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to make it past airport metal detectors. it's not known if it would be discovered. it's believed to be the work of al-qaeda's master bomb maker who built the first underwear bomb as well as explosives planted inside printer cartridges that were sent to the u.s. in 2010. >> president obama was first informed about the plot last month and was told the device posed no threat to the public. >> authorities have not revealed what happened to the suspect. >> this incident makes clear that this country has to continue to remain vigilant against those hit would seek to attack this country. and we will do everything necessary to keep america safe. >> federal transportation officials say there will be no noticeable changes in airport security because of this plot. randall pinkston, cbs news, the white house. >> the associated press is
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reporting that it knew about the plot last week, but did not immediately publish the information at the request of the white house and the cia. all this comes the same day as al-qaeda released a video of a rockville man kidnapped in pakistan last august. and in that video, weinstein is pleading with president obama to accept his captor's demand or he'll be killed. the state department says it's working on getting him released, but the white house says the united states does not negotiate with terrorists. >> the u.s. government will continue making every effort to see mr. weinstein released safely to his family, but we can -- >> weinstein was kidnapped from a compound in pakistan. he had been living there for the past five years, working for a virginia based company that helps pakistani businesses get started. weinstein was a week away from coming home when he was abducted. guilty, that was the verdict handed out by the jury on most of the counts against the five men accused in the
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deadly 2010 shooting spree in d.c. the drive by shootings that culminated in march two years ago killed four people and wounded six others. our bruce johnson was in the courtroom for today's verdicts. >> the families are still grieving, but relieved the jurors strained by the 2 1/2 month trial. it was the worst mass shooting in d.c. history with most of the casualties coming in the 4,000 block of south capital street. >> this boom, boom, bang, bang, pow, pow, nonstop bullets. >> a total of five young people have been killed. nine young people have been wounded. >> from the night this happened, it's one of the worse things i have seen in 22 years. >> 16-year-old girl that was shot in the back of the head with an ak47. >> today, families of the victims got their justice. >> it is evil, evil. i can't call them animals because animals don't kill for fun and sport.
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>> superior court, all five defendants were convicted of murder and will probably serve the rest of their lives in prison. sanquan carter, 21, his brother, orlando carter, 22. robert bost, 23, lamar williams also 23. >> they were smirking and throwing kisses when the trial was going on. not today. they were looking sad. >> prosecutors say the carnage began in 2010 when jordan howell was slain after a bracelet came up missing at a party. >> the verdict cannot undue the loss of the children, but what it did do, it assured us the justice system works. >> injures carter. after that, carter, his brother, and the others rented a van armed themselves and then headed to south capital where house friends gathered after his funeral. >> the shooting left three
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people killed, six others wounded and was the culmination of a series of shootings over eight days that left 14 people shot. >> three people were killed on south capital, including jones and others who had gone to jordan howell's funeral. >> these people will not be able to kill nobody's children again. >> one of the original defendants in this case, 28- year-old na nathaniel sims agreed to testify for the government. this is bruce johnson reporting from the superior courthouse for 9news now. now to the latest on a car crash that killed two high school seniors on prom night. police say no sign of drugs or alcohol. just a car going too fast on a dark country road. samantha kelly and brendan colliflower died when their car left the road and slammed into a tree on wrench road. that's near hagerstown. the couple was on their way back from the prom. he was speeding in his honda s2000 sports car.
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>> i heard they had a bet with another couple that they would get to the house faster than them. i think people are going to take driving more seriously now. >> as they should. both kelly and colliflower were on the honor roll. he is waiting for news on funeral arrangements. tomorrow, voters in north carolina will cast their votes on a constitutional amendment that would legally define marriage. it's called the marriage amendment act. recent poll numbers show the measure will likely pass. critics argue it would affect more than just same sex marriage. they claim the amendment would invalidate all civil unions and domestic partnerships. >> this is bad law, because it will hurt even heterosexuals because it does not recognize any other domestic union. >> supporters say it protects
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the institution of marriage. they want a constitutional amendment so the judges cannot overturn it. and as north carolina gets ready to vote on banning same sex marriage, another member of president obama came out in support of same sex marriage. this time, it was secretary of education, arnie duncan. he said he unequivocally supports same sex marriage. that's in addition to joe biden, who suggested yesterday that he supports it as well. so far, the president has not publicly backed the unions and the white house was sticking with that story. >> same sex couples as the president, the vice president said, being entitled to the same rights and civil rights and civil liberties as other americans. that's why he has fought for those equal rights and why he has efforts to dediscriminate against citizens. >> president obama said in the past that his views on the issue are evolving. drivers in virginia will not get to talk face to face
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about the proposed easy pass transponder fee. a spokeswoman says the agency isn't going to hold any public hearings on the issue because state law doesn't say they have to. vdot is proposing a $1 per month fee for drivers to have that transponder in their cars and if approved, users would have to start paying the fee as of july 1. the transit agency does say drivers can weigh in by going to the website. meantime, drivers coming back from dulles airport might want to pack some patience and maybe some extra change. that's because at 9:00 p.m., vdot is closing down the eastbound lane of the dulles airport access road from centerville road to leesburg pike. all that traffic will then have to shift on to the dulles toll road and they'll have to go through the main toll plaza and pay the toll even if they are coming from the airport, which would usually be free. the eastbound lanes of the access highway will reopen by 5:00 a.m. it looks like the gloominess that we had over the weekend decided to stick around
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for one more day. top, how about sunshine? >> we got breaks in the clouds right now. kind of a nice everybodying. temperatures on the cool side. we will start with radar. we have some showers in the mountains. this is the weather pattern where most of the showers will be confined. cumberland and garrett county and moving north to the west of hagerstown. nothing in the metro area. i would grab a jacket, not an umbrella. 68 downtown. mid 60s in gaithersburg and frederick. 70 in manassas and 71 down in fredericksburg. so for tonight, mostly cloudy, breezy and mild. mountain showers. winds south, southeast at 10 to 15. we'll come back and talk about the winds changing direction. that's going to make a huge impact on our weather. that means an increasing chance of showers. >> still to come, it is billed as the most fuel efficient passenger jet and it is stopping by d.c. on a worldwide tour. we'll take you inside boeing's
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brand-new 787 dreamliner. but first, a school suspends a first grader for sexual harassment after he sang a popular song in the lunch line. parents think the school went too far. you be the judge. that's up next.
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back on 9news now, congratulations in order for the student, staff, and parents
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in bowie, maryland. today they got a visit from the state superintendent of schools and white hall received accommodation for its high achievement. that is part of a national blue ribbon program that honors teachers and students for their performance and parents for their involvement in the classroom. a six-year-old special needs kid in denver was allowed back in school after he was sent home after sending a popular lmfao song. suspended meadows for singing the song, i'm sexy and i know it, while standing in the lunch line. he's accused of sexual harassment and disrupting other students, but his mom said they aught to drop that charge. >> a clear picture why they decided to call this sexual harassment. >> it's a bit of a mystery. the school board policy defines it as any unwanted sexual advance no matter the student
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age. she said the administrators agreed to change the charge to just harassment. okay, we all know sexual harassment is serious stuff, but come on, this kid is in first grade and he is a special needs student. does he even understand what sexual harassment is, much less how what he says and does could be seen as an unwanted sexual advance? let's not forget he was singing one of the most popular songs on the radio. your thoughts are always popular in mcginty's mail bag. the address, mailbag@wusa9.com. and another gloomy day out there. we want the sun back. topper will let us know when it's coming. we'll get that forecast in minutes. but first, the caps chase for the stanley cup is back. a preview of game five versus the rangers is up next.
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set your clocks, everybody. in 15 minutes now, the puck will drop in game five of the stanley cup semifinals. the caps have a chance to take the first lead over the rangers in this series, but they'll have to get it all done out on the road in the big apple. we know that shouldn't be a problem, considering the history of this team, right? >> the caps had just one win at home. they were able to get it done on the road. blocking out that hostile boston crowd. in fact, this series against new york is playing out the exact same way. heading back on the road for game five all tied up. but it's not just the caps that
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are in familiar territory. this is the same spot the rangers were in during their first series against ottawa. so both very familiar with just how important and difficult a win will be tonight. >> a little more now, but i wouldn't say we just play hard and that's the only way you know. >> i don't think this is a shock that we are in this position, and we have a goal in mind to win the stanley cup and little steps are a long way we have to take. >> now the caps bounce back pretty nicely from that triple overtime loss. we'll see if they can keep that momentum going. derek. >> i may have to sneak up there and watch it with you, thanks, kristen. the caribbean parade is back on for this year, but you will not see it on the streets of washington, d.c. instead, it's going to go on in baltimore. the carnival accepted an
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invitation to join their annual festival and the parade kicks off noon, july 14. the president of the parade said this year's installment would be canceled because of minimal funding and lack of support from d.c. the next big thing in aviation. landed today at reagan national. it is a fuel efficient jumbo jet. >> today, the 787 jumbo jet landed for the very first time, boeing is calling it the future of flight. >> this is an airplane that i really believe is the first new airplane of the 21st century. i say that because this is the first airplane that really uses the technologies that are available to us today. >> when you walk on board, you instantly notice the higher ceilings and big r windows. twice as large as the windows on most commercial aircraft. the windows dim electronically. >> it takes a minute and a
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half to go from full light to full dark and a little longer. if you follow down, you'll see the 25, 50, 75, and 100% dark right here. >> as neat as it looks, transportation secretary says the jet's best feature is it creates tens and thousands of jobs right here in the u.s. >> the 787 represents the best meaning of the term, made in america. >> at reagan national, kristin fisher, 9news now. >> didn't say anything about leg room on one of those jets. that's what we want to know. to the fbi which is the fbu, as in famously butt ugly. a new list rates the fbi's downtown headquarters as get this, world's ugliest building worth visiting. an architect said the building creates a void along pennsylvania avenue like a black hole. okay, not the best looking building in town. i don't know if it's world's
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ugliest. >> that's a weird category. >> there is uglier buildings, but not see them. >> okay, 73 today, the clouds kept temperatures down. we have sunshine out now. that's going to be the pattern tomorrow and wednesday. a lot of clouds and sun and a few showers and thunderstorms. let's start with a live look outside. a beautiful shot. see the sun out there? very nice. if you're headed out tonight, you will need a light jacket. already upper 60s downtown. notice the winds, still have that easterly component. it's south, southeast. it will eventually become southerly tomorrow and that will give us a little more sunshine tomorrow. dew point is low. a great night in terms of no ac and no furnace. that's a good deal. 65 already in arlington. 66 in bethesda. 67 up in rockville and 64 in gaithersburg. 68 in leesburg and 70 in manassas and 68 in college park and 66 in beltsville. so, here's what we're looking
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at. unsettled through wednesday. a shower possible tomorrow morning. primarily west of i-81. if you're coming in from hagerstown, you might have wet roads. a better chance closer to us, maybe down to frederick or winchester tomorrow everyoning and the best chance for the entire metro area will be showers and thunderstorms on wednesday ahead of a cold front. so for tonight, mostly cloudy, breezy and mild. and winds south, southeast at 10 to 15. now tomorrow morning, mostly cloudy, breezy, and mild. maybe a shower west. 50s and 60s. the winds turn, now they're from the south. that will be better. a little less cloud cover. mostly cloudy in the afternoon. breezy and warm. showers or storms possible. high temperatures near 75 and winds continue. 54 to 64 to start. just a couple sprinkles possible mainly west of town and by evening, a couple storms
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possible. 71 to about 75. the next three days, probably a better chance of showers on wednesday. 75. and then thursday, cold front moves through. it will be nice. maybe some clouds to start, but returning partly cloudy and cooler. high around 70. next seven days, look like this, temperatures a little cooler still. temperatures will hold in the upper 60s as we get into friday. but then they go back to the mid 70s for saturday and for mom, comfortable. mid 70s. that's dead on average, but maybe a shower. we'll keep you posted on that. a better chance for storms next monday. >> we'll be watching, top. we'll be back in a minute. we want to hear what you think. send your e-mails to mcginty's mail bag. the address, mailbag@wusa9.com. 9news now will be right back.
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best tv theme song ever. in the mail bag tonight, reaction to my let's be real commentary. friday night suggests the national football league is facing its worst crisis in some time over the issue of player concussions, because more and more parents may decide not to let their sons play football. our good friend deb in arlington was glad i brought it up. we have such a tragic case with
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junior seau. i cannot get the image of his poor mother out of my mind. i thought, if i had a son, would i let him play football? the answer is, no. unless they do something with their helmets. i realize all this has gone on for ever. i also realize one can pass in a simple accident, but it is indeed food for thought since so much surrounds football. in a way, it would be almost un- american to lose it. deb, i agree with everything you say. let me be clear about this. i say that as somebody who loves the national football league, in particular, our own hometown team. you have to ask the question, what if football cannot be fixed? it is a violent game afterall and concussions may always be a big part of the risk of playing. what then? would you let your kid play and if we still love the game, we love it just as much as ever. what does that say about us? mail bag@wusa9.com is my e-mail address. don't forget to include your name and where you're writing us from. a quick look at seven-day
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from top. >> temperatures average really, which is nice this time of year. mid 70s tomorrow. mid 70s wednesday. a shower or thunderstorm possible and then much cooler on thursday and friday. >> i see that sunshine on the weekend. that's always good. we did not have it yesterday. >> that is our report. i'll be back at 11:00 along with this guy. don't forget, log on any time you like to wusa9.com. we'll see you a bit later. bye bye. ♪ okay, so who ordered the cereal that can help lower cholesterol and who ordered the yummy cereal? yummy. that's yours. lower cholesterol. lower cholesterol. i'm yummy. lower cholesterol. i got that wrong didn't i? [ male announcer ] want great taste? honey nut cheerios. want whole grain oats that can help lower cholesterol? honey nut cheerios.
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