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may be behind that arson spree in queens. a little tough to see, but we're going to tell you what police say this video reveals. plus, the death of a teenager leading to a call for changes at a local intersection as police search for the driver who hit him. and it was a long night for dozens of families in brooklyn. the scare that forced them out of their homes. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 5:in00 a.m. on this thursday, the 10th of december. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. ris cimino is here with the forecast. >> we have some showers heading in our direction, light showers. they're weakening on their approach. be prepared for this if you're heading out the door. could be damp for the next hour or two in parts of the i-st te. look at these temperatures. in the low 50s in and around the city. the day planner starts out kind of gray. maybe an early shower up until about 8:00 in some locations.
forecasting a high of 58 degrees. emily west here. hopefully the news for the commute not too rough yet. >> some construction harlem river drive southbound. that's taking up the right lane near 155th street. also in queens going to need time with construction. let's look at the l.i.e. right over the grand central parkway. you can see a couple lanes taken up eastbound. stbound, oneugane taken up there too. more weather and traffic comorg up. >> thank you very much, emily. right now in brooklyn, co ed crews are still working on a ga leak. it happened on 64th street in borough park. "today in new york's" jen maxfield is in the neighborhood. >> reporter: that's right, michael. the smell of gas still overwhelming here on this block in borough park. utility crews here at the scene are telling us that they were able to make a temporary fix and that2 families were allowed
again, there is still the strong odor of gas here on 64th street near 11th avenue. this block between 1s h and 12th does remain closed at this time. that's because there are utility crews working wi here at the scene. the manholes are open. the crews are trying to find the source of the gas leak. the gas leak was reported last night around 9:45 when residents noticed the odor of natural gas. they called police. fire crews came and also detect detected and elevated level of carbon monoxide and evacuated the 12 families who live in these four homes on 64th street. just around midnight, those four families were allowed back inside. utility crews here at the scene say that it's safe for them to be in there. again a strongab smell of natural gas here on 64th street. crews say they'll be here all day working on a fix. that's the latest live from borough park. >> jen, thanks so much. today police will decide if a stretch of 1st avenue on t e upper east side needs to remain closed off. no o has been allowed between 62nd and 64th streets since
monday night. police say they will re-evaluate at 8:00 this morning. new this morning, police have now arrested the driver of a nasty crash. you can see the damage to the vehicles involved. police say this driver was drunk when he came a off the manhattan bridge, hit a van, and then a police vehicle. two people were injured. they are expected to recover. no word yet as to wt charges that driver will face. happening today, three different counties will take place in a counterterror drill. ag you're in rockland, orange, or sullivan counties, you might see officers out today. officers will speak with shoppers. in some cases, they may check vehicles. 5:03 right now. time for weather and traffic. going to take a check of that with chris. good morning. >> a little damp in some spots this morning with light showers out there. nothing particularly heavy. a little disturbance riding on through. just enough to dampen the ground
then the clouds will break for system sun some sunshine. temperatures bounce back into the upper 50s. even warmer weather by the cod d. we're talking 60 or better at that point. we're at 53 right now in the city. sky is mostly clou. again, maybe a stray sprinkle between now and 7:00 a.m. othe itise, ld k for clouds breaking up for a little sun and a high temperature this ugafternoon of 58 degrees. seven-day forecast just ahead. emily west is here with the commute. >> and jfk air train dealing with a shuttle bus this morning until about 8:00. that's due to track maintenance. also have construction. a live look at fdr near 73rd street. you're going to nd the left lane taken up southbound. definitely expect backup this wmorning. let's head back to the maps. still dealing with a pretty nice ride. a very nice ride for your commuter checklist. everything is on schedule. for your buses, m-103 detoured.
alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> okay. thanks so much, emily. breaking news right now in queens. police just released this deo of the suspect in the arson spree in forest hill, queens. police say at one point the man bed nds over asd appears to grab a gun. >> reporter: new this morning, police releasing video of one of the thieves wanted foripping off gwyneth paltrow's pop-up store called gop. police say this man and two others entered that bus luxury store saturday afternoon. they say they then stole from a display cabinet while workers were distracted. these men took off with more than $170,000 in jewelry and watches. police are now isntifying the elderly couple that was found shot to death on staten is nd.
of the 71-year-old and -year-old inside a home on spruce lane in charleston. that was yesterday morning. we're told they were boyfriend and girlfriend. police believe in this case it could have been a murder-suicide. meanwhile, the boyfriend of a woman found badly burned and dead in queens now faces murder charges. police say 27-year-old carlos leon panetta was caught in miami back in october but was not extradited back here to new york until this week. he's accused of killing his girlfriend. her body was f in the bathtub of their apartment in jamaica on october 17th. there were burns all over her body. officials are expected to gather this morning to call for more safety measures at the queens intersection where a teenager was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. last night mourners gathered at the corner of northern and junction boulevards in jackson heheights. police say that's where 17-year-old ovidio jaramillo was hit by a speeding driver while
police are still trying to find the driver. >> the last time i saw him was monday. i didn't even get to hug him to say good-bye. it was ke, bye, see you tomorrow. those were the last words. i didn't know that i wasn't going to see my best friend. >> police believe the suspect's car is a black toyota camry. it's 5:07. jurors are expected to begin thei deliberations today at federal corruption trial of dean skelos and his son. prosecutors spent the last three weeks making their case against the former senate leader. he's accused of getting his sen a high-paying, no-show job. in this morning's cnbc money report, this holiday season air carriers are expecting to be busier than last year. the group airlines for america says more than 38.1 million people will be traveling by air fr anom december 18ja to january 3rd. that's up 3% from last year. ey sty it's because of the improving economy and affordable
and united airlines hoping to make hungry customers a little happier. starting in february all north american and latin american united flights will offer snacks. in the morning, the passengers are goi?g to get a dutch caramel filled waffle. very strong. otherwise, passengers will be offered an asian-style snack mix. i just flew cross country. not a peanut. nothing. >> it's offensive. >> unless you want to buy it for, you know, $13 or whatever it is. >> they should certainly give you something. >> a little something. >> with what you're paying in blood, sweat, and tears. 5:08 now. ahead, the message in a new video delivered by celebrities and also by survivors. plus, an impromptu performance draws a crowd. who sang at the site of a
it is 5:11. here are four things to know this morning. breaking news right now in queens. police just released this video of the suspect in the arson ofspree in forest hills. they say at one point the man bends over and appears to take something that could be a gun from his ankle and put it in his pocket. so far police are investigating seven arson f hies at homes under construction. this morning president obama will sign the every student succeeds act. this measure is being called a owx for the no child left behind act. and fast food workers in the state of new york are one step closer to a higher minimum wage. a state overnight board upheld aesdecisiwa by the cuomo administration to raise minimum wage to $15 a hour. it would be implemented over several yearza
being announced this morning on gythe "today" show. the awards show will air on nbc nday, january 10th. all right. time for weather and traffic. weather picture this morning, unseasonably mild. we're starting out in the low and mid-50s in and around the city. a couple light showers out there. our weather headlines, once we're rid of the showers, the clouds will break for a little bit of sun later today. near record warm tems'ratuy sha this weekend. right now look at these temperatures through our northwestern suburbs. high point, 47 degrees. that's above their normal high for this time of year. 50 at delaware water gap. city at 53. most of the island in the mid-50s. coastal connecticut, same thing. down the shore, low 50s. even into the hudson valley, 51 inhite plains. 52 in poughkeepsie. here's that area of shower
warm front moving through. nothing particularly heavy. it's not a large area. moving along pretty steadily. a couple showers early on. clouds giving way to sun a little later today. it's a milder afternoon. yesterday's high was 53 in the afternoon. pat tchy clouds, not too chilly overnight tonight. 47 in midtown. maybe a few upper 30s butacloser to 40 for most of the suburbs. again, that's not very cold. the mild weather continues tomorrow. more of the same. we tl have clouds early. they'll burn off and break out for a little bit of sunshine in the afternoon. mperatures once again back into the upper 50s. school day forecast today, the bus stops, not bad at all. pretty comfortable, mild at 52. recess time, about 54. upper 50s by the time you're dismissed. if stays mild for any after-school activities. no rain to worry about after these very early morning showers. we noekend picture. how about 62 on saturday, 64 on sunday. sunday's record high is 64 degrees. that southerly flow of air continues ahead of a cold front. ahead of these showers on monday, we couit get into the low 60s again.
cool down, but not dramatically. as we look at our seven-day forecast, expect temperatures to continue to climb from the 50s to go the 60 over the weekend. best chance for rain, late showers monday, then back to sunshine tuesday and wednesday. let's get back to emily west, find out about the commute. >> cross bronx accident here. this is near webster avenue. that is taking up a lane. that's going eastbound. the backup to jerome avenue. you can see the slowdown. it might be a lt tle past that right now. some emergency road work, harlem river drive southbound near 155th street. that's in the right lane. farther south, let's check out the construction on the fdr. th is at 73rd. that's a bit of a backup from 71st down to 63rd. you will find the left lane buken up there. it is causing a slowdown. even a few moments ago, all that traffic wasn't there. starting to crowd in a little bit this morning. also, a check of the holland tunnel. everything is moving along fine.
the george, both levels moving along without delay. more construction on the turnpike. the car lanes southbound. so from 15e on and off you'll find construction down toward toexit 8a. and alternate side, meter rules are in effect. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> okayng, emily. thank you. >> > 5:16 right now. today a high-level briefing on capitol hill about the terror attack in san bernardino. nbc's tracie potts is in washington with what's expected. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: darlene, good morning. more details behind closed doorsyin addition to what we've been learning publicly. last night the fbi director, who had just testified here on capitol hill, said more publicly about what he thinks is the biggest threat. >>yi think the most urgent reat that we face here in the meland is an externally iinspired or potentially directed threat from terrorist groups. >> the truth, the whole truth,
>> reporter: today the fbi will tell lawmakers what the director could not say in public when he dropped this bomb about san bernardino shooters. >> they were actually radicalized before they started courting oh dating each other online, and online as early as the end of 2013, they were talking to each other about jihad and dmartyrdom before they became engaged. >> that was before the rise of isis and before the u.s. approved tashfeen malik to travel here on a fiance visa. >> it's still too early to make any grand pronouncements about what could have been done differently. >> reporter: a year earlier, the fbi say, syed farook was talking to his neighbor about an attack. >> in all honesty, my greatest fear is more attacks and more dead americans. >> reporter: as police dig for more clues, we're also learning there may have been other targets. this california high school farook inspected for work.
more today from the fbi homeland security and the n whional coterterrorism center. and we may learn more about this visa waiver program. there's an effort here on capitol hill to overhaul that. democrats and republicans are behind it. now, the state department says they support that as well. there are 38 countri wheen you can travel to the u.s. without a visa. here's the change. if you travel from iraq, iran, hsudan, or syria, you would still, within last the five years, would need to get that visa. >> all right, tracie potts in washington. tracie, thank you. this morning, celebrities, gun violence survivor, and family members of victims all teaming up to call for gun control. >> we -- >> can end -- >> we can end -- >> we can end -- >> gun violence. >> gun violence. >> the group every town for gun safety made the video. that's the organization created last year by former mayor michael bloomberg. it ends with a call for people to submit their own clips toube
in paris, madonna put on an impromptu performance in front of a memorial for the victims of the attack there is. >> she finished the concert there then went to the plast derepub leek. madonna telling the crowd she just wanted to sing a few songs about peace. a worker at lenox hill hospital and his wife are charged in an identity theft scheme to make high-eus purchases. police say kyle steed stole the information of more than 80 patients. his wife, krystle, allegedly used that info to call their banks and get control of their credit cards. the touple backed up more than $300,000 in purchases at saks and tried to steal $1 million more. >> i was told there was a search warrant executed at their home and there was a significant number -- amount of merchandise found.
chanel bags at the couple's apartment. each of those bags, by the way, worth ab t $6,000. well, baseball fans are going to see some new safety changes at balyparksn the upcoming season. the league wants all 30 teams to install netting within 70 feet of home plate. it's to better protect fans who sit at the field-level seats from line drive foul balls. teams also being told educate fans about the dangers of those foul balls and let them know ich seats would then be behind the ne ling. meanwhile, the gets secured a replacement for daniel murphy. daniel murphy, after last year's time with the team, likely over. the mets training jonathan niese as well to pittsburgh for neil walker. walker was a silver slugger, .269 batting average. murphy becoming a free agent after the team lost the world series. in the pennant, it was allsabout daniel murphy. now it's good-bye, daniel murphy. >> sorry. all right, 5:20.
will not face discipline. several women were told thel were not welcomed at a partth yesterday yale's dean finomhed his investigation. he said everyone who was let into this frat house until it came overcrowded. then he said things turned, quote, chaotic, but it was never discriminatory. princeton university will examine president woodrow wilson's record. that's going to be done by a special board of trustees sub subcommittee subcommittee. students are protesting, demanding his name should be removed from campus because of his support for segregation. 5:24 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. starting with chris. l thursday morning. a pretty pleasant thursday for december. >> yeah, 53 degrees at this hour of the morning. not only us, now even the suburbs well to the north. quite mild this morning. upper 40s and low 50s there. a lot of clouds around. could be a couple light showers early this morning in some
be aware of that. you may want to take alongthhe real light umbrella. most of that activity is gone by 7:00, 8:00. 58 the expected high this afternoon as the clouds break for a little sun. tonight, mostly cloudy, low of 47. closer to 40 in a lot of the suburbs. the real warmth continues for the weekend. we're looking at 62 on saturday and 64 on sunday. if we get to 64, that would tie e record. 65, we coued stand alone in the record books. netheless, 60s both saturday and sunday. that's not too shabby. >> no complaints. >> if you haven't put those decorations out yet, there's no excuse. >> that's right. >> you keep giving us more time. >> and my coat is aonfused. i keep taking it off. all right. well, the air train at jfk, there are going to be buses there due to track maintenance. that goes until about 8:00 this morning. let's take a live look in stanford at the connecticut turnpike. it's wide open. time to get out is now. but it's a little more busy on the cross bronx.
at 6:00. well, you will soon be able to use your smartphone to pay for your purchases at walmart. the retailer is launching its own mobile pay system. instead of swiping a credit or debl card at the register, walmart pay users can scan a special code on their mobile device. the payment system will be able at select stores today and nati orwide by early next year. >> i keep thinking of the concept with the credit card like five, ten years from now, probably not going to be around. >> it's going to be on your tongue. >> let's hope not. that technique was rejected. ahead, we have a new concern about one of the hottest gifts this holiday season. plus a wild scene when taxi drivers confront uber drivers during a protest. >> reporter: and i'm nirine creag live in forest hi s, queens, where there's new surveillance video of the suspect who's torching homes in this neighborhood. we'll have the latest on this breaking story coming up. and if you're about to head
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the scare that forced them out of their homes. and the moment you have to see when a protest against uber turned dangerous. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's thursday morning. it is december 10th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. chris, like an october forecast. >> it really is. temperatures starting out in the 50s this hour of the morning. we're talking low to mid-50s in and around the city. not only here but even in the suburbs it's mild. showers coming on through. the area is shrinking in coverage on its approach. it's moving through the city now, into rockland, westchester county. nothing really heavy. the back edge of it kind of not too far away. it's in and out in probably about 15 minutes or so. they're light in nature. they'll be gone by 7:00, 8:00. clouds going to linger for a while and break for system sunshine in the afternoon. 55 at noontime. 58 the expected high this afternoon. warmer days ahead. we'll talk about that in a little bit.
>> tough on the cross bronx due to a crash eastbound at webster avenue. you can see the delays go back to the ramp. also a couple road work projects. harlem river drive southbound at 155th. and from 71st to 63rd, a couple lanes blocked here. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thanks so much, emily. breaking news in queens, where police just released new video of the suspect in a rash of arson fires. katherine creag is in forest hills with more. >> reporter: good morning. this is a case that has confounded police investigators, and it seems it has angered the police commissioner as well. we're at one of the properties torched by the arsonist. there are wanted posters all around showing surveillance video of the suspect. we're at 112th street and 68th drive. police obtained new video released just a little while ago of the suspect. he is seen walking along the street. his face covered. police say at one point it appears he removed a gun from his left ankle and placed it in
the arsonist has set fires to seven properties in forest hills that are either under construction or renovation since october 20th. the most recent arson happened this past sunday. no one has been hurt. the suspect uses flammable liquids to fuel the fires. several of the properties damaged are large homes being built by bukharian jews. commissioner bratton said he's not sure, but they're trying to find out the exact motive. back to you. >> katherine creag, thank you. and a brooke listen man faces charges in connection to a rape and robbery in coney island. >> police arrested 31-year-old raji wilson. investigators say he's the man seen in this surveillance video who raped a woman at gunpoint. police also charged wilson in another nearby robbery. and happening today, the new jersey man who admitted to the
scout leader will be sentenced. 49-year-old clark fredrick is expected to receive a sentence of five to ten years in prison. in june, he pleaded guilty to one count of passionate provocation manslaughter in the stabbing death of 68-year-old dennis pague. in new jersey, a children's toy now being blamed for a scare that led to the evacuation of a federal building. chopper 4 rushed to the scene after an object was found on the roof of a building at federal plaza in paterson. first responders quickly helped everyone exit the building. paterson's mayor says the object turned out to be a remote control toy drone. we're coming up on 5:34 right now. time for a check of weather and traffic on the 4s. it's interesting, chris. we know it's got to change at some point. >> eventually, yes. >> can we do this until march? >> just hold on. >> that's eventual enough for us. we can deal with that. but this is an el nino year.
typically you have milder weather here in the northeast. but there's always little flies in the ointment here or there. it's above normal temperatures until further notice. spotty early morning showers will taper off over the next couple hours. clouds will break for sun this afternoon. we're in the mid and upper 50s. way warmer by the weekend. we're talking 60s by that point. already at 53 degrees in the city right now. mostly cloudy sky. watch for an early shower. otherwise, clouds, some breaks of sunshine for the afternoon, and a high of 58 degrees. emily west in for lauren scala. what can you tell us about the commute? >> service suspended on the jfk air train until about 8:00 this morning. you'll find a shuttle bus there. we have big delays in the bronx. a new problem. on the major deegan, the ramp to the westbound cross bronx, there's an overturned truck. also, emergency crews there with it. that's going to be pretty slow. in the cross bronx eastbound right around webster avenue, there's another accident. a double whammy there.
for your buses, m-103 detoured. new jersey transit buss. 168, 178, 18 2 detoured. alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thank you so much, emily. right now in brooklyn, con ed crews still working on a gas leak that forced several families out of their homes. it happened in borough park on 64th street. the smell of gas still in the air there. "today in new york's" jen maxfield is there with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, darlene. that's right. it is a strong odor still of natural gas on the street here on 64th street, down closer to 11th. the four family homes that were evacuated, last night those families were allowed back inside. there's still a strong odor of gas. utility crews working here at the scene on 64th street. the manholes are open. the crews are trying to find the source of the gas leak, though they were able to make that temporary repair to allow the families back inside. last night around 9:45, families
odor of natural gas. fire crews on the scene also found an elevated level of carbon monoxide and did evacuate the families for several hours, who are living in those four homes. around midnight, the utility crews felt it was safe. they had made that temporary fix, allowing the families back inside. the families do have gas in their homes this morning. utility crews tell us this street will probably remain closed for most of the day as they make that repair. that's the latest live from borough park. now back to you. >> all right, jen maxfield. thank you. police are now releasing video of one of the thieves wanted for allegedly ripping off gwyneth paltrow's pop-up store goop. police say this man and two others entered the busy store at columbus circle saturday afternoon. they say they then stole from a display cabinet while the workers were distracted. the men taking off with more than $170,000 in jewelry and
happening today, queens elected officials will condemn the possible hate crime attack on a muslim store owner in astoria. they'll be standings outside the fatima food marts with owner sarker haque. on saturday, haque was attacked by a man who said he, quote, wanted to kill muslims. police say haque was punched and thrown to the ground. the store owner says he's shocked and has always felt at home in the community. >> we should be all together. we are in america. everybody came to america from somewhere else. we have to have togetherness. that's who we are. >> a good samaritan helped hold down the suspect who was later arrested. well, the backlash against donald trump now unleashed at city hall. city councilmembers rallied to say his proposed ban on muslims traveling to the united states makes him unfit to be president. meanwhile until connecticut, a coalition of religious groups wants donald trump's name
right now it's called the trump park residential tower. it's a 35-story building opened in 2009. it's the tallest building in stamford. the developer says changing the name would be difficult to rename that building. one popular online discount store is ditching hoverboards after several reports of fires. overstock.com is removing these ganlt gadgets from its website. this comes after another hoverboard caught fire at a mall in seattle on tuesday. fire marshals are issuing new warnings about hoverboard safety. they're made in china, which means they're not regulated. >> you really don't know how well they're designed, how well they're going to function, and what safety defects they can be introducing. >> many hoverboard owners are now posting pictures and videos of the gadget catching fire. this is what's left of one that ignited while charging. a protest in canada turns scary.
the company uber. watch what happens here. [ honking ] >> wow. cab drivers gathered outside toronto city hall. one of them grabbed on to an uber car as it sped away. that man is okay. taxi drivers say they feel uber is stealing business away from them. meanwhile, uber is testing out a new service. it targets riders who use public transportation. it's called uber hop. seattle. this is basically similar to a car pool. people going to a popular destination can all meet in one place and take an uber suv there. they all pay $5 as a fee. uber is calling this a new way to commute. >> it's like puerto rico. very similar. in news for your health this morning, we don't want to bring you down, but a new british study finds being happy won't help you live longer.
million women for ten years. researchers say they decided to do the study because the belief that being unhappy or stressed can bring on sickness or disease. but according to the findings, that's not necessarily the case. >> right. you keep thinking, you know -- >> be happy. and live longer. >> but it's better to be happy and live longer than be grumpy and live longer. >> absolutely. and make everybody else around you miserable. i agree. a truck driver smelled his truck. it's a good thing he did. plus, the end of a meaningful journey. the story behind a flag returned to a veteran's family. and we'll have weather and traffic on the 4s coming up as we look at the tappan zee bridge. you're watching "today in new york." i just want the most wonderful holiday ever. you should get holiday scratch-offs from the new york lottery. you can talk? come on, brian. there's more chances to win than ever. with a sweepstakes
have been well above normal. looks like we're going to peak this weekend with temperatures heading into the 60s. actually, a good opportunity to come out and view the tree without having to freeze. meantime, weather headlines. we're talking about the clouds breaking up for sunshine at times this afternoon. near record highs this weekend, especially on sunday. the next rain chance coming our way later on monday. so let's get to it. we're at 50 in sayreville. 50 in howell. 49 in toms river. not a big spread in temperature this morning from the suburbs to the coastal areas. north and west, mid and upper 40s. way above normal. poughkeepsie, still a mild 52 degrees. 54 across central portions of long island. you can see the last bit of light showers. let's zoom in a little closer. just north of the city now, moving into rockland, west westchester county. this is not heavy rain at all. barely reaching the ground. that whisks on by. a couple leftover spritzes up until 8:00 in the area. that's it.
to sunshine. milder afternoon, about 58 degrees. a mild night tonight with patchy clouds. most suburbs closer to 40 than 35. that's for sure. we may see a few upper 30s north and west. more of the same tomorrow. we start out with clouds. they burn off a little bit. we brauk out into sunshine in the afternoon. close to 60 tomorrow. into the upper 50s once again. on the bus stops this morning, not bad at all. just a light jacket needed today. 54 at recess time. dismissal time, 58 degrees with sun. as we get to to the weekend, we're looking at 62 on saturday, 64 sunday. that record high for sunday is 64 degrees. that south to southwest wind will continue even on into monday ahead of that cold front. even with clouds on monday, we can get into the low 60s before the rain moves on in. a period of rain late monday into monday night. after that, we go back to bright sunshine. even those temperatures on tuesday and wednesday, we just
still a good ten degrees above normal. 5:46. if you're heading out the door, let's find out about the commute. >> here's where it's going to be slow on the cross bronx. that accident eastbound near webster avenue, that did clear. but there's an overturned garbage truck hauler. that is on the deegan ramp to the cross bronx westbound. so that's going to be in the right lane. you can see really how slow it is through the area. in queens, a new crash on the grand central eastbound. this is at kew gardens interchange. the l.i.e. delays from near utopia parkway into wood haven boulevard. your ride still a little slow. harlem river drive southbound at 155th due to road work. a live look at the gowanus. actually, that's that earlier overturned garbage truck, which is causing problems in that right lane. really, it's going to be very heavy getting around that.
gowanus right through industry city. quite a few delays with that. still have the closure on 1st avenue, 57th to 65th. alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you so much, emily. the man accused of killing three people at a colorado planned parenthood had several outbursts at his latest court appearance. >> planned parenthood and my lawyer are in can hoot hoots to shut me up. >> robert dear interrupted the proceedings at least 16 times. he declared himself, quote, a warrior for the babies. he faces numerous charges, including first-degree murder. chicago's embattled mayor is promising reform. some say it's too late. they expressed growing anger while police shooting videos have been released. the mayor said he would reform
>> if we're going to fix it, i want you to understand it's my responsibility with you. but if we're also going to begin the healing process, the first step in that journey is my step. and i'm sorry. >> protesting against the mayor went well into the night on chicago streets. the nypd is investigating another armed robbery at central park, the fourth one reported there this week. the latest one happened just before 3:30 this morning. police say two men robbed a 31-year-old man there at gun point. they allegedly stole $2,000, a cell phone, and the air jordan sneakers the man was wearing. this follows three similar holdups that happened inside the park late monday night. those victims say they were robbed by a group of four to six teenagers. in new jersey, the bear hunt totals after three days is already more than last year's
officials say 366 bears have been killed since monday. you can compare that with 270 bears through the entire week last year. this year's hunt is scheduled to last six days. officials say it could be extended. he has a face and voice that sparked debate in new york. now he's fading from the scene. >> the rent is too damn high. >> jimmy mcmillan made that his theme when he ran for governor three years ago. now he says he's retiring from politics. the vietnam veteran claims voters are, in his words, brainwashed. 5:49. a fiery truck explosion shut down an interstate north of birmingham, alabama, for most of the night. the blast also forced the temporary evacuation of all homes within a half-mile radius. you see the reason there. authorities say that tractor trailer was carrying chemicals. the driver reported an unusual odor before the explosion. fortunately, despite the scene, nobody was hurt. a lost american flag honoring two world war ii
the flag was returned to pat. he had flown that flag to honor his uncle and the father of his neighbor, but the flag, the pole, and a memorial picture went missing. it washed up on an island near seaside heights almost three months ago. after research, the department of environmental protection found pat and returned the flag and picture. >> oh, i never thought i'd see the flag again. i mean, it's like seeing an old friend, really. kind of corny, but i feel that way about the flag. >> he's also a veteran and thinks someone knocked down his flag on purpose. he's been flying those flags for nearly 20 years. >> so great he got that back. >> really is a good thing. ahead this morning, move over firefighters. we're going to tell you, with respect, who else is putting out a calendar. plus, they are cute, but that's not why these puppies are making news. we'll tell you why they're so special. and don't forget, follow us on facebook, twitter, and instagram. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny. you're watching "today in new
welcome back. looking at the george washington bridge. 53 degrees, thursday morning. nice out there. well, a ground-breaking birth happened in upstate new york. a group of puppies is roaming the grounds at cornell university. they're the first puppies in the world congress ceived using invitro fertilization. scientists say the idea isn't to create more puppies but better puppies. they may be able to remove disease-causing genes and save some endangered canine species. either way, they're the most adorable thing ever. >> very cute. all right. we've all seen the calendars featuring new york's bravest, our firefighters. starting today, though, you can buy one featuring new york's strongest. ladies and gentlemen of the sanitation department have their own calendar as well. it goes on sale today for $14.95. the sanitation commissioner hopes it shows the more glamorous side of the men and women in their department. they move more than 10,000 tons
they've got some great photos to back it up. that's cool. >> absolutely. i love seeings all these calendars. they raise money for different organizations. i think it's great to really see these hard-working people out there. >> these are the men and women helping us get through our day. >> let me tell you something, the dmv calendar is coming out. >> that's going to be red hot. it's going to have a little extra on it. >> but you'll have to wait seven hours for it. >> uh-oh. it's darlene rodriguez. >> she'll be sent back. >> i'm not getting my license renewed, am i? >> a few years to go, i guess. maybe they'll forget by then. let's get to the weather, which is quiet this morning. a couple sprinkles. they're dissipating quickly. should be done by about the 7:00 hour for most of us. clouds giving way to a little bit of sun. milder at 58. a mild night tonight. 47, partly to mostly cloudy. we go from 50s to 60s over the
looking at a possible record-tying 64 on sunday. spring in december continues for a while longer. >> nice. all right, chris. thank you. hey, em. >> a couple things going on. let's look at grand central parkway heading into the kew gardens interchange. there's an accident eastbound. it's going to be a slow go get through there. your commuter checklist for this morning, no delays. looks like that might be the way to go. trouble on the cross bronx. i'll tell you about it coming up at 6:00. >> all right. thanks so much, emily. if you want to avoid the partying santas taking part in santa con this weekend, you want to steer clear of williamsburg, brooklyn, saturday morning. organizers say this year's bar crawl will begin there at two football fields. according to "the new york times," santa con will then held to several nearby clubs before traveling to the east village. but there's one place where those thousands of people in santa costumes will not be drinking. the mta is banning alcohol on long island railroad and metro
well during santa con. the lirr alcohol ban begins friday night at 11:00 p.m. the alcohol ban on metro north trains starts 5:00 a.m. sunday. up next, we have breaking news. there's new video. police are hoping they can catch a serial arsonist in queens. also at 6:00 a.m., madonna's special impromptu performance in honor of the lives lost in the paris attacks. and remember, if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching. download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device right now. we'll be back in two minutes.
san bernardino takes center stage on capitol hill today. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's thursday morning, december 10th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. we want to get to storm team 4's chris cimino right now. chris, never get to say this. this warm thursday morning in december. >> it's not a typical phrase we put together, but it is relatively speaking warm out there. 53 degrees in the city right now. a little damp also in some other spots. one of those spots, up across portions of bergen county. then into rockland and westchester county. this one little cluster of showers moving into southwest rtions of fairfield county as well. they should be in and out of there in about 15 to 20 minutes. that's prette much nn. a lot of clouds, though, especially the first half of the day.o then we get into breaks of sunshine. 55 by noon forecasting a high today well above normal. let's get the latest on the commute. >> want to give you an update on this overturned garbage truck carrier. it's on its side on the deegan ramp to the cross bronx westbound.
lot of emergency crews are there. it's probably going to be there for a while. it's on its side. that's the deegan, the ramp to the cross bronx westbound. expect heavy delays with that. also, a new accident on the turnpike southbound. the we destern spur, the r p to 16w, that's in the right lane. a disabled truck. more weather and traffic coming up a. >> emily, thank you. an > t 01 right now. breaking news out of queens this morning. we just received new video of a suspected serial arsonist. it reveals another potential problem. "today in new york's" katherine oncreag is in forest hills with this developing story. kat? >> reporter: indeed, darlene. potential problem. this suspect has been described by investigators as dangerous, but it really takes on a whole new meaning because it looks like the suspect has a gun, according to the nypd. there's new surveillance video released by the police department a short time ago. the arsonist is seen walking around this area where we are, 112th street and 68th drive. he's walking along the street, his face is covered.
crs he removed a gun from his left ankle and placed it in his pants pocket. the arsonist has set fires to a total of seven properties in forest hill s s, either under construction or renovation, nce october 20th. the most recent arson happened this past sunday. no one, so far, has been hurt. the suspect uses flammable liquids to fuel the fires in several of these large properties that have been damaged are homes being built b bukharian jews. commissioner bratton talked about this the other day. also, two police chiefs. they told us that in this neighborhood that you're seeing live right now, they have set up extra patrols, extra officers going around, trying to get more information about the suspect. you might have seen some of those wanted posters of the suspect. there's also a reward of more than $12,000 being offered for president arrest ofk his suspect. back to you, darlene. >> all right, katherine creag. kat, thank you. new this morning, police have now arrested the driver in a devastating crash.
vehicles involved. police s the driver was drunk when he came off the bridge, slammed into a van, then the police vehicle. two people were injured. they are expected to recover. no wrd yet as to what charges that driver is going to face. new this morning, another armed robbery under inveswigation near central park. police say two men robbed a man at gunpoint early this morning at 70th street and central park west. this follows three other holdups within a two-hour time span monday night. the victims of monday's robberies each told police they were held up by a group of four to six teenagers. at least one of them was armed with a gun. today we could find out if a section of 1st after on the upper east side needs to remain closed off. no one has been allowed between 62nd and 64th street since bricks fell from a building facade monday night. police say they will re-evaluate at 8:00 this morning. coming up on 6:04.
traffic on the 4s. i rhthink the exciting thing about today, chris, is it may get even warmer from here. >> if you think we peak now, oh, no. much more than this. temperatures in the low 50s this morning. 53 right now in town. you see 53 in islip. 55 in westhampton. it's cool down a little bit because of the rain. a couple light showers around early this morning. they'll give way to sun in the afternoon. 58 the expected high today. again a milder afternoon. tonight, not bad at all. low of 47 with a partly to mostly cloudy. 60s, indeed. we'll show that in the seven-day forecast. let's find out what the commute is doing right now. >> jfk air train has track maintenance. while that is in process, you will take a bus. that's until about 8:00 this morning. also, still have problems with the deegan. the ramp to the cross bronx.
an overturned garbage truck hauler. that's blocking the right lane.fin the meantime, it's going to be a slow go getting around that. your commuter checklist for this morning, everything is running on schedule. not bad with the buses. new york city buses back to normal. new jersey transit buses, we have a few that you will find dethtours. alternate side, meter rules are in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. happening today, a new jersey man is set to be sentenced for killing his former boy scout leader. in june, 49-year-old clark fredricks admitted to killing t68-year-old dennis pague. fredricks claims he was sexually abused by pague as a boy. he pled guilty to one count of passion provocation manslaughter. he's expected to get a sentence of fiveno ten years in prison. in brooklyn, police arreste a man they say raped and robbed a woman at pogunpoint 31-year-old raji wil in faces several charges. povestigatorghsay he's the man seen in this surveilla-ce video following a woman into her coney island partment building sunday night.
stairwell. wilson was also charged in another nearby robbery. and this morning, a hospital worker and his wife were accused of stealing the identity of m e than 80 patients. police say kyle steed stole the information, including social security numbers. his wife krystle allegedly used at info to get control of the people's credit cards. investators say the couple racked up hundredo of thousands of dollars in purchases at saks 5th avenue and tried to steal even more. >> i was told there was a search warrant executed at their home and that there was a significant number -- amount of merchandise found. >> prosecutors say they found 50 chanel bags at the couple's apartment. each of those bags worth about $6,000. talay the head of the fbi will give members of congress details about the san bernardino killers in a secret briefing. investigators now say one of the shooters, syed farook, plotted with his neighbor three years ago to carry out an assault, but
that neighbor is accused of supplying the husband an wife shooter with guns. also, the couple appeared to show signs of terrorist leanings for some time. >> they were actually radicalized before they started courting or dating each other online. and online, as early as the end of 2013, ehey were talking to each other about jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged and then married and lived together in the united states. >> sources tell nbc news the couple left behind evidence that they were looking at other targets in southern california. deliberations expected to begin today at the federal corruption trial of dean skelos and his son. the former senate leader is accused of using his position to get his son a high-paying, no-show job. both men are charged with bribery, extortion, and conspiracy. new this morning, police now releasing video of one of the thieves wanted for allegedly ripping off oscar winner yneth paltrow's pop-up store goop.
others entered that busy lux uny store saturday afternoon. ey say they then stole from a display cabinet whi workers were distracted. the men took off with more than $170,000 in jewelry and watches.en 6:08 now. this morning's cnbc money report, there's a warning i you're traveling this holiday. landon dowdy joins us with that story and more. the message is you will not be alone on the plane. you will not get the middle seat to yourself. >> the more, the merrier. the friendly skies will be even more crowded over the holidays. u.s. carriers are expected to fly 38.1 million passengers. that's up 3% from last year. it attributes that to the improving economy and affordable airfares. and facebook at work. the professional version of the social network is set to launch in the coming months. a spokesman says it's geared toward collaboration in the workplace. it's nearly identical to your
users will keep a separate profile. it'll be open to all companies, and facebook will charge a few dollars per user for special features such as data analytics and customer support. michael and darlene, now we have an excuse to be on facebook at work. >> because we need another excuse. we cut out the middleman. we've been doing that already. >> landon, thank you. still to come, a big scare in brooklyn. >> reporter: i'm jen maxfield live in the borough park section of broo ityn, where utility crews are working to cap a gas main break. coming up, a live reptutbout the families who were evacuated. and the rowdy protest that bu let oit man hanging on for dear life. and your weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. you're watching "today in new
it's 6:12 right now. looking at the brooklyn bridge. 53 very nice degrees on this thursday morning. here are four things to know day. first, breaking news right now in queens. police just released this video of a suspected arsonist in queens. they say at one point the man bends over and appears to take a gun from his ankletandtout it in his pocket. so far police are investigating seven arsons at homes under construction, all owned y bukharian jews. three different counties will take part in counterterrorism drills today. officers will speak with shoppers and will be checking vehicles. fast food workers in the tstate of new york are one step closer to a higher minimum wage. a state board upheld a decision by governor cuomo to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour. golden globe nominations being announced it morning on
the awards show itself will air on nbc on sunday, january 10th. well, protests in canada took a violent rn. watch what happens when taxi drivers rallied against uber. [ honking ] e cab drivers had gathered outside toronto city hall. one of them grabbed on to an uber car as it sped away. that man is okay. as in other cities, taxi drivers in toronto say they feel uber is stealing business away from them. > uber is testing out a new rvice that targets riders who use public transportation. this is called uber hop. they're going to start it today in seattle. it's basic yoly a car pool. people going to a popular de astination can all meet in one place. they get an uber suv there. they each pay $5, and uber calls it a new way to com-ute. all right. 6:14.
temperatures this morning seasonably mt-d once again. low and mid-50s around the city. that's just our starting point. we havelv ot of clouds to get through. we have had a couple showers. those clouds will break for sunshine. near record warmth this weekend. we're talking about 64 the forecast high for sunday. that's the record for the date. our next rain chance coming along later monday. out across long island, a lot of low 50s this morning. lone exception, upper 40s in wading river. lip,ym 53. we go to the west, it's a little cooler but not much. low 40s in ssex. through the hudson valley, mid and upper 40s this morning. at's well above normal no matter where you go. a few lt overshowers. a heovier batch to the south and east of us. notice it's shrinking in coverage as it moves toward the north anticipate east d east. up until about 7:00, 8:00, could be a sprinkle around. otherwise, look for the clouds to gradually thin on out.
the clouds could be thicker eas of tishe city. tonight it's partly cloudy, turns mostly cloudy toward morning. notice no rain. just a lot of clouds again. those clouds will break up. this is 1:00 in the afternoon tomorrow. allowing for some occasional sunshine. friday night into saturday looks generally nice. saturday should see a fair amount of sunshine. just a few high clouds. temperatures should get into the low 60s. a few more clouds sat night. they'll burn off sunday morning. for today, clouds giving way to some sun, 58 the expected high. that's way above the normal high of 45. a little warmer than yesterday. 47 the overnight low tonight. maybe upper 30s and low 40s in the suburbs. that southwest wind takes hold for the weekend. it's 62 on saturday. 64 on sunday. keep in mind that record is 64 degrees for sunday. we could get warmer than that with enough sunshine. we stay in that southwest wind ahead of the next cold front. that moves in here later monday. the first half of monday is mild again with a high of 61 degrees.
it's dry right on into the wengekend. there's that rain threat monday. after that, we cool it down a little bit. it doesn't get cold. just cools it down into the mid-50s with sunshine tuesday and wednesday. if you're heading out the door, let's find out about the commute from emily west. >> here's where it's going to be slow, on the cross bronx. it's actually the deegan ramp to the cross bronx westbound. an overturned garbage truck hauler. let's take a live look. the right lane is blocked with this truck on its side. it lacks like a tow truck just showed up. hopefully things will get out of e way soon. it's going to be a slow go. that's the deegan ramp to the cross bronx westbound this morning. also, a live check near laguardia airport. the grand central parkway. that westbound ride is moving away to the right of the screen. a litt inle crowded, but it is still moving. the george washington bridge, the upper, the lower looks pretty good. seeing about a five-minute wait there. ten at the lincoln. ten at the holland. accident on the new jersey turnpike on the western spur southbound.
that is going to be in the right lane. also, with jfk air train, shuttle buses are provided doing track maintenance until about 8:00 this morning. and you got to move those cars. alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up. >> emily, thank you. in new jersey, the bear hunt totals after just three days is already more than last year's week-long combined numbers. the division of fish and wildlife says hunters have now killed 366 bears since the hunt kicked off monday. that's compared to 272 bears through the entire week last year. this year's hunt is scheduled to last six days. officials say they may extend it. on long island, the former head of suffolk county's police force has a bail earing set for to.morrow on his corruption charges. james burke was arrested by federal agents yesterday. a judge denied him bail. the former chief is charged with roughing up a man accused of breaking into his official vehicle and then conspireing to cover it up. news day reports prosecutors
judge to keep burke behind bars. they say the former chief poses a danger to witnesses. >> no one is above the law. not an ordinary citizen and certainly not the highest-ranking uniformed officer in the suffolk county police department. >> we vigorously deny that there was, is, or ever has been a cover-up. >> burke pleaded not guilty. prosecutors say they're probe into the suffolk county police fo trce is not over. music legend madonna put on an impromptu performance in paris at a memorial for victims of last month's terrorist attacks. she just finished a concert in the city when she went to the plast dela place derepub leek. coming up, santa con is coming to town. there's one area where they will not be allowed to enjoy holiday spirit, is it were.
>> the rent, it's too damn high. heard that a lot, right? the former vietnam vet tells today's "times" he's done with politics. amazing. a political career based on that one phrase. it was good. >> and it was the truth. and it still is. >> drive to a low-rent district. is that what he's doing? we'll see. in the meantime, no gloves needed. no scarves, no hats, none of that stuff needed. no coats. just a jacket perhaps this morning as we're start to r ing out in the low 50s in the city. a couple leftover showers early this morning, mainly to the rth. they'll dissipate quickly. clouds should give way to the sun this afternoon. 47 in town. closer to 40 in the suburbs.
real good stuff. low 60s on saturday. plenty of sun. a f more clouds in the mix on sunday. a possible record-tying high of 64 degrees. >> wow. >> it's coming. >> can tr complain aboutlthat. >> i'm not going to try to stop it. >> this is good stuff. >> hey, emily. >> the cross bronx is where it's really slow. the deegan ramp to the westbound cross bronx, there's an overturned garbage truck carrier. a new accident on the deegan southbound at fordham thad. turnpike western spur southbound on the ramp to 16w, a disabled tractor trailer. that's going to be in the right lane. a lot going on right now. >> sure is. all right, emily. thank you. 6:25 right noh. coming up next, breaking news in queens.
breaking news in queens. new video of a suspected serial arsonist and what they spotted on surveillance is causing more concern. plus, another attack near central park. the overnight incident that brings the number of robberies in or near the park to four. and the hit-and-run death of a 17-year-old has people in queens pushing for change this morning. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it is thursday morning. it's december 10th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. it's going to be pretty bearable at the bus stop for school kids and guardians this morning, chris. >> absolutely. the mild temperatures in the low and mid-50s already. we've had a couple showers come on through. most of the shower activity anticipated. this batch is staying offshore. one last vestige working its way through fairfield county. otherwise, a lot of clouds
temperatures starting out in the mid and upper 40s. we're at mid-50s at noon with breaks of sun. forecasting a high of 58 degrees. almost 6:30 straight up. let's find out about the commute from emily. >> we have an overturned garbage truck carrier. live above the scene, chopper 4. it's right on its side. this is the deegan southbound, the ramp from the deegan to the westbound cross bronx. it is taking up the right lane. there's a tow truck there. that backup stretches back to the point of another c csh right ound fordham road southbound on the deegan. it's packed. a parking lot. really, the delays keep stretching back into the 230s this morning. so that definitely is going to be there for quite some time. >> emily, thank you very much. breaking news out of queens this morning. we've just received new video of a suspected serial arsonist. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in forest hmlls with
our first look at this person moving around there, kat. >> reporter: indeed, michael. first of all, we're at this property that was torched by the arsonist. you see that construction fence right there. you might be able to also see the wanted posters of the suspect. there's also now this new video we want to show you of the suspect, who's seen walking around this area where we are, 112th street and 68th drive. police obtained this new video, putting it out there. maybe someone might recognize him. at one point, investigators say it appears he removed a gun from his ankle and put it in his pants pocket. the arsonist has set fire to seven properties in forest hills since october 20th. the most recent arson happened this past sunday. no one has been hurt so far. the suspect uses flammable liquids to fuel the fires. several of the properties damaged are large homes being built by bukharian jews. commissioner bratton and two top police chiefs just talked about
they were asked, is this a hate crime? could this possibly be motivated by bias? but they're not saying that they know exactly what is motivating the suspect. they're trying to figure that out. is he anti-property development? they said they're looking at all gles. ck to you. >> kat, thanks so much. new this morning, we're getting a look at a manpwo tried to rob a long island check cashing store using a bottle of gasoline. suffolk county police want to find this man. he walked into the payomatic on route 12. had a gas can and water bottle filled with gasoline. po ceyoay he--emanded money from the clerk and began pouring gas on the counter. the clerk hit the alarm, causing that man to run. new this morning, the nypd is investigating another armed robbery near central park. it is the fourth one reported there this week. latest one happening just before 3:30 this morning, 70th street and central park west. it follows three other armed robberies that happened nearby monday night.
two-hour time span. the victims of those holdups told police they had their wallets, phones, and credit cards stolen by a group of four to six tarnl eenagers. police say this morning's robbery involved two men. those suspects stole $2,000 and a phone from another man. they also took the air jordan sneakers he was wearing. a children's toy is being blamed for the scare that led to the evacuation of a federal building in new jersey. first responders quickly helped everyone exit that building. paterson's mayor said the object turned out to be a remote control toy drone. d no wrd if anyone was charged. coming up on 6:34. time for a check of weather and traffic on the 4s on this thursday. weekend-like weather on thursday. >> we're going lead right into it with the mild weather today, tomorrow, and into the weekend we peak. into tse 60s. spotty early showers ave moved
city now. they'll end probably within the hour. clouds going to break for some sun as we go through time today. temperatures will rebound back into the mid and upper 50s. we made it to ad ut 53 yesterday. even warmer weather by the weekend. we're talking 60-plus at that point. a lot of clo s out there right now. 53 degrees current temperature. even milder today, as we said. 55 by noon. 57 at 3:00. we should reach a high of 58 deayees. in-i for lauren scala, emily west. what's the latest on the commute? >> still have these problems in the bronx. live pictures from chopper 4 above the scene from the deegan. the ramp toothe westbound coossi bronx. we have an overturned truck. you can see debris spilled too. that's in the right lane. that backup on the deegan, that stretches until the point of another accident around fordham road. even back past that into the 230s, that's where you'ry going to see the delays on the deegan coming southbound. you can see nobody is moving at all. it's just going to be a very
as you saw with that truck, definitely going to be there for a while this mor ng. now baan to the maps. air train service jfk shuttle bus in effect this morning until about 8:00. commuter checklist looks okay. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up. >> all right. thank you very much, emily. 6:35 now. new this morning, a queens man now faces murder charges in the killing of his girlfriend. the nypd arrested 27-year-old carlos leon panetta. he's accused of killingh:is girlfriend and then lighting her body on fire in their jamaica apartment. panetta was caught in miami in october. however, he was not officially charged until now when the nypd extradited him back to new york. happening today, officials ex cted to gather to call for more safety measures at the queens intersection where a teenager was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. last night mourners gathered at a candle light vigil for 17-year-old ovidio jaramillo. police say he was hit by a
junction boulevards in jackson heights tuesday night. police are still looking for the driver. right now in brooklyn, con ed crews are still working on a gas leak that forced several families out of their homes. it happened on borough park on 64th street. "today in new york's" jen maxfield is there with the smell of gas. is it still in the air there? >> reporter: it is. it's much stronger when you get closer to 11th. that's where those four homes are that were evacuated just before 10:00 last night when residents smelled gas. utility crews have been working here since that time to try to fix this gas line break. they did come up with a temporary fix. that's why the families wto live mein these four homes were allowed back inside just before midnight last night. but crews expect that this block on 64th between 11th and 12th will be closed for most of today as they come up with a better fix for this gas line break. that is why there is still that odor of natural gas down over by 11th. again,
safe to be back in their homes. there are three families in those four homes. all back inside, their gas isow working. crews say there's still more work to do, and thankfully there were in injuries here. that's the latest from borough rk. >> jen, thanks very much. the investigation is now finished into tae ytle unersity frat party. the dean's investigation found everyone was let into lhat frat use until it became overcrowded. then he said things turned today ed ed chaotic but not dcriminatory. in queens today, officials will condemn a possible hate crime on a muslim store owner in astoria. they'll be standing outside the fatima food mart with owner sarker haque. police say he was thrown top the ground and purge nched. a good samaritan helped hold down that suspect, who was later arrested.
trump's call to ban muslims from entering the united states is going global. here in new york, members of the city council rallied yesterday. they denounced trump's latest stand, but trump denies he's anti-muslim. a new poll shows 65% of republican voters back his proposed plan. but new york city's council leader insists trump is unfit to be president. >> he is a disgusting, racist demagogue. >> our freedom is bound up with the freedom ofrothers. regardless of what they look li blke or where they come from or what their last name is or what faith they practice. >> president obama weighed in on the trump controversy yesterday. so did the british parliament. they debated a move to bar trump from. heir country. an online petition called on british lawmakers to do just that. if you're hoping to avoid crossing paths with santa con this weekend, you might have to steer clear of williamsburg.
bar crawl will start at two football fields in brooklyn saturday. according to "the new york times," the merry makers in their santa costumes will then head to several nearby clubs. later on they'll go over to the east village. the mta once again making commuter rail lines alcohol free for the santa con weekend. alcohol will be banned on long island railroad trains and in the stations starting friday night at 11:00 at night. metro north's alcohol ban takes effect later, 5:00 a.m. saturday morning. both bans will be lifted, though, sunday afternoon. >> all right. probably a good thing. >> lots of merriment. >> but not too much. 6:39. by now, you've heard about those hoverboard dangers. this morning, the popular company now refusing toghell them. and this is one historic litter of puppies. they're very cute, but they're more than cute. find out why they're making news worldwide. and your weather and traffic
beautiful view there of the george washington bridge. one popular online discount store are ditching those hoverboards after several reports of fires. it's overstock.com removing the gadget from their website. it comes after another hoverboard caught fire at a mall in seattle on tuesday. you see an employee quickly got those flames out with a fire extinguisher. the fire marshals are issuing new warnings about hoverboard safety. the boards were made in china, which means they're not regulated. >> you really don't know how well they're designed, how well they're going to function, and what safety defects they can be introducing.
posting pictures and videos of e hoverboards catching fire. this is what's left of one that ig nited charging in a chestet westchester county home. almost 6:44. time for weather and traffic together. if you're heading out this morning, don't be shocked by the mild temperatures. we're in the low and mid-50s already out there. no coats needed. swe had a few showers dot the area this morning. most of them have moved north and east of the city now. we'll start to see breaks of sunshine as we go through the morning and afternoon. near record weekend temperatures. we can tie a record if not break it sunday. ou next signid.cant rain chance comes monday into monday night. right now starting out in the low 50s. hoboken, 52. city island is 53. most of long island between 50 and 55. hudson valley between 45 and 50. northern half and central portions of new jersey between 40 and 45. no matter how you slice it, everybody is above normal in terms of temperature for this hour at this time of the year. had a few showers move on through.
what's left of them is just over southeast new york state and moving into southwest seck tions of connecticut. the cloud line, you can see it back here across new jersey. the clouds expected to t n out somewhat as we go through time. clouds giving way to some sun at least. upper 50s. patchy clouds tonight. not too chilly. 47 in midtown. closer to 40 in most of the su rbs. a few north and west could be in the upper 30s. more of the same tomorrow. cloud in the morning, sunshine in the afternoon. temperatures rebound nicely into the upper 50s. at the bus stop this morning for the kids, noe eason to bundle up. by recess time, 54. by dismisal time, it's 58 with sun peeking through those clouds. gets even warmer for the weekend. 62 saturday, 64 on sunday. it's that southwest wind. i think we'll see a good deal of nshine saturday. a few more clouds in the mix on sunday. cold front. that's what this area of rain is
monday, temperatures could climb to the low 60s again. that would be make it three days of 60 or better. saturday, sunday, and monday. after the showers monday night, back to sunshine tuesday and wednesday with temperatures in the 50s. woback to emily west we go. let's find out about the commute. >> and back to the deegan. this is whire the big delays are. very slow. we have an overturned seuck. we have live pictures from oppea 4. above the scene of this overturned truck. that's taking up he "ight lane on the deegan common ramp to the cross bronx westbound. it's going to be a very slow go. it's going to take a while just to get that up drighted and out of thhae way. on the deegan southbound, you can see the delays. they'meep steetching on to the point of an accident. there's another crash in this. this is right at fordham road southbound on the deegan. the backup continues backaho urtland park. it's a parking lot this morning on the deegan southbound. really trying to avoid it because that truck that's on its side is going to be there for quite some time. we have other problems on the roadways.
route 19 and garden state rkway to pahlsson avenue. also delaying on 80 westbound. a crash here at route 20 in the right lane. another disabled at 78 eastbound right near the turnpike tolls, exit 14. that's in your right lane. subway delays. uptown e and f trains running local. delays on downtown r trains. alternate side and meter rules are in effect. back to you. >> all right, emily. thank you. a fiery truck explosion shut down an interstate north of birmingham, alabama, for much of the night. the blast also forced the temporary evacu youn of all homes within a half-mile radius. authorities say the trailer was carrying chemicals. no one was deurt. in colorado, there were several outbursts by the man accused of shooting and killing three people at a planned parenthood clinic.
lawyer are in cahpots trying to shut me up. >>en at least 16 times he declare the himself, quote, a warrior for the babies. the idea of test tube babies is nothing new for us humans, t for dogs it's a brave new world. these are said to be the first puppies born invitro. this breakthrough happened upstate at cornell university. they say it could save breeds from certain dangerous diseases and could help future humans oid disorders. 6:48 now. coming up, new york's strongest strike a pose. cawhll this a side of the sanitation department you've never seen. that's next. >> yeah, sexy side. >> don't forget, follow us on facebook, twitter, and instagram. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny.
queensboro bridge. the famous calendar, of course, is the fdny calendar, but today you can get your own dsny calendar. >> that's right. it features the men and women of the new york city sanitation department. it goes on salt for $14.95. the sanitation commissioner hopes it shows the more glamorous side of new york's anstrongest. you can meet the calendar models th manhattan municipal building. we think it's a great idea. city employees working so hard. let's sho them off. >> we see them in the middle of the night coming to work. we salute you. the "today" show come few minutes. >> check this with matt and savannah. "the today" show calendar comes out next year, i believe. >> a month long. just do the tease. >> coming up on a thursday here on today, we have an exclusive founder. he's going to join us live in
deals with that rovirus problem in boston on the heels of the e. coli outbreak in the pacific northwest. also ahead, seven bundles of joy. we're going to introduce you to the world's first ever litter of ivp pup ivf puppies. and y poehler is going to u op by studio 1a. we're going to talk with her about her new movie with tina fey. and we have complete coverage of this morning's golden globe nominations. we'll do it hive here on "today." >> great contenders. i was looking just at best picture. cannot figure out who's going to be nominated. >> i saw one the other day that ndi think has got to be up there. i'll leave that as a mystery. >> oh, okay. >> i'll tell you. it's "the danish girl." >> i've heard good things. >> and "spotlight." got to get it in there. >> now we've gone through all of them. thanks, guys. >> so don't watch. >> we'll be right back.
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>> katherine creag is in forest hills with that story. >> reporter: darlene and michael, all around us there are these reward posters showing an image of the suspect. as you mentioned, there's new video released by the nypd just hours ago showing the suspect walking around this area where we are, 112th street and 68th drive. what's also disturbing about this video, police say at one point it appears he removed a gun from his left ankle and placed it in his pants pocket. the arsonist has set fires to a total of seven properties in forest hills that are either under construction or renovation. it began in the middle of october, darlene and michae e last one happened sunday. back to you. >> kat, thanks very much. we want to go to "today in new york's" jen maxfield in borough park where they've had a gas leak scare there all morning. >> reporter: that's right. and workers from national grid just showed up. they're down in the manholes now working to cap this gas main break. four homes, including a dozen families, were evacuated just af dter 9:45 last night when residents smelled gas.
detect elevated levels of carbon monoxide. there was a tempora fix made that allowed those 12 families to get back inside their homes right around midnight. they're all back home at this time. but here we are on 64th between 11th and 12th. going to be closed for most of the hay. now rdback to you. >> jen, thank you. new this morning, another armed robbery under investigation near central park. >> police say two men robbed a man at gunpoint early this morning at 70th street and central park west. it follows three other hold-ups that happened monday night. they all happened within a two-hour time span. us, three different counties will take part in counterterrorism drills today. officers will be a malls, train stations in rockland, orange, and sullivan counties. they'll also speak with shoppers and check vehicles. and new information on this devastating crash. police say the driver was drunk when he came off the manhattan bridge, slammed into a varngs then a police vehicle.
they're expected to recover. there's no word yet as to what charges the driver may face. >> one more check of traffic with emily west. >> chopper 4 above the deegan ramp to the cross bronx westbound. traffic is getting through on that left lane. the backup on the deegan stretches back past the 230s. it's going to be a really slow go trying to get on the deegan this morning. really, if you can avoid it, do it. also, have delays harlem river drive southbound at willis avenue bridge. another disabled there. and dealing with a crash on 46 eastbound around the garden state parkway. >> emily, thanks very much. chris, nice weather day. >> and then some. we're talking about the showers exiting early this morning to the north and east of us and dissipating. the clouds will also start to break up. partly sunny at times for the afternoon. unseasonably mild again. 58, only 40s for lows tonight. 59 tomorrow with a cloudy start, a sunnier finish to the day. a good deal of sunshine on saturday. even warmer, 62.