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weekend. coming up in about 15 minutes. >> thank you. see you soon. jeff is tracking the storm on our digital platforms. he tweeted a picture of when the two systems will roll in. follow him on twitter @jeffranieri. e-mailed bomb threats causing evacuations across the country. tonight the threats have been determined not credible. let's take look at one of the e-ma e-mails, this promised an explosive would go off unless someone paid 20,000 bucks in bitcoin. >> police departments across the bay area including san francisco, oakland, san jose, santa rosa and mountain view said they investigated similar threats today. nbc bay area's christie smith joins us live from san francisco police headquarters with the latest on this hoax. christie? >> reporter: san francisco politician tell us that these e-mails started to come in this morning and they really arrived san francisco from tech companies to parking garages and san francisco police responded to each report more than a dozen
of them. fraengs police taped off two blocks of california street this morning bringing explosive-detecting dogs to the san francisco fire credit union after an e-mail was received. >> from an individual or entity who was notifying us that they had planted an explosive device on site, and they were demanding payment. >> reporter: a paint in bitcoin. a twitter user also posted an e-mail he received demanding payment from bitcoin. the credit union evacuated and so did the jewish community center across the street. >> and one of the attendants come in, said everyone has to leave right now, grab two or three towels and go through the side entrance. >> reporter: edwin ward evacuated from a spin class. others left the pool. the threat was not directed at the jcc. police did not find a suspicious device and cleared the scene. >> part of our investigation will be to determine if the bomb threats received and reported in san francisco are related to those bomb threats received around the country. >> reporter: another agency
referred to the threats as not credible, san francisco police did not release the contents of the e-mails but said they responded to up to 20 reports today. >> we take all threats of bombs and other types of destruct ive devices very, very seriously. >> reporter: for those caught in it, it was unsettling. >> i was happy to see they got everybody out safely and calmly so the jcc did a really good job there. >> reporter: now san francisco police told us today that they have been in contact with the fbi about this, but, again, no suspicious devices found today in san francisco. reporting live in san francisco, christie smith, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. let's go over to the east bay now. we're followin this is a major water main break in union city. this was happening at the intersection of union city boulevard and whipple road. see a lot of water down below. we do know this, several crews are on site.
from pg&e. our own nbc bay area crews are also there. this is in union on the intersection of union city boulevard and whipple. we're trying to get more information and answers for you with regards to what happened with the water main break and the traffic impact and the surrounding streets. unsuccessful high-speed suspects thought they could ram they way into the apple store with a u-haul. this was at the apple store in berkeley early this morning. officers found the abandoned truck with engine still running and shattered glass where the front door used to be. police say metal security gates stopped the truck b and prevented the thieves from stealing the apple gear. >> happened at 3:23 in the morning and not people out. >> what a drag. yeah. that's kind of hard to drive a car into a glass door. so that's a shame. >> thieves have targeted this happened store before and why the store added the metal gate. it is a long road to recovery for survivors of the wildfires.
state leaders are now taking proactive steps to stop the next fire from sparking. nbc bay area's sam brock joins us in marin county with the plan put forward by the california public utility commission. sam? >> reporter: yeah, raj, good evening. we certainly know the communities are concerned act the proximity of power lines to homes and to neighborhoods, which is one of the reasons why we had the sort of meetings at the cpuc that we did this afternoon. there are definitely people worried about the consequences of preemptively cutting off power. now the commission today approved this proposal to stutter the option understanding it is one tool in the toolbox. >> if you have a fire, they'll turn your power off. and we feel that turning the power off will be worse. >> reporter: howard matis survived the oakland hills fire pof 1991 barely and today joined a group of people concerned about preemptively shutting off to prevent wildfires versus other options. >> many of the recent wildfires have been attributed to faulty
equipment, some of the wires are, like, 100 years old. >> these are very real, serious concerns that people have. >> reporter: members of california's five person public utilities commission sympathized with rate payers' reservations. but ultimately -- >> >> aye commissioner randolph. >> reporter: -- decided a closer look is mandated. >> what can we learn from san diego, what should be applied elsewhere, what do we know will work in a other parts of the state? >> reporter: san diego gas an electric adopted a power shutout policy in 2012 and since then used it 13 times always as a last resort. a public spokesperson tells me there's no way to know if it's prevented a catastrophe but -- >> whenever we turn off the power for safety, we theneed to fully patrol before it's restored. there have been times where we noticed damage to a line or noticed a lot of flying debris in the area. >> reporter: locally, pg&e says it supports the commission's efforts.
and the company expanded on that quote telling me, "we know how much our customers rely on electric service and the impacts a public safety power shutoff event can have on our customers and their families and communities including groceries and medical equipment. we only consider temporarily turning off power in the interest of safety and as a last resort." there is not a timeline when or if the public utilities commission will adopt these new rules for pg&e in the bay area. reporting li ining live from ma county, sam brock, nbc bay area news. a rare violent crime in one of the area's most exclusive communities, first homicide in menlo park in six years. police arrested francis wolke seen here for the death. he was found at the victim's home last night. officers say they found a 62-year-old woman stabbed to death at a home on valparaiso avenue just across the street from the menlo school. the department says it is still investigating a motive for the
death. at 6:00, we're going to talk to a man who says he held the suspect at knifepoint while he called police. a new turn tonight in the battle over how birth control is covered by employers. the federal appeals court blocked a plan by the trump administration which would have allowed employers to opt out of providing coverage for birth control. obama's health care law required most companies to cover birth control at no additional costs, but last year the trump administration cut back on that allowing publicly traded companies to opt out. california filed a lawsuit to block these changes along with a few other states. today's ruling brings the coverage back for most companies. one day after president trump's former attorney is sentenced to prison, the president is pushing back on allegation of his involvement. the on slaulslaught started thi morning on twitter with the president again claiming the russia investigation is a witch hunt. on fox news, he las who's going to prison for three years for breaking campaign finance laws and tax evasion.
>> lot me tell you, i never directed him to do anything wrong. whatever he did he did on his own. he's a lawyer. >> cohen admitted directing payments to women who claimed to have affairs with president trump which he denies. david pecker who leads the "national enquirer's "parent company announces he made one of the payments which helped back up cohen's testimony. united airlines flight attendants picketed at sfo today. just 1 of 16 demonstrations at airports around the world. at issue, looming staff cuts. united airlines is expected to eliminate one flight attendant position on most international flights. the flight attendants argue that fewer crew member onboard will put passenger safety at risk and make customer service worse. united ceo says the reductions will put the airline more in line with its main rivals, american and delta. united flies to roughly 30 international destinations from sfo.
anticipation is rising along with the waves of surfing fans in the bay area and around the world wait to see if the mavericks surf contest will get the go-ahead and it will be the first time the competition is open to women. we' robert joins us with the latest on the contest. hi, robert. >> reporter: hello. according to jeff ranieri, the big waves are definitely coming probably starting around sunday night and possibly in excess of 40 feet which will be just fine for the surfers. of course, wind and other conditions also have to be right for the contest to go on. if or when it does, it will be a historic moment for women surfers and their fans. the waves have been getting bigger and bigger all along the coast and the world surfing league is trying to pinpoint if any day next week we'll have the ideal conditions to call the contest in world the world's top surfers will have 48 hours to show up. this year, that will include women competing against each other for equal prize money.
>> i don't see that many women doing it that off soten so i th it's awesome. >> for the women to do what the men are doing is a cool thing and good for the sport and exposure of surfing in general. >> reporter: issabrina brennan helped lead the fight to include women and equal pay. >> all the women athletes have stuck together and they've really been unified in their message and worked hard to make this happen. >> reporter: adding up to around a dozen more surfers will be a challenge for mavericks contest format. >> some of the other places surf tour goes have two-day windows. we only have one day. we hope for the contest that those waves materialize between the hours of 8:00 and 5:00. >> reporter: now, it is a challenging set of circumstances and right now, some of the su surfers are out there practicing giving it their bet ast and hop
for the best. live at pillar point, robert handa, nbc bay area news. >> could be a wild few days ahead of us, thank you, robert. up next, check your lettuce. the specific california water source close to us here in the bay area linked to the e. coli outbreak. plus, a liftoff that's out of this world. the important step this flight is playing in the push to make space tourism a reality. our storm is right out here in the pacific. we're tracking the timing of that rain tomorrow. plus how much heavier it could get for the weekend. that's in about eight minutes.
and it lead to a police pursuit. two men entered a c-v-s store in benicia this morning -- and a robbery at a cvs pharmacy in the east bay led to a police pursuit. two men entertered the cvs stor this morning and stole several bags of drugs. they took off in a getaway car driven by a women. police say the suspects ditched the car if pleasant hill. police found one hiding under the freeway. another was inside an apartment complex. all three were caught. a farm in santa barbara county has been pinpointed as the source of the e. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. the cdc says adam brothers farms watered its lettucemusic, robern
up next... it just got easier to find a breath- taking spot along our coast. up next... it just got easier to find a breath- taking spot along our coast. and you can thank a pricey and unpermitted tech executive )s wedding for its creation. we )ll explain, next. we )re continuing to follow breaking news...tracking a major water
union city. this is happening at/near the intersection of union city we want to update our breaking news. a major water main break in union city. nbc bay area skyranger is overhead. this is happening at the intersection of union city boulevard and whipple road. now, initial reports suggest that pg&e crew working in the area hit a water line, which is causing all this flooding. we can pull out here from our chopper and see how many cars are trying to go around the flood zone there. this is a major intersection near the union landing shopping center behind the century theaters. we have a crew on the scene. we'll continue to update this on our 6:00 newscast. going to the beach got easier. there's ann app for that. it started with a tech billionaire's wedding. he got into trouble with his wedding he held in 2013 in big sur. he didn't have the proper permits. todays he community service led to this announcement. he worked with the state coastal commission to create the your coast smart phone app that marks out 1,500 access points to
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on friday. >> thanks for joining us. enjoy your evening. lester holt is next with "nightly news." >> we'll be back at 6:00. hope to see you then. tonight, several breaking stories as we come on the air. a dramatic end to the terror manhunt in france. a shoot-out with the gunman suspected of the christmas market massacre. here at home, a nationwide wave of hoax bomb threats, the feds racing to find out who's behind them. we have late details. a potential mass shooting stopped at a middle school. an urgent tip sending police racing to the scene, exchanging fire with an armed 14-year-old. the u.s. senate with a dramatic move defying president trump and pointing the finger of blame squarely at the saudi crown pmurder of that "washington post" journalist. firefighters caught in a terrifying back draft. >> oh, my god! >> the sudden, violent emergency as crews battle