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already at 5:00 a.m. it is the warmest christmas eve ever. "today in new york" starts right now. and good morning, everyone. it is thursday, december 24th. >> i'm natalie pasquarella. darlene and michael are off today. chris is off as well. we have storm team 4's raphael spring-like forecast. >> that's right. good morning. we are setting records this christmas eve. by the way, the records go back to the 1800s. they're all smashed for the holidays already. 63 is your current temperature. fog. that could be a problem for you travelers. please be careful for that. visibility is low in many spots. look at the temperatures soaring into the 70s by lunchtime. breezy and warm. a few thundershower are possible throughout the day. 74 your high on this christmas incredibly warm. 70. emily west is here with a look
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>> let's head to long island now. l.i.e. westbound at jericho turnpike, a couple lanes blocked with a crash. you can see some delays heading back to the oyster bay expressway. also, emergency road work on the l.i.e. eastbound near deer park avenue. in queens, a crash on the jackie robinson parkway northbound near cypress hills street. that takes up the right lane. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> all right. looking forward to it. thank you. at least seven people are dead as a result of the storms that spawned more than a dozen tornadoes across the south. those storms tore apart nearly two dozen buildings in northwest mississippi. one of them was a volunteer fire department. the strong winds also overturned small planes at an airport near the arkansas border. >> it's like 10 to 15 houses totally gone. they're totally gone. >> wow. that's one of the calls made by firefighters in the area. in addition to ripping the roofs off of homes, the storm also threw several cars right off the
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look at this. one driver captured this cell phone video of the moment that storm toppled a tractor trailer on interstate 55. well, backups at local airports could slow down the holiday. yesterday there were lots of delays. let's see how things are looking this morning. "today in new york's" lori bordonaro is at laguardia airport. good morning, lori. how are things looking? >> reporter: good morning. so far, no major hassles. so far, so good. some people say the lines here are a little longer than expected at this hour. that's probably because many flights were rescheduled after yesterday's cancellations and delays. travelers used to airport delays this time of year, but it's usually for snow. this time, though, the rain and fog holding up flights yesterday. according to flight air ware, more than 6,000 flights delayed and canceled yesterday. some relief at the gas pumps
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gas averaging $2 a gallon, 37 cents less than last year. a big motivation for drivers. a record 100 million people expected to hit the roads for christmas. we just spoke to some people here about to catch flights. so far, no headaches. >> just waited in a long line to check in. i think our flight isn't delayed. hopefully the security line isn't bad. >> reporter: lirr and metro north are adding extra service foher holiday travelers. also, the port authority is beefing up its customer service at the airports as well as bridges and tunnels for those travelers who need assistance. of course, natalie and lynda, it's so hard to get upset with delays this year because it's about to be 70 degrees. >> that's right. thank you, lori. and the good news for travelers today, record-breaking weather. tourists and new yorkers are walking around about how stunned, how warm it is out there. "today in new york's" kat creag is in times square, enjoying it. >> reporter: i know. it t's actually nice when we get a breeze because it's so warm.
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my hair has exploded. it is so insanely warm. people are out here, taken by surprise, but enjoying it as well. you can see down there people are sitting down on the benches. we've seen people in t-shirts and shorts out here. they're not in heavy coats. it makes them want to stay outside more. that's what they told us. with highs in the 60s, people have taken to the parks. they're all over midtown nhattan. from new york down to the jersey shore, it has been incredibly warm. in cape may, visitors strolled down the streets, took in some shopping, but normally it's frigid down there this time of year. yet, more people are going golfing instead of skiing. we've been chatting with folks down here in times square, enjoying the warm weather. they're also not feeling too festive. >> i like it being warm, but it doesn't feel like christmas. the fact it's so warm and there's no snow on the ground,
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>> and you don't have a heavy coat on. a skirt, crop top. >> definitely dressed for september weather. >> reporter: and we're keeping our eye on this ad around here in times square. this electronic billboard out here, there's an airline ad right now, but there's also a florida ad that's kind of funny because it says good-bye to winter, say hello to florida. but it's actually so warm here that people don't want to leave. we'll talk more about that coming up in the next half hour, how people apparently in florida are missing some of their regular visitors. we'll mention that in the next live report. back to you. >> kat, looking forward to hearing more about that. so much clothing confusion out there. don't know what to wear. >> but it's a good clothing confusion. >> we are going to have some chilly days coming up mixed in with the 70s. it's going to be tough. stay with us when you're looking at the seven-day forecast. we've already passed a record for this christmas eve. probably another record for christmas day tomorrow. we have patchy dense fog out there like yesterday. watching out for that.
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we have 70s later on today with a passing shower or storm. want to check in with the visibility. still near zero in white plains. half a mile, bridgeport. better in sussex now, up to five miles. long island, westhampton, you're still seeing that visibility around half a mile. watch out for that dense fog. a live look at storm tracker. not much going on in terms of rain. heavy showers have moved away. more off to the west. these are going to build in throughout the day. scattered showers and a few thunderstorms. look at that high temperature. 74 degrees, breezy, and mild. on-and-off showers and storms. could make for some tricky travel throughout this christmas eve. let's look at travel. so far, so good, emily west? >> commuter checklist this morning, sefrg running on a regular schedule for this christmas eve. there will be extra trains for metro north this afternoon. same with lirr and new jersey transit. it's really foggy out there.
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tappan zee bridge. 45 miles per hour. also speed restrictions on the goethals and outer bridge crossings. buses on a regular schedule. just check ahead with new jersey transit. subways are also on a regular schedule. alternate side, meter rules in effect today. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thank you, emily. more than $600,000 in items stolen from an nba pltyer's apartment. this morning, two women are being accused of the crime. you can clearly see two women standing outside the up and down club on 14th street saturday morning. police say knicks' forward derek williams invited the women to his apartment. after they left, he noticed jewelry and other items missing. >> two random women you don't know just because you want to have a good time. it's stupidity, actually. >> when asked about what happened, williams had no comment.
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new this morning, police have released a photo of a man wanted for several subway robberies in brooklyn and queens. he's identified as 21-year-old richard brown. he's been going up to people, telling them he has a gun, and stealing their cell phone. so far, he's allegedly robbed six people just since august. a warning if you take the 7 train this morning. be on the lookout for this woman. you see the photo there. it appears she's sleeping in that shot. witnesses say she actually snapped when another woman accidently bumped into her. the victim said the woman started to pull her hair and punch her. the woman ran off the train either at the hunters point or the vernon boulevard jackson avenue location. the victim has a dislocated shoulder. a bronx man is formally charged with the murder of his 2-month-old son. 51-year-old jose feliciano was arraigned while at bellevue hospital yesterday. investigators say he strangled little mason white at his home earlier this month because he
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the boy's body was discovered in a wooded area in duchess county. feliciano is set to face a judge next month. time now is 5:08. on long island, we're now learning more about the man accused in a shooting at the roosevelt field mall. pooplice say just days before oliver lee took his semiautomatic handgun into the mall and posted this photo of the weapon on facebook. they say lee tried to rob a tourneau watch store on tuesday, and during a struggle with security, his gun went off, and he injured a mall employee. officials are now praising retired nypd sergeant kenneth krug, who wrestled the gun from lee. >> kenneth krug's actions can only be described as heroic. he was engaged in a life-and-death struggle, and his actions resulted in the defendant only being able to discharge one round. >> lee pleaded not guilty to a long list of charges, including assault. he's being held on a $750,000 bail. in today's money report,
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the faulty air bag situation. transportation officials confirmed an eighth death linked to takata air bags here in the u.s. the national highway traffic safety administration says a teen driver died a few days after a july crash near pittsburgh. so far, nearly 23 million takaa air bag inflaters have been reowcalled. well, one staten island man will certainly have a very merry christmas. he's the winner of a $7 million lottery. he scored the big prize off a golden ticket scratchoff game he bought last month from bagels on the island on forest avenue. he says he wants to buy his family a new home and expand his small construction business. >> he's not smiling too much there. >> i think he's in shock. >> what a christmas gift. very nice. it is 5:10. we have big changes coming up for the tsa. what agents can now do in those
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has some passengers upset. and the possible data breach at a popular chain of hotels. is your information at risk? we'll have the details less than three minutes away. and your weather and traffic on the 4s. spring-like weather coming up.
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coming up on 5:14 right now. here are four things to know this morning. at least seven people were killed in a string of spring-like tornadoes in the southeast. arkansas, mississippi, louisiana, and tennessee were all hit late last night. at least 40 people were hurt in the storms. you may be the target of hackers if you stayed at hyatt hotel. the company found malware on their computer system three weeks ago, and it's capable of stealing your credit card information. hyatt is now warning guests to check their bills for any unauthorized charges. is it here yet? if you're waiting on those holiday packages, you might be waiting for a while. according to "the wall street journal" journal", some retailers, including eddie bauer and pacific sunwear, say there's a huge backlog, and fedex is to blame. the shipping company says it's working 24/7 to accommodate all its kpler cuedstomers. and if you haven't finished
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time. walmart, target, and toys r us will be open until at least 8:00 tonight. kohl's and best buy will be open until 6:00. all right, guys. time for your weather and traffic on the 4s. starting out with a very warm forecast. obviously those record-high temperatures we've seen already. and this is why. even into the hudson valley this morning, starting out in the 50s and 60s. we have some fog in places like the hudson valley. watch out for that. a sprung-like 62 up in cornwall. that's reflected around the rest of the tri-state. 63 in central park. 66 degrees in long branch. it's a little breezy. winds gusting over 20 miles per hour throughout the day. right now we're seeing that in places like islip and westhampton. montauk, a wind gust of 24 miles per hour. expect that trend to continue. here's a live look at storm tracker. thankfully the heavy rain is gone. it's not the type of downpour we saw yesterday. there is some more rain off to
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head into the afternoon. it's not a dry christmas eve day at all. we have on-and-off showers. even a few rumbles of thunder. enough instability, a spring-like pattern in place that we could see thunder and lightning as we head throughout the day. december stats so far, it's the warmest christmas eve day already. we've broke than record. i think we're going to break the warmest christmas ever in new york city. we're headed towards the warmest december on record as a whole for the month. over 12 degrees above average. the previously warmest december was back in 2001 at 44.1 degrees. we're at almost 51 for the average temperature this month so far. finally got some good rain yesterday. we're above average for a change. it has been very dry around here. you can see on a future tracker around 8:00 this morning, spotty showers move on through. it's not an all-day rain. we have that fog, breezy conditions, on-and-off showers throughout the afternoon. around 3:00, 4:00 p.m., you could see a few more showers moving through. bring your umbrella to be on the
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major ups and downs temperature-wise over toe next few days. 74 for today. tomorrow, still very warm for christmas. rain returns over the weekend and temperatures are jumping all over the place. down to the 50s on saturday. back up to the 70s on sunday. down again to the 40s on monday. got all that, emily? >> it's a little confusing. >> it is. >> all right. we will take it. on this christmas eve, it's very foggy. we have delays. ane l.i.e., looks like it's moving along okay, but there's an accident reported westbound at jericho turnpike. jackie robinson parkway northbound at cypress street, the right lane is blocked there. speed limit on the tappan zee bridge. and then on the sprain on the ramp to the westchester expressway. reports of an accident there.
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eastbound around north broad street. and a closure on 539 shut down both ways between 72 to harry wright boulevard. a normal schedule for metro north, lirr, new jersey transit. extra trains for the getaway. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thanks, emily. presidential candidates are now taking some time off to enjoy the christmas break, but a couple political controversies are still very active right now. edward lawrence is live in washington with a look at that. good morning, edward. >> reporter: good morning, lynda. this makes you not want to turn away from this presidential election cycle. donald trump started stuff off, the back and forth as grown over the past three months. maybe now we will have a short break. >> when they divide us up, they win. when we stand together as one
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>> reporter: the candidates for president may finally be taking a break from the rhetoric for the holidays. >> we celebrate christmas eve, so we have 60 people from our family coming over tomorrow. we've got some work to do to set all that up. >> reporter: still, senator ted cruz took some parts shots, releasing this editorial cartoon via twitter. it shows hillary clinton walking with what cruz describes as her lap dog, "the washington post" and "the new york times". ." >> leave the kids alone. leave my kids alone. leave marco's kids alone. leave hillary's kids and grandkids alone. kids should be off limits. "the washington post" should know that. >> reporter: this is the latest in a crazy week of political attacks and responses. analysts say donald trump has thrown the traditional campaign playbook out the window. >> donald trump is about shaking the system to its roots and really sort of upending the way we elect the president.
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his poll numbers continue to rise. and the latest cnn/orc poll shows that donald trump is leading at 39%. second place, senator ted cruz at 18%. reporting live in washington, edward lawrence. >> thank you, edward. and just in time for holiday travel, the tsa is changing the rules for full-body scanners at airports. the tsa can now force you to undergo a full body scan instead of the option of a patdown. the scanners can detect nonmetallic weapons hidden beneath clothing. experts say the controversial change is aimed at tightening airline security at a time of heightened fears over terrorism. still to come here on "today in new york," the burglary
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seasons greetings, happy holidays, especially happy new year. i'll be there real soon. 5:23 right now on your christmas eve. a life look at the l.i.e. no major issues to report. you'll be hearing more in a bit on the holiday traffic situation.
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about a clothing crime spree caught on camera in miami. take a look. a group of thieves crashed their black truck into the clothing store. once inside, the crooks grabbed armfuls of designer jeans. well, even the mannequin there too. they made off with $8,000 in clothing. police found the pickup not far from the store. officers say the thieves are connected to other crimes in the area too. a taco shop owner in las vegas took a clever approach to sharing robbery surveillance video. the video shows a couple burglars breaking into the restaurant last week. the owner decided to share the video with fun captions like, there are no tacos in the register. i love it. the restaurant says it takes full responsibility for whatever their food causes people to do, steal a couple tacos however, the burglars got away with neither cash or tacos. very clever. you figure this way more people pay attention to it. >>al the music added to it, too.
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it was a nice touch. >> oh, boy. >> beautiful outside. kind of like a roller coaster. >> yeah, the next few days are going to be wild temperature-wise. breaking records, heading back down. a little chilly at times. here's a live look at storm tracker. tracking light showers off to the west. no heavy rain just now. we could have showers and thunderstorms as we head throughout the day today. not an all-day soaker. look at those temperatures. winds are breezy out of the southwest 10 to 20 miles per hour. temperatures soar into the 70s down the jersey shore overnight tonight, another mild and muggy night. patchy fog, mostly cloudy skies. winds get lighter. temperatures stay in the 50s and 40s. these overnight low temperatures are still well above where we should be during the day. everything is flip-flopped. it stays very mild throughout the rest of your christmas. >> beautiful. >> you're a fan, i can tell. >> it's so great.
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with the holiday season. not looking too crazy right now. >> not too bad, but it's foggy. it's just tough to see. a lot of speed restrictions. sprain northbound on the ramp to the cross westchester expressway, there's an accident there. let's take a live look at the brooklyn bridge this morning. it's not bad. things are moving along both directions. looks great. even the bqe looks like there's not too much traffic. don't expect too much this morning. >> and we're talking about those delays. 5:26 right now. delays. more on that with lori. >> reporter: i'm lori bordonaro live at laguardia airport, where the holiday travel rush is on. how the flights are faring coming up. and new this morning, the man who police say is targeting people on the subway, and he may not be working alone. if you are about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." so easy. download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device right now.
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a string of deadly tornadoes tore through the southeast overnight, and minute by minute, we're learning more about what was lost in the spring-like storms. and because of that same storm system, many people rushing to get out of town may run into more trouble at the airports today. it didn't take long for today's weather to break some
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welcome to the warmest christmas eve ever. "today in new york" starts right now. good morning. thanks so much for joining us. it is thursday, december 24th. i'm natalie pasquarella. >> i'm lynda baquero. darlene and michael are off today. so is chris. i'm happy to be part of this record breaking. >> lots of folks out there very pleased, except for the snow lovers. we hear your pain and cries. we want snow for you later on. we'll get it eventually but not today. 63 outside right now. patchy fog. breezy and warm throughout the afternoon. high temperature of 74. obviously obliterating the old record of 63 degrees. we could have a few pop-up showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. very spring-like on this christmas eve. we'll look at that dense fog coming up. emily west is here with a look at your commute. >> not much volume on the roads, but we have a few accidents.
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at jericho turnpike. a new one here on the northern state westbound. jackie robinson northbound at cypress hill street, right lane blocked with a crash. to new jersey on 22, another accident eastbound at north broad street. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. people this morning across the southern u.s. are digging through the damage left behind by a series of deadly tornadoes. the storms killed at least seven people. one of the victims was a 7-year-old boy who was in a van that was tossed around by strong winds in northwest mississippi. we've got new video showing some of the damage in perry county, tennessee. that's about 100 miles west of nashville. at least two people have been reported missing there. >> it's like 10 to 15 houses totally gone. they're totally gone. >> and as many as 20 homes were torn apart in the town of holly springs, mississippi, just south of the tennessee border. the storm also threw several cars off of a roadway.
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the frightening moment when a tractor trailer was knocked off by the strong winds across interstate 55. right now, many travelers are packing up and preparing to get out of town for the holiday. backups at local airports might slow things down. "today in new york's" lori bordonaro is live at laguardia. >> reporter: a lot of flights are rescheduled from yesterday, so the lines here a little longer than usual. we've been talking to a lot of passengers here. so far, no major headaches here at laguardia. a very big change from yesterday when there were so many delays. the rain and fog holding up thousands of flights across the country yesterday. the good news coming out of air travel this year is that airfare for the top 40 domestic flights is 6% lower thr er er this holiday season. also, some relief at the gas pumps this year as well. gas averaging just $2 a gallon, 37 cents less than last year.
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million people are expected to hit the roads for christmas. for those who are flying so far, things running smoothly here at laguardia. >> given that it's 4:00 in the morning, we thought it would be quicker. it is what it is. >> a little nervous, but i think we're going to make it. exciting because we got to get there, enjoy the beach and the weather. >> reporter: metro north also adding extra service for holiday travelers who are opting for mass transit. flight aware was reporting that there were 6,000 delays across the country yesterday. today reporting just 100. so again, in much better shape today for christmas eve. back to you. >> lori, thanks so much. of course, we're so happy to hear about the improvements. and for those of you heading out to the airport right now, you don't have to carry your winter coat with the you. you can even skip it. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in times square this morning where early morning shoppers are reeling from this warm weather. we saw people in t-shirts earlier.
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>> reporter: and shorts as well. they're enjoying being out and about in this warm weather. in fact, in one of my many bags that i carry, i found my hot hands. hand warmers from last winter. i know a lot of people remember january and february earlier this year. it was brutal. now take a look. people are enjoying this weather. it is warm. people out here in times square sitting down, just enjoying the early morning. we've seen people wearing t-shirts, shorts, but really not those heavy coats. people tell us that it makes them want to stay outside longer. highs in the 60s. people have taken to the parks. they're all over midtown manhattan. from new york to the jersey shore, we're noticing people are enjoying this. it is incredibly warm. in cape may, visitors strolled down the streets, took in shopping. normally it is frigid down there this time of year. yet, more people are golfing instead of skiing. we've been chatting with folks over here in times square enjoying the warm weather. >> it's strange. in a way it's strange because it's christmas.
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time, but yeah, it's pretty nice. >> reporter: and there is an electronic billboard out here saying visit florida for the warm weather. we can't get the timing right. it's that electronic billboard right there, but it says enjoy the warm weather, visit florida. but it's so mild up here, in ft. myers, the chamber of commerce has noticed they're not getting as many visitors this time of year compared to last year. they're hoping after january they'll get that influx of visitors that they're used to. again, it has been just so warm up here in the east, not a lot of people flocking to florida. >> yeah, really no need. >> not yet. we'll see what happens in january and february. thank you, kat. 5:35 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. >> good morning, guys. it's going to be warmer this christmas here in new york city than it will be in los angeles and also phoenix. just to give you an idea of how things have flip-flopped across the country. a look at your weather headlines for today. already broke a record for the
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central park records go back to the 1800s. that was a long-standing record that has been broken. patchy, dense fog around the tri-state. that's something to watch out for. temperatures into the 70s later today. a passing shower or storm can't be ruled out. you can see visibility is still down in white plains. still struggling here. near zero in westchester county. other trouble spots mainly north and east of town. we are tracking patchy, dense fog around bridgeport as well. we're not tracking any heavy rain right now, but there's more rain off to the west with a cold front that's going to sweep in throughout the day. showers and a few spring-like thunderstorms on this christmas eve day. a very unchristmas high of 74 degrees. let's see how the commute is looking so far. emily west has a look at that. >> good morning. for your mass transit, commuter rails, everything is on a normal schedule. this afternoon, you'll find extra trains for the getaway. everything right now looks okay. subways are doing fine. let's take a live look at the
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no problems. traveling around the helix. that looks like a nice ride. with the buses, everything is running on schedule. check ahead with new jersey transit. you could mind find that a little different. alternate side, meter rules are in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. new this morning, police have identified a man wanted in a series of subway robberies. they say he's 21-year-old richard brown. investigators have linked him to five robberies in queens and brooklyn dating all the way back to august. police say he approaches his victims on board subway trains, tells them he has a gun, and steals their cell phones. in some cases, he had an accomplice with him. this morning, we're getting a clearer look at the women suspected of swiping more than $600,000 worth of items from a knick player. take a look at this surveillance video. you can clearly see the two women at the up and down club on 14th street saturday morning. there they are. police say knicks' forward derek
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his apartment. after they left his home, he says he noticed jewelry and other items were missing. >> lesson learned here is don't know that well. >> good lesson there. well, when asked about what happened, williams had no comment. if you recognize those women, police ask you to give them a call. odell beckham jr. will be on the sidelines this sunday night against the vikings. the nfl upheld his one-game suspension after the giants wide receiver tried to appeal it at yesterday. the nfl suspended beckham for a violent performance, which included a helmet-to-helmet hit during last sunday's game against the panthers. beckham accepted the punishment and released this statement. i owe some people an apology. i wasn't raised to act like i did the other day. i'm not here to make excuses for my conduct. this isn't about anything that was said or done to me. this is about my behavior, and i'm responsible for my behavior. people expect better from me, and i expect better from myself. i want to apologize to giants fans.
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what happened the other day was embarrassing to them and embarrassing to me. a woman who claimed to be the mistress of yankee general manager brian cashman has been pleaded guilty to blackmailing him. as part of a rare plea deal, she didn't actually have to admit guilt in the case. the judge granted her probation, and that sentence will run concurrently with a five-year term she's already serving on fraud charges. this morning, police are asking for your help to make an arrest in a case of subway rage on the 7 train. we want to show you a picture. witnesses say this woman snapped when another woman accidently bumped into her. she appears to have her eyes closed in that picture. the victim says the woman began pulling her hair and punching her. the woman ran off the train either at the hunters point or vernon boulevard jackson avenue stops. the victim has a dislocated shoulder. this morning, two local military families are making funeral arrangements for their loved ones. yesterday the bodies of six air
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they died in a suicide bombing in afghanistan on monday. among those kills are two local airmen. one of them was on leave from the nypd for his tour of duty. he was honored at the september 11th memorial in lower manhattan. 5:40 this morning. coming up, chaos inside the largest mall in america. protesters scuffled with police during the height of holiday shopping. and what one lunch lady did at this microphone that made students' jaws drop. we have your weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. you're watching "today in new
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news reporter: hurricane patricia, hit vallarta nayarit and manzanillo, mexico, on october 23. yeah...but no major damage was done. and as you can see, everything is...exactly as it should be. so, mexico invited the good patricias to come. a lot...of good patricia's. who do you think names the
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it is 5:43 this morning. merry christmas eve to you out there. you're watching "today in new york." a live look from the gwb this
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more coming up in a couple minutes. eight months to go until the summer olympics. an important venue is not only ready, it's being used. residents of rio de janeiro took an inaugural women in the newly built pool. for now, it was a chance for people to escape yesterday's 97-degree heat. all right. well, not 97 degrees around here, but pretty close. temperatures in the 70s on this christmas eve. it's going to be already the warmest christmas eve on record in central park. breezy as well. skating, lots of pud lts on the ice already. it's going to be hard to keep that ice from melting today. it's 63 balmy degrees already. still a beautiful holiday scene downstairs. you can see very festive looking without the snow. temperatures in the 60s all around the rest of the region. even low 70s. looking at 70 in jersey city already. 67 degrees staten island.
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temperatures in the 60s in city island. approaching 70 in trenton now. 69 degrees as you start your holiday. 64 in danbury. 66 down the shore in long branch. a little breezy today. right now we're seeing the strongest winds along the coast, especially eastern long island. we have a wind gust of 23 miles per hour for islip and montauk. breezy for you as well. here's a look at storm tracker. it's a dry picture right now. we had some heavy rain moving through yesterday. picked up over an inch, inch and a half in many spots. we needed that rain. that was good news. you can see everything has quieted down. there's more off to the west. this is a cold front that's slicing through portions of the appalachians and pennsylvania. this is going to slide on in throughout the day today. talking about temperatures over the next few days, jumping ahead to the weekend, record warmth today, record warmth tomorrow, then we cool down as we start the weekend. saturday is cooler and damp. on-and-off showers. a high of only 52. we're back to the low 70s.
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also with a few showers in the forecast. it is unsettled throughout both weekend days. you can see on future tracker around 8:00 this morning, more showers popping through from time to time. not an all-day soccer k soaker. by lunchtime, mainly dry. around 3:00, 4:00 p.m., a couple showers are possible. temperatures into the 70s ahead of that cold front. tomorrow is cooler by about 10 degrees but still extremely mild. probably the warmest christmas on record. way down on monday, 44 degrees. winds chills in the 20s and 30s throughout the day. even though you don't need it today, emily west, know where your winter jacket is. you'll want it monday. >> i wore it to do. i was sweating outside. i got to get the right coat. a few things going on with the roads. volume isn't bad. a few accidents. 22 eastbound at north broad
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the hutch, there's a disabled which i'll get to in a second. the sprain northbound around the cross county expressway, there's an accident. speed restriction on the tappan zee due to the fog. this disabled on the hutch is southbound around the cross county. a few things on the fdr. you can see the delays on the fdr. first a crash southbound by 96th street. from 71st to 63rd, you still have construction. that's taking up a lane. crash on the jackie robinson parkway. that's cleared. on long island, the north state crash is still there. don't expect too many people to be out and about this morning. due to the fog, already seeing issues. uptown delays on the a train this morning due to signal problems. alternate side, meter rules in effect. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thanks. 5:47 right now. a grand jury in new jersey indicted the truck driver involved in that crash that seriously injured comedian tracy morgan. kevin roper is facing several charges, including aggravated
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he was driving the walmart truck that slammed into morgan's limo on the turnpike last year. median james mcnair was killed. the ntsb says roper was speeding and had been awake 28 hours prior to the crash. that young mom accused of intentionally mowing down tourists in las vegas is being called distraught. that's what lakeisha holloway's lawyer said yesterday at her first court appearance. prosecutors accused her of intentionally driving down a sidewalk, killing one person and hitting dozens more. holloway's young daughter was in the car at the time. that led to child abuse and endangerment charges. and the man who admitted to killing three people in a planned parenthood in colorado springs will now undergo a mental health evaluation. a judge ordered the exam for 57-year-old robert dear at a hearing yesterday afternoon. this coming after dear asked the judge if he could fire his lawyers and represent himself. dear will spend the next 60 days at the state mental hospital in pueblo, colorado. an investigation is now under way into the death of a
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barbara dawson originally went to the hospital complaining of stomach pain on sunday night. she was treated and discharged a few hours later. she claims she wasn't feeling well still and wanted to stay. the hospital then called police, and dawson was arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing, but she ended up collapsing while being put into the police officer's car. >> when he got her to the car, they opened the door and tried to put her in the car. then she collapsed. they got the doctor to come out thereto. they couldn't get no pulse. >> the hospital claims dawson died from a blood clot from being overweight, but dawson's family says she was mistreated. they now plan to file a lawsuit against the hospital and possibly the police. chaos consumed the largest mall in the country on the busiest shopping day of the year. >> you are under arrest!
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matter protesters took over the mall of america and the minneapolis-st. paul airport yesterday. they were demonstrating against the shooting death of jamar clark by chicago police. airport check points were closed for about 45 minutes. and a lunch lady in pennsylvania wowed a group of high school students while belting out a christmas classic. take a look. shining star upon the highest bough >> wow. becky alder hit those high notes during a teachers' karaoke event in montgomery county. good for her. you could imagine, the teen chatter in the cafeteria quickly turned to screams. they were saying who knew. >> everybody pulling out their phone. she sounds fantastic. your time check right now is 5:50. christmas came early for some beatles fans.
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music lovers thrilled. and the nypd officer who went above and beyond to rescue a furry little victim. wait physical
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it is 5:53 right now.
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on the tappan zee bring. i think it has to do with the fog. emily will have an update. i know the speed limit has been lowered on the bridge. at this hour this morning, the beatles were one of the last holdouts to stream their music online. but that was yesterday. as of midnight, services like spotify, google play started playing tunes by the fab four. the music industry calls that a turning point. adele and taylor swift, however, are still saying no to those streaming sites. >> big deal. 5:54 right now. weather and traffic on the 4s. so warm out there. i saw kat creag pulling out the hand warmers from the bottom of her bag. don't need those. >> she may need them monday. windchills back in the 30s. the record high temperature for christmas eve used to be 63 degrees. that was back in 1996. you may remember it. i think i do. 63 was the old record. we've already been as warm as 67
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that record is gone. i think we're going to break it in the 70s later this afternoon. the high temperature forecast to be 74 degrees. tomorrow, another record in jeopardy. the warmest christmas day on record in central park, 64 degrees. that was back in 1982. we're going to be very close to that. even overnight tonight into tomorrow morning, we could see temperatures in the mid-60s. that record is also in danger of being broken. 74 for your high in central park. 65 in glen cove. scattered showers and storms, warm and breezy throughout the afternoon. if you're heading out to do very last-minute shopping, have the umbrella with you. could have a few heavy downpours. spring-like thunderstorms today on this christmas eve. >> carry your umbrella as you shop around. all right. how are the roads and rails looking? >> we have trouble with the uptown a train right now. signal problems at 80th street. you'll find delays if you're heading uptown on the a train. let's head out and about, take a live check. we're dealing with a lot of fog this morning. looks like the ride there, i
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connecticut turnpike is going to be a good go this morning. not too many people out on the roads this morning. take it easy with the fog. >> thank you, emily. well, at least four colleges in connecticut are now banning those hoverboards because of safety issues. this comes as more than 16 hoverboard fires in 13 states are under investigation by the consumer product safety commission. the colleges instituting the ban are sacred heart university, university of hartford, university of bridgeport, and the university of new haven. it's not clear why at this point some scooters are catching fire. some are blaming the lithium ion batteries. there's a new effort on long island to keep toy guns out of the hands of children. the toy guns for toys exchange program was held yesterday in hempstead. children dropped a toy gun into the big bucket and claimed their prize. more than 500 toys were available for children in the big swap. organizers say they collected about 50 toy guns. they're hoping the idea will spread across the tri-state area. excited to show you this video here going viral of a
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an nypd officer. you're going to say aww. take a look. the video posted on facebook was recorded friday on the grand central parkway. there he goes. the highway unit officer stopping traffic to save the cat that accidently wandered out on the road. according to the facebook post, the cat and the officer are now new friends and doing well. >> it's always the pets that melt our hearts. >> very cute. right now it is 5:57. coming up next at 6:00, the airlines are trying to get things back on track today after thousands of travelers got left stranded by yesterday's storms. also, a possible data breach at a major hotel chain. what they're telling customers this morning. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device.
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tornadoes send people scrambling for shelter. and that severe weather is causing travel trouble across the nation, even leaving some people stuck at our local airports. plus, santa might be arriving in shorts tonight as our area hits a new record high temperature on this christmas eve. "today in new york" starts right now. good morning. we thank you so much for joining us. it's thursday, december 24th. i'm natalie pasquarella. >> i'm lynda baquero. michael, darlene, and chris are all off today. if you're headed to the airport to take a snow skiing holiday, raphael miranda says no way. >> you have to head west to the rockies if you want any snow. this warmth extending all over the midwest and northeast. we've already broke an record for the warmest central park christmas eve. those records go back to the 1800s. we smashed it already today. areas of patchy fog. it is a little tricky traveling around the region, just like yesterday. that dense fog in place with this warm, moist air mass.
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breezy and warm today. scattered showers and storms. a high temperature of 74 incredible degrees. we'll look at that patchy fog and tell you where the visibility is worst coming up in a few. >> it's a slow go on the fdr this morning. accident wrapping up southbound at 96th street. road work delays from 71th to 63rd. also on long island, a crash on the northern state near routes 106 and 107. volume is not too bad. there is emergency road work in the right lane on the l.i.e. eastbound after deer park avenue. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. happening now, people across the southern u.s. are digging through the damage left behind by a series of deadly tornadoes. those storms killed at least seven people, including four in mississippi. this new video is showing some of the aftermath in the town of clarksdale. look at that. more than 20 homes were damaged or destroyed there.
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region today to survey all that damage. right now, frustrated travelers are hoping to make it to their holiday destinations on time. yesterday's severe weather led to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations, including here in our area. "today in new york's" lori bordonaro is at laguardia airport to see how things are going there so far this morning. good morning, lori. >> reporter: and good morning, lynda. when we first arrived here at about 4:00 this morning, we saw a few frantic people trying to get through security with their boarding passes from yesterday. other than that, it's been pretty much hassle free here. no major delays at this point. again, a lot of flights rescheduled from yesterday. the lines here are a little longer than expected. the rain and fog held up thousands of flights yesterday, about 6,000 across the country. however, there is good reason to travel this year. airfare for the top 40 domestic flights is 6% lower this holiday season. about $174 round trip. also, some relief at the gas pumps this year. gas averaging $2 a gallon, 37
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according to aaa, a record 100 million people are expected to hit the roads for christmas. we spoke to some people here traveling by air who expected flight delays but are pleasantly surprised. >> just waited in a long line to check in. but i think our flight isn't delayed. hopefully the security line isn't bad. >> reporter: and for those taking mass transit, lirr and metro north are running extra service. again, back here we've been checking the boards, not too many delays. just very scattered. about 45 minutes to about three hours. not too bad. back to you. >> thank you very much, lori. the last-minute shopping rush is on, but why head to the mall when it's so nice out there? our area is feeling some of those record warm temperatures on this christmas eve. want to get out to "today in new york's" katherine creag in times square with a look at what people are up to this morning and really what they're wearing, kat. >> reporter: not much. but in a good way. we're not yet seeing the women in bikinis here in times square, but we see a lot of short
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in fact, we're seeing people sitting down here at that bench. the workers are about to set up the tables and the chairs here on the plaza in times square. with highs in the 60s, people are enjoying being outside. in the parks, they're there. they're all over midtown manhattan. from new york to the jersey shore, it's been incredibly warm over the past few weeks, really, and in the days to come. in cape may, visitors strolled down the streets, took in some shopping. normally it would be frigid down there this time of year, yet more people are going golfing instead of skiing. we chatted with some visitors from australia. it is summer there, and they thought when they visited new york, they would see some snow here. >> we were super prepared for it to be really cold. we were really happy when we got here that it was kind of warm. otherwise, we would not have been able to handle that. it never gets this cold in australia. >> i was going to say, does the winter have more for fashion
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>> yeah, a little bit maybe. >> reporter: no heavy coats this morning. we're seeing people in sweatshirts and t-shirts, short sleeves. we saw a couple people in shorts. on this warm thursday morning, christmas eve, it's 64 degrees. imagine in australia, natalie and linda, it's 69 degrees there right now. i think it's also 8:00 at night, 9:00 at night. but it is 69 degrees there right now in the middle of summer. and it's 64 degrees here in the spring of new york city, no, in winter. but it feels like spring. back to you. >> definitely feels like it, kat. funny because they're saying for all the kids, it's santa in shorts. perfect. >> absolutely. the reindeer, don't need an extra coat or anything. >> it's bizarre. and it's 54 in l.a. right now, by the way. so 64 in new york, 54 in l.a. on this christmas eve morning. nice one for us. you can see on your weather headlines, already broke the record this morning. warmest christmas eve on record
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probably going to break it again tomorrow for christmas day. we have patchy, dense fog out there. that could cause trouble for you travelers. 70 later today with a few passing showers and even a few spring-like thunderstorms. visibility still troublesome in places like poughkeepsie, newburgh. visibility up to an eighth of a mile. that's better than near zero. still not good in westchester county. visibility also tough in bridgeport, islip, and westhampton. tracking that fog mainly to the north and east of new york city. here's a live look at storm tracker. not tracking any heavy rain out there. there is more rain off to the west. we could see a few more showers and thunderstorms. 74 degrees your high temperature. it's breezy and mild to say the least throughout the afternoon. pop-up showers and storms. grab the umbrella to be on the safe side. we'll look at the seven-day forecast in a few. big ups and downs coming our way. right now emily west is here with your commute. >> we have subway delays. uptown delays on the a train.
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near 80th street. for your commuter checklist, everything is on schedule, on a normal schedule. starting this afternoon, you're going to find extra trains for metro north, lirr, and new jersey transit. that's for the getaway. the buses, everything is on schedule too. not too bad there. alternate side, meter rules in effect. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thanks, emily. new this morning, police have released a photo of a man wanted for several subway robberies in brooklyn and queens. he's identified as 21-year-old richard brown. police say he's been going up to people inside subway cars, telling them he has a gun, and stealing their cell phone. he's allegedly robbed six people since august, sometimes with the help of an accomplice. and also this morning, police are asking for your help making an arrest in a case of subway rage on the 7 train. take a look at this photo. here she seems calm and maybe sleeping. witnesses say this woman snapped when another woman accidently bumped into her on the train. the victim says that the woman
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the woman ran off the train either at the hunters point or vernon boulevard jackson avenue stop. this morning two, local military families are making funeral arrangements for their loved ones. yesterday, the bodies of six air national guard members arrived in delaware. they died in a suicide bombing in afghanistan on monday. among those killed are two local airmen. one was on leave from the nypd during his tour of duty. also here in new york, he was honored at the september 11th memorial in lower manhattan. members of the nypd held a moment of silence and laid flowers at the memorial in honor of their fellow officer. senator chuck schumer is demanding a full federal investigation into a local cyber breach that could have turned deadly. homeland security says iranian hackers targeted the bowman
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now schumer wants to know how vul vulnerable the nation's infrastructure is. >> it was a crystal clear wake-up call that cities, municipalities, utilities, those who supply critical infrastructure large and small could be targets. >> westchester county executive calls it unacceptable he was never told about the cyber attack. he said he learned about it in the newspaper. your time now, 6:09. in this morning's cnbc money report, there's word of a new data breach. this time it involves a major hotel chain. kate rodgers joins us with those details and more. >> hi, natalie. that's right. hyatt hotels is investigating a possible data breach. the resort chain discovered malicious software on the system that processes customer payments. hyatt is telling customers to check their statements but isn't saying whether any personal information was stolen. it's just the latest hotel chain to disclose it's been attacked this year.
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telling customers their holiday packages are being delayed by several days. "the wall street journal" reports chains such as ed dae bauer and pacific sunwear are blaming a big network backlog at fedex. orders in the northeast are impacted the most. fedex says it's been oerptd perating around the clock. natalie and lynda, back to you. >> kate, thanks. right now it is 6:10. still ahead, we're going it tell you about madonna, who's in court. we'll tell you why the pop star may be about to face a major custody battle. also up next, a knicks player gets ripped off. how he met the two women accused of stealing more than $600,000 worth of jewelry and other items right out of his house. plus, we have your weather
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coming up on 6:14 right now. four things to know this morning. at least seven people are dead following a string of tornados in the southeast. those storms were so bad, the national weather service issued a new warning, a particularly dangerous situation in the region. right now, airlines are trying to get back on track following yesterday's storm-related issues. hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed nationwide. you can now stream your favorite beatles songs online. as of midnight, services like spotify and google play started playing those tunes by the fab four. and santa and his reindeer, they're in the air. look at them. they're flying high. we have a live look there of norad's santa tracker. you can see old st. nick. he's now over russia. he's already delivered more than 70 million gifts.
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>> change into shorts when he gets here. perfect timing with your weather and traffic on the 4s. >> that's right. tracking that very warm weather across nassau county right now. temperatures approaching 60 in many spots already. 59 in muttontown. 60 in floral park. can't find any chilly weather own this christmas eve morning. 57 in north merrick. warm weather all around the tri-state. in fact, approaching 70 already in trenton. unbelievable. 69 degrees more you. 56 in poughkeepsie. 57 in bridgeport. it is a little breezy. we have that patchy, dense fog. also, winds gusting over 20 miles per hour in some spots, like westhampton and danbury. it will stay breezy throughout the day, but it's a warm breeze out of the southwest. you can see on storm tracker, quiet picture right now in terms of the rain. starting to see showers pop up just to the west of town. those are going to be moving into central and southern new jersey over the next hour or so. there is more rain where this came from. you can see a cold front across
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the east throughout the day today, increasing our shower chance as we head into the afternoon especially. we have the warmest christmas eve on record in central park already. the month as a whole has also been very warm. since december 1st, the average temperature has been above 50 degrees. that's over 12 degrees above where we should be. and it will certainly place us in the warmest december on record in central park. we also got some decent rain yesterday. finally we're above average in terms of that precipitation. almost 4 inches of rain for the month so far. and there's more on the way today. you can see on future tracker around 8:00, those showers are moving through the city. it's umbrella time as you're heading out to work. definitely want to have it to be on the safe side. around lunchtime, it's not an all-day soaker. the rain eases up from time to time. a few more showers are possible as we head into the late afternoon and early evening. the high temperature today, 74 degrees. mild and breezy.
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the year. 57 overnight tonight. mild and moist. watch out for more patchy dense fog, especially in the suburbs. there's your seven-day forecast. major temperature swings coming over the next few days. tomorrow, mild for christmas. a high of 65 degrees. dry as well. showery to start the weekend. 52 on saturday. back up to 70 on saturday with showers. dry and chilly on monday with windchills in the 20s throughout the day. getting ready for that. it's hard to believe windchills in the 20s eventually. >> all over the place. not too much traffic on the roads, but we have several accidents. foggy out and about. southern state parkway eastbound, a crash at park avenue. we have this road work, construction on the l.i.e. eastbound just past deer park avenue. that's in the right lane. reports of a vehicle fire on the meadowbrook northbound near hempstead turnpike. also, we have delays with the tappan zee. the sprain did clear.
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a report of a person changing their tire. that's going to be heading southbound. definitely look out for that. a couple things on the fdr. a crash here southbound at 96th street. that takes up a lane. once you get around it, we have some road work that is pretty much wrapped up. still could find slowing from 71st to 63rd. also, the turnpike approach to the holland. we have an accident here in the left lane. you're going to find about ten-minute delays in the turnpike approach. route 1-9, that's your way to go this morning. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thanks. this morning, two women are being blamed for a high-dollar heist at an nba player's tribeca apartment. here's a look at the surveillance video. you can clearly see the two women standing outside the up and down club on 14th street saturday morning. police say knicks' forward derek williams invited those women to his apartment. after they left his home, he
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jewelry and other items missing. >> sometimes when you go out, you have to be very careful of who you end up leaving with, you know. unfortunately, hopefully he had everything insured. if he did, you win, you lose. >> well, when asked about what happened, williams had no comment. if you recognize those women, you should call police. the nba is launching an anti-gun violence campaign with new public service announcements expected to debut tomorrow. >> you can go around the corner, get a gun. go to this person, get a gun. it's too easy, too accessible. it's going to be like that until against that. >> the nba teamed up with the advocacy group every town for lee. they'll feature carmelo anthony. those psas call on people to join their campaign. and on long island, there's a new effort to keep toy guns
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the toy guns for toys exchange program was held yesterday in hempstead. children dropped a toy gun into the bucket and claimed a prize. organizers say they collected about 50 toy guns. they're hoping this idea will spread all across the tri-state area. well, all one airport wants for christmas is fuel. at bradley international airport in connecticut, they're blaming a fuel shortage for delays yesterday afternoon. the connecticut airport authority says fuel was supposed to be delivered to the airport but didn't arrive on time because of a pump problem in new haven. fuel was eventually delivered by a truck, getting everything finally back on track. your time now is 6:20. up next, the celestial event that will have scientists watching the skies today. and later, odell beckham jr. will be on the sidelines this weekend. we'll share with you the giants' star message about his
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welcome back on this christmas eve morning. we take a look, your time now 6:24. santa and his reindeer will have some company while they fly high up over the earth. what's being called the christmas eve asteroid will pass by earth. it'll come as close as 7 million miles in just a couple hours. but it won't be close enough to see. nasa is telling everyone, just calm calm down a little bit. all of those doomsday predictions trending online are just not true. >> it's like a near miss with the sleigh and the reindeer. >> and today as we do our shopping outside, it is very warm. are we going to see any rain? >> there might be some rain today. besides temperatures in the 70s, we could see a few showers and a few thunderstorms. a very spring-like pattern
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winds oullof the southwest, breezy at 10 to 20 miles per hour. that's going to surge those temperatures through the afternoon up to 70. breaking all sorts of records for today. up to 74 in point pleasant. 69 your high temperature in new paltz. very mild tonight. temperatures in the upper 50s in the city. can't find any chilly weather. the coolest we can get are 40s north into the hudson valley. still, that's nothing for this time of year. 42 your low in bethel. 49 in cold spring. another mild day for christmas. dry tomorrow. we can finally get rid of the rain for one day, for christmas day. >> we need the rain though. >> it's beneficial. >> and taking a quick look at your roads right now. how is that fog looking? >> it's still causing a problem with the roadways. have a lot of problems. not too much volume. also with the subways, there are delays on the uptown a train due
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also a live look at the holland tunnel this morning. the turnpike approach. you can see there is a crash. the flashing lights at the turnpike approach. you're looking at ten minutes and building. if you can go with route 1-9 that, will get you there quicker. >> thank you, emily. coming up next, travellers are trying to get home for the holiday. >> reporter: i'm lori bordonaro live at laguardia airport, where the holiday travel rush is on. i'll have the latest on delays coming up. >> reporter: and i'm katherine creag live in balmy times square, where a lot ofeople have a lot to say about this weather. it is incredibly warm. is it making them feel festive though? we'll have details coming up. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app
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now at this hour, tornado terror in the south as a spring of twisters leave at least seven people dead and a trail of devastation. that severe weather causing travel troubles across the nation. plus, it is the warmest
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we're making history this morning. storm team 4 will tells just how hot it's going to get. "today in new york" starts right now. good morning, everyone. it is thursday, december 24th, christmas eve. i'm lynda baquero. >> and i'm natalie pasquarella. darlene and michael are off today. chris is off as well. we have storm team 4's raphael miranda here with the forecast. >> good morning, guys. we're making weather history on this christmas eve day. already the warmest on record. temperatures have been as warm as 67 degrees already as you're starting your day. right now we're down to 64, which is still above the previous record, that was 63 degrees. patchy, dense fog out there. besides the warm weather, a couple showers and storms are possible. look at those temperatures. absolutely incredible. 71 by lunchtime. today's high temperature, 74 degrees. even around 6:00, it's still near 70. we'll take a look at that patchy, dense fog. it is causing trouble for travelers. we'll have a look at that in a minute. emily west is here with your commute. >> the fog really is causing delays.
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not much volume. one here on the fdr southbound at 96th street. you can see the flashing lights. just going to have to move over. we have some construction, but that did clear. in sufficient more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thanks, emily. investigators will be surveying the damage caused by several deadly tornadoes across the southern u.s. the storms killed at least seven people. one was a 7-year-old boy who was in a van that was picked up and thrown by the strong winds in northwest mississippi. another victim was an 18-year-old girl, whose house was struck by a falling free ing ing tree in arkansas. in tennessee, at least two people are still missing. that severe weather led to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations nationwide, leaving some travelers stuck at our area's airports. want to head to "today in new york's" lori bordonaro at laguardia airport.
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better shape than we were yesterday. just seeing scattered delays here at laguardia airport. flight aware reporting only about 100 delays across the country. 6,000. the fog and rain were making for very rough flying conditions. flights here today are taking off on time for the most part. there is good reason to travel this year. airfare for the top 40 domestic flights is 6% lower this holiday season, about $174 round trip. also some relief at gas pumps this year. gas averaging $2 a gallon, 37 cents less than last year. according to aaa, a record 100 million people are expected to hit the roads for christmas. we spoke to some people here at laguardia, who tell us they planned for delays after learning lessons from the past. >> i flew last year at this time and also missed my flight. i understand it's busy on this day every year. >> reporter: a lot of people are expected to take mass transit this christmas.
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extra service. also, port authority adding extra customer service. and i've been here at laguardia on christmas eve in the past. people have actually been snowed in for the holidays. they couldn't make it home. we're definitely faring much better this year. back to you. >> glad to hear it. thanks. and with our area feeling those record highs, it may be too nice to head inside a mall for last-minute shopping. katherine creag is in times square. she's looking at what people are up to this morning. no sun outside, so they can't be sunbathing just yet. close enough, right? >> reporter: not just yet, but it feels like a beach day out here. it's in the mid-60s. a little kid just passed us in a stroller, not bundled up at all. people in light jackets. we've seen t-shirts. we have seen shorts. with highs in the 60s, people tell us they're enjoying being outside. they're in the parks, all over midtown manhattan.
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to the jersey shore, it's been incredibly warm over the last several days. coming up in the next few days, in cape may, visitors strolled down the streets, took in some shopping. normally it's cold down there this time of year. yet, more people were golfing instead of skiing. we chatted with some visitors from australia. it's summer there. they thought when theltd y would come up here to the big apple, they would see some snow. >> a little bit. we were even hoping for snow. not here. >> reporter: and here's some people out and about in times square. again, in the mid-60s now. where that guy is from in australia, it's 69 degrees there right now, and it's in the middle of their summer. 71 degrees in santiago and the dr. people enjoying the weather. we've seen more milk shakes than hot cocoa out here. and we're seeing people just taking off their coats because they feel like they're actually overdressed. back to you. >> milk shakes sound good, kat.
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on the 4s. >> maybe an eggnog milk shake. get you in the spirit of things. >> i like that. good idea. >> we have to do anything we can with this warm weather to feel like we're in the holiday spirit. we broke that record earlier this morning. the previous warmest christmas eve day was 63 degrees. we've already been as warm as 67. that record is gone. we have some patchy dense fog out there this morning. please be careful for that. doesn't look like it's going to lift any time soon. it's going to take several hours. temperatures in the 70s later on today with a passing shower. maybe even a rumble of thunder. take a look at this visibility. it's been a troubling thing this morning. dense fog in white plains. still, visibility is way down. trouble spots in poughkeepsie, newburgh. bridgeport, islip, and westhampton all reporting fog at this hour. you can see on storm tracker, at least it's dry for now. the rain has tapered off significantly. more rain off to the west. showers moving in with a cold front throughout the day.
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very spring-like. 74 degrees your high temperature for today. breezy throughout the day. we'll take a look at the seven-day forecast coming up in a few. there are some cold, chilly days coming up. we'll look at that in a few. right now, emily west is here with a look at your commute. >> we have subway delays on uptown a trains. that is due to signal problems right near 80th street this morning. let's take a live look at the belt parkway, where that is moving along fine. again, still dealing with the fog. it's kind of tough to see in spots. here you're moving along okay, especially if you're catching a flight. no flight delays reported. your commuter checklist this morning, a regular schedule, but there are extra trains starting this afternoon. metro north, lirr, new jersey transit. with your buses, same there. alternate side, meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thanks. demonstrators brought travel to a halt in minnesota on one of the busiest travel days of the year. >> back up! you're under arrest!
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hundreds of black lives matter protesters stormed the minneapolis-st. paul airport and the mall of america yesterday. they were demonstrating against the shooting death of jamar clark by chicago police. airport check points were closed for about 45 minutes. at this hour, a queens man is under arrest for an execution execution-style murder that happened on a midtown manhattan street three years ago. lloyd mckenzie was charged in the death of brandon woodard. he was shot in the back of the head back in december of 2012. investigators believe the killing was connected to a drug deal and that mckenzie was the gunman's getaway driver. on long island, we're now learning more about the man accused in a shooting at the roosevelt field mall. police say just days before oliver lee took his semiautomatic handgun into the mall, he'd posted this photo of the weapon on facebook. tourneau watch store tuesday. during a struggle with security,
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mall employee. officials are now praising retired nypd sergeant kenneth krug, who wrestled the gun from lee. >> kenneth krug's actions can only be described as heroic. he was engaged in a life-and-death struggle, and his actions resulted in the defendant only being able to discharge one round. >> lee pleaded not guilty to a long list of charges, including assault. he's being held on a $750,000 bail. well, a runaway mta bus barrelled through the upper west side, causing a chain reaction crash. the unmanned bus rolled down 96th street yesterday afternoon. the bus hit a parked car. the car then crashed into two other vehicles. fortunately, no one was hurt. the mta says the bus driver got out of the bus and forgot to secure the brakes. a grand jury in new jersey indicted the truck driver involved in the crash that seriously injured comedian tracy morgan. kevin roper is facing several charges this morning, including
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he was driving the walmart truck that slammed into morgan's limo on the turnpike last year. comedian james mcnair was killed. the ntsb says roper was speeding and had been awake 28 hours prior to the crash. odell beckham jr. will be on the sidelines this sunday night against the vikings. the nfl upheld his one-game suspension after the giants' wide receiver tried to appeal it at the league's headquarters yesterday. the nfl had suspended beckham for a violent performance, which include a helmet-to-helmet hit during last sunday's game against the panthers. beckham accepted the punishment. he also released this statement. quote, i owe some people an apology. i wasn't raised to act like i did the other day. i'm not here to make excuses for my conduct. this isn't about anything that was said or done to me. this is about my behavior, and i'm responsible for my behavior. people expect better from me, and i expect better from myself. madonna was in a manhattan
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her teenage son. the judge sided with the superstar. the 15-year-old previously said he did not want to leave london, where he's visiting his father, film director guy richie. we'll show you a video now going viral. it's a tender moment involving an nypd officer. it was posted on facebook yesterday, recorded friday on the grand central parkway. it shows a highway unit officer stopping traffic to save a cat that accidently wandered on to the road. according to the facebook post, the cat and the officer are now doing well. >> that's adorable. your time is 6:40 right now. gouging. a new study showing a big gap between men and women's products. plus, it will be a very island man. we're going to tell you what he plans to do with his new $7 million jackpot. also, your weather and a warm holiday week.
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grandma is so happy to be here for your very first christmas. 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.
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it's christmas eve, so we have to check in with santa, see how east doing, where he is. here's a look at norad's santa tracker. he's over the islands in the pacific ocean. going quickly. those reindeer working really hard. so far, he's delivered more than 200 million gifts this morning and counting. and new this morning, it's not coney island, but it could be with today's weather. it's the annual surfing santas way down under in perth, australia. they try to hang ten while ringing in christmas eve. here's something interesting. it only got as high as 80 degrees today in perth. not far from our expected high. 6:44 right now. yeah, we are looking at what looks like a beach morning down the jersey shore. look at these temperatures to start your day. near 70 in many spots.
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68 in howell. 64 in toms river. we have temperatures approaching 70 degrees in princeton. incredible warmth this morning on this christmas eve. record breaking already. it's still getting warmer. 64 in central park. no cold air in place. we have 50s deep into the hudson valley. it's a little breezy out there. winds gusting over 20 miles per hour, especially along the coast. it will stay breezy as we head into the afternoon as a cold front proves through. the problem with that front is that it's going to bring some rain as we head throughout the day. on-and-off showers a possibility. on storm tracker, dry for now. we'll see more shower and thunderstorm activity with that cold front. don't be surprised. may have spring-like storms in the mix as well. plank the weekend, there is a that's saturday. back down to the 50s. cooler with showers as we start the weekend. sunday, back up to 70 degrees. we're warm again. still a little rainy from time to time. the weekend is quite unsettled. it's also unsettled today.
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this is 8:00 a.m. when you see these yellows and oranges, those are heavy downpours because of all the tropical moisture in place. a quick soaking moving through throughout the morning. it quiets down. this is lunchtime. the showers and storms fire up again around 3:00, 4:00 p.m. as that cold front moves through and sags off to the south. a couple more showers a possibility there. look at this. 74 degrees. the old record was 63. already broken for today. 74, warm, and breezy. a couple showers and storms. overnight tonight, down to 47 57 for your low. tomorrow is cooler with that cold front to the south. 65 for your high. probably still going to break a record and be the warmest christmas day in new york city history. then again, temperatures down on saturday, up on sunday, down again on monday. don't be fooled. monday will be chilly. windchills in the 20s with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. lots of changes, emily west.
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>> be ready for it all the time. first off on long island, we do have a few things in suffolk county. here on the southern state eastbound near park avenue, a couple lanes blocked with a crash. late-running road work on the l.i.e. eastbound just past deer park avenue. that's in the right lane. there was a vehicle fire. that's been extinguished on the meadowbrook at hempstead turnpike. now there's a crash. an overturned vehicle on the ramp to hempstead turnpike. that's taking up a lane. on the fdr southbound near 96th in the left lane. you can see the flashing lights. not much traffic, but enough to slow you down. then there are about 20-minute delays at the holland tunnel. that's due to a crash on the turnpike approach to the holland. that's in the left lane. if you could go with route 1-9, go with that instead. the turnpike western spur northbound on the ramp to 280, there's a crash there. you can see the flashing lights there with that accident. give yourself a little bit of
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still have delays on up town a trains this morning due to signal problems. alternate side, meter rules in effect. >> thank you, emily. being a woman is expensive, but that price gap doesn't start at adulthood. check out the price differences that the new york city department of consumer affairs found. a blue helmet on the website, $14.99 on the left. look at the pink version. it's going to cost you $13 more. and a pair of men's jeans, $68. but for the women, it's $88. now, if you see discrepe krep crepancy ies like these, the dca want use to post a picture with the hashtag gender pricing. at least four colleges in connecticut are banning hoverboards because of safety issues. we've been talking about this for weeks now. it comes as more than 16 hoverboard fires in 13 states are under investigation by the consumer product safety commission. the colleges institutes the ban are sacred heart university, university of hartford,
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the university of new haven. some people are getting those scooters for christmas, but christmas came early for one staten island man. he won a $7 million lottery jackpot. he scored the big prize off a golden ticket scratch-off game. he bought it last month from bagels on the island on forest avenue. the win was a dream come true. >> you were shocked? >> oh, yeah. still. >> i can tell. >> once i scratched the prize, i can't believe it, the big amount. >> shocker indeed. mendoza says he wants to use his newfound fortune to buy his family a new home, and he also wants to expand his small construction business. >> looks like a good way to start. >> good for him. time now, 6:49. up next, the memorable meeting one year ago that's become a young new jersey girl's christmas miracle.
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my name is nicolas westcott. i wanted to say merry christmas and happy new year to my girlfriend kerry. i love you. my two boys, riley and ryder, i love you. daddy will be home soon. thank you very much. happy holidays. kids don' t stay little forever. so help them get the opportunity they need. it' s never too early or too late to save for college. you can open a ny 529 account with just $25. and you may get tax benefits if you pay income tax in new york state. someday you' ll look back and be glad you got started. ny' s 529 college savings program.
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6:53. right now, a christmas miracle for a family in new jersey. >> yes, we've learned a young girl battling a rare form of cancer is now in remission. this is 12-year-old grace west. two years ago, she was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma. last year, the make a wish foundation flew grace and her family to rome, where grace met pope francis. >> it was a moment of victory. it's like, i beat it, i beat it, it's gone. i think the pope made the miracle happen, and everybody that prayed for me in the community really made it happen. >> grace is now part of a
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which means another year of medicines and scans, but just so happy to hear about that. grateful. >> very nice little miracle there. well, the "today" show is coming up. let's check in with matt and hoda. merry christmas eve. >> lynda and natalie, nice to see you guys. coming up, we have to talk about these deadly storms that slammed the south. it's an unseasonably outbreak of tornadoes. from what we're hearing, the threat is not over yet. plus, the weather is creating a holiday nightmare for the record number of us expected to travel this year. thousands of flight delays have airlines playing catch-up today then to politics, donald trump leading in a new national poll as ted cruz takes on "the washington post" over that cartoon controversy. and where you can still buy gifts that don't look last minute, even though we all know that they are indeed last minute. >> those stories plus we're going to cook for a holiday crowd out on the plaza. because it's so warm.
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dinner as we get started on a thursday morning. by the way, lynda, i have a better get baquero story. i e-mailed you this morning. >> all right. you got it, matt. for you, anything. >> you're the best. thank you. >> thank you. up next, raphael will give us an update on this record-breaking but wet holiday forecast. >> you're watching "today in new
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[ dog barks ] [ bark ] there it is! [ gasps ] oh no! look, the sky's awake! that. was. epic!
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6:57 now. the airlines this morning are
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track after thousands of travelers were left stranded by yesterday's strong storms. >> "today in new york's" lori bordonaro is at laguardia with a look. >> reporter: some flights have been rescheduled from yesterday. so it's very busy here at laguardia airport, but no major delays at this point. a very big change from yesterday. all of that rain and fog really held up thousands of travelers as they headed out for the holidays. a good reason, though, to travel this year, airfare for the top 40 domestic flights is 6% lower this holiday season, about $174 a round trip. good news there. back to you. >> very good news. thank you, lori. now to katherine creag in times square, where people are already up and enjoying these record-setting warm temperatures. kat? >> reporter: and you just have to look around to see how people are enjoying the warm weather. some of these people have light jackets on. one woman there in the red, maybe she'll be in her frame, she has her coat. looks like a wool coat in her hands. highs in the 60s, people are
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they're in the parks. they're all over midtown manhattan. from new york to the jersey shore, it has been incredibly warm. last-minute shopping, a lot of people tell us, you're not battling bitter temperatures. also, we just want to point out, ken chadwick, one of our co-workers, said he saw an ice cream truck by 6th avenue and 50th street. i bet it's still there if you want to catch it. back to you. >> we're ready for it. all right. as we talk about the weather here, warm and hopefully not too much rain. >> i think we're going to take a look at traffic first though, emily? >> well, we have delays with the holland tunnel. it's about 30 minutes. that is due to an accident on the turnpike approach. you're going to find that in the left lane. you can see the flashing lights. the way to the holland, it's pretty heavy. if you can go with 1-9, that's the way to go instead. on the fdr, there's a crash there southbound at 96th street. that's causing problems too. >> all right. >> now to weather. >> i know you're excited.
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