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friday, your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. it is 5 a.m. on christmas morning. that's a live look at the bay bridge. coming to work it looked like a ghost town a lot of people still in bed this christmas morning. i'm anne makovec. >> i'm brian hackney. merry christmas! it's going to be a cold start for just about everybody today. we have freeze warnings posted for tonight in the bay area as the numbers are going to go down. more sunshine and gusty winds around the bay area. northwest wind, drying direction, chance of a shower or two but it's pretty much over. here's the freeze watch for tonight and tomorrow night in most inland valleys. the overnight lows records possible tonight. just be aware of the fact that it's going to be cold. on the futurecast, you can watch those northwesterlies just blow the moisture out of the bay area.
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we'll have some sun and some clouds. but the general feeling will be increasing sunshine and brisk chilly out there today. overnight all the clouds go away, clear skies means the temperatures will plummet. so here's what we expect. snow above 3,000 feet. cold and dry saturday. a weak system sunday, not much, a north bay feature not that we don't love the north bay but that's probably about the only place anything will happen. monday through thursday clear and 50s. no storms coming in as far as the eye can see. today the national weather service will be in northern california to confirm that it was a pair of touchdowns responsible for significant damage on christmas eve. cbs news' don champion has more on that and the devastating storms linked to 14 deaths in some southern states. >> reporter: on this holiday some people in northern california are taking stock of
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what is lost after an outbreak of tornadoes. >> seeing trees swirling like a blender, it was scary. >> east, moy gosh! >> reporter: cell phone video shows them roaring through el dorado el dorado county and modesto bringing down power lines and uprooting trees. >> we have been here for 45 years. and we have never had anything like this before happen. >> reporter: mike saw a tree crash on his neighbor's car, a child was inside. >> the kid said, hey, mom, stop. and hit the back and just barely hit the car in the back end of the suv. >> reporter: the rare tornadoes in california come as people in the midwest and south continue cleaning up after an outbreak of deadly tornadoes there this week. barry reynolds in mississippi called it a test from god. >> he testing our faith. testing how strong we gonna be. >> reporter: at this red cross shelter in holly springs donations of food, clothing and christmas gives have poured in. >> i have not seen this kind of
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generosity in a single county anywhere i have worked. >> reporter: neighbors determined to keep the giving spirit alive in the face of so much loss. don champion, cbs news. a garbage truck caused a power outage in an east bay neighborhood. it hit a pole yesterday near story and feller. that knocked down some power lines. pg&e says at one point about 1200 homes and businesses didn't have power. a thrilling overtime win for the raiders in what could be their last game in oakland. the stands were packed as future hall of famer charles woodson played his final game. the fans hope the team doesn't leave the bay area for a second time. the raiders are one of three teams looking to move to los angeles just basically every year they have been in oakland, my family has been to almost every game. this is a symbol of family and
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community for me. >> the nfl is expected to vote on who makes the move to l.a. in a few weeks. the city of oakland is going to make another pitch to the league next week. one of the best tackles of the night didn't come from either team. in the final minutes of the game, police chased down that guy, a fan who ran on to the field. you can see them pinning him down on the 10-yard line. the fans said something to charles woodson as he was led away. we now not names of the alameda county sheriff's deputies caught on camera beating that man in san francisco last month. alameda county's legal office identified them as luis santamaria and paul weiber. this surveillance video shows them chasing stanislaus petrov into an alley and beating him with their batons. petrov had several broken bones. right before this, he led deputies on a car chase that started in san leandro. the two deputies are on paid leave. two suspects in a quadruple
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shooting outside a club in san leandro are not face hate crime charges for now. carlos cervantes and salvador lopez aguilera are accused of shooting four people in the parking lot of club caliente. it happened monday morning. the victims are expected to recover. investigators say the suspects did make comments about the victims' sexual orientation. court documents filed in alameda county yesterday though do not include hate crime charges. they could potentially be added later. a bay area community group is criticizing the decision to grant bail to a richmond man who allegedly plotted to attack muslims. the san francisco chapter of the council on american-islamic relations says it is shocked at the release of williams sellly. he is accused of lettering to kill muslims and building -- threatening to kill muslims and building a pipe bomb. they want federal charges and increased security at mosques. pleasant hill police are looking for a robber who held you want a mcdonald's after
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climbing through a drive-up window. it happened wednesday morning on contra costa boulevard north of gregory lane. police say the man pulled out a gun right after making his bizarre entry. he escaped on foot heading towards best drive. nobody was hurt. police are looking for the man who stabbed a woman inside a san francisco church. it happened on wednesday night in st. charles on south van ness avenue. the woman says a man asked her for a key to the bathroom and she didn't have it. then she felt a sharp pain from behind. the suspect thought to be homeless ran off. the woman is expected to be okay. public health officials say california is experiencing a rise in norovirus cases. the story has me pretty worried. there have been 32 confirmed cases since the beginning of october highly contagious virus that can spread very quickly in crowded environments. health experts recommend being very careful handling food as well as frequent and thorough handwashing. governor brown continues a christmas eve tradition
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pardoning 91 former criminals. and you know one of them. the big name on the list, actor robert down any, jr. he has a long history of drug problems and served prison time in the '90s. governor brown said over the past 20 years he lived an honest life. the governor also pardoned 18 people who committed crimes in the bay area. they include richard ellsworth baker. in 1991, he was convicted in santa clara county for perjury and possession of a fraudulent id. he got the fake id so he could work at a nightclub while under age. >> you know, it's never really affected me negatively but the fact is i do have kids. i do have a career. i have, you know -- it's just -- there's -- when the crime doesn't fit the punishment, i think a lifetime felony conviction on your record for having a fake id just doesn't work. >> these days, baker helps organize a charitable car show and raises money for food banks. catholics around the world gathered for midnight mass in
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bethlehem, the birthplace of jesus christ. it comes at a rough time in that part of the world. the crowds were smaller because violence between israelis and palestinians. in vatican city pope francis delivered his christmas eve address criticizing what christmas has become. the head of of the catholic church rebuked society's intoxication with consumerism, abundance and wealth. he did that while noting the simplicity of jesus' birth. volunteers at glide memorial church in san francisco are getting ready to spread some holiday cheer. >> kpix 5's jackie ward is live at the church where thousands will turn out for the annual christmas breakfast. merry christmas, jackie. >> reporter: merry christmas right back to you, brian and, of course, to you, anne. i'm here at complied in the tenderloin this morning -- glide in the tenderloin this morning. jean cooper the coordinator has
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a huge part in this day. jean, thanks for waking up early with us on christmas. looks like you're prepared. you have a lot of turkey and ham behind you. tell us this day. tell us what makes it special. >> so, you know, we really try to provide an experience and opportunity for the folks who live in our community to have a place to get a hot meal and to share community on christmas day. so, um, very similar to thanksgiving, we do the same thing so we have breakfast this morning. and we are having eggs and grits and ham and biscuits and then this afternoon or excuse me at 10:00 to noon, to our dinner if you will, ham and turkey and all the trimmings so we have a really good time. >> reporter: you have been doing this for 11 years. you guys are prepared. we're a well oiled machine, you say, at this point. what are you volunteers meaning to you at 500 volunteers helping out today. that's amazing. >> well, they're super important. so the staff at glide, although we do this every day, there's actually a very small group of people who work here to
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actually keep the operations running and so we really depend on volunteers to help us to serve all the meals and prepare everything. so we'll have about 500 today and they will be coming in, in about every hour and a half to two hours and then they are going to help us serve today. >> awesome. thank you so much. we'll be talking to jean all morning. we'll be here at glide and they open at 4:30. but everything will get under way in just a little bit. for now, we'll send it back to you. i'm jackie ward, kpix 5. it won't be a huge surprise just a few mass transit options today. muni will be operating on a limited schedule. some routes will not be running. many other local transit agencies including bart, caltrain and vta will operate on sunday schedules so that's good news if you happen to be driving into the city. the sfmta wants to you know parking meters, street sweeping commuter tollways and residential parking won't be enforced today. free parking meters on port property, as well.
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there will be no regular mail delivery today as you know but the u.s. postal service will be delivering priority mail express packages and letters if you see a postal carrier tell them thanks. everybody working on this christmas day volunteered to do so. locally deliveries start at 8:30 this morning. a couple in canada is thanking their messy dogs for turning them into multimillionaires. they went to a gas station to rent a carpet cleaner and the rest is history. they picked up a lotto ticket while they were there. they won the jackpot $14.5 million! >> wow. >> yeah. from surgery to the stage. how a life-saving treatment helped make this dancer's dream come true. >> my dog has peed on that carpet 100 times. all i ever got was a stain. >> did you pick up a carpet cleaner? >> no didn't buy a lotto ticket. >> now you know what to do. the forecast highs today will be in the low 50s and no real big systems coming in, in the
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the "matzoball" is one of t biggest jewi the year -- and a different kind of celebration for jewish singles who find the night before christmas lonely. the matzo ball one of the biggest jewish single event of the year and an alternative to
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swiping on dating apps. dozens of singles mingled last night at the event in hollywood. many attendees said if they didn't find their soulmate at the event, there's still a chance to meet new friends. >> i'm hoping that to meet a nice jewish girl. >> mingling with people that you're familiar w you have a certain kind of culture, certain kind of dialect. >> the matzoball dates back to 1987 and is held in several cities including san francisco, san diego, new york and miami. a community in alaska called north pole you can imagine it's busy this time of year. a lot of kids' letters to santa claus are directed there. operations are set up at the santa claus house to make sure that those letters are answered. the notes get touching and amusing. you got a lot of funny letters. >> you will see a lot of it, say dear santa, please leave presents and take my brother. [ laughter ] >> some of the more serious letter writers ask santa, maybe
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they were serious, too, to bring something for somebody else like a parent or a sibling. >> would forecast today. it's going to be chilly. i think we're going to leave that up to you. but put it in a nutshell, it's going to be seasonal and cold. it's not going to be raining. >> livermore 38. 58 in oakland -- not possible. san jose 37 degrees. here's how it looks on the radar. that low pressure that gave us the rain and the snow and the wind, it's now kicking inland. so we got a few showers offshore this morning. high pressure is building into the pacific northwest. and that means that we are going to finally begin to dry out. freeze watch for inland valleys. overnight lows in the 20s so we get some record lows possible.
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so futurecast shows us what the atmosphere is doing if it behaves. maybe a shower or two this morning. for the most part the tendency will be toward clearing things up. as we head into the evening and overnight hours, it becomes severely clear and as a result, any heat begins to go out into space. there's no blanket of clouds. that's one of the reasons we have freeze warnings -- freeze watches posted for tonight. so maybe a scattered shower or two. snow above 3,000 feet. it will be dry but cold through saturday with sunshine on saturday, clouds on sunday but not leading to much. high temperatures today will not be high at all. 54 degrees in santa rosa. 53 degrees at napa. 52 at fairfield and 50 at livermore. 52 for mountain view and in san francisco, 53 degrees today. so bit of a chilly christmas day around the bay area. but it will be a -- it's december. in the extended forecast, we have rain icon there only because there's a slight chance and we want to be able to say,
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well, i told you so, in case it does rain. [ laughter ] >> saturday sunshine. sunday another weak system comes down doesn't amount to much and next week as we head toward 2016 it's going to be sunny, dry, chilly. a dancer in new york city has a lot to celebrate this christmas. reporter marlie hall shows us how doctors were able to save her from a rather and life- threatening blockage in her brain. >> reporter: when alana chan takes the dance floor, every move is a celebration of life. >> i'm just really lucky to be here. >> reporter: after suffering migraines, the 24-year-old dancer was diagnosed last february with an arterial venous malformation. >> it's my brain like, wow, this is a big deal. like what's wrong with it? >> reporter: avm is an abnormal tangle of blood vessels in the brain that blocks the flow of blood. >> there is something in the back of the brain that you don't see on the other side.
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>> reporter: doctors at lennox hill hospital in new york knew if alana's large a vm was left untreated it could burst causing brain damage, stroke, even death. they decided surgery was the best but riskiest treatments. >> you can lose vision from treating it. we have seen it before. it happens. >> reporter: alana had the complicated operation. first doctors flooded the avm with medical glue to prevent blood from flowing through it. then surgeons cut into her skull and successfully removed the tangle. alana has occasional headaches and needs regular scans to make sure there is no bleeding. but she now dances eight hours a day at prestigious joffrey ballet school. >> i can go for anything. there's nothing stopping me now. >> reporter: she hopes to one day become a broadway dancer. marlie hall, cbs news, new york. it is 5:19. and a bay area woman says she had to decide between groceries
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and her mortgage this holiday season. but then she got some unexpected help. ns have been waiting for all season... >> i'm dennis o'donnell. coming up the raiders close out their home season in overtime. could they send charles woodson out a winner? kickoff straight ahead. alabama ,,,,,,,,,,,,
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christmas day showdown. the first time these two will meet in the bay area since the nba fines. >> the memories come back as soon as you walk in but it's one of 82. we want to play well going against the best team in the league but it's not like the season ends if we lose. >> you probably remember last time the two teams met at oracle arena. steph curry lit up the cavs' defense scoring 37 points in front of a crowd that was absolutely losing their minds. many consider today's game a preview of the 2016 finals. good morning, everyone. the videotape of last night's game won't be sent to the hall of fame. but charles woodson's cleats probably will. the raiders took the chargers to overtime hoping to send woodson home a winner. the 18 year veteran announcing his retirement last monday. five minutes left oakland
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trailing 17-12 but then derek car to michael crabtree touched two-point conversion raiders up 20-17. chargers down the field lambeau from 45 yards out to tie the game, good. 20-20 in overtime. now, the raiders did get a field goal. they are up 23-20. last chance for the chargers, incomplete! incomplete. and the raiders win in overtime sending woodson out a winner in his final home game. >> it's been a joy to play here second time around. you guys welcomed me back with open arms as if i never left. i just want you to know that you guys are under great leadership, man, and this team is going to get so much better. >> class act on the field and off the field. he will have one more game against kansas city at
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arrowhead stadium. the raiders win and finish the season at 8-8. i'm dennis o'donnell. have a very merry christmas and happy holiday. a play of the day from college football. san diego state and cincinnati in the hawaii bowl. the aztecs received the opening kickoff, made impressive moves and got some good blocks. ran 100 yards. eventually -- >> touchdown number 3. >> -- for the touchdown. that set the tone for the rest of the game as the mountain west champions pounded cincinnati 43-7. it is 5:25. a holiday wish comes true for a bay area woman who was barely able to make ends meet. i'll give you details on the refund that came just in time. >> and severe weather hits northern california. we'll give you a look at the damage after what appears to be a tornado touchdown. >> and what's cool about your school? email your nomination to us at coolschools@kpix.com. we may come and feature your school on the show.
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8400 pounds of turkeys being unloaded now here at glide in the tender loin for a nice hot christmas dinner. tenderloin >> and obviously they are feeding people out there in san francisco. we'll show you that. we're also going to show you the weather. we have hi-def doppler showing a few showers offshore. it's going to be cold tonight! we'll talk about that in just a few minutes. good morning, and thanks for joining us this christmas
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morning. it is december 5 -- 25th, rather, 5:30 a.m. i'm anne makovec. >> we're both tired. [ laughter ] >> but we're glad to be spending the holiday with you. >> michelle and frank are of. they will be back -- they will be back in a while. breaking news in pacifica. two people were killed early this morning. it was a crash on highway 1. all northbound lanes of the highway are closed at paloma avenue. two cars crashed just after 2:30 a.m. no timeline yet on exactly how long northbound one in pacifica will be closed. in vatican city pope francis delivered his christmas eve address. >> indeed he did. criticizing what christmas has become, the vicar of christ rebuking society's intoxication with consumerism, abundance and wealth. he did that while noting the simplicity of jesus christ's birth. christmas one of the busiest days of the year at
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glide memorial, people going for the beautiful service and a lot of people go for a really nice meal. >> that's right. kpix 5's jackie ward is there as volunteers get ready to spread holiday cheer and serve up a christmas feast. merry christmas, jackie. >> reporter: merry christmas to both of you, as well. yeah, we're here in the tenderloin this morning where 5,000 people are going to get fed thanks to all the hard work and volunteers here. jean cooper is in charge of this entire day. and as -- i know. sorry. hate to break it to you. [ laughter ] >> and you guys are already busy at work. tell us what's going on. >> right now we are getting ready for our volunteers to show up. so our staff is here now. and they are unloading of the happens and the turkeys that will be carved for the day. and we have set up the room and now we are making coffee so there's coffee for folks when they show up. and so about 6:30, we'll have volunteers starting to arrive and we'll start getting ready to go. >> this day wouldn't be possible unless a lot of food was donated. so foster farms donated a lot. >> they are the sponsor of the
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hunger bowl this year. they donated 8400 pounds of turkey. they also gave us chicken. generally what we use to serve the people here at glide. we also get all kinds of cookies and dinner rolls and we have, um, fruits and vegetables that come in all year long and then we also have a lot of monetary donations that actually goes specifically tore paying for the meal. >> that's really important. jean, thanks for being here. we'll be speaking more with you later on to get more details about this delicious dinner they are preparing. jackie ward, kpix 5. >> the taxes man givest. lot of people in gilroy are getting refunds because of the errors in the tax office. as maria medina reports, assessor larry stone himself delivered some of the refunds. >> erin, hi, larry stone. >> reporter: it's the moment erin has waited for, for
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months. >> you know, when government makes a mistake, we have an obligation to fix it. >> reporter: it came on christmas eve. >> so here's your check for $27,836.14. >> reporter: this was erin just four months ago. >> there's times where we didn't have the money to pay our mortgage and i had to charge avisa. >> reporter: struggling to make ends meted after her -- struggling to make ends meet after her property taxes kept going up. after months of looking for answers she discovered the county overcharged her for property taxes for more than a decade because the county never classified her home as low income. and she was far from alone. >> my neighbor here, you know what she said to me about making a choice between groceries and paying your mortgage. [ crying ] >> got me in action. >> reporter: so because of erin, more than 200 homeowners
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will get refunds totaling more than $3 million in the next few weeks. >> so i want them to check their mailboxes today. it would complete my christmas to know they got their checks, too. >> reporter: erin may be the first in her neighborhood to get a check. but she says the true gift this christmas is that her husband can finally afford to bit the second job they needed to make ends meet knowing she and her neighbors can keep the home. >> big hugs. >> reporter: they nearly lost. in gilroy, maria medina, kpix 5. palo alto-based automaker tesla put on a christmas light show. check it out. ♪[ music ] jazzy. the electric car company posted this video on facebook with the caption, merry model x-mas.
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it features three suvs and the falcon wing doors to the tune of the trans-siberian orchestra's wizards of winter. a rare weather event in the sierra foothills. i was going to show video of a tornado in el dorado hills. linda douglas found a tree ripped from its foundation on top of her car. >> we have been here for 45 years and we have never had anything like this before happen. >> in addition to the car damage, douglas' goat shed is buried under rubble and debris. the goats are okay. there was damage elsewhere in the area but no reports of serious injuries. experts from the national weather service will be there today to see just what happened. and the weather service also trying to confirm that a tornado did touch down in the central valley. powerful winds yesterday caused some damage and knocked out power in modesto. authorities say a large tree fell on power lines causing a domino effect that toppled at least 11 power poles. one of them crashed through the roof of a business. luckily no reports of any
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injuries though. and it is a white christmas in san jose and santa clara valley. if you can see the east foothills through the clouds. mount hamilton got a good dusting of snow yesterday. it's believed to be the first time in decades that that mountain has had snow for christmas. you won't be able to drive there, though. so don't attempt that. mount hamilton road is closed east of quimby road and boy it is a treacherous trip up there. more snow in truckee tahoe at elevations at 2,000 feet. chains are required on 80 east of kingvale and 50 kyburz to meyers. hail pelting sonoma county this is yesterday afternoon in petaluma. that lasted for about 20 minutes. and the king tides are back. bay waters spilled over piers yesterday in san francisco along the embarcadero. it looks like our weather today will be relatively calm,
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brian. >> looks like it. gusty winds, chilly and freeze watches posted for tonight so it will be cold. but it is december. as we held outside looking at the golden gate bridge, is there a single car on the bridge? threats wait to see if there's even a single car -- let's wait to see if there's even a single car -- one car is all we ask -- [ pause ] [ laughter ] >> nevermind! >> we'll keep watching. 36 degrees at concord now. oakland 37. livermore -- there is a couple. >> 34 at -- it's a cold start to the morning. 30 in santa rosa. here's what's going to happen. today looks nice. there might be a shower or two but aside from that, increasing sunshine, the winds out of the northwest, and temperatures will be in the low 50s today. on saturday, it will be 54 and plenty of sunshine. by sunday a week system grazes the north bay but we won't get much. and aside from that we'll be high and dry all the way to the eve of 2016. so it's looking fairly high and dry. by the way all the talk of el
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nino most of the el nino influence rains actually begin in january and in february. and so we'll see if that holds true. five times out of six it has. we shall see. the latest incident of gun violence in oakland is personal form one city leader. yesterday a crowd held a candlelight vigil to remember 17-year-old torian hughes. he was shot and killed during a robbery in west oakland on sunday. city council member lynette gibson mcelhaney was among the mourners. she helped raise torian and thought of him as a grandchild. >> my baby, like so many other babies, has lost his life needlessly. [ crying ] >> there is a $15,000 reward for any information leading to the killer's arrest. we now know the names of the alameda county sheriff's deputies caught on camera beating a man in san francisco last month.
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alameda county's legal office identified them add luis santamaria and paul weiber. surveillance video shows them chasing stanislaus petrov into this alley and beating him with their batons. he had several broken bones. right before this, he led deputies on a car chase that started in san leandro. the two deputies are on paid leave. to suspect in a quadruple shooting outside of a san leandro club will not be charged with a hate crime at least for now. carlos cervantes and salvador aguilera are accused of shooting four people on monday morning in the parking lot of club caliente. they will recover. the suspects made comments about the victims' sexual orientation. court documents filed yesterday though do not include hate crimes. prosecutors may decide to add them later. a bay area community group is criticizing the decision to grant bail to a richmond man who allegedly plotted to attack
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muslims. the san francisco chapter of the council on american-islamic relations says it is shocked at the release of william sele. he is accused of threatening to kill muslims and building a pipe bomb. the organization wants him to face federal charges and is calling for increased security at mosques. if the raiders are leaving oakland after this season they certainly capped off their time here in a memorable way. the stands were packed last night as charles woodson played his final game. some fans in oakland yelling, stay in oakland, waving signs and hopes the team does not leave the bay area for a second time. the raiders are one of three teams looking to move to los angeles. >> basically every year the raiders have been in oakland, my family has been to almost every, single raider game. this is a symbol of family and community for me. >> the nfl is expected to vote on who will make the move to l.a. in just a few weeks. next week, the city of oakland will make another pitch to keep the team in the bay area. now, one of the best tackles of last night did not come from either team in the
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final minutes of the game. this went down. police chasing a fan who ran on the field pinning him down on the ten-yard line. the fan apparently said something to charles woodson as he was led away. might be christmas day but there's still plenty of business news this morning including a new auto recall. here's karina mitchell of cbsmoneywatch. >> reporter: u.s. markets are closed for the christmas holiday. on thursday wall street couldn't hold on to gains made earlier in the weekending the day mixed. the dow gave up 50 points while the nasdaq added two. fiat chrysler issued two recalls. the first includes 350,000 jeep grand cherokees 2011 and 2012 and some dodge during rain go dodge did your range goes and suvs with faulty clamps. no injuries. if you are waiting for a
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christmas delivery, fedex is delivering today in some markets. it's also keeping its locations across the country open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today so people can pick up parcels. fedex says employees volunteered to work the holiday. and that's your moneywatch. for more log on to cbsmarketwatch.com. in new york, i'm karina mitchell. it is 5:42. a unique take on the holidayles for those who don't celebrate christmas as some people are using the holiday to look for a date. >> a devastating blow after severe storms ripped through. we have an update coming up. >> 880 in oakland, it is a good day to get around not a lot of cars on the roads. we'll be checking your traffic throughout the morning. lots coming up. stick around. announcer: get beautyrest, posturepedic,
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powerful storm in the southeast. several governors are now declared a state of emergency. >> reporter: from flattened homes in tennessee to torn up roofs in mississippi, dozens of families are left homeless this christmas. >> it's unreal what you see from the air. >> reporter: a powerful system roared through the south killing at least 11 people. >> we are still in search-and- rescue mode. but our first concern is to make sure that we have everyone out and safe. >> reporter: according to the storm prediction center at least 14 tornadoes hit mississippi on wednesday but a single twister did most of the damage. the national weather service says it might have traveled for 150 miles. >> when it started really whooshing and start sucking my bedroom window open, i took off to take cover. >> reporter: the tornado in ashland was so strong, that it likely pulled the pavement off this road. forecasters believe the greatest threat to the region is passed but more rain is expected. it's bad news for states like
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georgia and alabama where flooding is widespread. >> travelers are stranded. >> i had to reschedule. it's end convenient. >> we got flown up to member -- inconvenient. >> we got flown up to memphis because we circled around and weather was so bad, ran out of gas so couldn't land. >> we are trying to get to new york for the family. meanwhile, back in the bay area, we're dreaming of the white christmas. it's the best selling single of all time. bing crosby knocked it out in 18 minutes back in christmas of 1941. [ i'm dreaming of a white christmas ♪ >> said to irving berlin, i think we got it. it sold 100 million copies
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since 1941. well outpacing all the hysteria surrounding adele. we love adele. most inland valleys are going to have freeze watches tonight overnight lows and the reason we're rhapsodizing about a white christmas is because that low as it kicked inland produced some snow in the bay area mountains! up in mount hamilton, there were flurries reported over the santa cruz mountains on highway 17. and so we should be waking up to a rare event in the bay area. futurecast shows mostly clear day in the offing for us. could be a shower or two in the south bay in the early going but not much. it's going to be cold. so a few scattered showers. snow above 3,000 feet. it will be dry but cold all the way through saturday. the tahoe report squaw valley new snow they pick up 12 to 24 inches and there's powder on top of that base of sierra cement. high temperatures today we are going to be looking for santa rosa to hit 54 degrees.
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napa 53. fairfield 52 degrees. in livermore 50. in san francisco, 53 degrees. in the extended forecast we have a nice chilly day in the offing for today. a freeze watch is posted for tonight. and then saturday looks nice and sunday -- oh, well. mother said there would be days like this. saturday will be nice and sunny and then sunday will not be quite so sunny with a weak little system coming down from the pacific northwest. and then monday through new year's eve it will be dry, temperatures in the mid-50s. aside from a wrinkle on sunday that's all she wrote for rain in the year 2015. a different kind of celebration for jewish singles who sometimes find the night before christmas lonely. the mazzoball is one of the biggest -- matzoball is one of the biggest jewish events of the year and an alternative to dating apps. dozens mingled at the event in hollywood last night and some attendees said even if they don't find their soulmate there it's a chance to meet new
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friends. >> i'm hoping to meet you know a nice jewish girl. >> mingling with people that you're familiar with, you have a certain kind of culture and dialect. >> their mothers would be happy. the emil matasareanuit's held all over the country including san francisco. there is a community in alaska called north pole and they are busy this time of year. a lot of letters to santa claus are directed to north pole, alaska. operations are set up at the santa claus house to make sure that all of those letters are answered. volunteers say the notes they get from -- these are pretty funny. listen. >> you get a lot of funny letters, you know, you will see a lot of it, dear santa, please leave presents and take my brother. [ laughter ] >> some of the more serious writers ask somebody to bring something for somebody else like a parent or sibling. that's nice. time 5:49. olaf from "frozen" pumping gas as santa on a jet ski. coming up we have a look at people celebrating christmas around the globe. ,,
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in the christmas spirit, the numbers this morning are really on a chilly side. but traffic is not a major story. that's why every traffic reporter in the bay area is sleeping soundly at this hour because what you are looking at right here, not much out there. numbers are certainly cold though. 36 degrees at concord right now. oakland has 37. livermore 34. and in san jose, 37 degrees. in santa rosa 29. there is a freeze watch where you see the purple color on the screen. that's where there's freeze watches posted for tonight. it's going to get cold and all the rain this morning is just raining on the fish. nasa played a role in keeping the christmas spirit bright in the uk. a lot of people had their eyes on the skies as a bright light flew across the horizon at sunset. it was the international space station flying by but for some parents, it played the role of santa's sleigh for the night. >> hello. it's hard to find a gas station where filling your tank
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is more than just a routine errand but we found one in new york. gas station attendant daniel kendrick dressed up on christmas eve as olaf the snowman from the movie "frozen." when is the last time you have ever seen a gas station attendant? anne will not remember the era. >> no, i do. i do. >> you're kidding? >> oh, yeah. i used to get my gas pumped by these guys. >> and in oregon, of course they don't allow to you pump your own gas. we have never had our gas pumped by a cartoon character. he worked at the quick fill for eight years and often does such things just to brighten the days of customers. good for him. santa may have come to down but he also made a splash in virginia. whole cast of christmas characters including the grinch and reindeer joining a water skiing santa on the potomac. the tradition is in its 30th year after a few tricks they took pictures with kids. police in dartmouth, massachusetts, posted a christmas themed parody of the
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tv show, cops. [ laughter ] >> they arrested santa claus! the spoof -- >> that's the grinch. >> oh, okay. showing officers -- oh, you're right. i didn't see it. they got the grinch as he prepared to break into a house and steal christmas. the green faced thief was then taken to the police station and had his mugshot taken. >> he is a mean one. catholics around the world gathered for midnight mass in bethlehem which is where jesus christ was born. the crowds were smaller than usual because of the recent uptick in violence between israel and palestine. a rare sight in the sky this christmas. the last full moon of the year appearing on christmas day. the full moon actually reached its maximum fullness at 4 a.m. the rare sight is called a full cold moon because it shows up during the beginning of the winter. a full moon hasn't appeared on christmas day since jimmy
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carter was in the white house in 1977. it won't happen again for another 19 years when probably a descendent of clinton or bush will be in the white house. [ laughter ] >> fair prediction. four minutes before 6:00. a pair of possible tornadoes means that some families here in northern california are going to spend christmas picking up the pieces. >> and we're at glide memorial in san francisco this christmas morning where thousands of people will get a nice hot meal thanks to hundreds of volunteers who are showing up any minute. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,
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morning. pope francis delivered his christmas address criticizing what the holiday has become rebuking society's intoxication with consumerism, abundance and wealth contrasting that with the simplicity of the birth of jesus christ. volunteers at glide memorial are taking the pope's advice and giving back this holiday. >> kpix 5's jackie ward is live at the church where thousands will turn out for their annual christmas breakfast. merry christmas, jackie. >> reporter: merry christmas, brian. merry christmas, anne and to all of you watching us this christmas morning. we are at glide where 5,000 people are expected to get a hot ham and turkey dinner with all the fixings. jean cooper is the holiday coordinator. you have some special volunteers who will be serve today. tell us about them. >> so, um, the foster farms hunger bowl is this excessive we on the 28th down in levi's plaza so the teams from

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