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abducted in the central valley. what has investigators searching a canal this morning. a grim lead in the hunt for a 4-year-old boy abducted in the central valley. what has investigators searching a canal this morning. >> former governor arnold schwarzenegger about to enter a legal battle. the decision he made during his last hours in office that one family says was against the law. and the weather description is mild weather. but that does not begin to describe temperatures 5 to 10 degrees above average. how long these unseasonably warm temperatures will hang on. that's straight ahead. >> rush hour is full swing. i'll have the busiest spots, details in minutes. good morning. it is thursday, january 20th. i'm elizabeth wenger. >> i'm sydnie kohara. thanks so much for joining us. your time is 6:00. the search is intensifying this morning for a 4-year-old boy abducted from his grandmother and now a new lead's investigators are focusing on a stanislaus county
canal. anne makovec is in berkeley where the amber alert is stretching into its third day. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. they are going to be searching the canal at first light this morning. authorities think the getaway car may have been ditched in a canal near peterson. on highways up and down california you can see signs just like this that amber alert still in effect with the description of the car that the alleged kidnapper may have been driving. police say jose esteban rodriguez took 4-year-old juliani cardenas from his grandmother's arms on tuesday and they have not been seen since. rodriguez used to be the boy's mother's boyfriend. they broke up a few months ago and she says rodriguez has been hearing voices and she thinks he is likely schizophrenic. police are focusing on this canal right now because a farm worker reported seeing a car similar to rodriguez's drive into the canal on tuesday. the boy's family, though, holding out hope that he will be found alive.
>> i think that because he thought i was never going to let him see him or something and --he figured that he wanted to spend time with him. but went about it all wrong, you know? he took it to the extreme. >> reporter: the family held this vigil last night in patterson at the same place where the little boy was taken. the cardenas family home. police are now looking for the vehicle that the alleged kidnapper took off in, a silver toyota corolla with oversized blackories. thishearst a surveillance here's a surveillance video showing him getting beer at a nearby convenience store. police still looking for the getaway car. toyota corolla with oversized blackories. the license plate there on your screen, 4hbw445. the family doesn't think he will get very far. he only has $300. the license plate there on your screen, 4hbw445.
back out here along highway 80. these signs up and down california highways. there was some thought that the alleged kidnapper could be heading to san jose where he has some family. but he has not turned up there. we'll let you know when we have any clue and the search of the canal starting again at daylight. sydnie? >> thank you, anne makovec in berkeley. this morning, arnold schwarzenegger is facing a lawsuit for one of his final acts in office. sonja shin is in the newsroom with why the family of a murder victim says the former governor broke the law. >> good morning. reports. reporter: a concord family is going to file a lawsuit against schwarzenegger today in sacramento. the family of luis santos says schwarzenegger violated their constitutional rights under mary's law when he commuted the voluntary manslaughter sentence of esteban nunez, the son of former assembly speaker fabian nunez and one of two men convicted of the stabbing death of luis santos in 2008.
santos and some friends were attacked outside a party in san diego. santos was stabbed in the heart. it seemed justice was served when esteban nunez was sentenced to 16 years but schwarzenegger commuted it and cut the time by more than half. >> that was my concern is pardons going to interfere with justice. >> schwarzenegger sent a letter to the family acknowledging he had caused more pain by reducing the sentence but said the facts of the case did not support equal sentences for both of the men convicted. santos calls the letter political rhetoric and critics accuse schwarzenegger of favoring an old ally. back to you, elizabeth. >> thank you. 6:04. state lawmakers are putting the pressure now on pg&e to reveal
which of its gas pipeline were subjected to pressure spikes. jerry hill demanded that pg&e make that information public. the utility has admitted increasing pressure to the legal limit on 11 transmission lines in california including the pine line that exploded in san bruno. arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords has reached another milestone in her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head. she is now able to stand up. she is also able to sit in a chair and read cards from fourth grade students. the congresswoman is expected to be moved out of the hospital within days to a rehab facility in texas. a federal grand jury has indicted the suspected shooter in the tucson tragedy, jared loughner. it dealt with the attempt to kill giffords and two aides. investigators now say loughner fired 32 bullets in 15 seconds.
6:05. let's get a check of traffic and weather before you head out the door. robert, good morning. i tell you, if i could leave right now and find my spot on the beach, i would! >> i say let's do this. let's make a pact, let's meet downstairs in the parking garage as soon as the sun comes up and we'll just disappear. [ laughter ] >> already mild at this hour. it's 6:05. take a look. 50 degrees at oakland, 55 degrees at sfo. the chilliest of temperatures we are seeing. 38 degrees in santa rosa. 55 degrees in the san ramon valley. that 38 degrees, that is going to be quickly diminished by daytime highs in santa rosa expecting to peak around 69 degrees. we'll see 65 degrees inside the bay, a few winds out there. but those will diminish by the noon hour. plenty of sunshine and it's going to last, get this, through next week. so enjoy the sun.
for a look at traffic, here is gianna. break lights westbound highway 4 from a street to somersville. a street to antioch bridge foggy through there. limited visibility use caution across the span. our only bridge that is seeing any sort of fog this morning, it's going to be a nice day, we have nice temperatures on tap, that's the good news. altamont pass grant line to vasco road we are seeing delays this morning. 17 minutes westbound 580 from the altamont pass to 680. also the bay bridge this morning, traffic actually doing well. starting to see slight delays there in the cash lanes but overall the metering lights are still off. reports of a trouble spot on 280 details coming up. back to you guys. >> thank you. straight as, great s.a.t. scores, it may not matter. coming up, how uc admissions could soon be getting more competitive for students. plus, several schools in one bay area county on the chopping block? the last chance parents have to keep it from happening.
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good morning. happy thursday. simple math is all you need. 5 to 10 degrees warmer or 5 to 10 degrees above seasonal averages. how much do we see 63 degrees in january in san francisco? 66 for cupertino. 65 in santa clara. get out, enjoy, mostly sunny skies and get this... these warm temperatures and sunny conditions will continue through the weekend. i'll have a full look at your seven-day forecast straight ahead. back to you guys. >> thank you, loving that forecast. 6:11. this is not what anyone applying to college wants to hear. budget cuts will force the university of california to reject tens of thousands of qualified students over the next decade. that's what uc president mark yudof told regents yesterday e says the system faces a budget gap of at least a million dollars next year. he attributes half that amount to reduced funding from the state. the california state university
system is also in a similar financial bind. no decision just yet on the possible closure of some schools in contra costa county. last night parents and students in walnut creek argued for and against closing 7 schools in mount diablo unified. after cutting $50 million over the past few years, the district says it now has to cut another $12 million this year. >> closing silverwood would be one of the worst ideas ever, and i know that more people think that, too. >> yesterday's meeting is the first step in the decision- making process. another meeting will be held next week. the vote takes place on february 8. caltrain is looking at possible service cuts to deal with a $30 million deficit. those potential cuts could be severe. among the scenarios, a schedule that would see trains operating only on weekdays and only during commute times. service could be suspended at up to 7 stations including all stops south of san jose's
diridon station. >> everyone cutting back. all right. the time now is 6:12. a tough task just got easier. the move that could speed up the search for san francisco's next top cop. plus, neighbors said it was just too ugly for the block. coming up, the small change the owner of a new restaurant will have to make to stay in business. your commute on 101 might get ugly, as well. we have new reports of an accident at cesar chavez. details coming right up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
right now, house republicans are working on r ons of good morning. it's thursday, and a fantastic thursday on tap. with the exception of isolated fog in places like brentwood and antioch, and some breezy conditions in the east bay hills, that's really the only weather effect at this hour. otherwise, we're seeing incredibly clear skies and mild temperatures. now, the clear skies are -- that's what's leading to the 37 degrees that we're seeing right now in santa rosa. but the rest of us are experiencing really mild temperatures. 55 degrees at 6:15 in the morning. traditionally those are daytime highs. we are seeing 55 at the bay. 55 at the coast, as well. plenty of sunshine as high pressure continues to build over the bay area. the winds that we're seeing at
this hour will ultimately die down and the fog will actually burn out, as well. we'll see daytime highs in the warmest of areas, 69 degrees. 65 at the coast. we'll see a warmup, pardon me, 65 inside the bay. we'll even see a warmup to 61 degrees at the coast. get out and enjoy. now let's check the roads and here's gianna. the roads and >> good morning. we have a trouble spot southbound 101 at cesar chavez an accident solo spinout blocking the left lane. chp just arriving on scene. no word of any injuries. but did i hear that fire crews ares are -- but i did hear that fire crews are heading out to the scene. just slight delays as you approach the accident. elsewhere, the rest of 101 right now, here's live look at 101 through millbrae. the rest of the drive on the peninsula problem-free. no delays to report heading to sfo. traffic actually looks good this morning through that portion. back to the maps, northbound side 280 at wolf we have a vehicle that hit debris in the road. everything now cleared off to the center divide and looks like chp and tow trucks are on
scene trying to get the trouble spot out of the way so traffic okay on 280 through the south bay. if you are headed through the altamont pass, we are seeing some delays westbound 580 about a 19-minute ride to go from the altamont pass to 680. once you hit 680 only slight delays at the dublin interchange, 680 itself looking good this morning. westbound 4 lots of red so that means lots of brake lights. we are seeing delays westbound from a street to loveridge. live look at the antioch bridge -- we lost that shot. but it is foggy there so give yourself some extra time. no fog here on the golden gate bridge. traffic actually looking nice this morning. still light. southbound 101 from 37 to 580 no delays. san mateo bridge no delays between foster city and hayward. bay bridge metering lights are still off. just a slight delay there in the cash lanes. remember our radio partners when you hit the roads, kcbs 740-am and 106.9-fm. >> thank you. right now, house republicans are working on replacing sections of the new
healthcare reform law. here's a live look from washington, d.c. as they argue to end the mandate to purchase insurance and help reformal practice awards. senate approval will be required. 6:19. let's look at other top stories today. divers will be back in a central valley canal this morning as the search for a kidnapped boy continues. someone reported seeing a car similar to the suspects going into the canal shortly after the 4-year-old was taken from his grandmother in patterson tuesday. today a concord family will be filing a lawsuit against former governor arnold schwarzenegger for commuting the sentence of a man convicted in their son's death. that man is esteban nunez. he is the son of former state assembly speaker fabian nunez. the victim's family says the former governor violated their constitutional rights. and chinese president hu jintao will be on capitol hill
meeting with members congress later going to chicago. last night he was a guest of honor at the state dinner at the white house. san francisco could get a new police chief within two months. george gascon recently left the post when he was appointed as district attorney. the police commission has approved a rapid schedule to replace him, closing the application period by early next month. interim mayor ed lee could then choose a new police chief as early as march 15. los angeles police this morning are resuming the search for a gunman who shot a school police officer in the san fernando valley. he was shot in the chest yesterday of as he confronted a man who appeared to be breaking into cars. he was released from the hospital last night. >> due to good luck and the bulletproof vest, the officer was not severely injured. >> nine schools in that area had to go on lockdown right
south 10 at cesar chavez we have an injury accident belonging the left lane. traffic is backing up in the area. also, we have a live look at the bay bridge. all that coming up in just a few minutes. a group claims disney shopping bags sold at safeway have dangerous lead levels. the center for environmental health tested reusable toy story and car bags and have more lead than allowed for products. safeway stopped selling the bags. disney is looking into the claim with the manufacturer. parents have a good reason to be concerned about just how much time their kids spend playing videogames. new evidence shows that one in 10 children is at risk of becoming pathologically addicted. researchers monitored th habits of 3,000 students for years. kids were more likely to
develop depression, anxiety and social phobias. this morning, the verdict is in. some changes will have to be made to a controversial pizza shop in san rafael. the city's design and review board met yesterday to make a decision on whether to okay the neon colors for pizza orgasmica. the owner will have to change about 10% of the restaurant. the restaurant will open saturday. an as fan is itching for a fight with san francisco giants closer brian wilson. the examiner reports he has a website called iwanttofightbrianwilson.com, appropriately named. the site says the fan who is remaining anonymous tried to get wilson to autograph a broom last may when the as were trying to sweep the giants. he wants to get in the boxing
ring with brian wilson. >> brian wilson is too smart for that. >> he said brian wilson can get head gear so he doesn't get hurt. >> there you go. 6:26. bay area pilots flying blind. the dangerous prank putting passengers at risk. plus, a new twist in the showdown over equality for same- sex couples. how a bay area judge's ruling could open the door to dozens of lawsuits. an amber alert still in effect for a missing 4-year-old boy and authorities think they might know where the getaway car is from the alleged kidnapper. we'll have that update coming up. former governor arnold schwarzenegger about to enter a legal battle. why a concord family says he violated their rights and are filing a lawsuit against him today. and want to escape winter? just step outside. mostly sunny skies today. temperatures topping out nearly 70 degrees. pleasanton 67 degrees. and the warmup is only just beginning. we'll have much more straight ahead. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
focusing on a canal near patterson that's in the central valley. our anne makovec with the grim lead that led them there. hi, anne. >> reporter: yeah, the first 48 hours after somebody goes missing obviously the most imperative. and still no sign of this missing 4-year-old boy. this morning, authorities are going to continue searching a canal near peterson and these signs are still illuminated up and down california highways with the amber alert information on the getaway car that police believe the kidnapper took off in on tuesday. police say jose esteban rodriguez took 4-year-old juliani cardenas from his grandmother's arms on tuesday afternoon. they have not been seen since. rodriguez used to be the mother's boyfriend and they broke up a few months ago. she said rodriguez had been hearing voices and that's likely schizophrenic. police are focusing on this canal because a farm worker reported seeing a car similar to rodriguez's car drive into the canal on tuesday.
yesterday they pulled a car out and it wasn't the car. they are going to look again. the boy's family is holding out hope that he will be found alive. >> based on the credibility of the witness and the information that we have, we have every reason to believe that this case is unfortunately going to end tragically. >> i hope he is safe and warm wherever's at. >> hope that he is safe and warm wherever he's at. hopefully he comes home soon. [ crying ] >> because i don't believe that jose is going to hurt him. i believe he's going to -- everything is going to come out okay. >> reporter: now, the family held this vigil last night in patterson at the cardenas family home, the same place where the 4-year-old was taken. police still looking for the alleged vehicle a silver toyota corolla with oversized black rims. license plate there on your screen, 6hbw445.
back out here live now, you can see the amber alert sign. there was some thought that this man might be heading to san jose because his family lives there. but according to police, there are no signs of this suspected kidnapper. again, the search through that canal for the vehicle starts again at daylight. >> thank you, anne makovec live for us this morning in berkeley. 6:32. arnold schwarzenegger is expected to get slapped with a lawsuit this morning for one of his final acts in office. sonja shin is in the newsroom with why the victim's family claims former governor schwarzenegger broke the law. good morning. reporter: a concord family is going to file a lawsuit against schwarzenegger today in sacramento. the family of luis santos says schwarzenegger violated their constitutional rights under mary's law when he commuted the voluntary manslaughter sentence of esteban nunez, the son of former assembly speaker fabian nunez and one of two men convicted of the stabbing death of luis santos in 2008.
the santos and some friends were attacked outside a party in san diego when santos was stabbed in the heart. it seemed justice was served when esteban nunez was sentenced to 16 years but schwarzenegger commuted it and cut the time by more than half. the conviction was for voluntary manslaughter. >> he randomly picked a name. it happened just so happened to be the son of his friend? no. nobody will buy it. nobody in this country will buy it. >> schwarzenegger sent a letter to the family saying the fact of the case did not support equal sentences for the both convicted men. santos calls the letter political rhetoric and critics accuse schwarzenegger of favoring an old ally. >> thank you, sonja shin in the cbs 5 newsroom. a legal victory for same-
sex couples seeking federal benefits. this week a federal judge in oakland ruled that state employees in california can sue for discrimination for being denied certain health benefits. right now the federal government does not extend long- term healthcare to spouses of state workers who are gay. a public defender may ask that san francisco prosecutors be recused from the case of a wheelchair-bound man shot by police. the man has pleaded not guilty to several charges including assault with a deadlyweapon. newly appointed d.a. george gascon was police chief when the shooting happened and he has defended his officers actions. traffic and weather, robert lyles it's going to be a gorgeous day. can't wait to enjoy it. >> you should get out and enjoy it because it will be incredibly
fantastic today. chilly in santa rosa at 37 but the rest of the bay area is seeing mild conditions. 51 redwood city. 52 mountain view. 44 in livermore. 47 right now in concord. some spotty fog out there as well for places like brentwood and antioch but that's all expected to burn off particularly with the incredibly warm temperatures we are going to see. 69 is the expected high in santa rosa, 64 for vallejo. we'll see 65 in san jose. and it's not just today. expect these warm temperatures and sunny skies to hold on at least the next seven days. now, here's a look at your roads with gianna. >> thank you. let's head to san francisco. southbound 101 at cesar chavez we are dealing with a two-car crunch in the left lane. traffic is stacking up. lots of brake lights in our camera, give yourself some extra time. use mass transit. elsewhere in castro valley, we have reports of a vehicle fire at castro valley boulevard and
redwood he's states roadblocking one left lane so expect delays. westbound 580 at first a motorcycle down in the center divide. that is an accident off to the side. looks like traffic backed up in that area anyway. 20-minute ride from the altamont pass to 680 on 580. and the metering lights are on on the bay bridge, traffic pretty slow. back to you. >> thank you. good s.a.t. scores, straigh as may not matter to thousands applying to uc schools. mark yudof warns that budget cuts will force the university of california to reject tens of thousands of qualified students over the next decade. he says the system faces a budget gap of at least a million dollars next year saying half that amount is from reduced funding from the state. the california state university system is in a similar financial bind. caltrain looking at service cuts to deal with a $30 million
deficit. the potential cuts could be severe. among the scenarios, a schedule that would see trains operate only on weekdays and only during commute times. service could be suspended at up to 7 stations including all stops south of san jose's diridon station. oakland is the best out of california's 13 largest cities when it comes to avoiding drunk driving crashes. oakland also has the fewest arrests for driving under the influence. but oakland is third highest in the state in hit-and-run and pedestrian collisions and fifth in collisions involving bicycles. the oakland tribune reports these figures are for city streets, not freeways patroled by chp. the bay area's three major airports rank high on a rather unsettling list. the number of incidents involving lasers pointed at airplanes. the federal aviation administration released the numbers yesterday. all right, mineta san jose
international had 80 cases last year tied for third behind only los angeles and chicago o'hare. a likely reason why san jose ranks so high, planes take off directly over the city instead of over water. the laser devices are inexpensive and dangerous. >> the initial point of the laser is very small but when it gets to be four to five miles away the size of the beam is larger. the fuselage is curved none of the windshields are flat. they are curved. so when the beam hits the windshield it acts like a prism and lights up the cockpit. it's not one little beam coming through and can temporarily blind or permanently cause damage to a pilot's eyes. >> well, these numbers are surprising. oakland international ranked 6th with 55 incidents. san francisco 8th with 39. arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords continues to amaze doctors as she recovers from a gunshot wound to the head. a tucson hospital says giffords
is now able to stand up. giffords' mother said in an email that her daughter of was also able to sit in a chair and read cards from fourth grade students. everyone is optimistic but they remain cautious. >> it is in the long run more of a marathon than a sprint. so we like to tell people and families pace yourselves. this is going to be a long run. it's going to be weeks to months. >> giffords is expected to be moved out of the hospital within days to a rehab facility in houston texas. a federal grand jury has indicted suspected gunman jared lee loughner. the indictment specifically deals with the attempt to kill giffords and two of her aides. investigators now say loughner fired 32 bullets in 15 seconds. chinese president hu jintao wraps up his visit to washington, d.c. today. he is scheduled to meet with congressional leaders a day after he was honored with a fancy state dinner at the white
house. his welcome to capitol hill may not be as warm. yesterday, senate majority leader harry reid called hu a dictator. he tried to recant that later. two bay area mayors were among the guests at last night's state dinner. this is a photo of oakland mayor jean quan and san francisco mayor ed lee, who are long-time friends. both were invited for making political history as asian- american mayors. this week marks 20 years since then president george h.w. bush announced the start of operation desert storm. a million u.s. and allied servicemembers took part in the six-week campaign to drive iraqi forces out of kuwait, which iraq had invaded earlier. today mr. bush and top official from his administration will reunite at texas a & m university for a roundtable discussion. >> can't believe it's been 20 years. wow. 6:40. you're not imagining it. traffic is worse than ever. we'll tell you where bay area drivers rank when it comes to
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alone.. good morning. happy thursday. we can started this week consumed in fog and we are closing this week consumed in sunshine. as we take a live look at san francisco, out toward the bay bridge, as the sun slowly begins its ascent over the horizon, clear skies out there and it's only going to get better. with the only exception we have a little bit of fog out in the far reaches of the east bay and we are seeing some breezy conditions in the east bay hills and parts of the north bay but other than that we are seeing mild conditions. the coolest of temperatures 37 degrees in santa rosa but the rest of the inland areas seeing 53 degrees. 53 degrees. 55 degrees inside the bay. we are even seeing 55 at the coast. we'll warm up to 69 inland. 65 at the coast. get this, 61 degrees -- and i keep saying that all morning, 65 at the bay, 61 at the
coast, all because high pressure is building over california. and as it does we are getting a little bit of wraparound effect so offshore winds. that's why we saw those breezy conditions. but the high pressure will remain in place and it will keep us sunny for eight days. today expect mid- to upper 60s as we move from the peninsula into the south bay. 66 for los gatos. as we push back into the east bay, we'll see 62 in antioch as well as brentwood, 64 livermore and richmond. novato 64. 65 kentfield. 62 fairfield. sunny skies become the dominant weather story through sunday. change in winds will bring some of those clouds from the ocean back on land. but we still enter the new workweek bathed in sun and temperatures in the mid-60s. for a look at what's turning out to be some busy roads, here's gianna. usy roads, >> it is picking up that's for sure, robert. bay bridge metering lights are on. you can see we are seeing a bit
of a backup here mostly in the cash lanes at least to the first overpass and 21 minutes now to go eastshore freeway from the carquinez bridge to the maze. so if you want to use mass transit or the san mateo bridge, not too bad now's a good time. better news through san francisco. south 101 approaching cesar chavez that injury accident cleared out of lanes but we are seeing a bit of a backup there. at last check seeing a backup to the 80 split. we lost our camera but it's improving a bit in the area. elsewhere westbound 580 at park reports of a tree down in the right lane debris as well. there are vehicles there on the right side of the road. some slight delays as you approach the area. now, also on 580 we are seeing the usual slow and go conditions westbound 580 from grant line but when you hit first you are going to run into an accident where you're seeing slower speeds. it's a motorcycle accident in the center divide. injuries reported no lanes blocked but spectator slowing in the area, give yourself some extra time. same goes for the antioch area, westbound 4 slow and go,
business as usual. we are seeing some fog on the antioch bridge. so use caution as you cross the span. you want to take mass transit for those delays on the bay bridge and in san francisco, bart is a good choice. all trains are on time right now. ace, muni and caltrain checking in problem-free. no delays through there. that's a look at the morning commute. back to you. >> thank you. is your commute giving you a headache? you are not alone. according to a new study now that the economy is picking up, traffic is getting worse again. during the recession it had actually gotten a little better. drivers in chicago and washington, d.c. suffer the most. they spent almost 70 hours a year stuck in traffic. commuters in san francisco and oakland come in sixth. some encouraging news now about unemployment in the u.s. and a new earnings report from the silicon valley giant. here's jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com. >> reporter: good morning.
absolutely good news on the job market. numbers heading in the right direction last week. first time unemployment claims down 37,000 to 404,000 after a big spike the week before. and that's more or less choked up chalked up to seasonal layoffs. really need to see that number below 400,000 for a sustained period of time, a few months perhaps, before we can start feeling good about the job market turning around and add morgue jobs to the economy. ebay had a very nice holiday season. the san jose company says its revenue was up 6% to $2.5 billion. now, profit fell but they benefitted the year before because of the sale of skype otherwise the numbers beat analyst expectations. its online payment sales were up. overall sales were up and it had more users than a a year
before. ebay shares up 4.5% and that's one of the good news stories on wall street. the market is falling behind, big reason because of seattle networking company f-5 networkings with disappointing earnings. its stocks hammered down 19%. that's really having a big impact on the tech sector. the dow is down by 12 the nasdaq down by 18 points. s&p is off by 3. >> thank you jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com. 6:49. later today, wal-mart is expected to kick off a health initiative. it plans to reduce sodium and sugar in some items, build stores in four areas and develop a logo for healthier products. first lady michelle obama will join executives for today's announcement she is urging companies to make foods healthier through her campaign to combat childhood obesity. with more in health news, here's randall pinkston.
reporter: the american lung association says most states are nailing when it comes to helping smokers quit. the organization says states are making millions in taxes and tobacco settlements but spending just a fraction on smoking prevention programs. according to a new report, 40 states spent less than half of what the federal government recommends. every year, more than 400,000 people die from tobacco-related illnesses. a consumerwatch watchdog group says the u.s. is getting worse at solving outbreaks of food- borne illness like salmonella age and e. coli. during an outbreak the government tries to pinpoint the food causing the sickness but the centers for science in the public interest say success rates have dropped over 10 years. the group hopes those rates will change now that the fda and cdc are adopting new systems to track food-borne illness. for the first time, scientists are looking deep into the dna of bedbugs to find a way to stop their rapid spread. bedbugs numbers have jumped 500% in the past decade as the
insects became more resistant to pesticides. researchers are trying to pinpoint the genes that make bedbugs resistant so new ways to exterminate them can be developed. and those are some of the day's top health stories. i'm randall pinkston, cbs news. remembering an octopus famous for predicting world cup matches lives on in germany. today paul the german octopus was given his very own memorial at the sea life aquarium. last summer he predicted each of germany's 2010 world cup matches, he called the wins and losses. sadly though paul died three months ago but after receiving a lot of letters from fans around the world, the aquarium decided to create this memorial. >> for the first-ever octopus memorial. his ashes are inside the ball in an urn. >> are they really? >> yes. [ laughter ] >> nice tribute to an octopus.
all right. time now 6:51. the hunt for a kidnapped 4-year- old boy takes a new turn. >> we'll tell you what a witness saw that has divers searching a canal this morning. and if you have a story idea or comment you would like to share with us? email firstname.lastname@example.org. good morning, coming up on "the early show" we are joined by secretary of state hillary clinton, she will talk to us about u.s. relations with china tensions between the two, as well. president hu jintao of klein is of course here on a state visit. we'll also ask the secretary about whether she may have any future presidential ambitions 6 her own. plus gabrielle giffords' husband talks about his recovery sharing the details from the first moments when he feared the worst to the uplifting triumph of her recovery. and four months after her husband was murdered on the u.s./mexico border, tiffany hartley remains desperate for answers. she will join us live in the studio for an exclusive interview all that and much
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expected to search a central valley canal for signs of a kidnapped 4-year-old boy. our anne makovec on the lead that brought them there. hi, anne. >> reporter: yeah, good morning. they searched that canal yesterday, as well. and they did find a car, but it was not the car that the alleged kidnapper was last seen in. so they are going to go at first light, which is coming up very soon, to search the canal again for the potential car that might have at one point contained this kidnapped boy. you can see signs like this up and down california highways. the amber alert still in effect. police say jose rodriguez took 4-year-old juliani cardenas from his grandmother's arms of on tuesday and they have not been seen since. rodriguez used to be the boy's mother's boyfriend. they broke up and she says rodriguez is likely schizophrenic. police are focusing on that canal because a farm worker reported seeing a car similar to rodriguez's car drive into the canal on tuesday.
the boy's family still holding out hope. this surveillance video captured rodriguez shortly before the kidnapping on tuesday afternoon. you can see him there he is getting a beer at a nearby convenience store. police are now looking for this vehicle, the getaway car, a silver toyota corolla with oversized black rims. the family doesn't think he can get very far since he likely has no more than $300 and here on your screen the license plate number of that car they are looking for 6hbw445 and we did hear from the suspect's uncle last night. he doesn't think that rodriguez would do anything to harm the child. but nobody knows. neither of them has been heard from in almost 48 hours. again, the search of that canal for the vehicle starts within the next couple of hours. >> more time passes, the more urgent this gets. all right, thank you, anne makovec live for us this morning in berkeley. 6:57. let's talk to robert now with
another look at that beautiful forecast. >> the forecast is so bright, you gotta wear shades. 65 the expected high in the warmest areas, 65 at the bay, 50s at the coast. but the warm weather and sunny skies not limited to today. friday, saturday, sunday, monday, tuesday, and beyond we continue to see the high pressure hold on. by the weekend we'll have a change of winds and that's going to allow a little bit more of the ocean breeze that may bring back the fog. but temperatures will remain in the mid- to upper 60s for our daytime highs. the only winter you will see is in photos like this one. send us your images to email@example.com. for a look at the roads, here's gianna. >> 580 in the oakland area, traffic alert. in fact a sig alert an unplanned lane closure of 30
minutes or more, westbound 580 at park we have a tree down leaning over the sound wall blocking the two right lanes causing a backup there. we are seeing some slow and go conditions on our sensors so give yourself some extra time. hopefully it should be wrapped up within the next 30 minutes. bay bridge not bad. metering lights are on but the only delay in the cash lanes and backed up just to the mid lot there. so fairly decent on this thursday morning. northbound 101 at cesar chavez damage to the center divide avoid the left lane especially if you are on a motorcycle because of debris in lanes. we are seeing much better conditions traffic was stacked up all the way to the split, moving better on the south 101 ride. westbound 580 an accident at 1st. back to you. >> thank you. where's all the bay bridge commuters? playing hooky on a nice day. thanks so much for watching cbs 5 "early edition." we'll see you back here tomorrow bri