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>> and we have a feeling that the anthem simone biles is about to hear, may not be the last time she stands atop the podium in rio. she has three more events. the vault on sunday. the beam on monday. and the floor on tuesday. she could walk out of here, or may be, with five gold medals. aly raisman is back in competition in the floor on tuesday. and she is the defending olympic gold medalist in that event. she won it in london in 2012. >> ladies and gentlemen, the anthem of the united states of america.
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>> teammates, close friends, medalists tonight in rio, biles and raisman. that brings us to a look at the medal count of day six. presented by mcdonald's, supporting athletes on their another big day and night for the americans, with five golds overall. while the united states owns more gold medals than any other country in olympic history, fiji won a gold in rugby for its first medal of any kind. a nation with a population less than delaware, fiji loves rugby like no other sport. children grow up with a ball in their hands. entire villages huddle around radios and small tvs to listen to or watch the national team
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15,000-seat national stadium. there you see it, in the capital city. and they watched the gold medal match won by their countrymen there tonight. meanwhile, turning back to the headliners here in rio, a group that included aly raisman, winning a silver medal and the performance of her life in the all around. raisman has five medals in her distinguished olympic career, three of them gold. tonight's silver for raisman, came on a night that belonged to rank among the best ever in their respective sports. over five olympics, michael phelps has set records that likely will never be broken. maybe not even approached. while over merely five days, simone biles has left an impression that will never be forgotten. two champions who once again tonight, not only won, but truly outdistanced their competition. still, there was another note-worthy champion tonight.
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african-american woman to win an individual olympic swimming medal. manuel, a 20-year-old from sugarland, texas, tied for the gold with canadian penny oleksiak, with sarah sjostrom of sweden winning the bronze. a rarity as the canadian and american national anthems are played. ?? ?? >> ladies and gentlemen, the anthem of the united states of america.
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?? up on late night. after late local news. and that program will include my interview with simone biles and aly raisman. for now, so long from rio.
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next on news 4 new york. >> construction site mishap. >> a piece of a crane slams into how did it happen. dangerous heat. a 12-year-old girl escapes a suspected child predator. her exclusive story next. ??? ??? ???
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??? when people ask me what it's like to win an olympic medal, i tell them, "you already know." the medals you've earned are all around you. your bronze. your silver. your gold. and liberty mutual insures them all. liberty mutual is proud to insure every team usa medal won in rio,
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liberty mutual insurance. construction site mishap. part of a crane slams into 3 world trade center, shattering a window. what sent it out of control? a 12-year-old girl's instincts kicked in when a man stairwell. plus -- >> the greatest rivalry in the history of u.s. swimming ends with two americans facing off one last time. news 4 new york starts now. and good evening, everyone. i'm sibila vargas. >> and i'm chuck scarborough. first we have heavy rain and flooding swamping parts of our area with warnings and advisories in effect right now.
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>> that's mainly in effect for much of northern new jersey into rockland county tonight. several advisories and warnings. flood advisory for northeastern new jersey into rockland county until 1:45 in the morning. we have flash flood warnings in effect for morris, sus eck, and warren counties until 3:15. and also to the south, over parts of hunterton and somerset counties until 12:30. another flash flood warning. the rain's been coming down at the rate of 2 to 2 1/2 inches an pennsylvania this evening and now it's headed towards the city. you can see it pushes all the way back to the west into parts of northeastern pennsylvania. now it's moving in on new york city. there will be pockets of heavy rain spreading over the boroughs within the next 20 to 25 minutes. so just be on the lookout. there could be some street flooding even in and around the city in the next 20 minutes. we'll track more thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon and again on saturday afternoon. and of course also the heat.
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105, maybe 110. i'll talk more about that in the forecast in just a few minutes. back to you. take a look at the fire that erupted from a lightning strike in new jersey. a bolt hit a power line, causing it to fall onto route 94 near highway 23 in hardiston. the fire is under control now, but the roadway is shut down while crews clean up the debris left behind. it should reopen sometime this morning. a life wire burned through a 12-inch gas main, but authorities say that everything is safe now. hundreds of peoplels restored. you can track the weather and pop-up storms on the news 4 new york app. download it in the apple app store or google play. the final showdown in rio. the two rivals head to head in the 200 meter individual medley. once again, phelps struck gold. >> and the gold rush did not end there. tonight an american is the all-around champion in women's
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bruce? >> reporter: chuck and sibila, what a night in rio. simone biles reaching the top of the mountain. michael phelps reaching immortality. phelps turned in a performance for the ages in the 200 im for his 22nd career gold medal. phelps in a showdown with ryan lochte for perhaps the final time. but the duel never dominant. after a brilliant breaststroke lap, phelps pulled away and won the race by a full two seconds. lochte finished fifth. phelps won the 200 individual medley for the fourth consecutive olympics. >> it's very special, being able to win 22 olympic gold medals. it's something you just dream of, and, you know, i've said this before, but i'm just living a dream come true. >> reporter: it was coronation
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absolutely brilliant as she roared to the largest margin of victory ever. she excelled on the balance beam, then dazzled on floor exercise. her teammate, aly raisman, took silver, but tonight was all about biles, who was nearly perfect. >> i'm feeling like a whirlwind of emotions, excited, happy, proud, of both me and aly because we both went out there tonight and both did our job. so i couldn't ask f >> reporter: and the shocker of the night was turned in by texan simone manuel, who tied for gold in olympic record time in the women's 100 meter freestyle. manuel becoming the first female african-american swimmer to win individual gold. >> i mean this medal is not just for me. it's for a whole bunch of people who have came before me and have been an inspiration for me. and for all the people after me who believe they can't do it. i just want to be an inspiration for others that you can do it.
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michael phelps seems to make history every night. so it was the old and the new in rio, and the old is still burning as brightly as the olympic cauldron. live in rio, i'm bruce beck, new york. news 4 new york. chuck and sibila, back to you. >> taking a look at the medal count now, team usa has captured the most golds to date with 38 total. in second place, team china has 30. japan has won2 we are your home for all of the olympic coverage. go to and click on 4 to watch. read up on all the athletes, the game highlights and the must see matchups ahead. a terrifying ordeal for a 12-year-old girl in the bropgs, ordered into a stairwell. news 4's ray villeda spoke with the child and is in mt. hope with exclusive details about what she instinctively did to get away unharmed.
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it all started on the elevator. that's when she came in contact with the man. he told her to follow him into the staircase. instead of listening, she started knocking on doors, asking for help. >> i think that if someone didn't open the door, then he would like kill me or something. >> reporter: she's only 12 years old, and already she's had that awful fear she might die. we're not showing her face or identifying her for the girl's safety. >> she was telling me to get out the elevator so i can follow him to the stairs. and then i said no. >> reporter: police say this the man responsible for inflicting that fear. about two weeks ago, the victim, who spoke to us with her mom's permission, was coming home from school. she got on the elevator. the girl held it open for someone she thought was a neighbor. instead, police say that man ordered her into a stairwell. >> then he said that if i don't follow him on the stairs, he would hurt me. and then i was crying. and then as soon as he said that, and then i started screaming, banging on the two doors, yelling for help, help,
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banging on apartment doors. an 11-year-old neighbor opened one. >> bring her into the house and asked her, and we told her to call her parents. then we called the cops. >> reporter: this young man and his mother also wanted to hide their faces since the suspect is on the loose. abraham and his mother comforted the victim as his father ran down to look for the man. >> she was very shaken. she was very -- she was shaken like very, very -- i had to put her on talking to her, calm down, he can't get to you anymore. you are safe. >> reporter: no sign of the attacker but police have a sketch. now a 12-year-old and her neighbors just hope for peace of mind and an arrest. >> sometimes i think about it a lot, and sometimes it scares me that he might do it to another person. >> reporter: along with that suspect sketch, police are also looking at surveillance cameras to get a better image of the attacker. if you know anything about this situation, give the nypd a call.
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villeda, news 4 new york. an accident at a construction site had emergency crews racing to 3 world trade center tonight. news 4's michael george is live in lower manhattan to explain what happened. >> reporter: we can show you exactly where that crane hit the building. take a look up there, way up on the 12th floor. you can see a cracked window. now, that glass is three panes thick. this was a potentially very serious accident, but fortunately no one tourists heard a loud crack from above as they walked near 1 world trade center. >> i heard the sound, like a boom, and i look up. the crane hit that part. >> reporter: what they saw was this. a thick piece of glass cracked on the 12th floor of 3 world trade center. firefighters say strong winds forced a part of the crane, called the ball and hook, to swing into the building just as workers were trying to secure it. >> caught a gust of wind, and it
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floor and hit a window. >> reporter: luckily no one was hurt. the building isn't occupied. construction company tishman tells us, quote, nothing fell or is in danger of falling. safety inspectors and authorities are on site and looking into the incident. and you may remember back in february, we had a very similar crane accident not far from here. that accident took one life and injured three others. the cause of this accident is still under investigation. live in lower manhattan, michael ge, homeless -- a hotel into a homeless shelter gets an angry reception in queens. opponents packs a public hearing tonight in mass pect, making it very clear they do not want homeless people staying at the holiday inn expression on 55th road. city officials want to convert that hotel tiny a homeless shelter in the next 60 days. they say more shelters are needed in queens.
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>> more and more homeless people. >> this shelter will be built over my dead body. >> maspeth city council woman elizabeth crowley is also fighting the plan. she says there are already three homeless shelters within walking distance of that hotel. the young man who climbed trump tower is charged with reckless endangerment and trespassing one day after pulling this stunt. 19-year-old stephen rogata is still undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at the hospital. he told police that he scaled the building because he wanted to meet the republican presidential nominee. on twitter, donald trump praised the nypd in protecting the people and saving the climber. and republican presidential nominee donald trump is doubling down on his latest controversial claim. >> i call president obama and hillary clinton the founders of isis. >> trump repeated that assertion
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clinton did not respond during a speech in michigan, but she tweeted, quote, anybody willing to sink so low so often should never be allowed to serve as our commander-in-chief. trump fired back during an exclusive interview with nbc south florida. >> she's a disaster. and, yes, he's a founder. he's a founding father. call him whatever you want. but because of him and because of her policies and her bad judgment, we have isis. >> at tonight's trump rally controversy, a man displayed a confederate flag with the words trump 2016 on it. when asked to take the flag down, the man put up an argument saying the flag is american. but eventual lip he complied. coming up on news 4 new york, taken by surprise. a woman is attacked while walking her dog in riverside park. the man police say put her in a headlock and how she fought him off. then another accident at another amusement park. this time a child is air lifted to the hospital after falling
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rockland county officials are calling attacks against two rabbis hate crimes. fireworks exploded outside the victims' homes in new city. around the same time tuesday night, a neighbor says she saw -- a device exploded next to a tree and sparked a fire. a woman walking her dog in
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she was able to fight off her attacker, and now police have a new clue they hope will lead to an arrest. checkey beckford has the new information from the scene of the crime. >> reporter: riverside park is popular with joggers, people riding their bikes. police say that woman was simply walking her dog when her attacker placed her in a choke hold. and now news 4 investigates has learned this park is no stranger to violent crime. it was around 5:30 last friday morning when that 48-year-old womaas placed in a headlock, police say, by this stranger, intent on having his way. >> i think it's disgusting and it's horrible that we live in a society where men commit these types of crimes, where we can't be safe just walking our dogs in the morning. >> reporter: the woman was walking her dog in the park near 107th street when police say the man asked for the time, then pounced. she managed to break away from his grip by hitting the man in the groin. but he placed her in a headlock a second time, trying to kiss
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police say the woman bit him, apparently hard enough to send her attacker running. >> i really think she's pretty brave because it takes a lot of a woman to even try to fight back her attacker because she's so scared. >> reporter: news 4 investigates did some checking and found the most recent nypd statistics show violent crime in city parks, excluding central park, is up 23% compared to the same period last year. the park rounding out the top five with the most violent park, with 13 incidents in nine months. >> there are some kind of dark spots, you know, and it's easy for people to kind of be over in the shadows. >> reporter: erin campbell typically feels safe walking her dog here twice a day and understands why in the dog days of summer, pet owners like the victim come early or late. >> it's so hot. people have to walk their dogs early or they have to go to work or whatever it is, you know. that's kind of like she should be able to walk whenever.
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years old. he was last seen wearing a gray shirt, khaki shorts, and white sneakers. anyone with information is asked to call crime stoppers. at riverside park tonight, checkey beckford, news 4 new york. yet another child is the victim of an amusement park ride accident this week. this time in western pennsylvania. a young boy fell from a wooden roller coaster. officials aren't saying exactly how this happened, but the boy was alert and talking with his family before he was flown to the hospital. the accident comes four d killed at a water park in kansas and two days after three children were injured after falling from a ferris wheel in tennessee. a warning tonight. if you recently bought cookies from the bakery department at shop rite, bring them back to the store. the fda issued a recall for country home's gourmet chocolate chunk salted caramel cookies and variety packs which also contain them. they were sold at the popular supermarket between july 19th and august 4th. the problem is they may contain
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macy's is planning to close 100 stores around the country. the chain hasn't announced which stores it's going to close, but it will be about 15% of the store base. macy's recently reported a decline in profits and sales. store executives say the closings will allow the company to focus on its best performing stores. a homecoming tonight for a brooklyn born legend. ? memories, light the corners my mind ?? >> remember that one? barbra streisand took folks down memory tonight at barclays center. the first of two concerts in her home borough. she sang hits from every decade of her career, plus songs from her new album. the second concert is saturday night. love that song. >> almost made me forget about the weather tonight, which we have to get to right now. well, the rain had not hit brooklyn yet. they had storms earlier today
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rain move in over the boroughs at this moment. tomorrow the same deal in the afternoon. more heat and humidity for several more days. here's a look outside right now. in the distance, it looks a little hazy. that's a shadow over low ur manhattan moving eastward now. still have warnings in new jersey. the heat, though, is also a big problem for us for the next several days. we saw it kick in today, and we have now an excessive heat watch for most of the tri-state area where the temperatures will f the way through saturday, maybe even sunday as well. keep that in mind. it's another sticky day ahead. isolated showers and tropical downpours are possible once again tomorrow afternoon and saturday and possibly on sunday. remember this air mass is from the tropics, all the way from the gulf of mexico. when you add that with the heat, it feels like 95 to 100. and when it rains, it pours when these downpours come and cause flooding.
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vulnerable, your children, elderly friends and family, and your pets. temperatures out here right now ranging across long island from the 70s in the hamptons to 82 in brooklyn at this hour. 83 in middle village. it's 82 in long branch where you've had showers. you cool down a little bit, well, 70 in monticello, but it feels worse than that because humidity levels are high in most spots. feels like the upper 80s to 90 in the city right now. here are all the flood warnings and advisories in of new jersey into rockland county. flash flood warnings where it's flashing here and also flood advisories until about 3:00 in the morning. so it's moderate rain that's moving over most of the city right now back to the west, though, we are seeing some heavier showers and up towards new rochelle, too. this will continue for a couple more hours. these storms are dying out a bit, and we're expecting things to calm down before sunrise, but not so much tomorrow afternoon. forget about the storms for a
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at 3:00 in the afternoon. same thing into saturday afternoon. 108. and sunday is no different. and if you're going to the shore, remember moderate to high risk of rip currents. you may want to stay ankle deep or knee deep and not go too far in. be near a lifeguard always. there could be thunderstorms at the coast in the afternoon too. run inside if you start to hear thunder. 90s for several more days, then 80s, but still humid. it's the middle of next week. t
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sailors competing in the rio olympics are brushing off concerns about polluted water. >> a belgian wednesday. but a spokesman for the world sailing says the illness appears to be an isolated case. officials have insisted sailing is safe in guanabara bay. we're not really focused on t. i mean it was a thought prior to when we came a long time ago. but you take necessary precautions and you go with the flow. so far, we've been all right. >> before the games, an independent study by the associated press showed high
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