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there's another part to the story, which is that four years ago, in vancouver, maggie had a brain tumor, was in the hospital. some of the one us got word she was a huge fan and visited her in the hospital. so the game is also special for another reason. when trying to contact the family this morning, to get more details, police told us they can't release much more because maggie is a juvenile. reporting live, kraig debro, ktvu channel 2 news. a san francisco man is due in court this morning to face charges in a fatal hit-and-run crash on christmas eve.
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23-year-old juan martinez is being held on $1 million bail. he has district attorneys says he admitted to police that he drank 13 or 14 beers before driving his car last saturday. police say that's when he drove on to a traffic island in the mission district, hitting and willing a pedestrian. a suspect is under arrest after a high-speed chase from napa to solano county. police pursued a car driving recklessly around 9:00 last night. officers followed that vehicle on to interstate 80, two others crashed into each other trying to avoid the suspect vehicle in vallejo. no one was hurt during the chase. occupy protestors have a new tactic against police. a demonstrator climbed into a tree at location and frank ogawa plaza and set up a wooden platform to camp there. for the time being, police are allowing him to stay. protestors plan to occupy the tree in shifts. demonstrators spent a month
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atop a tree and say it makes police uncomfortable because they're not trained for it. and coming up at 7:30, a live report from the plaza, a check on the protestors to see how their the night in chilly temperatures wept. we're learning more about details about a sexual harassment claim against former hewlett-packard ceo mark herd. there's a letter written on baffle of the woman who made the sexual harassment claims. in one part of the letter -- the woman dropped her claims after herd paid her an undisclosed sum of money. this morning republican candidates are fanning out with the caucuses four days away. coming up a live report from our washington, d.c. newsroom with the latest poll results and how the candidates are
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stepping up their attacks on each other. meantime, preparations are underway for some of the biggest new year's eve parties in the bay area. one of the loudest is the fireworks show on embarcadero. an estimated 200,000 people are expected to watch the free display and ring in 2012. people are told to arrive about 11 clinton 30 in the evening, and head south of the ferry building on the embarcadero where the best view. while there are many events across the bay area, another highly anticipated show is the winter wonderland spectacular, and downtown san jose. unlimited rides cost $15, and parking is free. we have a list of other events on our website, just look for the link at the top of ktvu.com. and you can ring in 2012 with ktvu channel 2 and the american country new year's eve live. it airs right after the 10:00 news, tomorrow night.
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traffic alert for commuters in san francisco. expect traffic tie-ups in the financial district tonight with the monthly critical mass bicycle right. tonight's ride starts at 6 p.m. riders will meet at just 10 herman plaza and then hit city streets. critical mass always takes place on the last friday of the month. the winter weather caused caltrans to perform preventive work. crews closed this ramp for a few hours overnight, concerned the bottom of the overpass will start to erode due to moisture. so crews laid down sandbags to strengthen the surface. couple san francisco police officers transported to the hospital just about a half hour ago when a check in with tara for more information about this accident. >> reporter: we just spoke to muni officials who say the people in the accident suffered non-life-threatening injuries so that's the good news. it happened before 6:30 this morning in san francisco's bayview district at third and 22nd, when a muni railcar
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smashed into a police car. two officers and the bus operator have been transported to the hospital. again, moderate injuries. the teen line has been shut done but there are shuttles running. and up next we have a look at the bay bridge toll plaza where traffic is slowing very nicely no the city. fog is pretty much lifted so no worries here. nice commute into san francisco. lots of fog down 280 san jose. this is pretty much the foggiest spot from all of our cameras at the moment. you can see traffic is slowing very well but you wouldn't make sure you keep the low beams on. and that's it for traffic. let's head over to rosemary. >> there it is, a little bit of glow from the sunrise. we've got a few more minutes until the sunrise at 7:25 this morning. you can see that low cloud deck, and that bringing us drizzle this morning. that rain we've been talking about for days has arrived over northern california. and we're seeing just a bit of
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it. we've got some drizzle out of the low clouds, so you are going to be with a damp start this morning. bring along the umbrella just in case. not expecting a lot of rain out of this. maybe 10th inch, maybe even less than that in some areas. but we are going to remain cool, mostly cloudy, and a few scattered showers will be in the forecast for your friday. i'll show what you we're expecting for today. san jose areas right around mountainview reporting a few scattered showers this morning. little bit of drizzle and it's on and off from time to time. lot of moisture in these clouds here. by about noontime or so likes looks the north bay will see scattered showers. this will continue to weaken and fall apart as it moves south. but when we get our better chance, south of the golden gate, south of i-80, right about 2 to 4:00 it looks to like this is when it will be cruising across parts of the bay, south of the golden gate, and 6 to 8:00 it look like parts of south bay. not expecting a lot but a few scattered showers in the forecast. current temperatures here, 54 degrees concord, 53 in napa.
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57 mountainview. 53 san jose. we were in the 20s not long ago. so a big difference there. and the notice for the afternoon, some of us warming two to four degrees for the second half of the day. five to eight degrees over the south bay. 57 expected santa rosa today. 56 in the city. san francisco upper 50s for oakland. 60 degrees san jose. 60 degrees los gatos and 60 degrees this afternoon, partly to mostly cloudy skies over santa cruz. do you have your holiday plans? well, outdoors going to be a nice one. partly cloudy skies, low to mid- 60s in the forecast for your afternoon. saturday and sunday. overnight lows, without all that cloud cover, partly cloudy skies start the morning, a little fog. temperatures will sink back into the 30s. back to the desk. >> thank you. it's going to be a pretty happy new year for one outs of work san francisco man. he won the lottery. the man purchased a fantasy 5 ticket wednesday at a store on irving street and won $216,000.
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lottery officials say the winner told hem he plans to have fun with $12,000 and put the rest in the bank. the shop owner said the winner was down to his last unemployment check. congratulations! >> good for him! time is 7:10. coming up, an "american idol" winner takes a stand in the presidential race. who kelly clarkson decided to back and the backlash she is now getting. and one day after a supreme court ruling, which bay area cities will still try to save their redevelopment agencies. and a report this morning about minority leader nancy pelosi and what she said to her daughter about why she is staying in congress.
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this is a live look at that muni scent that we've been talking about this morning in san francisco's bayview district at the corner of third avenue and 22nd. we have received confirmation that a police car collided with a muni train. there's the cop car there. they are conducting an investigation but the t line is going to be shut down for some time. shut releases in place. two police officers and the bus operator have been transported to the hospital with moderate injuries. we're working to get more information from san francisco police, but as you can see, this is a very active scene. we don't know how long this investigation is going to take. and speaking with officials, they say it could be some time. so if you live in in neighborhood and you need to get around, be aware that there are shuttles in place that will take you around this accident. we do have a reporter on the scene. lorain blanco will give you a live report in the next couple
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minutes. back to the desk. >> thank you. republican presidential candidates out campaigning in iowa this morning. the caucuses are on tuesday, and as allison burns reports, mitt romney's campaign seems to have some new momentum. allison. >> reporter: we're been bringing in feeds of the campaign events all morning. here is former massachusetts governor abdulmutallab mit, riding high in the polls in iowa. he appeared this morning with popular new jersey governor chris christie. he said president obama has left the country hopeless and changeless, and he urged iowans to turn outs for romney in tuesday's caucuses in a way that only he could. >> let me tell you, you people disappoint me on tuesday, you don't do what you're supposed to do on tuesday for mitt romney, i will be back! >> earlier we watched newt gingrich try to win over a break fast crowd in iowa. he told them he and his wife have a good life and he
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wouldn't be running and enduring the media attacks if the country wasn't in so much trouble. his campaign is in trouble, a pullout this morning shows newt gingrich has dropped to fifth place in iowa. reporting live, allison burns, ktvu channel 2 news. "american idol" winner kelly clarkson is facing some backlash for her endorsement of republican presidential candidate ron paul. she tweeted in part -- backlash paul came under fire recently for newsletters published in his name in the 1980s and 90s that contained racist and anti- gay language. clarkson later tweeted that she was sorry if she offended anyone and she supports gay rights. some comments by the daughter of house minority leader nancy pelosi may get her in trouble with her mother. according to the san francisco
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chronicle, 41-year-old alexander pelosi told a website her mother wants to retire. but is staying on out of a feeling of obligation and because of pressure from big democratic donors. pelosi's office says the comments are not true and pelosi is preparing to be back in the job of speaker of the house, if the democrats win back the house of representatives next year. homeland security has set up a hotline for people jailed on immigration charges. the toll-free number will be staffed 24 hours a day and offer translation services. it's designed to inform immigrants of their rights. here's the number. earlier this month, homeland security stopped arizona from checking on the status of jailed immigrants amid concerns of racial profiling and discrimination. u.s. and afghan officials say the obama administration hopes to restart talks with the taliban in the spring after negotiations fell apart this month. a u.s. official says one goal
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of renewed talks would be to identify a cease-fire zone or zones that could be used as a step towards a full peace agreement. in turkey, funerals this morning for the 35 civilians killed in a botched military airstrike. the turkish military accidentsly killed the civilians on wednesday after mistaking them for kurdish rebels from iraq. many of the victims are from the same family. the turkish foreign minister says an investigation is underway. a cyclone is tearing through southeastern india. heavy rains and gale-force winds are continuing to pound the region and at least 11 people are dead. winds reaching 85 miles per hour have also uprooted trees, damaged homes, and disrupted transit services, including trains and airplanes. officials in allentown, pennsylvania may begin exhuming graves today because a large sinkhole is threatening a historic cemetery. it's 50 feet long and 30 feet wide it. formed yesterday when authorities discovered a water-
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main break. about 60 graves in the cemetery have been roped off. a dozen nearby homes evacuated, and five have been declared structurally unsafe. fremont's vice mayor will now leave the city after the death of mayor bob watson. he died yesterday at 77 years old. he had been hospitalized for rest poier problems. he had served as the mayor since 2004, and before that he served as fremont's police chief on the city council. funeral arrangements are pending. we're following developing news in san francisco. two police officers and a muni driver in the hospital after a crash between a patrol car and a light rail vehicle. ktvu's lorain blanco just arrived on scene within the last few minutes in the dog patch neighborhood and joining us now with the latest. lorain. >> reporter: good morning. we're at the corner of third and 22nd street in the bayview district. and you can see right behind me where the muni light rail trail collided with the police car. it happened about 6:30 this
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morning. we're told that two officers and the muni operator were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. right now the t line for muni is shut down, and third street northbound between 21st and 23rd streets is also shut down. southbound out here you can see that it is moving southbound but northbound you cannot get through. you'll have to find a different way to get around. meanwhile, the muni spokesperson is on his way out here right now. and we will bring you information as soon as it becomes available. for now, reporting live, lorain blanco, ktvu channel 2 news. it hasn't happened in a while but it did rain overnight. rosemary has a look at if it's going to last and what you can expect for your new year's eve. >> here's a look at the san mateo bridge, it's getting a little foggy again. we also have some updated information with fatal accident in the south bay. coming up.
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police rescued a michigan man from his burning car and then arrested him. tack a look at this video. look at that. authorities say 32-year-old alan blake accidentally put his foot on the gas pedal and the car caught fire. a police officer jumped in to pull that man out. >> grabbed ahold of him and he came with me. so i knew he was okay. but then i got him to the over side of the street where he was safe. >> within the couple minutes the car went up in flames. >> blake was under the influence, so they put him in custody after the rescue. business, labor and public officials worry the expansion of the panama canal could hurt west coast ports, including oakland's. the port of oakland like other regional facilities rely on asian ports, but the project which calls for a third lane to the panama canal will be completed in 2014. it would allow large freighters
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to bypass west coast ports and head directly to terminals on the gulf and east coast. the project allows ships to carry almost three times more cargo. we of course following that muni accident in san francisco involve that police car. tara, is it causing delays there? >> yes, we just heard from lorain, mentioning no northbound traffic is allowed through that intersection at third and 22nd. these are live pictures that you're looking at here where you can see that the patrol car is pretty mangled there. looks like it was broadside ed by the muni bus. and the muni bus looks like it's being taken away right now. as we speak. and they do have traffic control on the scene, trying to let folks do. but looks like they'll be wrapping up their investigation. this particular intersection, this is where the t line runs through, and that has been shut down momentarily, and they're allowing for bus shuttles to get people where they need to go. again, there's a look at the cop car there. two officers were in that car
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when this crash happened, and they've been transported to the hospital with some moderate injuries. the bus operator was also taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. but we understand there's a shuttle running right there as see in front of the camera. as we understand, these are non- life-threatening injuries. you can see they're taking photographs right now of the scene, so still sort of wrapping up their investigation but hopefully the scene will be clear soon so the traffic can get around. this happened around 5:45 this morning. so quite a while ago. and so hopefully, this will be wrapping up soon. up next we have a look at a fatal accident that actually happened here in the south bay, milpitas. sorry, my map did a little one- two number. 880 northbound at 237, we had a pickup truck that overturned and went off and chp reporting it was because of roads being so slick in that area. don't know if speeding was a factor. but they are trying to get the word out to remind folks to slow down in this area. and last but not least a look
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at san francisco, 101 extremely foggy conditions, traffic is flowing smoothly on 101. :25. let's check in with rosemary. >> good morning to you! fog, mist and drizzle, the storm staying north. but we will get just the tail end today, bringing us a few scattered showers in the forecast. so take it easy out there for today. bring along the rain jacket. 52 oakland. 53 san francisco. low 50s pretty much everywhere we looked. livermore, concord, north bay low 50s, from five to 10 degrees warmer than yesterday it. is damp. radar having a little hard time picking it up because we're experiencing low clouds. temperatures for the afternoon, mid to upper 50s, scattered showers, the north bay around noontime and in between 2 and 4:00, the rest of the bay area. if you're traveling to the sierra, it will be a wet one. snow levels high today, a advisory through 7:00 this evening, then partly cloudy skies and cool conditions expected for your weekend. dry conditions. here at home we're dry as well. partly cloudy skies, low to mid-
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60s in the forecast for the afternoon. and then low 60s monday into tuesday, with dry weather in the forecast. overnight lows back into the 30s. not so bad on saturday. sunday could be a bit chilly, 33 the morning low. back to you. gunfire in oakland this morning, what police say the victim did right after being shot by someone in a passing car. >> we're at oakland frank ogawa ms.a, where the latest occupy oakland protestors have a bird's-eye view and the fight of a nightspot to open on new year's eve. the complaints they've gotten.
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we're continuing to follow developing news from san francisco a crash between a police patrol car and a muni light rail vehicle has sent three people to the hospital, including two officers. lorain blanco is live now with what is happening right now. lorain. >> reporter: the good news is that all three people were transferred with non-life- threatening injuries. you can see right now the police squad car still on the road right now. you can see on driver's side where it was hit by that muni train. it's pretty badly damaged. now, it happened about 5:45 this morning. two officers and the muni operator as well as the passenger were transported to the hospital.
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we were just told that the two officers were transported to san francisco general, with moderate injuries. the muni operator and a female passenger of that muni train were transferred to st. luke hospital, also with non-life- threatening injuries. right now san francisco pd hit- and-run detail and the traffic investigation unit as well as muni are on the scene. trying to figure out what went wrong. also the t line is shut down for the muni light rail this morning. and if you look back out here live, you can see on the third street, right now, shut down northbound between 21st and 23rd street. muni spokesperson is on the way right now as we speak and we'll bring more information as soon as it becomes available. for now, reporting live in san francisco, ktvu channel news. occupy protestors taking their cause to new heights. instead of camping out, they're sitting in. noel walker is live in downtown oakland with the new
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occupation. >> reporter: it's rise and shine time here, and breakfast time. we've got a volunteer, attorney for the volunteers, who just came by to offer a donut. he says it's an apple fritter. he just woke up five minutes ago. the tree sitters up there right now, good morning! >> morning. >> back up in the tree last night. they have been out of the tree since the last port protest when police got them out. but previous to that, they've been up in the trees for 30 days with a rotation of 20 volunteer tree sitters. they say this time they're doing it with more experienced volunteers. so they stay up there actually and don't let police get them down. you're taking a lock now live at frank ogawa plaza. by the light of day, you can see that there's nothing here really except what essentially a mud patch because the city cleared out all the grass from the last occupation camp. the only thing we've seen across the plaza itself is a bunch of brats scurrying around this morning. we're walking to the other side
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right now because the tree sitters aren't the only ones here. there is a group about two dozen people over on this side. they're set up with sleeping bags, they have food station, they have a first aid station. they say that they -- they say though have permission to be here. they can't be sleeping here technically. so you see kind of the sleeping bags all over the brick here. they say they're not sleeping, they're just here in their sleeping bags overnight. last night they set up a tent here on frank ogawa plaza in solidarity with a dozen protestors who were arrested on 10th street last night for occupying a foreclosed home. they essentially say that they have never left, though you see none of the tent city that we were accustomed to seeing here at frank ogawa plaza. they say occupy oakland still
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exists, it has never gone away. they're here by day handing out fliers and a group them are always here. they say they want to get their message out. they're still want to go spread the message about home foreclosures, unemployment, homelessness, and basically economic disparity. reporting live, noel walker, ktvu channel 2 news. time is 7:33. we're following overnight news from oakland. right now police are looking for suspects in a drive-by shooting. that shooting happened shortly before 2 a.m. in the downtown area. investigators say bullets were passing cars hit an 18-year-old man driving another car. the victim then drove a short distance to seventh and market and stumbled out in the street. he is now listed in stable condition. it's still not clear what led up to the gunfire. a registered sex offender suspected of killing his former girlfriend a dozen years ago is behind bars this morning. prosecutessors have decided that there is finally enough
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evidence to file murder charges against raymond wong. he is accused of killing 21- year-old alice sin of pinole. police said wong was living comfortablely in china in recent years. he was working as a computer company executive in beijing, under an assumed name. >> when we found out he was back in the country, we decide to run with this case and move forward, as if it almost did occur a day prior. and it was just a matter of putting the pieces, the final pieces together. >> the body of the young mother was found in a remote dirt road in nevada. the murder case against wong relied mostly on circumstantial evidence, bogged down by the question of whether authorities this california or nevada had jurisdiction. this year the bay area's three largest cities have matched or exceeded homicide totals from 2010. oakland has recorded 102 homicides this year, compared to 92 last year. san francisco's 50 homicides this year matches last year's total. and in san jose, the city has seen the highest number of
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homicides in 15 years, with 38. that number does not include the two people killed at san jose state university. more than 100 children are waking up at an oakland church after taking part in a massive sleepover. it is happening at the allen temple baptist church, featuring 24 hours of food, fun and friends, all designed to keep the children off the streets and in a safe environment. organizers say the event also allows participants to connect with the church. >> so we just thought we could create an environment where they can come and have fun, and we can feed their spirits too. >> i'm just excited about how we have other people from other churches so we can expand our youth ministry and meet some new people. >> church organizers say they plan on making the sleepover an annual event. the former lawyer for convicted triple murderer bay is now suspended from practicing law. court documents show the suspension comes after lorna
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brown admitted to smuggling documents out of jail for bay. those documents turned out to be instructions on how to destroy evidence. brown now faces possible criminal charges. bay is now serving three life terms future the murder of journalist chauncey bailey and two others. the owner of a nightspot is fighting a new order from city hall prohibiting him from selling alcohol past 11:30 p.m. the city handed down the order to the lift lounge after 80 calls for police service since opening two years owner says he and police department says the downtown area is oversaturated with nightspots leading to fights and other problems. >> i don't believe we have an issue here. i mean, there will be issues everywhere at different times, obviously when there's alcohol involved. but we don't really have true many problems. >> cruz has filed an appeal.
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the walnut creek city council will hear the appeal next month. let's head right back out to tara, watching this muni accident. >> reporter: we just learned that a female passenger was on that muni bus, also transported to the hospital with the bus operator. if we take a live look now, here's the scene. four people injured in this crash, in the bayview district of san francisco. intersomethings of third and 22nd. you can see where the patrol car was hit there, on the other side. the train was headed northbound on 22nd when it hit the patrol car at 5:45 this morning. both officers were also transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. spd hit-and-run detail and traffic investigators still out there. t line is shut done for now. bus shuttles are running in its place. the muni railcar was just taken away from the scene. and they're beginning to clean up process as you can see right now. at the bay bridge it is foggy, but not enough to cause any
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problems that heavy fog advisory issued earlier this morning has been lifted. no delays into san francisco. we do have a fatal accident in milpitas, the chp says a pickup truck hit some slick roads, flipped over and went 40 feet down an embankment. chp reminding folks to slow down in the rain this morning. :38. we still have drizzle, rosemary? >> we do. mist and drizzle and foggy, cloudy conditions expected through your morning hours. we'll hold on to this pattern for most of the day. not going to see a lot of rain but we will definitely see the clouds. if from time to time a few light showers in the forecast. your satellite radar here, even tough to pick up that green stuff over the bay area. but we know it is following. the roads are wet and some of that low cloud deck below the radar giving us a little bit of drizzle this morning and the fog. the rain will stay primarily over northern california. we'll get just a sweep through in the afternoon and that willably us scattered showers. parts of north bay about
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noontime. areas just right around santa rosa and we're talking st. helena, calistoga, on the coastline, point reyes, a little bit of light rain. and this is just a model. so scattered showers on and off for the north bay, now about lunchtime. by 2:00 or so, it is shifting south. and it's falling apart as it does. but it will bring us a few scattered showers over parts of the bay area, san francisco, oakland, perhaps in the concord, and then between 4 and 6:00 it will continue to sink south, breaking apart as it does. a few sprinkles possible for the south bay. look at the north bay, already clearing out and we're drying out for tonight and for your weekend. temperatures are up, five, 10 degrees from yesterday. because of all the clouds out there this morning. 52 santa rosa. 53 san francisco. 53 san jose. and then for the afternoon, upper 50s, a few low 60s, so not a big warm-up for today. 56 for vallejo, 56 in the city
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san francisco. 59 mountainview. 68 los gatos and 61 morgan hill. remember a week ago we started out in the 20s? by lunchtime we were looking at a 20 to 30-degree warm-up for today just a few degrees expected. so it is going to be a cool afternoon with a few scatter showers in the forecast, partly cloudy skies for your weekend. and your big holiday weekend looks rather nice. low to mid-60s in the forecast for the afternoon. 30s for the overnight lows. claudine. >> all right. hundreds of northern california teenagers got off with a warning after being found with drugs while traveling through nevada. police in elko displayed marijuana pipes, bongs and alcohol confiscated from five buses tuesday night. they say the teens inside the buses were on their way to utah for an unchaperoned ski trip. police were first alerted to the teens by callers reporting teens smoking marijuana. the police chief says it it would have been a huge legal challenge to determine exactly
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who each bag of drugs belonged to. so he gave everyone a lecture and urged them to be safe on the slopes. if you pay your verizon bill over the phone or online, that's about to gets more expensive. pam cook will be here next with more on the new convenience fees the company says it will be charging. and we now know how many sears stores will be closing next year. where most of those stores are and why that list may be growing.
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all right. there's a look at the big board. dow down 23 points. not really a lot happening on the markets today. this is the last trading day of 2011. no notable economic data or
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earnings reports coming in today. so it's expected to just kind of hover with not a lot of movement today. the new york stock exchange has notified american airlines parent company that it will drop amr stock before the opening bell next thursday. american airlines filed for bankruptcy last month, and its stock price fell to 26 cents a share and it's never been above a dollar since then. the stock exchanges requires all stock to sell for more than a dollar to remain listed. american says its shares will continue to trade, but it will be over-the-counter and under a new symbol. we now know some of the 100 sears and kmart stores that will be closing next year, none are in the bay area. but three are in southern california. florida did take the hardest hit with 11 stores shutting down. sears does as many as 40 more stores will be added to closure list later. companies that placate employees who feel overworked
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with offering unusual perks according to a survey. voluntary benefits, including group discounts on computers, don't cost companies much. chair massages during the week, workweek day can make employees feel more relaxed and more productive. other perks include pet insurance, funeral planning, and cell phone plan discounts. the curtain is coming down on a rough year for the movie industry. the 8th harry potter movie was the biggest hit of 2011, followed by transformers, dark of the moon and "twilight" breaking down. but even most of the blockbusters didn't do as well as in years passed. over wall the industry sold more than $1.25 billion tickets the lottest total in 16 years. part of that is the economy, and some of it is because ticket prices continue to go up. santa claus must be getting more popular if that's popular. the air force santa tracking operation broke records for calls, e-mails and social media
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questions about where the jolly oldest was on christmas eve. volunteers at norad tracking more than 100,000 phone calls and 7700 e-mails about his location this year. but not everyone needed help finding out where santa was. a free smart phone app tracking him was downloaded 1.4 million times. verizon customers received a surprise for the holidays, and as pam cook reports, it is not a good one. pam. >> reporter: occupiers are comparing verizon to bank of america this morning. verizon customers are now going to have to pay the wireless carrier a surcharge if they pay their bill using a credit card. verizon announced customers who pay over the phone or online using a credit card will now have to pay $2 each time as a convenience fee. but the company also says there are ways to get around paying that surcharge. customers who sets up an auto pay account will be off the hook. and customers who mail in a good old-fashioned check or pay
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at the versus store will also avoid the fee. some customers say it's particularly annoying to have to pay a fee to pay their bills. analysts say verizon may be passing along the fee that credit card companies charge verizon, but consumer advocates argue verizon should consider that just one of its costs of doing business. reporting live, pam cook, back to claudine. >> time is 7:47. it seems privacy is becoming an outdated notion, and more americans are turning to software to keep their online activities private. suppliers of the best known do not track software say they saw a big jump in usage in the second half of the year. for example, ghost tree is downloaded by 140,000 new users every month. total downloads will top 4 million. and ad blocked plus is used by more than 17 million internet users every day. the employee union for central valley police department is taking a new approach to fight continuing
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budget cuts. the stockton police officers association has purchased a home next to the stockton city manager. now the city is suing the union accusing the union of purchasing a home to intimidate the city manager. the union says the city has made unfair cuts to the department. firefighters are chasing after an arsonist in hollywood. there were nearly a dozen separate fires in the area this morning, at least 15 cars torched. some of the flames spread to homes and apartment buildings. one firefighter was injured. when you have a party like the one in new york, organizers don't want to leave anything to chance, not even confetti. coming up the practice run in times square. and it's been almost a particular ailed since the niners have been to the playoffs so expect those to be hot tickets. we'll tell you when you can get them.
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fundamental dress rehearsal is any indication, times square
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should have a perfect new year's eve celebration. organizers at a test run throwing handfuls of confetti from eight stories above broadway. they wanted to test the airworthiness of the confetti. about one ton of colorful bits of paper will be released at midnight on new year's eve. and just in time for the new year we have the annual list of words and phrases banned from the english language for missews, overuse and general uselessness. this is the 37th year michigan's lake super state university has compiled the list. here are the banned words. the iowa lottery still doesn't know who held on to a winning lottery ticket for a year, but the head of the lottery already sounds like he has esp. here's what me said yesterday.
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>> most think if someone does show up, it will be the last two hours and on thursday. >> and that is exactly almost what happened. two iowa attorneys representing the winner walked into lottery headquarters with just an hour before that ticket expired. but they're not saying who their client is or why that person waited so long to say the $16.5 million jackpot is theirs. but iowa law requires that person's name and address be revealed when that jackpot is paid. college football players getting ready for san francisco's craft fight hunger bowl will spend part of their day volunteering. ucla football players are serve meals at the church this morning, and players with the university of illinois will serve meals at st. anthony's. the kraft bowl is tomorrow afternoon at at&t park. there will be only a limited seats available for fans who don't have season
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tickets. a vast majority of season ticketholders have taken advantage of their opportunity to purchase playoff tickets. playoff schedule won't be determined until after the games on sunday. the niners have not competed in a playoff game since january of 2002, when they lost in tampa to the bucaneers. and now cute animal alert. look at these guys, twin polar bears! they're in china, and they're just two months old and still making that are way around. they're the second pair of cubs born to polar bears given to china by finland as a show of friendship. and they're going to go on display to the public in china sometime in the new year. the t line crash in a police car around third and 22nd. let's see how things are looking out there. tara. >> reporter: muni is back up and running after that accident this morning. the t line in the bayview district just went back into service. crews finished cleaning up,
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here are live pictures here, the train and the patrol car involved in the accident has been towed away. a patrol car was broadsided at the intersection of third and 22nd, around 5:45 this morning. four people were injured, including two police officers, a bus operator and a female passenger. all suffered moderate injuries, and were transported to the hospital. let's look at our maps. we have a traffic hazard in marin county, just as you get off the golden gate bridge there's a large truck with the trailer blocking the slow lane there. and a two-car crash in san francisco, 1280 northbound at monterey boulevard, all lanes were blocked. a sigalert was issued but has been lifted and things should be returning to normal. finally, a look at 680 near the pinole grid. the fog really rolled in there, foggy conditions, have low lights on this morning. let's check in with rosemary. >> it's a gray start, fog and drizzle in the forecast for your morning. and temperatures will be sitting in the 50s and we're going to be sitting in the 50s
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so not a big warm-up today. a few light showers as well. seeing a lit drizzle out there, the roadways are wet, so get outdoors early if you can. it's going to be a slow drive in some areas. sitting at about 53 degrees san francisco, 52 santa rosa. 53 san jose. so you get the idea here, most of us warmer than yesterday by several degrees. mid to upper 50s for your afternoon. afternoon. so not comes to the temps. 56 san rafael today. 56 san francisco. 58 in hayward. 58 expected antioch. and the south bay 60 degrees san jose, 61 morgan hill. scattered showers will remain, looks like right about noontime over the north bay and continuing south for the afternoon. we're going to be damp for most of the friday. we do dry and out friday night and our weekend looks great. partly cloudy skies, temperatures warming into the mid-60s even for your new year's day. lows cooler. 30s in the forecast as we start the morning monday and tuesday dry as well. back to you. high-speed chase in solano
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county, how it all finally came to an end. >> discovery bay teenager got a con news a sharks game without taking the ice. >> a police car crashes with a muni train in san francisco, we'll have the latest on the conditions of four people transported to the hospital, including two officers.
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good morning. and welcome back to mornings on 2. dave and tori have the morning off. it's friday, december 30th. we start the 8:00 hour with an update to a developing story. four people were transported to the hospital this morning after a crash between a san francisco police patrol car and a muni light rail vehicle. ktvu's lorain blanco is live this morning in san francisco with an update now. lorain. >> reporter: traffic is now open on 26th and third streets in san francisco in the bayview district. if you take a look here, you can see that a muni crew is in the process now of fixing a signal light for the muni train. but otherwise the t line is also back open. let's look at the scene when we arrived here.
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you can see the muni light rail train facing northbound on third street, where it collided with a police vehicle. even with all the damage on the driver's side of the squad car, the two officers suffered only finallor injuries. they have been released from san francisco general. we're told the muni operator and a female passenger also suffered non-life-threatening injuries. >> i think the damage looks worse, the injuries are fairly minor, and obviously everybody is very lucky. >> back out here live, you can see the muni train is back in service. the one that got into the crash of course was taken to their yard. but the t line service is back open right now. the police car and the muni train have been towed away. so traffic is open right now at third and 26th, we're about to talk with the muni spokesperson and we'll have more information as soon as it becomes available. lorain blanco, ktvu channel 2 news. san jose police are
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investigating another report of violence at a professional sports event. a 16-year-old girl says a drunk sharks fan attacked her wednesday night. kraig debro is live in san jose now with reaction from the sharks organization. kraig. >> reporter: sharks issued a statement. this doesn't rise to the level of bryan stow case or what happened at the 49er-raider game. but this girl did suffer a concussion. however, the person that police believe is responsible was not taken into custody. she is not under arrest. take a look at this picture, given to us by the marin independent journal, a picture of maggie and maya, maggie on the right. she is 16. her sister maya is 18 -- maggie on the right and maya on the left. independent journal gave us in picture. two nights ago the sisters from discovery bay attended the sharks game and got the tickets for christmas. they're both -- from vancouver. so they went to the game dressed in jerseys and ready to
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cheer for the canucks. however, a woman sitting behind them didn't take too kindly to that and according to the girls began swearing at them during the game. at one time where the sharks scored a goal, the woman sitting behind the two girls lifted herself out of her chair to cheer for the sharks, and came down her hand hit maggie in the back of the head. she suffered a concussion. sharks issued a statement -- other fans did not report seeing any contact between the parties. other part of the story is maggie from vancouver, canada, four years ago she was suffering from a brain tumor some of the canucks visited her in the hospital. so they have a place in her heart for a long time to come. we called police, didn't get a call back. but one thing we heard from a published report was since maggie is a juvenile, there will be very little information they'll be able to release about this case. kraig debro, ktvu channel 2 news.
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a san francisco man is due in court this morning to face charges in a fatal hit-and-run crash on christmas eve. tee-year-old juan martinez is being held on one mal dollars bail. the district attorney says it martinez admitted he drank 13 or 14 beers before driving last saturday, hitting and killing a pedestrian. a suspect is under arrested after a high-speed chase from napa to solano county. police pursued a car driving around 9:00 last night. officers followed the vehicle on to interstate 80, in vallejo and two others cars slashed into each other trying to avoid the suspect vehicle. the individual was arrested. no one hurt during the chase. occupy protestors of a new tactic against police, late last night a demonstrateddor climbed into a tree at oakland's frank ogawa plaza. he set up a wooden platform to camp there. police converged on the scene but for the time being are
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allowing him to stay. protestors say they plan to occupy the tree in shifts, and say it makes police uncomfortable because they're not trained to deal with tree sitters. we're now learning more details about the sexual harassment claims against former hewlett-packard ceo, mark hurd, that led to his resignation last year. the san jose mercury fox 5 morning news says it obtained a letter written to hurd by gloria allred on baffle of the woman who made the sexual harassment claims. allred writes -- this morning the republican presidential candidate are fanning out across in iowa. with. caucuses just four days away, coming up at 8:15 we'll have a live report from our washington, d.c. newsroom with the latest poll results and how
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the candidates are stepping up their attacks on each over. a traffic alert now for commuters in san francisco. expect traffic tie-ups in the financial district tonight with the monthly critical mass bicycle ride. tonight's ride starts at 6 p.m. bicyclists will meet at justin herman plaza at market street and hit the city streets. critical mass always takes place on the last friday of the month. the winter weather caused caltrans to perform some preventive work. crews closed the marina offramp overnight, concerned the bottom of the overpass was going to start to erode due to moisture. crews laid down sands bags and tar to strengthen the surface. local governments across california are now trying to figure out who they're going to cope now that the -- state can shut counsel 400 redevelopment agent significance. the budget passed by the state legislature last summer approved that step as a way to
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save $1.7 billion. but cities which counted on the money for low income housing and other major projects sued and lost. >> we'll be allowed to complete our existing contractual obligations, but anything that is not in -- we don't have a contract for cannot -- we're not allowed to make new decisions. >> as a result of this, k through 12 schools will be getting more than a billion dollars this year, revenue they otherwise would not center gotten. >> the decision will touch cities large and small, but the biggest cities are likely to fill more of an impact. san jose is the by area's biggest city, and says it is redevelopment agencies has been the driving force in revitalizing downtown. the tech museum and arena built through funding but this decision will be felt on a more personal level by people who counted on affordable housing. that could make a difference to many silicon valley businesses. >> a lot of families are not going to have affordable housing here, lot of companies won't be able to lure workers this year.
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>> projects like the proposed baseball stadium and the convention center expansion won't be affected by the decision because they are financed for special taxes or private partnership deals. >> i had my wipers on coming to work this morning, and tara i know you were talking about the roads being wet two you having an impact on the commute today. >> definitely. we've seen quite a true spinouts this morning. the fog causing problems. we can give you an overview of the bay area and then zoom in on back where we have an accident, a truck that fishtailed at the east dixon avenue west onramp on 80 westbound. that's because of those rain- slicked roads. if we lock further south you can see a smattering of yellow signs there, all incidents where people have either pulled over to the side of the road because of mechanical difficulties, most of them are because of going a little too fast on the wet roadways. let's look at 237 through milpitas. you can see the fog really
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settling in there in the south bay. we had it up north for a while, then is seemed to roll in down there. so definitely take it slowly. keep your low beams on and 280 at 880, still haze and fog there as well. let's check in with rosemary. >> quite a gloomy start! this is a weak storm and we haven't even seen the front move through just yet. but berry getting the low clouds, fog, we showed that you with the traffic cameras a moment ago. the winds light out there. looks like fairfield the winds blowing in your area, low clouds too low and sitting below the radar beam. the brunt of this storm you can see more than 100 miles to the north. looks like north of fort bragg we're seeing quite a bit of light rain over areas, crescent city reporting some as well as areas right around ukiah. we'll remain with just the
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possibility of a few scattered showers. here comes the tail end of this front. looks like over the north bay by lunchtime, few scatter showers in the forecast from the coast into areas right around st. helena, it continues to fizzle out through the afternoon as and moves a little south. but pick up a few scattered showers over parts of the peninsula, between 2 and 4:00. we'll see it south of i-80, and it will continue south and continue to really again waning as it moves through. but i'm going to leave in the possibility of a few scattered showers because we've got all that cloud cover packing quite a bit of moisture, and we may see some of that hit the ground throughout the afternoon. 53 napa, 54 oakland. 53 redwood city. upper 50s mountainview this morning. so not very cold but you'll need the rain jacket just in case. 56 san rafael this afternoon. 59 redwood city. 60 degrees expected fremont. 59 in concord. so what you're feeling right now you may be feeling that as you head home in the afternoon.
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extended forecast, new year weekend is going to be a dry one. it's going to be a nice one, widespread low mid-60s in the forecast, cooler in the overnight hours. partly cloudy kaiser and fog around the area with this moisture now left in place. back to you. there could be some mother- daughter trouble in nancy pelosi's household. what pelosi's 41-year-old daughter reportedly told a conservative website about her mother's future in congress. also how newt gingrich is now fighting back. and north korea has a new leader but will he rule any differently than his father?
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sabra fell in the 50s. mostry gray skies, fog, rain, returning to dry weather for the weekend. new poll out this morning shows the former massachusetts governor mitt romney and texas congressman ron paul are running neck and neck lead into next week's iowa caucuses. as allison burns reports from washington, d.c., another high- profile candidate is falling fast. allison. >> reporter: let's get right to the results of this week's poll of iowa's likely caucus-goers. 23% of them say they support mitt romney. 21% for lawn paul, 15% for rick santorum. 14% for rick perry. 13% for newt gingrich.
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and 6% for michele bachmann. it is a dramatic fall to 5th place for newt gingrich. here's his campaign stop this morning in wauconda, iowa. he expressed frustration about the race and said he had a good life with his wife and would not be running if he didn't think the country was in real truck. >> i have been beaten up i day in the media and negative ads, [not understandable] and paid for by people in this country i will endure that for that's kids. >> about an hour ago, in des moines, former massachusetts governor mitt romney campaigned with popular new jersey governor chris christie, their first event together since kristi's endorsement. he told the crowd he would be back new jersey style if they didn't turn out in troos's caucuses for mitt romney! allison burns, ktvu channel 2 news. an attorney in virginia has filed a lawsuit to have newt gingrich's name placed on the
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state's primary ballot. the virginia republican party determined gingrich's campaign failed to turn in the required 10,000 signatures. but the attorney filing the lawsuit contends many of the signatures supporting gingrich were improperly excluded. only two of the republican candidates, were tunnel for eligible for the ply mare. "american idol" winner kelly clarkson is facing back already for her endorsement of ron paul. she tweeted in part -- that immediately drew backlash from clarkson's twitter followers is. ron paul came under fire recently for newsletters published in miss name in the 1980s and 90s that caned racist and anti-gay language. clarkson later tweeted that she was sorry if she offended anyone and that she supports gay rights. some comments by the caught of house minority leadermanman may kick up an interesting
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conversation with her mother. according to the san francisco chronicle, 41-year-old alexandria pelosi told the conservative website that her mother wants to retire, but is staying on out of a feeling of obligation. and because of pressure from big democratic donors. pelosi's office says the comments are not true and that pelosi is preparing to be back in the job of speaker of the house if the democrats win back the house of representatives next year. north korea is warning the rest of the world not to expect any change in its policies. they've named kim jong un the great leader, expected to share power wall the country transitions after his father's deaths. kearny mesa kim jong il died two weeks ago. russian officials say a fire on a submarine is under control this morning after burning for several hours. flames broke out last night on the sub menino in a naval shipyard off the arctic ocean.
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it believed wooden scaffolding caught fire during the welding repairs. the dock has several nuclear reactors. but russian officials say the fire did not pose any risk to those reactors. nine people were hurt during the firefight. in turkey funerals this morning for the 35 civilians killed in a botched military airstrike. the turkish military says it accidentally killed the civilians on wednesday after mistaking them from kurdish rebels from iraq. many of the victims are said to be from the same family. the turkish foreign minister says an investigation is underway. and a psych is blowing through southeastern india. heavy rains and winds continuing to pound the region at least 11 people are dead. winds reaching 85 miles per hour have also uprooted trees, damaged homes, and disrupted transit services, including trains and airplanes. homeland security has set much a hotline for people jailed on immigration charges. that toll-free number will be staffed 24 hours a day and
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offer translation services. it's designed to inform immigrants of their rights and the number is right there on your screen. earlier this month, home land security stopped arizona from checking on immigration status of jailed immigrants amid concerns of racial profiling and discrimination. u.s. and afghan officials say the obama administration hopes to restart talks with the taliban in the spring after negotiations fell apart this month. a u.s. official says one goal of the renewed talks would be to identify cease-fire zones that could be used as a step towards a full peace agreement. free tonight in's vice mayor will now lead the city after the death of mayor bob wasserman. he died yesterday at 77 years old. he had been hospitalized for respiratory problems. he had served as the city's mayor since 2004. before that he served as free man's police chief and on the city council. funeral arrangements are pending. officials in allentown,
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pennsylvania may begin exhuming gives today bus of a large sinkhole threatening a cemetery. it is 50 feet long and 30 feet wide. it formed yesterday when authorities discovered a water- main break about 60 gravesites in the cemetery have been roped off. a dozen nearby homes have been evacuated and five have been declared structurally unsafe. time is 8:18. a final tribute to a veteran bay area journalist. a moammar this weekend. and let's give you a live look outside. light rain falling this morning. rosemary will tell us how 2011 is wrapping up and what we can expect as we welcome the year 2012. >> clear at the freeway but we do have fog in parts of bay area. we'll let you know how it could impact your morning commute, next.
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a funeral will take place today for the oakland man who became an organ donor death. 23-year-old charles buttler jr. was killed last week while driving home in the store. before his death he requested to be an organ cone over. two men then received his liver, pan address and kidneys. today's funeral gets underway at 11:00 this morning at the center of hope community church in oakland. this weekend hundreds of people will pay their last respects to a longtime oakland city hall reporter. a memorial service will be held tomorrow in fremont for him.
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earlier this week the body of the journalist was found inside a friend's home. police have not determined the cause of death but say there's no sign of foul play. president obama and first lady michelle obama traveled to the memorial honoring the more than 2400 americans killed in the attack on pearl harbor in 1941. the first couple visited the uss arizona memorial and laid a wreath to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the japanese attack that brought the u.s. into world war ii. the president and first lady also scattered flower pedals in the water at the memorial. president obama and his family are in hawaii for their annual christmas vacation. timetara in for sal this morning, and taking a look at the bay area bridges for us. >> that's right, we had a lot of fog advisories ironed this morning. but all of them have been lifted so that's the good news. here's your four bridges. bay bridge, san mateo, conditions are foggy at the san mateo and golden gate. but really no delays into san
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francisco or on the san mateo if you're headed into hayward or foster city. 8:23. let's check in with rosemary. >> good morning to you! we've got clouds out there, a little bit of fog and drizzle this morning. temperatures holding in the 50s, with all that cloud cover out there this morning. we are watching our temperatures from 5 to 10 degrees warmer than yesterday. a few light showers in the forecast. we're got the drizzle this morning with the low clouds, but the very weak southern edge of the front is going to sweep true for the afternoon. right about noontime the north bay scattered showers and it will continue to sink south, falling apart as it does but again light showers a possibility. not a lot of rain but enough to get us wet. we'll neated umbrella, enough to make the roads slick. so take it easy out there. 52 in santa rosa. 53 san francisco. 53 san jose. reported fog, drizzle if san jose at this hour. mountainview reporting light rain earlier. and all around the bay area
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we've got wet roads. mostly cloudy skies today, 58 in oakland, 56 san francisco. 57 santa rosa. 60 degrees for san jose. if you're headed to the hills, forecast, a light wind advisory, gusts to 40 miles an hour, a little rain, snow levels remain high, about 7,000 feet or so. bring along the chains. you never know. as a good idea. mostly cloudy skies, scatter clouds in the forecast for your weekend. temperatures in the mid to upper 40s for the afternoon. and a very chilly start to the morning low in the sierra. here at home we'll watch our temperatures fall back into the 30s. near freezing by sunday morning. but your new year weekend is a dry one and a good-looking one. temperatures sitting in the low to mid-60s with partly cloudy skies. mike. police rescued a michigan man from his burning car but then arrested him. authorities say 32-year-old allen blake accidentally rested his foot on the gas pedal while asleep in his vehicle.
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that caused the engine to race and the car to catch fire. a police officer jumped in to pull the man out. >> grabbed ahold of him, and he came with me. so i knew he was okay. then i got him to the other side of the street where he was safe. within a couple minute the whole car completely went up in practice and flames. >> police say blake was under the influence, so they placed him in custody after that rescue. an early morning crash between a san francisco police patrol car and a muni train. the four people sent to the hospital and the disruption in service for the morning commute. >> occupy oakland's attempt to set up at frank ogawa plaza again failed. things are looking up, about 20 feet up! >> and a break in a homicide case a dozen years old. police explain what finally led them to an arrest in the violent death of a bay area college student.
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the muni team line is back up and running at this hour an after early morning crash involving a san francisco police car. as lorain blanco tells us live now from the scene, four people had to be taken to the hospital. lorain. >> reporter: good morning. you can see it right now traffic is mostly back open at third and 26th in the bayview district. a small portion of one lane going northbound on third is closer to traffic, while muni crews repair a signal light. but the t line is back in service. muni and san francisco police department are both investigating how and why the light rail and the squad car collided. it happened about a quarter to 6. there were passengers
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onboard the train at the time of the crash. one passenger was transported to st. luke's with minor injuries but considering the damage the scene was cleared quickly and service resumed shortly after. >> things like this happen. there are incidences on the system every day. about 700,000 people that ride it, we have busy streets every day, and we just center to adapt to the situation and get it cleared as soon as possible. >> two officers were also transported to the san francisco general. they have already been released. you can see right here back live, a small portion of third street northbound at 22nd is blocked off while muni crews repair a broken signal light as a result of this crash. lorain blanco, ktvu channel 2 news. one occupy protestor heads to higher ground. he is perched in a tree. noel walker is live at frank ogawa plaza where some are
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define as ever. >> reporter: yes, the tents are cleared out and have been future quite some time at frank ogawa plaza, but occupy oakland has their anchor in the sky. they say the trees are the best way to occupy since police aren't equipped to get them out. they went back not trees yesterday morning. i spoke to one of two guys who slept up there and used the branches for pillows last night. asked if he was afraid of falling. and he said he lost that fear last night when he went up. he told us that, right after he fell out of the tree this morning while he was climbing down to get a donut and go are to a bathroom break. i should let everybody know he is okay, and he is ready to stick it out. >> as long as pock. as long as it takes to make a statement. just like -- asked how long i would be here. as long as it takes to make a statement. obviously, a statement hasn't been made so we're staying here. >> now last night the tree sitters went up we occupy oakland tried to set up a sent in frank ogawa ms.a. police took that tent down
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quickly. occupiers say they are staging a 24-hour vigil in solidarity, with a dozen protestors who are arrested for occupying a foreclosed home on 10th street in oakland. the tree sitters told us that they are prepared to stick this out. in fact, back here live, you can see we've got a few things going on here. over on the other side there's about probably two dozen people who were there in sleeping bags overnight. they tell me they weren't sleeping because technically they're not supposed to sleep at frank ogawa plaza. they were in sleeping bags and very still. the plaza basically empty. it's dirt from when the city cleared it out from the last camp. only thing we've seen in this area is some rats this morning, and then up there you have the tree sitters. now, i spoke with zachary, who you might recognize his name from the berkeley tree sit a few years ago. they spent more than 600 days in the trees. and he told me just a few minutes ago that they're
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prepared to do that again here in oakland. noel walker, ktvu channel 2 news. we're following news from oakland. right now police are looking for suspects in a drive-by shooting that happened before 2 a.m. in the downtown area. investigators say bullets from a passing car hit an 18-year- old man driving another car. the victim then drove a short distance to seventh and market where he stomach. out of his vehicle and into the streets. he is now listed in stable condition. it is still not clear what led up to the gunfire. a registered sex offender suspected of killing his former girlfriend a dozen years ago, is in jail this morning. prosecutors have decided there's finally enough evidence to file murder charges against raymond wong. he is accused of killing 21- year-old alice sin of pinole in a domestic violence case. yesterday the now 40-year-old man went before a judge. wong showed no emotion as he was formally charged with the young woman's murder in 1999.
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>> he is a very cocky, somebody i would consider arrogant individual, and i believe that for years he's thought he's gotten away with this. >> the body of the college student was found in a remote dirt road in nevada. this murder case against wong relied mostly on circumstantial evidence and was bogged down by the question of whether authorities in california or nevada had jurisdiction. this year the bay area's three largest cities have matched or exceeded homicide totals from 2010. oakland has had 102 homicides, compared to 92 in 2010. san francisco recorded 50 homicides so far this year, which matches last year's total. in san jose, the city has seen the highest number of homicides in 15 years with 38 in that number does not include two people killed at san jose state. more than 100 children are waking up in an oakland church this morning after taking part in a sleepover at the alan
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temple ban of the church. it features 24 hours of food, fun and friends. all designed to keep children off the streets and in a safe environment. organizers say the a event also allows the participants to truly connect with the church. >> you know, we ask for a lot of chaperones and we're getting some. but we're finding the parents aren't chaperones because they're saying it's a date night. >> i was happy to be able to bring my daughter here for the experience, because she is needs as much exposure to positive spiritual experiences as possible. >> organizers plan to make the sleepover an annual event. former lawyer for convicted triple murderer yousef bay is suspended from practicing law. documents show the suspension comes after lorna brown admitted to smuggling documents out of the jail for bay. those documents turn out to be instructions on how to destroy evidence. brown now faces possible criminal charges. yousef bay is now serving three
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life terms for the murder of chauncey bailey and two other men. sacramento police have arrested a man for allegedly helping himself at a bar. authorities say calvin hubbard hid inside a woman's rest room after the coconut grove grill closed tuesday night. investigators say after everyone left, he helped himself and drank heavily until he fell asleep and when he woke up, he decided he would go for ice cream but he tripped an alarm in the process. police caught him the next morning, a asleep on an employee couch. he now faces burglary charges. the owner of a popular nightspot is fighting a order from city hall prohibiting him from selling alcohol past 11:30 p.m. the city handed down the order to the list lounge. it says police received 80 calls for service since the club opened two years ago. owner says he can't be blamed for the calls. the police department says the
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downtown area is oversaturated with night spots leading to fights and other problems. >> because they have large crowds of people drinking alcohol, there's just been -- associated calls being drunk in public, dui, under age drinkers, narcotics. >> crews have filed an appeal which will allow him to serve drinks until 12:30 tomorrow. that is new year's eve. the city council is going to hear appeal next month. bay area police want motorists to know they have plenty of transportation alternatives this never. public transit agencies will run later than normal. muni, the santa clara valley transit authority, caltrain and san trance will be free, bart and ac transit offer extended service, and some local caps will provide free rides. also triple-a will give you a free lift if you call and say i need a tipsy tow. and start this is weekend, an eastern contra costa county, motorists who had tao much to drink can gets a free tow.
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stats show alcohol-related crashes represent more than 40% of all deaths on the roadways. that's why they're joining mothers against drunk driving to offer free towes on weekends. the service runs from friday evening to early sunday morning. time is 8:37. and tara right now following an accident in the east bay for us. tara. >> that's right, we have a car versus transit bus in oakland. it's on 24 westbound at the 580 connector. and it is causing delays there. we also have another incident in the concord pleasant hill area, a pedestrian 680 northbound at concord avenue. all right. up next we have a look at highway 4 where fog really kind of rolled in at contra costa county and seems to be dissipating here a little bit. we have some nice traffic westbound as you make your way towards concord. up next a look at the golden gate bridge. look at the fog there. we have had an issue with fog and all the bay area bridges this morning. some fog advisories issued but they've all been lifted.
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looking pretty dense here. but really no delays as you make your way into san francisco. here's rosemary. >> good morning to you! that shot says a lot so we've got the moisture in the air. visibility down in some cases, the roads are whole in some areas. and we will continue with the slight possibility of scattered showers in your forecast for your afternoon. a little drizzle out there this morning with the low clouds, we will continue to see the wet stuff. take a look here, satellite showing you that the brunt of the storm to the north of us and we're not going to see a lot of rain. maybe a 10th by the end of the day but we've got plenty of cloud cover so a gloomy start to the day. and the tail end of this system is going to clip us throughout parts of the day. so we will continue with this as it moves through and brings us again the possibility of maybe just a few scattered showers. it looks look for the north bay that sweep through noontime, it, 2:00. by sunset the north bay will closure out. meanwhile, the rest of the bay area will be mostly cloudy, a
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few scattered showers for the afternoon. san francisco, oakland and moving south and bring maybe a few sprinkles to the south bay for the second half of the afternoon. 4:00, 5:00 before we dry out. we have a dry weekend in store so if you have plans for the holiday, we're in great shape there. 58 expected for the afternoon in novato. 57 for oakland. 58 in hayward. we're starting in the 50s this morning. so little change with our temperatures. temperatures are up this morning, a little cooler than yesterday for your friday afternoon. 60 degrees fremont. 60 san jose. and the extended forecast here showing you a good-looking weekend. so a little bit of rain today, you'll need that umbrella possibly. if you want to be on the safe side. upper 50s, a few low 60s in the afternoon and temperatures climbing through the weekend. low and mid-60s saturday, sunday. overnight lows with an offshore flow will cool back down into the low 30s as we start the mornings for your weekend.
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back to you. new year's preparations are well underway in san francisco as well as in new york city. right now crowds are already starting to gather. how police there are planning and what they say it will be a cleaning night for them. and verizon customers beware, the company is about to start charging a convenience fee. pam cook will tell you what you'll have to do or might be doing that will have you paying more. i's is non-aolic, festive like champagne, and tastes great! martinelli's: since 1868.
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there's the big board on this final day of trading for 2011. you can see the dow is down about 12 points, not expected to be a very big trading day today. if we look at winners and losers of the year of 2011, mcdonald's on top. bank of america worst in the dow. let's get you updated on some of the top stories we're following. a 16-year-old girl says a drunk sharks fan attacked her during wednesday's night's game in sikh. she suffered a concussion after the woman hit her in the head. four people are in the hospital after an early morning crash between a san francisco police car and a muni train. it happened in the bayview district. the four victims include two officers, muni driver and a
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passenger. their injuries are considered non-life-threatening. the scene has now been cleared. and the republican presidential candidates are fanning out across iowa today. ahead of the caucuses set for tuesday. the latest polls show mitt romney out front, followed by ron paul with rick santorum in third place. final preparations are underway for the much- anticipated new year's eve celebration in new york city. as usual security is going to be tight. and police are planning on closing down streets and one of the largest counter-terrorism events of the year. up to a million people are going to jam into sometimes square this saturday night. >> it's awesome! it's exciting to know there will be tons of confetti! >> workers tested the crystal ball. this year's theme is let there be friendship. i expect to pay more in the new year if you're a verizon determine as pam cook reports
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from our newsroom, it's called the convenience fee.ites not convenient to center to pay a fee in order to pay your bill. but that's what is happening. verizon customers will soon have to pay a surcharge if you pay with a credit card. verizon announced customers who pay over the phone or online using a credit card will now center to pay $2 each time as a convenience fee. but the company also says there are ways to get around that. customers who set up an auto pay account will be off the hook. and customers who mail in a check or pay out of verizon's store in person will also avoid the fee. other wireless carriers have dried different tactics to get more people to sign up with automatic payments, including fees and even offering gift cards for signing up. there's a lot of activity on twitter about this topic. most people not happy this morning. some comparing verizon to bank of america, when it tried to add fees. reporting live, pam cook, back
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to mike. >> thank you. the new york stock exchange notified american airlines' parent company did will drop the symptom before the opening bell next thursday. american airlines filed for bankruptcy last month and its stock price fell to 26 cents a share. it's never been above a dollar a share since then. they require all stocks to sell for more than a dollar to remain listed. american says its shares will continue to trade but it will be over-the-counter and a new symbol. we now know some of the 100 sears and kmart stores that will be closing next year, none in the bay area but three in southern california. florida took the hardest hit with 11 stores shutting down. sears says as many as 40 more stores will be added to the closure list later. united airlines mechanics have overwhelmingly approved a new labor deal. it includes improved job security protection, wage increases and continued health care benefits. that means the mechanics union and united continental holdings
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can start talks on a single new contract that will cover mechanics who came from both airlines. united and continental combined operations in october of last year. companies that don't want to spend a lot of money but still placate employees who feel overworked are offering some unusual perks according to a recent survey. voluntary benefits including discounts on computers don't cost companies much. chair massages make employees feel more relaxed. other perks include pet insurance, funeral planning and cell phone plan discounts. the eight harry potter movie was the biggest hit of 2011 followed by transformers, dark of the moon, and twilight breaking dawn. but even most of the blockbusters did not do as well as in years passed. overall the movie industry sold slightly more than 1.25 billion tickets. that's the lowest total in 16 years. industry analysts say part of that is the economy and some of
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it is because ticket prices continue to go up. the military says it is dealing with an alarming rise in synthetic marijuana use among troops. the marijuana is often sold under the spice name. it produces a high similar to real marijuana and doctors say it can create hallucinations that last days. and the air force alone close to 500 airmen have been punished so far this year for using the synthetic marijuana as a result the drug enforcement agency has developed a new ruin test to detect that drug. a southern california teenager and his dog are safe after they were rescued from a cliff. it all started yesterday when 19-year-old ivan and his father and two dogs were hiking in the valley. the dog chased after a ball over the cliff, so he went over the dog and they slid about 150 feet down a nearly vertical slope. >> i thought i was going to die. i was looking down -- that's the end of my life.
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>> two firefighters rappelled down the cliff to rescue the dog and man. mostly dry december and slow start to ski season. the california ski industry association reports a 40 to 50% drop in visitors so far this holiday season. only those resorts can make snow such as north star at tahoe that are bucking the trend. hundreds of northern california teenagers got off with a warning after being found with drugs while traveling through nevada. police in elko, nevada displayed marijuana, pipes, bongs and alcohol they confiscated from five buses on tuesday night. they say the teenagers inside the buses were on their way to utah for an unchaperoned ski trip. police were first alerted to the teenagers by callers at a man allege who reported teens smoking marijuana. the police chief says it would have been a huge legal
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challenge to determine who each bag of the drugs belonged to. he gave everyone a lecture and urged them to be safe on the ski slopes. a federal judge has blocked part of california's landmark global warming law. the 2006 law mandates cleaner low carbon fuels to reduce dependence on petroleum products. but a judge said it unfairly favors biofuels produced in california. out-of-state field producers are applauding the ruling. advocates say they're going to appeal and ask for a stay of that ruling. the nineers are getting ready for the playoffs for the first time in a decade. when you may be able to grab those last remaining playoff tickets! and a real life mystery in hollywood. searching for the person responsible for intentionally setting nearly a dozen fires in the los angeles area.
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firefighters are chasing after an arsonist in hollywood. there were nearly a dozen separate fires in the area early this morning. at least 15 cars were torched and some flames spread to homes. one firefighter was injured. a man is suspected of stealing cars and $100,000 in auto racing parts. a pickup truck race car trailer, motorcycle and all terrain vehicle were taken two weeks ago from a san pablo warehouse. most of the vehicles were recovered the next to day.
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the pickup was found in oakley. investigators are looking for the care faker of the lot, 42- year-old troy monteith. preparations underway for some of the biggest new year's party in the bay area. 200,000 people are expected to watch the display and ring in 2012. for the best view, people are told to arrive around 11:30 and head south of the ferry building along the embarcadero. while there are many events across the bay area, another highly anticipated show is the winter wonderland spectacular in downtown san jose. unlimited rides cost $15, and parking is free. we have a list of other bay area events on our website. just look for the link at the top of ktvu.com. you can also ring in 2012 with ktvu channel 2 and the american country new year's eve live. it airs right after the 10:00 news, tomorrow night. college football players
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getting ready for san francisco's kraft fight hunger bowl will spend part of the day volunteering. ucla football players will serve meals at the church this morning. go, bruins! players with the university of illinois will serve meals at st. anthony's and the hunger bowl is tomorrow noon at at&t park. tickets for the first 49er playoff game since 2002 go on sale at 10 a.m. tuesday. but there will only be limited seats available for fans who don't have season tickets. the vast majority of season ticketholders have taken advantage of their opportunity to purchase playoff tickets. the 49ers playoff schedule won't be determined continue in after the games sunday. the niners have not competed in a playoff game since january of 2002, and they lost in tampa bay to the bucaneers. and now we have a cute animal video alert! just to give you something to smile about on this eve of new year's eve. twin polar bears in china, just
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two months old, the second pair of cubs born there as a show of friendship between finland and. they go on display in china sometime -- [loss of audio] [loss of audio]
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