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rse bundle. at&t u-verse tv. tv like you've never seen before. at&t. your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. caption colorado, l.l.c. this morning, crews will begin digging to recover a body found in a north bay backyard. the possible connection to a missing man and why his wife is being investigated. >> suffering and bloodshed is outrageous. and it is unacceptable. >> and the u.s. calls for sanctions as the death toll rises in libya. we are standing by as moammar qaddafi prepares to address his nation. good morning. thank you so much for joining us. it is thursday, the 24th of february. a very chilly thursday. i'm sydnie kohara. >> i'm frank mallicoat. it's 5:00. i don't know about you, but we have been talking about it all week. we are going to get a little
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bit of snow and one weatherman is getting pretty giddy about this. [ laughter ] >> i know. lawrence, you're such a geek. >> i know. but you know what? this could be something that we haven't seen since like the '70s since i was a kid! hey, that would be something else folks if we see that snow developing around the bay area. already getting cold showers right now. you can see scattered showers making its way down into the bay and peninsula. more scattered showers about. the air will continue to get more chilly throughout the day. snow advisories going up this afternoon could see snow levels drop 1, 000 feet today and guess what. toward tomorrow the air gets colder. could see some snow to sea level. that with make me real giddy! but let's get a check of traffic right now from elizabeth. >> we're excited huh? we are going it get all these photos into the newsroom, maybe snowman-making weather? maybe that much snow. we'll see. all right. here's live look through milpitas. 880/237, everything free- flowing this morning so far, so good on the westbound 237 ride as you head out towards san jose. we are following a couple of crashes including one in san
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francisco still blocking a popular off-ramp. we'll have details on all that coming up. back to you. >> thank you. 5:01. we begin with a body found in a backyard in novato. it will be removed today. police started digging behind the house on rebecca way after a man was reported missing there. the body is still in the yard this morning. a coroner will do an autopsy to identify the person and find the cause of death. 74-year-old dale smith was reported missing two weeks ago but smith's wife, evelyn, didn't make the report. a neighbor did. >> i met with the neighbor walking my dog and she said something odd was happening, i was talking to evelyn and she was talking about dale in the past tense and that piqued her interest. she may have contacted the authorities. >> the boyfriend of the missing man's daughter tells cbs 5 that the family was told dale smith had died in tennessee in november. mr. smith was reported to have been suffering from two forms of cancer and also from heart
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disease. we are getting word from cbs news that libyan leader moammar qaddafi could give another speech in the next couple of hours. meanwhile, thousands of foreigners continue to flee the violent uprising in libya but it's going to be another day before americans will be able to leave aboard a ferry to the island of malta due to weather conditions. world leaders are considering sanctions now against libya to stop the violence against anti- government protestors. >> these people just want their freedom. these people just want to live normal lives. >> suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. >> there have been estimates that as many as 1,000 protestors have been killed. but moammar qaddafi's son says those reports are exaggerated. and he denies the government has launched air strikes against libyan cities. $4 gas? you heard me right. if you filled up lately, you have noticed that prices at the pump have spiked. as anne makovec explains, it has to do with something they
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call a fear premium. anne, good morning. explain that for us. >> reporter: good morning. first check out this very sorry sight behind me. we are 1/10 of a penny away from $4 a gallon gas here in south san francisco at this chevron station off airport boulevard. it's all because of what's being called the fear premium. gas prices keep going up here in the bay area. it is a ripple effect from the crisis in libya. in some spots, the price of a gallon of regular unleaded right now can be as high as $4 a gallon. some drivers now leaving their suvs and using smaller more fuel-efficient vehicles even motorcycles. experts say, though, the price hikes are not because people are using more gas. that's what normally we see as the reason. >> the price increase has very little to do with our demand in the united states. the world demand for oil is quite strong. >> reporter: all right. so what is it? what's happening is that oil traders are worried that oil
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supplies will dry up. they have even coined that phrase fear premium. and it's being thrown around in the biz quite a bit, specifically oil companies and traders trying to pad their pockets. they are afraid that the revolution in libya will spread to other opec countries that the u.s. actually relies on, because california refineries do not use oil from libya. now, the last lundberg survey came out a couple of days ago and that had us with prices jumping a dime in the past week. the next one is coming out on sunday. we'll see where the numbers are. but again, the real evidence is when you drive down the street and see very depressing signs like the one here behind me. >> i tell you, anne, i hope our cbs 5 news van doesn't need gas. that could be triple-digit bill right there. >> reporter: we use a lot of gas, i'm sorry to say. so yeah, that's going to come out of our raises probably. >> anne, you're right. anne makovec in south san francisco. thanks for joining us.
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>> 50 bucks to fill my honda. enough said there. lawyers for wikileaks founder julian assange says they will appeal a judge's ruling that he is to be extradited to sweden. a bridge judge ruled he can be sent to sweden to be tried for sex charges. his lawyer says he won't get a fair trial and might be extradited to the united states to face charges stemming from wikileaks. the death toll from the new zealand earthquake is approaching 100 and the numbers continue to rise. right now 98 people are confirmed dead after tuesday's quake centered near christchurch. 226 people are missing. and police say up to 120 bodies may still be in the rubble of the canterbury television building, one of thousands of buildings in christchurch area that are damaged or destroyed. last year's deadly explosion in san bruno could lead to new rules today regarding natural gas pipeline. the public utilities mmission is expected to vote today on
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requiring utilities to notify authorities when pressures accidentally spike above legal limits but the "chronicle" reports critics complain that the proposal doesn't go far enough because it would not require them to report high pressure levels when they are intentional. time is 5:07. it's getting chilly out there and they are getting the snow plows all set to go here in the bay area to get rid of all that snow. >> i finally figured out what lawrence -- who lawrence reminds me of. remember ralphie from christmas story? you need to find your hat with the flaps and stuff and remind people -- >> i thought you were going to say like robert redford, john wayne, clint eastwood? [ laughter ] i get the guy with the flaps on the hat! when you get weather like this, it's sells, amazing to watch all the weather developing outside right now. we are seeing the cold showers at this hour already scattered about the bay area in toward the redwood city area. you have showers there along 101 so watch out for that
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stretching over towards union city and also into hayward. but really this just the setup. no snow just yet. but throughout the day, we are going to see some very cold air pouring into the bay area. seeing some of that right now and you can also see some white here, some white and pink. that's a wintry mix as that cold air is going to just drop down in our direction so by the afternoon, snow levels dropping to about 1,000 feet. that's right. many of the mountaintops especially in the north bay going to start to pick up snow and accumulating on the ground. highs today will be cool, 40s and 50s all around the bay area. and then it looks like it's going to get even colder toward tomorrow. i think that's when we have a better chance of wild snow levels around the bay area, possibly down to sea level as we head in toward friday evening and saturday morning. all right. let get a traffic check with elizabeth. affic check with >> ralphie isn't as bad as that kid who got his tongue stuck to the pole!
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[ laughter ] >> to our maps in san francisco, we have lanes blocked on the paul avenue off- ramp to southbound 101. this was a solo car accident. the driver took off on foot, not sure why but chp is on scone waiting for the tow crews. better news now in san jose. this accident has been cleared southbound 85 right before el camino real. and just tracking our usual hot spots across the bay area, coming out of the altamont pass, you're still in the clear. this was okay yesterday actually, as well. ski week a lot of folks had this week off so our usual hot spots haven't been quite as hot. here's live look at westbound highway 4 through antioch a live look at our sensors, anyway. let's go outside a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. looks great through here. no delay at all as you approach the pay gate. you're just cruising towards treasure island. remember our radio partners, kcbs 740-am and 106.9-fm. back to you. >> thank you. wasn't ralphie the guy who got
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his tongue stuck to the pole? >> we have to get a picture of ralphie next to lawrence. lawrence, you do look like robert redford. [ laughter ] the time now is 5:10. and the countdown is on, space shuttle discovery's final blastoff. what held up the launch for months and a special passenger on board with the crew. ,,,, ♪ [ female announcer ] starbucks via is planted the same... ♪
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final time this afternoon. welcome back, everybody. 5:12 the time. space shuttle discovery is on the launch pad waiting to take off. nasa hopes there won't be any problems that developed during an earlier countdown back in
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november. and if the blastoff goes ahead the discovery will travel to the international space station with a crew of six and a robot. it will be the 39th flight. blastoff set for 1 hour and 50 minutes. the san francisco police department will be allowed to consider the use of tasers by its officers. the police commission approving that idea last night by a 6-1 vote. the department plans to study the plan and report to the commission in 90 days. supporters of the plan say officer-involved shootings will be reduced if officers have the option of using tasers. critics though contend that stun guns are dangerous and are concerned that the officers could overuse them. a new era officially begins today in the san jose police department. chris moore will be sworn in this afternoon as police chief. the 25-year veteran had been serving as interim mayor since rob davis retired in october. mayor chuck reed will be delivering the opening remarks at the ceremony set to begin at 5:00 at city hall. this comes at a time when the police officers association is
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not happy with the mayor. >> other similar sized cities have doubled sometimes even tripled the number of officers. >> that is a clip from the union's latest television ad criticizing mayor reed. the mayor wants officers to make pay and benefit concessions to help the city reduce the massive budget deficit and if they don't, the city is threatening to lay off as many as 350 officers. union leaders expressed their concerns at a news conference yesterday. >> today is about raising the alarm of a 350-officer cut. today is about raising the alarm of a 900-force police department protecting a city of over a million people. >> they say a scaled-down force would eliminate pro-active police work. the union says that could leave more crimes unsolved and raise the crime rate. mayor reed says the average total cost for a police officer has gone up 100% in the past
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decade. tough times in san jose and everywhere right now. 5:14 your time. we have heard about using gps to track criminals. how about students? a california city's new idea to keep kids in the classroom. president obama taking a stand in the battle over same- sex marriage. the impact it could have on california's prop 8 fight. ,, this is your captain speaking, we are fourteenth in line for take off. beep, beep, beep. looks like its bumper to bumper on the interstate. i gotta get to cleveland! should have skipped that second soda. remove your belt, your watch, your shoes. i wonder what gas costs today. seven dollars for a pillow! an extra bag costs what? i hate traffic! (train child) the train is now arriving. (announcer) the train has arrived indeed. amtrack. enjoy the journey.
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time it snowed at sea level in the bay area.. 35 years ago.. viewers have been sending in great pictures like this one of the last time it snowed at sea level in the bay area. this is like 30 years ago. it's going to happen again this weekend, lawrence. aka ralphie. [ laughter ] >> you're excited, i know. >> yeah. this is the best chance we have had in quite some time to see the snow make its way down to sea level but still, everything has to go perfect folks. but we are going to see snow around the bay area. there is no doubt about that. already seeing some scattered showers outside right now. some of that make its way in through redwood city and also into fremont. things going to stay unsettled and pretty showery throughout the day today.
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colder air coming in and mostly cloudy, showers and chilly temperatures. 30s and 40s. by the afternoon the showers will continue as we head in toward the latter part of the day snow levels drops in the north bay first where we are going to see some of that cold air working its way in. and you get a sense of it right now. you're seeing a wintry mix. you see some white and pink showing up and cold air beginning to drop down in the bay area. all this energy coming down from the arctic pouring down to the skies bringing with it the chance of low snow levels. so showers and snow levels down to 1,000 feet around the bay area today. one two to inches of snow. up to 2 to 6" above 1,000 feet and over that 6" of snow. that's here in the bay area. that doesn't happen often. toward friday colder air that dives across the rest of the
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bay area. i think that's when we are looking at the possibility of seeing some snow down to sea level especially into friday night. at some point real lose some of the moisture from the clouds and it will dry out and we won't see that precipitation. but if we do get that rainfall or that precipitation, friday overnight cold enough to see snow at low levels. get the cameras ready. don't see this happen very often. you could see snow right in your neighborhood. saturday afternoon, drying out, chance of more rain returning to the bay area as we look towards next tuesday. all right. let's check on that traffic now with elizabeth. >> back out to san francisco. they did completely clear that earlier accident that was for a time completely blocking the paul avenue off-ramp to southbound 101. the driver actually took off on food so san francisco police and chp were on scene for a while. now, that's gone. an earlier accident in san jose also cleared. so we are problem-free right now on bay area roads.
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no big incidents in our chp reports. here's a live look at our sensors down the nimitz freeway. 880, 64, 69, 72 miles per hour. so as you can see, top speeds really throughout the east bay. same thing if you're coming through pleasanton approaching the dublin interchange. all your drive times for the east bay still in the clear, not much yellow on any sensor. down the eastshore freeway, 1 minutes from the carquinez bridge to the maze. westbound 580, 14 minutes out of the altamont pass. and as you just saw nimitz freeway 880 through oakland looks great. let's go out -- oh, and mass transit is all on time. here's live look at the sierra if you are planning a trip towards tahoe. right no, no chains required on any highway. mass transit is on time. i think of we have a shot of the south bay, as well. we have 280 traffic coming out of downtown san jose where everything looks good as you head up towards cupertino. remember our radio partners, kcbs 740-am and 106.9-fm. back to you.
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>> thank you. senator dianne feinstein says she plans to introduce a bill that repeal a federal law banning the recognition of same- sex marriage. this all comes after the president's announcement yesterday that he would no longer defend the 1996 law. the justice department defended the act until now. but attorney general eric holder says the president decided that the administration cannot defend it. the decision not expected though to have a direct impact in the court battle over prop 8. that's the voter-approved measure in california that limits marriage to one man and one woman. a law professor tells the "san francisco examiner" that the president's decision has more to do with the federal government respecting state's rights. 5:22. it's already a mouthful. >> i guess so. but san jose is thinking about changing the name of its airport. right now it is the norman y. mineta san jose international airport. now the "mercury news" says a committee is looking into changing it to the norman y. mineta minute at the time that
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san jose silicon valley international airport or nymsjsv for short. why are they doing it? apparently the city thinks it would be a better marketing tool to attract more international flights. the mr. bush public will get a chance to weigh in on it. >> i like just san jose airport. facebook dumping a popular app. the impact it could have on your love life. >> plus, using gps to track students. a california city's controversial idea to stop kids from cutting class. that and more when we come back. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,
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[ female announcer ] new gold bond deep moisture, with 7 moisturizers and 3 vitamins. the body wash that moisturizes like a lotion. world war two. a dispute in san francisco over a coca-cola ad that dates back to world war ii. the owner was rehabbing the place 20 years ago and he came across this sign. people in the neighborhood asked him to save it and he did. but now some residents are complaining that it's against building codes. the city's planning director says ads are not allowed in residential areas unless the board of supervisors creates a special exemption. >> like a piece of history there. a school district in southern california using gps monitors to try and curb truancy. the anaheim school district testing that gps technology in
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a pilot program. any students in 7th or 8th grade who have four or more unexcused absences in the year must carry a gps at all times and then five times a day they are required to enter a special code that tracks their location. >> the objectsive is we want our students in school. we want them participating in their instructional programs. >> the students are also assigned an adult coach who calls them at least three times a week. facebook breaking up with a popular app and it was very popular. >> i guess so. it's pretty new, too. it could hurt your love life, too, i guess. facebook is banning the breakup notifier app that's designed to send e-mails to people as soon as -- the split second all your friends and what not, as soon as you change your relationship status. the app had more than 3.6 million users. facebook says they apparently dumped it because it was too popular. >> i don't get that. >> i think it's a little
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creepy. if you are going to break up with someone, just go to your status and say i am single. >> why don't you just walk out the door and talk to them. what's going on these days? >> that works, too. >> then you actually have to talk face to face. kind of like a date, something like that? 5:28. take a bath, lose weight? sounds too easy, right? here's the catch. you have to be able to handle the chill. we'll tell you how cold burns off the pounds. >> and an unexpected twist in the infamous chowchilla kidnapping case. why some of the men responsible for putting the three kidnappers behind bars now want them all released. coming up. and coming up, the gruesome discovery made in the backyard of this novato home and who police are calling a person of interest. >> reporter: you may have noticed gas prices not inching up but jumping up over the past few days. coming up we'll tell you why and hear from some frustrated drivers. get out the skis and the
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and i'm sydnie kohara. time is 5-- good morning. it's thursday, february 24. i'm frank mallicoat. we are getting excited. >> yup. i'm sydnie kohara. thank you so much for joining
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us! your time is 5:31. topping our news: crews will be out digging in a north bay backyard this morning to remove a body found buried there. christin ayers reports. >> reporter: good morning. police making that gruesome discovery around 8:00 last night in the backyard of this novato home where a man-missing for months. police first sent out cadaver dogs but those dogs could not find conclusive evidence of a body. they later sent out excavators from the fbi and they discovered the body last night. the body is unidentified and police say there is a lot of work to do including continuing to remove the body this morning. neighbors say they knew something was wrong when the wife of the man who was missing
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started acting strangely. >> i was walking my dog and a neighbor said evelyn was talking about dale in the past tense. that piqued her interest and i believe she may have contacted the authorities. >> reporter: 74-year-old dale smith is the man who was missing. we don't know whether or not that was his body. authorities are telling us that he had been suffering from bladder cancer and esophogeal cancer and also had some heart issues. mr. smith's wife has obtained a lawyer. they are not telling us much. they are only saying they believe he died of natural causes. >> thank you, christin ayers in novato. oakland police hope new surveillance video will help them solve a sexual assault case. officers say that the video shows the man who is suspected of attacking a woman near lake merritt. the victim says she was attacked in her apartment two weeks ago when she returned home. police say the man is not suspected in three previous
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assaults in the area. libyan leader moammar qaddafi's son says reports that hundreds of protestors have been killed are exaggerated. qaddafi may be preparing to make another speech to his country shortly. meanwhile, foreign governments continue to get their citizens out of the country of libya but the ferry schedule to evacuate americans to the island of malta, it's still in tripoli because of the high seas in the mediterranean. other countries are considering sanctions to end the violence. how do you feel about $4 a gallon gas? you have noticed prices are on the way up. anne makovec explains that it has to do with something called fear premium linked to the crisis in libya. i don't like the sign behind you, kind of scary. >> reporter: it is very scary. we are 1/10 of a penny away from $4 a gallon here at the chevron station. i'm in south san francisco off
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airport boulevard. not looking good here. things are rising very, very quickly. a ripple effect from the crisis in libya. and you may find that odd when you consider california refineries don't use any oil from the middle east. energy experts say it is the fear factor as frank mentioned because of the revolt in libya. world oil traders are afraid oil supplies may dry up. it might sound like an excuse when libya only producers 2% of the world oil supply but fear is a very strong pull. oil companies and traders are trying to pad their pockets in case the revolt in libya spreads to other opec countries that the u.s. does rely on. now, some people drive around trying to find the cheapest price. we caught one guy who accidentally came to this station. he just said he had no choice. >> i'm out of gas so i can't make it anywhere else so i have to stop here. usually i'll go to valero where
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it's cheaper but i'm empty so i don't want to risk not making it. >> reporter: so this is one of the highest prices at 3.99 for regular gas. but we have seen a lot of 3.89s and again, all signs point to this all going up. frank? >> i know. and that is no fu whatsoever. thank you, anne makovec live in south san francisco. usually when people are heading up to tahoe, we tell them to carry chains if it's going it snow. lawrence, we don't need snow chains around here just yet, do we? >> yup, you may see -- >> no way! >> snow right here in the bay area!! down to some very low levels. already beginning to see cold showers developing around the bay area today. scattered showers in toward redwood city and fremont and, well, that will continue just light stuff right now just scattered showers out ahead of the cold front. but there's more of this that's sliding in our direction and the air is going to get colder as we head through the day today. i think as we head through the evening, we are looking at snow down to about 1,000 feet here
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in the bay area. you have that cold snow, that wintry mix towards eureka, these areas. that moisture is heading our way. things are going to stay cool for highs today. expect highs only in the 40s and 50s. and we have a little snow coming our way. we'll talk more about that coming up. right now let's check traffic with elizabeth. >> coming around the corner, lawrence. all right. we are seeing brakes on 4. nothing unusual just a little slowing from a street to somersville road. elsewhere across the bay area, we are doing pretty well. no problems now coming in or out of san francisco on 101 or 280. we'll take this ride down along the peninsula, 101 looks great through san jose even all the way to morgan hill. traffic moving nice and quiet top speeds everywhere coming out of the altamont pass. 14 minutes to the altamont pass to the dublin interchange.
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mass transit on time. live look at 880/237 in milpitas. this is traffic heading towards silicon valley. looks good to go right now heading into san jose. remember our radio partners, kcbs 740-am and 106.9-fm. back to you. >> thank you. the death toll from that new zealand earthquake is expected to keep rising. >> 98 people confirmed dead after tuesday's quake centered near christchurch. 226 people are missing. police say up to 120 bodies may innocent rubble of the canterbury television building. it's one of thousands of buildings in the christchurch area that are damaged or destroyed. safety codes for new buildings in new zealand are similar to those here in california but the codes don't mean that the buildings are immune to destruction. >> you have to keep in mind that the building code even the codes here are not intended to preserve or to stop damage to buildings. they are only intended to preserve life safety, we call it. >> for the most part the buildings damaged or destroyed
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in new zealand are older and made with a lot of bricks and concrete n concrete. in california most of the buildings have been retrofitted. ann bodkin became known worldwide by speaking to reporters while trapped in the rubble of a building. after more than 25 hours, rescuers were finally able to free her. she complained of soreness as she was reunited with her husband. an unexpected twist in that infamous chowchilla kidnapping case. some of the men responsible for putting three kidnappers behind bars now want them released from jail. in 1976, fred woods and brothers richard and jim schoenfeld hijacked a madera county school bus with 26 children inside. they hid the children in a moving van they buried near livermore. the men were trying to get a ransom but the victims escaped and police quickly arrested the kidnappers. they have been in prison now
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for 35 years but yesterday some of the judges, prosecutors and investigators who put them in jail say they all deserve parole. >> what's right is right. how much time you want out of these guys? 35 years is an ample time. >> i still stay awake at night because i'm watching the shadows in my room waiting for something to come out of the shadows. these things don't go away. why should the kidnappers stop paying for a crime that is continuing to affect me even today? >> none of the kidnapped children or the bus driver were hurt. the parole board has denied all earlier parole requests. new rules regarding natural gas pipeline could get the green light in california today. the public utilities commission expected to vote on requiring utilities to notifying authorities when pressures accidentally spike. but they wouldn't be required
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to report high pressure levels when they are intentional. san francisco a step closer to allowing police officers to use tasers. last night the police commission voting to let the police department study the issue. the department will report back to the commission in 90 days. supporters say officer-involved shootings will be reduced if officers have the option of using a taser. critics though contend that stun guns are dangerous and are concerned that officers could overuse them. 5:41. the makers of the plan b pill have come up with a plan a. the controversial request it's making to the fda. i dabbled with weight watchers, carb free. >> i have tried quite a few. >> but did you ever try the ice diet? how it's keeping some people slim and trim in cold. coming up. ,,,,
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a snow plow, getting ready for what promises to be a cold, wet and snowy next few days.. we don't usually see snow plows in the bay area. getting ready for a cold wet and snowy next few days. caltrans has them on standby. viewers have been sending great photos of the last time it snowed at sea level in the bay area 35 years ago. look at that. lawrence! what do you think? could it happen this weekend? >> i remember being out -- >> look at the way everyone is dressed. >> that might be a bit older picture. [ laughter ] >> i remember being out in my playground in third grade when we did have that snow in the bay area in the '70s but you know what? there is the best chance that i can remember since doing this for over 20 years that we could see some snow down to sea level. now, it's getting interesting right now. we have that cold air and the
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showers beginning to show up around the bay area. not the coldest air that we are going to see with the storm system but cold enough that we are beginning to see a wintry mix developing over some of the mountaintops so folks, yes, it has begun. we have some of that arctic air beginning to plow into the bay area. plow? yeah. they may need some snow plows the next couple of days right around the bay area mountains. mostly cloudy out the door. chance of showers throughout the bay area. seeing that right now. temperatures on the cool side, 30s and 40s by the afternoon. mostly cloudy skies, the showers will be picking up. temperatures for highs only in the 40s and 50s so far the mountaintops even colder and that's where we are expecting some of the snow to begin. you get an idea of the storm system seeing some of the clouds gathering here also seeing kind of a wintry mix beginning in parts of northern california. that cold air is going to plunge right into the bay area. showers, low snow levels especially toward the afternoon hours. it will be picking up in the north bay first. so with that in mind, checking
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out our computer models and you will notice as we take you through the day here, we begin to see some of the white and pink, that's some snow beginning to creep down across parts of the north bay as we head in toward the latter part of the afternoon and then it looks like overnight, as we head in toward early friday morning, that air gets even colder and that's when we could actually see some of that snowmaking its way all the way down to sea level but you get the idea. that cold air making its way in our direction. and yes, folks, we got some interesting weather coming our way. winter weather advisories, snow levels running at about 1,000 feet around the bay area. even lower as we head in toward friday. temperatures for highs today only in the 50s and 40s. could be one wild friday around the bay area with a chance of some snowfall all the way down to sea level continuing into saturday morning before warming up and drying out on sunday. here's a look at traffic with elizabeth. >> you're even getting me excited about snow and wet weather. [ laughter ] >> i'm usually the last one. makes for a messy commute.
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all right. so far, this morning we are dry looking great out there no big hot spots. so as far as the roads go, your commute looks great. enjoy an extra cup of coffee no problem. right now delay-free heading into san francisco. let's go outside and show you one more live traffic. 880 through oakland past the coliseum, these taillights, that's traffic moving northbound into downtown oakland. all right. let's go to our matches. all the approaches to the bay bridge throughout east bay still look good. down the eastshore freeway fine through richmond into berkeley. westbound 4 24 quiet, as well. this is a good time to leave to avoid traffic troubles on the road. 101 to the south bay no problems. travel times for the guadalupe parkway, 280 and 101 all in the clear right now. remember our radio partners, kcbs 740-am and 106.9-fm. things can change at any moment in the traffic department.
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back to you. >> thank you. kind of like a holiday there, huh? 5:47. here's a check of today top stories. a body is expected to be removed from a backyard in novato. police found the body last night after a neighbor reported the 74-year-old man had not been seen in months. the body has not been identified. and a british judge has ruled against that wikileaks founder julian asacramento. he will be extradited to sweden on sex crime allegations. his lawyers have a tweak appeal that decision. assange is accused of sexually assaulting two wikileakss volunteers in stockholm just last summer. the united states and other countries are considering possible sanctions against libya all in an effort to stop violence against anti- government protestors. heavy seas in the mediterranean continue to prevent a ferry from carrying hundreds of americans away from that port of tripoli to malta.
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listen to this sentence. we manipulated cigarettes to make them more addictive. that is what the justice department wants tobacco companies to put on cigarette warning labels. today there is a big meeting between the justice department and tobacco companies to decide if and when that will in fact happen. the justice department's long- running tobacco case dates back to 1999. the makers of the plan b pill want to make it available to children 11 years old. girls under the age of 17 currently need a prescription to get the morning-after pill. a pharmaceutical company says any female should have access to the pill because it must be taken within three days of sex to prevent pregnancy. it's asking the fda to lift the current age restriction. many opposing groups are concerned that it will be sold to minors without parental consent. we have all heard of those low carb diets and the high protein diets? now some people are using the ice diet to stay slim and trim. here's how it works.
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you step in a tub filled with ice. experts call the process thermal loading. they say it will help get rid of unwanted fat. >> so your body wants to be 98.6 degrees. and if your body temperature is lowered it will do everything it can to get back there. and it burns calories as heat. and most of those calories come from fat. >> the doctor recommends a slow process. first start using an ice pack on your back and chest. and then build up to a cold shower. and the final step is that ice bath. but before you try it, experts say you should talk to your doctor. it might give you a heart attack! >> i was going to say. or you will have something much worse like a heart attack. how about just a run? >> walk around the block. 5:50. questions surrounding steve jobs' health and the future of apple. this morning, what the company is refusing to do. and you remember that home buyer tax credit? well, payback time, folks. who has to hand over the $7,500. that and much more coming up.
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replacing its chief we are back. it is 5:53. and apple will not have to go public with its plan for replacing its chief executive. the issue came up at yesterday's shareholders meeting. last month steve jobs went on an indefinite medical leave with no details. some shareholders called for disclosure of a plan to ensure a smooth transition in case jobs decides to leave. but that proposal was voted down. it's payback time for home buyer who took advantage of that $7,500 tax credit back in 2008. the credit was not a freebie. it was actually an interest- free loan provided by the government to breathe a little life into the dying housing market. that loan must be paid back
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over 15 years beginning with this year's tax return. congress has since changed the rule. the home buyer tax credit in 2009 and 2010 do not have to be repaid. the space shuttle discovery is on the launch pad at cape canaveral poised to lift off for the final time this afternoon. nasa says it's confident there will be no leaks of hydrogen gas or cracks in the fuel tank. both of those problems developed during an earlier countdown back in november. if the blastoff goes ahead, discovery will travel to the international space station. it will be discovery's 39th flight. you love this story because some of the brightest minds in science witnessed a little bit of history. >> the basketball team at cal tech ended, get this, a 310- game conference losin streak. they beat occidental college by one point tuesday night. the winning point from a computer science major, ryan em quist. >> he will never forget it. >> he is now off to play in the
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big leagues. big leagues meaning he is becoming a software engineer for google. >> i think that dates back to the reagan era 310 games. >> congratulations to them. let's check the forecast and lawrence, i think we're all excited about the snow. >> yeah. >> mother nature better deliver, though. >> what's interesting, just walking around downtown out for a cup of coffee everybody is talking about it. it's pretty exciting stuff, it doesn't happen very often! right now, scattered showers in the bay area into the peninsula and parts of the north bay stronger cell making its way onshore. just the beginning of some colder air that's working its way through the bay area. not a whole lot in the way of snowfall just yet although we are beginning to see a wintry mix over some of the south bay mountains. now, that's all going to start to change as we head toward the afternoon. that cold air plunging from the gulf of alaska and yup, we have winter weather advisories going up and get this, folks, 1,000 feet in the bay area starting out in the north bay first and spreading across the rest of the bay area. i think the snow levels even
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lower as we head in toward friday. maybe even down to sea level. all right. let's get a traffic check with elizabeth. >> all right. thank you, lawrence. let's go out live towards the sierra. if you are heading up interstate 80 here's a live look near colfax. excuse me, choking a little bit on a banana. everything is moving fine now. no chain requirements either for interstate 80, 50 or 88. we are not seeing the use congestion around this time of the morning. some schools are off. yesterday was a good day as well on the roads so again there is live look at the golden gate bridge. they did the lane change configuration. so four lanes now open to southbound traffic heading into san francisco. and looks great as well across the carquinez bridge and the benicia bridge. that is your traffic. back to you. >> thank you. 5:56 your time. in the next half hour, several
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women sexually assaulted near lake merritt. the new surveillance video released. >> deadly clashes in libya, a problem getting americans out of there. >> plus, gas prices on the rise. you may have noticed. it's being blamed on the crisis in libya. you might be surprised to find out that california doesn't refine any gas from libya. we'll tell you what this is about coming up next. and a body found in the backyard of this novato home, the suspicious behavior that neighbors say the woman who lives here showed before the discovery. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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