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officers and a man and woman were standing outside their vehicle during a traffic stop. the man and the woman are seriously injured. charged with driving without a license. pope francis set to visit the u.s. in three weeks. a new survey shows that many catholics in our country do not share the same official views as the church. a majority of american catholics surveyed by the pew research center say they don't consider divorce to be a sin. the church should recognize same-sex marriage. you can find more results from the survey on in the meantime, cardinal dolan is going to unveil the chair that the pope will use in madison square garden. it was a month ago when the cardinal visited the day labors building it in port chester. it was specifically designed to be simple as the holy father prefers. a lottery will open tomorrow for the chance to see pope
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francis travel through central park. his motorcade will drive through the west side of the park before his mass at madison square garden on september 25th. if you want to be there, apply for tickets on the city's website or calling 311 starting tomorrow. winners notified next week. we're preparing you for the pope's visit at to read much more about his plans and how you can get involved. 4:34 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, i don't want the holy father to be displeased with you if it's this hot in late september. >> i think we want to cool it down a little bit. >> a little bit. >> comfy for him would be nice. it probably will be by then. we're dealing with lots of heat and humidity again today. another hot one even through tomorrow. tomorrow determined to be one. warmest days and a front -- that will trigger a couple of showers. early friday morning, that looks -- on target to be more
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comfortable and saturday, sunday and monday as well. lots of hazy sunshine. still kind of muggy by noontime. about 85. forecasting a high, close to 90 in the upper 80s. cooler at the coast. >> just ahead, any commuter trouble spots? >> we'll head to hackensack new jersey, westbound heading into exit 66, there's an accident in the right lane there. watch out for minor delays. heading over to staten island, we have roadwork out there this morning in both directions. eastbound today between the west shore expressway and bradley avenue and westbound between slosson avenue and richmond avenue. two lanes shut down out there. no delays just yet. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> lauren, thanks very much. right now, police are investigating a frightening crime in washington heights. a woman attacked as she opened the door to her apartment. "today in new york's" katherine creag is on 172nd street with a look at the suspect.
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this is the type of interaction people have all over new york city. you think about how you're going to open it, kat? >> reporter: absolutely. this man tried to rape the victim. he followed her into her apartment building. she lives here at 172nd street and she fought back against this man who tried to rape her. we want to show you video released by the nypd hours ago. this video taken less than an hour after he attacked a 33-year-old woman this past sunday at 1:00 a.m. he followed the victim into the elevator of her apartment building on west 172nd street. the victim stepped off the elevator on to her floor. the suspect followed her to the door of her apartment and tried to grab and rape her. the victim got into her apartment, locked the door and called police. >> you can see the suspect wearing a red shirt, baseball cap, jeans. after the attack he took off running. police are looking for him. we have more of that surveillance video on our
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website, back to you meikle. >> kat, thank you very much. a long island man is headed to court following a pellet gun attack. this man is facing assault and weapons charges. he fired a pellet gun from his home because he was annoyed by construction noise. a pellet struck 35i 1-year-old worker in the upper back. police say they seized the pellet gun and seven other fire farms from his home. a prisoner who escaped from the nypd is back in custody at the hospital this morning. >> how did you escape police? >> i broke out of the handcuffs when i was out of the hospital after they almost killed me. >> tiffany newman, you heard her there. she was arrested saturday on the upper west side on petit larceny charges. she told police she was pregnant and wanted to go to the hospital. she slipped out of her handcuffs and took off.
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she then went bar hopping, stole a phone and wallet from people she met while she was drinking. she then used stolen credit cards to buy cigarettes and candy. >> are you really pregnant? >> i had like a beer. >> how come you're drinking if you're pregnant? >> because i'm so beat up. he's touching my stomach as we speak. >> police commissioner bill bratton says such lapses in custody of prisoners is unacceptable. this morning, legendary wrestler jimmy super fly snook is free on bail. he was arrested in the death of his girlfriend more than 30 years ago. he's charged with third degree murder and manslaughter. prosecutors say he beat his then girlfriend, brooklyn native nancy arj continue owe to death in a pennsylvania hotel in 1983. that case was reopened two years ago. his own autobiography is part of
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the evidence the grand jury sifted through. >> the grand jury reviewed some 37 exhibits, including hospital and physician reports, police reports, video and audio recordings and excerpts from the defendant's autobiography entitled super fly, the jimmy snook a story. >> he's recovering from stomach cancer. bail was set at $100,000 because they don't see him as a flight risk and don't want taxpayers on the hook for his medical bills. the asian markets are down slightly following another day of losses on wall street. the dow, s&p 500, nasdaq, they all fell by nearly 3% yesterday amid concerns about china's economy. it was the third worst drop of the year for u.s. stocks overall. as to the dow, that 469.fall marked the worst start to september in some 13 years. taxpayers will be putting a $133 million bill because of the
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massive data breach at the government's office of personnel management. the money goes towards identity protection services for military and government employees and contractors along with their children. officials say so far it doesn't appear the data is being used to open for new lines of credit. the u.s. blames chinese hackers for the breach. new this morning, there's a soy spacecraft on the way. three astronauts on board, one from kazakhstan, one from russia and one from denmark. expected to reach the space station on friday. hang today, secretary of state secretary john kerry will try to gain support for the nuclear agreement are iran. he's insisted the deal blocks all pathways to a nuclear weapon for iran and makes the middle east region safer. it will lift economic sanctions
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against iran in exchange for a series of restrictions. it's 4:41 right now. ahead, how to rub elbows with the fashion elite. you can do this for free. plus, they went in through the roof and made off with a huge haul. the jewelry store heist police need help solving. when will we finally see relief from the heat? as we look at the hamilton bridge, weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. follow us on facebook and twitter, darlene4ny, michaelg4ny. you're watching "today in new york."
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here are four things to know this morning. breaking news in new jersey. three people dead in a house fire in long branch. "today in new york's" tracie
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strahan is on the scene. a live update is ahead in 15 minutes. recall to tell you about this morning. the iphone chargers sold at charlotte russe stores can overheat. there's a report of one catching on fire. the new app arrow launches. we told you about it yesterday. you can book a yellow or green cab from their smartphone. givenchy giving away tickets to the show. this is the website you need to visit. nyw you can register at 10:00 this morning. >> very cool. rub shoulders with the fashion elite. you have an opportunity there. chris, will they give out free samples, like suits? >> right. not likely to happen. >> part of the agreement is you can't embarrass yourself or anybody around you. >> can't go.
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>> is that what you're saying? >> in the meantime, hopefully it will cool down on fashion week. for us, another couple of hot days coming our way. then, finally we get temperatures back to reasonable levels. much more comfortable in time for the holiday weekend. look at the plaza. flags aren't moving at all. there's no air stirring. it's very still. 75 degrees. mostly clear in the city. the streak continued of 54 straight days of 80s or more. the last time was july 9th. it was the third day of 90 or better. officially a heat wave now. heading into today, we're dealing with issues of not much rain over the last several weeks. now, there's been concern in parts of new jersey. but the good news for the reservoir that provides drinking water to new york city, towards the west the cat skill system,
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if you look at the numbers -- the small one can -- the rain keeps missing that one. that's why there's problems there. also problems with the air quality. an air quality alert in effect from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., also portions of connecticut. respiratory issues, limit time outside. 61 in franklin. 59 in morristown. sounds comfortable. not comfortingable here. 72 in farming daily. some of the suburbs mainly north and west cooled off into the 60s. there's high clouds streaking to the south of us. sunshine mixing with clouds. no rain coming out of the clouds. >> a back door front will slide down towards late thursday night, early friday. that will bring us potentially a couple of showers and a change to more comfortable conditions. flirting with 90 today. upper 80s to near 90. muggy tonight again. mid-70s in town. no rain today, tonight. maybe a thunderstorm late
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tomorrow in a few spots mainly north and west. i think the thunderstorm threat is going to be greatest overnight into the early part of friday. at flushing, upper 80s. tennis players and tennis fans, you'll be sweating it out. humidity fairly high. no rain delays expected. that's nice. 91 tomorrow. showers at night into early friday morning. 83 tomorrow afternoon. nice with low humidity. we turn back the heat again. upper 80s to near 90. summer won't quit, lauren. how about the commute? any issues. >> the commute, we have issues. it's called roadwork. we'll start with a live look at the staten island expressway where you'll see things backed up. this is in the eastbound lanes by bradley avenue. a slow ride out there. you have construction westbound this morning. this will be ongoing for a while. heading to the george washington bridge, yesterday at this time we had heavy delays getting into the tolls. a lot of the roadwork has wrapped up. but the inbound lower level is still shut down for the time
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being. you'll need to use the upper level and you need your e-zpass. if you're headed to the new york state thruway, roadwork blocking two lanes between the west nyack and tappan zee bridge. a bunch of bus detours. three in brook limb, five in the bronx, three in manhattan, one in queens. more weather and traffic on the 4s. 4:48 this morning. there's an intense manhunt in illinois where police are searching for three suspects who gunned down an officer. new video overnight of the search around the community in fox lake. local, state and federal agencies including the atf and fbi are helping in the search. the lieutenant was shot and killed tuesday morning while chasing three men he thought were behaving suspiciously. in new jersey, one lawmaker is renewing his call to bring back the death penalty for the murder of law enforcement officers in the line of duty. republican ron dancer cited the
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recent killings of officers. the nypd is looking for the thieves behind a sophisticated burglary at a bronx jewelry store. two suspects were caught on camera inside a jewelry store on fordham road. the thieves cut a hole in the roof to get into the store and cut a hole to get bo the safe. they took more than $100,000 in jewelry and cash. investigators say it appears that the thieves knew what they were after. they took only gold and left theo silver behind. hollywood actor went into action in manhattan. you may recognize him. dylan baker. he's a great character actor from anchorman and others. he raced to help a neighbor in a highrise fire. flames broke out on the building about 4:30. mr. baker just returned home when he heard an alarm and saw smoke coming from her apartment. >> banged her door and shouted her name.
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i was surprised to find the door open. there was flames everywhere and smoke coming out at me. i had to slam the door. >> baker called 9-1-1. when firefighters arrived, they pulled the woman from her burning apartment. last check, she was in serious condition. police are looking for an intruder who attacked a 15-year-old boy in his new jersey home. here's a sketch of the man. the man was home alone and answered a knock at the door. the suspect forced his way into the boy's house, kissed him and tried to take the boy's clothe off. it happened last month in wayne. the teen managed to fight the man off and the attacker got away in a beige extended cab fruk. daycare workers accused of trying to create a fight club for toddlers. they were fighting at the light bridge academy. >> they urnld the young children
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to fight on the playground and videoed the fights and shared them on social media. >> we are completely appalled at this incident. as a mom, i understand those feelings. >> the videos contain pictures of the kids, ages 4 to 6, fighting. and being instigated. >> no children were injured. fortunately, what prosecutors believe, it's a one-time incident. the former workers expected to be in court to answer child abuse charges. shocking accusations. >> absolutely ridiculous. it's 4:51. still to come, the alarming new warning about our heart health. new this morning, the american who helped stopped a terror attack on that french train heads to late night. why he told jimmy fallon he almost wasn't even on that train. an uber driver goes above and beyond. what happened in the back seat of his car. you're watching "today in new york."
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welcome back. 4:54. looking at the tappan zee bridge. 75 degrees out. it's wednesday morning. michael has been complaining since monday. >> although this morning, it wasn't a big -- >> we didn't get that. >> when i left home in westchester, it was kind of nice. then when i got to the -- >> the suburbs aren't bad. a lot of 60s and low 60s there. like i said, the city still icky. >> 75 right now in the city. going back close to 90 this afternoon. we made it three in a row yesterday. that made it a heat wave. there it is. hot and muggy this afternoon. again, inland spots, warmer coastal spots. cooler, partly cloudy, muggy tonight. about 76 in the city. at michael's house it will drop
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to 34. nice and chilly for you tomorrow morning. >> localized. >> apparently. >> what's going on, lauren? >> no major problems on the roads. that's good news. you don't have to do that for the traffic today. route i-80 westbound, it's not causing too much of a delay. a live look outside, we'll show you the brooklyn bridge. we have roadwork on the manhattan bound side of the bridge. that's shut down. it's usually jammed up. it's moving nicely. we can enjoy that for a change. >> lauren, thank you. it's 4:55. a new jersey newborn made a dramatic arrival thanks to law enforcement officers. the hoboken woman was heading to the city monday evening to the hospital where she planned to give birth. her baby girl had other ideas. by the time the uber reached the mouth of the lincoln tunnel, things started happening quickly. >> no. >> the driver flagged down port
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authority police. >> like she was screaming, telling me i have contractions every minute. >> she pushed and next thing you know, there it was. baby girl. >> it was pretty quick. after the baby's early arrival, she and her mom were rurkd to st. luke's roosevelt hospital. we're told they're doing fine. >> good stuff there. hundreds much metro-north passengers had a commute they won't forget. stranded on a sweltering train last evening for more than an hour. these are photos sent to us from an "nbc nightly news" producer on that hudson line train out of grand central. he says the front engine shut down as they were going through the park avenue tunnel. photos show the conductor and volunteers walking through the cars handing out emergency water. that trainee vently had to get towed. more than 19 million cars still have defective takata airbags that need to be replaced. 4 million cars have the
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defective airbags on both the driver and passenger sides. cars containing those airbags were recalled earlier this year. officials say only a small fraction of the recalled cars have been fixed. new video of a steam pipe in california. it's shocking to see. we want to tell you the worker involved did survive. >> that construction worker was climbing out of the pipe when you saw that suddew explosion. this actually happened last september. but it was just released. part of the dispute with the construction company, he was badly injured and he survived. he never returned to his job. los angeles is now officially a candidate to hold 20924 olympics. the u.s. olympic committee made the announcement yesterday. the city council voted
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unanimously in favor. it comes two weeks before the deadline for the 2024 olympics submissions. los angeles previously hosted in 1932 and 1984. 4:58. in news for your health. an alarming new study suggests that americans aren't as young as heart as they'd like to be. three out of four americans have hearts that are older than their biological age putting them at higher risk for heart attack and stroke. the average heart age for adult man is 8 years older than their age. compared to five years older for women. we always talk about heart health for women. should talk about it for men as well. >> absolutely. >> something you need to pay attention to. >> men suffer often because they don't go to the doctors and they need to take care of themselves. you need to take care of yourself. coming up, if you're about to
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head out the door, take us with you. >> download the "news 4 new york" app on your mobile device. the next hour starts right now. breaking news overnight in new jersey. a house fire killed three people there. a wild scene on long island. a traffic stop, a crash and several charges filed. when you can apply for a chance to see pope francis now that he's going to ride through central park. "today in new york" starts now. good morning. 5:00 a.m. on this wednesday. the 2nd day of september. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. storm team 4's chris cimino is here with the forecast. good morning. >> good morning guys. hazy, hot humid headed our way. normal high temperature is 80. we're going to flirt with 90. forecasting a high of 89 degrees. the day planner, plan on a lot of hazy sun. more clouds mixing in at times. especially this afternoon. starting out in the mid-70s. 60s in the suburbs.
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we'll be in the 80s by noontime. close to 90 this afternoon. a warmer day on the horizon of the we'll talk about that in a little bit. let's find out about the commute from lauren. >> thanks, chris. good morning. one problem on the roads. not that big of a deal. in hackensack new jersey, an accident in the local lanes much route 80. not causing much of a problem. a live look at the queensboro ofbridge. things are moving nicely there on both levels and in both directions. in for a nice ride. you can head to the midtown tunnel. no issues there. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> lauren, thanks very much. we want to go to breaking news in new jersey. a deadly fire in long branch. tracie strahan is there. just a terrible scene. >> reporter: it really is, michael. it's still an active scene. this is as close as we can get to the home on jolene avenue where rescue efforts overnight were made more difficult by
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heavy smoke and flames. at this hour authorities confirm they're in critical condition. being treated for smoke inhalation. we're working to confirm that. sources tell news 4 this happened after midnight to a mother, father and two children. wi..tnesres say they watched as emergency crews were actually foofrced to break down the front do ror of the home to try and get inside. they saw a frantic effort afterwards. >> performing cpr with someone. it seemed two of the firemen were overcome with smoke. relative of the family was here and we were trying to help her and calm her down. wi jath all of that going on -- >> reporter: sources are telling news 4 that three people were killed as a result of this late night house fire. one person in critical condition according to authorities at a local hospital. again, that fire is under control.
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we're being kept away because the investigation continues. it is now in the hands of the monmouth county prosecutor's office. back to you. >> all right, tracie, thank you very much. new on long island this morning, police arrested a driver in a multivehicle crash that left two officers and two others injured. they say gabriel slammed into an unoccupied police car on route 347 in hauppauge. the police car then struck the officer, then a man in a woman. standing outside their car during a traffic stop. the man and woman are seriously injured. gabriel's charged with driving without a license. a prisoner who escaped from the nypd is back in custody at the hospital this morning. >> how did you escape police? >> i broke out of the handcuffs after they almost killed me. >> that's tiffany newman who was arrested on saturday on the upper west side on petit larceny charges. show told police she was


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