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munched by a bear. it was an incredible day. >> the president will also talk to him about what it's like balancing family and the fate of the nation. the two will discussion climate change as they visit a gray cher up -- glacier up close. this guy, have you ever seen his show? >> i have seen it many times. >> the things he with elephant dung, for example. truly, google it. i won't talk about it here. he's a survival itself ist in the truest sense of the word. the door, keep watching. mobile device. our next hour starts now. >> storm team 4 tracking a whole lot of rain, threatening to make afternoon. plus a teen attacked on a local sidewalk. the video police would like everybody to see. >> and call them the "star wars" rules. what fans need to know before
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anticipated movie in years. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. it is 5:00 a.m. on this thursday, the 17th of december. i'm michael gargiulo. >> and i'm kerry barrett. darlene is off this morning. she should be back tomorrow. >> storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. interesting combo today. seems like it's warm again, but we're going to have the rain on the way. >> we're spoiled. can't have everything all the time. we do have wet weather heading our way. it will get here in afternoon, especially from the noon hour on. this morning it's relatively quiet. just cloudy and mild. temperatures in the low 50s in and around the city. spotty drizzle moving into fairfield county. as i said, i think the steady rain holds out until about noon. in noon on into the evening commute, it could be quite wet. ready the umbrellas. temperatures mild again. back into the upper 50s. more details in the forecast coming up in a bit. let's get the details on the
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>> i'm checking out a spot here, chris. it's pretty slow on l.i.e. through queens. let's take a live look near 99th street. we don't have a confirmed accident. that is past the construction. you'll find delays starting around the grand central, continuing into wood haven boulevard. also, going to find delays with an earlier accident. a downed pole on route 82 westbound. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up. >> thank you very much. new this morning, an nypd officer is facing charges for allegedly molesting a child. he was arrested yesterday. police have not released many details except to say he was arrested off duty in sunset park in brooklyn. the nypd officers who did not realize an elderly brooklyn woman had been murdered may face disciplinary action. the 82-year-old woman was found dead in her brownsville apartment in november. her death was ruled a homicide earlier this week after a
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wound on her neck. nypd says detectives should have been called to her home when she was found. police right now releasing photos of two men wanted in a shooting outside of a club in the meat tacking district. police say this man backed his minivan into another vehicle that was filled with people. this was last week. everybody got out, began to argue. that's when police say the minivan driver pulled out a gun and shot one of the men. that gunman and another man then ran off. the victim is expected to be okay. right now there's an urgent search going on in queens. police are hoping surveillance video will lead them to a man who slashed a teenage girl in an unprovoked attack. "today in new york's" jen maxfield is at the girl's school in whitestone. she was just walking to school when this crime happened to her. people can't figure out why. >> reporter: just walking to school, so innocent. and this young woman is a 16-year-old foreign exchange student from china, who only came here to the u.s. eight months ago.
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describing this as a random and unprovoked attack. surveillance video does show the suspect approaching the victim as she was walking to school yesterday morning at the whitestone academy here on 12th avenue. police say he was wearing a surgical mask and surgical gloves and carrying a box cutter. he grabbed the young woman from behind and slashed her from her ear to her throat. he got away, and she was able to get up and run for help. state assemblyman ron kim is asking the city to examine whether there's a pattern developing of attacks on asian-americans. >> these patterns are very frightening to this community, who feel already somewhat targeted by some of these assailants. we want to make sure that our nypd pays attention to this and catches this. >> reporter: just spoke with the nypd a few moments ago. still no arrest in this case. the nypd says they are investigating, but there's no reason to think there's a link between this slashing and any other attacks. the teenager, though, is expected to survive.
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long island jewish medical center. that's the latest. now back to you. >> jen, thank you very much. heading to long island right now, the school board has voted to close three schools. they say declining enrollment is the reason. the final action won't happen until after a public hearing on january 6th. right now time for a check of weather and traffic. we'll start with storm team 4's commuter checklist commuter checklist -- we'll start with tomorrow steam 4's chris cimino. >> a little drizzle in a few locations early this morning, especially east of the city near the coast. the steadier rain moves in by noontime and continues through the afternoon. could pick up in intensity mid to late afternoon. the evening commute, bigger puddles out there. another mild day. even with the rain and the clouds, temperatures still climbing back into the mid and upper 50s. 53 now.
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we're forecasting a high of 57. grab that umbrella. you will be needing it. meantime, let's see if you have to pack your patience on the commute so far this morning. what's the latest? >> with the buses, we have a few detours this morning on the m-9, m-103, q-32. everything else is moving along fine. still trouble in queens on the l.i.e. let's take a live look near 99th street. the westbound ride, we have reports of an accident near junction boulevard. you can see how slow it is. approaching that spot is going to be heavy. the backup toward the grand central and l.i.e. at the grand central still have that construction going on. commuter checklist this morning, everything is on schedule. and gridlock alert day in effect. you want to go with mass transit. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thanks very much. 5:06. unfortunately, another in a long line of pedestrian accidents. this morning a mother and her two children are recovering after they were hit by a cement truck in queens. the crash has neighbors questioning the safety of this
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police say the mom and her kids had the right-of-way when they were hit 55th avenue near ps-13 yesterday. it all happened as children were walking home from school. >> i have never seen a crossing guard here. i think there's one crossing guard for that entire school up there. when i got here, i didn't even look directly at the bodies. out of the corner of my eye, i saw there was two bodies laying there on the street and that's all. >> children do have minor injuries. the mom has a severe leg injury, and the truck driver has not been charged. the metro north rail crossing that was the scene of that horrific crash in westchester may be shut down for good. the town of mt. pleasant looking into closing the commerce street crossing. this comes as the ntsb released new pictures and details about the crash. a lot of tf is testimony from passengers that were on the train. five people died when that train slammed into an suv last february. meanwhile, governor cuomo ordering an investigation into westchester's indian point
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this comes as the nuclear plant has seen a series of recent problems, the most recent on monday. that's when one of the reactors unexpectedly shut down. the governor would like that investigation completed by mid-february. he's been pushing for the plant's closure. 5:08 now. today it's a first chance to see a film that could shatter box-office records. it's "star wars: the force awac awakens." "today in new york's" natalie pasquarella is in times square with the latest on this. zblrs >> reporter: i just talked to an employee who just walked out of the amc theater behind me where there's a ma ra rathon going on. he said folks are in there, there's about 50 people watching these movies. after the movie, they get about
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in. those are some "star wars" faithful. all of this, of course building up to the big premiere, which is tonight at 7:00. we want to tell you about a little bit of rules that come along with coming to this huge premiere. we're going to tell you about amc's policy. while guests are allowed to come dressed up, no masks are allowed or face paint. and no blasters. movie goers are permitted to bring their light sabers to amc theaters, but they have to turn them off during the big movie. "star wars" premieres with more than $100 million in advanced ticket sales. so much hype around it. i just talked to one man who can't wait to see it. >> i'm actually happy. i've been waiting like about six years for this movie to come out. i actually just watched all the old ones. it's going to be a little excitement. i want to know what's the big catch to this movie because i want to know who is the main jedi.
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while he's waiting until this weekend, he said he wasn't able to get a ticket for tonight. again, the big premiere is tonight at 7:00. it's been quiet out here. those faithful "star wars" fans are inside watching the marathon. so many people expected to arrive tonight. making sure you know those rule ace head of time before you come out. >> natalie, how many -- so they're playing all the other "star wars" movies. when did they start playing these things? >> he said all day. he said they started around 1:00 a.m. those folks are still in there. i imagine they're having a lot of popcorn and coke. really enjoying it, only a 14-minute break. they're serious. >> natalie, thank you very much. appreciate that. >> been waiting six years. very excited. in this morning's cnbc money report, airlines are raking in the money on baggage fees. in fact, in the third quarter alone, the department of transportation says airlines collected more than a billion
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that's up $57 million from the previous quarter. critics say some of that money should go toward improvements at the airports. >> or maybe getting peanuts on a nine-hour flight. >> a wet nap, anything. a barf bag in each seat. 5:10 right now. ahead, wait until you hear what donald trump said this time on late-night tv. plus, a very special debut. what happened when the media showed up to meet baebae. and an umbrella day today. weather and traffic on the 4s coming up.
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four things to know this morning at 5:14. police are looking for the man who slashed a teenage girl in whitestone queens as she walked to school. today, president obama visiting the national counterterrorism center in virginia for a briefing. after that, he's expected to speak. and it wasn't fumes that made students and staff sick at west babylon high school earlier this week. it was mace. now two students are facing disciplinary action. and trader joe's recalling its triple ginger brew soda because some unopened bottles have burst.
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dispose of them carefully. and 5:4 on this thursday morning. cloudy and a little damp out there. just a little drizzle in stops. another mild day, but the rain risk will rise into the afternoon. friday will be a blustery day but dry. by next week, we're back into the 50s and eventually the 60s again. 52 in astoria right now. get away from town to the north and west, we drop off into the 40s. up in poughkeepsie, 47. unusually warm this hour of the morning this time of year. you can see the rain gathering to the south and west. there's quite a bit of it. it's a cold front and a wave of low pressure on that front. we've got a little space between us and that rain. some drizzle coming in from off the ocean a little bit. spotty sprinkles here or there. that will be the case for the morning commute. no big deal. then it's the afternoon when things get interesting. you can see on future tracker, there's the light sprinkles
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by 1:00 in the afternoon, we're looking at the steadier rain filling in across new jersey. that heavy slug of rain moves on through, through the mid and late afternoon hours. by about 7:00, 8:00, most of it is already east of the area. so things will kind of dry out quickly, i think, during the evening. look for the worst of the weather between noon and 6:00, 7:00. after that, things slowly dry out. the clouds break for sunshine by tomorrow. after that, a gusty northwest wind. notice even a few snow flurries up in the hills here. catskills, poconos on saturday afternoon. in the city, low 40s. windchills in the 20s and 30s. the wind will ease as we go into sunday. we anticipate more sunshine. those temperatures bounce back again next week. bounce back today even with the clouds and rain. 57 this afternoon in the city. 59 in beth page. down the shore, the upper 50s. tonight, another mild night. overnight low, 50s in the city. just outside of town, we drop to
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morning a few upper 30s. chilly day saturday. sunday, sunshine, less wind, 46. 50s monday and tuesday. let's find out about the commute right now. so far, so good, emily? >> so far, so good, in the city. in queens, a couple slow spots. the l.i.e., delays with a crash reported near junction boulevard. also, van wyck northbound, main street, another accident. those delays getting into the point of the crash are going to be busy. that's around main street to exit 8. couple other things going on. on the sprain northbound we have reports of a crash there. heading to new jersey, delays from an earlier accident with a downed pole, 82 westbound.
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more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. coming up on 5:18 now. to decision 2016. the three republicans emerging as the top candidates after tuesday's debate, one of them donald trump, making news on late-night tv. nbc's tracie potts is in washington with that. we should not be surprise donald trump is making news in an unconventional place. >> reporter: exactly. we won't see him on the campaign trail today, but we did see him just a few hours ago with jimmy kimmel. trump, cruz, and rubio are the ones we're watching right now. they're topping the polls. on that show, trump said that he feels republicans need to come together. donald trump on late night taking another jab at jeb bush. >> do you think he would kill baby hitler? >> no, he's too nice. >> would you kill baby hitler? >> no comment. >> reporter: after promising not to leave the party now, trump is calling for unity.
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republican party come together. >> reporter: trump's leading most polls just ahead of ted cruz, who's in minnesota today. again, not going negative on trump. >> i'm glad donald is running. i don't believe he's going to be the nominee, but i do think donald has energized and excited a whole lot of people. >> this is not a game. >> reporter: cruz is defending against attacks from marco rubio on immigration and military cuts. >> it's easy to stand up and say, i will destroy isis, i will make the sands in the middle east glow in the dark. well, that's fine, but you have to have something to do that with. >> reporter: rubio has two events in iowa today. and of course, he's there to capitalize on his momentum coming out of the debate. he was actually the headline on "the des moines register" the morning after that debate. and he's averaging about half a point ahead of dr. ben carson. michael? >> tracie, thank you very much. it is 5:19. pandemonium in washington, d.c.
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the national zoo's newest panda bae bae making an appearance for the first time. his official debut is still about a month away. experts say he will make a lot of progress by then. >> he's so precious right now. it's so much fun to watch him. his front legs are going, but his back legs still need a little help. wooerp looking for those back legs to gain strength and for him to start moving around on all four legs and start climbing. >> he's about 4 months old and tipping the scales at nearly 18 pounds. he's growing every day. >> all right. very cute. the greatest goal scorer in u.s. soccer history is now officially retired from the game. [ cheers and applause ] that's abby wambach. she finished her last game to loud cheers. the u.s. women playing a friendly against china. during abby wambach's career,
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>> is that all? >> she's fantastic. what a great way to end with a world championship. >> absolutely. wishing her the very, very best. it's 5:20 right now. straight ahead two, stories that prove police officers have to be ready for just about anything. what an nypd sergeant found on a brooklyn sidewalk. then, it was a long way from here, but a potential disaster was averted when a deputy jumps into action.
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check this out. a daring deputy putting his own life on the line to stop that 18-wheeler. this happened during a slow 12-mile chase. this was in madison county, nebraska. the sergeant dashes across the road, jumps into this tractor trailer's cab as it's moving, turns out the driver was having a diabetic episode. his blood sugar had dropped to a severely low level, but he didn't even know he was diabetic before this went down. >> brave action there. >> indeed. good work. >> well, one new york city rooster will now spend christmas in the country instead of in brooklyn. sergeant anthony egan found a rooster named moe last thursday at the corner of flatbush and snider avenues. the rooster was taken to n to
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sanctuary up in watkins glen. great picture there. >> i guess they do never know what they're going to run into. >> not a lot of rooster on flatbush avenue. >> queens, maybe, but not brooklyn. he looks like a moe, actually. >> he really did. >> perfectly named. well, all of us need to get the rain gear ready. while it's not raining in most areas this morning, it will be this afternoon. the rain could get pretty heavy at times later on. it's a mild rain. that means raincoats without the liners. upper 50s. tonight, look for the showers ending during the evening hours. the change comes this could, but it's brief. blustery chill in the air, 42 on saturday. 46 on sunday with lots of sunshine. a quick hit to make you realize it is december. >> hi, emily. >> things are moving okay on the new jersey turnpike this morning. let's take a live look near newark airport where it's moving
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also, a check of the gowanus this morning. a little more travelers but still moving along okay. coming up at 5:30, i'll tell you about some delays in queens. >> thanks very much, emily. still to come, a milestone for an officer who was a victim of a hatch et attack in queens. plus, why commuters should be happy about the new budget deal in washington. . >> reporter: and we're live outside of amc theater here in times square ahead of the big "star wars" premiere. coming up, we're going to tell you about new rules, what you can and cannot bring into the theater ahead of the big premiere tonight. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app
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right now, bracing for downpours. storm team 4 tracking serious rain. when the worst of it will arrive arrive. plus, a sudden attack. a teen slashed on her way to school. and you can bring the force with you, but you have to leave some other things at home. special rules now for the most anticipated movie of the year that's about to premiere in just hours. "today in new york" starts now. well, good morning, everybody. 5:30 on this thursday, december 17th.
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>> as long as you can fit the force in your bag, you're good to go. >> that's right. >> i'm kerry barrett in for darlene today. >> storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. i noticed it never rains in "star wars." >> apparently not. i don't know how they make it without any water vapor, but they manage. we're going to experience quite a bit of rain around here before the day is through. it's gathering strength now over virginia. it's sliding up the i-95 corridor. it will be here this afternoon. this morning, we're just dealing with a little bit of sprinkle activity, spotty drizzle. that's about it. again, once we get towards noon on, the rain will pick up in intensity from west to east across the area. get the umbrellas ready. 54 degrees already at this hour of the morning. 55 by noon. 57 the afternoon high. again, the rain picks up in intensity, especially mid to late afternoon. let's see if there are any trouble spots on the commute. in for lauren, here's emily. >> a look in queens at the l.i.e. this crash did just clear at junction boulevard.
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exit 8, going to find delays. let's head back to the maps. the sprain northbound, a crash in the right lane northbound. >> emily, thank you. right now police are looking for the man who slashed an exchange student in queens. this happened as she walked to school in whitestone. "today in new york's" jen maxfield is at school. still trying to figure out the motive for this attacker. >> reporter: exactly. this was completely random, completely unprovoked, michael. the victim is a 16-year-old foreign exchange student who came here to the u.s. from china just eight months ago. i just spoke with the nypd. they say there's still not been an arrest in this case. we do have some surveillance video to show you this morning, with ch which shows the suspect approaching the victim as she was walking to school yesterday on 12th avenue. police say the suspect was
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surgical gloves and carrying a box cutter when he grabbed her from behind and slashed her from her ear to her throat. he got away, and she was able to get up and run for help. neighbors here say knowing the attacker is still at large is frightening. >> it's sickening. it's really -- i'm sad, and i feel bad for her. you know, something needs to be done. >> are you worried about the safety of your own teenagers? >> of course. of course i am. i'm worried for all of our children here. >> reporter: the 16-year-old girl was slashed in two places on her face, though her injuries are not considered to be life threatening. she's in stable condition this morning at long island jewish medical center. that's the latest from the whitestone section of queens. >> jen, thank you very much. it is 5:32. the rookie nypd officer who was attacked by a man with a hatchet is now back on the job. officer kenneth healey returned to his old station house this week. he's on desk duty. he was on patrol in queens last year when he was hit in the head with a hatchet and critically
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his attacker was shot and killed by other officers. just yesterday, the fbi deemed this incident an act of terror. happening today, lawmakers in washington will begin voting on the $1.1 trillion spending bill unveil ed this week. a live look at the capitol there under construction. the plan keeps the government funded through next september. it also extends the zadroga act to help the first responders who were sickened after september 11th. another part of the bill is going to be of interest for anyone who commutes in our area. it lets you set aside more pretax dollars from your paycheck to pay for commuting costs. it could save you hundreds of dollars each year. a federal judge blasting a law firm hired by governor christie's administration to investigate that whole gw bridge traffic scandal. defense attorneys were trying to get interview notes taken by the firm gibson, dunn,en and crutcher. the judge denied the question, but it was revealed the firm
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and attorneys used the same file for their summary and overwrote the notes. the judge says that's the same thing as deleting them. coming up on 5:34 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. want to check in with storm team 4's chris cimino. there's basically no ski season in the north right now. >> so far, unfortunately. this warm air has made it all the way up into new england. looks like it's going to happen again next week as well. hopefully for them we'll start to get chillier weather in for the new year. spotty morning drizzle right now. that's about it. most folks seeing a cloudy sky. by noon on, steadier rain will develop. that will continue into the evening commute. the rain will taper off later this evening, but it's another mild day again. temperatures climbing into the upper 50s this afternoon. there's your day planner. it's a gray day. it's a day you'll need the umbrella, especially for the afternoon and evening hours. more on that seven-day forecast coming up in a little bit. let's get more on the commute from emily. >> our first look at the buses,
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the m-9, m-103, and q-32 all detoured. not bad. everything else looks okay. bring the umbrella for the train platform. it is running on schedule. that is great news today because it is a gridlock alert day. take mass transit. it is the way to go. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. 5:35 now. an nypd acquitted in the killing of an unarmed bronx man nearly 17 years ago is reportedly being promoted. according to the daily news, officer kenneth boss becomes a sergeant today. he was one of four officers acquitted in the shooting death of amadou diallo. the officers fired 41 times, hitting diallo 19 times. a protest is planned outside police headquarters. today in baltimore, attorneys are discussing a possible retrial for the first police officer to face a trial over the death of freddie gray. there was a mistrial declared after jurors said once again they were deadlocked.
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into the street after that announcement. however, these demonstrations were for the most part quite calm. later in the day, freddie gray's family called for peace. >> we are confident there will be another trial with a different jury. we are calm, you should be calm too. >> gray died in the back of a police van after suffering a broken neck. prosecutors allege that william porter ignored gray's pleas for medical help. the chicago police officer seen on a video gunning down a teen is now facing additional charges. jason van dyke was indicted on six counts of first-degree murder, one count of misconduct. the dash cam video shows van dyke shooting laquan mcdonald 16 times. van dyke is free on $1.5 million bail. five servicemen killed during a shooting at two navy facilities in chattanooga, tennessee, will now be awarded purple hearts. it's not clear exactly when
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investigators say the gunman opened fire on those men back in july. he was shot and killed. just yesterday, the fbi deemed this attack an act of terror. another marine who also survived will receive a purple heart. meanwhile, workers are expected to return to the site of the deadly san bernardino terror attack next month. the inland regional center says it's going to allow some employees back into two of its buildings on july 4th. 14 people were killed when a couple radicalized opened fire inside a company holiday party on december 2nd. president obama expected to meet with the victims' families in california tomorrow. a judge overturned the kwiks of three men charged with setting a deadly fire in brooklyn. this was more than 30 years ago. these three were all sent to prison for a fire that killed a woman and her five kids. this was in park slope back in 1980. but the prosecutors here say
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intentionally set. two of the men had been paroled three years ago but continued fighting to prove their innocence. the third man died of a heart attack in jail back in 1989. >> there's no better christmas gift that i can get than to say that my dad is innocent and now everybody knows. >> prosecutors say that this case was botched from the very beginning. it relied on unsophisticated fire evidence, which has dramatically improved through the years. 5:38 now. a yonkers man who gave his life to save a little boy is being given a hero's honor. today boyce coleman will be named a carnegie hero. he drowned in september of last year while saving a 5-year-old boy in the hudson river. the carnegie award is named for the steel magnet andrew carr neg day who was inspired by stories of heroism during a coal mine disaster.
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rushed to rescue a man that fell on the tracks as a train was approaching. officer richard aponte saw the man fall last night. he shined his flashlight toward the train, signaling the conductor to stop. lieutenant william moore and officer anthony tufano pulled that man to safety. "star wars" fans have had this day marked on their calendar for years. there are special rules if you're heading out to see it. "today in new york's" natalie pasquarella, our chief "star wars" correspondent, live in times square. all day festivities. >> reporter: they have serious stuff going on. i got to tell you, there are fans in there rooigt now who have been in there since 1:00 a.m. what's happening is a "star wars" marathon. all the old movies, they're watching them all night long.
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i'm hoping to talk to some of those "star wars" faithful in a moment. tonight, some special rules in place. let me fill you in. theaters across the u.s., when it comes to costumes, some special rules. amc's policy says you can come dressed up, but no masks or face paint allowed. also, no blasters, if you're familiar with the movie. you know what those are. movie goers are permitted to bring their light sabers to amc theaters, but they have to turn those off during the movie. "star wars: the force awakens," so much hype around this. it premieres with more than $100 million in advanced ticket sales. one brooklyn man told he mideast been anxiously awaiting. he thinks it's going to live up to that hype. >> i think it looks great. i think disney is going to do a great job with it. i think they're going to make george lucas proud.
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george lucas proud and all the fans proud as well. the big premiere here tonight at 7:00. that's when we're going to see all these crowds. again, the folks inside enjoying the marathon. i'm hoping to talk to them when they get their break, maybe come out for fresh air. they're serious fans to be here since 1:00 a.m. >> no kidding. you're in your element, natalie. i can clearly tell. she's super into this. >> reporter: it's a lot of fun. >> of course, costume people dressed in times square. what's different? >> some may have a shirt on. maybe others don't. you know how it goes. it is 5:41. straight ahead this morning, there's a new e-mail controversy brewing in washington. this time, it doesn't involve hillary clinton. plus, this morning there's legal action over one of the most popular gifts this holiday season. a new york man now suing one of those hoverboard makers. and also some serious rain in the forecast. a little bit later today. weather and traffic on the 4s
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good morning. welcome back. 5:44 on a thursday morning. relatively quiet right now. just a cloudy sky. a little bit of drizzle in some spots.
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drizzle will become a heavier rain. take along the umbrella with you. you'll need it through the afternoon and into the evening as well. good news, it's mild again. i guess it's good news. if you're a snow lover, it's not good news. headlines, rain risk on the rise into the afternoon. then it looks like a blustery day tomorrow with clouds giving way to sunshine. but it's drying out. that's the way the weekend will be, dry. just a brief shot of cold air saturday and sunday. that's it, we're back above normal with the temperatures next week. speaking of above normal, so far since december 1st, 51.8 degrees, that's our average temperature. that's 12 degrees plus above normal. precipitation is a little below normal. the next closest warmest december was 2001. we're over 7 degrees above that. more than likely we're going to get in the record book with the warmest december on record. 42 is our normal high. 57 is where we're going today, even with clouds and rain.
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cold front here, low pressure along that front. moving up the spine of the appalachians. this is the area we're watching for, heavier rain across nevada. that's going to ride up that i-95 corridor as we go through time later on this afternoon. right now, it's not too bad. just cloudy out there. you can sew a few spritzes and a little drizzle in some location. temperatures mild, back into the upper 50s this afternoon. that early drizzle will evolve into heavier rain for the afternoon. it ends tonight. tomorrow, back to a strong gusty wind out of the west and northwest. temperatures start out around 50, 51 degrees and may drop into the 40s later in the afternoon as the clouds break for sunshine. we set could see an inch in and around the city. south and east of the city as well. i don't think it's going to lead to any flooding problems. 42, that's it for the high on saturday. 46 on sunday.
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strong wind. windchills all day will stay in the 20s and 30s. sunday, that wind will ease. look what happens by next week. it's 53 on monday. winter arrives late at night monday officially. clouds gather tuesday. some rain at night. rain is likely on wednesday. look at that temperature. we're back into the 60s. let's find out about this commute, how it's treating us so far. >> a little better in queens. a couple accidents but both are gone. the van wyck at main street, this crash cleared. still going to find some delays. let's take a live look at the brooklyn bridge this morning. left lane blocked due to construction. let's head to long island, where on the island you're going to find an accident westbound right between exit 40, the glen cove road. you can see those delays stretching back toward the seaford oyster bay expressway this morning. north of the city on the sprain, northbound cross westchester expressway, right lane blocked with a crash. then heading to new jersey, we
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on the turnpike northbound, the ramp to the goethals, some exiting delays. you're going to find a slowdown. earlier accident brought down a pole, closing 82 westbound. got to moved cars. alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. 5:48. new this morning, russian president vladimir putin had some very strong words about last month's downing of a russian jet by turkey. in his annual end of the year speech, he called it, quote, a hostile act. he added russia is not the kind of country that runs away. he says there's no prospect of improving relations between his country and turkey. the nypd officers who did not realize an elderly brooklyn woman had been murdered may face some disciplinary action. the 82-year-old was found dead in her brownsville apartment back in november. her death was ruled a homicide earlier this week after a funeral director noticed she had a stab wound on her neck.
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have been called to her home when she was found. heading to duchess county right now, a store clerk fought off an armed robber. he was armed with a huge shotgun. he demanded cash. the clerk filled a plastic bag with cash, but instead of handing it over, look at what he does. he runs around the counter and he chases this suspect out of the store. state police say the thief fired a shot before he got away, but nobody was hit. there's a new report that accused another top government official of conducting official business using personal e-mail. "new york times" claims defense secretary ash carter used a personal e-mail account for some government business after taking office in february. the report says it's unclear when carter stopped using that account, but a spokesman says the defense secretary realizes it was a mistake. and the former postal worker
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capitol grounds is now planning to run for congress. he's 62-year-old douglas hughes. he's asking a court for permission to travel so he can campaign. hughes pleaded guilty to flying that gyrocopter without a license. he said he did it to protest campaign finance laws. so the makers of one of the season's hottest toys is facing a class-action lawsuit. a westchester county man says his swagway hoverboard caught fire and damaged his home. he's suing for not providing a warning about the fire risk. federal investigators looking into now more than a dozen claims of hoverboard fires. tuition is going up at the university of connecticut. the university's board of trustees voted to raise the tuition by more than 30%. this will be over four years. so in-state students will pay nearly $14,000 a year. currently, you're paying $10,500. out-of-state tuition is going to
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if you go out of state, it's so expensive. >> painful. all right. 5:50. just ahead, this is the sucker punch seen around the world. have you seen that yet? who was on the receiving end of that? >> plus, we're going to tell you what's expected tonight with president obama. he's going to run wild. what the commander in chief agreed to eat in the wilderness. i couldn't believe it. you're going to hear about it.
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welcome back. it is 54 degrees out there, 5:54. traffic is not so hot in some places. we'll check in with emily in a moment. first, it's not every day you see the president eating food left behind by a wild animal. >> that's what you'll see tonight. the commander in chief went on a trek through the wilderness with survivalist bear grylls. the duo was not alone. behind the scenes, there was an army of security. >> we had about 40 or 50 secret service around, you know, official tasters for any food, press corps, you name it. it was a bit of a big unit to move around. >> you can see the president
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tonight at 10:00 here at nbc. look at that video. kerry was explaining, what we're seeing there is the president eating salmon that actually had been partially consumed previously by a bear. >> had been picked over. it was the part that was not good enough for the bear to eat. >> tastes like sushi. >> well, that's what it is, kind of. with extra hair and stuff on it. >> little bear breath on it. >> yes, good times. >> just what you want. now that we've gotten everybody sick at home while they're eating breakfast -- >> you're welcome. >> yes. we're dealing with wet weather heading our way. not too much out there in terms of rain. just a sprinkle or drizzle. the rain moves in and picks up in intensity this afternoon. there's another mild day, 57. rain ends this evening. stays cloudy overnight. 50 the overnight low. tomorrow, the cold air starts to move in and pushes in over the weekend. a blustery chill in the air on
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the windchills in the 20s and 30s. less wind on sunday. not quite as cold with a high of 46 degrees. a brief hint of winter. brief because we're back to 50s and 60s next week. >> emily, what's going on? >> let's look at the belt parkway, where it's volume. we have more people out there. that is your westbound trip heading away traveling by jfk airport. also, an accident at the cross county parkway near new rochelle road. that's exit 10. a few more things to talk about. i'll tell you about that coming up. >> see you in a little bit. 5:56 right now. spain's prime minister tweeting he's doing fine. did you see that? after getting punched in the face during a campaign spot. video of this attack shows a man in the crowd approaching the prime minister before suddenly hitting him in the face with a left hook. police say the attacker is 17 years old. he was detained quickly. rajoy left with just a red mark on his face. the u.s. and cuba close to a deal to restore regularly scheduled commercial flights
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right now it's only charter flights from here to havana that will allowed under strict restrictions. officials say it will probably be three months before u.s. carriers can begin selling tickets to cuba. so this is after 50-plus years of not being able to do that. big change. 5:57. next at 6:00, we're going to share the new inductees into the rock and roll hall of fame. there is a group in them that may surprise you. plus, your commuter could actually get easier. we're going to tell you about a brand new way to order that next ride with uber. and 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're back in two minutes. you are watching "today in new york." welcome, to the simply orange tour.
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now at 6:00, a community in fear as police hunt for the man who slashed a teenage girl. and get ready for a rate hike. which part of our area will soon be paying more for power.
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right now, but heavy rain heading our way. storm team 4 will tell us when it will a rival. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 6:00 a.m. on this thursday, i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett in for darlene rodriguez today. >> chris cimino here with the forecast. happy in one respect, we're talking about rain and not snow. >> don't have to shovel this. temperatures in the 50s again. rain picking up in intensity across virginia. hasn't quite made it across the mason-dixon line. early on this morning, we're just dealing with clouds, a little drizzle in awe if locations and sprinkles. most of that confined to the east and northeast of the city. you may run into a little spritz on your windshield early on. more than a spritz coming our way this afternoon. ready the umbrellas. the raincoat, you don't need the liner, that's for sure. mid and upper 50s this afternoon. let's see if the commute is getting any more intense for some. here's emily west. >> pretty heavy on the van wyck.
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street is out of there. you're still going to find delays back toward the belt this morning. in new jersey, the ramp restrictions are there. pretty heavy on the turnpike exiting off the goethals. still that right lane blocked with construction. on long island, l.i.e. eastbound, accident just past glen cove road. >> thank you very much, emily. we want to get to the latest on the attack in queens involving a teenage girl on her way to school. that student slashed in the face. the man responsible still on the loose. "today in new york's" jen maxfield is at that school in whitestone. obviously there's concern because that suspect is still out there, jen. >> reporter: michael, police tell us the victim is a 16-year-old foreign exchange student from china who only came here to the u.s. eight months ago. apparently he never said a word, just up from behind her and attacked her in what's being called a random attack. there is surveillance video, which we're going to show you now.
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school at the whitestone academy here on 12th avenue. police say the suspect was wearing a surgical mask and surgical gloves and carrying a box cutter when he grabbed her from behind and slashed her from her ear to her throat. he got away and she was able to get up and run for help. neighbors here in the whitestone section of queens say knowing the attacker is still at large is frightening. >> makes me nervous to think that somebody could be out there that wants to hurt people for no reason. >> reporter: the nypd says they have not made an arrest in this case. they say they elieve this was a random attack and is not connected to any other recent incidents. that's the latest live from the whitestone section of queens. now back to you. >> all right, jen. thank you. new this morning, police searching for an attacker who slashed a man in the neck, this time in brooklyn. police say it happened at a subway station at fulton street. investigators say the injuries are not life threatening. police have yet to describe the attacker.
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mother own two children are recovering after they were hit by a cement truck. neighbors are questioning the safety of that intersection where it happened. police say the mother and her kids had the right-of-way when they were hit on 55th avenue near ps-13 yesterday. it all happened just as kids were walking home from school. >> actually, i have personally never seen a crossing guard here. i think there's one crossing guard for that entire school up there. when i got here, i didn't even look directly at the bodies. out of the corner of my eye, i saw there were two bodies laying there on the street. that's all. >> well, the children have ols minor injuries. the mother has a severe leg injury. the truck driver has not been charged. moving to long island right now, three schools in the school district will close. this morning, teachers and parents would like that school board to reconsider that decision. it was last night that the board voted to close tecumseh and gatelot elementary schools along with sequoia middle school. they say it's because of declining enrollment.
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after a public hearing on january 6th. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, you mentioned the rain. but an interesting thing about the temperature, we're beating the records now, not by a degree or two but five and six. >> 7.5 degrees higher than the warmest november on record. that's the pace we're on now. there's more warmth coming our way, even with the cloud and rain today. some spotty drizzle around early. steadier rain by the afternoon hours. from noon on, the rain will pick up in intensity. the evening commute and late afternoon drive could be a little messy. rain will taper off in the late evening. another mild day with temperatures into the 50s. our day planner, it's a gray one, yes, and it will become a soggy one before it's through. not too bad early on. look for the rain to increase and a high temperature of 57 degrees. let's find out about emily west if there are any issues with the commute. >> one subway delay. l train due to switch problems at rockaway parkway.
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the m-9, m-103 buss are detoured. gridlock alert day, so take that mass transit. >> emily, thank you. happening today, an nypd officer at the center of one of the most high-profile police shoot in addition the department's history is being promoted. according to the daily news, officer kenneth boss becomes a sergeant today. he was one of four officers acquitted in the shooting death of amadou diallo back in 1999. the officers fired 41 shot, hitting diallo 19 times. a protest is planned for outside police headquarters. heading to baltimore today, the discussion begins for the retile of one officer accused in the death of freddie gray. a judge declared a mistrial in william porter's case yesterday after the jury returned saying it was deadlocked. afterwards, dozens of protesters spilled into the streets. however, these demonstrations
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gray died in the back of a police van after suffering a broken neck. the prosecutors are alleging that porter ignored his pleas for medical help. also happening today, chicago mayor rahm emanuel meeting with federal investigators. they're examining that city's police department. meanwhile, the chicago police officer seen on video gunning down a teen now faces more charges. jason van dyke was indicted on six counts of first-degree murder, one count of official misconduct. he's due in court tomorrow. a judge overturned the kwiks of three men charged with setting a deadly fire in brooklyn more than three decades ago. they had all been found guilty of arson and murder. in the 1980 deaths of a woman and her five children. this was in park slope. prosecutors say their new investigation found no evidence that this fire was intentionally set. >> my name has finally been
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done. >> both men were paroled back in 2012. the third man convicted died of a heart attack in prison back in 1989. people who live on long island will soon be paying more for electricity. lipa has approved a new budget plan that raises rates by more than 7% over three years. it's going to begin with a 1% hike next year, then a 3.2% increase in 2017, then a final 3.1% increase the next year. lipa says next year's hike is going to add about 65 cent to the average customer's monthly bill. 6:07. in this morning's cnbc money report, we are now getting a clearer picture of how the federal reserve's new rate hike could impact your bottom line. cnbc's landon dowdy joining us with those details and more. good morning. >> hey there, kerry. good morning. yes, big news in business. the fed's first rate hike in a decade is already having an impact on consumers. many big banks, including citi andback of america, are raising their prime lending rates in
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the prime rate is the most widely used benchmark in setting credit card and moment home equity loan rates. borrowers will have to pay more, but savers. and you can now hail an uber with with facebook messenger. just like with uber, they can track their drivers, get real-time updates on when their car will arrive and get a receipt for their trip. guys, this is great because it gives uber so much more exposure to more customers. they're using the messenger app. >> and facebook as well, of course. they need more people. >> okay, landon. thank you so much. we appreciate that. you have still ahead, it is the hottest movie release of the year. >> reporter: that's right. we're live here in times square ahead of the big "star wars" premiere tonight.
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live look there at the belt parkway. 6:12 right now. here's four things to know this morning. police are looking for the man who slashed a teenage girl in whitestone, queens, as she walked to school. investigators believe this was a random attack. also today, president obama visiting the national counterterrorism center in virginia.
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and security agencies on their threat assessments. after those briefings, the president is expected to speak. trader joe's recalling its triple ginger brew after unopened glass bottles burst on the store shelves. the company says it's no longer selling it. if you have it at home, carefully get rid of it in an outside container. you can contact the company for a refund. and kohl's kicking off a holiday shopping marathon. this morning at 7:00, the department store plans to keep its doors open 24 hours a day during the final stretch before christmas. stores will stay open for 170 hours straight until 6:00 p.m. on christmas eve. all right. if you're heading out the door soon or shortly, make sure to take along the umbrella. it's not raining right now, but you will need the umbrella before the day is through. rain is on the way.
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the afternoon hours. friday, it's a blustery day. it's a brief cold snap over the weekend. we'll head into the 40s. we're in the 40s right now across central new jersey. near the coast, milder. point pleasant, 54. red bank is 53. across the island, a lot of 50s. through northwest new jersey, hudson valley, generally mid and upper 50s. school day forecast, a gray day ahead of us. drizzle around in spots. looks like a good steady rain falling at dismissal time. mild 57. wet and mild for any-after school activities. here's the rain we're talking about. areas of yellow getting more enhanced. looks like we're going to get a good slug of rain later this afternoon into the early evening. the evening commute could be messy. quiet now, just cloudy. a couple of light sprinkles on future tracker.
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rain breaks out. starts to pick up in new jersey. areas of orange and red in there. heavier downpours could be indicative of a possible thundershower embedded in there. by 3:00, some heavier rain falling across a good portion of the area. that slides to the east-northeast. by 8:00, most of us have seen the rain quit. just a couple leftover showers. overnight tonight into tomorrow morning, the clouds start to break up. tomorrow should see sunshine in the afternoon with that gusty wind. for today, it's cloudy. rain is likely, especially for the afternoon hours. it's mild at 57. tonight, it stays mild. low close to 50. the rain will taper off. we get colder briefly. we're down in the low 30s by saturday morning. only low 40s for a high in the afternoon. windchills in the 20s and 30s. a dry weekend. 46, less wind for sunday. more rain perhaps by wednesday. 6:15. let's find out about the commute. here's emily. >> we have delays now in the bronx on the cross bronx westbound right around the sheridan.
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let's take a live look at the cross bronx this morning. you can see that tractor trailer just stuck right in that right lane. it's going to be a tough go getting around in those other couple lanes. let's check out the cross county parkway, where there's an accident westbound near new rochelle road causing some problems. and in new jersey, late-running roadwork staten island bound. closure on 82 westbound between lehigh avenue so to salem road. on long island, a couple things. l.i.e. eastbound right around glen cove road, a crash there. you saw the northern state getting a little busy. and sunrise highway eastbound, exit 55, another crash causing some delays. we had earlier trouble on the l train but those are cleared. alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. 6:16 now. a college professor may soon be
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deadly sandy hook shootings a hoax. florida atlantic university james tracy has said that in his blog for years now. he's also accused of harassing the parents of one of the victims, saying their son never existed. this morning, two west babylon high school students are facing disciplinary action for allegedly spraying mace inside of their school. that maced caused an evacuation on tuesday. at least 34 people were treated at the hospital for breathing problems. they were treated, released a while later. and in westchester county, governor cuomo ordering an investigation into recent problems at the indian point energy center. the nuclear plant's most recent incident was monday when one of the reactors unexpectedly shut down. cuomo has been pushing for the plant's closure, saying it's too old and too close to new york city. 6:17 right now. new this morning, the next inductees into the rock and roll hall of fame have been announced.
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and dr. dre are among five new acts entering the hall. the honor coming just months after their movie was a huge box office hit. the other new rock and roll hall of fame inductees include cheap trick, chicago, deep purple, and steve miller. the induction ceremony will take place april 8th at the barclays center in brooklyn. michael jackson passed away six years ago. his music still making history. "thriller" has become the first album ever to be certified 30 times multiplatinum. more than 30 million in sales in the u.s. this just continues michael jackson's reign as the highest selling artist of all time. i remember when "thriller" came out. who would have realized this would have been the monster of monsters of sales. >> it's amazing. still to this day.
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live look there on the george washington bridge. 6:22 right now. in new jersey, janitorial union reps are heading back to the negotiation table. they're fighting, they say, for better pay. yesterday, hundreds of custodians gathered for a strike vote in newark. they say if they don't get a minimum of $15 an hour, they're going to walk off the job. that means they would walk out of some 500 businesses across new jersey. among them, schools, office buildings, and stadiums. a touching moment on long island. two young kids getting an early christmas surprise. >> uncle timmy! >> that is so stinking cute. u.s. navy petty officer timothy decided to surprise his niece maddie and his nephew j.j. he's been deployed to the middle east. it's the first time they've seen him in seven months. >> back in time for the holidays. >> it's so awesome. so tough on the kids and their families when they're gone for so long.
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multiple tours. they're gone for long stretches at a time. nice to see this. >> welcome back for a while at least. hopefully a long wile. >> absolutely. that hug had to feel good. >> so cute. >> all right. what's not going to feel so great today is the rain that comes down. it comes down heavy i think later on this afternoon. this morning it's not a problem. you can see there's plenty of heavy rain off to the south and west across virginia, west virginia. it's moving steadily in our direction. it will get in here, it's just going to take a while. the morning, just cloudy, drizzly in spots. from noon on, rain breaks out. picks up in intensity. tonight, the rain shuts down quickly. i think by 8:00, 9:00, most of us are dry. just leftover clouds overnight. it turns chillier toward the weekend. >> we're grading on the curve. >> oh, yes. exactly. >> that was my school career. what's going on, emily? >> we have some new jersey transit delays now on the northeast corridor.
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between metro park to trenton this morning. also, aside from those delays, you do want to take mass transit because it's a gridlock alert day. subways looking okay. >> thanks very much. coming up next, a chilling crime in queens. >> reporter: i'm jen maxfield in the whitestone section of queens, where police are looking for the man who they say attacked a 16-year-old foreign exchange student. we'll have the surveillance video to show you coming up. also just ahead at 6:30, everything old is new again. we'll tell you about a classic theater rejoining the great white way. and if you're about to head out the door, keep watching. download the news 4 new york app
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now at 6:30, police are hunting for the man who slashed a teenage girl. what we're learning this morning about that attack. and a house of worship attacked by vandals. we'll tell you what was damaged. plus, counting down to tonight's big "star wars" premiere, but find out why some die-hard fans will need to make some changes to your costume. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 6:30 on this thursday, december
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i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm kerry barrett in for darlene. she should be back tomorrow. >> storm team 4's chris cimino here with the weather. if you're in your chu back ewbacca costume, may get a little wet in midtown. >> you know how that goes. the morning commute, okay, but steady rain moves in this afternoon, especially from the noon hour on. it will pick up in intensity. heavy downpours later into the afternoon. the rain tapers off quickly by late evening. another mild evening. we're in the 50s. starting out right now at 54 degrees. showers will pick up in intensity as the day wears on. almost 6:30. let's find out about the commute from emily. >> bronx delays. disabled tractor trailer on the cross bronx. you can see it's taking up the right lane. traffic is getting by in the two left lanes. again, it's going to be a tough go trying to get around. also, we have delays on the new york state throughway.
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right by 9w. that's exit 10. it's in the left lane. a heavy ride all the way back to route 59. more weather and traffic coming up. >> emily, thanks very much. now to a crime that has a queens community on edge. police are looking for a man who slashed a teenage girl in the face. "today in new york's" jen fax maxfield is at the school in whitestone. parents concerned because obviously soon kids will start going to school as this young woman was yesterday. >> reporter: exactly. she was just walking to school. this 16-year-old girl is actually a foreign exchange student from china who just got to the u.s. eight months ago. police say the attacker didn't say a word and this was a completely unprovoked and random attack. there is some surveillance video which we're going to show you, where you can see the suspect approaching the victim as she walks to school at the whitestone academy here on 12th avenue. police say he was wearing a surgical mask and surgical gloves and carrying a box cutter when he grabbed the student from behind and slashed her from her ear to her throat.
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get up and run for help. neighbors here in the whitestone section of queens say knowing the attacker is still at large is frightening. >> it's sickening. i'm sad, and i feel bad for her. you know, something needs to be done. >> are you worried about the safety of your own teenagers? >> of course. of course i am. i'm worried for all of our children here. >> reporter: the teenager was actually slashed twice in the face, though her injuries are not considered to be life threatening. she's in stable condition at the hospital. we checked in with the nypd this morning. they say there's still not been an arrest in this case. of course, they are investigating. that's the latest live from the whitestone section of queens. >> jen, thank you very much. 6:31. new this morning, an nypd officer facing charges for allegedly molesting a child. the 33-year-old officer was arrested yesterday. police haven't released a lot of details just yet except to say he was arrested while he was off-duty in sunset park, brooklyn. happening now on long
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for the vandals who broke into a church. investigators say somebody smashed glass displays and statues at st. jude's candle shrine. they're investigating this vandalism as a hate crime. crime stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. in queens, the rookie nypd officer who was attacked by a man with a hatchet is back on the job. officer kenneth healey returned to his old station house this week. he's on desk duty. he was on patrol last year when he was struck in the head with a hatchet and critically injured. his attacker was shot and killed by other officers. just yesterday, the fbi deemed this incident an act of terror. the house will begin voting today on the massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that was unveiled a little earlier this week. the vote being broken up into two parts. so today we'll focus on the tax packages that are included in a plan.
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the bill's spending package. the bill will also benefit commuters in our area. it lets mass transit riders set aside more pretax dollars to pay for monthly commutes. that could save some commuters hundreds of dollars more every year. the measure also prevents a proposed funding cut for amtrak. new controversy could be brewing over the use of personal e-mails in washington. a report in the "new york times" claims defense secretary ash carter used a personal e-mail account for some government business after taking office in february. report says it's unclear when carter stopped using that account. a spokesman says the defense secretary realizes it was a mistake. the u.s. and cuba close to a deal to restore regularly scheduled commercial flights between the two countries. right now there are only charter flights from here to havana that are allowed. they're allowed under very strict restrictions. officials say it'll probably be at least three months before u.s. carriers can begin to sell tickets to cuba. coming up on 6:34 right now.
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we got rain on the way. even if we're not getting it right now. >> no, pretty quiet so far. just a little spotty drizzle here or there. you can see the rain clearly showing up on storm tracker. again, a large area of it breaking out now across the central appalachians. this is where a low-pressure system is forming along a cold front. it's going to track right in our direction. you can see that movement coming out of virginia where the heavier rain is. it'll be in here this afternoon. this morning, it's just rather cloudy out there. temperatures are in the 50s in the city, 40s in the suburbs. we start out with the clouds, but get the umbrellas ready. won't need them early. will need them from noon on, especially into the mid and late afternoon hours. we'll have that and the rest of your forecast into the weekend coming up. let's get the commute from emily. >> it's a really heavy ride on the turnpike. heading into the goethals, still have some late-running road work. also, the ramp to the goethals, delays both ways. traffic is not really moving there.
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northeast corridor, westbound delays up to a half hour metro park to trenton. aside from that, you want to take mass transit. more weather and traffic coming up. >> emily, thank you. a westchester town may shut down a metro north crossing that was the scene of a deadly crash. the town of mt. pleasant looking into closing the commerce street intersection. it comes as details were released of the crash. much of it is testimony from the passengers on the train that was released. five people died when that train slammed into an suv last february. heading to duchess county, state police trying to find the would-be thief who was chased off by a store clerk. you can see this masked suspect tuesday. shotgun. he demanded money. the clerk filled a plastic bag with cash but instead of handing it over runs around the counter and chases the suspect out of the store. police say the thief fired a shot before getting away, but
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happening today, new jersey lawmakers vote on an aid package for atlantic city and a plan to bring casinos closer to new york city. lawmakers looking to bring two can sinos to northern new jersey, possibly jersey city or the meadowlands race track. for that to happen, the state's constitution needs to be amended. the assembly also votes on new atlantic city rescue packages after governor christie vetoed a similar bill last month. and a settlement reportedly has been reached in the fight over tuition at cooper union. students and the faculty sued the school after it started charging tuition for the first time ever last year. according to "the new york times," a state judge has approved a deal to appoint a monitor to watch over the college's finances with the goal of one day making cooper union tuition free once again. it is 6:36. we are just about 12 hours away from the box office debut of one of the biggest films of the year. "star wars: the force awakens" opens today, but fans need to
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head out to the theater. "today in new york's" natalie pasquarella is in times square to take of all that. festivities already under way. i know for one michael was upset to learn he wouldn't be able to bring his cape. >> reporter: that would have been perfect. it would have been perfect timing. i needed a light saber out here too. i don't know why i have a mic instead. a "star wars" marathon, you talked about how festivity ies are already under way. a marathon started at 1:00 a.m. i just talked to one of those super fans who's in there and has been watching the movies since 1:00 a.m. he and his friend plan to stay here until the big premiere at 7:00 tonight. speaking of the big premier, some special rules that have gone into effect for movie goers. we're talking about what you can and can't bring in. so listen up here. amc's costume policy says while guests can come dressed up, no masks and no face paint. no blasters allowed as well. movie goers are allowed to bring
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theaters, but they have to be turned off during the movie. at regal movies, you can wear a costume, but the weapon-like props and masks are banned. the premiere already brought in more than $100 million in advanced ticket sales. i did catch up with a super fan who showed up for the marathon. of course he had to dress the part. >> i've been watching "star wars" since i was a little kid. it's been a big part of my life. it's been passed down from my parents. it's kind of a generational thing. being here for the marathon and seeing "the force awakens" is really big for me. >> reporter: thought he looked fantastic. so many anxiously awaiting the premiere. "the force awakens" expected to rake in between $150 million and $200 million in the u.s. by this monday. so much hype surrounding it. i think the fan i talked to definitely thinks it's going to live up to the hype. that premiere is 7:00 tonight. >> these people have been waiting for this for years at this point.
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>> and it's all based on a true story. tonight, president obama is running wild here on nbc. this is really unprecedented. you're going to see the commander in chief trek through the alaskan wilderness with survivalist bear grylls. you sea that salmon. they're going to avoid bears, but the president will eat the salmon. it's a leftover found beside the river. >> going through the forest, along the rivers, up and down stuff, making camp, making fire, eating salmon that had been half munched by a bear. it was an incredible day. it really was. >> cannot believe people do that. the president of the united states. he's also going to talk to bear grylls about what it's like to balance family and the fate of the nation at the same time. the two will discuss climate change. they're visiting a glacier up close. serious subjecting they'll be tackling. back to the president of the united states eating a half eaten salmon left by a bear. >> i can't. >> secret service must have loved that. >> all right. you can see the president running wild with bear grylls
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>> not only is it us precedented, it's un-presidented as well. >> teddy roosevelt might have done it. up next, the political punch seen around the world. it wasn't here, but we'll tell you who was on the receiving end of this hit. then we have a study that's no surprised for local travelers. find out where our airports rank in a new nationwide list. plus, your weather and traffic on the 4s straight ahead.
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welcome back. a look at times square this morning. 54 degrees, 6:43. the greatest goal scorer in u.s. soccer history is now officially retired from the game.
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that's abby wambach finishing her last game to very loud cheers. the u.s. women playing a friendly in new orleans against china. part of their whole world cup victory tour. during her 14-year career, are you wondering how many goals she scored? 184 international goals. wishing her the best. >> a lot of goals. okay, 6:44. we're talking about rain heading our way. might be a little misty or drizzly in some spots. the rain risk really rises once we get into the afternoon hours. we'll find our friday to be blustery but dry. clouds should part for sunshine. weekend, we get a brief chilldown. that's about it. by next week we're back above normal. we've been above normal so far this month to an unbelievable tune. 51.8 degrees has been the average temperature since december 1st in central park. that's 12.1 degrees above normal. rainfall has been below normal. we'll add to that.
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record is 44.1 degrees back in 2001. 51.8, we're beating it by over 7.5 degrees. looks like it's going to be a lock. this will be the warmest december as well. 50 in farmingville. up towards danbury, 46. to the west, we're in the mid and upper 40s across new jersey, hudson valley. the city nice and mild at 54 degrees. socked in with clouds right now, but the rain is edging closer. you can see heavier rain sitting out across central virginia, making its way in a northeast direction. you take that trajectory and bring it over the city by mid to late afternoon. right now it's just about the clouds, couple of sprinkles out there. not a big deal. the rain will pick up in intensity from noon on, especially after 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon. it's a mild day at 57. then the rain quits this evening. most locations by 7:00, 8:00. 9:00 the latest across eastern long island. a blustery day tomorrow with clouds and sunshine. temperatures hover around 50 during the afternoon then drop into the 40s quickly late in the day and into the low 30s by
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rainfall totals, we're talking about still a half inch to an inch in most locations. a good steady rain. we need the rain. again, it shouldn't really create any type of flooding issues. 51 tomorrow. 42 on saturday with sunshine, but it's a windy day. the wind eases on sunday. sunshine, 46. low 50s monday. that's when winter arrives late at night. tuesday, rain late. wet day on wednesday. look at that high, 63. let's get over to emily west in for lauren this morning. what's the latest on the commute? >> a slow go, especially through queens. the l.i.e., delays past the cross island. a live look at the cross bronx. a disabled truck in the right lane around the sheridan expressway. you can see through the trees, looks like traffic is moving by okay, but there is a backup because it is stuck there in the right lane. also, a pretty serious crash on the bronx river parkway southbound. bronx river road toward the
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the side. also, heading into the goethals, still these ramp problems from the turnpike both ways. staten island bound, late-running construction at the goethals. that's what's causing those delays this morning. let's head to long island. on the island, westbound expressway by 111, a new accident. also with new jersey transit, northeast corridor up to 30-minute westbound delays from metro park to trenton this morning. alternate side, meter rules in effect. back to you. >> all right, emily, thank you. spain's prime minister tweeted he's doing fine after he got punched in the face during a campaign stop. video shows the man approaching him. prime minister mariano rajoy hit in the face with a left hook. here it comes, bang. the attacker was just 17 years old. he was quickly detained. the prime minister left with a red mark on his face. so it could be at the top of
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st, but this morning there's a hoverboard maker facing a class-action lawsuit. a westchester county man says his swagway hoverboard caught fire and damaged his home. he's suing for not providing a warning about the fire risk. investigators are looking into more than a dozen claims of hoverboard fires. soon actors are going to be back on an historic broadway stage. the ambassador theater group says it's reopening the historic hudson theater. that theater originally opened in 1903. it changed hands many times. most recently, it's been used as an event space for the millennium broadway hotel. the hudson theater should be open by the 2016 broadway season. a true broadway theater. that's the quintessential broadway theater. that's great. >> beautiful. 6:48. up next, we'll tell you why our local airports are earning a dubious distinction in a new nationwide study. >> got to stay out of these studies.
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live look there at newark liberty airport. as we're talking about airports, because we get ready for the busy travel season, we're finding what travelers really think about airports across our nation. >> i bet it's really good. local airports are not getting a lot of love. laguardia and newark liberty ranked dead last. jfk came in number 25 out of 31. portland international airport came out on top. >> we get it. our local airports not getting the top grades. "today" show is coming up. we want to check in and see what's ahead this morning. >> hey, guys. >> good morning. >> coming up, a change of heart from donald trump.
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is now calling on the gop to do as he admits, get this, that he's been just a little bit divisive. plus, just hours away from the new "star wars" movie hitting theaters. we'll bring you all of the frenzy. and singing, dancing, lots of laughing. we'll look back at some of the great times we've shared in 2015 as we get started on o thursday morning here on "today." kerry and michael, back across the street to you. >> what were we doing there? >> looks like -- >> i thought it was the shark. >> i thought it was the universal stretch mark. like you need to take more time. chew up some time. >> they find little moments here and put them in the piece, and we have no idea what the context is. >> i think there should be a highlight reel of our cross talks with wnbc every day. >> that's true. >> it's released on dvd through amazon. all right, guys. >> bye. >> see you later. up next, more on that and we're going to check in with chris, see when that heavy rain is
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6:56 now. the latest on the search for the man who slashed a teenage girl during a seemingly random attack. >> "today in new york's" jen maxfield in the whitestone section of queens. >> reporter: kerry, the girl is a 16-year-old foreign exchange student from china who just got here in the u.s. eight months ago. we have some surveillance video to show you.
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she was slashed in the face. the surveillance video shows her walking to school here at the whitestone academy. her attacker was wearing a surgical mask and surgical gloves and carrying a box cutter when he grabbed her from behind and slashed her from her ear to her throat. we're told that the teenage girl is in stable condition. the nypd is investigating. that's the latest live from the whitestone section of queens. now back to you. >> all right, jen. thank you. also new this morning, police searching for an attacker who slashed a man in the neck. this is in brooklyn. investigators say it happened at a subway station at fulton street just before midnight. a male victim taken to the hospital. investigators say his injuries are not life threatening. no description of the attacker. today, new jersey lawmakers vote on an aid package for atlantic city and to bring casinos closer to new york. long island residents will soon be paying more for power. lipa has approved a new budget plan that raises rates by more
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the first hike begins next year. it'll add about 65 cents to the average customer's monthly bill. today the new "star wars" installment hits the theaters. "today in new york's" apprentice jedi natalie pasquarella is in times square with a few things fans need to know. >> reporter: that's right. with all the excitement surrounding this big premiere, there are some rules that movie goers need to know. we're talking about what you can and can't bring in. amc's costume policy says while guests can come dressed up, no masks or face paint and no blasters. movie goers can bring light sabers to amc theaters, but they have to turn them off during the movie. that big premiere, "the force awakens," set for tonight at 7:00. >> all right. natalie, thank you very much. before we go, a final check of traffic. >> we have several things going on. first off with new jersey transit, northeast corridor, you're going to find up to a half hour delays between metro park to trenton this morning. heading into the goethals, it's
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turnpike, the ramp to the goethals a big mess. even late-running road work. staten island bound goethals, that's in the right lane. serious crash here at bronx river parkway southbound at bronx river road. very slow back past the cross county parkway. also on the cross bronx westbound, disabled truck. that's around the sheridan. and the l.i.e. at maurice avenue, right lane blocked. on long island, one more crash. l.i.e. westbound right around exit 56. got a crash there. pretty heavy delays and a lot going on. >> okay. chris, it's a case of may the rain be with you. >> and it will be with all of us. you can see it on storm tracker. we've got showers and heavier rain moving up the i-95 corridor through virginia into maryland right now. it will be in our area as we work our way into the afternoon. from noon on, expect the rain really to pick up in intensity. mild, 57 expected high. the showers should end during the evening hours. dry overnight. tomorrow, clouds giving way to sun. it turns windy, up around 50. 30s tomorrow night.
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