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tracking this very powerful storm this morning. >> yeah. this is some kind of storm. it had everything going for it, some very warm water, not much change in the wind shear, and that was the perfect ingredient to put this storm together. it's not done yet. continuing to take a closer look now into the philippines, it moved across leyte island yesterday afternoon. still a category 5 hurricane, a super typhoon, 165-mile-an-hour sustained winds, gusts of 200 miles per hour. now, it is going to move back out over the ocean waters staying very strong and then approaching parts of vietnam near da nang possibly making landfall there as a category 4 storm and then quickly weakening to a category 2 but we're looking at serious damage in vietnam when it gets there. jericka duncan reports it's blamed for four deaths in the
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philippines. reporter: windows were no match for the fury of typhoon haiyan. strong winds roared through the empty streets as villagers in the philippines took cover from the historic storm. meteorologists say the category 5 storm is possibly the most powerful to make landfall anywhere in the globe. >> this was the image at its peak intensity with winds sustained at 195 miles per hour. >> reporter: waves crashed on land washing away pieces of people's lives. tin sheets ripped from building roofs also scattered throughout the roads. adults are doing what they can to protect their children. this woman said, the winds and rain were very strong. that's why we decided to leave our house. she was among the hundreds of thousands of people forced to evacuate and now the storm is headed for another target. >> over the next 24 to 36 hours, it could still be a major typhoon. in fact, the forecast is for another landfall perhaps in
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vietnam as a category 3 storm. >> reporter: officials worry the death toll will climb as recovery efforts get under way. jericka duncan, cbs news. >> and, of course, cbs correspondents are going to be getting a closer look at all the damage today and i suspect a much more deadly storm. that's the latest. back to you. >> thank you. local filipino communities are bracing for the worst. representatives with the community center in san francisco tell us they tend to take a pro-active stance when it cops to providing resources for those in need. -- when it comes to providing resources for those in need. >> every year the philippines is hit and the government is not doing a lot of things so we're always trying to send money and relief efforts all the time. >> some of those efforts include medical supplies, clothing and food. but they say the biggest push is for monetary donations. 4:32. catwalks and fish fans are coming together as the google barge at treasure island is taking shape. kpix 5's christin ayers has a look at the plans for the finished product. reporter: public records
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from the port of san francisco show these artistic renderings of the barge and describe it as an unprecedented artistic structure that will drive visitation to the waterfront. the floating 50-foot-tall behemoth made of recycled shipping containers will sport a dozen decorative sails designed to look like fish fins. there will be catwalks and a fourth floor deck will offer unique views of the san francisco skyline. so why a water borne vessel? its makers say its position on the water will allow it to move around and dock at a number of different locations. by and large, llc, which submitted the documents, believes the floating studio will be more than an exhibit. their hope? that it inspires conversation, community and aha moments. christin ayers, kpix 5. >> the barge is expected to dock at various spots all around the bay and be moved on a monthly basis. we have all seen the phenomenon of people busy using
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their smartphones oblivious to what's going on around them. kpix 5's andria borba says there's a new message for those people, a forward message. reporter: the real tech bubble not the economic one but that connected to the fingertip relationship between you and your phone, san francisco mayor ed lee wants to burst it. he is calling the concept eyes up, phone down, in response to rising smartphone thefts and the murder of san francisco state student justin valdez in september. that's when a train full of muni riders with noses buried in their screens failed to notice a man pacing with a gun until it was too late. >> because when you got your eyes up and your phones down, you're going to be aware of your surroundings. you're going to be engaged in your surroundings. >> reporter: video of phone drones oblivious to the outside world would be comical if it wasn't so dangerous and rampant. >> about 90%. >> reporter: muni riders we spoke with were skeptical.
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>> i don't want to be regulated that way. >> reporter: nearly twitchy about the thought of putting down their phones. >> for me to put my phone down? no. i can't do that. >> it's kind of hard because i don't want to be bored. i want to keep myself entertained. if i'm traveling a long distance, i can listen to music, i can, you know, check some emails. >> reporter: muni rider roseanne harris has a plan to end bus ride boredom. a novel concept. think of it as a real-life status update. >> talk to the people who sit right next to you. >> reporter: andria borba, kpix 5. >> san francisco police chief greg suhr says two out of three robberies in the city involve a smartphone. a 16-year-old boy now facing hate crime charges and will be tried as an adult for setting fire to a man while sleeping on a bus. oakland police say richard thomas told investigators he was homophobic and lit luke fleischman on fire laws he was wearing a skirt. luke goes by the name of sasha. he is hospitalized now with
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burns on his legs. the suspect's family says the incident had unintended consequences. >> we're very sorry for what happened. he didn't mean to. it was a joke. he didn't know this was going to be like this. he's a good kid, a very good kid. i don't know. he was with his friends joking around. >> richard thomas made his first court appearance yesterday and is scheduled to be back in court on tuesday. a sunnyvale mother now has her two-week-old baby back after the father took the infant to mexico. santa clara county authorities tell us patricia romero flew to arizona yesterday morning to be with her son. police had issued an amber alert late tuesday. authorities in mexico found the father and baby wednesday an turned them over to u.s. border patrol agents in arizona. 22-year-old mesut guler appeared in an arizona courtroom yesterday and is awaiting extradition back to the bay area. officers satisfy i threatened
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to harm him -- officers say he threatened to harm himself and the baby. bart unions and management squaring off again over workplace safety. a hearing in san francisco looked into what happened last month when a bart train hit and killed two workers on the tracks. workers gave examples of what they called dangerous conditions on bart. bart says safety has always been a priority, though. it says it has worked with cal/osha over the years to remedy the problems. 4:37. a bit of fog driving into work today. >> yes. some dense fog out there around the bay area. it's friday, guys, so getting ready for the weekend. i can't wait. looks like it will be a nice weekend, although these temperatures may begin to cool down a few more degrees. out the door we go, yes, we do have some dense fog out there. in fact, under the bay bridge you can see some of the fog in the distance things disappearing outside as we have a thin layer of some dense fog early on this morning. temperature-wise we're in the 40s and the 50s right now. i think by the afternoon, that thin layer will give way to mostly sunny skies. maybe some mid-70s in the warmest interior valleys. 60s a few 70s around the bay and 50s and low 60s toward the
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coastline. we'll have more on your weekend forecast in a moment. right now, let's check your "kcbs traffic" with elizabeth. >> speaking of the fog, you can see a lot of it this morning in our bay bridge toll plaza cam. you know, sometimes the fog kind of dances in and out. not this morning. it's kind of not moving, not budging. in fact, there is a chp-issued fog advisory for the bay bridge. there's only one this morning although obviously it is thick across the golden gate bridge. it's hard to tell which bridge is which this morning. this is the golden gate bridge and you can see those headlights moving southbound on 101 towards doyle drive. fortunately, no big delays in either direction on either span. the nimitz 880, this morning there is some roadwork southbound 880 embarcadero down to high street. northbound looks good 238 to the maze. westbound 580 surprisingly clear no delay either through the altamont pass or the livermore valley yet. and bart is off to a great start on this friday morning commute. so far everything all trains are on time.
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that is your latest "kcbs traffic." back to you. >> thank you. twitter took a 9-year-old girl from marin to wall street to ring the opening bell as its stock went public. [ bell ] >> vivian harr useed twitter to get the word out about her charitable lemonade stand in novato. she raised more than $100,000 in a year to fight childhood slavery and was chosen to help ring the bell yesterday. the social media company prized -- priced its ipo at $26 a share. that price shot through the roof almost immediately. the stock gained 73% yesterday closing just under $45 a share. the company founders made out. evan williams' stock is worth $2.6 billion and jack dorsey closed out at more than $1 billion. the executives have to wait at least 180 days before they can cash out. >> nice. tesla shares fell after a third model s caught fire this time in tennessee. wednesday's fire melted the
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front of the car you see here. tesla says the fire started after the car ran over a tow hitch. the company is now sending a team to tennessee to investigate. two other model s cars have burst into flames in the past five weeks including this one near seattle after the driver ran over a piece of metal that apparently punctured the battery underneath. and this one is down in mexico after police say a drunk driver crashed into a concrete wall and a tree. shares of the palo alto-based carmaker fell over 7% yesterday to 140 bucks. that's on top of wednesday's plunge of some 14.5%. despite the drops, the shares are up 312% for the year. 5:40. animal dna used to solve violent crimes in northern california. the new technique putting murderers behind bars. >> and a stunning reversal on plans to make drastic cuts at a bay area university. why the school is now changing its course. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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san jose state university is backing away from plans to make drastic cuts to classes and staff. earlier this week, school officials threatened to eliminate dozens of classes and jobs because they were $4 million in the red. but yesterday, there was a change of direction. >> reaction utter relief. the fact that this came just 24 hours after the announcement there would be budget cuts is complete relief i think from everyone. >> the university will redirect money for infrastructure and equipment upgrades to cover the difference. they are still calculating how much will have to be deferred in order to save classes. a teenager has been asked to solve dangerous problems at san jose's airport. kiet do shows us the kid's invention that may fix the bird issue. >> reporter: at mineta san jose international they are catching more than just flights. it's called a raptor trap. built by eagle scout candidate caleb levine who needed a merit
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badge and was thinking big. >> most eagles don't build something like this. so this is very unique. no one has ever done it. >> reporter: it turns out raptors like red-tailed hawks love sjc. all that asphalt creates thermals letting them glide all day. the grassy areas are home to dinner, squirrels and gophers. the skies, well, it's getting crowded up there. last month, the boeing 737 taking off from san jose sucked up what was likely a red-tailed hawk. the engine was damaged and they made an emergency landing in oakland. in the last decade bird strikes in san jose went up 50%. so over the past 8 months caleb tweaked his popular design and made two cages. when a hawk takes the bait score one for aviation safety. caleb spent more than 130 hours on it. >> i would definitely be putting in overtime to build the traps if i didn't have caleb. >> it does feel better that i'm doing this to help at least one or two hawks that might hit a
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plane. >> reporter: it saves airlines money, saves passengers time, and maybe their lives. if only there was a merit badge for common sense. kiet do, kpix 5. >> one red-tailed hawk was caught and fitted with abandon its leg and relocated hundreds of miles away. any shorter distance and the hawks will come right back to the airport. how about that? took a boy scout to figure it out. >> almost an eagle scout. >> he will be soon. >> how about that? >> yes. >> good for him. smart young man. hey, guys, around the bay area today we have seen some of that dense fog showing up outside. looks like we are going to be in for some nice weather but we have to get through some of those clouds early on and then lots of sunshine coming our way. so the fog a little thick especially inside the bay and toward the coast. a cool start in some of the valleys down into the 50s this afternoon becoming mostly sunny. the temperatures going to be mild inland mid-70s there. you will see 70s and a few 70s around the bay and 50s and low 60s toward the coastline and staying cool. looks like it's going to be a mild start to the weekend.
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high pressure holding on flattening out. it won't be long we have cool air in the gulf of alaska that's going to drop down so more clouds and gradual cooling throughout the weekend and into veterans day holiday more clouds and a chance of showers into tuesday. around the state today 70s in the central valley, 60 lake tahoe, 68 yosemite. looks like around the bay today we'll see temperatures soaring into the 70s in much of the south bay. 50s and 60s coastside east bay numbers also up into the 70s maybe mid-70s into pleasanton and also brentwood and 72 degrees in pleasant hill. inside the bay about 67 degrees san francisco and 69 in oakland. next couple of days we'll cool down the temperatures a few more clouds coming our way. slight chance of some showers on tuesday although it doesn't look like much. dry wednesday and thursday. time to check "kcbs traffic" with elizabeth. >> we have had a rough couple of commutes the past few days later on, a number of accidents quite unusually large later in the morning commute.
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right now, though, we are off to a good start. drive times in the clear through the altamont pass and livermore valley. the nimitz freeway right now 15 minutes between 238 and the maze. there is some southbound roadwork but if you are traveling the eastshore freeway, 19 minutes on westbound 80. what you will hit as lawrence mentioned is a lot of fog. one dense fog advisory across the span approaching the toll plaza on the bay bridge. all the approaches still clear looks good on 24 if you are coming through the caldecott tunnel. westbound 580 looking good through the altamont pass. again, this won't last for much longer but right now towards vasco road, and continuing out towards 680, only 14 minutes is that drive time. we are not picking up any yellow sensors yet. speeds are under 40 miles per hour. and a quick note about mass transit. nothing to note. everything is reporting no delay. that is your "kcbs traffic."
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back to you guys. >> elizabeth, thank you. animal dna is being used to help solve brutal crimes in northern california. our allen martin shows us how pets have helped track down murder suspects. >> this crime scene had blood everywhere. >> reporter: the crime was a double murder. steven and linda riley were about to leave their northern california home and go to work when they were stabbed 19 times each in early december 2008. >> very, very friendly, they come out pretty much every night, walk the dogs and stop to talk to all the neighbors. >> reporter: all that blood was from steven and linda riley, none from a suspect. nevertheless, investigators focused on the couple's son matthew. >> we believe there's no evidence that points to him and can't understand why he he was arrest. >> reporter: with no evidence prosecutors let him go free until two years later when they discovered a silent witness. the riley's dog winston the tan one on the left. the evidence? a single dog hair found in a pair of matthew riley's boots.
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>> the idea was that he most likely killed in his socked feet. >> reporter: then put his boots on to make his getaway. those boots weren't found until two years after the murders. on the roof of an apartment building where matthew riley used to live. the dog hair was tested and showed a 90% chance of belonging to winston. it was introduced in court and for the first time in sacramento county, animal dna was used to convict a killer. >> in this case, the dog hair linked matthew riley to boots that he had hidden and hid them for the reason that he knew which was that those boots he believed would link him somehow to this crime. >> reporter: animal dna has been used in at least three high-profile convictions in california. and the veterinary lab does it. >> we are the only lab doing this. >> reporter: beth leads the forensics unit isolating animal dna for cases in the u.s. and europe. >> if you own a dog or cat you
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know you got fur on your pants, gets everywhere. you're carrying their dna, their signature, with you everywhere you go. >> reporter: and sometimes giving silent testimony to a crime only the victim's pet has witnessed. >> it can be very powerful evidence. >> reporter: it certainly was against matthew riley. after being convicted in 2011, he is serving two life sentences for the murders of his parents, with no chance for parole. allen martin, kpix 5. >> it's not just dogs. cat dna linked a man to a killing in great britain. 4:50 now. the fda says it's planning to phase out transfats from the food supply but that's nothing new for a lot of bay area restaurants. california banned transfats back in 2008. at bob's donuts here in san francisco these treats are fried in palm oil instead of transfat oil. it's not a big difference in taste and it's healthier. >> there's no need for them,
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they are harmful and increase the bad cholesterol and lower the good cholesterol. >> doctors say a ban on transfats nationwide would prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year. americans use 80% less transfats than a decade ago. disappointment today for victims of this summer's devastating "rim" fire. why they won't be getting the help they had hoped for. >> and you have to love this. a presurgery dance party turning into an internet sensation. you're going to meet the woman behind it all. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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big football game this weekend, the 9ers and the
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panthers with a stingy defense. mild heading to the game, sunny, 67 degrees. >> we are watching a new solo car crash eastbound 580 approaching high street. at least one lane is blocked and we're just beginning to see a few delays approaching the accident scene. more on your foggy morning commute coming up. a special award ceremony honored two people who took care of more than a dozen elderly people abandoned in a senior home. miguel alvarez and maurice roland were honored, the janitor and cook at the valley springs manor senior home in castro valley but after the staff left the facility, alvarez and roland became the caretakers of 19 elderly bedridden and mentally ill patients. the two men spent several days feeding, medicating and giving emergency treatment until help arrived. >> our heart wouldn't let us leave nobody behind like that. we couldn't find ourselves doing that. >> you know, just cannot describe what they were going
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through. so for me, to leave them and abandon them, i could not do that. >> after several 911 phone calls, authorities came and rescued the patients moving them to different care homes. the facility is now being investigated for elder abuse. a dance party in the operating room has made a san francisco woman an internet sensation. this is unusual but very cool. kpix 5's joe vazquez shows us moments before a double mastectomy, deborah cohen cranked up a little beyonce and throws a little presurgery flash mob. ♪[ music ] reporter: just before her double mastectomy surgery tuesday morning deborah cohen of san francisco turned the ucsf operating room into a club. she got the surgery team to turn on a beyonce song called "get me bodied" and they all danced. >> whoo! >> reporter: the video has more than 2 million hits on youtube in less than 48 hours. even beyonce has posted the video on her facebook page. days beforehand, cohen posted
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online that she would be having the surgery at ucsf mount zion at precisely 7:30 and encouraged her friends and family and the whole world to make their own video dancing with her. >> it's been an amazing flood of love. >> reporter: and now those videos are online, as well. >> i was more nervous about how the flash mob was going to go than how the surgery was going to go. >> reporter: deborah told the "right this minute" show she is feeling the love as she recovers. >> my muscles are pretty sore. so that is going to require some recuperation. i feel like i have done about 5,000 pushups. >> reporter: deborah cohen also happens to be a doctor at ucsf an ob/gyn. >> she is a good dancer. >> reporter: her colleagues tonight are marveling at their friend's inspirational moves. >> something like that going viral sends out a lot of love personally to her and also around the world. i definitely wish her the best. i hope she is dancing just like that tomorrow. >> reporter: joe vazquez, kpix
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5. >> as for why she chose that beyonce song, she said, who wouldn't? >> okay. 4:56. bigger than katrina. super typhoon slams the central philippines. a look at the damage and where the storm is headed next. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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griego. and i'm frank mallicoat what could be the strongest storm ever recorded moving across the philippines. and with some 25 million people in the path of the storm, damage is examined to be extensive. >> we're very sorry for what happened. he didn't mean it. >> his family claims it was joking around but now the 16- year-old boy suspected of setting a man on fire will face hate crime charges. >> i have and i will cooperate. >> he took the campaign money and he used it in casinos or for personal purposes. >> san jose politician george shirakawa facing sentencing today for a dozen crimes that
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he blames on an out-of-control gambling habit. >> just before her double mastectomy, deborah cohen of san francisco turns on some beyonce and throws a dance party. the video has gone viral and even got beyonce's attention. from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald. good morning, everyone. it's friday, november 8. i'm michelle griego. >> yeah. friday is here. hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. it's 5:00. we have some developing news right now. this is about as dangerous a storm as you can get. a super typhoon slamming the philippines. vietnam is preparing for the worst. cate caugiran is gathering the very latest. she is in the newsroom. but we kick it off with the latest on the storm with meteorologist lawrence karnow in the weather center. >> this was some kind of storm making landfall and it's not done yet. still holding on to category

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