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the message they're sending. storm team 4 tracking some serious rain coming our way. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everybody. 5:00 a.m. on this wednesday, the 3rd of february. i'm michael gargiulo. i'm darlene rodriguez. storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. good morning. >> good morning guys. it's going to be a soggy day through the late morning into the afternoon. the rain starts to pick up early this morning. not a big issue. it will be an unseasonably mild day. threat combination with the snow on the ground and the heavy rain could lead to flooding issues. right now we're dry. it's getting into the western sections of new jersey. the heavy stuff waits until mid to late afternoon i think. somerset, central portions of new jers included. we have a flood watch through today and tomorrow. an inch to inch and a half of rain could lead to significant flooding on the streets and highways. otherwise, heavy ponding on the roads.
forecasting a high in the upper 50s, near 60 in spots. little after 5:00 a.m. it's early. >> it's early and very, very greenment a lot of the construction overnight has cleared. we'll show you the roads. starting with the belt parkway past lefferts boulevard. things moving along fine here. similar story over at the inbound side of the lincoln tunnel. cars and trucks around the helix. no delays inbound or outbound at the hudson river crossings. a fabulous commute but it's only 5:00 a.m. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> thanks so much, lauren. a brave 9-year-old girl is rattled but alive. she jumped from the third floor of a bui lding in mahwah. this morning, we're hearing the story from the officers who were waiting below to catch her. "today in new york's" michael george in mahwah with the story. michael, an amazing rescue here. >> reporter: incredible, michael. that 9-year-old jumped from the third floor balcony. flames coming closer.
cops told her to jump. she did. and they caught her. thankfully this morning, she's okay and with her famil flames overtook this condo yesterday afternoon. according to officials it all started when an elderly woman with dementia left something in the microwave. everyone got out safely. but the 9-year-old girl was home alone trapped on the balcony. there was no time to wait for a rescue. she jumped and three officers were there to catch her. today they're being called heroes. >> they are now her angels. they encouraged her to jump for her life and in doing so, they saved her life. it's real you a special thing. >> reporter: now, fortunately, the 9-year-old girl was unharmed. in fact, everyone got out okay. right now, about 12 people have been displaced by the fire. they're being put into temporary homes. we'll send it back to you.
5:02 right now. families are sleeping outside the local office of a justice department. tracie strahan is in lower tracie? >> reporter: darlene, they're in the final hour of this all-night vigil right on the steps. they're in sleeping bags and wrapped up trying to keep warm as they seek justice for graham. four years ago that 18-year-old was shot and killed by an officer during a drug sting. he was chased into the bathroom of his home and then opened fire. haste has remained in the nypd. kmarjs were tossed out. a second grand jury decided not to indict him again. we just smoke with graham's mother about what she's demanding in this vigil. >> we really mean business. we want some answers. this office is the last place that can give us answers to why my son is dead. >> reporter: the family is
the u.s. attorney, the mayor and commissioner bratton. as we bring you back live, they're not just demanding justice for him. even though they have the shirts and hats saying that. anyone that's been wrongd by an nypd officer in their estimation, that's who they want justice for. again, they're going to be holding a news conference at 6:00 this morning. we will bring that to you live. back to you. >> tracie strahan in lower manhattan. thank you. >> in this morning, you'll be able to pay for thaur parking space using your phone. mayor de blasio planning to un vil a new app tomorrow during the state of the city address. it will let you bypass the muni meters as they're known. the app will warn you when time is expiring and you can get a partial refund for the time you don't use. should be up and running by the end of the year. i think this will be a great development for parking. sometimes it's hard to put in lthe credit card and you're waiting and -- >> it doesn't always work. i'm afraid because it suck this
i'm concerned it's going to get st uck. yes. 5:04. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. we've all had our muni meter issues. >> you're right about the card going in. okay. give it back. >> then i'm afraid the paper will blow off the windshield. >> roll up the windows. that's another story. in the meantime, wa o to roll up the windows today, make the wipers are working well because rain is on the way. snow stays way to the north with this system. the real nasty weather we've been hearing about in the midwest that produced tornadoes and nasty severe thunderstorms, that's going to stay to the south of us. we'll get a good soaking rain. what to expect today? rain to break out from west to east by the end of the morning commute. heaviest rain is going to be in the p.m. hours. this afternoon, the first part of tonight, much milder. 50s to near 60s out of the south and southwest. there will be local street and highway flooding as well because of the melting snow and about an
it's mostly cloudy now, mild already at 45 degrees. we easily get to the mid-50s by noon. the wind starts to pick up. temperatures climb to the upper 50s. the rain gets heavy at times. probably for the evening commute. ba what about the morning commute? >> the roads are quiet. a couple of changes on the buses. detours on the m 9, m 34 select and m 103 buses. nj transit, 34, 83 and 168. rails are good right now. ferries, seastreak has service changes. one for the morning commute but quite a few for the afternoon. check on that. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. don't forget to pay the muni meter. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> thanks, lauren. we have a consumer alert. a massive data breach affecting restaurants nationwide. hackers accessed credit card information as far back as 2014.
bubba gump shrimp company. mccormick and shah mick's in manhattan. three morton's elocations. world trade center site, white plains and great neck on long island. vic and anthony's in gramercy park. if you've used any of those locations, go back, check your statements. to find out more go to nbcnewyork.com. at noon today, governor dannel malloy will tell us how he plans to cut connecticut's budget. details come during his state of the state address. there's talks of layoffs in the state pension fund. the governor may have more flexibility how to spend more money. today marks one year since people were killed in a crash in westchester county. train hit an suv. the crossing in valhalla. on monday, the federal railroad administration says no changes
they found the gate was working properly. the final report is due out this summer. much of the country is dealing with the aftermath of dangerous weather. a cell phone camera caught this tornado touching down in alabama. officials say it left a path of destruction taking out several trees and power lines. homes were in its path, but so far only minor injuries have been reported. tornadoes hit south carolina and eastern mississippi. there are reports of extensive damage. the same storm system that brought the tornadoes in the south delivered blizzards across the middle part of the country. drivers were fighting whiteout conditions and snowy, slippery roads. portions of interstates were shut down in colorado, nebraska and kansas. those same states are buried under heavy snow. it's 5:08. doctors in the united states are reporting the first known case of the zika virus being sexually transmitted. dallas health officials say someone had gotten sick with
sexual partner then developed zika without a travel region. neither patient is a pregnant woman. it's usually carried by mosquitoes. what about the olympics coming up. they say it will not be affected by the virus. brazil declared it a public health emergency and the government recommended pregnant women stay away from the games. it's linked to birth defects in thousands of newborns. the pilot of the airliner that nearly exploded -- there's a hole shown blown out of the side of the jet. the pilot safe live made an emergency landing in somalia. we're told only two people were hurt. police are looking into reports thio one man was killed when he was sucked out of the plane. 5:09. happening today, a pennsylvania judge expected to rule as to whether the criminal case against bill cosby will be dismissed. he's accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in
yesterday, the former district attorney there testified he did cut a deal with cosby. under this deal, cosby would not be prosecuted in exchange for a deposition in the civil suit with the woman. robert durst expected to enter a plea today in new orleans federal court. he's going to waive extradition to california. that's where he's wanted on first degree murder charges. his lawyers welcome the chance to prove he didn't kill his former spokesman. new lesson from sesame street. how that show is investing millions to help children. and chris is tracking some rain that could make a mess of our eveningcommute. your weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up.
storms in the south, snow in the north. chris will tell us what it means for us in weather and traffic on the 4s. federal health officials investigating a salmonella outbreak that may be connected to garden of life raw meal products. pe le are being returned to return the shakes as a precaution. microsoft recalling more than 2 million power cords over fire concerns. it includes the cords included with the surface pro tablets sold before march of 2015. we have posted more information on nbcnewyork.com. the mta crunched numbers and in 2015, it was a record year for metro-north. more than 86 million people used it last year. more than ever. long island railroad ridership up but did not set a record. 5:14. time for weather and traffic on this wednesday morning. things pretty quiet so far in terms of the rain moving towards us. it really picks up this afternoon. the evening, along with the wind. the good news about it, it
we could get close to 60 in the viewing area before the day is through. clears up tomorrow after morning clouds. then pleasant for the weekend ahead. good timing for saturday and sunday. meantime, with the heavy rain and the melting snow out there, nter done, middlesex, a flood watch in effect. the clogged drains, try to get them cleared out so that the water has somewhere to go. otherwise, it will back off into the streets. we're also concerned about rivers cresting on thursday a little bit on the high side. chelsea at 44. hoboken 47. green ridge 42. in and around the boroughs and thother side of the river, everybody into the 40s. 30s north and west. sussex, you pop up to 37. all of these areas, anybody flirting withreezing will go above freezing. here comes the rain marching across pennsylvania right now. outer west virginia as well. the heavy rain towards the south and west. the first showers will be on the light side. this morning. then that rain will fill in quickly by this afternoon and become heavier.
northeast through the morning commute. probably getting in about 8:00 or 9:00 most areas. maybe later from the city on east. of inland spots, maybe low 60s. heavy rain into the late afternoon and early evening hours. that will slide east after midnight. morning clouds tomorrow and drying out in the afternoon. still not bad, though. not a quick shot of cold air behind us either. temperatures in the low 50s. the rainfall potential, looking at about an inch perhaps to the north and west of us. 1 to 1.5 inches across long island, close to the city and portions of new jersey. that's why local street and highway flooding is a good possibility for the evening commute. weekend, brighter, mild. temperatures in the mid and upper 40s. then a couple of coastal scenarios. it looks like maybe tuesday will be a threat for the possibility of some snow. we'll keep you posted on it as it gets closer. yesterday it looked like monday. now it's tuesday. the word maybe is always in there. heavy rain in the afternoon. dries out tomorrow. still mild. then it's not that cold either
43 friday, 47 saturday, 48 sunday. we'll watch that storm potential r early next week with temperatures back in the upper 30s. what are we watching commutewise, lauren? i see train info. >> mass transit, we've had changes in the past few minutes. downtown 2 and 3 trains are running local from 96th street to 42nd. you can expect delays. that's all because of track maintenance. we have an update for staten island ferry commuters. they tweeted out that they'll be operating on a modified schedule. they leave every 20 minutes because of some mechanical issues they're having. seastreak has service changes in effect. new york waterway on the regular route and sc dule. the roads are in great shape so far. the gowanus expressway past the belt merge in through industry city. still doing fine. heading over to the grand central parkway, things moving nicely. still in good shape as you head
alternate side of the street rking rules in effect today. the next update on the 4s. decision 2016. this morning, iowa in the rearview mirror. the candidates focusing on new hampshire hampshire. edward lawrence is in washington with what's happening in the granite state today. the answer is lots, lawrence. >> reporter: it feels like the intensity was turned up a notch. it's starting to get fun to watch. both sides, democratic and republican candidates, are trying to make new hampshire count. >> new hampshire is one of the smallest states in the nation. this week, it's the center of national politics. >> i'm pretty excited about where we are. i think people in new hampshire will make the right decision. trump finished second to ted cruz. >> we'll beat hillary clinton and not by a flip of the coin. >> senator marco rubio surprised everyone almost beating trump finishing a close third.
in the history of a primary in iowa. where 60,000 people came out extra. i'm not going to say that was me but it was me. >> trump says he'll win new hampshire. they credit cruz's ground game in iowa. >> we're going to continue what we did in iowa here on the ground in new hampshire and south carolina. we're going to build the grassroots army. meanwhile, senator bernie sanders raised $3 million in donations since his moral victory in iowa. >> if we bring out large numbers of people, we are going to win next tuesday. >> this is the first in the nation primary. nobody takes that responsibility mocare seriously than granite staters. >> clinton trails sanders in recent polls in new hampshire by double digits. she hopes to turn that around. hillary clinton cons ered focusing on the races after new ha,mpshire because of bernie sanders lead. she decided to stay to fight to close the gap. reporting live in washington,
>> i had ward, thanks. this morning, cnbc money report. a big change for amazon. the retailer reportedly plans to open 400 brick and mortar bookstores. the company oipd the first book shop in seattle in november. it would be a major surprise from the e-commerce company that helped drive bookstores out of business. sesame street is headed -- sesame workshop have launched a venture capital firm. they will invest in tech startups focused on children's education, health or nutrition. the $10 million fund plans to invest money in each new company. pga golfer stewart cink hit the hardwood at his alma mater for a chance to win a scholarsp for a lucky student. duke georgia tech basketball in atlanta, kring nailed the putt.
the shot won a fifth year grad student a $25,000 scholarship. cink is keeping that golf ball to see if it brings him the same luck on the greens. what's the chances of that? he's a pro golfer. still, that's amazing. >> on the hardwood. it's a different field, if you will. >> that's amazing. >>ar there was no pressure, right, with the grad student hoping to get that shot for him. that is so great. >> congratulations. good job. 5:21. just ahead, a good price on high-end jewelry. who the items once belonged to. a new development in the criminal investigation into an outbreak at chipotle. you're watching "today in new
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welcome back. 5:23. 45 degrees out right now. chipotle is the subject of a broader criminal investigation following an e. coli outbreak. originally, the investigation focused on one restaurant. but now chipotle will have to release information about how the company handles food safety companywide. 14 people, you might remember, got sick at restaurants in two separate e. coli outbreaks. bernie mad off's jewelry is up for auction. they began auctioning off the jewelry yesterday. opening bid for a die manned bracelet, over $21,000.
started at $380. all these proceeds, though, it's going towards restitution fund for those in the ponzi scheme. we've had mild and chilly weather. but now we've got rain coming in. >> it's going to wash away some of it. some is left in the city streets. i don't know what it looks like anymore. it's not snow anymore. i don't know what's in there. >> no. let's wash some of that away. we should do that today with the rain picking up in intensity. starts out light. heavier this afternoon and evening. windy too. but mild temperatures. we're talking upper 50s. between the temperatures melting the snow and the rain, it could lead to local highway street flooding. tonight showers continue. tapering off after midnight. lows in the upper 40s. we do take a peek into the weekend. upper 40s, same thing for
good deal of sunshine. we may get a nice weekend at the end of all of this. no cold air for the rest of the week. that could change by next week. let's enjoy what we have now. >> day by day, right? we're pushing through february too. >> lauren, what's happening. >> not too much on the commute. we'll start with the checklist. for everyone getting on the trains, delays and service changes on the 2 and 3 delays. a live look at route 3 in east rutherford. smooth sailing here. new jersey fantastic shape. no accidents to report on. it's good news as you head out the door heading into 5:30. thanks so much, lauren. 5:26. if you live on the upper east side, your bedbugs are slightly different than those plaguing upper west siders. they eat at different restaurants. it's a whole culture thing. they looked in subway stations, though, to track the genome of the tiny parasites.
that tended to follow particular su bway lines. they hope to use this information to develop better pesticides. the bedbugs on the east side don't like to come to the west side. >> they stay on the east side. a phony priest under arrest accused of scamming people who wanted to see pope francis. plus, when new technology could make it easier to park in new york city. >> reporter: and a mother's call for justice for her slain son is currently taking place on the steps of the department of justice. i'm tracie strahan live in lower manhattan with more on this vigil coming up. if you're approximate to head out the door, take us wi you. download the "news 4 new york" app on your mobile device right now.
a remarkable rescue. a little girl leaps from a burning building. this morning, we're hearing from one of the officers who caught her. plus, there's a large group of people sleeping outside this morning. we have live pictures here. we'll tell you the message they're sending with this all-night vigil. a commuter alert for staten island ferry riders this morning. "today in new york" starts right now. good morning everyone. it's wednesday, february 3rd. i'm darlene rodriguez. i'm michael gargiulo.
with the forecast. rain holding off for now. >> we're waiting for it. here. just about ready to hop over from pennsylvania into new jersey. the first showers, i think, relatively light. the heavier rain, that solid wall of rain will move in especially for the afternoon and the evening commute. that combined with melting snow leads to a flooding threat for the area. mid-40s in the city. upper 30s outlying suburbs right now. most folks above the freezing mark. though. we anticipate a day that will be cloudy, windy and get wetter through the day. steady showers by noon to 54. close to 60 in parts of area. by the evening commute, heavy rain going to be a possibility. let's check on the early commute and see if it's moving smoothly. >> most of the area is. lots of green on the maps. the palisades parkway, before the new york state thruway, you have a lane blocked. an accident vofgd a
staten island ferry commuters, you have a modified schedule this morning. boats will leave every 20 minutes. c street has service changes as well. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> thanks so much, lauren. right now, an all-night vigil taking place in lower manhattan. family members are joined by a large crowd outside the ofts justice department. tracie strahan is there with more. >> reporter: darlene, they've been here for 12 hours now, wrapped in blankets, sleeping in sleeping bags. more importantly, demanding justice for rah marley graham. let's show you video of the event when it happened four years ago. he was shot and killed during a drug sting. the officer chased him into the bathroom of his home in the bronx and opened fire. haste has remained in the nypd. charges against him were tossed out. a second grand jury decided not
we spoke to ra marley graham's mother who has been on the steps about why she felt to hold this all-night outdoor vigil. >> when i fight for my son, i fight for all black and brown people. that's the most important thing. it's not just only for my son. ramarley getting justice is justice foreall the others who didn't get justice. >> reporter: they're calling for the officer and other officers involved in the graham shooting to be fired. they're directing that call not only to mayor de blasio but police commissioner bill bratton and of course, u.s. attorney bharara. we spoke to his mother and she called for 1,000 bodies to be out here. 30 to 40 people are here now. but she's grateful for the support. back to you. tracie strahan in lower thank you. happening today a former nypd officer accused in a federal pros cougs ring is due
the fbi is accusing, eduardo cornejo of driving ten different women to hotels in new jersey and new york many times after leaving work. there was an internal investigation. he did serve 11 years with the nypd most recently in brooklyn. police arrested a man in california accused of pretending to be a priest for nearly two decades. investigators say 59-year-old irwin mena went parish to parish and always managed to get away before authorities caught on. he celebrated mass, heard confessions and officiate add the funerals and at least one wedding. he issued phony tickets to see pope francis. drivers wait fumbling for change when the parking on the muni meters are trying to put your credit card in. mayor de blasio plans to unveil a new app to let you pay with your mobile phone instead. the app will also warn you when your time is up. give you a partial refund for time you don't use.
running by the end of this year. >> yeah. >> bringing new york into the 21st century. >> absolutely. nobody wants to fuss with that muni meter. put your card in, you're waiting. doesn't work. you don't have cash on you. >> i was trying to remember, what was the time expired. >> that's right. 5:34. trials and tribulations of parking in new york city, chris. >> it is a challenge. police have lost years of their life with the stress of trying to find a parking spot. while we catch up with this, we're catching up with rain headed in our direction. not yet. but it's getting closer and closer. in hunterdon, middlesex and monmouth county, could lead to rising rivers. an inch to 1.5 inches of rain a possibility. with the clogged storm drains, be wary of flooding. the rain by the end of the morning commute. we think rain heavy at times. once you're past 1:00 or 2:00, the rain picks up in intensity. milder though. up near 60 in parts of the area. be aware of that local street and highway flooding threat.
cloudy in the city. late morning through midday. it picks up in intensity through the afternoon along with the wind and a high in the upper 50s. rest of the seven-day forecast is ahead. let's find out about this commute. how is it rolling along? >> track maintenance is causing service changes on the 2 and 3. they're running local to times square. 42nd street, expect delays. if you're on the major commuter lines or subway lines, so far so good. no problems out there. heading to the buses, most of the buses have cleared the detours that are out there with the exception of 83 and 168 on nj transit. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. a 9-year-old girl is alive thanks to a leap of faith. she jumped from the third floor of a burning building. the girl was in her family's home in mahwah in an accident alone. the flames broke out. this morning, we're hearing from the officers who called her.
they convinced her to jump. >> reporter: just imagine the courage it would take for any of us to jump from three stories up. but that 9-year-old girl jumped from that balcony up there. the flames were getting closer. amazingly, she's okay thanks to three police officers who caught her. according to the mayor of mahwah it started with an elderly woman with dementia left something in the microwave. a 9-year-old girl was home alone trapped on the balcony. they were trying to get to her with you there was no time to waste. she jumped from the balcony. luckily, three officers were there to talk her through it and catch her. we spoke with one of the hero cops. >> i started talking to her. i was telling her, explaining to her she needs to jump. i called for help and these two officers, sergeant and officer both came and met me. she jumped down and we caught her.
9-year-old is okay and with her familiment there were 12 people displaced from their homes, they're in they're housing. >> thanks, michael. a top aide in the de blasio administration pleaded not guilty to the fatal stabbing of a teenager. he claims he acted in self-defense. both young men are drug dealers and they were arguing over money the prosecutor says. his mother raich e was the chief of staff for the city's first lady. police releasing surveillance video of a gunman in a violent supermarket robbery. he walked to the register with chicken patties at the supermarket in bedford-stuyvesant sunday evening. he pulled out a gun and demanded money. another worker ushered about 20 customers. among them two children into a meat locker. he spoke exclusively to news 4. >> i told the customers to come inside. closed the door and completely
the first thing i did was call 911. >> that man did take off with $1600, the suspect, that is. the clerk was not seriously injured. if you have any information, you're asked to call police. police in paterson, new jersey, hope security video leads them to three robbers. the video shows them holding up a boost mobile phone store on market street. the robbery happened in december. they're offering a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest. also in new jersey, the man in this sketch is wanted for groping a woman as she was walking into her apartment building in palisades park. police say he assaulted that woman saturday. she did push hichl away, but he grabbed her again before he ran down broad avenue. >> a plea deal being offered to suffolk county's former police chief. he could spend less than 3 1/2 years behind bars if he accepts the deal. if he goes to trial and is found
he's accused of beating up a man who stole equipment from his suv in 2012 and accused of coercing officers to lie about it. eight long branch police officers suspended after allegedly caught sleeping on the job. they were supposed to be on patrol during their midnight shift. they installed gps monitors in their cruisers. showed the cars sitting idle for entire shifts, sometimes behind a local firehouse. ahead, angry parents. we're going to tell you where there's a push to let teachers administer breathalyzer tests to their students. it's like a mini miracle on the hudson. a dramatic landing in the waters off hawaii. we'll have weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. as kwee look at the queensboro bridge there.
by the evening commute, could be messy. that's for sure. we're well and safely above the freezing mark at 45 degrees. not a lot of wind out there in the plaza. moving southeast at 8. that southerly wind is going to bring mild temperatures this afternoon and it will start to increase through the day. it becomes rainy and eventually windy into the afternoon. clearing up tomorrow, the weekend looks pretty good. should be quiet with temperatures above normal. speaking of above normal, look at the high. 39 is the normal high for this time of year. expecting to be 20 degrees warmer at 58 degrees. we're back in that above normal pattern in terms of temperatures. monmouth, middlesex, an inch to 1.5 inches. the rivers could be cresting tomorrow above flood stage. we'll watch that closely in the raritan bay area in particular. school forecast, quiet early. cloudy, maybe a few raindrops break out in the western suburbs. by recess time, rainy, windy through dismissal time.
take the rain gear. the lighter weight rain gear because temperatures in the upper 50s. heavy showers persist after school too. this one is picking up a bit out of pennsylvania. this rain might be heavier than i initially anticipated. but we'll keep an eye on that cluster there. that's probably aiming for west central portions of new jersey as well. quiet early, 9:00 the showers break out from the west to the east across the area. then the heavier stuff starts to creep on in here. this is 2:00 in the afternoon. watch the heaviest line. that's overhead by about 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 this evening. the city and long island. that's the worst of it. the timing is not great. it's with the evening commute. just leftover showers at 11:00. the heaviest rain pushing offshore. leftover clouds in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon. the potential of an inch to 1.5 inches of rain in and around the city. portions of long island and central new jersey. street flooding a good possibility. ponding on the roads later this
lesser amounts of rain north and west. weekend picture, early next week another pattern change, the storm for monday misses. but there may be another one on tuesday that could clip us with snow and change to a period of several days with colder temperatures. enjoy the warmth while we have it. 58 today, rainy, windy in the afternoon. 51 tomorrow. 40s then. friday, saturday, sunday, near 40 on monday. clouds building by tuesday. maybe watching that coastal storm with temperatures in the upper 30s. let's get the latest if you're headed out the door with the commute with lauren. >> not too many problems on the roads. one heading southbound on the palisades park bay. that blocks a lane. not really causing too much of a delay. watch out for that. a live look outside. show you the roads. there's a queensboro bridge. both directions, midtown tunnels, try borrow bridge, also doing fine this morning. heading over for a live look at
the cross bronx expressway also in pretty good shape. george washington bridge as you head inbound, outbound, major deegan also doing fine. not just fine for staten island ferry. it's operating on a modified schedule. boats leave every 20 minutes because of mechanical problems. c street has changes in place today. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> thanks so much lauren. newark police on the hunt for a hit and run driver that injured three children. a truck hit the three kids as they were in the crosswalk at the corner of ferry and hawkins streets. police say the driver stopped for a moment but took off. officers later found the truck but not the driver in elizabeth new jersey. two girls and a boy all 12 were treated for bumps and bruises. today, former drug executive, martin shkreli is supposed to be in court. he's also set to testify tomorrow and that will be before congress. lawmakers plan to ask him about
ordered for a life-saving drug. we're learning shkreli is using his right to remain silent. the latest search for lauren spierer, the missing college students. they spent last week searching a home that once belonged to a registered sex offender. information about that search can only be released if criminal charges with filed in her disappearance. she went missing while attending indiana university. parents in one new york district are speaking about breathalyzer tests. officials in nyack say breathalyzers tests would ensure the safety of their students. school board met yesterday. one parent after another expressing anger over the tests. they say their children have likened the move to the nypd's practice of stop and frisk. i don't see the purpose in
>> policies -- they're going to distrust. >> some students say they support the plan. they say some of the classmates show up drunk at school. no date has been set to vote on the proposal, though. >> they're looking to albany to see if they'll get paid family leave time. they approved a bill for the fifth time allowing you to earn your salary while caring for a newborn or sick family member for 12 weeks. it wants to make new york the state to extend that benefit. >> united states remains the only industrialized nation in the world to not offer paid family leave or sick leave. that is uncon shanable. >> that bill faces resistance in the state senate. also governor cuomo has competing plans to extend family leave. new jersey is one of only three states that mandates the time off. top military officials say
for the draft when they turn 18 as men do. now that combat jobs are open to women, top army and marine corps generals say the issues should be discussed. they endorsed the proposal yesterday. now males between 18 and 26 are required to register with the selective service. we are looking at a daring attempt by mexican drug smugglers to tunnel into california. police found this partial tunnel in tijuana. it was inside someone's home. just 720 feet from the border fence with san diego. police say the incomplete tunnel was collapsing when they discovered it. they did find a few packages of illegal drugs. just one example of the elaborate ways that people are smuggling drugs into the country. >> no one sees the construction of the tunnels. all the dirt being removed. more sophisticated than people think. what caused a scare in the sky over long island.
space and all the fun you can have in zero gravity. take a look. nearly 300,000 kids in the uk gathered at the world museum in liverpool to watch a live feed from the international space station. he fielded questions and demonstrated how liquids remain intact in space by playing ping-pong with a glob of water. >> very cool. runners are going to participate in the empire state building runoff. it's the oldest and most famous tower race challenging runners from around the world. they race up 86 flights, they do it step by step. how many steps is it? 1,576. the fastest runners, this is always amazing, they can cover the floors in -- 86 floors in about ten minutes. the run raises money for charity. we're just trying to figure that out and darlene was saying what it bob like to run up steps straight for ten minutes. >> you know what, those are the key words. if you can.
there's a narrow doorway. >> excuse me, excuse me. >> beg pardon, beg pardon. good luck to them. they'll be inside -- you don't want to be out and about for too long because of heavy downpours headed in our direction. you'll need the rain gay gear especially in late morning through the midday hours. rain is getting closer and closer. wait for the rain and the wind to increase. high temperatures mild in the upper 50s. could be local street and highway flooding because of the melting snow out there and the heavier rain that picks up this afternoon and evening. the night. still mild, look at that low temperature in the upper 40s. tomorrow, when the storm pulls out, a shot of real cold air behind it. not the case. we're going to be in the low 50s. pretty quiet once we're past the storm the rest of the week. one day at a time. lauren, that's what's happening? >> no problems for once on the roads at least. we have a couple of changes on
on the 2 or 3 downtown trains, they're running local from 96th street to times square. you can expect delays. in better news, the rest of the lines are running on or throws to schedule. skill a good commute heading into 6:00 a.m. >> thank you. it's 5:55. a close call for a pilot off the coast of hawaii. the pilot of the cessna reported mechanical problems and had to different the aircraft in a a lagoon if oahu. the pilot was unable to get the landing gear down. 68-year-old man from australia was the only person on board. new york state police are investigating a laser incident over long island. they say a united airlines flight from new jersey to rhode island was struck with a laser on the eastern end of long island. it happened around 11:30 monday night. the crew told police the green laser was shining into the
over mat tuck. they couldn't find anyone. at 6:00, the mother of a teenager shot and killed by police is taking a stand and doing it on the steps of the justice department. see the live pictures of this all-night vigil. we'll tell you more at 6:00. >> also at 6:00 a.m., a warning for restaurant-goers. a popular chain has been hacked. as you head out the door, keep watching, download the app. we'll be back in 20 minutes.
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the mother of an 18-year-old shot and killed by police is prepared to send a strong message on the stechts justice department. a 9-year-old girl forced to jump from the third floor. new this morning, the officer would caught her. the storm system that may dump rain on both commutes today. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everyone.
i'm darlene rodriguez. i'm michael gargiulo. let's check in with storm team 4's chris cimino. this rain is on the way shortly, huh? >> the leading edge of it is getting closer and closer. early on, we're relatively dry. it's the evening commute we get hammered hard. as we zoom in closer, no showers upon us yet. they're crossing the border into new jersey. eroding a little bit. that leading edge. that's why the morning commute for most part avoids heavy rain. middlesex, somerset, mercer coprunty, a flood watch in effect. combination of inch to 1.5 inches of rain. maybe stream and river flooding there as well. steadier showers, especially by noon at 54. the wind picks up. the temperatures climb. the rain comes down heavy in the evening commute with a high in the upper 50s to near 60. after 6:00 a.m., what are we finding on the streets, lauren?
rush, changes for staten island ferry users. the staten island ferry terminal is operating on a modified schedule this morning because of mechanical difficulties. it will be pulling -- boats will be pulling out about every 20 minutes. staten island ferry, very rare for them to have a modified schedule during the week. we wanted to give you a heads up. leave yourself extra time. we also have service changes in effect today for seastreak commuters as well. more weather and traffic on the 4s. thanks so much, lauren. 6:01 right now. happening now, here are live pictures from lower manhattan where the family and supporters of ramarley graham are about to speak. some spent more than 12 hours outside the justice department's offices. yesterday marked four years since graham was killed by a police officer who followed him into the bathroom of his home in the bronx during a drug sting. that office was not indicted nooimd.
convened. tracie strahan will have a live report at 6:30. right now, a 9-year-old girl is shaking but she's alive after fire devoured the new jersey co wo building where she lived. last night the flames found her on the balcony and all she could do to escape them is jump. michael george is in mahwah with more on the officer who caught her. what a hero. >> reporter: michael, as you know, three stories a long way to fall. over there is the balcony that 9-year-old girl jumped from. fortunately the three officers were waiting on the ground to catch her. she's okay and with her family now. flames overtook this condo. this started when an elderly woman with dementia accidentally left something in the microwave. everyone got out safely except for a 9-year-old girl home alone trapped on the third floor balcony. firefighters were trying to get to her.
she jumped and luckily the three officers were there to catch her. today they're being called heroes. >> they are now her angels. they have encouraged her to jump for her life. in doing so, they saved her life. it's really a special thing. >> reporter: thanks to those officers, the girl was completely unharmed. in fact, everyone escaped without injuries. 12 people were displaced. right now they're placed in temporary housing. we'll send it back to you. an amazing story. thank you so much. much of the country is cleaning up and digging out from a dangerous winter storm. a cell phone camera caught this tornado touching down in pick ins county, alabama. it left a path of destruction taking out several trees and power lines. tornados also reportedly hit south carolina, mississippi and tennessee. businesses, homes and churches have been demolished. so far, only minor injuries have been reported. the same storm system that brought tornadoes in the south
middle part of the country. drivers were fighting whiteout conditions and snowy, slippery roads. portions of interstates were shut down in colorado, nebraska and kansas. the same states are buried under deep, heavy snow. more thanh10 inches fell in some places. look at that. >> amazing to see. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, with the tornadoes there in the south, we have that heavy snow in the midwest, but for us, the system is bringing something different. a little gentler actually. we'll have decent rains out of thish missing out on the snow and the severe weather but not the rain and the wind. we'll get mild temperatures too. i think we see rain by the end of the morning commute for us. especially the western suburbs. hours. much milder today, 50s to near 60s in parts of the the area. local and street highway flooding going to be a possibility. a cloudy sky in the city. 46 degrees already.
mid-50s by noontime. the wind starts to increase. the rain starts to increase in intensity too. i think the evening commute will be a messy and slow one with a lot of water on the roadways. meantime, it's dry now. see if there's any issues. >> let's enjoy the morning commute today. it's oddly quiet for this hour. we have detours for nj transit. 83 and 168. we'll take a live look outside at the southern state parkway on long island. here's what it looks like in massapequa. things moving along nicely. not even slowing down. normally we're starting to see that. if you're getting a late start or we're having a fantastic commute, i'll take it. here's the checklist. nicely on the rails and the 2 and the 3. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect today. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. lauren, thank very much. 6:05 now. happening now, police are searching for a hit and run driver that involved children. three children in the crosswalk at ferry and hawkins streets. that's when they were hit by a truck.
for a moment, but then took off. officers later found the truck but not the driver in elizabeth. two girls and a boy, under the age of 12, they were treated for minor injuries. bumps and bruises. today marks one year since six people died in a metro-north crash in westchester county. the train hit an suv in valhalla. the federal railroad administration said no changes have been made at the crossing, but the agency says it may make recommendations after the ntsb's final report on the crash. that report is expected to be released this summer. new this morning, drivers will soon be able to leave the quarters at home when they park at the muni meters. mayor de blasio plans to unveil a new app tomorrow during his state of the city address and let you use your phone to pay. it will warn you when sometime is expiring and you can get a partial refund for the time you doryn't use. it should be available by the end of the year. newly released surveillance
is letting us see and hear three armed robbers in action. >> money in the bag. you think i'm playing with you? >> mobile cell phone store one week before christmas. investigators have just released the new video. it shows three masked men barging into the store and demanding workers empty the register. the paterson police department is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest. this morning, an alert to tell you about. a massive data breach affecting restaurants nationwide including some here. hackers accessed credit card information as far back as 2014. the restaurants impacted, bubba gump shrimp company in times square. mccormick and smik's in manhattan.
any of the locations, you should check your statements for charges. plan to raise money for the victims of bernie madoff. landon dowdy joins us with the details. >> that's right. yahoo is trimming down the internet giant announce tg will cut 15% of its workforce or about 1600 jobs and close offices in five locations. they will pair down the web products also. they will explore a sale of the core internet business including search and e-mail. meanwhile, here's a chance to get your hands-on a scandalous piece of history. the u.s. marshall service is putting up six items for auction owned by bernie madoff and his wife ruth. you can bid on a diamond tennis bracelet, gold money clip and necklace and broach and two watches through february 16th at
proceeds go to help pay back investors. the bracelet doesn't look too bad. >> the whole concept of wearing their jewelry, i don't know how i feel about that. >> i don't know how i feel about that. >> it goes for a good cause. the gold money clip is indicative and such a picture of exactly what was going on, right? >> that is right. maybe worth a bit. thanks, landon. it's 6:09. if you're afraid of flying, this won't help. the explosion mid-flight that blew a hole through the side of a plane. and how police say one man used the holy father, pope francis, to dupe people out of haitrd-earned money. plus, weather a traffic on the 4s is coming up. you're watching "today in new york." i've been a turkey farmer my whole life... and i raise turkey for shady brook farms
a bit of a backup on the belt parkway by jfk. four things to know. the staten island ferry will operate on a modified schedule. due to mechanical issues, they will run approximately every 20 minutes. >>o > dannel malloy will lay out a plan during his state of the state address. microsoft recalling more than 2 million power cords. it t's over fire concerns. the cords that come with all surface pro tablets sold before march 2015. we've posted more information on nbcnewyork.com. today is the 39th annual empire state building run-up. hundreds of runners will sprint up all 1,576 steps from the lobby to the 86th floor. the event raises money for charity. almost 6:14. as the rain approaches the tri-state area, we escape most
the latter half, we may have a few break out. rainy and windy for the afternoon and evening cotemmute. clears up tomorrow. the mild trend continues for a couple of days. pretty pleasant on the weekend. temperatures in the 40s. storm-free saturday and sunday. a flood watch is officially in effect. middlesex, monmouth and somerset counties. combination of rain and melting snow could lead to flooding of streets and highways. also streams, creeks and rivers could reach flood stage. temperatures well above the freezing mark. astoria 46 in secaucus. towards the north and west. 38. poughkeepsie at 43. this is a rainmaker. no frozen precipitation to worry about. but with mild temperatures, it's one of the rain coat. without the liner, you can get away with t here's the rain across pennsylvania. just about ready to hop into portions of new jersey.
sitting to the south and west. the first push will tend to be lighter. keeping an eye on this. this is a heavy downpour. moving out of the philadelphia area, mercer county, somerset and lower middlesex county, you could see a quick hit of rain. it's heavier. but generally, the is showers this morning will tend to be lighter. the wind will increase out of the south. gusts exceeding 35 and 40 miles an hour. look at the temperatures. upper 50s to low 60s this afternoon. heavy rain into the early evening hours. that moves east of us. probably around 7:00 or 8:00. couple of leftover showers. we clear it up tomorrow. again, an inch. locally an inch and a half can't be ruled out. early heavy downpours this evening in some spots. street flooding is going to be a concern for the afternoon and for the evening kmult. look at these temperatures. 58 today, 60s in inland spots. 51 tomorrow. breezy with clouds giving way to sun. friday, while it's colder,
change. we're back to winter. colder temperatures and we're going to watch the possibility of a storm on tuesday. right now, most of it stays offshore. let's see what lauren scala is watching for the commute so far. lauren? >> couple of problems on the roads. we'll start with the hutch which is shut down in both directions at the drawbridge. that's because it's in the upright position. hopefully that will get closed up soon. you'll be on your way. something to take note of. he nading over to the goethals bridge. we do have a disabled vehicle. staten island bound causing delays into new jersey. that blocks a lane there. one lane gets by. we'll take a live look at the belt parkway. we saw it a few moments ago. it's pretty backed up. we have reports of a disabled vehicle by lefferts boulevard. leave yourself extra time. in much better news, we'll head to the lincoln tunnel where things are moving well around the helix. ten minutes into the tolls. the george washington bridge. not so bad for new jersey commuters. staten island ferry, again,
because of mechanical problems. boats will leave every 20 minutes. seastreak has service changes in place today. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> thanks, lauren. police are releasing surveillance video of a gunman in a violent supermarket robbery in brooklyn. police say the man walked to the register with chicken patties at this supermarket in bedford-stuyvesant sunday evening. he began demanding money. the man, the robber took off with $1600. thng ge clerk spoke exclusively to news 4. >> what was going through your mind? >> he's going to kill me. i feel, very, very scared. >> the clerk was not seriously injured. if you have nif information, call police. the son of a former top aide in the de blasio administration has pleaded not guilty to the fatal stabbing of a teenager in new jersey. he claims he acted in self-defense. the prosecutors say both young
over money. his mother rachel was chief of lady. 34ris say this man assaulted a woman as she walked up the stairs to ring a doorbell. she slapped his hand away. anyone with information and if you recognize the person in the sketch, you're asked to call police. we're also getting a look at the latest drug smuggling tunnel found in mexico. it's 30 feet wide found in a home 720 feet from tijuana's border fence with san diego, california. police say the tunnel, though, was not complete. it was collapsing when it was discovered. they found several packages of illegal drugs also. new york state police investigating a laser incident over long island. the plane was struck with a laser on the eastern end of long island. it happened around 11:30 monday night. the crew told police a green
cockpit as the plane was flying over mat i tuck. officers searched the area but couldn't find anyone responsible. new information on the airliner that nearly exploded in mid-flight over africa. investigators are ruling out a bomb as the cause of the hole that you see in the plane. we're going to see photos and videotaping after this. regional skbret jet made an emergency landing in somalia. passengers reported a loud bang that suggesting an explosion. they're looking into the exact cause. look at the damage it did there. it's 6:19. coming up next, the scary result of driving 50 miles an hour with ice on top of your car. don't forget, follow us on facebook and twitter and instagram. darlene4ny and michaelg4ny. you're watching "today in new
breaking news in midtown manhattan. outside the 30 rock studios, firefighters are respond to go a transformer fire. at&t the 50th street and 6th avenue. kai simonsen over the scene in chopper 4. kai? >> michael and darlene, good morning to both of you. early morning trouble here in midtown manhattan. niece are live pictures from chopper 4. you are outside west -- just off 6th avenue. we do have a report right now of a transformer fire or actually several transformer fires that occurred first on west 70th street -- west 50th street and we're told that some other transformers were on fire as well in this area. now, it's unclear whether or not that smoke coming out of the ground toward the left hand portion of the screen is related to all of this. it looks like the firefighters are now beginning to wrap up in this area. in the meantime, let me come up
more of the activity. there's radio city toward the left hand portion of your screen. con ed, firefighters working toward the center of the screen. there is the nbc studios. it does look like fortunately things are wrapping up here. live in chopper 4. i'm kai simonsen, darlene and michael over to you. thank you, kai. a driver in vermont recovering in the the hospital after her windshield was struck by a flying chunk of ice from another car. this is the 73-year-old woman's car. police say that thick ice broke off of a tractor-trailer and slammed into the woman's windshield while she was driving. she was taken to the hospital with facial injuries. it went through her part of the windshield. the trucker kept going and perhaps he was unaware of what happened as they often are. the trucks are so huge, you wouldn't expect them to know that happened behind them. >> that's why you got to clear off the top, so it doesn't slide off like a missile.
you can't see it because it's so high. with any additional rain, get rid of the ugly snow too. the rain could pick up in intensity and could be street and local flooding. rain will start to break on out. windy but mild. upper 50s to near 60 degrees. so it's a spring-like feel with the temperatures. upper 40s tonight. rain tapering to a few showers and ending overnight. as we look ahead to the weekend, why not. looks pretty good. upper 40s saturday and sunday. upper 40s, february weekend with sunshine. super bowl sunday looks super. a lot of people going back and forth. the weather cooperates. >> this is good. you have to have wipgs and the nachos safely transported. >> y. where are my wings? >> the important things in life. not too much on the roads. we have a delay on the grand central parkway. the lights coming towards us is heading westbound before you get to the long island expressway. there is a disabled vehicle out
in addition to the congestion, expect a slow ride through here. then we'll look at the commuter checklist. metro-north long island railroad, nj transit and subways running without problems. few problems on the roads still. one mother's fight for justice. >> reporter: i'm tracie strahan live in lower manhattan where protesters are wrapping up a vigil where they made demands for justice for ramarley graham. we'll hear from his parents coming up. >> reporter: a 9-year-old girl jumps three store toys escape a fire. i'm michael george. we'll hear from the cops who caught her. take us with you if you head out the door. keep watching us on your mobile device.
"today in new york" starts now. good morning everybody. 6:30 o a.m. on this wednesday, february 3rd. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in on chris cimino. tracking weather headed our way. the good news, it's liquid. nothing to shovel out of this one. this is rainmaker anywhere you go. >> the leading edge of the rain, heavy stuff still sits back to the south and st. thohat gets in here this afternoon. for the evening commute. you can see showers now into portions of somerset county, mercer county, heading towards middlesex county shortly and eventually working west to east. hunterdon county seeing rain as well. central new jersey sees the rain first, then the city and long island. the real heavy stuff moves in later on this afternoon. middlesex, somerset in a flood watch in the evening hours and overnight. day planner, plan on needing the rain gear. you'll need it especially by the middle of the day. some of the rain starts to go
hour wind gusts. but it is mild. highs upper 50s to 60. forecast just ahead. commute right now from ms. scala. >> thanks, chris. things are starting to slow down. the maps are changing colors. we have a couple of trouble spots. westbound before you get to the long island expressway exit, there is a disabled vehicle blocking the lanes. the kew gardens interchange. in addition to that, we have a new subway problem that comes in. delays uptown and in q trains because of signal issues. otherwise rails are fine. more weather and traffic on the 4s. lauren, thanks very much. all night family members of a man shot and killed by an nypd officer held a vigil demanding justice and took their fight to the justice department on the steps in lower manhattan. tracie strahan is there where the mother just spoke during a press conference. tracie. >> reporter: they wanted to be here in the morning hours so they could wake up the d.o.j.
after chanting that ramarley graham's mother and father repeated their calls for justice that they say have not been met in the four years since their 18-year-old son was shot and killed. a group of 30 to 40 protesters have been out here since 5:30 last night making those calls along with ramarley graham's parents. they're calling for a grand jury to be convened. their son was shot and killed by an nypd officer during a drug sting. that happened four years ago. some of it caught on tape. how officer richard hayes chased the teen into the bathroom of his home in the bronx. he has remained in the nypd and charges against him have been tossed out. a second grand jury decided not to indict him again. his parents called for all officers to be held accountable. we want all the officers that was involved in this case murdered my son to be
we want a grand jury convened and prosecute everyone. >> i don't know if mr. ba remember a has children, but can you imagine growing your kid for 18 years and just to get a call one day that he's no longer here. >> reporter: ramarley graham's parents said the last time they met with the u.s. attorney was back in september and that they have not haefrd from him since then. the attorney's office says this is an investigation that's ongoing. back to you. >> tracie, thank you very much. at noon today, g ernor malloy will lay out what's called connecticut's austerity budget. it's expected to call for a half billion dollars in cuts. the governor may also ask for more flexibility on how to spend state money. malloy will hold several town hall meetings to sell that budget to the public. a consumer alert to tell you about. a massive data breach that
including several in our area. hackers access credit card information as far back as 2014. the restaurants affected, bubba gump shrimp company, mccormick and shah mick's. morton's white plains and great neck. and vic and anthony's. and ocean air sea room in hackensack. if you've used your credit card, make sure there's no unauthorized charges on it. 6:34. time for weather and traffic on the 4s on this wednesday morning. chris cimino has that. good morning. >> good morning, guys. it's getting closer. that is the rain. it's working into west central portions of new jersey. we're seeing mercer county, somerset, lower end much middlesex county and warren county too. it's moving to the east fairly steadily. we'll see rain break out generally lighter showers for the most part early on this morning. that will fill in through time this afternoon. the rain gets heavier. again, look for the rain by the
all areas working west to east. the heaviest rain moves in for the afternoon and evening commute. much milder, it turns windy. temperatures in the 50s to around 60. local street flooding possible especially where there's snow cover. the melling snow on top of the heavy rain. >> we work to the mid-50s by noon. upper 50s by 3:00. the sideways rain probably will be difficult to get the umbrella overhead. >> here's lauren. >> when it comes to mass transit things aren't so bad out there. we still have -- 83 and 168. otherwise, new york city transit running on the regular routes and schedule. we could see some delays. where we're seeing changes is on the staten island fir i. they're operating witr a mottified schedule. boats will leave every 20 minutes due to mechanical difficulties they're having. seastreak also reporting changes today. you want to check in and see if
alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. today. 6:35. a 9-year-old girl is rattled but alive after she was forced to jump from a burning condo building in new jersey. the flames build the building, left her alone and trapped. "today in new york's" michael george is in mahwah where the officer who caught her talked about that brave little girl. so glad to hear that this story, although there's so much damage to the homes, michael, that it tus rned out this way. >> reporter: darlene, it took a lot of courage for the 9 year eld o do what she did. the flames were closing in on her and she jumped. fortunately, she's okay thanks to three police officers who caught her. the flames burned a big portion of this condo yesterday afternoon. according to the mayor of mahwah, this all started when an elderly woman with dementia accidentsly left something in the microwave. everyone got out safely except for a 9-year-old girl at home alone. she was trapped on the third fldooor balcony. firefighters trying to get her.
make a choice. she jumped and luckily three officers were there to talk her through it and catch her. we spoke with one of the hero cops. >> i started talking to her. i was telling her, explaining that she needs to jump. i called for help and these two officers, the sergeant and the officer, both met me. she jumped down and we caught her. >> reporter: and this morning that 9-year-old girl is okay and with her family. amazingly, everyone got out without any injuries. but 12 people were displaced by the fire. they're being put in temporary housing. we'll send it back to you. michael george, thank you. police in paterson, new jersey are hoping security video leads them to three rob eshs. >> put the money in the bag right now. >> put the money in the bag. you think i'm playing with you. >> the video showing the robbers holding up a boost mobile cell phone store. this is on market street.
they're wearing masks,ment one holding a gun. this happened in december. the police department offering a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest. new developments on the zika virus. doctors say an infected patient likely contracted it through sex, not a mosquito bite. the affected patients did not travel to a zika-affected region. instead, the patient became sick after having sexual contact with someone who recently traveled to a zika affected region. so far, no travel bans to the rio olympics. organizers for the olympics are worried about the spread of zika in brazil, they insist the games will not be affected. they recommend pregnant women stay away from the games because the virus is linked to birth defects in thousands of newborns in brazil. bill cosby back in a pennsylvania courtroom and he'll find out if the criminal case against him will move forward. his lawyers say that case should
cosby's accused of drugging and sexually assaulting andrea constand in his home in 2004. the former district attorney testified that under a deal with cosby he would not be prosecuted in exchange for a deposition in constand's civil suit. we'll see if the deal holds up. robert durst expected in a new orleans federal court today where he's expected to plead guilty to gun charges. he would be extradited to california. he's wanted there for the 2000 berman. his lawyers say they'll prove he did not kill berman. former drug executive march shkreli will appear on -- lawmakers plan to ask him about the huge price boost he offered for a life-saving drug. he would like to berate the congress members. instead, he's vowing to plead his fifth amendment right to remain silent. >> a man arrested in california
out of money by pretending to be a priest. 59-year-old mena has been going from parish to parish posing as a priest since the mid-1990s. he's accused of swindling some parishioners out of thousands of dollars last year by selling phony tickets to see pope francis during his visit to new york and philadelphia. he allegedly officiated at ma ssses and funerals and performed at least one wedding. it's 6:40 on this wednesday morning. good news for new york city drivers. pay for parking is about to get a lot easier. why the cdc says most women shouldn't drink at all. your weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. you're watching "today in new
new this morning, you will soon be able to skip the coins and the credit cards at the parking muni meters. instead, there will be an app for that. mayor de blasio plans to unveil details at the state of the city address. the app will even give you money back for the time you don't use, as well as remind you that your time is expiring. that should all be up and running by the end of next year. liking that. 6:44 on this wednesday morning. closer to getting out the door. get the umbrella ready. may not need it immediately. you will by this afternoon. the rain will pick up in intensity. it's dry in the plaza right now. 46 degrees the current temperature. wind isn't too bad. day. it's variable at 5. that's going to change. we could see gusts over 30 or 40 miles per hour towards the evening. weather headlines, rainy and windy through the day. both of those things ramp up through time. clearing up tomorrow after morning clouds and pleasant for the weekend.
temperatures in the 40s. we're above normal today. despite the heavy rain, normal high is 49. 20 degrees warmer this afternoon. into the up every 50s we go. we could get into the low 60s. hunter ton, somerset, middlesex, monmouth county, there's a flood watch because of an to 1.5 inches of rain on top of melting snow. we'll keep an eye on that. the leading edge of the shower activity working into west central portions. the heavy and steady stuff is sitting back in here. that will work towards us this afternoon and this evening. for the time being early on, looks like central -- damp road condition for the rest of the morning commute. towards the city and long island towards the latter half of the commute as well. the real heavy stuff as i said comes in later. by noon, it's fairly steady for the northern half of new jersey and the city. notice long island not much going on at that point. here comes the heavy stuff from
by 3:00 in the afternoon, a steady soaking rain across the area. that narrow band could be a cow.uple of thunderstorms embedded in. that comes through between 5:00 and 7:00. later across long island and central portions of new jersey. notice a few more showers until midnight. after midnight, a leftover sprinkle. it starts to clear. the showers move in, upper 50s to near 60s. tonight, tapering to showers and ending after midnight. upper 40s. tomorrow clouds in the morning and clearing with a high of 51 degrees. looking good. 43 on friday. it's chilly but it's still above normal. 47 on saturday with a few more clouds in the mix. sunday 48. a pattern change next week. weather. you have to watch for the possibility of a coastal storm on tuesday. still too early to tell with temperatures in the upper 30s. 6:46. let's get the latest on the commute from lauren. >> thanks, chris. good morning everyone.
by exit 123, route 9. that came in. you can see delays are heavy headed through this area. the express lanes are the way to go. heading over to queens, we had this disabled vehicle heading westbound on the grand central parkway before the l.i.e. that cleared out. there are residual delays. same area. that shuts down two lanes. delays are almost back to the belt parkway heae ding northbound. we'll take a live look outside at the belt parkway heading westbound by lefferts boulevaprd. still reports of a disabled vehicle out there. extremely slow ride this morning. but in better news, a live look at the george washington bridge. you have a ten-minute wait inbound. 30 at the lincoln, 20 at the holland. if you're giting on the trains, delays on uptown n and q trains. also service changes for seastreak. back to you darlene and michael. >> thanks, so much lauren. a new warning for women who want to have children.
pregnant yet. sexually active women who stop using birth control should stop using alcohol. most keep drinking and don't know they're pregnant until later in the pregnancy. more than 3 million women are exposed to alcohol risk in pregnancy. a kennel in canada, this photo of maggie was taken at the barker's pet motel and grooming in st. albert on friday. that's when she heard the newest arrival, pair of rescue puppies crying. maggie broke out of her kennel to lay next to the puppies room and the workers allowed maggie to comfort the puppies. she laid down with them. cuddle with them. is that not the cutest thing. >> it's going to make me cry. it really is. the sweetest thing. it's going to make me cry. i would take them all you know that. >> we can arrange it. 6:48. still to come, what scientists learned about bedbugs. don't want these. by swabbing local subway
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low prices, great quality, and friendlier service. acme. welcome back. 6:52. it's a wednesday morning. 46 degrees. new york city is known for diversity. that may even be true for bedbugs. scientists mapped the genome of local parasites and did it by collecting dna samples from subway stations. they found thechl at the battery similar to those in upper manhattan. upper east and upper west side bugs are both different too. the evolution of the bedbugs on
and south but not crosstown. the bedbugs -- >> the west side bedbugs where black leggings, the east side have polo shirts. the "today" show is coming up in a few minutes. >> the brooklyn ones shop at the co-op. >> am of course they do. >> good morning to you. straight ahead on the show this morning, the storm system thaemd dumped heavy snow on the plains and spawned tornadoes in the south is headed our way. al will tell us what to expect today. donald trump and bernie sanders will join us for live interviews today. plus, pets on a plane. airline passengers abusing the system to bring all types of animals on flights for free. our rossen reports team reveals how easy this is. could your relationship survive the marriage test? we're going to meet a couple. they decided to put themselves through the wringer on purpose. wed,'ll tell you how they did when we see you on a wednesday morning on "today."
>> they went on 40 dates, each one designed to put them through a certain test that they would face as a married couple. >> oh, good. >> did it involve sharing the same bathroom. >> they already live together. they took it to the next level. what would it be like to have a baby. they borrowed a friend's newborn for 24 hours. >> okay. >> be spending so much time to the. they handcuffed themselves together. >> oh, yes. >> that's like real life, though. that's about how it is. >> and valentine's day is coming up. >> thanks very much. we'll see you guys soon. we'll be right back with today's top stories. also a check of weather and
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the north shore lij-health system is now northwell healths look norths welcome back. while you were sleeping, family members held an all night vigil demanding justice for a teen killed by an nypd officer. tracie strahan has more. >> reporter: the vigil just wrapped up sleeping on the steppings of the department of justice demanding justice for ramarley graham. they wrapped themselves in blankets saying they wanted to wake up the doj. rah marley graham was shot and killed by an nypd officer. choorjs were tossed out when it
ramarley graham's parents say they met with the office in september. they want to do that again. >> thanks, tracie. now to michael george. one little girl's terrifying jump from a fire in juj. michael. >> reporter: an amazing rescue. a 9-year-old girl trapped by flames on the third floor. officers said she had to jump and she did. fortunately she's okay. they caught her and today the officers are being called heroes. an elderly woman with dementia left something in the microwave by accident. fortunately, everyone escaped without injuries. 12 people were displaced by the fire. they're being put in temporary housing. back to you. thank you, mario cuomo al nic al. a couple of things out there. subway delays uptown n and q trains because of signal problems. the garden state parkway at exit 123 is causing very heavy delays.
exits past exit 120. that's jamming up the express and local lanes. leave yourself extra time. use an alternate route. on the van wyck expressway northbound by jewel avenue has been moved northbound. the residual delays are there. staten island ferry commuters, staten island ferry is operating on a modified schedule for the morning rush because of some mechanical difficulties. lauren, thank you. chris, one more check of the weather. storm tracker, a lot of green out there. that means there's a lot of rain sitting out to the west. that's not money, michael. sorry. rain to the west of us. just working to west central portions of new jersey. you can see that filling in. through the morning commute, it will get damp. hudson valley and long island, the bottom line is the heavy stuff comes later on this afternoon into the evening with increasing wind as well. look at the temperature, upper 50s to near 60. it's very mild. showers tonight wind down after midnight. clouds early tomorrow giving way to sun. still not bad at 51. into the weekend, we stay in the