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london-bound. a uc berkeley student plans to participate in one of the world's most famous running events. how he won the chance to carry the olympic torch. seeing green. america's biggest golf tournament comes to the bay area and that is welcome news for fans and business owners. a live report from san francisco with word on who will be teeing off first -- he went to stanford. if you thought it was hot today, wait for tomorrow. your complete forecast, including fire warnings in effect for much of the bay area.
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good evening, i'm diane dwyer. we begin with some bay area businesses hoping for a boost this week. thanks to a golf tournament and a guy named tiger woods. the u.s. open starts tomorrow with practice rounds. hundreds of thousands of golf fans are expected to attend throughout the week. and nbc bay area's monty francis is in daly city near the olympic club with more for us. >> reporter: the conservative estimate is the bay area will benefit to the tune of $100 million, and that should mean big business for merchants in daly city. this is not your typical sunday evening at the boulevard cafe in daly city's west lake area where the manager says she's already seen an increase in business thanks to the u.s. open. with media and some golf fans coming into town. >> i think that, you know, coming into town, it's going to be great for daly city. we've upped staff because we're
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planning on a crazy, crazy schedule. >> reporter: 45,000 golf fans are expected to drive down john daily boulevard each day of the championship which starts to practice rounds tomorrow with play beginning on thursday. daly city councilman david canapa says it means revenue for businesses. historically it's able to generate north of $160 million. in montgomery county they were able to do that, as well as san diego. i would say in the bay area, probably $100 million. >> reporter: tiger woods is scheduled to tee off in the first practice round at 7:00 a.m. with a former teammate and current player from stanford. woods and phil mickelson are both draws for the 230,000 expected to come to the olympic club this week which last hosted the u.s. open in 1998. and commuters are sure to feel the impact. all except one southbound lane of skyline boulevard will be closed from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00
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p.m. monday through sunday. traffic is expectedo t be slow in several otsp highlighted here, especially on i-380 between i-280 and 101. those attending the u.s. open are being told to park at candlestick park and take a free shuttle to the golf course. bart riders can do the same from the colma bart station. >> if you're trying to giant parking in daly city or neighboring areas, it's not going to happen. take public transportation. >> reporter: signs are up warning people not to park in daly city. parking restrictions will be strictly enforced.aya a breh nbs waen ith er hn on andols also out n more information on the week-long event. the weather should be chamber of commerce perfect. for much of the u.s. open. let's bring in meteorologist rob mayeda. it's going to be hot in much of
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the bay area. >> it's good this weather is going to be around for the practice rounds tomorrow. the hottest day of the week rolling in. you mightya think it's warm now. still 71 in san jose after 11:00. 70 in livermore and concord. the winds breezy in the hilltops. you're not seeing much of it down there at ground level. look what's happening with humidity numbers, especially in concord and livermore. you can see in the 20s and 30%, still dry in east bay hills. that's why into tomorrow morning we're talking the north bay and east bay hilltops, red flag warnings through at least 8:00 tomorrow morning. as we go through the afternoon, you'll be surprised by how quickly our temperatures warm up. we'll start close to 70 for morning temps in san jose. as early as lunchtime, we're at upper 80s in the east bay. soaring well into the 90s tomorrow. we'll talk more about a real taste of summer showing up in your seven-day forecast coming up. state fire officials have issued a warning to be on high
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alert. it was hot today and as rob mentioned it's supposed to get hotter. add to that wind and this is shaping up to be an early fire season around much of the bay area. several fires broke out around the bay area this weekend, including this one near a freeway in the south bay. state fire officials say they have already responded to more than 1,600 wildfires this year across the state. that is twice last year's total at this time and it tops the state's five-year average for this time of year as well. on top of that, california had an unseasonably dry winter. >> we have had an extraordinary number of calls over the last six to eight months. a lot of that has to do with the fact that our fire season really from 2011 really extended well into 2012. and other than a respite in the months of march and april, we've pretty much been watching the weather and seeing a lot of the fire season conditions throughout the wintertime. >> of course, typically the busiest season for wildfires in the bay area doesn't come until
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late summer and early fall. a 57-year-old woman is recovering tonight after being shot in the throat while simply driving on the freeway in the east bay. the shooting happened while the woman was driving i-80 near the morning.drive exit 1:30 this the woman heard a loud popping sound and realized her throat was bleeding. police say she was able to drive herself to the hospital where she is in stable condition tonight. the woman says there were two cars behind her around the time of the shooting but she's unsure if either was involved. police say they are investigating but they don't have much information at the moment. in the south bay, funeral services are scheduled for tomorrow for a high school student who was killed while visiting his grandmother in oregon. 16-year-old nick juarez finished his sophomore year. last monday, police say his uncle used a hunting rifle to shoot the teenager and his grandmother, who also died.
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it happened in the driveway of her home near portland. police say the 41-year-old manifested the shootings. no word yet on motive. in sacramento, we're learning new information tonight about a home invasion that left four people dead and another in critical condition. police now say the alleged gunman was one of the people killed and that they do not believe the shooting was random. nbc's mallory hoff has more. >> reporter: sacramento police say an armed man invaded a home on 18th street in south sacramento saturday night. he shot a husband and wife in their 50s who lived there and two men who were visiting them. one of the guests is in critical condition, the other three people were killed. moments after the shootings, a resident who heard the shots from another part of the home approached the suspect. >> there was gunfire exchanged between the two of them and the suspect is now deceased. >> reporter: police say they are still working to determine a motive. >> as far as if this is possible robbery, we're looking into
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everything. but we have pretty much realized this doesn't look like a random act. we're investigating and what we do for investigation, of course, is we look for other witnesses, we knock on doors, we see if anybody heard anything, called police, seen anything in the neighborhood. >> again, that was mallory hoff reporting from sacramento. police say there were no signs of forced entry into that home which leads them to believe the residents likely knew their killer. is the new tower of the new span of the bay bridge safe? news executives at "the sacramento bee" say they have proof there are defects in the construction and cal trans officials say they have proof that the newspaper is wrong and are demanding "the sacramento bee" retract the story. the paper reported two weeks ago it found reports of a defect in the foundation of the tower. cal trans officials say that's simply not true and that every part of the span's foundation passed three rigorous safety tests and "every aspect of the bridge has been tested, checked,
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and rechecked multiple times." in response, "the bee" executive editor said cal trans has not been specific with its objections to the story and has refused to talk to the paper on the record, so as of now they're standing by the report. apple's annual conference starts tomorrow in san francisco and banners outside the moscone center where the conference gets under way tomorrow are advertising a new operating system for apple. this is video of last year's conference. this year apple's ceo tom cook is expected to take the late steve jobs' place in unveiling software and mac computer updates. many are anxious to learn about features and when it will be released. also some people are speculating that there could be some announcements with new facebook functions and perhaps new information when apple will deliver that full-blown tv set as well. the new iphone is not expected to come out until the fall. the life of steve jobs is
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about to be recreated in the very place he created apple. the los altos garage where the company was founded. filming is due to start tomorrow in that garage and ashton kutcher landed the starring role. the film will feature jobs' life from 1971 to 2000 when jobs became ceo of apple the second time. the apple co-founder died of pan creator cancer last october and there is no word on when that film will be in theaters. a uc berkeley student whose dreams of competing in the olympics were crushed at an early age is now heading to london to be part of the games. but in a much different capacity. nbc bay area's kimberly terry has more from fremont. >> growing up, that was to ntially my dream is become an olympic gymnast. and i actually injured myself, chipped a bone in my elbow. from then on, it was my dream was crushed. >> reporter: down but not out. nia used the extra time he had to spend with family, including
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his grandmother who pushed him to explore other interests, mainly public service. now, seven years later, it's that sense of giving back that provided the 19-year-old with opportunity to carry the olympic torch. next month near oxford, england. >> by giving to others, i've also received so much happiness returned to me. the happiness i got from gymnastics is something i've been able to get in community service now. so by doing that, i've learn sod much more about myself, found new passions. it's something that keeps me going. >> reporter: he's one of 22 inspiring americans coca-cola chose to be part of the ceremony. >> it's something that i can't believe i'm doing. this is a picture of me at graduation. >> reporter: the valedictorian for his graduating class helped create two nonprofit organizations. one that teaching senior citizens internet skills, another that provides school supplies to low-income students. >> it's finding your passions and giving back to others. that's what i strive for and hope to do when i get older as
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well. >> reporter: the uc berkeley student is double majoring in business and computer science, hoping to open a socially minded business. he still dreams sometimes of being able to compete in the sport he once lived for. >> i still miss it. but i think everything happens for a reason. i'm very grateful to be doing something i love still. >> reporter: especially knowing that it is what led him to the same path toward the olympics. >> chem bearly terry reporting. the countdown continues. there are 46 days until the olympic summer games. and of course, you can catch all the action right here on nbc bay area. you can get complete information about the olympics on our website. nbcbayarea.com. coming up at 11:00, shots ring out at a pool party near a university in alabama, and tonight, three people are dead, including two former football players. 50 years after the great escape from alcatraz, a sister of two of the notorious inmates
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claims they are still alive. she plans to visit the rock tomorrow to collect their belongings. you do feel betrayed. there's been a close relationship built up over the years. >> taking aim at the fbi and the coast guard. an investigative unit follow-up. why members of congress are blaming the agencies for changing the law to make it easier for the cruise industry to underreport crimes at. these sweet honey clustery things have fiber?
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happens on cruise ships. critics say last-minute language changes to that bill did the opposite. tonight, we are learning the fbi and coast guard may have been behind it. representative doris matsui and senator john kerry sponsored the bill requiring cruise liners report all crimes to the fbi. in turn, the agency makes those statistics public on the u.s. coast guard website. last-minute language altered the bill so that only crimes no longer under investigation by the fbi would be reported in the public database. in a memo we obtained kerry's own office acknowledges for the first time publicly that the bill was changed at the request of the fbi and the u.s. coast guard. in part it reads, the agencies feared reporting on pending cases could impact ongoing investigations. and endanger lives and efforts to bring criminals to justice. ken carver from the
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international cruise victims association spent months trying to figure out how the bill was altered. his daughter disappeared on a cruise ship in 2004. he's disappointed to find out the very agencies he's been working with to make crime statistics more transparent may be to blame for the alteration. >> you do feel betrayed. there's been a close relationship built up over the years between the coast guard, fbi, and cruise lines. why did they want to change it so that, instead of working to protect the u.s. citizens, it protected the cruise line industry? and i really feel that there's been a close relationship, sorry to say, between these organizations. >> it's unclear when kerry or matsui learned the agencies may have been responsible for the legislative changes. kerry's office says it is seeking stronger legislation. we reached out to the fbi and the coast guard. no one responded in time for our report.
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>> if you have a tip for our investigative unit, call 888-996-tips. or e-mail theunit@nbcbayarea.com. tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the escape from alcatraz. but what happened to the three inmates after they made it over the prison walls still remains a mystery. now the sister of two of those inmates says she plans to go to the island on the anniversary tomorrow to set the record straight about their fate and get back some of her brothers' belongings. june 11th, 1962, brothers clarence and john anglchlt lan escaped from alcatraz along with frank morris. a raft made of rubber rain coats was found near angel island but the fugitives were never found. they insist the three men drowned but a sister of clarence and john says she knows they made it out and she insists they are still alive today.
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she says she hopesing to get some of her brothers' personal items which are still on display in the alcatraz museum. the brothers were imprisoned for robbing a bank. >> the only reason they put them in alcatraz was because they could not keep them anywhere else they put them. they kept getting away, getting away. >> if they survived and are still alive, all three men would be in their 80s now. authorities in alabama are searching for a suspect and many people at one university are grieving. three people including two former football players were killed in a shooting last night at an off-campus party. >> reporter: a gunman opened fire during a fight at a party held at an off-campus apartment complex near auburn university on saturday night. >> it happened so quick. >> reporter: three killed in the shooting, including two former auburn university players. edward christian and ladarius phillips. three more were injured in the
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gunfire, one of whom is a current football player for the university. >> just a very sad time for the auburn community, auburn university, auburn university athletic department. >> reporter: head coach gene chizik released a statement saying in part, my thoughts and prayers are with their families and all of the victims involved in this tragic incident. >> it's -- not only university students and athletes, but it's -- it's young people. it's six young people that have been shot. >> reporter: authorities are hunting for the suspect. desmonti leonard, charged with capital murder and considered armed and extremely dangerous. >> we won't rest until he is located. >> reporter: as the search for the suspect continues. >> i don't know what i'm going to do. know what i'm saying? i grew up with them. >> reporter: as victims' friends and an entire community search
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for reasons why. kirk gregory, nbc news. thousands of people were forced from their homes tonight as a wildfire in northern colorado continues to burn out of control. the fire is burning 15 miles north of ft. collins, colorado. it has burned 20,000 acres and growing with 0% containment. for comparison, that's two-thirds the size of san francisco that has burned so far. authorities say the fire has damaged or destroyed at least 18 homes and buildings since it started on saturday. more than 200 firefighters are battling the fire on the ground with support from helicopters and air tankers. so far, officials say they've ordered the evacuation of more than 2,000 people. right now, let's check in with meteorologist rob mayeda on the weather here and the hot streak. >> it really got started this weekend. many places, not just inland valleys but even down to santa cruz, we saw temperatures close to 90 degrees. a quick look back at some of the highs. 91 livermore. 90 san jose.
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91 los gatos. look at santa cruise. 89. it had to do with the wind flow pattern over the bay area today. wind, as it sinks in elevation the air compresses and dries out and it warms up. halfway down to sea level, 80 degrees. down to sea level, the air dwrid out even more, you're looking at some upper 80s there as that air continues to warm up all the way down to the seashore. now, at night temperatures also still pretty warm in the hilltops. 60s and 70s outside right now. in fact, take a look at san jose, look at the numbers. 71 right now there in the south bay. 70 in concord and livermore. we'll continue to see drier, warmer air mixing down to sea level overnight which means temperatures are going to stay up. wind speeds have backed off a bit. right after sunrise tomorrow, north and east bay hilltops will see winds pick up. humidity levels should drop off enough to keep the red flag warning through the north and east bay hills. high pressure remains in control
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of weather, the reason why temperatures will warm up tomorrow. we're going to get a running start to the temperatures some places in the 60s to near 70 degree temperatures overnight. no sign of the ocean air conditioning. no low clouds on the east. even by this time tomorrow night, we need to see low clouds come back before we talk about a cool-down. starting tuesday, we should see cooler temperatures arrive. it will probably take another day before low clouds sweep back into the bay and lead to mid-week cooling. a hot day tomorrow for most of the bay area. areas southf san jose likely getting into the mid 90s tomorrow. look at the numbers around pleasanton and livermore. likely the hottest day of the year so far. you'll see mid to upper 90s around the tri-valley. san francisco getting to 80. the sea breeze should cool things off. the three-day forecast, inland spots still a little toasty into tuesday. sea breeze cools us off. u.s. open weather looks fine. patchy low clouds for the
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morning. in time for next weekend, warming up. near 90. nice and comfortable. 60s and 70s on the coast. the bay area's going to look picture perfect for u.s. open weather this week. >> everybody loves you right now. coming up, the growing fallout from six little words president obama said on friday. how the gop put those words in the spotlight in two new ads. starting tomorrow, a new bus line in san francisco that could ease congestion south of market. good morning! wow.
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san francisco's transportation agency is adding a new muni bus route to the south of market neighborhood starting tomorrow. the 83x mid-market express bus is designed to connect muni, bart and train stations running from cal train station at 14th king street to the civic bart station on market street. the new line runs only during peak commute hours from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., then 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. monday through friday. what's going on, scott reiss? >> a lot of baseball on this
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sunday. the a's looking for answers in the arizona desert, on the verge of being swept by the d'backs. plus more hard times for timmy at at&t. how the two-time cy young winner came unglued once again. ♪
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scott reiss back in the comcast sportsnet news room. heading into this weekend the giants were one of two teams in baseball not to be shut out all season. then it happened friday. would you believe it happened again today. rubber match of the three-game set with the rangers. tim lincecum hadn't won since april 28th, and his struggles continued. top four, already 1-0 texas. ian kinsler with the bases-loaded double, make it 3-0. top six. josh hamilton stroking it.
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robby ross, sin ka sum 5 2/3, 9 hits, 5 earned. giants go down 5-0 and they are now 2-11 in lincecum starts this season. >> i'm not trying to make any drastic changes. you know, i mean, i haven't done any drastically different in between my starts any other years. so like i said, i'm just trying, to you know, grind it out. you know, find a way out of this hole. >> he's doing everything he can. that's all he can do is go out there, give it his best. he's doing that. you know, you stay behind these guys. it's easy to like everybody when things are going great, but this kid's special. you know, he'll -- he's going to figure this out. a's trying to avoid being swept out of phoenix. top four, 3-1 d'backs. donald sock with a knock, play at the plate.
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brandon inge. successfully dislodges the baseball from henry blanco's glove, 3-2. bottom five, jason kubel. singles home chris young. do you believe, seven rbi in the series. diamondbacks finish off the sweep 4-3. college baseball. super regional in tallahassee. stanford/florida state. sherman johnson, three-run shot, 6-0 seminoles. it was 10-2. cardinal cut it to 10-6. then the wheels surely came off in the eighth. seth miller, a grand slam. how about 18-7, florida state on to the college world series, stanford's season is over. final tune-up for the u.s. open in san francisco. this the st. jude classic in memphis. dustin johnson had the flat stick working all day long. the birdie on 17. and then taps in for par on 18 to cap off a 4 under 66 sunday and his sixth career title. and of course the u.s. open does
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start this thursday. all four rounds on nbc bay area. complete coverage every night at 6:00 and 10:30 on "sportsnet central." "chronicle live" from the course wednesday. a big week for golf on the bay area. french open final, rafael nadal and djokovic postponed by weather. be up 4:00 a.m. to see the conclusion of that match on the nbc sports network. >> we should just stay up rather than going to bed and getting back up again. >> that's a fair point. thanks for watching nbc bay area news. we have more news straight ahead, including the six words president obama said last week that republicans are getting a whole lot of mileage out of on the campaign trail. plus, giant slimy snails washing ashore south of the bay area. their unusual appearance is keeping marine biologists busy. we're talking about it. the calm before the golf storm.
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the u.s. open begins tomorrow in the bay area. ten we return, the bige neg mod y.e s g money headed thi was
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welcome back. i'm diane dwyer. the u.s. open starts tomorrow with practice rounds at the olympic club in san francisco. many nearby businesses and cities are hoping for an economic boost thanks in part to a guy named tiger woods. as nbc bay area's monty francis reports, hundreds of thousands of golf fans are expected to descend on the olympic club throughout the week. >> reporter: the conservative estimate is that the bay area will benefit to the tune of $100 million. that should mean big business
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for merchants here in daly city. this is not your typical sunday evening at the boulevard cafe in daly city's west lake area. where the manager says she's already seen an increase in business thanks to the u.s. open. with media and some golf fans coming into town. >> i think that, you know, coming into town, it's going to be great for daly city. we've upped staff because we're planning on a crazy, crazy schedule. >> reporter: 45,000 golf fans are expected to drive down john daly boulevard each day of the championship, which starts with practice rounds tomorrow with play beginning on thursday. daly city councilman david canapa says it means revenue for businesses. >> historically what the u.s. open has shown is it's able to generate north of $160 million. in montgomery county they were able to do that, as well as san diego. i would say in the bay area, probably $100 million.
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>> reporter: tiger woods is scheduled to tee off in the first practice round at 7:00 a.m. with a former teammate and current player from stanford. woods and phil mickelson are both draws for the 230,000 expected to come to the olympic club this week which last hosted the u.s. open in 1998. and commuters are sure to feel the impact. all except one southbound lane of skyline boulevard will be closed from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. monday through sunday. traffic is expected to be slow in several spots, highlighted here, especially on i-380 between i-280 and 101. those attending the u.s. open are being told to park at candlestick park and take a free shuttle to the golf course. bart riders can do the same from the colma bart station. >> if you're trying to find parking in daly city or neighboring areas, it's not going to happen. take public transportation. >> reporter: signs are up warning people not to park in
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daly city. and we're told that those parking restrictions will be strictly enforced. monty francis, nbc bay area wita>>bcthy n a b ng coverage of the u.s. r ree n open. at the olympic club. outch it here on nndbco a als k cbecnbeat ar fayom.c moorrema ekre information on e th -long event. state fire officials have issued a warning to be on high alert. it was very hot today and it's supposed to get hotter. add the wind and this is shaping up to be an early fire season around the bay area. several fires broke out around the bay area this weekend, including this one near a freeway in the south bay. state fire officials have already responded to more than 1,600 wildfires this year across the state. that's twice last year's total at this time and it tops the state's five-year average for this time of year as well. top of that, california had an unseasonably dry winter. >> we have had an extraordinary
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number of calls over the last six to eight months. a lot of that has to do with the fact that our fire season really from 2011 really extended well into 2012. and other than a respite in the months of march and april, we've pretty much been watching the wedder and kind of seeing a lot of the fire season conditions throughout the wintertime. >> of course, typically the busiest season for wildfires in the bay area doesn't come until late summer and fall. cal tran cal trans called a report? "the bee" false having to do with a new span in the bay bridge, specifically a construction of the main tower. the paper reported it found records of a defect in the foundation of that tower. cal trans officials say that is simply not true. and that every part of the span's foundation passed three rigorous safety tests and "every aspect of the bridge has been
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tested, checked and rechecked multiple times." in response, "the bee" says cal trans had not been specific with its objections to the story and has refused to talk to the paper on the record, so as of now they're standing by its story. apple's annual conference starts tomorrow in san francisco and banners outside the moscone center where the conference gets under way tomorrow are advertising a new operating system for apple. this is video of last year's conference. this year apple's ceo tom cook is expected to take the late steve jobs' place in unveiling new iphone software and mac computer updates. the new operating system isn't much of a surprise. many are anxious to learn about features and when it will be released. also some people are speculating that there could be some announcements with new facebook functions and perhaps new information when apple will deliver that full-blown tv set as well. the new iphone is not expected to come out until the fall.
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still to come, they typically hide in the ocean, rarely popping up along the shore. but that's exactly what these unusual creatures have done just south of the bay area. and it's caught the attention of marine biologists. check it out. that story coming up. an olympic dream come true. an injury forced him to quit gymnastics. this uc berkeley student gets to participate in the games in london this summer g we mom? hmm?
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a uc berkeley student whose dreams of competing in the olympics were crushed at an early age is heading to london to be part of the games but in a much different capacity. kimberly terry has more on his story. >> reporter: while it deterred him for a while, it returned him to an original goal, geing to the olympics. >> that was my dream, to become an olympic gymnast. and i actually injured myself, chipped a bone in my elbow. from then on, it was my dream was crushed. >> reporter: down but not out. nia used the extra time he had to spend with family, including his grandmother who pushed him to explore other interests, mainly public service. now, seven years later, it's that sense of giving back that provided the 19-year-old with opportunity to carry the olympic torch. next month near oxford, england. >> by giving to others, i've also received so much happiness returned to me. the happiness i got from gymnastics is something i've
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been able to get in community service now. by doing that, i've learned so much more about myself, i've found new passions. it's something that keeps me going. >> reporter: he's one of 22 inspiring americans coca-cola chose to be part of the ceremony. >> it's something that i can't believe i'm doing. this is a picture of me at graduation. >> reporter: the valedictorian for his graduating class helped create two nonprofit organizations. one that teaches senior citizens internet skills, another that provides school supplies to low-income students. >> it's finding your passions and giving back to others. that's what i strive for and hope to do when i get older as well. >> reporter: the uc berkeley student is double majoring in business and computer science, hoping to open a socially minded business. he still dreams sometimes of being able to compete in the sport he once lived for. >> i still miss it. but i think everything happens for a reason. i'm very grateful to be doing something i love still. >> reporter: especially knowing
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that it is what led him to the same path toward the olympics. he'll be representing the u.s. olympic team as a torch bearer exactly one month from tomorrow. in fremont, kimberly terry, nbc bay area news. coming up next at 11:00, days after the president said "the private sector is doing fine," the white house is downplaying his remarks while republicans are playing them up. we'll have the latest on the race for the white house. we're approaching midnight and temperatures in parts of the bay area still near 70 outside. those aren't typos by the tri-valley or san jose, 71 right now. wind is relatively light but enough wind in the hills to keep a red flag warning into the start of the work week.
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in the presidential
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campaign, mitt romney is getting a lot of mileage out of a comment made by president obama on friday. the gop released two ads attacking the president for saying, the private sector is doing fine. today as nbc bay area's brian moore reports, even the president's supporters tried to distance themselves a bit from that comment. >> reporter: it's safe to say these are six words president obama would like to take back. >> the private sector is doing fine. >> reporter: you can bet those are six words mitt romney and the republicans will not let him forget. >> we've seen layoffs, cut-backs. >> it's all said and done, i'm making $200 a month. >> i've been looking for a job for two years, haven't found anything. >> reporter: hours after his remarks at a friday news conference, president obama tried to clarify himself. >> the economy's not doing fine. there are too many people out of work. >> reporter: and two days later his campaign is still struggling to say what the president meant. >> is the private sector doing
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fine? >> the private sector, we need to accelerate job creation in the private sector. the president called the press conference to say that, because of the storm clouds that are rolling in from europe and elsewhere, we need to undergird our economy. >> reporter: coming days after a weak jobs report and an uptick in unemployment it was a seismic-level gaffe. it won't play well with middle class americans and it could hurt him in swing states like florida, north carolina, and nevada, where unemployment is worse than the national average of 8.2%. brian moore, nbc news, washington. it's a downward trend that most people in the bay area are probably pretty happy about. gas prices are going down. nationwide the average price of a gallon of regular has dropped 16 cents over the past three weeks. it's currently at $3.62 a gallon. as always, prices in the bay area are much higher than the national average. but they too are falling a little bit. in san francisco, a gallon of
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regular gas costs $4.25 on average. that is 5 cents less than a month ago. san jose, the average is $15.15. in oakland, a gallon is going for about $fa4.16, down from a although ago. lower crude prices are a reason for the drop. for the first time in a long time, san francisco does not have the highest prices in the continental united states. that honor goes to bellingham, washington, at $4.31 a gallon. let's check in with rob mayeda on the weather and the work week ahead, and it's going to be hot. >> it is. we're going to see a real taste of summer for you. tomorrow it will be a warmer start to the day, vaulting into the 80s and upper 90s in parts of the bay area tomorrow. right now 71 in san jose. just checked pleasanton. it is 75 degrees there. also 75 degrees atop mt. diablo with breezy conditions out of the north mixing in warmer,
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drier air higher in the hilltops. not much wind at sea level but it's the hills that have the breezes going. humidity levels very low for this time of night. as the sun goes down, temperatures usually cool towards the dew point toward sunrise. 30% relative humidity in the east bay hills. still the air quite dry around the bay area tonight. red flag warning will continue at least until tomorrow morning for the north and east bay hills. it's going to be a mild start to the morning. you may not need a jacket in the santa clara valley tomorrow. close to 70 tomorrow morning. monday and tuesday the two hottest days. monday likely the hottest then trending cooler toward the middle part of the week. here again, red flag warning up through at least 8:00 tomorrow morning. all of this depends on the winds. if the winds continue to stay gusty overnight, this is going to act a little bit like a hair dryer to hilltops. if the winds stay up into tomorrow afternoon, you may see red flag warnings extended later into the day monday. high pressure the main player in our weather.
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storm track to the north. this high should weaken by the time we get to tuesday which will allow more of a sea breeze to cool us off. look at the 90s across the board. pleasanton toward livermore, fairfield into the delta, mid to upper 90s tomorrow. 90s across wine country. san francisco probably getting some 80s before the sea breeze picks up and we cool off for the afternoon. two days at least of 90-degree temperatures inland. wednesday and thursday, the ocean air conditioning comes back, that will be a pleasant change. as we head towards next weekend, winds again picking up offshore. looks like we could see 90s coming on back. but right now the weather looks fine for the u.s. open and all the faerls day plans heading toward next week. >> it's going nice on the coast for the weekend. still ahead, a sea creature that usually stays below the surface has emerged south of the bay area. why marine biologists are so fascinated by it. [ male announcer ] it would be easy for u.s. olympian meb keflezighi
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just north of monterey, some curious creatures are keeping marine biologists busy. a large number of slimy and strange-looking sea creatures are popping up along the shore, and tom miller from our sister station in monterey had the chance to get a good look at them. >> reporter: with some of the lowest tides of the year, things are noticely different on the water. the usual sea life and its admirers are still here but so is this. >> isn't that gigantic? that's a snail. >> reporter: the sea hare is making a rare appearance. >> look at the size of that. that's a gastropod, part of the
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mollusk family but doesn't have a shell. >> reporter: this eel grass has been expanding in the slew and with it come the sea hares. it's allowing researchers to study them in areas they haven't been seen before. typically the grass isn't showing but with exceptionally low tides the sea hares are exposed. it's the first time ron abby has seen them here. are these some of the biggest you've seen? >> yes, certainly the biggest i've ever seen. >> reporter: how big? we got out the tape measure. 27 inches. that's a big snail. >> that's a big snail. >> reporter: this one is just 3 inches short of the largest sea hare ever measured. they don't always love being handled. when ron spooked it, it shot out purple ink. >> that's an alarm reaction the same as an octopus does. what they do when they get alarmed or scared, they shoot out that ink. >> reporter: so ron put it back into its natural habitat where the previously hidden and
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unusual sea creature will live out its life, likely never to be seen again. >> wow. >> all right. he got up close and personal with those giant snails rr wh s. what a weird concept. >> three-foot snail with purple ink, weird concept. tomorrow the hottest day of the week inland. 90s tuesday. then the sea breeze will cool things off as the u.s. open, tomorrow morning in the bay area. >> a lot of stuff going on. thanks for watching nbc bay area news. graduate, now that your journey begins,
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