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your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald drought? hackney. with the bay area closing out its driest year ever, just when should we start worrying about a drought? good evening, i'm brian hackney. ann is off tonight. kpix 5's don knapp tells us in some spots the shortage of rain is being measured not in inches but in feet. reporter: skiers and borders are lamenting the rack of snow in the sierra but no snow is more worrisome for the state's water supply. snow melt feeds a river the main source of water for east bay m.u.d. and hetch hetchy, the sierra reservoir. it may be too soon to worry but water managers are concerned. marin county depends primarily on rain collected in lakes
around mount tam about 52" a year. this year there is just 10.5" of rain a record low. the reservoir is normally 68% full at this time are down to 58%. the marin water direct board already called for a voluntary cutback on water use and may consider rationing at its april meeting. the lexington reservoir is low. the district put the water in storage. the santa clara district has learned to save water often and early and that seems to be paying off. >> the water that the fills our reservoirs we release all summer and make sure it goes into the ground water basin so it's there in the winter and spring and makes room for winter rains in the reservoirs. >> reporter: so while south bay folks enjoy a warm dry day in the park, no worries about water next year. >> we may start to talk about changes in water use efficiencies in the community. >> reporter: even in los angeles, the driest rainy
season in memory isn't yet a concern. there's because l.a. gets water from northern california and the colorado river. and water managers say they have been socking it away saying they have record amounts of water stored throughout the system. still, they are hoping for rain. >> you know, we're all mindful of the fact that it's gorgeous out here. we appreciate it, at the same time we are concerned because it will have been the driest calendar year on record. >> reporter: in san jose, don knapp, kpix 5. >> as for why it's the driest calendar year on record, it's all because of a pacific high that just will not die. that high is abeam the bay area. it has not moved and it's not going to. so we get another week of sunny weather and as far as the eye can see, there's no rain heading toward the bay area. there's also red flag warnings posted as a consequence with building winds out of the northeast. they will get gusty tonight so with those dry northeast winds and low humidity in the east and north bay hills, with those gusts up to 30 miles per hour, red flag warning in december. we'll have the complete weather forecast coming up in a few minutes. police say they have busted
the grinches who burglarized at least one house in newark on christmas eve. four adults and two juveniles are now under arrest. police think the group could be connected to a pair of similar burglaries at nearby homes. we'll have more on this developing story at 6:30. it's a rough day for more than a million out of work americans. ko im reports, their long-term unemployment benefits just dried up. >> i don't know. hope i don't lose my house. reporter: mary low is at a loss. will you lose your hous? >> it's a possibility, yes. [ crying ] >> reporter: the 42-year-old has been unemployed since february. she thought she would have landed a job by now. mary and 1.3 million other americans are considered long- term unemployed which means they have been out of work for six months or more. they receive an average check of about $300 a week. but funding for the benefits
has dried up. >> they cut them off december 28 the last fileable week. >> reporter: congress failed to approve the extended unemployment benefits in the long term budget that was just signed this week. democratic senator jack reed and republican senator dean heller are working on a plan to restore the benefits but house republicans oppose the $25 billion price tag without cutting spending someplace else. >> if there has to be cuts made to find it, then they need to find their cuts someplace else. this is not a program that they need to cut. >> reporter: majority leader harry reid plans the first vote on the unemployment benefits bill when the senate returns in january. ko im for cbs news. >> the senate returns from its holiday break a week from monday. the white house says it supports the reed heller proposal. for target shoppers the news just seems to be getting worse. the retail giant now admits hackers did steal debit card p.i.n. numbers in a massive data heist. the company does insist though the p.i.n. code information is secure because it's heavily encrypted.
the security experts say that may not be enough. >> unfortunately, the problem with p.i.n. numbers is they are only four characters so there's only about 10,000 different combinations that you can do in order to get it. so altogether, it's not going to hold up because hackers can do brute forcing it to essentially grab those p.i.n. numbers. >> even if you haven't noticed any suspicious activity, experts say it's not a bad idea to change your p.i.n. just in case. three more east bay cities will ban plastic bags starting on new year's day. stores and restaurants in el cerrito, richmond and san pablo will no longer provide free plastic bags for purchases. many will have paper bags though available for a small fee. but customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags. several new state laws are taking effect in the new year. teenaged drivers will be banned from texting while driving even with hands-free devices. students could be suspended or expelled for cyber bullying and the state minimum wage jumps to $9 in
july. there is a ban on high capacity conversion kits for ammunition magazines. safe storage requirements for handguns, and new firearms possessions restrictions for people who are mentally ill. a historic change to the boy scouts also goes into effect in the new year. for the first time, openly gay youth will be allowed to join. the new policy was approved in may with support from 60% of the voting members of the scouts national council. a ban on gay adult leaders does remain in effect. a same-sex couple from california will make history of their own this new year's. they will get married on a float at the tournament of roses parade in pasadena. danny and aubrey of los angeles will exchange vows atop a giant cake shaped float sponsored by the aids healthcare foundation. they say they are thrilled to participate. this year's theme of the parade, dreams come true. >> i have been here for 20 years watching the rose bowl parade on tv. now actually being part of it,
we're so overwhelmed and honored. i think it's going to be an absolutely fun day. >> on the guest list, millions of viewers watching the january 1 parade live on tv. still to come, the holidays are winding down. but the flu season is ramping up. the deadly strain marching across the country. >> plus, there's big change coming to vending machines everywhere. and it's something you may not want to see. good. good answer. check it out. learning's fun now. yeah, back in our day, we didn't have u-verse high speed internet to play and learn online. all we had was that franklin fuzzypants. ah, the educational toy bear. remember when the battery went out? [ slow, deep voice ] give me your abc's. all i learned was a new definition of fear. i need some pudding. yeah, there's one left.
reports: one of the worst california health officials are saying a jump in the number of flu cases. mark kelly reports one of the worst strains going around this year has already proven to be deadly. reporter: this holiday week a doctor has seen double the amount of patients many with the flu, none of them armed with a flu shot. >> it's never too late to get the flu vaccine. >> reporter: doctors say this year it's more than the sick, children and elderly getting the flu. its also the seemingly healthy. and h1n1 may be the culprit. >> we are thinking that that might be it because when we first got the h1n1 in 2009 that's when we first saw otherwise healthy people coming down with severe flu. >> reporter: people like dustin
wright. the 30-year-old texan got the flu the week before thanksgiving. doctors said wright had the h1n1 flu strain also known as swine flew. he never got his flu shot. december 5 the husband and father died. >> we're always worried about my son getting a flu shot. we're never really worried about the two of us because you don't hear of anything like this, don't think it will happen to you. >> reporter: according to the cdc, only 45% of americans got a flu shot last year. this year's shot includes aviation nation for h1n1 as well as influenza a and b. flu season typically peaks in february but doctors say the best guarantee of not getting sick is getting a flu shot now so you're not lining up for the emergency room later. >> for now, from what i see this season it looks as if this may be well contained this season. >> reporter: in san francisco, mark kelly, kpix 5. >> remember, the flu does not require close contact to spread. it can go airborne through
sneezing and coughing. the federal healthcare overhaul could make you think twice about your vending machine choices. a lot of vending machines will soon have to display calorie counts under new labeling laws. it's intended to help consumers make healthier choices. the fda is expected to release its final rules early next year. companies with 20 or more machines will have to make the changes within a year. >> the ice breaker coming to rescue us. >> brilliant. >> how dozens of people stranded near the south pole are just making the best of it. >> plus, it's one of the most prestigious beauty pageants in the world. it's just not for people. that's coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
in india today. many passengers were sleeping wh the fire started. some had at least 26 people were killed when a passenger train caught fire in india today. many passengers were sleeping when the fire started. some of the passengers had to break windows and jump from the train when the doors failed to open. investigators think that something in the electrical system short-circuited sparking the fire. thick ice is still blocking attempts to free a russian research ship stranded near the south pole. here's the latest on the waiting game. reporter: the stranded passengers happily point to a dot on the horizon. help is near. >> what's that on the horizon? >> that's the ice breaker coming to rescue us. >> brilliant. >> reporter: their relief doesn't last long. thick ice has forced the chinese ice breaker to come to a halt. >> he was about six nautical miles away when that decision was made that the ice was too thick, it was beyond the
vessel's capacity. and he turned around and went back through the channel that he had created to open water. >> reporter: a french rescue vessel also failed to penetrate the ice and has been turned back. but reinforcements are on the way. the australian ship is en route and expected to arrive sunday night. for now, they are not in danger. there's enough fresh food to last two weeks and dry food for longer if needed. but the man leading the expedition is worried blizzards could hamper the rescue efforts. >> we have snow falling but it's not too windy. unfortunately, the weather forecast is these sort of conditions to continue for the next few days. >> reporter: in the meantime, the 74 people on board which consists of scientists, tourists and crew, are updating family with daily youtube messages. >> hey, mom and dad. i hope you're enjoying the summer as much as i am. as you have probably heard, we are currently beset with a bit of ice but not to worry everything is going well.
>> reporter: so well, it seems, they are continuing their research, counting birds and drilling through the ice to photograph sea life. >> the australian rescue vessel is the strongest yet but the ice may be too thick even for that ship. if it can't make it, the passengers may have to be airlifted to safety by helicopters. this is one of the word's most prestigious beauty contests and unique. 25,000 camels are competing in a 15-day annual contest in the arabian desert. the contestants are strutting their stuff in several categories. they are judged on the size of their heads, the length of their necks and the shape of their humps as well as their lashes and lips. top prize winners could be in the vicinity of millions of dollars. let's begin where we left off which is to say the red flag warnings that are posted. winds kick up tonight out of the northeast, very dry direction, and with the winds gusting to 30 miles an hour, that means that it's dry. we are not going to get any
rain so in the last week of december, we have red flag warnings. right now concord 58, oakland 58, san francisco still 60. mid-60s still in santa rosa. but by 8:00 tonight we'll look for numbers along the coast falling into the low 50s and inland will be in the upper 40s. so chilly in a hurry after the sun goes down. tomorrow we have mostly sunny skies. temperatures will be in the mid- 60s even warmer than that inland about 67 degrees. so air quality because of that high pressure that simply is parked over the eastern pacific we are looking for unhealthful air quality in the north bay, moderate elsewhere as we continue with a long string of "spare the air" days. tomorrow, though, you will have a nice day at the oakland coliseum with sunshine, mild conditions, kickoff at 1:25 p.m., game going to be carried on kpix 5 as the raiders are playing. if your thoughts are turning to icy conditions, it's hardly winter like out here but the ice rink is up and running. that would be fun at union square. satellite and radar showing us the situation out in the
pacific. that high pressure is just abeam the bay area, so the flow of most of the moisture is going north of seattle. it will weaken a little bit this week so they are going to get some rain in the pacific northwest. it will be sunny and warm for us during the week as that high pressure is just not moving and as far as the eye can see it's not moving. so the headlines show red flag warnings, gusty winds. it will be sunny and warm through the week. and then we are going to look dry all the way through january 6 and even beyond there is nothing coming in. so january the wettest month of the year and hopefully it will at least turn the other direction in the near future. as i said, let's hope it doesn't all happen at once. futurecast winds. where you see the red that's where the strongest winds will be coming in over the next 24 hours and there's a mostly at the higher elevations, not much except at half moon bay. it will be working its way to the surface. at sfo we are looking for sunny mild conditions. if you are heading out of the bay area tomorrow, winds will be northeast at 30 miles an hour. elsewhere, los angeles nice and sunny with plenty of sunshine and 79. denver partly cloudy, 36.
snow in chicago and 36. and new york it's rain tomorrow, overnight lows tonight down to 35 in santa rosa, 30 at travis air force base, 34 at livermore and 35 degrees in san jose. clear skies mean chilly temperatures. look at how warm these numbers are. 10 degrees above average at oakland. even warmer than that in cord with a forecast high tomorrow of 67 degrees. and 64 at san jose. and specifically the rest of the bay area going to be looking at numbers mostly in the mid-60s. just to simplify it, 64 san jose, 60 pacifica, 65 redwood. extended forecast, as far ahead as we look, kim, do you see any rain? >> he know rain. football weather. >> -- >> no rain. football weather. >> football weather can mean snow. we are going to get temperatures in the mid-60s inland near 70 by friday. crazy stuff. what's happening, kim? >> we have play-off implications tomorrow. >> that's right. arizona. >> the 49ers. so you have to prepare for that game. how do they prepare? the 49ers beef up for their
still win the division if the rams win in seattle. >> it's complicated but one way or another this is all about placing in the play-offs. >> jockeying for positions. last night the bay area against arizona so far, so good for the local teams of a big night for steph curry at oracle who checked his third career triple- double, 14 points a career-high 13 rebounds and 16 assists. also a career-high. the warriors blew out phoenix by 29. the sharks went to a shootout and came out with a 4- 3 win over the coyotes. it's three straight wins for san jose. and then afterwards, the warriors and sharks took to twitter congratulating each other on the win. earlier the 49ers chimed in applauding the wins over the arizona teams. the 49ers will complete the desert sweep against the cardinals tomorrow. so how did the 49ers o line prepare? eating prime rib, of course. >> who can pound the most people? >> michael no question. you saw how fast i answered that because i have seen it
happen and it's impressive. >> the rest of the line enjoying the combined 42 pounds of beef. but the real winner was rookie center carter by could you ski who had the 32-ounce double king henry. day into the park for you. the health department has been hosting the annual dinner for over two decades. hopefully they won't have a meat hang go over. they will be playing a desperate cardinal team that needs the win and new orleans loss to get in the play-offs. carson palmer off a big win last week in seattle but as raider fans know, palmer is known for throwing just as many hits as touchdowns. carson palmer throws a lot of temperatures as well as a lot of picks. how exciting is that as an offense knowing that that defense is out there hungry trying to get tha back into your hands? >> i'm excited. >> reporter: 21 this year. >> hope he throws 25 tomorrow. >> we know they are going into the play-offs so we have a chance to send them into the play-offs with a loss. and that's really the only
focus that we can have. we can't rory about scores or injuries in new orleans. you can't be trying to find out what the score is. we just need to focus on the 49ers. >> yankee stadium hosting what else? the pinstripe bowl. rutgers and notre dame. irish quarterback tommy rees threw for over 300 yards. 2nd quarter hands off to it. j jones who runs it in for the 8-yard score. notre dame wins 29-13 in a game that featured eight field goals. last week you remember team usa and canada exchanged blows on the ice. today it was friender will. a shootout where hillary knight scores the lone goal on the u.s. beats canada 3-2. it's the americans' third straight win over the rivals. as we wrap up 2013, we take a look back at the best of they said it some of the best sound
bites from this past year. >> foyle's war. is that coming back? i just love that show. >> how do you get your guys into game 7? >> get them on a bus and it arrives at the ramp over here. we get off the bus, we go on the court and we play. >> one night i had five phone calls from five different schools. kind of like when i was in high school. i never had five girls call me. i wasn't used to it. >> i can say anything i want. that's the beauty of this country. stand backwards and answer the question. i'm going sideways. at the appropriate time, we'll make that -- the announcement. >> and we are going to beat up that woman beater, the one that beat up his wife, man! his wife in front of his kids! you guys like that [ censored ] this woman beater? he must have learned that in his dad. woman beater, baby. we're going to beat that woman beater. >> every canadian kid grows up dreaming about winning the stanley cup. not many little boys grow up dreaming about their wedding day. >> don't put words in my mouth. kiss my [ censored ] if you
want to write something different. >> the franchise hasn't played in a game 7 since 2002. >> who cares? >> that's the stupidest thing i ever heard. no coach in their right mind -- this isn't the real housewives of beverly hills. >> he will never emotionally fulfill you ever. know that. >> know that. >> let's talk about our big guy. two for eleven. how can you go two for eleven? my wife -- my wife!! can score more than two buckets on eleven shots. >> my favorite, dennis allen, real housewives. >> they don't take themselves too seriously. coming up at 6:30, students in one bay area high school will never have an excuse for being late again. the landmark timepiece that's finally running like clockwork. that looks like mount tam to me. the "cbs evening news" is next. see you back here in a half hour. remember, the latest news and weather are always on our website, kpix.com. we know that ann notarangelo is watching from home. hope she is feeling good enough to be back at 11 tonight. we'll be.
>> axelrod: end of a lifeline. long-term unemployment benefits expire for more than a million americans. jeff pegues in washington on the politics. >> jeff is in washington on the application that are playing out. >> this is my lifeline. >> target says hackers stole more than your debit card numbers. terrell brown onhreat to your data security. a&e's ducks, ending its suspension of a reality show star, despite his controversial comments. the latest on the "duck dynasty" flap. >> to be a man of valor. >> and full military honors. carter evans in los angeles, on the fuel of a fallen american hero, missing for more than 62 years. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news."