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and today could be your very lucky day. there's a billion and a half dollars, that's $1.5 billion, up for grabs tonight in the powerball jackpot. "today in new york" starts now. want to make that clear, it's $1.5 billion. good morning, everybody. 5:00 a.m. on this wednesday, january 13th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in with storm team 4's chris cimino. with all those winds out there, the powerball sign on the west side is standing firm. >> when it's a billion, it'll si t there. that's a heavy duty number. today being the 13th may be a lucky day for some folks. weather-wise, it's a little chil. we have a wind advisory in effect until about 1:00 this afternoon. temperatures keep dropping. now 23 in central park. 25 in farmingdale. 19 in sussex and newburgh. 23 down in long branch. that's part of the story. the other part of the story, the
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8 in union. seeing single-digit windchills. bundle up in a big way. you'll need it. dress in layers if you can. sunshine today, a few scattered clouds. only back to 31 by noon. forecasting a high at the freezing mark. at best, 32. windchills all day staying in the teens. let's find out about the early morning commute. a lot of green. >> yes, we like a lot of green. even though we have green, we have an accident outz there on the roads. this is on the whitestone expressway. southbound out by linden place, that blocks two lanes. that's an update that just came in. as you can see by the live traffic flows, not really causing a delay because it's pretty quiet out there. roadwork to keep in mind at the queens midtown tunnel. the south tube is shut down until 5:30 a.m. the north tube will take on the two-way traffic. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you very much. breaking news in new jersey. that's where firefighters are battling a huge business fire. it's happening right now on florence avenue in irvington.
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certainly is not helping. "today in new york's" acie strahan is there now. once again, a situation where the cold is a challenge for firefighters there. >> reporter: absolutely, michael. and it's not just the flames, it's these icing conditions. very severe. we keep looking at these irvington firefighters, this one in particular, who's covered in ice at this point, all because of all the water it took to try and get a handle on this fire on florence avenue. you see them packing up the hosing right now. the ladders have been put away as well. possibly a good sign, but not enough to save the businesses and apartments on top of it. let's show you how severe this fire was around 1:30 this morning. this video was given to us by a viewer who are live li ves in the area. he says he took it from the vantage point of headquarters bar and grill. that's what he saw burning the most. neighbors say it quickly spread to a couple restaurants, a barbershop in the same strip, as well as the apartments on the second floor.
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was awakened out of her sleep not by the flames of the smoke but by someone banging on her door. >> i hear the knocking from next door. i heard knocking, get out fire. i just quickly grabbed things and got out. >> reporter: again, this is many fire departments from the area trying to get a handle on the flames here. it appears they've done it. as we bring you back live now, we can tell you it's still smoldering in this strip. as they put away the hoses right now, it doesn't mean they're not out of the woods just yet. there's a lot of ice, as you can imagine, all throughout the streets in this area. a little water there. they're telling people who had to evacuate to be very careful as they try to get themselves to a warm spot. we haven't seen the red cross just yet. people who had to escape in their pajamas are trying to finds a warm place at this point. back to you. >> all right, tracie. thank you so much.
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recovering after she says she was raped in washington heights. here's a look at the men police say they want to find. the woman met the men on 179th street. all three went to high bridge park, where she says they raped and beat her. if you recognize these men, call police. last night's winds were apparently strong enough to tear down an electrical pole in yonkers. more than 800 con-edison customers were lefr without power. right now con-ed is only reporting about 50 outages. winds also damaged a powerline that sparked and caught fire on long island. firefighters were called to the scene around 2:00 a.m. fortunately, no one was hurt. more than 800 pseg long island customers are still without power. most of the outages are in oyster bay, hempstead, and south hampton. >>di> and last night it was snow that terve was talking about.
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snow falling in a backyard in orange county. you can see the snow coating that deck and that patio furniture. grill still outside, as is the case when it comes to many decks around the tri-state area. >> guilty. >> been there. >> and with this winter not being much of a winter, folks aren't really thinking about that. a taste of snow yesterday. wasn't a big deal. right now it's about the wind. still a big deal in parts of the area. from the city, northeast new jersey, on east, a wind advisory in effect until 1:00 p.m. could see gusts of 40 miles an hour or so. that could take down a tree limb, which takes down a power line. we're watching it closely. i think as we go through the late morning, the winds will subside a little bit. 30 the gusts in newark. 36-mile-an-hour gusts at jfk. in central park, we've seen it gust to 26 miles an hour.
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30-mile-an-hour seems to be the gusts. gusts will ease to the west first, then towards the city. 23 degrees right now. the windchill makes it feel like 11 in town. your high at 3:00 p.m., 32. a day below normal around he . let's see how the commute is treating uses so far on this wednesday morning. >> still pretty quiet. a lot of bus detours. quite a few on new jersey transit as well. bus routes 30, 78, 84, 156, 158, 181, and 197, which is originating and terminating at at greenwood lake park and ride today. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. we'll have your next weather and traffic update on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. 5:06 now. in brooklyn, five teens are accused of raping an 18-year-old woman at a playground.
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years old. four of them are being charged as adults. larmtd officials tell news 4 two of the suspects claim the sex was consensual. but police say they do not believe those claims. they say there's strong credible evidence the 18-year-old was raped. defense lawyers say the case is weak. >> we think that the case is built on smoke and mirrors and innuendo and witnesses will add credibility. >> defense attorneys claim a video will help exonerate those teens. news 4 has obtained that video, but we are choosing not to show it until we can verify its authenticity. new this morning, police are now releasing surveillance photos of a man they say attacked a victim in chelsea. they say he approached a 67-year-old man after he exited the 4th street station on east 16th street. police say the man punched the victim in the face and ran away. the victim wasn't seriously injured. if you have any information, give police a call. this morning, a reputed gang
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attempt. >> i'm innocent. they doing this because they nt to. >> he declared his innocence bronx last night. police say he tried to escape by jumping out of a window, but he landed at the feet of a police officer. he's accused of killing a man in november. es. this morning, president obama's waking up to mixed reviews about his final state of the union address. he both praised the state of our country and warned about the future. "today in new york's" kerry barrett has a wrap-up of the address. kerry, good morning. >> hey, darlene. president barack obama delivering his seventh and final state of the union address before a joint session of congress on capitol hill. wasn't really a traditional speech for him. instead of delivering a list of proposals, he talked about his achievements over the past seven years, the challenges of the future, of course the upcoming election in november. it was a speech about what he believes he did right during his
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help propel democrats to a win in november. he touched on four major issues that he says america needs to address over the next decade. they include the economy, climate change, national security, and divisive politics. >> i know this is a dangerous time, but that's not primarily because of some looming super power out there, and it's not certainly because of diminished american strength. in today's world, we're threatened less by evil empires and more by failing states. >> so today the president is hitting the road to talk a little bit further about the state of the union, to highlight the progress he's made and how to continue taking action in the next year. he's visiting omaha a little later today, and then ba tan ton rouge, louisiana, on thursday. >> all right, kerry. thank you. and happening today,
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sixth state of the state address and budget proposal. he'll spend ten days touring the state, meeting with law makers to lay out his proposals. they include plans to spend $22 billion on roads indian and bridges upstate, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018. we'll stream the address live on nbcnewyork.com. today, governor chris chr ristie plans to resume his own presidential campaign in new hampshire. yesterday he delivered his state of the state address in trenton. >> we've now achieved six consecutive balanced budgets with no new taxes on the people of new jersey. [ applause ] >> the governor taking credit for helping to turn around new jersey's economy. he also lashed out against president obama and congress as being full of hot air. governor christie starting his speech by saying it's good to be home. 5:10 right now. today volkswagen's ceo will meet with the epa to discuss fixing their diesel emissions scandal.
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regulators rejected a recall proposal submitted by vw last moinnth. the automaker used software to cheat emissions test. it was used in more than a half million vehicles in the u.s.. >>d.> if you owe back taxes to the irs, you may get a call from a private debt collector. congress voted to outsource the work against irs recommendations. critics say it will make it ease yes for scammers to pose as tax collectors and dupe victims out of money. there have been a lot of phone calls. we've been reporting that, someone calling and saying call this number you owe money to the irs. >> have to be careful. we have breaking news overseas. those american sailors detained in iran are now free. we'll have a live report on this big development up next. and today is the day. the record $1.5 billion jackpot drawing just hours away. what you need to know coming up. plus, an adorable odd
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and your weather and traffic
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it's 5:14. here are four things to know this morning. first, we're following breaking news out of new jersey. firefighters are battling flames that tore through a business in irvington. winds are a serious factor here. right now police are looking for this man. police say he approached a 67-year-old man, punched him in the face, and ran off. if you have any information, you're asked to give police a call. a warning about a children's cold medicine that could be in your cabinet. nine retailers, including cvs,
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generic store brand. instant billionaire tonight. the powerball jackpot now up to $1.5 billion. coming up. what you need to know is what the winning numbers are going to be now. in the mean time, you need to bundle up. cold air back in place. strong, gusty winds. gusting over 30 and 40 miles an hour at times, making for that bitter cold feeling out there. good news is the cold pulls back a little tomorrow. then it's milder by friday. basnck into the 40s again. as the next storm approaches, that means it's going to be a rainmaker. looks like a wet start to the weekend saturday. should dry out by saturday afternoon. quick-moving storm. plenty cold across northwest new jersey. 18 in franklin. in oakland. towards the city, lower 20s. it's mid-20s out across long island. the warmer spot, if you will, is montauk, where it's 29 degrees.
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jfk. 31-mile-an-hour gusts at lah yard -- laguardia. winds getting a little lighter as you go across northwest new jersey. the wind and those temperatures combined make it feels like 8 in newark, 11 in central park, 13 in oakland. you go to the north, feels like 0 in monticello. 11 in sussex. 11 out across islip and farmingdale. you really need to stay warm with the gloves and hat. there's the lake-effect snow bands. that's where they're going to stay, up towards the north and west. clearing trend going on here. just some patchy clouds around at times today. a good deal of sunshine. this is through 1:00 in the afternoon. looking pretty good. not feeling great because it's stg ill really cold. weak disturbance coming in may cause a flurry to the north of us tomorrow morning. then we shake these clouds.
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32 the freezing mark is the best we do. 30 in beth page. a lot of folks stay below the freezing mark this afternoon despite a fair amount of sunshine. into tonight, 21 the low in the city. 19 in rye brook. we'll see teens to the north and west. lower teens. the winds, breezy, we'll call it. doesn't get quite calm until late afternoon tomorrow. 36 tomorrow, 47 by friday. rain late friday night, early saturday. drying out to and back to cold, but dry weather, for monday and tuesday of next week. let's get to lauren. a little after 5:8. how is the commute? >> moving along nicely. we had an accident southbound on the whitestone expressway. that cleared. we'll look outside. here's the inbound side of the holland tunnel. still very quiet out there. lincoln tunnel, george washington bridge look the same. no delays inbound or outbound. heading to the van wyck expressway, here's what that looks like by the kew gardens interchange. some delays southbound at this time. things are moving along just fine.
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expressway, smooth sailing out there by the bronx river parkway. no roadwork getting in your way. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. we'll have your next weather and traffic update on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. 5:18 rught now. breaking news overseas. american sailors detained in iran are now free. nbc's tracie potts is in washington, d.c. with new developments. >> reporter: we just got this news a few minutes ago. iranian state tv reporting that they have freed the nine men and one woman who crossed into their waters. iran says they apologized and have been we leased back into international waters. we're waiting on u.s. confirmation of that. earlier this morning, iran's navy chief said on state tv they acted unprofessionally after a 40-minute training mission. we now know that it was a mechanical failure on one of the boats.
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them that caused them to drift about three miles into iranian territory. the iranians acknowledge this was not espionage, that it was harmless. although, those ten sailors and boats were kept, they were held overnight. the u.s. spoke to at least one of them by phone to confirm that they were well. they were reportedly treated well and they were safe. secretary of state john kerry spent a lot of time on the phone with his foreign minister counterpart trying to deal with this. of course, this is also crossing into the political realm with republican candidates like jeb bush and marco rubio, blaming a weak foreign policy for this incident. on the other hand, you've got democrats who say the reason those sailors were released so quickly is because diplomacy is working. the breaking news this morning, iranian state tv is reporting that our ten sailors have been released. >> all right. that is good to hear. tracie potts in washington. thank you.
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5:23 now. a live look at the new jersey turnpike. a pennsylvania couple is struggling to sell their home. it's a three-story victorian that's been on the market since
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you might recognize it from the 1991 film "the silence of the lambs." the homeowners say they've attracted lots of viewers but no offers. don't go in the basement. >> it puts the lotion in the basket. >> oh. >> come on. it's a line in the movie. some restaurant workers go wild after they think they've won the powerball jackpot. it's hard to see. you can hear those screams and cheers. these employees thought they hit the jackpot saturday. unfortunately, the matching numbers they were reading were from the wrong day. this breaks my heart. i feel bad. >> unfortunately, a lot of that going on. you get so excited and you look and it make sense.
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wrong day that matched those numbers or it was vice versa? >> they had a ticket but not from that day's drawing. >> oh, man. >> which makes it worse, right? >> right. >> oh, wow. that hurts. that's going to leave a mark. good luck to everybody tonight. a lot of folks playing. meantime, the weather picture, it's about the wind this morning. a wind advisory in effect in northeast new jersey, long island, the hudson valley. could see gusts of 40 miles an hour. i think the chance of seeing a 50-mile-an-hour gust kind of diminishing as we go through time. the wind will ease a little bit. it's going to stay breezy throughout the day. expecting a high of only 32 today with sunshine and clouds mixing in. we're seeing single-digit windchills early this morning. breezy at times tonight. it turns partly to mostly cloudy, low 20s in town, teens in the suburbs. we're back to the 40s by friday. these little quick shots of winter, we can handle this.
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>> what's happening, lauren? >> not too much on the roads. one problem out there. for people that live on the north fork of long island, main road right now shut down in both directions between skunk lane and indian neck lane because of a downed utility pole. something to keep in mind. you'll need to head to north road instead. we'll look outside at the roads. here's the brooklyn bridge. no roadwork out there anymore. things moving along nicely. the bqe is in good shape. >> okay, lauren. thanks very much. two adorable felines who would never cross paths in the wild are now being raised together at six flags great adventure in new jersey. it's a sooi beer -- siberian tiger cub and a tiger cub. they were both delivered by first-time mothers who failed to care for them. they appear to be very content
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>> that is super sweet. >> they're going to grow up quickly though. >> they're going to be large very soon. big cats. 5:26. we are following breaking news in new jersey right now. >> reporter: a fast-moving fire rips through a building and makes for even more hazardous conditions because of the weather. i'e m tracie strahan live in irvington with the details coming up. >> reporter: and i'm katherine creag live on manhattan's west side on powerball patrol. this store a woman walked in here and spent $2800 in cash on powerball tickets. we'll tell you why some people consider this deli lucky. 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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breaking news right now. a massive fire fueled by strong winds tears through a new jersey business. those same winds are causing damage across our area. wires on fire, poles toppled, thousands of people waking up without power. and today could be your lucky day. the record-breaking powerball jackpot that could be yours tonight. "today in new york" starts now
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i hope it's someone from new york, or new jersey or connecticut. >> or you. >> good morning, everyone. it's wednesday, january 13th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. as they say on broadway, good luck to everyone, but mostly me. >> a lot of folks thinking that way this morning. a lot of folks thinking about how they're going to stay warm this morning. a wind advisory in effect. could see gusts over 40 miles an hour for the next few hours. once we get past the early afternoon hours, things should calm down a little. that's creating windchills in the single numbers and low teens. city right now with a mostly clear sky, 23 degrees. doesn't bounce back all that much despite a good deal of sunshine throughout the day. let's find out about the commute. getting deeper into it.
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>> a new problem out there. hopefully not a big one. thankfully not too many people on the roads still. that helps. right now on the rfk triboro bridge, you have a disabled vehicle blocking two lanes. then heading over to the north fork of long island, a downed utility pole has main road shut down between skunk lane and indian neck lane. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. 5:31 right now. breaking news in new jersey. that's where firefighters are battling a huge business fire. it's happening right now on florence avenue in irvington. officials say the weather isn't helping. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is there right now. good morning. >> reporter: darlene, good morning to you. every now and then we'll see water come over the top of this structure on florence avenue. seems like they're hitting hot spots at this point, but the fire seems to be largely under control. we see the departments packing up the hoses. we see icicles hanging from
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it's a fire and ice situation that made tackling the flames here that much more difficult. let's show you video of how it was raging around 1:30 this morning. a viewer sent this to us. flames were on every side. there's a restaurant, a barbershop, and apartments on the top floor. we've seen people that had to be evacuated. we spoke to one of them who escaped with just his pajamas. >> my son called me first. he said there's a fire. the fire department came and knocked on my door. >> reporter: there were hundreds of firefighters that tried to tackle these flames. at this point, it does appear things are somewhat under control. we don't have any reports of any injuries so far, darlene, but there are ambulances on every street surrounding this area as a precaution.
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slipping on the ice. that's really a factor out here. back to you. >> tracie, thank you. it's 5:33 right now. we have more breaking news this morning. this is out of the middle east. those ten captured american sailors were let go by iran. they were on two boats, and the iranians insist they strayed into iran's waters yesterday. iran's official news agency says the nine men and one woman were let go after the u.s. apologized. the pentagon insists one of the boat had mechanical problems. strong winds apparently to blame for an electrical pole falling down late last night in yonkers. it came down on pine street near north broadway and damaged a transformer that spilled oil into the street. as many as 800 con-ed customers were reportedly without power at one point last night. that was in yonkers. they've made progress. this morning, we hear the number right now is down to about 40.
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line that sparked and caught fire on long island. this was 2:00 a.m. pseg long island says more than 800 customers without power. nearly half of them are in oyster bay. and people in orange county saw some snow last night. we'll show you video from someone's backyard. here it is. you can see the snow coating the deck and the patio furniture. as darlene reported, the grill that's still out there on that back porch. >> without the cover. >> we put some things out there at christmas time because it was 60 degrees. >> absolutely. we've all done that. >> that looks more like the deck in the fall if you get one of those early snows in october. not in the middle of january. we shouldn't be taken by surprise, but we have been so far this winter. we've escaped the snow. we had a little dusting of it yesterday. the cold, that's been making its headway into our area. looks like it's going to be the pattern over the next several days.
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go up top the north, 189 9 in newburgh. wind chills making it feel like 11 in central park. 10 at jfk. feels like zero in monticello. again, serious cold out there throughout the day today. much. sunshine will mix with clouds. the wind will ease a little later in the afternoon. a high temperature of 32. the rest of the forecast coming up on the 4s. here's lauren with the commute. >> we had a burch of detours on new york city buses. everything is back on its regular route. still a couple detours for nj transit commuters. bus route 197 is originating and terminating today at the greenwood lake park and ride. and alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. we'll have more weather and
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5:36. new this morning, we're getting a look at two men accused of raping a woman in washington heights. police say the woman met the men on 179th street and st. nicklas avenue. all three went to high bridge park, where she says they raped and beat her. she was taken to the hospital for treatment. if you recognize these men, call police. teen suspects accused of raping a girl in a brooke win park over the weekend are claiming the sex was consensual. four of the five teens are being charged as adults. they range in age from 14 to 17 years old. law enforcement officials tell news 4 two of the suspects claim, as we said, the sex was consensual consensual. police do not believe those claims. they say they have strong credible evidence the 18-year-old was raped. meanwhile, defense lawyers say the case is weak. >> we think that the case is built on smoke and mirrors and innuendo and witnesses will add credibility. >> defense attorneys claim a video will help exonerate those teens.
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we are choosing not to show it until we can verify its authenticity. new this morning, a reputed gang leader wanted for murder is in jail after a bold escape attempt. >> i'm innocent. they doing this because they want to. >> he declared his innocence after being arrested in the bronx last night. police say he tried to escape by jumping out of a window but landed at the feet of an officer. he's accused of killing a man in november. he's suspected of at least 23 crimes. 5:38 now. in his final state of the union address, president obama listed his unfinished business for his final year and then spoke about the future of america. the president urging the nation to put the country first, that every citizen should do their duet and get out and vote. he didn't name any candidates, but he did take some swipes at the republicans running for the white house. >> there will be voices urging
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respective tribes, to scapegoat fellow citizens who don't look like us or pray like us or vote like we do or share the same background. we can't afford to go down that path. >> gop response came from south carolina governor nikki haley. she unexpectedly, in some view, echoed the president's comments about political rhetoric. >> during anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. we must resist that temptation. >> after the speech, the president had a moment of nostalgia, saying, quote, let me take one more look at this thing, and he gazed quickly around the house chamber before he left. >> steve israel there, by the way, from long island. happening today, governor cuomo will deliver his sixth state of the state address and budget proposal. he spent ten days touring the state and meeting with lawmakers to lay out his proposals.
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billion on road and bridges upstate and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2018. we'll be streaming the address live on nbcnewyork.com at 12:30 p.m. 5:40 right now. by the end of this day, you could be potentially a billionaire. >> tonight is the drawing for our record-breaking $1.5 billion jackpot. katherine creag is in midtown with her fingers crossed. >> reporter: darlene and michael, yes. i will spend a couple dollars here, a couple dollars there on powerball tickets, on lottery tickets if it's a big jackpot. a woman walked into this deli here, 57th street and 9th avenue, the clerk told me, and spent $2800 in cash. i would be nervous walking around with that much money. but $2800 in cash on powerball tickets. some people might consider this deli lucky because there are all these posters over here showing some winners in the past. $10,000, $4,000, $800 on quick
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maybe this will be the place for the big jackpot. the drawing is tonight. we want to show you the video of some long lines at stores across the country, our area as well, of people hoping they'll be the big winner. we told you about that woman who walked into the store, $2800 in cash. a couple days before her, there was a gentleman who had $1,000 in cash and also spent it on powerball tickets. you have to hope those are workplace pools or something, not just individual. the daydreaming game is strong among people who think they will win. take a listen. >> i have seven kids, so college, number one. >> i think i could buy my whole family houses. >> you could buy an nfl team. the fantasies of what you can do with it. >> reporter: now, if you were to win the $1.5 billion in new york city, after federal, state, and city taxes, you would go home with $579 million.
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a lot of money. $579 million. compare that to california, where winnings are exempt from state taxes. you'd go home with $698 million. so more than $100 million new york versus california. but still, i'd be happy with $5. just saying. >> because at least you could get a coffee or something, right? >> you have a good chance of that, kat. >> reporter: you never know. especially at this store. very lucky store. >> thanks a lot, kat. we appreciate it. 5:42 now. the man at the center of that hit series "making a murderer," he's making an appeal. his last-ditch effort to get out of prison. and weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up as well.
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welcome back. 5:45 on a cold wednesday morning. we have some flags flapping pretty nastily out there. with temperatures in the low 20s, it's creating windchills in the single digits and low teens. make sure you bundle up in a big way.
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actual air temperature is 23. it stays cold and windy throughout the day today. that's our main weather headline, bitter cold. then the cold eases tomorrow. by friday, it's milder, back in the 40s again. a wet start to the weekend on saturday. 23 in astoria. same thing in sheepshead back. a pair of twos in harrison. 19 in ringwood. it gets colder the further north and west you go. school day forecast, you really want top dress dress warmly for the kids. we're talking teens north and west. recess time, about 31. dismissal time, doesn't warm up very much. about 32. it stays pretty windy throughout the day, despite a good deal of sunshine. things are pretty quiet from the mississippi on east. no big storms to be found right now. it's just the cold air sweeping across the great lakes, creating lake-effect snows up there.
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mixing with patchy clouds at times. bitter windchills keeping it in the teens. actual air temperature should get back just to the freezing mark this afternoon. low 20s tonight. clouds roll in toward tomorrow morning. i think after the morning clouds, it turns partly sunny in the afternoon. still a bit on the breezy side in the mid-30s . after the mid-30s on thursday, we go into the 40s on friday. here comes that rain coming up the coast. probably not until friday night. i think friday during the day is dry. even most of friday evening dry. it's late friday night, first part of saturday some rain is likely, 45. there's a slight possibility the rain could end as snow in parts of the area. then just brisk and colder by the start of next week. let's see if there are any new problems for the commute. >> some new, some old. nothing causing too much of a problem. that's the common thread here. we have a disabled vehicle on the rfk bridge on the bronx-manhattan bound side of the span. blocking two lanes, no delay.
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eastbound by hamilton avenue. there's a tarp on the road in the right lane. they're trying to clear it out. it's a bit of a slow ride through this area. we'll take a live look outside at the lincoln tunnel. cars and trucks still moving along nicely around the helix. george washington bridge, holland tunnel similar story. and if you're getting on the rails, all running without delays or service changes. we'll have more weather and e g ing up on the 4s. happening now, a man who attacked two young girls on the upper west side is on the run. police are calling the man you see here in the video a person of interest. investigators say he grabbed a 12-year-old girl's wrist inside shake shack on columbus avenue on monday. she pushed him away. police say he hugged and kissed a 13-year-old. she also managed to push him away. the convicted killer at the center of the netflix series "making a murderer" filed an appeal and is seeking to be released. steven avery claims
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search warrant to gather evidence. he also alleges the trial judge made misleading statements, the jury was tantd inted, and his lawyers were ineffective. it has now been 14 hours since crews in oakland, california, began trying to rescue a man trapped in a trench. a plumbing contractor was working on a sewer line when the ten-foot trench collapsed yesterday afternoon. he was buried waist deep in mud. the rescuers have been trying to steady the walls of that trench and dig him out. the man is in good condition at this point despite the situation he's been in. outrage on long island over plans for a new casino at belmont park. hundreds of very vocal residents rallied against a proposal to install a thousand video gambling machines at the race track. they say it would increase crime and traffic in their communities. supporters say it would generate revenue. in the nfl, the rams are headed back to los angeles. the city may host another team
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30 of the 32 owners approve the rams move from st. louis back to l.a. they'll be playing there next year at the coliseum until a new stadium is built. the nfl has also given the san diego chargers a year-long option to join the rams. if they decline, the choice would go to somebody else. all right. in basketball, knicks player had some shoe trouble while facing the celtics. robin lopez lost his right shoe. he played four possessions without it. when he finally had time to put it back on, a celtics player swatted it away. not nice. luckily, it didn't matter much. the knicks wept on nt on to win the game. petty. >> come on. let the guy have two shoes. all right. coming up, the search for a missing plane led to a completely different discovery. don't forget, follow us on facebook and twitter. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny.
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long island expressway by the gcp. 5:53 right now on this wednesday. we have a health alert. flu cases are on the rise across the tri-state according to the centers for disease control. the number of people reporting those flu-like illnesses higher than normal right now. it's especially true in new york and new jersey. new jersey is one of the few states with high flu activity. new york city experiencing moderate flu activity. most other states reporting
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a friend of mine is a pediatric e.r. doctor. he said you're going to have company in the e.r. these days because everyone is inside, it's colder. >> that's how it goes. >> time to go into the bubble suit. >> you want to put your hazmat suit just in case? >> i got to go to new jersey. that was the red state? that scared me when i saw that. >> you better stop it. >> it's out there and it's available. be careful. make sure to dress warmly. we're talking about very cold air this morning. and some strong, gusty winds too. out across northeast new jersey, the city, long island, connecticut, hudson valley, there's a wind advisory. could see wind gusts over 40 miles an hour, for at least the next few hours. windy, very cold. actual high only 32. a lot of folks stay in the 20s. windchills all day probably in the teens to at best 20. tonight, back to the low 20s. we start out clear. still on the breezy side with lows in the teens in the suburbs. we shake the cold a little by the end of the week. the next storm is a rainmaker again. no snow yet. >> okay. chris, thank you.
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we said everything was fine. minor update here. metro north commuters on the new haven line, you could see five to ten-minute delays because of limited platform availability in new haven. good potentially affect the rest of the line. still not so bad. other major commuter lines are fine. if you're getting on the buses, new jersey transit bus route 197 is originate ing and terminating today at the greenwood lake park and ride. >> okay, lauren. thanks very much. south bronx is losing a local landmark. it's the huge history channel billboard on top of 20 bruckner boulevard. we're told the building is getting renovated, and the sign is not part of the new plans. that "h" has been a familiar sight to drivers crossing the harlem river. long-time new yorkers will remember when it was a flashing neon build board. this was back when it was for newport cigarettes. a while ago. >> sure was. the coast guard was called in to rescue a cruise ship
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cell phone video shows flashing lights from police boats surrounding a cruise ship stopped near the verrazano bridge. sources say someone on board suffered a medical emergency. they rescued a passenger with a broken hip. new this morning, the team searches for the malaysian airlines plane that went missing nearly two years ago has made another unexpected discovery. searchers found what appears to be a ship wreck that dates back to the turn of the 19th century. last may the wreck of another ship built in the mid to late 1800s was found in the same area. the wanted man who offered up his own selfie to police is behind bars this morning. we showed you this picture donald pugh sent to police yesterday. it had the caption, quote, here's a better photo, that one is terrible. he was wanted in ohio. pugh was caught in florida. it may be a while before he takes another selfie because he
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georgia as well. he's very busy taking pictures, but he's got other things now on his plate. all right. coming up next at 6:00, word of a possible deal to move the city's horse-drawn carriages. it's been a big debate. where those stables could be heading soon. also at 6:00 a.m., powerball mania. people spending thousands of dollars just to improve their chances of winning that record-breaking jackpot. but if you're about to head out the door, take us with you, keep watching. download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device right now. we'll be back in two minutes.
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breaking news. fire and ice in new jersey as firefighters battle bitter cold and raging flames. also breaking, all ten american sailors are now free from iranian custody. plus, by the end of the day, someone could be an instant billionaire. "today in new york" starts now.
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it's january 13th. it is wednesday morning. hopefully a lucky wednesday. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. let's check with a start of the weather. let's check with the weather. it's been ongoing for some time, this weather. >> it's not just the beginning. it the weather has been around for a while. we've had it. unfortunately we're starting to feel the real winter weather. the counties shaded in blue, a wind advisory. gusts could approach 40 miles an hour in some locations. the wind is making it feel like 12 in central park. 9 in oakland, new jersey. a lot of single-digit windchills. feels like 1 in monticello. this is serious cold again today. sunshine will mix with patchy clouds at times. it stays windy to breezy throughout the day. 31 by noon, forecasting a high of 32 degrees this afternoon. more on the seven day in a little bit. let's check in on the commute. >> good morning.
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we'll start with the cross bronx expressway, where westbound just before you get to the alexander hamilton bridge, there's an accident in the right lane there. then let's head to the gowanus. a live look outside, where you'll see plenty of taillights out there as you make your way past the belt merge through industry city. there's some debris in the roadway that shuts down the right lane before you get to the battery tunnel. i'll continue to keep you posted. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. now to breaking news in new jemarsey, where bitter cold and whipping winds are creating problems for firefighters. part of florence avenue remains blocked off right now in irvington. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is there. >> reporter: darlene, i was actually just yelling at a firefighter across the street. i asked him if any of his guys were injured. he said there were at least two firefighters that suffered minor injuries. he said a couple falls. we want to show you the reason why. all of the water that are they used to tackle the flames here on florence avenue created an icing condition.
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and beyond that the roof that collapsed as a result of this fire around 1:30 this morning. let's show you exactly what it looked like. a viewer we've been in contact with all morning long sent us this video. he said he took it from the vantage point of the headquarters bar and grill on florence avenue. when he saw it, he said flames seemed to be bursting out of every side. noett only are there barbershop, reestaurants in this building on the first floor, there are also apartments on top. that led people to have to evacuate in their pajamas, many of them, even in these cold temperatures. we not only spoke to one of the people that had to get themselves to safety, but the owner of a restaurant who was awakened to hear the news. take a listen. >> my friend called me, we have a fire in the building. i said, what part? he told me by the headquarter. i say, i come to see. >> i hear the knocking from next door.
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i just quickly grabbed things to just get out. >> reporter: again, all of the water it took to try and tackle these flames led to firefighters being encased in ice, many of them enduring these cold temperatures to get a handle on things. as we bring you back live, it does appear this fire has been brought under control, but the apartments absolutely gutted for the most part. it remains unclear if anyone will be allowed inside. we have seen irvington police on scene, darlene. sor far, again, at least two firefighters suffered minor injuries as a result of icing conditions. back to you. >> all right. tracie, thank you. we're also following breaking news from the middle east. ten american sailors have just been released by iran. those sailors with r captured yesterday. they were taken to iran's farsi island. we're seeing photos now taken of the nine men, one woman while they were being detained. iran's official news agency says the sailors were released after the u.s. apologized. the iranians insist the
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iranian waters. these are two light boats. the pentagon says one of these boats had mechanical problems. defense department says there's no indications that the sailors were harmed while they were detain detained. new this morning, a look a w two men accused of raping a woman in washington heights. police say the men met the woman on 179th street. all three went to high bridge park, where she says they raped and beat her. she was taken to the hospital for treatment. if you recognize these men, call police. some strong winds caused damage in westchester county overnight. an electrical pole got knocked down in yonkers on pine street near north broadway. that apparently left homes in the neighborhood without power. at one point, several hundred con-ed customers in yonkers were in the dark. there were also a lot of outages reported in nearby new rochelle. this morning con-ed is only reporting about 40 customers without power throughout westchester, just three in new york city. there are also power
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damaged power lines sparked and caught fire on joy road. pseg long island says just under 700 customers still without power. more than half of those outages are in oyster bay. and where's the snow? here's a look at winter weather heading goshen in orange county. yo cu can see snow falling in a backyard last night. the snow coating the deck and the patio furniture. as chris says, it's coming. >> it sure is. 6:04. hopefully not right now, though, chris. >> no, the cold is here now. having a hard time putting together the storms with the cold. in fact, the next storm that arrives here by the weekend, looks like it will warm up again. what to expect in the more immediate future, that wind advisory until 1:00 in the afternoon. wind gusts 30 to 45 miles an hour. windchills in the single digits. plen si ty of sunshine today, but the temperature struggling to
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upper teens in places like sussex and newburgh. across most of long island, low to mid-20s. same thing down the jersey shore. sunshine today mixed with clouds. windy and breezy even into the late afternoon, early evening. about 31 at noontime. forecasting a high of 32. keep in mind, wind chills all day making it feel more like the teens to around 20. let's see how the commute is treating us so far on a cold wednesday morning. >> we're doing okay. as far as the rails go right now, metro north is reporting five to ten-minute delays in and out of new haven. you could see possible delays along the whole line. so far, not so bad. lirr, nj transit, path, subways doing just fine this morning. if you're getting on the buses, service changes for bus route 197, nj transit. it will be originating and terminating at the greenwood lake park and ride. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. your next weather and traffic update on the 4s. >> thanks so much, lauren. 6:06 right now.
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efforts for a man who threatened to sexually assault a 13-year-old girl in brooklyn. police say the man approached the girl while she was walking on cleveland street in east new yoterk just before 8:00 a.m. yesterday. she was headed to her friend's house on the way to school. police say the man grabbed her arm, pulled out a knife, and forced her to walk with him. the victim said she was sick. that's when the man took her cell phone and ran off. the girl then ran to her frnoiend's house, where the mother called 911. community activists do want this man off the streets. >> i want to be very clear. to individuals that would do this, that would set upon these young ladies in our community, you will not get away with this. >> the victim was not injured. if you have any information, call police. president obama heads to nebraska today. he's going to expand on the vision he laid out in his final state of the union address. "tanoday in new york's" kerry barrett is here with the highlights. kerry, lots of reaction already. >> yes, and the rebuttal, of course. this was his seventh and final state of the union address, one in which he reflected on the past and looked toward the
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he mentioned that millions of americans are struggling, but he says the economy is recovering. he pointed to millions of new jobs, 14 sml million, as a matter of fact. the auto industry rebounding. he's also urging congress to approve the transpacific deal that -- his transpacific trade deal, excuse me, to lift the embargo against cuba, and to act on climate change as well. he touted the iran nuclear deal. he did not mention the captured u.s. soldiers. of course, we talked about them being released a short while ago. he also defended his fight against terrorists. he talk about ed about where that fight sits specifically on his priority list. >> both al qaeda and now isil pose a direct threat to our people because in today's world, even a handful of terrorists who place no value on human life, including their own, can do a lot of damage.
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president obama's state of the union address delivered by south carolina governor nikki haley. >> if we held the white house, taxes would be lower for working families, and we'd put the brakes on runaway spending and debt. we would make international agreements that were celebrated in israel and protested in iran, not the other way around. and rather than just thanking our brave men and women in uniform, we would actually strengthen our military. so both our friends and our enemies would know that america seeks peace, but when we fight wars, we win them. >> certainly some mixed reviews on both speeches, but today, as you mentioned, president obama heading to omaha, sitting down with families there to talk about soyehow they feel our country is faring. then thursday he is in louisiana. michael? >> all right.
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coming up on the "today" show, a full breakdown of the stated of the union address. hear from hillary clinton and governor nicki haley. plus, matt has an exclusive interview with the speaker of the house, paul ryan. 7:00 a.m. just hours before president obama's state of the union address, governor chris christie was criticizing the white house. >> the state of the union will not be a call to action tonight. it'll be fantasy wish list by a president who's failed us. it's the world as he wishes it was, not the real world his americans. >> that was during christie's yesterday. christie took credit for helping economy. happening today, governor cuomo will deliver his sixth budget proposal. he spent ten days touring new york meeting with law makers to lay out his proposals. among them, plans to spend $22 billion on roads and bridges
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minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2018. and you can watch the state of the state live on nbcnewyork.com and the news 4 new york app. it starts at 12:30 this afternoon. well, someone's dream of becoming a billionaire could come true tonight. the jackpot for tonight's powerball drawing has climbet d to a record-breaking $1.5 billion. some lottery players are spending a lot of money for a chance to win that big prize. one deli in midtown tells us they had a customer who recently bought $2800 worth of powerball tickets. "today in new york's" katherine creag will have a live report in our next half hour. i bought tickets. i usually don't. i'm part of the office pool as well. did you buy any separate? >> just our office pool. >> you're counting on that. okay. >> they put me in because i begged them. up next, a warning if you still use the snail mail for your bills. what crooks are targeting people in our area.
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carriage horses soon be off the streets of manhattan? the new proposal that could relocate their stables. plus, we'll have weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. expressway thenc.
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welcome back. 6:14 on a wednesday morning. a cold wind out there. arctic air moved back in after yesterday's weak system came in with snow showers. bitter cold wind continues throughout the day today. we have a wind advisory in effect for 1:00 this afternoon for gusts potentially over 40 miles an hour. milder by friday though. the cold eases pretty quickly. as the next storm approaches frl iday into saturday, it looks like a rainmaker, starting out wet for the weekend. 23 in the park right now. 21 in white plains. teens north and west. as cold as 14 in monticello. again, with the wind, it's even colder. you think that's cold here, 23,
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we can't belly ache too much. meantime, temperatures with the wind makes it feel like 12 in central park, 8 in newark. same thing at jfk. windchills to the north, colder yet. feels like 1 in monticello. 9 in sussex and morristown. even down in long branch, feels like 6 degrees this morning. you can see these little ribbons of lake-effect snow bands. they're not going to make it in here. in fact, most of the cloud cover associated with them dies down too. patchy clouds may mix with our sunshine today. i anticipate a good deal of sun. snow showers stay to the north of us. some clouds overnight. maybe a brief flurry in any part of the area early tomorrow morning. the clouds will thin out again tomorrow afternoon. cold and wind both ease by the end of the day tomorrow, making it a little more bearable, but seasonable will be the temperatures. notice towards friday, the clouds will start to thicken up. come ing up from the south and west.
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here comes the rain. looks like the rain may hold off until after midnight friday night into saturday morning. 32 the expected high today. brisk and blustery throughout with sunshine, a few clouds. tonight, clear early, clouding over toward morning with a low temperature of 21. still breezy with a wind out of the west at 25 miles an hour. tomorrow, early clouds, maybe a flurry, then some sun. 47 on friday. back to a chilly breeze on sunday. much colder again but dry early next week. 6:17 straight up. let's find out about the commute. here's lauren. >> bad news again on the bqe. we're going to get right over to it. all lanes shut down eastbound by hamilton avenue. just past the tunnel here. there's some debris on the roadway. i'n ll show you -- actually, they might have just reopened it. a minute ago it was closed. anyway, nonetheless, delays are really bad. expect a slow ride. they were clearing a giant piece of debris out there. i'll continue to keep you posted on that. heading over to other problems. on the harlem river drive
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avenue ridge is shut down. there's an unauthorized truck on it. on the cross bronx expressway, this one subpoena not causing too much of a problem just yet, but there's an accident westbound just before you get to the alexander hamilton bridge in the right lane. we'll take a live look outside at the george washington bridge. you have minor delays building out there, but ultimately things still moving along nicely. over at the lincoln tunnel, you'll wait about 15 minutes to get into the toll there is. at the holland, about 10. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. >> lauren, thank you very much. the man suspected of trying to kidnap a toddler on long island is now undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. we first brought you the story yesterday morning on "today in new york." police say the 44-year-old man approached a babysitter on monday and told her, quote, she was pushing a dead baby. police found him yesterday inside the unlocked office of a psychotherapist. a woman who works in the same building told us the man apparently believed the office
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the fight over school funding in connecticut is playing out in a hartford courtroom. a coalition is suing the state saying it's violating the connecticut constitution by not providing enough aid to public schools. the coalition says there are differences in test results between rich and poorer towns. the state denies the claims and says more money doesn't mean better test scores. 6:19 now. dropping a check in the corner mailbox could be putting it into the hands of thieves. 4 investigates looked into the problem after hearing from viewers in yonkers and in the wichlliams bridge section of the bronx. one man told us how his wife recently mailed a check for about $90 only to have someone steal it and then cash it. the thief not only changed the name on the check, they actually changed the amount to more than $3,000. >> it's being violated almost. my wife felt so bad about it. >> i guess they're trying to get money however way they can. >> so police suggest several
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write your checks using a gel ink pen. that's more resistant to chemical at race. don't leave blank spaces on your checks. put those lines in. also you could drop off mail directly at the post office. officials in mexico are taking extra steps to make sure joaquin "el chapo" guzman does not escape from prison again. he's no longer being held on the ground floor. he's being moved to a different cell randomly and without warning. the same prison is the same one he escaped from back in july. the tunnel he used is still there. however, there are a dozen officers this time guarding the exit. meanwhile, the shirt the drug lord was seen wearing in that picture with sean penn, that shirt is also wanted. in fact, it's sold out. made by the los angeles company barabas, apparently the shirt was in such demand it crashed the company's website. >> people want the el chapo shirt. >> i guess that's a strong look for some people. all right. up next, the new group pushing funding for one of the city's
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welcome back. the city may be close to a deal with the horse carriage industry to build stables in central park. sources say representatives from mayor de blasio's office have been meeting with the union which represents the drivers. the horses currently live in stables in hells kitchen. we're told the move is part of a plan to get them off of city streets. the city council could hear the proposal on friday. senator charles schumer calling for federal dollars to
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schumer wants the federal transit administration to pay for half of the $300 million project for the l train. so they would add two more trains an hour to increase the number of riders. project also calls for adding new entrances along the line's busiest stations. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. 6:24 on this wednesday morning. chris? >> temperature not going anywhere. we've been stuck in the low 20s this morning. the wind is the other big story. this is one of those days you need the scarf, wrap it around the face. don't leave too much exposed with windchills in the single digits. wind advisory stays in effect until 1:00. i think the strongest wind gusts this morning up until about 10:00 or 11:00. otherwise, sunshine today mixed with some clouds. it's windy and it's cold. a high of 32. often the windchills making it feel more like the teens the bulk of the day. a clear start this evening. partly cloudy later tonight with a low of 21 in the city. we'll see teens again in the suburbs. a nice moderate ing trend.
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maybe a little wet start to the weekend. >> all right. >> sounds good. hey, lauren. >> we have the bqe shut down again this morning. but just for a hot minute. a live look outside. it has reopened, but the damage is done unfortunately. look at the gowanus. things are moving along but extremely slowly. v. definitely leave yourself extra time. again, all lanes have reopened. we have problems at the george washington bridge. a live look out there. an overturned vehicle headsing to the inbound upper level. you can see they have everything kind of shut down there. lower level is the way to go. delays are building. looks like they're just starting to let some cars through. we'll continue to keep a close eye on this. more on it in a few minutes. >> all right, lauren. thank you. 6:26 right now. coming up next, an update on the breaking news in new jersey. >> reporter: at least two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries trying to tackle flames here in irvington, new jersey. i'm tracie strahan live at the scene with more on how the weather conditions were a factor.
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breaking news. raging flames destroy several buildings and apartments in new jersey. new this morning, the wintry weather creating power problems across our area as whipping winds knock down poles and power lines. plus, do you have your ticket or tickets? the record-breaking powerball drawing is tonight. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. it is 6:30 a.m. on this wednesday, january 13th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in with chris cimino before he wins that powerball and never comes back. >> temperatures this morning feeling colder because of wind gusts over 30 miles an hour. most folks in and around the city between 20 and 25. down the shore, closer to 20. upper teens north and west. that's the actual air temperature. with the wind, feels like 12 in central park.
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zero up in monticello. again, very, very cold start to the day. guess what? it's not going to warm up much either. sun and clouds during the afternoon. it stays windy. forecasting a high of 32 degrees. lauren scala standing by to get you through the commute. >> i'll do my best. we have problems out there at th-"e george washington bridge. a live look where there's an accident heading to the inbound upper level. two lanes shut down because of that. cars and trucks getting by now. you have about a 15-minute wait getting into this area. lower level is the way to go. you also have a 15-minute inbound wait at the lincoln tunnel, ten at the holland. another trouble spot on the other side. if you're headed to the outbound george washington, here's the cross bronx heading into the alexander hamilton bridge. an accident on the right shoulder. area. this is not so bad. the gowanus expressway is also very heavily delayed. i'll have the details coming up. thank you very much. now to breaking news in new jersey. the frigid temperatures we have and the high winds creating a problem for firefighters
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avenue in irvington. tracie strahan is there with the latest. >>-- reporter: now that they have the upper hand on the flames, it appears fire crews are focusing on the headquarters bar and grill here on florence avenue. not much of it remains. the front windows broken out. even the roof up to the top where the apartments are, seeps like it collapsed when fire broke out here around 1:30 this morning. we're going to show you viewer video given to news 4 from this same vantage point. you can see the flames erupting from the front of the building. it's not just the bar this building houses. there's also a restaurant, a barbershop, and on the second floor, several apartment buildings. we spoke to many of the residents over the past few hours about having to get themselves to safety. one man we spoke with said he only escaped with his pajamas.
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he said they got fire. the fire department came and knocked on my door. >> reporter: we can tell you two firefighters suffered minor injuries, at least two of them. and it wasn't because of the flames, it was because of the icing conditions here. you can see the firefighters were encased in ice. as we bring you back live on florence avenue, you can see had is the issue. it's not just in this little area where the water was but all throughout the streets here. it's on the power lines as well. as you saw, the firefighters themselves were encased in ice. again, michael, at least two firefighters suffered minor injuries, all as a result of the hundreds of firefighters that were working on this, trying to get it under control. back to you. >> right, with the temperatures below freezing. all right, tracie. thanks so much. 6:33 right now. in brooklyn, five teenagers are accused of raping an 18-year-old woman at a playground. they range in ages from 14 to 17. four of them are charged as adults. law enforcement officials tell news 4 two of the suspects claim the sex was consensual.
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they say there is strong credible evidence that the 18-year-old was raped. defense lawyers say the case is weak. >> we think that the case is built on smoke and mirrors and innuendo and witnesses will add credibility. >> defense attorneys say a video will help exonerate the teens. news 4 has obtained that video and seen it but we're not showing it until we can verify its authenticity. new this morning, police are releasing surveillance photos of a man they say attacked a victim in chelsea. they say he approached a 67-year-old man after he exited the 14th street station on east 16th street. police say the man punched the victim in the face and ran off. that victim not seriously injured. iflo you have any information, you're asked to give police a call. crews will be cleaning up the damage left by last night's strong wind in westchester. the winds caused an electrical pole to fall and damage a transformer that spilled oil on
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many as 800 con-ed customers were without electricity at one point last night in yonkers. and winds also damaged a power line that sparked and caught fire on long island. firefighters were called to the scene on joy road around 2:00 a.m. pseg long island now says about 600 customers are without power this morning. that includes nearly 400 in oyster bay. 6:04 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. to be without power and temperatures below freezing, it's a cold morning for a lot of people. >> that's something you have to really take into effect. and with the wind, it can really penetrate a house that's not insulated all that well. again, not too much in terms of widespread power outages. last night we saw gusts over 40, approaching 50 miles an hour. still seeing gusts right now between 30 and 40. a wind advisory is staying in effect through the morning hours. windchills in the single digits right now through a good part of the area. plenty of sunshine today. a few clouds mixing in. the actual air temperature struggles to get back to the
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only at 23 now. we're going to flip that to a 32 for the high before the day is through. we're right back into the 20s once that sun goes down this evening. seven-day forecast has a little warmup in it. we'll talk about that in a bit. let's get to lauren scala. how is it looking? >> we'll start with the rails. new haven line, possible delays five to ten minutes in and out of new haven because of platform availability. biggest delays on the rose, certainly the gowanus expressway. we have reports of a possible accident out there heading inbound by 39th street. that could be why this is so backed up. we are checking on it. nonetheless, leave yourself plenty of extra time. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. >> lauren, thanks. 6:36. he tried to escape, but this morning a reputed gang leader sr. behind bars. >> i'm innocent. they doing this because they want to. >> he declared his innocence after being arrested in the
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police say he tried to escape by jumping out of a window, but he landed at the feet of a police officer. he's accused of killing a man in november, and he's expected of at least 23 crimes. happening right now, a man who attacked two young girls on the upper west side is on the run. police are calling the man in this video a person of interest. investigators say he grabbed a 12-year-old girl's wrist inside shake shack on columbus avenue monday. she pushed him away, then police say he hugged and kissed a 13-year-old. she also managed to push him away. in his final state of the yoon union address, president obama listed off his unfinished business and called for political change. >> i believe we've got to reduce the influence of money in our politics so a handful of families or hidden interests -- >> the president also urging
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south carolina republican nikki haley gave the response. >> if we held the white house, taxes would be lower for working families, and we'd put the brakes on runaway spending and debt. we'd encourage american innovation and success instead of demonizing them. >> after the speech, the president took one last nostalgic look at the house chamber. we can also show you an nypd detective lieutenant meeting with president obama at last night's speech. he's head of the city's muslim officer society. he also got a chance to meet with vice president joe biden. he was invited to help fight anti-muslim sentiment in the country. coming up on the "today" show, a full break down on the state of the union. hear from hillary clinton and nikki haley. plus, an exclusive interview with the speaker of the house, paul ryan. that's all ahead. it starts at 7:00 a.m.
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is at a fever pitch ahead of tonight's drawing for the record-breaking jackpot. katherine creag is in midtown with more. kapt, how many tickets do you have? >> reporter: i lost count. we're about to e-mail you and michael because we're going to have you in our news van pool, our field crew pool. we've gotten a few several tickets, i think. at least four, five, six tickets. this store, though, we have to get some tickets here because some people consider it lucky. we want to go inside. usually they have poster boards outside showing updated numbers, but it's so windy outside. we can at least show you the monitor. $1.5 billion. the drawing is tonight. why some people consider this lucky, because there are all these signs here. they have winners every week, hundreds of winners. $10,000, $4,000, $800. one person just told me one of the workers here said the biggest amount they ever sold here -- that someone won here, $5 million a few years back.
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the lines of people at stores around the country in our area too trying to get the right numbers, getting lottery tickets, powerball tickets. they hope they're the big winner. this store we're at in particular, 57th street, 9th avenue, we were told earlier a woman walked in here the other day with $2800 in cash and spent it b on powerball tickets, a couple days before her another person had $1,000 in cash. he spent it on powerball tickets. we just talked with another gentleman who said he's spending $2 on tickets today. if he wins, this is what he'd do. take a listen. >> i would try to help people, you know what i mean? like charity. a lot of people would just help, you know what i mean? a lot of people in my situation barely getting by. >> reporter: and we want to show you again some of the lottery numbers. this monitor changes. again, $1.5 billion. there you go.
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numbers, darlene and michael. again, the last time that somebody won here, or at least the biggest amount somebody won here, $5 million a few years back. that's something. back to you. >> that is a lucky deli. >> there you go, kat. thanks so much. also, bring back a coke zero. >> and a diet coke. and a snickers bar. still ahead, some big changes from the nfl. los angeles welcoming not just one but two teams. plus, your weather and
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it is 6:44 on a wednesday morning. a cold wednesday morning out there. we're talking windchills in the single digits and teens early on
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the actual temperatures, teens and low 20s. plan on bundling up if you're heading out. move quickly. you don't want to linger too long if you don't have to. we saw gusts overnight over 40 miles an hour. because of that, with mostly clear skies, 23 degrees, the wind chill feels like 13 right four in. a wind advisory in effect, basically covering the city, extreme counties to the north. we're knocking down the counts to the west as the wind gets lighter. this will probably move east through the morning in terms of the advisory. temperatures, 21 pretty popular. up in wood bridge, it's 21. upper teens in sussex, newburgh. monticello the cold spot at 14. weeo saw a wind gust last hour of 36 miles an hour at lagarde aguardia. almost 25 miles an hour in the city. newark close to 30-mile-an-hour gusts. island.
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lighter off to the west, more like 10 to 15 miles an hour. take those temperatures, add in that type of wind, and it feels like 8 in newark right now. central park feels like 12. feels like 4 up in newburgh. 7 down in long branch. very cold stuff out there. it's just not going to warm up all that much today. the wind stays busy. you can see it's pretty quiet, the eastern third of the country. no big storms on the horizon for today, tonight, or tomorrow. we look for clouds mixing with sunshine today. i think we'll see a fair amount of sun. a strong west to northeast wind keeps us feeling cold all day. windchills in the teens. clouds roll in tomorrow morning. maybe a stray flurry. then we break back out into sunshine. look what happens by friday. we go from the mid and upper 30s to 47 by friday. when that next storm comes in, it's rain late friday, early saturday. brisk and chilly weather to
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let's find out about the commute. >> if you're getting on the rose roads, we have some issues out there. george washington bridge, we had an accident shutting down two lanes coming off the express lanes into the upper level. that just cleared. you still have about a to 30-minute drive between the turnpike and upper-level tolls. if you're headed to the lincoln, 30 minutes as well. the holland, 20 minutes from the turnpike or 1-9. take your pick. we just got reports of an accident on truck route 1-9 northbound by broadway. on the gowanus, this is causing big problems. a disabled truck eastbound near 38th street. two lanes shut down just like yesterday. delays go back over the verrazano bridge. leave yourself plenty of extra time. hopefully they'll get that cleared out soon. we still have this truck blocking the ramp from the southbound harlem river drive to the 3rd avenue bridge. otherwise, just congestion.
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if you're getting on the rails on the new haven line, possible lays. >> thank you, lauren. new outrage on long island park. hundreds rallied against the proposal to install 1,000 video gambling machines at the race track. residents say it would increase crime and traffic in their communities. supporters say it would generate revenue. and the south bronx is losing a bit of local history. the huge history channel billboard on the top of 20 bruckner boulevard is going to come down. most of the billboard is actually already gone. just the big "h" is left. we're told the building is being reucnovated. the sign is not part of the new plans. los angeles hasn't had a football team since 1994. now it's possible the city could have two. 30 of the 32 owners approve the rams move from st. louis back to l.a. they'll be playing there next year at the coliseum until a new stadium is built. the nfl has also given the san
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oprttion to join the rams and play in l.a. if they decline, the choice would go to the raiders. >> a homecoming for the rams. l.a. rams. up next, fresh direct speeding up service. what the popular company is doing to make ordering even easier. and follow us on facebook, twitter, and instagram. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny. you're watching "today in new
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beautiful view there from our sky cam of the iconic chrysler building at 6:52 on this wednesday. some new yorkers will be getting faster grocery deliveries. fresh direct is launching its new service. it will offer delivery within an hour. they plan to deliver meals, ingredients, even alcohol to last-minute shoppers. for now, it's only available on long island and some brooklyn neighborhoods. they plan to expand city wide
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need it so quickly. >> alcohol. >> we'll check in with matt and savannah, see what's ahead. loved seeing you guys at the white house. great stuff there. >> we had so much fun. after the show was over, savannah and i went back to the entrance hallway and continued our travolta, princess diana dance for hours. >> we did. we just stole a couple presidential napkins. just a couple. they'll never miss them. >> i agree. >> good morning. coming up on the show, we're going to focus in on what we heard from the president during last night's state of the union address. we're going to break down his message voters. also, we'll also talk south carolina governor nikki haley about the veiled shot she took at donald trump. hillary clinton joins us as well. also ahead, we'll go one on one with the new speaker of the house, paul ryan. what he says has surprised him most about the new job. and how about that view? >> new york city ice. and what you need to consider before jumping into your office powerball jackpot.
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following in new jersey. several apartments and a business destroyed by a huge fire. tracie strahan is in irvington where it's happening. >> reporter: things are finally under control here, but as fire ripped through this strip mall, icing conditions injured two firefighters. this was the scene around 1:30 this morning right outside of the headquarters bar and grill. not only does this building use that business but also a barbershop, restaurants, and top of the second floor there, several apartments. all the people upstairs had to get themselves to safety. there are no reports of any injuries to civilians. again, all the water that it took to get things under control after the roof collapsed on this building caused icing conditions, injuring two firefighters. we're told they're minor injuries. back to you. >> tracie, thank you. today, governor cuomo will de toliver his sixth state of the state address. he spent ten days meeting with lawmakers to lay out his proposals.
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billion on roads and bridges upstate, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2018. you can watch the governor's address live on nbcnewyork.com and the news 4 new york app. it starts at 12:30 this afternoon. the record-breaking powerball jackpot is tonight. katherine creag is in midtown with more. >> reporter: this is our ticket, darlene. i'm not allowed to show the numbers. very top secret among the field crews. the people we work with, darlene. but we're here at this deli, 57th street and 9th avenue, because some people consider it lucky. they have lots of winners. $10,000. one time they had $2500. these are winners. we want to show you the lines of people. expect this store to be crowded and stores around the country to get crowded as well. just the other day, a woman walked in here and spent $2800. she had it in cash. spent it, darlene and michael, on powerball tickets alone. with all these winners, they also had a big winner a few
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back to you. >> wow. all right. that's a lucky spot. thanks. good luck. >> let's check in with lauren. >> we have a new subway problem out there. b and q, you have delays uptown and some service changes downtown on those trains. let's take a live look outside at the worst of the roads. the gowanus expressway, a disabled truck shuts down two lanes by 38th street. delays on the gowanus go back over the verrazano bridge into staten island. just like yesterday, leave yourself extra time. >> all right, lauren. thank you. >> pretty red lights. >> aren't they? >> not when they're in front of you. >> i know the feeling. meantime, bundle up today. we have a feeling of blue out there because of the cold. we have a wind advisory in effect that includes northeast counties of new jersey, the city, long island, connecticut, parts of the hudson valley through at least the morning. we could see gusts approaching 40 miles an hour. we've seen that in the last hour or so. that's creating windchills in the single digits and low teens. actual air temperatures get back to the low 30s today.
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