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surveying the damage. >> tougher to be here than i thought. >> survivors of a monster tornado pick through the rubble of what was once their homes. >> hi, everybody. i'm mary bubala. >> i'm kai jackson. here's what people are talking about. >> heartbreaking homecomings. people in the tornado-ravaged midwest, are picking up what is left of their homes. terrell brown reports. many are also counting their blessings. >> the thick brick walls for st. joseph's church. >> history and god's plans have taken care of it all of these years. and i guess it was time for it to go. >> reporter: martha sparse's father and grandfather helped build the church. it's weathered many storms. today, they presented with one
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of the building's bricks. >> i have a brick from st. joe's church, which i'm going to cherish the rest of my life. >> reporter: and the marble altar, wednesday's tornado left both of them untouched. >> reporter: cold, rocky mountain air, colliding with warm, wet, midwestern weather, spawned at least 27 tornadoes wednesday. >> they stretch from kansas to tennessee and in a period of over 24 hours, killed people and injured hundreds. the largest of ef4 leveled this. it wrecked parts of the town. but there were no fatalities. residents credit the 35-minute warning from a new radar technology, called dual polarization. it sends out both vertical and horizontal pulses. >> with dual polarization, we're going to know that that's the debris. >> 44 are in place nationwide. and 160 will be by year's end.
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residents hope they won't need another warning. more bad weather is expected friday. in ridgway, terrell brown, weenl eyewitness news. >> and today is the traditional start of the tornado season. but we have already had more than 127 tornadoes in 2012. that is more than double the usual number. >> not much to hate about the weather in our area. wjz was outside in the university of baltimore law school today in mount royal. and we found dozens outside eating lunch or just catching up with friends. right now, it's warm and sunny. a beautiful way to start the month on march 1st. meteorologist tim williams is here with the updated numbers from first warning weather. >> hello. good afternoon, everyone. the reason for many of those tornadoes, the contrast in the air. we can't argue that it's been so warm and mild here in the mid-atlantic that we are experiencing the positive side of that temperature change. right now, we're at 65 degrees. temperatures will fluctuate now.
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34% relative humidity. 15-mile-per-hour wind from the west. and we are watching the temperatures now just around 15 degrees or so. warmer today than this time yesterday. a little cooler out in oakland. about the same down on the shore. about 6 degrees warmer down in ocean city. and we do have more wet weather coming our way. we do have rain approaching that is going to get here potentially late tomorrow night. but in the meantime, we still have dry air sweeping right on through the mid-atlantic. and it's going to be a nice day, for the most part on your friday. we'll have your complete updated first warning forecast coming up. chardon high school reopens today for the first time since monday's shooting left three students dead and two wounded. vic is in the newsroom with more on a symbolic show of unity. >> well, mary, the group gathered in chardon square today. showed the tragedy could not keep the small, tight-knit community from moving forward. tearful students gathered at the gazebo. they walked hand in hand back to the ohio school for the first time.
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some quietly saying the school's alma mater during the one-mile walk. some of the victims' parents spoke to the crowd. >> demetrius' death was not in vain. demetrius has donated his organs. and for demetrius, he gets to change eight lives. >> but doctors are optimistic for his recovery. he still has no feeling in his legs. he is strong. he's brave. >> minutes ago, the accused shooter, tj lane, was charged with three counts of aggravated murder and assault. >> prosecutors say they still intend to try lane as an adult. horrific charges today. a baltimore jury convicts a 37- year-old man in the brutal death of a local teen. today, jurors have found daunte perish, guilty of murdering 15- year-old jason madison. madison's family watched as prosecutors presented gruesome evidence of how the teen was
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suffocated with a pillow and slashed with a razor. he was found stuffed in a closet at his great aunt's home in 2009. in about an hour, with the stroke of the governor's pen, maryland becomes the 8th straight in the -- state in the union to allow same-sex marriages. for proponents of the measure, it's not time to celebrate. >> reporter: the bill's sign suggest historic. but it doesn't necessarily guarantee that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry in maryland. >> reporter: the maryland general assembly takes the giant step toward legalizing same-sex marriage with passing vote negligence both the house and senate. >> congratulations, senator. >> we all did it. this has been a difficult issue for all people. but as one maryland, we came together around the principal of human dignity. and we're moving forward. >> reporter: but there is a potential bump ahead, as
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traditional marriage advocates want to put traditional marriage on the ballot. >> at least they've done their part. >> i think that we should have a say. i think we're entitled to a say. >> i think everybody should have voted on this. >> it doesn't seem like a lot of times that the officials are doing what the people actually want. >> so the decision is coming from the people and not bureaucrats. >> would you sign a petition to put it on the ballot? >> yeah. >> reporter: but today, same- sex marriage supporters celebrate their progress. [ applause ] the board of elections has already approved the language to put this on the same-sex marriage ballot. wjz has a crew in annapolis. we'll bring you complete coverage of the bill's signing. a popular political blogger is dead. mike schuh has more on conservative commentator andrew brightbart. >> brightbart died of natural causes at the age of 43.
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he was behind the investigations that led to resignations of former new york andrew -- anthony weiner. brightbart's website, big says he collapsed last night. brightbart's father-in-law, actor orson beam said he suffered from heart problems just last year. mary? >> reporter: all right, thank you. brightbart is survived by his wife and four children. back on dry land, after drifting at sea for three days, the costa alegra cruise ship has continued to port. more than 1,000 passengers and crew are relieved to be home. >> reporter: passengers made their way off the crippled cruise ship on the island nation of sashell. they spent three days at sea, with no running water and no air conditioning. >> the heat is unbearable. so we had to spend most of our nights on the top deck of the ship. >> reporter: the problems began monday when a fire broke out in the costa alegra's engine room. passengers prepared to abandon
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ship, while the crew battled the blaze. >> we all went to our life sections. and there was a point where we thought we were going to have to lower the boats. >> reporter: the crew managed to put out the fire. but the ship was stalled. a french fishing boat worked to to the ship for three days, as passengers and crew lived on the deck. food supplies were low. all they had to eat were cold sandwiches. and helicopters dropped in fresh water. >> it's just a matter of inconvenience. not having enough food. not being able to rest well at night. >> reporter: the ship's captain says it's too early to tell what caused the fire. >> because there is always an investigation in progress. >> reporter: this is the second disaster at sea in just over a month. for costa cruise lines, which is owned by florida-based carnival. in january, the costa concordia hit rocks off the coast of italy and sank. 25 people died in the disaster, including seven who are still missing. tina kraus, wjz eyewitness news.
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>> the cruise line provided buses to take passengers to their deftination of choice. repairs are under way in overly, baltimore county. and it is leaving residents with dry sinks. sky eye chopper 13 over the 7300 block of bel air road. the 12-inch main broke earlier today. repairs are expected to continue through rush hour. areas without water right now are stephanie and loudoun lanes. the water is expected to be turned back on about 6:00 tonight. but we'll keep our eye on it for you. for the latest on road closures in that area and the ride home from work, let's check in with kristy breslin at wjz traffic control. if you are traveling in that area, the alternates are going to be either harford road or taylor avenue. right now, we're not seeing any significant delays because of the break. as far as accidents go, that's a different story. we have an accident there, northbound 95 at 195. also northbound on the bw
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parkway on route 100. reisterstown at slate avenue, another crash in that area. and bel air, creswell road there at 95. as far as delays go, we have a couple of them as well. on the north side inner loop, expect about 15 minutes there from dulaney valley road, from perring parkway. the outer loop also slows down over to charles street. and on the west side inner loop, 20 minutes there from 70 to security boulevard. and northbound 95. stop and go from pulaski highway up to whitemarsh boulevard. you can see, we have a lot of congestion already. let's now take a live look. things you can see are moving there on the west side at baltimore national pike. this traffic report is brought to you by the cochran firm. if you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury, call 1-800-the firm. or you can visit them online for your free consultation. still ahead on eyewitness news at 4:00. so close they could feel his breath on their backs. but did they remember what they were taught about how to react? how to extend the life of your cell phone battery.
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a terrifying encounter when a grizzly bear charges a tourist group in alaska. watch as the bear sprints toward the tour group. apparently they were in this bear's fishing spot. he was not happy. the tourists were trained to stay still and not say a word on what was called a "safe viewing tour." luckily, the bear only sniffed them and wandered away. no one was hurt. well, seconds count in life or death situations. and this machine doesn't miss a
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beat. >> it is kaled the lucas device. and there are only two in the world. it gives patients cpr with an automated pumping system. with a lucas, there is a 35% greater chance of regaining a pulse. the new equipment costs about $15,000. >> cell phone batteries don't last forever. and no one wants to be stranded with a dead phone. >> with the right settings, and good education, a phone can last, each the high-end phones can last a full day. >> mark cooper is manager of the downtown los angeles verizon wireless store. >> are we supposed to let our battery run down all the way before we charge it? >> not anymore. >> today's phones have a
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lithium ion. >> they have fiefs00 cycles. >> do you worry about reducing the lifespan of your battery? >> i think they do tell you that but i don't want to believe it. >> one cycle is not every time you plug it in. some researchers say let your phone dip to 50%. then recharge. you'll get 1500 of those cycles. three other tips for your phone. >> efficient services. >> turn off the gps on everything but your mapping location. >> your location is turned on for all of these applications that say on. >> cbs news -- >> you want that one. >> of course. >> reporter: only use wi-f fi at home. turn off the cellular data. >> more table at home. doesn't fluctuate in service. >> and turn off the background apps. android phones have app killers. on iphones, just double click the home location.
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apple and berry can use mobile packs. >> it's an extra case connected right to your device that charges it on the go. >> samsung set a goal with smart phones coming in 2012, will last all day, under average to moderately heavy use. the company is planning on using bigger batteries and making software updates. it has been a good day on wall street. all the markets posted gains today. dow is up 28. s&p up 8. nasdaq up 22. let's go to new york right now, where alexis christoforous has tonight's cbs money watch update. stocks started the month of march with a rally. after new reports showed the economic recovery is moving ahead. the number of americans applying for unemployment benefits hit a four-year low last week. and a government report finds americans earned more and spent more last month. major retailers, including target, macy's and the gap, are all reporting sales gains for
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february. but higher gas prices are starting to eat into people's budgets. and according to the news poll, two-thirds of americans say the rising cost of gas is hurting their finances. 38% say it is a serious hardship. the average price has risen about 37 cents in the past month. prices have never been so high for this time of year. that has americans buying smaller, more fuel-efficient cars. companies are reporting double- digit sales gains last month. chrysler's february sales rose 40% compared to a year ago. last february, chrysler sales were low because many of its revamped models were just arriving in show rooms. that's your money watch. for more, you can stay with in nor, -- new york, i'm alexis christoforous. the president's dog is the new peter cotton tail. ♪ [ music ]
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♪[ music ] >> we know that song. that's right. it will be opening day soon. >> buy me some cracker jacks. >> and hot dogs and greasy fries. >> opening day soon. >> it would be wonderful if opening day weather was like it is today. can you imagine? >> that would be great. >> honestly, last year's opening day was beautiful like this. we had a beautiful opening day. i don't know if you remember. >> let's see if we can make it two years in a row. 65 degrees right now as we are going into this early march 1st -- early afternoon, march 1st. relative humidity at 32%. winds coming in at the north/northwest. there has been a steady breeze. 29.70, the barometer reading. around the state, barometer reading. 50 down in ocean city.
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look at this temperature. down around patuxent river. 71 degrees and patuxent river down in southern maryland. we have 57 in westminster. 61 in bel air. you know, the water temperature has gone up a few degrees over the last few days or so. we're now at just around 46 degrees, as your water temperature. so there's no drastic hit, depending on the difference -- or depending on the direction of the winds, across the land, down around the edge of the water. so even though the waters are cool, temperatures around annapolis, still very cool. we have a west/northwest wind. some of these cool down as they come from the west. and even with this northwest flow, we still have temperatures reflecting a bit of a warmup. and even though our temperatures up around the great lakes and up near the northwest, are really cooler than we are, we're really not seeing a very drastic change. and again, a lot of that is because the air is coming down the mountain and it is not really impacted by the colder temperatures up near the
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northwest. now, there is definitely lake- effect snow, up around our neighbors to the northeast. back toward the dakotas, and back toward wisconsin, minneapolis and minnesota. those blizzard conditions yesterday, definitely taking a toll on temperatures there. that is not going to impact us in the short run. we will have a front that moves through here late tonight, through saturday. by sunday, our temperatures take a bit of a hit. we'll start to go back down to just below the normal highs. but until then, we'll be right around the mid to lower 50s frtdz remainder of -- for the remainder of this week. east winds on the bay, 5 knots. tonight, going down to 36 degrees. mainly cool. seasonably cool we'll call it. tomorrow, 59 degrees. and i know, mary, we debated this. you can take your pick. although i know the real poem says, what? >> in like a lion. >> out like a lamb. so it's not interchangeable. >> right. >> we thought like in like a lamb? in like a lion?
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no. >> but it feels like it's coming in like a lamb today. >> it is. what does that mean? it's in like a lion? it's going to end that? >> i think it does. >> by the way, opening day last year, 76 degrees. i remember these things. >> there you go. don't miss tonight's cbs primetime lineup. it's the hit drama, "the mentalist ." scott pelley has a preview of what's coming up tonight on the cbs evening news. putting america back to work. how one company is taking back jobs by taking them from china. that story tonight on the cbs evening news. 7 firefighters injured. two critically. some new information about a devastating fire in prince george's county. >> wave of complaints. could the government take action against four loko? >> the battle against contraception. the plan to overturn the president's bill fails. what happens now? eyewitness news continues with denise and vic ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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it is 4:30. 65 degrees and sunny. hello, everyone. thanks for staying with eyewitness news. i'm vic carter. >> and i'm denise koch. >> the u.s. senate rejects the measure on the white house policy for birth control. republicans are not debating about contraception or women's health, but about religious freedom. >> the motion to table is agreed to. >> the senate's vote keeps the birth control coverage requirement in president obama's healthcare reform law. lawmakers rejected a gop proposal that would have given employers and insurers the option to pay for birth control and other medications if they object on religious or moral grounds. >> if you are of faith that something is absolutely wrong, as an employer, why would you want to pay for that? >> reporter: but democrats claim that the amendment would,
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in effect, allow them to reject almost any insurance coverage. >> mr. blunt is giving the insurance companies a way to say, we really feel sorry that you have cancer, we're sad that you have diabetes, we're really torn apart that you might have a stroke. but you know what? we have a moral objection. >> reporter: the vote was not entirely along party lines. one republican, retiring olympia snow of maine, voted against the proposal. three dem gats voted -- democrats voted for it. >> reporter: both sides intend to use this to their political advantage this election year. >> by giving people of faith these first amendment protections. >> we will make sure that women across the country are aware of what the republicans in the senate propose to do. >> reporter: a recent cbs news new york times poll found 61% of americans support requiring employers and insurance companies to cover the cost of contraception. randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news.
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>> the president's healthcare plan originally called for all employers to cover the cost of birth control. but after hearing objections from lawmakers, he reworked the policy so that insurance companies pick up the costs if employers object. the federal trade commission is looking at a wave of complaints about the popular malt liquor four loko. kai has more on the controversial drink. >> reporter: fda officials are reviewing the alcohol in the brightly-colored supersized can. this first got attention following the hospitalization of college students across the country. some places have banned the drink. critics say the alcohol content is too high and they want four loko to lower it. new labels would have to state exactly how much alcohol is in the drink. denise? >> thank you, kai. a final decision from the ftc on the settlement, whether to approve it or change it, is expected in the next couple of
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months. one teenager is dead and another in the hospital, after a stabbing at a chicago high school. police say the attack happened just inside the front door of goldsmith public school. the victims, an 18- and 17-year- old were taken to the hospital, where one of them died. the suspect, a 17-year-old, is in custody. no word yet on a motive. searchers say a fire that hurt seven maryland firefutures was set -- firefighters was set on purpose. jessica kartalija has the latest. >> this cowardly crime is unconscionable to me. >> an angry prince george's county fire chief vows to find the person or persons responsible for sending seven firefighters to the hospital. >> engine 6334, 57th avenue. evacuate the zoning. >> six have been released, including 21-year-old ethan serle, who sustained severe burns to his airways.
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he sat front and center wednesday. but 33-year-old kevin o'toole is still in critical but stable condition, with second- and third-degree burns over half of his body. >> o'toole will likely stay in therapy for many weeks. >> his injuries aren't an accident. they were caused by a person or perhaps a group of people, maybe even a serial arsonist. fire officials are already investigating these two arsons. but they're also looking into the possibility that the same party could be responsible for starting other fires in the riverdale neighborhood. >> we have found that if somebody does it once, there's a very high likelihood that it will be done again. >> reporter: it's worrisome for people like felipey, who lives on this same street. >> i'm like kind of concerned about what is happening. but hopefully nothing is going to happen here. >> i want to say to those who are responsible that you can be assured that you will be apprehended. that i will, thereafter, be arrested. and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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>> reporter: jessica kartalija, wjz eyewitness news. >> the fire department is asking for help from the public in finding the arsonists. crime solvers can be contacted at 1-866-411-8477. the grocery store meat counter will look a little different when you shop. >> reporter: well, denise, today, it became mandatory to put nutrition labels on raw meat. they are the same kind of labels you see on other food. the new rule affect also ground meats and poultry, as well as cut chicken breast, pork chops, steaks and lambs. the label will include cal are -- calories and other nutritional information. >> you may not see a label on every single package. grocery stores are allowed to list the information on a wall near the meat counter. the heat could be heating
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up the threat of wildfires. thanks to hurricane irene last year. >> reporter: damage from hurricane irene was hard to miss last august, with homes destroyed. >> all of a sudden, we heard boom. >> reporter: and power knocked out to thousands. >> there's no water, no lights. and everything in the refrigerator and freezer got knocked out. >> reporter: but this was only a fraction. >> there's a lot more fuel available out there in the woods to burn this year than is typical. >> reporter: upping the risk of wildfire in numbers. large fires like this one 10 years ago in dorchester county aren't typical. but this will only get dryer in the months ahead. >> reporter: what makes spring peak fire season is weather like today. >> the sun is coming through the canopies. there are no leaves out. so it warms the forest floor. and it makes it dryer, so the leaves are actually much more susceptible to catching fire. >> reporter: and spreading to all of those dow downed limbs
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and trees. sparks from outdoor burning are a real worry. >> that fire gets away from them. and it's out into the woods. and before you know it, you got a wildfire. >> reporter: alex demetrick, wjz eyewitness news. >> permits are required for outdoor burning, which comes with instructions how to do it safely. march rolls in. the sun and warm temperatures seem to bring everyone outside. wjz found dozens of people in fells point, opting to eat their lunch in the sun. hard to believe that just yesterday, many stayed inside to avoid what were heavy downpours. let's take a live look outside. the sun is shining bright. these warm temperatures are way above normal for the start of the month. and wjz has weather and traffic together. bob is here with the updated numbers from first washing -- warning weather. these temperatures are normal for the middle and end of april, by the way. we really just jumped ahead by over a month. take a look at radar. it's really been a fantastic day. still in the mid-60s, with low humidity.
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a nice little breeze. slowly going to calm down tonight. take a look at temperatures around the state. 71 now in patuxent. 50 with a breeze off the ocean. only 50 in ocean city. and a chillier, 46 in oakland. temperature now, 65. 14 degrees warmer than it was yesterday. 5 degrees cooler in ocean city. and 15 degrees above what it was yesterday in d.c. now, tomorrow, another nice day. but late tomorrow night, more showers coming in from the west. looks like a wet start to the weekend. that will improve by later in the day on saturday. and it's going to get a little cooler, particularly late in the day on sunday. vic? >> okay, bob. thank you. let's check in on the roads now with kristy breslin at wjz traffic control. >> hi, vic. hi, everyone. well, 83, the harrisburg expressway, may not be pleasant for you this afternoon. in the northbound direction, we have an accident at belfast, has traffic backed up to pedonia road. west side inner loop, tied up there from frederick road to security boulevard.
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north side inner loop, still pretty heavy from dulaney valley to perring parkway. the outer loop also seeing conggestion from york road to charles street. expect another 15 minutes to get through. northbound 95, just bumper to bumper there, from pulaski highway, past the beltway on that northeast corner. and still a few accidents out there. crez well road at 95 in the bel air area. and north howard at west mulberry. let's now take a live look. as you can see, things are pretty slow there. baltimore national pike. this traffic report is brought to you by bill's carpet, hardwood and laminate, too. you can call them at 1-877-75- bills. back to you. a man in indiana hopes to take gold at a duck-calling competition. [ duck sound ] >> that's thomas corroder. indiana's newest duck calling champion. he is now qualified for the world duck calling contest in
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arkansas next year. to win, his call will have to be better than 60 other callers. how do you know? how many ducks come flying in your direction? >> also weird that the world championships are held in arkansas. >> an honor. straight ahead on wjz's eyewitness news at 4:00. seven hours on the side of an arizona mountain. how this man got stuck. and how rescuers managed to get him down. delicate situation. can president obama and the israel prime minister sort out what to do about iran's nuclear facilities? 11 days until we spring forward. get your updated first warning weather forecast.
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feed me! saving you money -- now, that's progressive. call or click today. a base jumper is pulled from the side of a cliff in arizona. and it is caught on tape. helicopters rush to the scene after his parachute got stuck in a crevasse. nearly 150 feet above the ground. he was stuck for seven hours.
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police say the man had problems with the chute because it was packed on backwards. he was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. more bloodshed in syria, as president bashar assad's crackdown on anti-government protestors continues. [ gunshots ] >> reporter: helicopter gun ships opened fire on civilian homes. the rebel strong hold also faced shelling for a 25th day. as elite government troops tried to recapture the city. >> israel's prime minister is heading to washington this weekend to meet with president obama. the two leaders were trying to decide what to do about iran's nuclear facilities. >> reporter: the last time president obama and israeli prime minister netanyahu met, it did not go well. and already the tension is building, over whether the u.s. has done enough to prevent iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
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the israelis fear they would be a nuclear iran's first target. on capitol hill, secretary of defense, leon pineta, tried to reassure skeptics. >> we are committed, not just to contain but prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: but secretary of state hillary clinton faced a tough audience. some staunch supporters are israel question the administration's resolve. >> one of the red lines that the iranians cannot cross. >> i think it's probably smarter for us to be pressing on the sanctions and the negotiations. >> reporter: but netanyahu does not believe the sanctions have done enough and will press the president to do more. when asked what that could entail, white house press secretary, jay carney, said mr. obama will be specific and direct when the two meet next week. >> if israel attacks iran and iran retaliates, will we defend israel? >> that's a couple of "ifs
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"down the road. what i can say is we have an unshakeable commitment to israel's security. >> reporter: a group said that congress would support military action if it comes to that. >> that the iranian regime will not be allowed to possess nuclear capability. and if that means military action, so be it. >> that was noria o'donnell, reporting for us. so far, there is no evidence that iran is building a nuclear weapon. >> a pennsylvania woman is behind bars tonight, accused of giving out illegal buttocks injections that killed one person and sent another to the hospital. weijia jiang has more on the arrest. >> reporter: detectives picked up pag wins love at her home last night. they say she was about to perform more cosmetic procedures at a party. the aspiring pop star, known as black madam, is accused in the death of a 23-year-old woman who received injections in her buttocks last year. police say another woman was rushed to the hospital after
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she underwent the same procedure last month. denise? >> wingz low -- winslow is currently being held on $10 million bail. a judge denies the request to delay the start of the jerry sandusky trial. a pennsylvania judge issued an order yesterday, that said pushing back the trial would only be done as a last resort. the former penn state coach faces 52 counts of sexual abuse for molesting 10 boys over the years. a high schoolteacher falls in love with a former student. their relationship is spurring controversy in california. >> reporter: on the right is 41- year-old james hooker. on the left is his girlfriend, 18-year-old jordan powers, the high school senior used to be a student in hookers' class. >> he's like 41. she's like 18. that's legal, but it's kind of gross. >> reporter: during a short phone interview, hooker tells cbs 13 he started dating powers
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after she turn said 18. the teen's mother believes the inappropriate relationship started when her daughter was under age. students at enochs high have heard the same thing. >> she was 14 when they were first together. and that's like pretty disgusting. like a guy, like an old man, trying to go with a younger -- like a really young girl. >> reporter: we've learned hooker recently left his wife and children, one almost the same age as powers and moved into an apartment with his teen lover. the teacher-student romance, spurred controversy. and hooker resigned from his position as a high school business teacher and club leader last week, after being placed on paid administrative leave, while the school district and modesto police investigate the relationship. some parents relieved hooker is no longer on campus. >> it's definitely wrong for him to have pursued her in any way, while he was still a teacher. >> so far, no criminal charges
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have been filed. if you're a little alarmed about how much google seems to know about you. brace yourselves, starting today, google is operating under a streamlined privacy policy that digs even deeper into the lives of more than a billion users. google says it would provide better services and video suggestions on you tube. desperate housewives actress nickola sheridan is seeking $6 million for being killed off the show after the show's creator slapped her. the show says that her death on the show was part of the show. desperate housewives is currently in its last season. what a way to bring in the month of march. bob turk has a look at the updated first warning forecast coming up next. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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here's a live picture outside now. live picture outside right now. camden yards. and what a beautiful day it has been. >> it's coming.
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that's pretty, too. >> anything looks pretty today. >> spaghetti junction looks pretty enough to eat, doesn't it? >> yes. >> especially this time of night. >> beautiful day. what a start to this month of march. today's high, 67. normal for like april 25th. yeah. 65 now. 35, dew point dry. beautiful. north/northwest winds at 12. barometer holding steady. 29.70 after a wet day yesterday. most places saw 1 to 2 inches of rain yesterday. very welcome, by the way. cool out there. 52 in cumberland. 71 in pax river. to the north of us, there's a whole bank of clouds. i'll show you that in just a minute. just above the mason-dixon line. it's kind of a weak frontal system that is going to slip across the region tonight. we may see some clouds. before now, 48. winds off the chilly ocean in ocean city. and that's pretty typical for spring time down there. 64 in annapolis.
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kent island. by the way. a little cooler, just to the north. westminster, 57. 10 degrees south. right now, our winds are just beginning to turn more to the north. 12, 15. south of us, it's more of a west or southwest wind. they gave us a beautiful, warm day today. i want to show you these clouds. south of us, shower activity to the south once again. still a little snow this morning, across east of new england. they finally got decent snow. they had the biggest snow, remember, just before halloween. that was late october. all right. another system is going to start developing to the southwest of us. it will bring us a warm front. by tomorrow night, we'll start seeing more clouds. maybe showers. and a good chance we'll see showers late friday night into saturday morning before we clear out. see the line of clouds. you can see it quite too well here. but a visible satellite here. just above the mason-dixon line. watch how they sit right there.
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now high clouds down to the south of us. we have clouds to the north, clouds to the south. right now, we're pretty clear. the afternoon tomorrow, as this high moves off the east coast tomorrow. that warm front approaches. and on saturday, probably a gusty thundershower, as that front comes through. then it clears out. dries out. it will be a mild day on saturday. turning cooler for the second half of the weekend, by the way. east winds on the bay at 5 knots. and some of that will bring in the cooler air late in the day. 46 the bay temp. came up a little bit. tonight, then, nice night. 36. upper lows in the 20s. still mild for this time. 59 tomorrow. not as warm as today. we have more clouds and showers probably by dinnertime. nothing heavy until saturday, when the front comes through. it could be a gusty or heavy downpour with that front once again. >> thank you, bob. still to come on eyewitness news tonight. >> sudden departure. the mystery behind what happened at umuc, and top
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