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making sure those less fortunate don't go without food this christmas, a huge volunteer effort underway early this morning. sonoma deciding to release the comedy "the interview" which set off a national firestorm. we will tell you which movie theaters is playing it. it's a cold, brisk start to the holiday. your current conditions coming right up as mourns "mornings on 2" starts right now. good morning. merry christmas. what a beautiful shot. the sunrise and then the tribune bidding there in oakland. i have seen this on my way to work for a little while now.
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the red and green. >> bruce stringstein santa claus is coming to town. brian and i were singing this earlier. >> yes, we were. >> look at that. a beautiful sunrise. pretty, pretty pink. thank you for joining us on "mornings on 2". i am pam cook. >> being told to guess the christmas songs this morning. i am not the doing too well. >> we are doing okay. i am brian flores. tori and dave are off today. gets let your christmas day started this morning. rosemary in for steve. the picture is great. >> it's pretty. it's cold throw. we have some chilly weather behind that system that pulled through. a little bit of rain yesterday. now we have high pressure building back in. you may have seen atop that tribune tower building that we have the flag flapping around. the winds are blowing this morning. because of it we are drying out. we don't have much fog to speak of. a little bit of rain just here on the north corner of
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california. but for us we are mostly clear and we are dry for today. on the back side of this system, again the ones have picked up. colder air mass moving into place. in the overnight hours we are probably going to see some of the coldest temperatures we have seen this season. the season is just getting started. in fairfield right now the winds on shore at 6 miles per hour. novato 15. earlier novato 24. the breeze is out there. with the numbers i am about to show you it is a chilly start. 39 in concord. mid 30s in napa. 45 oakland. when you have these temps and have the wind blowing you have to consider the windchill factor. it may feel like freezing or below in walnut creek. if you have a wind outside, 45 in novato. could feel closer to 40 degrees. as we get into the afternoon we will continue to be on the cool side. upper 50s, low 60s. we will take a last look at a few east bay numbers. 44 san ramon.
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40 degrees in lafayette. when i come bang a look at those -- come back a look at those afternoon highs for today. we are going to be dry but temperatures not going to warm a whole lot over what we are going to see for the afternoon today. >> bring your jacket. >> yes. >> thank you. we will get new jackets and sweaters. >> fees like winter. rosemary, thank you so much. if you are traveling this christmas, want to take a look at the roadways this morning. no major problems out there. this is highway 4. pittsburg bay point area as you cross the willow pass. looks really great out there, folks. if you are heading out this morning, not too bad. this is the reason we live in the bay area, folks. look at this picture. beautiful golden gate bridge this morning. there is a little bit of a problem on lucas valley road. there is a tree down that knocked down a power line. there is a hard closure there. be aware of that. as you imagine, many people staying at home. not many people on the roads. just be aware of that. lucas valley road in marin
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county. >> that is gorgeous. well, as a movie lawmakers and the president say they are happy is being released. "the interview" will make its way to hundreds of theaters nationwided to. tara moriarty joins us from a theater in berkeley that will be showing the film. >> reporter: there are five screenings at the the elmed would. it's not listed on the marquee and we think that's perhaps the decision to have the showing was done in haste. movie houses in livermore, petaluma are also showing the film. >> that's the american way. >> how many times can the u.s. do this? >> as many types times as it takes. >> reporter: movie bus will also be able to stream the film on youtube and google play as well. last wednesday sonoma yanked "the interview" from the national release in response to threats of violence from an online group allegedly from
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north korea. the comedy is about an assassination plot against north korea's leader kim jong un. in washington, some members of congress are urging even tougher sanctions against north korea. the fbi saying pyongyang was responsible for the attack on sonoma. >> shut down the hard currency that north korea needs not only for the nuclear weapons program and for this dictator to pay his generals, but it would also cut off the funding to bureau 121, which is their 3,000 cyber agents that they pay out of that bureau. let's get serious about our response here. >> reporter: north korea's own internet went dark for nearly ten hours monday. service back up and running. but still said to be spotty triggering speculation that perhaps the u.s. is responsible. now, field offices for the fbi have been contacting theaters. we will let you know what they had to say to them in the next hour. tara moriarty. back to you guys in the studio. >> it will be interesting to hear what they say. time is 7:05.
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happening today final preparations underway for the an i am christmas day dinner at st. anthony's dining room. chefs and volunteers arrived early to prepare meals for an estimated 4,000 people at the dining hall on golden gate avenue. first meals are scheduled to be served at 10:00 this morning. and san francisco's memorial church is getting ready to host big christmas meals also. the church on ellis avenue will serve breakfast to thousands of needy families this morning and there will be a christmas dinner add glide later today. thousands of people took part in the holiday tradition on the day before at glide. many children are enjoying new toys this christmas morning thanks to the generosity of many other people. they reached the goal. we were watching since yesterday morning. last night they collected more than 10,000 toys. a marathon 20-hour last-day toy drive.
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all the dolls, action figures, play sets were distributed as quickly as they came in. toys went out to community centers and churches like the chapel ame church in the bayview district. >> want to tell me what you got? >> a doll. >> a dinosaur and a fireman. >> 10:00 this morning 3,000 toys will be delivered to the christmas in the community toy give you a way program in the western edition. in the next hour a group of san francisco firefighters get to play santa. they are going to drive through the tenderloin neighborhood and pass out bikes. yesterday they handed toys to hundreds of kids. the san francisco firefighters toy program began in 1949. it is the oldest program of its kind in the country. firefighters, their union and volunteers distribute more than 200,000 toys to deserving children year round. well, this morning pope francis delivered a somber message from the vatican.
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tens of thousands of people gathered in st. peter's square for the pope's speech and blessing delivered from the balcony overlooking the square. in his message the pope said there are many tears this christmas, expressing anguish for children victims of violence around the world including a recent terrorist attack on a school in pakistan. new this morning one person was hurt after jumping from the second story window of a burning house in oakland. that started before 12:30 this morning at a home on 56th street near martin luther king jr. way. firefighters put it out in 30 minutes. the person who jumped suffered a broken leg but no one else was hurt. the cause of the fire still under investigation. an oakland fire battalion chief says firefighters have responded to several calls at that same address in the past six months. 7:08. the community of berkeley, missouri remains on edge after a second straight night of protests against a police shooting with similarities to the to am
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michael brown case in nearby ferguson, missouri. demonstrators staged a die-in at the gas station where a white officer shot and killed an 18-year-old african-american man tuesday night. police made several arrests last night, including some for property damage. now, news cameras also captured an object that was thrown at police officers, but they say no one was hurt. meantime, berkeley city leaders, berkeley city, missouri, leaders say this is different from ferguson because 18-year-old antonio martin first pointed this gun at the officer. police released a couple of surveillance videos from the gas station which they say show it was martin and not the officer who initiated action. the mayor is promising a thorough investigation and says he will not tolerate police brew it willty -- brutality on
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citizens. a bay area group held a small candlelight vigil at martin luther king jr. park. they say they needed a way to publicly express their outrage and concern over what has been happening in the u.s. protesters in san francisco called for an end to police violence. more than 100 demonstrators hit the streets. many from the lbgt community. the march included a die in. the group briefly shut down the off-ramp at market and held a moment of silence for minorities who have been killed by police. 7:10. coming up in our 7:30 half hour, a group helping to feed 4,000 people stuck in their homes today. >> sights and sounds of the holiday season. up next we will hear from the young members of the san francisco boys chorus.
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yesterday's wet weather is out of here. cool and dry weather moving in for your christmas day giving you a beautiful view there. looking off to the east we have about ten minutes or so until the official sunrise. mostly clear skies in store today. it's a cold one. i will have a look at your temperatures coming up. for the volkswagen time sign-then-drive event. for practically just your signature, you could drive home for the holidays in a german-engineered volkswagen. like the sporty, advanced new jetta... and the 2015 motor trend car of the year all-new golf. if you're wishing for a new volkswagen this season... just about all you need is a finely tuned... pen. get zero due at signing, zero down, zero deposit, and zero first month's payment on select new volkswagen models.
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welcome back. we are following some breaking news now in san francisco. we want to tell you about it. here is a live picture from one of our crass there. you can see smoke from a fire in the petrero hill neighborhood. it's on mississippi street near 18th street. hate to report something like this on christmas day. we have a crew on the way to the scene to figure out more of what this is. we are going to bring you more information again as it comes into our newsroom. again a fire burning in san
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francisco. time now is 7:13. people in the sierra are waking up this morning to a white christmas. skiers and snowboarders are taking advantage of it at the resorts. plenty of new powder on the ground after a dusting last night. right now chains are not required on highway 50 or interstate 80. but if you are headed up there you are always advised to bring along those chains. well, what are the holidays without some holiday music? we have been hearing about it all morning long. the san francisco boys chore inches of snow are internationally acclaimed. >> they have performed all around the world. they are between the ages of 10 and 13. and photojournalist tony hod rick and deena lynch gave us a listen. >> [singing]. >> i love it. it is like my life. it's my main priority. >> when i heard about this choir, i just knew that it was
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right for me. >> i joined the chorus because i don't really show any interest in sports. >> this was good for the opportunity. i really like it. >> i want to, like, sing because it opens this joy in my heart that i have that i just want to like let go of. i just really love the sound. it makes me feel like i am floating in the clouds. >> what's great about the chorus is the boys are all here because they want to be here. >> let me tell you, the boys, i love working with the boys. their sound is glorious. >> how many sopranos are doing the top part? that's too many now. >> i get to see the development that happens in them, and they go from being little boys to
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really young gentlemen. >> i sing everywhere. i sing at school. i sing at hole. i sing while during my homework. i sing in the shower. >> well, i sing like at home and in the car random notes. it, like, it really drives my parents crazy. >> [singing] >> and i had a little book that runs down. i really like it. >> the boys' soprano sound is unlike any other sound. there is a sweet spot in the boys' voice that just lasts for just a short amount of time. >> it's purity. it's innocence.
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it's the beauty. >> songs can have different moods to them. some songs can make me really happy. some songs can make me really sad. >> and i actually really like the feeling of sad songs because they can really open up your heart in a certain way because they make you feel for the song. it's just a really beautiful sensation. >> this puts this their minds that there is another dimension to life. it's not just all tv and homework and eating and sleeping. they can express their spirit through music. their energy can be used through music. >> when everyone is singing the right notes and we are in harmony, it transports me into a different place. >> this is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years.
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the music of the ages, it's like nothing else. >> the boys chorus shapes them. just the mere fact of standing in front of an audience that they can have the confidence to perform in the best way possible. >> it brings camaraderie. it brings friendship. it means working with other people. they develop leadership qualities. and the things that they learn throughout the chorus helps them in their future life. >> their voices blossom and blossom and it is this glorious hinge that is something that i think they will keep with them. >> i love the chorus. nothing is the same as singing. >> i am not sure when i grow up i will still want to do that. i am sure i will sing all my life. >> yeah, it makes me happy.
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>> they are making a lot of other people happy. >> yes, they are. >> it's so much more than music. this story part of our 30- minute special dedicated to the sights and sounds of the season. holiday in focus airs today at noon and also at 5:30 and 10:30 tonight on ktvu. you can also watch it at 7 and 11:30 p.m. on tv 36. all of our amazing photojournalists. >> yes. >> they go out and do these stories. our fabulous editors put them together. it's so nice to watch. >> that story brought back a lot of memories for me. >> you were a singer, you said. i just learned something new. >> yes. i teased about alex savidge singing yesterday. i sang six years in choir. there is a window there with the boys voice, it's beautiful, and it turns into a tenor voice or a bass voice. >> i digress. >> a little bit of bass in your voice. >> you won't hear that.
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>> no boyband in your future? >> definitely not. >> not that you are a man now. >> that ship has sailed, rosemary. thanks so much. >> he sounded like angels. >> they did. let's talk about the weather out there this morning because the sunrise is upon us. actually i want to give you a look at how much rain fell yesterday. not a lot. take a look at some of these amounts from the last 24 hours, i guess we'll call it. a few 100 deaths reported in most areas. san francisco 7 100ths. here is our system off to the east. behind to a average of high pressure that will be building in. this is going to bring us dry weather now through your holiday weekend. but it's a cool one. we have very dry air moving in and chilly air. a lot cooler than where we were at the start of the week. so for today we're mostly sunny. we're cool. we are breezy. i will get to the temperatures here in just a moment. let's check in on the winds.
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16 miles per hour hayward. livermore just a light breeze. about 3 there. san jose checking in at 12. now, with the wind i guess on the plus side we don't have the fog to contend this with morning because very dry air pulling into the bay area. 45 degrees oakland right now. 46 san rafael. 51 san francisco. these numbers a lot colder than we were yesterday. some by 5, 10, even 15 degrees. napa closer to 12 degrees cooler right now than you were yesterday at this time. concord 39 right now. 36 livermore. also have to mention that with the wind out there it's going to feel chillier than some of these numbers or readings. so be prepared for that if you are stepping out early. let's check in on live more for the afternoon. by 10:00 or so still 49 degrees. so better than where we are right now but still going to be cool for the morning hours. by the afternoon we get into the mid-to-upper 50s for most of us. sun sets about 5:00. take a look at where we're at by the early evening hours.
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back in the 40s for livermore at 7:00. bring along the jacket. you just may find it handy this morning as well as parts of the afternoon and definitely for this evening. afternoon highs for today upper 50s in novato. napa 58 as well as berkeley. 58 in concord. in the south bay temperatures look similar. 57 san jose as well as morgan hill. upper 50s in mountain view and santa cruz mostly sunny skies. 58 degrees expected for you there as well. the extended forecast here with your bay area weekend always in view, we'll start with today. cool. a little breezy. winds will begin to die down for the afternoon. they won't go away completely. the overnight lows are going to be quite chilly for the next few days. we will wake up with some frost probably tomorrow morning. watching for that as well. but the bay area weekend dry, partly cloudy, upper 50s to low 60s. not bad. just not 68 like we had back on tuesday. >> the heat wave. >> i know.
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>> i love the heat wave for christmas. >> i know. >> thank you, rosemary. 7:22 is the type. christmas definitely came early for some people in hong kong. coming up in 30 minutes a mad dash for cash for some lucky people. the san francisco christmas tree that's gaining more attention every year. how it's become home to hundreds of hopes and wishes.
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welcome back everybody to "mornings on 2". time is 7:25. one special christmas tree in san francisco's noe valley is getting more and more attention every holiday season. it is known as the wishing tree. it's decorated with hundreds of handwritten notes from people expressing their hopes and dreams. the first wishing tree went up three years ago when a child therapist began posting her wishes on the tree outside her home. she then invited others to do the same. >> i thought maybe i would get joke wishes and people wouldn't take it seriously, but people did take it seriously. i think it's a place for people
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to just sit and be with themselves and actually listen to their hearts. >> well, so far there are more than 750 messages posted on the wishing tree this year. that number is expected to grow during this final week of the holiday season. well, the recent wet weather is making it difficult to get to one of the most scenic views in san francisco. parts of the land end hiking trail are closed after a mudslide. the moving earth took trees with it and created a gaping hole. signs have been posted with warnings that the area is dangerous. but some people say yellow tape and hazard signs won't stop them from visiting land's end. >> she broke ever traffic rule in the book today getting over here. >> this is my favorite spot in san francisco. >> lands end has seen plenty of mudslides in its history, but they usually happen during extremely rainy years. the u.s. geological survey says
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if the ground continues to shift, the trail might actually have to be moved from that section of lands end. right now it's 7:26. a young boy is helping to remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. >> this is one of the sweetest things i have ever received. >> what he did for complete strangers this christmas instead of asking for gifts for himself. and next remembering the forgotten in san francisco. the efforts underway at this hour to make sure those who can't leave their homes today still enjoy a warm christmas meal. sunny, cool, breezy weather in store for your holiday. we are checking in on your current conditions. i will line up the afternoon highs for your neighborhood coming up. female announcer: it's time to make room for the new mattress models!
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pen. get zero due at signing, zero down, zero deposit, and zero first month's payment on select new volkswagen models. good morning. thank you for joining us. we continue to follow some breaking news now. unfortunately, out of san francisco, i want to take you out there live right now. you can see a pretty big fire. huge response from firefighters there. this is petrero hill in san francisco. more firefighters being called in to help. you can see definitely looks like a house fire. smoke coming from the top of that house. we don't know if it's single family or a multiunit structure. it started about an hour ago. we have, as you can see, a live picture there. our crew there on the scene.
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they are going to get us some more information and we will have that for you in a minute. thank you for joining us christmas morning. i am pam cook. >> merry christmas to you and yours. i am brian flores. let's get started with weather. rosemary is in for steve. it is shaping up to be a cool but very nice morning. >> a little nippy this morning. >> grab the coat. >> a good idea. a glorious start to the day. how about this picture? full view and show you looking towards the east where the sun is now up. most of us are waking up with mostly clear skies. that system came through and brought a little bit of rain and now it is out out of here. cool, dry conditions moving in. a little breezy out there this morning as it moves out and a ridge of high pressure moves pack in. you can see over the pacifica little bit the northern edge of california getting just a little bit of rain. this isn't going to come our way. we are going to remain dry today, mostly clear. i think you are going to need at least a light jacket because it
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is a cold start this morning. we are going to be cool throughout the afternoon as well. napa winds 5 miles an hour. fairfield 6. novato quite gusty in your neighborhood gusting to 23 miles per hour. we have got oakland at 9. so when we're talking about chilly temperatures and we have the wind, the windchill factor to consider. so in areas around novato where we have 46 degrees and the wind is gusting probably feels closer to 40 degrees outside. 45 oakland. 42 redwood city. a few areas near freezing this morning. walnut creek at 33. 35 napa. 39 degrees in concord. let's go along the peninsula. a few more numbers here. 41 belmont. 45 foster city. palo alto you are checking in at 48. upper 30s menlo park and sunnyvale holding on to 44. saratoga you're at 45. afternoon highs for today upper 50s to low 60s. it's going to be a cool one out there. mostly sunny skies. the winds i do expect will die
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down some. locally breezy. 60 degrees for oakland today. 57 redwood city. 58 for santa rosa. still a nice day for the little ones to get out and enjoy their new toys, ride their bikes, maybe their scooters. we have a fairly nice forecast into the bay area weekend. chilly overnight lows. >> and no rain, right? >> no rain for the weekend. i love that feeling in the neighborhood, everybody out with shiny new bikes and skates and cute things. >> thank you so much. in case you have somewhere to go this christmas, want to give you a quick check on the roads this morning. sal is off this morning enjoying the christmas holiday. it's okay. but take a look at this. merry christmas if you are going across the bay bridge total plaza. eight minutes across to san francisco this morning. take a look at the mack maze. usually pretty busy on a thursday. very nice out there. so enjoy the christmas holiday. we do want to mention you can use public transportation to get where you need to go as well. bart, caltrain, sam trans, ac
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transit, golden gate transit and muni are all following sunday or holiday schedules today. if you take bart keep in mind parking is free. merry christmas. san francisco muni will also not be enforcing parking meters. seven-day street sweeping or residential parking permits. we want to go back to our breaking news. we unfortunately have to talk about this this morning in san francisco. we told you about 20 minutes ago there is a large fire. it is burning in the petrero hill neighborhood. allie rasmus just arrived on the scene and has more information. >> reporter: pam, we are at mississippi and 22nd street. this is now a three-alarm fire. you can see it going right here behind us. it looks like a three-level or multi-level victorian home where this fire happened. right now there is still smoke coming out of the roof. a short time ago we could see flames coming were the top window and on the house next door you can see several
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firefighters perched from the roof of the house next door taking a defensive position. we are waiting to get more information from the fire chief. she told us right before our live shot she is going to be right back to give us an update. here is what we have been able to find out in talking to some of the neighbors. this is a three-level victorian. according to the next door neighbor she says the home that's on fire is owned by a man in his 60s and that he lives on the top floor. the top unit of this victorian. she says there is a family of four in the unit below and that's according to the next door neighbor. she is not sure if anyone was home when this all happened. they may be traveling for the christmas holiday. but you can see it looks like a flashlight of a firefighter possibly inside the mid-level of that victorian home. on the ground floor there is a
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lot of firefighters in our way, but there are some firefighters going in and out of this house. according to a couple other neighbors we talked to this morning they heard some sort of explosion or big popping noise around 6:00 and then according to one neighbor she looked out the window and she could just see flames shooting through the roof. this is a house we're talking about. you can see smoke billowing out of the top floor window of the victorian home. up until about, i'd say, just a few minutes you could still see flames coming from the roof of this home. firefighters still on the scene of this three-alarm fire. we are waiting to get an update from fire chief joanne hayes white. she was just out here. she is gathering more information for us and she will come out here to give us a briefing. we will keep you posted and stay out here on the scene. pam, back to you. >> i certainly hope nobody was inside the house. thank you. we are also following breaking news out of martinez this morning. a shelter in place is in effect for 20 homes around the intersection of vine avenue and sycamore street. we are hearing reports that a car crashed into a house
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rupturing a gas main about 6:20 this morning. pg he is responding. we also have a crew on the way to that scene. right now volunteers at the san francisco salvation army are starting to deliver the meals to people who are home bound. about 40 volunteers were busy at the salvation army center this morning. they formed an assembly line to make that meal for all those people. volunteers will deliver 4,000 christmas meals over the next couple of hours to people who cannot leave their homes because of age, disability, or perhaps illness. christmas is a day of business as usual for some u.s. postal service workers. they volunteered to work today and deliver priority mail on this holiday. they will start loading up their trucks and mailbags about an hour from now. they will bring joy to people as they start delivering cards and packages to the people in the bay area and across the country. christmas from all over the world gathered for christians,
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that is, gathered for christmas day mass at the west bank town of bethlehem today.. the church of the nativity is built on site where christians believe jesus was born and each year thousands of christians make a pilgramage to bethlehem. there are far fewer flight delays or cancellations across the country today. there are some related disruptions in upstate new york. the rest of the country fairly clear. rain and poor visibility yesterday caused more than 3,000 flights to be delayed or canceled nationwide. so far we have not received any reports of problems at our local airports. heavy fog, low ceilings yesterday definitely caused some delays up to two hours at sfo. and the california high pressure is mark the holiday with the annual dui crackdown. it began at 7:00 last night.
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the chp saysing it deploying all -- says it is deploying all officers. the enforcement period runs through midnight on sunday. an apple company in missouri issued a recall of caramel apples that may be linked to listeria. the company says it recently heard from one of its suppliers here in california that there may be a connection between the outbreak and the apples they provided. the cdc says the listeria outbreak has affected 29 people in ten states, including a santa cruz woman who died. an african-american man tackled and arrested by bart police in august is suing the transit agency alleging civil rights violations. he claims he was falsely accused of accosting a woman in a case of mistaken identity. bart has not even the lawsuit and is not commenting.
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a federal judge in oakland ruled a class-action lawsuit against facebook can continue. it was filed against facebook users by an oregon -- by users in oregon and arkansas. they claim the menlo park based company violated privacy laws by scanning messages for links to third party websites. the suit was filed on behalf of all facebook users who sent or received a private message containing a link. facebook says what it did was legal, but says it has already stopped that practice. time is 7:40. an emotional christmas message from the leader of the roman catholic church. what has brought the pope to tears during this past year. first we are taking you behind the scenes of christmas at the white house. the sights and how you can get on the christmas holiday card list. >> it's a pretty start to the day. mostly clear. it's cold out there. for some it is a breezy one. i will have a look at the conditions in your area and what you can expect for the
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afternoon coming up.
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welcome back to the "mornings on 2". it is 7:43. one person in custody after a deadly christmas eve shooting at a shopping mall just outside of new orleans. it happened late yesterday hours before the mall was set to close for the holiday. police say the gunman fired at the victim several times while he was leaving a shoe store. investigators say the man who died was targeted. they are not releasing any other information than that. california's final audit of the year shows state workers engaging in wrongdoing and it's costing taxpayers thousands of dollars. the investigation shows embezzlement of state funds,
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inaccurate inventories of state property and mismanaged money. for example, an auditor found a manager at the employment development department did not accurately designate an employee's headquarters, so the agency improperly reimbursed the employee for almost $27,000 in travel payments. >> the protocols, sometimes the supervisors are not taking a look at what's actually going on. so they have to be more diligent about what their responsibilities are and make sure that controls are tightened so we can prevent this from happening in the future. >> well, some of the other agencies investigated include the state water resources and the department of industrial relations. you can also read the entire report for yourself on our website ktvu.com. just click on the web links section. a 10-year-old boy is spending this christmas holiday bringing cheer and hope to people who live on the streets. >> chipotle. subway? >> subway. >> happy holidays. >> what a sweet kid.
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instead of gifts this year ben laroy asked family and friends to turn over their unused gift cards and he is using them to provide food and help to the homeless in palo alto. he is walking up and down university avenue just handing them out to people in need. >> this is one of the sweetest things i have ever received. hardly anybody is kind to me out here. >> i hope that other people get that holidays aren't about getting, but about giving. >> now, ben says he was inspired after a family discussion about his mother's legal work to allow people to sleep in their cars in palo alto. he says he has collected nearly 80 gift cards so far. some have been mailed to him from people he doesn't even know. he hopes to continue his project into the new year. he signs his cards your neighbor. starting today walmart actually offering to exchange unused gift cards from other companies for the own gift cards. the world's largest retailer
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will accept cards from more than two ounce other retailers and restaurants. it's not an even exchange. card holders can find out how much they would get on a walmart gift card without any obligation. walmart is using card cash.com to make the exchanges and analysts say the value of unused gift cards, unused, topped $750 million. >> use the gift cards, folks. >> yeah. >> or give them to that kid. president obama is joined by his wife michelle as he delivers a holiday themed weekly message and they focused on the sacrifices members of the military and their families make, especially during the holidays. >> we are able to gather with family and friends because our troops are willing to hug theirs good-bye and step forward to serve. after a long day we can come home because they are willing to leave their families and deploy. we celebrate the holidays because they are willing to miss their own. >> and so as our troops -- >> the president and first lady then asked americans to help those who have served as they
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make their transition back into civilian life. time now 7:46. take a look at your mantle or your refrigerator or whenever you keep your collection of holiday cards. is something missing? >> maybe a christmas card were the president? pam still wants one. >> yes, i do. >> you will be on the list one of these days. who exactly gets on that list? >> reporter: if your tastes for christmas run a little over the top, the white house does not disappoint. walking down every corridor here to be immersed in a level of christmas cheer that is difficult to fully take in. of course, there is one giant tree after another. even one, for some reason, made out of a mannequin. for all of that, there is this. a simpler gesture of christmas well wishes. a christmas card. what's so special about christmas cards like these, open them up and inside they are signed by the president of the united states. so what does it take to get on that christmas card list? >> it is pretty cool.
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>> reporter: fox's chief white house correspondent ed henry is on the list. he puts in the time. suffering through one white house briefing and another. you can buy them. we saw the price on this one passing 70 bucks. who else makes the cut for the political heavyweights in washington? >> they are not just sending it to to their actual friends. they are sending it to fake friends. campaign donors, contributors, the folks that want to get out at the polls. >> reporter: and that's where you can really blur the lines between pomp and politics, and it is nothing new. caroline harrison has the first white house tree, but it was upstairs maybe more for the family. frequent fox news producer and first lady historian andy oak can go on at length about the executive power of christmas. but the celebrations when first families began harnessing the power of the holiday began 85
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years ago. >> lou hoover decorated the first official white house christmas tree in 1929. it's not until 1961 we see the themes and motifs come through with jacqueline kennedy when she chose a nutcracker theme. >> reporter: this year's theme is a children's winter wonderland evoking an innocence washington is hardly known for. in fairness, there is sincerity amid the cynicism here. as the president will say were the left and the right, merry christmas to all and to all a good night. in washington, doug luzader, fox news. >> you will get on that list, pam. i know. >> now we know. >> dave clark gets one every single year. >> and he shows it to me. dave, you got to tell us how you get on there. i know you are watching this morning. >> he says he didn't know. they magically started appearing. he is not telling. >> no. >> look at that. >> thank you so much. >> putting fire.
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>> a little chilly in there. >> that feels good. it is a cold one out there this morning. i think a lot of us are at least thinking about putting a log in the fireplace. look. is that santa's hand? oh. >> where did that come from? >> well, he is home from. >> that's right. >> he is back home. he is done. >> okay. i can post it for you if you don't have one. >> i bet he is exhausted. kind of like me. that's talk about what is happening outside our doors. you could probably feel it when you stand close to your windows this morning. it's chilly out there. some of us even near freezing and it's a little breezy. giving you a look at the travel packer. coming in and out of sfo, oakland as well as san jose, we are actually quite nice and looking pretty good. no delays. the fog is not joining us this morning. it has to do with the wind helping to cry things out. here is our storm. this is what came yesterday.
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bringing a little bit of snow into areas right around idaho, sinks down into utah as well as colorado and then stretches across into the dakotas. we have some rain on the eastern seaboard this morning, but that is pushing out. so later today and into the evening hours that will be gone. but this snow is going to remain for a little bit longer over parts of the west. as we get into our day we are mostly sunny. we are dry. we are cool into the afternoon. temperatures not going to rebound like what we had earlier in the week. in fact, i will show you those numbers coming up. 45 in oakland. 36 in livermore. it's a cold start for you. if you have the wind with you this morning, you have to consider the windchill factor. now, take a look at the 10:00 numbers. still in the 40s. so not as cold as we are at the moment, but it's going to take a little while before we begin to see the 50s. takes all the way into the afternoon. then for the afternoon we will only be in the upper 50s to low 60s.
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58 berkeley. 59 san rafael. 60 degrees for hayward. pacifica will be 55 this afternoon. going to 57 in san jose and 57 for last gatos. the extended forecast here with your bay area weekend always in view. hopefully, you have the day off between now and your bay area weekend. temperatures will slowly climb. not a huge warm-up in store, but we will see baby steps into the low 60s. partly cloudy skies. dry through the weekend. >> if you have a real fire, it's good to use it. >> good air quality out there. it is crystal clear. >> good. >> it was just amazing last night to see the city. pretty. all right. thank you. 7:52 is the time right now. there is an issue with one of the most scenic views in san francisco. coming up at 8:00, the reason why your next visit to lands end to the hiking trail might be difficult. but first rush limbaugh once again in the hot seat. after the break, the comments he made regarding race and the
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welcome back everybody. time now 7:54. and rush limbaugh is once again inciting outrage. this time the controversy stems from comments regarding the next rumored james bond. on his video talk show limbaugh reacted to a story that came from leaked sonoma emails saying saying -- actress elba should take over. twitter erupted in response and some people called limbaugh's comments racist. in a one-on-one interview with oprah winfrey, football player michael sam reveals that several gay nfl players reached out and thanked him for coming out. >> pretty much just showed me the gratitude and how they were thankful that i had the courage to -- they wished that they had
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the courage to come out. >> sam became the first openly gay player drafted to the nfl, but he was cut by the st. louis rams just before the season began. the dallas cowboys then signed him to their practice squad, but later released him. he has never suited up for an official game. he is currently without a team, but he says he does not regret coming out. angelina jolie and brad pitt are supporting their daughter's desire to be called by a male name. shilo turned heads by joining brothers maddux and pax dressed in a suit and short haircut. the celebrity couple has been long open about shilo's decision to identify as male. shilo has expressed a desire to be referred to as john. experts say it's natural for children to explore genders. police in hong kong were called out to clean up a busy street, but there wasn't much on the road by the time the cops arrived. an armored car dropped three
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cashes boxes containing the equivalent of $2 million. people were scrambling to grab the cash when police wearing bulletproof vests arrived. coming up in our next hour of "mornings on 2", we have new information on a shelter in place order in the east bay this morning. new information coming up. q
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good morning everybody. welcome back to "mornings on 2". it is getting close to 8:00 this morning. firefighters, as you can see, at the scene of a three-level victorian home that caught fire this christmas morning there in san francisco. crews have been battling the fire for more than an hour now. it was a three-alarm fire. huge response. reporter allie rasmus is also there. she will have a live report in a moment. she will talk about the threat to homes on the block as well. good morning everybody. welcome to mourns on two. i am brian flores in for dave clark. >> i am pam cook in for tori campbell. rosemary is in for steve. we are holding down the fort. >> yes, it's a beautiful start to the day. at least it looks gorgeous. if you are going to be stepping out, bring along a jacket because it is cool and brisk for sop. take a look at stormtracker 2. no rain in the bay area. if you look to the far corner
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of california we have some here. this isn't going to come our way. we are going to remain dry today. ridge of high pressure building in behind that system that brought us just a bit of rain yesterday. a few one hundreths reported for some. mostly clear this morning. dry, cool northerly breeze in place. take a look at some of these numbers here. novato 17 miles per hour and gusting to 72 miles per hour. napa reporting 7. oakland reporting 12. actually, a southeasterly breeze in concord and fairfield with a southerly breeze as well. but with that breeze out there and the temperatures here we have a very chilly start for most. 33 degrees in walnut creek. 38 in napa. actually, with these types of numbers and the wind out there you have to consider the windchill factor. so may feel more like 32 in napa rather than the 38. walnut creek you're very close to freezing. it's a cold one for you. 49 san francisco. 46 in novato. that's the story this morning. the chill in the air as well as the breeze for some. 39 in lafayette.
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you're looking at 44 right now in san ramon. afternoon highs upper 50s to low 60s under mostly sunny skies. the winds will die down some but we will be left with a breeze for the afternoon. we will be dry through your bay area weekend. so some nice weather coming our way for outdoor activities. maybe outdoor shopping. all those post-holiday sales. >> are you trying to say something, rosemary? >> you know what's on my mind. yeah. i'll bring you a look at that extended forecast coming up in a bit. >> thank you. >> there will be a couple of other people out there with you shopping, i think. >> maybe a few. >> thank you, rosemary. if you are heading out this morning we want to look at the roadways as well. sal is off enjoying the christmas holiday. look at this. chamber of commerce day, we like to say. >> look at the color. the bridge, the water, the sky, it's gorgeous. >> so blessed and lucky to live here in the bay area. there is a wind advisory
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through all bay area beverages. this is highway 24. when i go home i get to see what the commute is like. >> clear sailing all the way back home later on. we begin this hour with breaking news. we have been following it in san francisco. a victorian home actually caught fire this christmas morning. now there is a frantic search for anyone who may be sleeping there when the blaze broke out. ktvu's allie rasmus with an update. allie, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, brian, i will start off with the good news. we found out that the family that lived here, a family of four, two adults and two young daughters, they were out of town for the christmas holidays. this he weren't here when this fire started. we found out that the owner of the building who according to some neighbors lives on the top floor, he was also not here. as far as we know everyone in this house where this fire started is accounted for and safe. this started around 6:00 this
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morning. some neighbors told us they heard a popping noise or explosion type noise followed by huge flames coming out of the roof of this victorian house. right now according to the fire chief this fire is contained. in the last five minutes or so the smoke has really died down. we have some firefighters kind of going into the first floor of this building. this home, victorian home, the address is 245 mississippi. so mississippi and 22nd in the potrero hill neighborhood. most of the morning firefighters, you can see them on the roof of the home members door. they were trying to make sure this fire didn't spread. the good news is it didn't spread to the house where they are sitting on the roof. the house on the other side sustained a lot of damage. the homeowners or tenants in there, the people who live there did get out safely. so did their cats. we saw firefighters with two kitties that they rescued from this home next door to where the fire started. it's kind of hard to see.
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it's kind of underneath that tree you cement . the red cross is helping that family and the people who live there find a place to stay. but when we talked to joanne hayes white, the fire chief out here, at worst she says this was a three-alarm fire. the wind conditions made the fire difficult to fight because it was very hard to contain the flames to some of the houses, at least that one house next door. although you see the house where the firefighters are sitting, that house again is okay. everyone who lived there got out safely. again just to repeat, in our last hit we told you about the family that lives in the victorian residence, we confirmed that they are out of town. they were not here when the fire started. so everyone is safe. back to you. >> allie rasmus reporting live from san francisco this morning. luckily the people were not there this morning. that is definitely good news. meantime, we have an update to breaking news we have been following out of martinez as
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well. around 6:20 this morning a car crashed into a house in martinez near the intersection of vine avenue and sycamore street rupturing a gas main. a shelter in place was in order for 20 homes in the area. we just learned that it has been lifted and the gas main has been capped by pge. also happening today the movie that spurred a massive cyberattack against sony and set off a national firestorm is being released nationwide today. ktvu's tara moriarty live from the elmwood in berkeley this morning. one of about 200 theaters around the u.s. planning to screen the movie "the interview." >> reporter: yesterday fbi field offices received a roster of all of the cinemas that would be showing the movie and they have contacted those theaters to explain the risks. we are here at one of them as you can see by the movie poster here in the window. officials have really been careful to stress that nothing points to any active plots against the moviegoers. >> you are entering into the
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most dangerous country on earth. kim jong un's people believe anything he tells them. >> reporter: movie buffs can stream it on youtube and google play as well. last wen sony yanked "the interview" were the national release in response to threats of violence from an online group allegedly from north korea. this comedy is about an assassination plot against north korea's leader kim jong un. in washington some members are congress are urging tougher sanctions against north korea. the fbi saying that pyongyang was responsible for the attack on sony. >> shut down the hard currency that north korea needs not only for the nuclear weapons program and for this dictator to pay his generals, but it would also cut off the funding to bureau 121, which is, you know, their 3,000 cyber agents that they pay out of that bureau. let's get serious about our response here. >> reporter: north korea's own internet went dark for nearly
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ten hours monday. it's back up and running but said to be spotty triggering speculation that perhaps the u.s. is responsible. if you are wondering where else "the interview" is playing, movie houses in livermore, pittsburg, san jose, santa cruz and petaluma will be having showings. >> interesting to see how many people see it. thank you so much. also happening right now final preparations are underway for the annual christmas day dinner at st. anthony's dining room in san francisco. chefs and volunteers arrived early this morning to begin preparing meals for an estimated 4,000 people at the dining hall on golden gate avenue. the first meals are scheduled to be served at 10:00 this morning. san francisco's glide memorial church also getting ready to host some big christmas meals today. the church on ellis avenue will serve breakfast to thousands of people. families this morning, there will be a christmas dinner at glide later today. meantime, thousands of people
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took part in a holiday tradition at glide on the day before christmas. >> volunteers served prime rib with all the fixings to 3,000 guests. joe bets donated the 122 pounds of meet
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from the balcony overlooking the square. in his message he said, quote, there are many tears this christmas. he expressed anguish for children who are victims of violence around the world. governor jerry brown continued a christmas eve tradition granting pardons to more than 100 people but ended up taking one back. the pardons are granted to people who have served their time and stayed out of trouble for ten years. most involve minor drug offenses. initially he issued 105 pardons but rescinded one after the "los angeles times" reported that the man had recently been disciplined by financial regulators. time now is 8:10. remembering those who are often
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forgotten. coming up at 8:30, volunteers in san francisco hoping those who have trouble helping themselves. plus, it's been quite a year in the entertainment industry. a quick look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly after the break. a beautiful start to the day. if you are stepping out early this morning, it is a chilly one with some areas near freezing. take a look at the current conditions in your area and what you can expect for today and your bay area weekend coming up.
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welcome back everybody to "mornings on 2". time is 8:13. as we reflect on 2014, it's been a year, glitz, glamor, and a whole lot of drama. >> as always. adam housley is at the hollywood walk of fame with some of the biggest entertainment headlines of 2014. >> reporter: wedding bells echoed throughout the entertainment world in 2014. a human rights attorney making an honest man out of one of hollywood's most notorious bachelors. george clooney in a lavish ceremony in venice. also tying the knot kneel patrick harris and denny wahlberg and aning loaner lena jolie and brad pitt. other couples are heading for splitsville. there are no blurred lines in robin thicke's relationship after his wife filed for divorce. and gwyneth paltrow and chris martin said they have decided to consciously uncouple. some celebrities were busted for behaving badly. justin bieber facing charges
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for several offenses, including drag racing, drunk driving, and egging a neighbor's home. singer chris brown arrested for probation violation and assault. shia labeouf disorderly conduct while beloved comedian bill cosby falls from grace and faces a scandal as multiple women accuse him of sexual abuse. morgan is recovering from a serious brain injury and is involved in a lawsuit against walmart after the company's truck slammed into the back of a limo van the comedian was riding in. some starlets like jennifer lawrence revealed a little more than they wanted to after a major hacking scandal released nude photos of female celebrities on the internet and renee zellweger triggering a shocked response on the red carpet when she appeared with a dramatically different looking face. in tv land the longest running scripted show on television the
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simpsons celebrates their 25th anniversary. on the big screen "the hunger games" with the third installment "mockingjay - part 1" and "divergent" bringing in big bucks at theaters. and we haven't seen the last of harry potter. universal orlando launching a new ride based on the wizarding world. wait times hit six hours on opening day. records were set on the awards show circuit in 2014 at the oscar. ellen degeneres with herselffy with the stars. "12 years a slave" took home the award for best picture. audrey mcdonnell set a record by taking home her sixth win. at the country music awards miranda lambert made history by becoming the most decorated female art misthe history of the cmas. rocker caleb johnson wins the 13th season of "american
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idol." hairy connick jr. joined the panel while randy jackson moved on to a mentor role. two idle babies came into the world. simon cowell welcoming baby eric on vlad and kelly clarkson bringing daughter river rose into the world in june. and they weren't the only ones. the death of comedy legend robin williams, one of the many sad losses in hollywood this year. the actor taking his own life after a long struggle with depression and the recent diagnosis of parkinson's disease. and show bizoy con joan rivers passing away days after she went into cardiac arrest during a procedure. her daughter planning a multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuit. this year we
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don't know why. >> we are a little bit more relaxed. nice weather. we got the fire burning. i love that. yeah. 10 degrees warmer on my side of the room than it is over there. >> you should come over. it feels good. let's talk about what is happening outside the doors this morning. mostly clear. it's a beautiful start to the day if you are looking out from
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a nice comfortable cozy couch. but you get outside and it's a nippy one. we have got this cool dry air moving in. on the back side of the system here that pushed through now bringing snow into areas right around utah, colorado, and you can see moving into montana as well as the dakotas later today. but for us we are on the back side and we have cool, dry air pulling in. that northerly breeze really kicking up in some areas this morning. in addition to the very chilly temperatures, we've got that wind out there. and so again it feels a little bit colder for some. we will be cool, dry, locally breezy as we get into the afternoon as well. we have 13 miles per hour winds at sfo. mountain view 7. san jose a breeze at 10. half moon bay a northerly breeze at 9. we have been talking about the bridges this morning and even advisories for some and it has to do with the direction of the wind coming in from the north. our bridges that go from east to west, we're talking about the bay bridge, the san rafael, the dumbarton as well as the san
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mateo bridge, you have the wind sort of hitting against your car as you are crossing the bridge. so ache it easy this morning if you are going to be out and about. let's take aing look at some of these numbers. 37 in fairfield. 38 in napa. 46 in oakland. 49 in redwood city. these temperatures are a lot cooler than yesterday morning with the mostly clear skies. on the plus side we don't have fog to deal with. if you have somebody flying in and out of the local airports, they are in pretty good shape this morning. 38 in concord. when are we going to begin to warm up? it's going to take a while. through 10:00 we will be in the 40s still. finally by 11:00 this morning mostly sunny skies. 54 degrees. as we get into the afternoon upper 50s in the forecast. sun sets right about 5:00. just a few minutes before. and we're already cooling off into the low 50s. so if you are thinking about stepping out this evening you will need a jacket as well. and with this cool, dry air in place i think tomorrow morning we may be talking about frost for some. 58 degrees in vallejo this afternoon. 58 in san francisco. hayward you'll go to 6 60 as
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well as oakland. 58 in santa cruz. temperatures not going to change a whole lot. we will warm slightly as we get into the bay area weekend. morning fog as well as the possibility of frost. we are now entering some of the coldest overnight lows we have seen so far this season as we get into your bay area weekend. we will remain dry with partly cloudy skies and low 60s in the forecast. feeling a little bit more like winter. >> right. in rain in the forecast? >> tuesday. tuesday may be our next chance. >> all right. the perfect day to test out the new sweater or jacket you got under the tree. >> thank you so much. well, the recent wet weather making a it difficult to get to one of the most scenic views in san francisco. parts of the lands end hiking trail are closed after a mudslide. the moving earth took trees with it and created a gaping hole. signs have been posted with warnings that the area is dangerous, but some people say yellow tape and hazard signs won't stop them from visiting lands end. >> she broke every traffic rule
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in the book today getting over here. that was nothing. >> you didn't hear a thing he said. but it's great to be here because this is like my favorite spot in san francisco. >> it is. you got to be careful, folks. lands end has seen plenty of mudslides in its history, but they usually happen during extremely rainy years. the u.s. geological survey says if the ground continues to shift the trial might have to be moved from that section of lands end. >> boy, that's amazing. 8:22 is the time. a young boy helping to remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. >> this is one of the sweetest things i have ever received. >> coming up, you have to see his story. in 26 minutes we will tell you what he did for complete strangers this christmas in-- instead of asking for gifts for himself. as you listen to the music, the reason thousands have visited this tree and why many more are expected to come.
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welcome back everybody to "mornings on 2". merry christmas. time is 8:25. britain's queen elizabeth is using her broadcast to praise medical workers fighting ebola in africa. the queen has been deeply touched by the doctors and nurses on the front lines in the battle against the outbreak. queen elizabeth's prerecorded message is being broadcast in many parts of the world today. she plans it to celebrate the
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holiday with her husband prince philip at the royal estate? norfolk, england. one special christmas tree in noe valley is getting more and more attention every holiday season. it's known as the wishing tree. it's deck raughted with hundreds of hand -- decorated with hundreds of handwritten notes with people expressing their hopes and dreams. the first went up three years ago when a child therapist began posting the wishes on the tree outside her home. she invited others to do the same. >> i thought maybe i would get some joke wishes and people wouldn't take it seriously. but people did take it seriously. i think it's a place for people to just sit and be with themselves and listen to their hearts. >> so far there are more than 650 wishes posted on the tree this year. that number is expected to grow during that final week of the holiday season. well, coming up, a second night of protests over a deadly police shooting near ferguson,
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missouri. after the break, why city leaders say this case so much different. live at the scene of a house fire in san francisco's potrero hill neighborhood. firefighters are getting ready to leave the scene. the fire is now contained. we will have an update coming up.
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good morning everybody. welcome back to "mornings on 2". as you can see, firefighters, they are at the scene after christmas morning house fire in san francisco. this is a live picture of the victorian home that caught fire in the city's potrero hill neighborhood earlier this morning. there is a little bit of a silver lining to this story. in a moment how the christmas holiday may have helped prevent
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the loss of lives. good morning once again. i am brian flores in or dave clark. merry christmas, everybody. let's get your day started with weather and traffic. rosemary is here for steve. a little bit brisk out there but a nice day? >> it's dry. it's beautiful. the sun is shining. if you are getting out to ride the new bike, maybe the scooter, bring along the jacket. it is chilly and temperatures are going to be slow to rebound this morning. giving you a look here at the mostly clear skies. a little bit of rain over the north edge of california. that's not going to come our way. we are going to remain dry for today. on the back side of that system yesterday that brought us just a few .001-inch of rain, it moved out. we have the winds and we have got it quite gusty for some. 0-mile-an-hour gusts right now in novato. san francisco sustained at 7. oakland reporting 1. as brian mentioned it is brisk out there. 34 in walnut creek. 38 in concord. some of the cooler spots in here
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we have been talking about it this morning when the temperatures become this cool. then we have the wind to consider. you have to consider the windchill factor as well. 46 in oakland, although it may feel closer to about 40 degrees with the wind blowing. 43 in redwood city. 51 san francisco. 46 in novato. let's shift into the east bay. we will take a look at a few more numbers. 39 degrees outside your dor lorinda. 39 lafayette. san ramon at 44 now that the sun is up. we will see those temperatures turn around. through 10:00 some of us will still be in the 40s. the afternoon highs today upper 50s to low 60s. wasn't that long ago we were in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees. in fact, it was back on monday and tuesday. not going to be the case as we get into the next few days. we are going to remain on the cool side. i will have a look at your bay area weekend coming up in a little bit. >> thank you so much. well, in case you have somewhere to go this christmas we want to take a look at the roadways this morning. sal is off enjoying the christmas holiday today. but take a look at this. bay bridge toll plaza very nice going through there if you are
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heading into san francisco this morning. eight minutes to get you across the span. no problems there. and also take look at the macarthur maze. no problems there. very different han what it looks like on a typical thursday morning. it it is christmas. stay safe if you are heading out to see family or friends this morning or today. and in case you want to know, public transportation, you can use it to get where you need to go. bart, caltrain, sam trans, ac transit, golden gate
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the homes next door. it's a three level victorian. this is where the fire started. firefighters arrived at 6:45. neighbors say it started a little bit before then. the home directly to the right of it, that home had only minimal damage. so according to fire chief joanne hayes white who briefed us a few minutes ago the family will be able to go back inside and celebrate their christmas. the house on the other side of the victorian, the left of it, behind the firefighters sigh underneath that tree, that house sustained a lot of damage. the people who live there were able to escape unharmed. firefighters were able to rescue some of their cats. we told you earlier this morning in the home where the fire started, the victorian here on 245 mississippi, there is a family of four that lives there. they were out of town for the christmas holiday. so some of their plans, you saw what happened, gave them a call
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this morning. gave the bad news to them. they weren't at home when this fire started. now, how this fire started exactly is something that fire investigators are going to be out here all day trying to figure out. several neighbors we talked to said they heard an explosion or popping noise followed by the flames coming from the roof of the house. the first couple of stories of windows this morning. joanne hayes white, the fire chief here, says that fire investigators are going to be out here for much of the day. we are expecting to have another update for us in terms of what may have caused this fire around 1:00 this afternoon. for now we can tell you that there are families displaced by this fire and two homes heavily damaged. no one injured. everyone appears to be safe here. back to you, brian. >> what is definitely good news that no one was hurt in the fire. thank you. well, right now volunteers at the san francisco salvation
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army are delivering meals to people who are homebound throughout the city. 40 volunteers busy at the salvation army center this morning preparing and packaging the food. they formed an assembly line to make those meals. volunteers will deliver 4,000 christmas meals over the next couple of hours to people who cannot leave their homes because of age, disability, or illness. we talked to a first-time volunteer who tells us that on this christmas morning it's truly better to give than to receive. and christians from all over the world gathered for a christmas day mass in bethlehem today. the church of the nativity is built on the site where christians believe jesus was born. each year thousands of christians make that pilgrimage to bethlehem. palestinian authorities tightened security. there are far fewer flight delays or cancellations at airports across the nation today. while there are storm-related
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disruptions in upstate new york, the rest of the country is fairly clear. rain and poor visibility yesterday caused more than 3,000 flights to be delayed or canceled nationwide. so far no reports of any problems at bay area airports. heavy fog and low ceilings yesterday caused delays of up to two hours at sfo. and the california high pressure is marking the holiday with the an u dye crackdown. the maximum holiday enforcement period began at 6:00 last night. the chp says it is deploying all available officers to look for impaired drivers, speeders and other dangerous behaviors on the road. the enforcement period runs from midnight on sunday. the community of berkeley, missouri remains on edge after a second straight night of protests against a police shooting with similarities to the michael brown case in nearby ferguson, missouri. >> i can't breathe! >> demonstrators staged a die- in at a gas station where a white
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officer shot and killed an 18-year-old african-american man last night. police made is several arrests last night. an object was hurled at police officers, but no one was hit. berkeley city leaders say this case is different than ferguson because 18-year-old antonio martin had first pointed this gun at officers. police have released a couple of surveillance videos from the gas station which they say show it was martin and not the officer who initiated the action. however, the city's mayor is also promising a thorough investigation and says he will not tolerate any police brutality on citizens. 2,000 miles away, last night a group of people in berkeley, california, stood in solidarity with people in berkeley, missouri. the bay area group held a small candlelight vigil at martin luther king jr. park. they say that they need to way to publicly express their outrage and concern over what has been happening here in the snus protesters in san francisco also called for an end to
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police violence. more than 100 demonstrators hit the streets. many from the lgbt community. the march included a die-in at castro and market. the group also briefly shut down the octavia boulevard off-ramp at market and held a moment of silence for minorities who have been killed by police. a federal judge in oakland ruled a class-action lawsuit against facebook can continue. the lawsuit was filed against facebook by users in oregon and arkansas. they claim that the menlo park-based company violated privacy laws by scanning messages for links to third-party websites and then sharing that information with advertisers. the suit was filed on behalf of all facebook users who sent or received a private message containing a link. facebook says what it did was legal, but says it's already stopped the practice. well, the drinks, they're on him. coming up in six minutes, how one major league pitcher used sonoma to treat his fans this christmas.
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also coming up. >> if i have something that i can use to make somebody's life easier or better. >> how one bay area woman is using her own time and money to create a brighter future for those in need. dry, cold weather has swept into the bay area. we will check it on your current conditions. i will have a look at the afternoon highs for today and your bay area weekend coming up. female announcer: it's time to make room for the new mattress models! during sleep train's huge year end clearance sale,
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welcome back to the ktvu channel 2 morning news and "mornings on 2". 8:41. passengers who planned to spend christmas eve in hawaii made an unexpected stop in oakland before reaching their final destination. hawaiian air flight 19 took off from sacramento but diverted to oakland after the captain detected a problem. it took two hours to fix the problem. the plane arrived safely in honolulu with no complications but five hours later than scheduled. two people are dead after a private plane crashed on its way from the bay area to amador county yesterday. the crash happened near sutter creek in the sierra foothills. the pilot had flown to gilroy, picked up his 27-year-old son alex. there are reports of fog in the area at the time of the crash, but the cause is still under investigation. california's final audit of the year shows some state workers engaging in wrongdoing,
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and it is costing taxpayers thousands of dollars. the investigation shows embezzlement of state funds, inaccurate inventories of state property, and mismanaged money. for example, an auditor found a manager at the employment development department didn't accurately designate an employee's headquarters, so that meant the agency improperly reimbursed the employee for almost $27,000 in travel payments. >> the protocols, sometimes the supervisor are not really taking a look at what's actually going on. so they have to be more diligent about what their responsibilities are and make sure that controls are tighten so we can prevent some of this from happening in the future. >> some of the other agencies investigated include the state water resources and the department of industrial relations. now, you can read the entire report for yourself on our website ktvu.com. just click on the web links section on our home page. inspections are underway at a san jose fire station shut down because of a mold problem.
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the department officials say firefighters were moved from that location to neighboring stations as a precaution. fire crews will be positioned in the lot the behind the station during peak hours to make sure that the neighborhood is adequately covered. crews also plan to do some patrolling in the area. 8:44. a hairdresser from the north bay uses her skills to help the homeless. on christmas eve danica o'leary set up shop in a pop-up tent at sand a rosa's jewel yard park. while using her own money she rents a generator and other equipment to offer the homeless a free haircut. the people she helps say it's a real confidence boost. >> makes you feel good about yourself. you feel pretty. >> if i have something that i can use to make somebody's life easier or better. >> great story. o'leary has been doing this once a month at various spots in sonoma county the past four
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years. she says the best feeling is when she hearse back from those she helped. they say they are not on the street any more or got a job. one major league baseball player told his twitter followers have a drink on him. doug pfister tweeted out a barcode good at any starbucks for a free beverage. pfister tweeted it was first come, first serve until the undisclosed amount of money ran out. he asked that his followers limit themselves to just one purchase. >> one purchase. time now is 8:45. and the golden gate warriors will spend christmas day on the court. they are in los angeles, california this morning to face the clippers later on today. the warriors are coming off a loss to the lakers and the clippers have lost three of their last four games. the two teams, as we all know, have a pretty tense history. l.a. beat the warriors in the playoffs last season. we don't want to remember that, do we? right now the warriors are top of the pacific division
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standings five games ahead of the clippers. christmas is a day of business as usual for some u.s. postal service workers this year. they volunteered to deliver priority mail on this holiday. right about now they are starting to load up their trucks and their mailbags and then they will bring joy to people as they drop off cards and packages to the bay area and across the country. well, a 10-year-old palo alto boy -- this story is great, by the way -- is spending this christmas holiday bringing cheer and hope to people who live on the streets. >> chipotle? subway? >> subway. >> here you go. happy holidays. >> instead of gifts this year, ben laroy asked family and friends to turn over their unused gift cards. now he is using them to provide food to the homeless in palo alto. he is walking up and down university avenue to hand them out to people in need. >> this is one of the sweetest things i have ever received. hardly anybody is kind to me out here. >> i hope that other people get that holidays aren't about getting, but about giving.
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>> he is exactly right. >> wow. >> and says he was inspired -- way beyond his years -- after a family discussion about his mother's legal work to allow people to sleep in their cars in palo alto. he says he has collected nearby 80 gift cards so far. some have been mailed to him from people he doesn't even know. he hopes to continue his project into the new year. well, retailers from amazon to walmart are making it easier to return holiday gifts. in recent years stores have put more restrictions on gift returns, but this year you will not need to rush to the mall to make those returns. costco and kohl's are not setting any deadlines. staples no deadline on office supplies. they do have limits on electronics and furnitures. macy's no deadline. target and walmart gives shoppers 90 days to return items expect for electronics. marshals, t.j. maxx, overstock, amazon, toys 'r us are allowing returns through pidto late january. several stores charge a restocking fee on some items and
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electronics that have been opened may not be accepted. but in general more friendly with returns and exchanges. >> we like that. time now is 8:47. let's check in with rosemary. santa good to you this year? >> we have yet to see. >> you came to work this morning. oh, yeah. >> yeah. >> you have been here for the past three hours. >> what did i do to him? we have got some great weather in store for the afternoon. at least we are going to be dry. we are a little breezy this morning and it's a chilly start. are you curious as to how much rain fell yesterday? it wasn't a lot. we know that, right? we did receive a little bit. less than a tenth of an inch. ben lehman reported .12. freeman .004. this is moving out and we are looking at dry area through the bay area weekend. there is a look at the system off to the east where it continues to bring snow into areas like utah and colorado and will be moving into the dakotas.
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for us a average of high pressure building in or the course of the next couple of days. this morning we are very chilly and breezy. so even though our temperatures are cool right now, once that wind begins to saturday settle, it's going to be even colder. we are likely to see some frost on some of our sheltered valley locations. 38 degrees in napa. 38 in concord. 38 in livermore. holding steady at 38 this morning. some areas near walnut creek getting down to 34 degrees. it's been a cold one for some. as we get into the second half of your morning temperatures will begin to turn around. i think in the 10:00 hour many of us will still be in the upper 40s to low 50s. then by 11:00 for concord you are looking at 54. 57 into the afternoon. sun setting just before 5:00 with mostly clear skies. 52 degrees. get back to 46. if you have evening plans be prepared. it's going to be a chilly night. 46 in mountain view. 40 for san jose. as we get into the afternoon today under mostly sunny skies, the winds are blowing and will
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continue. they will not be as strong as we get into the second half of the day, but they are not going to die out completely. the winds coming in from the north. so if you are getting out this morning, some of our bridges that run east to west, the bay bridge, the san rafael, the san mateo, dumbarton, advisories for some of those bridges because the wind is coming from this direction and hits up against your car as you are moving across the bridge. hay 60 today. into the south bay upper 50s to low 60s as well. 58 for mountain view. 57 san jose. 57 morgan hill. upper 50s santa cruz with mostly sunny skies. these numbers right about where we should be. a few days ago we were, you know, basking in the sun under upper 68 degrees, 70 degrees in the afternoon. it's not going to be the case. as we get into your bay area weekend upper 50s to low 60s will remain in the forecast. we will remain dry, but we will sort of remain with this wintery type of feeling. especially lieu the -- through
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the morning hours when we are close to freezing these days. >> i am so glad you said freezing because that led us into a story. >> the transition. we didn't have it planned, but for those of you who are a little tired of "frozen," you are going to like it. i promise you. it is a flash mob. have you see it to believe it. after the break, the creative way a group of teachers surprised dozens of students with a rendition of "frozen" let it go. merry christmas toss the nicholass in oakland, california, and san francisco, california. happy new year. merry christmas. >>
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welcome back everybody. i am preparing myself for this next story. it is 8:54. by now nearly every adult has heard the main song from the movie "frozen" more times than they can count. >> i know. >> but even a year after the movie became a hit, let it go continues to delaet children, especially mine. and especially when it's not expected. >> i like the song. some british school children were fidgeting and anxious to wrap you will the school assembly. the head master started reciting the words to let it go. watch the attitude of the children change as they recognize the lyrics and the spoken word develops into
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something much more. >> heaven knows i tried. >> let it go, let it go, [singing]
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>> you know you want it to sing it. >> no. >> that is so great. >> that's cute. >> the kids of kind of looking around, like what's going on? it's a flash mob performance. probably the most fun those kids have in church. kids get fidgeting in church. you know, they are in school uniforms. they are probably at a more disciplined style school. the teachers just started singing. look at the kids. you can't help but join in. if i could sing, i would do it now. >> 30 times when you hear it inside the car every single day, you will. >> so you know all the words? >> i know the whole soundtrack backwards to forwards. you will not hear me sing that. no. >> how many times -- he has to. >> it's a great song. >> yeah. >> and a great scene in the movie. >> it's a fantastic movie. don't get me wrong. >> we have to know.
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how many times have you sung it with your little ones? >> at least two or three times. i join in. why not. >> good. >> i am not going to do it now. i will not do that today, rosemary. nice christmas day forecast. we do have some nice weather. it's going to be clear out there. it's going to be cool and brisk. but we're dry. we're dry throughout the bay area weekend. overnight lows are going to be outright cold. we are talking freezing. frost a possibility as early as tomorrow morning. so be prepared. and if you do have plants that are sense it i have to the frost, something to consider. >> sounds good. >> i i remind people about our holiday in focus. there are photo jumpists that put a-- our photo jumpists put together amazing heartwarming stories for the holidays. our photographers and our editors put a lot of work into it. it's fabulous. >> quickly. christmas plans today? >> today. today. just hang out. >> just hang out? >> everybody is anxiously
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awaiting me to get home. what is our report this morning. merry christmas, everybody. stay safe today. thank you for choosing ktvu as your choice for news. >> thank you for watching. we will be on this evening, christmas evening as well. have a great day.
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