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down to her adult diaper. children forced to go through patdowns and body scans. the transportation security administration is under fire and has been around the country because of its screening procedures. but that's about to change. good afternoon, i'm pat lawson muse. >> and i'm wendy rieger sitting in for jim handly. first, our heatwave continues to be our top story, and again today, it is sticky and hot out there and it's only going to get worse. >> doug kammerer joins us now with a heat warning. >> yeah, ladies, this is turning into what's going to be a dangerous situation over the next couple days. you know it's hot, you know it's humid. we've been talking about that. but this is something that we really do not deal with very often here in the washington, d.c. area. temperatures around 100 degrees. a heat index close to 110 to potentially 115. right now, 93 degrees, the current temperature with that heat index coming in at 101. we're looking at a lot of sunshine, but extremely hazy conditions around the area. right now, 99 degrees into frederick, maryland. 94 in la plata. fredericksburg around 95
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degrees. and 93 in manassas. typically, this would be a hot day. look at the heat index right now. and this is the way it feels on the exposed skin. 112 in fredericksburg, 109 in la plata, 103 in leesburg, and frederick, maryland coming in at 106 degrees. this is an extensive heatwave across the country. >> anywhere you see that lighter shade of red, that includes chicago, st. louis, kansas city, cincinnati, detroit, washington, new york, philadelphia, all under excessive heat warnings now. it's no longer a watch, it is now a warning, because this is definitely going to happen across our area tomorrow. expect the heat index between 105 and 110 degrees. and i think it's going to get even warmer during the day on friday. friday is really the day to watch out for that heat index. it could approach 115 degrees, and in some areas could even approach 120. that is hot weather, and once again, we do not see that very often. i'll be back in just a little while to let you know just how long this is going to last. >> whew. >> all right, thanks, doug.
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our other top story, the tsa. it is updating its image software at airports across the country. >> the new equipment will replace those controversial full-body scanners that raise concerns about privacy. and as chris clackum reports, local travelers are moamong the first in the nation to use the new machines. >> reporter: reagan national in washington is one of three airports where the tsa's new body imaging scanning systems is being tested. instead of an actual x-ray image of a passenger's body, the new system displays a generic out line. >> it provides the best possible privacy opportunities that we have. >> reporter: the so-called underwear bomber case in detroit two years ago prompted the tsa to start using body scanners. but since their rollout at 78 airports last year, they came under fire.
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as did the tsa. critics said the process invaded privacy. however, the new system even eliminates the need for an agent to view images. it instead has a monitor posted at the scanner that flashes okay if no object is detected. which tsa administrator john pistol says all can see. >> the passenger can actually see their image and it's the same image as the previous passenger and the next passenger. so it's the same generic outline of a person. >> reporter: the unveiling of this new scanning system comes less than a week after the tsa bought an appeals court ruling that the need to detect hidden explosives outweighs the privacy rights of travelers. chris clackum, nbc news. >> this equipment is also being tested atlanta's hartsfield airport and at the las vegas airport. well, it's official now. the metropolitan washington airport authority voted today to change the dulles rail project from underground to above
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ground. the change comes amid pressure from the obama administration and transportation secretary ray lahood to cut costs. building a metro rail station above ground would shave an estimated $300 million off the project. supporters of a more expensive underground station say it would last longer, would be more convenient for travelers, and less of an eyesore. a major water main break in montgomery county left a messy morning commute. traffic was snarled at several areas along georgia avenue in wheaton. the break was found at shorefield and georgia, but not before 4 million gallons of water spewed from an underground -- from underground, causing widespread damage. the water pressure buckled the roads and caused flood damage to homes in that area. and is southbound georgia area, it will stay closed until this road is repaired, and that will take some time. we were just told it will not be open tomorrow morning, so you are urged to plan ahead. up, up and away. this car happened to be parked
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on top of a manhole when the manhole blew. the geyser of water shot up from a sewer, following a sudden storm in montreal, canada on monday. a foot of rain fell in less than an hour, and water pressure inside the sewer caused the manhole to explode. the back of the car which was parked directly over the sewer cover was lifted up into the air, as you can see here. not once, but several times. and, yes, the car was badly damaged. more developments today in the hacking scandal in the united kingdom. british prime minister david cameron facing tough questions during an emergency session of parliament. the questioning came one day after news corp. ceo rupert murdoch faced a parliamentary inquiry. we're in london with the latest. >> reporter: it was a wild day in britain's emergency session of parliament today. the focus shifted from rupert murdoch to britain's prime minister, david cameron. but the prime minister's case is about poor judgment and nothing to do with any crimes. david cameron defended himself for hiring a former editor of
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"news of the world" andy callson as his communications chief even though he may have known about the phone hacking. >> i have said very clearly that if it turns out andy coulson knew about the hacking at the "news of the world" he would not only have lied to me, but to the police, to a select committee, to the press complaints commission and perjuried himself in a court of law. >> reporter: cameron was advised against hiring him, did it anyway, and was forced to resign and arrested last week. he said in parliament that cameron was guilty of a gross error in judgment. >> it's not about hindsight, mr. speaker. it's not about whether mr. coulson lied to him. it's about the information and warnings that the prime minister ignored. >> reporter: cameron said if he had to do it over he wouldn't have hired coulson. it was a lively session. camer cameron denied he or any member of his staff met with police in order to stop the investigation.
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he said police had his total backing wherever the investigation goes. and cameron says the greatest responsibility he has now is to, quote, clear up this mess. he didn't give police a free pass either. cameron said there were serious questions over the ethics and values of london's police force. he says he wants to move on to other important issues in britain, but it doesn't look like the story is anywhere near over. martin fletcher, nbc news, london. lonchts it does not appear the scandal is going to go away in the future, time may be on the prime minister's side. parliament is about to recess for the summer break. a consumer alert for drivers of ford pickup trucks and suvs. more than 20,000 vehicles are being recalled because of a possible lighting flaw. the national highway traffic safety administration says a defective switch can cause the turn signal, tail lights and brake lights to fail. it affects certain 2004 through 2011 ranger pickups, 2002 through '05 excursion suvs and
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2002 through 2007 f-series trucks. so far, no reports of accidents or injuries caused by the problem. dealers will replace those switches, free. this is shaping up to be the worst year for selling a home since the housing bust 13 years ago. the national association of realtors says sales of existing homes fell 8/10 of a percent last month. last year's home sales were the weakest in more than a decade. and so far, this year's sales are even worse. plus, a record number of people who signed contracts last month cancelled them. the glut of homes on the market is weighing prices down. many economists are predicting home prices will continue falling throughout the year. well, after weeks of talks, trying to figure out the debt limit, there are signs that a potential deal could be in the works. and it's the plan from the so-called gang of six. the liberals don't like it, the tea party doesn't like it, steve handelsman now on why president obama and some other big players do like it.
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>> reporter: with 13 days until possible default, all eyes are on the gang of six senators, three republicans and three democrats. they met today with house democrats. can they craft a deficit deal that can pass congress? lawmakers ask gang of six democrat kent conrad. >> how does this work, where is it headed. >> reporter: like the deficit commission, like president obama, the gang of six has a plan that's balanced. gang of six democrat dick durbin. >> it does it by putting everything on the table. everything. spending cuts, entitlement programs and revenue. >> reporter: $3 trillion in spending cuts, including cuts in medicare and the like. $1 trillion in tax hikes. but not on most americans. >> we're actually reducing tax rates, both on the individual side and the corporate side. >> reporter: that's a move to win over conservatives, like house gop leader eric cantor. >> and so i don't think that raising taxes, increasing tax rates, is the answer.
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certainly not in an economy like this. >> the bill is passed. >> reporter: house republicans rejected tax hikes last night. and okayed a balanced budget amendment. >> what a sham! what a scam! >> reporter: senate democrats say tea party members in the house would bankrupt social programs or allow default to make a political point. >> so the debate and fight is not between democrats and republicans, it's between some republicans and their sort of cult friends. >> reporter: president obama called in republican leaders and democrats to get the gang of six plan on a fast track. getting such a big deal done in time to beat the august 2nd deadline might not be possible, but in the meantime, there's still a possible short-term deal in the works to avoid default. i'm steve handelsman, news4. capitol hill. plans to shut down the kids' farm at the smithsonian national zoo have been halted, thanks to an extremely generous gift.
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today's state farm insurance donated $1.4 million to keep the exhibit open for the next five years. earlier, this year, the zoo announced the farm would close due to budget constraints. it costs about a quarter of a million to operate every year. when it became public, there was overwhelming support from the community to keep it open. you can help celebrate the farm sunday morning. kids can enjoy hands-on activities, animal demonstrations and free gifts from 11:00 until 2:00. another break-up for tiger woods. this time it's with his caddie. tiger announced on his website today he and steve williams are not going to work with each other anymore. woods says it was time for a change. the two have worked together since march of 1999. williams has worked the last two majors for adam scott. when news4 at 4:00 continues this afternoon, what justin bieber is doing to prevent teens from texting while driving. and a bombshell lawsuit filed by britney spears against
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her former body guard. >> i feel so pretty. >> military brides get an awesome wedding gift, free wedding dresses. and the jail bride is at it again. we make the time to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries,
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britney spears' former body guard is suing the singer for $10 million, and he's making bombshell accusations. radaronline reports fernando flores says he faced a series of unwanted advances from spears. he also claimed spears used drugs and medicine to treat heroin and morphine overdoses. he says the 29-year-old performer was a rude boss, and failed to shower for days, which, by the way, is not illegal. lawyers for spears have filed a motion, saying all these allegations are false. singer r. kelly is in the hospital this afternoon after emergency throat surgery. kelly's publicist says doctors drained an abscess on one of his tonsils yesterday. he'll be staying at a hospital
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indefinitely. he was complaining of throat pain and was rushed to the hospital after a throat exam. gwen stefani may soon be known as a fashion designer as well as a rock star. she is working with target to launch a japanese-inspired clothing line for kids. the collection will make its debut in november with a wallet-friendly price range from $3.99 to $29.99. she also has clothes for adults. and justin bieber hopes to put the brakes on teen texting and driving with a smartphone app. he has partnered with phoneguard, inc. this free app called drive safe disables texting and key board functions on mobile phones while a vehicle is moving faster than 10 miles per hour. two documentaries are soon coming to tv that will be a must-see for beatles' fans. the first was just announced, paul mccartneys "the love we
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make" about september 11th and the concert for new york which he helped organize. it airs on showtime. it features footage of mccartney when he was at the airport in new york when the twin towers were hit. and one month later another documentary will appear on hbo. a bride who was jailed recently on her wedding day in michigan is back under arrest again. tammy lee hinton. a felony warrant was issued on charges of identity theft but she fled at the time to florida. investigators got a tip she would be in michigan for her wedding. they took her to jail but released her in 30 minutes. she missed a court date monday so yesterday police tracked her to a hospital in michigan where they arrested her once again. a fancy wedding is often out of the question for members of the military because they're on
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a tight budget. >> the group, brides across america" works with salons giving away gowns for free. stacy stallfer has that story. >> oh, my gosh! >> reporter: finding the perfect wedding dress. >> i'm very happy. i'm going to cry. >> reporter: it's an emotional time for most brides and their families. the tears come not just from joy, but from sacrifice. >> yesterday was three years to the day that he got shot in afghanistan and received his purple heart. so if his life would have been taken, i couldn't have married him in march so i'm excited. >> reporter: about a dozen military brides to be lined up outside the yes to the dress bridal boutique hoping to score the dress of their dreams. dresses they got, absolutely free. >> i feel so pretty. i think this is like a $1,500 dress. i could never afford that on my own. >> reporter: the owner madison west teamed up with brides across america to give away designer gowns to women who are
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actively serving in the military or marrying someone who is. her father served, and she wanted to give back. >> it's the right thing to do to take care of our military who take care of us every single day. >> this is the dress. >> reporter: patrice campbell will marry her fee san say memorial day weekend next year. she walked away with a $3,800 gown, the first she tried on. >> it's crazy. it feels g. it's heavy. a lot heavier than i thought. but i guess that's what a wedding dress is like. >> the fact that this wonderful lady is doing this for them is like unbelievable. >> you're gorgeous. beautiful. >> there is a gown give-away taking place today at jennette's bridal salon in manassas. it will run until 8:00 tonight so you still have time. for more information visit our website, and search brides. ever since netflix announced it was more than doubling its prices, thousands of customers have fled. well, starting in september, the price for combined dvd and streaming service goes from
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about 10 bucks a month to about 16. netflix has about 23 million customers, 5,000 of those have already complained on netflix's web page. thousands more through facebook and twitter. competitors are expected to benefit greatly from the price hike. >> whether it's movies from itunes or whether it's just those kiosk boxes you see in drugstores and supermarkets, i think there's a lot of opportunity now for people to come in at a lower cost and give you at least some of those services. >> netflix is banking that its core customers will stick around for this streaming service, which is more convenient. >> absolutely. coming up on news4, brace yourself for triple digits. doug's forecast is next. also ahead, testimony in the casey anthony trial was wrong. how many times she actually searched the word "chloroform." >> plus a new discovery in space.
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isn't that something? it is a rare albino kangaroo in poland. the kangaroo was born seven months ago. the owner believes it's a female.
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the kangaroo lives with its parents. isn't it sweet? and it will be moved to a larger area this fall. tree kangaroos can grow up to 45 pounds and 3 feet long. that is something. >> a cute creature. >> yeah. how about that? >> yeah. >> do they like it hot? i guess they do. >> yeah, they're down there in australia. these guys are cool in poland. how about that? >> but here we're just talking about heat. >> yeah, we're talking about dangerous heat. this is really going to be a scenario that really does not play out here very often. sure, we hit 100 degrees every now and then. but right now, i am forecasting that we hit 100 degrees 3 days in a row. that's only been done three times in the history of the washington, d.c. area. so, again, it is going to get very hot, but you add in the humidity, and the heat index is going to be something that, again, we don't see very often with the heat index close to 115 degrees, in some locations. outside right now, just look at that. it is just soupy, hazy, humid and hot across the area. and that's the way it's going to be the next couple days.
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93 degrees out there right now, dew point of 72. you look at this and you look at the humidity, and you say it's only 50%. but, again, that's relative humidity. you can kind of throw the humidity out. you know it's humid when you step outside. it's the dew point that really matters. any time you have a dew point over 70, it's oppressive. you combine that with temperatures above 90 degrees and it's extremely hot but a heat index of 100. tomorrow we're going to see a temperature around 100 degrees and a heat index 110. 97 in culpeper, as well as fredericksburg. frederick, maryland at 93. but you add in the humidity and look at the heat index, 104 in frederick, 112 in la plata, 115 in fredericksburg and this is the area that i'm really concerned about for the heat index, close to 120 friday. right now 110 the current heat index toward eastton. let's zoom into the metro area and show you rockville and montgomery county. 107 in rockville. reston, 104 heat index of the
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camp springs around 101. and huntingtown, your current heat index, 110 degrees. that's the way it feels to the exposed skin when you step outside. as far as rain is concerned, we would like to see some rain. there is some rain toward the eastern shore towards salisbury and more back toward the west, panhandle of west virginia. that's really it. another shower around culpeper. we're not going to see much rain today, we're not going to see much rain tomorrow. this is the heat coming our way. indianapolis now in the city, 114 for that heat index. so it's going to get even hotter as we move into the day tomorrow. so a couple of tips here. dangerous heat. that's for sure. stay indoors, if you can. drink plenty of water if you're outdoors. check on the elderly, and, of course, bring those pets inside. that's the kind of heat we're talking about. you really want to make sure you take precautions in this heat. a few clouds, quite warm tonight or this evening. calm with humid conditions. 85 to 91 with that heat index still in the 90s. even by 10:00, 11:00 tonight. tomorrow morning, 74 to 78 degrees.
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warm and very humid tomorrow afternoon, those temperatures will be climbing. once again, to close to 100. dangerous heat, very hot and very humid. and over the next couple of days, take a look once again, 100 tomorrow, 101 potentially friday, and 100 on saturday. sunday, back down to 96 degrees. so you know, you talk a lot about heat. heat is by far the number one killer in the world. so this is something we need to watch. not tornadoes, not lightning, not hurricanes. it's heat. that's why this is such a dangerous situation. >> all right. >> thanks, doug. when we come back, people are starting to play tricks on the media in the search for casey anthony. >> plus, one young boy couldn't believe he didn't catch a foul ball. now his pout has people talking. [ child's voice ] ooh, that looks good.
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and welcome back, i'm wendy rieger for jim handly. >> i'm pat lawson muse. the transportation security administration is updating its imaging software at airports to increase passenger privacy. reagan national airport is one of three where the new equipment is already inplace. the machines show just a generic
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body image with only highlights of concealed items. the votes are in, and the new dulles metro will be above ground. an earlier decision was reversed and decided not to build underground. the change is expected to shed about $300 million off the project. supporters of the more expensive underground said it would last longer, be more convenient and less of an eyesore. there have been indications today there's progress in the effort to broker a deal to raise the debt limit. president obama is meeting with house and senate democratic leaders. it ended 30 minutes ago. at 5:00, the president is expected to meet with house speaker john boehner and majority leader eric cantor. and the stock market, that high didn't last, wall street trading with slight losses today, one day after the dow had its best day of the year. it ended down, the dow down 22 points, the nasdaq down 12, the
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s&p ended down about 1 point. financial analysts say concerns about lifting the u.s. debt limit overshadowed the strong earnings in the technology field. casey anthony is still out of the spotlight. she hasn't been seen in public since walking out of a prison sunday. nbc's kerry sanders has the latest on the dhis find her. >> breaking news. is this casey anthony? that is the question. >> reporter: the hunt to find casey anthony took a comical turn on tuesday. >> people are speculating that, yes, that is casey anthony. >> reporter: a circus of news cameras rushed to orlando's executive airport. after a tip, the plane belonging to casey anthony's former attorney, had landed again with her on board. >> breaking news in the casey anthony story. >> reporter: on twitter, the "orlando sentinel" tweeted, i guess this answers everyone's question, casey anthony is back home in orlando. but it would turn out, the woman was not casey. reportedly, it was all a joke.
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played on reporters by the plane's crew. >> we the jury find the defendant not guilty. >> reporter: even after the verdict, the two sides are still fighting. on tuesday, the prosecution denied accusations that it withheld evidence from the defense about searches for chloroform done on the anthonys' home computer. >> how many times was that site visited? >> according to the history, 84 times. >> reporter: computer programmer john bradley software revealed the damning evidence. but after he testified, bradley tells nbc news, he checked the results and discovered a software glitch. there was but one search for chloroform, not 84. defense attorney jose baez tells nbc news, prosecutors never told him when they found that out, as required by law. but in a statement issued tuesday, the orange county state attorney's office said all of this information was disclosed to the defense in a timely manner. former federal prosecutor, kendall coffey. >> prosecutors want to win, but
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they have to do it the right way. and that means a duty to turn over evidence that's helpful to the defense, even if it that causes a prosecutor to lose at trial. >> that was kerry sanders reporting. casey anthony's lawyer says he's planning to keep her location a secret. nasa has discovered there is more to our solar system than we previously believed. astronomers have discovered a fourth moon orbiting polluto. it was first seen in a picture taken by the hubble telescope. it's more than 3 billion miles away with an estimated diameter of 21 miles, the smallest of pluto's moons. the largest is 56 miles wide. nasa's new horizon's mission is scheduled to fly through pluto and its moon in 2015. space shuttle "atlantis" is expected to land tomorrow morning, completing the final flight for nasa. it will be the end of an era for the space agency. but it also means the end of the road for about 2,000 employees. jay gray has more on this
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bittersweet ending. >> 10, 9 -- >> reporter: it is a place and job defined by numbers and timing. >> 2, 1, 0! and liftoff! >> reporter: and in just hours, for the first time in 30 years, the most significant number at nasa will be 0. >> so the crew is continuing to get "atlantis" ready for tomorrow's landing. >> reporter: on what is likely the final day in orbit, nasa prepares not just for the end of a mission. >> the crew is beginning to stow away the -- stow away the laptons on board, the computers. >> reporter: but the close of an amazing era in space exploration. >> the space shuttle has been with us, the heart and soul of the place flight program for 30 years and it's a little sad to see it go away. >> reporter: it's an emotion shared by the support team on the ground. >> they have a lot to be proud of in terms of the many accomplishments of the space shuttle. >> reporter: construction of the international space station, the launch and repair of the hubble telescope, support missions and so many experiments, stretching the bounds of our abilities and
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knowledge. >> we know that it is living -- it is leading an incredible lasting legacy, and of that, we're just extraordinarily proud. >> reporter: but that pride is now tempered by the reality that it's all coming to an end. it's going to be tough. it's going to be an emotional moment for a lot of people who have dedicated their lives to the shuttle program for 30 years. >> reporter: and for those who have watched in awe for three decades, the landing will provide one final glimpse of history. >> take a good look at it and make a memory, because you're never going to see anything like it again. it's been an incredible ride. >> reporter: an incredible ride that is likely to come to a stop along runway 15, just before dawn tomorrow morning. at kennedy space center, jay gray, news4. >> we were just sitting here remarking at how fabulous the pictures are and how much we're going to miss them. well, back on earth, things aren't quite as transcendent, especially if you're a kid at a baseball game and your goal of catching a foul ball doesn't
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happen. >> it's hard to mask your disappointment when you miss it. brandon belt fouled this ball in yesterday's giants-dodgers game and a little boy in the crowd thought it was all his. but it turns out a woman in front of him caught that ball. the boy's dad tried to tell him it just wasn't his, but the boy just wouldn't have it. you can see, he's pouting big-time. but all was well in the end. a comcast sports net employee gave him his own ball to take home. full disclosure, though, the comcast company is owner of sports net and of nbc 4. we didn't have anything to do with that. >> if we don't get what we want, we should just pout. just pout. >> stick your mouth out. there's more to come on news4 at 4:00. some guys will do anything for their fiance, but one guy won't try this again. >> smile, smile! [ laughter ] >> we'll introduce you to the latest internet sensation, and all she does is smile. >> smile!
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one of the most popular smartphone games is going to be making its tv debut.
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roku which sells set top boxes to stream online entertainment will now sell boxes that come with angry birds. the new boxes go on sale this month and will cost about 100 bucks. this will be the first time people can easily play the addictive game on an hd set. since its '09 debut, the game has been downloaded more than 200 million times. and samsung has launched a thinner and lighter version of its galaxy tablet today, hoping to go head-to-head against apple's ipad. the galaxy 10.1 is an upgraded version of the tablet introduced in october. so far, apple, as you know, has owned the emerging tablet market. apple sold 14 million ipads in the first half of the year. samsung is a distant second. the new galaxy starting at $500, the same price as the ipad. alrighty, let's check out today's daily deal in our area. first up on groupon in northern virginia, y von's day spa for $46, as you can see here, you
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get fish foot therapy and a mani/pedi, a $92 value. they have stores in woodbridge and crystal city. and living social, if you're looking for a restaurant, cafe asia has a great deal. 25 bucks for $50 worth of food and drinks. and this is only good for the d.c. location and 2,600, 2,300 people are hungry and thirsty and taking advantage of this deal. wendy? >> yes, 2,601. when news4 at 4:00 returns, take a look. >> smile! [ laughter ] >> she's cute! and she is an internet star. plus, a burglar surprises a family by hiding in their suv. lots coming up tonight on nbc washington nonstop. at 7:00, i'll join wendy for daily connection. then later at 9:00, nonstop foodie's d.c. it's absolutely delicious tonight. the new seafood hot spot in d.c. then stay tuned for nonstop
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scene d.c. at 9:30. a day at the beach without putting the miles on your car, from the beach to the boardwalk to maryland crabs. why maryland's chesapeake beach is now a popular vacation destination. it all starts right here at 7:00
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if only it were this simple. when the kids get older or if it
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could work on adults. >> it's a 6-month-old baby girl named kalia. and she is an internet sensation because of this. >> can you smile? smile. oh! >> smile! [ laughter ] >> good girl. >> she's a sweetie. cute. cute. so far, more than 50,000 people have watched kalia smile on command. >> she knows the word. >> and is also the reaction. she's been conditioned. that's cute. >> she's cute. we're smiling, but that's because we're in air conditioning. >> we're indoors. >> yes, and that's really going to be the case over the next couple of days. if you know somebody that maybe doesn't have air conditioning, you might want to invite them over, over the next few days, because it's really going to be hot. and we're talking about dangerous heat. outside right now, 93 degrees. this is typically not so dangerous as far as the heat is concerned because this is what we see typically in the middle of the summer and month of july.
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93 right now with a heat index of 101. so it is hot and uncomfortable. but it's going get a whole lot hotter. 97 in leesburg, 59 95 in fredericksburg. annapolis at 88 and 88 at the eastern shore into cambridge. as far as heat index wise, it's now 100 in gaithersburg, 102 in leesburg, 105 in winchester, 107 in culpeper, and fredericksburg looking at the warmest conditions with a heat index of 112 at stafford county regional airport. as far as the doppler concerned, there's an isolated shower or thunderstorm, and any developing will have very heavy rain. one in person portions of west virginia -- or rather eastern portions and another along the eastern shore down just to the south of cambridge. that one pretty strong storm. this evening, a few clouds, quite warm. calm, humid. 85 to 91 degrees tomorrow morning, waking up to temperatures into the 70s. 74 to 78. that is extremely warm when you wake up tomorrow, you'll know
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what i'm talking about. tomorrow afternoon, mostly sunny, very hot and humid. dangerous heat, 96 to 101. but excessive heat warning in effect for a heat index tomorrow, close to 110. these are the regards over the next couple days. records 104 thursday, 103 on friday. i don't think we're going to be setting any records, but that doesn't mean it's not going to be hot. 100 degrees, three straight days in a rojas only been done three times before, so that would go into the record books as far as that is concerned. >> and i'm curious, back in the day in the 1930s, did we have a heat index? >> no. >> so if the temperature was 101, were we able to say it felt like 115 back then? >> no, what happened was, it was also back in 1993 that we had this. so we have had this three times in the past and it does look like it's going to happen over the next three or four days. >> thank you, doug. a northern california family got really scared when a burglary suspect popped up from the back of their suv while they were driving. >> the mother says it seems like something out of a horror movie.
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richard sharp talked with the family. >> we were screaming our heads off. >> reporter: it was the scare of their little lives. these young girls and their mom, shannon carter, drove 1 minutes with a stow-away in the back of their suv the entire time. >> he had this under him, this on him and this on him. >> reporter: that stow-away was a burglary suspect the police were looking for. >> he popped up almost instantly after we had stopped. >> ahhh! >> it was just screaming. >> i think the -- >> the man came flying forward in a hot second. >> reporter: this is where the story gets even more interesting. >> i'm not going to hurt you, i promise i will not hurt you. he said it four or five times. >> reporter: the man, a potentially dangerous suspect, actually apologized for scaring the children. >> he apologized, and then he said, "i just got in a fight at the school. please don't call the cops." of course i called 911 right away. >> reporter: the suspect ran off, leaving shannon and her kids okay. but still in disbelief at what
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happened. >> it's like out of a horror movie where the guy just comes up and -- ah! >> well, coming up on news4, the attorney for michael jackson's doctor makes a request about his trial two months before it starts. plus new details revealed about a murdered boy in new york on his way home from camp. i'm jim handly. coming up in a few minutes on fl news4 at 5:00 tonight, a transgender woman murdered. the mayor calls it a hate crime. people speak out about the senselesses attack. crosswalk controversy. these signs are flipping people the bird. see what's responsible for the offensive gesture. and stick around for news4 at 6:00 tonight. yesterday we told you about a crime-fighting chihuahua. and now we found a couple dogs taking on shar
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there are new developments in the case of a man accused of murdering an 8-year-old boy in new york city. a medical examiner has determined that libi klutzy was given a combination of drugs before he was killed. he gave the child a muscle relaxer and anti psychotic drug and two pain medications. police say he lured him into his home after the child got lost walking home from day camp. aaron has pleaded not guilty to murder and kidnapping charges.
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there was a preliminary pretrial hearing today in the case against the doctor at the center of michael jackson's death. dr. conrad murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly administering a fatal dose of sedatives to the late pop star before he died. today one of his attorneys asked a los angeles judge to sequester the jury to prevent them from watching media coverage of this case. the attorney referred to the casey anthony trial in florida. the judge said the courts could only sequester the panel during the day. the trial is expected to start in september. still ahead on news4, it was a thrill and scare of a lifetime that a texas man will never forget.
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a texas woman wanted to help her fiance overcome his fear of height, so she took him on a bungee ride monday night. one major problem here. the cables got tangled and they got stuck, dangling up there for three hours. nbc's suze solis reports. >> we just went for a fun ride, and it turned out to be the worst ride of my life. >> 23-year-old william monseta was trying to conquer a fear of heights. >> i thought we're going to do this, it's going to be over with in less than 60 seconds, no problem. >> reporter: this is youtube video of how it's supposed to
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operate. much like a giant sling shot. >> i'm anxious to go ahead and get it over with. the thing shoots out perfect. we're dangling, we're thinking, this is part of it. >> reporter: but the couple got stuck 100 feet in the air. the bungee cords on one side got tangled. >> they realized the left side was not functioning anymore. so we were stuck at an angle. >> reporter: dallas fire rescue crews worked for hours and got a special fire engine with a basket to help bring the couple to safety. as for his fear of heights? >> well, it won again. i am never riding anything of that sort again, ever again. >> reporter: set to marry in february, the couple says the ordeal actually brought them closer. >> up there, we laughed, we got in a fight up there. and then we -- she kind of cried and that kind of brought a tear to me. so we had all of these emotions up there at one time. if we can get past that, i'm sure everything else is good. >> and that's news4 at 4:00. news4 at 5:00 starts right now.
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you're watching nbc 4, washingto washington's news leader. now, live in hd, this is news4 at 5:00. first at 5:00, a transgender woman shot and killed in the district. what the mayor is saying about the attack as police search for her killer. those controversial full body scans are getting revamped. the upgrades designed to protect your privacy without compromising your safety. a broken main sends water spilling out into the streets, snarling the morning rush. twelve hours later, the repairs continue. and we have just learned it will impact tomorrow's commute. and bird's the word. how these street signs wound up delivering this offensive message. and good evening, everybody, welcome to news4 at 5:00 tonight. i'm jim handly. >> and i'm wendy rieger. we begin tonight, of course, with our extreme weather. it's creating a heat dome across a huge chunk of our country. 32 states in the district are all you said heat watc


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