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why children's hospital officials are crediting staff with helping to end a scary situation overnight. another wildfire explodes in southern california. now thousands of people have been forced toe vac wait their homes. i'm paul chambers live in san jose where less than an hour a dozen firefighters will be laid off. for many it has been a cool and foggy week, but what about the weekend? can we burn the fog off and
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warm it up? we will have the answer. mornings on 2 starts right now. good morning to you. welcome to mornings on 2. >> good morning. it is friday, july 30th. there's a lot to tell you about. we will begin with developing news. an investigation continues right now in to a terrifying security scare that happened a couple of hours ago. a man, with a gun, burst in to the emergency room at children's hospital in oakland. ktvu has new information. >> good morning. certainly could have been worse. the hospital said the whole thing was over in eight minutes. it started 3:15 this morning when the man entered the hospital with a gun. he didn't pull it out right away. instead staff members said he milled around but obviously appeared to be intoxicated and
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disoriented. he didn't pull the weapon right away and the hospital says they are not sure why he did. but when he did he briefly took a staff member hostage. the hospital is not identifying the staff member or saying what position she held in the hospital. except for the fact he was an adult he looked like any other patient. this happened 3:15 this morning. police arrived three minutes later according to the hospital. the man surrendered immediately and then he was taken in to custody. he was put on to a stretcher at that point and said don't shoot me. don't shoot me and he said i gave up. i gave up. when i spoke to the captain on the scene, captain darin allison, he tells me the man will be take on the the hospital for evaluation. that evaluation not only includes a physical but a mental evaluation, as well.
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captain allison says if the man does not pass the mental evaluation he will go to john george, a psychiatric hospital in the city of san leandro. if he does, he will most likely go to jail. there -- the hospital officials said no one has seen the man before and no one is familiar with the man. so it is a mystery why he came in and what he wanted. the woman, who was briefly held hostage, was not injured at all. reporting live in oakland, ktvu, channel 2 news. >> thank you. the time is 7:03. in southern california an aggressive air attack is set to begin against a fast-moving wildfire near palmdale. we just learned 2,000 homes remain evacuated in the area called anna verdi. you are looking a at the fire that continues to burn in that area. there's 7,000-acres that have already burned since the fire
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exploded yesterday afternoon. power distribution lines, two oubuildings and a hay storage building have been already lost. what you are looking at is what remains of the area the fire went through. the fire is 0% contained. wins are gusting up to 20 miles an hour and are expected to kick up this afternoon. bay area firefighters say the morning layoffs will increase the fire danger many their city. they are expected to be official lip out of a job in an hour. paul chambers is live from san jose with details on this story. good morning, paul. >> reporter: good morning. in the city is facing a $118 million short fall and the mayor was asking for firefighters to take a 1 a% pay decrease. that didn't happen. so dozenses of firefighters will show up and will be let go since that didn't happen. it. >> will put the community and firefighters at greater risk.
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fire station 33 is slated to be closed on sunday as well as five trucks and engines to be taken out of service. yesterday mayor reed met with the san jose firefighters union. the city and union are $6 million apart on a labor contract. so far no new talks are scheduled. >> the city of san jose has lost control over employee costs. the average cost for a firefighter and police officer is doubled in the last ten years. >> reporter: with that in mind it appears a dispute may be heading to a binding arbitration which is a city charter process that allows an outside mediator to make a final decision. on tuesday, the city council will decide if the arbitration will go before voters in november. something it appears the mayor may want to happen to limit authority. the public information officer just arrived on the scene and we will have an interview with him and bring it to you and as soon as we do we very much the
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it willest. -- we will have the latest. 7:05. oak land police are out there searching for suspects in two late night shootings. both happened within a half hour period, just eight miles apart. the first shooting happened just shortly after 10:00 last night at 29th and martin luther king. one man was shot there. he is expected to survive. police are still searching for suspects. the second shooting happened 30 minutes later, in the 1200 block of 82ened avenue. a gunman fired several times at the young man. we understand he's listed in critical condition. so far there have been no arrests and police don't think the two shootings are connected. time 7:06. a 17-year-old girl is among two suspects arrested and accused in the execution-style shooting of two young hayward men during a robbery. it happened on west park street. the victims were forced to lay
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down on the street and were shot several times with an assault rifle. police arrested 21-year-old isaiah washington the night of the shootings and yesterday a fremont girl was arrested in connection with the case. relatives of the victims talked about the arrest. >> she said she would like them to suffer the way that her son suffered. she would like them to either get life in prison or even death, if that's the case. >> reporter: the death penalty is possible for the man who was arrested if he is convicted. both suspects are due in court next week. the u.s. economy had the weakest growth in almost a year. the commerce department said the gross domestic product grew 2.4% in april, may and june. that is down from 3.7% revised
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number. weaker consumer spending and less growth from companies rebuilding inventories are seen as the main factor for the drop in growth. the transit labor dispute is heading to court today. the judge may decide whether or not to overturn a contract that was imposed on transit employees. the contract changed work rules and shifted hours. that angered a lot of bus drivers who have been accused of staging a sickout. they say they need concessions from the union to reduce the budget deficit. they say if the judge reinstates the old contracts, all weekend transit service could be eliminated. all right. time is 7:08. yesterday we had call train delays. do we have them today. >> we do furtherly. we have a train that's been cancelled. i'm looking at the e-mail sent from cal train. let me pull this up here. it is train 309.
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it has been cancelled. a couple other trains are a little late because mechanical failure. so train 309 is cancelled due to mechanical failure and train 207 and 211 are ten minutes late. go outside and look at the peninsula. this is a look at our map system showing highway 101 and 280. people, sometimes when cal train doesn't work they give up and take the car. right now it is light so probably won't affect the freeways too much. westbound bay bridge, it is light on this friday, getting in to the city. this morning we are in good shape on 880 northbound an southbound near the coliseum. here's steve. >> thank you. happy friday, everybody. foggy week. we start off really cool. well below average temperatures. each day the temperatures have been coming up two to three degrees. high pressure has bill in aloft. i will show you the temperatures in a second. that bumps the fog off sooner
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for many. but still a sea breeze. fairfield is calm. the calm is at vacville. fairfield not bad. napa west at 6. santa rosa overcast. a component of a westerly breeze which is taking the edge off any warming. i think we have topped off and the fog continues to move in. it has been peeled back to the coast where it's been really foggy. thunderstorm activity is pushed off as you get the west southwest wind aloft and that pushes it east. you need a south southeast to sustain that. for us, the fog is in the form of fog. so we have more mist and drizzle this morning. 52 in the city. it's cold. 55 at 9:00. 64 today after yesterday's 61. i think the fog will burn off sooner. 70s by thebaid bay and mid-80s inland. if you are in lake county in
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the 90s. if you are taking a bike ride you start off cool and oh my goodness getting what warm. 89 down in las vegas. palm springs 83. cool day. yesterday they had record lomax mum temperatures again. lax was like 60 something, really cool. the lowest high temperatures on that date. and the same has been happening in crescent city and eureka. not only us. it's everybody. the system off of oregon will move through. high pressure in the southwest will build in but that won't billion until sunday. clearing by noon. still the fog seems to want to hug the coast. fog drizzle, sunny and warm. a foggy morn and drizzly. temperatures 60s by the bay.
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80s inland. mid-80s but near average to sly slightly below. san jose is several degrees below average. sunny and mild to warm, 65 to 75 look for 68 in cap poll la and warm inland and cooler on saturday. inland areas will warm up on monday an tuesday. time is 7:11. three americans killed overnight in an motor vehicle physician afghanistan making in the deadliest month for u.s. troops. we will tell you why the u.s. military officials aren't surprised. the taliban is now threatening to kill people listed on the wikileaks website. we will have the harsh reaction to this from the u.s. military. and san jose state may be opening its doors to more students. we'll bring you all the details on that.
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overnight news, three u.s. troops died in explosions in afghanistan. this made it the deadliest month for american forces in the nine year war. at least 63 american servicemen during july. alternate is saying the latest casualties died in two separate blasts in southern afghanistan. the commanders had warned in the past the number of deaths could go up as the military ramps up the war against the taliban. meantime, the white house is reacting this morning to a pledge and a threat from the taliban to hunt down the people who were named in the wikileaks documents as informants for alternate forces in afghanistan. ktvu's allison burns is live in our washington, d.c. bureau. she has the story. >> we are tracking several new
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developments this morning. first, the white house is imploring wikileaks not to post anymore of the afghanistan documents. tens of thousands of secret documents from the war zone are already on-line, and wikileaks says it has thousands more. but in the last couple of hours, white house spokesman robert gibbs went on to say they could be deeply damaging. >> we were, and still are, concerned about names, operations, tactics that are outlined in these documents that could put our soldiers at risk. >> reporter: the taliban is also warning this morning that afghan's named in the documents, suspected of being informants will be hunted down. the fbi is now getting involved and trying to figure out who's behind the leak. the 22-year-old soldier suspected of being involved is in custody, and he was just moved from kuwait to the military base here at quantico, virginia. reporting live from washington, d.c., allison burns, ktvu,
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channel 2 news. >> thank you. this weekend there will be rallies and marchs in san francisco and other cities around the world to mark that anniversary. three uc berkeley graduates have spent a year, locked up in a prison in teheran and their mothers are now making a new plea for their release. it was july 31st, 2009, when iranian police arrested them near the iraq border. iran accused them of spying and charged the u.s -- a charge the u.s. state department strongly denies. we will talk to a friend of sara coming up. governor schwarzenegger is now challenging cities all over the state to publish and post the salaries of their local officials on websites if they have nothing to hide. if that kind of information is already public record in california, but a lot of cities and counties don't display the information for the public to easily see it. that, however, may change iffy legislature moves ahead with new proposals being drafted by
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the league of california cities. now the l.a. times is reporting the city of bell, which has 20,000 residents, has a 17% poverty rate, but has been paying the second highest property taxes among the 88 cities in los angeles counties. they pay even more with special assessments than malibu. earlier this year, the city council there cut their own salaries by 90% after bell's chief administrative officer resigned after his controversial salary of $787,000 a year. time is 7:18. california lawmakers are set to debate a controversial plan that solves california's budget crisis next week. darryl steinberg says he wants to raise the income tax and vehicle license fees. he's also proposing to cut the sales tax by 1.5 centss. >> what we would do is raise some taxes where taxpayers get
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a deduction and lower the sales tax, where taxpayers do not get a deduction. >> reporter: steinberg says the end result would be a tax decrease. governor swag says he is hopeful about getting a budget he can accept. we have information on the state budget and on furloughs on our website at ktvu.com. just look for the state budget tab. san jose state university has reversed itself. now says it will accept applications for the spring semester. however, school officials say students may not be able to enroll unless state funding comes through. students can start applying this sunday through august 31st. school officials say students will be notified about their status once the state budget is finally approved. time is 7:19. a bay area police sting operation aimed at getting properties off the streets. we will tell you where several arrests were made last night. plus, if you were affected
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by the cal train delays, will you get something out of it from cal train to soothe your feelings? details just ahead. 101, san jose a little slowing ayouapproach the 880 interchange. i will tell you more coming up.
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sentencing is expected for the man accused of tampering with a computer system. childs was found guilty in april and was holding pass words to the main system in 2008. the city is seeking more than $1 million in restitution for the money it spent on testing network security. your time is 7:22. police in palo alto are searching for a man believed to be working with a little boy to commit several burglaries. they released this sketch. take a look at this. this is a man described as
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latino, 5'4" inches tall, 120- pounds. the police believe that a man waits outside while a 10-year- old breaks in. in one case a palo it toe resident said they spotted a man waiting outside of his house while the homeowner caught the boy trying to break in. the little boy is described as latino with long brown hair, five feet tall, weighing 100- pounds. if you have any information about this call palo alto police. police in santa rosa are stepping up their battle against the world's oldest profession. undercover cops, posing as prosty constitutes arrested a dozen men last night. this is a picture of one of the decoys. the arrest happened during a string operation along santa rosa avenue. that particular street has become the main place of business for prostitutes in santa rosa. cal train riders can expect a written apology for a mass delay yesterday but no refund.
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the first train out of san francisco developed a brake problem and another train was cancelled due 0 to what turned out to be a faulty indicater light. the rest of the morning trains were running an hour late. they said any refund would be insignificant. is this deja vu all over again with cal train. >> unfortunately we have more cal train delays. train number 309 had been cancelled. it is stuck at the sunnyvale station because of mechanical problems i'm not sure what they will do. they may be able to pull the train off to a side. they are ten minutes late. judging by the tweets i got on the the subject people were not happy. westbound 880 to the maze, the traffic is okay. no major problems approaching
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the toll plaza. looking good in front of the coliseum, northbound and southbound 80 near high street. and the morning commute is okay. westbound 580, new accident just popped up on the screen there. that looks like westbound 580 near the 680 interchange. trying to get more info on it now. looks like, let's see, we will have to find out more because it hasn't popped up on the screen yet. we will tell you more about that coming up. in the meantime, here's steve. >> thank you. low clouds and fog. reduced visible along highway one. bay point we get some fog. that will burn off fast but if the fog makes it to bay point how warm can it get seriously, it can't get that hot. can t get warm but not that bad. the sun temperatures are below
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average for many. the fog is a tough call by the coast but the city gets a little sun and below average. 61 yesterday. 64 today. why? just because. it is friday and just because. 77 santa rosa. the airport will be 82. 84 walnut creek. the week started off with 67 on monday walnut creek. 77 san jose. they should be 84 this time of the year. 52, 58. temperatures on the cool side for a few. the low spinning off of oregon will go through and keep us from warming up until sunday. high pressure will build in and give the inland areas a warm up. fog, drizzle, sunny and warm, drizzly coast in bay side. 70s over the hills low to mid- 80s a few upper 80s away from the coast if you have to get to santa cruz or capitol la today. we will have some afternoon just not warm. warmer inland on sunday, monday
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and tuesday. a gunman created terrifying moments in an emergency room. we will have an update from oakland. new video revealed to us gives us a better idea of what happened before and after a stabbing near moneyny platform muni platform in the district. and controversial ruling in the arizona immigration battle has led to security concerns for one federal judge. [ female announcer hurry in to the jcpenney
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welcome back. we want to update you on a story you will be following. a gunman burst in to the emergency room at children's hospital in oakland. the terrifying incident is raising security questions. craig is joining us live from oakland with the update. good morning, craig. >> good morning, claudia. just very briefly. it is not clear what the hospital can do to stop somebody from walking in to an emergency room. after all, they are a hospital. a shocking and scary experience early this morning for some emergency room workers. everybody's okay now. a man walks in there with a gun. it a all happened 3:15 this morning. the hospital says from start to finish it took eight minutes. the hospital says when the man walked in to the hospital he appeared to be intoxicated
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ordisoriented and he didn't pull the weapon right away. when he did, the hospital is not sure why he did. the motive is unclear. the suspect briefly held a staff member against her will. children's hospital says the security team called police. they say the guards followed the instruction and their training to the letter. and so did the health care workers. >> certainly folks interacted with the person because he was impaired and seemed to need help. there was definitely conversation. people were trying to assess what was going on. >> reporter: police say when they arrived on the scene the man instantly gave up. then, in order for them to be sure they had the right man, they showed a light in his face so the person held against her will could identify him. she did. the man gave up without physical inerincident. while they were securing the suspect he yelled don't shoot me and i gave up. police say they were taking him
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to be evaluated. reporting live in oakland, channel 2 news. >> thank you. time is 7:31. this morning we are getting an exclusive look at a horrifying attack that happened near a muni stop. ktvu's jade hernandez is live in san francisco. this is story here only on channel 2. good morning. >> reporter: new exclusive video revealed to us gives us a better idea of what happened before and after a stabbing near a muni platform in the bay view district on tuesday. we now have exclusive video from one of our sources. authorities determine what led up to an early morning stabbing. it happened at 3rd street and kirk wood on tuesday. it appears from the video a discussion between two men escalated. police believe the suspect argued with his victim and then left and came back with a group of friends and stabbed a man he originally exchanged words.
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later that afternoon, police arrested fred taylor, a 50-year- old san francisco man they say is responsible for the stabbing. police arrested him a block from where the stabbing took place. the victim was stabbed three times and take on the the hospital. he is expected to be all right. both men are familiar with the neighborhood and are known to a hang out in the bay view district according to police. riders may have noticed delays on tuesday after the stabbing. muni halted service on the line while police searched for the stabber. the victim who was with his girlfriend at the time of the stabbing has not been cooperative with police. this video shows activity and hopefully more people know they can get caught they will participate in illegal activities. reporting live in san francisco, jade hernandez, channel 2 news. >> the time is 7:33. police in alameda are continuing their investigation after a body was found floating near a beach yesterday. police say the victim, described as a 25year -old asian man who lived in alameda
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was found the water near robert w. crown memorial state beach. if you have any information about this contact the east bay regional park police. in concord, police are searching for two men who tried to kidnap a woman off the street. investigators say the woman was walking along sunshine drive around 11:00. a car pulled alongside her and a passenger inside the of the car told her to get in. police say the woman refused but a man grabbed her. she says she punched the suspect and then ran away. one suspect is described as latino in his 20s, 5'7" between 150 to 165-pounds with medium length brown hair. right now firefighting planes and 500 firefighters on the ground are attacking that out of control wildfire down in los angeles county.
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about 2000 homes are still under mandatory evacuation orders. this is near palm dale. officials say at least 7,000- acres have burned since the fire exploded yesterday afternoon and we want to show you new video. this is new. this is a nearby transmitter tower. it's on fire. some of the embers apparently spread and now that transmitter tower is on fire. two out buildings and a hay storage building have been losted in the fire. firefighters still haven't been able to figure out how many homes have been lost in this. the fire is at 0% contained. it is not contained at all. and you can see, given the idea of the winds that's gusting up to 20 miles an hour is expected by this afternoon. arizona authorities are providing extra security for a federal judge in phoenix because of her ruling on a controversial immigration law. officials say the judge susan bollen has received thousands of phone calls and e-mails
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since her preliminary injunction on wednesday that puts key provisions of the anti- illegal immigration law on hold. and authorities say some of those messages sent to the judge are 0 positive and others perverted. no word on what kind of extra security they are providing. the hoopla over the law isn't stopping the local sheriff from containing with his crackdowns on illegal immigrants. the sheriff is known as the king of local immigration enforcement and yesterday about the same time protesters stopped outside of the sheriffs office he sent 200 deputies and trained deputies in search of traffic violaters who maybe
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here illegally. the sheriff says it is his job to control what he calls a steady stream of illegal immigrants in to his county. oracle is being accused of fraud and breach of contract by the u.s. justice department. federal investigators say
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oracle gave the government less favorable contracts than it did other businesses and that resulted in the government overpaying by hundreds of millions of dollars. these charges are based on information from a former oracle employee who filed a whistle-blower complaint three years ago. so far, oracle has made no comment on that lawsuit. three people, including two from walnut creek have been indicted on charges of bribery and bid rigging in a scheme to allegedly defraud cal-trans of $1.2 million. according to the fbi then walnut creek and their company are acaused of bribing an official with money and other
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gifts in exchange for cal traps contracts. if convicted they face up to 35 years in prison and could be required to pay $2.4 million in fines. let's go to sal who has an update on the cal train delays. >> we have the delays as you mentioned. we are looking at the roads as well because that may put more people on the roads. san mateo traffic looks good and 101 won't be that bad of a commute on 101. it is friday. so we are hoping for lighter than usual traffic. all right. northbound 880 traffic here at the coliseum looks good. it's crowded but we don't have stop and go traffic. it is a nice drive all the way up to the bay bridge toll plaza, westbound bay bridge looks good. no problems on the upper deck of the bay bridge. as a matter of fact, we are just getting word of a new accident. this one just popped up eastbound 24 at 680 on the right side. 7:38. here's steve. happy friday to you all. a foggy morning. in fact the fog is thicker and more drizzle, mist this morning on highway 1 and monterrey. reduced visibles. santa rosa says fog, not just low clouds but fog. caldecott to the city reports of misty conditions. it also means the fog will burn offer. there is warm air to take care of it but not before we start with a cloudy morning for many. the thunderstorm activity has calmed down. for the city another foggy beginning and mist out there, as well. 52. 55 at 9:00 and then 60, and going to 64 today. that is degree -- that is three degrees warmer than yesterday. for many below average. the week was cool on monday and tuesday and we warmed up for some to near average but still slightly below. 77 san jose and should be 74. and the airport should be 82 but 83 is average. 70 oakland, and 68 at sfo. they should be 71. there's the warm air aloft. they jump 20 degrees compare to yesterday morning. mill valley is 61. pleasantton 53 and 56 gilroy, morgan hill and minute low mark
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57. hot in palm, 97 there yesterday. the firefighters are fighting some very hot conditions but that's not the case at the coast where it's been cool. another record day of maximum low temperatures. same can be said said for eureka and crescent city. tropical activity in the four corners. the system right there is a little logoing through. once that goes by the high starts to flex its muscles. working out, doing the boot camp classes that says i'm coming back but that isn't until sunday and monday. clearing around the bay. the coast has to deal with follow. some areas where the sun comes out. fop, drizzle, sunny and warm. away from the coast, mild an the bay. cool to okay by the beaches. we will go 74 in santa cruz. after the fog burns off. 68 capitola but fog will give way to afternoon sunshine and a westerly breeze. thick fog on saturday and fog
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burns off on sunday an the inland areas warm up on monday an tuesday. >> time is 7:40. coming up the latest on a suspicious letter sent to a u.s. embassy. two employees there are undergoing medical tests. and the latest rules that will make it harder for pg&e to shut off your gas and electric service. we told you ellen degeneres is leaving. but could another be leaving
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too. look at this numbers the dow is up 12 points. things were down this morning with the gdp report that came in and said the economy is growing but at a slower rate
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than expected. we got a private report from in from reuter and the university of michigan that says consumer sentiment is at the lowest level in nine months. we will have an eye on the numbers all morning long. two men who work for the u.s. embassy in paris are undergoing medical tests after handling a suspicious letter. the employees were unwell after the incident. they didn't elaborate. the letter is being examined by chemical experts but a preliminary analysis suggests it is not harmful. it is not known where the letter came from or what was deemed suspicious about it. we will be watching the gulf of mexico this weekend as crews try again to plug that broken oil well. it is a trial procedure called a static kill and they will try it as early as sunday. unlike the other attempts to stop the spill, the experts say this one may actually do it. the process involves filling
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the leak with cement and it is the preferred method for capping a well. industry experts say even though no more oil appears to be getting out of the well since the cap was put in place, cementing the well shut will close it permanently. some b.p. gas station owners are pushing for the company to a change its name here in the united states. they have seen sales drop as much as 40% as drivers protest that big oil spill. they want b.p. to go back to the old amoco name that was dropped when b.p. bought the stations the owners say there's a lot of good will left in the old symbol that you saw in the midwest and the west coast. here it is sold under the arco brand name. new rules will make it harder for pg&e disconnect service. they approved rules to help people struggling with the recession and unemployment. among them, utilities must inform late customers about payment plans and new limits on
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deposits for low-income customers and those trying to have service reconnected. last year they shut off service to 272,000 customers. that's up from 185,000 in 2006. free clinic will be held today in martinez to vaccinate against whooping cough. yesterday in concord, 500 shots were given at this outdoor clinic and farmers market. it is a respiratory infection. and respiratory officials announced a 1-month-old baby died from the disease making the baby the 7th baby to die in the state. in each case, the whooping cough was spread by a relative. i don't want them to get it. i do child care so we are all getting it. >> they blame the outbreak on more parents declining vaccinations and say it runs in cycles. we did check out how widespread it is nationwide.
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the department of health's latest tally is putting the number at 1500 cases with hundreds more verdicted local l. our channel 2 website has more information about whooping cough and the vaccination clinic in martinez, go to wtvu.com and look for the right now section. in politics jerry brown's efforts to stay competitive in the governor's race, despite megawhitman's heavy advertising spending could feely like da gentleman view for the family. jerry brown's younger sister, kathleen brown, ran for governor against the incumbent, republican pete wilson. back then kathleen brown had the early lead in the polls but his campaign spent more on advertising. they say pete wilson's ads were working and if brown didn't fight back with ads right away
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she risked being knocked out early. >> i decided let's, you know, let's spend our money during this summer. we will raise money later. truthfully, very few people know this, we really ran out of money after labor day. >> reporter: kathleen brown eventually lost that election and a lot of analysts are saying jerry brown is facing that same dilemma. they agree he's going to have to raise more money to compete with megawhitman but that raising money comes with its own set of problems especially if it is from labor problems. there are reports disney has found a buyer for miromax film unit. they produced chicago, pulp fiction and my left foot. the "los angeles times" reports a private investment will pay $660 million for miromax. the investors putt down a $40
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million nonrefundability deposit yesterday. there's big news about "american idol" this morning and who is going to be sitting on the judge's panel. according to tmz, the show will be going back to a three-judge format with jennifer lopez, you see here there as one of the judges. tmz says aerosmith singer steven tyler will join the panel and randy jackson keeping his job as the third judge. that eulaminates kara dioguardi who has been apparently let go and ellen degeneres who announced her departure yesterday. our time is 7:49. up next, officials seize a large am of marijuana in the sierra during a major raid. we will tell you about those suspects. plus, find out why the secret service is involved in an investigation at the state fair.
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welcome back. we now know more about the flooding in pakistan.
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these pictures, 325 people have already been killed. monsoon rains have washed away hundreds of mud home and thousands of acres of crops. the state-run news agency say the pakistani air force is helping to rescue people caught up in the floodwaters. the united nations says it's already sent the first shipment of aid to those flood victims. mexico's military says it killed a senior member of one of mexico's most powerful drug cartels. officials say the principal leader of the organization was killed in a gun battle with soldiers yesterday. he was known as nacho, as well as the king of crystal for the way he dominated the crystal meth trafficking as well as cocaine. he was wanted by the united states and mexico. closer to home, almost 100 people are in custody, most from mexico following a huge sweep of marijuana growing operations in the sierra.
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federal and state officials have been searching parts of fresno for grow operations and they say the rates so far have netted about $1.7 billion worth of marijuana. the fresno county sheriff says most are involved with the mexican cartel and more arrests are coming the sweep started this week and is expected wrap up today. california state fair officials say four suspected counterfeiters have been arrested. they tried to pass fake money at the fair. state fair officials say the phony bills are 20s and 100s. they responded by fair employees. now the secret service has been called in to investigate. still to word on how much, if any, counterfeit money has been confiscated. late last night the oakland school board voted to put a parcel tax on the november ballot. if voters pass the measure, property owners will pay $195 a year for ten years the money
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will help to boost teachers salaries but could be difficult for them to win the two-thirds majority it needs. because earlier this week, oakland city council put another parcel tax on the ballot to raise money to pay for police officers. that parcel tax seeks $360 a year from property owners. school officials are considering a crackdown on failing charter schools. if approved, california's board of education would vote to close struggling schools that have low test scores and have been operating for five years. a handful of bay area charter schools could be at risk and new rules are expected to be adopted this fall. let's go to sal. any problems on the roads? and are we still having train problems. >> i have been trying to keep up with the train problems. it's confusing. let me run it down for you. you are taking a train in to san francisco and i have been looking at the train that cal trains sen out.
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people on 211 are asked to get off the station and get on another train in the city. 220 southbound has been cancelled. -- i'm sorry 218 had been canceled. 220 will make all local stops. boil it down for you. if you take cal trains another bad day. expect delays. you might, and i hate to say, this but if you have to get there on time, you may want to bring the car. sorry to say. let's go out and look at what we have on the san mateo bridge. westbound 29, traffic is okay. no major problems there. also this morning looking at 880 north an southbounden the traffic looks good as you pass the coliseum. if you are at the bay bridge, no problem there. traffic is light. well, we have to deal with a lot of low clouds and fog. the cloud deck was up there and now it has been smashed a bit. areas of fog and reduced visibility and mist and drizzle
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. fog indris and sunny. cool and warm over bathes coast 670s by the bay. 70s inland. low to mid-80s but most areas are below average on the temperatures. temperature close to yesterday. santa rosa downtown. i bumped you up three. just because. it's a tough call. it will be close. 64 in the city. walnut creek 84. started the week off at 67. they have come a long way. 70 in oakland downtown and san jose 77 after yesterday's 767. 52 to 58. temperatures can't go anywhere due to cloud cover. a lot of mist and drizzle. the system is a fight between the high in the southwest and the low off of oregon it will fill or weaken as it moves in on friday and saturday and by saturday high pressure will
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build in. fog gives way to sunshine. a little haze to the south bay. santa clara valley warm. if you are away from the coast but rather cool by 60s and 70s coast and bay side. a few upper 80s well away from fog influence. santasanta cruz, over highway 17 oar up and down 1. after the fog burns off 60s and 70s. a lot of fog the last couple of weeks. thick fog on saturday burns off and i wouldn't worry about inland plans. much warmer on monday and tuesday. a gunman stormed children's hospital in oakland this morning. find out what officials are telling us now about the crime that is plaguing their neighborhood. it is another horrifying case in the east bay. a 17-year-old girl among the suspects in an execution style killing. in minutes, we will have live coverage of a news conference that is just geeing underway right now.
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it's happening again. another out of control wildfire burning in southern california. we have late details. it is a gloomy friday morning for dozens of bay area
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firefighters. speaking of a gloomy morning it has been fog wise but what about inland temperatures. can we burn the fog off? we will check in on mornings on 2. complete bay area news coverage continues. this is ktvu mornings on 2. good morning. welcome back to mornings on 2. >> good morning. it is friday, july 30th. topping our news this morning, we're following a terrifying security scare just hours ago. a gunman burst in to the emergency room at children's hospital in oakland. craig has been following the story all morning long and is live with the update. good morning, craig. >> thank you. the hospital is located at 52nd and martin luther king it's a neighborhood that has seen all kinds of crime from jaywalking to homicides usually the hospital is left alone. not this morning. 3:15 in the morning a machine walked in the emergency room at
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the hospital. he didn't immediately produce the weapon. hospital workers notice immediately the man was disoryened or intoxicated. the hospital says the workers tried to help him. no one knows why but the suspect pulled his gun and tried to hold a worker against her will. a spokesperson called it a rare event. >> we are part of neighborhood and work with our neighbors an the neighbors appreciate us being here and part of their neighborhood but there is a lot of mutual respect an we are synergistic with the neighborhood. >> reporter: hospital security called police. they arrived in eight minutes, according to the hospital. the man gave up right away. because of the state of mind the man was put on a gurney. police held his head up or lifted the incline part of the verdi so the victim in this case could identify the man. he was identified and the man was officially taken in to custody. no one was hurt in the understand den. police say the man will be
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evaluated and depending how the evaluation turns out he will be taken to jail or john george psychiatric hospital in san san leandro. >> thank you. our time is 8:01. in southern california homes are threatened this morning by an out of control wildfire burning near palm dale. 7,000-acres have been burned. 1,000 homes remain evacuated. evacuation orders have been lifted in rancho vista. about 500 firefighters and planes are out there trying to fight this fire. a short time ago, we saw a dc 10 tanker make the first drop out there. the temperatures are cool. winds are calm right now. but that is expected to change this afternoon. the winds are expected to pick up. the temperatures are expected to be, turnly in the high 90s. that's not good. the fire is about 5% surrounded right now.
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in the meantime some bay area firefighters are saying this morning's layoffs will increase the fire danger in their city. just moments ago they wrapped up their final shift. ktvu's paul chambers is joining us live in san jose where a news conference just ended. good morning, paul. >> good morning. the interim fire chief just talked about the layoffs and how this will afc the police -- i keep saying police, i apologize will affect the force here in san jose. the fire union chief is here and he will talk in a few minutes. basically this is a big deal. a lot of the officers, a lot of the fire officials have just been let go. >> we know it's going to put the community at risk, the property at risk and then the firefighters at greater risk. >> reporter: in all more than 50 of the city's 700 plus firefighters will be let go. fire station 33 is slated to be closed on sunday, as as well as five trucks and engines will be taken out of service. mayor reed met with san jose
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fire unions. the city and union are $6 million apart on a labor contract and so far no new talks are scheduled. >> the city of san jose lost control over employee costs. the average cost for a firefighter and police officer is doubled in the last ten years. >> reporter: now it appears it may be heading to binding arbitration. a city process that allows an outside mediator to make a final decision. the continental cowill decide if it will go before voters in november. something the mayor would like to see happen to limit the arbitrators authority. coming up we will have word from the interim fire chief and also word from the fire union. fishes will give you information on what is going on. once again the fire officials just got off of their shift and are here at the training facility turning in their gear and badges and hopes that further negotiations could bring them back to their jobs. live in san jose, k, vu, channel 2 news. >> thank you for the update.
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certainly a tough day. oakland police are searching for suspects in two separate late-night shootings. both happened within a half hour of each other, eight miles apart. the first happened shortly after 10:00 a.m. at 29th street and martin luther king one man is shot and expected to survive. police are searching for suspects in that case. the second shooting happened 30 minutes later on the 1200 block of 82nd avenue. police say a gunman fired several times at a young man who is now listed in critical condition and so far there have been no arrests in that case either. police say at this point they don't believe the two shootings are connected. a 17-year-old girl is among two suspects arrested and accused in the execution-style killing of two young men during a robbery. this happened in may on west park street. the victims were forced to lay in the street and then shot several times with an assault
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rifle. police arrested 21-year-old isaiah washington of oakland the night of the shootings. yesterday a 17-year-old fremont girl was arrested in this case. relatives of the victims talked about those arrests. >> she said she would like them to suffer the way that her son suffered. she would like them to either get life in prison or even death, if that is the case. >> reporter: the death penalty is possible for the man who was arrested. if he is convicted, both suspects are due in court next week. the u.s. economy had the weakest growth in a year. the gross domestic product grew 2.4% in april, may and june and that's down considerably from the first quarter revised number of 3.7%. weaker consumer spending and less growth in companies rebuilding inventories are the primary factors for that
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decline in growth. the ac transit labor dispute heads to court later this morning about the judge will have to decide whether or not to overturn a contract that was imposed on transit workers. the contract change work rules and shifted shower hours which angered bus drivers who are accused of staging a sick out. they say they need concessions from the union to reduce the budget deficit. they say if the judge does reinstate the old contract, all weekend transit service could be eliminated. we have cal train delays to tell you about. sal knows everything. sal? >> you know, what happened this morning was 309 train broke down in sunnyvale and that was stuck on the tracks. that started a train reaction of slow traffic, if you will. slow train traffic on the tracks. they have removed that train, but you can expect residual delays. and some trains that were express trains are local trains. that means i will take you longer to get to work on these
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trains. give yourself patience, it is friday. most of you do not have to go to work tomorrow, we need it, right? look at 280 northbound, the traffic is moving nicely up to the valley. also this morning we have a good-looking commute here on 237. it is much lighter than normally is. so maybe, i don't know, another friday light here. and if you are driving to -- oh, that's my twitter account. well, now you know i'm on twitter and that's how i get a lot of good information. if you are driving on 580, traffic is moving relatively well. getting up to the livermore valley. i want to refresh this and see, that accident unfortunately is still there. it is a minor one. since i showed you my twitter account, let me just say, i'm at sal under score cast that da. >> i'm sp weather. >> you got it. >> received one tweet. will the fog burn off at inon
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the ontomorrow motorcycle races, yes it will burn off. temperatures can be hot for this time of the year but that is not the case. mist and drizzle, as well. and fog and drizzle and then sunny and i think today will hold steady very much like what we saw yesterday. city 53. 55, 60. winds on the high side. i think the fog will burn off sooner. it depends where you are in the city. some areas will be cooler and some close to that, maybe slightly above. oakland is 70. santa rosa 77. airport is a running a little warmer. 83 is average. mountain view 75 and san jose 77, should be 84. 102 in 19958 the record. -- in 1995, the record. everyone else has not changed a lick since 5:00 a.m. foggy and 58 degrees. tom in blossom hill has high fog is what he says.
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90 in las vegas. 54 tahoe. thunderstorm activity has calmed down. 56 uruguay ya. lake county getting 90s though. they don't get the sea breeze. sacramento in the 90s, as well. some inland areas have warmed up considerably this week. we started so cool with 60s and 70s and now more 80s inland. more tropical clouds. keep an eye on that for next week. an until then the system goes through and temperatures held where they were yesterday. fog, drizzle, sunny and warm. a foggy drizzly morning on the coast and bay side. highway 1, reduced visible from santa rosa to monterrey. 60s and 70s. fair field still has a west southwest wind at 23 so they can't get much warmer than that. santa cruz, after the fog burns off sunny. eddie money is playing in santa cruz tonight. i saw him in winter land back
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in 1976. so i'm showing my age, but that was back in the day. i think it was with journey. santa cruz, the old journey, the old journey. temperatures will start to rebound on sunday, monday and tuesday. inland looks warm to hot. time is 8:10. we want to take you live to michigan where president obama has just arrived. he is going there to speak to workers at the chrysler assembly plant in detroit. he just got there after leaving from andrews air force base in maryland where he switched from the presidential helicopter to air force one. again, now, we believe that is him now in the vehicle heading out to talk to the auto industry. the president is expected to point to the success of the auto industry bailout, and over the next several days, he plans to visit a general motors plant, also in michigan, and a ford factory in chicago. so this is just the beginning of several day trip apparently
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where he is going to focus on the auto industry and there the president goes, off in his car right now. heading out to talk to auto workers in detroit, michigan at a chrysler assembly plant. >> we will have more on that. starting today there will be rallies and marchs in san francisco and in cities around the world marking a somber anniversary. three uc berkeley grads have spent a whole year locked up in an iranian prison. their mothers are making a new plea to try to get them free. it was july 31st, 2009 when police arrested them near the iraq border. iran accused them of spying. the u.s. state department denies it. we will be talking live to a friend of one of the detainees. that is coming up here on mornings on 2. it haps been the deadliest month ever for u.s. troops in
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afghanistan. there is more tragic news this morning. >> in the meantime the fbi is helping to track down whoever was responsible for leaking 90,000 pages of classified afghan war documents. also, something happening in sacramento is directly affecting many students hoping to attend college in san jose.
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in overnight news, three u.s. troops died in explosions
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in afghanistan making it the deadliest month for american forces in the nine-year war. 63 american service people died during july and alternate says the three latest casualties died in two separate blasts in afghanistan. commanders had previously warned the number of deaths could increase as the military ramps up the war on the taliban. there's more fallout from classified documents released by the wikileaks website. the u.s. military says it has someone in custody in connection with those leaks. ktvu's allison burns is live in our washington, d.c. newsroom with the latest. good morning, allison. >> good morning. we also have some new information on the taliban. the taliban is issuing a dire warning, saying it is studying the wikileaks documents and hunting down afghans who are named and might be informants. now the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff is lashing out at wikileaks founder and his source for the documents
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suspected to be a 22-year-old soldier saying they have blood on their hands. just a few hours ago, the white house implored wikileaks not to release anymore of the afghanistan documents saying they could do deep damage. >> we were and still are concerned about names, operations, tactics that are outlined in these documents that could put our soldiers at risk. >> reporter: also new today, the private suspected of being involved in the leak, bradley manning, as been transferred from kuwait scene now in a marine corps brig out here close to dc at quantico, virginia. live from washington, d.c., allison burns, ktvu, channel 2 news. >> thank you. time is 8:17. governor schwarzenegger wants cities all over the state to publish the salaries of their local officials on websites if they have nothing to hide. it is already public record in california, but many cities and counties don't make that information easy to find.
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that, however, may change if the state legislature approves new proposals that are being developed by the league of california cities. now the l.a. times is reporting the city of bell, which has about 40,000 resident and a 17% poverty rate is paying the second highest property taxes among the 88 cities in l.a. county. they pay even more with special assessments than malibu. earlier this week, the city council there cut their own salaries by 90% after that city's chief administrative officer resigned because of his controversial salary of $787,000 a year. california lawmakers are set to debate a plan to solve california's budget crisis next week. darryl steinberg says he want toll raise the income tax and the vehicle license fee he's also proposing to cut the sales
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tax by 2.5 cents. >> we would raise some of the taxes where taxpayers get a federal deduction and lower the sales tax where taxpayers do not get a deduction. >> reporter: he says the end result is a tax decrease. meantime governor schwarzenegger says he is hopeful about getting a budget he can actually accept. we have more information on the state budget and on furloughs at our channel 2 website ktvu.com. just look for the state budget tab. san jose state university now says it will accept applications for the spring semester but students may not be able to enroll unless state funding comes through. students can apply this sunday through august 31st. school officials say students will be notified about their status once that state budget is adopted. this afternoon, the crews will start to tear down the old terminal c at san jose international airport.
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when the billing is gone, it will be replaced by a new, 1400 space parking lot next to the terminal b. terminal c has been closed for the last month. construction on the parking lot will start in october. it is scheduled to open next spring. time is 8:19. we will have the latest on the arrests following attacks that happened in the bay area national park. details just ahead. plus, the man convicted of sabotaging san francisco's computer network will be in court today. we will tell you why. good morning. westbound 24. we can finally see it. the fog is lifting in some areas. steve and i will be back to tell you more about the traffic and weather ahead. it's not back-to-school, it's forward to what's next
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good morning welcome back. sentencing is expected this afternoon for the man viced of tampering with san francisco's city computer system. 45-year-old terry childs of pittsburgh was found guilty in april of holding and withholding the pass words to the city's main computer system. this have back in 2008. the city wants more than $1 million in restitution for the money it spent on testing that work -- that network security. police in santa rosa are stepping up their battle against the world's old oldest profession. undercover cops posing as prostitutes arrested a dozen men last night.
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you are looking at a picture of one of the decoys. tyke place during a sting operation on santa rosa avenue. the street is the main place of business for prostitutes in santa rosa. national parks service rangers say they have arrested a man responsible for attacking two people in muir woods. it happened 6:00 on wednesday night along the ben johnson trail. one victim was hospitalized with a serious face injury. the other was not hurt badly enough to require hospitalization. a car service spokesperson says the attacker had hypothermia and hand injuries and was treated at the hospital and is now in jail. the time is 8:24. we have been telling you about the big cal train delays. riders can expect a written apology for that huge delay yesterday morning, but you won't get a refund. the first train out of san francisco developed a brake problem. another train was also cancelled because of what turned out to be a faulty indicator light. the rest of the morning and yesterday as we were telling
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you a trains were running an hour late. cal train says most people have monthly passes and any refund they could get would be insignificant. >> i'm sure they were hoping for a smooth morning this morning but didn't go that way. sal has that. >> it is not as bad as yesterday but there are some significant delays on cal train. they had a train break down in sunnyvale. it was on the tracks for a while they have residual delays. not as bad as yesterday. i any that you can -- i think you can try it but slightly delayed. moving on a look at the bay bridge westbound as you come in to san francisco, san matteau bridge doing well and the golden gate bridge. notice in if four shots i don't see any sun but thanks from to a tweet from steve i know there
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is sun in concord. >> yes. at buchanan. >> thank you. >> take it away. every reporting station except concord says cloudy and you can see why. you can see the fog as it moves inland. there's still a sea breeze through the delta. temperatures probably topped out yesterday or today. sunday looks warmer but tomorrow could be a little cooler. we have on the five day, fog, sun and warm today. thick fog for saturday. that will burn off. if you have plans inland don't worry the fog will burn awful the coast is tough. some areas get some sun but many have to deal with the fog. warmer inland on sunday. monday, tuesday, inland areas should warm up. the coast will deal with light morning fog but could see a
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return of 90s to the interior by next week. the time is 26 we are getting breaking news from southern california. an explosion -- look at this, an explosion just happened in a large south los angeles commercial building. we are hearing people have been hurled in to the street. some of them are wedged under parked cars. we have new exclusive video for you that shows what happened before and after a stabbing on a muni platform in the bay view district. we will have that coming up.
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breaking news coming in now from los angeles. we're now told a natural gas explosion has injured people at a commercial building. the blast was so strong the victims were hurled in to the streets. some of them reportedly were trapped underneath parked cars. the fire search and rescue teams are on the scene. they are searching the collapsed building looking for more victims. this happened after 6:00 at a two-story building that houses a welding operation. we will have more details on this explosion in los angeles as that information comes in. also this morning, we are getting an exclusive look at a horrifying attack that happened in the bay area near a muni stop. ktvu's jade hernandez is live in san francisco. this is a story you will only see here on channel 2. jade, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the reason we obtained this exclusive video is to show more people that what happened near
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and on muni platforms is comed and what the video is shown is taken from a muni platform camera. there's no sound on this video, but what we do see on this video is a man with his girlfriend, talking to his girlfriend. he then kicked and falls to the ground. you can see this from the screen. his girlfriend rushes to hold on to him. what we know is this happened on tuesday morning in the bay view district around 10:00. the actual stabbing happens after the victim was kicked near the third street and kirk wood. the stabbing did not happen on the platform. but you can see the victim on the video being dragged off the street and a crowd which gathered dispersed. officially, san francisco police say a fight broke out between two men and then the victim was stabbed three times. riders may have noticed delays after the incident because muni briefly halted service on the 2 third line while police search insider the suspected stabber. the video shows paramedics
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working on the man. he was take on the the hospital but we are told he did not have life-threatening injuries. he is not cooperating with police. we can see the stabbing aftermath. police say they arrested the 50- year-old san francisco manfred taylor, a man they believe is responsible for the stabbing. he was arrested tuesday afternoon. our source says if more people know deeds are caught on cam remark the theory is the cameras will be a deter renn to more violent crimes lake this stabbing that happened on tuesday. reporting live in san francisco, jade hernandez, channel 2 news. >> let's hope so. right now firefighter planes and 500 firefighters are attacking an out of control wildfire in los angeles county. fire officials say the fire is only 5% contained and was expanding north and west.
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about 1,000 homes are evacuated, but evacuate orders have been cancelled for people in rancho vista. a nearby transmitter tower caught fire this morning after some members spread -- some embers spread. two buildings have been lost but firefighters have not been able to determine how many homes have burned. winds and temperatures in the high 90s are expected in the area this afternoon. time is 8:38. an update on the c transit labor dispute. they said 150 employees called in sick today. all of this has the judge will decide whether or not to overturn a contract that was imposed on ac transit workers. that hearing begins at 11:00 this morning. the contract changed work rules and shifted hours and that angered a lot of bus drivers. ac transit says it needs concessions from the union to reduce the budget deficit or it says weekend services could be eliminated. well, just 30 minutes ago,
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the last shift ended for dozens of now laid off bay area firefighters. ktvu's paul chambers is in san jose. the news conference just ended. what's the latest, paul? >> there are new figures and numbers coming out t at 8:00 this morning the firefighters, the first phase of firefighters will happen today, tomorrow and in to sunday. as we know right now, 49 fire officials have been let go. the city of san jose is facing $118 million budget deficit. the mayor asked the fire department union to cut pay by 10%. however, that agren fell apart. so, now, as i said, 49 of the city's 700 plus firefighters will be laid off by sunday. also we're told two fire stations, fire station 33 and fire stations 30 is slated to be closed on sunday as well as four trucks that will be taken out of service. mayor chuck reed with met with the an show say firefighters
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union who said the layoffs will put the city and union at risk. no new talks are scheduled. so it appears a dispute may be heading to binding arbitration which is city charter process that allows an outside mediator to make the final decision. on tuesday they will decide if the binding arbitration will go before voters in november. it appears the mayor may want that to happen to limit the arbitrators ' authority. in the last half hour the union president and interim fire, this is what they had to say. >> we will continue to fight for their jobs, today, tomorrow, in to next month. and do everything we can to get them an opportunity to come back. >> this is a great loss to our organization. realizing these actions have touched everyone, we will continue to focus our energy on what we do best and that is to serve this community with professionalism, integrity, trust, pride and compassion.
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>> reporter: now the firefighters union official tells me they will keep working on this and hopefully will have new position in the next few weeks an hopefully the mayor will meet with them. they say they have given up more than they should have to keep their jobs but that hasn't happened then the mayor said he is open to continued negotiations and they are looking at 40 other positions to get the firefighters new jobs in other cities. we will stay on top of this and bring you the latest as it develops at noon. live in san jose, paul chambers, ktvu, channel 2 news. >> thank you. we go from that to this, several jobs at the port of oakland could be in jeopardy. the oakland tribune says international transportation service has decided it will leave two of at this times berths a the port. ports will take over the vacated berths but as a result there will be one less terminal in operation at the port.
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that could mean about 100 jobs may be in limbo. arizona authorities are providing extra security for a federal judge in phoenix because of her ruling on the controversial immigration law. they say judge susan bolton has received thousands of phone calls and e-mails since her preliminary injunction on wednesday. that injunction put key provisions of the anti- imitation graduation law on hold and authorities say while some of the messages sent to the judge are positive, others are perverted. to word on what kind of extra security they are providing. meanwhile the hoopla over the law isn't stopping the sheriff from continuing with his crackdown on illegal immigrants. the mary cope what county sheriff is known as the king of local immigration enforcement and yesterday about the same time protesters made a top stud of his office, the sheriff said 200 deputies and trained volunteers in search of traffic violaters who may be here illegally. the sheriff says it is his job to control a steady stream of illegal immigrants in to his
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county. oracle is being accused of fraud and breach of contract by the u.s. justice department. federal investigators say oracle gave the government less favorable contracts than it did other businesses. that resulted in the government overpaying by hundreds of millions of dollars. these charges are based on information coming from a former oracle employee who filed a whistle-blower complaint three years ago. so far, oracle has made no comment on the lawsuit. three people including two from walnut creek have been dined on charges of bribery and bid rigging in a scream scheme to allegedly defraud caltrans of $1.2 million. the fbi says the walnut creek residents, with their company, info tech associates are accused of bribing a sacramento's cal-trans official with money and other gifts in exchange for cal-trans contracts. if convicted the suspects could get up to 35 years in prison and could be forced to pay $2.4
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million in fines. let's go back outside to sal. it is getting busy in the east bay. >> that's right. looking at the slow traffic now reminds me. i will give you a little traffic warning for this weekend in moment but first let's go to 880 northbound. you can see the traffic is busy here. especially on the right side. that's northbound interstate 880 near high street driving toward oakland downtown. also, the morning commute is going to be busy as we move on to other spots at the maze but not here at the toll plaza. but tonight, it is critical mass. soldout giant dodger game. it sounds like a good reason not to drive in the city tonight. use public transportation if you can. and the morning's drive in mill petas slow traffic. what been good most of morning. slowing down on westbound 237 toward sunnyvale. here's steve. >> thank you. for some there is some
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sunshine on twitter thank you, we have had reports danville out to concord and part of the east bay the fog is burning off. a little fog that hangs around low but for many it has been a foggy morning and a lot of mist and drizzle. the fog will burn off soon. that's the pattern we are in. so even if you get the inland fog there's a nice little breeze. i went to get the mail yesterday and i thought it was warm but then a breeze came and it takes the edge off. we are below average on the coast where there's a lot of fog. if you have any plans for the weekend the fog will burn off. fog, drizzle and sunny pleasantcy. 64 in the city after yesterday's 61. should be about 70 this time of the year. fog, drizzle and sun, cooler, warm, 60s and 70s and mid-80s inland. lake county some 90s. the big news is from wednesday to thursday, their temperature went up 20 degrees. it's the same today as yesterday but that's a sign of
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warm air aloft and the sign the high pressure is squashing the fog. even though we have it burns it off. there is a sea breeze toward the delta. so it is still there. you can see the wring and the yang. yes, high pressure, but we can't greta warm. 51 mill valley. big spread there. big difference. if you are heading out there you will notice big warmups. same with the inland areas. sonoma 53. gilroy, morgan hill 56. menlo park 57. 90 in las vegas. their low was 89. warmer in tahoe than here. they are in the mid-70s. sacramento 57 and in the 90s today, as well. tropical clouds continue. the monsoon season. high pressure builds in next monday and tuesday. the system is falling apart. it will fall apart and go through by saturday which means temperatures will rebound on
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sunday. today, sunny and warm. breeze inland, clearing by noon around the bay and then nice, comfortable. and then patchy fog continues by the coast. fog, drizzle and sunny and warm. 70s and 80s to near 90 degrees. if you are heading to santa cruz there will be fog and sunshine and highs in the 60s and low 70s. warmer next week. when we come back, we will update you on the situation in southern california. authorities are now searching the wreckage, look at that picture. that's a natural gas explosion at a welding company. we will have the latest details. and the efforts continue to free three american hikers imprisoned in iran. it has been a year since they were taken in to custody. we will talk live to a close friend next. what this droid does will change how you do movies.
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everything, no exclusions! save on everything for her, for him, for kids, all go to jcp.com to see everything on sale! jcpenney. >> look at this picture. a big explosion in los angeles. a possible natural gas explosion. several people have been hurt in this -- at this welding company site. this last was so strong some of the victims were hurled in to the street. fire, search and rescue crews are out there looking through the collapsed building trying
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to find any possible victims. police say a gunman stormed in to the emergency room at oakland's children's hospital early this morning. they say he briefly grabbed a hospital employee before being arrested by the police. you can see the suspect then was strapped to a gurney, taken away by ambulance. no one was hurt. president obama is in detroit this morning. there he is there. he will be addressing employees at a chrysler assembly plant. the president is expected to talk about the successes of the auto bailout and we just heard that chrysler announced it will add almost 900 jobs early next year at a factory in suburban detroit that makes mid-size cars. time is 8:46. it's a somber anniversary for three uc berkeley graduates that sit in captivity in teheran wondering when they will be coming home on july 21st last year, they were taken in to custody by police.
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despite ongoing efforts over the last 12 months. today they remain locked in prison accused of spying. jennifer miller is a long time friend and is live in the studio. thank you coming in. i imagine you never thought you would be here one year later talking about your friends still being in captivity. >> definitely not. we understand that our friends did nothing wrong. in fact there have been recent news reports that shown they were captured on the iraq kurdistan side of the border and that was recently published. and we figured they would be detained, figure out that our friends meant no harm to iran, did not intend to enter iran and they would be released. some similar cases there were belgium folks biking through iran and they were captured and released after three months and the british stale lohrs were released after a week so we didn't think it would go on this long. >> how concerned are you? we keep hearing of health
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problems and now captivity is taking its toll. what do you think is happening? and what's your plan for what's next? >> i'm glad you brought that up. that's what we are focusing on now it has been a year and 365 days of detainment has mental and physical tolls, you know, that are going to affect our friends and my friend sara actually has some health conditions that are not being addressed and we have requested medical attention and that hasn't happened. so we are very frustrated and saddened and concerned that it has gone on this long and the kind of affect it will have on their lives when they get out since they are innocent. >> reporter: when we saw the vids with their mothers going over and felt that should have been a turning point. do you feel there is any momentum heading to another -- either another meeting or, obviously their release? >> as frustrated as we are
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there has been no movement, we maintain hope because we have have had glimmers of hope such as the vidses with the mother and some spokes people from the iranian government tell us that this shouldn't be a political case. this these people should be treated as a humanitarian issue, which it is and they should be released but unfortunately the process is so slow we don't know what is going on. >> tell us what you are doing on this end. you have rallies planned. tomorrow is the anniversary. what have you planned as far as an effort to show support here on the home front? >> well, we have vigils and protests and raleighs and, you know, music events happening all over the country actually in 12 different u.s. city and all over the world in london and spain and india. we have been supported by people all over the world, which has been heartening and helpful to us. so we are actually meeting in san francisco on saturday to invite the press and to invite speakers and friends and family
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to make people aware of this unjust detention, and, you know, support each other through the process. >> we certainly wish the best and hope they come home soon. >> i would also suggest that everyone visit the website free the the hikers.com. heim to head back to dave. >> we will all be watching the gulf of mexico over e weekend as crews try again to plug up that broken oil well. they have been trying a static kill as early as sunday. unlike previous efforts to stop the oil spill experts say this one may actually do it. the process involves pouring recommend in to the broken oil well. industry experts say even though more oil appears to be seeping from the well since the cap was put in to place, cementing the well shut will close it permanently. some b.p. gas station owners are pushing for the company to change its name in the u.s. they say they have seen their sales drop as much as 40% as drivers protest
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the big oil spill. they want bp to return to the old amoco name that was dropped when b.p. purchased the stations. the station owners say there is a lot of goodwill left in the symbol that was prevalent in the midwest and on the east coast. in the west, b.p. gas is sold under the arco brand name. new rules will make it harder for pg&e to disconnect service. they approved rules yesterday to help struggling pg&e customers as they deal with the recession and unemployment. among them the utilities must inform late customers about payment plans. and new limits on depositor if low-income customers and those who are trying to have their service reconnected have to be informed better. last year pg&e shut off service to 272,000 customers. that's up from 185,000 in 2006. time is 8:51. there's big news if you are a
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plan of "american idol." another judge is calling it quits. also, a huge pot bust bringing new meaning to the term, high sierra.
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welcome back. we want to update you on the wildfires in southern california. we are now learning that there are no homes in imminent danger
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and that's good news. you are looking at life pictures near palm dale, los angeles county. this is a fire they have been concerned about because they asked people in 2,000 homes overnight to leave. we are told those families have now returned to their homes. so that's good news. as you can see there's a lot of fire left to fight. we are also learning more about the man killed in a motorcycle accident on highway 17 overnight. police say he is 31 years old. the crash happened just before 10:00 last night on northbound 17, which is south of redwood drive. the victim's motorcycle went out of control and crashed in to the center divide. he was ejected on the roadway and killed. northbound traffic was shut down but it did reopen just after 2:00 this morning. the victim's name has in the been released. time is 8:55. mess coe's military says it killed a top member of one of the most powerful drug cartels. niche officials say the principal leader of an organization was killed in a gun battle with soldiers
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yesterday. he was known as nacho, as well as the king of crystal because he dominated the crystal meth trafficking operation as well as cocaine. he was wanted by both the united states and mexico. closer to home, about 100 people are now in custody. most of them from mexico, after a huge sweep of marijuana growing operations in the sierra. federal and state agents have been searching parts of fresno, for growing operations. they say these raids so far have netted about $1.7 billion worth of marijuana. fresno county sheriff says most of those who have been arrested are involve with mexican drug cartels. more arrests are pending. it start it's week and is expected to wrap up sometime today. there's big news about "american idol" this morning and those rumors about who's going to be among the judges. according to tmz, the show will go back to that three-judge
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format with jennifer lopez as one of the judges. tmz says steven tyler will join the panel with randy jackson really the only one keeping his job as the third judge. that eliminates kara dioguardi who has been apparently let go. and of course ellen degeneres who announced her departure yesterday. >> okay. let's go back to sal. check our commute. >> let's start off in the southeast bay with 237. some stop and go traffic. it is beginning to show signs of improvement here. 880 is pretty slow. look at this. northbound passing i street. nothing too bad but you will see some slow traffic. and bay bridge eastbound at the san francisco stall, a westbound traffic moving well. here's steve. >> thank you, sir. for some there's already sun but for others a gray, foggy morning. a lot of mist this morning. that should end soon and see the bay side locations see the
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sun by noon. coast off and on but inland it will be sunny, mild and warm. looks to be warmer on sunday and when we meet again on monday and tuesday inland areas will warm up. >> look forward to that. >> that's going to do it for us on mornings on 2. have a great friday and a great weekend, everyone. >> bye now.
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