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england and dubai but they may have required a detonator to go off. president obama made a statement. >> at this stage the american people should know the counter- terrorism professionals are taking this threat very seriously and are taking all necessary and prudent steps to ensure our security. >> reporter: planes in philadelphia and newark, new jersey were thoroughly searched as well as a truck in brooklyn. cbs news as learned investigators are looking for 10 to 20 packages with return addresses from yemen. some were addressed to either jewish centers or synagogues in chicago. the department of homeland security is stepping up security at airports across the country. john curtin from atlanta isn't worried. >> seems like it's a part of our daily life anymore. and unfortunately, it's -- i think it will be for a while to come. >> reporter: and officials aren't taking any chances. two fighter jets escorted a flight from yemen today into kennedy airport in new york out of an abundance of caution. the white house says americans should not change their travel
plans because of the attempted attack. at newark-liberty international airport i'm randall pinkston cbs 5. bay area airports today referred all calls to the tsa. federal express and u.p.s. both have major operations in the bay area. they are not saying how those operations were affected, but u.p.s. executives stressed that they are taking this terror scare very seriously. now, all of this comes on a day when the tsa announced a major change in how its agents will screen some airline passengers. they will use what's being called a hand slide method similar to a patdown but includes more open handed touching. the technique will be used for passengers who opt out of a body scan or who set off the metal detector. >> if it keeps us safer i guess we have to do it. unfortunately, there are so many crazies out there that if that's what we have to do, we have to do it. if you want to travel.
if not, stay home. >> screeners will be matched to the passenger gender. the announcement was planned before today's terror scare. our other big story tonight, a san francisco man has been arrested accused of severely beating the priest who he says molested him and his brother decades ago. len ramirez on the attack that investigators say may have been planned for years. len. >> reporter: allen, the main suspect in this case william lynch of san francisco is in custody here at the main jail in san jose. he is accused of beating and attacking his former priest. now, he surrendered at 2:00 with his attorney present. they denied he had anything to do with this but the santa clara county sheriff's office has arrested him for assault with a deadly weapon, his fist. lynnch is accused of severely beating 65-year-old gerald lindner a retired roman catholic priest at the sacred heart rest home in los gatos on may 10 this year. investigators safe he phoned the rest home, got verbal confirmation that linder was there and then allegedly came to the rest home and called for
him. when he came down, the beating took place in the lobby. >> he makes a phone call to the retirement center, asks for a retired father, whether or not he was there. he shows up in front of other people and starts attacking the father with closed fist until he actually goes down to the floor. that itself is to us, that's pretty vicious. >> reporter: so vicious. >> so at this point we deny the accusation. this is similar to the dallas episode who shot jr, there are so many suspects i don't know how could you narrow it down to one person. at this point we are denying my client had anything do with it. >> reporter: the priest 65 years old gerald lindner recovered from his wounds and was able to drive himself to a doctor's office or an emergency room and was treated. he has not been charged with anything. and he has also denied abusing
anyone. however, lynch says that the abuse took place during a camping trip the two took together back in 1975. allen, mr. lynch is due to be released from the santa clara county. jail anytime now. his bail was set at $25,000. he says he had nothing to do with this and there are many other potential suspects in the case. >> len, do we know, was this former priest, was he named in any other cases? were there other any other allegations against him or just this man and his brother? >> reporter: there's nothing in santa clara county. he has not been charged with any crime. but he has a long history of, uhm, of accusations against him back in southern california and here. now, he has denied abusing anyone. he has in the been charged with any crime. >> thank you, len ramirez.
well, the wet weather caused problems across the bay area today. maybe not for you, but let me show you what it looked like in san francisco earlier. this big tree fell on potrero hill. crews did get it cut up and cleared out quickly. the saturated ground one reason the tree toppled and that of course with the wind. roberta gonzales has the weekend forecast. >> what's so awesome about our live high-def doppler radar it is almost exactly the same as where i left you last night with the area of low pressure parallel to the north bay. right now we are seeing the heaviest precipitation in inverness moving north towards santa rosa. the rain continues to play tag around the san mateo coast. this is going to be the case throughout the evening hours with scattered showers. however, have no fear! we will dry out just in time for halloween under partly cloudy skies. but i have the full-on seven- day forecast still straight ahead in the newscast. >> thank you. we got game 2 of the world series in last night before the
rain came. now the giants halfway across the country and halfway to the world series title by the way arrived in texas this afternoon. game three of the series there and that's where ken bastida is. he is actually on the rangers field tonight in arlington. ken. >> reporter: yes, i am, allen, deep in the heart of texas tonight. and anticipating a great weekend of baseball. you know, these two clubs still have a ways to did. this thing is not decided just yet. this thing has a ways to go. giants got out of town today, a little delayed. the team president said it was because they had to load on so many family and friends. in fact, they will bring a second charter tomorrow, another several hundred employees and friends and guests will be allowed to come to the game. we're all here so we can get under way at the ballpark at arlington, home of the texas rangers. and giants finished their workout with a little batting practice that ended about a half hour ago. the owner bill newcombe is looking at things.
earlier waxing poetic about his team in the world series. >> you can never plan to get into the world series or to win it. but what you can plan to do is to have better and better baseball talent on the field playing the game the right way and having that positive trajectory. >> giants scored 20 runs over the first two games. that's an anomaly for san francisco. they don't normally do that, although i hear that the ball really flies at this park. that's what we're hearing right now. and it's a little bit different. let me show you around, allen, a little different at this park right here. this one has an enclosed stadium so it's a little bit different. it looks a little bit like yankee stadium in one section there the detroit tiger stadium on the other side and it's enclosed.
there is a lawn in straightaway center field a sloping grass that goes up. so it's going to be a little different ballpark than what the giants have seen in the past an american league park. of course the media has arrived in anticipation of all of this. and they are expecting great weather here. they kind of left the lousy weather back in san francisco. it was 67 degrees here a little while ago. and just absolutely spectacular. more like summer than fall, i think, allen. >> that's not bad for texas. ken, i'm thinking, considering two of the three games there could be the championship game which the fourth game which would win it for the giants, how many fans? are you getting a sense of how many san francisco fans are with you on the trip around there? >> reporter: we saw some people in the airport this afternoon. we had a stop in denver. there were people there getting on, as well. so there are a lot of san francisco fans coming to this. i think you'll see a fair amount of orange among the red, white and blue of the rangers for sure. >> not just for halloween on sunday. [ laughter ] >> all right. >> reporter: not just for
halloween. >> at arlington, ken concern, thanks have a great time. coming up next, a bay area company accused of bilking home owners in need of help. what happened when we confronted them. a new low in midterm elections. harsh attacks against two female candidates. and chocolate and child labor. the documentary that sheds light on the dark side of chocolate. ,,,,,,,,,,,,
struggling homeowners get loan modifications - faces criminal charges. o tonight a pleasanton company that promises to help struggling home owners get loan modifications faces criminal charges. on the consumerwatch, julie watts shows us the company that's accused of bilking customers to came to them for help. >> reporter: american financial company, last week we reported the pleasanton company which also goes by the name providence financial accidentally sent letters to thousands of home owners falsely informing them that they were being foreclosed on. >> reporter: joe and amber had high hopes when they went to american financial funding in pleasanton. >> they told me they would lower the payment by $1,000 but they wanted $2,900 to do it. >> reporter: they didn't in it's illegal in california for companies to charge advance
fees for a loan modification. according to the this criminal complaint filed today, american financial funding charged and east palo alto couple $4,000 to help them get a loan mod, something alameda county assistant d.a. david lynn says is against the law. >> they actually did no work. so these people paid good money $4,000 and didn't get any benefit for having paid that money. >> reporter: so we went to the president of american financial funding himself to give him the opportunity to answer to the charges. >> there's definitely been some kind of misunderstanding. >> reporter: told us his company helps people. >> they are paying us to press their package and send it off to the bank for them. that's all they are paying us for is document preparation. >> no company can accept advance fees for loan modification. that's the end of the conversation. if you are going to do a loan modification for home owners you can't accept advance fees. >> reporter: that's not the only legal problem. >> they were holding themselves out as a law firm when they
weren't. >> reporter: a lawyer for the company confirms that. >> this is not a law firm. >> reporter: the company front door says it's a law offers. if corey hill looks familiar to you, you saw him on cbs 5 last week. that's when he apologized on camera for mistakenly sending out about 2,000 letters to home owners informing them they were in foreclosure. turned out they weren't, and now that matter is also under investigation. as for joe and amber dollars, they are glad they ran into us and they have changed their mind about turning to american financial funding for help. >> i'm not even going to walk upstairs now. >> reporter: we said it before, we'll say it again. if you need a loan mod start with a nonprofit hud-approved housing agency. never pay for one in advance. as for american financial funding, or providence financial, the d.a. says they could face fines and have a tough time getting their business license renewed but for now they continue to operate. allen?
>> good advice, julie. thanks. four days until the ee length, senator barbara boxer appears to be widening her lead over republican challenger carly fiorina. the latest field poll shows boxer with an 8-point advantage over fiorina, 49 to 41%. just two days ago, the race was list the as a toss-up. it's a campaign attack taken to a whole new level. a well-known bay area defense attorney getting attention for a sign we can't even show you. >> wow. pretty intense. >> tony serra posted the sign near his office in san francisco. it's a personal statement against republican candidates meg whitman and carly fiorina. >> to utterly condemn someone, the "f" word, that's what it means. their threat to capitalism cannot buy public office. >> meg whitman says she blames jerry brown for creating a negative campaign environment. carly fiorina says she respects differences of opinion but
describings this as extremely offensive. well, coming up, not so sweet images linked to chocolate. the movie that some human rights groups want you to see before the trick or treating. i'm sharon chin in front of the bay bridge, where crews have been working round the clock all week in the final stages of what they consider a milestone part of this construction project. we'll show you coming up. and here we are in the weather center. and we are tracking that big green on the screen. how that will affect your weekend as eyewitness news continues right here on cbs 5. ,,,, [ woman on tv ] if you won't let me in,
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the money back. what kind of person would be involved in deals a fellow republican congressman called corrupt? and in her last year at ebay, whitman paid herself $120 million right before the company laid off 10% of it's workers. we're choosing a governor, shouldn't character matter? breaking ground on a bart extension line in the east bay. it will run from the one, two, three, all right! there we are. wasn't that easy? >> breaking ground on a bart extension line in the east bay. this one runs from the pittsburg-bay point station to antioch. the ebart trains as they call them are smaller supposedly better for the environment than
the regular trains and 600 jobs will be created for the construction project. service will start in 2015. the new bay bridge tower. the fourth section is up. sharon chin joins from us treasure island. a little race against the weather. i guess they won this round , huh? >> reporter: yes, allen, good news, crews have finished that second tier of the signature tower. it's sticking up from the deck there. caltrans says it finished at 4:30 this afternoon, 4.5 hours earlier than expected. early this morning, crews started the final phase of putting in the second tier of the tower. caltrans calls it a milestone in the construction of the new bay bridge eastern span. crews have been working around the clock since monday to get that second tier lifted up and bolted into place. that second part is four parts like four legs of a stool. it's taken 16 to 20 hours to put each part in place.
each part is 107 feet tall an weighs more than 600 tons. caltrans says it finished early because of the weather. >> we thought we get more rain than we did at the end so that's been very good and that will allow to us complete here just a couple of hours earlier than we thought that we might have to take. other challenges? i think we have met them all. this was a very smooth operation for the most part. equipment challenges in the process, but overcame all of those. >> reporter: the tower now raises 10 stories above the bridge so it's at eye level on the upper deck. drivers have been good about not slowing down to look at it. the rest of the tower gets built, the third and fourth tier. they are expected to go up on top by february. so this tower will be 525 feet tall and the parts for are
expected to arrive in december. >> good news. a lot of construction projects hanging on the weather. a lot of things for the weekend hanging on the weather especially halloween. >> i think that's one. things that intrigued me. my father is a construction worker. my brother construction worker so i knew how important the weather was for them to get paid. so i try to think about the people working outdoors all the time when i forecast my weather. this is it my live cbs 5 weather camera. chopper 5 is flying high in the sky, that's the city by the bay where currently it is 60 degrees and typically this time of the year we should be in the low 70s. right now, we have rain lurking in and around the san francisco area. our live high-def doppler radar places the precipitation just hanging offshore in a stationary position. we do have some wraparound moisture that's trying to advance towards the san mateo coast. also, the san jose area. seeing a little bit of light
rainfall right now anywhere around the 680 through milpitas into san jose swing around to los gatos and heading towards santa cruz mountains. north bay you have been in the rain pretty much all day and you will continue to see a steady rain there tonight. out band this evening, if you're going to be out, make sure you have that up. we have that occasional shower. to remember morning lingering showers. temperatures overall 40s and 50s. looks like this area of low pressure is gradually sagging in a southerly direction. it will finally eject easterly over the weekend. now, this is the main fat band of rain that brought the precipitation to the bay area. wraparound moisture will spin onshore, as well. there is that wraparound moisture into the east bay .25" of rain could accumulate inland by sunday morning. otherwise we have already seen an inch and a quarter in the
northern portion of our district. high share, grab the chains. 80% chance of one to three inches of snow above 7,000 feet. 50s and 60s your highs tomorrow. dry skies for halloween. high pressure builds in quickly all the way over the weekend which means, wow, dry skies also partly cloudy conditions for the raiders game here in the bay area. 65 degrees. enjoy your weekend. allen? >> absolutely will do it. thank you, roberta. all right. halloween may be fun in treats but human rights groups want you to consider a more haunting image. kiet do shows us accusations of human trafficking and child labor on cocoa farms. ♪ [ music ] >> everyone lost chocolate. >> it's a documentary about chocolate that is more bitter than sweet. it's called "the dark side of chocolate" and it follows a danish journalist as he exposes human trafficking and children working under slave-like conditions on cocoa plantation in africa. >> most children never get
paid. >> reporter: over and over again, he randomly visited any one of the thousands of farms in the ivory coast and found 12 to 15-year-old children working long hours, swinging sharp machetes and carrying heavy loads. the kids say they are sometimes promised a wage but often don't get paid at all. other times they are kidnapped and sold. starting price, $320. the author spoke with the ceo of safeco cacao. [ speaking french ] >> reporter: one of the world's leading bean brokers flatly denies everything. the filmmaker then sat down with ivory coast government officials who insisted there is no problem. the kids are just tourists. >> for those countries, when they vacation, they come [ indiscernible ] they are coming [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: santa clara university organized the screening on campus. >> people might be in denial that there could be that association with, you know, my child is enjoying this cadbury
bar but in fact another child his or her age halfway across the globe, you know, is not in school slaving away in a plantation in order to provide my child this $2 candy bar. >> reporter: he says the chocolate manufacturers refused an on-camera interview and issued a joint statement saying, the vast majority of cocoa farms are not owned by the companies that make chocolate or supply cocoa. and we therefore don't have direct control over cocoa farming and labor practices. they also refuse to see the movie and so sweet up a giant screen at nestle headquarters to make sure they did. kiet do, cbs 5. among 30,000 ems who used to work for hp. i was supposed to retire there. carly fiorina changed all that. fiorin off 30,000 people and she shipped our jobs to china and india. i had to pack my bags and i was out the door that night. we even had to train our replacements. she didn't need 5 corporate jets. one hundred million for herself. fiorina never cared about our jobs. not then and not now.
i'm barbara boxer and i approve this message. what are the facts... about jerry brown? fact. as governor, jerry brown supported seven billion dollars in higher taxes. he called prop 13 a "fraud" and a "rip-off." fact. under brown, the unemployment rate nearly doubled, to 11%. fact. last year, brown said taxes should be raised again. in a recession. jerry brown: he failed on jobs before, can we afford to let him fail again?
"abolish the public schools." he even called our schools "insidious" and "socialism." as families struggle to raise their kids, to provide a good education, harmer bragged, "we can design a plan to dismantle them." david harmer is just too radical. we need jerry mcnerney. protecting local schools from devastating cuts. endorsed for his "independence" by the contra costa times, stockton record, and our local teachers. i'm jerry mcnerney, and i approved this message.
the kind of thing that drives taxpayers crazy. our cash- strapped court system, about to hand out one million dollars in raises to court administrators - i'm dana king. the cash-strapped court system about to hand out $1 million in raises to court administrators some of whom already make six figure salaries. why the raises may happen even though many judges say it is a big mistake. and the sign of just how much trouble the democrats are facing next week. is barbara boxer already in a tight race of her own the party's last best hope to avoid losing both houses of congress? we'll have that and much more at 6:00, allen. >> 30 minutes away, dana. thanks. we'll see you then katie couric is next. here's one you're going to love. why are millions of your tax dollars being sent to dead people? that's coming up on cbs. before that, though, we're all looking forward to tomorrow's game. >> oh, yes. >> in arlington. >> in the 70s a southerly breeze 12 miles per hour warmer
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