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we will have to see what happens. >> keep our fingers crossed. we don't know if this will happen. right now, things look iffie. that's a few months away. winter will be over. what's coming up next? >> right now, the country reels from this covid surge from omicron. president biden is celebrating a positive step in our economic recovery as a country. >> 3.9 unemployment is close to full employment. 12 million open jobs. >> not all good news for the white house. the pending decision from the supreme court that could be a blow. they shot and killed ahmaud arbery, a black man out running in georgia. they learn how long they will spend in prison. hoping to ski her way to beijing. the san francisco woman going for gold. good friday. the news at 5:30 starts right
now. thanks for joining us. >> the nation's economic recovery hit a slowdown despite a record year of job creation. employers kept hiring open the strength of solid spending. that was before omicron started surging. president biden was still optimistic about the economy while speaking to reporters today. >> reporter: president biden accentuating the positive in a mixed december jobs report. >> the biden economic plan is working. it's getting america back to work, back on its feet. >> reporter: the economy added 199,000 new jobs in december, far short of projections. wages are up. unemployment dropped to 3.9%. >> 3.9% is close to full employment. there are 12 million on johns. >> reporter: throughout the pandemic recovery, republicans have said the president is out of touch. >> i refuse to let them stand in
the way of the recovery. my focus is on keeping this recovery strong and durable, notwithstanding republican obstructionism. >> reporter: they fear it will slow further as the nation faces the omicron variant surge. >> i don't believe we have seen the peak yet here in the united states. >> reporter: the president still optimistic the pandemic will end. >> covid as we are dealing with it now is not here to stay. >> reporter: the supreme court could soon deliver a blow to the president's attempts to mandate vaccines in testing and workplaces. >> osha has not traditionally mandated other vaccines for other hazards that could be posed a grave risk. the flu kills people every year. >> reporter: in oral arguments, the conserative majority appeared skeptical they have the power to institute sweeping vaccine and testing mandates. if allowed to go into affect, the two vaccine and testing mandates before the court would affect about 100 million
american workers. a decision is expected quickly as one of the orders was set to go into affect this past week. in washington, chris pollone, nbc news. >> thank you. there could be additional covid booster shots on the horizon. moderna's ceo said he believes we're going to need more boosters in the fall. he thinks most people, if not everyone, will eventually contract this omicron variant. he said omicron is accelerating the move from pandemic to endemic. the disease will stay with us long-term, much like we have the flu every year. many people have been scrambling to find at-home covid tests, which makes a mistake that happened in florida that much more frustrating. state leaders say as many as a million unused rapid test kits expired in a florida warehouse last month. this as floridians wait in line for hours and hours to get tested. the kits were due to be
distributed to clin ikz and providers. but they never were. they are asking the federal government if the expiration dates can be extended. while some countries such as south africa are seeing cases of the omicron variant decrease, the head of the cdc says the u.s. is not yet at that point. >> i don't believe we have seen the peak yet here in the united states. i will say that our hospitals right now are full of people who are unvaccinated. you are 17 times more likely to be in a hospital and 20 times more likely to die if you are unvaccinated compared to if you are boosted. >> just yesterday, the cdc released updated covid guidance for k through 12 schools. the agency has decreased the duration time for isolation so that teachers can safely get back into the classroom. it's hard to find a test right now. we are here to help you. just go to nbcbayarea.com.
we have broke n it down by county. it's a shooting that some compared to a modern day lynching. three men will now spend the rest of their lives in prison for the murder of ahmaud arbery. he was chased down by three men and shot while running through a georgia neighborhood. video of that sparked nationwide outrage. today a judge sentenced the father and son to life without parole. their neighbor will be eligible for parole in 30 years. arbery's father says the crime still haunts him. >> not only did they lynch my son in daylight, but they killed him while he was doing what he loved than anything, running. >> the arbery family feel a sense of justice now. the three men will face a federal hate crime trial. the jury for that selection for
that begins next month. the case of three officers charged in the death of george floyd may be delayed. chauvin has been convicted. the others are accused of aiding and abetting the death. they are set to go on trial in march. they are facing a federal civil rights trial that is set to begin in two weeks. attorneys want to set a new date for the state trial because they are not sure how long this photograph case could last. tributes are pouring in for civil rights activist sidney poitier. fans laid flowers and mementos at the star on the hollywood walk of fame. poitier rejected film roles based on offensive stereotypes. >> they call me mr. tibbs. >> reporter: it's maybe most memorable line from an iconic career spanning more than half a
century. one that made sidney poitier among hollywood's most revered actors. born in miami, but raised in the bahamas, he moved back to the u.s. as a teenager. >> i was right. i know i was right. i have to prove it. >> reporter: his big screen debut came in 1950. it launched roles noted for their cultural impact during a time when america started confronting racial divisions. ♪ 20 long years on a chain gang ♪ >> reporter: starring opposite tony curtis, he was nominated for his first academy award in 1958. >> he didn't say anything to me. >> reporter: six years later he made history becoming the first black academy award winner for best actor in "lilies of the field." more iconic rolls followed. a big city detective investigating a murder in the rural south. >> we had black detectives in
pretty much every city in the country. we had not had that kind of representation on the screen. i was very proud to be there doing it. >> reporter: other roles shined a light on racial inequality. >> i want to make a future for this family. >> reporter: including, "guess whose coming to dinner". >> i fell in love with your daughter. >> reporter: he showed his versatility acting in comedies and directing nearly a dozen movies. including "stir crazy." he also served as bohemian ambassador to japan from 1997 to 2007. in 2009, president obama awarded him the medal of freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. sidney poitier, his art advancing the cause of equality.
>> "to sir with love," a spectacular movie. the covid surge is delaying president biden's state of the union date until march. an official state of the union address doesn't take place until january of the president's second calendar year in office. it is the latest state of the union address since 1934. now to the road to the winter games. four years ago, nina o'brien wasn't in contention to make the olympic team. today, the san francisco native has real hopes of earning a trip to the olympics. o'brien has been on the u.s. ski team for seven years. her specialties, the slalom and giant slalom. she says her skiing and confidence changed over the last four years by just keeping things simple. >> they know exactly who nina
o'brien is. >> the more i can keep things simple and stay relaxed, the better i'm going to perform. >> this had us almost breathless. >> starting to learn that despite all the noise and pressure and hype around big events, at the end of the day it's another ski race. you have to do what you do every day. the morning of, i try and stay relaxed in the lodge before my race. i will listen to very mellow music or sometimes play a game on my phone. in the gate, i really just tell myself a few cues. it's maybe to attack on be forward. i stand in the start and i try to tell myself i can do it. those are the last words before i start the race. skiing and ski racing really just started as a family activity and a way to be outside and enjoy the mountains. it has spiraled into where i am today. growing up, i loved watching the olympics. i watched world cup skiing. i watched the older kids rip down the mountains. it was something i was aware of.
i never felt like i could be a professional skier, i could be there. >> o'brien comes in. >> i think i would feel proud and honored to represent the u.s. on one of the greatest sporting stages, if not the greatest sporting stage. it's something i have dreamed about. it's been a big goal of mine. i'm sure there would be a lot of emotion and pride. i think it would also be really exciting. you never know. in ski ragsracing, anything can happen. >> we wish her luck. speaking of the road to the olympics, the figure skating championships is being held in nashville. it usually determines who makes team usa. but alysa liu will not compete. that's because she tested positive for covid. she had to pull out. you can still watch karen chen. she's in second place. the winner will be decided tonight after the free skate program. watch it right here on nbc bay area at 8:00.
before that, polina edmunds will join us live during our 7:00 newscast and tell yus this may not be the end of liu's olympic dream. >> let's hope so. up next, we know him as a basketball superstar. did you know steph curry is also an ace at golf? he loves it. how he is using his other passion to make a meaningful change. to viewers, moving companies drop the ball at at least one box. nbc bay area responds next. the little rain we had today is clearing out. setting the stage for a nice weekend. live look outside in san jose. those temperatures will come down. we will talk more about that.
golf, too. it's his second favorite sport. he wants to see it be more inclusive. curry sat down and talked about why he decided to fund howard university, a historically black college, and he is funding their first golf program. >> i think the idea of starting a golf program at a hbcu would turn a lot of heads. i've been around golf courses for a long time. there are some amazing, impactful moments in my life that were on a golf course with people from all walks of life. but kind of the unsung culture of black and minority golf perspective that it's rich and it's alive, but it's not as well-known as it should be. that, to me, i felt like would
be an amazing moment to make a huge splash in terms of people asking the right questions and asking that specific question. if i can get kids to go to howard base opened a golf scholarship and tell that story to younger generations and say, this is where you could end up, and this is what we're going to do to help you get there, i think that made the most sense. obviously, the work that goes into making generational change and impact through that lens. >> he is such a gentleman. watch the entire conversation with steph and his mission on race in america, the conversation this sunday at 9:30 right on nbc sports, right after dubs talk live. he walked the talk. >> yes, for sure. >> he really does. >> class act for sure. nbc bay area, we like to say, we are moving you forward. we cannot say that -- the same thing for some moving companies.
>> some go sideways, backwards or nowhere. chris has a few complaints. his team ended up doing the heavy lifting. >> good evening. we get complaints about lousy movers every month. alice paid more than $1,100 up front to move her stuff from ohio to san francisco. she says the movers didn't show up when they said they would in ohio. she canceled and expected to get her deposit back. that didn't happen. until she called us. the movers sent a full refund. james moved from oakland to san mateo. his movers damaged a table, wall and broke a $1,000 exercise bike. he said the moving company didn't take responsibility. until he called us. the movers then paid james $1,650 in compensation. if a mor gives you trouble, the california bureau of household goods and services
takes complaint about moves. only moves within the state. this qr code will load the form. you can enlist us to get your complaint moving forward. go to nbcbayarea.com. or call us, 888-996-tips. have a great weekend. >> thanks, chris. guess who is here. kari hall. nice to see you in the evening. >> ladies night here. >> it's the weekend. it looks like it's a dry one. >> it will be dry. the rain that we saw move through is out of here. if you are going out for dinner, take a live look outside in dublin. see the headlights traveling westbound. the fog will settle in by early tomorrow morning. look at the system. this loops the past six hours. we can see all of the rain that is now to the south of us with clouds left behind.
it's starting to clear to the north. you may be wondering, how much rain did we get? that highest rainfall total was mount tam. an inch and a half of rain there. head to santa rosa, a tenth of an inch. less than that for san francisco. most of us from san francisco on south ward had what we are seeing in livermore and redwood city. it wasn't really a strong system. now it is moving on out. if you are going out this evening, if you are going to be outdoors for dinner and also maybe heading out late this evening, our temperatures are now in the mid 50s. it's going to cool down fast with the clear skies. we will be in the upper 40s over the next couple of hours. we will wake up to dh chilly temperatures tomorrow morning. tomorrow morning, a nice day. i like the warmer weather. i would wait until later in the morning into early in the afternoon. we are starting out in the south
bay in the upper 40s. a cloudy sky and patchy fog. we will get some sunshine tomorrow as our temperatures head for the mid 50s. across the bay area, temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. just a touch cooler behind that system that moved through. moving forward, looking ahead to next week, we are also going to see scattered showers. a slight chance between late sunday night and early monday morning. really, the models aren't agreeing on how much rain. it could be just near the coast. really not picking up much here as we go into next week. it does look dry. only a few spots measuring rain next week. we head into drier weather. we have been needs sunshine. we will get calmer weather next week. san francisco for the upper 50s this week. that continues next week as well. for our inland areas, we have upper 50s and low 60s. it will get warmer by the start of next week. doesn't look completely dry, but
we are going to have a break from the rain. it may be through the middle of the month before we see another chance of rain coming back to the bay area. our weather pattern hasn't completely shifted. it will give us a break from the showers in the near term. >> thanks. up next, work from home or return to the office? the stanford professor predicting awkward discussions for employees and their bosses. - hi mommy! - hi honey! oh i missed you! you just want to video call the kids. ok. ♪ hush little baby...♪ ♪...don't say a word...♪ but if slow upload speeds turn your goodnight call into an accidental horror movie... can you hear me? shut it down. just remember. you're not a bad mom. you just need better internet. at&t fiber delivers faster upload speeds for more reliable video calls.
get a booster or risk getting covid. get a shot or lose your job. that's a warning sent by a wall street bank today. citigroup sent that to employees. a source tells cnbc that most employees, 90%, are already complying. it is the third largest u.s. bank. covid may have changed the workplace forever. 20 years ago at stanford, an economics professor started a
research team called the work from home research project. based on new research, he is predicting, quote, huge battles between employees and manufacturers over remote work in coming months. he says workers value working from home so much they equate it to a 10% pay raise. the research finds most larger companies are led by older white men. a group that tends to care the least about working from home. big changing coming to the enhanced child tax credit. lawmakers haven't passed the build back better act. it's reverting to what it was before 2021. that means, you can claim up to $2,000 per eligible child instead of the $3,600 allowed last year. there's no more advanced monthly payments. 17-year-olds, no longer qualify. parents will have to file a tax return to get that credit. government says around 35 million families were using that to make ends meet.
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suspension. anthony flores was in santa clara for the niners' final practice. >> reporter: jimmy garoppolo is trying to play with a torn ligament in his right thumb. he practiced all week. has he done enough to convince kyle shanahan he is healthy and ready to go for sunday's showdown? throwing for the fourth day in a row, jimmy had no setbacks this week during practice. >> a good week of practice. when he was in there. feel good where he is at right now. >> reporter: listed as questionable with a thumb injury, he says it hurts when he throws. his teammates haven't noticed a difference. >> jimmy just looks like jimmy. same throw, same ball, same energy, same everything. i don't think he tk a step backwards. >> i know it hurts when he throws. i know he will do everything he can to play on sunday. i know he is a tough freaking dude.
>> reporter: after watching practice all week, choosing between garoppolo or lance will not be a game-time decision. he knows what he is going to do. he doesn't want to give away his game plan to the rams. >> i'm not deciding sunday morning. we don't have practice left. i know where jimmy is at. i know where trey is at. i feel good where we are at. i'm excited to get to sunday. >> reporter: the team feels confident with either quarterback starting under center for this big game. a win against the rams and the 49ers clinch a playoff spot. if they lose, the falcons need to beat the saints for the niners' season to continue. in santa clara, anthony flores, nbc bay area. >> the raiders are looking to clinch a playoff spot. they play the chargers sunday night football right here. the winner is in the playoffs. the loser goes home. kickoff, 5:20.
>> a lot going on this weekend. it's going to be a big sports weekend. will there be people? local restaurants and bars tell us how they are coping with the omicron surge. a pop just testing site in santa clara county. is there omicron fatigue? are her olympic dreams dashed? the figure skater forced out of the u.s. championships because of covid. happy friday. the news at 6:00 starts right now. >> it's motionally and mentally taxing. when will the surgeon? omicron has people all over the country asking that question. it seems many epidemiologists agree that this variant could be peaking soon. then what? >> reporter: the
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