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temperatures making for a dangerous drive. beware of back lack ice this morning. plus, a major project is under way, and it will make life miserable for a lot of people for a long time. and it is an historic deal. what it means for new york city's horse-drawn carriages. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 4:30 a.m. on this monday, january 18th. good morning. i'm michael gargiulo. >> and i'm kerry barrett in for darlene rodriguez. >> want to get to storm team 4's chris cimino looking at the forecast. major problems we're having this morning, accidents due to the ice. >> a little bit of snow. then it melted a little bit. as the cold air moves back in, it refreezes. we have feels-like temperatures down to the teens now. the winds are just beginning to ramp on up. we're seeing feels-like temperatures generally teens north and west. monticello, feels like 3 below. that's the leading edge of the arctic air that continues to press in our direction. temperatures this morning will continue to drop.
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north and west, it's mid and upper 20s. suddenly teens in monticello. the cold air continues to funnel in. a couple things happen. the temperatures go down, the wind speeds go up. that makes for a rather uncomfortable afternoon. we're talking about wind chills in the single digits most of the day today. only getting back to the upper 20s to maybe near 30. more on the cold in a little bit. it has been a little tricky early on. what's the latest, lauren? >> we're going to look at the inbound side of the holland tunnel, where you'll see a bunch of police activity. we're waiting to get confirmation of what the problem is, but the turnpike extension, the approach to the holland tunnel completely shut down. nothing is getting through there. 1-9 is okay. i'll continue to keep you posted on this as soon as i get more information. in better news, the ramps from the harlem river drive and george washington bridge, all that wrapped up early. we have a speed restriction on the tappan zee bridge. more weather and traffic coming
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we're going to talk more about those conditions right now. we'll be talking about the roads all morning. but an icy stretch of the bronx river parkway is shut down. it's going to stay closed until tomorrow. katherine creag is in yonkers with that. >> reporter: imagine being in the middle of this spectacular wreck. it was so scary. we want to show you what's happening right now. you see those flashing lights. the road is closed. we've seen several people, drivers, making u-turns after seeing this. the bronx river parkway southbound is closed between where we are, this is scarsdale road and desmond avenue. it's a little more than a mile. that whole stretch, icy according to drivers. one suv ended up dangling off the edge of the road. 14 cars ended up being involved in this massive wreck. drivers told investigators ice caused all of this. it caused them to slide and collide with other drivers.
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night, and ten people were hurt. we're being told minor injuries. also, a public works spokesman said this stretch of the bronx river parkway and the palmer avenue bridge will be closed until tuesday because today is a holiday. apparently there are no road crews to get started on working on this. again, the road closed from where we are, scarsdale road down to desmond avenue. a long stretch. and there's yet another driver about to make a u-turn. >> so there's going to be a lot of changes for drivers there because of what's happened, o,t. thank you so much. 4:33. the future of the city's horse carriage industry is changing. the mayor, city council speaker, and horse carriage union are working on final details. this deal would put limits on the number of carriages and where they can go. the plan reduces the number of horses from 180 to 110 by december. by october of 2018, a stable
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to house 75 of those horses. new this morning, new york airport workers are planning to rally and fight for more pay. contract workers from jfk and laguardia plan to march and hold a civil disobedience rally today. the workers held a similar strike in november to protest their $10.10 an hour minimum wage. yesterday the daily news posted an op of ed for governor cuomo pushing for airport workers to get a wage bump. well, air trains are up and running again at newark airport following a brief power outage. it lost power a little before 6:00 last night. several trains evacuated. shuttle buses were sent to pick up about 200 passengers. power restored at about 7:15. officials say this outage was caused by a tripped power line. 4:34 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, i don't know if you could see where kat was reporting from, but that's the situation
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>> yeah, the black ice scenario. had a little snow yesterday, some melting, and then refreezing. we still could see a brief infrastructure flurry, even a snow shower from time to time today. the main story now is going to be the cold. temperatures will continue to drop. the winds go up, temps go down. below freezing temperatures today and tomorrow. i don't think we get above freezing until wednesday afternoon. we're lookingatio at single-digit windchills during the day today and maybe near zero for tonight. right now it's 30 degrees. we have a few clouds in and around the city. temperatures continue to drop into the 20s. not much of a rebound later this afternoon. back to the upper 20s. that's about it. and it stays quite windy with some brutal windchills. let's find out the latest on the slippery roads from lauren. >> we're going to update you on the rails too. right now we still have some weekend track work. do expect delays and service changes.
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changes and schedules on the rails. metro north is operating on a saturday schedule. lirr and nj transit on a holiday schedule. path has a modified schedule if place. we'll have more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. 4:35. more commuter news for you. major renovations mean headaches for some brooklyn subway riders beginning today. work is starting on nine stations along the n line. seven manhattan-bound stops from ft. hamilton parkway to 86th than a year. the mta says that work will rehab the station entrances and platforms to make them a little more user friendly. while these makeovers are welcome, riders say 14 months is a long time to wait. >> i don't like it. i can't travel to my friend's house, to coney island. it affects me going to work. now. >> so the mta is making shuttle buses available to take riders to the next open station.
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they can take the subway further into brooklyn and then transfer to a manhattan-bound train. three americans released by iran are now being checked out by doctors in germany. they first arrived yesterday in switzerland. then they were taken to germany. there's an american military hospital there. one of them was "washington post" reporter jason rezaian. they were released as part of a prisoner swap. it was also timed with the beginning of the nuclear deal with iran. the sister of one of the released americans, amir hekmati, was relieved. >> we have been on pins and needles, dieing to see him. >> when americans are freed and reunited with their families, that's something we can all celebrate. >> as the result of this, every bad actor on earth has been told, go capture an american. >> while republican presidential candidate marco rubio also criticized the swap, he spoke . right now the state
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whether three americans were kidnapped in iraq. reports say they were taken by militants along the road to baghdad's airport. we're told the three are contractors, not military. but their names are not being released. the u.s. embassy admits security around the capital is getting worse. the embassy is working with iraqi officials to locate these missing people. coming up on 4:38. the coast guard telling us about an important break in the search for those two missing military helicopters off the coast of hawaii. debris was spotted by search teams consistent with the ma licopters. so farhe though, no sign of the 12 marines who were lost in a late-night training mission. their helicopters apparently collided on thursday. the three democratic presidential candidates came out swinging in last night's debate. two of them attacking hillary clinton for her ties to wall street. >> you've received over $600,000 in speaking fees from goldman sachs in one year. >> you did not go as far with wall street as i would.
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commentators have said is tougher, more effective, and more comprehensive. >> the candidates also sparring over health care during the nbc news debate. hillary clinton fought back against senator bernie sanders, saying he was weaker on gun control. >> he has voted with the nra, merous times. >> i have a d-minus voteding record from the nra. >> this was the last democratic debate before the february 1st iowa caucuses and the new hampshire primary. right now those are pretty tight races between clinton and sanders. 4:39 now. in the bronx, crews have a water main break under control. these pipes burst near 167th street and prospect avenue. streets were flooded, some homes lost power. the water also threatened a nearby school and forced a church to cancel their sunday services. the water main was eventually shut down so crews get could to repairing that leak.
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straight ahead, why one local lawmakers is fighting for better cell service. and tragedy at a new york state university. a shocking crime that has rocked college town there. and another big story this morning. keeping a close eye on the roads. they are icy. your weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. you are watching "today in new
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back now on this monday morning. here's four things to know this morning. ice is to blame for this pileup on the bronx river parkway. a southbound stretch of the road is going to be closed until tomorrow. we're going to have the latest on the road conditions coming up in a moment in weather and traffic on the 4s. and a commuter alert for you.
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beginning today on nine n train stations in brooklyn. at seven of them, the manhattan bound side will be closed for more than a year. they're making shuttle buses available. ride kers also take the train back into brooklyn to make another connection. a deal between the city and the carriage drivers would limit the number of carriages and where they can go. by october of 2018, a stable would be built in central park to house 75 of the horses. service projects planned around the country today to mark martin luther king jr. today. in washington, the first team is continuing their tradition of community service. a wreath laying ceremony will also take place at the mlk memorial in washington. all right. almost 4:44 on this monday morning. it's a little slippery and icy in spots. winter has been delayed in
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ready to make its move upon us in the next few days. blustery, bitter cold today. the winds just beginning to increase to 25 to 30-plus miles per hour. winds chills around zero by tonight. sunshine through the midweek period. temperatures seasonably cold as we ease out of the deep freeze. we're 30 now in the park, which isn't too bad. 28 in white plains. 26, sussex. out across the island, generally 20s. seeing teens further north and west. we open the scope wider, and we drop from that 30 in the city to 8 in cleveland, 8 in louisville. 3 below zero in chicago this morning. 12 below in minneapolis. 20 below in international falls. there's arctic air banked all the way up into north-central canada. temperatures 20 to 25 degrees below zero. those are actual air temperatures. it's not going to get that cold around here. again, the pattern is to bring these cold air masses in our direction, at least for the next week or so. it feels like 19 when the wind kicks in. 17 in newark. this is just the beginning. as we go through time, the
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the single digits. feels like 1 right now in monticello monticello. not so much in snow flurry activity. there will be a couple snow showers that will come off the lakes. one or two could survive that trek late afternoon, early evening around here. not a lot going on throughout the early morning hours. notice between 4:00 and 6:00, this ribbon has been persistent. we'll keep an eye on that. that could be a brief snow shower. you have to watch for that. maybe a 10, 15-minute period, the visibility could drop and the snow could coat the ground. meantime, it clears out overnight. clear sky tomorrow. it's still cold. it's still windy. we'll see a mix of clouds and sunshine as we go into wednesday and thursday. the temperatures, as i said, get back to a little more seasonable levels. however, there could be a more important system that arrives here later friday into saturday. 30 is the expected high. that's about where we are right now. i think we spends most of the day in the 20s today. the windchills even lower than that.
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west staying between 20 and 25. into tonight, 19 the low in the city. winds chills down around zero at times. north and west, maybe subzero windchills with the actual air temperatures between about 10 and 15 degrees. the seven-day forecast, well, it's a wintry one. that's for sure. you don't see anymore 40s and 50s. upper 20s today and tomorrow. upper 30s wednesday and thursday. clouds move in on friday. looks like snow friday night into saturday. it's starting to look more and more like this could be a significant snow. we'll keep an eye on it as it gets closer. then clearing on sunday with temperatures back into the upper 30s. still early for the commute, but i'm sure there are some issues out there already, lauren. >> a couple issues out there. we'll start with a live look at the holland tunnel, where we've had some police activity out there on the turnpike extension right at the holland tunnel ramps. looks like it may have just cleared. it was closed a few moments ago. that's good news. you can see some flashing lights out there. i'll let you know if that changes. but 1-9 is moving along nicely.
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we have katherine creag out there keeping us updated, but all lanes remain shut down southbound from scarsdale road to desmond avenue. not scheduled to reopen until tuesday. then let's head over to another problem out there on the l.i.e. this one in queens, eastbound by exit 18, maurice avenue. two lanes shut down there. otherwise, roads are doing okay. alternate side of the street parking rules suspended today. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you. it's 4:47 right now. in utah, a veteran police officer killed in the line of duty being remembered as a devoted father and a loving husband. unified police officer doug barney died from a single gunshot wound to the head. it happened while he and his partner were responding to a routine traffic accident. police say they approached a man and a woman who were walking away from the crash when that man fired a single shot and killed barney. the suspect, 31-year-old cory lee henderson, was later killed by police. in western new york, a small college town is reeling from a
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that happened over the weekend. two men and a woman were found dead in a home about 35 miles south of rochester. the woman and one of the men were both athletes. police have stopped short of calling this a double murder-suicide, but they say the suspect is believed to be one of those who was deceased. hate crime detectives searching for the suspects who beat a muslim man in the bronx while reportedly yelling "isis, isis." this morning, that victim is telling his story. speaking through an interpreter, he says he was targeted. he tells news 4 he was wearing traditional muslim clothing. he was picking up his niece, as a matter of fact, at ps-119 in park chester. this was friday evening when he was attacked. >> translator: at that time, two people was calling "isis, isis." >> he says the two suspects
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kicked him to the ground. he was treated at a nearby hospital with cuts and bruises to his head, his face, his arms. police are urging anybody with information about this attack to come forward. and a yonkers man facing murder charges for allegedly killing his own mother. police have arrested 27-year-old andre coverdale. his mother, was found stabbed to death inside of the bedroom of her apartment. coverdale had told police he was homeless. there's no word on what caused that deadly confrontation. some slippery roads are being blamed for a pileup in jersey city. a tow truck driver tells us about 25 cars were involved. the crash forced the roadway to be closed for several hours while the cars were towed away. >> once they went over the hill, they couldn't stop. they had no choice but to hit one another. >> just tried not to hit anybody else, but there was no way to avoid it. that's about it.
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>> fortunately, there were no reports of any serious injuries. a new york city man in the hospital after plunging 30 feet down an elevator shaft. it happened on a platform of the new brunswick train station. new jersey transit saying this 36-year-old man was leaning against the doors of an out-of-service elevator yesterday morning when those doors suddenly opened. it took rescuers about an hour to get him out. he was taken to the hospital with a back injury. two new york city officials want to protect children from marketing by e-cigarette companies. dozens joined the city comptroller at a rally on the upper west side yesterday. they say the e-cigarette companies are using the old marketing tricks of the tobacco industry to target young people. and the group says it's working, claiming that more teens are vapeing. >> it is not cool. it is not right. and stay away f m our children. >> reality is that they're
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so nicotine is dangerous, and we don't know whether or not e-cigarettes contain nicotine or any other chemicals which are dangerous to children. >> she says she wants the e-cigarette marketing brought under the same fda regulations as regular cigarettes. supporters of the vapeing industry say the products are a viable alternative to smoking. on long island, a last-ditch effort to save bus routes in nassau county has failed. yesterday the nassau intercounty express stopped service to 11 bus routes. nassau county legislator suggested using a surplus, but officials say those 11 routes only impact 2% of their daily riders and they would prefer to focus on busier routes. 4:51 now. still to come, it's the movie that actually managed to dethrone "star wars" at the box office. plus, sean penn talking about his controversial
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kind of flop into the water there. >> why are all these people watching me? >> that's some cold water that seal is flopping into. >> i think they're made for that though. they can handle it. they're just like, i'm going back home now. see you, everybody. glad they made it. meantime, everything is getting colder. this is going to be the trends over the next several days. we're in a pattern now where it's winter. we've avoided it long enough. it's re. temperatures today in the 20s to around 30. could be a passing flurry. that biting breeze continues all day long, knocking the windchills down to the teens. tonight, we could see windchill temperatures close to zero. another very cold windy day tomorrow. it eases a little for the middle of the week. by the end of the week and early next weekend, could be getting interesting for snow lovers. this could be the first real mccoy. we'll see. >> okay. >>
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>> a little room for, you know. >> yes, that. >> wow, hey, lauren. >> i know the roads are a little icy, but it's also a holiday. so lots of changes for mass transit. staten island ferry is operating on its regular schedule. new york waterway will vary by route. if you're getting on the buses, the b-36, b-74, q-113, and q-114 limited. >> okay, lauren. thanks very much. different weather problem here. families in florida cleaning up after a pair of deadly and unusual tornadoes in january. the storms ripped through neighborhoods in central florida saturday night. in one home, two people were killed, and five others were hospitalized in sarasota. first responders rescued a woman was the wreckage of a collapsed home. >> she was coming up through the hallway when all the sudden the house just kind of exploded. that's when she was trapped. >> this weekend's deaths are the
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todays in florida since 2012. this morning we're seeing a flawless and dramatic coast guard condition despite dangerous conditions at sea. two men pulled from a sinking sail boat about 30 miles northwest of an island in the gulf of mexico. a crew arrived by helicopter. they sure are swinging around down there. they battled 40-knot winds and 20-foot swells to hoist these men to safety. actor sean penn is speaking out about his controversial interview with the mexican drug joaquin " el chapo" guzman. penn appeared on last night's "60 minutes." he talked about the dangers for both him and guzman. both men meeting at guzman's secret hideout. penn assumed he was being watched. >> i assumed they knew about it. and i say so in the article.
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our trip. i was stunned. >> in fact, mexican police say they did track penn to that meeting. that allowed them to return guzman to prison. penn calls his "roling stone" magazine interview a failure. a connecticut police officer off the job accused of making a workplace threat. bristol police say that adam quinn was arrested by his own department. this was saturday night. he's charged with breach of peace. his arrest warrant is sealed, but the department says the general public was never at risk. well, if your cell phone provider keeps dropping your calls, senator schumer wants to hear from you. schumer announcing a new plan yesterday to get wireless carriers to do something about the dead zones around the city. he says having calls drop unexpectedly could be dangerous in emergencies. >> when i drive through the beginning of the brooklyn -- through the mouth of the brooklyn battery tunnel, very busy traveled area, it always drops. on 34th street on the fdr drive,
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and so many people i have talked to are frustrated. >> all right. senator schumer asking new yorkers to e-mail complaints about those dead zones to his office. he says he plans to compile a list of the problem spots and forward it to the phone companies. >> he uses a flip phone. who would have thought? two brothers-in-law finally knocking the force out of first place. "ride along 2" just cruised into the top spot at the box office. the buddy comedy starring ice cube and kevin hart picking up $34 million in its debut. that ends the month-long reign of "star wars." "the revenant" now at number two. >> wow. okay. coming up on 5:00 a.m. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. >> keep watching "today in new york" by downloading the news 4
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