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>> plus running out of time. the fast approaching deadline to add a new county jail in the bay area. good morning. it is monday, december 20. i'm juliette goodrich. >> i'm sydnie kohara. good morning, everyone. your time is 6:01. let's check traffic and weather and we'll start with tracy and a look at the forecast that still has a lot of rain in it. >> oh, yeah. still got some rain showers out there this morning, sydnie, and some of those showers, some thunderstorms, embedded thunderstorms moving through the bay area this morning. we'll take a look at your afternoon forecast and even a look at -- a sneak peek at christmas. these gianna with traffic. >> we have some chain restrictions now on the sierra area if you are traveling up there. for 80, 50 and 88, also reports of a traffic alert on 80 near colfax. i'll have details coming up in my next report. back to you. today, wintry weather around the country may affect flights here in the bay area. sharon chin is at san francisco international airport with more
on what holiday travelers there can expect. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. yes. it's that time of year, time for holiday travel so we are going to check in here at sfo with mike mccarron but first of all what's going on today in terms of cancellations and delays? what do you have? >> well, right now there are two flights cancelled to london, virgin atlantic and british airways cancelled flights because of snow in london. united airways plans to operate to london but everything else is on time. but the weather is very changeable so things could change throughout the day. >> reporter: okay. so so far, no domestic delays. that you know of right now? >> right now. we would not expect any delays until after 9 a.m. but the weather changes so that could happen at any time. >> reporter: what are we looking at this holiday travel season in terms of numbers? there are a lot of people in line and it's still early. >> today about 125,000 people in and out that much every day until christmas eve when we'll see a drop-off. we expect a 4% increase over
last year and should be fine as long as the weather helps out. >> reporter: how are the lines at the security check points? >> off-peak between five and seven minutes. peak times up to 11 minutes going through security. so hopefully no troubles. >> reporter: then you recommend 90 minutes for domestic and two hours for international. >> yes. >> reporter: that's the latest. couple of international cancellation, nothing domestic. get here 90 minutes ahead of time and check with your carrier. >> thank you, sharon chin. in san mateo county -- if san mateo county wants to build a new jail in redwood city, the board of supervisors may have to take action soon. the "san francisco examiner" says the cost of four properties off chemical way would cost $17.4 million but further delays could add an estimated half million dollars to that cost. the county is trying to address
jail overcrowding issues. the new facility would be a correctional center with a focus on inmate rehabilitation. supervisors plan to hold a special meeting tomorrow. federal official investigating the deadly san bruno pipeline explosion may subpoena witnesses for a public hearing in washington early next year. a member of the national transportation safety board made that announcement at a community meeting in san bruno yesterday. he said the board is well aware of the intense interest in the disaster and the safety issues that it raised. that community meeting was hosted by congresswoman jackie speier and the city council. along with theresidents want more information from public agencies and some complain that pg&e wasn't responsive. >> the pg&e guys say last month they said we could talk to them anytime. now it's been two weeks.
what's going on? let's be honest. don't tell me one thing and say another thing. it's like this over and over again. >> we would like some more answers from the ntsb and the cpuc as to, of course, what happened on the pipelines. >> the "san francisco chronicle" reports that an audit of the pg&e pipelines performed four months before the september explosion suggest that utility took shortcuts during its inspections of the high pressure natural gas lines. so far the series of winter storms hasn't been as treacherous as earlier feared because it's causing lots of problems though in the bay area. take a look at some of the minor flooding yesterday near the highway 1 exit from u.s. 101 in marin county. floodwaters in redwood city cut off access to a mobile home park. they had to wait for fire department to clear the water. a storm crashed in el cerrito street. it brought down power lines and
slammed into a home. no one was injured. a similar problem in marin county where a tree branch came down on power lines in san geronimo. crews cut the branches and cleared the wood from the road. so how much more rain will we see and what is going to be hang on saturday, christmas day? tracy has your forecast. >> good morning. showers in the forecast for this morning. some of them coming down heavy at times. that's mainly in the north bay. south bay some light rainfall extending down from ben lomond to san jose and milpitas. dry in most of the east bay but the north bay a line of heavier showers moving into santa rosa and napa. forecast for today will include some showers and thunderstorms for this morning. showers and thunderstorms also in the forecast for this afternoon. highs today in the 50s. christmas also it be wet or dry? hm. we'll take a look at your christmas forecast in just a few moments. for your traffic, here's
gianna. >> looking good in the bay area as far as accidents go. one thing you want to keep in mind heading to the sierra. we have chain restrictions for 80, 50 and 88. we are also getting word of a traffic alert on 80 near colfax for the westbound side. chp shut down the right lane for a landslide so give yourself some extra time. 50 look at all the snow, looks like the holidays are here. don't forget snow tires and changes. westbound 4, westbound slow through antioch. 15 minutes miles per hour. slight delays westbound as you work your way on 580 out of the altamont pass into livermore. mass transit checking in problem-free. we had earlier delays on bart but everything is back on time. back to you. >> thank you. 6:07. a terror plot foiled just a few hours ago. the police raids in three different cities. >> bank of america now taking a stance against wikileaks.
heavy showers coming down this morning, going from petaluma, santa rosa and more weather in a few moments. back to you. british police avoided a terror plot arresting 12 men in three cities. details of the alleged plot haven't been released. me arrests come after arrests in several cities. bank of america is trying to wash its hands of wikileaks. the bank will no longer process transactions for the whistle blowing website. bank of america released a statement saying it believes that wikileaks may be engaged in activities that are inconsistent with b. of a.'s policies. wikileaks was quick to respond. it urged supporters to stop doing business with bank of america. it's a busy day and key issue ahead for the u.s. senate. it's set to vote on whether to move forward on an arms treaty
with russia. the treaty signed in april by president obama and russian president dmitry medvedev would put lower limits on each country's supply of strategic nuclear warheads. the senate's republican leader mitch mcconnell opposes the deal concerned it would hamper u.s. missile defense efforts. >> all of a sudden we're once again trying to rush things portfolio christmas eve. that was not the best way to get support of people like me. >> barring a setback, we believe we're on the path to victory by the end of the week. >> the debate in the senate is set to resume less than an hour from now. all right. time now 6:12. there is still a chance for the raiders and 49ers to make the play-offs. what must happen though in the final two weeks of the season. fresh snow, mud slides, even a little bit of hail this morning. coming up, we have live look at conditions up in the sierra.
down in placer county... shutting down ski resorts.. but they're expected to open this mornin it is looking like winter. heavy snow in placer county shut down ski resorts. but they are expected to open this morning. good news for everybody who has the week off and wants to enjoy it up there. nick janes, though, is on the work patrol. he joins us from blue canyon along interstate 80. nick, good morning. i tell you, i'm just shivering looking at you standing out there. >> good morning. you know what? you probably should be. it's about 25 degrees up here. plenty cold. not a lot in the way of precipitation. but it's been sort of on and off, rather unpredictable. aside from the fresh snow from yesterday, look at the hail that fell up here at blue canyon at 5300 feet. you can see it on the bumper of our truck. it looks like snow but it stings. it's definitely not snow. it's hail because we're right around freezing. so it would be rain, it could
be snow, but it ended up being hail. as for the roads they are an absolute mess as you might imagine after that big storm that rolled through yesterday. more on the way, as well. we are driving up past gold run. that is where we noticed the streets getting wet and certainly closer to blue canyon that's where we willly noticed the temperature dropping -- really noticed the temperature dropping and that's where the snow and ice is built up on the roads, it's treacherous. bring the chains if you are lucky enough to have a ski vacation up here and caltrans plows having out, as well. if we can pan off and show you 80 real quickly, it's more clear than it was an hour ago for sure. but still, sydnie and juliette, it is a met so drivers will have to take it slow and be prepared to take their time getting up here this morning. >> the roads are open. they can get up there if they have chains or four-wheel drive? >> reporter: just bring chains, yup. >> how much snow have they gotten, nick? >> reporter: some of the ski resorts property up to 5 to 6
feet. that's why some shut down. you had so much snow and the winds speeds were up to 70 miles an hour. so one of the presorts you had a tree that was blown in a ski lift and some people were injured there. so that prompted resorts to close but it sounds like they will be able to re-open this morning. >> good deal. go get in that truck and get toasty warm before your next live shot. >> reporter: absolutely. >> we know the drill. >> thank, nick janes. >> syd and i spent many a time up there doing live shots. >> exactly. >> tracy humphrey has the forecast. >> thanks. i'm going to piggyback off nick janes and we are degree to talk about the sierra forecast. winter storm warning in effect until 4:00 this evening in addition to 2 to 4 inches at the lake level and more at higher elevations and snow showers in the forecast tuesday and wednesday. our forecast, hi-def doppler showing we still have some showers out there and they have mainly been in the north bay. but there are some parts of the south bay looking at some light
showers moving into the san jose area. but the closer you get to the north bay that's where you see again we are looking at a line of moderate to heavy rainfall moving into the santa rosa area. and also moving into parts of fairfield. forecast for the morning, showers and thunderstorms are possible this morning. showers and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast this afternoon. nick did mention some hail up there in the sierra. we have had some reports of some lightning strikes in parts of the north bay this morning. namely napa, so keep that in mind. here's a look at what are we dealing with. big low pressure system still up there and it is just spinning and churning and pushing several different storm systems into the bay area. that will be the drill again for today and tomorrow. and also as we move into wednesday. not out of the woods just yet. today how much rainfall is expected? up to a half inch in the north bay, the east basis, the south bay and the peninsula and east bay, up to an inch in the santa cruz mountains. got plans? look at that. showers expected tomorrow. more widespread rainfall likely
wednesday as another storm system comes in. thursday and friday we are drying out just in time fo christmas eve. rain saturday and sunday. here's gianna with your traffic. >> thank you. it's lighter than usual monday morning. so far, so good. live look at the golden gate bridge not bad, easy 8 minutes from highway 37 southbound to 580 on 101. elsewhere as you take a ride on the san mateo bridge this morning, 13 minutes to go from 880 to 101. no troubles to report through there. everything is clear southbound 880 through hayward. checking the bay bridge right now, they still haven't turned the metering lights on. typically we see them on within the next few minutes but right now traffic is light approaching the toll plaza. 19 minutes to go from the carquinez bridge to the maze. if you are headed to sfo, traffic is good on 101. checking our sensors you can see all that green on the freeways so no delays for 101 or 280. 380 also checking in problem-
free. elsewhere as you work your way on highway 4, this is one of our slowest spots this morning, typical westbound seeing delays right through antioch, 15 miles per hour. also some slight delays on 580. 19 minutes westbound from the altamont pass to 680 but looks like 80 and 880 all checking in problem-free. if you are cruising through the south bay you're cruising. speeds are good 101 no delays to report through san jose. here's live look at 280 northbound into downtown san jose and traffic is just moving right along nicely this morning. that's a look at your weather. for your traffic, here's liz. >> thanks, tracy. at your morning -- that's a look at your morning drive. back to you. thank you. coming up a preview of "let's make a deal" making a comeback on cbs 5. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
good morning. bart, all 51 trains are on too many right now. no delays so far for ace, trains one and three are clear, muni and caltrain problem-free. the rest of the bay area commute coming up in just a few moments. >> thank you. this morning chance for san francisco to host the america's cup may be sailing away. leaders in newport, rhode island, say the bmw oracle racing team headed by larry ellison is interested in their city. he will decide where the venue will be. san francisco put in it bid last week. football fans in the bay area still have the play-offs on their minds. the oakland raiders beating the
broncos yesterday. they racked up more than 500 yards of offense. the raiders have a shot at the post-season but they need to win their final two games while kansas city needs to lose twice. san diego also has to lose at least one game. in the nfc west the 49ers have a chance of making the play- offs, as well. can you believe it? they are just one game out of first place and they play at st. louis next week. the seahawks play at tampa bay. the game show let's make a deal is a television rarity. it's been on the air for more than 50 years. the show is promoting its new host, wayne brady. and tomorrow, a through the decades show will feature dancing, hairstyles and clothing from the 1950s onward. the idea is to draw the audience at home into all the fun that happens on the set. >> this is the one of those shows that has been around in one incarnation or the next since the '50s.
most shows cannot say that. so this is our tribute to monte hall, his legacy and with me picking up the reins necessary generation, taking it old school and showing them how it might have been. >> each segment of tuesday's show will cover a specific decade and there will be games and prizes to evoke different eras. >> i used to love watching that show when i was a kid. it is 6:26. merriam-webster named its 2010 word of ther. >> okay. it's the word austerity. and it means forced or extreme economy. the word was popularized earlier this year during the protests in greece. that's when the government passed a series of strict austerity measures like tax hikes and cutting public sector pay. >> and runners up for word of the year include pragmatic, moratorium and socialism. 6:26. a new setback could derail bart's east bay expansion.
>> the safety concern that could keep the station from being built. it's beginning to look a lot like the holiday air travel season. the latest on cancellations coming up. showers in the forecast this morning, some of them producing some heavy rainfall moving through the petaluma area and also in napa. we have had report of thunderstorms. the chance of thunderstorms will be in the forecast through the afternoon. we'll take a look at today's forecast in just a few moments. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. caption colorado, l.l.c. good morning. it's monday, december 20. i'm juliette goodrich. >> i'm sydnie kohara. good morning, everyone, your time is 6:30. call ahead, that is the advice if your' planning on flying today. right now, we understand there are no delays at bay area airports. but wintry weather around the country could change that. let's go to sharon chin at sfo with the latest. good morning. looks like there's quite a crowd behind you. >> reporter: yes. you can tell that this is the holiday season, sydnie. take a look at this crowd. this is for the security checkpoint. the airport reflecting the national trend with a 4% increase in passengers over last holiday season. here that's translating into 120,000 to 125,000 travelers a day at sfo.
that's 2 million nationwide. so far, out of san francisco international airport, bad weather has forced the cancellation of a virgin atlantic and british airways flight to europe but united will still fly to london. no domestic cancellations or major delays yet. airport spokesman mike mccarron offers tips for those traveling during this busy three-week holiday season. he says don't wrap packages be ready at the security check points where the peak morning period is between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. about 8 to 10 minutes wait at the height. at the nonpeak hours about 5 to 7 minute wait. they advise that you arrive 90 minutes before departure and make sure you check with your carrier before you even leave your house. that's the latest for you. sydnie? >> just remember, don't wrap those packages. there's always someone who forgets and wraps them and then they have to be unwrapped by
security. don't want that disappointment. thank you, sharon chin. time now turning to 6:32. so far, the series of winter storms has not been as treacherous as earlier feared. but it is causing its share of problems in the bay area. some examples, minor flooding yesterday in a low-lying area near the highway 1 exit from u.s. 101 in marin county. in redwood city, floodwaters at a mobile home park cut off access for residents. they had to wait for fire department pumps to clear the water and people in many parts of the bay area stocked up on sandbags. >> power is back on just about everywhere in the bay area for pg&e customers. utility says less than 300 local homes and businesses are still without electricity this morning. and that's much less than yesterday when that number was in the thousands. the biggest single outage was yesterday morning in the oakland area affecting more than 17,000 customers. and we could see more outages later this week because
we have more storms in the forecast. let go to tracy with another look at where those storms are headed now. >> thank you, sydnie as well as juliette. we have some showers out there this morning, some of them holding thunderstorms. that's the drill for this morning especially in the napa area and that's what we are currently still seeing, rainfall moving into napa and heavier showers moving into santa rosa and also towards san rafael. forecast includes plenty of rainfall. we picked up quite a bit since thursday. more than 1.5" in santa rosa. 2.75" in san rafael, more than 2" i san francisco. oakland 2.9." san jose .94." nap, concord, livermore, quite a bit there, as well. forecast for this morning will include showers as well as thunderstorms. we are going to keep the chance of showers and thunderstorms in the forecast through the afternoon. that's a look at your weather.
back to you. >> thank you. we'll talk to gianna about the commute in a few minutes. 6:34. the man on trial for the murder of a woman on russian hill was upset about child support before that killing. 43-year-old gary scott holland reportedly called his mother and his ex-wife just hours before the murder to complain about paying child support for his two children. holland is accused of dressing up as a utility worker before raping and stabbing 46-year-old kate horan in her apartment. he has pleaded not guilty to the charges. this morning, a deadly fire in novato sunday investigation. fire crews finding the woman's body yesterday after the flames were extinguished. two neighboring homes were threatened and had to be evacuated. no word on what sparked the fire. 6:34 now. new this morning the victims. san bruno disaster are facing new obstacle, federal income taxes. congresswoman jackie speier is working to make sure the money they received in disaster aid
will not be taxed. pg&e has given $15,000 to victims whose homes were damaged in september when the natural gas pipeline blew. residents were notified last month that the money could be taxed by the irs. and concerned residents turned out at a community meeting last night. official from the ntsb and pg&e fielded questions. the ntsb officials say there may be a hearing in washington early next year when witnesses will be subpoenaed. residents had been complaining about a lack of information. 6:35. let's go to gianna franco with a look at our morning commute. and it looks a bit quieter after seeing all those people at the airport i think a lot people of were taking this week off. >> you got that right. they just turned the metering lights on at the bay bridge which is a little later than usual. lots of folks take the day off for the holiday coming up this weekend so you can see traffic is light approaching the toll plaza. an easy 20 minutes from the carquinez bridge to the maze. elsewhere if you are
approaching the bay bridge on 80 you can see traffic still very light on the eastshore freeway commute and no delays to report on 880 northbound or southbound. in fact, here's a live look at 880 right near the coliseum. traffic is nice all the way southbound 880 in towards hayward. south 880 connector, vehicle spun out. more on that in the next report. back to you guys. >> thank you. plans for a new antioch bart station drawing criticism for the city leaders. the design for hillcrest doesn't have restroom, escalator. this station is part of a $462 million extension called ebart. bart officials say they will consider making changes but they may not be able to afford it right away.
relief is coming for those who need clipper cards. there will be two additional satellite sales office in the coming weeks. now that the cards are required on many transit systems, long lines have formed to buy them. these new kiosks will be at geary and masonic and at powell and market near the cable car turnaround. a new target in san rafael may not be built. the plan calls for a 137,000- square-foot target simple floor this one offshore line parkway. it would include and expanded groceries department. critics say it would harm locally owned businesses. if you have packages to mail, get busy. today is the busiest of the year for the u.s. postal service. it will actually handle 800 million pieces of mail. today is also the recommended deadline for sending greeting cards and holiday letters if you want them to arrive in time
for christmas. after tomorrow, it's priority or express mail. north korea has announced a short time ago it will not retaliate as south korea conducts artillery drills on its border islands today. the north had earlier warned of consequences if the south went ahead with those exercises. and that prompted an order for people to take shelter on those islands including one the north attacked last month after a similar warning. the united nations security council held an emergency session on the crisis yesterday but failed to agree on a statement about the situation. mean while, new mexico bill richardson is wrapping up a five-day diplomatic mission to north korea. it's 6:38 now. he is "time" magazine's man of the year. so what is mark zuckerberg doing next? why he is going where facebook isn't even allowed. plus, it may just be the most famous purse in the world. how the handbag used to fight off a school board gunman is helping even more people now.
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some stanford doctors have been getting a little too close with >> a major ethical concern in medicine. now an investigation revealed that some stanford doctors have been getting too close to drug companies. matt bigler joins from us the kcbs radio silicon valley bureau with more. >> reporter: good morning. we are talking about a report from pro publica, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization. it found more than a dozen doctors at stanford medical school have been paid by big pharma drug companies over the past year to give promotional drug speeches. and that's in violation of stanford's own policy. last year, stanford became one of the first medical schools to pass a blanket ban on doctors giving promotional drug speeches and yet this report finds that more than a dozen doctors have already violated that policy. stanford is calling this activity unacceptable. we talked to dr. arthur kaplan
at the university of pennsylvania's center for bioethics. he says it's clear the university hasn't taken steps to make sure that doctors are following the policy. >> so if this feels in terms of the honor -- if this fails in terms of the honor system of reporting they will get tough and say if we find you earned drug money that's going to mean dismissal. >> stanford is it not alone on this. the report by pro publica finds that a half dozen other medical schools also have doctors that have been paid by drug companies to give promotional drug speeches. obviously those schools are not happy and they have launched reviews to follow up on this investigation. i'm matt bigler, live for cbs 5. >> thank you. well, good morning. monday morning and we still have rain showers in the bay area. here's a look at a line of showers. some of them coming down heavy
illustrated by the yellow and the orange that you see. a line of showers moving into petaluma, headed towards novato also st. helena as well as sonoma. and more showers near the vallejo area. we'll move down to parts of the south bay and they have light rainfall from san jose to ben lomond. forecast for the morning, showers expected and even thunderstorms possible for the morning. highs for later on today in the 50s. and for this morning 40s and 50s. not a big increase in the temperatures. not a big change in the forecast, showers and thunderstorms are still expected for the bulk of the day. there is a counterclockwise circulation that picks up the smaller storm systems that continues to push them right into the bay area. and that will continue to allow us to be unsettled weather- wise. today, up to a half inch in the
north bay, the east bay, the south bay, and as well as the peninsula and up to one inch in the santa cruz mountains. rainfall north bay area today, continued snowfall for the sierra. winter storm warning in effect until 4:00 this afternoon. and snow showers remain in the forecast tuesday and wednesday with temperatures highs just above freezing. showers expected in the bay area tomorrow, another storm system comes in wednesday, better chance for heavy widespread rainfall for midweek, thursday and friday we're drying out christmas eve should be dry. but christmas day, more rainfall expected. maybe you should go ahead and ask for those rain boots from santa claus because you might be able to put them to good use. that's a look at your seven-day forecast for your traffic, here's gianna. >> i need some of those. we have one minor accident brewing in san jose southbound 880 connector to 280 northbound. a vehicle spun out it's on the right side of the road no injuries but it's going to take a few minutes as tow trucks head out to clear it out of the
way. live look at northbound 280 through downtown san jose. traffic looking good. 101 near sfo, a little yellow on the sensors just as you approach 380 heading to the airport. it gets better though past 380 and towards millbrae 66 miles per hour so still moving just some slight delays if you are headed t sfo. looking good on the southbound side of the golden gate bridge but traffic light. metering lights on at the bay bridge toll plaza, no delays at the toll plaza clear across the upper deck int san francisco. slightly slower speeds out of the altamont pass into livermore westbound 580. mass transit no problems bart, ace, muni metro and caltrain all on time. if you are head to the snow, don't forget your chains or snow tires for 80, 50 and 88. now, we have reports of a traffic alert 80 westbound at colfax. here's a life look at 50 where
there is lots -- here's a live look at 50 where there is lots of snow. back to you. >> thank you. an extension of tax cuts for all americans is sending stocks higher this morning and a bay area tech company has announced a million-dollar acquisition. let's talk to jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com for the latest. >> good morning. market on a winning streak of late and the tax cuts have played a role in that. investors happy to know there will be some extra money in their pockets next year. most of the action this morning leading from a number of m&a moves including some involving silicon valley. raytheon a major defense contractor is buying applied signal technologies out of sunnyvale for $450 million. it focuses on surveillance, intelligence and different gathering techniques like that for basically the defense see from. the deal is a 9% bump over the
closing price on friday. ebay is expanding its reach in europe. it's spending $200 million on a german social fashion online site called brands for friends. it has 3.5 million members in germany and ebay says that one- fifth of the online fashion sales in europe now focus on these growing online fashion clubs. also at&t this morning is buying almost $2 billion worth of broadband spectrum from qualcomm. that includes san francisco as at&t looks to start getting its 4-g network ready to g it's behind several other carries in doing so. stock market is slightly positive right now. the dow is up 6 points. nasdaq higher by 5. and sydney, the s&p up by 3. >> thank you, jason. jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com. 6:4. today the senate will take up a bill to provide healthcare for 9/11 first responders. it's just one of several items
on the agenda as the lame duck congress finishes its work. congress needs to approve a spending measure to keep the government running through march and passage of a new start treaty with russia to reduce nuclear weapons is still possible. >> the military supports this treaty. the leader of the strategic command current and the past former seven support this treaty. the national intelligence community supports this treaty. >> minority leader mitch mcconnell says he will vote against the treaty that president obama signed with the president of russia back in april. and this week, president obama is expected to sign into law legislation allowing gays to serve openly in the military. but there is uncertainty about when the new policy will go into effect and whether troops will accept it. the president and his top military advisors must first certify that repealing "don't ask, don't tell" will not damage the troops' ability to fight. and after that, there will be a
60-day waiting period. 6:49. facebook founder zuckerberg in china today touring the offices of that country's top search engine meeting with the ceo of bidu but it's not clear what they discussed. neighborhoods remains blocked on mainland china and most people there aren't familiar with the social networking site but they are aware that zuckerberg is "time" magazine's 2010 man of the year. well, it's arguably the most famous purse in the world. we're talking about the handbag used by in woman to hit a gunman at a florida school board meeting last week. the handbag is going on ebay. school board member ginger littleton used it to whack the gunman's arm. she wasn't able to disarm him but the purse became a hit. the auction ends wednesday. proceeds will go to charity. whatever, juliette. >> i wanted you to right that. >> it's most annoying word in the english language for the second year in a row. not whatever juliette. just whatever.
[ laughter ] okay? please. >> more than 1,000 americans were polled in the marist survey. results show 39% think "whatever" sydnie is the most annoying english world. the runners up were "like" with 28% and "you know what i mean "like you know what i mean" with 50%. here's a look at what's coming up on "the early show." jeff glor joins us from new york. >> good morning. >> hey, guys. good morning to you, as well. coming up here, soggy start to the week on the west coast. a powerful storm has dumped massive amounts of rain and fears of mud slides. 12 people arrested in england as part of a suspected bombing plot. we'll go live to london for the latest. and an important victory for amanda knox as she continues the appeal of her murder conviction. i'm going to speak live from italy this morning with her mother for her reaction to that. so very busy monday morning here on "the early show." back to you guys.
>> thank you. see you at 7:00. from snow in the sierra and flight delays, we'll have an update. >> time is running out. the important deadline to make sure your cards and gifts arrive on time. >> if you have a story idea or comment to share us, email firstname.lastname@example.org. we'll be right back. ,, lots of lotions promised healing. this one actually does it. [ female announcer ] gold bond ultimate healing lotion. nothing feels like it, smells like it, heals like it. gold bond. this stuff really works. you know what i want for the holidays? do tell. true love. true love is a myth. [ gasps ] you're a myth! excuse me? [ female announcer ] it's the thought that counts. and the gift. safeway. ingredients for life.
in the world. that smells scrumptious. yummy! smells delightful. awesome! i'm not smelling anything. [ female announcer ] everything for holiday baking. just add love. safeway. ingredients for life. sharon chin is at s-f-o with the latest... it is 6:55. bad weather and holiday travelers and lots of them is a recipe for delays. sharon chin is at sfo. we hope for good news. >> reporter: yes. in fact, i just heard from a spokesman mike mccarron that the two delays that we had told you about earlier the one to the virgin atlantic and british airways to europe, those cancellation are back on. they are not cancelled. here at sfo, very busy, this is the security checkpoint here. it's reflecting the national trend with a 4% increase in passenger travel over last
year. that means that two million people nationwide will be traveling every day during this three-week holiday season. okay... a lot of tips for you. the main ones are... remember not to wrap your holiday packages and be ready for those security checkpoints. >> off-peak we're look at between 5 and 7 minutes. peak times 8, 10, 11 minutes through security. hopefully there will be no trouble getting through security. >> reporter: remember to arrive 90 minutes before your scheduled departure time and check with your carrier before you leave home. >> thank you, sharon chin at sfo. and looks like the lines are flowing smoothly there. that's good news. >> not bad. all right. it's 6:56 now. if you still have packages to mail you better get busy. today is the busiest of the year for the u.s. postal service. it will handle 800 million pieces of mail. today is also the recommended deadline for sending greeting cards and holiday letters if you want them to arrive in time
for christmas. after tomorrow, it's priority or it is express mail. all right. on to the sierra. it's still seeing a blast of winter snow. drivers are forced to travel on icy roads and in fact this morning, chains are required on parts of interstate 80 and highway 50. ski resorts in the sierra closed over the weekend and they are expected to open around 9 a.m. >> but it's going to be glorious if they have some great ski conditions up there because of all that new snow. right, tracy? but snow for them means rain for us? >> yeah. that's typically how to happens. rainfall across the bay area means snowfall across the sierra and they are still looking at a winter storm warning in effect until 4 p.m. this afternoon. light rainfall down in san jose and fremont and heavier showers moving in through santa rosa also napa and sonoma. forecast for today, what can you expect? showers as well as thunderstorms in the forecast today. showers also tuesday and
wednesday and more showers christmas day and the day after sunday. our mypix photo sent in from beth of bay farm island in alameda, she says, a fox in alameda? yeah. looks like there is one because she has a nice photo of one. go, beth! if you have a nice photo to share, you can always email it to email@example.com. that's a look at your weather. for your traffic, here's gianna. >> thank you, tracy. they just issued a traffic advisory for highway 17 both directions due to the weather. so give yourself some extra time. our live sensors showing speeds at 14 miles per hour on the southbound side. metering lights are on if he bay bridge but very light for a monday morning. in fact, just an easy 20 minutes from the carquinez bridge to the maze. minneapolis checking in problem free. bart, ace, muni, caltrain, no troubles. one of the busiest spots in antioch, slow and go 9 miles per hour through there. that's the monday morning drive. back to you guys. >> thank you. 6:58. and before we go, there is a
special treat for sky gazers tonight. a total lunar ellipse will begin about 10:00. the best view actually will be from north america. during a total lunar eclipse, the earth passes between the full moon and the sun's rays that illuminate it. look how pretty. you won't need any special equipment to viewed show but the clouds could get in the way. and tracy has been talking about our forecast with rain and all of that. so i don't know how it's going to look tonight. >> at least in our area, we may miss it. but many in other areas will get to see it. it will be quite a sight. >> very cool. and thanks so much for watching cbs 5 "early edition." 2.5 hours and we're here and going to take a quick break. >> yeah. how much coffee have you had this morning? >> too much. >> i think i filled this up about 3 times. >> i know. anyway, thanks so much for watching. try stay dry and warm out there because we are going to have another day of rain as you can see from hi-def doppler. take a look at your neighborhood. caption colorado, l.l.c. firstname.lastname@example.org