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arrested charged in the death of her little girl what died when their brooklyn home caught fire. an outbreak of tornadoes levels entire communities. for a long time tonight. have a good time. >> a landslide win. donald trump takes the nevada caucuses. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everyone. wednesday morning, it's february 24th. i'm darlene rodriguez. i'm michael gargiulo. chris cimino is here with the forecast. not the nicest of mornings out there, chris. >> no. it was an ugly day. damp and chilly throughout. didn't get a lot of snow but the rain and the wind kept us damp and combed. it stays like that this morning. drizzly and misty this morning. temperatures in the upper 30s. everybody is above freezing with the exception of memorial hospital monticello. it stretches from snow in missouri to ice in northern sections of indiana and ohio.
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southeast, the gulf coast as well. this is all sliding in our direction through the day today. we're just in this lighter area of rain. drizzle, light showers through the morning commute. steadier showers by noontime. temperatures climb but the wind increases. wind advisory, we'll talk about that and how much rain we can expect on the 4s. let's get the first check on this damp wednesday commute. lauren? roads are certainly wet out there. no accidents to report on at the moment. but we have fastrack maintenance on the 4, 5, 6. no trains between grand central and atlantic avenue. service has been ending early each night. we have overnight track work on eight other subway lines. we expect delays and service changes. the next update on the 4s. >> lauren, thank. a a mother arrested facing charges in the death of her 2-year-old daughter when a fire broke out in their home.
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uyvesant with what police told us. >> reporter: some collapsing in tears at the sight of the fire. the child's mother is here at the 81st precinct station house facing a number of charges. her little girl who died, a 2-year-old was found a couple of hours after the fire was extinguished when her mother returned home. she was asking for her daughter that she was confused. she saw the fire and another search was made with that mother and with firefighters. the little girl was found under a bed. she had been killed in the fire. the mother, 20-year-old has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment. a sergeant tells me that she told investigators she wasn't at home because she was out with a male friend. she's here at the 81 precinct station house facing a number of charges in that 2-year-old
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the funeral arrangements will be made later this week. >> katherine creag, thank you. happening today, connecticut's highest court will hold a hearing as to whether kennedy cousin, michael skakel should have another trial. skakel was convicted in 2002 in the killing of martha moxley, a greenwich high school student. he claimed he had an inadequate defense and had a new trial. the prosecutors are appealing that decision. the battle over salt warnings heads to court. they're challenging the shaker symbol. the board of health wants them placed next to high sodium items starting next tuesday. they plan to tell a judge the city is overstepping its power. happening now, states of emergency in louisiana and mississippi in the wake of violent storms that ripped through the south. one of the hardest hits area was in louisiana. a tornado touched tl down there at a trailer park.
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in mississippi, a 73-year-old man died when his mobile home was destroyed by a storm. national weather service says there was seven tornadoes hit those two states. look at that. such damage there. as we check weather and traffic coming on the 4s right now with chris cimino. >> it's almost like a spring-like pattern. it's drawing upon a lot of warm air happening on the backside of that. we're going to see wind out of this, certainly. we've seen pretty hefty wind gusts. 30, 35 miles per hour from yesterday. today we could get into that 50, 55 mile an hour gust. that could create damage. a wind advisory is in effect. the city, coastal connecticut and coastal areas of new jersey from 6:00 this evening until midnight. that should be the worst of it. meantime, lighter showers out there. there's mist and drizzle out there from time to time. nothing particularly heavy through the morning hours. here's the heavy stuff through the south and west. it's pushing up in our direction
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storm tracks to the west of us. warm air up the coast. drizzle and light rain this morning. heavier showers at times for the commute. even commute wet and windy. it will be thunder and dangerous first half of tonight. the details on the seven-day forecast and better days ahead in a little bit. let's get the latest on the commute from lauren. >> no big problems, chris. you can see lots of green out there on the roads. take it easy there. speed restriction rs in place. 45 miles per hour between the driscoll bridge up to 280. exit 145. place. not just new jersey. we have roadwork as well. the queens midtown tunnel there. you have the overnight roadwork, south tube closed until 5:30. the north tube taking on two-way traffic. effected today. baby-sitter charged with murder in the death of a 16-month-old boy.
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was carrying for anthony delgado over the weekend. an autopsy shows toddler died from blunt force injuries. police say fields texted the boy's mother sunday saying he fell. fields faces i assault and aggravated sex abuse charges. a staten island hospital will pay the family of eric garner $1 million under a settlement. richmond university says -- he laid dying after being placed in a police choke-hold. court documents uncovered by the associate press say the emts failed to provide necessary life-saving procedures. now to decision 2016. the campaign starting to look unstoppable unstoppable. donald trump cruising to victory once more, this time in the nevada caucuses. kerry barrett is in the newsroom. kerry, we to wait for them because of the time difference between here and the las vegas. >> marco rubio, ted cruz are
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still counting votes. now, the run to super tuesday. marco rubio wasn't even in nevada last night. trump claimed victory in three states. he scored especially high with voters looking for outsiders, looking for change. but super tuesday itself is still a toss-up. it's 11 states. that does include texas, the home state of ted cruz. boy, i tell you what, trump drew huge lines, people waited in those lines for hours. >> of course, if you listen to the pundits, we weren't expected to win too much and now we're winning, winning, winning the country. soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning. >> the midwest getting its first chance to vote on super tuesday. marco rubio is already in michigan. there, the polls show john kasich is in second. trump is still the clear leader
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more than 600 delegates will be decided nebs tuesday. it's half of what's needed to win the nation. thank you so much. the democratic candidates are zeroing in on south carolina's primary for the democrats. that will be this saturday. republicans was last weekend. bernie sanders, hillary clinton took part in televised town hall meeting last night. the african-american vote in south carolina crucial to that state. sanders said "there's a racist effort to continually obstruct, president obama". to say that the president of the united states won an election fair and square was not a lenl it mat -- undermines what we are as a nation. >> we have serious challenges and i think it's important for people and particularly for white people to be honest about those. >> they agreed with president obama's decision to close the prison at guantanamo bay, cuba.
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on board a subway train in brooklyn. happened on an m train in mush bik. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is there with more. >> reporter: darlene, that victim is recovering from a slash wound to his right hand at this hour. it all started with an argument on the m train and ended with a suspect being picked up a short time ago. now, officers responded to myrtle and broadway last night. the 33-year-old victim was on the last carve a southbound m train when he got into an argument with another man. that suspect, according to police, pulled out a pocket knife, then attacked. the victim walked himself to wood hall hospital, a couple of blocks from here. he's expect today survive. the suspect, however, was on that same m train, picked up a couple of hours ago with blood on his hands. darlene, the police are telling us that suspect appears to be homeless. he is in police custody at this hour. back to you. >> thanks so much, tracie strahan. a homeless man is facing charges after police say he
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officers at a queens subway station. reginald clark told a port authority officer, "i have something for you" before pulling out this air pistol. happened outside the air train at jamaica station monday afternoon. officers were able to grab the gun and arrested him. they say clark claimed he was bipolar and off his medication. a man wanted for a string of burglaries in queens. he breaks into apartments in rego park often using fire escapes. he struck at least five times since december 20th. steals money, jewelry and other items. if you recognize him, give police a call. the fbi is now being asked to solve a high-profile and mysterious shooting on long island. it happened two years ago at oheka castle hotel in huntingdon. a mass gunman wounded the owner. now suffolk police are turning to federal agents for help.
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involved because he still fathers for his life. the senate health committee is addressing growing concerns about the spread of the zika virus in the united states. there are 14 new cases in the u.s. that appear to have been sexually transmitted. they say none of the patients traveled to infected zones in central and latin america but their partners did. zika is mostly spread by mosquitoes and been linked to birth defects. of the virus was considered rare. ahead this morning, a warning about a coupon scam that could show up in your facebook feed. this morning, a twist in the battle between apple and the fbi. who apple now says should step in. it is going to be a busy morning for storm team 4. we have a rainy, wind i day head. looking live at the belt parkway by jfk. weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram.
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kaurkss in the -- the votes are still being counted. he roughly doubled his nearest competitor, marco rubio. governor cuomo takes him to ulster county today going around the state. he's pushing for the for some help after the snowstorm. you can get low business loans from the small business association. the pepsi sign that stands out in queens could be standing for a long time to come. the landmark preservation committee one step closer to declaring it a landmark. it's been part of long island city's skyline since 1936.
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morning. a little chilly out there. because of our suburbs to the north, still at or above the freezing mark. sullivan, pike, sussex county, some slippery travel until 9:00 a.m. temperatures should climb above freezing. most of sussex county that's longer to the north. winds will gust 20 to 30 throughout the day. by the evening hours, from 6:00 to midnight, could see gusts at 50 to 55 miles an hour. gusts 35 miles an hour to the north and west. it lasts for several hours. there could be wind damage particularly along the new jersey coastline. here's futurecast wind gusts. projected projected. you can see this at 10:00 at night. 55 miles an hour gust at asbury park possible. gradually comes on down overnight. by tomorrow morning, gusts still breezy and brisk. 20 to 30 miles an hour, but no
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have from 6:00 tonight until midnight. rainfall totals, between yesterday's rain and today's rain, we add it together, could see 1 to 1 poip 5 inches across the area. a good swath of it. a little less to the south and extreme southern new jersey. temperatures now, in the mid and upper 30s. haven't been budging for several hours. it's close to 40 across most of long island, down the jersey shore. the wind is east right now. but once it becomes more southerly, the temperatures will climb this afternoon and quickly well into the 50s. it's going to take a while to get there, though. the main center of the storm is still out in the ohio, tennessee valley. on the backside of it is cold enough for snow. on the warm side, it could create nasty thunderstorms that produced severe weather across the gulf coast last night. it's possible we get it -- we could see gusts that could cause damage. i wouldn't be surprised if a severe thunderstorm warning popped up here or there locally.
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by noon, it ramps up, the rain. another one through the evening hours. this is 6:00. the main line out to the west. that's where the storm wind gust rs approaching between 10:00 and midnight around the city, through the hudson valley. also the heaviest rain and then it pushes east of the area in morning. it shows signs of improvement, thank goodness. 55 by the end of the day with heavy showers. especially afternoon and evening. the wind increases tonight especially the first half of the night with a low temperature of only 52. in fact, we'll start out in the 50s tomorrow morning. drop into the 40s later in the day. colder but drier friday and saturday. the repound by sunday. back into the 50s. 54 sunday and 55 monday. that will feel good. meantime, let's check on the commute. it's early oren a wednesday morning. lauren? >> things are looking pretty wet out there. we don't have any accidents to report on. some roadwork, but nothing causing major delay. a live look at the george washington bridge where you'll
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but there's a whole lot of wet out there, especially on the camera. take it easy this morning. there is a speed re strix on the garden state parkway. the long island expressway in queens, same story here. things moving along. now to the brooklyn bridge where we have no roadwork on either side of the span. the bqe doing just fine for the morning commute. later on, i'm sure it's going to change with more people on the roads. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. grab your umbrella, move your car ziefrm the driver charged in the deadly crash on the new jersey turnpike is due in court today. show you exclusive video of that crash aftermath on monday in jersey city. scott hahn rear ended timothy o'donnell's van that caused a chain reaction crash that killed o'donnell and his 5-year-old daughter. his wife, a cancer survivor had the difficult task of telling
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>> i'm struggling with how did i survive cancer to have my life ripped apart from me. >> 4 investigates looked into hahn's driving records. he had 28 license suspensions. he was found guilty for unsafe operation of a vehicle twice. police are now looking at speed as a factor in this crash. a 16-year-old being charged as an adult in the slashing of a waiter at a greenwich village restaurant. dominick houington was begging customers for money last week when he was asked to leave. he got into a scuffle with the waiter who punched the teen. he returned minutes later and slashed the waiter's face. he needed nearly 140 stitches. howington's grandmother is blaming the victim. >> he punched him in his face. he got what he deserved. >> howington is facing assault and weapons charges.
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across the city in recent weeks. a long island pharmacy owner was attacked after telling an employee he was going out of business. dutch broadway pharmacy has been an institution in elmont for 60 years. the long time owner, leo was choked and thrown to the ground by 27-year-old harry after the worker learned the pharmacy was closing its doors for good. he faces assault and other charges. this morning a teacher in harlem out of a job and facing abuse charges. police arrested him yesterday for allegedly throwing a 7-year-old across the hallway. since 1993, he's been accused of abusing students some five times. a police chief is temporarily off the job. palisades park police chief benjamin ramos is facing several allegations of workplace ha racksment and retaliation. councilmembers voted unanimously
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without pay while legal advisors review the claims. we're learning more about judge scalia's sudden death. he suffered from health issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes, lung problems. he was also a smoker. antonin scalia's death is not considered to be suspicious. meanwhile, senate republicans will not meet with anyone that president obama's nominates to replace scalia. apple wants to take its fight to congress not the courts. the company is fighting a court order to unlock the iphone used by one of the san bernardino killers. apple asked congress to settle the issue. protesters gathered in more than a dozen cities to protest the request for apple to breakthrough iphone security. a consumer alert. an online scheme that promises free groceries. they'll get a $175 coupon. the deal sounds good.
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as that looks, it's a fake. customers who fall for it, may have to provide personal information on facebook and the companies are aware of the scam. 4:51. still to come, who is blaming the nfl for introducing children to gambling? a spring training change for the yankees. but the players are being encouraged. we'll tell you why they're encouraged to hit the snooze
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welcome back.
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trying to figure out what day it was. >> i know. >> i was going to say tuesday. >> that's offensive. >> it is offensive. >> if you said thursday, i would be happy. but it is wednesday. smack-dab in the middle. this is the stormiest day of the week combining wind and rain. no snow. there's a big storm out in the midsection of the states. it's going to make its move in our direction today. it's starting out fairly gentle today about drizzle and light rain. the showers will pick up in intensity. heavier showers mid to late afternoon. temperatures in the 50s by the end of the day. we could see wind gusts of 50 to 55 miles an hour by will evening hours. heavy showers and thunderstorms tonight too. temperatures slipping back into the lower 50s. but the good news is, again, things will get better by the weekend. heavy showers later today. colder weather tomorrow. how about 50s by sunday. >> how about that. tunnel. >> speaking of tunnels, how are
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we saw the alexander hamilton bridge when we came back from the commercial. let's talk about other construction. this one on the rails on the 4, 5 and 6 fastrack maintenance. it should wrap up any minute. no trains between grand central and atlantic avenue. we'll show you the wet roads outside. this is the tappan zee bridge out there. 45 miles per hour. also one on the holidays heads to city council. brooklyn councilman introducing the bill. this would suspend the parking meters during national holidays like president's day, veterans day and religious holidays as well. it would cost the city millions of dollars in parking meter revenue, but it would help drivers. newark is moving ahead with a plan to ticket and tow uber drivers at liberty airport and penn station.
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because the port authority opposed it. public safety officials say they will ticket drivers who violate taxi and limousine ordinances. the port authority says the city doesn't have jurisdiction. the nypd upgraded a high tech tool they're using to track crime in the city. it's come stat 2.0 available online and through an app. it's to you the public, us the public, it gives us more access to crime data. officers and residents can now see exactly where crimes are happening throughout the five boroughs right down to the nearest intersection. the statistics will be updated weekly weekly weekly. an nypd officer wounded over the weekend is home from the hospital it morning. officer william reddin left kings county hospital yesterday to applause and cheers. the 33-year-old was shot in the hip saturday morning during a gunfight with jamal funes in bedford-stuyvesant. funes is still in the hospital
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assaulting a police officer charges. fairfield university a planning a forum on racial issues after what was called quote, "a ghetto party over the weekend." the party was held at i beach house off campus not far from the jesuit school. it included caucasian students in black face wearing temporary gang tattoos and chains. the school has not confirmed any students attended but is investigating. also in connecticut, investigators trying to figure out what caused this bus to go up in flames. it was converted into a jets fan bus and used for tailgating. it was on fire 20 feet from a home on the corner of club road and care road. firefighters were able to put out the flames. the fire was fueled by several propane tanks found inside that bus. two nonprofit groups want the nfl to stop pushing fantasy sports games on children. the national council on problem
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commercial-free childhood. they say the problem is with the nfl's website, nfl rush. the free fantasy games offered weekly and season prizes. the groups contend the prizes may send the wrong message or plant the seeds of gambling addiction. in news 4 your health, children could learn math and spelling if they jump around and step away from the desks. dutch researchers found children learn more through activity. in a two-year study, second and third graders who actually exercised as learning math and language did better than other children on spelling tests. the increase in scores were equal to four extra months of learning. >> gosh, that's a big difference. >> especially some kids that just sitting there is such a chore. >> it is. i know some teachers, i remember with my kids, they know the kids need today take a minute and get up and go outside and play. sort of in the middle of the day. coming up on 5:00 a.m. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you.
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york." download the app on our mobile device. our next hour starts right now. the trump train rolls on. donald trump the clear winner of the nevada caucuses with his sights set now on super tuesday. plus, new this morning, a stabbing on a subway train. police make a quick arrest. the tornado outbreak in the south that leaves behind a trail of destruction. "today in new york" starts now. good morning. 5:00 a.m. on this wednesday, february 24th. i'm michael gargiulo. i'm darlene rodriguez. storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. good morning. >> good morning guys. take a look at that storm system that caused the severe weather. now from alabama through georgia through south carolina. the main center of the storm sitting out in the tennessee ohio valley right now. the heavier rain is going to make a move toward us later this afternoon and toward the evening hours. right now, we're just dealing with lighter showers out there. drizzle as well. areas of fog. there's a couple of reluctant

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