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i'm really overwhelmed right now. >> amanda knox is back home again this morning. what she said during an emotional speech shortly after landing in seattle. good morning and thanks for joining us for "news 4 today." i'm eun yang. >> good morning to you. i'm joe krebs on this wednesday, the 5th of october, 2011. live look outside right now. still dark. sun's coming up eventually. let's talk to veronica johnson to see whether we're going to see it nice and clearly today. >> nice, clear, bright today. big shift in our weather pattern. last time i was talking about a major shift with anything around here was the earthquake. >> that was the shift. >> that was the shift. this shift is going to be quiet and boring, and we like that because that means dry and boring. 55 the current temperature. a west wind at 6 miles per hour. anacostia and benning at 55
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degrees. blade bladensburg and adelphi at 55. still our cool sport in montgomery county, 45 degrees currently in coolsville, maryland. here we are at 9:00 at 61. another ten degrees by lunch time today. as we go through the day, we'll keep the sunshine around. some high clouds for your evening and a little breezy too. we'll hit a high today of 75 degrees. through the evening we'll be falling into the upper 60s by 7:00. during the evening we may pick up a few additional clouds too. so 11:00 maybe partly cloudy sky at 61 degrees. some big time warmth will be headed our way for the weekend and early part of next week. that includes columbus day. i'll show you the forecast in just a couple of minutes. >> good morning. chopper 4 is over the inner loop of the beltway between connecticut and georgia avenue. you know we have rough pavement in this area. very bumpy commute for you. want to let you know traveling
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on the inner loop as well as the outer loop is going to slow you down just a bit. i drove in this morning, and a few rocks hit my window. slow down. don't drive too fast like i know you want to. i know you want to get to work. and i-66 east a vehicle blocking your left shoulder lane. seeing a little volume as you continue in this area east towards the beltway. taking a look at the rails, still no reported delays on the metro, the marc, or the vre. joe and eun, back to you. >> thank you, danella. for the first time in four years, amanda knox is waking up in her home this morning. the british airways jet carrying knox landed in seattle just after 8:00 last night our time. people cheered as knox walked off the plane. >> i'm really overwhelmed right now. i was looking down from the airpla airplane, and it seemed like everything wasn't real. >> knox left italy one day after an italian appeals court overturned her murder conviction. they were charged in the 2007
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murder of her roommate meredith kercher. her conviction was overturned because of faulty dna evidence. this morning we're hearing more about her life behind bars. knox kept a journal, and in it she had a list. on one side it had her life goals if she was going to stay in prison. on the other, her goals if she were releaseded. >> what's important for me to say is just thank you to everyone who's believed in me, who's defended me, who's supported my family. my family is the most important thing to me right now, and i just want to go and be with them. >> knox's ex-boyfriend rafael sollecito also won his appeal. one suspect, rudy gaday is serving a 60-year sentence for his role in kercher's death. the prosecution plans to appeal the ruling. new from overnight, president obama signed a temporary spending bill into law early this morning. the white house says the president signed it just after midnight. this bill will keep the federal
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government funded through november 18th. it also sends an additional $ $5 million disaster relief fund to fema. fema has been stretched after natural disasters, including hurricane irene and tropical storm lee. and budget battles are taking a toll on members of congress, at least on their reputations in the eyes of constituents. just 14% of americans approve of the job congress is doing. that's kwoaccording to a new "washington post" poll. 62% strongly disapprove of congress. this disgust also seems to cross party lines as well. just 18% of democrats, 13% of republicans, and 13% of independents approve of congress's performance. to decision 2012. the republican presidential candidates are scrambling to pick up donors who were waiting on new jersey governor chris
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christie's final decision. several candidates are also reportedly seeking christie's endorsement. christie says the time is not right, and he's not ready to walk out on a promise he made to new jersey when he was elected two years ago. democrat earl ray tomblin has won a special election in west virginia. he has served as acting governor since joe mansion stepped down in november when he won a u.s. senate seat. republicans are upset that tomlin did not join others in suing president obama over the health care plan. today a jury may hear closing arguments in the murder trial of a fairfax woman accused of killing her grand daughter. the defense team says carmela dela rosa did not know what she was doing when she dropped 2-year-old angelyn ogdoc off a sky way at tysons corner last november. prosecution says she clearly understood right from wrong. they claim she was motivated by
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anger at her son-in-law for getting her daughter pregnant out of wedlock. dela rosa has pled not guilty by reason of insanity, and she faces up to life in prison if she's convicted. millions of children across the country will be skipping their bus rides to school today. they'll be participating in the 15th annual walk to school day. they started in 1997 to encourage communities to be more walkable, whether that means safer roads or better air quality. always a good idea to get out there. it's a nice day too. it is now 6:06. 58 degrees. dan snyder buys something really super but
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amazon.com gift card. we'll choose a winner during our 6:00 p.m. news cast and announce the winner tonight at 11:00. well, for the first time in 20 years, nbc is launching a new primetime news magazine. >> it's called rock center with brian williams. the show will feature a team of award-winning correspondents, including harry smith, kate snow, meredith vieira, richard engel, and matt lauer. williams talked about leading the team and starting a new era of primetime news. >> it will be serious journalism, hard news magazine in the great tradition, and also it will have some things we're probably not used to seeing. it will be live. i'll be here when you see me, and i think that's the best way to be current to guarantee that we're right where the news is. >> rock center with brian williams will debut right here on nbc 4 monday, october 21st, as 10:00 p.m.
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he's so funny. i hope he gets to show some of his humor on the show. >> he's a very personable guy. he does a wonderful job. and it's great to have news again back in primetime. >> and that lineup, stellar journalists at work. exciting. >> let's find out about our forecast. we'll take a live look outside. we have a nice day dawning on this wednesday morning. >> it is wednesday. >> wednesday already. >> i know. look at that. we've got a clear sky, stars sparkling above. today is going to be a little warmer. dress for warmer conditions. and part of your wardrobe today should be a pair of sunglasses. something to protect your eyes. at 7:00 the sun will be coming up, shortly after. you'll want that. it's going to be very bright today. 55 is your current temperature. let me take you through your day planner forecast. up to 61 degrees by 9:00 a.m. 71 around lunchtime. good lunchtime temperature and great looking forecast all the way through the day.
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only high clouds moving in. today we'll hit a high of 75 degrees. five degrees higher than yesterday. by 5:00 p.m. we're down to 73 with a few high clouds moving in. it will be just a little on the breezy side. we'll pick up a few additional clouds as we go through the evening hours. we'll drop down to 60 degrees by midnight. tomorrow easily with sunshine we're bouncing back to 72. a few more high clouds coming through. then we round out the week with more sunshine. isn't this boring? a boring, dry weather pattern. boy, oh, boy, do we like it. for columbus day, close to 80 degrees. that's real summer-like warmth for the area. longest dry spell in weeks. danella? >> good morning. traveling i-95 south at route 32, i have report of a car fire. also bw parkway traveling south, i have report of an accident also at 32. traveling i-66 at route 123 still seeing the accident
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blocking your left shoulder lane. this is at, again, route 123. delays on i-66 start from 50 and continue as you head inside the beltway. on the rails, still no delays on the metro, marc, or the vre. now back to you both. >> danella, thank you. the redskins love talking trash about the cowboys as much as the fans do. what chris cooley said about tony romo and why cooley wants
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good morning. welcome back. hundreds of police officers in kansas city, missouri, are looking for a missing 10-month-old child believed to be abducted from her crib. lisa irwin was last seen on nday night at 10:30 when her parents put her to bed. they didn't notice she was missing until 4:00 a.m. on tuesday until lisa's father returned from work and couldn't find her. an amber alert has been issued but has since been cancelled. lisa's parents have been cooperative, and the two other children in the home at the time are safe. a woman celebrating her birthday has died when her chopper crashed in new york. the helicopter went down in the east river within seconds of takeoff. witnesses say the helicopter had trouble. it began spinning out of control and crashed into the water upside down propellor first. the british woman was trapped underneath. three other passengers were pulled to safety. the pilot swam to shore.
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the cause remains under investigation. some residents are fed up with prostitution in their neighborhood. a county council member is proposing prostitution free zones. residents of the fairmont heights neighborhood say this is what they're likely to see when they leave their homes to go to work in the morning. many of the pictures we took cannot even be shown on tv. council member andrea harrison says every member of the community is subject to the brazen behavior of prostitutes and their customers. >> we have people leaving out early in the morning to go to work or taking their children to daycare, and the children are subjected to this because, you know, you have even repairmen in their trucks, in their vans coming out, and they're soliciting early in the morning. >> harrison has proposed legislation that allows police to tell two or more people standing around together to move on even if they're not committing a crime. there will also be increased fines for loitering.
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>> 6:17 now. coroners are expected to take the stand today in the trial against michael jackson's doctor. jurors could hear the voice of dr. conrad murray just two days after jackson's death. murray's girlfriend was on the stand yesterday. all three said they had contact with the doctor the day jackson died. prosecutors say murray was desperate and willing to do anything to keep his job with jackson to pay for his affairs and children. that includes giving the singer a deadly dose of the anesthetic propofol. >> back when your relationship with conrad murray became more serious, certainly before the birth of your son, was conrad murray living at your residence? >> yes. >> was he also providing financial support to you? >> yes. >> murray's defense insists jackson gave himself the propofol. he faces up to four years in prison if convicteded of voluntary manslaughter. apple's big iphone announcement apparently did not
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impress everyone. nick, it failed to wow fans and investors. angie goff is live in the news room with more on this. angie, good morning. >> good morning, joe. a top tech site response to apple's iphone launch describing it as a single l rather than a home run. the expectation from the world's most valuable company was huge, and in the end the feeling among the tech world and wall street, disappointment. apple's new iphone looks just like the old one. called the iphone 4s, it's faster than the iphone 4. the camera's resolution has more than doubled. videos upload faster, and there's a cool personal assistant feature. and for the first time sprint customers in the u.s. can get one. at the end of the day, it was not the iphone 5, the one everyone wanted to see. after the announcement, apple's shares slumped more than 5% on wall street. it later recovered. it's a trend that we see often following apple's announcements. this time the sentiment on social media was different. tech sites and fans took to
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online, let down by the absence of not only the iphone 5, but also apple's former ceo steve jobs, who you saw a moment ago, who stepped down in august. did the launch create a new category of apple consumers? the company revealed the first iphone 3gs model that will be free with a two-year contract. that appeals to the mid-market consumer who has avoided the iphone due to the price. the sale of the iphone 4s will be on october 14th. many people questioning what happened to the iphone 5? tech site mashable reports, if it is set to launch in 2012, you can bet it exists in some form now. for apple fans, it means the waiting game and the rumor mill just begins all over again. back to you, joe. >> i'd say start looking for that iphone 5 on a bar stool near you. >> you can probably count on that. >> i suspect that's where it will first be seen. thanks very much, angie. after yet another day of
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fruitless talks, the nba regular season is in reality jeopardy this morning. representatives for players and owners met yesterday but left the meeting after what they call a wide gap between the two sides. after failed negotiations, the rest of the preseason is cancelled, and the first two weeks of the regular season could be cancelled as well if a deal is not agreed upon by monday. commissioner david stern says, if that happens, the league will lose hundreds of millions of dollars. the redskins week off is giving players time to reflect on the season. >> ah, reflect. but instead of looking at his own performance, tight end chris cooley is setting his sights reflecting on his opponents. cooley revelled in the misery of rival tony romo after the cowboys 24-point collapse against the lions. talked about it on radio station 106.7 the fan. >> it's amazing, amazing to watch him choke like that. i'm just saying i'm up 24 points in the third quarter, if i'm the
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coach, i can take a knee for the rest of the game, punt it away, and there's no way detroit is going to drive on you that many times. the only way you're going to give up that many points is turnovers sha turnovers, right? >> yeah, man. he threw a whole lot of them. >> it was hilarious to watch. >> i wonder if he remembers that the cowboys did beat the redskins. cooley also said he would like to face romo in a cage fight, run up a lead on him, and take his time winning just to embarrass him. >> i don't think anyone would want to face chris cooley in a cage fight, and i bet you he is looking at his own performance. cooley will someday get to go for a ride on this little boat. skins owner dan snyder just bought the lady anne for $7 million. it's one of the largest yachts in the world, six cabins, a theater, a library, and a gym. >> let's get a check on our forecast.
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here's veronica. our weather pattern is going to go from almost night to day, from gray to bright. might be enough to put a little zing in your step. certainly will have ample sunshine. it's going to be spectacular. going to give us another great day even tomorrow. by the time we get into the weekend, more summerlike warmth as temperatures really take off and start rising. today a high of 75 degrees. a little breezy at times. the wind, we'll lose it tonight as we drop down into the low 60s. here's a look at your four hyphen day forecast. sunshine for the rest of the week, 70 to 72. danella? >> good morning. traveling in d.c., 295 southbound at howard road, have a disabled vehicle there taking away two of your right lanes. and right now chopper is live over i-66, still seeing that accident. this is at route 123 as you're heading east on i-66. it's blocking your left shoulder lane. we can see police are on the scene now making their way. i can tell you in this area, your delays on i-66 start on 50 and continue as you head inside
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of the beltway. speaking of the beltway, getting slow at new hampshire avenue, you're hitting the brakes. in fact, in this area, you're traveling at about 31 miles per hour. joe and eun, back to you. >> danella, thank you. it is now 6:23. 53 degrees. with chris christie definitely out, who is leading a new poll
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welcome back. 6:26. it's a pretty wet fall around here. here's one weather phenomenon we've never had to deal with, a dust storm. the blinding storm is being blamed for this deadly pile-up in arizona. at least one person was killed and more than a dozen others injured when a storm blew across an interstate in tucson. visibility was reduced to nearly zero, and part of the highway had to be closed. >> very dangerous. imagine this. when you let your dog out in the morning, what if your dog came scrambling back into the house. quick on its tail, a giant black bear. >> it happened recently to one pennsylvania man. >> a fight with the bear, and you hear the bear chomp on the back of your head, and the hair pulling out of the back of your head, and you're just like this is unbelievable of the i re.
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i really thought this was it. >> rich moyer was attacked in his home by the bear. the wife was attacked as well before the bear went running into the woods behind their house. rich needed more than 70 stitches and staples to close a wound in the back of his head. meanwhile, the bear remains on the loose. >> the fact that he lived to tell about this is amazing. >> very fortunate. coming up next at 6:30, a juror in the amanda knox trial, the appeals
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my family is the most important thing to me right now, and i just want to go be with them. so thank you for being there for me. >> ahmmanda knox's emotional return to the united states. and this morning we're hearing from an italian juror about why her conviction was overturned. good morning. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. right now it's 6:31. 54 degrees.
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a beautiful sky. veronica, tell us more. >> we're going to have a golden sunrise today. nice sky coming our way. sun will come up at 7:07. as far as temperatures go, they're not bad right now. we're at 55 degrees currently. 83% relative humidity. it's going to be dry today. we're talking about a long dry spell. this will be a good period, if you haven't gotten a chance to, from the heavy rain that we had, from the high water. good chance over the next couple of days to go out and fix whatever got messed up from irene and from lee and all that water we've had around the area. 55 degrees currently right inside the beltway. franconia and oakton at 54. wheaton and silver spring at 52 degrees right now. here's your day planner forecast in the next couple of hours. we'll hit 61 by 9:00 a.m. we'll keep sunshine around through the bulk of the day today. 71 at noontime. high clouds for the evening hours. a little breezy too for the afternoon.
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your high temperature going up to 75 degrees. dress for a little warmer conditions than we saw yesterday. it's going to drop by the mid-60s by 9:00. let's get traffic with danella sealock. >> good morning. 295 south in d.c., still seeing the disabled vehicle taking away two of your right lanes at howard road. traveling on i-270, you are jammed, very slow commute out of urbanna, making your way slowly towards clarksburg. that's where you're going to see your delays. further down 270, volume is increasing. here's a look at falls road. so far no delays just yet as you make your way towards the spur. i-66 heavy on the brakes at fairfax parkway. in fact n this area you're traveling at about 29 miles per hour. stop and go all the way through to the beltway. now back to you both. >> danella, thanks so much. new from overnight, major progress in the efforts to fix the escalators at metro's foggy
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bottom station. metro posted this video online of crews removing the escalator at athe metro station. crews already replaced two escalators at foggy bottom. the last one should be up and running by next year, we're told. i'm really overwhelmed right now. i was looking down from the airplane, and it seemed like everything wasn't real. >> for the first time in four years, amanda knox is wake pgin in her home this morning. a lack of clear motive helped clear amanda knox's name. that's according to the tell xwraf. he also told a newspaper that the blunder of dna evidence also helped convince him. an american student and two others were charged in the 2007 murder of her roommate meredith kercher. the conviction was overturned because of faulty dna evidence. she has always maintained her innocence. >> i want to say thank you to
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everyone who's believed in me, who's defended me. who has supported my family. my family is the most important thing to me right now, and i just want to go be with them. >> knox's ex-boyfriend rafael sollecito also won his appeal. one suspect, rudy gaday is serving a 16-year sentence for his role in kercher's death. prosecutors plan to appeal the ruling. the republican presidential race has turned into a three-way race. a new poll out this morning, a cbs news poll found that herman cain is tied with mitt romney at 17%. rick perry came in behind them at 12%. dropping, though, 12 percentage points in just two weeks. this morning four virginia men, including two army corps of engineers employees, are accuseded in a bribery scheme. they are behind bars pending a detepgs hearing. they were arrested in what prosecutors call, quote, one of the most brazen corruption
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schemes in the history of federal contracting. prosecutors say kerry khan and michael alexander funneled more than $45 million to an unidentified company through a government contract. they say the suspects then used false invoices to steal $20 million. a new survey says that 1 in 3 u.s. veterans believe the wars in afghanistan and iraq were not worth fighting. 50% of the post-9/11 veterans say the war in afghanistan has been worth fighting. while about 44% view the conflict in iraq the same way. only one-third say that both wars have been worth fighting. and 33% say that neither war has been worth the cost. researchers surveyed about 1,800 veterans. as the occupy wall street protest nears three weeks, an internet hacking group is threatening to i can at that ta online. the group anonymous has declared war on the new york stock
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exchange. it makes reference to the occupy wall street movement. quote, the new york stock exchan exchange, is a threat to the internet. it's not clear whether it's aing the website. the new character on sesame street looking to bring attention to a very serious problem. >> we're getting a better idea of how long and how much it will cost to
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sesame street looks to end child hunger issues by introducing a new character. lily struggles with her family having enough to eat. she'll make her debut in a primetime special called "growing hope against hunger." 17 million children struggle with hunger in the united states. first lady michelle obama will harvest vegetables as part
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of the third annual white house kitchen garden fall harvest. dozens of children from bancroft and tubman elementary schools will help mrs. obama pick the vegetables this afternoon. this is from last year's harvest. the 1,500 square foot vegetable garden helps encourage healthy eating at the white house and her home as well. >> let's go to veronica johnson at stormcenter 4. beautiful sunrise ready to start. that's a stellar glow on the horizon. we're going to have a spectacular day today. sun will come up at 7:07. as we slide through this wednesday, i got to tell you, folks, things are really looking up in the weather. 55 degrees current temperature. suitland, maryland, and ft. washington, 51 degrees. 9:00 a.m. today, 61 will be our temperature. 71 around lunchtime. temperatures will rise very quickly with all of that sunshine and a lit bit of a
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northwest wind too for the area. later tonight it will switch around to more of a north easterly wind. we'll pick up a few clouds briefly during the overnight period. tomorrow more of the same. sunshine and highs in the low 70s. weekend is looking great too. we'll take a look at the rest of the weekend in a couple of minutes. danella? traveling i-95 in virginia, heading north, going to be a slow trip for you now. have an accident involving multiple vehicles. this is just as you pass the occoquan, blocking your two left lanes you can see here. big accident. we have fire on the scene as well as police, and it's slowing you down. in fact, your delays start out of dale city and continue as you make your way past this accident. outer loop of the beltway in maryland, we're seeing red in this area, very slow from i-95 as you head towards the mormon temple. some crowding at university boulevard. inner loop, not so bad. outer loop pretty slow. you're traveling at 24 miles per hour. now back to you both. >> thank you, danella. 6:42 is the time.
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welcome back at 6:45. the national cathedral is set to reopen in november, but it will take millions of dollars to complete repairs. the cathedral suffered substantial damage in august. news 4's melissa mollet is live with the details. >> reporter: good morning to you, eun. they need $25 million in order to reopen in november, as you just mentioned. we're talking about repairs and also talking about operation costs. take a live look at the washington national cathedral behind me now. obviously far too early for any work to begin, but this work has basically been happening for about six weeks now, since the earthquake hit. they will be soliciting
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donations from across the country. the august 23rd earthquake knocked off pinnacles and damages the structure inside and outside. the main structure, though, is completely sound. >> it was damaged, but it wasn't fatefully damaged. it appears to me it's more cosmetic than anything else. nothing structural. costs a lot of money because it's a lot of equipment and manpower required. it will happen. >> reporter: crews spent the last couple of weeks putting steel beams on top of the structure, and they're going to be moving scaffolding to remove damaged pieces. we understand there are pieces that need to be brought down. some need to be replaced. others need to be recarved. the project could take approximately ten years. a very, very long time, of course.
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a long time this project could take in lots and lots of money. as you mentioned, they're planning to reopen november 12th. today crews could wrap up inspecting the washington monument. weather permitting. engineers still have about 300 feet to go on the west and north walls. high winds forced workers to stop their inspections yesterday afternoon. the national park service says they were able to finish checking out the south and east walls before it got too windy. engineers have been rappelling down the monument since last week to check for damage caused during that earthquake in august. putting on quite a show too. today aruban authorities will take a team of cadaver dogs back out to search for the maryland woman who disappeared two months ago. the first search by the dogs turned up nothing. robyn gardner was last seen on august the 2nd. investigators were taking the dogs to the area near baby beach, where gardner was reportedly last seen. the man she was with on the island, gary giordano, remains
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incarceratesed. giordano has been detained since august the 5th for suspected involvement in her death. he denies any wrongdoing. the popularity of sports bikes has made them an attractive target for thieves. five motorcycles have been stolen in just one week in the russet community of laurel. this man's bike was stolen in his parking garage. the video cameras were rolling. he says they caught the van at that took the bike away, but the van was also stolen. police are searching inform are for a man who attacked a woman inside her own kitchen. it happened inside a home on saybrook avenue in silver spring. the man came in through a sliding glass door, grabbed the 56-year-old woman from behind, threw her to the floor, and tried to take off her clothes. she fought back and ran away.
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if this sketch looks like someone you know, police ask you to call. president obama signed a temporary spending bill into law very early this morning. he signed it just after midnight. the bill will keep america funded through november 18th and sends an additional $265 million in disaster relief to fema. fema has been stretched thin after several natural disasters, including hurricane irene and tropical storm lee. the victims of the bernard madoff ponzi scheme start to get some of their money back today. cnbc's jackie deangelis joins us this morning. >> good morning. the first checks to victims of the bernard madoff ponzi scheme will be mailed out today. the first round totals $31 milli -- $312 million to about 1,200 accounts. instead of unveiling a
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totally new device, apple is the biggest gainer in a world report in the world's top 100 brands, moving from 17th to 8th place. coke topping that list for the 12th straight year followed by ibm. and microsoft is expected to announce today it's teaming up with comcast and verizon to add pay tv service to the xbox. users of xbox live can watch movies and show via netflix and hulu. it's also expected to sign content deals with hbo and universal bravo and sci-fi channel. the aim is to channel more entertainment to the xbox which microsoft wants to be the gateway to the digital living room. that's it for us at cnbc. eun, back to you. >> that's jackie deangelis. have a great day. new this morning, friendly's filed for bankruptcy. it filed a voluntary petition
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under chapter 11 to begin a restructuring process. 63 restaurants will close. however, none in the washington area. it's often hard to understand human behavior. now police are looking for a person who threw a bag of puppies into a landfill and left them there to die. >> three puppies survived. six of their brothers and sisters did not, though. the puppies were not even a day old. take a look at these cuties. a person on duty heard the puppies crying and called for help. this happened last month in king george county, virginia. residents have contributed to a $1,200 reward fund for information that leads to an arrest. anyone interested in adopting these puppies can search the word "puppy" on nbcwashington.com. bet you it's going to get a lot of hits. >> i hope so. let's find out about the forecast. sun starting to come up. some nice sunshine, a chance to dry up and warm up around the area. a lot of folks have been want to go do that for a while. look back at the weather calendar.
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we flip through the pages. looks like it will be our brightest and best day since september the 13th, when we hit 83 degrees and have more sunshine than we had yesterday. good feeling day for sure. 55 the current temperature. we've got a clear sky now. sun will rise at 7:07. west wind at 6 miles per hour currently. cool spot still northern montgomery county. warm inside the beltway at 55. 50 in ft. belvoir and over around huntington. high pressure the dominant feature in our weather the next couple of days. as it slowly moves off to the east, clear skies, sunshine by day. today maybe a few high clouds coming our way late in the day, but a very, very good looking day it will be. even tomorrow, more sunshine. 74 in baltimore. gaithersburg too. 74 the high. 75 in culpepper. in charlottesville with a high today of 77 degrees. little breezy for the afternoon. not quite as strong as that wind was yesterday. and then for the evening, we'll
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see the temperature step down from the upper 60s to the low 60s. a very nice evening too. four-day forecast. here we go, the high of 70 for friday. not just dry conditions but extended sunshine. we like the fact it's coming for the weekend. make the plans for the weekend. upper 70s on sunday. columbus day almost summer-like with sunshine. >> good morning. breaking news out of great falls. chopper 4 is flying over the scene. we have an accident involving a motorcycle. this is at georgetown pike and walker road. i'm told there are minor injuries involved in this accident, but as you can see, the road is going to be shut down georgetown pike at walker road. if i were you, i would take leesburg pike to avoid this area. outer loop of the beltway in maryland, an accident taking away two of your right lanes. this is at college park. you can see we are jammed as we make our way towards colesville
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road, very slow commute. and had an accident here on 95 north right as you pass the occoquan. it's in your left shoulder lane. earlier it was blocking your left lane. as you can see, it's relieving some of the congestion that was there. still seeing some delays out of dale city as you head towards lorton. now back to you both. >> thank you, danella. 6:54 now. we have all heard the warnings about using our cell phones while driving. a new survey out this morning shows that even though most americans realize the dangers, they do it anyway. 35% of drivers surveyed say they read or sent a text message while driving in the past month. 67% say they've made a phone call. at the same time, 95% of drivers say texting while driving is a serious threat, and 88% feel the same way about talking on the phone. >> just in time for the holiday season, prices for food and gasoline could soon drop. according to "usa today," it's all in part because of the european debt crisis.
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investors have turned to the energy and grain markets in the face of the fwloebl global rece. the price of wheat has dropped 25%. experts predict the gasoline prices will drop as well. right now the national average is $3.40 per gallon. one georgia woman will probably not be complaining about a mistake a cashier made at a store recently. kathy scruggs asked the clerk for a mega millions ticket. the cashier accidentally gave her a powerball ticket in addition to the mega millions. rather than make an issue, scruggs kept both tickets, and it's a good thing she did. that powerball wound up having all of the winning numbers. the jackpot, $25 million. can you imagine? >> that's not a bad day's work. >> no. for you. if there is one thing to do today, it's to sign up for nbc 4's fandemonium, quick and easy, and you could win great prizes. >> not $25 million, but all you have to do is like nbc washington on facebook.
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today you could win a $100 amazon.com gift card. we'll choose a winner during the 6:00 p.m. news cast and announce the winner tonight at 11:00. >> out the door forecast. veronica? dig up your sunglasses. i know they're buried. mine i left at home. 75. a lot of sunshine today. you're going to love it. >> and that is "news 4 today." thanks
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