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you could generate yourat home.rgy, or to save energy, unplug unused appliances. do your thing, with energy upgrade california. sexual assault re- trial. the man once known as "america's dad"... now faces prison time. cbs repo breaking news. bill cosby found guilty in his sexual assault retime. he faces prison time. >> laura podesta is following the latest developments from new york. >> reporter: kenny and michelle, the jury found bill
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cosby guilt on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault. the 80-year-old posted a $1 million bail. he had to surrender his passport and for the next few weeks he will stay home likely wearing a gps monitor as he awaits sentencing. 12 jurors found actor and comedian bill cosby guilty of aggravated indecent assault. >> justice has been done! >> whoo! >> reporter: the two-week trial focused on accuser andrea constand. she testified that bill cosby incapacitated her with three pills he called "your friends" and molested her at his suburban philadelphia mansion in 2004. the jury heard from five other women including former model janet dickinson, who all said cosby drugged and assaulted them, too. >> what we have all seen here throughout this trial and last trial is a district attorney that was obsessed with catching a big fish just like
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their star witness andrea constand. >> reporter: cosby has always maintained his relationship with constand was consensual. his defense team took aim at her credibility calling the former temple university employee a pathological liar who would say anything. defense attorneys said constand falsely accused cosby so she could file suit against him. the comedian paid constant nearly $3.4 million in2006. >> the takeaway is how nasty the trial has been. people say why do women delay? this is the reason women delay. >> reporter: cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the three charges. and this is being called the first big celebrity trial of the "#metoo" movement era. live from the cbs broadcast center, i'm laura podesta, kpix 5. we are learning new details today about the man accused of being one of the most notorious serial killers in california and the country. kpix 5's jackie ward is here
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with a closer look at the golden state killer. >> reporter: while this arrest is a major break in the case of the golden state killer, there are still a lot of questions about him. >> all of a sudden in six days, we have solved the case of the century. >> reporter: 72-year-old joseph james deangelo a former police officer is now in police custody. police say is he the man responsible for 12 murders, dozens of rapes and more than 150 residential break-ins across california in the 1970s and '80s. >> we found the needle in the haystack. and it was right here in sacramento. >> reporter: while investigators still have not revealed what information they got a week ago that made them start keeping tabs on deangelo, they have said that a discarded item with his dna on it gave them the break. >> we got some discarded dna after surveillance and were able to confirm what we thought we already knew, that
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we had our man. >> reporter: deangelo's six- year career as a police officer ended when he was caught shoplifting a can of dog repellent and hammer from a store in 1979. authorities are now wondering if those items were intended as tools for the crimes he is suspected of carrying out. investigators are also trying to determine if he committed any of the alleged crimes while on duty or if his knowledge of policing helped him evade capture. deangelo will be arraigned in sacramento tomorrow. jackie ward, kpix 5. at the state capital, a push today to deal with the backlog of the thousands of untested rape kits across california. >> beginning today, we are circulating a petition to end the epidemic of rape kit backlogs and call for all kits in the state of california to be tested immediately. >> state treasurer john chiang who is also running for governor said he will fund an effort to test all remaining rape kits if he is sworn into office. there are more than 13,000
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untested rape kits in california today. chiang says it would cost the state between $5 and $13 million to test them all. crews are now using heavy equipment to begin cleaning up the site of tuesday's apartment construction fire in concord. kpix 5's jessica flores looks at the work under way right now. >> reporter: crews have been here in downtown concord now for three days. but the focus has changed from fighting the fire to tearing down walls and stablizinging the building. even as the building smolders, crews began clearing the site, towing away car crushed by falling scaffolding and demolishing the building. >> we are working to get this alleyway between the two buildings cleared and the risk -- the risk eliminated of any collapse onto the alleyway so that we can get a decision made about opening -- lifting the evacuation order on the occupied building here. >> reporter: 250 people living next door evacuated as the fire ripped through the under-
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construction complex around 1 a.m. tuesday morning. the wood framing at the renaissance square fueled the flames. they don't know what started the fire, but investigators haven't been able to get inside because of the walls and scaffolding collapsing. still, the atf is on scene looking at every possibility. >> we take fire investigation very seriously. we're confident that if it's possible, we'll find the cause of the fire and if there are any reasons to take any action afterwards in terms of safety, for preventing future fires or bringing anyone to justice that we will pursue that. >> reporter: fire officials say they should know sometime this afternoon when evacuees can go home. in concord, jessica flores, kpix 5. the clean-up is affecting traffic in the downtown concord area. police have blocked willow pass road and concord boulevard between galindo and sutter streets. a project in the
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tenderloin is complete to make church street between mason and polk streets more bike- and pedestrian friendly. it includes a protected bike lane, crosswalks, signal improvements and more. supervisor jane kim who just passed by that video -- she represents that area and said that the project is part of the city's "vision zero" goal to eliminate traffic and pedestrian fatalities. >> took a lot to bring us all together to come up with a design that would work to increase safety for all of our residents, whether you are driver, cyclist or pedestrian. >> the project had been in the works since 2016. the city says that over the past five years, there have been 174 traffic collisions in that area with 92 of them with pedestrian and bicyclists. mike pompeo has been sworn in as president trump's second secretary of state. it came just hours after the senate voted to confirm him.
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the outgoing cia director got through on one of the slimmest margins for the job in recent history in a vote of 57-42. pompeo has been deeply involved in the trump administration's efforts in north korea and recently traveled to pyongyang. president trump's choice to run of the va has withdrawn his nomination are. cbs reporter mola lenghi on the accusations he was facing and the president's reaction today. >> reporter: president trump told a group of wounded warriors that he is cleaning up the veterans affairs administration. >> we have people that were terrible work there is and they've gone! >> reporter: but he is now looking for a new va secretary after rear admiral ronny jackson withdrew his nomination amid allegations of misconduct. democrats on the veterans affairs committee released a document with damaging but unverified "allegations" including charges jackson created a hostile work environment, accusations of excessive drinking including one instance where he allegedly wrecked a government
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vehicle which jackson denied and another improperly dispensing medications such as ambien and percocet. >> there's been over 20 folks that have called our office that we have talked to them all of them either active military or retired military. >> reporter: president trump called into fox news this morning and blasted democrats saying the allegations against jackson are false and he said senator tester in particular will pay a political price. >> watch what john tester of montana -- a state that i won by like over 20 points -- i think this is going to cause him a lot of problems in the state. >> reporter: but even some republicans say the white house needs to do a better job with the next nominee. >> this incident does raise questions about the white house vetting process. >> reporter: president trump says he already has another nominee in mind someone with more political experience. mola lenghi, cbs news, the white house. >> admiral jackson will stay on as the president's physician. he is back at work at the
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white house today. scott pruitt the head of the epa gets a tough grilling from lawmakers on capitol hill today. at the center of the hearing, his spending and travel decisions. >> the first question that i want to ask you might be a little unusual one. do you have any remorse for the excessive spending on behalf of yourself -- >> to live in a way -- >> do you have any remorse? >> i think there are changes i have made already, the change from first class to coach travel -- >> sir -- you're not going to outtalk me -- >> that's a change i made. >> that was a bay area congresswoman asking pruitt if he is remorseful. he received criticism accused of spending extravagantly approving stages for staffers and renting a condo is from a lobbyist. still ahead ford plans to drop most cars from its line-up. why it's shifting its focus. >> i'm chris martinez at the
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california institute of technology, where researchers are developing this new generation of robots. how it could change lives. >> also a look at our skies finally clearing up. we had a cloudy start to the day. and now sunshine! i'll talk about your afternoon temperatures and what we can expect as we wait for this cooler weekend on tap.
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to move california forward, we need to help more californians get ahead. that's why antonio villaraigosa brought both parties together to balance the state budget with record investments in public schools... and new career training programs. as mayor of la, he brought police and residents together to get illegal guns off the streets and keep kids out of gangs, and on the right path. that's antonio villaraigosa. a governor for all of california.
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superior, wisconsin. you can see thick black smoke still rising from the plant. a we're following breaking news. an explosion at a refinery in superior, wisconsin. this is a live look. you can see thick, black smoke still rising from the plant. a tank containing crude oil or asphalt exploded injuring at
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least 11 people and prompting fire officials to urge people living nearby to evacuate their homes. new estimates from the cdc show one in 59 children has an autism spectrum disorder in the u.s. that is up 15% from two years ago. the cdc says the change could be due in part to improved identification of autism in minorities. researchers in southern california are developing a new generation of robots that can walk like humans. chris martinez reports that the technology could offer new help for people with disabilities. >> reporter: with each and every step, this robot named cassie is leading researchers to new discoveries. >> we want to understand how to make robots move like us. >> reporter: this professor says that's the mission at cal tech's autonomous technologies lab where they are creating robots able to walk on their own. >> so if i push it forward -- >> reporter: from this early
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model named amber to cassie, which can control balance, the machines are helping researchers better understand the science of walking and with that -- >> we can apply it to help by people with two legs walk better, that's us. >> there's moving components, motors and gear boxes. >> reporter: this battery powered leg can be programmed to respond to the way an individual walks helping natural movement. >> the advantage is that the user will spend less energy when they are walking. >> reporter: as for the robots themselves, researchers see them in a number of roles from everyday home use to being deployed places too dangerous for people. >> going into a nuclear plant when it's melting down, going into parts of houston when it was flooded and trying to find people. >> reporter: ames also imagines a fleet of robotic space explorers walking on the
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distance planets, giant leaps for mankind all starting with a few simple steps. chris martinez, cbs news, pasadena, california. ford is shifting its focus away from cars. the automaker has decided to stop selling its fiesta, taurus, fusion and focus models in the u.s. it's part of a plan to save money and make ford more competitive in the marketplace. by 2020 the only passenger car models will be the mustang and ford focus active that's a hatchback-like vehicle set to debut next year. ford will continue to offer all of its trucks, suvs and crossovers. let's see how wall street is doing this afternoon. with about 45 minutes to go before the closing bell, the dow is up big about 290 points. temperatures aren't up big but it's still okay out there. >> yeah. not bad. we are getting sunshine so that's good news. it will help warm things up especially inland but along the coastline, still gloomy but even the cloud coverage there is starting to move back
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a little bit. here's the view at ocean beach. watching birds hanging right there on this span. we have been noticing clouds all morning long through the coastline and around the bay. but a lot of that is burned off. look how clear it is now over mount vaca. you can see blue skies out there. so the marine layer pushed on through. moved towards inland areas. this is a completely different scene this morning at berkeley, lawrence hall of science camera and then across the bay also nice clear conditions. look at our temperatures right now. 55 degrees for san francisco. 61 in livermore. 57 in oakland, warming up in concord 65 degrees. now overall satellite-radar showing this morning all of the california coast got that marine layer and now it's burned off. but it will be back yet again. we'll see a repeat of that tonight. sunset happening at 7:55. sunset at 6:18. below average for san francisco and oakland temperatures below average by 5 to 10 degrees.
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look how cool it is around stinson beach, bodega bay 57 degrees. st. helena 69. overall, a low here is going to bring us continued cloud cover for tomorrow. a very minimal chance of showers. so for the northern end of the north bay that's where we are most likely going to see precipitation if we do get any mostlily in ukiah, mendocino county, right by the california, oregon border. by monday, tuesday we'll be back to sunshine but for the next few days, through the weekend, cool and cloudy. we'll be right back after the break.
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homelessness spreading throughout the bay area. but as allen martin reports... this week's jefferson award winner says doing some we have seen the crisis of homelessness spreading throughout the bay area but as allen martin reports, this week's jefferson award winner says he's doing something about it and it means looking at someone who is homeless as a person, not a problem. >> reporter: when kevin adler saw a homeless man in san francisco, he flashed back to his uncle mark who lived on and off the streets for 30 years. >> and it wasn't until after
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he passed away that i really started thinking that, gosh, i'm walking down the street here in san francisco, i see a person experiencing homelessness, and that could have been my uncle. it bothered me. i couldn't unsee what i had seen. >> reporter: so the tech entrepreneur summoned his faith. >> so i wondered how would jesus use a smartphone? >> reporter: the answer, use the video recorder. so three years ago kevin quit his job and started miracle messages, a nonprofit that seeks to reunite the homeless with their loved ones. he hit the streets and recorded a homeless man's message. the miracle came after posting the video to facebook. >> within the first 20 minutes of that post, his sister was tagged. he got on the phone next day. she said that jeffrey had been a missing person for 12 years. >> reporter: now three years later, kevin and his team of digital detective volunteers roam the streets record the homeless and their messages and post the videos. so far nearly 120 homeless people have been reunited with their families.
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in fact, miracle messages was instrumental in this case recently profiled on kpix 5. mick myers a 67-year-old former truck driver who was homeless on the streets of the east bay was reunited with his birth mother who had put him up for adoption when he was 2. >> to have you back puts a piece of my heart back and means the world to me. >> for the mother who is 85 to say, i would love nothing more than to get to know my son, that was very moving. >> reporter: jessica donig also left the tech industry to work alongside kevin. >> it's made me realize that any person can have a positive impact on homelessness simply by caring. >> reporter: and making connections. >> a person is not a problem. a person is a person. and we need to reembrace them as a community so, yeah, we can end homelessness. >> reporter: so for working to solve homelessness one person at a time, this week's jefferson award in the bay area goes to kevin adler. allen martin, kpix 5. >> we put a link to miracle messages on our website,
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past-life thousands of teachers have walked off the job in colorado. they're demanding increased school funding. happening right now, thousands of teachers have gone on strike in colorado. this is a live look where you can see a lot of them lined up on the streets near the state capital. they are demanding increased school funding. teachers in arizona are also on strike.
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up to 50,000 there with 90 arizona school districts expected to shut down. tonight at 5:00, we delve deeper into the past life of the golden state killer. what did joseph james deangelo do after his alleged reign of terror through the '70s and the '80s? we'll have much more tonight at 5:00. all right. that is going to do it for kpix 5 news at noon. you have sunshine now. >> yeah! >> enjoy it. have a great afternoon.
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♪ >> liam: what time is the ultrasound set for? because we were just getting started. >> steffy: i'm -- i'm leaving now. >> liam: you're leaving right now? >> steffy: mm-hmm. >> hope: is it an emergency? is something wrong? >> steffy: just routine. i forgot about it until i got an alert on my phone. it's not a crisis if you can't come. >> liam: i'm not saying i can't come. >> steffy: well, if you're busy, if you're working for hope -- >> hope: with. >> steffy: yeah, sure. you've always respected my time and my obligations, i can respect yours, if you need to stay. [ knocks on door ] >> brooke: come in! oh, emma, right? the new intern? >> emma: yes! ms. logan -- forrester.


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