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>> it is a miserable and nasty night out there. thanks for joining us tonight. i'm jan jeffcoat. >> i'm lesli foster. it is cold, wet and where you are makes the difference on whether you are seeing snow or rain. first alert meteorologist topper shutt is here to show us where that line is. >> we're looking at temperatures in the mid-30s with heavy rain in d.c., heavy rain up 270 and in between frederick and baltimore. see the reds and oranges. a little snow out toward leesburg and mixed precipitation down i-81 toward orange county and luray. this is all rain through the immediate metro area, silver spring, rockville, heavy rain down toward old town moving to the north and east. this is going to be the most intense part of the storm between now and 3 a.m. we'll move it north. a little snow still around leesburg either side of 15. we're looking at reports of sleet toward new brunswick. for the most part, we are looking at a half rain
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overnight. there are still winter weather advisories essentially west of i-95 until noon. there's still winter storm warnings out toward cumberland, romney and hagerstown. i think hagerstown will have a hard time making criteria. you'll probably get 1 to 3 inches in the winter storm warning area. in the meantime leesburg, gaithersburg, manassas, you've probably seen all the snow you'll see tonight. temps are still above freezing, 34 in leesburg, manassas and culpeper. we'll come back, talk about when the precip shuts off completely tomorrow and look ahead to the strongest clipper of the season sunday night. we just checked a bunch of traffic cameras and as you mentioned, it is tough to find any snow out there tonight. >> our mola lenghi saw some snow earlier tonight in leesburg, but he's moved over to maryland where now it's just cold rain. it looks nasty. >> reporter: that's right, guys. we've been all over the area tonight. some spots are certainly worse than others, but d.o.t. crews are everywhere prepared to clear a path.
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>> sleet starting to slick, a little slick in the parking lots and stuff like that. >> reporter: that's when it's time for these guys to hit the road salting, plowing, clearing the way. >> we're out on all the primaries and high volume secondary roads. >> the main roads aren't bad. the back roads are starting to get icy. >> reporter: as they get worse, hundreds of crews are out working with a few hundred more on stand-by. what's the biggest challenge on a night like this? >> not knowing whether you're going to get the ice or snow. ice is much more treacherous, harder to treat. >> reporter: that's why they got a head start. crew began pretreating roads this morning -- crews began pretreating roads this morning, but drivers can help themselves. driving a little more cautiously? >> yeah. slower. >> reporter: not just tonight as another wave of winter weather is expected this weekend. >> we're prepared. as soon as we get through with this one, sometime tomorrow
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we're going to pretreat sunday, as a matter of fact. we'll be working through the weekend. >> reporter: some spots certainly worse than others as we mentioned. if you don't have to be out, it's one of those things where might as well not risk it. live in montgomery county i'm mola lenghi for wusa9. >> thank you. >> you can track the storm overnight and get up to the minute information on closings and delays in morning by downloading ou we now have a d.c. fire department's version of the tragedy inside a smoke filled metro tunnel january 12th. the report was released a couple hours ago by the d.c. department of homeland security. hank silverberg joins us from l'enfant plaza station where the incident happened. hank, what does that report say? >> reporter: it highlighted again the problem with the radios. d.c. firefighters having sporadic service as they tried to rush into the tunnel to rescue passengers. >> please stay calm. >> reporter: as the train filled with smoke, firefighters
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struggled to communicate with the metro control have to see if the deadly third rail which supplies the system with power had been turned off, but d.c. director of homeland security who helped write the report tomorrow us on the phone that the communication problem did not significantly delay response times. >> everything that we have gone through on this and the information that we have, this is not a problem with encryption. it's a problem with being able to repeat any radio signal. >> reporter: when firefighters got to the train, they asked passengers to open the doors to let them in, something the passengers were not able to do. the report issued tonight by d.c. department of homeland security says the doors on the 3000 series cars were difficult to open and firefighters were forced to use a specialty key to get access to the train. they are now recommending radio tests be done weekly instead of monthly. >> there could be a power issue. there could be a shorts issue. there could be a water issue within the metro system that
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would affect their repeater system which our radios need underground to be able to communicate above ground. >> reporter: they're now testing the radios systemwide and the rounds of tests should be done late tomorrow. the accident squirreled more than 80 people and killed 60 -- injured more than 80 people and killed 61-year-old carol glover of alexandria. they are looking at the ventilation system which may have actually forced air into the tunnel while they were trying to get people out. the ohio man accused of plotting an attack at the u.s. capitol will go on trial march 2nd. 20-year-old christopher lee cornell pleaded not guilty in federal court today to three charges including the attempted murder of u.s. officials and employees. cornell was arrested outside a cincinnati area gun shop last week. the fbi says he planned to wage jihad by attacking the capitol with pipe bombs and shooting government officials and employees.
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tonight we know what caused a local laundromat to catch fire leading to damage in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. it was lint in the ductwork. the lint overheated and touched off that fire at the white oaks shopping center on new hampshire avenue caused all this damage. the fortunately no one was hurt. tomorrow firefighters will return to the ruins of that mansion fire in annapolis to search for a possible sixth and final victim. today they found the remains of a fifth victim. four others were discovered earlier this week following the fire early monday morning. none of the five has been publicly identified, but as neighbors create a makeshift memorial, the families of sandy and don pyle have posted photos of them and their beloved grandchildren. >> that's what tugs at your heart strings and that's why you want to do things like this. >> it's so sad and i hope everyone can get some sort of closure. >> 8-year-old charlotte boone, her 6-year-old brother wesley
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and their cousins 8-year-old lexie and 7-year-old katie, also their grandparents sandy and don pyle are the victims. the cause of the fire remains under investigation. a man who taught at montgomery county public schools 37 years was indicted on federal charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. special education teacher peter flynn was arrested today at his silver spring home. the 61-year-old has taught at bethesda chevy chase high school since 1980. today students were shocked to learn of the indictment. >> i've only had good interactions with him. he's never been like creepy or anything. i don't even know how to react. >> that's veryweird, yes. >> you wouldn't expect that out of him. >> at all. >> when the school system first learned of the investigation surrounding flynn in september, it did move him to an administrative position away from children. the principal says the charges do not involve any students or
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any school property. howard county police released a composite sketch of a man wanted for raping a woman in columbia. a woman was approached at the colombia landing apartments wednesday morning. he forced her into a vacant apartment and assaulted her. police say the man might have been using the empty apartment. they increased patrols and want to hear from anyone who might be able to identify that rapist. you could be eligible for a $5,000 reward. prosecutors say dna testing ruled out hannah graham suspect jesse matthew. the teenager was seen in august of 2013 appear although her body was never -- and although her body was never found a man was convicted of taylor's murder. an american university professor charged with breaking into an office building near
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campus and setting a series of fires pleaded guilty today. david pitts was arrested while trying to steal precipitation drugs from the foxhall square office building last september. prior to his arrest prosecutors say he set several items on fire near the parking garage by the complex and in some nearby woods. a search of his home turned up more than 5,400 prescription pills. he faces 25 years in prison when he's sentenced in march. prince george's county police have identified the victim of a murder we first told you about last night in laurel. 23-year-old tyrone archer was found shot to death yesterday afternoon outside a home in the 8220 block of imperial drive. detectives were back in the neighborhood tonight looking for clues and passing out flyers offering a $25,000 reward in the case. in loudoun county a case of road range leads to gunfire. it started about noon yesterday
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on route 7 near dulles town center. two drivers in the westbound lane started yelling at each other and one driver took off. the victim later found the rear passenger side of his car riddled with bullet holes. the loudoun county sheriff's office wants to hear from anyone who might have witnessed that. perhaps you were in the area. you could be eligible for a $1,000 reward. he the washington auto show opened today. we'll give you a look at one of the cool concept cars on display. >> also ahead an armed robber terrorizes workers at a local business and the crime is caught on camera. >> reporter: the u.s. issues a travel warning on e cigarettes. i'm danielle nottingham in burbank, california, with the story coming up. >> we stepped outside again, just rain in northwest. most of our snow is gone, but around frederick up toward myersville up 70 and down toward news brunswick snow is
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turning to rain. we'll come back
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caught on camera, a person of interest in an armed robbery at about 1 a.m. at a business along the 1400 block of maryland avenue in
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northeast. you think you can identify the person in this video please give d.c. police call. you could be eligible for a $10,000 reward. d.c. police released this video of two people they call persons of interest in a robbery that took place right along the street. they are hoping you can take a good look and identify these two. this all happened wednesday before noon near 14th and oak streets in northwest. if you know anything about this case, call d.c. police. again, you could be eligible for a reward of $10,000. tonight an important safety alert for travelers who use e cigarettes. >> danielle nottingham reports the faa says the electronic alternative to tobacco cigarettes can pose a fire risk. >> reporter: the federal aviation administration says e cigarettes stored even in checked baggage can be dangerous. on friday the faa issued a warning to u.s. carriers that e cigarettes can pose a fire hazard in the cargo compartment
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of planes. earlier this month at los angeles international airport an overheated e cigarette sparked a fire in a piece of luggage in a baggage area. four months earlier at boston's logan airport an e cigarette in a passenger's bag caught fire in the cargo hold of a plane forcing an evacuation. the problem lies inthe batteries that power the electronic smoking devices. they're made with lithium ion seen here igniting in a cargo bin. the faa has already banned lithium ion cell phone and laptop batteries from checked baggage. now it's entell passengers that goes for e cigarettes as well. the problem can be compounded the faa says when people reuse and modify the e cigarettes swapping out original with after market batteries. e cigarettes are a $3 billion business in the u.s. danielle nottingham, cbs news, burbank, california.
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>> the faa is not banning e cigarettes from planes altogether, but it does want you to carry them on board so that they can be monitored. you've maybe seen these magazines on board your flight, sky mall. it's filed for bankruptcy. this little quirky in flight shopping catalog has been a a main stay for three decades. where else would you find a standing desk and everything else you didn't really know you needed. more planes have seat back tv screens and the federal government now allows kindles and ipads to be on flights. so we just art reaching for the sky mall in flight catalog anymore and most jets have wi- fi. >> i actually have ordered from that before. >> yeah. drivers from uber come out on top when it comes to earning a salary. a new paper issued by the ride hailing startup and princeton
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economist alan kruger says uber drivers make about $19 an hour compared to nearly $13 an hour for taxi drivers and chauffeurs which, of course, adds up to a 48% difference in pay. a family friendly event is getting underway at the washington convention center. the washington auto show kicked off today featuring some future isaac cars and -- futuristic cars and a tv celebrity. sadie robertson signed autographs and greeted fans. visitors to the show will get to see toyota's concept car which is the fv2. check that thing out, fancy. the one person vehicle moves with the driver's body movements. the car reads the driver's facial features and emits a light pattern on the car's exterior reflecting the mood of the person, wow, very futuristic, right? >> really? >> your car would be moody. >> yeah. it would be blue. this is a mari here powered by
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hydrogen gas, so its only emission is water. this is a yellow alert day. now here's wusa9 first alert weather. >> but can those cars predict the weather? >> here's my question if you're driving down the road with the car that reads your face and if i didn't know i saw a deer, does it stop the car? we're looking at a heavy rain in the metro area. it's almost like march instead of january. let's start with a live look outside, our live michael and son weather cam, a very unpleasant night, 37, rain downtown, dew point above freezing. that tells us we're not going below freezing in the metro area, winds out of the east at 9. i was not concerned about freezing rain. the radar the past couple hours, you can see the yellows
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and reds, very heavy activity rolling through. we get very strong vertical velocities in the atmosphere, very heavy precipitation that drags down some colder air. we'll zoom in. the green is rain, so still rain in olney, rockville and silver spring. i can't rule out a couple wet snowflakes later tonight by tomorrow morning. a little snow still in leesburg, sleet in brunswick and snow forth of frederick up toward middletown. i'll show you this map, a trace to an inch in the immediate metro area, 1 to 3 inches toward frederick and maybe 3 to 6 inches up toward hagerstown and romney and cumberland. most of that will fall between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. tomorrow morning. heavy precipitation is over by daybreak. saturday just rain and snow showers, but temperatures will be above 32 degrees. you'll have no trouble getting around trouble on the roads. we catch our breath sunday, very nice day, temps in the 40s. clouds come in late, good day. strongest clipper of the season comes in sunday night and
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monday. we've had three clippers. if we're saying this is the strongest clipper of the season, we've got to pay attention to this. futurecast 11 a.m. kind of a break, 30s, not much going on, snow and rain showers moving through. by 2:00, 3:00 they're east of i- 95 with temperatures in the 40s and upper 30s and clearing skies by early afternoon. by 6:00 everybody is pretty much clear, temperatures in the 30s. by 10:00 tomorrow night most of us will be right around the freezing mark. tonight overnight cold with rain, heavy at times, mixture snow well north and west, low temperatures 30 to 35, essentially where they are now. upper 30s across the board on the day planner, a little light rain or showers by 11:00, couple sprinkles by 1:00, temperatures around 40. next three days, pleasant sunday, rain and snow sunday night with the clipper, yellow alert already for monday, 34 with snow on and off all day
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monday. heaviest snow looks like it's sunday night till about noon monday and then more flurries tuesday, cold wednesday, a ck in the upper 40s and seasonable next friday with sunshine and temperatures in the low 40s. you guys ready for the weekend? >> i'm a little concerned about monday morning. >> you should be. >> yellow alert, fun alert, it's fun friday. as i always say, we got spirit, yes, we do. we got spirit, how about you? >> stay tuned for game of the week on wusa9. [
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now wusa9 game on sports with dave owens brought to you by xfinity. >> all right. now we're kicking off fun friday with our basketball game of the week. a friday night 10,000 voters casting their ballots and they saw a show. let's get to it. the falcons getting all pumped up tonight and with good reason. shane everly, shane, shane is making it rain.
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from the corner he had 10 points and the falcons were playing pretty well, but the one handed chuck there and the panthers were on a roll. more panthers with defense. that's aaron thompson, grand theft orange, paul, vi wins. >> the streak has been going on, ups and downs of the season. everyone counts, especially in the league, best league in the country. no matter who the team is it's a great win. i'm proud of my team. >> cast your votes for next week's game. see the game you like, there's a code next to it. text that code to 25543. the winning game gets featured on our friday night newscast next week. this was a great game, ladies, bcu at st. louis, 18 seconds, rams down two. jordan burgess says hey, coach, give me the green light. he got it. he stroked it. rams up one, the only points of
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the game. five seconds ago still tied in regulation. graham goes the lengths of the floor, lays it up. bcu wins 63-51. how about that? good stuff. nfl latest on deflategate, the league putting out an official statement saying they've conducted nearly 40 interviews and the investigation is ongoing. ted wells is helping head the investigation. he previously conducted the league's probe into the miami dolphins bullying scandal. so the nfl could use some good news these days year an anonymous group creates a bad lip reading spoof of nfl players, coaches and referees and i'll tell you, the mash-up has become an internet sensation. it's hilarious. hear now a sample of the 2015 version. >> got to eat the breakfast. we eat breakfast, then lunch. >> i have flaps. >> i just forgot to breathe.
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>> how are we going? >> why are you always angry? >> once there was this prince. i came from syria and he lived with peaceful monkeys outside his aunt's cab end and had an old sheep dog named sinbad. >> that's funny, but it's nothing compared to what we did in the sports department. we put together our own bad lip reading spoof. it features some of our favorite news anchors, fun friday. roll it. >> you see i wish i was this tall, but i'm really only this tall. when there's eight, when there's seven, we cruising. lesli, stop being infatuated with my boyfriend. slightly touch my sandwich. i was like oak, i'll kick your butt. -- oak, i'll kick your butt. >> -- okay, i'll kick my butt. >> i walked past the edit bay and i said something happened. dave was talking about a
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sandwich and i was going to kick someone's butt and i moved away. >> omar mohammed, our producer, work over all this and lip synced that. he was incredible. >> well played. >> pretty good. >> don't mess thank you, cable for the slower internet upload speeds. for fewer video on demand titles. thank you cable, because if we never had you... ...we wouldn't know the incredible difference verizon fios makes.
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