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well, did you see it? a streak of nature that captured the imagination and led to a lot of speculation for many people tonight. the light in the sky was mysterious to say the least and a bit unsettling. tonight we are getting some answers from the experts. >> plenty of opinions. plenty of photos. but the question is what is it? nbc bay area's ian cull is in san jose with the details. ian? >> reporter: yeah.
and it only took about two to seven seconds to brighten up the sky just west of us. seen up and down california. the impression was lasting. the theories were endless. >> what is that? >> reporter: for hours it was the mystery in the sky. thousands of images and questions pouring in from the central valley to the south bay. the flash and streak of light seen from reno and in san francisco all around 5:34 tonight. >> probably a falling star or something because it kind of left a halo in the sky. after it went down. and you know, san francisco, for all you know it's a drone too. >> it kind of looks like clouds or something like that. who really knows? >> reporter: there were theories to rule out. vandenberg air force base had a launch scheduled around that time, but it was postponed until tomorrow. tonight both the griffith observatory in l.a. and lick observatory in the bay area believe it was some type of meteor along with our own jeff ranieri. >> it really looks like it's a meteor fireball, which is a very
bright meteor. there's a small chance it also could be a bolide, which is basically a meteor that explodes on its finish. >> reporter: so why the odd trail? photos from james mincey show the spiraling remains over the ocean west of carmel, then swirling even more before eventually evaporating from view after 12 minutes. >> now, initially after that meteor occurred it was a straight trail in the sky but then we had some wind picks up and then that kind of helped to move the clouds around and kind of create this looping effect. >> reporter: and scientists say on average meteors travel into our atmosphere around 45,000 miles per hour, creating that bright light. then they believe it broke up over the ocean. reporting live in san jose, ian cull, nbc bay area news. a lot of people talking about this. in fact, social media erupting with people asking what was it? what did they see? here's a look at some of the photos and videos that were sent in. our other top story this evening, the much anticipated
arrival at sfo. a young mother granted a travel ban waver to see her dying son is on u.s. soil. quite a scene as she and her husband were escort the by police to children's hospital in oakland. her 2-year-old son is fighting for his life. she was fighting for the chance to see him. doctors say that son has only days to live. nbc bay area's cheryl hurd is in oakland for us with the story getting international headlines as it relates to president trump. cheryl? >> reporter: raj, that young mother is here at this hospital tonight with her little boy. she has been fighting to get here for months, and tonight she got her wish. >> we're going to set up. >> reporter: when shaima swileh arrived she stayed close to her husband, not saying a word. she let her husband do the talking. >> this is a difficult time for our family, but we are blessed to be together. i ask you to respect our privacy
as we go to be with our son again. >> reporter: this son is at ucsf benioff children's hospital in oakland, suffering from a rare brain disorder, and he's on life support. >> she's been through a lot. even as when we imagine it, it hurts. we can't even finish imagining the situation when she know that her son is sick. >> reporter: she and her husband, who is a u.s. citizen, started applying for a visa last year because of her son's health. they had to make that appeal because of president trump's travel ban against several countries. yemen is one of them. >> they've been waiting for a waiver since january of 2018. >> three members of congress including barbara lee and jerry mcnerney wrote letters to the state department asking for a waiver. it was granted on tuesday, and she arrived on u.s. soil the next day in front of cameras from all over the world. >> a dying 2-year-old boy has suffered for the last two months without his mother by his side
for no apparent reason. >> reporter: as you can imagine, this family has been through a lot. in fact, we saw some family members leave just moments ago. we probably won't get an update from this family until there's a change in this little boy's condition. reporting live in oakland, i'm cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, cheryl. a live look at the capitol now, where late night the senate passed a resolution to keep the government funded until february in an effort to avoid that partial shutdown. the resolution is a short-term spending bill. if it's approved by the house, which is expected to take the measure up tomorrow and then signed by the president, it will keep large parts of the government funded until february 8th. the senate bill does not include $5 billion in funding for the president's border wall. new at 11:00 tonight, a san francisco police officer under arrest accused of robbing a bank. according to the u.s. attorney's office and the fbi officer rain dougherty allegedly robbed the
east-west bank in the sunset district last month, stealing some $9,000 in cash. officer dougherty was arrested yesterday and charged this morning. he's in federal custody. a 40-year-old navy veteran has died after being shocked by a stun gun. earlier this month shelby gatenby allegedly got into a confrontation with alameda police officers. police say he tried unlocking a rifle from a patrol car. that's when the officers used the stun gun on him. he was then taken to a hospital where he went into cardiac arrest. he was revived but died eight days later. an official cause of death has not been released. take a look at this. a big scare in san francisco tonight. firefighters thought police were trapped inside this burning apartment complex on missouri street. turns out, though, no one was in there. everyone did get out okay. firefighters did rescue a dog that was trapped inside. no word yet on the cause. an attack in san francisco's tenderloin has one business
owner pleading for help from police. nbc bay area's jean elle is live in san francisco where the violence has start-ups considering moving out of the city, jean. >> reporter: that's right, jessica. the attack happened about a block away from the powell street bart station just around the corner from where we are. employees say they are concerned that they may become the next victim of violence in the tenderloin. i must warn you this video is disturbing. >> this morning we had a small conversation around just talking about safety. >> reporter: employees at hvmn in san francisco aren't feeling safe after a co-worker saw this violent attack outside their office on main street yesterday afternoon. the startup's ceo jeffrey woo posted the video on twitter, asking police and city leaders for help. >> i think it boiled over to a point of frustration just worrying about our own safety again. you know, we are going out eating lunch, eating meals, walking in and out of this neighborhood and it's scary.
it's a little bit scary. >> reporter: sfpd officers saw the scene and came by the office today to take a police report. woo says the neighborhood needs more officers. >> when sfpd is on the street it actually is much safer and much cleaner. but i think it's a little bit too far in between. >> reporter: some people who live in the tenderloin agree. >> there's cops around, there's nearly not as much going on as when there's no cops. when there's no cops, then there's all kinds of stuff going on. >> reporter: sfpd says it is stepping up efforts in the tenderloin, adding a dozen police officers to patrols in november. often tweeting about the repeated arrests of drug dealers, shaken by the violence outside his office door, woo says moving is on his mind. >> it doesn't get better. i think there's just no choice but to move out. >> reporter: sfpd says it simply can't have an officer on every block, but the department says if you have an emergency call 911 and they will respond. reporting live in san francisco,
jean elle, bay area news. police still searching for a hit-and-run driver in the south bay. tonight we have new surveillance video to show you. it shows the moments before the crash. now, this happened 6:30 this morning on 33rd street in berrywood drive in san jose. that's near 101. and also near darling elementary school. investigators say the two women were in the crosswalk when they were hit. and then the driver took off. the women were transported to the hospital. one of them with life-threatening injuries. police are descri police are describing the suspect's car as possibly a dark sedan. a magnitude 3.0 earthquake just west of petrolio which is in humboldt county near redding. this happened just after 8:00 p.m. tonight. no reports of any damage. up next, trucks crawling on city streets and the problems it's causing the south bay. the mission to fund president trump's border wall.
well, there's a lot going on there. dust, diesel fumes, and large tractor-trailers on the streets. cupertino residents say they're fed up with this heavy traffic near the local quarry and cement plant. they want the city to doing? about it. nbc bay area's sergio quintana is in cupertino at one of the intersections the neighbors say is a trouble spot. sergio. >> reporter: raj, this is the corner of stevens creek boulevard and foothill boulevard, and neighbors here say over the last couple of months, especially during the morning commute, traffic here slows to a crawl. this is stevens creek quarry. it's operated here for more than 80 years, and this summer it struck a deal with the nearby
lehigh cement plant that meant an increase of trucks hauling materials between the two sites. neighbors say all those trucks are causing a ruckus. >> i'm focused on safety at this meeting. but there are so many other issues. >> there's dust, there's pollution. there are thousands of big-rig trucks. >> reporter: lola kashief and steve dawber were among the room full of fed up neighbors. they set up a private road between the two stilts because it's not permitted. so until an alternate road is built trucks are using city streets. many in this room have had enough of the industrial businesses. >> i think it's time to start scaling down the industrial uses of this area. and if we can scale them down by half by closing one of the two quarries it's time to close one of the two quarries. >> reporter: but not everyone agrees. at the quarry i talked with one neighbor who supports the local businesses. >> we all knew it was here when we moved here. you can't move into the neighborhood where you've got something like this and complain about the operation.
>> reporter: now, there was a representative from the quarry at tonight's meeting but she did not address the crowd. the city and county say it's going to take some time before they can come up with a solution for all the problems that are being set up by the increase of this big-rig traffic. reporting live in cupertino i'm sergio quintana, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, sergio. another privacy scandal for facebook. the tech giant admitting it let other companies like amazon and microsoft and netflix read users' private messages. the story was first broken by the "new york times," which claims the information sharing benefited more than 150 companies and helped facebook bring in more users. facebook responding saying they allowed their partner companies to access private messages only if you signed into facebook through one of their partners' apps. the company also says all that information shared was with the user's permission. they're cute and cuddly and now they are gone. burglars stole two puppies from
a san jose home. it happened saturday night when the thieves ransacked the neat san jose home and stole two lab mix puppies from a mother dog and her litter. the surveillance video shows how neighbors -- from a neighbor shows a car pulling up to the house saturday night and at least one man going in and out, coming out minutes later. the owner says the puppies are too young to be weaned from their mother and they're worried they won't get the care they need. >> we feel violated in a sense because you know, it was something very personal. especially because they were so little. they were only three weeks old. >> too young to be separated from the north dog, who the owner says is heartbroken, who stopped feeding her other puppies. the owner is now offering a $1,000 reward to get the two puppies back. police say they are investigating. well, starting next year, which means a couple weeks from now, the city of san jose will be cracking down on those electric scooters. it's all part of a new permit program that was approved by the city council this week.
the program will give the city's transportation department the authority to manage scooter companies who operate in san jose. that transportation department will make important decisions like regulating the number of e-scooters allowed on the streets and requiring those companies to keep riders off the sidewalks. the program will go into effect in february. well, almost ten bucks. that's what it's going to cost many drivers to cross the golden gate bridge. maybe. the bridge district says a toll hike is needed because it's suspecting a deficit of $75 million. costs are increasing with no toll increases planned. under this proposal fast track drivers would see the least amount of increase. all this is still up for discussion. if approved we could see the rate hike in july of next year. if you're planning on going anywhere near an airport tomorrow, it is going to be crowded. tomorrow predicted to be the worst travel day of the holiday season. hundreds of flights are expected to either be delayed or canceled as a massive winter storm barrels toward the east coast and experts say if you haven't
booked your ticket and you need to get anywhere, fly out on christmas day. that's when you're going to get the cheapest tickets. >> ooh, that's good. then you can just open presents the next night or maybe the night before. >> you can do a delayed christmas. >> anything to save some money on the flights. >> yeah, that's a good plan. works too. delayed. oh, man. our weather forecast as we head through the next couple of days looks pretty good here across the bay area. we'll get a little rainfall, get a break. if you still have any things you need to get done like some shopping, there's going to be some time in there for you. we talked about this thing in the sky that a lot of you saw tonight. and this was actually remnants, this formation in the sky, of what was a immediate yore. let's go ahead and take a look. just in case you heard about it, you missed our report at the top of the show, likely a meteor fireball that happened in the 5:00 hour. a lot of you saw a bright flash. lasted for about two to seven seconds. there's a slim chance it also could be a bolide which is
basically a very bright meteor that exploded. nonetheless, it was a meteor in the sky. and a lot of you saw this circular formation afterwards in the sky. and that was basically the leftover trail from the meteor. so it leaves this basically almost like a cloud formation, this straight line right after the meteor happened. then we had some wind pick up and that's what created that circular motion in the sky. certainly a sight to see. we have it posted on twitter, on facebook. just head there and you're going to be able to see more about that. on our weather forecast big thing we're tracking right now is definitely lowering visibility. we're down to a half mile and less in napa and santa rosa. could make that commute pretty bad for you. also down to one mile there in concord. we have those patchy areas of dense fog as we start out tomorrow morning. also going to be a chilly start for you. the tri-valley at 46. but it's december. we're used to 40s this time of the year. 45 in the north bay. san francisco at 50.
and the east bay at 47. as you move through the day tomorrow we're not going to be able to shake a lot of the cloud cover. so you're probably not going to need the sunglasses a whole lot, and temperatures will stay in the upper 50s and low 60s right here through the south bay. more of the same here through contra costa alameda counties, concord at 58 over to hayward. and it looks pretty much the same here at the peninsula with 59 in redwood city. san francisco heading to union square. maybe going to the marina. you'll go anywhere from 56 in the embarcadero to 59 in the marina and right across napa and sonoma. we'll have temperatures in the upper 50s tomorrow. it's dry through the day as we hit your forecast through thursday. but we're going to see some changes. once we hit thursday night by about 9:00 we'll get? rainfall moving down a few heavier pockets likely at 9:00 p.m. then by 11:30 it's over san francisco and the east bay. tries to move into san jose. i think we'll have a few spotty showers. but we're not expecting a lot in the south bay. better chance of rain will be in the north bay. and then we'll start to clear
out as we head to friday. what you're going to find is tomorrow rainfall totals only -- friday as winter begins we get a little bit of sun moving in. saturday king tides return. maybe some beach erosion saturday and sunday. another chance of rain once we hit sunday evening busy monday next couple of weeks ahead. this one could have up to .35 of of an inch of rainfall. a little bit better night sunday into monday. then possibly spotty rain for christmas and the day after. i think the bottom line in all this is there looks to be no major storm the next several days. it's more these nuisance chances of on again off again rainfall. inland valley temperatures in the 50s to also 60s and if you're going to the sierra we're still working on at least a few of snow as we head into late sunday primarily into next monday's forecast. a lot of people on the move with the christmas holiday right around the corner. >> and hopefully you won't be delayed.
>> very good point. thanks, jeff. up next here at 11:00. stolen christmas presents, but they didn't get far. how a neighbor and a local cop teamed up to chase down a porch pirate. and we have jimmy. >> hey, guys. hailey steinfeld is here tonight to talk and perform. plus willem defoe and 12 days of christmas sweaters. it's a great show. stay tuned. the overnight develo we inch closer to possible government shutdown. the stakes for us here in the bay area. plus: holiday shoppers face a tough choice: buying new or refurbished? our consumer team breaks down your best option. tomorrow from 4:30 to 7.
brian colsuch says right now his goal is to raise at least a billion dollars for the wall but he hopes to actually raise 2 billion. in just a few days the account has raised more than $2 million from nearly 40,000 donors. police across the bay area are cracking down on package theft. antioch police have been out in force patrolling neighborhoods looking for those porch pirates. on monday a success story. police arrested a suspect after a vigilant neighbor spotted the man stealing a package from a nearby porch. thanks to a great description from the witness police caught the suspected thief and returned the gifts to the owner. you only have a couple of days to ship your packages if you want them to arrive in time for christmas. at this fedex facility in san francisco workers are busy organizing packages so they can get to their destination. fedex says friday, friday is the last day to ship something and have it guaranteed to arrive by christmas. during the holiday season fedex sorts 3,000 packages per hour before loading them into the
truck. >> pretty cool to see that. well, say good-bye to saturn's rings. yes. scientists have long said that those rings around saturn may not last forever. a new study from nasa confirms that a so-called ring rain will leave the planet ringless in about 100 to 300 million years. so we'll have to wait just a little while for this. the phenomenon will occur when ice particles from the rings are pulled by gravity onto the planet. >> i don't think i'm going to be around. >> we might not make it. up next, we'll show you the problem the warriors ran into tonight and where did marshawn lynch show up? we'll show you next. a drink with friends can turn into two, and a prescription can be stronger than you thought. stop! there are a lot of ways to get a dui. and a lot of ways to go-- text a friend,
a drink with friends can turn into two, and a prescription can be stronger than you thought. stop! there are a lot of ways to get a dui. and a lot of ways to go-- text a friend, call a cab, share a ride. whatever you choose to do, go safely, california. okay. the big, big game is christmas day. the warriors hosting lebron and the lakers. >> we'll all be watching. but for now we have the utah jazz. not quite as big. the warriors in salt lake city tonight. here's a unique bird's eye view of the opening tipoff. get a little dizzy watching that. defense creates offense. shaun livingston with the block. up to andre iguodala to steph to dray. final minutes of the game warriors down by two.
they had a chance. utah's rudy gobert gets free for the dunk. utah wins 108-103. it's not often a superstar shows up at a city council meeting but it happened tonight. beast mode the lobbyist. oakland native and raiders star marshawn lynch spoke briefly at tonight's city council meeting in brooklyn. he was there in support of the a's. he said we're logs the warriors, we're losing the raiders, we best not lose the a's. that's a quote. the a's are trying to build that privately financed ballpark near jack london square and redevelop the coliseum site into housing and retail. olympic champion missy franklin announced today she's retiring. she's 23. but she said it's the hardest letter she's ever written. she won hearts around the world along with four gold medals at the london olympics in 2012. franklin is from colorado but the bay area embraced her when she enrolled at cal. but she's been battling some serious back and shoulder injuries which has prompted her
retirement. and at 23 retired from one thing but ready to start her other life. >> she's just beginning. she's got that radiant smile, too. we're back in a moment. stay with us. way to stay connected. it gives you super fast speeds for all your devices, enhanced coverage, and lets you control your network with the xfi app. it's the ultimate wifi experience. xfinity xfi. simple. easy. awesome. xfinity xfi gives you the speed, coverage and control you need. manage your wifi network from anywhere when you download the xfi app today.
some morgan hill police officers got the chance to play santa for the night. part of the annual shop with a cop event. group of fourth-graders from the morgan hill high school district were selected by their peers to take part. officers took kids on a $100 shopping spree at target. >> they have $100 to spend, which includes tax. and they buy something warm for themselves to wear. $10 gift to donate to another child. i think we're going to be sending these up to paradise. after that they can buy something for school. and after that they can buy whatever they want. >> nice. they got it figured out. the kids got to have dinner with the police officers and tour the station. all the officers volunteering their time for the event, raising the money to make it possible. >> oh, my god. >> that is so cool. they'll remember that for the rest of their lives. >> oh, my gosh. and way to go cops for volunteering. that's so nice. >> that is so nice. before we go, jeff, the final say on the weather and what we were talking about.
saturn tonight. meteors tonight. this was your dream -- >> it was busy. meteor fireball earlier in the sky tonight. a lot of people were tweeting those photos. tomorrow morning watch out for some dense areas of fog possibly in the north and east bay. chance for scattered rain. dry friday as winter begins and then maybe another chance on sunday and also monday. >> any chance of meteors tomorrow night? >> there's always a chance. >> whenever i hear fireball i think of pitbull. >> that's for the midnight newscast. that's going to do it for now. thanks for watching us. have a great night. we'll see you tomorrow. >> bye-bye. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> steve: from studio 6b in rockefeller center in the heart of new york city, it's "the tonight show starring jimmy fallon."