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new this morning, a man killed when an elevator malfunctions. what people who were with him say happened. plus, 2016 off to a violent start in new york city. crime scenes popping up in three boroughs. and amid tight security, the party went off without a hitch in times square. "today in new york" starts now. good morning. it's friday, january 1st. happy new year. i'm gus rosendale. >> i'm kerry barrett in for darlene. chris is off as well. we've got storm team 4's raphael miranda here with the forecast. nice to see you. >> great to be here, guys. happy new year, everyone. off to a bit of a cool start. temperatures continuing to drop outside. now down to 40 degrees. it was a great new year's in terms of the weather. temperatures rebounding later today. we're expecting increasing sunshine for this first day of 2016 and a high temperature of 43 degrees. grab your jacket and get a head start on your new year's
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we'll take a look at the seven-day forecast in a few. right now, emily west is here with your commute. >> still busy on the roads. fdr, new accident here northbound near 79th street. two lanes blocked. you can see the backup. goes all the way into the 40s. definitely just take your time this morning and be very, very cautious. garden state parkway southbound, exit 145 to 280, a right lane blocked here with a crash. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you. new this morning, a tragedy in manhattan. a man died in some sort of elevator accident just after midnight. first responders rushed to 131 broome street on the lower east side. "today in new york's" katherine creag is there with what we're learning about the building this happened in. >> reporter: as you said, what a tragedy that happened here. even more bizarre for the people going in and out of this building. they tell us the elevators are working right now. there's no sign, no notice that something tragic happened here.
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from a malfunctioning elevator here according to the nypd. about 15 minutes after midnight, a 25-year-old man was in an elevator with two others. he was about to step off the elevator with them when it malfunctioned. it began to descend. 911 was called. firefighters and paramedics arrived and were able to free the young man, but he died at a hospital. we just talked with a woman who left this building. >> the elevators are working? >> yeah, they are. >> there's no sign? >> no sign of trauma. no sign of death. it's freaky. >> reporter: as the investigation goes on, news 4 investigates has found out this building has a history of elevator problems. the building's department records shows this high rise, 26 floors, has a history of elevators not working, elevators skipping floors, and as recently
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back as more than ten years ago. back to you. >> kat, thank you. also new this morning, a violent start to 2016 in new york city. crime scenes popping up just before and just after midnight. police responded to multiple shootings overnight. this spanned three boroughs. at one of them in queens a man died in the street. tracie strahan is there with that. >> reporter: relatives of that victim started 2016 coming to the scene where he was pronounce pronounced dead. they were too distraught to speak with us on camera. they did confirm this victim was under the age of 21. we're going to show you video of crime scene investigators putting down an evidence marker in the place where that man was discovered unconscious and unresponsive at 11:30 last night. this is at the corner of 109th avenue and merit boulevard. upon arrival, there were no
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that's what they are looking for right now. so far, police haven't released the age or identity of the victim. the crime scene detectives that were behind us in our 4:30 live shot have moved down the street. they have this entire street blocked off at the moment. they're shining flashlights in certain areas as the search for a suspect continues. >> tracie, thank you. 5:04 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. the empire state building is lit up still for the new year's eve celebration. super cool. >> oh, and the other one too. i don't know what building that is. "new york times" building maybe? >> deep thoughts by raphael this morning. >> i'm sure some of you are just coming home, so it's perfect. cool and dry heading into 2016.
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finally a real sustained taste of cold weather. haven't had that at all this season yet. we're expecting to get below freezing in central park. it will probably happen tonight. if it doesn't happen tonight, it's definitely going to happen in the seven-day forecast. you'll see a cold snap coming our way. storm tracker shows very quiet conditions. lots of clouds right now. expecting increasing sunshine throughout the afternoon. a high temperature of 43 degrees. definitely grab the jacket heading out the door. we'll look at the seven-day forecast and temperatures in the a di s. right now, emily west is here with a look at your commute. >> really busy, take it easy. some uptown 2 trains running express. for your buses, holiday schedule for new jersey transit. beeline is on a sunday schedule. holiday schedule in effect for metro north, lirr, new jersey transit.
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saturday schedule. alternate side, meter rules are suspended. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, see you soon. the biggest party in the world went off without a hitch. millions of people crowded into year. now, massive cleanup under way. lauren scala there for the festivities. >> reporter: 2016 has arrived, and the star of the night, that giant crystal ball, not only brought in the new year, it brought down the house. >> there were people cheering. some couples kissing. just everyone going, yeah -- just being happy and everything. >> being out here during the confetti. >> yes. it was everything you imagine. >> it was an exciting experience. just to get a better pic, i left all my friends who are back there. hey, i'm glad i got it. >> reporter: from the musical performances to the lively
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moment in times square. but after midnight, cleanup was quickly under way. after another epic new year's eve celebration. >> everyone is excited for each other to start the new year. >> kissing, hugging. strangers. >> everyone is coming together, taking pictures for the moment. amazing. >> reporter: and the million-plus people that gathered here from all over the world are finding their way home after a night they'll never forget. lauren scala, "today in new york." well, it is 5:07. in germany, police stop what had they called an isis-inspired massacre. they believe it was planned for new year's eve. officers evacuated and closed two train stations. this is in munich. that is after they were tipped off about an imminent terror plot. intelligence warning five to seven suicide bombers would attack.
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also, upstate in rochester, midnight fireworks canceled when a possible terror attack was stopped there. the fbi arrested this man. this is emanuel lutchman. this was on wednesday he was arrested. they say he has a history of mental problems. he's had a couple run-ins with the law before. police say he pledged allegiance to isis and vowed to kill people on new year's eve. agents arrested him after he bought items at a local walmart that could have been used for mass murder. >> he was going to carry out another ak of violence. that's why they stopped him when they did. >> spoke over the internet with terrorist organizations, planned an attack, went out, bought the material. >> rochester police flooded the streets last night in a security move. this man will stay behind bars until his next court appearance. today, a second wake will be held for a long island soldier killed in afghanistan. the casket of 31-year-old louis
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american flag as it was carried inheto the branch funeral home in miller place yesterday. bonacasa was one of six national guardsmen killed by a taliban suicide bomber last week. he leaves behind a wife and 5-year-old daughter. >> he was a good man. he did everything for his family, for his country, for all of us. it's just not fair. >> today's wake for bonacasa will be at the new beginnings christian center in his hometown. he'll be laid to rest tomorrow. president obama could take action next week on his own to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. we're told he will tighten federal controls over gun sales by executive order. that may include narrowing the so-called gun show loophole. that means more buyers would have to undergo background checks. the reporting rules for missing guns would expand. gun rights advocates promise to challenge the president in court. word that president obama may impose new sanctions on iran has that country building more missiles.
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u.s. of meddling in his country's security. the u.s. says iran conducted illegal missile tests last year. it's not known if this will affect last summer's nuclear deal. in today's cnbc money report, some minimum wage workers now getting paid more in connecticut and new york. overnight, connecticut's minimum wage went up 45 cents. it's now $9.60 an hour. on thursday, new york state's base minimum wage rose to $9 an hour. and metro north commuters now paying a little more to ride the rails in connecticut. overnight, a 1% fare hike went into effect on the connecticut portion of the new haven lun. the increase comes from legislation that required passengers to help contribute toward the cost of the new m-8 rail cars being put into service. tickets for travel within new york state will not be affected. 5:10 right now. still ahead, a difficult task
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>> plus, a local man nearly died in front of his family. this morning he's recovered and searching for the good samaritans who helped save his life. and raphael miranda is tracking chilly weather. weather and traffic on the 4s is
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always amazing. that ball drops at midnight, and the sanitation crew moves in fast. taking apart the stage. >> i passed several street sweepers on the way in this morning. that was a sea of garbage like a couple of hours ago. >> a sea of humanity. you know what they leave behind. but they didn't ever freeze. 41 degrees. we've had some brutal new year's eves the last couple years. what are we looking at today? >> the cool weather continues but not too bad. last year we had windchills in the 20s for new year's eve. whoa, here we go. yes, let's do it again. take two. last year was colder.
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with windchills. now it's cool but not too bad. mid-30s in the hudson valley. these are the colder spots this time of year. temperatures in the low 40s in central park. it's 41, bridgeport. 32 in monticello. that's the coldest spot, just around freezing. it does feel a little colder than actual temperatures. windchills generally in the 20s to 30s. feels like 32 in morristown. a little frosty in long branch, feels like 29 degrees. that's what you need to dress for as you're heading out the door. here's a look at storm tracker. we have the clouds locked in right now. mostly cloudy picture as you're starting the new year. we're expecting sunshine to build in throughout the day. maybe a few flurries north and west of town. you can see that on future tracker. this is 11:00 today. sunshine starts to dominate from new york city south. a few flurries filter into the hudson valley, maybe northern fairfield county.
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set this intowmoaron heading into the weekend. 8:00 a.m. saturday morning, waking up to a beautiful sunny sky and cool temperatures. windchills in the 20s. definitely a jacket day. really, a jacket weekend. you can see on sunday as well we're looking good. keeping it chilly. temperatures in the 40s, much colder than we're used to. this is lunchtime, it feels like 30s. windchills stay in the 30s throughout the day. heading into tomorrow morning, that's when you notice the first push of cold, breezy conditions. as you're waking up 7:00 a.m., windchills in the teens and 20s. definitely layer it up here. feels like 20 in danbury. by the afternoon tomorrow, doesn't feel much better. windchills stuck in the 30s. get used to it. this pattern is going to stick around for quite some time. finally some chilly weather to talk about. sunday's high, 43. a great weekend for being outside because it's going to be sunny and dry. look what happens monday. we're down to the 30s for daytime high temperatures. monday night, down to 20 in central park. tuesday, we may not even make it
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blustery sunshine and a high of 32 degrees. get ready. the cold is coming. right now, emily west is here to tell us what's happening on the roads. >> we have problems now with the fdr drive. big delays here northbound near 79th street. two lanes blocked from a crash. southbound, emergency crews have two lanes blocked at 71st street. the northbound delay goes back into the 60s. a slow go both directions. let's take a live look at the queensboro bridge. both levels moving along pretty nice. if you are trying to get on the fdr once you get on the bridge, you are going to find some delays traveling both directions there. also, we have big problems on route 17. closure here northbound between highland cross to union avenue. that's just north of route 3. delays as well. also, subway delays on the 2 and 4 as well as some uptown 2 trains running express from chambers to 96th.
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alternate side, meter rules are suspended. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> all right, emily. thank you. 5:17. this morning, we'd like to tell you about one man's search. he nearly died at kennedy airport, but he pulled through thanks to some strangers. now he and his family would like to say thank you. they talked exclusively to new jersey reporter er er er er brian thompson. >> reporter: 14-year-old chase it talking about her father, now finally healthy enough to make an emotional appeal online to find four samaritans who saved his life. glen collapsed and went into cardiac arrest moments after stepping off an air train at jfk. >> i was like, daddy, no. >> i screamed at that moment, oh, my god, someone help me. my husband's having a heart attack. does anyone know cpr? >> reporter: three men rushed to help as a family stood helpless. >> they were talking to each other.
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i don't know how to do cpr. >> i thought i was going to lose my father. >> reporter: it almost worked. then a fourth samaritan stepped in. >> my husband's face went from gray to red. i go, he's breathing. i thought, oh, yay, he's breathing. at that exact moment, some woman taps me on the shoulder and said he's not breathing, he doesn't have a pulse. >> reporter: but she had a port authority defibrillator. it brought glen back to life. paramedics rushed him to the hospital. after a five-day medically induced coma -- >> when i woke up, i almost felt like i was in a different world. >> reporter: alicia's facebook posting a few days ago started the ball rolling to find what the family calls their angels. >> try and find these guys and give them a big hug and a thank you. >> reporter: a grateful, loving family is on a mission. >> i just really think paying it forward is the thing to do. >> reporter: this family says it's been paying it forward for years. for example, in recent christmases, taking sandwiches
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the needy. now they say they have an extra incentive to do good. bill cosby's wife camille is being ordered by a judge to give a deposition in a civil suit against her husband in massachusetts. it comes as cosby faces his first criminal charge. a judge ruled because camille cosby played a dual role as his wife and business manager, it is plausible that she's, quote, in possession of information relevant to any party's claim. seven women are suing bill cosby for defamation. he countersued. last night he tweeted, friends and fans, thank you. hollywood mourning the loss of wayne rogers. you probably remember him as the original trapper john on tv's "m.a.s.h." later on, he started his own investment firm. in fact, he even produced a couple broadway shows. wayne rogers died yesterday in los angeles at the age of 82. ahead this morning, where new york city's first new year's
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and it gives new meaning to ringing in the new year. how a couple from florida ended up exchanging vows in front of a million people.
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welcome back. 5:23, 43 degrees. taking a live look at times square. pretty much cleared out now. weather and traffic in a second. first, the city's first newborn of the year welcomed at exactly midnight. this is in brooklyn. this is a baby boy born at coney island hospital. he weighs seven pounds, one ounce. mother and baby are doing just fine. coney island hospital was also the where the first baby of 2015 was born. >> getting it done in brooklyn. >> i guess. well, one lucky couple got to ring in the new year by exchanging rings in times square. take a look. >> you may now kiss the bride. [ cheers and applause ] >> wow. that's epic, huh? this is alfredo and monica.
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they won a contest called the first couple of 2016. they flew from miami to new york to exchange their vows in front of millions of people. the ceremony presided over by men's warehouse ceo george zimmer. they met six years ago, by the way, through a mutual friend. >> for a second, i thought it was the most dangerous man. >> isn't it the most interesting man? >> i don't know. >> raphael is the world's most dangerous man. >> obviously. >> what are we looking at today? >> we're looking back today, guys. december is finally done. the warmest december on record in new york city. take a look at the stats. they are impressive. it was 50.8 degrees, that was the average temperature. that was trending over 13 degrees above normal. as far as rain, we had a little extra. take a look at the previous warmest decembers on record. you can see 43, 43. usually when we break these
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we broke this record by almost seven degrees. we have never done that before in recent memory. you can see storm tracker live radar is quiet. no rain, no snow, and no more warm temperatures. we're back to seasonal. sunshine and clouds, breezy as well. cold tonight. 20s in many suburbs. definitely bundle up. find those hats, gloves, and scarves if you haven't used them yet this season. you're going to want to know >> okay. good to know. thank, raphael. >> in any other city, the traffic scene would be dead. but we have a couple things to keep an eye on. >> looks like cross westchester expressway, you'll find an accident here eastbound right near 9a. it's off to the side. again, you could find some delays. tappan zee bridge, it's really quiet.
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the rest of the day. looks great. >> okay. appreciate it very much. coming up, what happened right before police say a man flashed this on a new york city bridge. >> reporter: and i'm katherine creag live on the lower east side. a new year's day tragedy when a young man is killed when an elevator malfunctions. we'll have the latest on the story coming up. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you and keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app
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new this morning, a tragedy in manhattan. a man killed in an elevator accident. what 4 investigates is learning this morning. and right now, 2016 off to a violent start. police sent rushing to several crime scenes overnight. and everything went off without a hitch in times square. after the celebration, things were turned over to the san station department. they're still working right now. "today in new york" starts now. >> good morning. it's friday, january 1st. it's 2016. glad you're with us. you're either a poor sap like us who has to be up for work, or you're bleary eyed from the night before. either way, glad you're with us. >> always interested in the
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5:30. stories to tell. storm team 4's raphael miranda is here with the forecast. >> good morning. new year and a new weather pattern. finally chilly weather to talk all that warm stuff from december is gone. degrees. we have mostly cloudy skies outside. it stays cool throughout the day, but it's dry. no weather headaches for you. just wear a jacket and you'll be fine. increasing sunshine as we head into the afternoon. today's high temperature, 43 degrees. pretty good for a january day. we'll take a look at the seven-day forecast and real cold weather coming our way in just a few. right now emily west is here with a look at your commute. >> we're checking out the fdr drive. a crash here northbound by 79th street. two lanes blocked. southbound at 71st street, emergency vehicles were there. they're cleared out of the way. the backup goes all the way to 59th. then we have big delays. 17 is closed in new jersey northbound between highland cross to union avenue. we have a downed pole from a
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more weather and traffic coming up. >> thank you. new this morning, a tragedy on the lower east side. a man died just after midnight in some sort of elevator accident. first responders rushed to the scene at 1:31 broome street. they could not save him. "today in new york's" katherine creag is there with what we're learning about the building. >> reporter: yes, news 4 investigates has learned this building, it's a high rise, 26 floors, has a history of elevator complaints with the department of buildings. elevators skipping floors, elevators not working. and now a young man has died from an elevator that malfunctioned according to the nypd. he was only 25 years old. mid night. the victim was in an elevator with two others. he was about to step off to have with them when the elevator malfunctioned. it began to descend. people outside of the elevator tried pulling him from it, but he was trapped and terribly injured. 911 was called. firefighters and paramedics arrived and were able to free the victim, but he died at a
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the investigation goes on in the tragedy that happened here. in that video, you saw department of buildings inspectors here, also the nypd. they're taking a look at what exactly happened here and also what's odd to people going in and out of this building, the elevators right now are working, and there's no sign saying something bad happened. you'll hear from them coming up. >> katherine creag live on the lower east side. also new this morning, two people air lifted to the hospital after a three-car crash on the southbound garden state parkway. it happened in union county near hillside township. this was the scene around 10:00 last night near mile marker 142. a third person was also hurt. we're told that all three people were treated for nonlife-threatening injuries. authorities still trying to figure out how those cars collided. the biggest party on the planet ushered in the new year here in times square. about a million people packing the cross roads of the world.
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midnight kiss, wearing those purple hats. mayor de blasio and his wife did their best impression of the rockettes kick line. then an army of sanitation workers rolling out to clean up the confetti and garbage left behind. it's amazing how quickly they get it cleaned up. >> they move fast. >> you have to get out of the way of those street sweepers. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. the mayor dancing there. he did not have an overcoat on. >> looked fine. temperatures in the low 40s. you needed a jacket last night and certainly today, but you don't need all those winter layers just yet. you will though. cool and dry as we start the new year. temperatures in the low to mid-40s today. chilly throughout the weekend. maybe some flurries north and west of town. finally getting below freezing in central park. we've had to wait a long time. we've never had to wait this long. in fact, it's finally going to happen, maybe tonight. we'll see. here's a look at storm tracker. we have mostly cloudy skies
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later on today, mix of sunshine and clouds. it will be breezy, especially by the afternoon. so that 43 feels more like 34 or 35. that's what you need to dress for as you're heading out on this first day of 2016. let's see how the commute is going. some bumps earlier. hopefully it's getting quieter. >> it is. it's starting to get a little better. with the subways, the 2 and 4, you are still going to find delays both ways. we had trouble with the 1 train uptown, but that's back to normal. with your buses, sunday schedule for new york city buses. holiday schedule for new jersey transit buses. bee-line, sunday, and decamp is on a saturday schedule. holiday schedule for mass rails. saturday schedule for path trains. alternate side is suspended. just hang out and relax today. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you. new this morning, a violent beginning to 2016 in new york city. crime scenes popping up just before and just after midnight. in fact, police responded to
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they spanned three boroughs. in one of them in queens, a man died in the street. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is live in jamaica, queens, this morning. >> reporter: you can see behind me crime scene detectives are still here after discovering that male victim unconscious and unresponsive around 11:30 last night. they haven't released his name just yet, but they tell us they're still searching for a suspect. we'll show you video of the scene. an evidence marker was placed right at the spot where that man was discovered around 11:30 last night. according to police, he suffered one gunshot wound to the head. he was pronounced dead here at the scene. but there's been no evidence really collected as we've been suspect. they have this whole block blocked off right now as they continue that search. again, they have not released the identity nor the age of the victim here. back to you.
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if you're looking for a new home, the family of a toddler shot in the face is asking for the public's help to relocate. the father of mina beshay hopes to raise $25,000 so his 18-month-old son can grow up in a safe place. that baby shot in the face as he sat in the backseat of his the post office. the toddler is home now recovering from that injury. a gentleman's club in queens now the site of two attacks in as many days. investigators want to know if they're related. police say two suspects tossed molotov cocktails at the cityscape strip club. it caused a fire inside the billing. a day earlier, knicks player cleanthony early was robbed and shot in the lek while leaving that club. he's recovering while investigators determine if there's any connection. police have arrested a man who they say waved a handgun during an act of road rage. it happened wednesday.
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louisiana resident sideswiped another car. then he allegedly pointed the gun at the men in the car he hit before he sped off. he was arrested a few blocks later. officers found two handguns in his vehicle. 5:37. in brooklyn, police have charged two teens involved in a vicious mugging. it happened earlier this week. investigators say they quick kicked and punched this 55-year-old man. it happened after the man left the subway. both of these teens face robbery and assault charges. a home health aide caring for world renowned architect is accusing him of assault. a criminal complaint alleges that he caused bruises and cuts when he twisted the architect's arm.
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says the health aide grabbed his arm to help stop hum im from falling. he's due in court in march. in new jersey, governor chris christie is expected to name a new prosecutor for bergen county early next week. our news partners at the record report a former federal prosecutor in new jersey and new york will take over for john molinelli. molinelli will return to private practice next week. dr. ben carson's presidential campaign said to be in disarray. his campaign director barry bennett resigned. so did two of his other top staffers. we're told infighting and falling poll numbers sparked those moves. "the washington post" reported carson will name a former army general as his any campaign director. he's expected to do so on monday. >> also, more of hillary clinton's e-mails from her private serverer now public.
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about 5,000 additional pages yesterday. some includes personal banter about her hair. the state department was supposed to finish clearing all 55,000 pages of her e-mails by last night, but they say they weren't able to do that because of the holidays. so more e-mails are promised next week. the new year means new laws. in hawaii, the state becomes the first in the country to raise the legal smoking age to 21. the law takes effect today. it bans the sale and possession of cigarettes or electronic smoking devices for anyone under 21. officials will delay enforcement for three months so they can educate residents and retailers. and a commuter alert. met low north riders now are going to pay more to ride the rails in connecticut. overnight, a 1% fare hike went into effect on the connecticut portion of the new haven line. the increase comes from legislation that required passengers to help contribute towards the cost of new m-8 rail cars being put into service. tickets for travel within new york state, not affected. 5:40. still ahead, she calls it
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we're talking about the woman who's just so barely briefly crowned miss universe. she is speaking about it now for the first time. plus, the skyscraper goes up into flames just as crowds gathered for a new year's eve celebration. this morning, we're hearing what it was like inside that building. and the ball dropped on 2016, and the temperature is about to follow. weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. 41 degrees right now.
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5:44. coming up on your weather and traffic on the 4s. a chilly start for your new year's day. a nice dry start. you can see on the plaza, looking good out there. a little bit of a breeze going on. nice skating weather later today with temperatures in the 40s. not as much melting as we've seen over the last few weeks. a look at times square. cleanup already. looks freshly washed and everything. you could eat off that street. 40 degrees and we have mostly cloudy skies in central park. some 30s and 20s -- i wouldn't recommend it though -- north and west of town.
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in the 30s. down the jersey shore, 30s. 39 in point pleasant. even well north and west of town, not finding much of a chill out there on this friday. 31 degrees in high point on this first day of 2016. it's not too breezy. we have a wind gust of 16 miles per hour in central park. that's going to take those windchills down a little bit. this is what you need to dress like. this is what it feels like. windchills in the 20s north and west. 28 is what it feels like in newburgh. feels like 30 in white plains. jackets are required in danbury and bridgeport, both with windchills in the 30s. here's a look at storm tracker. quiet start to the new year. clouds are around but no rain or snow. we're keeping it dry today. mostly dry throughout the weekend. the only exception, we could have some flurries north and west of town on your saturday. your weekend planner shows lots of sunshine but chilly. temperatures stay in the low 40s
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breezy, windchills in the 30s. bright on sunday. lots of sun and a high temperature of 43 degrees. taking a look at future tracker. around 11:00 today, we see the clouds give way to more sunshine, and it stays dry through 5:00 p.m. the only spot that could see some flurries, especially north and west of town, places like sullivan, ulster, duchess counties. no accumcollation ulation is expected. it stays dry up until sunday. no weather headaches. really, an extended dry and chilly stretch coming our way. you can see what it feels like today. windchills in the 30s. tomorrow morning, 7:00 a.m., waking up to windchills in the teens north and west of town. 20s for the rest of us. seven-day forecast shows the chill stays with us. finally a pattern change, guys. 40s throughout the weekend. 30s on monday. 36 your high there. overnight lows in the 20s for a change. tuesday, we may barely make it above freezing. 32 degrees your cold high for tuesday.
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moving along pretty smoothly so far. >> yeah, it is getting a little better. less volume, but we're still seeing problems. first off, a couple accidents in queens. going to find the van wyck northbound around kew gardens interchange, a crash here blocks a lane. the grand central around jewel avenue webb stbound, another accident there. the fdr, this crash still blocking two lanes northbound by 79th street. the backup stretches all the way toward 59th street. in westchester county on the cross westchester expressway eastbound near 9a, this accident is off to the side. still flashing lights. could slow you down. overall, not too many people on the roadways. still, several trouble spots. closure on 17 northbound between highland cross to union avenue. go with route 21 instead. report of a new accident investigation on route 1 around dean's lane. we have some trouble with the subways. delays both ways on the 2 and 4 as well as the a train. holiday schedule in effect for
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saturday schedule for path trains. alternate side, meter rules are suspended. more weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. >> emily, thank you. happening now, flood waters receding in st. louis, however the dangers are far from over. the mississippi river crested at nearly 15 feet above flood stage. a few feet shy of the record set in 1993. now the concern is shifting to the southern part of the state, where rivers, including the mississippi, will soon be hitting their peak. >> i want to encourage everyone to please stay away from the flood water. today i was at 141 and highway 44 viewing the damage, and there was a person kayaking in the waters. that is not something that anyone should be doing. >> hundreds of homes have been evacuated. hundreds more damaged. there has been a total of 22 deaths related to floods in the midwest. most caused by drivers venturing into high water. four people are still missing. 5:48 right now.
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new year's celebration. a towering skyscraper went up in flames. this morning, hours later, clouds of smoke are still pouring out of the building. it happened at a 63-floor luxury hotel. it erupted not long before the city's new year's fireworks celebration nearby. nbc's keir simmons has details of the escape. >> reporter: as cities around the world prepared to celebrate the new year with ever more spectacular displays of fireworks, dubai put on an unexpected display, and one that many people were lucky to escape alive. flames 20 floors high engulfed the luxury building. chunks of debris falling, still on fire. >> it was six or seven minutes, the entire side of the building was engulfed in flames. >> reporter: for more than two hours, dubai's skyline lit up, and not by its scheduled fireworks display.
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help. >> we saw quite a bit of firefighters making their way, running top speed through the mall to try to get to that location. >> reporter: inside, there was pandemonium. one survivor said at least 14 people were injured. outside, others fled. >> there was debris raining down from as high up as 20 floors, at least n that building. now you can see what they're trying to do, to try to get everybody out of the mall area. >> reporter: yet at midnight, dubai's world famous fireworks went ahead to the disbelief of many. >> it's really surreal and bizarre. >> reporter: celebrations through the still thick smoke, dominating dubai's skyline. and the dubai authorities say of the more than 14 people injured, inhalation. others were injured simply trying to escape that building. back to you. morning. it's been nearly two weeks since steve harvey mistakenly
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the miss universe pageant. now we're hearing from the contestant, who had that title taken away. miss colombia tells her home country's w radio, it was very humiliating for her, colombia, and other latinos at the pageant. she said she thought steve harvey was joking when he announced the real winner and that the crown would be removed. in california today, filmmaker and brooklyn born ken burns will lead the 127th annual parade of roses in pasadena. it is a festival of flowers, music, and sports. this year's theme, know your adventure. it is inspired by the 100th birthday of the national park service this year. some people there already camping out to get the best view. a good view here. you can watch the 127th rose parade here on nbc 4. our coverage starting at 11:00. >> best way to do it. ahead at 6:00, it's never too early to start thinking about summer. the big price drop for a barbecue staple. but up next, we've shown you
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this morning, find out who's issuing an official warning about hoverboards. you're watching "today in new york." why let someone else have all the fun? the sometimes haphazard, never boring fun. the why can't it smell like this all the time fun. the learning the virtue of sharing fun. why let someone else have all the fun? that's no fun.
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happening today, there is this. i'm lacking for the diapers raphael mentioned earlier. a lot of diapers in this video. they're coming up. pay close attention. the coney island polar bear club -- >> there they are. >> that's interesting. this is a cherished new year's tradition.
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freezing cold ocean water at 1:00 this afternoon. participants and onlookers gathering at the boardwalk at stillwell avenue. there's a $20 suggested donation that goes to camp sunshine. it is a retreat for children that have life-threatening illnesses. >> very invigorating. >> yes, for a good cause. it'll wake you up. the diaper thing. people dress up, right? they go in costumes and stuff. >> i don't know. gus, have you ever been? >> have i went into the ocean? yes, but not linked to any official event. >> the new year's baby. that's why they're in diapers. it's not related to the party the night before. continue. >> i'll deal with the forecast. we're talking about record-breaking weather we've seen in december. we close that book. this was the warmest december on record by a long shot. 50.8 degrees. that was the average temperature
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that was over 13 degrees above normal. it was incredibly warm. you can see the previous warm decembers don't even come close. used to be 2001. that was 44.1. we thought that was high. we were 7 degrees above that this time around. let's see what january brings. off to a cooler start today. storm tracker 4 live radar is nice and quiet. temperatures still above average. we should only be in the upper 30s. still, cooler than it has been. 40 in madison. it will be breezy as well. cold overnight tonight. breezy and chilly. that wind out of the west, you'll feel that. >> but it's time. >> it's time. got to face reality. >> yep. got to get my coat. >> action on the roads today. >> yeah, really busy this morning. a lot of people still out and about. we have a pretty serious -- actually, several delays on the subways. a, c, and e, uptown trains with delays there.
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that's closed route 1 northbound between deans lane to henderson road. >> all right. emily, raphael, thank you. the new jersey consumer affairs department is the latest to warn consumers about hoverboards. the agency says the popular christmas gift has the potential to catch fire. we've been telling you about this in our reports. the problem apparently with the battery packs. at least two in new jersey burst into flames. the u.s. consumer product safety commission is investigating. all right. if you want to test your luck early in 2016, maybe pick up a powerball ticket. there's a giant jackpot up for grabs. it's up to $334 million, the 12th largest in the game's history. the next drawing is tomorrow night. 5:57. good luck, by the way. a fare hike for metro north commuters. not every rider will have to pay the new price. also ahead, a massive cleanup effort now under way in times square following the biggest party of the year. we'll show you some of the highlights from last night's big ball drop.
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coming up on 6:00, new this morning, an elevator malfunction claiming the life of a young man. and this isn't the first time residents here have reported problems. a commuter alert. some metro north riders are paying more for their tickets this morning. and the big ball has dropped. the confetti has fallen. now the cleanup is under way in times square. "today in new york" starts right now. there is a lot of that to get to. good morning. it's friday, january 1st, 2016. happy new year. i'm kerry barrett. >> i'm gus rosendale. darlene, michael, chris all off, enjoying the holiday. raphael miranda here with the forecast. >> happy new year, everyone. saying good-bye to 2015 and all the warm weather we saw with it. a much cooler start to the new year.
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this time of year. mostly cloudy at 40 degrees right now. giving way to sunshine by lurch time. today's high temperature, a breezy 43 degrees. still a touch above average but much closer to where we should be this time of year. and this cool pattern will stay with us for days. it gets even colder, in fact. we'll look at that in the seven-day forecast. right now, emily west is here with a look at your commute. >> pretty busy this morning. if you can avoid the fdr, do it. still a little slow from this crash northbound 79th street, two lanes blocked. southbound, a couple lanes taken up, but that has wrapped up. northbound is where you have to watch out for. accident on the van wyck northbound at exit 10. another on the grand central westbound at jewel avenue in the right lane. more weather and traffic coming up. >> emily, thank you. new this morning a young man is dead following a horrific elevator malfunction. it happened inside of an apartment building on broome street. it's on the lower east side. "today in new york's" katherine
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>> reporter: kerry, we are learning that this victim was badly injured, that he was crushed when that elevator malfunctioned. this is a high rise, 26 floors, with a history of elevator problems. elevators skipping floors, elevators not working. now a young man has died. he was only 25 years old. according to police, it happened about 15 minutes after midnight. the victim was in an elevator with two others. he was about to get off the elevator with them when it malfunctioned, according to police. it began to descend. people outside of the elevator tried pulling the victim from it, but he was trapped. 911 was called. firefighters and paramedics arrived and were able to free the victim. some of the witnesses here actually saw them trying to resuscitate him, but he died at a hospital. one man we talked with shocked by this. he's never had a problem with the elevators here so far. >> all three working good. >> as far as you know, they are
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>> never had a problem, no. >> reporter: and news 4 investigates has learned there were elevator complaints as recently as june of this year and as far back as ten years ago. as we mentioned, the department of buildings involved in this investigation with the nypd. we're waiting to find out more about the victim. again, he was only 25 years old. back to you. >> so tragic. kat, thank you. the new year's celebrations went off without a hitch in times square. this is a life picture. sanitation crews are out there clearing out the tons of confetti that came down. lauren scala was in times square for the big celebration. >> reporter: 2016 has arrived. the star of the night, that giant crystal ball, not only brought in the new year, it brought down the house. >> people cheering, some couples kissing. just everyone going -- yeah, just being happy and everything. >> being out here during the
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>> yes, the confetti. it was everything you imagine. >> it was an exciting experience. i mean, just to get a better pic, i left all my friends who are back there. hey, i'm glad i got it. >> reporter: from the musical performances to the lively crowd, there was never a dull moment in times square. but after midnight, cleanup was quickly under way. after another epic new year's eve celebration. >> everyone's excited for each other to start the new year. >> kissing, they're hugging, kissing strangers. it's great. >> everyone is helping each other taking pictures to remember the moment. amazing. >> reporter: and the million-plus people that gathered here from all over the world are finding their way home after a night they'll never forget. york." time now for weather and traffic on the 4s. let's get started with raphael.
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headlines for this first day of 2016. a little cool out there, but it's dry as well. you can see in your weather headlines, chilly throughout the weekend. temperatures finally reflecting the season we're in. we're finally going to get below freezing in central park. we didn't do that all last year. we did it in obviously the beginning of the year, but haven't done it yet so far this season. here's a look at storm tracker. lots of clouds out there around the city. we're going to dry things out, get more sunshine going on. today's high temperature, 43 degrees. a mix of clouds and sunshine. increasing sun into the afternoon. it will be chilly and breezy. that 43 feels more like 30s throughout the afternoon. that's what you need to dress for. this is just the beginning, guys. temperatures are heading down over the next seven days. well below freezing, in fact. we'll look at that in a few. right now weems is here emily west is here with a look at your commute. >> delays on the ac , c, and e
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with the buses, running on a sunday schedule is new york city buses. holiday schedule for new jersey transit, bee-line sunday. path is on a saturday schedule. alternate side is suspended. you do not have to feed the meters. more weather and traffic coming up. >> all right, emily. thank you. you have 06. new this morning, an outbreak of gun violence marring some new year's celebrations around the city. police responded to at least three shootings overnight. one of them turned deadly. tracie strahan has more from jamaica. >> reporter: good morning. shots rang out here around 11:30 last night, but as you can see behind me, crime scene detectives are still on the scene as they hunt for a suspect in this case. that unidentified male victim was discovered unconscious and unresponsive here at 109th avenue and merit boulevard around 11:30 last night. authorities told us over the phone, he suffered a gunshot wound to the head when he was pronounced dead.
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was one placed right where the man's body was discovered. police have blocked off this entire street right now trying to search for any clues that could point them in the direction of a suspect. as we bring you back here, you can see again police have this entire area roped off. no word yet on the identity of the victim or his age. that's the very latest from jamaica, queens. i'm tracie strahan. now back to you. >> tracie, thank you. new this morning, three people recovering after a three-car crash overnight. it happened on the southbound garden state parkway in union county near hillside township. this was the scene last night near mile marker 142.8. two people were air lifted to the hospital. investigators are trying to figure out how that crash happened. meanwhile, president obama expected to make a move against gun violence as soon as next week without congressional approval. we're told he'll tighten the federal controls over gun sales by executive order. that may include narrowing that
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that means more buyers would undergo background checks. the reporting rules for missing guns would expand. gun rights advocates promise to challenge the president in court. a couple updates on the decision 2016 front. more of hillary clinton's e-mails from her private server are now public this morning. the state department released another 5,000 pages. not all of them involve what you'd call official business. in one, clinton asks for the cable channel in washington that shows "homeland." meanwhile, the state department increased the number of e-mails labeled classified to 1200. turning to dr. ben carson's campaign, there's a major shake-up under way. his campaign director, barry bennett, resigned. so it a deputy director and the communications chief. we're hearing infighting and falling poll numbers sparked the move. coming up on the "today" show, a look at what's ahead for the presidential contenders. matt lauer breaks it all down
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that's ahead at 7:00 this morning. metro north commuters now paying a little bit more to ride the rails in connecticut. overnight, a 1% fare hike went into effect on the connecticut portion of the new haven line. that increase comes from legislation that required passengers to help contribute toward the cost of the new m-8 rail cars being put into service. tickets for travel within new york state will not be affected. new this morning, pope francis is calling on the faithful to feel more compassion for those suffering from injustice and violence this year. that was part of his message during his new year's day mass. while he spoke out against terrorism, security was extra tight at the vatican. today marks the annual world day of peace in the catholic church. 6:09. still ahead, we'll break down some new minimum wage rule that are now in effect. plus, a special new year's eve for this couple as they celebrate 80 years together. we're going to tell you the
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plus, your weather and
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good morning, everyone. a very happy 2016 to you. off to a bit of a chilly start in fairfield county this morning. temperatures in the mid-30s. 38 in sanford. 36 in redding. 36 in shelton. we're looking at 37 degrees in fairfield. the coldest spots, well north and west of town. month sell monticello down to 30. 40 in central park. 37 degrees down the shore in long branch. a little bit of wind going on, not a lot. it does take those wind chi chills down a little bit.
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here's a live look at storm tracker. the good news is it's a high-pressure day today. we're not worrying about any rain or snow out there on this first day of 2016. we are looking back to those records. again, now we can finally say officially december 2015, the warmest december on record. look by how much. almost 51 degrees was the average temperature. the previous record was back in 2001. that was 44 degrees. this one certainly stands out from the pack. you can see onatuture tracker, around 11:00 today, lots of sunshine. it gets sunnier as the day goes on. north and west of town, you could have a few flurries, a few flakes. no major accumulations. just a hint of winter in the air. 8:00 tomorrow morning, sunshine as we start the weekend. it's going to be chilly and dry throughout. another chance of flurries north and west of town tomorrow afternoon. sunday stays dry and bright. 8:00 a.m. looking good. keeping it dry right through 6:00 on sunday, even into monday.
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the new year, windchills. we haven't had a lot of chilly weather. this is what it feels like as we head into the weekend. saturday, 7:00 a.m., we have windchills in the 20s. have those jackets ready as you're ready to do whatever you want throughout the weekend. 3:00 in the afternoon, warms up a little bit. into sunday morning, again waking up to windchills in the 20s and even teens north and west of town. taking a look at a chilly seven-day forecast. no 70s, no 60s, no 50s even. temperatures below freezing in central park for the first time in a long time. down to the 20s monday night. tuesday, we're talking about serious cold. we may not even get above freezing all day long. let's take a look at the commute right now. emily west has a look at that. >> that's what happens in january. got to deal with the cold. we have a few problems this morning. first off, you're going to find delays in queens. two crashes. one on the van wyck northbound near kew gardens interchange. that takes up a lane. grand central westbound at jewel avenue, right lane is blocked there.
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the fdr, two lanes blocked here with this accident. you can see the big delays. it's northbound at 79th street. heavy back in toward the 50s. let's look at the brooklyn bridge this morning. looks great. both directions moving along fine. even the bqe moving along very well. not dealing with any road work today. also, back to the maps, westchester county, accident blocking the right lane on the ramp from the cross westchester. south brunswick, accident investigation on route 1 northbound from deans lane to henderson road. subway delays. uptown trains, a, c, and e there. alternate side, meter rules suspended. >> emily, thank you. 6:16. as bill cosby faces his first criminal charge, his wife will have to give a deposition in a civil suit in massachusetts.
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cosby played a dual role as both his wife and his business manager, it is plausible that she is, quote, in possession of information relevant to any party's claim. seven women are suing bill cosby for defamation. he, in turn, countersued. last night he tweeted, friends and fans, thank you. in st. louis, the water is on its way down, but the flood dangers are far from over there. the mississippi river crested at nearly 15 feet above flood stage. just a few feet shy of their record set back in 1993. the river there topping out four feet above previous records. now the concern is shifting to the southern part of the state. 22 deaths are being blamed on these midwest floods. closer to home in queens, police arrested a man for flashing a gun during a road rage incident on the ed koch queensboro bridge. a 24-year-old louisiana resident sideswiped and hit another car. when both drivers pulled over, the suspect pulled a gun and
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other car before speeding off. he was arrested a few blocks later. the nypd investigating two attacks in two days at a gentleman's club in queens. police say two suspects threw molotov cocktails inside the cityscape strip club. a day earlier, knicks player cleanthony early was shot in the leg and robbed while leaving the club. this morning, we're learning a bergen county prosecutor will be appointed early next week. our news partners at the record reporting that governor christie will name the county's acting prosecutor. he's a former federal prosecutor in both new jersey and in new york. he's taking over for john molinelli, who held that job for the past 14 years. molinelli is returning to private practice next week. 6:18. still ahead, we're going to introduce you to new york city's first baby of the new year. plus, get ready to beef up. why the price of hamburger could be dropping in the new year. you're watching "today in new
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looks like the party is still going on the top of the empire state building. >> look at that. >> lights all aglow. people are still out and about this morning. >> maybe they just forgot to turn them off. >> people might be looking for love. >> that's true. >> a little guidance for them. >> that's why we're here, right? okay. speaking of that, i guess --
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>> i decided to take it straight down the drain. a couple in southern california had something else to celebrate on new year's eve. >> let's go to maury, a nice man from carlsbad. he's 102 years old. his wife helen is 100. anniversary. the couple eloped after she popped the question. >> i told him how i felt and what i thought we should do. >> it was a great surprise. if she hadn't done it, i was prepared to do it. >> helen said the secret to their long marriage is going with the flow. >> sounds like he was getting ready. i'm going in. sorry i sully ly sullied that. >> good advice. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. a little more seasonal. >> finally feeling more like winter out there.
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say good-bye to those. say hello to 2016. we're off to a dry start. storm tracker live 4 radar is nice and quiet. umbrellas, you won't need those for several days. we're in for another dry stretch. no storminess, but the temperatures will be the big stories you'll be hearing from me. winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 miles per hour today. a little windchill factor. 44 for the high in hempstead. sunshine and clouds, 44 down the shore in asbury park. overnight, down to the 20s in many suburbs. a hard freeze in places like eastchester. when you factor in the wind, windchills in the teens for many spots overnight. down to 26 in fairfield. the chill sticks around, guys. for the first time this season, we have an extended stretch of chilly weather, even some below-average weather coming our way. >> making up for lost time, i suppose. >> emily is here with a quick look at roads. >> has been pretty busy on the roads. starting to lighten up a little
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just keep in mind with mass transit, holiday schedule in effect for metro north, lirr, new jersey transit. path is running on a saturday schedule. let's take a live look at the lincoln tunnel. don't normally see this on a friday morning. nobody is on the roads. looks pretty good there. all the hudsons check out nice. >> i almost didn't recognize it. >> i know. >> emily, thank you. 6:25. up next, a new warning about those popular hoverboards. we'll tell you who is ngting them. >> reporter: andlower east side, where a young man was killed in an elevator accident in this high-rise building. we'll tell you the problematic history of this building. 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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new this morning, a young man killed in an elevator malfunction. what we're now learning about the building's history. and it's a chilly start to the new year. storm team 4 will tell us if we could see some flurries later today. plus, that massive cleanup effort now under way in times square following the biggest party of the year. "today in new york" starts right now. good morning. it's friday, january 1st. happy new year.
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>> i'm kerry barrett. storm team 4's raphael miranda is here with the forecast. have you been saying flurries all morning and i just missed it? >> no, i just started saying it recently. >> i probably should have had time to catch it. >> i introduced it a little later in the broadcast. we could see some flurries north and west of town. i'm glad you're paying attention at all, kerry. here's a look at your day planner. 40 degrees outside right now. mostly cloudy. gets a little warmer throughout the afternoon but not much. you can see the high temperature only 43. it stays chilly. also breezy, especially later on this afternoon. the winds are going to kick up out of the northwest. increasing sunshine. even though it's cloudy right now, gets brighter as the day goes on. 6:00 tonight, breezy and cool. temperatures stay in the 30s. even though we have the high of 43 today, dress for 30s. wind chills in the mid-30s throughout the day. a decent start to the new year, i would certainly say.
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our way. in fact, the first subfreezing temperatures in a long time in central park are coming our way. we'll look at that in the seven-day forecast. right now, emily west is here with an interesting new year's commute. >> it's been pretty busy. a lot of accidents. not much volume. a new crash on l.i.e. eastbound right by exit 41. three lanes are blocked. we're going to start to see heavy delays. the accident on the van wyck has cleared, but the one on the grand central westbound at jewel avenue is there in the right lane. fdr crash at 79th street has cleared. we have a couple in new jersey causing big delays. closure on 17 northbound. on route 1 in south brunswick, that's closed northbound from deans lane to henderson road. a lot going on. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> emily, thank you. new this morning, a young man is dead following a horrific elevator malfunction. it happened inside an apartment building on brooke street in the
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the latest. >> reporter: gus, yes, it is shocking enough for people here to find out this tragedy took place, but also it's very strange to them that the elevators are working right now. they're telling us there's no sign, there's no posting, a flier saying something awful happened here. this is where a 25-year-old man died when an elevator that he was in malfunctioned. it happened about 15 minutes after midnight. police tell us that victim was in an elevator with two others. he was about to step off of it with them when the elevator malfunctioned. it began to descend. people outside of it tried pulling the victim from the elevator, but he was trapped, his body crushed. 911 was called. paramedics and firefighters were able to free the victim, but he died at a hospital. we talked with a woman who left this building a short time ago. >> the elevators are working? >> yeah, they are. >> there's no sign saying -- >> no sign of trauma. no sign of death. it's freaky.
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>> reporter: and this apartment building has a history of elevator complaints by residents. elevators not working, elevators skipping floors. news 4 investigates has learned there were elevator complaints as recently as june of this year and dating as far back as ten years ago. back to you. >> katherine creag, thank you. 6:32. two teens arrested, facing charges in the brutal mugging of a brooke lyn man. investigators arrested the the two teens. they're the two seen here kicking and punching this 55-year-old man in midwood. he was walking home from the subway on avenue m. both teens are facing robbery and assault charges. the new year's eve party in times square thankfully went off without a hitch. as the clock struck midnight, couples went in for their big new year's kiss. around a million people packed
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mayor de blasio and his wife had some rockettes-like moves. others had to find their friends in the massive crowd. >> it was an exciting experience. i mean, just to get a better pick pic, i left all my friends, who are back there. >> people cheering, couples kissing. everyone just being happy and everything. >> afterwards, the cleanup began. an army of sanitation workers were out there picking up the tons of confetti and garbage left behind. fast work though. they're still out there, but they move in rapidly. >> they do. we've seen some live pictures of times square this morning. the streets are already -- they have to hose them down after all this. >> that as well. >> lots of good stuff left on the roads. okay. 6:33. time for weather and traffic. >> i saw some confetti on the elevator here in the building. not sure if it made its way up to rock. >> you know, our stage manager here came in with a little glitter on her face.
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>> she always does. >> i was going to say, that's not a new year's thing for her. let's take a look at your new year's weather headlines. cool and dry as we're starting off 2016. finally chilly weather to talk about throughout the weekend and throughout much of next week as well. temperatures, you'll see a major change there. we're not used to it after this warm december. we're finally getting below freezing in central park. december. that was the first time that's never happened. we are going to get below freelzing over the next few days for sure. here's a look at storm tracker. you can see we have lots of clouds outside right now. we're expecting increasing sunshine throughout the afternoon. that's a brightening sky for you. high temperature of 43 degrees for this first day of 2016. it's breezy. that 43 feels more like 35. that's what you need to dress for as you're stepping outside. we'll look at that seven-day forecast and ups and downs coming our way. right now, emily west is here with your commute. >> that's the theme for the roads this morning too. ups and downs. a lot of problem spots on the roadways. also with the trains too.
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find delays on uptown trains. also, the 2 and 4, we had earlier problems due to signal trouble. that's back to normal. "new york times" buses are on a sunday schedule as well as bee-line. holiday schedule for new jersey transit. saturday schedule for decamp buses. saturday schedule for path commuters. also, alternate side and meter rules are suspended. just relax and enjoy the day. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. right now, that mysterious and scary new year's eve inferno at a luxury hotel in dubai is still smoldering. this is what it looks like this morning. flames are still burning on the 20th floor of that tower. last night it was almost totally engulfed. just 16 people were hurt. the injuries aren't that serious. witnesses say they heard explosions, and officials are still trying to figure out what caused that fire. and in germany, there was a new year's eve terror alert, warning people not to gather at
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this the scene in munich. two train stations shut down for hours. police say they were tipped off about a serious isis plot to carry out a massacre. intelligence warning that five to seven suicide bombers would attack. thankfully that did not happen. police upstate in rochester are convinced they stopped a possible isis-inspired new year's eve attack. police arrested this man, emanuel lutchman. he vowed to kill people at a local pub, but the fbi was watching him. they arrested him after he bought knives, ammonia, and duct tape from a local walmart. >> he was going to carry out another act of violence. that's why they stopped him when they did. >> spoke over the internet with terrorist organizations, planned an attack, went out, bought the material. >> rochester canceled last night's fireworks celebrations because of lutchman's arrest. he's behind bars and due back in court one week from today.
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held for a long island soldier killed in afghanistan. draped in a flag, the casket of 31-year-old louis bonacasa was carried into the branch funeral home in miller place yesterday. bonacasa was one of six national guardsmen killed by the taliban suicide bomb attack last week. he leaves behind a wife and 5-year-old daughter. >> he was a good man. he did everything for his family, for his country, for all of us, and it's just not fair. >> today's wake for bonacasa will be at the new beginnings christian center. it is in his hometown. he'll be laid to rest tomorrow. a home health aide worker caring for a world renowned architect is now accused of assaulting him. a criminal complaint alleges that he caused bruises and cuts when he twisted the architect's
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he's due in court in march. some minimum wage workers now getting paid more in connecticut and new york. overnight, connecticut's minimum wage went up 45 cents to 9.60 an hour. on thursday, new york state's hour. employees at fast food chain restaurants saw their minimum wage rise to 10.50 in new york city. okay. 6:38. up next, get ready to stock up on hamburger meat. if that's your sort of thing. why the price of beef could be dropping in the new year. then a little later, a couple from florida exchanging vows in front of a million people, maybe more than that. we'll tell you the story behind this times square wedding. plus, your weather and traffic on the 4s coming up in a moment.
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sky cam with a live look over newark airport. smooth flying and driving this morning. in new jersey, the state's consumer affairs department is warning people about hoverboards. the agency says the popular christmas gift has the potential to catch fire, as we have reported. the problem apparently with the battery packs. at least two in new jersey have burst into flames. the u.s. consumer product safety commission is investigating. 6:42. in this morning's cnbc money report, apple is accused of purposely slowing down older iphones with the new upgrades. there's a class-action lawsuit filed here in new york that claims ios-9 updated harmed iphone 4s users. the suit says the update interfered with normal usage. no word on whether the case will actually be heard. there was a similar suit against apple that was thrown out in san diego back in 2010.
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take a bite out of your burger prices. bloomberg says because of weak exports and cheap grain used to feed cattle, the price of beef is now making hamburgers a ten-year low. time for a look at weather and traffic. raphael is in the storm team 4 weather center. all the sudden he's introduced the word flurries into the forecast. >> looking for words like chilly, cold. we haven't used them at all this season so far. getting the new winter vocabulary out there. temperatures are chilly right now. 37 degrees in terry town at this hour. generally in the low 40s across long island from new york city east. 40 in west january hampton. when you factor in the little bit of wind we have, not too bad just yet, it takes the wind chills down just a touch. feels like 33 in long branch. feels like 28 degrees in newburgh. a nice quiet start to your new year. 2016 off to a dry start.
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over the next few day. no real major strorm orms on the horizon. al l although, we have some chilly weather sticking around. it's going to be a nice january weekend. 41 for your high tomorrow, saturday. breezy tomorrow. chilly and a little less windy for sunday. 43 and sunny. here's a look at future tracker around 11:00 this morning. sunshine starts to build back in. a few flurries, sprinkles possible north and west of town in the hudson valley. dry as we head into the weekend. this is saturday, 8:00 a.m. lots of sun as we get it going there. stays dry as we head into monday. high pressure dominating our weather over the next few days. that's going to keep us nice and dry. talking about windchills we're going to be feeling for the first time for many this season. windchills saturday morning, tomorrow, 7:00 a.m., in the 20s and teens. that's what you're waking up to. this is something we need to get
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take a look at the seven-day forecast. some big ups and downs coming our way. starting up this weekend with temperatures in the 40s. look at monday, 36 degrees for your high there. overnight lows in the 20s. we haven't even gotten below freezing in central park. a low of 20 degrees. that would be shocking for many. 24 on tuesday night. back to warm weather thursday and wednesday with temperatures back into the 40s. let's take a check of the commute right now. emily west has a look at that. >> we had a lot of problems early on, starting to thin out a little bit. not much traffic, of course. in queens on the van wyck, we had a crash that's now gone. a new one on long island. three lanes blocked l.i.e. eastbound. this is between exit 40, which is jericho turnpike, on over to 167. three lanes are taken up. you should be able to get around okay just because not too many people are on the roadways. westchester county, cross westchester expressway
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on the ramp to routes 119 and 100. looks okay at the tappan zee. not a bad go there. a couple closures in new jersey. 17 northbound between highland cross to union avenue. that's shut down. an accident investigation in south brunswick on route 1. this is closed northbound from deans lane to henderson road. a live look at the george washington bridge this morning. everything looks great. just a couple cars on the roads. morning ride. also with the subways, a, c, and e still seeing delays. holiday schedule for your commuter checklist. saturday schedule for path trains this morning. alternate side, meter rules are suspended. back to you. >> emily, thank you. 6:46. breaking news out of new jersey. a huge fire at an historic church in west orange. tracie strahan just arrived at the scene. what's the latest? >> reporter: kerry, we are watching flames ravage st. mark's episcopal church here on
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the roofhof it in several spots, absolutely gone. you're looking at it right now. the steeple still intact, but there's fear about the steeple. this is an incredibly large church that takes up a good chunk of main street. anybody that lives in the west orange area passes this all the time, especially right at northville avenue. there's several fire departments from other areas assisting in this. at last check, it was a three-alarm fire. as you can see, they certainly do not have a handle on this just yet. we did check in with the west orange fire department. they're telling us no injuries reported so far. we don't think anyone was inside of the church when flames broke out around 5:00 this morning. again, kerry, you can see the damage that's being done as crews try to get a handle on this very large fire. there's a large amount of fire inside the church. it's burning from the inside out. we're going to try and check in with the fire chief and bring you an update in a little bit. back to you.
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the ball has dropped. it is a new year. it's also 41 degrees as belook at rockefeller center there. a couple people out and about as well. going to see a lot of people here. happening today, the 127th parade of roses kicks off in pasadena with a brooklyn native leading the way. filmmaker ken burns is leading the parade. meanwhile, you can see there some people have been camping out to get the best view. >> you get the best seat in
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you're right on the front row. >> homeland security says there will be an unprecedented volume of resources and technologies deployed at the event. that includes bomb-sniffing dogs and devices that are able to detect even a small amount of radiation. you can see the 127th rose parade here on nbc 4. our coverage starts at 11:00 this morning. look at this. one lucky couple starting the new year as newlyweds as millions watch them say "i do" in times square. >> it is my great pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife. >> alfredo and monica helping to ring in the new year by exchanging rings. the couple married on the countdown stage. they actually won a contest called the first couple of 2016. the ceremony presided over by men's clothing ceo george zimmer. the couple says they met six years ago through mutual friends. new this morning, the city's first baby of 2016 was born at
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the baby boy was delivered at coney island hospital weighing seven pounds, one ounce. mom and baby doing well. coney island hospital is also born. >> cute baby. 6:53 right now. straight ahead, we're going to out of new jersey. a raging fire inside of an historic church.
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getting back to that breaking news out of new jersey. a raging fire inside of an historic church. >> tracie strahan is there with an update. >> reporter: well, we've moved to the northfield avenue side of st. mark's episcopal church to show you the work being done to try to get a handle on the flames. the back of the church right now, smoldering. the front of it, we've seen flames ravage it to the point of collapsing this historic church on main street and northfield avenue. we're going to show you video of just how strong those flames were. this broke out at 5:00 this morning. at last check, this was a three-alarm fire. no injuries very reported just yet. it's unclear if anyone was inside. want to bring you back now to ground level. there are several area fire departments trying to get a handle on things here. we've seen milburn and of course west orange. we'll continue to bring you
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this is a church that is right in downtown west orange. there's a big traffic perimeter. they are blocking off streets to anyone as they try to get a handle on this fire. back to you. >> thanks, tracie. now to katherine creag on the scene of a tragic elevator accident. >> reporter: as you said, tragically a young man, 25 years old, was killed when the elevator he was in malfunctioned. it happened here in an apartment building on broome street. again, he was only 25 years old. it was 15 minutes after midnight. he was trying to get out of the elevator when it began to descend. he was trapped. people tried pulling him out, but his body was badly injured. an investigation ongoing into what happened in this accident. back to you. >> katherine creag live on the lower east side. also new this morning, an outbreak of violence overnight. police responding to multiple shootings overnight spanning three boroughs. police say a man was shot and
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avenue and merit boulevard in jamaica. so far, no arrests. and metro north commuters now paying more to ride the rails in connecticut. overnight, a 1% fare hike went into effect on the connecticut portion of the new haven law. it comes from legislation that requires passengers to contribute toward the cost of the m-8 rail cars being put into service. and new year's eve, the party in times square went off without a hitch. about a million people packing the cross roads of the world. mayor de blasio and his wife showing off some of their rockettes kick lines. afterward, the cleanup began. an army of sanitation workers out picking up the tons of confetti and garbage left blind. >> a lot of people on the roads. it's been busy for emily west this morning. >> it's been pretty busy. have much to do i've had a lot to do. in new jersey, a couple closures. 17 northbound between highland cross to union avenue. still this accident closing the ride on route 1 in south
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lane on over to henderson road. also, we have some subway delays. the a, c, and e, delays on uptown trains. keep in mind with the new york city subways and buses, they're running on a holiday schedule today. with your commuter rails, also holiday schedule. path is running on a saturday schedule. and everyone can just relax. alternate side is suspended. you don't even have to feed the meters. good news. >> a nice break. final check? >> stress free in terms of the weather as well. temperatures in the 40s throughout the day today. nice and quiet. a little breezy, so you need the jackets for sure. windchills in the 30s. we're expecting increasing sunshine throughout the afternoon. overnight tonight, it could be our first subfreezing night in central park that we've seen in many, many months. down to 31 for your low in the city. 20s north and west of town. it'll stay windy. windchills are stinging tomorrow morning as you're heading out the door. the weekend looks good. looks bright and chilly with a high temperature in the low to mid-40s both days. a little breezy on saturday. less wind on sunday.
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