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>> photographer adam ward apparently proposed to his fiance at the museum. she worked at the same television and was in the control room when he was gunned down. >> stay with "today in new york" for continuing coverage of the shooting. you'll find everything that we gather at nbcnewyork.com and the nbc 4 new york app. time for a look at weather and traffic. dave price is in this morning for chris. >> let's look at temperatures around the area. a cool, pleasant morning. that will set the stage for what's going to be a terrific day today. 59 degrees the temperature right now in high point. oakland at 58. bell vi der at 56. allamuchy, 59 degrees. 60 in parsippany. let's take a look at the island right now. 70 in montauk, connecticut, 55 degrees in danbury. 61 in white plains. 57 in sussex. as you head to the west and the
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northwest particularly, you're going to see temperatures that are cooler. as we head into tonight, that trend is going to continue this is what we don't see. take a look. do you see any rain in the picture? i don't. that's just the way it's going to stay. almost 360 degrees around and as you really look, it's well to the north and east that you're finding rain storms. that is not going to affect us at all. today. we're going to see a high of about 82 degrees in central park. 80 in white plains. 80 in poughkeepsie as you head up to route 9 and into hyde park and that area. 76 at andover by the arrow plex airport. east end of long island, 81 degrees in montauk. enjoy the day. why? the humidity is low, the sunshine is out. the winds are light out of the west at 5. it doesn't get much better than today and tomorrow. just as good. we'll talk about that in a while. meantime, traffic and emily standing by.
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>> the n inain, they'll be running on the d line from 36th street in brooklyn to stillwell avenue. that's due to fdny activity this morning. also with your commuter checklist, running on schedule. good time to get out. no big delays with new jersey transit buses, beeline or decamp. b 9, bx 28, 30, s 4 deal with detours and the n train. keep that in mind. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you, emily. firefighters still on the scene of an early morning fire in new jersey. firefighters say the flames erupted in plainfield around 2:00 this morning and the flames quickly spread to three homes. more than 50 firefighters rushed to that scene. second alarm fire is reported to be under control now. no word on injuries or how that fire started. police are searching for a suspect in a sexual assault in brooklyn. investigators say the man in this video grabbed the 34-year-old victim from behind
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and started kissing her neck. this happened near 74th and 20th avenue in bensonhurst. the victim fought off her attacker. a police officer in philadelphia is now off the beat and on desk duty after allegedly shaking down a driver during a traffic stop. >> you buy these or i take your car. >> the man posted this video online showing the officer who pulled him over. allegedly told the man he won't impound his car if he buys tickets to a police-sponsored event. the man bought $30 worth of ticket and the cop let him drive away in his unregistered car. >> i'm not going to remotely try to justify any of it. he's a police officer. that position alone, i mean, this should tell you that this is not what you do. >> there is an internal investigation now under way. 5:07 now. a long island man isn't denying that he tampered with the red light cameras and he's not apologize ing for it either.
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steven ruth, remember he was arrested after posting this video online showing him using a pole to push a red light camera in lake ronkonkoma away from the road. he told us why he did it yesterday. >> people are making full stops and still getting tickets. you make a right after you make a complete stop and check that no one is coming on the left and you still get a ticket in the mail. >> suffolk county officials say the cameras are placed in areas where there are a high number of crashes. >> there will be misdemeanor charges coming up in october for him. a crackdown to times square courtesy of the topless tourist attractions and a costume clad brawl. "today in new york's" katherine creag joins us to tell whaus we can expect. katherine, good morning. >> reporter: as we go along with the police station that's been here for years, we're talking about a knew nypd unit. they would patrol the neighborhood and deal with this.
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the characters here in times uare. there have been complaints about the topless painted women who are asking for tips from tourists. some questioned how appropriate they are. next to them are the costume characters who ask for tips as well. some of whom have been described as belligerent, overly aggressive when they don't get compensated and aggressive with each other. the nypd is in the process of recruiting officers right now for this new unit. some people we talked with are wondering if it's necessary. could the officers be needed elsewhere. >> this is times square. that's what you came here for. these people fly all over the tworld come to the center of the universe. it's times square. they got it. now, we can't control what happens over here. >> reporter: further south, you have to wonder if officers are needed downtown too in battery park. a statue of liberty character was posing for pictures with tourists. a ferry boat worker said he's seen a significant increase in
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costume characters such as minnie mouse and mickey mouse. he said there was a fight between the statue of liberty and minnie mouse. the borough president also had something to say about this. that's coming up. >> minnie mouse and the statue, thank you so much katherine. >> minnie mouse versus the statue of liberty. governor cuomo with a warning for college students headed back to school next month. don't buy fake i.d.'s online. it could put you at risk for identity threat. buyers typically hand over personal information and that puts them at risk. the governor is reminding identity theft can linger for years and it's not worth it. there are two new cases of legionnaires' disease being treated here in new york city. one of the new patients, a 77-year-old woman from east orange new jersey. her family says she's never been to the bronx and that's where the original outbreak killed 12 people. meanwhile, no information about
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the second patient, state health officials are trying to figure out how they caused the disease. both are being treated at new york presbyterian. happening today on long island, the suffolk county spca is hold ago i news conference to warn about alligator snapping turtles. a 25-pound turtle was found over the weekend by people fishing in a stream in smith town. the spca says the abandoned reptile is powerful enough to bite off toes or part of somebody's foot. the turtles discovery is a perfect example of people getting rid of reptiles that they illegally own. >> that looks prehistoric. >> it does. in today's money report, a new target store may have recalled target, it's built near the navy pier in chicago and applying for a license to serve alcohol there. a nearby whole foods has a wine bar. that's a beautiful building. >> there you go. 5:11.
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big stance on firearms now by one of the nation's largest retailers. >> what walmart says is behind its decision to stop the sale of assault rifles. then, if you have an old radioshack gift card lying around, you could be in luck. we'll explain. we'll have your weather and traffic on the 4s when we come back. you're watching "today in new york."
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5:14 on this thursday morning. let's go to weather and traffic on the 4s. mr. price, you have the best news of the day. >> i got to tell you. it only gets better heading through the next 48 hours. beautiful today. picture perfect. enough said. but the heat builds into the weekend and the humidity does as well. in the meantime, in just a moment, i'm going to show you the latest tracking information on erika. that's brewing in the caribbean and that reading just came in, within the last 15 minutes or so. we'll get to it. 68 degrees at jfk. 61 in broomfield.
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we'll widen the picture and show you islip. 62 degrees. 59 in poughkeepsie and 57 in monticello. nice and warm today. it's going to feel really comfortable. average temperatures 81. right in the zone at 82 degrees. but humidity is way down. not a drop of precipitation in the sky or anywhere around us for that matter. it's well to the north. so we'll take our attention now and go down to the caribbean. if you're in st. john, you have friends, relatives down there now or if you're watching us on saturday light, you're seeing heavy rains, the system is gaining speed and it's gaining strength right now. watches and warnings posted for san juan, u.s. virgin islands and oon to turks and caicos. the spaghetti model shows us, well, it's moving the storm to a more northerly pattern. this is what we're looking at now. still not a lot of agreement on what's happening. but we have westerly direction at about 16 miles per hour. now wind speeds up to 50 miles per hour. here's where we see it going.
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by the time we get to monday at 2:00 p.m., tuesday at 2:00 a.m. it's off the coast of florida pushing northward towards south carolina but anything could change in that time. today, 82 degrees looking local once again. 6:18 is when the sunrises. about 1:03 from now. tonight, nice and cool. the 80s become to the 60s and 50s. thousands how we like it. northerly winds at 5 to 10 miles per hour. great spleepg leeping weather. love it, love it. until we get to next week when the humidity is really kind of on the unbearable side again. we break that with thunder showers where the temperature tops out at 91 degrees. that's a quick look at the weather picture. emily has more. >> delays on the bqe due to roadwork. you can see hamilton avenue towards cadman plaza, that construction is still there. north of the city on the taconic, it's shut down
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northbound. this is in stamford to bulls heads s ad. a pretty serious crash there has that shut down. also seeing delays due to construction on the northbound 34th and 71st. 79th to 96th. roadwork on staten island expressway. again, in both directions. eastbound between 7 to 11 westbound from 12 to 10. a couple lanes blocked there. the l.i.e., the grand central parkway, looks like the westbound ride is moving very well this morning. alternate side meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thanks very much. we're coming up on 5:18. decision 2016. the candidates are flooding new hampshire and ohio. donald trump has another event in south carolina. hillary clinton addressing the possibility of vice president biden joining the race and edward lawrence is reporting from washington, d.c. with more. so much going on, edward. >> there is a lot going on with
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a lot of candidates on both sides. for the democrats, for the very first time hillary clinton addressed the possibility of more competition. she talked about a challenge from the vice president. hillary clinton says she always thought that getting the democrat nomination for president would be competitive. she campaigned in iowa and for the first time she's talking about the possibility of vice president joe biden entering the race. >> he should have the space and the opportunity to decide what he wants to do. >> the first woman president of the united states. >> she picked up big endorsements from the former governor of iowa and the current secretary of agriculture, presidential candidates from both parties flooded iowa and new hampshire with events. senator marco rubio said he would not use the term anchor babies. >> the republican party will reach out to voters. i don't think donald trump will be the nominee.
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>> former governor jeb bush held an event in his home state of florida. common ground with pro-choice voters. >> there's common ground between pro-life and pro-choice people we ought to find and forage and make sure that this country respects life from beginning to >> republican candidates went back to the issues to try and take back the spotlight. >> there's a lot of campaigning left to be done. the first primaries and the primary and caucus in new hampshire, then iowa are in february. reporting live in washington, edward lawrence, back to you. >> months to go. edward, thank you so much. gun enthusiasts will no longer be able to buy assault-style rifles at walmart. the retailer will stop selling ar-15s and similar semiautomatic firearms. walmart insists it has nothing to do with the mass killings. instead, the demand was slumping for those weapons. the company wants to focus on the shoppers who are sports men. if you're holding a
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radioshack gift card, you may be getting your money back. the electronics store entered into a complicated agreement with the texas attorney general allowing some card holders to get a full refund. others will not. what depends on whether the full price was paid for that card, those people get priority status as far as the refunds go. the whole deal would have to be approved by a bankruptcy judge. the bottom line is don't throw away your card if you have one. wait until this plays out. maybe you can get something for it. >> start digging through that junk drawer. it's 5:20 on this thursday morning. we may have nice weather here. this is not the case around the world. where we'll tell you that major flooding is going on right now. then we have a crime warning for any consumer who pushes their grocery cart at the store.
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. welcome back. a look at the george washington bridge. one of my favorites. because it takes me home and brings me here as well. on this thursday morning, while we're enjoying several days of wonderful weather. look at what's happening in georgia. people's homes are flooded along
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the black sea. because of torrential rainfall there. the entrance to the town you're looking at was literally cut off. people lost power and obviously, you stand in that water and what next? what do i do now? >> we should point out, that's georgia, not u.s. georgia. georgia in europe. the republic. >> tough weather in some places, not around here, dave. >> we have had a summer for the record books. it's been so gorgeous. you wonder when we're going to pay for it. >> we paid for it last winter. >> the interesting thing is, we don't have to worry about it for 48 hours. that's for sure. 82 degrees. beautiful today. sun and clouds, pleasantly warm, low humidity. into tonight, the temperatures drop into 65 degrees. 50s to the north and west. as you hid to the catskills, wouldn't be surprised if we saw a number beginning with 4. temperatures could be in the 40s. humidity, on the rise over the weekend.
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we'll talk more about that. we have a very slow ride on the staten island expressway. you'll find a road with a couple lanes blocked. it's really heavy near south avenue. two lanes, maybe even three lanes blocked here. that's going to be slow going until 6:00 this morning. the belt parkway, it's moving along fine. near jfk airport. that is a very good ride. emily, thank you very much. 5:25 now. happening now, crews are back out at sandy hook. details of the search for that fishing boat captain whose ship went under off the coast. >> reporter: a virginia news station is back on the air this morning while mourning two workers killed on live tv. i'm tracie strahan live in the newsroom with more on how they're being remembered. about to head out the door, please take us with you. keep on watching "today in new york." download our "news 4 new york" app on your mobile device. we're coming right back.
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new information about the motive behind the murders of two young journalists killed on live television. plus, what's behind those changes that are moving costume characters out of times square? relief on wall street.
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"today in new york" starts now. good morning everybody. coming up on 5:30 on this wednesday, august 27th -- thursday, excuse me, guys. >> you are so anxious. >> i haven't got one day right this week. >> that's all right, michael. i'm pat battle in for darlene rodriguez who is back on tuesday, i mean monday. dave price is here for the forecast for thursday, dave. >> i'm checking my time card. let's see what's happening outside and see what's going on. 59 degrees in amerson. beautiful morning. clear skies, 62 in rows he will park. 63 in staten island. as far as the weather for today, it's going to be a perfect day. cooler in the suburbs. right, of course, temperatures in the 50s. we warm it up nicely. just about average. 79 degrees at noon. 82 is the high. a very, very pleasant 80 degrees at 6:00 p.m. before we head on back down into the mid-60s overnight. that's a quick look at your weather picture.
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full forecast coming up in a couple of minutes. right now, emily standing by. in dutchess county in stamford, taconic shut down northbound from 9 partners road to bulls heads road due to a pretty serious crash there. also, dealing with an accident on the cross-county parkway. westbound by the sawmill, that is by exit -- you're going to find minor delays. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> there's new details about the tragic deaths of two young journalists at the hands of a former colleague. tracie strahan joins us from the newsroom with what we know now about the victims and the gunman, tracie. >> michael, we've been watching in awe as the morning show is back on the air at this hour on wdbj nearly 24 hours after the unthinkable happened. a neighboring station sent their staff to help cover. more details are emerging about the gunman. >> we come to you this morning
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with heavy hearts. two of our own were shot and killed during a live shot yesterday morning. >> a somber day back on the air at wdbj after violence put the station in the headlines. the morning show is under way at this hour after the anchors, newsroom and tens of thousands of viewers watched reporter alison parker and her photographer, adam ward, shot on live television. >> someone from the station at one of the producers sent us a text that said there were shots fired and they hadn't heard anything from alison. they didn't know if anyone was hurt. but something had happened. >> authorities identified the gunman at 41 years 'ol vester lee flanagan a former reporter from that station. he was fired in 2013. he went by the name bryce williams on air and was described by management as an angry employee. >> after a while, a number of incidents, we thought it was best if he left the company. and he did.
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but not happily. he had to get some assistance of here. >> in a 23-page fax believed to be from flanagan to abc news, he praises mass killings like virginia tech and columbine that says the recent racist church shootings in charleston, south carolina, was the tipping point. he actually videotaped a point of view perspective of him opening fire on parker and ward and vicki gardner being interviewed by the crew. he posted the chilling moments on social media while he was being chased by state police. she turned 24 years old just a week ago. the morning reporter had just moved in with her boyfriend who also works at the station. parker worked before sunrise each day with adam ward who had recently proposed to his girlfriend who worked as a producer at the station. their bright futures cut short in an instant. >> if i walked into the office in the morning and the first person i saw was adam or alison,
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i got a smile on my face because they were always that way. >> the nypd has boosted the presence of officers at tv stations in our area in the wake of those shootings in virginia. they're doing so as a precaution, michael. president obama called the deaths of both ward and parker, heartbreaking. i think we can all agree. >> tracie, we really, our hearts go out to the folks at that station. our colleagues. imagine, they got back today. the early morning hours to put together a newscast once again. >> my hat is off to them and of course, our prayers and thoughts and warm wishes to them as well. >> tracie, thank you. in other news this morning, a long island man accused of driving drunk and killing a father and two children will be in court today to face new charges. prosecutors say they have new video of o'neil sharp jr. throwing a bottle of tequila into the woods after he rear ended the family's car. they claim a friend drove sharp away from the scene leaving the victims to die in that burning car. happening today in new
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jersey, divers head back to search for the captain of a fishing boat that sunk off the coast of sandy hook. the fishing boat, eljefe was found in 50 feet of water after it capsized. state police confirm that the captain, tom anderson is still missing. he never made it out of hull of the boat. they had to call off the search yesterday because of dangerous current. anderson started the operation a few years ago. >> he was learning as he went. he would go crabbing in the winter time. he would go netting in the summertime and lobster plot fishing. other than that, it was all a new experience for tom. >> now, the area where the ship went down is a shipping channel. authorities say because of that, the water can go from just 4 feet to 60 feet in a short distance. 5:34 on a thursday morning. let's get a look at weather and traffic on the 4s beginning with dave price.
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>> all smiles from this end. it's going to be beautiful out there. 60 right now at the delaware river water gap. 58 in high point. as we look at belvidere, 57 degrees. parsippany at 61 degrees. califon at just about 58. 55 in danbury. bridge port at 63. 61 in westchester, white plains. as we head into monticello, look at the numbers. 55 and 57 in sussex. a chilly 52 degrees in morristown. how about that. nothing to show, nothing to see. keep the traffic moving, everybody. it is gorgeous out there. no precipitation and just a couple of high clouds to greet us and stay with us through the day. that's about all. as far as the rest of the day, we'll top it off at 82 degrees or so. not bad. just about average. and low humidity. that's what we like. winds out of the west at 5 miles per hour. temperatures, it's perfect day as you head to monticello and over morristown and trenton. enjoy it while it lasts. that's a quick look at your weather picture with traffic. >> here's how you get stuck.
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staten island expressway, two lanes blocked eastbound between bradley avenue to richmond avenue. between slosson as you find a couple lanes taken up. here around south avenue, you can see the huge delays there. two lanes are blocked. expect that to be there for a half hour. commuter checklist, everything is fine for the buses this morning. the bx 38, new jersey transit buses, one at 53. you're going to find some delays with that as well. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> emily, thank you. you can thank the topless tourist attractions and the costume characters braulg in times square for a new crackdown katherine creag is here to tell us what's brewing on the horizon? >> reporter: pat, reaction has been mixed about this new nypd unit. some think it's a great idea but others are wondering could officers be needed elsewhere. do you need to police topless women here in times square in the thing is, there have been numerous complaints about the
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topless painted women who have been asking for tips from tourists. how appropriate are they some ask. next to them. the costume characters who have been here for years. some have been described as overly aggressive when they don't get compensated. the nypd is in the process of recruiting officers to this new unit. some are wondering if it's necessary. why do you have to police the characters here in times square? >> no, no. these are everyday people like me. i went to school for acting. i could have been one of those people. >> reporter: in battery park, a statue of liberty character was posing for pictures with tourists. we were told that a ferry boat worker has seen an increase in costume characters such as minnie mouse and mickey mouse. and the brooklyn borough president has gotten reports of island as well. talking to beach-goers, harassing beach-goers and he said that he supports the task
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force created by the city because he calls it unenforced activity. back to you, pat. katherine thank you for that. a neighborhood is mourning the loss of an 8-year-old girl killed while crossing the street. neighbors on east 22nd street in flatbush are lighting candles and saying prayers for lilja von williams. she was struck and killed by an suv. the driver stayed on the scene. it's unclear if he'll face charges. devastated. >> she's not doing well. she's not doing well. she just went by -- the police have to take her to the hospital. scene. another man connected to that tragedy was arrested, though. police charged 25-year-old ryan romans who lives in the neighborhood with assault after he attacked the driver of the suv after the crash.
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these who snatch purse frs shopping carts. this video shows a woman snatching a purse from a cart. the young woman worked with an older woman who pushes a toddler in a separate shopping cart. they then allegedly use the stolen credit cards to go on a shopping spree. it's pathetic. i think it's ridiculous. the times we live in right now. >> just always have my pocketbook on my shoulders and try to keep it closed or closer to my body. >> police believe they struck at a target in paramus. but this time a customer tracked the woman down and got the purse back. cracking down on people stealing street signs. >> after the 15th, if we find it, locate it on somebody's propertyn their house or find somebody in possession of them, they're subject to criminal prosecution and/or civil prosecution as well. >> the person or persons who have been stealing the signs
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have been doing so even after vandal-proof screws were used to make the signs more difficult to steal. there are 37 of them missing right now. there's no penalty if the signs are returned as the chief was saying. but you got to return them before september 15th. the village is offering amnesty until that date. police in louisiana dealing with the second killing of one of their own in just three days. a local officer shot to death on wednesday in sunset. that is near lafayette, louisiana. he was responding to a domestic fire. stabbing three women. one of them died. the suspect was arrested after a standoff with police just this past sunday. a louisiana state trooper was shot to death. it's 5:40 right now. everyone is hoping their 401(k)'s will build on the trend in wall street yesterday. signs of hope from china. the shanghai exchange closed more than 5% higher. that's the biggest gain for them in eight weeks.
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right now, european markets which are open are showing solid gains. yesterday, wall street broke a huge streak -- broke a losing streak, had a huge upside as they say. 619 points. i don't know if it's ever gone up that much in a single day. >> a lot of people breathing a sigh of relief on that, though. it's 5:41. still ahead, before you grab that breakfast, we have to tell you something about counting calories. that's right. we'll tell you how one airline is trying to make amends for anyone impacted by the ashley madison scandal. you know who you are. we'll also have your weather and traffic on the 4s when we come back. thank you for watching "today in new york."
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a live look at my favorite -- the hamilton bridge. >> why is that your favorite? >> i like alexander hamilton. the subject of a new broadway -- >> have you seen it?
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>> i haven't been able to get tickets. >> there are plenty of free things to do and outside. it's the perfect day to do them. let's widen out the picture. gorgeous morning at rockefeller center. beautiful setting up for the farmers market. great morning to head on outside and see the "today" show live. temperature is 67 degrees. we've got clear skies and all systems go for a perfect day today. it's just going to be gorgeous out there. it's as simple as that. doesn't get any better. heat will build into the weekend. humidity will build at the same time. that means it's sticky as we head into saturday and sunday and indeed into next week as well. tracking erika closely. we've got late readings for you to show you. again, so many people have friends and relatives in the caribbean and florida, we want to show you where we think it might go. 61 degrees in might plains. out west, parsippany at 61 degrees. roselle park at 62 degrees. other locations, check newburgh,
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61 degrees. 55 in monticello and 61 in trenton. just about average. it will feel better, why? because the humidity is low. nothing to see here, folks. let's keep the traffic rolling. it's just perfect. rain stays to the north. clouds stay to the north. we go where the action is. that's in the caribbean now. san juan, watches, warnings set up through the u.s. virgin islands. the storm will push. where? big question. this is what we call the spaghetti models. all of them saying something different. we'll continue to watch it and narrow it down. heading to the west at 16 miles sustained winds at 50. this is where the storm is taken morning. we're moving away from florida to more of a northerly pattern right now. we'll keep an eye on it through the day today and tonight. temperature. sunrise at 6:18. sunset at 7:37. into the 80s pretty. .
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the west, we stay into the 70s. tonight, down to the 50s. monticello at 47 degrees. 65 in the city. here's your seven-day forecast. check it out. as we head into the weekend, the temperatures eek eek on out before 91 on tuesday. humidity builds to the point where we see thunder showers. that's a quick look at your seven-day forecast. let's send it to emily for a look at the traffic picture. >> the george washington bridge accident. a live look at the toll plaza on the upper level inbound. you can see that left lane is taken up, actually just past the toll plaza. it's really backing things up. all the trucks trying to get through. fast. trucks. other problems on the roadways. the taconic, this in stamford and dutchess county, this is closed northbound between 9 road. very serious cross. on the cross county dealing with
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this accident westbound by the sawmill. exit 2. and dealing with a little bit of delay with that as well. the fdr roadwork is cleared. this construction has not two lanes blocked here. very heavy delays with the staten island expressway. hopefully that will clear up by 6:00 this morning. alternate side rules in effect. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> thank you, emily. we've been telling you for weeks about those firefighters out west just struggling to battle those destructive wildfires. now, a group of new yorkers packing their bags and heading out to help. governor cuomo authorized that deployment on wednesday. the team is made up of volunteers, forest rangers and state workers. they're leaving as another crew packs up to come home. those new yorkers have been out in oregon to helping to fight a 27,000-acre fire. as we all know, where there is fire, there is smoke. there's a lot of it out there. it's causing serious health
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problems in washington state. the smoke so thick in some places that helicopter and airport support crews couldn't fly. the quality of the air is so bad it's unhealthy for some people to breathe. a spokesman for the 9/11 memorial says there's no evidence of a leak that some families -- victims' families are reporting. that would be a leak in the slurry wall at the memorial. group of families is calling for the immediate removal of their loved once' remains from the basement of the 9/11 museum because of that halgd leak. they say the remains should be aboveground. a port authority spokesperson says there's no leak. we're told the wall in question was examined just a few days ago. a young volunteer firefighter in new jersey is facing serious allegations accused of calling in 14 false alarms. according to police in piscataway, 18-year-old justin tran told them he made the calls to get more experience responding to real ones.
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tran was a volunteer with the arbor hose fire company. he's free on $50,000 bail. a fight between passengers on board a jetblue plane is raising some security questions. the flight had just landed at kennedy airport from jamaica when the fight broke out. the woman from brooklyn slashed two other passengers with an eyebrow razor. that's twh they pepper sprayed her. it's not clear how the razor and the pepper spray both made it through security. if you're one of the 37 million people whose information was hacked on that ashley madison site, one travel website is offering you an opportunity spouse. cheap air.com is offering hacked customers a $50 companion flight discount. all you have to do is e-mail the site. if your e-mail address matches one of the hacked accounts from ashley madison's website, you
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can get that $50 certificate. >> and decide whether it's worth it. >> exactly. >> a new study finds college students engaging if risky behavior closer to home than on campus. most try marijuana, alcohol and other drugs during the summer months, not the school year. this is saah cording to a federal report. the first use of stimulants happens during the school year, especially around the time that there are mid terms and final exams. british researchers say what you eat is more important than counting the calories in your food. the doctors put too much emphasis on weight loss and cutting the amount we eat rather than improving the quality of what we do eat. for example nuts, they're high in calories but linked to a reduced ris of heart attack and stroke. >> not just the numbers that count. >> that's right. >> 5:51 now. still ahead, a story that's going to touch your sweet tooth speaking of calories.
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morning. there's a -- aesthetically zee. 5:54.
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here at news 4, that means weather and traffic on the 4s. mr. price? >> you want a smile? >> yes. >> look at this grachblgt look phic. look at this. 82 degrees everyone. you know what, that is pleasant -- pleasant doesn't describe it. it's going to be perfect. sun and high clouds today. it's going to be gorgeous. low humidity tonight. the trend continues into the 60s in central park. 50s to the distant suburbs. head out to the catskills. you may see 40s. clear and cool. wait for the humidity and temperatures to go up. roads. >> it's a little slow. staten island expressway. if you are heading that way. construction both directions westbound 12. that's south avenue. still a couple lanes blocked and it's really, really slow. where it's also slow is on the bqe heading into the brooklyn bridge. you're going to find big dae lice on cadman plaza.
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that ride is packed from plaza. a couple lanes taken up there to the brooklyn bridge blocked. bridge. i'll tell you about that at 6:00. >> emily, thanks very much. two of the girls in grave's end brooklyn may have the coolest mom in that borough. >> she won a contest for gelato. the woman's winning entry was chocolate macaroon made with almonds, chocolate, chocolate chips and coconut. >> chocolate macaroons have been a family favorite of ours. we just decided to enter in a won. >> i like coming here. contest. >> the little girls got to make and taste the chocolate macaroon gelato for the first time yesterday. looks like they enjoyed it. >> congratulations to them.
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now at 6:00, an outpouring of grief following the murders of two tv journalists. a look at the remembrances as we hern more about the gunman. flames ripped through several homes in new jersey. plus, where police say these women have been preying on unsuspecting shoppers. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everybody. 6:00 a.m. on this thursday, i'm michael gargiulo. i'm pat battle in for darlene. the waning days of august. seriously, the 27th. >> going out in a great way. dave price is out.
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chris has the morning off. just about perfect, right? >> a buffet of sunny skies and great trs for the rest of the day. 59 in emerson. that's the slow poke. everyone pretty much in the 60s. 61 in parsippany and as we head out to valley stream, 65 degrees. we'll widen out a little bit. islip at 61. 62 in bridgeport. 56 in bridgewater. heading to the west, that's where you see the cooler temperatures. it's going to be a nice day. low humidity. exactly like we like it. it's perfect weather for this time of the year. we'll top it out at 82. 67 as you walk out the door. pleasant as you make that trip home tonight. look at those temperatures. that's the way we like it everyone. humidity and temperatures rise through the weekend. full details ahead in the forecast. right now over to emily with a look at traffic. >> a few snags in the ride. staten island expressway going to find delays from slosson to bradley, richmond. both directions are a couple lanes blocked. the george washington bridge, a
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live look at the upper level inbound. just past the tolls, going to crash in the left lane. everyone is having to merge through the tolls to get through that right lane. also on the taconic in duchess tchess county county, it's closed with a serious crash there. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. now to the tragedy involving two young tv journalists. troubling new details about the man who gunned down two former colleagues during a live news report. tracie strahan has been following all the developments from our newsroom. tracie? >> reporter: they're back on the air at wdbj with an anchor calling it a show like no other. they started with photos of the reporter and photographer killed on live television yesterday. this morning, we're learning more about the gunman who also had ties to the station. alison parker was out in the field yesterday conducting a live interview with her photographer who she worked with all the time, adam ward, when
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authorities say vester flanagan opened fire killing both of them and wounding vicky gardner who was a guest being interviewed there. even though it happened on live television, flanagan filmed the shooting himself and posted it on social media as he was being pursued by police. former wdbj reporter himself, flanagan turned the gun on himself and was pronounced dead at the hospital. >> his on-air name was bryce williams. her co-workers are remembering her and ward who were well-known and beloved in that newsroom. >> check on today's weather. >> i don't know how to do weather on a day like this. every morning, adam came in and said hey, what's the weather going to be like for his live shots. i would say how do i know? i don't know anything about the weather and he wasn't here this morning. that was a change there.
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>> a colleague of adam ward and alison parker posted this photo on facebook. those are custom ribbons. turquoise was parker's favorite color and maroon for adam ward's alma mater, virginia tech. vicky gardner is said to be in stable condition at a local hospital. she was being interviewed at the time. she underwent emergency surgery after being shot in the back. >> you have to admire the folks at this tv station going on and putting this newscast on this morning with such heavy hearts. >> absolutely. alison parker's boyfriend was on the desk there. he's the 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. anchor. he says they will get through this. her family is resilient and so is their tv family. >> tracie, thanks so much. we'll have the latest developments on this tragedy and coming up on the "today" show, we'll hear live from some of those who knew the victims best. that's ahead at 7:00 a.m. we've got breaking news on long island where crews are battling yet another fire.
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this one in west hempstead. ed hughes is over the scene in chopper 4. ed? >> good morning, pat. we just arrived on scene. this fire broke out before 5:30 this morning. the back of the wholesale liquidators. you can see damage by the trash bins in the back. we have reports of one firefighter being injured. we don't know the extent of the injuries. but he has been taken to the hospital. as you can see, firefighters remain on the scene investigating. but for the most part, the fire is under control and other than the one firefighter, there are no reports of any other injuries. that's the good news. reporting live in chopper 4, i'm ed hughes. let's go to the studio. >> ed, thank you for that. >> there's a cleanup under way after fast moving flames tore through three homes in new jersey. look at this cell phone video. that's a second alarm fire burning there. it erupted at 2:00 this morning at a home on east 2nd street in plainfield. more than 50 firefighters rushed to the scene to get it under control. they have done that.
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two of the homes are still really badly damaged. >> there's no injuries to firefighters or civilians. we are still doing accountability at the main fire building. because of the conditions in the building. we have some collapse. we're unable to check the building yet. we'll have to do that later. >> we don't know yet what sparked that fire. time for a check of weather and traffic. get a check with dave price. dave, if your kid is out of school, today is the day to get outside before you go back to class. >> today is the day to fake that cough and tomorrow too. it's a great day to call in sick and head outside to enjoy that last gasp of perfect summertime weather. temperature in the city, 67 degrees. we drop it down by 10 degrees as we head to points west. 60 degrees at the dell waiver river water gap. califon at just about 56 and 57 in high point. other temperatures in the area.
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54 in westhampton. 58 in poughkeepsie and the heart of dutchess county. 55 in monticello. precipitation? if you're looking for it, you better get on a plane. it is nowhere where we can see t well up to the north and well outside the tri-state area. that trend continues. it looks like it's going to be gorgeous for the rest of the day. check it out. 82 should be the high. what makes it so perfect is the combination of just about average temperatures with very low humidity and winds which are comfortable the 5 miles per hour. not blowing you in one direction or another. it's a good hair day and a great day to put on the sunglasses, the spf and en join it. picture. let's send it over to emily for a look at traffic. checklist. not a bad go at all. with the buses, the bx 28, 30rks 38, detours as well as new jersey transit buses 153, also
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going to find that detour. schedule. effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s an the update on the george washington bridge crash. >> emily, thank you. they're mourning the loss of an 8-year-old girl on east 22nd street in flatbush. they're lighting candles and praying for the little girl and her family. she was struck and killed by an suv when she was crossing the street. the driver stayed on the scene. it's unclear what charges he will face. friends of her mother say she's devastated. >> she's not doing well. she just went by the police have to take her to the hospital. >> the man connected to the tragedy -- ryan romans who lives in the neighborhood was charged with assault. he they say he attacked the driver of the suv after the fatal crash. the long island man accused of driving drunk and killing a father and two children will be
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in court today to face new charges. prosecutors say they have new video of sharp throwing a bottle of tequila into the woods after he rear ended that family's vehicle last month. as you see there, it burst into flames. they say a friend drove sharp away from the scene and left the victim to die in that burning car. police in new jersey are trying to track down a pair of thieves who snatched purses from shopping carts. a young woman is allegedly swiping a purse from a shopping cart when the victim isn't rooking. this happened at a food town in cedar grove. the young woman works with an older women who pushes a toddler in a separate cart. they then used the cards to go on a shopping spree. >> it's pathetic. i think it's ridiculous. of the times we live in right now. >> always have my pocketbook on my shoulder and try to keep it closed or closer to my body. >> while police believe they
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struck at a target that paramus. this time he chased the woman down and got her purse back. today, president obama plans to deliver a message of hope as we approach the ten-year anniversary since hurricane katrina wreaked havoc down south. the president will travel to new orleans' ninth ward. that mostly poor neighborhood was left underwater. president obama visits a community center. katrina caused levee toss break on august 29, 2005. 1400 people died in louisiana alone. it's 6:09. in the cnbc money report, wall street hoping for another big day following that tough start to the week. landon dowdy joins us with the details and more. i think people would settle for a quiet day. >> i certainly would, michael. today wall street looks set to build on wednesday's rally. futures point to a higher open this morning. stocks rallied with the dow ranging more than 600 points, the third best gain ever and the
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best day since 2008. the s&p 500, the broadest measure being down 10%. taking comments from a top fed official who says an interest rake hike in september looks less likely. asian and european markets are also higher today. again, a controversial practice that gave workers little or no notice about their schedules, the retailer will stop using so-called on-call scheduling by the end of september and will give employees 10 to 14 days' notice trying to improve their work life balance. this is because of employees who got warning letters saying practices violated state law. that will be enforced in early 2016. >> think how difficult it was to arrange child care or a job. >> and appointments. >> help balance out that schedule. thanks so much. it's 6:10.
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up next, a major change for walmart. why the retail giant is stopping gun sales. later, surprising find. looking to tell you where kayakers discovered this dangerous reptile. it's in our area. plus, we'll have your weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. you're watching "today in new york."
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6:14 on a thursday morning. it's cool out. 67 degrees. >> it is nice. >> it's beautiful as far as i'm concerned. no humidity and dave price says we're in for a fantabulous day like yesterday. >> we got it done. you said all we need to. fantabulous, that works pat. as good as it gets. that's how we sum it up. it's going to be perfect today and tomorrow. into the weekend, we'll see the temperatures rise a little bit. we're going to see the humidity go up there as well. in the meantime, we're watching
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caribbean right now to see where erika is going. in the long-term, it could affect us. we'll watch it. temperatures on the island. pretty much in the 60s. 62 in babylon. 66 in north port. good morning everyone in plainview. temperatures in the low 60s there. valley stream at 65. 68 at jfk. 58 in dutchess county in poughkeepsie up route 9. 61 on the i-84 corridor. at newburgh, 57 in sussex. eye 55? monticello. long branch stuck at 59. average for today is 81. we're at 82. right where we should be. the humidity is low. winds are low. the sunshine is out. that makes everything perfect. as far as precipitation, even clouds, you just can't find it. that's how we like it. looking good from west to north to south and in the east. we go way south and way east. we're going to the caribbean right now where we're watching erika.
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if you are going to st. john, have friends or family who are down there, they're getting now. 50 mile per hour winds. the track, that brings it through this path which creates watches and warnings through the u.s. virgin islands, san juan, into turks and caicos. as far as where it may go, these are the spaghetti models. as you can see, every model has predictions. nothing is matching at this point. what we do see is it's more on a northerly trajectory right now. this is what we need to know. winds out of west at 16. westerly path at 16. winds are 50 miles per hour. it is going to continue to move. make a turn to the north and we'll watch it. so far out, hard to predict. tuesday, 2:00 a.m., 85 mile per hour winds off the coast of central to northern florida. as far as our forecast today, 82, lots of sunshine. sunset at 7:37. sunrise in ten minutes. temperature uniform.
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as far as the forecast for tonight, back into the low 60s to mid-60s, 50s to the west and the seven-day forecast looks just terrific. warming up and getting a little bit stickier into the weekend and next week. then we'll break that with thunder showers and 91 degrees on tuesday. that's a quick look at your seven-day forecast. emily has the traffic. here's what you want to avoid. the george washington bridge, you have live pictures from ed hughes and chopper 4 above the scene. looks like they're moving that tractor-trailer that's just past the tolls in the left lane. it has a flatbed there. it's trying to get it out of the way. that backup, we've got about 30-minutes delays. you can see traffic is snarled all the way back on to the turnpike and even the 80 merge. dealing with huge delays. 30 minutes and building. at least that tractor-trailer is currently being moved out of way. that accident on the taconic. that has cleared in dutchess county. that is gone.
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stamford, fdr drive southbound right around the rfk bridge. we have center lane blocked with a disabled vehicle. you're going to see backup with that. the 1 and the n train, delays morning. alternate side meter rules are in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. it's 6:18. in louisiana, police are recovering from a week of deadly violence aimed at their own. a local officer was shot to north of lafayette. he was responding to a family argument when he was killed. the shooter also suspected of stabbing three women and one of those women died. suspect was arrested after a standoff with police on sunday. louisiana state trooper was ambushed. >> walmart is insisting that the recent bloodshed -- a decision to stop selling assault-style rifles. that move involves ar-15s and similar semiautomatic firearms. walmart says the demand for the weapons was slumping and the company wants to focus on
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shoppers who are sports men and women. some big shareholders are pressing walmart to cut back on gun sales. we'll give you a look at where drivers went out of control in santa clara. a strip mall burned down. two loud explosions were set off. police are looking for the driver who ran from the car. further south and northridge, california, this geyser was caused by a car accident so now the car ran up on to a sidewalk and knocked over a fire hydrant. it happened as southern californians are under tight water restrictions because of the serious and ongoing drought there. >> we saw the pictures of people taking buckets. a hydrant leak. people taking buckets and filling it up and taking it home. it's 6:19 on this thursday morning. find out which colleges are giving graduates the highest earning power and one local school is topping that list.
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live look there. the digital personal assistant, siri, cortana and google are getting competition and it comes from facebook. company testing their own version. it's called m. you may feel like james bond while talking to m who runs international exports, which is james bond's cover story. it's no q. the weapons guy. artificial intelligence, portrayed by people. developers say m will complete
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tasks on your behalf and help you find nearby shopping. it will be available on facebook's messenger app. >> it will cook dinner? >> not quite. >> just give me the recipe. lazy thing. the fall season is around the corner. m&m's is dipping into the cannot i crate. pumpkin spice latte m&m's. they will come in classic colors, white is a classic autumn color. white, orange and brown. >> i think yellow green. >> the new flavor goes hand in hand with the other flavors from earlier this week. >> i think a trip to the m&m's store is on the way. >> a nice long walk today. it will be beautiful. temperature up to 82 degrees. maybe a couple of high clouds. but the story of the day is sunshine and pleasantly warm low humidity into tonight. perfect. look at that.
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mainly clear, cool, 50s in the distant suburbs. head up to the catskills. you could get into the 40s. it's one of those first nights. wow, is september that close. indeed it is. the full forecast in a while. >> emily, what's going on? >> the crash past the toll plaza did clear. you're looking at an hour delay now. live pictures from chopper 4. ed hughes, one-hour delays. hopefully it will get better. we're into the morning rush. we'll probably see the delays. both are better options. the lower level george. that's also a half hour wait. traffic is barely moving there. >> hopefully that will clear up. up next, a crackdown in times square. >> reporter: i'm katherine creag live in the heart of times square. this is where you'll see even more police officers. it has to do with a topless painted women. minnie mouse, elmo that you see here. we'll explain coming up. if you're heading out the
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now at 6:30, an outpouring of grief following the murders of two tv journalists as their morning news program returns to the air. an airplane brawl at kennedy airport. wait until you hear what weapons were being used on board that plane. plus, changes coming to times square. what's being done now to stop those aggressive costume characters and topless women. "today in new york" starts now. dealing with a lot in times square. good morning everybody. 6:30 a.m. on this thursday, august 27th. i'm michael gargiulo. i'm pat battle in for darlene rodriguez this week. chris is also taking the morning off. >> storm team 4's dave price is here. >> hey, guys. this should make you happy to start the day. you'll have a smile on your face through the day. why? >> 67 degrees right now in central park. right along the 95 corridor. temperatures stretching from the mid-60s to the mid-50s. as we head through the rest of
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the day, it's more of the same. cool conditions to start off the morning. chillier as you head to the far north. 55 in monticello. heading west, chillier in that direction as well. sunshine, 82 degrees should be the high temperature. if you're not loving this, i don't know what you do love. 79 degrees at noontime. get on out there and have lunch. alfresco. 80 degrees when you return home tonight. it's a nice stretch of weather through the day. that's a quick look at your weather forecast. we'll have the full detail, seven-day forecast in a minute. in the meantime, emily has a look at traffic. >> construction is being picked up. you'll find delays fromth goethals to victory boulevard. the george washington bridge, let's take a live look where the crash has cleared. everything has been removed. but you're looking at an hour delay. hopefully that gets better. hour.
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disabled vehicle, this one is around the rfk bridge. the center lane is blocked there. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. it is a somber morning at a virginia television station as the morning news program returns to the airless than 24 hours after two of their colleagues were murdered during a live report. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is following all the developments from our newsroom. tracie? >> reporter: michael, we've been watching in the newsroom and the morning show at wdbj is back on the air right now. not just with the anchors but with grief counselors. in between they're giving details about the gunman who killed two staffers but mourning the potential of the young lives cut short. >> we come to you this morning with very heavy hearts. two of our own were shot and killed during a live shot yesterday morning. >> a somber day back on the air at wdbj after violence put the station in the headlines. the morning show is under way at this hour after the anchors, newsroom and tens of thousands of viewers watched reporter
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alison parker and her photographer, adam ward, shot on live television. >> someone from the station, one of the producers sent us a text that said there were shots fired and they hadn't heard anything from alison. they didn't know if anyone was hurt there. something had happened. >> authorities identified the gunman at 41-year-old vester lee flanagan, a former reporter from wdbj who was fired from the station in 2013. he went by the name bryce chwilliams on air and was described by management as an angry employee. >> after a while, a number of incidents, we thought it was best if he left the company. he did. but not happily. he had to get assistance from the police to get him out of here. >> a 23-page fax believed to be from flanagan to abc news, he praises mass killings like virginia tech and columbine but says the recent racist church
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shootings in charleston, south carolina, was the tipping point. he actually videotaped a point of view perspective of him opening fire on parker and ward and vicky gardner, who was being interviewed by the crew. he posted the chilling moments on social media while he was being chased by state police. alison parker turned 24 years old just a week ago. the morning reporter at wdbj had just moved in with her boyfriend who also works at the station. she worked before sunrise each day with adam ward who recently proposed to his girlfriend who worked as a producer at e station. >> if i walked into the office and the first person i saw was adam or alison, i got a smileknn my face. they were always that way. >> reporter: an anchor from the station said via twitter that adam ward's fiance received her wedding dress on the day he was killed.
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the anchor is going to take a that station. >> stay with us for the developments on this tragedy. coming up on the "today" show, we're going to hear live from some of those who knew the victims best. that's ahead at 7:00 a.m. in other news, new this morning, investigators trying to figure out what sparked the fast-moving flames that tore through three homes in new jersey. this is cell phone video of that second alarm fire. firefighters say it broke out at east second street in plainfield. two of the homes badly damaged. fort newly, nobody was hurt. divers will be back arching for the captain of a fishing boat that sunk near sandy hook. the boat was found in 50 feet of water in a shipping channel. state police confirmed that the captain, tom anderson is still missing. witnesses say they think he never made it out. divers this h. to call off the
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search because of weather. happening today, parents in newark will have a place to turn for help with registering their children for the upcoming school year. mayor ras baraka announced that five enrollment assistant sites wi nll open today hoping that the centers will help parents avoid some of the problems they faced last fall when the school enrollment office was overwhelmed with applicants. you remember the long lines there. the assistant centers will be open through september 10thnfrom 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. all right. time for a check of weat.er and traffic on the 4s. dave price says no one is allowed to eat inside at lunch >> absolutely. one more piece of business. the weather complaint office is ac hours. it is gorgeous out there, folks. 67 degrees in central park. 58 in muttontown. 60 in white plains. out west, wayne at 60. 62 in parsippany. as the picture gets bigger, the news just stays the same. that's great. that's what we wants.
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58 degrees in the heart of tchess county. poughkeepsie, new york, 57 in su ex.alwe'll head to trenton. 59 degrees. this is what you like to see. whether a weatherman or walking on the street to get to work or get to lunch, not a drop of precipitation a where. it's all well to the north. 're going topkeep our eyes on what's happening in the tropics. we'll watch that and the caribbean. in the meantime, for us, nothing but blue sky, plenty of sunshine. humidity is perfect as well. low humidi , winds out of the west at 5 miles per hour. nothing but blue skies. the full forecast coming up in a couple of minutes. stay with us. in the meantime, emily is standing by with traffic. we have the n train delays back due to fdny. 36th street on brooklyn. stillwell avenue, the commuter rails all look great this morning. no delays there.
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for your george washington cleared. you're going to find the upper level abearnan hour. the lower 45 minutes. hopefully it will get b ter nce the crash clear-d. 28 to the lincoln and the holland. more weather and traffic on the 4s.i>> thankp yo emily. you're soondgoing to be eing major changes in times uare as the city tries to combat those aggressive elmos and topless women. "today in new york's" katherine explanation. kat? >> reporter: who knew aggressive elmo could actually exist, pat. it's become a problem. a pnew unit os going to be created. it will go a. ng with a s police station. it's been here for years. it will deal with this. the different characters that you find in times square, the painted topless women, who ask for tips from tourists, some question how a appropriate they are. also there are the costume characters who ask for money as well. some of whom described as overly aggressive and combative when ey don't get compensated.
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aggressive with each other as well. the nypd right now is recruiting office wirs for this new unit in times square. could the officers be needed elsewhere? >> this is times square. that's what you came here for. these people fly all over the world to come to the center of the universe. it's times square. they got it. now, we can't control what happens over here. >> reporter: then in battery park, a statue of liberty character was posting for pictures with tourists. a ferry boat worker has seen an increase in costume charncters such as mickey mouse and minnie mouse. eric adams said there's an increase in coney island of characters harassing the beach-goers. he's taking a look into that and back to you. katherine, thank you for that. two women are facing charges plane. the flight had just landed at
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kennedy airport from fraica. 61-year-old jennifer ballantyne from brooklyn slashed wo other passengers with an eyebrow ras,zor. another pulled out pepper spray and sprayed ballantyne along with other passengers. no word as to how the razor or the pepper spray made it through security. a long island man trying to exabplain why he chy e to tamper with red light cameras in lake ronkonkoma and post video of it online. the video shows stephen ruth using a pole to push the light camera up toward the sky and away from the road. ruth toll told us he's t ing a stand against the cameras and called their use abusive. >> people making full stops and still getting tickets. you make a right and make sure no one is coming on the left and st l getting a ticket in the mail. >> suffolk county officials say the cameras are purposely placed in areas where there's bhen a high number of crashes.
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ruth scheduled in october for a court date. the suffolk county spca is holding a news conference to warn about alligator snapping turtles. a 25-pound turtle was foulind over the weekend found fishing by a ream in smith town. the abandoned reptile is powerful enough to bite off somebody's toes and part of someone's foot. with turtle discovery is a perfect example to get rid of reptiles they illegally own. the village of ridge wood, new jersey, want their street signs back. some have reportedly been stolen. police are offering amnesty to anyone who returns them. the offer only good through september 15th. after that, anybody caught with the signs will be prosecuted. what do you do with them? if you want your teenager to go to a college to get him or her top dollar on the job market. number one right here. throgs neck in the bri'x. it's the suny maritime college.
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ads expect to earn $134,000 a year. the seconde harvey mudd college, a science engineering school in southern california and harvard and the u.s. naval academy in maryland tied for third. you can get a good education in many places. >> in very many places. they're back. we're going to show you new pictures of that family of bears. remember this scene in their pool hopping antics. later a feud with the neighbors feeling the blues. see the dispute at the center of thmeis lighting. ithis is a look at the tappan zee bridge. you're watching "today in new york."
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oh, we look or any exc e to show you this video again, ght? who can forget it. the bears that had a pool party in this family's backyard. isn't it the best. the little bear takes the flisoatie.
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thatec my favorite part. the little kid goes, he took my floatie. >> this video went viral. now we're getting a new looo at the big bear family. that mama has five cubs. a neighboy down the street took this picture of the bears. stars we know, no pool hopping this week. just sniffing around. >> just sniffing around. th pe video of them barbecuing after the pool is fantastic. >> smarter than the average bear. you are. you're going to be outside today. it's going to be a terrific day. we widen out the picture and look at rockefeller plaza in the background. this is where you want to be. i'll be down there at lunchtime. it's going to be gorgeous.sh degreeshoutside. plenty of sunshine. not only right now but through the rest of the day. it's going to be gorgeous. low humidity. it's really the perfect combination. it's as good as it gets. it's the first headline this morning. plenty of sun for us. it's going to be nice.
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temperatures warm up. litt bit sticky. if you can get to the beach or stay oue ide, it's perfect too. tracking erika. that's w bt we're going to do. we'll headito the caribbean. out on long island this morning, it's very, very nice. mastic beach at 61 degrees. 64 in wading river. 64 in valley stream. at jfk it's 68 degrees. 67 in middle village. looking around the region now, 6 is in newburgh. 54 in danbury. heading to bridgewater, 56 deechgs. it's a little cooler to the north and as we head out to the west. but, the sunshine is for everybody. it is in great supply. average temperature on a day like today, this day, 81 degrees. we're at 82. but it's going to feel good because that humidity is so low. so picture perfect. what do i mean by that? take a look at this picture. there's not an ounce of precip in the picture. not an ounce of precip into the picture. it's all good.
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next 48 hours, the two best days this month. but we're taking a look right now at what's happening in the caribbean. st. john seeing very heavy rain. this is erika. tropical storm. u.s. virgin islands, san juan potentially in its path. turks and caicos, you watch too. these are the potential paths. agreement. what we're thinking it's going to turn to the north. west at 16 miles per hour. 50 mile per hour winds. it takes it off the coast of central or northern florida by tuesday at 2:00 in the morning. a lot can change. today, 82 degrees as we go local once again. 82 in hempstead. 80 in rye brook. widening out the picture, gohgeous through the day. into tonight, into the 60s once again. great sleeping weather under a moonlit sky and that five-day forecast. se'sven days of great weather. warming up, high humidity and thunrer shtuers on tuesday. that's a quick look at the
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weather picture. emily has traffic. construction eastbound has been picked up. delays from the goethals. slow to woodhaven boulevard. the george washington bridge, we'll look at where the earlier accident passed the toll plaza, an hour delay on the upper level. the lower, that is about 25 minutes, also the lincoln about a half hour. the holland, the turnpike approached ten minutes. maybe head to the holland much that's the better option for youalthis morning. now, the fdr southbound, right by the rfk bridge, we have a disabled in the center lane. still have that backup just trying toaget around and then in berkeley heights, 78. crash here eastbound that's around exit 44. so some delays as well trying to get around that this morning. >> the n trains run on the d from 36th street in brooklyn to activity. delays on the d train this morning and alternate side meter
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rules are in effect. back to you. >> thanks very much, emily. don't throw away that radioshack gift card. you could get a refund. the electronics store worked out a complicated agreement with the texas attorney general. it would allow some card holders to get a full refund. that mostly covers cards that were bought at the full price. other card holders may end up with pennies on the dollar. a judge overseeing the bankruptcy deal must approve of all of this. starkist agreed to pay up over claims that there's something fishy about the way it packs its tuna. the company was facing the class action lawsuit, alleging it underfilled 5-ounce cans of tuna. how much less could you put in there? >> starkist agreed to pay affected customers $25 or give them a voucher for $50 worth of tuna products. neighbors want to pulwal the plug on a nightly light show at one home in new jersey. a lot of them referring to this home in margate.
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that's way south. it's referred to as the blue house. every night it's lit up with an elaborate light show and attracts a crowd too. neighbors say it's a bit over the top. the owner of the house says it's not hurting anyone. but the city of margate looking for an answer to shut him down. >> it does create an intrusion into the neighborhood. >> just -- if you look out your window, you'll see them. >>nee'll study other ordinances in other communities that might have been faced with the same scenario. >> the owner says he's received a lot of compliments on the lights. it's grown over the past few years. the pope among the people. a new plan to let new yorkers get up close to pope francis when he comes here. >> that's what he wants. you're watching "today in new york."
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you may wonder where to get the best view of pope francis when he comes to new york.
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>> we now know. he may be taking a ride through part of central park in a few weeks. "the new york times" is reporting that serious discussions are under way to allow the motorcade. people at the new york archdiocese tell us we should know in a few days. the "today" show is coming up. we want to check in with savannah and willie. what's coming up? >> good morning to you. coming up on the show, we'll have more on the terrible story out of virginia. the two journalists gunned down on live television. this morning, the emotional tributes to the victims as we learn more about the shooter's troubling past. also ahead, al has his eye on the all important track of tropical storm erika and the potential impact on the southern united states. those stories plus the controversy and secrecy surrounding today's release of the new book in the girl with the dragon tattoo series. what the author is revealing to us, michael and pat, when we see you here on "today." back to you. >> can't wait for that. >> i know. >> thank you so much.
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>> see you in a bit. we'll be right back with today's top stories and a check of weather and traffic. >> you're watching "today in new york."
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we're back. changes are coming to times square in response to complaints about topless women and
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aggressive costumed characters. >> "today in new york's" katherine creag is in the square with the details. kat? >> reporter: pat and michael, we're talking about a new nypd unit. extra officers patrolling times square to go along with the police station that's been here for years. they'll deal with this. the various characters that you find in times square. the topless pain and women. also the costume characters like elmo and the incredible hulk, some described as aggressive or combative when they don't get $5 for a photograph or a tip. the nypd recruiting officers for this unit and reaction mixed, pat and michael. some think it's necessary, others don't agree. back to you. >> we shall see. goodbye, kitty. meantime, let's check on the traffic. >> we do have a disabled on the fdr causing big delays. we have live pictures from chopper 4. at the scene, you can see a tow that is southbound right near the rfk bridge. street.
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still a very heavy right. hopefully it will be out of the way soon. a crash, the george cleared. 45 minutes. also dealing with another accident. this is the garden state parkway northbound. right near bloomfield avenue back to 280. n train on the d line, you're going to find d train delays there. >> all right. lot of delays. thank you, emily. >> weatherwise, things are looking good. dave price. >> by summer weather standards, this one takes the cake. it's gorgeous out there. the trend is 48 hours near perfect. low humidity. >> temps rise. humidity through the weekend. you'll see thunder showers through the beginning of next week. we'll top it off at 91. temps drop down again. keep in mind, this stretch of sunny weather is terrific. right into the weekend. if you have a chance, get out and enjoy the outdoors and beach. >> 10-4. thank you, dave. the "today" show is coming up next. that's what's happening
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"today in new york." good morning. in memory and in grief. that morning show in virginia returns to the air one day after the shocking murders of two colleagues during a live broadcast. alison parker and ward were a partf the family here. the killer described himself as a human powder keg. soul searching by joe biden speaking out for the first time about a possible white house run. i've given this a lot of thought and dealing internally in the family how we do this. >> as hillary clinton weighs in on her potential new challenger. >> he should have the space and the opportunity to decide what
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he wants to do. what biden says it will take for him to enter the race. in his own defense owen labrie takes the stand. closing arguments set for today. we'll be live at the courthouse. on alert the southeastern u.s. preparing for erika as the tropical storm strengthens. could florida be in for the first hurricane in ten years? today thursday, august 27, 2015. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today"ed with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. good morning everyone. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning. matt is on assignment. willy here. i think we're in shock about what happened an unfolded at the television station in virginia. shooting. >> tributes pouring in for adam and alison.
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they were shot and killed while live on the air. vicky gardener, their guest at the time, is recovering in the hospital after undergoing energy surgery. we're learning more this morning about the gunman, a self-described human powder keg waiting to explode who claimed the charleston church shooting was his tipping point. we'll talk to the station's general manager in a moment. let us begin with stephanie gosk in roanoke. good morning. . they were live on the air this morning covering a story about themselves and at times holding back tears. overnight there were candle light vigils here. this is a tight-night news room. adam ward and alison parker grew up here in virginia and were beloved. now their community and colleagues are heart broken. >> we come to you with this morning with heavy hearts. two of our own were shot and

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