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throughout california in general, and that will come to an end. >> a high-tech task force busts one of the biggest id theft rings in the bay area. >> president obama has told president vladimir putin that russia violated ukraine's sovereignty when it invaded th crimeaian peninsula. the president is ordering travel bans and asset freezes against anyone who helped facilitate russia's invasion of ukraine. >> from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. good morning, happy friday, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. time now 6:00. breaking news in san jose where an early-morning house fire has sent two people to the hospital. the fire began about 3:30 this morning at a home on aetna way on the city's east side. firefighters told kpix 5 they now consider it a crime scene which is standard procedure when a cause is not clear.
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they say two people initially were unable to escape the home and were badly burned. let get you out the door with traffic and weather. liz? >> reporter: we just took a call from a member of the kcbs phone force alerting us to a problem on highway 4 westbound so the accident, it was an accident, happened approaching lone tree. and you can see the delays as far back as hillcrest so this is going to be a slower-than- usual ride, 14 miles per hour approaching lone tree. here's a live look at the bay bridge. this is kind of "friday light." we are not seeing any metering lights yet. almost every other day this workweek we have seen the metering lights turned on before 6:00. so at 6:01 you can see everything is moving fine in the middle lanes, the fastrak lanes. the cash lanes are backed up to mid-parking lot. and here's a live look at the nimitz, 880 in oakland near the oakland coliseum. everything is free-flowing between hayward and downtown
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oakland. bart also a great idea systemwide no delay. in fact all mass transit, bart, muni, caltrain and ace all on schedule. that's your latest "kcbs traffic." lawrence has your -- kind of what a little 50/50 for this weekend? yeah a split decision. hey, i want to be part of your phone force. just call you? >> yeah, just give us a call. >> i will do that then. telling you all about nice weather today and saturday. high pressure now building in overhead. a few high clouds going to stream across your skies. other than that we are looking good today. plenty of sunshine coming our way and the temperatures going to be warming up in a hurry. looking towards san jose, we have some mostly clear skies and because it's clear outside, the temperatures acolder this morning. 42 degrees in santa rosa. 50 in san jose. and 43 degrees in concord. as we head toward the afternoon, though, enjoying some spring-like conditions outside as high as 70 in fairfield, 68 in san jose, maybe about 70 degrees in gilroy today. and about 68 degrees in oakland. more on that weekend forecast, guys, coming up in just a few
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minutes. back to you. >> lawrence, thank you. there were two fires in one neighborhood in the east bay overnight. kpix 5's cate caugiran is on the scene where some of the victims had to jump from a second story window. cate. >> reporter: it was a drastic move, michelle, but they needed to do that in order to escape the flames. it happened at this second story unit. firefighters say they found smoke coming out of the second story window when firefighters got on scene. the good news, though, is that family that had to jump out, they are going to be okay. they jumped out of that second story window and they threw a 3- year-old toddler into the arms of a neighbor. we spoke with the family just a few minutes ago and here's what they had to say. >> we think someone set it because there's these girls that live in our building and their cars are the only ones in the driveway that are safe. they said somebody's mom tried to set the fire before and their cars couldn't be the ones
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that are out of harm's way. >> reporter: actually that woman was from a separate fire that happened a few hours after that first house fire. that fire was at a carport just a few houses down. that happened on sea and 7th street where several cars were destroyed and that was one of the women who owned one of the those cars who lived closest to the flames. now, going back to the house fire that happened at 11:00, again, we spoke with the family including the 3-year-old little kid who was thrown out of the window. >> she had came outside my mom was on the ground and she had to catch the child. i don't know who tossed him out. she caught him. >> reporter: it took about 15 minutes to knock that fire out. the apartment was a total loss and three other units were damaged. investigators say it started in the kitchen of that unit. they say at this point, it's still under investigation. but it appears to be accidental. reporting live in hayward, cate caugiran, kpix 5. >> firefighters say the two
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adults had minor injuries but should be okay. the toddler did not have any known injuries but was taken to the hospital as a precaution. a terrifying near death experience has prompted a bay area man to file a lawsuit now against a monterey bay company skydiving company. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec live in the newsroom with more on who says who is at fault. >> reporter: in that lawsuit gerardo flores says that the parachute he rented was in such bad shape it opened prematurely and we have the chilling video he shot of the jump that could have killed him. gerardo flores was taking his 30th jump when his parachute opened improperly prematurely sending him into a tailspin. >> so you're spinning, spinning into a final for 20 minutes. and you hit the ground about 35 to 40 miles per hour. >> reporter: flores was unconscious when he crashed on to the drop zone suffering from head injuries and fractured
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redskins. teachers from the school rushed to his aid. he had head injuries and fractured ribs. he was airlifted to the hospital unconscious for two weeks. the faa said his gear was worn beyond serviceable limits. skydive monterey bay turned down our request for an interview. a rigger can be an employee of the company. >> i put my life on the line trusting the school. never again. >> reporter: skydive monterey bay sent out a statement saying flores's gear was in proper working order and that improper use by the jumper caused the accident. >> you know, anne, i jumped once before and as i recall you take on the risk and liability, right? >> reporter: you can imagine how many forms and waivers you have to sign before skydiving but the question here is about the equipment and whether or not the company did or should have known it may have been faulty. >> all right. anne makovec live in the newsroom, thank you. a north bay corner store busted for allegedly selling
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not just beer and wine but meth and cocaine. as andria borba reports, federal agents even ripped open a pinata as they searched for drugs. >> reporter: with a chain link and lock on the front door azteca market in san rafael will be closed for some time. >> it is a mess in there. >> reporter: you can see through the window a store tossed by the feds in the marin county major crimes county task force. >> the fbi and police and they come yesterday yeah around 3:00, 4:00, yeah. i don't know what happened. >> reporter: agents were hunting for drugs specifically meth and cocaine. they looked everywhere, including in pinatas and underneath the veggies. the store and three people, alfredo lopez, alejandro lopez and macias were involved with undercover agents for a year.
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>> the responsibility is his because it's his store. >> reporter: they are allegedly a front for the operations of a mexican drug cartel. >> i never saw people shopping. i saw people hack credit card numbers out at the register but i never saw anyone shopping. >> reporter: during searches that happened simultaneously in san raphael, daly city, san pablo and hercules, undercover agents say they collected three pounds of cocaine, 11 weapons and meth. >> that's my little shopping place to go get food. the thing that just absolutely amazes me is they're like family. they have just been gentlemen. >> reporter: in san rafael, andria borba, kpix 5. >> the suspects were arraigned in federal court in san francisco this week. the gypsy hill murders have gone unsolved for almost 40 years. but new evidence may help crack the cases. investigators say new
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information connects the murder of a 19-year-old in reno with the killings of four young women on the peninsula. they are now trying to find witnesses who might be able to solve the murders from 1976 and authorities will be asking people on the peninsula for help. >> potentially an individual that lived in this area that traveled to reno back and forth, had business there, mentions to you that he was going there. we are just trying to jog people's memories. >> all the victims were around 19 to 20 years of age. and many had car problems around the time they were killed. the men who beat giants fan bryan stow now face additional jail time over new weapons charges. investigators say when louie sanchez and marvin norwood were arrested for the beating, they both had several guns. last month, the pair pleaded guilty for attacking stow three years ago in the parking lot of dodger stadium. that left stow permanently disabled. sanchez was sentenced to eight years in prison, norwood four. time now 6:09. the biggest grocery chain in
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the bay area has agreed to a sale. what this means for its workers and for you the consumer. >> here's clue 2 for you for today's "where's roberta?." i'm at a place that rarely anyone ever gets to go to. but you probably -- >> it's frozen in time. hey, folks, around the bay area today, we have some clouds coming our way this weekend. but some warmer temperatures too. we'll talk about that coming up. >> and hey, people may be rocking out later on this afternoon in justin herman plaza. there's a concert going on between noon and 1:30 so check out this latest tweet from muni warning us heavier-than-usual delays along the embarcadero. full look at your drive to work coming up. ,, ,,,,,,,,
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only on kpix 5, roberta gonzales can go places that most people cannot and this time she managed to climb a bay area landmark. >> all right. that's a hint. and here's another. roberta is live on the embarcadero in san francisco this morning. so roberta, where are you? >> reporter: yes. [ laughter ] >> reporter: we are right now at justin herman plaza. we are directly across the street right now from the port of san francisco and in fact, this is our eighth installment of "where's roberta?" and with the return of daylight saving time this weekend, we thought what a better time than to talk time with the clock at the ferry tower at the san francisco embarcadero. the san francisco ferry building is a terminal for ferries that travel across the san francisco bay, a marketplace, and also has offices located on the embarcadero. on top of the building is a 245- foot-tall clock tower. rarely is anyone allowed inside
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the tower. but we had the great opportunity to enter and meet dorian claire clockmaster. >> this one was installed in 1898 and it cost i think it was $5,043. >> reporter: how many dials? >> four dials each 23 feet made of a very fancy grade of plywood originally they were sugar pine so i changed the hands for plywood because the sugar pine hands that had been up since 1898 were quite dry rotted. >> reporter: how did the clock operate in the olden days? >> wind it up every saturday morning. takes between five and 10 minutes of diligent cranking. this is a windup that's now electrically driven. >> reporter: tell me something very few people know. >> the north facing dial has been one minute fast for approximately 60 years. and i guess the public is accustomed to it so i've left
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it that way. >> reporter: what happens when we return to daylight saving time? >> if you like, you can be here at two minutes to 2:00 and you'll start seeing the hands advance and exactly at 2 clock it should say 2:00. >> reporter: it survived the 1906 great earthquake. >> but not being very well mounted to the tower, and that could be improved and they could wind it up today and run it. but nobody wants to wind it. maybe somebody would. it's fun. >> reporter: and it certainly was fun learning all the historical data and information and time on the clock at the ferry tower right here at the ferry building off the embarcadero. hey, gang, we want to hear from all of you at home. we want to hear your suggestions for "where's roberta?." all you have to do is go to our kpix 5 facebook page and give me some ideas and suggestions. but meanwhile if you want to see the clock at the ferry building today, i got to tell you there's a lot going on out here. michelle and frank, take a look at this. a big stage is erect, there are
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people gathering, there's a concert taking place at 12:30 today. >> 12:30, maybe we should go right after the noon show. >> we're done at 12:30. quick question, roberta. do they ever give tours or is it always closed to the public? >> reporter: it is closed off. it has been closed off since, well, actually the loma prieta earthquake. they don't let anyone up there anymore at all. they did have tours in the '50s and '60s. it was a special treat. >> that is cool. all right, roberta, thanks. time now for a little traffic and i guess liz will give us a little tour, too, right? >> you saw them setting up for that concert. we want to let you know that a conference is going on between noon and 1:30 and they are expecting extra traffic along the embarcadero. and the bay bridge already seeing delays beginning to build. for a friday we are seeing a lot of cars this morning coming into san francisco. as they turn on the metering lights at 6:05, it's already backing up to the first
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overcrossing. also heavy delays right now on westbound 580 already this morning up to 21 minutes. we cannot call it "friday light," just the typical commuter traffic, sadly, through the livermore valley continuing to the dublin interchange. this is a live look at the south bay. still problem-free. in fact, can you see any yellow sensors? i don't see any. 101 is quiet now coming from morgan hill heading into san jose. 280 and the guadalupe parkway also look good through downtown san jose. and here's a live look westbound 24 at telegraph coming into the macarthur maze leaving the caldecott tunnel. so far there is no problems this morning and we'll get a check of mass transit coming up. in the meantime, the weekend is here. let's get a check of your forecast now. here's lawrence. all right. and we have a great weekend ahead. we are going to see plenty of sunshine today and some spring- like temperatures. still we are starting a little cool out the door this morning and that's because skies have cleared out very nicely just a couple of patches of fog and some high clouds drifting overhead. otherwise, it looks like we are in for a great day ahead. going to see mostly sunny skies into the afternoon.
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and it looks like some great weather ahead too. mostly sunny and a little bit warmer. then possibly some rain moving in on sunday. looks like things could be a little bit unsettled then at least north of the golden gate bridge. but for now we are looking at some very mild temperatures, spring-like conditions. we'll hold off the storm for sometime until probably late in the day on sunday. and then we'll start to move in bringing a chance of rain for the rest of the bay area overnight sunday night into monday. temperatures if you are traveling today looking very nice mostly sunny skies in the sacramento valley 73 degrees there. 51 and mostly sunny in lake tahoe and 73 in redding. computer models showing you just a couple of passing high clouds. otherwise lots of sunshine today and then by tomorrow afternoon, the clouds begin to gather but it stays dry should be a warmer day on saturday. and then as we head in toward sunday there's a chance we could get clipped by there storm system maybe light showers north of the golden gate bridge and then everybody seeing rain towards sunday night and monday. temperatures for today should be special. 69 in morgan hill. 66 milpitas. east bay temperatures in the 60s and low 70s. inside the bay 68 oakland and
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64 degrees in san francisco. your sunrise time 6:33. sunset at 6:09. and as we look toward the weekend yeah, we have some great weather coming our way. but a slight chance of showers north bay on sunday. better chance of rain for everybody on monday. >> look at tuesday and wednesday, thursday. >> very nice. >> looking very spring-like. >> okay. thank you. time to spell again. >> all right. can't wait for that. >> little miss perfect in the hot seat. it's time for the word of the day. michelle griego has been hitting them out of the park. perhaps we can stump you. >> i'll try for 7. >> the word is guinness. it's from a west african geographical name plural noun english cold coins issued from the 1600s to the 1800s worth about 21 shillings. guineas is the word of the
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morning. >> it's not the beer guinness. no, i don't believe so. workers restoring the old irish house found hundred dollars every hundreds of guinness under the floorboards. it's a west african geographic name. it's english. >> guiness. eas. >> that is your final answer? >> do you want to change anything? >> oh, my gosh. >> guineas. >> whoo. >> you know what we'ring do? we are flying right to vegas after the show. you are amazing! [ applause ]
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>> west african geographical name, that helped me out. >> search kpix 5 cbs on facebook and "like" our page and test your spelling ability. look for the word of the day in your newsfeed. this is fun. >> tune in at noon. we try to stump the pro. michelle griego. out of the ballpark. the big meat recall linked to a bay area slaughterhouse just exploded. the major retailers now warning their customers that story coming up. and i'm dennis o'donnell. coming up, of the swamp is getting their gators back and why the penguins are so bad when they trade the igloo for the tent straight ahead. ,,,,
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good morning, everybody. the last time the penguins beat the sharks in san jose, bill clinton was in the oval office, the english patient was the best picture, and i was still at kron-tv.
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figure skater polina edmunds wasn't even born. last night she dropped the puck. joe pavelski with the pass on the money to brent burns who ties the game on a one-timer. but the sharks take the lead on a weird play. thornton shoots from the blue line and scores and the sharks win 5-3. >> tiger's back didn't stop him but the rain did. he is off his game 2-over through ten holes. jason dufner birdied four holes to start the round. he is three under through 16 putting him in a five way tie for the lead. but play was suspended. baseball, the reds no hit the giants through five until that man went deep. pablo sandoval his first home run of the spring. tim hudson tossed three shutout innings and the giants beat the reds 3-2. san francisco state taking on chico state in ontario. the ccaa tournament down in ontario.
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chico hit nine threes in the second half and they win 78-66 in front of a packed house down there. so the gators are coming home but one san francisco team is out. usf is still alive and they play in the wcc tournament this weekend. i'm dennis o'donnell. have a great weekend, everybody. play of the day now. a little preseason baseball. l.a. angel mike trout smacking the ball this one goes deep to left it's going to find a gap but the dodger defense does a little fumbling out there so could trout get an inside-the- park home run? there he goes around third. not so fast! the dodger d coming up. the relay, the play at the plate, he's out! good try. nice d by the dodgers in the end anyway, your play of the day. 6:27 now. the bay area man who survived a horrific skydiving accident has now filed a lawsuit. who he blames for his near
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death experience. >> reporter: and i'm cate caugiran live in hayward, where three people had to jump out of a window including a 3-year-old boy after their apartment caught on fire. hear from the family on that dramatic jump. ,,
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"could have killed him." your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. a bay area skydiver files suit. i'm anne makovec live in the newsroom with the video of the jump that he says could have killed him. >> and safeway being sold. what we have learned about the dea with your neighborhood store and your grocery bill. >> it is friday and the weather looking great! we have some great weather
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ahead into the weekend, too. we'll talk about that coming up. >> it is friday isn't it? and unfortunately we have good sized delays already at the bay bridge. they turned the metering lights on, so you're jammed solid through the overcrossing. full look, we'll get you to work on time, coming up. it's friday, march 7. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. time now 6:32. breaking news in east san jose where a house fire sent a man and a woman to the hospital this morning. a neighbor captured these flames on his cell phone shortly after the fire started. on aetna way two people couldn't get out of the home possibly because of security bars. they are being treated for serious burns at the hospital. investigators say it appears the fire began in a rear patio area. breaking news now out of hayward where firefighters are battling a carport fire. huge flames shot into the sky shortly before 5:00 this morning. the fire is burning at an apartment complex near 7th and key streets.
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that fire happened steps away from another overnight fire. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran is reporting from where a family made an escape from a burning apartment. you talked to a family who had to throw their 3-year-old boy out the window to save him to a neighbor below. >> reporter: i did. that family said they came back to the home because they heard about the carport fire thinking it was their home on fire because it was so close. so needless to say it's been a busy few hours for hayward firefighters. it's not too long ago about 11:00 last night firefighters arrived to this apartment to find smoke billowing from the second floor. a grandmother and her husband were trapped with their 3-year- old grandson. the couple threw the toddler out of the window into the arms of a neighbor before jumping 20 feet to safety. by spoke with the boy's mother a few -- we spoke with the boy's mother a few minutes ago.
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>> my mom had to get stitches. her eye is black, big -- her face is swollen, pelvic bone fractured and she is going into surgery for that. she is fine. my stepdad has a broken ankle and they had to break it back in place. >> what happened? >> had to jump out the window. >> reporter: oh, wow. so you're a brave boy, huh? >> mm-hm. >> reporter: that was the 3- year-old boy thrown out the window and what a brave boy he is. now, the boy's mother says that her mother and stepdad are expected to be okay. they did suffer some minor injuries but the apartment was a complete loss. the flames dammed three other units. arson investigators are looking into what caused the fire. it started in the kitchen of the apartment. it appears to be accidental. cate caugiran, kpix 5. >> the fire apparently started in the kitchen as cate said of the unit that was destroyed by flames but it's good to see that everyone is okay. how about the weekend?
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friday is a go do it day. saturday, sunday, we need a little -- >> i'm feeling this friday. i'm feeling it today. it's looking good, too. we are going to have some great weather coming our way today. you're going to see a lot of sunshine, a little cool if you are headed out the door right now. we have seen mostly clear skies although a couple of high clouds and a few patches of fog toward the coastline. still, got some great weather ahead as we look towards san jose. the airport there, going to see a lot of sun today. and the temperatures in toward san jose probably near 70 degrees by the afternoon. but we are starting out cool in spots. 42 in santa rosa. 43 in concord and 49 now in san francisco. enjoying sunshine by the afternoon and spring-like temperatures and in fact 60s and some low 70s going to be common. maybe even a little warmer on saturday. got some changes for sunday. we'll talk about that in a moment. right now let's check the roads with elizabeth. >> lawrence, i mentioned that kcbs phone force warning us earlier about an accident westbound 4 at lone tree. it's cleared now in antioch. we still have slowdowns in the area. there may still be activity off
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to the right-hand shoulder. sluggish through antioch and slow past the pittsburg-bay point exits in concord toward 242. westbound 580 "friday light." still 21 minutes so we are still seeing some delays as you get closer to the livermore valley. once you get past the 680 interchange things improve especially out through castro valley and dublin grade area. here's a live look at the bay bridge. metering lights were turned on at 6:05. this is also busy for a friday. friday traffic usually is lighter. bay bridge already backed up to the foot of the maze. you're looking at 10 to 15 minutes to get on the span and it's slow from the n klein out to treasure island. san mateo bridge -- it's slow from the incline out to treasure island. san mateo bridge bridge, westbound 92 no delays to the peninsula. that's your latest traffic.
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a bay area man is taking legal action against a monterey county skydiving company claiming a bad parachute led to disaster. anne makovec joins us from the newsroom. >> reporter: in this lawsuit gerardo flores says that the parachute he rented was in such bad shape, that it opened prematurely. and we have the chilling video flores shot of the jump that could have killed him. it happened on gerardo flores's 30th jump. >> i always look up to see the airplane. >> reporter: he felt confident after two years of training at the skydive monterey bay school. >> you just feel like you're flying. >> reporter: but seconds into this freefall, he felt a jerk. >> just exploded. just yanked me to the side. something went wrong. >> reporter: his parachute had opened on its own at 13,000 feet. >> it's super high. 100 things go through your mind. >> it's opened up at 13,000 feet! >> you never open above 6,000 feet. >> reporter: 20 minutes later, unconscious, flores crashes down on the drop zone. teachers from the school rush
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to his aid. >> call 911! >> reporter: he was airlifted to a hospital unconscious for two weeks. he had broken ribs and a lacerated tongue but survived. >> the faa he said you are the luckiest man i ever met. >> reporter: but flores didn't feel so lucky when he read the faa's report. the agency investigates skydiving accidents. >> i could have died that day. >> reporter: the report found a critical velcro closing flap on the parachute casing was completely worn. suspension lines were broken and the parachute's rigging had not prompting the inspector to note, these lines should have been replaced prior to allowing this parachute to be placed in service. skydive monterey bay turned down a request for an interview but in a statement told us, flores' gear was in proper working order and that improper use by the jumper caused the accident. live in the newsroom, anne makovec, kpix 5. >> what is this man looking for in the lawsuit, do we know? >> reporter: more than $25,000 including medical costs and lost wages. >> okay. anne makovec live for us this
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morning, thank you. happening today, a new bill will be introduced in an effort to deter bullying and cyber bullying in california. it's in response to the 2012 suicide of this young woman, audrie pott. the 15-year-old saratoga girl was distraught after she was sexually assaulted while unconscious and discovered someone took photos of it. the measure aims to make cyber bullying easier to charge in adult court with harsher penalties. a $9 billion deal will join safeway with albertsons and create one of the largest grocery store chains in the world. albertsons' owner bought all of safeway's 1300 stores in 20 states. the owner says the merger is a cost-saving measure but no stores will be closed. experts disagree. >> there's going to be stores that are closed. i think there's going to be unfortunately jobs lost.
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>> pleasanton-based safeway's ceo is expected to become the president and ceo of the combined company when the merger is complete. 6:40 now. more than 60 retail chains all across the country are now affected by a meat recall linked to a petaluma slaughterhouse. the u.s. department of agriculture says affected products have been sold in 35 states as well as guam and canadian authorities say recalls are under way in five provinces. rite aid, walmart, 7-eleven and safeway are a few of the chains affected. rancho corporation closed after the recall of 9 million pounds of meat having allegedly sold meat from unhealthy cattle. no human illnesses reported. weave a list of the recalled products at our website, kpix.com. and there's a link on that main page. a local task force busts one of the most successful identity theft rings in the area. how they got away with it for so long and what you can do to
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protect yourself from similar schemes. coming up. >> and the manhattan just opened up about 10 minutes ago. let's get a quick look at the big board right now. you can see the dow is up about 62 points. coming up we'll get an update from kcbs radio's financial reporter jason brooks. ,,,,,,
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from the labor department today. a gain of 175,000 jobs in february. that's still not what we would like to see, but it was a lot better than expected. economists were looking for 140,000 to 150,000 jobs because of the nasty winter weather across much of the country. they even added another 25,000 jobs to the prior two-month totals which combined still only add up to 213,000. the unemployment rate went up from 6.6 to 6.7%. a few more people looking for work. but still dealing with some issues out there. construction was a surprising strength gaining 15,000 jobs in spite of the winter weather. most economists are looking for stronger gains in the jobs market once spring starts to take hold across much of the country. big deal in the grocery business with safeway agreeing to that $9 billion buy-out from cerberus capital management. the deal won't close until later this year so it's still too early to tell if any
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safeway stores will be closing, how many layoffs may be occurring at corporate headquarters in pleasanton or the overall impact on consumers. cerberus did buy albertsons starting back in 2006, albertsons had 600 chains and is down to about 200 locations now. safeway shares down 3% on the news but they have been soaring over the past month on the takeover speculation. right now we are off to a mixed start on wall street. the dow up 54. nasdaq is down about 1. the s&p moving higher by 3 points. michelle and frank, back to you. >> what day is it again, jason? >> reporter: i'm sorry, what was that. >> what day is it again. >> reporter: it is friday. >> absolutely. >> our favorite day of the week. >> have a great weekend. >> reporter: you, too. 6:46. let'slet's check the roads with elizabeth. we have a number of incidents out there and the bay bridge is backed up. along the peninsula southbound 101 approaching ralston coming into belmont we have an accident there blocking one
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lane fortunately though we are not seeing any major delays. could see some traffic tie-ups this afternoon. muni warning us through a tweet that there's going to be a big concert going on in justin herman plaza from noon to 1:30 and so you may find a lot heavier traffic along the embarcadero especially pedestrian traffic with that concert going on right around lunchtime. here's a live look at the bay bridge. it's busy for a friday. it's stacked up close to the foot of the maze now. the metering lights have been on since 6:05. they turned on the metering lights after 6:00 but the approaches still look good. that eastshore freeway drive time a lot better than yesterday. 22 minutes on the eastshore freeway from the carquinez bridge to the maze. here's a live look richmond/san rafael bridge traffic. if you are heading towards the toll plaza, you can some slight delays especially in the far right lanes. we want to know what is driving you crazy during your commute? this morning and every morning. we get a lot of responses.
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jim in napa said what drives me crazy is when people use the right turn only lane to pass and cut people off as they go through the intersection. well, like i said, we always want to know what drives you crazy during your commute. so we found some youtube video a couple of examples on youtube of reckless drivers doing exactly what jim wrote about. look at this one a car passing on a very short right turn only lane to get ahead of the other driver. wow, so the california drivers handbook makes it clear under what conditions when you can pass to the right. this is obviously not one of them. ask a question or share a gripe by emailing crazy@kpix.com. or tweet me at #ewengerkpix and watch to see if your question gets answered on air. so lawrence, that is obviously very illegal and dangerous, as well. >> i have seen that many times too. >> i do, too. >> i saw it just the other day and these guys almost got in an accident and there was almost road rage. they were really going at it for a while. >> don't beat anyone up. >> crazy on the roads. folks, if you are headed
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around the bay area today we are going to see a lot of sunshine and these temperatures going to be warming up nicely. out the door, because of the clear skies, we do have some cooler conditions outside. some of the numbers dropping off into the 40s and the low 50s now. even a couple of patches of fog toward the coastline. mostly sunny as we head in toward the afternoon and temperatures going to be a little bit warmer. hey, we could see some mid-70s as we head in towards saturday but a chance of showers to the north by sunday. for today it will be mild temperatures low pressure off the coastline, most of that going to head up to the north for now but that will change the latter part of the weekend. temperatures in the central valley traveling, 60s and some 70s. the high country 51 degrees and snow up in lake tahoe but not today just enough to ski on up there. hey, folks, we have some changes in the works as we head in toward saturday. should be a warmer day and then late in the day the clouds begin to move in. then on sunday there's a slight chance the system could clip the bay area, bringing with it at least a chance of a couple raindrops north of the golden gate bridge. temperatures in the 60s and 70s for highs today.
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looking toward tomorrow maybe some mid-70s in the warmer spots. then that slight chance to the north on sunday better chance for rain for everybody sunday night into monday. then warmer weather as we head in toward the middle of the week. don't forget, yes, this weekend, we spring ahead. set those clocks one hour ahead. that means for us we lose an hour. >> what time does your alarm clock go off? >> 1:45. it will be like 12:45 now. >> good luck with that. >> thank you very much. >> we feel your pain. a story you will only see here on kpix 5, investigators bust one of the most prolific i wanted d theft rings in the bay area. it was a sophisticated operation that targeted gas station customers. kiet do with how the suspects sold tens of thousands of credit card numbers from people like you. >> reporter: michael wong is a member of what investigators say is one of the largest band of identity thieves in the bay area who stole tens of thousands of credit card numbers from gas stations for years. so what did wong do when he saw his family in the courtroom? somebody get that man a tissue. >> these individuals are responsible for a great deal of loss in the bay area and throughout california in
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general and that will come to an end. >> this would be what will plug into the socket on the gas pump. >> reporter: lieutenant michael sterner showed us evidence seized in a recent raid a dozen custom built gas pump skimmers made with off the shelf parts. >> on the back side at the top of the blue is a socket that the cable they unplugged from the gas pump would plug into. >> the big break in the case came when an employee from a gas station thought there was a skimmer on one of his pumps. >> reporter: that's when agents from a task force set up surveillance. when those alleged crooks came back for the skimmer device the agents moved in and arrested them. >> they didn't put up a fight. >> reporter: in all, five people were arrested. they found stacks of counterfeit credit cards that even had the secret hologram visible only with a uv light. the cards had matching high quality fake driver's licenses complete with all the new security features. they also found a kilo of cocaine and assault weapons
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including a grenade launcher! what in the world were they doing with a grenade launcher? >> i don't know. there is also a chance it was a a ma keys mow thing. >> reporter: others have not been tied to suspects. as customers here's what you can do. pressure gas station owners to change locks. and get back in the habit of using security stickers. also, if you become a victim, call the bank and the police. it helps detectives to establish a pattern. here's something else investigators have learned. the safest pump to use is the one closest to the attendant. it is the least likely to have a skimmer installed inside. >> for us, it's a tortoise and hare scenario. they might win short term, but they are not going to win. we're persistent and we know how to find them and we will find them. >> reporter: kiet do, kpix 5.
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designed to tackle the sex assault epidemic in the ranks. it would have stripped military commanders of their control over such cases. pleasanton-based safeway is being sold and merging with albertsons. albertsons' parent company says the consolidation will mean lower prices and better customer service. it doesn't expect to close any stores. the 14-year-old martinez teen hit and killed by a train will be laid to rest on sunday at christ the king church in pleasant hill. jenna betti died on the tracks last sunday in martinez. a man and woman are hospitalized with serious burns after a house fire early this morning in east san jose. the fire started at about 3:30. firefighters now consider it a crime scene because the cause is unclear. i'm cate caugiran live in hayward where a couple was forced to jump out of this second story window and throw a 3-year-old boy to a neighbor for safety. firefighters say it's because a fire started at this apartment
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complex around 11:00 last night and when they arrived on scene smoke was billowing from the second floor apartment. a grandmother and her husband were trapped with their 3-year- old grandson. they threw the boy to a neighbor before jumping 20 feet to safety. we spoke with that little boy maurice who acted like a big boy last night. was it scary? what happened? >> jump out the window. >> reporter: oh, wow. but you're a brave boy, huh? >> mm-hm. >> reporter: well, there's good. can we get a smile from you? good. now, it took fire crews 15 minutes to knock it out but the apartment was a complete loss. and three other units why damaged. the fire started in the kitchen of the upstairs unit. right now the cause is under investigation. but firefighters say it appears to be accidental. now, the couple that jumped from that window suffered some minor injuries from the 20-foot fall but family says they are resting now and are expected to
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be okay. live in hayward, cate caugiran, kpix 5. thanks, cate. we'll go flying over highway 4. westbound pretty slow going right now just past the antioch exits. we had an earlier crash by lone tree. it's now clear. but we are still seeing brake lights as you can see from those yellow sensors. once you hit willow pass, as well. a look at our sensors in the south bay northbound 101 typical commute past capitol expressway continuing out by de la cruz. the nimitz freeway still moving at the speed limit near oakland airport. lawrence? >> all right. we have a great day ahead here going to see lots of sunshine outside. hey, these temperatures are going to warm up very nicely. just a couple of high clouds overhead towards san jose right now. this afternoon though it is going to be a gorgeous day. some of these temperatures in the 60s and low 70s. saturday looks good, slight chance of showers north bay on sunday. chance of rain for everybody sunday night and monday. >> thank you. >> we are going to try to stump you at noon. by the way i mispronounced the
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word! and she still spelled it right!! >> you said guinness and it was guineas. >> have a great morning. good morning to our viewers in the west. it is friday, march 7, 2014. welcome to "cbs this morning." a united states warship moves closer to ukraine overnight. president obama and president putin talked for more than an hour about a potential end to the crisis. >> a top military officer paid to prosecute sexual assault cases is now himself accused of sexual assault while on a conference of sexual assault prevention. plus, a chase through the streets of l.a. for the elusive founder of bitcoin. we begin with today's "eye-opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> the version of the telephone call, agreed on one

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