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topic like it. [ applause ] >> not holding back, the question that set newt gingrich off during the final debate ahead of the south carolina primary. good morning and welcome to "news4 today," i'm eun yang. >> good morning, i'm joe krebs. let's take a look outside now. we have some clouds above us. 38 degrees, cold. tom says we could be in for a mintery wix of a weekend -- >> did you get that? >> it got the attention of snow lovers. >> yes. >> and no matter how you say it, snow lovers, sit up straight, pay attention. if you don't like snow, pay attention, too. we could have some later tonight, but not now. you have no travel problems weatherwise. getting to work and school, 36 at reagan national. partly cloudy, we've got a light breeze out of the north. generally around five to 15 miles per hour. and it's a cold morning. we are down at or below freezing most of the region including montgomery, prince george's county, arlington, and fairfax counties. virginia, west virginia,
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maryland, at or above freezing except the bay waters and tidal potomac. we did have flurries passing north of washington. those have dissipated. now a few clouds are coming through. we'll have sunshine this morning. but this evening a winter storm watch for tonight into saturday. all the counties in color including northern shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia, western maryland could get snow, sleet, and icing that could cause travel problems out there this evening. but locally the impacts will be minimal. sunrise at 7:23. here's your day planner -- sunshine, then cloudy this afternoon with highs reaching upper 30s. tonight is when the wintry mix may impact the metro area. we'll look at the planner in ten minutes. danally has traffic for friday morning. good morning, have an early morning crash, southbound route 5 as you approach allentown road. police are on the scene as well as the fire department. use caution. taking the beltway in prince george's county, looks really good at central avenue. light volume as you travel on the inner loop and outer loop. in montgomery county, pretty good. same story here.
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traveling the inner loop, no issues. outer loop, picking up a little bit of volume at colesville road. you don't have major delays just yet. and you're clear as you make your way toward the spur. as well as traveling up i-270, no issues to report at this time. no delays on the metro, marc, or vre. over to you. >> thank you very much. 6:02. breaking news. police arrested a man that led them on a chase from virginia into d.c. he then barricaded himself in an apartment complex in the 1000 block of 13th street in washington. police tried to pull him over when he sped away. they pursued him from northern virginia to this apartment complex in the district. police say the man had an outstanding warrant out for his arrest. just 24 hours to go now before that south carolina primary. and the spotlight is shining on newt gingrich not for his policies or ideas but rather for his personal life. at the debate the first question
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was about an interview that aired on abc with gingrich's second wife. she claims the former speaker approached her have b having an open marriage while he was having an affair with the woman who is now his current wife. >> i am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that. to take an ex-wife and make it two days before the primary a significant question in a presidential campaign is as close to despicable as anything i have imagine. >> gingrich said his two daughters have given him their full support and that they wrote a letter asking abc ton air the interview. it was just the beginning of a combative night. mitt was criticized again for help releasing tax returns, saying he won't do that until april. rick santorum tried to separate himself as the one true conservative candidate, saying romney's health care policy as governor and gingrich's past could derail republicans' chances to beat president obama.
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>> i love him but at times -- you've got sort of that, you know, worrisome moment that something's going to pop. and we can't afford that. >> gingrich did release his 2010 tax returns before the debate. they show he paid almost $1 million in taxes on more than $3 million on income or about 31%. and as voters get ready to go to the polls tomorrow, they're indicating that it could be close between romney and gingrich. the nonpartisan web site realclearpolitics has compiled an average of some of the biggest polls and says it shows a virtual tie in south carolina. right now romney has an average 31.8% of the vote. gingrich only about a point behind at 3 .6. and that's double the support of ron paul who got an average of 14.4%. rick santorum fails -- rather trails the pack with 12%. and some local voters are already picking their candidate for the gop nomination. in person absentee voting begins
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today in virginia. voters only have two choices, though -- mitt romney and ron paul. you'll recall that newt gingrich and rick santorum failed to make the ballot after failing to collect the required number of signatures. virginia's actual primary day is still more than a month away. it takes place on super tuesday, march 6. breaking news. an afghan soldier is in custody accused of shooting and killing four french soldiers working for nato. it happened in the kapiso province. 16 others were injured. no word on why the afghan soldier opened fire on those international troops. also in afghanistan, a helicopters crash killed six u.s. marines. the nato military command in kabul says the helicopter crashed in helmand province. officials tell nbc news there were no signs of hostile fire at the time of the crash. the cause remains under investigation. we are still waiting for the names of the victims to be released. a cia drone strike killed a
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key al qaeda operative in pakistan. a u.s. official says the militant acted as a senior operations organizer for al qaeda, planning attacks on the west. the air strike ended an eight-week hiatus from u.s. drones patrolling pakistan's tribal areas. 6:06. 37 degrees. a woman coming to the defense of the captain of that doomed cruise ship, her account of what happened. firefighters facing an uphill battle. ♪
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welcome back. this morning a popular file-sharing site is no longer running. its founder is arrested, accused of online piracy. federal agents raided the offices of mega upload in northwest washington. the raid is connected to a massive online piracy sting. those running the web site are accused of illegaling reproducing and distribute -- illegally reproducing and
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distributing everything from movies to software. investigators say the web site generated $175 million and cost companies $500 million in lost revenue. 37 degrees outside right now. and we have big changes headed for us for the weekend. here's tom in storm center 4. good morning. no travel problems this morning as you head off to work and school. we've got a partly cloudy sky right now at reagan national. it's at 36 degrees. we've got a light northerly breeze, five to ten miles per hour. elsewhere, we are below freezing, though. most of maryland, west virginia, and virginia. montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's counties now right near the freezing mark. and right near the bay waters and tidal president obama, a little above freezing. here's the view from space the last 12 hours. we've had a few clouds coming through. we'll have clouds in and out. there's a winter storm watch out for the counties in color. it includes the northern shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia, and most of western maryland for an accumulating area of snow, sleet, and icing there later tonight. maybe even some closer to the metro area as the evening
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progresses and into the predawn hours on saturday. for the day, though, here's yours day planner. sunrise at 7:23. increasing clouds with highs in the upper 30s. a cold day. here's your evening planner, if you plan on being out and about this friday night, there could be some light snow developing around mid to late evening, 9:00 to midnight. mostly melting on roadways. then changing to some sleet and icing after that. we'll look at had in detail and the weekend and into next week in ten minutes. how's traffic? if you're traveling the beltway connecting to route 50, i'm not seeing any issues for you. pretty good making your way from bowie heading to the beltway. i'll give you a live look at the area. i can tell you westbound as well as eastbound lanes are open. no accidents to report at this time. traveling in virginia on i-95, different story. not seeing accidents but a lot of volume heading north at fairfax county parkway. pretty slow right now. those delays continue as you head toward the interchange in the area. again, no accidents, just delays at this time. if you're taking the rails, checking those for you, as well. no reported delays at all.
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back to you. >> thank you. 6:11. we have 37 degrees outside. an extreme skier losing her life after a terrible crash. we'll tell you how she helped change the olympic games though she never excited. and a woman who spent time with the captain this cruise ship. ♪
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firefighters are gaining the upper hand on a fast-moving brush fire. 80 mile-per-hour gust helped spread the flames in reno, nevada. more than 8,000 people are out of their homes. part of a major evacuation. vice president joe biden was even forced to cut short a trip to the high school in the area. >> you apparently have a fire in the nearby hills. they have just told me if i don't let you out of here relatively soon, they're going to make you get out of here. >> so far the fire has destroyed
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more than a dozen homes and scorched more than 3,700 acres. one person has been killed. it's not clear how it all began. firefighters hope to have the fire fully contained this weekend. 6:16. new this morning, italian rescue workers once again stopped their search of the capsized cruise ship. this is a live look now. rough weather caused choppy waves and the ship moved. right now rescuers are deciding what to do next as 21 people still remain missing. a new witness has come forward to defend the ship's captain. a woman says the captain called her to the bridge to translate for the russian passageors board. she says the captain and the crew helped save thousands of lives. the captain remains under house arrest. he's accused of abandoning ship. the extreme sports community is mourning the loss of one of its top freestyle skiers in the world. sarah burke died yesterday. she was 29 years old. the canadian skier had an accident ten days ago. she suffered a torn artery and
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went into cardiac arrest. she won four x games gold medals and helped lobby the olympic committee to add the skiing halfpipe competition for the 2014 winter games. an update now to the missing toddler in maine. the mother of 1-year-old ayla reynolds said she was unable to complete a lie-detector test earlier because of an undisclosed medical condition. trista reynolds says she was willing to complete the test but said investigators were contents with the results of the incomplete test. the toddler's father previously took a lie detector test but has not released the results. today penn state's board of trustees will meet for the first time since firing head coach joe paterno. "the patriot news" spoke with members of the board who said they have no regrets about firing the legendary football coach. the trustee said they acted as best they could once they learned of the allegations against the former coach. the former assistant coach, jerry sandusky, and that head coach paterno knew about the charges. the board also said it will not make any changes to the way it
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does business despite calls for changes by some alumni and former penn state football players. a warning for parents in northern virginia. police have stepped up their patrols after children reported a suspicious man near claremont elementary in alexandria. students reported seeing the man twice last week and three times last month. they say the man stared at them and waved them over to come closer to his truck. more than 100 parents met at the school to hear the latest from police. >> i can guarantee that a red pickup truck has been consistency in every incident that ever woo received a report on. >> they know that if we're not coming that their grandmother is coming to get them. there are no exceptions. >> even though no crime has been committed, police say the man's actions are creepy and suspicious. a mother of three children is behind bars this morning charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy. the victim was invited to the house inest sw for a sleepover
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with her 9-year-old son last saturday. according to court documents, the woman made the boy perform sexual acts. gaskins told authorities the boy's actions were voluntary. she's being held without bond. a statewide computer system virginia uses to run criminal background checks is back up and running. the virginia state police say the five-hour network outage kept them from running checks to see if people pulled over were wanted criminals or if they were riding in a reported stolen car. it also kept police from running fingerprints against a criminal dae data base. thousands are in the dark after the pacific northwest was coated with snow and ice. three deaths are being blamed on the storm near seattle. a 60-year-old man backing his atv out of a shed was hit by a falling tree and killed. in oregon, a 20-month-old boy and his mothers were sitting in a car when fast-moving floodwaters swept the car into a
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rain-swollen creek. the governors of both states declared emergencies in their state. and that now allows the national guard troops to come in and help deal with the aftermath of the storm. we do have one school closing to share with you this morning. garrett county schools will be operating on a two-hour delay. again, garrett county schools opening two hours late today. here's tom with the forecast for today and the weekend. tom? >> a wintry mix may be moving our way later tonight. keep that in mind if you plan on being out this friday night or perhaps early saturday morning. but no travel problems this friday morning. as you head to work and school, it's cold. down into the upper 20s to near 30 in virginia, west virginia, most of maryland. 36 now at reagan national. a little above freezing near the bay waters and tidal potomac. away from the water, near or below freezing. montgomery, prince george's county, arlington, fairfax counties around the freezing mark right now. not as cold as yesterday morning. we have a few clouds drifting in from the north. those will be with us from time to time through yow the day.
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there's a winter storm watch for all the county in color including western maryland, the panhandle of west virginia, and the northern shenandoah valley for some travel problems due to snow, sleet, and icing tonight. i think the impacts here locally will be minimal. zeal increasing clouds throughout the day. a cold day, highs only in the upper 30s this afternoon. sunrise at 7:23. sunset at 5:15. if you are going to be out and about, there could be light snow. melting on most of the roadways this evening. there may be a little light accumulation of snow on grassy areas from about 9:00, 10:00 this evening until billion 1:00 in the morning. that may change to a combination of sleet and some freezing rain causing some icing. the heavier accumulations far to the west and north, the dark blue zone. closer to washington and west of i-95 could be up to anchiof snow. maybe a light coating of ice on top of that. a light coating in the nearby suburbs west and north of washington. changing to rain during the day saturday with a high near 40. cloudy and cold on sunday. near 40. maybe a few rain sprinkles in the afternoon. warmer monday with a chance of
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rain. drying tuesday, wednesday. how's traffic? congestion is building in our area. but checking travel speeds, not looking so bad just yet. traveling on 50 making your way from 301 to the beltway. you're at 65 miles per hour. traveling on the beltway this time from route 50 to i-95 on the outer loop, you're at 59 miles per hour. and if you're on i-66 from fairfax county parkway to the beltway, not bad at 56 miles per hour. traveling in the district, new york avenue slow from "the washington times" plant as you approach bladensburg road. not seeing accidents, just volume at this time. back to you. >> thank you. and again pulls up, let it fly. knocks in a three pointer. >> it started off well for the hokies as they look for a first win against unc. virginia tech went into the locker room with a five-point lead on the eighth-ranked team. the tar heels went on a 19-0 run in the second half to run away with the win 82-68.
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virginia tech is 0-4 in acc play. >> when you play the tar heels, don't ever feel comfortable. >> never ever. >> giving them a taste of their own medicine. the unusual rejection letter one university received if a would-be student. check your stamps before you put anything in the mail. when the latest rate hike takes effect.
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she says that oxford does not meet her standard and the long-standing traditions ultimately turned her off. that's pretty bold. she didn't get accepted but rejected them. >> that's probably what i should have done to oxford. trying to put an end to the food truck feud in the district. the compromise that could keep trucks downtown. and paying the price for not bringing your own bags.
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imagine this -- it's looking more like january. we're tracking winter storms moving into our region. we'll show you what you can expect as this day progresses. good morning. welcome to "news4 today," i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. let's take a live look outside now at 6:30, 37 degrees. all is calm now. are those stars twinkling in the sky, tom? >> no, those are yourize, hon. >> you always know what to say. >> no, that is cloud cover. i think the camera lens picking up refraction of the city lights. and that is the live view from our city camera showing a bit of cloudiness coming over now. and you have no travel problems weatherwise. yes, there is the potential for
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some wintry weather in january. whor here? are you kidding? >> 36 at reagan national. no problems weatherwise. a northerly breeze five to 15. a cold morning, at or below freezing through west virginia, virginia, maryland. right now, montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's county. right near 30 degrees. it's milder near the bay waters where it's in the mid to upper 30s, as well as around the tidewater. and as we look at the view if space, we have a few clouds drifting through. no problems weatherwise. later tonight a winter storm watch up for tonight into saturday. all the counties in color. it includes western maryland, northern west virginia, eastern west virginia, panhandle, and northern shenandoah valley. for some slippery conditions due to snow, sleet, and ice later tonight. might have minimal impacts around the metro area. i'll show you that, we'll talk about that with the evening planner. the day planner, increasing clouds today. highs reaching near 40 this afternoon. the travel problems, though, may
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be developing tonight. a look at that in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? good morning. if you're in prince george's county, on branch avenue, route 5 approaching allentown read here, please be cautious. some of your lanes may be taken away by the accident there. the fire department still on the scene of that crash. traveling i-95 in virginia, still slow northbound at fairfax county parkway. no accidents, just delays. and you're slow as you head to the interchange. connecting to 395, delays start at edsall, and you can see here at duke, are you pretty slow. even the hov lanes. those delays continue to seminary road. once you pass them, seminar road, so far no major delays just yet. and no accidents to report. if you're taking the rails, looks really good for you. no delays on the metro, marc, or vre. back to you. >> danella, thank you very much. today protesters around the country are planning to "occupy the courts. can "demonstrators will protest -- the courts." demonstrators will protest at the courts in cities across the country. they're protesting the two-year
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controversy of limits on corporate and labor spending in federal elections. the group move to amend says more than 150,000 have signed a petition to amend the ruling saying it would ban corporate personhood. also, lawyers for the man accused of killing a virginia lacrosse player are expected to be back that court. george huguely is charged with the murder of his ex-give after getting into a heated -- ex-girlfriend after getting into a heated argument in her apartment last may. the trial is set to begin next month. this weekend the alexandria city council is expected to vote on a plan to start developing the city's waterfront. the plan would create new parks, hotels, and stores as parts of a mile-long walkway for pedestrians. not all residents are happy about the proposed plan. the group citizens for an alternate alexandria waterfront plan say the developments would create too much traffic congestion. they've submitted a petition with about 200 signatures. if the petition is accepted, the plan must be passed with a
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supermajority with at least six of the seven members agreeing to the plan. food trucks could soon have fewer places to go in the district. today d.c. officials will propose new rules for food trucks including a possible cap on the number of trucks in a certain zone. city officials are also considering allowing trucks to stay if a location as long as their parking meter isn't expired. right now trucks must move if they don't have any customers for ten minutes. officials say they're not trying to eliminate mobile vending but are trying to enforce rules that are fair to both them and the brick and mortar restaurants. a northern virginia lawmaker want to impose a 20-cent plastic bag tax, that's four times higher than the cost in the district and montgomery county. supporters say the tax would encourage more shoppers to use recyclable bags which would cut down on litter. it would also help fund the chesapeake bay cleanup. but there's some stiff opposition among lawmakers and consumers. >> i wouldn't want to spend 20 cents a bag. >> for 20 cents a bag, i'll go
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back it reusable. >> virginia lawmakers will be reviewing the bag tax in committee meetings today. at least one virginia lawmaker thinks you should be able to pick up some marijuana at liquor stores in the state. delegate david england is calling for a study to look at the potential cost benefits. if the measure is approved, the public would be able to purchase pot at liquor stores operated by the commonwealth. so-called abc stores. england said since the government is able to manage liquor sales, the same could be possible with marijuana. maryland wants to keep some d.c. residents out of their state. a state delegate from baltimore county is planning to introduce a bill making it illegal for d.c. residents to drop off rats in maryland. that's to -- according to a patch.com report. the bill is in response to a d.c. law encouraging people to trap wildlife and relocate them, including rats. virginia officials have also expressed concern that the rodents will end up there. drivers who use i-270 in
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maryland know it is a traffic nightmare on many days. now there is a new proposal to ease the commute by turning the shoulder into a third lane for drivers. frederick alderwoman krimm want the third lane for a 13-mile stretch between frederick and clargsburg. the lane is similar to an hov lane, less expensive than spending billions to restructure i-270. leaders will study the plan to see if it's feasible. a closed station and work on the line could make for a tough weekend. shuttle buses will run between bethesda and grovner metro stations. metro will be single tracking on the orange line between east and west falls church. the blue line between braddock and van dorn. the green line between naylor road and branch avenue. and the yellow line between braddock and huntington. the work begin tonight. everything should be up and running for the commute on monday. our time is 6:36.
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the "today" show coming up at 7:00. let's check in with ann curry to see what they're working on for this morning. good morning. hey, joe, good morning to you. coming up here on a friday morning, here on "today," six u.s. marines killed in a helicopter crash in southern afghanistan. we have the latest on this development >> also a contentious gop debate in south carolina last night caps what was the wildest day in the presidential race so far as newt gingrich lashes out after being asked about his ex-wife's claim that he wanted to have an open marriage. we'll have details. also, new developments in the month-old search for a missing toddler in maine. her mother has taken a lie detector test but failed to finish it. her explanation and an exclusive interview. and dr. oz will be here with unique solutions to what he says is the most overlooked health transgression in america. our lack of sleep. that's all when we get started here on a friday morning here on "today." back to you. >> okay. we know some being that, with these early hours. thanks. >> believe me, we could do our
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own segment. >> thank you very much. have a great weekend. >> see you soon. you, too. a standoff locks down a d.c. neighborhood for hours overnight. what police say started the tense situation. making fares more simple for frequent riders. the proposed plan at metro that could make it easier for you to pay for your ride to work. ♪ so in love with you a chilly start to the morning, but big changes are on the way. [ female announcer ] what would you call an ordinary breakfast pastry
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whoa. close encounters of the wild kind. this clip shows a zebra wanting to sample a woman's bag of snacks at a texas safari park. al qaeda. it's so hungry that it chomps down on her shoulder. luckily she wasn't hurt by the
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encounter with the zebra. stay tuned to the "today" show. the woman who was snacked on by the zebra will be on to talk about the viral video. you got to put your windows up if you're going to go through a wildlife safari, don't you think? >> she was lucky that was not a vampire zebra. those are particularly dangerous. >> or a tiger or something. let's check the forecast. meteorologist tom kierein talking about a wintry mix. our ears are perking up. >> that would be tonight into tomorrow. no travel problems this friday morning. wee temperatures down into the -- we have temperatures down into the low to mid 30s in montgomery, fairfaxs, district of columbia. in the mid to upper 30s near the bay water. generally near the freezing mark. shenandoah valley and across most of virginia and west virginia and into western maryland. and as we look at what's been happening the last 12 hours, we did have a few flurries coming through overnight. now a few clouds drifting through. and there is a winter storm watch. all the counties in color, to the west and north including northern shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia.
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there could be travel problems there later tonight. here's the day planner. increasing clouds for this friday. sunrise at 7:23. it will be in the upper 30s, briefly near 40 during the afternoon as we cloud up. this evening, this is when you need to pay attention to the forecast. we could have some light accumulating snow on grassy areas. between 9:00 and midnight. after that, maybe sleet and icing. we'll talk about that in detail with the weekend forecast in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? if you're traveling on i-270 southbound at father hurley, looking pretty good. shady grove, aside from the windy camera, picking up volume. slowing down as you head to rockville. no accidents for you to report. and your lanes are open. connecting to the beltway inner loop in virginia, hitting the brakes as you make your way toward braddock road. i can tell you that your delays continue to i-66, no accidents there, just delays. and 66, i-66 heading east, slow at waples mill road. delays continue to nutley.
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no accidents on 66 in either direction inside and outside of the beltway. and i'm still checking rails for you. i'm not seeing any delays just yet. joe and eun, back to you. >> thanks. breaking news right now. france is suspending military operations in afghanistan after an afghan soldier shot and killed four french soldiers working for nato. this happened in the kopiso province 90 miles east of kabul. 17 people were injured in the tax. the suspect is now in military custody. there's no word on why the afghan soldier opened fire on the international troops. also in afghanistan, a helicopter crash killed six u.s. marines. the nato military command in kabul says the helicopter crashed in the helmand province. officials tell nbc news that there were no signs of any hostile fire at the time of the crash. the cause remains under investigation. and we're still waiting for the names of the victims to be released. a cia drone -- >> a cia drone strike killed a key al qaeda operative in
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pakistan. a u.s. official says the militant acted as a senior operations organizer for al qaeda, planning attacks on the west. the air strike ended an eight-week hiatus from u.s. drones patrolling pakistan's tribal area. i am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate with a topic like that. >> something's going to pop. we can't afford that in a nominee. >> let's get to the real issues. >> with just 24 hours until polls open in south carolina, fighting words between presidential hopefuls. the debate put a spotlight squarely on newt gingrich's personal life. the first question of the night set off wufrs fireworks as onki asked about -- john king asked about newt gingrich's former wife. >> i.
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a-- i am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate with a topic like that. to take an ex-wife and make it two days before the primary a significant question in a presidential campaign is as close to despicable as anything i can imagine. >> gingrich said that two daughters -- his two daughters have given him their full support and that they wrote a letter asking abc not to run the interview. some of the most heated words came from rick santorum, who's trying to convince voters that he's the only true conservative candidate remaining. we have more on that. >> reporter: it was the most fiery debate yet in the race for the white house with texas governor perry dropping out of the race earlier in the day. the four remaining candidates squared off. republican presidential candidate rick santorum says mitt romney and newt gingrich are not electable because they have both supported policies too similar to the president's health care plan. santorum says the health care plan romney helped implement when he was the governor of massachusetts was a total
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disaster. santorum says it's the basis for obama care and would basically make it impossible for romney to debate obama on the issue. >> governor romney tells a very nice story about what his plan is now. it wasn't his plan when he was in a position to do a plan. when he was governor of massachusetts, he put forth romney care, not a bottom-up free market system. it was a government-run health care system that was the basis of obama care. and it has been an abject failure, and he has stood by it. >> real clear politics has compiled an average of some of the country's biggest polls and shows a virtual tie. right now romney is receiving an average of 31.8% of support while gingrich is about a point behind at 30.6. that's double the support of ron paul who got an average of 14.4%. rick santorum as you see trails with 12%. back to you. >> thank you. funnyman stephen colbert will rally voters in south carolina and push them to vote for herman cain.
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cain will still appear on the ballot despite suspending his campaign in november. the deadline to get on the ballot in colbert's home state has passed. the two will appear at the rally. some local voters are already picking their candidate for the gop nomination. in-person, absentee voting begins today in virginia. voters have only two choices, though. mitt romney or ron paul. newt gingrich and rick santorum failed to make the ballot after failing to collect the required number of signatures. virginia's actual primary day is still more than a month away. takes place on super tuesday, march 6. federal investigators shut down a popular file-sharing web site which has an office here in the district. brian shactman has that story and more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. thank you very much. we'll get to that in a second. first, in terms of stock futures, a mixed bag ahead of the opening bell. greek concerns about debts talks emerging again. we might get an announcement today. but people are just waiting. yesterday, stocks finished
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higher finish a third straight day putting major indices at a six-month high thanks to encouraging bank earnings and jobs data. the dow was up .4%. the nasdaq up .7%. we have a host of tech attorneys deal with late yesterday. google's fourth-quarter results missed expectations. the stock is down sharply in premarket trading. meanwhile, ibm, soft, intel, did better than expected. now to the federal case. investigators are shutting down one of the world's most popular file-sharing sites, megaupload.com. it's huge. four people were also arrested in a global crackdown against suspected online piracy. mega upload is considered a cyber-locker where users around the world store and share materials, often pirated movies and music. about 20,000 workers at ford are set to get a raise. salaried employees reportedly will see their salaries increase 2.7% and will get an unspecified bonus this spring.
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making the combined pay boost the first since 2008 and of course, for the only u.s. automaker that did not take a bailout from the federal government. have a great weekend. back to you. >> that's right. have a great weekend. thank you. metro is now considering offering riders a new monthly pass. the idea came up at yesterday's board of directors meeting about the transit agency's new fare hike proposal. "the washington times" reports some board of directors expressed concerns that lieders are so -- riders are so upset with the service they won't pay more to use metro without new incentives. now they introduced the unlimited monthly pass so riders will find it as a cheaper alternative than hopping in their car every day. no word on how much the pthly pass could cost. 6:50. former d.c. mayor fenty and his family may be moving to the caribbean. the district's former first lady, michelle fenty, has been named a bank representative based in trinidad and tobago. she will still work for the interdevelopmental bank.
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there's no word on whether the entire family will move there. we have cold temperatures, a little warmer than yesterday. but this is when we're thinking about some of the winter weather heading our way later tonight. >> yeah. if you plan on heading out this friday and maybe plan on being out late tonight, you could be running into slick spots due to some wintry precipitation. see vnlt had much this winter -- we haven't had much this winter. the purple dawn over the potomac river. and the president obama otomac . a half-hour from sunrise. 36 degrees. a light northerly breeze, five to 15 miles per hour. you need to layer up this morning. yes, it's a puffy coat morning. once again, down into the low to mid 30s across most of virginia and maryland. near 30 in montgomery and prince george's county. arlington county, low to mid 30s. and it's in the low to mid 30s in fairfax county and throughout virginia. shenandoah valley west, though, low to mid 30s to 20s. hagerstown to western maryland, low 20s now. and over the last 12 hours,
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we've had a few high clouds drifting in from the north. we'll have these breaking up and sunshine breaking out throughout the day today. there is a winter storm watch that is in effect here. all these counties in color, does include the shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia, and western maryland for some accumulating snow, sleet, and icing beginning later this evening. perhaps after 9:00 or so and into saturday morning. here's the day planner. no travel problems through the daylight hours. we'll have increasing clouds with highs in the upper 30s this afternoon. sun set's at 5:15. it's tonight when there could be problems especially areas far north and west. around the metro area, maybe a little light snow on some grassy areas beginning around 9:00, 10:00. after midnight, may change to a period of some sleet as well as some snow. and then some icing on top of that. and there could be enough icing maybe to cause some accumulation on tree limbs and power lines. areas north and west of i-95, just a light coating around the metro area. i think the impacts will be minimal locally.
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farther west and north, slick spots. watch out for that. changing to rain around the entire region tomorrow. highs near 40. cloudy sunday, near 40. small chance of afternoon sprinkles. chance of rain monday. greater chance near 50, drying out after that. tuesday and wednesday. how's traffic? good morning, are you hitting the brakes in a couple of areas. let's start with the outer loop of the beltway at colesville road. starting to slow here. delays continue to georgia avenue. new hampshire avenue looks good now still. but again, once you make your way to colesville road, you're going to start to slow down. traveling i-95 in virginia at fairfax county parkway, slow as you connect to the interchange. no accidents to report at this time. and you are able to move, but you're hitting the brakes just a bit. and very slow, 395, delays start at edsall. slow at duke. when you get to seminary road, the view looks better. you're clear to the 14th street bridge. eun, back to you. >> thanks. 6:53. police arrested a man that led them on a chase from virginia into d.c. he then barricaded himself in an
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apartment complex in the 1000 block of 13th street southeast. police tried to pull him over near alexandria when he sped away. they pursued him from northern virginia to this apartment complex in the district. police say the man had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. a northeast washington community is coming together to remember a baby abandoned in the cold and who later died. last night neighbors gathered for a vigil. the little girl was found sunday night on the steps of a home on channing street northeast. she was wrapped only in a thin towel. d.c. officials say the death could have been prevented under the district's safe haven law. it allows parents to drop off infants two weeks old or younger at hospital, fire stations and other police stations designated as safe havens. the parents will not face criminal charges. new this morning, italian rescue workers once again stopped their search for the -- of the capsized cruise ship. rough weather caused choppy waves and the ship moved. right now rescuers are deciding
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what to do next as 21 people still remain missing. right now, firefighters say they're gaining the upper hand on a fast-moving brush fire. 80 mile-per-hour wind gusts helped spread the flames into reno, nevada. more than 8,000 are out of their homes this morning. part of a major evacuation. vice president joe biden was even forced to cut short a trip to a high school in the area. so far the fire destroyed more than a dozen homes and scorched more than 37 acres. one person was killed. it's not clear how the fire started. firefighters hope to have the fire fully contained this weekend. michelle obama is heading to late night. the first lady will be a guest on the "tonight show" with jay leno on january 31. she's expected to talk about life in the white house, as well as let's move, her fitness initiative for children. this is her third time on the show. she was a guest back in 2008 when her husband was a candidate and also appeared on the show in 2009. her husband, the president, had a big night at the apollo
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theater in new york city. >> a great place to have a big night. he may have been there to raise money, but it didn't stop him from singing on legendary stage. ♪ i so in love with you ♪ [ applause ] >> there you go. that's the president singing the al green tune "let's stay together." as you heard, the folks went wild. the soul singer of also in the audience. the president told the audience that he cannot sing like the reverend al can. he just wanted to show his appreciation for the great singer. the president asked everyone to help him win his re-election campaign. not missing a beat there. >> yeah. let's not forget. all right. what about not missing a beat in weather? >> no travel problems. highs in the upper 30s with increasing clouds. tonight beginning around 9:00, all the way until predawn saturday, we could have this wintry mix. that's my outlook. stay tuned. we'll have an update this afternoon. >> there you go.
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