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l.a. notice the dew points, in the mid 60's, which indicates very soupy air mass. lo alot yo dato y.it le ik le this, hea so viad ry adviso fmro nn ootiunl 10:ry00 1. s 05 s like i05. es r temperatures in . nd sticky outrehe t. first let's check in with jim russ, tpwhuse for lisa. >> the rush more starts off quietly. we're going to start off in springfield looking at 95 northbound, heading towards the
beltway, where traffic is in good shape. in maryland, we'll take a look at 270 southbound. that's in pretty good shape as you travel southbound toward the beltway. all lanes are open out of frederick through gaithersburg and germantown. and finally, out toward dulles airport, tollway and greenway combination also quiet all the way around the beltway. back to you guys. >> hey, jim, thanks. nice to see you this morning. as brian mentioned, we are bracing for one of the hottest days of the year this morning. the dangerous combination of heat and humidity as agencies around the metro springing into action. kathy brock is live with some of the agencies. >> the district is preparing by opening up cooling centers later on this afternoon. they'll be opening up at 12:00 until 6:00. you metioned earlier that this heat could make for some dangerous conditions. well, that's likely later on today.
your best bet is to stay indoors if at all possible. >> this weekend's heat may be no match today. the mercury is expected to climb into the 90's. >> i've done 90's before. even sunday's sweltering forecast didn't keep folks from soaking in the rays. >> got a cooler full of water, got a hat on, sunscreen, good to go. >> but it coulding the hottest day of the season, and open ferbles are bracing for dangerous conditions. they're republican minding residents to stay hydrated and to stay indoors as much as possible. chances are many will choose to beat the heat in other ways, like taking a dip at the pool. >> the pool to cool off in makes it more bearable, so definitely enjoying t. >> if you do need to be outdoors, don't forget to dress
light and to take frequent breaks. today's heat advisory is expected to last until 10:00 p.m. you're taking a live look at the time and temperature here in dupont circle. it's only about 5:00, and it's supposed to pop up, the temperature, any second now. it's about 80, 81 degrees, so you know it's going to be a very hot day. so before heading out the door this morning, remember to bring plenty of water and dress lightly. kathy park, abc 7 news. >> kathy, smart thinking with that wardrobe selection. thank you very much. if you plan on hitting the pool to cool off, you'll have a few extra hours today. the d.c. department of public works is accident tending the hours of some of the district's outdoor swimming pools. the pools will be open from 11:00 tomorrow morning until 9:00 tomorrow night. for more information on that, you can check out the d.c. government website. in other news this morning, a veteran metro repairman is struck and killed while working ef hd isne.peju bste
this happened just before la oastra ngetween e een vi mnro. the man was part of a crew doing scheduled maintenance when he was hit by a piece of track equipment much his name has not been release but we're told he worked there for 25 years. general manager john cato is promising a thorough investigation. and new questions are now being raised about the safety of the metro trains. "the washington post" reports that metro's destroyed avoidance system may have malfunctioned on march 2 and two trains nearly collided at the potomac avenue station. the operator useless would the emergency brake to avoid hitting another train. a failure of that system is also suspected of contributing to the june 22 crash that killed nine people. these glitches have riders concerned. >> yeah, one episode already, so they need to let us know so
we have a righto choose to get on the train or not. >> this is part of a daily life going to and from work, and we should be able to make those decisions on how to get there. >> metro says the two not are not related. the ntsb says investigators are looking into the june 22 crash and learned about the march incident only last week. and a little known local channel called the tristate oversight committee notified investigators about the march incident. that panel has primary oversight beverage safety, but "the washington post" reports that panel has no direct regulatory authority and cannot order metro to make the changes, and it apparently lacks the resources. "the post" says no federal agency is authorized to regulate metro operations. and meanwhile, d.c. police are investigating what led up to a double shooting overnight. it happened just after 11:00 last night in the 400 block of n street in northwest. policeere called to the scene and found two teens suffering from gunshot wounds. their injuries are not life threatening.
and also in the district, some firefighters were overcome by the heat while battling a house. the flames broke out just after 8:00 last night in the 700 block of third street northeast. a person in the house was able to get out safely. at least three firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion and were treated at the scene. investigators are still searching for a cause. several families have been displaced due to damage. today volunteers across the country and right heren our area will be again pressing for a swine flu advance seefpble the university school of medicine is the lead center for the nationwide trials. 67 young adults and senior citizen volunteers will be screened, and if they agree, they'll get shots to test the effectiveness of the h1n1 vaccine. if it is found to be safe, the vaccine will then be tested on children. and health officials are racing to get the vaccine tested before the fall. that's when a second wave of swine flu is expected to emerge. since the outbreak last spring,
the h1n1 virus has played a role in more than 1,100 deaths, including more than 400 right here in the u.s. and your time is now 5:07, and we have 76 degrees on a monday morning. >> and till to come right here on "good morning washington" -- big changes for the banking business. we'll tell you why apple and the iphone are setting their sights now on that industry. >> and the heat is on. the warmest day thus far this summer, temperatures could push to 100. it could feel like 105. we'll have the complete forecast coming up. >> but first, jim russ has another check of your morning commute. you're watching "good morning washington wash next to the house,
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>> welcome back. 5:10 on monday morning, august 10. time for weather every 10 minutes. let's start with brian van de graaff. he is outside. how is it feeling so far? >> not good at all. we really need to breathe out here this morning, because humidity is so thick. you're going feel it throughout the day, and that will make it dangerous conditions. as a matter of fact, we have a heat advisory that will go into effect at noon. let's take a temperatures, and you can see the range. we have a lot of 70's out there i. 76 in i70n f 70 in f 76 inxa ale nd heat advisory for m os heat advisory for m
metro, including m mon metro, including mon fairfax, prince william, fairfax, prince william, afand points eastward. that runs until 10:00 p.m. tonight. it will feel like 105, which hazy sunshine is the forecast. stray storm in the mountains around here. the only thing you'll be feeling is that moisture in e th area. good morning, jim.e it's monday. >> good morning. we do have one lingering station out rehe.he we have reports that the outer loop through 1, there's ahe's t go 'stiononng take them another ng five minutes toetfi gha gt out the roadway there. let's now go to maryland. on the beltway, pretty good shape. that's the outer loop heading toward the left side of the screen. in springfield, traffic is pretty quiet. 95 northbound heading to the beltway from woodbridge. back to you guys. >> jim, thank you very much. 5:12 is your time. 74 degrees. >> still ahead on "good morning washington" -- more summer school.
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"the washington post" is reporting several months before the deadly metro train crash in june, there was another near miss between two metro cars. a local panel alerted investigators, but that panel apparently has no authority. we'll have more on this in a live report in just a few minutes. and president barack obama is in mexico this morning meeting with that country's president. and the canadian prime minister. among the topics they're discussing, the threat of the h1n1 virus and the growing drug cartel. the two-day summit will wrap up this afternoon. pamela? >> thanks, alison. this morning, u.s. education secretary arnie duncan will kick off his back to school campaign. he'll visit a smithsonian early, which is located at the museum of american history. there he will discuss the importance of high-quality early education programs. anreethse growing debate over wheth sdehod attend summer school to boost their academic performance.
at mount very ton community school in alexandria, classes run almost near round. the students spend an additional 25 days in school. that costs the school an extra $600 a year per student. but critics say there's no evidence that extra school days help. >> it was the wrong idea. it doesn't work, so why would you extend it? why would you take a bad movie and make it longer? >> students who have the opportunity to be in a more continual calendar like ours did show a marked improvement in their readiness for reading. >> and experts say there is little data on whether spending extra days in school actually helps students perform better. >> all right, 17 minutes after the hour on this monday morning. time for check and traffic every 10 minutes. and we start with brian. as they say, brian, it's the humidity, not the heat. or it's the heat, not the humidity. what is it they say? >> well, it's both. and we're not in arizona, so it's not a dry oven heat. but you feel it outside this morning with temperatures that are already 81.
81 right now downtown. 78 in falls church. 72 in brandywine. we're mild this morning with the humidity. as the day goes, temperatures are going to climb. 98 is the record at reagan national airport, and that record could be be tied, if not fall during the afternoon. there's an advisory. it's not the entire metro. let's show you the maps. and it's basically from prince william, fairfax, stafford eastward across the bay. not that it's not going to be hot in lou down or faquier, but maybe not the criteria. that means it will feel like 105. air temperature in the upper 90's, but it will feel about 105 degrees. big storm yesterday, but all of them going around us as high pressure across the southeast is just pumping in the heat and humid i had, basically thwart all that energy away. today another scorcher, especially in the mountains. 100 to 105 is the way it will feel through the afternoon, although the bank thermometer may read upper 90's. it will be muggy. isolated storm possible later on tonight. tomorrow, better chance of a couple of storms as a front
starts to move closer. temperatures in the mid 90's. and long term, we'll get back into the mid 80's by the end of the week, so that will actually make it more comfortable. the question i have right now, the front will move to the carolinas f. it gets far enough away, we're partly sunny and could have a good stretch into the weekend. but some of the models hint it will be close enough, so we could have some thursday, friday, saturday. just depends on what the front does. but temperatures will be cooler and it will be definitely more tolerable as far as the heat is concerned. pam and alison, back to you. >> a new iphone app could make banking a whole lot easier. >> and saving money could be as easy as checking your email. we have these stories and more in this morning's tech news. >> in today's "tech bytes," depositing a check using the iphone. usaa bank, based in texas and mosted serves military personnel, is updating its iphone app this week. customers will be able to deposit checks immediately, like taking a picture of both sides of it with the phone's camera and sending it to the
bank. the entire transaction will be done electronically. customers won't even have to mail in the check later. yahoo has a new site aimed at making digital coupon cutting a little easier. yahoo deals is a one-stop shopping for daily deals, coupons, and store circulars. the site also has social networking features so you can share what you find with your friends. yahoo is looking to capitalize on the surge in bargain hunting caused by the resefplgs the company says web searches for printable coupons have more than doubled in the last two years. sony has a new damage that the it hopes will add life to your party. sony's party shot is a docking station for digital cameras. you place it at the center of the room, and it automatically takes pictures. it rope states 360 degrees. the camera works by scanning the room for faces and snaps pictures when it detects a smile. the party shot will be available in september for about $150. but there is one catch. it only works with sony's two
latest digital cameras. finally, what do you watch online? a recent survey finds most of us prefer professionally produced content over amateur clips. 58% of those surveyed say they mainly watch tv programs online. 24% go for the viral videos, and other user-generated clips. while 18% prefer professionally produced movies. for information, log on to the technology page at abcnews.com. those are your "tech bytes." >> 5:21, time to get a check of how things are moving on the roadways on a monday. jim is in for lisa this morning. hi, jim. >> 95 sheer, one of our callers reporting an accident 95 northbound at dale city. that's going to tie up the right side. apparently a car spun out and is in the roadway along the right side of the roadway. other than that, the rest of the beltway on 395, we're in pretty good shape. there is a work zone on the outer loop of the beltway in the vicinity of the interchange of route 123 tie shos. s that's going to tie uthp eth right side, and ty'reoi gngoi to be out of there in the next
couple of minutes. north of town, pretty good shape. here we are on the beltway, that's the outer loop traffic going toward the bottom line, and so far it's running without delay. alison, mela, back to you. >> thank you very much. 5:21 is the time. it's already pretty warm, 78 degrees already. >> already. still ahead on "good morning washington" -- preseason football kicks off with the haffle fame game. we'll check out the final score from the summer classic. >> and later today, catching up with some of oprah's most memorable guests. we're going to see what changed since they last took the stage with the daytime queen
>> 5:24 is your time on an early monday morning. taking a live look here at the capitol building, it's going to be a scorcher out there today. a heat advisory, in fact. we have almost 78 degrees even at this early hour, so keep it here for your traffic and weather every 10 minutes. brian's going to have the latest on that. but first we turn to sports this morning. football is officially back in season. of course, it's never too early for teams to measure themselves against the competition. or for the league to reap some revenue. with that in kind, the tennessee titans and buffalo bills squared off in the preseason opening hall of fame game. the bills' big off-season acquisition, terrell owens, heard of him? well, did he have a couple of catches in a brief appearance, but the titans win it 21-18.
and the redskins are still in practice mode. they're trying to put all the pieces together, particularly on the offense. the defense is a lot further along, it seems. deanglo hall has settled into his role as the team's top corner. coach jim zorn has been pretty pleased with his maturity, and linebacker brian or act positive they're impressed with. >> i think i got him one time on play-action, but those are the things that, you know, we want to give him those types of republican tigs so that he can learn. very pleased with what he did. >> the skins' preseason opener sent too far off, either. it is actually thursday night in baltimore. too soon for football, but we'll take it. >> yeah. looking forward to it. >> hoping for a good reason. 5:26 is your time. let's get the latest headlines in business news t. seems like general motors is leading the way. >> linda bell joins us live from new york. linda, good morning.
>> good to see both of you as well. you're both right. general motors announced a possible alliance with ey as part of its turnaround plan back in july. and now it looks like the deal is about to shift into high gear. the associated press reports that the online marketplace is set to start tomorrow. under this plan, 225 california g.m. dealers will let consumers haggle over the price of new cars and trucks.p.ay s a.p. says theew ns buick, chevrolet, g.m.c. n and pontiac vehicles will be sold through september 8. this trial is part of g.m.'s turnaround plan. also on g.m., the automaker is targeting a new stock sale for july 10, 2010, the one-year anniversary of its exit from bankruptcy. after trading today, take ani look at stock index futures, indicating a slightly lower open. one analyst said this morning that everyone in the market is ca ing it overbought, so a selloff is going to it can a self-fulfilling proff simple that's business news. live at blood vessel
headquarters in new york, -- live at bloomberg headquarters in new york, i'm linda bell. >> it's 5:27. the news continues with "good morning washington" at 5:30. >> still ahead in our next half-hour, tributes pour in for an ailing member of the kennedy clan. we'll get an update from a massachusetts hospital. >> and more metro safety issues makes a lot of folks wonder, who's watching them? we'll talk about that coming up. >> and it could be the warmest day that we've seen thus far this summer. we're live at abc 7 belfort frnt center.
>> good morning, washington. thank you so much for joining us on this monday, august 10. i'm alley stone starling. >> and i'm pamela brown. doug mckelway has the morning off. we begin with traffic and weather every 10 minutes. here's meteorologist brian van de graaff. and you mentioned earlier today, could be the hottest day of the year. >> upper 90's today, and it's going to feel like maybe 105 when you factor in the humidity, so it's going to be t pras n ty. in fact, it's stilltty na take it easy. take it easy. 'l khy park hh co ugp.in if you don't have a placeo go to, 77 in 76 in in n g george. e distct. rit 80 ewt oi iins the 60's. hse' the deal. stern counties outside ai beltwa montgtgom f w, ceam tlierthove o prince william, over to the ir at noon and runs until 10:00 p.m. that's because of the high heat and humidity will kick in together. showers will cool us off mid week. but by the end of the week, we'll be back in the low to mid
80's, so we will get a little bit of refreshing, cooler air. jim is in for lisa. what's happening? constructioof thzoneerout one on the outer loop near the ri ght side. the other on 95 southbound nrea the spotsylvania interchan. that's going to be tying up the side. that's south of fredericksburgh one accident toorept,t, 95 northbound before theeal city accident. that's going to be along the right side. in maryland, southbound side of 270, montgomery village avenue, traffic is light enough, and no delays coming out of frederick. back to you. >> jim, thank you so much. brian just mentioned this, and we are certainly in the dog days of summer. all across the district, officials have opened cooling centers, and they've extended hours at area pools. this is a live picture. it's sort of hazy. you can just tell it's already hot at 78 degrees even at this early hour. if you want to check out some of the ways to beat the heat, log on to to our website, wjla.com.
we'll have more on heat-related stories in a few minutes. >> in our other top story this morning, more problems for metro. and all of the troubles for the transit system have some people wondering whether it needs more oversight. matt brock is live in arlington with that story. matt, good morning to you. >> good morning. it may come pass a surprise to you as it did to me, but the metro really doesn't have an oversight committee, a safety oversight committee in the federal government, and, of course, it does have something that's divided between the three local governments, but we'll tell you in a few minutes how that seems to be somewhat surplus. it's certainly on the minds of metro customers. >> i have overall confidence in the system, but that shook it. >> "the post" reports there was a close call months before the june crash that killed nine and injured 80. it was reportedly another malfunction of the system's collision avoidance system. >> i ride it every day, and i
will continue to ride it. don't know if i'll be the guy in the front car. >> one train almost hit the rear of another, the report says. if not for the quick response of an operator who hit the emergency brake. metro says the trains were about 500 feet apart, "a safe zrans." the trainers ariders were off load and the train taken out of service immediately for a follow-up investigation. >> of course, i have concerns, but hopefully they will face it and i'm sure they're working on the problem. >> now the report says the national transportation safety board investigators looking into the june accident weren't even told of this march incident, and metro says that's not the case, that they told them the day after the accident. so some disparity and difference of opinion there. now, there is the local oversight kerk the tristate oversight committee. they've been asking questions of metro about this march incident since it happened. and by july, they still have not got an answer as to exactly
what it was. we're live at the east falls church metro station, matt brock, abc 7 news. >> matt, thank you so much. and staying with metro now, a metro worker has died after track maintenance equipment struck him on the orange line in fairfax county. this accident happened just last night between the dunn lohring and vienna stations. metro officials say the unidentified man had worked for the transit authority for 25 years. and commuters should prepare for big delays on metro's blue and yellow lines for the next few weeks. trains will share a single track through thpentagon city station from 10:00 p.m. until midnight sunday through thursday. no blue line trains will run between rosslyn and king street. metro will be replacing a switch at the pentagon city station. the transit agency says it will add at least 45 minutes to your trip. >> divers will be back in the hudson river today to search for more bodies and debris from
saturday's midair collision. >> a helicopter collided with a single-engine plane so. far crews have recovered seven bodies, and the hell cop wreckage. they will spend today spokesing on the plane, but the murky water could make it difficult. >> the river bottom is very murky, and it causes the divers to see in front of them, and they are trying to almost operate in the dark. >> the victims include three members of a pennsylvania family in the private plane. five were tourists, and a helicopter pilot from new jersey. and one man is dead after his ultralight plane crashed in luis acounty. that small plane wnt dowin :0 yesterday afteonr0. the 4ar6-ye m-oyeldld died in s his 17-year-oasld a assenger on ane e.pl she is hospizetadli in ta fredericksburg. investigators say the plane aparavs hstto loe er before crashingbo a00 1 a yards off shore in that luisa county
lake. the north american leaders summit in guadalajara, mexico, wraps up today. president obama, mexican president felipe called ron, and canadian prime minister stephen harp we are all taking part. mr. obama and calderon made later progress yesterday on their divisions over the pails of u.s. drug fighting aid and a ban on mexican trucks north of the border. experts say the accomplishment will likely be a joint plan of attack for swine flu. >> i think everybody recognizes that h1n1 is going to be a challenge to all of us, and there are people who are going to be getting sick in the fall and die. >> while the summit began over dinner yesterday, it will conclude around noon today with a joint press conference. and as soon as president obama returns om mexico this week, he's going to hold a town hall meeting in new hampshire. this will be, of course, on healthcare reform. meanwhile, over the weekend, more tension at these town halls that are happening all
over the country. the growing anger and confusi over the original 1,000-page bill has put the white house and democrats on the defensive. the obama administration says much of what the public has heard, though, simply is not true. >> i've also heard the suggestion that this is going to pay for abortions across america, not true in any version of the bill. the same thing, when it comes to coverage of undocumented people in america. >> the debate has provoked anger, arrest, and even violence. some democrats have gotten death threats over this. >> eunice ken dry shriver remains in critical condition at a massachusetts hospital this morning. her family has been by her side since friday. she's been weakened in recent years by a series of strokes. the 88-year-old is the sister of psident john f. kennedy, but she is perhaps best known for helping to start the special olympics back in 1968. cards and emails are pouring in with well wishes from special
olympians and their families. >> 5:38 is your time now on this monday morning. outside we have 78 degrees. >> and still ahead on "good morning washington" -- tv habits are changing. we'll tell you about a big shift for the late-night lineup. >> and it's another hot one today, but could we be breaking records? we'll let you know with the full forecast in just a second. >> and jim russ is coming back. he's going to have the very latest on your monday morning commute, as we all get back to work today. on" will ing washington" will
>> this is our junior beach patrol. remember, keep your feet in the nd till the lifeguard's in the stands. good morning, washington! >> at 5:42 on monday morning, welcome back to "good morning washington." meteorologist brian van de graaff outside our studios, where you can cut the air with a knife. let's take a look what's ppening this morning. tydypr et w tewrechwart' is 80downtot's 80e r. leesburg at 74. rockville comi e'h here's your maper. we have a heat advisory for t metro. in o tspowe t,st just the f the b ome anef eltway and then east he taye bth b at t ielfe likeel.elikema m temperatures climbing through the afternoon. it will be a hot and sticky
one. high today about 9 , but it will feel more like 105. lisa band's out, how is the commute looking? >> 95 in virginia, we have construction. first of all, 270 in montgomery county, pretty good shape heading down toward the beltway. w we will look at the 95 pma and show you we've got an oacntden the northbound side near the interchange at dale city tying up the right side. and southbound south of fredericksburg, spotsylvania interchange, there is a road work area where the right side is tied up. that should be cleared out very shortly, though. dulles airport, take a look at traffic on the greenway and toll road and find that traffic is in pretty good shape so far heading past route 20. alison, pamela, back to you. >> thank you so much, jim. and time is now 5:4 , and we have 78 degrees on a monday moing. >> stale head today -- some more shocking allegations about michael jackson's children. we're going toell you the latest person now to make a paternal claim. >> and we'll also look at this
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>> you're watching abc 7 "good morning washington" with doug mckelway, alison starling, and meteorologist brian van de graaff weather, and lisa baden traffic. this is "good morning washington" on your side. >> and welcome back at 5:47. today, the h1n1 vaccine will be put to the test in our area and all across the country. 67 young adults and senior citizen volunteers will be screened and then given shots at the university of maryland's school of medicine. if the vaccine is found to be safe, it will then be tested on children. and secretary of education arne duncan kicks off his back to school campaign later this morning. he's going to tour one of the smithsonian early enrichment centers and discuss why high-quality, early childhood programs are important in
shaping future success of students. a series of bombings has left at least 40 people dead in iraq. there were four separate attacks across the country earlier today. the deadliest strike came when two trucks exploded near mosul. 23 people died in that attack. >> and 5:47 is your time. time now for traffic and weather every 10 minutes. it's going to be hot, sticky, steamy, loof adjectives, all those things, right? >> yeah, dank, i like that. but yeah, you know, just being outside, the humidity, definitely don't want to be in many layers like i am. >> right. >> three-piece suit, brian. >> i know. i spilled something all over my shirt today, so this is nice nt coverage. m aday.on 's aonday. ts nice,t a nice, w aaving aving l 'lthwet h geugdroe k. 61 a a 61avut therecre area. tr of hath h he rapeemretus, coo o
llwirop bltoiny out bl the upper 90's, icldh ououc tie or breakhe record at reagan national, 98. when you factor that on top of the humidity, it will feel today as much as 105, so there's a heat advisory up for places like fairfax, montgomery, prince william, on over to charles and southern maryland, so we'll keep an eye out for that. it's not that it's not going to be hot, but it's right around the metro area, right around the beltway. temperatures here this morning, they are warm. you can see them. we have upper 70's in la plata. 75 in front royal ou so all across the area, it is warm and sticky. the heat and humidity will continue to pump on in. we're going to keep this hot air mass overhead. but we see some relief. notice the storms off to the west. there could be a storm or two this afternoon, especially in the mountains. but it eventually will work its way east. and as it pushes its way eastward, it will bring a shift tomorrow in the low to mid 90's with more skearted thunderstorms. and then by the time we get into wednesday, we'll see better chances for cooler
numbers, low to mid 80's by the end of the week. jim, what's happening? >> 95 is our busy spot in virginia. we've got an accident on the vb side near the interan gef ge dale city blocking the right side. and southbound, south of fredericksburg at the interchange at route 1 spotsylvania, construction along the right side. heavy traffic now on 270. this is getting through the interchange of route 80, down past 109, which is what we see here, and then pace picks up. 95 in the parkway between the beltway, 66 on the toll road. pamela and alison, back to you. >> jim, we appreciate it. thank you. michael jackson's kids are once again at the center of a paternity dispute. over the weekend, their godfather claimed to be the father of the singer's daughter, paris. the claim was first ror rd in a british tabloid. mark westor is a longtime friend of the king of pop. he says he's willing to take a paternity test to prove his claim. he came forwarbecause he's concerned about the children's
welfare. the michael jackson saga has provided a big boost to late-night news. ratings for abc's "lightline" have grown 14% in the last few months as compared to the same time last year. there have been other developments on the big networks. for the first time in years, david letterman is the king of late-night chat, beating the "tonight show" with conan oh brian for four straight weeks. >> it's interesting about that michael jackson, because you hear mixed thoughts. a lot of people say enough is enough, we've heard enough coverage about that story, but when you look at the ratings -- >>ou want more. you need more. >> yeah. >> like a drug. >> he was definitely an icon, for sure. and how about this from the small screen to the silver one? g.i. joe is the weekend box office champ. the action film based on the popular line of toys raked in more than $56 million in its debut. and meryl streep's "julie & julia" was second. but despite the big receipts, analysts say summer revenues
are still down just about 1% compared to last year. >> i didn't even know g.i. joe the movie was coming out, so obviously the marketing is not doing so well, or maybe i'm living in a cave. >> knowing you're live in a cave. and you would have gone, wouldn't you? >> yeah, great american hero. >> all right. 5:52 is the time on this early mourning.
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>> welcome back. president barack obama is meeting with his north american counterpart in mexico this morning. >> the three world leaders have a lot to tackle, including how to respond to the return of swine flu. abc'emilschmidt has a preview of the summit. >> president barack obama's summit with mexican and canadian leaders marks his first three-way meeting with the united states's closest neighbors. the geographical proximity means the h1n1 swine flu virus tops the summit agenda. the outbreak, which is now a global pandemic, started in mexico. >> i think everybody recognizes that h1n1 is going to be a challenge to all of us, and there are people who are going to be getting sick in the fall and die. >> shared borders will also calm talks about drug cartels. the violence leads to dozens of killings in mexico, and cartels are spreading north to the u.s. president obama has said he backs mexican president calderon's fight against the drug war.
>> we have responsibilities to reduce the trafficking of guns into the south that help strengthen these cartels. and the flows of money, and money laundering. >> also on the agenda, an unsettled economy-induced trucking fee. this spring, president obama signed a bill which blocks mexican trucks from entering the country. in return, mexico imposed more than $2 billion of tariffs on u.s. goods. >> allowing mexican long haul trucking into our country is going to diminish safety on our highways. >> the trip marks mr. obama's second presidential visit to mexico. two-day summit wraps up this afternoon. emily schmidt, abc news, washington. >> and there's lots more still to come the second hour of "good morning washington." >> and coming up, don't we just love this story? the benefits of a nap. if you just woke up but you already want to go back to bed, we have this report. you don't want to miss it. >> and more metro safety issues
and metro mourns another loss. we've got the latest details from an accident that killed a transit worker. plus, getting ready for swine flu. a local school starts testing a vaccine. "good morning washington" continues right now. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> and welcome back to "good morning washington." thank you so much for joining us at 6:00 on this monday, august 10. i'm alison starling. >> and i pamela brown in for doug mckelway. time for traffic and weather every 150 minutes. we'll check in with jim in just a moment, but we start with meteorologist brian van de graaff. and brian, the merks are you is rising. it's already feeling pretty hot out there. >> been outside a few times, and we're heading out there in 10 mines to let you know what it's like on the street level. it is a warm day definitely, almost unbearable, because the heat and humidity will make it feel like 100 to 105 deges. not a lot of rf,elie maybeben.t satto. 77, you ca