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hello and thank you for joining us. i'm andrea roane. the u.s. military is carrying out air strikes in iraq for the first time in years. president obama authorized the
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operation as part of the effort to avoid the genocide of religious minorities. and to protect u.s. military and embassy personnel stationed in iraq. tara mergener has the latest from the white house. >> reporter: a pair of fa-18 fighter jets dropped bombs on artillery positions of the islamic extremist group known as isis near the city. >> to stop the advaon the city, i directed the military to take targeted strikes against isis terrorist convoys should they move toward the city. >> reporter: about 150 u.s. military advisers and an unknown number of diplomats are working out of the city. kurdish fighters are being overwhelmed as sectarian violence escalates and america's top commander in iraq says isis is not just a violent terrorist organization. he says this is an army and it takes an army to defeat an army. while president obama has authorized air strikes humanitarian aid, he stopped short soft putting more boots
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on the ground. the u.s. has also dropped food and water to thousands of people stranded on a mountain in northern iraq. christians together with a religious sect are surrounded by the isis fighters. five u.s. military aircraft dropped 27 bundles of -- 72 bundles of food and water. >> when we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre. then i believe the united states of america cannot turn a blind eye. >> reporter: republican senator john mccain and lindsey graham praised the president's actions but say more is needed. >> isis militants have taken over key cities across iraq since u.s. troops left in 2011. earlier this year, the president sent in 800 troops primarily to help protect baghdad and the city. in gaza now following three day cease fire. hamas militants fired the first barrage of rockets less than one minute after the cease fire
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expired and israel responded with a series of air strikes. one hit near a mosque killing a 10-year-old boy. israel pulled the delegation out of cairo saying it won't negotiate while hamas is firing rockets. hamas will keep firing until it extracts key concessions from israel and it's not afraid to drag israel into a long and bloody war. tropical storm iselle is making landfall on hawaii's big island and hurricane julio is not far behind. and there's concern up to a foot of rain may cause landslides. bigad shaban has the latest from hilo. >> water is coming in from everywhere. >> reporter: the storm made landfall just as high tide rolled in on the eastern shore of the big island. >> oh my god. >> reporter: flash flood waters raced down the streets. as wind gusts of 85 miles an hour pummeled hawaii's largest island. >> the national guard has
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already moving -- is already moving planes to the mainland that could bring cargo. >> reporter: the governor there neil abercrombie is confident the state is prepared for back- to-back storms. >> like this with you, we're ready. i can assure you, we're on the ball and ready to respond in any way necessary. >> reporter: despite dangerous waves and dire warnings some islanders still ventured out to ride the surf. others went to one of 30 temporary red cross shelters including hilo high school. where more than 100 people spent the night. jessica and liam andrews came with their 2-year-old daughter chloe after wind gusts shook their home. >> we just didn't want to feel frightened overnight so we decided to come in. better to be safe than sorry. >> reporter: sometime on sunday julio will pass. bigad shaban, cbs news, hilo, hawaii. >> it's the first tropical storm to hit the state in 22 years. when will iselle be gone and
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julio arrive? first alert meteorologist erica grow is tracking both storms in the weather centhat's right and we are going to see those storms both impacting hawaii in just a span of a few days. and for the state of hawaii, to get impacted by a tropical storm in the first place, is really really unusual. as you just mentioned andrea. back here at home we're looking okay this weekend we're going to watch a few of these showers and some heavier cells of embedded rain to our southwest make their approach toward us. but in the meantime, we are in the clear just some clouds starting to drift in. so i wanted to give you a quick view of what the scenario looks like here at home. now we're traveling thousands of miles away to the hawaiian islands and you can see they are very isolated out here in the middle of the pacific ocean. and this actually is so far from the continental united states, that it's not covered or updated by the national hurricane center. there's a different center called the central pacific hurricane center. that is based here in honolulu. and that gives the updates is
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iselle you can see how much it has lost its strength. there is not a well defined eye anymore. and this is the next approaching storm. that's hurricane julio which as of the latest advisory still a category 3 storm. so it is still packing a punch but right now in the need time frame, we're -- immediate time frame. we're still looking at the very heavy rain impacting the big island of hawaii and you can see the outer bands that are moving toward the other chain of islands and in the center of the big island, there's a 14,000-foot peak. so that actually not only diminishes the winds of the storm, but it also really wrings out a lot of that moisture and gets some of that very heavy rainfall which is why they have flooding concerns on big island. but the storm is pulling away and this is local time by the way. 2:00 p.m. friday local to hawaii. the storm is already out into the ocean and improving weather movings in before julio arrives and we'll talk about our local forecast and what you can expect this weekend.
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coming up. thanks erica. a star scientific executive staid on the stand in the mcdonnell corruption trial a few minutes ago he was wary of johnny williams' relationship with the virginia governor. but he came to view it as a halo effect with the state's chief executive giving credibility to their product at that block. the star executive said it was the company's desire to get state funded research on antabloc using the tobacco commission money but yesterday secretary of health bill hazel staid in court that he was very skeptical of antabloc and wouldn't even put the stuff in his mouth. peggy fox asked the gov for about this -- governor about that this morning in richmond. >> reporter: did you know secretary hazel was skeptical about antabloc? >> i can't comment on the testimony in the trial as you know. >> what do you hope for today governor? >> i hope to get to the weekend. >> you talked -- [ inaudible ]
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>> i've been through a lot of battles in the army. and through my life. and just another one. but i have great faith in god to get through. thank you all very much. >> testified today was matt conrad. he said the governor asked about the definition of a friend. state disclosure forms don't require officials report gifts from friends. conrad said he told him those people who were friends before you ran for office. the judge in the oscar pistorius murder trial says she'll deliver her verdict september 11th. defense lawyers delivered their final argument today. they claim the south african olympian mistook his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp for an intruder when he shot and killed her. the chief prosecutor accuses pistorius of repeatedly lying on the witness stand trying to defend against a murder charge. pistorius faces life in if convicted of premeditated murder. coming up, the popular
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netflix show prepares to film in d.c. this weekend. but up next, the red cross comes to the rescue of dozens of families forced from their homes by fire. we'll be back.
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new information today on the nearly 70 people who are now homeless after an apartment fire in northwest d.c. last night. it happened just before 6:00 on belmont street. firefighters say flames were shooting from the top of the apartment building when they arrived. three people were treated for minor injuries but not seriously. the red cross was there to assist people who needed a place to stay including many children. most of those residents are now being housed in -- in the shelter. >> i think there were a few people that were being taken care of preventively. but at this point they have everyone out of the building. fortunately it was an early evening event. same kind of thing happened in the middle of the night it would have been very different. >> if you'd like to donate to
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help the victim, the red cross says the best way is online through the website. police are investigating an ugly accident this morning in laurel, maryland. anne arundel county police say two cars collided at such a high rate of speed, you can see in this video one of them was literally split in half. the crash shut down brock ridge road around 9:00 a.m. the drivers of both cars were taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. the road has since reopened. fans of "house of cards" are in for a thrill this weekend. the netflix series will be filming in d.c. tomorrow. the city's office of motion picture and television development says the political thriller will be filming a motorcade tomorrow along pennsylvania, constitution and independence avenues. filming will take place between noon and 10:00 p.m. well, it's usually someone jumping over the white house fence that causes secret service agents patrolling the grounds to scramble. but last night, a toddler
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passing through slats in the gate caught the eyes of the gun toting officers who were charged with protecting the president. secret service spokesman ed win donovan says the child was returned to his parents and ;< joked that agents would have to wait to question him until he learns to talk. coming up, bad news for barbecue lovers in tonight's restaurant alert. >> and it is a beautiful afternoon out here on the weather terrace. wish i could just stay out here all day but we have some showers on the approachful i'll track them for you with -- approach. i'll track them for you with 9 futurecast and we'll take a look at the seven day and see type 2 diabetes affects millions of us. and for many, it's a struggle to keep your a1c down. so imagine, what if there was a new class of medicine that works differently to lower blood sugar?
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some people the question isn't whether to refinance but whether is it time to pay off the mortgage? joining us is sandra block from kiplinger's personal finance and sandra thank you very much for being here. i remember the feeling i had paying off the car note. i can't imagine what it would be like to own the home free and outright. is it right for everyone? >> it's good idea for people who are closing in on retirement because think about your home is probably your largest expense. unless you spend a lot on clothes or something. and so exhausting that paying that off before you go into retirement, means you have a lot more money and a lot more security when you do retire. and it's a great feeling. peace of mind. >> absolutely you know paying off the mortgage is something i always associate with parents and grandparents. they did pay off the homes is that the same for this generation? >> no it's not because boomers in particular have refinanced so many times. moved so many times. you know, my parents lived in the same house most of their adult lives. that's not true for most of us. and if you move if you refinance, a lot of retirees or
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preretirees are going in that direction with the mortgage. it's not necessarily a bad thing but it's a good goal i think to see if you can get as much of it paid down as possible before you stop working. >> what other questions should you ask? >> well, are there better ways to use your money particularly now when mortgage rates are so low. you could perhaps be making more money in the market than you're making -- you're saving by paying off the mortgage. that's a big one. and another one is are you contributing to your retirement plans? you know, if you're getting close to retirement, you want to save as much as you can. in a tax efficient way. maybe that's a better use for your money. and the third thing is you know, you don't have to go one way or the other. perhaps just accelerate and make larger monthly payments towards your mortgage so that you're getting closer to paying it off. by the time you're retired. >> good advice, sandra thank much for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> you're welcome.
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hi there, i'm first alert meteorologist erica grow. the afternoon is looking good here in the d.c. metro area. some peeks of sunshine through the cloud cover as we head into the later afternoon but right now, still looking at money sky and that's -- partly sunny sky and that's where we'll still be at 4:00 with a temperature of 84. that drops down from a high of 86 which will reach at about 4:00. notice the winds also become southeasterly. as we head later on into the evening. that is going to bring us a little bit of an increase in the meantime, in our weather headlines we have a pleasant afternoon and evening. the weekend will be mostly dry though you will notice increase in humidity. that's for sure. more rain will be to the south and west of the beltway. and as far as when will the rain be more likely? more on saturday than on sunday. ve of rain and saturday is the day with the better chance for rain. you'll see that all on 9 futurecast in just a minute. right now it's still only 77 in
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leesburg, manassas and winchester. 75 in hagerstown. frederick and gaithersburg. but yeah we sneaked up into the 80s in both fredericksburg and here in d.c.. on satellite and radar you can see our approaching cloud cover. but the rain, especially the heavier rain is still hundreds of miles off to the south and west. it's going to be a while before that arrives and it does look like we won't get the full brunt of the rainfall during thedy time hours at least this weekend. the drier air is still in place even into the overnight hours. a few sprinkles possible along the 81 core core. tomorrow morning we start out dry and even a good amount of sunshine but that sunshine will actually lead to the instability that gets some of the clouds to bubble up really big. and then you get a few sprinkles dropping down. that could be in the early afternoon hours tomorrow. then as we head into the evening, those showers dissipate and again with the loss of daytime heating the clouds are still in place to the south and west of us on sunday. but notice how the rain is even
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further away from the beltway and the d.c. metro area in general looks like it should be mostly dry during the day on sunday. today, also a dry day. forecast high 84 in manassas and leesburg. 8 will at bwi and andrews as well. 85 fredericksburg and 86 in downtown washington. overnight tonight, we'll dip down to 61 in a few spots like martinsburg and hagerstown and frederick. then we'll get down to 64 degrees tonight in manassas and orange as well. so not too terribly bad. a little on the cooler side as you head up into the mountains of course and there's that chance for some fog. a chance for a few showers in ocean city on saturday. highs remaining in the mid- to upper 70s. bethany. so the further north you go the less chance of showers here. 79 degrees on saturday. 78 on sunday. and in the beltway, we have the better chance for showers on saturday as i mentioned before. sunday, a chance for a stray shower as well. 84 degrees on both saturday and sunday. after today's high of 86. in the first alert seven day
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forecast, a warm and dry day on monday. before the threat for scattered showers and thunderstorms comes back on tuesday and wednesday. a warm front lifting through 679 notice no big surge -- through. notice no big surges in temperatures. thes at or below average for this -- temperatures at or below average for this time of year and that's good news for ac bill but some of us like to get in some more of the beach weather. maybe not like oh my gosh i need to get in the water just to cool off. >> maybe not -- itsy bitsy teensy weeny bikini. >> i stay away from those in general. the up love barbecue you won't love this week's restaurant alert. the bad news is coming up. we'll be back.
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in today's restaurant alert, two barbecue hot spots one in d.c. and the other in prince george's county, both temporarily shut down for mouse droppings. here's russ ptacek. >> reporter: if you love barbecue, you probably know at least one of the names in this report. and if you do, you probably don't want to know iolations. we start with hill country barbecue. it made washingtonians best of washington and was one of zagat's hottest new restaurants of 2011. but when health inspectors observed repeat rodent violations they temporarily shut them down. >> you have to make sure they're not going to be getting ill. >> reporter: the d.c. waiter used the wusa9 restaurant alert to track the violations. it shows a june 16th report citing hill country barbecue with 17 violations including small flies, rodent droppings and live roaches. but inspectors allowed it to
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remain open. on june 25th officials cited the restaurant again for mouse droppings and a dead mouse on a glue board and then again on june 30th. inspectors cited hill country for mouse droppings observed on sheet pans and fruit flies in the baking area. and then, the -- >> i'm clicking on the july 22nd inspection. and on several shelves/speed rack shelves. >> reporter: in a statement is a spokeswoman says they are no longer present in the restaurant. cleanliness and food safety is and has always been of the utmost importance to everyone at hill country. we can assure you that this was an isolated incident and we apologize. by now, you know you can track violations in d.c., virginia and montgomery county, but one county hasn't gone digital. so we tracked down paperwork on prince george's county closure at levi's restaurant in clinton. the inspection report states a complaint stated they had observed a roach in their side order and while inspectors
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didn't find any sides of roaches they did report dead live roach bodies observed on the floor near the water heater. and cite mouse droppings in the cabinet, dead fly bodies on food contact equipment, and potentially hazardous foods are not maintaining adequate cold holding temperatures of 41 degrees fahrenheit and below. like pastturized crab meat at 68 degrees. both bbq spots passed and reopened and prince george's county will keep tracking your closures manually. for montgomery, d.c. and virginia, just text "food" to 25543 for a link to the wusa9 restaurant alert data base. you can check out your favorite restaurant there. i'm investigative reporter russ ptacek, wusa9. >> yikes. >> all right happy lunchtime everybody. >> seven day? good? >> yeah -- well it's going to be mostly dry this weekend. so -- no reason to cancel any outdoor plans that's for sure. >> do your own barbecue at home. that's it for us at noon.
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[ clatter ] [ clatter ] >> paul: you should have seen the look on your little face. you were so scared. "aah!" >> christine: stop it. you know what? >> paul: that was a big stink bug. >> christine: we should have gone to the beach. >> paul: it was the size of a small chihuahua. >> christine: [ laughs ] >> paul: the beach? like a beach is any safer? they have sharks, you know. [ chomping ] >> christine: you are such a smart aleck. but i do have to say... [ sighs ] it is so great to see you laugh


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