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from that incident the derailment august 6 between this station here, smithsonian station and the federal triangle. in this, detailing exactly how it all happened. in response to what is in this report, metro safety committee chairman says it reveal gaps in the metro safety policy and procedures. take a look at the photos showing the rail damage at the point of the derailment along that line. now according to this report, the cause of the derailment, the failure of the fasteners to properly hold the rail in place. it was released this month that metro knew about the problem a month before the derailment but nothing was done. tonight, new insight into that. according to this report, a metro employee operating the track geometry vehicle identified a defect july 9 but mistakenly deleted the information about the defect from the report.
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level black means it needs immediate attention. but we don't know how the track record continue to inspect it on a number of times after the initial inspection they still managed not to find out about that issue that led to that derailment. tonight reaction from so many who depend on metro. >> it comes down to accountability, whoever is responsible for the maintenance and the planning. needs to be a little more involved. >> transparency and greater transparency is essential to win back the public trust and helping us move forward. brianne: now, a number of them are saying they are happy to be able to learn more about exactly what caused all of this. we understand that metro says all of this is still under investigation. they are continuing to comb through all that they have found out about what led up to all of this. they do plan to hold a public
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meeting on this, that is scheduled for september 3. reporting live, brianne carter, abc7 news. scott: right now police are using blood hound to search for suspect in a double stabbing in frederick. a man and woman were stabbed in an apartment on alvin court before 8:30 this morning. witnesses say the victims left the apartment with a child inside. when they return to the apartment, they were ambushed by three hispanic men waiting inside. the man was flown to the hospital in serious condition. the woman is expected to be okay. kimberly: florida governor rick scott is declaring a state of emergency ahead of tropical storm erika. the storm could hit the state's gulf coast on late sunday night, early monday morning. the national guard has 8,000 members on standby. a hurricane has not hit florida in ten years. today erika slammed puerto rico with heavy rains and winds. it also left at least 12 people dead and more than 20 others missing on the island
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of domenica. now check on the tropical storm erika and the screams are winning in my ear. it's scary. scott: horrifying stuff out there. people prepare but it can be overwhelming. steve rudin will talk to you can about update with the storm. steve: the last update was 2:00 this afternoon. we get another update in the next hour. 5:00, the bigger update. right now we have winds at 50 miles per hour, wind gusts around 60. moving toward the west at 16 miles per hour. so relatively fast-moving. put the map in motion to show you the track as we head through the next couple of days. monday, tuesday, it could be in southern portion of florida. but now we have it centered right across central florida at the florida-georgia border. what has been happening is the track has moved further and further toward the west. so the storm may end up in part of the gulf of mexico. a lot can change between now and monday and tuesday.
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we will keep you updated on abc7. as always on let's head closer to home. 81 degrees at reagan national. 82 in gaithersburg. 81 in winchester. compared to yesterday at this time, you will probably see the humidity creeping upwards a little bit. so a little bit more uncomfortable. but still really nice considering this is almost the end of august. satellite and the radar, no problems at all. if you have plans this evening to head outdoors, a lot of kids have football games tonight. it will be beautiful out there. temperatures, warm in the 70's. we also have a concert, jazz in the garden at the national sculptor garden. 5:00, temperatures in the middle 80's. falling to 80 by 7:00. by 8:00 or 9:00, upper 70's. talking about the beach forecast and the rest of the weekend coming up in a few minutes. scott, kimberly? scott: steve, a storm that forever changed part of the gulf coast a decade ago being remembered this weekend. so, coming up, we will take you live to new orleans.
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as the community marks ten years now since hurricane katrina. virginia governor terry mcauliffe is remembering the two journalists who were killed in the live broadcast earlier this week. kimberly: the governor visited the wdbj tv studios in roanoke where alison parker and adam ward worked together. mcauliffe met with the victims' colleagues and family members and repeated the vow to push for new gun legislation. governor mcauliffe: we lose on average 80 individuals a day to gun violence. there are too many guns in america. there is clearly too many guns in the wrong hands. kimberly: visible signs of the horrific shooting are now gone. they have put in new wooden plappings on -- planks on the bridgewater plaza deck and businesses did reopen today. stay with us for updates on the shooting information. you can look for updates on the website and our social media platform.
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scott: d.c. mayor muriel bowser and the police department are ramping up efforts to reduce crime in the city. one way involving police officers taking part in operation known as "all hands on deck." d.c. bureau chief sam ford is live at police headquarters with how city leaders are trying to fight back against crime. sam? sam: well, scott, the situation is that here august 288 there has been 103 homicides. that is just two fewer than in all of 2014. people are not complaining so much about "all hands on deck" but there has been negative reaction to the mayor's plan released yesterday which she called a safer, stronger d.c. mayor bowser unveiled in the news conference yesterday, the mayor underwent boos and cat calls from "black lives matter." she has called for more police on the street, more funds for security cameras, police being able to search homes of parolees convicted of violent crimes and the critics say the law calls so-called "returning
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citizens" under scrutiny. chief lanier said a number of them have been involved in homicide, homicide suspects on probation or parole. there is a lot of concern there. >> it's overly broad and it doesn't speak to the real issue underlying all of this which is not just the issue of the searches but the issues of how we are classifying returning citizens. are they people trying to ally with and build up or turn into adversaries? >> there are a lot of guns in the city and they are in a lot of people's homes. sam: there are different views on this matter. quite a division there. we'll have more coming up at "abc7 news at 5:00". reporting live from northwest washington, sam ford, abc7 news. scott: thank you. kimberly: thank you, sam. it was an emotional ordeal. but the verdict is now in for a former student at elite prep school who has been on trial for charges of raining -- of raping a 15-year-old girl. the jury found owen labrie not
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guilty of rape but he was convicted of misdemeanor sex charges. here is the latest. >> not guilty. reporter: a not guilty verdict on charges of felony rape after eight hours of deliberation in a case that rocked an elite prep school in new hampshire. >> guilty. reporter: a jury of nine men and three women however did find 19-year-old owen labrie guilty of four misdemeanor sex charges and one felony computer charge. the conviction stemming from a sexual encounter involving a 15-year-old girl last year at st. paul's prep school. the former student breaking down as the verdict was read. in a statement, the victim's family saying, "today a measure of justice has been served. while he was not convicted on all charges, owen labrie was held accountable in some way by a jury of his peers." jurors heard from both the victim and labrie and ultimately had to decide which one was more credible. abc is disguising her voice to
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protect her identify. >> did you kick or scream or really push? i didn't, but i did say no. i said no three times. reporter: labrie later saying the two did kiss but just as he was putting on a condom he claims he decided not to have sex with her. >> i thought to myself maybe we shouldn't do this. it hadn't been my intention going into the night to have sex. reporter: ultimately the jury decided labrie was telling the truth when he said he did not rape her. but the former student still faces up to 11 years behind bars. prosecutors say he will also have to register as a sex offender. abc news, new york. scott: a health matters alert now that might make your skin scrawl a little bit. researchers say a strain of
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so-called "super head lice" is now in our area. the mutated lice resistant to over-the-counter treatment. scientists predict soon the super lice will be found just about everywhere. specific insecticides can be used to treat the strain but they require a doctor's prescription. kimberly: a friend of mine told me it's a $300 shampoo. wow! scott: yeah sounds fun. kimberly: super expensive. all right. the guessing is now over. you can send blue balloons to the national zoo. mei xiang's panda cub is a boy. scott: that is right. the zoo also announced who is the cub's father. abc7's john gonzalez has details. john: well, at this hour, the proud papa is celebrating with a blue crate because the big announcement was just made. biologists and zookeepers announced the newborn panda cub is a healthy active baby boy and the son of tian tian. a 50/50 chance that mother mei
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xiang who gave birth to two cubs artificially inseminated with term -- stem cells of two pandas. for genetic diversity and panda conservation, the other would have been a better choice but they agree having the father here with the newborn is essential for its development and healthy progress. the new panda cub weighs 167 grams today and a growing fast. and already very attached to its mother. >> at about 8:15 last evening, mei xiang started putting down the cub and tried to leave the den every one and a half to two hours. the cub would squeal and she would immediately turn back and run to its side and pick it up. john: officials determined the panda that died wednesday was also a male and the same father as well. they determined the cause of death was nursing problems that led to pneumonia. the good news this afternoon is there is a full family. both mother and father giving
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birth to a third cub. you have bao bao behind us here. that is the female. tyshan the boy and another male with the name still undetermined. at the national zoo, john gonzalez, abc7 news. kimberly: mama's boy at that. [laughter] great. scott: pretty good. coming up at "abc7 news at 4:00", a northern virginia teens learn his sentence for helping the terrorist group isil. we will tell you how much time he will spend in prison. kimberly: marking ten years since hurricane katrina devastated parts of the gulf coast. a look at the leaders traveling to new orleans to pay tribute there. scott: unforgettable traffic stop. the driver just eight years old. how far he got before a state trooper managed to stop
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kimberly: a northern virginia teenager with ties to isil will spend more than 11 years behind bars. that is the sentence handed down to 17-year-old ali shukri amin. prosecutors say he helped another teen travel to syria to join the islamic state and provide other aid to the militant group. the judge said he considered amin's age and lack of
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criminal record in his decision. scott: minnesota state trooper has got quite a story to tell. and the video to prove it. check this out. he pulled over an 8-year-old boy taking his foster siblings on a joyride. dash cam video show the young driver and his siblings ages 3 and 5 climbing out of the car. the 8-year-old driver cruised -- get this -- 15 miles down the highway from st. paul before pulling in a driveway and hitting the trooper's car before parking. they have been returned to the foster parents who had as you can imagine reported them missing. that is the definition of "joyride" i guess. wow! kimberly: the kids getting out of the back. incredible. time for a check of the traffic situation. jamie sullivan is here with details. hopefully everybody is legal out there in their cars. jamie: yes, i hope so! no joyrides right now, especially not in the middle of the afternoon commute.
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we have traffic as you can see in the single digits. 7 miles per hour is what you get on the inner loop from virginia to maryland. to two hours ago we had a pretty serious crash near river road. cleared that away. then now we have one near clara barton parkway. the left lane is still blocked. this is just past the american legion bridge. take a look at the backup. near old dominion this gives you a better idea of bumper-to-bumper traffic. this is in virginia working your way closer to maryland. let's move back to the maps and focus in on how long it will take you. this stretch from 66 to the american legion bridge just over 30 minutes. so we definitely have quite a bit of a delay mixed in with the normal congestion. as we move closer to downtown, 395 heading inbound just before you get to the case bridge near the c street. and before the tunnel actually, that left lane is blocked. because of this, again, getting closer to the tunnel we have the backup before the bridge in the teens.
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so crossing even the 14th street bridge. you have the slow traffic. no other crashes to report. two on the interstate is good enough right now. we will let you know when they clear away. that is a look at traffic. back to you. kimberly: thank you, jamie. president obama and former president george w. bush are just some of the leaders returning to new orleans this week. scott: they are marking ten years now since hurricane katrina left part of the gulf coast under water for days. abc's marci gonzalez is live in new orleans now and joins us with more. quite a day down there. marci: yeah. absolutely, scott and kimberly. there is still a lot of work left to do here. but today, some are just proudly focusing on the progress made here over the past decade. the vibrant soul of the big easy shining on the eve of the anniversary marking one of new orleans' darkest days. ten years after hurricane
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katrina flooded 80% of the city and displaced more than a million people along the gulf coast there is a new $14.5 billion levee system. homes are continually being rebuilt. and people are still returning to reclaim the city they love. but there are wounds that haven't healed. >> this is horrible. marci: memories of the more than 1,800 lives lost and the slow emergency response. >> once again, all level of governance left us abandoned here. i think back and i think how did they do that to us? marci: today met by a small group of protesters, former president george w. bush returned here, reflecting on the recovery and focusing on the future. >> the darkness from a decade ago lifted and the crescent city have lifted again and the
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best days lie ahead. marci: bush traveled to mississippi to honor the first responders there. and then tomorrow on the anniversary the commemoration continue with a visit from former president bill clinton. live in new orleans, marci gonzalez, abc7 news. kimberly: before you go, a lot of us go to new orleans and we don't see a lot of the scars left behind. have you seen cases where the infrastructure has not been rebuilt in the last ten years? marci: absolutely. there are communities that have not bounced back. there is frustration in those communities. also still a problem with crime, with poverty. this is something that president obama acknowledged in his visit yesterday saying this is not a finished job. this is not yet a full recovery. back to you. kimberly: marci gonzalez reporting for us. thanks. scott: thank you. steve rudin is joining us now. absolutely not remotely trying to compare the two but we have
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action out there. it's a good reminder, isn't it? steve: yes. erika is not a huge storm but it doesn't take a big storm to cause a lot of problems for a lot of people and the location and the timing and everything. pretty much the entire peninsula of florida that is not good. monday and tuesday. but for us though, it looks like a lot better. good news, weathe forecast it's friday. a reason to celebrate i think. we have a few clouds out there right now. the temperatures are quite comfortable. looking at 81 degrees at reagan national airport. a little bit more humid than we were yesterday at this time. but the humidity levels still in check. it's comfortable. if you have plans this evening, outdoor dining, football games, soccer games, you will be just fine. feel like temperature at 81 degrees. show you the pollen count. if your allergies are bothering you, blame ragweed. high range. grasses, trees, in problem. mold going down a little bit. we see it move through in the upcoming weekend. temperatures are in the 80's.
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fredericksburg and gaithersburg. same with manassas. cooler in quantico at 78. 86 in fredericksburg. 81 degrees in martinsburg. we'll see the temperatures slowly fall and move through the evening hours. the knighttime lows middle 50 -- nighttime lows middle 50's. don't be surprised if you see patchy fog in the mountains early tomorrow morning but nothing that will cause any type of travel delays. if you have travel plans tomorrow, you will be fine. future cast looks like this. quiet and dry heading through the day tomorrow. even in the day on sunday. but the big difference will come in terms of the temperatures and the humidity levels. it is going to feel like august should feel around here with the heat and the humidity back to lower 90s for the feels-like temperatures. 88 for an actual air temperature tomorrow. mostly sunny skies. winds out of the south 4-8. if you are lucky enough head to del mar beaches. 80 for rehoboth beach. look at the extended outlook.
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the temperatures are well above average moving to next week. a lot of kids go back to school on monday. oh, boy. temperatures in the lower 90's and a chance for storms. kimberly: that is tough. still feels like summer. you have to go back to school. sorry, guy. steve: oh well. scott: tough love from steve rudin. coming up here at "abc7 news at 4:00". a shocking story involving a daycare. the workers accused of drugging the children to get them to go to sleep. reporter: prince george's prosecutors taking action to prevent violence. i'm mike carter-conneen. coming up the message fro
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kimberly: after recent homicide cases resulting in death of babies and toddlers, prince george's prosecutors are taking action. scott: mike carter-conneen joins us now from hyattsville with details on the effort by the state attorney to prevent domestic violence. mike? mike: scott and kimberly, her office handled four different domestic homicide cases where the children were killed by the boyfriend or male partners of the children's mothers. there were two other similar cases recently in montgomery
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county as well. with all of those in mind, she and the staff felt compelled to prevent more of the tragic death. in the latest cut, a person was charged yesterday with first-degree murder and child abuse and assault. venters say while he was babysitting the girlfriend 1-year-old son in riverdale apartment, the child died. autopsy indicates that the cause of death was the multiple blunt force injuries to the head and the torso. medical examiner found a lacerated liver. like the other cases this happened when the child's mother went to work and leaving him in the sole custody of a male partner. in many cases, these are new relationships and there are few, if any, warning signs of violence. >> we believe this is an issue where it is difficult to afford child care. sometimes you leave your children home in situations you are unsure of. if this is the case, you want them to know there are
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resources. mike: she is encouraging single moms to reach out to the maryland department of education to offer the subsidiaries for child care. the office is in talks with the ymca and ywca to find more child care options for single moms in the community. reporting live, mike carter-conneen, abc7 news. kimberly: thank you. coming up at "abc7 news at 4:00" -- the state of florida bracing for tropical storm erika. a look at the damage the storm left already in the caribbeans. >> plus, two reporters who say they were threatened by virginia state police. i'm chris papst. what happens after the vester flanagan chase that sparked another investigation.
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announcer: you're watching "abc7 news at 4:00". on your side. kimberly: we are hearing from the bbc after two of its reporters say they were threatened by virginia state police during their coverage of wednesday's tragic shooting. scott: after vester flanagan crashed his car off of i-66, the reporters say police seized their cameras, or forced them to delete the footage. kimberly: "7 on your side" ice i-team investigator chris papst is in the satellite center with what happened. chris? chris: if it happened it is a violation of state police policy. in america we have constitutional freedoms of the press, the first amendment. but what the reporters say happened wednesday is
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something that the bcc says they only -- bbc says they only usually see in other nations. virginia state police launched an interim -- internal investigation after a tweet came out from bbc reporter. this came out shortly after vester flanagan crashed his car. in the tweet, the reporter said the trooper told him to delete the footage of the crash or he would lose his camera. he did delete the footage. a few minutes later the colleagues said her camera was confiscated as evidence. they tell the ithe team it hopes recover the video that was deleted and filed a complaint. the news organization told us in the heat of the moment, "you can understand a police officer getting overzealous and asking for material that is evidence." but he did not go about it right way." what we find entirely
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unsellable is putting -- unacceptable is putting pressure on a journalist to delete material. so what about the virginia state police? how do they see the situation? we have that at 6:00. we will also tell you about what the state statute says about how the media should be addressed. chris papst, abc7 news. scott: all right. abc's "20/20" will have more on the investigation into the shooting tonight. it begins at 10:00 right here on abc7. kimberly: breaking news out of florida. a car crashed right into a pool. wow! and went deep. these are live pictures from the miami area. it is not clear if anyone was hurt in this situation. although we don't see rescue crews on scene. maybe it happened a while ago. scott: we will continue to monitor this situation with the live images out of miami area via the newscast as we
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get it. florida is bracing for what could be the biggest storm to hit the area in years. kimberly: tropical storm erika making its way through the caribbean and they are keeping a close eye on the past. steve has the latest. >> erika is pounding the caribbean and setting sights on florida. at least 12 people are dead. more than 20 are missing on the island of domenica. there are reports that at least one airport was damaged. the dominican republic faced the bankrupt of the -- brunt of the storm. four to six inches was expected with up to 12 inches in certain areas. most of the models show the storm could be headed for florida and governor rick scott is taking no chances. he has declared a state of emergency. >> the biggest thing i would say to every family. think of your entire family. make sure every member is
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ready. >> it has been a decade since a hurricane last made landfall in florida. it caused $23 billion in damage and killed 21 people. >> a lot of people have moved to florida the last time we had a hurricane. take time to understand the impact of this. >> forecasters say erika will likely remain a tropical storm as it approaches the u.s. sunday to monday. it is expected to weaken in the next 24 to 36 hours as it pauses over more land but it's still too early to predict what impact it will have on florida. >> we prepare for the worst and hope for the best. hopefully that is what will happen here. right now we have to continue to be prepared. kimberly: we want to check in with the local weather now and how the weekend will shape up. scott: much better news for us locally. steve: absolutely. beautiful. but no one is going to
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complain. 80 degrees at dulles. 82 in culpeper. 82 in charlottesville. if you look for cooler air, head to the mountains where they may see patchy fog later tonight. overall it looks fantastic. heading through the early evening hours. the sun will set at 7:45. losing a minute and 15 seconds of daylight every day as we move closer to winter. the daylight hours are shrinking. with the shrinking daylight hours cooler air cannot be far away. it is coming. if you are heading to nationals park, it looks like. lower 80's. a lot of sunshine. it will be down at this point over here. the winds will be light out of the south and east.
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talk about the upcoming weekend in a few minutes. patchy nothing early tomorrow morning. then the prolonged period of heat. we could call it a heatwave. how long that will last coming up. rook at the seven-day outlook in a few minutes. kimberly: all right. thank you, steve. this is a shocking story out of oklahoma. workers at a daycare are accused of drugging young children so they would go to sleep. scott: reena nainon has the details. reporter: the oklahoma daycare shut down. the owner and the staff accused of giving infants ben drill to make them go to sleep. parents outraged. >> my heart sunk. reporter: leslie says her 6-month-old could barely keep his eyes open after getting home from sue's daycare. >> had somebody not spoke up and the worst was to happen, what she was doing was messing with our lives. had something happened it would have changed everybody's lives forever. reporter: at least seven children were allegedly drugged.
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the daycare owner had been in business for 20 years. the police were tipped off by a former employee. now more staff members arem coming forward. >> they confess to what is going on at the daycare and they all stated they were ordered to give this by the owner. reporter: doctors say benadryl can cause small children to stop breathing. fortunately in this case none of the children suffered serious injuries. now it's up to prosecutors to decide what charges to file. kimberly: coming up on "abc7 news at 4:00" -- so much for hillary and jeb running away with the nominations. why both candidates are struggling and who is faring best in the recent poll. that's next. scott: don't forget to sign up for the breaking news alert at you will get updates straight to the cell phone from the newsroom. stay with us. we'll be right back.
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scott: politics now. are jeb bush or hillary clinton really in trouble?
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>> the only way you can win is campaigning with your arms wide open. scott: if it seems like jeb bush is trying to justify campaign difficulties, it's probably neither he nor hillary clinton thought it would be so tough early on. >> this is about who best understands the pressures facing the families of america. scott: if they want to take the torch many assume they will be holding next fall, they have to stop the respective slides. seeing the biggest margin for any g.o.p. candidate, donald trump continues to soar. up six points in the newest quinnipiac poll. ben carson is in second. >> we have a message. the message is we're not going to take it anymore. scott: in a word association question with voters "liar" was what most often came to find. equally concerning for clinton, joe biden who is not even in the race performs better than her in potential
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matchup against republicans. possible dilemma for voters and for the white house. >> how is it the president right now, it's a delicate stance -- >> the president as recently in a television interview on wednesday spoke warmly of both individuals who served their country in this administration with distinction. scott: so why should the two still feel confident? well, hillary clinton doubling bernie sanders in the latest poll. and jeb bush can take some solace in the fact that in the numbers just as many people supporting donald trump also say there is no way they would ever vote for him. so plenty of room for recovery if they can capitalize. all right. coming up here on "abc7 news at 4:00" -- your personal information at risk. kimberly: you are handing over much more than your money when you check out at the store. what you might want to hang on to the next time you go shopping. vo: today's the day.
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sweating, extreme drowsiness, swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, dizziness, or confusion. today's the day to ask about levemir® flextouch. covered by most health i insurae and medicare plans. kimberly: if you walk in to a store to say buy what toy for a child, you intentionally hand over all of your personal information, including your address and birthday.
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these days you may be doing just that. scott: consumer reporter john matarese shows us what happens when you show a store clerk your driver's license so you don't waste your money. john: with so many store security breaches the last two years many people in the d.c. area are careful how much information we share with retailers. the problem more, and more stores are now scanning your driver's license. if you want to return anything to the store. >> janet just wanted to return two unopened kids action figures. >> i had them in the original packaging. they hadn't been opened. they were in the bag and i had my receipt. john: but when she took them to the toys r us store counter she was stunnedded. >> i was told i needed a driver's license, which i questioned. john: she worried what personal info would the store be getting? >> i thought how much information are they drawing off my driver's license because they run it through their card reader? john: what are you giving
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stores when they read the bar code? good news. they are not getting your social security number in most states. >> thank you. john: but they are giving other personal information according to a cyber security expert. >> they have name, date of it be. address. john: garcia, president of the health guard security demonstrated by swiping his license on a retail car reader that showed his home address and birthday, which is enough to make him uncomfortable and suggest asking stores if there is any way to avoid it. >> if it's preventible, my suggestion is don't give it to them. >> the national retail federation says 60% of the major retailers now require a violence for various reasons. mostly to deter theft and stop serial returners. janet understands the need to stop fraud but wishes they could just take down her name. with so many store security breaches in the past two years many people in the d.c. area are careful how much information we share with
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retailers. the problem more and more stores are scanning your driver's license if you want to return anything to the store. a toys r us spokesperson said the store never shares your personal information and needs it to cut down on theft and fraud. if you don't like it, don't make any returns so you don't waste your money. i'm john matarese, abc7 news. kimberly: the ceo of ashley madison parent company is stepping down. biderman departure comes after the hackers released confidential information about millions of ashley madison clients including himself. the press release says the departure was a mutual decision and is in the best interest of the company. scott: all right. steve rudin here to talk about. a lot to talk about. gorgeous. steve: it looks great out there. people left early to go to the beaches. we'll see them enjoy the beautiful weather on the weather bug camera.
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rehoboth beach, ah, what a nice afternoon and early evening. we will have the same weather in washington. it is going to stay comfortably warm. moving through the early evening hours. through added clouds later tonight but it stays dry for a good portion of the upcoming weekend. a look at the beach forecast. rehoboth beach and ocean city, water temperatures in the upper 70's to 80 degrees. highs tomorrow around 80. sunday lower 80's. we may see clouds. but further south you go, throwing in a chance for a thunderstorm for the outer bank of north carolina on saturday. temperatures are lower 80's. the water temperatures also in lower 80's. if you are staying closer to home, still a nice forecast on the way. we are looking for the daytime highs tomorrow of 88 degrees. lots of sunshine. a bit more humidity in the air. so that uncomfortable summertime feel that we have grown accustomed to around here is returning. redskins, ravens, up in baltimore tomorrow night. game time starts at 7:30.
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we will see the temperatures falling to the lower 80's to the middle 70's as we move through the evening hours. with a look at the seven-day outlook we are calling for temperatures in the lower 90's on saturday. excuse me, on sunday and monday. we will keep the trend going to early next week. the temperatures are well above average by like eight degrees or so. so enjoy it while you can. september means october can't be far away. kimberly: no, it doesn't. it doesn't. scott: soak it up while you can. kimberly: september can be really hot. steve: yeah. october is the most beautiful time to be in washington. kimberly: i agree. after that, it's all down hill. time for a check of the traffic situation. jamie sullivan is there. how is it looking? jamie: it's still slow. a thousand things to -- few things to run through. we had earlier crashes that cleared but the delays not so much. they have not cleared. 11 miles per hour on the inner loop of the beltway.
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the inner loop is going to take you 30 minutes. crash on clara barton parkway is gone. we shift gears to move closer downtown. headed inbound on 395. you cross the 14th street bridge, the case bridge and you get closer to c street southwest just before the tunnel. the left lane is still blocked with accident activity. by it is in the clearing stages. we are seeing the backup from the 14 street bridge for 12 miles per hour. you have delays out of the city on 395 as well. there is a lot of concession on d.c. 295. i want to go further north to 295. the baltimore-washington parkway. in the teens in both directions approaching powder mill. earlier accident activity is now gone. the b.w. parkway is very heavy. moving to northwest d.c., a live look we will show you of friendship heights near western avenue. it's not bad. we have someone exiting the cars, this is not a stall.
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just someone hopping out. we have traffic lights that are out. if you see it, street it as a four-way stop. that is a look at traffic. back to you. kimberly: he's gone now. scott: coming up on "abc7 news at 4:00" -- "7 on your side" with a consumer alert for drivers. how thieves find new ways to try to steal your credit card information at the gas pump.
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scott: call it a first for facebook. more than 1 billion -- billion -- people use the social networking site in a single day. facebook's cofounder and ceo mark zuckerberg announced one in seven people now in the world use the social media site on monday. facebook has more than 1 billion users with the largest market in the u.s. there are 193 million people who use facebook. that is followed by india with 132 million. kimberly: did you use facebook monday?
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scott: none of your business. kimberly: okay. scott: yes, i did. i helped make a record. i was making history. kimberly: the real scott thuman. tonight "7 on your side" has a warning before you fill up at the pump. thieves are finding ways to rip off your credit card information. scott: we look at how you can avoid becoming the next target. driving are paying more attention to the monday they are targeting instead of the crooks. >> you look at those around you and you don't think about it. >> gas customers are warned to pay more attention. after this illegal skimming device discovered inside a shell gas station dump on -- station pump on tuttle crossing boulevard. >> suspects come back and recover it and they have saved the information.
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>> they are taking illegal information to make bogus credit cards. years ago the scammers would attack a fake skimmer to the credit card slot and they look like this a.t.m. skimmer. but they are now hiding skimmers directly inside. a shell gas station manager that discovered the tampered pump when she noticed red security tape had been broken open. b.p. stores are among the gas stations that have similar security tape to prevent break-ins. easy to spot protection. joe says he will now check out every time he heads to the gas much. >> you are standing here a minute or two and wait for it to fill. it make sense to get it broken before you fill it up. >> i'm steve levin reporting. >> the person responsible for this horrific act will be brought to justice. >> a break in the case of a gruesome murder. the victim's mother speaks out after an arrest is made.
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>> we should do all we can to make sure that they have no access to a gun. jonathan: mayor bowser's plan to curb violence in d.c. what is being done starting today. a wall of water. the shocking damage caused by tropical storm erika and the next stop on the storm's path. >> now "7 on your side. jonathan: a mother finally has the answers in the murder of her daughter. it was no. when the police found the -- no. when they found the burn body in southeast washington. she had been sexually assaulted, shot and set on fire. last night finally an arrest. stephen tschida spoke to smith's mother and joins us now. this has been unleashing a flood of emotions with the arrest. latroya smith was rapedded a viciously murdered. nine months later her mother is hoping for closure.
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she went to a birthday party in southwest d.c. and slipped away to a nearby abandoned row house for a romantic interlude with a friend. three men burst in on them and they robbed the friend and told him to leave. they dragged 26-year-old smith upstairs where d.n.a. evidence indicates two men raped her and someone shot her repeatedly and set her on fire. >> her assaillant has been brought to justice. >> it brought relief but it reopened wounds from the loss of her daughter. >> she was beat and raped and shot multiple times. then set on fire. the images still appear in my head. >> tonight, hill is behind bars charged with murder. d.n.a. evidence linked him to the rape. the other suspect was shot and killed before he could be arrested. while she is pleased with the arrest, smith does not look forward to


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