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one of the world's largest planes clips another plane. good afternoon. i'm pat lawson muse. >> i'm jim handly. this was the scene. federal transportation officials have launched an investigation after this startling incident at one of our nation's busiest airports. >> last night an airbus a-380 taxiing toward the runway at jfk clipped a much smaller plane sending that plane spinning. michelle franzen has more on the investigation. >> delta's comair commuter jet looked more like a model airplane at jfk monday night, tossed around by the world's largest passenger aircraft after the left wing clipped the jet's tail. no one on board either plane was injured. air france passenger lawrence grott saw the small jet from his window seat but barely felt the impact. >> initially people just -- there was a few gasps and ah, sort of reaction but it wasn't too extravagant because we're
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such a massive airplane. and such a small jet. but it looked worse than we felt. certainly the people in the regional jet got a spin for their life. >> investigators say the giant airbus a-380 operated by air france was taxiing for takeoff to paris. the delta comair flight just landed from boston and was waiting on a rampway. ground traffic controllers at jfk were directing the planes. audio recordings reveal the moments right before the collision. >> comair, 563. >> former pilot and aviation safety expert john cox called the wing clip a rare event and said investigators will be focused on the ground control instructions and other key factors. >> was there adequate clearance between the taxiway and that ramp area for an aircraft of the a-380 size to be taxiing by at that time? >> the double-deck super jumbo jet has quickly become the long haul choice for air carriers
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since making its first commercial flight in 2007. but its massive size has also created challenges from extending runways to other special certification requirements to accommodate the giant airbus. michelle franzen, nbc news, new york. >> well, it's been a rainy day. there's been a battle between the clouds and the sun for most of the afternoon. >> yeah, some of us got wet, too. meteorologist doug kammerer joins us with your first forecast. hi, doug. >> it has been a wild ride during the day today. many to the north and west of washington woke up to a lot of rain early this morning. very heavy rain at that. south and east, not much was going on, however. then things flopped around. north and west on the drier side. now the south and east is where we're seeing that rain. you can see it on the doppler radar. let's take a look at graphics 22, guys. 62 degrees. that's the current temperature. winds out of the east at 15 miles an hour. we are seeing those winds gusting to 29 miles per hour. so we are seeing some rather windy conditions.
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and those winds will continue. temperatures have been fluctuating all day long. started off this morning, 64. then down to 57. back up to 67 and now we're at 62 degrees. yeah, what a day it is out there as far as this wild ride. and it will continue tonight. more showers definitely on the way as this area of low pressure is just sitting down to our south and west. it's not going to be rainy the entire time. if you are thinking about heading down to the nationals game tonight, i think you'll be okay. i think they'll get that game in. maybe a few stoppages but that's about it. look at frederick. only 55 there. near 70 toward fredericksburg in virginia. a big contrast in temperatures. as you make your way out tonight, keep the umbrellas handy. 59 by 7:00. by 9:00 and 11:00, talking about a temperature about 57. the temperature will not be doing much more over the next few hours but we are expecting at least some more showers from time to time. i'll be back in just a little bit to let you know when the heaviest rain may come through. >> thanks, doug. d.c. mayor says the act of
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civil disobedience last night that landed him in jail is just the beginning. he plans to continue the fight for budget autonomy for the district. tracey wilkins reports. >> reporter: there were tears of joy for mayor vincent gray when he was released from jail. >> this was a seven-hour ordeal we experienced over today and now into tuesday. >> reporter: the mayor's act of civil disobedience yesterday on capitol hill has once again put d.c.'s voters and their rights into the national spotlight. here in the district of columbia they are residents without full representation. hopefully they are educated, will continue to fight and e-mail their senators and congressmen to stand up and give them the same rights as we're fighting for overseas. >> during a protest that included more than 200 people on capitol hill yesterday, the mayor, council chair kwame brown and alexander bowser, brown, wells and bill were among 41
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people arrested and charged by u.s. capitol police with unlawful assembly for blocking passage on constitution avenue. >> the three of us were just in a cell on the slab waiting to be processed. and when we see folks who fought for us in the '60s, it's now time for us to fight for the d.c. residents to get the independence we deserve. >> the protest was in response to federal officials agreeing to a budget that would affect d.c. spending without consulting the city's leadership. cut something programs while adding others. changes that are all backed by the republicans. >> the importance of this, to me, is that we needed to make a statement that what has happened in this budget process and what has happened repeatedly to the district of columbia is just completely unacceptable. >> reporter: city leaders say d.c.'s budget was used as a pawn by president obama and democrats as they traded with republicans to fund the federal budget. residents we spoke with say the mayors and city council's act of civil disobedience was a good
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one. >> i respect that he had the conviction to get arrested and put himself at personal risk. >> it reminded me of like the '60s and that type of civil disobedience type of thing. i thought it was honorable. >> i think it was really brave thing for him to do, and i'm looking forward for him -- looking for residents of the city to take more action because this is very serious. >> reporter: yesterday's charges were misdemeanors. these folks can either decide to pay a $50 fine to deal with this or they can bat teleout in court. on capitol hill, i'm tracee wilkins, news 4. the spending battle over the 2012 budget is shaping up like an all-out political war. tomorrow, president obama will lay out his plan to break washington's addiction to borrowing. steve handelsman reports that the president's new plan will cut more red ink than his last
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one. >> reporter: where will he say we have to spend less? trillions less? for clues to the cuts, president obama will propose tomorrow, look at the cuts he agreed to friday night in the 2011 budget deal. details revealed today. pell grants for college students. race to the top for public schools were not cut. but the epa took a hit. highway repair funds were slashed. new high-speed rail got killed. but to deal with the deficit, much more will be needed. democrats and republicans agree. >> that means medicare, medicaid, fix social security. >> reporter: aides say president obama has a plan. >> he will provide the american people his vision for long-term deficit reduction. >> reporter: republicans want more than a vision. >> let's say the numbers. >> and until he indicates he's willing to sign something, it's all just talk.
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>> hard numbers or not, aides say the president will call for pentagon cuts, tough to sell to republicans. and cuts in entitlements like social security, usually opposed by democrats. aides say barack obama believes in a balanced approach to deficit reduction. that's washington speak. it means the president will call for tax hikes. i'm steve handelsman, news 4, capitol hill. a bethis da row athletic store rocked by murder is planning to open. lululemon said the store will be renovated and reopened for business in the coming months. last month, jayna murray was found dead inside the store. her co-worker brittany norwood has been charged with murder. on to japan now. with the severity of the nuclear crisis has been increased to the highest possible threat level now. officials have raised it to a level 7, the same as the 1986
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chernobyl disaster. they say the radiation released from the fukushima power plant is only a tenth of that released at chernobyl, but they argue that chernobyl was one big explosion while the plant in northeast japan has been leaking radiation for a month now. let's turn now to the rush hour and the ride home. >> oh, it was wet getting in. ashley, how slow is it going home? >> it's going pretty slow right now. we started with an accident on 270 northbound just north of father hurley, prior to clarksburg. one into the guard rail. it attracted a great deal of attention even though most of the activity was in the median. very heavy as you make your way up towards 121. elsewhere around the region as we take a spin around the capitol beltway, you'll find as you make your approach toward the american legion, we're not in terrible shape but it's starting to get congested. let's follow the inner loop which is slowing coming at you there. as we continue toward river road, here's the pace. inner loop drivers definitely
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jammed. now to the far left, drivers are sitting. those drivers are continuing up 270 north. drivers with a little bit more get up and go behind them are headed around toward bethesda. here's the base toward connecticut avenue, inner loop still headed for silver spring. just congestion. we did have an earlier major problem along route 70 around the exit ramp. a large sink hole blocking the exit ramp southbound from 70 west. pat and jim, back to you. >> thanks, ashley. >> when we come right back at 4:00, much more ahead. why kim kardashian is so upset over her picture on "cosmo" magazine. >> nasa names three landing spots for the retiring space shuttles. plus this -- >> it's just like a feeling in my stomach. i said to my parents, i think i'm going to be in the bottom three tomorrow. they were like, why? why would you say that? >> getting voted off "american idol" wasn't the hardest part
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for pia. we'll be right back with details.
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4:00. >> kim kardashian appears on magazine covers all the time. but her latest "cosmo" shoot is creating a bit of controversy. this is the april edition of the turkish edition. this release of "cosmopolitan." kardashian is one of the most famous armenian americans. and every april, armenians commemorate the start of genocide by the turks against their people. kardashian told tmz she was upset the magazine didn't ask about using the photo, but she said she looks forward to working with "cosmo" some time in the future. the "american idol" voice some people called the best in the competition is now talking about last week's upset. >> yeah, "idol" castoff pia toscano stopped by the "today" show this morning where she revealed she wasn't too surprised she was being sent home but that good-bye song she had to sing, not so easy. >> you know, i had a feeling the night before. it was just like a feeling in my
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stomach. i said to my parents, i think i'm going to be in the bottom three tomorrow. they were like, why? why would you say that? i said, i have that feeling. so it didn't come as a shock to me when i was in the bottom three, but you never expect to get voted off so early. that was the hardest thing i've ever done because i was just trying to breathe the whole time and get through that song, and i couldn't really. i was just too emotional. >> pia says she's not rooting for anyone in particular because she thinks everyone is great and she says any rumors about a record deal are just that. rumors. the actress famously known for her role as donna on "90210" has announced she's expecting again. tori spelling sent fans a tweet saying she's expecting her third child. spelling recently launched a new reality show with her husband dean mcdermott called "tori and dean, storybook weddings." they're already the proud parents of a 4-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter. 50 years ago today, a
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russian cosmonaut blasted into history becoming the first man in space. >> his single orbit around the earth helped launch a supremacy in space, something nasa was able to realize with the shuttle program. now the iconic orbiters are being sent to museums here and across the country. jay gray joins us now from kennedy space center with more on where their journeys will end. where will they wind up, jay? >> good evening, jim, pat. one will end up in northern virginia at dulles. that's good news for the d.c. area. you can hear they are celebrating here at kennedy space center. an important day as you talked about in american space exploration. today, 30 years ago, they launched the first shuttle, and now, this afternoon, they've announced where the fleet will finally land. celebration at kennedy space center. >> oh, i thought it was thrilling. i can't imagine any place that it should -- that they shouldn't be here.
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>> reporter: with word that "atlantis," one of the three ships in the retiring fleet will stay at home. >> it's humbling. it really is. there were tears in our room watching it. the "atlantis" is symbolic because it will be the last shuttle to fly. so the last shuttle to come home ends up here at the kennedy space center, i think is just so appropriate. >> reporter: it took nasa administrator charlie bolden, a former shuttle pilot, years to make this decision. but only minutes to announce where the fleet would make its final landing. >> here at the kennedy space center, we'll showcase my old friend "atlantis." the california science center in los angeles will be the new home of the shuttle on the launch pad preparing its final mission, "endeavour." the smithsonians national air and museum in virginia will get "discovery." and new york city's intrepid sea, air and space museum will get "enterprise." not on that list, the base that trained all of the shuttle astronauts, created so many of the systems and parts that enabled the program to fly,
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johnson space center in houston. where members of that team were visibly shaken. >> it's sad because houston did not get the recognition that it deserved. >> reporter: as so, on the outside looking in, facilities thought to be front-runners like the national museum of the u.s. air force in dayton, ohio, and the museum of flight in seattle, initially so confident it had already started work on a new wing for a shuttle. take good care of our vehicles. they've served the nation well. >> reporter: service that will continue now and hopefully inspire a new generation of space pioneers from new york to los angeles. and as the party continues here at kennedy space center, nasa had said all along that was one of the primary goals to spread the shuttle geographically so as many people as possible across the country could get a firsthand look at history. live at kennedy space center, i'm jay gray. jim, pat, now back to you. >> jay, how long will it be before we get a chance to take a
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look? before they are on display? >> reporter: pat, likely the first one will be out there at the smithsonian because they already have a facility in place. they already have a place to exhibit the shuttle. the only museum chosen that has one. they'll move enterprise. nasa expects to be finished processing "discovery" some time this fall so then it's just a matter of how long it takes to transport it. for the other facilities, it's going to take a bit of time. like here at kennedy space center, they don't expect to see anything on display until the summer of 2013. >> all right. jay gray live at the kennedy space center, thanks so much, jay. >> thanks. >> love that perspective. you get to see how big it is when people are standing that close to it. >> pretty fascinating. coming up, much more ahead. as gas prices soar, what local drivers are doing avoid filling up. also ahead this afternoon, a college professor is in hot water after he is accused of hiring strippers for his class.
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prices at the pump are keeping many drivers out of their cars. >> with the national creeping closer to $4 a gallon now many
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people just can't afford to fuel up. megan mcgrath has more on the story. >> reporter: another day, another jump in gas prices. the national average for a gallon of regular is now $3.79. that's up 11 cents from last week. >> if the cost is really high. i don't know how to put it. the cost of gas is really high. it's crazy. >> reporter: and with higher prices have come changes in behavior. >> only straight to work and back. that's it. >> reporter: and this man is not alone. it appears that many americans have reached the tipping point. that point when they start leaving the car at home to save money. >> do things more so online and making phone calls more than going face to face and meeting with my different meetings and interviews and stuff like that. it's been rough. >> reporter: according to a new study by mastercard spending plus, gas purchases have dropped over the last five consecutive weeks. drivers are buying less gas now than they did a year ago. about 3.6% less. the trend flies in the face of
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an improving economy which added 216,000 jobs in march. normally when people are employed, they buy more gas, not less. now some drivers say they have no choice but to pay the higher prices. others say that things have gotten to the point where they're now going to start using public transportation. in college park, megan mcgrath, news 4. and you can find the most affordable gas prices on our website. visit and search gas. >> not by my house. >> not by mine either. >> not near mine. >> i've got to drive far just to fill up. i have to drive a half a tank. >> but sometimes, you know, you think you are saving money even though you're not. >> well today we got drive some of us drove in the rain and some drove in a little bit of sunshine. >> it was really half and half. this morning you wake up. if you are north and west of i-92346 d.c. you got pummeled this morning with a lot of rain. some locations picking up a half an inch to over 3/4-inch of
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rain. some saw almost nothing at all early today. and then it kind of switched up. let's take a look and show you how things are shaping up out there. temperatures have been up and down today as well. we started around 64, 65 this morning. witness down to about 58 when the rain was coming through. back up to 67 with some sunshine. and now back to 61 degrees as the east winds are starting to pick up. east winds at 17 miles per hour. gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour. so a little bit of a cool afternoon. a little on the damp side. a little dreary as well right now. most of the sun is gone for the most part. 55 in frederick. 69 toward frederick. at 70 last hour. you can see just how tough this forecast was as you were making your way out and about, depending on which area you live in. warmer to the south and east. cooler to the north and west. where's the rain? a little bubble for us. not a lot of rain going on around the metro area. just a couple of showers.
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st. mary's county, you've been in on that rain for the past couple of hours. into west virginia, this is the area that's really getting hit. right along the border of west virginia and virginia. flash flood warnings in effect there as they continue to see more and more rain build up. this is all because of a storm system that will continue to usher in more moisture. we'll see more rain throughout the evening and overnight hours. it's not going to be a whole lot of it. here's the area of low pressure spinning back to the west here. that's going to continue to bring up the moisture. if you are thinking of going to the nationals game, i think we'll get the game in but could see a couple of stoppages for a few of those showers as they move through. that area of low pressure through the area tonight, still sitting us over the day tomorrow, at least early tomorrow, before finally pushing off late tomorrow afternoon. maybe a little in the wave sunshine tomorrow afternoon. i also think a few showers nearly the day. let's break it down and show you how things will be for the next couple of hours. mostly cloudy. scattered showers. most of us will not see them but
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you'll see some scattered showers. possible thunder. winds out of the northeast at 10 to 20 miles an hour. maybe a little more gusty. mostly cloudy tomorrow morning. scattered showers. at least on the mild side with temperatures in the upper 40 toss low 50s. and as we move through the day tomorrow, mostly cloudy. guess what? scattered showers. some sun late. that's the good news. 57 to 61 degrees. but let's just throw you some better news. how about 70 or near 70 on thursday. and on friday. temperatures getting into the upper 60s with a lot of sunshine. before i show you saturday. do i have to tell you what's going to happen saturday or can you just take a look? >> we're just looking. we see some lightning bolts. >> it's going to rain. saturday is not looking good. >> sort november a pattern here. >> yes, we are. i'll talk more about that coming up later. >> thank you, doug. still ahead -- new details emerge during nine hours of testimony in the murder case against a uva lacrosse player. >> kate middleton's childhood home is on the auction block. - ( music playing ) - we know technology can make you more connected.
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jfk clipped a smaller jet sending it spinning with 56 people on board. the national transportation safety board has now asked for the flight data recorders from both aircraft. the d.c. mayor vincent gray and several members of the council were released from jail seven hours after they were arrested in a sit-in on capitol hill last night. they were protesting restrictions on the district's budget resulting from the federal budget deal. the mayor has vowed to continue the fight. >> the radiation threat in japan by that blown out nuclear power plant is now a seven, the highest possible. officials say the radiation is only a tenth of that released in the 1986 chern oeshl disaster but they say chernobyl was one big blast while this leak has been going on for more than a month with no foreseeable end. a grand jury will consider the evidence in the murder of yardley love at the university of virginia. >> and yesterday's hear chicago lasted more than nine hours,
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prosecutors revealed never before heard details about the victim's relationship with george hughley from chevy chase, maryland. the fellow student accused in her murder. jeff rossen has the latest. >> reporter: yardley love's friends came to this small courthouse monday ready to tell all. this promising young athlete at uva beaten and killed, police say, inside her own apartment. charged in the killing, love's on again, off again boyfriend, george hughley, a lacrosse player at the school. in this newly released mug shot, hughley now has a buzz cut as he awaits trial sitting in jail. a far cry from his old look the day he was arrested. the preppie looking college student plucked from campus. on the stand monday, his own roommate testified hughley was binge drinking the morning of the murder, drunk by 10:00 a.m. that night, police said he confessed, admitting to police he kicked his right foot through the door that leads to love's bedroom. they got into a fight and he
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shook loved and her head repeatedly hit the wall. leaving her to die, police say, face down on her pillow in a pool of blood. after court monday, hughley's lawyers defended him. >> george hughley only learned that yardley love had died when he was told that by a detective. he did not believe that such a terrible thing could have happened. >> reporter: in fact, as police questioned hughley, he kept asking, how is she? the detective finally told him, you killed her, george. you killed her. according to police testimony monday, hughley responded, i never did anything that could do that to her. i swear to god. i refuse to believe she's dead. hughley, his lawyers say, never intended to kill love. >> from the beginning, we have said that this case is a tragedy, but not about an intentional criminal act. >> reporter: but friends say love and hughley had a tumultuous romantic relationship that sometimes led to physical
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violence. just weeks before the murder, it was revealed in court hughley sent love a handwritten letter saying, you are my very best friend. but then they fought again about another girl hughley was also seeing. in the end, it was love's roommate who found her motionless in bed. i shook her shoulders, kneeling on the bed trying to wake her. >> at the point where one of the witnesses is talking about discovering her body in the apartment, mrs. love walked out and you could tell that she really didn't want to be there to hear that. >> hughley has spent the past year locked up in a charlottesville jail without bond. investigators combing the beaches outside new york city found remains of two more possible victims of a suspected serial killer yesterday. that would increase the total number of bodies found in the area to ten now. investigators have said very little about the investigation so far. it's believed the first four victims may have been
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prostitutes who advertised on craigslist. new jersey officials are now examining whether there's a connection between these victims and the bodies of four women found in lantic city five years ago. national restaurant chain applebee's is make something major changes after serving alcohol to a baby. last friday, a 15-month-old boy was given an alcoholic drink. mislabeled as apple juice at an applebee's near detroit. the restaurant says it will start pouring juice at the table. they will also retrain their workers. doctors say the baby's blood alcohol level was more than the legal limit for an adult driver. at least one chicago area school has been fighting childhood obesity with a ban on brown bagging it. the chicago tribune reports the principal of a public school noticed meals with -- from home tended to consist of sugary sodas and chips. to fight rising childhood
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obesity, the principal banned homemade lunches. the pan happened six years ago but the feature article on it is this week's -- on a -- struck a nerve with parents across the country. and it's been spreading very quickly. kids say they don't like the cafeteria food and parents question how much healthier it is if the kids don't eat it and just throw it away. there is more to come on "news 4" at 4:00 this afternoon. if the airport has ever lost your bags, you know how frustrating that is. one company is planning to make that never happen again. plus, rocking the red as hockey fans gear up for the quest for the cup.
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it is a system designed to track lost luggage. it was developed by a spanish company. each luggage tack is imprinted with a chip code that can be easily tracked. air europa has invested in this system. it can follow and locate any bag in the system as long as the tag stays attached to the luggage. last year, airlines around the
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world lost 29 million pieces of luggage. hopefully not one of yours. >> yeah. well, washington capitals kicked off their run to the stanley cup with a pep rally today in arlington. >> fans came out to the ice plex for the rock the red rally. the team is making final preps for the playoffs. the caps begin their first round series against the new york rangers tomorrow night. the game is at 7:30 at the verizon center. we'll have live pregame coverage tomorrow. tonight on nbc washington nonstop, inside the kitchen with one of washington's top chefs. >> here's john schriffen with a preview. >> later at 9:00 p.m., nonstop foodies d.c. we're in the kitchen of central with the one and only chef michelle rouchard.
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his secret for taking green beans from ordinary to extraordinary. and how you can be an artist at one of the most recognizable buildings in alexandria. when we come right back on news 4 at 4:00 -- you may want your boyfriend to buy you an engagement ring from costco. we'll explain. also ahead, lady gaga doesn't miss a beat, even after she takes a tumble on stage. [ horns honking ]
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you're watching news 4 at 4:00. >> when you think of costco, you think about buying in bulk, right? but not a million-dollar rock. >> not only is the low cost store in the engagement ring business, it's even trying to sell rings to the rich and possibly famous. costco says on its website the 6.7 carat ring costs a million dollars but is appraised for $600,000 more than that. in other words, you'd be getting a deal. >> and you got to be a member to even look at it, go in there. >> that won't cost you much. >> i'll take 11 of those. is that what you do? >> to give to who, doug? >> i don't know. i'm not saying i would do it. >> oh, i see. i bought my rock. my rock is bought and paid for. >> you only do that once. >> that's why i asked. >> she doesn want a bigger one, though. we have some rain.
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fortunately for us, most of us saw the rain early and then it actually cleared up. if you were one of these people, take a look out there on the mall today taking a look at the sites out and around the area. you didn't need the umbrella. you did need the jackets. some had the jackets on. others taking them off and putting them around their arms because temperatures did rebound a little bit this afternoon as we did see a little bit in the way of sunshine. out there right now, the flag or the camera blowing in the wind because we've seen those winds picking up. upwards of 22 miles an hour right now out of the east. even some gusts upwards of 30 miles an hour. winds or temperatures 59 degrees under cloudy skies. dew point 52 degrees. what are we seeing as far as radar is concerned? first off temperatures. 52346 frederick. 58 in baltimore. charlottesville, 67 degrees. we still have some rain across the area. most of it has been down to the south and east. now we're starting to watch an area down around fredericks burg just to your best into spotsylvanspot sil
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spotsylvania county. watch out for that. pretty heavy rain. pretty heavy shower and some thunderstorms as well making its way toward the north. galverton, you could see that coming up. up towards gainesville as it makes its way up to the north. this is part of a larger system which will continue to sit and spin over us for about the next 12 hours or so. you can expect more shower activity throughout the evening tonight. mostly cloudy, scattered showers. possible thunder. 57 to 64 this evening. tomorrow morning, plenty of cloud cover and scattered showers will also greet you tomorrow morning. tomorrow afternoon, i think we'll start to get rid of the showers. we have to say scattered showers at least early with some sun late. 57 to 61 degrees. as we move through the next couple of days there you go. 69 on thursday and friday. those are the two days to focus on. book ends. both have rain on them, including saturday. >> all right. thank you, doug. the house where kate middleton grew sup on the auction block and it's at the same time it's gained his greatest appreciation. michelle ku sinsky got a guided
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tour. >> reporter: the red door calls you over. the semidetached victorian named west view hugged by flowers. rubbing it, does that bring luck or -- >> no, no, usually -- >> anything? anything? >> reporter: shoes and backpacks still live here. and kids still own the yard. >> like normal house. >> yeah? >> but there in the back, that little shed was key to the middleton's success. >> so this was the start of their million-dollar party pieces right here. >> and they weren't pretentious people, even when the business was terribly successful. they didn't just immediately move out. >> reporter: estate agent doubly singleton remembers their time here. the cozy kitchen. all the quaint little touches. a well loved home. >> this was kate's bedroom. >> the master bedroom was all
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hers. >> this is where kate would have looked outside, thought about what she was going to be when she grew up perhaps. >> and way up another steep old staircase, kate's room as a baby. >> hello. now a little girl's pink and extra princess-like paradise. >> oh, i see that. >> emily and pal adore that kate slept here. >> does it add a little magic or something? >> probably, yeah, because all my friends really like me now. >> it's rags to riches almost, isn't it? you've got a girl that doesn't pretend to be extraordinary, conducts herself with grace and discretion and suddenly, from that, she's become princess. isn't that wonderful? >> the palace has warned the press to leave the middletons alone. they still live right around here. they take walks through these neighborhoods and kate is known for remembering everybody's name and the names of their dogs. the house is expected to go for
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about 500,000 pounds when it goes up for auction in june. estate agents say that's about triple what it was worth when kate lived here up to the time she was a teenager. >> well, wendy rieger will be live in london reporting on the royal wedding. so be sure to watch for her live reports on news 4 starting april 25th. >> coming up next on "news 4 at 4:00" marking an important day in american history. and a ethics class at a catholic university goes x-rated. coming up here at news 4 at 5:00 -- mayor vincent gray speaking out today, one day after his arrest. why he says d.c. is being used as a pawn in a political game. tased and confused. why police say they had no choice but to take down this baseball fan. and, yeah, it's cool but is it really worth the price? why your smartphone could be costing you hundreds of dollars a year on services you don't
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you're watching "news 4 at 4:00." >> a business professor at lasalle university in philadelphia is under investigation over a special ethics class that involved strippers. >> now participation was voluntary and cost students 150 bucks to attend, but they were offered extra credit for this. tim furlong explains. >> reporter: the lasalle business school symposium was held here on march 21st. back on main campus, everyone is still talking about the symposium's special guests. about 30 or so students paid 150 bucks to get some extra credit
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from lasalle university professor jack arapaport. some say they even got lap dances from the exotic dancers brought in. he wanted to drive home a lesson on economics. >> i think it was supposed to be something about the strippers really control the person who is paying for what they are getting. versus, you know, you are paying and you are in control. >> reporter: many students here know the professor as jack rap and students at the symposium said they were told in advance dancers would be there but they were part of his lecture about business ethics and one of them taught the teacher a few things. >> kind of laying on top of him. it was like a lap dance. >> reporter: that's when the party ended. the dean of the business school walked by the room. professor jack rap didn't answer the door for us. on the website he says he's all about experiencial learning and field trips. he's even taken statistics
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classes to the track. exotic dancers at a business school symposium? >> oh, god, know. >> i think it's a little weird the guy thought it was okay to do it at a kacatholic universit. >> some students tell us other faculty members have taken over for professor rapaport's class and every student at the symposium should get a full refund. tim furlong, nbc news. >> and that's news 4 at 4:00. news 4 at 5:00 starts right now. you're watching nbc 4, washington's news leader. now, live in hd, this is "news 4 at 5:00." >> first at 5:00 tonight -- mayor vincent gray takes a stand refusing to let lawmakers and the president use the district as a political pawn. he says he's glad he was arrested. >> trouble on the tarmac. two planes collide at jfk, and it's all caught on tape. so who is to blame? >> is your smartphone stealing from you? why you may be wasting hundreds of dollars every year for
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services you don't even use. good evening, everybody. i'm jim handly. >> i'm pat lawson muse. wendy regioner is off. yesterday's dramatic protest was only the beginning. >> he's hoping his arrest will spark more protests from people demanding democracy for the district. here's tom sherwood with more. >> reporter: the district has a tough battle ahead. even the mayor says the fight won't be easy. d.c. demonstrators filled constitution avenue monday. prompting the arrest of 41 people, including vincent mayor gray and a half dozen council members. they were protesting the white house and congressional budget deal that denies the city the right to spend its own money on abortions. a provision republicans insisted on. another provision forces the city to accept a controversial school voucher program also a gop demand.


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