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taking criticism of hillary clinton reay into new territory now, using some pretty strong and downright vulgar language in his latest attack. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good tuesday morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm sarah french. >> christa: and i'm christa delcamp. we have officially now moved into the winter solstice, but i feel like it's kind of a lovely spring day that we're having out there today. >> sarah: yes. >> christa: we could be breaking records later this week, but, bri, as for now, it feels like you're stepping out to a april morning. >> bri: we don't know whether to deck the halls or search for those easter eggs. i said that yesterday, but it's appropriate because it feels like spring. cloud cover last night kept the temperatures mild. 52 right now in the city of boston. 47 in worcester. really that light jacket necessary today, but also the rain gear. just clouds with us at this point. but you can see the rain showers are pushing in for us, not just
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so last-minute errands to prepare for the holiday season. you just want to be ready for any drops that may make their way in. 54 to 59 for the highs today. and that's not it for the warming this week. we'll cover more details on this in the extended forecast in a >> sarah: all right. time now for fast track traffic. gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. roads looking pretty good this morning. the zakim bridge connector looking good. lots of red out there. route 1 into boston wide open. so is 93. let's head up to 495. 39 still looking good. the pike is fine. wide open. no delays back out to framingham into boston. and then the expressway just nine minutes from the braintree split into town. south of town, route 24, 95 all looking good. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. the expressway, the split to the tunnel no delays. into town on the pike from 128, just 12 minutes. 93 southbound to the zakim bridge 11 minutes.
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>> christa: happening today, a lakeville mom accused of kidnapping her own children is due in court. >> sarah: she's waking up behind bars. her two kids back with their dad this morning. jennifer egan is live at the police station with more on how this reunion happened. jen. >> jennifer: sarah, this mother is charged with kidnapping by a relative. she'll head to court later today. this morning many just thankful these kids are home safe. after more than 24 hours missing, five-year-old steven and seven-year-old eden are back at home. >> i'm just glad they're home. they're home safe. it seemed like it lasted a week long. >> jennifer: sunday was steven's birthday. >> i had my cake right where i want it. >> jennifer: his father, who has custody, decided to let the children's mother, 47-year-old valerie mcgrath, spend time with the two kids. police say she took the children at 1:30 p.m. sunday, promised to return them, but instead turned off her cell phone, rented a car in fall river and didn't come back.
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26 hours later. >> they found them. they're safe. i'm going to pick them up now. >> jennifer: steve carrigan found out his kids were safe and was reunited at a raynham mcdonald's. >> they were smiling and they were keeping them entertained pretty well. they seemed like they were just away for the day. they're both excited about going home. >> jennifer: carrigan says while he was worried about where the kids were, he wasn't concerned mcgrath would hurt them. >> that was the only thing keeping me strong when i was talking to the news people and stuff, thinking she still loves the kids. >> jennifer: well, police did cite actions and statements mcgrath allegedly made in the past few weeks as reasons they were concerned. we're live in lakeville this morn, jennifer egab, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: happening later on this morning, the man who loaned a gun to the marathon bomber is
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stephen silva pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges last year. he says he loaned a gun similar to the one you see here to dzhokhar tsarnaev two months before the marathon bombings. tsarnaev claimed he wanted to use the gun to rob u.r.i. students. prosecutors said the tsarnaev brothers used that same gun to kill m.i.t. police officer sean collier days after the bomb, which killed three and injured more than 260. dzhokhar tsarnaev was sentenced to death back in june. >> sarah: developing this morn, crews working overnight finally lifting crane off this plymouth home after it tipped and slammed through the roof. 7's nicole oliverio is live on the scene, and nicole, this morning investigators are trying to figure out exactly what went wrong here. >> nicole: that's right, sarah. we can tell you overnight crews did manage to remove that crane, but now behind this large tree in front of the home you can see the gaping hole leading right into this family's home.
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avenue in plymouth overpowered by police lights after a crane smashes through a home here. >> it was like if you ever hear like a tree just fall in the forest, it sounded just like that. >> nicole: 17-year-old rebecca forman was working on homework when the huge crane came crashing through. >> i was in my kitchen when this all happened. i looked outside of my bay window and thought trees falling, so i thought it was the branches falling. >> nicole: instead what she saw was the crane being used by the tree trimming company her family hired toppling over. >> we were trying to prevent trees hitting us from the wintertime, so we took the precaution and hired them but ended up back firing. >> nicole: the crane sliced through the roof and ended up laying on top of studs to the second floor. crews worked overnight carefully removing the crane from atop the home, making sure not to cause any further damage. after the accident, rebecca called her dad to let him know
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okay. >> where are you? are you cold? do you have your stuff? she reacts well under pressure. i am so proud of her. she was great. >> nicole: so everybody is okay, but, of course, the family can't stay in the home, so they'll be in a hotel. it's unclear exactly when they'll be able to get back in or how long it will take for the house to be repaired. live in plymouth, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: there will be stepped-up security at nashua, new hampshire, schools this morning as children head back to class there. some violent e-mail threats against students in two high schools forced the entire district to shut down on monday. police later determined the threats were not credible. right now the f.b.i. is helping police find who sent the e-mail. >> sarah: new details on a suicide attack in afghanistan. one of the sick americans killed was a new york city police detective. joseph lamb served in the air national guard. he's a 15-year veteran of the department who had been deployed
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times. the 45-year-old leaves behind a wife and two children. a suicide bomber drove a motorcycle into a joint convoy of u.s. nato and afghan forces and blew himself up on monday. the taliban has claimed responsibility for this attack. the explosion marked the deadliest day for american troops in afghanistan in more than three years. >> christa: new this morn, a texas grand jury deciding not to indict any jail officers in the death of sandra bland. she's a 28-year-old who was found hanging in her jail cell back in july three days after she was pulled over for not signaling before a lane change. the traffic stop became confrontational with bland refusing to get out of the car and then the trooper threatening her with a the ungun. it hasn't been determined if the trooper will face charges either. the woman who plowed into crowds of people on the las vegas strip killing one person and injuring
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free today on bail. 24-year-old francois hollande will be back -- lakeisha halloway had been living in her car and was under stress because security kept having her move along as she tried to sleep. police say halloway intentionally dove back and forth on the sidewalk. a woman from arizona was killed and at least pa 35 others were injured. halloway also had her three-year-old daughter inside her car at the time. but luckily she wasn't hurt. >> sarah: the front-runners for the race in the white house refusing to back down this morning to feuds between hillary clinton and donald trump is really heating up. >> christa: boy is it ever. trump had some very controversial comments overnight when talking about the former secretary of state. let's go 207's kris anderson. he has the latest on that from the control room. >> kris: harsh words being fired from both sides. donald trump was in michigan and began talking about hillary clinton's bathroom break during
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vulgar term when talking about her run for the white house in 2008. the war of words started over the weekend when hillary clinton took the jab at donald trump during saturday night's democratic debate up in new hampshire. clinton accusing the republican front-runner of being isis' best recruiter. she claims the group is using videos of donald trump's remarks about muslims to help recruit new terrorists. donald trump is now demanding an apology and is turning up the attack on hillary clinton. >> and you see hillary. did you watch that... what happened to her? she's terrible. she's terrible. and it turned out to be a lie. she's a liar. >> the person that needs to apologize in this matter is donald trump for his hateful bigoted rhetoric toward muslim-americans. >> kris: clinton's campaign has not been able to provide any direct evidence to back up the statement she made during that debate. that's the latest live in the control room. kris anderson, 7news "today in new england."
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is no evidence as kris mentioned to back up donald trump's claims that thousands of muslims in new jersey cheered on the 9/11 attacks that day. a retired police captain saying a leading news organization in new jersey cleared a people of 20 or 30 people who were celebrating. he says you couldn't see the twin towers from across the river, though. >> sarah: much more news ahead on "today in new england." the mbta is discussing raising fares. what could be driving up the cost of your commute. >> christa: also while you were sleeping, spacex trying to land a rocket. we'll tell you if their mills was a success following three attempts and failings in the past. >> sarah: and if you're looking for a treat to leave santa later this week, don't go anywhere. ryan schulteis is sharing a cookie recipe in today's holiday helping. >> bri: looking for a treat to leave in the weather office, if you're headed out today, don't be fooled by the dry air now.
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expecting more widespread showers by mid-day. we'll break it all down and the time line coming up next. everyone. roads looking good so far. this is the expressway. no delays yet. just ten minutes from the braintree split into boston. the "t" looks good.
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>> sarah: welcome back. 5:14 on this tuesday morning. definitely feeling like spring out there. i don't think we're going to have a white christmas. >> christa: i'm looking for bri. come on. >> bri: it wouldn't be the weirdest thing to happen because i've seen some of those bulbs trying to come up unfortunately and some blooms on the trees. we have not passed through winter just yet. know lovers don't lose hope. there may be pattern shift as we get into next year, next january i mean. that's only a couple weeks away. 52 in boston. we have clouds out there. and amazingly by this time of the year, we should have this
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readings, but we're still talking about dew points. we'll be talking about dew points into this week because as temperatures bump up a notch, so would the humidity. i think you'll notice some stickiness as we get through next couple few days. current temperatures in the upper 40s as you get northwest of 495. southeastern mass in the low 50s. cloud cover helps to keep some of that heat from yesterday in near the surface. and those winds were still kicking it up last night, as well to, keep it quite mild. here is the cloud cover, and we're also in for those showers to start to work in, as well. looks like a couple of rounds of wet weather that we're in for understood. today more widespread activity. tomorrow we have to wait for the afternoon for the wet weather to turn on. running through the time line for this tuesday, 8:00, 9:00 today, we get our first round of those showers. they become more widespread by the middle of the day. by the evening commute, we're quickly clearing out. we could even see some of those clouds disappear, as well, which leads to the risk and the potential for fog tomorrow morning.
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watch out for. how much rain do we see today? it looks like between a quarter of an inch up to a half inch. we wait for more rainfall as we get into wednesday. so let's look at those temperatures for today. showers again, more widespread through mid-day. i grab the umbrella. if we do get a past with the temps today, so running in the mid to upper 50s for us, and, of course, we talked about it yesterday. it doesn't stop there with the warm-up. we're very mild for this month so far, running about 9.3 degrees above normal. number one for warmest december. now, i mentioned watching out for rain for the next couple few days. thursday morning, done with the rain before anybody wants to head out over the river and through the woods. here we run through the time line for wednesday. it takes until about 4:00, 5:00 p.m. to get those rain showers inch but it could be heavier rainfall that we're talking about, so bumping those totals up by another half an inch or so. big boost in the jetstream. that's what's in store for us as we get into christmas eve.
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day, at least that's what we're expecting because look at these temperatures that we're in store for for christmas eve highs. pretty incredible in those upper 60s to near 70 degrees. breaking records well within reach for us. past christmases, nothing like that. you have some cool temperatures, but normal for this time of year. 39. we don't come close to it all throughout this week. maybe a cool down by the beginning of next week. >> christa: let's go to holiday helping. it's that time of the morning, and we are whipping up some of our favorite holiday recipes for a good cause. >> sarah: this morning ryan schulteis is baking holiday cookies that are always in high demand. so here's ryan's holiday helping. >> ryan: hi, everyone. happy holidays and welcome to our home. this is my husband drew. today we're going to be making snickerdoodle. they're excellent and easy to make. >> yeah, i'm no cook and i can make them. rhine roadside bomb let's get started. first things first you want to get the wet ingreedians together. >> we start with two sticks of butter. make sure the butter is softened
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now add two eggs. the last step is to add the sugar. that clings to combine all of these ingredients. >> ryan: so that bowl is now complete. you want to focus on the dry ingreggians. that includes a butch of sifted flour. put that in. a little salt, cream of tartar and some baking soda. you don't have to mix together all of the dry ingredients because he'll add that to all the wet ingreed yens that we mix together. the key is what? >> make sure you're adding the dry ingredients little by little. >> ryan: why is that? >> so it mixes even. >> ryan: this recipe is great because there are so many cookie swaps. this is easy to bring along and everyone loves snicker doodles. put this under the cookie sheet with some saran wrap there. cool it in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. that makes it much easier to work with. you can see how sticky it can be as we try to get it out of the bowl. now it's time to make the cookies.
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this is the best part, isn't it? >> this is what makes the cookies. >> ryan: we'll take little chunks of dough, drop it in the cinnamon sugar, roll it around and put it right on the cookie sheet. the first batch is ready to go. pop them into the oven at 350 degrees for about ten minutes. so here they are. they look and smell amazing. we hope you enjoy them. and thank you so much for supporting project bread. >> and if our home to yours, happy holidays. >> ryan: let's dig in. >> sarah: those look so good. ryan, you need to bring some of those in the studio. >> christa: i was going to say, i'm going to invite myself over to their place and have some there. >> sarah: definitely. >> christa: if you want to make a donation to project bread and learn more about the 7news recipes we've been sharing, log on to whdh.com, click on the project bread logo. >> sarah: and tonight is kim khazei's holiday helping. she's making a hardy fisherman's stew perfect for those big family gatherings. looks like she has her daughter. there tune in tonight at 11:00
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>> christa: all right. cooking in the kitchen. how does she do it? up next on 7, how netflix is making it easier for parents to get their kids to go to bed early this new year's eve. >> sarah: and mayor marty walsh facing off with jadiann thompson in this week's "who did it better?." so see who you voted for. who came out on top in the toy
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. >> bri: good morning, everybody. a big week for travel for us indeed. we're in for some wet weather. widespread rain by mid-day today, but we are in for a white christmas out near denver, the inner mountain region and wet weather in the pacific northwest. temperatures for us today will be in the mid to upper 50s.
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this entire week with possible record warmth as we get into thursday. holiday travel, though, for us at least coming out of boston the next couple day, a little wet tuesday and wednesday, so it might be slow going. >> and now time for 7sports with alex corddry. >> reporter: good morning. the patriots' next-man-up mentality has spread outside the current roster. the pats reportedly inking 32-year-old running back stephen johnson to a one-year deal. tom brady says no matter who they bring in, the patriot way rolls on. >> we win for a lot of reasons. it's not just guys off the street. i think it's guys committed to playing patriot football. coach belichick does a great job preparing us every week for tough battles and trying to figure out how we can go out there each week with different players and still find ways to win games over the course of a long season. >> reporter: and kevin garnett back in the garden last night as a member of the t-wolves, but he
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rest. this game all about the bench. the reserves start the game 8-8 from the floor, including this r.j. hunter beating the first-quarter buzzer with a 40-footer. c's go up 36-24. one of garnet's favorite traditions early in the garden, and even he enjoyed it last night. celtics roll 113-99, snapping their three-game skid. and the bruins back in action hosting the blues at the garden. that's sports. i'll alex corddry have. a great day. >> sarah: it's time to reveal who did it better. this week jadiann faced off against mayor marty walsh. >> christa: they tried to sort toys as quickly as possible. mayor walsh finishing in 3:5. jadiann in:45. but we should mention she didn't have as far to go to sort the toys.
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finishing with 58%. mayor walsh with 42%. so now her record 6-2. >> sarah: coming up next at 5:30, christmas comes early for a medford family. meet the officers who rushed in to save twins when their house caught on fire. >> reporter: "t" officials discussing some potentially steep fare hikes as we learn more about the overtime costs they're paying out. that story is coming up. >> christa: and concern spreading this morning that chipotle could be linked to another e. coli outbreak. where people are getting sick this time around coming up. come on, wake up!!! come on,why ya sleepin'? come on! what time is it? it's go time. come on. let's go, let's go, let's go. woooo hoooo!! yeah!! i feel like i went to bed an hour ago. yeah!! i'll make the cocoa. get a great offer on the car of your grown-up dreams at the mercedes-benz winter event. it's the look on their faces
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>> sarah: new this morning, the plan to possibly raise fares on "t" as we learn about extreme overtime some mbta employees are cashing in on. >> christa: also a search is under way to find the 19 year old wanted for a hit-and-run in saugus and why police say
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no-sho in court. >> sarah: and a bedford family saying thanks to the police officers who helped their kids get out of a burning home. >> this is 7 news today in new england. >> christa: good morning, everybody. thanks for waking up with us. it's tuesday. >> let's send it over the. >> bri: by this tuesday morning. definitely feeling like spring out there, bri. >> bri: i don't have any complaints. i went out for a run, it was perfect. it's about rubbing with short sleeves. you might think about leaving the house in short sleeves with those temperatures upper 40s, low 50s. however, you will want to plan on some wet weather. we're in store for it, not just today but also tomorrow. looks like widespread rain does kick in around mid-day, though we could see some showers before that, around 8:00 a.m. looking for a half an inch of rain today, and more rain late tomorrow. we'll run through the time line coming up in the forecast. >> christa: okay. let's send it over to danielle. what's the latest with traffic? >> danielle: roads looking pretty good this morn, christa. good morning, everyone.
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volume building northbound but not too bad. the maps about ten minutes from the split slit into boston expressway. still south of town, route 24, route 395 all looking good this morning. route 1, 93 southbound, no delays there. the pike is fine all the way back out to framingham. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. the expressway, the split to the tunnel, ten minutes into town on the pike, 12, 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 11 minutes, as well. and so far the "t" is on time. back to you, guys. >> now to the day's top stories, a lakeville woman will be in court after police say she kidnapped her two children. officers arrested valerie mcgrath last night. police say she took them sunday, turned off her phone and rented a car in fall river and didn't come back. a trooper spotted the vehicle and n raynham last night. the children were then reunited with their father. crews working overnight to lift a crane off a home in plymouth after it tipped and slammed through the roof. the homeowner says the crane was being used by a tree-trimming company when it suddenly toppled
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one person was home at the time of the accident. she was not hurt. there will be stepped-up security at nashua, new hampshire, schools this morning as kids head back the class. violent e-mail threats against students in two high schools forced the district to shut down on monday. police later determined the threats were not credible. >> christa: new this morning, a fare fight at the mbta. so commuting to and from work could be getting a bit more expensive. and we're learning some employees there are racking up serious overtime pay. warren. she has more details for us. vicki? christa. nothing is set yet, but "t" riders are potentially looking at a fare hike of 10%. this as we're learning that some "t" employees are tripling their base salary through overtime pay, in some cases earning more than $300,000. this news is coming from the mbta's fiscal control board.
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to 10% every two years. some state lawmakers are vowing to fight that, saying the law on the books is for hikes every two years with the hikes maxing out at 5%. even with 5% hike, the mbta is looking at a $242 million budget gap next year. a big reason for that is all the money they're paying out in salaries and overtime. nearly one quarter of all "t" workers are making $100,000 a year or more. rail operators make 30% more than the national average, and bus operators make 50% more than the national average. in the most extreme example, a $315,000. he was able to more than triple his base salary because of back pay that was owed him and working 2,648 overtime hours. a big reason for all of that overtime pay was last year's record snowfall, but still, some people are now calling for an audit.
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year about what the exact amount of any proposed fare hike for next year will be. live this morning in boston, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: right now a suspected hit-and-run driver in saugus who put three people in the hospital this weekend is on the run again. the man was scheduled to be arraigned monday. he didn't show up. the 19-year-old's father turned him in after he allegedly left the scene of the accident. he was released without bail but took off. police say he was driving a red sports car when he hit an s.u.v. head-on. three people are still in the hospital, including a pregnant woman. saugus police say they're disheartened by this turn of events. >> christa: a medford stamply is saying a big thank you to officers who rescued them from their burning home. a mother was inside with five-month-old twins. she didn't know the fire had started. well, thanks to their neighbors and two quick-thinking officers, the family was able to get out
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grateful for the outcome. >> i was so scared, so scared. thinking about my babies, my life. they're heroes. heroes. they saved my babes. >> christa: well, mom and dad say they're very thankful they will all be together as family this christmas. >> sarah: still ahead on 7news, what goes up must come down. spacex celebrating a major success overnight. >> christa: also what we expect to happen today when the case against former p.o.w. bowe bergdahl heads to court. >> sarah: and gillette stadium getting makeover. see the work being done to turn the football field into a hockey rink. >> bri: going to take something to keep that ice cold. we're in for rain today. more widespread working in by about mid-day. highs in the mid to upper 50s. forecast is ahead. >> danielle: and roads looking pretty good so far this morning. here's the braintree split as you get on the expressway northbound. still about ten minutes from the split enter boston. and if you're taking the "t," we have minor delays tonsil very
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>> bri: mild temperatures still with us, but we're also in for a couple rounds of wet weather. today looks to be more widespread, more wet throughout the entire day. so if you have last-minute errands, grab the umbrella before you head out the door. don't let those mild temperatures around 50 this morning fool you. mostly cloudy throughout the entire day. and here's a look at those highs for this afternoon. mid to even the upper 50s. and we don't stop the warming there. some areas could even touch 70 degrees on christmas eve. forecast is ahead. >> sarah: all right. we're a week and a half away from the nhl winter classic. crews are working to get gillette stadium ready to host the outdoor game between the bruins and the canadiens. workers began laying the foundation for ice rink on the field on monday. the two teams play in foxborough on new year's day. this is the second time the b's will host the winter classic. back in 2010, the bruins beat the flyers at fenway park. and you can catch the big game here on 7 nbc. the puck drops at 1:00 p.m. a week from friday.
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provide complete post-game coverage. >> christa: the countdown, can you believe it, to the 2016 best buddies challenge is on. adam williams and i had the chance the meet up with tom brady last night as we get ready for this huge event. there he is. he'll be taking part in the ride from boston to hyannis. coming up in june, best buddies is a national organization that helps create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. and one buddy we caught up with is really looking forward to the ride coming up. >> i can't wait to do the ride again. it's going to be fun. >> christa: the 17th annual best buddies challenge takes place june 4th, and for more information on the event, how you can get involved, you can visit our web site, whdh.com. >> sarah: you said he had his kids with him last night. >> christa: his two boys were there. they were so absolutely adorablen one of them said, "hey, dad's going to let us have a half cup of hot chocolate." >> sarah: just like regular
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we have a lot more to get to. everything you need to know and go is next, including rhode island shoppers. they might be able to take advantage of a sales tax holiday in 2016 without crossing state lines into massachusetts. >> reporter: and a mother is headed to court accused of kidnapping her own kids. we'll have that story coming up. >> christa: also scituate church protesters getting time to file an appeal to the u.s. supreme court. how much longer the house can file a petition for the nation's
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>> sarah: welcome back. 5:43. time now for everything you need the start your day off right as you take a live look outside. sun not quite up yet. >> christa: i was going to say, as we toss over to bri eggers for our forecast, it's almost day where you can go without a jacket. it's sweater weather out there. >> bri: almost a greenhouse day, as i like the call it. if you have too heavy of a jacket on, you kind of cook there, but you'll want something because we're talking about some wet weather for the next couple days and that record warmth. warmer. they didn't budge a whole lot last night. that stuck around with us. mid to upper 40s outside of 495. in southeastern mass, we're already into the low 50s. now, we don't have a whole lot of degrees to climb today, but we'll still make it into the mid to upper 50s. and we're also in for that wet weather already working into the southwestern part of the state.
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looks like we could be in for around early this morning, working through the time line. you can see that arriving about 8:00 a.m. it's one and done and then we get some dry times until the more widespread rain sets in around mid-day. this is not heavy shower activity, maybe in the afternoon you get some more moderate rain or spots of it, but then we clear out for the overnight hours, which means we'll be watching for some patchy, dense fog into tomorrow. how much rain did we get today, quarter of an inch up to half an inch in most areas and maybe we double that as we work into the next round of wet weather on wednesday. highs today, mid to upper 50s. some areas could even touch 60 degrees. a penality of that. it all depends on how much sunshine comes out. that's also the case for our temperatures on thursday. we could make it into the 70s in some areas. christmas eve. so. now, the time line for wednesday shows us that we have to wait until we make it into the afternoon and early evening hours for that rain to work
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but this looks to be a more active bout of rain, if you will. so rather than showers on again and off again all day long, we're talking rain setting in. warmer temperatures, here's those records for christmas eve as i mentioned, touching 70 degrees. that's not out of the question. and a look at the 7 on 7 forecast, mild into next week. >> christa: time now for fast track traffic. here's danielle gersh. >> sarah: thanks, sarah. good morning, everyone. >> danielle: we're starting to slow down on the expressway northbound. you can see as you pass the gas tank, a little stop go traffic. you're slowing down around granite avenue, staying slow into savin hill, but still just 15 minutes from the braintree split into boston. south of town, route 24, route 395 all looking good. route 1, 93 southbound looking good all the way back up to 495. let's go to the pike out to framingham. no delays. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door this morning. the expressway, the split to the tunnel right around 15 minutes. into town on the pike from 128, 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim
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if you're taking the "t," we still have minor delays tonsil very -- delays on the silver line. >> sarah: a lakeview mom accused of kidnapping her own children is back in court today. >> christa: she's waking up behind bars. the two children back with their father this morning. let's head out live to the police station with more on the charges she's facing. jen? >> jennifer: christa, their father waited more than 24 hours to be reunited with his kids. he says he became concerned when their mother did not return them after a visit on sunday. 47-year-old valerie mcgrath was arrested last night as state troopers spotted her and the children in raynham. now, police say instead of bringing her five-year-old son and sever-year-old daughter back to their father who has custody, mcgrath turned off her cell phone and rented a car. the children were brought back to their father yesterday. they were not hurt. in fact, their father says that he was not concerned that mcgrath would hurt the children, and that's part of the reason why an amber alert was
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state police did not believe the kids were ever in any danger. mcgrath is headed to court. she's charged with kidnapping by a relative. live in lakeville, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: new this morning, members of a church in scituate closed by the archdiocese have case. a judge ruled parishioners at st. francis church have until march 3rd to appeal to the u.s. supreme court. if the court doesn't take the case, they'll have two weeks to leave. the group has been holding a vigil at the church since it was closed 11 years ago. also new this morn, a sales tax holiday could be coming to rhode island next summer. a lawmaker is proposing a bill to keep shoppers from heading to massachusetts for an identical weekend tax break. it would happen in august, a week before the one in massachusetts. lawmakers will take up the bill next month. >> christa: well, amtrak has finished installing some new technology alongers busy northeast corridor between boston and washington, d.c.
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could have prevented this train derailment in philadelphia that killed eight people back in may. it uses tracking systems to automatically stop trains in danger of derailing because they're speeding, about to collide with another train or entering a work area. >> sarah: happening later today, army sergeant bowe bergdahl will be called to court to face charges of desertion and endangering fellow soldier centers afghanistan. in a statement released monday, bergdahl's lawyer slammed the decision to prosecute him. his attorney pointing out that trust army commander did not follow the advice of a preliminary hearing officer who said he should not face jail time. bergdahl is captured in 2008. he was then released by the taliban in a controversial prisoner exchange just last year. >> christa: baltimore police officer william porter will once again be tried in the death of freddie gray, who died in police custody back in april. the first trial ended in a mistrial last week when a jury could not reach a verdict. prosecutors have decided to
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formalized and approved at a hearing later on today. porter is first of six officers to go on trial in connection with gray's death. >> sarah: new details in the san bernardino shooting. the friend and former neighbor of one of the shooters has been denied bail. police say enrique marquez bought the two assault rifles used by syed farook and tashfeen malik in the massacre that killed 14 people and wounded more than 20. the judge ruled marquez still poses a danger to the community. after three failed attempt, spacex has successfully landed their reusable rocket back on earth. the aerospace company launched the new rocket into space last night. it rushed to earth after putting several satellites into orbit. the company hopes to use the technology to make it cheaper to send things into space. >> christa: concern among chipotle diners as another possible outbreak of e. coli is
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the c.d.c. says it's now looking into the newest outbreak in kansas and oklahoma. in each case the person who had eaten at a chipotle the week before became ill. now, this comes after dozens of people who ate at a chipotle in washington and one in oregon became sick with a rare form of the bacteria earlier this year. and as we've been reporting, at least 120 people became sick with norovirus after eating at a chipotle in boston earlier this month. >> sarah: checking news cross country now, seaworld visitors in orlando stuck in the sky when a ride mfls. some were weaferg from 400 feet up as maintenance workers scrambled to fix this problem. passengers say they were stuck on the ride for more than three hours before being lowered to the ground. >> everyone was laughing about it for the most part. a little bit annoyed, a little frustrating, but we knew... we couldn't go anywhere, so we made the best of it. >> sarah: a seaworld representative says they were in constant communication with the
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entire ordeal. >> christa: a man taking a frightening fall at a mall in ohio after trying to make a run from police. surveillance video shows this 21-year-old jumping off an escalator and he falls head-first on to the ground after an officer corners him. police say he had just tried to steal coats from a macy's bying is his sister, who is a cashier, ring them up for hundreds of dollars cheaper than they were. >> sarah: on 7news now, you may want the cover your child's ears for this one. netflix is once again helping parents fool their kids on new year's eve. so if you don't want the little ones staying up past midnight, you can set up an on-demand countdown to ring in the new year whenever you want. they feature favorite characters from care embarrass and cousins and inspector gadget and many more. the countdowns are available now, so they can be used whenever you please. >> christa: if your new year's
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there are some food fads out there you might want to skip out on according to "good housekeeping" magazine. here are some popular health trends that may not be so healthy after all. palo product, not only are they expensive, but according to the magazine, they're often high in calories and saturated fat. weight loss teas. even though tea is great for the body, no tea is actually designed to make you lose weight. lastly, juices that masquerade as water, all those these tends to be lower in sugar than regular juice, it's still better to eat your calories rather than drink them. >> sarah: topping the buzz, comedian jerry seinfeld going for a special ride with president obama. the president is making an appearance on seinfeld's web series called "comedians in cars getting coffee." the two chat about life at the white house while driving around in a 1963 corvette. president obama is the first the show. >> christa: and the jon seidel final "the martian" will have a
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astronauts at the international space station are getting matt damon on mars for christmas. they'll get to watch the film in h.d. when nasa transmits it to the station. crew members got to watch a screening of the movie in september. pretty apropos. >> sarah: nice. this morning we're taking a look back at some of the things that made everyone online go crazy in 2015. >> christa: llama drama rounding out the "new york daily news" top ten list. a pair of escaped llamas sending police in arizona on a wild chase back in february. the pizza rat, yes, came in third. we showed you that video. >> is that the rat that was taking the pizza down the stairs. >> christa: that's right. it was taking the pizza down the stairs and making off with the pizza. then that also inspired halloween costumes. the pizza rat, as well. the left shark was the runner-up, from katy perry's super bowl performance. everyone was wondering, who is this guy? who is inside that costume. he was the unexpected star.
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certainly his own moves and it was pretty funny. at the top, this dress. >> sarah: i remember that one. >> christa: it sparked this huge debate back in february, the optical illusion, was it black and blue, was it white and gold? it's a question still debated by some people, even though the dress maker has confirmed it's black and blue. >> sarah: i still see white and gold. >> christa: you know what's scary i see both. >> sarah: in this picture what do you see? >> christa: i see light blue and gold. >> sarah: really? >> christa: it depends on the monitor, bri. i don't know if you want the weigh in on this. >> bri: that's what i was going to say. i have two screens, and it was completely different if both of them some amazing. as i'm pointing at you, sorry, i look at myself when i'm tv. surprise! magic of television. we have some showers already working in. we're talking west of worcester. it's going to take a while for these showers to actually reach the ground, because there is some dry air that's closer to the surface. also some showers down by the
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but grab the umbrella today. the rain jacket, whatever you need. the rain gear is needed. periods of showers throughout the day. temperatures very mild. mid to upper 50s. and a look at that 7 on 7 forecast, record breaker. we're still going for it for christmas eve. >> christa: look at that. 65. thanks, bri.
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>> sarah: a lakeville father and his kids reunited after day-long ordeal. >> christa: i'm just glad they're home safe. >> sarah: how the children were found and the charges their mother is facing in court today. >> christa: developing
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removing a big crane that with a teen inside. >> took a clean slice right through the roof. >> sarah: also a case tied to the boston marathon bomber's in court. between donald trump and hillary overnight. >> sarah: and the a south shore third grader taking the spirit of giving to a new level. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> christa: it's nice to see those stories around the holidays. good morning, everybody. it's tuesday. i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: i'm sarah french. hard to believe looking at the seven-day forecast, bri, that you have 67 and 65 in there. >> bri: does it look like a christmas forecast? >> sarah: not even kind of. >> christa: i'm not complaining. >> bri: on july 4th it was 72, we could have some places that will near that mark as we get into christmas eve. current temperatures upper 40s and into the low 50s. we drop back a couple degrees. showers starting to work in from the southwest, and we're in for wet weather today and also again tomorrow.
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line, you can see first watch of showers arrives within the next couple hours, but then that becomes more widespread as we work into the middle of the day. by the evening commute, though, things clearing out, at least with the wet weather. then with the clouds. we'll have to watch out for patchy dense fog into tomorrow. not done with the wet weather, though. we get another round as we work into late tomorrow. we'll run through that time line coming up in just a few minutes. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: happy tuesday to you. the pike looking good. no delays back out to framingham. let's go to the maps. on soldiers field road, we have an overhead vehicle just before the b.u. bridge. that's inbound. that's causing some delays there. south of town, the expressway from the braintree split into boston, up to 20 minutes. a little slow between route 24 and route 3 on 128 southbound as well. north of town, route 1 looks good. 93 southbound, you're slowing down just after route 16. but from 495 to 128, no delays to tell you about there.
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head out the door. the expressway, the split to the tunnel just under 20 minutes. into town on the pike from 128, no delays. 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 15 minutes. we still have minor delays on the "t" on the silver line. back to you, guys. >> christa: danielle, thank you. right now two children in lakeville safe and sound at home after police spent the entire day searching for them and their mother. the children's mom meantime headed to court today accused of taking these kids from their father and then disappearing for hours. and a sharp eyed state trooper spotted these children at a local mcdonald's. >> sarah: their father relieved following a long day of waiting for answers. 7's jennifer egan live with more on this top story. jen? >> jennifer: sarah, their mother is charged with kidnapping by a relative. today. this morn manage are just
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after more than 24 hours missing, five-year-old steven and seven-year-old eden are back at home. >> i'm just glad they're home. they're home safe. it seemed like it lasted a week long. >> jennifer: sunday was steven's birthday. >> i had my cake right where i want it. >> jennifer: his father, who has custody, decided to let the children's mother, 47-year-old valerie mcgrath, spend time with the two kids. police say she took the children at 1:30 p.m. sunday, promised to return them, but instead turned off her cell phone, rented a car in fall river and didn't come back. she was arrested monday evening 26 hours later. >> they found them. they're safe. i'm going to pick them up now. >> jennifer: steve carrigan found out his kids were safe and was reunited at a raynham mcdonald's. >> they were smiling and they were keeping them entertained pretty well. they seemed like they were just away for the day. they're both excited about going home. >> jennifer: carrigan says while he was worried about where the kids were, he wasn't concerned mcgrath would hurt
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>> that was the only thing keeping me strong when i was talking to the news people and stuff, thinking she still loves the kids. >> jennifer: well, police did cite actions and statements mcgrath allegedly made in the past few weeks as reasons they were concerned. we're live in lakeville this morning, jennifer egan, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: following a developing story that happened overnight as you slept, we have new video of crews working to remove a crane that crash into this home in plymouth. it with was a massive piece of equipment leaving behind a hole there in -- and a teenage girl was inside when the crane collapsed. this morning investigators are trying to figure out exactly what went wrong. nicole oliverio is live on the scene for us today. nicole? >> nicole: christa, fortunately nobody was hurt when all of this happened, and, of course, this work was being done in an effort to remove trees so that in the event of a bad winter, the trees wouldn't come
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the damage to the home is actually right behind the tree that you see here to the front of the house. nd now you can see the gaping hole right inside the home. the christmas lights along lisa avenue in plymouth overpowered by police lights after a crane smashes through a home here. >> it was like if you ever hear forest, it sounded just like that. >> nicole: 17-year-old rebecca forman was working on homework crashing through. >> i was in my kitchen when this all happened. i saw from the corner of my eye something fall from the ceiling. i looked outside of my bay window and saw trees falling, so i thought it was the branches falling. >> nicole: instead what she saw was the crane being used by the tree trimming company her family hired toppling over. >> we were trying to prevent trees hitting us from the wintertime, so we took the precaution and hired them but ended up back firing. >> nicole: the crane sliced through the roof and ended up
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second floor. crews worked overnight, carefully removing the crane from atop the home, making sure not to cause any further damage. after the accident, rebecca called her dad to let him know what happened and to say she was okay. >> i was concerned. where are you? are you cold? do you have your stuff? she reacts well under pressure. i am so proud of her. she was great. >> nicole: so luckily no one hurt, but the family can't stay here obviously. they said they'll spend the night in a hotel and it's unclear exactly how long it's going to take to fix the damage. we're live in plymouth, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: there will be stepped-up security at nashua, new hampshire, schools this morning as kids head back to the classroom. violent e-mail threats against students in two high schools forced the entire district to shut down on monday. police later determined the threats were not credible. the f.b.i.'s currently helping police find who sent the e-mails. happening later this morning,
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marathon bombers will be sentenced. stephen silva pleaded guilty the gun and drug charges last year. he says he loaned a gun similar to this one to dzhokhar tsarnaev two months before the bombings. during tsarnaev's trial, sylvia testified that tsarnaev wanted to use the gun to rob students. >> christa: a texas grand jury voting not to indict any jail officials in the death of sandra bland. the 28-year-old was found hanging in her jail cell three days after show was pulled over for not sing nalling before a lane change. that traffic stop became confrontational and bland refused to get out of her car and the trooper threatened her with a stun gun. it hasn't been determined if the trooper will be facing any charges. >> sarah: we now know one of the six americans killed in a suicide attack in afghanistan was a new york city police detective. joe sef lamb served in the air national guard. he's 15-year veteran of the department who had been deployed to afghanistan and iraq three times. the 45-year-old leaves behind a
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and a suicide bomber dove a moat psychole into a joint convoy of u.s. nato and afghan forces and blew himself up on monday. the taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. the explosion marked the deadliest day for american troops in afghanistan in more than three years. >> christa: the race for the white house taking a tense turn overnight. donald trump really sharpening his attacks on hillary clinton, even using some vulgar language. at the same time, the clinton camp is refusing to back down and apologize to him. let's go to 7's kris anderson with the latest on this. >> kris: christa, things are getting heated. donald trump was in michigan and started talking about hillary clinton's bathroom break during the last break and he used a vulgar term when talking about her run for the white house back in 2008. this war of words started over the weekend when clinton accused the republican frontrunner of being isis' best recruiter. she claims that the group is using videos of his remarks about muslims to help recruit
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donald trump is now demanding an apology and turning up the attacks on clinton. >> and you see hillary. did you watch that? what happened to her? she's terrible. she's terrible. and it turned out to be a lie. she's a liar. >> the person that needs to apologize in this matter is donald trump for his fateful, bigoted rhetoric toward muslim americans. >> kris: 's campaign has not been able to provide any direct evidence to back up those statements. that's the latest live in the today the new england. weymouth making a major difference this holiday season. she celebrated her birthday last month with others in mind. instead of asking for gifts this year, third grader asked for toys to donate to kids in need. she then delivered those toys to the weymouth police department all going toward their toys for
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>> i did it because some kids are less fortunate than i am. so i thought i could donate toys so they could have the same things that i have, too. >> christa: how adorable is she? officers awarded savannah with a certificate and $100 to spend on herself, but she says she wants to donate that money, as well. >> sarah: great kid. parents. >> christa: yes. >> sarah: to instill her with those values. >> christa: what an inspiration and a great example for all the other students. >> sarah: still ahead, an eye-opening report from the mbta, the whopping amount of money being paid to employees at the agency considers charging riders more. >> christa: kung fu fighting, a massachusetts man takes a major movie studio to court and loses. now he's in trouble with the feds. can't wait to head to ryan schulteis's kitchen for this
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he's sharing a cookie recipe that may be a hit at your next party. >> bri: mild temperatures again today, but wet weather already starting to move in. we'll run through the time line
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>> christa: don't all get up and celebrate, but winter is officially here, folks. so winter solstice happened just before midnight. we're taking you to science class right now with this graphic on your screen. you already know this, i'm sure, but in is the point when the northern hemisphere is furthest from the sun and creates the longest night, the shortest day of the year. the days are also getting longer from here on out. so there you go. a little science 101 to start off. >> sarah: i feel like i never have enough time during the day.
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enough daylight to go with it. things are looking up from here. really mild temperatures to start the day. >> sarah: i feel like that graphic was like an early christmas present from me. in the years past i've drawn pictures and done a puppet show. got to spare you for that this year. you're welcome. current temperatures around 50 degrees. we've dropped back a couple degrees. check it out far to the northwest. 35 in the south. 39 nashua, new hampshire now. the clouds are with us all throughout the night. showers starting to work through. we had the move through buzzards bay out the wellfleet right now and also in the southwestern part of the state. worcester. more wet weather on the way for us. that's just a flash in the pan to start with. but then as we get toward mid-day, as you can see with this time line, showers do become more widespread. i think for the most part this is light intermittent showers, on again, off again, blue plan on having the rain gear all day long until we hit the evening commute. looks like we do clear out with the wet weather, even with some of the clouds, as well. but with the warm air that's creeping in from the south and
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we're also talking about some fog tomorrow morning, something we'll definitely be watching out for, so if you're planning ahead 24 hours in advance, tomorrow morning, allow for some extra time for that commute due to the fog. how much rainfall today? maybe up to a half inch in most areas, and then we'll probably double that as we get into wednesday with our second batch of rain. highs today in the mid to upper 50s for us. this is about ten, 15, even 20 degrees above normal for this time of year. feeling again much more like spring than like winter. rain chances today pretty much throughout the kay as i mentioned, but wednesday takes until late in the day. you can see with that time line, 5, 6: 00er starting to get that light rain going. and then some spots of more moderate to even some heavy rainfall. we're also dealing with a pattern right now that's more typical for spring or summertime when we have the dew points and we're talking about them and we're talking about the frizz factor. that could be back for us as we head in through the next couple few days.
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honestly cannot believe this, but putting these numbers in today, not out of the question for some areas to touch 70 degrees. so we're watching for that, and also for some potential records well within reach. where is the snow out in the west and so inner mountain regions. watch out for denver today if that's one of those airports you're headed for for today. travel the next couple days fair, not bad. but we have wet roadways to contend with here. here's a look at the 7 on 7 forecast. mild until next week. >> christa: all right. let's check the roads right now, speaking of witch, here's danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, christa. good morning, everyone. we have slow road reys. let's god to maps. a new accident in milton just after granite avenue. that's causing some delays there. south of town a little bit slow on route 24 as you approach 128. no delays on route 395 looking good. head north of town. route 1 looks pretty good. stop and go.
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the pike is back the framingham. all green. take a look at your drive times out the door. the expressway to the tunnel, 24 minutes into town. on the pike from 128 new york delays there. just 12 minutes, 93 southbound, minutes. back to you, guys. >> christa: danielle, thank you. it's holiday helping time, and this is the point in the broadcast where we take you into our kitchen for a good cause. all to benefit charity. >> sarah: we love these. today it's ryan schulteis' turn. he's baking holiday cookies that are always in high demand. happy holidays and welcome to our home. this is my husband drew. today we're going to be making they're excellent and easy to >> yeah, i'm no cook and i can make them.
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first things first you want to get the wet ingredients together. >> we start with two sticks of butter. make sure the butter is softened before you start and backing. now add two eggs. the last step is to add the sugar. that clings to combine all of >> ryan: so that bowl is now complete. you want to focus on the dry ingredients. flour. put that in. a little salt, cream of tartar and some baking soda. you don't have to mix together all of the dry ingredients because he'll add that to all the key is what? >> make sure you're adding the little. >> ryan: why is that? >> so it mixes even. >> ryan: this recipe is great because there are so many cookie swaps. this is easy to bring along and everyone lovers snickerdoodles. put this under the cookie sheet with some saran wrap there. cool it in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. that makes it much easier to work with. as we try to get it out of the bowl. now it's time to make the cookies. what we did here, we combined some cinnamon and some sugar. this is really the best part, isn't it? >> this is what makes the
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>> ryan: we'll take little chunks of dough, drop it in the cinnamon sugar, roll it around and put it right on the cookie sheet. the first batch is ready to go. pop them into the oven at 350 degrees for about ten minutes. so here the are. they look and smell amazing. we hope you enjoy them. and thank you so much for supporting project bread. >> and from our home to yours, happy holidays. roadside bomb rhine let's dig in there. >> sarah: it's such a tease watching these holiday helpings. >> christa: i want a way to get invited over the ryan's place so we can have milk and cookies some if you're listening, ryan. >> sarah: if you want to make a donation to project bread or learn more about the 7news recipes, log on to whdh.com and click on the project bread logo. >> christa: the fun is not over yet because tonight at 11:00 it's kim khazei's turn in the kitchen. she's making a hearty
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it looks like she's getting her daughter involved. >> sarah: okay. local law enforcement dealing with an increase in swatting attacks. coming up, the action being taken to stop these bogus phone calls to police. >> christa: also the dangers of kids using electronic devices and so many of other children do. they could contain something that's harmful to their hesm we'll let you know. >> sarah: and how history was made with the latest spacex
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>> now time for 7sports with alex corddry. >> alex: good morning. mentality has spread outside the current roster. 32-year-old running back stephen johnson to a one-year deal. tom brady says no matter who they bring in, the patriot way rolls on. >> we win for a lot of reasons. it's not just guys off the street.
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playing patriot football. coach belichick does a great job preparing us every week for tough battles and trying to figure out how we can go out there each week with different players and still find ways to win games over the course of a long season. >> alex: and kevin garnett back in the garden last night as a member of the t-wolves, but he got the night off. the 39-year-old getting some rest. this game all about the bench. the reserves start the game 8-8 from the floor, including this r.j. hunter beating the first-quarter buzzer with a 40-footer. c's go up 36-24. it was tino time early at the garden, one of garnett's favorite traditions. even he enjoyed it last night. celtics roll 113-99, snapping their three-game skid. and the bruins back in action tonight hosting the blues at the garden. that's sports. i'm alex corddry. >> sarah: it's time to reveal who did it better.
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against mayor marty walsh. >> christa: jadiann and the mayor tried to sort all of these toys in the proper age groups. they tried to do it fast. mayor walsh finished in 3:55. jadiann finishing in 2:45. she didn't have as far to go to sort the toys and stack. in fact, i think the mayor helped her out with that, but here's a look at the results. jadiann finished with 58%, mayor walsh with 42%. so jadiann's record is now 6-2, she's on a role. >> sarah: a hollywood actor caught in a real-life dinosaur drama. coming up, the celeb who returned a rare relic that turns out to be stolen. >> christa: also a medford family grateful to be together after a mother and her twin babies are safe from a fire. >> reporter: the "t" paying out a tremendous amount of money for overtime. now they're talking about
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. >> reporter:. >> christa: a massachusetts mother facing charges after she took off with her children. >> sarah: the mbta set to raise rates again as it's revealed "t" workers making eye-popping amounts of money. everyone was kung fu fighting >> are you ready? >> i was born ready. >> christa: a scheme involving a dreamworks movie could land a massachusetts man in jail for decades. >> sarah: a warning about children and electronic devices. can blue light permanently damage their eyesight. >> christa: and a mother and her twin babies safe and sound after officers rush in to save them from flames. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good tuesday morning, everybody. thanks for staying us with. i'm sarah french. >> christa: i'm christa delcamp. how about we call this a throwback tuesday, throwing it back to april with temperatures out there. ism i'm not complaining. it's okay, even though i know a lot of people want a white christmas, bri, but sorry. >> bri: not going to happen this year. santa called. he said he's going to come to boston from bermuda and he doesn't have to change on the way.
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we're talking about some wet weather today and also tomorrow. you can see it working in across the south coast. we had a rain shower just a little bit earlier, but here is today. if you have those last-minute errand, a little christmas shopping, a little christmas wrapping, you'll want to grab the door. looks like our first round makes it through this morning. things become more widespread as we get into mid-day. for the evening commute, clearing out with the cloud cover. i think we'll watch out for some fog as we get into tomorrow morning, plus another round of rain tomorrow. we'll run through that time line and talk about those almost boiling temperatures coming up in just a bit. >> sarah: time now for fast track traffic with danielle gersh. >> danielle: thanks, sarah. good morning, everyone. sky7 is over an accident in milton. this is blocking the left lane right at granite avenue. so we have some delays on the expressway northbound. let's go to the maps now from the braintree split into boston, about half an hour because of
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again, that's right at granite avenue on the expressway northbound. a little slow on route 24 as you approach 128. route 1 looks good. 93 southbound, you're stop-and-go from 128 into boston. and then on route 128, northbound at win street in burlington, we actually have a vehicle leaking fuel. so that's causing some delays there. on the pike, we're fine back out to framingham, all green. so no delays to tell you about. let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. the expressway, the split to the tunnel, 26 minutes. into town on the pike from 128 new york clays there. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 24 minutes. back to you, guys. >> sarah: take a look at the day's top stories and a lakeville woman will be in court today after police say she kidnapped her two children. officers arrested valerie mcgrath last night. police say she took them on sunday, turned off her phone, rented a car in fall river and didn't come back. a trooper finally spotted the vehicle in raynham last night and the children were reunited with their father after that.
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lift a crane off of a home in plymouth after it suddenly tipped over and then slammed through the roof. the homeowner says the crane was being used by a tree-trimming company. that's when it suddenly toppled over. a teenager was at home at the time of that accident, but she wasn't hurt. also there will be stepped-up security at nashua, new hampshire, schools this morning as kids head back the class. violent e-mail threats against students in two high schools forced the entire district to shut down monday. police later figured out the threats were not credible. >> sarah: new this morning, a fare fight at the mbta. commuting to and from work could be more expensive. we're learning some employees are racking up in overtime pay. 7's victoria warren is live with all the details. vicki? >> victoria: good morning, sarah. nothing is set yet, but "t" riders could potentially be facing a 10% fare hike, this as we're learning some employees are tripling their base salaries
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cases exceeding 300,000 dollars a year. so this is coming from the mbta's fiscal control board. they voted to allow hikes of up to 10% every two years. some state lawmakers are vowing to fight that, saying the raw on the books is for hikes every two years with the hikes macing out at 5%. even with the 5% hike, the mbta is looking at a $242 million budget gap next year. a big reason for that is all the money they're paying out in salaries and overtime. nearly one quarter of all "t" workers making $100,000 a year or more. rail operators make 30% more than the national average and bus operators make 50% more than the national average. in the most extreme example, a maintenance foreman made $315,000. he was more than able to triple his base salary because of back pay that was owed him and 2,648 overtime hours.
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overtime was the record snowfall that occurred last year. we should learn more come the new year on what the exact rate hike is that they might be proposing. live this morning in boston, victoria warren, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: massachusetts officials are talking about ways to end what's call "swatting," which is the false reporting of incidents that lead to a swat team response. officials say there have been several cases of bogus calls made to police departments in framingham and ashland over a six-month period. a recently introduced bill could make these types of hoaxes illegal. a randolph man may be facing 25 years in prison for allegedly trying to defraud dreamworks animation. the man claimed he was the first to come up with the idea for the movie ""kung fu panda"." the f.b.i. says it's not true that the 51-year-old backdated his sketches and also destroyed computer evidence.
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faces several counts of wire flawed and perjury. >> sarah: a suspected hit-and-run driver in saugus who put three people in the hospital this weekend is on the run again. ronald derose was scheduled to be arraigned monday, but jarosz did not show up. the 19 year old's father turned him in on saturday after he allegedly left the scene of the accident. he was released without bail by took off. police say he was driving a red sports car when he hit an s.u.v. head-on. three people are still in the hospitals, including a pregnant woman. saugus police are disheartened by this turn of events. >> christa: a medford family is saying thank you to the police officers who rescued them from their burning home. a mother was inside with her five-month-old twins, didn't know how... didn't really know a fire had started there. but thanks to their neighbors and two quick-thinking officers, the family was able to get out safely. dad says he's so grateful for the outcome. >> i was so scared, so scared.
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wife. they are heroes, heroes. they saved my babies. >> christa: mom and dad say they're also very thankful they'll all be together as family this christmas. >> sarah: all right. still ahead, a zairery ride. visitors to seaworld are stranded in midair as a sky tower gets stuck. >> christa: also celtics' fans really showing their love to kevin garnett as he returns to the garden. >> sarah: plus spacex makes history not with a liftoff but with the landing. >> bri: good morning, everyone. >> danielle: sky7 still over this accident on the expressway northbound at granite avenue. you see the left lane is blocked. from the braintree split into boston expressway, that's running you about 25 to 30 minutes.
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>> christa: spacex has made history after successfully landing a reusable rocket back here on earth. [cheering and applause] the aerospace company launching
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night to put several satellites into orbit. it took severalled failed attempt, but this time it successfully returned home. the company hopes to use the technology to make it cheaper to send things into space. also high anxiety for tourists when a ride malfunctions at seaworld in florida. dozens of people were stuck there 400 feet in the air, and workers scrambled in order to fix the problem. after about an hour, the passengers were safely back on the ground. >> sarah: nicolas cage has returned a stolen dinosaur skull to mongolia after he bought it at an auction in beverly hills. so the actor actually outbit leonardo dicaprio for the 70 million year old tyrannosaurus skull. it was illegally smuggled to the u.s. by a convicted paleontologist. cage is not accused of any wrongdoing. he handed the skull over so it can be given back to the mongolian government. comedian jerry seinfeld going on a special ride with president obama.
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appearance on seinfeld's web series called "comedians in cars getting coffee." the two chat about life at the white house while driving around in a 1963 corvette. president obama is the first elected official to appear on the show. >> christa: i love they're cruising in a classic vet. >> sarah: . `>> sarah: drinking coffee, just chatting up. >> christa: sweet wheels there. know and go is next, including breaking news from overnight where flames break out inside a building in brighton and what firefighters are now investigating. >> reporter: and a mother headed to court accused of kidnapping her own kids. we'll have more coming up. >> i'm delighted to be here in new hampshire. >> sarah: clinton and trump
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>> it's 6:45, time to know and go. >> christa: >> reporter: a father reunited with his kids after day-long ordeal. appear in court. >> reporter: a crane crashes into a home with a teenager what went wrong. >> reporter: new this morn, attacks. what he's saying about hillary clinton. >> christa: and a special tribute to k.g. at the garden and his emotional reaction. >> sarah: 6:45. time now to know and go. we have all your day's top stories coming up. let's start off with where bri eggers.
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>> sarah: a little wet weather. not just today but maybe tomorrow. mild temperatures. 49 in boston. also in bedford. 48 for norwood. still a light jacket for today as we make it into the mid to upper 50s, but a rain jacket would be appropriate. you can see where the showers are already working in. goodness. find my words this morning. and we have already seen a bout of rain moving across the canal out to wellfleet, out through cape cod. we have some more moderate rainfall working through the connecticut river valley at this point. and through the day today, it's sort of intermittent periods of on again/off again showers and light rainfall that we're in for. you can see all of that wet weather moving in. so running through the time line here, it takes until about mid-day for that really tok with more widespread, consistent rainfall. but by the time we hit the evening commute, we're clearing out with the wet weather and even with some of the cloud cover. for tomorrow morning, though, we have to watch out for dense fog. that's a likelihood. rainfall for today, about half an inch for most. more tomorrow. we could double that number.
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50s for us. this is about 20 degrees above seasonal averages and the warmth doesn't stop there. record breakers for christmas eve, we keep talking about that. i'll show you that extended forecast in just a bit. >> sarah: let's check out the commute with danielle gersh right now. >> danielle: thanks, christa. good morning, everyone. let's go outside to the expressway. sky7 over another accident on the expressway northbound at granite avenue. let's go to the maps. cleared. two accidents in that area. the second one you were just seeing was actually some people looking at this one. from the braintree split into boston, it's a she drive, you're crawling. 24 northbound, a little slow as you approach 128. route 3 looking pretty good, though. and then 93 southbound from 128 into boston, you're stop and go. route 1 mostly green. from 495 to 128 on 93 southbound, not too bad. but on 128 northbound in burlington, right at win street, we have a fuel spill. that's causing some delays there. the pike back out the tbam not
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boston. you're stop-go. take a look at those drive times. the expressway, the split to the tunnel, 26 minutes into town on the pike from 128, 14 minutes 93 southbound. 128 to the zakim bridge, 19 minutes. back to you, guys. >> sarah: all right. 6:48. a lakeville mom accused of kidnapping her own children is due in court. >> christa: she's waking up behind bars, and her two children are back with their father this morning. let's go to 7's jennifer egan. she's at the police station with more on the reunion and how it happened. jen? >> well, christa. their father waited more than 24 hours to be reutilitied with his kids. he says that he started to get concerned when their mother didn't bring the children back after a scheduled visit on sunday. now, 47-year-old valerie mcgrath was arrested last night. a state trooper spotted her and her children in raynham. police say instead of bringing her five-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter back to their father who has custody, mcgrath turned off her cell phone and rented a car. the children were brought back
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they were not hurt. their father actually says he wasn't really concerned mcdwrat would hurt the children. that's why an amber alert wasn't issued in this case. state police didn't believe the kids were in any danger. their father glad they're back home. >> some knots in my stomach. finally they're starting to subside a little bit. and it's just a feeling that... they're back with me. >> reporter: mcgrath is headed to court later today. she's charged with kidnapping by a relative. live in lakeville, jennifer egan, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: breaking news right now. fire at a vacant building in brighton early this morning. it happened in the courtyard of the old police barracks there. and fire crews were able to put out the flames and no one was hurt. investigators are still on the scene trying to figure out exactly what caused that fire. eight. developing story in plymouth. new video of crews working to remove a crane that crashed into a home.
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gashing a hole in the home while a team -- teen was inside. nicole oliverio is live with the story reported first on 7. >> nicole: it actually took a while to remove that crane from this home because osha says the initial equipment that was here to get that crane off of the house didn't meet regulations. just beyond the tree you see the front of the house here, that's where the hole. is that's where the crane was lying up against the roof of the home. fortunately nobody was hurt at the time. now a 17-year-old was home. she says she was in the kitchen when this happened. she was trying to work on an english essay when all of a sudden she heard a crash. >> it was like if you ever hear like a tree you saw in the forest, it sounded just like that. >> that's why i was concerned. where are you? are you cold? are you... do you have some stuff. pressure.
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and she was great. >> nicole: the crane was from a tree-trimming company that the family hired to make sure they were prepared so no trees would come crashing down on their home. the family says it's rather ironic but they're glad nobody was hurt. they're now staying at a hotel until their house can be repaired. we're live in plymouth, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> christa: expect to see stepped-up security at nashua, new hampshire, schools as children head back the class after violent e-mail threats against students in two high schools forced the entire district to shut down monday. police later determined the threats were not credible and the f.b.i. is helping police find who sent that e-mail. >> sarah: the man who loaned a gun to the marathon bombers will be sentenced today. stephen silva pleading guilty to drug and gun charges last year. he says he loaned a gun similar to this one to dzhokhar tsarnaev, who two months, this was two months before the bombings. during tsarnaev's trial, silva
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he wanted to use the gun to rob uri students. >> christa: breaking overnight architects tech grand jury deciding not to indict any jail officials in the death of sandra bland. the 28-year-old was found hanging in her jail cell back in july three days after she was pulled over for not signaling before a lane change. that traffic stop became confrontational. bland refused to get out of her car the trooper threatened her with a stun gun. it hasn't been determined if the trooper will face any charges. >> >> sarah: the race for the white house taking a tense turn. donald trump throwing political bunches at hillary clinton and even using some vulgar language. 's kris anderson with more on this. >> kris: sarah, jabs coming from both sides. donald trump was in michigan and said that hillary clinton's bathroom break during saturday's democratic debate was "disgusting." and he used a word that obviously we can't say on television when he was describing how she was beaten in the 2008 presidential race. meantime, trump is demanding an
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accused him of being isis' best recruiter. >> and you see hillary. did you watch that? what happened to her? she's terrible. she's terrible. and it turned out to be a lie. she's a liar. >> the person who needs to apologize in this matter is donald trump for his hateful, bigoted rhetoric toward muslim americans. >> kris: hillary clinton's campaign has not been able to provide any direct evidence to back up her statement that isis is using videos of donald trump's remarks about muslims to recruit new terrorists. that is the latest live in the control room, kris anderson. news today in new england. >> sarah: could there be dangerous devices in your home. experts say that cell phones and computer screens can hurt your children's eyes 68 they say the blue lighteds from those screens can be dangerous for greg eyes, even leading to a disease that causes blindness. doctors say it's a good idea to limit toddler's screen time to about two hours per day, but if
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recommend eye protection when using the devices. >> christa: the celtics beating the timber wolfe, 113-99. the crowd was really excited to see kevin garnett once again returning to the garden. k.g. did not play in last night's game, but fans continued to cheer for him throughout the night, and in the closing minutes, the c's played the famous gino clip from "american bandstand." he loved seeing that clip during his time with the celtics and he says he has nothing but love for this city. >> boston's always been a special place in my heart. it probably always will. in fact, tonight was... the outcome wasn't the way i wanted homecoming. it felt really good to be in in the building. >> christa: when asked if he plans to retire after the season, garnett avoided the question and joked with reporters. of course he helped the c's win
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>> sarah: we're a week and a half away from the nhl's winter classic. crews are working to get gillette stadium ready. workers began laying the foundation for ice rink on to the field on monday. this is the second time the b's will host the winter classic inch 2010 the bruins beat the flyers at fenway park. you catch the big game here on 7 nbc. the puck drops at 1:00 p.m. new year's day. once it's all over, 7news will provide complete post-game coverage. >> christa: and the countdown to the 2016 best buddies challenge is on. last night adam williams and i had a chance the meet with tom brady as we prepare for this 100-mile bike ride coming up in june. best buddies is a national organization that helps create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. learn so much more about this amazing event and organization at whdh.com. brady was pretty busy last night because he also did his weekly interview with westwood one
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he talked about some last-minute christmas shopping. >> i got a lot of shopping done. i was on macy's.com picking up some last-minute gift ideas for the kids. hopefully the wife likes what i got her that. remains to be seen until christmas morning. >> christa: i'm sure she almost brady and the pats will get to enjoy christmas, as well. the players practice today, tomorrow and thursday, but they have christmas off. >> sarah: i wonder what he got her >> maybe she'll tweet about it. she's really good at, that instagram, whatever. >> sarah: let's send it over the bri eggers with a final check of the forecast. to upper 50s. a couple rounds of wet weather. we have to wait until tomorrow afternoon for wet weather. christmas eve, record breakers in store for us. well within reach. here's a look at the 7 on 7, mild throughout the week and into next weekend, it doesn't cool down until next monday. everybody. thanks for sharing your time i'm christa delcamp. >> sarah: i'm sarah french. "today in new england" returns at 9:00.
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