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security forces searching brussels looking for those responsible for this morning's terror attack. shortly before 8:00 a.m., the first of two explosions rocked the departure terminal at brussels international airport and the second followed shortly after wards and smoke filled the terminal. people coured on the floor and some called for help. >> so many people panicked. so many people cried. >> everybody was scared and they ran. >> janay williams was among the passengers that ran for their lives. >> the gentlemen that works at the airport came running through the terminal, said immediately everyone evacuate immediately and pandemonium started. >> a third bomb that did not explode was found and was neutralized. the manhunt is for the man on the right caught on surveillance camera along with two possible
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suicide bombers. an explosion then rips through the subway station in the heart of brussels near the european union. >> we all stand together with our ally belgium on this dark day. >> the attacks came just days after eslam was captured on friday. >> we'll do what is necessary to support our ally and friend belgium in bringing to justice those responsible. >> just a short time ago, a local official told abc news they saw the third device and it was a suitcase, that is leading investigators to believe that the other bombs may also have been hidden inside of suitcases, abc news confirmed nine americans were among the injured. three missionaries from utah and
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an american service member along with his or her family of five. i'm sara bloomquist, channel 6 "action news." >> thank you. federal and local officials say that there is no specific threat to the united states but security has been beefed up across the country including here at our local transit hub. lets go to john rawlins with the latest there. >> reporter: police commissioner ross says that the city is taking precautions and increasing its visibility here at the airport and reminded everyone if you see something say something. the attack in brussels canceled an american airlines flight 751 from brussels, it was due to arrive in philadelphia early in the afternoon at the time other flights from europe are due. >> many arrived on an early flight from paris learned of the attack at the brussels airport once they landed here. >> feel horrible for all the people and their families and
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just feel blessed that i'm here. >> michael evans learned of brussels before taking off. >> we got a coffee and went about our day and it was awful that that kind of thing happened and that thing does happen in the world. but it didn't really deter us or make us nervous to get home. >> in the wake of the attack they have increased the number of uniformed officers at phl today but it's nothing like after 9/11 when the national guard was here and people were subject to searches on the way to the terminal. it's a soft target and would it be safer if security check points were moved to normalal doors. >> we are an open and free society and pride ourselves in being that way. we don't want to turn the united states in a prison camp state. >> rather than using check points at terminals it's more effective to use vo-tech
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knowledge and law enforcement surveillance on social media to find threats. >> it's a useful program, some say it violates privacy but i think if done in the proper way it does save lives. >> he is a former deputy with the department of homeland security. he says it would be more effective. once you put it out there you move the soft targets to outside of the terminal. >> thank you john. now to "action news" reporter, vernon odom, at 30th street station, what are you seeing there tonight. >> monica, same as i have been seeing all day, quiet and a lot of tension in the air here, security beefed up here dramatically and on high alert, and all the officers are armed and on high alert and the terminal is full of nervous
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riders on edge. >> all the signs are dramatically beefed up security today. always heavily armed cops are visible here and so too are the bomb sniffing dogs but the levels of deployment here and across the nation are at the maximum level in the wake of this morning's massacres in belgium. bill was just in belgium's airport on friday. >> i worked in new york on 9/11, and you kind of get numb to it a little bit. have you to go on, you can't give in. >> it has shaken up many who ride the rails during the week. mike came in from penn station this morning to a smaller scale on 30th street. >> i'm happy that new york is quite vigilant, i really am but i can't help but being concerned. >> we found new englanders not able to put the bomb attacks out of their minds.
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>> it gave me a little nervousness yes. >> i was a little nervous. and concerned. but the police are around and it gives you some sense of safety. >> it's scarey but we planned this a long time ago, and we had no idea anything like this would happen. i trust our police. >> after consulting withtral authorities, septa's brass says that more security will be visibility in locates around town and the publics help is needed more than ever. >> when a bag is left unattended on a platform or a train or a bus, we want to know right away and we will work to clear that bag. >> reporter: monica, all signs are tonight that this level of security will be here for the next several weeks, hoping that nothing will happen. that is the latest from here at 30th street station, i'm vernon odom, channel 6 "action news" reporting live. >> thank you vernon. >> our coverage of the terror
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attacks in belgium continues at 6abc.com, there you will find the latest updates plus we posted photos and the aftermath as well as reaction from world leaders. world news tonight with david muir will have the latest on the terror attacks in brussels. a one hour edition next here on channel 6 "action news." a north penn high school graduate accused of collecting nude pictures of hi female classmates and posting them online reached a deal. he was sentenced to two years probation and fined $250. he plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of transmission of a sexually explicit image of a minor. and a dump truck backed up traffic this afternoon. the driver of the truck somehow lost control and flipped its load into the northbound lanes of route 42 and the spill blocked the left lane and the
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shoulder of the highway and the driver of the truck suffered minor injuries. police arrested two teens in connection with a northeast philadelphia school and 16-year-old jonathan rojas and joshua sanchez face several charges tonight after police say they conspired to shoot a 12-year-old. police say the two approached the victim and offered him narcotics and then a fight broke out and called a man that arrived with a gun and shot the victim in the leg. the philadelphia police department has work to do, that is the word tonight from commissioner richard ross, the reaction comes after a new court ordered report found continued racial bias in the stop and frisk practices. 33% of all stops and 42% of all frisks were reportedly made without reasonable suspicion and the aclu says they will seek
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sanctions from the courts if the situation does not improve in the next six months. teachers in philadelphia schools had a chance to learn about opportunities today. superintendant, bill hite had an informational session on north broad street at spring garden this afternoon. educators stopped by to learn about career options for the next school year. coming up on "action news" tonight, they jump into agency after a nasty crash on i-95 and today the toll workers were honored for their efforts. and villanova gets the sendoff as they head to kentucky to square off in the sweet 16. lots of sunshine as the sunsets and a show in the sky tonight, we'll talk about that and near record warmth in the accuweather forecast. patients across the country have spoken.
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we have breaking news several fire trucks are dispatched to the first town section of philadelphia because of a partial home collapse. the good news is no injured reported it happened at the 1100 block of earl street. lni is there to see if the property can be salvaged. again a partial house collapse in the fishtown section. a political tug of war over atlantic city's dire finances is putting city workers in a panic, the jobs go on hold starting in two weeks and workers still have to work with no pay. the fallout from local and state
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governments. >> will services be effected? yes. will there be a furlough with employees? yes. >> that is council president, marty small, talking about furloughing employees and shutting down non-essential services. >> it's devastating, financial people have homes and mortgages and bills to pay and families. >> during the shut down, police, fire and sanitation workers will continue on the job without pay. there is a chance we are not getting paid and everybody is saying we have to do what we have to do. >> there is nothing really that employees can do. just keep hoping. and see what they do. >> with the closure of four casinos, atlantic city's tax base is shrinking and will run out of money in the matter of
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weeks. some came to city hall to get paperwork done before that happen zb happens. >> i had to renew and i don't know when i could do it. >> they are trying to stabilize the tax base and the city is resisting a take over. >> they try to strangle us and if we try to file for bankruptcy they will break that up too. >> they say they are unwilling or incapable to fix the problems and will not allow taxpayers to bail out the city until the state has control. nora muchanic, channel 6 "action news." from our delaware newsroom. toll workers on the job when a suspected drunk driver slam nood a toll plaza last week were honored. this shows the moment that a cadillac driven by matt rude. plowed into the toll plaza, he was charged with dui and drug
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possession and today del/dot honored the workers saying they jumped in to help. >> it's an every day thing for us. i see these guys every day and i hate to see anything happen to them and i am happy that everything worked out in the end. >> the employees were given delaware department of education challenge coins for their actions.
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time for sports ducis is here and wildcats are in the south tonight. >> their dream season continues, we are two days away from villanova wildcats next game. two game as way from the final four. they face miami in the sweet 16 [ cheers and applause ] >> not exactly a low key sendoff on campus but hey they deserve it. this is a tremendous accomplishment to get this far and jay wright says that is not lost on his players. >> they realize each step of the
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way how much bigger it gets and when we practice they make it the same. they feel the energy and the city of philadelphia behind them and it's a great experience for them and i'm glad they get to enjoy it. >> villanova tore through the first two games and neither contest was ever really in question. the cats won seven of their last eight games. >> as far as the defensive end and we have to come out aggressive on offense and tough on defense like we have the past two games and that gives us the best chance of winning. >> jeff skversky is on his way to louisville to cover villanova. look for his life reports starting here tomorrow on 6 abc. to the sixers jahlil okafor had his surgery on his knee on his right meniscus.
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his rehabilitation starts tomorrow. all right to the phillies, 13 days until the season opener, today another tune up this time against the twins. jared gets the start his first start of the spring as he works his way back from a fracture in his thumb. he strikes out seven but this is the not so good. allows three runs including a solo shot. lets go to the six and inning, the suicide squeeze play. nina plays it down perfectly but not enough phillies lose this game 7-5. president obama is not the only american in cuba. the rays played the cuban national team in an exhibition, a big blow in the fourth inning, tampa bay goes on to win 4-1. no rest for the flyers after playing and winning last night, they will skate in columbus all
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part of a four game road trip. the victory over the islanders wa a true team efforts. this one from nick cousins in the first period and steve mason made 23 saves and flyers won to fall one point behind in the chase for the final wild card spot. >> they are playing hard and playing together and we know all the way along we have a tough battle. you know to get above the line in the playoff race. and guys are having fun and working hard right now. >> once again flyers in columbus tonight and the push continues. >> ducis thank you. holy services began on palm sunday and they began for christians around the world. the mass took place this afternoon and as part of that service priests took communion with the bishop. the sick were also blessed and the mass is typically celebrated on thursday morning but the
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time to check on the accuweather forecast. meteorologist adam joseph is here and we are inching our way towards warmth. >> temperatures are skyrocket and near records on thursday. stormtracker 6 live double scan showing high clouds during the day today and wall-to-wall sunshine through much of the day and the temperatures at or surpassing normal this afternoon. the highlights in the accuweather forecast. once the sunsets and the moon comes up over the horizon in the southeastern sky check it out it's the full moon, the full
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wolf moon. no not the wolf moon but the full worm moon and you have the planet jupiter on the upper left side and appears as a bright star. it says it right there -- jupiter will be on the upper left side there as a bright star. you may want to check it out this evening, no specific time, when the moon comes up over the horizon, they will both be there through the overnight hours. tomorrow temperatures hit 70 degrees in philadelphia and 68 in wilmington and 65 in reading and cape may, that is a huge jump up from the 57 degrees we saw today. 57 presently in allentown and in fact philadelphia bumping up to 58 degrees, 55 in trenton and 57 in millville and right around the 50 degrees at the shore with the ocean temperature coming in at 47, every now and then when are you at the edge of the water
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in long beach island, the wind is shifting in the wrong direction but it really cools you down quickly. the warm front is to the north and west and it progresses into new england and stalls into southern new england and north of the front, temperatures stay in the 20s and 30s there. but we are south of the front and that means the warmth will continue through much of the rest of the work week. >> so the full moon tonight in allentown and 42 in reading and 40 in philadelphia, so not as chilly as the last few nights, it's pleasant out there to be outdoors and that is the way it will stay here for the next couple of days. the jet stream will be riding up into the central part of the united states over the central portions of the great lakes and into southern and eastern canada and temperatures 20 degrees above average, a far cry from the snow sunday night and early monday morning in the eastern areas, record territory, we'll
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be far off it tomorrow, we'll take the 70 far off the 80 degree record in 2012 and thursday tickling the record of 76 degrees, that was set back in 1988. the exclusive accuweather forecast 70 degrees with a midweek winner tomorrow, a few high clouds and record warmth thursday and 75 and thursday night early friday morning, a quarter to half inch of rain, and the sun returns, friday afternoon of 66 degrees, sets up for a beautiful easter weekend and lots of sun on saturday and seasonable and 59 be back to the 60s on easter sunday and looking great and sunrise services temperatures around 40 degrees and rain arrives on monday 63 and the sun returns tuesday at 58 degrees. a lot of kids are off from school this week and it's perfect to have them play outdoors. >> and get the energy out. famous women in history were honored in camden.
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the center hosted a historical interaction, including harriet tubman who played an important role in history. a special hour long edition of world news tonight with david muir is next on channel 6. and jeopardy will air at 1:07 a.m. and "action news" continues on phl 17 at 10:00. then of course join us for "action news" at 11:00 here on channel 6. for jim gardner, adam and ducis and the entire "action news" team. we hope to see you at 11:00. katie vo: she works as many hours as the guys do.
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tonight, a special edition of "world news tonight." the deadly terror attacks in brussels. at the airport. >> stay down. >> and in the subway. the americans caught in the middle of it all. three deadly explosions rocketing the city. tonight, isis reportedly claiming responsibility. dozens killed. more than 200 hurt. this image leading to an urgent manhunt at this hour. what authorities have spotted in the surveillance photo. passengers escaping the subway in the dark and smoke. i talk with the american man who pried the door open. >> it was a nightmare. >> and the virginia woman who hid behind the counter at the airport with the ticketing agent. while here at home tonight, images from the subway in new york city. amid questions about our own security. the tense moment at an american airport, the passenger jet met by authorities. and the fbi tonight. we ask, how

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