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retire. now at 11:00, former fbi director andrew mccabe fired tonight just 26 hours before he could retire. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz in for elizabeth cook. >> i'm ken bastida. tonight president trump tweeted a great day for the hard working men and women of the fbi. a great day for democracy. james comey was his boss and made mccabe look like a choir boy. the words of the president. mccabe says this is all part of the trump administration's war on the fbi as reporter mola
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lenghi shows us. >> reporter: u.s. attorney mccabe fired tonight. debty director andrew mccabe, he had been a frequent target of president trump for his roles in the hillary clinton and russia investigations. the firing came two days before mccabe's 50th birthday and scheduled retirement date putting his full pension in jeopardy. mccabe said in a statement, he's being singled out and told cbs news his firing is the culmination of the year-long attack on his credibility and service to the country. his termination comes as the white house works to quiet rumors about a shakeup. chief of staff general john kelly met with reporters friday morning to try to dispel the notion he's resigning. the white house shot down stories the president will soon replace national security advisor h.r. mcmaster. >> the president said it was not accurate, and he had no intention of changing, that they had a great working relationship, and he looked forward to working with them. >> reporter: despite reassurances, both
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administration and congressional sources tell cbs news mcmaster is at risk of losing his job. mcmaster a three-star general and president trump never really jelled. the former u.n. ambassador is a leading candidate to take the position if the president makes a change. mcmaster did meet with president trump at the white house friday. this white house has already seen big changes with more than 20 senior staffers who have been fired, resigned, or reassigned. mola lenghi, cbs news the white house. the weekend got off to a wet start in some parts of the bay area tonight, and there is more rain on the way. right now a winter storm warning in the sierra. traffic at times slowed to a standstill as you can see right here on i-80. here is kpix 5 chief meteorologist paul deanno to break it all down for us, paul? >> reporter: it's been a winter storm warning in this sierra or winter storm watch since monday night. it is now friday night heading into the weekend. this particular warning not done yet. about six more hours. the snow should also wrap up. later snow tonight, but total
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snowfall two to four feet with some isolated spots getting five feet of snow in two and a half days. here's a look at the radar for the past three hours of weather history here. there are still some spotty showers anywhere in the sierra. we're seeing an increase in shower activity over the past hour or so in the bay area, but still nothing like what we have seen earlier this week. one heavy shower has moved through, heading out towards hayward and union city. a pretty heavy cell over the financial district stretching across treasure island over towards oakland and alameda. futurecast will keep the rain chance elevated overnight tonight. some spotty showers or scattered downpours. here's a change. showers will last into your weekend, perhaps beyond the lunch hour tomorrow, yes, weekend rainfall as we kind of traded some of the friday rain for saturday rain. we'll talk about how long that last and when the next rain chance is coming up. >> thanks, paul. a skier from richmond missing in the sierra tonight with all that snow coming down.
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kpix 5 andrea nakano has new details from his family members. >> reporter: ken and veronica, blizzard conditions have hampered search and rescue efforts to find thomas mullarkey. but if anyone could survive in the cold, snowy weather, it would be tom. >> it's not unusual for him to go up for a day of skiing by himself. but for him to not come up at the end of the day is very unusual. >> reporter: andria mullarkey is worried about her uncle and god father, thomas mullarkey. the 65-year-old hasn't been heard from since wednesday night, when he told his wife he was going to go on one last run down the backside of bear valley wearing the ski suit in this picture. >> we feel pretty hopeful because tom does have a lot of backcountry experience. he's a real skilled outdoorsman and has a lot of skiing under his belt. >> reporter: search and rescue crews spent most of the day looking for the avid skier, but extreme avalanche danger limited their efforts. a winter storm warning is in effect until 5:00 tomorrow morning, and the storm has dumped more than two feet of snow in the area. these helicopters had to be
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grounded due to the weather conditions. >> if anybody is going to be stuck out there for two days, which we always hope nobody is, you know, tom is probably as equipped to do it. >> reporter: mullarkey is one of nine siblings and family members looking for their loved ones. they are also passing out this flyer, hoping anyone who may have seen the richmond man on the mountain side will come forward with information on a possible location. andria has childhood memories of building snow caves with her uncle, and she is staying optimistic that is exactly what he's doing now to survive. >> that's what we're hoping for right now, that he's tucked away somewhere safe, and the weather will let up. that'll give us u a -- that'll give us the chance to get search crews out to find him. >> the search and rescue crew is also helping with the search efforts in bear valley. his uncle left his cell phone in the car since the reception is poor on the slopes. andrea nakano, kpix 5. the undocumented immigrant acquitted in the death of kate
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steinle wants the new federal charges against him thrown out. his lawyers claim they are vindictive. as kpix's andria borba reports, they are trying to use a tweet from president trump to prove it. >> reporter: it was the shooting that became a flash point in the 2016 presidential campaign. >> i am also going to ask congress to pass kate's law. >> reporter: the death of kate steinle on san francisco's pier 14 in november, juan garcia-zarate admitted to killing her. he was convicted of illegally possessing a firearm. that same charge has been taken up at the federal level. a federal grand jury indicted zarate at the urging of attorney general jeff sessions on september 5, just five days after he was acquitted in state court. that indictment came after president donald trump blasted the verdict from the san
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francisco jury in this tweet. a disgraceful verdict in the kate steinle case. no wonder the people of our country are so angry with illegal immigration. now garcia-zarate's attorney, legendary assistant attorney, tony sarah, is seizing on that tweet as evidence of a vindictive government. >> when a chief executive at any level orchestrates, you know, in our opinion a double jeopardy litigation merely to conform to their political platform. >> sarah wants the federal charges of an immigrant illegally possessing a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm dismissed. garcia-zarate has entered a not guilty plea to all of the federal charges. in san francisco, andria borba, kpix 5. four suspects facing murder charges tonight, accused of killing two brothers in san jose. these four men are now under arrest and booked into the santa clara county jail.
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police nabbed three suspects this week in milpitas and san jose. the fourth was already in custody. the brothers, michael and arturo ramirez were gunned down at a home on south eighth street back in august of 2016. investigators believe the violence was gang related. more crime, more arrests, more deadly crashes. those are are the findings tonight of a new study in four states that legalize pot. but kpix 5 shows us that might not tell the whole story. >> reporter: san jose police say they suspect marijuana and alcohol were factors in this deadly crash that killed two people and severely injured two others early friday. in fear of being a part of the larger fallout from california voters decision to legalize pot. >> they have seen an increase in people driving well under the influence of marijuana, yes. >> reporter: the impacts good or bad of legalizing marijuana in california are still emerging. but a study by the group, smart approaches to marijuana, looked at the public health and public
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safety impact of legalization. in colorado, oregon, washington, alaska, and washington, d.c. some of the trends are troubling. according to the study, central oregon hospital saw nearly 2,000% increase. e.r. visits due to marijuana poisoning. in colorado marijuana-related traffic deaths claimed 66%. in the four years after legalization compared to the four years before. >> we know that it does impair, you know, your reaction time just like alcohol does. >> reporter: it's not just affecting adults. the study points out alaska and oregon have the highest rates of marijuana use amongst 12 and 17-year-olds in the country. >> the industry does not want youths using this product at all. >> reporter: silicon valley cannabis founder says more education and aggress enforcement are needed to keep pot out of the hands of kids and drivers. when declaring legalization, a dangerous failure he says is major and premature.
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>> the real question here is what are states who have a social responsibility as our government going to do to offset some of these negatives. a lot of it is education. >> reporter: one of the challenges facing police prosecutors and public health officials is a lack of a definitive test to measure how much marijuana is in someone's system and how impaired it has made them as a driver. but police officers say the decision to get high and then get behind the wheel of a car can nonetheless have deadly consequences. in san jose devin fehely, kpix 5. >> the group that conducted the study is opposed of legalization marijuana. outside researchers including john hopkins and harvard medical school children's hospital advised the group on the report. these felines run in fear. tonight the search for a bay area cat burglar. several skiers injured after being tossed from their seats. tonight, the ski lift
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malfunction. lyft has a new monthly subscription plan, but is it really worth it? tonight we run the numbers. does this map show the peninsula trail? you won't find that on a map. i'll take you there. take this left. if you listen real hard you can hear the whales.
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window, he barely seems to notice them. neighbors heard the commotion around 1:30 this morning. >> i woke up in the middle of the night because my bed was shaking. we heard loud noises. >> reporter: ann dunn says it appears the man was trying to get inside the shelter's cafe. >> i assume he was trying to steal something thinking there was money or something. >> reporter: a short time later the man leaves empty handed, but staff quickly realized the broken windows weren't the only loss. >> two cats were missing. >> reporter: one, a black cat named nadia could be seen slipping out after the suspect climbs in. she was lucky. a construction worker at a site next door found her this afternoon and brought her back. but the second cat is still missing. >> we will find him. >> reporter: this afternoon the windows had been fixed, but cat town is taking donations for added security, hoping this caper will be the last. >> well tonight it's the end of the era for one family-run business in the south bay that
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has been around for decades. a strip club called the brass rail is closing to make way for new hosing along highway 237 in sun -- sunnyvale. >> no, this is not a neighborhood place. >> reporter: since susan miller moved into her sunnyvale home, she has fought to kick out one of their neighbors. >> i mean it's been horrible. >> reporter: the brass rail is the largest strip club in the south bay, tucked in a neighborhood of single-family homes and businesses. it opened in 1960 and became a place visited by professional athletes and the famous like evil canevil. for susan and many of their neighbors, they saw the other side of the brass rail. >> shootings, murders, attempted murders. now the neighborhood is about
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to change. earlier this week, they approved the proposal to demolish the strip club and build 18 three-story town homes. >> town homes would be fine as long as it is like a smaller density. >> so ecstatic. it is something our neighborhood really will benefit from. >> reporter: many patrons who didn't want to go on camera say the brass rail's closure also means closing a chapter in bay area history. and there are also a lot of people who don't want to see the brass rail go away. but as you can imagine, it was difficult to get them on camera to say that. i also spoke to the general manager who says the difficult part about all of this is saying good-bye to their long- time patrons. for now there is no date set for its last day. in sunnyvale, kpix 5 mama. some terrifying video of a ski lift out of control. this is a resort in the caucuses mountains of georgia. the chair lift began speeding backwards, flinging skiers off.
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another view shows skiers jumping from the lift trying to get off to avoid getting caught in the tangle of metal there. eight people were injured. the resort says it will pay for their medical expenses. one ride sharing company is now offering you a trendy new way to pay tonight. will it save you money? kpix 5's emily turner did the math. >> reporter: you can pay monthly fees for streaming shows, music, and now a lift home. we ran the numbers though, and it's not for everyone. it's the latest in the ride share wars. lyft has launched its all- access plan. it's a monthly subscription for riders. pay a monthly rate, get rides for free. the terms vary. for 30 rides you pay $199 a month or $60 for $400. whenever a ride is more than $15, you pay the overage. >> it sounds like a good idea worth trying. >> i live in san bruno, i don't
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think in the city, so i guess i would drive most of the time. it is very rare i end up using uber or lyft. >> reporter: it might sound like a lot for some riders. those who use the company to commute or don't own a car and plan to travel short distances, the numbers could work. in fact that's exactly why lyft launched it. the co-founder's own manifesto, he says, "ride sharing is just the first phase of the movement to end car ownership and reclaim our cities. this service will be more flexible than owning a car, giving you access to all the transportation you need." in fact the founder goes on to predict 2025 as the deadline for the end of car ownership. they are working to change the industry by changing the way you get a ride. >> if you don't have ownership of the car, you get an organization that has a pool of cars. i mean there you go, right? >> and you think that'll make driving easier? >> i think it will make life a lot easier. >> reporter: the subscriptions are currently invite only
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because they are testing this all out in san francisco, emily turner, kpix 5. tonight san francisco might be getting a new park. four and a half acres on top of russian hill, the site is bordered by bay, hyde, and larkin streets. it was a reservoir in the 40s that had been unused for decades. now the rec and park is trying to prove they can transform it. a main lawn, playground, and dog park. a local non-profit is raising money to pay for it. the price tag though, $25 million. let's check in with paul deanno right now. it has been a crazy week. we're getting it all. it has rained a lot in the bay area. it's friday night, not done raining yet. we've got some pouring rain right over oakland. not that many showers out there, but one is right over the city on highway 13 down towards san leandro. one new shower ready to poise
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to move over the coast range towards palo alto. and also redwood city. a few light snow showers over the diablo range. things are now, finally after five straight days beginning to wind down around tahoe. hopefully they could get the avalanche issue under control, so folks could go outside and enjoy some skiing and snowboarding safely. that's the key, safely. so what happened? remember first half of february was sunny, 78 degrees every day? that's a long time ago, right? it's rain in the bay area, 14 of the past 23 days. in those 23 days, the average temperature is running 3 degrees below normal. that is significant. look at santa rosa with clear skies. you're down to 38, oakland 49, livermore 45. where we do clear out, north bay east bay valleys. fairfield 39, livermore 39. napa tonight 37 degrees. got some parades tomorrow. tomorrow is st. patrick's day in dublin, not ireland, that would be a a long trip. you would have to leave right now. showers are cool in dublin, california. there will be some showers around especially late morning,
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early afternoon. question not sound the all clear on the rain until this low. you can see the clockwise swirl right there. that has to get to our south. when that gets south of let's say monterey bay, the rain chance is done. it's a couple hours north of the bay area. it'll take a while to get south of monterey bay. saturday at least a part of the day will carry a rain chance. futurecast says a few spotty showers mainly in the south bay. look at the showers bubbling up over the afternoon. not a washout, not everywhere, but a few showers will be around tomorrow. we will clear things out by saturday night. sunday should be mostly sunny and 100% dry. highs tomorrow running well below average. only 58 in san jose and palo alto. a chilly 52 in pacifica. can't rule out a shower in san ramon, or antioch. upper 50s for you. sonoma 56, mill valley mid-50s. 52 in clearlake. roanoke park tomorrow 55. some showers possible tomorrow. sunday we are dry, monday we are dry and warm.
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maybe some upper 60s on monday. next week why not another round of rain? tuesday, wednesday, and thursday. >> yes. >> so what we didn't get in february, we are receiving in march. >> it's magnificent. >> it's magnificent march. >> you hate to hear it, but we need it. >> we need it. now you want to strangle me, but we need it. we wouldn't want to do that. >> no. >> thanks, paul. it's not just for kids. tonight the spelling bee competition for the grownups. and here are tonight's guests on the late show with stephen colbert.
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well tomorrow it's a big day. >> yeah, a big, big day. dozens of school champions will compete at the cbs bay area spelling bee right here in our san francisco studios. >> many parents are supporting their kids by quizzing them on words offering emotional support. sharon chin shows us a south bay couple who shares a unique perspective with their children. >> reporter: at the annual adult spelling bee in long beach, grownups spell off. back in 2014, usha and raj spontaneously decided to compete against their peers in the adult bee just minutes after their oldest son took part in the children's spelling bee. the couple figured why not? >> this is a chance to see how
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it really feels. >> reporter: he was given his first word, beverage. he was so excited he launched right into spelling. >> it started rolling out of my mouth. b-e-v-e-r-a-g-e, my brain kind of lost focus and switched to sounding it. >> the judges decided his sound was an extra letter and he was out. on the other hand she won third place in the competition. they came away with a newfound empathy for spellers who compete under pressure. >> don't rush. keep attention and focus. >> their children have taken their lessons to heart. rusic who has competed against his brother for the regional prize.
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>> after our experience, we understand how hard it is, like to stay calm and cool up there. >> keeping calm is another story. in long beach, sharon chin, kpix 5. >> don't forget tomorrow we'll broadcast the cbs bay area spelling bee live on kbcw and live streamed as well on cbssf.com. it starts at noon. the winner will move on to the scripps national spelling bee in may. what do i have? another injury for the warriors tonight and an ncaa outcome my school didn't see coming and neither did anyone else. outside baltimore county, here we go.
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i am extremely proud of jackie, gaby and stephanie. we worked with pg&e to save energy because we wanted to help the school. they would put these signs on the door to let the teacher know you didn't cut off the light. the teachers, they would call us the energy patrol. so they would be like, here they come, turn off your lights! those three young ladies were teaching the whole school about energy efficiency. we actually saved $50,000. and that's just one school, two semesters, three girls. together, we're building a better california.
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...speaking of the top... oh how the mighty have fallen... ...how many of you did this with your ncaa backets???? (rip).... lots of college basketball up top. oh how the mighty have fallen. how many of you did this with your ncaa brackets? these guys, the university of baltimore county. boy, they created a shocker. they embarrassed no. 1 virginia tonight. turned turnovers into points,
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and exploded. this fella wilds went crazy. no. 16 seed had never beaten a no. 1. one guy bet $800 on 21-0 odds and won $16,000 had. whoa. nba had kevin durant to the injury list, fractured rib out two weeks. steve kerr and the ws hosted the kings at the old school powder blues. draymond green with a clutch three ball. give it to me. tieing up the game at 93. to the final seconds, down three. blocked by wille. the dubs lost the game 98-93. san jose sharks hockey at the three-minute mark. later down a goal, that's two. later in the second again?
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that's a hat trick, it wasn't done. goal number four made it 6-3, wow, sharks won a final of 7-4. and two old chums, joanne boyle left. current cal coach calen white against virginia. cal down late, but no answer for alicia. look at the blue hair. yeah, took care of the bears. 68-62 virginia coached by joe ann boyle. -- joanne boyle. bears season ends 21-11. there you have it. i'm 1-1. virginia 1-1 and the virginia men down in flames. >> that's how you saw it. >> it's all right. it will be okay. >> not alone. the sun will shine tomorrow. >> yes, it will. >> not in my forecast. we'll be right back.
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the late show with stephen colbert is next. >> have a great weekend and
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