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de muni every day. i enjoy it the most when i'm with sidney. she doesn't notice that it's too crowded or that it can run a half hour late. i'm bevan dufty, and i'm running for mayor because it's not enough to just "get it done"-- we have to get it done better. sidney thinks muni is magic. we go underground and come out someplace new-- just us. i want all of us to see it that way. collision between two amtrak your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. a frightening jolt and a frustrating wait. a head-on collision between two amtrak trains in the east bay last night causes problems for commuters well into the morning. good afternoon, i'm grace lee. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. today we are getting some new details on the possible
mistakes behind that amtrak crash. anne makovec is in oakland where investigators are looking into some leads. she joins us with more. >> reporter: good afternoon. i just spoke with federal regulators on the phone. they say that the investigation has now moved from the tracks here in oakland where things are now running smoothly off site, looking at the engines and components similar to an airplane's black box to find out exactly what happened overnight. they say this investigation, though, is going to take months. >> we heard a big bang like a bomb. >> reporter: it was two amtrak trains colliding head on at about 10 p.m. last night. the coast starlight was stopped at the jack london square station unloading passengers when a commuter train, the san joaquin from bakersfield, hit it going about 20 miles per hour. >> we're just on the train and all of a sudden, it just pushed back, uhm, probably -- we were told it pushed back about five feet. so it was just a big jolt.
>> reporter: the impact sent both of the engines off the rails. at least one of them hit a concrete platform. >> we were watching a movie and then, all of a sudden, we got launched into the front of the train. >> we fell. i ran in. a guy was bleeding. it was just crazy. >> reporter: 17 people were injured. six were taken to the hospital. no injuries are life threatening. there were no trains in or out of the oakland station all night long as the two trains remained on the tracks. inspectors checked the damage to the rail and repaired it this morning. in the meantime, passengers were bused to emeryville to catch trains from there. >> they encouraged people who wanted to turn in their tickets and come back in 24 hours to do so. but many of us -- there's about a dozen of us -- had nowhere to go if we went back to san francisco or were willing to
wait. originally they said three to five ours. and it's been longer than that. >> reporter: now the federal railroad administration, the california public utilities commission, and amtrak are investigating. some of their leads, local firefighters say the commuter train ran a red light and amtrak workers say it looks like a switch wasn't thrown that would have moved the second train to another track. they say that switch is operated by a dispatch center in nebraska. so the coast starlight is now running about 10 hours late. there were a lot of cancellations this morning. that's pretty much over. but if you were on any of the trains that were cancelled, contact amtrak for a full refund. no fees or penalties on that. >> are both trains out of there? is one still on the track there? >> reporter: nope. they are both out of here. and they moved them to an amtrak yard. in fact, they moved the engines to a yard. as for the coast starlight, all they had to do was slap another engine on that and the rest of
the train continued on its way up to seattle about 10 hours late. >> must be a train turn, "slap." [ laughter ] >> very good. >> reporter: you know. >> i do. anne makovec. thank you. we are learning more about the victims and the accused shooter in the salon massacre in southern california. mourners have started a memorial just outside the beauty salon in seal beach, where eight people were gunned down. according to his niece, the salon owner was killed in the shooter. 42-year-old scott dekraai is under arrest for it. his ex-wife michelle worked at the salon and friends say that they are both in the middle of the custody dispute for their son. in court filings, she claimed that he was unstable and physically abusive. >> i would assume he probably snapped, thinking, you know, she is going to try to get custody and maybe, you know, they will give her custody because she's a mom. >> it's not clear if the suspect's ex-wife is one of the victims. the only shooting victim to survive is currently in critical condition. a face that's familiar to
the oakland police department is back in the top cop seat at least for now anyway. assistant police chief howard jordan replacing anthony batts. jordan previously served as the interim chief for several months before batts was hired in 2009. batts suddenly resigned two days ago, saying he has been unable to run the department effectively because of too much bureaucracy in the city. he says he will leave the job by november 15. first the resignation, now this. the people of oakland don't think much of the mayor anymore, apparently. according to the our exclusive eyewitness news poll, just 28% approve mayor jean quan's job performance. 53% disapprove. it's almost a complete reversal from the same poll just six months ago. one perceived weakness is quan's inability to reduce crime in the city. >> no question about it. inthink that it has been very clear that the mayor doesn't support gang injunctions or curfews or any tool that will allow the police to do their jobs. >> when we asked if mayor quan
can curb the city as crime rate, more than two-thirds polled said they had little to no confidence. san francisco mayor ed lee faces a criminal investigation into questionable campaign donations. the accusation of money laundering stems from donations from 17 employees on the go lorrie's airport van service. they each gave $500 to lee's election campaign. rival mayoral candidate dennis herrera says supervisors at the company told drivers that they would be repaid for their donations. mayor lee's campaign says that they returned the money. it seems hard to believe but next week marks the 20th anniversary of the fire that devastated the oakland hills. today fire crews show us what it was like on the actual fire run. stephanie chuang reports. reporter: this narrow windy and steep terrain is why the tunnel fire burned for so long
almost 20 years ago here in the oakland hills. crews brought our cameras along it where the unforgiving fire killed 25 people, injured 150 others, and destroyed nearly 3500 homes. today firefighters reenacted the response should another blaze ignite here showing off the changes made since 1991. >> radio capabilities, the equipment that's carried on the rigs, all our firefighters now have a level of training involving wild land firefighting and the necessary equipment that was not necessarily here in '91. >> reporter: it was back in '91 when a fire division chief and oakland police officer died trying to save people from their burning homes. the message today is also that home owner homeowners have the power to save lives, defensible place and relief when told. >> if you are told to evacuate, grab the most important things, kids and pets, get out of the house and know at least two ways to get out of your neighborhood. >> prepare the homes so that the firefighters that do
respond in here have a reasonable chance of protecting their homes under these very trying fire conditions. >> reporter: and surviving. >> and surviving. >> reporter: in the oakland hills, stephanie chuang, cbs 5. one man is recovering from smoke inhalation following this morning's fire at a west oakland warehouse. it took crews about 40 minutes to contain the fire. it was located on west and apgar streets. morning commuters could see the smoke and the flames from 580 and the macarthur bart station. the warehouse was converted to a living work space. no word on what may have started the fire. coming up, she is helping others by sharing her personal pain. [ inaudible ] it is graphic. the stuff of horrors. but it is a source of inspiration in the bay area. her survival story coming up. fancy cars, expensive clothes, yes, money can buy you some nice things. but how key is it when it comes
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testifying that dr. conrad murray should never have treated the singer with propofol in the first place and that the doctor was completely unprepared to monitor or save jackson's life. >> all those deviations, all directly impacted his -- his life, because if these deviations would not have happened, mr. jackson would have been alive. >> the defense is expected to take over next week after a surprise shift in tactics. murray's attorneys have now abandoned the theory that jackson drank the fatal dose of propofol. he may still argue that jackson injected it when murray left the room. in other news, banks are dragging down the market today. >> let's take a live look at the big board on wall street to see -- only slightly down about 20 points. stocks fell earlier after jpmorgan chase said sluggish investments really hurt its income. investors are also waiting for more details on exactly how
european officials plan to tackle their debt crisis. and new applications for jobless benefits fell very slightly that is week, 404,000 claims compared to 405,000 the week before. still, the numbers are quite a bit higher than they would be for a healthy economy. new claims have hovered around 400,000 a week since april. and economists say that they need to fall below 375,000 and stay there to signal sustainable job growth and we haven't seen that since february. a weak economy has employers hiring fewer people. people are also having fewer babies. the u.s. birth rate has dropped since 2007. the survey shows people are not extending their families because of high unemployment and foreclosure rates. plus, as you know, expensive to raise those children. the great depression and the oil price shock of the 1970s showed a similar trend with lower birth rates, as well. happy married couples don't need a lot of cash.
that's according to a new survey by brigham young. researchers say couples who don't obsess over money were more likely to have a happy marriage, less materialistic couples scored up to 15% higher in terms of communication an conflict resolution. affluent couples were more likely to describe money as a source of tension. >> so romantic. makes you al warm and fuzzy inside. >> i think i'd rather have the money and work it all out. fasten your seatbelt, turn off the phone and hold it. >> if you are high in the sky and you really have to go, there is a potty plan that might have you feeling a little flushed, lawrence. >> back here on earth, folks, we have some sunshine to talk about. gorgeous weather outside right now. how long will it last? we'll talk about that next. ,,
research in the blackberry phone network is back to normal after an outage that hit millions worldwide. the ceo apologized saying that they failed to provide reliable realtime communication. some may still see delays with messaging and web access. they recommend rebooting the blackberry or pull out the battery and slide it back in after 10 seconds. >> iphone. >> there you go. you can do that, too. remember how before a long road trip you didn't need to go to the bathroom? but mom would say, just try! [ laughter ] >> you should listen to mom.
the ceo of irish airline ryan air tells a british newspaper the company plans to remove most of the toilets on board its planes and replace them with seats. that will lower the cost up to 5%. not sure it's going to be good for -- >> that's not worth it to me. >> they're asking for trouble. lots of trouble coming their way. >> how long is this flight? two hours? excuse me. people will be running off the plane. >> no kidding. [ laughter ] what a day we have going today. a lot of sunshine outside. it is clear to the coastline today from mount diablo, you' looking good there. -- you're looking good there. you have sunshine and high cirrus clouds overhead -- overhead, plenty of sunshine and comfortable even at the beaches with an offshore flow. we don't have that many days like this left. so we have another warm one today. probably tomorrow, as well. it looks like clear to mild tonight and then we are going to see some changes over the weekend as it looks like high pressure finally going to break down and move out of way.
temperatures very impressive right now. 79 degrees already in concord and 73 in oakland. 81 in livermore and 77 degrees in san jose. expecting sunny skies in the afternoon. a few high clouds moved through early on this morning, but the ridge continuing to build in so it's going to hold on here for at least another day. and then as we get in toward the week, starts to break down a little bit and temperatures cool off a few degrees. plan on great weather around the bay area this afternoon. temperatures soaring into the 80s in the south bay and even 91 in morgan hill. 85 in mountain view. about 73 degrees, gorgeous, in pacifica. as you head inland, you will see toasty temperatures into the 90s in toward pleasanton. 90 in pleasant hill and about 85 in vallejo. inside the bay 81 degrees in berkeley. and about 76 degrees in sausalito. 74 in daly city. so looking out over the next couple of days, we'll see some beautiful weather today and tomorrow. a few more high clouds likely to make their way across our skies, especially around the
bay area. those temperatures begin cooling down. that cooling trend lasting toward the middle of next week. you get the high pressure and offshore flow, sometimes worried about fires. it's not that strong of an offshore flow so the weather is fine and no fire danger. >> a little cal/usc game tonight. >> perfect weather, dress in shorts. >> you didn't mention it because you're a ucla fan. >> thank you, grace. >> and neither did. >> you just a cal grad. thank you. it causes her nightmares but a concord woman tells the story of the darkest chapter of her life, the holocaust. sharon chin met with this week's jefferson award winner to find out how her talks are doing good and we want to warn you, some of what she has to say is disturbing. [ inaudible ] >> reporter: 82-year-old yanina cywinska describes the horrors of the holocaust at solano community college in fairfield. she was a 10-year-old aspiring ballerina when she says the nazis captured her catholic polish family for helping jewish
people. in the concentration camps, she watched her parents die. >> memories come back of my mother pulling her out of gas chamber by her feet,. >> reporter: miraculously yanina didn't inhale enough poison to die. she said she worked as a slave dragging out and sorting through dead bodies. after six years of at 16 years old she was freed by the members of the japanese- american 447 combat team. she looked like a skeleton. >> i climbed up on the tank, the american tank, and wrapped myself up with american flag and yelled to everybody that we are free. >> reporter: yanina has been telling her story to bay area high school and college audiences for the last 25 years. she started to counter skeptics to believed the holocaust was a lie. >> i have nightmares of all sorts. but then, second day after speech, everything's calmed down and i realize what a gorgeous world this is.
>> karen mcchord ethnic studies professor at solano community college regularly invites yanina to speak. >> people across cultures can relate to what she is saying because it is a story of strength and it's a story of survival. >> reporter: a student says hearing yanina's powerful story makes her problems seem small. >> i love her spirit, her uplifting smile and personality it makes her story more motivational. >> reporter: after she was freed yanina studied in paris and became a ballerina. today she leads a senior exercise class and substitute teaches ballet in the east bay but is known best for speaking out. >> i want them to know that hate leads to holocaust, that hate is a bad thing. >> reporter: so for inspiring audiences for a quarter century with her survival story, this week's jefferson award in the bay area goes to yanina cywinska. sharon chin, cbs 5.
oranges, yellow, red, purple, whites, greens, rainbow colors. look at this. that's how you have to buy them, bright colors all the way through, red veins through the vegetables the leaves, bright all way through, no yellowing and nice and firm to the touch. they are fresh. when you can hear them, when they talk back to you, it's fresh. in the refrigerator right away. open up the plastic bag so it can breathe and enjoy within one or two days. sauteed, look at all the colors. i love this vegetable. i'm tony tantillo, your fresh grocer. and always remember to eat fresh and stay healthy. i'm going to take these home now. bye-bye. >> from fresh to sweet treat. how this could hit you in the gut and your wallet. >> i guess so. a british chef and jeweler baked the most expensive dessert ever. the price for that baby right there, $35,000. it's like a faberge egg with dark chocolate from around the
world and gold champagne caviar and a 2-carat diamond finished with edible gold leaf and includes a free night's stay and a brand-new car -- no -- dinner at a countryside hotel. coming up at 5:00 you heard the life coach but a mommy coach from planning dinner to play dates how a south bay woman is helping mothers tackle motherhood. that and much more coming up at 5:00. >> caption colorado, llc email@example.com ,,
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