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ing has collapsed. there are at least 12 people hurt four of them critically and witnesses heard the explosion before the fire erupts, and the area is evacuated. and we'll bring you more information when it becomes available. this is unfolding in lower manhattan, at east 7th street in the east village section of manhattan. we are following developing news in philadelphia police are investigating a possible abduction in fairmount park this afternoon along sledgely drive authorities say that a woman was forced in the trunk of a 2004 blue pontiac about to hours ago. all we know is that the car had pennsylvania plates containing the letters jt it was last seen turning on girard avenue to kelly drive. dann cuellar is live at the
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scene getting information for a live report at 6:00. now the latest on the plane crash in the french alps, it's clear from the cockpit voice recorder that it intended to destroy the jet liner french prosecutors determined that the copilot. they determined that they locked the pilot out of cockpit, the plane is flying from barcelona when it went down, all 150 passengers and crew were killed. the third american victim is identifies as robert oliver and the others were yvonne and emily selke, emily was a recent graduate of drexel university. now david henry is live at philadelphia international airport with reaction to the crash from a local expert. >> people getting on the airplanes all over the world are wondering the same thing are the men and women in the cockpit
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qualified and how do i know that one of them is not suicidal. we spoke to a local expert about the germanwings crash. >> at no time should a single person be in charge of an airplane certified for to. >> it requires two people in the cockpit at all times, it's a requirement that is routinely broken by foreign carriers here in the u.s. it's it's law. >> not only the law in this country but the accepted procedure everywhere. >> lufthansa says the pilot did nothing wrong by temporarily leaving the cockpit, the copie lot was too inappearanced to fly alone. >> there are emergencies that could occur that a single pilot cannot handle. why leave him in that airplane by himself.
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>> lufthansa says the pilot that flew the plane into the mountain was properly trained and underwent psychological evaluations. even if they were it would not protect against a sudden death wish. >> there are incidents in the past where that vetting process has not been successful for the same reason we fine that certain people that appear to be well all of a sudden snap and do bizarre and harmful things. >> reporter: he says the only insurance is to make sure there is more than one qualified person in the cockpit at all time, but that may not stop a determined mad man. david henry channel 6 "action news." >> thank you. a member of the illinois national guard and his cousin are under arrest accused of trying to join isis authorities
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say that 22-year-old special hasan edmonds was arrested while trying to board a flight to egypt and his cousin was arrested at his home. the two spoke of using army uniforms along with military knowledge and access to launch an attack inside of u.s. and there is much more on both the germanwings plane crash and the isis arrest later on world news with david muir. at 6:30 after "action news" at 6:00. back here a 17-year-old is in critical condition after being shot by a gunman on a bike. it happened outside of a store. surveillance video shows the gunman riding up on the bicycle and standing on the street corner and one is hit in the head and torso several times he says that temple university hospital and the gunman got away and remains at large the
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teenage suspect, drove it into a house in northeast philadelphia, when he was cornered by police it happened at noon when officers followed the stolen car to the 1500 block of bridge street the driver backed up into one police vehicle and veered off into the sidewalk and trapped him on the street. instead of getting away he drove into a house the teenager was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. controversial adds are coming to septa buses official announced today they will -- despite septa being opposed to them. sara bloomquist is following this story. >> reporter: well, sharrie these controversial ads will start running on the side of septa buses as early as next week all because septa decided not to fight this issue anymore in court. >> these are the controversial ads you'll start seeing on the
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side panels of 84 septa buses as early as next week, it depicts a photo from the 1940s of adolf hitler and the text, islamic jew hatred it's in the quran. today the board announced. after careful consideration septa decided not to appeal the ruling. >> attorneys for the group that purchased the ads the freedom initiative. afdi says this was a clear-cut case of free speech and septa responded to the federal court's decision by changing its policy and now prohibiting all political ads anything that deals with an issue in the public any kind of individuals who are running for office -- >> septa acknowledges the ads may anger some and religious
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leaders said they appreciated the efforts to stop the ads and will do what they can to promote understanding. >> some individuals may refuse to gets on buses and wait for the next bus. >> people on the street had opinions. >> i'm all for free speech but not when it hurts other people. >> we have freedom of speech we can't necessarily do anything about that. >> now afdi is paying $30,000 for ads that run for four weeks only septa says they will work with any employees that refuse to drive these buses because they take offense to the advertisements, septa expects the new policy banning political advertisement will be challenged in court. i'm sara bloomquist, channel 6 "action news." >> all right sara thank you.
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today philadelphia's 40 integrity officers reaffirmed their effortses to keep city employees honest. they report any incidents of fraud or misdoneduct by city employees. today mayor nutter called the integrity officers an integral part of building trust with the community. lets go live now to matt pellman in the traffic center. >> thursday almost friday we are getting there as you try to get home are you encounter ago crowd on the northbound side of 95 and to the city and work zone in cotman avenue, this is the scene at girard and a slow pace we see so many afternoons. same is true for the schuylkill expressway, speeds like 19 miles per hour, traveling westbound by city avenue, nothing out of ordinary on the schuylkill this
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afternoon. the earlier issues we had on the lincoln drive with the crash on the northbound side, it's resolved and everything is reopened. improvement at fairmount park there. southbound on 202 there is a wreck at the dannehower bridge there, the wreck has cleared at the juniper bridge. and troubles in buck county at durham and new falls road, and don't forget newcastle as of yesterday the southbound lanes of 141 closed at 13 dupont highway, bridge work on the decks there. we'll check it again in the next half hour. >> thanks matt. still ahead on "action news" at 5:00 a tornado tears through oklahoma taking one life and destroying homes and businesses. we have the very latest. >> cecily the piece of the same system and a much weakened state is heading our way, after this we are tracking a return to
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winter. >> cecily a new grocery store is being built in delaware county and bringing hundreds of new jobs to the area, and those stories, and the massive apartment fire in new york city. we'll have the latest when "action news" at 5:00 comes right back.
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oklahoma's governor declared a state of emergency for 26 counties after tornadoes roared through yesterday. they led to one death and widespread damage, the person killed lived in the town of moore, a town that is no stranger to severe weather, one elementary school had much of its roof torn off and suffered water damage. >> we have been down this road before and we know what to do. and i am grateful that we have so many people that work so hard over the night to make sure that people were safe. >> a tornado that hit ploor back in 2013 destroyed two schools
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and killed seven students. in health check tonight, america's heroin epidemic spawned another health problem, an hiv outbreak in indiana governor mike pence declared an emergency in southern indiana, hiv cases have ballooned there since december. >> the average number of hiv cases on an annual basis is roughly five cases, as i stand here today we have 79 confirmed cases and more testing is being done. >> officials say that all the cases are linked to dirty needles and use. this means that drug users that use needles will be given hypodermic and clean needles for free and they have set up a command center for the substance
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abuse street. and it's food and drug administration is looking at evidence behind zicam and other remedies, they are not required to prove they have safe and that they work. but they have the same legal status as other legal medications but medical experts think they need more regulation. there is new information for an american health worker infected with ebola, they say that the patient's condition is upgraded from critical to serious the worker was flown to the nih from sierra leone where he or she was working and the patient's name age and gender has not been release. we want to start off with
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the breaking news, the fire and explosion in new york city. it happens in lower manhattan at 3:00 this afternoon and the fire quickly reached five alarms and four people are reported to be in critical condition a five story building in the east village, part of building collapsed and witnesses reported hearing an explosion.
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wegmans is hanging out the help wanted sign at its newest store. and it's still under construction set to open in november. wegman says 75 full-time positions are open now they range from customer service to emergency management, applicants can apply online go to a consulting firm in wilmington opened their new headquarters its located in wood lawn avenue it's open to fitness studios and it's all made possible thanks to funds
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with the small business administration and officials from sba delaware were on hand for a big check presentation and they talked about the affect on the state and local economies. a $40 million power ball ticket was told in north jersey it was born in teaneck, berbegan county. you can watch the power ball every day here on 6 abc. it airs after "action news" at 11:00. anna scott was born in 1915, that is one hundred years ago now the avid poet and seem stress lives on her own thanks to experts from an elder care company they celebrated her centennial by reading poems she
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had written and no birthday is complete without some cake. >> up next, we'll check the soggy forecast for you. as we head outside looking live from sky 6 hd philadelphia international airport cecily tynan has the details from accuweather for when we can see some sunshine. when you see weather or breaking news we want you to join the action. email your photos and video to or use the #6abcaction on social media.
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kids at south jersey got a lesson in weather forecasting, they met with chris sowers and he talked to the kids and showed them pictures of record snowfall that fell in boston. >> aren't we glad that is over with. we hope it's over with. now we have the accuweather forecast with cecily tynan. >> hi sharrie and rick, the winter chill is over with for today, it will be coming back over the weekend, but this is a live picture from sky 6 hd center city skyline, a warm front moved through with showers and rumbles of thunder and breaking out into the warm sector with pictures of sunshine and strong winds from the south and that is pulling out warm air, the 5:00 temperature for
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philadelphia, 66 degrees, wilmington 70 and millville 61 notice allentown 50 degrees, the warm front is advancing through allentown and sea isle city, only 50 degrees, swretd winds out of the south off the ocean and the ocean water temperature in the low 40s and that cools off the beaches and it is windy. the winds of change today 20 miles per hour in philadelphia and the same if wilmington and dover and sea isle city 21 miles per hour winds and trenton 15 we still have some patchy fog near the lehigh valley and poconos. and that will change as the winds pick up. stormtracker 6 live double scan showing that cold front that is out to the west, here is the most activity with that in the form of thunderstorms 48 lightning strikes in the past 15 minutes that cold front is moving in and notice north and west of that front in buffalo the winds are strong enough they are getting lake-effect snow as
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far as lake-effect weather, it put the western suburbs at a low threat of wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour, better chance we see lower wind gusts as the front moves through this is what to expect. don't put the umbrellas away just yet there are brief heavy downpours and winds gusting 35 to 45 miles per hour with rumbles of thunder and most of this will be occurring before 11:00 tonight. future tracker timing it out for you, showing at 7:00, this is when we get the line of gusty thunderstorms with the converging winds moving across the northwest suburbs, moving into the i-95 corridor at 9:00 and the line weakens and pushes into south jersey by 11:00 the problem with this front a wave of low pressure develops along it tomorrow and we don't get rid of it completely. future tracker showing tomorrow morning lingering showers and
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perhaps a few wet snowflakes mixing in and it takes the day to see peeks of sunshine and the clouds are the rule tomorrow. the five-day at 5:00 tomorrow lots of showers and clouds and the high struggling to hit 50 degrees and that feels warm compared to saturday and the high is 40 degrees and windchills in the 20s and 30s and flurries and snow showers around and sunday chilly and brighter, 48 degrees and monday finally back to where we should be for this time of year, 56 degrees and tuesday a late day shower with a high of 56 and adam looks for signs of milder weather coming up next in the full accuweather forecast. >> i'll help him look for signs. >> i'll volunteer. >> we'll all look. coming up in our next half our of "action news" at 5:00 we continue the coverage of the explosion and fire in new york city. >> it happened after 3:00 this
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afternoon, part of the building has collapsed and there are several injuries.
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"action news" at 5:00 continues now with breaking news from manhattan a raging fire and apartment building collapse in the east village, we know that at least 12 people were injured and four of those are said to be in critical condition and the fire department elevated this to seven alarms that means all hands on deck. this started at 3:15 in the east village section of manhattan some kind of explosion happened in the basement of a japanese restaurant and five to ten minutes later the front facade
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and to apartment floors next door collapsed and ten minutes after that, both buildings erupted into flames. here is what one of the building's residents had to say. >> glass blew across the street people injured all the way across. there were some good samaritans helping them and a woman trapped on her fire escape and they helped her get down and one guy after helping her ran off and it was starting to smoke and checking each apartment and the cops showed up and it started smoking heavily and flames ultimately. >> take a look at this this photo was taken by nypd's photographer the building behind it is on fire. there are more than 100 firefighters on the scene and they are trying to keep the
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flames at bay and this is still a search and rescue operation witnesses say they smelled natural gas in the air while this was happening. >> all right this is a look at the row of building you can see the sushi restaurant on the bottom left at the corner next door is north restaurant with apartments above it the next photo you can see is the lower levels of the next door building collapsed. right there. you can see the front facade completely blown out the apartments on the second and third floor and witnesses saw and felt a big jolt and shaking. alicia vitarelli is at the big board. people took to twitter to share their photos and videos. >> this is just incredible there is so much concern and
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fear there as the situation continues to change sharrie says it's a search and rescue and that is what is happening now, as the situation unfolds so does the live eyewitness accounts hashtag east village is trending on twitter, first responders are continuing their work there and the situation is still extremely fluid and winnie just writing pray for us please. there are eyewitnesss that there may be some people trapped. that is under investigation as fire officials and police continue their work there. jessica sharing these to photos they were taken up high showing the flames on the left and then the smoke sort of a before and after of course explosion and then a fire that followed. a lot of work as this fire is deemed seven alarm in new york city. eden postd this picture, writing, a second explosion
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happened and now there is new white smoke very scary you can imagine you are looking at the sky liven of new york city and seeing this plume of white smoke and on the ground hundreds of fire crews from across new york city responding to this as it unfolds there. >> a big talker and people are talking about it on social media to recap an explosion in the east village section of manhattan, that sparked a collapse and massive fire that injured at least 12 people tonight firefighters remain on the scene and we are continuing to follow this breaking news and will bring you updates as soon as we get them. we'll have an update online at and the latest on "action news" at 6:00. lets go to a live news conference there is the mayor talking about what happened. >> first deputy mayor and apd commissioner, and the president
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of con ed craig ivy, and senator brad hoilman, others will be joining us the explosion here in the east village affected four buildings they are 119 121 123 and 1252nd avenue the actually explosion occurred in 121 causing it to partially collapse and 123 collapsed as well preliminary evidence suggested a gas explosion that the investigation is ongoing, the initial impact appears to have been caused by plumbing and gas work that was occurring inside of 121, 2nd avenue fdy and first responders responded to
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the alarm incident and that is battling heavy fire conditions, and so far they have contained the fire to those four buildings that is an ongoing situation and of course con ed is at the scene. we have a hazmat operation responding to check for the environmental impact and the health impact the health department has information on its website, regarding any health risks related to smoke, that is a station is set up at ps 63 at east 3rd street and this is a red cross site now to support residents of buildings and residents and family members. we want everybody to know you
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request call 3 11 if you want to report someone that may be missing or check on the access of someone who has been identified so far you can call 311. at this moment we know of 12 individuals who are injured three of whom are in critical condition. again, this is a constantly evolving situation, 12 individuals confirmed injured in this incident three in critical condition. our thoughts and our prayers are with everyone of them and their families and of course we are praying that no other individuals are found injured and there are no fatalities, but that is an on going effort. >> we are listening to a news conference here in the east village section of manhattan, this is mayor deblasio talking about what he knows and thanks
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happened so far we look at the video from this explosion and fire and building collapse. according to the mayor 12 injuries, three of them critical an investigation is underway into whether this is a gas explosion. this is a seven alarm fire, and we are following it from new york city and bringing you information as it becomes available to us. >> meantime the man that murdered another man over a pair of beats head phones will live his days behind bars, garcia was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, after killing christopher massey, he said only intended to rob the victim. a 17-year-old who pleaded guilty to attempting to rape a lehigh university exchange
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student will spend 20 to 30 years in prison. he admitted he broke into the 23-year-old's bethlehem apartment last july and attacked her and tried to strangle her, the victim wrote a statement in part please do not let him harm anymore innocent people. and now a crowded feel for the people running for philadelphia mayor we will profile each candidate and hear their vision for the city's future. >> doug oliver greeting voter as long cheltenham avenue, a few blocks from where he group. he has a plan for revival for corridors like this. >> i would like to see a reduction in business and wage tax with a dollar for dollar
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increase so it doesn't hit homeowners but funds thing that are important to the city. >> oliver is the young of the democrat on the ballot this spring, a man on the rise mayor nutter's first press secretary and a top executive at pgw. >> i think we can look at keeping the city open later in certain neighborhoods and using additional revenue to fund our schools. >> at the end of day if we don't educate our young brothers and sisters in this city, if we don't employee them we can forget having a safe city, i have a longer term solution to it but short-term is policing education and jobs. >> mayor nutter did a good job during tough economic times but there is much more to do for philadelphia. >> investing in our corridors
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and investing in small businesses and working on relationships between police officers and the communities that they serve. >> doug oliver's war chest is all but empty, as he tries to get his message out to voters. doug oliver has impressed movers and shakers in this town. the question is will that kind of support come sooner or later? in german town, vernon odom, channel 6 "action news." >> once again we are profiling all six candidates running for the democratic nomination for mayor. the primary is tuesday may 19 and. time to get a check of the roads now mat pellman is in the traffic center. >> speaking of movers and shaker shakers we would like to move quicker. since i spoke to you a vehicle broke down north of here at allegheny and now extra slowing
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out of the city, a half hour travel time from the vine to woodhaven a crash at new britain and villa road remains closed indefinitely in hatfield a crash at butler pike and one coming from norristown from the southbound side of 202 at the dannehower bridge and slowing at the turnpike this afternoon as you head towards mid county. and a crash in upper oxford at newark road and newark a wreck at church man's road by michael's restaurant. back over to you. >> thank you matt. more "action news" is coming up when we come back.
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they honored an eagles legend today. here is jaime apody. >> the gloomy weather is fitting for a sad day as fans and friends turn out to pay respects to one of the greatest eagles of all time. they remember the life and legacy. he passed away at 89 the last of the 60 minute men and one of
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the toughest to play the game. tonight was open to the public and tomorrow's funeral will be private. >> he was an icon and anything you want for an nfl franchise this man represented. toughness and passion for the game and pride in the city and humble in every way. >> things going from bad to worse for the flyers they beat the black hawks 5-1 two key flyers are done. mcdonnell fractured his right hand and simmons was hit on the miles per hour play and fractured his right leg so now what do they do. a bummed gm ron hex answered
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that today. >> losing two good players never good. >> simmons managed to score his 28th goal in the first period unfortunately for zimmer will won't be more until next year. the phillies are putting the finishing touches on things cole hamels is on the hill, he had a hot and cold spring today was hot for sure, the rbi double from carlos ruiz scored the phil's own run and they lost 4-1. here is how he sees the team shaping up. >> every year is different you have new guys and guys that are gone. and position guys get older every year and team chemistry changes and have you to builds something in spring training and you go into the year and it's what it is and it's what you started and what you created and
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meteorologist, adam joseph is here now, it took a while and we got into the 60s today so far in philadelphia peeks of sun there now, but don't get used to it and a line of downpours moving in as we look at double scan live radar now a few lingering showers at the shore that passed through the suburbed of philadelphia and southern new jersey during the afternoon hours left of lancaster, a pencil thin line near harrisburg and these are
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downpours with a few embedded gusty thunderstorms, from this vantage point we are timing this line as it approached lebanon and parts of reading, expected to be near bethel at 6:23, moving west to east, at this point no severe weather with the line. temperatures are very mild, ahead of it near 70 in wilmington as well as dover and 64 now in reading, notice the shore only in the 50s, millville 61 and we have a very strong southerly wind coming off the bay and off the atlanticic, that is cutting the temperatures back and the ocean and the bay only in the 40s and that influences the air temperatures at the immediate shore satellite and radar the break of sun and this is one of the lucky spot as long the eastern seaboard, washington to philadelphia seeing a little bit of sunshine but this is pushing in from the west and it
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enters western chester and lehigh valley between 7:00 and 8:00 tonight it's a lot of downpours and gusty winds between 30 and 40 miles per hour and a rumble of thunder or two, by 10:00 it pushes south and east of 95 to philadelphia and close to millville and dover and generally falls apart by midnight as it approaches the shore where the air is more stable there. as we speed up time, the front stalls so we are not going to clear out for the morning rush tomorrow with more showers around 7:30 on friday morning and even wet snowflakes north and west of philadelphia tomorrow morning as colder air moves in behind the front what to expect here over the next few hours showers and downpours and even a thunderstorm, gusts between 35 and 45 miles per hour with the rain and arrives in the city of philadelphia around 9:00. then tomorrow evening, the jet stream dives back down to the south and the pattern we have seen this entire winter season
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where the west is warm and the east is cold and that trough known as the jet stream pushing way to the south sets up shop here at the beginning of the weekend, saturday afternoon here we go again 15 to 20 degrees below average. the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast morning showers tomorrow and then in the afternoon clouds linger at 50 degrees, many areas in the upper 40s winter like on saturday and windchills in the 40s and snow showers throughout the day and second half of the weekend, we are looking golden here with full sunshine and chilly at 48 and we are back into the 50s all of next week and the clouds fight the sun monday, tuesday and wednesday and wednesday is your driest day and showers monday into tuesday. winter comes back for a day and we get spring back next week. >> thank you adam.
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right now jim gardner and the "action news" team is standing by with these stories next at 6:00, we are following breaking news from new york city, an explosion causes a building to collapse, and police investigate reports here of an abduction in fairmount park. and see the four proposals for it's transformation next at 6:00. for adam joseph cecily tynan
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jaime apody monica malpass, sharrie williams i'm rick williams have a good night. jim kenney. son of a firefighter. first in his family to go to college. he's been councilman at-large, representing the whole city. a progressive voice who'll be a mayor for our neighborhoods. bringing philadelphia together... expanding pre-kindergarten improving our schools... ...and partnering with businesses,
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community colleges and universities to create jobs jim kenny, the block by block mayor we need to move philadelphia ahead. "action news" delaware valley's leading news program. with ducis rogers, meteorologist, cecily tynan and jim gardner. inferno in lower manhattan, this is the way it looked earlier today as flames engulfed the restaurant and apartments above and it spread to three other buildings and the flames were too much and the structure and one next door have collapsed. this all apparently began with a
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massive explosion and there is late word that gas workers were indeed working at the scene before the blast. three people have been critically injured. it is thursday night and the big story on "action news" tonight is breaking news in the east village in new york, this is all happening not far from washington square and new york university. abc news's lana zach is live from the scene. >> reporter: good evening jim a thick smoke hangs in the air here i admit my eyes are burning a bit we are several block away from the seven alarm fire and one person is still listed as still missing. >> the explosion and fire rocked new york's east village but the thick smoke could be seen for miles, the blast gutted a ground floor restaurant and gutted the building, the face of the building blew off from the restaurant al


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