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new findings were just released the deadly pipeline explosion. national transportation safety board is ruling out external corrosion. it killed eight people and destroyed a neighborhood. congresswoman jackie speier's held a news conference? >> indeed, she did and she described that and other n.t.s.b. findings in that news conference that just wrapped up in the san mateo office
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building. she got a briefing this morning from the n.t.s.b. chairwoman and congresswoman said the analysis showed no sign of external corrosion or internal corrosion for that matter. there were no signs of pre-existing damage or damage from excavation in the area before this fire and explosion. those were some of the theories being tossed after the september 9 disaster that killed eight people and destroyed 55 homes. some of these theories are being ruled out n.t.s.b. did release information about a discrepancy in what pg&e said about the pipe and what they found in their investigation. >> pg&e has always identified this pipe as being seamless. the evaluation shows it's not a seamless pipe, it's seamd and welded at number of judges.
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>> does midnight those were a factor in the explosion or fire? too soon to tell, but congresswoman said there is a difference in the inspection done on seamed pipes and seamless pipes. the first report came out in october. the full findings of the government panel which investigates disasters is still months away. that is what we're going to find out exactly what happened. in the meantime, time the investigation continues. live in san mateo, eric thomas. yahoo is laying off hundreds of employees this holiday season fourth round for the sunnyvale based company. that is going to add to the sky high unemployment rate which is at 12.4%. terry?
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>> yahoo says 6750 people were laid off this morning, that represents approximately 4% of the company's international work force of 14,000 people, most of those layoffs and most of them in yahoo's product group. now, this is note a surprise to insiders. it's been discussed on couple of popular blogs but that speculation has a number much higher today. it was not a surprise to look at yahoo's number, revenue was up minimally. yahoo stock was down over that time. they say the buck stops at ceo that was ceo at auto desk and never a hit at yahoo. >> she came from a company that
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sold software engineering to engineers. yahoo is completely different. it's like apples and oranges. >> yahoo's official statement is this, they are evaluating expenses to align with the company's financial goals. beyond that we don't comment on rumors or speculation. this is no longer rumor or speculation, been confirmed by people at yahoo. in fairness to her, there was 1600 layoffs before she came on in 2009 and she worked in intel and also at sun microsystems, so holding into a one dimensional player seems to be off the mark. as far as stock market reaction, shares of stock of yahoo are down just three cents, to $16.67. we are hearing there is a lot of talk, speculation about aol
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taking over yahoo and we are also told that the folks being laid off did receive what is being described as a pretty good severance package. virginia man accused of kidnapping a 12-year-old girl has decided to waive extradition that means he has agreed to return to virginia. they will take him back to the roanoke, virginia in the next 48 hours. he is was with britney mae smith when he was arrested last friday. her mother, tina smith was easley's girlfriend. she was found dead last week in the home. >> there is another round rain moving toward the bay area. mike nicco has a look at it. >> good morning to you. we'll start up in the north bay, show you some of the radar
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returns that is very scattered in nature. we're in a lull of this morning's rain that dropped quarter of an inch in mill valley. .15 in petaluma. rain we're going to get afternoon hours, things are pretty quiet. we do have more radar returns off shore for hatch moon bay, two-thirds of an inch. a tenth in dublin. we had a healthy rain during the morning hours, during the cold front, we'll get the most widespread and heaviest coverage of the rain, about a quarter to half an inch, meabl double that in the valleys. this is one of five chances in the next seven days for rain. >> we'll keep other umbrellas out. >> san francisco peninsula state assemble jerry hill is at a meeting, he wants to warn them he plans to introduce legislation blocking a plan to charge drivers entering from san mateo county. today they are expected to
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decide a study of the plan. if it were approved would it charge drivers $3 every time they enter or leave the city during peak commute hours. san mateo county is threatening to retaliate with its own $6 toll on san francisco drivers can coming in from the peninsula. >> san jose could be the largest city to ban disposable plastic bags. they are expected to vote on it this afternoon. the ordinance would require retailers to charge for paper bags. ten cents a bag and 25 cents a bag after that. the goal is to get shoppers to bring their own reusable bags. there were mixed reactions. >> forget the bags, period. bring their own. i think it solves it own. good morning. >> i guess we don't have a choice. >> what do you think about it? >> i use plastic bags but i reuse them, as well.
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several cities throughout the state have adopted similar measures. nearly every bag ban has faced legal challenges and they are already planned to challenge the ban if approved. >> the new eastern span of the bay bridge has now arrived in oakland. caltrans says now the shipment is here crews can lift the pieces into play. these pieces will bring the tower three-fourths of the way to the final height of 525 feet. caltrans is hoping to finish this section by christmas eve. >> still ahead, oprah winfrey, an accident that injured a person during a taping. >> and hundreds of drivers are trapped on a canadian freeway. who knew about this? a document showed that pg&e knew
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>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. take a look at these images. a rescue operation is under way in canada. military helicopters and rescue workers are trying to remove hundreds of drivers, possibly as many as 300 drivers on the freeway. it's been declared a disaster zone. one car has been stuck for 24 hours. >> a body of a soldier killed in afghanistan is expected back
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home today. he was one of six americans killed when a suicide bomber slammed into a group of soldiers. he was born in redding. he went to school there. most recently he lived in redwood city with his wife. >> derek gave the most precious gift he had and that was his life. i don't want people to forget all these young men about all these young men doing this work for us. >> taliban claimed responsibility for the blast. it was deadliest attack this month there. >> on capitol hill there will be a new show down on don't ask, don't tell policy. they said the house will take a vote on the bill that would
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overoverturn the policy earlier tomorrow. that vote could put pressure on the senate to delay on the holiday adjournment plan. veterans want them to repeal the law before a new congress is sworn in in january. >> pg&e documents turned over to state regulators said the utility may have known a lot more what one of the employees snooping on smart meters than previously admitted. one resigned last month as vice president of the smart meter program. he the was caught using a fake name trying to join online discussion groups that oppose those devices. they report the new documents show other pg&e officials knew what he was doing. the documents also reveal pg&e sent an employee to monitor a protest in rohnert park in october and company employees referred to activists as insurgents. >> meteorologist mike nicco is ahead with the forecast. >> let's take a look outside
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what is going on right now. pretty gray skies and 45 minute delays at sfo. we'll take a look at live doppler, show you where the rain is right now. how much you'll get. >> also, oprah, adventure down under. the movie stunt that went wrong during a typing of one her shows. >> and live in berkeley at mancini sleep world where we're hosting share your holiday food drive. we'll tell you how you can get we'll tell you how you can get your hands on one of
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a throne for the tv... room for movies... your workout gear... non-stop football... it's a man cave! the boys next door will never leave. who says we want them to?
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it is good to be oprah, in the land down under. her production team and 300 lucky fans are on an australian adventure. by surprising her audience what she called the trip of a lifetime. some 12,000 free tickets were handed out the taping of two of her shows.
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australia is paying the $5 million for the trip. exposure to the country and is a smart investment. >> okay. that is johnson making a dramatic entrance. and something happened. he hit the brakes too late. ouch! he hit his face but wasn't seriously hurt. the stunt was so much fun until the very end. >> sexiest man alive. >> show you what is going on this morning. we're looking at lower clouds starting to move across the bay. some of those could drop a
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sprinkle for you. heaviest of the wet weather is still a couple hours away. here is a look at san jose this morning. let's start off with live 7 hd, if you are heading to the east on or to the north, scattered rains and mountain snows. so far it looks like things are okay up in the sierras. the snow elevation has been high, but once the sun sets, watch out. >> temperatures to near 60 degrees except for half moon bay at 55. monterey bay, temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. as far as the highlights, rain is heaviest this afternoon. the rain will taper overnight. you may see patchy fog develop. it will be dry tomorrow on thursday and that's it. friday, saturday, sunday, monday we have more and even heavier rain in in forecast. been kind of quiet but it will pick up and temperatures in the upper 50s and we'll fall back
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into the mid to low 50s once the rain moves in. could be breezy around the bay shore and same thing around the monterey bay. temperatures are up to 60 degrees this afternoon. for tonight, clearing up in the north bay, we could drop down to the low to mid 40s. rest of us with a mostly cloudy sky, mid to upper 40s. so good five degrees cooler than this morning. here is a look at the cold front. moving into the northern part of the state but once it makes it's it's a way into the bay area we'll see an increase in rain. here it is moving into the north bay, picking up in intensity by 6:00. pushes on through and then scattered showers during the overnight hours, until 7:00 in the morning when it is dry. we'll see a few slivers of sunshine and then we'll have more rain on friday. quarter to half an inch around the bay. double that in mountains, half that in the valleys, winter storm warning up in the sierra
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until 10:00 tonight. accu-weather forecast, temperatures won't budge. close to mid-50s for the highs and same thing on friday. stormy on saturday and tapering on sunday before more rain on monday. thanks very much. one of best ways you can get into the holiday season is to get into the spirit of giving. share your holiday food drive sponsored by mancini. janelle wang starts in berkeley? >> i'm at mancini sleep world. all you have to do is pull up your car and drop off the food. clean out your pantry. i know there is food in there, and drop in one of bins, volunteers are standing by and cash and checks are greatly needed. one dollar can provide up to two full meals for families this holiday season. five dollars, ten dollars, we
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would appreciate it. great gifts, if you donate $20, we'll hand you one of these free dvds. if you donate $50, you get two king sized pillows and hundred dollar bucks, we'll have more prizes. now let's go to corina in san jose. >> we're on blossom hill road. this is really incredible. i'm going to introduce you montez, he is with the museum in san jose. this is incredible. what are you going to help support them? >> for the second year in the road we partnered for visitors to come in bring three food items and you will get a free admission to a world premiere body world. >> three cans of tuna or peanut
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butter or corn. >> cereal, soup, you name it, three items you get a ticket, you are in. offer is good until friday. it's going on for about a week and a half. i can tell you we have food stuffs all over the lobby of the tech museum which is a good problem to have. >> thank you so much. thank you for the tech museum for your generosity. >> i'm telling everybody, if they can't make it to them, come down to justin hermann plaza to see me. tell me who you are and why you are part of the food bank? >> i'm ted louie from san francisco. basically we're the oldest running company manufacturing in san francisco. >> and doing tofu for generations? >> yes. >> and you love giving to the food bank? >> giving back to the community for all the years of support they've helped us.
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>> we're going to be all day until 5:30. we just want people to come down and make donations. we have prizes to give away. we have the dvds and pillows. if you want more information, go to our website at that is all you have to do, it's that simple. send it back to you guys. >> everybody is so enthusiastic. hollywood was up early this morning and which movies racked up the biggestllllllllllllllllls
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nominees for the 60th golden glob awards with announced in beverly hills. >> toy story 3, nominated for
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best than mated film, owned by disney the parent company 7. >> best motion picture, drama, black swan, the fighter, inception, the king's speech, the social network. >> nominees for the other best picture were musical comedy alice wonderland, burlesque, the kids are all right and the tourist. >> that is going to do it for us. >> "who wants to be a millionaire" is coming up next. >> stay dry.
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