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"today in new york" starts now. good morning everybody. 5:00 a.m. on this thursday, february 4th. i'm michael gargiulo. i'm darlene rodriguez. storm team 4. >> a little damp and dismal in spots. as you pointed out -- but it is incredibly mild. 58 degrees right now in murray hill. jersey city. same number. cooler at sheepshead bay where it's 51. at the hudson valley, mid-50s. interior connecticut. down the jersey shore all in the 50s. portions of new jersey now in the 40s. most of the heavy rain moved offshore. there's one little batch trying to fill in across eastern long island. we'll watch this area of showers in suffolk county within the next hour. otherwise, you see a few sprinkles out there. that's about it. lots of clouds today. maybe breaks by noontime. 52 degrees at that point. temps drop off a little bit. tonight, we've got a little potpourri. rain and snow.
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little bit. let's talk commute. how is it looking, lauren? >> very green on the roads for the most part. a disabled vehicle westbound by the kosciuszko bridge. watch out for that in the right lane. changes on the subways. uptown 2 and 4 trains running express from franklin to atlantic avenue. more weather and traffic on the 4s. lauren, we're going to tell you to continue -- if you head to the train right now, you might feel a nudge if you nod off. that's okay, it will be an nypd officer looking out for sleeping riders. we have the problem of sleeping subway riders and controversial solutions, tracie. >> reporter: michael, we're actually getting new details about another sub wap incident that happened at the 49th street and 7th street -- 49th street avenue station. a woman claims she was hooked by a sharp object, a needle.
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public's help in finding a suspect after holding a razor over a man who had fallen asleep. this is the sketch that police want you to see. you can see the man said to be in his 20s or 30s. he's involved in two subway incidents. the first one late sunday where a suspect pulled out a knife and slashed his victim in the hand during a tussle over a cell phone. the latest incident early tuesday where this man awoke to find a suspect standing over him with a razor in the pocket of his jeans were slashed. more officers will be on pa toll to look out for commuters sleeping on the subway. it's in the name of crime prevention they say. bill bratton said that officers will be on the lookout for things since half of reported crimes on the subway involve people who have fallen asleep. >> a lot of people tired, they work very hard. our officers are going to be instructed to start waking people up. asleep you make yourself an easy victim.
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that same news conference, commissioner bratton said that crimes are down. it's the subway incidents, michael, that they're concerned about. we'll try to talk to commuters about how they feel about sleeping. >> always nervous when someone nudges you on the subway and now that might happen more often. thanks, trace. the nypd officer accused of fatally shooting a man in a brooklyn stairwell could take the stand today. the prosecution is ex-pekted to call the final witness. the defense may call officer peter liang to testify. shawn landau, his partner took the stand on tuesday. he testified that after the shot was fired, liang immediately feared for his job. new video about a robbery spree in the bronx where one victim was tied and beaten. first police say thieves hit the metro pcs store during the snowstorm last month.
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men tied up a clerk at the chimmy chim wireless. they kicked him in the face and locked him in a restroom. today's state of the city address, mayor de blasio is expected to unveil a major transportation proposal. a new streetcar. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in downtown brooklyn with all the details. it's going to have a name, right, kat? >> reporter: yes. a streetcar named de blasio. that joke will run all day long. it was already said at least ten times in the newsroom. it's interesting where that tractor-trailer parked, darlene because that's precisely here on j street where it would go. it would go up and down j street. there are a few renderings. this is 16 miles up and down brooklyn through astoria queens and would hug the waterfront. it would cost about $2.5 billion.
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ferry stops, 17 subway lines and 37 bus stops. one woman remembered trolleys and she loved them. she loved the idea. this is what she said. >> it would be fantastic. i remember it back in the '50s when they used to be and my mom used to ride it. >> reporter: we'll hear from mayor de blasio tonight. adding solar energy, solar panels on 88 buildings in the city, including bellevue hospital, the queens museum. so many schools as well, darlene. the streetcar is something he'll talk about in the state of the city tonight at 7:00 p.m. back to you. >> katherine creag, thank you. time for a check of the weather and traffic on the 4s. chris says his fond mem rivets streetcars through ozone park. flooding back now. >> liberty avenue. >> the cobblestones. and the clip clop of horses' hooves. >> my age is showing. >> and your top coat.
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every man had a hat too. meantime, maybe the umbrellas out across long island needed this morning. shower activity lingering there. you could see it moving across suffolk county. really basically cutting the border of nassau suffolk on east. that's where the showers are now. west of that, just a few sprinkles. you may run into a spritz or sprinkle in the early morning hours, then it dries out in the midday. clouds will rule. but there could be a few breaks. still mild. we're in the 50s. another system brings us rain to go over to wet snow as we work our way toward tomorrow morning. we'll talk about the accumulation potential on the 4s. right now, 58 degrees. temperatures drop back into the low 50s and hover in the low and mid-50s this afternoon. clouds with limited sunshine. let's get over to lauren scala. find out what's going on for the commute so far. >> service changes on the 2 an the 4 are cleared out. if you are getting on the buses, just a couple of detours today.
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bus route 83 and 168. if you're getting on the roads, this just came in. we have an accident northbound on the garden state parkway. that blocks a lane. something to watch out for. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> thank you, lauren. police in germany raided homes and refugee shelters overnight searching for four suspected algerian jihadis, a berlin spokesman told us one received military training in syria, another may be a member of isis. police conducted the raids in three german states. they fear the men are planning attacks. now to decision 2016. it's the fight for the first primary state. new hampshire. as the saying goes, the gloves are off. "today in new york's" kerry barrett is here with everything going on. of the gloves are off, kerry. >> i know. i feel like they were off months ago. >> you're right. >> so much drama, so little time.
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a lot to get to on both sides. starting with trump and cruz. trump calling for a do-over now. the whole thing playing out on twitter because of course it is. he's accusing ted cruz's campaign of fraud after controversial voter mailers and reports that cruz staffers lied to caucus-goers by saying that dr. ben carson was dropping out. that was in order to gain votes for cruz. at least that's the allegation. cruz did call for the firing of those people. he has since apologized. his campaign spokesperson says the only reason trump is complaining is because nobody is talking about him after the iowa caucuses and that as a matter of fact suggested that trump go to twitter rehab. on the democratic side, hillary clinton, bernie sanders in a tug of war over which one of them really holds progressive values. the democratic nomination once for clinton. but that paper-thin victory in iowa and sanders holding a lead in new hampshire, as you mentioned, primary tuesday, there is an increasing sharp
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of them. >> i do not know any progressive who has a super pac and takes $15 million from wall street. >> we share a lot of the same big progressive goals. but we have different ways of going about them. >> all right. so tonight, of course, the first one-on-one democratic debate. just a founsed yesterday, a debate in march in flint, michigan where the city's water contamination crisis is getting a lot of national attention. >> it certainly is. you can watch coverage of the debate at 9:00 on msnbc. then you can also head to nbcnews.com. donald trump is being nominated for a nobel peace prize. the nobel committee in norway won't identify the american who submitted trump's name. they only say that trump was cited for his vigorous peace through strength ideology. that committee gets more than 200 nominations every year. the stage is set for bill cosby to stand trial.
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criminal case will move forward. cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting andrea constand. the entertainer promised that criminal charges would not be filed. that was a deal with the previous d.a. the judge ruled there was no viable deal. cosby planning to appeal that. new york is warning about fraud. this tax season. scammers making fake coals. governor cuomo says they threaten you with fines if you don't hand over your bank account. officials say you should look out for suspicious e-mails supposedly from the government. i received some of these calls myself at home. they're recorded. if you don't respond, you could be in a violation and they talk about the irs. of course, it's fake. it sounds believable to a lot of people. >> sure. 5:10 right now. the former drug ceo being told
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plus, a rare, closeup. why this video is causing so much excitement this morning. we're going to have weather and traffic on the 4s. as you look there at the brooklyn bridge. you're watching "today in new york." you can't see both at the same time. your trihonda dealers remind you to put down your device
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here are four things to know this morning. mayor de blasio expected to propose a streetcar plan linking brooklyn and queens. today, nypd police officer peter liang could take the stand in his trial. he's charged in the shooting death of akai gurley. more than 158,000 dirt devil vacuums are being recalled because of a shock hazard. it includes several models of the pet cyclonic upright vacuum. a new bike lane is coming to the upper west side between 72nd street and 110th street on amsterdam avenue. it's going to be reduced to three lanes. 5:14 on a thursday morning in february. it feels more like a may morning. 58 degrees already at this point. the temperatures not going up. they'll be sliding down. i think we stay in the 50s. early sprinkles city on west. couple of showers across eastern long island through the morning commute.
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it's dry into the evening hours. rain returns tonight. that will mix with and change over to wet snow. again, best chance for this from the city on south and east. the weekend still looks good. we're on track for sunshine. temperatures well into the 40s. long island. this is seeing a little bit of shower activity. eastport 53. back towards the city, in the upper 50s. connecticut same thing. down the jersey shore. cooler towards the west. this is where the chillier air is starting to wrap in. morristown at 45 degrees. school day forecast, a lot of clouds. could be a sprinkle at the bus stops early. recess is dry as well. dismissal times generally in the 50s. temperatures start to cool down into the 40s with chillier air as it tries to move in from the north and west. a front stalled out to the east of us. the main push of rain that came out is far to the east. you see this one little batch
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filling in across suffolk county right now. west of there, it's more of sprinkle activity through the hudson valley and new jersey and into the city as well. you may need the intermittent on the windshield wipers this morning. the clouds then thin out for a time. there may be a little bit of sunshine before the clouds thicken back up as a new wave of low pressure forms on that front offshore. there's rain about 8:00a 9:00. the emphasis from this point in the city on south and east. that rain changes over to snow as we work towards tomorrow morning. this is 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. between 3:00 and 6:00, the rain transitions from rain to wet snow. again, look at that fine line from the city on south and east. the darker shades of blue means the snow could pick up in suffolk county. maybe a couple of slushy inches there. the roads will stay primarily wet. been too warm. the storm forms to the south, moves up the coast. track will be critical. if it backs in more, we could see more wet snow and it could
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right now, we think wet snow, especially tomorrow morning, especially near the coast. slushy accumulation is possible. especially on colder surfaces and grassy areas. dry for the midday hours. the rain moves in tonight, changes to snow. snow winds down tomorrow morning. clearing in the afternoon. saturday and sunday look good. maybe another coastal storm to look at. monday night into tuesday, a touch of snow as it turns colder working into next week. let's work our way to lauren scala. find out about this commute in thursday. >> we've got this in. there is a 45 miles per hour speed restriction on the tappan zee bridge because of fog. we also have an accident on the garden state parkway northbound by the union toll plaza. that just blocks a lane. a live look at the brooklyn bridge where things are moving nicely on the span as well as on the bqe get sbog this area. no roadwork today.
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a couple of subway changes. everything is cleared out. commuter lines running on or close to schedule and so are the subways. more weather and traffic on the 4s. thanks, lauren. today the one-time drug ceo, now the focus of a federal probe, will head to congress but he might not say much. tracie potts is in washington with that. so many people talking about martin shkreli for so many reasons. >> right. from brooklyn to capitol hill today. we'll be talking about him here because he's not supposed to be talking at all. he's been subpoenaed to appear before a house hearing today along with some other pharma executives, the director of the fda. shkreli's attorney says he will plead the fifth. he was indicted and arrested on allegations of securities fraud. that he looted one of his companies to pay investors after defrauding them in hedge funds that he ran. he denies all of those charges. after being in federal court
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going to be fully exonerated. heinth's got a new attorney essentially telling shkreli to stop talking to the media. he told shkreli he would take the case if he stops talking to media. he's not talking but he's tweeting. check out the twitter feed this morning. there are pictures of what he calls the paparazzi on him yesterday. he's retweeting a bunch of things, even weighing in on hillary clinton's presidential campaign. so it could be a tough one for the attorney who doesn't want him making any public statements and while he may not be talking and he's not expected to talk before congress today, he's certainly out there giving some opinions on twitter so it's an interesting case. we'll continue to follow it. he's become infamous for this drug -- that pill that he raised from $13 to $750. now, congress wants answers about all of this. today they're not going to get them. >> all right. we shall see. thank you so much, tracie potts in washington. 5:19 now. an nhl player will be sitting out 20 games for cross checking
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week. video from this game shows the defenseman here. you see it right there. dennis wide man. he delivers that big blow. after the game, he was diagnosed with a concussion. he says that hit was accidental even though you see him raising his arms and the sticks for the cross check. he's appealing the suspension. if it stands, he's going to be out more than $564,000. on long island, an ailing seal pup is under the care of biologists after being rescued from the hampton bays beach. biologists say they received a call about the seal pup. they say they found the one-month-old pup on the beach, lethargic and underweight. biologists are trying to fatten him up and nurse him back to health. take a look at this shocking new video showing the only known wild jaguar currently living in the united states.
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living an elusive life in arizona. he's never been captured on video. the two conservation groups released this video yesterday. most live in central and south america. beautiful cat. >> really amazing. 5:20 now. ahead, we'll tell you what one college is doing to keep tabs on the health of its students. taking out the toy. what mcdonald's is putting in happy meals instead.
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welcome back. 58 degrees and it's february. looking at times square right now. 5:23. mcdonald's is skipping the toy surprise for their happy meals. they're giving away books through february 15th. mcdonald's will give out one of four books with a children's meal. they include the classic paddington. along with three other valentine's day themed books. it's fundamental. donated 100,000 books for the happy meals. what a great idea. all the students at oklahoma's oral roberts university are required to track their fitness through the use of a fit bit watch. fitness component has always been a part of the curriculum at that school. thanks to this technology, it's in the form of the fit bit. now, the automated tracking is required for incoming students. but the university also opened up the program to all students. that's interesting. a way of keeping track of people. i don't know if requiring --
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i'll tell you that. >> it's none of your business if i'm talking 10,000 steps a day. >> 15 to dunkin' donuts. >> but now you get a book. >> michael got upset when you said no more toy. he's okay with the book. reading is good. we're dealing with leftovers in terms of clouds and showers. a few sprinkles elsewhere. the clouds break up midday. it is mild. that 58 now. settle into the mid-50s. that 54 represents a mid afternoon temperature. colder tonight. another storm moves up the coast. starts out as rain. probably changes up to snow at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. wet snow through tomorrow morning. just a slushy accumulation in the city. more across eastern long island. the weekend picture looking good. partly sunny on saturday. 45. mostly sunny on sunday. a high of 46 degrees. you get 40s. we have 50s now in february.
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>> we are. thank you. lauren, what's going on? >> not much on the roads. a couple of minor problems. we'll head over to the maps. on the bqe heading westbound approaching the kosciuszko bridge, a disabled in the lane. a live look outside at the southern state parkway. out by eagle avenue for the long island commuters. plenty of cars westbound. things still moving along nicely. no major problems on the roads right now. lauren, thank you. it's 5:26. just ahead, the potential strike that could wreak havoc on the commute. >> plus, we'll tell you about a shocking comment allegedly made that a metro-north rider says she heard over the loud speaker. >> reporter: i'm katherine creag live in brooklyn. along with the subways and buses, imagine a streetcar here on j street. it would connect to queens and somebody that mayor de blasio wants to propose of the we'll tell you about it coming up. take us with you if you're headed out the door. download the "news 4 new york" app on your mobile device.
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the new plan is a throwback. where a streetcar could someday run in new york city. plus, a wake-up call. police are about to crackdown on subway sleeping. ted cruz is responding to
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why he says he now makes a habit of checking donald trump's twitter page. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everyone. thursday morning, it's almost 5:30. february 4th. i'm darlene rodriguez. i'm michael gargiulo. storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. chris, looking at one of the temperatures. you see the map there. >> it's crazy. >> 40s and 50s. >> upper 50s. this would be nice for highs. it's where we're starting out this morning. but probably at the high point. temperatures will slide a little bit. it's another mild day headed our way. 57 howell. red bank, jackson. 55 in point pleasant. cream ridge 58 degrees. up towards the north, not much colder. poughkeepsie 55. newburgh is 55. danbury, 56. very unusual for this hour of the morning. live storm tracker 4 radar, following some showers across, especially now central and eastern suffolk county. these are moving off to the north and east. behind it, a few lighter sprinkles in portions of new jersey.
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sprinkle. showers out east, they will end. the clouds break up by noontime. temperatures in the low 50s by then. the breeze picks up and clouds take over by tonight. we start out with rain. we could end up with snow in the morning. let's talk the latest commute information and lauren has it. >> we just got reports of an accident on the southern state parkway in long island. it's in the right lane. this is after deer park avenue, exit 39. things are still moving okay. not a delay yet. take note of that. a speed restriction on the tappan zee bridge. 45 miles per hour because of fog and rain. be very careful. we'll have more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. today, mayor de blasio will deliver his state of the city address. one of the biggest announcements is expected to be a throwback to the old days of new york city, a streetcar. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in downtown brooklyn. kat, good morning. >> reporter: darlene, good morning. it's that time of day you're
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merchandise to the businesses and they're not so thrilled to hear that a streetcar would be there where you see that truck parked where we are on j street. one of the artist rendering shows a streetcar here at this corner at willoughby street. there are other images showing it in other parts of brooklyn. it's something the mayor will talk about in his state of the city speech tonight. it would be 16 miles between sunset park to astoria queens. it would be very close to the waterfront. if this gets approved, it would cost $2.5 billion to construct. we're told it would be cheaper than creating a new underground subway station. the group, friends of the brooklyn-queens connectors says it would pass by ferry stops and bus stops and the goal is to have it rolling by the year 2024. one truck driver we talked with said this. take a listen. >> it's so hard to get around now with all the little island, bicycle lanes. now truckdrivers got to deal
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>> streetcars. >> with streetcars. it's like how how are you going to get your merchandise into the city? >> from streetcars to solar energy, something else mayor de blasio will be talking about tonight. solar panels. on 88 additional buildings in the city, including bellevue hospital, queens museum and several others. but a lot of people talking about streetcars, again. one of the stops here on j street. back to you, darlene. >> katherine creag, thank you. mayor de blasio's also expected to announce new development plans for governor's island. according to reports, the mayor wants mixed use facilities, including a cultural center. it will be geared towards technology, education and business uses. the mta is investigating a vulgar remark made about a student's suicide in the bronx. some commuters heard of the worker over the public address system on monday.
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student jumped on to the tracks at the botanical gardens station. according to online posts, the worker said quote, someone got hild. i hope the expletive suffered. another round of failed negotiations means a strike threat by new jersey transit train workers is still on the table. leadership met with members of 17 unions but nothing was resolved. the unions say they've been working without a contract for five years. all of them agreed to a strike. they could walk off the job on march 13th. all of the roads closed due to flooding during the evening commute appear to be clear once again this morning. the heavy rains and snowmelt filled the roads in lodi with water in new jersey, of course. flooding so bad on route 20 in paterson, the southbound plains were closed to traffic. in westchester county, it was closed. that flooding was in white plains. hopefully better this morning.
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the good thing is we've seen so much snowmelting in so many places because of the mild temperatures. >> it did melt before the big rain. if it came two or three days after the storm, the flooding issues would have been worse. we have better timing on it. the rain is winding down. a few sprinkles and showers. mainly sprinkles city on to the west. maybe some showers lingering across eastern suffolk county for the next hour or so. the clouds will rule throughout the day. but there should be breaks, especially from the city on west for sunshine for a little while this afternoon. still mild, though. in the 50s. tonight, another storm approaches with some rain going over to a mix of rain and snow. eventually wet snow we think by tomorrow morning. meantime, right now dealing with most of the rain moving offshore. there's the frontal boundary to the east of us. you can see that seems to be where the steadiest showers are. especially from the brook haven area. west of there, nothing more than a few spritzes and sprinkles. in the upper 50s holding steady at 58 degrees in the city right now.
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low and mid 50s for the afternoon. lots of clouds, limited sun. we'll keep an eye on the next storm. more on the commute, here's lauren. thanks, chris. a new subway problems. delays on forest hills bound h trains. otherwise the rails look good. on the buses, we have detours on the b 11 and bx 15 limited. nj transit commuter, bus routes 83 and 168. ferries, staten island ferry back in business today. seastreak has a couple of service changes. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. lauren, thank very much. nypd officers are being told to keep an eye out for sleepy subway riders. commissioner bratton says people dozing on the trains are contributing to the crime that happens underground. tracie strahan is in midtown where police say, tracie, it happened again, one rider fell asleep and became a victim. >> reporter: we heard about it on 49th and 7th avenue from last night.
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chances are, if you haven't done it, you certainly know someone who has. it's a rite of passage almost on the rail. subway incidents are on the rise, of course. that's what commissioner bratton says. this morning, police, however, are asking for the public's health in tracking down a man who they say victimized a man who fell asleep on the train. this is a sketch of a man wanted in two incidents. the first late sunday night where police say that suspect pulled out a knife and slashed the victim in the hand during a tussle over a cell phone. the latest incident happened on tuesday where a 37-year-old man awoke to find the suspect standing over him with a razor and the pocket of his jeans slashed. more officers will now be on patrol looking out for commuters who fell asleep on the subway and it's all in the name of crime prevention. police commissioner bratton says officers will be doing that because half of reported crimes on the subway involve people who have fallen asleep. >> we're going to be very
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use the subways, you might miss your stop, lose your wallet or iphone. might be the subject of a sexual assault. why put yourself at that risk? even though we will increase our patrols, uniform and plainclothes, i want to encourage in this area, give us help if you will. the old expression, see something, say something. >> reporter: the commissioner did say that subway crimes are up for the month of january. 206 last month as opposed to 151 last year at this time. a lot of people are saying this is something that victimizes the victims. people shouldn't be targeted because they fell asleep. instead, efforts should be focused on catching suspects. >> a lot of controversy about this and how we're going to do it. tracie, thanks so much. in presidential politics, donald trump is doubling down on his claim that opponent ted cruz committed fraud in iowa.
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mailings that he says were sent out by the cruz camp. trump called it a misdemeanor at minimum. cruz apologized after claims that his camp spread rumors that ben carson was quitting. trump spoke out. >> they are brutal. a bunch of dishonest cookies. >> i wake up every day and laugh at the latest thing donald has tweeted. because he's losing it. >> trump wants a do-over in iowa. meanwhile, carson's camp says he was the victim of dirty tricks. marco rubio says cruz would do anything to win. marco rubio is picking up the support of rick santorum. santorum ended his presidential bid yesterday. he had a poor showing in iowa's gop caucuses. rand paul is also out. but not endorsing anyone. not endorse ing anyone yet. instead erks focusing on his senate reelection bid. the democrats are going to go head to head tonight in a debate.
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bernie sanders agreed to this face-off on msnbc. the candidate appeared in a televised forum last night where sanders said that clinton cannot claim he's she's a progressive candidate. >> you can't go and say you're a moderate one day and be a progressive on the other day. >> under the definition flying around on twitter and statements by the campaign, barack obama would not be a progressive, joe biden would not be a progressive. >> sanders criticized clinton for taking big money contributions and speaking fees from wall street firms. you can watch coverage of the debate tonight at 9:00 p.m. on msnbc and you can also head to nbcnews.com. happening today, florida governor rick scott will update the public on the state's preparedness for the zika virus. yesterday scott advised it a health emergency in four counties. the counties are miami-dade in the southern part of the state, santa rosa in northwest florida, hillsborough county, including
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which includes ft. myers. florida has nine confirmed cases of the zika virus. some, wikileak founder julian assange may surrender to british police. right now he's holed up inside london's ecuadorian embassy. he appealed to the u.n. about his situation. he says he is going to turn himself in on friday, tomorrow. assange fears he could end up extradited to the u.s. as wikileaks released volumes of secret u.s. government documents. in the cnbc money report, honda expanding the recall of vehicles with faumt i airbags. it includes more than 2 million cars in the united states built with takata airbags. this comes after ten deaths were linked to the airbag defect, including nine in the united states. those nine deaths were in honda vehicles. honda alone has now recalled more than 8.5 million vehicles with those airbags. 5:41 now.
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mystery out west. millions of dollars are on the line. not a great start to the tabs season. the problem the irs is trying to fix. you may want to leave the heavy jacket behind. weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. it has to do with the temperature. leave it behind as we look at the brooklyn bridge. you're watching "today in new
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it's 5:44 on a thursday morning. temperatures in the 50s, upper 50s. holding at 58 in the city so far. roads are damp but drying out. times square, things moving along okay. we'll dry things out as we go through the late morning and afternoon. still a few sprinkles around. showers across suffolk county. you've got steadier rain. it will be winding down in the next hour or so. 58 variable wind right now. mostly cloudy sky. the weather headlines, couple of sprinkles and showers scattered around this morning mainly east of the city. then a break in the middle of the day. rain will arrive tonight. that goes over to some wet snow late tonight into tomorrow morning. but the weekend looks on track to be nice for this time of year. sunshine anticipated. partial sunshine both days. temperatures well into the 40s. we're well into the 50s most areas.
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out east, again, a lot of low 50s in the hudson valley. mid-50s at this hour. newburgh and poughkeepsie at 55. incredible. monticello, you dropped down to 43. chillier air is trying to work in in from the north and west. storm system that brought us the rain and frontal boundary offshore but not quickly, it's going to slow down and drop anchor east of long island. you can see one area of shower activity pushing across suffolk county to the west of that. it's just a few lighter sprinkles and showers but don't be surprised if you need the wipers the next hour or two. notice the clouds thin on out during the late morning and afternoon. we get breaks in the action with temperatures in the 50s. should be pretty nice. clouds fill back in toward evening. light rain breaks out mainly from the city south and east. again, notice the snow breaks out again overnight and toward tomorrow morning. the bulk of it is east of the city. that's the way we think it plays out. in terms of temperatures today,
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some breaks of sun. the rain going over to snow later on tonight with a low of 33. we see that mixture of rain and snow in the morning, ending in the morning hours. especially long island. temperatures low 40s. in terms of accumulations, you could see 1 to locally 3 on the east end of long island. this is overnight tonight and friday morning. just a trace to maybe a slushy inch on grassy areas in the city or just to the east of the city. not a big deal. just a nuisance tomorrow morning. then dry weather over the weekend. colder next week, though. 37 monday. another potential storm with a bit of snow later monday night into tuesday. meantime, let's find out about the commute. lauren? >> we have a couple of minor problems out there. long island, heading over to the southern state parkway. we have an accident westbound after deer park avenue, exit 39. that's in the right lane. things are moving nicely through the area. really something to take note of. delays are starting to build on the bqe because westbound
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at the kosciuszko bridge for a little while. it takes out a lane. delays back to the l.i.e. not too bad yet. a live look at the grand central parkway by the laguardia airport. pretty smooth sailing. might be exiting delays over there. nothing too crazy and alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. in brooklyn, thieves were caught on camera robbing a store that stayed open during the blizzard. bedford-stuyvesant. you see the snow on their clothes. it was piling up outside. one guy shoved a gun in the clerk's face. they took cash from the register and got away. if you have any information, call police. new jersey state police will patrol the streets of newark following a rash of homicides. newark mayor ras baraka announced this partnership yesterday as part of a 45-day plan to fight crime. this comes after 14 people were killed in homicides already this
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under the plan, newark police fire department and the office of emergency management will be reorganized into one department. the parents of etan patz are asking that a wrongful death conviction be reversed. they believe it was pedro hernandez and not jose ramos who killed their son after he went missing in 1979. ramos was never charged, but a civil court held him responsible for etan's death. second trial for hernandez is set for next month. the first one ended with a deadlocked jury. a terror group aligned with al qaeda may be responsible for the blast who blew a hole in an airliner. investigators say it looked like a bomb caused that hole. we're told one passenger fell out that of hole to his death. the pilot safely landed that plane in somalia tuesday after the midair explosion. a drifting cargo ship no longer poses a threat to the french coastline.
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the ship's crew abandoned it last week. they say the so-called moving mountain came within 30 miles of crashing into the shoreline. one california lottery winner is on the verge of missing out on a $63 million jackpot. officials say that winner has until 5:00 p.m. today to claim the prize. the winning ticket was sold back in august. one man says he bought that ticket. lottery officials rejected his claim. they say the ticket was too damaged to be reconstructed. the man has filed a lawsuit over it. the lottery officials say they're not aware of this lawsuit. there was a crash in california that left a car on top of a roof. a man suffered a medical issue while driving and crashed into a parked car yesterday at 4:00 p.m. the force of the crash launched his lexus on to the roof of a dee 2567d garage. firefighters freed the man from the vehicle and transported him to the hospital. they had to use a crane to get the lexus down. your tax refund could be delayed because of a glitch at
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the electronic filing system shut down yesterday. you can still e-file your returns using middleman companies but the companies will hold the tax return until the irs systems are working again, which could be as early as today. the irs says it could affect refunds but they don't expect major disruptions. ahead, new life for a piece of american history. could this become new york's next tourist attraction? and what could be coming to bus stops at that make the wait a little more bearable? >> follow us on facebook and twitter. darlene4ny and michaelg4ny. you're watching "today in new
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live look at the lincoln tunnel. people coming around the helix as it were. in an effort to make the military family friendly, the pentagon is offering to freeze eggs and sperm for troops. it gives soldiers the option of waiting to have a future family each if they're wounded in action. the program hopes to encourage women to stay in the military later in life. one military family, they got a lot bigger. >> mary pat and tony birch were expecting triplets. then an ultrasound showed a surprise. four babies.
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>> he was certificate informing south korea for all deliveries. he was there via face time. he met the four new additions on monday. they're a good size. >> they are. >> quadruplets. >> congratulations. >> i saw a woman once with a quadruplet stroller. it was the wildest thing. >> two and two. what she said to me, because of course i had to have a conversation with her. they were two sets of identical twins. >> wow. >> it was crazy. one in 25 -- >> one more, you have a basketball team. >> pretty much. you got the team. >> good luck to them as well and anybody dealing with that. in the meantime, we're dealing with just a little bits of spritz iness. a couple of showers. the clouds may break up for sun at times. 54. it's not a bad day. again, a mild one. keep the winter coat home. tonight it gets colder.
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up the coastline bringing first rain and then wet snow towards morning once we get past 4:00 or 4:00 in the morning. from the city on east, it seems to be the best chance of seeing that. the weekend planner, that system is out of here. saturday and sunday looking good. super bowl sunday. >> before buying the things we and -- >> i love that. >> you would think that stromboli today. >> i love my italian friends. get with it, come on. >> we have some subway delays out there. they're no fun. we love to eat but we have to talk about delays. delays on 71st avenue. forest hills bound. otherwise the rails look really good. a look outside at the belt parkway. things are a little slow going. there is a tractor-trailer out there that you can see. the flashing lights in the middle of the streen that shouldn't be there of course, because it doesn't belong on a roadway. that's causing delays in the area. lauren, thank you so much.
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countdown clocks are coming to hundreds of bus stops. the mayor is expected to announce the installation of 350 clocks. the size will use data from the bus time system which also has a smartphone app. happening today in new york city, they may answer the s.o.s. for a historic but dilapidated ship. they're set to make an announcement on the future of the s.s. united states. right now the liner is docked in philadelphia. there's been talk of bringing it to new york and turning it into a floating museum and hotel. that would be quite the transformation. >> it really would. it's 5:57. up next at 6:00, new records set at our area airports. we'll tell you how many travelers were in a new york state of mind. at 6:00 a.m., the search for a serial subway robber as they unveil a new tactic to reduce crimes underground. if you're about to head out the door, keep watching. download the news 4 app on your mobile device. we're back in two minutes.
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now at 6:00, don't doze off in your morning traid train ride. the nypd tries to curb a spike in subway crime. get ready for fireworks. hillary clinton's last chance to take on bernie sanders before the new hampshire primary. it's a warm morning, but some parts of our area could soon be seeing a wintsry mix. storm team 4 tracking all of that for us. "today in new york" starts now. 6:00 a.m., good morning everyone. it's thursday morning, february 4th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. lots to talk about in the weather. let's check in with storm team 4's chris cimino. i know we have something on the way. right now, chris, look at the temperatures behind it. >> darlene has to throw on a sweater. we lost a degree. it's dropping like a rock. hoboken is 56. we're starting to see a few 40s toward the west but still up in
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the cold air is wrapping from the west and southwest with the cooler air. some showers out across eastern long island, primarily this morning. a few lighter sprinkles in portions of new jersey. you can see the little bands of showers coming on through. the city could see one or two sprinkles in the commute. the shower activity is moving east and exiting eastern suffolk county. a lot of clouds. breaks in the midday hours. low 50s by noon. should be in the low and mid-50s for the mid to late afternoon. colder weather moving in tonight. we'll have to keep an eye on rain and snow. we'll have the details in a little bit. details on the commute shortly after 6:00. here's lauren. >> thanks, chris. we do have a couple of problems out there on the roads. heading over to long island on the southern state parkway, we have this accident westbound out after deer park avenue. that's in the right lane. you can see the roads are pretty wet. go. this also just came in. a debris still on the cross island. northbound out by northern boulevard, that's where that is. delays back on to the long island expressway. i'll keep a close eye on that.
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>> if you nap on the train during your commute, you may get an awakening from the nypd. it's part of a push to cut down on subway crime. "today in new york's" tracie strahan st. in midtown to explain. i think people wonder will it be bullhorn or like the tap that your mom gave you on your way to school in the morning? >> reporter: i think people don't even want to wonder about it. like i said earlier, it's a rite of passage when you ride the subway eventually you'll fall asleep. police commissioner bill bratton is saying give us some help. it's something that could prevent you from being a victim. it comes, darlene, actually as the nypd is looking for a man last seen here. they say he's contributing to those crimes. overnight, they released this sketch that they want the public's help in tracking down this man. he was last seen here after holding a razor over a man who did fall asleep on the train. he's wanted in connection with two incidents. one on sunday night where police say he pulled out a knife and slashed a victim in the hand
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phone. the latest on tuesday where a man awoke to find the suspect standing over him with a razor and the pocket of his jeans slashed. you're going to see more officers on patrol looking for people who doze off on the subway. they say it's in the name of crime prevention. the commissioner says half of the reported crimes on the subway involve people who have fallen asleep. >> a lot of people are tired. they work very hard. our officers will be instructed to start waking people up. by sleeping, you make yourself a very easy victim. >> reporter: of course in recent weeks, we've been telling you that subway crimes are up and the commissioner confirmed that yesterday. 206 reported incidents in january. that's up from 151 last year, darlene. again, on social media, people are saying that they're victimizing the victim in doing this. the enforcement, they haven't made that clear yet. >> tracie strahan, all right, thank you. the nypd officer accused of fatally shooting a man in a
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the stand at his trial today. the prosecution expected to call its final witness. the defense then may call officer peter liang to testify. liang liang's partner took the stand on tuesday and testified that after liang fired the shot that killed akai gurley two years ago, liang immediately feared for his job. in new jersey, a strike threat that could bring nj transit trains to a halt is still on the table. there was no agreement made in a meeting between nj transit leadership and members of 17 unions. the unions say they've been working without a contract for five years. all of them agreed to a strike. they could walk off the job on march 13th. most of the roads flooded during the evening commute should be okay for the morning drive. the southbound lanes of route 20 had to be shut down in paterson, new jersey last night. public works people were wading through up to 2 feet of water. heavy rain and the snow meting
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it difficult for drivers to see. >> all right, 6:04. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. so much rain giving people a hard time when they dry. have to take it slow. some fog this morning as well. >> that's what we're dealing with now. of the leftovers of yesterday's rain. fog out there and still a few sprinkles and showers, especially across eastern long island. that seems to be where the steadiest batch is. each in portions of new jersey and the city, we're seeing light showers pop up from time to time. sprinkles here and there. be aware of that for the next couple of hours. once we get to mid-morning and early afternoon, it will dry out for a time. what to expect, sprinkles and showers early. clouds will rule for the most part today. there should be a few breaks especially in the midday. it's mild and well into the 50s this afternoon. rain going over to wet snow tonight. that's going to be interesting. 57 right now. temperatures slowly dropping into the 50s this morning. leveling off in the middle 50s this afternoon. clouds and a few breaks. we'll talk more about that wet snow potential in a little bit. let's talk about the commute.
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>> no new problems at the moment. the same problems. the disabled vehicle remains on the bqe by the kosciuszko bridge. delays on to the long island expressway. it's also already a slow ride on the l.i.e. westbound through queens this morning. it's a little wet out there. people are driving more slowly than unusual. m trains are delayed 71st avenue forest hills bound ones. that's the only issues on the rails. the major commuter lines look good and alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect today. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> thanks, lauren. tonight, hillary clinton and bernie sanders go head to head for the first time as voters get ready for the new hampshire primary next week. it comes as a war of words escalates between the top two democrats. kerry barrett, a lot going on with the dems and the republicans as they get close to the new hampshire primary. >> indeed. it's ramping up. we'll start with hillary clinton and bernie sanders getting ready
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first time one-on-one ahead of the new hampshire primary on tuesday. after her win by a nose in the iowa caucus, the tongue getting sharper as they go back and forth arguing about who is really the standard bearer when it comes to progressive values. >> we share a lot of the same big progressive goals, but we have different ways of going about them. >> i do not know any progressive who has a super pac and takes $15 million from wall street. >> all right. so moving to the republicans now, donald trump calling for an iowa caucus do-over. he is pointing to some of the controversial voter mailers and allegations that the cruz campaign lied about dr. ben carson dropping out of the race to try and get more votes for cruz. cruz has apologized and fired the staffers responsible for this. his campaign spokesperson says trump is upset that nobody is talking about him after iowa. cruz himself said that he
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back to the dems now. a couple of more debates on the democratic side. one in april and may aside of course from the debate tonight. michael? >> kerry, thank very much. the debate tonight, nbc's chuck todd is one of the moderator was that democratic debate and coming up, he's going to join us live in new hampshire and preview the showdown and you can watch live coverage of the debate at 9:00 p.m. on msnbc. you can also watch a live stream online at msnbc.com and also on nbcnews.com. so choice of two live streams or watch it on msnbc. 6:08 now. a judge will allow bill cosby to stand trial. a judge threw out that there was a decade old deal between kos di and the d.a. cosby's team will appeal yesterday's decision.
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martin shkreli is expected to testify on capitol hill about the rise in cost of prescription drugs. the lawmakers are planning to ask him about the big price boost he ordered last year for a life-saving drug his company owned. the former ceo of touring pharmaceutical would like to berate congress members. instead, he's vowing to plead his fifth amendment rights. lite right now, wikileaks founder julian assange is holed up in london. that could change tomorrow when he expects to hear the results of the appeal to the united nations. if the u.n. rules against him, though, he is going to surrender to british police. assange feared being he sent back here to the u.s. to face charges related to wikileaks release of secret u.s. government documents. the mta is investigating a vulgar remark allegedly made by a crew member about a student who committed suicide in the bronx.
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address system when a fordham prep student jumped in front of a train at the botanical garden station. the worker said someone got killed, i hope the expletive suffered. the mta has not said if it has identified this crew member or if this even happened. a new video, we're learning about a robbery spree in the bronx where a victim was tied and beaten. first they het the store during the snowstorm last month. two men then tied up the clerk on white plains reed, kicked him in the face and locked him in the bathroom. both victims are expected to be okay. a lawsuit planned against the city if a law pass that is would restrict horse carriages through central park and ban pedestrian i cabs from certain areas. they say no part of the park can be used unless there's approval.
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6:14 right now. four things to know this morning. the nypd is adding more officers to subway patrols and those cops will wake riders who take naps on the train. commissioner bratton says subway snoozing puts riders at a higher risk of crime. honda expanding the recall of vehicles that may have faulty airbags. the move includes more than 2 million cars in the united states built with the takata airbags. more than 158,000 dirt devil vacuums being recalled because of a shock hazard.
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the total pet cyclonic upright vacuum. dirt devil offering free replacements. ben and jerry's going vegan. the ice cream company is launching a line of nondairy products that use almond milk. chunky monkey will be one of the items featured in the new line. works for me. >> 6:14 on this thursday morning. temperatures still well into the 50s right now. still a few sprinkles and showers early on. that will be the case probably up until 9:00 in some areas. then we get a break in the action. the sky could brighten. another system brings us rain that changes over to wet snow toward morning. so by this time tomorrow morning, there could be snow from the city on east in particular. weekend looks better, though. talking about temperatures well into the 40s and sunshine both days. 57 in the park right now. same number in long branch. 50s long island. through the hudson valley, still mid 50s. the further west you go, 30s in cleveland, 20 chicago, teens in minneapolis.
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north central portions of canada, we're talking getting closer to the north pole. 31 below in this area. the pattern will set up where a piece of that breaks off for us later next week. storm tracker keeping us on the damp side. eastern long island, in particular suffolk county. you'll you'll knee the rain gear there. the light umbrella, may need to pop overhead. if you want a shower or spripg will coming on through. once we're past 9:00 or 10:00, things dry out. there will be a little bit of sunshine in the afternoon. clouds roll back ton. light rain between 8:00 and 10:00. mainly across long island coastal new jersey. then that area fills in and turns over to snow. the latest trend is to take this further east that. would be good for the city. across long island, particularly suffolk county, the snow lingering at 10:00 a.m. even through noon, there could be leftover snow.
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extreme east end of suffolk county by tomorrow midday, this is slushy snow on the grassy areas. most roads going to stay wet. the city a trace. worst case scenario, an inch of slush. not really going to be a big problem. a reminder that winter is still here. it stays pleasant. mid 40s saturday and sunday. we'll watch the possibility of another storm. computer models have it all over the place. monday to tuesday, we'll keep an eye for another possibility of snow. let's get over to lauren scala. deeper into the commute you go, deeper into the problems? sniemts we we do have a couple of problems. it is a slow ride to work. we had a speed restriction in place on the tappan zee bridge because of fog and rain. 45 miles per hour out there. we'll show you what the roads look like. a live look outside. i'll shoal you it's slow going on the belt parkway. we had an unauthorized
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the delays have not cleared out. leave yourself extra time. the long island expressway, also in queens, slow ride headed westbound as you make your way past the grand central parkway. no reports of any problems but definitely a slow go. the inbound side of the lincoln tunnel, a 15-minute wait into the tolls at lincoln. about ten at the holland. the george washington is doing five or less right now. there are service changes for seastreak commuters. more weather and traffic on the 4s. the terror group al shabab may be responsible for the blast that blew a hole in an airliner over africa. that's what u.s. intelligence is saying privately about that attack. they say it looks like the huge hole was caused by a bomb. one passenger fell to his death when that blast happened. the plane managed to land safely in somalia tuesday after the midair explosion. new york real estate heir, robert durst will be sent to
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he's going to stand trial for murdering his friend there. yesterday he pled guilty to a gun charge. 'greed to an 85-month long prison sentence. he's accused of killing his friend, susan berman, at her california home in 2000. today in florida, governor rick scott will update on how the state will fight the zika virus. there are nine confirmed cases in different parts of the state. yesterday the governor declared a health emergency in miami-dade, hillsborough, that encompasses the tampa area. lee county and santa rosa county also included. rodents found inside an upper west side daycare. these images will make you cringe. concerned parents sent these photos to us. they showed droppings on the furniture at the guttered riverside daycare center at west 91st street. the health department recently gave it two weeks to remedy that situation.
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which owns the building has promised to treat the site weekly. homework is about to get easier for new york city students and cheaper for parents. according to the daily news, all the students get copies of microsoft office software. it normally costs $99 a year. it's free to students thanks to a new friendship between microsoft and public schools. families are supposed to be able to download it today. this is a great idea. i think as much software should be made available to students going to school and trying to learn technology. >> a hundred bucks is a lot of money for a lot of families. we'll tell you which part of the city has the fastest fdny response time. plus, a computer glitch at the irs. find out what it means for your tax refund. >> follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram. darlene4ny and michaelg4ny,
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welcome back. 57 degrees. 6:23 on a thursday morning. a new bike lane is coming to the upper west side. not without concerns. the added bike line on amsterdam avenue between 72nd and 110th street was approved by the board last night. but it will reduce car lanes from four to three and that will add to traffic congestion say critics. the debate over the bike lane has been going on for at least two years. a record number of passengers flew in and out of our local port authority airports in 2015. the preliminary numbers show more than 124 million passengers traveled through the port authority airports last year. so that's 57 million passengers at jfk.
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28 million passengers at laguardia. all in the same weekend. [ laughter ] >> that's exactly what it feels like, right? >> try to get anything at au bon pain that weekend. if you're going to have delays due to the weather, there might be a scattering of early delays. but it gets better in the afternoon. ceiling lifts a little bit. early showers. a little bit of sun in the midday hours. 54. clouds thicken up again tonight and rain breaks out, especially after 8:00 or 9:00 and east of the city. but then that rain changes over to snow as it turns colder. this time tomorrow morning, wet snow will be falling, especially east of the city. that's all gone by weekend. back to partial sunshine saturday. mostly sunny skies and sunday, temperatures in the mid-40s. can't knock that for this time of the year. still above normal. that will change. >> that will change. >> just a little tease that. will change. >> okay. lauren, what's happening? >> we have a normal morning commute today.
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>> no change. >> subway delays, the usual. i'll start with the subway delays. delays on 71st avenue, forest hills bound m trains. the good news, that's the only reported subway issue and the major commuter lines are fine. a look at the fdr drive on the upper east side. visibility not great this morning. things moving nicely on the fdr. i can't say the same for all of the roadways. i'll have more details in a few minutes. 6:26 right now. coming up next, big changes could be coming to the brooklyn waterfront. >> reporter: i'm katherine creag live in brooklyn where there could be a streetcar there on j street. something that mayor de blasio will propose. you'll see what it could look like and what commuters have to say about all of this. tonight, the two democratic candidates debate head to head. we're going to get a live preview from new hampshire. 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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the ambitious new transit plan that will be announced today. computer troubles for the irs. the glitch that could impact your tax refund. certainly don't need a heavy jacket this morning. but some parts of our area could be seeing snow. how could that happen? storm team 4 is tracking it for us. good morning everybody. 6:30 a.m. on this thursday, february 4th. i'm pike mike. -- michael gargiulo. i'm darlene rodriguez. weather mainly about the future. present time, no snow to worry about. temperatures in the mid and upper 50s. 52 jackson heights, the hudson valley, still clinging to the 50s. the shore, cooling off to the 40s. the temperatures will slide down a few degrees later on this morning and bounce back to the low and mid-50s this afternoon. rain we're tracking across eastern long island in particular. eastern suffolk county especially.
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there are still a few more showers in central new jersey, parts of the boroughs. you may want the light umbrella. then the clouds break up for sunshine in the afternoon. noontime, 52. should get back to a high of 54. the snow threat comes late tonight into the morning. the details coming up on the 4s. let's get over to lauren scala. she has something to say, i can tell. >> i do. things are starting to slow down through the city, in the bronx and queens in particular. we did get reports of flooding closures in new jersey. usual spots that we do see closures when we have flooding. the griggs town cause way shut down. black wells mills road between canal and the millstone river road. more weather and traffic on the 4s. lauren, thanks very much. there's a major new proposal to be unveiled during mayor de blasio's state of the city address. it can bring us back to the earlier days here in new york. katherine creag is in downtown brooklyn with the details.
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clanging around. >> reporter: right. this woman who loved trolleys is excited about this. not everyone so excited. namely, truckdrivers. imagine right there, on j street, that is where the streetcar would be where that truck is parked. up and down j street, that streetcar would travel. this is something as you said mayor de blasio would be proposing. the streetcar is shown here on this image. it would stretch 16 miles from sunset park and go up toward astoria queens. it would be very close to the waterfront and cost about $2.5 billion. the group friends of the brooklyn-queens connector says the streetcar would pass by 6 ferry stops, 17 subway lines and 37 bus stops. but there's mixed reaction from subway riders and drivers. >> it would be fantastic. i remember it back in the '50s. my mom kbrood
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>> it's so hard to get around with the islands and bicycle lanes. now truckdrivers got to deal with trolleys? >> reporter: so from streetcars to solar energy, what you will also hear from the mayor, solar pams on 88 additional buildings in the city, including bellevue hospital, queens museum. a lot of schools, michael. a lot of people talking about that streetcar. if all is said and done and the proposal happens, you'd have construction beginning around 2019. then that streetcar rolling in 2024. back to you, michael. >> still a couple years before it would happen. kat, thanks very much. happening right now, police are investigating reports of another subway attack. a woman says a man poked her in the shoulder with a sharp object last night at the 7th avenue 49th street station. police have released a skep of a man wanted for two recent subway incidents in manhattan. he's suspected of slashing a person with a knife sunday night on a c train.
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man's pocket with a razor blade on a 4 train tuesday morning. police say that person like others was sleeping when he was attacked. now, commissioner bratton says police officers will begin waking up subway riders caught snoozing in order to keep them safe. >> by sleeping, you make yourself as reflected in the crime stats, a very easy victim to lose your phone or your wallet or your clothing items. you're much more susceptible. >> commissioner bratton says more police officer both in uniform and undercover will be on patrol in the subways. all the roads that were closed during the flooding and the evening commute appear to be clear this morning. heavy rains and then the melting snow filled roads in lodi, new jersey, with water. the flooding was so bad on route 20 in paterson, the southbound lanes were closed to traffic as well. in westchester county, the bronx river parkway was closed due to flooding in white plains. 6:34 right now.
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the 4s. not on the floor. >> let's hope not. >> not on the floor. outside. >> give me another 15 minutes. might be weather on the floors. i'm not going to speak for lauren. yesterday turned out to be a mess. a lot of road closures and flooding. things are better now. leftover showers and sprinkles this morning. clouds will rule for the most part. we get a few breaks, especially from late morning into the early afternoon before they take over. we stay mild, generally in the 50s. rain develops overnight from the city on east. it goes over to some snow. again the main emphasis is across long island which is where the shower activity right now is mainly concentrated, especially eastern suffolk county as we zoom on in. the motion towards the north and east, this last little batch of showers in central new jersey to get through. after that, a spritz or sprinkle until 9:00. the low 50s this morning, the mid 50s this afternoon.
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a look at that and the weekend forecast in a bit. lauren has the latest on the commute. see, accident. >> make it nice and big. this is the southern state parkway into the seaford oyster bay. the accident has been moved to the shoulder. delays might be getting better. expect a slow ride westbound through this area. then heading over to the transit side of the commute, major commuter lines look good. delays on 71st avenue, forest hills bound m trains. otherwise, no other problems on the subways. if you are getting on the major commuter lines, doing fine. ferries look good with the exception of seastreak. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect citywide. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. 6:36 right now. new jersey police on the streets following a recent rash of homicides. mayor ras baraka announcing the partnership as part of a plan to fight crime. 14 people were killed in
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under this plan, the newark police, fire department and office of emergency management would all be reorganized into one department. in brooklyn, robbers used january's blizzard as an opportunity to target a store, one that stayed open in the storm. three men hit the pioneer grocery store in bedford-stuyvesant. the heaviest snowfall saturday the 23rd. video shows one suspect shoving a gun in the clerk's face and video shows them taking cash from the register and walking off. the parents of etan patz are asking that a wrongful death conviction be reversed. his parents believe it was pedro hernandez, not jose ramos who killed their son after he went missing in 1979. ramos was never charged. but a civil court held him responsible for the boy's death. a second trial for hernandez is set for next month. the first one ended with a deadlocked jury.
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several brooklyn neighborhoods. not fast in staten island. they released a list of the average fdny response times. this from 2013. the most rapid average response time just 2.9 minutes. that's in three brooklyn neighborhoods. slowest average time on the south shore of staten island. 6:38 right now. tonight's democratic debate is hillary clinton's last chance to chip away at bernie sanders' lead in new hampshire before the tuesday primary. nbc's chuck todd is one of the moderators of the debate. he joins us live now from durham new hampshire. >> good morning. accusing clinton of not being a true progressive. this is the first time they'll go head to head one-on-one. she says she has government know hou that's needed. what can we expect tonight? >> this is the split. on issues they're basically in agreement.
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agreement. it is about tactics. i think ultimately that's where this divide has come from. you see it in the democratic electorate. i think the reason why the only divide in this electorate, it's not by gender or race. it is by age. younger voters, bit more idealistic and wanting to push the envelope, they're attracted to sanders saying go big, go bold. don't let people in washington tell you, you can't get it done. hillary clinton is saying, hey, i know how hard this is. i'm a bit more pragmatic. i'm still a progressive. this is the fight. it's really over style and tactics more than anything else. so that's where i expect tonight's debate to continue to break down tonight. >> all right. you will be moderating that debate. i want to get into the republicans quickly. after ted cruz's showing in iowa, donald trump has been tweeting fraught allegations against. dr. carr son accusing cruz of spreading rumors. marco rubio saying cruz would do
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is this standard operating procedure or are these real allegation that is could be investigated? >> well, i mean, i'm shocked, shocked that a campaign did whatever it took to win an election. i think some of it is phony outranl because they want to step on cruz a little bit and make it so that he doesn't get momentum out of iowa. frankly, i think they've succeeded. i've gotten my hands-on private polling. cruz has stalled here. he hasn't gotten the iowa bump, even a few points you would expect. the guy who got the iowa bump according to private polling is marco rubio. is it enough for him to catch trump or get close to trump? that's an unknown. it may be enough to separate himself and get him to leapfrog cruz into second place here. it will be something to watch. >> chuck, always nice talking to you. thank you for joining us this morning. you can watch live coverage of the debate tonight at 9:00 p.m. on msnbc and you can watch
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clouds. a little fog and showers scattered around. especially east of the city. early sprinkles and showers will wind down between 9:00 and 10:00 this morning. we catch a break in the middle of the day and evening hours. it goes over to a wet snow overnight and toward morning. that's mainly again from the city st. on east. the weekend looks good. temperatures back in the 40s with sunshine. still in the 50s at this hour of the morning. 55 in astoria. 55 in harrison. 53 in avenel. staten island a little cooler. 40s north and west. sussex 47. chilliest spot is bridgewater at 49. that's not all that cold either. close to 50 across long island. you can see the back edge of the clouds sitting out across eastern pennsylvania. we've got several hours to go before we see a few breaks. most of the sprinkles are sliding underneath the city. the steadier showers moving across eastern long island. a good more to get through in suffolk county. that -- meantime, clouds linger. sun breaks at times in the afternoon.
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rain breaks out tonight and goes over to wet snow as we work our way towards 4:00, 5:00 in the morning. this time tomorrow morning, it will likely be snowing in long island. could be snowing in the city. a wet snow. temperatures in the low 30s. the roads are going to stay mainly wet overnight and through tomorrow morning. out east, maybe a little slushy covering on secondary roads across suffolk county in particular with the morning snow. it clears up in the afternoon with temperatures in the low 40s. not a lot of accumulation. especially in the city. maybe a slushy inch on grassy areas. as i said, the roads will stay wet. once you get into central and eastern suffolk county, 1 to 3 inches a possibility. especially the east end. mainly grassy areas. 40 to 50 with sunshine. a big change and trough. big trough is carved out. the jet stream sinks to the south. arctic air moves in. especially after wednesday to thursday, friday. we'll be tracking a couple of snow possibilities. one of those will be later monday night to tuesday. 50s today.
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snow late tonight. tomorrow morning. starting is rain. it's gone by tomorrow afternoon. a dry weekend. there's the next chance of snow monday night tuesday as it turns colder. let's see what the trend is on the commute. >> thanks, chris. not too many reports of accidents on the road. it is a slow ride today. visibility not great in a lot of areas. we have wet roads. we'll take a closer look at the bronx here right now. it's a slow ride on both the cross bronx expressway and the bruckner. it sort of opens up after webster avenue here. we're looking to see if there's anything going on. in the meantime, sit in delays until that point. we also have issues on the l.i.e. heading westbound. this is out by shelter rock road. once you get past this, we can see on the next camera, police activity on the shoulder. reports of an accident but getting into the next exit at shelter rock road, you're going to see delays. outside on the holland tunnel on the inbound side, 20-minute delay there. 30 minutes over at the lincoln and 20 to 30 at the george
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so again, you can take your pick. alternate side of the street today. michael. >> lauren, thank very much. happening today, a rundown dill dilapidated ocean liner could get a new life. there's going to be an announcement about the s.s. united states. right now that vessel is docked in philadelphia. there's been talk to bring it north here to new york, turn it into a floating museum and hotel. on long island, an ailing seal pup is under the care of biologists after being rescued from hampton bays beach. biologists at the riverhead foundation for marine research and preservation received a call about the pup. they found the 1-month-old pup on the beach lethargic and underweight. biologists are trying to fatten him up and nurse him back to health. take a look at the shocking new video showing the only known jaguar currently living in the united states.
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lieu siff life in arizona. he's been photographed several times the past few years but never captured on video until now. two conservation groups released this video yesterday. most jaguars live in remote parts of central and south america. it's a rare and special treat to be able to see one of those. 6:49 now. up next, find out which city has most attractive singles. it is not new york city. >> no? >> no, it's not. >> i think there's a lot of attractive people. you are good looking people. don't you fret. don't forget to follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram. darlene4ny. michaelg4ny. you're watching "today in new york," you good looking people
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welcome back. 56 degrees out. it's thursday morning. looking at times square. as we near valentine's day,
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index for single people. >> the travel site expedia wanted to know which cities offer the best dating. more americans say new york city is the best place to be single. followed by los angeles and las vegas. but we don't quite look as good as we think. the poll says l.a. has the most attractive dating population and then paris because of its beauty. was named the most romantic city. >> yes. >> they always get that. >> the heat index not what we thought. 6:53. i don't care. it's still 56 degrees out. the "today" show is coming up in a few minutes. hey matt, and saran a. >> hi, darlene and michael. we caught the middle of that. we're not going to try. coming up on a thursday here on the show, what about this drama on the campaign trail. ted cruz going after donald trump for demanding a do-over in iowa, while hillary clinton and bernie sanders face off in that town hall. we have it all covered.
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the messaging apps your kids could be using and you may want to delete them from their phones in the wake of that tragic story involving virginia tech students and the murder of a young girl. greek life on college campuses need a revamp. one student's video about why she quit her sorority is touching a nerve. that and a lot of things coming up on a thursday morning on "today." michael and darlene, back to you. >> thanks so much, guys. have a great show. >> thanks. up next, chris is going to tell us about snow in the forecast. but don't get too worried. >> we're not going to freak out. you're watching "today in new york."
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right now, nypd officers are on the lookout for sleeping subway riders as part of a new push to cut down on crime. >> tracie strahan is in midtown with more. a lot of reaction to this. >> reporter: absolutely. because it's unclear how they're going do it. but more officers will be added to cut down on subway crimes on the rise. it comes as the nypd is looking for this man, a sketch of a man last seen here at the 51st street station holding a razor over a man who had fallen asleep on the 4 train. commissioner bratton says half of all crimes reported on the subway involves passengers who have fallen asleep. it could make you more susceptible to becoming a victim but a lot of people are saying this is something that victimizes citizens. >> thanks very much. the nypd accused of fatally shoot a man in a stairwell could
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today. the defense may call officer peter liang to testify. nj transit workers could walk off the job on march 13th. there was no agreement made in an agreement between nj transit leadership and members of 17 unions. the unions have been working without a contract for five years. some changes could come to brooklyn and queens waterfront. >> i expect you on a trolley like the scene in full house. >> reporter: if only. i'll play the role of john stamos. the streetcar would be where that truck is located on j street. this is what it would look like. it would go from sunset park in brooklyn all the way up to astoria queens. it's something the mayor would be talking about in his state of the city speech. it's the goal is to have it rolling by 2024. 16 miles. darlene and michael, as you might imagine, mixed reaction
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to truckdrivers who don't. back to you. >> thanks so much, kat. lauren, another thing to keep track of. >> no comment. my traffic reports will get longer for you. we have an accident. this just came in. southbound on the merritt parkway exit 44. heavy delays through there. connecticut turnpike delayed in the same area. on the southern state parkway, an accident headed westbound by the seaford oyster bay expressway. delays here are an exit back. in addition to that, we have delays out there on forest hills bound m trains. that's the only issue on the rails this morning. >> thanks so much. lauren one more check of the weather, chris. leftover showers east of the city. areas of fog. clouds lipg nger this afternoon. we could see from a coating a slushy coating in some spots again. tomorrow by morning. we'll talk about a trace to maybe an inch. that's grassy areas. the roads stay wet. eastern half of long island stands the best chance of seeing
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