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and i always say they are coming. they are coming. >> the victim is in serious but stable condition. police are not releasing any details about the attacker at this time. d.c.'s haul from traffic tickets is up again, but less is coming from speed cameras. the district pulled in $178 million in traffic fines in the 2012 fiscal year, and more than half of that $93 million came from parking and moving violations handed out by actual police officers. speed camera revenue is on the rise, up about $30 million from last year to $85 million. >> that's a lot of money. got to slow down. >> exactly. let's check the forecast now. first look at the weather with meteorologist tom kierein. >> welcome back, eun. good to have you back with us. i was dodging deer again this morning coming in, so watch out. they are very active. and around our region, off
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to a milder start than yesterday morning, where many locations were in the 30s. we have a few clouds drifting over us, and temperatures are not as chilly. reagan national, the temperature there is in the 50s, at 56. the areas in green in the low 50s, but the areas in blue are in the 40s. we do have a few locations that have dipped into the 40s in parts of maryland and virginia. much milder after a freezing start out of the mountains yesterday. this morning much milder, in the mid-40s there throughout much of western maryland and west virginia. here's the storm team 4 hour by hour forecast for the day today. we will have our temperatures by noontime reaching the low 70s, and then by mid to late afternoon we'll be into the upper 70s, a delightful afternoon coming in with a light wind, a beautiful day coming up after this chilly start. sunrise 7:26. the sunset at 6:18.
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i'm back in ten minutes with the hometown forecast. look who's back. danella, good seeing you. first 4 forecast. >> great to be back. here's what you're facing if you're about to head out of the house, road work. not seeing any accidents in the area, but still seeing construction slowing you down. i-270, north and southbound at 80 in the right lane. let's head over to the beltway, outer loop at 66, trying to get on the ramp to 66 westbound. that ramp has construction on it, and it's blocked. if you are traveling the outer loop of the beltway, you're going to see, as you pass 66, at least one of your lanes blocked. good news on the beltway, the inner loop, as you make your way past university boulevard, that's nice and clear. had construction on the inner loop, and it's gone. i'm back in ten. richard, over to you. now to decision 2012. both candidates will crisscross the country just two weeks before election day. president obama will speak to
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supporters in delray beach, florida, and then fly to ohio and campaign with vice president biden. mitt romney will campaign with paul ryan today in colorado. both are looking for a boost from their third and final debate. they argued over foreign policy issues. iran's nuclear program dominated part of the debate. mitt romney accused president obama of allowing iran to get closer to gaining a nuclear weapon. the president claimed his republican rival actually empowered iran. >> we're four yards closer to a nuclear iran, and we should not have wasted these four years in the point they were able to spin these centrifuges and get closer. >> the fact is, while we were coordinating an international coalition, you were still invested in a chipese state oil company that was doing business with the iranian oil sector. >> president obama also said reports that the u.s. and iran
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are planning to meet after the election are not true. the debate might have focused on foreign policy, but the conversation often shifted to domestic issues, including the bailout of the auto industry. >> look, i think anybody out there can check the record. governor romney, you keep on trying to air brush history. you were very clear that you would not provide government assistance to the oouts auto companies even if they went through bankruptcy. you said that they could get it in the private marketplace. that wasn't true. >> i like american cars, and i would do nothing to hurt the u.s. auto industry. my plan to get the industry on its feet when it was in real trouble was not to start writing checks. it was president bush that wrote the first checks. i disagreed with that. i said these companies need to go through -- manage a bankruptcy. >> romney also criticized the obama administration for giving loans to clean energy battery and car makers like tesla and
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fi fiskler. >> bruce springsteen will help the president try to win votes in virginia today. ♪ >> the boss will perform at a free rally in charlottesville this afternoon. he already had a concert scheduled tonight at john paul jones arena on the uva campus. springsteen has appeared at other obama campaign events recently in ohio and iowa. both campaigns are focusing on virginia this week. president obama will return to the commonwealth on thursday. he'll appear at a rally in richmond. paul ryan will be in virginia that day as well. he'll be campaigning in bristle to. recent polls show the candidates in a virtual tie in virginia. news 4's tony tull is at the live desk with breaking news. >> richard, good morning. after a massive search in virginia, including 40 police and rescue agencies, a body found earlier in morning in a recycling container in clayton,
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new jersey, is believed to be missing 12-year-old autumn pascual. she was seen leaving her home noontime in clayton riding her bike to a friend's house. when she didn't show up, her parents called police. thatment proed the massive search. two hours ago investigators announced they have found the body that is autumn. an autopsy will be performed to confirm the body's identity. now at 4:36 the massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak was cleared by state regulators after an inspection last year. the inspection report shows the new england compounding center received a satisfactory grade. federal investigators are blaming the outbreak on tainted steroid shots. the cdc says 23 people have died from the fungal meningitis outbreak, including 2 people in virginia and 1 in maryland. the monster energy company is facing a lawsuit from a maryland family after they say
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their daughter died from high levels of caffeine. anais fournier died from a severe reaction after drinking two of them in 24-hour period. cause of death was caffeine toxicity. >> they need to be regulated. they regulate ice. they regulate band-aids. we need to get the word out there so this doesn't happen to anyone else. >> energy drinks are not regulated because they are not considered a food. monster says they're unaware of any deaths linked to the drinks. council members said during an at large council member debate they would vote to ban the sale of large sugary drinks. a tax on sodas introduced by council member mary cheh recently fell one vote short of passing. new york city passed a law last month that banned the sale of super size soft drinks.
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several businesses are fighting to repeal that law. a mini announcement by apple. it's widely believed the company will unveil the ipad mini today. the smaller version of the ipad is expected to have an eight-inch screen and use the new dot connector unveiled on the iphone 5. the price is still unknown, but estimates range from $250 to more than $300. there are reports it could be called the ipad air. the announcement is scheduled for 1:00 this afternoon. not to be outdone, microsoft is unveiling its new tablet called surface this week. >> and the other companies will come out with something else. >> it's a fight to get one before christmas. ahead on "news 4 today," no time for the hospital. the unexpected delivery on the side of the beltway. plus why it may now pay to own a home in the d.c. area.
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this morning people in northern california are cleaning up from some wild weather. here's a look at one of several funnel clouds spotted near sacramento. the national weather service confirms at least five tornadoes touched down last night. strong winds damaged roofs, uprooted trees, and knocked over a tractor trailer. so far there are no reports of any injuries there. 4:41. time for weather and traffic on the ones.
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we're having nice weather. i love it. >> especially for this time of year. >> we have gorgeous autumn color too. good morning, time for weather and traffic on the ones at 4:41. not as chilly this morning. here are the area temperatures. right now in the 40s in the nearbyuburbs and rural areas. 46 at reagan national. by 6:30, 50 degrees. a partly cloudy morning by the lunch hour. should be near 70 there. here's the hour by hour forecast for the entire region. we will soar to the upper 70s by midafternoon. a delightful day coming up, partly cloudy, and not a lot of humidity. i'm back in ten minutes with the seven-day outlook into the weekend, and now a look at traffic with danella. good morning. >> good morning. still looking for accidents in the area. so far not seeing any and still seeing very light volume. let's head over to 50 as you make your way inbound at landover road. had a work zone set up. blocking the left lane, looks to be gone, not seeing any volume, as you make your way into the
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city and connect to new york avenue between the beltway and new york avenue. nice and clear on 50 in maryland. let's head over to the 14th street bridge. as you head inbound into the district, your travel lanes are open. on 395 north and southbound, checking cameras, very light volume, not seeing any road work to warn you about. i'm back in ten. eun and richard, back over to you. still to come, new developments surrounding the man accused of carrying out the deadly spa shooting in wisconsin.
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president obama: i'm barack obama and i approve... this message. anncr: victims. dependent. that's what mitt romney called forty-seven percent... of americans. including people on medicare. but what about his plan for you? romney would replace guaranteed benefits with a voucher system. seniors could pay six thousand dollars more a year. a plan aarp says would undermine medicare. you're no victim...you earned your benefits.
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don't let mitt romney take them away. we are learning about a shooting at a wisconsin spa. radcliffe haughton shot and killed his estranged wife xena haughton and two other women before turning the gun on
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himself. haughton had a restraining order against his wife. on thursday, a court ordered him to turn in any firearms he owned. two days later he bought the gun used in the attack. a woman described what she saw and heard. >> he was yelling for people to get down, and that's when i heard all the gunshots. >> she says it sounded like the gunman kept firing until he ran out of bullets. four other women were injured in the shooting. three remain in the hospital. time is 4:46. new york city police do not believe there's any connection between d.c. area sniper lee malvo and the murder of a pregnant mother over the weekend. someone stabbed vindalee smith to death saturday in new york. police said the killer left a note warning that he or she would kill more pregnant women unless malvo is released from prison. police say the note may be a ruse to distract investigators. smith was a mother of four. she was supposed to get married on sunday. daycare owners in northern virginia entered a plea deal avoiding jail time connected
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with a baby's death. rosita chavez and her husband ran an illegal daycare out of their home in bristow. a 3-month-old baby died in march. investigators could not determine the cause of the girl's death. in exchange for guilty pleas, investigators sentenced chavez to three years in prison. that was suspended. she'll be in jail fon probation three years. police arrested a teenager accused of killing a 22-year-old man in the district. prosecutors charged 18-year-old kevin austin with the murder of 22-year-old gregory troxler. he was shot and killed in the middle of the day in an alley off north eighth street earlier this month. the victim's mother remembers the day. >> i heard shots. i come running outside, and it's my baby on the ground. i'm trying to get to my baby. i get there, and there's no life to him. he's gone.
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i didn't even get to tell my baby before he left me i love him. >> austin has a criminal record and spent time in juvenile facilities for an arson charge. at the time of the shooting, he was wearing a court ordered gps tracking device, but it stopped working just before the alleged crime. firefighters are still trying to figure out what sparked this tractor-trailer fire in tinnily town. it was making a delivery to wisconsin avenue and brandywine street just before 7:00. somehow the items in the trailer caught fire. after a scandal over mislabeled graves, arlington national cemetery has a digital database. it can be accessed online and through the smartphone app. it allows you to search for a name, see where that person is buried, along with birth and death dates, and see photos of the back of the head stone. about 90% of the cemetery's 60,000 grave stones are included. the rest date back to the civil
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war and are still being researched. good news for d.c. homeowners. your house is worth more than it was last year. new numbers from the real estate company zillo says prices rose. the d.c. area saw the biggest gain with prices rising 9% since 2011. zillo expects prices to rise at least another percent over the next year. controversy in alexandria over disappearing grass. crews laid down new grass on a median along route 1 between east glebe road and potomac avenue. now they are tearing it up. turns out it will be a median lane for buses. the grass, although short-lived, is designed to cut down on the dust kicked up by construction. they say the green patch is a waste of federal dollars. crews say it's within budget. a man is at rest this
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morning after helping his wife deliver a baby along the beltway. stacy ann bryson was due to be induced. but she started having contractions, and the whole family jumped in the car. they ended up getting stuck in traffic on the beltway. forcing dad to call 911. with the right instructions, baby aaron mason was born, a healthy 6 pounds, 7 ounces. even the brother helped in the delivery. >> he's crying. i think he's breathing. >> gently wipe off his mouth and nose and dry him off with a clean towel. you want to tie the shoe lace around the umbilical cord. >> i was tugging on my shoestri shoestring. >> the brysons are all doing well. they're trying to figure out what nickname to give little aaron, maybe shotgun, 95, or shoestring. >> congratulations. way to keep cool, dad, and big brother. >> of course, traffic on the beltway, gets you every time.
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well, chris cooley is a redskin again. the redskins re-signed the popular tight end to replace the injured fred davis. the team released cooley in august, but he never signed with another team. head coach mike shanahan called him sunday night to see if he would be interested in coming back. cooley said he could not sleep that night because efhe was so excited about returning. >> i'm not sure what the role will be week one or week two as i transition into it. i've got to prove to them i should be on the field, and i've got to prove it right away. that's what i want to do. i have a chance to take advantage of a great opportunity this year, and i'm looking forward to that. >> the 30-year-old cooley played hi his entire career with the burgundy and gold. he is a fan favorite. i know a lot of fans, when we saw fred davis get injured, think about that right away. >> i guess the management did too. >> good luck to him. >> the time is 4:51.
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time to get a check of weather and traffic on the ones. >> and time is here. >> beautiful morning under way. it's warmer than yesterday. we're going to have a mild afternoon. dress accordingly. layer up. going to need a couple of layers this morning. a chill in the air and certainly looking like october. look at this wonderful rural scene in hampshire county, west virginia. gorgeous there. a lot of trees in higher elevations are past peak in the mountains. still many of the lower valleys in west virginia, the color is beautiful. send your wonderful autumn color photos to weather@nbcwashington.com. we will share. i'll be showing more of those during the morning. right now around the region, the areas of dark green are in the 50s. that includes much of northern virginia, maryland, and a few pockets of blue. those are in the 40s. much of the region, it is much milder than it was yesterday morning when we had a near freezing condition in the mountains. getting a few showers way to our north. those should stay north of us in pennsylvania and new york state,
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moving on through. we'll get clouds for the morning commute. sunrise at 7:26. partly cloudy through the morning hours. still a chill in the air, upper 40s, low and mid-50s. by your lunch hour, warming up rapidly. we ought to be in the upper 60s and low 70s. delightful, just a few clouds coming through. and a partly cloudy afternoon and all the way into the upper 70s. our average high is 66. so way above average. a good 10, 11 degrees above average. and then back down to the low 70s by late afternoon and then by dawn tomorrow the upper 50s, even warmer on wednesday. in fact, up near 80 degrees tomorrow afternoon. now, the record high for tomorrow is 84. it can get a little toasty in october. we'll be near that record tomorrow afternoon. and then thursday and friday partly cloudy. highs near 70 both days. sunday and monday. highs only around 60 and a slight chance of a shower. i'm back in five minutes.
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danella with your first 4 traffic. good morning. >> good morning. still keeping an eye on road wo work. the georgetown loop, traffic is blocking the right lane. let's continue on the outer loop. this time as you pass braddock road, you're going to see two of your left lanes blocked here. you can stick to your right and see very light volume. it's not bad as you get past the cones in that area. and checking on the beltway in prince george's county, nice and clear as you make your way past indian head highway. no issues in both directions. light volume. not seeing any road work to warn you about. i'm back in ten. this time we'll check your rails. richard and eun, back over to you. you've heard the marine's creed, leave no man behind. >> now a former marine is applying it to a dog he rescued while serving in afghanistan. sean has raised $4,000 to bring home the dog named bolt. he found the stray dog while working in afghanistan. he even let him stay in the tent
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in the winter. the two were separated when the commander of the base ordered the removal of all dogs. bolt was loaded up and taken away. >> he ran behind a convoy for roughly ten miles or so, pitch black, 3:00 in the morning. and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, bolt comes running full speed right behind me. it was a good feeling, having your buddy back. it was an awesome feeling. >> with the help of online supporters, he raised enough money to bring the dog home. bolt is expected to be reunited with him before his birthday november 15th. >> that's why he's man's best friend. followed the convoy for ten miles. what a great story. it's now 4:55. a little too close to reality. coming up at 5:15, why a scene on television series "homeland" could land the show's creators in court.
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young people are reading more than texts and e-mails on their cell phone. e-book readers between the ages of 16 and 29 read them on a cell phone. 23% use an e-reader.
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among those 30 and older, 46% prefer e-readers. >> i guess we're not young people. >> speak for yourself, right. the stars were out to honor ellen degeneres with the top prize for comedy. >> ellen degeneres is this year's recipient of the mark twain prize for american humor. ellen got her start as a comedy club emcee and how hosts her daily show on nbc 4. >> i just do what i do. i don't do it for any other reason other than making people happy. >> she's so important in every level of comedy but every level of humanity too. she's such an incredible person. she's done so much for so many people. >> i admire her on so many levels, on her personal life and how she's conducted herself and what she's done and changed the world. and plus she's so funny. >> just makes

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