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snap and fall on power lines. some say this unusual fall weather could be a precursor of what's to come for the winter. >> we're in for a big baldwd winter. here we are in october, and we've got snow. >> parents are wondering whether it will be safe to send children trick or treating on dark icy streets. >> don't do anything on dark icy streets. this morning it's below freezing. a lot of snow did melt, but there's still snow on the ground that did not melt, out around the blue ridge, shenandoah valley, and points west. right now a mostly clear sky. 37 at reagan national. parts of montgomery county, down into the upper 20s as well as fairfax and much of virginia. out in western maryland and much
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of west virginia, it's only upper 20s to around 30 degrees. southern maryland, temperatures there just near 30 degrees as well. prince george's county, charles, calvert, and st. mary's, anne arund arundel. along the way waters, temperatures in the bay and northern neck, mid-30s. after that gorgeous sunny day yesterday, clouds on the increase. just high clouds drifting over us for the morning commute. sunrise at 7:34. here's your day planner for this monday as we get back to work and school. we'll have sunshine this morning, but then clouding up during the afternoon. temperatures climbing into the mid-50s by midafternoon. i'll have your spooky halloween forecast coming up in ten minutes. you'd better be ware. do we have anything to beware with the traffic, danella? >> no. your roads are clear, not really seeing any issues.
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let's head down to virginia and get a live look at i-95. taking on 95 in both directions in virginia, you are clear. as you continue on to 395, not seeing any problems there. here's the view from duke street, all the way to the 14th street bridge, you are absolutely clear this morning. now back to you both. >> danella, thank you. one person is dead and another in critical condition after a bad crash in maryland. this happened around 10:30 last night near the intersection of old alexandria ferry road and malcolm road in clinton. police are still trying to figure out just how the accident occurred. both of people involved were flown to a nearpy hospital where they died a short time later. new from overnight, the taliban has claimed responsibility for a deadly car bombing in afghanistan. this happened near a neighborhood that houses united nations and international aid groups in kandahar. afghan officials say the attacker bombed the security checkpoint, killing four people. the explosion comes after another taliban attack saturday
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on a nato convoy in kabul. the bombing killed 17 people, including 13 american troops. rescue crews will resume their search today after a grain elevator explosion in kansas. three people were killed and two others were critically injured in the explosion which could be seen as far away as missouri. officials in atchison have not allowed crews into the structure for fear of more explosives. they released a statement saying stored grain like this can generate toxic gases that can explode under certain conditions. republican presidential hopeful herman cain will be in washington today to discuss his 9-9-9 plan at the american economic institute and the press club. cain is denying allegations he was accused of sexual harassment twice while heading the restaurant association. politico is reporting at least two employees at the restaurant
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group claim cain harassed them. they were asked to leave the association and not allowed to discuss what happened. cain calls the accusations unsubstantiated and thinly sourced. he reads a statement that reads in part, "political trade press are now casting aspersions on ca's character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts." politico says cain himself refused to comment yesterday. tony blair will meet with president obama today. he currently represents a group of mediators trying to broker a peace agreement between israeli and palestinian officials. members of congress will be sitting together in the hopes of giving the u.s. economy a boost. you're looking live at capitol hill where lawmakers will spend the next 21 days digging through the spending bills for 2012 before they adjourn for the holidays.
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it is a final chance to reach bipartisan compromises that could boost the lagging economy and consider more of president obama's jobs legislation. new this morning, a report on the d.c. mayoral hiring scandal. a congressional investigation shows that sulaimon brown did receive money from mayor vincent gray's campaign. "the washington post" got a copy of the report due out today. according to the newspaper, the congressional probe did not find, though, any direct evidence that brown was promised a city job, only circumstantial evidence. the committee reviewed cell phone records, even money orders between brown and the mayor's campaign staff. brown claims he was promised a city job by the mayor's campaign if he made campaign attacks against then mayor adrian fenty. could washington, d.c., soon be the country's 51st state? michael brown is hoping so. this week he plans on laying on a very aggressive campaign to make the nation's capital a state. it involves asking state and
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local governments around the country to pass ceremonial resolutions supporting statehood for the district. state advocates say it's important to build nationwide support for their cause. the redskins tie their record sunday, but it's one fans will likely want to forget. john beck was sacked nine times as a bruised and battered team got punished by the buffalo bills 13 23-0 in toronto. they enter the game with just 12 sacks on the year but had 4 the first half to keep beck on his back most of the game. when the offense did get a play off, it didn't go very far. with just 26 yards rushing and 178 yards of total offense. after the game, players were obviously frustrated. >> you never think you're going to go out and drop a goose egg. do you ever think you're going to fall on your face walking down the street? absolutely not. you feel like you know what's going on. you feel like you can pick your feet up and walk and handle it. we never go into a game thinking
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that's going to happen. while it's taking place, we've just got to go out there and keep fighting. >> the nine sacks ties a franchise record and is the most given up since 1978. >> the team struggles on the field spilled over on the sidelines where tempers flared in the third quarter. linebacker london fletcher had to be restrained by his teammates as he went after safely laron landry. fletcher was frustrated landry made a big mistake, allowing a touchdown pass to make the score 20-0. landry took responsibility for the touchdown after the game, but fletcher refused to talk about the fight. the redskins ship seems to be sinking, but the eagles are attempting to right their own and made a big statement with a 34-7 win over the cowboys. michael vick returned to form with 279 yards in the air and 50 on the ground. running back lesean mccoy had a career night, racking up 185
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yards. that's the single best game performance in eagles history. the eagles are tied at the top with 3-4 record. the giants are 5-2. >> john reagan said on his radio show they may not win another game. probably thinking about who they can draft. 4:38. 39 degrees. ahead on "news 4 today," the global milestone we could hit today. i thank god. he couldn't make it one more night. >> plus the grandmother of a missing boy talks about the fficult days when her grandson was missing in the woods.
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good morning and welcome back. tonight nbc unveils a brand new show called "rock center with brian williams." some of the nation's top reporters have joined nbc and will be contributing each week, including kerry smith, ted koppel, kate snow, and many others. "rock center" begins tonight at 10:00. we're closing in on a new milestone for planet earth today. >> say hello to some new friends.
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at some point today, we expect the earth's 7 billionth person to be born. it doesn't come with a lot of fanfare, instead a decline in natural resources. nearly 1 billion people go to bed hungry every night. they say the earth's water table and food sources are declining rapidly, raising the question how to provide enough for everyone. >> tonight at the dinner table there will be 219,000 people who were not there last night, and tomorrow night there will be another 219,000 people. >> while it's unclear when exactly the 7 billionth baby will be born, a number of countries around the world are honoring a number of $7 billionth babies as they are born today. >> bet the baby's already been born at this point. 4:42. time for weather and traffic. let's check in with meteorologist tom kierein in the stormcenter.
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what kind of halloween are we having, tom? >> you're going to find out. stay tuned. right now we're starting off this monday morning back to work and school. cold. down to the 20s and near 30 in the suburbs and rural areas. by the bay we have increasing clouds. by this evening for halloween, we'll have it all cloudy. sun this morning, and we'll be near 50 by noontime and then mid-50s by midafternoon. here is your halloween forecast. we will have clouds around. it's going to be chilly, and you need to dress warmly. temperatures in the upper 40s for trick or treaters early this evening. a look at the rest of the week. a warmup on the way coming up in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? >> that's a spooky forecast, tom. traffic looks a lot better than your forecast with the spooky jack 'o lanterns. right now travel is clear. nty, ay prince george's county,
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traveling the inner loop, 58 miles per hour. traveling the outer loop in montgomery county, 51 miles per hour. i'll give you a live look at connecticut avenue. your lanes is open traveling the inner loop and outer loop, looking good for you. as you shoot around at robinson terminal, no problems for you there. still to come, iran demands -- i'm sorry. iran's demands to make up for what it calls an verizon 4g lte.
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welcome back at 4:46. a maryland man convicted of 11 felonies will spend the rest of
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his life in jail. jason scott will be stepsed today. he faces a mandatory minimum of 90 years in prison. scott committed more than 50 burglaries and 9 armed home innovations. he was also charged with production of child pornography as well as murder charges of two women found in a burning car in 2009. scott was convicted of these crimes in july of this year. the trial of a man accused of going on a month long stabbing spree is set to go on trial in february. elias is accused of killing three people in flint, michigan. police also think he's responsible for attacking people in several other areas around the country, including leesburg, virginia. a judge ruled the evidence, including the one from virginia, can be used in this trial. iran is demanding for a public apology from the u.s. over claims the iranian government was involved in a plot to kill the saudi ambassador in the u.s. iran calls the accusations
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baseless and says they caused material damage. a government iranian agent was arrested after the plot was uncovered. officials claim he tried to hire a mexican drug cartel to kill the ambassador by setting off a bomb in a d.c. restaurant. and you've heard about spending a semester at sea, but for 240 college students in maryland, they're not exactly getting the at sea part. news 4's darcy spencer explains. >> reporter: the sea voyager is docked near st. mary's college, but it's not going on a cruise any time soon. come monday morning, the ship will become a floating dorm, hope to 240 college students forced out by mold in their campus residence halls. >> i don't know what the campus can do better than this boat. i think this is a good solution. whoever thought of it deserves a pat on the back. >> reporter: black mold was found in two 1970's era dorms,
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forcing the evacuation of 240 students. they've been living in hotel. >> it's an ordeal to get it here. it's worth it so they don't have to live in hotels, one 20 miles away. >> reporter: the mold was traced to pipe insulation above the wet ceiling and may have been accuse caused, at least in part, from all the wet weather in hurricane irene and storms. >> people are getting sick. >> reporter: the college has rented the 300-foot ship for $20,000 a day. the president says it's comparable to the cost of housing students in far flung hotel rooms and shuttling them to campus and back. >> i think it's going to be better than the hotel because i won't have a commute anymore. >> reporter: administrators estimate the moldy dorms should be ready for students to move back in in just a few weeks after a major cleaning, but they've decided to rent the sea voyager for the rest of the semester to avoid more disruption. >> i don't know too many kids who get to live on a boat for part of their college experience t will be cool.
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>> reporter: darcy spencer, news 4 today. >> some parents are upset this mold problem was not addressed sooner. they argue they're paying a lot of money for their kids to go to school and live in dorms, not on cruise ships. officials in prince george's county are planning to demolish an aging mall to make way for a new town center. the laurel mall on route 1 in laurel opened in 1979 but has been losing business for years to the nearby columbia mall and anne arundel mills. now they plan to tear it down and build a mixed usage residence and retail space. laurel's mayor says two national chains have already signed on, and they expect design plans by early next year. tonight malls in our area will be filled with little ghosts and goblins. fair oaks mall holds one of the biggest halloween events in our area. more than 10,000 people are expected this year.
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the 24th annual mall-o-ween is expected tonight. parents can go trick or treating inside the mall instead of braving the chilly weather. it's free. and kids can stay indoors. >> if you're trick or treating in the neighborhood, you probably have to have your parkas over your costumes tonight. >> maybe. >> you'll want to dress warmly. it does look like a chilly evening. good morning. i'm meteorologist tom kierein. we're back to work and school on this monday under a mostly clear sky. just a few wispy high clouds covering the autumn constellations. yes, it's autumn again. it was winter on saturday. now autumn has returned. we're happy to have you back. welcome back. we missed you. we've got a light north easterly breeze this morning. it is cold. in fact, many locations are down into the 20s this morning. from the shenandoah valley all the way to the atlantic beaches.
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closer to washington, upper 20s in montgomery, loudoun, fairfax, and most of northern virginia. arlington is just right near the freezing mark. in the district of columbia ya, we're in the mid-30s. right along the western shores of the bay, mid and upper 30s. much of southern maryland near the waters, near 30 degrees. northern neck, near the eastern shore, right near freezing as well. we'll have the high clouds drifting in this morning with sunshine coming through. quite a bit of sun this morning. as we get into the afternoon hours, we'll have the thickening clouds moving as well as an area of coastal low pressure developing. for trick or treaters in southern maryland, there may be a few sprinkles early evening. up around the metro area, perhaps around midnight a few sprinkles. those may linger until dawn on tuesday. here's how things are looking for us for this monday. we'll have sunshine this morning, increasing clouds. sunrise at 7:34. we should be climbing into the
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mid-50s this afternoon. what zmoe is lingering. a lot of it should be melting and should be long gone by this evening. then for your halloween evening for trick or treaters, yes, dress warmly. it's going to be cloudy and chilly. temperatures down into the 40s through the evening. and then, yes, a few sprinkles moving in but not until after midnight. everybody will be home safe with sore tummies eating all the candy. by dawn tomorrow, might have a few sprinkles around. during the afternoon, your stomachache should be subsiding. we'll have the sunshine back and be into the mid-50s. wednesday, thursday, beautiful weather coming in. sunny, in the upper 50s to around 60. might get sprinkles on friday. a mild weekend coming in with sunshine back saturday, sunday. danella, good morning. how's traffic? >> good morning. we're still looking very good in our area as we take a look traveling i-66 in virginia. not seeing any problems traveling east or west. heading east, you are starting
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to see a little volume. no major delays just yet. heading inside the beltway on i-66, here's a view at spoit run parkway, no problems. even as you head through the rosslyn tunnel, you are clear all the way to the city. i'll be back in ten minutes with a look at your rails. 4:54 now. expect to pay more when you go through tolls in maryland. starting tomorrow, tolls through the baltimore tunnel will go up by a dollar. the biggest jump is the fine for passing through the toll plaza without paying. that goes from $3 to $15. the main hall at union station is back open after a damaged ceiling forced it to close for most of the weekend. on friday a piece of plaster fell from the ceiling. officials blame the closure on that earthquake back in august. crews hung netting to catch any additional plaster that would fall. repairs to the ceiling expected to continue later this week.
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good morning. welcome back. police in spotsylvania county will be stepping up patrols on
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this halloween night as they investigate a series of attempted abductions in and around the county. there have been four incidents this month, three in spotsylvania county and in neighboring stafford county. the latest occurred on saturday on innisbrook circle. a woman says four men tried to force her into the vehicle. police are looking at whether any of these incidents are connected. today is the last day for a popular sightseeing bus in d.c. tourmobile is ending today. they took tourist as round on open air tram. they told "the washington post" that financial problems is the reason behind the shutdown. that's too bad. i'm from this area, i remember going on the tourmobile just to get an idea of the monuments. >> feel like it's been around as long as some of the monuments. been a great tradition here in d.c. stay with us now.
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"news 4 today" continues at 5:00 a.m. painful record. the redskins are hurting this morning, literally and figuratively, after getting pounded north of the border. good morning. welcome back to "news 4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. it's monday, october 31st. happy halloween. it's 4:58. 34 degrees out there. chilly start to our halloween. we want to know what the rest of the day is going to look like. meteorologist tom kierein is going to tell us whether we have tricks or treats today. >> no snow. so that's a treat. unlike saturday. this morning we continue to dry out although there is still snow on the ground. parts of the northern montgomery county into frederick county, maryland, northern loudoun, into the shenandoah valley from that heavy snow that fell on saturday. right now, though, we are down into the upper 20s to near 30 through much


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