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>> reporter: liz, right now what we know is that the bomb squad is on scene. what they are trying to do is figure out exactly what it is that they are dealing with. behind me, you can see the edge of this perimeter, you can see all the law enforcement personnel there. what we know so far is that around 12:30 this afternoon, they did get a call about a potentially suspicious device, the bomb squad was brought in and those bomb technicians have been using x-rays and other techniques to try to figure out exactly what it is they are dealing with, how this was made, what the components are, and so far, they said what they have discovered is very concerning. >> an individual placed a suspicious device of the base of a flagpole in the plaza adjacent to the federal building behind us, at this point we have not been able to rule out that it is still a
credible device. it has a lot of characteristics that are concerning to us. we are working slowly and diligently to do our diagnostics, use our tools and technology we have. we have a very experienced bomb team here, probably one of the most experienced teams in the country working on this problem right now. >> reporter: a law enforcement source did tell me that what they have seen so far on the x- rays is that this device does have circuit boards, wires, screws, they said this is either an actual, fairly sophisticated explosive device, or, this is a very elaborate hoax. what they are trying to do at this point is figure out the safest way to get rid of this device, and make it so that it is inoperable or dispose of it completely. we are told it is about 12 inches long and 3 inches wide. the plan tonight is potentially to detonate it where it sits, inside a planter box at the
base of the flagpole in front of the federal building. so, we will, again, keep you posted on the throughout the night as things unfold. one question that we did have is, who is the suspect? who could have put this here, and what could have been the motive? the fbi is actually in charge of that part of the investigation, and so far, they have not released any information. again, this device could be detonated here within the next couple of hours. so, be sure to stay with kpix 5 for the latest. reporting live in oakland, katie nielsen. >> katie, just to confirm , the entire area surrounding this particular location has been evacuated, there is nobody here who could be in any kind of danger in the surrounding buildings, right? >> reporter: there is not. liz, what we found out about 30 minutes ago is that as soon as oakland police found out that there was an explosive device here, or potentially explosive device, something suspicious, they did start evacuating buildings.
we asked if any of those were residential buildings, they said the majority were businesses. so, people are cleared out of the area. the only ones nearby are those bomb technicians who are trying to figure out exactly what it is you are dealing with. >> there are plenty of surveillance cameras around the area. katie, thank you for that report. a live look from chapter 5, we will keep monitoring these developments from downtown oakland and we will bring you any news as we get it. to another deadly traffic collision on san jose streets, two pedestrians were killed and another was injured when a car struck them as they tried to cross the expressway near foxworthy avenue. as len ramirez reports, this incident adds to an already high-traffic death count in san jose. >> reporter: the two people killed here last night became the sixth and seventh fatality in san jose so far this year, which puts the city on a pace
far ahead of last year when there was only one at this same time. last year, it ended up being one of the most deadly in san jose, into decades. >> reporter: police marked the spot for tragedy struck. investigators say this car had a green light and was traveling northbound on the expressway when it ran over and killed two men and injured a woman trying to cross the street. the driver was also injured by a broken windshield and airbag. it happened just before 8:30 in the evening. >> all three of these pedestrians were not utilizing the crosswalk, we are not trying to do any victim blaming, this is just a fact that happened in this collision. >> kids were left without their dad. wives were left without her husband. >> reporter: the coroner's office has not identified the victims, but elissa says one of them was her 38-year-old cousin walking with friends to the store and may have helped save a life as his final act. >> the female he was with and another friend, he tried to push her out of the way.
that's like him. always looking out for the people he cares about. >> it's frustrating. >> reporter: san jose's department of transportation, trying in vain to reduce fatal collisions says this is a corridor of concern because of the way the expressway cut through neighborhoods. >> san jose is a large and sprawling city. expressways were put into help people get around by car, and also make it easy to go very fast. >> reporter: the speed limit on the expressway is 45 miles per hour, but drivers often go faster. police say speeding, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in this case at this time. the driver is cooperating with investigators. >> good people were taken last night. >> reporter: in san jose, len ramirez, kpix 5. >> we brought you the update from san jose police live, you can watch 24 seven, streaming on kpix.com or the kpix app.
the other big story this evening, california attorney general is launching a major investigation into the santa clara county sheriff's office . rob bonta says the probe is to determine whether the center county sheriff's office has engaged in a pattern of unconstitutional conduct, that this all comes as santa clara county sheriff lori smith is facing corruption allegations from a civil grand jury. >> we are here today because there is a deficit of trust in santa clara county. there are deeply concerning allegations around potentially pervasive misconduct within the sheriff's office. our instigation will seek to determine whether the sheriff's office has engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful conduct. >> bonta says the investigation will focus on misconduct at county jails and that they are looking into use of force. in a statement, sheriff smith tells kpix 5 she has always welcomed external reviews of her office.
she will open all records and she believes the ag's office will provide a fair and impartial instigation. staff and students are pushing back on the universities booster mandates. nearly 2000 students signing a petition to strike down that mandate. andria borba has reasons why. >> reporter: 95% of all stanford students, faculty, and personnel has at least two doses of their 19 vaccines . starting on january 31st, the university will also require a booster shot. one student is looking for the university to change their position. the undergrads have not yet arrived back to the stanford campus in palo alto, and will not return to in-person classes until next week. first-year phd student monte fisher is back and is looking for the university to reverse its position on booster mandates. >> students should be able to evaluate the evidence on their own, and compare with their own risk tolerance whether or not
they should be boosted and make that decision themselves. i thought it was wrong to mandate away that freedom for students. >> reporter: fisher has to vaccine doses and caught covid- 19 over the winter break but he says the university is not weighing the potential risks of the booster to younger people and that the booster is not stopping the transmission of omicron. >> most students are undergrads or graduate students in their 20s or teens. cdc numbers suggest this age cohort is at really low risk of serious illness, and the booster itself comes with some risks, associated, specifically of myocarditis. >> reporter: dr. george rutherford says there risk of myocarditis from the booster is overstated and says it should be referred to as a third dose, and not a booster. >> booster is really not a booster per se. it is the third dose of a three dose series. 10 years from now when we are giving this is a routine vaccination, we will think of it as a three dose
series that you get at zero, 1, and 6 months, just like we get a hepatitis vaccine, as an example. the idea that this is an optional booster to booster immunity is not incorrect. you need this to complete the series. >> reporter: fisher has posted a change.org petition online with nearly 2000 signatures and is gaining traction on social media. in a statement to kpix 5, stanford said this about the booster mandates. it will help us continue in- person educational activities and puts us in a better position to deal with the risk of future variance, especially in our students living in congregant facilities. >> reporter: stanford is not alone in their booster or third shot mandate. many universities have joined the ranks. the deadline is january 31st. in palo alto, andria borba, kpix 5. new numbers from the state show covid-19 cases trending down slightly. there are 98,000 new cases, and test positivity has dropped a bit to under 21%.
president biden plans to give out 400 million free and 95 masks to americans. the masks will be available for pickup at pharmacies and community health centers starting late next week with the program in full swing by early next month. the biden administration officially launched its website for home test kits, covid tested.gov. for free test are allowed per household, shipping in a 7 to 12 days. parents have been waiting for this news. today, dr. fauci said the fda could approve the pfizer vaccine for children under 5 within the next month. he said younger kids may need three doses, since two shots did not produce an adequate immune response in 2 to 4-year- olds in clinical trials. still ahead on kpix 5 and streaming on cbsn bay area, a peninsula neighborhood on the alert for an aggressive mountain lion. the attack prompting a warning.
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new 5:00, the u.s. supreme court is ordering the release of white house documents related to the capitol siege . justices rejected a legal challenge by former president trump. the house committee investigating the january 6 the riots wanted access to the documents. they include presidential diaries and visitor logs. a live look from the white house where president biden wrapped up his first major news conference in months. he marked his one year
anniversary since being sworn into office. skyler henry joins us live from washington, d.c. with the president trying to put a positive spin on some recent setbacks. >> good to see you. >> reporter: the president counted the progress he feels the nutrition has made since he was sworn in almost one year ago to the day, despite many americans express disappointment in the administrator and. the president was asked what he would give himself in terms of a progress report, he feels he was doing a good job and says the work is not yet finished. >> reporter: president biden held a major news conference, one day shy of marking a day in office. covid-19 continues to be his top priority. >> it will get better. we are moving toward a time when covid-19 will not disrupt our daily lives. >> reporter: the latest cbs news
poll gives him low marks on his handling of the pandemic and the majority of respondents said he is not focusing enough on the economy and record high prices due to inflation. >> we have seen record of job creation, record economic growth in the past year. for all this progress, there is a lot of frustration. >> reporter: two of the presidents major domestic priorities, big social spending and climate bill and voting rights legislation, have stalled in the senate, held up in part by members of his own party. >> i am confident that we can get pieces, chunks of the build back better law signed into law. >> reporter: the buildup of russian forces along the ukrainian border still shows fears of a possible invasion. for weeks, the biden and ministration was in talks with its allies and russian and ukrainian officials to ease tensions. >> our allies are ready to impose severe cost and significant harm on russia and the russian economy. >> reporter: wednesday, the u.s. announced an additional $200 million in military aid
for ukraine. >> reporter: the president did acknowledge some of the administrator and's shortcomings up until this point. as it relates to covid-19 not having enough testing available to the americans who requested it, but also say that testing is available now, particularly with that recently launched website to give at-home test to americans front doorstep. as you saw in the piece as well, build back better and voting rights legislation as well, the president is seeing that he could see their way to passing chunks, perhaps $500 billion to go to climate change, and things in that area as well. it is all going to be super interesting as we make our way into the midterms. >> thank you very much. skyler henry reporting live in washington, d.c. also in washington, the senate is debating voting rights legislation, democrats face an uphill battle trying to persuade holdout democrats to overpower a republican filibuster.
>> these radicals, on the other side, in order to get their own way, are prepared to break the states senate. >> chuck schumer says he will propose a change to the filibuster, one requiring senators to remain on the senate floor, talking to block votes. not all democrats are on the same page. >> we should all support the right to vote. everyone, but not breaking rules to make new rules. >> advocates argue some republican states are making it more difficult to vote, republicans say the laws are about protecting the integrity of elections and president biden, who once opposed changes to the filibuster now says it is necessary to end the partisan gridlock and protective voting rights. tomorrow, cbs morning will speak with the vice president kamala harris on voting rights, the pandemic, and the first
year of the biden administration. neighbors and belmont are warning of a particularly aggressive mountain lion. the animal attacked another mountain lion. it happened near the 2500 block of hastings, east of both upper and canyon creek trails. belmont pd warned residents about the mountain lion roaming the area. this came as a big scare for some neighbors, but for others, it was just a normal night. >> i did not see it as much of an issue, because it happened at 2:00 a.m. , around like 8:00 a.m. at starbucks and i was like okay, it's been six hours sent since the mountain lion was seen on campus. >> reporter: much of the bay area and half the state is mountain lion territory. don't forget, they were here first. mother nature, sometimes, is not pretty. >> paul, as he said, they are searching for water outside. >> right. they will also be drawn to the
smell of food they can scavenge as well. coyotes can be out on cooler nights. let's take a look at this spectacular sunset in progress. getting better and better over the top of salesforce tower. this layer of fog rolling in over san francisco, we will have the other view in just a second. have this big area of high pressure over the pacific ocean, that is just blocking the entire weather pattern, pushing storm track further north and even further to the north than it has been over the past couple of drier weeks. we have at least one more dryer week ahead of us. all of that will go to the north, this will take over our weather pattern. as it squeezes the atmosphere overhead we will get gusty wind across the bay area, especially by friday and saturday. let's take a look at future castes to see if there is fog out tomorrow morning. we do anticipate some developing and spreading up from where it is right now.
obviously rolling into san francisco but it will spread out around the bay. not as widespread or as stubborn tomorrow because the wind was to to pick up and stir the atmosphere around. that should dissipate quickly. we will see a mix of clouds and sunshine for the rest of the day on thursday. new hour by hour wind gust, nothing to worry about this evening. tomorrow, the wind will be noticeable and offshore but just will be around 10 miles per hour, no big deal there. the wind will be much stronger through the day on friday. test indicating gusts over 30 miles per hour over parts of the bay area, especially for napa county and solano county. 20 to 30 mile-per-hour gusts widespread even in lower elevations of the bay area. when you go up in elevation, over 2000 feet, we are talking about gusts in the 40 mile-per- hour to 50 mile-per-hour range, gusts making their way down into the lower elevation before the sun comes up on saturday indicating 40 to 50 mile-per- hour gusts, even below 1000 feet in elevation. something to keep you updated on, no wind advisory is in effect at this point. the wind is during the sphere should help to improve our air quality which was not terrible today but there were some moderate ratings around the central bay and santa clara valley. we should see better air quality by friday and more pollen being dispersed by wind
into the medium and high category by friday and saturday. pollen in the bay area as well. barely seeing the towers of the golden gate bridge. temperatures dropping into the 50s, but still 60 degrees in livermore and santa rosa, close to 60 degrees in concord. we will end up in the low to mid 40s by tomorrow morning, normal this time of year. high temperature tomorrow, once the fog dissipates, faster than today, should climb up along the coast even into the low 60s. low to mid 60s around the south end of the bay, mid-60s for the santa clara valley. 66 in san jose. low 60s for inland east bay, cooler with fog stubborn there to begin the day. low 60s around the bay with low to mid 60s as you go further inland in the north bay with warm spots for the north, up to about 68 degrees for cloverdale and ukiah. temperatures will warm up more with offshore wind friday and saturday. even once we cool off next week, the coolest days in
the seven day forecast bring as above average temperatures. plenty of sunshine over the weekend, if you fairweather clouds early next week, and absolutely no rain out of those clouds heading for the first half of next week and likely all the way through the first full week of january. will take a look at the air- quality forecast into the weekend coming up at 5:30. >> hopefully thuggery brings some showers. coming up, the rematch with eryn rogers. here what the 49ers are saying about their second chance of beating the green bay packers. streaming tonight, medicare is proposing to limit coverage of a drug for alzheimer's patients. health economics professor from you cfs will weigh in on the subject plus the amazing race returns today, wednesday. we will talk to the host
the packers have not lost at home, yet, this season. >> sentences go looks to end that streak saturday night at lambeau field. vern, the last time they played the niners were close. >> they were. for the packers, yes, everything has been perfect for them, in that stadium located at 1265 lombardi avenue. wherever it has been in the postseason, it has gone the 49ers way in the eryn rogers era. back in week three at almost went the 49ers way, ahead with 37 seconds, rogers found devonte adams for a huge gain. adams, the palo alto store star almost had it tipped away by fred warner, talk about a game of inches, that helped set up a field goal which was the start of a losing streak for the 49ers. they started off three and five, but the niners have one 8 intended, including last sunday's driller in dallas.
>> i think from all the ups and downs, the wins and losses the adversity we faced as an offense, on game-winning drives, we have had to come on just to give ourselves a chance and get in the playoffs. that has allowed us to become a better team. >> being 3 and 5, i don't miss that wish that on anyone. i feel the struggle has made us who we are and that is why i feel like there is not a situation we will panic in. we believe that we have a chance. >> practicing this afternoon, wheels up sometime after noon tomorrow. the team will have a walk- through practice on friday and then saturday, it is go time. 5:15 kickoff. >> it will be so good. >> can't wait. >> hopefully everybody is healthy. >> the 49er faithful can't wait either. they took over the stands in dallas last week, it could
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you're watching kpix 5 news at 5:30. breaking news right now at 5:30, we have late information on what was a bomb scare outside the oakland federal building. let's get right to kpix 5's katie nielsen near the federal building with what she has just learned. katie? >> reporter: liz, we just found out that this was all a very elaborate hoax. just a few minutes ago, the alameda county bomb squad did pick up that suspicious device, that was after they did a number of x-rays and were able to determine that there was no way for this device to actually detonate. in those x-rays, they did earlier see circuit boards, wires, and screws, which led them to believe that this could actually have been an excellent explosive device. that is why they have been ke