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information about the young mother who police say intentionally plowed her car into a crowd of people on the vegas strip. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's tuesday morning. it is december 22nd. i'm darlene rodriguez. i'm rob schmitt in for michael gargiulo. >> first day of winter hasn't felt like it. we're looking at wet weather moving in our direction. looks like the main push of the steadiest and heaviest rains going to pass to the west. we get into the showers into the morning. zooming in closer we've seen spri unless and around the area. taking along the umbrella. gray skies and the shower threat will increase. upper 50s about noontime. forecasting a high still very mild at 60 degrees. all right. so some of the roaws aren't too wet. let's see if there are any problems out there for the drivers. >> there are two problems out there, otherwise you can see lots of green.
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we'll head over to the pally li isades parkway. you can get by though because they are detouring things. you'll be detoured off the road. we'll keep you posted throughout the morning. bqe, overturned tractor-trailer which was just uprighted but it shuts down the lanes. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. 5:01. there is breaking news in new jersey. a fire erupted at a mansion in monmouth county overnight. the scene on hop block lane rook lane. jen maxfield has been talking with firefighters. what's the latest there? >> reporter: that's right. there are dozens ever rescue work zbrers holmdel and other areas. they're working to knock down the flames in the back of the
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i'll step out of the way to give you a sense of what is happening here. number 7 hop brook lane. the report of a house explosion came in before 3:00 a.m. this home was unoccupied and was under construction so thankfully no injuries at this time but still a very active scene. you can't really tell from the front of the house because most of the flames and the damage are actually in the rear of the residence residence, but to give you a sense of where we are, we are in holmdel. hop brook lane, the houses are large and high end. one neighbor had a house for sale for almost $3 million. the houses are spread apart because they each have so much property. that means that none of the other people are injured in this fire. that's twe latest live from holmdel. thank you. >> thank you. police searching for the gunman who
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bronx supermarket. security cameras caught all of this. two men right he running into a c town supermarket yesterday afternoon and the gunman follows the pair firing bullets right over the heads of shoppers. >> people went screaming out. >> policm say a 21-year-old man was shot three times in the back and leg. he is in the hospital in stable condition. >>th> thmme son of a hedge fund founder will face trial for the murder of his father. thomas gilbert jr. is mentally stable to stand trial. he fatally shot his father in january for decreasing his allowance. today the truck driver blamed for nearly killing comedian tracy morgan goes before a judge. kevin roper's attorney will ask the judge to drop all of the
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that includes death by auto. he slammed into a limo carrying morgan on the new jersey turnpike. morgan's friend, comedian james mcnair, was jield killed. coming up on 5:04. >> a few showers will start to break out. towards the afternoon into the early evening the threat is going to be with us. we catch a little bit of a break later tonight. mild. temperatures in the mid 50s. 51 in white plains. poughkeepsie, 46. up to the north and west, sussex 43. way above normal. it's generally 50s fhm the city on east across coastal areas. starting out in the 40s and 50waed. showery, mild afternoon. more warm temperatures to talk about on the seven day. we'll get to that in a little bit. lauren scala, a little bit of bus information. t >>o bus and detours.
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and nj transit 85 and 87 this morning are on detour in hoboken. major commuter lines overnight track work has been wrapped up. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect. right now the nypd is e,mourning the death of a detective. he died a long way from his bronx precinct while serving a tour in afghanistan. "today in new york's" kathryn erine creag with what we know about captain joseph lem. >> we've seen the facebook pages, twitter pages of detective joe lem. they posted his photo on the various pages as a way of honoring him. the 50th precinct police building there is black and purple bunting hanging over the doorway. he worked for the squad out of the 5-0.
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in afghanistan. detective lem died monday. a couple of years back, 2013, there was a reunrpn filled with tears of joy when he surprised his wife and two chi iren when he returned home to west chester county. they hadn't seen him at that point in ten months. among the many things he did as a police officer in 2005, he chased down a stabbing suspect in the bronx when he was off duty. as for the attack that happened overseas, lem and the others were walking through a village when a taliban suicide bomber drove through them. so many people honoring him. governor cuomo saying staff sergeant joe lemm was committed to his fellow americans and embodied the selflessness and bravery of the u.s. armed forces and the nypd. in fact, detective lemm has been with the nypd and, darlene, he was only 45 years old.
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national guard. kat, thank you. today sergeant bowe bergdahl faces arraignment before a military judge. he faces the charge of desertion. a conviction could get him life in prison. he was already a prisoner of the taliban for five years. they captured him when he left his post in afghanistan and then they swapped him for five of their members joompt later today the woman accused of intentionally hitting dozens of people in lass veg gas will face a judge. right now lakeisha holloway is in jail under suicide watch. police say she drove into a crowd on a sidewalk the vegas strip. one person was killed, 37 others hurt. holloway 3-year-old daughter was in the car at the time. police think tiny were living in the car for a week. >> we don't know the exact
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and/or whether it was planned aiously. >> whom low way faces several charges. a grand jury has decided to issue no indictment in the death of sarah bland. they heard arguments for eight hours yesterday. she was found dead in her jail cell three days aftf they said she was treated with excessive force. they could consider other indictments when it reconvenes in january. this morning the port authority is investigating a security breach at ken dri airport. a man was spotted on the taxi way at the airport earlier this month. when a worker asked if he had a pass, the man'seld up a white piece of paper. he said he was looking for the a train. he warned the worker not to tell anyone and walked towards terminal eight. he has not been seen since. on long island sussex county police and the tsa are taking steps to ensure safety at mcarthur airport.
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bomb sniffing dogs. there hasn't been a specific nthreat. a hiker is recovering this morning after first responders pulled off a dramatic rescue in rockland county. that hiker tumbled from hook mountain state park in upper nyack. a 35-year-old long island man slipped from a plateau and got tangled up in the trees. it took the county's high angle rescue team more than three hours to reach the hiker and carry him to safety. we're told his injuries are not life threatening. if you need to ship your christmas gifts, today is the day. this is the last day you can ship your packages through ups and guarantee christmas delivery. the company expects to deliver 36 million packages today. that is double its normal daily average. ups says it will deliver 630 million packages the entire holiday season. mcdonald's adding comfort
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mack a aroni and yocheese. they're testing this at a location in cleveland. it's being served alone or in dition to fries and a happy male. 190 calories. that's the same as a four piece chicken mcnugget. 190 calories for mac and cheese. that can't be too much. >> has to be a thimble size all right. 5:10 right now. just ahead, it is a heck of a view. see what it's like to be stuck side a ride that stranded people high above the ground. i know where she went. it's disgusting. i don't want to talk about it. >> it's getting really ugly here. the war of wards between hillary clinton and donald trump escalating overnight. >> storm team 4 just ahead.
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here are four things to know this morning. the nypd is mourning the loss of a detective killed in a suicide bombing in afghanistan. detective joseph lemm was also a member o ths sergeant guard. today sergeant bowe bergdahl will be arraigned. it could put him behind bars for the rest of his life. the taliban captured him after he left his post in afghanistan. dove is recalling bags of its chocolate snowflake assortment. thousands of cases may contain unlabeled peanut, wheat or eggs. if you have it you can return it for a refund. netflix once again helping parents out on new year's eve. they've launched a set of new year's countdowns so the kids can take part without staying up past their bedtime. this year there are six new countdowns to choose from. 5:14. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. on this tuesday morning, a very mild start.
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in the city it's 56 degrees. today will be a soggier day. brellas will be up and down from time to time. heaviest rain i think comes tomorrow. especially tomorrow afternoon, early evening. that's the biggest push of rainfall. record warmth certainly possible as we head into christmas eve and christmas day. record high for christm eve, 63 set back in 19e6. forecasting 72 for that day. christmas day's record high is 64 while our afternoon high that day is forecast to be about 61, 62 degrees. it may still be 64 or hi angher. there could be a record high for chrismmas day. that may occur at night. 54 in valley stream, 53 at king park. uniform temperatures across the island. city warm spot, suburbs slightly cooler. generally in the 40s. everybody socked in with the clouds. a plume of moisture coming up
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right now lighter sprinkles out there. the leading edge of the rain early on this morning. steadier showers can push in after 9:00, 10:00 up until mid afternoon. temperature up around 60. showers are likely. then that shower push goes to the north and east of us by tonight. some areas of fog could start to form. low temperature f. another very mild night. then a look ahead as we go into tomorrow and christmas eve. we're talking about kinds of rain, unseasonably warm. 60s to 70s by the time we get to christmas eve. the chance for rain at christmas eve day will diminish. the better chance of seeing rainfall. rainfall predictions again through today only 1/4 of an inch. a little lull in the action overnight through tomorrow morning. from 10:00 a.m. tomorrow as we move forward, watch what happens. clearly what happens in the city. the heaviest rains and steadiest rains will be tomorrow afternoon and evening the way it looks. everybody on average will finish up with an inch or so.
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wet weather boston, d.c., showers in atlanta. memphis as well. chicago some wet weather. eastern half of the country will be unsettled. likely to have delays with the fog. snow in denver. salt lake city as ll. the far west coast looks okay, san fran to l.a., 50s, 60s there. pretty warm. that's for sure. 60s today, 62 tomorrow. all with rain on and off. 72 on christmas eve. 62 christmas day. we cool it down a little over the weekend. that's still way above normal. temperatures in the 50s with a few more showers saturday and sunday. let's see if there are any problems on the commute this morning. >> same problems. the palisades parkway. police activity. southbound shut down. the closter exit. ma r deegan, road work by yankees stadium. delays stop and go back to the cross bronx expressway. leave yourself extra time.
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ramp from the eastbound lane still shut down to the l.i.e. they're still trying to clean this up. there was an overturned tractor-trailer. it's uprighted but they still have to clean it up. there are delays. take note of that. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect today. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. thank you so much, lauren. now to decision 2016. hillary clinton's name is being mentioned all across the country by the republican candidates including, of course, donald trump. nbc's tracie potts is in washington with more. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: hey, darlene, good morning. actually, it's not just donald ,trump. certainly he's honing in on her, but with a 25 point wi lead among democrats, hillary clinton seems to be in the cross hairs of several republican candidates. donald trump at a blue state focusing on hillary clinton. >> she's a liar. >> on lindsey graham dropping out. >> extremely sad. >> reporter: and a new attack on the media. >> i'd never kill them. i hate them. >> reporter: jeb bush a frequent
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>> his family is so ashamed. >> reporter: bush said. >> it's not funny anymore. >> reporter: bush taking claim saying we're making the right moves. >> no, we're not. we're not in the right place. >> reporter: chris christie tells voters his party needs to focus on clinton, not on each other. >> i'm saving my brawl for september 20616. it's my job to make sure that hillary rodham clinton doesn't get within ten miles of the white house. >> reporter: marco rubio also drawing distinctions between democrats and republicans. >> the democratic par y is controlled today by radical elements that lean to the left that want to see more government control over our economy and our lives. >> reporter: today the top democrats are in iowa where voters will decide in just six weeks. then you've got dr. ben carson who's in south carolina going after those southern conservatives who, of course, just found out, darlene, that their home state candidate, lindsey graham, he's not going
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he dropped out. >> thank you so much. he sure did. tracie potts reporting from washington. whether or not hillary clinton becomes the next president, she is thrilled about something else that's happening next year. her daughter, chelsea, tweeted yesterday that she is pregnant. she's expecting her second child next summer. hillary clinton tweeted that she and her husband bill are so excited to meet their second grandchild. sarah pvein is finally getting even with tina fey for all of those spoofs of her on "saturday night live." palin created her own "30 rock" parody. >> this january america will need wayne melon. she's a tv writer who left the small town for the big city. >> no snowflakes? >> palin called her parody, 31 rock. no reaction from tina fey. she has a good sense of humor. i'm sure shiel e'll appreciatthit. >> i'm sure she will. toddlers picking up a new skill. what most kids can now do by the age of 2.
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thrill ride. see the view from inside a towering ride that stopped high above the ground. you're watching "today in new
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welcome back. 5:23 tuesday morning. and it's 56 degrees out right now. this morning there's an infusion of cuteness at he prospect cark zoo. a baby baboond,as on display. he was born back on october 22nd. the ears, love it! the baby boy doesn't have a name yet. he's the second infant born to his mother in the past 12 years. this type of baboon is found in northeast africa. he's going to grow into the ears, we think? >> i think he'll born into the ears. >> that's how i looked when i was born. >> some things never change. >> baby pictures to come maybe later on in the show. >> striking. cute to see though, isn't it? >> cute. >> that zoo has a lot of new life going on. >> absolutely. whatever animal you are you may get wet today from time to time.
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across northern new jersey this morning. steadiest push of rain seems to be across pennsylvania. i don't anticipate anything heavy. showers throughout the afternoon hours. mild, 60. showers end by this evening. most locations just cloudy overnight. maybe a spot sprinkle here or there. areas of fog developing. temperatures in the low 50s. heading to the 60s tomorrow and 70s on thursday. it feels weird saying this. >> it does. >> we have an update on palisades parkway. the left lane is now opened. 9 w is shut down in both directions out between closter dock road and hillside avenue. now that the palisades has one lane open it's certainly passable. it you're getting on the trains, all good news there.
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service changes right now. >> lauren, thanks so much. here's a reason to keep your phone away from your toddler. another teason. a new study from ireland shows that the majority of 2-year-olds now know how to use touchscreen technology. isn't that amazing? 91% of the parents surveyed said their child could swipe on smart screens. experts say this type of technology used is more like traditional play than watching tv. it could have a different impact on the developing brains of a toddler. >> we'll see what impact that is, right, in about 10 or 20 years? >> right. see how they are. >> 5:26 right now. malfunctioning ride left dozens of people stranded high above seaworld in orlando. >> that's right. the sky tower broke down yesterday afternoon leaving about 50 riders stuck inside. that can't be comfortable. some passengers posted video of the view from nearly 200 feet in the air. they watched as maintenance workers mafo their way to the top of the stalled out ride. it took about three hours to get
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>> not exactly my idea of a good time. 5:26. just ahead, out of control. what investigators think sent a garbage truck into a building. also, new trouble for chipotle. days after a promise from their ceo, word of yet another outbreak. >> reporter: i'm jen maxfield live at the scene of a house explosion in holmdel. we'll have a full report coming up. if you're about to head out the door take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 app on your mobile device right now.
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breaking news right now. a large home up in flames in new jersey. also this morning, we are learning more about the nypd detective killed in an attack in afghanistan. and new this morning, new video just released by police showing the moment a man opened fire inside a local supermarket. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it is tuesday morning, december 22nd. welcome to "today in new york." i'm darlene rodriguez. >> and i'm michael schmitt in for michael gargiulo. >> chris cimino is in. good morning, chris. >> good morning. we have wet weather heading in our direction. you can see the rain heading
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it's all moving towards the northeast. on the extreme fringe of it right now. lighter showers out and about early this morning. take the umbrella. the rain can pick up this morning and afternoon. it will be a gray day. it will be another mild day. starting out at 56. of course it will be another mild day. 58 at noon. forecasting a high of 60 this afternoon. that's only the beginning of the mild wet ather. let's talk commute with lauren scala. good morning. most of you in for a nice ride. the same trouble spots have been out there for a while. one of them is the palisades parkway. there is an improvement. earlier it was completely shut down after exit two. there are delays heading through there. 9w would normally be a great alternate, it's shut down between closter dock road and hillside avenue. i would leave extra time if i was driving that way. over to the bqe, delays eastbound as the ramp is still shut down from the eastbound lanes to the l.i.e. that should be wrapped up
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leave yourself time. we'll have more weather and traffic on the 4s. 5:31. now to the breaking news in new jersey where a raging fire broke out at a large house overnight. the calls started coming in at 2:30 this morning. today in new york's jenmax field has been talk to go fire fighters. jen. >> reporter: darlene, we got an update from fire officials here at the scene in holmdel. this house that apparently caught fire around 2:15 this morning was not occupied but it was new construction and just a couple weeks away from the family moving in. we have a new photo to show you this half hour. this was taken by a member of the holmdel first aid squad. you can see the flames just were everywhere this this home. currently the source of most of the flames is the back of the house. the fire official we just spoke with said the fire was
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at 4:45. new construction at 16 hop brook lane. the family was weeks away from moving in but was not living here at the time. no injuries reported. thankfully, no injuries to the firefighters who responded to this as well. dozens of firefighters from many local towns here to help holmdel bring this very large single family home fire under control. that's the latest live from the scene in holmdel, new jersey, thank you. jen maxfield, thank you. new this morning, police have released new video of a man who opened fire in a bronx supermarket. it shows two men running into a c town supermarket in not haven mott haven. the bullets flying right over the heads of shoppers who couldn't believe what they were seeing. >> fighting right in front of everybody, boom, boom, boom, boom, shooting at the guy. he was trying to get his target.
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was shot three times in the back and leg. he was in the hospital in stable condition. the suspect is still at large. we're getting a new look at the suspects who ripped off gwyneth paltrow's pop up shop. the nypd released these new shots. they hit up goop december 5th. they somehow pride open a -- pried open a display cabinet. this morning we're getting the results of a two-year federal investigation into the accessibility of new york city public schools. 83% are not fully accessible for students with disabilities. the u.s. attorney sent a letter to the department of education citing a series of violations. the letter gives the city 30 days to respond and outline corrective action. time now is 5:34. time for a check of weather and traffic. let's go over to chris. nice and warm.
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>> ho hum, another morning in december in the 50s. heading towards 60 this afternoon. into the 60s in the mid week period, maybe 70or better by the time we get to thursday. showers breaking out already this morning. generally light early on. they may pick up in intensity. looks like a showery mild afternoon. the warm wind indication, south southwest at 7 to 10 miles an hour. showers on the way. not in your neighborhood yet. 56 right now. temperatures climbing back to 60 this afternoon even with the clouds and the rain. new trouble spots on the city so far. lauren, what do you have for us? >> no new trouble spots. we have a couple of bus detours on the city, b 13, b 15, nj transits 85 and 87 are on detour to hoboken because of construction. rails, major lines running without any delays.
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parking rules are in effect. lauren, thank you. right now the nypd is mourning the loss of one of their own. tee tekttive joseph lemm died in a suicide attack in afghanistan. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in the bronx with what we know about detective lemm. >> reporter: and, rob, detective lemm, he did so much for the nypd, also the u.s. military. as a member of the police department he made numerous arrests on duty, even off duty. one time off duty he took down a stabbing suspect. he worked in the warrants division of the 50th precinct that you see there, the police building. it is also where there is so much grief right now. as you can see there is purple and black bunting hanging over the doorway. detective joseph lemm, only 45 years old is gone. it was a suicide bomber in afghan naas stick who took his life. he was one of six american soldiers who died on monday. he was home though. in 2013 there was a reunion,
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he surprised his wife and two children when he returned home to west chester county. at that point they hadn't seen him in ten months. in that attack overseas he and others were working through a village when a taliban shooter on a motorcycle drove into them. a statement by commissioner bill bratton said he ee pit tow mieszed the selflessness we can only strive for, putting his country and city first. he was only 45 years old. he joined the nypd 15 years ago and aside from the nypd work and the military work, he was also a member of the national guard. back to you, rob. >> sounds like a hero and our hearts certainly go out to his family. kat, thank you. in westchester county, police say a city worker may have suffered a medical episode right before slamming a gaur beige truck into a building.
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last night the driver of the 16 ton city gaur beige truck had to be extricated from the mangled vehicle by firefighters. they say he may have suffered a seizure. witnesses say it all happened so fast. >> i didn't know what to think. i was like, no, it can't be real. at first it's like it's a total shock. >> the driver was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. a worker inside the building was hit by debris and had to be treated. engineers will examine the building for structural damage. on long island there is a manhunt for a serial robber targeting stores with female employees. he's hit 14 stores in four months. the most recent robbery was yesterday at babies are us in west bury. he wore a hoodie and hid his face. he forced his way into the store, handcuffed one employee and forced another to open the safe. nobody was hurt. a spring valley man is facing charges.
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pierre at 127 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone in clarkstown sunday morning. they pursued him for three miles and he finally stopped. he was driving while intoxicated and also carrying marijuana. an update to a story we've been following in brooklyn involving a deadly mpa bus crash. the driver is charged with failure to yield. police say he hit and killed a woman as she crossed avenue z and east 17th street in sheep's head bay last monday. governor cuomo is helping commemorate a dark day in greenwich village. the blaze killed 146 garment workers mostly women way back in 1911. the fire propelled the labor movement in new york. the state will now contribute 1 point be point $5 million for
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the cdc has linked five new cases of e. coli to the chipotle restaurant chain. the five got sick after eating in kansas and oklahoma last month, but it's not yet known if the new cases are part of the lark ger e. coli outbreak that began in october. that outbreak sickened more than 50 people in nine states and prompted chipotle to put new safety standards in place. time now is 5:40. ahead this morning, bill cosby firing back and singling out one of his accusers. plus, where more local officers will soon be equipped with new body cameras. and it's technically winter now. certainly doesn't feel like it. we could see record-breaking warm temperatures this week. weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up.
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welcome back. 5:44 on a tuesday morning. it's another mild tuesday morning. since we put the tree up, the christmas feeling to the weather has not been exactly out there. we've seen 50s and 60s and well above normal temperatures. in fact, this is likely going to be the warmest december on record. we're still over 11 degrees above normal and about six degrees above the most highest one prior to this year, which was back in i believe 2006. meantime, weather headlines. let's get to those. looking at umbrellas today. you'll need them from time to time. showers breaking out in coverage and intensity over the afternoon. heaviest rain with the next system coming tomorrow. that will tend to be later in the afternoon and early evening. record warmth is the main emphasis as we get towards thursday and christmas day. the temperature trend, 60, 62 tomorrow, 72. we peak on thursday. slide it down a little bit, 62 on christmas and then 54 as we
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look at that, the average high temperatures, 41. none of these are even remotely close to the average high temperature. starting out at 55 in astoria. 53 in larchmont. up at woodland park, ringwood, 48. hudson valley, 46 in newburgh and poughkeepsie. everybody enjoying warmer temperatures. it will be a damp day out there. moisture coming up from a cold front trying to approach us from the west. we're getting to lighter stuff. some of the shower activity will fill in. you can see on future tracker as we go through the morning. this is noontime. decent slug of showers coming on through. they're gone by the evening commute. 6:00. in fact, the skies may actually start to clear partially. we have breaks in the overcast for a time tonight. then some fog will roll in and low clouds tomorrow morning. if you're traveling tomt
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local airports, fog for the morning flights and the afternoon flights, here it comes. another round of rain right through the afternoon right through the evening commute as well and probably not getting out of here until about midnight or a little bit later. clouds. then the clouds thin out. get enough sunshine with the southwest wind and the air mass in place. yes, indeed, we could get to 70 or better. in terms of rainfall totals, not a lot. a quarter of an inch. off to the south. not much happens as we move forward the clock overnight. that number hasn't changed. from 10:00 a.m. tomorrow afternoon as we go through tomorrow night, notice, we've added another inch of rain. some parts of the area could see between an inch, maybe an inch and a quarter of slightly lesser amounts the further north and west. maybe rain around here. still comes with mild temperatures. 60 on and off showers. 60 tomorrow afternoon rain. 72 thursday. some breaks in the clouds. maybe a stray shower. christmas day, dry. sunny.
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54 and 58 over the weekend with some scattered showers both saturday and sunday. 5:47. let's get over to lauren scala and check on the commute. moving along nicely for most this morning. the same trouble spots that have been out there for a while. palisades parkway southbound still subject to closure. right now one lane gets by. this is after exit 2. 9w shut down in both directions. closter dock road and hillside. you can go to henry hudson drive as an alternate. 246, an accident. over on the bqe, we still have the ramp from the eastbound bqe to the l.i.e. shut down with an overturned tractor-trailer. they've uprated it but there's still cleanup. cross bronx expressway, looking pretty good out there. in for a smooth ride. the bronx in great shape. alternate side of the parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic coming
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bill cosby taking legal action against another one of the women accusing him of sexual abuse. he's suing beverly johnson for defamation. cosby accuses her of making up claims that he drugged and tried to sexually assault her in his new york home in order to resurrect her career. she is the eighth accuser cosby has sued this month. the son of a hedge fund founder will face trial for the murder of his father. a supreme court judge ruled that thomas gilbert jr. is meant bely fit to stand trial overruling findings by two court-appointed doctors. prosecutors say that gilbert fatally shot his father, thomas sr., in january for decreasing his allowance. the long island teen who went on a drunk ken tirade about mac and cheese is getting a chance to keep his record clean.
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teen luke gaddi a special pardon. this video went viral back in october. governor chris christie said he supports some suggested changes that would loosen new jersey's gun laws. the panel claims local police departments often take too long to approve applications for handgun permits. it also suggests speeding up the application process for domestic violence victims who want a handgun for protection. more police officers in new jersey will soon be equipped with body cameras. officials announced plans to buy more than 5,000 new cameras for police departments all across the state. the program will be funded by $2.5 million in state grants. some of the city's leaders may start the new year with a big raise. an advisory commission recommends that city council members earn more than $25,000 per year. that will hike the annual salary to $138,000. those lawmakers would have to
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that same income says mayor de blasio should jump from $225,000 to $258,000 a year. de blasio says he won't take the extra money at least for the first term. the city council could act on the raises sometime next month. new york city has some of the toughest legal protections for transgender individuals in the country. new guidelines came from the human rights commission. here are some examples. transgender individuals must be allowed to use a bathroom, male or female, that most conform with their identity. bosses must could accommodate individuals for undergoing a gender transition. the fda is making a major change but with strict requirements. it's lifting its decades old ban on blood donations for gay men. it allows gay and bisexual men to doe night only if they've been celebate for a year. some groups say that rule amounts to discrimination. the giants' odell beckham is expected to appeal his one-game suspension handed down by the
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the league suspended beckham yesterday for his clashes with carolina cornerback josh norman. they were seen pushing and shoving each other repeat deadly. at one point beckham charged at him for a helmet-to-helmet him. if the suspension is upheld, he would lose a game check, about $55,000. i had a feeling something would come down. >> yeah, you knew something would come down. the new york city neighborhood where you are most likely to find a ticket slapped on your windshield. >> they love giving out those tickets. next, the most impressive thing about this rocket launch isn't what happened when it went up but, rather, what happened when it came down.
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welcome back. we're going to have a little bit of traffic this morning. now to a ground breaking achievement in space travel. here it is. >> have liftoff. >> a spacex rocket successfully launched from cape canaveral, florida. then the missions made history after it went off. the booster rocket came back to earth and safely landed. that's something that spacex failed to do as recently as last june. it didn't go well at all.
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boosters reusable saving them a lot of money trying to do their thing, nasa contractors. >> what we do at home, look at ways to reuse things. >> right. do we dance like that? they were hugging and dancing. >> plastic bag, yeah! >> right. i can use that sponge seven more times! >> right. exactly. you'll use the umbrella several times, perhaps the same one over the next few days because we've got the rain heading our way. on and off shower activity for today tends to pick up as we go into the morning and afternoon. another mild day. 60 degrees. tonight showers pretty much are ended by evening. then a mild overnight with areas of fog forming. nothing more than a spritz there. 52 the low. as we look towards the holiday, christmas eve, record warmth. 72 the expected high. nothing more than a stray shower. clouds may break through sun. more sunshine christmas day. very mild with temperatures in the low 60s. at this point still no sign of anything cold. >> no.
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anything close to that. >> i know. i feel like you can say that with some confidence, too. >> confidence now. >> are we going to ski this winter? that's a big question. >> that is a problem for some. >> some traffic there on the roads. >> yeah, the parkway an accident. connecticut commuters in fairfield on 95 southbound, watch out for an accident after exit 24, black rock turnpike. in the right lane and blocks the shoulder. delays getting through there. live look outside the tappan zee bridge, things moving nicely. debris on the road before the toll plaza but that has been cleared out. you are in for a nice ride. thank you. 5:56. aaa says gas prices have dipped below $2 a gallon since 2009. the national average $1.99. not everybody is getting a break. locally new jersey has the cheapest gas at $1.88 a gallon.
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in connecticut, $2.18. a report claims that more than 10 million tickets were written in the last year in new york city. >> now we're getting a good look at just where they're being handed out. the website red hop.com has the most tickets being issued. the other seven neighborhoods are all in manhattan. the upper east side finished the top of the list, mid town north ranked second followed by sometimes care and tribeca soho. can't park at sometimes square, right? nowhere. >> i wouldn't even try. >> not a good idea. >> crazy to even give it a shot. 5:57. next at 6:00, a consumer alert for holiday shoppers. a major retailer saying your packages may arrive after christmas. also at 6:00 a.m., a security breach at kennedy airport. what we're now learning about the man who walked on to a taxiway.
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the door, take us with you and keep watching. download the "news 4 new york" app on your device. we're back in two minutes. you're watching "today in new york." i hear you' re quite the expert at waking people up in the morning. let me show you how grandma does it. your daddy made this when he was a little boy. this is your dad at my house, where he had his first christmas. thanks for making the coffee. well look who' s up. i' m really glad you' re here mom. me too. look who'
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breaking news. a neighborhood blocked off in new jersey as firefighters try to get the upper hand on a mansion fire. one of new york city's >> finest kille: in a suicide bombing in afghanistan. what we're learning about his life and his time with the nypd. plus, a major online retailer now saying their holiday packages may not arrive before christmas. "today in new york" starts now. we're not going to panic though. >> yeah. >> we're going to calm down. good morning, everyone. tuesday morning, december 22nd. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm rob schmitt in for michael gargiulo. >> here's chris cimino. >> everybody is patient. >> right. >> some children perhaps. in the meantime, you're going to
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unfortunately, in the rain o and off for the next few days. 54 sheeps head bay. it's mild. don't need the coats. just the rain gear at times. 40s north and west. showers, they're getting closer. all over the city right now, just mainly light. this first push of heavier showers, that will pass to the west of us. there's more sitting down here. that will push into later this morning and the afternoon. day planner, groy, damp. 58 at noon forecasting a high of 60 degrees. let's see what's happening on the roads with the commute. >> i have an yut date for the connecticut commuters. accident southbound on 95. it was reported by exit 24. it's in fact between exits 19 and 18 heading southbound here. you can see the delays by 18. leave yourself extra time. problems on the palisades parkway. just the left lane gets by. we have 9w shut down in both directions between closter dock
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all because of a police investigation. thank you so much, lauren. another breaking news story in new jersey. crews on the scene of a mansion fire on hop brook lane today in holmdel. jen maxfield is there. good morning. >> reporter: darlene, mahis house fire was reported by neighbors just a little bit before 2:30 today. emergency officials on the scene are telling us by the time they got here this large home was completely engumpd in flam . a member of the holmdel police squad took this photo. they were set to move in in a few weeks. clearly that won't happen. this is 16 hop brook lane, a mansion at the end of a cul-de-sac. the fire departments have been here to get this blaze under control at 4:45 this morning. we're going to take a live look at the scene. you can see there are some emergency officials still down there.
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control at 4:45 today. most of the damage though in the house actually gutted is in the back, but, again, this is a home that was under construction. there are no i xuries reported here at the scene. that is the latest live from ho del, new jersey. >> thank you so much, jen maxfield. we are getting details about a deadly fire in brookfield that took the life of a 93-year-old woman. that fire began at an apartment on 79th street on bay bridge. they pulled her from the fourth floor and she was rushed to the hospital where she died. the cause of the investigation is under investigation. in west chester county police say a city worker may have suffered a medical episode before crashing a garbage truck. this is the scene last night. you see the truck wedged into the building. the driver of the 16 ton city garbage truck had to be extricated from the mangled vehicle by firefighters. the city's mayor says the man may have suffered a seizure.
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fast. i didn't even know what to think. i was like, no, it can't be real. at first it's like a total shock. >> the driver was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. the worker inside the building was hit by debris and also had to be treated. engineers will examine the building for structural damage. happening now, investigators trying to figure out how a man was able to wander out on the taxi way at kennedy airport. sources tell news 4 that a man was spotted at the airport earlier this month when a worker asked if he had a pass to be there. the man held up a white piece of paper. he said he was looking for the a train. he warned the worker not to tell anyone. he walked towards terminal eight. he was not seen since. on long island. sussex county and the tsa are taking steps to ensure safety at mcarthur airport. they'll work to increase security by adding more bomb sniffing dogs. there has not been a threat against the airport. officials say they want to ensure everyone's safety.
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check weather and traffic on the 4s starting with chris. temperatures in the 50s but going to be wet, right, chris? >> yeah. we've seen a few light showers in and around the city. more to come. temperatures as you pointed out, that's the big city. very mild for this time of year again. 40s in the suburbs. 50s in the city right now. showers going to break out this morning if they haven't yet where you are. the shower ri, mild afternoon can keep you mild even with the clouds, even with the showers. these temperatures get close to 60s. we're starting out with 56. not a big rise in temperatures. certainly upper 50s by noon and closing in on 60 by about 3:00 in the afternoon. that's only the beginning of the warm temperatures. let's head over to lauren scala. >> we have changes for mass chance sit. this came in because of the track condition on the path. journal squared at 33rd and hoboken 33. ot rwise, everything else is
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buses a few detours on the b 13 and b 15 and sn j tiansit 85 and 87 on detour in hoboken. you need to move your car. next weather and traffic update on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. now to the death of a veteran nypd killed alongside five others in a suicide bombing in afghanistan. "today in new york's" katherine cr g is live in the bronx. >> reporter: by all accounts detective joseph lemm was so proud of his work for the nypd and the u.s. military. here at the 50th police precinct station you can see there is purple and black bunting hanging over the doorway. this is where the ward squad unit is here. it was a suicide bomber in afghanistan that took the life of the beloved and well-respected detective. he was one of six american
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asback in 2013 there was a reunion filled with tears of joy when detective lemm surprised his wife and two children when he returned home to westchester county. they hadn't seen him in ten months. in the attack overseas he was killed when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle drove into them. bill bratton, part of it said that detective lemm epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for putting his country and city first. we grieve and we remember this selfless public servant who dedicated his life to protecting others. detective lemm was only 45 years old. he joined the nypd 15 years ago. he was also a member, rob, of the national guard. back to you, rob. >> kat, thank you. today sergeant bowe bergdahl will go before a military judge. bergdahl will be arraigned on army desertion charges at ft.
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put him behind bars for fe. he was freed in a controversial prisoner swap. he was captured by the taliban not long after leaving his post in afghanistan. today a bail hearing will be accused for a woman who was accused of intentionally running down several people in las vegas. right now she's on suicide watch. police say she drove along the sidewalk on saturday night. this killed one person, 37 others were hurt. holloway's 3-year-old daughter was in the car at the time. police think they had been living in the car for about a week. republican front-runner donald trump getting deeply personal in his war of words with hillary clinton. he appeared last night in michigan. that's where trump used a special term to describe how clinton was beaten by president obama in the 2008 election. he also questioned clinton's bathroom break during saturday night's debate? >> where did hillary go? they had to start the debate
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i -- i know where she went. disgusting. i don't want to talk about it. >> yesterday trump demanded an apology from clinton. he's furious that she said isis is using videos of him for recruitment. in response clinton's team said, quote, hell no. the "today" show will have more on the growing war of words. look for the latest at 7:00 a.m. in this morning's cnbc money report, some people may not see eir holiday packages until after christmas. cnbc's landon dowdy joins us with details on that. that's scary, landon. >> hey, there, rob. exactly right. not exactly somethi prng you want to hear. the surge in online shopping this year is starting to take a toll on retailers. jet.com that's taking on amazon it says it may not be able to guarantee on time delivery for christmas. they began notifying customers
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delivery estimates from 2 o 5 business days to 3 to 7. jet ships some of its goods but also relsts on other retailers to send the items. today is the last day you can get guaranteed on time christmas delivery from ups. it's the company's peak shipping day. ups expects to handle about 36 million packages, double its normal annual volume. it has one more day than last year. ups expects to deliver 630 million packages. guys, three days until christmas. are you ready? three days. >> i hope everybody's ready. i should probably start ordering now. >> you might want to. >> it might not get there on time, darlene. >> i'm going to give it a shot. thanks, landon. 6:10. still ahead, new health concerns at chipotle. why the restaurant chain may be at the center of another e. coli ou reak.
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york state park as rescuers work to save a man who fell off a cliff. your weather and traffic on the 4s coming up.
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it's 6:13. here are 4 things to know thisc morning. a veteran nypd detective, one of the six american soldiers killed during a suicide bombing in afghanistan. detective joseph lemm was also a member of the national guard. police have released a new video this morning of th gunman wanted in connection with opening fire in a grocery store. he's now in stable condition. dove is recalling bags of the chocolate assortment snowflakes. it was only sold in walmart. thousands of cases may contain an unlabeled peanut, wheat or egg. netflix offering special new year's eve countdowns so the kids can take part in the fun
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this year there are six new countdowns to choose from. all right. 6:14. time for weather and traffic on this tuesday morning. it's starting out a little damp in spots. some light rain out there. starting out very mild again. temperatures in the 40s in the suburbs and 50s in the city. the umbrellas will be up and down at times for today and in fact again tomorrow, too. i think the heaviest of the rain is tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening. then we're talking about the record warmth that will follow that for thursday and friday. let's get a look at where we should be temperature wise. normal high, 41. today even with clouds and rain, 60. almost 20 degrees above normal. we'll do even better than that. maybe even 30 degrees above normal before we get to christmas eve. the record high for christmas eve set back in 1996. 63 degrees. our forecast, 72. it could potentially go a little higher with that with sunshine. christ may day's record high is 64. that was set back in 1982. while we're forecasting highs
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it's close to midnight, after midnight at 12:012 it could be 61, 62. mid 50s throughout all of central new jersey. mid 40s for northwest new jersey through the hudson valley. generally low to mid 50s across long island. all of them well above normal at this time of morning. a lot of clouds and rain. heaviest of the rain sitting off to the south and west. on the leading edge for showers that came on through drifting north through the hudson valley. while there will be a little lull in the action, we'll spend time right in here. more rain moving into this afternoon and morning. rainfall totals going forward in time until the evening hours, looking at .2, quarter of an inch. slightly higher off to the south and east. nothing much happens as the rainfall totals move forward. from tomorrow mid morning on watch what happens to the number. al up ps to over an inch.
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inch today and tomorrow evening. showers for today, 60. it's a mild day. showers push to the north. break in the action, low of 52. areas of fog could be rolling in. for tomorrow, on into christmas eve we're talking 60s, maybe low 70s for times of rain especially tomorrow. i think on christmas eve day a couple of showers scattered around until that front comes on through. 60 today. 62 tomorrow. there's the big boy. 72 on thursday. still in the low 60s christmas day with more sunshine. then 50s over the weekend with a few on and off showers. 6:17. lauren scala, find out about the commute. >> thanks, chris. we have problems on the connect connecticut turnpike. it blocks the left and partially the center lane and left shoulder and left lane. this is as you make your way past exit 21. slow ride through here. once you get past this we have reports of another accident that's causing delays. these are the delays at exit 19. headed sotohbound.
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because there's anothermaccident between exits 19 and 18. not a fun ride on the connecticut turnpike. i'll keep you posted on all of that yre an see how blocked up it is. the left lane is getting by after exit 2 with police activity. 9w shut down out by hillside avenue. over on the turnpike now, an accident in the truck lanes heading southbound out before interchange 14. delays here not so bad. all things to keep in mind on the roads. if you're getting on the rails, we have some concerns. the major commuter lines and subways will have more weather and traffic on the 4s. a grand jury in texas has decided not to issue indictments in the controversial death of a female inmate. the jury heard evidence in sandra bland's case for more than eight hours yesterday. bland was found dead in her jail cell in july three days after she was arrested during a
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complaints of excessive force. officers say bland committed suicide but her family questions that account. the grand jury can consider other indictments when it reconvenes in january. bill cosby is suing super model beverly johnson for defamation defamation. the comedian accuses her of making up claims that he tried to sexually assault her in order to resurrect her career. cosby is also suing seven other women who have accused him of sexual abuse. johnson has not commented. if your child has disabilities, important changes could be coming. federal prosecutor investigated new york city's public schools. he says 83% of the elementary schools failed to be fully accessible to those students as required by federal law. the department of education says it is cooperating and millions of dollars have been set aside for improvements. a hiker is recovering this morning after first responders pulled off a dramatic rescue in rockland county. the hiker tumbled from a cliff
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from chopper 4 you can see the steep fall. police say a 35-year-old long island man slipped from a plateau and got tangled up in the trees. it took the county's high angle rescue team more than three hours to reach the hiker and carry him to safety. we're told his injuries are not life threatening. wildlife officials have no plans to hunt down the bear that malled a boy scout leader in new jersey. 50-year-old christopher petronino is recrering from wounds to his head and legs. he was attacked while exploring a cave in rock away township. he praised the three boy scouts who helped lure the bear away from him. one of those scouts was his own son. as for the bear, wildlife officials say it was merely defending the spot where it was going to spend the winter. 6:20 this morning. coming up next, we'll show you how an nypd officer is spreading the spirit of giving. later, thrill seekers get an
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welcome back. 6:24 on this tuesday morning. well, one of new york's finest is an inspiring example of the spirit of giving. that's right. officer carlos ramos is making it his mission to help those who are less fortunate. he's collecting gifts to help children at the flushing family center in east williamsburg. he knows what the holidays are like for those kids because as a child he was once himself homeless and now he feels the need to give back. >> life is too short not to help others. if i was given the opportunity
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return that same opportunity to somebody else. >> great guy. ramos and fellow officers in the antitransit terrorist unit wraps these presents. they're still collecting toys at 145th street and saint nicholas avenue. good place to do christmas presents. >> right. yes. drop some gifts off. it's so great to see people being so generous. >> giving back like that? >> absolutely. we appreciate them. >> absolutely. that's what it's all about. for those who are doing some last-minute chriegmas shopping -- i could look at myself, too. >> why is that blank? >> no, we have showers unfortunately the next couple of days. the good news, it will be mild. 60s today. on and off showers tapered off. cloudy overnight. areas of fog. look at the temperature trend the rest of the way through. talking going from the low 60s to low 70s by thursday. only cooling off into the 50s.
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>> it does. >> still 10 degrees plus above normal. >> spoiled. very true, we are spoiled. what's happening? >> certainly not spoiled with the commute. not at all. we have more problems. new ones, old ones. still have the ramp shut down on the eastbound bqe to the l.i.e. because of an earlier tractor-trailer. that's been uprighted. l.i.e. eastbound towards the bqe, that's in the left lane. accident on the fdr drive. heading northbound, you see the delays facing 95th street. problems on the connecticut turnpike. details in a few minutes. 6:26. coming up, find out where drivers are most lreely to get parking tickets across the five boroughs. plus this -- >> reporter: i'm katherine creag live in the bronx. an nypd detective who worked these streets is killed overseas. he was also a u.s. soldier. he was killed in a suicide attack. we'll have the details and tell
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this morning. kat, thanks. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you and download the news 4 app on your mobile device. we'll
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breaking news. a mansion fire is creating a major mess at a new jersey neighborhood right now. mourning the loss of one of new york's finest. what we're learning about the veteran nypd veteran killed in a suicide bombing in afghanistan. new this morning, dramatic moments as a man opened fire inside a local supermarket, odayn new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's tuesday morning. it is december 22nd. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael schmitt in for michael garr dual low. >> good morning, rob, darlene. temperatures on the first full day of winter heading towards 60 degrees. we have rain to deal with. 56 already in the city. we are the warm spot. pretty mild down the shore. little cooler north and west looking at 40s there. large area of mainly light showers getting closer and closer to us.
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now we'll be in a bit of a break. more coming upstream. we do anticipate seeing the showers come back into the picture. you're ready to head out the door, it's not raining, i don't need the umbrella. wrong. you will need the umbrella later on today and showers likely. high temperature up near 60 degrees. almost 6:31. lauren scala, any new troubles on the commute? >> commute is pretty busy this morning. you can see red on the maps. connecticut is where we have a couple of problems. two accidents on the connecticut turnpike. this is one of them southbound out by exit 20 that takes out the left lane. delays back to bridgeport. for now another one by e t 18. not an easy ride through here. heading up to the merritt. right by the mall. that blocks the right lane. delays are pretty extensive here as well. delays on the fdr drive. we'll have details coming up on the 4s. lauren, thank you. 6:31.
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fire crews are on the scene of a mansion fire on hop brook lane. "today in new york's" jen maxfield talked to officials there. >> reporter: it happened before 2:30 this morning. emergency officials in holmdel tell us by the time they got here this large luxury home was completely engulfed in flames. this photo was taken by the first aid squad. the family was set to move in in a few weeks. clearly that won't happen. this home was under construction. 16 hop brook lane. its 's a mansion at the end of a cul-de-sac. fire departments helped get the blaze under control at 4:45 this morning. back here at the scene in holmdel, you can see that there is still an active fire response so that fire, again, is under control now. there were some initial reports about an explosion.
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this was a very large fire in a home under construction which is now completely gutted. thankfully there were no injuries. that's the latest from holmdel, now back to you. new this morning, a stabbing in harlem. police were called to the scene on west 127th street early this morning. you can see here from this photo a man was taken to the hospital appearing to have head injuries. we don't know yet what led to the stabbing. we are checking on that victim's condition. also new this morning, we're seeing the moments that a man opened fire inside a bronx supermarket. surveillance video shows two men running into a c town supermarket yesterday afternoon. the gunman would then follow. then the video shows him firing that gun. right there the bullets flying right over the heads of shoppers inside who couldn't believe what they were seeing. >> fighting right in front of everybody, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. shooting at the guy. he wanted to get it started. >> police say a 21-year-old man was shot in the back and the leg. he's in the hospital in stable condition.
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today the truck driver involved in the crash that nearly killed comedian tracy morgan is expected in court. attorneys for kevin roper will ask a judge to drop all of the criminal charges against him. those charges include death by auto. you may remember morgan was partially paralyzed by that crash on the new jersey turnpike in june of last year. his friend, james mcnair, was killed. the cdc is investigating five new cases of e. coli linked to the chipotle restaurant chain. the five became sick after eating at chipotle in texas and kansas last month. they're not sure if this was part of the earlier outbreak that sickened 53 people in nine states. chipotle did put new food safety standards in place after that outbreak. 6:34 on a tuesday morning. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. temperatures mild though, chris. >> the only thing missing here is the sunshine. we have a lot of cloud cover. yesterday fairly cloudy. a cloudy stretch until we prob
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christmas day. i think that's when we start to see a little more sunshine. plenty mild out there. 40s and 50s to start this morning. showers are breaking out from west to east. southwest to northeast as we go through the morning. showery mild day. starting out at 56 in the city. we're the warm spot. not that the suburbs are all that much warmer. they'll climb through the 50s. showers will increase a bit in coverage through the afternoon hours. high temperatures through 60 degrees. rest of the seven day forecast including the holiday just ahead. right now here's lauren scala. >> thanks, chris. good morning, everyone. commuters you can expect delays on the path. all because of track condition. otherwise the rales are in good shape. a lot of problems on the roads. we still just have one lane open on the palisades parkway. southbound by exit 2. 9w exit. out by hillside avenue. all with a police investigation. so certainly a spot to avoid. then heading over to the deegan, this accident came in southbound
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two lanes closed. delays back past the cross bronx expressway. fdr northbound by 96th street uts down two lanes. messy commute. you do have to move your car. alternate side of the parking rules are in effect. >> thanks so much, lauren. death of a veteran nypd detective killed alongside five others in afghanistan. "today in new york" 's" katherine creag is in the bronze. kat. >> reporter: darlene, detective joseph lemm, he worked in some of the toughest neighborhoods in new york city. he worked in the ward squad which is located out of the 50th precinct. hanging above the doorway you see the purple and black bunting noting of a tragedy that has taken place. detective lemm was killed on monday. a suicide bomber took the life of the well respected and loved detective.
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in 2013 a different scenario.ontears of joy. he surprised his wife and two children when he returned home to westchester county. at that point they had not seen him in ten months. in the attack overseas though lemm and five other u.s. soldiers were walking through a village when a taliban suicide bomber on a motorcycle drove into them. a statement from the nypd police commissioner bill bratton reads, detective lemm epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for putting his country ath city first. we grieve and we remember the he haveless public servant who dedicated his life to protecting others. he was only 45. he joined the nypd 15 years ago. there are so many stories about what he did on duty and also off duty, darlene. he was in the news some years back in 2005. he took down a stabbing suspect in the bronx, again, off duty. so many people remember and honor detective joseph lemm this morning.
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>> katherine creag. thank you. on long island there is a manhunt for a robber who has hit 14 stores in four months. we're told he is targeting shops with female employees. the most recent robbery was yesterday at the babies r us in west wur ri. westbury. he forced his way into the store, hanuffed one employee and forced the other to open the safe. nobody was hurt. a commission formed by governor christie is suggesting changes to new jersey's gun laws. the commission claims residents are waiting too long for the applications to be approved. it alls for several changes to speed up the process, particularly for victims of domestic violence who want a handgun for protection. governor christie says he supports the commission's findings and will work to put them into effect as quickly as possible. more police officers in new jersey will soon be equipped with body cameras. yesterday officials announced plans to buy more than 5,000 new cameras for police departments
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the program will be funded by $2.5 million in state grants. some of the cities top ranking officials may have a very prosperous new year ahead. the advisory commission says city council members get a big pay raise. nearly $26,000 more per year. that would hike the annual salary to $138,000 but the lawmakers would have to give up any outside income. the same commission says mayor de blasio's salary should jump from 225,000 to $258,000 a year. de blasio officially is saying no thanks, at least during his first term. the city council could act on their raises sometime next month. new york city now has some of the toughest new laws to protect the transgender community. new guidelines came yesterday from the human rights commission. here are some examples. transgender individuals must be al loud to use a bathroom, male or female, that most conforms with his or her personal identity. also, bosses cannot require men
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the fda is lifting the ban blood donations by gay men. the new policy allows them to donate but only if they've been celebate for a year. this brings them in line with the u.k. and australia. major advocacy groups like the national gay blood drive says any policy requiring a 12-month deferral is still discriminatory. dozens of people s nt a lth more time on a ride at seaworld than they could ever want. the sky tower broke down yesterday afternoon in orlando leaving about 50 riders stranded. one passenger posted the video of the view from nearly 200 feet in the air just hanging out up there. maintenance workers eventually reached the top of the ride. it took three hours to get these people back to the ground. now the priceless moment right after a roomful of space travel experts made history. [ cheers and applause ]
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their spacex booster rocket safely returned to earth and it landed upright at cape canaveral, florida. this happened just last night just hours after the falcon 9 rocket pushed 11 satellites into orbit. landed upright. >> yeah, pretty good. >> i couldn't do that. >> better than my parallel parking. >> there you go. 6:41. up next, odell beckham jr. ordered off the field. we'll tell you how longtthe giants star is being susovnded for that ugly game on sunday. and don't park here. we're going to tell you which neighborhoods hand out the mosth parking tickets across the city. and your weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. you can see some traffic out there right now.
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you will need the umbrellas. the rain will vary with intensity. we're talking record warmth. just in time for the holidays. so in terms of december, we're still well on track to be the me rmest one. the rainfall, the next closest. 44.1 degrees. we are six degrees warmer with that. abovenormal. speaking of which this is what we think will happen for christmas eve day. 63 is the record high.
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record high of 72 on thursday. north and west, sussex, newburgh. danbury pretty warm. across the island the same ylthing. a lot of moisture up the eastern seaboard. on the leading edge of that. we haven't seen a lot of rain this morning. showers up through the hudson valley. fairfield county, as well. more off to the south and west. be aware it's still coming. there's another batch of rain coming through. 1, 2, 3:00 it'srsone and in the evening hours clouds can thin out. messy fog will roll in. relatively dry. here comes the next push of rain. this one a little more significant. notice the area in yel w i7d indicating moderate rainfall. that comes on through during the
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it's probably not winding down until midnight or so. as we get towards thursday things get dryer. 60 the high this afternoon. well above normal. normal highs 41. low temperatures tonight. not very low at all. low 50s in the city burbs. upper 40s. lower 40s for the north and west. areas of fog, late tonight and tomorrow morning. 72, there it is on thursday. still can be a shower around thursday afternoon. christmas day, more sunshine. still mild, 62. saturday and sunday could see the return of a few more showers. here's lauren scala. >> we'll hop right into it. there are a lot of problems out there. merritt parkway, accident in the right lane ere. the connecticut turnpike, two accidents. looks like one of them might have cleared. this one is heading southbound out by exit 21. you can see delays back into bridgeport there. then heading over to the bronx -- we're going to head to the palisades parkway southbound
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getting by. delays extensive here with the police investigation. 9w has reopened. alternate option. to the bronx southbound on the deegan by 138th street, two lanes closed. one came in on the west side highway southbound by 125th. fdr is there too. eanorthbound shuts down two lanes by 96th street. bqe ramp closed to the l.i.e. delays are extensive here. we'll head over to 78 new jersey this just cam in. eastbound out by ehyt 17. also a slow ride. really tough morning commute today. back to you, darlene and rob. sure is, lauren, thank you. giants odell beckham is expected to appeal the suspension that would keep him out of sunday's game in minnesota. the nfl has given him a one game suspension yesterday. the league says his clashing withacarolina cornerback josh norman during last sunday's game put norman at unnecessary risk. they were seen shoving and pushing each other.
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norman for a helmet-to-helmet hit. the long island teen who went on a drunken tirade about mac and cheese gets a chance to keep his record clean. a judge granted him a special form of probation after he apologized in court. if he stays out of trouble, this incident will be removed from his record. the video went viral. he berated a food service worker over not being served mac and cheese. drivers want to pay close attention to where they park on the upper east side. red hot.com shows that's where most of the parking tickets originate. times square and astoria soho, queens ranked fifth. busy neighborhoods with commercial districts. >> paying the bills. 6:49. up next, why a 2-year-old might be better than you with an ipad.
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welcome back. 6:52. 56 degrees out on a tuesday. well, parents, you may have noticed this. >> yeah. new study from ireland shows the majority of 2-year-olds already know how to use touchscreen techno gy. 91% of parents surveyed said their kid could swipe on smart screens. experts say this type of technology use is more like traditional play, they say, than watching tv, i guess. it could have a different impact on the developing brains of toddlers. >> they're very good at it. they can swipe and do all sortsen of things. the "today" show is coming up in a few minutes. we'll check in with matt and hoda and see what's coming up. savannah's daughter follows me on twitter. >> veil does? >> i think so. >> that is too cute. >> two people. >> that's my only friend. >> have you ever seen a little baby with a magazine or young kid trying to swipe a magazine. like they don't understand why you can't go past it.
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i can tell you that. coming up, hillary clinton and donald trump double down. trump gets personal with some harsh comments against his democratic rival as clinton doubles down on her claim that he's isis's best recruiter. plus, the gun business is the hot seller. also ahead, straight from brhadway. the illusionists will be here. they'll work their magic in studio 1a. >> that's amazing. john delaurenta, how to cook for a holiday crowd. >> have you seen the illusionist on broadway? >> i have not. >> i took my family a couple of weeks ago. it's awesome. really good. >> looking forward to it. have a great show. >> take care. coming up next, chris is going to tell us if you can
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grandma is so happy to be here for your very first christmas. re quite the expert at waking people up in the morning. grandma does it. he was a little boy. this is your dad at my house, where he had his first christmas.
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s up. m really glad you' re here mom. me too. s here! right now the nypd is mourning one of their own. a veteran detective who was killed while serving in afghanistan. >> "today in new york's" katherine creag is in the kings bridge section of the bronx. kat. >> reporter: darlene and rob, he worked the streets here in the bronx. detective joseph lemm. he was well respected by so many of the people here at the 50th precinct police station and also by commissioner bratton. by governor cuomo, mayor de
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kind words for the 45-year-old nypd detective who is also a u.s. soldier. he lost his life at the hands of a suicide bomber on monday. that suicide bomber also took the life of five other american soldiers. as for detective joseph lemm, he lived in west chester county. there was also a reunion with his family who took place. a lot of people grief stricken. >> kat, thank you. new this morning, an elderly woman is dead following a fire in brock lynn. flames broke out at an apartment on 79th street in bay bridge. they pulled her from the second floor. she was rushed to the hospital where she died. no word yet on what sparked the fire. new this morning, moments a gunman opened fire inside a bronx supermarket. surveillance video shows this yesterday afternoon. the gunman follows firing bullets right over the heads of shoppers. quick check of traffic. >> quick. i'll try to be quick. a lot going on out there.
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actually start with subways. delays on uptown a, c, e trains. delays for path commuters. 33 street line and hoboken. now new jersey transit is cross honoring tickets. 78 eastbound accident by 17 causing very heavy delays and a couple of other things as well. one southbound on the deegan by 138th street and another on the west side highway southbound by 125. three accidents in connecticut, two on the turnpike and one on the merritt and turn baugh. tough commute. >> chris, another check of the weather. >> shower activity early on and late morning into the afternoon. you will need the umbrellas. 60 the expected high. rain quits for time. areas of fog move in. morning fog tomorrow and steadier rain moving in tomorrow afternoon, tomorrow night. low 60s. for thursday, christmas eve, 72 should be an easy record setter. and 60 the low at night. that's it for christmas eve. 62 christmas day.
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