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as many as 400 airline workers may walk off the job at dulles international and reagan washington national airports throughout the day today. good afternoon and thank you for joining us at noon. i'm andrea roane. dozens of workers have already gone on strike. they are calling for $15 an hour. now these
are contracted to handle baggage or check in customers curb side. as wusa9's hilary lane explains, employees say they aren't making enough money to make ends meet. >> reporter: this is the first time workers from both reagan and dulles international airports have gone on strike on the same day. these are the workers, their baggage attendants and wheelchair attendants and they just want to make enough money to live comfortably they say. >> terrible life. >> what do we want it? >> reporter: a terrible life. that's how he describes it. he's a baggage attendant here at reagan national airport. he makes $8 an hour. but that's not enough to support his three children. >> what do we want? >> reporter: so he took on a second job at avis at the airport. he cleans the rental cars. but he sleeps in his own. >> in my car in the fire station in this airport. >> reporter: he works 16 hours a day. at the airport, handling baggage from 4:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
until 1:00 a.m. he says he doesn't have time to go home during the week to see his family in silver spring. this is a sacrifice he makes. >> i don't have a choice to cover my bills. >> reporter: that's why he was the very first person out here at reagan national this morning. fighting for $15 an hour. >> i need to have a time to visit my family. and to take raise. >> reporter: he says he would go back to school and learn trade because at the end of the day there's just one thing that matters to him. >> to help my family. to get to help my kids. >> reporter: and airport officials here tell me they don't expect any disruptions to their service today. at reagan national airport, hilary lane, wusa9. >> the strike is expected to last 24 hours. the workers are contracted by a company called hunt lee, usa. union workers vent heard back from the -- haven't heard back from the company and
have not heard back from them. gun control advocates mark a somber anniversary in front of the national rifle association's headquarters in fairfax. the mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school happened four years ago today. 20 children and six educators were killed that day. supporters of gun control regularly hold demonstrations outside nra offices. investigators could charge a truck driver as early as today for this deadly crash on i-95 near laurel. authorities say the rig slammed into a minivan and killed a 13- year-old boy and critically wounded the driver. two others involved in last night's crash suffered minor injuries. it was barely 24 hours old and now the cease fire brokered by turkey with russia for eastern aleppo has collapsed. syrian fighter jets resumed bombing raids over remaining rebel held areas trapping thousands of civilians. the syrian regime has won back most of aleppo from the rebels of the country with the backing
america's ambassador to the united nations says those behind the conquest and carnage should be ashamed and bear responsibility for the atrocities. the crisis in aleppo is one of the big international issues president-elect donald trump will face when he takes office next month. but right now, mr. trump is quickly filling his cabinet. he's announced former texas governor and presidential rival rick perry as energy secretary. and his choice to head the interior department is montana congressman ryan zinc. as kenneth craig reports today mr. trump meets with some of the big names in the tech industry for a discussion about jobs. >> merry christmas. >> reporter: president-elect donald trump had a little christmas cheer as he touted his pick to be secretary of state. mr. trump says rex tillerson's rapport with world leaders like russian president putin is an asset. >> rex is friendly with many of the leaders in the world that we don't goat along with. --t
that. >> reporter: his close relationship with putin will certainly be a focus during the senate confirmation hearings. >> this is a bipartisan corn that reflects the fact -- concern that reflects that for decades the american people have correctly viewed russia as an adversary not a close ally. >> reporter: take just one republican member on the senate foreign relations committee to vote with democrats to block tillerson's nomination. shift his focus to jobs when he hosts a summit this afternoon featuring legallers from some of the world's biggest tech companies. >> the true giants of silicon valley we're going to talk about how to grow jobs. we're going to talk about how they can stay on top. we're going to talk about a lot of great things. >> reporter: among the guests are facebook's cheryl sandberg and amazon's jeff bezos. apple's tim cook, and tesla's elon musk. kenneth craig, cbs news, new york. >> not everyone invited to today's tech summit with the president-elect showed up. the "new york
the leaders for uber and the home rental service airbnb declined their invitations. it was almost two years ago when flames gutted a mansion in annapolis killing four children and their grandparents temperature fire starletted from a dry -- the fire started from a dry christmas tree and bad plug. today fire protection experts at the university of maryland are sending out a loud message reminding people about the importance of taking care of your christmas tree. mikea turner shows us what can happen if you don't. >> reporter: it's a holiday nightmare. your christmas tree dressed in flames and everyone in your home put in danger. this is what can happen if you don't cope your natural tree watered every day. and heat sources away from it. >> anything that might get hot or might be you know able to ignite that tree. keep it three feet away and you should be okay. >> reporter: isaac levinson showed three demonstrations on wednesday. compared to a dry natural tree
seconds. a sprinkler system made a big difference in this tree demonstration. >> every day if you're keeping one at home make sure it's well watered and refill the base at the bottom and when you start seeing discoloration in the pine needles and things are falling down as you move it it's really time to consider getting it out of there. >> reporter: five times more deadly than the average house fire. dry natural trees like this one are most vulnerable. according to the national fire protection association, 230 house fires that start with christmas trees are reported each year. one of every 31 reported fires are deadly. >> you can't put them out once they get started. >> reporter: that's professor jim mielke who says the key to safety is preventing the ignition from happening. >> making sure you have approved and acceptable lights and keeping space heaters well removed. >> reporter: a few tips to keep you and your family safe. reporting from prince george's county, mikea turner, wusa9. >> more fires happen after chris
to take care of their live trees. typical weather today. but brace yourselves. it's going to feel like we're in the single digits and soon here's howard bernstein with the first alert forecast. >> remember when it got cold last week? that was a modified arctic air mass, this one will be a pure arctic air mass and going to be colder and drier eventually. how the humidifiers going and you can help just keep the static as little static shocked down. we have some sunshine but look at the clouds and let me get out of the way and you can see it better. from the west and southwest i expect us to be mostly cloudy later on and the cold has really taken told. not so much here, well into the 0s. other side of the -- 40s. other side of the mountains, detroit, chicago, indianapolis, muff of ohio now in the teens. these are air temperatures and windchills are even worse. they're going to be in the single digits in fact our windchill starting tomorrow will be in the single digits most of the day maybe getting into the low teens. so get ready for that. enjoy this afternoon. it's a good looking one. 45 at 3:00. upper
moving in until overnight when we could have a snow shower tomorrow i'll give you the three day forecast. that 31, that's going to be like a midnight high. we will be in the mid- and upper 20s for temps. windchills tomorrow, 0 to 15 and we might even see a few snow showers lighter winds increasing clouds friday. upper 20s. because friday night saturday morning, we could have a wintry mix and we'll talk more about that coming up in a few minutes and i just want to remind you, you can always get the latest forecast and watch us live on the wusa9 app. it's a free download. andrea? thanks howard. we just lost an iconic tv mom, now a tv dad has died. actor and song composer alan thicke died tuesday at 69 years old from a heart attack. he penned several popular tv theme songs including "diff'rent strokes." the facts of life and even the "wheel of fortune" he's probably best known for his role in the '80s sitcom "growing pains." also on the
harden core writes a saddened day and a reminder that life is short-lived and live each to the fullest. you chocolate girl writes alan thicke you will truly be missed. i grew up watching you on "growing pains," god bless the family. and finally susie writes he was one of my favorite comedian actors. loved him in "growing pains" and sending many love and prayers to his family -- my love and prayers to his family. alan thicke. log on to my of the social media pages to share your thoughts and join the conversation. next, new hope for people paralyzed because of spinal cord injuries. a new device could help get them moving again.
in today's health alert. imagine not being able to grip a pencil, put on socks or hold a cup of coffee. it's a frustrating reality for some of the nearly 300,000 americans suffering from spinal cord injuries. but researchers at ucla are using an implantable device to reroute brain signals arnold damaged areas of the -- around damaged areas to have spine and -- of the spine and improve hand function. >> ryan gomez is building a coffee roasting business. and hopes one day soon, he can actually hold and drink a cup of his own coffee. in 2011, ryan suffered a dirt bike accident that broke his neck, leaving him in a wheelchair with limited use of his hands. >> the haroldest thing to learn -- hardest thing to learn is putting on your socks. learning how to eat. like this things that you wouldn't think would be hard at
movement is rare but today things are getting better for brian thanks to a surgery and a doctor that saw the potential for recovery even five years after his accident. >> spinal cord is a very plastic and very smart organ that can be -- the circuitry can be rewired. >> which is what dr. daniel lieu was hoping to do. he performed the first surgery in the world that uses a 32 electrode stimlator. a 32 -- [ no audio ] >> other devices have been tested in animals or have been shown to help patients move robotic limbs. this procedure is unique because it's implanted in the spine. instead of the brain and is designed to help patients move their own hands. three other patients have gained 30% of the use of their hands because of this procedure. a sixth grader is being
heimlich. wayne norris of chesterfield, virginia says he was eating lunch in the cafeteria at school when he noticed another student with a panicked look on his face. norris wasn't sure at first if the kid was joking but then he realized he was choking and jumped into action. teachers call norris hero but the 11-year-old on the so hour about it. -- isn't so sure about it. >> i'm not big on being labeled a hero. don't call me a hero. i just try to help. >> the boy says he learned the sleeving technique from an -- life-saving technique from an unlikely place. watching tv. dolly parton called on her friends to lend their time and talent to an all-star concert for the victims of the tennessee wildfires. the smoky mountains rise telethon raised millions for dolly's my people fund. among the performers, ken any rogers, amy grant, and reba mcentire. no word yet on how much money was raised but the
presentations totaled $2.1 million through the broadcast. >> it was really devastating what's happened to so many of these people that are fametous family to us. they're all our people and i'm just so happy that it turned out where i could be here to do this. >> parton will be visiting gatlin burg in the coming weeks. it will provide $1,000 each month to family whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the smoky mountain wildfires. temperatures plunged overnight and millions of people face dangerous cold as arctic air blankets the northern half of the country. the cold weather is expected to spread towards the northeast. in chicago where the windchill dropped to negative 8 overnight, crews lit tracks on fire to keep them from freezing over. and in minneapolis, contractors are spending up to ten hours a day outside in single digit temperatures. the national weather service says much of the northern mid- atlantic aor
>> and so do i. >> you say it and we're in that group. >> we are. and just a footnote on the tennessee fires, i was reading yesterday. $500million in estimated damage. and i know insurance covers some of that but there are people there that's kind of a rural poor part of appalachia that don't have insurance. so -- with dolly parton's doing with her foundation -- >> $1,000 a month. >> that will help a lot. but anything you can also obviously contribute would be a great. great thing to do. weather-wise, get ready. coldest air we've seen in december? six years coming tomorrow -- in six years coming tomorrow and friday. yeah cold stuff coming. temperatures this afternoon enjoy it. it's balmy compared to what's coming. mid- and upper 40s this afternoon for the temperatures and fall into the 30s this evening as the clouds will thicken up some ahead of the arctic front. that will come overnight. with a threat far couple of snow showers and we're still looking at some very cold air from eastern alaska into northwestern
minus 350 to minus 40. hey it could be worse always and that cold is across parts of north central canada and also dipped down you can see the real cold stuff in the northern u.s. great falls 4 below. bismarck, 0. 6 below in international falls and while chicago is 16. so when you look at 47 in national airport? low to mid-40s, wherever you may be, yeah it's not so bad. little bit colder though in the higher elevations. the snow guns are blazing by the way wisp is opening friday and i think liberty mountain i was talking to a friend of mine, they're opening friday as well. sunshine now but the clouds are coming through the afternoon. we've got 47 on the michael & son weather camera. but even a feel like temperature of 41 is nothing compared to that's headed our way. so we're pretty much at the high for the day. we may squeeze out another degree or two. low 40s on the east coast but madison 14 and detroit 21. this is the source region for the air that's coming our way. over the next
and you can certainly see the clouds that are moving in advance but you can't see is the arctic front a little bit of snow shower activity but the arctic front is right about there. not quite to chicago yet but it's getting closer. and it's moving quickly. so as i show you the futurecast clouds increasing this afternoon and this evening as the front gets closer some up slope snow showers on the west side of the divide. mostly if you're traveling into western maryland or parts of west virginia or even up toward pittsburgh, be on the lookout for that. as we get toward the midnight hour, the front gets close to us. some snow showers may be a rain shower but i think it's cold enough for all snow showers actually out of this. so we may see a few. best chances will be east of us. but not going to discount it entirely. now tomorrow morning, 7:00, that front is well east of us. we'll have a ripping northwesterly wind 15, 20, gusting to 30 with the arctic air the snow showers and the mountains and with this sort of flow, we may actually get a few snow showers to come toward us. high pressure builds in by friday. so the winds will be lighter. looking at increasing clouds friday ahead of the next
which by friday night, may have some wintry weather with it in towards saturday morning. this could start midnight or later. may even start as soon as 8:00, 9:00 we're watching this carefully. but what you need to know is this will all turn to rain. as far as the windchills want to show you this before we get to the rest of the forecast. by tomorrow morning, looks like our forecast windchills will be somewhere in the single digits to maybe 15. but during the day, they actually drop as the colder air moves in. 12 by lunchtime. flush in town. we're sitting at 10 by 4:00 and look at the low single digit windchills tomorrow. this is serious stuff. please if you keep your pets outside, why don't you let them inside or do something for them. get them a heater. three day forecast, weather- wise. today 47 late night snow shower. 20s tonight. 31 tomorrow. that's actually a midnight high. we'll be in the mid- to upper 20s for temps during the day. friday 28 increasing clouds and friday night early saturday we'll have some wintry mix to rain. we warm up that 50 is a late night temperature. 55 sunday is an early morning temperature and we could quail see this -- wail
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some santas don't wear red suits and sport beards, instead they have on military uniforms. they've been deployed on what's known as operation christmas drop. their c-130 cargo plane took off from anderson air force base in guam. the mission is to drop critically needed supplies and holiday gifts in the fa sick ocean to the -- pacific ocean to the islands there. >> it's really cool for them to get a toy. >> in addition to the packages that are airdropped out of the back of the c-130 this year the navy and coast guard are
tonight on wusa9 news at 5:00, we'll learn more about a 13-year-old boy killed in that crash on i-95. a proposal to bring a multipurpose arena to silver spring. and we're answering your questions about the crisis in syria. hey weather-wise, mild today. frigid tomorrow and friday. windchills single digits and teens. could see a snow shower tonight. friday night overnight into saturday morning, some wintry mix will go to rain and more rain sunday may end as snow and then back to
>> sharon: ouch. didn't the ice help at all last night? >> mariah: yeah. no, it definitely did. you can barely tell that i faceplanted in front of the world. >> sharon: do you want me to do your makeup for you? >> mariah: do you have a trowel or maybe a paper bag that i can put over my head? >> sharon: stop. let me. >> mariah: and maybe after we're done, we can surf the internet for any cool new names that they've come up with for me. like miss fall fashion or my personal favorite, hell of heels. >> sharon: which is why no more surfing until all this is over. just let the public turn on soon