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during the day. the chance of showers will start to move back into the area as we head into the afternoon hours. heading out the door right now, jillian mele is watching the traffic on this weekday morning. good morning, jillian. >> good morning to you, bill. to you at home as well. a live look at 422, where things are quiet in both directions. that's the eastbound side right near oaks. you can see, though, no delays to report and no accidents on 422. west conshohocken, yesterday, with all of that rain that we saw, a mudslide happened out here on balligomingo road, and that remains closed near front street, route 23. so, take matsonford road around it. heading into new jersey, 295 northbound at route 653, we have a disabled tractor-trailer, so watch out for a lane restriction there, but it's not causing any delays. so, 295, that's the only problem we're dealing with. new jersey turnpike is clear of any accidents. and so far so good on the majors for drivers in delaware. chris? it is a tragic milestone that is still being mourned and still being investigated. yesterday we told you about the
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first female firefighter in philadelphia's history to lose her life in the line of duty. nbc 10's monique braxton is live for us in west oak lane, where that fire took her life and where investigators, monique, will be back on the scene later this morning, right? >> reporter: that's right, chris. we can show you that a firefighter -- excuse me, a police officer remains on guard here. they have just switched out, changing guard here, letting you know that there are two investigations under way. one conducted by the fire marshal's office into the cause of this blaze, the other by federal investigators checking into the personal safety gear of the firefighters. also while you were sleeping, we've been gathering stories about the beloved firefighter who rushed into this house to save an elderly woman's life. she was called a firefighter's firefighter. that's how commissioner derrick sawyer describes 36-year-old joyce craig-lewis. she was assigned to engine 64 in lawncrest but was working overtime when firefighters were called to the burning west oak lane home.
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when we stopped by her fire company, we found black bunting outside. it's also where firefighters and perfect strangers gathered for a candlelight vigil last night. her colleagues also allowed us inside to see her locker, now a memorial to her life of bravery. >> she didn't want to let gender get in the way of anything. she wanted to prove the point. >> she's received a unit citation for efforts at another station where her efforts enabled other residents to be rescued. so, she was an excellent firefighter. >> reporter: craig-lewis leaves behind a teen and a toddler. the 11-year veteran was the first female firefighter to die in philadelphia while battling a blaze. she was 1 of 58 female firefighters assigned to the department. now, the elderly woman who lived in the home was rescued. later this half hour, we'll talk to her family about the legacy she leaves behind. live on west oak lane, monique
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braxton, nbc 10 news. >> and here's a closer look at the makeup of the philadelphia fire department. about 1,400 of the firefighters are men. that's compared to 58 women. those numbers are from the firefighters union. nationwide, there are between 200 to 300,000 male firefighters and 7,000 female. and you can count on nbc 10 as we continue to learn new information about the fallen firefighter joyce craig-lewis and the investigation into the fire that took her life. we're posting updates constantly on nbc10.com. at 5:33, new from overnight, police are investigating a home invasion in delaware county, and they don't have a lot to go on here. nbc 10 was on the scene. this is on fern street in darby borough. police tell us three men wearing masks armed with guns stormed into the home around 11:30 last night. they're still trying to figure out the exact motive, and at this point, they don't know if anything was taken from the home. no one was hurt. 5:33. happening today, a child abuse case heads back to court in delaware county. five adults are charged with
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abusing several children in darby borough. they're set for a preliminary hearing in sharon hill. authorities say the kids are all less than 10 years old. police arrested the adults last month. they're accused of beating the kids, shooting them with bb guns and having sex in front of the children. well, you can count on nbc 10 to follow those stories as well as all the news from across our area. >> and here are three more stories we'll be watching closely for you today. we will be there as students at west chester university join the nationwide protests against what they call racial injustice. a demonstration will begin at noon at the frederick douglass statue on the university's campus. the students will speak out in response to recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of eric garner and michael brown. the legal dispute between the school reform commission and the philadelphia federation of teachers over the union contract goes before commonwealth court in harrisburg today. in october, the src canceled the contract and imposed health care costs on teachers.
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a judge temporarily stopped the move. and nbc 10 will be following developments in the atlantic city casino crisis, specifically, revel hotel. we've learned that the deal to sell the closed property to a canada-based resort company is now dead. a source close to the negotiations tells us that revel did everything it could to close the deal, but it just didn't happen. the casino now wants to set up a court hearing to accept a bid by a florida developer who's still interested in buying the closed property. and philadelphia's iconic love park is getting a makeover soon. today the public is invited to give their input into how they think the park should look. city groups will host a public meeting on the redesign of the park. it's expected to take shape over the next couple of years. the meeting will be held today at the philadelphia free public library. it is a win for prosecutors in the oscar pistorius case, another win. we'll tell you why the judge ruled that prosecutors can appeal the double amputee's acquittal on murder charges. and if you take i-95 or 76 to get to work, be prepared for some delays this morning.
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we'll let you know what stretches of the two major roadways will be affected. bill? a windy start this morning, but it is dry. nothing falling from the sky and the roads are drying out in cape may. that's the view from the marquee deaf lafayette hotel. temperatures in the 40s right now here at nbc 10. at 5:36, it's 42 degrees.
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now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> it's a windy morning, but it is dry and the temperatures are much milder. we're in the 40s. gusty winds, they'll stay with us today. the dry weather won't last all day. showers return this afternoon. rain showers first and then as things get colder, we'll be tracking some scattered, light snow showers, especially north and west of the city. 38 degrees right now at doylestown, and that's the cold spot this morning. 40s for philadelphia and cape may. it's at 41 degrees. we've got some breaks in clouds. we'll see a little bit of sunshine. and we will see snow falling in the pocono mountains.
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we've seen a few snowflakes this morning, but this afternoon is really when the snow returns. radar shows that it's completely dry in the tri-state area. now a few flurries in the mountains, but the snow is in new york state. that will ride in on the winds that are coming from the same nor'easter that brought us the rain yesterday. 7:00 this morning, your hour-by-hour forecast nice and dry. by noontime, we'll be watching the clouds return to the area after seeing some sunshine this morning, and that will lead to some scattered, light rain showers in the allentown area and reading, too, while snow will be developing in the pocono mountains. this is where we're going to see accumulation in the pocono mountains for late this afternoon and into tonight. and then if there are some scattered snow showers during the late afternoon hours, i don't expect them to accumulate. temperatures will be staying well above freezing during the daylight hours. as far as advisories, nothing for the philadelphia area. it's the pocono mountains that has a winter weather advisory for accumulating snow later
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today and into tonight. for philadelphia, after a dry morning, gusty winds and showers return this afternoon. highs in the 40s today. the chance of showers continues tomorrow, but we've got a warm-up on the way. a little bit of a warm-up. seven-day forecast when i'm back in ten minutes. and at 20 minutes until 6:00, let's get a look now at how things are moving out on the highways this early wednesday morning. >> let's check in with first alert traffic reporter jillian mele. >> good morning. a live look in bucks county shows route 1 is completely clear in both directions. that's route 1 right at pennsylvania avenue. so, no issues to report there. and as far as speeds go on most of the majors, pretty average. 55 miles per hour is what we're seeing on 202, 76 and even on 95. so, those normal delays that we're used to seeing on 95 southbound right near cottman haven't started just yet. then a live look at the blue route right near macdade boulevard. so, if you're traveling to the airport right now using 95 or the blue route, things are very quiet. no accidents to report on the majors there. and heading into new jersey, we don't have any accidents, but we do have a disabled truck that's
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causing some problems on 295 northbound right at exit 16a, which is route 653, the exit for paulsboro and swedesboro. that disabled truck is blocking one lane, so you have a tap of the brakes as drivers pass that scene. christine? we have an alert for drivers using interstate 95 in philadelphia. penndot is closing some lanes today to inspect bridges. the two left lanes will be shut down on the southbound side between philly international airport and route 420. that's from 9:00 this morning to 10:30, and then again from noon to 1:30. on the northbound side, the two left lanes will be closed between bartram avenue and the ramp to 76 west from 10:30 to noon and then from 1:30 to 3:00. meanwhile, other work planned on interstate 95 this weekend is now on hold. del dot says low temperatures and rain are delaying the work at interstate 95 and 202. crews are in the middle of a three-year project to repave that highway.
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officials say the weather -- if the weather didn't cooperate, the work might be pushed to the weekend of december 20th. the fallout continues over a report to detailing the cia's interrogation techniques. there is conflicting information about whether those harsh tactics helped lead to the death of osama bin laden. authorities are stepping up security at jewish organizations' headquarters in new york city as we learn more about what caused a man to attack a student there. of shaving stuff.
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sny h. it's 5:45 and we're following news from around the country and around the world through our network of photographers and reporters this morning. nbc 10's vai sikahema is monitoring the feeds in our digital operations center. vai, we have breaking developments in the oscar pistorius case, right? >> yes, we do, chris. this morning the judge in the case ruled that prosecutors can appeal pistorius's acquittal on murder charges. back in october, the olympic runner was convicted of culpable homicide and then sentenced to a five-year prison term. pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, in his home. he said he thought she was an intruder. and a cia report says harsh interrogations did not lead to the finding of osama bin laden.
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after he was killed in 2011, top cia officials told lawmakers that information from brutal interrogations played a crucial role, but the senate report says the cia's story is not true. cia officials maintain that interrogated detainees provided critical details. also today, the house select committee on benghazi will hold its second hearing. this session will focus on improving the safety of u.s. diplomats in facilities around the world. the first hearing in september investigated the attack on the consulate in benghazi two years ago when, as you remember, an ambassador and three others were killed. we'll continue to follow these stories and more throughout the morning. live in the digital operations center, i'm vai sikahema, nbc 10. on capitol hill, there is a deal on the table to keep the federal government running. last night, lawmakers agreed on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown. the deal will allow just about all federal agencies to run as usual through next september. both the house and senate are expected to adopt the measure.
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the government technically will run out of money tonight at midnight. now, the only agency not covered by the spending deal, that's the department of homeland security. funding for that agency will run out on february 27th. republicans are expected to use that deadline to force president obama to reverse his executive action on not deporting 4 million undocumented immigrants. in new york city, authorities are stepping up security at a jewish organization's headquarters after a man attacked a student there earlier this week. police say calvin peters stabbed levi rosenblatt in the head at the chaba dd lubavitch headquarters. he was shot by police after police say he lunged at them with a knife. peters had a long documented history of mental illness. and this florida woman accused of driving her minivan into the ocean with three kids inside -- we all remember this video. prosecutors have now agreed to drop attempted murder charges
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against ebony wilkerson. rescuers had to pull out the three children, ages 3, 9 and 10, from the sinking vehicle last march. in exchange for the plea, wilkerson will plead not guilty by reason of insanity to child abuse charges. and take a look at this dramatic video here from reno, nevada. firefighters rescuing a woman from a burning house. the crew spotted the woman standing outside a second-floor window, unwilling or unable to jump to a safety net below. the cell phone video shows the firefighters climbing a ladder and pulling the woman to safety. no word yet on any injuries. and to weather in reno. they're bracing for what may be the largest winter storm to hit that part of nevada in the past three decades. winds are expected to pick up late today and increase tomorrow. now, our nbc 10 meteorologist bill henley says some gusts could reach 90 miles an hour. snow could fall in higher elevations at a rate of about 2 to 4 inches an hour. and forecasters there say there is the threat of power outages.
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>> the winds that are coming in ahead of this storm are going to be damaging. we are looking at the potential for power outages, fences being blown down. >> of course, that situation could be dangerous for drivers. the heavy snow could create near whiteout conditions with zero visibility at times. and we just got done with that nor'easter, or still fizzling out. >> oh, no, we are not done with the nor'easter. it's still here -- >> it's not done with us. >> it's not as exciting as yesterday, fortunately. that's good news. we have dry conditions this morning. it is windy outside, but mild, too. look at the flags on top of the aramark building in center city. that's a live view from the loews hotel. those gusty winds will stay with us this afternoon. the dry conditions, however, those look like they will be changing. we'll be watching areas north and west for showers moving in during the day today. moving out the door right now, you can see a few scattered clouds in this view from center city. the clouds have broken overnight, but they will be moving back in. 42 degrees. that's a big improvement over yesterday. northwesterly winds at 16 miles
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an hour. so, it feels like it's in the 30s. snow accumulation was not great yesterday in the pocono mountains. it was snow and then a mix of snow and rain. so, you can still see some clearer areas of grass in camelback this morning, but accumulating snow and just snow later this afternoon and tonight in the pocono mountains. they will get a nice coating, possibly up to 4 inches in higher elevations. 42 for wilmington, philadelphia, northeast philadelphia, all above freezing for delaware county. swart more's down to 39 degrees. it's in the 40s for walling ford and marcus hook and chillier for st. davids, new town square. temperatures have gone down a couple degrees since we first went on the air. clouds are breaking, clearing for delaware and north jersey, but it is moving into areas north and west. we'll be watching for showers to redevelop this afternoon. it's going to take much of the day, though, for those clouds to take over this morning. look at 10:00 this morning. you see the clouds north and
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west. by early afternoon we'll be watching some scattered rain and snow showers, but look at the temperatures. above freezing. they'll stay above freezing during the afternoon hours. so, significant snowfall not likely for the suburbs. but the pocono mountains, this latest computer snow model showing by 8:00 tomorrow morning, 2 inches on the ground. that's an improvement. we'll take anything for the ski resorts. 4 inches by midnight tomorrow. so, stand by for some snow later on, but showers will start off as rain for most of the area this afternoon after a dry morning. the clouds will fill back in, so limited sunshine this morning. and come tomorrow, we'll be tracking some scattered light snow showers. tomorrow afternoon 39 degrees. and then we dry out, but it stays cold friday and saturday, as temperatures start climbing over the weekend. sunday into the 40s. into the 50s for monday and tuesday. >> warming up just in time for the weekend. how do you like that? sounds good for everyone out there. and some positive news for the drivers on the road this
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morning, so far. >> that's right. let's check in with nbc 10 first alert traffic reporter jillian mele. >> that's right. we haven't seen a single serious accident out there on the highways, which is great news. the highways have been clear. we have a problem we're following in west conshohocken. it happened yesterday. it's a mudslide that's still out there because of all of that rain that we saw. so, balligomingo road remains closed out near front street. you can sea matsonford road as an alternate. i mentioned the highways being quiet. this is what it looks like on 76 right now. this is the westbound side at city avenue. no accidents and no delays to report there. in fact, your drive times very good. 14 minutes 76 westbound from the vine to the blue route. blue route is clear as well as the northeast extension. southbound from lansdale to the turnpike is a 10-minute trip. for drivers heading out on 422 eastbound from oaks to route 202, taking you seven minutes. christine? the big apple is now a little less reeg re regal.
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wince william and kate spent an hour at a gala last night at university where they first met. it was a star-studded fund-raiser at the metropolitan museum of art. the royal couple's alma mater, st. andrews university in scotland. william and kate boarded a late-night flight back to london after that gala ended. employees and customers tied up and robbed at a local store. thieves made off with thousands of dollars in antique coins, and authorities are hoping you can identify the person who made a rookie mistake here. and while many people are donating gifts to the less fortunate this holiday season, we're learning about a holiday grinch who preyed upon the kindness of some local parishioners.
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it is 5:56 this wednesday morning. philadelphia's wilt chamberlain put his stamp on basketball history. now the post office has put him on two forever stamps. the official dedication is set for this afternoon at overbrook high school. that's chamberlain's alma mater. current and former nba players are expected to be on hand for that dedication ceremony. the 76ers unveiled the stamps at friday night's game. wilt chamberlain scored a record 100 points in a game that led
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the sixers to their first world championship back in 1967. and at 5:56, it's time to take you county by county for a look at what's happening in your community, and we start in bucks county, where police are looking for some thieves who stole thousands of dollars in antique coins. this happened yesterday at this store on street road in bensalem. surveillance cameras caught the robbers, one man pushing his way behind the counter and tying up the owner. another man tied up an employee and a customer. the thieves then smashed the glass on the display cases and took about 100 coins, silver dollars worth about $5,000. cameras also captured one of the thieves here pushing off his hoodie, showing his face on camera. see if you recognize that guy. now to berks county, where police are investigating an unusual discovery in the woods. a father and son found an atm in the wooded area of rockland township. police don't know where it came from, they don't know who put it there, and they also don't know if any money is missing. they're investigating to find
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out. in montgomery county, a moment of silence was held for fallen philadelphia firefighter joyce craig-lewis. this happened at the 16th annual project blue light event in horsham. that's a tree-lighting ceremony that honors all montgomery county police officers. 1,000 blue lights adorn a christmas tree there, each representing a fallen officer. it also has 28 white lights for each police officer killed in the line of duty. in atlantic county, police are looking for burglars who targeted a church in mays landing and made off with some holiday gift donations. it happened at mt. zion baptist church last week. police say suspects broke a window to get inside and stole gifts donated to the church being collected for the vineland veterans home and elderly church members. in new castle county, some sixth graders are in for a treat today. they'll get to take part in a live video chat with a gentleman known as bill gates. that's right, the founder of microsoft. no one knew that gates would be the pride for a science motivation project that guided
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bedford middle school in new castle. a student registered her class for the project with the promise of a live chat with an expert. turns out, the expert will be bill gates himself. i guess he would qualify, if anyone would, as an expert in that category. we're following those stories for you in your community today, guys. >> pretty cool opportunity. chatting live with bill gates. >> yeah. hopefully, those students appreciate who he is and what he's done in his life. so, that's pretty amazing. you're watching nbc 10 news. "nbc 10 news today" at 6:00 a.m. starts right now. later this morning, investigators will be back on the scene of this house fire on west oak lane that took the life of a philadelphia firefighter. the search is on for clues to what caused this deadly fire, and the community continues to mourn the loss of a dedicated firefighter and mother. we go from rainy and cold to dry and a bit warmer, but don't get used to this weather. more rain is headed our way. we'll get your nbc 10 first
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alert forecast hour by hour. good wednesday morning. this is n"nbc 10 news today." i'm christine maddela. >> and i'm vai sikahema. i'll take the dry conditions, even if it's only temporary. >> absolutely. >> let's get right to nbc 10 first alert meteorologist bill henley. good morning, bill. >> a nice change after yesterday morning. not only is it dry, but it is warmer, so it is a good morning. still windy outside. we're seeing gusty winds in the area, a bit stronger in the pocono mountains. you can see center city dealing with the wind this morning, and that's going to stay with us this afternoon. winds are now gusting to 26 miles an hour in the city, but they're stronger in the pocono mountains. and with dry conditions this morning, the clouds have actually broken. we'll get some sunshine in a few spots to start with, but it is not going to last all day. the clouds return this afternoon. 42 in northeast philadelphia. it's just dropped down to 41 in wilmington and philadelphia down one degree. and the pocono mountains right at the freezing mark, but that's the only cold spot this morning. cold with the wind,

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