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interstate 80 in pinole. traffic was crawling past the accident as fire crews doused the tractor-trailer with water and also fire retardant. around 2:30 a crash occurred between two cars and a big rig near the pinole valley road exit. the impact caused the big rig to collide into the center divider before it burst into flames. a chp officer says no one was injured. okay. let's check in with liz now. i guess all the lanes are open, but you may be busy. >> they just opened lanes 3 minutes ago at 4:25. so we're not seeing any big delays any longer. for a while they had two of the left lanes closed. we were seeing minor delays but hopefully all the activity is off to the right-hand shoulder and with just minor injuries. it looks like we're good to go on westbound and eastbound 80. >> skies looking good around the bay area still cold in spots, freeze warnings in the north bay valleys, down to the 20s there again but 30s and 40s elsewhere and warmer weather,
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maybe above-normal temperatures, on the way. >> thank you. 4:30. some newly released video shows the moment of impact when that asiana airlines flight crashed at sfo back in july. the airport surveillance video shows the plane came in too close to the water. the plane then clipped the seawall, skidded down the runway and caught fire. the video was revealed yesterday at an ntsb hearing in washington. kpix 5's andria borba what more revelations from that hearing. reporter: six months after the carnage of asiana flight 214 at sfo, the ntsb hearing on capitol hill took aim at the why of the crash in the first place. these new photos of the july 6 crash were released today. the terror in the sky caused by a flight coming in low and slow. the combination of automation dependence and pilot inexperience. >> and all three of them let this airplane basically fall out of the sky. >> reporter: one of the pilots told investigators the visual approach combined with sfo's downed guidance system stressed
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him. >> in fact, if he felt stressed he probably shouldn't have been flying the approach. >> reporter: the questions then moved to the nightmare scenario on the ground with flames, foam, debris and confusion as a san francisco rig ran over crash survivor ye ming wan not once but twice. >> there is one person who didn't get the treatment that i know that you all would want and that we would expect. >> while we definitely regret the additional insult to the deceased. >> reporter: three separate firefighters during triage said she was dead and moved on. >> each one of the personnel that recognized the deceased then immediately, based on their training and our protocols, defaulted to the higher priority of effecting rescue of trapped victims in a burning aircraft. >> reporter: while rig drivers typically traveling in teams had only one set of eyes. >> our riders were eventually pressed into service inside the
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aircraft leaving our drivers by themselves. >> reporter: andria borba, kpix 5. >> it will likely be several months before federal investigators issue a final report. happening today, bart and its two biggest unions are expected back at the negotiating table. the issue this time, six weeks per year of paid family leave. that clause in the tentative contract the workers approved a few weeks back. bart directors say the provision was included by mistake and they want it out, of course. the unions are suing claiming bart broke the law. a person is in custody after a multi-city police chase that began and ended in antioch. officers tried to pull a driver over around 7 p.m. last night. investigators say the car struck one of the officers prompting a chase through pittsburg-bay point and concord. back in antioch, they used spike strips and the suspect fled on foot. he was arrested. many people would love to own a home built in the 19th century and there's one up for
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sale right now just a short walk south of san jose state university. but there is a downside. as kpix 5's betty yu reports, the victorian is far from move- in ready. >> reporter: it's burned-out, fenced in and boarded out but this home on south 7th street needs no brochures or pretty photos to attract a list of all cash-paying potential buyers and most are ready to pay more than the $399,000 asking price. >> it's a thing of beauty. we take great pleasure in renovating homes nava right of conditions. >> i would consider this dirt is what really it is. it's a good location near the san jose state university campus. >> reporter: this victorian style 2000-plus-square-foot home built in 1895 was severely damaged in a fire back in 2012. it had been abandoned for years. this summer the owner paid nearly $400,000 hoping to develop it into student housing. but she ran into some financial
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trouble. so it's back on the market. >> i can't remember anything like this in this condition that's attracted this kind of attention. you know, the old adage of location location location is very key to this property. >> reporter: the realtor represents two bidders including mark garzon who runs a design engineering and construction firm. his vision? >> to turn it into something because of proximity to the campus where students can take advantage of it. >> reporter: he is up against several bidders including silicon valley home, which is part of a new hgtv show flip it to win it that will air next spring. >> make it a beautiful stunning period-specific renovation into a single family residence. >> reporter: betty yu, kpix 5. >> potential buyers have until 6:00 tonight to put in their bids. it is 4:35. it's a thursday. so we can start talking about the weekend, can't we, oh, my goodness, i can't wait for the weekend, guys! >> no kidding. >> the weekend is going to be much improved. the weather is starting to warm up around the bay area.
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still cold in spots this morning. freezing in some of the north bay valleys again but that cold air starting to get out of the bay area. still nice and clear a little hazy in spots. but even a couple of patches of fog in the north bay valleys into santa rosa. 26 degrees there. 29 concord. 45 san francisco. and 34 in san jose. so freeze warnings continue until 9:00 this morning in the north bay valleys. this probably is going to be the last day of any freeze warnings. big changes coming our way in the next couple of days. got a cold front headed our way, probably more clouds late tonight and tomorrow. otherwise, the temperatures for today, 50s maybe some low 60s in the afternoon. a lot warmer over the weekend. we'll talk more about that in a moment. right now let's check your "kcbs traffic" with elizabeth. >> thanks, lawrence. and we have new problems now also on the eastshore freeway. this time westbound 80. this is in the commute direction in berkeley this time. a big rig lost its trailer and so it apparently is blocking one lane. and they are running a quick traffic break in order to clear it westbound 80 near central. so our sensors are not seeing any delays yet but obviously
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there will be some minor backups here in the next few minutes. but much better news for our traffic alert. it has been canceled in pinole eastbound 80 overnight all lanes blocked and then some lanes were blocked. all lanes are back open after a tractor-trailer fire and accident in the eastbound lanes near pinole valley road. bay bridge toll plaza, there is some roadwork this morning westbound 80 as you cross into san francisco for the next 20 minutes or so. but obviously, the volume of traffic, cars, is just so light, it just doesn't really matter. it's not causing much of a delay. and bart, all trains are on time, more than 20. that's your latest "kcbs traffic." back to you guys. 4:37. around the bay, a new jersey elevator company is facing thousands of dollars in fines for the death of a worker at the new santa clara 49ers stadium. 63-year-old donald white was on a ladder at the bottom of an elevator shaft when he was struck and killed by a
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counterweight. it happened back in june. cal/osha issued three citations totaling $54,000 to schindler elevator. they may appeal. authorities expect to know whether they caught the cotton ball bandit. deputies shot and wounded a suspected bank robber after a bank of the west was hit in novato yesterday. he may be the bandied tight to at least nine robberies in the past year. the maker of the popular hot sauce sriracha is in hot water again. this time there could be a shortage. state health officials told the southern california-based producer it can't ship any more product until next month. that's because the health department is enforcing stricter guidelines that require 30-day hold now on every bottle. >> we already have [ indiscernible ] customer say, uhm, we are their only supplier for this. we don't give to them, how they going to survive? >> last month, the judge ordered the company to stop production after neighbors sued claiming the spicy odors from
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the facility made their eyes and their throats burn. new this morning, a south african official admits to hiring the man accused of faking sign interpretation at nelson mandela's memorial this week. deaf organizations say the interpreter was signing complete gibberish. the man told a local paper that once he got on stage he lost concentration started hearing voices and saw angels. he claims he suffers from schizophrenia. he was paid 85 bucks to be there. and you're now looking at live pictures from pretoria south africa where nelson mandela's body lies in state. thousands are enduring long lines and stringent security checks to pay their respects to the former president. and as alfonso van marsh reports, it isn't just south africans make the journey to say good-bye. people are coming from all over the world. reporter: nelson mandela's body made the slow procession from a military hospital in pretoria to the union buildings where he will lie in state for
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a second day. thousands are waiting in line for hours to see the body. it's a long process for a brief momentum with their former president. >> it's a good feeling to say good-bye to him. it's a very good feeling. but it's a very fast process. >> reporter: tens of thousands of people are making what many call a pilgrimage to say good- bye to mandela, coming not just from across the south africa but from around the world. >> i do consider nelson mandela a saint. >> reporter: michael battle raised money to travel from raleigh, north carolina, to be part of the celebration. the american first met mandela in the 1990s while working on his doctorate in south africa. >> nelson mandela shook my hand and he took an interest in me. it's just like my father dying. you don't allow circumstances get in the way of going to mourn and celebrate and han or a life like someone who is so close to you. >> reporter: that is the sentiment shared by so many mourners here for an emotional farewell to the man they respectfully call tata or
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father. alfonso van marsh, cbs news, pretoria, south africa. >> tomorrow will be the last day of viewing. after that, mandela's body will be taken to his hometown to be buried sunday. 4:41. a teenaged drunk driver was granted probation rather than jail time. >> new developments in the battle between an oakland toy company and the surviving members of the hip-hop group beastie boys. the latest lawsuit filed in that case on its way. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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into a truck in houston... a gas pump burst into flame the driv it's hard to believe this story ended the way it did. an suv crashed into a truck in houston then a gas pump burst into flames. the driver was knocked unconscious as her car caught fire. two good samaritans jumped into action smashed the window of the suv and pulled her out. one of them says he was praying the car didn't blow up and the woman is expected to be okay. 4:43 now. a teenaged drunk driver who killed four people in texas will not serve a day behind
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bars. reporter todd unger explains how the 16-year-old was awarded probation instead of prison. reporter: if you can take anything away from what happened on that june evening, it is that life bottoms down to decisions, choices that can devastate. >> he will be feeling the hand of god, definitely. he may think he's gotten away with something, but he hasn't gotten away with anything. >> reporter: 16-year-old ethan couch who was driving three times the legal limit for an adult when he killed four strangers found out that he will likely receive treatment at a high-end rehab facility in california instead of punishment behind bars here in texas. >> to me, it's not right. >> reporter: alexander has a brother that was paralyzed in the same accident. >> all the people go out and drink and drive and kill some more people, okay, now we're going to put new prison. >> reporter: he questions how the teen only received 10 years of probation for an act so reckless. we spoke with a couple of local attorneys who have handled
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these types of cases in the past. they all say that if couch was just one year older this would have no doubt played out far differently in adult court. still, given the severity of this crime, they are surprised there is no jail time. couch's attorney says it makes the most sense. >> taking him away from his family and teaching him to be a responsible citizen, that's a consequence. >> reporter: if the teen has even one mishap, he will likely be carted off to prison. but all of it has left some of those still looking for justice. >> i can't change anything in this. only god can do that. >> reporter: somewhere far, far from here. >> prosecutors then asked for the maximum of 20 years behind bars. lawyers for the 16-year-old had argued that the teen's parents should share part of the blame for the crash because they never set limits for the boy and gave him everything he ever wanted. an unauthorized 17-hour party at a mansion in southern california led to looting, hundreds of thousands of
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dollars in damage, and as serene branson shows us, the heist of a very expensive stuffed snow leopard. reporter: this youtube video shows an estate known for parties. the sheriff's deputies say the most recent one was a ghost party run by teens who cased an occupied homes for sale. >> the suspect hosted a party charged a fee and probably about 100-plus kids or so attended the party. >> reporter: but then the party got out of control. >> somebody broke into the house and then caused a lotting frenzy and while they're in the house, they started looting and causing damage. >> reporter: to the tune of $1 million. sheriffs served search warrants and recovered many of the items, versace suit, medieval masks and a $250,000 stuffed snow leopard a now extinct species. deputies say pictures of many of the items were posted on twitter by the thieves. 100 teens made it into the house. 16 arrested, 13 of them juveniles. the house is owned by a trucking magnate who told us he
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was out of the country when the party and vandalism occurred. he didn't want to talk but point us to his facebook pictures of the house. neighbors told us there are often parties behind these gates and they didn't think much of the commotion the weekend before thanksgiving. >> probably jumped the fence. not very hard here, no, because it's quiet. >> reporter: deputies say parents have been cooperative but the teens face serious charges. >> they shouldn't be doing it but they got caught up in doing something wrong. >> that was serene branson reporting. investigators say the person suspected of swiping the snow leopard had no idea how much it was worth and took it because, quote, all the good stuff was gone. 4:47. time for another check of weather. and we have some good news over the weekend, i guess, right? >> yes. we have had those freezing temperatures for quite some time. looks like these numbers could head above average as we look toward the weekend. especially as we head in toward sunday and monday. out the door another cold start mostly clear skies, you see those clouds off the coastline that's going to factor into
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your weather here in the next day or so. otherwise it is mostly clear out over the bay. the temperatures still cold in spots. 29 in concord. 26 degrees in santa rosa. 34 in san jose. and 45 degrees in san francisco. throughout the day though we'll see plenty of sunshine and it looks like some very hazy sunshine by the afternoon. it is a "spare the air" day. much warmer weather is on the way though for the weekend as high pressure is going to build in. but looks like the good news is we have this cold front that's diving into the bay area. you have seen a lot of the haze and pollutants built up into the atmosphere. that's going to clear that out on friday with more of a sea breeze kicking in very nicely for the weekend. temperatures wise seeing 50s and 60s into the central valley. about 47 and sunny in lake tahoe. 60 into monterey bay. you will see the cold front diving into the bay area but not much energy with it so it falls apart as it moves on through so no rain to worry about. we'll see some passing clouds and a sea breeze will be kicking in but your skies are going to clear out from all that haze. temperatures 50s and 60s in the south bay this afternoon. a lot of 50s into the east bay
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getting near 60 in livermore. and inside the bay we'll keep you in the 50s and some hazy sunshine throughout the day. next couple of days, looks like that passing cloud as the cold front moves by on friday. then saturday and sunday, see that offshore wind kicking back in, near 70 degrees as we get into monday. staying nice and above normal through tuesday and possibly wednesday. all right, let's check your "kcbs traffic" with elizabeth. >> thanks, lawrence. good looking forecast. and outside we go back out to the eastshore freeway. it has been our problem spot this morning and this is our latest incident. it's in berkeley westbound 80 by gilman. they are running a traffic break to clear a big rig that lost its trailer. we are seeing some delays. out towards the san mateo bridge, no delay here. everything is really quiet on westbound and eastbound 80 about a 13-minute drive to get you across the bridge. and here is a live look right now at the nimitz up and down the nimitz freeway. taillights are northbound as you can see, it looks great past the coliseum. we are already seeing a few brake lights coming out of tracy through the altamont
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pass. not enough to impact your drive time, though. that's still only about 14 minutes. but just a heads up, we are seeing few delays it looks like towards north flynn and this is what it looks like near the dublin interchange. there is some roadwork still out there until about 5:00 this morning from hacienda towards san ramon road. all right. here's a look at some other bay area drive times. westbound 580 as you just saw, still looks good. the nimitz and the eastshore freeway 19 minutes or so but expect some delays right now richmond into berkeley while they clear that big rig or the big rig that lost its trailer. bart all trains are on time. if you have any questions about your commute once you hit the road, tune to kcbs radio 740-am and 106.9-fm. that is your latest "kcbs traffic." michelle, frank, back to you. >> i'll take it, liz, thanks. 4:50 now. the surviving members of the beastie boys are suing an oakland toy company that used one of its songs in an online video. court documents filed yesterday claiming goldieblox infringed
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their products. goldieblox claims it was a parody and fair use but it has stopped using the song since. turns out a growing number of americans is not happy about shopping. the survey out of arizona state business school shows folks experiencing customer rage jumped from 60 to 68% in just the past couple of years. those who admit to yelling at customer service reps jumped from 25 to 36%. cursing more than doubled to 13%. and for all that rage, 56% say they got absolutely nothing as a result. >> pays to be nice. >> i think so. time now 4:51. coming up at 5:00 new video shows the moment of impact as asiana flight 214 crash-landed at sfo. what else was revealed in that federal investigation into the disaster. >> but first, a long lost letter arrives in northern california. 67 years after it was sent. how the note finally arrived at its destination. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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all right. let's check your neighborhood forecast. we take you into walnut creek. you're going to see plenty of sunshine there today. about 55 degrees. a few clouds. but not too bad tomorrow. >> and if you got to get to work on time, so far, so good over at the bay bridge toll plaza. there's still some roadwork on westbound 80 but not enough to slow you down much. we'll have a full "kcbs traffic report" coming up. a colorado first grader is allowed to return back to school after he was suspended on sexual harassment charges. his crime? kissing a girl on the hand. hunter yelton made national headlines after he was suspended from a colorado springs school. public outrage forced the school superintendent to meet with hunter's parents.
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after that his disciplinary offense was reduced to misconduct. a mystery letter showed up in a mailbox in richmond more than 6 decades after it was sent. >> kpix 5's brian webb has the latest on the search for the woman who was supposed to read it right after world war ii. reporter: the letter arrived at its point richmond address 67 years after it was sent. >> referred to it as the mystery letter because we can't figure out where it has been for 67 years. >> reporter: it's now in the hands of mildred dornan. >> but as crazy as i know how to say it -- >> reporter: president of the point richmond history association. but it was meant for mrs. agnes smith, written by former navy secretary james forestall dated february 5, 1946. >> the navy's pride in you which it is my privilege to express to reach into your civil life to remain with you always. >> reporter: the problem is, agnes smith no longer lives here on oregon street and nobody knows where she went, who she is or even if she is
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still alive. where the letter has been for so long is a mystery. and it never says what agnes did for the navy around the time of world war ii to earn the praise of a top military commander. >> i would hope that somewhere, that she is found so she can get this letter. >> reporter: so until someone claims the letter it will be part of point richmond history a lost letter that was finally found but one that never truly made it home. brian webb, kpix 5. >> the letter arrived last month. >> yes, and the post office says it doesn't look like it was re-sent recently so the mystery remains where it's been sitting all these years. >> who knows? 4:56. touchscreen windows, no line, pay by phone. the mall of the future headed to the bay area shopping center near you just in time for christmas coming up. >> reporter: bart and its two unions are back at the bargaining table again. this time, over a contract provision management says was a mistake. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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negotiations between bart and its unions are set to resume today. they are fighting over a disputed family leave provision that made it into the tentative contract unions approved. >> watch out. i think i have been a champion interpreting many big events. >> the man accused of faking sign interpretation at nelson mandela's memorial defends himself. >> all three of them let this airplane basically fall out of the sky. >> new revelations about the asiana airlines flight that crashed at sfo in july as the ntsb looks into whether pilots are relying too much on technology. >> this is ridiculous! listen, if you are for more deficit reduction, you are for this agreement. >> the house plans to vote on a bipartisan budget deal today. conservative groups are against it. but despite the opposition, the budget is expected to pass.
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from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado >> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald. good morning. it's thursday, december 12. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. good morning. it is 5:00. traffic and weather and you're first up, mr. karnow. >> yes. we have cold temperatures around the bay area but not as cold as it's been. still some 20s showing up in the north bay valleys and that's where the freeze warnings were up this morning. 33 now in san jose. 45 in san francisco. looks like as we head toward the afternoon, things are going to begin to change. this is probably the last morning. freeze warnings and that will continue until 9 a.m. but the afternoon promises to bring some sunshine and how about this. some warmer temperatures too. 50s maybe a couple of low 60s popping up outside. but i think much warmer weather coming our way as we look toward the weekend. more on that in a moment. let's check the roads with elizabeth. >> reporter: back to the eastshore freeway. it is certainly an issue this morning. we had that earlier traffic


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