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uber driver accused of a deadly shooting rampage admitted to the crime. 45-year-old jason dalton ordered held without bond this afternoon and is facing six counts of murder after the police say he shot people at random in kalamazoo, michigan. president obama speaking to the u.s. governors today addressed the rampage. >> families are shattered today. >> in the middle of the rampage we are told the suspect dalton picked up an uber passenger. leon: tonight we look at the hiring process. suzanne kennedy live in arlington with a look at us tonight. >> suzanne. >> this is second nature to so many of us. we pick up the phone and hit an app. the next thing we know we have an uber waiting for us to take us where we need to go. but do we really know who we get in the car with?
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>> all it takes is submit information on the uber app. no face to face meeting necessary. this driver went through the process last year. >> copy of your driver's license. copy of the registration. copy of the insurance card. picture of the car. picture of the license plate. >> the next day, i was on the road. >> the driver involved in saturday's shooting 45-year-old jason dalton had undergone background check. uber says he had no criminal record and there was nothing to indicate dalton was a security threat. at the uber local office no one would talk on camera about the local drivers but they talked to kimberly suiters about the screening process. >> u.c. we do adequate background checks. we did them before required by law. >> uber users say the background checks are important but they aren't sure they would have done anything to prevent what happened over the weekend in
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you put your trust in someone you have never met. >> it's necessary for the passenger safety. it doesn't prevent anything from happening. >> yubeer has no -- uber has no plans to change the screening process and it stands behind how it screens the drivers saying it does not plan to add any human elmants to the process. >> reporting live, suzanne kennedy, abc7 news. >> a horrifying case. a mother found pushing her lifeless 3-year-old boy in a swing. today the mother walked free after a judge declared her not criminally responsible for son's death. the attorney says her client was hearing voices when she put ji'aire lee in a swing and pushed him for 44 cold rainy hours in la plata park. simms was treated for psychotic episodes and s
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taking the medications. doctors say she is no longer a threat. >> fairfax county police hope a sketch who will lead to a man behind a brutal sexual assault. take a look. police say this man broke in the apartment in the mount vernon area and sexually assaulted a woman inside. a woman told us she recognizes the man as someone who wanders the complex. they are canvassing the area to hope someone saw something unord. leon: there is a sting organization to bust armed robbers. tyrone strickland jr. and andre speller would meet up with people trying to buy things through the offer up app. then they would pull out a gun and steal cash that the victim brought with them to make purchase and then flee. but the police turned the tables on the two to offer to buy a stolen dirt bike. they arrested the men who were armed when they were supposed to make the deal. alison: we are preparing to go on storm watch.
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going to give way to a stretch of rain. chief meteorologist doug hill has the timing. >> we have two separate systems. one is coming in early tomorrow morning through the afternoon or the everything. a stronger storm on wednesday. the clouds are spreading in after the sunshine. the rain in the carolinas. that will move northward through the early morning hours. through the day we have period of rain. highs of 45 degrees. future cast shows the timing here. through the day tomorrow. hopefully this time tomorrow most of the rain should be moving out. next up is the wednesday storm to be bigger, stronger and a lot of heavy rain. maybe heavy thunderstorms by the afternoon or the everything. we will talk more about that and check the weekend for you. part of the seven-day in a few minutes. leon: supporters of the maryland pupal line turned out in force to support a light rail plan. the proposed 16-mile rain long would mean five stops in the area in and around the university of maryland
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opponents site concerns over noise and safety. we call at it game-changer for the community. contractor is expected to be announced next month. >> tonight the metro leaders will discuss what could be a monumental shift for the metro bus riders. they may overall how you pay a fare. brianne carter is live with that and the other issues that the commuters may face. >> a chance to weigh in on the budget proposal but it could mean more for the commute and this, your smart trip cards how and when you use it. in a matter of minutes, metro officials and the board members will hear from the public as they get a chance to weigh in on the proposed changes. tonight they are not talking about the fare increases or the service cuts. other changes that could likely impact your day-to-day commute. first metro officials are proposing a 15-minute fare grace period. if you go to a station and notice a delay or an, i and
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minutes you will not be charged for that fare. second, metro officials are from posing eliminating the option to add value to your smart trip card on a metro bus. you can still use the card on the bus but you won't load additional money on the card when boarding the bus. this is in hopes to speed up the process of getting the individuals on the bus quicker. if you can't make it out tonight you still have until february 29 to submit comments to metro. all of this part of the budget continues to move metro forward. that is what the officials are saying. board members and the metro officials will weigh all of this and make the ultimate decision. the new budget expected to take effect in july. reporting live, brianne carter, abc7 news. >> thank you. metro passengers who ride orange, the silver and the blue line may experience delays after 10:00. they are replacing 400 feet of rail on the smithsonian station. it will take
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tomorrow night from mcpherson and federal center station in southwest. it will improve safety and reliability. leon: just ahead at 6:00 -- she is 102 years old and -- 106 years old and she got to meet the president. you might remember her from a "7 on your side" story. we caught up with her after the big white house visit and her dance there. >> she has moves. also ahead at 6:00, more than a dozen bald eagles found dead on the eastern shore. mystery coming up. leon: one republican candidate not in nevada yet. making a pit stop here. john kasich's visit to george mason university stirring up controversy. we will tell you about it.
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michelle: the u.s. and russia agreed to enforce a cease-fire in syria. in the change to previously aboarded creasefire, they are going to act as guarantors and the monitor and cessation of hostilities if allowed. it does not include isis or other terrorist organizations and set to begin midnight on saturday. more than 250,000 syrians have been killed in the civil war, which began in 2011. >> a trial began in richmond today that will determine if virginia voter i.d. law is constitutional. democrats filed the law last year saying it disenfranchises
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they are required to show a photo i.d. at the polls is necessary to combat voter fraud. it will not affect the primary. speaking of the campaign and the elections coming up, a busy day on the campaign trail with the two republican presidential candidates making wavers. for john kasich, it originated d with a comment he made at george mason university. >> how did i get elected? i didn't have anybody for me. we got an army of people who and many women who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door to put yard signs up for me all the way back. leon: now later, kasich said he speaks without a prompter and sometimes things don't come out eloquently. he was referencing his first campaign in 1978 when he said he had a support of a lot of stay-at-home moms who held meetings in volunteer kitchen kitchens. ted cruz asked a
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spokesman to resign after there was a false story about rubio. michelle: left of the aisle, sanders stan started his day -- bernie sanders started his day alongside glover. hillary clinton fresh off the nevada caucus win spend the day fundraising in california. leon: coming up next at 6:00 -- >> 13 bald eagles found dead on the eastern shore. i'm amy aubert. i spoke to the man who found them coming up. michelle: big changes on the way outside. find out how long you need the umbrella. >> i'm robert burton. in sports the caps are red hot. so hot they have never seen it before. can bryce harper get better? we hear about what he has to say about topping last season's performance.
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(elephant sound) there's a big difference between making noise, (tapping sound) and making sense. (elephant sound) (donkey sound) when it comes to social security, we need more than lip service.
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l security strong. (elephant noise) hey candidates. enough talk. give us a plan. michelle: two people face charges after a car crashed in a liquor store in gaithersburg. it happened north frederick avenue overnight. 19-year-old woman accidentally hit the gas and plowed into the front of the store. she was charged with a d.u.i. they say a man in the
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and drove off. he was charged with hit-and-run. no one was hurt. leon: a criminal investigation underway after 13 bald eagles were found dead on a farm on the maryland eastern shore area. $10,000 reward is offered for any information leading to a conviction. amy aubert spoke with the man who found that startling scene. amy: on a quiet street in federalburg, a big discovery. >> i thought it was a turkey at first. i moved it with my foot and realized it was a bald eagle. amy: he was looker for deer antlers and instead found four bald eagles in the grass. >> i was amazed at all it was a bald eagle. amy: he contacted officials and the maryland department of natural resources found more the same day. he is not the only one who made the discovery. >> eagle laying right there by my
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amy: robert says the farm where the birds were found has been in his family for over a hundred years. >> i saw all four and i was shocked because i had not seen that many eagles at one time around the farm, flying around the farm. amy: they were found on this dirt road and along the wood line. natural resources police tell us their crews spent today on the scene investigating. >> they are working in a joint investigation with the u.s. fish and wildlife service. they tell us the birds had no sign of trauma. >> my first thought was they had been shot. but then the more that i realized that they were so close together that was not a probability. >> u.s. fish and wildlife service say the birds will be taken to the wildlife forensics laboratory to determine cause of death. for now, neighbors on the quiet back road are left wondering what happened. >> i was amazed what i was looking at. i never seen one that close dead
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leon: stories like that are a reminder how important is it to protect the endangered species like eagles. we can watch the eagles here. 24 hours a day we are keeping an eye on them with the eagle cam. mr. president and first lady as they are called have two eggs somewhere in the nest. can't see them now. if you want to check out the equal goes to check out the link. michelle: for the real mr. president and first lady they got a memorable visit that set the internet on fire. 106-year-old d.c. resident virginia mclaurin danced with them. she was singing as well in the white house visit. we caught up with her today. >> i was so happy. michelle: we first talked to virginia early last year when the "7 on your side" team
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infestation. watch the interview with us today. that has the internet on fire. the video of the white house visit. it is all on the viewer corrected us. when she was born taft was president. 1910. michelle: the amount of history she has been witness to and to now be in the white house. >> the different technology she has lived through. leon: wow! i love that. doug: wonderful to see her smile and happy. leon: something to give us a smile here? doug: not so much. by thursday or friday you'll be smiling but not so much. the daylight hours getting longer. put this day, 22nd of february in books. currently 48. that is after a high of
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we are above average. this time of the year if you look ahead to kind of milestones and the bench mark for the spring and the summer, which is what we've got. daylight savoring time is 20 days. spring is 27 days. the big memorial day weekend, unofficial kickoff of summer is 98 days away. not that i am counting but a nice thought. we are chilly and cloudy. 50 degrees in a couple of spots. drop to 30's tonight. the first weather event is this area of the low pressure pulling moisture from the gulf of mexico. that will continue to push north and eastward. warm front attached but it will wash out because of the cold air. we will have period of rain beginning 6:30 to 7:00 in the morning. we will have steady rain. heaviest rain for the eastern
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and then come to an end. we get a break. then wednesday, a larger more powerful storm developing well west to the tennessee and the ohio valleys. the result to bring us winds from the southeast. warm in the lower 60's here. breezy on wednesday, too. period of rain and heavy rain. even thunderstorms that could be heavy in the late afternoon or the everything. once it cleared out, it will be windy for the day on thursday. 1.5-2 inches of rain is what we expect by the time it comes to an end. the coastline of maryland, delaware, new jersey could get four inches of rain. short term, this is what we have. seven hi day forecast with a cold rain. 100% chance of rain with thunderstorms and heavy downpour. 62 on wednesday. windy weather. 55 on thursday. warming up on sunday. stay with us. we return after this.
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robert: well, caps hope to stay hot winning eight of the last nine. they are hosting the coyotes at verizon. they are still dominating the nhl with a record of 40-10-4. closest to the caps are the blackhawks at 38-19-5. newcomer oshie says it's all new to him. >> i haven't been on a team as hot as we have been and won as many games as we won
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short of period of time. there are a lot of keys to that. we have to keep going and keep improving. robert: in baseball, spring training continues. bryce harper spoke to the media. if you didn't know, he is good. the youngest unanimous m.v.p. in history. bryce harper isn't worried about that. >> i just want to win. i don't care about the accolades or the numbers. i just want to win and do everything we can to get to the next level. robert: wizard host pelicans tomorrow. they have had 20 rebounds.
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>> capable of winning in a lot of ways. at least he is not hot coming in here. maybe he can stay in a funk. >> glad he had a night off. wow! final note. big high school matchup. the conference title and we will have highlights tonight at 11:00. it should be good. >> it should be. really think bryce harper has forgiven jonathan papelbon? >> i don't know. it sticks with you. michelle: rain is sticking with us. doug: look at the map. the rain is headed this way. in tomorrow. tonight, cloudy and in the 30's. gusty winds. 62. showers and thunderstorms. steve rudin will talk about the morning commute when he sees you later. michelle: "world news tonight" with david muir up next. leon: have a good and safe one.
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for a cup of coffee just because you're a woman. so why does congress think it's ok that women get paid 20% less than a man for doing the same job? i'll fight for pay equity, to protect planned parenthood, choice for women, and expand paid and family leave. now some politicians will belittle this as a women's agenda. more proof that we just need more women in congress. i'm kathleen mathews and i approve this message.
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breaking news tonight in the race for the white house. the major resignation. also, donald trump, is he now unstoppable? rubio and cruz, battling to be the alternative. but with both of them in, does it help trump? >> you're going to say, please, please mr. president. we can't stand it anymore. we don't want to keep winning. >> and tonight, has hillary clinton turned a corner? inside the seven hours of terror. the alleged uber gunman in court. six dead. and you will hear from the passengers who got into his uber car before and after the shootings. what he said to them. the storm system tonight, in the south, possible tornadoes, hail and about to move right up the east coast. major snow right behind it. the consumer alert tonight. the cdc now pointing to a popular home improvement item, saying


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