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we begin with breaking news. the passenger plane crashed with hundreds of people on board. >> dozens of bodies have been recovered and new details were just released by aviation officials. we want to get to darcy spencer at our live desk right now. >> the russian flight took off from egypt and was headed to st. petersburg, russia. the wreckage has been found in the sinai peninsula. they also confirm the pilot did report technical difficulties before losing contact with air traffic controllers, 23 minutes before takeoff. 217 passengers and 7 crew members were on board. russian president vladimir putin has ordered russian emergency officials to fly there immediately. we'll continue to follow updates throughout news 4 today and post any new information to our nbc washington app. back to you. >> darcy, thanks. for the latest developments,
this out of texas. this morning, the search for two missing in this massive flooding continues. we want to show you this video. two people already reported dead. teams from the national weather service are planning to investigate whether tornadoes actually touched down in central and southwest regions of the state. the storms and suspected tornadoes are remnants of hurricane patricia. we want to get to tom kierein for more on our forecast. as we look at those images, a rough setting down there. >> yes. they had over 30-mile traffic backup on interstate 35 between austin and dallas yesterday afternoon. because they got over 14 inches of rain, i-35 was under several feet of water in texas right now, still getting hammered with heavy rain which has now pushed into the eastern part of the state around houston. for us we're off to a clear and dry start this morning. don't have any rain anywhere in our vicinity. we are cold, too. in fact we have patchy, dense fog here right over the potomac river, kind of creepy halloween fog crawling along the potomac
river. temperatures are so cold that water is evaporating, justment mid-30s, northern western suburbs, shenandoah valley, out of the mountains of western merrill and west virginia. right around the metroç area, it's only 40 degrees. a look at your chilly halloween forecast and next chance of rain that's coming in a few minutes. >> tom, thank you. now to a developing story. a deadly halloween eve near the tidal basin. that's where a pedestrian was hit and killed last night, maine avenue was shut down near the 14th street bridge. it's now bac open. take a look at the scene. we have video for you. u.s. park police are investigating the fatal car crash. it happened just before 8:30 last night. we're told the victim was struck in the westbound lanes of maine avenue. the vick was pronounced dead at the hospital. >> it was kind of a fireball but it wasn't like a whoosh thin that went up. it went out. >> two two ts badly burned during a high school chemistry class fire.
those students are recovering and in fair condition this morning. three other students from woodson high school in fairfax county are out of the hospital after what was an unnerving classroom experiment. the chemistry teacher was also hurt on the demonstration of the different colors of fire. the teacher was treated at the school. the staff was able to quickly get hundreds of students out of that building. officials used ventilation fans to clear the air inside. how the school handled the incident and the concern from both parents and students. >> reporter: this was not the way students at woodson high school expected to start their day. >> i was in my english class when i heard it. i thought it was a normal fire drill. >> reporter: it was far from a normal fire drill. richard bauer says students evacuated after a fire started inside a first floor chemistry classroom. >> and during that instruction,
of demonstrating the different types of colors of fire, several students, unfortunately, were burned. >> reporter: two students were air lifted to burn centers at two different hospitals. three taken to inova fairfax by ambulance. >> the fire sprinkler did activate and did exactly what it was supposed to do, which is hold the fire in check. >> reporter: firefighters extinguished the blaze which was contained to one classroom while parents say they were notified that something happened at school. >> they sent an e-mail to the parents from the school saying that there was an emergency. >> when i first came over here, there was police cars. they wouldn't let me go inside. >> reporter: it was just before 1:00 when students were dismissed but many of them left with the thought of their injured classmates on their mind. >> i hope they all turn out fine and survive. >> megan fitzgerald with that report right there. fairfax county superintendent dr. karen garza put out a statement last night, saying in part, quote, fcps is truly like
a family and as such we are all deeply concerned about what happened. i know this incident has affected the woodson community and as a district, we will provide as much support and assistance for students, staff members and families as needed. >> developing right now in romania, at least 27 people are dead after a nightclub fire there. and another 88 recovering in the hospital. many of the survivors must now have plastic surgery. a heavy metal band' pyrotechnics show sparked that deadly fire. officials initially said it was an explosion. dozens of people rushed to donate blood. ç montgomery county police say they caught the guys breaking into homes in chevy chase. and in many cases, officers say those suspected burglars broke a sliding glass door or a basement window. during the day. the crooks left their fingerprints according to police and investigators say they matched it to 25-year-old eric outlaw. on thursday, police say they watch as outlaw and 26-year-old
steven jones tried to break into two other homes. they were arrested, now face burglary, theft, as well as some other charges. happening today, celebrate halloween with a few drinks and no worry. the the sober ride program is available tonight. it offers a ride for people in prince george's county, parts of northern virginia and the district itself. taxis will be on hand between 10:00 saturday night to 4:00 sunday morning. they will give you up to a $30 ride for free. we've posted this information in your nbc washington app. you can say there's an increased effort to keep everyone safe this halloween for sure. you're covered on social media. follow #tweetsonpatrol on twitter. the knmanassas county police department will post tweets there. the twitter event is happening from 5:00 and 9:00. the company that stepped up to help the montgomery county toys for tots program is getting to work.
metropolitan moving and storage donated thousands of feet of storage space. they'll be picking up toys for taking them to the warehouses. toys for tots in montgomery county collected 60,000 toys last year, providing gifts for kids through 150 different agencies. enjoy that extra hour of sleep tonight. at 2:00 a.m. tomorrow, clocks fall back for daylight saving time. also a good reminder to change the batteries in the carbon monoxide as well as the smoke detectors. a twist in the story of the south carolina school officer fired after a classroom arrest turned violent. what students did in a show of support for ex-officer ben fields. hillary heckled. the outburst at her latest campaign stop. plus, a local mom not afraid
you're watching news 4 today. it floated into pennsylvania, knocking out power to tens of thousands of customers before it was deflated. today it should be completely removed. talking about this enormous blimp that the army is taking damage claims for. the blimp broke loose in maryland on wednesday. an army captain says helicopters will pull it out of the trees tomorrow and military trucks will take it away. this morning, the white house downplaying a decision to put a small number of u.s. troops on the ground in seas so as to fight isis. it's a major policy shift that's getting criticized from the right and left. republicans say it's a sign that president obama does not have a
clear strategy in syria. democrats say it's getting the u.s. involved in another civil war with no end in sight. the white house says the commitment involves fewer than 50 special ops forces who will serve in an advisory role. hillary clinton had to talk over chanting black lives matters protesters during a speech yesterday outlining her plan to reform the criminal justice system. clinton promised to take executive action as president to prevent federal employers from eliminating applicants who have served time behind bars. today clinton is meeting with the mayor of charleston, south carolina, ten of 104 gop candidates are in iowa right now and donald trump is in norfolk. trump is trying to stop ben carson by the way from building more momentum after earning more good poll numbers. our latest nbc news poll showing that carson is tied up with
donald trump at 26% after a strong debate performance. look at ted cruz, he's in third and is in double digits for the very first time. he's followed by marco rubio with 9%. jeb bush's campaign is struggling.ç he's fallen to 5% support. bush is sitting down with chuck todd on "meet the press" to talk about his presidential run. you can watch that interview tomorrow moing at 10:30, right after news 4 today. we're following a developing story in california. a teacher arrested for having sex with her students. the evidence police say they got from her phone. all right. a live look outside on this chilly halloween morning. how many layers tom says you'll need for trick or treating later today. if you're looking for halloween fun this weekend, got two events to check out. they are kid friendly activities at the sugar shack donuts in alexandria, starts at 10:00, wraps up around 2:00 and the wraps up around 2:00 and the monster bash, old town
the washington post endorses democrat jeremy mcpike for state senate. applauding mcpike's "ideas about getting traffic moving." the post warns republican hal parrish "holds rigid positions against medicaid expansion and common-sense gun safety." and parrish was the deciding vote to restrict women's health clinics in manassas, forcing women to go elsewhere for cancer screenings and birth control. jeremy mcpike is the better choice. i'm jeremy mcpike, candidate for state senate, and i sponsored this ad. narratorjeremy mcpike -ate, who csupports school funding.e, thinks women should make their own health care decisions. and favors background checks on all gun sales. hal parrish? as mayor, he slashed education. fought to block women's health clinics. parrish gets an "a" from the gun lobby - they oppose background checks to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. virginia extreme or mainstream? vote mcpike for virginia.
you may think all people who run for office are pretty much the same... but not jill mccabe. she's a doctor... who's a pediatric emergency room physician at inova loudoun hospital. she's a mom... who knows the value of a quality education. she's a community leader... who will work in the state senate to reduce traffic and use some common sense. jill mccabe. she's not a politician... and in richmond, she'll work for us. you're watching news 4 today. a bit of a twist now on a story that's getting serious national attention. close to 100 students at a south carolina high school where an officer is seen on video throwing and dragging a student walked out of class in protest but for the deputy. the brief protest happened on friday. students posted photos and messages on social media.
according to several reports, they walked out of the class and gathered to express their views on deputy ben fields firing. he was fired a few days after this incident. apparently not all students were pleased with the decision. students more t-shirt that read free fields and #bringbackfield. a california teacher is behind bars accused of having a sexual relationship with two high school students. lindsay himmelspack described those relationships as, quote, brief in nature. authorities say the p.e. teacher and photos also exchanged nude photos this happened over summer break and was reported by an anonymous caller. officers arrested himmelspack at the school. she taught there for ten years and is now on paid administrative leave. jurors in the charles severance case have the weekend off. they asked the judge early yesterday morning that they be
dismissed at 4:30, seeming to indicate they knew there would be no verdict this weekend. the three high profile alexandria killings are complex. there's no forensic proof. prosecutors relied heavily on a mountain of other evidence. they along with severance's lawyers asked the jury to take their time and diligently go through nearly 100 witness testimonies and another 100 pieces of evidence, including 2,100 pages of severance's own writing. it seems jurors took that request fight seriously as they have been debilitating for 12 hours over the past two days. we do know the jury will be back on monday morning. if they don't reach a verdict by the end of the day monday, they won't reach one until at least midweek. that's because tuesday court is closed for elections. assuming they find severance guilty of any of the ten counts he faces, their work is far from over. they'll then have to sentence him. you have to see the awesome homemade outfits a mom from vienna has been showing off. julie mudrick has been making costumes from stuff around the
house and surprising everyone when she goes to the bus stop to pick up her kids. she started doing this about three years ago when her son said he was worried what others thought of him. so her response was, dress up be silly, show them it's okay to stand out, not be perfect. you can be goofy. her kids joined in the fun this year. that's her daughter in middle school. you can see more of their pictures on facebook and instagram with the #busstopcostumes. she does this every day for the month of october. >> she has to be stocking up throughout the year. >> absolutely. this has become a social media phenomenon. people are waiting to see what the next costume is going to be. she's built her own community around that. whether she's wearing a wig or make-up, she's a downright super mom. >> a lot of people going to be suiting up for tonight. things are looking dry. >> love the creativeç costumes.
hopefully they'll be extra padded. it's going to be fight a chill in the air. we're cold right now. as we look at the live view storm force tower camera, we have creepy fog crawling along the potomac river this morning. and the fog will be dissipating shortly. shenandoah valley had some fog as well. look at all that color in the trees. temperatures right now are cold, though. that water is warmer, evaporating, creating the fog. temperatures only 35 degrees above the potomac river north and west of washington. we're just in the mid-30s. a few spots, it's at or below freezing. martinsburg at 30 degrees, frost on the pumpkins in the shenandoah valley and out in the mountains, too. it's only around 30 degrees this morning. nearby suburbs around the beltway inside the beltway, we're generally hovering near 40. southern eastern suburbs and around the bay, it's near 40 degrees. right on the water it's in the mid-40s. something for radar not showing any rain anywhere in the vin the. we'll have this fog dissipating
over the potomac in another hour or so. clouds on the increase, high clouds in by noontime will be in the mid-50s and hovering near 60 degrees by midafternoon as those clouds close in. a rather chilly day today. and for trick or treating tonight, we'll be down into the mid-50s. some spooky clouds coming over this evening but not producing any rain. we'll stay dry through the evening. by midevening, back down to the mid-50s. need to dress warmly for later on tonight. post your pictures. i took this picture yesterday morning in frederick county, maryland. this rural scene. you can still see the gorgeous autumn color there. post your pictures on facebook and twitter and share on instagram as well. love seeing your autumn color pictures. we have gorgeous autumn color right now. this area in red is peak autumn color. some of the higher locations in the valleys, it's past peak now.
overnight tonight, don't forget, turn your clocks back one hour. we're near 50 sunday and partly sunny tomorrow. a bill milder. ought to be around 70 degrees on sunday afternoon. on monday, into the upper 60s. a lot of clouds might get a passing shower in the morning. occasional showers possible in the afternoon. on monday, then monday night we dry out. tuesday, ear comes from more mild weather. we ought to be back in the low to mid-70s on tuesday afternoon, just gorgeous. we'll keep it going all the way through the rest of the week. wednesday, thursday and friday. each day 50s in the morning, afternoon highs in the low 70s and partly cloudy. that's the way it looks. it's the latest upgrade for new homes in ourary -- in our area. i'm mark segraves, how the marijuana law is changing real marijuana law is changing real estate.
you're watching news 4 today. here are some of the stories trending right now. actor al molinaro has died at the age of 96. he played al on "happy days" and starred in "the odd couple." a petition to remove raven-symone as host of "the view" has picked up more than 1,000 signatures in just two days saying she doesn't represent the views of african-americans.
get a $3 boo-rito at chipotle if you wear a costume and add something unnecessary. the promotion is meant to call attention to unnecessary additives at other restaurants. >> boo-rito. all right. there's a new amenity when it comes to buying homes in the district. marijuana grow closet. news 4's mark segraves checks out a new condo that just sold for over $800,000. it comes with a high-tech closet for, well, growing plants. >> reporter: while marijuana is now legal to have and smoke in d.c., you still can't buy or sell it. lots of people are growing their own. seed giveaways have attracted huge crowds. it shouldn't be a surprise that action. this is one of the first new condos in d.c. to come with its own grow closet. >> of course i spoke with my lawyer first to make sure that i wasn't doing anything illegal. he said as long as you're not staging it with marijuana plants, you're not selling marijuana. >> reporter: the grow closet
comes with lights, ventilation and water you need to grow. >> i did go and put a lock and key on the closet. i made it child proof. >> reporter: realtors aren't the only businesses catering to those who want to grow their own. business at this hydroponics store is so good, they're opening a second location. >> most of them are interested in growing cannabis, but probably 10% of our clients are growing other things. >> reporter: the couple who bought this condo won't be growing pot. >> they garden a lot. they have a whole spring set of flowers and plants, vegetables that they want to start in here as seedlings. they will not be using it for initiative 71. >> reporter: while d.c. law allows residents to grow up to six plants in your home, if you don't own your home, you need the consent of your landlord. in the district, mark segraves, news 4. looking at temperatures this morning, you're going to be
saying brrrr when you walk outside. some people waking up in the 30s earlier. what tom says it will feel like when the kids later say boo. i'm darcy spencer at the live desk. breaking news from egypt where officials say there are no survivors in a passenger plane crash. how russian president vladimir putin is responding when we head back here, next.
the post warns republican hal parrish "holds rigid positions against medicaid expansion and common-sense gun safety." and parrish was the deciding vote to restrict women's health clinics in manassas, forcing women to go elsewhere for cancer screenings and birth control. jeremy mcpike is the better choice. i'm jeremy mcpike, candidate for state senate, and i sponsored this ad.
i'm darcy spencer at the live desk where egyptian officials say there are no survivors from a passenger plane crash in sinai. vladimir putin has declared tomorrow a day of mourning. the russian plane went down in egypt's sinai peninsula at 11:15 local time. the same company that runs egypt's civilian airport says all 224 passengers and crew members are russian citizens. the russi flight took off from sha sharm el sheikh. we'll continue to follow developments and have updates on our nbc washington app. back to you. thanks so much, darcy. tile right now, 8:30 on the dot. we made it halfway through the hour. >> sure did. it is halloween.