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your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. a woman lost and found dead inside a bay area stairwell today her family taking action against the city of san francisco. good afternoon, i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. kpix 5's cate caugiran is live in san francisco, where lawyers for lynne spalding's family
just wrapped up a news conference and, cate, they filed an official claim with the city. >> reporter: yes, they did, frank and michelle. the family's attorney is not saying how much they plan to sue for just that that $250,000 limit on damages from professional negligence does not apply here. attorney and family friend answered questions for the media regarding the claim against the city specifically placing the blame on san francisco general hospital and the sheriff's department, saying the hospital did not provide a safe environment and the sheriff's deputies did not handle their jobs very well. >> when the doctor tells you all the risks of the surgery including you could die when you go in, they don't give you a paper to sign and tell you there's a risk here you may be lost. >> the only thing that lynne spalding's family and friends have seen out of this tragedy is the reassignment of a couple
of sheriff's deputies. well, lynne spalding can't be reassigned her life and her children can't be reassigned her mother. >> reporter: she was found dead in a hospital stairwell after being missing for two weeks. the sheriff's department was in charge of searching for her. the city of san francisco has 45 days to reject the claim. if they don't, that's when spalding's family can file a lawsuit. cate caugiran, kpix 5. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu visiting the bay area meeting with governor jerry brown and silicon valley officials. kpix 5's mark kelly reports. >> reporter: things are still getting under way there. things started a little later here than expected. it was planned for 10:30. by the time they got into the room, it was 11:30. but let me show you the stepped up security presence that we have here. there are dozens of chp officers, israeli security and,
of course, governor brown's security, as well. governor brown is meeting with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu in the heart of silicon valley. they are inside the computer history museum right now giving an update on a business proposal that they have put together tying israel and california together in the tech world. this partnership is being called a natural one with common values between these two entities. the prime minister's visit this morning with governor brown different topics on the table including water conservation, brown saying both states are in a mediterranean climate so they need to learn how to handle droughts. other topics, alternative energy, agriculture and cyber- security. but the tech partnership is definitely the focus and here's what brown had to say about that. >> what a wonderful furthering of the deep connections that israel has not just with america but with california in particular and silicon valley as a very important example of all that. >> reporter: now, this is the
first time we have a sitting israeli prime minister visiting california since 2006. before netanyahu made it here to silicon valley yesterday, he was in l.a. for the premiere of a new documentary that will air on cbs, highlighting and promoting israeli tourism. but the focus here in silicon valley is on the tech world. we'll have to see what they have to say. the talks continue inside the computer history museum. live in silicon valley, mark kelly, kpix 5. it took half the morning commute to get bart trains running again through hayward. investigators have the tracks shut down after a train struck and killed a person near the south hayward station last night. bart officials say the victim was a trespasser and it's not clear why he was on the tracks. the death happened in a dark remote part of the line so investigators waited for daylight to collect all the evidence. trains were back up and running around 8:00 this morning. the victim's identity hasn't been released. in other bay area headlines
now, oakland city council is approved part of a controversial surveillance program. the vote was at 1 a.m. after debate. the domain awareness center was to monitor surveillance cameras stations throughout the city. instead the city council approved the program but only for the port of oakland. facebook's deep pockets will put another cop on the streets in menlo park. the city council said yes to facebook's offer to pay for a community safety police officer for three years. that's $200,000 total. the new officer will work out of a new substation near facebook headquarters. the officer will focus on the highest crime area of the city, bellhaven. tensions are easing in ukraine. russian troops are not leaving. top diplomats from russian, ukraine, britain and france are all in paris looking for common ground but already, as craig boswell reports, there has been a setback. >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry is in paris for a
critical meeting with russia's top diplomats. secretary kerry tried to convince the russians to speak directly with ukranian leaders but couldn't get them in the same room. he is expected to propose a peaceful way out for russia that asks moscow to send its troops back to bases to accept international monitors and to endorse may elections to set up a new government in kiev. russia says it's troops are protecting ethnic russians in crimea. the obama administration wants to impose economic sanctions on russian if it doesn't pull back troops but some european allies, especially germany, are reluctant to go along. russian president vladimir putin has warned any sanctions would result in what he calls serious mutual damage. while the diplomatic wheels turn, russian and ukrainian troops are peacefully coexisting for now in crimea. russian troops have surrounded several bases but ukranian wives are permitted to bring food to their husbands. one ukranian officer told cbs news his troops are crushed
emotionally but they will never surrender. craig boswell for cbs news, the white house. >> the majority of ukraine's military has remained on duty. some shocking new details in the os star which is store just murder trial. oscar pistorius was involved in a shooting weeks before he shot and killed his girlfriend. in court on the stand today, a boxer and friend of the runner says pistorius accidentally fired a gun in a restaurant. the bullet grazed his foot. he then told the court pistorius asked another friend to take the blame. >> i do remember oscar saying please, just say it was you. i don't want any tension around me. just say it was you. >> pistorius says he thought he was shooting an intruder when he shot and killed his girlfriend last year. the 27-year-old is the blade runner for competing with his prosthetic legs in the 2012 olympics in london. if your health insurance policy doesn't comply with the new healthcare requirements you
could be eligible for an extension. the president is trying to make good on his old promise that if you like your plan, you can keep it. the new directive would allow a two-year extension for those plans which are being phased out by affordable care act. millions of americans received healthcare cancellation notices. the new extensions could help defuse that as an election year issue. some frightening video out of florida. a dramatic rescue of a mother and her three children after their minivan ended up in the ocean right there. why police say that was no accident. >> the strange looking device could solve a potty problem in a popular bay area park. the story behind the pee-pod, next. >> hi, i'm meteorologist lawrence karnow in the kpix 5 weather center. it's been feeling muggy the clouds are gathering. storm system on final approach. how much rain can we expect? we'll talk about that coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
protective custody. that afr she drove her mini-van with kids inside in a mother is undergoing a mental health evaluation, her three children in protective custody. that's after she drove her minivan with her children inside into the atlantic ocean in florida. wendy gillette with more on the horrifying moment caught on camera. >> reporter: witnesses ran into the surf and in daytona beach, florida, desperately trying to stop a minivan from driving further into the ocean. inside, a pregnant mother who was behind the wheel and her three young children trapped. >> there was a car getting really close to the beach, and actually it started driving on the water. and i saw a little kid in the back, like, waving his arms around, like, screaming help us. >> reporter: you can see the mother walking away from the minivan after she made it out yesterday. a tourist shot this video from the beach.
it shows two people carrying two of the children to safety. moments later, the men realized there was another child still inside. >> heard screaming, there's a baby, there's a baby. i get back to the van, and by this time, a couple of lifeguards made it down there to us and come to find out there's a baby in the -- still strapped in a seat. but we got her. >> reporter: investigators are trying to figure out how and why the vehicle ended up in the water. but witnesses say it appeared deliberate. >> she clearly went deeper into the ocean, much deeper into the ocean, so it seems hard to believe that that was accidental. >> reporter: the family was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. wendy gillette for cbs news. >> the family is from south carolina and all three children are under the age of 10. we got a traffic alert for the east bay to tell you about. an overturned truck is blocking three lanes of traffic on i-80.
the trouble southbound lane stevenson boulevard. the backup extends to fremont boulevard. facebook has agreed to delete all posts for illegal gun sales on its site under pressure from gun control advocates. social media giant says it will remove all reported posts that explicitly indicate a specific attempt to evade the law. a similar policy will also be applied to instagram, the company's photo sharing network. california's lucky streak continues when it comes to the mega millions. three more winning tickets were purchased in the golden state and two right here in the bay area. all three winners matched five of the six numbers in last night's drawing. they get $420,000 each. the bay area tickets were purchased at a chevron on mount diablo boulevard in lafayette. >> oh. >> i know, and on pollard road in los gatos in a liquor store. the winners haven't come forward. 10, 29, 31, 35, and 45. did you check your tickets? >> i have been be in that
chevron station many times but -- i have been in that sheriff railroad station many times but didn't buy one a custom made open air urinal aptly named the "ppod." it's a simple design a drain with a screen around it. the dolores park usually used porta-potties but says the number of people visiting the park is up. in total 5,000 people on saturday and sundays. officials say that's just too many to go with the flow. so here comes the "ppod." the porta-potties became too used and vandalized, as well. do you get a little privacy with that? i'm not so sure. >> like camping. >> like being at the ballpark. >> the fresh air, just coming through there. that's kind of nice. >> really? >> well, i don't know. [ laughter ] >> you would use that? >> i'm not quite sure. [ laughter ] >> we'll bring a camera. >> that's scary. everybody has cameras now! around the bay area today, we are seeing those clouds thickening up outside. it is very muggy out the door right now. our hi-def doppler radar has
been picking up on a couple of raindrops although it's falling apart at the coastline. there's more off the coast. it looks like a pretty wet afternoon in many parts of the bay area. thick clouds over coit tower now and it's getting darker and darker. the temperatures are staying rather mild though. 67 degrees in livermore. 60 into san francisco. 62 degrees in santa rosa. throughout the afternoon, rain in the north bay and then moving to the south as we head throughout the evening hours. i think the rain continuing tonight then turning to showers late tonight into early tomorrow morning. and then another storm is on the way. it looks like late in the weekend and the beginning of next week. we have seen a lot of this moisture racing across the bay area but haven't had a trigger to get things going as far as rain is concerned. this low is going to be that trigger that drops through bringing with it enough instability in the atmosphere to crank out some rainfall. looks like around the state you will see some rain the further north you go although very mild 72 degrees and partly cloudy
skies into fresno. computer models picking up on this system. let's see if we can time it for you. as you drive home this evening, showers begin to show up scattered showers with the heaviest in the north bay and then overnight tonight that sweeps across the rest of the bay area and early tomorrow morning. so a few leftover showers early on tomorrow then we'll dry out. how much rain could we see? we may see over a half inch in some of the wettest parts of the north bay, lesser in the south bay just a trickle towards san jose. how about this? the temperatures around the bay area today are going to be very mild still some 60s maybe low 70s before those clouds thicken up. sunset tonight at 6:07. sunrise tomorrow 6:34. looking out over the next couple of days, that weather staying unsettled, dry on friday and saturday with warmer conditions, rain sunday into monday. now our favorite part of the show. >> killing me. >> i know, i love this. >> the spelling bee. >> we have been saying it for i don't know how many days now. kpix 5 is proud to sponsor of the cbs bay area local spelling bee.
thousands of students have been working to win school contests so they can represent the bay area into the national spelling bee. so in the spirit of the spelling bee we are having our very own competition right here at the anchor desk. >> let it be said -- >> -- for the next two weeks. >> parkmead elementary school some 40 years ago second grade spelling champion. >> okay. >> then i got hooked on phonics. [ laughter ] >> you were a spelling champion? >> i was. >> i find that very hard to believe. >> let's see how well he does. >> what's the word? >> your word is, corduroy. >> oh, as in corduroy pants? >> yes. >> those were in fashion way back then. >> i hope you don't wear them now. [ laughter ] >> i'm going to start with a c -- c-o-r-d-eieio! [ laughter ] >> come on, just guess. corde
roir? i don't know. railroad? i don't know. i >> oh, my goodness. [ buzzer ] >> frank, that is horrible. i thought you would be closer. >> oh, okay. i went with the french version. >> you need to go with a d-u-r- o-y. there is so much wrong with that! >> i have to go now. i'll see you later. >> all right. [ laughter ] >> i'm one for three. >> moving on. well, we are going to move along, folks. stocks haven't -- >> is in the middle of converting streetlights from yellow to l.e.d. neighbors love it. i'm kiet do. we have the story coming up. >> i can spell kiet. stocks haven't changed much from yesterday despite a new survey showing a few more jobs added in february and january. there you go. down nearly 50 points.
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boulevard. it is a mess. now getting word of a separate accident in the backup as well involving a three-car accident also in the southbound lanes. a traffic mess right now on 880 southbound. well, city lights are undergoing a gradual change in san jose. some new l.e.d. streetlights are brighter more efficient and less expensive. but there's one group of people that prefers the old dim yellow lights. as kpix 5's kiet do reports, those lights are better for astronomers atop mount hamilton. >> reporter: a dramatic change is under way all across the bay area especially in san jose. the region's hundreds of thousands of yellow streetlights are being converted to white l.e.d.s neighbors love it. astronomers, not so much. >> my first reaction to be honest with you is,er, no. >> reporter: the doctor is an astronomer at lick observatory and says yellow is easy to filter out but white l.e.d.s contain all the colors of the rainbow and basically ruin the darkness. but cities love it because it
mimics sunlight claiming it will help crime-fighting. for example, you can better identify the color of a getaway car. >> there is this competing pull of the citizens wanting light to be a certain way but astronomers needing city lights to be a different way. >> reporter: white l.e.d.s use 60% less power, last longer and will save san jose millions of dollars. the city says they were not snubbing the astronomers. >> we're dimming our lights between midnight and 5 a.m. allowing their needs to be met as well. >> reporter: so the astronomers were not cast aside in this decision? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: the astronomers at lick observatory know a thing or two about changing with the times. they are the first and the oldest in the country, been around for more than 125 years. they are shift shifting a lot of the research away from visible light pioneering in adaptive optics. >> we have techniques that in
real time correct for the distortion of the earth's atmosphere on images of stars off galaxies. >> reporter: since the 1970s they have made good use of the yellow lights. now they have to change with the times. >> there is a sense of pride that a lot of research is going on in the city and we as a city have been able to adapt to make that happen. >> reporter: kiet do, kpix 5. >> a reminder if you have a consumer problem or question, call our hotline, 888-5-helps- u. volunteers are there right now. we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,