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suspected teenage shooter whom police say opened fire in a crowded high school cafeteria. good morning, and welcome to "news4 today," i'm eun yang. >> good morning, i'm joe krebs. let's take a live look outside. we have 42 degrees out there. and i believe clear skies. we'll find out from tom in a moment. we have big changes on the way. but we're going to have a nice day, right? >> yeah. not quite as warm as yesterday. and we have the first light of day just beginning to show up now. sunrise is now just an hour away. and temperatures are now climbing into the upper 30s to low 40s. and these are pretty much the low temperatures so far. it has dipped near the freezing mark near the pennsylvania border in northern maryland as well as western maryland and parts of west virginia. most of the region now in the 30s to around 40 degrees. southern maryland near the bay, low to mid 40s. there's the view from space. a big area of high pressure over us now. and that will be giving us sunshine throughout the day today.
here's yow dur day planner. sunrise at 6:43. a sunny and chilly morning. 40s through much of the morning. by noontime, climbing to around 50 or so. we ought to make it to the mid to upper 50s by mid-afternoon with yrsi icreasing clouds. a leak at the tuesday planner coming up in -- a look at the tuesday planner coming up in ten minutes. danella? an accident eastbound as you make your way on i-66 at route 50. that accident's out of the roadway and in the shoulder lane. but as you make your way through the fair ox araks area, you are seeing congestion. i-66 toward the beltway, still a little volume here, but not seeing any accidents in the roadway for you now. and another look at the rails, they're all still reporting no delays at this time. no problems on the metro, marc, and vre. joe, over to you. >> danella, thank you very much. this morning, we're learning more about that teenager accused of walking into a high school and shooting a number of students. police say 17-year-old t.j. lane opened fire on a table full of students in the chardon high
school cafeteria. one student was killed. four others are still in the hospital this morning. two of them in critical condition. lane lives with his grandparents and is a student at a nearby vocational school for at-risk students. police say lane was at the school to catch a bus to his high school. last night hundreds gathered outside the school for a candlelight vigil. >> there was a lot of running, a lot of screaming. i heard a bunch of shots fired. >> he had no emotion on his face. he was just shooting. >> and i hope every parent, if you haven't hugged or kissed your kid in the last couple of days, you take that time. >> t.j. lane's -- rather, police say that lane was chased from the building after the shooting by teachers and surrendered a few blocks away from the school. he has not yet been charged but is scheduled to appear in juvenile court this afternoon. his family released a statement last night. it reads in part, that they want to give their "most heartfelt and sincere condolences to the family of the young man who passed." it goes on to say, "this is something that could never have
been predicted." classes are canceled today at chardon high school. and grief counselors are on hand for students and families. breaking news. gunmen killed 18 people and injured seven on a bus traveling in northwestern pakistan. we just learned the gunman targeted shia muslims on the bus. 27 other people on the bus were not hurt. a police officer says the bus was in a remote mountainous village. we now know -- this morning we know the name of a maryland soldier who was one of two army officers who were shot and killed in retaliation for the burning of the korans at a u.s. base. army major robert marchanti and another senior officer were shot in the back of the head as they sat inside a heavily guarded government building. the taliban claims responsibility. marchanti is from baltimore and leaves behind a wife of 24 years and four children. marchanti taught special education to elementary school students in baltimore county. relatives say he was scheduled
to return from afghanistan in september. new from overnight, firefighters battled the flames at a grocery store in silver spring. the fire started in the bakery section of the safeway along new hampshire avenue. no one was hurt. the cause is under investigation. officials tell us they hope to open the store at 7:00 this morning. also new from overnight, a house fire in northwest washington kept fire crews busy. this is along 17th street in the mt. pleasant neighborhood. we're told no one was hurt. the cause of the fire is under investigation. mitt romney got some rock star support ahead of today's primaries in arizona and michigan. ♪ >> that's detroit native kid rock up on stage with the republican presidential candidate in michigan. kid rock sang just one song at this rally last night. polls show romney in a tight race against rick santorum in his home state. romney's home state. with 30 delegates up for grabs. >> romney supported the bailouts
for his wall street billionaire buddies but opposed the auto bailouts. that was a slap in the face to every michigan worker. >> and now romney is accusing santorum of trying to trick voters for their support with that robo call. the call urges michigan democrats to vote against romney today in the state's open primary in which anybody can vote. the message says it is supported by hard working democratic men and women and paid for by the santorum campaign. romney says the call sounds like it's from an organized labor group and is confusing voters. santorum responded by saying that he is trying to attract voters he would need in a general election. today ron paul is focusing his efforts on super tuesday states including virginia. the primary is next tuesday, march 6. paul will speak at a rally at the waterford at springfield this evening at 6:00. students at george mason university organized the event. paul and mitt romney will be the only major candidates on
virginia's republican primary ballot. newt gingrich and rick santorum both failed to qualify. metro's proposal to raise fares is not going over very well. last night a crowd of frustrated metro riders told the transit agency that they do not want to pay higher fares. metro's proposing a price hike to help pay for safety improvements. it involves a minimum ten-cent increase for smart trip users and more for those who use paper tickets. riders say that they're already paying higher fees and want local governments now to help foot the bill. >> we need the jurisdictions to step up and give metro the level of funding that it needs to fix its problems and give us the service that we deserve. >> metro's next public forum is tomorrow night at henderson elementary school in falls church. israeli officials say they will not warn the u.s. if they decide to launch a preemptive strike against iran's nuclear facilities. that's according to intelligence officials.
the announcement came in private conversations during a recent visit to israel by u.s. intelligence officials. israel says keeping america in the dark would decrease the likelihood that the u.s. would be held responsible for failing to stop israel. the countries are expected to meet in the coming days to discuss how to handle iran. today the united states arab league will hold emergency meetings on the violence in syria. the u.n.'s human rights council could vote on a resolution that calls for an end to the attacks on civilians. a syrian human rights group based in britain says the violence has killed four people and wounded dozens more. activists in syria say troops have resumed heavy gunfire after killing nearly 150 people yesterday. it is now 6:07. 42 degrees. ahead, the eye-opening findings about something millions of americans use to help them sleep. also, who came to the rescue of a broken down cruise ship stranded in pirate-infested waters. then at 6:17, an explosion on the track.
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they a look at this. there was a mess when some drivers parked on ice and broke through the lake. officials say the vehicles were park toad close together for the ice to withstand their weight. >> a lot of folks probably saying oshkosh, begosh. what a mess. >> seriously. the poor people who have to then tow the trucks out. >> yeah, not to mention, fix the
ruined carts. at 6:11 others weather & traffic on the 1s, tom? >> no ice here. off to a warmer morning than yesterday. good morning. we're in the 30s and low 40s from washington's berry farm neighborhood to laurel, mitchellville, annandale, falls church, and clarksburg. around the mid to upper 30s to near 40 degrees. although it is a little below freezing, parts of frederick county into washington county and western maryland, allegheny county, as we look at the view from space, we have a clear sky thanks to high pressure moving in from the ohio valley that will be over us today. there's a caramel coffee eastern horizon now. sunrise at 6:43. we'll have lots of sun today. not as warm as yesterday. climbing into the mid to upper 50s by the middle of the afternoon. now here's your evening planner. sunset at 5:59. a partly cloudy to mostly cloudy evening. near 50 just after sunset. and then by midnight, near 40 degrees. looks like rain on the way tomorrow. we'll look at that.
each day different into the weekend. we'll look at that in ten minutes. danella? traveling on i-95 in virginia, you're hitting some slow spots. in fact, northbound slow making your way through dale city. then again you'll get a little bit of a relief. but one you get to route 1, slow again. that continues as you make your way toward the beltway. passing fairfax county parkway, volume here. again, it's stop and go at this time. you are going to have some movement. now crossing over the american legion bridge, volume increasing. no delays. inner loop speed really nice how from i-270 to i-95. you're at 59 miles per hour. only taking ten minutes to make the trip. if you're taking the rails, they're still not reporting delays. that may be a great option this morning. eun, back to you. >> thank you. 6:13. a cruise ship drifting powerless at sea is now being towed to safety. a french fishing boat is towing the "costa allegra" to a nearby island. it should take about a day to get there.
more than 1,000 passengers and crew members are on board that cruise ship. a generator fire set the crui cruiseliner adrift at sea in a region where somali pirates prey on ships. the incident comes six weeks after another ship, "concordia," wrecked off the italian coast, killing 32 people. and carnival cruise line says it's suspending its nature tours at its port in portia vallarta, mexico. in response to the armed robbery of 22 passagers who went on a jungle excursion. they were guests on the cruise ship carnival "splendor." carnival will reimburse for losses and help replace documents tharpe taken. earlier, the state department issued a warning about travel to mexico because of the rising violence. this morning, we're hearing a pilot's call for help as his plane made a rough landing in new jersey. >> yeah, the nose gear's not down, is it?
>> that's affirmative. nose gear is not down. >> the united flight was coming in from atlanta when the landing gear malfunctioned. the pilot decided to make an emergency landing. the plane's nose skidded down the runway. 71 people were on board including a baby. once on the ground, passengers evacuated the plane by sliding down the emergency chutes. no one was hurt. the ntsb is collecting information from the jets's blacks book to try to determine what went wrong. a news "news 4 your health" alert. sleeping pills can do more harm than good. we have more from the super screen on the eye-popping results. >> reporter: between 50 and 70 million americans suffer from insomnia. the sleep disorder comes with health risks like heart disease, stroke, and obesity. now this new study shows that combating a sleepless night can actually also be a bit dangerous. the study which was published in the online british medical
journal looked at more than 35,000 patients. about 1/3 of whom took popular sleep aids like lunesta and ambien. what they found in a period of just 2 1/2 years is about one in every 16 people taking a sleeping pill died. that's kpier ecompared to one io died who were not using sleeping pills. the death rate was more than four times higher among those looking to control their insomnia. something the study did not find was a cause for the higher death rate. sleeping pills are known to cause drowsiness, depression, altered breathing pattern, even increase the risk of suicide. some doctors point out insomnia can be a symptom of an underlying problem like heart disease, diabetes, or cancer, which could be the cause of the death rather than the medication itself. back to you. >> melissa, thank you. a warning for women who take birth control pills. glenmark generics is recalling its pills because of a packaging error. the package goes by the names
norgestimate. the pills were placed in the wrong order so weekly levels of hormones are not correct. the error means the pills may not work. last month pfizer recalled some of its generic birth control pills with a similar packaging problem. more threatening letters containing a suspicious powder were sent to capitol hill. senate sergeant at arm terry gainer says the senate's offsite mail facility intercepted the letters yesterday morning. initial tests indicate the powder is not hazardous. no word on how many or which lawmakers were actually targeted. you'll recall that last week similar letters from portland, oregon, were sent to senate and house lawmakers. and all of them had a harmless, poweredy substance inside. today the supreme court takes another look at the rights of corporations. in its citizens united decision two years ago, justices ruled that corporations are considered persons when it comes to free speech and human rights. now the court will decide whether corporations can be sued in civil courts as individuals. today's case involves a class-action lawsuit filed against shell oil, accusing them of conspiring with the nigerian
government to commit human rights violations. scuffles broke out in london overnight. police moved in to evict occupy protesters. demonstrators inspired by the occupy wall street movement have been camped out outside the historic st. paul's cathedral there since october. officers acted on an eviction order and tried to dismantle tents. 20 people were arrested. apple lovers, you may have to spend more money on the new ipad 3. according to a blog called mack roomers, it will cost $80 more for the equivalent wi-fi models. it will cost $70 more for 3g models. best buy and other retailers already cut prices on their ipad 2s which could mean the ipad 3 will be coming out soon. apple has made no official announcements. it took more than 36 hours, four crashes, fire, and rain to crown a champion in one of the most bizarre daytona 500s in nascar history. >> here comes junior to the outside. side by side with kensitt.
he runs out of time. matt kensitt wins it. >> yeah, matt kenseth won for the second time in four years. it was a wild one. the prestigious race ran for the first time in primetime last night but did not finish until just before 1:00 in the morning. and there were a lot of fireworks from the very beginning. after being postponed more than 24 hours because of rain, drivers got into a huge pileup just two laps into the race. and it just went -- seemed like the race might -- just when it seemed like the race might end, the carnage continued as drivers crashed with just 13 and -- again with five laps to go. the biggest story of the race was the two-hour delay caused by one of the scariest moments nascar fans have seen in quite a while. with 40 laps to go, juan pablo montoya slammed into a truck carrying a jets dryer. and that caused a huge fireball. the race was under a caution flag, and montoya was trying to catch up with the pack when he
reported that he had a bad vibration in his car. the car went out of control. and the impact with the truck ignited more than 200 gallons of kerosene. of course, it destroyed montoya's car. amazingly, no one was injured. it is also a bittersweet game for senior night for the georgetown hoyas basketball team. jason clark and henry simms came to play. they were the only starters in double figures for the high as. the high as beats up on the big east rival notre dame 59-41. georgetown now wraps up its regular season on saturday at marquette. encouraging news this morning for redskins fans who want heisman winner robert griffin iii to be the team's next quarterback. espn is reporting that the st. louis rams will in fact trade the number-two pick in the nfl draft. now the team that trades up to that number-two spot is expected to take the baylor quarterback. griffin who goes by the nickname "rg3" wowed scouts at the combine with the speed. he was running the 40-yard dash
in 4.4 seconds. i can't drive that fast. the redskins hold the sixth pick in the draft. the rams are asking for a number of draft picks in exchange for the second pick. so whether the skins would get it, still remains to be seen. >> that's right. look at him go. >> pretty fast. >> wow. it's tough to stay in shape on vacation or any time for that matter. that could soon change. >> yeah. one major hotel corporation is launching a new chain of fitness-oriented hotels here in the u.s. according to the "wall street journal," the new hotel chain will be backed by intercontinental hotels. that's the parent company of holiday inn and crown plaza. the chain will be called even hotels. don't know what that means. every room will be larger, and will have a bench at the foot of the bed for exercises. there will be an exercise mat in every room, as well as a coat rack that will double as a pull-up bar. the chain plans to have about 100 locations in the next five years. the first will open in 2013.
wonder if it will come equipped with exercise clothing. >> you know what, that's a good idea. all right. tom, nice day to be running outside today? >> great morning to get your outdoor exercise in. we're above freezing most locations except right in northern maryland, near the pennsylvania border. all the way back into western maryland. it's a little below freezing there. but closer to washington, 30s in montgomery county, and it's near 40 in prince george's, arlington, the district, and into fairfax county this morning. big area of high pressure moving in, giving us a clear sky. this morning, look at this sky over the president obama. we've got multiple colors from orange to pink and blue, the turquoise waters of the president obama reflecting that sky. here's your day planner. sunrise at 6:43. a sunny, chilly morning. then a sunny afternoon. but cooler than yesterday. highs in the mid to upper 50s. then tonight we'll be into the 30s with clouds coming in. rain likely tomorrow and a chilly day. rain moving in late in the morning and during the afternoon. maybe an inch of rain by the time it ends wednesday. highs near 50 tomorrow. rebounding to near 70 on
thursday afternoon. chillier again friday, could get rain on saturday. chilly sunday and monday with the sun back. and danella, how's traffic? good morning. well, eastbound on i-70 at 27, be careful. a driver struck a deer. use caution in the area. traveling along i-270, very slow from 85. this is your first set of delays really. and they continue as you make your way to clarksburg road. a live look now at father hurley, volume increasing just a bit as you head south to rockville. travel lanes are open, not seeing anything in the roads. and 395, running nice and smoothly at this time at duke street. now back to you both. >> all right. thank you. our time is now 6:23. a word leader, a nervous waiter, and a tray of beers. put them together, and you get a must-see viral video.
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executive. now he's working for the feds. douglas stars in a new public service announcement for the fbi, encouraging people to report securities fraud and insider trading. german chancellor angela merkel received a cold surprise when she sat down for an event last night. take a look. a waiter serving merkel said he was bumped from behind -- oh, and that caused him to lose his balance and spill five pints of beer down the back of the german leader. she doesn't flinch, barely. the initial shock passed. she smiled and flicked her hair. she eventually raised a toast, still soaking wet. she went on to deliver her speech as scheduled. unflammable. there you go. >> turned to the waiter and said, bud, you should have been wiser. our time is 6:27. the safety feature soon to be required in every car. also, one local lawmaker raising questions about whether all those speed cameras are really just there to slow you down. and prosecutors want leslie johnson to pay up. il, any luck?
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morning. police are searching for evidence to determine why a teenager opened fire at a school he did not even attend. and safety first? the lawmaker questioning whether those speed cameras are really driven by money. good morning, welcome back to "news4 today," i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. let's take a live look at 6:31. a little cloudy skies. it is 41 degrees out there. what do you say, tom? a nice day? give me a look -- >> the clouds in your eyes. and those -- >> just the fog of my morning. >> it's clear. >> taking over. >> we've got a clear sky starting off this morning. and it's chilly around the region. that's why i'm the meteorologist. >> thank you. i'm glad you do your job well. >> into the 30s now in fairfax and montgomery counties. all above freezing except in parts of frederick county, washington, and allegheny county and west virginia. at or below freezing. elsewhere, mid to upper 30s to near 40 degrees.
the view from space showing a clear sky here and all over the mid-atlantic region thanks to high pressure anchored over the ohio valley coming our way. there's the pink and blue sky over the turquoise water of the president obama on this tuesday morning. sun-- potomac on this tuesday morning. sunrise in ten minutes at 6:43. a sunny, chilly morning. mid 40s by 9:00. noontime, low 50s. ought to hit mid to upper 50s by the middle of the afternoon. a look at your evening planner in ten minutes. danella has a look at traffic. good morning. good morning, starting slow down traveling westbound on route 50. hitting the brakes around landover road. and a travel speed for you, kenilworth at 26 miles per hour. these delays continue as you connect to new york avenue. a live look at new york avenue and bladensburg. no accidents in this area. just congestion. and if you're on i-95, slow out of the occoquan. traveling northbound, travel speeds 36 miles per hour. taking you about 17 minutes to get from the occoquan to the
beltway. over to you. >> danella, thank you. 6:32. this morning, police are trying to figure out the motive behind a deadly shooting inside a high school near cleveland, ohio. one student was killed, four others are in the hospital. news4 just got off the phone with school officials from chardon, ohio, and is live with more information. melissa, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. that's right, i just got off the phone with the school district. they say they're planning an 11:00 a.m. news conference today to give more information on the shooting and update the victims' conditions. this is a student police say they have in custody. 17-year-old t.j. lane. lane did not attend chardon high, but a nearby high school for at-risk students. witnesses say he came into their cafeteria monday and began shooting. students ran for cover. and the school was on lockdown as teachers chased lane. he was arrested a couple of blocks away. monday, hundreds gathered to honor 17-year-old daniel
parmeter, who was killed, and those who were wounded. >> it's shocking to the community. i can say i'm amazed at how they're surrounding the kids and being there and loving on them. >> reporter: now there has been a lot of talk about this on facebook and twitter this morning. some students say lane had recently sent a text or a tweet that he was planning to bring a gun to school. nbc has not been able to confirm that. at this point investigators have execute the search warrants looking for a motive. chardon high is closed this morning. one stun c one student confirmed dead. others in critical condition. >> thank you. and lane's family released a statement late last night, it reads in part, they want to give their "most heartfelt and sincere condolences to the family of the young man who passed." it goes on to say, "this is something that never could have been predicted." students and staff at dematha high school are remembering the life of a star football player who suddenly
died. rico wed was in his senior year and recently accepted a skip to see play at alabama state. this weekend he complained he wasn't feeling well and died shortly after arriving at the hospital. >> he was a great player for us. you know, 6'7", 300-plus pounds. ferocious offensive lineman. and, you know, his better playing days in my opinion were ahead of him. he had a bright future. >> the whole school lost a brother, and it's one of those bonds that can't be broken. >> the medical examiners ruled webb's death was from natural causes because of a blood clot that traveled to his runs. for the first tomb this year, people in prince george's county will have a chance to ask questions about a proposed casino in the area. the plan to put a casino in the national harbor could generate 5,000 new jobs and millions in tax revenue.
tonight's meeting is open to the public. it will be held from 7:00 to 9:30 at the steven decatur middle school in clinton. a prince george's county delegate says lawmakers may be abusing speed camera programs to bring in extra revenue. according to the "washington examiner," that's what delegate carolyn howard said before a house of delegates committee. she said she overheard a damaging conversation about speed cameras, but did not specify where the meeting took place or who was involved. police say the programs are successful. since september of 2011, prince george's speed cameras have brought in some $1.8 million. last week, police in montgomery county announced they will use mobile speed cameras to help drivers slow down. 6:36 is the time now. the "today" show is coming up next at 7:00. let's check in with matt lauer to see what they're working on for "today." nice to see you. >> nice to see you as always. coming up on a tuesday, what was the motive behind that tragic high school shooting in ohio? one student was killed, four others injured.
a 17-year-old from another school is in custody. savannah guthrie will have the latest. she'll talk to a group of students that were there at the time. also ahead, voters head to the polls in michigan and arizona today. we'll have a live interview with gop hopeful newt gingrich. plus, the anchor who was bitten by a dog live on the air will be here to talk about her recovery. and is it okay to raise your son to be a mama's boy? we'll talk about that with "today's" professionals and the possibility of a birth control pill for men. all when we get started on a tuesday on "today." back to you. interested. i have two sons. i know you have one, too. >> i have two. >> you have two sons, too? >> i have two, as well. >> are they mama's boys? >> no. i would say they are not. but i think that's kind of a derogatory term. i think it's nice to have a close relationship with a boy, but between a boy and a mother. >> agreed. all right. >> we'll see. take care. >> looking forward to it. thanks. >> bye.
6:41. weather & traffic on the 1s. look at the sunrise. a live view from our high-definition skywatcher camera. sun coming up in a clear sky on this tuesday morning. temperatures are generally above freezing most locations. we're in the 30s and near 40 closer to washington. farther north and west, temperatures across northern maryland, near the pennsylvania border, western maryland, right
now are near or a little below freezing. and throughout the morning, we'll stay chilly with that sunshine and a sunny afternoon. not as warm as yesterday. ought to make it to the mid to upper 50s. sunset at 5:59. we'll have increasing clouds through the evening, near 50 by 7:00. by midnight, down to near 40 degrees. looks like rain likely tomorrow. and each day different weather to the weekend. details in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? if you're taking the outer loop of the beltway in montgomery county, you are slow. jammed from i-95 as you head to georgia avenue. a live look right now at new hampshire avenue. your travel speed, 34 miles per hour. about 17 minutes to get to i-270. 66 eastbound hitting the brakes at waples mill. delays continue as you head to the beltway. on the rails, a five-minute delay on the brunswick east line of the marc train. train number 892. joe? >> danella, thank you very much. we have breaking news right now. gunmen have killed 18 people and injured seven others on a bus
traveling in northwestern pakistan. this morning we learned the gunmen targeted shiite muslims on the bus. 27 other people on the bus were not injured. a police officer says the bus was in a remote mountainous village. no one is taking responsibility for the attack at this time. a maryland soldier was one of two army officers shot and killed in retaliation for the burning of the korans at a u.s. base. army major robert marchanti and another senior officer were shot in the back of the head as they sat inside a heavily guarded government building. the taliban claims responsibility. marchanti is from baltimore and leaves behind a wife of 24 years and four children. major marchanti taught special education to elementary school students in baltimore county. new from overnight, firefighters battled the flames at a grocery store in silver spring. the fire started in the bakery section of the safeway along new hampshire avenue. safeway officials tell us they hope to reopen the store at 7:00 this morning, though. also new from overnight, a house fire in northwest
washington kept fire crews busy. this is along 17th street in the mt. pleasant neighborhood. no one was injured, and the cause this fire is under investigation. the man known as the aspen hill rapist has pled guilty to three cold case rapes. tim buzby is serving three life sentences for a string of rapes in 1983. in 2009 a federal grant helped montgomery county investigators to test three cases from the 1970s for dna they discovered buzby was also responsible for those crimes. he is scheduled to be sentenced thursday. he faces a maximum of two more life sentences. do you recognize this man? police need your help tracking down the serial bank robber who threatened to blow up a nuclear bomb. prince george's county police released these surveillance pictures of the man. his latest robbery happened yesterday morning at the m&t bank in the 6300 block of kirby road in clinton. police say he gave the teller a note demanding money and threatened to detonate a nuclear
bomb. police believe he is connected to three other robberies in the county. call prince george's county police if you have any information. prosecutors want former prince george's county council member leslie johnson to pay a fine before she heads to prison next month. they say she should have to pay a $15,000 fine before she begins her year and one day -- one year and one day sentence. johnson admitted last year to trying to flush a $100,000 check down the toilet and to stuffing $80,000 in her bra. prosecutors made a similar request before her husband, former executive jack johnson, reported to prison. mitt romney received help from a rock star ahead of today's primaries in arizona and michigan. ♪ >> two that is detroit native kid rock on stage with the republican patt a-- presidentia debate in michigan. he's in a race against mitt romney in his home state. he holds a more comfortable lead in arizona. >> romney supported bailouts for
his wall street billionaire buddies but opposed the auto bailouts. that was a slap in the face to every michigan worker. [ applause ] >> romney says that robo call is a dirty trick by santorum. the auto mated message went to democrats in michigan ahead of today's open primary in which members of either party can vote. it urged them to vote against romney. romney says the call sponsored by santorum sounds like it's from an organized labor group and can be confusing to voters. santorum says he's trying to attract voters that he would need in november's general election. and today political ads supporting newt gingrich will begin running in super tuesday states thanks to a billionaire casino order. sheldon adelson gave the super pack a large contribution to help the campaign. officials with winning our future would not say how much adelson gave. the las vegas businessman's family has already given two separate $5 million donations. today ron paul will be in
virginia as he also focuses his campaign on next week's super tuesday. paul will speak at a rally at the waterford at springfield this evening at 6:00. students at george mason organized the event. paul and mitt romney will be the only major candidates on virginia's republican primary ballot. newt gingrich and rick santorum both failed to qualify. a bill moving through virginia's general assembly would require voters to show identification before casting their ballots. the republican-supported legislation has passed the senate. it would require voters who do not show identifications at polls to use a provisional ballot. the ballot is only counted if the voter returns to the registrar after election day with the required i.d. democrats said the legislation resembles jim crow-era efforts to suppress minority voting. republicans said the bill mirrors federal voter requirements to prevent identity fraud. and the virginia state senate killed a proposal that would have repealed the mandate that requires girls to get the hpv vaccine before the sixth
grade. the vaccine helps prevent the human papilloma vier chief justice can cause cervical -- virus which can cause cervical cancer. hpv is spread through sexual contact. some lawmakers feel the law promoted casual premarital sex. they also say the state mandate usurps parental rights. the general assembly will most likely not take up the measure again until next year. today the president will speak at a united auto workers conference here in washington. the president is expected to remind automakers that one of the reasons they've made a comeback is because of the government bailout. he's anded to remind workers that gop critics and white house challengers oppose the bailout. he also did that last month while visiting the auto show. a safety feature found in some cars will soon be required to all cars. cnbc has the story. kayla, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, joe. i like that you're leaving the viewer in limbo with that right there. federal regulators plan to announce this week automakers
will be required to install rear-view cameras in all vehicles by 2014. "the new york times" says the national highway traffic safety administration will send the final version of the new rule to congress on wednesday. it's estimated that adding those cameras will cost automakers about $1 0 to $-- $160 to $200 per vehicle. home depot and lowe's are hiring thousands of temp workers for the spring, their busiest season. home depot is in the process of hiring 70,000 people across all department of thes while lowe's is adding 40,000. while the jobs are temporary, both chains say they're often a foot in the door to a full-time position. home depot says half of its seasonal hires last year stayed on with home depot full time. back to you. >> that's good news. thank you very much. hope you have a great day. >> you, too. >> thanks. one of the most bizarre daytona 500s in history finished early this morning after being delayed by one of the scariest moments nascar fans have seen in a long time. with 40 laps to go, juan pablo
montoya slammed into a truck carrying a jet dryer, causing a fire go fireball. the impact ignited more than 200 gallons of kerosene, destroying the car and delayed the race for more than two hours. fortunately no one was hurt. it was one of four crashes during the race that was postponed for more than 24 hours because of rain. ultimately, matt kenseth survived all that chaos to win his second daytona 500 in four years. >> thank goodness the guy driving with the jet dryer and the air is seen was not injured either -- kerosene was not injured either. >> amazing how they walk away from these horrific crashes. tom, talk about the sun coming up. pretty or what? >> yeah, looks like a blooming daffodil. we have some actual daffodil that's are up already here on this february morning. good morning, there's another view from our skywatcher camera. the sun came up at 6:43. right now at 6:50, temperatures are chilly. in fact, a little below freezing parts of frederick county, into
washington, allegheny county,gator counties in maryland -- garrett counties in maryland, as well as west virginia. near the freezing mark. closer to washington, we are in the mid 30s now in prince george's county. upper 30s now, dipping there into fairfax county, arlington county near 40. so is the district. so is much of southern maryland. it's in -- near 40 degrees, prince george's county, charles, calvert, st. mary's, that sunrise at 6:43. plenty of sun today. it's going to be a cooler day than yesterday. we'll have our temperatures into the mid to upper 50s during the afternoon. then we'll have clouds beginning to close in tonight. here's the evening planner. sun set at 5:59. near 50 by 7:00, going mostly cloudy by midnight. it will be near 40 by then. a cloudy start wednesday morning. we'll be down into the mid to upper 30s. then it does look like rain developing late on wednesday morning. and then during the afternoon, becoming moderate at times on wednesday afternoon and chilly tomorrow with highs only near 50. by the time the rain ends on wednesday evening, we may have about an inch. and then on thursday we dry out,
sun back, and we warm right back up again. upper 60s to near 70 degrees on thursday afternoon. clouds come rights back in again on friday. and cooler. then they'll be producing some rain. looks like late friday night into saturday. and then much chillier weather for sunday and monday. sunshine back, though. danella? traveling on i-95 northbound, past the occoquan, have an accident but it's in the right shoulder lane. we are still seeing delays heading out of the occoquan. your travel speed, under speed at 35 miles per hour. taking about 17 minutes to get from the occoquan to the beltway. now continuing on to 395, seeing volume north in this area. a live look at duke street, pretty slow as you make your way to the 14th street bridge. your travel speed, 30 miles per hour. taking about 22 minutes to get from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. and on the rails, so far they're running on or close to schedule. no reported delays on the metro, marc, and vre. joe, over to you. >> danella, thank you very much. breaking news right now. just in from ohio, the nbc
station in cleveland has confirmed that a second student shot at that high school yesterday has died. police have the shooting suspect in custody. a 17-year-old who attended a different high school for at-risk children. we expect additional information when the school system holds an 11:00 a.m. press conference this morning. the "today" show will have more on the story next at 7:00 a.m. metro wants to raise fares, but it has to overcome heavy criticism from the public. last night a crowd of frustrated metro riders told the transit agency they don't want to pay higher fares. metro was proposing a price hike to help pay for safety improvements. it involves a minimum ten-cent increase for smart-trip users and more for those who buy paper ticket. riders say they're already paying higher fees and want local governments to help foot the bill. >> we need the jurisdictions to step up and give metro the level of funding that it needs to fix its problems and give us the
service that we deserve. >> metro's next public forum is tomorrow night at henderson elementary school in falls church, virginia. well, a major traffic alert for you. in a few hours, d.c. will shut off all of the traffic lights around dupont circle. the work could cause a traffic mess for much of this day. news4's megan mcgrath has details. good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning, joe. right now everything looks pretty good here at dupont circle. we have light traffic, and as you see, the traffic signals are on. but in a couple of hours, that is not going to be the case. those signals are going to be turned off right around 10:00 this morning. ddot is upgrading the traffic lights to allow for backup power so that they will continue to work even when the electricity goes off. in order to do that, however, they have to turn them off so that workers can make the switchover. by doing it at 10:00 a.m., ddot hopes to cut down on delays. they're bringing in traffic control workers who will direct
traffic across the signals through the intersections. but even so, even with those folks directing the traffic, we are still expecting big tie-ups. >> we'll have traffic control officers who will be out at dupont circle and all of the intersections that are currently controlled by traffic signals. the officers will be out there to make sure that traffic flows and that there aren't any issues. it's obviously a very complicated intersection. >> reporter: now we don't know exactly how long the lights will be off. we're told several hours. we don't have an exact time. they begin the work right around 10:00 a.m. this morning. expect delays, and be aware as you travel through the area. watch out for pedestrians, as well. reporting live from dupont circle, megan mcgrath, news4. >> thank you very much. new from overnight, a cruise ship drifting powerless at sea is now being towed to safety. a french fishing boat is towing the "costa allegra" to a nearby island. could take about a day to get there. more than 1,000 passengers and
crew members are on board the cruise ship. a generator fire set the cruise liner adrift at sea in a region where somali pirates prey on ships. this incident comes just six weeks after another costa ship, "concordia" wrecked off the italian coast, killing 32 people. that is "news4 today." thank you for starting your tuesday with us. >> the "today" show is next. we'll be back in 25 minutes with your weather, traffic, and any breaking news. and we'll be back here tomorrow at 4:30. hope you'll join us then. and until then, have a great day. see you tomorrow. >> bye. ♪
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