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tv   CBS 5 Early Edition  CBS  June 30, 2011 4:30am-5:00am PDT

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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. a report of mysterious phone calls made from michelle le's cell phone. the evidence leading police to look out of state. san jose police force about to get a lot slimmer. the number of officers turning in their badges today. good morning. it's thursday, june 30. i'm grace lee. >> i'm frank mallicoat. time now 4:30. [ no microphone ] >> it's a gorgeous day out there. it really cleared up yesterday, really nice. hopefully more of the same, erika. >> definitely cleared up nicely. we are getting some warmer temperatures and some clearer skies. now we're going to start off with patchy a.m. fog that will mix out as the sun comes out. sunrise 5:50 a.m. i have your detailed forecast coming up. in the meantime here's
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elizabeth with traffic. >> thank you. let's go to pleasanton. we have a camera showing you westbound 580. all those headlights towards 680. 15 minutes out of the altamont pass heading here. more traffic in a bit including your roadwork hot spots in just a couple of minutes. back to you guys. >> thank you. thanks very much. it's 4:31 now. new developments in the case of that missing nursing student michelle le. there is a report that le's cell phone was used after she disappeared in hayward last month. >> but le's family is disputing those claims. kgtv in san diego says le's phone was used to make a phone in reno and another to a woman somewhere in arizona. le's brother confirms a woman did contact him about the reported call. >> i did get a phone call from her and told the police. >> it is not known if the woman who reported the phone call actually new le. san diego report says hayward
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police went to arizona to talk with the woman but hayward police haven't confirmed that. le's family plans another search for the missing woman this weekend. today marks the last day for dozens of laid-off city workers in san jose. they include about 70 police officers who will be out of work and a few dozen others who are retiring or transferring to other departments all part of a budget plan approved by mayor reed and the city council to reduce the city's $115 million budget deficit. in all, 264 city workers are losing their jobs. the oakland city council is still struggling to come up with a budget plan just hours before the new fiscal year begins tomorrow. council will meet in special session tomorrow afternoon following a four-hour hearing tuesday. then, councilmembers discussed proposals but couldn't settle on a budget. they are trying to close a $58 million budget deficit. an internet giant says it won't go along with part of
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california's new budget plan. late last night, amazon said it will not charge california customers sales tax which is a requirement by the new state budget. as kiet do reports, that's not the only way the company is flexing its muscle. reporter: for mindy roberts one of the leading mommy bloggers, the bombshell email from amazon came today. >> confused. >> reporter: mindy is for now a so-called amazon affiliate based on scotts valley. buy products through her site, amazon ships them to her and she gets the sale. >> we are dumping you. somebody wants you to conform to some new rule. we like you, we don't want to dump you so we have to. sorry. >> reporter: for amazon based in seattle, eliminating the nexus of california affiliates is part of a strategy they have done in other states that also have online taxes. by getting rid of affiliates, there is no physical presence
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and therefore, no need to collect sales tax. however, assembly member nancy skinner one of the authors of the new online tax law issued a statement saying, severing affiliate ties won't change the fact that under our efairness law they will still need to collect sales taxes. we hope that amazon and overstock rethink these bullying tactics. >> it's a staring competition with amazon. amazon won blink. >> reporter: says the law backfires if the businesses will leave california. >> if they can shift across the border to nevada and do this, they probably will. >> reporter: as for mindy, she feels caught in the middle. >> this hurts though. this feels personal. this feels like aren't there bigger fish to go after? was this low enough hanging fruit? it's going to hurt a lot of little people. >> reporter: kiet do, cbs 5. >> we received an email last night from an amazon executive who says, this legislation is
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counterproductive and will not cause our retail business to collect sales tax for the state. survivors of the san bruno pipeline explosion are upset that safe and sane fireworks are still legal in their city. san bruno is one of a dozen bay area cities that allows the sale and use of these fireworks. a lot of charities and sports programs depend on that money raised from fireworks sales. last september, that blast killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes. and now residents in the neighborhood are wary of anything that may spark a fire. >> i'm hoping that people will respect the situation and not come to our neighborhood and even though those people that live here, i hope that they will not set off fireworks legal or illegal. >> so city leaders have promised neighbors that there will be extra fire and police patrols over the holiday weekend in order to reduce the fire danger. crews have cut down overgrown grass and weeds where homes once stood. 4:35 now. those yellow stickers that let hybrids use carpool lanes in
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california are about to become obsolete. today is the final day for 85,000 hybrid drivers to get a free pass in the fast lane. they have had that right for six years to reward drivers. all-electric cal and compressed natural gas vehicles will get to use their stickers until 2014. getting around the bay area is more expensive starting tomorrow. bridge tolls for big rigs and cars towing trailers go up. also increasing tomorrow, fares and parking fees for caltrain. fares for golden gate transit buses and ferries as well and fares on san francisco's muni system are going up. so get ready to pay the piper. >> that's right. we only had one day of rain. but i noticed yesterday, so many people out and about enjoying the sun. >> i bet you got a little more today we still had a little bit of clouds situation going on. it's supposed to be gorgeous. >> it's going to be absolutely beautiful and going to get a lot warmer. in the meantime, we can see that we have a marine layer working its way over the forecast region.
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we just have some cold air that's saturated and due to the high pressure system, it's actually keeping this marine layer a lot thinner so it will mix out and evaporate early this morning after the sun rises at 5:50 a.m. our current temperature is mild. we have santa rosa at 53 along with fremont and livermore. pacifica 52. things will warm up nicely. we'll see fairfield at 83, livermore at 80, pacifica 62, san francisco's expected high 68 degrees with clear sky conditions. here's a good look at your extended forecast. 90s in the forecast by tomorrow. triple digits for the weekend by monday into tuesday. we may see an increase in cloud coverage due to tropical storm arlene that's on its way a little further to the north and it's not going to affect us too much but we are getting a seasonal reversal of some patterns there. so in the meantime, get out there and enjoy the rest of your workweek. here's elizabeth with traffic. >> thank you. just weird to see a 100-degree
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on the seven-day. haven't seen that in a long time. outside pretty good towards the bay bridge toll plaza. no metering lights. there is some roadwork on the lower deck, so watch out for that. various lanes blocked there until 6:00. live traffic sensors usually pick up good speeds around this time of the morning. 59, 66, closer towards the macarthur maze. i also threw up an as symbol. as play florida again at 12:35 so may find some extra traffic this afternoon. for right now, it's easier to see these headlights at this time of the morning, so southbound 880 looks okay toward hayward. if you are crossing the san mateo bridge/hayward bridge, all your bridges pretty much look good. this one is no exception. the right side of the screen is westbound 92. right now a 13-minute drive so pretty much a good speed. top speeds there all the way across the span. eastbound 92 looks great, as well. there is roadwork on the
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dumbarton bridge. westbound and eastbound highway 84 as you approach the high- rise. silicon valley commuters, we have a camera near the 880/237 interchange. you can see some headlights coming around the bend. everything is moving fine right now all the way towards san jose. and the golden gate bridge, i threw up this camera because right before air time before 4:30 we had an accident southbound 101 right before the toll plaza. they have cleared it already. now you can see traffic is moving fine all the way into the city. northbound traffic looks good, as well. that is your traffic and weather. back to you. >> thank you. president obama is issuing a blunt challenge to republican lawmakers. he told reporters yesterday that any deficit reduction plan must eliminate selected tax breaks for oil companies and the wealthiest americans. he also blasted lawmakers for planning to skip town without reaching a deal. meanwhile, republicans are criticizing the democrats' plan to raise the country's borrowing limit. >> we know that if we increase
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taxes, this bunch of democrats in washington will spend every dime of it without cutting back on the things that really deserve to be cut back on. >> by august 2nd, we run out of tools to make sure that all our bills are paid. >> lawmakers are still scheduled to be on recess next week for the 4th of july holiday. 4:40 now. the senate is expected to agree on something today. the president's nomination of general david petraeus as cia director. he is one of the military's highest profile commanders and is expected to be easily confirmed in today's vote. the 37-year army veteran has been in charge of u.s.-led international forces in afghanistan and is also credited with turning around the war in iraq. and today's the end of an era in the defense department. robert gates is expected to walk the halls of the pentagon for the last time as secretary of defense. the retiree will be honored with an armed forces farewell tribute. president obama will be among the speakers at the ceremony. gates will be replaced by
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current cia director and former monterey county congressman leon panetta. and he has a full plate right out of the gate. >> no kidding. a lot going on. >> absolutely. a pop star is ready to save myspace. >> thieves target facebook's new digs. >> and the bay area neighborhoods hit by gas thieves. >> and could diet soda ruin your diet? the surprising new claims about the fizzy favorite when we come back. grout takes the right tools, he porous caverns of but it also takes a gentle, caring touch. before you can deep clean, you learn to get a feel for its trouble spots. and hey, if you can't listen to grout, you can't truly know its wants...its needs...its dreams. ♪call 1-800-steemer.
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some drivers to steal to fill their tanks. "claycord dot com" repor victims in high gas prices may be forcing some drivers to steal to fill their tanks. a company reports hearing from eight gas theft victims in concord most in residential neighborhoods. thieves are also draining tanks in livermore where three cars were hit while parked on the
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street. >> the car was parked here and like i say, both cars, their gas tank compartments, face the neighbors so the neighborhood, you think? you know, it's pretty bold. >> a gas station owner in concord has surveillance video of two people stealing gas from his tanks. company fleets and motorhomes are also being hit. thieves have swiped more than 2,000 pounds of copper wiring from a future home of facebook. construction crews in menlo park say the thefts occurred over a three-day period earlier this month. police have no suspects. the estimated cost of the copper stolen, $8,500. maximum fee that banks can charge merchants for debit card transactions will soon be cut in half. it's dropping from $44 to 21 cents. the federal reserve board wanted to cap it at 12 cents. what does it mean? lower fees will allow companies
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to cut prices. banks says it will force them to reduce other services including free checking and rewards practices. the new law goes into effect in october. justin timberlake wants to bring back one of the first social networks. the pop star is part of the group who bought myspace. it was sold yesterday for $35 million. facebook has passed myspace in user numbers and ads. he hopes they will vitalize it and transform it into an entertainment destination. >> news corp took a beating. >> $540 million they bought it for and sold it for $35 million. >> justin's getting a deal there. good luck. 4:45. prince william and his new bride are hitting north america. major security for that royal visit. and the battle over a traditional delicacy heating up. the high-profile man now speaking out against a very controversial soup. dozens of flights delayed
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because of turtles. how a slow motion stampede snarled traffic at jfk. no delayed flights here. you are cleared for take-off. temperatures today expected to reach 68 degrees with clear skies although we will see some early patchy fog that will clear that -- that will clear once the sun comes out. 58 and partly cloudy skies in chicago. 81 in new york. get out and enjoy your day. ,,,,,,,,,, 3q
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daughter. the big question is whether 25- year-old suspect casey anthony will take the stand. she is accused of suffocating caylee anthony three years ago. her lawyers claim the child accidentally drowned in her grandparents' swimming pool. and the british are coming! today prince william and his new bride kate arrive in canada to start their north american tour. after landing the duke and duchess of cambridge will head to the national war memorial to lay a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier. the newlyweds will also make stops in six other canadian cities including montreal and calgary. in ottawa, the security detail is doing a practice run of the royal motorcade. the duke and duchess will visit the city tomorrow on canada day. tens of thousands are expected to try and catch a glimpse of royalty. >> because we all love 'em. we all love 'em. we think they're great. they're down to earth. they're just special. >> following their canadian tour, the couple will head to santa barbara, where prince
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william will play in a charity polo match. >> they should have come here. they talked about going to yosemite and maybe coming through the bay area. nah, you know, let's go to l.a. >> maybe next time. all right. imagine hitting the slopes for the july 4 weekend. >> we didn't have to imagine it. you can do that up in lake tahoe with all the snow. not just flurries, but a full lush blanket of white powder this past week. snow tubing may be the sport of choice for the 4th of july holiday weekend. they are skiing at squaw and, i believe, at alpine, as well. >> i cannot believe we are getting so much snow. >> i know. i didn't make it happen. i just reported the conditions. >> what, it's going to be 100 later this week? >> triple digits. so there is definitely a mixed bag as far as the weather goes. out the door, mostly clear skies inland. patchy fog for the coast and the bay. temperatures ranging from the low to high 50s. so we're just a little bit cool right now. we are going to warm up nicely. seasonal, slightly below average, but things will really kick up. we have high 50s to mid-80s for
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today, lots of sunshine and warmedder conditions to go around. here's a really good look at that high pressure ridge that's building. it's going to build nice and strong, hold steady over the region. and this is what's going to bring us those triple digits later this holiday weekend. so definitely a wonderful holiday weekend on tap. you want to make those outdoor plans. we are seeing coastal conditions, just a little cooler today but warming up nicely by the end. week. we have 50s and 60s. santa clara 78 along with san jose, los gatos, your expected high 81. 67 for richmond. dublin, livermore, san ramon 80 for today so temperatures warmer than yesterday but still below average. not too bad, though. 59 bodega bay, vallejo 76. fairfield warmer at 83 degrees. we are seeing mostly clear skies. and then clear sky conditions all around. here's a look at your extended forecast. we are going to see 90s by tomorrow so friday brings low 60s to low 90s, triple digits
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by sunday. monday is also going to bring warmer temperatures. then tuesday, we are going to have some really warm temperatures as well, temperatures ranging from the low 60s to high 90s. here's an exclusive special look that billy -- a new graphic that billy built for us for the 4th of july. sunny, hot inland, ranging from 60s to 99 degrees. elizabeth, how's traffic? >> all right, thank you, erika. let's go live to san jose and our photographer, edgar, standing by as usual. thank you, edgar. he is showing us traffic near the mckee exit today mixing it up a little bit. yesterday was alum rock, today mckee. and those headlights are moving northbound into santa clara. looks good. check us out on twitter by the way, cbs 5 traffic. we are doing well across the bay area as far as traffic goes. not a whole lot going on. not quite 5 a.m. so maybe that's the reason why. benicia bridge everything is moving fine across the span.
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highway 4 mostly green meaning speeds over 40 miles per hour. really from antioch all the way into concord as you make your way towards 242. once again, there is a lunchtime as game taking on florida at the coliseum. past the coliseum everything is great. headlights are moving southbound, a quick trip towards 238. in fact, we'll give you some drive times for the east bay. you can see mostly top speeds this morning up and down the eastshore freeway. westbound 80 in the commute direction no delays. no delay coming out of the altamont pass, 16-minute drive in westbound 580 from the altamont pass to the dublin interchange. and again the nimitz 880 through oakland, no delays north- and southbound, 15 minutes there. mass transit forgot to make the map but everything is on time for bart, ace, muni metro and caltrain. if anything changes, remember kcbs, our radio partners, at 740-am and 106.9-fm. that's your traffic and your weather. back to you. >> we believe you even without
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the map. >> okay. >> thank you. [ laughter ] i don't. >> kidding! you know that guilt-free diet soda may be actually adding on the points believe it or not. researchers at the diabetes conference reported volunteers who drank 2 or more diet sodas a day gained weight over the course of 10 years. their bellies grew 70% more than than those who didn't drink diet soda. weight gain could lead to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. and if you are trying to diet it's not all about portion size. a new study suggests the reason for weight gain may be more that we're eating too many snacks. a nutrition professor says food advertisements are the reason we snack throughout the day even when we're not even hungry. it suggests eating just three meals a day and snacking on fruits and vegetables is the way to go.
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a delicacy is now a delicate political matter as a silicon valley tries to push to have it banned. we are talking about shark fin soup which goes tore $200 at oakland's legendary palace when it's served during celebratory dinners among the chinese. but an assemblyman of cupertino says it's time to outlaw the soup in california. it's not because of the price. it's because of the process of getting the key ingredient. >> it's a horrific process. it's horrible. it's very cruel and it's unhealthy. they get their fins removed and they get thrown back into the water where they drown or bleed to death and eventually die. >> a chinese community leader says the attempt is misguided. he is trying to block the bill saying it demonizes the chinese. this is kind of unbelievable. turtles float air traffic in new york. >> -- turtles slow air traffic in new york. >> sorry, we can't stop.
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turtles on the tarmac! flights delayed yesterday at kennedy airport. more than 150 turtles slowed the planes as they walked over the runway. it happens every year. it's time for the turtles to crawl out of jamaica bay and they lay -- crawl out to jamaica bay and they lay their eggs on the other side of the runway. >> i'm glad they stopped. >> there were quite a few. the pilot was talking with air traffic controller, i think we have something out here, not sure what it is. >> time now 4:56. first the nfl and guess what, now the nba could be losing a season. the last chance to avoid a big lockout. new claims in the case of a missing nursing student from hayward as the search for michelle le is going to continue this weekend. we'll have the latest coming up. and a dark day for public safety in san jose. the number of police officers who are losing their jobs today. and we really like it, we
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don't want to dump you but we have to, sorry. >> what amazon is refusing to do and what it means for thousands of businesses in our state. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. some possible new clues in the michelle le disappearance. a mysterious call reportedly made from her cell phone. and it's a dark day for san jose's police department. how dozens of layoffs today will impact the force. good morning, it's thursday, june 30. i'm grace lee. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. time now nearly 5:00. it's the last day of june. we have a birthday here, sue lane one of our crack editors on the show this morning, so sue, happy birthday to you! >> happy birthday. >> warming up out there, isn't it, erika. >> my gift to you, sue. get on out there and enjoy it. i did this especially for you. let's take a look outside. temperatures later today, we are going to see temperatures ranging from the high 60s to low 80s. mostly clear skies. we are going to start off with patchy fog, but that's going to make that once the sun comes out, 5:50 a.m.

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