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>> this moved to silver spring in 2003 as a cable tv giant. the head of corporation operation says the takeover of the food channel and hgtv is a matter of dollars and cents. >> this company loves silver springs. and loves maryland. we are a maryland company. we have to make changes. it has changes and consequences. >> they will have existing campuses in knoxville will have many of the functions that are here in silver spring. eventually the company will sell the building on georgia avenue. a stu
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community. >> it's sad. i'm sorry. this is weird. are they leaving? wow! >> this is disappointing. i always dreamed of working there in college. it's seemed like all of this, i watch this building go up. >> he fought to keep discovery. >> it's been a very strong corporate entity in montgomery county. 1300 jobs. a large space in silver spring. they have been very, very outstanding. i am disappointed to say the least. brad: they say they will go the way of the dinosaurs in the lobby if they don't make the move. when we come back we talk about what the community is saying about the future and whether they
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hit. in silver spring, brad bell. abc7 news. alison: this is a stunner. thank you. after days of chills, the temperatures are back up to 50 today. but this morning it was still cold enough for the ice and some delays. this school bus slid off the road with students on board. no one was hurt. larry: no problems for the commute home. bill: we have 46 in chevy chase. all the temperatures for the most part are the mid-to-upper 40's. it's warm from a few days ago. this is not a toasty day but it's not been this warm sings before christmas. widespread. 45 in easton. 45 in luray. cumberland is 45 degrees.
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out there. there are no weather related problems now. >> we have a warmer day coming up larry: fog gave way to sun and the beg medicine to kick the cap -- best medicine to kick cabin fever. alison: wasn't it nice? people were in george-up to getting back the nowhere -- georgetown getting back to normal after a deep freeze we have been in. amy aubert? amy: a lot of people out here.
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so do the crowds. it wasn't the case last week. they only opened the door one day due to the freezing temperatures. >> i couldn't count the money. tuesday's sunshine bringing out customers. >> i thought it was springtime. i feel great. >> some were taking it beyond no coat. even breaking out the flip-flops. >> i'm not used to the cold weather. >> the crowds venturing outside and enjoying the warmup and awaiting higher temperatures. >> you can go out in the shorts if you want to. on monday you will be sniffling and sneezing. i suggest you dress warm.
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>> they are afternoon tis pating friday's weather. >> it's nice around here. >> in california, the weather is turning extreme. heavy rains caused mudslides on the hills that were ravaged by the wildfires last month. six people have already died and they are scrambling to rescue others. >> the rain fell hard and it was intense. bearing down on the same part of southern california steered by the devastating wildfires. >> i mean look at the hills. you are not slowing it down. >> with nothing to hold the soil in place. the debris and the mud flows wreaked havoc. sweeping homes off the foundation. prompting rescues. this is video of the firefighters carrying a
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stretcher after she was trap ped inside a home for hours. dozens dropped off by a military vehicle. drone video shows a mud slide on the 101 freeway. >> it moved me to the left of the road. >> shutting down the freeway. >> cars struck in mud and intersections inundated with the floodwater. alison: stay connected anytime with a free stormwatch7 app. nancy: i'm nancy chen with breaking news. steve bannon
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as executive chairman of breitbart news. this is days after the book was published about the trump white house where bannon questioned the mental fitness of the president. he served at the white house for the first few months of the administration. in a statement bannon said he is proud of what the team accomplished in a short time. at the "live desk," nancy chen, abc7 news. michelle: former arizona senator joe arpaio running for senate. larry: arpaio seeking the republican nomination to fill the seat held by senator jeff flake who opted not to run for re-election. known for the hardline immigration tactics, arpaio was pardoned by president trump last year for a criminal contempt conviction. speaking of president trump the rare move today of opening up a bipartisan meeting on immigration to the press. alison: but time is running out on a deal or a government shutdown. michelle: -- larry: scott thuman at the white house and the deadline looms. scott: the fog surrnd
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need for clarity on the complex issues. immigration. bipartisan group of the 20 lawmakers made the trip down pennsylvania avenue to work on a solution. >> i'm appealing to everyone in the room to put the country before party. >> the sticking points are severe. the president wants his $18 billion for a wall. democrats want assurances that the dreamers, immigrants who came here as children don't have to leave. >> march 5, a thousand a day will lose daca protection. 900 of them are members of the u.s. military. >> the rare glimpses of the unity don't last long enough to create law. a number of the democrats say a deep line in the sand had already been drawn so can a bipartisan meeting at the white house help erase the division? notably not part of the meeting, the democratic leaders nancy pelosi and chuck schumer. some think no deal on the daca might stymie chances for spending bill due at the en
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>> the president has thrown a huge wrench in the works. he is ready for a government shutdown if he doesn't get the wall. >> they may be at odds over chain migration after a suicide bomb attack and a suspect led in country through the family connections. >> the result of think failed immigration policy. we would like to see that fixed. >> the devil could be in the details at least publicly both sides seem anxious to overcome the odds. >> i felt positive in the nature from all sides in both houses. >> i think the president actually wants to strike a deal. >> at the white house, scott thuman, abc7 news. larry: white house majority whip steve scalise will under go another surgery tomorrow. the louisiana republican still recovering from last june's shooting at a baseball practice and says tomorrow's surgery is a routine follow-up. he will continue to handle the leadership duties while he recovers. nancy: we have new information on a shooting
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officer. alison: they say todd averageer's gun fired accidently when he used it to break a car window on november 5. the driver was hurt. archer was responding to a 911 call from someone who said an s.u.v. was ramming his car in an s.u.v. parking lot. archer will not be charged but he remains on leave until they determine why he used the gun to break the window. larry: coming up at 5:00, back to good. the plan metro is considering to save money that could be a blow to the union. alison: plus a new tool in the fight against breast cancer developed in our area. >> i'm paying $325 an hour. the phone calls they charge me for phone calls and everything. larry: "7 on your side" government watchdog dell evers s in the pro bait -- probate problems that could cost you money. >> they are about to smash the january
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before we start, i just want to say if anyone still doesn't have fios, please stay out of the way so your lag doesn't get us all killed, ben. what's so good about fios anyway? uh. what's so great about a 100% fiber-optic network
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ally work awesomely? hey. did you take out the trash? haha, garbage boy! dad, i already took out ben. it's not funny. gaming is best on a 100% fiber-optic network. so get fios. now, just $79.99 per month with a 2-year price guarantee with a 2-year agreement. alison: check this out. skytrak7 over a water tower that looks more like a frozen waterfall. we are trying to figure out who own
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presumably it cracked at some point in the deep freeze and started leaking. look what happened. larry: wow! alison: amazing. larry: yeah. alison: well, this week's big swing in the temperatures could mean a lot more of these. we are talking about water main breaks. larry: yeah. this one closed part of old georgetown in bethesda. tom roussey is live in college park where wssc is expecting a record number of breaks this month. tom? tom: this is out of control. this is route 1 where the traffic is slow but study because they are down to one lane northbound south of the beltway. this grew got it under control. the water is no longer coming out of the 87-year-old pipe. so many they have been working on lately. when you work for wssc you know january can be business. but in 22 years, marcus harley
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>> we didn't have too many breaks. it seemed like everything hitting us at once now. >> the snow, the ice, the rain. they have been out in it. 24/7. our crews are on 12-hour shifts, seven days a week. >> as soon as one job gets done -- >> on to the next one. keep it moving. >> breaks on the major roads like this one on route one in college park get priority. they are happening all over. this happened in the morning on anne arundel road -- on annandale road in annandale. since the cold snap began it has dealt with 160 water main breaks. d.c. water says it's fixing or is fixing 136 breaks and leaks. maryland has it the worst. wssc reports 406 breaks. so many it can't possibly keep up. >> we are still 100 water main breaks behinds. at the end of the day, patience is a virtue. these are extraordinary times for
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>> guys like marcus promise they are working hard and getting dirty to fix things as fast as they can. >> once you get down and you come out, everything you got on is wet and soaked and muddy. go to the yard and change up. >> within the last four days. cherry hill road. in that one area from there to here the same 87-year-old pipe burst three times. so they have to keep fixing it. eventually they would love to replace it but right now they are trying to keep up with the water main breaks. i'm tom roussey abc7 news. alison: a lot to keep up with. this is just in. a burst pipe will close george washington middle school tomorrow. we are told it's an electrical room. it's unsafe for anyone to be
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be resolved. all activities are all canceled. larry: i saw this video earlier. you have to see it. look at this. these are alligators in north carolina having to deal with the frigid temperatures. the gators stick noses up to survive. they go in hibernation. they lower the body temperature and metabolism under water. ice melting away today they will be sun tanning in no time. isn't that amazing? bill: so are they thankfull they're rescuing them or are they like what are you doing? alison: they are hibernate something if it warms up quickly they are okay.
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>> isn't that amazing? >> just like that it goes away. >> i have the other shots to show you. take you to the national harbor and focus in on the temperatures. gorgeous shot. if you take any photos. update them on facebook and twitter. this is the warmers day since the 23rd. 17 days ago to find temperature warmer than today. the nowhere hall high and low are 43 and 29. north of both of those so today's average is above normal looking at the temperature i
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this is a below normal temperature for 16 days. you have to go to the last three days of january and february, the blizzard of 2010 where we had a 21-day streak of the below normal temperatures so this is almost eight years ago since it's been this cold. relative to normal. no snowfall today. month is .8. season is only down 1.2. january and february are snowiest numbers.
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there are clouds working in to make a gorgeous sunset out in the western skies. ray of light will hit a cloud. the pink and the orange and the red are the longer ones. tomorrow there are more clouds than today. i don't anticipate snow or rain tomorrow. we'll see the temperatures in the mid-40's so it's another mild day. you want a heavy coat tomorrow. it will be in the 20's. then we are in the mid-40's. the water and the rain and the ice, a lot should have evaporated today so i don't think ice will be a big problem tomor
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and we go to 55 on thursday. we talking potentially mid-60's on friday with the rain before the front rolls through to bring us the rain. i don't see snow with the front. then it will drop temperatures back down so we'll have a 30-degree temperature drop from friday to sunday. but going beyond that, it's not going to last and we should bounce back up next week. so hopefully we won't be in another 17-day run. larry: below normal temperatures. alison: exactly. we talk about the ice. we know several people who slipped on the ice. last night or in the morning. apparently g.w. hospital says in just the last 36 hours they treated 51 ice-related falls. that is one hospital. serious. bill: that is what we talked about yesterday. it's not the roads. it's the sidewalks and the driveways and you are not thinking about it. the drive home is fine. you get out of the
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driveway. bill: not as widespread tomorrow. larry: see you in a few. how did the chicken cross the road? alison: well, still to come why they might want to ask the pig for advice. larry: you got to stay tuned for that. first, the flu season. peaking early this year. what you can do to try to protect yourself and your family in the face of one of the worst strains in recent history. alison: but first a look at what is coming up tonight on abc --
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alison: breaking news of another water main break. this is kin del road and bradley boulevard in potomac. it's hard to see in the darkness but you can see the crews on the scene and the water flowing. we are told that the water will be shut off for repairs but we will keep you posted on the situation there. larry: "7 on your side" with the health matters tonight. a new type of breast cancer treatment at the university of maryland medical center approved by the f.d.a. the machine will lower the amount of the radiation treatment that the patients need making treatment safer and possibly cheaper. >> treatments will be delivered for up to one to five treatment for women which is different from conventional radiation therapy. we believe it will provide more convenience for women undergoing this treatment. a
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side effects. larry: the device isolates the breast in the treatment so there is less readiation to the lungs, heart and the normal tissue. treatment is available for early stage patients by spring. alison: flu season is ramping up early this year. 46 states reported widespread outbreaks. so if you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, is it too late? elizabeth hur has the story. elizabeth: hospitals across the country scrambling with an influx of patients with the flu. >> the emergency room, she was having the fever of 103, 102. elizabeth: this texas mother and her three daughters all sick with the virus are finally on the mend. according to the c.d.c., the flu cases are spiking and spreading in every state. arkansas and texas, hardest hit. the situation so dire overcrowded hospitals are now setting up tents using the hallways to treat emergency
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nonemergency patients to other facilities. >> this is the worst flu season i've seen. >> 28 people died in california compared to four last season. some pharmacies are running out of tamiflu, the prescription medication to shorten and lessen the symptoms but the makers tell abc news they have plenty in stock. >> it's still not too late to get it. if you are sick, the medications can be very effective. >> another way to protect yourself is washing your hands often and carefully. in new york, i'm elizabeth hur for abc7 news. larry: still ahead at 5:00, attorneys taking control of everything some people own and
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dollars for it. "7 on your side" dell everring into probate problems and how you -- delving into probate problems and how to avoid them. sam: southwest washington where we went out with the fire boat and ice breaker. the john, whichw glenn. the only thing move -- the john h.w. glenn. the only thing moving today. >> we'll hav
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metro is looking for an unprecedented move. there were documents obtained by abc7 that show wmata may want to contract some of the operation to private companies. sam sweeney is digging in to this one tonight. what is behind this? >> well, this all comes down to money. money. metro has been starving for cash. now they want to explore the idea of partnering up with the private companies to perform maintenance on the silver line. the new phase to go in
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county. this is not going over well with the union. >> before this opens, metro may find someone else to maintain it. >> this is just an on slot attack. >> they are seeking one more more partners to utilize the experience, the creativity and the market driven operating structures to provide improved level of service at reduced cost to the public. under the current rules they can use the nonunion contractors on new section of rail. this is not sitting well with the current employees. >> they are not comfortable with it. this is another process
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being disruptive. the metro union points out a poor track record by the contractors highlighting problems with the privately contracted d.c. circulator bus. >> if you check in d.c. the circulator. they have all kind of the maintenance problems. we found out. in regard to the buses upkeep. >> this is in the early stages. wmata only put out a request for the information from the companies that may be interested. they want to see what they will bring to the table. it could be a long fight with the union if they go forward. sam sweeney, abc7 news. >> thank you. the joint commission on the accountability is getting update on metro and the toll lanes. today the meeting comes one day before the
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assembly in virginia where the temperature is sure to be on the agenda. larry: they are also tackling gun control, paid family leave, equal pay and the budget. the general assembly convenes tomorrow. lawmakers there expected to make overriding governor hogan's veto of a paid sick leave bill a priority. expanding the medical marijuana licenses in the state is on the agenda. >> the d.c. council is giving approval of the financing of the political campaigns. in the vote was unanimous. under the fair elections act for every dollar a qualifying candidate raises from the small donors the city would contribute $5 to their campaign. >> i want to make sure we are amplifying the voices of d.c. residents and making sure that the candidates spend time where we want them. talking to residents and voters rather than dialing for dollars. >> opponents of the bill including mayor muriel bowser argue matching funds could be
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a final vote scheduled north korea month. -- final vote is scheduled for next month. larry: a sheen of ice and the temperatures are rising. sam ford is live in southwest going along for the road with the fire crews. breaking the ice today. >> this is the john h. glenn junior fire boat. the boat. they sold it to d.c. which has used it for 40 years. it got a good workout today.
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>> the vessel is designed to break up to 18 inches of ice. >> they gave reporters river tour. hanes point, reagan national airport, the sites. on a river mostly of ice. >> if you livedded in washington as long as i have, you can recall few times you look at the potomac river to see nothing floating. >> everybody from that, everybody is in. the coast guard, the alexandria. airport asset. everybody else iced in. >> cut through to if fish market friday when there was fear a vendor barge might sink. the barge made it. yesterday, the fire boat fought the fire with the foam after two boats caught fire. this is the dining room of the spirit of washington d
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john glenn. this has to stay in the docks today because it can't move about. >> the fire boat sits here ready to go out if needed. reporting live, sam ford, abc7 news. larry: use your imagination. thanks. coming up at 5:00, pigs on the lam. how they gave the guys a run for money. >> a cool dog walking app but the problem is private information got out and we will explain what happened in a report coming up. alison: new at 6:00, a teacher led away from the school board meeting in handcuffs. who she was questioning moments
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bill: quick look at the weekend forecast. saturday we have falling daytime temperatures. chance of rain in the morning. 53 by sunday. we are dry and back near freezing mark. we talk about the res we are dry and back near before we start, i just want to saytalk about the res if anyone still doesn't have fios, please stay out of the way so your lag doesn't get us all killed, ben. what's so good about fios anyway? uh. what's so great about a 100% fiber-optic network that makes your gaming system actually work awesomely? hey. did you take out the trash? haha, garbage boy! dad, i already took out ben.
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larry: hundreds of pigs on the loose after a tractor trailer overturned in ohio. crews had quite a time trying to round them up. driver hit a slick spot and went into a ditch. you can see the pigs were in no hurry to get back in the pens. knew where they were headed. alison: i'm free! oh, man. all right. if you feel like getting down and dirty for a few days consider tennessee in june. that is when eminem, the killers, muse and future will headline a festival. cheryl crow is also on the list. larry: well, consumer electric show kicking off in las vegas. you don't have to go inside to see the cool tech. look at this. intel put together a display using hundreds of drones with the special lights. synchronized to music and the
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even getting there is high-tech. lyft testing driverless cars to shuttle convention goers all around. >> i think you can see the trend moving toward mobility. whether it's cars, phones, tablets, computing. larry: how about this idea? ford and domino showing off the delf driving pizza delivery vehicles. once the car arrives at your door, you put in a pin number. it's like a.t.m. but instead of cash it gives you pizza. my kind of car. alison: i like that one. coming up at 5:00, some say the wizard's bradley beal is one of the most underappreciated stars in the nba. why that may be about to change. larry: attorneys can take everything you own and charge you for it. "7 on your s ♪ it's time for sleep number's 'lowest prices of the season' on the only bed that
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alison: if you are not careful. an attorney could charge you hundreds of dollars an hour and take everything you own and you can't fire them. if it sounds unfair it happens every day at the d.c. probate
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court. larry: the viewers reached out to call for action and "7 on your side" listen and got answers to help people avoid problems with the pro bait court. >> an apartment building on the street. >> he found out his property was sold after mowing the grass around his apartment building. >> you don't have to cut it because we sold it for $500,000. i said i haven't gotten money from him. >> pro bait attorneys are taking money from the estate in the name of protecting him. >> i'm watching $325 an hour. they even phone calls they charge me for the phone calls and everything. >> advisory neighborhood commission erica -- commissioner kathy henderson is
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>> no citizen should go to probate court and lose the resources, lose the dignity and lose what they worked hard for. it's supposed to help not hurt. >> there wasn't a wheel. we owe owe conservatorship feels. they want to sell our house to pay for that. nathan: in a third and separate case, teresa regrets going to court for help to access her ill father's bank account. >> you have someone come in and take over the home, take over everything. >> "7 on your side" found probate attorneys charge families as much as $350 an hour here in d.c. courts. it's not just for legal work. they can charge $350 to make the calls to get other people to do work fixing up a house to sell. it's all legal. "7 on your side" ask probate at
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people we interviewed for the story to explain what is going on. the attorneys decline. we ask probate judges to address them but they decline to comment on camera. we asked about what work they can charge at a full rate. there is little oversight. there is a lot not known as probate. ask the experts from american bar association. >> the estimate is 1.3 million adults subject to guardianship. >> why don't we know? >> we don't know because data in the guardianship system is uneven and scant. >> the government accountability office tried to see how many abuse cases existed. >> we know very little. >> no one is watching this? >> knowing which abuse is most prevalent, where the problems are located. we really just don't know the
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>> we found the answer to the question how do i avoid probate problems? set up a living revocable trust. you can reach out to us at or call us at 301-652-help. nathan baca, abc7 news. larry: what a fantastic story. we had the tease on good morning good morning. most people don't know what probate court is. >> it forces a conversation families >> ed to have now. alison: this is heard breaking what happened to families that you talk to. >> good day today and even better tomorrow. alison: it's warming up out there. it feels like spring. bill: it does. so many days we lead with the weather because it's snow, winter storm, freezi
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school delays, et cetera. the cold. the wind chill advisory. this is quiet. we had a high of 51. 45 at reagan national. the sun has been down for an hour. it's warmer to the south. charlotte is 64. we have 57 in raleigh. some of that southerly air is heading up our way. if you look at the overall big picture here across the mid-atlantic, other than a few light snow bans to mid-to-upstate new york it's dry. this is something i haven't said in a while. the overall view with if winter weathered a letter, watches or warnings, we don't have anything at all. you have to go to iowa and up to minnesota to find a winter storm watch. this evening, good night. it's cold. 22 to 29. generally speaking around the area.
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the winds are light. wind chill factor not playing a huge part of our story. we are back again to seasonable day. today is higher with 51 degrees. a few degrees less than that because of the mostly cloudy conditions. the seven-day look at this. we go up further. there is rain on thursday night through the day on friday. there is a p.m. and mainly a.m. through the saturday. but ahead of the front, the southerly wind bring temperatures to the mid-60's on friday. it's not a record. record on friday is in mid-70's so we won't hit that unless mother nature does something really crazy. beyond that, it's a front that will drop numbers back down. it's back to the freezing mark. robert to you.
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backyard party. i'm kidding. i'm not. bradley beal put up 50 points in a game. the others were lebron james, rosen and james harden. so is bradley beal not an all-star? his teammates think so. >> the wizards fan anticipating all-star appearance from bradley beal. something that the teammates say is overdue. >> he deserved it last year. >> there is no way he can be snubbed at all. >> he is in this every year. taking a step toward the all-star. >> how much does he deserve to get the nod? >> i have been saying it for a year and a half. he is an all-star. playing like an
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>> that is not why i'm playing every night. the main goal is to win. if you don't win you won't be one. >> he is not focused on that. he would think it was cool but he cares about the team and how we are playing and living games. that is all that matters. >> if you didn't catch the national championship game you missed one for the ages. nick saban snatches national title number six. once again it came down to the final play. alabama trailing by three in overtime. for the win. 41-yarder. a quarterback hadn't played all season comes in and saves alabama. the crimson tide won 26-23. nick saban on another national title. >> happy for the folks or the players.
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this is a great win for the players. i have never been happier in my life. >> never?
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larry: okay. so the idea is to make it easier to find someone to walk your dog. alison: but as richard reeve reports using an app called "wag" may have left user's personal information exposed for anyone to see. richard: it's called the wag app. a way for dog owners and walkers to linkup using smart phones. but some private information has been compromised. the "wall street journal" found that the wag website inadvertently exposed addresses and lock box codes. >> hello, again, wag users. this is jim. the home access and security specialist. richard: this company video shows how the service allows dog walkers to share information with the owners to give them access to the home and the pets. they found a hun
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whose information was not password protected. that has the dog owners like curt -- kurt troubled. >> if i were to have one i'd change it periodically. >> the paper says no financial data or social security numbers exposed and there were no signs of break-ins or the information hacking. look at the privacy disclaimer. through account settings the company can collect information like your name, your e-mail, your phone number. logging credentials to facebook. even photos and location and even your i.p. address. the fine print cautionary tale. >> you are a person with any technology like that, there is all the potential for something to happen. i'd be leery about it. i'd provide my information to a certain degree.
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alison: thank you, richard reeve. thank you for joining us. larry: "abc7 news at 6:00" starts now. michelle: right now loosening winter's grip and the dangers we are facing as you start to thaw out. >> what are you doing? >> what are you doing? a teacher dragged away from a school board meeting in handcuffs. who she questioned moments before. michelle: four years after a truck plowed into an a.t.v. station, the man behind the wheel explains what made him do it. announcer: now "abc7 news at 6:00". on your side. nancy: thank you for joining us. first tonight the anchor of the silver spring redevelopment is leaving. michelle: discovery communications consolidating the headquarters in new york
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brad bell is live outside one discovery place. brad? brad: this is the big discovery building. if you haven't seen it, it is huge. it takes up a city block. the lobby is a museum and the old motorcycles from the hit show "orange county choppers" from some years back. all of this now is going away. a business decision as discovery takes over the scripts networks. discovery employees heading to lunch today declined to speak on camera. a few acknowledged privately it was hard to hear. the closure of the network headquarters in silver spring. many will have to move to new york or tennessee. some fear the loss of jobs. but a discovery executive says with the coming takeover of the fellow cable giant something had to give. they wanted to give 1,300 employees he


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