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thousands of east bay commuters are facing a second straight day of delays. >> hundreds of a.c. transit drivers are calling out sick as they decide on a labor contract imposed on the union. >> teresa garcia is live at the county courthouse in oakland with the latest. >> good morning, the negotiations between the two sides are strained but now even more so. they are inside the court. atu, transit workers union trying to get an injunction against the newly imposed contract. some bus workers are showing up, they realize passengers need a ride but it's going to be a
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domino effect problem. >> everybody is late. i pay $45, it's crazy. >> passengers say they stand to lose a lot more than the a.c. transit bus drivers who have called out sick the last couple days. >> my boss says yesterday, if you are late tomorrow you don't have a job. >> they are apologizing to the riders and 200 drivers have called in sick. >> i had no choice, i had to wait for another bus. >> how long? >> about 20, 30 minutes. >> they say the union workers are protesting a newly imposed labor contract but bus drivers are calling out. >> people are being forced to day and people that workday are forced at night.
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so they have to scramble for child care. >> a judge ruled into favor of the challenge of the labor contract and ordered both sides to arbitration. union workers are upset a.c. transit imposed a cost cutting contract in the midst of negotiations. >> at issue are cuts to overtime rules and health and pension benefits. it chose to impose the contract in order to balance a 56 million deficit. >> i know they are crying about their budget but maybe they need adjustments from downtown like eliminating mary king's salary $23,000 a month. >> but the contract is saving about $300,000 a week and keeping it out bankruptcy. without worker concession the agency could lead to more layoffs, and fare hikes. >> state health officials are
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confirming the sixth infant death blamed on whooping cough. they were all babies under three months. they are urging people to get their kids vaccinated. california has recorded 1500 cases, five times more than the same time last year. it starts out like a common cold but is followed by coughing fits. >> they want to track down the fire bug behind a string of arsons. three places overnight bring the total to ten. terry mcsweeney is live. >> the official word from berkeley police that at least most of the fires are the work of the same person or persons. nobody had any idea what those people looked like until early this morning. surveillance cameras, somebody
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walks up to a market and set the recycling bin on the fire and pushes it up against the wall. >> surveillance cameras picked up two young men. they open the bin and moments later, as you can see, there are flames coming from the dumpster. this is what is left that dumpster. a small price to pay that could have been a lot of damage to the market. >> when you have the fire like this and the fire going inside. it's not going to be easy. >> one woman shared her thoughts on the tenth fire in her neighborhood since ri. >> i think it's exciting but scary. >> most if not all the fires is the work of the person or persons because of the common thread to all the fires.
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>> the suspect or suspects is pushing a recycling bin which will have cardboard and paper in it, lighting that particular bin and setting it up against something, either a car or a building. >> even a motorcycle like this one which burned late last night when the arsonist burned a recycling bin up against it. motorcycles and bins are not the main concern. >> there is a possibility if a suspect or suspects pushes something up against a building then we may have a very serious, if in fact, situation. >> two of the fires on the berkeley campus, the south end of the berkeley campus, south of the berkeley campus i should say. and investigators are increasing patrols but they are asking for the public's help. keep an eye out if you see some
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suspicious especially a garbage can or dumpster, please let police know. >> the senate will begin voting in half an hour on extending unemployment benefits for millions of americans. today's vote is expected to break a republican filibuster. the bill could put $300 per week in the pockets of jobless americans. >> a construction worker, a school administrator, a payroll clerk, these are the facers, of 99ers, they have exhausted unemployment benefits. >> we are losing everything we have. >> i may lose my home because i have no more money. >> they come close to maximum go out, as well. they say the time to pass an extension of the benefits is now. it's a situation that has not been seen since the great depression. of the almost 15 million americans out of work, almost half of them are the long term unemployed.
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>> these are people that paid their taxes and followed the rules and said we're tired of this. we'll not do it anymore. it is outrageous to me. >> republicans say they want to know how democrats plan to pay for the $34 billion in additional spending. >> it's about unemployment benefits yes, deficits no. >> this man may hold the solution for democrats. he will be sworn in as the new senator from west virginia. with him and votes of two republicans, democrats have the 60 votes they need. but for the 99ers it's too late. >> you feel like you're not working any. >> the vote to pass an extension of jobless benefits is expected to happen right after goodwin is sworn in. >> president obama is calling on congress to pass the paycheck fairness act to ensure that women get paid the same rate as
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men for work. it would make it easier for women to sue employers. the bill failed in the senate. it would aid trial lawyers than it would help women. >> they are going to gather at noon today to protest pg&e's smart meters. and supervisors will consider a moratorium on smart meters. several cities have called important moratoriums. we have reported several incidents ber they have not transmitted data correctly resulting in in an increase to utility bills. they say they are working to educate customers. >> still ahead, michelle obama recruits heavy hitters to fight childhood obesity. >> and bp may have another solution to stop the leak from an oil well cap in the gulf of
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mexico. >> and lindsay lohan exchanges
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he'll be the same as he ever was. high taxes. lost jobs. big pensions for state employees. the special interests have chosen their governor. how about you? >> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepw bp and federal government are now considering a new solution for dealing with the ruptured well in the gulf of mexico. they were looking into a process called static kill, the idea would be force mud through pipes to seal it. they think conditions may be just right but the obama
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administration has yet to approve of the plan. >> there is too much uncertainty between now and then. >> we should know whether or not we can finally choke this well forever. >> officials expected to complete two relief wells within two weeks. once they are complete they can fill the oil bed with cement and end the disaster. >> today the committee approved elena kagan as the fourth u.s. justice for supreme court. most republicans voted no saying kagan put her political views ahead of the law and she lacked experience. president obama called the vote a bipartisan affirmation of her strong performance in confirmation hearings. it sends the nomination on to the full senate where she is expected to be confirmed as early as next week to succeed
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john paul stevens. >> lindsay lohan started her 90-day jail sentence today. she arrived at a beverly hills courtroom ten minutes late to turn herself in. a judge found she had violated the terms of her probation for 2007 drug case. lohan will serve her sentence at a facility outside of los angeles where other celebrities have done time. >> the jail sentence will be similar to where paris hilton went. she will have very sanitary living conditions. >> but probably not living conditions she is used to. she will be required to spend three months rehab and be monitored by a prosecute base officer after her release. >> she will be kept from the separate inmates. lisa argen is in nor mike nicco. >> we have clearing in the south bay. it's 63 and sunny in san jose, lots of clouds out there. only 54 in san francisco. so we got a pretty good spread
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going on today, a cooling trend, i'll tell you all about it coming up. >> and fifth graders take fight against bullying all the way to the commander in chief. the response from president obama. [ crowd cheering ] ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] 2-scoop sundae, water
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first lady michelle obama has teamed up with major league baseball to fight obesity. it promotes health think eating and exercise. she will make an announcement home of the baltimore or yeolts. she will participate with local baseball teams and professional players. pretty good. >> she seems to have done this before. >> a philadelphia gifts ever fifth grader took bullying all the way to the white house. she wrote a letter to the president explaining how she had been bullied at her former
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school nearly every day. >> every day, i get e-mail and i have no do something. >> the letter finally came in march and in it, president obama thanks her for sharing her story and encouraged her to speak to her teachers about being bullied. >> the white house gets 65,000 letters per week and president obama reads ten of them? >> i'm sure some of them he doesn't want to see. let's take a look at the weather forecast. >> it's sunny in some spots, we have airport delays for up to an hour. it is gray out there. temperatures have been struggling to make it out of the
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50s at the coast, but, san jose is nice and sunny and cool, 63 degrees, and that trend continues for the next 48 hours. then we'll begin to see just a little bit of a warming trend. antioch at 76. we do have a 22 degree spread. it will warm inland comfortable here, concord and livermore, 64 in redwood city but look at the 24-hour temperature change. concord and livermore, down 11 degrees from where we were yesterday. 63 degrees cooler in san jose. eight degrees cooler and gusty winds up by napa this morning. it will be sunny all around the bay, not at the coast. we'll see it more cooling and then just a little bump in the temperature thursday and friday. now, the culprit behind this steady onshore flow is this area of low pressure that is dropping down from the northwest. fog, even though it is clearing, it will be quick to return tonight. this morning, 2100 feet deep.
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it begins to mix out and it's going to retreat. delta as cleared out the north bay and parts of the east bay around hayward and fremont, pretty cloudy and then it moves back in tonight. today, 60s and 70s. a few lower 80s, livermore valley but should be about 90 this time of year. peninsula is 12 degrees cooler than average. san francisco, trend continues about 8 degrees cooler than average and even in the north bay, we are looking at temperatures not where they should be. 73 in santa clara, 72 in sunnyvale. low 70s in menlo park. san francisco, partial afternoon sun, look for 77 in sonoma. 889 in cloverdale and sea breeze will keep berkeley on the cool side. 72 in fremont and over the hills 81 in danville, 86 in brentwood,
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down by the monterey bay, lots of clouds in monterey, a high of 62. seven-day forecast, today it will shape up to look nice but it's going to be cool and warmup is one thursday and friday, not much but mainly inland. you may want to check your freezer. this morning the federal government is issuing a nationwide recall for more than 90,000 pound of flonz chicken nuggets. they were manufactured by purdue farms and sold at wal-mart under the great value label. they may contain what they call foreign objects. it has the number '-33944. the products also best if used by date of june 9, 2011. you should throw it away or return them to the store. >> housing activists are
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occupying a vacant floor of a building in mission district. they plan to stay in the space at mobile store at 20th and mission until they are forced out. they believe the second floor has been empty since 1991 and they say it should be made available to the homeless. same group has taken over two other buildings in few months. >> aids activists staged a die-in in front of nancy pelosi office this morning. they are upset inaction for the aids assistance program. leaders of the aids health care foundation 1800 people are on national waiting list for treatment because of a lack of funding. pelosi's office issued a statement, a $50 million increase in funding is now working its way through the house. >> a vote could come tonight for oakland city council to let
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large marijuana farms operate in the city. they could make $38 million a year and taxes on pot as high as 12%. there would be fewer structure fires sparked by unsafe illegal marijuana growing operations indoors, but the small mom and pop growers who have been supplying dispensaries say the big farms will put them out of business. >> playboy's new plan to get men to surf the website at work without fear. >> we'll be right back.
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