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santa clara valley. it's on its way out of here. we will see improving conditions with highs 50s and 60s with some sunshine. steve, right now interstate 80 westbound getting a little busy as you head to the macarthur maze with no major problems. also this morning looking at northbound 101 approaching the 80 split san francisco that's going to be busy. now back to the desk. time now just about 5:00 and the hot debate over whether to pay for two controversial gang injunctions in oakland lasted into the early morning hours today. ktvu's crews were there at the passionate city council meeting finally led to a decision. claudine wong joining us live to tell us what happened. claudine. >> reporter: dave, by the time this meeting ended early this morning people were tired, nerves were raw and passions were at their heights inside the city council chambers here. so much so one council member told a member of the audience if he didn't keep it together, he'd be kicked out. >> you know what, if you keep
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saying something as much as i respect you i will have opd remove you. be respectful of us. be respectful of us as we've been respectful for everybody that speaks. you know what, all right. why don't we just -- >> reporter: well, they did vote a short time later. and the vote to keep funding the city's two gang injunctions passed with a 4-3 vote. that effect the north oakland and fruit vale neighborhoods. they are controversial. one is being fought in the courts and both continue to be fought in the court of public opinion. the junctions forbid identified gang members from associating with one another from wearing gang colors and establishes a safety zone after 10:00 p.m. but some council members argue money being spent on these injunctions some $760,000 so far, could be better spent on something else. >> so to pretend like we haven't expended any resources on this that could have been used in another way is not being honored. and we need to have an honest
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dialogue here about the issues that are before us. >> who can ignore the reality that special district that i represent allowing percentage of homicides last year were gang related. we cannot ignore it. >> reporter: now both the mayor and the chief of police were at that meeting to the wee hours of this morning. and we will have the chief's reaction coming up for you. plus we're going to hear from a man on the injunction list who explains why he doesn't think it's fair and why he doesn't think it's effective. live in oakland, claudine wong, ktvu channel 2 news. just about an hour and a haling a amtrak passengers finally reached emeryville after being stranded in the nevada desert. ktvu was the only station there when the bus carrying the passengers arrived in the bay area. the amtrak defer train left chicago. but yesterday around 1:45 in the morning two engines blew stranding the train and
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passengers about 100 miles east of elko. one passenger says everything was going fine as the train passed through utah. >> i must have dozed off and the next thing i know i woke up and the train was motionless and was not moving at all. >> the passengers say they were stuck in the desert for about ten hours without power or ventilation. the train was towed into elko where the passengers were then put on buses to get them to california. time now 5:03. police are searching right now for the gunman in a shooting at the university of san francisco. a 22-year-old man was shot several times while sitting in his car late monday night. he managed to drive himself to the richmond police station to get some help. now he's listed in serious condition at sf general hospital. police say he was not a usf student. and they do believe he was targeted. media reports are now identifying the housekeeper who has a child with arnold
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schwarzenegger. she is 50-year-old mildred patricia baena who goes by patty. she worked in the schwarzenegger family home for 20 years before retiring in january. now there are reports that she did not tell schwarzenegger about the child until he was a toddler. he's now said to be about 14 years old. the new york times says baena was working around the house pregnant at the same time maria shriver was pregnant with the youngest of the couple's four children. maria shriver has now issued a statement. she says "this is a painful and heartbreaking time. as a mother, my concern is for the children ." time now 5:04. california school teachers and administrators are feeling pretty good about governor jerry brown's revised state budget. his new plan puts funding for proposition 98 which guarantees minimum funding for education to $52.4 billion. that's up from $49.4 billion. this means schools can expect to get the same amount of money as last year. san francisco city
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officials gave tentative approval to offering tax breaks to start up companies. this is aimed at preventing companies to stay in the city and not relocate. under the city's current rules if those companies go public, taxes on stock options would be huge. last night the board of supervisors voted 7-3 in favor of giving tax start ups a partial tax exclusion if they go public. a final vote is set for next week. four sonoma county law enforcement agencies are thinking about merging. police departments in santa rosa, petaluma and rohnert park and the sonoma county sheriff's departments are all facing budget cuts. the press democrat reports the agencies are studying consolidating as one way to save money. but questions still need to be answered about the effect on response times and dispatcher pay. time now 5:05. today the u.s. navy will announce if a cargo ship will
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be renamed after chavez. he co-founded the farmers union after joining the navy in 1946 served two years before being honorably discharged. supporters say chavez deserves the honor because of his lifelong fight for farmworkers. however, critics say naming a navy ship after him is a political move that's unfair to military war heros. well, the world's best cyclists will be racing in the bay area today for stage four of the amgen tour of california. ktvu's jade hernandez joins us live from livermore where the big race begins this morning. it's going to be interesting who pulls that opening gun trigger as well. jade. >> reporter: well, absolutely. the fourth stage of the tour of california begins right here. you can see all ostents, some of them already up right here. the activities here in livermore will start a few hours before the actual race gettings underway this morning. that's around 10:00. you can expect the excitement to bubble up around then. the cyclists will head out
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around 11:45 this morning. they've already traveled from old town auburn through the central valley into downtown modesto. next up for stage four right here in livermore the riders will travel 81 miles south of silicon valley. they'll use back roads taking them up and down mt. hamilton. and another climb ending with the vista of san jose beneath them. we spoke to excited spectators. joining us this morning is kathrine with the amgen tour of california. thank you for joining us so early this morning. >> you're welcome. >> reporter: let's talk about what some spectators will be seeing later this morning. >> sure. activities start around 10:00 this morning. and that starts with the break away from cancer relay for life survivor walk that will take place from our bank head theater down to the start line. then the riders start arriving at 10:15 and allows the spectators to come out and meet the riders and interact with them and see all the tour buses. >> reporter: that's so exciting because there's a lot of times the autographs -- there's a lot of autographs being signed at that time.
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>> definitely. spectators can meet all the riders and get as many autographs as they can. >> reporter: fantastic. last night just real briefly there was a lot of excitement in livermore. right here. >> yeah. we had bike night last night with our downtown businesses have drink specials and fun activities and merchandise for purchase including bicycle sunglasses. >> reporter: i already told you i'm going to get my hands on some of those. thank you for joining us this morning. she's with the amgen tour of california. stage four starts right here in livermore later this morning. more on that coming up. reporting live, back to you in the studio. time now 5:08. drivers are going to notice a change in the bay bridge this memorial day weekend. cal trans will be opening a short detour near the oakland ends of the span. that's because part of the existing bridge was getting in the way of the crews building the new eastern span. so they'll open the detour and tear down the old section. the new span of the bridge between oakland is expected to open in the fall of 2013.
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5:08 is the time right now. let's check in on the bridge and everything this morning actually. >> you know that story that we just did about the new touchdown in oakland i did an ipod app to show you how to drive it. maybe we'll show that later on. >> oh, good. >> we can show people what it's actually going to look like. >> sure. >> we'll get right on that. i have people. >> i know you do. >> let's go out and take a look at the commute now. traffic moving along pretty well as you drive on 80 westbound heading out to the macarthur maze. the traffic is moving along relatively well. there are no major problems on 80 or on 580 coming up to the bay bridge toll plaza. and this morning's commute looks good if you are driving this morning on to the bay bridge itself. it is a nice drive. both upper and lower deck. and the morning drive on 280 northbound is moving along very nicely getting up to highway 17. but it's wet out there. just keep your speeds down. and remember you can be cited even if you're driving at the posted speed limit if a police officer decides you're not
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driving safely. 5:09. let's go to steve. sal, also an android app? >> no. i think for now it's only ipod and i pad. we're going to get some complaints. >> i for one. thank you, sir. >> yeah. >> good morning. we have more rain. it's moving out. we still have some shower activity. you know i mean yesterday was kind of just that dreary day. and it just kept going and going. well, area of low pressure is now sliding down mainly sacramento valley. some severe weather also out in the sacramento valley yesterday. it really blew up. things are moving south. snow up in the high country. everything will head out of the area. but the cool air's in place. so it's not going to be very warm today even though the rain will die down we'll get a little more sun. the breeze is really kicking up. higher elevations also along the coast. some wow rain totals. now i know a two day total for cazadero was i think two and a third. amazing amounts. part of the russian river and santa cruz mountains. mt. diablo 1.83.
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st. helena 1.08. santa rosa .64. generally about a quarter to a third of an inch for most. still some rain in the forecast here in the morning. but moving south out of the northwest but coming right over the -- actually san mateo bridge also the dumbarton and heading into the santa cruz mountains also east bay and towards the santa clara valley. monterey and highway 101 we have 40s and 50s on your temps. another day where it's going to be cool. santa rosa's high should be 79 this time of year. they'll be in the low 60s again today. the good news is high pressure's building in. you're going to see it. it's right there. that will be over us thursday and friday for a warm up. today morning rain mainly south of san francisco, oakland. clearing and breezy later on. tonight though there will be a definite chill in the air as that northwest wind ushers in a cool pool. so even though the showers end, temperatures tonight the nights are getting rather short. it's still going to be cold tonight and tomorrow morning. rain ends, breezy but some sun today. highs though stay 50s and 60s. just not very warm.
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antioch, morgan hill should be close to 80 this time of year. we'll see a warm up a little bit more so tomorrow. the five day has a decent warm up friday but i'm leaning on another cool down as we head into the weekend. all right. thank you, steve. well, al qaeda has chosen a leader to replace osama bin laden. who he is and where he comes from. also the crews are busy making sure everything is a go to open that hatch. look at this picture. between the space shuttle and the international space station which will happen in just a couple minutes from now. good morning. san mateo bridge traffic looking good getting out to the high-rise. we'll tell you more about the morning commute straight ahead.
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there's a new man running al qaeda. reports this morning say an egyptian special forces officer is taking over for osama bin laden. ktvu's scott mcfarland in our washington d.c. newsroom with background on the new man in charge. scott. >> reporter: long time ally and member of the al qaeda just reviewing new report says he's temporary leader. a caretaker of sorts for this organization. taking the place of osama bin laden al qaeda thrown into chaos after u.s. forces killed bin laden in part because u.s. teams are said to receive a treasure-trove of sensitive al qaeda information. he's believed to have helped
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bin laden plot anti-american attacks in the past including some of the first u.s. forces to enter afghanistan in 2001. they were believed to have been targeted by him. also this morning getting new information on the raid that took out osama bin laden. multiple reports this morning say u.s. drones were flown in disguise over pakistan including over the bin laden compound in the weeks and months before the raid that killed bin laden. live in washington, scott mcfarland, ktvu channel 2. time now 5:16. well, tomorrow president obama will deliver a major address about his middle east policy. the white house says he'll say the u.s. is a facilitator not an instigator of political change in the arab world. critics say the u.s. has been too passive. this uprising sweep through the middle east. there's word that iran has free add journalist who works for al jazeera. the fiance of journalist says she's now back in her home in
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qatar following her release early this morning. she vanished last month after leaving qatar to cover the anti- government uprising in syria. syria then deported her to iran. iran never admitted they were holding her. she has iranian citizenship. our time now 5:16. and new this morning guess what? right now the space shuttle endeavour is docked at the international space station. show you some video. we took just about two hours ago. you can see the two spacecraft hooking up. there's the connection right there. and at this very minute the astronauts are looking for any signs of leaks in the seal between the space station and the space shuttle. after they make sure everything is tight and secure, they're going to open the hatch. we're going to bring you live coverage of the first face to face meeting in space between the two crews. look at that right there. that's coming up for you at 5:36. time now 5:17. well, uc berkeley astronomers and an amateur network are
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going through a lot of information on 86 planets outside of our solar system they say could support life. the information was picked up by the kepler spacecraft launched from nasa ames in mountain view in 2009. kepler has been sending back information on the 1200 planets it's found just since february. astronomers looking for signs of intelligent life, but it could take a year to analyze and go through all of the information they have right now. city leaders in men lo park worry about how facebook could effect traffic. facebook plans to take over the old sun microsystems campus. but the daily news reports the company wants to put more employees in the building than currently allowed. the paper says facebook has asked the city to ease employee cap restrictions in exchange facebook would provide shuttles for workers which would make limited trips during peak commute times. time now 5:18. sal, did the toll plaza get the alarm clock -- is it awake yet?
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>> no. no. not really. hit snooze a few times. >> i can relate to that. [ laughter ] >> it's okay, pam and dave. let's go to it right now from our live camera. there are a few people out there. those are the early birds. those are the people in school who sat in the front coming into san francisco right now no major problems. no problems on the eastbound bridge either getting out to oakland. also the morning commute on interstate 880 north and southbound that traffic is moving along very nicely heading south to hayward. and this morning speaking of hayward, union city and fremont it's still a pretty nice drive. i just want to remind you that it's wet out there. and you might want to give yourself a few extra minutes. more on the weather now. sal, thank you. still some rain towards the santa cruz mountains santa clara valley east bay. we're getting on the drier side. that would be the northbound direction. breeze will keep us on a cool side today. temperatures far below average. some of the rain totals really coming in well above what
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anybody really expected to be honest with you. i wouldn't be surprised by an inch or so. but when you start getting two day totals over two inches of rain like cazadero, that's a lot you have a rain for any time of year especially mid- may. mt. diablo 1.83. lexington reservoir .67. generally a at the point of an inch to about a third for most locations. mill valley a quarter inch. there's some moving south out of the northwest. morning rain, 40s and low 50s. because of that breeze coming out of the north you can actually see it right there as high pressure's building in it will be here but not until tomorrow and friday. then we'll start to warm temps up. today even though the rain's over with the cool air is not. morning rain and then clearing and breezy. could still be a few isolated showers zipping down out of the northwest. the trend is to bring in some really cool air especially tonight into tomorrow as we get rid of the rain. so not a real warm up today even though we will have some sun. 50s and 60s temperatures a good 15 degrees below average or
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even more for some away from the coast about five to eight and closer towards it san francisco should be 65 this time of year. they're 59. but santa rosa, antioch, livermore, morgan hill they should all be closer to 80. mostly sunny. warmer as we go into thursday and friday. that looks like a cool down. more fog and a westerly breeze as we head into the weekend. linkedin isn't eastbound public yet but the stock is more successful than expected. bankers for the networking site raised the asking price by more than 30%. that puts it between $42 and $45 a share and could go even higher as demands continue to grow. at that price the company would be worth at least $4 billion. that would be the biggest ipo for a u.s. internet company since google seven years ago. checking in on the numbers here in the u.s. some optimism about japan's economy hoping world stocks overnight and early this morning. here's where we start the day.
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little mixed. pretty quiet on the nasdaq and s&p 500 by the close. the dow jones starts today at 12,479. keep an eye on dell today. the computer maker reports first quarter earnings jumped to $945 million. that's up 170% from the same time last year which easily exceeded wall street's forecast. dell credits lower components cost and growth in some of its more profitable product lines including serve e and networking. dell computer set to open up about 6% this morning. interesting. time now 5:22. a hidden health danger found in children's products. how something meant to protect children may actually hurt them. and a big warning for bay area horse owners. what they are being asked to do to prevent the spread of a deadly virus. good morning. traffic on highway 4 looks pretty good here if you are driving on the way to concord. we'll tell you more about that drive straight ahead.
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good morning. still some rain peninsula, santa cruz mountains, santa clara valley, east bay and also from about san mateo bridge over towards dumbarton. it will clear out and then a breezy day. highs 50s and 60s. well, a berkeley group is raising a red flag about flame retardant used in products for children. the green policy institute says its scientists found 80% of
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baby products they tested contained toxic or untested flame retardants. products include strollers, car seats and pillows. the institute says studies have shown a link between high levels of flame retardants and number of medical problems including reduced iq. time now 5:25. well, a deadly horse virus has a lot of bay area horse owners taking steps now to protect their animals. so far at least 17 horses in five western states including california have been infected with the highly con teenage us equine herpesvirus. the owner of a stable in pacifica says she won't allow any new horses in for the next 30 days. >> they're our friends and our pets. we take good care of them. some of them born here. they're also our livelihood and we're concerned about our customers and their animals and the potential for death. >> now the outbreak of this virus has been traced to a horse show in utah earlier this
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month. it's not a threat to people, but it's easily spread among horses. pg&e says amie already balloon caused a power outage in north oakland. a transformer exploded and caught fire shortly before 6:30 last night. it happened on 27th street between san pablo and market. now pg&e says initially 3,000 customers were left in the dark. according to the utility's website as many as 50 customers are still effected now. their power could be back as early as 6:00 this morning. more fallout from arnold schwarzenegger's admission he fathered a child with a housekeeper. whether or not the experts think the scandal will derail his career. los angeles police follow a strong lead in the beating of bryan stow ahead of tonight's dodger-giants game. and another step towards recovery for gabrielle giffords. the critical procedure she'll undergo today. good morning. traffic on northbound 280 looks good getting up to highway 17. more traffic and weather just
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minutes away.
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good morning to you. welcome back. this is the ktvu morning news. you made it to the middle of the week. it's wednesday may 18th. i'm dave clark. >> good morning. i'm pam cook. time now 5:30. what does the middle of the week look like, steve paulson? well, pam, dave, has some rain especially from about san francisco oakland south. it's decreasing but moving out
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of the northwest and going right down the area. not so much in the north bay. temperatures today 50s and 60s clearing and breezy later on. we will have some sunshine but it's a northwest wind. keep it cool today. here's sal. right now traffic is moving along pretty well as you're driving on 80 as you're getting out to the macarthur maze. it is wet out there. also this morning at the bay bridge and the san mateo bridge traffic looks good. 5:30. let's go back to the dave and pam. all right. thank you, sal. a heated debate over whether to fund two oakland gang injunctions stretched into the early morning hours. ktvu's claudine wong joins us now with the decision that was narrowly approved by the city council. claudine. >> reporter: well, pam, that decision came just after midnight inside council chambers here at city hall. the council basically agreed to do two things. one they agreed to keep funding going for the city's two injunctions. and two, they agreed to have an independent evaluation done to see if those injunctions are
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actually effective. >> council member can han and president reid being the four is and three nos with brooks, kaplan and adell voting no and browner recused. it passed. >> reporter: this is an issue that sparked a lot of passion. 200 people showed up to debate this issue overnight. there are two in place. one in north oakland with 15 people on the list and one in the fruit vale district with about 40 people on that list. the list establishes curfews and safe zones and bans gang colors and identified gang members from associating with each other. one man on that list told us the injunctions are unfair. the chief of police disagrees. >> i think they do work. i don't think that you have racial profiling issues. i want to be transparent to our community to do a study that allows them to see results by an unbiased party. >> that's a lot of bull. i dealt with the police. you tell them they don't want to believe you. they think you're a thug or
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criminal. you're lying. >> reporter: there were several outbursts and interruptions last night as the night wore on into the morning and tempers flared. we'll show you how one council member responded when a member of an audience interrupted another council member just before the early morning vote. we'll have that for you coming up in our next report. live in oakland, claudine wong, ktvu channel 2 news. time now 5:32. right now union city police are at the scene of a shooting where a 49-year-old man was killed. police responded to reports of a shooting on whipple road about 10:15 last night. they found the man with several gunshot wounds. he was rushed to a hospital. that's where he died. right now police say they don't have a suspect's description or motive for this shooting. ktvu's kraig debro is on the scene. he'll have a live update coming up in about 30 minutes. the san francisco giants return to dodgers stadium tonight. los angeles police will be out in force to make sure the fans are safe. they're also following up on the first strong lead in a
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brutal attack of a giants fan bryan stow in the stadium parking lot six weeks ago, the last time the giants were down there. police believe a latino woman in her 20s may have driven the get away car carrying the two attackers. she was wearing a dodger jersey featuring number 16. police hope to get even more tips at tonight's game. >> we're going to make or break this on a lead. and when you give us leads and you give us especially those leads with the names and you know they match the composites and you have some inside information, maybe you overheard them talking. >> now the reward money for the information leading to stow's attackers has now doubled to $200,000. bryan stow is being cared for at san francisco general hospital. and doctors plan to update his condition later today. time now 5:34. a wounded arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords will undergo an important surgery today. doctors in houston will replace part of her skull with a
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plastic implant. they say this procedure is a critical step towards her recovery. giffords was shot in the head back in january while attending a political rally in arizona. this morning experts are weighing in on whether arnold schwarzenegger's confession that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff will effect his career. [ indiscernible ] >> there you see the former governor with no comment from -- for news people. they hounded him as he left his santa monica office yesterday afternoon. political analysts say they don't think this disclosure will hurt schwarzenegger's image as the ambassador of green technology. now as for his movie career, the producer of the movie cry macho says shooting will start as scheduled in august. meantime his wife, maria shriver, issued this statement. she says "this is a painful and
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heartbreaking time. as a mother, my concern is for the children. san jose police are asking for the public's help in their investigation into a shooting. investigators say a 28-year-old man was wounded in last night's gunfire near fully road and mclayoff lin avenue. he's expected to survive but police are now hoping witnesses will step forward. san francisco's new police chief is responding to the latest video tied to the misconduct investigation targeting his department. public defender says the tape shows two plain clothed officers making a drug arrest at a residential hotel back in february. he says the same video shows the officers leaving the hotel with bags that were not booked into evidence. police chief gregg suhr says he's taking a close look at this incident and other similar cases. >> any officers that were seen in any of these videos none of them are in plain clothes as of this speaking. again, i got to emphasize all these officers are innocent
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until proven guilty. >> he says the february incident is just one of many illegal police searches. the d.a. has already dropped 86 cases tie today this scandal. now we have posted that latest video on our website at where you can watch it for yourself. that's on our bay area news tab. time now 5:36. happening right now this is exciting. the crew of the international space station is just about to say welcome to the space shuttle endeavour astronauts. in fact, we're looking at mission control live right now. they're looking up in space watching everything. endeavour docked at the international space station right on schedule at 3:14 this morning. when they do open the hatch, the population of the international space station will automatically double to 12. now the crews will work and live together until a week from this sunday. the space shuttle endeavour is delivering by the way the most expensive payload ever carried by a space shuttle to the space
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station. it's a three foot donut shaped magnet that's going to help the scientists look for invisible dark matter as well as anti- matter. the stuff olympic hear about on star trek. all this will explain how the universe was formed. very exciting moment. we'll keep you posted on what's happening in mission control and at the international space station. time now 5:37. well, the world's best cyclists are down here on earth. they'll be racing in the bay area today for stage four of the amgen tour in california. the big race starts later this morning. so, squad, what's happening in livermore right now. >> reporter: dave, i can tell you i think we have to keep in mind that the am general tour of california really puts northern california on a worldwide stage. i can show you this morning this is what's happening right now. crews are readying themselves.
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we spoke to the chair about ten minutes ago. >> this is the first time we've had the opportunity to get the up close and personal interacts with the riders. it's compared to pit row of nascar. >> reporter: as she mentioned the activities here in livermore will start a few hours before the actual race gets underway. around 10:00 a.m. the relay for life participants walking a quarter mile to the starting line. then riders arrive around 10:15. cyclists will head out around 11:45:24 morning. they've already traveled from old town auburn through the central valley into downtown modesto. next up for stage four right here in livermore the riders will travel 81 miles south to silicon valley. they'll use back roads which will take them up and down mt. hamilton. then another climb up the road opening with the vista of san jose beneath them. the city paid $50,000 to host this tour. an interesting note the city's mayor used an experimental medication made by am general
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stage four lymphoma. next week marks the anniversary of taking the drug. what you're looking at downtown some of the activities in downtown livermore last night. stage four of this tour ends in san jose a tour favorite may be there, lance armstrong. more about lance and livermore's vice mayor will have a little bit to tell us about what we can expect to see around 10:00 a.m. this morning. live in livermore, jade hernandez, ktvu channel 2 news. all right. 5:40 is the time right now. and sal i think is going to do a little demo of that cool app. >> okay. i have the i pad right here. check this out. >> very cool. >> you see that? >> yeah. >> nice. >> i got to stay in the lane. >> tell everybody what they're watching. >> this is the new touch down of the bay bridge they're going to unveil on -- wait a minute. i'm not driving that well. >> be careful. >> you can down load this app. you're taking people out. >> there we go. >> there's a problem on the bay bridge this morning.
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>> the chp's coming behind you, sal. be careful. >> i'm only driving 50. >> this is an app you can check out. >> you can check out the new oakland touch down area right there and you drive virtually on it so you can see what the bay bridge new touchdown is going to be. this is going to be done on memorial day weekend. so you're going to notice something different. and you can go to the website if you don't have an i pad or iphone you can go to the website and see what it's going to be like. it's pretty cool. cal trans wants to get the word out. we want to get the word out so there's not a lot of confusion on memorial day and after that as they do the new touchdown for the eastbound oakland area. there you go. let's go out and take a look at the commute on interstate 80 westbound. and by the way the westbound will not change. westbound will not be effected by the activities on this memorial day. you'll be able to drive as normal throughout the whole time. also the morning commute northbound 101 lookings good approaching the 80 split. it's a nice drive and no
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problems on northbound 280 extension. finally looking at the san mateo and dumbarton bridge traffic looking good on both those spans. 5:41 let's go to steve. thank you, sir. some rain totals coming in we're pretty good. san jose only .09. but near them there were some really heavy totals. sfo and redwood city only a tenth. the peninsula did not get much. san francisco .17 but they had a quarter inch the day before that. oakland almost a half inch two day total .26. vacaville .44. and napa .5. heavier amounts to the north. our system is moving out but not before still producing some morning rain. so we'll hold onto that. by this afternoon we'll be on the drier side. but it's going to be cool and breezy. some of the impressive totals include santa cruz mountains 2.25. mt. diablo almost 2 inches. santa rosa .64. there were some healthy hefty
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totals. and there's still some rain coming down out of the northwest especially from about san francisco oakland south. some of those are a little hit and miss, guys. just going right there by the san mateo bridge also the dumbarton but also from the skyline into the santa cruz mountains also from san jose into the santa clara valley and east bay. we're not done yet. 40s and 50s on these temps. cool day even though we'll get some sun wind out of the northwest and higher elevations along the coast starting to kick up their heels with that northwest wind. high pressure is moving in. it will be here tomorrow and into friday and we'll warm up. so some morning rain, clearing, breezy later on today but not before a few rogue showers kind of hang on there a little bit. it's tonight when we clear it out. it's going to be cold even though the rain's ending we have a really cool air mass in place. the nights are short but it's still going to be rather chilly tomorrow morning. rain ends, breezy, some sun but cool temps, 50s and 60s. that's it. good 15 to 20 degrees below average for some inland highs. we'll start to warm up especially as we head towards friday but near the coast upper
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50s and low 60s. the water temperature is unbelievablely cold. upper 40s and low 50s. won't take long to get the fog going. i think that will happen by the weekend for a cool down. wow. wild with the water temperature. time no 5:43. as many as 25,000 homes are in danger of flooding as the mississippi river surges south. it's swollen. we'll take you live to the area where a lot of people are trying to get ready. the high profile financial leader jailed in new york is now on suicide watch. what we're learning about the woman accusing him of a sexual attack. good morning. if you're driving on the san mateo bridge looks good heading to the high-rise. we'll tell you more about the morning commute and the bay area weather.
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good morning. still some rain. we're not done yet. this will clear out later on, but still some scattered showers today. little bit more sunshine. cool and breezy. highs 50s and 60s. all right, steve. welcome back. good morning to you. here's a quick look at some of the top stories we're following right now at 5:46. amtrak passengers stranded for hours on an amtrak train in the nevada desert finally arrived just a couple hours ago in emeryville. passengers on board said they spent ten hours in the desert when two of the train's engines blew up. about midnight oakland city council voted to continue two controversial gang injunctions. about $260,000 has been spent on it so far. some favor the injunctions. others say that money could be better spent elsewhere. and there's a new man in charge of al qaeda this
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morning. an egyptian once a special forces. reportedly he's serving as interim leader for al qaeda until a permanent replacement is selected. people in louisiana are preparing for the flooding that is heading their way. as many as 25,000 homes are threatened. sandra endo is live in morgan city, louisiana, where people are doing what they can to protect their homes. sandra. >> reporter: well, pam, absolutely. protecting their homes to the extreme here. this one homeowner raised their entire house eight feet to try to get it to dry land and to keep it dry actually. and that's the big battle all along the mississippi. a playground turned into a pool in redwood, mississippi. there's the eerie silence of this massive flooding. and the sounds of staving off mother nature. nine states in the lower mississippi river valley are feeling the effects of the worst flooding since 1937. opening spillways is diverting some disasters. but record water levels are
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still being set. >> the forecast gotten modestly better for louisiana. they're still setting records. still an awful lot of water headed our way. >> reporter: many residents are protecting their homes. the sandbagging and evacuations continue. but the family here in morgan city, louisiana, refuses to leave. this is their version of living on higher ground. >> we just saved our house basically. we saved it because we've been living here a long time. kids grew up here. we couldn't let it go to ruin. >> reporter: it took 19 hours to jack up their house which is outside the sea wall. the water is already creeping up, but they say their fight is worth it. >> everything we have is right here. we don't have much in the bank, a couple pennys. [ laughter ] >> the thing is money is not everything. >> reporter: and i'm standing in front of their house right now in what essentially should
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be their front yard. and louisiana officials say as many as 25,000 homes are expected to be flooded after all is said and done. in mississippi 5,000 residents are displaced. state officials here are warning flood victims to be careful of snakes. there are three venomous kinds which could be lurking because of the floods. live in morgan city, louisiana, sandra endo, pam, back to you. all right. sandra, be careful out there. time now 5:50. the head of the international monetary fund is on suicide watch right now in a new york city jail. 62-year-old dominique strauss- kahn is accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid. his jail guards are watching him very closely this morning. also this morning we also found out about the alleged victim in this case. her lawyers say she's a 32-year- old woman from west africa. 5:50 is the time. right now back to sal to check in on traffic at this hour. sal. all right. right now traffic is doing okay on highway 4 westbound coming
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up to the grade. you can see bart is also moving through there. and bart's on time. moving along and taking a look at westbound bay bridge it's still light. and if you're driving on the nimitz freeway south so far not a big traffic jam at all. let's go to steve. sal, thank you. let's go to live storm tracker 2. showing rain coming down out of the northwest. we're not done yet. we're not done yet. what about the next couple days? yes, we will see things calm down a little bit and warm up. but not that much warmer. looks like we'll still stay below average with temperatures back into the 70s. right now in the 40s and 50s. temperatures continue to be very cool because everything's coming down out of the northwest. this was a colder system. we're not done yet. there could still be some showers late morning or early afternoon but the trend is to start drying things out. still it's going to be clearing, breezy and cool. and then tonight very cool after some morning rain. and the nights are very short now. we're getting to that stage. but the chilly air mass will still settle in.
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there's going to be some brisk numbers coming in temperature readings tonight and tomorrow morning. the rain is on its way out of here. we're rounding third and heading for home. some sun, cool temps though today. 50s and also 60s and, again, these are a good five to twenty degrees below average for this time of year. rain east bay, peninsula and south bay. five-day forecast does have mostly sunny weather and warmer. what? mostly sunny and warmer into friday but looks like a cool down over the weekend. thank you, steve. this morning the nation's largest office supply retailer reports a strong first quarter. staples net income is $198 million. a 5% climb from the same time last year. it credits an increase in business spending here in the u.s. and overseas. nissan is celebrating after one of its plants damaged in japan's earthquake and tsunami reopened today. the ceo says he considers the workers there heros because they are able to carry on after losing so much. the plant usually produces
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375,000 engines a year, but that was hurt definitely by the tragedies. habitat for humanity is bucking a trend. it's opening new stores and expanding its current ones. the nonprofit group helps build new homes. the outlets called restore sells donated building materials, furniture and other home items. the restores help finance building projects and keep usable material out of the landfills. all right. our time is now 5:53. they're getting wet. a lot of it's going to be thrown out. the damage all the rain we've been getting is causing to the strawberry crops. can some of it be saved? and he was voted off "american idol," but james may be back on idol sooner than you think. we spend a lot of time together.
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more snow showers could come later today. the recent rains are creating a crop crisis for south bay farmers. the wet weather is devastating for strawberries. farmers say it lost the mature fruit making it impossible to harvest. cherry farmer say the rain does something similar when the fruit absorbs the water and then expands and cracks. because the fruit can't be sold many farmers will take huge losses. those farmers who have fruit to be sold will sell their produce for more money is that will cost us more. time now 5:57. despite his shocking elimination, james could be back on the "american idol" stage. take a look at video of last saturday's turban day at the boardwalk. producers of idol reportedly want clips of the event. they've asked the boardwalk operators. they're considering airing clips during tonight's show when they show the home visits of the remaining contestants. he's also set to perform during
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next week's finale. in the meantime you can watch the remaining three "american idol" contestants perform tonight right here on ktvu channel 2 beginning at 8:00 . a decision just hours ago by oakland city council about gang injunctions. what they announced after debating into the wee hours on whether that controversial gang crack down should continue. plus how a new clue into who attacked giants fan bryan stow outside dodgers stadium. now focuses on finding a mystery woman. rain still falling. but we will see some improving conditions today. but what about can we warm it up? we'll have the answer coming up in two minutes.
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