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investigation. the major construction project about to get under way which will change the way a popular corridor looks causing traffic headaches and more. >> it's the day apple fans wait for every year. what the tech giant will unveil today. good morning. welcome to "news4 today." i'm eun yang. >> i'm aaron gilchrist. thank you for waking up with us on this monday, june 11th, 2012. we take a live look outside this morning. 73 degrees outside our studios right now. and we're in for a warmup and maybe some water falling from the sky too. >> that's called rain. we haven't had it in so long. >> this time of year it is called rain. >> we did get some last week but we're running a deficit for 2012 so we're going to play catchup here but not until late today and into tomorrow. gorgeous sunrise on this monday morning. and there is the view from space. we can thank these high clouds drifting over the region now for this wonderful sunrise. those areas in green you see there storm 4 radar picking up some showers in ohio down into
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kentucky and tennessee. those are advancing to the east and northeast. a few other sprinkles showing up in north carolina and southwestern virginia. all of this activity is heading toward the metro area. looks like that may make it in here by late afternoon. between now and then, we'll have increasing high clouds and temperatures are pleasant now. it's a beautiful morning. we're in the 60s all these areas in light green including all of maryland and eastern shore and virginia. some dark green areas this is in 50s. central and northern shenandoah valley into highlands of west virginia and western maryland. we're going to hold steady in 60s for another hour or so and quickly warm up out of the 80s by noontime and then during the middle of the afternoon, mid 80s and we'll have cloudiness by then. it's late afternoon perhaps around 6:00 and then into the evening hours that we'll probably get some showers and maybe some thundershowers. i don't think they'll be severe. could be heavier tomorrow. i'll be back here with a hometown forecast in ten minutes. danella is here with a look at our traffic on this monday.
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good morning. >> good morning. right now still seeing the accident southbound 395 past g.w. parkway blocking your right lane. stick to the left to get by. beltway prince george's county travel lanes are open both directions inner loop and outer loop looking nice. i'll give you a live look at georgia avenue. this is your commute this morning travel lanes are nice and open. travel speed as you make your way on the outer loop 61 minutes. back over to you. we're following developing story out of southern california. police are investigating two car crashes they say involved a member of president obama's cabinet. police say commerce secretary john bryson rear ended a car saturday before fleeing the scene. they say he was involved in a second accident a short time later. officers found him at the scene unconscious behind the wheel of his car.
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he was taken to the hospital but is expected to survive. he was given a felony citation at the hospital but was not arrested. new overnight, howard county family is okay after a fire destroyed part of their home. take a look here. the fire broke out in the 10300 block of skagsville road in laurel. the home's three-car garage destroyed here. crews were able to prevent flames from spreading to the rest of the house. 35 firefighters from four different counties worked to put out those flames. crews are still trying to figure out what caused that fire. now to a developing story. fire crews in northern colorado say right now there is no hope of containing a massive wildfire. it's already destroyed more than 31 square miles in just two days. it's expected to grow even bigger because of the hot and dry forecast. at least 18 homes and buildings are destroyed. no reports of injuries right now. hundreds have evacuated their homes. 250 firefighters including some from canada have been battling the flames. firefighters still aren't sure
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how the fire started. meanwhile, the south is dealing with heavy rain that will continue into today. the onslaught of rain flood parts of alabama and florida with parts of both states getting close to 15 inches of rain over the weekend. thousands of people are stranded because of high water. emergency officials estimate millions of dollars worth of damage from the flooding and while floods destroyed some homes, no injuries or deaths have been reported. right now stock markets around the world are looking up in response to spain's accepting a bailout from the eurozone. that country requested aid to rescue banks crippled by bad real estate loans. eurozone finance minister offered $125 billion to spain. u.s. futures on wall street also sharply up this morning in response to spain's bailout. >> police are trying to figure out what happened to a man found dead during his virginia apartment. bharat patel's body was found outside of his home in reston. police responded to the scene
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earlier in the night after reports of a fight but found nothing. patel was reported missing an hour later. it is unclear how he died but police have released this sketch of a suspect in his death. the maryland man who drove an 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. he doused his suv with gasoline before plowing into the office building. when officers arrived, he was trying to light a lighter. the vehicle belonged to a woman who filed a restraining order against ball earlier that day. ball is also a registered sex offender in maryland. heads-up d.c. drivers, a major construction project starting today will transform the u street corridor but that process may be painful for those who have to pass through the area. take a look at a map here. work zone is half mile long
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between 9th and 14th street. megan mcgrath is live along u street now with details. megan? >> reporter: that's right. things are going to get under way later this morning. if you take a live look at u street behind me now, all is normal. traffic running fine here this morning. later this morning we're expecting to see those construction vehicles roll into the area and things could get messy. this is a major construction project. it's expected to last about a year. now, it's happening on u street between 9th and 14th streets. they are going start later this morning down on the 9th street end of things and then moving west along u eventually making it all of the way down to 14th street. now, those sidewalks are going to be widened. new street lights and traffic signals put in. the road will be repaired and repaved. u street will remain open during the construction with at least one lane in each direction. you can imagine with all that's happening, all of the construction vehicles, et cetera, we're going to see traffic tie-ups and congestion in the area and we'll see
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parking restrictions in the area to make way for all of the vehicles, et cetera. it will be messy around here for quite a while. again, a year. that's how long this project is expected to take. now, they're going to be doing the work from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. monday through saturday. they do say occasionally they will be forced to work on sunday as well. they are trying to cut down on the traffic tie-ups and inconveniences as much as possible when you have a project this big though, you can bet there are going to be issues along the way. megan mcgrath, news4. >> one more traffic alert for you. this one for drivers in northern virginia. major overnight work starts tonight on the outer loop of the beltway. every night this week crews will shut down three of the four lanes from georgetown pike to oak street overpass. the work should end by 5:00 each morning. 73 degrees. many parents can relate to this story. the embarrassing moment for u.k. prime david cameron.
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what he forgot while out to eat with his family. a first for twitter. how the social networking site is branching out. >> a live look outside right now. off to a beautiful start. sun in the sky. tom kierein says things will change quickly this afternoon.
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weather and traffic on the 1s. 6:11 early on this monday morning. good morning. all around our region we have temperatures generally in the 60s this morning in maryland, virginia, eastern shore. near 70 by the bay. 50s in some mountain regions. here's the hometown forecast front royal in warren county by noontime low 80s. and partly cloudy. by mid afternoon maybe some thundershowers rolling through there and off and on through the rest of the afternoon and evening hours. passing showers and thundershowers all of the way into tomorrow morning.
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it looks like tomorrow as well. a look at the rest of the week and weekend. seven-day outlook in ten minutes. danella, how is traffic? >> chopper 4 live over i-95 northbound along joplin. still seeing some delays out of quantico and as you continue northbound an earlier accident in this area is clear. travel speed just under speed at 45 miles an hour. looking at 30 minutes to get from quantico to the beltway. past the beltway on 395, you are bumper to bumper. sluggish until you make your way around duke and then the road opens up. i-95 in maryland southbound past 100. this is where lanes are open and look really nice as you make your way to the beltway and get on the beltway. nice and clear in this area. over to you. >> it's now 6:12. 73 degrees. what you are more likely to do on your birthday than any other day of the year and it isn't happy news. the much anticipated announcements from apple today
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nascar. the commercials are to entice companies to embrace hash tags and power to bring information to people. a big day for apple today. the company set to make big announcements and introduce new products as well. angie goff is live in the newsroom with a tech lover's dream today. >> right now the hype continues as apple gets ready to roll out new hardware and software today during its annual worldwide developers conference. don't count on seeing the new iphone 5 or latest ipad on the big stage. today the spotlight is expected to be on new mac books and de desktop computers. there will be a new ipad app and facebook integration. enhancements to icloud are also expected. things get started around 1:00
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this afternoon and you can watch it from anywhere as many tech sites of live blocking the event. apple is not expected to announce iphone 5 today. tech experts believe it will happen this fall after the big reveal of a year of iphone 4s. bob mcdonnell is extending his gratitude to the university of virginia president. sullivan said in a statement she had a philosophical difference of opinion with uva board of visitors. her last day will be august 15th. school administrators will start searching for a replacement. an oops for british prime minister. he left something important behind at a london pub recently. his daughter, 8-year-old nancy cameron, spent 15 minutes at
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that pub by herself. the mistake is understandable for some when you hear how it happened. camerons were eating there with their three children and another family. after lunch mr. cameron went home in one car and thought nancy was with their wife and other children in the other car. turns out they were both wrong. >> i'm sure they feel terrible for it. with three kids, you run around. you juggle. miscommunication. all of a sudden your 8 year old is at a pub by herself. it's too bad. >> the tony award goes to "once." >> only at the tonys do have cookies while on stage. "once" picked up eight trophies at the tony awards including best musical. accolades included best lead actor in a musical and best
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actress. surprise of the night, james cordon nabbed lead acting in a play award for one man two governs beating out seymour hoffman favored to win in that category. sunday's final match of the french open was postponed but not before they lost their cool due to wet conditions. nadal tossed a tennis ball at an official to show how wet the ball was. there's no guarantee things will be resolved today since there is a 70% chance of rain in paris. nadal is going for his seventh title. and novak djokovic is trying to become the first man in four years to win four grand slam tournaments in a row. two awesome incredible players. so awesome to watch. catch the rest of that match at 7:00 this morning televised on
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nbc sports network. here's a list of channels you'll find on the channel depending on your television provider. we'll have them listed on "news4 today" facebook page and final will not air here on nbc 4. it appears that birthday blues 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 birthdays. they found a rise in heart attacks, strokes and suicides on birthdays. researchers examined more than 2 million deaths. william shakespeare reportedly died on his 52nd birthday in 1616 of unknown causes. >> all right. just be extra careful on your birthday. go see the doctor. >> celebrate quietly if you have heart trouble is the lesson there. just about 6:21. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. another hot day but is a cooldown on the way? >> not as hot as it was over the weekend. by noontime, low 80s.
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generally in the 60s right now with high clouds. we'll have high clouds with us at noontime and then during the afternoon with a southeast breeze those clouds will likely thicken up and maybe produce thunder and lightning and rain. it may not happen until around 5:00 or 6:00 and before then should stay dry much of the region. mid 80s mid afternoon and then back down to low 80s by late afternoon and then through the evening hours some showers and thunder and lightning it looks like likely tonight and into tomorrow and most of the day on tuesday looking wet with showers and maybe thunder and lightning and even heavy downpours tuesday afternoon and tuesday evening. some heavy downpours may produce brief localized flooding. highs mid 80s tomorrow. and then wednesday we cool down and dry out. turning less humid and beautiful. partly cloudy into low 80s for thursday looking partly sunny. highs reaching the upper 70s. and generally right around the average high for this time of year just around 80 or so on friday, saturday and sunday.
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and each morning in the low 60s so a pleasant pattern midweek toward the weekend. i'll be back in ten minutes. here's a look at traffic with danella. good morning. >> checking travel times in our area. let's start with the dulles toll road from hunter mill road to the beltway driving at 57 miles per hour. that drive taking six minutes. taking the beltway from dulles toll road to interchange, 65 miles an hour. that drive taking 13 minutes. i-66 under speed just a bit inside the beltway from beltway to gw parkway at 45 miles per hour. not bad. outside of the beltway on i-66, seeing delays past sudally. closer to route 50, you'll slow down. 6:22 now. the onstage accident which gave lady gaga a concussion caught on tape. a hidden d♪ ger of not
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oh yeah, this is what a weekend getaway should feel like. and does. if you're here that is. feel the fun. feel the hamptonality. scary moment on stage which
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♪ >> see that right there. one of lady gaga's dancers hit
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her on the head with a prove while performing last night in new zealand. she missed a word and you can see her stagger. she told the crowd i did hit my head and i think i have a concussion. don't worry. i will finish this show. she sang another 16 songs. on twitter her makeup artist confirmed that lady gaga suffered a concussion. she arrived this morning in australia continuing her world tour. as if you needed another reason to get a good night sleep. junk food is more appealing to your brain when you're sleep starved. a new study found a reward center in a tired person's brain was triggered when they saw unhealthy foods. the same reaction did not occur when shown pictures of healthy foods. does it ever? that's what i want to know. the finding could provide a clue to explain a link between the lack of sleep and an increased risk of obesity. >> it has to be mind over matter. >> you have to have will power
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especially with us we'll never get good night sleep. >> you have to see cookies and think grapes. >> plate of vegetables don't look like a reward. coming up next at 6:30, new information about the final weeks of mary kennedy's life and her relationship with rfk, jr. >> what we expect to
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a developing story involving the commerce
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good morning. welcome back to "news4 today." i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm eun yang. let's look outside right now. it's 6:30. it is pretty warm out there. the sun is over the horizon and the potomac river. it appears we're in for a hot day.
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not as hot as we had this weekend. tom kierein here with the forecast. >> dress for warm weather on this monday. right now we are off to a mild start around the region. just some high clouds drifting over us. no rain here yet. i say yet because it does look like it is likely to be moving in later on this evening. right now it's a mild morning. we're in the 60s throughout most of maryland and virginia. parts of central shenandoah valley into west virginia in the 50s. low to mid 60s in montgomery. prince george's, arlington, fairfax county. near 70 in washington. here's your day planner for this monday. by 9:00, near 80. high clouds coming over by noontime and during afternoon starting to cloud up and mid 80s by then. late afternoon looks like maybe around 5:00 or 6:00, some of these showers and thundershowers moving into virginia and then right near the metro area around 7:00, 8:00 or so into this evening some passing showers and thundershowers rolling through. initially not a lot of rain but
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it could get heavier tomorrow. i'm back with a hometown forecast in ten minutes. here's a look at our traffic this monday morning with danella. >> thanks, tom. a couple things to look out for. i-270 southbound at 124 an accident there in the left shoulder lane. that's good. you have seeing delays as you head southbound from germantown road. let's head over to prince george's county and dower house road, an accident so approach with caution. i-95 in virginia making your way toward 610, lanes are pretty slow. very sluggish and in fact out of stafford i'll give you traffic speed out of quantico, 33 miles an hour and 42 minutes to get to the beltway. on the rails, minor delay nine minutes on train 892 brunswick. aaron, back over to you. we could hear from jerry sandusky's accusers as early as today as opening statements are expected this morning in the sex
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abuse trial of the former penn state defensive coordinator. many of sandusky's accusers of set to take the stand during this trial. we go live to bellefonte, pennsylvania, for more on what to expect. chris, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. jerry sandusky more than seven months after he was arrested and charged finally has his day in court. he'll arrive later on today. he's faced with 52 charges of child sex abuse. prosecutors say he molested ten children over the period of about 15 years. now sandusky is expected in court today. prosecutors are expected to lead off with some of the most explosive testimony after opening statements. they are expected to call to the stand a boy known as victim number 4. now, he's expected to testify that jerry sandusky molested him more than 50 times and bought his silence using guilt and also gifts, things like money, golf clubs and shoes. he's expected to be one of the
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first up for the prosecution on the stand today. the defense looks like it is trying to paint a picture of a conspiracy of lying among the eight victims expected to testify here. they have been investigating these alleged victims and say they are conspireing for money in civil suits to be filed later. >> thank you, chris. a statewide manhunt is on in alabama for a suspect who shot and killed three people including two former auburn university football players. the shooting happened at an apartment complex near the school's campus during a party saturday night. the fight was over a woman. witnesses say violence erupted seemingly out of nowhere. >> chilling to a massacre for no reason. i don't know what i'm going to do.
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i grew up with him. >> three others were wounded in the shooting including a current auburn football player. police have charged the suspect desmonte leonard with three counts of capital murder and looking for him near his home in montgomery. a developing story this morning. >> a developing story this morning a hit-and-run investigation involving a member of president obama's cabinet. angie goff is live in the newsroom with details. >> commerce secretary john bryson is in the hospital this morning after officers say he hit two cars. it happened saturday night in southern california. bryson allegedly rear ended a car with three people in it who were stopped waiting for a train to pass. it is reported he mihit the sam car again as he tried to flee the scene and then bryson hit another car on a side street. the secretary was found alone and unconscious in his lexus and taken to the hospital. he's expected to be okay. now at the hospital bryson got a
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felony citation for the first crash that injured two people but he was not arrested. according to police, drugs and alcohol are not a factor in either case. aaron? >> all right. angie goff, thank you. we're learning about accusations robert f. kennedy, jr., made against his estranged wife. according to a report in "newsweek," kennedy claims his wife, mary, abused his children from an earlier marriage. he said she stole from his daughter who was nine at the time and kennedy accuses mary on showing up on trips she wasn't invited on and calling him dozens of times. mary kennedy committed suicide last month. neither kennedys divorce attorney commented about the "newsweek" article. this week the president's senior campaign adviser said he's confident the white house did not leak classified national
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security information. friday attorney general eric holder appointed two u.s. attorneys to investigate the leaks. senator john mccain called for an independent probe and continued to blame the obama administration. campaign adviser david axelrod 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 commander in chief. >> i can't say that there weren't leaks. there were obviously leaks but they weren't from the white house. >> the house and senate intelligence committee urge the justice department to ignore politics and move quickly to investigate the leaks. bob mcdonnell will talk business as he heads to europe for a nine-day trade mission stopping in germany, switzerland, great britain and sweden in hopes of creating new jobs for the commonwealth. mcdonnell has led five similar
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trade missions since taking office. they have led to several business deals. the "today" show is coming up next at 7:00. let's check in with ann curry to see what they're working on for "today" this morning. >> good morning. coming up here on a monday here on "today," two dangerous disasters. a new wildfire raging in colorado with zero containment. hundreds of families have been ordered to evacuate as record rains lead to extensive flooding in the florida panhandle. we'll get the latest on both stories. a jarring new account of mary kennedy's personal struggles leading up to her suicide last month. this morning what her estranged husband robert f. kennedy, jr., claimed in his divorce papers. latest on a father arrested for alleged child abuse after being caught on camera hitting his stepson with a belt. we'll hear from had a man's attorney and also on a much lighter note. the drama of one of tv's most beloved shows is back. we'll catch up with the cast of
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good morning. sunrise was an hour ago. sun is up on a partly cloudy sky. live view there looking at the monuments this morning. we're in the 60s throughout most of the region. it's right near 70 in washington near the bay. later today we ought to hit the upper 70s and near 80 by late morning. bethesda, hometown forecast, and by noontime mid 80s. holding steady during the afternoon with increasing clouds. late afternoon around 7:00 or so, early evening hours is when we may get a passing thundershower there but earlier in the day in virginia and then into the evening hours and all
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around the region the rest of the evening and into tomorrow morning will likely have passing showers and thundershowers. a look at the rest of the week and seven-day outlook and viewer wildlife photo in ten minutes. danella, how is traffic? >> we have some good news on the road. earlier accident southbound 395 past gw parkway blocking the lane but now out of the roadway. if you are traveling on 395, you are seeing some delays as you make your way from beltway and head toward kings street. a live look passing duke street. slow this morning. accident free along 395. i-270 at 124, crash on the left shoulder lane. delays out of germantown. sluggish as you pass father hurly boulevard. delays continue through gaithersburg. i'm back in ten minutes with another look at traffic. back over to you. starting today getting around the u street corridor could become a big headache. several months of construction will take place on u street
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northwest between 9th and 14th streets. megan mcgrath joins us live with the project details. this could get ugly out there. >> reporter: it could get ugly. one last look at u street as it is normally. you can see traffic is moving smoothly quiet here. in a couple hours we're expecting to see those work crews and all of those orange cones and they will set up shop here and be here for about a year. this is a major construction project along the u street corridor. this is a very busy part of town. a lot of people coming here to shop and go to restaurants and bars. this could major traffic tie-ups and headaches. businesses are worried that people frankly will be scared away by all of the construction and that might actually hurt business. now, it begins later on this morning. the work is going to be done on u street between 9th and 14th streets. they'll start at 9th and moving along westward making their way all of the way down to 14th
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widening sidewalks and put in street lights and traffic signals. road will be repaired and repaved. u street will remain open during construction. it will be at least one lane in each direction. as you would imagine, we are expecting congestion through the area and keep in mind that there's going to be limited parking in the area to make room for all of those construction vehicles. it could get messy out here. they'll try to cut down on tie-ups and be doing the work between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. monday through saturday. so they're going to try to get work done each day before the nightlife begins. we're still expecting some tie-ups in the area. again this work getting under way sometime after 7:00 this morning. reporting live from u street, megan mcgrath, news4. >> heads-up for beltway drivers in northern virginia. there will be major work on 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. the work should end by 5:00 each morning.
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this is part of 495 express lanes project. 6:46 now. more than 4,000 people in northern virginia lost power late last night thanks to raccoon. the raccoon got into a substation near manassas regional airport and knocked out power along wellington road and route 28 for almost an hour. later this morning, pepco customers plan an unusual protest against the company. they'll hold a new orleans style funeral for pepco today complete with jazz ensemble and casket. the plan is to bury a proposed hike totalling more than $42 million in d.c. they say the rate hike is to pay for $9 million in improvements. last month protesters smeared cake on the building saying they can't have its cake and eat it too. we're waiting for word on what called a very businessman whose body was found near his apartment. bharat patel was found dead early saturday morning outside on the 11000 block of winterthur
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lane in weston. there were reports of a fight but found nothing. patel was reported missing an hour later. it is unclear how he died but police have released this sketch of a suspect in the case. 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. ball soaked the inside of an suv with gasoline before plowing it 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. ball is also registered sex offender in maryland. new overnight, fire crews looking into what caused a major fire in the 10300 block of skagsville road in laurel. a three-car garage destroyed there. crews were able to prevent the flames from spreading to the rest of the house in howard
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county. 35 firefighters from four different counties worked on the flames. the family was able to get out okay. apple plans a series of big announcement today but the company's biggest fans mayi be disappointed with what they hear. we hear more on what apple is expected to announce. good morning. >> reporter: apple does kick off annual worldwide developer conference in san francisco. apple expected to show off its new operating software from iphone and ipad ios6 including its own map software. apple is also expected to unveil a new line of macs but we won't see a new iphone or long awaited apple tv. futures are higher as investors react to spain's deal to get money from the eu to shore up troubled banks. it's the fourth country to seek aid since the debt crisis began. european markets also higher today and asia rose overnight.
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there's no u.s. data coming out today but we do get reports this week on producer and consumer prices. retail sales and consumer sentiment. stocks coming off the best week of the year. it could be the most expensive steak lunch ever. this year's charity auction to dine with warren buffett raised a record $3.46 million. the winner who will have lunch with buffet and up to seven friends in new york is choosing to remain unanimous. last year's winner paid 2.6 million and was later hired by buffet as a fund manager at buffett's berkshire hathaway. not too bad. >> thank you. new to a developing story this morning. firefighters in northern colorado say right now there is no hope of containing a massive wildfire that's already destroyed more than 31 square miles in just two days and it's expected to grow even bigger because of hot and dry forecasts. at least 18 homes and buildings have been destroyed. hundreds of people evacuated
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their homes. about 250 firefighters including some from canada are battling those flames. firefighters still are not sure how the fire started. meanwhile, the south dealing with more heavy rain today. the nonstop rain over the weekend flooded parts of alabama and florida. both states got close to 15 inches of rain just this weekend. thousands of people stranded because of high water in many areas while the floods destroyed some homes there are no reports of any injuries. that's good news here. >> indeed. we are in a hot pattern. not as hot as we've had but a little rain to cool things down for us. >> some of that southern rain is coming up our way. it's going to be not as bad as they've seen down there but we are going to get some of that weather system here beginning later today and into tomorrow. look at this viewer photo sent in of a -- it looks like a great blue heron there. this is taken at the locks along
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the tow path in montgomery county. this photo sent in by karen douglas. thanks so much. and it looks just like the maryland chesapeake bay license plates there. heron getting ready to grab a fish there out of the potomac river. temperatures around our region, the 60s from the shenandoah valley all of the way to atlantic beaches except near the bay it's near 70. as the day progresses, sunrise was at 5:42. by noontime, we'll be into the low 80s with increasing clouds and then perhaps some of that rain beginning to arrive around 5:00 or 6:00 into western and southern suburbs. into metro area around 7:00 this evening and then into maryland after that. some of these passing showers and thundershowers this evening moving on through. here's the wide view showing what may be happening over the next 48 hours. the areas in green are zones of potential rain. looks like heaviest rains won't be arriving until tomorrow and
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that all of those areas in yellow and green is a broad area of rain off and on tonight into tomorrow and heavy downpours tomorrow afternoon and evening might cause localized flooding. highs in the 80s again tomorrow. then lower humidity moves in for wednesday, thursday and end of the week into the weekend. a pleasant weather pattern. highs near 80 each day. morning lows around 60. how is traffic? >> i'm tracking breaking news on outer loop of the beltway approaching exit 13. we have what looks to be a disabled tractor-trailer off to the road here you can see police are on the scene blocking the left lane for you. you are seeing some delays as you travel on the outer loop of the beltway. you are bumper to bumper passing this. i'll keep watching it. just getting this in right now. again, an overturned vehicle just in the grass here also blocking your left lane outer loop of the beltway approaching richie marborough road.
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let's head to the rails. a delay on yellow and blue line here. earlier track problem at reagan national slowing you down. expect delays on the yellow and blue line in both directions. eun, over to you. new numbers this monday morning show gas prices down across our region. you'll pay about one cent less for a gallon of gas in the district today. according to aaa, the average dropped to 3.60 overnight. virginia's average fell one cent overnight to 3.31. in west virginia, drivers are paying about 3.60 this morning which is a half cent drop and analysts expect gas prices to keep dropping this summer. could fear of the dark ruin your sleep? >> it could. scientists now say that a lot of people have sleep problems tracking them to anxiety that starts as soon as the lights go out. a study of people who have trouble sleeping found half of those surveyed admitted to being afraid of the dark.
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they were also more anxious when the lights were turned off. good news is that doctors say condition can be treated very quickly with the help of exposure therapy and pretty small study that they did here but doctors say that if you do the exposure therapy, same thing you would do for phobia with a fear of snakes and slowly introduce that into their environment. in this case it's light. turn down the lights a bit to get you used to the dark and improve sleep. >> it may work for little kids too. >> night light might work too. >> that doesn't work. one is trying to win his seventh french open and other fourth straight grand slam title. both finalists have a new opponent. the weather. rain interrupted final match but not before wet conditions angered novak djokovic and rafael nadal. he's mad. nadal was leading match two sets to one when court was cleared
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for the night. no guarantee things will be resolved. 70% chance of rain today in paris. staying on top of breaking news. >> you can catch the rest of the match in a few minutes at 7:00 this morning televised on the nbc sports network. not right here on nbc 4. now that breaking news. >> watching road for you taking the outer loop of the beltway approaching exit 13. look to the left of your screen. you will see a disabled vehicle actually overturned. looks like a tractor-trailer in the grass in that area. police are on the scene and blocking that left lane. you are jammed on the you toutep you are jammed on the you toutep of t when mitt romney says "planned parenthood we're gonna get rid of that." you are jammed on the you toutep of t romney is saying he'll deny women the birth control and cancer screenings they depend on. when romney says
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