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travel a nightmare across the midwest. today's storms sent residual delays and cancellations throughout the country. >> they come and visit family and they're headed home. and this kind of throws a wrench into that. >> a little frustrating. but they can't control it. you just got to figure out and make the best of it. >> a far different story je elsewhere from mississippi valley over to florida set or nearly matched record high temperatures. our free app is a great way to keep up with the chilly conditions and get your own micro forecast. you can download it free on itunes or google play. the investigation and the grieving continues from a christmas morning traffic collision in san jose that took the life of two people including a 14-year-old boy. as we first reported yesterday, shortly after midnight a 25-year-old woman drove her chevy malibu across the center median on capital expressway and hit a family in a lexus head-on.
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both the driver of the malibu and a 14-year-old boy in the lexus died. nbc bay area's robert handa joins us from where a vigil is set to start in less than an hour. robert? >> well, that's right. the vigil is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., but all day we've seen a small but steady stream of visitors here at this memorial site set up at capital expressway near snell avenue where there's been an outpouring of sadness, confusion and guilt. family members and friends of the 25-year-old san jose woman driving the chevy malibu have been grieving, lighting candles and saying prayers today at the memorial set up where the crash took place. the driver was identified by her family as jessica zamora, often going by the nickname india. police say at around 12:30 a.m. sunday she crossed over the center median while going
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westbound on capital expressway crashing into a family in a lexus going eastbound. a 14-year-old boy died at the hospital. his parents suffered minor injuries. police say it appears alcohol influence may have been a factor. a woman who identified herself as zamora's godmother offered a tearful apology to the boy's family today. >> i do want to apologize and my condolence goes out to the family of the little boy that she took the life of. you know, we're very sorry. you know, it was a bad accident. she made a bad choice. and i just want to apologize. >> but that mother and others on social media sites claim zamora had been getting free drinks at a nearby bar, but we contacted the bar manager who said he planned to turn over security tape that he claims shows zamora was only served two drinks, neither one free. friends of zamora say regardless of circumstances, she leaves behind a 5-year-old daughter who should not suffer any of the blame. >> it's very hard for everybody.
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everybody's still in disbelief of what happened, you know. we would want anybody that can help, help the family. >> now, police say the investigation is being treated as a possible dui case. we reached out to the other family involved but have not reached them. we are not releasing the name of the 14-year-old boy because that name has not been officially released by police or the medical examiner. coming up at 6:00, the vigil as well as a heart-felt message from the zamora family. live in san jose, robert handa, nbc bay area news. homicide during the holidays. we get our first details on a man stabbed to death in a busy store on christmas eve. marianne favro is at the target on whipple road with new developments. >> reporter: police arrested two men in connection with the killing. they were arrested just a couple of blocks from here.
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but officers still don't have a motive yet. it was business as usual today at this target store off whipple road in hayward, but what happened here christmas eve is far from usual. around 8:00, in a store packed with holiday shoppers, a 36-year-old man was stabbed to death. >> scary. you know? when you can't even go out and shop, you know, i don't know. it is kind of sad. >> reporter: police won't say where in the store the attacked happen, but employees say it happened in the back of the store near the toy department and forced target to close several hours early. witnesses reported seeing the victim involved in a fight with two men just before he was stabbed. officers arrested two men in their 20s here on industrial parkway southwest the same night. some shoppers who frequent this target say they're shocked that someone was murdered here in what is supposed to be the season of caring and giving. >> that's kind of scary,
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actually. there's a lot of people in there. could have been us. >> reporter: police say they are not naming the two suspects until they turn the case over to the district attorney's office, which they plan to do tomorrow. reporting live in hayward, marianne favro, nbc bay area news. a peninsula home is badly damaged this evening from an early morning fire. the fire broke out at a san mateo home on newbridge avenue on highway 101 just a few blocks from south norfolk street. the chp says heavy smoke and flames were blowing over the highway wall and into the freeway. there were no reports of any injuries. investigators say the home was red tag and no one was allowed to live in it. no word on how that fire started. donald trump's transition team is getting back to work dealing with the fallout from some holiday weekend developments. internally jason miller backed out as white house communications director amid allegations he had an affair with a campaign staffer.
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now just weeks before he steps on this platform to be sworn in as president, mr. trump has inserted himself in an international controversy. when the u.s. failed to veto a united nations reprimand of israel, trump tweeted that things will be different once he's president. the u.s. historically has protected israel from similar u.n. votes but stayed silent this time. >> its settlement program is so outrageous and is so frustrating not only to the united states but to the entire world community and violating fundamental rights of the people who are captive. >> the real story is how an outgoing president would fundamentally change u.s. policy towards israel in the wanes days of the administration. >> also donald trump announced he's dissolving his charity, the trump foundation. the new york attorney general says that can't happen until they conclude this investigation of the foundation. trump calls the probe partisan. confusion today at sfo after passengers were told to evacuate one of the terminals. a fire alarm went off just after
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1:00 p.m. in terminal two. people in the airport say they were told it was an emergency and they needed to evacuate. you can see it was packed as everyone tried to get out. turns out it was a faulty alarm. the evacuation was called off within minutes. sfo says no flights were delayed or canceled. an anonymous bomb threat briefly closed three russian railway station. this happened in moscow. nothing happened after they evacuated some 3,000 rail passengers. the stations are located on the same square in the central part of the city. coincidentally the russian consulate in pacific heights received a visit from a bomb squad. they were sent to investigate an item left in front of the building which turned out to be an empty propane tank. >> it seems pretty odd because i think anybody in this neighborhood that had a propane barbecue would take the tank in and get it refilled and not
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dispose of it especially in front of the russian consulate. flags are half-staff for a national day of morning following yesterday's deadly plane crash. transportation leaders don't know the cause of that crash, but they say terrorism is unlikely. 92 people were killed when the plane plunged into the black sea just two minutes after takeoff. today recovery workers finished searching the water's surface, but divers are still scouring the seabed for bodies. the choir was en route to a concert for russian servicemen. also on board a beloved charity worker also known as dr. leeza who was taking much-needed medicine to a syrian hospital. a stolen menorah sparks a gathering here in san francisco's washington square. i'm mark matthews. how they plan to take back the light in a live report. and malls flooded with
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post-christmas shoppers. why they're skipping online shopping and braving the crowds this year. and if you're out and about this evening, you'll certainly want a nice coat. temperatures quickly dropping around san jose on their way to some mid-30s possible by tomorrow morning. the cold temperatures will stick around and our next chance for finding rain in our seven-day forecast when we come right back.
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is it a prank or a hate crime? a 6-foot tall 150-pound menorah has vanished from san francisco's washington park between saturday night and sunday morning. mark matthews joins us live from washington square where a gathering is scheduled for later evening to mark the third night of hanukkah. what are police saying about the disappearance of this jewish symbol? >> reporter: well, it was right there, next to that lit christmas tree, when the menorah disappeared some time late saturday night or sunday morning. police say they have no suspects and the orthodox jewish group that owned the menorah, they're calling it a hate crime. this is what it looked like on december 12th when the menorah was set in place next to a lighted christmas tree in washington square. and it was there saturday at sunset when the first candle was
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lit and then it disappeared. >> my wife and i were going to come down to watch the lighting and then heard that it was ripped off. and it was just like horrible. we're hearing that someone stole it. >> oh, my goodness. it was huge. it was huge. >> reporter: it was big, six feet, weighing between 100 and 150 pounds. police captain david lazar of central station says investigators have been assigned and a crime bulletin has been issued. the owner is the orthodox jewish organization north beach habad. >> it was devastating. we need to take the practical steps. >> reporter: the co-director of north beach habad says police were notified but there are also spiritual steps to be taken. >> in the face of this evil and whoever is trying to take this light away, we need to add light. >> reporter: and so tonight that group is inviting the community to come here and bring little menorahs. they're not going to replace the big one, but they'd like to have
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a gathering of people to add light. we'll be here at 6:00 with a live report from washington square. mark matthews, bay area news. santa isn't the only one who keeps a naughty and nice list. so does the better business bureau. cons posing as irs agents are is biggest trick. the second is people posing as phony debt collectors. and you win a sweepstakes prize but have to pay handling costs. phishing is new to the list. scammers can send e-mails that look like they're from real stores. be careful about sharing any personal information in sfons an e-mail request. pay to park or pay up big night. b.a.r.t. is about to crack down on illegal parking. with the new year comes new laws arounded the bay area. here are the changes that begin next week at b.a.r.t. stations. if you park illegally in a daily spot, the fine was $35. now it will jump to $55.
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and parking illegally in a permanent spot was $40. now it will nearly double to $75. b.a.r.t. says people used to just pay the fines because it was cheaper than parking somewhere else. the agency is hoping the new fines will change that. >> a wild and wonderful event happening this week in west marin county, and you're invited. recent rains have lured the endangered coho salmon. the population has been dwindling. they hold a fish count each year. it hosts creek walks so that the public can see the salmon for themselves. the first one was today. but one is scheduled for each saturday. donations of $15 are gratefully accepted. good weather to be out there to watch that? >> yes. it looks dry. a little bit chilly at times. as we've seen the temperatures for the morning starting off in the 30s and even in the 20s.
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some of the wind sheltered valleys will find that again tomorrow. outside right now moments after a beautiful sunset around the bay area. 51 degrees in san francisco. no offshore breeze. you can see belvedere dropping to 46. beautiful view back to san francisco, not so beautiful the traffic on 580 heading to the livermore outlets near dublin. 44 around the tri-valley. palo alto 49 and into downtown san jose, 51 degrees. temperatures here pretty chilly but not as cold as the numberss. we'll look at that in a moment. staying dry. a little bit gusting down towards half moon bay. we've seen those wind speeds up to 25 miles per hour. relatively calm in north bay and tri-valley. those locations have the best bet for find something 20s for tomorrow morn. we check out the temperature in truckee. 18 degrees. 23 at lake tahoe. but look at the road conditions.
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101, interstate 5 and highway 50 looking good and 101 heading down to santa bash rbarbarbara, clear. stormy action here from portland up towards seattle. that's where all the rain will be hanging out for the next few days. another system moving up from southern california may try to toss some showers away a little bit later in the week. for tomorrow, a few more high clouds. mild temperatures at times. as you go through the afternoon, upper 50s to low 60s. but the morning starting off chilly. upper 20s, though, possible around santa rosa into walnut creek, tri-valley one of the coldest spots for tomorrow morning. we'll see upper 50s around downtown san jose. closer to 60 around gilroy, just south of morgan hill, 60 degree, around sunol towards pleasanton, that cool, chilly east breeze. temperatures the up towards san francisco mainly in the mid-50s and about the same as you head
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over to the north bay, marin county northward, highs despite the chilly start to the morning climbing to the mid to upper 50s. changes taking shape later on this week. you'll begin to see high clouds on the increase thursday to friday. then what's happening is the storm system brings us our best chance for rain. this will be late friday into saturday. then some cold air begins to drop down out of the north. so maybe by new year's day may see some low snow levels around some of the hilltops the, higher hilltops around the bay area. you can see the rainfall projection over the next seven days actually below what you've come to expect for this time of the year. most of the bay area generally less than a quarter inch of rain across the south bay. and the timeline for that will be from friday into saturday. the extended forecast will be dry and chilly taking us through midweek. daytime highs slowly turning a bit warmer. but stay tuned on that forecast as we head into the weekend. we'll see a chance of showers coming back friday to saturday. and then by monday, maybe snow
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levels down to 3,000 feet for the new year. so that cold weather just is reinforced towards the end of that seven-day forecast. >> i still get excited when there's a chance of snow in the bay area. >> it is exciting. >> it's fun. thanks a lot. >> bay area malls were just as busy if not busier today than they were just before christmas. >> don't let the big crowds fool you. it's fun to get social at the mall, but as scott budman shows us the fastest spot to shop is still online. >> reporter: as we expected we found lots of people here at the mall taking advantage of after-christmas sales and cashing in their gift cards, but it was also a huge year for online shopping. people saying, yeah, they'll come to the physical store, but they'll also let their fingers do the shopping. i don't even know what these are, but they, along with drones, are still flying off shelves at the mall as shoppers take advantage of big
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after-christmas sales. >> i'm returning something that i got and may be getting some more things for christmas. >> you're get iting socks. >> "star wars" and a blond surfer dude. >> but even the big crowds at oak ridge malled aed my they did most of their shopping this year from the comfort of their own browser. >> yeah. i came out at the mall, but it's definitely a lot easier to get stuff online because you can just click it and you don't have to go anywhere. delivered right to your doorstep. >> probably online is where i got the majority of my stuff. >> silicon valley christmas. hanging out with your friends a tt mall after shopping online. malls do say they made a little more money this year than years past, but amazon said online shopping jumped by 15% this year alone. in san jose, scott budman, nbc bay area news.
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life has been cut short. >> paying tribute. how fans of george michael are honoring the iconic singer in his home town. >> and the latest honor today for u.s. gymnast simone biles. looking back on this year, there's a lot that will stay with me. especially the people i met along the way. it's not the headlines i'll remember. it's their stories.
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happening now, next week, a new set of laws will be coming out. we told you about the b.a.r.t. parking fines but we have a list posted on our homepage. a spoiled christmas all because of a bad batch of tamales. customers lined up for refunds on tamales that turned out to be rotten. that story on our twitter feed. >> happening now, sponsored by finding neverland.
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breast pain, vaginal bleeding and vaginitis. estrogens may increase your chances of getting cancer of the uterus, strokes, blood clots, or dementia so use it for the shortest time based on goals and risks. estrogens should not be used to prevent heart disease, heart attack, stroke or dementia. ask your doctor about premarin vaginal cream. questions and sorrow continue to swirl around the death of pop icon george michael. memorials to the singer are growing outside his london home tonight. this is where the singer suddenly died yesterday. police describe the death as unexplained but not suspicious. at the local pub where michael was known as a regular, neighbors and fans offered a final toast. >> he was a very private person and the village respected that. and we felt that that -- we were very proud to have had him as our resident. >> he had christmas most years. you know his presents because he
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put trees all lit with decorations. >> a cause of death has yet to be confirmed. the singer's manager has only said michael passed peacefully in his sleep. george michael was 53 years old. a pioneering astronomer is being remembered tonight for changing our understanding of the universe. vera rubin has died at the age of 88. you see her here at vasser college back in 1948. she was the school's only female astronomy major. when she tried to enroll at princeton as a student, she said women were not allowed. rubin discovered that stars at the edges of galaxies move faster than expected. a visible dark matter accounts for the star movements. wondered why she never received a nobel prize for what she did. >> speaking of impressive women, she was one of the breakout stars of the summer olympics in rio. simone biles has been named
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associated press female tleeath of the year. she won a record tying four gold medals. her boundless talent propelled her to stardom and made her a household name. another breakout star of the summer games katie ledecky came in second in the voting. the ap e-mail athlemale athlete will be announced tomorrow. we recovered over $400,000 for our viewers. if you want help, call us or visit
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tonight at 6:00, a promotional offer not honored. a woman in malpitas calls us after at&t charges her for a free phone. nbc bay area responds tonight at 6:00. newborn giant panda twins made their debut in china today. over the past two months these cubs -- everybody is saying aw. these cubs along with their mother have been hanging behind the scenes under the care of breeders. the 2-month-old twins weigh about 8 1/2 pounds. they're not up for adoption i'm sorry to tell you. now the public is being asked to chime in on which names would be
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appropriate for these two cubs. >> total cute overload. never get tired of seeing the baby panda video. >> rob mayeda wants to name them jonathan and christopher. >> traditional names. >> those are the names of your twins. >> that's right. >> like the pandas, they eat a lot. but you'll want to bundle up if you're heading outside around san jose. we've got clear skies. clearly cold, too. 51 degrees. that's one of the warmest spots around the bay area today. 44 already in livermore and some of the spots in the north bay and tri-valley could have a chance of patchy frost. winds up in a few spots tonight may prevent from all areas seeing patchy frost in the mo morning but you could run into scraping the windshields in the morning. highs climbing into the upper 50s and close to 60 south of downtown san jose despite the chilly start to tomorrow morning. >> rob, thank you very much. thank you for joining us. "nightly news" is next. >> you can keep us with us and
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find us online at and on facebook and twitter. tonight, winter blast. millions hit by ice, snow, and high winds, as a powerful storm moves east, while in the west, an incredible story of survival. one mother's heroic effort to save her stranded family. war of words. president obama claims he could have beaten donald trump if he'd run against him. as the men also battle er that u.n. resolution condemning israeli settlements. city under siege. more than 40 shot, 11 killed, as chicago's gun violence surging this holiday weekend. remembering a superstar, the tributes tonight to george michael, as the music world and millions of fans remember the '80s pop icon. and inspiring america. how some were able to make it home for the holidays thanks to the spirit and generosity of one man going the extra mile


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