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york" by downloading the news 4 new york on your mobile device. new this morning, fast work by police. a suspect in custody already for this random slashing. police had help from one very observant person. >> plus, major concerns for wall street this morning. what happened overnight. and a record jackpot is still up for grabs, and it's even more recorder. "today in new york" starts now. it's a new word. >> it is a new word. which it calls for. this situation calls for a new word. >> absolutely. good morning, everybody. 5:00 a.m. on this thursday, january 7th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. >> more recorder. i like that. still chilly in the suburbs. down to 17 in hillsborough. in the city, we're right at the freezing mark, 32. that's the relatively milder spot. still not as cold through the hudson valley. 20s showing up there. westhampton, down to 10 degrees
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we start out clear, crisp, and chilly. not a lot of wind throughout the day today. high clouds mix in by noon, about 40. we're into the 40s this afternoon, forecasting a high of 43 degrees. we'll talk more about that seven-day forecast and peek into the weekend in a bit. let's look at the commute with lauren. >> good morning. the construction delays on the van wyck expressway southbound by the kew gardens interchange have eased out. our first minor problem on the roads. northbound on tonnelle avenue, watch out for a disabled vehicle by carlton avenue. we'll look at the gowanus expressway, where things are moving along nicely past the belt merge through industry city. enjoy that while you can. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> thanks very much. new this morning, police say they found the man who splashed a stranger for chelsea. they found him thanks to a man who reck nieds ognized that attacker. katherine creag is live where the suspect is being held. so many people shocked to see the video of this attack. >> reporter: indeed, michael. also, just as incredible for a
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the suspect. as you said, it was an alert passerby who got a look at that suspect, recognizing him from surveillance video released by police and some of the businesses in that area on 23rd street. the suspect, kari bazemore, slashed a woman on the face yesterday morning, but there was a man around the midtown area right by st. patrick's cathedral 6:00 at night and alerted two officers, who called for backup and the 41-year-old suspect was arrested. this happened about 6:00 at night. a 24-year-old woman walking to work on 23rd street was followed by the suspect, according to police. out of nowhere, investigators say he slashed her, possibly with a razor blade. he talked with us about what happened, but first you'll hear from one of the diner workers who helped her. >> it was really scary. she didn't know what to say. shaking. >> i wish i could have reacted better and got a better description of him, but the
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to get inside a building. >> reporter: and understandably, the victim doesn't want to reveal her face. she received seven stitches. the diner worker said she was shaking but she was actually quite calm in trying to figure out who this person was. it was a random attack, we're being told by police. as for the suspect, he's here at this police building. he's expected to be walked out about 9:00 this morning. back to you. >> kat, just amazing that this other man recognized that suspect in a totally different part of the city hours later. >> reporter: right. in midtown apparently wearing the same kind of clothes. quickly alerted police. >> all right. thanks so much. a homeless man now faces murder charges in a deadly stabbing at a bronx mcdonald's. police say raphael gonzalez, seen in this video, turned himself in yesterday. they say he attacked 28-year-old adam garcia at the kings bridge restaurant on monday. garcia was the manager at that
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we're told gonzalez spent hours at the restaurant before garcia finally asked him to leave. gonzalez allegedly returned and then killed him. happening today, medical marijuana dispensaries open their doors in new york state. there are only a handful of facilities across the state. in our area, there are two. one is columbia care on 14th street in union square. the other is on east post road in white plains. the medical marijuana is only available to qualifying patients in non-smokeable form. >> we expect there to be a fairly slow ramp. a handful of patients coming in by appointment at first. over time, we'll have normal hours. >> at least six more facilities are slated to open in our area soon. one will be in manhattan, one coming to queens, another to the bronx. two are slated for long island. a second facility will open in westchester county. that will be in yonkers later this month. 5:04 now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, like you said, it's all
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from where we started out, it's pretty good relative. >> not bad at all. temperatures right at the freezing mark this morning. seasonably cold we'll call it. teens in the suburbs early on. sunshine will mix with clouds as we go through time this afternoon. not too much wind throughout the day and on into tonight. that's what's going to make these chilly temperatures more bearable early on this morning. first forecast, we're right at the freezing mark in town. teens in a lot of the suburbs. bright sunny start. 40 by noon. just high clouds drifting in. we hit the high for the day about 3:00. that will be 43 degrees. no rain and/or snow to worry about for the next few days. let's head to lauren and see what she can tell us about this thursday morning commute. >> things are looking pretty good. you were just talking about being chilly at the bus stop, so let's talk about those buses. just one detour in place this morning on the m-50. everything else running on its regular route and schedule. that goes for the trains too. subway track work is wrapped up.
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you'll need to move your car today. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. your next weather and traffic update on the 4s. >> thank you very much. right now police are trying to track down a sexual assault suspect in brooklyn. this happened in early december, but investigators just released this surveillance video of the man they're looking for. they say he grabbed a 24-year-old woman walking along bergen street and tried to pull down her pants. however, the woman did manage to scream and ran away. the man ran away. the woman fortunately was not hurt. the bronx man now charged with murdering his pregnant daughter is expected to go ber phfore a judge today. william caruth is accused of killing his 39-year-old daughter andrea. her body was found in the basement of their home in baychester yesterday, three days after she went missing. sources say he bludgeoned and strangled her after she found out he had secretly taken out a second mortgage on their house. >> she was a very giving person, very, very generous. this is a terrible, terrible --
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>> family and friends held a vigil last night outside andrea caruth's home. they released balloons into the sky to remember her and her unborn child. just about 15 minutes, we're going to be hearing from french president francois hollande. he'll address his security forces. he's going to mark one year since a paris terror spree, an earlier one. that's when gunmen attacked the offices of the satirical mgz "charlie hebdo." that assault nearly wiped out the magazine's executive staff. two days later, hostages were taken at a kosher supermarket also in paris. in all, 17 people were killed. today a suspected terrorist who was born in texas will be arraigned on new charges, but this time it will be in brooklyn federal court. he's charged with helping to build a suicide bomb for an attack to take place on u.s. military base in afghanistan. no americans were killed. he's now accused of helping al qaeda. on long island, a twist in
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the father and his alleged dealer were arrested outside a beth page motel yesterday. he said he began smoking crack after his sister was murdered by her son in 2014. the son later killed himself. nassau county police couldn't confirm his drug use began after his sister's death. he's pleaded not guilty and was released without bail. new this morning, watching your retirement funds may take some nerve today because of what's happening in china. stocks plunged overnight once again, more than 7% on the shanghai exchange. for the second time this week, automatic trading halts were put in place. this is on top of yesterday's selloff on wall street. the dow down 252 points. right now stock futures are down some 400 points. we're going to be watching what happens there. 5:08. new this morning, your lottery drones are still alive. no one hit the powerball jackpot. >> overnight, the jackpot hit a new record.
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barrett is here with the big numbers. >> first of all, a personal confession. if my husband had any idea how much i spent on the workplace lotto pool, he would divorce me. >> oh, they don't buy tickets. don't worry about it. >> that's for another time though. because there were no winners, the jackpot has climbed to the largest in u.s. lottery history. it is a staggering $675 million. last night's prize of $524 million was the fourth largest powerball jackpot of all time, neand it was the 18th that didn't have a winner. the previous record, $656 million, somebody took that home back in march of 2012. and there's no shortage of people with a dollar and a dream this time around either. >> they walk in always asking for the winning tickets, you know, but i usually tell them i give it to the guy before you. he walked out with the winning numbers. >> that's not right. even though nobody hit last
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match five numbers but didn't get the powerball won $1 million. there were two match-five winners locally, one in new york and one in connecticut. check your tickets. and there was a powerball winner not too long ago. that was back in november. the winning ticket sold in tennessee, worth $144 million. this one is a little bigger than that. the next drawing is saturday night. a quick quiz to think about before i see you next hour. do you have a better chance of winning the lottery or, being crushed by a falling asteroid, becoming president of the united states, being canyonized by the pope, or all of the above? >> so we answer next? >> don't answer now. that's a tease. >> i don't have a shot at "c." >> you and me both, honey. >> that's out the window. >> that's not true. all right. ahead this morning, this year's state of the union address might have a bit of a different feel. plus, this morning, casting doubt.
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lying about a nuclear test. replus, it is quite a different morning out there today. we're going to have weather and traffic on the 4s as we look at the belt parkway there by jfk. you're watching "today in new york." find your sweet spot today with dunkin's chicken apple sausage sandwich. and savory sausage together for under 400 calories.
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it's 5:13. here are four things to know this morning. police arrested a man in the random slashing of a woman in chelsea. they arrested him thanks to an observant person who spotted him on the street. today, mayor de blasio will sign an order providing paid parental leave to city employees. it's going to guarantee the city's 20,000 nonunion workers six weeks of paid leave. the faa released a new app specifically for drone users. it's called b4u fly. the app will show you exactly where you can and cannot fly. no one hit the big powerball jack pot, so it's jumped to a new record. that record, $675 million. it will be up for grabs on saturday. that number could grow before the drawing. all right. 5:14. temperatures a little better this morning in the city than they've been in recent mornings, but the suburbs still on the chilly side. we start out with sunshine
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we'll mix in clouds through the afternoon and evening. looks like rain as we head towards the weekend. light at the onset on saturday. the heaviest push of rain coming our way sunday. we'll talk about that in a second. the bus tops this morning for the kids, upper 20s. by recess time, close to 40 degrees. by the time you're dismissed, in the low 40s. not bad at all with a light wind throughout the day. we'll just build in more clouds. after school, temperatures slowly sliding closer to the 40-degree mark. it's 17 in woodland park. 32 in sheepshead bay. a 15-degree temperature range in not a great distance. that's the trend this morning. suburbs a lot chillier. a dozen in suss ex ex right now. 16 in monticello. the city at 32, one of the warmer spots. starting out in the clear right now. notice some clouds coming up from the south. that'll be the trend during the course of the day.
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to the south of the city. there are the clouds through the morning and afternoon hours. north of town, i think more sunshine. from the city on south, you can see more cloud cover. same thing through the overnight hours. tomorrow we start out with sun at times. we'll build in more clouds through the day. wind becomes more east, northeast in the afternoon. a warm front approaching tomorrow night. that brings a light area of precipitation. it was mostly green as it came through. that means light rain or drizzle. on north, could be a period of freezing drizzle. be aware of that. we all warm up during the day on saturday. here comes heavier rain. that's going to push in we think by sunday. in the meantime, temperatures for this afternoon, 43 should do it. normal high is 38. most folks are above the 40-degree mark this afternoon. even those places that are starting out in the teens this morning. 31 the low tonight in town. we'll see 20s to the knot
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west. not a lot of teens showing up. seven-day forecast, a lot of ups and downs. low 40s today and tomorrow. more clouds around tomorrow. giving way to sun at times. looks like spotty rain or drizzle early saturday. bulk of saturday probably not a lot of rain. heavy rain moves in on sunday. look at the temperature, 55. we're back to the 30s monday and tuesday. maybe our first chance at a little snow on wednesday with a high of 37. 5:17 almost straight up. let's find out about the commute from lauren. >> good morning. we have a couple minor problems out there as you make your way out the door. one of them in jersey city. northbound on tonnelle avenue, there's a disabled vehicle in the right lane. if you're headed out to the verrazano bridge, staten island bound lower level, a lane is blocked. we'll take a live look outside at the tappan zee bridge, where things are moving along nicely. no issues. the roads are quiet with the exception of those two minor problems. alternate side of the street
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up on the 4s. >> thanks so much, lauren. breaking news in central new york. 17 workers at a salt mine are stuck 900 feet below ground in an elevator. rescue teams are in contact with them right now. they're bringing in a crane to low aero er a basket and try to bring them up. president obama days away from delivering his final state of the union address, but this year could be different than years past. the white house released a video previewing the speech. tracie potts is in washington with a look at that and what's going to be different this year. >> reporter: well, he's not going to come with a laundry his of things he wants congress to do because, in fact, we know that there's a very tense relationship with congress, and it's his last year. what the president apparently wants to do now is to reflect on his successes from the last seven years and take a look at the big picture going down the road. here's a bit of that video.
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>> just the remarkable progress we've made. not just what i want to get done in the year ahead, but what we all need to do together in the years to come. >> reporter: now, next tuesday, the president will be here for the state of the union. in an e-mail, his chief of staff says some of the themes you may hear in that speech include the budget deal that was reached just last month, the iran nuclear deal, oil production, environmental regulations, and high school graduation rates being up as opposed to unemployment, crime, and prison being down, and of course he will very likely mention obamacare, which is such a big deal here today. >> right. and a bill repealing it headed to his desk. thanks, tracie. it's 5:19 right now. this afternoon, republicans plan to celebrate on capitol hill and challenge president obama to repeal his landmark health care reforms. the house voted yesterday to
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lawmakers also vote to cut federal funding to planned parenthood. it's the first time that repeal legislation will land on the president's desk. he will veto that. looks like the u.s. navy is going to step up aid to south korea, even though it's believed north korea lied about testing the hydrogen bomb. hours ago, an anti-nuclear protest was held until south korea. that country's government says it's going to resume propaganda broadcasts aimed at the north. this is after that test was detected. the impact. >> that initial analysis is not consistent with the claims that were made by the north koreans, that they had successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb. >> u.n. security council did meet yesterday. they condemned the nuclear tests. they're promising to impose even tougher international sanctions against north korea. just ahead this morning, why one little boy's first day of school photos made the front page of newspapers overseas.
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all right. earn everyone troo is trying to read what's on the back of our director's chair. tennessee valley. "star wars: the force awakens" now the highest
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the film earned enough yesterday to pass "avatar," which made $760 million gross. so far, "the force awakens" has pulled in $1.6 billion worldwide. "avatar" made $2.8 billion. >> that's a fortune. >> that's a lot of dough. well, we have a good excuse to show you some brand new adorable pictures of britain's prince george. >> yesterday was his first day at nursery school. his mom, the duchess kate, sharing candid photos with us. he's 2 1/2 years old now. the royals proud to tell us george reported to class without shedding a tear. >> he's adorable. i love the nursery school backpack because there's nothing in there, right. i love it. it's usually pretty empty. >> but you got to have it. >> maybe a sippy cup. he's cute.
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well, we wish him well. meantime, it's a chilly start this morning. low 30s in the city. right at the freezing mark in town. it gets a little better by this afavternoon afternoon, 43. some clouds will mix in at times, especially south. tonight, 31 in town, 20s suburbs. this weekend, a lot of clouds around, spotty showers or drizzle on saturday. it's mild, 47. even milder sunday but we could see a drenching rain the first half of the day especially and a high of sunday of 55 degrees. maybe one of those weekends to take in a movie, just chill inside for a little bit, whatever. >> we've had enough of those, haven't we? >> what's happening, lauren? >> not much for the commute. nice quiet morning. for everyone getting on the rails, subway, major commuter lines all running on or scloes to schedule. we'll show you the inbound side of the lincoln tunnel, where
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are moving nicely around the helix into the tolls. no delays inbound or outbound at any hudson river crossings. a nice commute so far. >> lauren, thank you. 5:25 right now. in this morning's cnbc money report, macy's is closing 36 more stores to try to trim its bottom line. as a result, thousands of workers will lose their jobs. a macy's spokesperson says it's all because of disappointing sales last year. the stores closing in our area are at hudson valley mall, middlesex mall in plainfield, new jersey, and enfield square in enfield, connecticut. all right. coming up at 5:30, a consumer alert. a major cable company hit by a data breach. plus, weeks after a random attack in a queens neighborhood, the letter just found that has people on edge all over again. >> reporter: and i'm katherine creag live where that suspect accused of slashing a woman in the face is under arrest. find out how an alert passerby spotted him and alerted police. that's coming up.
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new this morning, a quick arrest in a sudden attack.
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they say randomly slashed a woman. plus, information stolen this morning. why you may be receiving an e-mail from your cable company. and a record jackpot. this morning powerball soaring higher than ever before. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's thursday morning. it is january 7th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. storm team 4's chris cimino is here with the forecast. i know rain is on the way, but it's dry before that. >> maybe a little rain late tomorrow night. in the meantime, temperatures low 20s and 30s. it will be getting milder again. that's the trend. 32 now in the city. 12 in sussex. 14 in bridgewater. a lot of teens. poughkeepsie around 10. most of central long island between 20 and 25. light wind out there this morning. even those temperatures in the teens, while very come, they don't feel quite as biting cold. look for warmer temperatures, or
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40 at noontime. forecasting a high of 43 as our sunshine mixes with a few clouds. let's get to lauren. what are we facing commute-wise? >> you're facing clear roads mostly. a live look outside at the grand central parkway by laguardia airport, where it is smooth sailing. things moving along very nicely. over on the l.i.e. by the grand central parkway, smooth sailing here. there is some roadwork out there heading eastbound. it's just a little slow going through this area. once you get past that stretch, you're in for a nice ride. >> lauren, thank you. following breaking news in central new york near ithica. 17 workers at a salt mine are stuck deep underground in an elevator there. this is a photo of the crane that was brought in to help them get out. rescue teams are in contact with the workers. they're saying these workers are trapped nearly 800 feet down below the surface. it is 5:31 right now. new this morning, a quick arrest thanks to a very observant man. police say they have the suspect
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a street in chelsea. "today in new york's" katherine creag is live with the suspect is being held. >> reporter: darlene, that suspect in the police building here. we should get our first look at him when he's brought out of the police building and either taken to a hospital or to a courthouse for arraignment. but it was an alert passerby who got his own look at the suspect, recognized him from surveillance video released by police, and believed him to be the suspect who slashed a woman on the face yesterday morning. that man alerted two officers who called for backup, and the 41-year-old suspect was arrested. the attack itself happened in chelsea, but that suspect, kari bazemore, had been walking around st. patrick's cathedral when he was recognized. 12 hours before that arrest, a young woman was walking to work when she was followed by the suspect. he then slashed her with a razor blade. she got help from workers at a diner and she also talked about
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>> i thought my nose was broken, and i was freaking out. i ran into the nearest place by me, and they helped me call the ambulance. >> you see the footage, and it's just horrifying. it's something i would never expect. i walk that path thousands of times, and it's just that incident where you're at the wrong place at the wrong time. >> reporter: and the victim received seven stitches. that last person you heard from, the roommate and friend of the victim, their other friends told us they're horrified by what happened but relieved the suspect is behind bars. the 41-year-old suspect, his name is kari bazemore. we're told he lives in the broj bronx. he should be getting led out around 9:00 a.m. this morning. >> kat, thank you. new this morning, a fire that broke out in greenwich village early this morning is now under control. they say the fire was contained to only one apartment.
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there's no word on what started that fire. if you have time warner, check your e-mail. the cable company says about 320,000 customers may be impacted by a data breach. if you're one of those people who are impacted, time warner says they're going to e-mail you and also send you a letter in the mail. as a precaution, the company says to change your passwords. no word yet as to how that information may have been stolen. there were no winners in last night's powerball drawing, which means the jackpot has now climbed to a whopping $675 million. the new jackpot is now the largest in u.s. lottery history. even though no one hit the big jackpot last night, there are $1 million prize winners in new york and connecticut. the winning numbers, 2, 11, 47, 62, 63. the powerball number, 17. the next drawing is saturday night. okay. 5:34 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. i keep thinking, chris, people
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i ripped the ticket up. but there's a million-dollar winner. >> that's a good win. >> get the tape quickly. this saturday, i can't imagine what that number is going to get to. meantime, the numbers this morning chilly in the suburbs. talking teens and low 20s for temperatures. in the city, we're in the low 30s. a seasonably cold morning for some. a little below normal for others. we'll warm to 40 or better in most areas. clouds will mix with sun at times. not too much wind. while it's cold, it doesn't have that biting, stinging feeling it did earlier in the week. clear sky now. 32 in the city, teens in the suburbs. we'll see sunshine mixed with a few high clouds in the afternoon. 43 should be the high for the day. milder temperatures but wet weather in our future. we'll talk about that coming up. here's lauren with the latest on the commute. >> thanks, chris. good morning. if you're getting on the buses, just one detour this morning, the m-50. everything else rolling along nicely. roads look good for the most part. seeing delays on the long island expressway. this is eastbound into exit 52.
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that's something you'll need to leave yourself extra time for. westbound things are moving along nicely. trains all good as well. all doing fine. you need to move your car. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. 5:35. today, medical marijuana is an option now for new yorkers who meet certain conditions. there are only a few places around the state to get it though. one of them is in the city in union square. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is there. tracie, a very interesting approach they're taking to this new position in the city. >> reporter: that's right, michael. a lot of people had their eyes on it, but when you walk by, you can't tell what it is at all. governor cuomo cleared the way for dispensaries like this to open when he signed the compassionate care act about 18 months ago. but there are certain roadblocks and restrictions in place for patients. only non-smokeable marijuana will be dispensed here.
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capsules and vaporizers and oral liquids. the doctors and potential patients have to take special training to even recommend the drug. patients coming to dispensaries like this are going to have to show identification before they're allowed inside. despite the restrictions, new york's program is already being seen as a game changer for the medical marijuana industry. >> right now we believe the medical marijuana market is measured in the several billion dollars of revenue. we think that about 1% to 2% of the population in any medically focused jurisdiction would qualify for the program. so for example, in new york, that's somewhere in the neighborhood of 200,000 to 400,000 patients. >> reporter: at least six more facilities are slated to open in our area soon. one of them in manhattan, one in queens, another in the bronx. two are slated for long island. one more in westchester county. we're going to bring you back live again. this is what we showed you
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the head of columbia care did mention specifically security is a concern here. they do want people to feel welcome when they come inside, michael, but again, even coming through the doors, patients have to get buzzed in here. back to you. >> all right. tracie, thanks so much. connecticut supreme court will hear arguments today that could determine the fate of 11 inmates who have been on death row. the court ruled last year that connecticut's decision to repeal the death penalty prevents those inmates from being executed. attorneys for the state disagree. they argue the inmates were already sentenced to die and the ban on executions should not apply to them. neighbors are on edge in one queens neighborhood after a new threat surfaces from a man who slashed a teenage girl in the face. police say the masked man in this video attacked a 16-year-old chinese exchange student while she was walking to school last month. they say he returned to the girl's whitestone home monday and then vandalized a car. then he left a note apologizing
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not the intended target. he threatened another young woman in the home. neighbors who do not want to appear on camera spoke out. >> there was glue on the locks, the tires were slashed. egg, they thought there was maybe acid, but i'm not 100% sure. >> if you have any information on this man you see in the picture, you're asked to give police a call. this morning, a north carolina plan is beginning his prison sentence for the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy in the bronx. yesterday, darrell hemphill was sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder. he shot at a crowd following a fistfight in 2006. the bullet hit a passing minivan, killing the little boy. and a retired nypd officer has been sentenced for the killing of his wife in front of their two young children. kevin canty was given 25 years in prison. prosecutors say he confessed to
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inside their home in 2014. yesterday in court, he apologized to his children for the murder. he says he did it because he on him. 5:39 now. happening today, the upper east side pastor accused of stealing money from his church is due in court on a civil suit. pastor daniel iampaglia is being sued by members of the rock churning congregation, who want him out. they claim he took more than $8,000 in missing church money. this morning, a fire at a times square restaurant is under investigation. that fire began last night in the kitchen of an asian restaurant on 48th street. the restaurant just opened about a month ago. one person was treated for smoke inhalation. that person is expected to be okay. news for your health. the gyms are packed with everyone who's trying to lose weight. however, the new year may not be the best time to do it.
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and humans, we both have an evolutionary urge to maintain our body fat in the winter months when natural food sources are scarce. but because modern foods are full of sugar and flavorings, the instinct to eat may be a bit stronger than our new year's resolutions. we're not exactly a generation that's been forging for food. i don't know. >> i think we know what we're supposed to be doing and not doing, right. point is to do it. all right. 5:41. just ahead, the announcement that could be welcome news to tens of thousands of renters. plus, penn station getting a new look. but that's not all. a new name being proposed for the gargiulo rail control center. >> beautiful name. perfect. weather and traffic on the 4s coming up.
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welcome back. 5:44 on a thursday morning. it's another cold morning out there but not much in the way of wind. although, we see the flags on the plaza whipping around just a little bit. when that breeze kicks up, it's making that 30-degree temperature and making it feel a little chillier. i think saturday is your last chance for the tree. it's gone. it's mulch. mostly clear, 32 degrees. winds west this hour.
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there's not a lot of windchill to contend with out there this morning, but the suburbs considerably colder. it's a sunny start. colloids clouds will finish off the day. we make it to 43 this afternoon. yesterday we made it to 41. similar feel. a little better because there will be even less wind out there. up to the north, still pretty cold. get towards the city, white plains, 24. at the freezing mark in town. down the shore in long branch, 25. notice the northern half of new jersey. a lot of teens showing up. some teens in eastern long island. generally low to mid-20s in coastal connecticut. high clouds drifting up from the south. i think we get some sunshine in here, especially during the first half of the day. the sun will be filtered out throughout the afternoon. it starts off bright and sunny. clouds build up somewhat.
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more clouds in the picture for tonight. low of about 31 in the city. 20s in a lot of the suburbs. no teens overnight. clouds will help keep the temperatures up a little bit. clouds are going to stick around tomorrow, although i think we'll get sunshine the first half of the day peeking through for a few hours before they thicken up later in the afternoon. the drizzle chance is tomorrow night late. high temperature tomorrow of about 42. northwestern suburbs, because it might be cold enough at the low levels levels, could be a little freezing drizzle or touch of light freezing rain. be aware of that. otherwise, look for drizzle or showers scattered around on sat, 47. the real heavy rain comes in with a strong southerly flow on sunday. look at the temperature. we're back into the mid-50s. that doesn't last. it turns colder again next week. as it clears out on monday, we're back to 37. tuesday, sunshine, 36. we're going to watch a little clipper system that may form a
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first real chance of snow then. almost 5:47. lauren? >> we have some roadwork causing delays on the major deegan. you'll see there's at least a lane blocked out there or so. one to two lanes getting by. delays right now go back past the cross bronx expressway. once you get past this, free and clear. now. we also have some minor delays on the fdr drive southbound. still some roadwork out there they're wrapping up in the 60s. just a little stop and go getting into the area of the lower 70s. otherwise, the roads look really good. one issue on the subways right now. uptown 1, 2, and 3 trains running express from 42nd street to 72nd. that's not so bad, just skipping a stop. and alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. >> lauren, thank you very much. 5:47 now. the nation's busiest train station is going to get a massive makeover. also a new name. governor cuomo pledging $3
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he says requests for proposals will be due in 90 days. the governor says the existing penn station is dark, ugly, and he describes it as un-new york. >> it could use a refresh. it's a little tired. >> cleaned up, straightened out, swept. there's places that smell like urine. >> imagine being a first-time visitor to new york and getting off in penn station. good thing the vice president flew and didn't take the train. >> of course, the governor is referring to vice president joe biden, who landed at laguardia and called laguardia airport a third-world country. the new penn station will be called empire station. there's good news for new york city renters. more than 50,000 apartments could return to rent-controlled status. governor cuomo plans on going after landlords who get special tax breaks but claim they're regulation. the governor says there will be zero tolerance for those landlords.
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manhattan will be affected. the texas state trooper now indicted for perjury in the sandra bland arrest. more news coming about that. the trooper arrested bland during a traffic stop last july. yesterday a grand jury decided to indict the officer because of a statement he made in his report about the reason he arrested sandra bland. she was later found dead in her jail cell. her death ruled a suicide. last month the grand jury decided not to indict jail workers in that case. and we're learning that california will not file charges against bill cosby. los angeles prosecutors examined the reports filed by two women there. they say one case was too old. the other failed to produce enough evidence to move forward. cosby has denied any wrongdoing with the dozens of women who accuse him. after five days of armed
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community want the protest to ends. last night, residents living near the refuge took a stand, demanding the protesters leave. they are protesting federal control of land in oregon. the protest began saturday and shows no signs of ending. >> i'm here today to ask those folks to go home and let us get back to our lives in harney county. [ cheers and applause ] >> residents say the occupation has disrupted life in the community. schools there have been closed for a week. 5:50 now. ahead, mike piazza heading to the hall of fame, but one big question mets fans in particular still want answered. and new trouble for chipotle. why an outbreak is at the center of a criminal investigation. don't forget, follow us on facebook, twitter, and instagram. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny. you're watching "today in new
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welcome back. 32 degrees out. looking at the long island expressway by the grand central parkway. 5:53 a.m. a met legend is headed to the baseball hall of fame. mike piazza received 83% of the vote. players need 75 to be inducted into the hall of fame. the 12-time all-star game to the mets in 1998. he playplay ed ed 7 1/2 seasons in new york. piazza is the greatest hitting catcher of all tile.
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world series in 2000. >> very honored. this is something for me that words can't describe. >> now, the question remains if piazza will be wearing a mets hat on his plaque at the hall. he played with the dodgers before the mets. the hall makes the final decision. the only other player going to the hall this year, ken griffey jr. in fact, he set a record with 99.3% of the vote on his first try. in honor of griffey, his number 24 was flown at the top of seattle's space needle. griffey played much of his career for the mariners. all right. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. looks like the hall works in consultation with the player. it's not going to force you to wear -- >> probably want to know how they feel about it. they probably steer it a certain way. like if he wanted to be a marlin, which he was for about two day, they might go, you might want to rethink that. a great ball player.
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he was better than all of them. >> congratulations. >> yeah, congratulations. very well deserved. >> meantime, not thinking baseball just yet. cold again. still have a little ways to go before pitchers andxpected high this afternoon. our sunshine mixes with a few high clouds. partly cloudy tonight. chilly, 31 in the city, 20s in the suburbs. weekend gets milder and wetter. drizzle around on saturday. sunday is the washout day. heavy rain possible, especially the first half of the day. mild with temperatures in the mid-50s. then we go back to the cold again next week. a lot of ups and downs. >> all right, chris. thank you. laumpb lauren, what's happening on the roads? >> an improvement. some service on the 1, 2, and 3. that all cleared up. everything running without delays or service changes at the moment. we'll look at route 3. skyline in the background. pretty picture in general. that's the roadway just west of
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no problems right now in new jersey. >> okay, lauren. thank you. el nino storms are burying parts of california. heavy rain turning the freeways into waterways. some cars were trapped in high water. there's 19 million people along the west coast facing flash flooding. heavy winds are knocking down trees, ripping the roofs off buildings. in other communities, now they have problems of mudslides that are threatening homes. >> we worry, but we've done a lot of preparation. there's a whole bunch of sandbags around the house. >> this big thunk. then we heard moving around. >> the el nino is expected to impact california and other parts of the country in the coming weeks and months. and check out one professor's dedication. a student at uc san diego shot this video. you have to look closely. the professor is standing in a puddle. his classroom has started to flood. a student says the professor did eventually stop the lesson and
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well, the mexican fast food chain chipotle is at the center of a criminal investigation. the fda and u.s. attorney's office want the company to turn over all documents related to last year's norovirus outbreak. more than 180 customers and 18 employees were sickened at a california restaurant. this comes as chipotle reels from an e. coli outbreak in late october, followed by another norovirus outbreak in boston. coming up at 6:00, good news for drivers. which local roads will not see a toll hike for years to come. also at 6:00 a.m., new developments in the fight for access to new jersey's beaches. why two lawmakers want to make it easier for you to hit the sand. 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 right now. you're watching "today in new york." andwiches freshly made all day -- and now you can enjoy two english muffin egg and cheese
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how a pedestrian's eagle eye helped police capture the suspect. new trouble looming for wall street today, following another dramatic drop in china's markets. plus, no winners in last night's powerball drawing. now the new jackpot is the biggest ever in the united states. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's thursday morning, january 7th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. let's start with a check of the weather. chris, i think this is okay for january 7th. >> now we're getting close to where it should be. earlier in the week, it was a little too brutal of a jump into winter. 19 in melville. 28 in northport. you go through northern new jersey, it does drop off to pretty cold levels. 12 in sussex. 16 in bridgewater. 20s and teens through the hudson valley. the difference today, not a lot of wind accompanying those chilly temperatures out there.
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partly cloudy skies. degrees. future. down the road, we'll talk about that in a little bit. did i say road? let's talk about that, lauren. roads. they still look pretty good. a lot of green on your maps. construction on the southbound deegan just cleared. we're starting to see delays crossings. we'll look at the lincoln tunnel, where you have minor delays getting around the helix here into the tolls. similar situation over at the george washington bridge and holland tunnel. not too bad just yet, but it is getting crowded out there. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you very much. >> following breaking news coming from central new york near ithica. 17 workers at a salt mine are stuck deep underground. they're in an elevator there. we want to show you a photo of a crane brought in to help get them out. rescue workers are in contact with them. they are 800 feet down.
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soon as they come in. and new this morning, there's been an arrest in the frightening slashing attack on a woman in chelsea. it's all thanks to an observant pedestrian. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in gramercy, where this spt suspect is being held. >> reporter: before the suspect's arrest, the victim told us she was absolutely worried with the suspect still out there that someone else would get hurt that, someone else would be in danger. because of an alert passerby, that suspect was caught. it was a person in midtown manhattan around st. patrick's cathedral who recognized the suspect by the surveillance video and believed he was the one who slashed a woman on the face yesterday morning. that man alerted two police officers. again, over by st. patrick's cathedral. they called for backup, and the 41-year-old suspected, kari bazemore, was arrested. that happened about 6:00 at night. 12 hours earlier, a young woman walking to work was followed by the suspect.
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she talked with us about the moment she was attacked. the victim wanted to hide her face in the interview. >> i thought my nose was broken and i was freaking out. i ran into the nearest place by me, and they helped me call the ambulance. >> reporter: and the victim received seven stitches. coming up in the next half hour, darlene, you'll hear from one of the diner workers who helped her. also here at the police building, we expect to see the suspect around 9:00 a.m. when he's led out of the police station. we're waiting to find out if he'll be brought to a hospital for a mental check or to the courthouse for an arraignment. back to you. >> all right, katherine creag. thank you. the bronx man now charged with murdering his pregnant daughter is due in court today. william caruth was arrested after the body of his 39-year-old daughter andrea was found in the basement of the house they shared in baychester. pregnant. she had not been seen since sunday. sources are telling news 4 she
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after confronting her father about a second mortgage he had secretly taken out on their home. >> very terrible and very sad. i don't know why bad things happen to such beautiful and good people. >> this should not happen to anyone. it's so brutal and her poor unborn baby. it's very, very sad. >> a vigil was held for andrea caruth and her child outside her home last night. family and friends remembered them. they released red and white balloons into the air. new this morning, a fire that broke out in greenwich village early this morning is now under control. firefighters were called to 42 grove street for a report of multiple homes on fire, but they say the fire was contained really to one apartment and no one was hurt. there's no word on what started that fire. and a warning for time warner customers. the cable company says about 320,000 customers are being impacted by a data breach. if you're one of those impacted, time warner says it will e-mail you and send you a letter in the mail.
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says you should change your passwords. no word on how this information was stolen. okay. 6:04 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. let's check in with storm team 4's chris cimino. it's like the weather roller coaster, but where are we now? clicking up? >> yeah, we're going up the hill. >> i hate that part. >> because you know what happens after. the screaming part is back down again. i don't think that happens until early next week. the trend right now is to bring the temperatures up a little bit. wouldn't know it this morning if you're in the suburbs. a lot of teens out there. a clear sky and light wind. sunshine will mix with clouds this afternoon. not much wind throughout the day. the city starting out as one of the milder spots at 32. some locations, almost 15 to 20 degrees colder than that. 40 by noon, sun and clouds, 43 by 3:00. that should be the high for the day. the trend into the weekend is milder, but it may be wetter. details straight ahead. details on the commute, here's lauren.
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couple may more to problems. it's been a pretty quiet commute. this just came in. an accident with a downed pole and wires shutting down route 37, all eastbound lanes. this is in the toms river area. i'll continue to keep you posted. that's the only being issue on the roads. that's good news. as far as the buses go, still have the detour on the m-50. rails all look good, major commuter lines and subways doing just fine. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. >> all right, lauren. thanks so much. new this morning, the powerball jackpot is now the largest lottery prize ever in the united states. that's because nobody matched last night's numbers. here they are. 2, 11, 47, 62, and 63. the powerball number is 17. "today in new york's" games of chance correspondent kerry barrett is here with what you need to know about the record-setting prize. >> you got to be in it to win it. that's what i can tell you. as you mentioned, nobody hit the
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now that powerball is the largest in u.s. lotto history. it's a staggering $675 million. last night's prize of $524 million was the fourth largest powerball of all time. and it was the 18th without a winner. so the previous record, $656 million, somebody took that home back in march of 2012. if you won last night, and i know nobody did, but if you did, if you took the lump sum, after taxes, last night's jackpot still would have put more than $255 million in your pocket. the lines were crazy all over the country. apparently people taking that lotto motto, got to be in it to win it, to heart. >> the higher the prize, you know, the more people come walking in and just keep on throwing a lot of money into it. >> even though your chances are significantly lower. even though nobody hit last night's jackpot, those who did match five numbers won $1 million. there were actually two match
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york and one in connecticut. check your tickets. there was also a powerball winner not too long ago, back in november. the winning ticket for that one was sold in tennessee. it was worth only $144 million. the next drawing is this saturday. the answer to the quiz i gave you last hour. you have a better chance of winning the lottery or, a, getting crushed by a falling asteroid, b, becoming president of the united states, c, being canonized by the pope, or d, all of the above. the answer, michael, d. all of the above. except for darlene. >> her canonization is so close. >> she has a better chance of winning the lottery. >> you have that right, girl. >> that's according to her. >> all right, kerry. thanks. >> she's right. 6:08 right now. this afternoon, congressional republicans plan to celebrate their vote to repeal president obama's signature health care act. the house gave its final approval yesterday to the bill. it also calls for a cut in federal funding to planned parenthood.
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repeal legislation will make it to the president's desk. he says he will veto it. next tuesday, president obama will deliver his last state of the union address. he's giving us hints that the speech may look at his legacy. >> not just what i want to get done in the year ahead, but what we all need to do together in the years to come. >> in the youtube preview, the president says he's optimistic about the year ahead. of course, you can see his address live right here on nbc 4. the president, though, facing a renewed threat posed by north korea, even though it seems the country lied about whether they tested a hydrogen bomb. this morning, anti-nuclear protests took place in south korea. the pentagon may now commit more u.s. naval assets to protect that country. analysts believe north korea tested a conventional atomic bomb, one not nearly as powerful as an h-bomb. in this morning's cnbc money report, there are new financial
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this morning's market plunge in china. cnbc's landondown dowdy joins us with those details and more. >> good morning. what a start to 2016. there could be a lot more res arrows on wall street today due to turmoil in china. futures are down sharply. the dow is pointing to a nearly 400-point drop at the open. for the second time this week, trading in china's markets was halted after stocks tumbled more than 7%, triggering automatic circuit breakers. the markets have lurched up and down as regulators gradually wir thdraw emergency measures imposed after stocks plunged in june. the selloff there spreading to the rest of asia and european markets today. it's also pulling down oil prices, off another 5% this morning to levels not seen since the early 2000s on concerns about a lack of global demand. meanwhile, macy's is cutting 4800 jobs and closing 40 stores after reporting dismal holiday sales. about 2700 of the cuts are store employees. although, some will be
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macy's blames warm weather, which discouraged sales of winter clothes and the strong dollar, which kept tourists from visiting and spending money in the u.s. michael and darlene, it's also you're seeing a shift in the way consumers are spending their money. they're spending more of their money on entertainment and electronics. >> right. huge trend you're talking about there. >> experience is becoming a lot more important as well. all right, landon. nice to see you. thank you. >> thanks, guys. 6:11 now. still ahead, a push for public beach access in new jersey. we're going to tell you about two lawmakers who want to help you hit the sands in new jersey in the summer. also, a queens neighborhood also on edge now facing a chilling new threat. >> you're watching "today in new york." no way. savor an egg mcmuffin any time you like. a fresh cracked egg, canadian bacon and an english muffin with real butter. mcdonald's all day
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6:14. welcome back on this thursday morning. another chilly start to the day. another dry day ahead of us. it will get milder by the afternoon.
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little later on as we finish off the day, especially from the city on south. then it's a mixed sky tomorrow. there will be some clouds, then sunshine in the middle, more clouds later in the day. no rain through tomorrow evening, but late tomorrow night, some drizzle could break out. looks like on-and-off rain, especially sunday. school day forecast. at the bus stops, in the city it's not bad. upper 20s to near 30. a lot of the suburbs will still be in the teens. not a lot of wind, so it's bearable. by recess time, about 40. smissal time, 43. some patches of clouds showing up to the west of us. notice there's no rain or snow nearby. you have to go all the way west of chicago to find that. we're dry today, even though the sunshine will start to mix with a few clouds as we go through time. we don't anticipate any type of snow or rain for that matter. you can see the thicker clouds are off to the south of us. during the day tomorrow, we start out with some sunshine. notice the clouds kind of fill in from a few angles.
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tomorrow. then tomorrow night, watch what happens a happens. a little batch of light rain. on the northern fringe of it, could be a little bit of freezing drizzle or a little freezing rain mixed in. a light period of that late tomorrow night into saturday morning. most of us, it's just a little light rain as temperatures are above freezing. could be a little sprinkle activity saturday night. the heavier rain sits off to the south and west. for today, no rain to worry about. a little milder this afternoon. up around 43 with sunshine, mixing with increasing clouds in the amp fternoon. down to the 20s in the suburbs. as we get towards sunday, a stormy day as the system pulls out from the west of us but tracks west of us. we'll be on the warm side of it. over an inch of rain is possible. could see wind gusts approach 30 miles an hour. there could be some local street and highway flooding. that would be from sunday morning into sunday afternoon. dry and quiet next couple days. a little drizzle at times saturday, especially early. a rainy day sunday. back to cold weather monday and tuesday.
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the time we get to wednesday next week. how's the commute, lauren? >> this just came in. manhattan-bound n and r trains running express due to track maintenance. a live look outside at the roads. here's the george washington bridge. a tractor trailer decided it wanted to go to the lower level. so it's stuck out there just before the toll plaza. that's slowing things down. into the lower level, a ten-minute wait. still very minor delays inbound at the lincoln and holland. heading over for another look, here's the gowanus. this is pretty jammed up past the belt merge through industry city. no reports of a problem on the roadway. over on garden state parkway, this is much better news. here's what the garden state parkway looks like by exit 147 in east orange. smooth sailing. no delays yet on the garden state parkway. we have one problem in new jersey in toms river. route 37 still shut down
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and coolidge avenue. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. neighbors are on edge in one queens neighborhood after a new threat surfaces from the man who slashed a teenage girl in the face. police say the masked man in this video attacked a 16-year-old chinese exchange student while she was walking to school. that was last month. they say he returned to the girl's whitestone home monday and then vandalized a car. then they say the man also left victim. target. that note threatened another young woman at the home. neighbors do not want to appear on camera. >> there was glue on the locks. the tires were slashed. egg, they thought there was maybe acid, but i'm not 100% sure. >> if you have any information on this man, you are asked to give police a call. on long island, a twist in the drug case against a priest. the father and his alleged dealer were arrested outside a
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he told police he began smoking crack after his sister was murdered by her son in 2014. the son later killed himself. nassau county policing not confirm his drug use began after his sister's death. he's pled not guilty and was released without bail. well, it's going to be at least four years before new york drivers see a toll hike on the throughway. good news there. governor cuomo says he's going to phrase toll freeze tolls until 2020. commuters who use tolls will also get a tax credit to cut costs in half. agricultural vehicles will not pay anything. the governor says he'd like to eliminate throughway tolls for everyone in the future. okay. >> yeah, that would be okay. i don't think anyone will disagree with that part. 6:19. coming up next, take a tour of manhattan's past. a massive collection online for history buffs. and later, uber taking steps to solve privacy problems. what the ride-hailing app is doing to protect your location. don't forget, follow us on
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welcome back. 6:23, 32 degrees out. it's a thursday morning. in new jersey, two lawmakers expected to introduce a bill today that would restore the state's power to allow public access to its beaches and waterways. this follows an appeals court ruling that turned parts of the jersey shoreline over to
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the new bill gives the d.e.p. legislative authority over beach a access. now you can take a fascinating look at new york's past with a click of the mouse. go to the new york public library's website and click on public domain. that's where they have nearly 200,000 images online. these are old photos, maps, manuscripts been they're in high resolution. you can see an amazingly accurate map of the world. this mapped of world dates back to 1672. >> wow. >> isn't that great? >> that's amazing. i love maps. >> still doing work on the 2nd avenue subway. >> that's when they started. >> won't be done for another 200 years. >> some other generation will have an opportunity. >> what a great resource the public library is to do that and see how the city -- >> it's awesome stuff. always great to look back. weather is changing, and it always does. it's getting milder today. starting out in the teens and 20s in the suburbs. low 30s in the city. we'll have sunshine to start,
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afternoon. more clouds around tonight with a low of 31. 20s in the suburbs. it's dry through the day tomorrow. then we get a little drizzle that could be freezing late tomorrow night north and west of the city. the weekend, some spotty showers, drizzle saturday. 50s on sunday. could see a drenching rain first half of the day especially. then it's back to colder weather by next week. a lot of ups and downs. >> i think that will be reallinitis. really nice. >> we've had a nice commute so far. we have some problems on the gowanus. chopper 4 live over the scene. a nasty accident out there. this is heading outbound on the gowanus expressway out before 86th street. fdny on the scene there. a tractor trailer involved. all lanes are shut down. our picture is frozen right now, but this is westbound or heading outbound on the gowanus expressway. all lanes are shut down. this is approaching 86th street. we'll continue to keep a close eye on this.
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it could be out there for a while. otherwise, the trains look good with the exception of the n and r right now. they're running express from 36th street to atlantic avenue. in better news, that's our only issue on the rails. >> all right. that's a nasty accident. thank you. 6:25 meanwhile. coming up next, medical marijuana launches in new york. >> reporter: this dispensary here in union square will be the first in new york city, but not just anyone can come inside. i'm tracie strahan live with those details coming up. >> reporter: and i'm katherine creag live in gramercy park where the suspect accused in the slashing of a young woman is under arrest. find out how he was recognized by an alert passerby. that's coming up. if you're about to head out the door, keep watching and take us with you. download the news 4 new york on
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new this morning, an alleged slasher off the streets, and it's all thanks to a very observant passerby. the first of new york's medical marijuana dispensaries opens their doors this morning. we'll take you inside. plus, the powerball jackpot is now the largest lottery prize in u.s. history. "today in new york" starts now.
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6:30 a.m. on this thursday, january 7th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in on chrissy cimino looking at the weather for today. >> we've been holding steady in the city at the 32-degree mark. just above that in murray hill. 20s in staten island. once you get into the northern half of new jersey, it drops off dramatically. 16 in bridgewater. 16 in poughkeepsie. with clear sky and light wind, something called radiational cooling, that's the heat re-escaping back into space in the darkness of night. however, we'll bounce back to around 40 if not better this afternoon. by noontime in the city, sun and clouds with a high of 43. rest of your forecast coming up on the 4s. commute just got a little rougher out there. >> it did. we have an extremely nasty accident out there on the gowanus expressway. chopper 4 over the scene giving us a look at it from above. looks like possibly three vehicles involved, including a tractor trailer.
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all lanes shut down. this is westbound out by 86th street on the gowanus. you can see plenty of emergency vehicles heading eastbound. you even have the h.o.v. lane shut down. delays are building somewhat quickly through here. if you need to head to the verrazano bridge, this is just after the split. we'll continue to keep a very close eye on it, get you that information as soon as we get it in. we will have more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> lauren, thanks very much. new this morning, there has been an arrest in that random slashing attack on a woman in chelsea. it's all thanks to a very observant pedestrian. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in gramercy, where that suspect is being held. a remarkable story. >> reporter: and michael, indeed. this is all about that someone paying attention to this story, remembering what the suspect was wearing during the time of the attack, and then alerting police. that alert passerby happened to be around midtown right by st. patrick's cathedral when he believed he recognized the
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the one who slashed a woman in the face yesterday morning. that man alerted two police officers, who called for backup and very quickly the 41-year-old slashing suspect, his name kari bazemore, was arrested. that arrest happened about 6:00 at night. 12 hours earlier, a young woman walking to work on 23rd street near 7th avenue was followed by the suspect, according to police. investigators say he slashed her possibly with a razor blade. she talked with us about the attack, but first you'll hear from one of the restaurant workers who helped the victim. >> she was scared, really scared. she didn't know what to say. you know, shaking. >> i wish i could have reacted better and got a better description of him, but the first thing i thought was i have to get inside of a building. >> and the young victim, 24 years old, she was just a block away from work when she was attacked. she received seven stitches. as for the suspect, we're told that he lives in the bronx. at this point, we're waiting to see him when he's led out of this police building.
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we're waiting to find out if he'll be brought to a hospital for a mental evaluation or to courts for an arraignment. back to you. >> kat, thank you. a homeless man is now facing murder charges in a deadly stabbing at a bronx mcdonald's. he attacked 21-year-old adam garcia on monday. garcia was the manager at that mcdonald's. we're told gonzalez spent hours at the restaurant before garcia asked him to leave. gonz gonzalez returned and killed him. police are searching for this man. they say he walked up behind his victim, grabbed her, and tried to pull down her pants. he took off when she screamed. the 24-year-old woman was not hurt. happening today, a new police station will be dedicated this morning in jersey city to honor an officer killed in the line of duty.
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detective melvin santiago west district police station. santiago was shot and killed in 2014 while responding to reports of a robbery at a walgreens drugstore. today's dedication ceremony will include the burial of a time capsule that includes some of his personal belongings. there were no winners in last night's powerball drawing, which means the jackpot has climbed to a whopping $675 million. the new jackpot is now the largest in u.s. lottery history. last night's jackpot of $524 million was the fourth largest of all time. even though no one hit it, there were still $1 million prize winners in new york and connecticut. so you still should check your ticket. here are the winning numbers. 2, 11, 47, 62, 63. the powerball number, 17. the next drawing is saturday night. all right. 6:34 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. the call has already gone out here at news 4, chris, for a lottery group. >> oh, sure.
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>> we do that. >> we do, absolutely. you want to pick temperatures as your numbers? >> that would be a great idea. >> the powerball is right there in hopatcong. >> chris, yes. >> 17 right there. there you go. belvedere is at 10. sparta, 22. you get towards the city, that's where it's a little warmer. 32 degrees in central park. down the jersey shore, mid-20s. out in the pine barrens and eastern long island, single digits. partly cloudy sky now. we'll climb to around 40 by noon with a mix of clouds and sun. more clouds later in the day. a milder afternoon with a high of 43 degrees. rest of your seven-day outlook and a look at the weekend coming up. now a look at the commute. >> this just came in for subway commuters. delays on uptown n, q, and r trains. that's the only issue on the rails. they're running nicely otherwise.
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the gowanus expressway. chopper 4 over a bad accident out there. we're getting reports of three to four vehicles involved, including a tractor trailer. you can see emergency responders are working hard out there to try to clean this up. delays are certainly starting to build. so the gowanus is shutdown. lots of cars and trucks sitting out there. if you can get off to take 7th avenue, that would be your best bet. very heavy already heading outbound towards the verrazano bridge. if you are parking in the city today -- here's the accident again. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. >> thanks so much. today, new york's medical marijuana dispensary ies are open for business. tracie strahan is live outside one. >> reporter: already state officials and even the people
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this is not what you think. take a look at those security cameras right over the door. only certified patients will be allowed in here. even then, it will be captured on that security camera, and they're going to have to show i.d. before they come inside. even their doctors have to be screened. the marijuana that they received here, well, none of it can be smoked. we had a chance to go inside columbia care here in union square yesterday. it's the first facility in new york city to dispense medical marijuana. they're going to be giving non-smokeable medical marijuana in forms like capsules and vapors and things like liquids as well. new york's medical marijuana law limits distribution only to patients really suffering from debilitating diseases and who are screened by medical experts. >> because this is a patient product and this is a medical product, what we do is take what mother nature has made and we extract the organic, natural chemical compounds and we put them into a concentrated form.
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results in the liquid that patients end up using to treat their symptoms. >> reporter: eight medical marijuana dispensaries will open throughout new york state today. already state officials are saying it will not be like the places you see in california and colorado that have already become the butt of jokes in many instances. we just saw a woman come by, take a picture of this dispensary. she must have heard about it because a lot of people have walked by not even realizing what this is. it looks more like a boutique or a doctor's office. that's certainly not on purpose. back to you. >> tracie strahan, thank you. a brooklyn jury will decide the fate of an nypd officer accused of shooting and killing an unarmed man. officer peter liang is charged with manslaughter in the deadly shooting. police say he accidently fired his we have inside a dark stairwell in east new york in 2014. jury selection expected to begin later this month on january 21st. the connecticut state
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arguments today that could determine the fate of 11 inmates who have been on death row. among them, the two men convicted of murdering a woman and her two daughters in 2007. the 11 inmates' lives were spared when connecticut ended capital punishment four years ago. attorneys for the state will argue that the inmates should still be executed because they were sentenced to die before the death penalty was repealed. it is 6:39. $3 billion is being pledged to bridge penn station up to par and more. governor cuomo wants to start work on the project quickly. he says requests for proposals will go out in 90 days. the governor says the existing penn station is dark, ugly, and he calls it un-new york. >> it could use a refresh. it's a little tired. >> cleaned up, straightened out, swept. there's places that smell like urine. >> imagine being a first-time visitor to new york and getting
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good thing the vice president flew and didn't take a train. >> the governor of course referring to joe biden, the vice president, who called laguardia airport a third-world country. along with the upgrades, penn station is going to get a new name. it's going to be called empire station. on long island, a jaw-dropping theft, but it isn't what was stolen that's incredible, it's how much. police say this is one of two men who walked away with $8,000 worth of lingerie. the theft happened at the victoria's secret store two days before clips hristmas. mike piazza headed to the hall of fame, but will it be as a met or a dodger? he came to mets from l.a. in 1998, played 7 1/2 seasons here in new york. mike piazza is the greatest hitting catcher of all time. helped lead the mets to the world series back in 2000. however, it is the hall that will ultimately decide if piazza's plaque should have on it a mets cap or a dodgers cap.
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all, believe it or not. for now, piazza says he's just ecstatic to be heading to cooperstown. >> it's truly a blessing and overwhelming. very honored. i'm a huge student of the game as far as history of the game. so this is just something for me that really words can't describe. >> mike piazza said he was told not to speak about which team he would be inducted under. however, in the past, he has made it clear that he is a met. now, the only other player going to the hall this year is ken griffey jr. in fact, he set a record. 99.3% of the votes went in his favor on his first try. in honor of griffey, his number 24 was flown at the top of seattle's space needle. he played much of his career for the mariners. >> we were talking about whether the hall should have that particular power as opposed to the player deciding what he's attached to. >> his career. 6:41. coming up next, new developments
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breach. we'll tell you what ride-hailing app is settling this investigation. plus, we'll have weather and traffic on the 4s coming up as we look at the new jersey turnpike.
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welcome back. 6:44 on a thursday morning. getting later into the morning. we're seeing temperatures holding steady in the city around the freezing mark. a lot colder in the suburbs north and west. seasonably cold in town. teens in a lot of the suburbs. in some cases, low to middle teens. sunshine will mix with clouds this afternoon. not too much wind. the cold isn't really that biting, stinging type of cold. 32 in astoria. jersey city at 27. 28 in harrison. across long island, we see a 30 in baiting hollow. out in westhampton, we've seen a temperature of 9 degrees. down the jersey shore, a little better closer to the water. inland, 22 in east brunswick.
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18 in madison. 10 all the way up in hunter. a lot of the suburbs quite a bit colder this morning than it is in the city. we start off with a fair amount of sunshine. 43 our high. above the normal high of 38. clouds continue to thicken up for a time tonight. they'll break up again towards morning. tomorrow, some clouds early. then sun in the middle. more clouds again later. the drizzle possibility really is tomorrow night, overnight. north and west of the city it might just be cold enough to be a little freezing drizzle. 42 the expected high temperature tomorrow. again, late friday night, early saturday morning, could be a little slippery, especially from putnam county on north to ulster, duchess, and sullivan. not a big deal with the rain on saturday. 47 the high. on sunday, we bring in much more moisture up from the south. mild temperatures in the mid-50s, but a good soaking rain the first half of the day. we're talking about seeing over
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we could see wind gusts near 30 miles per hour. with an inch or more of rain, that could lead to local street and highway flooding. it gets colder but quieter after that. back to the chill with highs in the 30s, lows in the 20s. let's get the latest on the commute. here's lauren. >> thanks, chris. good morning, everyone. still have big problems on the gowanus expressway heading outbound. all lanes shut down. chopper 4 over the scene of this really nasty accident out there involving what looks like four vehicles. we'll actually see a flat bed out there. that was involved in the accident. it just pulled this suv off of that accident. all lanes shut down. this is westbound between 65th and 86th street. delays are pretty bad heading outbound toward the verrazano bridge. the h.o.v. lane inbound is also blocked because of emergency vehicles. he's going to show us what it looks like coming off the verrazano bridge heading into brooklyn. this is affecting the staten island commute. it's also affecting buses because they can't get by on that h.o.v. lane.
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into the city, heading into brooklyn, leave yourself a lot of extra time. this is likely going to be out there for a while. buses may be rerouted through new jersey to get into manhattan this morning. i'll continue to keep you updated on that. of course, as we get more information. we also have an accident on the rfc triboro bridge. this is on the main span. coming out of queens, heading into manhattan and the bronx. two lanes shut down, delays go back past 31st street in ast to r -- astoria. one lane is getting by. otherwise, the roads are not so bad. that's certainly the worst of it. back to you. >> thanks so much, lauren. 6:48 right now. the mexican fast food chain chipotle now at the center of a criminal investigation. the fda and u.s. attorney's office want the company to turn over all documents related to last year's norovirus outbreak. more than 180 customers and 18 employees were sickened at a
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this comes as chipotle reeled from an e. coli outbreak in late october, followed by another norovirus outbreak in boston. uber is tightening its security after a settlement. uber employees and executives had realtime access to riders' locations through an aerial view. it also found driver information was hacked. uber is going to pay a $20,000 fine. employees will have very limited access to rider locations. 6:49 right now. coming up next, what happened when a stage crasher interrupted last night's people's choice awards. don't forget, follow us on facebook and twitter, michaelg4ny, darlene4ny.
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welcome back. 32 degrees looking at times square on this thursday morning. well, an interruption caused quite a stir at the people's choice awards.
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as the ladies of "the talk" were accepting their award. sharon osborne wasn't having it. >> uh-uh. that ain't happening up here. >> sharon just basically kicked the young man off the stage. meantime, some familiar favorites picked up last night's awards. "the voice" won the favorite competition tv show. ellen degeneres picking up the award for favorite daytime tv host. and favorite humanitarian. favorite late-night talk show host went to our own jimmy fallon. >> congratulations for sure. the "today" show coming up in a few minutes. we'll check in with matt and savannah, see what's ahead. how do you handle stage crashers? i'm pretty sure you guys don't kick them. >> number of times i have had to push people away who lunged towards savannah just to say how great she is and things like that. >> those are members of the crew though. >> step off. >> i think they handled it well. except i didn't think that her reference to steve harvey was
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>> isn't that the kanye? >> she said that. >> she did say that. it didn't really work, and it wasn't really related to ed to d to what was going on either. >> we would never do that if we were ever chosen. >> if you ever won a people's choice award. >> yeah. >> it's not a big problem. coming up on a thursday morning, we've got breaking news. 17 workers trapped in a mine. it's actually a salt mine in upstate new york. a massive crane has now been brought in to try to rescue them. the latest from the scene. >> also ahead, is butter back? what you should take away from the new dietary guidelines that are just out this morning. >> and savannah goes one on one with leonardo dicaprio. >> why he says his latest role, which has already earned him a golden globe nomination, was the most difficult of his career. we'll talk about that and more when we get started on a thursday morning. back to you. >> sounds great. just looking at the trailer, it looks that way. thanks so much, guys. up next, lauren is going to
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serious crashing on the on the gowanus expressway. these are the westbound lanes near 65th street. >> you're watching "today in new york." find your sweet spot today with dunkin's chicken apple sausage sandwich. enjoy sweet apple and savory sausage together for under 400 calories.
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new this morning, word of an arrest in a random slashing attack on a woman in manhattan. >> "today in new york's" katherine creag is in gramercy where that suspect is being held. >> reporter: we should get our first look, darlene and michael, at the suspect when he's led out of this police building a little later today. but it was an alert passerby who
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recognized him from surveillance video and believed he was the one who slashed a woman in the face yesterday morning. that recognition, that passerby saw him walking around st. patrick's cathedral, and police were alerted and that suspect arrested. again, he should be led out here in a couple of hours from now. back to you. >> all right. kat, thank you. now to tracie strahan in union square, where one of new york's first medical marijuana dispensaries opens this morning. >> reporter: this is going to be one of eight dispensaries to open throughout new york state. no leaves in sight. that's what officials are telling everyone. they will only be dispensing non-smokeable marijuana in forms like capsules, vaporizers, and liquids. new york's medical marijuana law limits patients to only those suffering from debilitating illnesses. back to you. >> tracie, thanks. lauren, you're watching
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>> they're working very hard. chopper 4 giving us a look from above at this accident that's shutting down the outbound lanes of the gowanus expressway between 65th street and 86th. heavy delays getting into this avenue. 7th avenue would be the way to go. all the way back to the staten island expressway we have delays because the h.o.v. lane is shut down with those emergency vehicles as well. you're going to see delays and detours on both local and express buses in addition to the commute just being rough this morning coming off staten island and the verrazano bridge. one other problem for you on the rfc triboro bridge, two lanes blocked. >> thanks so much, lauren. chris, one more check of the weather. >> starting out nippy in the suburbs. a lot of teens and 20s. low 30s in the city. everybody gets to 40 if not better. forecasting a high of 43. clouds will mix with sun at times. more clouds tomorrow but some sun at times, 42. a little drizzle late tomorrow night into saturday morning. well north and west, could be a
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