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requesting a new credit card after the holiday rush. but if you used a debit card at target, that's a different story. >> it's a little like getting toothpaste back in the tube. if somebody drains money out of your bank account even if you have no liability for that, now you got get the money back into the account. >> reporter: debit card transactions don't have the same legal protections as credit cards. and even if your bank agrees to put the money back in your account it could take days, even weeks. >> i'm one of those who was shopping at target in the last few weeks. >> reporter: congresswoman jackie speier saidshe would like to see legislation to protect debit card customers but says there's already a state law that requires retailers like target to notify customers as soon as they learn of a breach. speier wants to know what target knew when. >> one of the things i absolutely think needs to take place is an oversight hearing to determine why it took so long for target to identify there had been a breach. >> reporter: but in the meantime, like 40 million other shoppers she is reading her
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credit card statement and checking it twice. now, target says they did know about the breach as of last sunday. but they didn't say why they haven't told customers until today. bottom line, if you use a debit card, change your p.i.n. and get a new one. if you used a credit card, probably not as urgent. target set up a hotline and we have information about that on our website, on the consumerwatch, julie watts, kpix 5. as bad as all this is, it's not the worst security breach we have seen. in 2006, tjx companies which owns tj maxx and marshalls suffered a breach that affected 94 million accounts. it cost the company $68 million in fraud losses. back in 2011, hackers accessed 77 million accounts of the sony playstation network. that same year, 60 million people were affected when hackers attacked epsilon, an email marketer with clients like best buy, capital one and walgreens. the families of eight special ed.
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students will split an $8 million settlement all because of allegations that a teacher hit, slapped and verbally abused the kids. the allegations center around a school in antioch. that's where da lin is tonight. reporter: this tearful father feels guilty for the abuse of his autistic son at an americans in antioch. >> i failed miserably at recognizing signs. >> reporter: one of those signs was the 6-year-old would be scared to go to school goateeding to take him out of a -- >> attempting to take him out of the car and him not speaking and grabbing the door and i dragged him and forced him. >> reporter: their son doesn't speak. they couldn't get their son to say what was hang. he would cry every day and his behavior changed. >> my son now thinks being aggressive and violent is the way to get anything. >> reporter: after five weeks of strange behavior and no
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answers from the school, the evanses took their son out of grant elementary school. two months later, police told them their special education teacher had abused eight special education children including their son in the fall of 2012. >> he had been backhanded on several occasions in the face. that she had put him down on the ground face first and put her knee in his back. >> reporter: police gave many more examples of alleged physical, verbal and mental abuse. the eight families sued and accused the antioch school district of covering up the abuse the district agreed to the settlement and the superintendent said we must continue to learn from this case and work to ensure that every child entrusted to our schools is educated in a safe environment. the evans family says no amount
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of money can give them back their son's innocence. >> this is a life changing event to where we have to adjust our lives. >> reporter: in antioch, i'm da lin, kpix 5. >> the evans family's portion of the settlement is a million dollars. they did share a photo of their son with us. we decided not to identify him or show his picture given the nature of the case and his age. the teacher by the way faces six counts of child abuse. and this is never what you want to see at a gas station. police say the driver of the car had just run a dui checkpoint led officers on a brief chase before this happened. crashed into a gas pump at a 76 station in east oakland. police pulled him out of the burning car and put him in cuffs. the woman facing vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving charges is free on bail but the judge says she is not allowed to drive. police say 58-year-old jennie zhu was driving 80 miles an hour on pine when she rear- ended a minivan in september.
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one teenager died. several other people were hurt. zhu pleaded not guilty to the charges and faces 7 years in prison if convicted. new at 5:00 the public utilities commission is telling pg&e pay up. the puc says pg&e has to pay $14.3 million in fines because of poor recordkeeping. pg&e insisted a gas pipeline in san carlos was seamless but gas leaks revealed the line has welds. the deaths of two workers on bart tracks has led to sweeping recommendations from the national transportation safety board. the ntsb is urging the federal transit administration to require extra safety measures for rail workers following the october accident. one is a safety monitoring system called "positive train control." another is a secondary warning device, or shunt, for the workers to attach to the rails. bart's board welcomes the suggestions. >> anything that moves us in the direction of providing a more safe work environment, i
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have no problems with. we'll be prepared to support it. i think we have to have an opportunity to review them and make sure we respond in an appropriate way. >> a report last week said the two men killed on bart tracks had ignored safety rules. those rules require at least one to serve as a lookout. a lot of people saying, where is all the snow? this is a look at our sierra at tahoe camera. you can see some flurries there. but not a whole lot of snow is sticking to the ground. trees are bare. outside the ski resorts, looks like a drought. typically this time of year we see all the reporters standing knee deep in the snow. don't we? but ryan takeo is at 4700 feet in the sierra and you couldn't make a snow angel if you wanted to, right? >> reporter: nope. couldn't make one if i tried, allen. not right here, not on this side of the road. normally there's snow, now just dirt. there's snow across the way not very much of it. that's not good news, because so many here depend on the snow. and the sierra is seeing a fraction of the norm. >> reporter: this canyon view
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is hardly ever this green this time of year. >> yeah, there's no snow out right now, huh? >> reporter: if you are expecting fresh sierra snow, you're probably disappointed. the central sierra has only had one quarter the average snowpack this time of year. at sugar bowl, only 5 lifts will be open this weekend. 8 others will be closed. >> not good for them, i don't think. >> we got about 2" out of that system that moved through last night so that definitely helped. we'll take whatever we can. >> reporter: in downtown truckee, the city's plow driver had to search for snow. >> you know, last few years, it's been slow. it's been -- we need some snow, big time. >> reporter: he knows how vital it is to truckee's economy. >> if it doesn't snow, it's going to be tough for everybody. >> reporter: while all the rentals are taken at this property management company, how the of towners have one question on their mind. >> everybody wants to know if there's snow. >> reporter: what do you say? >> there's a little bit. you know they're blowing it at
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the resorts. >> the snow guns are going 24/7. >> reporter: these snow machines might as well be making money. the ski resorts are having to adapt. >> it's just manmade snow. if anything, it offers a more secure base for when mother nature dumps some powder on top. >> reporter: that powder can come in a flurry. that's what the resorts hope and the area is ready. >> that will make more work for you. >> yeah. yeah. bring it on. [ laughter ] >> reporter: many here are ready for a couple of days of that heavy, wet sierra snow they have come to know and love here. live in blue canyon, i'm ryan takeo, kpix 5. coming up a crowded theater collapses. >> like watch out, we thought it was part of the play i. >> the rush to help dozens of people injured. >> controversy in figure skating usually involves judges and scoring. tonight, it's a bay area olympian's confession that's being called a slap in the face
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to russia. >> reporter: and good evening to you, meteorologist paul deanno live on university avenue in palo alto. you can count them on one hand now. five shopping days until christmas. we'll talk about your shopping and your holiday forecast coming up in 10 minutes. >> and why fewer cars than ever before are failing when it comes to crash safety. ,,,,,,
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boitano a famous bay area figure skater told everyone today he is gay. >> big deal, right? well, brian webb says it's a story because of where he is about to go. reporter: kids can't get enough of ice skating at the rink along embarcadero. but the sport itself is taking on a bigger meaning in the discussion on discrimination. >> good for us to stand up for that and fight for human rights like throughout sports and things that really bring the world together like sports and music. >> not necessarily see the olympics so much as a forum for social statement.
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>> reporter: president obama is skipping this year's olympics in sochi sending several openly gay athletes in his place. a delegation led by uc-berkeley chairwoman janet napolitano will include tennis great billie jean king, ice hockey medalist caitlin cahow and now gold medal figure skater brian boitano, who lives in the bay area. it's being seen as a way to denounce russia's anti-gay propaganda laws. >> one of the things i'm looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold or silver or bronze which i think would go a long way in, uhm, rejecting the kind of attitudes that we're seeing. >> reporter: boitano has always kept his private life private. he is currently in italy but sent out a statement today that includes the announcement that he is gay. quote, first and foremost, i'm an american athlete and i am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance.
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as an athlete, i hope we can remain focused on the olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport and by peoples of all nations." so ice skating is now part of a bigger message on diversity that's spinning around the globe. back here at the rink on embarcadero, skating is still just about having fun. russian laws have raised questions about what could happen to athletes who wear badges or carry flags supporting gay rights. russian president vladimir putin promises gay athletes will not face discrimination in sochi. i'm brian webb, kpix 5. today new mexico became the latest state to allow gay marriage. that's because the state supreme court said it is unconstitutional to deny gays and lesbians a marriage license. 16 states and the district of columbia now allow gay marriage. a robber gets more than he bargained for when he points a gun at a passenger. the dramatic takedown on a bus. >> and it's everywhere. the surprising report on bacteria and raw chicken.
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patrons running for their lives. but some people actually thought all the can motion was part of the play. >> we thought it was sound effects. we looked around and then obviously saw like hundreds of stuff falling -- chunks of stuff falling. >> the london fire department says 700 people were in the theater at the time. more than 80 people are hurt including at least 7 who suffered major injuries. by the way, the theater was built in 1901 and last renovated in 1932. a surveillance camera caught a masked gunman on a bus in seattle systematically robbing passengers of their cell phones. points a gun at each passenger but this guy refused to be a victim, grabbed the weapon, wrestled him to the ground as other passengers piled on top. police showed up, they arrested him. cell phone thefts are indeed out of control. it's big business on bay area streets. now another plan to stop it with a kill switch. state senator mark leno and san francisco d.a. george gascon are behind a bill that would require all cell
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phones sold in california to have such a switch to make the phone use less if stolen. the bill will be formally introduced next month. we saw another superhero on bay area streets today. not batkid. this time, wonder girl. 10-year-old monika romo became vallejo's superhero. city leaders and an organization called "vallejo together" put on an event for the little girl, who has cancer. she dressed up as her favorite hero and visited different parts of town. everywhere she went, people held signs and cheered her on. by the end of her grand adventure, she received the key to the city. >> this is just a little taste of how beautiful vallejo is. the city comes together like no other city can. you ask and you receive and? >> wants to support. >> one day, the city of vallejo -- >> monika didn't know this was going to happen. she thought she won an essay contest on how a superhero can save vallejo. and little did she know, she was the only participant. well, ever wonder what 28
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pounds of pot looks like? here you go. oakland police bust what they say was an illegal marijuana operation running out of a gift shop this week after people called to say something was funny going on. cops arrested three people on suspicion of possession for sale of marijuana and one of the suspects was also nabbed on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm. before you cook that chicken for dinner, listen to this. consumer reports found harmful bacteria on 97% of chicken breasts sold in u.s. retail stores. more than half of the samples had antibiotic-resistant bacteria. best advice? don't run the chicken under the faucet before cooking. use a meat thermometer and always cook the chicken to 165 degrees. are you driving one of the safest cars on the road? cbs reporter marlie hall has the list of cars that makes that safety grade. >> reporter: the insurance
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institute for highway safety crashed cars at 40 miles per hour to find out which ones performed best in an accident. this year, the research group went a step further and found out which cars were best at preventing a crash using warning systems or automatic braking. >> we think that as important as it is for our vehicle to protect you in a crash, if it can prevent that crash in the first place, that's even better. >> reporter: to get a top ranking, cars also have to get a good or acceptable grade in the small overlap crash test. it shows how well a car holds up when just a portion of the vehicle hits another car or object. >> a lot of the front crash protection strategy that's been built into the vehicle which is located in the middle is bypassed and so manufacturers have had to change their designs to do well in this crash scenario. >> reporter: because of the tougher standards, only 39 cars received top safety ratings this year compared to 130 last year. 22 earned the highest ranking
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of top safety pick plus. 17 picked up the lesser ranking of top safety pick. honda, which also owns the acura brand, had the most winners of any automaker. eight of its vehicles made the list with half including the honda accord earning the highest ranking. marlie hall for cbs news. >> of course, the annual ranking often used by car shoppers this time of year there are eight newcomers to the list. the weather lab and paul deanno are out and about in palo alto tonight. paul, how's it looking. it's a beautiful night. everybody getting ready for christmas. we are having a good time and it's really getting crowded. work is done, school is done, folks are out here out and about maybe heading to their favorite restaurant or getting some of that final christmas shopping finished. the weather could not be better for this time of year. very comfortable outside. the air quality is better today. it's a thumbs-up weather day. and wait until you see the seven-day forecast coming up.
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let's get to the weather maps. let's talk about where we were today. livermore, 61 degrees for a high today. oakland 63. san jose you hit 58. san francisco you hit 58 degrees tonight. we did have a cold front move through today got windy especially in the hills and it will get chilly away from the water tonight. santa rosa will drop down to 34 joining napa and livermore at that mark. fremont 36 and redwood city dropping down to 35 degrees overnight tonight. satellite review, we have a low pressure area moving out to the east. we have a big strong ridge of high pressure building in. now caught right in between, we were today, and it was breezy as we have that strong pressure gradient between the high pressure area and low pressure area. that means we'll be very dry for the next couple of days. and that breeze will decrease overnight tonight. what to expect? clear night, breezy night, chilly in spots. i showed you those 30s away from the water. it will be sunny and warmer coming up on friday with highs in the 60s. and then we'll be dry and mild from friday all the way through christmas. the last weekend before christmas we're dry and the first half of next week we are completely dry.
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high temperatures tomorrow, we'll hit 60 in san jose. palo alto 60 degrees. beautiful sunny hayward 57 after a chilly morning in concord and vallejo you will be in the low 60s. san ramon 59. san rafael 62. san francisco 58. cloverdale 65. ukiah 65. take a look at this extended forecast. if you were going to ask santa claus for sunny dry weather for christmas week, santa is giving you an early christmas gift. saturday and sunday 60s. monday christmas eve, christmas day, and the day after, all sunny, they are all dry, with highs in the upper 50s at the coast, low 60s near the bay. mid-60s away from the water. back out here live, university avenue in palo alto, it is active and the weather could not be better. great for any outdoor shopping over the next several days. meteorologist paul deanno, live in palo alto, back to you. >> thank you. we saw the folks in chicago what they are dealing with. they would love to be where you are tonight. >> gorgeous. >> we are the envy, yes. >> we are. all right, paul, thanks. her secret santa turned out to be one of the richest men in
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the world. the unusual gift one woman got from bill gates. >> we are counting down to the 49ers' last regular season game at the stick. you can watch that game right here on kpix 5 monday night. we'll have a special broadcast beforehand, the game is followed by the "5th quarter," then "bye-bye baby," a special look at the stick. ,, sleep traiends sunday! interest-free for 3 event it's your last chance to get 3 years interest-free financing on beautyrest black, stearns & foster,
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santa gift exchanges for the holidays. but what if your secret santa was bill gates? eb site i know you have heard of secret santa gift exchanges for christmas but what if your secret santa was bill gates? a user of the reddit website learned that the microsoft founder was her santa! reddit runs an online gift exchange program. so what gifts did gates come up with? he gave her a travel book and a stuffed animal cow but the cow symbolizes the real cow that gates donated to a needy family on her behalf. >> amazing. we have another generous donation today for our "food for bay area families"
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campaign. joining us tonight is edward from bank of america and catherine weber from alameda county community food bank. thank you for joining us. edward, $25,000, an amazing donation. can you tell me specifically where this money will go towards with the alameda food bank. >> absolutely. thank you so much. this is such a time of year where it's joyous for many but challenging for others. this gift will donate 56,000 meals to individuals in the east bay area and we're just so pleased we could do this as another way that bank of america supports our community. also, our roots are very deep here in the bay area going back to 1904 with the bank of italy and we take our community involvement very seriously. we donate hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours and millions of dollars every year and again, this is just one way we can give back. i think giving 56,000 meals to those of us who need it this time of year is a help to the
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community. >> this has to make a huge difference. >> it has a profound impact on the folks who we serve. we are serving one out of six residents in alameda county. and so this gift is not only providing food but it provides hope, as well. >> absolutely. thank you so much for joining us and what a wonderful donation. thank you so much. if you would like to help families in need this christmas season donate at your local whole foods market or help online at now for a look at what is'd on the "cbs evening news." we have -- now for a look at what's ahead on the "cbs evening news with scott pelley." >> reporter: great to to be with you in the bay area. high-tech thieves have stolen the debit and credit card information of tens of millions of target customers. we'll tell you how it happened. plus we'll take you to the scene in london where tonight, part of the theater has collapsed injuring more than 80 people. we'll have those stories on the "cbs evening news" at 5:30 right after kpix 5 news. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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francisco roll out in san francisco and marin county. and what it means for every. e toy shortage tha new at 6:00, move over 415, we'll see when a new area code will roll out and see what that means for us and the toy shortage that could affect thousands of bay area families this holiday. those stories and much more tonight at 6:00. thank you for watching. the "cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. and remember, the latest news and weather are always on our website, we'll see you back here in 30 minutes. captions by: caption colorado
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>> pelley: tonight, disaster in a theater. this evening, part of a london theater has collapsed during a play. there are at least 80 casualties, charlie d'agata has the breaking news. high tech thieves steal the debit and credit card information of tens of millions of target customers. chip reid on how it happened and what the store is telling the victims. frozen in place. early icdisrupts traffic on the great lakes. dean reynolds on the unusual weather. and the legacy of lockerbie. >> she was a beautiful 16-year- old teenager. >> reporter: wyatt andrews on the message one daughter left as we near the 25th anniversary of the attack that shocked the world. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.


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