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the "deadly warehouse fire." today special investi the deeper dive continues into the deadly warehouse fire. today special investigators are joining the efforts in oakland trying to unravel what caused the worst fire in the city's history. the vigil for victims. last night hundreds came together on the peninsula to honor a young couple killed in the fire. how the pair was found moved many to tears. this morning we're tracking rain all over the bay area. heavier waves are coming in and out as we see ponding on the roads and plenty of raindrops on our golden gate bridge cam which is beneath there somewhere. "today in the bay" starts right now. >> looks like a christmas ornament. >> exactly. decorative. good morning. thanks for joining us on this thursday. i'm sam brock. >> deck the halls.
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we're getting rain. i'm laura garcia-cannon. how much and how long? >> sam and laura, we've had about an inch and a half in parts of the peninsula, but the south bay barely measuring anything with some of that rain starting to file, and we are taking a look at the radar as we continue to see more of those scattered showers moving on through. we will have more of this rain in the forecast as we go through the day. as of right now, getting a look at our storm ranger as it will be moving closer getting into the next hour or so. looking at the radar, there we go. we see the scattered showers. let's head over to mike and see how that may impact your drive. >> this data shows what will be on the roadway. this is the tassajara on-ramp reminding you about slick conditions and possible flooding in many parts of the bay. a crash also reported for west 580 around north livermore. we'll get updates once chp arrives. conditions at the bay bridge toll plaza, water on the lens
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actively falling now and really becoming an issue as far as a drive through the area. you can make out the eastshore freeway. low clouds covering. look at the san mateo bridge, similarly soupy conditions. slick roadways are the issue right now. the volume of traffic very manageable. i'll talk about the flooded reports. back to you. tracking the road conditions for that morning commute all day long. here is a look from our -- well, here is a look at an app you can get. it's free. nbcbayarea.com. we've got reporter rick boone out there. he is on the roads. we'll check in with him. he'll bring us a live update coming up in our next hour. we'll check in in just a bit. a good resource to track that storm, as i mentioned, is that app. moving on this morning to the deadly warehouse fire in oakland. >> obviously considered the nation's deadliest fire since 2003. today a new task force is on the ground in oakland as
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investigators continue the search for answers into what caused this tragedy. >> "today in the bay's" pete suratos live in oakland with what we're learning about the investigation and also the steps oakland is taking to make sure this does not happen again. good morning, pete. >> reporter: good morning, laura and sam. the city is going to put together a new task force that's going to look at building safety and deal with citizen complaints when it comes to similar warehouses. that was discussed here at the emergency operations center building. they're starting to lift the barriers up as the scene begins to clear out. of course, that's at the site where 32 victims passed away friday night. representatives from the national fire protection will help focus on safety and regulations when it comes to these types of warehouses around the city. in the wake of the deadly fire, there have been many questions about the city's handling of the build. mayor schaaf made it clear there
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will be no scapegoating of city officials. >> we're developing ways to immediately clarify the responsibility of city employees to properly report any observations of dangerous living conditions or illegal events. >> oakland's interim director of building and planning talked about two complaints about the warehouse and the lot next door. the documents show inspections were done on november 17 and 18 but only able to confirm blight but unable to confirm that an illegal building was taking place inside the warehouse. building officials has had not been inside the warehouse in 30 years. this is still an ongoing investigation. atf will be handling the investigation and they're still on the ground as we speak. live in oakland, pete suratos for "today in the bay." >> pete, thank you very much. with the search for victims complete, the good-byes can officially begin. standing in the rain, hundreds
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of mourners gathered in san bruno remembering 2-year-old alex vega and girlfriend of 20 years, michela gregory. the alameda county sheriff's department said firefighters found the high school sweethearts in the warehouse in each other's arms. gregory's father says he knew they would be found together. >> they were trying to make it out together or they were helping each other. i knew it. i just felt it. it gave me peace knowing. >> many wiping away tears last night. family and friends continuing to search for peace and to lean on each other in this time of grief. to learn more about those who died in the blaze, you can go to our website, nbcbayarea.com. sadly a mosaic there that gets larger by the day. we've posted all of their pictures and some information about their lives. new details on a house fire in san mateo that killed a
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70-year-old woman. we're now learning that fire was intentionally set. we first brought you this story's breaking news on "today in the bay." the home is near burrell middle school. the fire started early in the morning. the newspaper delivery man reported it. homeowner sandra carone was found inside. investigators say they found evidence of arson. no suspects have been identified. the woman accused of killing a lesbian couple from oakland and their adopted son will be in court for a plea hearing. 61-year-old dana rivers has been charged with murder and arson. police say they responded to the victim's home in the highland neighborhood and found one of the victims suffering from stab wounds outside of the home. that's when officers that rivers walked out covered in blood. police say she also set the garage on fire. rivers made national headlines back in 1999 after transitions from a man to a woman and that ended up getting her fired from her job in a sacramento school.
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a string of robberies across berkeley, police they they may be related. police say all the victims were approached by twro men and robbed at gunpoint. the first robbery was a week ago. that was near arch street. the second, a day later near walnut. the most recent on tuesday near spruce. police say these also could be related to several other robberies from last month. coming up, trying to keep track of all the wet weather. kari hall has her hands full. it's been coming in overnight. >> at times it's been heavy in some spots. a live look outside at san jose where the streets are wet and the moisture continues to stream in. more on that coming up in the microclimate forecast. a live limited view of the golden gate bridge. the twinkling because of the water droplets on the lens. i'll show you what's going on even farther north and east from here. the break in the case of the fatal shooting, police pursuing
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a new lead. warehouse fire.. this is hanna ruax.. she'd just moved from finland to be this morning we're honoring the lives lost in the oakland fire. this is hanna rue action, she had just moved from finland to be with her fiancee, alex ghassan who also died in the fire. she was known for skills as a yoga instructor and a social justice activist.
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good morning. the time is 4:40. heavy rain continues to stream across the bay area with the heaviest rain moving across the peninsula overnight. we'll continue to track the showers and what to expect as we go through today coming up in about five minutes. these travel times, you'll notice even with no traffic going on, we have a 15-minute drive from highway 4 to the bay bridge. lowering the speeds because conditions demand that across the east bay. across the spans, be careful, definitely traction is an issue. >> good advice out there. 4:41 breaking in a case of a shooting on highway 4. pittsburg police at an antioch home where officers arrested two of the four men suspected in the deadly shooting. the 25-year-old and 22-year-old suspects were taken into custody by a s.w.a.t. team. the other two men remain at large wanted for murder in the shooting that killed a san francisco woman.
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it was one of at least two dozen highway shootings this year alone. campbell police are searching for three burglars caught on camera ransacking a house. the victim says shortly after leaving home one afternoon late last month, she received an alert on her phone that someone was inside of her home. you see them digging through their drawers right there. she watched remotely as the burglars snatched up all her belongings. she called police right away, officers didn't arrive in time to catch any of them. investigators are asking for tips in finding those men. coming up, could the ghostship fire have been prevented? what if another dealt trap exists. that's an accusation from an east bay woman who says there's another oakland warehouse that could go up like a tinderbox. the debate next.
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have to be careful, slick roadways out there this morning. >> mike is tracking a development, a spinout he'll tell you about in one second. first, we have a microclimate weather alert. some places seeing buckets of rain. others not as much. >> that's the south bay where it took a while for the rain to get going. once it did, it was very light. here is a look at the golden gate bridge camera. you can barely see anything, but you can tell there's still more rain drops coming down, and it's making for a solg gi situation from the peninsula up to san francisco. right now it's only 49 degrees heading up to 58 today. a cool start along with that rain, we continue to see more
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showers moving in. still light rain. at times pockets of heavy downpours, still coming down on the peninsula where from portola valley to san mateo where they had an in1.75 inches, in san francisco rainfall totals about .50 inch. it's still really coming down along 280 and also 101. it's now 50 degrees in san jose. it's 47 in oakland, 44 in concord. very chilly temperatures to go along with those downpours, and we will continue to see more of that rain moving in. we see the shades of green. that shows a moderate downpour, but it gets very intense when we start to see the yellows and the reds here on the hour-by-hour forecast map, and that is going through out the morning. by 10:30, we could still see pockets of heavy rain moving through and also some breezy winds. there will be some breaks at times, but it will be few and
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far between at least for the start of the day, and then the rain becomes a lot more spotty for tonight and into the start of the day tomorrow. we'll still have rain lingering. looking at how much additional rainfall we could see between now and the weekend, up to about .25 inch in sunnyvale and maybe up to an inch in hayward between now and saturday. winds have been breezy, but not that strong. we'll pick up the most right along the coastline, could have gusts up to about 20 miles an hour. looking at the forecast for today, the highs will be topping out in the 50s and morning temperatures will be in the 40s for the inland areas more of the same. getting a little break at times this weekend. mike is talking about a spinout on the peninsula. >> that's what the chp report says on 101 at poplar. there may be debris in the area. it's going to be more areas than just what shows up on the green. that rain came through as kari
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said, down the peninsula, having hit this area earlier. a crash around poplar and a spinout in the area. slick roads heading southbound towards 92. northbound looking at a new crash. a new incident that showed slowing there. no details from chp. i'll do hunting and see what's going on. that's definitely coming off the san mateo bridge. look at this. there's fog also possibly registering for the north bay. definitely some flooding reported at sir francis drake, one of the usual suspects off 101. in the east bay, telegraph off-ramp from highway 24, earlier flooding that may still be an issue at least for the slow lane. fender-benders around the bay bridge. soupy conditions all around the east bay. be careful and allow extra time, please. >> very good advice. thank you so much, mike. back to our coverage of the deadly oak lapd warehouse fire. not just sadness this morning, but a sharp tone of anger.
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yesterday that frustration boiled over, a confrontation involving the owner of a well-known oakland restaurant and a nearby warehouse. dorothy kings owns a barbecue next to a warehouse called salt lick. she says a fire at that warehouse could be deadly. the people who live in the warehouse disagree. >> i know for a fact there's only one way in and one way out. >> there are two walkways where you can exit. there's also a fire escape which reporters might have noticed is at the front of the building. there's several massive windows on hinges that open up on to roofs next door and so on. >> king lost a friend in the ghost ship fire and has lived in a warehouse herself. she's urging the city to help local warehouses so artists can continue to live there, but live there safely. >> certainly a delicate balance. 4:49 right now. we're turning to business news. there are reports that apple is working to rent new movies earlier on itunes, like early
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before they even hit theaters. >> that would be very early. early start to our day. let's check in with landon dowdy live at cnbc world headquarters. good morning. >> good morning sam and laura. wall street will try to stay in rally mode today. the dow rising nearly 300 points, 12th record close since the election. the transportation sector leading those gains. investors taking that as a sign of optimism over economic growth. we'll also be watching the big interest rate decision by the european central bank a well. the drou 297 points up to 19,549, nasdaq rising 60 to 5,393. just days after the "wall street journal" announced amazon plans to open brick and mortar grocery stores, the company says that's true, they have no plans to open 2,000 of anything. that could kol concerns that
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amazon go will put thousands of grocery store workers out of a job. apple is reportedly in talks with hollywood studios to rent new movies on itunes as well as two weeks after they hit theaters. no details on pricing just yet. it's likely you'd have to pay a premium as it would take revenue away from the box office. >> start popping the popcorn. it's beginning to look a lot like the time for holiday gift exchanges. in some workplaces gifts can create awkward moments between co-workers. workers across the nation shared the most unusual gifts their co-workers gave them. on the list this year, two left-handed gloves, a coconut bra, a jar of gravy and a fake lottery ticket. uh-oh, i think i've done that one. and real stuffed duck. >> is this april fools' day or bad christmas gifts?
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>> i don't know. >> coming up next, do the warriors just have to show up to get a win? that's what some are saying after they took on the clippers at the staples center. all the action from the court coming up. happening right now, some people in the south bay are welcoming the rain. others don't particularly care for it, especially when they have to work out siechltd you can find that story on twitter. you can also download our nbc bay area app for realtime updates from your phone. a three-legged cat in l.a. is looking for his forever home this holiday season. the friendly cat named armstrong is creaigh recovering from an amputation after animal control found him with a broken leg on the side of the road. we have pictures on our home page, nbcbayarea.com. back in just a moment.
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soggy start to our thursday morning as we take a live look outside. traffic moving smoothly through the bay bridge. but we are getting reports of some spinouts out there. got to take it easy bay area. 4:55 right now. you know things are going really well when you can sit back and just hit cruise control, even on an off night. >> this is a lot harder than it looks. when you're watching the warriors, everything looks so easy. last night in l.a., the stars on site there. all the threes were flying, but not on this play where klay thompson dishes down the middle and draymond green finishes with the dunk. klay thompson had just 24 this time, still leads the team. the dubs are up by 18 points after one quarter against their rival. the clippers who have not beaten the dubs in their last six attempts make it seven as the
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warriors go on to beat the clippers 115-98. it was a long time coming. bill king is finally in the hall of fame. he was named the 2017 winner of the award for excellence in broadcasti broadcasting. he was part of a warriors championship, three raiders super bowl titles and an a's world series win. he died in 2005 at the age of 78. this woman is retiring, but certainly not stopping. that was barbara boxer's message in her poignant farewell on the u.s. senate floor yesterday. after five presidential administrations and 33 years in congress, boxer is leaving the senate turning over her seat to kamala harris. she called the work of the senate noble and says her few regrets include washington's changing temperament. >> but if you live to be tough in the right way you can find a sweet spot, even in this atmosphere where the parties
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have grown so far apart. this is one of my biggest regrets, how far the parties have grown apart. >> senator boxer hopes to continue doing good work and looks forward to coming home, calling california a state that stands for everything she believes in. >> a nice farewell there. up next, a soggy overnight and start to the morning, but breaks in the rain today, kari. >> some breaks in the rain. still at times heavy as this moisture continues to stream in all the way from hawaii. i'll talk about that and we'll take a look ahead to this weekend's forecast coming up. look at this view of palo alto. the water kicking up, rooster tailing behind the cars. we have a problem farther north. traffic looks like it may be stopped. we'll show you what's going only for the bayshore freeway. and it's the first storm of
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december--- it is the first storm of december. with it this morning comes winds and soggy conditions, but clear the wipers out there before you head out the door. we've got team coverage to help you get out the door safely. >> there were a lot more rain drops on the ens a couple seconds ago. we're seeing pockets of rain. this is a scene from san mateo where there's been a crash. you can see the police lights on the left side of your screen. mike has been following this closely and will have an update momentarily. good morning and thanks for joining us this morning. i'm laura garcia-cannon. >> i'm sam brock. very dangerous conditions the
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drivers are dealing with this morning. we'll get more on that in one second. >> that's right. because the rain is coming down this morning. how long will it stick around? >> it is going to stick around for quite a while, all day and off and on tomorrow as well. we continue to track all the rain moving in, and it will be heavy at times. we will still have some rain even this afternoon so as you head out this morning, make sure you're prepared for all of this that we're seeing covering the radar. at times we'll have pockets of heavy rain and also some gusty winds. i'll detail that coming up in a few minutes. mike has now a second crash in san mateo. >> that's right, kari. that's where we saw all the slowing, where we saw rick's live camera. we'll talk about the bay with very soupy conditions, slick conditions moving in the south bay. reports of flooding in san francisco at times, the north bay and parts of the east bay, some small roadway flooding. looking at a spinout at poplar, southbound two lanes are blocked as you approach poplar.

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