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controversy that involves bernie sanders. what caused ost one of his staff members a job. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 5:00 a.m. on this friday. it's december 18th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. good morning. >> good morning, guys. happy friday. starting out again another mild start in the mid-50s. we did have a cold front that came on through. that's going to bring in chillier air eventually. it's a bit of a process. a lot of clouds lingering behind the front. the rain has pushed east of the area, but the clouds are clinging to us. that will be the trend today. a lot of clouds especially the first half of the day. a chillier trend with the temperatures. we'll go from th mid-50s to low-50s by 8:00 a.m. the breeze will start to kick up. it will start to feel chillier as you go through time. you'll definitely need the coats by the end of the day and tonight. let's find out if you need patience for the commute this morning. >> definitely. bethlehem township in new jersey, an overturned tractor trailer.
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that's going to be there for a while. 78 eastbound between exit 7 to 11. right now just the left lane is blocked. also delays on truck route 1-9 near 440. northbound, two lanes blocked. southbound, left lane blocked. more weather and traffic coming up. >> emily, thank you. breaking news overnight in the search for a shoplifting suspect who escaped police custody. just a little while ago, police told us they found him once again. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in tribeca with what we now know. what happened here, kat? >> reporter: for the nypd, this has happened one too many times. this is where that suspect made his escape, getting out of the back of a squad car. this is at the first precinct police station in tribeca. according to the nypd that, young man, a suspect, a shoplifting suspect, got out of the back door of an nypd squad car. we have video there showing investigators taking a look at that squad car. the suspect had on handcuffs but managed to make his way to the
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station, and subway service shut down for a time as a result. he had been arrested earlier in the night for shoplifting some jeans at a gap store. the sus ct was found at what police are describing as a group home for troubled youth in brooklyn. a local resident said this about what happened here. >> it's really unfortunate that the police can't hang on to people. you're in handcuffs. all the sudden, you know, you're in custody and you can get away. that's a problem the police have to deal with. >> reporter: and since june, six times suspects have managed to escape nypd custody. you're looking at some of the images of those suspects. the suspect from last night was arrested in brooklyn. captured again. we're waiting to find out more about him. also, his name, michael, but the nypd says he use z a number of aliases. that's why they have yet to release his name. back to you. >> all right. kat, thank you very much. now we have breaking news on long island. a violent home invasion overnight in bay shore. it happened on woodbine avenue.
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the armed men stayed in the home for hours. "today in new york's" lori board for that yoe -- bordonaro just got new information from police. >> reporter: certainly, darlene. those four people held hostage in their home here for three hours. now a 35-year-old woman and her boyfriend are in the hospital. here's what police tell me. they say the 35-year-old woman was coming home here at about 1:00 in the morning. as she walked into her home here on woodbine avenue, two men armed with handguns followed her inside. the men used zip ties to restrain her and her boyfriend as well as her 12-year-old son and a 20-year-old woman. they then ransacked the home for three hours before taking cash from her purse and running off. the woman and her boyfriend suffered facial injuries. her son and the other woman were not hurt. at this point, it's not clear if the men knew the victim, but police certainly asking anyone here if they've seen anything suspicious or if they have any
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back to you. >> loribordonaro, thank you. coming up on 5:04. time for a check of weather and traffic on the 4s. >> oh, hi. >> hey, chris. what's going on? >> i thought you weren't going to say hi to me. >> sorry, we're feeling awkward this morning. >> more awkward than usual? >> a little bit, yeah. >> we're transitioning. i think it's the thought of getting colder. it's shocking to the system. we have some clouds around today. they'll linger for a time. some afternoon breaks of sunshine. the temperatures will fall from the 50s now into the 40s. it's windy, it's colder by this evening. we're talking windchills down in the 20s for tonight. the day planner, still a lot of brightening later in the amp. 50s to upper 40s at noon. mid-40s by 6:00. we'll talk about how cold it will get this weekend. let's talk commute with emily. >> looks okay. commuter checklist does. no delays reported. also, what looks nice is the alexander hamilton bridge.
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looks like that's cleared. moving along very well. heading to the george or the other direction, going to be a pretty nice ride. for your buses this morning, no detours, no delays reported. everything is running on schedule this morning. and alternate side, meter rules are in effect. we'll have more weather and traffic. >> thank you very much. 5:05. right now, increased patrols a concern in a queens neighborhood. we showed you this video yesterday morning. it's of the man who slashed a teenage student in whitestone. assemblyman ron kim tells us his office has gotten to phone calls from residents who say a similar looking man has been harassing women in that neighborhood. the victim is a 16-year-old exchange student from china. she is okay, but she could have some nerve damage. happening today, a bronx man learns his fate for that drop kick assault and robbery of a woman and her baby. you can see that there on the upper part of the screen. that attack caught on camera on east tremont avenue a little over a year ago. prosecutors say it shows alonzo
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ground to steal her chen,phone. she was carrying her 3-month-old son at the time. brown pleaded guilty in this case. and a long island man is under arrest for allegedly posting child pornography on twitter. the 26-year-old is charged with promoting and possessing sexual performance of a child. a report led to an investigation. he's expected to be arraigned later today in a hempstead court. in new jersey, police are now releasing security video of a group of thieves they say are snatching purses from shoppers in washington township. they even released security video of one incident. this was outside a walmart. officers arrested one man, but they say possibly a half dozen other people in their early 20s ride around together looking for people who are shopping alone at strip malls in that area. new this morning, the democratic national convention is blocking bernie sanders access to voter information.
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staffers viewed hillary clinton's confidential files. a low-level employee saw clinton's voter database. they're blaming it on a software glitch. it didn't stop the dnc from suspending sanders access. they say it will stay that way until they get a full explanation. later today, connecticut governor dannel malloy heads to iowa. he'll campaign there for hillary clinton. malloy is the chairman of the democratic governor's association. he's already campaigned for the democratic front runner twice in new hampshire. and the republican presidential front runner donald trump is under fire from two new york democrats. they want to remove trump's name from a vacant state park along the taconic. this push comes because of trump's recent comes about banning immigrants. the land was supposed to be a golf course, but that deal fell through. it was turned into a park and named for trump after he donated
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this morning, the pharmaceutical ceo accused of an elaborate ponzi scheme is free on $5 million bail. 32-year-old martin shkreli was arrested on federal charges yesterday. in a tweet last night, shkreli said, quote, glad to be home. thanks for the support. prosecutors allege he stole millions from a publicly traded pharmaceutical company to pay off investors in a failing hedge fund that he managed. >> as charged, martin shkreli targeted investors and retained their business by making misrepresentations and omissions about key facts of the funds he managed. the hedge fund, however, was essentially worthless. >> a second man was the attorney in those dealings. he was also charged with conspiracy. shkreli making headlines in september after he raised the price of a cancer and hiv drug from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill.
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california, an angel came dressed in an applebee's uniform. >> an employee found a bag of money in a booth that turned out to be one family's life savings. it was left by a woman who was on her way to deposit the $32,000 in the bank. the employee who found it alert alerted the area director, who then called 911. >> the dispatcher, i think she thought i was kidding. that much cash, are you sure? i'm positive. three of us counted. >> i'm so glad they found it. i really appreciate it. >> the money is now back in the hands of the family that lost it. as for that good samaritan, the employee just did not want to be identified. certainly did the right thing. >> absolutely. all right. just ahead, a razor ripoff. the popular company accused of stealing technology. also ahead, the neighbor of the san bernardino shooters now under arrest. we're going to tell you what investigators say he plotted years ago. and the temperature about to take a big dip. weather and traffic is ahead.
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it's 5:12. here are four things to know this morning. breaking news overnight. the suspect who escaped police in tribeca is now in custody again. he is the sixth prisoner to escape nypd custody since june. an update ahead in a live report from "today in new york's" katherine creag at 5:30. the vatican is now confirming an italian media report that pope francis is clearing the way for mother teresa to be declared a saint. the pope attributed a second miracle to mother teresa. that's a requirement for canonization. if you procrastinated until now to do your holiday shopping, it could pay off. today is free shipping day. hundreds of retailers are participating. the list is on freeshippingday.com. there is an urgent need for coats. the charity new york cares says it's only received 30,000 coats. they have 100,000 reque s for coats. its annual coat drive ends in three weeks, but you can donate
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across the city, like police stations. always a good idea heading into the winter season. finally we're going to need the coats with chillier temperatures heading our way. although, it's not going to last all that long. meantime, a lot of clouds left over from yesterday's rain. going to cling to the area a little longer into the amp afternoon, we think. then the cold winds start to push in tonight and into tomorrow. north and west of the city tomorrow, not out of the question for a couple snow flurries. a warmup again by next week. back into 50s and potentially 60s once again. still in the 50s this morning. astoria, 55. staten island is 52. over new jersey, still 50-ish. you go further north and west, mid-40s now in sussex. upper 30s showing up in monticello. mid and upper 40s in the hudson valley. still mild. across long island, same thing. again a lot of cloud cover. all of this rain in eastern north carolina, that's going to
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the clouds are go to be right over us for the next several hours. the further north and west you go, the skies will clear out a little sooner today. from the city on east, it's going to take a while longer. slowly falling temperatures into the low 50s and eventually the upper 40s. clouds will linger into mid to late afternoon. the temperatures, they're going to feel like the mid-20s by tomorrow morning with the gusty winds. feeling like the mid teens in monticello. notice during the day, not much change. generally staying in the upper 20s to low 30s is how it's going to feel, even though the actual air temperature should get to 40 or better. plan on bundling up. it's a chilly start to the weekend. a high of only 42 on saturday with sun and clouds mixed. more sunshine on sunday. less wind will make for a better feeling day. that's for sure. if you want to spend more time outside, i think sunday is the day. 46 the expected high as the wind eases along with the chill.
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looking at 53 with above-normal temperatures. more clouds move back into the picture by tuesday. a better chance for the wet weather is on wednesday. look for a high of about 62 degrees. christmas eve, it's a warm one. 64 with a few showers. maybe a leftover shower by christmas day. again, unusually warm in the 60s. a little after 5:16 in the morning. emily west, tell us something good about the commute. >> i'll tell you just something. we have a few things happening here. still, this overturned truck, debris spril, 78 eastbound between exit 7 to 11. delays still pretty heavy there. also that, truck route 1-9 accident has cleared, but now a new crash. 78 westbound just by the 14c tolls. that's in the right lane. holland tunnel, not going to find any delays there. we have construction delays in queens on the l.i.e. westbound. this is the lower level, the ramp to the bqe. still has a couple lanes blocked. north of the city on the taconic near route 301, we have a right
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let's take a live look in connecticut, the turnpike is moving along just fine. no problems there. also, a check by the belt. right by jfk. not too many people out there. that's very, very good news for you this morning. also, you have to move the cars. alternate side, meter rules in effect. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. 5:17 now. today, president obama will meet with the families from the san bernardino terror attack. it comes one day after he assured americans the government knows nothing of anything else that's a threat to america right now. nbc's tracie potts is in washington this morning with a preview of today's trip. there's been criticism of the president, that he wasn't sufficiently sensitive to people's concerns about these terror attacks. >> reporter: exactly. and he may have to address that later today. he's got a news conference along with some other meetings before he heads out west to meet with those families, michael. this is coming one day after the
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their first arrest in that san bernardino attack. later today, president and mrs. obama meet privately with families from the san bernardino attack. the government's filed charges against enrique marquez, the man who bought two of the four guns used. he's charged with helping syed farook plot earlier attacks in 2011 that never happened. president obama's message after reviewing the latest intelligence. >> intelligence and counterterrorism professionals do not have any specific and credible information about an attack on the homeland. >> reporter: but lawmakers aren't satisfy ed ied the administration really knows who's crossing our borders. >> you can see why we're scared to death that this administration, the department of homeland security, the state department is not protecting the american people. >> reporter: san bernardino shooter tashfeen malik was allowed in, even after talking about jihad. >> they made the wrong call. they made the really wrong call. >> reporter: the san bernardino investigation is ongoing.
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which particular terrorist propaganda motivated and in what way remains a challenge in these investigations. >> reporter: the fbi is trying to figure out what the shooters were doing in the hours after killed. that couple has been buried now. a private burial at an undisclosed cemetery in california. >> tracie, thank you very much. it is 5:19. right now, a teenager in pennsylvania is now facing charges for allegedly trying to help isis. authorities say 19-year-old jaleel aziz of harrisburg used dozens of twitter accounts to help people who wanted to fight for the islamic state. investigators say they found a backpack in his closet that contained a high-capacity magazine loaded with ammunition. aziz is also accused of posting the addresses of 100 u.s. military members and calling for attacks against them. 5:19 right now. razor maker gillette claims a
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there's a new app that could let you bypass the concession stand the next time you go to the movies. amc theaters and regal entertainment are testing the new technology. it allows customers to preorder and prepay for for snacks from your smartphone. then you pick them up. it's being tested right now in kansas city and knoxville. no word if it will come to our area. if you're in line, you miss the 27 minutes of previews. >> it's true, right. but how about the stress of that. do we get the popcorn? do we get the seat? i don't know what to do. >> you get the seat, i'll get the snacks. >> you always get the person in front of you going, i'll get the -- no. >> there's a comedian who pass aid way recently, very funny guy. he would say, how about the woman who stands there and goes, how big is a large? it's large. >> if you have to ask, maybe not. anyway, new lines will form, i'm sure, because of that.
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transitioning back to where we should be this time of the year. that is cooler, or chillier temperatures at least. we haven't experienced that in quite some time. 51 is where we think we'll land late morning and slowly slide back into the 40s a little later on this afternoon. a lot of clouds early then some sun a little later. the wind picks up and really gets windy and much colder tonight. 33 in the city. 20s in the suburbs. windchills making it feel like the 20s much of the day tomorrow. even though we get back to a high of about 42 in the afternoon. just a little brief shot of chill. a reminder. there's a lot of winter yet ahead of us. >> winter is saying don't forget who i am. >> what's happening, emily? >> a nice ride. nice and quiet in some spots, like here, the turnpike near newark airport. also, let's get a check of the brooklyn bridge. that's moving along just fine. even the bqe, that's a pretty good bet as well. not seeing too many delays at
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>> emily, thank you. this deadly indian cobra, there it is, is now at the bronx zoo. it was found on a container ship at a new jersey port earlier this week. crews were unloading the ship when they stumbled upon this poisonous snake. the ship had traveled through south asian waters. bronx zoo employees were called to the ship. they were able to grab it and take it back to the zoo. no one was injured. >> wow. ahead, the former new york knick who delivered his own baby. plus, classes canceled after a virginia school. the assignment that outraged some parents. i'm lori bordonaro live in bay shore, where a family was held hostage for hours by armed robbers. i'll have the latest from police coming up. zblmplgt and if you're about to head out the door, keep watching and take us with you. download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device.
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breaking news overnight, a suspect captured for the second time. the man who escaped police custody now back in handcuffs. where officers tracked him down overnight. plus, there's breaking news on long island. a family terrorized in a violent home invasion that went on for hours. and new this morning, big news from the vatican.
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"today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's friday morning, december 18th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. chris, can we put away the reality of winter for our little bit? >> looks like we're going to get a little chill. not brutally cold. no no snow. we're dealing with leftover clouds. the rain is pushed away. the front moves slowly out to sea. the back edge of the clouds will move out sooner. it will take longer in the city and across long island. the trend is for chillier temperatures. not yet. we're still in the mid-50s in the city. we think we're in the low 50s at 8:00, upper 40s by noon. we stay in the 40s through the mid afternoon hours as the wind increases. let's find out about the issues for the commute on a friday morning. here's emily with the latest. >> the issues are in new jersey. bethlehem township, we have an overturned truck. it was carrying paper products. 78 eastbound between exit 7 to 11.
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up for cleanup. also, going to find delays with an accident on the taconic. this is southbound right near 301. that will be in your right lane. more weather and traffic coming up. >> emily, thank you. 5:30 right now on this friday morning. we have breaking news overnight in the search for a shoplifting suspect who escaped police custody hours after he slipped away while in handcuffs. officers tracked him down. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in tribeca with what we know. >> reporter: darlene, good morning. the suspect is behind bars at this very moment, but even residents around here saying that the nypd has to get a handle on this. these escaped prisoners, they've happened many times in the last several months. the first precinct police car. that's where, according to the nypd, a suspect was sitting but somehow he made his way out of the back door of an nypd squad car. he had on handcuffs but managed to make his way to the nearby franklin street subway station
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he had been arrested earlier in the night for shoplifting some jeans at a gap store. the suspect was found in what police are describing as a group home for troubled youth in son set park, brooklyn. before his arrest, subway service was shut down for hours. >> we went into the subway, and they said they're searching for an escaped prisoner. >> down on the tracks, and they're shutting down the electricity. >> so they can search. >> they didn't tell me anything. just there are no trains running. >> reporter: and just to give you a little history, since june, six times suspects have managed to escape nypd custody. you're seeing some images of those suspects. police commissioner bratton has been angered by it. as for the suspect, who escaped police last night but has now been arrested. at this point, the police department not releasing his name. they're telling us he uses a number of aliases. they want to make sure they have the correct name. from what we've learned, he's 20 years old. >> kat, thank you. now to breaking news on long island.
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overnight in bay shore. armed men terrorizing a family on woodbine avenue for hours. "today in new york's" lori bordonaro just got new information from police. lori? >> reporter: and michael, this family terrorized for three hours as those armed robbers ransacked the home here. one of the victims just 12 years old. police tell me that the homeowner, a 35-year-old woman, was coming home here at about 9:30 last night on woodbine avenue when two men with handguns followed her inside. they tied her up with zip ties, along with her boyfriend and 12-year-old son and a 20-year-old woman. the armed men then ransacked the home for three hours. they took cash from the woman's purse and took off. the woman and her boyfriend suffered facial injuries. we know they're in stable condition at the hospital. the 12-year-old boy and the other woman were not hurt. right now police have not released any description of the suspect, but they're asking anyone who may have any information to give them a call. back to you. >> all right.
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it's coming up on 5:34 on this friday morning. we'll check in with chris cimino looking at the weather and the temperatures. >> we're talking about mild temperatures to start. this will be the mildest part of the day. the temperatures will slide down into the upper 40s and level off there most of the day. we have cloud cover that's going to cling to the area. breaks. windy and much colder by the evening hours. right now, it's still not all that cold out there. we're talking mid-50s in the city. some 40s north and west. slipping into the upper 40s at noon. the breeze starts to pick up. it becomes windy by tonight as temperatures drop into the 40s. here's more on the commute from emily. >> a nice ride for your commuter checklist this morning. we do not have any delays for you. starting out great there. let's take a live look at the gowanus, where that's moving along fine too. a little more traffic, but everyone is moving along okay. not a bad ride. if you are taking the buses, a
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no reports of delays on the subways. today is a gridlock alert day. mass transit is the way you want to go. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you. it's 5:34. new this morning, the vatican now confirming an italian media report that pope francis is clearing the way for mother teresa to be declared a saint. the vatican confirms the pope approved the late mother teresa's second miracle, the curing of a brazilian man of a deadly brain disease. in 2003, pope john paul ii credited her with performing her first miracle. two are needed to qualify for canonization. mayor de blasio announced a new plan to help new york city's homeless. it's a new program called nyc home stat. it will send outreach teams into manhattan and other parts of the city to help those who are in need. the mayor says caseworkers will be assigned to every homeless person found, and they will work with them until they're off the streets. >> we are going to go at this
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got, and when we hear a report of someone in distress, someone in need, we're going to go there compassionately, vigorously, with all we have. >> the mayor says nyc home stat will be paid for with existing funds from the city's department of homeless services. the mayor says no new funding is needed for the program. a manhattan judge has ruled children under 5 years old will not be required to have flu vaccinations to attend city licensed day care and preschools. supreme court judge manuel mendez ruled that action was needed by the state legislature. the rule was one of former mayor michael bloomberg's key health care initiatives and was supposed to take effect on new year's eve. the city plans to appeal. there's new concerns the man wanted for the slashing of a 16-year-old girl in queens may have victimized others as well. surveillance video shows the suspect just before he attacked that teenager in whitestone wednesday morning. assemblyman ron kim says other residents have reported being harassed by a similar looking man.
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was slashed is recovering, but she could have nerve damage. in brooklyn, a woman who was hit by an suv is recovering. firefighters had to lift the car off of the viblg ctim, who was pinned underneath. it happened in sheepshead bay. rescuers were able to pull her to safety. this morning she's in serious but stable condition. and police are investigating the crash that killed a new jersey state trooper who was responding to a domestic dispute. police say the trooper steered off the road near wilmington, delaware. they say he hit an electric pole and got trapped inside the police car. rescuers pulled him from the vehicle. he later died at the hospital. it is 5:37. there's a new bid to tighten gun control laws in new jersey. it's failed. it centers around a bill that was already vetoed by governor christie. it would require gun buyers to notify police before having their mental health records
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background checks. the democratic controlled assembly tried to override the governor's veto. they fell three votes short. there's another vote planned for january 11th. a new jersey man faces charges for not reporting a box of guns that were wrongfully delivered to him. 11 guns were sent to kevin nagel's home. the box was damaged and u.p.s. put the wrong label on it. police say nagel got them instead and decided to keep them. the weapons were found in his garage. >> these guns in the wrong hands, as we all know with current media, could cause serious problems. >> nagel was arrested and charged with theft and offenses related to unlawfully having the weapons. u.p.s. says that shipping mix-up is extremely rare. 5:38. the magic kingdom and other theme parks are becoming more secure following the recent string of shootings. park goers now have to go
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at disney parks in orlando and california. the company also stopped selling toy guns and banned anyone over the age of 14 from wearing costumes. the threat of gun violence and terrorism forced that change. >> they're considered soft targets because they're generally considered to be low security but high density of people. >> if it means a couple extra minutes for my child's safety, then so be is t. >> universal studios started using metal detecting wands at its theme parks. it promises to help guests move swiftly through this process. students at one high school in virginia were asked to copy a piece of arabic calligraphy. parents became furious after learning the text was an islamic proclamation of faith. school officials insist the text was only used for artistic reasons. based on the number of complaints, they canceled all classes today as a precautionary measure. in news for your health,
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a new survey of nearly 300 families leaving the hospital with a newborn shows nearly all of them failed to use their car seat properly. 95% made at least one mistake. many of those mistakes could crash. experts say new parents should meet with a certified car seat technician long before they drive home from the hospital. first time i used that car seat was the first time we brought our son andrew home. it in. >> there's a lot of pressure. if you've never dealt with this thing before, it seems complicated. all right. get some help for sure. 5:40 right now. former knick iman shumpert is a dad earlier than expected, and he delivered his baby himself. >> want to show you a photo from his fiance. her instagram account showing little iman taylor shumpert jr. not due until january. iman sr. delivered him with his
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headphones to steady the umbilical cord until help got there. that's quick thinking. >> pretty incredible. he was on the phone with emergency services. they were guiding him through it. she's a beautiful baby. she's healthy. the mom said she didn't even cry. >> he delivered without an assist. >> yeah, sure did. ahead at 5:41, the church that's combining a christmas tradition with "star wars." plus, it was a scary collision at a basketball game. look at that. we'll tell you who had to be rushed to the hospital when lebron james flew into the crowd. chris says it's finally going to start feeling like december. weather and traffic on the 4s coming up as we look at the grand central parkway by laguardia. you're watching "today in new
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welcome back. 5:44, friday morning. temperatures still pretty mild out there. we're still in the mid-50s. as you look at the plaza, pretty shot once again. notice those golden flags
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they'll really flap tonight as the winds increase. it's going to be a northwest wind. that's going to bring in chillier temperatures. we're not talking brutally cold, but relative to where we've been, it's going to feel quite cold. leftover clouds out there for the first half of the day. we'll get breaks later this afternoon. colder winds return tonight through the day tomorrow. then the wind will ease on sunday. that should feel a little better. we're back to our warmup next week. 50s and maybe even 60s by the time we get to christmas eve and christmas day. low to mid-50s across the city right now. low 50s across long island. a lot of 52s. down the jersey shore, it's mild as well, in the low 50s from long branch to point pleasant. east brunswick, 50. then you go further north and west. finally starting to see the chill move in. 44 in danville.
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here's the leading edge of the cold air. it's making progress toward us. during the afternoon, we'll level off generally in the upper 40s. a lot of clouds around. future tracker shows that. rain stays offshore. no umbrellas needed. by 2:00, we're seeing more breaks, especially north and west of the city. once we get past 3:00 or 4:00, we'll see more sunshine. then the sun is about ready to set. we head into a clear sky tonight. watch for a couple snow flurries in the northwestern suburbs overnight tonight and tomorrow as well when the strong gusty northwest wind. on sunday, we're looking pretty good with sunshine and temperatures again with lighter winds feeling more comfortable, back to the mid-40s. 51 is an arbitrary number we're using as the midpoint. northwest winds 10 to 20. most folks north and west will
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we all drop into the 30s tonight. down the shore, below freezing in asbury park. notice that west-northwest wind 15 to 25 and gusts at times. 42 tomorrow, windy, sun and clouds. 46, bright and sunny on sunday with less wind. low 50s monday. maybe showers tuesday night. a good chance for rain wednesday. a few more showers on thursday as well. look at those temperatures. highs in the low and mid-60s. emily west patiently standing by with the latest on your commute. >> starting to see more slow downs. delays on the van wyck. you can see that slow into the kew gardens interchange. also, slow downs from an accident near queens boulevard westbound by queens plaza. that's in the right lane. also, we've got some road work still in the left lane on the l.i.e. lower level. the ramp to the bqe. you can see that l.i.e. with the backup past maurice avenue. in new jersey, 78 eastbound
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blocked with an overturned vehicle. north of the city, the ramp closure on the taconic southbound near 301. disabled off to the side. 684 southbound near 138. still going to find flashing lights and slowdown with that. alternate side, meter rules in effect today. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> thanks so much, emily. in cleveland, it was a scary night for a cavaliers fan sitting courtside. lebron james was trying to safe a ball from going out of bounds. that's when he plowed into her. look at that. she's ellie day, wife of pro golfer jason day, who won the pga championship in august. lebron says he did speak to her as she was being helped by paramedics and said she was okay, just shaken. an international beauty is facing ugly allegations in israel. she's super model bar refaeli. she's accused of hiding foreign
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she's been barred for six months from leaving the country without permission. an applebee's employee in family recover their life savings. a bag with $32,000 was found in a booth in the restaurant. the employee who discovered that cash told the area director, who then called police. >> the dispatcher, i think she thought i was kidding. that much car, sh, are you sure? >> i'm so glad they found it. i really appreciate it. back. as for the good samaritan, the identified. >> good work there. honest. >> "star wars" fans are giving glowing reviews of the newest movie. last night was opening night. some fans were decked out in character.
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sabers to celebrate the opening of the new movie. everyone walked away satisfied. >> it was incredible. >> it's the best one yet. it really is. >> it's incredible. it brought all of the past to the present and gave you a look into the future. >> the future, there you go. we did not know that the movie -- exactly how well the movie will do until later today. disney says they earned more than $14 million in 12 international markets and set a one-day record in the key markets of norway and sweden. >> incredible. looking at some of the ticket sales for the i-max theaters, even those were sold out for showings at 2:00 a.m., 5:00 a.m. during the week. >> i know. natalie pasquarella was live outside amc where they were showing the previous movies in advance. >> wow. all right. 5:50, a new jersey church is using the force to tell the
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>> the pastor is a huge "star wars" fan. he calls this cosmic christmas. he's pastor tim lucas from liquid church. he's holding special services. he says there's parallels between the bible and "star wars" in the sense of a battle between good and evil. the church also has its own "star wars" themed nativity scene. i checked with the vatican. i don't know if that would get an official sanction. >> i give that baby credit. he did not freak out when they put him on darth vader's lap. >> i would. 5:51. just ahead, one man's offer that could really make your holiday party memorable. plus, the vote that could be the big step to bringing casinos close to northern new jersey. and don't forget, follow us on facebook and twitter. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny.
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welcome back. 5:54 as we look at the beautiful rockefeller center christmas tree here in rockefeller plaza. if you want to make your holiday party truly memorable, you might consider hiring an enterprising massachusetts man. >> this man is offering to be the real life elf on a shelf. there you see him.
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he says he'll sit there and, quote, stare emptily at your guests for the duration of the event. most parents are very likely familiar with the elf on the shelf, the magic elf that flies around and reports back to santa each night. did you do that with your kids? >> of course i do. ours is named juliana. she has a skirt. >> oh, yes. there are some girl elves. absolutely. >> there are. >> they work hard too. this guy, though, at a party, there are certain people with certain senses of humor who would totally have him. >> he would be abused. that's why he gets $100 an hour. >> you have to pay. >> today, feeling finally as we go deech per into the day like the holiday season. still pretty mild out there. mid-50s in the city right now. we'll drop to around upper 40s for the bulk of the afternoon. clouds giving way to breaks of sun. the breeze picks up and becomes windy by the end of the day. 33 the overnight low in the city.
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windchills will be in the 20s. we'll see sun and clouds saturday. lots of clouds. some people having a hard time with 60s and thinking christmas. this might help. >> what's happening, emily? >> we have a few things happening. first off, the lincoln tunnel -- actually, 495 eastbound on the ramp to tonnelle avenue, an accident partial i taking up the ramp. let's look at the grand central parkway. that's at the nassau county border, heading into the cross island. that is moving along just fine. right now the volume is not too bad. we'll keep an eye on that. >> all right, emily. thank you. well, northern new jersey is getting one step closer to getting casinos. state lawmakers considering two different proposals, one in the assembly, one in the senate. both advanced yesterday. while they have their differences, both proposals want voters to decide if the state's constitution should be changed to allow casinos outside of atlantic city.
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legislature approved a bill that aims to help homeowners still rebuilding after hurricane sandy. the bill protects those homes from going into foreclosure for the next three years. according to nj.com, the measure covers homeowners who are still waiting to get money from state-run rebuilding grants. three years plus since hurricane sandy, still a struggle for people. >> right, it is. 5:57 right now. coming up next at 6:00, one last ride. one of the city's oldest bridges being replaced today. and then coming up at 6:00 a.m., it's a controversy for the bernie sanders campaign. why the presidential contender may just have suffered a big blow to that effort. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching. download the news 4 nu ew york app on your mobile device. we're back in two minutes.
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breaking news. the nypd tracks down the prisoner who escaped custody while in handcuffs.
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also breaking on long island, a family terrorized in their own home by violent thieves. the gunman still on the loose at this hour. and new this hour, hillary clinton campaign data breached. now one of her rivals facing punishment. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's friday morning. it is december 18th. aisle i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. we want to start with a check of the weather and storm team 4's chris cimino. mid-50s in the city now but that's going to change. >> we've been losing about a degree an hour. we'll see our temperatures continue to drop through the morning, probably into the upper 40s before all is said and done. hovering along the coast, clouds. the rain is going to miss us, but the clouds will linger i think a little while longer through the morning hours. further north and west, you're going to get breaks in the cloud cover. look for a lot of clouds early today, then sunshine. the chillier trend, that's it in temperatures. not chilly yet at 54.
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to 51 by 58 km and mid-40s by 6:00. emily west here with an update on the commute. >> a couple obstacles trying to get into the lincoln tunnel. 495 eastbound, ramp to tonnelle avenue, a crash. holland might be the better way to go for you. we have this overturned truck. debris spill 78 eastbound between exit 7 to 11 in the left lane. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thanks so much, emily. now to breaking news overnight. police captured the latest prisoner to slip out of kwus i did. the accused shoplifter informs handcuff when is he bolted from officer last night. katherine creag is in tribeca right now. what are police telling you about the arrest? >> reporter: we're told he was re-arrested overnight. when he was arrested originally in the evening, somehow he managed to escape. he was in a squad car right here
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somehow he got out of that squad car, and that vehicle, nrts were night. somehow he got out of the back door of an nypd squad car. he had on handcuffs but made his way to a nearby franklin street subway station. our time as a result. he had been arrested earlier in the night for shoplifting jeans at a gap store. the suspect was found at what police are describing as a group home for troubled youth in sunset park, brooklyn. that was a little after midnight. since june, six times suspects have managed to escape nypd custody. it's something that has angered the police commissioner, bill bratton, saying he will not tolerate it. at this point, we have yet to hear from commissioner bratton. i'm sure we will a little later on. he does have some events during which he will meet with the press. as for that suspect, we're told he's 20 years old. his name not yet being released by the nypd. back to you. >> thanks so much, katherine. also following breaking news in suffolk county.
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people to the hospital. "today in new york's" lori bordonaro is in bay shore where all this is happening. >> reporter: yeah, a 35-year-old woman and her boyfriend are in the hospital in stable condition. they suffered facial injuries during this violent home invasion that happened here on woodbine avenue. police tell me the 35-year-old woman was coming home from work last night at about 9:30 in the evening when two men with handguns followed her into her house. they used zip ties to restrain her. her boyfriend, her 12-year-old so nd a 20-year-old woman. the men then ransacked the home for three hours, took cash from the woman's purse, and then left. it's not clear if they ran off, drove off, or even knew the victim. they are considered armed and dangerous. police are asking anyone who may have any information on this home invasion to give them a call. >> lori, thank you. it is 6:03 right now. new this morning, presidential candidate senator bernie sanders
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committee is accusing the sanders campaign of spying on hillary clinton's confidential voter database. the sanders team blames a software glitch and has fired the low-level staffer who looked at the data. that didn't stop the dnc from suspending sanders' access to a voters. they say it'll stay that way until they get a full explanation. all right. 6:04 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. we'll check in with chris cimino for a look at what's happening. we got so spoiled. when it dips a little, people are like, what? >> what is this, reality? i don't like reality. temperatures still above normal actually. it will feel more like the season by tonight and especially tomorrow. we're starting to see the temperatures drop slowly. it drops to 42 in sussex. 36 in monticello. that's the progression, the further north and west, the chillier it is. that chilly air is trying to push toward the coast. these temperatures will continue
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also dealing with leftovers from that front, meaning clouds lingering across the area. we'll get some breaks in the clouds in the afternoon. first, northwestern suburbs, then in the city. much colder by the evening. i'll let you know how cold it's going to get in just a bit. she's got her eyes on the rails and roads for us. what's the latest, emily? >> construction, that is the latest. it's going to be there until about 8:00 on the l.i.e. the lower level westbound on the ramp to the bqe. couple lanes blocked. you can see the backup goes past maurice avenue. also, your commuter checklist, everything looks nice. not bad there. subways, no delays. the buses, also everything is on schedule. gridlock alert day. take mass transit. alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up. >> emily, thank you very much. happening today, president obama expected to meet with the families of the san bernardino terror attack victims. meanwhile, a friend and former neighbor of those attackers made his first court appearance. 24-year-old enrique marquez
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support terrorists by illegally purchasing two assault rifles that were used in those deadly shootings. president obama, though, says overall there are currently no known threats. >> we cannot give in to fear or change how we live our lives. because that's what terrorists want. that's the only leverage that they have. >> investigators say marquez told the fbi he and the san bernardino gunman syed farook talked about mounting an attack in 2012 but later called s off. the "today" show is following all the developments. they're going to have the latest in a live report from california. and happening right now, police are trying to figure out if the man wanted for slashing a teenage girl in queens may have victimized other people. surveillance video shows the suspect just before he attacked the 16-year-old girl in whitestone wednesday morning. assemblyman ron kim says his office has gotten phone calls from residents who say a similar
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women in the neighborhood. this morning, a new jersey man faces weapons charges, and it all started with a delivery mix-up. 11 guns were sent to a home last month. officials say connecticut gun maker ruger tried to send those guns to an employee at a trade show in las vegas. the box was damaged, u.p.s. put the wrong label on it, and police say 33-year-old kevin nagel got them and decided to keep them. investigators found the weapons in his garage. >> these guns in the wrong hands, as we all know with current media, could cause serious problems. >> nagel was arrested and charged with theft and offenses related to unlawfully having the weapons. u.p.s. says shipping mix-ups are extremely rare. >> the pharmaceutical ceo dubbed the most hated man in america for hiking the price of a cancer and hiv drug is now facing securities fraud charges. 32-year-old martin shkreli is free on $5 million bail.
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quote, glad to be home, thanks for the support. prosecutors say he ran an elaborate ponzi scheme. they allege he stole millions from a publicly traded pharmaceutical company to pay off investors in a failing hedge fund he managed. >> as charged, martin shkreli targeted investors and retained their business by making several misrepresentations and omissions about key facts of the funds he managed. the hedge fund, however, was essentially worthless. >> a second man is also charged with conspiracy, who was the lawyer in those dealings. shkreli faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted. in this morning's cnbc money report, amazon may be making a big move to expand their delivery service. cnbc's landon dowdy joins us with those details. i have a feeling there's more to this than just delivering packages. >> always is with amazon. they want to cut out the middleman. reports say the online retailer is in talks to lease 20 boeing cargo jets to create its own air delivery service.
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repeat of the 2013holiday season when a surge in online sales overwhelmed u.p.s., leaving many people to get their christmas gifts several days later. and gillette wants to take a slice out of dollar shave club's business. the razor maker is suing the online razor supplier for a patent infringement. this includes copying a blade coating used by gillette razors. when competition heats up, you got to claim your territory. >> absolutely. >> razors, isn't that like the most profitable business in the history of mankind? >> it's a very, very good business. for gillette, they have about 60% of retail market share. when it comes to online, they're only about 20%. >> look at that. >> there you go, landon. thank you. all right. 6:09. coming up next, new security changes coming to the nation's top theme parks. we'll tell you what you can
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and later, it's the end of an era as one of the city's oldest bridges gets taken out of service. find out why residents say a new bridge may not be ready. and your weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. you're watching "today in new
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it's 6:13. here are four things to know this morning. we're following breaking news. police have captured the alleged shoplifter who escaped from officers in tribeca last night. he's the sixth prisoner to escape nypd custody this year. mother teresa will soon be a saint in the roman catholic church. pope francis approved the decree.
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helping india's poor. and new york state police will be out in force for a holiday season drunk driving crackdown. drivers can expect to see sobriety check points and increased patrols along roadways. it starts today and runs through new year's day. if you still need to order holiday gifts, today is the day today it. it's free shipping day. hundreds of retailers are participating. the full list is on freeshippingday.com. >> free shipping, but does it get there by christmas? we'll find out. in the meantime, we're talking about temperatures that will start to gradually feel more like the holiday season. no rain, that's gone. we got quite a bit of it yesterday. central park was in the bull's eye with 1.25 inches. just shy of an inch in fairfield, new jersey. in terms of the overall temperatures so far this month, we're still well on track to being the warmest december in central park's record-keeping history. 52 degrees, average temperature. that's 12.4 degrees above normal.
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precipitation deficit for the month. we're only 0.16 below normal. school day forecast. today at the bus stops, starts out pretty cloudy. by recess time, upper 40s. wind will start to pick up. by dismissal time, we're looking at mid and upper 40s. after-school activities, windy and chilly with temperatures dropping into the lower 40s. the windchills into the 30s. for today, it's a changeable day with clouds giving way to some sunshine, especially later this afternoon. go through time. 51 is kind of your average base temperature. it will probably be in the upper day. in terms of what it's going to feel like with windchill by tomorrow morning, mid-20s in the city, teens north and west. low 20s across northwest new jersey. even into the afternoon hours, it doesn't climb very much because it stays windy. only in the upper 20s. again, windchills in the low to mid-20s for our northwestern
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make sure to bundle up. remember where that heavier coat is. you'll need it form. temperatures topping off in the low 40s at best. could be a snow flurry north and west of the city. we warm it up again on hond monday. we're back to 53. check out this seven-day forecast. we're in the mid-50s on tuesday. maybe some showers. wet but warm on wednesday, 62. still a few showers christmas eve. a high of 64 degrees. a little after 6:16. let's find out what the commute looks like. >> new accidents. delays too. you're going to find slowdowns on the belt near erskine street. one lane is taken up. late-running road work on the l.i.e. lower level westbound. this is the ramp to the bqe. two lanes blocked. heavy delays traveling near maurice avenue and continuing past that. let's take a live look on staten island this morning. everything is moving along okay.
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and you're going to find delays from this overturned truck, a debris spill in the left lane. just going to take a while to clean up. north of the city on the taconic, the ramp is closed southbound near highway 301 this morning. alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you. two new jersey men face charges now for making facial social media accounts in one woman's name, then pretending to be her. prosecutors say 26-year-old daniel fifer and 27-year-old peter joup loaded explicit photos of that woman. then they pretended to be her during sexually explicit online chats and solicitations. one of the men allegedly knew the victim. donald trump is under fire by two new york democrats. they want to remove his name
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the land was supposed to be a golf course, but the deal fell through. it was turned into a park and named after trump when he donated the land. a manhattan judge struck down a key public health initiative by former mayor michael bloomberg. supreme court judge manuel mendez ruled flu vaccinations will not be required for children under the age of 5 to attend city-licensed day cares and preschools. the judge says the legislature needs to act on the requirement. it was supposed to take effect this new year's eve. the city now planning to appeal that ruling. visitors to the magic kingdom and other theme parks are getting a taste of the real world. park goers must now pass through metal detectors. the company has also stopped selling toy guns and banned anyone over the age of 14 from wearing costumes. the threat of violence and terrorism has forced this change. >> they're considered soft targets because they're generally considered to be low security but high density of people.
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minutes for my child's safety, then so be it. >> universal studios, a division of nbc universal, started using metal detecting wands at its theme parks. coming up, kerry sanders will have a breakdown of the new safety measures. that's ahead at 7:00 a.m. right now, it's 6:19. still ahead, a new photo from the royal family. it's a great one. we're going to show you their brand new holiday family gathering. and coming up next, a dangerous stowaway at a local port. we're going to tell you where this guy came from. don't forget, follow us on facebook and twitter and inn stay fwram. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny.
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welcome back. looking at the tappan zee bridge. in new jersey, a deadly indian koeb bra cobra is now at the bronx zoo after it was found on a container ship at port elizabeth earlier this week. crews were unloading the ship when they stumbled upon this poisonous snake. the ship had traveled through south asian waters. bronx zoo employees were called in. they were able to grab it and take it to the zoo. no one was injured. all right. it's the end of the road for a bridge that's linked city island to the rest of the bronx for more than 100 years. ceremonial final ride across the city island bridge scheduled for this afternoon. the bridge is most likely closed
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traffic is diverted to a temporary crossing. that temporary bridge will be used until a new one is built. some residents say they have some concerns. comments posted on facebook claim the lanes on the temporary bridge are too narrow, especially for emergency vehicles. but that bridge is really symbolic. city island is a special place. >> it is a special place. as you're crossing over that bridge, you can see some of the restaurants on the waterfront. you already make your decision. are you going to go left, where there's a couple restaurants, or are you going to go right, where you go all the way down city island avenue. city island is a wonderful place. it's a great community. >> a hidden jewel. >> it really is. if you're in the new york city area and you haven't been there, it's some of the best seafood you could ever have. >> they used to have like a chowder fest. i covered that for a few years. >> yes, good stuff. >> absolutely. so use the temporary bridge too. >> until the darlene rodriguez bridge is built. >> a dedication for that.
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>> $16 to cross. >> she only gets a certain percentage. all right. let's look at what's going on weather-wise today. clouds out there this morning. a gusty breeze will pick up throughout the day. the temperature will continue to fall. we're at 51 now. we'll drop into the 40s as we go through the morning and level off in the mid and upper 40s this afternoon. partial sun peeks out later. tonight, clearing up, windy, and cold at 33. your weekend is dry. maybe a snow flurry north and west tomorrow. it will feel like christmas. windchills in the 20s tomorrow. more sun and less wind sunday. little chilly but not bad. thank you. >> emily? >> starting to see volume in queens on the van wyck a look near 100 and 1st avenue. street. a check of the lincoln tunnel this morning. busy. about 20-minute delays. actually, doesn't look bad at this point.
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jersey, there are delays due to an accident. more about that at 6:30. >> thank you. 6:25 right now. coming up next, we have an update on our breaking stories of the morning. >> reporter: and more knew information. the suspect who escaped nypd custody who was arrested earlier in the night, he just made an appearance outside of this police station. we'll have the breaking details coming up. >> reporter: i'm lori bordonaro live in bay shore, where police are looking for two armed robbers who tied up a family and held them hostage for hours. i'll have the latest coming up. and if you about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device right now.
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breaking news, police capture the prisoner who managed to escape from officers while in handcuffs. also breaking on long island, violent thieves tie up a family, including a child, and they're still on the run right now. and new this morning, mother teresa set to become a saint. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 6:30 on this friday, december 18th. i'm michael gargiulo.
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let's check in with chris cimino. this friday weather, the middle of december, and it feels okay. >> it's still above normal. temperatures are starting to trend towards a chillier area over the next 24 to 48 hours. not unusually cold. we're at 51 degrees still at this hour of the morning. keep in mind our normal high is 42. we're rid of the rain. that's going to stay offshore. the front isn't moving all that quickly to the east. that's why the cold air isn't rushing in that quickly. that's also why the clouds are clinging to the area. we'll have clouds through the first half of the day today. better chance seeing sun north and west at first. we'll break through the clouds i think during the afternoon houring. right now temperatures continue to drop. our day planner, plan on it being fairly gray, especially the first half of the day. then we get into some breaks. it becomes brisk and chilly. dropping to the low and mid-40s by the time we get to 6:00. temperatures in the 30s by tonight. let's see how the commute is
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here's emily west. >> if you're heading to the lincoln, a slowdown president 495 eastbound at pleasant avenue, a crash here. the wait for the lincoln inbound is about a half hour. let's look at some of the delays due to this accident. you can see it's going to be a slow go. just trying to get into that spot. also in jersey city, let's head back to the maps. disabled vehicle. truck route 1-9 northbound at 440. that's taking up a lane. on the belt, this crash now blocks two lanes, eastbound right at exit 15. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. we want to get to breaking news. overnight, police capture the latest prisoner who slipped out of custody. it was the sixth escape from the nypd in just months. taeds today katherine creag is in tribeca. we understand the suspect just arrived there. >> indeed, michael. just minutes ago, we saw that suspect, that young man, get led out of this police precinct station. we have new video just into our news room.
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the entire time. he was led into a squad car. we believe he's en route now or is at central booking at this moment and will be arraigned later on. he originally escaped from the tribeca. that's where the suspect somehow got out of a back door of an nypd squad car. he had on handcuffs but ended up making his way to the nearby franklin street subway station, and subway service was shut down for about an hour or two as a result. he had been arrested earlier in the night for shoplifting some jeans at a gap store. the suspect was found overnight a little after midnight at what police are describing as a group home for troubled youth in sunset park, brooklyn. since june, six times suspects have managed to escape nypd custody. it's something police commissioner bratton has been angry about, something he has said he will not tolerate. but again, that shoplifting suspect that escaped police custody, he's en route to central booking.
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>> back in custody there. kat, thank you so much. we're also following breaking news in suffolk county. two people are in the hospital following a violent home invasion in bay shore. "today in new york's" lori bordonaro is there with more. >> reporter: and darlene, this family was tied up and terrorized for three hours as these armed robbers ransacked their home here. one of the victims just 12 years old. this frightening ordeal began about 9:30 last night here on woodbine avenue. police tell me the woman was coming home when two men with handguns followed her inside. the men then used zip ties to restrain the woman. her boyfriend, her 12-year-old son, and a 20-year-old woman. they held them for three hours while ransacking the home. they took cash from the woman's purse and left. the 12-year-old boy and 20-year-old girl were not hurt. the woman and her boyfriend are in the hospital with facial injuries. right now, michael and darlene, police are out here. they're investigating. they have not released any description of these two armed robbers.
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have any information to please give them a call. that's the latest from here. >> lori, thank you. new this morning, the vatican confirming that pope francis is clearing the way for mother teresa to be declared a saint. the pontiff approved the late mother teresa's second miracle. this would be the curing of a brazilian man of a deadly brain disease. back in 2003, pope john paul ii credited her with her first miracle. two are needed to qualify for cano zation. 6:34 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris cimino, good morning to you. >> good morning, guys. we're watching the temperatures slowly slide downward. we're at 51 degrees. that's still not very cold. we started out at 56 this morning. it is getting progressively cooler. there will be clouds around, especially through the morning hours. then some afternoon breaks in the cloud cover, we think. temperatures are going to fall into the 40s and stay in the upper 40s i think through the afternoon hours. then windy and colder weather by this evening. right now we're starting out still in a pretty decent spot temperature-wise at 51.
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we're talking about temperatures by the time you come home feeling a lot chillier. readings settling back to the 40s, windchills slipping into the 30s by evening hours. colder yet tomorrow. we'll talk about that coming up. let's talk commute with emily west. >> it's a gridlock alert day for today. go with mass transit. everything is running on schedule. let's take a live look at the holland tunnel this morning. both approaches looks like a 20-minute wait. the link coln, a half hour this morning. the buses, no delays. subways doing okay. alternate side is in effect. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thank you so much, emily. 6:35 on this friday morning. new this morning, investigators trying to figure out what sparked a fire at a six-story apartment building in washington heights. the fdny says the fire erupted on st. nicklas avenue sometime
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firefighters rushed to the scene to douse the flames. no one was injured. in brooklyn, a woman is recovering from being hit by an suv. firefighters had to lift the mercedes off the victim, who was pinned underneath. it happened near east 16th street in graves end neck road in sheepshead bay. rescuers were able to pull the woman to safety. she's in serious but stable condition. police in new jersey are warning people to be aware of purse snatching thieves this holiday season. authorities released surveillance video of one incident outside walmart in washington township. they say a team of thieves is targeting people shopping alone. police have arrested one man, but they say as many as a half dozen more allegedly all ride together looking for their next victim at strip malls throughout the area. mayor de blasio is launching a new program to help the growing number of homeless people in new york city. stat. it will send teams throughout the city to find people living on the streets and identify ways to help them. the mayor says every homeless
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dedicated caseworker. >> so there will be a person in our city who's se responsibility it is to manage that case until the person is off the street and rebuilding their lives. >> the mayor is also promptsing that the program's outreach staff will respond to 311 calls within an hour. they expect the program to be up and running by march. new jersey lawmakers have approved a bill that will protect hurricane sandy victims from losing their homes. it protects homeowners still waiting for money from state-run rebuilding grant programs. according to nj doing, those homes will be protected from going into foreclosure for the next three years. the bill was passed by the state legislature yesterday and now it those governor christie for his signature. an international beauty is facing some not so pretty allegations in israel. super model bar refaeli is accused of hiding foreign earnings and evading tacks. she's been barred for six months from leaving the country without permission.
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centered on whether the former "sports illustrated" model should be considered a resident of israel for tax purposes. 6:37 now. "star wars" fans giving the latest film a glowing review. they say it was worth the long wait. the fans were out in force for the opening night of "the force awakens." some decked out in full costume. others only brought their light sabers. everyone seems to walk away satisfied. >> it was incredible. it was -- >> it's the best one yet. it really is. >> incredible. it brought all of the past to the present and gave you a look into the future. >> can't ask for more than that. well, we won't know exactly how much money they made until later today. disney says the film earned more than $14 million in international markets and set a one-day record in norway and sweden. >> all right. and they're not done yet. in texas, dash cam video shows one police officer being
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>> where y'all headed to? do you speak any -- >> i need some assistance here. >> police just outside of houston posted this fake traffic stop online. you can see chewbacca, darth vader, and a few others were in the car. the officer then jumps in with them. after they leave, another alien appears to make off with his police cruiser. >> there you go. >> certainly do appreciate their humor. traffic stops not always fun for any side. but don't be dressed as chewbacca and try to reason with the officer. >> and answer in a chewbacca voice. up next, lebron jaums crashed into a courtside side. we'll tell you what happened to the fan that took the accidental hit. and a commuter alert. why you may want to avoid the verazanno bridge next week. >> plus, weather and traffic on the 4s coming up.
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wow. clear in times square right now at 6:42. those december temperatures may be unseasonably warm, but an important message here. winter coat donations are still needed. the charity new york cares says it's only gotten about 30,000 coats. they have 100,000 requests for coats. annual coat drive ends in three weeks. you can donate used coats in several spots across the city, including city police station houses. the coats go to people who are homeless, to low-income families, senior citizens, and others in need. consider doing it. indeed, a great idea. winter is still coming. it may not be as bad as last winter, but coats are needed. certainly temperatures will be chilling down. we'll see a chill down in the next couple days, but it will be brief. we have some clouds clinging to the area early this morning. i think we'll get breaks later this afternoon. those colder winds will return
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the wind eases on sunday. the warmup begins again next week. we're talking 50s and potentially 60s by the time we get to christmas eve. 51 in the park right now. 52 sheepshead bay. down to 49 in staten island. we'll see our temperatures here in the city drop into the upper 40s shortly within the next hour or so. low to the mid-40s in the north and west. the colder air is still pushing on in on an increasing northwest wind. 48 at recess time. becoming breezy by dismissal time at 46 degrees. that temp will keep dropping after-school activity, even colder and chilly. the last wave of low pressure misses us. it may clip the coastal areas of southeast new jersey. clouds giving way to some sun. this is 3:00 in the afternoon. out across long island, probably cloudy pretty much the bulk of the day. then there's a clearing trend for tonight. turns colder.
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out of the poconos and catskills. they usually don't make it to the coast, but there could be a few flurries around tonight and even tomorrow with a mix of clouds and sunshine in the city and a gusty northwest wind. sunday looks fine. this is 11:00 a.m. right through the day, good. clouds start to move in towards monday, and it starts to get milder again. for today, upper 40s should do it. that's your average temperature in the middle of the afternoon with a variably cloudy sky. more sun late, more clouds early. tonight, 33 in the city. 20s in the suburbs. the cold wind will make it feel more like the 20s in terms of windchills. monday, we're back into the lower 50s with a few more clouds in the picture. look at this seven-day forecast. after that brief chill this weekend, right back to temperatures that feel more like spring. 56 tuesday, showers at night. rain likely wednesday, 62. on christmas eve, a few showers and a high of 64 degrees. almost feels weird saying that. >> it's unbelievable, yeah. right now, a couple things on
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north of the city on the new england throughway, late-running road work northbound 95. northbound around 18a, an accident causing problems. in queens, l.i.e. lower level westbound, still two lanes blocked, which is causing a lot of slowdown in addition to the normal volume. belt eastbound at erskine street two, lanes blocked here. heavy slowdown backpack flatbush avenue. on the verrazano, the upper level staten island bound, a crash takes up a lane here. truck route 1-9, still have this disabled at 440. that's in the right lane. then this overturned truck was carrying paper. so that's everywhere. just trying to get that cleaned up and the truck uprighted. 78 eastbound between 7 to 11. that's in the left lane. gridlock alert day. take mass transit. it will help you out. back to you. >> all right. thank you.
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a commuter alert. if you take the verrazano bridge on your way to work, you may be in for traffic headaches starting monday. the upper levels are expected to close for paving work. but one upper-level lane will reopen at 10:00 a.m. to accommodate that belt parkway traffic. lower-level westbound lanes will remain open. the crown heights armory in brooklyn is getting a makeover. mayor de blasio's office says the armory will be converted from an abandoned cavern into 500,000 square feet of housing and commercial space. it will also include recreation facilities and a community event center. this project has been in the works for years. in new jersey, casinos are a step closer to moving north. state lawmakers considering two different proposals, both of them advanced. they have their differences, but both want voters to decide if
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be changed to allow casinos in new jersey outside of atlantic city. southern new jersey lawmakers say if that happens, it would kill the business in atlantic city. this morning, a cleveland cavaliers fan is recovering after taking a direct hit from lebron james. not on purpose though. james was trying to save a ball from going out of bounds. that's when he plows into the front row. she is ellie day, the wife of pro golfer jason day, who won the pga championship in august. lebron says he spoke to her as she was being helped by paramedics, and she says she was okay, she was just a little bit shaken. you know, that's a humongous human being coming at you. on my twitter page, lebron had a really beautiful poignant moment with a special olympian at another game recently where he went over and acknowledged this boy and was very affectionate to him. >> that means a lot. >> yeah, this was an accident. >> total accident. up next, we're going to show you the brand new holiday photo featuring the youngest members of the royal family. and don't forget, follow us
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beautiful view there of manhattan from our sky cam. new this morning, we're getting a look from across the atlantic of a new photo of the royal family. there it is. kensington palace tweeted it out with the caption merry christmas from the duke and dutch else chess of cambridge, prince george, and princess charlotte. prince george will start nursery school in january. the school says he'll get the same experience as the other children. you can never get kids to those the right way. >> both kids are looking but dad
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it's always somebody. the "today" show coming up in a few minutes. you know what it's like getting everybody in the shot to look in the same direction. >> every year our christmas card has one kid looking good, the other one not so good. the picture doesn't exist where they're both doing it right. >> which one looks good? no, really. guys, good morning to you. coming up, breaking news in the presidential race. bernie sanders' campaign accused this morning of accessing hillary clinton's private campaign voter data. we're going to be live with the reprimand being handed down by the democratic party. also ahead, theme parks across the country are ramping up security. what the new measures will mean for your next family trip. and then carson pays it forward to a remarkable woman. you might say she's been steering kids in the right direction for more than four decades. plus, what fans are saying after packing theaters overnight to see the new "star wars." and then, han solo himself, we've got him. harrison ford in conversation
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have you seen it? what's the plan to see it? what's going on? >> we don't have the pull you guys have. >> my chewbacca outfit didn't work when i tried to get tickets. >> didn't go over well? >> no. >> did you try sexy chewbacca? i found that really worked. >> what does that look like? no, don't answer that. >> all right. >> on that note -- >> thanks, guys. have a great weekend. >> look at the time. >> sexy chewbacca. speaking of chris, he's going to tell us when the warmer temperatures return.
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now for an update on that breaking news. we just got our first look at the alleged shoplifter who was recaptured after escaping from nypd custody. >> katherine creag is in tribeca with the details. zplr a lot of people want to know how did that suspect escape nypd custody. we have new video of him. we tried asking him that, but he kept his head down the entire time. certainly no comment from this suspect. but this is the young man who made a run for it after he was arrested for shoplifting at a gap. police say here at the first precinct police station is where the suspect somehow got out of the back door of an nypd squad car. he made his way to a subway station. he had been arrested efrl ed ed earlier in the night for shoplifting at a gap store. he was rearrested at a group home in brooklyn a little after midnight.
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back to you. >> all right. thanks so much, kat. we're also following breaking news on long island, a violent home invasion. lori bordonaro is there. >> reporter: a 35-year-old woman and her boyfriend are in the hospital, both with facial injuries. police are now searching for two armed robbers who held them at gunpoint and tied them up with zip ties. along with them, that woman's 12-year-old son and a 20-year-old woman. they held them at gunpoint ransacking the home for three hours. they did take off with cash and left in the woman's honda, which was found just about an hour ago. again, those two armed robbers are still on the loose. back to you. >> okay, lori. thank you very much. let's check in on traffic. >> it's really busy. a lot going on this morning. first off, we have the belt accident eastbound, exit 15. two lanes are blocked. heavy westbound by jfk too. late-running road work really messing up the ride on the l.i.e. westbound.
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to the westbound bqe. also, the verrazano. a couple lanes blocked here on the upper level staten island bound. that backup stretchesn to n to on to the staten island expressway. truck route 1-9, a disabled vehicle near 440. still this overturned truck that was carrying paper. that spilled everywhere. they have to get that cleared out of the way, 78 eastbound between exit 7 to 11 in fact left lane. one more thing north of the city on the new england throughway. an accident northbound right near fenimore road. before that, there's construction. >> wow. >> lots going on there. thank you very much, emily. chris, another check of the weather. >> a little quieter, but transitioning into a more wintry feel over the next couple days. temperatures will drop into the upper 40s, stay there for the bulk of the day today. clouds giving way to breaks of sunshine. the wind will increase as well. it's a cold night tonight. 33 in the city, 20s, suburbs. only 42 tomorrow. with wind, it will feel like the 20s and 30s.
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