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this morning, these temperatures not too bad. in the upper 20s right how it. some lower 20s around the fringes. with the wind, the feels-like temperatures are only in the teens this morning. newark feels like 17. windchills in the mid-teens from white plains. by afternoon, sun will start to give way to clouds. a mixed sky out there. 31 at noontime. forecasting a high just above the freezing mark at 35. more on the snow threat in a little bit. let's find out about the commute from lauren. >> we have some of the same problems we've had for a little while now, including this truck fire that's in the process of being extinguished on 287 northbound just before north maple avenue. that still shuts down two lanes. heading up to route 9w, shut down in both directions because of an accident by finger street. all things to keep in mind. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. on this wednesday, breaking news overseas.
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under the cover of fog, armed men scaled walls around the school and they started shooting. "today in new york's" kerry barrett is monitoring this story from our newsroom. >> good morning, darlene. the newest information, a senior pakistani taliban member claiming that group was responsible for that attack, but the main spokesman for the group is denying it was involved. a little bit of conflicting information there. the latest number, as many as 20 dead, that includes the four gunmen, 60 injured. witnesses say they were hostages taken too. it happened in northwest pakistan at bacha khan university. police say these four gunmen were firing at everybody. security guards, teachers, and students. students say they heard what sounded like gunshots. they didn't really know what was happening. then they say the gunfire increased, and they hid in classrooms.
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authorities had been warned about the possibility of an attack two weeks ago, so they had increased security in that air yar. the gunmen are dead. police are continuing to search the university, probably to make sure there weren't any bombs planted and they have all the students and teachers and security guards accounted for. we should mention whether this holds any significant, we're not sure, but the university is named after a prominent progressive politician there, someone who is a champion of women's rights in pakistan. today, as a matter of fact, is the anniversary of his death in 1998. still a little bit to sort out at this point. >> all right, kerry barrett monitoring that in the newsroom. thank you. 5:02 right now. right now there's not any snow in the air, but there's certainly the anticipation of it. the potential for a snowstorm is all anyone is talking about. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is in jersey city, the home depot will be busy today. we all know what happens at the home depot. the day thir happens, all the sudden the snow shovels come
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they get snapped up. >> reporter: they already had an emergency shipment, michael. and this is a store that doesn't open for another couple hours. they're gearing up for customers, trying to beat that cold-weather rush right away. just the mention of storms and snow has people panicking a little bit. new york city's office of emergency management says not necessary. they say they're ready for any weather that forms over the weekend. they're monitoring radars and maps and phones, all despite fears of the worst. they're telling residents that this doesn't look like a front so far that should paralyze the city he like storms past. >> we're preparing a major op weration with the department of sanitation to keep our streets clear. >> reporter: since it was much warmer this time last month, people really haven't had to think about cold weather supplies, things like shovels and salt and what we call those french toast supplies, the bread
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that's why stores are telling customers to beat the rush and really beat the panic. as we bring you back live now to the home depot in jersey city, you can see the activity not great, but there is activity here. manager. she say people have been coming over the last couple days looking for the cold weather we haven't needed them. >> what is your snow shovel of choice? do you like the double handle or the straight one? >> reporter: i need the one that's good for my back because let me just keep it real, my husband needs the one that is good for his back. i'm just the overseer in all of this. i got to make sure this operation runs smoothly. >> always need an executive in charge. trey see, thanks so much. 5:04 now. on this bitter cold night, firefighters battled a massive fire in new jersey. ice covered the sidewalks and fire hydrants.
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out the flames in bayonne last night. the high winds whipped those flames and threatened a third building as firefighters searched for children who were possibly trapped inside. >> crews went to the interior because there was a report of two possible kids trapped inside. one of our firefighters got trapped on the third floor. fortunately, was able to get out the top. >> fortunately, those children were accounted for. firefighters did rescue the family's miniature poodle. >> they were very concerned about that before. >> they were. >> we're going to check weather now. chris, as the temperature starts to dip and go so low where it's so difficult for firemen to fight some of these fires, they really get out of control sometimes. >> it's a wild scene when you're dealing with fire and ice next to each other. it's a dangerous scenario. at least the good news, next couple days not as brutally cold. temperatures may get above freezing during the afternoon hours today and again tomorrow. also, less wind out there this morning. still some breeze. it's still cold when you step
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recent days. sunshine will fade behind clouds later this afternoon. a weak clipper is passing underneath us, taking any snow showers with it to the south. looks like our weather will stay quiet into and through the daylight hours of friday and most of friday evening. it's as we go towards saturday, thats that's when we have threat of this snowstorm. right now, a mostly clear sky. 27 degrees in the city. that's close to where our high was yesterday. much better starting point today. expecting a high this afternoon as the sun fades behind some clouds of 35 degrees. let's get a look at the commute from lauren. >> thanks, chris. if you're getting on the buses, just two detours today, the bx-19 and m-23. rails look good right now. your major commuter lines are all running on or close to schedule. you also need to move your car today. we'll have your next weather and traffic update on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. 5:06 on this wednesday morning. new this morning, the victim of
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police confirmed overnight that he died. the man was riding his bike when a truck hit him and kept going. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in sheepshead bay with more. kat? >> reporter: and that death, darlene, came hours after so many people, pedestrians, local lawmakers as well, crediting vision zero, that program, with curbing pedestrian deaths. sadly and tragically, what happened here at east 9th street and avenue u in sheepshead bay, a life was lost. a bicyclist was hit by a truck driver. he was only 54 years old. he died. the driver who hit him, nowhere to be found. this happened the same day the city talked about vision zero, that the numbers show city wide the number of pedestrian deaths has gone down 22% over the last two years since the start of vision zero. the mayor says that translates into 66 people who are alive today. the mayor and others talked about improvements to the notorious queens boulevard, and their goal is to eliminate
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city. >> we have to achieve this. it is the single most important thing that we can do in our office, to make sure every single street is safe for every single person and that we don't lose one more child. >> reporter: and some of the changes include bike lanes, a lower speed limit, and in cases like the hit-and-run that happened here, the city, department of transportation, often gets involved with the nypd with having community meetings. likely what will happen here, you'll see one of those electronic billboards talking about the fatal hit-and-run that happened here. also you might see a police officer stationed here later today as well looking for speeders. back to you, darlene. >> thanks so much, katherine creag. new this morning, a good look at a group of suspects wanted for a home invasion in the bronx. the robbers apparently didn't now in notice several cameras inside the building. police say these people rushed into an apartment, pulled guns on four people who were inside.
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phones and other electronics. a new york city doctor is expected to make bail today. he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting two patie s at mt. sinai hospital. one victim claims dr. david newman performed a lewd act while she was drugged on january 11th. prosecutors say evidence was found on her hospital gown. a second victim claims newman groped her on saturday. newman will not be allowed to practice medicine after his release. he will be back in court next month. the search for 12 marines off the coast of hawaii is now a recovery and salvage operation. coast guard announced last night they're suspending the search for those marines. they have been missing since thursday when two military helicopters went down during a training mission. search teams did find the helicopters' life rafts, but there was no sign that anyone had ever been in them. the cause of the crash still under investigation. authorities in mexico are hoping the actress who set up the interview between sean penn and mexican drug lord joaquin "el chapo" guzman will turn
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mexico's attorney general has subpoenaed kate del castillo in a money laundering investigation. he says there are indications that guzman gave her, quote, resources for her businesses while he was on the lam. actor jamie foxx is talking about what happened the night he helped save a man from a burning truck outside his home. police say brett kyle was drunk and speeding when he veered off the road and into a culvert in the los angeles area monday night. the truck rolled over and burst into flames. jamie foxx and another witness broke a window and cut the seat belt to pull kyle out. kyle's father met with jamie foxx yesterday. >> i don't look at it as heroic. i just look at it like, you know, you just had to do something. >> whether the person is famous or not, i'm so happy. >> kyle's in intensive care right now. he does have third-degree burns and a broken collarbone. he was also arrested onk suspicion of dui. 5:10 right now.
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broadway superstar who's returning to the great white way. plus, stumping for trump. sarah palin delivering a fiery speech in official support of the presidential candidate. and storm team 4 will tell us how many inches of snow we could see this weekend. weather and traffic on the 4s is ahead. you're watching "today in new
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it's 5:13. here are four thirts to know this morning. breaking news in pakistan. a shooting at a university, 20 people are dead, 60 others are hurt. stay with us all morning for updates. we have a recall to tell you about. fresh express is pulling 12-ounce bags of baby spinach from the shelves. they may contain almonds. the company is offering refunds. new wireless hot spots are up and running in manhattan. link nyc is turning old pay phones into wi-fi stations. the first four of them are now in place on four different blocks along 3rd avenue. the long awaited and long delayed transportation hub at the world trade center will open in march. the structure is known from its design there as the oculus. >> all right. 5:14 on this wednesday morning. it's a chilly one. not as cold as the past couple
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towards the north, t were temperatures generally n the 20s. 27 in the city. 21 in long branch. the wind has eased a little bit too. we will start out with sunshine. clouds gathering to the west of us. they'll push in later this afternoon. there's snow across indiana and kentucky, but this is going to fall apart and pas underneath us later on tonight. the stord that we're concerned about hasn't really formed yet. the energy for it is diving towards the rockies rig tht now. it'll dive south and east towards the gulf of mexico, bring in a lot of gulf moisture, and develop a storm over the southeast coast later on tomorrow night. that's going to travel up the coastline as we go through the day on saturday. track critical, timing critical. there's a lot of things in this forecast that can still change. chill eases today. that much we know. clouds will build in this afternoon. 35 the expected high. it's nice and quiet. quiet night tonight, just some patchy clouds.
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quiet before the storm again tomorrow. temperature about 34 as we go into friday. we'll see increasing clouds. the snow threat probably near or after midnight. temperature in the low 30s on friday. snow and increasing wind and some of the snow h could become heavy saturday into saturday evening. there could also be a little mixing or changeover to rain in eastern long island and parts of coastal new jersey. that's going to wreak havoc with the snow accumulation forecast. bottom line here is the computer models are not in total agreement in terms of the timing. the trend is a little slower now and a little further south. accumulating snow is still very likely. we'll probably need the plows. that's for sure. coastal flooding and beach erosion also a concern because of a prolonged period of a strong east to northeast wind. we could see gusts up against the coast at 50 miles an hour. here's the american gfs model.
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snow in the city, across new jersey, and higher amounts from baltimore to d.c. along the coast, lesser amounts because of mixing going on there. another american model pointing to a half foot of snow. much lesser amounts to the north and west. finally, the european model not as impressive. talking about anywhere from 5 to 8 inches of snow across the area. that's really going to be the idea right now. i think not as heavy will be the snow to the northwestern suburbs. heaviest in the city and near the coast, if it doesn't change over to rain. look for a high temperature saturday of 31. the storm winds down to snow showers sunday morning. a quiet start to next week. by next tuesday, we could be back into the 40s. let's get back to lauren scala, get the latest on the commute. >> we still have that issue on 287 in new jersey. heading northbound just before exit 30, north maple avenue, two lanes still shut down as they're trying to extinguish this truck fire.
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live look at the brooklyn bridge, where just a few moments ago it was pretty slow moving inbound. things are now moving just fine. you can see some flashing lights. doesn't appear to be any problems out there. then heading over to the cross bronx expr sway by the bronx river parkk y, smooth sailing here. no construction in your way. and alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. your next weather and traffic update on the 4s. >> okay, lauren. thank you very much. this afternoon, donald trump will rally supporters in oklahoma with his newest supporter, sarah palin. she formally endorsed him last night in iowa, where he's locked in a close race with senator cruz. the iowa caucus is now less than two weeks away. >> you guys are all sounding kind of angry is what we're hearing from the establishment. doggone right we're angry. >> well, this is a woman that from day one, i said if i ever
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>> this could be a setback for his rival ted cruz. cruz admits palin's tea party support helped him win his 2012 bid for the senate. dr. ben carson will not be campaigning today. instead, he's mourning the sudden loss of one of his volunteers. 25-year-old braden joplin was killed yesterday. the van he was in hit a patch of ice in iowa and rolled over. three other carson campaign workers were slightly hurt. carson offered his prayers to joplin's family. hillary clinton may have to answer some new questions about her state department e-mails. an inspector general says a few dozen of those messages found on her personal server were classified higher than top secret. some were labeled special access program, which means they could hold some of the country's most closely guarded secrets. clinton has said she never stored secret e-mails on her server. soon what you post on social media will affect the ratings of your favorite shows. nielsen plans to start using facebook and twitter to include
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how it measures ratings. the so-called social content ratings are part of a broader effort by nielsen to improve how it tracks tv watching habits. well, forget the ketchup. mcdonald's smothering its fries th something new, chocolate. but you have to go to japan for now to get it. the famous fries are drizzled with two different chocolate sauces. as we said, only available for a limited time in japan right now starting next tuesday. interesting. i can't think of fries and chocolate. >> savory sweet combination. i guess like a pretzel chocolate. >> there you go. we'll try it, if, you know, we can. just ahead, a new york city hotel named the best in the country, but it might not be the one you expect. plus, it's supposed to be attention grabbing, but it's working all too well. there's a billboard that has people calling 911.
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live look there at times square at 5:23 right now. of course, home to broadway, where they're singing, hello, bette midler. she's going to return to the stage to star in, what else, "hello, dolly."
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musical revival in april of next year. she says she's excited that the musical's 80-year-old composer calls her his dream dolly. new this morning,s if you want a truly first-rate travel experience, go no further than manhattan. that's because the sherry nether land hotel just won top honor. it's at 5th avenue and 59th street. trip d a adviser just named it the top winner. i have not stayed there. i'm not very familiar with it. anybody here? >> i'm not familiar with many of the hotels on the list. apparently we need to check them out. >> super classy, nice play. >> apparently trip adviser agrees. >> while i'm checking into the super 8. >> sleeping in the car. because we got to be on in three hours. >> exactly. we're just kind of briefly staying.
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hotels. those are the places you want to go though. meantime, today much better to be outside than it has been over the past couple days. much more bearable. still cold this morning. starting out in the 20s. ends up in the mid-30s. clouds on the increase. wind will ease up too. combination of warmer temperatures and less wind will make it feel better. 26 the low tonight with a few just a gentle breeze. then it's a quiet day tomorrow into friday. looks like saturday, that's when the snow breaks out. it could become a heavy siowfall during the afternoon into the evening hours. the wind will increase as well. some leftover snow showers early sunday morning and then clearing on out by sunday afternoon. this could also turn out to be a fairly long duration storm. that could be another issue because it's tougher and tougher to clear the roads. we'll see as it gets closer. still have some days to fine-tune the forecast. >> hey, lauren. >> we have a subway problem due to a rail condition. uptown 1 and 2 trains running express. if you're getting on the roads, overall in good shape this morning.
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which is still moving nicely. most of our major roadways look like this. we have an accident on 287. i'll have the details comin up. >> lauren, thanks so much. a billboard that advertises fire prevention is doing its job all too well. it sparked calls to 911. take a look at it. it looks like there's a fire in the window. thsie's even smoke provided by a machine that's inside the billboard. it sits low to the ground along virginia beach in norfolk. officials say it gets the most 911 calls at night when it's harder to tell it's a billboard and not ilreal house. >> the billboard is not on fire. we want people to recognize it. we want people to have fun with it. but we also want you to be safe on the road when you're seeing it. >> for now, the billboard is shut down. when it's going to go back on, they're going to move it to a higher location near an interstate so people with tell what's up. >> too realistic. still to come, the simple and inexpensive way researchers say schools can help fight obesity.
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the woman gaving the same excuse for breaking into multiple homes. >> reporter: and grab your wallet. local stores are gearing up for a rush of customers ahead of the weekend storm. a look at that coming up. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device right now.
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right now, ready for anything. supplies flying off the shelves. storm team 4 tracking the chance of our first major snowstorm. plus, breaking news. new information coming in about an attack at a university in pakistan where at least 20 people have been killed. and new this morning, a deadly hit-and-run in brooklyn hours after an event to showcase how safe new york city streets are. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's wednesday morning, january 20th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. chris cimino here with the forecast. one bit of good news, a little warmer and less windy than yesterday. >> yeah, much more bearable to be out there. it's come, but more like seasonably cold this morning. temperatures in the mid and upper 20s. with less wind, it feels a little better. wind chills are down.
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later this afternoon. no snow to worry about today or tomorrow. we break the freezing mark by this hampb afternoon. we do that again tomorrow. much better than it's been. quiet into friday before it turns stormy on saturday. right now, all is calm. mostly clear sky, 27 in the city. we'll drop to about 26 at 8:00 a.m. 31 by noon. above freezing for the mid to late afternoon with a high of 35 degrees. some updates on the commute. we'll get them now from lauren. thanks, chris. good morning, everyone. we still have some of the same problems out there. thapz this 287 accident northbound before exit 30, north maple avenue. two lanes still shut down here. delays continue to grow. heading over to the turnpike extension here, eastbound just before the 14c tolls, watch out for a disabled truck. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you very much. now to that breaking news in pakistan. the taliban now taking responsibility for a deadly attack on a university nearby peshawar this morning. they're warning of more attacks
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the head of the pakistani taliban's military wing tells nbc news the attack is in response to, quote, extrajudicial killing of our people. gunmen stormed bacha khan university. at least 20 people were killed. another 60 have been injured. right now, the forecast isn't clear, but across out area, people are bracing for snow. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is in jersey city, where home depot should be busy today, if we had to predict. >> reporter: if we had to predict, that is a safe bet. that's why they've already stocked up on snow blowers and emergency salt palets. they're going to have to do a pr et it i good makeover in the lobby. there are seeds to be planted and flowers for for the spring. nobody thinking about the winter just yet. but with the storm on the way, when it comes to customers, they're expecting even more. just the mention of the snow on the way has made the stores pretty busy in this area.
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last-minute winter supplies they haven't had to think about just yet. >> people buying a lot of bread, salt, eggs, milk. >> shopping. a little bit preparing for the storm, a little bit just for dinner. >> reporter: now, the folks at ready.gov are advising people to make a winter emergency kit and to add things like rock salt or other environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. they also think you should add sand to improve tractions. also, snow shovels and sufficient heating fuel on the chance you become stuck inside your house. they'readvise ing anyone going out into the storm to travel that you add some of those supplies to an emergency car kit. also, make sure you have enough gas and windshield wiper fluid. back to you.
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all right. thank you so much, tracie. preparation is under way around the tri-state as well. snowplow drivers in suffolk county finally taking the plastic off the seats in five new trucks. 25,000 pounds of salt are ready to go for whatever this weekend brings. shiny and new. >> when they buy new trucks for a snowstorm, never a good sign. let's check in with storm team 4's chris cimino, see what's happening. >> last winter, which was incredible, the thinking was, if that happens again, we better be prepared. we have our first real storm heading our way. looks like it arrives on saturday. between now and then, it's relatively quiet. the headlines today, feeling better out there than it has felt in recent days. we are talking about temperatures getting above the freezing mark this afternoon. not really sure why any graphics aren't going anywhere. we are expecting temperatures into the mid-30s. you know why?
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>> why did you steal that? you stealer. >> all right. let's move it along. shall we? not going to happen. it'll be a lot nicer today. look for the wind to subside. temperatures heading back to the mid-30s. as we go towards the weekend, that's the storm we're tracking. looking more and more like a saturday scenario. we're in the upper 20s as we speak across the tri-state. temperatures, as i said, go back to the mid-30s this afternoon. much the same again tomorrow. no snow to worry about today, tomorrow, even the bulk of the day on friday. it's later saturday we're concerned with. more about that in a little bit. do you have the right clicker? >> i do. says traffic. they label them clearly for us. but it's early. it's okay. if you're getting on the buses today, two detours. the bx-19 and m-23. if you're getting on the rails -- for some reason, my stuff is now advancing the weather graphics. if you're getting on the rails, they're all good. no delays or service changes. we also have no problems on the ferries.
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alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. we'll have your next weather and traffic update with working graphic, coming up on the 4s. >> lauren, thanks very much. 5:35 rating now. new this morning, there was a deadly hit-and-run in brooklyn. a truck hit a man on a bicycle overnight. police told us that man did die. it all happened just hours after mayor de blasio touted the success of the vision zero program. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in sheepshead bay with more on this. kat t shows the reason why they put this program in place and the dangers that do still exist even after the safety improvements. >> reporter: indeed, michael. when it comes to vision zero, you hear from the mayor that the numbers speak for themselves. there are less pedestrian deaths compared to two years ago. pedestrians are telling us it feels safer, but it doesn't mean that all deaths can be prevented. what happened here, a tragedy. this is the intersection of east 9th street and avenue u in sheepshead bay.
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killed, a 54-year-old man who lived in brooklyn. police are looking for the driver of a truck who hit him. he's nowhere to be found. this happened the same day the city talked about the vision zero program, that the numbers show city wide the number of pedestrian deaths has gone down 22% over the last two years since the start of vision zero. the mayor says that translates into 66 people who are alive today. he even said that the notorious queens boulevard can be improved, that it cannot continue to be known as the boulevard of death. >> that's a stain on our city. we don't accept that notion any longer. if we find a specific place with these kinds of problems, we're going to go at it with everything we have. the physical changes, enforcement by the nypd, whatever it takes. >> reporter: and some of the changes to various streets like queens s s boulevard, they include bike lanes. as for the hit-and-run that happened here, where the investigation stands, if the
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and also the history of this intersection. back to you. >> kat, thank you very much. happening today, jury selection gets under way in the trial of an nypd officer. officer peter liang, the 28-year-old is facing manslaughter charges for fatally shooting a man inside a brooklyn stairwell in 2014. liang claims the shooting was an accident. prosecutors accuse him of acting recklessly. jury selection was supposed to begin thursday, but it was moved up a day following a hearing yesterday afternoon. well, this morning, students return to classes in new jersey after a string of bomb threats targeting several schools. schools in ten towns across bergen, passaic, middlesex counties were all evacuated or locked down because of the hoax. police say the caller left voicemail messages claiming there was a bomb or threatening a mass shooting. more than 10,000 students were affected before authorities determined it was, in fact, a hoax. students at bergenfield high school were forced outside in
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dogs were brought into their campus. >> it was freezing. so i was calling my mom, and i was like, can you pick me up? >> everyone was just cold. ers teachers were handing out blankets. >> investigators say these robotic calls were routed through bakersfield, california. we're getting a better look at the suspect in a random slashing in the east village. police are looking for the man in this new security video. they say he attacked a stranger on the sidewalk on 6th avenue last saturday, knocking him down and slashing his face. the victim, 30-year-old anthony smith, is recovering after undergoing eight hours of surgery and getting at least 100 stitches. in new jersey, the bayonne zoning board is postponing a decision as to whether to approve a controversial muslim community center. people gathered outside a public board hearing last night protesting both for and against the center. the hearing lasted more than three hours. the board says they still need to hear from two expert witnesses before they make a decision.
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next hearing coming up on march 14th. police in new jersey are sounding the alarm after several bizarre attempted burglaries. there have been two reported cases this month in rutherford and karls carlstadt. police say this woman has been prowling in homes there. both times the suspect claims she wanted to rent a room. both times she got away. 5:40 now. charter school supporters will take their fight for more funding to albany today. hundreds of parents and students expected to board buses in brooklyn just about two hours from now. they plan to call on lawmakers to change the school funding formula that's used by the state. the parents say the formula shortchanges charter school students, threatens the future of their schools. something as simple as water may be an effective first step in the battle against childhood obesity. back in 2009, new york city started putting self-serve water dispensers in some public school cafeterias. a new study shows students at
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dispensers are less likely to be overweight. students researchers admit the difference was minimal, less than 1%, but they say the water gives students a healthy alternative to the high-calorie drinks. 5:41 right now. ahead, new developments that could actually shape the future of atlantic city. plus, up in smoke. the strict new law that would have made it tougher to light up is shot down. and storm team 4 telling us how much snow we could get this weekend. weather and traffic on the 4s coming up.
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welcome back. 5:44 on a wednesday morning. a wednesday morning that feels a little better. stepping out into temperatures at least in the upper 20s and windchills that aren't at or below zero. the wind is lighter. temperatures up a little bit today. it will feel better. sunshine to get the day starts. notice the flags. they're not really moving very much on the plaza. that's a good sign. that means that cold air isn't being pushed around very much. 27 degrees in the city. pretty much the same scenario to the north and west. down the jersey shore, a little chillier in long branch at 21. clouds moving towards us.
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the ohio valley. that area of snow is going to pass to the south of us overnight tonight. we'll get clouds from it later on today. where's the big storm? it's not there yesterday, but there's energy in the atmosphere that's going to dive south and east coming out of the rockies towards the gulf of mexico and develop that storm over the southeastern states later on tomorrow. then it moves up the coast on saturday into sunday. but it may move up the coast rather slowly too. that means a more prolonged period of precipitation and snow possible. future tracker quite et. notice the clouds by 2:00 in the afternoon sort of robbing the sunshine. there go the snow showers to south of us. tomorrow is fine too. good deal of sunshine. even friday during the day, not a problem. friday evening is okay. now we're talking about 1:00 a.m. saturday. you can see it's snowing in places like ocean county. that area of snow will drift further and further north as we get into saturday morning. for today, we are nice and quiet. clouds will build up, 35. winds out of the west averaging about 10 to 15 miles an hour. 26 the low tonight with a partly
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as we get into this storm, what to expect, at this point the computer models are not in total agreement on the exact track and timing. trend is a little slower and a little further south. an accumulating snow is still very likely. we're talking about plowable type snows. is it a foot, three inches, nine inches? those are the big questions we have to figure out over the next 24 to 48 hours. we also know coastal flooding and beach reroegs erosion is going to be a big concern. here's the updated gfs model. putting out about a foot of snow in and around the city. a little less south and east because the anticipation here is some rain could mix in. now we look at the european model. considerably less. about a half foot in the city. again, either way you go with this, anticipate that saturday is going to be a rough day to travel. there will be strong, gusty winds, no matter how much snow we get out of this system. it doesn't really wind down until a few snow showers sunday morning. then it clears up gradually sunday afternoon. looks quiet early next week.
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43 on tuesday with a mix of clouds and sunshine. any new problems out there, lauren? >> no new problems. one of the same problems. we'll head over to new jersey where on 287 northbound just before exit 30, north maple avenue, you still have that accident out there blocking two lanes. you can see a slow ride through here. let's look outside at the long island expressway by the grand central parkway where westbound traffic is building. it's slowing down as you make your way through this area. otherwise, free and clear. eastbound is doing fine. let's head to the holland tunnel, where if you're headed in here, both of the approaches look good. both the turnpike and truck route 1-9. but there is a disabled truck on the turnpike extension eastbound by the exit 14c toll. something to keep in mind. and alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. your next weather and traffic update on the 4s. >> thank you very much. nassau county police are on the hunt for a dangerous robber with a long list of crimes. they say he's targeting
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franklin square, elmont, hewlett and lynn brook. police have been looking for thr suspect for nearly a year. they think he's responsible for robberies at 21 stores, gas stations, and restaurants. police believe he stakes out the business before he strikes. detectives say in each holdup, he threatens his victim with a large knife and demands cash. young adults will not have to wait until they turn 21 to buy cigarettes in new jersey. governor christie rejected a bill that would have raised the age to buy tobacco and vapeing products from 19 to 21. the bill passed in the democrat-led legislature. critics of the bill claim the state would have lost more than $16 million in sales tax if that bill passed. meanwhile, governor christie also refused to sign a bill aimed at rescues struggling atlantic city. the new bill was designed to pump money into the resort town and stabilize property taxes for the city's casinos. four casinos have closed over the last year, and the city has lost $200 million to property tax appeals.
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his decision to reject the two bills. meantime, the florida developer who purchased the shuttered revel resort in atlantic city now wants to reopen it with a casino once again. he says the can see now would be smaller than the previous one. he says he's also moving forward with earlier mans for a water prak at the resort. construction for the park could start in may. he thinks the hotel rooms could be open and ready by june. one of the americans swapped for iranian prisoners says his freedom makes him feel like being born again. amir hekmati says his training as a marine helped him survive four years in iranian prisons. he spoke in germany yesterday where he's being debriefed and checked by doctors. hekmati said there was celebration aboard his flight from captivity on sunday. >> as soon as we got out of iranian air space, champagne bottles were popped. the swiss are amazing. their hospitality, chocolates.
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released this video of their freed reporter jason rezaian. he's seen celebrating privately with his wife. meanwhile, robert levinson's family is not celebrating. they say they feel abandoned. he's still missing in iran. we're now getting confirmation that one of the world's most wanted terrorists known as jihadi john is dead. he was juice eulogized by isis in one of their online magazines. you see him there on the right. he was seen with two american journalists and others at their beheading. back in november, u.s. forces say they were sure he was killed in a drone strike in syria. in michigan, governor snyder is publicly apologizing for the water crisis in flint. protesters call for the governor to be fired at his state of the state address. inside, snyder said he would release his e-mails for the past two years. he also says he requested nearly $30 million to replace fixtures at day cares, hospitals, and schools and to treat children well vated lead levels.
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let you down. you deserve better. you deserve accountability. you deserve to know that the buck stops here with me. >> nearly 100,000 people may now have lead poisoning there. there are two open criminal investigations, one at the federal level, the other at the state. 5:51 now. ahead, while the president is going to be talking cars today. and what a frustrated drive on long island did to a red light camera.
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live look there at the queensboro bridge. it's been seven years since the auto industry bailout. today, president obama headed to detroit. he's going to attend the big north american international auto show there. the white house says the president wants to experience the progress made by detroit, its people, and its neighborhoods. more than 640,000 jobs have been created since the 2009 auto bailout. 5:54 right now. time to check weather and traffic on the 4s. it's cold out there. not horribly unbearable though. >> it's easing. pulling back just a little bit. temperatures closer to where they should be for this time of year. 20s in the morning, 30s in the afternoon. no more single digits or below zero windchills for a while.
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sun will give way to clouds later on this afternoon, but it does start out fairly sunny. a high temperature of 35. tonight, partly to mostly cloudy. a little chillier to the north and west. as we head into the weekend, that's where the weather goes downhill. still watching for the potential of a nor'easter to bring us wind and snow and coastal flooding and beach erosion as well. could be a rough one saturday, saturday night. should wind down sunday. as each day gets a little closer, we'll be able to fine tune the exact track. the storm doesn't truly exist yet. imagine trying to predict something that doesn't exist. >> piece of cake. >> we trust you. you can do that. >> what's happening, lauren? >> we'll start with good news for traffic. we'll look at your commuter checklist. if you're getting on the railings railings rails, all running without delays or service changes at the moment. we'll look at the roads, where we have a problem. this is the long island
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so out by exit 20 just . there's an accident blocking the left shoulder and left lane. bit of a slow ride. delays go back to the grand central parkway. >> okay, lauren. thank you. 5:55 right now. a disability rights advocate just filed a complaint with the city's commission on human rights claiming the car-hailing service uber discriminates. dustin jones says this video shows an uber driver refusing to give him a ride in november because the driver couldn't accommodate his wheelchair. in a statement, uber says it has helped expand transportation options for new yorkers with disabilities. police are trying to track down the person who cut down a traffic light camera on long island. they say it happened monday night at the southwest corner. residents in the area had previously protested the installment of red light cameras, but police say they're needed to keep the public safe. we have breaking news right now in new jersey.
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chopper 4 just arrived over the scene. what's the latest? >> reporter: darlene and michael, good morning. the call came in just before 5:00 a.m. this morning. these are live pictures now from chopper 4. the first on the scene here out in front of 67 bond places in weehawken. this is just north of the lincoln tunnel helix. some damage in the road. this is the scene of a water main break. some minor flooding in this area. nothing too serious at this point. a little bit of water trickling out of the ground. you can see part of the roadway has been damaged. of course, we'll continue to keep you up to date. we have a call in to suez to get more specific information on how this is affecting the city water supply. back over to you. >> all right. thank you. 5:57 on this wednesday morning. coming up next, a consumer alert. a popular salad ingredient being pulled from store shelves. then also at 6:00, is it no longer a rite of passage? the new statistics involving young adults that could mean trouble for automakers. and if you're about to head
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breaking news. at least 20 people are dead as gunmen storm a university in northwest pakistan. stores across our area stocking up for potential snowstorm as we wait to see which track the system is going to take. plus, one of the republican party's most outspoken conservatives throws her support behind donald trump. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's wednesday morning. it is january 20th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. let's check in with storm team 4's chris cimino. a little relief today temperature-wise. >> today will feel a lot better than the last couple days with that biting, stinging windchill. it's gone today. temperatures in the upper 20s right now. a little colder in just a couple locations. danbury, you're at 19. long branch down to 21. most folks mid and upper 20s.
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this morning. t near or below zero. that's better news. less wind through the morning and afternoon. sun fades behind some clouds. we should break the freezing mark mid to late afternoon. it's going to be quiet today, tomorrow, and friday during the day and most of friday night too. the storm that we're concerned about arrives overnight friday night into saturday. more on that in a little bit. right now it's mostly clear, 28 in town. expecting temperature in the low 30s at noon and mid-30s by mid to late afternoon. here's more on the commute from lauren. >> not toot many problems on the roads. delays continue to build out here on 287 northbound just before north maple avenue, exit 30. two lanes still blocked from this earlier truck fire. heading over to the long island expressway, we'll take a live look outside here in queens. you can see there's this accident in the westbound lanes just before exit 20, junction boulevard. delays are back past the grand central parkway. leave yourself some extra time if you're headed that way. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you.
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now to breaking news. nearly two dozen people are dead following an attack on a university in pakistan. kerry barrett is following all of this from our newsroom. >> a couple minutes ago, pakistani officials say the army operation to end this attack is officially over. also, some new video now of some of the victims being rushed to the hospital. it happened in northwestern pagskistan. this is about 20 miles from peshawar at bacha khan university. we know 20 are dead, four of the gunmen also killed. two of them apparently wearing suicide vests that they weren't able to detonate. as many as 60 injured. witnesses say some, in fact, taken hostage. these gunmen under the cover of fog scaled the university walls. this is shortly after classes started. they began shooting at everybody they saw.
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guards. police and soldiers rushing to the campus and returning fire. apparently there were several explosions as well. also new, the pakistani taliban responsibility. there was a little bit of confusion last time about whether, in fact, they did carry out this attack. it is now confirmed. darlene? >> all right, kerry. thank you. 6:03 now. threat of snow still a few days away, but people are already hitting the stores to make sure they have everything they need if a severe storm hits. trrtacie strahan is in jersey city at a home depot. the home depot just opened, but fascinating because a lot of this stuff people usually would have bought by now, but they haven't because we've had good weather. >> reporter: and it may not be in this store. that's another thing to keep in mind. a lot of these stores unload their winter supplies in preparations for everything in the spring. that's something we're seeing through the lobby here now that the doors are open. you can see the seeds are right in the front. a lot of the flowers are here for spring planting. so far, we haven't seen the
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though the overnight manager said that's something they were going to tend to right away. because of the storm that's coming, we checked in with new york city's office of emergency management to see if they were prepared for everything to come. that is the case. they say they're rea fortany weather that forms. right now they're keeping a close eye on radars and maps just like we are in the storm team 4 weather center. but they're also trying to calm fears from residents, trying to tell people that this isn't the type of front that should paralyze the city like storms of the past. >> we're preparing a major operation with the department of sanitation to keep our streets clear. so far we know this storm is not the kind of level that would knock out train service. >> reporter: of course, since it was so much warmer this time last month, a lot of people haven't even thought about cold weather supplies. that's why a lot of the stores are giving a refresher to people about what to get. shdoovels, of course. but they're also telling customers to try and beat the rush and avoid some of the panic.
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like i said, the overnight manager said they got a shipment in early this morning to try and prepare for all of the people to come. but when it comes to the cold-weather gear, you may be out of luck. a lot of the stores already have shorts and sleeveless dresses in stock. a lot of things like this, they went with the christmas sales. back to you. >> glad they thought of you for that for christmas. thanks so much. hopefully people get what they need. >> i guess you had to jump on those sales right after christmas. bet you could find it somewhere though. >> i'm sure it's absolutely out there. the thing about this particular storm is it's not a surprise. it's not going to jump upon us. we have another three days to prepare. make sure you have the shovels and things you need. we're going to see strong wind gusts up against the coast. for the time being, it's quiet. not as chilly today. quiet and calm tomorrow. we're tracking that storm for saturday into saturday night.
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locations. upper 20s right now. actual air temperatures in and around the city, pretty much mid and upper 20s for most locations. and the wind. there isn't much to speak of. it does feel like 18 at jfk. 11 in long branch. that's still cold. compared to yesterday's below-zero windchills, a little better. a mixed sky today. a sunny sky, cloudier finish. 31 by noon. a high of 35. seven-day forecast coming up on the next 4s. right now, here's lauren. any new problems? >> no new problems, which is good news. if you are getting on the buses, we have the same two detours out there that we've had for quite a while. the bx-19 and m-23. if you're getting on the ferries, everything looks good with the exception of the belford ferry. one of the ferries is out of service for the morning commute. check on that. major rail lines and subways look good right now. we always like that.
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most part, but we have chopper 4 over route 17 in rutherford with an update. >> lauren, good morning to you. another water main break in new jersey. live pictures from chopper 4 . you can see the water on the ground that's now turned to ice. looks like fortunately the water has been turned off. this is more of a traffic issue. the left lane subpoena out both north and southbound. traffic is relatively lying, at least for now. definitely something to keep in mind. back over to you. >> all right. thanks so much. 6:07 on a wednesday morning. a new york city doctor is expected to make bail today. he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting two patients at mt. sinai hospital. one victim claims dr. david newman claimed a lewd sex act while she was drugged on january 11th. a second victim claims newman groped her on saturday. newman will not be allowed to practice medicine after his release.
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in new jersey, investigators are looking for the cause of a mass i fire that left families out in the cold. two buildings on broadway in bayonne were destroyed last night. ths e buildings included homes and businesses. high winds whipped the flames and threatened a third building. the ice covered the sidewalks and fire hydrants, causing more issues for firefighters. >> i can't tell you how many guys went down on the ice. there's black ice pretty much everywhere. >> despite the wind and the ice, the firefighters did rescue a family's 5-year-old miniature poodle. they got a reunion with the family. fortunately, nobody was hurt in that fire. donald trump hits the campaign trail today with his newest headline supporter, sarah palin. they will campaign together in oklahoma. palin formally endorsed trump last night in iowa. that's where trump is locked in a neck-and-neck battle with ted cruz. palin's backing could be influential with conservative republicans.
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which is really ticking people off, which i'm glad about. he's going rogue left and right, man. that's where y he's doing so well. >> we're going to give them hell. >> palin's endorsement of trump could be a blow to ted cruz. he admits her tea party endorsement back in 2012 did help get him elected to the senate. dr. ben carson is going to take some time off from the campaign trail. he's mourning the sudden death of one of his volunteers. 25-year-old braden joplin was killed yesterday on an icy road in iowa. three other campaign workers were hurt. dr. carson calling joplin an amazing young man. in this morning's cnbc money report, investors are bracing for another turbulent day on wall street. the asian markets tumbled yet again. cnbc's landon dowdy joins us with those details and more. we've seen this happen time and tiseme again the past couple weeks. >> you said it. it's like a roller coaster. looks like we're on the down part of it. wall street could be set for another selloff today.
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with japan falling into bear territory or down at least 20% from its annual high. europe also in the red, down about 3% across the board. oil prices continue to weigh on stocks. crude falling below $28 a barrel. that's a fresh 12-year low. meanwhile, young adults are ditching their driver's licenses. a report shows just 75% of people age 20 to 24 have one. that's down from nearly 80% in 2011 and 92% three decades ago. that can also raise red flags for automakers as they deal with the rise of ride-sharing services like uber and millennials in different attitude about cars. michael and darlene, this is so shocking to me. this was like such a cool factor growing up, getting your driver's license. >> true. i think it depends. especially in new york, i don't think i got my driver's license until i was about 21 because i was raised in new york city. it was public transportation all the time. >> back on the farm, we learned at like 12. >> ame for darlene.
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same experience. >> all right, landon. >> i'm so good with that tractor. you have no idea. thanks, landon. all right. 6:10 right now. still ahead, a hollywood star turned real life hero. hear from the oscar winner who pulled a man from this burning wreckage. plus, a major milestone for the transportation hub at the world trade center. we're going to tell you when the long-delayed oculus will finally open. plus, weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up.
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it's 6:14. here are four things to know this morning. following breaking news in pakistan. at least 20 people are dead, 60 others hurt after gunmen stormed a university in northwest pakistan. a consumer alert. fresh express is recalling
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because it may contain almonds. president obama will head to detroit to the auto show to tout the recovery of the american auto industry. more than 640,000 jobs have been created since the 2009 auto bailout. four new wireless hot spots up and running along 3rd avenue on the lower east side. it's part of a link nyc program, turning old pay phones into wi-fi stations. all right. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. temperatures this morning a lot better than they were yesterday morning and the morning before that as well. right now in the upper 20s. this is what we looked for for high temperatures yesterday. so we're starting out at a much better point and with less wind it feels more comfortable. most folks in the mid and upper 20s. a couple spots a little colder. school day forecast, still have to bundle up the kids at the bus stops. still breezy, but not that biting wind. recess time, about 31. dismissal time, finally above freezing, first time this week.
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will take over by the end of the day. after-school activities getting close to the freezing mark. here come the clouds from a system out of the ohio valley right now. the snow associated with that is going to pass to the south of us. where's our big snow we're talking about for the weekend? it hasn't really gotten its act together yet. it's a piece of energy that's diving through the rockies. it'll dip to the south and east, pick up moisture from the gulf of mexico, and develop a deepening storm off the southeast coast that's going to move up the coast in that nor'easter fashion as we work our way through saturday and saturday night. in the meantime, we're quiet for now. clouds will move in later this afternoon. sun giving way to clouds. chill eases. we're in the mid-30s. afternoon. tonight, partly cloudy skies. a little cooler in the suburbs. the quiet before the storm again tomorrow with that temperature of about 34. a little more sunshine heading our way. by friday, the clouds start to increase. the day is quiet. the evening, i think, the snow stays away too. from midnight on, there will be an increasing chance of seeing snow break out from south to north.
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then it looks like a snow y i wicay day. we're talking wind gusts along the coast at 40 miles per hour org higher. 31 the expected high in the city. there's a remote possibility with enough warm air coming in off off the water we could see a changeover to rain. the trend is slower and further south. but we know accumulating know is very likely. probably a greater than 50% chance we'll see in excess of 6 inches of snow for our good portion of the area. coastal flooding and beach erosion a big concern as well. quiet today, quiet tomorrow, quiet friday. the snow moves in the late friday night. snow saturday night. should wind down to snow showers sunday morning and pull on out of here. then it's dry early next week with a little bit of a warming trend. maybe low 40s by tuesday. a little after 6:17. commute-wise, how are things rolling along? >> a couple new problems. we had an accident westbound in queens on the l.i.e. by junction boulevard. that cleared. now we have a disabled truck
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grand central. it's a slow ride already getting into this area. keep that in mind. then we'll head over to new jersey. this just came in. an accident on the garden state parkway southbound at exit 14837 that's in the left lane. we also have reports of an accident northbound on the garden state parkway by the asbury park toll plaza. that just blocks one lane. we still have a lane blocked on 287 northbound out before north maple avenue. the right lane. you can see it's still a slow ride through here. we'll take a live look at the lincoln tunnel, where you have a 20-minute wait already into the tolls. still minor delays over at the holland tunnel and the george washington bridge. those are better options. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. your next weather and traffic update on the 4s. >> thank you so much. 6:18 right now. michigan's governor is vowing to fix the flint water crisis. governor rick snyder publicly apologized during his state of the state address yesterday. outside there were protests calling for him to be fired. inside, snyder said he would
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he also says he requested nearly $30 million to replace fixtures at day cares, hospitals, and schools and to treat children well vated lead levels. >> i'm sorry, and i will fix it. no citizen of this great state should endure this kind of catastrophe. government failed you. >> nearly 100,000 people may now have lead poisoning. both federal and state authorities have opened criminal investigations. police are searching for the person who phoned in bomb threats to new jersey schools. schools in ten towns across bergen, passaic, middlesex counties were all evacuated or locked down because of the hoax. police say the caller left voicemail messages at the schools, claiming they planted a bomb or that they uere planning a mass shooting. more than 10,000 students were affected before authorities determined it was not a real threat. >> it was freezing, so i was calling my mom, like, can you pick me up? >> everyone was coed.
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everyone was borrowing sweaters. >> investigators say the messages do appear to have been routed through bakersfield, california. hundreds of parents and students from our area are expected to leave brooklyn in about an hour from a rally in albany. they want legislators to fix what they call a gap in school funding that shortchanges charter schools. they say the funding formula used by the state is unfair to charter school students and puts the school's future in jeopardy. 20u6 6:20 right now. up next, why there could be a mini snowstorm in central park todayr then later, free tax help for new yorkers. we will tell you how to qualify. and don't forget to follow us on facebook and twitter and instagram. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny.
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welcome back. an opening date has been set for oculus, the transportation hub at the world trade center. the facility will open in the first week of march. the hub will give commuters access to 11 subway lines, path trains, and the east river ferries. the opening has already been delayed several times due to problems that included cost overruns and small leaks in underground walkways. happening today, the snow continues to accumulate in central park. chris, how could you not see this? snow machines will once again be blasting snow near the band shell, just like yesterday. you can watch it live on periscope via the @nycparks twitter account. winter jam is coming up on saturday.
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outdoor fun. >> you can put the snow makers away. we'll have mother nature making it. that will be perfect. kind of cool. haven't seen a lot of snow in cenral park at all. we're going to get the natural kind by saturday. not today, not tomorrow. it's all nice and quiet. any snow you see out there is just man made. 35 the expected high this afternoon. we crack the freezing mark for a change. with lighter wind, it'll be a bit more bearable. still a cold day. just seasonably cold as clouds increase. partly cloudy tonight. 26 in the city, closer to 20 in some of the suburbs. saturday looks like it's going to be a snowy, windy day. temperatures in it the low 30s. that snow will wind down early sunday morning with flurries. partial clearing with a high of 37. of course, we'll keep you posted as we get closer and closer to this. still a lot of things that could change. but right now, we're in line for at least a significant snowstorm saturday. wow. significant. >> we have significant delays out there to tell you about. we'll take a live look at the long island expressway.
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central parkway. you can see in the eastbound lanes on the left side of your screen, there's a disabled truck out there. emergency vehicles on the scene. causing very heavy delays eastbound on the l.i.e. through queens. westbound, rubber necking out there as well. expect a slow ride in both directions. in et be better news, a look at your commuter checklist. mass transit doing quite well this morning. >> all right. thanks so much, lauren. up next, getting ready ahead of that potential snowstorm that he's talking about. >> reporter: salt, shovels, and ice melt, oh, my. i'm tracie strahan live at home depot in jersey city with a look at how folks are getting ready for the weather ahead. >> reporter: and i'm katherine creag live in brooklyn, where lawmakers, pedestrians, crediting vision zero with bringing down the number of pedestrian deaths, but tragically, a bicyclist died here. we'll tell you where the investigation stands and we'll have much more coming up.
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now at 6:30. storm team 4 has the latest forecast on the potential snowstorm as people head to the stores to get ready for what mother nature brings. a bicyclist left dead in the street. now the search is on for the driver who's responsible. plus, it was jamie foxx to the rescue. hear what the actor has to say after pulling a man from a flaming truck. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 6:30 on this wednesday, january 20th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in with chris cimino looking at this wednesday weather. good morning. >> good morning. this wednesday weather not too bad, actually. it's seasonably cold, where it should be for this time of year. it's quiet and calm and not as chilly today. it stays quiet and calm today, tomorrow, and most after the day friday. we're tracking the storm for saturday, saturday night, into rly sunday. that could bring us a significant snow. in the meantime, between now and then, temperatures this morning not as cold as recent mornings. 26 in blairstown. the city at 28.
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down the shore, a little chpillier. lower lower 20s showing up. the windchills are more like the teens this morning. still cold enough though. sunny start, cloudier finish today. should be around 31 by on that. expecting a high of 35 degrees. all right. heading out the door, what do we expeyt commute-wise? here's lauren. >> a couple problems on the roads causing bad delays. we have chopper 4 over an accident on the garden state parkway. this is in the southbound lanes. looks like a car went straight into the median there. it blocks the left lane and the left center lane. right now this is out by exit 148, bloomfield avenue. delays are bad, continuing to build. really just not moving at all. the garden state parkway southbound is the spot to avoid. i'll continue to keep a close e onsthat. rthank you for showing those delays. in addition to that, we still have that accident on 287 northbound out in bernards township. we also have a very slow ride in
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on the l.i.e. eastbound, first came in as a disabled truck. it's actually an accident involving two trucks with a fuel spill. this is out before the grand central parkway. three lanes are closed right now. this is a rough ride through here anyway during the morning commute. expect a slower ride than usual. westbound is heavy as well. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. we'll have your next weather and traffic update on the 4s. want to get to breaking news we've been following in pakistan. the taliban now backing off their claim of an attack on a university this morning. remember, they just made that claim. under the cover of fog, gunmen stormed bacha khan university ouyttside of peshawar. 20 people were killed, another 60 hurt. the leader of the pakistani taliban had initially claimed responsibility. now a spokesman for the group is condemning the attack. right now, the search is on for the hit-and-run driver who left a bicycsist for dead in brooklyn. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in sheepshead bay with what we know about the driver. kat?
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looks like the driver was behind the wheel of a rental truck, possibly a moving truck. it's always such a tragedy when something like this happens right here. there you see a bicyclist right there. this is where a bicyclist was lled in a hit-iad-run. we're at avenue u and east 9th street. the victim 54 years old and just about ten minutes away from home when he was killed. the driver nowhere to be found. this happened the same day the city talked about the vision zero program. lawmakers, pedestrians gathering to talk about statistics that show city wide the number of pedestrian deaths has gone down 22% over the last two years since the beginning of vision zero. a woman who lost her son when he was riding his bicycle on queens boulevard said improvements made there can help prevent future tragedies. >> i knew that it wouldn't bring my son back, but it would save other lives. >> reporter: and some of the changes there at queens boulevard, other places, include
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lower speed lidot. in cases like the hit-and-run that happened here in brooklyn, the city department of transportation often works with the nypd, having community meetings. it's likely you'll see an nypd officer staked out here looking for speeders and anyone on their phone. as for the investigation t continues as police look for that driver. >> kat, thank you very much. a nomination for the top judge will go up. tapped last month by governor cuomo to fill the top judicial post. 6:34. time for weather and traffic on the 4s on a wednesday morning. heading over to chris cimino, see what we're looking at for today. >> good morning. wednesday morning. two-thirds really through the month on january and still no big snows. that may be changing in the next few days ahead.
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less wind, doesn't feel as cold. the sun will fade behind some clouds. we should break the freezing mark before the day is through. oks like the weather stays quiet into friday. then we have to deal with that potential nor'easter saturday and saturday night. right now it's 28 degrees in the park. that was close to the high yesterday. 31 by noon. sun giving way to some clouds. still a little breezy at times. a high temperature in the mid-30s. details on the snow possibility coming up on the 4s. right now, details on the commute from lauren. >> thanks, chris. mass transit this morning working in our favor. just one bus detour leavitt, ft, the bx more 19 bx-19. everything on the rails looks good. also, don't forget to move your car today. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. we'll have your next weather and traffic update on the 4s. >> thanks very much. the first snowflakes aren't going to be falling for a few days, but now is the time to make sure your family is
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"today in new york's" tracie strahan is in jersey city with more at a home depot. they open the doors yet? >> reporter: they did. i was getting worried. we've been telling people there's going to be a rush. home epot had an emergency supply. but nothing. just a minute ago when we were listening to lauren in traffic, a man went up the elevator with three shovels. folks here mean business ahead of the storm. they're already standing by for whatever is to come. i want to show you some video now of how people have been preparing since word of this stororm broke. so many people just keeping an eye on things but really have to restock everything they had for the winter or everything that they didn't have. people have been scoop ing ing up things like ice melt and shovels, of course. but we've learned emergency shipments have been coming in, at least for this week. things like pallets of salt and more shovels. at the grocery stores, they've been keeping busy as well.
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salt, eggs, milk. >> food shopping. a little bit preparing for the storm, a little bit just for dinner. >> reporter: now, even though we don't know where this is going to hit, the folks at ready.gov are telling people what to add to their emergency weather kits. they suggest things like rock salt or environmentally safe products to melt the ice on walkways. also sand to improve any trux underneath your vehicles. of course, snow shovels and snow removal equipment. also, heating fuel on the chance that you get stuck at home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. again, michael, this home depot got an emergency shipment, and a lot of local hardware stores are gearing up as well. it just remains to be seen if people will act quickly or be out in the cold. >> let's hope they're not out in the cold. thank you so much. happening today in long island, suffolk county police expected to roll out emergency humvees in several precincts. they're equipped to help
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storm. meantime, snowplow drivers are gearing up for action. they have a total now of 160 heavy trucks, including five new ones. actually, never been used. still have the wrapping on. crews will also have about 20,000 pounds of salt at their disposal. right now, investigators are hoping new video could lead to the attacker who slashed a man in the east village. take a look here. police want to find the man in this security video. they say he attacked a stranger on the sidewalk on 6th avenue last saturday, knocking him down and slashing his face. the victim, 30-year-old anthony smith, is recovering after undergoing eight hours of surgery and getting at least 100 stitches. police in new jersey are warning homeowners about several bizarre attempted burglaries. there have been two reported cases this month in rutherford and carlstadt. the woman in this sketch has been prowling homes there. january 1st, a homeowner found het.r inside their kitchen. two weeks later, somebody caught her entering anoiaer home.
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she was there to rent a room, but then escaped. police say the homeowners were not looking for renters. also in new jersey, the bayonne zoning board is postponing its decision on whether to approve a controversial muslim community center. people gathered outside a public board hearing last night, protesting for and against the center. the hearing lasted for more than three hours, but the board says it still needs to hear from two expert witnesses before making a decision. they're expected to speak at the next hearing on march 14th. governor chris christie has vetoed a bill that would require new jersey gun shops to sell so-called smart guns when they're available on the market. this technology allows only the owner to fire that weapon. christie also rejected another gun bill that banned those convicted of terroristic threats, carjacking, and other thurreats from owning a gun.
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measures. actor jamie foxx is talking about what happened the night he saved a man from a burning truck outside his california home. police say brett kyle was drunk and speeding when he veered off the road and into a culvert in the l.a. area monday night. the truck rolled over and burst into flames. foxx and another witness broke a window and cut the seat belt to pull kyle out. kyle's father met foxx and thanked him last night. >> as we pull him out, within five seconds, the truck goes up. >> i:me'san, it's just surreal. we want to be willing to jump in when it needs to be done, but how many of us really would? >> overnight foxx posted this touching photo of him meeting e man's father saying, no heroes, just happy fathers. >> 6:40 right now. up next, there's new plans for atlantic city's revel casino complex. we'll tell you what could soon
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then later, a new weapon in the fight against childhood obesity. the cafeteria addition that could help kids lose weight. and we have weather and traffic on the 4s coming up as we look at the tappan zee
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6:44. getting late on a wednesday morning. temperatures a lot more comfortable out there. still feels like winter, certainly. windchills generally speaking not as bad this morning, certainly compared to yesterday morning's single-digit and subzero temperatures.
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park. the trend is good here. temperatures are going up, and the wind speeds are coming 'swn. upper c20s in and around the city. even north and west, not a big temperature range. 25 in newburgh. a little chillier down in long branch at 21. clouds will be on the increase. we have a disturbance out to the west of us. you can see snow around the cincinnati area. that's going to pass underneath us later on tonight. we'll get some clouds from it. the big snow we're talking about, it's more like a piece of energy in the atmosphere right now. not a distinct storm itself. it's coming out of the north-central rockies. it will dive south and east towards the gulf, scoop up moisture, and begin to explode off the middle atlantic coast as it drifts towards the north and northeast. in the meantime, we start out th sun today. we end up with clouds by 3:00. fairly overcast. there's a couple snow showers that could come through tonightu in parts of the area. that's not the big storm we're talking about, but if you see a few flakes in the air overnight tonight, that's what it's from.
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friday starts out nice and quiet. here comes the snow. this is 2:00 a.m. the snow just slowly creeping up the coast. the trend is this storm is moving in a little slower. again, taking a little more of a southerly track. mid-30s should do it for a high day in the city. same towards the north and west. with the storm, looking at the computer models, they're still not in total agreement. the timing and exact track, still differences of opinion, so to speak. an accumulating snow is still very likely. there will be coastal flooding and beach erosion as well. this is the american model. still giving the city and to the west a foot or more as a possibility. the other thing we'll have to watch along the coast, it mixes with rain at times. a tricky forecast coming up. 35, 34, and 33 wednesday, thursday, and friday. snow on saturday. maybe a mix at the coa at times. it ends on sunday. back to a quieter trend early next week. let's see if the commute is
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>> a couple problems out there for you. we'll head to queens, where we have an accident eastbound on the bqe by queens boulevard causing delays. we still have what's left of this accident eastbound on the l.i.e. we'll take a live look at it. it was blocking three lanes earlier. right now it's on the shoulder. this is just before you get to the exit for the van wyck and the grand central parkway. you can see it is still causing a very slow ride eastbound and westbound. plenty of rubber necking. leave yourself a lot of extra time in queens on the l.i.e. this morning. heading to the cross bronx expressway a slow ride westbound. we have reports of a tire in the roadway. this is just after the sheridan expressway. once you get past it heading towards the george washington bridge, free and clear there. heading over to the garden state parkway, we had that accident southbound by exit 148. that cleared. although, there are some residual delays, but northbound, we still have an accident before the asbury tolls. otherwise, the roads look pretty good out there. that's the majority of the problems. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. back to you. >> lauren, thank you.
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police are trying to track down the person who cut down a traffic light camera on long island. they say it happened monday night on the southwest corner of county road 83 and old town road in coram. this is video of what's left at metal poll that once held -- pole that once held the camera. the florida developer who purchased the shuttered revel resort in atlantic city now wants to reopen it with a casino. he says the casino would be smh aller than the previous one. he says he's also moving forward with earlier plans for a water park at the resort. construction for the park could start in may. the hotel rooms could be open by june. as you get your tax forms, new york city wants you to know there is free tax help avdoailable. the department of consumer affairs is kicking off this ad campaign. according to the dca, anyone making less than $62,000 a year can file taxes for free.
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than 200 sites city wide.c>> that's a great picture. >> and online. i know. the pictures kind of tell the story, don't they? okay. up next, 9 simple step that could make a major impact in the battle against childhood obesity. and don't forget, follow us on facebook, twitter, and instagram. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny. you're watching faed "today in
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6:52 now. in news for your health, how a little water can help children stay in shape. a group of researchers looked at whether new york city students benefitted from having self-serve water dispensers in their school cafeterias. they found that students at schools with thoiz dispensers were less likely to be overweight than at schools that didn't have them. the researchers say having easy access helps student avoid the high-calorie drinks. different from when we were in school. >> our choices were chocolate or not chocolate milk. >> and that sloppy joe.
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the "today" show is coming up in a few minutes. matt and savannah, see what's ahead. good morning. >> good morning. coming up this morning, will sarah palin's endorsement of donald trump be a game changer? the republican presidential race? we'll talk about that when mr. trump join us us live. >> and savannah might weigh in o than outfit she was wearing. also, the s.a.t. optional? the surirising new recommendation endorsed by system of the nation's top schools that could change the way your kids apply to college. >> then on start today, jill martin gives me a much-needed room redo. actually, she's going to show us how we can all get more organized in 2016 when we get started here on "today." >> michael, darlene. >> yes? >> s.a.t.s, should they be optional for college applications? >> they should have been optional when i was applying to college. >> road less traveled. >> yeah, i guess -- but a lot of people don't take into account the a.c.t., which is that other test you can take that's alsoe admissible t t apparently you can do better on.
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standardized testing in general, they may make optional. >> i would like an essay contest. >> true or false questions. >> i like true or false as well. all right, guys. the four geniuses will sign off soon. up next, lauren will give us an update on the commuter issues happening on the l.i.e.
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the threat of know is still
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already hitting the stores to make sure they have everything thchey need if a severe storm hiodts. >> "today in new york's" tracie strahan is in jersey city. >> reporter: even though we're watching them deliver spring plants right now and a lot of seeds for the spring, stores like home depot and other hardware stores are gearing up for the uncertain weather ahead. things like ice melt and salt pallets were delivered early this morning because so many people haven't been prepared for the storm. they're also getting ready at grocery stores as well. things like bread and milk, a lot of people are saying they want to avoid the rush. so they'll be shopping today. back to you. >> all right, tracie. thank you. now to katherine creag in sheepshead bay, brooklyn, where the search is on for a hit-and-run driver. >> reporter: indeed. tragically, this is where a bicyclist was killed. avenue u and east 9th street d.re in brooklyn. that death came hours after laakers and pedestrians gathered in queens talking about how vision zero has really
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deaths down over the last couple of years, bringing it down 22%. the mayor says the work continues in eliminating all pedestrian deaths. the investigation of the hit-and-run that happened here still goes on as well. back to you. >> kat, thank you very much. jury selection begins today in the trial of the police officer charged with killing an unarmed man inside a brooklyn stairwell. officer peter liang is facing manslaughter charges for the 2014 shooting. jury selection was supposed to begin tomorrow, thursday. it was actually moved up a day following a hearing yesterday afternoon. four new wireless hot spots up and running along 3rd avenue on the lower east side as part of the link nyc program that's turning old pay phones into wi-fi stations. all right. a last check of traffic with lauren. what's happening on the l.i.e. now? >> in queens, heavily delayed in both directions. an accident involving two trucks and a fuel spill out there. used to block three lanes. now it's been moved to the shoulder. delays have not eased out much. expect a slow ride in both
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heading to the harlem river drive, these are delays because of an accident at 106th street. here's what it looks like by the 3rd avenue bridge. then we'll talk about trains a little bit. delays and service changes on the 4 train in both directions. finally, for new jersey commuters, george washington bridge, 15 minutes inbound. the lincoln is 30 in. the holland, 20 at your hudson river crossings. >> thanks so much, lauren. chris, one more check of the weather. >> pretty quiet right now. it's going to stay that way the next two to three days. 35 the expected high today. with less wind and the temperatures up a little bit, it will feel better. sunny start, more clouds gather later in the day. could be a couple snow showers later today. not a big deal with that. 34 tomorrow with the return of sunshine. increasing clouds friday during the day. it's quiet and dry. even through most of the evening. once you bet past midnight, snow will break out from south to north. it picks up in intensity with the wind through saturday. could be a rough one. the potential is there for
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