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and a father accused of murdering his infant son in a case that stretches from the bronx to duchess county. plus, a bear attacks a boy scout leader in new jersey. find out how his scouts helped to keep him alive. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's monday morning. it is december 21st. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> and i'm rob schmitt in for michael gargiulo. >> nice to see you, rob. storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. >> we have temperatures still on the chilly side. kind of a carryover from the weekend. this morning we're starting out in the low 40s. already the trend towards some milder conditions. a southwest wind is keeping it mild across long island. mid and upper 40s. the suburbs to the north and west, at or below frzing. bridgewater at 26. a cold start there. you can see a lot of cloud co thver. basically these are high and midlevel clouds. not rain or snow producing clouds. the day is going to be dry. it will feature an increase in clouds.
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we'll get rid of that to a milder feel by noon. forecasting a high today of 54. that's just the beginning of a very mild week. lauren scala back on the traffic this morning. >> good morning. not a bad morning for the commute. we have a closure in the toms river area. route 9 still shut down in both directions by clayton avenue. there's some cleanup because of an accident with a downed pole. much better news at the george washington bridge. things are free and clear there. no road work getting in your way. and we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> all right, lauren. thank you. 5:01 right now. now to that bear attack in new jersey. a boy scout leader is in the hospital but lucky to be fflive. it's all thanks to three young members of his troupe. "today in new york's" jen maxfield is at the morris town medical center where that scout leader is being treated. >> reporter: good morning. that's right. he is being treated here for injuries, for scratches and bite marks to his leg and head. as you said, he's lucky to be
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went to explore a cave, the same cave that a bear was planning to hibernate in. that ave was at the split rock reservoir in rockaway township here in morris county. police say the 52-year-old man had taken three boy scouts with him to explore the cave. he went into the cave before the boys, and a bear grabbed his leg and dragged him inside, where he was mauled. >> once the bear awoke, he proceeded to attack the scout master, who called out to the three scouts that he was being attacked by a bear and to call 911 and request assistance. >> we have the youth yelling out loud, and they also have started a fire, possibly for a smoke signal. >> reporter: that's some of the 911 call. bleeding from the bear attack, the scout master had to stay in the cave, curled up in the fetal position for an hour and 20 minutes before the bear came out.
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scouts' trail mix and the signal fingre they had built. he was then air lifted here to the morris town medical center. this bear attack comes just about more than a year after a fatal bear attack in west milford. the scout leader in this case, though, told investigators that he has been exploring this cave for 30 years and had never encountered a bear until yesterday. that's the latest live from morristown. back to you. >> jen maxfield, thank you so much. happening now, investigators say a deadly crash outside the paris hotel and casino in las vegas was intentional. police say the woman was driving on the vegas strip with her 3-year-old child last night. witnesses say the car drove up on to the sidewalk, swerved back on to the road, and back on to the sidewalk again. at least one person was killed. 37 were hurt. six are in critical condition. >> i saw a car, a brown
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taking people out. like taking people out. >> the driver sped away but was quickly arrested at a nearby hotel. happening today, the friend and former neighbor of the san bernardino shooters is heading to court in california. enrique marquez is charged with conspiracy to commit crimes of terrorism and federal weapons charges. prosecutnes say he bought the two assault rifles used by syed farook and his wife in the deadly shooting rampage two weeks ago. all right. 5:04. time for a check of weather and traffic. let's go over to chris. >> good morning, rob, darlene. not a bad day. a good way to start the workweek. pretty quiet. no umbrellas needed. just some clouds on the increase. the temperatures coming back up a little bit. if it was a little too chilly this weekend, which was normal temperature-wise, we're getting back into the mild stuff again. it is starting out in the 20s in a lot of the suburbs this morning. clouds will tend to increase through the day. we're back into the 50s this afternoon as that wind goes southwest. it's not going to feel super balmy because the winds are at
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still a little chill in the air. we're starting out with temperatures in the low 40s. watch for the clouds. they'll increase, taking away any early filtered sunshine. expecting a high today of 54. we've got 60s and maybe better in our seven day. we'll talk about that in a little bit. let's get to lauren scala. how is the monday morning commute? >> not so bad. a couple detours on the buses. the b-25 q-we have 66, and q-100. everything else looking good. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thank you. right now, rescue workers in china are searching for possible survivors of what's being called a man made mudslide. amateur video shows a wall of soil that came crashing down. this is an industrial park near hong kong. seven people were found alive, but nearly 100 remain missing. turns out the mudslide was caused by soil that had been moved and piled high during construction.
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be in court to answer to murder charges in the death of his infant son. police say he went to great lengths to hide this crime. "today in new york's" lori bordonaro is outside bronx criminal court with more. >> reporter: jose feliciano is facing murder and manslaughter charges. police say he killed his own baby inside his bronx apartment and dumped the baby's body in a wooded area in duchess county. is ke a look at this video. police believe this is jose feliciano carrying the body of his 2-month-old dead baby in a duffel bag. the motive for the killing, not clear. his building superintendent tells news 4 that the new dad complained about the baby's constant crying. this photo here on social media shows a very different picture. a smiling feliciano with his girlfriend and baby mason in the hospital. the baby's mom allegedly drove with her boyfriend to dump the body near a hotel in dover, new york. she told her doctor in white plains, who then told police. feliciano was a pizza delivery man.
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what happened. >> shocki t. i'm shocked to hear what happened. we don't know nothing about this case. >> reporter: as for the baby's mother, she's being questioned, but she hau not been charged. rob and darlene, feliciano will be in court t face those charges later today. back to you. >> lori, thank you so much. happening right now, police on the lookout for two women who robbed a 76-year-old man in the bronx. grainy surveillance images show the suspects near the scene of the saturday morning attack in the melrose section. police say one of the women punched the man hard enough to knock him to the ground. they then took his wallet and ran away. and we're waiting to learn what may have led to the death of former president jimmy carter's grandson. 28-year-old jeremy carter died suddenly early sunday morning. the former president broke the news to his church in georgia. >> we were there for about 20 minutes.
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so they tried to give him cpr, but he passed away. >> carter described his grandson as a special man. two weeks ago, the former president announced to the same congregation that he was cancer free after radiation treatments for brain cancer. well, this morning the commute is safer for passengers on one of amtrak's busiest routes. amtrak has just activated a new safety system on its route from new york to philadelphia. the positive train control system warns engineers when the train is traveling above the speed limit and can automatically apply the brakes. amtrak is complying with federal orders to install the safety improvement following last may's deadly train derailment near philadelphia. tens of thousands of new yorkers may soon be able to put their criminal records behind them. governor cuomo has unveiled a new plan that would make anyone convicted of a nonvio nt crime as a teenager eligible for a pardon as long as they've spent at least ten years without any other convictions. administration officials tell "the new york times" the pardons will not clear a person's criminal record, but it will
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employment and housing opportunities. time now is 5:08. coming up next, donald trump fires back. hear how the republican front runner is responding to accusations made during this weekend's democratic debate. then later, the weather is nice but not for retailers. we're going to tell you how much money they may be losing as shoppers head outside instead of into the mall. and your weather and traffic on the 4s. you're watching "today in new
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it's 5:12. here are four things to know this morning. we're waiting to learn the name of the driver who plowed into groups of pedestrians on the vegas strip. one person was killed. dozens were injured. police say the female driver intentionally swerved her vehicle into that crowd multiple times. a new jersey boy squout cout leader in the hospital this morning following a bear attack
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three scouts he was with were not injured. if you take the verrazano bridge on your way to work, you may be in for traffic headaches. the staten bound lanes are expected to close for paving work. one upper level lane will open at 10:00 a.m. to accommodate belt parkway traffic. today is expected to be the busiest delivery day of the year for the united states postal service. employees expected to handle more than 30 million packages today alone. and that's not including cards and other letters. 5:13 right now. senator chuck schumer says he wants federal agents to scan social media to stop terror attacks. schumer says he'll press for senate passage of a bill that cleared the house last week. schumer says there's nothing wrong with looking at twitter or
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attacks. >> we must make sure we're on the cutting edge when it comes to how we decipher and decode social media communications. >> it was recently revealed immigration officers do not look at facebook postings because of civil liberties concerns. 5:14 on a monday morning. pretty quiet out there. temperatures in the low 40s in and around the city. a little chillier in the suburbs. a milder day is ahead. that's going to be the trend over the next several days. we're right back heading into temperatures above normal. normal high should be 41. that's where we were over the course of the weekend. just about normal. 54 is the expected high for today. that's only the beginning of a week that's going to get even warmer. weather headlines, we're talking about clouds rolling in for today. it will be milder. no rain to worry about during the daylight hours. on and off rain through the midweek period. a few rouds nds coming our way. meantime, temperatures this morning, northwest new jersey, chilly but not terribly so. 36 in franklin. just above the freezing mark in
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we see some 20s. notice danbury, 26, you go to the coast, bridgeport is 44. where the wind is coming in off the water, temperatures across long island warmer in the upper 40s. 43 in long branch. a lot of clouds. yes, we have a warm front pushing in our direction but no real rain associated with it. there's a cold front behind that. there will be another frontal system behind that one. that's why this week is going to get a little more active. for the time being, nothing more than just high and uydlevel clouds to worry about during the course of the day today. they'll thicken up from time to time. i think from mid to late afternoon on, it's more about the clouds. notice at 8:00 tonight, still cloudy but no rain to talk about. we get a couple showers that pass by to the north and west overght. tomorrow it looks like a gray day. a lot of clouds around. there will be a couple rounds of showers. generally light showers tomorrow. probably not a continuous rain. looks like the steadiest stuff
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another lull in the action. for the most part, clouds will dominate on wednesday too. a more significant push of rain for wednesday afternoon into wednesday night. a couple rounds there. then another little break in the action as we head towards thursday, christmas eve. just a couple of sttered showers possible later in the day. we're looking at a high today with that southwest wind and clouds on the increase of about 54. we're looking at high temperatures starting at 54 today. 59 tomorrow. even with the shower threat. 60 on wednesday. best chance for rain later in the day. a warm christmas eve. 70 is possible if we get into some sunshine. a couple showers later in the day. christmas day looks quiet. sun and clouds, breezy, but 61. then we're back to the 50s with a few more showers saturday and sunday. let's get back to lauren scala, see if things are smooth on this monday morning commute. >> still smooth out there. we have one new problem, but it's a minor one. a disabled vehicle on the shoulder on 95 northbound in
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delays are minimal heading through there. we'll take a live look outside. we'll show you the van wyck expressway. things still moving along nicely northbound and southbound. no construction. usually it's a little jammed up in this area but not today. heading to the queensboro bridge, things moving along nicely in both directions on both levels. the midtown tunnel is also a good option at this hour. alternate side rules in effect today. more weather and traffic coming up. >> lauren, thank you. 5:17 right now. the last few days of campaigning before the holiday have many of the republican candidates meeting in new hampshire today. they may try to capitalize on the latest war of words between hillary clinton and donald trump. tracie potts is in washington following all of this for us this morning. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: hi, darlene. good morning. the front runners on both sides are going at it. hillary clinton saying that isis may be using trump's own words against muslims to recruit, and donald trump says there is no proof of that. >> she lies like crazy about everything.
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clinton said about isis in saturday's debate. >> they are going to people showing videos of donald trump insulting islam and muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists. >> nobody has been able to back that up. it's not -- it's just another hillary lie. >> reporter: trump actually agrees with democrat bernie sanders on dealing with isis and syria's president. >> assad, i want to see him go. but that's a secondary issue compared to the destruction of isis. >> we're not going to take assad out. >> reporter: jeb bush is still trying to get traction, saying trump is not a serious candidate. >> he said isis is not a threat two months ago. he gets his news from the shows. >> reporter: ted cruz steering clear of trump is taking aim at president obama on global warming. >> what kind of numb skull thinks that the suv in your driveway is a bigger threat t our security than a bunch of lunatics who wantdso kill us? >> reporter: the first caucuses and primaries are just over a
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at least six candidates are scheduled to be in new hampshire today. back live now, let's take a look at those new hampshire numbers, since that's where a lot of them will be today. the latest average of polls up there have donald trump up by 16 points over ted cruz. darlene? >> tracie potts in washington. thank you. and coming up on the "today" show, a live interview with donald trump. that's ahead at 7:00 a.m. tina fey and amy poehler took the stage to host "saturday night live" together this weekend. of course, they brought back some of their most famous skits. >> hillary from 2008. >> hello, hillary. >> hello, hillary. >> in a dream, hillary clinton meets up with herself and a famous political rival. >> we ran for president together. oh, you poor thing. i heard that a er you lost, you had to become a secretary. >> of state. >> oh, god.
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i was paired up with that cute little john mccain fella. may he rest in peace, i'm guessing. >> the two returned to the weekend update desk as well. they also showcased some musical talent and brought in plenty of special guests. cameos included maya rudolph and even sir paul mccartney, who played with bruce springsteen. "snl" returns live on january 16th. >> they 'te the best. always deliver. all right. 5:20 right now. coming up next, new cas os heading to new york state. we're going to tell you where gamblers can start placing their bets. then later, what happens when you announce the wrong winner. this was interesting. hear what host steve harvey had to say after making a major
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welcome back at 5:23. everything seems to be moving pretty smooth here very early in the morning. today, state rrgulators are expected to license three new casinos in upstate new york. the casinos will be in the catskills. another casino could soon be licensed in the southern tier as well. new casinos could bring in more than $300 million to governments annually.
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report, you may love the warm weather, but it doesn't appear to be autting you in the holiday shopping mood. many malls say we're all enjoying the outdoors and not going into the stores. that means a loss of $343 million compared to last year. the biggest loser, clothing stores. buying that heavy coat a thnd woolly gloves, it doesn't seem like the useful holiday gift. golfing is something you could be doing today, if you chose to do that. you could wear your gloves as you golf. the truth is, when you're out shopping and looking for things and see those scarves -- >> doesn't entice you when it's 65 degrees out. >> the stores are hot. i was in one over the weekend. it was unbearably hot. >> the whole thing going shopping, carrying the wife's coat, your coat. here, have some bags. >> her purse.
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>> i don't even want to go into that. never can hold it by the handle. i'm not a handle holder. i just grab is kind of like that. i'm a guy. >> dant inty little bag. >> exactly. we digress. >> chris, that would look great on you. >> 54 the expected high today. the warming trend does begin. we started out around how for high -- 40 for highs over the weekend. no rain today. maybe a passing shower later on tonight. check th s out. christmas eve day, we could get to 70. the record for the date is 63. we could shatter it in a big way. still could be a couple showers. christmas day should be dry with a high of 61. if shopping stores were hoping for colder weather, not going to happen. >> not so much? >> no. shop anyway. >> maybe january. check of the traffic? >> pretty good so far. we're going to look at your commuter checklist first.
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path, and subways all running without delays or service changes. we'll take a live look outside and show you the cross bronx expressway. there's some police activity on the shoulder eastbound by the bronx river parkway. minor delays through this area. otherwise, the roads are in good shape. >> all right. >> thank you, lauren. it's 5:25. good news for holiday travelers. prices still falling at the pump. according to the latest lundberg survey, the average price of gas now $2.06 per gallon nationwide. that's the lowest prince since april of 2009. according to aaa, drivers in new york state paying $2.26 a gallon. in connecticut, the average price is $2.18. even lower in new jersey, $1.88 per gallon. one group claims construction of the new tappan zee bridge is an ecological disaster. river keeper filed a notice it intends to sue the throughway authority. they say construction in the hudson is killing too many fish, especially sturgeons. the throughway authority tells
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scientific link between construction and fish deaths. 5:26 right now. coming up next, a scare at a local department store during the busy holiday season as a dozen shoppers need medical help. >> reporter: a b scout leader has survived a bear attack in new jersey. i'm jen maxfield live in hor ris morristown. i'll tell you how an adventure to explore a cave almost turns deadly. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you and keep watching "today in new york."
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right now, new details in overnight about the driver who plowed into a crowd of pedestrians multiple times on the vegas strip. a boy scout leader attacked by a bear in new jersey. we have the latest on his condition and how his scouts came to the rescue. plus, a major mistake at the miss universe pageant when the wrong winner is announced. "today in new york" starts now. heartbreaking moment there. good morning, everyone. it's monday morning, december 21st. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm rob schmitt in today for michael gargiulo. >> critical condition hris cimino here with the forecast.
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still some leftover chill, particularly in the suburbs this morning, where we see a temperature like 34 in woodbridge. you get toward the coast, you're in the lower 40s. out across long island, it's in the upper 40s. in the city, low 40s as well. up through the hudson valley, a lot of upper 20s. the day planner, clouds will tend to increase. they'll thicken up, take away the sunshine as we go through the day. turns a little milder but breezy at times. 51 by noon. forecasting a high of 54. we have some rain and even warmer temperatures to talk about. we're going to talk commute right now with lauren scala. >> thanks, chris. good morning. we have a couple of minor problems out there. we'll head over to the connecticut turnpike. we're heading northbound out before exit 18. there's a disabled vehicle in the left lane. watch out for that. then heading over to the triboro bridge, the ramp to the bridge, there's a debris spill. we're seeing intermittent closures. delays are not so bad. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thanks so much, lauren. 5:31.
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charges to be filed against a woman who police say intentionally ran down pedestrians on the vegas strip. police say the woman had her 3-year-old child in the car during the crash last night. witnesses say the car drove on and off the sidewalk in front of the paris hotel, hitting dozens of people. at least one person was killed and 37 were hurt. six are in critical condition. >> suddenly saw like people fly in the air. the car hit them, and it was like a bowling ball hitting pins. >> the driver sped away but was quickly arrested at a nearby hotel. the child in the car was not hurt. now to that bear attack in new jersey. three boy scouts are being called heroes this morning for helping to save their leader's life during a horrifying encounter. "today in new york's" jen maxfield is at the morristown medical center where that scout leader is being treated. >> reporter: that's right, rob. the boy scout leader is here at the morristown medical center. he's being treated for bite
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legs and to his head. he's really lucky to be alive after he went to explore a cave, the same cave that a bear had apparently planned to hibernate in. this all happened in the split rock reservoir in rockaway township here in morris county yesterday. police say the man had taken three boy scouts with him to explore the cave. he went into the cave before the boys and a bear grabbed his leg and dragged him in, where he was mauled. bleeding from the bear attack, he had to stay in the cave, curled up in the fetal position for an hour and 20 minutes before the bear finally came out. lured out by the boy scouts' trail mix and a signal fire the boys had built. >> the scouts built a signal fire that they also used the smoke from the signal fire to drive the bear out of the cave, which eventually worked, resulting in the bear exiting the cave and enabling their scout master to extricate himself from the bear's den. >> reporter: the boy scouts are being hailed as heroes and also
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apparently helped chase that bear away. the man was air lifted here to morristown medical center. he is expected to survive those injuries. it's important to note that this bear attack comes a little more than a year after a fatal bear attack in west milford. this scout leader, who is an experienced outdoorsman, said that he had been exploring this cave for 30 years and had never once before seen a bear in it. that's the latest live from morristown. now back to you. >> all right, jen. thanks so much. investigators are trying to figure out what caused shoppers to become sick at a kohl's store. the store was evacuated around 9:00 last night after more than a dozen people became ill. 12 customers and two workers were treated at the scene for respiratory problems. we're told one had an asthma attack. >> the cause is still undetermined. we saw no signs of residue, nothing in the area. our meters didn't detect anything. so we called in jersey city hazmat. >> officials say so far there's nothing to suggest a gas leak
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and 5:34. it is time for a check of weather and traffic. hey, chris. >> hey, rob. we had the gloves, scarves, and coats out for a time this weekend. they're probably going right back into the closet this week with temperatures climbing from the 50s into the 60s again. this morning you still need it. chilly in the suburbs in particular with temperatures in the 20s. the clouds will tend to increase, thicken up a bit at times today. no rain to worry about. back into the 50s this afternoon as the wind has gone southwest. it's a little gusty at times, 10 to 15 miles an hour. yes, we are talking 50s but with limited sunshine and a gusty breeze. it's not going to feel tremendously warm yet. 42 is the current temperature in the city. we'll see temperatures climb back close to 50 by noon. forecasting a high today with the clouds of 54 degrees. seven-day forecast just ahead. almost 5:36. lauren scala is back. how is it looking? >> a new accident out there. this one is in newark. southbound on route 21 after lafayette street, watch out for that.
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we'll take a live look outside at more delays on the cross bronx expressway. eastbound, there's a disabled vehicle. it blocks the right lane. that's out by the bronx river parkway. a bit of stop and go as you make your way through this area. heading over to alternate side parking rules, they're in effect today. we'll have more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> lauren, thanks. in just a few hours, a bronx father will face a judge to answer to accusations that he murdered his infant son and then traveled hours away to hide the body. "today in new york's" lori bordonaro is outside bronx criminal court this morning with more. lori? >> reporter: and rob, 51-year-old jose feliciano is facing second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. police say he killed his own baby in his bronx apartment, then drove with the baby's mother and buried that baby in a grave 70 miles away. take a look at this video. police believe this is feliciano carrying the corpse of his newborn son mason in a duffel bag. they say he killed him back on december 10th. the new dad here can be seen
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social media in the hospital room with the baby's mother. according to his building superintendent, fatherhood was very overwhelming and feliciano complained about the baby's constant crying. detectives learned of the death after the baby's mother told her doctor. authorities then found the body buried in dover, new york. feliciano's neighbors are stunned. >> it's very devastating to actually -- i'm a mom of a 10-year-old, and it's very devastating. >> reporter: and jose feliciano worked as a pizza delivery man. he is expected to be in court later today. rob and darlene, the baby's mother is being questioned but has not been charged. back to you. >> terrible story. lori, thank you. it's 5:37 right now. new this morning, police are looking for a passenger who robbed a livery driver in brooklyn. you can see cameras were inside the cab. they got a good look at the suspect. police say the driver picked him
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when they reached bushwick avenue, he demanded the driver pull over and for cash. a new plan will be unveiled today that shakes up newark's police and fire departments. the mayor will announce the creation of a new department of public safety. one goal of the department will be to improve coordination between police and firefighters, resulting in faster response times to emergencies. new drone rules go into effect today. unmanned aircraft systems weighing up to 55 pounds must be registered with the faa no later than february 19th. for anyone who purchases a drone after today, it must be registered before its first flight outdoors. the consumer electronics association predicts 700,000 drones will be sold this year. this morning, the world is reacting to an unprecedented blunder at the miss universe pageant. >> colombia!
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the winner as miss colombia. after she took the crown and began her walk as miss universe, steve harvey came back to the stage and said he had made a mistake. >> i have to apologize. the first runner-up is colombia. i will take responsibility for this. it was my mistake. it was on the card. >> well, miss philippines stood there. she was confused. she was in shock when she realized she had actually won. miss colombia's crown was then removed and given to the winner. after the pageant, both ladies talked about what happened. >> it's a very nontraditional crowning moment. >> yes. >> it's very, very 2015. >> everything happens for a reason, so i'm happy.
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becoming this dream. >> well, steve harvey took his response to facebook, saying in part, i know how much pride many countries, fans, and most importantly the contestants take in prepare ing for this night. i hope you can forgive me. the "today" show will have more at 7:00 a.m. so tough. he made a mistake. runner-up on this side, winner on this side. we can say, how did that happen? but it happens. i feel bad they took the crown off of her. they made her stand there. >> you can't produce that moment. it just happens. you have to fix it on the fly. no way to make it look good. tough moment. >> awful, yeah. absolutely. coming up next, call it an early present from santa. one of the real housewives is set to leave prison early just in time for christmas. then later, odell beckham jr. loses his cool against the panthers. we're going to show you why some
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welcome back. looking at the gowanus expressway. 5:43 on this monday morning. we have adorable baby pictures from a california aquarium this morning. look at this fluff ball. baby sea otter just born at the monterey bay aquarium. visitors have been crowding an outer deck for a glimpse of it. look how cute. aquarium trainers say right now the mom is focused on grooming the pup and puffing up its fur so it will float. how cute is that? >> who doesn't like their fur fluffed up now and again? that was beautiful. good stuff. meantime, notice the flags whipping around. a bit of a breeze. we're talking about milder temperatures. that southwest wind is increasing. it's bringing in milder temperatures. but again, some cloud cover with it. no rain just yet. as you step outside this morning, you'll notice
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suburbs, not too bad in the city. that 43 degree temperature with wind makes it feel a little nippier. i don't think it's going to be a dramatic increase in terms of how much milder it feels. you'll notice that as we go through the midweek period. clouds are rolling in. indeed, milder, but on-and-off midweek rain. with the warmer temperatures comes moisture from time to time. we need rain around here. warm for the holiday. maybe record-setting warmth on christmas eve. so far for this month, probably a record setter. not that many days left. the way it looks for the next week, temperatures will continue to average above normal. average temps so far for december, 50.4 degrees. that's over 11 degrees above normal. the next warmest one, which is holding the old record, was set back in 2001, and the temperature was 44.1 degrees. we're beating that by far. likely to continue to add on as you'll see in the seven-day forecast what happens to the temperatures. in terms of rainfall, half inch below normal. we'll add to that this week.
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hampton bay is 46. southwest wind. water temperatures in the 40s and low 50s. that's why it's milder out to the ooets east. get away from the coast, it drops to the 20s. a lot of clouds. see that milky color out there. they're not rain-producing clouds. you have to go back to the midwest to find that. we have a period of time today into tonight rain free. future tracker shows that's how it plays out today. a lot of clouds around. thin spots from time to time. a little dim sunshine. temperatures should get into the low to mid-50s. dry into the evening hours. overnight, a quick hit of showers. right there passing to the north and west. during the day tomorrow, another round of scattered shower activity. nothing particularly heavy tomorrow either. plan on it being a cloudy, mild day. you'll need the lightweight umbrella tomorrow. then on wednesday, starts out relatively quiet. just clouds, but heavier showersing move into parts of the area wednesday afternoon and wednesday night. then it calms down a bit on thursday, christmas eve. the clouds may thin out a little.
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arrive toward the late afternoon. 54 the expected high later today in town. closer to 50 north and west. we start to climb temperature-wise each day. 59 on tuesday. 60 on wednesday. even with that rain threat. look at that 70 on thursday. record for that date is 63. i think we beat it. christmas day should be a dry day. breezy but mild, 61, and a few more showers for the upcoming weekend. let's see if there are any new problems for the commute on a monday morning. >> you know there is. approaching 6:00 a.m. let's head to the grand central parkway. the ramp is closed from the eastbound grand central to the cross island with an accident there. we still have this accident in newark on 21 heading southbound after lafayette street. delays almost back to 280 at this point. a live look at the cross bronx expressway. disabled vehicle in the eastbound lanes blocking the shoulder by the bronx river parkway. a slow ride through here. westbound is moving along nicely for a change. and we'll head over to the long island expressway on long island. here's what it looks like by exit 51.
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long island, you're having a nice commute this morning. everyone that's getting on the trains, here's your commuter checklist. major commuter lines and subways running without delays or service changes. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. the families of two fallen police officers helped mark one year since their murders. they did so with very heavy hearts. spk [ speaking foreign language ] >> officer wenjian liu's father spoke of his loss in his native cantonese. plaques were dedicated yesterday in the officers' honor. both men were ambushed while sitting in their patrol car. >> i would give anything to see him and hear his voice again. >> to detectives liu and ramos, i say we see you. we see you in the faces of your families.
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officers were shot by a killer who took his own life. happening now, investigators looking for clues that could help them find a killer in jersey city. a man was inside his clothing store top plus when he was robbed and killed saturday afternoon. yesterday, those who knew him lit candles outside that store in his memory. >> i always go in the store all the time. i just saw him thursday. i was just in there talking with him, trying on stuff. it's crazy. >> he may have been targeted because he often worked in that store alone and there were no security cameras. on long island, a former co-host of the opie and anthony radio show is pleading not guilty to assault and other charges. anthony cumia was arrested saturday morning following an alleged fight with a 26-year-old woman in his home. cumia is due back in court in two weeks on charges that include strangs ulation and
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his attorney sent a statement that reads in part, we are optimistic when the truth comes out he will be exonerated. things are not always what they appear to be. one of the real housewives of new jersey will be home for the holidays. teresa giudice will be released from a connecticut prison on wednesday. she'll then head to her morris county home to be reunited with her husband and their four daughters. giudice will have served about a year in prison after she and her husband pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud. her husband joe giudice is expected to start his prison term in march. the force was unstoppable at the box office this weekend. >> the dark side. >> the first "star wars" film in a decade is making history. "star wars: the force awakens" has shattered movie records. it brought in an astronomical $238 million over the weekend. that is the biggest north
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crushing by $30 million the former record, which was set just this past summer by "jurassic world." >> done okay so far. 5:50 right now. coming up next, a commuter alert. why drivers may want to avoid the verrazano bridge today. and ahead at 6:00, get ready for the busiest shopping day of the year. which day this week is expected
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welcome back. the giants' odell beckham could face fines and a possible suspension for unsportsmanlike behavior at metlife stadium. >> an incredible game yesterday. he clashed several times with cornerback josh norman during yesterday's game. they don't like each other. things got particularly ugly when beckham came charging at him. that helmet to helmet hit, trying to do some damage there it would appear. beckham was not ejected for that. he wound up scoring a game-tying touchdown. but there it is. heartbreaker. 43-yard field goal gives carolina a 38-35 win. a valiant effort. >> unfortunately, we lost. it's what we've been dealing with all season as far as finishing games.
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lose games like that. >> the loss puts the giants at 6-8 on the season. the panthers are killing it, 14-0. still undefeated. they almost got their first loss yesterday. >> so nasty though. it was just really nasty behavior on beckham's part. i think everybody realized the face mask and going at him with his head like that. >> you saw norman provoke ing him, pushing him around and shoving him. >> he wasn't saying what a nice play that was. >> they don't like each other. a lot of smack talking. >> but it crosses the line. >> they said that helmet to helmet is going to cost him a lot of money. >> meantime, weather is always free. i think this one you're going to like for the most part. easy start to the workweek. more clouds. it won't be bright and sunny like we experienced over the weekend, but it won't be as chilly either. getting back to 54 this afternoon. a bit of a breeze, a southwest breeze. it's a warmer wind direction. it'll keep things feeling a little bit cooler.
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that's it for the low tonight with a cloudy sky. could be a couple spotty showers overnight. get the umbrellas ready. you're going to need them on and off from tuesday through thursday. also, forget about wearing the coats by the time you get to thursday. we could see 70 degrees on christmas eve day. crazy. >> that's crazy. >> lauren? we going to the beach? >> yeah, let's go. a little beach day, why not? >> a little tree, decorate it. >> christmas lights, all that. as far as the roads go, a couple problems. new one on the newark bay extension. this is a disabled vehicle before you get to that bridge. it is starting to cause delays coming off the turnpike. then we'll take a live look outside at the belt parkway, where things are slow going out here as well. no problems to report on. as cars make their way westbound around the bend here by lefferts boulevard, they're just slowing down. >> okay. lauren, thanks so much. now to a commuter alert for anyone who needs to take the verrazano bridge today. the upper level staten island bound lanes are expected to
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p.m. for paving work. one upper-level lane will reopen at 10:00 a.m. to accommodate some of that belt parkway traffic. lower level westbound lanes, though, will remain open. six months after an explosive rocket launch, spacex is hoping for a success tonight. the falcon 9 rocket was supposed to launch yesterday afternoon, but engineers decided to wait. the extra time gives the liquid oxygen more time to chill. spacex founder elon musk says the delay improves the rocket's success rate by 10%. the last rocket launch in june ended in an explosion. all right. the time now is 5:57. next here at 6:00, the boy scout leader cornered and attacked by a bear in new jersey. we're going to tell you how he made it out alive. that's next. also at 6:00 a.m., the natural disaster that has rescue crews searching for nearly 100 people. what happened and what caused it next. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you and keep watching.
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right now, new information on the driver who police say repeatedly plowed into a las vegas crowd on purpose. a new jersey boy scout leader attacked and then trapped by a bear for hours. how three young scouts helped to save his life and how that leader is doing this morning. and the real housewife serving time in prison learn she'll be home for the holidays. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's monday morning. it is december 21st. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> and i'm rob schmitt. michael gargiulo probably still in bed. >> hopefully, right? i hope somebody's sleeping. let's check in with chris cimino. good morning. >> he's out running miles right now. he's working on it. meantime, it is a little chilly still this morning in some of the suburbs. temperatures in the upper 20s, low 30s. you get towards the coast, it
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42 in the city. upper 40s across long island. a lot of interior new jersey in the upper 20s and low 30s. the day planner, plan on clouds thickening up as we go through the day today. there will be a little bit of dim sunshine during the mid afternoon. more clouds than anything else. 51 at noon. forecast g a high at 54 degrees. almost 6:01. le>>s fialnd out about the commute. >> a couple problems. we'll head to the grand central parkway, where the ramp is shut down from the eastbound lanes to the cross island. that's because of an accident. then heading over to newark, we still have that action on route 21. delays still back to 280. leave yourself extra time. we'll have more weather an b traffic coming up. >> thank you. 6:01 right now. happening now, charges expected to be filed against a woman who police say intentionally ran down pedestrians on the vegas strip. police say the woman her 3-year-old child in the car during the crash last night. witnesses say the car drove on and off the sidewalk in front of
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at least one person was killed. 37 were hurt. six are in critical condition. >> the kids didn't move. they have no idea. attention. people wert running behind the car, chasing the car, and they were not police officers chasing the car. just random, like, dude lis. they're like, i'm going o help out. they're like screaming. >> the driver sped away but was hotel. in the crash. right now, a boy scout leader is recovering in the hospital after a bear attack in new jersey. he has three young scouts to thank for getting him out of the woods alive. "today in new york's" jen maxfield is at the morristown medical center where that scout leader is getting treated. jen? >> reporter: good morning, rob. that's right. the scout leader is being treated here at the morristown medical center for bites and scratches to his head and to his legs after that bear attack. he's lucky to be alive after
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with those three boy scouts turned out to be the same cave that he bear was planning to hibernate in. all this happened yesterday on sunday at the split rock reservoir in rockaway township here in morris county. police say the man had taken three boy scouts with him to explore the cave. he went into the cave before the boys, and a bear grabbed his leg and dragged him inside where he was mauled. >> once the bear awoke, it proceeded to attack the scout master, who called out to the three scouts that he was being attacked by a bear and to call 911 and request assistance. >> we have the youth yelling out loud, and they also have started a fire, possibly for a smoke signal. >> reporter: that is some of the 911 call there. bleeding from the bear attack, the scout master had to stay in the cave with the bear, curl ed up in the fetal position for an hour and 20 minutes before that
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boy scouts who put out trail mix and built a signal fire. he was then able to direct rescuers to him and they air lifted him here to morristown medical center. this bear attack comes a little more than a year after the fatal bear attack in west milford last year. again, this was an experienced outdoorsman. he told investigators that he had explored this cave for the last 30 years, and this was the first time he had ever encountere a bear. now back to you, rob. >> scouts did their job well. jen, thank you. right nowtpolice are looking for two women who robbed a 76-year-old man in the bronx. grainy surveillance images show the suspects who attacked the man in the melrose section saturday morning. police say they confronted the victim and one of them punched him hard enough to knock him to the ground. the suspects then took his wallet and ran. 6:04. time for a check of weather and traffic. chris, slowly warming up it looks like. >> yeah, under way. a bit of a process for us to get rid of the chill we had over the course of the weekend. temperatures today, 50s. getting closer to 60 tomorrow.
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maybe warmer than that come thursday. 20s in the suburbs this morning. this is the last of seeing temperatures in the 20s in the suburbs for several mornings, i think. clouds will tend to be on the increase through the day today. any sunshine will get taken over by the clouds through time. back into the 50s this afternoon. wind going southwest at about 10 to 15 miles an hour. we're talking milder, but i don't want you to think it's time for shorts and t-shirts just yet. 42 right now in the city. one of the warmer spots because a lot of the suburbs are in the 20s and 30s. close to 50 at noon. forecasting a high today of 54. only the beginning. we have some rain drops to dodge this week too. we'll talk about that in a little bit. let's talk commute with lauren. >> thanks, chris. good morning. we have a disabled vehicle out there on the newark bay extension just before you get to the bridge here. delays are starting to build. they go back past the turnpike. once you get past this, we'll take a live look at the holland tunnel. you'll see on both ramps heading in there, things are moving along nicely. no delays at any of your hudson river crossings. if you're getting on the trains,
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major commuter lines and subways. no delays or service changes. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. we'll have more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> okay. thank you so much, lauren. 6:05 right now. today a bronx father heads to court to face murder charges in the death of his 2-month-old son. take a look at this video. police believe that is jose feliciano carrying the body of his infant son in a duffel bag. investigators say the 51-year-old killed his baby back on december 10th inside his bronx apartment and then buried him 70 miles away. the building's superintendent tells news 4 the new father complained about the baby's crying. authorities are trying to determine what sickened shoppers at a kohl's department store. the store was evacuated and a hazmat team called in around 9:00 last night. 12 customers and two workers were treated at the scene for respiratory problems. we're told one of them had an asthma attack. >> the cause is still undetermined. we saw no signs of residue, nothing in the area.
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anything, so we called in jersey city hazmat. >> officials say an initial investigation shows no sign of a gas leak. one of the real housewives of new jersey will be home for the holidays. teresa giudice will be released from a connecticut prison on wednesday. she'll then head to her morris county home to be reunited with her husband and their four daughters. giudice will have served about a year in prison after she and her husband pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud. her husband joe giudice is expected to start his prison term in march. the friend and former neighbor of the san bernardino shooters heads to court today. enrique marquez is charged with conspiracy to commit crimes of terrorism and federal weapons charges. prosecutors say he bought the two assault rifles used by syed farook and his wife tashfeen malik in that horrible attack. a house judiciary committee says a review of tashfeen
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found she was not thoroughly vetted. they say she should have met with immigration officials to obtain a vai visa but never did. a french paper is reporting new details about the man who coordinated the terror attacks in paris. the report claims he hid in bushes next to a highway four days after the attack. he was killed in a police raid in an apartment outside paris one day later. authorities say he was tracked down after police got a tip about his whereabouts. this morning, former pharmaceutical executive martin shkreli is telling "the wall street journal" that he was targeted by authorities. this is his first interview since being arrested for securities fraud. he says the government has been after him because of his much-criticized drug price hikes and over-the-top public persona. shkreli says his behavior has been a bit of an act. he calls the charges against him an injustice. in this morning's cnbc money report, the government wants to know what you get for christmas. cnbc's landon dowdy joins us
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landon, good morning. >> hey there, darlene. if you get a drone for christmas, you're going to have to tell uncle sam. the faa is launching a website today to register unmanned aerial devices of all shapes and sizes. new rules cover drones weighing from half a pound to 55 pounds. so the agency can track down devices that crash or fly into restricted air space. the consumer electronics association predicted 700,000 drones will be sold this year. and there's even more shopping to do after christmas. a survey by amecan express finds two-thirds of people say they plan to hit stores on december 26th, more than on black friday and cyber monday. most say it's to take advantage of post-holiday sales to be redeem gift cards. three-quarters of consumers say re-gifting something is acceptable. darlene and rob, the shopping never ends. >> yeah, i'll take a re-gift. i don't care. >> i'll send one your way. >> thank you. whatever you don't want.
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>> i'll keep those. >> all right, landon. thank you. time now it 6:09. before you head out the door, we have a commuter alert for you. half of a local bridge is going to be shut down for most of the day. we're going to tell you where and when coming up next. and a stunning decision made overnight. the ruling that bans fifa's president from going to the game he loves. and your weather and traffic on the 4s coming up in four minutes. you're watching "today in new york."
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welcome back. 6:13, 42 degrees. here are four things to know this morning. we're waiting to learn the name of the river who plowed into groups of petd
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one person was killed, dozens injured. police say the female driver intentionally swerved her vehicle into the crowd multiit will times with a toddler inside the vehicle at the time. if you're taking the verrazano bridge today, you may be in for traffic headaches. the upper level staten island bound lanes of the bridge are expected to close from 8:30 a.m. unlil 3:00 p.m. today for paving work. one upper-level lane will reopen at 10:00 a.m. to accommodate some of that belt parkway traffic. while you were sleeping, there was a stunning takedown of the most powerful leaders in the world of soccer. fifa president sepp blatter and his protege were each banned from the sport for eight years over an ethics violation involving $2 million of fifa money. and today is the busiest delivery day for the u.s. postal it was. they expect to deliver more than 15 billion pieces of holiday mail and packages.
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>> i want to see them do it in one day. we're talking about temperatures for mailmen, mailwomen mild again for the rest of this week through the christmas holiday. so again, after that little brief ch hoilldown this weekend, we're back at it to above normal temperatures. clouds are rolling in today. they'll thicken up a little bit. some on-and-off midweek rain. yes, we need some of that too. it should be out of here by christmas day. warm, though, for the holiday. we're talking perhaps record setter on christmas eve. the clouds are rolling in, but the temperatures are getting milder. 41 is our normal high temperature this time of year. we will make it to 54 this afternoon. that's only the beginning of where we're heading this week in terms of temperatures. compared to 24 hours ago at this time, you can see from the city on east, coastal areas, anywhere from 6 to 16 degrees warmer than this time yesterday. in the suburbs north and west, some pockets are chillier, where the sky stayed clear. right now we're in the low 40s
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upper 40s, 50 on montauk. it's as chilly as 26 in danbury. big range in temperature from city to suburb. a lot of clouds, yes. these are high, thin clouds. nothing really that produces any type of preciitation. here's your rain out to the west of us. no snow, even all the way out west it's plenty mild. a lot of clouds around today. we'll get dim sunshine at times, especially early in the day. a high temperature of 54 degrees. the chilliness decreases through the day. you can see on future tracker, that's how it plays out. a lot of clouds, no rain. right into the evening hours too. then overnight tonight, you'll see a quick hit of showers right there. just go to the north and west of us. tomorrow during the day, plenty of clouds. again, a few showers. they'll be scattered around the area. light rain here or there. i don't think anything too heavy tomorrow either. we'll get a break in the action tomorrow night into wednesday. then wednesday afternoon, you'll notice another area of low pressure brings another shot of rain our way. one in the afternoon, another
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that's the day we'll probably see the most significant rain and the longest period of rain. speaking of thursday, christmas eve, record warmth possible. we could see 70, certainly upper 60s. still toasty for christmas day. looks to be rain free with a high of 61. as you head into the weekend, a lot of folks still doing traveling and visiting and whatnot. saturday and sunday, we'll see clouds and a couple showers and temperatures in the mid-50s. she's the queen of whatnot herself. here's lauren scala. >> that's a first. thank you, chris. i think. we have a couple problems on the roads. we have reggie harrison live in chopper 4 over an accident that's shutting down the eastbound ramp from the grand central parkway to the cross island. looks like it's in the process of being cleared. you can see the car out there on the flat bed. reggie tells me there are westbound delays. that's out by the cross island. maybe head to the l.i.e. instead. that's moving along much better in this area. that's the way to go. you can see some delays out
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cross island as well. we will take a look now at some more delays out there. these are in new jersey. this is the turnpike extension heading eastbound towards the holland tunnel. heavy delays out there. that's all because of a disabled vehicle blocking the right lane on the newark bay extension bridge. another spot to avoid. if you're taking the trains, we have our first delay of the morning. delays on downtown b trains due to signal problems. major commuter lines look good. we're starting to see some scattered delays on the northeast corridor of new jersey transit. this is because the bridge is open. otherwise, everything is running on or close to schedule. we'll have more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. the families of two murdered police officers are still grieving while the city marked one year since the'r murders. [ speaking foreign language ] >> officer wenjian liu's father spoke tearfully in his native cantonese.
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84th precinct. that's where plaques were dedicated yesterday in those officers' honor. both men were fatally shot in their patrol car. >> i would give anything to see him and hear his voice again. >> to detectives liu and ramos, i say we see you. families. >> wreaths were laid at the scene of the ambush. the killer committed suicide after gunning down the officers. right now, there's a new reward for a north texas teen who killed four people while driving drunk. ethan couch was given probation for this deadly crash back in 2013. his attorneys argued that he was so spoiled by hno family's wealth that he couldn't tell right from wrong. well, couch and his mother disappeared nine days ago, and police think this video that appears to show the teen playing beer pong may have led them to go on the run as drinking
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right now, rescue workers in china are digging into a muddy disaster for any buried survivors. we have new video now from shenzhen near hong kong. families are waiting word of 91 people lost. so far, only seven people were pulled alive from the mudslide that destroyed 33 buildings. the whole thing is being blame on workers who piled soil too high during construction. t 're told six passengers are being questioned over that bomb hoax that forced an air france jet to make an emergency landing. the mauritius to paris flight was diverted yesterday to kenya. that's where 473 people scrambled down exit slides. during that flight, a ptssenger reported a box with a timer hidden in the bathroom. air france says the box was harmless and filled with paper and cardboard. well, g,s prices have fallen to levels not seen in more than five years. according to the latest lundberg survey, the average price of gas
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that iso cheap. that is the lowest price since april of 2009. according to aaa's fuel gauge report, drivers in new york are paying a bit more than that, $2.26 a gallon. in connecticut, $2.18. prices the lowest, of course, with less taxes in new jersey, $1.88 per gallon. >> always cheaper in new rsey. >> love that. all right. time check now, 6:21. we knew it was going to be big, but "star wars" destroyed box office records this weekend.
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for a lot of folks. technically for some folks, this is wednesday. >> okay. >> i'm not one of those folks. a lot o folks, i would think, have thursday off or friday, hopefully both. 54 today. it is tending milder over the weekend. we were closer to 40 for a high. notice more clouds in the sky today but no rain to worry about. clouds tonight, maybe a couple spotty showers after midnight. not a big deal. i think the evening is fine. look at that low temperature, 51. that would be 10 degrees above the normal high temperature this year. that's just the beginning. we're going 50s and 60s this week again. >> glad it's your wednesday. i think i'm working the next 12 days in a row. >> oh, get the violin out. >> i was looking for it. e-mail my boss, if you wouldn't mind. >> oh, they're going to e-mail all right. we get e-mails. >> i'm with you. you'll see me a lot in the next two weeks as well. anyway f you're headed towards the george washington bridge, not good news from there.
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inbound lower level looks like a parking lot. a disabled vehicle about mid span blocking the right lane. the upper level is the way to go. you can see just kind of minor there getting into the tolls. then we also have a problem now on the cross island. there's a disabled truck out there. really, an unauthorized truck after the grand central causing delays. >> lauren, thanks. coming up next, a tragic death in the bronx. >> reporter: i'm lori bordonaro live in the bronx where a new father is facing murder charges for killing his son. how police say he tried to cover it up. >> reporter: a boy scout leader has survived a bear attack in new jersey. i'm jen maxfield live at morristown medical center. coming up, how a cave exploration almost turned deadly. 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 your mobile device.
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a father accused of doing the unthinkable. the charges he's now facing over what happened to his child. plus, dozens of people mowed down on the vegas strip. investigators say it was no accident. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's monday morning. it is december 21st. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm rob schmitt in for michael gargiulo. >> good to see you, rob. chrissy cimino is here with the weather forecast. not bad at all, mr. cimino. >>enot bad. we're talking about temperatures in the 40s already this morning. some of the suburbs still feeling bit chilly. we're talking poughkeepsie, danbury. upper 40s on long island. the day planner, we'll lose our sunshine today and shake some of the chill along with that. we'll have a bit of a milder feel by noon, 51. forecasting a high of 54. this is just the beginning of another warming trend.
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monday morning commute. is it tough or okay? >> it's pretty okay, except if you're heading to two of the hudson river crossings. but there are ways around it. we have a disabled vehicle still out there on the turnpike bridge. we'll show you the delays there. you can see pretty heavy both on the turnpike and on to 78. heading over to the george washington bridge, you're going to see the spans here. we had a disabled vehicle that just cleared, i guess. it was on the inbound lower level. delays should ease out. looks like things are moving head to truck ute 1-9 if you need to go to the holland right now. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thanks so much, lauren. 6:31 right now. the bronx father accused of killing his infant son is in the hospital this morning. it's not clear now if he will fa a judge today, as expected. "today in new york's" lori bordonaro is at the bronx criminal court. lori, what's happening? >> reporter: darlene, jose feliciano is facing murder and manslaughter charges. police say he choked and
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his bronx apartment and buried him in a shallow grave in dutch else county. take a look here at this video. this is who police say is jose feliciano carrying the body of his 2-month-old dead baby in a duffel bag. the motive for the killing is not kpleer clear, but his building superintendent tells news 4 the new day complained about the baby's constant crying. this pto shows a different picture, a smiling feliciano with his girlfriend and baby mason in the hospital. the baby's mom, danielle white, allegedly drove with him toll dump the body in dover, new york. she told her doctor in white plains, who then told police. feliciano was a pizza delivery man. his co-workers are stunned and sickened over what happened. >> it's very devastating to actually -- i'm a mom of a 10-year-old, and it's very devastating. >> reporter: and jose feliciano is at jacoby medical center right now. it's not clear wry he was taken wethere last night.
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expected to face a judge at some point. his girlfriend has not been arreneed. rob and darlene, back to you. >> lori, thank you. happening now, charges expected to be filed against a woman who police say intentionally ran down pedestrians on the vegas strip. police say this woman had her 3-year-old child in the car during the crash last night. witnesses say the car drove on and off the sidewalk right in front of the paris hotel and casino, hitting dozens of people. at least one person was killed, 37 were hurt, six of them are in critical condition. >> suddenly saw like people fly in the air. the car hit them, and it was like a bowling ball hitting pins. >> that's terrifying. the driver sped away but was quickly arrested at a nearby hotel. the child in the car was not hurt. this morning, the commute is safer for passengers on one of amtrak's busiest routes thanks to a new safety system that's up and running on the route from new york to philadelphia.
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system warns engineers when the train is traveling above the speed limit and can automatically apply the brakes. amtrak is complying with federal orders to install the safety improvement following last may's deadly train derailment near philadelphia. all right. time now for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris cimino is here. i think we all appreciate how spoiled we've been so far this year. it's 42 degrees. >> inyebl credible. we get more spoiled this week. winter, remember that? it officially arrives at 11:47 nigh, t. it's not going to feel anything like it. it still feels a little wintry ofthis morning in e suburbs. clouds will be on the increase today, taking away our sunshine. the wind goes southwest. 10 to 15 miles an hour and gusty at times. you'll start to see those temperatures really rise during
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54 the high today. no umbrellas needed. just a few clouds around. seven-day forecast just ahead. 6:35 heading out the doord what about the commute, lauren? >> big changes for nj transit. up to 30-minute delays in and out of new york penn station. i will continue to keep you updated on that. metro north, lirr, path doing fine. subways, one delay. b trains right now delayed downtown because of some signal problems. and we have delays on the roads. we're going to look outside at the gowanus expressway, where it's a slow ride past the belt merge through industry city. reports of an accident by the prospect expressway. leave yourself some time there. and alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> thank you, lauren. right now, a boy scout leader is in the hospital recovering from a terrifying bear attack. investigators say the three young scouts he had with him helped save his life. jen maxfield is at the morris morristown medical center where he's receiving treatment right now.
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you use the word terrifying. that's certainly the case. this man had to wait in the cave for an hour and 20 minutes before the bear finally left so he could get some help. as you said, he's being treated here at the morristown medical center for cuts, scratches, and bite marks to his head and legs. he went to explore a cave, the same cave that a bear apparently was planning to hibernate in. all this happened yesterday at the split rock reservoir in rockaway township here in morris county. police say the man had taken three boy scouts with him to explore the cave. he went into the cave before the boys and a bear grabbed his leg and dragged him inside where he was mauled. bleeding from the bear attack, he had to stay in the cave curled up in the fetal position for an hour and 20 minutes before the bear finally came out, lured out by the boy scouts' trail mix and a signal fire they had built. >> the scouts built a signal fire that they also used the
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drive the bear out of the cave, which eventually worked, enabling their scout master to extricate himself from the bear's den. >> reporter: he was then able to direct rescuers to where they were. he was air lifted here to morristown medical center. new jersey had a bear hunt, which just wrapped up. the point of that was to reduce these human-bear ebb ncounters. more than 500 bears were killed. the victim here was an experienced outdoorsman who said he'd been exploring this particular cave for 30 years and had never seen a bear. that's the latest. >> and those boy scouts acting quickly as well. jen, thank you. tens of thousands of new yorkers may soon be able to put their criminal records behind them. governor cuomo has unveiled a new plan that would make anyone convicted of a nonviolent crime as a teenager eligible for a pardon as long as they have spent at least ten years without any other convictions. administration officials tell "the new york times" the pardons will not clear a person's
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make them eligible for more employment and housing opportunities. an entire school district in new hampshire will be closed today due to a threat of violence. police say a school administrator in nashua received an e-mail last night threatening two schools. they were kept closed as a precaution. an investigator is now trying to determine if the threat is credible. this comes a week after a threat shut down schools in los angeles. a similar threat in new york was deemed a hoax and did not disrupt classes. senator schumer now backs anti-terrorism legislation that would allow federal agents to examine social media. schumer said he'll pass for senate passage of a bill that cleared the house last week. he said there's nothing wrong with scanning twitter or facebook for talk of jihad, shootings, or bombings. he said agents need new tools in the wake of the san bernardino shooting. >> the federal government must
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edge when it comes to how we decipher, disrupt, and decode social media communications. >> it was recently revealed that immigration officers do not look at facebook postings because of civil liberty concerns. new drone rules go into effect today. unmanned aircraft systems weighing up to 55 pounds must be registered with the federal aviation administration no later than february 19th. for anyone who purchases a drone after today, it must be registered before its first flight outdoors. the consumer electronics association predicts 700,000 drones will be sold this year. six months after an explosive rocket launch, spacex is hoping for success. tonight the falcon 9 rock-t was supposed to launch yesterday afternoon. but engineers decided to wait to give the liquid oxygen more time to chill. spacex founder elon musk says the delay improves the rocket's
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the last rocket launch back in june ended in that explosion. as you might expect, the force was with the latest "star wars" film at the box office. the latest installment of the epic space franchise shattered movie opening records. "star wars: the force awakens" brought in an astronomical $238 million this weekend. that is the biggest north american debut of all time. $30 million more than the record set this summer by "jurassic world." >> it would be nice to have a back-end deal on that one. $238 million. >> that would be okay. they've done well. all right. 6:40. coming up, the former shock jock facing some very serious charges this morning. and the major mistake at the miss universe pageant that had everyone, and we still are, cringing. and your weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. you're watching "today in new
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what a beautiful shot. live look from atop the rock. 42 degrees outside at 6:43. not so bad of a morning. great weather. on long island, a former co-host of the opie and anthony radio show is facing charges that include assault and strangulation. anthony cumia was arrested saturday morning following an alleged fight with a 26-year-old woman in his home. cumia pleaded not guilty and was released without bail. he's due back in court in two weeks. his attorney sent a statement that reads in part, mr. cumia emphatically denies the allegations brought against him and is optimistic that when the truth comes out, he will be exonerated. things are not always what they appear to be. all right. 6:44 on a monday morning. we've got some clouds rolling in, but we have some warmer temperatures heading our way for today. we'll see any early sunshine fade behind the cloud cover.
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mild this week, on-and-off rain. it should be out of here in time for christmas day. quite warm for the holidays. christmas eve day, we could set a record high. across western suffolk county this morning, 50 in north babylon. 45 in farmingville. pretty mild out there. the southwest wind coming in o, the water. water temperatures still relatively mild, in the 40s to near 50. 42 in the city right now. you get away from the water, inland spots chillier. 28 in poughkeepsie. also 26 degrees in danbury. a 20-degree difference from danbury to bridgeport. again, the wind off the water in bridgeport. chilly at the bus stops early, about 4d in the city. 49 recess time. dismissal time, 54. it's cloy and mild for any after-school activities. about 53 degrees. no rain to worry about. nearest rain is across ohio right now and indiana. that's a cold front. we have a warm front first pushing toward us. a lot of cloud cover, but that's
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not much in terms of rain expected today or tonight. there could be a couple showers overnight. a lot of clouds around today. occasionally the clouds thin out. there might be a bit of dim sunshine out there. a couple showers. notice late tonight, right there, just to the north of us passing on through. during the day tomorrow, on-and-off lighter showers. hit or miss. nothing really too heavy anticipated. a break in the action tomorrow night even into early wednesday morning. the best chance for rain or the steadiest or heaviest type of shower activity comes wednesday afternoon. that's one push. wednesday evening, there's the second one. that will probably be about it, other than a couple scatter showered around on thursday. 54 the expected high for today in the city. much of long island in the mid-50s. upper 50s down the jersey shore. closer to 50 north and west. to alnight's low in the city, 50 degrees. look for mid-40s into the hudson valley. lower 40s elsewhere. the seven-day forecast, what
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continuous unseasonably warm weather trend for the end of december and probably into the new year. 60 wednesday. 70 thursday. record is 63. 61 on christmas day. into the 50s and a few showers saturday and sunday. let's go to lauren for the latest on the commute. >> thanks, chris. new jersey transit riders, you're subject to 30-minute delays in and out of new york penn station because of the portal bridge failure out there. these delays are not getting any better, but they're not getting any worse. i'll continue to keep you posted. metro north, lirr, path, subways all doing fine. we will talk about the roads now. we have two problems on the cross island. you have a disabled vehicle northbound by northern boulevard. another one southbound by the grand central parkway. watch out for delays in both directions here. then we will head over to 78, where this disabled vehicle actually just cleared eastbound before the newark bay extension bridge. delays are starting to ease out a bit, but it's still pretty heavy out there. we'll take a live look at the inbound side of the lincoln tunnel, where you have a 20-minute wait inbound right now.
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10 minutes at the holland tunnel. make sure you move your car today. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. back to you. >> thanks so much, lauren. this morning, the world is ch reacting to an unprecedented blunder at the miss universe pageant. >> colombia! >> host steve harvey announced the winner as miss colombia. after she took the crown and began her walk as miss universe, harvey came back to the stage and said he had made a mistake. >> i have to apologize. the first runner-up is colombia. i will take responsibility for this. it was my mistake. it was on the card. >> miss philippines, she was confused. she was in shock when she realized that she had actually won the crown. miss colombia's crown was
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after the pageant, both ladies talked about what happened. >> it's a very nontraditional crowning. >> yes. >> it's very, very 2015. >> everything happens for a reason, so i'm happy. i'm happy for all what i did for becoming this dream. >> steve h vey took his response to facebook. he said in part, i know how much pride many countries, fans, and most importantly the contestants take in preparing for this night. i hope that you can forgive me. well, the "today" show will have more on the pageant mistake. that's starting ahead at 7:00 a.m. so hear-reaking, really, for everyone involved. ung miss colombia really handled with a lot of grace, as did miss philippines. >> and i like steve harvey. he owned it. the way they do it, they announce the first runner-up. that messes with people. i think it screwed him up too. >> i don't envy that position he was in. >> no. all right.
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welcome back. a live look at the entrance ramc to the brooklyn bridge at 42 degrees and 6:52 this morning. traffic not too bad. >> not at all. the "today" show is coming up. we'll check in with matt and hoda. see what's ahead. hey, girl. >> how are you? >> guys, good to see you both. got plenty more "heys" coming up throughout the week. a lot to talk about this morning. terrible story out of las vegas, where a woman with aed to ed to toddler in her vehicle repeatedly plowed into pedestrians. plus, feuding front runners. donald trump fires back after hillary clinton calls him isis' best recruiter during saturday's democratic debate. we're going to hear from trump live. and then he's going to stick around and weigh in on this miss universe snafu making the rounds online.
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the fallout after host steve harvey crowned the wrong winner. mr. trump already tweeting, very sad what happened at the miss universe pageant. i sold it six months ago for a record price. this would have never happened. >> wow. all right. and last-minute ideas for everyone on your list. that was hard to watch. >> i think we're still cringing with as we watch it over and over again. the worst moment was when they had to take the crown off miss colombia's head in front of everyone. >> also, we all do live television. we know what it feels like in a moment like that. there is nowhere to hide. >> no. and i think steve handled it well, don't you? >> yeah, there was a minute where i thought he had the fight or flight thing going. like he was going to run. >> he's just got to own it. he handled it as well as he could. >> all right, guys. see you. >> have a great show. we're going to take a break. we'll be right back with today's top stories and a check of
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right now, a bronx father is in the hospital facing charges over the death of his infant son. >> "today in new york's" lori bordonaro is in the bronx with the latest. >> reporter: darlene and rob, jose fey lace ya liciano was taken to jacoby medical center. it's not clear why he was taken there. he is facing murder charge. police say this is him carrying the corpse of his 2-month-old
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police say he choked and smothered the baby december 10th and drove with the baby's mom to dover, new york, where they buried the baby in a shallow drove. the mother has not been arrest the. back to you. >> lori, thank you. now to "today in new york's" jen maxfield and the boy scout leader who survived a bear attack. jen? >> reporter: that's right, rob. he's lucky to be alive. he's being treated here in morristown m ical center for bite marks and scratches to his head and his legs. this all happened yesterday at the split rock reservoir in rockaway township here in morris county. the boy scout leader and three boys went to explore a cave. the leader got dragged into the cave by the bear then had to wait there for an hour and 20 minutes before the bear left. the boys were able to get the bear out of the cave by lighting a signal fair. that's the latest live from morris town. back to you. >> jen, thank you. lauren, one more check of traffic. >> delays for nj transit commuters. up to 30 minutes in and out of new york penn station because of
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otherwise, trains look good. if you're getting on the roads, 80 eastbound by exit 42, there's an accident in the left lane causing delays. and then we do have another one out there on the west shore expressway this morning northbound out by arthur kill road for our staten island commuters. >> not so bad. getting warmer this week. >> you think about it, winter officially begins tonight. we have christmas this week. look at this seven-day forecast. look at those temperatures. chris, what do you put in your coffee in the morning? honestly. >> put more in there. >> 54 today. that's just the beginning. winter arrives 11:49 tonight. we're talking about a couple showers around tomorrow, 59. best chance for the steadiest rain is going to be wednesday afternoon into wednesday night. still mild at 60. i think we catch a break on thursday for a few hours. maybe a little bit of sun. with that, certainly upper 60s possible. 70 not out of the realm of possibilities either. there could be a couple showers later on thursday into christmas eve. again, nothing heavy. by christmas day, it dries out. we're looking at a temperature of 61, which is still way above normal.
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