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nothing significant. planning to head our way today. thin spots from time to time through the early morning. maybe a peek or two of sunshine. storm system, the big one staying offshore. weaker cold front to the west. there's the snow showers. they arrive late morning. cloudy. we get through the morning commute okay. above freezing in the city. 20s in the suburbs. upper 30s to near 40 by noon. showers. then it clears up towards the evening hours and turns windier and colder tonight. details on that in a little bit. details on the commute from emily west. the grand central parkway from jewel avenue to the l.i.e., you'll run into this. looks like you can get around the left lane. the accident is causing delays westbound. if you can with the l.i.e., do that. construction on the goethals. that should be for the next few minutes. we'll keep you updated. more weather and traffic on the 4s.
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right now, we're learning more about the indiana property that's now an active fbi scene. agents are searching it in connection with the disappearance of lauren spirer. katherine creag is in the newsroom with the story. kat, what happened here? >> we are also hearing from the mother of lauren speerer about the developments. agents are sifting through dirt. they took photos in and around a house and barn in martinsville, indiana. it's the area where she was last seen. the i.u. student was 20 years old when she vanished. she would have turned 25 last week. the property they're searching was once the residence of justin wagers wagers, a registered sex owe fep der. >> as for her mother. >> there have been so many
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hear. that never said it was related to -- >> justin wagers is currently in jail. he's awaiting trial in a public indecency case. the fbi hasn't said yet how wagers could be connected to lauren spooirer. we expect to learn more from the fbi later today. they're only saying the property they're searching is connected to the missing person's case. >> we'll have to see what turns out there. kat, thank you very much. new this morning, the man accused of cutting a woman on a subway train after making a troubling threat. tracie strahan is in downtown brooklyn. >> reporter: he is accused of loudly threatening his victim following an argument on the subway. ras alula nagarit was led out of the transit police precinct in coney island hours ago. tuesday he allegedly told his victim, "i will chop you up on
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with an object wrapped in a cloth. that's a slashing that happened on the 3 train that the atlantic avenue barclay's center stop. it was one of three subway attacks this week alone. the nypd says these attacks are up for president month of january. 286 attacks compared to 249 last year at this time. that's an increase of 15%. nagarit will answer to charges today, including assault and menacing. photos were released of nagarit that were taken by his victim. she was able to do that with the laceration on her right hand. she's said to be okay. back to you. >> good that she's okay. tracie, thank you. mystery solved. the shaking that we felt yesterday was caused by sonic booms. the navy say its newest military fighter jet broke the sound barrier. they were felt from long island to southern new jersey. there it is. it goes 1200 miles an hour.
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a homeowner in barnegat says it cracked his ceiling and walls. there were nine sonic booms over 90 minutes. darlene and i learned from chris that it was a weather anomaly that compelled this. >> that's what they're looking at. a temperature inversion. the colder it gets as you go up. yesterday there was a scenario, a temperature inversion where it's warmer the higher you get. those kind of sound waves can travel much further in warm air than cold air. that's why they think it may have gone as far north as long island and inland spots into new jersey too. it bends it back towards the surface too. nonetheless, everybody is safe and sound. that's what's most important. weather picture, clouds rolling on in. couple passing snow showers that could go to rain showers especially along the city and the coast. not a big deal. worst case scenario, north and west, possibly a brief coating in spots.
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we clear it out and turning colder by tonight. well above freezing in the city at 37. that's why we don't expect any snow accumulation to worry about. best chance for the snow showers between 11:00 and 2:00 in the afternoon. it starts to clear out by tonight. rest of your weekend forecast ahead. here's emily west in for lauren. >> a few transit troubles between franklin and flatbush avenues. also problems with the path trains. service suspended between newark to journal square due to signal problems. new jersey transit will cross-honor. everything else is on schedule this morning. your buses, we have a few detours. new york city buses have delays, detours, especially through newark and jersey city. alternate side is suspended. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thanks so much emily. now to decision 2016. donald trump made good on his promise to skip the gop debate. but his presence could still be felt on that stage. nbc's tracie potts in washington
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>> look at all the cameras. like the academy awards. >> side by side, donald trump's veteran's fundraiser. >> isn't this better than the debate going on? >> during the fox news debate where candidates mocked his absence. >> i'm a maniac. everyone on this stage is stupid, fat and ugly. >> he's an entertaining guy. >> he was a little teddy bear to me. i kind of miss him. wish he was here. >> he's probably looking for me. has anyone seen trump? where is he? >> not at all. man, it was the best debate we've had of all the debates. >> issues of immigration. >> changed their position on immigration. he used to support a path to citizenship. >> so did you. >> so did you marco. >> with trump gone, ted cruz a kuszed the moderators of targeting him. >> if you guys ask one more mean
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the stage. >> don't worry, i'm not leaving the stage no matter what you ask me. >> the last debate before iowa makes its choice. donald trump says he raised $6 million for wounded warriors at that event. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. later today, hillary clinton will get help from mayor de blasio. he's going to head out to iowa. he's going to knock on doors, do whatever is needed to help clinton win the democratic caucuses. de blasio joked yesterday, it's probably better he misses the groundhog day ceremony with staten island chuck. the mayor fumbled that animal two years ago and that groundhog later died. today on long island, a convicted sex offender returns to court for allegedly having sex with a teenage boy. they saw the car early tuesday morning in a parking lot. inside 48-year-old and a 14-year-old boy. investigators say they met through a cell phone app. police are trying to determine if there are more victims.
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wanted for a string of bank and gas station robberies on long island had been arrested suffolk police caught the men after a failed robbery at a shell station. a good samaritan actually followed the suspect's car, gave a description of it. the men are suspecting eight incidents since december. new this morning, a homeless man faces charges in a series of bank robberies in man hachblt police arrested 43-year-old abdul harley. investigators say he tried to rob banks ten times since november. sometimes he hit several banks in one day. police say he tried to rob five on thursday alone. bank tellers recognized him and triggered their alarm. officers were nearby and got a smartphone alert. they responded even before the 911 call was placed. right now, only four armed protesters remained in an oregon wildlife refuge. meanwhile, the fbi released
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the fbi says the video shows robert lavoy finicum reaching into his front pocket before -- a loaded handgun was found in that pocket. the shooting happened after a short police chase tuesday. 5:09 now. a woman went from being a teacher at a california jail to a prisoner. three inmates cut through bars and rappelled -- police arrested a teacher at the jail for helping them. the woman is denying that she gave the inmates tools. but the google maps she gave them could have helped them study the area. the three men are still on the loose. a pioneer san francisco psychedelic sound of the '60s paul cannot ner has died. you can see him on the left. jefferson airplane. this is from their performance atwood stock. their song, somebody to love and
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paul kantner died of liver failure at 74. i loved jefferson airplane, loved their songs. my father went to woodstock. i grew up listening to them. >> you hear that song. it recalls the whole era. >> absolutely. 5:10. now ahead, the once popular chain stores making a comeback. facebook expanding a feature that was only available to celebrities. what everyone is now able to do. a look ahead to the weekend. weather and traffic on the 4s. look at the statute of liberty. you're watching "today in new york." . a fresh cracked egg, canadian bacon and an english muffin with real butter. mcdonald's all day
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here are four things to know this morning. this is the man police say threatened a woman on a brooklyn subway train before cutting her hand. his name is ras nagarit. he told a woman "i will chop you up" on this train.
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caused a sonic boom over the atlantic. the reverberations rattled homes along the shore and new jersey, on long island and as far north as connecticut. a shower rug sold at stores like bed, bath and beyond and dollar general is being recalled. it's the aqua rug with plastic suction reports. there's dozens of reports of people slipping and falling. parents in new york can get a free crib. it's giving 1700 cribs to lower income families who may not be able to afford a safe place for their children to sleep to help eliminate sleep-related deaths. it's 5:14 on a friday morning. we're watching clouds roll in. maybe a couple of rain and snow showers in the city. mainly just snow showers. shouldn't amount to much at all. then a meeld mild finish to this month. rain days ahead next week, could be april soaker in the middle of the week.
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chillier. 27 in rhinebeck. 31 in hopewell junction. 29 in danbury. across long island, upper 20s, low 30s. down the jersey shore, on the chilly side. northwest new jersey, low to mid-20s. the coldest spot. the warmest spot, the city at 37 . most of the five boroughs above freezing. it's not a large area of snow. as it moves eastward, it will break en a bit. clouds thickening up. the chance for snow showers moving in. the deeper into the early afternoon, especially in the city and along the coast, the rain showers could change over to snow -- snow showers could change to rain showers. future tracker, here are the clouds thickening up this morning. there's the first sign of snow showers around the city at 1:00. sooner north and west. notice the pink and green mixes in at 3:00. that means the transition over to a little bit of rain. none of this impressive looking. north of 80 and west of 287 up
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brief dusting in spots. that would tend to be about it. by 6:00, it's out of here and skies clear. a sunny start to the day. maybe clouds later in the afternoon. no rain or snow for the weekend. up around 40. i think it tapers off after 3:00 in the afternoon. tonight, clearing, brisk, colder. 26 in the city with a northwest wind at 10 to 20. windchills down in the teens at times. here comes the warming trend on sunday. 47. 52 by the time we get to tuesday. then by wednesday, a cold front approaches. ahead of it, a strong southwesterly flow. good soaking rain and a thunderstorm embedded with temperatures in the upper 50s on wednesday. then back to the chillier 40s thursday. weekend looks good. a cold start saturday. 40s sunday let's check on the commute with emily west. we're checking on this accident on queens on the grand central parkway.
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it could be subject to closure. there could be closures shutting it down and reopening getting it clear. let's see what's going on. can't get -- still emergency crews there as that accident is now, looks like it is off to the side. but traffic is going to be a little slow. l.i.e. the better bet. a live check of the belt parkway. it's moving along nice. no delays. a look at the george washington bridge where the upper level looks great. lower level doing fine too. not a problem. let's head back to the maps. exit 19, eastbound an accident at 312. southbound at oak ridge road, another accident there. path trains, service suspended newark to journal square. new jersey transit will cross honor and alternate side is suspended. more weather and traffic on the 4s. thanks so much emily. workers starting construction on a skyscraper that will overshadow many in manhattan.
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condominium in the waterfront area. it's expected to take three years. it will be the tallest in new jersey by almost 200 feet. to give you perspective, the building will be 50 feet taller than 30 rock, which is our building, which is pretty tall. >> all right. president obama plans an announcement to help working women earn as much as male counterparts. he's going to require larger companies to report what they pay workers. federal government will collects the data and women can prove the existence, if there is one, of a gender pay gap at their companies. vice president joe biden in town talking about the economy. he'll speak with governor cuomo this afternoon. biden was officially named the leader of the white house cancer moon shot task force. that group holds their first meeting on monday. in this morning's cnbc money
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thing you can sharon facebook. if you have an iphone check the update status box and a new icon will appear. users will be able to see who is watching, how many people are watching and get real time comments when they post the live video to their timeline. should we try that? >> remember circuit city, that chain is now making a comeback. the company is planning to reopen the first store in dallas this spring. the chain closed back in 2009. by next year the goal is to open up 100 stores that sell electronics. new circuit city stores would feature touch screens where you can browse what's in stock. there's a new face of trix cereal. fans got to meet the new mascot. the adorable bunny named cinnabon during an event in houston on wednesday. the rabbit, he -- is that a rabbit? >> a bunny. >> his ears down.
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newark liberty airport at 5:23 this morning. some incredible video to show you how dangerous roads can be. this is from azerbaijan. cars and buses sliding. this is amazing. there were no accidents reported. i think reported might be the key word. >> i think maybe that's what happened. that bus was going a little quick. >> i don't know if it would have that kind of speed in the ice here in new york city. >> amazing job. kind of looked like it was going downhill a little bit too.
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>> maybe in azerbaijan. you're emergency vehicle trained. >> it looks like he's going faster than probably should. >> it's just like, whooe but not. >> limited stops. >> express. >> table salt is the only thing they have to treat the ice. a little later on this morning, north and west of the city, you have to watch out for a couple of slick spots from snow showers mixed with rain in the city and along the coast. nothing heavy anticipated or accumulations. this could be a coating. up around 40. it turns breezy to windy later on. 26 in the city. could see upper teens, low 20s north and west. heading out for your friday night, bundle up. here's your weekend planner. upper 30s. sunday will feel better with temperatures back to the upper 40s. we could see 50s by next week.
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it feels kind of okay. bearable. >> it definitely -- >> few things on the roads and rails. path trains for you commuter. no service from newark to journal square. they will cross honor. a new thing on the roads, too. the van wyck expressway. a live look at the rockaway boulevard. looks like an accident, couple lanes taken up. only the left lane gets by. so we've had a few problems already. an update on the crash on grand central parkway. it's 5:25 right now. the super bowl 50 grounds crew fumbled the ball this week reminiscent of the commercial where the grounds crew misspelled one end zone. they mistakenly painted both end zones with the denver broncos logo. >> no. >> you can sigh the orange in the bottom right of your screen before the panthers logo added. the super bowl is february 7 ft. there's some time to fix the problem. >> otherwise, you're going to
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>> olympic gold medal winner helped arizona basketball fans in their latest attempt to distract opposing players. >> swimmer michael phelps showed up behind the curtain of distraction during the game against oregon state. he danced around with a swim cap on his head and the medals around his neck and really not much else as the oregon player missed both of his free-throws. >> oh, man. >> wow. >> that was a good surprise, i guess, behind the curtain of distraction. >> who is that? sorry to see him let himself go. >> he's got to get in better shape. it's 5:26. just ahead, why one major company may be willing to buy back your car. remarkable findings about new mothers and what researchers say they could do that could save millions of lives. >> reporter: an alleged subway slasher is taken into custody. i'm tracie strahan live outside of brooklyn criminal court with a look at the charges that he's
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new this morning, a first look at the man who police say cut a woman on the subway after
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knife years after. a new search in connection with the disappearance of lauren spierer. the westchester college student who disappeared. what uber did overnight to convince new yorkers to skip the taxi. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everyone. it's friday morning, january 29th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. storm team 4's chris cimino is here with the forecast. seems to be a nice trend considering where we were last week at this time. >> won't take much improvement to last weekend. we're heading in the right direction. just a brief setback tonight and tomorrow. no really cold arctic air in sight. no big storms. that's the good news. upper 30s in and around the city. it's colder north and west. 23 morristown. the coldest spot 29 in poughkeepsie. 28 in long branch. 29 in westhampton as well. snow showers out of pennsylvania. not terribly impressive looking. it will hold together and move in late morning through early
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by the time we're through early afternoon, there could be a mixture of rain and snow in there. again, nothing heavy. maybe north and west of town a slick spot here and there. temperatures -- it turns windy later in the day. it's almost 5:30. here's emily. thank you chris. good morning everyone. the earlier problems on the 2 train. everything cleared back to normal. the grand central parkway, that accident has cleared around the l.i.e. but there's a new one in queens on the van wyck southbound at rockaway boulevard. two lanes are blocked. let's take a live look where you can see the left lane is getting by here. a lot of emergency crews is going to put the camera on the commute this morning. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> okay, emily, thank you. it's 5:31 right now. new this morning, we're getting a look at the man who police say threatened and cut a woman on a brooklyn subway train. tracie strahan is in downtown brooklyn. tracie? >> reporter: darlene, over the phone police told me that ras nagarit turned himself in.
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allegedly threatening, then slashing a woman with a machete-like object. this is a look at the 37-year-old as he left the transit police precinct hours ago in coney island. he's facing charges that include assault and menacing after arguing with a 29-year-old woman and telling her "i will chop you up on this train" all before slashing her on her right hand. that's a slashing that happened on the 3 train in atlantic avenue and the barclay's stop. it was one of three subway attacks this week alone. the nypd it keeping track of this. they say in the month of january slashings are up nearly 15%. 286 attacks compared to 249 this time last year. following the attack, police had actually released photos of nagarit taken by his alleged victim and that helped them circulate all of this. again, he turned himself in, darlene. he is expected to face a judge here outside a brooklyn court sometime today. back to you. >> tracie strahan, thank you.
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the mysterious shaking felt from long island to southern new jersey. the navy says its knewest fighter jets were doing maneuvers off the coast of new jersey and broke the sound barrier several times. it caused sonic booms and rattled homes for miles. this is what caused. a woman in amityville long island said she knew something was up when her home started creaking. >> i actually felt it in me happen. it was like a sensation that i've never experienced before. >> in new jersey, a barnegat homeowner claims the shaking cracked his walls and ceilings. there were nine sonic booms over a period of some 90 minutes. long island gets two new medical marijuana dispensaries today. one is scheduled to open in riverhead, the other in north hempstead. they're the 13th and 14th to
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patients need to be screened by certified doctors. your uber ride can cost you -- uber is cutting most fares by 15% in new york city starting at 7:00 this morning. the change means drivers will be making less money per trip, but uber expects the price drop will help attract more customers overall. 5:34 right now. time for a check of weather and traffic on the 4s. so chris, let's put it this way. quieter weekend expected. >> in a big, big way. i think we'll like this one certainly. no big storms, nothing to shovel. you have to clear out in some spots. a couple of snow or rain showers later this morning. it's a cloudy, chilly start. the morning commute stays dry. once we're past 11:00, 12:00, snow showers break out. sitting along the coast could mix with rain too. becoming windy today. it clears up and turns colder overnight into the day tomorrow. our first forecast, mostly cloudy. above freezing in the city. 37. a lot of the suburbs still down in the 20s.
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snow showers mixed with raindrops early afternoon. drying out toward evening. setting the stage for a quiet weekend. we'll have the details on that weekend forecast in a little bit. let's get the details about the commute from emily. >> the subways look good. for your commuter rails, path trains, service suspended both ways between newark and journal square. that's due to signal problems. new jersey transit will cross-honor. everything else looks okay. metro-north, lirr, new jersey transit. with your buses, still detours, new york city buses and due to the snow removal still. newark and jersey city, you'll find delays on the buses. not bad beeline did he camp. alternate side and meter rules are suspended. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. there is new movement in a case that has gone cold. it's the disappearance of lauren spierer. she's been missing for five years. katherine creag is in newsroom with what we learned overnight
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>> a house and barn in indiana. the spierer family hoping for answers. all these years could get answers from the fbi. dozens of agents took part in raiding that property. they sifted through dirt, took photos in and around a house in martinsville, indiana. it's a 30-minute drive from the campus where lauren spierer was last seen. the i.u. student was 20 years old when she disappeared. she would have turned 25 last week. the property fbi agents are searching was once the residence of justin wagers, a registered sex offender. the fbi hasn't said how it could be connected to lauren spierer. a volunteer who helped years back for the young woman said this. >> i really feel for them. i didn't know lauren personally. but just through them, you feel like you know her. >> justin wagers is currently in
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indecency case. regarding that raid on that property, michael, we do expect an update from the fbi a little bit later today. back to you, michael. >> kat, thank you very much. a nudge man is expected to face a judge today over a series of sexual assaults in new jersey. according to court records, he raped three women and tried to rape a fourth woman. the victims include a 13-year-old girl. the attacks happened in newark and irvington. he was arrested for aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping among other charges. everybody talking about the candidate not at last night's gop debate. even the contenders made mention of him. >> it's not about donald trump. he's an entertaining guy. the greatest show on earth. >> i kind of miss donald trump. >> now that the donald trump portion of the show is out of the way. >> that's senator ted cruz who is running second to trump in the polls heading into the
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made cruz a popular target among the rivals. candidates battled views over immigration. while the republicans debated, donald trump was raising money for american veterans. the charity event was miles from the des moines iowa debate. he claims he raised $6 million for wounded vets. some critics say it was trump's attempt to upstage his rivals. trump says he wanted to debate and alluded to his battle with fox news. >> you have to stick up for your rights. when you're treated badly, you have to stick up for your rights. you have to do it. >> trump appeared with two gop rivals. mike huck beer and rick santorum. they were in the earlier undercard debate. mayor de blasio heads to iowa to campaign for hillary clinton. he'll do anything and everything clinton staff wants to help win iowa's democratic caucus on monday. de blasio said yesterday, it's better that he will miss the groundhog day ceremony with staten island chuck. two years ago the animal they
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slipped from the mayor's hand. the world health organization warns the zika virus is "spreading explosively." leaders are holding a meeting next week to decide whether it warrants an international emergency. zika can harm the development of unborn babies. three people diagnosed with this virus here in new york city. along with four others across new york state. pregnant women warned not to travel to zika-infected countries. volkswagen is saying they may not be able to fix vehicles they admitted to rigging. they falsified -- at first the company offered money to affected owners while a fix was in the works. now volkswagen may not be able to bring some cars up to code. so they're considering buying back tainted diesel cars from customers. takata's ceo is willing to resign over the defective airbags that's gripping his company and promising management reforms much the move after an
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on shrapnel from those exploding airbags. the company says it wants to show that it is taking this crisis seriously. ahead, a controversial decision that impacts military moms. plus, how google maps may have helped three violent criminals escape from a california prison. one week ago today we were bracing for a blizzard on the way. this weekend chris says it will be much different. weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. you're watching "today in new
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friday morning. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. things moving along nicely in times square. roads are dry this morning. i think they stay that way through the commute. might get dampish through the middle of the day. the flags not moving very much right now. it's pretty calm. temperatures in the upper 30s in the city. we are the warm spot, actually, at 37 degrees with a partly to mostly cloudy sky. breaks in the clouds early on. but then the clouds tend to thicken up later this morning.
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hoboken, 34. staten island at 40. even towards the shore, long branch, 28. a healthy snow pack outside of the city. temperatures dropped off well below freezing. a krots island close to the freezing mark at 32 degrees. the school day forecast at the bus stop, starting out in the 30s. recess time, there could be a few snow showers mixed with a few raindrops. about 3:30 those are out of here. it becomes breezy, though. temperatures in the upper 30s. starting to feel colder than that. after school, a cloudy school and breaks and windy and chilly with temperatures dropping through the 30s. storm system stays offshore. that was a major player we were worried about. it stays east of us. that's good news. these deal with a line of snow showers. that's a cold front sitting out to the west. right now, we zoom in close. dealing with clouds. notice a little wedge of a break in here. wouldn't be surprised if the clouds get briefly -- give way to clouds that produce snow showers.
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through the middle of the day. not for the morning commute. gone for the evening commute for most of us. the wind picks up later today into tonight. we clear things out. temperatures colder, upper 20s to mid-20s in the city. it will feel like the upper teens at time. north and west, colder too. tomorrow, a mixed sky. up around the 39-degree mark. should moderate for the latter half of the weekend. bethpage 42. ramsey, had 3. this afternoon, upper 30s -- mid-30s in roscoe. these areas up here we have to watch for a brief snow showers that could coat the ground in spots. mid-20s in the city. low 20s in the suburbs. rock hill, 17. newton about 20. asbury park a chilly 22 degrees. it gets milder. into the upper 40s by sunday. by tuesday, the low 50s. it should be relatively quiet.
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the more significant rain on wednesday. it comes with milder temperatures. a hint of spring in the air. rain showers this afternoon. dry for the rest of the weekend. a nice mild start early next week and wednesday wf it turns chillier come thursday. let's get over to emily west. >> slow in spots. especially through queens. still dealing with delays from the crash on the van wyck southbound at rockaway boulevard. you're going to find two lanes blocked. that backup is getting slow toward the grand central. a live look of the accident. it looks like the left lane is getting by. still trying to wrap that up. you saw on the map really how heavy the delays are. also a check of the l.i.e. right at the grand central parkway. that's the westbound ride coming towards us. we have that earlier accident on the grand central parkway. that has cleared. still going to find some delays. north of the city, back to the maps. exit 19, disabled truck. that's right near 312 and you're going to find an accident on the
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55. also causing some delays this morning. in new jersey, the garden state parkway southbound by central avenue, accident off to the side. earlier trouble on the path trains. everything is back to normal. commuter checklist looks fine. all of the nat side is suspended. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. the 6-year-old boy whose face was clawed by a raccoon could find out today if that animal had rabies. he was released from the hospital yesterday. when a raccoon attacked him while walking to school. a stranger passing by had to use a pole to beat and kill the animal. an employee of an after-school program is out of a job encouraging students to fight. this video popped up on facebook. it shows two students throwing punches as the employee, marcus cruz, allegedly egged them on. cruz worked for a separate program and not the school.
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students in the video says the school is responsible and he's considering a lawsuit. happening now, police searching for a third robbery suspect in brooklyn. authorities say he helped to hold up a verizon store. led police on a wild car chase in mid wood. when this black jeep slammed into a parked car. an officer shot one man who allegedly flashed a gun. that suspect in stable condition in a hospital. police recovered these weapons at the scene. another suspect was also arrested. the affluenza teen, ethan couch is expected in a texas court. they will decide if he can be placed in an adult jail. he reported to texas yesterday. he and his mother fled to mexico while on parole for a drunk driving crash that killed four people. the two left the country a video surfaced showing couch departed with alcohol. drinking alcohol would have violated his parole.
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armed protesters remain at an oregon wildlife refuge. yesterday the fbi released video of the police shooting death of one of the ranchers. the video shows lavoy finicum reaching into his front pocket. there was a loaded handgun found in the pocket much the shooting happened after a short police chase on tuesday. >> 5:49. now investigators say a teacher at a south california jail was partially responsible for a big prison break there. three inmates cut through bars and rappelled through the roof of an orange county jail. >> the woman who taught there was in on it. she denies giving inmates any tools. but the google map she gave them could have helped them study the roof and the surrounding area. critical help could be on tap for those families in flint, michigan, struggling with the water crisis. lawmakers introduced a funding bill yesterday in congress. it would pay $400 million to replace the water system's core owed lead pipes.
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chip in another $400 million. residents cannot drink the water right now and many children show signs of lead poisoning. defense secretary ash carter announced a new policy. 12 weeks of unpaid leave. this doubles the time off for mothers who serve in the air force and the army. but it actually cuts the time for women who serve in the navy and marines because they used to get 18 weengs weeks. we're learning breast-feeding can be life-saving. data suggests every new mother if she breast-fed more than 800,000 children worldwide could be saved. breast-feeding reduces the risk of sudden infant death and nursing women, it provides protection against breast cancer. a study published in the lancet, a british medical jurner journal. the fiat 500l that the pope
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will be up forbid. it will benefit missions and ministries. >> i want the pope-mobile. >> we'll chip in. >> i need to get that fiat. local hero. his name will never be forgotten now on staten island. we knew it was a big bad storm. well, this morning why our blizzard is getting even more impressive, so to speak. follow us on facebook and twitter and instagram. darlene4ny. michaelg4ny. you're watching "today in new
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5:54 right now. last saturday's snowstorm is deemed one of the most powerful storms to impact the northeast since 1950. the national oceanic and atmospheric administration rated the storm a crippling category 4. it's the fourth most powerful on the northeast snowfall impact scale. the administration rates storms based on how large an area was affected, on the snowfall amounts and the number of people living in its path. in all the categories -- >> we're number 4. that's not a bad number to be, right? number one is still the infamous storm of 1993.
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georgia all the way up. >> they had a foot of snow in atlanta from that up to maine. you're talking about major coverage. this is enough. >> we got to share and be part of it. still cleaning up from it. a little bit of rain and snow shower activity heading our way this afternoon. not a big deal. could see snow showers. city, coastal areas mixing with a bit of rain. worst case scenario, a bit of dusting a few spots north and west. already in the upper 30s topping off near 40. colder tonight. skies clear. turns windy. about 26 the overnight low. the week looks good. on the chilly side. mix of sun and clouds. into the upper 40s sunday. i think we spend about all of next week with above normal temperatures. >> all becomes the beginning of a february thaw. >> just one more month. >> i know. >> home free. >> we are going to be home-free. >> we have delays in the buses
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to keep you updated there. new york city buses, lines, newark and jersey city, a lot of delays due to the snow removal. that's still an issue there. take a live look in connecticut at the turnpike through fairfield. it looks pretty nice. not any problems in the earlier roadwork cleared. coming up at 6:00, i'll give you the latest on the accident on the van wyck. 5:56. the city is aiming a new staten island ferry boat after a hometown hero who gave his life in afghanistan. michael ol is was a lifelong resident of new dorp. he was killed shielding a wounded polish soldier from a suicide bomber in 2013. he was posthumously awarded the bronze star for his actions. the staff sergeant is expected to join the fleet in 2019. a special honor for one of the nypd's newest detectives at a promotion ceremony. bill bratton presented officer connor mcdonald with a special gold shield.
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retired detective brian mull hern. in 1986 connor's father was on parole in central park when a teenager shot him. he's paralyzed but his family said he would not be alive if not for mull hern who insisted that he be moved to a hospital better equipped to care for him. so that quick thinking and looking out for his partner really saved his life. fantastic. congratulations to him. next at 6:00, sonic booms rong our tristate area. the incident that rattled windows. pepsi getting into the restaurant business. we'll tell you why you may not be able to order the popular soda at the manhattan location. take us with you. download the "news 4 new york" app on your mobile device. york."
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new this morning, the first
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attacking a woman on the subway. the rapp presidential contenders take the stage minus the front-runner, donald trump. the donald, did he still dominate the debate? it looks clear now in times square. but a few snow showers are headed our way. we'll tell twhau it means for the weekend. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everyone. it's friday morning, january 29th. i'm darlene rodriguez. i'm michael gargiulo. let's find out about what is coming our way. chris cimino is here. hey, chris. >> nothing to worry about. a few snow showers and rain showers mixed actually. after last weekend, it's like oh, yeah whatever. clouds early on. it's going to be dry for the morning commute. no wet roads to worry about. start about lech clok. between 11:00 and 2:00, 3:00. behind the front, gets chillier tonight if the skies clear out. moving offshore. the good news about all of this,
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impressive as they work their way through pennsylvania. dying out too. not much in terms of any type of activity here. worst case scenario, northwest new jersey into the hudson valley. maybe a little dusting. a high of 40. a little chillier by tonight. the weekend forecast in a bit. let's talk commute with emily west. >> we'll talk about what it's like in queens. tough go. cross island into woodhaven boulevard. we have this accident on the van wyck. we do have kai simonsen live on the scene over rockaway boulevard where two left lanes are getting by. the right lane is taken up with this accident. look at these delays. they stretch all the way, pretty close back toward jamaica avenue. we'll keep you updated. the van wyck is a mess. we'll have more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> talk to you in a bit. thank you. new this morning, we know the name of the man slashing a woman
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courthouse in downtown brooklyn where that suspect will soon face a judge. tracie? >> reporter: darlene, overnight we learned that his name is ras nagarit. police say he's going to be charged with telling a woman, "i will chop you up on this train" before slashing her. overnight, the 37-year-old was led out of transit police precinct in hands cuffs. he'll face a judge on charges including assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. after a 29-year-old woman claims nagarit threatened her, hit her with an object wrapped in a cloth causing a laceration to her right hand. that happened at a the 3 train. it was one of three subway attacks this week alone. the nypd says they're keeping an eye on subway slashings. that's up 15% for the month of january. they've had 286 stabbings and slashings this month compared to 249 this time last year. after the attack, police actually released photos of
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they were taken by the victim. she's been treated for that laceration and released from a back to you. >> thanks, tracie. on long island, investigators are searching for more possible victims of the convicted sex offender who was teenage boy. he was found with a 14-year-old boy inside a car thursday morning. both were naked. they were spotted in a parking lot. the two met apparently through a cell phone app. he's due in court today. new this morning, a homeless man faces charges in a series of bank robberies in manhattan. police arrested 43-year-old abdul harley. investigators say he tried robbing banks ten times since november. sometimes he hit several banks in one day. police say he hit five on thursday. the bank tellers recognized him, triggered the alarm. officers nearby got a smartphone alert.
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call that was placed wept through. the mystery is solved. sonic booms were behind the shaking of some -- that some of us felt in three different states. the navy says military fighter jets were doing maneuver off the new jersey coast and pilots broke the sound barrier several times. that's what everyone heard. the sonic booms rattled homes miles away. a woman in amityville, long island, knew something was up when her home started creaking. >> i actually felt it in me happen. like it was a sensation that i've never experienced before sniemts in new jersey, a barnegat homeowner claims it cracked his walls and ceiling. the geological survey say there were nine booms over a period of 90 minutes. 6:04 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris. the irony is that was the f-35. it was a stealth equipped fighter to be quiet. wasn't too stealthy was it?
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that yesterday. everybody safe, that's good news. weather picture pretty quiet. relatively mild with temperatures in the 30s in and around the boroughs. around the city, deep snow pack and colder. 25 sussex. a lot of the hudson valley in the 20s. clouds thickening up a little bit. the front may stirrup a brief snow shower or a mixed rain/snow shower deal. we're talking about 11:00 to 3:00 a windy later in the day with temperatures falling back into the upper 30s. rest of the seven-day forecast ahead. here's emily west with the latest for the commute. we had those earlier delays on the path train. everything is back to normal. your commuter checklist all looks okay. where it's not okay is on the roads on the van wyck expressway. a live look at chopper 4 having a nice view down below of traffic not moving. kai simonsen and the van wyck
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the backup is not moving at all. it goes back to jamaica avenue. they're wrapping up that crash in the right lane. looks like two left lanes are getting by. but it's going to be a very slow go on the van wyck this morning. trying to avoid it if you can. alternate side is suspended. more weather and traffic coming up on 4s. >> emily, thank you very much. 6:06 now. donald trump being called the elephant who was not in the room he came under attack even though he skipped the gop debate last night. >> i kind of miss donald trump. he was a little teddy bear to me. >> i'm a maniac. everyone on this stage is stupid, fat and ugly. now that we've gotten the donald trump portion out of the way -- >> senator ted cruz is seen there running second to trump heading into the iowa caucuses. that made him a popular target in last night's debate. at the same time as the debate was going on, donald trump was holding a fundraiser down the road in des moines. claims he raised $6 million for america's wounded veterans.
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attempt to steal t thunder from the fox newschannel debate. >> look at all the cameras. like the academy awards. this is like the academy awards. this is the academy awards. >> trump did appear with other gop rivals, mike huckabee and rick santorum. trump wanted to debate but he felt he was treated unfairly by the people at fox news. the "today" show is following all the campaign developments out of iowa. they're going to have a live report ahead at the top of the hour at 7:00 a.m. later today, mayor bill de blasio plans to fly to iowa to help hillary clinton. he'll knock on doors and do whatever is need today help clinton win monday's democratic caucuses caucuses. also today, vice president joe biden visiting new york city. he'll be in town to talk about the economy with governor cuomo this afternoon. the two will be at the mcbernie ymca on west 14th street.
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physicianly named the leader of the cancer moon shot committee. the newest attempt to close the pay gap between men and women. it will require larger companies to report what they pay the workers. federal government will collect that data. the information can serve as -- filing discrimination lawsuits against their bosses. in this morning's cnbc report, one of the biggest online retailers will be the focus of wall street this morning. landon dowdy joins us with the details and more. landon, good morning. >> darlene, good morning to you. you want shares of amazon today. they fell nearly 15% in late trading on thursday. after the online retailer reported earnings that disappointed wall street. the big reason, shipping costs. amazon spent more than $4.5 billion to get orders toe your door. projects like drone deliveries. meanwhile, pepsi is getting
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"the new york times" says the company is opening an upscale restaurant in chelsea. you won't find logos or products. it's called cola house. everything will be centered around the cola nut. it gives cola drinks their name. michael and darlene, i can't help but wonder what the specialty cocktails of the restaurant will be. >> not a rum and coke, right? >> i don't think so. >> all right. thanks, landon. >> thanks, landon. still ahead, uber about to slash prices in our area. not everybody is happy approximate that. we'll tell you why. >> plus, a new possible lead in the search for lauren spierer as the fbi raids a home nearly five years after the westchester woman's disappearance. plus, weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. a look at the tappan zee bridge.
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breaking news right now in brooklyn. police looking for a man who tried to abduct someone from a bus stop. >> this was yesterday afternoon. the man inside offering a girl a ride home. when she said no, the man tried to grab her. the girl says he was holding a wooden stick but she did get away. she alerted school security. we have a reporter and photographer on the way to that scene. we're going to update you as soon as we know more. 6:13. here are four things to know this morning. the man accused of threatening a woman on a brooklyn subway train before cutting her hand with a machete. >> ras nagarit is expected to face a judge today. shower rugs being recalled. it's the aqua rug with plastic suction cups. the government has received dozens of reports of people falling.
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close this weekend as part of of ongoing construction. it will close from 9:00 p.m. tonight through 5:00 a.m. on monday. the testing of the f-35c lightning jet caused the reverberations along the shore of num, on long island and even connecticut. it's 6:14. the sonic booms, we hope not to worry about them. maybe mixed with rain showers deeper into the day. that will be really from late morning through early afternoon. a mild finish to the month, though. that's another weather headline. rainy days next week, especially the middle of the week. no snow of consequence on the horizon other than the snow showers today. eastern long island, we're at 30 in hampton bays. freezing mark at east port. 37 in town. new jersey, a lot of low 20s. it's in these areas where the snow showers fall that they could dust the ground in a few
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in the city, i think it's mainly damp and across long island. these are the snow showers i talked about with the cold front. there's the storm system moving offshore. the one earlier in the week. it stays away. notice the movement of the snow showers moving more to the south and east. it's this area in here that might be an impact on us. it doesn't look terribly impressive. i'll show you on future tracker. we've got clouds. we'll get a little bit of sunshine early on before the clouds take over. future tracker shows it turns mostly cloudy after 9:00, 10:00 in the morning. this is noon. you see the areas of snow showers out there. 287 north of 80. best chance of getting a dusting on the ground. by 2:00 in the afternoon, the greens and pinks showing up. mix of raindrops and ice pellets mixed in. not a big deal. not a large organized area of precipitation. these are broken areas of showers there of mixed precipitation, rain and snow. it's all gone by 5:00, 6:00 and things start to clear on out. it turns windy and colder through the latter half of the day through the evening. 40 the expected high.
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need to bundle up if you're headed on out. chilly side to start the weekend. sun and clouds. 39 your high. the moderating trend. 47 sunday. 52 monday. brief shower in spots. groundhog day, close to 50. very mild but wet on wednesday. maybe even a thunder shower at 58. a bit chillier on thursday. emily west, let's get the latest on the commute. >> problem on the fdr drive. let's take a live look at the fdr drive where this accident takes up the left lane. you can see a lot of emergency vehicles flashing lights, definitely going to add to the delay. expect that slowdown. then we've got another accident on the van wyck southbound right near rockaway boulevard. kai simonsen live in chopper 4. looks like the right lane is blocked or maybe even the center lane now. you can get by on the right and the left lane. hopefully things get better. but that backup, it doesn't look like it's getting better any time soon. that stretch is pretty close from rockaway boulevard to
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that's a long, long stretch of congestion this morning. let's head to new jersey, garden state parkway southbound at 135. central avenue. accident there off to the side. then at north of the city on the taconic northbound on the ramp to the bear mountain state parkway. there's another accident there. the trains look all right. earlier path problems cleared. alternate side is suspended. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. thanks so much, emily. happening today, a hearing is expected for affluenza teen ethan couch. a judge will rule whether he should be placed in an adult jail or remain in a juvenile facility. the 18-year-old was deported to texas yesterday. he and his mother fled to mexico while he was on probation for a 2013 drunk driving crash that killed four people. investigators say the two left the country after videos surfaced showing couch at a party with alcohol drinking would have violated his probation. the people of flint, michigan, could get help from
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water crisis. lawmakers introduced a funding bill in congress to pay $400 million to rere-place the core corroded lead pipes. many of flint's children show signs of lead poisoning from drinking the tap water. 6:18. an emergency meeting planned to address the zika virus which officials say is "spreading three people in new york city were diagnosed along with four others in new york state. one in each of four counties. nassau, suffolk, orange and monroe. pregnant women are warned not to travel to two dozen zika infected countries. it leads to birth defects. in new jersey, workers beginning construction on a skyscraper that will overshadow many in man hapt. they broke ground on the condominium in the waterfront of the city. it's expected to take three years. china overseas corporation is building the tower, which will
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almost 200 feet. to give you perspective, those of you who have been here to rockefeller center, that building will be 50 feet taller than 30 rock. >> wow. big building. >> that's pretty big. pretty tall. up next, olympic gold medalist michael phelps, he shows us wa he did at a college basketball game to steal the show. >> you're going to personally imitate -- you're going to duplicate it later. a new breast-feeding benefit. why a study claims it could save thousands of lives a year. >> let me get this jacket off. follow us on facebook and twitter and instagram. michaelg4ny and darlene4ny. you're watching "today in new
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welcome back. 6:23. looking at the brooklyn bridge on a friday morning. it sounds like that plot from the old snickers bar commercial where a painter misspelled the team's name on the end zone. the super bowl 50 grounds crew fumbled the same job. they mistakenly both end zones with the denver broncos logo. you can see the orange showing in the bottom right of the screen before the panthers logo was added. the super bowl is february 7 ft. olympic gold medal swimmer michael phelps showed off school spirit and a lot more in arizona. he made a surprise appearance from behind arizona state's famed curtain of distraction last night. curtain is used during
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opposing players while making free-throws. phelps was there to see if it worked. oregon state, they were shooting free-throws. they missed both of the shots. good sport, michael phelps is to do that. >> i'd probably miss my shots, too. i mean, the speedo is itty bitty. it's like low rise hipster. >> as a competitive swimmer, you want to move through the water quickly. >> that's true. >> try to get the most aerodynamic thing. >> i think the guys next to him were the brave ones. that's kind of -- >> you won't do it next to michael phelps. >> he can expose himself to that degree. little more clothing recommended for today. not that cold but cold enough. temperatures generally in the upper 30s to low 40s. rain and snow showers coming through. definitely snow showers. we'll see raindrops mixed in. either way, doesn't amount to very much.
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colder toward the evening. overnight, the skies clear out. 26 the low. what about the weekend? not too bad. compared to last weekend, really good. some sun and clouds on saturday mixed a bit on the breezy side. chilly, upper 30s. that's seasonably cold. milder on sunday with a good deal of sunshine and temperatures back into the upper 40s. we'll start doing a little more melting. that continues into next week, too. >> this is good. we need it. lots of neighborhoods in particular, too. >> we have new problems with the fdr drive. accident southbound 106th street. two lanes blocked. let take a live look at the backup. how slow it's going to be. several emergency vehicles there. >> causing some delays southbound heading back into harlem river drive. it is pretty busy there. coming up at 6:30. the accident on the van wyck. new details on a frightening attack on the subway. >> an alleged subway slasher is behind bars this morning as the
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about these type of attacks. outside of the criminal courts with that story coming up. 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 now
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new this morning, we're getting a first look at the man accused of attacking a woman with a machete on the subway. >> new developments in the search for college student lauren spierer. hear what the missing woman's mother is saying about the new fbi raid in the case. plus, could see flurries today. storm team 4 will tell us what the rest of the weekend would look like. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everybody. 6:30 a.m. on this friday, january 29th. i'm michael gargiulo. i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in on chris cimino looking at that five-day weather. chris? >> always nice to say friday weather. good shape. we'll deal with a few snow flurries and raindrops later on. 37 now in chelsea. 36 at jackson heights. we're seeing low 20s across central portions of new jersey. 20s hudson valley.
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long island upper 20s. down along the jersey shore. it's cold enough to make snow, yes. you can see this area of snow shower activity weakening on its approach. not very impressive right now. this is a larger snow system that stays offshore and away from us. we've got the clouds breaking up. we may get sunshine early on before the clouds take over again. the brief mix of rain and snow showers anywhere from 11:00 to 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon. dusting would tend to be well north and west. with upper 30s and lower 40s. let's get to emily west in for lauren this morning. what can you tell us about the commute? >> not just one accident but two. one at 116th street in the right lane. once you get around it, you are still stuck. let's take a live look at the crash on the van wyck expressway. southbound at rockaway boulevard. so that is taking up the right lane. left lanes are getting by. that backup goes all the way back towards jamaica avenue and rubber necking as well.
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>> emily, thank you. 6:30 right now. breaking news in brooklyn. police looking for a man who tried to abduct an 11-year-old from a bus stop. it happened at albemarle rogers avenue. the man tried to grab her. the girl says he was holding a wooden stick. she got away and told school security. we have a reporter and photographer on the way. we'll update you when we know more. we have details about the man accused of slashing a woman on the subway with a machete. tracie strahan is outside the courthouse in downtown brooklyn. tracie? >> reporter: michael, overnight, we learned his name. ras nagarit. he threatened and slashed a woman on the subway with a machete-like object. overnight, we got a look at him. he was led out of transit police precinct coney island hours ago. the 37-year-old is now facing charges that include assault and menacing. after arguing with his victim on the train and telling her,
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this train" all before slashing her on the right hand. it's one of three subway attacks that happened this week alone that forced the nypd to start keeping track of this. they say that subway stabbings and slashings are up nearly 15% for the month of january. that's 286 attacks versus 249 this time last year. ras nagarit is set to face a judge at brooklyn criminal court today. michael, we learned overnight in. they released photos hoping the public would help find him. victim. she's said to be healing up. >> photos were very, very clear. no doubt that, may have influenced decisions. thanks so much, tracie. a new jersey man who police are calling a serial rapist is expected in court today.
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three women in newark and irvington and trying to rape a fourth. according to court record, the victims include a 13-year-old girl. police arrested and charged him yesterday. three men have been arrested who robbed a string of banks and gas stations across long island. suffolk police caught them last friday after a failed robbery at a shell station. a good samaritan actually followed the suspect's car, gave a description of it to authorities. together the men are suspected in eight incidents since december. new concerns raised about mayor de blasio's proposed changes to new york city's horse carriage industry. the mayor's plan limits carriage rides to inside central park and calls for a construction of a new stable there. but the head of the central park conservancy says the horses can be disruptive to those who visit the park. they're ex petted to vote on the proposal next friday. the snowstorm is deemed to be one of the most powerful storms to impact the northeast since all the way back in 1960.
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atmospheric administration rated the storm a crippling category 4. it rapgs now as the fourth most powerful on the snowfall impact scale. the administration raits storms based on how large an area was affected on the snowfall amounts and the number of people living in its path. i find it hard to believe it was a week ago, today we were getting ready for it. the storm impacting the mid-atlantic. >> it really did. when you think about what that one in 1993 did, chris reminds us that it dumped a foot of snow in georgia. >> yeah. that's why that's number one. boston got involved in this. this might have been around number three. it was baltimore, d.c. -- we're dealing with trying to clean it up. a few rain and snow showers. it's a dry commute, though. some clouds around. breaks of sun early before the clouds take over. then windy once the rain and snow showers end. skies gradually clear tonight.
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briefly. 37 right now. mostly cloudy sky in the city. 20s in the suburbs. again, we'll watch for rain and snow showers. snow showers north and west, city and coast could be that mix. nothing heavy anticipated or steady for a long period of time. for the weekend, we see moderation. more about that in a little bit. emily west, what's the latest? >> transit subways are fine. looks good. but to the roads where it does look -- it's not too great on the fdr. a live check. two accidents. one at 116th, another at 106th street. big delays. exit 15 and 16, that slowdown southbound. back to map. taking buses. especially new jersey transit buses. ult nat said is suspended. emily, thank you. >> it's 6:35 right now. now to the new developments in the lauren spierer case. the westchester woman
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college nearly five years ago. the fbi may have a new lead. "today in new york's" katherine creag is following this from the newsroom. >> the mother of lauren spierer wants to find lauren more than anything in the world. we are hearing from that mom for the first time about these new developments. a raid by the fbi. as you can see, their agents sifted through dirt in and around a house and barn in martinsville, indiana. they also had cadaver dogs. the property is near the indiana campus, the area where spierer was last seen. she was 20 years old when she vanished. would have turned 25 last week. once the residents of justin wagers, a registered sex offender. the fbi isn't say how she's connected to spierer. the mother had this to say. >> there have been so many waiting to hear, waiting it hear that never said it was --
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justin wagers, he's currently in jail in indiana awaiting trial on a public indecency case. at this point, the property they're searching is connected to the spierer missing person's case. they're not saying -- they will promise an up daft at some point today, darlene. back to you. >> katherine creag in the newsroom. it's 6:37 now. everybody talking about the candidate who was not at last night's gop debate. each as the other contenders made mention of him, of course. we're talking about donald trump. >> it's not about donald trump. he's an entertaining guy. the greatest show on earth. >> i kind of miss him. >> now that the donald trump portion is out of the way. >> that was senator ted cruz. he's just behind the polls leading into the caucuses. that made cruz a popular target among his rivals. candidates battled over their views on immigration. while the republicans debated, donald trump was raises money for veterans.
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he claims he raised $6 million for wounded veterans. some critics say it was his attempt to upstage his rivals. trump wanted to debate. then alluded to his battle with fox news. they've wanted me there and how about now? they called a few minutes ago. how about now? i said hasn't it already started? >> trump appeared with two of his gop rivals, mike huckabee and rick santorum. they failed to make the cut for last night's primetime debate. the "today" show is following all of the campaign developments out of iowa. they will have a live report ahead at 7:00 a.m. news 4's government affairs reporter melissa russo will be in iowa for the caucuses. look for her live reports starting monday. in queens, one father is considering a lawsuit after seeing a video of his son in a fight. that video posted to facebook shows two young boys throwing punches while an employee of an after-school program allegedly eggs them on. the employee, marcus cruz is out of a job.
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the man worked for a separate program and not for the school. but the father says still the school in his view is responsible. >> happening now, police are searching for a third robbery suspect in brooklyn. authorities say he held up a verizon store. then led police on a wild car chase in midwood. that chase ended when this black jeep slammed into a parked car. an officer shot one man who allegedly flashed a gun. police recovered weapons at the scene. secretary now in stable condition. there was a second suspect also arrested. a special honor for one of the nypd's newest detectives. police commissioner bill bratton presented officer connor mcdonald with a special gold shield with the badge number of retired detective brian mull her in. his father steven was on patrol in central park when a teenager shot him. he is paralyzed. but his family says he wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for mull hern.
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staten island ferry boat after a hometown hero who gave his life in afghanistan. army staff sergeant was a lifelong resident of new dorp. the 24-year-old was killed while shielding a wounded polish soldier from a suicide bomber in 2013. he was posthumously awarded the bronze star for his actions. the staff sergeant, ferry is, expected to join the ferry fleet in 2019. >> great honor. >> well-deserved. new uber rates about to take effect in a couple of minutes. we'll tell you why some people plan to protest, though, the new fare cuts. plus, weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. you're watching "today in new
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6:44 on a friday. we're dealing with temperatures in the city above the freezing mark in most areas. 36 in astoria. midtown at 37. sheepshead bay 36. yonkers, you're at 30. floral park, 32. staten island 29. 26 in madison. out across the island, lot of upper 20s to low 30s. down the jersey shore, temperatures upper 20s from long branch to around 30 point pleasant. surf city as well. east brunswick 24. cream ridge is 22. 16 in washington. further north and west we go, we're seeing a lot of 20s northwest new jersey. most of the hudson valley, interior sections as well in the 20s. it's cold enough to produce snow. we've got a few snow showers to the west of us. show you that on radar in a second. bus stops generally in the 30s early on this morning. mix of clouds and sun. by recess, snow showers and flurries breaking out mixed with a few raindrops in the city.
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breezy at times later in the day. >> falling apart more and more on the approach. as it gets closer, we'll see what's left of them. the clouds are breaking up. little area of dry air. we should see sunshine to start the day. rain and snow showers and flurries, sprinkles moving on through the midday hours. anywhere from 11:00 to 3:00 o 4:00 in the afternoon. clears out tonight. low temperatures in the 20s. with the wind increasing out of the west, northwest. it's going to feel schil i. bundle up. a mix of cloud and sun tomorrow. temperatures into the upper 30s. a moderating trepd after that. tuesday up to 52. we're talking about more clouds moving in wednesday. especially and maybe rain with a strong southwesterly wind. check out that temperature. into the upper 50s. it's not out of the question if the models are suggesting. we git a rumble or two of thunder. it's dry by tonight turning colder. chilly start to the weekend. sunday, monday looks fine and groundhog day tuesday. sun and clouds.
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back to slightly chillier weather on thursday. let's get back to emily west. any new issues? >> some of the same old issues and a new one. a vehicle fire causing delays on i-80 eastbound. it's in the local lanes at exit 66. two lanes are taken up there. the fdr, we've got a couple of things going. a live look from kai simonsen in chopper 4. we had an accident 106th which cleared. another one at 116th. looks like that is wrapping up, too. might each be out of the way. the delays are not -- looks like southbound. they stretch harlem river drive into the 150. it's going to be a slow go for you this morning. from the 150s all the way down to the points of the earlier accidents at 116th and 106th. both of those have cleared it looks like. back to the maps. southbound. this is not cleared. still there. rockaway boulevard. two lanes taken up. heavy towards grand central parkway.
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that belt. going to be slow as well. on the bqe disabled truck westbound by the williamsburg bridge. alternate side is suspended. in new jersey, a 6-year-old boy attacked by a raccoon could find out today if the animal had rabies. the boy was released from hackensack university medical center yesterday. he was walking to school in elmwood park wednesday when the raccoon jumped on him and clawed at his face. the man who was passing by used a pole to beat and kill the raccoon. lower income families with newborns are getting help from the state. the office of children and family services giving away more than 1700 portable cribs. this is for families who can't afford a safe place for their babe toy sleep. it education parents on preventing sleep-related deaths in new york state. thousands of child deaths worldwide could be avoided if more women breast-fed according
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it found universal breast-feeding can increase life expectancy and save more than 800,000 babies. there are benefits for mom too. it's said to provide protection against breast cancer. up next, why your commute could be cheaper starting today. don't forget to follow us on facebook, twitter, instagram. darlene4ny, and michaelg4ny. you're watching "today in new york." [car starting] [engine revving] [crashing]
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live look at the l.i.e. as it comes through queens. it's 6:51 right now. drivers planning to be outside ub toer protest the company's new fare cuts. uber scaling back fares by 15%. it starts in about nine minutes
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ub ander riders. it means uber drivers will make less money per trip. the new york taxi workers alliance is calling the fare change a wage cut. now, uber says the lower fares will actually help drivers make more money by attracting more customers. the "today" show in just a few minutes. we're checking in with savannah and willie to see what's ahead. good morning. >> we don't hear that. we probably said willie and savannah are so great, what's coming up on the show. >> let's tell them. guys, good morning to you. coming up on the show, donald trump's presence felt at the republican debate each though he was miles away. did his gamble pay off. did his absence help any of his rivals? a complete breakdown. >> the much anticipated new miniseries, the people versus o.j. simpson this morning. why the goldman family is not happy about putting the trial of the century in the spotlight. we'll take you where cell
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those stories and much more when we see you here on "today." hello. michael and darlene. >> there they are. >> we were just saying, willie and savannah are so great. let's see what they have coming up this morning. so funny. >> in fact, that was the roll coup we have for you. >> how long is it? >> 10, 15 minutes it's very tight. >> guys, thanks so much. have a great weekend. up next, chris will tell us if today's snow showers will stick around through the weekend.
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now to the breaking news we're following. a man who tried to abduct a child from a bus stop. >> a gray van near the corner of rogers avenue and albemarle road yesterday afternoon. the man incompetent side offering the girl a ride home. she said no. the man apparently tried to grab her. the man was holding a wooden stick. she alerted school security and got away. the man accused in a machete attack on the subway. >> tracie strahan is downtown with more on that. >> reporter: the man who allegedly told his victim, "i will chop you up on this train" is in custody. ras alula nagarit is facing charges after of assault and
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with a weapon wrapped in cloth. that woman has now survived that of attack, but he will face judge here at brooklyn criminal court sometime today. police told us overnight that he actually turned himself in. back to you. tracie, thanks very much. there's a possible lead now in the disappearance of the indiana university student in westchester native, lauren spierer. she's last seen in 2011 and last night, the fbi conducted a raid at a home in martinsville, indiana. fbi agents sifted through dirt and had cadaver dogs go around the property. officials expected to give us an update later on today. we know what caused the sonic boom that rattled houses from new jersey to connecticut yesterday. the navy says military fighter jets broke the sound barrier during maneuvers off the coast. the tremors from the booms felt from long island to southern new jersey. an amityville woman says it made her home creek while a homeowner in barnegat says it cracked his
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there were nine sonic booms over 90 minutes. the bayonne bridge will close as part of the ongoing construction project. the bridge will be closed from 9:00 p.m. tonight all the way through 5:00 a.m. on monday morning. let's check in on traffic one more time. hey, em. >> a lot of problems on queens have cleared. the delays are still. the van wyck accident is out of the way. the fdr southbound at 116th street, that accident is in the clearing stages. but the backup goes into the 150s and stretching and we had another accident at 106th street that cleared also. we'll find slowdowns. disabled truck on the bqe westbound near the williamsburg bridge in the right lane. delays continue past that toward atlantic avenue. the brooklyn bridge had earlier roadwork but it looks like that's cleared in new jersey. 80 eastbound. the local lanes, there's a vehicle fire here.
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that's near hudson street. exit 66. we did have report of a disabled truck on the turnpike western spur in the local lanes near the 18w tolls. still going to find slowdowns there too. >> wow. that's a lot there. >> i could keep going. >> tri-state area, yes, she could. thank you. we've got a variation of weather coming up. just a few snow flurries and showers west of us. not impressive across pennsylvania. seems to be falling apart. sun early. the green blob out there was a storm that we were worried about. it's going to miss us well out to sea. >> what did you think it was? >> never mind. 40-ish today. rain and snow showers midday. won't amount to anything. colder tonight. you'll need to bundle up as the wind kicks up and the temperatures drop. seasonably cold start to the weekend. better on sunday by the afternoon. 52 monday, close to 50 on groundhog day tuesday.
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