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good morning. thank you for waking up with us. it's thursday august 26th. i'm pam cook. >> and good morning. i'm dave clark. let's check weather and traffic. mark is in for steve. good morning to you. the fog is back across parts of the bay area. as a result you probably know we will be cooling off. the fog is back cooling off in the order of 15 to 20 degrees. no more triple digits. warmest locations right around 90 degrees and winds pick up around 25 miles an hour. more in your forecast in a few minutes. sal with an update on traffic. good morning, mark. right now traffic is moving well on 80 westbound as you head to the macarthur maze. no major problems this morning. on 880 northbound that traffic looks good in downtown oakland. let's go back to the desk. thank you. in the news right now a home is destroyed following an overnight fire. this happened on cold harbor drive. ktvu's jade hernandez joining us now with a look.
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inside managed to escape. >> reporter: good morning. this fire did destroy a home. and firefighters still don't know what caused it. the woman who lived inside is okay. authorities were worried because she's a diabetic. we know that the woman survived quite a fire. flames broke out at 11:00 last night and quickly engulfed the woman's home on cold harbor way. neighbors told us they heard an explosion before the fire broke out. but in many house fires firefighters do tell us the sound of an explosion can often be windows breaking, tires popping, anything which might explode due to the fire. right now though the cause is still under investigation. and coming up we're going to take you to that house and show you what's left. jade hernandez, ktvu channel 2 news. this morning homicide detectives in oakland are searching for the killer responsible for a deadly shooting. that happened at about 9:30 last night at 61st and ban i
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don't have the. a gunman shot and killed a young male victim and then ran off with his wallet. one witness says the victim was a teenage boy. a surge in deadly street violence in recent weeks and the police union says it's not surprised. the union says there's a direct connection between the rising violence and recent police layoffs. a study claims there's been a 9% increase in oakland violent crime since 80 police officers were laid off last month. however critics question those numbers. >> somebody's pushing those numbers to try to get what they want in the situation. and oakland police department historically has been very strong union focused, driven. >> i don't know if there's a spike. and i don't know if the reason is because of 80 officers were laid off. but that's certainly possible. >> oakland city council member browner will meet with police chief later this week. they will conduct their own analysis of oakland's crime rate to see if those numbered a
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up. the clean up effort underway on the peninsula following a sewage spill. thousands of gallons of raw sewage spilled at david lain and inker circle. we're there with the overnight developments. good morning, craig. >> reporter: it sounds bad and smells even worse. this is the redwood shores neighborhood in redwood city. it's the neighborhood sort of east of highway 101. the name of the game this morning is a pumping -- what they're doing pumping operations. they have many, many pumping trucks out here. that's just one of them. they're still trying to suck up all this sewage from the spill yesterday at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon. what redwood city says that a 14-inch sewage pipe ruptured. and after that rupture of course all the sewage was spilling out. at one point had nowhere to go so it backed up into a pump station and then leaked into people's homes. several homes here that where the raw sewage went into their garages. this morning there are several
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homes with sandbags out in front of their garages to make sure that does not happen any further this morning. i did speak to a supervisor out here. he's very busy. little time to talk. they believe they have stopped the sewage from leaking anymore. so their first job they've got to get the rest of the sewage cleaned up. i did speak to -- well, we did speak to a spokesperson in redwood city yesterday and she said that the residents were warned after the spill. >> as a part of our public notification process we activated our code red which is notice to residents in the area to not have contact with the lagoon water because some of the sewage probably has gone into the lagoon. >> reporter: and she says that there has been no fish kills or bird kills as a result of the sewage they can find so far. the problem is that it's hard to say where this has all gone.
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this is a very flat area. and so it has nowhere to go but on the same level. come back out live you can see they put these signs up around the lagoon. the unsafe water may contain raw sewage, avoid contact. i don't know that people will be drinking out of that lagoon any way. but the point is you don't want to even touch it because of the threat of all the other nasty virus that is can come with raw sewage. we're supposed to hear from a spokesperson in redwood city come down here within the hour. we're going to have a better idea of what's going on now. the number they're giving is 5,000 gallons of raw sewage. see if that changed overnight at all. reporting live in redwood city, channel 2 news. bart riders can be especially relieved this week's heat wave is now over. the bay area's record breaking hot spell has been causing problems for bart for the past two days. yesterday computer problems connected to that triple digit heat caused more delays on
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several bart lines. at least 30 bart cars had no air-conditioning at all. bart seems confidence you commuters can expect a smooth ride this morning. 5:05 is the time. sal will be the judge of that i guess on the smooth ride. >> that's right. you know right now we have trains on time. and hopefully today will be a good day on public transit systems. everything starting off okay. i want to show you 80 westbound traffic looks good heading to the macarthur maize and to the bay bridge toll plaza where we don't have a lot going on. a nice drive into san francisco. some of that road work has been picked up on the bridge. no problems there. and 280 in san jose traffic is moving along very well. at 5:06 here's mark. hi, sal. good morning to you. a significant change in the bay area weather pattern for today. temperatures cooling off. really peaked on tuesday. a little cooler for the coast and right around the bay yesterday. in fact quite a bit for the inland spots today down a good
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15 to 20 degrees from yesterday's highs and much cooler this weekend. in fact this weekend no 80s in the forecast. that's how much it will be cooling off. current numbers pretty mild out there. i'm tracking low clouds around santa rosa also san francisco pushing into the bay. oakland right now 63 degrees and some lower 60s towards fairfield, concord and livermore. the plan for this morning areas of fog targeting the bay. here's a forecast model showing the pattern out there with the coast and also up in the north bay moving into oakland and hayward. san jose reporting partly cloudy skies. temperatures on the mild side. no triple digits this afternoon with clearing skies to near the coast. we could still have patchy fog for parts of san francisco and event july temperature change around 60 to 90 degrees. we are cooling off compared to yesterday. santa rosa 79. fairfield 88 degrees. the hot spot not talking extreme heat today in the lower 90s toward antioch.
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oakland mid-60s. san jose 80s. here's a look ahead at a significant cool down in fact by this weekend. saturday warmest locations only in the mid-70s. scattered clouds on sunday. there's a slight chance of a few sprinkles. watching the past few days primarily in the north bay only a slight chance. main impacts temperatures remain on the cooler side. few lingering clouds and minor warming for next week. another weather check in a few minutes. thank you, mark. 0:08 is the time right now. trash cans piling up at homes around san mateo county after garbage workers walked off the job. about a dozen workers at the landfill near half-moon bay are staging a two day strike to protest stalled contract negotiations. they began picketing yesterday along with 250 garbage collectors who joined them in a show of support. the strike has delayed residential trash pick ups by two days for 36,000 customers. >> i don't know where i'm going to put it now actually. i'll have to put it in the
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grass bin until friday. >> workers say they've been without a contract since late last year. allied waste says it's surprised and disappointed by the walk out. now, eleven communities in san mateo county are effected. they are san carlos, belmont, foster city, half-moon bay, burling game, redwood city, san mateo, east palo alto. collections scheduled for today will be delayed until saturday. those with friday pick ups will have to wait until sunday. wednesday's pick ups that were missed they have been scheduled for tomorrow. time now 5:09. state lawmakers sent a bill to the governor that will protect institutions opposed to same section marriage. this is all part of that ongoing battle over proposition 8. and even as the debate over health care rages on, state legislators do something that is leaving some californians singing the blues.
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good morning. southbound 680 traffic moving well as you head towards the bottom of the hill. we'll tell you more coming up.
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welcome back to the morning news. it's now 12 minutes after 5:00. more violence today in iraq targeting iraqi security forces. six members of the sunni militia killed in an ambush outside baghdad. this follows a series of coordinated attacks on iraqi
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police and soldiers yesterday in 13 cities that killed at least 56 people. the increase in violence comes as the u.s. finishes its reduction of combat troops. democratic candidate for governor jerry brown is responding to criticisms from his republican rival meg whitman that he does not have a plan for california. >> i had a wind plan, solar plan, urban strategy plan, plans aren't it. what's it is action and leadership and vision and making stuff happen. >> brown appeared at a campaign event sponsored by the sonoma county party last night in santa rosa. he says so far he hasn't campaigned as much as whitman because he has "a real job." in napa this morning closing arguments begin in the trial of a retired presbyterian minister. the reverend accused of violating church rules by conducting weddings for 16 same sex couples in 2008. that was when gay marriage was
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briefly legal in california. some of those couples testified at her trial. a verdict is expected some time either today or tomorrow. the church could decide so rebuke or suspend the reverend. clergy members refuse to sanction same sex marriage would be protected under a bill just sent to governor schwarzenegger. this bill approved by the state senate. a federal appeals court uphold the judge's ruling striking down proposition 8. the bill says religious institutions cannot be stripped of tax exempt status for refusing to perform same sex marriages. there are new fears that trouble in the housing market could sink the country into another recession. we reported this week that home sales were down dramatically in july. and this morning we'll learn if americans are keeping up with their mortgage payments. ktvu's allison burns joins us from our washington d.c. newsroom with more on the story. good morning, allison. >> reporter: good morning to you, pam. in just a couple hours the
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mortgage bankers association will release its latest delinquency report. it's expected to show that despite rock bottom mortgage rates, more americans are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments and the foreclosure crisis rages on. i talked to a woman who lost her home. she fell behind in her payments and then fell victim to a fraudulent lawyer that promised to save it. take a look what happened when the bank seized her house and all of her belongings dumped in the front yard. she says the problem started when he refinanced to an adjustable rate mortgage and the payments started going up. >> my credit score was not high. but i needed to lower my payment and to pay some bills off. i'm a single parent. and i thought that was the best way for me to go. >> reporter: now president obama's plan to help people facing foreclosure is coming under fire for not helping enough of them. i'll have more on that during my next update in about an hour. reporting live from washington d.c., allison burns, ktvu
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channel 2 news. time now 5:15. tonight concerned livermore residents meet with bart and city officials about that proposed bart extension. they're worried that dozens of homes and businesses may have to be torn down to make room for that route which would run right through downtown. however, bart and city officials say it's still too early to know exactly which areas will be effected by the construction. that meeting starts at 6:30 in the city council chambers. right now it's 5:16. let's go to sal for a look at traffic this morning. >> good morning, pam and day. traffic is doing pretty well around the bay area. we're going to go first to interstate 880 here in oakland. there are no problems here driving north or south. off to a good start. and much cooler temperatures might also help us out with public transportation today. westbound bay bridge looking pretty good getting into san francisco with no major problems. eastbound 580 at 680 there was a car fire at the dublin grade already on the shoulder.
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fire's on the scene. 237 westbound traffic looks good crossing 880. 5:16. let's go to -- i almost called you steve, mark. steve is getting so much of a rest getting a little sleep in. today we're talking about a cooling trend across the bay area. we go with current numbers. the fog is back near the coast also pushing back into the bay. mountain view reporting some cloud cover. san jose partly cloudy. clear skies for the interior but with the presence of fog bank temperatures will cool off especially for the interior today. high pressure's been the big story over the past two to three days. it begins to weaken for today. just to give you an idea of what the temperature cooling trend a magnitude of course yesterday the hottest locations inland right around 105 degrees. today warmest locations only in the mid to upper 80s. maybe a few spots around 90. and then by saturday look what happens. take this into saturday. warmest locations only in the 70s around 75 to 76 degrees.
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so significant cooling trend over the next few days. here we go this morning at 6:00. most of the bay area in the 50s and 60s as we put this into motion. into the afternoon hours temperature range 60s, 70s to 80s. and warmest locations could just be touching 90 to 91 toward the brentwood areas as well. you can see the cooling effects of that marine push making a come back for today for your thursday afternoon. break it down first beginning coast side. clouds are back this morning. 55 degrees at 7:00. and patchy fog at 3:00. 61. around the bay still some lingering cloud cover this morning even at 7:00 and mostly sunny skies by 3:00 we're expecting 73. and then for the interior the warmest locations by 3:00. no triple digits in the upper 80s possibly in the lower 90s. in fact here's a look at numbers for your thursday afternoon. santa rosa 79. concord 87. san francisco mid-60s. 65. san jose lower 80s.
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here's a look ahead at your five-day forecast. cooling continuing. in fact it really kicks in for friday and also into the weekend. scattered clouds on sunday. there is a slight chance of a few sprinkles targeting the north bay. but the main impacts cooler temperatures this weekend. a few extra clouds and minor warming into next week. european stock markets are up this morning after good earnings reports from some of europe's banks and blue chip companies. but the market continues its concern over the u.s. jobless rate. and whether the economy is in fact recovering. overnight asian stock markets traded higher with japanese technology companies gaining ground. checking in on wall street, we do have the weekly jobless claims coming in this morning. so we'll get a better indication of how things look. pretty quiet actually by the close of the day considering the drops that we have seen most of the week with the dow jones starting today at 10, 060. americans seem to be tightening belts and living
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more frugally. credit card debt at an eight year low with an average balance of less than $5,000. people in alaska continue to carry the largest balance while folks in iowa have the lowest. your time is now 5:19. state regular tours have approved rate hikes for anthem blue cross blue shield. the california department of insurance says anthem blue cross can raise rates an average of 13 pjt 4%. they originally asked for a 39% rate hike. but they withdrew that request following a public uproar. blue shield customers meantime facing an average rate hike of 18.5%. word of that even a small hike is not welcome when the economy is bad. >> i just think the way the economy's going right now to try to increase anything especially like health care coverage for people in san jose, santa clara county is just kind of crazy.
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>> president obama has repeatedly pointed to anthem's rate hikes as an example of a broken health care system and the need for reform. well, in a statement anthem blue cross said it's happy with the 13% increase and looks forward to continuing to serve its customers. 5:20 is the time right now. violence from mexico's ongoing drug war continues to escalate. up next, we're going to tell you about a disturbing discovery and how it could impact tourism. plus thousands of children head back to school there's a worrying trend. state officials say it's not going away. we'll tell you what it is. good morning. northbound 280 traffic looking pretty good heading up to highway 17. another update straight ahead.
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significant cool down in the bay area. livermore 15 degrees cooler. forecast high of 90. fire crews expect to fully contain the big wild fire near mt. diablo. the curry fire started tuesday afternoon on the eastern slope of the mountain near clayton. it is now 90% contained. the flames burned about 375 acres but no homes or other buildings have been damaged. three firefighters did suffer minor injuries. investigators say a downed power line may have started that fire. the u.s. government agency in charge of cleaning up a fleet of decaying warships is
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now showing off its work. the administration has sandblasted, scraped the ships as part of a settlement with environmental groups. the groups sued saying old ships were polluting the water way for decades. this week they're offering tours to local political leaders. time now 5:24. extreme violence in mexico has a lot of americans including bay area travelers rethinking travel plans. the massacred bodies of 72 central american migrants found yesterday at this ranch just south of the u.s. border. officials say the victims were trying to make their way to the united states. a mexican drug gang is suspected of killings. officials say cartels have expanded their activities now including extortion and kidnaps of immigrants. >> the violence is real. the warnings are substantiative. but that doesn't mean that all of the country is suspect.
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>> now similar mass graves have been found in other mexican states since late may. authorities have connected them to mexico's ongoing drug war. well, mexican drug cartels may also be operating closer to home. drug agents conducted a large pot raid near lake tahoe this week and destroyed more than 20,000 marijuana plants near a state park. the raids took place at three growth sites that had recently been abandoned. authorities say the evidence indicates the pot farms are linked to mexican drug organizations. a new medical marijuana dispensary in concord has been ordered to stop selling pot or face a lawsuit. the business herbal essence, has been accused of violating the city's ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. and owners misrepresented themselves on their business license when they called themselves a holistic based
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company. theft resulting in power outages and damage to homes. details coming up. i'm live in oakland where a teenage boy is gunned down and the reason for his killing may surprise you. that story coming up. and pilots blinded by laser pointers. it's a dangerous problem and it's also on the rise. find out which two bay area airports are on the top five list for laser strikes. good morning right now traffic is moving okay on the bay bridge approach. we'll tell you more coming up.
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well, good morning to you. welcome back. this is the ktvu channel 2 morning news. thursday august 26th. i'm dave clark. >> good morning. i'm pam cook. time now is 5:30. mark is in for steve. what's the weather like? one word cooler across the entire bay area. no more triple digits. warmest locations inland barely making it to 90 degrees. the fog is back. cooling trend started yesterday coast side and across the entire bay area for today. temperatures from 60 to 90 degrees and we have that on shore wind up there around 25. a bit stronger toward the fairfield area this morning. more on your weekend forecast in a few minutes. sal now has an update on traffic. highway 4 moving well out of east county toward the
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middle of contra costa county. also 680 traffic looks good. this is 80 westbound. that traffic is moving well. now let's go back to the desk. thank you, sal. an elderly woman narrowly escaped her home when it exploded overnight. it happened on cold harbor drive. ktvu's jade hernandez is there on the scene with more on the story. good morning, jade. >> reporter: good morning. firefighters say this fire started in the garage and it's easy to see that this morning. you can see the car inside and everything near the garage has been destroyed. a temporary fence has been put up this morning to keep people away from this home. this home is located in couper tino. an older woman who lived inside did escape. but authorities were worried because she is a diabetic. we know right now that the woman is okay and that's pretty amazing when you see what's left of her home. the fire broke out at 11:00 last night and quickly engulfed the woman's house along cold harbor avenue. neighbors told us they heard an
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explosion before the fire broke out. but in many house fires firefighters told us before the sound of explosion can often be windows breaking, tires popping, anything that might explode due to the fire. the car inside of the garage that might be the case this morning. but we can tell you the cause is still under investigation. whatever sparked flames, firefighters arrived quickly and worked fast. >> pulled up it looked like the entire house was on fire. there's fire boiling out the front, the left side and then the back. there were flames coming out everywhere. >> reporter: hazmat crews were called out last night which is part of protocol in a one alarm fire. crews usually monitor the environment for firefighters during the fire fight. we are live this morning jade hernandez, ktvu channel 2 news. time now 5:32. a teenage boy has died following an overnight shooting that happened in oakland.
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ktvu's live now with information about a possible motive in this case. good morning, tara. >> reporter: good morning, dave. that's right. detectives believe the gunman was after the teenager's wallet. someone shot and killed the boy here last night around 9:30. now we spoke to somebody on the scene who says that the victim appeared to be no more than 13 years old. this all comes on the heels of a new report released by the oakland police officer's association. it says that since 80 police officers were laid off last month the city's violent crime rate has spiked about 9%. a deputy chief says he hasn't had a chance to verify the union's claims yet. >> the span we're talking about, 30 days, is not really enough to look at a pattern and impeerically say that's the reason why spl somebody's pushing those numbers to try to get what they want in the situation. oakland police department historically has been very strong union focused driven.
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>> reporter: the police union says there is a direct correlation between the rise in crime and decrease in the number of officers out on the streets. the police department says it wants to analyze the statistics further. robberies in itself are up in parts of the city, other crime is down such as homicide, rape and burglaries. live in oakland, ktvu channel 2 news. san francisco police are dealing with a recent string of copper wire thefts. in the past three weeks copper was stolen from 12 underground electric vaults. police say the thefts usually take place between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. and they have caused outages and damages to homes and businesses. anyone who sees anything suspicious in the area of underground vaults should call police or pg&e. tracking down and arrested two 22-year-old men in san jose for pointing a laser beam at a sheriff's helicopter tuesday night. it's a growing problem
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especially at major airports across the country. oakland international and san jose airports on the list of the top five airports in the u.s. for laser strikes. earlier this month a pilot trying to land a night flight from hawaii at san jose was blinded by a laser became. the co-pilot had to take control of the plane. time now 5:34. a san francisco couple facing court today accused of frauding the school district as well as private insurers. they're accused of using their autistic son's special needs to make money. prosecutors say they created a fake education company to collect almost $400,000 from san francisco's school district as well as the insurers. today is marking the first anniversary of that break in the investigation of the local kidnapping case that stunned the nation. back on august 26, 2009, authorities arrested phillip and nancy garrido.
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they were charged with kidnapping jaycee dugard and having her in their home for 18 years. garrido, a convicted sex offender, was the father of jaycee dugard's two fathers. there have been several legal confrontations ever since that arrest a year ago. many legal experts predict the garrido's trial could be two years away. and police expect to make more arrests for the shooting and armed robbery at a pacific gas station. two teenagers are already in custody for the violent attack on a gas station attendant at a shell station on hick key road last friday. investigators say several young gunmen opened fire on the 30- year-old clerk. that shooting victim has been released from the hospital and recovering at home. california's whooping cough epidemic is showing no signs of slowing down. state health officials say they recorded 200 new cases in the past week alone. so far this year there have
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been 3300 confirmed and suspected whooping cough cases statewide and eight babies have died. health officials are urging parents to vaccinate their children and themselves to prevent the spread of the disease. bart's board of directors meets at 9:00 this morning. once again members will discuss the plan to give riders a break with bart's surplus money. the latest plan calls for pushing back a fare increase scheduled to take effect in january 2012. bart recently learned it had an unexpected multimillion dollar budget surplus. they have spent the past several weeks debating on what to do with that money. time now 5:37. let's go to sal. we have two breaking news stories in san jose. what's happening? >> that's right. they're somewhat close to each other. two fires in san jose. house fires that popped up. 905 rock dale just on the border of san jose area. and then another fire 910 dell monty place.
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both have gone to two alarms. that means san jose fire is really stretched thin. they might have to get help from neighboring agencies. we are following it. we do have crews on the way. let's move along and take a look at northbound and southbound 880. the traffic is moving along relatively well this morning. and if you are driving on westbound bay bridge that traffic is light. filling in for steve today is mark. good morning to you, sal. the big weather headline is this in one word cooling off across the entire bay area. in fact inland neighborhoods coming down at least on average around 15 to 20 degrees from yesterday's highs. you will definitely notice a difference and more cooling expected this weekend saturday and sunday. just to give you an idea of the perspective yesterday santa rosa in triple digits. livermore 105. san jose 100. and san francisco already starting to cool off yesterday we had a high yesterday in the city of 74. for today santa rosa only 79 degrees. livermore right around 90. san jose only in the lower 80s. and san francisco will continue
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to cool off in the mid-60s for this afternoon. here's a look at some current numbers. san francisco right now 59 degrees. clouds making a come back. coast side also pushing back into the bay overcast in the northbound up in sonoma county around the santa rosa airport. clear skies but breezy right around fairfield with winds around 25 to 30 miles an hour. high pressure has been the big weather story over the past few days. this weekend we're seeing more of a cooler system move in from the north and term temperatures will cool off for today. look what happens by the weekend. warmest locations inland. no 80s. we can tell you that for sure. warmest locations only in the mid possibly upper 70s saturday into sunday. for this morning a fog pattern. you can see the clouds pushing back into the bay. still clear skies inland. 58 to 63 degrees. into the afternoon hours that fog pulls back to near the shoreline but still a few leftover patches for parts of san francisco. eventual temperature range no
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more triple digits. hottest locations in the lower 9 0z. san francisco 65. san jose in lower 80. here is a look ahead. your five-day forecast cooling will continue into the weekend. in fact, we're going to thicken up the clouds and mid and upper clouds by sunday. there is a slight chance of a few north bay sprinkles but the main impact for us will be cooler temperatures and a few extra clouds with a bit of a bump in the numbers by next week. another forecast check in a few minutes. thank you, mark. 5:40 is the time right now. just how are the trapped miners in chile biding their time? and do you think officials should tell them it may take four months to get them out? we'll tell you what they have decided to do. also a's fans get a new look at the proposed ballpark in downtown san jose. but there's one giant block. good morning. northbound 280 traffic moves well. san jose has some breaking news. we'll tell you more about this coming up.
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with an average finance savings around $5,800. good thursday morning. time now 5:42. it will be 24 degrees cooler up in the north bay for today up in santa rosa. right now we have cloud cover. 59 degrees at 7:00. by 12:00 67. an afternoon high 7 degrees. good morning. welcome back. here's a look at some of the top stories we're following for you at 5:43. today fire crews expect to fully contain that big wild fire near mt. diablo. the curry fire began tuesday afternoon near clayton. luckily no one was hurt. no homes were lost. this is day two of a walk out by garbage workers in san mateo county. that means trash pick up for
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thousands of residents will be delayed by two days. and iraq violence against iraqi security forces is increasing as the u.s. withdraws combat troops. now today six members of the government allied sunni militia were killed in an ambush. yesterday there were several attacks in at least 13 cities left 56 people dead. officials say the 33 mine horse have been trapped underground for almost three weeks will have to squeeze through a tight tunnel to be rescued. they will have to go through an escape tunnel which will likely be the size of a bike tire. it could take up to four months to reach the men. the time line of the rescue though is still being kept from the miners to keep their spirits high. time now 5:44. governor schwarzenegger's office may call a special session of the state legislature if it doesn't pass a budget by september 1st. they've been without a budget since new fiscal year started july 1st.
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and there's still no agreement among lawmakers on how to fill a projected $19 billion budget gap. the latest california has gone without a budget was two years ago. a plan wasn't signed until september 23rd. despite pressure from the governor to get the overdue budget passed the state legislature passed a bill aimed at reforming health insurance for pets. now the bill among other things would require pet insurance companies to disclose if a policy excludes pre-existing conditions. and if premiums go up after claims are made. the state assembly passed that bill after the state senate approved it earlier in the week. there's no word yet on whether governor schwarzenegger intends to sign it into law. bart estimates it has spent nearly $6 million dealing with the fatal shooting of oscar grant. the first time bart has attempted to put its costs on
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the shooting by mesherle. lawsuits, demonstrations and in overhaul of bart police training. last month a jury convicted mesherle of involuntary manslaughter. he's scheduled to be sentenced in november. time now 5:45. baseball fans are getting a look at one of major league baseball stadium would look like in downtown san jose. new digital pictures from the san jose baseball blog show are showing a field the a's soon hope to field. the a's owner has been working with major league baseball for more than a year to win approval to build this stadium. but it is far from a done deal because of one big stumbling block. the san francisco giants own the territorial rights to san jose. we have posted a lot more of those ballpark pictures for you on our channel 2 website. go to and look for the slide show tab. it's right there. 5:46 is the time right now.
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back to sal. we've heard about fires in san jose. what else is going on, sal? >> i want to update you that there are two different fires in san jose burning less than two miles apart in the san jose and then san jose near 880. so right there one there and one there. we have crews going to both locations. we will get you more information as soon as they arrive there. they are just moments away. let's move along and look at the golden gate bridge. traffic moving along well heading to the toll plaza. also this morning bay bridge light delay. no problems into san francisco. and this morning northbound 880 that traffic continues to look good into downtown oakland. at 5:47. let's go to mark. good morning, sal. cooler day across the entire bay area. in fact the fog really making a come back. mostly cloudy skies in santa rosa, nap pa, clouds in san francisco, oakland and mountain view. strong southwesterly breeze
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gust up to 30 miles an hour within the past hour. high pressure has been the big weather story. almost like a bike pump. pump, pump, pump like a bike pump you can feel right underneath it that's where the high pressure is. this will be weakening. you can see the result. temperatures really cooling off for today and also into saturday. no more triple digits. warmest locations on track inland to reach the upper 80s to maybe 90 this afternoon. and then for saturday into the weekend temperatures only in the 70s around 75 and 76 degrees. here we go with the pattern this morning most areas in the upper 50s to low 60s. put this into motion the eventual temperature range from the 50s, 60s, 70s into the 80s. a few locations toward antioch, brentwood 90 to 97 degrees. cooling off on average around 15 to 20 degrees from
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yesterday's highs. livermore topside 90 san jose. lower 80s in half-moon bay. 60 defrees. a look ahead five-day forecast temperatures will continue to cool off for friday also into the weekend. winds continue to be a factor. the on shore winds. by sunday a few extra clouds. there is a slight chance of a few sprinkles mainly up in the north bay. most of the forecast models keeping the shower activity to the north and east of the bay area. a minor bump in the numbers by next week for monday. another weather check coming up in a little bit. blogers be ware, it could be a trend that's catching on. the city of philadelphia is looking for ways to make money and now requiring bloggers to pay a business privilege fee. must now apply for a license that will cost $50 a year or $300 for a lifetime of the business. the business license would be required for any bloggers working within the city limits and who file earnings on those blogs with the internal revenue service. the folks at google are unveiling a new service that enables users to make phone
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calls from their g mail accounts. the new feature allows calls to land lines and cell phones in the united states and canada for free. international rates start as slow as 2 cents a minute. those rates are competitive with skype which is a rival calling service. there is a mystery concerning apple after the company sent out invitations to an event scheduled for september 1st in san francisco. that's because apple usually releases new ipod hardware in september. but there are also reports that apple will introduce 99-cent tv show rentals. we'll let you know next wednesday when the mystery will hopefully be solved. time now 5:50. if you want to find out where you stack up when it comes to air travel just look at your ticket. a single letter can make a big difference in the fare basis code. for example, if you have a y on your ticket, it means you paid full fare. a q means a discounted fair for a coach seat. a j or a c usually indicates business class while an f or a
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p means first class or premium tickets. the higher the class on your ticket according to travel experts the less likely you'll get bumped from your flight. all right. 5:50 is the time. they seem to be everywhere in the bay area these days. and it's not good. we're going to tell you about a boom in the population of creatures that for most people are not welcome. we'll have details. and san francisco taxi cab controversy. this growing frustration over whether a cab will stop for you or not. u owi stgoth n csechkint al?ye cckhiou
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good morning to you. welcome back. wetlands and wildlife returning to thnorthern end of san pablo bay and the napa river. one of the phases in u.s. history began. a breach was made in a levee which will flood more than 1,000 acres that had been used to crystallize salt. biologists say fish and waterfowl will soon make it their home. the american recovery and reinvestment act provided more than $8 million for this project. all over northern california there is a population boom among squirrels and mice and other rodents. the experts say that's because
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of the first wet winter and springtime in several years. and all of that green grass out there and vegetation has helped these critters to thrive. last week the state fish and game officials cautioned homeowners about using poison to kill the rodents because of the risk to predators like hawks and owls. they say make sure you read the labels very carefully before you use any poison. hospital plans to file a $120 million lawsuit this morning against sutter health. they siphoned off $30 million a year for four years from reserve funds as it prepared to separate ties with the hospital. previously sutter took just $3 million a year. the lawsuit is not a surprise. local politicians have been pressuring the company to return the money. organizations reporting women's rights are celebrating women's equality day around the nation today. it was 90 years ago today that
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women won the right to vote with ratification to the 19th amendment to the constitution. there are some bay area events to mention in this case. they include a santa clara county celebration held at the museum of artisan that clara at 5:30. and another one lafayette at 5:30. works would make it easier to tell which cabs would be available. the city is working at adding a uniform lighting system. one design idea includes a green light if the cab is free and a red light if it's not the plan is in response to complaints about some cabbies not using their for hire lights properly. also confusion about the triangle ads on top of the taxis. time now 5:56. you working on that commute problem. >> this is 2 80 in san jose.
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so nora grade traffic looking pretty nice. we have a picture to show you. southbound 680 traffic is moving along relatively well. so just stay with us. we'll let you know we have a two fires in san jose that are brand new breaking. 5:56. back to the desk. thank you, sal. coming up in our 6:00 news there was an explosion at a bay area home. we'll tell you where it happened and the very latest on the continuing investigation. we're also at the scene of those fires in san jose and also we're getting the latest on the sewage spill that happened in one bay area community. they've got a big stink to clean up. we'll bring you all the details. and a look outside in oakland. currently 61 degrees. the fog is making a comeback. and a significant cool
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guilty or guilty good morning from san jose. good morning right now traffic is moving well but in the south bay the fires taed


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