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a deadly fire breaks out in vallejo overnight. as crews corral t fles at the apartment a deadly fire breaks out in vallejo overnight. plus, the battle between apple and fbi playing out in more than just the legal system in the court of public opinion, dozens of people show up at apple's san francisco store to support tim cook. the high-speed rail boom that reportedly has its first roots in the south bay. the city that will serve as a grand hub for the bullet train. "today in the bay" starts right now. it is thursday morning now. good morning, thank you for joining us. i'm sam brok. >> you made it it to thursday. the rain has been pretty steady out there, kari. >> yes, we've seen it become
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more scattered this morning as you head out. very hit or miss across the bay area and at times coming down very heavily. we're still tracking more of this as it continues to move in. even some lightning strikes further off to the north where we've seen some of that moving into parts of the north bay. so, watching out for some more lightning and also some brief, heavy rain that makes those roads slick. right now temperatures in the mid-50s and reaching into the low 60s this afternoon. i'll detail that and talk more about the showers that is coming up in the next microclimate forecast with mike. >> wet roads are all over the bay showing our road weather ind index, the effects of the rain from overnight. slick conditions and zoom into the south bay where reports of a car, sounds like a single car, possibly a spinout. and we'll show you 101 just north of there right there on the map and you see the water kicking up. even if it's not raining, you will have to use the windshield
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wipers because the water kicks up on your windshield. back to you. a late night fire in the north bay took a deadly turn. >> the flames broke out in an apartment complex in vallejo. we're learning the person killed in the fire was an infant. "today in the bay" stephanie chuang is at the scene gathering information and she'll give us an update in half an hour. in the meantime it, stay on top of this story throughout the morning and also download our free app for constant coverage. the man accused of shooting and killing at least two in san francisco's twin peeks double homicide on valentine's day. he shot and killed two people before carjacking two others. another victim suffered life-threatening injuries. he is a convicted felon. in 2014 he served jailtime for crashing a stolen car into a transit bus forcing the bus to slam into a home.
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they want leland yee to serve eight years in prison on corruption charges. they broke the story when yee was arrested two years ago. the 67-year-old will be scheduled next week. yee pleaded guilty over the summer to conspiracy to the gauge inric te yee is set to be sentenced next week. around the nation apple may be taking heat over personal privac privacy. in the bay area some are standing by their position. several apple supporters went to the downden store in san francisco last night. their message to ceo tim cook they stand by his decision to refuse a judge's order to unlock the iphone used by one of the san bernardino attackers. diane feinstein is coming down on the side of u.s. security. >> now we had this terrorist act
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in my state and a phone encrypted that could yield additional information. >> i don't think in this case it is worth it it to extract the data from this one phone. >> the phone may even contain information about plans for other terror attacks. some believe the case may eventually wind up in the u.s. supreme court. the bullet train may soon become a reality in the south bay. sources at city hall confirm to nbc bay area the high-speed rail is initially going to be built between san jose and bakersfield. that line will connect to los angeles. a formal announcement is expected tomorrow and this is a pivotal deit scissicision for tf san jose. the high-speed rail hub for a so-called grand central station. this is a rendering of the upgraded downtown dirdon
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station. if all goes as planned this bullet train could be up and running in less than a decade. also have a major impact on cal train. with san jose being the bullet train hub, cal train would have to, the board suggests it could nearly double its capacity of 660,000 riders to 120,000 a day. before the bullet train rides right now people are trying to get around the bay area and the rain coming down. pretty slick roadways out there. we'll check in with mike in just a moment, but kari has a look at the radar. >> we are tracking scattered showers all across the bay area. heavy rain yesterday evening and even gusty winds and the winds have started to calm down and we're still tracking some of those showers moving through parts of the north bay. looking at san rafael, there is a heavy downpour there that will continue to move off to the east and we do expect it it to move it to vallejo within the next 30 to 45 minutes and we'll see that
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all moving off to the east. i'll detail that coming up and let's see what's happening on the roadways with mike. >> not many drivers so not many incidents. if you're new to us, the green is where the roadway will be wet and puddling and ponding. a crash 24 right around the lafayette off ramp may be in lanes. you see the effects of rain all across the area and the crash on the shoulder and no slowing there. and more wet roads through san jose and let's check over here in milpitas. we have our friend bob out there. what are the conditions like? >> well, good morning there to you, mike. as kari has been talking to you all morning, the rain has been intermittent as we head through milpitas. we have a light drizzle at the worst, but the roads are wet. and i've driven from livermore through castro valley and the n nimitz this morning and we had these pockets of rain but throughout the entire drive the roads are wet and that's the most important thing you need to
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be aware of. even if it it isn't raining the roads are slick. if you head into work this morning, you want to watch your speed and the distance and the person in front of you like we're doing right now as we head in, again. we're seeing a heavy drizzle, but nothing that should be make for a catastrophic commute in terms of backups. at least that's not what we're seeing right now. reporting live on northbound 880, bob redell "today in the bay." >> hope it stays smooth. we'll be right back. there's a new leader in santa
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clara this morning. during an emergency meeting -- council member 4:39 right now. a new leader in santa clara right now. council member lisa gilmore was sworn in as the city's mew mayor. replacing jamie matthews who resigned right after super bowl 50. gilmore knows she's stepping into kreervcontroversial positi a lot of work needs to be done to regain trust. >> a definite mistrust in term its of the amount of development, the operations of the stadium. >> i know right now there is a lot of congratulations, but going forward, it's going to take more than just one person to bring this council back together. >> gilmore would not confirm published reports about a civil grand jury investigation into the misuse of public funds to pay for operation costs at levi stadium. but she says she plans to ask for an audit to answer questions about alleged viilations of measure j. 4:40 right now. an investigative unit exclusive.
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they say that he ripped them off and then just disappeared. >> liz wagoner has a story of a so-called bay area ghost attorney. >> good morning. he was hired to defend them. instead, he took their money and ran and they're talking about this man, south bay lawyer steven sculley. he repeatedly failed to keep his word and his court date. we obtained records that sculley no showed six times in as many months and that landed two bay area men in legal limbo when courts issued bench warrants for their arrest. they tried to get answers for months, but sculley wouldn't respond. his phone lines go dead and his office is empty. he is resigning from the state bar due to medical reasons. multiple times he promised to explain, he even agreed to an interview. when we arrived sculley no showed, again. court records we found may reveal why he wants to keep a low profile. the san mateo county court
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reported him to the state bar but so far sculley has no public record of discipline. you can watch our full story online at and just click on the investigations tab. >> if you have a tip for our investigative unit, give us a call, 888-996-tips or send us an e-mail to a california teenager is changing school policy for not changing her shirt.
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4:45 here. a very wet start here to your morning. >> nodding our heads in agreement. >> it's been great to really good a good soaker and we got a little more rain than expected in some spots. we'll talk about that in a second. let's take a look outside to see what is happening now as you head out crossing the bay bridge and cameras still shaking around and we'll check in with mike to see what is happening on the roadways and slick spots because we had quite a bit of rain out there. let's take a look at some of these 24 hour rainfall totals. in lafayette and almost an inch in saratoga. livermore 0.8 and about the same in mill valley and twin peaks about the same in concord and menlow park and napa a little over a quart e e e er of an incn
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jose. we see the system winding down and rain wrapping around the area of low measure and we will continue to track that rain off to the east. hev heavier downpours towards san rafael and within the next 20 minutes and then as we move across the south bay, we do have some rain moving through gilroy and morgan hill, but that's clearing morgan hill now will be moving south of gilroy within the next few minutes. some very wet roads. we will continue to see some scattered rain off and on throughout the morning. here we are at 6:00 still some heavy downpours moving through santa rosa. the last little push moving through the main morning commute time 9:00 or 10:00 this morning and very hit or miss and not everyone seeing that rain and then all clears out later on this evening and maybe a little bit of sunshine and looks like for most of the day it does stay mostly cloudy. our it temperatures will be reaching into the low 60s, much cooler than the way we started
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this week. we were hitting the low 80s. now we are struggling to make it to 60 degrees. so, really good change in my eyes. we are seeing this strong cold front moving through and bringing things back to normal. we will have another chance of rain heading through tomorrow evening and then we'll clear things out for the weekend with another cold front moving through late sunday night. we'll talk more about that coming up and let's see what's happening on the roads now with mike. >> we don't have any major incidents on the roadways. two major effects. right now the wind. that's the one kari told you about. shakes our emoryville camera. it is still there as far as the wind advisories. watch san mateo and the richmond san rafael bridges. wet roadways green where it's wet and blue where it might be soggy through the area just keep that in mind. unexpected over here in san lorenzo and a fitting name because a small fire reported in trees. this is just off of 880. from what i understand is not affecting the off ramp and
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possibly visible as folks drive by as far as the flashing lights on the nimitz itself is open. back to you guys. >> we saw bob redell previewing that for us from the car. walmart unveiling new scheduling changes for workers. >> for more on that and the rest of the news before the bell, let's turn to landon dowdy live at cnbc world headquarters. good morning. >> sam and laura, good morning to you both. wall street 4 for 4 this morning and stocks will see a third straight and we get data today on unemployment and just getting in earnings from walmart that beats and the dow rising to 16454 and best three-day gains since last august. the nasdaq up 98 to 3534. speaking of walmart, will start offering three shifts and aimed
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at keeping and motivating its rank and file workers. the moves are designed to offer employees more control over their schedules, which has been a focus of labor groups. they claim that retailers give little notice on shift changes and sometimes too much control over employees' hours. meanwhile, the ftc will vote on a proposal to let consumers swipe pricy cable boxes for cable boxes and apps and get video service from google and apple and tivo. nearly all consumers must now get their boxes from their cable companies and that's an average pay of about $231 a year to lease those devices. sam and laura, back over to you. >> looking for a deal. thanks so much, landon. it is 4:49. a free speech win for a central california teenager. victor taylor was sent home after she refused to change out of the shirt that read nobody knows i'm a lesbian. the shirt was an improper
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display of sexuality and might be disruptive, but the aclu says public schools cannot sensor school's personal beliefs. now, under a free speech settlement lawsuit they have updated their dress code. the new policy allows students to wear clothing with statements that celebrate cultural identities. spring has officially sprung. and you might say the boys are maybe not back in town, but back in scottsdale. talking about the san francisco giants. pitchers, catchers and a few position players arrived yesterday with their cowboy hats. today marks the first workout. comcast sports net caught up with one of the new faces known to fans as just the shark. >> this morning, this very dugout going to be filled with giants pitchers and catchers. the first workout of spring training here in scottsdale, arizona, is this morning. it's our first time to see some of the new giants, that includes johnny cueto and jeff samarja.
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>> it's exciting, man. the week before you get going and you start getting antsy and your heart rate starts picking up and you can tell something about to happen. once you step foot here today, it's go time and there's no rest until the end. so, it's exciting. and i'm really excited getting to know these guys and start to build these relationships and get ready for the season. >> we did not catch up with johnny cueto yesterday. she is expected to be on the field this morning for the giants first pitcher and catcher workout. reporting from scottsdale at spring training, for "today in the bay." >> pretty exciting. >> plus the shark is so much easier to say. coming up, the tables are turning in the race for the white house. the new frontrunner emerging. and happening right now, we are tracking the very latest bay area storm. right now bob redell on the roadways looking for potential traffic problems. follow him on twitter for
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real-time updates. back here in the newsroom listening to scanner traffic listening to trouble spots. so far things are pretty quiet but we're going to continue to monitor the situation. all the content we're gathering is being streamed to our nbc bay area app. download it right now. we'll give you weather alerts, as well. we're back in two minutes.
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enjoying the rain? >> who doesn't love to sing in the rain. >> then the weekend arrives and what do you know? beautiful conditions. showers in the north bay tomorrow and then into saturday, we're looking at highs in the low 60s. very comfortable with a touch warmer as we head into sunday with mostly sunny skies.
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let's see what's happening on the roadways as we check in with mike. >> the green and the blue. the green means wet roadways and that's all over the bay. the blue down on the bottom and ponding and puddling for highway 35 and no major concerns. i want to point out two crashes that counter the big commute getting out of livermore towards the livermore. and reports of the crash just came in and vehicle in the middle of the roadway and debris across the lanes and that might be why we are seeing little slowing there. reports of a crash there, as well, blocking your left two lanes and both active scenes. i'll bring you updates, guys. now to decision 2016. the tables are turning in the republican race for president. for the first time in months a new national frontrunner. the latest nbc/"wall street journal" poll shows cruz gaining moment momentum. resulting in a two-point lead
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for cruz. comes two days before the south carolina primary. >> republican voters are taking one more moment to take a pause and decide whether donald trump is whether the first they want to nominate for president or not. >> in the meantime, south carolina's governor endorsed marco rubio last night over jeb bush. tomorrow washington leaders are going to come to pay their respects to supreme court justice antonin scalia. his body will lay in ropose. scalia died over the weekend leaving his position open. president obama is going to nominate a replacement soon. the next president should be the one appointing the new justice. 88 years it's how long it's been since the president of the united states went to cuba. next month that will change. today the white house is expected to announce that president obama will visit the country during his trip to latin america. raul castro and announcing 2014 the two countries would renew
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diplomatic ties after more than 50 years of sanctions. the last sitting president to visit cuba was calvin. >> piece of history there. some locally, as well. coming up next, plans for the bullet train starting to take shape and nbc bay area has learned that the first leg will loop in a silicon valley city as its grand hub. breaking news out of vallejo. an apartment fire with a tragic outcome. stephanie chuang has a live report for us in just minutes. call 1-888-996-tips or e-mail nbc bay area, we investigate. drying off after a soggy day..
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morning-- still active ri drying off after a soggy day. a live look at the radar this morning. still active right now. how long the rain is sticking around and how it's impacting your morning commute coming up. and i'm stephanie chuang live in vallejo where a three alarm blaze that turned very tragic at this apartment complex where firefighters find a dead infant inside. what we know so far coming up in a live report. and the northern california, southern california rivalry just heated up in the form of high-speed rail. i'll tell you why it could be coming sooner to silicon valley than we expected. "today in the bay" starts right now. >> and a very good morning to
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you, thanks so much for joining us. i'm laura garcia-cannon. >> i'm sam brock. we are drying off, future tense, not quite there yet. meteorologist kari hall. >> she has a look at our forecast for you. that radar still shows a lot of green. >> it does, sam and laura. dealing with scattered showers and some wet roads and much cooler temperatures than yesterday at this time. as we take a look at the radar now, we are seeing some of the rain very hit and miss all across the bay area anywhere from the north bay to the south bay, you do see some rain, even a couple of lightning strikes have showed up within the past hour or so and now as we check the rain moving into richmond, it will be approaching oakland, as well as another cell moving into san francisco in the next few minutes. i'll have a look at the microclimate forecast and what else to expect coming up and what's happening on the roadways. mike? >> that is when the commute just gets started up there. we'll track that. meanwhile, the road weather index taking the weather information from our shared computers and shows you wet


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