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we're live in san francisco where two dozen people are evacuated from some apartments in the bayview because of a fire. why neighbors say it can be traced to an ongoing dispute with a landlord and garbage chute. day two of the same-sex marriage hearings are getting underway right now. right now, the critical case the supreme court will review this morning. a problem on the bay bridge. find out if that will affect
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the scheduled opening on labor day. >> reporter: and we're live on the bridge where there are no more humane toll takers. we'll tell you what you can expect as you drive across it. well, good morning. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. it's wednesday, march 27th. we're following developing news in san francisco that we first told you about at 4:30. firefighters are still cleaning up after an early-morning fire on third and mckinnon in the bayview district. tara moriarty is there. and tara, some residents say this fire was intentionally set? >> reporter: that's what they believe. they say the landlord had an ongoing dispute with one of the tenants. you can see there's a huge chunk of it missing over there which is right above a bar. the witnesses describe how a
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burned kitchen mat somehow got into a garbage chute between these two buildings which is where the fire appeared to have started. firefighters are still here manning hot spots from a fire that broke out six hours ago. part of the challenge in tackling the flames was a gas line that needed to be turned off. it took pg&e an hour and 15 minutes to get the valves switched. about two dozen people were able to escape. they evacuated these blildings with flats, one on mckinnon, the other on third and a bar that was just renovated also burned down. everyone got out safely. it was a close call. victims say they heard alarms and people pounding on each other's doors. >> i listened for a little bit more and then i heard people hollering and screaming like fire! oh, wow. something this on fire. the whole back of the house
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caught on fire and the fire truck, it's not like they were spraying water on it. they took a water hose trying to put out a forest fire it was like. >> reporter: the fire appears to have started in the grar birnl chute. two firefighters received minor injuries. one hurt his knee and elbow. another suffered smoke inhalation but minor. the evacuees are at a house nearby where the red cross is able to place them in temporary housing. we understand that one man has been detained but we don't know if he will be arrested for arson. we did speak with the owner of the two buildings. he side he's not gonna be able to afford to rebuild. his insurance only covers $1.5 million and he says it will take more than that to rebuild. so right now, the residents' lives are up in the air. they have no idea where they will be living for the next week, month and year.
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tara moriarty, ktvu channel 2 news. happening right now, round two for the u.s. supreme court on the issue of same-sex marriage. this morning, the court takes up the federal defense of marriage act known as doma. kyla campbell is outside of the supreme court building right now to tell us what this case is all about. kyla? >> reporter: dave, those oral arguments get underway. they are scheduled to last for two hours. while the justices hear those arguments inside the supreme court, take a look at the crowd growing outside of the supreme court. we're seeing plenty of protesters on both sides of the defense of marriage t issue. now, the defense of marriage act is receiving them from receiving 11 benefits. the justices could determine that doma is unconstitution am and that means same-sex chums
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in states that -- couples in states that recognize this could start to receive benefits. the second, married couples could continue to keep being denied benefits. the arguments are getting underway inside the supreme court. they are scheduled to last for two hours. we don't get a decision probably until late june. reporting live in washington, kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you, kyla. supporters of same-sex marriage are being encouraged to wear the color red or use red in their social media. the group human rights campaign changed its logo for this week. it's usually a yellow background but it's been changed to pink.
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slult vodka post -- absolute vodka put red around their bottles. for more information, go to ktvu.com and click the same-sex tab. well, this morning, big changes on the golden gate bridge. for the first time in 76 years, there are no toll collectors out there. ktvu's brian flores is there in san francisco to show us how drivers are adjusting to the -- there you are -- the all- electric toll system. how is it? any problems so far? >> reporter: so far so good. this marks a new era for the golden gate bridge. cars moving through at about 25 miles per hour. but technology has definitely taken over the iconic structure as tolls will no longer be collected physically here at the bridge. around midnight, the last human
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toll taker left her booth from a small group of people. for the first time, tolls across the bridge will be taken through prepaying, transponders or scanners that will gather your license plate and you will get a bill later in the mail. the golden gate bring authority says the move stream lines costs and traffic at the time, thus eliminating the need for a human toll taker. before they left, they were given gifts and thank yous as well. we talked to a few of them who say this is emotional. in terms of today, there's issues that the chp is noticing on this first day of this. here's what they had to say -- >> the problem that we're addressing right now is speed coming through the toll plaza. obviously with this new system we have less of a backup during the commute time. typically lighter traffic can lead to higher speeds which is something we're noticing at the moment. we want to remind everybody, 25 through the toll plaza. please watch your speeds as you are coming through.
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>> so far so good. the main thing is keep going but slow down a little. >> reporter: now, signs are posted before you hit the bay bridge about the change. the golden gate bridge authority says they expect a bit of confusion this week. that's why they will be out here this week taking a look at the traffic patterns and answering any questions commuters have. as we take it back out here live, not only is speed a problem, they also have a loudspeaker. another issue that they are having, people are just so used to paying the tolls that they are stopping and that could be a problem as well. the speed going through here again is 25 miles an hour. but so far, so good. for the rest of the traffic, let's go to the eyes and the ears of the bay bridge, sal. >> good morning, brian. there's not been any problems yet on the golden gate bridge. let's take a look at the bay
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bridge toll plaza. this commute looks pretty good. remember, this is spring break week for some. some schools have time off. other schools have time off approach, the easter holiday. so you might see better-than- usual commutes. we're already beginning to see a little bit of improvement at the toll plaza. kind of early for wednesday. we'll take it. westbound, about a 10-minute delay. this is a look at 880 northbound and southbound. as it goes, after doing this for a long time, thursday and friday before easter, friday is good friday. a lot of people will observe that. also the morning commute in livermore hoos been slow. it's very slow coming in off the altamont pass. no major problems on the way. but it will be better by the time you reach dublin. let's go to steve. for those of you puttering around the house, there's your day. take a look at the screen. you can see a couple of breaks in the clouds. it's been a little bit of drizzle. very mild lows unless you are right on the coast. it might be foggy and cold.
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most of the lows are near 50 degrees. excuse me. almost there. almost. i'm 90% there. we'll get there. the low cloud deck continues to be reinforced by a system up the north which is producing very, very light rain. u rue cau and crescent -- eureka and cresten city has had -- crescent city has had light rain. cool to mild today. by the coast, probably influenced by the westerly breeze. san francisco has been running below average on the temperatures. it should be 62. 60 today. that's 2 warmer than yesterday. low clouds continue around 1500 to 3,000 feet, giving us a mostly cloudy morning. 53 oakland, also sfo, half moon bay, fairfield, and reno is 36. ukiah, 49. 40s and 50s and 60s down to southern california. one little system right there. that's not doing much but it is giving us drizzle. it's really picked up the fog
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bank. it will be a slow mover. it won't probably arrive until late saturday and sunday. today, partly sunny, partly cloudy and then we'll go cloudy and warm. very warm on friday with a south wind. cloudy on the weekend. it looks like rain develops on sunday maybe into monday. cool for some, mild for others. not so bad if you are in the sun. a lot of 60s in between with the mid- to upper 60s or very low 70s. clouds, light showers. and cloud it up on saturday. sunday it looks like rain arrives. >> thank you, steve. 7:11. a royal battle to keep the kings. what sacramento's city council decided last night and when the final decision on the nba team will be made. >> reporter: you know it as the shark tank or officially as hp pavilion. but hear why the arena may be losing the "hp" soon when "mornings on 2" continues. i bought the last one. nice try.
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mostly cloudy. giving way to partly sunny, partly cloudy skies. 50s, 60s, inland some low 70s. new details about the shooting of osama bin laden are raising doubts regarding earlier accounts of how he died. this latest version disputes last month's "esquire" magazine that claimed a navy s.e.a.l. shot and killed him when he reached for a gun. cnn says they've talked to another member of team 6 and he says a navy s.e.a.l. shot bin laden in the head when he peeked out of a door. two other s.e.a.l.s then entered the room and shot bin laden in the chest while he was on the floor. protesters have launched
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what they call a guerrilla art campaign. the group has been painting offer and writing their own political messages. the ads by a group include inflammatory quotations by osama bin laden and others. critics say they are hateful and antimuslim. 7:14. california may soon play a key role in testing drones. 50 states from 50 teams from 39 states are bidding to test the drones for the federal government. two front-runners reportedly are aerospace companies from the san diego area. the drones have been used overseas for military operations but now there is a push to fly droebs domestically for things like fighting wildfires and for law enforcement operations. the city of oakland wants to limit the way pay of a -- pay of a man hired to oversee the reforms of the police department. thomas frazier was appointed by
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a federal judge this month. he's in charge of executing court-mandated reforms from the riders police corruption scandal. his base salary, $270,000. he can also convert $18,000 in medical care and executive leave to cash. the dispute, though, is over retirement benefits. the city says he should get another $10,000 a year as a part-time worker but frazier reportedly wants almost $70,000 in pension. a bit of a surprise in the south bay. the home of the sharks has been called the hp pavilion and janine de la vega is here to explain why that name could soon be a thing of the past. good morning, janine. >> reporter: good morning, tori. there are reports that hp may be taking the hp off the arena. the naming rights deal is scheduled to end in 2016. with that said, the mayor spokeswoman said in the coming year they plan on exploring
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alternatives. the tech blog all things digital is reporting that meg whitman wants to get out of the deal as early as this summer. hp's personal computer sales are reportedly declining and insiders say hp is re- evaluating how it markets itself and what it chooses to sponsor. right now, hp pays roughly 3.1 million a year for the naming rights to the arena. s.a.p., it's reported, is taking over the rights. thousands of hockey fans fill the arena during the nhl season. it's also the main venue for concerts. workers chimed in about this latest news. >> i've seen names of the arenas all around the bay area come and go, and i don't know. it's her prerogative. she has a lot of money. she can do what she wants. but hp is pretty easy to pronounce. i like that. it's not hard to say and that's what everybody has come to know it as. >> reporter: the city council
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would have to approve a change in the arena's naming rights. the city manager is responsible for those negotiations. we are still waiting to hear back from that department. the mayor spokesperson told me that the city is optimistic that it will end up in a position that is mutually beneficial for everybody but she also told me that to her  knowledge the mayor's office has not been contacted by hp or s.a.p. on this issue. again, we're still waiting to see if we get any more response from the city manager's office as if they could confirm anything about this report. reporting live from san jose, janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 news. 7:18. the sacramento city council has approved an arena deal aimed at convincing the sacramento kings to cancel plans to move to seattle. our reporter brian hickey live in sacramento now to tell us about that vote last night and what is next in the battle over the kings. >> reporter: it's not over yet. this is a major step forward
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but not done, with the city council voting 7-2. this is the downtown plaza in downtown sacramento. la nightthe council voting 7-2 to join in on the deal and let out a cheer at the same time. >> let's do it! [ cheers ] >> reporter: the 7th and final vote coming from the former nba all-star and mayor of sacramento, kevin jon, agreeing to this deal to build the arena here. the city would be responsible for $258 million from that. the rest would come from investors. all pitching in to put together a counteroffer to keep the sacramento kings here in sacramento after the maloofs joined into a deal with investors out of seattle to sell the team and relocate there. but sacramento not going down without a fight. now, this deal will have to go before the nba board of
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governors. they will decide who gets the team. and this will all happen on april 3rd and then april 18th and 19th is when the nba board of governors is expected to vote on this deal and again decide whether or not the team will go to seattle or stay right here. but at this point, the city of sacramento feeling very confident they've offered up everything that the nba wants to see, an arena and then coming up with deep-pocket investors to make sure they have the backing. brian hickey, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. california lieutenant- governor gavin newsom is a sought-after interview as the supreme court hears arguments on same-sex marriage. newson, a supporter predicts how he believes the supreme court will rule on proposition 8. >> i think they will uphole the 9th sir -- uphold the 9th circuit appeal court and i
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think that will allow same-sex marriages as early as june in california and hopefully extend beyond that. >> back in 2004, newsom ordered city hall to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. and the supreme court is hearing oral arguments on another same-sex marriage case. the defense of marriage act or doma. coming up at 7:30, we'll have a live report in front of the supreme court to explain the focus of today's hearing, it's something that's granted to heterosexual couples but not homosexual couples and they are expecting these arguments to last about an hour and 15 minutes. it should be ending just before 9:00 our time. 7:21. some parts of the bay area are seeing some drizzle this morning. look out our window. look at the sky. steve paulson is here. he will tell us if the skies will cheer. >> it's video you really have to see to believe.
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the amazing footage of the very close call of a bus driver in china. westbound 237. looks pretty good. a little bit of slowing at zanker. we do have some slow traffic in spots. we'll tell you more about the morning commute -- straight ahead. lucky charms?!
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amazing surveillance video from china. that close call from death. a huge lamb post crash through the windshield. barely missed his driver. he was hurt. his spleen was ruptured. but somehow he managed to safely stop the bus and none of those passengers on board were hurt. 7:24. sonoma county is on the verge of adopting new regulations for cabbies. the board of supervisors have unanimously approved the ordinance. a second reading is scheduled for next month. although it would take effect 90 days later, the sheriff's office would begin enforcement in october to allow time for
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public outreach and education. the new ordinance addresses safety concerns by requiring a permit for both taxi vehicles and drivers. 7:24. let's go to sal. everyone's watching the golden gate bridge, the toll collectors are not there. we're in the commute. how's it doing? >> the chp told us, you heard brian say it as well, that some people are driving a little too fast through those toll plazas. so it does bear repeating, slow down. the speed limit through the toll plaza is 25 miles an hour. up fortunately, some people might be zooming through. remember, chp is there. no one -- we haven't seen anyone stop yet but they are worried that someone who may be used to paying the toll may talooks like that guy almostere. keep going, dude! let's go out to d upfoab20 to 25-minute delay. also the livermore the
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alta pass. we -- altamont pass. 880 someslg ere. let's go to steve. we have som eathe arou 150 3,000 feet helped along by a system to ed noraup is in there san jose, hayward, concord iso, a little bit of drizzle in marin county. a couple of reports coming in there. a little system coming off eureka. our system is dropping in for itse. eken that's the one that looks like it will give us rain. partly sunnying partly cloudy today. morning driz -- partly sunny, partly cloudy. morning drizzle. coast to bay, 50s and 60s. not much of a breeze. there's kind of a component of a southeast breeze. a few showers and local drizzle on thursday. but otherwise about the same as we're seeing today.
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breezy and warmer. mid-70s. we cloud it up on saturday. looks like rain on sunday. >> all right. thank you, steve. 7:26. same-sex marriage, back again before the supreme court for the second day in a row. the focus of this morning's hearing >> reporter: we're following problems with bolts on the new bay bridge span. coming up we'll give you a look at where the problem is. nuss is over the area -- newschopper2 is over the area right now. a patrol car flips over in contra costa county, how the deputy is doing and what caused the crash.
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happening right now -- the u.s. supreme court is hearing oral arguments on another same- sex marriage marriage case. rene marsh is there live. this morning's case really has to do with denial of federal rights or federal benefits for homosexual couples, right? >> reporter: absolutely, toeshry. good morning. second day, second case is involving same-sex marriage and it's underway right now, those oral arguments. they are looking at the federal definition of marnl and how that im-- marriage and how that impacts benefits they get like social security benefits and
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other spousal benefits [chanting] >> reporter: the crowd outside the supreme court is large, passionate and they have a message. >> my family like everyone else's denies full fundamental right the! >> right -- rights! >> reporter: the opponents, not as vocal. they converged outside of the supreme court as the nine justices heard oral arguments on the constitutionality on proposition 8. the justices' decision could impact families nationwide. >> there's some 40,000 children in california, according to the brief, that live with same-sex parents. the voice of those children is important in this case, don't you think? >> you want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the facts of this institution which is newer than
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cell phones or the internet. >> reporter: wednesday, the justices will shift focus to the defense of marriage act. they must decide does congress have the right to say one couple has certain rights but another does not. and you know, the justice department, they actually will not be arguing on behalf of that defense of marriage act, doma. they will not be defending it here in the supreme court. outside of the court, a pretty big crowd, but nowhere near the numbers we saw yesterday. tori? >> rene marsh for us live in washington, d.c. thank you people on both sides of this issue are carefully scrutinizing the justices' comments in court yesterday during oral argue mountains on proposition 8. supporters of same-sex marriage held a vigil last night at the state supreme court building in san francisco. they say they are optimistic the supreme court will strike down prop 8 which is
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california's ban on same-sex marriage. but many justices seem to even question whether or not the court should take up the issue. >> i think it was important and interesting that so many of the justices asked a lot of questions about whether the sponsors to prop 8 have standing which suggests to me there's a real possibility the court will end up not issuing some broad ruling. >> if the court decides not to rule on prop 8 that would likely mean lower court rulings declaring the measure unconstitutional would stand and that would mean that same- sex marriages could resume in california. we're not expecting to hear the decision until june. for more on the legal battle over same-sex marriage, go to ktvu.com. we posted the full transcript of the prop 8 oral arguments. click the same-sex marriage tab. and 8-year-old girl shot in the leg with an arrow yesterday in berkeley is recovering this
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morning. it happened during a field trip to berkeley's lawrence hall of science. it happened around 10:00 a.m. while she was playing outside on a whale replica at the center. investigators don't know if it was an accident or intentional. they are trying to determiner where the arrow came from. the -- determine where the arrow came from. the arrow was removed from her leg. richmond leaders say a new partnership could lead to better community health in the future. the city is teaming up with contra costa county, the west contra costa county unified school district and the california endowment. the richmond health equity partnership wants to improve open space. they want to put more local health services in schools that serve lower income communities. they think all of these efforts could reduce violence. bay area transit leaders will hold a special meeting to discuss the latest construction problem on the new bay bridge. it is rather alarming.
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claudine wong joins us live from treasure island. this problem involves bolts. >> reporter: that's right, bolts that snapped when they tried to tighten them. that's how they discovered the problem. this meeting at 9:30 this morning to give the board members of the metropolitan transportation commission, trying to give a real idea of the type of problems they are dealing with. take a look behind me, you can see the suspension cables coming from the tower, just to give you a reference point. and you follow those cables all the way down as it approaches oakland, that's the area in question. we have newschopper2 out here to give you a different view of the situation. it gives au look from above just where we're talking about. again we're talking about where the bolts connect the cable to the road deck and then down below and as we can -- as we pull out of this area where
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they were tightened. the crews were in the process of getting everything together when they discovered this problem. we talked to the mtc this morning about what the bolts were supposed to do. >> the job of the bolts, if you will, is part of many systems that tie down the -- the road deck to the -- to the supporting pier below, which is known as pier e2. >> reporter: okay. here's a graphic to help you look at pier e2. to the right you can see where the pier is identified. this is just a connecting point that kind of brings everything together. there are 30 bolts in question right now. but 288 of these same kinds of bolts throughout the bridge, so the question is, are any of those other bolts compromised? they plan to do materials testing. they've kind of narrowed down the problem to hydrogen that might have gotten into the materials that's causing this to be more brittle and so they
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want to make sure there's no high trojan in any of -- hydrogen in any of the other bolts. these bolts are huge. they play a big role. the commission said they see thises is a problem and a cost to fix, anywhere from $1 to $5 are estimates right now. claudine wong, ktvu channel 2 news. >> all right. in overnight news, a contra costa county sheriff's deputy crashed a patrol car while rushing to a call. it happened on san pablo avenue and richmond parkway. the patrol car flip on the side when the deputy swerved to avoid an oncoming car. the officer was treat for minor cuts and bruises. we want to check in with sal. >> we have slow traffic crossing milpitas getting out to interstate 880.
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you can see it's busier than it was a few moments ago. so this is the heart of the morning commute. montague expressway is also slow. and 880 nearby is slow as well. speaking of 880 between hayward and fremont, you will see slow traffic. it's increased. it's almost doubled from the first time we checked. 35 minutes from 2238 to mowry avenue. if you are driving in contra costa county, it has not been all that bad. 680 on the freeways. 80 this morning, moderate traffic from pinole to richmond. at the bay bridge toll plaza, we have about a 15-minute delay. it has not become any worse and i think as we get closer to easter, some people will start to take time off and you will see lighter conditions. let's go to steve. thank you. pretty good fog bank in place. it's up around 1500, 3,000 feet. we have reports of drizzle mainly in marin county north and light rain to the extreme northern part of the state. a little system picking up fog bank and increasing it.
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not a lot of rain. there's a little rain, hit and miss. from eureka northward. mostly cloudy, some breaks in the clouds, drizzle. on the mild side for most. partly sunny, partly cloudy. cool to mild to warm. inland, not too bad. san francisco should be 62 this time of year. they are checking in at 60 today. yesterday they were 58. starting off mild at 52 degrees. still, though, plenty of clouds will continue to roll in here. one system that might give us drizzle late tonight into tomorrow as well. but lows are really up. upper 40s, low 50s, 53 sfo, 53 oakland. reno, 36. 30 in tahoe. 39 ukiah. 46 monterey, 50s and 60s to the south. it's not this system. it's the one for the weekend. it looks like it will give us rain probably by sunny. partly sunny. morning drizzle giving way to cool conditions, coast, bay, mild to warm. upper 50s, low 60s or -- even
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low 70s especially for morgan hill and also into gilroy, the extended outlook, clouds, drizzle. breezy and warmer. mid-70s by friday and then cloud it up on saturday. still rather mild. it looks like rain arrives on sunday. >> thank you, steve. a magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook central taiwan. falling debris crushed a car. the quake also knocked down ceilings and furniture and toppled over bookshelves at a library. a 72-year-old woman died when a temple collapsed on her and 19 others were injured by falling debris. the u.s. belogical survey wants all californians to be aware of the potential dangers of a tsunami. a new usgs study says an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 or higher could trigger a tsunami with waves that are 25 feet high. scientists say if the quake hits anywhere from canada to eureka, tremendous damage could happen along the california coast. the study was released as part
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stocks opened sharply lower on wall street amid correspondented concerns about cyprus and other european nations. there's fear the rescue plan for cyrus that puts heavy taxes on large deposits could be considered a model if other countries falter.
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7:43. panera bread is trying out a bold, new pricing plan at some of its stores. starting today, customers at st. louis area restaurants can pay whatever they want for a bowl of turkey chili in a bread bowl. any money over the suggested price of $6 will be used to help local food banks and cover costs for customers who cannot pay the full price. panera is not saying if the idea could spread to other cities or other food choices. free wi-fi will soon be offered citywide in santa clara. it will be provided by silicon valley power using a new advanced metering system. digital smart meters will be used to widen the network. santa clara will be the first city in the country to use the technology. growing marijuana. one local city council has taken a position on it. but pam cook's here in the studio to tell us the fight is
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not over yet. >> it was unanimous. the council voted to ban outdoor cultivation of marijuana and any marijuana you can see through openings suched a windows. the majority of the people who showed up to the meeting last night were against the ban. one man showed us video of indoor plants he says he grows with pashens and he says this will hurt people. >> it will increase the price, increase the scarcity. >> the ban includes plants grown for medicinal reasons. 50 other cities and counties in california have implemented ordinances limiting or banning outdoor marijuana growth. coming up next hour, we hear from an attorney who says the ban on growing pot will help keep families safe from crime.
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dave? >> thank you, pam more trouble for popstar justin bieber this morning. now he's being vecketted for at -- investigated for battery allegations with a neighbor. he says he was confronted by a neighbor because he was driving his ferrari erratically through the neighborhood. that allegedly led to punches being thrown. but bieber's spokespeople deny that. no arrests have been made. the investigation continues. the city of san leandro is offering a $10,000 reward to catch two people who killed a mother-in-law. investigators say the mother-in- law was unloading her car when two robbers attacked her. they shot and killed the man when he came out of the house to help her. in one hour, four people suspected of killing a
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suspected pimp are expected to be formally charged with the shooting of calvin sneed last summer. prosecutors say the paumpts of a 17-year-old girl and two others killed sneed because he forced the girl into a life of prostitution. the d.a.'s office calls this a case of vigilante justice. lawyers for the defendants say they are convinced their clients will be acquitted. 7:47. a follower of charles manson accused of trying to help the cult leader. 63-year-old craig hammond was arrested sunday. the charges include conspiracy and possession of an illegal communication device. now, investigators say hammond tried to sneak a cell phone into charles manson at corcoran state prison. man son has been caught -- manson has been caught twice with cell phones in prison. hammond fabses up to six -- faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
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t-mobile will start selling the iphone 5 next month. customers can pay $580 without a contract or can buy it for a $100 downpayment and payments of $20 a month for two years. but without locking into a contract. t-mobile announced the service plans start at $50 now. less expensive than some of the larger riflals. the city of san jose and samsung have signed an agreement that keeps the electronics giant in the south bay. samsung plans a $200 million expans of the research and development site -- expacks of the research and -- expansion of the research and development site. austin, texas wanted to know what it could do to bring samsung to texas. >> let's be clear. samsung wants to be clear, close to apple and take apple's employees.
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>> experts say the city gave up about $7 million as part of the samsung deal but keeping samsung could add $23 million to san jose's bottom line. 7:48. some scientists now are working on ways to turn off those ear worms. the ear worm refers to that anowing song -- annoying song that gets stuck in your head. there are a couple of ways to deal with the problem. reading a book or solving a puzzle. another idea, listen to the whole song and then sing it out loud ♪ >> a disabled man has been awarded $8,000 in damages after being trapped inside disneyland's it's a small world ride. back in 2009, jose martinez was trapped in there for 30 minutes when the ride broke down. disney evacuated other riders but couldn't help martinez who
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is paralyzed. he says he suffers from panic attacks and high pressure which became an issue when he was stuck in there. a judge ruled that disneyland did not warn the riders if the ride broke down it wouldn't be able to help them and rescue them. a really bizarre case in the north bay. a man in flames in napa. and we have new information about the south bay kidnapping of a baby inside a jeep.
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on a pedestrian bridge over highway 29. firefighters put the flames out but the man died at scene. investigators say because of all of the burns he suffered, they still don't know his age or ethnicity. they have to wait for the results of an autopsy. san jose police now have a sketch of a woman who stole a jeep that had an 11-month-old baby inside. take a look. she's described as latina, about 5'5", weighing 160 pounds. she's said to be in her late 30s or early 40s. this is a case that we covered extensively monday morning. police say this woman stole the jeep from a home on amador drive monday with the baby inside. the vehicle and the baby girl were recovered a few hours later and the baby was not harmed. santa rosa police are investigating a bank robbery that could be part of a string of crimes. yesterday afternoon, the u.s. bank inside the safeway on mendocino avenue was robbed. police say the robber demanded
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cash and left. they say no one was injured and no weapon was ever seen. police say this is similar to other bank robberies in the area but have not confirmed whether they are related. 7:53. sal, come on back. a lot to talk about for the morning commute. >> i just looked at the chp commute. i just got report of an accident at 101 at the yerba buena offramp. that's new. 880, southbound, you can see traffic is a little bit slow from 238 to mowry avenue. it's getting a little et berbut not -- a little bit better but not much. as we move the maps over to contra costa county, slow in antioch and slow in concord on highway 4. out to the bay bridge toll plaza, that's improved quite a bit. this is a little early for the improvement. we'll take it, thank you very much. as we get closer to easter sunday, some schools have a break this week and some have it next week. moving to the 280 commute
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in san jose, that traffic is moving along nicely. let's go to mr. steve paulson. >> mr. castanedo, thank you. >> you are welcome. mostly cloudy this morning. a little bit of drizzle. some rain up on the north coast. kind of a pretty shot here if you are multitasking, take a look and look at the screen. mix of clouds. a little bit of rain. heard from ronald up in crescent city. he picked up .15. up near redding and mount has tar. for us it's a low cloud deck. a little bit of drizzle. a couple of reports coming in from marin county. 40s and 50s on the temperatures. it's not the little system today or tonight and even tomorrow morning we could get drizzle. it's the low dropping right down the gulf of alaska which looks like it will play into the weekend forecast. easter and also baseball. so i think saturday is all right. but sunday looks very iffy. 50s, 60s to near 70 for some.
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temperatures a little bit near average. a little bit below coast and bay. so we're right about where we should be. temperatures in the 70s yesterday. repeat today. too much in the way of a westerly breeze. really up -- really upper 50s for 60s for many -- and 60s for many. we'll get a southeast wind as the loud approaches. cloud it up on saturday. looks like rain on sunday. same-sex marriage, once again, back before the supreme court this morning. the 83-year-old woman at the heart of today's case. why she says a $360,000 tax bill she got from the government is a case of discrimination. >> reporter: we're live in san francisco where two dozen people are evacuated from apartment buildings after a fire. we'll tell you why neighbors say this can all be traced to an argument between a landlord and his tenants. >> reporter: we're live at the golden gate bridge where it's day one of all-electronic
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tolling. we'll tell you how this can affect your commute and the issue that chp is noticing. come on back as "mornings on 2" continues. ♪ ♪ if loving you is wrong ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. you can't go wrong loving it.
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bee happy. bee healthy. with clusters of flakes and o's. oh, ho ho... it's the honey sweetness. i...i mean, you...love. welcome back. i'm tori campbell. >> i'm dave clark. we're continuing to follow the latest developments of an
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early-morning fire that happened in san francisco. this one started about 1:00 a.m. at third and mckinnon in the bayview. ktvu's tara moriarty has been there since 4:30. it was really flaming and, tara, there are barricades up now. >> reporter: that's right. one of the buildings has actually been yellow tagged. there are three buildings according to firefighters. technically, there were two but it looks like one had an add-on so they are counting it as three. this pink building looks like it is falling in the street. that's where firefighters put up the barricades because it's in danger of collapsing. crews are still monitoring hot spots out here. arson investigator the should be arriving any minute -- investigators should be arriving any minute, this six hours after the fire began. >> where is this coming from! >> reporter: part of the challenge in tackling the flames was a gas line that needed to be turned off. it took pg&e an hour and 15 minutes to get the valves
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switched. about two dozen people were able to escape. they evacuated from these two buildings. a bar had been renovated downstairs. that also burned. flames broke out just before 1:00 this morning and everyone got out safely. but it was a close call. there was knocking on doors, people said that they grabbed all of their stuff and just tried to get out. there was another resident who said the flames were so hot that he had to stand back and they kept getting hotter and hotter. a lot of crackle be and electrical wires sparking. the fire appears to have started in a garbage chute. two firefighters received minor injuries, one hurt his knee and elbow. another suffered smoke inhalation, but both with doing fine. the evacuees are at a house nearby where the red cross is trying to find them temporary housing. investigators have not released the official cause of this fire. we understand one man has been detained. we don't know if he will be
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arrested for arson. he arnt paintly had -- he apparently had a dispute with the landlord. the owner says he will not be able to rebuild right now. these residents, at heat two of them -- at least two of them children that we met, really don't know where they will be living. tara moriarty, ktvu channel 2 news. the u.s. supreme court is, once again, hearing oral arguments on same-sex marriage. this morning, the case is the federal defense of marriage act. kyla campbell is joining us now outside of the supreme court building and has more on an 83- year-old widow at the heart of this case, kyla? >> reporter: yeah, dave. right now, the supreme court justices are hearing the arguments on both sides of the defense of marriage act. as you can see we're outside where the action is happening. we've seen protesters on both sides of the doma debate.
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right now, traditional couples are only recognized. the fight now for these people out here today who support same- sex marriage want those benefits to be extended to same- sex couples. all of this is based on a woman, edith windsor, whose partner of more than 40 years died and she had to pay more than $360,000 in taxes because of doma and the language of doma in inorder to inher hit her -- in order to inherit her partner's eskate. we spoke to a man and he said these couples should be given the same benefits as traditional couples. >> how are you supposed to run your affairs? it's blatantly unfair. >> reporter: those oral arguments right now, we're about halfway through them.
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they were scheduled to go for almost two hours. we know yesterday was prop 8. the arguments went longer. they should be wrapping up 9:00 pacific time and the justices, whichever way they rule that determination will not likely come out until late june. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >> all right. for more on this, go to ktvu.com. we posted the pull france script of the prop 8 oral arguments -- transcript of the prop 8 oral arguments. it's groundbreaking day for san francisco for what will be the tallest tower on the west coast. ed lee lab attending the ceremony celebrating the building at first and mission in san francisco. it will be more than 1,000 feet high. it's part of a transportation hub that will be at the center of san francisco's revital zizzed south of market -- revitalized south of market
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neighborhood. construction is scheduled to be completed in 2016. oakland police say they are looking for a man who they say could be a child predator. this surveillance video shows the man on a cell phone. he's facing the sidewalk at 94th avenue and b street. police say the man walked into the front yard of a nearby home and tried to abduct a 9-year- old girl. when she screamed, family and neighbors came outside. police say the man left in a silver honda. 8:04. police increasing patrols at the richmond b.a.r.t. station, that's after the deadly shooting outside of the station earlier this month. there will be one b.a.r.t. police officer during the peak of the morning and afternoon commutes. richmond police officers will also patrol the b.a.r.t. station and will be riding the trains. all of these patrols being increased come after the fatal shooting of a man on march 14th. police are still searching for that killer. well, drivers of the golden gate bridge can no longer use cash to pay the tolls.
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this morning, the bridge switched. it's all electronic at the toll plaza. brian flores has been out there in san francisco for some hours now. how is it going, any problems? >> reporter: no problems that we've seen so far. there is a little bit of issue with speed, dave. we'll get talking about that in a few moments. this marks a new era not only for the golden gate bridge but for the commuters and the visitors that will be visiting this iconic structure as well. traffic moving very nicely through here. first time i've seen this before as well as many residents as tolls will no longer be collected physically here at the bridge. >> have a good night vice president ! >> reporter: around midnight the last toll taker arrest. tolls will be taken through prepaying, fastrack or through scanners that will gather your license plate information and you will get a bill in the mail lateert. they say the move stream lines
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cost and transportation thus eliminating the need for a human toll taker at the booth. before they left, some commuters gave them gifts and said thank you. we talked with a few as they left their post for the last time and they say it's very emotional. >> we're all very close. it's sad. it's sad but happy. we're onto a new chapter. >> people made this job what it is, yeah. a lot of kind people autopsy and i have my -- a lot of kind people, you know, and i have my memories and no one can take that a -- take that away from here. >> reporter: the authority says they expect a little bit of confusion this week. they will be out here as well as dhp. we've seen several chp patrol officers here. they will be -- they say there's issues with the tolls but also the increased speed limit going from 5 miles an hour to 25 miles an hour.
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one chp officer says the other people are so used to paying the tolls so at least five or six cars have stopped thinking they still have to pay the toll. the other issue is increased speed. some cars, the chp says, have been going through the tollbooth at 60 miles an hour. be aware as you go through this morning. we're live here at the golden gate bridge. brian flores, ktvu channel 2 news. breaking news right now in san francisco. we've learned three pedestrians have been hit by a truck, sal? >> that's right. a garbage truck. our newschopper2 is overhead. it looks like the truck may have been on broadway making that turn onto embarcadero. three people were hit by this garbage truck, a woman, her child, another person. fortunately we've been told by police that this is the -- the injuries are not serious. nevertheless the people were taken to san francisco general hospital and that truck is still there blocking one lane on embarcadero and one lane on
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broadway. this happened around 7:30 this morning. after that, very busy intersection. a lot of people come down broadway and make a right or a left onto embarcadero. stay with ktvu. i can also see that san francisco police investigating team is on the scene. some of the people who investigate accidents have arrived on the scene and they are conducting an investigation. let's move along to the bay bridge. it's lighter than it normally is getting into san francisco with no mike -- with no major problems. we're looking at 680. some slow traffic here between pleasant hill and walnut creek. westbound highway 4 is busy. it has not been all that bad coming through pinole and richmond. let's go to steve. >> thank you, sal. a very good morning. i had a couple of nice tweets. if you are listening but you are not watching or you are multitasking, they said turn around and look at the screen. they have mostly cloudy skies. you can go back to what you are
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doing. we have a lot of low clouds and fog in place. we've had some drizzle, not a lot. a little bit, sausalito up to novato, david reported a mist up toward novato and sausalito, wet roads about an hour ago. the low clouds are in place and foggy and cold for some. i should add pacifica. cassie jean reported drizzle on her way in. she said it was not happening in brisbane. 40s and 50s, very, very mild. oakland is already 55. i think we could get really warmer as we head towards friday. already 65 down in palm springs. 49 eureka, 49 ukiah. 40s and 50s in northern california. one little spin in the atmosphere is giving us a lot of low clouds. it will give us drizzle tomorrow. the system we're pag i -- paying attention to. i realize baseball and easter. this is a computer model forecast, it takes the low, it's right there, the time
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lines appear, i don't always show this. i think it will slow down a little bit. it will give you an idea of what's going on. friday we'll get a south wind in advance of it. it will be mild, warm and muggy. then saturday it starts to inch closer to us. there could be rain towards us. all signs point to the low sunday and monday. there's another system coming in rapidly behind that one. it looks stronger. the first full weekend in april may be wet again. so maybe the rain is getting wet. partly sunny, morning drizzle. cool to mild to warm. those near the coasts, 50s, 60s. inland, 60s to low 70s. 70 pittsburg, antioch, 71, oakley in there. walnut creek, 67. alameda, 59. 72 san martin. 68 saratoga, santa cruz and pacifica as well. half moon bay upper 50s. san bruno in there as well.
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redwood city, san carlos, 65. drizzle very, very light rain thursday morning and then breezy and warmer, mid-70s. cloud it up saturday. it looks like rain sunday into early monday. 8:10. st. mary's college has a new president and they are making history with the selection. yesterday, it was announced that james donahue would become the 29th president of st. mary's on july 1st. donahue will be the first person not a member of the clergy to be named president at st. mary's. he's currently president of the graduate theological union in berkeley. that's a group of theological schools. 8:11. there's a new challenge for boeing once the dreamliner jets are flying again. there are reports that the faa may cut how long the 787 is allowed to fly on some routes even after the redesigned battery system is approved. losing extended operations would really hurt -- would really hurt boeing. the treatment liner was designed for long flights
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because it burns less fuel on those trips. the cost of an airline ticket should be based on a passenger's weight according to one another weeken economist. he says that could discourage heavier people from flying. he adds a two-pound reduction in the total weight of a plane carrying results in fuel savings of about $3,000 a year. critics say paying by the pound would be discriminatory. but southwest airlines already requires some overweight -- overweight passengers to buy two seats. what do you do? step on the scale? >> i may never get on a plane. [laughter] >> reporter: you know it as the shark tank or officially as the hp pavilion. hear why the arena may be losing the "hp" when "mornings on 2" continues.
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breaking news, san francisco at the corner of embarcadero and broadway, there is a garbage truck that hit three pedestrians. all three were taken to san francisco general hospital. one is reportedly a child. ktvu's claudine wong is arriving at the scene. we'll have more details. this is blocking at least one lane of broadway and embarcadero. you can see these live pictures. traffic is getting by one lane on the embarcadero heading toward the ferry building. we'll tell you more what it is doing to traffic -- straight
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ahead. >> thank you, sal. new this morning, north korea says it's cut off a key military hotline with south korea. the hotline allows hundreds of workers to cross the border and work at a jointly-run industrial complex in the north. it is seen as the last symbol of cooperation between the two koreas. north korea recently shut down red cross hotlines with the south and has threatened a nuclear attack against the united states. tensions escalated earlier this month when north korea was sanctioned by the u.n. for its recent nuclear tests. former cia director david petraeus is apologizing for the affair that led to his resignation. >> i regret and apologize for the circumstances that led to my resignation from the cia. >> yesterday, the retired four- star general made his first public appearance since the scandal. he was at the university of southern california to honor veterans and reserve officers in training. last year, petraeus stepped
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down after an fbi investigation revealed he was having an affair with the author of his biography. for the first time in history, a woman is now the head of the secret service protecting the president of the united states. her name is julia pierson, a 30- year veteran. she was named the new director of the secret service. one of pierson's chief jobs will be repairing the tarnished public immake of the secret service. they were embarrassed last year after some of the agents preparing for president obama's shift to colombia hired prostitutes. the cia is considering whether a woman acting the head of clan destin services -- clandestine services should get the job. right now he's undercover, cannot be named. she has reportedly the support within those in the cia. critics say she's helped run the controversial detention and interrogation programs after
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911. she also signed off in 2005 to destroying videotapes of prisoner abuse. the number of homeless people in the u.s. is expected to drop dramatically in the next decade. the reason is a little ominous, though, as people who lived on the streets 30 years ago die of premature old age. the san francisco "chronicle" reports those are the young people who became homeless and fell through the safety net during the 1980s recession or became hooked on smokeable cocaine. many of them stayed homeless and grew middle-aged on the streets. the average life expeck ten say to those living on the streets is 64. >> people in santa rosa are being asked to use less water today. that's because a water pipeline that supplies drinking water through sonoma county will be temporary shut down. crews are installing new valves
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that will make the santa cruz aquaduct ready for an earthquake. the city of santa rosa will be relying on water storage tanks during the shutdown with you the where the service will not be interrupted. the work is keithed to be completed -- expected to be completed in less than 24 hours. hockey lovers call it the shark tank. the official name is the hp pavilion. that could change. we're live outside of the arena to find out why the city may have to find another corporate spronser is. >> reporter: good morning, tori. people are surprised there is a report out that hp may be taking its name off the arena. you know, they've been used to it because it's been called hp for a decade. we spoke to the mayor's office and they said that hp has not reached out for them yet about shortening the naming rights contract. the tech blog all things digital is reporting that ceo meg whitman wants to get out of the 47 million, 15-year naming
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rights deal with the arena. it's scheduled to end in 2016. insiders reportedly say that hp is re-evaluating how it markets itself and what it sponsors. the software giant s.a.p. is trrd in ting -- interested in taking over. thousands fill the arena during the nhl season. locals reacted. >> from hp's perspective, i doubt whether it's really cost- effective for them, in terms of advertising or make recognition. i mean, i -- name recognition. i mean, can see why they want to do it. they want to save some money and go on to the real business making printers and computers and so on. >> reporter: most recently part of the ncaa was held at the arena last week. it's also a popular venue for concerts. the city council would have to approve a change in the arena. the mayor's spokeswoman told me they've enjoyed a long and productive relationship and
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they are optimistic they will end up in a position that's mutually beneficial for everybody. again, the crt negotiations are -- the contract negotiations are under the jirsz diction of the city manager's office. we've reechedded out to the -- west palm beach's reached out to the city -- we've's reach out to the city manager and reached out to hp and have not been given any sort of response. janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. 8:21. breaking news from san francisco. we first mentioned a few minutes ago there's been a serious accident involving pedestrians and a garbage truck. claudine wong joins us live from the scene. it's near broadway and embarcadero where three people were hurt. claudine? >> reporter: yes. the number is now two people, a grandmother and a 7-year-old child. we're told they were taken separately by two different ambulances to the hospital. we do not know their conditions right now. i can tell you out here on the
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scene at broadway and embarcadero, the truck we're talking about is now pulled over to the side of the street. they just moved that from this intersection within the last couple of minutes. i did talk to san francisco police and here's what we know happened -- it happened about a half-hour ago or 45 minute the ago, the struck was -- minutes ago. the truck was coming down broadway was taking a right turn on the embarcadero. the grandmother and the child were in the crosswalk when they were hit and then multiple calls went out for help. again, we do not know their condition right now. if you take a look at the area from newschopper2, you can see a lot of traffic here. this was backed up pretty far a short time ago as they were trying to clear up the scene and really take care of things out here. we know that san francisco police have talked to the driver. they've taken a recorded statement from the driver. as far as we know, we're not clear if there will be charges filed or where the situation stand right now.
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we'll go over and talk to sfpd to get an idea where this is headed next. we are gonna go over there and talk with them and we'll check back with you coming up on "mornings on 2." live in san francisco, claudine wong, ktvu channel 2 news. >> all right. talk to you later. 8:22. a very unusual rescue on land in southern california. look at the very surprised uninvited guest found at a luxury hotel. some parts of the bay area, seeing drizzle this morning. meteorologist steve paulson will tell us if the skies will clear later today. and you will start to see show traffic on 280 northbound after the mariposa exit down to king street.
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rescue workers removed this uninvited guest at this luxury hotel. a sea lion pup wandered into the hotel sometime yesterday just roundge -- lounging there on the patio. order some orange juice, come on. some service here, while people were having breakfast. it was dehydrated and malnourished. now it's being sent back to seaworld. let's check in with sal.
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some serious problems in san francisco. >> they've moved this off the -- that problem at embarcadero and broadway has been moved off. we'll have another report about that, coming up in a moment. we're also looking at some of the traffic at the bay bridge. and you want to look at this. it's much lighter than usual. as you get closer to the easter sunday, surrounding that, some schools have timed off. others have spring break. whatever they call it, it's lighter traffic for sure. 101 in san francisco that looks good approaching the 80 split. if you are driving on the east shore freeway, we've had some slow traffic this morning from pinole to richmond. for the most part it's been routine, no major delays. let's go to steve. well, partly cloudy to mostly cloudy. some sun breaks through -- some sun breaking through. we'll see mostly sunny, partly sunny skies. pretty good low cloud deck this morning and some reports of local drizzle. it's on the mild side.
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fairfield decided to go out for breakfast early. oakland is 55. hayward is 52. sfo, half moon bay also. we've had reports of drizzle from pacifica, a lot of low clouds but that low to the left of your screen, that's going to play into the weekend forecast. i think rain's possible. it looks like on sunday. i think friday/saturday are all right. 50s, 60s to a few very, very low 70s here. breezy and warmer as we head towards friday. mid-70s. we'll cloud it up on saturday. it looks like rain arrives on saturday and carries into -- sunday and carries into monday. same-sex marriage. the big debate in washington, d.c. we're live from washington, d.c. we'll tell you the latest details. also back here in the bay area, big bolts, they are snapping on the new span of the bay bridge. we'll tell you if that will affect the scheduled opening on labor day. and cameras were rolling, a big earthquake in asia the moment it hit and we'll show
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other spousal benefits and that's exactly what's being debated inside the courthouse this morning. >> mareal is a civil right -- marriage is a civil right! >> reporter: the crowd is large, park nat, they have a message -- passionate, they have a message. >> we deserve full, fundamental rights! thank you! >> reporter: opponents not as vocal but they are in the crowd, too. they are carrying signs with their message. tuesday they converged outside of the scattered showers as the nine justices heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of california's sake marriage ban, known as -- same-sex marriage ban, nope as proposition 8. >> there's some 40,000 some children in health according to the brief that live with same- sex parents. the voice of those children is important in this case, don't you think? >> you want us to step in and render a decision based on an
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assessment of the facts of this institution, which is newer than cell phones and the internet? >> reporter: wednesday the justices will shift focus to doma. they must decide does congress have the right to say one couple has certain rights but another does not? all right. i want to show you some live pictures here. this is what the crowd looks like right outside the u.s. supreme court while the debate goes on inside. the crowd is large but nowhere near where it was yesterday. but from where i'm standing, i can definitely hear all of the cheering. one other note, the justice system will not be defending doma, even though it's the federal law as it stands, the administration not standing by it. dave? >> all right, rene marsh, live from washington, d.c. for more on the legal battle over same- sex marriage go to our channel 2 website, ktvu.com. we posted the full transcript of the prop 8 oral arguments. just click on the same-sex
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marriage tab. 8:33. bay area transit leaders will hold a special meeting today to discuss a big bolt problem on the bay bridge. caltrans tells ktvu news that 31 giant bolts on the new east bay span have snapped and it may need to replace nearly 300 bolts once the entire repair project is completed. despite the iron, caltrans says the bridge is still safe and the bolt problem will not delay the scheduled opening of the bay bridge on labor day weekend. in overnight news, a contra costa county sheriff's deputy crashed a patrol car while rushing to a call near san pablo. it happened around 1:00 at san pablo avenue and richmond. the car nipped on its side when the deputy swerved to avoid a car. the deputy was treated for minor cuts and bruises. we want to update you now on our breaking news from san francisco. two people hurt this morning, an accident involving a garbage
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truck. ktvu's claudine wong is right near the scene, right near broadway and embarcadero. what do you know now, claudine? >> reporter: well, we just checked in on the status of the two victim, a grandmother and 7- year-old child. we don't know exactly how they are doing but we're told they are responsive. witnesses said they were responsive so that's good news. we're hoping the injuries are not serious. we want to give you a look at the situation here. you can see the police cars are still parked along the side of the road because this investigation is still getting underway. in front of the police cars is the garbage truck in question. it's been pulled over to the side and the commercial investigators are coming out here from sfpd. if we want to the sidewalk, you can see some folks wearing some fluorescent-colored vests. there's a gentleman wearing a hat. that's the driver of the vehicle. it all happened around 7:30 this morning. the grandmother and 7-year-old child were walking in the crosswalk, walking across the
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street when this garbage truck took a right turn. that's when they were struck. we did just talk to an officer with sfpd about what happened? as far as charges, usually there's no charges. this would be civil. we still have to give the comergal vehicle -- commercial vehicle a level one inspection to make sure there's no mechanical defects. i still have to speak to several witnesses before any fault determination is made. >> reporter: at this point, it appears that we're dealing with just an accident. they say the driver has been very cooperative. they are coming out to talk to him right now. you are taking a look at newschopper2 as it flew over the area earlier when cars were backing up. san francisco police have reopened this intersection now so we have seen traffic moving at least through where we're standing at this point. if we come back out here live, we expect some activity through here for at least the next little bit here as the investigation continues. an interview still needs to get
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underway. they still need to deal with the truck. as far as getting this area back hope, that's already happened. that's good news. we know sal castanedo has been watching the traffic moving in and out of here keeping an eye for drivers how to best get around. sal? >> you can use battery street instead of the embarcadero to get to that general area. as claudine said the lanes have been reopened. the police are there, it could be causing a backup as police see what's going on. if you want to go through and you don't want to be in that area, you want to go through that slowdown, you might want to think about using battery street. let's go out to san francisco freeways, that looks pretty good approach, the 80 split coming into san francisco. also this morning, we're looking at the bay bridge. that's cleared out early, westbound, some spring break action may be to blame -- to help our commute. and if you are driving on 80 westbound we've been watching that commute. it's been moderately heavy.
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we've been watching hayward and fremont. that's heavy. we have a 30-minute backup from 238 to mowry avenue. let's go to steve. multiple layers of the clouds here. a lot of low clouds this morning. had some drizzle. i think that will be back tonight, tomorrow morning as well. and then we'll focus our attention for the weekend. had some drizzle. parts of the bay. still an onshore bush. everyone is coming in from west to east. that's giving us a low cloud deck. a little system to the north kind of helping push that in. 40s and 50s, it's already very mild. oakland airport 55. i think this is a sign of things to come. 40 in rena, 52 monterey. 50s, 60s down in southern california. one little system here kind of rotating around. a little cloud cover has to work its way in tonight and tomorrow. that's the low that will play into our weekend forecast. i think we're all right friday and saturday. sunday looks iffy. today, partly sunny, partly
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cloudy skies. temperatures 50s to low 70s. 50s, 60s coast and bay. thursday and friday we'll start to get a south wind in advance of the system. it will be very mild and warm around here on friday, probably cloudy and muggy on saturday. and then sunday looks like rain will make it. we'll see. it's a cutoff low. it's cutoff from the main jet stream. and they can meander out there and drive you nuts. 50s, 60s to near 70 for some. passenger, antioch, danville, san ramon. berkeley, 60. martinez, 65. san jose, 66. 1 degree warmer than yesterday. santa clara and sunnyvale right in there as well. 69 mountain view, 59 san bruno. daly city, 58. and 63 san mateo. a lot more drizzle than showers. i think thursday morning we'll deal with that. breezy and warmer. cloud it up on saturday. looks like rain on sunday. 8:39. cameras were rolling. this is taiwan. they had a 6.1 earthquake
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overnight. it sit hen tral -- it hit central taiwan and they felt it miles away. taiwan's high-speed rail system was spopped for a while -- was stopped for a while and some factories were evacuated for a while. [ sirens ] >> recognize that? you may hear those see vens if you live a -- sirens if you live along the california coast. they will be doing a tsunami test along california beachers later this morning. in the north bay, the planes will use a plane to broadcast emergency information to the public. they will test out a known mostfication board and there will be message boards in place up and down the coast. the driver accused of hitting and killing a high school student is due back in court today. henren chang was celebrating her 17th birthday when she was
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killed near stern grove earlier this month. investigators say karen brewer was -- kieren brewer was under the influence of alcohol when he hit the teen. he pleaded not guilty to felony charges in connection with the death. the debate over what to do with polk street in san francisco continues. last night another community meeting was held on what to do when the street is repaved in 2015. proposals include adding bike lanes and small grass areas. critics say this could reduce the number of available parking spaces. supporters say it would bring in more business. 8:41. a royal battle over the kings. >> let's do it! [ cheers ] >> all right. the vote last night in sacramento, this could affect the future of an nba franchise. also a new battle over marijuana in the bay area. how it's tied to public safety. two apartment buildings are yellow tagged after a fire rips
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through them and a bar, leaving several people evacuated. we'll have an update and tell you why some leave it could be arson.
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worries about europe rattled the stock market a day
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after the dow jones had its biggest gain in three weeks. investors are watching to see if cyprus can restore confidence in the banking system. they are also keeping an eye on italy where political parties are struggling to form a new government. the dow is down 37. the nasdaq, down 7. s&p, down 4. 8:44. let's bring you up to date on some of the other top stories we're following for you right now. right now, the u.s. supreme court is hearing oral arguments on the defense of marriage act. it's a federal law that denies federal benefits to even legally married same-sex couples. now, legal arguments should be wrapping up any minute now. if those parties involved hold a news conference before the end of the newscast, we'll broadcast it and bring it to you live. also, the golden gate bridge now is on an all- electric toll system. at misdemeanor night, the toll collectors left their booths for the very last time. you drivers can pay your toll
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through fast track or have your license plate scanned and get a bill in the mail. in san francisco, two dozen people are now homeless after an early-morning fire in the bayview district. it started before 1:00 a.m. at third and mckinnon. tara moriarty has been out there since 4:30 this morning. you are back now. an arson investigation is underway, tara. >> reporter: that's right. the building that caught fire are now yellow tagged. this pink one behind me has a facade that you can see is almost looking like it will drop there so they've actually barricaded that part of the street off. crews are still here monitoring hot spots. arson investigators are expected to arrive very shortly. trying to figure out exactly what sparked the fire. >> where is this coming from? >> back room. >> reporter: it took crews two and a half hours to contain the
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flames that broke out just before 1:00 this morning. the deputy chief says part of the challenge, a gas line that took pg&e and hour and 15 minutes to shut off. about two dozen people were able to escape. they evacuated the two apartment buildings with flats one on mick conditionen and one on third. a bar that had just been renovated was also burned down. >> the alarm was going off. all i did, i -- i have been in a fire before. i was up on the roof. i mean, i just -- i just grabbed whatever i could and i just flew up and everybody else was flying behind me. >> it got hotter and hotter, you know, and the flames started to shoot up. we were across the street and you could feel the heat from the flames. >> reporter: the fire appears to have started in a garbage chute sandwiched between the two buildings. two firefighters received minor injuries. one was hurt in his knee and
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elbow. the other suffered minor smoke inhalation. both are doing just fine. the evacuees are being placed in temporary housing by the red cross. they've not released the official cause. we understand that one man has been detained. we don't know if he will be arrested for arson. but neighbors say he had an ongoing dispute with the landlord. the opener says he cannot afford to rebuild. we saw him walk in a few minutes ago. he said his insurance only recovers $1.5 and that won't be enough to cover the cost of the three buildings. so now the people who have been evacuated really have to think about where they will live next. tara moriarty, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. 8:48. not in my backyard. that was the message in concord over marijuana. kight's pam cook is in the studio now -- ktvu's pam cook is in the studio with more. >> it was unanimous at the city council coup meeting in concord in the -- council meeting in
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concord in the fight over marijuana. the council voted to ban outdoor cultivation and ban any plants you can see through a window. one man showed us video of plants grows with patience. critics were vocal saying growing pot leads to crime. >> if there isn't some restriction put on it, this becomes a magnet for other people to come into the area from the surrounding communities. >> visible ploonts are an invitation to break-ins and robs -- robberies. >> 50 other counties limit or ban outdoor marijuana growth. unless there are any legal challenges, that ban is expected to be in place in about two months, violaters will be cited for public nuisance and fined. 8:49. rohnert park thanks to a new
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casino is getting a $40 million shot in the arm. yesterday, the city council approve an agreement with the fed rated indians of rancho rio. it's intended to address concerns over the casino the tribe is building. if the casino earns as much as expected, it will pay $251 million to the city over 20 years. the casino's due to open late this year. ten minutes before 9:00. an environmental group wants yosemite national parknd the golden gate national recreation area to stop setting bottled water. they want to encourage people to use tap water instead. 14 national parks have banned the sale of bottled water. later the group will hold a meeting at crissy field and try to get support from the park's superintendents. google's street view is getting a rare look into japan's nuclear zone. this is the city of nami.
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it became uninhabitable after the march earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at the truck nuclear power -- at the fukushima nuclear power plant. 8:50. well, the stanford women's basketball team is joining cal in the sweet 16. last night, the cardinal trounced michigan, 73-40. top-seed stanford plays georgia in spokane, washington on saturday. that's knolled by second-seed cal playing lsu. the winners of the two games play each other for a trip to the final four. the sacramento city council has form mal ali -- formally approved the arena deal to save the city's nba franchise. >> let's do it, sacramento! [ cheers ] >> the vote came last night during a packed council meeting. the sit would pay roughly half
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of the $448 million needed to built a new -- build a new arena. sacramento's arena plan will now go before a panel of nba openers one week from today. the committee will weigh sacramento's plan along with a competing arena proposal from seattle which is trying to get the kings to move. the nba will make a decision by the end of april. expect to see a lot of gold and green around the east bay in the coming days. it's all part of the first-ever oakland as spirit week. oakland city hall will have lights and the team's green and yellow colors. the as as flag will be raised over the tribune to you tower on friday at 11:30 a.m. and thousands of oakland businesses are promising to hang posters saying we love our as. the as start the season by hosting seattle this monday night, april 1st. >> all right. 8:52. the supreme court as you know is hearing oral arguments on the defense of marriage act. what we're hearing and seeing on blogs and tweets from inside
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the courtroom, including some irritation by the chief justice john roberts aimed at the obama administration. if you are driving on 80 westbound, the traffic is looking pretty good. we'll tell you more about what's happening at the bay bridge toll plaza. ;l
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8:55. amazing new surveillance video from china. a very lucky bus driver. look. a huge lamp post crashed through his windshield barely missed the driver. he was hurt, though.
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his spleen was ruptured. but he did safely stop that bus and believe it or not, none of the 26 passengers on board were hurt. back here at home, sonoma county, close to adopting some new rules for taxicabs. reported supervisors unanimously approved this ordy naps. a second meeting is scheduled next month. it will take effect 90 minutes later. the sheriff's office would start to enforce this in october to allow time for public outreach and public education. the new ordydy naps deals with safety issues -- ordinance deals with safety issues for permits on those drivers. the supreme court is still hearing oral arguments on doma. people inside the courtroom are tweeting and blogging about what's going on as we're looking at a live picture outside the court. here is some of what we're hearing. apparently, just like with proposition 8 argument the
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yesterday, the justices spent quite a bit of time this morning discussing whether the doma case even belonged in the supreme court. according to a live blog by the wall street journal. chief justice roberts expressed irritation at the obama administration saying perhaps the government should have the courage to execute the law based on the constitutionality rather than shifting responsibility to the supreme court to make a decision. now, today's arguments were supposed to last an hour and 50 minutes. it should be ending right about now and when someone comes forward to make any comments, we will have that on our website. we'll have much more coming up at noon on the ktvu news. let's check in with sal. you've been busy all morning. >> things are getting better. westbound bay bridge traffic looking good. the traffic here is moving along very nicely. if you are driving on 880, it's a little bit slow as you drive south. let's go to steve.
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some sunbreaks in there. there's a lot of clouds on off the coast -- clouds off the coast. drizzle on thursday. we'll include it up. warm friday. cloudy saturday. maybe some warm on sunday, we'll deal with it as we get closer to it. >> could have a soggy easter. >> looking like it. >> that's our report for this morning. thank you for trusting ktvu channel 2 news. we'll see you the next time news breaks. >> thanks for watching.
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