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determine whether earhart survived the apparent crash of her plane there 75 years ago. they will use sonar to search the ocean floor for debris from her plane. several items from the 1930s were found on that island including a jar of face cream and heel of a woman's shoe. that would be fascinating. i have a feeling it will just remain a mystery. >> you kind of just want the mysteriousness of it all. here's a surprising new story, birthday stress can lead to death as we get older. >> researchers in switzerland found people over the age of 60% were 14% more likely to die on their birthday. they found an increase in heart attacks, strokes and suicides. danger of birthday blues were discovered while examining 2 million deaths. william shakespeare died of unknown causes on his birthday. >> we don't want to get older.
>> these medical things, heart attack, stroke, these sorts of things -- >> stay with us. "news4 today" continues right now at 5:00 a.m. face to face today. jerry sandusky and his accusers will be in court. the former football coach goes on trial today accused of sexually abusing ten victims. major headaches. one of the busiest stretches of road in the city about to undergo a major makeover. what you need to know this morning. first. good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today" for this monday, june 11th, 2012. 5:01. what's going on out there in the sky, tom? >> first light of day showing up. sunrises are getting earlier and earlier. the sunrise this morning is coming up at 5:42 and we have just a few high clouds passing over. the air is soft and sweet on this monday morning. look at those patches of green there on the left of your screen.
that's rain. that is just now moving into indiana and ohio, kentucky, and down into tennessee. that is advancing toward the east. it looks like that may make it in toward the metro area later today. between now and then increasing high clouds. away from the waters, all of these areas in green are in 60s. that includes all of maryland, virginia and west virginia although a few locations in the highlands are in the low 50s there. now, here's your day planner for this monday. we'll be dry here through much of the daylight hours. around 6:00 or 7:00 this evening, we may have showers and thundershowers moving in. between now and then upper 70s by 9:00. by noontime, low 80s and then going quite cloudy by mid afternoon. by then we'll be in mid 80s. not as hot as it was over the weekend. sunrise 5:42. sunset at 8:34. likelihood we'll have showers and thundershowers into this evening. i'm back in ten minutes with a look at hometown forecast. a look at our traffic now.
here's danella. >> good morning. if you are traveling along route 50, let's check it out together making your way toward the beltway. let's start with eastbound lanes. road work set up at lottsford vista. making your way westbound heading into the city, nice and clear with no issues connecting to new york avenue. now over to the rails. they are open. i don't see report of delays on metro, marc or vre. back in ten wince with another look at traffic. aaron, over to you. starting today major construction on the u street corridor. work zone there will run about half a mile between 9th and 14th streets. this is more of a facelift for landscaping in that area if you will. crews will widen sidewalks and repave the road. thank you so much for that. also repairing street lights and upgrading traffic signals. construction not scheduled to be finished until spring of next year. the time span has some business owners a little worried.
>> we're happy to be here. we just want to make sure that our clients are taken care of. that's the most important thing. >> construction work should start around 7:00 eastern morning and go through 7:00 in the evening monday through saturday and occasionally on sundays. the first alleged victims of jerry sandusky could confront the former penn state defensive coordinator as early as today. the next phase of the trial begins. opening statements are this morning in sandusky's sex abuse trial. he's accused of molesting ten boys, eight of whom will take the stand. the defense strategy is to hammer away at their credibility by suggesting they want to profit from civil law suits. >> you'll have a hard time proving that everyone in this case is lying to come up with this story. >> a jury of five men and seven women along with four alternates
were selected last week with half having ties to penn state. new this morning, a prince george's county family is okay after a fire destroyed part of their home. it broke out in the 10300 block of skagsville road in laurel. the home's three-car garage was completely destroyed. crews were able to prevent flames from spreading to the rest of the house though. 35 firefighters from four different counties worked to put out those flames. crews are still trying to figure out what caused the fire. the maryland man who drove a stolen suv into a downtown d.c. office building is due in court today. charles ball of new market faces several charges including assault with intent to kill. police say ball had soaked the inside of the suv with gasoline before plowing into the office building on connecticut avenue friday night. when officers arrived, they say he was trying to light a lighter. court records show the vehicle belongs to a woman who filed a restraining order against ball earlier that day. he is also a registered sex offender in maryland.
a fauquier woman was driving drunk when she caused a deadly accident. lori shipe is charged with dui. investigators say she ran a red light late saturday night and crashed into another car. a female passenger in that other vehicle was killed. the driver was seriously hurt as well and the dog in that car also died. overseas markets are up this morning a positive response to spain accepting a financial bailout. asian stocks and euro are both up. spain requested aid to help rescue banks crippled by bad real estate loans. finance ministers offered 5 billion to spain. the country joins greece, ireland and portugal in accepting european bailout. 73 degrees. ahead a member of the president's cabinet being investigated for a bizarre incident. even world leaders do it. the somewhat embarrassing admission from david cameron that a lot of parents can relate
>> that is a motorcycle stunt that went horribly wrong in california. the 25-year-old stunt rider was trying to pull off a scene for a hollywood movie trailer and he overshot a bike ramp and slammed to the ground. he broke several bones including his neck, collar bone, pelvis and ribs and suffered second-degree burns when the bike caught on fire. friends are organizing a fund-raiser to help pay for medical expenses. i can't watch the video. it's awful. >> you can imagine what those expenses would be like. we saw pictures with a neck brace on. mother says he's in physical therapy trying to do rehabbing. what a crash. >> the people who do the stunts in these movies, you have seen
action adventure movies. incredible risk. >> a professional and apparently he's known as crazy mike. he does the wild, wild stunts. >> let's hope for a speedy recovery for him. 5:11. >> a look outside this morning, folks. this is just the first bit of sunlight starting to peek over the horizon for us and it looks like it will be a nice day. >> it does but tom kierein will tell us if it will be a nice day. tom? >> it should be cooler than it was over the weekend. right now we've got that soft peach sky over capitol hill. 60s across most of maryland, virginia into west virginia parts of west virginia in the 50s. hometown forecast is la plata. by noontime into low 80s with partly cloudy skies and by mid to late afternoon mid 80s. by early this evening, ought to have showers and thundershowers moving through. they'll continue off and on the rest of the evening into this time tomorrow morning. a look at the rest of the week and weekend in ten minutes.
danella, how is traffic now? >> we had road work shutting down a few lanes actually if you were trying to get to i-66 from the outer loop of the beltway. road work was shutting you down. that ramp has reopened. let's head to inner loop of the beltway. earlier you were forced on 395. that has cleared as well and you can continue your commute traveling on inner loop of the beltway continuing on the beltway or get on 395 if you want. aaron and eun, back over to you. it's now 5:12. the announcement from apple today that fans may find disappointing. a lot of parents can relate to this. what the prime minister of
[ mike ] i always wondered how did an airplane get in the air. at ge aviation, we build jet engines. we lift people up off the ground to 35 thousand feet. these engines are built by hand with very precise assembly techniques. [ mike ] it's going to fly people around the world. safely and better than it's ever done before. it would be a real treat to hear this monster fire up. [ jaronda ] i think a lot of people, when they look at a jet engine, they see a big hunk of metal. but when i look at it, i see seth, mark, tom, and people like that who work on engines every day. [ tom ] i would love to see this thing fly. [ kareem ] it's a dream, honestly. there it is. oh, wow. that's so cool! yeah, that was awesome! [ cheering ] [ tom ] i wanna see that again. ♪
we are following a developing story. a member of president obama's cabinet is a focus of a felony hit-and-run investigation. john bryson was involved in two crashes saturday night. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with more on this. good morning. >> good morning. here's how the l.a. sheriff's office says it went down. this was saturday evening in california. he was out there because earlier a couple days earlier he gave a commencement speech at his daughter's alma mater. on saturday they believe he ran into a car with three people as that car was sitting waiting for a train to pass by. apparently according to the report, he got out and talked with them about exchanging information but then according to one lieutenant seemed confused, got back into his car and backed into them again as he took off. that car then followed him, called 911. meantime, about five minutes later, about two miles up the road, the l.a. sheriff's office says he hit another car with a man and woman inside.
they had no serious injuries. refused treatment. no serious injuries at the first accident either. but by the time authorities caught up with him, they say that he was unconscious behind the wheel. he was taken to the hospital. not arrested there but issued a felony citation for hit-and-run. this investigation is early but so far authorities are saying they have no indication that there were drugs or alcohol involved but clearly they're going to try to figure out what happened here. >> tracie potts on the hill for us this morning. thank you. employees are remembering the life of a reston business owner found dead near his virginia apartment. bharat patel's body was found early saturday morning in the 11000 block of winterthur lane in reston. police responded to the scene earlier in the night after reports of a fight but found nothin nothing. the company issued a statement saying we send our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of bharat.
the tragedy impacts all of us especially those who had a pleasure to work had him on a daily basis. a statewide manhunt in alabama for a suspect who shot and killed three people including two former auburn university football players. three other people were rounded in that shooting including a current auburn football player. the shooting happened at an apartment near the school's campus during a party saturday night. reports are that there was a fight over a woman. one of the witnesses says the party got out of control in a hurry. >> like i told them, partying with local people they don't know how to act, man. it went to a massacre for no reason at all. >> police have charged the suspect with three counts of capital murder. they are looking near his home in montgomery. there may soon be new hope for millions of diabetics
struggling to control their blood sugar. results of new studies of diabetes drugs and insulin drugs are being presented right now. some treatments could go on the market in the next few years. about 26 million americans are diabetic. that number is growing quickly. this morning leaders in president obama's campaign staff insist the white house did not leak classified information. there are growing demands to learn who released information of the attacks against iran, drone strikes and a foiled al qaeda plot to bomb a u.s. bound airliner. on friday attorney general eric holder appointed two u.s. attorneys to investigate. senator john mccain called for an independent investigation and continued to blame the administration and president obama's senior campaign adviser firmly denied the allegations. >> it's obvious on its face that this information came from individuals who are in the administration. the president may not have done it himself but the president is
certainly responsible as kma commander in chief. >> there were obviously leaks but they weren't from the white house. >> both republican and democratic lawmakers called for more information on the leaks. george allen is trying to build momentum for his senate campaign in northern virginia on the eve of the state's republican primary. virginia governor bob mcdonnell is among those that will be on hand for a campaign valley today. allen lost the senate seat in 2006 is up against three other gop candidates hoping to challenge democrat tim kaine in the fall. they will not need their i.d.s. the state's new voter i.d. law doesn't take effect until july 1st. governor mcdonnell will head to europe to promote job creation. he will make stops in germany, britain, and sweden. he has led five similar trade
missions. trips have yielded several export agreements and business deals. don't you hate it when you accidentally leave something at a restaurant? britain's prime minister knows that feeling too well. >> we're not talking about a wallet. david cameron and his wife left something behind after having lunch at a london pub. their 8-year-old daughter. this happened a few months ago. nancy cameron spent 15 minutes in the pub before david cameron came back to get her. the camerons were eating with three children and another family. he thought his daughter was with his wife and their other children in the other car. they were wrong. i feel for him and his wife as a parent. you are frazzled. miscommunication. you have an 8-year-old at a pub by herself. >> you hear about that more often than you think. reminds me of an episode of "family guy."
there's a child that gets left behind. >> you have three children, busy job, hard to juggle everything. i think i might kill my husband if he left one of my children in a pub. 5:21 is our time. we'll look at your forecast for this monday. tom kierein is in storm center 4. >> off to a mild start. not as hot of weather as we had over the weekend coming up this week. 73 right now at reagan national. it's quite a mild start there. right near bay waters in the low 70s. all areas in light green, 60s, eastern shore, maryland, virginia, parts of west virginia, central shenandoah valley in low 50s. for the rest of the day, we'll have temperatures climbing into mid 80s by mid afternoon and then late afternoon into the evening hours that we'll probably get some scattered showers and thundershowers. i don't think they will be severe. off and on tomorrow the big story will be rain. we need it. could be heavy at times during the afternoon and evening. highs reaching mid 80s. then we will dry out and turn less humid and cool down on wednesday. partly cloudy. low 80s. partly sunny on thursday. highs upper 70s and highs just around 80 or so on friday,
saturday and sunday with clouds in and out. morning lows around 60. i'll be back in ten minutes with your day planner. danella is here now with a look at traffic on this monday morning. >> if you are traveling 395 heading southbound trying to get on gw parkway, when you pass it, you'll see right lane blocked by a crash there. be aware of that. i-95 northbound at triangle, left lane is blocked by a crash there. you are pretty slow. about 19 miles per hour as you approach the accident. i'll show what you it looks like. you can see here accident activity in that left lane. you have to stick to the right. it is pretty slow. delays start right around 610 heading out of stafford and they continue for you as you make your way toward this accident but once you pass it, things look really good. still checking out rails for you, no reported delays right now. aaron, over to you. >> thank you. 5:23 right now. all eyes on apple today as that company is set to make big announcements. angie goff is live in the ne
newsroom. >> the rumor mill is on overdrive leading up to apple's worldwide developers conference. if you are waking up hoping to see new iphone 5 or ipad later today, you will be disappointed. apple is expected to reveal its line of new laptops and desktop computers and fan sites confirm a new operating system. ios6 will roll out. fresh features include siri for ipad and facebook integration. there's also a lot of talk about upgrading the icloud. the conference kicks off at 1:00 this afternoon. as for that iphone 5, apple watchers expect to reveal sometime this fall and it may be a while before we see a new ipad given the latest version came out in march. aaron? >> thank you. twitter hitting the airwaves. the first commercial aired
yesterday during a nascar race. 15-second ads feature drivers or their wives in candid moments before, during and after the race. commercial ended with hash tag nascar. business analysts say these commercials are to entice companies to embrace hash tags and their power to bring information to people. interesting. some people said the ad experts said that twitter ads were kind of boring. you would expect twitter to be hipper. they were not so exciting apparently. they are watching the skies in paris this morning. >> tennis fans hope rain does not continue to dampen an historic showdown at the french open. exciting sunday's final was postponed but not before both novak djokovic and rafael nadal lost their cool. nadal tossed a tennis ball at an official to show him how wet the ball was. no guarantee things will be resolved today since there's a
70% chance of rain again in paris. you can catch the rest of that match at 7:00 this morning on the nbc sports network. here's a list of channels you can find that channel on sports network depending on your television provider. we'll have them listed on "news4 today" facebook page. the final will not air here on nbc 4. what an exciting matchup. two of the greatest. >> hopefully they'll get it in today. >> all right. time is 5:26. coming up, the birthday blues. who says they are real and dangerous. lady gaga's onstage scare. what happened that made the singer
looking at stories making headlines at 5:29. a major project gets under way in just a little while and it will be a big problem for a lot of people. the area you will want to avoid for a long time. the trial of jerry sandusky begins in just a few hours. a live report on what to expect in 15 minutes. this morning president obama's commerce secretary is under investigation in two hit-and-run crashes in southern california. secretary john bryson is in the hospital after police say he hit
two cars. he's expected to be okay. we'll have much more on those stories throughout the morning. first, good morning to you. i'm eun yang. >> i'm aaron gilchrist. we begin this half hour with some wild weather. one section of the country under water. others are praying for any signs of rain. take a look here. fire crews are outmatched and overwhelmed. 20,000 acres have already been destroyed. flames have destroyed 18 homes and buildings. no one has been injured. hundreds of homes are evacuated and unfortunately no help coming from mother nature here. the forecast, hot and dry. >> a couple cows behind the bar i was back there watching making sure they weren't floating away. >> just the opposite in the south. parts of alabama and florida received 15 inches of rain over the weekend. thousands of people are stranded because of high waters. while the floods have destroyed some homes, no injuries or deaths are reported. emergency officials estimate the damage from floods will be in the millions.
we are fortunate here. no severe weather to talk about this morning. we could see some storms today. tom kierein has all of the details. >> potomac looks like it is filled with pink lemonade on this monday morning. a live view from our city camera. high clouds drifting over the region. these high clouds coming in advance of some of that rain that we saw down in alabama. that's heading up our way by late tonight. increasing high clouds. off to a mild start. we're generally in the 60s across all of maryland, virginia and into parts of the shenandoah valley. near the bay waters it's near 70 as well as along the potomac. a few locations into the mountains have dropped down into the 50s this morning. those are cool spots. here is your day planner for this monday. a dry morning. just some high clouds coming in. mid morning temperatures upper 70s. by noontime low 80s. not as hot today as it was over the weekend. by mid afternoon ought to hit the mid 80s.
and we'll have increasing clouds but then by late afternoon perhaps around 6:00 or 7:00 is when we could get passing thundershowers. i don't think they'll be severe. those may continue into this evening and in fact likely by late evening and during the day on tuesday. i'll be back here in ten minutes with a hometown forecast. danella is here with a look at our monday traffic. good morning. >> good morning. still checking on a couple accidents both in virginia. southbound 395 seeing the right lane blocked by accident activity in that area. northbound i-95 approaching route 619 triangle the left lane is blocked. multivehicle accident here slowing you down and you can see cars are pretty jammed as they make their way past the accident. really out of quantico you're bumper to bumper. passing this accident along i-95 things look a lot better for you. let's head over to i-270. travel lanes are open. no accidents to report along i-270. aaron, over to you. >> thank you, danella.
another traffic alert for you in the district this morning. a big construction project starting today will affect a lot of people who live, work or just pass through the u street corridor. news4's megan mcgrath is live in that area now with how this work could impact everybody. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, aaron. the u street area is a bustling commercial corridor. there are all kinds of restaurants and bars and shops here. a very busy area but things are going to start getting messy here beginning today. take a look behind me now. you can see that u street all is normal at least for the moment but later on this morning we expect to see those construction vehicles roll into the area and they're going to stick around for about a year. that's how long this project is expected to last. now, they're going to do a lot of work between 9th street and 14th street at u. they'll start later this morning after 7:00 a.m. and start at 9th moving west along u eventually all of the way down to 14th street. they'll be widening the
sidewalks, they'll be adding street lights and traffic signals. the road will be repaired and repaved. u street will remain open with one lane in each direction but certainly we are going to see traffic tie-ups in the area. we're also going to see a lot of parking restrictions. a lot of spots will go away to make room for this construction. now, in terms of the hours, they're going to work from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. monday through saturday although they do say occasionally they are going to have to work on sunday. be aware of that as well. they are trying to limit the hours so that they get the construction crews out of here before the nightlife really kicks in. hoping that will cut down on some of the traffic tie-ups and headaches but needless to say businesses in the area are concerned worried that people may avoid the area because of construction and the mess. they hope that's not the case but we'll have to wait and see. 7:00 a.m. this morning is when we expect to see some of the construction activity get under way. reporting live along u street, megan mcgrath, news4.
>> thank you for the warning, megan. heads-up for beltway drivers in northern virginia. another major project on the outer loop every night this week. crews plan to shut down three of four lanes from georgetown pike to the oak street overpass. delays could last up to 30 minutes. that work should end by 5:00 each morning. this is part of the 495 express lanes project. new this morning, fire crews are looking into what caused a major fire at a howard county home. the fire broke out in the 10300 block of skagsville road in laurel. the garage was completely destroyed but crews prevented flames from spreading to the rest of the house. the entire family was able to get out okay. the maryland man who drove a stolen suv into a downtown d.c. office building is due in court today. charles ball of new market faces several charges including assault with the intent to kill. police say ball had soaked the inside of the suv with gasoline
before plowing it into an office building on connecticut avenue friday night. you see that here. when officers got there, they say he was trying to light a lighter. court records show that vehicle belongs to a woman who had filed a restraining order against ball earlier that day. ball is also a registered sex offender in maryland. right now asian stocks and euro are up this morning after the europe's union offer to bailout spain. the lifeline is helping ease investor anxiety over an economic crisis. spain asked finance ministers from 17 countries that use the euro for money to rescue its banks. spain is europe's fourth largest economy. u.s. futures on wall street are up sharply in response to spain's bailout. lady gaga is resting after getting a concussion while performing on her world tour.
one of her dancers accidentally hit her on the head with a prop. this is in new zealand. she missed a word and staggered a bit across the stage. the singer told the crowd last night "i did hit my head. i think i have a concussion. don't worry. i'll finish this show." she sang another 16 sounds. on twitter, her makeup artist confirmed that lady gaga suffered a concussion and is expected to be okay. the dancer, maybe not. may not be around much longer. >> i'm sure it was an accident. birthday blues can be deadly as we get older. >> researchers in switzerland found people over the age of 60 were 14% more likely to die on their birthdays finding a rise in heart attacks, strokes and suicides as a cause of death. more than 2 million deaths were examined. william shakespeare died on his birthday of unknown causes.
40 years they spent doing this study looking at the different increases in death and heart attack was the highest contributing factor to death at 60 or older. >> at a certain point you don't want to celebrate anymore. i don't know. >> do you think it's depression? there's nothing wrong with getting older. we all do it. >> i agree. >> it's better to be older i would argue. >> there you go. >> if i look at pictures of myself at 20, i've grown into myself thank god. >> good for you. 5:38. ahead, the critter that knocked out power to thousands of local homes. the new reason this morning to make sure you are getting enough sleep. the health risk linked to too few zs. tom is tracking storm ch
♪ jimmy bond i'm sticky and uncomfortable. try gold bond powder. medicated to protect, absorb, even relieve itching. -thanks, jimmy. -thank gold bond. ♪ this stuff works good morning. weather and traffic on the 1s on this monday morning. we're off to quite a wonderful start. look at that soft silky sky. sunrise is just about a minute away. around our region now, we have temperatures generally in the 60s throughout most of the area. 73 at reagan national and later today ought to hit mid 80s by mid afternoon.
hometown forecast, damascus, mid 80s and then showers and thundershowers moving in by late afternoon and early evening continuing off and on the rest of the evening and into tomorrow. we'll look at tuesday, rest of the week and weekend. a viewer photo too in ten minutes. how's traffic? >> still seeing a few accidents to warn you about southbound 395 just past gw parkway. right lanes blocked in that area. northbound i-95 making your way toward triangle, you see in that left lane blocked. multivehicle crash here. waiting on a tow truck. you are slow making your way past this accident. i'll give you a travel time out of quantico. 40 minutes to the beltway right now. now over to you. it's 5:42. 73 degrees. the journey to a remote island to try to finally solve one of the greatest mystery's in
welcome back. opening statements are expected this morning in the sex abuse trial for former penn state defensive coordinator jerry sandusky. many of sandusky's accusers are set to take the stand during the trial. we go live to pennsylvania for more on what to expect today. >> reporter: good morning. on jerry sandusky finally facing trial more than six months after he was arrested and charged with 52 counts of child sex abuse. prosecutors say that sandusky molested ten children over the span of about 15 years. again, sandusky has been waiting for this day for more than six months. today he'll face a jury of his peers. that jury is made up of seven
women and five men. several of them have ties to penn state where sandusky rose to prominence under coach joe paterno who was of course a legend here. prosecutors are expected to leadoff testimony today with one of their most powerful victims. they call him victim number 4. he's expected to testify today that he was molested by sandusky more than 50 times and paid off to keep his silence with gifts like golf clubs, shoes and money. the defense is expected to try and undermine the credibility of all of the alleged victims who are going to testify here over the next several weeks alleging that they are all out for money and conspireing to file civil lawsuits against sandusky. we'll see how that strategy goes. opening statements here today and the jury not sequestered in this small area. it will be interesting to see how the judge keeps tabs on the jury as they are allowed to go home every day.
back to you. >> all right. chris, thank you. the latest "newsweek" hits stands today and there's already a lot of buzz. it exposes some of the accusations robert kennedy jr. made about his estranged life last year. portions of a confidential affidavit part of the couple's 2011 divorce are part of that "newsweek" article. according to the report, kennedy claims his wife, mary, abused his children from an earlier marriage. he says she stole from his daughter who was 9 at the time. there's been no comment from either kennedy's divorce attorney. pepco customers plan a funeral outside of the company's headquarters. protesters will hold a new orleans style funeral complete with jazz ensemble and casket as part of their plan to bury a proposed rate hike totalling more than $42 million in d.c. this proposed jump comes despite the company reporting huge profits and giving executives pay raises. pepco says the rate hike is to
pay for 900 million in improvements. last month protesters smeared cake on the sign and windows saying pepco can't have its cake and eat it too. a raccoon to blame for knocking out power to more than 4,000 people in northern virginia. the raccoon got into a substation near the manassas regional airport last night. power went out along wellington road and route 28 for about an hour. the university of virginia is preparing to launch a search for a new president. at th theresa sullivan will step down. sullivan said in a statement she had a philosophical difference of opinion. school administrators will move quickly to name an interim president. south korea's military warning north korea it will retaliate for any attack.
south korean police are looking into whether the north is involved in a cyberattack on a newspaper. the north denies those charges. this morning former egyptian president mubarak is slipping in and out of consciousness. the 84-year-old is suffering from high blood pressure and breathing problems. he's serving a life sentence for failing to stop killing of protesters last year during uprising that ended his three decades in power. lunch with warren buffett will cost you $3.4 million. that was the winning bid in a found raiser auction. buffett raised more than $11 million for the organization in past auctions. this year's winning bidder wants to remain unanimous. they traditionally dine at a steakhouse in new york.
>> the win they are year topped last year's bid by $800,000 and person that won it last year won it the year before and now works for warren buffett. >> is it worth it? >> turn that into a job opportunity. >> just to maybe get some advice from warren buffett on all kinds of things. >> that's right. let's switch gears at 5:51 and talk about our forecast. tom kierein is here keeping an eye on things. >> beautiful sunrise on this monday morning starting off another mild morning. there's the live view from our nbc 4 hd city camera. look at that sun coming up now. last week we had some of those showers coming through and this was a terrific picture sent in by john tillman from gainesville after one of those showers went by. he got a beautiful rainbow. you know somewhere over that rainbow, blue birds fly. >> no way. >> that's right. temperatures right now are in the 60s throughout much of maryland and virginia and into west virginia a few locations have hit the 50s. right now low 60s in montgomery,
prince george's, arlington and near 70 in washington by the bay. for the rest of the day by noontime, we'll hit low 80s with increasing high clouds and then by mid afternoon ought to hit mid 80s. it's late afternoon perhaps around 5:00, 6:00 or so that we'll have a few showers popping up maybe some thunder and lightning and we'll be back down to low 80s by then. a likelihood of that coming through this evening and into tomorrow. some of the heavier thundershowers tomorrow afternoon and evening might even cause localized flooding. could get really heavy downpours. highs mid 80s. and then wednesday turning less humid. and cooler. highs reaching the low 80s. and during the day on thursday, should be a beautiful day too. partly sunny and not much humidity around. highs reaching upper 70s. here's a look at friday. and your weekend. the all important weekend. still looking pleasant. not too hot or humid. afternoon highs near 80. saturday and sunday morning lows right around 60. i'll be back in ten minutes with
another update. danella has a look at traffic. good morning. >> things look better on i-95 northbound. an accident along the left lane and it blocked the left lane. this is that triangle route 6 and 19. it's now out of the roadway. i'll give you a travel sweep out of quantico right now. 39 minutes to get from quantico to the beltway. hopefully it will get better. you are going to see delays this morning because of that accident. tying up things for some time. let's head over to i-66 at 50 as you make your way eastbound heading to beltway. travel lanes are open. not bad at all. 59 miles an hour. 11 minutes to get from fairfax county parkway to the capital beltway. to rails, taking the marc, brunswick east, minor five-minute delay. train 870. not bad. metro and vre aren't reporting delays at this time. just in, the price of gas dropped yet again. you'll pay about one cent less for a gallon of gas in the
district today. that's according to aaa. the average dropped to 3.60 overnight. in maryland, down a fraction of a penny to 3.44. virginia's average fell one cent as well overnight to 3.31. in west virginia, drivers are paying about 3.60 this morning which is half cent drop. analysts expect this dropping trend at the pump will continue into the summer. virginia governor bob mcdonnell heads to europe later today for business and not pleasure. the governor will make stops in germany, switzerland, great britain and sweden as part of the nine-day economic mission. before he leaves, the governor will be among those trying to build support for senate hopeful george allen on the eve of the state's republican primary. allen will appear this afternoon in ashburn. he lost the senate seat in 2006 and is up against three other gop candidates hoping to challenge democratic tim allen in the fall. people who want to vote in tomorrow's primary will not need
to bring their i.d.s. the state's new voter i.d. law does not take effect until july 1st. >> we could soon learn what happened to amelia earhart 75 years after she vanished. a team of researchers will leave next month for a remote island in the pacific to determine whether earhart survived the apparent crash of her plane there. scientists will use sonar to search the ocean floor for debris. several items from the 1930s were found recently on the island including a jar of face cream and heel of a woman's shoe. having trouble sleeping? try sleeping with a nightlight. some may be afraid of the dark. they say when the light turns off, it can cause anxiety that leads to sleep problems. a small study found 50% of problems who reported sleep problems admitted to being afraid of the dark. the lead researcher says this is treatable. right now most doctors don't look for fear of the dark as a cause of insomnia. the new finding could change
that. there is one good reason to do whatever it takes to get a good night sleep. a new study suggests you could be at increased risk for a stroke if you don't. researchers say you could be four times more likely to suffer a stroke if you don't get six hours of sleep or more on a regular basis. the findings are similar to results of a study researchers in europe published earlier this year. so often people say i can get by. i don't need that sleep. i'll manage. get four or five hours in. i'll be okay. every time we turn around there's another reason. >> not just bags under your eyes. we're talking about stroke and diabetes and heart disease and obesity. i have to get it together. i rare gly get six hours. >> you need to get extra hours of sleep in there. >> tell my three year old that. >> tell her she needs beauty sleep too. a few feathered friends causing traffic chaos. we want to show you some video here. take a look. an accident did not bring
traffic to a standstill in washington state. look off to the side on the left. mother duck. her three ducklings trying to cross the busy highway when they stopped traffic. police tried to help for a little while but they gave up. bystanders tried to grab the ducks with the jacket maybe. eventually they did get all of the ducks to a safe place and all of the traffic was able to keep it moving. >> who knew it was so hard to get ahold of a duck? >> wouldn't breadcrumbs do it or something like that? don't those things draw the truc ducks in. >> get the breadcrumbs ready. >> keep them in the patrol car. there you go. coming up next at 6:00 a.m., legal troubles for the u.s. commerce secretary. the crimes he's accused of from over the weekend. and as always, your weather and traffic together on the 1s as we take a live look outside this morning. the sun is up cutting through just a few thin clouds this morning. tom kierein will be along to tell us how warm it will get on this monday morning.