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story. right now it's dry. nobody is seeing anything falling from the sky but temperatures are falling, including cape may seeing readings in the 30s and 40s in cape may county. right now philadelphia international is down to 40 degrees. 40 degrees in atlantic city. look at millville at 34. and 37 in wilmington. a chilly start and there is snow and rain that is moving our way. but it's going to be raining in philadelphia later this morning and this afternoon as temperatures will be warming up before it mov c in. moving out the door right now, you need the winter coat on this last day of march. 39 degrees and going out like a lamb today. 44 at 9:00. just light showers at noontime. 47 degrees and climbing. your hour by hour future weather when i'm back in ten minutes. but now we'll get an update on the big mess on i-78 from christine maddela. good morning to you, bill. this is on eastbound 78 here with emergency crews on the scene. and this camera is right at exit
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40 at 7:37 out here but all the eastbound traffic is backed up because all the lanes are closed. the westbound traffic is slowing down as well and all the westbound lanes are open but you can see this long line of vehicles here that are taking a look at that accident. now, here's an update from twitter. it's a multi-vehicle accident. we also made some calls to a tracker trailer and car involved in this accident on 78. it's actually eastbound. they sent out an update between exits 45 and exit 40 so all lanes are closed out there. that's just something to be aware of. a little closer to the philadelphia area on the schuylkill expressway we'll take a look at the drive times here. we are not seeing any major delays except for the incident on interstate 78. 12 minutes is your drive time eastbound from the blue route to the vine. about the same heading on the westbound side. if you are heading out to mass transit, everything is on or close to schedule. 5:31 now. and investigators right now are working to figure out what started a house fire in conshohocken that had neighbors fleeing their homes this
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morning. and matt delucia is on the scene here talking to neighbors waiting for the all clear to return home right, matt? >> that is right, chris. the fire has been out for more than an hour and a half with fire crews out here on the scene. i'm getting out of the way so you can see the house in question here. they just turned off the light as it was on here a minute ago. within the hour a witness on the scene gave us the photos. you can tee the heavy fire on both the first and second floor. a lot of it on the back deck starting at 2:45 on first avenue a block from fayette street here in conshohocken. several crews came out because the fire was very intense at first. fortunately, nobody was hurt and everyone got out unharmed. i spoke to the man next door who said he was watching a movie with his family at the time and smelled smoke. now he's waiting to get back into his house. >> basically, my parents are in the car. my whole entire family is in that car, my brother, my mom, my dad. and i was in there, i just
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pretty much came out just to see if it was okay to go back into the house, but nobody can give me information at this time. >> reporter: now investigators are still out here on the scene trying to figure out the cause. at the moment first avenue is still impacted here by this right here by robinson alley. so this area is still with police and fire activity at the moment. we're going to try to get more information from the fire chief out here but at this point, again, no injuries reported out here as a result of this house fire. and fortunately, only contained to the one house because there are houses nearby on both sides. the one gentleman you just heard from there, he said his house fortunately does not look to have any damage at this point. right now he's just hoping to get back in as quickly as possible. we're here trying to get an update from conshohocken matt delucia, "nbc 10 news." septa officials plan to release the latest video showing
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an assault that took place at one of the septa stations. >> jesse gary is live with more on the crime and the investigation. what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, at the 15th street station just below where i'm standing in center city police say the victim is in his late 50s or 60s. investigators say he was approached by a dozen teenagers and one of them punched the man repeatedly in the head. he was taken to einstein medical center with non-life-threatening injuries. the mo is similar to this alternation from march 19th caught on camera. this took place on the brood street platform at the walnut station. this boy was sitting on the bench when the teenagers started to attack him. if you recognize any teenagers call the detectives or 911. coming up next hour reaction from commuters who use the
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subways every day. live in center city jesse gary, "nbc 10 news." 5:34 right now with new information about breaking news we're following for you outside of washington, d.c. and here's a live picture of the scene. here's what we know fairfax county police now say a prisoner who is being held by a private security firm at fairfax hospital in northern virginia escaped and that he's armed with a gun. this is in falls church. and nbc washington is reporting this is an active shooting situation though it's still unclear if shots have been fired. we're working to get new information and will bring you the latest as soon as we get it. 5:35. the lynwood man charged with assaulting an atlantic city police officer outside of the tropicana has pleaded not guilty. david capsilani attacked police officers back in june and the officers were cleared of wrongdoing.
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instead, the suspect was indicted. and a local target is making changes to its dressing room after police arrested a suspected peeping tom. the abington target is instoring floor to ceiling changes rooms so customers have complete privacy. the police arrested the man after he had been placing a camera pen in the gap at the bottom of the changing room wall since last november. he was arrested saturday at the abington store more than a week after one of his alleged victims came to nbc 10. >> i noticed a pen-like instrument on the ground with a blue light on it. as i went to grab it it got pulled away from me. >> and police say he admitted to watching women live and recording them while changing their clothes. and camden's county is one of the topics on the table today at a special forum at rutgers university campus. the public is invited to take part in a discussion on possible solutions for issues affecting the city like jobs crime and education. the discussion starts at 11:00
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a.m. at the campus center on third street in camden. from behind bars to a hospital bed, convicted philadelphia cop killer mumia oming back to his roots. ashton carter is pushing for possible changes to the future of the american military. and a chilly start this morning, 38 degrees now here at nbc 10. 5:37 is the time. it's time to look for the umbrella if you're leaving the house. we have rain on the way. your hour by hour future weather when i come back.
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right now philadelphia is looking at clear skies. we'll see some clouds move in as
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we see the wind really die down this morning. 40 degrees right now in philadelphia. and that's one of the warmer spots. most of the rest of the area is in the 30s. we're all waiting for wet weather, that's going to be here later this morning and this afternoon. it's a mix of rain and snow to our northwest. that's moving into northwestern pennsylvania. you can see it's on the move, too. the future weather is showing at 11 11:00 this morning, rain drops falling to chester and philadelphia. while snow mixes with the rain and we have light rain showers in allentown, it will be a chilly rain with the temperatures in the 40s. the rain will be during the afternoon. the snow stays to the north. rain in philadelphia will intensify during the evening hours. look at that that's at 8:00 this evening. then it's out of here during the late evening hours. the forecast is calling for jackets, warm jackets this morning. it's going to be a slow warm up into the 50s with rain taking
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over during the late morning and afternoon hours. if you're making weekend plans, we'll be in for a rainy start on saturday. it won't last all day with clouds and sunshine in the afternoon, 56 degrees. and easter sunday is looking nice and sunny with a high of 56. all right, bill. 20 minutes until 6:00 now. and we have a situation on i-78 that people if you take that route, you need to be aware of. >> christine maddela continues to get updated information. >> this is way north of our area, but take a look here. on interstate 78 if that's part of your commute, we have a closure right now. the road is closed between exit 40 and exit 45. i want to show you where that is. we do have a camera here, and you can see the emergency crews on the scene here shutting down that area. we called and it is a tractor-trailer and a car involved here. so it is already causing a slowdown for drivers. we do have good news in conshohocken. matt delucia has been on the
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scene of the fire here and called to let us know fire crews are clearing out of the way at first avenue and robinson alley. hopefully they will be out of the way for your morning commute. take a look at mass transit, everything is on or close to schedule. we'll see the latest on the accident on interstate 78 with an update in ten minutes. 5:42 right now. get ready for delays if you drive on ridge avenue in philadelphia. penndot will start repairing and resurfaceing ridge avenue and 33rd street. drivers can expect weeknight lane closures. and the latest bike share program will hit the streets in the next few weeks. the indigo bike share program will be parking bikes at 70 docking stations around the city available for 24 hours a day you can use a membership card or credit card and return it to any docking station. we are learning new information about the pilot who intentionally downed a jet in the french alps. we'll tell you what prosecutors
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now say about his mental state. plus a deadly joyride in a stolen suv at the gates of the army base. next, the unexpected attire they say the suspects were wearing.
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mumia abu jamaal is in the hospital this morning but we are not being told why. we checked with prison officials who say they can't comment because of security reasons. and the hospital is not commenting either. now, abu-jamal is serving a life sentence for the 198 is killing of philadelphia officer daniel faulkner. he's challenging a law to allow crime victims to file similar injunction against offenders who act in ways to contribute to the mental anguish. that law went into effect after abu-jamal recorded a graduation speech at a college in vermont. ashton carter visited our area yesterday at abingotn high school, his alma mater, and discussed the military for future students. he told the students how roles for soldiers are changing and insists the military is evolving. carter outlined possible changes
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to attract and keep quality service members including allowing older people to reenlist or rejoin and doing more for sabbaticals for service members. coming up on the "today" show savannah guthrie has an exclusive interview with secretary carter and explains why the u.s. is winning the war against the terror group isis. diplomats scramble to reach a midnight deadline on a nuclear deal for iran. this is new video of negotiations still underway in switzerland today. diplomats for iran the u.s. and five other major powers hope to hammer out an understanding to serve as the basis for a final agreement to be reached by the end of june. secretary of state john kerry says there are still tricky issues to work out. if iran curbs the nuclear program, the country would be rewarded with some sanctions lifted. german prosecutors say the co-pilot of the german wings plane that crashed in the french alps with treated for suicidal
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tendencies. he has undergone psychotherapy for several years before becoming a pilot. he's accused of crashing the plane last tuesday. meantime, the french lab says family has to wait for months for the dna analysis to be completed. happening today, the defense attorneys for boston marathon bombing suspect dzhokhar sear naef tsarnaev will try to convince lawyers that he doesn't deserve the death penalty. his older brother tamerlan was the mastermind. and two men dressed as women were on a joyride in a stolen suv when they tried to ram through the gates of the national security agency. the men pulled up to the gate of the nsa at fort meade in maryland, two hours from
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philadelphia. the nsa said after the men were told to leave, the driver accelerated toward an nsa police car that was blocking the road. that is when an officer opened fire. one of the men was killed and the other was taken to the hospital. the police officer was also hurt. the fbi said a handgun and drugs were found in the car, but they say this is not linked to terrorism. they will now decide if federal charges should be filed. council members in indianapolis have passed a resolution opposing indiana's controversial religious freedom law. people cheered as the vote was read. the resolution was proposed in reaction to state law signed last week. that law said that no one can force business owners to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds. critics said the law opens the door to discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender citizens. a national pharmacist group has adopted a policy discouraging members from providing death penalty drugs. the american pharmacist association approved the policy yesterday. the group cannot legally prevent
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pharmacies from selling the drugs used for lethal injection, but the new standard could be enough to deter pharmacists from producing them. in states like texas where there's already a drug shortage acquiring the drugs for lethal injection may now be more difficult. ten minutes before 6:00. we are an hour away from sunrise this morning and we'll see some sunshine. right now clear skies and falling temperatures. the temperatures have dropped down to 40 and are still coming down in philadelphia. but most of the rest of the area is running colder and some spots are in the low 40s. there's not much wind though. the water is very calm this morning in front of boathouse row with a view of the schuylkill and less wind today. but more clouds are on the way. completely clear now, but you can see the cloud cover that's making some steady progress. and with the clouds, it's bringing in rain and snow in northwestern pennsylvania. by the time we get to the philadelphia area that's just
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going to be rain. but we could see some accumulating snow in the pocano mountains later today. philadelphia, completely dry at this hour. not a lot of rain during the day, but during the evening hours, that's 8:00 this evening, we could see heavier downpours. by 8:00 a quarter of an inch in philadelphia topping half an inch for pottstown and two-thirds an inch in reading. the showers are out of here by 11:00. by then, a little over a half inch in philadelphia of rain. snow will stay to the north. rain showers, the first ones arrive later this morning as the clouds increase. so we'll get a bit of sunshine to start with and temperatures coming up show rain for philadelphia. 55 degrees in some areas. while to the north in the allentown area we'll likely only see 40s this afternoon. we'll see it clear out tonight. a chilly start tomorrow. just 50 degrees tomorrow afternoon. but sunshine is back for thursday, that means warmer temperatures. in fact, a big warm up. 64 degrees on thursday. showers on friday. but upper 60s to near 70
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degrees. then a cooler weekend. we'll see some sunshine after showers saturday morning clearing out in the afternoon. easter sunday will be nice and sunny with a high of 56. and turning milder for monday opening day at citizens bank park. eight minutes before 6:00 right now. if you're getting ready to head out, we know of a serious situation to take note of. >> the first alert traffic reporter christine maddela will update us now. >> interstate 78, we learned about this from the allentown section of penndot that sends out alerts, take a look at the emergency crews on the scene. we know it's a tractor-trailer and car that got into a crash. so interstate 78 is shut down right now as crews respond to that accident. both sides of the interstate are affected. we are seeing some big delays out there. we are still monitoring to see how long that is going to last. elsewhere, we want to get you updated on the drive times. the 42 freeway looking good in both directions. heading to the walt whitman bridge and heading into
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philadelphia we are not seeing any major problems out there. that is the good news. except for interstate 78 take a look at the schuylkill expressway. this is 76 at spring garden where we are seeing the volume and increased volume backing up there. there is an accident right at 676 that is starting to slow some things down on the eastbound side. as we take a look at drive times, you'll want to see 14 minutes as your drive time on 95 southbound from the woodhaven road to the vine street expressway. that backup is affecting the overall drive time on the eastbound schuylkill from the blue route to the vine of 422 in montgomery county also looking good for now. prosecutors have a warning this morning for anyone who took their car to an auto body shop in delaware county. the owner of transformers commission specialist in darby is out on bail after his arrest yesterday. frank wilson accused of charging insurance companies for work he didn't do. and police say in some cases he caused even more damage to cars in order to get a bigger payout. >> what he would do is only
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superficially fix it and then put the outside cover on and the damage would still be in the interior. so if you had your car fixed at transformers collision, you may want to have someone take a look at it. >> and ten others who worked with wilson also face charges in that alleged scheme. and living along the coast comes with benefits and certain costs. and a higher cost is about to make itself known starting tomorrow. just how much extra you'll be paying to insure your property on the coast. plus counting down to the phillies home opener. next, the changes fans can expect to see at the ballpark this season. ts-d s bigger. stronger. faster. and bigger. it's got so many more apartments than on, on that old internet. how do we do it? we're powerd by web five-point-o. what about web three-point-o and 4-point-o? we skipped them. 'cause they're not good enough. the new apartments-dot-com. change your apartment. change the world.
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if you have flood insurance in some parts of the area you need to get ready for higher prices. starting tomorrow, everyone with flood insurance required for a mortgage has to pay more. that's thousands of home ace long the jersey shore and delaware coastline as flood policies come up for renewal. new federal guidelines will tax on surcharges. the prices will go up between 15% and 37%. the debt-ridden national flood insurance policy program is to
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blame for this along with some big losses after sandy and katrina. >> if it goes up too much i won't be able to afford it. >> it's just a phase-in of new premiums that will take place over the next five to ten years. >> and flood insurance rates are based on which flood zone a house is located in and how many feet off the ground it is. the lower the home the higher the premium. and food fashion and a lot of fun. today we'll get our first look at exciting new things to expect to see at citizens bank park this season. including some phillies baseball. during a preview party today, ballpark officials will be showing off new food options that fans can enjoy at next week's home opener. and how about the high-tech system to let foods be ordered during the game. and this season fans can sip on
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a new line of wine. tracy just bought season tickets, i think. nbc 10 will be at the phillies home opener next monday april 6. we have a preview called "welcome home phillies" at 2:00 thm. then at 3:00 they kickoff their season against the red sox. >> that's exciting. >> what would you pair with a nice merlot or chardonnay? >> i can't help you guys i don't know what you're talking about. thank you, chris. you're watching "nbc 10 news." "nbc 10 news today" at 6:00 a.m. starts right now. and fire breaks out at a montgomery county home. we are live on the scene and hear from the witness who first saw the flames. and it will be a cold dry morning, but all that will change as we're tracking rain. good morning this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> i'm vai sikahema. not only rain but it's going to get colder.
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we'll get right to nbc 10 first alert meteorologist bill henley with the first alert forecast. and it's getting colder with temperatures falling. when we went on the air at 4:00 this morning, it was 44 degrees in philadelphia. now it's 44 degrees. well it came down and has come right back up. that's a live dry view of center city. 40 now in wilmington. most of the area is not in the 40s. in fact, it's below freezing in interior new jersey mount holly, 31 degrees. 30 in millville. and not much warmer in pottstown at 33 degrees. look what is headed our way. that's rain and snow. by the time it gets here we'll be looking at rain. temperatures will be climbing. sunshine at 7:00 39 degrees. by 9:00 44 and then 47 degrees with rain showers moving in late this morning and then steadier heavier rain later today. we'll go through it hour by hour with the future weather when i'm back in ten to show you when the wet weather will arrive in your neighborhood, but christine maddela is watching traf

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