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children and became the first pope to address the united states congress and celebrated mass at the national shrine of the immaculate conception. finally the biggest story, a turbulent turn for metro. smoke beneath the streets. >> la flat has been closed down. >> we know one has died. >> carol glover never made it home that day. she was heading home from work when her train stop and started filling with smork. metro determined it was an arcing insulator. the agency dealt with another handful of problems including the derailment of an empty train near the smithsonian.
later one flew over a stranded train as the passengered got out and walked back to the station. it also took metro almost a year to hire a new general manager but in november former bwi director paul wiedefeld promised change. that's your 2015 in review. i'm aaron gilchrist, "news4." good morning. i'm molette green at the live desk. this just in. a tenth suspect arrested in the paris terrorist attacks. we've just learned this from prosecutors in belgium and we've learned the man arrested is a belgium national identified as ayyub b. ten cell phones have been taken from his home and they're now
being examined. we'll follow this story. >> good morning to you. i'm david culver. >> and i'm erika gonzalez. aaron and eun both have the day off. it's 2016 in samoa. >> we're still in 2015 at least for the next several hours and we wonder how the forecast is going to shab up as we head into the new year good. morn, chuck. >> hey, david and erika. just keep an eye out if you're out traveling around. temperatures certainly not cold by late december standards. we're in the upper 40s to near 50. our average high is 44. so your 24-hour focus, cloudy skies, mid-40s at 7:00 a.m. cold air finally coming our way. talking about how the weather's going to impact your travel
plans. that's in ten minutes. new crash from melissa mollet who's working on new year's eve. >> how did this happen, chuck bell? why are we here? why are we here? this has been around for a little well. looks like it's still around for another 20 minutes as we get the tow truck there and things out of the way. 95 at powder mill road -- that's not powder mill road, sorry about that. 290 southbound, 17 miles an hour. folks a above speed this morning. taking a look at 66 to the beltway, eight minutes. you're on time. i'll see you in ten. right now a live look at the big app wrl in just a few hours the ball will drop in times square. but long guns, radiation detectors, and bomb-sniffing dogs will join the hundreds of thousands expected there today. nearly a thousand police officers will be there tonight. faye expect 1 million people to
be in the city. we're not expecting huge numbers of people to celebrate in the capital, but authorities still see it as a tehreat. two big developments about the story of the affluenza taner ethan couch. his mother is back in the united states right now. we can show you brand-new video from when tonya arrived in handcuffs, she and her son arrested in mexico this week after running off while detectives investigate whether ethan couch violated his probation order. he was just moved to a new sfa silt overnight. now we want to go to a story that everyone is still talking about. famed comedian bill cosby is out on a $1 million bond after being arrested on sexual assault charges in pennsylvania. this charge stems from an
alleged incident from a former employee back in 2004. cosby has been accused of sexual misconduct by dudsens of other women, but this is the first time, the first time he's been charged with a crime. coming up in a few minutes, nbc's edward lawrence joins us on what is next for cosby. >> speaking of cosby, he does hold degrees, honorary ones, at that from four universities in baltimore, john hopkins. university of maryland, baltimore, and university of hopkins park. they're reviewing whether to take back those degrees. >> this morning the wife of a local lobbyist accused of abducting a man says it's all lives. police say joes sef mondela threatened to kill a man and abducted him. >> it's something that was such a lie. >> it was a walt disney world pirate replica, you know, those
little pirate wooden fake wooden guns that they used to have at the pirates of the caribbean back in 1976. >> mondela runs his own lobbying firm. he'll be back in march to face abduction charges. today is new year's eve and you can take the metro free from midnight to 3:00 a.m. miller paid for it. perhaps you want to go out. if you're taking metro, the system is running on a regular weekday schedule. >> reporter: and i'm megan mcgrath. a festive celebration for a new year's celebration. it's really quite beautiful. first night festivities, they get under way in just a matter of hours. this is an alcohol-free event with music, art, dance, and
other performances for the entire family. tickets are $30 for adults, and kids 12 and under, they get in for free. events begin at 9:00 a.m. with some workouts, some fitness programs that people can participate in. kids' events get under way at 2:00. there are hundreds of performances throughout the course of the day and on up through midnight. venues are on around old town alexandria. you can see i have owe from last year's event. they'll be hosting various performances. they're within walking distance of each other and you don't need to drive around at all. at midnight, that's the big fireworks display. that's going to happen at the foot of king street right along the potomac river. absolutely beautiful. megan mcgrath, "news4." >> it is a nice scene. a woman, police say,
breaking news at the live desk. bp calling for an evacuation after a 150-foot barge broke loose and is floating out in the water. reuters says this is happening in the southern sea where some 235 people work. we learned from maritime officials they've had their eyes on it but they're waiting for days to go after it. that oil field has some eight
platforms. back to you. 5:11. let's get to "weather & traffic on the 1s." we start first with chuck bell. >> that's right, erika. the dense fog advisory goes until 9:00 a.m. by later today, clearing skies and a gus terry northwesterly breeze. weather plans, weather shouldn't impact any of the stuff you want to do this morning, this afternoon, this evening. do know if you're going to go out for celebrations tonight, layer up. it's going to feel cold for a change. driving conditions, no trouble locally. dry for about 300 miles. finally no big storms and lingering delays on any of the airports. we'll take a loo at the new year's eve and day forecast and've on the weekend. that's in ten minutes. melissa mollet right now. >> we're not seeing any real slowdown. this is crash from about 30 minutes ago or so. again it should be out of the way shortly and it's not
following anything. 95 here at powder mill road, here's a picture we're looking for. don't have any major issues there. we'll talk more about 270 coming up in a couple of minutes. >> hi, melissa. let's show you a live like outside. times square in new york city. preparations under way right now after a year marked by violence overseases. stranded by construction. why it could be a while before a family is reunited with thei
the sep bracing. good morning to you. >> it's an unseasonably warm new york today. they're expect as many as a million spectators to start packing into times square over the next essentially hours and 6,000 nypd police officers will also be out here to make sure things go off without a hitch. the nypd has said they've been preparing for this for many months. obviously this is the premier event in new york city every single year. to that end they've added a terrorism unit as part of a group of 1,000 police officers who will be in times square. when spectators come out, they'll find a highly controlled area with areas penned off with police barricades. once people come in, they'll be checked with a metal detector, radiation detector, and bomb sniffing dogs as well. once people enter this cordoned off area, they'll not be allowed
to leave. maybe as many as a million people could be in times square for the big ball drop tonight. yesterday we got a chance to take a look at that crystal ball that will drop here some 32,000 lights on it that will help ring in 2016. it should be a good time. nypd says they they're ready, they'll be watching very carefully. they say at this point, though, there is no specific credible threat despite what they're hearing overseas. no specific credible threat to anything going on in sometime square. back to you. >> nbc's chris pollone, thank you very much. after being hit with terror attacks, parties have scaled back. in paris revelers are scaling back their celebrations after the city's own deadly attacks earlier this year. security will be tight from manhattan to pasadena wich
includes the final touches for the rose bowl parade tomorrow. in belgium they have stopped a holiday terror plot. they have stopped all major festivities altogether. and chris pollone mentioned it. the crystal ball will be ready to drop. carson daly will host. among the events, tony bennett, lady gaga, and gwen stefani. it starts at 11:34 tonight. enrique marquez faces charges of providing materials to terrorists. firsts say the bought the guns that they used for the attacks. he plotted attacks several years
ago but that never happened. we heard more about a woman accuse of driving into a las vegas crowd. officials say lakeisha holloway had marijuana in her system on the 20th. she killed one person and hurt 35 others when she drove off the road that day. she also had a 3-year-old in the car, that according to the police. holloway is facing murder, felony hit-and-run, and child endangerment charges. police were called to baltimore street in annapolis junction near laurel yesterday afternoon where they found the bodies of a man and a woman. they were outside but within a fenced area. police haven't released the victims' names or said how they died. staying on top of new flooding concerns out in the midwest, the swollen mississippi is expected to crest sometime today to near record-setting levels promtsing new travel restrictions on the river into the new year. meantime crews are working to
pump water out and shore up levies there. authorities ordered evacuations of hundreds of homes and businesses near a st. louis suburb. erika? >> thank you, melissa. i want you to look at some of the massive flooding. it's what we've seen in recent weeks all linked to ill nino. nasa says it could be the biggest and most dangerous el nino ever. a new image released by nasa like the one you see here from an el nino system of 1987, which was the worst on record, that brought devastating floods to california and crippling ice storms to the northeast. now, this latest el nino looks like it could bring severe weather in 2016. but thus far it has been very tranquil. just unseasonably warm temperatures for this time of year. hard to believe it's new year's. >> i would love it, but i guess it's time to bring in winter now. let's check in with "storm team
4" meteorologist chuck bell who says temperatures are going to feel a little more typical? >> yes. finally as we get into the new month and year, we get a new weather pattern to go along with it. these very mild days are coming to an end. that's good news for the flora and fauna as a lot of our plants and trees actually need the chill time during the winter, as do people like myself. need a little chill time. half a mile across montgomery and month gogomery county. the fog may go away sooner. 'll keep you posted on that. it's upper 40s or early 50s, anything but cold. temperatures aren't going to move a whole lot because of the clouds in place. we'll be off to a cloudy start. later on this afternoon, a
little bit of sunshine and blustery wind. never drive drunk. there's a lot of free sober ride programmes. it will be chilly. near 40 by midnight but upper 0s in the suburbs and a bit of a windchill. here's future cam. a mix of clouds and skies. it will be off to a relatively cool start tomorrow. tomorrow, more sunshine than today, although cooler. then the colder air gets into the weekend. so your new year's day plane tomorrow, happy babies first thing in the morning, he didn't go out and overcelebrate and a chilly day. and your weekend looks like a great albeit cold weekend. sunday, mostly sunny and 48. i'll show you the whole seven-day forecast which has nariyah a chance for any rain. any chance for delays on the roadway? i would say yes. >> we do have a chance for delays on the top of the beltway.
here's the situation. outer loop at new hampshire. i thought this was hanging around a little too long. two blocked lanes on the north ramp. again, this is fine right now but it could start getting nasty as the morning commute progresses if those two lanes stay close. southbound, b.w. parkway at 50, that has now cleared out of the way. you don't have to worry about that crash anymore. 270 south looking good. 64 miles an hour. no problems north or southbound. maryland into virginia, you're just fine. going to keep an eye on the situation and bring you a live pictures in just a little bit. a murder investigation under way in suitland. police say somebody shot and killed nathanial powell jr. yesterday. his body was found in a parking lot on brooks drive. police are offering a $25,000 reward in this case. a family in northern
virginia cut off from the rest of the neighborhood because of roadwork. the streets are all blocked off and have been for months. they have to go to a muddy road just to get to their road, a road by the way that's often blocked with construction trucks. trash trucks ca't always make it down. delivery trucks, they don't even try. >> we were accepting the fact we will suffer some inconvenience due to their construction but we didn't expect the situations to be like this. >> the up to of vienna telling us in a statement they ran into some issues. it was supposed to be january. now mid-march, but no guarantees. a florida mom is in jail after her five children tried to cross a busy highway all by themselves. officers were called to the scene where a driver saw the kids on tuesday. the driver was able to stop them before they crossed into the highway. the kids are between 1 and 5 years old, some of the children
in dirty diapers. one with a skin infection so bad they had to be taken to the hospital immediately. this morning their 24-year-old mother remains in jail charged with child neglect. the kids are now in the state's custody. a drunk driver arrested after posting a video of his joy ride on facebook. ohio police say dustin rittgers posted a video online showing him in the act. one of his friends on facebook saw the posted video and called the police. they used the video to identify his suv which was still on the road. you see officers taking him into custody. this is not the first time rittgers has been arrested for drunk drives. a few offenses. not only driving drunk but videoing himself at the same time. a new list of problematic words we probably use. >> problematic is problem at
know starting with meteorologist chuck bell. >> those two lazy bums, shame on them. good for you showing up to work this morning with melissa and i on new year's eve. four things you need to know. a rainy stretch of days is coming to an end. clouds will be slow to scatter out of the region today. we'll get sunshine back. cooler northwesterly breezes means it's going to start to feel more like winter. thickest fog is around northwest central virginia. a little fog this morning especially for our friends toward fauquier and culpeper county. temperatures in the next couple of hours. and your new year's eve, low to mid-50s. it will be breezy at times. bringing a taste of winter in. we'll show you the cooldown coming up in a few minutes. tricky travel. >> tricky travel, especially on what we kind of consider a holiday here, right? a lot of people off. outer loop and new hampshire avenue, again, we're starting to see some slowdowns. two left lanes blocked for
emergency roadwork. i spoke with a crew on the scene. this is emergency work on the northwest branch bridge having to do with the bottom there of the bridge and all the folks that drive over it. a little bit of a problem there going to be perhaps until 7:00 a.m. before this is totally reopened. 66, 95, no major problems there. and in taking a look, 270, having light volume. we have a crew there on the top of the beltway. we'll have that and travel times coming up. developing now, beloved actor and comedian bill cosby facing years behind bars. charges stemming from an alleged sex eye assault back in 2004 lead to a future uncertain. edward lawrence is here with what we can expect to happen in the coming days,'ve the coming months for cosby. good morning, edward. >> good morning, erika. the coming weeks, january 14th, bill cosby will be back in
court. he posted a 1 million dollar bailing or bond to get out of jail and they've turned over his passport. he got out of jail after being charged with aggravated indecent assault. this is the first charge he faces after several women accused him of drugging and raping them. the district attorney in montgomery county, pennsylvania, announced the charge saying the evidence is there to seek justice for justice one victim. legal experts say the d.a. may hang his case on cosby's own words in a series of civil suits that have been filed against him. this comes after cosby gave depositions for those civil cases. now, if found guilty, the 78-year-old actor faces ten years or up to ten years in prison. reporting live in washington on capitol hill, edward lawrence. now back to you. >> thanks, edward. baltimore county does not want any money to send police for patrol since the baltimore riots.
he's declining the $270,000 it kouft to send them. officials said they would begin paying back surrounding counties that helped out. baltimore plans to split 1.8 million between the different jurisdictions. anne arundel county is due the largest. $426,000. the riots were in response to freddie gray's police custody death. today the black lives matter dmv group is protesting the recent nonindictments in both cases. the march will start at 7:00 p.m. at seventh and h streets in the northwest. we're learning more about a deadly crash in capitol heights. prince george's county police say an suv hit and killed 55-year-old ricky clayton. this was on central avenue two weeks ago. they say the car crossed the double yellow line. we're going to find out why right now.
in southeast d.c. police are investigating a robbery. police put out this new video from inside the convenience store on naylor road. they say the robbery happened yesterday and three suspects stole cash and at least one of them had a gun. >> if you're taking the north and silver lines, you're back on schedule. you'll probably remember this and the impact it had at the armory station. rush hour trains are leaving every six minutes instead of every eight on the orange and silver lines in particular. vdot wants to hear from you. they're holding an information session on proposed hot lanes on 395. the lanes could go on 395 north into arlington. this was proposed by the mccull of administration earlier this year. construction is slated to begin early in 2017 and would be completed by 2019. the information session is happening monday, january 25th. it's going be at 7:00 in the
evening at the fair lington community center. scams, we warn you about them, about the different ways crooks try to scam your money. they cost about a million dollar this year. the number one reported, tax scams. that's according the schemes reported by the better busy bureau. the bbb combined its list of the top 15 in 2015. marcy rath explained the phone call she experienced from the irs. the bbb says the tax scam is the most reported scam of 2015. >> i answered the phone and it was a prerecorded message. this is the irs. to avoid further legal action, call this number immediately. >> the caller i.d. is always spoofed to be the agency or a member.
remember, they will never call you to collect taxes. the second involves phony debt clerkts. somebody calls you claiming you've got this unpaid debt. the scam often threatens consumers with lawsuits and even jail time if you don't pay right away. a local man accuse of pulling a gun on a computer technician and forcinging him to fix his p.c. his wife coming to his defense, what she says really happened. why a dozen patterns had to walk off an air canada flight and go right into the hospital. and we're all wondering about it. how is that weather going to be how is that weather going to be as we welcome in the new
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the plane made an emergency stop in calgary. passengers said it felt like the plane was dropping out of the sky. >> the plane just like it was going down and everything was scary. the girl next to me was sleeping and she was like -- >> none were seriously hurt. most had some back and neck soreness. at 5:41, let's check in now with "storm team 4" meteorologist chuck bell who's tracking the forecast as we welcome in 2016. good morning, chuck. >> any time you're on a plane or car, seatbelts. always, always, always wear your seatbelt. outside, thick fog across central virginia. be on the lookout for that. here's your new year's eve planner. temperatures in the upper 40s, mid 50s this afternoon. mid-40s by 8:00 as we ring in the new year. a bit of a nerl wind means
windchills will be in the 30s. you get to wear your fuzzy scarf for a change. melissa mollet, check on traffic now. >> outer loop at new hampshire, we have two lanes blocked because of the work on the northwest branch. the bridge could get a little slow here as the morning progresses. as far as travel times, 270 south looks good. 95 to 270 again, a little bit of aedly on the outer loop because of that emergency roadwork blocking the left lane. 66 and 95 just fine. remember to listen to our friends on wtop 103.5 f.m. as you hop in the
tonya couch arrived in los angeles after she and her husband were arrested in mexico. a warning of attacks in new york, l.a., and here in d.c. is based on a single source but they're taking it seriously. the fbi is boofrting the number of agency and staff members in command centers around the country. good morning, everybody. a little fog around first thing this morning. then fog around parts of north virginia. advisory until 9:00 a.m. a look at how the weather will improve later today coming right up. starting to see slowdowns on top of the beltway, a live picture in just a minute for you. outer loop at new hampshire, we have two lanes blocked most likely until 7:00 this morning because of emergency roadwork. work on the northwest and branch bridge.
comedian bill cosby out of jail this morning after being charged for an assault in 2004. until any anyhow he'd not been charged. many ba from the '60s. they've run out. right now there are in accusations. just this month he filed a countersuit for defamation calling the claims of the women false and on or tunis tick. this morning we're hearing from the wife of a local lobbyist accused of abducting a man. police say joseph planned to kill a computer repair man with a gun in hiss home on tuesday. his wife says that didn't happen and the gun was fake. >> it is so disruptive. it's your family, your reputation. how do you get that back.
i don't know you get that back. >> mon dell lowe will be back in court to face charges. there's good news for an arlington family this new year's eve. they won't be forced out of their home today. a landlord wanted the diaz family out by the new year because their son with special needs is too loud. the change came after our news story aired on tuesday. we're told their lease has been extended to january 1st but the advocacy group is trying to let them stay permanently or let them find some sort of other housing. for those of you who aren't thinking about other taxes you might be looking back on 2015. >> we looked through all the stories, big and small we covered over the last 12 months. aaron gilchrist takes us through the top four from 2015. >> reporter: 2015 for people living in washington, it was a year of crime concerns, uncertainty for transit riders, and a i have from one of the world's most beloved figures.
we're looking back at "news4's" four biggest stories in 2015 that affected the washington area. number four, a story just up the road from washington fell all across the d.c. area and beyond. in april, baltimore resident freddie gray was arrested and placed in the back of a police van. during that ride he suffered a spienld cord injury and died a few days later sparking violence in the streets. >> rioting and violence in baltimore. this is a picture of the cvs store. we receive a lot of looting here. now it appears sadly there is a fire. >> reporter: baltimore state attorney marilyn mosby demanded swift justice for all six officers involved. they will all face trial. the first, william porter, ended in a mistrial. number three, mansion murder mystery. >> the scene of a fire now rapidly evolving into something much more sinister. the first responders who arrived
this afternoon very quickly realized something was terribly wrong. >> on may 14, flames poured from a large home in an upscale neighborhood in northwest d.c. four people died but police say savopoulos family and their housekeeper had all been tortured before hand. dna on a slice of pizza in that house linked darryn went to savopoulos. his attorney claims he was set up. the homicide rate spiked from 97 in 2014 to 157 this year. number two, a visit of papal proportions. on november 22nd the pope made a visit to the u.s. and his first stop was the capitol. >> here he comes. >> his motorcade and fiat bounced back and forth across washington and "news4" covered it all for you live. he met with president obama at the white house, waved to tens
of thousands along the papal parade route, blessed a few children, and became the first pope to address the united states congress. he also celebrated mass at the basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception where he canonized a saint. and the biggest story for the washington region, a turbulent year for metro. smoke caused chaos beneath the streets. >> le faunt metro station has been closed down. >> it's unbelievable. >> we know one person has died. several others were rushed to the hospital. >> carol glover never made it home that day. she was heading home from work when her train stopped and started filling with smoke. they say it was an arcing incident. the say jency dealt with handful of other problems including the
august derailment of an empty train at the smithsonian that later appeared to have been preventable. and train flew over a parked train as the passengers got out and walked back. it took them almost a year to hire a new general manager but in november paul wiedefeld took the reigns promising improvement and safety in the overall experience. that's 2y0ur 15 in review. i'm aaron gilchrist, "news4." breaking news on the roads right now. this has turned into an issue. a two-mile backup. outer avenue at new hampshire. this is because of the two left lanes that right now are shut down for that emergency roadwork. again, it's roadwork on the north bridge. it could hang around until 7:00 this morning. warning for you there. as we remove those signs, the rest of the beltway looks fine. we don't have any major problems. prince george's county, no major
problems there, incidents or accidents. southbound, you're at speed going 64 miles an hour. no major issues there. we'll take another look at the top of the beltway. something else folks are contending with. and, of course, that fog. >> that's right. dense fog advisory again for parts of central virginia. it goes until 9:00 a. thickest, north central virginia. by later on. northwesterly breezes will blow the fog out of here. we'll start off cloudy this morning but with time and that gusty northwesterly wind things will be improving. weather and your plans, finally after days and days of rain and interruptions, nothing but green lights for the morning, your afternoon, and evening plans, you'll need to layer up as the windchills will be back in the 30s it's been a while. going out first thing this morning for your jog, your walk, you won't need an umbrella. you may need a little warmth. again, not cold by mid-winter
standards but chilly enough if you're going to be outside. as we ring in 2016, it's going to be a good year for all of you, upper 30s and low 40s. upper 30s this the usual is bushes, low 40s around town. it may feel colder than that. if you're doing any long distance traveling, quiet along i-95 for about a 200 or 300-mile stretch. that's really just about the closest inclem end weather to us. future weather carries the clouds out of here for today and finally some sunshine comes back into full force by tomorrow afternoon, first day of the new year it's going be partly to mostly sunny. and as we go into your weekend, look at all the sunshine, everybody. it does come at a price. it's actually going to feel like january. low to mid-40s and the air, highs in the 30s. that will be the coldest day of the winter so far. we'll focus in on the next 24
hours. see you then. good morning. i'm landon dowdy at cnbc headquarters. most pl microsoft will tell users if a company tried to break into their account. facebook, twitter, and google also provided such warnings. reuters reports former microsoft employees say chinese authorities hacked into more than 1,000 hot mail accounts several years ago. in talking to tibetan leaders, they failed to notify the victims. for cnbc, i'm landon dowdy. the streaming service is releasing video countdowns. any time could be countdown. 7:00 p.m. the irs says you can start feeling your 2016 taxes starting on january 19th. the deadline will be april 18th
this year. the irs says it plans to issue refunds quickly from within 21 days from when you file your return. on the "today" show this morning an exclusive look inside the white house during this year's biggest stories. nbc's ron allen talked to white house photographer pete souza. >> there are a lot of pictures of the oval office that are just moments, that are light moments, that are real moments, that are -- >> i mean, you know, look. he is the president of the united states, but he's also a human being. and i try to show his personality as best i can. and he -- you know, there's obviously a lot of pictures with little kids in my year end gallery. he loves babies. he loves to interact with babies. >> as you heard souza mentioned there, he captured plenty of intimate moments as well. you can watch his whole interview on the "today" show. today the ymca in dupont
circle will close its doors after 30 years. it's sold its building to a developer. some of its program and staff will be moving to the wmca on w street in the northwest. there's no word on whether another will be built in dupont. your time right now, 5:57. we're following a developing story at this hour in missouri right now where the flooding situation, we're told it could get much worse. we're also just getting word into the newsroom about a shooting in southeast d.c. our desk is making calls to get the latest details. what we're learning so far coming up next when "news4 today" at 6:00 a.m. begins in just a moment. live outside right now, a shot of the city as we prepare to check on your weather and forecast. and we prepare to welcome in 2016. back right after this.
now we're watching where the mississippi river could crest at any minute. the latest at the live desk as floodwaters continue to rise. also new developments in the case of the so-called affluenza teen and his mother who just set foot back on soil. and as you get ready to ring in the new year, how safe are you? the extra security being stepped up here and around the world.
so far, so good where in new zealand the clock just struck midnight and it's 2016. >> these not a live picture of an emu. >> there we go. this is auckland where the celebration, it is just beginning. look at this, folks. beautiful fireworks up in the sky there. what a sight. now they're in the new year. 2016 for those folks. >> happy new year. >> the question here, can we expect clear skies here for any of our fireworks shows tonight, chuck? >> yes. more or less it's going to be good fireworks around our region tonight. all the low clouds and fog we've been dealing with, that will be gone. still fog around the central part.