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a.m. right now the final campaign push before tomorrow's caucuses in iowa. why one presidential candidate is peaking at the right time. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm eun yang. >> and i'm joe krebs on this monday, the 2nd day of january, 2012. brand new year, brand new day. 6:00 in the morning, 37 degrees outside. if you think it's chilly now -- well, you're right. but the rest of the story. >> what's the line between cold and chilly? i think we're right on the cusp, and it's going to be cold as we get into later today and tonight, and tomorrow morning down to frigid weather that's going to be moving in. actually, the coldest weather of the season so far is about to pounce upon us. that's going to be hitting us late tonight into tomorrow morning. right now it's near freezing in much of western maryland and west virginia, shenandoah valley. blue ridge east, we're in the mid and upper 30s, above freezing in all the locations. near 40 right by the bay.
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here's the view from space. over the last 12 hours, we've had the cloud cover break up a little bit. still a few clouds coming in. it's beginning to snow way out in far northern west virginia, and that's going to be moving into far western maryland. there's a winter storm warning out for that region. they could pick up eight inches of snow and some of the higher ridges. here's your local weather. some clouds racing through and a blustery wind. temperatures by 9:00, low 40s noontime, mid-40s. then turning colder by sunset at 4:57. we'll be down to near 40 again. d then cold weather really blows in tonight. we'll look at that with your evening planner. that will be in ten minutes. now let's check our traffic. in for danella this morning, it's carol parker. >> back to work tomorrow and frigid temperatures, that's not fair. this morning we're looking good all around the area. a reminder, if you need to take
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the train, metro is on time but on a holiday service. and marc and vre, no service today due to the holiday. traveling around 66 outside the beltway at 50, you are fine inside the beltway through the rosslyn tunnel. looking good this morning, moving very, very well. back to you, eun, joe. >> thank you very much, carol. right now republican presidential candidates are gearing up for a busy day of campaigning in iowa. they'll all be crisscrossing the state, making their final arguments to voters. on the eve of the iowa caucuses, polls show more than 40% of republican voters show they're still uncommitted about whom they will support. news 4's angie goff joins us now from the newsroom with which candidates are at the front of the pack right now. angie, good morning. >> joe, good morning to you. all eyes this iowa caucus eve are on rick santorum. the religious conservative is surging ahead of likely vetters.
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poll numbers show mitt romney on talk, considered the most electable, and ron paul right behind him. it also shows gop voters surveyed the last two days of the four-day poll have showed santorum tied with romney. the candidates find themselves in a fight over who's more conservative. >> you can't have a strong economy and a strong economic plan unless you have strong families and moral values in this country. >> i'll let people make their own assessment of our respective records, but i'm a conservative. >> meanwhile, iowa could be the end of the road for candidates who have watched their support collapse -- michele bachmann, rick perry, and newt gingrich continue to campaign hard in a state where they've lost a lot of ground. back to you. >> angie, thanks very much. virginia attorney general ken cuccinelli is backing off from his calls to change the state's ballot access laws. on saturday cuccinelli called for an immediate change to the state's ballot laws. now he says he believes virginia still needs to change a law, but
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he says doing that before the upcoming republican primary would be unfair. virginia requires candidates to collect 10,000 signatures from registered voters to appear on the ballot. newt gingrich, rick perry, and four other gop candidates filed a lawsuit challenging the law after failing to appear on the ballot. president obama will be turning his focus to election season as he wraps up his holiday vacation in hawaii. the president will be returning to the white house later today. tomorrow he plans to host a video chat from the white house with voters and supporters in iowa as gop caucus results in that state come in. new from overnight, iran says it successfully test fired a long range missile during an overnight test. it's. a successful few days for the iranian navy and successfully test fired a missile over the weekend. this comes after iran announced it has successfully produced and tested nuclear fuel rods for the first time. this news is a snub to western countries that want iran to stop its nuclear program.
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the united states and other western powers propose new sanctions that will cut iran's oil revenue. this morning we expect to learn the names of two young people killed in a crash that happened as many were still ringing in the new year. five people were in an suv when it slammed into a tree on jones bridge road in bethesda just before 3:00 a.m. on new year's day. police say a man and a woman, one riding in the front seat, the other in the back, died. three other men survived, including the driver who has serious injuries. friends say they were leaving a new year's eve party, but it's unclear where they were going. police are still investigating what caused that crash. and an elderly couple is in the hospital after being hit by a car in kensington. john whalen and his wife dorothy, both in their 70s, were walking on the sidewalk when they were hit. the couple was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.
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paramedics also transported the driver. she is expected to be okay. well, to say the redskins season has been a disappointment is a bit of an understatement. there is a bit of a silver lining apparently. the skins have locked up the number six pick in this year's draft. a 34-10 loss to the rival eagles sealed the pick for the redskins who struggled on offense and special teams against philadelphia in the season finale. rex grossman threw another interception, his 20th of the year. and graham gano had yet another field goal blocked. that was the fifth this year. despite the hardship, head coach mike shanahan says he is optimistic. >> it doesn't happen overnight. i knew we weren't there when i took the job. i knew it was going to take some time. i think we've gotten a lot better this year. there's a lot of positives to go with it. we've got to have a good free
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agency, good draft to build this team with some youth and not just older veterans. >> 5-11 is the worst record of shanahan's career. it's the fourth straight year the redskins have finished dead last in the nfc east. the nfc east champions are the new york giants. they beat the dallas cowboys in the winner take all game. they will take on the falcons in the first round of the playoffs next weekend. it is now 6:07. it is now 6:07. 37 degrees.
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i sweated the details. all the phone calls, the emails, the lost weekends. and then after twenty-two years, just like that, i was laid off. today there are so many americans like matthew.
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he worked hard and played by the rules. suddenly, he's out of a job. it's been a struggle not being able to find a job. but it's been our faith and family and friends that have helped us get through this. citizens energy was created to help the forgotten ones keep warm. we asked the big oil companies and oil producing nations to help. only citgo and the people of venezuela answered the call. and this year, in spite of soaring prices, washington actually cut fuel assistance for families in need. so if you need help staying warm this winter give me a call. because in times like these, no one should be left out in the cold.
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it's 37 degrees out there. it's only 6:10, and 37 degrees is pretty cold by our standards. >> i would say it's cold out too. cold and dark out. >> cold and dark. it is winter. it's january 2nd. >> there's a little more detail from tom kierein, our meteorologist. >> you can do better than cold and dark, right, tom? >> that's because kurt is still wearing his sunglasses from his trip down to cancun. he still can't shake it. good morning. this morning we are still quite a ways away from sunrise, which this morning isn't until 7:27. we shall stay dark between now and then. right now low and mid-30s throughout much of the region. and closer to washington and the bay, it's near 40 degrees. and it may drop another degree or two here in another hour or so, but then we should warm up a little bit today. then the much colder air will begin to arrive here by late tonight and into tomorrow. in fact, late this afternoon, we should begin to see snow accumulating, these areas in color left of your screen. winter storm warnings out for western maryland and extreme northern west virginia. the ski resorts out there going
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to pick up over eight inches of snow in many areas. we'll have strong winds too. in fact, winds gust to ing to ad 20 to 25 miles an hour today as temperatures make it into the mid-40s. this evening turning much colder. by midnight near freezing with a gusty wind and a frigid start tomorrow. we'll look at the cold blast tuesday and wednesday and a warmup end of the week and weekend at 6:21. now carol parker is in for danella. good morning, carol. >> good morning, tom. enjoy the light volume while we have it. the area generally looks fantastic. as you can see on the beltway, picking up a couple of customers. no problems on the way. at duke, more pavement than cars. and as we continue onto the 14th street bridge, things are wide open. eun and joe, back to you. >> carol, thanks so much. 6:12. 37 degrees. 37 degrees. the hi. welcome to carmax.
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a man is believed to have shot and killed a park ranger in washington state. 34-year-old margaret anderson died in the line of duty at mt. rainier national park yesterday morning. overnight police started escorting more than 100 tourists who were stranded after the shooting. police believe this man, suspect 24-year-old benjamin barnes, is armed and dangerous and hiding right now in the woods in the park. police say barnes is also a suspect in the shooting of four people at a house party near seattle early yesterday morning. this morning investigators hope this video will help them find a person of interest responsible for a series of fires in southern california. you can see a man dressed in black. police say he came up the stairs from an underground parking garage where fire was set. they say the man was spotted at other fires in the area since
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thursday. the arsonist is targeting vehicles near buildings which can be extremely dangerous. >> autofir fires, as soon as t get going, they burn really hot, really fast. they have a lot of fuels. they have a lot of plastics, and they essentially give off their own combustible gas. >> nearly 40 fires have been set in and around los angeles since thursday. former congressman ed jenkins died. he represented georgia in congress for 16 years. he also served on budget and ways and means committees. jenkins died at a hospital in atlanta. it's unclear the cause of his death. jenkins was 78 years old. he would have turned 79 years old on wednesday. he is survived by his wife, two daughters, and two grandsons. for the second year, scientists are trying to discover what's behind a strange new year's eve phenomenon in an arkansas city. dozens of blackbirds fell from the sky on new year's eve in beebe, arkansas. last year on new year's eve,
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dozens of birds were found dead on the same streets in the same town. officials believe fireworks were a factor last year and could be this year as well. biologists believe the birds become disoriented by the loud noise that sends them crashing through roofs, windows, and streets. and three utah children are safe this morning thanks to quick thinking good shaamaritan who braved icy waters to rescue them. the father crashed into the water trying to avoid another crash. the father was able to free himself, but his three kids were trapped in the car. several by standers helped the father free the children. demonstrators from the occupy movement now have their eyes on a new year's tradition to get the message out. protesters say they plan to march in the tournament of roses parade even though they're not officially in the parade. organizers say the movement will have their own floats, banners, and drums in the parade out in pasadena, california. the group has been protesting economic disparities across the country. and you can watch the 123rd
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annual tournament of roses parade right here on nbc 4. coverage begins at 11:00 this morning. and wizards are hoping the new year would bring with it the first win of the season, but the boston celtics had other ideas. the wizards fell behind by 17 at the half, and the celtics never looked back, taking the game 94-86. john wall led the team in scoring with 19 points. and mcgee reported a double doub double, but it wasn't enough to overcome a triple double by boston's rajon rondo. warm weather in philadelphia means a later start for nhl's annual winter classic hockey game. with temperatures expected in the 40s, the league pushed the start time back, hoping to reduce the impact on the ice. this, of course, is not the first time a winter classic has
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been delayed. you recall the last year's capitals-penguins game began in the evening because of warm weather in pittsburgh. you can catch coverage of today's game between the rangers and flyers beginning at 1:00. the puck drops at 3:00. if it sinks to the bottom, i guess they'll have to postpone it even further. >> they want that ice to be frozen. >> that's kind of important for a hockey game. let's take a live look outside. 37 degrees right now. it's going to get a whole lot colder as we go through the week. >> we have been very spoiled with this december weather. kind of gotten used to it. now the real winter blast is settling in. tomorrow we're really going to feel it. if you think you're cold today, just wait a minute. our meteorologist tom kierein is here to tell us. >> but right now at 37 degrees, these are the coldest temperatures of the year, which is only two days old. >> that's right. and actually the coldest
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temperatures of the winter season will begin to move in here by late tonight. right now it's above freezing from the blue ridge to the bay and the eastern shore. most locations in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees in washington and prince george's county. much of montgomery county, low and mid-30s. upper 30s fairfax and arlington counties. farther to the west, it is near freezing shenandoah valley and points west. many locations there. are right around 32 degrees. later today, they'll start getting snow in western maryland, highlands of west virginia. many locations there will get six inches or more of snow. some of the higher ridges could get even a foot of snow. right now, though, we're off to a partly cloudy start. sunrise at 7:27. as the day progresses, we'll be warming into the mid-40s by noontime and then hold steady there for a while early afternoon. winds gusting out of the north and west to around 20 to 25 miles an hour. and then by sunset, which today
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is at 4:57. our temperatures will be down to near 40 degrees. this evening, it will continues to drop all the way down to near freezing by midnight. and the winds will be a bit blustery. through tuesday, winds gusting to over 30 miles an hour. temperatures tomorrow morning, the low 20s. afternoon highs just mid-30s. and windchills down in single digits. the winds will diminish tuesday night, temperatures plummeting to the teens by dawn wednesday. wednesday into the 30s for highs in the afternoon. then milder weather moves in with highs in the 40s, thursday, friday, 50s on saturday. might get a little rain saturday night, some sun back on sunday. let's check traffic. carol parker is in for danella. smooth sailing around our area. look how things look at the woodrow wilson bridge. beltway at arlington boulevard,
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things moving in a spectacular fashion. and the beltway at georgetown pike, a little bit more headlights
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future. new year's was off to a rough start for some hotel
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guests in denver. guests of the dtc marriott were locked out of their rooms for several hours. dozens of people lined the hallways and slept on the floor after their key cards stopped working. one denver television station reports that fights broke out among some of the locked out guests and that some revellers got sick in the hallways. yuck. the hotel says it was all part of a new year's malfunction. the hotel is compensating all of the guests for their rooms. nasa officially takes a stand on the prophecy that the world will end december 21st, 2012. doomsday believers point to the end of the mayan calendar on december 21st as evidence of the coming apocalypse. nasa says science does not support that theory. they say the only thing to expect is the winter solstice on that day, and that is the longest night of the year and usually occurs on december 21st. make those plans, right? >> i'm going to make them. all right.
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it's now
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6:29 is our time. dawn here in the nation's capital.
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brightening skies out there in the horizon. 37 degrees, pretty chilly out there. good morning to you. welcome back to "news 4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. it's monday, january 2nd, 2012. it's just going to get colder. happy new year to you, joe. and happy new year to you, tom. welcome back. >> thank you very much. good to see you again. students are heading off to school in some locations. at dawn we can see behind us a beautiful clear sky over the nation's capital. watch out for students waiting for school buses this morning. we've got several of the counties have their school systems back today. much of the area, though, will have lighter traffic, on dry pavement because federal government is closed today, and most of the school systems won't be back until tomorrow. right now 38 at reagan national. it's very dry. we've got a west/northwesterly wind gust to go around 15 miles an hour. windchills down into the 20s. this will seem warm compared to what's coming.
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late tonight and during the day tomorrow and into wednesday. right now it's in the 30s for much of the region for western maryland all the way to the bay and atlantic beaches. closer to washington, montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's counties in the mid and upper 30s as well as the district of columbia. as we look at the view from space, i'm begin to go see some clouds thickening up over western maryland and northern west virginia. they are associated with i much colder air blast. many of those areas could get up to a foot of snow in western maryland and northern west virginia. the winds will increase a bit here gusting to 20 miles an hour. highs will reach the mid-40s by midafternoon. it will be turning colder by sunset, down near 40 degrees. sunset today at 4:57. a look at your evening planner in ten minutes at 6:41. let's check on traffic this morning. carol pear kerr's in for danella.
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good morning, carol. >> good morning. and thank you, kind sir. traffic around the area is without incident or accidents at this moment. traveling 270 at 28, we're picking up some customers but no delays. in maryland, i-97 at 100, you are traveling at the speed limit. and the beltway at gw parkway, a little heavier but moving right along. don't forget to take extra change with you if you plan to use the dulles toll road. a 20% hike at the road's main toll plaza. they'll now be charged $1.50. tolls will stay at 75 cents at the on and off ramps. it's helping to pay for construction to metro's silver line to dulles. and you may want to start packing reusable bags when you go shopping in montgomery county. using paper or plastic at the store will cost you 5 cents extra. the new bag tax is modeled after the one implemented in d.c. a couple of years ago. it was expected to generate about $1 million this year.
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part of that money will go toward water and litter cleanup. we have breaking news right now. police are on the scene of an armed robbery. this is happening at a 7-eleven store along eighth street in southwest washington. news 4's tracee wilkins is live with the very latest. tracee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, joe. we're at the 7-eleven on capitol hill. you can take a look over my shoulder and see inside the 7-eleven. d.c. police and detectives are still working the scene. they're talking with the clerk and trying to figure out exactly what happened this morning. they've been here since, of course, this was reported just shortly before 5:00 a.m. we're in the 400 block of eighth street southeast. two men entered the store, at least one of them was armed. they were both wearing ski masks. they made it out, got away. police are still investigating here. although one of them was armed, no one was injured. the clerk is fine inside the store. the investigation into how all of this happened is just
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beginning. i'm tracee wilkins live this morning in southeast. back to you all in the studio. >> tracee, thanks so much. this is the latest in a string of 7-eleven robberies in the washington area. two armed robbers hit a 7-eleven store on rhode island avenue in northeast washington two weeks ago. it shows the robbers taking out a cash register and pointing a gun at the cashier. one is also seen robbing a 7-eleven store a few blocks away on bladensburg road just a few hours later. this morning we expect to learn the names of two young people killed in a crash that happened as many were still ringing in the new year. five people were in an suv when it slammed into a tree on jones bridge road in bethesda just before 3:00 a.m. new year's day. police say a man and a many would, o woman, one riding in the front seat and the other in the backseat died. we spoke to one man who was
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friends with both victims. >> he was definitely my closest acquaintance, and like we always used to spend time over at each other's houses. she was cool. she was cool, like a little sister to me. it's tragic. it's been just as hard for me as many others. so i can't even -- you know, it's hard. it's still hard to believe it's for real. >> friends say the group had juft left a new year's eve pa y party. it's unclear where they're going. crews are still investigating what caused the crash. and a couple is in the hospital after being hit by a car in kensington. john whalen and his wife dorothy, both in their 70s, were walking on the sidewalk on summit avenue yesterday morning when they were hit. the couple was rushed to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. paramedics also transported the driver. she is expected to be okay. a hiker is safe after being rescued in a maryland state park all thanks to his cell phone. the rescue happened saturday in gambrill state park. the police had to use night
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vision equipment to locate the missing person in the woods. the night vision picked up a faint glow from the person's iphone. once the hiker was spotted, they used helicopters to lower the rescue crew to him. officials are trying to figure out the cause of the fire at this row house near gallaudet university. when they got to the scene, they found heavy flames coming from a middle unit there. they were able to stop the fire from spreading to the other units, though. two adults and five cats were able to escape the fire without any injury. and a howard county family managed to save their horses just before their barn was destroyed by a fire. the two alarm fire began around 1:00 yesterday along jennings chapel road in woodbine. it took more than 60 firefighters from three counties to battle the flames. it's unclear how many horses
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were inside when the fire began. the cause of the fire remains under investigation. 6:36. new from overnight, iran says it successfully test fired a long range missile during a naval exercise yesterday. it's been a busy few days for the iranian navy. it also test fired an anti-radar missile over the weekend. this comes after iran announced it had successfully produced and tested nuclear fuel rods for the first time. the news is a snub to western countries that want iran to stop its nuclear program. the u.s. and other western powers proposed new sanctions that will cut iran's oil revenue. 6:37 is our time. the "today" show begins at 7:00. let's check in with natalie morales to see what they're working on this morning. happy new year, natalie. >> happy new year to you as well, joe. coming up this monday morning on "today," we're following breaking news in washington state. mt. rainier national park shot down after a federal ranger and mother of two was shot and killed. now the hunt is on for the gunman.
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we'll have the latest. also ahead, the father of a missing toddler in maine will speak out in his first live interview just days after police said they suspect foul play in the case. plus the gop presidential candidates making their final pitches to voters today on the eve of the iowa caucuses. texas governor rick perry will join us live, and savannah guthrie will be in iowa talking to the all important undecideds. and a blast of arctic air will have temperatures plunging from the midwest to maine, and up to two feet of snow suspected in some spots. we'll tell you what you can expect as you head out the door when we get started here on "today." joe, the calendar does say january. it's about time it's starting to get cold. >> just about time. we're in for it. thanks very much, natalie. have a great day. have a great day. >> you too.
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good morning. on this 2nd day of january, 2012. starting off with chilly temperatures. low to mid-30s from shenandoah valley to the bay and eastern shore. it's near freezing farther to the west where there's a winter storm warning out far western maryland and parts of western allegheny county, garrett county, northern west virginia. they could get over a foot of snow there. here's your day planner. we'll have sunshine with clouds racing through and a bit of a blustery wind gusting to 20 to 25 miles an hour. temperatures climbing into the mid-40s by noontime and then getting colder by sunset, near 40. and this evening continuing to
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drop with a blustery wind out of the north and west. it will be down to near freezing by midnight. and then by dawn tomorrow even colder. we'll look at that and a frigid blast coming in for tuesday and wednesday. we'll look at the end of the week and weekend at 6:51. carol parker, good morning. how's traffic? >> good morning, tom. on this 2nd day of 2012, traffic traveling at speeds around the area as you can see. few schools open, but the rest will not open until tomorrow. downtown, new york and bladensburg road, a lot of pavement, some cars. east-west highway, connecticut avenue, same situation. moving well. traffic is light. back to you, joe and eun. >> thanks very much, carol. 6:43 now. one day to go until the iowa caucuses, and the field is still wide open. republican presidential hopefuls are campaigning hard today, trying to sway those undecided voters. news 4's angie goff joins us live in our news room with what voters are saying, along with new poll numbers revealing a
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religious conservative surging ahead. >> good morning, eun. on this eve of the iowa caucuses, rick santorum is in the spotlight. the latest polls from the "des moines register" show mitt romney as the front-runner. ron paul is right behind. but if you count the last two days of the four-day poll, santorum is tied with mitt romney. while romney is considered for electable, santorum beats romney by a wide margin who asked who relates better to ordinary iowans. in fact, santorum's momentum could help win over the 40% of caucusgoers who say they have yet to be convinced who they could vote for. >> i want to take a closer look and see what he is really truly about because i'm not satisfied with the other candidates. >> we are getting constantly bombarded with candidates, phone calls, mailers, everything you can imagine. >> gingrich, who is in fourth place in the polls, says he's encouraged by that 41% of undecided voters. meanwhile, michele bachmann and rick perry are doing their final
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pitches in the hawkeye state to make up for lost ground. now in the end, if there's an upset and santorum walks away the winner, it could give his campaign a much needed boost in places where he's polling poorly, south carolina and new hampshire. eun? >> just one day to go and still a very tight race. angie goff live in our news room for us. angie, thank you. virginia attorney general ken cuccinelli is backing off just a bit from his calls to change the state's ballot access laws. on saturday cuccinelli called for an immediate change to the state's ballot laws. cuccinelli says the state needs to change the law, but he says doing that before the upcoming republican primary would be unfair. virginia requires candidates to collect 10,000 signatures from registered voters who appear on the ballot. rick perry, newt gingrich and four other gop candidates filed a lawsuit after their failure to appear on the ballot.
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the president wraps up his hawaiian vacation. he'll be returning to the white house after his holiday break. tomorrow he plans to host a video chat from the white house with democratic voters in iowa as the republican caucus results in that state come in. now to a developing story out in washington state. police are looking for a man who shot and killed a u.s. park ranger at mt. rainier national park. overnight police started evacuating people who were inside the park at the time. 34-year-old margaret anderson was killed after stopping a vehicle that sped through a park checkpoint yesterday morning. police are now looking for 24-year-old benjamin barnes, who may be hiding in the snowy terrain there. they're calling him a strong person of interest. police found weapons and body armor inside his vehicle. he is an iraq war veteran. he's also wanted for questioning for another shooting that happened earlier in the day at a party. this morning investigators hope that this video will help them
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find a person of interest responsible for a series of car fires in southern california. you can see the man dressed in black there. police say he came up the stairs from an underground parking garage where one of the fires was set. they say the man was spotted at other fires in the area as well. police say the arsonist is targeting vehicles that are near buildings. nearly 40 fires have been set in and around los angeles since thursday. the new year means new laws. some are significant. some are a bit unusual. in delaware a victory for same sex couples. civil unions are now legal there, giving gay couples the same rights as married couples. in illinois, motorcyclists can now run a red light if it fails to change to green after a reasonable length of time. seat belts, tail lights, and a braking system now have to be installed on your golf cart in georgia if you plan on driving it on the mained ro eroad. i guess that happens a lot in georgia. say good-bye to happy hour in utah. new laws make daily drink
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specials illegal. the future of television may soon be upon us, and it's very bright and very thin. take a look at this. this is the new lg 55-inch oled-tv. it's made with organic light emitting diodes, which at this point have only been used in small displays to create vivid, lifelike images. it also allows for the screen to be incredibly thin. only 3/16 of an inch wide. and it weighs about 16 pounds. just 16 pounds. lg will officially unveil this tv at the consumer electronics show in las vegas next week, and it's expected to go on sale later this year. experts predict the price tag could be anywhere between $5,000 and $8,000. you'll soon need more than just a dollar to play powerball. the price is about to double. starting january 15th, the price of the popular lottery game will go up to $2 a ticket. powerball is justifying the price hike by removing some
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numbers from the drawing, therefore making the odds of winning better. the jackpot will also jump from $20 million to $40 million. some lucky folks in virginia are starting out the year with a new title, millionaires. the virginia lottery drew three winners for its annual new year's millionaire ralpffle. one of those winning tickets came from a 7-eleven in great falls, fairfax county. the winning ticket is 310298. the other two tick thes were bought in mecklenberg and augusta counties. the d.c. metro area welcomed its first baby of 2012 in clinton, maryland. the little girl does not yet have a name. she was born at the southern maryland hospital center at 12:12 a.m., perfect time for a 2012 baby, weighing just a tad over 8 pounds, 10 ounces. greg and urja bonafede were
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spending their day at the baltimore train museum when they got their first ink ling their special delivery might be on the fast track. >> when i was running around the house getting ready, she said, if we don't leave now, the baby is going to come here. she threatened me at least once or twice with that. >> i said, well, you can just kind of tell. it just doesn't stop. >> yes, indeed, you can tell. baby, mom, and dad are all doing fine, we're told. this is the first time that southern maryland hospital center has had the first baby of a brand new year. a set of twins in florida has the distinction of being the first and last babies of the year. jenna and lea baer were due on january 26th. the mom went into labor on saturday. jenna was born by c-section at 11:59 on december 31st, and lea just after midnight on january 1st. both girls are healthy. >> they look like snugly, happy
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bears. >> they'll always have a fun story to tell and explain to people, my birthday's on this day and my birthday's on this day. >> for one minute, one of them will be a year older. >> she'll lord it over her head for the rest of her life. >> that's right. good morning. starting off this morning, the 2nd day of january, 2012, we've got a mostly clear, beautiful royal blue sky there. look at the waters of the potomac reflecting that sky. live picture from the skywatcher camera and the city camera, showing this beautiful clear sky. just a few clouds drifting through. 38 at reagan national. we've got a wind out of the west/northwest gusting to around 15 to 20 miles an hour. it's very dry. you'll need to keep the skin lotion today. temperatures around the region are near freezing around the blue ridge, shenandoah valley, and into western maryland and west virginia. blue ridge east, it's above freezing most locations. it's in the mid and upper 30s in washington and near the bay and the eastern shore, northern neck. and in the suburbs of prince george's, arlington, fairfax, and montgomery counties.
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right now it's in the mid-30s most locations. over the last 12 hours, we've had just a few clouds drifting through. those are thicker, off to our west. all cloudy western maryland, much of west virginia, where they do have a winter storm warning in effect. most of those regions out there could pick up eight inches or more of wind driven snow later today into tonight. and tuesday. for us, here's your day planner. we'll have plenty of sunshine. sunrise at 7:27. a few clouds racing through later this morning into the afternoon. those winds gusting to around 25 miles an hour. temperatures will make it mid-40s by the middle of the day. sunset today at 4:57. by midnight near freezing. that wind still blustery tonight. it will get stronger tomorrow. gusts over 30 miles an hour on tuesday. we'll have temperatures in the morning in just the low 20s. so a frigid start as we get back to work and school. we still have some schools coming back this morning, but all back tomorrow.
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we'll be in the mid-30s by midafternoon on tuesday. only a few times, a few hours above freezing in the early afternoon. teens on wednesday morning and highs wednesday back into the mid-30s. and then a bit warmer for thursday, friday, saturday, and sunday. maybe a little rain wednesday night. otherwise, a dry pattern into the weekend. i'm happy to report we're in good shape on this federal holiday. the accident at falls church and graham road and quincy avenue has cleared. 95 over at backlick road, we're picking up more of your friends and neighbors, but there's no delay. as you head up to duke street, you're in pretty good shape as you make your way up to the 14th street bridge. absolutely no problems. back to you, joe, eun. >> thank you very much, carol. it is now 6:53. today is a national holiday because of the new year that came on sunday. that means the post office and most banks are closed today. in d.c., meters won't be enforced today. schools, libraries, and federal government offices are es
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enclosed. in maryland there will be no parking fees except for prince george's county's new carrollton garage. howard, st. mary's, and charles county schools are open. meters won't be enforced today in virginia. schools in alexandria are open, though. libraries and government offices are closed there as well. well, another disappointing redskins year is over. the skins have the sixth pick in the draft. many are hoping the team will draft the other quarterback, robert grirch iii. coach mike shanahan is committing to finding the team's quarterback of the future. he says he spends at least 30 minutes a day evaluating college quarterbacks. after the 34-10 loss to the philadelphia eagles locked up the win for the redskins who struggled in all phases of the game. rex grossman threw another interception, his 20th of the
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season. and graham gano had another field goal blocked. that was his fifth of the year. despite the hardship, coach shanahan says he is optimistic. >> i think we got a lot better on defense. we got a lot better on offense. we did a good job moving the football. there's a lot of positives to go with it. we've got to have good free agency, good draft to build this team. >> to go from 6-10 to 5-11 and say we got a lot better, maybe not. this is the fourth straight year the redskins have finished dead last in the nfc east. and 5-11 is the worst record of mike shanahan's career. >> we've been enjoying the warmer winter weather lately, but it's causing problems for the nhl's annual winter classic. with temperatures in philadelphia expected in the 40s, the league pushed the start
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time back, hoping to improve ice conditions. it's not the first time the winter classic has been delayed. last year's penguins-capitals game started in the evening, much delayed of because of warm weather in pittsburgh. you can catch coverage of today's game between the rangers and flyers beginning at 1:00. the puck drops at 3:00. and before you watch the action on the ice, you can watch the 123rd annual tournament of roses parade right here on nbc 4. coverage begins at 11:00 this morning. >> all right. we're going to get an out the door forecast. meteorologist tom kierein saying get ready. dig out the warm weather gear. the warm gear for the cold weather. >> stay warm. it's going to be getting colder later tonight and tomorrow. after highs in the 40s today. tomorrow only in the 30s with frigid mornings. >> thanks, tom. >> you know what i meant. >> i always know what you mean. that the "news 4
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