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for. it allows syncing of music and photos. it also allows you to send texts, pictures, and apple devices for free. it works on ipads, the fourth generation ipod touch, and the iphone 3gs, 4, and comes preinstalled on the 4s. you got all that. >> i got all that. i can't wait until my iphone will also toast bagels and dry hair. >> exactly. >> it's coming. >> if i could cut down on my drying hair time in the morning, lifesaver. stay with us. "news 4 today" continues at 5:00 a.m. a plot to kill the saudi ambassador in the u.s. foiled, and now there's word there might have been other potential targets right here in
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washington. good morning to you. i'm eun yang. >> and i'm joe krebs. welcome back to "news 4 today." it's wednesday, the 12th of october. kind of mild out there this morning with clouds above us. here's tom. and rain falling from those clouds right now. so we have wet pavement. allow yourself extra time heading off to work and school this wednesday morning. we've had showers coming in the last couple of hours. they've been generally light. right now we're getting moderate showers in fairfax county as well as out of the mountains of west virginia. that area of yellow and orange is moderate rain now. it's just exiting fairfax and just now moving here into northwest washington and into montgomery county. quite a bit of moderate rain there and certainly where it's not wet yet. it's going to be across montgomery county. prince george's and arlington as well farther to the south. we have showers that are a little bit heavier in parts of the northern neck and the eastern shore as well. larger area of moderate rain now. as we look at temperatures, we're in the 50s in the
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shenandoah valley into the mountains. but for the blue ridge east, it's in the 60s. 65 now at reagan national. a wet day today. have your umbrella and patience handy as we will have showers off and on throughout the day. sunrise at 7:14. highs reaching upper 60s to near 70 by early afternoon. a look at the evening planner at 5:11. here's a look at the wednesday traffic. good morning, danella. >> good morning. good news. i had an accident westbound across the bay bridge. it's now clear out of the roadway and shouldn't be causing you any more problems. if you're taking 295, this is at route 32. no problems traveling bw parkway north or south even heading into the city. nice and clear thus far. taking 395 at glebe. not seeing any major congestion here. i am seeing some slick roadways. again, give yourself extra time this morning just so you can get to work and school safely. clear on 395 all the way from edsall to the 14th street bridge as you head into the city. not seeing anything slowing you
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down. on the rails, so far, no delays. now back to you both. >> danella, thanks so much. new from overnight, one person is behind bars this morning accused in a deadly hit and run accident. the accident happened along montgomery road in baltimore avenue in beltsville. the victim was crossing the street when he was struck and killed. we're told he was not in a crosswalk. the driver reportedly took off but was arrested not far from the scene. police are not releasing the driver's or victim's name at this time. this morning there is a travel alert for americans after the united states accused iraq of backing a plot to kill saudi arabia's ambassador to washington. the president told adel al jubeir the white house is committed to the security of diplomats living and serving here. two agents of the iranian government were arrested yesterday, one of them a naturalized american citizen, appeared in federal court in new york. they offered more than $1 million to a person they thought worked with a mexican drug cartel. >> it reads like the pages of a
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hollywood script. the impact would have been very real, and many lives would have been lost. >> we will be consulting with our friends and partners around the world about how we can send a very strong message. >> federal investigators say the suspects were also talking about attacking the israeli and saudi ambassadors here in washington. home away from home is what the freedom plaza will be for occupy d.c. protesters. park police amended the permit to allow them to stay through december 30th. yesterday park police arrested people inside the senate hart office building. they were attempting to unfurl a banner that said tax the rich. it's the first time protesters were arrested since the movement came to d.c. and hundreds of people from the occupy wall street movement took part in a millionaires
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march in new york city. they marched through the homes of some of the city's wealthiest residents. they carried large checks symbolizing how much less the wealthy will pay when new york's 2% millionaires tax expires in november. a man was hit by a train in clarendon. this morning the victim is seriously injured. the incident made for a chaotic commute home on the orange line. just take a look at these cell phone pictures taken from the rosslyn metro station as hundreds of riders were trapped on the platform. because the man was hit in clarendon, that station was closed, and all the riders had to get off the train in rosslyn. >> some people were yelling. some people just didn't know where to go, so they're just standing in place. >> we pulled into the station, and there were bodies almost physically pressed up against the train on arrival, which is a safety risk in and of itself. so we're standing there trying to move in a space that wasn't there. >> when passengers tried to get to the exit, they said the escalators were out, making it tough to navigate out of the
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station. metro says the escalators did what they were supposed to do, automatically shut down when there's an overload of passengers and too much weight. >> the republican presidential hopefuls took center stage in new hampshire for another debate last night. much of the spotlight was on herman cain, who is quickly closing in on mitt romney at the top of the polls. the former godfather's pizza ceo got a lot of attention as he touted his catchy 9, 9, 9 tax plan. meanwhile, rick perry, trying to shore up slumping poll numbers, took on romney over health care. >> romney care has driven the cost of small business insurance premiums up by 14% over the national average in massachusetts. >> we have less than 1% of our kids that are uninsured. you have 1 million kids uninsured in texas. >> there were no real personal attacks on this debate like we've seen on the campaign trail recently. however, earlier in the day,
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romney did call on perry to reject the dallas pastor who called the mormon faith a cult. >> romney's campaign got a big boost even before the republican campaign got under way. new jersey governor chris christie endorsed romney's campaign saying america cannot afford another four years of president obama. republicans had pushed christie to enter the presidential race himself. political experts say this move sends a signal to the skeptical gop establishment to fall in line behind romney. romney is at the top among voters in virginia, but he has company. a new quinnipiac poll shows mitt romney and herman cain are tied for the top spot in the commonwealth, each with 20% of the vote. cain jumped an astounding 15% from the poll last month. meanwhile, rick perry fell from 25% to just 11% of the republicans surveyed, erasing a clear lead he held a month ago. senate republicans and two democrats blocked president obama's jobs bill n a statement, the president blasted republicans for not passing it,
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weather and traffic on the ones. it's 5:11 on this wednesday morning. good morning. i'm meteorologist tom kierein. grab an umbrella before you head off to work and school this morning because we do have scattered showers across west virginia, much of virginia, maryland, the district, eastern shore, advancing south to north. right now getting moderate showers from northwest washington across montgomery county. that's advancing north. elsewhere, scattered lighter showers from washington's benning neighborhood to laurel, clinton, chantilly and olney. we'll have thoeds throughout the day. right now 65 at reagan national. upper 50s farther west.
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sunrise 7:14. occasional showers throughout the day today. highs only reaching near 70. we'll likely get more showers tonight. here's your evening planner. sunset 6:34. we'll stay in the 60s with showers throughout the evening. danella, how's traffic? >> good morning. we're starting with the rails. so far, metro, marc, vre aren't reporting any delays. on the roadway, still a lot of green in the area. that means you're making good travel speed. you've got to slow down this morning because the roadways are very wet. let's start and head up towards 270. if you're taking 270, you can see in both directions on 270, we're pretty clear. a live look, if you're taking the drive to clarksburg, heading from urbanna. seeing the volume increase just a bit here. so far no delays. again, you're clear on 270 in both directions. driving on i-95 in virginia at the rest area. this is the dale city volume increasing just a bit as you make your commute. you can see here the roadways
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are wet. again, please give yourself extra time. while you're making your commute, you can slow down and just get safely to where you're trying to go. i'm back in ten with another update. back to you both. >> 5:12. 64 degrees. ahead, looking for baby lisa. a missouri couple's dramatic move to help find their missing daughter.
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good morning and welcome back. a woman accused of randomly stabbing a shopper outside a store in maryland has been charged with a similar attack before. the surveillance video from a store in bowie shows antoinette
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sharp trying to buy knives, but when they are credit card was declined, stealing them. moments later she stabbed a woman outside a target store. this is tack is similar to one in 2005, when she stabbed two people outside a nordstroms at montgomery mall. >> it's eerie we have the same individual involved in a similar crime. >> police used a taser gun on starks in order to arrest her because they say she would not put down the knives. she was released from the clinton-perkins mental hospital a few days ago. she had been released from prison just before the 2005 attack. police made a major discovery in the search for a missing alexandria community activist. lenny harris' abandoned toyota corolla was found yesterday in prince george's county. shortly after harris disappeared nearly three weeks ago, surveillance cameras captured pictures of a man using harris' credit card. the last time anyone saw harris, he was going to meet someone outside a rec center. his phone was found on wilson
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bridge. happening today, custodians who clean offices in the washington area will hold a rally as they get ready for a possible strike. about 12,000 union workers are threatening to strike when the contract expires on sunday. the union is asking for wage increases, fewer staff cuts, and health care benefits for more workers. the cleaning companies say they're struggling because of the weak economy. a sinkhole that opened up in virginia. >> last month is now growing and coming closer to swallowing up several homes. this is what the sinkhole looked like on september 21st. the patio of the house crumbling. now 20 days later that patio has fallen into a more than 30 foot deep hole and is just three to four feet from two homes. geo there geotechnical engineers are on site drilling holes to take soil and water samples and trying to figure out what to do next.
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>> to determine what the composition of the soils are, and it's all leading to determine how this can be fixed and even if this can be fixed. >> the work to fix the hole has already cost $15,000, some of which the county and state may be able to help pay for. but because insurance won't cover the damage, a local church has started a fund, which has already raised more than $27,000 for the families. 5:19 is the time. virginia's governor is asking president obama to tour the epicenter of that east coast earthquake to see the damage firsthand. governor bob mcdonnell sent a letter inviting the president to tour the rural town of mineral, where the 5.2 magnitude quake hit back on august 23rd. it comes after fema turned down an application last week that asked for federal assistance for the people in the town whose homes and businesses were damaged in the quake. mcdonnell urged the president to visit during his two-state tour touting his jobs bill next week. one of the president's stops will be in charlottesville, just
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about a 45-minute drive from mineral. an engineer who believes she suffered a stroke while at a research station in antarctica could be evacuated from the south pole as soon as friday. renee douceur has been asking for an emergency evacuation since august 26th, when onsite doctors say they believe she suffered a stroke. but the national science foundation and the raytheon company say her condition is not life threatening and sending a rescue plane would be too dangerous because of the extremely low temperatures. douceur says a weather window is opening up, and a cargo plane will arrive friday to take her home. the family of a missing 10-month-old baby is hiring a private investigator. lisa irwin disappeared from her kansas city home more than a week ago. the parents say someone must have entered their home and taken her while everyone else is asleep of the the family brought in the investigator to help coordinate their own search efforts. >> there is a bad guy out there, or bad people with this child, and we want to get this child home safe and sound.
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that's the ultimate goal for everyone. let's have a happy ending with this. >> police crews searched a well about five blocks from the home but did not find anything. investigators say they don't have any suspects so far in the case. prosecutors are winding down their case against the doctor charged in michael jackson's death. they include calling experts in pharmacology, cardiology, and anesthetic propofol. yesterday doctors heard more about conrad murray's interrogation. they played the audiotape of murray's police interview just two days after jackson's death. murray described the heart breaking scene inside the hospital as jackson's children learned their dad had died. >> after they cried and cried and a lot of words of how she will live without her dad and she didn't want to be an orphan. she asked me, dr. murray, you save a lot of patients. you saved people with heart
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attacks. you couldn't save my dad. and i'm going to wake up in the morning, and i'm never going to see my daddy. >> murray is accused of giving the singer a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol back in 2009. if convicted, he faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical license. our time is 5:21. time for a look at weather and traffic on the ones. taking a look outside. so is tom. here he is. >> and the camera bouncing around a bit in a blustery northeast wind. that's capitol hill in the distance under a cloud cover. little light rain right now in washington. elsewhere, moderate rain showing up on the radar advancing south to north. getting moderate showers in southern maryland in st. mary's county and coming into calvert county. also getting moderate showers here in montgomery county right along 270 all the way up to the frederick county line advancing to the north. a little light rain in washington. this area of green is light rain across fairfax, prince william, fauquier, stafford, and
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spotsylvania advancing to the north. showers in the mountains in the 50s. blue ridge and shenandoah valley in the upper 60s. elsewhere, in the 60s. montgomery, arlington, fairfax in the low to mid-60s. sunrise, showers throughout the day. highs reaching near 70 by early afternoon. maybe some more showers tonight. here's your evening planner. during the day tomorrow, we might get a respite tomorrow. maybe some fog around in the morning. during the afternoon, showers, maybe thunder showers thursday afternoon into thursday evening. a lingering shower possible friday morning. sun back in the afternoon friday. highs mid-70s. gre great weekend to follow. highs upper 60s to near 70. chilly in the mornings. danella, how's traffic? this one is an accident at new hampshire avenue.
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hopefully that won't slow you down too much. other roadways, still seeing a lot of wet pavement. traffic is increasing just a bit f you're traveling in silver spring, this is georgia avenue at 16th street. not seeing any incidents to report for you. and making the commute in d.c., this is new york avenue at florida. if you're traveling outbound, still seeing the construction barrels taking away the left side of the roadway. so far no significant traffic for you. and as you're traveling in virginia taking the commute, 66 east at cedar lane, start to go see some congestion as you make your way to nutley and head inside the beltway. now back to you both. >> danella, thank you. even if you aren't about to run out and buy the new iphone 4s on friday, you can still experience some of the same features the new phone will have. the ios 5 operating system comes out today. it includes more than 200 software upgrades and new features that iphone users have been asking for. one of those features allows
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9% business flat tax, 9% personal income tax, and a 9% sales tax. >> all eyes on herman cain in the race for the white house as the man once considered a long shot for the republican nomination proves to be a legitimate contender apparently. good morning. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today" for this wednesday, october 12th. first off this half hour, the latest on that foiled plot to assassinate the saudi ambassador to washington. president obama has reaffirmed u.s. solidarity with saudi arabia in the wake of that foiled plot. this morning there's a new warning for americans abroad. angie goff is live in our news room with this developing story. angie, good morning. >> good morning, eun.
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this morning the message to americans around the world, stay on alert. the state department issued a new worldwide travel alert, warning for terrorist attacks against u.s. interests. this follows the exposure of an alleged plot to murder saudi arabia's ambassador adel al jubeir. officials say iranian sponsored attacks could also include strikes in america, where the alleged plot was supposed to happen. the travel alert expires january 11th, 2012. meanwhile the president told al jubeir the white house is committed to keeping diplomats in our country safe. meanwhile two iranians accuseded of trying to kill jubeir, one of them a naturalized u.s. citizen living in new york. the two men offered $1 million to a man they thought was with the mexican drug cartel. turns out it was a dea agent instead. the plan to kill him with a bomb
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attack while he dined at his favorite restaurant >> it reads like the pages of a hollywood script. the impact would have been very real, and many lives would have been lost. >> we will be consulting with our friends and partners around the world about how we can send a very strong message. >> federal investigators say the suspects were also talking about attacking the israeli and saudi embassies here right in washington. moving forward, officials say the administration will push for new international sanctions to extend penalties against iran in the wake of this latest news. back to you. >> angie goff in our news room this morning. angie, thank you. >> 5:31 is the time. let's take another look outside. you can see the clouds above the nation's capitol. 64 degrees. here's tom. we've got some rain as well. a lot of the streets and sidewalks are wet this morning. allow yourself extra time. that's fender bender weather. whenever we get wet roads around, no doubt we're going to
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have accidents and delays traveling around on this wednesday morning. right now looking at radar, we've had showers just light generally passing south to north. there are heavier downpours when we see pockets of yellow especially around west virginia. right along the blue ridge, from front royal south towards roanoke, that's advancing north right along the blue ridge into the shenandoah valley. closer to washington, we've got moderate showers in st. mary's and calvert counties. those are advancing north. and there's light rain across montgomery county and scattered across northern virginia in loudoun, fairfax, fauquier, prince william, and points south. temperatures generally in the 60s through most of the region. now 65 at reagan national. we'll stay in the 60s through the day. occasional showers. have the umbrella handy. sunrise at 7:14. highs near 70 by early afternoon. your evening planner in ten minutes. here's a look at the wednesday traffic. good morning, danella. >> good morning. i just received report of a disabled vehicle possibly blocking your right lane outer
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loop of the beltway around bw parkway. i'll keep an eye and let you know what's going on. here's a look at branch avenue on the beltway in prince george's county. inner loop and outer loop are clear mu clear. the roadways are wet. give yourself time to travel safely. i-95, the delay building out of dale city. this is the view at pohick road. as you continue on to 395, i'm starting to see a little volume there. this is the view at edsall road. the headlights coming toward us. it's traffic coming from 95. again, no accidents at all on 395, just volume is starting to increase. i'm back in ten with another update. back to you both. new from overnight, an suv crashed into a house. this happened near the intersection of greenmont avenue and calverton boulevard in beltsville. the driver was pursuing another vehicle when the accident happened.
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they're describing it as a minor domestic disturbance. the driver was taken to the hospital. no charges are pending. republican presidential hopefuls squared off in another debate, some of them still trying to gain some traction. mitt romney came in as the front-runner with a big lead in the polls in new hampshire. romney did not do anything to really hurt his campaign, experts say, but the spotlight during the debate seemed to be on herman cain. the former godfather's pizza ceo is surging right now in the polls, in part thanks to his catchy 9, 9, 9 tax plan. >> 9% corporate business flat tax, 9% personal income flat tax, and a 9% national sales tax -- 9, 9, 9. jobs, jobs, jobs. >> texas governor rick perry tried to give his sagging poll numbers a bit of a boost, pushing for opening america up to more energy production. he also attacked front-runner romney for his health care plan in massachusetts. republicans had pushed for new jersey governor chris christie to jump into the presidential race.
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now that he's not running, christie is endorsing mitt romney, giving his campaign a boost just hours ahead of the debate. the move could also steer campaign donors who had been waiting for christie's decision over to romney. christie says america needs a leader like romney because we cannot afford another four years of president obama. romney is facing a new challenge with voters in virginia. a new quinnipiac university poll shows herman cain is tied with romney in the top spot with 24% support among voters. that's a 15% jump for cain in the last month. meanwhile, rick perry fell from 25% to just 11% among republicans surveyed, erasing a clear lead he held just a month ago. senate republicans and a few democrats blocked president obama's jobs bill in a procedural vote. in a statement, the president blasted republicans for not passing it, saying the $447 billion bill contains just the kind of proposals republicans have supported in the past. republicans say they're against
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the measure because of its surcharge on millionaires, and some democrats say they're unhappy with the president's plan to pay for the bill. democratic leaders say they hope to divide the package into smaller pieces they think can actually get passed such as extending the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. the wage gap has reached a 30-year high in virginia. a new study found the top 10% of wage earners in virginia make nearly six times more than those in the bottom 10%. this is the second highest gap in the country. new jersey is number one. the district is ranked fourth, and maryland is sixth. the commonwealth institute for fiscal analysis released the report. the organization's president tells "the washington post" the recession has not hit everyone equally. it's official. demonstrators at freedom plaza can stay longer than first planned. they can now stay through december 30th. late last night the park service amendeded the protesters' permit. meanwhile, police arrested six
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protesters from occupy d.c. inside the hart senate office building. they were attempting to unfurl a banner that said, quote, tax the rich. it was the first time a group of protesters was arrested since the movement came to d.c. and hundreds of people from the occupy wall street movement took part in a millionaires march in new york city. they marched through the homes of some of the city's wealthiest residents. they carried oversized checks, symbolizing how much less the wealthy will pay when new york's 2% millionaires tax expires in december. metro trains are running in both directions between rosslyn and ballston this morning after a man was hit by a train in clarendon yesterday. the man is listed in serious condition. the incident made for a chaotic commute on the orange line yesterday afternoon. take a look at pictures taken from the rosslyn metro station as hundreds of riders were trapped on the platform. because the man was hit in clarendon, that station was closed, and all the riders had to get off the train in rosslyn. when the passengers tried to get to the exit, they say the escalators were not working, and that made things even worse.
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>> at that point, you had people starting to become short of breath and standing to the side, telling everyone to go past them. everyone is checking on everybody else for health. then you had people who were actually starting to be in respiratory distress. people were starting to feel their heart hurting. and you had to have emts coming down the line when these people never should have been in that situation from the start. >> metro says the escalators did what they're supposed to do, and that is automatically shut down when there's an overload of passengers and tooch weigh much. >> i can't imagine the confusion and frustration and how long it took people to get home. it is now 5:38. coming up, food for thought. coming up, food for thought. whyture,
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weather and traffic on the ones early on this thursday morning. i'm meteorologist tom kierein. we've had occasional showers passing south to north for the past several hours all across the region from virginia, maryland, the district, and the eastern shore. right now closer to washington, just scattered light showers in
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loudoun, fairfax, prince william, fauquier, and stafford counties and points south. southern maryland getting rain as well in calvert and st. mary's counties. farther to the north, montgomery counties getting showers. prince george's and northern anne arundel. temperatures in the 60s throughout most of the region. 65 at reagan national. for the day, we'll have occasional showers with highs only reaching near 70 by early afternoon. and for tonight, here's your evening planner. occasional showers likely as well. we'll be in the low 60s by midnight. a look at the rest of the week and the weekend into next week as well at 5:51. danella, how's traffic? the earlier disabled vehicle outer loop of the beltway now in the right shoulder lane. traffic is flowing by that. i'm also seeing some congestion, if you're traveling 270 making your way out of urbanna in both directions, a slow commute. further down 270, passing father hurley, starting to see volume increase here as you head towards the spur. no accidents in either direction.
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seeing volume, taking 66 east, starting out of fair oaks as you head inside of the beltway, this is the view at gallows road. it looks like a disabled vehicle right here, probably an accident. looks like it's just taking up your left shoulder lane. i'm back in ten minutes. back to you both >> thank you, danella. 5:42. more than just clothes and souvenirs. what authorities found
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welcome back. this morning we learned the woman accused of an unprovoked stabbing of a target shopper yesterday has been charged with such an attack before. this surveillance video in bowie shows antoinette starks trying to buy knives and then stealing
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them after her credit card was declined. just moments later she stabbed a woman in the neck and shoulder outside a neighboring target. this is similar to the attack starks was charged with in 2005 when she stabbed two people outside a nordstrom at montgomery mall. >> it's certainly disturbing we have the same individual involved in a similar crime. >> police had to tase starks in order to arrest her because they say she would not put down the knives. she was released from clifton-perkins mental hospital just 60 days ago. she'd been released from prison just days before the 2005 attack. police have made a major discovery in the search for a missing alexandria activist missing for three weeks. lenny harris' abandoned toyota corolla was found yesterday. shortly after he disappeared, cameras captured i ed images on using harris' credit card.
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the last time anyone saw harris, he said he was going to meet someone outside the rec center. a rally this afternoon as union workers get ready for a strike. about 12,000 union workers are expected to strike when the contract expires this coming sunday. the union is asking for wage increases, fewer staff cuts, and health care benefits for more workers. the cleaning companies say they're struggling because of the weak economy. a sinkhole that opened up last month is now growing and coming close to swallowing up several homes. this is what the sinkhole looked like on september 21st. the patio of one house was crumbling. now 20 days later that patio has fallen into the more than 30 foot deep hole and is spreading and is four feet from other homes. engineers are drilling 65-foot deep holes taking soil and water samples to figure out what to do.
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>> to determine what this involves, what the composition of the soils are, and all this is leading to determine how this could be fixed or even if it can be fixed. >> the work for the holes has already cost $15,000, some of which the county and state may be able to help pay for. because insurance will not cover the damage, a local church has started a fund, which has already raised more than $27,000 for the families. >> customs and border protection agents found cocaine at dulles airport. agents found 245 grams of cocaine hidden in bed post knobs on a plane coming from el salvador. agents say a courier brought in the knobs along with other goods. the cocaine has a street value at $17,000. the courier was released to return back to el salvador. if you're having pancakes or waffles this morning, you may want to take a look at the maple syrup you're eating because it may not be. there's a new crackdown on maple syrup knock-offs. vermont senator patrick leahy is
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proposing new legislation to make it a federal crime for people to mislabel products as containing maple syrup. the democrat says the law is needed to protect the vermont maple syrup from fraud. this comes after the fda found a man in rhode island selling fake vermont maple syrup online. the product actually contained no real maple syrup. a popular gaming system has suffered yet another hacker attack. sony says it's detected another number of unauthorized attempts to access user accounts on its playstation network. they've locked about 93,000 accounts whose ids and pass words were stolen. the credit cards linked to those accounts are not at risk. however, earlier this year hackers broke into the playstation network and compromised more than 100 million accounts, stealing personal information and credit card numbers. if you're a student or parents, you know that going to college these days is anything but cheap.
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>> if you want to go to sarah lawrence college, you're going to need a lot of money. forbes magazine ranked the women's college in new york the most expensive college in the country for the second year in a row. a year at the liberal arts college will cost you more than $58,000 a year. the university of chicago, new school in new york, washington university in st. louis, and columbia university rounded out the top five. how much money? you have to save so much for college these days. >> and one can only ask exactly what does that pay for? >> i hope a lot. i hope you're going to be a rocket scientist or something. who knows? >> tom is here now to take a look at our forecast. we've had rain moving in the last few hours. expect showers off and on for your morning commute heading off to work and school. you'll need that umbrella. looking at the radar the last few hours, we've seen showers advancing south to north. they've mostly been light showers. don't really have heavy rain. getting moderate showers along
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the blue ridge from just near front royal and back towards roanoke. closer to washington, just getting a few sprinkles right in washington. the radar picking up areas of green. light rain in howard county, northern anne arundel, scattered across southern maryland, calvert, and st. mary's. farther to the south, getting light showers from western fairfax into prince william and fauquier advancing to the north. most of the roads, streets, and sidewalks are wet from overnight showers. allow yourself extra time heading out. right now we're in the low to mid-60s through the region, and we'll stay in the 60s. here's the rainfall i'm expecting from the whole thing by the time we get into thursday. this area of blue is .5 inch to an inch of rain. these are the zones that could get up to 2 to 2.5 inches of rain by the time this all ends on thursday afternoon and evening. so for the rest of this wednesday, though, occasional showers throughout the day. highs reaching near 70. sunrise at 7:14.
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and then sunset at 6:34. more showers from time to time tonight. we'll be in the 60s through the evening. and then tomorrow maybe a little fog in the morning and afternoon and evening showers likely tomorrow, maybe thunder and lightning too. friday in the morning, might have a shower. otherwise drying out friday afternoon and just in time for the weekend. looks like an autumnal weekend. go pumpkin hunting on saturday, sunday, and into monday, tuesday, with sunshine. highs in the 60s to near 70. danella, how's traffic? definitely looking forward to the weekend because right now the roads are wet, and it's going to be a slow commute as you make your way out of the house. right now a disabled vehicle in the right shoulder lane, outer loop of the beltway just past bw parkway. as you continue towards connecticut avenue, inner loop and outer loop is clear. volume is building. there was an earlier accident in the right hand shoulder lane. nothing slowing you down. volume is increasing. and traveling 66 east out of fair oaks as you head east inside of the beltway, you're
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going to see delays. here at gal olows road as you'r making your commute, police are on the scene of this accident right now. in your left shoulder lane, it's out of the roadway. it is going to be a slow commute for you this morning. give yourself extra time. now back to you both. >> thank you, danella. are you looking for a new pet to bring home? prince william county's animal she wi shelter may have just the pet for you. >> it's not a cat or a dog. it's a huge pot bellied pig wandering on the road. ann reyes introduces us to wilbur. >> reporter: if you want to add a furry friend to your family, chances are you'll find the one at the prince william county animal shelter. >> typically, we have dogs, cats, occasionally birds. right now we've got five rats. we've got some chinchillas, and then there's wilbur. >> reporter: you have to go out back to meet him.
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wilbur is 5 years old, 200 pounds, and a little on the stubborn side. and he eats like a pig. >> he's an escape artist. most o them are. he was released to us because they couldn't contain him the way they needed to. >> i grew up in southwest iowa and grew up on farms. i've handled other livestock before. >> reporter: this is linden hawkins, the animal control officer, whose goal was to capture wilbur. >> i grabbed on his back legs and picked up his back legs and pulled him over to the ditch and rolled him off to the side. so i held on to him, sitting there in the ditch making friends with him until the supervisor brought the livestock shelter out. >> reporter: we learned a couple things about wilbur. one, he loves dog biscuits. here you go, buddy. and he loves to be scratched behind the ears. >> he's a little temperamental. he's a pig. he wants to do what he wants to
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do. >> he's cute, but he is a pig. >> reporter: wilbur isn't the only misfit at the shelter. his neighbors include sierra, the mini horse, and star, the mi mini donkey, two strays found wandering down the road together. we'll save them for another story. in prince william county, elaine reyes, news 4. >> i look forward to the next story. wilbur, as you might imagine, is strictly an outdoor pig. are there any indoor pigs? >> and he's 200 pounds. let's not forget. >> if you're interested in adopting him, contact the prince william county animal shelter. just remember your property must be zoned for agriculture. >> darn. i was this close. from a pot bellied pig to pigging out, genetics is one of those things we've always been told we can't do a whole lot about. you're stuck with your genes and the health risk they might bring, but a new study is challenging that assumption. researchers at mcmaster university in canada looked at a specific gene that increasing the risk for heart disease.
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they found that people who had that gene but who ate a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables had nearly the same risk for heart attack as those who did not have the heart risk gene. today you can help first lady michelle obama set a world record. the first lady is trying to set a record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. mrs. obama and d.c. students kicked off the campaign on the white house lawn. it is all part of the first lady's let's move campaign to fight childhood obesity. now you can join in the fun by doing jumping jacks for a solid minute. you can do it alone or with a group. you need to register at nationalgeographickids.com. the deadline is 3:00 this afternoon. you have plenty of time to get out there and start jumping your heart out. ahead, the presidential candidate's fuzzy history that
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