road at whittier boulevard and burdette road. they have traffic lights not work something treat it as a four-way stop. "jeopardy" taping. they have that in place. on d street from 17th to 18th street. also this weekend we will have closures. back to you. jonathan: all right. thanks. coming up next on "abc7 news at 4:00" -- who is ready for the tax refund? already thinking about what you will do with it? we will let you know four reasons why the i.r.s. can keep some or all of it. kimberly: new at 5:00 -- the worldwide search for a black and white dog named sam. find out why it is going
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global. jonathan: all new at 6:00. forget jumping the shark. that is a shark jumper. where it happened and why the man on board says it's not surprising.
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alison: if you filed your taxes and you are expecting a refund, we hope you get one. but you just can't wait for it to arrive. there is a chance the deposit will be smaller than you expect. consumer reporter john matarese shows when uncle sam can keep some of it so you don't waste your money. john: tax day is almost here. you may have your refund by now or if you haven't filed yet it should be on its way soon. but some taxpayers are getting a shock when they check their bank accounts. discovering that the government kept some of their money. if you are planning a beach vacation with the tax refund or hope the pay off some debt there is nothing more frustrating than learni
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cnn money says there are four reasons uncle sam can legally keep your tax refund. delinquent student loans. failing to pay the obamacare penalty if you did not sign up for healthcare. overdue state income tax. past due child support. from the doesn't that stink file, what happens if your refund is not enough to cover your debt? if you owe more in delinquent loans, taxes or child support the refund amount, you'll say doesn't that stink? the i.r.s. will garnish next year's refund to get the rest of what you owe. bottom line if the government or court says you owe money you have a right to dip in the refund. don't let it pile up. so you don't waste your money. i'm john matarese, abc7 news. leon: tonight -- >> these are our heroes. give them a rund of applause. leon: after a rape and murder conviction 33 years ago a man proven innocent.
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after first steps a as free man. disaster waiting to happen? dozen of defects on the d.c. circulator buses but they are still in service and the drivers say they have had enough. and then only on 7, a history project for the nation. how the holocaust museum needs your help to unearth parts of the past. announcer: announcer: now, "abc7 news at 5:00". on your side. leon: well, you know, you expect snow, spring snow in places like wisconsin. same storm that is dropping the flakes you see here in the midwest could bring snow here as well. chief meteorologist doug hill here with a forecast. please tell us that is not so. doug: we can see a little of that tomorrow. it will feel like winter. here is what you knead to know. for tonight for the next few hours we are fine. after that, there it goes. falling temperatures. falling rain showers. falling snowshowers even by the time you wake up in the morning. but before we wake up,
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north and west of washington will be at or below freezing. a freeze warning in effect for the overnight as well. at we get through the day tomorrow, advancing cloudiness. we will keep this in the future. show you early in the morning 5:00, the area of the rain or snowshowers. break for a couple of hours as we get through the mid-to-the late morning. more showers of rain/or snow mixed in. unseasonably cold temperatures as a cold front, upper level storm system passes north. as a result, it will be uncomfortable outdoor weather. forecast, temperatures low to the mid-40's for highs. that is it. blustery cold winds gust to 40 miles per hour. rain or snowshowers. there could be grassy area accumulations north and west of the washington area. when the whole system clears out tomorrow night, the entire region will be under a freeze watch. we will talk about seven days and warmer days in that forecast. we'll find out in a few. kimberly: hopefully

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