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it, bam. >> reporter: two cars piled up. then a big rig smashed into them and rolled over. >> i was just like oh, my god. like this is really -- he is going to tear everything up. >> reporter: the truck driver got out of the cab and passed out right near his fiery wreckage. keenia sprang into action leaving her 5-year-old daughter in the car. she dogged the driver 200 feet to -- she dragged the driver 200 feet to safety. >> he passes out. so now i'm likes oh, my god. my first thing is to run over there and i tried -- put my arms under hit arms and dragged him all the way to my car. and he wasn't -- he wasn't talking or anything. he was just laying there and i was praying like please, i hope he's not death. >> reporter: she administered first aid until the fire department aroy. the driver 52-year-old michael finnerty was revived, treated and released from the hospital. >> when he was going away, he was asking for my name and then
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he told me he would never forget me. and for somebody to say that don't even know me, i was really happy. and then everybody else -- and you guys are making me feel really good. [ laughter ] >> reporter: do you consider yourself a hero? >> yeah, my daughter told me i was. [ laughter ] >> reporter: a lot of people saying she's a hero right now. the fire department and the mayor are expected to honor her later this month. what a character and what a moment this morning that saved a life. >> so many people their first instinct would be to get away from the fire and crash as fast as they could but her instinct was to go into danger. >> reporter: as a matter of fact, keenia said that she saw drivers keep going. for some of reason she stopped. the reason? she would have wanted someone to stop for her. >> wow. very special lady. joe vazquez, thank you. hundreds of apple employees gathered at the company's headquarters in cupertino today for a tribute to the cofounder steve jobs. at the same time, normally
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bustling apple stores went quiet as apple employees around the world were invited to join in. stephanie chuang on how apple workers celebrated their legendary leader. >> reporter: thousands of apple employees packed into the amphitheater at the cupertino headquarters to celebrate the life of their former leader steve jobs. the 56-year-old lost his battle with pancreatic cancer two weeks ago. apple shut down retail stores for three hours to allow employees to join the webcast or go to the memorial. this woman goes to the store only a couple times a year and was surprised by the locked doors. >> i have been saving money to get an ipad. i was very excited to come and get it. i understand, though, what's going on here. so this is wonderful. i'll come tomorrow. >> reporter: to complete this day of tribute, apple changed its homepage this morning with a realtime streaming wall of messages from fans of the late apple cofounder. but just outside the apple
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campus, sheriff's deputies stood their ground as a buffer between dozens of angry counterprotesters and five members of the westboro baptist church. there was something that struck people here as ironic. westboro pulling out their iphones to push their propaganda against steve jobs. >> they are condemning steve jobs and the hypocracy is when they pull out their iphones they are using the tool for which they are condemning this person. it's total hypocracy. >> reporter: back inside the memorial our chopper 5 footage shows huge posters were hung from the building. one was a younger steve jobs holding the first-ever macintosh computer and then also an older perhaps wiser steve jobs in his trademark black turtleneck n los gatos, i'm stephanie chuang, cbs 5. singer norah jones. band coldplay performed at today's service. the "occupy" protests have taken center stage here in the bay area. the tent cities that have
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popped up have been a source of concern on both sides of the bay. what's going on in this tale of two cities? phil matier on what makes the protests for the same cause so different. >> reporter: it's interesting. the question is, do you support the protests? you have the demonstration. but what do you do when the demonstrators decide to stay? >> reporter: in san francisco, mayor ed lee drew the line early saying that while he endorsed the goals of the demonstration -- >> we stand with you. >> reporter: -- he was not let them set up camps in city marks and he used the police to enforce that ban. but here in oakland, where the mayor marched with protestors saturday, and where a tent city has sprung up directly in front of city hall, it's a different story altogether. >> day to day we evaluate it day to day. we're not facilitating camping. we are trying to make sure people have their free speech rights. it is obviously a balance. it's obviously a balance to do
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those things. >> reporter: so far, however, the city appears willing to allow the demonstrators to set the bar on that balance. for while the city has been issuing guidelines daily it's been pretty much up to the demonstrators over which ones they are going to tomorrow. campers are staying off sidewalks and they have set up kitchens against health and park rules. some of them have moved into a second park in open defiance of the city. there have also been reports of drug use and intimidation of people seen as being part of the corporate media or covering the catch. >> i haven't seen that. and you know, i think you have bad people in any particular group. >> reporter: one reason for the two mayors' different approaches may be rooted in san francisco's catch agnos. a homeless camp sprung up when former mayor art agnos unable to come up with enough shelters allowed the homeless to set up camps temporarily outside city hall. they wound up staying well over
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a year. as this political consultant recalled -- >> after a while it began to symbolize a city out of control. >> reporter: it was also one of the reasons that art agnos was out of a job in four years not re-elected. mayor jean quan is facing a quandary at a much earlier stage. demonstration is gone, the protestors have stayed, the tone here is changing daily. getting a little tougher with each day. she is not ready to send in the cops or anything else to disrupt things. think out of fear, possibly it could even make things worse. elizabeth? >> we were there last night and the protestors were very toll tile towards the media. how are they treating you tonight after being volatile towards the media yesterday? >> reporter: it's daylight. sort of ignoring -- except when you go in with a camera, it's get out of our area, get out of our space. that's not something the mayor is comfortable with, that's not
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something necessarily you want to beam out to the rest of the country even if you do support their cause. >> phil matier in oakland, thank you. dozens of animals hunted down after being set free. the only creature still missing tonight and what it could be carrying that has sheriffs calling for deadly force. the investigation into the disappearance into a hells angels murder continued in san jose today. just ahead, why police returned to the cemetery today. it's been a roller coaster. that's all i can say. >> some lost their life savings. they thought the government had their backs. but a computer calculation might leave them high and dry. ,, ,,,,,,
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did is he in hiding or is he possibly dead? police say we may never know what happened to missing hells angels steven ruiz. he disappeared after he
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allegedly killed a fellow hells angels at a funeral for one of the club's local leaders. len ramirez tells us detectives think that other angels may know something they don't. reporter: san jose police motorcycle officers are making periodic checks around the hells angels gravesite at oak hill cemetery looking for clues or witnesses who may have returned to the crime scene as they investigate the disappearance of murder suspect and hells angels member steven joseph ruiz. police say the chances are about even that ruiz is dead or alive. >> we have no indication in whether he is being aided in escaping ee rest and evading the warrant or if he is actually met foul play at the hand of his fellow "club" members and, you know, either been taken somewhere off against his will or has been killed. >> reporter: ruiz recently lived at a duplex in san jose. one neighbor says he was a nice guy and worked as a part-time
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plummer. ruiz is accused of pulling a handgun and shooting fellow hells angels member steve tausan in the stomach during a fistfight between the two at the funeral of a hells angels leader last saturday. san jose chapter president jeffrey jethro pettigrew was killed last month in nevada allegedly by a rival gang and was being buried when the violence occurred. it all happened in front of hundreds if not thousands of bystanders yet ruiz somehow vanished after the shooting either unhis own power or was driven by someone else. his bike was left at the scene indicating he probably didn't leave on his own. police even dug up pettigrew's grave to look for ruiz in case the hells angels killed him on the spot and tried to dispose of his body. >> it's safe to say that it's not out of the question that they would want to handle things on their own and not get the law enforcement community involved. so they -- that's very possible that they would want to avoid police contact and just take care of the situation within the club itself. >> reporter: now, police have
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been criticized for their decision to allow everyone to evacuate the cemetery after the shooting, thereby potentially allowing witnesses to escape as well as mr. ruiz himself to get away. but police say that they had to do that because public safety was an issue. if they tried to keep everyone behind it might have furthest ska late and gotten out of the cemetery into the streets and it might have further escalated. there is another hells angels funeral coming up for mr. tausan and they say that they want to meet with the family and try to did things differently. >> all right. let's hope so. len ramirez, thank you. it's been 20 years since a fire tore through the oakland hills killing 25 people and torching thousands of homes. tomorrow marks the two deck- indicated anniversary. this is the area back -- two- decade anniversary. this is how it looked today. it destroyed one home every 11 seconds. it was the deadliest urban
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wildfire in the nation's history causing about $1.5 billion in damage. sheriffs say capturing them alive, not an option. >> you can't do that with tigers and lions and leopards. >> the bizarre animal escape and the concern over the only creature who still is missing. computers don't repair buildings. contractors do. >> he thought he was covered. the calculation in a government- backed policy that cost a property owner more than half a million dollars. official sunset at 6:25 and after sunset, we have a bank of low clouds moving in. but even with the cloud cover, we have no rain through the end of the month. the effect that will have right here in the bay area as eyewitness news continues. ,,
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shot and killed. it is very possible that this monkey is carrying herpes v. >> reporter: police say the owner of the preserve freed almost 50 animals yesterday including tigers, bears and lions, before he killed himself. officers moved in and gunned down at least 30 animals. >> we could not have animals running loose in this county. we were not going to have that. >> reporter: some animal rights group criticize the sheriff for not using tranquilizers. but he has supporters. >> sheriff has to make a decision. you can't say oh, i'll check it in the morning. you can't do that with tigersk lions and leopards and these animals. the he had to do what he had to do, period. >> reporter: the animals did not attack anyone. but they put everyone in this small town on edge. >> we went to take care of the cattle this morning, couple of guys working for me this morning took a gun with you because you don't know if something is in the barn. >> reporter: ken maxwell drove 50 miles from columbus hoping to see an exotic animal. >> i'm sitting home watching tv. i'm retired.
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i thought i'd come down. >> reporter: police received numerous complaints about animals on the preserve. authorities were reportedly in the process of trying to close it down. danielle nottingham, cbs news, zanesville, ohio. four sisters with tons of personality are giving the oak zoo something to roar about. molly, ginger, grace and the other sister came from texas after being rescued from a roadside freak show. the 6-year-old siblings are settling in fine chasing each other and rolling on platforms sprayed with their favorite calvin klein perfume. they will be formally introduced to the crowds tomorrow. that is some roadside freak show in texas they must have going there, roberta. >> that's amazing. i was reading a story about how each individual tiger has its own personality, as well. >> yeah. >> little girls. >> just as we all do here. and just as every day has its own weather scenario. in fact today was a big cooldown here in the bay area. let's take a look at some of the current conditions in and around the bay area at this hour because right now, our
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temperatures are pretty much in the 50s, 60s and a few 70s. concord is 72 degrees as is santa rosa. but as you look at livermore at 68 degrees, keep in mind that this time yesterday the temperature was 87 degrees. let's head out right now. it's our live cbs hd weather camera looking out from the transamerica buildingty building at the golden gate bridge minus the stratus but billowing just to the west of that and will be pushing back onshore tonight during the evening hours. as that happens, we'll become overcast in all areas. the winds have been west to northwest 13 to 15 miles per hour. your weather headlines, clouds rolling onshore. that's going to set the stage for a cloudy day tomorrow morning and then the sunshine reveals. and once we do have the sunshine, we're going to stay dry and sunny and warmer all the way through the end of the
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month, which leads us to the possibility of high fire danger from monday through wednesday with very strong offshore winds. this is the reason for the cooldown today. a very deep marine layer roughly about 3,000 feet deep with the drizzle. not as deep tonight but still pretty expansive as it streams all the way a good 50 miles inland. we'll have a little bit of light spotty drizzle for tomorrow morning but that's about it. area of low pressure to the north of us is finally kicking due east and as that happens, that begins to lessen the pressure on enhancing that marine layer. so high pressure is allowed to expand and as that happens, it warms up the atmosphere and dries it out as well so tomorrow's daytime highs warmer than today from the 60s at the beaches, a pair of 6s in san francisco. outside number will be roughly 79 degrees throughout the tri- valley, 76 in san jose, 80 in morgan hill and gilroy, repeat performance friday. there you have that offshore flow kicking in just in time for the weekend.
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monday night through wednesday, a strong offshore wind kicks up especially the mountain areas, the local hills, and we're coming up on that anniversary of the oakland fire so we'll be very mindful of that. >> thank you. all right. we all buy insurance for a little peace of mind. so far this week our consumerwatch insurance series brought you the stories of disaster victims whose property policies didn't pay off. but tonight, julie watts shows us how some government-backed flood policies also left some drowning in debt. >> reporter: you can purchase a federal flood policy through one after select group of insurers authorized by fema but field doesn't regulate how much those insurers pay you for your damage. reporter: this was capital la six months ago when a drain pipe turned the village into a raging river. this is capitola today. the streets are dry but scars remain. some storefronts are back to business as usual while others
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are empty. one of the primary differences, the insurance policies. yo o. >> they're closed. >> reporter: many are struggling because their claims were denied. some are struggling even though theirs weren't. >> they acknowledged that they are obligated. the question is how much. >> reporter: this building owner says following the flood, he spent nearly 600 $600,000 for repairs but his insurance company offered to pay him less than 10%. >> the machine and drying was $140,000. >> reporter: so when you hear they are offering $50,000, what would that cover? >> some painting. >> computers don't repair buildings. contractors do. >> reporter: she says when it comes to flood repairs, the selective insurance adjustors seem to be using inaccurate
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information to calculate fair costs. for instance, its adjustors calculated the cost at 28 sense per unit the actual cost by companies in the area is more than double that for a certain procedure. not only do we find similar discrepancies, but the estimate omits damage to a large portion of the building. when we questioned selective insurance about its payout it blamed fema saying it was simply following procedures outlined by the national flood insurance program. but fema tells us it does not provide a price list and confirms selective and its adjustors came up with the repair prices on their own. and while fema may not dictate the payout, it does dictate which companies determine the payoff. >> they have a few selective companies as opposed to competition. >> reporter: he feels federal flood insurance is a monopoly and unlike property policies when it comes to government
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backed flood insurers, they are reluctant to take them on. can you expect to get a full rebuild? >> yes, some people do recover in full. it often takes more time and effort and money. after more than 6 months of fighting, for many in capitola, time, effort and money are dwindling. >> it's been a roller coaster. that's all i can say. >> reporter: now, fema says its authorized insurers are required to follow a strict set of guidelines for investigating claims. we asked how it insures those guidelines are followed and we're still waiting for a response there. were some positive stories in capitola. allstate and farmers went out of their way to pay off many claims but don't rely on past performance to protect future payouts. we'll be right back.
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first mammograms then the psa test. now today new guidelines on the pap smear. a government panel says healthy women do not need an annual pap to screen for cervical
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cancer. em dr. kim mulvihill reports. >> reporter: are the pap smear doctors scrape cells from the cervix to examine for changes. it was recommended women begin getting them after their sexual debut. that could change. most women have routine pap test for cervical cancer. >> my thinking is to be tested of year because it's more -- you're more secure. >> reporter: but now leading experts from the u.s. preventative services task force and the american cancer society say for most women, annual tests are not necessary. they can be done every three years without worry. >> the more often you do a test, there is a higher chance that you will come out with a false positive. and false positive tests are harmful because they lead a woman down a pathway for further diagnostic procedures. >> reporter: overtreatment is a big concern in women especially those who plan to have children because parts of the cervix can
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be removed. as for the pap smear, it saves lives. the task force recommends a pap test every three years for women between the ages of 21 and 65 who have had sex and still have a cervix. the experts want to make sure all women get screened. >> we know about 50% of women who have invasive cervical cancer diagnosed have not had adequate screening in the years prior to that diagnosis. >> reporter: women younger than 21 do not need to be tested even if they have had intercourse. now, some doctors combine the pap together with what's called an hpv test. that tests for certain strains of hpv, a virus that can cause cervical cancer. but today, the task force issued new recommendations for that test, as well. it should only be given to women after age 30 and only repeated every three to five years. >> that's hpv. >> reporter: yes. >> interesting. thank you. we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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gang members, s at a bay area ci here are some things we're working on for eyewitness news at 6:00 tonight. gang members picking up paychecks at a bay area city hall. where that money is coming from and who is really benefitting. and it is supposed to help clear the air. but special equipment for trucks may have sparked a major fire. so why did california approve the equipment in the first place? those stories and much more coming up at 6:00 30 minutes away. "cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. >> caption colorado, llc comments@caption

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