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new information and a twist in the trayvon martin case. what a florida newspaper is reporting that has the teen's parents furious. >> hi. i'm kai jackson. mary is on assignment. here's what people are talking about. on the defensive. information is leaked from the police to a florida newspaper in the trayvon martin shooting. randall pinkston reports,it supports the neighborhood watchman. >> reporter: sanford's new acting police chief says the investigation into trayvon martin's death is now in the hands of florida state authority. >> we're awaiting the outcome of those investigations, whatever they may be. >> reporter: the sanford police department is under criticism again, after the police report from the night of the shooting was released. george zimmerman told officers he exchanged words with martin who then allegedly punched him and bashed his head into the sidewalk. >> we are looking into the leak, the so-called leak, if you will.
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>> zimmerman said he pulled his gun and a neighbor called 911. >> there's gunshots. >> reporter: sanford police say the report is consistent with the evidence they collected. but the martin family believes the leak is an attempt to smear their son's name. >> they are trying to attack his reputation, blame the victim. and that has been the pattern of the sanford police department. >> reporter: trayvon's parents traveled to washington to attend a congressional meeting on racial profiling. sabrina fulton and tracy martin say they want justice for their son. demonstrators nationwide are asking for the same. at least two million people have signed a petition, demanding an arrest. in sanford, florida, randall pinkstonux wjz -- pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> federal authorities are investigating the case. they say their review will take time and are asking for patience. seeing a video of the retrial of three brothers.
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the video was shot in 2009 in west baltimore. it shows portions of events, surrounding the may 27th attack on a pit bull. the johnson twins are charged with pouring an accelerant on the dog. the dock was euthanized three days later. jury selection was slated for wednesday. the masked man who stormed onto a campus and attacked three students is under arrest. denise has the story. >> reporter: 43-year-old donnell vanison is facing assault and disorderly conduct charges today. this is video seen around the country on the internet. police say on march 21st, vanison, wearing a ski mask, attacked the 16-year-old football player outside long reach high school. the boy struck back, hitting vanison once and striking him back. a 15-year-old student then struck the boy. she was charged as a juvenile with assault. police say vanison was allegedly angry because the teen picked on his relative. >> reporter: police say the football player acted in self-
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defense and will not face charges. tightening the purse strings and lashing out at governor martin o'malley. republican presidential candidate newt gingrich brings his campaign to maryland. jessica kartalija has more. >> nute beginning -- newt gingrich arrives and took a tour of the state house. one of the things his campaign promises is a $2.50 gallon of gas. he wasted no time going after governor martin o'malley's gas tax proposal. gingrich says his finances will last until the republican national convention. if he keeps a tight budget, he's charging $50 for a signed photo. kai? >> all right. jessica, thank you. stay with wjz for complete coverage of campaign 2012. get the latest updates any time. history in the making. a second day of arguments on
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the healthcare reform. danielle nottingham reports, the issue today is the requirement that every american buy health insurance. >> reporter: protestors passionate about the healthcare law surrounded the supreme court tuesday. fighting for its survival. >> everyone will benefit. that the the whole point. >> reporter: others, eager to see the justices strike it down. >> our government has never had that power before. and it's not constitutional. >> reporter: the supreme court is weighing the part of the law that requires nearly every american to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. >> if the federal government can do this, they can force us to do anything. and that's why we're fighting this with everything we've got. >> reporter: 26 states are suing to stop the requirement from taking effect. >> reporter: but arguments for both sides center around one question. does the federal government have the authority to force people to buy insurance? >> reporter: solicitor general
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don o'realy. >> congress has the authority under the necessary proper power to ensure that people have insurance in advance of the point of sale because of the unique nature of this market. >> reporter: but the court's conservative justices had some sharp questions for him. >> so can the government require you to buy a cell phone? because that would facilitate responding when you need emergency services. >> reporter: based on tuesday's arguments, court watchers say the justices may be ready to strike down this part of the law. but the court won't issue its decision until june. at the supreme court, danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news. justice kennedy is often the swing vote on cases that divide the court. today, he said that allowing the government to force americans to buy insurance would, quote, change the relationship between the government and its citizens. mysterious resignation. umuc president, dr. susan
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aldridge, stepped down last week, after taking an unexplained leave. today, the washington post reports, the chairman wants to know why. the post says a complaint filed with the state audit says they fired him and gave september 11thance -- gave severance. after a cold start to the day, we have warmed up this afternoon. but it's a little cooler than it was and has been lately. wjz has weather and traffic together. meteorologist bernadette woods is here with the updated numbers from first warning weather. hi, bernadette. >> hello, kai. and everybody out there. yes, you definitely needed a jacket this morning. that's why you needed the freeze warning. it did get down to 31. most north and west of that, down into the 20s. we're south and east of that. for the most part, we stayed above freezing. now, we'll switch it over and show you temperatures. we've rebounded into the 50s this. is just a couple of degrees
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below average. not too far off. but compared to yesterday, in general, we're 5 to 15 degrees cooler. there's a little bit of a chill in the air, despite that sunshine. however, we have another warmup coming our way. >> we look forward to it, bernadette. let's check on the roads with kristy breslin at wjz traffic control. well, quite a start we're off to out there. on the north side of the outer loop, we have an accident at loch raven boulevard. and the top side, that's from jones falls expressway, to harford road. the west side inner loop, also struggling in that direction. over to security boulevard. and if you're traveling 95 southbound, we have a truck fire there at 175, really beginning to start some delays. other accidents include dulaney valley at the beltway, harford road at second avenue, hillen road at east cold spring, also pulaski highway at north haven. let's take a live look. as you can see, there's 95 at 1. 75. the accident is over to the
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right-hand side of your screen. you can see the delay there in the corner. and let's take a live look. you can see things are easing just a bit on the west of york road. this traffic report is brought to you by medievalful times. bring in your student id and get tickets for only $29.95. you can get details or visit them at medieval high gas prices may be responsible for record ridership on marc trains. the commuter service is reporting a weekday number. the mta says marc's previous high for ridership was 36,218 in november 2011. still ahead at 11:00. maryland sees its shares of hurricanes. one thing many people do to prepare that could actually make damage worse. it's science on the go. i'm monique griego. coming up, we'll tell you all about this student csi.
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an unusual rescue was caught on tape in atlanta. firefighters struggled for nearly an hour. crews say the mud was deep and the man had trouble breathing before he was freed. it's not clear how he fell in. fema officials in florida trying to get residents to stop taping their windows before storms. when weather is forecast, many people start taping their windows. it's supposed to reenforce them when the storms hit. but officials say the practice is ineffective and gives homeowners a false sense of security. experts say residents should instead use shutters. monique griego has more on the mobile van, looking to lure
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students into the field of forensics. >> it looks like the scene straight out of csi. but these high-tech tests are being done by students in a very unique and mobile setting. >> it's almost like a field trip for us. because we're in the school like all day. it feels good to go outside and step out of the classroom. >> reporter: today, students for the school of the arts got a chance to test out the maryland biolab. a tractor-trailer fully equipped to do bioscience experiments. >> when you get to do things that you don't get to do in the classroom. and it's fun. >> reporter: the lab and the instructors crowd the school throughout maryland. they offer the hands-on way to learn science. >> we do a lot of forensic analysis. everything they need to learn in tenth grade biology. but we give it a twist, related to the companies in the state of maryland. >> reporter: organizers hope once students get their hands
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on these, they'll consider choosing science as a career path. >> reporter: so far, this lab on wheels seems to be working. >> reporter: biology is actually extremely interesting. and i think i would actually go into the science field. >> reporter: monique griego, wjz eyewitness news. >> the maryland biolab stays at each cool for about a week. during that time, it's easy to meet each teacher's curriculum requirements. mixed news from wall street. after big monday gains, the markets are down today. dow is down 44. nasdaq off 2. alexis christoforous has tonight's cbs money watch update. home prices fell in january to a 10-year low. it was the fifth straight monthly drop. the s&p case shuller index found home prices fell in 20 of of those surveyed. nationwide, home prices have fallen 34% since the housing bust and are now at
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their lowest level since 2002. foreclosures continue to put pressures on prices. and experts predict home values will fall even further this year as a backlog of foreclosures hit the markets. a private research group says consumer confidence dipped in march, as prices at the pump closed in on $4 a gallon nationwide. experts keep a close eye on consumer confidence. because american spending accounts for 70% of spending activity. and southwest airlines says soaring oil prices are causing them to raise ticket prices for the third time this year. they are raising fares by as much as $10. southwest has already warned they won't make a profit this quarter because of the raising gas prices. that's your money watch. for more, go to in new york, i'm alexis christoforous.
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are you looking to get on your ipad? well, there's a new app that lets you have all of the news in baltimore at your finger tips. mary calvi reports, cbs your day is news when and where you want it. >> i can't believe you can go in here and see the hourly forecast. >> reporter: a quick check of your weather. >> there's a live camera. >> ray live view -- a live view of traffic. and a live listen to your radio station. there's one app for all of that. >> it's one glance and one look for you to know what your day looks like. >> reporter: your day, as it's called, gives users interactive information. scouring sites about news, weather, sports. now he as a cbs digital app, which he can customize to the things most important to him. >> one of the things we do online a lot, is surfing around, trying to find the thins you want. the idea that with one click,
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you can get the local radio stations is terrific. >> reporter: when he heads to are the cities -- >> you click one button. and we'll let this go to l.a. >> reporter: there's a drop- down menu. >> it allows users to see a steady stream in that area. >> you can also catch up with the overnight sports, which is important. to me. also the weather, to know not just when the weather is hitting. but you can get the hourly weather. you can kind of plan out your day. >> reporter: an easy way to plan out your day. and best of all maybe, the app is free. you can find a link to the cbs local your day app at the top of the home page. still ahead at 4:00. missing and trapped in the frigid cold. see the dramatic rescue. keeping children tobacco- free. what you should be worried about. long sleeves for today. but can we put away the heavy coats.
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you know, bern, i think all is said and done. it's a pleasant day. sun is shining. whatever this temperature, in my book, it's a nice day. >> we said it all the time. the sun makes all the difference. this is actually cooler today, than some of the temperatures over the weekend with the clouds. but it feels warmer with some of that sunshine. this is what we deal with today. we had a cold start to the day. the temperatures really drop. we were down to 31 degrees in northern baltimore. that's why there was a freeze warning in effect. tonight, we will drop but not to these levels. so far this afternoon, we have rebounded to 54 degrees and 50s across the map. you notice that duplicate is still very low. -- dew point is still very low. skies are clear at this point. and because of those and the winds that will decrease once again, these temperatures are dropping. but again, not quite as extreme as they did last night. 54. notice, we're actually beloaverage. that has only happened five times this entire month.
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that is it. starting off today also below average with that average of 37 degrees. but the thing is, like with all cold snaps snaps this season, it's not going to last very long. a little breeze out there to the north. that will change around as this front approaches us. now, there's not a whole lot to it right now. but as it moves our way, it will pick up moisture. chances of thundershowers passing through in the afternoon. but the other thing this is going to do with the center passing way up to the north, it's going to draw more warm air up with it. right now, it's already 65. again in minneapolis. you get the idea. the warm air is returning. and it will move our direction as that front does. but the other thing, as soon as this front passes, the temperatures will get knocked down once again. what we're looking at for the most part, the forecast, ups come downs of temperatures. but after today, looks like all of those are going to be above average. when we put that together for the forecast on the waters, the wind will turn around. small craft advisory goes back to the west. and with that, that is going to bring up that warmer air.
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forecast for tonight. we're going back down into the 30s. but 38 as compared to 31 degrees. partly cloudy skies out there, with the winds dying down. tomorrow, here comes that warmer air. we're back up to 72. as we head through the afternoon, chance for a couple of low showers or thunderstorms. but when that front gets through here, the temperatures go down for the second half of the week. but not to this extreme. and this extreme is still 54 degrees. not all that extreme. it's just we have been so incredibly spoiled. >> we have been. >> working on numbers. the month is not quite over. but looks like there is going to be the top three warmest marches ever. and those temperature goes back to the 1800s. so it's pretty impressive. >> that's impressive. >> it is. >> don't miss tonight's cbs prime time lineup. it's another episode of unforgettable. then stay tuned with eyewitness news at 11:00. lots more ahead at 4:30. i'm alex demetrick. coming up, cracking the tracking issue.
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the public weighs in. the hazing death shocked college parents. the latest on the florida a&m investigation. a jet blue captain is removed from a plane. and the flight is diverted. what happened in the cockpit? eyewitness news at 4:00 continues with denise and vic continues with denise and vic right afte,,,,,,,, [ male announcer ] for the dreamers...
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ben learned about a homeless boy who had an infected tooth, and the boy died. that made ben really sad. he wrote a law so every kid can see a dentist. we have special dental van that goes from school to school. he even helps make sure we learn how to brush our teeth. he's my friend, ben. i hope he's your friend, too.
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it's 4:27. 54 degrees. mostly sunny. hello, everyone. thanks for staying with eyewitness news. i'm vic carter. and i'm denise koch. here's what people are talking about. >> witnesses say the captain began acting erratically, and passenger his to tackle him. bigadbigad shaban has more from los angeles. >> passengers board a jet blue flight to las vegas. >> no pictures, please. >> reporter: witnesses say the captain came out of the cockpit
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to use the rest room. the flight crew then locked him out. when he tried to make his way in, he started screaming. that's when the flight attendant asked apparentlies to restrain him. passengers to restrain him. several people helped hold down the pilot. they managed to keep him there for about 25 minutes until the plane made an emergency landing in texas. that's where authorities took him off the plane. jet blue said the flight was diverted because of a medical situation involving the captain. and another captain, traveling off-duty, entered the flight deck, prior to landing and took over the duties of the ill crewmember. >> could you please clear the aisle? we have to get back. >> reporter: the plane and everyone on board, were held on the ground, while federal investigators looked into exactly what caused the disturbance on flight 191. bigad shaban, wjz eyewitness news. the investigation into the suspected hazing death of a
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florida a&m marching band member is now complete. kai jackson has more on what happens next. >> the case is now in the hands of the state attorney, who will make a decision on possible charges. in november, fam u. drum major died. some band members have said it happened while the 26-year-old was taking part in an annual rite of passage, called crossing bus c. that involves being punched ask kicked by senior members. champion collapsed and died. >> similar allegations have been made, but none involving champion's death. a california woman is lucky to be alive, after her pickup truck plunges off a highway and into a snowy bank in the angeles national forest. this is an incredible story of survival. >> reporter: a harrowing rescue caught on the deputy's helmet cam as emergency crews save a woman who plunged 300 feed off
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a cliff in last night's storm. >> she needed to be found as soon as possible. >> this is the profile picture of tracy grainger. she was traveling to her antelope valley home last night. that's when l.a. sheriff's deputies say she lost control of her right pickup truck. along the angeles forest highway, and skidded off the edge. >> reporter: her husband called and said that she was missing and that he had had the chp out all night looking for her. >> reporter: her aunt, jane chaffin, was the last to see her. and warned her to take it easy on the snowy mountain roads. when she heard her niece was missing, she was heartsick. >> she had a white pickup truck and it was snowing. so didn't know if they would see it. it was just awful waiting to hear news. >> reporter: being that it was, like i said, a white vehicle made it that much tougher in the snow. >> reporter: deputy jason johnson was scouring the cliff side this morning when he came across some skid marks and a
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tool box on the side of the road. sure enough, he grabbed below. >> went down the vehicle and found the victim outside of the vehicle. >> grainger suffered severe head trauma and hypothermia and was lifted to a nearby hospital. a freight train carrying hazardous materials derails prompting the evacuation of several homes. it happened this morning in rural noble county. at least 22 cars came off the tracks. a tanker carrying liquid sulfer caught fire. about a half dozen homes were evacuated. no one was injured. and the cause of a derailment is under investigation. a valuable resource, deep under maryland, has surfaced on the public's radar. hydraulic fracturing, or tracking, for short, is the first-ever poll. alex demetrick runs the numbers. >> reporter: a drilling boom is happening around the state as vast and largely untapped
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natural gas reserves are brought to the surface. it runs through western maryland. and it's extracted by hydraulic fracturing. or fracking. >> we break the rock. >> by trapping the chemicals under a shail deposit. which creates gas. but it's also having problems. >> having flammable tap water. that we don't have the earthquakes that are happening in ohio. and that there aren't fish kills and livestock falling over dead because of contamination. >> reporter: the cows died after chemicals used in aracking. blaming methane gas that seeped into wells. and as maryland legislators consider fracking here, a poll asked marylanders for their opinion. >> reporter: 71% want some sort of safety done first. and over 80% of marylanders believe that energy companies themselves should pay for these. instead of taxpayers. >> reporter: they are
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considerag -- considering a bill to conduct studies, before fracking ever begins. >> marylanders overwhelmingly support this. >> they approve the idea of studying first and drilling later. alex demetrick, wjz eyewitness news. >> and the house bill now before the senate, will charge energy companies $15 an acre to raise the $2 million needed to do the fracking studies. there will be frightening measures for students taking the act and s.a.t. test this fall. testing staff will compare the submitted photo to a photo id and to the student in person at the testing site. the new rule comes after last fall's s.a.t. cheating scandal on new york's long island. preaching for a chocolate bar may not be as bad of a thing when you're dieting. >> reporter: a new study in the archives of internal medicine
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found that people who frequently ate chocolate had a lower body mass index than those who didn't. chocolate is low in calories and has anti-oxidants. previous studies show that anti- oxidants in dark chocolate can be good for the heart. however, doctors say more research needs to be conducted before chocolate could be considered a diet food. >> this is the first study to suggest a daily dose of chocolate can do the body good. last summer are a study found those who ate chocolate were 28% less likely to have a stroke. another sunny day in our area, after a cold start. taking a live look outside. the sun is shining. but you may need a light jacket if you're heading outside. bob is here with the updated numbers. >> what's a snickers among friends? let's take a look at temperatures. yes right now, we warmed up
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almost to normal. early this morning, low dew point and lighter winds, we got down to 31 rat the airport. -- at the airport. yes, to freezing. many areas in the city north and west, had upper 20s this morning. haven't had that many reports so far of damage on crops and trees, but i'm sure we'll be hearing about that in the next couple of days. in the meantime, a big warmup is headed our way in the afternoon. we'll go back into the low 70s. let's check on the roads with kristy breslin. wjz traffic control. very happy about that chocolate story. if you are traveling on the top side inner loop, we're already looking at 35 minutes there, from stevenson road to harford road. another 20 minutes on the west side inner loop, from southwestern boulevard to security boulevard. and 15 minutes for southbound 95. that's from 100 over to 32. 70 westbound, already seeing delays there from 29 to marriottsville road. and several new accidents out there. harford road at second avenue. hillen road at east cold
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spring. pulaski highway at north haven. also another on harford road at east monument street. let's take a live look. you can see, there is an accident at 1kwr fx. and we'll take another live look at york road at the beltway. average speed, about 35 miles opinion an hour. this traffic report is brought to you by barnum and baileya ringling brothers circus. now playing through april one of the -- april 1st. if you notice some odd- looking clouds in the sky this morning, you may have nasa to thank. scientists in virginia launched five suborbital rockets. they allow scientists to see the winds in speation. -- space. scientists say millions of people from south carolina to new hampshire, may have caught a glimpse of the milky way clouds they created. people here are scooping up
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mega millions tickets, hoping to become one of the biggest winners of all time. the jackpot for tonight's drawing has climbed to $363 million. the lucky ticket holder will be able to choose a lump sum payout of nearly $260 million. the largest winning of all time. the winning numbers will will be drawn tonight at 11:00. >> and of course that was the big board before it started climbing. >> right. still ahead on eyewitness news. an updated story. a massacre is sent to al- jazeera tv. what the delivery means to investigators. and it is nice out today. will our unusually warm spring weather return? bob is updating the first warning weather forecast. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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a high-ranking priest says he is not to blame for the
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sexual abuse that occurred in the archdiocese. monsignor lynn is now charged with learning of the abuse and covering it up. he did report at least 35 cases to his superior. the cardinal who died earlier this year, reportedly shred the documents. a top official wants to know more on how an american soldier got off his base in the first place. they are looking at protocol that may have helped him get off base. he is charged with killing afghan civilians, women and children. new charges that dominique strauss-kahn could land him in prison. this comes just days before the start of a civil trial in new
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york. prosecutors later dismissed criminal charges. the former imf chief faces 20 years in prison if convicted. he is now out on bail. news outlets in france decide not to air footage of the gunman. jessica kartalija has more on this. >> reporter: the paris bureau of al-jazeera says it received video. attack. mohammedmohammed merra was killed in a shootout with police after a day-long standoff. they say merra may have had an accomplice. police say the 23-year-old had a camera rolling. he was also blamed for killing three french troops the week before. after learning of that video, president nicolas sarkozy and grieving family members asked the news station not to air the footage. the video has been turned over to police.
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vic? >> al-jazeera says the video came in the mail with a computer stick. along with an unsigned letter, crediting al qaeda with the attacks. congressional lawmakers harshly criticize. they say too maniages are just plain rude to passengers. agency officials say they are constantly improving service. and will soon amend procedures, regarding the elderly and children. two customers are charged in connection with the largest wildfire in arizona history. the blaze scorched more than 500,000 acres before it was contained in may of 2011. an investigation revealed that caleb and david malba, left a camp fire unattended while they went for a hike. allowing strong flames to go through. at least two people are dead in colorado after more than a dozen fires break out across that state. teresa garcia reports for wjz.
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now, high winds are fanning an intense wildfire, just outside denver. plumes of thick smoke are spreading over parts of rural jefferson county, southwest of denver. the lower north folk fire started monday and has burned more than 3,000 acres. high winds spread the fire quickly. at least 15 mountain homes are destroyed. residents have been grabbing belongings and rescuing their animals. >> i'm really scared. and i'm getting stuff ready to leave. >> first time in 36 years, i had to move to get out of here. so heavy duty. >> it's kind of scary. it's real scary. so we're just hoping this doesn't blow this way. >> reporter: flames still flicker inside the charred rubble of a house. and another blackens into a shell. the fires have spread so quickly, that crews have had to shift to rescuing people. about 900 homes are evacuated and more are threatened. >> praying that the fire goes around our house.
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but it got our neighbor's house that's a couple of miles up the road. >> reporter: rows of pine trees are now just blackened sticks. they kept flames from fighting from the air. lighter winds are expected. and a fire-surveying plane has been detected so tanker planes can begin to drop. officials will the lower north fork fire started when winds pushed flames out of control. and so far, it has not been contained. teresa garcia, wjz eyewitness news. >> now, the planned burn was intended to help prevent the spread of forest fires. well, a woman in missouri is wanting answers after her son is attacked and set on fire. he is now recovering from his wounds. police have not identified any suspects or revealed a motive for the attack. teenage smoking. now, officials say the rate of decline is slowing. critics say tobacco companies are using all kinds of new
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products to get kids hooked. cigarettes are highly addictive and deadly. yet millions of teenagers light up every day. for many teenages, the addiction doesn't start with these. cigarettes. initially, they don't taste very good and they're very expensive. instead, it starts with these. cheap, individually-wrapped cigars. and they come in kid-friendly flavors. >> how popular are they with kids is the question? >> oh, extremely popular. >> a lot of kids our age, you can see smoking. >> no self-respecting cigar smoker is going to be going out to buy grape-flavored cigar. these are being focused on kids. >> reporter: according to steve of tobacco-free massachusetts. tobacco companies also had kids in mind when they came up with these dissolvable, smokeless tobacco tablets. >> they kind of look like a vitamin or tic tac or something. >> reporter: state department of public health found that for
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the first time, use of these products is now outpacing smoking among treens. and-- teens. and while the flavor is a draw, that is not the problem. >> the usage is up because the products are just so much cheaper than cigarettes. >> and as he mentioned, many products issue cheaper because they dodge the tax hike that adds more than $2 to fay package of sig relatives. -- cigarettes. kim kardashian was walking the red warrant last week when a woman dumped flour onto her. the woman says she has ties to peta. but peta denies that they had anything to do with. she stars in the hungered games. but just who is jennifer lawrence? nancy o'del has more. >> reporter: coming up tonight, she is the number 1 action star
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and the five things you don't know about jennifer lawrence. >> reporter: the 21-year-old bundled up in a blanket. she's a tough girl by the tracks. her rolling stone. audiences captivated by catness. >> i got a running coach. i did stunt training. >> lauren says months with an archery coach paid off. she can hit at least four bull's-eyes, usually five. she's always been really physical. at her kentucky preschool, she was so rough, she wasn't allowed to play with other girls, just the boys. >> you're going to be fine. >> jennifer grew up on a horse farm. but a modeling scout spotted her when she was on vacation in new york city. she went to audition for bella. before nabbing x men first class, where she met her boyfriend, nicholas holt. and also tonight, christie
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brinkley's on-camera breakdown over battle with ex, peter cook. we'll have that and much more a little later on entertainment tonight. >> that's at 7:30, here on wjz 13. firefighters are used to getting cats out of trees. but a horse in a hole is a whole different matter. rescue crews answered a 911 call to rescue a trapped horse. roxy had fallen into a septic tank in her owner's backyard. in the end, the horse suffered a few bruises, but she was otherwise okay. >> and she's going to get a big horse back. >> probably. it is sunny, but a bit cold. don't miss the updated forecast. >> bob turk has the updated weather next. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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here's a live look outside right now. beautiful day out there. a little chilly. but it's really pretty, bob. >> sun is warm. not much wind compared to what we saw yesterday. all in all, pretty normal march
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day. temperatures running just a few degrees colder than average this afternoon. take a look at readings right now. it's in the mid-50s. 54. look how dry it is. humidity is only 22%. but the winds now only at 6 miles per hour. dew points way down to 16 degrees. last night, the dew points were in the single digits. very cool, dry, canadian air. barometer on the way back up. 52 in elkton. 54 in d.c., and baltimore as well. locally, temperatures running 6 degrees or so. 4 to 5 to 6 degrees below average now. baltimore also 54. our average now at 58. we're running 4 degrees cooler than average. this morning, we're at 31 degrees. last time it was 31 was back on march 11th. it's been that warm a month. in fact, in our next show, bernadette is going to show us just how warm this march has been. 37 is now the average low. so it's really coming up. 86, the record high.
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1921. and 20 degrees. 20 degrees. in 2001. west winds right now, out of the northwest most of the day. very light, compared to what we saw yesterday. here in the east, pretty clear skies as you can see. only a cloud in sight. to the west of us, low pressure. this afternoon, it was in the 60s and 70s out here. that's going to be in our region tomorrow. low 70s. and long that front -- along that frontal boundary. a few widely scattered showers. we might see this in the afternoon or evening. in the meantime, winds go back to the south and southwest. tomorrow, 10 to 15 degrees warmer than we saw today. upper 60s to low 70s. a nice little shot of warm air coming in for wednesday. now, on thursday, that front will go through the region, with a shower possible wednesday. and then it turns breezy and will get cooler again for the end of the week. but not nearly as chilly as the air mass we had over us last night or today. winds in the bay tomorrow, up to 20 knots.
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and a small craft advisory out there tomorrow. bay temp, 52 degrees. tonight, maybe a few clouds coming in late. otherwise, upper 30s to low 40s. and 6, 7, 8, 10 degrees warmer than normal last night. maybe an afternoon shower or thundershower in some areas. tomorrow's highs, upper 60s to low 70s employs so -- 70s. so we're running another 10 to 12 degrees below normal tomorrow. that chance of showers until 9:00, 10:00 tomorrow night. clears out. looks like it will be back around 60 or so for thursday and the end of the week, with nighttime lows back in the upper 30s once again. warm up one day, then it cools down again. but not the kind of chill we saw last night. thon degrees is pretty-- 31 degrees is pretty frosty. >> it was chilly. >> if the tender plants survive, they should be okay. >> i didn't hear any reports of orchards in trouble. but we'll probably report that at some point. >> okay. >> thank you, bob. still to come on eyewitness
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news tonight. knocked out. and now facing charges. i'm mike hellgren, with details of an arrest. and a case of an assault on and a case of an assault on school grounds that went ,,,,
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check for more on these stories and all the day's breaking news. >> eyewitness news at 5:00 starts now. high school assault. police file new charges after this video goes viral. >> who is under arrest for this fight on a local school campus? >> hi. i'm kai jackson. and i'm jessica kartalija, in for mary. and here's what people are talking about. >> a 40-year-old man is handcuffed, after police say he attacked a teenager at long rich high. mike hellgren has the update to this fight scene seen all over the-- fight seen all over the internet. >> reporter: and kai, we're talking hundreds of thousands of people who have


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