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>> reporter: seven homicides in just eight days. san jose's latest killing happening at this safeway on the east side. i'm stephanie chuang live with the pressure the police chief is getting and what he's being asked to do. we just heard a loud creeking sound and, like, a crash, and we also felt the building shake and didn't know what was going on. >> early morning chaos at a bay area university. but after the evacuation and a car crash, campus police uncovering another problem. we'll have the details straight ahead. plus -- >> reporter: i'm bob redell. we'll take you out onto the watt we are the ac-45s which will be competing starting this week in the america's cup world series. that story coming up. good morning, everybody.
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thank you very much for joining us. i'm jon kelly. >> i'm marla tellez. just one day before school starts at the uc, berkeley, campus, we are hearing about an unusually high number of alcohol poisoning cases. and this comes after a very close call where a car crashed into a dorm on campus overnight. nbc bay area's christie smith is live at uc, berkeley, now. she joins was these new details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, marla. lieutenants here at uc, berkeley, tells me overnight at least four people needed medical attention because of alcohol poisoning and certainly drinking and college are not that unusual together, it looks like some students are off to a rough and early start. >> we just heard a loud screeching sound and, like, a crash, and we also felt the building shake. >> reporter: a driver lost control overnight, hitting a gaes meter at pull nam hall causing a gas leak and evacuation for hundreds of
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students in their dorm. >> we ran to see what was going on. we heard people screaming and yelling and it was really crazy. >> reporter: everyone was okay, but uc police say the 22-year-old driver believe to be a student was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. officers say they've been busy. already a number of calls for students drinking so much they needed medical attention. >> probably a little higher than we would like to see and probably a little earlier in the school year ever since school doesn't start until tomorrow. so they got off to a pretty quick start this year. we're going to be out there making sure they understand the rules. >> reporter: berkeley firefighters also say overnight they got a dozen calls in the south campus area, some alcohol related, and classes don't even start until tomorrow at uc, berkeley. students say they had rush week and sometimes it's the new students who test the limits. >> at my parents' house, i'm gone, i can do anything. >> reporter: uc, berkeley,
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police say they will step up outreach and contact any loud parties so the rules are clear. >> i have noticed there was a ton of parties, just by driving through. but it's my fifth year here, so i'm kind of over everything and i want to get out. >> reporter: now, one berkeley firefighter i spoke with said that they're often among the first responders for these type of calls so they're reminding young people to use common sense when it comes to alcohol. as for the dorm, we're told the students are back in pretty much back to normal except at least for part of the day, no heat, no hot water. reporting live at uc, berkeley, christie smith, nbc bay area news. this one is a deadly and growing trend. seven homicides in just eight days. city of san jose now facing a surge in crime and with police investigating the 31st kill tofg year, some state and city leaders are now calling on the police chief to get some outside help from the chp. a call from that chief that
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could come as early as today. nbc bay area's stephanie chuang is live in east san jose. she has all the latest. good morning, stephanie. >> reporter: jon, good morning to you. we're off story road near capital expressway. this is the safeway where just after 8:30 last night a man in his 20s was stabbed in his chest and died from that stabbing. the question is where did this happen. he was found in the produce section, which is just in the front of the store behind a row of check stands. that is still the question investigators are looking at. but this is the latest in a string of violence and now one former city council member turned state assembly woman is saying san jose police cannot handle this growing violence and they need the chp to step in to help. >> it's scary. it's really, really scary. >> reporter: 29-year-old ruby chavez is a regular sat ath this safeway. police say someone stabbed a man at least once in his chest, killing him. investigators aren't sure exactly where the stabbing happened. chavez believes it was outside
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the store. >> a lot of gang relations happen at the liquor store. the gang-affiliated people hang around right there, but never right here. i'm thinking maybe something happened over there and they ran over here. >> reporter: as police talk to witnesses and inspect footage caught on the store's cameras, state assembly woman nora campos has requested they call the chp for help. one officer tells us in the 18 years he's worked here chp officers have not been called in to help in that capacity and even his office has questions as to what the chp officers would be asked to do. he adds, staffing is already light for his office. it was likely sdgp would ask for help from other chp offices. chief smoor willing to discuss the possibility of at least a partnership. >> to my knowledge, and, again, since we haven't had the conversation, they're limited in their ability to provide services to other places, as well. it's a little premature, but the
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offer is always there. >> that means to accept an offer from the state to help bring in more resources, you know, in the form of california highway patrol, then i think that we are obligated to accept it. >> reporter: in the meantime, this mother of two says she's keeping a close eye on her own sons to make sure they stay out of the trouble that seems to be growing in their hometown. >> because it's scary because i have a son that's 13 years old, and so it's really scary for me. i put him in football so things like this don't attract him to the street. >> reporter: back here live, you can see one of the surveillance cameras outside this safeway store police are still hoping to get leads off of that because no arrests have been made so far. live in east san jose, stephanie chuang, nbc bay area news. we have more details now on san jose's recent crime spike. as we told you, the number of homicides city wide is now at 31 compared to 27 at this time last year. 12 of this year's murders have been gang related versus 14 last year. and three have been the result
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of domestic violence versus four during last year. happening now, the governor is in the bay area to promote proposition 30, which is a school funding initiative. jerry brown is at san francisco's james lake middle school right now. proposition 30 would increase the sales tax by a quarter percent for four years and raise income taxes on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. opponents of this measure say any tax increase should also come with major reforms. we have breaking news to tell you about now. wep learned oakland a's starting pitcher bartolo colon failed a drug test and will be serving a 50-game suspension, colon signing a one-year contract with the a's this off-season. the a's released a statement saying they are, quote, disappointed to learn of today's suspension. colon also apologized to the fans and to the team. contra costa county is considering dumping the company that provide its emergency
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telephone notification system. it failed to properly notify neighbors in the critical hours after that massive fire at the chevron refinery on august 6th. that system was supposed to notify 20,000 people in the affected area within 20 minutes. instead, it took two to three hours. the company responsible for making the calls is called alerting solutions. it is in martinez. we could not reach anyone at that company for comment. meanwhile, chevron is opening a new help center today for people who want to file claims relate to that refinery fire. it is in north richmond at the north richmond community senior citizens center on silver avenue. the help center will be open today through friday from 9:00 until 7:00 at night. the last day to make a claim is this saturday, the 25th, at the community center in richmond or calling the toll-free number on your screen. a new poll of san francisco voters shows more than six out of ten want their suspended
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sheriff pulled from office. in that poll of 500 registered voters, 61% say ross mirkarimi should be removed from office. 31% said no. and 8%, they're not sure at this point. this poll was commissioned bay coalition of women who have been active in san francisco advocating for victims of domestic violence. now, the mayor suspended ross mirkarimi from office after mirkarimi pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor following a domestic violence incident with his wife. the city's board of supervisors will now decide whether or not to remove mirkarimi from office as early as next month. a $5,000 reward is being offered for answers to a bizarre and alarming crime in oakland. a 25-year-old woman tells police she was at a stop sign early saturday morning when a man opened her passenger door and climbed inside. this happened at east 9th street and 29th avenue. she then says he stole her cell phone and eventually assaulted her in the car and then ran off.
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if you know anything about this case at all, you are asked to call oakland police. well, this morning dozens of build rgs now destroyed as a wildfire rages on in tahama and shasta counties. 50 buildings have been wiped out. but to this point it's unclear how many of those buildings were actually homes. this blaze, which was spark by lightning on saturday, is now about 50% contained. it just ripped through more than 33 square miles of land and is still threatening hundreds of homes. still ahead, a promise broken? a former apple employee is turn ong that company all because he says steve jobs broke a promise. and more than just a paycheck. the added benefits for mother who is work outside the home. so... [ gasps ]
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hewlett-packard continues to suffer, and a new way to pay for all those things at your local mall. here's scott mcgrew with this
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morning's business and tech headlines. >> good morning. hewlett-packard will likely report the largest loss in the company's history today after the closing bell. hp is the largest maker of computers in the world, but that means really very little if people aren't buying computers and are buying ipads instead. hp's in the midst of an 8% layoff and will have to set aside money to compensate for the poor return of a different company it bought recently. paypal has signed a deal with the discover network to allow you to pay with paypal any store that takes discover. instead of swiping the card, you'll be able to use that same credit card machine to type in your mobile phone number and a special pin and pay at the mall that way. you can already do this at home depot and a couple of other chain stores, but today's announcement widens paypal's reach to any store on the netwo network. the company says it should be in place by the end of the year. paypal's parent company, ebay,
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is up about 4% on the news. back to you. >> okay, scott. thanks. an ex-apple employee is suing that company over the guaranty of a, quote, job for life. wayne goodrich says he was a close adviser to apple co-founder steve jobs who he says told him he would always have a job at that company. goodrich says he was fired in december for what apple said was, quote, business reasons, not connected to his performance. goodrich was the exec froif deucer of apple's public presentations including new products releases. he said he played a key role in coordinating major product events such as the debut of the iphone and ipad. come this fall, the electric carmaker plans on opening a new service center in san rafael. the new complex will be located at dubois street off anderson drive. it will be tesla's first stand-alone center in the bay area. they have two dealerships here
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and they are located in the south bay. this morning, federal investigators are investigating whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply. the central valley meat company is under fire after secret video surfaced appearing to show sick cows being shocked and shot before slaughter. the meat company, which is near fresno, is now shut down during this investigation. and fast food company in and out burger has cut all ties to this company in the wake of that investigation. on now to decision 2012. this morning a brand-new poll out shows the presidential race still in a dead heat, 47% of registered voters say they favor the obama/biden ticket, 46% prefer romney and ryan. this poll suggests republican mitt romney's pick of paul ryan as his running mate is having very little impact on public opinion. the america's cup yacht race is setting sail right now on the san francisco bay. >> that is right. some of the best yachting teams
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on the entire planet are getting ready for this for the first round of match racing. nbc bay area's bob redell is there with all the action for a look at what's happening on the choppy waters. bob, what's going on? >> reporter: yeah, good morning to you, jon and marla. we're here at the america's cup village, which has just reopened for its second day within the past hour or so. you see there's about a handful of fans that have arriveded for what will be the first day of competition. the races will start just after 2:00 this afternoon just off the shoreline of marina green. talking about 11 teams from eight countries. they'll all be racing these ac-45 catamarans designed and built specifically for the america's cup world series. as the name implies, they're 45 feet long, and what makes them unique is the fixed-wing sail ta extend 66 feet into the air. and with that sail it acts like an airplane at speeds of 30
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knots, roughly 35 miles an hour for us types of people who like to get it in mileage on the road in my car. tim jeffry with the competition, what can fans, people who going to be watching from the shoreline, expect to see on the water? >> well, they'll have racing within yards, you know, basically from the shoreline. it's going to be high action, high adrenaline, and the course is really, really close to the spectators. so they will have the best seattles in the house. >> reporter: five people on a crew. that's specifically short staffed for what reason? >> it's really to animate the action. you know, the old days you used to have a picture of yachting where you'd have a big crew and some people literally would -- their role was tactician, their role was to think. nowadays you have a tactician but he is a high work rate individual just like the rest of the crew. the idea is to make these boats more athletic. >> reporter: if you want to
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watch these races live, you can come out here today through the weekend. we're at marina green at the america's cup village. there is paid sitting but there are places you can stand. you can go up to ft. mason and watch from there. if you want a better idea of what's happening on the water, even if you can see the sailboats, they have the digital boathouse with these live feeds coming in from cameras that have been installed on the boats so you can come here and get the commentary and a good sense of the competition. this is the second season of the america's cup world series. of course the america's cup itself will be coming back next summer. we saw the 45-footers that are out there today. next summer, 72s will be out here. for more information, click on the america's cup link at the top of our page at reporting live at marina green in san francisco, bob redell, nbc bay area news. >> all right, bob. thanks a lot. a cool way to get up close and
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personal and check out that action. >> all right there almost at your fingertips the forecast at christina loren's fingertips. looks overcast in san francisco. no surprise, though. no surprise. what is surprising is they were actually able to lift the flight delays. we've had them the past four hours out of sfo. this morning still mostly cloudy at this point, taking it live right now, you can vaguely make out the embarcardero there. but we are clearing you out. in fact, natural pacific cooling going to make for a really comfortable day inland. san jose just stunning day shaping upper us. we're headed towards about 77 degrees in the heat of the day. our highs are coming in about 4:00 p.m. i wanted to show you satellite imagery, show you where the clouds are being stubborn at this point, all the way from san rafael down through san francisco at the coastline. you'll find that thick blanket of clouds over the next two hours and start to see a little bit of a break, get some sunshine and then those clouds will roll right back in headed towards another cool day tomorrow. cool by august standards in the bay area.
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63 in novato, 62 currently in san francisco, 74 in sunnyvale, and in san jose, 68 degrees, not too hot inland, not too cold at the coast today. wanted to show you our weather maker. this is responsible for that cooler than average weather for today, just slightly cooler an thavrge. area of low pressure to our north. as a result, we get that very deep marine layer, 50s and 60s today at the coast and along the bay. for us inland temperatures are going to be perfect, not just today, all the way through the end of the weekend. so tomorrow we're going to butch up your number just a touch, and that's courtesy of a little more sunshine coming in. 75 for redwood city today. a high right around 83 in concord, 81 in santa teresa. don't forget, even though they're not in town, those giants are back at it taking on their rivals, the dodgers, tonight in los angeles. look at where the temperatures are going to be, comfortable out there, 7:00 p.m., 73 degrees, at 8:00 p.m., nice, clear conditions for viewing that ball game, comfortable out there. an 69 degrees at 9:00 p.m.
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hopefully after a big giants win, that's my forecast. temperatures are going to stay nice and comfortable all weekend long, like i pointed out, then we warm up monday and tuesday, a return of the 90s. back to you guys. >> little bit of a seesaw. thank you so much. >> always is, right? coming up, a baseball friend of a suspended giant slugger is no longer welcome around major league ballparks. and taking the law into his own hands, while, will, will cool j is making headlines. [ female announcer ] what would you call an ordinary breakfast pastry
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week after the mlb uncovered this scheme. holding at least some kind of a job may be a key health factor for mothers. a new study suggests moms with stable employment may be mentally and physically healthier at age 40 than other moms. pen state researchers finding mother who is want to work but are countously unemployed tend to be the unhealthiest, with the stress of finding and losing jobs. the study included an analysis and data on more than 2,500 women over the past 30 years. makes sense. we will be right back. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol
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it's official. taking clean living in the white house to a whole new level. yes, it includes their dog. the secret staff this morning, bo obama is on a diet. word of bo's diet coming straight from the president who leaked it in a news conference, a surprise appearance at the kids state dinner. bo is a portuguese water dog and might have noticed he put on a few pounds in recent months so i guess it comes as no surprise
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the first family decided he needs a little help watching those extra skoobie doo biscu biscuits. poor guy. >> he's doing okay. if you're a fan of the old-school hip-hop, this guy famously said, mama said knock you out. >> now ll cool j is being credited with stopping a burglar at hi own home. the "nci, los angeles" actor and rap or the caught the suspected thief early in his home this morning. ll, whose birth name is james todd smith, was holding onto the suspect when the police arrived. police say the suspect had, quote, a lot of contusions to his face area and will be charged with burglarly ri. a detective said he may have entered through an unlocked door. >> imagine the look on his face when he saw a greek adonis >> i can imagine the look on my face when i saw him in person. thanks for being with us. ♪
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