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Don’t let todays sun deceive you. Snow is on the way! Full forecast…

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 33. South wind 7 to 11
mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Southwest wind
around 6 mph.

Sunday: A slight chance of snow before noon, then rain and
snow likely.  Cloudy, with a high near 37. Light and
variable wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the
morning.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow
accumulation expected.

Sunday Night: Snow.  Low around 22. North wind 7 to 14 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3
to 5 inches possible.

Monday: Snow, mainly before 3pm.  High near 26. North wind
14 to 16 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow
accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 26.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 29.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 32.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Jets Place Franchise Tag on K Nick Folk

(NEW YORK) —  After a career year in 2013, the New York Jets have placed their franchise tag on kicker Nick Folk.

Folk was set to become an unrestricted free agent starting in the new league year on March 11, but Gang Green has locked him down for at least one more season.

The estimated salary for franchise tagged kickers is $3.4 million for next season, a hefty increase over the $780,000 Folk made in 2013.

Even though the franchise tag is only a one-year deal, the Jets and Folk are allowed to work out a long-term deal even after placing the tag on him.  He has been with the Jets since 2010 on a series of one-year contracts.

The Jets are coming off an 8-8 season, and a few of those wins were because of Folk.  He converted 33 of 36 field goal attempts in 2013, including game-winners against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, and New England Patriots. \

Son Uses Grandfather’s Heartbeats to Help Save Mom’s Life

(MOORESTOWN, N.J.) — Dr. Daniel Mason, a prominent cardiologist, had a big heart, taking an active interest in each one of his grandchildren’s summers on New Jersey’s Long Beach Island until his death in 2011 at age 92.

But he left behind another kind of legacy for his family, one that set his grandson Andrew Josephson on the path to medical school and, inadvertently, but luckily, helped to save his mother’s life.

Mason, who lectured and practiced for 50 years at Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Hospital, had produced a three-CD set of digitized heart sounds and murmurs, some extremely rare, to teach medical students the nuances of detecting heart disease.

“Whenever someone had a patient with an irregular pattern with their heart sounds, he would grab his recording equipment,” grandson Josephson said. “He used them as a teaching tool for students and cardiologists and other physicians in the field, anyone who used a stethoscope.”

“My grandfather was such an influence in my life,” Josephson, 23, who lives at home in Moorestown, N.J., said.

That was an understatement.

Josephson, after his graduation in biochemistry from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, discovered on the family bookshelf his grandfather’s collection of 125 or more heart sounds, and created an app, “Listening to the Heart,” that uses the iPhone to record a person’s heartbeat, compare it to Mason’s recordings, and identify any abnormalities.

And in the process this year, he diagnosed his mother’s silent heart disease.

It all started in 2011, when Josephson was on a gap year and considering applying to his grandfather’s alma mater, Drexel University in Philadelphia.

“I was going through his stuff after he died and discovered the CDs,” he said. “He had spent years running around the hospital recording people. I thought about doing something with them, to republish them was my initial goal.”

As Josephson thought about it he was inspired by the music app Shazam, which matches songs with a musician’s body of work. Although he had taken only had one computer programming class in college, he bought some books and taught himself to learn writing code.

“With the platform of the iPhone, I extracted all the sample sounds he had recorded from lectures and did a little acoustic analysis on the computer,” Josephson said.

“At first, we really weren’t sure it worked,” he added. “I was not the most reliable programmer.”

He had to tweak the iPhone’s microphone but soon figured a way to hold the iPhone up to the chest and compare and analyze the sound to match the recordings in his grandfather’s collection and to get the five closest matches.

Josephson first began experimenting on friends and found that their heart sounds yielded “normal” results.

By 2013, one of his first guinea pigs for the prototype was his mother, Dr. Tina Josephson, the daughter of Daniel Mason and an internist in Cherry Hill, N.J.

“Mom kept coming up with the same abnormal heart sound,” he said. “We did it multiple times and in multiple locations and got the same result.”

Even though she had “complete faith” in her son, Tina Josephson ignored the results: a heart murmur, suggesting a potentially dangerous condition. “I was probably in denial,” she said, laughing. “I’m a doctor. I never get sick.”

But when the family went out to Steamboat Springs in Colorado to ski this year, she noticed a difference in her breathing.

“I really didn’t notice anything until I was skiing at 10,000 feet and I was more short of breath than I normally get,” Josephson, 54, said. ”I knew there was nothing wrong with my lungs; I never smoked. It was probably my heart.”

Remembering the iPhone app when she returned home, she went to a cardiologist who ordered an echocardiogram, which confirmed the app’s diagnosis: a murmur suggesting mitral valve prolapse and mitral valve regurgitation, which would require surgery.

In mitral valve regurgitation, the valve doesn’t completely shut and instead of the blood moving forward, it goes back a little when the valve tries to shut. Left untreated, it can lead to heart failure and eventual death.

“My father’s dream was to always have this as an educational tool,” she said. “That’s why he produced the CD in the first place. I am sorry he didn’t get to live to see the iPhone app. In his last days, he was always working on a project with heart sounds. He was very active.”

Apple has approved Andrew Josephson’s app and it is now available at the App Store for $19.99. “My audience is mainly the same as my grandfather’s — nurses, doctors, clinicians, home health care aides and EMTs — anyone who carries a stethoscope,” he said. “My goal is educational.”

Tina Josephson said her father would have been proud to know his grandson’s app had helped to save his mother’s life. She is scheduled to have surgery for her mitral valve regurgitation in two weeks.

“I have no symptoms,” Tina Josephson said. “I run every day.”

She said her father was never prouder than when three of his four daughters became doctors. And Mason’s grandson will hopefully follow in his footsteps when medical schools send out their letters of acceptance in April.

“The app is something very exciting, though it’s not something I wanted to happen to me,” Tina Josephson said. “I was the daughter of a cardiologist. How could there be anything wrong with my heart?”

Joe and Teresa Giudice to Plead Guilty for Fraud, Other Charges

GETTY_022814_Guidicejoe(NEW YORK) — Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice are expected to plead guilty in New Jersey federal court on Tuesday, sources briefed on the case confirm to ABC News.

The couple was indicted on multiple counts of fraud last summer, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.

Sources tell ABC News that Teresa Giudice is expected to plead guilty to four charges, including at least one count of fraud. She is potentially facing two years in prison, but the final decision on that will be made by the judge at sentencing.

Joe, 43, had also been accused of failure to file tax returns from 2004 through 2008, a period when he allegedly earned nearly $1 million.

The plea deal will not keep Joe, who’s not a U.S. citizen but from Italy, from being deported.

After conviction, U.S. immigration officials get to decide if they want to proceed with sending him back to Italy.

The news comes as a surprise since at the time of the indictment, Henry Klingeman, an attorney for Teresa Guidice, 41, said in a statement to ABC News that she planned to plead not guilty.

When reached Friday afternoon, Klingeman declined to comment.

PSEG Prices on the Rise

PSEG LONG ISLAND CUSTOMERS CAN EXPECT AN INCREASE IN THEIR BILLS THIS MONTH. IT WILL BE THE 6TH STRAIGHT MONTH THE POWER SUPPLY CHARGE WILL RISE. OFFICIALS SAID THAT CHARGE WILL INCREASE A LITTLE OVER 6 PERCENT, MAKING IT THE HIGHEST LEVEL YET, AND EQUATES TO AN EXTRA $5.50 TO THE BILL. OFFICIALS BLAME THE COLD WEATHER, RISING NATURAL GAS PRICES FOR THE INCREASE. 

Smithtown Real Estate Investor Facing Child Pornography Charges

OFFICIALS DETERMINED THEY’VE LOCATED HIDDEN CAMERAS IN THE HOME OF SMITHTOWN REAL ESTATE INVESTOR, 47 YEAR OLD JOSEPH VALERIO, NOW FACING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES. FBI AGENTS FOUND THE CAMERAS HIDDEN IN THE CEILING, AND EVEN A WALL CLOCK DURING A RECENT SEARCH OF HIS HOME. VALERIO IS ACCUSED OF TAKING PORNOGRAPHIC PICTURES OF A 6 YEAR OLD SMITHTOWN GIRL IN HIS BASEMENT. OFFICIALS SAID THERE IS ALSO A SERPARATE CASE IN WHICH VALERIO IS ACCUSED OF HAVING A FORMER GIRLFRIEND IN UKRAINE SEND HIM PORNOGRAPHIC PICTURES OF HER 3 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER.  VALERIO IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BAIL.

TESTIMONY OF CONVICTED PHARMACY KILLER DAVID LAFFER USED IN GREAT NECK CASE

THE TESTIMONY OF CONVICTED PHARMACY KILLER DAVID LAFFER AND HIS WIFE MELINDA BRADY WILL BE USED BY FEDERAL PROSECUTORS IN THE CASE AGAINST A GREAT NECK DOCTOR CHARGED ILLEGALLY WITH DISTRIBUTING LARGE AMOUNTS OF OXYCODONE AND OTHER PAIN KILLERS. OFFICIALS SAID THE TRIAL OF DR ERIC JACOBSON WAS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN MID  MARCH, BUT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO NEW EVIDENCE COMING IN. JACOBSON HAS BEEN HELD WITHOUT BAIL SINCE JUNE OF 2012. IF CONVICTED HE FACE 20 YEARS ON EACH COUNT WHICH CURRENTLY IS 261 COUNTS AGAINST HIM FOR ILLEGALLY SELLING THE PILLS.