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diplomatic ties on july 20th. that's when the cuban flag was raised. later this morning, kerry will formally raise the flag here and 'll do so before an audience that includes three marines who took down that u.s. flag back in 1961. that's when the u.s. severed diplomatic ties with cuba. deep differences remain between the two countries, including regarding human rights violations, th anclosing of the prison at guantanamo bay and the u.s. trade embargo. despite all of that, 89,000 americans have visited cuba, many through people to people exchanges. so far this year, 54% up over last year. darlene? >> gabe gutierrez in havana. we appreciate that. coming up on the "today" show, gage looks at how new relations are impacting tourism there. lester heot reports live from havana. that's right after "today in new york c
5:03 on this friday morning. happy friday everybody. we wish these folks a happy friday. >> i don't know. we mean it, right? we meant to. it's not quite friday for you and i raphael. we'll be here tomorrow morning for "today in new york." >> we're living vicariously through everyone else, right, pat? >> that's right. >> it's great to be excited about a day and a weekend. we are heating up today. temperatures soaring back into the 80s. adding on about 5 degrees from yesterday. it's not too muggy. it feels good. humiraty not too bad. 90s on the way p along w th higher humidity. we'll see that in the seven-day forecast. live look at storm tracker. clear skies nassau and suffolk county. mostly pleasant weather there. it feels good. 70 degrees outside. the forecast shows temperatures rapidly climbing back to the 80s. coasting all day long. low humidity and a high of 87 degrees. take a look at that sticky forecast in a few.
right now, lauren scala is here to look at the commute, h , lauren. >> hey, raphael. if you're getting on the buses, two detours. b 15 and b 65. a live look at the staten island expressway where that overnight paving is taking place. two lanes shut down eastbound there right after 440. it's already a slow ride. but in better news, if you're getting on the trains, all of them look good. here's the checklis i their all on or close to schedule. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more coming up on the 4s. breaking news in new jersey. you may have been awakened by a little shaking overnight. the usgs, geological service reporting a 2.5 magnitude earthquake in somerset county, new jersey in bernardsville. you weren't imagining anything
if you heard the bed ake. alexis -- in return, greece gets i $100id billion in debt relief. they will consider the deal today. international teams are checking out troubling reports that isis used chemical weapons in iraq. they attacked kurdishwfces this week with mustard gas. this could be the second assault in recent weeks. it's believed that isis found the gas stockpiled in syria or perhaps made it themselves. mustard gas was banned by a treaty in 1993 because of devastating effects. in china, they're worried about toxic fumes. they could be coming from the fire still burning there. 're gettg a closer look at the widespread devastation where more than 50 people died. experts believe firefighters
possibly triggered the explosions by spraying water on toxic chemicals during an initial fire. connecticut banned the death penalty in future capital punishment cases. now the supreme court ruled that previous death sentences are also uncoittitutional. among the 11 death row inmates spared execution are steven hayes and joshua komisarjevsky. ey are accused of murdering a woman and her two young daughters and setting their house on fire. >> we have to keep in our minds how difficult this is for victims and victims' families. >> connecticut governor dannel malloy expressing his sympatha for the families of murdered victims. the state supreme court ruled that the death penalty does not conform to the standards of de ycency. a portion of the jericho turnpike is being renamed in venoouof a slain police officer from long island. the bridge that spans the cross island parlway will soon be
called police officer arthur lopez memorial bridge. the nassau county police officer was shot and killed there in october of 2012. last year, darryl fuller was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his murder. a new law -- council members approved a rule to have stores who house animals without 24-hour supervision to have sprinkler systems. sprinklers save lives and save homes and businesses from serious damage. sh so save thtee pets too. the law goes inteffect in december. in news for your health. givire oxycontineto children, the food and drugladministration has just approved limited use of the powerful painkiller for patients as young as 11 years old. before it can be written, the che ild must have shown they can tolerate the drug in smaller doses. for big bird, elmo and the rest of the gang, the way to get
to sesame street is going to take a detour soon. the treasured show is heading to hbo. new episodes of sesame str t will first appear on that prem m channel and then nine months later, they'll air for free on pbs where the show has been for 45 years. the deal gives sesame street some much-needed cash. got to get that bird seed. >> yeah. incredible show, though. >> i know, right. at's something. it's 5:08. it's alarming for anyone who has to get on a plane. what pilots are seeing more than ever. plus, have you taken one? the new findings about how many of us are actually taking vacations, darlene. plus, the heat is on this weekend. syour whather and traffic on the 4s. it's a good weekend for a vacation, i think. you're watching "today in new york."
the usgs reporting a 2.5 magnitude earthquake in somerset county just befor 4:00 this morning. later this morning in cuba, the u.s. embassy will reopen in that country for the first time nce 1961. there was a rehearsal ceremony yesterday in havana. day's reopening marks another major step in the warming of relations between the two countries. new yorkers could one day reach out for help through text message. the city council introduced a bill that sets the course to develop a way to text for 911 services. texting 911 would also allow video and photos to be sent from the scene. and there's going to be a whole lot of puckering up in times square today. hundreds of couples going to recreate one of the most famous kisses in history. that between a sailor and april nurse that went down as news spread throughout the world that world war ii had come to an end. >> lot of smooching.
all right. be prepared. >> oh, my. is that the rehearsal? wh e di id we get that video? >> just an average tuesday, i guess. >> just a tuesday in the summer. >> uh-huh. speaking of summer, beautiful summer weather coming our way. we have good news heading into the weekend. if you're making beach and barbecue plans, it looks like it will be fine. clear skies from jersey shore up into westchester county. going to be dealing with lots of sunshine. temperatures in westchester county in the 50s and 60s. we did cool off. it's a little refreshing. maybe you gave the ac a break in armonk. we're flirting with 40s. 54 in monticello. you can see that urban heat island effect in full effect this morning. 70 degrees in central park. 63 in bridgeport. we've been tracking that dense fog out east for the hamptons. a little better now. visibility to 1.75. otherwise, visibility is great. baseball weather for the pirates
taking on the mets at citifield at 7:10. a nice warm night for baseball. temperatures starting out in the mid-80s. the low 80s and upper 70s by the end of the game. a look at future tracker throughout the day. this is lunchtime today. sunny skies, low humidity. a delightful picture throughout the afternoon. for your evening commute now, 6:00 keeping it dry. no problems if you're heading out of town. maybe down the shore or to the mountains. nothing to get in your way in terms of the weather. tomorrow morning, 6:00 a.m. on saturday. sunny start to your weekend and it continues through the afternoon. it's not until late in the day we see the weak disturbance moving through upper levels. maybe a pop-up shower or storm in new york city. not a washout by any means. we're drying out again heading into sunday. that's when you notice the mugginess. sunday afternoon is when we start to hear a little bit of complaints in the weather center about the mugginess creeping back up. 87 for a high today. i'm sure we're complaint-free. mostly sunny and hot with low humidity. overnight, down to a low of 69.
another quiet night in the city and not quite as cool north and west of town. then the mugginess creeps back tomorrow with a few scattered storms. more so on sunday with a high back to the 90s. then it's a hazy, hot and humid stretch. monday, tuesday, and even into wednesday with highs near 90. couple of storms are going to cool us off late on wednesday. let's see if roads are hot or cold right now. lauren scala has a look at that. hey, lauren. >> good morning. hot in some areas. we had problems out there. heading to 95 or southbound there's roadwork. it looks like it just cleared. delays ease out. two lanes shut down a few moments ago. we like good news even unexpected. new york state thruway southbound between exit 12 and 303, the tappan zee bridge, two lanes closed there. an accident on the new york state thruway northbound after exit 16, which is the woodbury toll. that blocks a lane. things moving nicely through this area. a live look outside. we'll show you the long island expressway by the grand central parkway.
you can see some roadwork but it doesn't seem to be causing any problems. enjoy your ride for you. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. your next weather and traffic update on the 4s. >> thank you, lauren. it's 5:16 on this friday morning. decision 2016. the iowa state fair is open for business and presidential candidates from both parties are making the pilgrimage. brian mooar is in washington with more on that. brian, good morning. >> reporter: hi darlene. a lounge with butter cow and fried stuff, the presidential candidates are a big draw. >> there you go. >> the road to the white house leads through the iowa state fair. >> this time 17 republicans are coming to iowa to ask for your vote and support in the caucuses. >> candidates of both parties are taking turns on the soapbox. >> i'm unbought and i am unbossed. >> what's your name? >> look to go breakthrough. it appears iowa is looking for something different. >> i think people are just tired
of not getting anything done. >> i think people are angry. >> reporter: there's plenty of time for some campaigns. >> i'm a humble candidate running for president. >> reporter: but not everyone has that luxury. >> there are going to be people who say exactly what you want to hear. >> reporter: rick perry is running out of money and time but vows he's not ready to drop out. someone with no money problems, donald trump riding high in the polls in iowa. he will be on that iconic soapbox tomorrow after arriving by helicopter. darlene? >> all right, brian mooar, thank you so much. the faa is growing concerned about the number of pilots reporting they're seeing drones in the sky. we've already been more than 650 drone sightings reported by pilots this year. more than double reported in all of 2014. just this week, the pilots of four different commercial flights spotted a drone while approaching newark liberty airport. in the cnbc money report, if
you haven't taken a vacation this year, you are certainly not alone. a new poll by a travel company suggests a whopping 135 million americans haven't taken a vacation in the last year. that's 9 million more than those in 2014. the poll considers a vacation a trip of at least a week to a place more than 100 miles away from home. a lot of people do a weekend thing. a lot of people drive. >> right. >> stay-cations. >> stay close to home. the truth is a lot of people are working so hard and not taking enough time off. >> that's not good. you need to take some time. i'm speaking from experience. >> i'm about to do that. >> i know you will. i'll be working for you next week. >> appreciate it. still ahead, a big announcement for jimmy fallon. >> an emotional moment before the yankees game. the inspirational little girl who threw out the first pitch. yeah. you're watching "today in new york."
"the tonight show" with jimmy fallon. the number one name in late night is staying with nbc for another six years. jimmy fallon signed a deal to host "the tonight show" until 2021. in a statement, steve burke says fallon "has been an important member of the nbcuniversal family for 17 years." the good news, tune in tonight when jimmy welcomes kevin spacey. watch "the tonight show" at 11:35 right after news 4 at 11:00. a cleveland indians player had a touching moment with his family before taking on the yankees last night. infielder micahville he is took the first pitch from his twin daughter, adrian a and maya. in may, adriana was diagnosed with leukemia and her dad promised to let her throw out the first pitch of a game.
both mom and dad so proud. beautiful there. wie we wish her well. >> we do. she did a great job, right? >> got it over the plate. >> make daddy proud on so many levels. almost 5:24 right now. time to check weather and traffic on the 4s on this friday morning. raphi, good morning. >> good morning ladies. we're heating it up a little bit. 87, sunshine, low humidity. a live look at storm tracker. nice quiet umbrella-free day. we love that on a friday. let's look at the weekend planner. couple of hit or miss showers in spots tomorrow. this is saturday. that's going to be 90 degrees for a high for tomorrow. great beach and barbecue day and it gets muggy on sunday. the heat continues. 91 degrees there. we've had some stretches of 90-degree days. looks like we'll do that again starting tomorrow. when you see that hit or miss showers and storms, that's mainly north and west of new york city. not a washout at all. this is another great summer weekend to spend outdoors. we're doing it again. it's been time after time this this summer.
no washout weekends. it's the best one i can remember. >> really? >> wow. that's really good. we better do something. bottle this up. >> enjoy it while we can. >> yeah. >> we can enjoy some of our commute today. especially if you commute in connecticut. a live look at the turnpike. the sunrise coming up there. that's out in fairfield by exit 22. things moving along nicely. on the merritt parkway this morning. no issues on the trains. that includes the subways. no delays or service changes right now. again, things are starting to improve on the commute today. >> very good. lot of people taking fridays off to enjoy i guess too. >> yeah. must be nice. >> it's 5:25. we'll complain some more during the commercial. just ahead, what were they looking for? police charge three men who ventured into the sewer system. plus, a news 4 exclusive. one of the men who walked away from that inferno on the
turnpike tells us what was going through his mind. >> reporter: and i'm katherine creag live in brooklyn where three people walked into this hospital and tried to take a picture with a newborn. now, police have released the images they want you to look at them. we'll have the latest coming up. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york," please. download the "news 4 new york" app on your mobile device right now. we'll be right back.
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breaking news overnight. rumbling in new jersey. an earthquake hit overnight. police looking for three people who made an unusual request inside a local maternity ward. and april news 4 exclusive. hear from the man who escaped a burning truck on the new jersey turnpike. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everyone. it's friday morning. it is august 14th. i'm darlene rodriguez. i'm pat battle in for michael gargiulo. he's enjoyed a week off and next week you're doing the same. >> chris is off this morning enjoying a beautiful day, i hope. raphael miranda is here. hey, raphi. >> good morning, ladies. he don't have to go anywhere. a stay-cation will be fine. >> not that i'm suggesting darlene. temperatures in the 70s.
nice start to your day. 83 by lunchtime. we're adding in more heat but not the humidity. a high temperature 87 degrees. comfortable. and sunny right into the afternoon. we'll take a look at your full forecast including the weekend, of course, coming up in a bit. here is of course, lauren scala. >> good morning. we have delays out there. all due to roadwork in some of the usual spots. a live look atment bqe heading into the area of the brooklyn bridge. a slow ride. two lanes shut down by cadman plaza west. staten island expressway, eastbound delays out there. there is roadwork between richmond avenue and bradley avenue. still paving the roads. two lanes shut down. delays are extensive. this is back by forest avenue. we'll have more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. it is 5:30 right now. it is breaking news in new jersey. you may have felt a little shaking overnight. they're reporting a 2.5
magnitude earthquake. we checked with the police and no one is reporting any damage or injuries right now. also right now, police looking for three unwanted visitors who caused a scare inside a brooklyn maternity ward. "today in new york's" katherine creag is at nyu lutheran medical center with what police say happened. kat, you know when you go into the maternity wards now, all of the newborns have a sensor attached to their umbilical cord so you can't leave with the baby. this is a scary situation. >> reporter: they certainly do. this raises so many security questions. what you said unwanted visitors, darlene. the police department is telling us that the people who walked into a hospital room here walked into it randomly. did not know the mother or this baby. but they wanted to take pictures with the newborn. police released these images, these photos of the suspect just hours ago. two women and one man walked into a room at nyu lutheran and asked to take pictures with a baby. this happened at sunday at 2:00 in the afternoon.
the two women and man asked to take photos with the baby. the mother said no according to police and the three suspects took off. they were seen driving away in a wiet van. theer described to be in their early to mid-30s. medium build. we asked the nypd, did the suspects ever try to touch the baby, hold the baby? the answer is no. the mother and child were not harmed. it remains a mystery, darlene, why they wanted to take these pictures in the first place. >> katherine creag, thank you. we have seen those dramatic images of those explosions when two trucks collided on the new jersey turnpike. now, in an exclusive interview with news 4, we're hearing from one. drivers. >> i'm amazed and other people have said it, that i'm talking to you right now. >> that is 61-year-old dale miller talking to news 4 by phone from his hospital bed in st. barnabas medical center. you can see him as he jumped out of his truck. his pants on fire.
then april woman rushes in to help him. among three australian tourists who stopped to give him some aid. >> there was the young fellow that helped get my pants off. there was another gentleman there that let me use his cell phone to call my son. i thanked him because basically he saved me a great deal of more punishment and suffering. >> miller says that crash left him with burns over 20% of his body. and he says he doubts if he'll ever work or be able to use his hands again. 5:33 right now. just hours from now, the u.s. embassy will formally reopen in cuba where it closed down 54 years ago. the u.s. flag will be raised in a ceremony that was practiced on thursday. secretary of state john kerry will be there. he will become the highest ranking u.s. official to visit cuba in seven decades. also at today's ceremony. the three marines who lowered
the flag for the last time after both countries cut diplomatic relations. that's interesting bit of history. those three marines will be there as well. >> fascinating. this transition is really something to watch. we'll be reporting from cuba later this morning. looking forward to that. time for another check of weather and traffic. the all-important weather forecast heading into the weekend. >> yeah. feeling the pressure a bit again. you can see in the weather headlines, heating it up. well into the 80s. hotter than yesterday. but the humidity still not toad bad. then the 90s make a comeback into the weekend along with higher humidity. a live look at storm tracker. dutchess county, putnam county, a mostly clear morning. we've cooled off nicely north and west of town. it's 70. it feels good and we're heating up today. back to 87 degrees by 3:00. loads of sunshine all day long. low humidity, very comfortable and then we're adding that
humidity into the mix over the weekend. we'll look at the seven-day forecast coming up. lauren scala is here to explain the commute. hey, lauren. >> hey, raphi. good morning everyone. mostly good news on mass transit. the b 15 and b 65. if you're getting on the trains. the subways and the major commuter lines. they're running on or close to schedule. we can enjoy that for now. you need to move your car today. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you, lauren. in brooklyn, police arrested three people who took a smelly excursion into the city's sewer system. among those arrested, 21-year-old marquis evans, who is now suspended from his job at the department of environmental protection. he's accused of helping to lift up a manhole on wednesday night. he never went into the sewer, but police say his friends did. therapy identified at damian nieves and david hannibal.
>> i wouldn't be going flew the sewers of new york. but they were up to something down there. >> police didn't go after them. after they resurfaced in four hours, they were empty handed and now cuffed. police investigating a triple shooting that happened late last night and unfortunately, one person has died. tracie strahan is in brownsville where it's been investigated all night. >> reporter: pat an update. over the phone, authorities told me they believe it was a gang-motivated shooting that killed one man here. a 21-year-old who died at brookdale hospital. all three victims suffered gunshot wounds and are well-known to police with a lot of gang activity in their records. let's show you a scene from the 800 block of saratoga avenue around 8:45 last night. crime scene detectives quickly made this area after shots were fired. authorities say all three victims were standing outside of an apartment building at 807 saratoga avenue when they were hit.
a 21-year-old man died at brookdale hospital from a gunshot wound to the torso. both an 18 and 20-year-old man both shot in their armts. they're said to be in stable condition and expected to recover from the gunshot wounds. as we bring you back live, the crime scene detectives still at the scene collecting evidence, shell casings, anything that can point them to a gunman in this case. at last check, authorities said they didn't have anybody in custody for this. but no word yet if necessity know who they're looking for. back to you. >> tracie strahan, reporting for us from brooklyn. tracie, thank you for that update. in the bronx, police are looking for the man in this security video. they say he pretended to be an officer and stole a vehicle. police say he approached the owner. we're going to try to show you that right now. police say he approached the owner of an suv in mt. eden. the suv was for sale. he asked the owner if he could take it for a spin. when the owner became suspicious. police say the man pulled out a badge and assured him he was an
officer. the owner then agreed and the man never returned after driving off. next week, mayor de blasio plans to sign a tough new law aimed to prevent future outbreaks of legionnaires' disease. he visited lincoln hospital in bronx on thursday and thanked health care workers for treating patients during the recent outbreak. the mayor says there were no new cases reported in the past ten days. the new law is aimed to disinfecting the cooling towers which are the suspected source of the outbreak. a portion of the jericho turnpike is being renamed in honor of a slain police officer from long island. the bridge that spans the cross island parkway near 27e will soon be called police officer arthur lopez memorial bridge. the nassau county police officer was shot and killed near there in october of 2012. last year, darryl fuller was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of officer lopez. city council members have passed a bill aimed to protect animals inside city pet stores.
that measure now requires new york city pet shops to have sprinkler systems. the rule applies to stores that house animals without 24-hour supervision. according to fire officials, we know that fire sprinklers save lives and save homes and businesses from serious damage. got to save those little guys too. the law goes into effect in december. in new jersey, police are releasing the sketch of a vandal twho slashed tires on two dozen cars in the span of an hour. this man was spotted lurking in new milford friday night, the same night nearly 40 tires were slashed on cars parked along charles street, mckinley avenue and madison avenue. police believe he used a flathead screwdriver. in one case he even carved a graphic message on the hood of the car. >> it seems very mean-hearted and destructive and pointless. >> if you think you know this man, give police a call. a reward is being offered for
information that leads to an arrest. 5:39 on this friday morning. still to come, the major visit to new york city that commissioner bratton says is already dpifg him a headache. see the moment a local school bus went flying out of control. the return of some serious heat. weather and traffic on the 4s coming up next. as we go to break, we want to remind you. we're working to clear the shelters across our area. we want you to meet squeaky. a 10-year-old chihuahua mix at the north shore animal league in north washington. he loves to cuddle and is good with kids 6 and older. he's cute. >> very. >> clear the shelters tomorrow. tomorrow is a big day. many shelters cutting their adoption fees for the day. for more information, check out nbcnewyork.com. you're watching "today in new york."
massive flooding, fires and power outages. take a look at the smoke billowing from the roof of this home here. nearby palm trees set on fire after being struck by lightning. nearly 11,000 customers lost power while streets and homes, look at that, several neighborhoods flooded. no one, though, seriously injured from the storms. >> did you see that hail too? was that hail coming down? >> we'll bring in raphael to talk about this weather happening out there, out west, raphi. >> that's wild. hail, fire, floods. i mean, looked scary for las vegas. typical monsoon weather there. not totally out of ordinary. thankfully, it's been quiet around here. haven't had a lot of thunderstorm activity this summer so far. we're not expecting much this weekend or really the next few days. or problem is the opposite. we have a drought going on. we're not going to get any real rain any time soon. the dry weather continues for
the most part heading into the weekend. good news for outdoor plans. bad news for the plants. 70 degrees in midtown. 69 in tribeca. temperatures are mild in the city. 69 sheepshead bay. 61 in staten island. temperatures in the bronx, 69 degrees in city island. we've been watching the cooler spots north and west of town. no ac needed in morristown. 52 in monticello. cool spots in the hudson valley. it's 60 in westchester county and white plains. great morning to open up the window and let in fresh air. storm tracker throughout the morning, nice and quiet so far. we're expecting beautiful sunshine throughout the day. it's a high pressure day today. this is lunchtime and it's looking good. sunny skies from new york city out east. if you're making that weekend getaway should be quiet weather for your driving or train conditions. also looking good tonight. mostly clear skies. tomorrow morning, saturday, great start to the weekend. sunny skies continue. maybe a pop-up shower or storm.
mainly north and west of town. around 4:00, 5:00 tomorrow. keeping it dry in the city and it stays dry through sunday. let's take a look. region by region. jersey shore, weekend estate. asbury park. seaside heights looking good. temperatures back to the 80s. loads of sunshine again. we do it again on sunday. if you're heading out east, patchy clouds and fog tomorrow morning. if you're going to the hamptons, fire island, still a great day. especially by the afternoon. sag harbor, 81 degrees. we have more sunshine for your sunday. that's probably the better day of the two out east. north and west of town, we have a spotty storm chance tomorrow. places like the catskills and poconos. 90 degrees. so we're feeling that heat inland sections. poconos, delaware water gap. 91 on sunday. it starts to get muggy. not as comfortable for the second half of the weekend. 87 for a high today. warmer than yesterday. but still not too muggy. it feels good. 69 overnight tonight. another quiet night around. take a look at the seven-day forecast. the heat and humidity building. hazy, hot and humid weather take
over. sunday, monday and tuesday with high temperatures into the low 90s. feeling very summery out there. let's see how the commute is going. lauren scala has a look at that. hey, lauren. >> hey, raphael. good morning. it's a slow ride because of roadwork in the same spots we always have. the bqe into the brooklyn bridge. eastbound on the staten island expressway with the paving work out there. we have an accident on the van wyck expressway. this is southbound by federal circle. that blocks a lane. delays go back. this is what the camera looks like at the belt parkway. they've been moving it around, the traffic gods. it's a slow ride here. if you're headed to the airport, be careful of that. brooklyn, we have a sinkhole. livonia avenue shut down between pennsylvania and new jersey avenues. a disabled truck on the manhattan bound lower level in the right lane. it's a slow ride. the upper level looks good. that's the way to go. all the in addition side of the street parking rules in effect.
next weather and traffic update on the 4s. >> thank you, lauren. 11 children involved in a frighten bus accident are recovering. video shows the aftermath of that accident. the driver lost control of the bus and crashed. police say the bus owned bip horizon link hit an suv, then slammed into a liquor store. people are running to help. it was headed to a school in irvington. all 11 children on board were taken to the hospital. >> one kid, he was screaming from his leg. another kid was bleeding in his mouth. i think his tooth broke or something. it was bad. >> we are told, though, none of the children suffered any serious injuries, life-threatening. i'm sure they're serious to them and their parents. the driver also taken to the hospital says her brakes failed before the crash. now our i-team learned that 90% of the horizon link bus link had mechanical issuers during the inspection. the company has not commented on
the inspection reports that we uncovered. a stunning revelation about the man arrested for a deadly hit and run in paterson, new jersey. it's a story from earlier this week. state police say the suspect, james rinehart has had his driver's license suspended 20 times in the last 16 years. investigators say he was driving with an invalid license when he allegedly hit 16-year-old javier burgos and fled the scene. in connecticut, uber is overcoming the latest attempt at legal roadblock. a federal judge threw out a complaint against the app-based car service. taxi limousine companies have brought that lawsuit accusing uber of racketeering and deceptive business practices. judge says the plaintiffs failed to make their case. transportation officials have started revealing their plan for pope francis' visit to our area next month. those who hope to see the pope in person have to walk across the ben franklin bridge from camden. that's a minimum five-mile walk
with more than 700,000 people expected to travel through jersey, drivers are told to expect congestion all along i-95 and nj transit plans to be pushed to capacity. >> you don't have to be on our system between thursday and sunday, the 24th to the 27th. you may want to consider a stay-cation and stay put. >> security is a big concern. bill bratton is taking excedrin because this is unlike any other high-profile advice. >> he wants to interact with the public in a way in which we're not used to having public figures deal with the public. that's going to be a challenge for uggs as well as a wide range of events he's engaging in for the several days he's here. >> stay with news 4 for continuing coverage of the pope's visit and what to expect when he arrives. head to nbcnewyork.com for much more. the jets preseason is under way. they were in detroit under new
head coach todd bowles. it took the lions all of two minutes to score against them. matthew stafford hit golden tate who then split three defenders. going in for the score. holding the ball up like he knew he was getting into the end zone. the jets first string offense put up three points under quarterback ryan fitzpatrick. that's all the scoring the jets did. they lost it 23-3. meanwhile, the patriots hosted the packers with tom brady making a surprise start. brady only completed one of the four passes that he threw on the night. presumably with properly inflated footballs. meanwhile, jimmy garoppolo completed 20 passes. but it was all in a moving effort. the packers peat the patriots. in cincinnati taking on the bengals. you can watch it here on nbc 4. coverage begins tonight at 7:30. it is 5:51 on a friday morning.
still ahead, a stolen painting worth millions is back where it belongs this morning. we'll tell you how somebody tried to sneak it through our area. if you're longing for the return much winter, one way to pass the time, the quick trip one skier recorded. don't try this at home as they say. you're watching "today in new york."
if you're the type who doesn't step aside on an escalator. look at this video posted by go pro. a skier went down a series of escalators. it was submitted as part of a contest where skiers submitted their best runs. most happened in the snow, of course. it's not clear where this video was shot. but i'm sure that mall police are searching for him everywhere. okay. >> cameras. don't you think you can do something like that. >> no. >> kind of bizarre. >> dangerous. >> for those of us who are not those kinds of skiers. >> you don't want to play with escalators at all. >> no, absolutely not. >> very serious accidents. >> but the weather is great. >> go outside. >> play outside. you can go to the beach. you'll be fine there. >> ski on the sand.
>> submit your video to the ski competition. storm tracker looks good. mostly clear skies around the region. if you're going to ski on the sand like pat recommends, here's the shorecast. 83 degrees for a high temperature. long beach island, delightful, 85. lots of sunshine and winds out of southwest at 5 to 10 miles per hour. temperatures coasting in the 70s. nice and comfortable. refreshing, uv index is very high. you need lots of sunscreen. a fantastic stretch of beach weather. heading into next week. temperatures back to the 90s. take a look at the seven-day forecast. it gets a little uncomfortable. >> we've enjoyed the last few. a small price to pay. good news if you're headed to the hamptons or jersey shore. if you're commuting locally, you have some of issueses. watch out for an accident in the left lane. you can see on the left side of your screen, the henry hudson to the west side highway is a
better option. no delays there. a live look at the brooklyn bridge where they're in the process of clearing construction out there on the bqe. things are backed up. the manhattan bound side of the span should be open in a few minutes and hope flip it eases out a bit. >> openfully. >> thank you, lauren. it's 5:56. that stolen picasso we've been talking about that the thieves tried to sneak through our area, it's on the way back to france. the cubist work, called the hairdresser, it was returned to the french thursday in washington. it was reported stolen years ago from a paris art museum. in december, it was seized aboard a ship in newark. the $14 million picasso was found labeled as a $30 hand craft. it is 5:57. coming up next at 6:00, elmo is learning three new letters. hbo. we'll tell you about the major changes coming to sesame street. an early morning earthquake shakes up part of central new jersey.
breaking news. an early morning earthquake rattles part of new jersey. a hospital scare for a new mother. what police say three people are accused of doing inside a local maternity ward? >> it's an historic day in havana as the u.s. prepares to mark a new chapter in diplomatic relations in cuba. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everyone. it's friday morning, august 14th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm pat battle in for michael gargiulo this week as he's enjoying some time off. we've all been enjoying this fabulous weath for the last three days. >> it's been pretty incredible. we're very grateful, raphi. >> me too. i am. >> the heat is coming and the humidity coming back.
we've been coasting along. not as nice on the weekend. mostly clear ies. bright skies and heating up by lunchtime. re82 degrees and quite warm in the afternoon and evening. 87 for a high today. not a muggy 87. it's a comfy 87. big difference there. we'll look at extended weathnier in a few. lauren scala has the traffic. if you're headed to jfk airport, you want to avoid the van wyck expressway. federal circle, there's an acngcident. shuts down two lanes. before you get to that, two lanes shut down with roadwork. a very slow ride. continue to keep you posted on that. the staten island expressway which is still really slow ride out there. not the southern state. thvee staten island expressway. eastbound they're wrapping up roadwork between richmond avenue and bradley avenue. leave yourself a lot of extra time. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. 6:01 right now. now to that braking news in central new jersey.
there's a 2.5 magnitude earthquake north of bernardsville in somerset county. this happened before 3:45 this morning. we checked with police. no one is repor pting any damage or injuries. this quake happened near the ram poe fault line. it's the longest fault line that stretches from pennsylvania to westchester county. now to ska a scare inside a brooklyn maternity ward. "today in new york's" katherine creag is at nyu lutherantmedical center in sunset park. kat, we've been talking about the very strict security that usually is in a maternity and neonatal ward. good morning. >> reporter: exactly, darlene. as you said, the babies, newborns, they have bracelets on their ankles and arms and they're connected with their mother with that bracelet somehow three people got into a newborn's room with the mother inside here at this hospital.
take a pictsre with a baby. police released i am annals of yoose three suspects. two women and one man walked into a room here at nyu lutheran anamd asked to take pictures with a newborn. this happened this past sunday after the 2:00 in the afternoon. the women and man asked to take photos with the baby. the mother said no. according to police and the three suspects took off. they were seen driving away in a white van. the suspects are described in their early 30s to mid 30s. medium build. never tried to hold the baby or touch the baby. whonalthey hanted the photos taken remains a mystery. darlene. they're trying to get a better description of that white van in. back to you. >> katherine creag, thank you. > right now, police are trying to find a gunman who opened fire on a brooklyn street killing one man and injuring two others. the shooting happened last night on saratoga avenue in brownsville. police say three men standing outside an apartment building was struck by those bullets.
a 21-year-old man died at the hospital. two others have wounds to their arms. tracie strahan will be live at 6:30 with what police believe may be the motive in in. >> mayor de blasio w plill sign a tough new law aimed to fight legionnaires' scdisease. he wca in the bronx on thursday. hea thanked health care workers for battling the recent deadly outbreak of legionnaires'. the mayor called the crisis contained. the new law requires the inspection and disinfecting of cooling towers. they're believed to be the source of legionnaires'. in new jersey, police have released a sketch of a vandal who slashed the tires on nearly 2 d woozen cars in the span of an hour. take a look at this picture. he was spotted lurking in new milford on friday night. the same night that nearly 40 mbtires were slashed along charles street, mckinley and madison avenues. police believe that he used a flathead screwdriver to puncture the tires. in one case, he carved a graphic message on the hood of one car.
>> it seems very mean-hea ed ,and destructive and pointless. >> if you think you rec nuz the man in that sketch please give police a call. there's a reward offered for information leading to an arrest. de's 6:04 time for weather and traffic on the 4s. friday weather. friday traffic. friday everything. >> all good. it's good because it's friday. also good because the weather forecast is good. you can see in the weather headlines heating up. getting into the 80s. not too humid or muggy. it's comfortable outs e. have 90s on the way along with more uncomfortable which they are deeper into the weekend. new york city down the jersey shore, sunshine. across new jersey and into pennsylvania, looking fantastic. high pressure stays with us. it feels good right now. 67 degrees outside. we have cooler 50s north and yt of town. we're back to the 80s today. 82 by lunchtime. 87 at 3:00. that's our high temperature today, 87 degrees. but with comfortable humidity.
we'll take a look at the uncomfortable factor by the weekend coming up in a few. lauren scala is here. always looking for a comfortable humidity. > unfortunately, commute not so comfortable. onju the fdr drive an accident by 116th street shutting down two lanes. delays are building quickly. yociu might want to head to the west side highway or even local streets to get around this. we'll head to the queensboro bridge. coming off of it at second avenue. you have a disabled truck out there in the right lane. the upper level would be a better option this morning. if you're getting on the trains, they look good, including the subways. no delays or service changes as of now. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. the next update on the 4s. >> thank you very much. today the american flag will be raised in cuba for the first time in more than a half century. gabe gutierrez is in havana with a look ahead. >>re reporter: darlene, the stage
is set for john kerry's visit. the first by a u.s. secretary of state in 70 years. he plans to stroll through the streets of havana later today. u.s. and cuba restored diplomatic ties on july 20th when the cuban flag was raised at the embassies in washington. later this morning, kerry will formally raise the flag here. he'll do so before an audience that includes three marines who took down that u.s. flag back in 1961. that's when the u.s. severed diplomatic ties with cuba. now the differences remains between the two countries, regarding human rights violations, the closing of the prison at guantanamo bay and the u.s. trade embargo. despite all that, 89,000 americans have visited cuba, many through people to people exchanges. so far this year, 54% up over last year. darlene? >> gabe gutierrez in havana. thank you for that report. coming up on the "today" show, gabe looks at how new relations with cuba a
impacting tourism there and nbc's lester holt reports live from havana. that's all ahead at 7:00 a.m. > right now, international teams are investigating whether isis used chemical weapons inside iraq. u.s. intelligence believes that militants attacked kurdish forces using mustard gas. another chemical attack that happened recently in syria where they found stockpiles of that gas. it causes blindness and breathing problems. there's been another climb in the death toll from the ground shaking explosions in china. 55 people are now reported dead. fires still burning in tianjin. it's sparking fears of toxic dwas. thnte widespread devastation becoming more apparent and so is a possible cause. experts believe that firefighters may have triggered the explosions when they sprayed water on volatile chemicals.
since 2012, connecticut has banned the death penalty as punishment in capital cases. now the state supreme court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional for crimes committed before 2012. among the 11 death row inmates who will no longer be executed are steven hayes and josh i can't coe miss ar jeff ski. >> they have -- we have to keep in our mind how difficult this is for victims and their families. connecticut governor dannel malloy expressed sympathy for families of murder victims. saying it does not conform to stan'rrds decency. in this morning's cnbc money report, appole is being forced to hit pause on their newest streaming service. cnbc's landon dowdy joins us th the details and more. landon, what happened? >> good morning to you. apple is putting plans to unveil
the tv service on hold. the company had been expected to announce the service at i, iphone event next nth. thane reports say it's being delayed until at least next year. negotiations with broadcast networks such as nbc, cbs and fox have been slow going. apple lacks the infrastructure capable of ensuring a smooth streaming experience. and this episode of sesame street is brought to you by the letters hbo. starting this fall, the cable network will be the home of new episodes of the children's show. it will allow producers to double the number of episodes it tapes each year from 18 to 35. sesame workshop will develop a spin-off and other shows for hbo and its online platforms, hbo noetw and hbo go. looks like they get to meet the cast of game of thrones. >> elmo versus game thrones. >> you know nothing, big bird. >> all right. it's 6:10.
thank you, landon. love her. still ahead, treasure in the sewers of brooklyn. the alleged scavenger hunt that landed three men in jail and may have cost a city worker his job. up next, road rage caught on camera when a drive plows into several cars. wait until you hear what happened next. your weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. you're watching "today in new york."
here are four things to know this morning. we're following breaking news in central jersey. the u.s. geological survey reporting a 2.5 magnitude earthquake north of bernardsville in somerset county. no reports of any damage or injuries so far. police in brooklyn looking for three people wanted for trespassing at nyu lutheran medical center.
the suspects went into the room of a new mother who just had a new baby and they asked to take a picture with the infant. she said no. connecticut's tax-free week starts for back to school shoppers. qualified items are clothing and footwear that costs $100 or less. do not forget you can adopt that little guy or that one. it's clear the shelters day. we're teaming up with hundreds of shelters in our region to find homes for animals in need. a lot of the shelters agreed to cut or eliminate the costs for adoptions. they can be prohibitive. come out and help us get those pets new homes. >> for more information and a list of participating shelters, check out nbcnewyork.com. it's a big day. the station was nbc across the country are participating in in. we're going to get a lot of animals adopted. we're really excited about it. a lot of the shelters are no-kill shelters.
but some don't have the capacity and unfortunately, animals are euthanized euthanized. we're hoping to get them forever homes. you have your share of pets. >> oh, dwrae. we have a full house. >> two cats and a dog and a husband. >> always that extra child, right? >> mine too. >> raphi, both my dogs were adopted from the shelter here in new york city. >> yes. >> they have been wonderful additions to our lives. >> you got some great ones, pat, so well-behaved. let's look at the forecast. clearing the skies also this morning. hi. there you are again. there i am. sunshine from the hudson valley down the jersey shore. temperatures in suffolk county, cool in the 50s. it's 60 north babylon. 59 degrees in melville. so yeah, we have cool spots north and west of the city. 67 in central park. great morning for a jog or heading outside to get that cup of coffee or newspaper. pirates taking on the mets tonight. 83 degrees. a nice warm night for baseball.
the heat is building today as we're in the 80s even at that later 7:00 hour. here's a live look at future tracker at 11:00 this morning. sunshine through lunchtime into the afternoon. this is your evening commute or maybe that get away commute if you're heading to the shore or mountains. fantastic weather for that. no weather problems. 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. nice sunny start to your weekend. it goes on and on through the afternoon tomorrow. looking fantastic. a pop-up shower or storm possible tomorrow afternoon and evening. mainly north and west of town. this is another one of those great mostly dry and comfortable weekends starting tomorrow. then the humidity comes back on sunday. that's the muggy half of the weekend. sunday as the heat builds as well. 87 for a high as well. it's a hot one. but not too humid. 69 overnight. another quiet night ahead. taking a look at the seven-day forecast, the heat stays with us over the next few days. 90 tomorrow. low 90s on sunday. that's when you feel the stickiness and it's hazy, hot and humid early next week with highs in the low 90s.
let's see if you're stuck anywhere if you're headed out commuting. lauren scala will tell you. >> yeah. there's a few spots out there. one is the van wyck expressway. we have roadwork and an accident. heading southbound here, you first run into roadwork, two lanes shut down by rockaway boulevard. then you have an accident on the van wyck southbound by federal circle at jfk. two lanes shut down here as well. very heavy delays getting into this area. we have heavy delays on the southbound fdr drive because of an accident by 116th street. that shuts down two lanes. delays go back past the try borrow bridge at this point. west side highway still a better option. we'll show you the roads. the cross bronx expressway, you have some delays building westbound out there. no reports of any problems. heading to the inbound side of the lincoln tunnel, ten-minute wait there. the same at the holland much less at the george washington bridge. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. the next update on the 4s. >> thank you very much, lauren. a day of fun turned to
tragedy at an amusement park in ohio. officials at cedar point park say a man was struck and killed by a roller coaster. it happened in sandusky. the victim dropped his cell phone riding the raptor. he allegedly jumped a fence into a restricted section to get the phone and was hit. officials say their thoughts and prayers are with his family. police in washington state believe that a driver who slammed into seven cars before trying to carjack the drivers of two of them was driving drunk or on drugs. security camera video showed the driver barreling through traffic. he got out and went car to car opening doors trying to get a new ride. a group of people tackled him and held him down until police arrived. he was taken to the hospital and he did have some injuries. turning to presidential politics now. could al gore be eyeing another run for the white house? rumors began to fly when buzz feed reported gore was having conversations with supporters.
since then, people close to gore have been throwing cold water on that idea. he ran against george bush and narrowly lost that hotly contested race. we're following the developments from the campaign trail. we'll have the latest in a live report ahead at 7:00 a.m. it is 6:19. still ahead, the jets take the field in nair first preseason game. we'll tell you how they did. coming up next, why you may be seeing or will be seeing thankfully a lot more of jimmy fallon right here on nbc 4. you're watching "today in new york."
mariners harbor, we're hearing reports that a firefighter has been shot. kai simonsen is over the scene in chopper 4. kai? >> reporter: darlene, good morning to you. that's absolutely right. we're just receiving confirmation a couple of seconds before we went on the air that a firefighter apparently was struck by bullets or a bullet at some point this morning. you can see a large police presence here in the mariners harbor section of staten island. it's happening outside 15 destiny court. now, the exact circumstances surrounding all of this are unknown. but we do know, as we pulled up on the scene, we saw a huge police presence. right now, we're being kept at a good distance from the scene both because of the safety of the police officers and also because of air traffic coming into and out of newark right now. that's why you see the trees. when we first arrived out here on the scene, what we want to do is go to some tape we were able to record. we have police behind police cars and behind private cars with their weapons drawn toward a house.
we believe the house in question is the one that will come into view behind the trees. one much knows white house, we believe, that's where this all happened. there was a fire involved as well. you can see more firefighters and also police officers there alongside the fence there. now, there was a fire involved. that's why firefighters responded out here to the scene. a.m. some point shots were fired at police officers and firefighters and unfortunately one firefighter was struck. we believe in the lower extremities. perhaps in the leg. a couple of times. no other injuries reported at this point. we are also hearing that the subject or the perpetrator is still in the basement of one of those homes. we'll continue to keep you up to date. i'm kai simonsen. back to you. >> before you go, we're looking live at the scene. you mentioned that firefighters had arrived on the scene because they were called to a fire. was the fire coming from this
exact home or are we not exactly sure? >> reporter: the fire was coming, we believe, from the home in question from the home where the perpetrator is right now. we don't know how that fire got started, but we do know that firefighters did respond to the scene after a report of a fire. there was apparently a fire inside of one of these homes. it's hard to determine which one of these homes is involved, but there was a fire, as i said, and after that at some point after that, shots were fired and a firefighter was struck. >> we don't know if there's anybody else in that house. whether this is a standoff or hostage situation. with you kat creag is headed out to the scene and we'll bring you more information. kai simonsen, we appreciate that thorough report. kat creag is on her way to give us the latest when she gets to the scene. thank you, kai. as we continue to follow that story out on staten island, going to take a moment and check on weather and traffic for today. raphi, good morning. >> good morning, guys. nice and quiet. temperatures rebounding to the 80s. lots of sunshine. 87 for a high.
it's going to be heating up. but mostly dry. 90 tomorrow. a bit muggy. 91 on sunday and hit or miss storms tomorrow afternoon. most of us will be dry throughout this entire hot weekend. >> raphi, thank you so much. >> we have a couple of problems on the roads. we'll head to our maps and show you. the queensboro bridge, the manhattan bound lower level, a disabled truck. if you're getting on the trains, everything looks good there. that includes the subways. no delays or service changes right now. >> thank you, lauren. 6:27. coming up next, an update on that investigation in brooklyn. if you're about to head out the door, please take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the "news 4 new york" app on your mobile device right now. we're coming right back.
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good morning everyone. 6:30 a.m. we'll get to that in a minute. it's friday morning, august 14th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm pat battle in for michael gargiulo. >> we do want to get to the breaking news on staten island. a police investigation in mariners harbor. >> kai simonsen is over the scene in chopper 4 with what details he can provide. kai? >> reporter: darlene and pat, once again good morning to you. you can see plainclothes police officers arriving out on the scene. they are joining a huge police presence that has been here for a little while now. you can see toward the top end of your screen, the flashing lights, esu, the fire department and many other police departments continuing on the sdeen. this is happening outside 15 destiny court. as you said in the mariners harbor section of staten island. we are being kept at a distance right now. a combination of air traffic controllers with traffic going into and out of newark right now and also because pd aviation is hovering over the scene. we don't know if they're looking
for a perpetrator. as we approached the scene, we were able to get some video. a closer look at exactly what's going on here. you can see towards the center part of your screen, the police behind police vehicles and also behind private vehicles with their weapons drawn focusing their attention on a house across the street. as we were saying earlier, we're not able to exactly determine which house is involved here. this is what we know. the most important thing. this is what we know. a firefighter apparently was struck by a bullet or bullets, hit in the lower extremities. we think possibly in leg earlier this morning. this was as the fire department was responding to the scene of a fire. we believe it could be in in house here. again, we just arrived on the scene and are grabbing video as we came out here. this is raw unedited video. we're hearing that the perpetrator, whoever that person is, is still in the basement of a house in this area right here. once again, review. we do have a large police
presence here inotariners harbor section of staten island outside 15 destiny court. firefighters were responding to the scene of a fire early this morning. at some points shots were fired. a firefighter was struck. we don't have the condition of that firefighter just yet. the perpetrator is apparently still in the basement of that house. darlene and pat, back to you. >> we'll continue to follow this story. kai simonsen in chopper 4 over staten island for us. kai, thank you. we want to mention katherine creag is on her way to that scene right now. it's 6:33. we have breaking news as well in central new jersey this morning. the u.s. geological survey reporting a 2.5 magnitude earthquake north of bernardsville in somerset county. it happened just before 3:45 this morning. we have checked in with bernardsville police. they tell us that no one is reporting any damage or injuries. that quake happened near the ram poe fault line, which happens to
be the longest fault line in the northeast. it stretches from pennsylvania all the way to westchester county. right now police in brooklyn investigating a triple shooting. one person is dead, "today in new york's" tracie strahan is in brownsville. tracie? >> reporter: well, there's still a lot of activity on saratoga avenue. the crime scene detectives have been there really throughout the night looking for any evidence that could point them to the gunman that killed one man and injured two others. let's show you video from the large emergency presence that made the scene. shot spotter technology actually relayed reports of this happening. sensors on the top of many buildings on this pilot program that report the sound of gunfire to police and they were dispatched here immediately from the 73rd precinct. i can tell you that a 21-year-old man was shot in the torso. he was rushed to brookdale university hospital where he was pronounced dead. two other men, both 18 and 20 years old are both listed in stable condition at this hour. both of them suffered gunshot
wounds to the arm. as for a motive in this, authorities believe this was a gang-motivated shootings. all victims are known to horts and they have a lot of gang activity in their rap sheets. as far as we know, darlene, no word on who police are looking for. tracie strahan in brownsville, thank you. time for a check of weather and traffic right on the 4s. raphael miranda in for chris cimino today. you've got the good news. >> an easy job today. lots on sunshine today. the humidity not bad. we're not feeling that mugginess that we can feel this time of year. that's coming along with temperatures in the 90s. a live look at storm tracker. from new york city to the pennsylvania, bridgewater, you're looking good. long branch, sunny down the jersey shore. it's 67 right now. we've got lots of sunshine through the afternoon. temperatures rising back through the 80s.
going for a high temperature around 3:00 of 87 degrees. keep in mind, it's not too humid. so it doesn't feel like an oppressive 87. we'll look at the seven-day forecast and major heat coming our way. lauren scala has a look at your commute. >> hey, raphi. good morning everyone. april couple of accidents causing delays. one on the fdr drive southbound by 116th street. still shuts down two streets. the henry hudson into the west side highway is a better option. you can take local streets. on the van wyck expressway, by federal circle, jfk airport, an accident shuts down two lanes. delays extensive through here as well. this has been out there for quite a while. reports of an accident on the verrazano bridge. minor delays into here. you want to head to the lower level in the meantime. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. the next weather and traffic update on the 4s. in brooklyn, police arrested three people for taking a treasure hunt down into the city's sewer system. among those arrested,
21-year-old marquis evans who is suspended from his job as a trainee why the department of environmental protection. he's accused of helping to lift a manhole on wednesday night. he never went underground but police. they're identified as 35-year-old damian neo owe i wouldn't be doing that. >> police waited for the men to resurface. they came up empty handed and were arrested. one of the truckdrivers involved? the dramatic crash and ekts ploegss on the new jersey turnpike is telling his story in an interview with news 4. >> i am amazed and other people have said it, that i'm talking to you right now. >> that's 61-year-old dale miller speaking from his hospital bed at st. barnabas medical center. he can be seen jumping out of
his truck with his pants on fire. he was helped by three australian tourists. >> there was a young fellow who helped me get my pants off and another gentleman let me use his cell phone to call my son. i thanked him because basically he saved me a great deal more of punishment and suffering. >> miller says the fiery crash left him with burns on 20% of his body. he doubts if he will ever work or use his hands again. new york state is honoring a fallen police officer from long island. he's being named a portion of the jericho turnpike is being named after him. the bridge that spans the cross island parkway near exit 27e will soon be called police officer arthur lopez memorial bridge. the police officer was shot and killed near to location in october 2012. last year darryl fuller was sentenced to life in prison without parole for officer lopez's murder.
up to 2 million people expect d to head to philadelphia when pope francis visits next month with more than a third of them passing through new jersey. transportation officials say nj transit will be pushed to capacity. drivers should expect congestion all along i-95. for those who hope to see the pope in person in philadelphia, they'll have to cross the ben franklin bridge on foot and walk at least five miles. >> if you're not prepared to walk, a considerable distance, yoglu may want to to reevaluate your a tep dance. >> preparations are also being made in new york for the pope's visit. the nypd is gearing up for the likelihood of pope francis wanting to interact with the public as he's been known to do in other cities. >> will be a new challenge for us because he tends to mingle a lot more than we're used to. >> stay with news 4 for continuing coverage of the pope's visit and what to expect
when he arrives. head to nbc new york for much more. we're following breaking news on staten island where a firefighter has been shot while working a fire in mariners harbor. these are live pictures from chopper 4. kai simonsen has been keeping us updated. katherine creag has just arrived on the scene. we'll bring you an update right after the break. you're watching "today in new york."
now back to the breaking news on staten island. a firefighter shot while on the job in mariners harbor. kai simonsen is over of the scene in chopper 4. he's got an update for us. kai, what have you learned? >> reporter: pat and darlene, we have some new information to tell you about in a second here. in the meantime, these are live pictures from chopper 4. we continue to see a large police presence here outside of 15 destiny court. as you said, the mariners harbor section of staten island. this is the live scene right now. we'll go to tape that we were thankfully able to get for you
as we came up on the scene. right now we're kept at a good distance both because of of the safety or for the safety of police officers and also laws nypd aviation has been hovering over the scene to get a bird's eye view of what's going on. >> u.s. marshals at some point were executing a warrant at this location. 15 destiny court. then at some point the perpetrator, who was the subject of the warrant set fire to the house. firefighters then responded to the scene and then shots were fired. we're not sure exactly where the shots were fired from. but that firefighter was struck in the leg. we don't have a condition on that firefighter just yet. but what we want to also do at this point is go to the maps and show you where this is located. give you a locator. sometimes it's hard looking at these shots. here's mariners harbor in the center part of your screen. where the red mark is, that's
where it's happening. here's the bayonne bridge and the staten island expressway. we'll continue to keep you up to date. live in chopper 4, i'm kai simonsen, path and darlene back to you. >> kai, thank you very much. we'll continue to follow that scene of that breaking news where a firefighter has been shot on staten island. katherine creag is on her way there. we're going to take a check of the weather with raphi. >> good morning, ladies. nice and quiet right now. temperatures in the 60s and 50s north and west of town. refreshingly cool in some spots. it's quiet in times square and dry. it's going to stay dry throughout much of the weekend like we've seen time and time again over the summer. we're keeping that trend going. temperatures in westchester county in the 50s in some spots. refreshing in armonk. 5 had degrees. it's 58 in millwood. 52 in sloatsburg. no ac needed north of the city. 62 in mamaroneck and 62 in tarrytown. warmer closer to the city.
67 in central park. 54 in bridgewater. 54 in monticello. warming up throughout day. it's going to be hot for baseball. but nice. the low humidity. 83 degrees for the first pitch as the pirates take on the mets at 7:00. nice night for baseball. temperatures falling into the 70s throughout the game. maybe you're thinking to get out of town. down the jersey shore, a great beach weekend. 84 degrees and loads of sunshine for sunday. temperatures in the 80s. out east, more of the same weather coming your way. montauk, maybe clouds and fog tomorrow morning. but then more sunshine and temperatures in the 80s throughout the weekend. north and west of town, that's where it will be the hottest. catskills, poconos, 90 degrees for a high tomorrow. now, tomorrow afternoon could see a spotty shower or storm, especially in places like rhinebeck. a little humid. you will notice the mugginess creeping back in by sunday. a look at future tracker. 11:00 this morning, quiet and sunny.
as you head out of town or home tonight, 6:00 p.m. looks good and feels good. on saturday, a dry start to your weekend. sunshine at 7:00. 1:00 p.m. looking good. it's not until 5:00, 6:00, we see spotty showers and storms. most of the weekend will be dry and it's going to be heating up. 90 tomorrow. the humidity really starts to feel it on sunday and it stays hazy, hot and humid through early next week. temperatures in the 90s through tuesday. let's see how the dmut is commute is going. >> we have a bunch much problems out there. fdr drive, late running construction out by a house -- heavy delays to the brooklyn bridge. we have a disabled vehicle. a truck out there. the upper level of the queens pour owe bridge. the best bet is to head to the upper tloefl avoid the delays. in better news, an accident southbound on the fdr drive. that cleared but we have very heavy residual delays.
you might want to head to the west side highway. on the bqe, heavy delays and westbound an accident by queens boulevard. a slow ride unc you're past that. >> also, if you're headed to jfk airport, we have an accident southbound on the van wyck by federal circle and the airport. shuts down two lanes. you can see a big mess out there. if you're getting on the trains, the subways included there. on or close to schedule. back to you, darlene and pat. >> lauren, thank you very much. we continue to follow the breaking news on staten island. a firefighter has been shot. responding to a fire in mariners harbor. you're looking at live pictures from the scene. we understand that u.s. marshals were attempting to serve a warrant, execute a warrant. there was a manholed up in inside. there was a standoff. but katherine creag has arrived on the scene and has more details. kat? >> reporter: darlene and pat, a big situation this is. firefighters, dozens of them around us.
kai was saying when he sees a huge police presence, that's further down the street. what we see here, dozens of firefighters. we're on harbor road. down the street in destiny court. law enforcement officials, u.s. marshals were trying to serve that warrant. we understand that this is still a standoff situation and then you have that firefighter who was shot. law enforcement officials are telling us that marshals were trying to serve a warrant about 6:00 this morning to a man inside an apartment and a building here. possibly the suspect was someone inside that apartment. then set a fire. firefighters responded. as they were arriving, getting out of their trucks, shots rang out. a firefighter was shot in the lower body. possibly the leg, possibly the hip. it is unsure who fired. but what you see here, there are numerous police officers down the street closer to destiny court. see more firefighters. darlene and pat, you can imagine there are numerous road closures getting down here on the highway
and trying to get down forest avenue. there were road closures perpendicular to forest avenue. we managed to get here to harbor road. but a lot of roads still closed. still a standoff situation from what we understand. the firefighter who was shot in the lower body, he will recover. back to you darlene and pat? >> wondering about that firefighter's condition. katherine creag, thank you very much. we'll continue to follow that story. >> we'll be right back. stay with us.
welcome back. we want to update you on the breaking news in mariners harbor on staten island. the firefighter has been shot responding to a fire. from what we understand from our investigator, u.s. marshals were attempting to execute a warrant for a suspect in the home. a fire was set. firefighters arrived. the firefighter was shot in the leg. the lower part of his body. arriving on the scene. we're told shall pat, that he
will recover. we don't know the extent of his injuries. >> you can clearly see a number of firefighters still on the scene there. i'm sure they've rushed there hearing that a colleague was shot. they face dangerous decisions every day. you don't anticipate this. gunshots at the scene of a fire like that. he is expected to be okay. there's a heavy police presence. we understand there's a standoff. the person who fired that weapon still inside the house there. we'll, of course, keep you updated on that situation as it unfolds. >> the "today" show meanwhile is coming up in a few minutes. we'll check in right now with matt and savannah, see what's ahead. >> good morning. coming up on the show is former vice presidential gore really considering another run for the white house? what insiders are telling nbc news about the chances. >> alsoeahead, low fat or low carb? which diet helps you lose the most weight? we've got new research that can
or may settle that debate. >> a can't miss concert when we get started on a friday morning. she's a great performer. me on down. >> classic man. sounds good. thank you, guys. have a wonderful weekend. >> you too. >> take care. we're coming right back with an update on that breaking news we've been following out of staten island. a firefighter shot responding to a blaze there in mariners harbor. >> katherine creag and chopper 4 on the scene. we'll bring you an update right after the break. you're watching "today in new york."
welcome back. 67 degrees out right now. we're following this breaking news. firefighter shot in mariners harbor spopding to a fire. we went ahead to katherine creag who has more. >> reporter: darlene and pat, that firefighter had. [ inaudible ] >> unfortunately, there's a problem with katherine's audio. we want to update you what we know is that the marshals were trying to execute a warrant at that location to a man in an apartment there. apparently a fire was set. fitorefighters responded. let's go back to kat and see if that audio w's repaired. >> i think we're going to kai simonsen in chopper 4. >> reporter: here's what we know. u.s. marshals were executing a warrant. the perpendicular at some point set fire to the house. when firefighters responded to the scene, a firefighter was
shot in the leg. we are being told thankfully that those are nonlife-threatening injuries. live pictures toward the center part of your screen. we do believe that the perpetrator is still in the basement of that house. 15 destiny court in the mariners harbor section of staten island. police are positioned behind a police car, not taking any chances at this point. back on over to you. >> we only have a couple seconds left. ladder company, engine company, battalion company, where the firefighter was from? >> other than what we have said are sketchy. woe don't know what battalion that firefighter came from. thank you very much for your reporting. kai my son senn. the good news is he's going to be okay. we have subway changes for you right now. on the b and the d train. uptown trains running express from -- if you're getting on the roads, late running construction on the fdr northbound by houston street. expect heavy delays there as well.
>> raphi, the weather? >> 87 and sunny today. not too mug i will. 90 tomorrow. nice and dry. couple of storms inland. beach weather continues. 91. that's when the humidity comes back sunday and we stay hazy, hot and humid on tuesday. temperatures into the low 90s. no real cooldown in site. thank you. thank you for joining us on this friday morning. i'll be back tomorrow morning. darlene enjoy your vacation. >> thank you. have a great weekend. that's what's ha enn:g "today in new york." good morning. al gore for president? the newest wrinkle in an already wild campaign, a push for the former vice president to make another run for the white house. but as candidates from both parties descend on iowa this weh!ekend, is it all just talk? >>li> survivor. a youngan pulled alive from the puble
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>> we have the live feed. is it a hard and fast rule, never ask a panda if she's pregnant. >> it never ends well. >> exactly. >> we'll tell you more in a little why. first today's top story. just when you thought the presidential race couldn't get more chaotic, speculation growing that al gore may jump into the race, this as confirmed candidates head to iowa for a ti ame honored campaign tradition. nbc white house correspondent this. good morning. >> reporter: matt, good morning. the buzz about al gore comes as the ap reports two of the e-mails on hillary clinton's private server, quote, include a discussion of a news article detailing a u.s. torino drone operation and one that could point back to classified material in an improper manner. the report says it is not an e-mail clinton s t and she said she never knowingly classified