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complete. a local man and woman will receive the honor of a lifetime today. they'll receive the presidential citizens medal. president obama will present the awards to americans committed to public service. in year's recipient's are mary gomez and terry shim a will receive the honor. he's an army veteran. congratulations to them. >> huge honor. big deal for sure. coming up on 4:31 on this friday morning. the weekend is finally here. not too cold a start for a nice friday. >> let's check in with meteorologist tom kierein to see how the weather is shaping up. >> we've had clouds roll n temperatures are down near freezing. but we have a light wind. so it's feeling more like a typical february morning. right now, it's in the low to mid-30s in montgomery county. much of prince george's county
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low to mid-30s. mid-30s in the district of columbia. virginia, arlington, fauquier, stafford, spotsylvania, upper 20s to right around 30 degrees. so it's a cold start this morning. an hour by hour through the morning hours, we'll have our temperatures holding steady through 7:00. mid-30s by 8:00 a.m. soaring to near 50 degrees by noontime. sunrise this morning at 6:59. the sunset at 5:46. hometown forecast, charles county, waldorf. by mid-afternoon, the mid-50s. then big changes moving in tonight. we could get some snow. i'll have the latest on that. that will be coming up in ten minutes. now, let's take a look at our friday morning traffic. here's danella. good morning. >> good morning. checking on construction that's wrapping up overnight. we'll give you a look right now as you make your commute out of stofr stafford, virginia. a live look in the lorton area. no issues to report.
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here's a look northbound. southbound as well. nice and clear ride as you connect to 395. let's head over now to the beltway. traveling the beltway, there was a work zone set up near bw parkway. that looks to be clear in maryland. i'll take a closer look in ten minute. aaron, over to you. >> time now 4:32. melissa mollet at the live desk with breaking news. >> good morning. hundreds of people have been hurt after a meteorite fell in western russia. it crashed about 1,000 miles east of moscow. look at this amateur video. you can see that meteorite literally streaking across the sky. unbelievable to look at causing that bright flash of light. it collapsed a factory roof, shattered windows. there are reports that more than 400 people were injured by broken glass. mostly in apartments here. it was about 9:00 in the morning when it came through. the aftermath left large clouds of smoke behind. at the live desk, melissa mollet, news 4. melissa, thank you. >> incredible video coming out of russia.
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the fact that it was -- the impact was so great that it affected buildings, glass shattering, car alarms going off. the sonic boom. three people ended up in the hospital being admitted into hospitals. hundreds of other people were hurt. just a scary thing. people thought they were under attack. reports where people thought there was an attack happening. >> if you didn't know it was coming and you looked up in the sky and heard the explosions, you might wonder what's going on. frightening situation. this comes on the same day that an astroid is supposed to have a close encounter with earth. >> it's designated at 2012 da 14. it will pass within a little more than 17,000 miles within the earth's surface. that's closer than the satellites broadcasting news from its arrival. it weighs about 143,000 tons. as video of that meteorite continues to pour in from
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russia, we're posting those images on our facebook page. just search "news4 today" on facebook. there is chaos in the courtroom for the bail hearing of oscar pistorius. a bbc producer tweeted out, "bedlam in court. people fighting, family trying to get in. this thing needs to start." . the video came into our newsroom minutes ago. the double amputee is charged with murder. prosecutors say he shot and killed his girlfriend in his home early yesterday morning. we're keeping close tabs on the story and will tell you what the judge rules as soon as we hear it. police confirming the former lapd officer suspected of going on a killing spree is dead. the medical examiner used dental record to identify the body pulled from a burned-out cabin tuesday night as christopher dorner. police say he killed four people, including two police officers. it now appears dorner had been planning his alleged killing spree for some time.
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according to the orange county register, he had done research on two victims before the shooting. let's go back to melissa mollet at the live desk. melissa. >> good morning. we're finally hearing from passengers of the crippled carnival triumph cruise ship. it reached port in mobile, alabama after 9:00 p.m. central time. it took four years to get them off. some ran off cheering, kissing the ground when they returned to land. a fire in the engine room forced them to spend days on board with overflowing toilets, little food, no electricity. it was supposed o pull into port thursday afternoon but a tow line connecting to a tugboat snapped. >> it was literally like being in a floating porta potty. human waste everywhere. the crew was great, though. they did a really great job on keeping our spirits up. it was tough. >> many passengers who got off the ship boarded buses to various cities to catch a plane out. carnival now offering them free
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cruises and cash. at the live desk, melissa mollet, news 4. a family that lost their home to fire says they will rebuild. 66-year-old geraldine key died in that blaze. firefighters say a kerosene heater sparked the fire that destroyed her indian head home tuesday night. seven others in that house managed to escape. family members want others to remember the generosity of geraldine keys. her grandson wanted us to conceal his identity. >> she would do anything for everyone. we've had so many stay in that house. if you needed a place to stay, you could always go to her. >> the red cross is putting the family up in a hotel until monday. they'll be looking for another place to live next week. today a busy day for president obama before he heads to florida to relax for the long holiday weekend. he begins by welcoming italy's president to to the white house. then he will hand out o the citizens medal award we mentioned earlier and finally, fly to chicago. he will speak at a school not
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far from his home about economic initiatives outlined in the state of the union address. he's expected to talk about gun control measures before congress. in a first on capitol hill, filibustered the nomination of former senator chuck hagel for defense secretary. the gop temporarily blocked a final vote on his confirmation because they want more information on how president obama handled that deadly terrorist attack in benghazi libya. the president says republicans are playing politics with national security. democrats will revive the vote after they return from a week-long break. the redskins are responding to the increased pressure to change the team's name. how they're handling the debate. also ahead, why metro is being accused of playing favorites in the ongoing competition land the future fbi headquarters building. no snow to deal with this morning. but more could be on the way. your forecast and we'll peek at roads in charles county, weather and traffic
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it is the end of an era for spin garn high school. they one of 15 d.c. schools slated to close because of low enrollment. for decades, the green wave were known for strong academics and impressive alumni like elgin
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baylor and dave ding. they beat luke seymour high school 72-60. lot of folks sad about the school closings. >> indeed. there's a lot of history there. the school system would say they're doing it to find more resources. but we know communities are really upset about the closings. 4:41 is our time. if you're a snow fan, you -- >> not until tonight. no weather problems this morning like the ice yesterday morning. don't have any of that. the pavement is dry. it's cold, though. we're down near or below freezing around most of virginia and maryland. in the district of columbia, generally in the mid 30s. through the day today, here's how it looks. our temperatures will be soaring by noontime to near 50 degrees. mid-50s mid-afternoon with increasing clouds. then the temperatures plummet tonight. might get a little bit of cold rain around sunset changing over to wet snow by late evening into part of saturday. i'll show you my snow totals
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forecast map and the seven-day outlook in ten minutes. here's a look at traffic with danella. good morning. >> if you're making the commute out of charles county and continuing northbound towards prince george's county. so 301 checks out branch avenue checks out. local roads look nice as well. if you're traveling in the clinton area, brandywine, no reports of accidents. branch avenue connecting to the beltway, a live look in both directions. your travel lanes, they're open. as you continue towards the wilson bridge, no issues to report in both directions. traveling in virginia on the beltway, your commute is coming up in ten minutes. thanks, danella. are you tired of dealing with the pennies in your pocket? they may be history. >> a settlement over
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just about 15 before the hour. president obama's call for a vote on gun control at his state of the union made for an emotional scene. the nra is calling that a charade. the gun lobby ceo wayne la pierre says the speech was just the president's latest effort to "dismantle gun rights." he specifically pointed out that the word school safety were never mentioned in the address and renewed a call to put armed guards at every school in america. >> they only care about their decades-long, decades-old gun control agenda. ban every gun they can, tax every gun sold and register every american gun owner. >> la pierre said gun owners will stand and fight against gun control measures and claimed nra membership is growing by the thousands every day. a victory for gun owners in
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virginia. there was a measure passed to seal the records of all concealed handgun permits. it would ensure their privacy and protect them from criminals who could use the records to target them. critics of the bill say it's meant to protect conceal carry owners from embarrassment when a permit holder commits a crime. it still has to be signed by governor bob mcdonnell. a look at new secret documents in the chandra levy murder case. partial transcripts will be available next week. those are from december and january. levy what is an intern who disappeared in 2001. her body was found a year later in the park. ingmar guandique was convicted of his death after an inmate said guandique confessed to him. sources only told news 4 new evidence in the case could taint testimony of key witnesses. this morning, one fairfax county leader says his county is at a disadvantage when it comes to getting the fbi headquarters
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to move in. according to the washington post, fairfax county supervisor jeff mackay criticized metro in a letter because the agency wants to build the new headquarters at the green belt station in prince george's coun county. metro tells the post, the agency is not trying to help any particular county. the general services administration announced last year it wanted to move the fbi out of the j. edgar hoover building in the district. virginia lawmakers have sacked the tebow bill. it would have let home-schooled children play sports at public schools they don't attend. a senate committee voted against it by a thin margin of 7 to 8. it was named after tim tebow who was home-schooled growing up. don't expect the redskins to change their name. bruce allen shot down the name. he calls it ludicrous to think the team is trying to upset anyone with its name. many native americans call the term redskins offensive. they criticized it last week.
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the 'skins are distancing themselves from reports that robert griffin iii may be healthy enough to play at the start of the season. it got plenty of buzz when espn reported that the team is so encouraged with rg3's recovery that he has a legitimate chance to start in week one. bruce allen calls that report a bit premature. >> we're going to let the do doctors. i know dr. andrews was hopeful after the surgery. we'll see how it progresses. this will be an ongoing thing. >> griffin needed knee surgery after he tore his acl and lcl after the playoff loss to the see hawks. nets fans don't have to wait long to see the team in action. the full squad reports to spring training. that includes bryce harper. this will be the 20-year-old's first full season in the major leagues. harper won't say what his
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personal goals for this year are, but he has high hopes fox charlotte the team. >> world series. that's a biggest thing on my mind. i have things in my head, goals in my head. people will think i'm crazy if i share those. >> we don't think estcraze i. the nationals first game is -- they may have finally turned a corner. >> send his man in. fires, he scores! eric fair with a bullet. >> eric fair scored twice as the caps outlasted the lightning 4-3. troy bower and yea beagle also scored. they're tied for third in the southeast division. the big game sunday against the rangers. hopefully, this means we're back on track. and have winning ways. good deal. want to get a look at our forecast now. tom kierein is here. yesterday was gorgeous by the way. >> wasn't it? it was a little chilly but great
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seeing the blue sky. it was wonderful. >> times are a changing. >> the cloud will be closing in. another mild day, though. it is cold o. there's the washington monument. we have a light breeze from the south. a light and variable wind throughout the morning. we have just dry pavement now. none of that iciness like yesterday morning. just a few clouds from the west. that's ahead of a system coming our way later today. by 6:00 a.m., 30 degrees. by noontime, near 50. by mid to late afternoon, might get a few sprinkles of light rain moving in. we'll quickly drop back into the 40s. may even hit mid-50s by mid afternoon briefly. overnight, if you're heading out, some rain around. maybe around 8:00 p.m. changing, mixing with snow by 9:00 or 10:00. then some of that light wet snow like we had a couple of nights ago. that's coming down between 10:00 and midnight and after midnight into saturday morning. could leave -- by the time we
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get to late saturday afternoon, 1 to 2 inches in a zone in the dark blue. throughout the viewing area, maybe somewhat lighter amounts in the bay and in the mountains. it's not going to be a constant snow. off and on snow showers coming through and much colder weather moves in for the weekend. big, big change coming our way. down to the low 30s tomorrow morning. highs only mid-30s or so on saturday with that snow off and on through the day ending by late saturday afternoon. then saturday night, it really gets cold with wind increasing. down to near 20 degrees by dawn on sunday. a windy, cold day sunday. little sunshine back. few clouds racing through. highs only reaching the mid-30s. we could have gusts of wind on sunday to nearly 40 miles per hour. the winds settle down a bit on monday. another cold morning monday. sunshine monday afternoon with highs in the upper 30s. here's how we look into next week. getting milder on tuesday might get some rain moving had and highs in the 40s.
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then sun returns on wednesday with a high near 50. then getting colder again toward the end of next week is the way it looks right now. big changes on the way. might need an umbrella as you head home later today and maybe some of that snow moving in tonight and into saturday. frequent updates throughout the morning and i'm back in ten minutes. now a look at traffic with danella. >> good morning. in the first 4 traffic office, i just received a report accident northbound at washington boulevard. that looks to be unfounded. so your travel lanes checked cameras in the area. cameras, maps nice and clear on 395. let's talk about the beltway in virginia. as you make your way toward braddock road, here's a look at robinson terminal. inner loop towards georgetown pike. noish issue. >> no issues to report in both directions. i'm back in ten minutes. we'll check the rails then. could be a slow ride on
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metro this long wookend. seven stations are closed. buses are replacing trains between chefly and stadium armory. the minnesota avenue, deanwood, beng road, capitol heights, addison road, morgan boulevard and largo town center stations all will close. on saturday only, buses replace trains between green belt and college park. all other work will last through monday. maryland and virginia are among 29 states that will receive payment from a massive toyota recall settlement. the automaker announced thursday that it will shell out $29 million to settle a safety defect case. the company recalled 14 million cars after an acceleration problem was discovered. toyota failed to notify customers early enough. airbus is ditching plans to use lithium-ion batteries on its new jet. it will use traditional nickel
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cadmium. lithium are the focus of the problems on the dreamliner. all 77s were grounded when the battery caused a fire on one plane and forced another to make an emergency landing. approximate you're just waking up, you missed dramatic video out of russia today. >> what we're learning about the meteor shower that rained down on a russian town. how this new high tech tool is used at one local police department and is helping to protect citizens and officers. cut canning down
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police officers in laurel are adding a new high tech gadget to their uniforms. they will wear high tech video recorders on their belts or around their heads. the cameras will record an officer's every move. it's not just good for the safety of officers but it also protects citizens. >> when there's disputes, it's on tape. it will protect our community as well as our police officers when we have the disputes. >> the video recorded by the cameras cannot be edited by an officer. all footage goes straight to their administrators. laurel will become the largest police agency on the east coast to wear these cameras. we're getting a look at plans to revamp one of the busiest areas.
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these are renderings to redevelop the blairs. it would double the apartment mums to 2800. the -- the giant grocery store across from the complex would be rebuilt as well. the entire project could take up to 15 years to complete. still needs approval from the county. but developers are hoping to break ground by the summer of 2014. a penny could be a thing of the past. >> in a live chat yesterday, president obama says he's not against the idea. the u.s. mint complained that it costs them more to make a penny than it's worth. the president acknowledged that the idea of getting rid of something that's been around for centuries would be a hard pill to swallow. if it's an expense that could cut into the deficit, he would consider it. what are we going to throw in the fountains? >> seriously, eun? >> yes. >> i'm not anti-penny. i don't like to have things in my pocket in general. but change is particularly annoying and pennies, you never
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have one penny. >> that's true. >> it's always a handful of pennies. >> it's good when you need a wish in a fountain. >> okay. >> i'm going to get you a coin purse, how about that? >> you want me to carry a purse now, eun. >> a little coin purse. >> probably not going to happen. man bag maybe. "news4 today" continues now at 5:00 a.m. a scary sight. the skies in russia overnight as a meteor shower rains down on a community injuring hundreds. hank full to be back on dry land. for the first time we're hearing from cruise ship passengers who spent days stuck on a crippled carnival ship. good morning everybody. >> i'm aaron gilchrist. i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today" for this friday, february 15, 2013. pretty mild start to the day. still chilly in some parts. we'll get winter weather headed our way. >> storm team 4

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