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"action news" delaware valley's leading news program. with rick williams, sara bloomquist, and meteorologist, david murphy.
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good afternoon, in the news this noon, a terror suspect with ties to new jersey we are following his first court appearance in new york. and classes resume for students in montgomery county after their private school burned down. >> but the big story on "action news" is the aftermath of a four alarm fire that forced 100 people out of their homes this is how it looked as flames engulfed apartments yesterday in northeast philadelphia firefighters are still putting out hot spots more than 19 hours after the blaze broke out. this morning chopper 6 hd gave us a better look at what is left. the roof is gone and many people lost everything. david henry is live from the scene with an update. >> reporter: good afternoon sara, the recovery and the cleanup and investigation is underway you can see the damage behind me 116 apartments in this building destroyed by fire leaving almost every resident
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with nothing. >> it was awful. it really was, they lost everything. absolutely everything. there is nothing left, not even a back of the building anymore. >> the fire broke out at 4:45 and burned for more than three hours going to four alarms and residents went running for their lives and some had to be rescued from the upper floor balconies some suffered injuries but none of them serious. fierce winds whipped the flames into an inferno and it started in the basement and quickly worked its way into the apartment above. >> that is the first time i had ever seen that, i was with my mother-in-law and father-in-law. >> it was spreading quickly? >> yes. >> police shut down the i-95 on and off ramps to academy road
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and residents were initially sheltered into a nearby church and they were taken to a shelter at a nearby high school and they spent the night there. those that cannot stay with family or friends will be put up in hotels tonight. it's something they will never forget. >> horrible, a scary situation i am happy everybody got out alive. >> only lost property which can be replaced. firefighters know where the fire started in the utility room and now it's a matter of pinpointing how it started. >> "action news" invites you to join the action wherever you see "action news," send us yours videos and pictures on jointheaction@6abc.com. we have breaking news out of paulsboro, new jersey, where
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students and teachers have become ill here at paulsboro high school the reports came in an hour ago that the students and teachers reported feeling ill we are told that this school is adjacent to a refinery and according to authorities, there may be a refinery release on monday and some of the fumes may have been trapped inside of the school building and made the students and teachers feel ill. 16 students and two teachers are transferred to a nearby hospital and they are getting checked right now and a statement from the paulsboro police facebook page it begins attention residents, the paulsboro fire department is aware of an ongoing odor issue in the community, coming from the tank farm they are working on strategies to eliminate the odor, residents may receive
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nuisance odors as a result and they will do periodic air monitoring. they apologize and the police department and the ofsz of emergency management and the fire department are monitoring the situation. again 16 students and two teachers from paulsboro high school are transported to the hospital as a result of this refinery release. we'll continue to monitor this on air and online at 6abc.com. all right in other news, overseas 21 people are dead after a terror attack at a museum in tunisia at the bardo museum in the foreign capital. it includes tourists from jeremy and poland and they are looking for two gunman that escaped the scene no group has claimed responsibility for the afac.
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breaking now an air force veteran from new jersey was justs arraigned on terrorism charges, 47-year-old tairod pugh lived in cumberland county and worked in millville "action news" learned of his arrest and he pled not guilty in federal court. elizabeth herr joins us with the details from new york. >> good afternoon rick he was just arraigned within the hour here that arraignment lasted about 10 minutes, he pleaded not guilty to both charges and prosecutors say this case against him is primarily based on suspicious online activity. >> tairod pugh seen here in his facebook picture pled not guilty on charges of providing support to isis and obstruction of
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justice. according to the fbi pugh left the u.s. military in 1990 after four years of service and converted to islam in 1998 and then became increasingly radical in his beliefs, a co-worker at american airlines told the fbi that pugh expressed sympathy for osama bin laden and terrorists in west africa. >> there is no one community they can focus on. >> the 47-year-old is ridgely from new jersey his former landlord told abc he is shocked by the news. >> he did not strike me as someone that would go off the handle. >> he lived in kuwait and egypt and was arrested after trying to fly to turkey and his ultimate destination was syria. according to the indictment, pugh tried to destroy data on his thumb drive and laptop after his arrest.
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pugh's computer contained jihadi propaganda video including one with isis executing people. >> pugh is one of at least 20 people from the u.s. accused of trying to join isis in the last year alone. he is due back in court in may. channel 6 "action news." >> thank you. a school bus accident sent ten people to the hospital in burlington county on it's 700 block of wood lane road in west hampton. 10 people including children sufficient offed minor injuries. there is no word on the cause of this crash. it's possible that criminal charges may be filed against members of a penn state fraternity who allegedly posted naked photos of women on facebook. the fraternity is suspended for a year and some used an invitation only facebook page to most pictures of women without
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their knowledge some were asleep or passed out and a former member of the fraternity reported it and they call the scandal appalling and offensive. >> that it happened on the penn state campus is embarrassing and offensive for all students i think. >> this is one of several fraternity scandals under investigation around the country. school bells are ringing for students at a montgomery county school that was burned and destroyed this weekend. chopper 6 hd was above the burned wincoat academy this morning, an intense fire destroyed the school this morning at the college in melrose park. annie mccormick will have more on the makeshift location coming up on "action news" at 12:30, several parents who owe child
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support received a surprise visit from police nine people were arrested in conshohocken and philadelphia. in total the suspects owe more than $100,000 in unpaid child support to children that live in montgomery county. they were rounded up and brought to the courthouse in norristown. police are still looking for four parents that evated arrest today. the montgomery county sheriff's office is accepting tips on their locations. a millionaire murder suspect may be tied to other crimes the new search for evidence against robert durst. >> and a man saved by strangers how a sightseeing tour ended in rescue. and temperatures 35 to 40 and they are colder than yesterday currently 28 degrees and chillier this noon hour today than yesterday. how long does the cool air hang
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this is the one. accused murder suspect rob are the durst is in a center
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south of baton rouge capable of treating mental illess. meanwhile investigators are looking into whether he is responsible for disexperience of two teen girls in california. and a round of testing is underway to see if a letter to the white house contained poison. the secret service says the letter was tentatively positive for cyanide, it was discovered at a facility where items are routinely screened. the center says it's someone that is known to authorities and charges are possible. death threats were made to ambassador caroline kennedy, japanese media reports that the death threat came last month from a caller that spoke in
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english. the embassy is not responding because of concerns for her security. and an overhead sign sent a sign on to a bus traveling over the bridge at at time. the construction crew on the bridge dropped a steel pipe and it bounced off the bridge and hit a sign and caused the sign to come crashing down on the bus, some people suffered minor injuries a worker died thereafter falling 70 feet last month. sos i have three men in the water at the dock at patriot point marina. >> the charleston water taxi was first on the scene for a may day call for men overboard this weekend, the water taxi normally takes people out for dolphin watching and sightseeing they helped the man after he fell off the sailboat while having a seizure.
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and his friends jumped in to keep him afloat the water taxi quickly answered the call and pulled all three men out of water. >> we are in the business of showing people a good time, but working on the water that can change real quick. >> once on the boat the unconscious man came to the water taxi took him to a nearby marina where an ambulance was waiting to meet him. coming up taking off for cuba, the first direct flights to havana from the united states.
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all eyes are on the federal reserve today and give clues for the timing of a possible increase for interest rates any eventual rate hike could slow borrowing and a statement will come from the fed at 2:00 this afternoon. >> another health insurance company is hacked. 11 million people could be affected by primara blue cross names, social securities and bank account numbers could be exposed. they believe the breach began last may but was not discovered until two months ago. anthem exposed a hack attack
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that affected 80 million customers. cuba travel services are offering a weekly charter between jfk and havana they are offered by sun county airlines despite the eased travel restrictions americans still need a specific reason for traveling to cuba, there are 12 approved categories including jurnlism and family. a new report looked at 9,000 kids between the ages of 9 and 11 7% had high cholesterol and they were especially lacking in whole grains because heart disease can start forming as low as 2 years old and poor diet increases the risk. "action news" is working on news stories beginning tonight
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at 4:00. alicia vitarelli is in the newsroom with a look ahead. >> everyone has march madness now and so does president barack obama he made his picks for the ncaa tournament and today at 4:00 we'll show you the president's bracket and wait until you see what he is expecting from villanova. and a massive recall from an iconic food, the problem forcing kraft to pull its mac and cheese off store shelves and don't forget you can take us with you on the go if you have not already downloaded our 6 abc news app. >> see you at 4:00. >> thank you. your accuweather forecast is coming up. the world is filled with air. but for people with copd sometimes breathing air can be difficult.
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and anoro is helping people with copd breath air better. get your first prescription free at anoro.com. david here now with the accuweather forecast. kind of a trick day out there.
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it's sunny and you think it's warmer but it's not. >> and yesterday felt so much nicer. stormtracker 6 live double scan right now shows us that we are precipitation free and as we look outside, we have plenty of sunshine across the region sky 6 hd showing you center city nice and bright and you do need a coat outside it's cold and windy, 35 in philadelphia and winds out of the northwest at 17 miles per hour. and this time yesterday we were talking about numbers in the 60s, no more across the region right now 40 in millville and 40 in dover and 36 in trenton and up in allentown are you at 35 degrees not all that far above the freezing mark and strong winds from the northwest it feels like 20s in the region the sustained wind, 17 miles per hour in philadelphia and up close to 30 in wilmington and all of us are dealing with wind
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gusts of 20 or 30 or so. up in allentown, a lot of sunshine and a sweep of clouds every now and then. and a high of only 39 and windchills making it feel like the 20s, in atlantic city, lots of sun and windy a high of 44 degrees and in philadelphia not much different, 44 is your high with sun and occasional high clouds sweeping through and the northwest wind is running 20 to 30 miles per hour. 28 is the overnight low and the cold air that came in last night and yesterday comes in today and sticks around tonight. for afternoon commute, windy and bright and 43 by 5:30 and by 7:00 down to 40 dipping into the 30s after that and upper 20s overnight. tomorrow we start with sunshine and a high of 46 degrees, it's a chilly breeze as the high pressure system floats off the coast and down to the south the
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arrival of clouds and friday the precipitation associated with that low will arrive and it's cool enough up here in our neck of the woods we think it will arrive as a combination of wet snow and rain, future tracker 6 is holding it off until after the morning rush hour, this latest run has an isolate the spotty shower or snow shower in the morning. but most of the region is looking at wet snow and sleet mixing in and mainly rain at the shore and later in the day the rain line marches farther north and still snow in the northern and western suburbs, what are we expecting in terms of precipitation, up north wet snow and changing to rain in philadelphia and mainly rain down south most of the accumulation should be on grassy surfaces but it could make roads slushy and cover some smaller roads. 45 and windy and chilly and tomorrow sun giving way to
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clouds and a high of just 39 spring time arrives at 6:45 in the evening and a little bit after that, the union should end and hopefully it's drying out during the game and the first full day of spring with a high of 55 don't put the coat away just yet but we are back in the 40s way brisk wind. >> thank you david today mark a very big milestone for a popular board game, monopoly it's based on the real life streets of atlantic city, and played by an estimated $1 billion in 114 countries monopoly was born on march 19th 1945 when parker brothers acquired the rights to the game. there is more coming up on "action news" at noon, we are following the breaking situation in paulsboro new jersey where several students fell ill. and a camden man is facing even
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more jail time and we'll update the forecast for you.
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"action news" at 12:30 continues with rick williams sara bloomquist, and meteorologist, david murphy. hello again. woe are following breaking news out of paulsboro new jersey where a school is evacuated
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after children reported feeling sick and classesesume at wing wingcoat academy. first back to our breaking news story out of paulsboro new jersey, where students and teachers were evacuated from a school thereafter several fell sick and investigators think it's from an odor from a nearby refinery. eva pilgram is on the scene and has the latest. >> reporter: paulsboro high school behind me is evacuated at this hour, from an odor that came from the nearby refinery, we'll show you how close it is from the high school if you pan this way you can see they are neighbors right next door to each other. paulsboro police

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