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the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado >> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald. good morning. it's thursday, december 12. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. good morning. it is 5:00. traffic and weather and you're first up, mr. karnow. >> yes. we have cold temperatures around the bay area but not as cold as it's been. still some 20s showing up in the north bay valleys and that's where the freeze warnings were up this morning. 33 now in san jose. 45 in san francisco. looks like as we head toward the afternoon, things are going to begin to change. this is probably the last morning. freeze warnings and that will continue until 9 a.m. but the afternoon promises to bring some sunshine and how about this. some warmer temperatures too. 50s maybe a couple of low 60s popping up outside. but i think much warmer weather coming our way as we look toward the weekend. more on that in a moment. let's check the roads with elizabeth. >> reporter: back to the eastshore freeway. it is certainly an issue this morning. we had that earlier traffic alert. that's now gone and the
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eastbound lanes near pinole but now it's the commute through berkeley that's causing some delays. westbound 80 approaching gilman. it's a big rig that lost its trailer. they ran a traffic break. now they need a certain kind of tow truck to get that trailer out of lanes. it is blocking one. all right. we figured out why there were some early-morning delays on westbound 580 approaching north flynn. there's a stalled big rig and it is blocking one lane. so that's why we're seeing an unusual amount of traffic right now coming through the altamont pass. once you get past north flynn, though, everything looks good. outside again here's a live look at the nimitz freeway 880 in oakland. you're cruising past the coliseum. the drive time out of the altamont pass still only about 14 minutes even though we are seeing some delays behind that north flynn exit. that is your latest "kcbs traffic." happening today, bart management and its unions are expected back at the bargaining table weeks after a deal was made on the new contract. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran is live at the walnut creek bart station. and cate, the two sides are now fighting over paid family leave
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for bart workers. >> reporter: and michelle, once again, the future for bart riders hangs in the balance! and we're told these negotiations will continue the next few days with a federal mediator. the dispute is over a contract provision that allows employees too take up to 6 weeks of paid family leave. bart claims that should not have been in the tentative agreement. union workers say it was no mistake and the two sides actually signed on it back in july. last month bart directors approved the tentative agreement but without the provision and they are now asking union leaders to do the same. now, a lot of questions -- the big question that riders are thinking about is could this lead to another strike? and union leaders say they are not considering it at this point. but they have not ruled it out. live at walnut creek bart, cate caugiran, kpix 5. >> no matter how negotiations turn out, bart riders will be paying more to ride the trains starting january 1. fares will
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go up an average of 19 cents. the money will be used for new cars and other improvements. newly released video shows the horrifying moment of impact when an asiana airlines flight crashed at sfo this summer. airport surveillance shows the plane comes in too close to the water and then clips the seawall, skids down the runway, catches fire and does a 360. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec at sfo where the deadly crash happened. marathon hearing revealed the pilots were very confused in the cockpit. >> reporter: yeah. there was a trainer and a trainee at the controls each waiting for the other to make the final call to abort the landing. after that the landing guidance system here at sfo was out because of construction. some of the many things that went wrong the day of the asiana crash. reporter: >> all three of them let this airplane basically fall out of the sky. >> reporter: the capitol hill hearing covered what happened before and after the boeing 777 landed too low and too slowly
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at sfo in july hitting a seawall, slipping down the runway and bursting into flames. it appeared to be a combination of automation dependence and pilot inexperience and once emergency responders arrived on scene, they mistook one survivor as deceased. a 16-year-old girl was run over twice by san francisco fire rigs. >> one of the personnel that recognized the deceased then immediately based on their training and our protocols defaulted to the higher priority of effecting rescue of trapped victims in a burning aircraft. >> reporter: and the san francisco fire department revealed that there are no state or federal guidelines right now to avoid secondary strike accidents on the tarmac like we saw here at sfo, one of many things that might change as a result of this investigation. live at sfo, anne makovec, kpix 5. >> this was the first fatal accident of a commercial airliner since a crash near buffalo, new york that killed
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50 people back in 2009. california has until april of next year to reduce its prison population. the final extension order came down from a panel of federal judges yesterday. the state must reduce inmate population to 110,000. state leaders want a three-year delay to give rehab programs time to work or they will be forced to move inmates to private prisons and county jails. today "covered california" will unveil enrollment numbers for the month of november. new federal figures show more people are now gaining health insurance coverage in states that expanded medicaid eligibility or running their own health insurance exchanges. about 50% of the people who applied for coverage have picked a plan or been routed to medicaid. the repair bill to fix the website is up to $47 million in addition to the $319 million that had already been spent. the projected total cost now $677 million. house of representatives
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could vote on a new bipartisan budget plan designed to stop repeated government shutdowns. cbs news' susan mcginnis tells us the proposal will hike the deficit but save taxpayers billions. reporter: ahead of an expected house vote today on a bipartisan budget agreement, house speaker john boehner is blasting conservative groups urging republicans to vote no. >> they are using our members and they are using the american people for their own goals. >> reporter: the club for growth says the budget deal is made up of budgetary smoke and mirrors. the heritage action group calls it a step backwards. >> this is ridiculous! listen, if you are for more deficit reduction, you're for this agreement. >> reporter: republican congressman and coauthor of the bill paul ryan did his best to sell the plan wednesday saying republicans need to make the divided government work. >> that's why we sought to reach a budget agreement that maintained our core principles and found common ground. >> reporter: the congressional budget office estimates the
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bipartisan proposal will hike the deficit $41 billion over the next two years but will save taxpayers $23 billion over a decade. some democrats wanted more from the deal but see it as better than nothing. >> it is a small step in the right direction. >> we would have preferred something quite different, but we do recognize the value of coming to a decision. >> reporter: white house officials say if the budget passes both houses, the president will sign it. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >> some economists predict the deal could give the economy a modest boost. 5:07 now. much of the bay area you might notice more police officers hanging out in shopping centers and parking lots. that's because of course the christmas season inspires more crime specifically robbers and car burglars stealing newly purchased gifts. but officers are not just trying to catch the crooks. they are also trying to teach lessons to shoppers on how to improve their chances of not becoming a victim. >> good chance they are going to target you when you go back
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in the store. >> san leandro police say too many careless people leave cell phones, shopping bags and purses in their cars in plain sight of anyone walking by. officers have been leaving shoppers warnings that look like citation telling them what they have done wrong. bay area news. san jose-based ebay is trying out a new hybrid shopping concept at a bay area shopping mall. the online retail giant has partnered with three traditional retailers to set up digital storefronts at the westfield san francisco center. shoppers can browse through hundreds of items and order them. links are then sent to customers' mobile phones so they can pay. amazon is bringing its grocery delivery business to the bay area. amazon fresh l in san francisco yesterday. shoppers can choose from more than 500000 items including fresh grocery and local products and get them delivered the same day. 5:08. the interpreter accused of being a phony at the memorial for nelson mandela comes clean and says he has a good excuse, too. plus --
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>> i feel really good when i give the gifts because i know that it's going to be helping a child in need. >> students at the "cool school" are excited about gifts for the holidays but they are getting ready to play santa to other children just like them. >> still cold in spots but we have above-normal temperatures on the way. we'll tell you when coming up. >> and checking some east bay drive times, so far everything is clear just the way we like it and see it. we'll have your latest on that plus mass transit but first, we want to know what drives you crazy during your commute. you can ask a question or share a gripe by e-mailing us at or tweet me at #ewengerkpix and watch to see if your question gets answered on air. we'll be right back. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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south africa... where nelson mandela's body lies in stat people are showing up by the thousands... they're en s and strict some live pictures from pretoria south africa where nelson mandela's body is lying in state. thousands of people are enduring some rather long lines and strict security to pay respects to the former south african president. people are coming from all around the world. his body will be back in the government building again tomorrow. that will be the last day of viewing. after that, he will be taken to
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his hometown to be buried sunday. the man accused of faking sign interpretation at mr. mandela's memorial was hired by a government official. deaf organizations say the interpreter was signing complete gibberish during the event. the man told a local paper that once he got on stage, he lost concentration, started hearing voices and said he saw angels. he claims he suffers from schizophrenia. he was actually paid $85 to be there. a south african cabinet member hired him. an interpreter is trending this morning. also, mega millions, the next drawing tomorrow $450 million jackpot. a deadly drunk driving crash. a teen's lawyer argued he is a product of wealthy parents who never set limits for the boy. >> throw back thursday is trending this morning. and also golden globes. nominations are coming out this
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morning. a live look at the announcements going on now in beverly hills. >> it's quiet. >> the stage is empty right now. but anticipated nominees are expected to be the movie 12 years a slave and also gravity. >> both did well at the s.a.g. awards. >> american hustle, too, right? >> yeah. >> good with jennifer lawrence. liz, you have had a busy morning. >> i have xenon of those. all right. let's go out -- what are we showing you first? we had a couple of earlier incidents. we were busy earlier this morning. a lot of stuff is clearing now though. and lots of stuff is focused on the eastshore freeway. westbound 80 at ashby everything looks good now but this was our focus at the gilman street exit a big rig lost its trailer. it may be cleared. last check they had called out a tow crew and right now we're no longer seeing any delays. they ran a quick traffic break also to clear it so again we'll continue to watch it but i
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think that is now gone. westbound 580 at north flynn out of there stalled big rig caused early-morning delays through the altamont pass towards the livermore valley. right now just seeing usual traffic out of tracy bunching up at 205. here's a live look at the nimitz in oakland. taillights northbound commute direction. it's quiet in both directions. same thing with the san mateo bridge. that is your latest "kcbs traffic." for your -- can we still say cool forecast? it's warming up, right? here's lawrence. >> cold this morning with freezing temperatures in the north bay valleys. freeze warnings up there this morning but probably the last day of the freeze warnings. got changes ahead. look at the clouds beginning to head toward the bay area. that is going to help to scoot that cold air further east, at the same time more of a sea breeze kicking in and all those pollutants build up in the atmosphere will get swept away friday. out the door now clear skies, patchy fog in the santa rosa area and also some very cold temperatures. 26 degrees there right now. 33 in san jose.
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45 degrees in san francisco. this afternoon we'll find hazy sunshine and it's been declared another "spare the air" day by the bay area air quality management but i think air quality should improve the next couple of days and a much warmer weekend. in fact, these temperatures well above the average into sunday and monday. hazy sunshine for today. here comes your cold front bearing down on the bay area. that will bring changes in our direction and around the state. 50s and 60s in the valley. 60 into monterey bay. clouds moving in tonight and tomorrow. the storm system not strong enough to bring bay just passing clouds into tomorrow. temperatures in the 50s and 60s in the south bay. east bay temperatures generally in the 50s although almost 60 into livermore and then inside the bay a lot of 50s outside with the hazy sunshine. next couple of days, we'll see a couple of passing clouds. otherwise looks like warmer temperatures over the weekend, some of those numbers getting near 70 degrees as we head in toward monday. >> i like it. >> nice. >> isn't that nice? >> finally seeing warmer
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weather. >> we deserve it. >> it won't be around forever. >> guess what's coming? a group of bay area students is learning a lesson in giving. >> and giving has become a tradition for this pleasant hill school. would you believe more than 1,000 gifts and all that goodness will end up in the arms of some very needy kids. it's christ the king, this week's "cool school." reporter: at pleasant hill 's christ the king it's the one year where the kids leave the backpacks at home and instead they carry something a lot more special to school. >> i feel really good when i give the gifts because i know it's going to be helping a child in need. >> reporter: gifts and a lot of them. each of their 322 students bring in 2 to 3 presents on st. boniface day. over 1,000 gifts will end up in st. boniface church in the tenderloin and will go to needy children in san francisco. it's a holiday tradition in its 26th year bringing smiles on both sides of the bay. >> every year, it's magic. i always worry a little bit whether is everybody going to bring a present?
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and every year it's just overwhelming. it brings tears to your eyes to see kids -- some of them need help to carry everything. >> reporter: it's a lesson you don't learn from a book. and the christ the king kids have embraced the day delivering dolls, board games and clothes to youngsters that could have very well gone giftless over the holidays. >> it makes me really sad that there are kids who can't experience christmas like we do. and it's like giving them gifts makes -- it's just really -- it makes me feel good inside and stuff. >> it's exciting because we can get, you know, these big presents like ipads or stuff like that and we can just give something so simple, you know, like sports equipment or an action figure. it really brightens up their day. >> reporter: the san francisco police department is in charge of pickup and they come in sirens ablazing. >> if you lived in pleasant hill and you didn't know this was happening and we have been doing it for many years now, you would be shocked. what's going on at christ the king school? >> merry christmas, everybody! >> there you go. all the kids get into it. it happens on tuesday.
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so if you live near pleasant hill near gregory lane where this school, you're going to hear all those sirens coming down around 8:00 in the morning picking up the gifts. >> that's great that the kids are doing this and especially learning giving at such an early age. >> they also pick up food for the needy as well take care of some families. so a very "cool school." if you have a "cool school" we would like to hear from you: mail your nomination to us at and we may feature your school on the show. it's 5:19 right now. after sunday's stunted by a seahawks fan at candlestick, the 49ers plan on payback. how they plan to rub in their winning reputation. hey, ahead, man, the warriors, last night, whoo! what they did with the dallas mavericks you will not believe this finish. trust me. sofa... desk... you know what? why don't you go get some frozen yogurt. i got this. you're so sweet.
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showcasing the 9ers championship legacy outside the seahawks stadium in seattle. the seahawks have never won a super bowl. so that's rubbing it in. money for the idea was raised through the website go fund me in response to the go hawks banner that flew over candlestick on sunday before the game. but you know what? the 9ers won that game 19-17. >> they did. hey, good morning, everybody. what is with the warriors and these comebacks? they are losing a game by 27. they come back and win. last night, they are trailing by 18, come back and beat the mavericks with ellis coming back, he was unbeaten since he was traded, 4-0 going into the game and had his teammate throwing daggers. time running down, gray for the lead. and in seconds left, tied at 93, steph curry, open look, winner!
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warriors beat the mavericks 95-93 in a thriller. another day another move for the a's yesterday. they traded jerry blevins. the reliever made a career 67 appearances last season. 7 years in oakland, traded him to the nationals for speedy outfielder billy burns. and next time you see bartolo colon in the bay area it will be pitching for the new york mets at at&t park when they visit. the 40-year-old signed a 2- year, $20 million deal with the metropolitans. last season for the a's he went 18-6 with a 2.65 earned run average. good luck. we'll miss you. it was fun while you were here. that will do it. everyone have a great day. see you later. >> thank you. play of the day now, we have some college hoops to show you and it's quick. arizona's hollis jefferson an impressive slam on new mexico's
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dixon, get out of there. wildcats beat the aggies 74-48, your play of the day. san francisco giants pitcher matt cain is so inspired by batkid he wants to help more make-a-wish dreams come true. >> he and his wife made a challenge to the bay area's make-a-wish foundation. if they raised $50,000 by 8:00 last night they would match it dollar for dollar. last night they surpassed the goal and raised $51,520. matt cain was inspired by 5- year-old leukemia survivor miles whose wish to become batman came true last night. 5:25. teens are in trouble for a california house party gone wild. they crashed a mansion that wasn't there. how it turned into a free-for- all coming up. >> reporter: medical marijuana dispensaries face some tough new laws that might force them to relocate and move to a section of san jose but they are vowing to fight. i'm kiet do. we have a live report coming up.
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and a little known conditio what's letting a teen off t your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald today, bart and its two unions will battle it out over a contract provision the unions say both sides agreed on. we'll tell you why management says it was a mistake. >> a little known condition letting a teen off the hook for a deadly drunk driving crash. his lawyer blames his parents for being rich. >> not as cold and the weather warming up. we'll talk about that coming up. >> and bay bridge traffic is extra light right now. it won't last that way for long. we'll have the latest travel times coming up. good morning. thursday has arrived. good to have you with us. december the 12th. i'm frank mallicoat. >> and i'm michelle griego. some breaking news now out of
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virginia. police say an amtrak train has collided with a vehicle and there are injuries. the train was traveling from virginia to boston with 46 people on board. we know that a medflight is headed to the scene. and right now, it appears none of the passengers on the train was injured. san jose is taking a big step in shutting down medical marijuana shops in a number of their neighborhoods. kpix 5's keit do is live at city hall. councilmembers made a late- night vote a minute before midnight last night, kiet. >> reporter: yeah. frank, it seems like we have been here before, you are right. we're talking about how city council passed tough new laws limiting the medical marijuana dispensaries. the dispensaries are fighting back. earlier this week the city council voted to severely limit the 82 pot clubs in the city only allowing them to open up in the northern tip of san jose. now, this has meant to keep them away from homes, schools and drug rehab centers. the city has been getting
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complaints about kids getting their hands on marijuana from pot clubs easily, sprinkled throughout the city. warning letters are set to go out and the city expects many dispensaries to be shut down in a month or two. but wait! not so fast. if you recall, two years ago, back in october 2011, the council voted to shut down nearly all dispensaries and allow only 10 to stay open. the medical marijuana community responded by turning in nearly 50,000 signatures that would have forced an expensive ballot measure to keep them open. guess what. it worked! with that many signatures gathered in a short amount of time, the city council got the message loud and clear and they repealed their own law. this time around the activists hope to fight back again. it's been two years. they are organized and experienced and they could do it again. >> kiet, what's the latest on marijuana use among teenagers in santa clara county? >> reporter: so one of the
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people who testified here at the city council meeting was the public defender's office for santa clara county. they said drug-related suspensions are up 243% among young people so that was compelling evidence for the city council to do something. >> very good. kiet do live in san jose, thanks. happening today, bart management and its unions will be at the bargaining table once again. kpix 5's cate caugiran is live at the walnut creek bart station with more on the fight over paid family leave. >> reporter: michelle, today will be the first time bart and its two unions will be meeting since october when the two sides reached that tentative agreement. and as we have been hearing throughout the month, the dispute is over a contract provision that allows employees to take up to 6 weeks of paid family leave. bart claims that should not have been in the tentative agreement. but union workers say it was no mistake and the two sides actually signed on it back in
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july. last month, bart directors approved that tentative agreement but without the provision and they are now asking union leaders to do the same. riders are just asking for this to be over. >> i probably feel as jaded as anybody at this point but i have an option to getting into the city if i need to which works just as well as bart. i'm not too concerned about it. it's just somewhat frustrating. >> reporter: could this mean another strike is on the horizon? the unions say they don't plan on it but they haven't ruled it out if this issue is not resolved. we know that these talks are scheduled to go on over the next couple of days and a federal mediator will be overseeing the negotiations. reporting live from walnut creek bart, cate caugiran, kpix 5. >> no matter how negotiations turn out, bart riders will be paying more to ride the trains starting january 1. fares will go up an average of 19 cents. the money will be used to pay for new train cars and other improvements. 5:33 now. the congressional budget office
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estimates the new budget deal would increase the deficit $41 billion over the next two years. it's also designed to stop repeated government shutdowns. but ahead of today's vote on the bipartisan proposal, house speaker john boehner is urging republicans to vote no. some democrats want more from the deal but see it as better than nothing. >> they are using our members and they are using the american people for their own goals. >> it is a small step in the right direction. >> white house officials say if the budget passes both houses president obama will sign it. the suspect who led police on a wild chase through four bay area cities is in custody this morning. it started at about 8:00 last night in antioch when officers tried to pull the driver over. the chase went through pittsburg, bay point and concord before in ending back in antioch. spike strips helped bring the car to a stop. the suspect was arrested after he fled. a new jersey elevator company facing thousands in fines for the death of a worker
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at the new santa clara 49ers stadium. 63-year-old donald white was on a ladder at the bottom of an elevator shaft when he was struck and killed by a counterweight back in june. cal/osha issued three citations totaling $54,000. today investigators expect to confirm if the suspected bank robber they caught is in fact the cotton ball bandit. marin county deputies shot and wounded a man after he allegedly robbed a bank of the west in novato yesterday morning. investigators say he may be the cotton ball bandit who has been tied to at least 9 robberies. a lot of history buffs would love to own a 19th century victorian home in downtown san jose. and there's one for sale now. but there is a catch. the house is burned and boarded up. the house built in 1895, is more than 2,000 square feet. it's located just a short walk south of san jose state university. believe it or not, the asking
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price $399,000. >> we look at it as a thing of beauty. we take great pleasure of remodeling homes. >> it's dirt. it's a good location near the san jose state university campus. >> potential buyers have until 6 p.m. to bid. well, we have been enjoying the teens enjoying the 20s and 30s. >> enjoying? >> most people have, yeah. some people like it. >> now we have 60s and 70s. >> a little bit for everybody! >> that's right. we are going to see more temperatures ahead it looks like as high pressure builds in. we are going to see warmer numbers today. still, a cold start to the day out the door. north bay valleys again we are looking at some freeze warnings. check the temperature, 26 degrees and reports of some fog into santa rosa, 29 in the napa valley and also into the concord and 32 and freezing in livermore. freeze warnings but this will probably be the last day we'll see them for a while. those in the north bay valleys some of the coldest temperatures this morning, and then by the afternoon hazy sunshine takes over and it looks like these temperatures pushing well into the 50s in
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many spots today maybe a couple of 60s showing up as well but i think we have some much improved weather toward the weekend. let's check your "kcbs traffic" with elizabeth. >> thanks, lawrence. weekend looks good. and out the door we go. we just confirmed with chp that this accident and a big rig that lost its trailer was actually two separate incidents at gilman. everything is clear now so all lanes are back open. as you can see, no delay. this is a live drive time sensor. that 65 miles per hour, it looks like that from richmond down into emeryville in fact. westbound 580 at north flynn, we had an earlier stalled big rig causing an early-morning backup out of tracy and through the altamont pass. so right now the drive time is in the yellow. it's unfortunately slow. 17 minutes between the altamont pass and 680. once you get past vasco road, though, things look better, traffic begins to move at the speed limit out towards the dublin interchange, and it continues to look that way towards the castro valley y. bart no delays, more than 40 trains. everything is on time.
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that is your latest "kcbs traffic report." back to you guys. a 16-year-old drunk driver who killed four people won't serve a day behind bars. instead, a texas judge agreed the teen is a victim of after flew when sa the product of wealthy privileged parents who never set limits for the boy. as reporter todd unger tells us. the decision has many saying, he got off too easy. reporter: if you can take anything away from what happened on that june evening, it is that life bottoms down to decisions, choices that can devastate. >> he will be feeling the hand of god, definitely. he may think he's gotten away with something, but he hasn't gotten away with anything. >> reporter: 16-year-old ethan couch who was driving three times the legal limit for an adult when he killed four strangers found out that he will likely receive treatment at a high-end rehab facility in california instead of punishment behind bars here in texas. >> to me, it's not right. >> reporter: alexander has a brother that was paralyzed in
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the same accident. >> all the people go out and drink and drive and kill some more people, okay, now we're going to put new prison. >> reporter: he questions how the teen only received 10 years of probation for an act so reckless. we spoke with a couple of local attorneys who have handled these types of cases in the past. they all say that if couch was just one year older this would have no doubt played out far differently in adult court. still, given the severity of this crime, they are surprised there is no jail time. couch's attorney says it makes the most sense. >> taking him away from his family and teaching him to be a responsible citizen, that's a consequence. >> reporter: if the teen has even one mishap, he will likely be carted off to prison. but all of it has left some of those still looking for justice. >> i can't change anything in this. only god can do that. >> reporter: somewhere far, far from here. >> that was todd unger reporting. prosecutors had asked for the maximum of 20 years behind
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bars. a southern california mansion party will haunt some teenagers for a long time. they threw an unauthorized backyard bash at this home in los angeles county. people paid to get in. the house is on the market and the owners were out of town. the party went on for 17 hours and at some point, things got out of control. >> somebody broke into the house and in which caused kind of a lotting frenzy and they looted and caused damage. >> more than a million dollars worth of items were stolen or damaged? >> among the things taken this mounted snow leopard worth $250,000. the suspects posted pictures of the items online which is how they were found. 16 teens were arrested. half of them are minors. >> 17 hours. >> wow. >> i know it. it's been five years since bernie madoff's arrest for conducting a multi-billion- dollar ponzi scheme that spanned decades. he pleaded guilty and is now serving 150 years in jail. here's cbs news business
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analyst jill schlesinger with an update on the case and jill, how much money has been recovered for the victims since? >> reporter: you know, everyone talked about a $60 billion scheme. that was the totality of everything. 17.5 billion dollars was lost. investigators have currently recovered about $9.5 billion. half of that has been distributed. there's going to be about another $2.4 billion that's been set up by the justice department for people who invested indirectly into madoff's funds. so that means total losses expected to be about $5.5 billion. no lawyers losing though. $824million in fees and expenses have been paid out to attorneys since madoff's arrest. >> now, all of us that we really need to be careful, so what can we do to protect ourselves from financial scams? >> reporter: you always want to ask questions especially when you're working with a smaller firm that's not a big name brand. the big deal here, you have to
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determine whether your broker or advisor will be handling advice, trading or the custodianship of your assets. you want to avoid the advisors who control all three aspects. investment process. in most firms, at least one of those pieces is handled separately allowing for a third party to conduct a check and balance every now and again. of course, be cynical about stellar returns when they are in every, single kind of market even the best traders have some losing months. may seem crazy to question performance but that was one big red flag. madoff scheme. he never had a never had a losing month. if you think there's a problem, get a second opinion from another advisor or if it's really persistent, trust your gut, move on to another firm. to learn how not to get madoff- ed, that's out new speech this morning, go to >> if it's too good to be true, hello, absolutely. >> reporter: oh, yeah. >> cbs news business analyst jill schlesinger in new york,
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thank you. 5:42. a new study suggests concussions aren't the concern parents should have for students in contact sports. we'll have the latest. >> plus, a look at the 24kt gold leg wear promise to banish unwanted lumps and bumps in women. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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sport athletes could damage their brains -- even without receiving a concussion. researchers in indiana found that blows to the head duri single season of football oe hockey...m athletes could damage their brains even without a concussion. researchers found blows to the head during a single season of football or ice hockey may damage the brain's memory or ability to think. the study compared contact on the noncontact sports like track and crew. the belief that music makes kids smarter may be a myth. researchers reviewed prior studies and conducted tests with students focused on musical training versus the visual arts. they found no effect of music training on the cognitive effects of young children but found that music enhances a child's creativity and does help to boost their self- esteem. there is no shortage of gimmicks out there to help stop or fix cellulite. now, one company has taken that battle to a new level with gold infused leggings.
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pro skins is selling anticellulite compression wear legsings. the company promises the gold hydrates and moisturizes, getting rid of the cellulite. the leggings sell for $200. i don't know. i mean, you hear doctors time and time again say it's impossible to get rid of it. >> you were reading that. i'm thinking i'm sure glad i'm a guy. we don't have to worry about that. >> you don't get cellulite? >> i don't know, frank. do men get cellulite? >> yes, we do. [ laughter ] >> okay. there you go. [ laughter ] >> we have the answer. all right. we're starting to see these delays now on our sensors coming out of berkeley. i had mentioned a couple of different things going on. the latest was an accident approaching gilman street. all lanes are now back open but there is some activity off to the right-hand shoulder. so we are seeing backups as you pass ashby and those gilman exits. the accident was right around there. westbound 580 through the altamont pass speeds under 25 miles per hour so the commute is definitely under way if you
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are heading out of tracy coming off the 205 towards 580 and you can see right about north flynn and things continue to be slow towards vasco and then we finally see traffic return to the speed limit to castro valley and the y. both directions between hayward foster city looking good. over at the bay bridge no metering lights but we are starting to see some delays as you can see there far right cash lanes and maybe far left ones, as well. the middle lanes all those fastrak users, you're still good to go across the bridge. and a quick look at traffic heading towards the dublin interchange. all those headlights, it's definitely starting to get crowded out there but all green on our traffic sensors and looks that way towards 238 and the castro valley y. a quick south bay check we have had no big incidents in san jose. so everything looks good now through downtown and 280 and the guadalupe parkway and mass transit also nothing reporting any problems. remember, tune to kcbs radio
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740-am and 106.9-fm. that is your latest traffic. here's lawrence. we're warming up. >> we are getting out of that arctic surge moving eastward. clouds heading in our direction. this morning mostly clear skies with patchy fog in toward the santa rosa area but we have a cold front coming in our direction to help out our air quality a lot as we head in toward friday. out the door we go now, 29 degrees and cold in colorado. it is 26 degrees in santa rosa. 33 in san jose. and 44 degrees in san francisco. this afternoon, plenty of hazy sunshine, another "spare the air" day day and then much warmer over the weekend especially into sunday and early next week temperatures in the 60s and 70s. wouldn't be surprised. we have a cold front on the way. high pressure overhead now. this cold front will begin to sweep onshore. once it does, going to see a sea breeze kick in mixing out the pollutants from the atmosphere. how about this today? 50s and 60s into the central valley. 60 degrees into monterey bay and some sunshine there. and the computer models picking
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up on that cold front. watch what happens here. not going to bring us any rain into tomorrow but a few high clouds overnight tonight. a few clouds for tomorrow. most of that rain going to stay well north of the bay area. so temperatures for today, let's plan on some 50s maybe a couple of low 60s this afternoon. and as we look out over the next couple of days, a few passing clouds for tomorrow. then some improving weather on saturday and sunday. some of those temperatures getting near 70 degrees as we head in toward monday. checking out your schoolcast for today, calistoga elementary school in calistoga, starting out with some freezing temperatures so kids, heading out the door this morning, grab a jacket. you're going to need it. sunny skies by lunch recess, temperatures into the 40s and then mid-50s by the time you head on home. how about this? if you want to nominate your school go to and you can nominate your kid there. hey, look at this. we have your sunrise today at 7:16. sunset 4:51. >> longest day of the year coming up.
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the 21st? and then we start getting shorter? >> yeah. >> oh, boy. i like daylight. [ laughter ] >> so do i. >> we don't have much now. >> thank you. time now 5:51. this is some kind of fish tale. the big catch one california fisherman reeled in. >> refer to it as the mystery letter because we just can't figure out where it has been for 67 years. >> lost in the mail for years, a special letter from the military finally arrives but there's a catch. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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jeff fangman was doing some beach fishing near san diego when he reeled in a young g white shark. it's the firsts ever caught, and it may be e first ever caught from a beach in the u-s. great whites
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jeff fangman reeled in a young great white shark. it's the first he ever caught and it may be the first-ever caught from a beach in the united states. great whites are illegal for fishermen to targeted so fangman got more video before he put the shark back in the water and said go on back home. >> exactly. stay away from the teeth. >> 5:54 right now. a mystery letter showed up at a richmond mailbox more than six decades after it was sent. kpix 5's brian webb reports on the letter that was supposed to be read by a woman right after world war ii. reporter: the letter arrived at its point richmond address 67 years after it was sent. >> referred to it as the mystery letter because we can't figure out where it has been for 67 years. >> reporter: it's now in the hands of mildred dornan. >> but as crazy as i know how to say it -- >> reporter: president of the point richmond history association. but it was meant for mrs. agnes smith, written by former navy secretary james forestall dated february 5, 1946. >> the navy's pride in you which it is my privilege to
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express to reach into your civil life to remain with you always. >> reporter: the problem is, agnes smith no longer lives here on oregon street and nobody knows where she went, who she is or even if she is still alive. where the letter has been for so long is a mystery. and it never says what agnes did for the navy around the time of world war ii to earn the praise of a top military commander. >> i would hope that somewhere, that she is found so she can get this letter. >> reporter: so until someone claims the letter it will be part of point richmond history a lost letter that was finally found but one that never truly made it home. brian webb, kpix 5. >> the letter arrived last month. >> yes, and the post office says it doesn't look like it was re-sent recently so the mystery remains where it's been sitting all these years. coming up on kpix 5, bart
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and its two biggest unions are back at the bargaining table again. this time, over a contract provision management says was a mistake. >> at least two pilots on the board flight 214 that crashed at sfo knew that they should not be landing, yet neither pulled the trigger in time. we'll take a look at the marathon hearing into that crash coming up next. male annos are simply better at home. like the enticing aroma elegant capsules meet masterfully crafted machines, and one touch creates the perfect coffee, cappuccino, and latte. ♪ tempt all your senses with one extraordinary coffee. [ penélope cruz ] nespresso. what else? [ male announcer ] discover the world of nespresso
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negotiations between bart and its unions are set to resume today. they are fighting over a disputed family leave provision that made it into the tentative contract unions approved. >> watch out. i think i have been a champion interpreting many big events. >> the man accused of faking sign interpretation at nelson mandela's memorial defends himself. >> all three of them let this airplane basically fall out of the sky. >> new revelations about the asiana airlines flight that crashed at sfo in july as the ntsb looks into whether pilots
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are relying too much on technology. >> this is ridiculous! listen, if you are for more deficit reduction, you are for this agreement. >> the house plans to vote on a bipartisan budget deal today. conservative groups are against it. but despite the opposition, the budget is expected to pass. from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado >> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald. good morning. thursday december 12, i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. time now is 6:00. some developing news out of virginia. police say an amtrak train has collided with a vehicle and there are some injuries. the train was traveling from virginia to boston with 46 people on board. a medflight is headed to the scene. and right now it appears none of the passengers on


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