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through the morning off and on but some sunshine coming through the high clouds, still chilly by 8:00 in the low 50s but then by 10:00 should be milder, into the mid-60s and should be around 70 degrees for your lunch hour. sun rise at 7:00. sunset at 7:00. and we will have in fredericksburg your hometown forecast location there by noontime should be partly sunny with temperatures there in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees. a look at the rest of your wednesday. that's coming up in about ten minutes at 4:41. now a look at early morning traffic on this wednesday with danella. good morning. good morning, tom. still tracking an accident. this is right near the d.c./maryland line in southeast along branch avenue is shut down between camden street and erie street this morning because of the crash. for folks trying to work their way around the accident you can use 30 3 2nd street instead. now we scoot over to the beltway, early morning construction has cleared really overnight.
started last night. it's set to clear around 5:00 a.m. on the inner loop for folks traveling between arena drive and all the way down to pennsylvania avenue, but that's clear. travel lanes are open in both directions inner loop and outer loop here. taking the beltway in montgomery county, clear for you as well. a look at colesville road. no accidents, no delays, no be construction. i'm back in ten minutes. aaron and eun, over to you. >> thank you. 4:32. over to angie goff at the live desk. we're just days away from the rollout of the president's health care law, and republican senator ted cruz continues his all-night talk-a-thon into this morning. live to the senate floor there where he's not letting up. he's about to enter the 14th hour on the floor of his talking protest in the so-called obama care and a looming government shutdown. it's not technically a
filibuster but rather a marathon anti-obama care speech, and he vows to keep talking until he can no longer stand. it's a theatrical effort to get attention to his push to block reforms and is talking everything from quoting the reality show "duck dynasty" to even reading his kids a bedtime story, tweeting out this picture of his little girls watching and listening to green eggs and ham. cruz, who had tea party support, actually is for the bill he's holding up. it would keep the government running while defunding waem care. he wants to delay the senate from sending the measure back to the house. cruz's plan has been criticized by the republicans who worry a delay would give them less time to find a compromise. senator cruz, as you saw, still talking away. as of now the senate vote on the measure is still scheduled tore today. that's the latest from the live desk, angie goff, news 4. president obama will hold a conference call talking about his new health care law. this comes as his administration works to educate the public about market exchanges launching
in states next tuesday. today health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius is talking about premiums available estimating that most americans will have two or more insurers that work best for their situation. under the new law everyone must carry health insurance by january 1 or face a fine. d.c. leaders plan to take an unusual move to keep the city running if the federal government shutdown happens next week. the council wants to classify 33,000 district workers as essential personnel that would allow them to continue to work since congress oversees d.c.'s budget. the d.c. council is expected to pass that emergency legislation on monday, which is the deadline for congress to reach a deal. a shutdown would force the district to sus pend things and close libraries.
the move could be subject to fines. two more victims of the mass shooting at the navy yard will be remembered today by family and friends. ken proctor's family at the sacred heart church in la plata followed by a funeral mass at 10:00. a viewing for arthur daniels at 9:30 at the community of hope ame church. his funeral at 11:00. you can help the nationals raise money for victims' families and survivors of the shooting. the team is auctioning signed jerseys the day they wore after aaron alexis killed 12 people at the navy yard. we checked out the auction site and so far more than $32,000 has been bid on those 41 jerseys. bryce harper has the highest at nearly $4,000. bidding runs through tomorrow night at 8:00. all proceeds will go to the navy yard tragedy family support fund. today a judge will sentence a maryland man convicted of
murder. sentencing hearing for 24-year-old kelvin walker will happen at 10:30 this morning at the prince george's county courthouse in upper marlboro. he faces life plus 20 years in prison for the murder of just sin isaacs. he was convicted of robbing and killing the 17-year-old as he walked home from a library in 2011. this morning six people face charges for the deadly stabbing of a woodbridge high school football player. prince william county police arrest arrested four women and two men in connection with the murder of 18-year-old kenny diaz. the youngest suspect is 19-year-old samuels. diaz was found stabbed to death saturday. >> my wife didn't do nothing. >> police say everyone involved in the case knew each other. they say the suspects had an ongoing relationship over drugs. new this morning, we're
learning of a first of its kind investigation. the department of transportation wants to know whether asiana airlines failed to properly help victims families after the plane crash. dozens were injured when flight 214 crashed back in july. u.s. law requires all airlines to provide a range of services following an accident, things like transportation and lodging and setting up a toll-free number to inform families. the ntsb has found they failed to provide emergency contact numbers, set up a proper hotline, or even contact passengers' families for days after the crash. asiana could face fines of nearly $30,000 for each part of the law violated. a health scare after of a student tests positive for tuberculosis and big changes for incoming military recruits. also ahead, dramatic video giving us a look at what happened during the mall siege
military publication "stars and stripe stripes." the rule is part of a new policy on grooming and appearance. it won't apply to current soldiers. the new policy could take effect in a month or two. virginia commonwealth university will notify about 300 students that they may have been exposed to tuberculosis. a spokeswoman said a student test tested positive for it tb. she said the extent is considered insignificant. screening will be offered to people as a precaution. 4:41 is our time right now. 55 degrees outside our studios. a little bit warmer than yesterday. >> let's see how the rest of the day will shape up. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein with traffic on the 1s. tom? good morning. at 4:41 a few high clouds drifting in across virginia and west virginia. much of maryland and the district where temperatures are down into the 40s, most locations. and we're going to stay chilly here through about 8:00 this morning. we'll still be around the metro
area in the low 50s in the raurl areas in the 40s even through 7:00, 8:00 this morning. but then by noontime a rapid warm-up. partly cloudy. by then should be near 70 degrees. then by mid after unanimous a midafternoon a look at the rest of your week, your weekend, and how much daylight time are we losing. we'll look at that coming up at 4:51. now a look at traffic with danella. around the beltway, still quiet. in southeast d.c. you are still seeing branch avenue shut down in both directions between camden street and erie street. traveling in southeast, you want to use 32nd street as a workaround. no issues to report. as you travel in both directionses making your way between leesburg and the beltway, your travel lanes are open. drive time from sully as you make your way to the beltway easy drive in both directions. that's a 15-minute drive for folks traveling eastbound and westbound. the search for survivors under way in pakistan. that's after a powerful
i'm angie goff at the live desk. desperate rescue efforts are rising as the death toll from the huge pakistan earthquake rises. 238 people are dead and thousands left hurt or homeless after houses collapsed tuesday. the 7.7 mag ani the 7.7 mag antude quake. the military is sending in troops and choppers to help in in the search and recovery. officials are saying it was so powerful that it create add small island that you can see off the southern coast of the country. >> angie goff, thank you. new this morning, more
gunfire just a day after the president of kenya said forces have captured or killed the militants involved in the deadly mall siege. you can see white smoke coming from the building. a government spokesman said the shots came from kenyan forces going through the building in nairobi. today marks the beginning of three days of national mourning. skau security forces killed 11 others. exclusive video showing the frightening moments when the terrorists stormed the mall on saturday. you can see a mo and her daughter -- mother and her children playing dead in this video and you are hearing from an american who escaped in iran to dulles. >> when they first came in, i mean, they were just shooting. there wasn't really -- they weren't asking any questions. they were shooting. >> at least 67 people died in the attack. that number is expected to rise as forces recover bodies still inside the mall. new since news 4 at 11:00
things are back to normal at police headquarters in columbus, ohio, after an explosion was reported inside the building. firefighters and the bomb squad searched the building floor by floor and there were no signs of smoke or damage. a police spokesman said an industrial battery in the lobby blew up as it was charging. no one was hurt. 4:47 now. an elderly d.c. man who lost his home over $134 tax bill is challenging the district's tax lien program that allows the city to impose liens for unpaid property taxes and sell them to private investors. "the washington post" found some of those investors demanded thousands of dollars in fees from homeowners and then took their homes when they couldn't pay them. the lawsuit says the tax lien program is an abuse of power and calls it unconstitutional. this morning police are looking for two thieves pulling off skimming. an a it tm surveillance camera snapped a decent picture of the two.
police say they attached skimmers on bank of america a it tms in bethesda and chevy chase. it can record your account and p.i.n. number when you go to get cash. this has been going on nor about a month. they've expanded their investigation into d.c. as well. police urge you not to use an atm if you notice any odd markings or scratches on it or the machine's card reader is loose. we now know the identity of the body found decomposing in a d.c. closet. this morning police are trying to determine how the woman died. the body was found saturday inside this apartment building on adams street. her body was found inside her bedroom closet. >> her sister called me on the phone and asked me have i seen her. >> the victim's family did it not want to talk. neighbors say they smelled a foul odor in the building for
more than two months. this morning a construction worker is recovering after being trapped in a trench in maryland for more than three hours. take a look at this video from chopper 4. this happened in frederick county. rescue crews had had to secure the trench with boards before digging a man out. that worker from pennsylvania was up to his waist in cold mud and water. hot air had to be pumped in to keep him warm. we are still working to find out what cause this had transformer explosion and fire in prince george's county. above the pepco substation off central avenue. no one was hurt and no customers lost power. there are new safety concerns after a man was hit and killed by a commuter train in prince george's county. it happened monday along route 1 at decatur street. neighbors say there aren't enough places to safely cross the tracks, so they have created their own pathways. >> to address that problem a
bridge. the way it was originally set up, it just needed to be a crossing. >> a new crossing is planned as part of the whole development project. fairfax county school board has new suggestions on how to save money. a group presented the board with results of an audit it just finished. cutting the number of office assistants at elementary schools and adding more assistants in high schools. the report also says the county could save millions of dollars by getting rid of more than 150 custodians. in the day ahead d.c.'s city leaders will join executives from the marriott to celebrate a milestone in the construction of the largest hotel in the district. this morning at 10:00 a.m. they will hold a topping off ceremony at the site of the marriott marquee near the washington convention center in northwest. a crane will lift the ceremonial beam on top of the building to signify con sfrux has reached its full height. the hotel is set to open in the spring. it's just about 4:51.
time for weather and traffic on the 1s. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here now with more on our forecast. we've had some perfect fall like weather this past week. >> in the weather department it's the department of redid you know dan did i department. every day just seems very similar and we're going to keep this it going. absolutely gorgeous, awesome autumn weather. there is the sky over the washington monument. it's mostly clear in washington. a few wispy, high clouds this morning. 56 now at reagan national. humidity is very comfortable. we have a very light northerly breeze. and right now around the beltway in our neighborhoods in prince george's county it's in the upper 40s to near 50. much of month the gomry county in the mid be and upper 40s and so is fairfax county, alexandria, arlington, falls church, low to mid-50s and further west some of the rural areas down into the low 40s. there's a little patchy fog around the shenandoah valley and
parts of west virginia in the mountains where it's down into the 40s as well and near the bay waters right near 50 degrees. but away from the water much of the eastern shore, southern maryland and the northern neck. we'll have some high clouds through the morning hours but quite a bit of sunshine and then as we get into the afternoon hours after we reach the 70s, temperatures will be dropping back down again tonight. chuck and i were talk iing abou how much daylight hours we're losing here this time of year and chuck takes a look at that as well as what it will be looking like for the rest of the fall into the winter solstice. chuck? good morning, tom. yeah, we all know that the uinox, the equal day and nighttime of the air that just s on sunday.first day of fall we don't get our exact 12 hours of daylight on the equinox. today is the day. our sun angle at 50 degrees up high in the sky today. as we go into wintertime. the sun up at?
7:25. we lose about two and a half minutes a day. >> highs reaching upper 70s and again tomorrow and a few clouds this and out and lots of sunshine for friday. a look at your weekend, storm team 4 seven-day outlook. beautiful for your weekend, outdoor activities on saturday and sunday, highs reaching mid-70s. morning lows 50s and the the mild pattern continues into the first part of next week. i'm back in ten minutes. danella is here now looking at traffic. good morning, tom. the first alert traffic center still keeping my eye in southeast d.c. because of the accident along branch avenue. folks traveling there it is shut down in both directions between camden street and erie street. we to have tony tull en route.
near lake forest mall, you can see road wok up here. it is blocking the right lane but it looks like they're picking up the cones now. take a closer look. your lanes will be open in both directions near lake forest mall. over to i-270 clear as well from frederick, maryland, through rockville. no issues. this is montrose road. >> danella, thank you. just like the temperature and the leaves, gas prices are falling. there is a real possibility you could soon see prices under $3 a gallon. the national average for regular is $3.46 this morning. prices could drop 25% in the next few weeks. a cheaper winter blend contributing to the dip. that's welcome news since prices have been over $3 for a record
1,000 days. in our area regular is $3.62 in the district. $3.40 maryland. if you've been waiting to take a road test to get your license in the district, your wait is getting longer. imagine that. days, weeks, even months in some cases. transportation reporter adam tuss has learned there are only two road test examiners for the entire d.istrict of columbia. for the past two months they have had help from virginia which supplied nine more inspectors but the state has pulled them back. the director says hiring new examiners has been an issue. >> we had almost 200 applicants so we had to weed through those applicants. all those things, unfortunately, take more than a week or two. >> we're working to learn how much the backlog is costing the district. it will involve paying for travel and hotel stays. well, do you have a tough time getting to sleep? >> yes. >> you do most of the time. >> there may be a reason for it,
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according to kayak.com you'll find the cheapest airfares now through october. the best thanksgiving deals flying out the monday or tuesday before. the closer to christmas day you fly, the more you will likely save. today a look at something you may see on some of your friends and families wish lists this upcoming see be son. amazon will unveil its new kindle fire, hdx. it will come in two sizes and be cheaper than an ipad. it will start shipping middle of next month. the olympic torch for the winter games going where no olympic torch has gone before. outer space. it will arrive at the international space station in november. it will spend part of the month there and take on its first ever space walk. the torch won't actually be lit because it's in space. and for safety reasons
apparently. it will be used to light the caldron to mark the start of the games in february. >> this is what happens. what do they do the next two years? how do you beat going out into space? >> there's nowhere else to go. >> stay with us, "news 4 today" continues now at 5:00 a.m. right now at 5:00, ready to make their case to voters. the governor's race in the spotlight as two candidates prepare to square off in a debate. >> not going down without a fight. senator ted cruz still on the senate floor right now in an effort to derail the president's health care law. >> dramatic video showing the siege from inside the mall in kenya as they begin three days of mourning. good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. a live look outside at 5:00 a.m. 50 degrees in some places. a chilly start