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michelle griego is off. we are following developing news in texas. >> there is a significant area around the fertilizer plant that has been destroyed. homes have been destroyed and flattened. part of that community is gone. >> last night was truly a nightmare scenario for that community. [ explosion ] >> a town devastated, search- and-rescue continues in west, texas, after a fertilizer plant last night leveling homes and businesses in every direction. as many as 15 people are feared dead. more than 160 others have been injured. cbs reporter juan fernandez has the latest on the explosion and now the efforts to find survivors. >> reporter: a fire at a texas fertilizer plant that turned into a deadly explosion is still smoldering the morning after. but authorities say it's under control. >> y'all need to get out. >> reporter: search crews are going door to door for
survivors. the blast shook the ground with the force of an earthquake destroying nearby homes and businesses. >> i was actually picked up and thrown about 10 feet, i was standing at the end of my bed and then when i landed was by the bathroom about 10 feet closer into the house. >> reporter: texas governor rick perry spoke in austin. >> i'm declaring mcclennon county a disaster, will request an emergency declaration from the president. >> reporter: several volunteer firefighters who responded to the initial fire are among those missing. one of the firefighters who was here missing has now been found. he is being treated in the hospital with serious injuries. a nearby nursing home had to be evacuated when the roof caved in. the wounded were taken to a high school football field that served as a triage center. eugene horak and his wife escaped after the roof of their house collapsed. >> he somehow managed to pull the ceiling off of me and i crawled out. >> reporter: there's no word yet on what caused the
explosion. >> there is nothing at this point to indicate that this is a criminal issue. >> reporter: red cross workers are assisting neighbors who lost their homes and a blood center that serves the area says, donors are needed. west, texas. z for cbs ne, >> that explosion also released chemicals from the plant into the environment and federal off the air quality in west, texas. america is ontheir side. that is the message from president obama in boston as he pays tribute to victims and survivors of the marathon explosions. >> i'm here today on behalf of the american people with a simple message: every one of us has been touched by this attack on your beloved city. every one of us stands with you. because after all, it's our beloved city, too. >> the president acknowledged
that it will be a feat to rebound from this tragedy but assures the country boston will run again. investigators are making progress on the case. a key piece of evidence is found in surveillance video that shows a possible suspect near the site of the second blast. cbs reporter adriana diaz on what else police are doing to zero in on that man. >> reporter: president obama delivered a rousing tribute to the victims of the bonnie boswell marathon bombings at the historic cathedral of the holy cross. >> we'll all be with you as you learn to stand, walk and yes run again. of that i have no doubt you will run again. [ applause ] >> reporter: the first lady and dignitaries including former massachusetts governor mitt romney joined the president at the seice. the president said whoever set off the bos at the marathon finish line will not intimidate the city of boston. >> it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it. not here in boston. >> reporter: the president is
also meeting with some of the 170 people who were hurt in the bombings and first responders who rushed to the scene to help them. hundreds of mourners lined up early outside of the cathedral of the holy cross. people started arriving overnight hoping to get a seat inside. >> i'm here to really support essentially everything taken away from us that day. >> reporter: investigators may release a photo of a man seen placing a bag at the site of the second bombing. security cameras at a lord & taylor store captured the man moments before the explosion. he is described as a young white man who was carrying a backpack and talking on a cell phone. investigators are also looking at cell phone records from the area and facial recognition programs hoping to zero in on their man of interest. adriana diaz, cbs news, boston. fbi investigators are also trying to track down people seen on the surveillance video, several people that they have identified as possible
witnesses. and as always, we'll have continuing coverage on kpix 5 and on kpix.com. the man charged with mailing toxic letters to the president and others says he is surprised by his arrest. paul kevin curtis made his first courpearce today. the letters were intercepted by mail testing falities they never reached the president or the senator. preliminary results show that they do contain the deadly poison ricin. family members say curtis felt he was mistreated by the government. if convicted he faces 15 years in jail. back home a bay area anniversary forced to change gears for the first time in over 100 years. san francisco marked the 107th anniversary of the great quake. kpix 5's elissa harrington tells us that was not enough to break tradition. >> reporter: that's right. organizers did have to scramble to make some last-minute changes but all in all, ceremonies went off without a hitch including the painting of the historic fire hydrant in the mission district, a fitting color considering firefighters tell me it's worth its weight
in gold. it's an annual tradition in san francisco a day of events to commemorate the 1906 earthquake starting at 5:12 a.m., the exact time the ground started shaking. this year, there was a bit of a shake-up. police activities shut down part of market street near lotta's fountain forcing for the first time morning ceremony to move. ♪[ music ] >> reporter: about 200 people plus cars and fire engines, even mayor lee took it up the street to union square. the fire chief says it still started on time. >> it speaks volumes about the resilience of our community and not to cancel but we were flexible and moved it up and are commemorating the city's rich history and tradition. >> reporter: part of the tradition, painting the golden fire hydrant at the intersection of 20th and church. some dressed in the garb of the 1900s. >> this is something that brings the people together. >> it's important that we remember that we honor those
who came before us. >> reporter: the earthquake ruptured gas lines and broke water mains. fires spread throughout the city and hydrants ran dry. >> this is the one functioning hydrant in the area with three days of fire. without the water that was obtained from this hydrant, great parts of this noe valley mission districts would have been lost. >> reporter: people dedicated their sprays some to firefighters others to the 3,000 though died in 1906 and some to the victims of the boston marathon. he dedicated it to his grandfather directly connected to the hydrant. >> my great-grandfather ran spring valley water company which serviced this hydrant and several others in the area. >> reporter: it's been 107 years since the earthquake. in that time, the city has been rebuilt and emergency procedures have evolved. but today's anniversary also serves as a reminder to think ahead. >> remember the past and prepare for the future. >> reporter: this is the first time that none of the survivors
came to any of the events. there are three left. the oldest is 111. in san francisco, elissa harrington, kpix 5. >> thank you. mayor lee commemorated the rtua legislation for mandatory soft story seismic retrofit. powerful women making a difference. still to come, why california's attorney general made it on time's list of the most influential people in the world. >> for every horse we save, there's hundreds of others going to slaughter. >> it is a startling statistic but it doesn't have the bay area woman down. what she is doing to save every horse she can. the temperatures are up in the bay area. we are in the middle of a warming trend that's going to last all the way into next week as we look live. we have nothing but blue and heat and we'll have the forecast coming up. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
disappointing financial res. y is among them, s stock prices are moving lower as big companies release some disappointing financial results and ebay is among them sinking 5% after cutting its profit forecast. here's a live look at the big board where you can see the dow is down almost 90 points this afternoon. this week's jefferson award winner learned a love of animals growing up in wyoming so it's not hard to understand why she didn't hesitate when she found horses in trouble here in the bay area. kate kelly went to a special place to meet her. >> look what you get. >> reporter: morning is vicki sims whitney's favorite time of day. >> hi, sweetie. >> reporter: because morning is when she checks in with her friends. >> hi, cocoa. hey, charlie. >> reporter: cocoa and charlie are two of 20 horses vicki cares for on some borrowed pastureland in santa rosa. >> some of them are pranksters
and jokers. >> reporter: each she says is special in its own way but all of them have come to her from dire circumstances. vicki started sadie's haven a horse rescue and sanctuary four years ago. she named it after the first she saved, a mare, lame from overbreeding. >> little old . >>reporter: with the help of volunteers, vicki raises money to cover the $2,500 a month it takes for food, medicine and farrier, often filling in the gaps with her own funds. finding space for her growing herd has been a challenge. >> horses are supposed to be like our wild horses, supposed to have access to freedom of a pasture and not be in a stall all the time. >> reporter: so when vicki starteworking at brighthaven, a sanctuary for smaller creatures, owner gale pope offered her the adjacent land for her project. >> vicki is compassionate, helping horses and other animals that otherwise would be
discarded. >> reporter: vicki gets her horses from a variety of sources. most are given up by owners who can't afford them anymore. others have been abandoned and then some like mocha here who was beaten severely and rescued from a situation that left her blind. vicki says almost all of these horses would have ended up at auction. >> horses that go to auction, the majority of them go to a kill buyer destined for mexico -- for slaughter and/or the mexican and charo rodeo. >> reporter: vicki supports a federal ban on horse slaughter and works with youth groups to provide educational programs and summer camp to teach the next generation the issues and basics of caring for these gentle giants. >> every horse we save, there's hundreds of others going to slaughter. i think people don't realize what a heart and soul horses have. they are not disposable. they are not recycle. they are actually living beings that have a lot to teach us.
r pridinep safe hsetod working for a future they all have greener pastures, this week's jefferson award in the bay ea goes to vicki sims whitney. kate kelly, kpix 5. >> vicki has a waiting list of horses that need a safe place to live. if you would like to help or volunteer, go to our website at kpix.com. click the "connect" button at the top of the page, then jefferson awards to find out story on sadie's haven. all right. well, it is another warm day and only getting warmer according to brian hackney who is in for lawrence karnow today. >> have you been out? >> yes. >> it's actually -- >> it's awesome! >> -- warm. beautiful. i know, it's gorgeous. so you would think it can't last. it will! in fact, it's going to be nice and there's not going to be many may flowers because we'll be short on ril showers for
the next 10 days or so. the bay bridge was opened in november of 1936 and the numbers are some of the best weather they have seen in april. concord at 69. the numbers this morning are about -- oakland actually cooler than it was yesterday. there's always an exception. but everybody else is warmer. san francisco is up to 68. san jose 70 degrees. and in santa rosa, 73. here's how it looks as we fly y we have plenty of afternoon sun. it will be warmer today, clear tonight ane dry ather continuing as far as the eye can see for the next zen or eight days all because this seven or eight days all because this high pressure system is building in the eastern pacific so everybody warms up even the shoreline. we have offshore direction winds from livermore gusting to about 22 miles an hour out of the northeast. that classic offshore flow means the temperatures will zoom today. not to record levels, but we're at least going to be warmer today than we were yesterday. an if you are headed into the central valley, 78 for sacramento. up at eureka 55 degrees.
78 for ukiah at monterey down by the aquarium in the 60s. pinpoint forecast for the bay area, out at pacifica, 66 degrees. 73 at hayward. and 73 degrees at fremont. san jose today up to 77. we'll nudge 80 degrees at antioch and brentwood. everybody else in the upper soffits today. beautiful day for the wine country 77 at napa. novato 75 degrees. 65 at bodega bay. and 64 in daly city. now, the all-important extended forecast, high pressure builds, temperatures warm up into the low to mid-80s with temperatures going into the mid- 80s by the middle of the week and once they get there, they stay there. lawrence, by the way, is off today because it's his birthday! but right now, we look ahead to earth day with mobile weather lab, kpix 5's roberta gonzales is live at city college with some spring cleaning. hey, roberta. >> reporter: very nice connection there with earth day and birthday, brian. hello, everybody! th kp weat e been on the move
t's go aheke at the r rrure atat 63. the wind daly jumps up 10 -- occasionally jumps up to 10 miles per hour with a little chill in the air but nonetheless nothing but a sun- splashed sky here at san francisco community college where we are celebrating earth day here today with dominic [ indiscernible ] >> very good. >> reporter: you're with green course? >> yes. i have been copresident of the sustainable hub, the green club on campus and we are just here to educate the people and make sustainability sexy and yeah, we are trying to start a farmer's market, bring a sustainability center here and just make a green college. >> reporter: i love how you incorporated the community. you started off with inviting people from watsonville to show their strawberries. >> of course. we would have loved to have more farmers but in due time, but it's all about pp and craft
people make a living here like this, you know, and we really need to support the people. >> reporter: i have enjoyed the speeches here today. >> we had don avalos, sierra club, diamond dave. yes. >> reporter: you have done a wonderful job with the green corps putting this together today. i applaud you and i want to let all of you know that earth day officially is on monday but if you want to enjoy the celebration or see what else is happening right here around the bay area, all you have to do is reporting with mobile weather at san diego -- san francisco! [ laughter ] >> every day is earth day. >> i went to san diego community college. i went there! >> reporter: okay. mobile weather, roberta gonzales. kpix 5. >> beautiful in san diego, too. >> starting to feel like san diego around here! coming up, rising political stars make the list for the most influential people in the world. the democrat and tea party favorites about to hit the pages of "time" magazine when we come back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
healthy tips on white aspar. list out on the mo it is lunchtime. fresh grocer tony tantillo with his tasty and healthy tips on white asparagus. >> reporter: well, today's tip of the day is going to be is with white asparagus. it's spring team and green asparagus isitting the market l some white asparagus coming into the rketalso. the reason why it's white? the sun never hits the asparagus so the chemical reaction doesn't take place and
it stays white. it may be a little green on top but that's okay. when you buy it, make sure the whiter the better all the way around. free from any cracking whatsoever. when you use it before you cook with it, shave the very top of the asparagus because that's where it might be a little woody. so shave that off. when you bring them home, simply store them, here is the key now, in the refrigerator right away. they don't last as long as green asparagus, believe it or not. they will start to crack up on you. so what you do is two days, three days, at the very most. so nice and white, in the refrigerator, shave them a little bit, mix them with the green asparagus and you're going to love it. and i'm tony tantillo and always remember to eat fresh and stay healthy. >> i have never had the white. >> me neither. >> thank you. a new list on the world's most influential people. "time" magazine added california's attorney general to the top 100 in her profile. house minority leader nancy pelosi says kamala harris has been breaking down barriers and fighting for justice.
volunteer firefighters who responded and they were there when that plant exploded, as well. well, tonight we are going to take a closer look at the volunteers who protect large parts of the bay area, who they are and how they train and how they step away from their lives to respond to events just like this one. that story and much more coming up tonight at 5:00. enjoy the beautiful warm day we have in front of us. >> brian is -- you really pitched in today. >> all part of the service. >> thanks for joining us. have a good one. caions b caption colorado email@example.com [ birds chirping ]
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