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us with the latest. good morning, frank and michelle, originally authorities issued a warning, a tsunami 2 meters high could hit the coast. the warning was lifted two hours after the quake hit. thankfully this was nothing compared to the quake yesterday. this quake struck out of the northeastern coast of the miyagi miyagi. one city reported a minor injuries, taking a look at the video, you can see it caused continuous shaking in some areas. buildings in tokyo were reportedly swaying for at least several minutes. this quake did rattle nerves in a country still recovering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in march 2011. miyagi was one one of the areas that suffered the worst of the destruction. that quake fueled, at least 60 people died and cars boats and
homes were swept away. as of right now, tokyo electric power says there are no problems at any of its nuclear plants. frank michelle. >> and we understand that you have family in japan. have you been able to talk to them at all and are they okay. >> that's right. i have my parents and aunt and uncle are stationed in japan at military bases. i was able to talk to my mother. they didn't feel the quake. they're too far south but i have an aunt and uncle in tokyo. thanks to social media i was able to see that they were okay and again, like i said it's a dramatic difference from last year when i was working a newscast and wasn't able to get ahold of my family. i'm happy this time around that everyone is okay. >> okay, cate thankings. it is 6:02, a cold ask foggy start to the morning. let's look at weather and traffic. >> lawrence karnow with our weekend forecast. and the weekend is looking good. it is chilly out there. fog developing, dense fog in
some of the valleys down to a quarter mile. and down to a mile in s&l rose and livermore. -- santa rosa and livermore. last weekend very very stormy. this weekend just the sit. clear over the bays but those temperatures are chilly in spots. grab your jacket if you're headed out the door. 37 degrees in santa rosa. 40 in concord and 41 in livermore. by the afternoon, sunshinings and warmer for the weekend, a lot warmer in spots. we'll talk about that in a moment. let's check out the roads. let's head to the san mateo bridge. one o. bright spot thes. trafficking cruising westbound. toward foster city near the toll plaza no delays. coming off the bridge traffic very quiet. no delays on 880. not guilty the case for the bay bridge. traffic is starting to back up. and looks like the fast track lanes are moving okay this
morning. we have reports of a couple of accidents, south 680 right at mission, chp reported an accident blocking lanes and a wreck on south 680 at sycamore valley road. a vehicle facing the wrong way with the right lane blocked. chp headed to both of these accidents. 16 minutes between 238 and the maze and no delays along the peninsula, 101, 280, 93 all problem free. that's a look at the morning drive. back to you. a man is in serious condition this morning after falling 30 feet at the oakland coliseum. it happened during last night's raiders broncos game. the man was on the third deck and fell or jumped onto the concrete floor on the lower concourse. it appears to have been an accident but police are still investigating. the nfl commissioner is talking about a new stadium for the raiders. roger goodell was at last night's game and says the league is willing to provide
200 million dollars to help build a stadium to keep the team in oakland but the league's investment will require a deal between the raiders and oakland officials. so we'll have to see what happens. it is 6:04. supreme court watchers are awaiting a decision on gay marriage in california. anne makovec in san francisco with what could come down from a high court later today. ann, good morning. good morning, if the u.s. supreme court decides not to take on the prop 8 case, same sex marriages could resume here in california as soon as the u.s. court of appeals says that they should resume. that is the court that said prop 8 was uncon city i -- unconstitutional earlier this year. but today, the supreme court is scheduled to discuss whether or not it will review the constitutionality of prop 8. that is the ban on same sex marriage california voters approved in 2008. so if the court decides to take on the issue, there would be an
argument scheduled next year. >> there will then be an argument scheduled sometime in march probably, possibly april. and the case will be decided by the end of june. >> reporter: the court is also taking on several defense of marriage act cases from other parts of the country. if it decides not to take up prop 8, there's a possibility same sex marriages could resume r here in california, within a couple weeks. live in san francisco, anne makovec cbs 5. an arizona sheriff known for his hard line on immigration is defending his stance and doing it right here in san francisco. drag queens calling themselves the sisters of perpetual indulgence invaded a dinner party for joe arpaio. earlier he was scheduled to speak at a san francisco middle school after he received 50 letters in spanish from the 8 8th graders there questioning his immigration views, but the
school canceled that meeting. >> and accused me of running concentration camps. they called me a racist. i can go on and on. so i just wanted to meet with the kids and tell them the truth. >> the school district's media rep denied there was ever a meeting planned. police say three men shot and killed a man who they thought had stolen their clothes. all three are in their 20s and are now charged with murder. police say the incident last month began when the suspects clothes went missing from a laundry room. then the men went to a unit where they believed the thief was staying and opened fire police say the victim was not involved in the theft. other bay area headlines, pleas are expected today from the man and woman charged with kill sue see coe. they were arrested near seattle. they're accused of killing coe during a crime spree in october after breaking out of jail. investigators are looking into a fire that forced two san
jose restaurants to evacuate. it was reported just a after 9 last night at san felipe in the city's ever green area. no flames were visible but there was plenty of smoke at the restaurants pasta pomodoro. traced the source to a crawl space. a phone call and a persistent brother are credited for the rescue of a woman stranded in the snow in the sierra for six days, nearly a week. a friend of paula lane's family called to say that he had a vision that she was still alive and near a lake. lane's brother had been searching for her since she disappeared with her boyfriend last week. he refused to stop the search in remote alpine county. >> he had this feeling. i don't know what to tell you. we thought we can't stop him. we just knew, let him do what he felt he had to do and god help him, he did the right thing. >> it certainly paid off. paula lane is now recovering in a nevada hospital. her boyfriend was found dead in
the snow close to where she was rescued. the rescuers jeep got stuck in the snow as well. but they found a caltrans truck with the keys in it and used that to get that missing woman to safety. a christian youth group from oakland is missing luggage ids and a lot of money, 12,000 bucks. thieves broke into the group's van while the members ate lunch at a fort lauderdale restaurant yesterday. two dozen teens and adults were just starting the five day trip in florida. the group says it is devastated. the nation's jobless rate is at its lowest level in four years. unemployment fell to 7.7% last month. it was at 7.9% in october. the labor department reports 146,000 new jobs in november down from 171,000 the month before. jobless rate fell mostly because of more people giving up their job searches and dropping out of the labor pool.
economists are turning up the pressure on the white house and lawmakers to reach an agreement on a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. financial experts were on capitol hill yesterday to talk about the negative impact if those automatic tax increases and spending cuts tick in january 1st. meanwhile president obama paid a visit to a northern virginia family who would suffer financially if a deal isn't reached. >> for them to be burdened unnecessarily because democrats and republicans aren't coming together to solve this problem gives you a sense of the cost involved in very personal terms. >> still the white house says the across the board spending cuts and tax hikes will takes effect if republicans refuse to raise taxes on the wealthiest americans. meanwhile a new survey shows the president's approval rating is at the highest point since the raid that killed osama bin laden. in addition, 42% believe the nation is heading in the right
direction. 6:10, a tycoon wanted for murder, how john mcafee ended up in the hospital. a van plows into a jewelry store, narrowly missing the customer, what the driver says caused her to lose control. >> last going on, i had a former student give birth in the car. >> how about that, a lesson they never expected how teachers stepped in to deliver a baby in a school parking lot. we got that story and much more when we come back. ,,,,,,,,,,
a carbon dioxide canister became stuck against the gas pedal and that forced her into the jewelry store. it's a little scary. >> scary and it could have been much worse. yeah, thank goodness that's a scary situation for sure. not too bad on the roadways, looking better some spots. the only trouble spot we have is the bay bridge where traffic is slow and go. the metering lights are on. it's not as bad as it is normally. almost to 880 at this point. after you get past this 15 minute wait you're better up the incline and towards san francisco. jumping over to the maps, we have a couple accidents on the southbound side of 680. one reported at sycamore valley, blocking lanes and south at 680 right at south mission that accident blocking the roadway. and traffic very light. we're not seeing any delays as you approach the scene. chp is there so some flashing lights, expect that happen along 680. westbound side, slow and go.
business as usual. 29 minutes as you work your way toward 680. limited visibility due to the fog once you hit the dublin interchange. 880. very nice. southbound clear as you head toward hayward: only a 16 minute ride. and 101 through south bay. we are seeing a few brake lights, no accidents but the morning commute getting busy through there. no delays through downtown san jose. guadalupe parkway checking in problem free this morning. i think the main weather concern this morning if you're headed out the door, in the valley, a neat live shot starting out in the embarcadero, doesn't that look peaceful, very quiet, early on. i think that's going to stay that way into the afternoon. 37 degrees santa rosa. they're reporting fog. visibility less than a quarter mile in livermore. we are planning on the fog beginning to lift this morning
and by the afternoon becoming sunny and bright temperatures fairly mild, especially over the weekend, lot of sunshine, high pressure building in. offshore wind building in especially on sunday. and that should bring the mild temperatures. the rain line is heading well to the north. keeping things nice and dry through the weekend. that's a big contrast to last weekend. 60s and tuly fog it will be a lot easier to get up there when the fog lifts. we are starting off with dense fog early on. that could give away a lot of sunshine, a couple passing high clouds and looking like a pretty good day of it. the weekend, things settle down nicely. a lot of sunshine coming your way. sunshine in the san jose today. 60 in san mateo. 69 degrees, a little breezy in the pacifica this afternoon. and a couple patches of fog, plenty of sunshine and into the bay. temperatures running as high as 62 degrees in oakland. 61 in kemp field. next couple of days, warmer
weather on the day, very nice into sunday and monday and start to collagen a little bit on tuesday. -- cool down a little bit on tuesday. that's the weather guys, back to you. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton just announced the u.s. and russia have reached an agreement in hopes of ending the civil war in syria. clinton has been meeting with russia's foreign minister. the deal calls for mediation efforts for all parties to bring about political transition. bashar assad must leave power. there's growing concerns that his regime is desperate. >> we remain very concerned, very concerned that as the opposition advances in particular on damascus, that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. >> in washington, arizona senator john mccain said the u.s. should consider all options to prevent chemical
attacks in syria, including military intervention. >> as for the crisis in cairo president obama has made a phone call to mohammed morsi. the white house says he expressed concern about the deaths and injuries of protesters there. r morsi's supporters have been clashing with his opponents. they're upset that morsi gave himself sweeping powers that place him above judicial oversight. john mcafees deportation back to police is being delayed after being hospitalized for chest pains. he's back in a guatemalan jail cell. authorities in belize want to question mac afee about his neighbor's murder. and san francisco health officials are pointing out an increase in meningitis cases among gay men in new york city. over the past year there have
been 12 documented cases of the disease among gay men in new york including three new cases in the past six weeks that recently prompted health officials in new york to expand their vaccination recommendations for gay men. health officials say they want to protect san francisco residents who could become infected, especially if they are traveling to new york. well, some babies just can't wait. >> that's right. in dayton ohio, an expected mom ended up going into labor in a school's parking lot. >> i had a former student give birth in the car. >> and the baby's already out. >> yes. >> okay. teachers stayed on the line with 911 dispatcher who instructed them on how to tie off the umbilical cord. the 20-year-old mom was dropping off her siblings from school when her water broke. she was six days away from the due date and her baby girl weighing 7 pounds, 10-ounces. that's a pretty big baby.
what's strange is they called after the baby was born not during. >> you have a baby on the way, no big deal. maybe your kids aren't teaching how to deliver babies at school but we're sure they're doing something pretty special anyway. >> that's right. so we want to know what's cool about your school, and you can submit your nomination on our web site, cbssf.com/cool school. we may come and feature your school on the show so please fill them out. >> yeah, don't be shy. >> there's a lot of school schools out there. >> if you have something cool happening at the school, we will come out there. 6:21, ready to make a deal, maybe not, nhl labor talks broke down once again. and the raiders take on the broncos in oakland once again. what future hall of famer proved he's still got it. and patchy fog in the bay area. headed to the high country, your snow report, looking good this weekend. lots of sunshine, just worry about the fog if yow -- you're headed to the central valley.
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talks have broken down yet again. the league rejected the pl nhl labor talks have broken down yet again. the league rejected the players proposal on an 8 year agreement saying it was unacceptable and there was no need to continue talks today. the nhl and the players have been without an agreement since september 16th. thursday was the 82nd day of the lock out. thursday night's football with denver in town. >> was there a game last night. >> there was a game. we were all watching. >> and we're required by law to
show you highlights too. the broncos scored on the first drive. peyton manning had a monster game. raiders down 13-0 when carson palmer found derek mcfadden. he goes in. first time he's played in a month with the bad ankle. but a raider r fumble led to another bronco touchdown. michelle, hold back. the play of the day is so good it took three nba players to pull it off. we're with the miami hate. ray allen is a the steeler and a pass to dewayne wade and set up lebron james. beautiful alley-oop, three guys with a beautiful shop. the heat lost at home, 112 to 92 to the knicks. it's 6:26,s, victims of an unholy act. and the miraculous end to
dictator. >> most economists predict just 80,000 jobs were added in november. >> local fishermen furious after a crab scab crosses their picket line. >> it's meant to be, we weren't going to come back without her. >> a miracle in the mountains, a family of a woman stranded for six night the ins sierra shares her incredible story of survival. >> from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on eyewitness news this morning. good morning everyone, it's friday december 7th. i'm michelle griego. >> hi everyone i'm frank mallicoat. it is 6:31 and good news, the nation's jobless rate is at the lowest level in four years. unemployment fell to 7.7% last month. it was at 7.9% in october.
the labor department reports 146,000 new jobs in the month of november. that's down from 171,000 the month before. the jobless rate fell mostly because people were giving up the job searches and dropping out of the labor pool. let's see how the market was affected today. there are the early numbers on the big board, right now, looking good. kpix money watch reporter, jason brooks has a full report coming up in 15 minutes. gay couples in california are a awaiting a supreme court decision that could change their lives forever. cbs 5 reporter anne makovec is in san francisco with what could happen on the prop 8 case today. good morning ann. >> reporter: good morning, depending on the what the supreme court decides to do we could be hearing wedding bells and same sex couples walking out married in the next couple of weeks. it's going to be a nail biting
day for same sex couples in california. the u.s. supreme court is scheduled to review the constitutionality of prop 8. that is the ban on same sex marriage approved by voters in 2008. the pro prop 8 is appealing the decision by the 9th u.s. circuit court of appeals which found the ban unconstitutional. it's one of several cases concerning the federal defense of marriage act. >> they have been waiting to gather the 10 cases together and grant review in some of them or all of them or none of them. they could do anything. >> reporter: if the supreme court decides not to review the case, same sex weddings could resume as soon as the 9th 9th circuit says o so. but the supreme court has no deadline for acting on these cases. it is expected to do something either today r or monday because this is its last session of the year. life in san francisco, anne
makovec, cbs 5. 6:33 now, a man was seriously injured in a fall at the oakland coliseum at the raider bronco game last night. official says he fell or jumped 30 feet from the lower deck on the concourse. it happened at the start of the game. police say it was likely accidental. the man is reportedly in serious condition in the hospital this morning. nfl commissioner roger goodell l says he's willing to help build a new stadium to keep the team in oakland. he was at the game last night and goodell says they could put as much as $200 million in the effort. it would come with a catch. there would have to be deal between the raiders and the city of oakland. a couple wins would help too. >> lawrence is in a bit of a depression this morning. >> how are you by the way. >> i'm fine. >> i'm ready to build a new team. forget the stadium, we need a new team. >> good news, though, they'll get a top draft pick. >> they've been doing that for years. that hasn't help out so well. focuses around the bay area, we
are starting off with dense fog showing up in the valleys, otherwise nice clear skies elsewhere. you see some of that fog down toward the ground level. toward livermore, visibility down toward a quarter of a mile, and patchy fog and chilly temperatures this morning in the 30s and 40s in many spots. by the afternoon, sunshine, temperatures into the 60s in the south bay. 50s and 60s in the bay. sunshine toward the afternoon hours and central bay, looking at 50s and 60s as well. should be a great weekend. we'll check out the roads. we have a handleful of accidents brewing out there, headed over toward 680 near mission, south mission near free month. we have a report of a wreck. still a little slow and go as you approach the scene. south 680 at sycamore valley. to the right shoulder, the
sycamore valley may be blocked for fire crews. lanes blocked for this accident also, you can see on the sensorsings speeds dipping -- sensors speeds dipping below 40 miles per hour. up wards of about 30 minutes on the westbound 580. golden gate bridge, despite extra volume, traffic moving up to speed. that's a look at the morning drive. a 7.3 earthquake struck today near japan. it was centered off the northeastern coast of the country. several people have been hurt. cate cauguiran in the news room to tell us so far there is no reports of serious damage, but some injuries, though, right c a ate. >> that's exactly right. that warning was lifted two hours after the quake hit. the the quake struck off the northeastern coast of the miyagi preif he miyagi --
prefecture. the pacific tsunami warning are center says there's no widespread risk. and minor injuries have been reported. the quake did cause continuous shaking in some areas. buildings in tokyo were reportedly swaying for several minutes. this is the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake in march of 2011. that quake triggered fuel rod melt downs at the fukushima nuclear plant, as it swept away cars, boats and homes. tokyo electric power say they have no problems at any of the nuclear plants. this is nothing compared to last year, but as you can imagine, this country is still recovering from last year's devastation. >> i bet they are. and we know you have family until the area, have you been able to communicate with your folks there at all. >> yes, my parents are stationed at a military base down in oak okinaka japan.
i asked my mother if she was okay and she asked me what i was talking about. it was a relief on my end about her not knowing about the earthquake. >> did they feel the original one last year. >> i couldn't get ahold of them last year, period. it was social media that finally allowed me to get ahold of them. she says i'm happy this time around it's not quite as bilge a deal. >> we're glad they're safe. a friend of a missing woman's family called about a fission he had that she was alive and near a lake. paula lane's brother went into the high sierra and found her crawling in the snow in alpine county. she and her boyfriend had become stuck in the snow after they drove around a closed gate. her sister took the call after her brother found the missing nevada woman. >> i took the call and to hear him say i found her, i found
her, i can't explain it for you guys. >> she was very lucky that it wasn't more severe. >> she has minor frostbite and is expected to leave the hospital next week. her boyfriend roger clifton didn't make it. lane stayed alive eating snow and tomatoes she had with her. police in antioch say three man shot and killed a an innocent man believing he took their clothes. all three are charged with murder. the men opened fire on an apartment where they believe the thief was living. the victim was not involved in that theft. it will be at least april before accused serial killer joseph meso goes on trial many marin county. the judge has granted him four more months to prepare his own case. he was accused of killing four women between 1977 and 1994. the murders were in marin contra costa and yuba counties. the fire forced the
evacuation of ever green area. it was report affidavit 9:00 last night at -- reported after 9:00 last night. no flames visible but smoke another that fire. investigators traced the source to a crawl space that was near the outdoor electric sign. a christian youth group from oakland is missing luggage ids and $12,000. thieves broke into the van while they ate lunch at a restaurant yesterday. two dozen teens and young adults from the international ministry group were starting a five day trip. the group says it is devastated. city college of fran is facing a financial -- san francisco is fating a financial hit. they must enroll 34,000 full- time students to maintain its funding level from the state but the school expects to fall a few thousand students short for the second year in a row. it was on probation because of a shortage of students during the previous school year. arizona's tough on
immigration sheriff is defending his controversial stance and one of america's most immigrant friendly cities. >> drag queens calling themselves the sisters of perpetual indulgence, invaded a dinner party. earlier he had received letters from 8th graders questioning him about his views but the school canceled that meeting. >> they accused me of running concentration camps. they called me a racist. i could go on and on. immaterialed to emit with the kids and tell them the truth. >> the school district media rep says she was too busy to explain on camera but denied there was a meeting planned in the first place. time now is 6:41. sparking a debate, should san francisco police officers be able to carry tasers. we're going to ask chief greg surr. and mother nature wreaking
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gadget this holiday season - cell phones... it is friday, that means the weekend is approaching and guess who has good news. >> i know, last week, you didn't have good news, but this weekend. >> a lot of folks were trying to get up their lights and everything and there was no way. but this weekend looks like a great weekend to do it. not a bad day outside right now. we have patchy fog showing up in some of the valleys, you can see it near the pleasanton areas. visibilities less than a quarter of a mile. that's right down on the surface. still l out over the bay, we
are looking good as we've got mostly clear skies and a nice sunrise to be had. sunshine as we head throughout the day. temperatures are going to be a little bit chilly if you're headed out the door, grab your jacket. 37 degrees in santa rosa with fog. 31 in livermore and 40 in concord. as we head throughout the day today we'll see a lot of sunshine by the afternoon and the temperatures not too but over the weekend, sunshine and beautiful weather, with temperatures well into the 60s by sunday. high pressure sliding in sending the jet stream well to the north. that's carrying the rain well to the north. so we're going to see a lot of nine and maybe an offshore wind by sunday and that will crank up the temperatures. sfo, no problems with delays expected there. nice and clear, but across the country, a couple of trouble spots as you makey way into chicago, a chance of showers there and rain expected in new york. chilly temperatures too in the 40s in chicago and also new york as well. temperatures around the bay
area, starting out chilly. we have patchy dense fog this morning. that should give away to mostly sunny skies with an occasionally high cloud drifts through. otherwise temperatures warming up nicely. plan on 60s into the south bay. 63 in mount view and 61 degrees in union city. east bay members a little bit slow to warm and not bad. upper 50s in brentwood and antioch. walnut creek. inside the bay a high of 62 degrees in oakland. 670 in san francisco and -- 60 in san francisco and 61 in santa rosa. lots of sunshine coming our way well into the 60s. by sunday and monday, a slight chance of showers. let's check out the roads. it's busy out there this morning for your commute if you are working your way toward the bay bridge this morning, metering lights are on and back to 880 at this point. elsewhere we have a couple of accidents you want to look out for as well. the first wreck is in the south bay, b northbound 87. this is blocking lanes and you
can see on our maps here, the sensors are showing speeds under 40 miles per hour. a bit of a back up in that area. 101 a little better but we are seeing conditions northbound near mckee, so heads up as you work through l. 280 through san e jose looks good. westbound 237 extra volume. we're seeing extra cars on the roadway as you work your way towards that connector between 880 and 101, a 7 minute ride. a couple accidents on 60. one was southbound on freemont. that's cleared. chp still on scene. and southbound 680 at sycamore valley that's cleared over to the right shoulder and you're tapping the brakes lights through the pass. work your way westbound toward 680. foggy conditions in and around that area as well. good news if you are hitting 8 # 0 this morning, you are up to speed northbound as well as southbound toward hayward and the golden gate bridge, a nice ride this morning.
that's a look at the morning drive. economists didn't see this coming but it's good, a job the in the jobless rate. >> jason brooks cbs money watch.com. >> better than expected news for wall street and the overall economy. the labor department reporting a gain of 46,000 jobs in november with the jobless rate fall frog 7.9 to 7.7%. economists were expecting a gain of around 75 to 95,000 jobs with hurricane sandy depressing hiring. now, it's not all good news. the labor department went back and revised september and october lower by combined 49,000 jobs. and the labor participation rate fell in november. that was likely an effect of sandy. 350,000 or so people stopping their search for work. that's what brought the unemployment rate down. not a great report but still a little bit better than what some people were forecasting.
the apple a samsung case going on in federal court in san jose. the judge told lawyer for both sides that she may reduce the original award of one billion dollars saying jurors may have miscalculated the damages. but the judge may also enact sales bans against several older samsung devices so that could go either way. samsung trying to get a whole new trial in this case. stock market higher on the better than expected jobs report. the dow is gaining 39 points. nasdaq up by one. s&p up. apple shares rebounded yet by 1 1/2 percent after that big 6% drop the other day. back to you. jason brooks, cbs and cbs money watch.com. a student was hurt in turkey, when a pedestrian bridge collapsed. security camera footage showing the moment when the bridge just gave away. apparently it was weighed down
with a lot of snow on it. high school students suffering minor injuries believe it or not taken to the hospital. the cause of the collapse being investigated but repair work is already under way. he's a lucky guy. >> it's 6:50, a final check of your top stories. >> we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
but it's not about the givig the hottest gadget this holiday season, cell phones. >> it's not about the giving. we're seeing more thieves nabbing them now. and cbs5 political insider and former mayor willie brown and greg surr, you made a big bust o o of a ring, and the haul was high-tech toys like cell
phones. what do you make of that. >> it's no surprise. there's been 1700 cell phones stolen in san francisco just so far this year. and, you know, so when you hit it and get a whole bunch of the cell cell phones, laptops, cameras, watches, you name it, in fact the phone is ringing right now. >> i'll call you right back. >> and it's just that kind of, who calls at 7:00 in the morning. that's brutal. i thought that only happened to me. >> they never let me sleep. >> you know that. >> they never let me sleep. what is it about these things that make them so attractive to thieves. >> they're so transactional. they're easily portable, easy to resell. i've drawn the analogy, it's like walking around with $300 in your hand. >> you go and bust these people, what is it that they can do so fast that makes them
valuable. >> you can sell them on the street real quickly. they have kiosks where you can drop it in and it is dispense cash in exchange for the phone. >> is law enforcement trying to do anything about the fencing side of the operation. >> we always are, and again, the usual fencing spots in san francisco have never changed. we go down there and do stings and reverses where we cell phone ourselves. >> what's the most common way they get stolen. >> right out of somebody's handle. >> how does it operate. >> somebody's walking down the street doing whatever, got buds in their ear, maybe they're listening to their ipod or they're on the phone and they're looking at gps and they're texting and some other person is watching them right up until they do the exact thing, snatched out of their hands and they're down the road. >> there's been technology that says that you could dismantle a cell phone if it's been stolen. right? why don't we have that?
>> it's actually the law of the land in australia. here the thing we do prior to that is they also have a gps app on them. i actually participated outside a restaurant the day after the tree lighting, mission station cops tracked the phone with the victim over to 11th and got the phone out of the guys pocket vibrating. >> let's talk about tasers, there's been a debate going on whether to allow san francisco police officers to carry the tasers. >> right. so we're not asking for tasers for all san francisco police officers were asking for tasers for 5% of the department. they're the ones that have been most trained to deal with those that are in crisis and that's pretty much been the best practice in this country that you give it o out to a small group, the most training so that officers don't end up testing out the new toy.
>> in san francisco, i don't get it, the opposition is what. i mean, it seems like they say that they don't want to increase the likelihood of violence or somebody getting tased but if the only other option is to club or shoot someone, what's the objection. >> again, that's why it's lost on me to be honest with you. i just think to have nothing between a stick and pepper spray and deadly force, we are at least as good as any other police department in dealing with people in crisis but the problem is when somebody that's in crisis is going to harm somebody other than themselves like an officer, you have to do something to be able to beat back the attack and right now all we have is lethal force. >> we have to wrap you up there. if you don't mind, that was me on the phone and we wanted a couple lattis, if you could help us out that would be great. >> we have an order to go. we're going to pick it up many a minute. see you guys. >> thank you. in other news, a 7.3
earthquake struck near japan today. there was significant shaking in the northeast and several people were injured but there were no signs of serious injuries to buildings or infrastructure. one city reported a small tsunami of 3 feet hit after the quake. the meteorological agency has lift the warning. one last check of weather and traffic. we have a nice weekend. >> a little chilly if you're headed out the door this morning. the temperatures in the 30s and the 40s, but by the afternoon, a lot of sunshine, 50s and 60s but the weekend looking good. high pressure building in, maybe offshore winds moving well into the 60s come sunday and monday. i think the next best chance of rain middle of next week. let's head to the roadway, northbound 87 an accident, traffic a little slow through the area. also seeing brake lights northbound 101. it's improving, but it's one point it was a 30 minute rite.
if you're taking the 101 through peninsula headed to sfo, so far so good. a quick look at the golden gate bridge, or the bay bridge this morning, backed up. metering lights on give yourself extime. >> i don't know why, but lawrence is dancing. >> we should all be dancing. >> has nothing to do with friday. >> what are we doing. >> good day guys, have a good one. good morning to our viewers in the west. it is friday, december 7th, 2012. welcome to "cbs this morning." a major earthquake strikes the coast of japan, sending people scrambling to evacuate. >> the november jobs report shows the unemployment rate hit a four-year low. so, what will that do to the fiscal cliff debate? the tea party's favorite senator is