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best holiday deals, one website might be overinflating its prices. i'm theresa garcia live in san jose. we're going to let you know what's going on with overstock.com and a new legal complaint against it. >> and here's a live look at downtown san francisco. see the low clouds are back. signalling that cooler weather finally here. we'll talk about how these clouds will thicken and bring us thunderstorms and snow over the weekend. >> the bay bridge toll plaza. we saw some folks slowing down just before 5:00 to get that lower carpool toll. but no delays all around the bay area. >> good morning on this thursday. it's 5:00. thanks for joining us. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. topping our news this half hour, this is the day university of california regents finally take that vote everybody's been dreading. regents could raise fees 8% and that could trigger another morning of emotional protests. we're hoping it's not like it was yesterday though. terry mcsweeney is live at the u.c. mission bay campus. terry?
>> today is going to be round two i guess you could call it for protestors and police and day two where u.c. regents today are going to vote on that proposed 8% fee hike for students. here's what day one looked like. >> chanting) >> protestors tried to crash the regents meeting. u.c. police used pepper spray and occasionally batons to drive the crowd back. 13 people arrested, 11 students. one point a u.c. police officer pulled his gun on protestors who had surrounded him. he did not fire and the chief says the officer did the right thing. >> appears in my view that the officer showed great restraint and handled himself well. there's always an investigation. >> u.c. workers were also out here as well joining students protests proposed changes in the retirement plan. u.c. says the system is facing a $1 billion shortfall and has to increase revenue.
this fee hike would only apply to students whose families are making $120,000 a year or more. everyone back out here today, at least most of them will be back out here today. some students say they couldn't make it because they've got class and aren't coming back to day two. >> thanks a lot. district attorneys across northern california are joining forces to sue a leading online retailer. they claim overstock.com has been making false and misleading statements about its pricing. theresa garcia is live in our san jose bureau with details. theresa? >> good morning, kristen. you've got seven district attorneys from northern california counties, including here in santa clara county that are accusing overstock.com of overinflating some of its prices, at least its comparative prices and the deals it's trying to offer. when you look at the overstock.com website, you've got shoppers who browse the popular online retail site. they see claims like untouchable prices, lots of deals.
not everybody believes that that is an honest statement. now, the complaint against overstock.com was filed in alameda superior court. it states the retailer is posts misleading prices of competitors so it appears to so far even greater discounts. the seven d.a.'s ask they pay $15 million in fines and restitution for misleading customers about purchased savings. the lawsuit blocks overstocks prices comparisons. the suit is highlighting an example of a purchase in 2007 where a man bought a patio furniture on overtock. the next best price was about $1,000 but when you set was delivered, it had a wal-mart price sticker on it for $247. overstock insists that was an isolated incident and that it follows standard advertising practices. in response to that patio set snafu and the accusations of misleading prices, overstock
says "no one is perfect. we do not deserve this, especially the times of it." the bad times is these accusations about pricing going public just as consumers are gearing up for holiday shopping season and these retailers are all vying for those dollars in this economy. >> all right, theresa, thank you very much. it's 5:04 now. some people are upset and questioning why some state lawmakers are vacations in hawaii while california struggles with furloughs and cutbacks. comes as governor schwarzenegger called for a special session to tackle a $25 billion budget deficit. about two thousand lawmakers are hobnobbing with lobbyists and corporate executives, airfare paid for by the nonprofit california independent voter
project. >> california has really big problems right now. highest unemployment rate in the country. to be flying to hawaii, living the life of luxury on the tab of some of the most powerful interests in the state, you know, the prison guards, pg&e, pharmaceutical companies, it's just appalling and quite frankly it's -- >> to be fair, it is recess right now in sacramento but some say it just doesn't look right for lawmakers to be living it up with lobbyists at a time like this. >> oakland mayor ron dellums is denying a report that he may leave office early. he issued a statement saying he will complete his term which ends january 3rd. he's under pressure from the irs to a $250,000 debt. the san francisco chronicle reported he was considering an early departure to take a job as púx+5jic says i remain committ oakland to finish what i came here to do because i care about the future of this great city. the mayor is using his last
state of the city addresses to tout his accomplishments. he released it on video instead of in person. it features community leaders and oakland citizens praising dellums and his administration. we have a link on our website abc7news.com under "see it on tv." >> the housekeeper who took on meg whitman is a few thousand dollars richer this morning. wittman and her husband agreed to pay nikki $5500 in back wages. whitman fired her shortly after the former e-bay ceo decided to run for governor. she announced she was in the u.s. illegally and wittman knew. the scandal that followed may have contributed to whitman's defeat in her run for governor. the attorneys trying to convince authorities to allow the housekeeper to stay in the u.s. >> phillip garrido's attorney has filed a motion to keep transcripts and other documents sealed in the jaycee dugard
kidnapping case. said it would affect his rights to a fair trial. gear rode dough and his wife nancy kidnapped her and held her in antioch until last year. they face 18 charges that range from rape to false imprisonment. last month six news organizations asked the judge to unseal grand jury transcripts that include testimony by dugard. the judge is scheduled to decide whether to unseal the documents at a hearing next month. >> it's 5:07 now. a knew study finds it costs san francisco an average of $3.5 million every time a pedestrian is killed crossing the street. the san francisco examiner reports more than a dozen people are killed on city streets each year. the latest was yesterday. a ucsf hospital shuttle van struck and killed a 65-year-old woman in a crosswalk at gearry. the san francisco municipal transportation agency says the city spent $280 million on traffic accidents two years ago, $95 million was spent on fatal
accidents. expenses include property damage, loss of income, emergency response, as well as medical bills. >> 5:07. hope all of you out there have a safe commute this morning. don't have to deal with any rain-slicked roads. >> at least not yet. mike has a look at the forecast. >> that's starting tomorrow and into the weekend. very interesting as our first big winter storm starts to roll in. for today, this thursday, the big story is the temperature change. going to be more dramatic than the small steps we've taken the last couple days. 8 degrees cooler in san francisco, 9 concord, 10 fremont and oakland along with san jose and 12 degrees cooler in santa rosa. about 10 hours, 3 minutes and 5 seconds of sunshine. 8:00 in the morning all of us still in the 40s. maybe a few pockets of 30s like livermore at 38 degrees. noontime temperatures 50s to near 60 with a partially sunny sky. a lot more high clouds today. still some of these lingering
morgue clouds around the bay. our temperatures upper 50s to low 60s. about 63 in antioch. let's take a look at that weekend. here's the latest detail. steady rain rolls in tomorrow evening, hangs around to saturday morning and we get showers and thunderstorms and mountain snow down to 3,000 feet saturday and sunday. some lingering showers monday. some frost is possible tuesday morning. it will be cold next week even though it will be dry. frances? >> mike, get ready for that more severe weather. but so far you can also get ready for a pretty quiet commute this morning. a couple accidents reported right in the same spot in san ramon at bollinger canyon but apparently not causing delays at this point. so we're showing you a live shot of the san mateo bridge where traffic still flows well. westbound's on the right and it's also looking good across the golden gate bridge. no fog at all. as you make the drive into san francisco for headlights moving south bounds. in the south bay, a quick check of the 280 and 17 interchange.
shows light traffic. no problems, accidents in the south bay or the peninsula. you can get the latest on our website. eric, kristen. >> frances, thank you very much. it's 5:10. >> the hundreds of jobs that will soon be lost in the north bay. >> from bankruptcy to ipo. the amazing turn-around g.m. is set to make this morning. >> what if the government issued a recall and no one listened.
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>> good morning, everyone. 5:12 on the morning news. the bay bridge toll plaza where traffic is light and zippin' right along. frances is keeping track of potential problems in the area. she will update you on an accident in san ramon coming up in just a couple minutes. >> more news now. state farm insurance company is closing itsbration center in sonoma county. ing it affect 450 people. their jobs are being relocated to bakersfield. a center in fresno is also be closed. the closures will reduce expenses and improve company efficiency. >> look for g.m. stock to trade object the new york and toronto exchanges this morning. the company that once was given up for dead has gone public again. a huge response to yesterday's initial public offering reflects investor confidence that g.m. is moving beyond its 2009 bankruptcy with sharply lower costs and higher profit potential. emily schmidt has details. >> when the opening bell rings
at the new york stock exchange this morning, two letters, g.m., could translate to huge numbers. >> it's incredible levels of demand. we are seeing almost daily increases in how many shares are going to be selling. >> general motors reemergence as a public company two years after bankruptcy and a $50 billion government bailout. it's initial stock offering is the largest in u.s. history due to a company making money for the first time in six years. >> g.m. unveiled its newest cars at an auto show this week. car buyers lo say they never considered g.m. during the bailout now give the company a chance. >> they're an unstable company and i would be worried about my investment in a vehicle. >> and now? >> i'm here shopping! so i'm not worrying about it. >> the government will make more than $13 billion selling some
shares today. it will sell more in coming years. but this three-generation auto worker family that once faced g.m. layoffs is now buying stock invests once again in their livelihood. >> it was a sad day for me but things are on the up side and i'm exsided. >> president obama issued a statement about g.m. saying the auto industry bailout was a tough decision but saved jobs. an independent study released this week estimates the number of jobs saved, more than 1.4 million. emily schmidt, abc news, washington. >> 5:15. the federal government wants to know why thousand of ford wind star owners have ignored a recall for a potentially dangerous problem. last august ford recalled 575,000 wind star minivans made from 1998 to 2003. the problem with the rear axle which may corrode and break. only 75,000 wind stars have been brought in for repairs. federal regulators are not blaming ford or consumers for
the low numbers. they say they just have to renew the effort to get the word out. >> thousands of california parents who depend on the state to pay for child care have until the end of the year to come up with a backup plan. the governor cut funding for the program and they sued but the state has to keep the program running until december 31st. 56,000 children rely on cal works for their care. they hope to convince governor elect jerry brown to refund the program. >> 15 more names added to the list of medal of freedom recipients. warren buffett will be among the nominees, so is bill russell raised in oakland and rose to basketball stardom at usf. my lieu angelo will receive a medal.
cellist yo-yo ma also on that list. the medal of freedom is the nation's highest civilian who are. >> a great athlete for their generation. bill russell, quite possibly the greatest basketball player ever. 5:15. >> might not be a bad day for a little pickup basketball before the rain. >> you gonna play. >> i don't, sorry. >> that's right. and the harmonica. >> yeah. kind of a forgotten baseball player but nice to see him and bill russell. >> that's something. >> there you go. all right. let's take a look outside. >> every once in a while! (laughter) >> hey, here we go. 5:17. we're looking at downtown san francisco and the low clouds. you know what that means. the cold air returns. the onshore flow here and
significant drop in our temperatures this afternoon. let's take a look what's going on right now. you see it's 50 oakland, 51 mountain view. everyone else in the 40s until you get to 39 concord and los gatos 35 degrees. cold air drainage into the valleys this morning. temperatures around the monterey bay and into salinas in the mid to upper 40s. gilroy cooler and clearer at 40. so more clouds today. means much cooler weather. that will combine with that onshore breeze. wet and chilly weekend. thunder possible, even mountain snow in our area. not only the sierra but also around the bay area. for today temperatures back to average. we're in the mid-60s in the south bay. low to mid-60s on the peninsula. mid to upper 50s along the coast. downtown south san francisco right around 60 degrees. we'll have upper 50s to low 60s. not only the north bay valleys but also out to your beaches where we could drop to maybe 56 at bodega bay. upper 50s to richmond and berkeley. low to mid-60s the rest of the
east bay shore. low to mid-60s around the monterey bay and inland where you'll see a little more sunshine. probably foggy and 59 carmel. tonight the widespread clouds, temperatures 40s to about 50 in san francisco. let's jump ahead and show you what's going on. actually while we were sleeping last night, the cold front started to make a little more of its presence felt in northern california. by the time we get to friday morning, drizzle along the coast, the steady rain develops by the evening hours on saturday. becomes scattered showers, even some thunderstorms saturday. that's when the snow level will drop down to around 3,000 feet and it will hang there also sunday. heading to the sierra, 2 to 4 feet of snow above 6,000 feet. snow level to 2500. grab some chains. the forecast with all that mess we're talking about, temperatures chilly in the 50s. even once it leaves we'll be in the 50s tuesday and wednesday of next week. frances? >> mike, we got a new problem just reported in hayward. southbound 880 to westbound 92
as you make your way to the san mateo bridge. a stalled car or big rig. that could slow things down. keep an eye on that one. also here's an update on a crash in san ramon we've been following. southbound 680 at bollinger canyon. no lanes blocked. some in the center divide. traffic moving at 73 mph on southbound 680 and the drive time unaffected. 16 minutes from highway 24 towards 580. south looking pretty good through the altamont pass westbound 580. quick check outside, 101 millbrae, traffic light now. you can get the latest and find out what's going on by going to our website abc7news.com. just click on the bay area traffic link. eric, kristen. >> frances, thank you. it's 5:20. >> next air travel state a mutiny after a horrible flight
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contracting the virus. >> the number of people killed by serious eruptions from a volcano in recent weeks has risen to 275. the total climbed after more than a dozen victims died of their injuries, mostly severe burns. the volcano began unleashing torrents of gas and rock late last month. the most significant november 5th. mostivity 275 people were killed by searing gas clouds. >> the head of qantas airlines told reporters today up to 40 rolls royce engines will need to be replaced in the global fleet of airbus 880 superjumbo jetliners. it follows an incident which an engine broke apart in mid air earlier this month. qantas grounded its fleet since then. they fly the a-380 but returned the planes to service after grounding them briefly for safety checks. >> brian air apologizing for flights that dozens of
passengers want to forget. a flight going from morocco to paris was delayed three hours by weather. by the time the plane took off, the airport in france had closed tow the crew took the passengers to belgium. travellers were furious and refused to get off the plane. they demanded to be taken to their french destination. that's when the cabin crew locked the toilets, turned off the lights and left them on the tarmac for four hours. airport police finally came and the passengers left the plane and took complimentary buses to france, their original destinations. a lot of rage there. >> 5:25 now. another sea gull turns up with a beer can collar. next at 5:30, the reward being offered to catch the culprit. >> i'm terry mcsweeney live in san francisco where u.c. regents are expected to return today to approve a fee hike for students. police expected to return and
yesterday they were not getting along. story's on the way. >> and san francisco's struggling entertainment complex is a big step closer to becoming home to a major new tenant. next the hundreds of jobs it could mean for the city. >> a look at the high temperatures today. let's start on the east coast. mid to upper 70s from d.c., new york and boston. denver mild and 65. pacific northwest though, 44 seattle and 47 portland. that's where we'll find some rain right now and also rain moving to the east. no delays but if any do pop up we'll have them with our flight
overstating their best deals. we'll talk about this lawsuit against overstock up ahead (chanting) >> for the first time in weeks we have clouds during the morning hours and leaving cooler conditions this afternoon. i'll update you on the chance of rain this weekend, thunderstorms and snow in our mountains. >> there's an injury accident in san ramon. bollinger canyon. not causing big delays. no. >> a live hearing of constitutionality of the same sex marriage ban. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. topping our news this half hour, does overstock.com overstate the amount of money they save you. a group of northern california district attorneys is suing the online retailer for making false
and misleading statements about their low prices. theresa garcia is live in our san jose bureau with more on the story. theresa. >> when shoppers browse this retail site, sometimes they see things like best deals and unbeatable deals. now you've got seven district attorneys in northern california, including here in santa clara county saying you know what, they've got an issue with this website and accusing overstock of doing things, especially like changing comparative prices or increasing those when it's looking at a product with the retails there. that's what they're listing on the site at least. the complaints against overstock.com, it was filed in adds county superior court and stating the retailers posted misleading price comparisons of its competitors. the seven d.a.'s are asking they pay $15 million in fines and restitution for misleading customers about purchased
savings. the lawsuit seeks an injunction to block overstocks pricing comparison. this suit is highlighting an example of a purchase in 2007 when a man bought a patio furniture set for $439 on overstock. the claim of the next best price was about $1,000. when the set was delivered it had a wal-mart price sticker on it for $247. overstock insists that was an is lighted incident and it does follow standard advertising practices. that snafu and the accusations, overstock is saying no one's perfect. we deny the allegations and interpretations and do not deserve this, especially the timing of it. you know what they're talking about timing, is that it's the holiday shopping season and so many consumers gearing up to get those best deals. the public accusations about what overstock is worrying about and all those consumers vying for the dollars. theresa garcia, abc 7 news. >> thank you. the complaint against
overstock.com was filed in alameda superior court. it states the retailers is deliberately posting misleading price comparisons of its competitors so it appears to often even greater discounts. students and workers planning a noisy protest. this is the day the regents will vote on an unpopular tuition increase. again in front of ucsf mission bay in san francisco. that's where terry mcsweeney joins us live. >> u.c. police hoping today it nothing like yesterday. yesterday they saw protestors pushing up against police, police coming back with batons and pepper spray. one officer pulling his gun on protestors. he did not fire. (chanting) >> 13 protestors were arrested. 11 of them students outside the building where the regents were meeting. a few times students tried to push past the police line only to be pushed back by police.
u.c. regents today with going to vote on an 8% fee hike for students whose families make more than $125,000 a year. also upset about proposed changes to the u.s. pension plan, an actuary these a statistician hired says it will be unfair to those making $50,000 a year or less. >> their pay replacement will go down by 26% according to the u.c.'s numbers. where as someone earning $200,000 would see no reduction. >> the largest university system in the world. we have an obligation to maintain excellence and access for our students. we can't afford it. >> the pension issue is going to be discussed next month. the vote on the tuition increase comes today. some protestors say they're going to be back, although i did talk to some students at the university of california santa cruz and they say they allotted yesterday to come up and let their voice be heard and they feel that it was. they won't be back today.
live in san francisco, terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> terry, thank you very much. it's now 5:33. today the preliminary hearing to determine whether seven suspects should stand trial in the richmond high school gang rape continues for a fourth day. yesterday attorneys on both sides debated whether the injuries suffered by the victim were caused by her attackers or if they were self-inflicted. a defense attorney argued the girl could have been intoxicated and fell to the floor injuring her hands and her knees. the prosecutors say medical records will cast aside any doubts. the medical reports have been subpoenaed. >> wildlife workers are trying to capture another seagull spotted with a beer can placed around its neck. this photo of a gull seen yesterday on the san francisco state university campus. there have been several such sightings over the past couple weeks in the city and also on the peninsula. on monday wild rescue caught a bird in san francisco and cut the beer can that had been
forced around its neck. the bird flew away apparently uninjured thankfully. >> a federal appeals court will allow live tv coverage of the upcoming appeal of california's same sex marriage ban. in august a federal judge struck down proposition 8 as unconstitutional. the judge wanted to broadcast the trial but the appeals court rejected it largely that the broadcast could intimidate witnesses. the december 6th hearing will only involve arguments by the attorneys. the voter-approved ban remains while the case is appealed. abc 7 and c-span are the two broadcasters given permission to carry it live. >> the lawsuit over contra costa county over whether election count observers have the right to challenge signatures on vote by mail ballots. the issue stems from the close race in the 11th congressional
district where jerry mcnearney holds a slim lead other david harmer. last week there was a court hearing on the issue. steve weir provided monitors with close-up access with the voters signature verification process slowing down the counting. but weir has refused gop demands for the right to challenge a signature on vote by mail or provisional ballot. >> san francisco will soon have its first target store. the city's redevelopment agency has unanimously approved plans on mission street. city official estimate it will create 250 permanent jobs and bring in an estimated $1.7 million in sales tax revenue each year. the 100,000 square foot store is slated to open in early 2012. target also wants to open another store on gary. >> they can't sell coke and
popcorn, right. >> that's right. that's how we used to do it. >> 5:36. let's check with mike and talk about the big changes and today is the day we start to notice, mike. >> let's take a look at our highs compared to average. all week starting with record sunday and monday, now below everywhere except san jose where you're 2 degrees warmer than average. san francisco will drop down to around 3 degrees below average. you can see why when you step outside where the clouds are back. 50 oakland, 51 mountain view. the rest of us 50s until you get to concord and los gatos, mid to upper 30s for the cool spot. you see where the clouds are mainly around the bay shore and the coast and north bay valleys. those are the areas warmer, the rest cooler than yesterday. friday, 58 half moon bay and richmond. mid to upper 50s clear lake, cloverdale and ukiah. look at the low to mid-60s for the rest of us. some clouds stubborn, especially the north bay and the coast. clouds around the monterey bay
and temperatures here will be in the low to mid-60s. a little more sunshine with mid-60s inland. accu-weather seven-day forecast. the steady rain rolls in tomorrow evening. they become showery in nature and scattered thunderstorms will be in that saturday and sunday and a snow level to 3,000 feet. frances. >> mike, this injury accident in san ramon still reported on southbound 680 at bollinger cannier. it looks like things have been in the center divide and also the right-hand shoulder. haven't caused delays of 73 mph for traffic getting by. look out for that southbound. looks like an earlier stall cleared southbound 880 heading towards the san mateo bridge. a live shot outside. it looks still pretty good across the span there both directions on the san mateo bridge. and, eric, kristen, you guys have a pretty good story i think the filipinos will want to hear. >> it's true. >> boxing star manny packaway
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publicly revealed he's an undocumented immigrant. pedro ramirez said he was afraid to go public but that changed after unanimous tip. he didn't know about his immigration status until he began applying to colleges. >> no citizenship requirement. it's student government. i'm here to serve the students, not the state of california or the -- you know, the federal government. >> ramirez is expected to appear friday at a campus rally in support of the federal dream act which would give students a path to citizenship. >> this morning one of the most famo famous sports star in the world is heading back to the philippines. manny pacquiao is the only boxer to win in eight different weight classes. also a congressman in the philippines as well as an arthur
and a singer. ♪ >> the packman pacquiao was amongst friends. fresh off his title bout victory and a concert in lake tahoe, the champion sang for about 250 people at the hidden brook country club near vallejo. ♪ >> he hey not be a world class crooner but manny pacquiao can do and sing no wrong. >> can sing like imagine. >> like john lennon's imagine. who sings it better? >> pacquiao with that one, baby! >> he thrust the philippines and its people on to the global stage. he's out to unite a country with
a tumult wus history. the rebels are in his country. it's been reported even they stopped fighting to watch pacquiao box. >> oh, yeah. would lay down the weapon for him. ♪ >> he sang in spanish, english. between entertaining and legislating his trainer feared he might lose his title bout. instead he destroyed his opponent and hopped on a plane for lake tahoe. >> eight different weight classes? wow! >> 5:44 now. forget the car keys. grab your helmet. the bloomberg business report is coming up. >> and i'm jenelle wang. new signs that tea party darling sarah palin is making a run for could she beat president obama?
sacramento. still a little warmer as you head towards palm springs at 81 degrees. as far as what's going to happen up in tahoe starting tomorrow all the way through sunday, we have a winter storm watch, 2 to 4 feet of snow above 7,000 feet and the snow lowering to 2,000 feet sunday so getting back home may be a little tricky. kristen. >> thanks, mike. it's 5:48. fresh evidence this morning that sarah palin may be setting herself up for a presidential run in 2012. she believes she could defeat president obama. jenelle is here with the bombshell. >> in an interview with abc news, the 2008 republican vice presidential nominee says she's considering a run for president in 2012. ♪ >> alaska! i love this state like i love my family! >> we certainly have seen a lot of sarah palin lately. she has her own reality tv show.
we've seen her support her daughter bristol on "dancing with the stars." she's a cable news commentator and more than 300,000 followers on twitter. next week she goes on a nationwide book tour for america by heart. palin admits she's considering a run for the white house. >> i'm looking at the lay of the land now and trying to figure that out, if it's a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family. if it's a good thing. >> if you ran for president, could you beat barack obama? >> i believe so. >> in the latest abc 7 news poll, just 39% of voters see her favorably. 27% see her qualified for the presidency. in an associated press poll among republicans or gop leading independents, 79% view her favorably. you can watch the entire interview on barbara walters ten most fascinating people on december 9th. if she makes a run for the white house she has to run harder to
prove the record because of the focus on her personal life. >> it's 5:49 now. when president obama meets with other nato leaders in portugal this weekend, he'll acknowledge something that military experts have said all along, that u.s. troops will be in afghanistan for years to come. mr. obama and nato officials are expected to endorse a plan to gradually turn over combat duties to the afghan army and police by 2014. the pledge to pull u.s. combat troops out of afghanistan by next summer. >> fewer americans are saying i do and fewer still will say it in the future apparently. in a new survey, 49% of americans say marriage is obsolete. that's up 28% in a time magazine survey in 1968. only 64% of american adults are married. 28 for men and 26 for women.
the institution of marriage is not as dominate but it's not about to disappear either. >> it's 5:50 now. also not about to disappear, the rain in the forecast. >> no. looking more impressive. in fact, we're going to throw some thunder chances in there and even snow. looks like it could get to 3,000 feet. yes, looking a little more festive as we head towards thanksgiving. hard to believe the holidays are upon us when we've been talking about 70s and 80s for high temperatures. it's 5:51. here's a look from ballmer peak. you see the clouds, the return had the onshore flow is what brought us the cooler weather. let's take a look what's going on outside right now. as far as temperatures, 50 oakland, 51 mountain view. most of us 40s until you get to los gatos and concord the mid to upper 30s. the monterey bay cloud cover even into salinas, mid to upper 40s but clear over gilroy and about 40. less sunshine today, much cooler. wet and chilly weekend still on
tap. that thunder is possible and that mountain snow not only saturday but also sunday. all right. let's look at our highs for today over the east by valleys. temperatures mid-60s here with 63 through the san ramon valley, walnut creek and dublin. richmond, berkeley upper 50s. everybody else on the east bay shore low 60s. mid-60s across the south bay with low to mid-60s on the peninsula. mid to upper 50s along the coast today. downtown south san francisco we'll go to low 60s there. most of the north bay, clear lake the mid-50s. 59 here in carmel. low to mid-60s around the monterey bay and inland. notice how the coast will stay relatively cloudy today. the rest of us high clouds that dim the sunshine also. 40 degree temperatures tonight with a lot of clouds, even more so this morning. maybe 50 in san francisco. here's what's happening. you see the cold front still pushing the high down to the south. look at all the cold air coming right over from siberia through
alaska. hanging out in the gulf of alaska but by friday evening, that's when i expect the light rain to develop. may have drizzle for tomorrow morning commute but that's mainly along the coast. here you are 7:00 friday evening and then that steady rain will stop saturday morning and become more showery in nature. that's when we get the thunder, when the snow levels will drop to 3,000 feet. temperatures for the rest of us not sitting on the mountains, we'll be in the mid-50s through the rest of the forecast and may see a freeze tuesday and wednesday morning of next week. frances? >> all right, mike. we'll get ready for that. and also here's an update on this injury accident we've been following in san ramon. southbound 680, apparently slowing right near the scene where the left lane may be blocked but even before you get there traffic moving fairly well out of danville all the way to dublin. the slow spot we're finding is actually antioch and it's the normal heavy traffic westbound from lone tree to somerville, 16 mph but everywhere else it's looking pretty green although
there is a little sluggish traffic southbound 880 approaching 92 because of an earlier stall. 16 mph there as you make your way through the connector. mass transit systems reporting no delays right now. you can always find out what traffic looks like anytime by going to our website abc7news.com. it's under the bay area traffic linking. eric, kristen? >> frances, thank you very much. it's 5:54. >> a blackberry play book may give the i-pad a run for its money. >> and a historic day for general motors. here's bloomberg's jane king. >> g.m. driving into the history books raising $20 billion in the second biggest ipo in u.s. history. it sold shares at $33 each and likely surge today. still taxpayers lost money on the deal and the u.s. will need to sell its remaining stake for at least $53 a share to make a profit. more than a few friends.
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to be caution out on the street at night. the heads up in the wake of two attempted robberies in the city on tuesday evening. in the first incidents, a gunman wearing a hooded sweatshirt tried to rob a man in his garage. the suspect ran away without taking anything. the second attempt took place 10 p.m. in the 900 block of university avenue. three men approached the victim this time. one pulled a gun and once again there was a scuffle. the would be robbers ran away. >> health officials are warning that living in a city may have a negative impact on your brain. the steady found living in an urban environment makes it more difficult for an individual to hold things in memory. scored lower on attention tests and had a worse mood than those in suburban areas. just getting glimpses of green areas can improve brain performance. >> so much systemious coming in in big cities, you can't hold