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i'm roosevelt leftwich. instead of polluteing the water it's being collected in stainger to be sold. that's what the company is saying tonight. but with that word of hope, there is word that there could be vast amounts of oil beneath the waves, out of sight and maybe on the move. we have the latest. >> reporter: bp says there is less oil leaking into the gulf of mexico today than yesterday thanks to a tube siphoning 1,000 barrels a day to a tanker, one-fifth of what was leaking before. >> the big news over the last 36 hours has been the success with the riser insertion tool. >> i am just taking it day by day, and i think that's what we need to do. >> reporter: homeland security expert janet napolitano told a committee today the government's response to the spill includes 20,000 staff and volunteers, 750 oil-fighting vessels and more than 1.7 million feet of containment boom to put on the water, but there are worries about vertical columns of oil beneath the surface, worrys the oil could get swept by currents
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into the atlantic ocean. >> this information might have been taken out of context, parts of the information might have been misleading to some and somewhat premature. >> reporter: as the fight to control the spill continues, bp is working on a public relations fund. the company announced it will award 70 million in grants to help gulf coast states to promote tourism, and the first fisherman hired to fight the spill received bp paychecks this weekend. >> bp has paid out over 9.6 million dollars. it has not yet denied a claim. >> reporter: bp's chief operating officer says the company will never try to produce oil from the blown-out well, because it just wouldn't right. the company would not rule out taping the same reservoir in a different location. abc news, washington. and you can follow the latest developments on this story by logging on to web site abcthenews.com. find our special gulf oil spill section on abc2news/oilspill.
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on just really a cloudy start to the week, you're looking at a live picture of i- 695 at i-70. hopefully we get some sunny skies heading our way soon. wyatt is here with your first forecast. >> it was picturesque, fantastic for preakness saturday. we're paying for that, paying for that now. we're going to keep paying for it unfortunately until. a steady swath of rain breaking up into showers right now across the baltimore area at least. but still a slick commute, and our close radar view showing some wet conditions out there. going to be slick roads for your evening commute tonight. more rain off to the west will push in later this evening. so showers continue to be the forecast, down in the 50s
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tonight. tomorrow a cooler day than today was. yeah, getting maybe slightly worse tomorrow depending on how you look at it. you can track the weather down to your local neighborhood. log on to our web site at abc2news.com where you can view maryland's most powerful radar. children who beat a pit bull puppy to death. women told police say saw the attack and chased the kids away. they took the dog to a vet, but puppy died on the way. a person attacked by a person is back with her family. a man walked into his neighbor's yard and slashed a dog several times in the face. she had surgery to fix a collapsed lung and one eye had to be removed. the suspect is charged with animal mutilation and trespassing. with memories of their murdered teammate everywhere, the virginia women lacrosse team played its first game since the death of yardley love.
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the cavaliers rallied in the end to beat towson 14-12 yesterday to reach the quarter finals of the ncaa tournament. towson wore orange wristbands with yl and dark blue and gave the cavaliers pins of an angel carrying a lacrosse stick. getting more marylanders back to work. that's the focus of congressman ducht rupleersburger. pintook said services for more than 800,000 companies, some of whom are hiring right now. he says he is fighting to get unemployed marylanders back into the workforce. >> there were 36,000 new jobs created in maryland. that means the economy is improving. the employers are looking for people to hire, why they're here today. >> remember, abc2 is working to get you back to work. looking on to our home page and click on the good morning maryland tab. once there, click on the get back to work tab. we have helpful hint, finding a job, doing well in an interview and getting an offer all on
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abc2 news.com. well, unless they have killed someone, teenagers cannot be locked up for life without the possibility of parole. the ruling comes from the u.s. supreme court. the high court ruled that life in violated the constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. baltimore county's department of social services is now officially ayesterday setted by the national children's alliance. jim smith and other officials welcomed the announcement today at the child advocacy center in towson. says dss could not have earned the accreditation without the help of paloos and the state attorney general's office. >> for 21 years p facility has been making a difference. the work done here has taken the worst criminals in our county away from those they would harm. >> since the late 1980s, the
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dss offices have helped victims of child sex accuse. since 1961, moms have been trusting panthers to keep their kids dry and happy. now things have changed. why thousands of women are in an uproar making a big stink over proctor & gamble's newest diaper. plus the degait over to whether to ship or fly is heating up. which method will save you some bucks. . currently at howard community college up in columbia, it is 58 soggy degrees. wyatt has the forecast coming up. so, what do you think? i think i'll go with the preferred package. ( chuckling ) good choice.
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of women are locking horns with proctor gamble over the newest product. they claim pampers cause rashes, basically,ers, chemical burns on their children. >> she actually developed blisters, like you would sigh if you put your hand on a pot or a pan. >> we have tested this with 20,000 babieses, 300,000 diapers in clinical studies. unfortunately, at any point in time, 25% of babies are experiencing some type of diaper rash. >> wow. the claims have led to a class- action lawsuit. now the consumer product safety commission is investigating the complaints. i was logo appeared on serial. now coming to nintendo. why the heart association is banking on your habits and getting paid for it. and youtube changed how we're doing the internet forever. and today creates of the viral video are celebrating a big milestone. [ male announcer ] are you watching cable?
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in tonight's consumer alert, thanks to a rise in baggage fees, taking your luggage on a family trip can cost big bucks. but abc is working with you to avoid the cargo hold. josie state your name monday shows you how shipping your bags instead of flying them can save you some bucks. >> reporter: you roll it, drag it and even overstuff it. let's face it, getting your luggage on a plane can be a real drain, and that's before you pay to get it on board. >> it has added up over time, over the past year, some airlines have added millions of dollars in revenue because of this. >> reporter: skyrocketing baggage fees are one of the airlines' only little option to recover costs. so if you check a bag you're also covering the check for gas. while southwest has no baggage fees, other carriers will charge you. just one bag, one way on
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airtran is 15 bucks, united is between 20 and 25. u.s. air, continental and delta run between 23 and $, and american charges 25 bucks for your first bag. but mark stronk is taking prep out of the bag, by taking a bag shipped for florida. >> ten times easier than checking a bag. >> reporter: but is it any cheaper? we decided to find out. we watched mark pack three bags of clothes into this one box. while he flies airtran, his stuff is going ups. >> here we go. >> going to get it taped shut? >> yeah. >> they seal it uptight and gave him the total, just under 35 bucks for going ground, compared to the 45 he would have paid to check those bags. >> it pays to ship ups, people. >> he's not the only one saving. >> i think that people are getting smarter. >> and more savvy when it comes
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to saving. >> ups store owner andy sample says she's seen a rise in bagging shimming as baggage costs have spike. depending on where you ship, she says you can save and make travel hassle-free, although packing your stuff isn't always that easy for her. >> we have people come in with their stuff just like in grocery bags. we've had people come in with their stuff in suitcases, and they want to take it out and put it in a box. >> reporter: another box option? send your baggage first class. luxury carriers like luxury forward are doing it more now than ever. >> quite frankly it's just effortless. i like the effortlessness of it. >> reporter: services like this are more expensive; but columbia's lou ann baker says she'd rather pay for convenience than cargo, so she ships on every trip. >> i haven't checked a bag in 10 years. >> reporter: frankly the airlines aren't missing her or her bags. in fact, shipping your stuff may actually save them money. >> it means less weight, burns less fuel, which reduces their fuel bill.
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they don't necessarily see as a loss in revenue. in many ways it's also an improvement in their cost. >> cell phone, three, two, one. >> reporter: when it comes to cost, mark is moving away from the baggage car sell. he tracked his boxes which arrived early on both legs, saving him another 10 bucks on the way home. >> i think it's well worth it. >> reporter: and he didn't have to lug around all that luggage. josie state your name monday, abc2 news. >> all total mark's family saved more than 20 bucks by shipping their stuff. shipping can be much more costly than checking your bags if you overnight the stuff. but if you have time on your hand, you have more options for saving. so check all of the major companies for the best deal. airline industry experts say the shipping trend is growing, and it's something they're monitoring to see if there's a real impact on the number of checked bags. el well if you're hitting the roads for memorial day weekend, good news: gas prices are expected to drop. the energy information association says drivers will see lower gas prices between now and the holiday, the traditional start of the summer
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driving season. the financial crisis overseas led to a drop in oil prices. another reason for the drop? the u.s.'s oversupplied with oil and gas right now. now the forecast certified most accurate by weather rate and maryland's most powerful doppler radar. >> well, it looks like we finally did get a bit of a break. it stopped raining for at least the past five minutes. >> it was raining heavier today, rowscy. a little lull in the action, at least in the immediate baltimore area. more rain off to the west. it will be back and forth. tomorrow, wet weather again and cooler. >> well, getting worse tomorrow. how's that? sound good? >> then we're all up after that. let's take a look right now outside. right now, kind of murky and gray. it's been the story all day long, and it's not changing tonight for tomorrow, for that much on wednesday for that matter. more on that in a second. 60 at bwi. light winds, light, variable, not much wind to deal with. a silver lining of sorts. the beach today, you see the
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rain pelting our weather net lens down there in southern maryland. it was wet all across the state today. we take you out to frederick. head west, and more rain just pounding our weather net cameras all over maryland. kind of a gnarly day. some wild formations into the afternoon there. show you some high temperatures out there. we were in the low 60s on average. so, you know, unseasonably cool. by about 10, 12 degrees, and tomorrow, shave about 5 more degrees off the numbers. we're only into the upper 50s tomorrow and in easton, they never got out of the 50s either. maryland's most powerful radar, we're tracking some very light precipitation. all five sweeps. >> some light rain overhead, but breaks in the west. and also in the northern part of the shore here. so depends on where you are if you're seeing the raindrops now. but nonetheless, a wet pattern, and it's going to kind of be that way into the day tomorrow, too. you can see a tremendous amount
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of rain coming up the coast. very heavy rain from ocean city south down to virginia beach right now. we're getting light to moderate showers here in baltimore. out to the west right now, not a tremendous amount in terms of new storm systems, but it doesn't matter, because the storm we're dealing with now is a huge circulation centerered back in the ohio river valley, and as you take a look p thing is going to move very, very slowly, over some cool air that's already in place up and down the mid atlantic. so it's going to be a two-day scenario to get this thing out of here; and even behind it, i think, kind of cloudy on wednesday before we get the sun back thursday. highs today, really held down by the rain and the clouds. low 60s from richmond back up through columbus. really cool. there is warmer air bottled up south of us that will work into the week earlier this week. still rain on and off. could get heavy during the overnight. then into the part of your day tomorrow into the afternoon, i think just some scattered clouds. no heavy rain possible over on the eastern shore, and into wednesday, still gray and
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cloudy, but looks like less rain at least into wednesday. overnight, 52, rain continuing, patchy fog by daybreak. tomorrow a 2-degree guarantee. only 58. that's it. showers likely on and off throughout the day. cooler weather. tomorrow night a chilly breeze mooufts in. dropping down nearly into the 40s. finally some relief on the seven-day forecast as we move ahead into thursday and friday. back into the low 80s, some surge around. and our average high temperature will be, like, 73. so you average it out, we're kind of on target, but going to be cool the next few days here. rosy? the american heart association is getting into the business with the gaming industry. obesity has been linked to video game playing, and the aha says instead of discouraging gaming it's taking a new approach. so the group decided to put put its logo on the anyone dedon't wii and copies of wii sports and sports resort as a way to stay active playing video games. some say it's more about money than health. >> sooner rather than later, the public is going to
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understand that this is a commercial transaction. analysts say some products have proven to boost sales. nintendo is paying the american heart association 1 and a half million dollars over the next 3 years. a look ahead at abc2 news tonight on kelly swoope. a man has been missing for mont. now his family's worst fierce have been confirmed. how family members are now seeking justice. and baltimore leaders want to raise taxes; but some people living in the city say they aren't having it. more about why the road for tax hikes has been put on hold. those stories and more coming up at six. now a preview of bhees coming up at 6:30. coming up on world news, is there a political earthquake coming? both parties feeling the wrath of weary motorists, and also dr. richard besser, unlocking clues to how your brain works. this week on world news. ♪
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youtube marked the company's milestones which include salutes from celebrities, like conan o'brien. >> we're all watching monthkys in propeller hats flushing themselves down a toilet. >> and sometimes a baby biting
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his big brother. >> reporter: but funny videos aside, there's no doubt that youtube, later bought by google, for $1.6 billion in 2006, is now a pop culture phenomenon, with videos watched 2 billion times daily. >> the average viewer watches almost 8 00 minutes a month. >> a phenomenon that has claufrjd careers. >> "i dreamed a dream." >> reporter: susan boil recorded 2009's best-selling album after her talent show song went viral. >> and justin beeber went to stardom after his mom posted homemade videos online. youtube has carried more serious messages. iranian protesters used the site to bypass government sensors. >> i told the truth. >> reporter: and michael jackson's doctor defended himself against a manslaughter charge in the singer's death. >> he had to go to the hospital and pay for it out of his own pocket. >> reporter: much of youtube's popularity has been the ability for folks to rabbit and rave
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about whatever suits them, but will that make money for youtube? perhaps not, so youtube is increasingly moving toward more advertiser-friendly content. mark mullen for abc news. the remaining four contestants on dancing with the stars have to do two dances tonight. one new ballroom routine, and then a new latin damages. chad ocho singco, evan liesick and nicole shrizringer will go head to head to try to win the coveted mirror ball trophy, and during tomorrow night's show, miley cyrus and sarah mclack lynn will perform. oh, boy. precision is key. more on new technology that is giving marylanders perfect teeth on abc2 news at 6, which starts right now. >> now, abc2 news at six. a family's worst fears are confirmed: a locus point man.
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good evening -- his body was found in a shallow dave at a tavsco state park in anne arundel county. brian do you believer reports how the family now has to shift from hope to seeking justice. >> reporter: the signs are tough to miss along federal hill and locust point. but after five weeks, the hope for martin's family began to fade along with the posters. this weekend, detectives broke the news to his fiance. >> i mean, it's a little bit of closure now. >> but it still hurts like hell. and it's just not fair. it isn't fair. disagreed how someone could kill this graduate, a tall end player who played with mark thshera, but more importantly,

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