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live from studio 3c in rockefeller center, this is news 4 new york. this is just a tragedy. >> tragedy on the hudson. a tug boat sinks after slamming into a barge. tonight the search for the missing. amber alert. a massive manhunt underway for a father accused of kidnapping his own son. why police fear the boy might be in danger.
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dramatic day on the campaign trail. secret service agents run to protect donald trump as a protester rushes the stage. a lot happening tonight. we start with that tragedy near the tappan zee bridge. the second deadly boating accident involving construction of the new span. right now one man is dead, two others are still missing. crews are working to get to the boat, which is submerged in 40 feet of water. also, 5,000 gallons of fuel are leaking into the water. news 4's michael george is live with the new developments. >> reporter: a very dangerous recovery operation going on right now behind me. dive teams are in the water about 40 feet deep, trying to recover the bodies of the missing. they have a very short window to do this, about a half hour before the currents get too fast
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as the sunset, dive teams were in the water trying to recover two missing tug boat workers, presumed dead. >> we're doing everything we can to recover and find the bodies. >> reporter: the tragic accident happened shortly after 5:00 a.m. three tug boats were pulling a barge down the river. one of the boats slammed into another barge working on the tappan zee construction project. in the moments before the crash, people on the doomed tug boat saw they were too close. >> the tug boat apparently signalled the other tugs that they were too close and said, move left, right away. they were not able to move the barge fast enough. >> reporter: the 13 barge workers had time to brace themselves or evacuate. none of them were hurt. but the tug boat sank in minutes with three people on board. all three are presumed dead. governor cuomo met with one of
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>> this is a 29-year-old who had his whole life ahead of him and was supposed to come home, wound up working a few more days. >> reporter: the tug boat was carrying 5,000 gallons of diesel now spilling into the hudson. >> we have booms in the water. we have pads in the water collecting the diesel. >> reporter: now the focus is on recovering the bodies of the missing and finding out why the tug boat drifting into the path of the barge. >> the question is why did it happen. clearly, one question, was there enough lighting? >> reporter: right now more police boats heading out toward the location. one of the victims is paul aman, 52 of new jersey. the two others have not been identifies. lawyers for the tug boat company says all of the crew were experienced and trained and called this a horrific tragedy.
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scene of a 2013 boat crash that killed a bride to be and her fiance's best man. that accident also involved a tappan zee bridge barge. lindsay stewart and mark len nondie non nondied non non died. the victim's families filed lawsuits claiming poor lighting was partly to claim. additional lighting was installed after that crash. you can get updates on our news 4 app right on your mobile device. we want to go now to an amber alert. a massive two-state manhunt underway for this father who police say abducted his own son. police fear that 7-year-old boy might be in danger tonight.
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police think he could be headed to the bronx. >> reporter: the 7-year-old was snatched from his home early this morning. >> i we've got an amber alert. >> reporter: police say the 43-year-old father broke into the home of his estranged wife and attacked her. she jumped out of a window to escape. the estranged husband grabbed thousands in cash and jewelry and the boy. cell phones buzzed and bill boards were lit up with the urgent message. people should be on the lookout for the 7-year-old, who is described as 4'8", 75 pound and
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blue pjs, a gray sweatshirt and blue croc shoes. they're believed to be traveling in a white ford transit van with connecticut license plates. >> we do ask anybody that might have information that might be helpful to us to please call us. >> reporter: police tell us the mother did have a restraining order against her estranged husband, though he did have visitation rights with the children at one point. rivello has a criminal history and anyone with information should call 911. new tonight at 6:00 a gruesome discovery outside of a staten island home today. police found a new born baby dead and stuffed inside a garbage bag. the woman believed to be the child's mother is in custody at staten island university hospital north. the sex of the baby is not known at this time.
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filed. we go now to the race for the white house. it's been another tense day on the republican side with all eyes on donald trump. he's back on the campaign trail in ohio after skirmishes between protesters and supporters caused a chicago rally to be delayed. >> reporter: tense moments at a donald trump rally in dayton, ohio. secret service agents surrounded the republican candidate after a protester tried to rush the stage. trump security on high alert after protesters and supporters clashed in chicago friday night. trump pulled the plug on the rally before it began, citing security concerns. police arrested five and two officers were injured. at rallies across ohio, trump remained defiant, accusing protesters of denying his first amendment rights. >> we had 25,000 people coming
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people in terms of our first amendment, freedom of speech. a terrible situation. >> reporter: challengers on both sides pounces, accuse ing trump of encouraging violence. >> this is a man who told his supporters to beat up the people in the crowd and he'll pay their legal fees. >> donald trump has creates a toxic environment. >> reporter: donald trump blamed the protest on supporters of bernie sanders. sanders called trump a pathological liar. hillary clinton labeled trump a bully. >> if you see bigotry you should oppose it. and if you see a bully, you should stand up to him. >> reporter: will rising tensions blunt trump's momentum or just make it stronger? voters have their say tuesday.
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outside of a new jersey church today for the funeral of noel herrera. friends and family cried and hugged each other after they said their final good-byes. she is one of two teenagers killed when a car struck them on a north bergen sidewalk one week ago. his friend brian rodriguez also died. they were both only 17 years old. we spoke to one friend who said she spend almost every weekend with the boys. >> it's heartbreaking not having i had grown such a strong relationship with them this year. they were best friends. >> police say the driver of the car eric patterson was speeding and high on pcp. he's being held on a $2 million bond. still ahead here on news 4, a woman trying to help a crash victim gets hit and flies off of an over pass.
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finding this man who they say attacked and robbed an elderly man. and our beautiful saturday is coming to a close. now we're tracking rain. it's on the move. what does it mean for your sunday forecast? i always heard fios was a lot faster. but i thought it'd be a hassle to switch. turns out it wasn't. they showed up when i asked and they set up wi-fi on my laptop and my tablet and stuff. it's true. it is better. i'm here to mow the lawn. it's february, curtis. maybe i should change some other things around here. switching is easy with our switchers guarantee. we'll arrive when promised and set up your devices to your new wi-fi. switch now and get 100 meg speeds, plus tv and phone for just $69.99 a month online. switch to better.
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tonight a woman is fighting for her life after a chain reaction crash in queens. she went to help her friend in need and ended up getting tossed off of an overpass.
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island expressway and the grand central parkway below, a police investigation. >> i do not go that way to work. i will go the grand central. i try to avoid this area as much as possible. >> reporter: early this morning police say 22-year-old samantha malone was drunk driving and crashed into a wall on this l.i.e. over pass. instead of calling police, investigators say she called a friend who showed up to help. a third car stopped to help as well. >> it's a mess. >> reporter: why is that? >> i don't know. always under construction. >> reporter: that's when police say another car hit one of their vehicles, causing malone's friend to fly off the overpass, landing on the grand central park way below. that car was driven by an off duty nypd lieutenant. police are not accusing that lieutenant of any wrongdoing in this chain reaction crash. >> that's terrible. i actually didn't hear about that.
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construction going on. it just seems like a lot of chaos in this area. >> reporter: police shut down the area this morning as they investigated. malone was arrested and charged with dwi. she was not seriously hurt. her friend is in critical condition. police haven't told us her name yet. in flushing, news 4 new york. one of the cars involved in that accident was driven by an off duty e.m.t. worker who had pulled over to try to help the woman on that overpass before the chain reaction crash. >> we oftentimes put our lives in danger. there's always that instinct that when you want to help. >> he suffered a fracture on the upper part of his arm. while he didn't want to talk about the details of the accident, he said he's thankful to be going home to his family and his thoughts are with the victim in critical condition tonight. new information tonight on a
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police have officially charged a man with killing an 81-year-old grandmother in her jersey city home. 50-year-old jeffrey harley was arrested last night. this is video of officers searching his home. harley lives directly across the street from the woman. detectives believe her stabbed her to death in a robbery last month. his bail has been set at $2 million. tonight, the nypd wants your help finding a thief who attacked and robbed an elderly man in the park chester section of the bronx. police say the suspect pushed the 77-year-old victim into his apartment as he was opening the door on wednesday. understand inside he used the victim's cane to hit him over the head several times and grabbed $1100 and just ran off. coming up, eight days until spring officially arrives. but seems like winter has
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erica hill joining us with a look at what's ahead on nbc nightly news. donald trump's biting words today less than 24 hours after those violent protests forced him to cancel a chicago rally. what his rivals are saying about supporting trump if he ends up being the republican nominee. we'll also be covering those deadly floods in the south. it is heartbreaking, rescuers trying to save families from those rising waters. and late breaking news this afternoon on an escaped inmate now back in police custody after a prison transfer gone bad this week in new mexico. we'll also introduce you to a base player who at 71 years strong in the atlanta orchestra symphony is the longest orchestra member in history.
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few minutes. we have a river running pretty green here in chicago, the windy city taking st. patrick's day celebrations very seriously as you can see there. today the crowds gathered for this annual dyeing of the chicago river in a tradition that dates back to 1962. orange powder is dumped into the water, then it turns into the emerald green. everyone headed downtown for the big parade. we had some pretty mild temps again today. we have a chance on rain on the way, though. >> we're tracking that chance of rain for tomorrow evening. today should be mostly dry. you could see it in your weather headlines. temperatures were in the 30s and 20s this morning. we're not going to see that type of chill overnight tonight. don't forget to spring ahead tonight. set your clocks forward one hour between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. a mostly dry sunday ahead, mostly because we are tracking rain that mainly arrives after the sun goes down tomorrow.
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again, we're well bo above average. still, this is well above average by ten to 15 degrees. that will be the trend throughout much of the next seven days. let's plan your sunday. tomorrow is off to a dry start. 7:00 a.m., 4 degrees. 8 degrees. 58 degrees by lunchtime. showers approach at 5:00 p.m. it's still bright out, by the way. sunset tomorrow 7:01 because of the time change. 58 degrees, pleasant. clouding over, though, and the showers are on the move by 5:00 and especially 6:00. very mild as you head away from the water. that's a typical spring thing around here. stays cooler right by the shore because of that ocean influence. 61 in morristown. 49 in white plains.
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high pressure in control. this is our next weather-maker. this storm has been dousing the south with very heavy rain. all of this moisture will track on towards the north and east towards us throughout the day tomorrow arriving there our e ing ing in our neck of the woods by tomorrow evening. 11:00 tonight, clouding over in some spots but the weather stays quiet. clouds lower. they thicken by 2:00 p.m. but it is still dry. it's not until 6:00 and 7:00 we start to get some showers mainly to the west of town. monday morning the heavier rain arrives just in time for that commute. it is a nasty day. look at the temperature drop tomorrow. 62, still pleasant, above average. monday, raw and rainy. get the heavier jackets ready for that day. but we rebound very nicely. a leftover shower on tuesday. and we continue our trend of above average temperatures right up until next weekend. looks like winter may be done
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i'm probably jinxing us just by saying that. >> love hearing that. love above average temps. there's a lot of people who don't think the college conference tournaments in basketball really matter all that much. especially the big schools. they've been fantastic so far. here on long island we're going to show you the moment that stoneybrook has waited for forever to experience. this year your ncaa bracket will include the sea wolves.
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zumba class? conference tournaments still have their place in college basketball.
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see seton all over villanova. the sea wolves trailed vermont by 14 in the second half. they pull even at 61-61. story of the game, big man clinging to a one-point lead. look at the senior corral the rebound with one hand and somehow get the put back to go. he sealed it with 20 second to go, hauling in another rebound and another put back. the three time conference player of the year would not be denied a trip to the tournament. he had a career high 43 points. and the sea wolves are dancing for the first time in school history. what a scene that is right there. well, maybe your stomach isn't ready for gut wrenching ebbnd ebb and flow of playoff hockey.
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rangers led at 2-1. ryan mcdona clears it. brad richards burns his former team. because of course brad richards does. three minutes into the extra session. deflects for the game winner. 40 saves from lundqvist but the rangers drop a tough one, 3-2. islanders were in boston this afternoon tied at 1-1 with time winding down in the second period. isles failed to clear the puck. with under ten second to play in the period, this proves to be the game winner. 3-1 the final. spring training, yankees traveling south to take on the rays and not many regulars in the line-up for the bombers today.
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tossed shutout ball for the bombers. rays get the 2-1 win in the final. but the yankees had to really like what they saw on the mound today. cart dinals. this is the first homer of if the spring. brandon moss here unloading a two-run shot off of cologne in the third. mets get roughed up, 14-9. red bulls were in montreal and leading 1-0. evan bush, stones, bradley wright, phillips. and slots one and the red bulls fall to 0-2. 3-0 the count there. again, congratulations to
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so exciting to see that the sea wolves are finally dancing.
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an officer in west australia adopted the kangaroo after a truck killed his mother. he shadows his new dad's every move. that is so cute. and has found a new pouch in his t-shirt. >> i really hope my son is not watching. he's going to want a coop kangaroo. on this saturday night, boiling point. tensions soar in an already chaotic republican race. secret service surrounding trump on stage today. taking no chances the day after a violent protest forced trump to cancel an event. words from trump's rivals wavering on their support should he win the nomination. deadly floods. seven states on high alert. rising waters ravage the south. rescuers rescue ing to save families.

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