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ongoing investigation. the suspect did survive the shooting. he was transported to medstar by helicopter. back to you all in the studio. >> tracee, thank you. an out on of-control wildfire in eastern arizona. wallow fire burned 350 square miles as of this morning. smoke and haze are spreading across several states and seen as far away from iowa. 2,500 firefighters are fighting strong winds, hot weather and lightning out there. so far no serious damage or injuries have been reported. it's 69 degrees outside right now. and we are at the beginning of a heat wave. we have a nice day yesterday, tom. but things are changing. and the humidity is back too. >> yeah, it is. we will see the humidity really build tomorrow. it's pleasant as you head off to work and school very early this tuesday morning. we're near 60 degrees in prince george's, arlington, fairfax, montgomery as well.
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60 degrees. it has dipped into the upper 50s in a few isolated plates across maryland, virginia, eastern shore. northern neck reporting low to mid-60s. upper 60s on the waters. over the last 12 hours we have had a mostly clear sky. we have a cluster of thundershowers in southern ontario producing a few high clouds drifting over us later today. just a little bit of high cloudiness. the big story of the this afternoon, the heat. poor air quality, code orange. anybody with a heart or respiratory ill ailment should stay inside. we'll have our pleasant temperatures for another several hours but getting uncomfortably hot by noon time. peakinging around the low 90s for a time by midafternoon. sunrise 5:43. sunset, 8:41. hotter tomorrow with more humidity building. we'll look at that as well as
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the next week. tom, good morning to you. good morning, everyone. lots of overnight road work. good morning. the drive along interstate 66 westbound between boston and falls church. you can see the traffic lanes right there. one, two, three, four. volume light. no delays. we'll watch it carefully. inbound, roosevelt bridge, good to go. top side of the beltway, college park to silver spring, inner and outer loop moving along well between those two points. kennel worth avenue, new york avenue, quiet. beltway from i-95 to i-66 reroad work remains. 4:32 now. the truth comes out after days of denial. congressman anthony wiener sent suggestively pictures online. house leaders are calling for an ethics investigation. he made the revelations himself in a tearful press conference.
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tracie potts joins us from capitol hill into the investigation of these online messages. >> reporter: eun, good morning. the big question, will there be an ethics probe and what will be the outcome of that. hoist minority leader nancy pelosi is calling for an ethics probe. wiener had said he will cooperate with that, although he thinks he need nothing wrong from an ethics standpoint. he even said he will not step down. that his work here on capitol hill, the voters should decide whether or not he continues. this comes after his repeated and fervent denials that his twitter account had been hacked. he now admits that was a lie, that he actually sent that lewd photo to a college student but accidentally posted it publicly and then panicked. >> the picture was of me and i sent it i'm deeply sorry for this pain has called my wife huma and our family.
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and my constituents, my friends, supporters and staff. >> wiener now also admits this was not the first time something like this had happened. he says he's had what he calls inappropriate conversations on twitter, facebook, e-mail and even on occasion by phone the last several years both before and after he was married. all of this came out as a result of an investigation on big government.com conservative activist saying he wanted to be vindicated and now saying he has other photos that he has shown but nbc, we have told you, has not verified those photos. >> tracie potts live on capitol hill. tracee, thank you. in another political scandal, sources say prosecutors have e-mails between john edwards and a former aide that shows edwards was aware of payments made to his mistress, something he had denied.
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he is accused of using campaign money to hide mistress rielle hunter and their child. edwards and a speech writer were preparing a statement to acknowledge paternity. the statement including admission of the payments. edwards pleaded not guilty in the indictment filed against him. public opinion. the has come crashing down thanks to poor economic news. according to a new poll in the "washington post", president obama's approval rating is back to 47%. but fairs much worse when it comes to the economy. only 40% of americans approve of the way he's handling the economic recovery. only a third of the nation approves his approach to the deficit. on top of that, more than 50% say an economic recovery has not yet begun. nearly two-thirds of all americans say the country is on the wrong track. >> and there's bad economic news didn't stop here for the president. one of the white house's top -- rather the white house top
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economist austin goolsby says he's stepping down. he says he plans to return to his teaching job at the university of chicago. tomorrow president obama will discuss jobs and the economic recovery when he visits a local college. the president will visit alexandria campus of northern virginia community college. the white house says strengthening manufacturing will help the weak economy and reduce unemployment. this morning hundreds of nurses will rally outside the white house to highlight what they call a broad decline in health because of the poor economy. nurses from 31 states, along with labor leaders, will rally at lafayette scare at 11:00 this morning. they will be joined by bernie sanders and barbara boxer for a rally. angela merkel and her husband will visit the white
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house. they are to discuss unrest in the middle east, the war in afghanistan and the economy. merkel will be awarded the presidential medal of freedom. this is the first official visit by a german khaupbs lore since 1995. sully sullenberger's plane is on its way to a an aviation museum in charlotte, north carolina. it will head back out on the road later this morning. once it reaches baltimore area, it will head west on i-70 and i-68 into west virginia. it's traveling on a massive flatbed trailer and is ending up on a lot of back roads to avoid overpasses. until now the plane had been in a warehouse in new jersey. the plane ended up in the hudson river in 2009 after a flock of geese knocked out its engines. dramatic picture there. 4:37 is the time. ahead on news 4, police are
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trying to break down a language to warn people about a rapist on the loose. and a lawmaker sticking up for dancing protesters. for dancing protesters. the man: we need a sofa. something i can stretch out on! woman: ooh... that will go with those lamps my mother gave us. or we could get some new lamps. or we could get no sofa. negotiating, eh? you got it!
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take a gander at this. right now a volcano eruption in chile is causing a mess around south america. the entire plume of ash is
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sending thousands from their homes and grounding flights in southern argentina but it is also making a colorful lightning storm within the smoke and ash. photographers snapped these pictures showing the power of mother nature. dramatic pictures. and mother nature powerful indeed. bringing powerful heat and humidity to our area. meteorologist tom kierein is in the storm center with the very latest. good morning, eun. good morning to you at home. thanks for skhebging in with us on this tuesday morning. off to a pleasant start. heat building today. high humidity not arriving until tomorrow. right now 69 at reagan national. upper 60s on the bay. elsewhere, away from the waters, only in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees. so quite a pleasant start this morning. there's the washington monument under a clear sky. sunrise 5:43.
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near 80 by 9:00. a few high clouds coming in. peak above 90 by afternoon. night planner, a clear evening but warm. 80s through the early evening. near 70 by this time tomorrow morning. humidity builds tomorrow, as does the heat. a look at that in 10 minutes. >> start this time on the beltway just east of the woodrow wilson bridge. inner and outer loop for 295, national harbor moving along nicely. wilson bridge span. very good news out of oxen hill. no concerns. i-95 northbound virginia as you head north to the prince william parkway has been picked up. all your travel lanes are open. gw parkway both directions between old town alexandria and 14th street bridge, traffic very light. moving nicely. joe, eun. >> thank you, jerry. >> 4:42 is the time.
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>> welcome back at 4:45. this church in maryland is making a historic change. st. luke's is the first episcopal to accept an unprecedented invitation of pope benedict. all members voted to convert to catholicism. u.s. catholic leaders will create an equivalent of a national diocese for anglo-clicks. fairfax county police are warning residents after a man broke into a woman's apartment
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and raped her in herndon near dulles. a language barrier is making it harder to get the word out. dealt dave crawl goes door to door at the trevors run apartments on sunrise valley drive in herndon. the complex is home to a significant number of latino residents, many of whom who don't speak english. he's showing this drawing, a man who broke into her apartment and sexually assaulted her early saturday morning, and then fled. police say the victim woke up to find the man in her bedroom. he was holding a weapon. they won't say what it is. and wearing a light colored cloth around his head. some of the victim's family members were home at the time. news of saturday's attack was widely reported.
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but she says she was unaware of until the detective told her this evening in spanish. she said her attacker was a big man, six feet, possibly 6'2" with heavy build, black tank top and khaki shorts. jackie benson, news 4. a man in jail charged with murder in centreville, virginia. 53-year-old park stabbed a 49-year-old woman to death. it happened in an apartment on braddock springs road. the woman's sister and park were also stabbed in the incident. investigators say that all three people knew each other. and they're still work to go figure out exactly what happened. court documents show a d.c. police officer spent hours with a woman before killing her and leaving her baby to die in a hot car. 39-year-old richmond phillips is charged with the murder of juanetta wright. court documents show surveillance showed him talking with white at a park bench for
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seven hours. she was found shot to death nearby. the two were supposed to be in a child support hearing hours after that. this morning d.c. council member denies any wrongdoing amid a million dollar lawsuit against him. the d.c. attorney general filed a lawsuit claiming war 5 council member used his nonprofit organization as a personal bank account. according to the suit he secretly diverted $300,000 in district money meant for youth baseball programs and spent much of the cash playing golf at pebble beach and los angeles. he bought his $60,000 audi suv. the district is suing for $1 million to recoup the money. he said he will fight the lawsuit and will not settle. >> i think my integrity is more
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important. not just for the public i serve. i'm thinking about my children first and my family legacy first. i think about what made me who i am today. that's what i'm fighting today. and that's what i will continue to fight for because that's the message i will send to anyone. i have always done what i was supposed to do on behalf of those i served. >> part of the money went to a nonprofit organization called team thomas. council members are required to file yearly disclosures of the gifts. thomas did not file any reports during the period in question. suleman brown has a week to provide documents to support his allegations against former mayor vincent gray. despite the seriousness of the accusations the hearing was somewhat chaotic. brown refused to remove his sunglasses and was combative while answering questions. >> you're an attorney.
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this is june 2010. this is june 2011. and i started the race in may or june of 2009. asking me to remember something that is disingenuous on your part. >> you remembered that conversation very vividly. >> i remember when i was born as well. >> some broke out in laughter at times. marion berry says it's unlike any hearing he's been a part of. a rule by virginia supreme court, according to the washington examiner. fairfax county public schools planded to shut down clifton elementary school due to declining enrollment and the high cost of renovations. parents sued to keep the school open. but friday the supreme court of virginia decided to close.
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virginia governor bob mcdonald will launch a new program he hopes will reduce child hunger. no kid hungry campaign will give more children access to summer meal programs. only about 18% of children who receive free or reduced lurches during the school year take part in summer meal programs. d.c. delegate eleanor holmes norton is throwing support behind people who want to dance on the mall. it show that people want more events on the mall. she said she plans to meet with the national park service to bring more people-related activities to the mall. she plans to host a national dance day on the mall on july 30th. what a beautiful setting to have a nice dance party. >> great place. . big band sound. >> it's going to be hot come july. it's already feeling hot now.
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>> it's feel more like our typical mid and late summer heat. astronomically it's still spring. we're off to a pleasant start. very cool. good morning. i'm meteorologist tom kierein. right now we're near 60 in prince george's county. arlington, fairfax near 60 degrees. a pleasantly cool start to this day. right now at reagan national, 69. upper 60s on the bay waters. bay water temperatures in the low 70s now. meanwhile, we have it down into the upper 50s in many locations where you see this area of green here, right around west central virginia, western maryland, panhandle of west virginia. some of the high spots in west virginia in the low 50s. a mostly clear sky. a few high clouds drift anything from an area of some showers up into ontario. those were streaming down on upper level winds. high clouds with us from time to time. in addition, poor air quality this afternoon. code orange. if you have a respiratory
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ailment stay inside this afternoon. there's the first light of day showing up on the eastern horizon. washington monument under a clear sky. sunrise, 5:43. by 9:00, upper 70s. a peak of the low 90s by midafternoon. overnight tonight will be clear. a warm evening by dawn tomorrow, near 70. during the day, weapons and thursday, hazy, hot, and humid. upper 90s. a bit cooler friday with a chance of storms mainly in the afternoon. it looks cooler for the weekend. a chance of storms and thundershowers each day. how is traffic? >> in town, new york avenue looking pretty good as we get under way. very minimal traffic light delays through the work zone, bladensburg, florida avenue, third street tunnel. kennel worth very quiet. had i 2706789 a couple spots approaching route 80 in germantown. wide open down to the split. both directions looking.
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good. beltway, landmark, shirlington, to and across the 14th street bridge. joe, eun. >> heads-up if you take the 14th street bridge. your commute could get trickier this week. the final year of the two-year reconstruction project is about to begin. crews will begin setting up for the new configuration late tonight. you will see the changes when you travel on the bridge tomorrow morning. the construction zone will shift to the white center lane of the d.c. side and three lanes routed to the left. one lane to the right. the project should be completed this fall >> metro is preparing a budget proposal. it wants to attack the problems with escalators and elevators. it will assign 10 additional employees to work in the maintenance division. they say they could use 55 more workers, which will cost $7 million. right now 130 metro escalators are broken at train platforms. that's about one in five.
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an independent consultant says poor maintenance led to so many down escalator the and elevators. well, pictures took the top five spots. one of them was a local star. seattle native for the university of virginia with the number 2 pick. no washington or virginia player has ever been taken higher than that. the graduate posted 11 wins this year and uva all time leader in wins and strikeouts >> nationals were hoping he would fall to their pick at number 6 but gladly took the nation's top third baseman inside. they pictured anthony rendon. he has power at the plate and is a future gold glove winner. they also took alex myer and brian goodwin with the 23rd and 34th picks respectively.
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congratulations to all them. help the nats win some games. >> see testimony in five or six years after the minors. >> that's right. 4:55. 69 degrees. royal visitor coming to virginia today. also, who will become kate's wedding dress. and sarah palin's paul
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former vice presidential nominee sarah palin's version of paul revere's ride. palin claimed the famous ride was intended to warn both his fellow colonists and british soldiers. on monday the page featured a padlock which wick bead ya says provides a cooling off period when there are numerous attempts to edit a site >> millions of people around the world saw it on tv. now you can see it in person. all the speculation about kate middleton's wedding dress has been put to rest. it will good on display at buckingham palace. the exhibit will run from july 23rd to october 3rd. the dress has a nine foot train. if you make it to london, the exhibit will include her veil,

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