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clear look at the man wanted in a robbery spree terrorizing elderly people in brooklyn. donald trump doing damage control following the controversial comments about abortion. a flight diverted by turbulence is sent a drink cart flying through the cabin. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everybody. thursday morning, march 31st. i'm darlene rodriguez. i'm michael gargiulo. storm team 4's chris cimino is here with the forecast. chris, let's just say i'm happy you weren't on that flight >> i might never fly again. temperatures in the lofty levels coming up. march going out like a lamb. temperatures in the mid-40s. very few 30s. 50 in the city right now. we see a 36 in morristown and 38 in bridgewater. the hudson valley, 40s. there's cloud cover out there too. but thin spots out to the west. we'll see varying amounts of clouds and more clouds building later in the day as the storm
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that's the rainmaker headed our way for tomorrow. no rain today. nothing but milder temperatures to talk about. those 66 by noon. little lunch outdoors. hold on to the tablecloth. it will be windy at times. a high of 72. more about that in a little bit. let's get a check of the commute with emily. >> lincoln tunnel at tonnelle avenue, we're trying to get that out of the way. washington bridge, lower level, roadwork closing the lower right inbound. a closure between jersey avenue to tonnelle avenue. queens midtown tunnel, the north tube closed, south tube taking on two-lane traffic. more weather and traffic on the 4s. emily, thank you. 4:31 right now. a better look at the man behind a robbery spree in brooklyn. so far they know of eight victims. many of them elderly. the oldest one 91 years old.
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with a new video released overnight. tracie? >> reporter: darlene, there's been a lot of concern about this suspect in the area. now, these photos that we're about to show you were taken from a surveillance system according to the nypd. they're very clear. take a look for yourself. you can see the man wearing the black jacket he was last spotted in on ocean parkway and beverly road last saturday. he's also wearing glasses. that was the scene of his alleged fifth attack and robbery of an elderly victim in brooklyn since march 2nd. the latest victim of the alleged suspect, erin von shin dell, an 83-year-old woman, she was still swollen and bruised when she talked about how he followed her into her apartment, pistol whipped her. nothing was taken in that incident. but authorities tell us that elderly victims have been robbed of hundreds of dollars since this man started taking them at
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when you see a clear picture of him, we're expecting darlene detectives to be out here putting that photo up in this area. anyone with any information on who this could be, contact police immediately. back to you. >> tracie, thank you. people in oklahoma surveying a damage left behind by a tornado. the national weather service said it touched down several times north of tulsa. homes and businesses were damaged. the storms blowing the roof off a church during a prayer group meeting. nobody was hurt at the church. seven other people were injured elsewhere. one person in critical condition. new this morning, heavy turbulence forced the american airlines flight from dallas to memphis to land in little rock, arkansas. one passenger tweeted a photo saying he watched a drink cart land on a flight attendant. the picture shows where the cart hit the cabin ceiling. two flight attendants were taken to the hospital. they were treated and released. none of the passengers were hurt.
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new jersey. you may smell it when you step outside. it's burning in lebanon township off of rocky run road. take a look at the photos of the fire posted online. fire officials say they have it contained now. but not before it torched about 65 acres of a nature preserve. new york city is alerting residents not to be alarmed if they smell smoke. there's no word on how the fire started. >> time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, you're always amazed at just how the smoke from the forest fires, even in our area, you think of out west these it happens here. >> happens here. we have that west, southwest wind pushing it probably through new jersey in towards the city. you may smell smoke. but the good news is, in the next 24 hours, we'll get some rain in the area too. starting out at 50 degrees in the area. milder morning. send the temperatures to at least 70 from the city on inland.
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south facing shorelines across long island and connecticut. we'll see more clouds than sun out there. the clouds will build in later this afternoon. mostly clear right now. good starting point. by noon, at 66. by 3:00 at 72. still at 6:00 in the upper 60s. one more warm day. way. little bit. the latest on the commute. no big probable hems lems out there. >> no 1 train from dyckman to -- we do have the ongoing overnight track work on these subway lines this morning. then your commuter checklist looks great. everything is starting off fine. buses, we do have a couple detours, the ones listed here. everything else is good. you do have to -- alternate side parking rules are in effect. a security guard for a long island high school is not allowed back on campus.
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allegedly recording video of a teenage boy in the school restroom. this happened at roosevelt high school in nassau county. police arrested that guard. "today in new york's" katherine creag is at the school this morning for us. kat? >> reporter: michael, the big message from investigators is, there could be more victims out there. they want pop to come forward and -- people to come forward and alert police if they know of other victims. the suspect worked as a security guard here at roosevelt high school. he was arrested here at the school. this is daniel williams, he's accused of videotaping a 16-year-old boy using the bathroom at the high school. williams posted the footage on snap chat. a mobile app. he sent the video to someone who alerted the school. williams was arrested immediately.
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bathroom and did follow the t s student in and he was able to videotape the student in the stall using the facility. >> reporter: the 24-year-old williams is still employed by the school while the investigation goes on. parents, of course, are upset. he is not allowed to be on the school grounds. he faces charges, including unlawful surveillance and endangering the welfare of a child. we'll tell you, michael, where and how parents might be voicing their concerns. it will be -- we'll talk more about that coming up. >> thanks, kat. a driver is in custody after jumping a curb and hitting people. five pedestrians were hit t also hit a building. charges are pending. the police took the driver in for having a suspended license. it's not clear what made that driver jump the curb. in the bronc, the driver who ran over a teenager and kept going is still on the run this
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witnesses say they saw a car speeding down union avenue yesterday. then they saw the 17-year-old boy's body thrown into the air as he was hit. police say the car didn't stop until it crashed into a semi truck. that's when the driver ditched that car and took off running. >> he went 17 feet into the air. the guy that was hit. it was horrible. it was like scary. i didn't know what was going to happen next. >> the teen is at the hospital with severe head and body trauma. if you know anything about it, call police. we have new photos of people after an alleged break-in two weeks ago. they've stolen cash, bank cards, jewelry, electronics. at one point necessity even took a car. 4:38 right now. a new political firestorm in the race for president.
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from his comments on women and abortion. >> there has to be some form of punishment. >> for the woman? >> ten years. >> trump said that during a one-on-one interview with msnbc chris matthews, later his campaign issued a statement saying doctors, not women, should be punished if abortion is illegal. he favors banning the procedure. reaction to the initial comment was swift. >> i don't think that's an appropriate response. it's difficult enough situation. to try to punish somebody. >> maya angelou said when someone shows you who they are, believe them. he has showed us who he is. >> republican ted cruz tweeted, we shouldn't be talking about punishing women. bernie sanders plans to hold a rally in the south bronx today. he's looking for support ahead of the april 19th primary.
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campus of sunni purchase. that's going to happen in midtown manhattan. president obama will sit down with world leaders and look for ways to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists. the two-day summit is on the heels of the brussels bombing. the president's concern about terror groups like isis creating so-called dirty bombs. he wants better security around nuclear stockpiles. we're learning the name of an american killed in the bufls buflster bufls brussels attack. she was traveling with her husband. he's stationed in belgium. we don't know the name of a fourth american killed in the attacks. it is 4:40. just ahead. good news for commuters in the new jersey. the message from the governor. plus, only hours remain to buy a piece of papal history. we know what this is. you can park it in your driveway.
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up to own this car. the pope mobile. storm team 4 tracking a temperature spike. weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram, darlene4ny and michaelg4ny.
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it's 4:43. here are four things to know this morning. a new look at the man wanted for several robberies in brooklyn. many of his victims are elderly. we have good news for commuters in new jersey. governor christie says there will be no fare hike for new jersey transit. the governor says the agency, though, will have to close a $57 million budget gap on its own.
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morning, it's because of a large fire burning in new jersey. the fire is now contained. today is the final day to bid on one of the fiat 500s used by pope francis during his visit to the united states. there's the holy father. the auction ends at 3:00 this afternoon. right now, the top bid for the car is $250,000. >> and going up, i'm sure. 4:44. we're talking about temperatures going up today and tomorrow. big swings hided our way the next couple of days with these temperatures. warmer this afternoon. friday afternoon 70 or better. rain and thunderstorms moving through, tomorrow especially. the weekend gets windy and colder as we go into saturday night and sunday. much colder, too. we'll talk about it step by step. 52 right now in tribeca. 50 in city island. much milder than yesterday morning. 49 in sheepshead bay. north and west, it's a big change here. it's 43 in sussex.
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yesterday morning, we were looking at 20s in the areas. each out the westhampton, all that cold this morning at 44 degrees. we've had clouds go on through during the overnight hours. we've seen a wedge of clearing sky right in here. notice the last few frames, right there. we'll probably see sunshine at times today. especially the first half of the day. the thicker clouds out west and then the -- future tracker shows clouds thickening up by noontime. but still see a few thin spots. a little bit of dim sunshine from time to time. in the evening hours, 7:00, we're still dry. starting to see a few light showers well to the north and west. overnight, couple of light showers. by 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, the first round of rain. that will push on through. couple of leftover showers. the line back here is the actual front. that comes through tomorrow evening. between 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 across the area. there could be an isolated thunderstorm or two. gusty winds.
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it's mild saturday. -- another cold front swings on through. that will bring in the chillier air. future track rainfall coming out of this system. anywhere from about quarter of an inch to half inch in and around the city. higher amounts to the north and west. further south and east, lighter amounts. 72 the expected high in the city. out east, the southwest wind the highs across long island -- across inland areas. same thing happens again tomorrow. tomorrow will be a rainier day. we'll need the umbrellas from time to time. 60 on saturday. colder, windy at night. very strong winds sunday morning. could cause damage. keep an eye on that. in the 40s. a rain/snow mix by monday. emily west in for lauren this morning. >> a lot of roadwork is what we're dealing with. especially in the bronx. a cross bronx westbound, the bronx river parkway to the
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into the bruckner interchange. roadwork at the lower level of the george washington bridge. it's not too much of a delay. that lower level will be closed with construction until 5:00, the next few moments. also, this is the brooklyn bridge. traffic is moving along toward the cadman plaza. construction at the bridge and a look at the l.i.e. that westbound ride comes towards us and looks like that's moving along too. couple other construction spots. lincoln tunnel near tonnelle avenue, you'll find roadwork there, especially jersey avenue to tonnelle avenue, dealing with that construction this morning. the midtown tunnel, the north tube closed. alternate side meter rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thanks, emily. new york lawmakers are facing a midnight deadline to put together a new state budget. governor cuomo says they're working on a budget plan to
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york city to $15 an hour within three years. the current proposal is set to include $1 billion in income tax relief for the middle class over five years. the governor is proposing cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in medicaid for the city. a new budget deal reached in connecticut will lead to the layoff. the exact number is inu. unclear. some lawmakers say as many as 1900 state jobs will be cut. the first pink slips will go out in two weeks. even with the new budget agreement, the state faces a deficit of $900 million in the fiscal year starting july 1st. dannell malloy is hoping to attract north carolina businesses angry over that state's new lgbt law. that forces transgender people to use bathrooms that match their biological sex. a letter to north carolina business owners this week, it was told that connecticut employees and customers would
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institutional discrimination. happening today, some workers are expected to continue their strike at local airports all across the country. they are cabin cleaners employed by prime flight aviation services. they went on strike at kennedy new york airport. no flight disruptions are expected. in new jersey, the plan to switch flight pads at teterboro will begin today. they rejected -- asking for the trial to be delayed. officials are worried the flight path will send jets over schools and the garden state plaza along route 17. noise around hackensack university medical center will be reduced. this morning on long island, police caught two women trying to use fake movie money at stores in levittown. they're expected to go to court
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accused of using phony $100 bills. the women hit a parked car and a pedestrian while trying to flee the scene. the bills had for motion picture use only printed on them. in long island, a man accused of dumping toxic materials at several sites in suffolk county has cut a deal. he pleaded guilty to endangering the environment. prosecutors claimed he and his father dumped toxic materials in hauppauge and in brentwood. he will be sentenced up to three years in prison and have to pay for the cost of cleaning it up. the charges against his father, they were dropped. federal agents make an arrest during a raid at a synthetic marijuana lab that they say was hidden in a queens tire shop. agents stormed the tire shop in queens village on tuesday. they found more than 200 kilograms of synthetic marijuana known as k-2 or spice. it had a street value of
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there was one person arrested on a previous warrant for allegedly distributing cocaine. new york's police department is making changes on how it keeps the city safe. they announced the major reforms yesterday. comes after the investigation concluded that officers routinely used excessive force. they stopped african-americans more than other races and without cause. >> bad habits can become all habits. a culture can be changed. so we welcome it. >> among the reforms, retraining officers on conducting proper stop and search. training officers how to dee escalate situations instead of using force and the installation of cameras and patrol cars and body cameras for officers. two national cancer funds that you may have donated to were really scams according to the fed. four charities run by james reynolds, sr., bilked more than $187 million from donors.
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were spent on sala es. lavish fundraisers and vacations. yesterday reynolds agreed to a $75 million settlement and he agreed to dissolve two charities. the cancer fund of america and cancer support services. still to come, new findings about alzheimer's t could predict the disease years in advance. ahead at 5:00, despite recent troubles, chipotle is going to expand beyond burritos. pop, it's fizzling, the popularity. new findings this morning. you're watching "today in new
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wednesday, ouch. it's thursday. hold on, everybody. i apologize. >> that's better. >> it's thursday. >> it's thursday. we're one day away from friday. >> yes. >> talking about weekend. >> and april 1st. >> we're talking about going out like a lamb here. the end of march. >> a little lamb. >> we've got clouds and sun mixed today. more clouds as the day wears on. breezy and milder. 72 the high. but long island, connecticut, you remain in the cooler 50s. maybe a best low 60s in spots. watch for showers developing overnight in the upper 50s. another mild day tomorrow. it will be a wetter day tomorrow with showers likely. then a big swing in the opposite direction over the weekend. we'll start out near 60 on saturday. colder at night. overnight, there could be a few snow flurries in the area. saturday night to sunday morning, highs in the low to mid-40s. emphasize here, enjoy the 730s
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it changes by the weekend. >> okay. >> we do have fastrack that goes on through the week too. no 1 trains. you can take the ac or the shuttle bus. a live look at the belt parkway. you've got a pretty nice ride. >> thanks, emily. >> 4:56. for the 11th straight year, soda sales in the u.s. are falling flat. in fact, soda consumption is down to the low lest level since 1985. shoppers are looking for healthier alternatives with fewer calories. diet soda sales were hit the hardest with many trying to avoid artificial sweeteners. in news for your health, you will find out if you're at risk for always hiem zheimer's alzheimer's. they are finding a link between stiffening of arteries and the
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the signs that arterial damage can be detected can be as young as your 40s. women are turning to a sim will blood test to figure out if they can have a baby. doctors say it's a checkup for your ovaries. the test helps to predict fertility problems by determining the quantities of eggs a woman has left. but it doesn't measure the quality. >> one of the toughest conversations i have every day are for patients who have waited too long. >> women are born with 2 million eggs. by age 30, a woman's ovarian reserve will decrease by 90%. can spread the zika virus across the areas. doesn't mean they're going to cause a disease here in the united states. what you see there the blue and green map show the potential range of two types of mosquitoes.
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the midwest and the northeast. each if a mosk quito lives in a certain spread, it has to have the germ to spread zika. a judge ruled against most of the 28 property owners in ocean county trying to block a project. in the decision, the judge said the state department of environmental protection has a legal right to seize oceanfront property for shore protection purposes. a lawyer for the property owners called it an unlawful land grab. the results of municipal workers vote on a temporary plan in new york city. it calls for paying city workers every 28 days to put the shutdown on hold for another month while lawmakers decide on a long-term solution. governor christie wants the assembly to pass the legislation to allow the state to take control of the city. it's coming up on 5:00 a.m. if you're headed out the door, take us with you. >> keep watching "today in new york."
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app on your mobile device. our next hour starts right now. new this morning, a good look at a man who police say is holding up elderly people in brooklyn. plus, a school security guard order today stay home. what he's accused of doing inside a school bathroom. >> a casting controversy for the hit show hamilton. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everybody. 5:00 a.m. on this thursday, march 31st. michael gargiulo. i'm darlene rodriguez. chris cimino is here with the forecast. good morning. >> good morning, guys. starting out on the mild side. a good launchpad to get to high, lofty temperatures. some of the cooler numbers if you will. 51 in the city now. some 30s. this is the last of the chill in the northern half of new jersey. morristown -- you're down to 39 degrees. the skies cleared out. the temperatures a little -- you
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reveals more clouds to the west. they'll take over again today. eventually the showers across the midwest, they get in here overnight tonight. during the day today, no rain to worry about. brilliant sunshine in the afternoon. dim sunshine. 66 at noon. the high this afternoon of 72 degrees as the winds start to increase a bit. it's 5:00 a.m., straight up. let's get over to emily west. >> it's going to be a slow go on the cross bronx. between the bronx river parkway and the sheridan, you can see delays continue in toward third avenue. roadwork on the lower level of the george has wrapped up as well. lincoln tunnel construction getting in there around tonnelle avenue. some delays. the new jersey turnpike, it's moving along pretty nice near newark airport. we'll have more weather and traffic on the 4s. thanks, emily, very much. we have a brand new look at a man that police say is armed and dangerous and robbing elderly

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