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women who took these had an 87% increased risk of having a child diagnosed with the autism spectrum disorder. that's a big jump on what is still a very small number. >> our study will measure a cause, a causal link. it's the accumulation of evidence from all the studies that are performed that will lead us to a causation statement. >> while it did find a link. it's 5:00. >> if you're heading out the door, take us with you. >> keep watching "today in new york" by downloading the news 4 app on your mobile device. our next hour starts right now. this morning, a new push to make new york city streets safer as another person is hit and killed in brooklyn. plus, a murder mystery. this morning police trying to
elderly person in her own home. tthis morning, it's a holiday record. something predicted this year that has never happened before. "today in new york" starts now. i assume what that is. 5:00 a.m. december 15th, middle of the month. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. chris? >> starting out again in the 60s. we already reached our record highs today at 2:00 a.m. 68 degrees. had a front come on through with a few showers. most of the showers have moved to the east of us. there are a few sprinkles to the west. we're not totally done. for the most part any significant rain is over. look at the temperature now in the city, 63 degrees. it will continue to drop a few more degrees. we slip to the upper 50s by 8:00 a.m. this afternoon forecasting the highs of 62. emily west is here a little
>> a few accidents. southern state parkway eastbound on the ramp to the cross island, overturned vehicle there. that is blocking the ramp. we have an accident in new jersey. another one there is at exit 161. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. emily, thank you very much. today the new york city council will try to do something to stop a troubling spike in hit-and-run crimes in new york city. today katherine creag is live at city hall with proposed legislation. kat? >> reporter: meeting inside this office building later on this morning. they've heard from the families of hit-and-run victims. we have, too. one thing that they say over and over again is that their loved one was left to die alone in the street like an animal. one man who was killed just last week, a beloved father of three, thomas kirby from the bronx, he was struck down on bruckner boulevard on his way to work. he was loved by his family.
a 17-year-old boy also walking home from a funeral in queens lost his life after being struck down by a driver. the person who hit him never stopped. he had been in the crosswalk when witnesses say the driver of a toyota camry struck him and sped away. a speeding driver also struck down a woman in queens as she crossed beach 19th street over the weekend. according to the victim's family, she has shattered bones and is hospitalized. her niece barely escaped. a 23-year-old was arrest the. we saw video of him in a squad car. those people who are caught, those who are arrested hopefully at least according to the city penalties. that's what they'll talk about in a hearing. >> kat, thank you very much. 5:03. a 62-year-old woman was struck and killed by a city bus in brooklyn.
to east 17th street hit lenora lenora shoquina. the accident happened before 6:00 p.m. at the height of rush hour in sheep's head bay. >> this is a tough route. you have 49, you have the 36. >> there's a lot of traffic especially after work. >> so far no charges have been filed against the driver. this is the latest in a string of deadly bus accidents. last month alone three pedestrians were killed by buses while crossing city streets. meanwhile, nypd trying to prevent tragedies. officers will focus on the streets and senior centers. that will last all the way through sunday. today in newark, a new jobs program gets a boost from a big supporter, a really big supporter. shaquille o'neal returns to the city where he grew up. he'll join the mayor to help minorities, women, veterans. people in the program will be
labor unions and give them a shot at construction jobs. shaq stepping in to help people out. that's fantastic. 5:04. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. check in with team 4's chris cimino. i was walking around fifth avenue this weekend. i can honestly say it was too hot. >> what? >> there were thousands of people around and i had a santa claus outfit on. >> overheating. >> lift the beard every now and then, let the air in. >> temperatures in the upper 60s. that's where we started out. we set a record early this morning with the 68 degree temperature for the day. clouds will break for sunshine. rain and sprinkles will exit early on. as we do, temperatures back to the low 60s. gusty west wind. a proefrpg 30 miles an hour in some gusts. another mild day really with the
noontime, breezy. 61 degrees. cool down at 6:00 after reaching the high of 62. here to talk about the commute is emily west. >> the subways first off, we have delays on downtown 1 trains and that is due to signal problems. keep that in mind. your ride on the commuter checklist, mass transit rails, everything looks okay. buses, new york city buses running on schedule. new jersey buses beings a couple of detours. alternate side parking in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. 5:06. right now there's a search for a killer in brooklyn. "today in new york's" lori board
bordonaro. >> the person from the funeral home noticed stab wounds and that's when they reached out. police say that her doctor concluded she died from complications of hypertension and diabetes but as the funeral home was preparing her for the funeral, they noticed broken ribs and stab wounds. she was stabbed in the neck and in the head and body. that's not fear who is responsible. >> lori, thank you. 5:07 now. happening today, a judge expects to make a few rulings in the man who is accused of killing etan patz. they want to take jurors to the soho neighborhood where etan went missing. we're showing you incorrect video of suffolk county.
he will go back on trial. they want the trial dropped because of missing witnesses. long island they're expected to call for federal monitor of the suffolk county officers. james burke was indicted on federal charges. prosecutors allege he beat a man and then covered it up. they tell the federal monitor that would be an overreaction. this morning three people are facing charges after they tried to climb the rock can he feller center christmas tree. they were protesting the shooting death of laquan mcdonald. two others arrested for trying to block police. they are charged with disorderly conduct. >> 5:08. new numbers that show president obama's approval rating is taking a hit. it's because of the i shall ssue of
bernardino and paris. >> yes. they not only put national security front and center but they have helped drive president obama's approval rating down to 43%. that is its lowest level in more than a year. down in fact two points just since october. to break these numbers down a little bit further, there are a lot of them, only 37% approve of the president's handling of foreign policy, only 47% approve of the handling of isis. in addition, only 47% say we are headed in the right direction, 70% say we are on the wrong track. 73% want him to take a totally different approach. nbc wall street journal poll also finds that 60% of our country believes military action
best interests. yesterday president obama met with the national security team saying isis was losing ground and america would not change its course of action. fighters, bombers and drones have been increasing the airstrikes. we dropped more bombs on isol targets since any targets started. we're taking out leaders, commanders and killers one by one. >> the thing is that those words are not reassuring the american public. this poll shows 1/3 of us are worried that either ourselves or one of our loved ones will fall victim to a terror attack. i know it was a lot of numbers. in essence what it means is we're not happy with the job president obama is doing, by we i mean america in general. of course this will come up at the gop debate tonight. we're going to talk a lot more about that a little bit later this morning at 6:00. michael. >> kerry, thank you very much.
newsroom of the soyuz rocket on the launch pad in the cosmodrome in kazakhstan. nasa astronaut and a russian cosmonaut and european space agency astronaut will spend six months at the i.s.s. launch set for 6:03 a.m. you can watch that on "today in new york." now if you're packing up heading out of town for christmas, you'll be among a record number of people traveling for this holiday season. driving is the most popular way to get out of town. domestic airfares are dropping. >> baggage fees have gone up 12%. all right. 5:11.
sunshine will return this afternoon. a real shot of cold air will arrive. over the course. weekend the temperatures are at or below normal. above normal temperatures around here. normal high is 43. we expect to get back to 62. a mix of clouds and sunshine will develop. it will become breezy. right now places like sayerville is 60.
same thing. poughkeepsie, 59. danbury, 60 degrees at this hour of the morning. the city a relatively warm spot at 63. monticello, 50 degrees, very, very mild. brisk west to northwest wind. we'll start to see the clouds break up for sunshine. kind of a mixed sky. blustery afternoon with a gusty wind out of the west northwest. temperatures mild back into the low 60s. tonight gets a little cooler. patchy clouds. 43 the low temperature. again, keep in mind that's the normal high temperature. it will feel cooler than it's been. 45 to 30. then during the day tomorrow, a touch cooler again with sunshine mixed with a few clouds and a high temperature in the low 50s. the storm system brings the steadiest and heaviest rain. the wind could gust to 35 to 40
there could be an isolated thunderstorm in there. over an inch of rain is possible. we'll fine tune that. in the meantime once we get past thursday, it's pretty quiet. friday, 51, sun and clouds. 41 on saturday. kind of a chilly shot of air. only 45 on sunday, too. right back to 50. looks like above normal temperatures could carry us towards christmas as well. little after 5:17. a few spots especially in queens, we have this road work on the l.i.e. over the grand central. that will be both ways. expect the westbound ride to be slow. southern state eastbound on the ramp to the cross island, reports of an overturned vehicle. new jersey also an accident taking up the ramp. garden state parkway southbound exit 151 to route 4. delays on the new york state through way northbound. accident pushed off to the side. slow it down on the tappan zee
speed restriction. bruckner expressway eastbound to bronx river parkway. live look at 73rd. traffic is moving but as more people get on the road you will start to see delays. george washington bridge, check it out. upper and lower look okay. no delays there. subway delays, downtown train due to signal problems on the 1 train. alternate side parking in effect. emily, thank you. new this morning, a piece of scaffolding came crashing down on top of cars in greenwich village. it happened just after 2:00 this morning. no one was hurt. the cars were gone. the sidewalk is a mess. the sidewalk is still blocked. now to decision 2016. the final republican debate of this year. nbc's tracie potts is live in washington with a preview. tracie?
this one is interesting. nine people on stage. rand paul sort of made it in there at the last minute. donald trump is still the front-runner going into this debate tonight and last night at a rally in las vegas he's already there. he challenged his opponents, his rivals, to bring it on. >> ooohhhh. and they're all coming after me. this will not be like an evening in paradise for me, do we agree? >> reporter: donald trump at a late night vegas rally super confident before tonight's debate. >> many of them don't have a chance. you say, what are you doing? just go home and relax. go home and relax. >> reporter: he's number one in monmouth university's poll pulling a whopping 41% nationally but ted cruz leads in iowa among evangelicals and among the most conservative voters. >> trump and kruds cruz could be a disaster for the republican party.
rubio is running a new ad in iowa and new hampshire today going after conservatives. >> millions of traditional values branded bigots and haters. >> reporter: he's going after hillary clinton. >> another three or four earlier, not a single one of them is being investigated by the fbi. >> reporter: at the venetian society trump set the stage and cruz and chris christie back on the stage and rand paul barely making it in. many voters -- >> there's not anybody that i like 100%. >> reporter: still unbe decided. >> i just want to see how this all plays out. >> reporter: with the crowded and contentious republican field, there hasn't been as much attention on the democrats. their next debate comes up saturday in new hampshire. darlene, michael. >> tracie there in washington. meanwhile, donald trump's doctor making a claim as bold as those by the candidate. he said trump would be the healthiest individual ever
he's 69 years old and says his stamina is extraordinary. he's been fortunate to be blessed with great genes. >> there you have it. 5:20 right now. bill cosby fighting back against some of the women who accused him of sexual assault. he's suing seven of them and denying their allegations. in a statement cosby's lawyer said he never drugged nor sexually assaulted the defendants. the lawsuit alleges the women knowingly published false statements starting last year. a lawyer for the seven women called it retaliation. 5:21. strong reaction in hoboken. a controversial reaction to deal with problems playing ing guing the city. police say this is no
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excuse me. always so tough for towns like hoboken. >> they're trying to protect people. that's something they have to battle out with time. good news about the rain today, it's gone and out of the picture. no flooding woes to worry about. another mild day. starting out in the 60s. 63 now. 62 should be the afternoon temperature after it goes into the upper 50s. the clouds will break up for sunshine as well. the wind will be gusty throughout the day. the winds decide 43. partly cloudy sky. 30 suburbs. why not think about the weekend. looks like it will be a dry weekend but a chilly one. hi on saturday, 41. a slap in the face. 30s at night. imagine that. normal temperatures. >> chilly. >> handle it. what's going on, emily? >> we still have the one train dela signal problems. downtown trains, keep that in
now we just saw the new jersey turnpike camera, so nice. let's show it again. looks great by new york airport. both directions moving along just fine. looks like a good way to go this morning. thanks so much, emily. 5:25. a texas man is facing felony charges after a wild stunt caught on camera. security camera video shows the man crashing his pickup into the lobby of an oklahoma hotel. the truck barrels through the front door sending glass and debris flying. it heads straight for the front desk narrowly missing the two women diving for cover. police say the 62-year-old was upset about his hotel bill and demanded a refund. >> wow. >> scary. >> two people barely got out of the way. 5:26. ahead, the christmas controversy at a new york city school. >> plus, police say he is a repeat offender. what this man is accused of doing to two children in queens. i'm lori bordonaro live in brooklyn where investigators say
plus, a new initiative underway this morning to help make new york city streets safer. and a misunderstanding at a local school. the ruling that sparked a christmas controversy. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. we'll get to those stories in a moment. tuesday morning, december 15th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. chris, the temps plunging down to the 60s. >> hope you can handle it. it's brutal. temperatures cooled into the 50s. places like rhinebeck, 54. la grange, 57. well above average. 63 in the city. we did make it up to 68 earlier this morning. that broke a record for the date. some upper 50s north and west. these temperatures will probably slide down another three, four, five degrees before the morning is through. 61 by noon. gets pretty breezy with clouds and sun forecasting a high again well above normal at 62 degrees. if you're heading out the door,
rolling along. >> just to let you know if you're traveling on the southern state, the cross island, the ramp has cleared. that should help you out. another accident on the cross island northbound. if you are heading to the white stone, still have the restriction on the tappan zee. the crash on the through way northbound. le palisades is off to the north side. right now police are looking for a murderer in brooklyn. an elderly woman appeared to have died of natural causes in her home. now weeks later investigators say someone killed her. "today in new york's" lori bordonaro is lif in brownsville with what police are saying. >> reporter: as the funeral home was preparing the woman's body for burial, someone noticed a stab wound and other injuries. reached out to authorities. that victim, 82-year-old myrtle mckenny was found dead in her kitchen back on november 9th after no one had heard from her
her doctor concluded she died of complications from hypertension and diabetes. someone from the caribbean funeral home noticed stab wounds and broken ribs. more than a month after her death the medical examiner is calling this a home homicide. right now at this point no arrests and, michael and darlene, police tell me they are investigating her death. of course, they are asking anyone who may have any information to come forward. back to you. >> lori bordonaro, thank you. today new york city council members are going to put forth a bill they hope will put an end to the hit-and-run crashes we've seen in the city. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in lower manhattan with the details to make this a serious criminal situation. it will give people pause here, kat. >> reporter: michael, we know that families of hit-and-run victims have appealed to the city council asking them to get tougher on hit-and-run drivers who are caught. in fact, a transportation committee meeting here inside this office building a little bit later this morning. in the last couple of weeks so many people have been hospitalized or killed in
man, thomas kirby. he lost his life. he was crossing the bruckner boulevard in the bronx when he was struck down by a driver. he was adored by his family, his neighbors. he was a father of three. also a 17-year-old boy walking home from a funeral in queens after being struck down by a driver. the person who hit him never stopped. the teenager was in the crosswalk when witnesses say the driver struck him and sped away. it was also speeding according to relatives of a victim, a speeding driver who struck down a woman in queens as she crossed siegert boulevard and beach 19th street. she has shattered bones and is hospitalized. her niece barely escaped. a 23-year-old man was later arrested by the nypd. me i can call, in the past the city council has considered certain measures, including a $5,000 civil fine for people who are caught after a hit and run. back to you, michael.
nypd officer trying to prevent holiday tragedies. launching a new safety initiative. the time of day when more people are out and about and there's increased patrols that will last through sunday. it's 5:33. almost 5:34. it's tuesday morning. check weather and traffic right now. chris cimino has that. good morning. >> halfway through the month of december and way above normal. another very much above normal day today heading our way. we peaked early with the temperatures in the upper 60s. 2:00 a.m. we hit 68. waiting for the national weather center to call that a record. there will be gusty winds and temperatures get back to the low 60s. the winds could reach 15 to maybe 30 miles an hour in some gusts during the mid afternoon hours. starting out already in the low 60s. like i said, we may shade back a few degrees. the temperatures into the upper 50s by 8:00 a.m. slowly back to the low 60s with the changeable sky and gusty breeze. more rain and chill in our
we'll talk about that a little bit. what's in our commute, emily? >> more delays on the subways. we've been talking about the 1 train downtown and now the 7 train finding delays at 34th street hudson yard bound. everything looks great. not going to find any problems there with your buses. new jersey transit bus, 401, 402, 412 finding detours this morning. alternate side in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. 5:35 right now. an alleged sex offender is back behind bars. 44-year-old edward ramirez is accused of molesting two young sisters in queens. it is his third arrest in 13 months. he's out on bail for allegedly secretly recording women using the bathroom at the restaurant where he worked in june. last november ramirez was accused of molesting two young girls while working at a supermarket.
of molesting 14 teenagers who were volunteering to feed the elderly. 45-year-old michael pritchard is charged with endangering the lives of children. he assaulted the 16 and 17-year-olds at calgary church in wayne last saturday. secretary of state john kerry is in moscow trying to work out a strategy against isis doing that with his russian counterpart and looking for ways to end syria's destructive war. in a couple of hours he should meet with russia's president vladimir putin. putin backs syrian president bashar al assad. the u.s. wants assad out of power. 40% tell nbc news wall street journal poll that terror and national security are the government's top priority. seven in ten say random attacks like the ones in paris and san bernardino are part now of a --
life. yesterday president obama spoke of military gains against the isis terror threat. >> since this summer isol has not had a single successful major offensive operation on the ground in either syria or iraq. >> while president obama's approval rating is down 2 points, it is 43%. it is his lowest standing in more than a year. sergeant bowe bergdahl was freed from captivity by the taliban. now he could be headed to life in prison. the army will hold a general court martial. that's where bergdahl will stand trial for desertion. in 2009 he walked away from his base in afghanistan. the taliban then took him prisoner. bergdahl's colleagues say six people died because of his actions. in west chester governor cuomo plans to protect people from a shutdown. the plants operator, entergy, says no radioactivity was released. less than two weeks ago an
number two reactor offline. governor cuomo has been fighting to close that plant. inspectors say it could be days before some buildings on the williamsburg street are considered stable following a cave in. the soil collapsed on construction workers excavating a backyard. they were trapped in dirt up to their waste before the fdny pulled them to safety. three families and a synagogue near the cave in are evacuated while the department of buildings investigates 46789 investigates learned the building's owner did not have a permit for construction work. 5:38. not a grinch but misguided this morning. department of education calling a principal's decision to ban all holiday displays a misunderstanding. typical signs were eliminated at ps 169 at sunset park. no santas, no trees, no stars, no reindeers. outraged parents tell us that the principal prohibited decorations for christmas and
she said she even suggested that thanksgiving be referred to as the harvest festival. >> no! it has to stay thanksgiving. that's part of our history. >> all of a sudden at my board meeting this month i got the note that we are not allowed to have santa claus. >> the d.o.e. said the principal misinterpreted the guidelines and trying to make the school more inclusive. a d.o.e. spokesperson said holiday displays are permitted as long as they don't promote one religion or belief system. within the next couple of hours we could find out what happened to a nazi government train believed to be filled with riches. two treasure hunters say they found it buried in a hillside in southwestern poland. today the mayor will give his official findings. for generations there's been talk of that train. said to be filled with gold, jules, weapon.
german air force was a huge art collector. they were stealing art from all over europe and ended up on these trains in a lot of cases. just ahead this morning, do you have the resume? do you? >> do you? >> nasa is looking for new astronauts. even the stars say this isn't real star travel. many people think so. unlike any movie premiere in history. this is the massive scene. this is the premiere of the new "star wars" movie. and we're waking up to the 60s in december again. when to expect some changes. weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up.
the area overnight and early on this morning. a couple of leftover sprinkles. roads might be damp but the wind is going to be the story. the mild temperatures are still in place right now. starting out in the low 60s. the tree sparkling beautifully. surprise of showers that came on through early tonight and this morning. this month so far has been incredibly warm. look at some of the statistics. about halfway through now, december 15th point. 51.4 as of midnight. that's the average temperature. 11.3 degrees above normal. next closest warmest december averaged 44.1. we still have halfway to go. we're talking about being over seven degrees above the all-time record in terms of warmth. rainfall in a deficit. may add a little bit more. our headlines for today, rain exits and sunshine will return with a gusty wind. more rain moves back in by thursday. especially later thursday afternoon and evening. then there's a quick shot of some cold air.
like winter arrives over the course of the weekend. it will be dry. no snow in the picture. 60 in secaucus. 61 at sheepshead bay. 59 in poughkeepsie. temps could drop a couple of degrees through the morning hours. the showers in the west northwest are dying out. sprinkles left out here. you can't rule that out. we're starting to see breaks in the cloud cover, too, also to the west of us. we're expecting to see clouds mixing with sunshine. the thicker clouds stay from the north and west. patchy cloud cover and no rain to worry about. tomorrow looks like a fair amount of sunshine. 7:00 a.m. in the morning. afternoon clears out nicely. with that, temperatures while cooler will still be above normal. being in the low 50s. then the clouds roll in off the water tomorrow night. could be spotty drizzle or light rain here or there as you go through thursday morning. but the real rain moves in later on in the day. that's the heavy stuff there.
indicative of possibly some thunderstorms. that len gb later on thursday afternoon, evening. we'll get the last push overnight. hopefully start to clear things out by friday. 62 the afternoon temperature expected around the city. close to 60 nearby suburbs. mid and upper 50s. hudson valley, low 60s across long island. tonight chills down, 43. that's the normal high temperature. even the suburbs in the mid 30s. that's not terribly chilly either. but at least a little bit cooler than it has been, that's for sure. seven day forecast shows the rain thursday and thursday night gone by friday. clouds could linger friday, 51. then it turns colder, saturday. only 41 for a high. back to 45 sunday. right back to 50 early next week. let's get back to emily west in for lauren this morning. commute wise, how's it looking? >> a little slow in spots especially due to road work on the l.i.e. around the grand central parkway. live look where you can see if you can get off and take the service road, that's okay.
especially going eastbound now the grand central parkway is slow. the holland tunnel where both approaches, delays in the turnpike, everything is moving along fine. the lincoln and the george no delays this time of morning. bruckner eastbound, bronx river parkway, blocked. we had the earlier accident on the cross island at bell boulevard. that has cleared. trouble on the garden state parkway is out of there. new york state through way and palisades parkway crash off to the side. no longer there on the tappan zee. patterson, a crash in the median. downtown, 1 train delays as well as 7 train delays at 34th street hudson yard bound. both are due to signal problems. alternate side meter rules are in effect. emily, thank you very much. 5:47.
new york neighborhood are taking extra safety measures after two daytime break-ins within 24 hours. friday someone broke into a home in kingston court. saturday someone cut the screen out of a window at a home at nearby roslyn court. a family's pit bull mix may have stopped the family from getting inside. >> they may have got scared. she doesn't want anybody by the window. >> cutting screens. scary. >> police have not said if the two break-ins are connected. a teenager is accused of vandalizing a menorah. police say a 14-year-old has been charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime. a tip to crime stoppers led police to the suspect. in new jersey police are searching for a couple of thieves trying to spoil christmas for an ocean township family. surveillance video shows them stealing decorations from the front yard of the mccarry family home. the family is known for their
they say some of the stolen items are family heirlooms. they left in a white or silver lexus suv. then on long island, a couple more grinches. two more women. you can see them stealing a large inflatable penguin. happened in a home on boston naef massapequa. the two took other decorations as well. if you can find them, you are asked to call police as well. three schools in bedford sty may close. peace academy middle school, school for the urban environment and foundations academy high school. the education department says the schools struggle with low enrollment and poor academic performance. 217 students will be impacted. the closings will be impacted by the panel for educational policy. 5:49. the giants are back in the hunt for a playoff spot taking on the dolphins. odell beckham jr. fourth quarter.
eli hit stride and odell beckham jr. takes it in 84 yards for the score. the second t.d. chris has done that in the weather center. giants win 31-24. >> i was thinking it would be a big play or had a chance that it would be that open but it worked out. i'm not complaining about it. >> later in the game, a scary moment for coach tom coughlin hit during the play on the sidelines by dominique rogers cromartie. the coach said the hit helped out his neck. that hurt. >> it sure looks like it hurt. hundreds camp out to see the new "star wars" movie, the stars walked the red carpet for the movie's world premiere. "the force awakens" premiered at the chinese theater last night. people couldn't walk past the theater without going through a metal detector. advanced shows are thursday. we've seen people camping out
friday. kerry fisher looking great. exciting new news about darlene's career. nasa looking for new astronauts. >> the space agency taking job applications for the first time in four years. they will be accepting them through mid february but if you do apply, don't expect to get a call. to date only 338 astronauts have been selected. starting pay for astronauts is $66,000 a year. >> you would expect that. >> the meals are in the bag and they're all ready to go. 5:51. the word of the year revealed. why you may not agree with the choice. and then also some new research that moms need to know about. the drugs that researchers in one survey are linking to autism.
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some of the top terms searched, socialism, fascism, racism. >> next year it's going to be ing. >> people searching singing. >> yeah. >> like oxford there was the year with the emoji, happy face with the tears. people rejected it. we can't win. >> linguists are not having a good year apparently. ism, yeah, not really a word. >> not a word. it's a suffix. we digress. >> let's get to weatherism. 62. we've lost a few degrees. slide down to the mid to upper 50s. this is incredibly above normal for this time of the year. again, look for clouds giving way to some occasional sunshine. turns breezy. sprinkles early this morning should dissipate and end. 62 mid afternoon temperature. tonight a little bit chillier.
closer to the normal high temperature. some 30s in the suburbs. another stormy day possible thursday and then more seasonal weather by the weekend. >> sounds good. >> what's happening, emily? >> subway delays. a couple of trouble spots due to signal problems. first with the downtown 1 train and also with the 7 train. 34th street hudson yard bound. live look at the gowanus this morning. light traffic developing. through the industry city. that's what we're seeing this time of morning. >> emily, thanks very much. news for your health. taking antidepressants during pregnancy, it could increase your child's risk of autism. this is from a canadian study. it shows women who took antidepressants during the pregnancies, especially during the second and third try imesters had an 80% chance of having a child diagnosed with the autism spectrum disorder. this is a big jump on what is
>> our study will not measure a cause. a causal link. it's the accumulation of all the evidence from all the studies that are performed that will leads us to a causation statement. >> now the study did find an association but it does not prove antidepressants cause autism. depression itself may play a role. still, lots of research to be doing on the link. >> much more to be done. 5:57 right now. coming up next, a murder mystery. what was originally considered a natural death ends up being a homicide. we're in brownsville with the developing story next. we're also a little more than 5 minutes away. live pictures from kazakhstan. a launch will send three astronauts into space. we're going to bring it to you live at 6:00. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. download the news 4 app on your mobile device right now.
a murder mystery. what investigators found one month that has police looking for a killer on the run. while you were sleeping, debris started raining from the sky in manhattan. we'll tell you where and what was hit. and it is t minus 3 minutes. these are live pictures from inside the soyuz capsule in kazakhstan. these three astronauts are going to head into space in just a couple of minutes. "today in new york" starts now. remarkable to get that. >> it is. >> good morning, everybody. 6:00 a.m. right now on this tuesday. middle of december, december 15th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in with chris cimino. mild december weather. we don't know what to do. >> it feels like a may morning. started out in the upper 60s. temperatures starting down as the cold front came through. most of the rain is gone. pushed to the east of us. a couple of showers in the east.
sprinkle can't be ruled out. temperatures will continue to slide down to the upper 50s. that's where we spend the mid afternoon with a high of 62 degrees. rest of the seven day forecast coming up on the 4s. here's emily west with the commute information. >> slow through queens, you'll find road work at the l.i.e. takes a look at the grand central. starting to get crowded westbound which heads away from us. a few taillights popping up. live look on staten island this morning. staten island expressway near south avenue where you should have a pretty good go. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. 6:01. police are trying to hunt down a killer who almost got away with it. investigators say an elderly woman was found dead in her room. today's lori bordonaro has a new clue, proof that she was killed. lori. >> reporter: police tell me it
who noticed a stab wound on that victim. this more than a month after myrtle mckenny was found dead in her kitchen here at her apartment on powell street. police went to check on her after no one had heard from her for several days. police said her doctor concluded she died of complications from hypertension and diabetes. they said they were never involved in any investigation. then as the caribbean funeral home was preparing her body for burial, they found the stab wounds and broken ribs. the medical examiner's office has ruled this a homicide. it's not clear who would want her dead and looking for a motive. anyone with any information are being asked to give them a call. happening today, a judge expected to make several rulings for the retrial of the man accused of killing etan patz as that date gets closer. prosecutors want to take jurors
pedro hernandez is accused of strangling the 6-year-old. defense lawyers want the charges dropped. the retrial is set to begin in february. 6:02. right now here's a live look at the cosmodrome. the soyuz rocket is launching a three man crew. >> there's a nasa astronaut, russian astronaut and european astronaut. they're getting ready to do this. they will join commander scott kelly of nasa and two other cosmos at the station. there we see. it's lifting off, darlene. >> it sure is. >> the one year mission at the i.s.s. >> there it goes. interesting as we watch that
the liftoff is more dramatic than cape canaveral because it's on land and not near the water. water is pumped underneath those rockets in florida. you get this great view from balcanor. >> we wish them a safe, safe journey. >> wow. >> looking forward to their return. >> so much excitement in england. the first european to go up to the i.s.s. so they're excited for him to be up there. >> sure. interesting combination of people there as well, right, from different parts of the world? >> right. russian, american, and brittain on board. >> all right. >> good luck to them. they'll be up there in a couple of hours. 9 hours until they dock. >> quicker than getting to l.a. >> right. about as long as it takes to get from pittsburgh to newark. >> you don't have to stop. no connecting flights. >> nice to see a nice liftoff. >> very nice. for us, the weather gets pretty decent as we go through
starting out already if you like warm weather into the 60s. we set a record in the morning. 68 degrees for the day. clouds will break for sunshine. afternoon temperatures back in the low 60s. this morning there will be a gusty wind around 15 to 20 miles on average. we could see a gust around 30 in some spots. we're starting out with the rain exiting. still some clouds out there. 62 degrees current temperature. 8:00 a.m. it may cool to 59. 60 at noon, 62 at 3:00. chillier by the weekend. stormy weather before that. let's talk commute with emily west right now. >> we still have the subway delays due to signal problems. first the 1 downtown trains you're going to find delays there. then the 7 line. 34th street hudson yard bound trains. due to signal problems this morning. commuter checklist, everything is on schedule tuesday as you get up and head out. you should not have any problems. also with the buses, new york city buses on schedule.
new jersey transit at 114, 401, 402 and 412. alternate side rules in effect today. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. 6:05. a scaffold collapse in manhattan damaged cars overnight. it happened before 2:30 this morning in front of 160 bleaker street in the village. a 25 foot scaffold attached to a store fell. it hit three parked cars. no one was hurt. sidewalks are still blocked. police are investigating a fatal accident involving an mta bus. 62-year-old ellie nora shokena was run over by a bus. a b 36 bus making a left turn on to east 17th street hit her as she crossed near avenue z. the accident happened just before 6:00 p.m. at the height of last night's rush hour. >> this is a tough route because there's a lot of buses. you've got the 49. you've got the 36. >> there's a lot of traffic
>> so far the charges -- charges have not been filed against the driver. now this is the latest in a string of deadly city bus accidents. last month alone three pedestrians were killed by mta buses while crossing city streets. this morning a long island man is under arrest on sex charges for the third time in 13 months. accused of molesting two young sisters in queen. in june he was accused of secretly recording women at a restaurant where he worked. last month he was accused of allegedly exposing himself to two young girls while working in a supermarket. in hoboken they're rejecting a plan to help the city from flooding. even plan includes flood walls around the waterfront, but in some cases the walls would be built inland right on city streets. >> some people that said, well, no one is going to want it in their backyard.
i don't agree it should be our street that takes it for the team. find another solution. >> the project is part of a $230 million federal grant new jersey was awarded to mitigate flooding. this morning three families are unable to go back to their home after the collapse of a basement. the fdny made a quick rescue after the soil collapsed under a building. the ground is unstable. 4 investigates has learned the building's owner did not have a permit for the work. right now secretary of state john kerry is on an important dip ploe lomatic mission to moss cue. kerry will speak for about an hour to russian president vladimir putin. we're told they will try to iron out deferences over how to end syria's civil war. putin backed syrian president bashar al assad but the u.s. wants assad out. and sergeant bowe bergdahl
even though the white house worked out a controversial deal, you might remember, to free him. the army says bergdahl is being formally charged with desertion and he'll face a general court martial. six years ago he abandoned his post in afghanistan and was grabbed by the taliban. he was swapped for several taliban officials held at quan taun any mow bay. this morning big problems for procrastinators trying to get their packages home. cnbc's landon dowdy joins us. the shippers are being overwhelmed. >> i know. you can't procrastinate. don't wait until the last minute to do your holiday shopping this year. a new study by a retail consulting firm is saying it's taking a week for online orders to be placed. they're choosing slower and
ups and fed ex built their systems are being overwhelmed. we're getting to our destinations on time. 87% of flights arrived on time in october. that's the third best month ever. delta, hawaiian and alaska air had the best ratings while spirit was the only one below 80%. however, customer complaints are still rising up 32%. michael and door lean arlene, we all need more leg room. >> i don't. i appreciate everybody else who needs it. i'm good in whatever seat you put me in. >> don't say that. they'll make them smaller. >> they'll put me in a car seat. it's 6:10 right now. still to come, a crackdown on hit-and-run drivers. >> reporter: i'm katherine creag live in lower manhattan where some city council members will be talking about how to get tougher on hit-and-run drivers, strengthening the penalties. we'll tell you the details coming up.
6:14 on tuesday morning. things are drying out. temperatures still way above normal. you're stepping outside to 62 degrees in central park right now. the rain is exiting. the sun will make its return, at least partial sunshine. more rain will come back into the picture. heaviest will be later in the day thursday evening. quick shot of some weekend chills.
they should be for this time of year. you have the normal highs of 23 degrees. places like franklin, 53 in alamuccie. in poughkeepsie, 56. down the shore in long branch, 55. we did have a cold front come on through. kind of a misnomer. not very cold behind it. cooling down gradually. not dramatically so. most of the showers exiting. still see sprinkles up along sullivan, olster county. most dying down. fairfield county, even the island over the next hour or so. school day forecast, the bus stops a lot of clouds around. mild. temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. recess, getting back close to 60 degrees. gusty breeze for any after skoon activities as well as temperatures settle back. partly sunny, morning clouds.
upper 50s. should bounce back to the low 60s. cooler tonight. patchy clouds. 43 mid town. cooler but, again, this is way above normal. 43 the normal high. 35 to 40 the lows north and west and for tomorrow, sunshine. a touch cooler at 52 degrees. looking ahead to thursday, stormy weather will pull out of the midwest and a strong southerly flow ahead of that will bring in milder air. a lot of moisture. potentially we could see an inch or more of isolated rain. strong wind gusts. the main focus period will be 3:00 in the afternoon thursday to 11:00 at night. local street and highway flooding. after that gets quiet but gets chillier and starts to feel like the season. 51 on friday. varying homes of clouds. chilly, 41 a high on saturday, that's it. 45 on sunday. back to warming it up next week. 6:16. emily west in for lauren. commute wise? >> pretty slow through queens.
we have the construction on the be l i.e. at grand central. the backup goes all the way into nassau county. take a live look at the belts this morning. near jfk heavy, getting preddy busy. if you are heading to the airport, you want to allow a few extra moments. a check of the george washington bridge where the upper and lower, no wait. the lincoln and the holland also a pretty good bet. now north of the city a couple of things going on. first off 84 eastbound at ludingtonville road. the backup to the at that connick con -- taconic. delays on downtown trains due to signal problems on the 1 line as well as the 7 train. 34 street hudson. metro-north, danbury seeing southbound delays. that is due to mechanical problems. everything else looks all right. alternate side meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming
6:17. now to the race for the white house. the gop front-runners are preparing for round 5 tonight. a debate in las vegas. today in new york's kerry barrett is in the newsroom. looks like they have their cross hairs set on one candidate. >> yeah, there's a little bit of a shift in the polls this morning, darlene. you can expect ted cruz to be on the receiving end. donald trump still the number one. according to the monmouth university's latest poll. he is polling 41% across the nation. he was at a late night rally in vegas. he's gained a little bit of steam. he had been flat in terms of his poll numbers but it is cruz who is the new challenger on the horizon. he leads in iowa. he leads with evangelicals and he leads among the most conservative voters. he is still only polling at 14% nationally and neither one is
>> trump and cruz could be a disaster for the party. it's going to be potentially disastrous to win in swing states. >> marco rubio is running new ads in not only iowa but new hampshire. he's been working really hard to keep from peeking early keeping the slow burn thing going. he's focusing on targeting democrats. of course you have new jersey governor chris christie back on the main stage tonight after being relegated to the earlier debate last time around. as we mentioned at 5:00, national security, the fight against terror going to be front and center tonight. voters are going to want some answers with a little bit of substance. that debate on cnn at 8:30. the next gop debate is one month from now. it is january 14th. darlene? >> all right. kerry barrett in the newsroom. kerry, thank you. we are being told donald trump would be the healthiest person ever elected president.
he calls the results of trump's latest physical, quote, astonishingly excellent. josh earnest joked that trump's doctor did a lot of work examining all 44 presidents joompt new this morning, the wife of actor johnny depp will go on trial in australia. >> the charges are bringing the two dogs pistol and boo illegally into the country on a private jet. she bypassed the country's quarantine policies. there are some grinches trying to spoil christmas for some families. new jersey surveillance camera shows thieves stealing decorations from the front yard of the mccarry's home in ocean township. they say some of the stolen items are family heirlooms. they were seen leaving in a white lexus suv.
were accused of stealing a large penguin. we see you clear as day. the two took other decorations as well. if you can identify the people in either of the surveillance videos, give police a call. >> something extra awful about doing something like that. 6:20 right now. ahead, a brutal attack at a restaurant drive through. we'll tell you this disturbing story that's still ahead. don't forget to follow us on facebook and twitter.
the tappan zee bridge and the hudson river. 6:24. this is truthful. i had the ac on in the car this morning. >> ooohhh. >> was it sunday afternoon? had to cool it down. it's been crazy. early on this morning we were in the upper 60s. we're in the lower 60s. dropping like a rock. back to the 50s. high of 62 this afternoon. clouds mixed with sunshine. not as pleasant in terms of mild temperatures. pretty darn nice. 43 the low, partly cloudy and clear. does get chilly by the weekend. distinct chill in the air on saturday of 41 degrees and 45 on sunday. saturday in the hills could be a couple of snow flurries around. >> snow flurries? >> put that in like we weren't
>> it's a big deal. >> i know. >> put chains on the tires. >> all right. well, we do have traffic to talk about. grand central parkway, westbound, it might be a little bit more slow because the l.i.e. is heavy as well. that is due to some earlier road work at the grand central. that's pretty busy. a lot of people taking the grand central right now. your commuter checklist, metro-north danbury branch there are southbound delays. that is due to mechanical problems. thanks so much, emily. 6:26. coming up next, murder mystery in brooklyn. >> i'm lori bordonaro live in brooklyn. the death of an elderly woman more than a month after she died. why police believe she was killed. coming up. the crash that was no accident. the disgruntled man who crashed into a hotel on purpose. if you're about to head out
this morning a murder mystery in brooklyn. weeks after an elderly woman's death that has police looking for a killer right now. new video of an unusual protest that had demonstrators going after the rockefeller christmas tree. and the crackdown on hit-and-run drivers. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it is 6:30 a.m. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. we want to start with a check on the weather. storage team 4 chris cimino is here. we had a morning in the 60s. it's not going to last forever. it's good while we have it. >> it will last a little while longer. we finally get the chill by the weekend. upper 50s is far from cooling down. 57 at west hampton. city still holding at 62. northwestern suburbs not seeing any dramatic dropoff. only mid and upper 50s.
trying to push in and temperatures may slide over the next 2 to 4 hours back in the mid 50s. close to 60 by noon. sun and gusty breeze throughout the afternoon and a high of 62 degrees. some changes in the seven day. we'll talk about that a bit. let's talk commute with emily. >> north of the city in kennerston a crash in the median. eastbound 84 near exit 17. causing a slowdown and back towards the taconic. live look at the lincoln tunnel. ten minute wait and building. the george is ten minutes and the who will labld, that's no wait at all. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. killer almost got away with it. detectives say discovery made weeks after an elderly woman's death now proves that she was murdered. lori bordonaro is live with it. >> reporter: michael, the victim was being prepared for burial
home noticed a stab wound on the neck. 82-year-old myrtle mckinney was thought to have died of natural causes. she was found dead in her kitchen. her doctor concluded she died from complications of hypertension and diabetes. the caribbean funeral home noticed the stab wounds and broken ribs. the medical examiner's office is calling this a homicide. police are investigating. right now it is not clear, they say, who could be responsible. that's the very latest from here. back to you. >> how that initial diagnosis was missed. thanks very much, lori. a new jersey man is accused of sexually abusing 14 kids. he's charged with endangering the welfare of children in criminal sexual contact. police say he assaulted the 16 and 17-year-olds during an event at calgary temple church in wayne last sat. a teenager responsible for
upper east side. last week we showed you what happened to the menorah at carl shirts park. a 14-year-old has been charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime. a news 4 viewer tipped us off to the vandalism after we aired the story. a tip to crime stoppers led police to the tip. getting look at a protest in rockefeller plaza. video view at 8:00 p.m. people were arrested for trying to block police. they're charged with disorderly conduct. coming up on 6:34. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris looking at temperature. we are smack in the middle of december. it's 62 degrees. >> last december was mild. this one is ridiculous. >> so far. we're talking about 11 degrees above average so far for the first half of this month the way it looks.
go towards the weekend. looking at long range information towards next month. 68 degrees at 2:00 a.m. the wind kicks out of the west at 15. times gusting to 20, 30 miles an hour in a few locations. mild, yes. a little windy out there at times. clouds at 62 degrees. sprinkles exiting east of the city. upper 50s at 8:00 a.m. low 60s towards the mid afternoon hours. weekend just ahead. find out, you're responsible for the entire commute. >> i'm going to hit the trains right now though. we'll get to the roads. the 7 train you're going to find that slow. 34th street hudson yard bound. now your commuter checklist, metro-north.
southbound danbury branch. everything else is fine. it's okay. bus delays, new jersey transit, 114, 401, 402, 412. new york city buses and alternate side meter rules are in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. 6:35 now. happens all too often, victims injured or killed by hit-and-run drivers. now new york city's council plans to do something about it. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in city hall. new legislation. what are they trying to do? >> they're trying to strengthen penalties. >> reporter: they're trying to give people a $5,000 fine if they cause a death. here's the office building with transportation committee members. people are hospitalizeds from a hit-and-run including this man,
he lives in the bronx. he was struck down on bruckner boulevard last week. also a 17-year-old boy walking home from a funeral in queens lost his life after being hit by a driver. the teenager on video had been in the crosswalk. the driver sped away. the arabian nelson is in the hospital. they barely escaped. the 23-year-old man was arrested. we do expect to hear from the families of hit and run mess. >> kat, thank you very much. meanwhile right now the nypd trying to prevent holiday tragedy. launching a new safety initiative. officers will focus on the streets around senior centers at the times of day when more people are out and about.
happening today, we should find out if the mother accused of throwing her 6 month old baby out of a window is fit to stand trial. tanisha 49er ron was ferron tossed her baby out of the sixth floor window. if the results show she's mentally fit, she'll be arraigned. if not, she'll be committed. convicted israeli spy jonathan perra r pollard's parole will be reviewed. government lawyers argue pollard has information that is still classified. americans now worry most about terrorism and that's hurting president obama's public approval rating. 40% tell nbc news wall street journal poll, terror and national security are the government's national priority.
paris and san bernardino attacks. yesterday president obama spoke of the military success against isis. >> last month in november we dropped more bombs on isol targets than any other month since this campaign started. we're taking out isol leaders, commanders and killers one by one. >> right now the president's approval rating stand at 43%. the lowest it's been in a year. 34% approve specifically of his handling of isis. new york city the new york city education department wants to close three schools in bedford sty at the end of the school year. the school's peace academy middle school, the school for the urban environment and foundations academy high school. the department of education says the schools struggle with low enrollment and poor academic performance. 217 students will be impacted. the closings will be impacted by the panel for educational policy.
all holiday displays a big misunderstanding. the traditional signs were eliminated at ps 169 at sunset park. the principal prohibited decorations for christmas and other religious holidays. they say she suggested thanksgiving be referred to as the harvest festival. >> no. >> we have to say thanksgiving. that's part of our history. >> all of a sudden at my board meeting this months i got the note that we are not allowed to have santa claus. >> the d.o.e. said the principal misinterpreted the guidelines and was trying to make her school more inclusive. the d.o.e. spokesperson said holiday displays are permitted as long as they don't endorse one particular religion or belief sis zwreem 6:39. still ahead, bill cosby and how he's fighting back. plus, it's an assault with scalding hot coffee.
welcome back. 62 degrees out. it's tuesday morning. bill cosby now fighting back against some of the women who have accused him of sexual assault. he's suing seven of them for defamation and denying their allegations. in a statement cosby's lawyer said he neither drugged nor sexually assaulted the accusers. a lawyer for the seven women called this retaliation. today in new york a jobs program gets a boost from a supporter. shaquille o'neal. he's returning to the city where he grew up. he's announcing a program to help minorities winning and veterans. people in the program will be trained on the process to join labor unions, giving the chance for a construction job at the
hundreds have camped out for days to see the new "star wars" movie. last night the stars walked the red carpet for the movie's world premiere. "the force awakens" was premiered at the tcl chinese theater in hollywood last night. people couldn't walk past the theater without going through a metal detector. carrie fisher, harrison ford and markham mill was there. >> everything is bigger for technology. it's completely advanced. beyond anything we could have imagined. everything seems to be louder, bigger, busier. >> this is the first "star wars" film to be produced without its creator, george lucas. the showing for the public is thursday. nationwide release date is friday. it's a little after 6:44. one of those mornings you step outside and you want to double check the calendar and see the christmas tree is up. it doesn't feel anything like that. temperatures in the low 60s in
will cool down a few more degrees this morning and bounce back to the low 60s this afternoon. the trend over the next few days will be to cool things down. the trend incredible. look at the numbers. average temperature in december so far this year, 51.4 degrees in central park. that is over 11 degrees above normal. rainfall, we're still a little bit below normal. the next closest, the warmest december we ever had in central park, 44.1. seven degrees above the all-time record. things will settle down a little bit in the numbers category in the next few days as we get chillier air. emerson 59, secaucus 58. we'll lose a couple of degrees. middle 50s to the north and west in the distant bushes -- burbs. clouds are breaking up over the city right now. you can see the hole in the cloud kafr there.
north and east. that should be it again and should be diminishing as we go through the afternoon hours. more clouds north and west and then a few more clouds mixed in late afternoon. partly cloudy to clear overnight. tomorrow look at that. lots of sunshine around. temperatures still above normal but chillier than they have been in the low 50s. low clouds rolling off the ocean. a couple of sprinkles or even a little drizzle could develop towards thursday morning. the heavier rain comes through. that's until 3:00 in the afternoon until 9:00, 10:00 at night. we run the risk of downpours. for today we dry out. clouds giving way to sunshine. 62 the average afternoon temperature after we slip into the 50s early on this morning. a little chillier tonight but still not bad. partly cloudy. 43 in the city, 30 to 35 in some of the suburbs. stormy weather.
and 11:00. an inch to 1.25 inches of rain. there could be local street flooding. as it gets closer we'll fine tune that. in the meantime, that's the only bump in the forecast. low 50s tomorrow after low 60s today. drying out and colder. saturday 41, 45 on sunday. right back to above normal temperatures by next week. back to emily west to find out about the commute. busy ride for you on the roadways this morning. now a new incident on the bqe around the kosciuszko bridge. live look at the bridge. you can see the tractor-trailer in the background, it's stuck in the right lane. pretty slow go trying to get around it this morning. let's head back to the map to long island where the northern state westbound at willis avenue is backed up all the way back to the meadow brook. the l.i.e. slowdowns on and off
and continuing towards the cross islands into queens. really does get pretty busy. by ludingtonville road. pretty much been there all morning. the backup towards the taconic this morning. delays on the subways. downtown 1 train and 7 train up to an hour delayed on the danbury branch of metro-north this morning. back to you. emily, thanks very much. 6:48. new concern about the new long island railroad terminal being built under grand central. the engineer told the mta its goal of finishing the east side access project as it's known by the year 2022, that might not be happening. he said the authority's assessment of the current state of the project is unrealistic. the $10 billion project has been back in the work since the 1950s. a man in detroit has hired an attorney after claiming a coffee shop employee threw
the customer asked a female employee in the drive threw to throw away an old cup of coffee for him. she said no and handed him a fresh cup instead. as he drove away he said another employee threw scalding coffee at him. he drove back to the window, threw his old coffee at the workers. got very nasty back and forth. a texas man facing felony charges after a wild stunt caught on camera. security video shows the man crashing his pickup into the lobby of an oklahoma hotel. the truck barreled through the front door sending glass, debris flying everywhere. >> wow. >> it headed straight for the front desk. narrowly missing two women who dove for cover. he was upset over his hotel and wanted' refund. >> now he'll have a discussion with police. >> he'll have probably more than that. 6:49 now. still the ahead.
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welcome back. new this morning, miriam webster is announcing its new word of the year, it's ism. some of the words are socialism, fascism, racism, feminism and terrorism. the dictionary company says the searches show we are educating ourselves. if we're calling ism a word, it's a suffix. >> narrowly beat out ing and ion. >> "today" show coming up in a few minutes. >> check in with matt and savannah and see what's ahead. >> hi. >> what's up, guys? >> how you doing? >> doing great. thanks. good to see you. a tuesday on "today," as you know it's debate night in las vegas.
polls spark a more contentious atmosphere? could this be the last stand for any of these candidates? we're live. hollywood taken by storm troopers. the first reaction to the new "star wars" movie are out following last night's world premiere. don't freak out, we will not spoil anything for you. we have a special morning planned as we say thank you. a heart felt thank you to our beloved willard scott as he enters retirement after 65 years at nbc. 35 of those years here at "today." we will wish him well in style as we get started on a tuesday morning on the show. guys, back across to you. >> he's meant so much to so many people. the personal connection he has with people always astounds me. >> generations of americans. >> watching tributes all week. we will miss him. thank you so much, guys. we'll be back with today's
police are searching for a killer after they prove an elderly woman's death was a homicide. >> lori bordonaro is live with the story. >> reporter: darlene and michael, police ever looking for the person who killed 82-year-old myrtle mckenny. it was initially believed she died of natural causes. a funeral home was preparing her body for burial and noticed a stab wound on her neck and other injuries. the medical examiner has now
police are investigating it. of course, they are asking anyone who has any information about her death to come forward. back to you, michael and darlene. >> lori, thank you. now to "today in new york's" katherine creag with a crackdown on hit-and-run drivers. kat. >> reporter: darlene and michael, the council's transportation committee set to meet inside this office building a little bit later this morning. the goal is to strengthen the penalties against hit-and-run drivers caught and convicted in the last week there. have been numerous victims of hit-and-runs including a 47-year-old man who was walking out of his house on his way to work, struck down by a hit-and-run driver on bruckner boulevard. also a 17-year-old boy from queens. another young woman from queens is in the hospital right now. also when we talk about strengthening penalties, darlene and michael, they are thinking about increasing the fines. $5,000 on drivers who cause fatal hit-and-runs, back to you.
>> on the danbury branch you'll find southbound an hour delays around reading this morning. still the subway troubles downtown 1 train and 7, 34th street hudson yard bound trains. delays there as well. we have several problems on the roads, too, this morning. you'll find the bronx river parkway. the ramp to the cross bronx. in new jersey on 78 right around exit 26 we have another crash. also one on 84. right on the center median at ludingtonville road. in the left lane. >> emily. thank you. chris, one more check of the weather. >> another ridiculously mild day. in the 60s today. 50s north and west. clouds breaking up already. things are drying out. there will be a gusty wind all day. temperatures should get back into the low 60s this afternoon. it won't feel quite as warm as the last couple of days. still very nice.