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>> outside the now closed u.s. embassy in kabul, the taliban celebrated taken control of the capital. other taliban fighters were spotted patrolling streets across the city. this evening, the pentagon says at least seven people were killed in a chaotic scene at the airport. thousands of afghan civilians rushed to the tarmac, trying to escape the country. two fell to their deaths as they tried to cling to an air force transport plane as it took off. fresh marines are now arriving to secure the airport. a spokesperson for the u.s. general in charge of evacuations says he met face to face with taliban officials, warning them not to interfere with the evacuation efforts. >> after 20 years i've learned the hard way, that there was never a good time to withdraw u.s. forces. >> but some on capitol hill are questioning the way in which u.s. forces are leaving, and there is bipartisan concern it
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could create a new terrorist safe haven. >> what does that say to friends of america around the world? can't depend on us, when we turn our back on you you're in trouble. so this is a debacle of gargantuan proportions. >> we are less safe as a nation. the likelihood of an attack coming from afghanistan now is through the roof. it was all avoidable. >> kpix 5's andria borba met with local afghans who are getting a troubling picture of what's happening. >> juliette, here in fremont, there are about 60,000 afghan americans. it's the highest population of afghans outside of the country of afghanistan. they have been up all night long, watching the news, monitoring social media like whatsapp, trying to stay in touch with their relatives still in the country. >> reporter: on friday morning, mary and miss erie, owner of khyber pass kebabs in dublin and a first-generation afghan
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american, got a whatsapp message from her cousin in kabul, asking for money before the taliban arrived in the afghan capital. she wired cash and woke up sunday morning to this reality facing her family. >> sunday morning i receive another message saying it's 8:00 in the morning, my sister, and the taliban have taken over our capitol. >> reporter: these are photos from outside of mariam's cousin's home of the taliban already roaming the streets of kabul. she is terrified for what the future holds for the women in her family under taliban control. >> they are knocking on every house now and asking them how many women are in each household. they are raising a red flag if there is women in that home. >> reporter: mariam's family came to the u.s. as refugees in 1982, escaping the soviet war. she says watching the evacuation imagis heartbreaking for her family. >> they're holding on for their life. they're making a statement,
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saying i will give up my life but please make sure you take care of my country. >> reporter: mariam says she feels like there is still time for help to do something, but that is slowly ticking away. >> are these poor girls just going to get slavery brought on them? all kinds of different corruption going on. i just feel like, as a u.s. government, we failed afghanistan. we definitely failed. we needed their strong presence. >> talking with mariam today, what does she want to see happen? >> juliette, she wants to see some kind of aid to the country. she wants to see some kind of u.s. involvement, whether or not that is military, on the ground, government intervention, she doesn't know. she says the country needs help right now that the afghan government simply isn't a
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strong enough to stand up to the taliban. >> it can't happen soon enough. much more on the taliban's takeover in afghanistan. coming up on the cbs evening news with norah o'donnell, and we will be asking house speaker nancy pelosi about the chaos during a live, in studio interview tomorrow, and you can send your questions for the house speaker using the hashtag kpix on twitter, instagram, or facebook. you can send a video or text and watch tomorrow at 5:30 right here on kpix 5 and cbsn bay area. parts of the north bay could lose power starting tomorrow night. pg&e just raised the outage potential from the yellow to the red category. in all, 39,000 customers could be impacted because of wildfire risk from high winds. this would mostly affect butte and chester counties, but it also includes nearly 2000 customers in napa, sonoma, and solano counties. taking a live look across the bay area, where smoke from wildfire seems to have pretty
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much cleared out. paul heggen has more on that and the concerning windows. >> we have a fire weather watch that goes into effect at 11:00 tomorrow evening and goes through 11:00 on wednesday morning for the higher elevations of the bay area, the northbay mountains in the east bay hills. i'm primarily concerned about the northern half of napa county and the northern half of solano county. that's where we are going to see the lowest humidity levels and some of the strongest winds. sustained winds offshore, dry direction, 20 to 30 miles an hour, gusts up to 50 miles an hour especially in the herrera terrain and relative humidity levels below 20% with very little recovery of those humidity levels even overnight into the early morning hours. that the timeframe we are watching. we'll take a look at our fire danger index and track that hour by hour, through tomorrow night into early wednesday, in the full forecast. live pictures of san jose where the mayor is calling for the resignation of santa clara county sheriff lori smith. kpix 5's len ramirez on why mayor liccardo says the sheriff needs to quit . >> mayor sam liccardo was the first public official to make a
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statement calling on sheriff lori smith to give up her post, to resign as sheriff of santa clara county. so far, smith has been able to survive multiple allegations of scandal and mismanagement. >> time for concern is long past. sheriff smith must resign. >> reporter: san jose mayor sam liccardo cited numerous instances where he contends sheriff lori smith has shown that she is unfit for office. >> regardless of whether corruption or incompetence best explains sheriff smith's failures it suffices to compel her resignation. >> reporter: sarah smith has been elected in 1998 and ever since but her tenure has been filled with allegations of mismanagement over the jails, including the murder by jail guards of mentally ill inmate michael tyree in 2015, and the beating of another mentally ill inmate, andrew yogan, in 2018. there have been allegations of concealed fact, tens of millions of taxpayer dollars paid out in civil rights cases,
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costly consent decrees to improve jail conditions, and ongoing bribery and campaign investigations. >> i'm hoping that she will step down. >> reporter: santa clara county supervisor joseph midian added his voice to the calls for the sheriff to leave. >> we need a change. there's no question about that. i think frankly we can't expect a change in behavior, so we're going to need a change in leadership. >> reporter: it as a duly elected public official, smith can't be fired. >> which is why that action we are looking to take tomorrow morning calls and other agencies of government, the civil grand jury, the state political practices commission, to take the action that only they can take and to make information available to the public, because again, if the sheriff is an independently elected official, the public can't hold the sheriff accountable until and unless they have that information. >> i did contact sheriff lori smith today by text. she said that she would not have any comment today, but
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indicated that she would hold a news conference tomorrow morning at 9:30 to give her reaction to these calls for her resignation. reporting live in san jose, len ramirez, kpix 5. take a live look at san francisco, where a high-volume testing site is on the verge of opening in response to the rising covid cases. that site is going to open at seventh and brandon streets starting wednesday. it will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the city is saying that site will be open seven days a week and administer over 500 tests per day. starting today, employees at south san francisco unified school district are required to submit proof of vaccination or undergo weekly covid testing. to help the employees meet the new requirement, the district will provide free testing to anyone who needs it. free drive-through testing being offered in the parking lot of south san francisco high school. the district hasn't lamented a number of other safety protocols including upgraded 8- track system and mobile
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disinfection units that use uv rays to sanitize classrooms. with schools beginning in person learning, more children are now being hospitalized with the virus. according to the cdc, hospitalizations of those 17 la meanwhile, pfizer is touting its covid booster shots, claiming they work well against the coronavirus and its variants. today pfizer and biontech sent initial data on boosters to the fda and the pharmaceutical companies say their findings support the use of a booster dose for their train 19 vaccine. the number of vaccinated californians is rising. 78.3% of eligible residents have received at least one covid shot. more than 45 million doses have been administered statewide. and coming up at 5:30, we are going to chat with a ucsf dr. about a drop in the state's positivity rate and whether he
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believes that trend will continue. within the past hour we have learned about dozens of covid cases in the oakland unified school district. 68 students and staffers have now tested positive. officials closed a classroom at montclair elementary and one at oakland high as a precaution, but they believe the cases were contracted from outside of the schools. >> at this point we have no reason to believe that there is community transmission within the classroom. we've not yet seen that. is it possible that it's going to happen sometime in the district 2 it sure is possible but we are doing everything we can to prevent that. let's get to ken bastida with a look at the first day of school for students in san francisco. >> today was day one. san francisco kids have been waiting for this all summer long. you can imagine, longer than the summer. the district rolled out the red carpet for students at dr. george washington carver elementary school this morning. students at that school in the bayview were greeted by mayor london breed and other city leaders before the first school bell. mayor breed also had a chance
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to address parents, and she stressed the importance of keeping kids safe in the classroom. >> we still want to stress the importance of getting vaccinated, especially because the kids at school cannot be vaccinated, so we need to do this also to protect them. so it's not too late and i'm hoping that it will be a great school year for these children. that most important thing. >> masks of course are required indoors for students and teachers, and starting something or seven, staff and teachers will need to be fully vaccinated or comply with weekly covid testing. students at west contra costa unified also back in the classroom today. coming up at 5:30, we'll break down the new safety protocols at the district, which includes a mask break. still ahead on 5 and streaming on cbsn bay area, how
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this suv ended up in an east bay swimming pool. plus, the laundry list of hate crime charges one san francisco man is facing. help police say he repe
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new video into the newsroom. it shows an suv at the bottom of a pool in walnut creek. police say a driver lost control of the car, crashed through a fence, and ended up in the pool. that person was taken to the hospital. no word on their condition. going live to san francisco, where the district attorney's office has just filed charges, including hate crime allegations, against a man for a string of crimes targeting chinese owned businesses. the da charged derek barreto on 33 counts for 27 separate incidents between april and august of this year. he allegedly traveled on a scooter and then shattered the windows of 20 separate stores that are all primarily chinese
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owned businesses. surveillance video shows someone doing just that at dim sum corner on grant and california, and across the city in -- on ingleside at chase look bakery on ocean avenue. the district attorney's office alleges that the string of crimes were racially motivated. a san jose man suspected in a deadly hit and run over the weekend is behind bars tonight. police say 43-year-old is maule gonzales was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he's read -- sped through a red light in his ford pickup truck saturday night. officers say he hit a man in a crosswalk at ahmanson avenue and willow street and then took off. the unidentified vick them died at the scene. police later found gonzales and arrested him on felony charges of dui, hit and ruans vehicular manslaughter. the incident marks san 's 15th pedestrian death this year. now to the earthquake
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disaster in haiti. a dramatic jump in the number of dead, rising from the 1400 lives lost. now the island nation dealing with tropical weather. its forecast to bring torrential rain, flooding, and landslides. >> reporter: rescuers recovered more bodies from under the rubble in the coastal community of loki, near the earthquake's epicenter. the death toll is expected to rise and hospitals are so overwhelmed by the injured, 5700 and counting, they are tending to patients outside. thousands of survivors are also outside, can't doubt in soccer fields the last two nights. this woman says the earthquake destroyed her home and there's no drinkable water. their struggles are expected to worsen with the weather. the tropical system named grace is headed for the island tonight. the u.s. national hurricane center forecasts up to 15 inches of rain in some parts of haiti. imverished tr 0 an earthquake k
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estimated 300,000 people in and around the capital city, port- au-prince. in 2016, hurricane matthew leveled towns along the coast. last month the country's president was assassinated. haiti's ambassador to the u.s. says haiti's interim government needs to step up and build a stronger nation. >> we cannot avoid any outbreak but at least when the outbreak comes there will be better resistance of those buildings and infrastructure, so they won't collapse like a house of cards. >> the island apps infrastructure is built to withstand hurricanes, but not earthquakes, which the country is prone to. geological survey says it sits over the intersection of two tectonic plates and their movement has devastated haiti for centuries. >> aid workers are arriving in haiti, but the gang activity has made travel for them much more challenging. let's go to paul heggen for more on our weather conditions. it looks like our air quality as well.
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>> we're going's talk about air quality along with the fire threat that we are facing tomorrow night into wednesday morning, which we've been talking about for the past several months. but at this point in the summer, everything is just crispy dry out there in terms of the vegetation. this is a graph tracking the amount of moisture in the vegetation. this is medium vegetation, large shrubbery, smaller trees. the blue line is where we've been so far this year. the redline is the record low levels, and we are very, very close to that kind of territory. not just record low for this time of year but record low for any time of year. when you look at the larger vegetation, basically any size of tree bigger than a sapling, that is below the redline. we are very, very dry. any spark is all it would take for those fires to get going in a hurry, especially when we have gusty offshore winds, and that's the concern as we head into tomorrow night. let's take a look at our fire danger index. this ranks the fire threat, zero to 10. we want to be as close to zero as possible but that only
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happens in the early morning hours most of the time, this time of year. we're going to top out tomorrow afternoon around three or four. that could be a whole lot worse. as we head into tomorrow night usually these numbers drop to aound zero when we get the higher humidity levels overnight. that will be the case for the north bay and east bay, but in the higher ground of napa county and northern salina county, this bull's-eye of higher fire danger, up to a seven around vacaville. this is where the winds are going to be stronger in the relative humidity levels just aren't going to recover very much tomorrow night into early wednesday morning. then the fire weather watch is going to expire at 11:00 on wednesday. the rest of the day it's going to be elevated fire threat topping out around a 4 or 5 and most locations. this time of year that could be a whole lot worse. the reason that's not worse is because our temperatures are going to be significantly cooler through the rest of this week for inland parts of the bay area. even if we get through the next couple days without any fire starting, there is going to be more hayes, that strong onshore win that pushed the smoke away from us and lead to bluer skies today, we're going to see winds out of the north in the mid-úle
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bringing more smoke down into the bay area. this tracks smoke through the whole depth of the atmosphere, not just ground, but the more that there is in the upper levels of the atmosphere, the longer it's there, the more gravity can pull it down to ground level and more smoke and blowing along the surface as well. we are going to see our air quality deteriorating tomorrow, but especially by thursday and friday, the longer that smoke is there, looks like we're going to make it down into the moderate category. that's the way things look at this point. we'll keep you updated as we go through the rest of this week. blue skies, 95 in concord, 90 in livermore and 99 degrees in santa rosa. inland temperatures aren't going to be significantly cooler tomorrow. we'll start off in the mid to upper 50s to around 60 degrees. that's not bad for august. high temperatures tomorrow are going to be 10 to 12 degrees cooler than where they topped out today for most inland parts of the bay area. by noon we got 60's and 70's on the map instead of 80s and 90s
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and we're not even going to threaten 100 degrees. even those hottest spots farther inland are going to top out around 90 degrees, which is a whole lot cooler than we've been the couple afternoons. temperatures will bump up a little bit wednesday then settle back down as we head through the rest of the work aj general slightly below average temperatures, especially as you get further away from the bay. inland parts of the bay only in the mid-80s for high temperatures saturday and sunday, which is well below normal for mid to late august. we'll eat that around as long as we can because cooler temperatures means higher humidity levels and a lower fire threat, even if it's fractionally lower we will take it. >> the east bay likes 80s. >> easier on the power bill, too. tesla now under federal investigation regarding its auto
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a federal investigation is
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now underway into tesla's autopilot. their concerns about the vehicles crashing into emergency vehicles parked along the side of the road. the national highway traffic safety administration says it has identified 11 such crashes since 2018. they involve 2014 through 2021 models yx, s, and three. there are reports of 17 injuries and one death in those crashes. we did reach out to tesla for a statement but have not heard back yet. new legal battles brewing over tesla ceo elon musk and amazon billionaire jeff bezos's race to the moon. bezos's company, blue origin, filed a federal lawsuit today against the u.s. government. it claims the nearly $3 billion lunar landing contract nasa awarded to musk's spacex company is unfair. blue origin lawyers say they were not given a fair chance to revise its cost estimates, like spacex did for the project. bezos says nasa should keep its promise to honor multiple
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contracts for at least two lunar landers. nasa has until october 12th to respond to is suit. if you're a t-mobile customer, you may want to double check your account, see if you've been hacked. investigators say thieves stole data from as many as 100 million customers. that would include social security numbers, names, addresses, drivers license information. t-mobile said some data was illegally accessed from its servers. more local news ahead at 5:30, as thousands more bay area students had back to in person learning. we have more on the first day of school. we talk live with a doctor about the latest on covid-19 and another virus that could cause problems this fall. i'm john ramos at lake mendocino, where some of the water being released
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you're watching kpix 5 news at 5:30. >> right now on kpix 5 and streaming on cbsn bay area, more local news at 5:30. it's a case of disappearing water in one northern california county. why police could soon be involved. and so it begins. recall ballots now in the hands of voters as governor gavin newsom makes a final play to save his job. another day, another school district is back for 100% in person learning. students and parents excited for a return to the classroom today in west contra costa
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county. good evening, i'm juliette goodrich. >> on ellen martin. kpix 5's kit though shows us the new safety protocols, including a unique one -- mask breaks. >> reporter: for all you parents out there who watched your kidt's alshare in this mom of pure joy. >> reporter: the view from sky drone 5 against betty rhys hoskins middle school shows the long line of cars during the morning drop off, and after meeting bella cook and her son, emmanuel, you have to wonder who is more excited about this first day. >> it feels wonderful. emmanuel is going to seventh grade, so this is going to be awesome for us. >> reporter: 27,000 kids all across the west contra costa unified school district are back today for the first time in nearly a year and a half. among some of the changes, no more temperature checks or designated drop-off zones and no more social distancing required. the students are encouraged to stay apart where possible.
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a new year means w students and staff must wear masks indoors and outdoors at all times. staff must show proof of the vaccine or test for covid every week and they're recommending students get tested for covid every week as well, and they will provide testing in all campuses, and they'll have so- called mask breaks. >> imagine this -- having a class actually stepping outside. the teacher is monitoring this or staff is monitoring this. they're making sure that they're physically distance the part. they remove their mask, take a break, put their mask back on, come back inside. >> reporter: for 12-year-old emmanuel, now a seventh grader, a long summer of not having to leave the house is over. >> she seemed especially thrilled to be dropping you off and getting you out of the horse this morning. >> yeah, because i really didn't

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