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>> it came like a freight train. it was not leaping, it was bounding from place to place. fears still growing right now as communities are reduced to rubble and ash from the vicious valley fire. thousands forced from their homes wondering if they'll have anything to return to. more about the search for the answers in the town of middleton, coming up. plus, we're learning about the elderly, disabled woman trapped in the flames while others are still missing this morning. "today in the bay" starts right now. and a very good tuesday morning to you. thanks so much for joining us. i'm laura garcia-cannon.
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>> i'm scott mcgrew in for sam brock. >> here's kari hall. >> we do have some clouds over the bay area and milder temperatures as we start out in the 50s and low 60s and also going to have a gusty wind as we go into the day and that may cause more problems for that wildfire at 63 degrees in livermore and san francisco and 57 degrees. a look at microclimate. we're still in the 60s and 70s all across the bay area, but a lot more sun than we had yesterday after the morning clouds clear, it will be sunny, windy and staying mild. i'll talk more about that and what to expect as we go into the forecast in the next few days. let's check now on the commute with mike. >> we'll start at the bay bridge where we have cash lanes on either side of the fastrak section. over on the san francisco side, we heard about a fender bender. at least a car there that has
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bump under to the shoulder and maybe retaining wall there. but we're also looking for the driver. getting that car out of the roadway completely. we'll talk about another crash over in the north bay coming up. back to you. now for the latest developments in the valley fire. the wall of flames is keeping several communities under siege this morning as firefighters struggle to gain the upper hand in lake sonoma and napa county. the fire to 62,000 acres and only 10% contained. nearly 600 homes have bipartiee swallowed by the flames. thousands of people are reeling from this devastating fire, some losing everything while others still don't know if they even have a home to come back to. so far only a few got a chance to look through their homes now reduced to ashes. l.j. and his two best friends sifted through the charred remains of his grandmother's house. >> hoping to find birth
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certificate and social security cards, but it was just the charred remains of it. >> fire officials say for safety reasons they're not sure when they'll let groups of people back into the area to see if their homes are even still standing. of course, homes and belongings not the only thing destroyed in the valley fire. 72-year-old barbara mcwilliams died when her home went up in flames saturday. she had severe multiple slurosis and no way to escape. she moved to middleton less than a year ago and fell in love with the community. her caregiver said she didn't know how bad the fire was until it was too late. >> it makes me feel so horrible that she had to go like that. no one should have to go like that. i am so sorry, so, so sorry that she didn't make it. i wish she knew how hard i tried. >> she tried calling mcwilliams and e-mailed her, as well. the first responders did not
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have enough time to save her. >> tragedy there. the raging fire just leaving landmarks unrecognizable. these photos are circulating online showing the main building in harbin hot springs resort. right now it is closed indefinitely but employees hope they can rebuild once this is all over. >> the current custodians of this land will come back and giving us a space that all 170 of us can come back together and find a way to rebuild. >> the company posted a message on the resort's website said despite this emotional time while they are confident harbin hot springs can move forward. this wildfire isn't just causing a financial burden to the communities, governor brown made it clear that he is doing
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whatever he can but made a stern warning about the long-term challenges we would all face. >> the temperatures going up and that then when combined with years of drought means that the conditions are worse. they're drier. therefore, these fires are acting more aggressively and more unpredictable. we have to do something about it. >> governor brown wants california leaders to take the nish to do something about climate change or warn that fire seasons will only get worse. with 12 other wildfires burning across, firefighters are stretched thin. 11,000 on the front lines and this wildfire season already proving to be historic. cal fire has responded to 6,000 wildfires. that is about 1,500 more than this time last year. we do have extensive coverage of the valley fire on the front page of our website. click more on the red banner at
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the top. there you'll see the latest stories and numbers. we're constantly updating all of our digital platforms including our free nbc bay area map. they're also on facebook and twitter. the winds are pushing the fire or the smoke around for hundreds of miles. let's check in with kari hall. what about today? >> another shift in the wind today. yesterday was southerly and more of a west, northwesterly. the erratic wind pattern makes it worse for the areas trying to get some good air quality and for those crews trying to figure out which direction this fire will go. and into the next couple of days, we will still see the winds changing as we get more active weather moving in and the gusts at 15 to 30 miles an hour. we'll keep an eye on this and a chance of rain tomorrow. i'll talk more about that coming up. let's check in now with mike. >> whatever backup we had and minor backup at the bay bridge all clear and look at your maps over in san francisco over there in fremont. the off ramp there.
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the car still reported off the shoulder just off the off ramp and reminder dream force over in effect and howard is closed right past that scene. right here eastbound highway and one lane blocked and slowing which may have just changed and the crash in veheigh-ho. changes coming to a peninsula city you need to know abouttop. happening today: ==scott/topvo==
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big changes are taking shape in palo alto... after months of delay -- a b..king permit program is set to happening today big changes taking place in palo alto after months of delay a parking permit program is set to begin. will it make it easier to park in the downtown area. >> kris sanchez in palo alto with more on what we can all expect. good morning. >> good morning. a lot of communities are wondering the same thing you are whether or not this program will work to get the people more parking spots. those folks who live and work in downtown palo alto. this has been in the works for a while but today is officially day one of that program. now, for a while we've been reporting on the fact that the people who live around here work in the downtown area say that the streets are taking over by
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cal train and stanford commuters who park for free and take up the parking signs all day. new signs designate two-hour parking for anyone with a residential, preferential program permit. for the last month folks have been getting warning physical they start longer than two hours and today they can expect to get tickets. residents can get up to four permits to park in their neighborhood and a visitor permit for 25 bucks. downtown employees can buy an rpp, as it's called, for $233. they can pay less if they are lower income. the best rule of thumb is, if you are coming to palo alto and you're not used to it, look for the parking signs. trust me, you'll see them. 800 around the area and lincoln and embarembarcadero. if you apply for a permit, you can apply on the city's website or apply online with the city.
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>> is, thanks. coming up, pop quiz time. how americans are when it comes to common science questions. time to hit the books.
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i don't know about you, but i'm glad i didn't wash the car yesterday. >> what a mess. >> i liked it. it was good and refreshing. >> you can feel the fall. >> yeah. you know, some people were just like, it didn't rain. what are you talking about? maybe you'll get it tomorrow
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because we will have another chance heading into the middle of the week and then it starts to heat up, once again. are you ready for that? let's take a live look outside right now as we get a view of the bay bridge. a cloudy start to the day. some of us start out with some of that mist and drizzle. once again, just like we when yesterday morning and then the skies will clear and we'll get a lot of sunshine. it will be a sunny afternoon. 60 degrees now in the north bay and the east bay and 59 degrees in the peninsula. highs today, once again, in the 60s and 70s across the bay area. 74 degrees in the east bay and san francisco today 67 degrees and it will be windy. we will have the winds picking up. a look at the fog on the bay, which will not hang around for long by 8:00 or 9:00, we're seeing mostly clear skies all across the bay. that sunshine will be windy. we'll have some gusty winds combined with that sunshine and then the clouds rolling in, once again, tonight. mostly clear skies as we head into tomorrow. at least starting out.
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and the wind forecast, thiss what you will notice. gusts to0 miles an hour, pecially this afternoon. sustained winds at 10 to 15. at times a little bit higher. by 4:00, we have winds coming in close to 20 miles an hour. once again, it will be with some higher gusts. and in the next 24 hours. we are looking at a chance of rain. mostly cloudy skies this morning, areas of drizzle and then mostly sunny skies throughout the day. tomorrow is when we'll have that chance of rain and some of the models are showing the possibility of maybe some trace amounts, but the farther north you go, some higher amounts of rain and maybe a 0.01 in middletown where that fire continues. great news there. a look at the weekend forecast. it will be getting hot again with some 70s and 80s and then into the low 90s by sunday for the south bay, the east bay, as well as the tri-valley and the north bay. the temperatures will be ramping up. let's get a look at traffic now with mike. >> kari, i turned our dublin camera into a similar shot.
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although we see traffic moving. that's the good news. on the map we saw speed sensors slowing right there at the 580 and 680 crash. two vehicles moved over to the shoulder and there was some slowing as they cleared to t shoulder and now just watching the activity as the chp should arrive soon. not a major concern. eastbound 4 and closed the roadway closed there. sounds like you're getting off one exit early and jumping back on and that's the best i could tell from the chp report. no problems for that bay bridge. back to you. >> thank you, mike. if you've already started your holiday shopping, you're one of millions of americans getting a head start crossing those gifts off their holiday shopping. >> that's impressive. for the rest of the news before the bell landon dowdy, are you done with your shopping? >> i don't start until christmas eve, scott. modest losses on monday.
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if you're hesitant to buy ahead of this week's fed meeting, futers are slightly higher. the fed is beidati debating to interest rates and this meeting or later this year. we get data today on the consumer with the report on retail sales, as well as industrial production or factory output. the dow falling to 16371. the nasdaq moving to 1706. 32 million americans say they have already started their holiday shopping. a new survey by creditcards.com said 4 million checked everything off their list and a quarter of people expect to be done by the end of november. if you're on a budget, you're more likely to take advantage of the layaway programs. you'll like the way you look in a tux. the men's warehouse founder who was ousted from the company last year has a new business venture. online tuxedo rentals. launching generation tux today
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hoping to capitalize on the perennial need for formal wear. 30,000 tuxes available along with tailors to make adjustments and a dry cleaning service. tuxes go $95 or $150 with accessories. also free shipping both ways. scott and laura, back over to you. >> a lot of prom kids, that's good news. to an investigative unit follow up. for eight years they sat in front of grocery stores claiming to collect money for veterans. after the investigative unit confronted the members for making false claims. they pack ed up and left. they took their operation to another shopping center. we first exposed members about lying with county veterans clerk and the office of veteran services. frustrated viewers reached out to us and they wanted to know why solicitors are allowed to keep asking for money if their claims are not true. so, we asked the law professor at santa clara university.
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>> people have a right to lie. there are other ways of controls that kind of misbehavior. but people have the right to lie. >> tonight at 11:00, we'll show you what happened when we spoke with gift about their new set up and the best way you can prevent groups like this from collecting one more cent. if you have a tip for our investigative unit, give them a call 1-888-966-tips or end the sem an e-mail. it is 4:50 and youtube users or anyone posting music video online. the 2007 video shows a baby bouncing to prince's "let's go crazy." music publishers set youtube a take down letter. the baby's mother sued. yesterday san francisco federal court ruled the mother has a case and it can go to trial. the ruling says copyright holders must consider if the amounts to fair use before
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sending a take down notice. man behind google's self-driving project. now ceo of that division. the stanford educated engineer has worked for ford and hyundai. right now president of true car and auto website. starts his new job later this month. mountain-based google continues to test those cars in the bay area, but no official release date when you can get one. speaking of you, when it comes to science most of us are barely making the grade. >> conducted a science quiz sampling more than 3,000 adults random questions, including what does a light year measure and what element is needed to make nuclear energy? >> if it's too early for you and that would be time and uranium. >> be distance. >> the light year. >> that is true.
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>> obviously, a little too early. as for the overall grade, americans scored a c, that's about average. not so good on advanced concepts. in a world where science is such a driving force. >> see, that's hard stuff. coming up, your paycheck could be going up. why one bay area city is considering raising the minimum wage, again. where you might get some more money soon. my name is jamir dixon and i'm a locate and mark fieldman for pg&e. most people in the community recognize the blue trucks as pg&e.
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my truck is something new... it's an 811 truck. when you call 811, i come out to your house and i mark out our gas lines and our electric lines to make sure that you don't hit them when you're digging. 811 is a free service. i'm passionate about it because every time i go on the street i think about my own kids. they're the reason that i want to protect our community and our environment, and if me driving a that truck means that somebody gets to go home safer, then i'll drive it every day of the week. together, we're building a better california.
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4:54. the morning just moving along. >> yes, it is. let's check in with kari hall and your weather. good morning. >> good morning. a lot of sunshine after the morning clouds. a different story from yesterday and it will be windy, too. in san jose, 75 degrees in burlinggame and 72 and the mission district at 68 degrees.
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napa 72. oakland 71 degrees and pleasanton today 75 degrees. nice, comfortable today and some rain stootomorrow. i'll detail that coming up in a few minutes. let's check in with mike. >> the toll lanes weren't all open. we had them all open and now starting to fill frin the cash payers. the map is cleared on infremont street exit and 7:15 and giants are playing at at&t and no major issue for the maze. all lanes are closed right now heading over towards bailee just shy of there you get off the freeway and get back on and westbound 580 two cars and some slowing. back to you. developing now in utah, officials looking for five people who disappeared during severe flash flooding. eight are already dead. take a look at that. heavy rain just swept away a road along with two vehicles carrying 16 people yesterday.
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only three people were rescued alive. the vehicles were reportedly hit with what ask described as just a wall of debris. the flooding was the result of an intense downpour that only lasted about half an hour. air pollution is a deadly problem. the study from the new york university found even small increases in air pollution were linked to more heart disease and respiratory disease and deaths among naup smokers. the most harmful type of pollution include microscopic than absorbs into the lungs and blood stream. voters approved raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2012. now, the city is considering joining other cities in santa clara county for a minimum wage increase. today city council will vote on whether to hire a consultant to
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study that minimum wage. set to hear a proposal for a $19 minimum wage. a lot of critics have be convinced first. many say the rate is simply too steep. coming up, the latest update from the already devastating valley fire. the story from homeowners now sifting through what little remains. ==laura/cont.vo== flames and
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fears still >> it came like a freight train. it was not leaping, it was bounding from place to place. fears are still growing right now as communities are reduced to rubble and ash from the vicious valley fires. thousands forced from their homes wondering if they'll have anything to return to. we'll talk about the search for answers in the town of middletown, coming up. plus, we're learning more about the elderly disabled woman who died trapped in the flames. while others are still missing this morning. "today in the bay" starts right now. and a very good now tuesday morning to you. thanks so much for joining us. i'm laura garcia-cannon. >> i'm scott mcgrew in for sam brock. more on the valley fire. first, let's get you out the door and check in with kari
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hall. >> some cool temperatures to start out the day. 60 degrees in the north bay and 57 degrees in san francisco and mostly clear skies in the peninsula at 59 degrees. highs today once again in the 60s and 70s, but a lot more sun than we had yesterday and the wind will be kicking up up to 30 miles an hour. those gusty winds may make it hard for those firefights and trying to get that wildfire under control. i'll talk more about that. let's get a look at the morning commute now with mike. >> karia couple travel spots we're tracking. does appear to be moving smoothly towards 680 and the dublin interchange. we'll look at the map in the same direction does see some slowing and heading over towards the dublin grade and the crash still over on the shoulder at the interchange itself. over here eastbound highway 4. this is countercommute. all lanes closed at bailey and over towards bailey where you can get on the freeway and head back over towards a

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