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also new this morning, a clue in a daring heist in the bronx. an armored car robbery erupts in gunfire. the photo police want you to see this morning. donald, you're not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency. that's not going to happen. and i do have the strength. >> and not a lot of holiday cheer at the final republican presidential debate of 2015. the one liners and flubs that everyone's talking about this morning. "today in new york" starts now. not the friendliest of exchanges. >> no, it wasn't. >> good morning, everyone. it's wednesday morning, december 16th. i'm darlene rodriguez. chris cimino here with the forecast. holiday cheer. >> no, i guess the term debate kind of implies it's not going to be pretty. but nonetheless, our weather picture has cooled down a little bit around here this morning. but this is still way above
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just not as warm as recent mornings. the city still holding on to 50. we'll probably slip into the upper 40s this morning. a little chill in the air but that's about it. still really above normal. that's the way the day will play out. more clouds around this morning. then some sun for the midday hours. back to clouds later in the day. we have some rain in the future. we'll talk about that. let's get our first check on a monday morning commute. >> we have some construction here on fdr drive. right now traffic is light. not too bad. when more people start to get out and about, you'll find a few more delays. on the turnpike, car lanes southbound, more construction there. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thank you very much. police on long island are trying to find the driver of a stolen vehicle that allegedly
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police say a 32-year-old man was driving about 6:20 p.m. yesterday when his vehicle was hit by a chevy trailblazer. the driver took off on foot. the victim died at the hospital. also happening today, new york city council votes on stuffer penalties for hit-and-run drivers. before the vote, the mother of one victim spoke about her loss. these new laws would refine repeat offenders $20,000. it would also require the nypd to expand reporting hit-and-run crashes to the city council and to the public as well. this morning, we're seeing very clear video of a robbery at a cell phone store. here you see two gunmen inside a t-mobile store on 1st avenue on sunday. they forced two employees and a customer with a cane into a back room. they made one worker and customer get on the ground while they loaded bags with cell phone and cash.
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brooklyn are looking for the man accused of stalking a 15-year-old girl on the subway. a teenager telling police the man had been following her around the atlantic avenue station last wednesday. he then allegedly grabbed her arm and told her to come with him. the girl says the same exact thing happened yesterday morning. this time, she was able to take a photo. >> today students at one long island school are going to go back to the classroom. they're uncertain, though, of what caused the fumes that sickened students and staff as well. this happened at west babylon high school. it forced the school to cancel classes. katherine creag is at the school. going back, hoping to get some answers too. >> reporter: right, and we cannot say this enough, michael. there will be school today. school is open. today school generally starts around 9:00. 9:30 here at west babylon high school. this a day after 36 students and several school staff members went to the hospital because
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we want to show you this video. emergency crews all over this campus. they attended to those people who felt dizzy. they told first responders they had a sore throat. all of this happening around midday yesterday. firefighters evacuated the school around lunchtime after a report of fumes had made dozens of people sick. again, 36 students, several staff members went to the hospital. here's what one of the students said. take a listen. >> very dizzy and they were like coughing. >> they didn't smell anything. they didn't see anything. all that happened was they could feel a burning sensation in their throat. >> reporter: and you just heard from the fire chief. the fire department involved in this, so is the police department. this is a large school. 1300 students attend it. late last night, school administrators decided there will be school and after-school activities today.
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for anyone to come forward if they have any information on what happened here, but an investigation is ongoing. back to you. >> all right. and the kids are back. kat, thank you so much. it's 4:34 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. starting with chrissy cimino. good morning. >> good morning. some low clouds in parts of the area. they'll break up as we go through time. patchy morning clouds giving way to midday sunshine. the clouds will roll back in again later in the day. cooler today, but it's still above normal. could be spotty drizzle heading our way by tonight. some clouds around, a touch cooler at 50 in the city. a lot of 40s in the suburbs. slowly we'll work our way back to 50, 51 degrees by 3:00 in the afternoon with a mix of clouds and sunshine. let's get the latest on the commute. good morning, emily. >> good morning. we have subway delays due to
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the uptown 2 trains. the 1 and 2 uptown trains running express 42nd street to 72nd street this morning. also, a lot of overnight track work. your commuter checklist, just for the path train, journal square 33rd through hoboken running the shorter trains this morning. with the buses, a few new york city buses detoured. everything else looks fine. also, gridlock alert day in effect for today. take mass transit. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you. 4:36. breaking news in new jersey. a fire broke out just about 90 minutes ago on dekalb avenue and quickly spread. "today in new york's" kerry barrett is there. what's the latest? >> reporter: yeah, the good news here is there are no injuries. as you can see behind me, still a pretty active scene. this road is pretty narrow. there are five or six fire trucks still here. getting in and out made fighting this fire tricky.
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the fire started at about 3:00 in the morning. the calls came in from the resident of this particular home. flames shooting through the roof. the fire spread to two adjacent homes. these homes are very close. so fires in this type of situation have a tendency to spread quickly as well. it was windy this morning. that made fighting this a little bit more difficult even. no injuries at this point. the fire is out. they're kind of looking through, clearing up any hot spots at this point. the fire chief here says they don't have any reason to suspect arson. of course, that will be part of their investigation. some of the neighbors that we spoke to out here who were here when this whole thing started say they started to smell kind of an odd smokey, kind of electrical smell at about 12:30 this morning. they looked around. nobody saw any smoke. they went back to bed. then at about 2:00 in the morning, they say the smell started even stronger. a lot of them woke up, again searched their homes.
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actually saw smoke coming out of a lightbulb. i don't know specifically if that's where this started. the investigation is still ongoing. once again, we did speak with the fire chief and some of the residents. one of the residents was able to get us video of this fire as it first broke out. we'll bring that to you coming up. >> kerry barrett in brooklyn. thank you. it is 4:38 right now. new this morning, police are ramping up the search for a gunman who robbed an armored car in the bronx. investigators just gave us this new photo of the alleged getaway car. police say the man dressed in a suit and took off with bags of cash after a shoot outin sound view. we're told he confronted an armored car guard loading the vehicle yesterday morning. they say the thief pulled out a weapon, demanded money. the two then exchanged gunfire as people in the street ran for cover. >> all of us got down to the floor, and we called the police. >> next thing you know, you know, i see people scrambling
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i see strollers falling. i'm like, okay, what's going on? >> well, no one was hit, fortunately. police say the thief did get away with $78,000 in cash. happening today, the widow of an nypd detective is marking the one-year anniversary of his murder by creating a foundation in his name. it will include financial support for the families of slain officers. detective ramos and his partner were gunned down in their patrol car last year. blueand this morning, schools in los angeles will reopen 24 hours after a terror threat forced campuses to close. yesterday l.a. closed schools after receiving a threatening e-mail from someone claiming to be a bullied high school senior who was a radical muslim. it made mistakes referring to islam. new york got a similar e-mail from the same i.p. address. our city decided the threat was not credible. commissioner bratton says l.a. overreacted.
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about the e-mail to new york. >> what we would be concerned with is overreacting to it. we'll stay aware. we will stay involved. but at all cost, we cannot start overreacting. >> i think it's pretty clear that the information we have is quite different than theirs. >> l.a. says it consulted with the fbi but wasn't given advice one way or the other. federal officials say they told l.a. to keep schools open. 4:40 now. the republican presidential candidates slugging it out last night in las vegas. plenty of personal jabs during the primetime debate. >> donald, you know, is great at the one-liners, but he's a chaos candidate. and he'd be a chaos president. >> he's failed in this campaign. it's been a total disaster. nobody cares. >> with marco's foreign policy, he's far too often supported hillary clinton and barack obama. >> it sounds like what he's outlining is not to lead at all.
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he referred to jordan's leader as king hussein, kept except he died 16 years ago. donald trump pledged he's not going to run for president as an independent. >> lots of moments from an earlier card debate. they were a ed about donald trump's proposal to ban muslims from the united states. >> well, donald trump is the know-nothing candidate of the 21st century and cannot be our nominee. >> he has touched alnerve because people are angry and afraid. >> declaring war on the religion only helps isil. >> the republicans will not square off again on television until the new year. the democratic candidates are set to debate this saturday in new hampshire. 4:41 right now. just ahead, a packed plane goes off the runway. this morning what passengers say it was like on board. and a quick escape when a car burst into flames at a drive through in new jersey.
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great day to get outside and view the hamilton bridge. we're going to have weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. don't forget, follow us on facebook and twitter.
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4:43. here are four things to know this morning. all that lobbying by new york's first responders and comedian jon stewart paid off. an extension of the zadroga act will be included in the new budget deal in congress. congress is promising a lifetime of medical care to the 9/11 first responders. today a stretch of road will be renamed in honor of a police officer who died last year when a track tor trailer hit his patrol car. today, jeh johnson will unveil and explain a new terror threat warning system. and facebook testing out a new feature that directs people to reviews of local businesses.
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with popular sites like yelp and angie's list. some clouds out thereto this morning. mainly low clouds. no rain to worry about for today. that will change by tomorrow. no umbrellas needed. a mixed sky. we'll get into sunshine at times. cooler feel to the day, yes. no 60s. we'll be in the lower 50s and upper 40s a good part of the time. that's still above normal. steadiest rain with this next afternoon. then a chilly but dry weekend coming our way. in the meantime, right now looking at temperatures right around 50 in central park. 49 in mill basin. a little cooler out east. the further east you go, down to 45 in westhampton. a few 30s in the mix. poughkeepsie is 39. most of new jersey in the mid and upper 40s. you see there's no rain basically from chicago on east. here's our next weather maker. this is a frontal system and a
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with that cold front and bring rain tomorrow. notice the low clouds starting to erode. it's clearing out across long island. we'll start to see that happen across the city and eventually new jersey. future tracker shows some thinning of the clouds. notice later on this afternoon, the clouds start to gather offshore again. then they push back toward us. a little area of green. a little spotty drizzle. then tomorrow, it's cloudy in the morning. relatively quiet. this is 1:00 in the afternoon. we start to see showers break out across new jersey, into the city. the heavier showers right here. 3:00, 4:00, 5:00. unfortunately, probably for the evening commute. again, we're not talking about the heavier rain we really thought we were going to get. it looks more like a half inch to maybe locally an inch in some spots. after that, the system pushes offshore.
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friday morning, then we clear y frings out. it will get cooler to colder 52 today. that's the best we muster. upper 40s, low 50s should cover just about everybody with a mix of clouds and sunshine. that wind goes northeast to southeast wind keeps temperatures in the mid-40s with a lot of overcast skies. a little cooler out there in the lower 40s. same thing to the north and west. as we look ahead, we get the heavier rain in here we think tomorrow afternoon. it's tomorrow evening, but it's gone by friday. 57 tomorrow. another mild day. 51 on friday. back to some chill finally on saturday with a gusty wind at 42. 46, bright and sunny sunday. look at next week. right back into the 50s again. maybe a couple showers later monday. let's get over to emily west, find out about the commute so far on a wednesday morning. >> what we're starting off with is construction. we have a few projects that could cause you some delays. first off, from 79th to 116th heading up to the harlem river
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road work there, a couple lanes blocked. southbound fdr from 71st to 63rd. in new jersey, the turnpike. spots of closures in the car lanes southbound starting at interchange 14. that continues down to interchange 9. let's look at the george washington bridge this morning, where that earlier road work as cleared. everything is moving fine. and here's the road work in queens. the l.i.e. at the gcp. you're going to find two left lanes blocked. looks like traffic is moving along for the most part. it's not too crowded. and your commuter checklist, path trains, journal square to 33rd through hoboken dealing with a shorter train this morning. everything else is running on schedule. alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you so much, emily. right now the faa is
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plane landing in newark airport. it happened just before 7:30 last night. the faa says a united airlines flight was hit by a green laser. that laser came from about 14 miles southwest of the airport. the aircraft landed safely. happening now, investigators trying to figure out what caused a southwest airlines jet to roll off the runway at nashville's airport. the faa says the plane went into the grass as it approached the arrival gate. there were 133 passengers on board. the plane was safely evacuated. everyone bussed to the terminal. >> we were taxiing in. all of the sudden there was just a big boom, and it sounded like to me that a wheel blew out. i don't know if a wheel blew out or it just collapsed or something like that. then the next thing i know, we were in the ditch. >> officials say that eight people were taken to the hospital with mostly minor injuries. new this morning, fire crews in new jersey tweeted out in the
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flames erupted from a car at a taco bell drive through overnight. crews were able to stop the flames from reaching the building. one person was treated for a minor injury. in the bronx, investigators trying to figure out what sparked that enormous fire on friday. the fdny confirming a cigarette set off the flames. nine people were injured. 90 others were displaced. the fire damaged much of the block. city now says it has to demolish several of those buildings and homes. five people are now facing grand larceny charges after allegedly scamming an elderly woman out of more than $300,000. police in westchester arrested the group last week, which included two people from new york, two from new jersey, and a fifth person from texas. police say one of them impersonated an officer and scammed the 92-year-old victim into depositing her money into a number of bank accounts. police in new jersey are
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sharpen the details of a grainy video of a drive-by shooting. the video shows a passenger in a white sedan opening fire. you see the flashes there. one of the men was shot. he's expected to recover. police believe there were a total of four people in the car. among them, a child. happening today, jurors deciding the fate of the first officer on trial in the death of freddie gray will continue deliberating. yesterday the jury told the judge they were deadlocked. however, the judge ordered them to continue working. officer william porter faces the top charge of manslaughter. prosecutors say he ignored gray's request or medical attention. before you hop in the shower, check your shampoo because this morning a popular hair product is accused of making women go bald. you might remember the star-studded infomercials backing wen hair care. hundreds of women have filed a class-action lawsuit against the brand, and the infomercial giant.
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conditioner caused not only air loss but also rashes and even scalp irritation. in a statement, the company said, quote, there's no scientific evidence to support any claim that our hair care products cause anyone to lose their hair. there are many reasons why individuals lose their hair unrelated to wen air products. all right. 4:52. still to come, the department store that's planning a 170-hour christmas shopping marathon. and imagine driving along with this comes through your window. >> oh, my gosh. >> we're hearing from the driver now who missed death certainly by inches.
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welcome back. 4:54, wednesday morning.
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>> really, this isn't bad at 50 degrees. people say, oh, it's cold this morning. compared to the 60s we've had. a cooler day today yet. bundle up, michael. clouds then sunshine with clouds rolling back later in the day. a sun sandwich, if you will. 52 the high this afternoon. tonight, mostly cloudy, drizzle could pop up. the steadier, heavier rain comes later tomorrow afternoon. then it looks like a dry stretch of weather into the weekend. >> what's going on, emily? >> we still have subway overnight track work. that should wrap up within the next few moments. so the 1rks 2, 4, 6, a, f, g, and n. the belt parkway moving along nice this morning. we have some construction spots. i'll tell you about it coming up.
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the second of two path train cars that survived 9/11 now has a new home. that car was trucked from a hangar at kennedy airport north to the trolly museum of new york in kingston. that path car was found buried in the rubble at ground zero. amazingly, it had little to no damage. meanwhile, a 9/11 sculpture that was in place for a decade in lower manhattan has been moved. it's called the trinity route. last weekend and without warning, trinity church had it moved to cornwall, connecticut. the artist tells "the wall street journal" he was shocked to see it go. he says it commemorates the sick more tree that helped shield a chapel there from debris from the falling towers. we're learning that history is being made at west point. the military academy is getting its first female commandant of cadets. general holland will report to the school's superintendent and oversee training and discipline. general holland is an iraq and
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right now she's deputy commanding general at new york's ft. drum. and changes are coming to new york city's embattled department of homeless services. gilbert taylor submitting his resignation. melissa russo spoke to mayor de blasio about it. >> i give gil taylor and everyone else that over the last few years, they got 22,000 people out of shelters and into housing. but we need that to go faster. >> the mayor now ordering a top-to-bottom reorganization of homeless services. also calling for better coordination. this morning, new information on a story we've been following involving gunfire at the waldorf astoria hotel. police say a gunfired in someone's pocket at a wedding in june.
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shrapnel. he is charged with assault. the operator of that runaway train in boston is now serving a 30-day unpaid suspension. this as officials decide on his future. massachusetts bay transit officials say david vast quez did not follow safety procedures when he left the train to fix a signal last week. that train took off with dozens of passengers on board. fortunately, nobody was injured. well, railroad service on the ronkonkoma line is back to normal following an accident on the tracks. a truck hit the train after getting stuck urn the crossing gate. you see the crossing gate is behind the cab. it happened at about 5:30 p.m. yesterday. that accident caused delays during the evening rush hour. signal problems also causing delays of up to 30 minutes on several other lines. this morning, we're hearing from a miracle motorist in northern california.
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don lee was driving when a truck lost part of its load. the long metal beam bounced off the pavement and flew straight for the windshield of his bmw. lee says that's when he felt a surprising sense of calm. >> i saw clearly everything coming through the window. that moment, maybe one millisecond, i saw the entire picture. >> lee only has a few scratches on his arm from the beam that nailed his car. don used to build and drive race cars and credits that experience with keeping him calm behind the wheel. that's one of those things you can't protect against, can't plan for. he was incredibly lucky. >> really a matter of inches there. >> absolutely. all right. coming up on 5:00 a.m. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. >> keep watching "today in new york" by downloading the news 4 new york on your mobile device. our next hour starts right now. breaking news in new jersey, it's a tough fight on a tight
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