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extreme reaction. one man's desire to stay in shape triggers the bomb squad to spring into action. >> he wasn't wearing body armor. he wasn't wearing a gas mask. a man was getting in shape. it's a system called crossfit. and the mask is for high-altitude training. but when he ran an errand to the post office yesterday afternoon, part of the rush was not what he expected. >> reporter: it was a big misunderstanding. many had not heard of crossfit exercise until now. it's an extreme workout that wears a cardio mask. don't wear one if you come to the post office. if you do, you might cause a full-scale bomb scare.
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>> you run with that. and it simulates -- >> high-altitude training. >> reporter: yesterday, simulated high drama at san jose's largest post office. he was a dedicated jogger who weared the mask to mail a package. >> it was too wide. and it got jammed. i had to pry it back out and fold it. it dropped. i tried to shove it in here. couldn't. tried to shove it in here. >> postal customers watched in horror and mistook him as a terrorist in the body armor. that body armor was just a weighted vest. >> i ran to lundy. it was a red light. i started doing squats while waiting. >> reporter: that's when someone called police. and the bomb squad moved in. >> it was someone who looked peculiar. >> reporter: later that night,
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his friends recognized the description of the man released and contacted him. >> part of me was like, is this really serious? and then, when some of my friends said, hello. post-9/11, all the craziness that comes with that, yeah. >> reporter: he went to san jose police to clear up the misunderstanding. >> they just told me, don't do it again. it's not good. >> reporter: his days of jogging to the post office with a cardio mask and weighted vest are over. >> i'm not doing that again. >> reporter: buy yourself a vacant lot and run around in circles. apparently, he's lost 20 pounds doing his fitness regimen. and by the way, he's going to go to the gym or the park when he wears his mask. >> good idea. can you feel it or hear it?
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live pictures in livermore, one of the hot spots. wind gusts topping 44 miles per hour tonight. just about everyone is feeling the impact around the bay. more than 12,000 people lost power at 1 point around the bay. right now, around 3,000 people are without power. toppled trees and downed power lines. firefighters are on alert because of the high fire erngda. jeff ranieri joins us now with an updated timetable. where is the heaviest wind? when will we be done with this? >> it's widespread. the entire state of california dealing with blustery winds. we'rng talking about 500 miles f wind watches and warnings, completely covering the state. this wind is so strong because we have the upper-level winds. cruising along 200 to 300 miles per hour. and it's translating down to the surface. a unique event. as the storm moves in, it's dry.
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mt. hamilton, 90 miles per hour. and in livermore, gusted up into the 40wes. and napa, in the 300s. that's where we have most of the power outages. sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour. and gusting in the 30s to 40s across the eastav bay. that's where we're finding some of the worst wind right now, up acrosshe east bayas hills. gusting at 50 miles per hour to 60 miles per hour, within the past five minutes. we'll have more coming up on the wind watch and warning. it's been extended through thursday. we'll let you know when all this wind will be blowing out of here. >> we'll see you in a little bit. a warning tonight. wash your hands. there's an outbreak of a norovirus-like illness. an illness is being blamed for making dozens of senior citizens. six had to be hospitalized. but they will be okay.
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the health department says, or norovirus, or what appears to be something like it, is short-lived. a bonnie and clyde duo might be targeting the stanford campus. take a look here. this sketch just released of the male suspect. police say the man and woman forced their way into a grad student housing complex last night. they tied up the man inside and stole a number of items, including cash and a laptop. the robbers were gone when police arrived. prayers for an oakland baby was shot in the head. a gunman fired into a crowd at seventh and willow. several people were injured, including a young toddler. while the community made a plea to stop the violence, the little boy's father did the same in
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front of children's hospital, where his son is in critical condition. >> just stop the violence. don't kill no kids. i never want anybody to go through this. we don't need retaliation. everyone is hoping for my son to come out. that's the most important thing ever, right now in my life. >> doctors are waiting on some test results to determine the next step for the baby's treatment. police say so far, they have no suspects in the case. but they do have a surveillance video of the shooting. there's a $35,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooters. a firefighter remains in critical condition tonight. and the man accused of running him down is behind bars. san francisco police thinks it solved the thanksgiving day hit and run attack. earlier, sfpd released the video of the suspect. it was this video that led to his arrest. a police officer recognized the
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man as 22-year-old eduardo escovella. he's been charged with attempted murder, mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon. police say he argued with a man afterwards and then ran him down at a gas station. >> the victim left the restaurant and was walking with a friend several blocks away when the suspect appeared in a black suv. we believed it to be a ford edge or a mazda-type suv. from all accounts, the suspect deliberately mowed down the victim with his vehicle. >> the firefighter is in critical condition at s.f. general, with head trauma. tomorrow, b.a.r.t.'s board will vote on a new policy of cutting cell phone service at platforms. it comes after controversy, when the transit agency cut down wireless service. the board agreed that cell
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service should only be shut down during catastrophic events. it's supposed to be the happiest time of the year. but for hundreds of local foster children, it's a painful reminder of what they don't have. a local nonprofit is trying to change that. but they need some help. >> reporter: if these foster children received care here got just one present this holiday season, this room would be overflowing with gifts. but so far, that hasn't happened. and the nonprofit has just a few weeks to change it. >> it's a 10-year-old boy. >> reporter: louise garcia showed some of the artwork that the foster children she counsels has drawn. >> presents under the tree. >> reporter: it sounds so simple. the mental health therapist says it's not that simple. >> it's the hardest time of the year. children miss their families. >> reporter: she says, for the 500 foster kids, the nonprofit
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serves, the holidays are a painful reminder of what they don't have. especially when they return to school after christmas break. >> everybody has, you know, their new toy or their new shirt or sweater or pants, shoes. and some of our foster children are embarrassed to say they're in foster care to not receive something like all of the other children. it really impacts their self-esteem. >> reporter: director of development and marketing, jennifer harper says the nonprofit is trying to make sure the kids don't go without. but donations are low. their budget has been cut, 25% in the last five years. >> basic needs that most kids and families already have. that's what we're looking for. >> reporter: the goal, 3,000 gifts and $10,000, just to meet the minimum holiday needs of local foster families. >> just being able to open up, you know, a present from someone
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in the community says we care. we know you exist. >> reporter: and older foster children usually get fewer donations during the holiday season. they need gift cards to buy clothes and school supplies. up next, japan has it already. now, california is a step closer to getting it, too. the generous gift that could eventually give you a precious warning before an earthquake, when seconds count. it's not where you shop but when you shop. we reveal the online secrets many retailers don't want you to know. why you'll save more on monday than tuesday. and which day of the week is the cheapest of them all. and the hunter becomes the hunted. it wasn't the catch he was looking for. a sport fisherman, what he had to do in a close encounter with a great white shark. good evening. i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. the wind is howling out there.
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we have power outage to at least 2,000 homes here in the bay area. winds that topped 55 miles per hour in the east bay to 38 miles per hour in los gatos. and the warm temperatures up with the warming wind. we'll have [ male announcer ] it's a rule of nature. you don't decide when vegetables reach the peak of perfection. the vegetables do. at green giant, we pick vegetables only when they're perfect. then freeze them fast so they're are as nutritious as fresh. [ green giant ] ho ho ho. ♪ green giant
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>> it's sad when an officer is shot. but when an officer has done so much for the community, it's heartbreaking. >> reporter: and hundreds filled the stadium at vallejo high school, to say good-bye to former marine, jim kapu, who was chased down. >> he trained warriors for war by day. and by night, he was teaching children how to play. >> reporter: in his off time, kapu coached vallejo high's basketball team. players say coach kapu showed them the path to success both on and off the court. >> thank you, coach, for being there for us. and for being a friend. >> reporter: but it's his wife and children who are hurting most. the officer's three daughters
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took the stage to share their memories and their gratitude. >> he meant so much to so many people. and i'm honored to be his daughter. dad, i'll forever have your back now. you rest in peace. i'll be seeing you. and i love you. >> reporter: a law enforcement helicopter flyover added to the tribute, before officers and the community gave him a final salute. >> jimbo, you are my brother. we will charge on and complete our mission. our brothers, jim, still stand behind you. an emotional day also in the south bay. the body of shawn walsh is back in san jose. the 29-year-old was killed in afghanistan in the line of duty. walsh was about to finish his tour of duty shortly before
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christmas. a public memorial will be held tomorrow between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., at the oak hill funeral home. and in danville, a final good-bye to a marine just before his 20th birthday. he also died in afghanistan. hundreds of mourners passed through the east bay fellowship church. they remember him as a real-life hero, died doing what he loved and what he believed in. dr. oz, with a popular tv show issued a controversial warning a few months ago about the high levels of arsenic found in apple juice. he was right. tonight, "consumer reports" magazine confirms dr. oz's warning. the magazine found 10% of sample juices contain total arsenic and lead levels exceeding the drinking water standards. the fda is taking notice and will consider a new standard for arsenic in apple juice.
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pro-choice advocates are voicing their concerns about apple's smartphone and its failure to limit abortion clinics. the most popular feature on the iphone 4s is siri that answers questions about anything. except questions about where the nearest planned parenthood is located. siri does not also answer questions about birth control, mammogram tests or places for victims of sexual assault. apple told "the new york times," the issue is not political. but rather a glitch that they say will somehow eventually go away. this is not earthquake prediction, but rather early warning. around here, anything helps. scientists are working on a new system that could give us precious seconds to prepare before the shaking starts. here's patrick healy. >> reporter: what if the shaking did not catch you by surprise?
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what if you knew what's coming? >> any warning is a good warning. >> reporter: such a system is already in japan. and alerted millions before the giant quake last march. and here in california, at cal tech, such a system is under development. >> it works most of the time. but not reliably. >> reporter: tom heaton heads up the cal tech team, aiming to make early warning a practical reality. it's possible because it takes time for the waves of shaking to move through the earth's crust. the closer to the center, the more it gives the data to give any useful warning. >> if we rush it, it's more likely to make mistakes. if we give it time to analyze the data, it's more accurate but you get less warning. >> reporter: notifying human beings is only part of the design. the other part is triggering machines and mechanical systems to go into safe mode.
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stopping transit trains in stations. perhaps shutting off gas lines. >> you don't want to make mistakes when you do this. so, to have reliable, speedy information, you need enough stations to be close to any earthquake. and we're not in that position. we have to double the number of stations in your network to pull that off. >> reporter: a new $6 million grant from the moore foundation is a good start. but early warning will cost $30 million a year. how long until your smartphone has quick warning? >> mine will tell me in about a month. but yours, it's going to really depend on having congress invest in a system. >> reporter: patrick healy, for nbc bay area news. amazing video of a great white shark off the north carolina coast. this video was shot by a tourist on a fishing trip 25 miles up the coast of north carolina. matt garrett says he saw what
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looked like two dolphins. turns out, it was the fin and the tail of the great white. the shark swims up to his boat. and then circles for about 20 minutes. garrett says it t-boned the boat and slapped it with its tail before it took off. experts say the shark was curious about the boat and the finishman. just curious. >> oh, man. jeff ranieri. >> we have the wind and the power outages we've been reporting. and the wind helped numbers to ramp up. 67 in san jose. 66 in livermore. 67 in san rafael. a dry, offshore wind that's increased our fire danger. our wind watch and warning is still in effect here for thursday. the worst of it for the hills above 1,000 feet. right now in the santa cruz mountains, gusting in the 30s.
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a windy commute if you're headed from santa cruz to los gatos or to san jose. up at the peninsula. at sea level, we're finding decent sustained winds. no major damage at the lower elevations. winds from 20 to 25 miles per hour. tomorrow, as we hit bay break with all of the power outages, this is where we could have numerous trees down and our most damage with all of that tree cover throughout the north bay. in the east bay, 71 miles per hour. mt. diablo, it's breezy to gusty here on 580 and 680. the winds are in the mid-30s. our top wind gusts was mt. hamilton at 92 miles per hour, for just a split-second today. numbers are dropping. mid to upper 50s on most of the board. we're going to find the wind with us. cold and blustery start here. and a little kick of that wind. we're going to get a windchill
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for the morning hours. and it stays windy for the hill tops. then, we get into a calming weekend forecast. we're calling it windy for thursday. and by friday, we get the calming winds in here for a spectacular weekend. but as for overnight hours, 15 to 20 miles per hour here in the valleys. for the hills, gusting still could be over 40 miles per hour. we're looking at more additional power outages in the overnight hours. by 11:00 a.m., breezy to windy. by 6:00 p.m., we look at the winds gradually increasing in the forecast. 43 in santa rosrosa. 68 in napa. daytime highs topping out in the mid-60s for most areas. on your morning forecast, nbcbayarea.c you can see by saturday and sunday, a nice weekend coming our way with mid-60s. so, for tomorrow morning, also
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one more thing on this wind. if you have a flight, that could be delaying flights with the long duration event. >> thanks for theupdate. back in a moment with online shopping secrets. this friday & saturday. g thank you save an extra 20% off all your holiday gifts when you use your jcpenney rewards credit card. don't have a card, you still get an extra 15% off. no exclusions! doors open extra early saturday. go to to see everything on sale. jcpenney.
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don't have a card, you still get an extra 15% off. no exclusions! doors open extra early saturday. go to to see everything on sale. jcpenney. cyber monday may have come and gone. but online shoppers are spending hours in front of computers looking for the best deal. but did you know the best time to get a great deal may depend on what day you're looking. analyzed women's items, marked down for 30 days straight. they found on sundays, skirts for 37% off, on different days of the week. sundays were good days to buy jeans. monday is dress day, as the prices are 54% lower, as opposed to 45% the rest of the week. >> i found that i'm gravitating more towards dresses. i'm interested in dress day.
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>> that's monday. and while the savings are good up front, experts warn you shoulds like shipping and sales tax.hec like shiing and sales tax.
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hi, everybody. scott reese in the comcast sports net newsroom. a good 49ers team, plus a bad nfc west equals a potential playoff spot wrapped up the first week of december. that's where we are. the niners beat the rams this weekend. and they could play for seeding the rest of the way. and there's the payback thing. it was the rams that posted the niners out of postseason contention a year ago. >> the first goal, try to win the division. you know? get to a point to win the division. that's what everybody wants to accomplish. and to have it right at our
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feet, absolutely, we're talking about it. >> not just allow it, but encourage it. how do you know where you're going to get to if you don't know what the goal is. >> we will take it like a playoff game. and go out there and try to put them in the dirt. raider fans getting excited. some giddy about the team's first playoff appearance since 2002. hold on. there's a lot of football to be left to played with the packers, lions and two division at games looming. a week 13 at miami seems to be an important get and a good barometer for a banged-up offense. >> i think everybody wants to know potentially where we can be. but we don't know where that is until we get them healthy and get them out there. >> we had a lot of guys go down. and had a lot of guys that stepped up and played important roles. and done really well with it. >> it doesn't matter what the personnel is. when your number's called, do your job. there's no complaints. i don't think it's something
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that's talked about. >> finally, sad and shocking news. stanford assistant coach chester mclaughlin died this morning of an apparent heart attack. his great nfl career spanned 12 years and went to all 4 of his pro bowls as a raider. he was just 42 years old. back to you. >> scott, thank you. all the coaches around here said chester mclaughywas a a way as a coach. too bad. thanks, guys. we'll be right back.
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finally tonight, when "sesame street" premiered in 1969, it was supposed to be a fictional street in new york city. now, there's a "sesame street" in afghanistan. we recognize him. that's the international edition
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of elmo, speaking afghanistan's dari language. with one-third of afghanistan's children not enrolled in school, researchers hope that "sesame street" will help preschoolers learn their letters and numbers. >> that's what elmo likes. so cute. >> thanks for joining us tonight. stay warm tonight. we'll see you tomorrow. >> bye-bye. [ mom ] hey guys. guys... [ female announcer ] pillsbury cinnamon rolls with cinnabon cinnamon are an irresistible sunday morning idea. nothing calls them to the table faster. sunday morning ideas made easy.
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