<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usMon, 23 Oct 2017 10:49:53 -0700Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:49:53 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Casual Cruelty': Bush Criticizes Current State of Politics ]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:33:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GWB_Criticizes_Current_State_of_Politics-150842953611900002.jpg

Former president George W. Bush criticized the current state of American politics and the Trump administration with a pointed speech on the "casual cruelty" common in modern political discussions, as well as references to a tyrannical government, at the George W. Bush Institute on Oct. 19, 2017. 

<![CDATA[Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Arrives at Fort Bragg]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:59:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bergdahl.jpg

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he endangered comrades by walking away from a remote post in Afghanistan in 2009. He could face a sentence of life in prison.

<![CDATA[Mom Shares Uncommon Early-Warning Sign for Breast Cancer]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:14:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/breastcancersurvive.jpg

While breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women, it's most widely known to be detected by the discovery of a lump, Today.com reported.

But that's not how 37-year-old Sherrie Rhodes, mother of three, discovered the first signs of her diagnosis, which she received after a biopsy earlier this week.

"Yesterday I was diagnosed with breast cancer," she wrote in a Facebook post on July 25. "It came as a total shock as this dimpling (in the pic) is the only symptom I had."

While lumps are still the main indicator of breast cancer, many more subtle changes could also be crucial early-warning signs, such as redness or skin irritation, discharge or pain around the nipples, or, as Sherrie found, a few dents, or "dimpling.

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<![CDATA[Idaho's Largest Giant Sequoia Uprooted and Moved Overnight]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:58:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TreeMoved0626_MP4-149849284030700001.jpg

After more than 100 years in one spot, Idaho's largest giant sequoia is settling into its new home.

Because of the major campus expansion project at Boise's St. Luke's Medical Center, the nearly 100-foot tree had to be relocated about two blocks away to city-owned property at Fort Boise Park.

After months of prep work, the 105-year-old tree - which weighs 800,000 pounds - began its slow journey after midnight on Sunday. Workers used a complex conveyor system to tow the tree up a dirt ramp to the edge of Fort Street, then down the road.

While you can walk the route in just a couple minutes, the move took about hours, with the tree creeping along 10 to 12 feet at a time. 

<![CDATA[Mulvaney Defends Budget Cuts to Social Welfare Programs]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 11:39:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mulvaney_Defends_Welfare_Budget_Cuts-149564485879900001.jpg

White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney defended President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts to social welfare programs and disability assistance, saying at a Houe hearing that the cuts were made to consider "taxpayers first."  

<![CDATA[Three Men Arrested in Death of 6-Year-Old ]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 10:35:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/US-MS-Boy-Killed-CR-149521388915400001.jpg

Three young men were arrested hours after a 6-year-old boy was found shot dead in his mother's stolen car near Jackson, Mississippi on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Authorities say the suspects will be charged with capital murder.

<![CDATA[Former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes Dies at 77]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 13:36:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_171384585956663.jpg

Roger Ailes, founder of the Fox News Channel in 1996 and ousted as its chairman and CEO in 2016 due to sexual harassment allegations, died on May 18, 2017, in Palm Beach, Florida. Ailes, who previously served as a media adviser to former presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, was 77.

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<![CDATA[McMaster: Trump Did Not Know Source of Shared Intel]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 10:35:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/McMaster-149495467448700001.jpg

President Donald Trump was unaware of the source of intelligence he shared with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, national security adviser H.R. McMaster at a news conference on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. He al Trump's sharing the information was appropriate.

<![CDATA[Military Legend Eugene Ely]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:20:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0071-091817-MILITARY-LEGACY-EUGENE-ELY-WEBSITE_1200x675_1050295875842.jpg
Naval Aviation was born here in San Francisco. Lieutenant Eugene Ely of the California National Guard flew off the U.S.S. Pennsylvania as an experiment. They built a deck on this battle ship and he was the first guy to fly off and land on a ship. It was a California National Guardsman assigned here at San Francisco.

Moffett Field and Alameda was a major naval aviation. It would be nothing 20, 30 years ago to see a flight of a Navy fighter or fighters or bombers flying into Alameda from a carrier coming into port. It was just part of the routine. It was nothing special. So, today we see that today. It's special but it's a reminder of just how important the Navy's aviation was to this area.
<![CDATA[WH: Trump Asking About Russia Probe Not Conflict of Interest]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 14:15:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sarah_Huckabee_presser-149453259857000001.jpg

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday said it was not a conflict of interest for President Donald Trump to ask former FBI director James Comey about the Russia investigation. The FBI will continue its investigation on possible ties between the Trump administration and Russia despite Comey's dismissal.

<![CDATA[Acting FBI Director Says Russia Probe Not Impeded by Trump]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 10:57:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Screenshot-2017-05-11-13.46.03.jpg

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that the White House has made "no effort to impede" FBI investigations into the Trump administration's ties with Russia following the dismissal of former FBI director James Comey. Lawmakers have expressed outrage at Comey's firing, calling President Donald Trump's actions "suspicious."

<![CDATA[7,000 Bodies May Be Buried Under College, Site of Old Asylum]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 11:39:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_7000bodies0509_1500x845.jpg

A survey for a planned parking garage reveals there may be up to 7,000 bodies buried on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the previous site of the Mississippi Asylum for the Insane. WLBT's Marie Edinger reports.

<![CDATA[Driver Flees Traffic Stop, Dragging Police Officer]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:51:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2017-04-24+at+10.43.20+AM.png

Body camera footage shows a Florida police officer being dragged by a driver attempting to flee a traffic stop.

Police said Frank Wetzel, 61, was pulled over after blowing through a stop sign. Police said he started fidgeting with something next to him, making the officer suspicious. He was allegedly later found with a machete and handgun.

<![CDATA[Massive Anti-Government Protests Continue in Venezuela]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:38:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/AP_17109722214136.jpg In the largest protests in years, tens of thousands of Venezuelans have flooded into the streets to demonstrate against the government of Nicolas Maduro and demand elections.

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<![CDATA[Todd Webb's 1940s Photos Show Ever-Bustling NYC]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:28:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/webbthumb1.jpg The 1940s-era photographs of New York photographer Todd Webb are on display in 2017, seventy years after their original exhibition.]]> <![CDATA[Take a 'Peep' at These 10 Amazing Marshmallow Sculptures]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 06:07:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Diptych4.jpg Sugary, sweet models of Edgar Allen Poe, Belle of "Beauty and the Beast" and Paddington Bear are just a few of the Peeps sculptures seen at the PEEPShow, a competition that raises funds for the Carroll County Arts Council on Westminster, Maryland. Artists and marshmallow enthusiasts across the country enter each year to show off their Easter creations. ]]> <![CDATA[Badger Buries Cow Three Times Its Size in Utah Desert]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:07:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/20160118-z_01180224.jpg

A badger was caught on camera burying a whole cow carcass to save for later, in footage supplied by scientists from the University of Utah. Scientists studying scavenger behavior in Utah’s Great Basin Desert recorded this video this spring, according to a university press release issued on Mar. 31, 2017. Badgers are known to cache animals for later consumption, but this is the first recorded instance of a badger burying an animal larger than itself.

<![CDATA[Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream]]> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:52:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/011809-mlk-p1.jpg Photos from Martin Luther King Jr.'s remarkable life.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Leaders Look at Rent Control and Eviction Concerns]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:50:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj+evictions-0328-2017.jpg

After months of community fights and negotiations, the city of San Jose is finally planning to address renters facing eviction without cause.

The issue arose in December at a San Jose complex called The Reserve, where hundreds of tenants were evicted from their rent-controlled units so the owner could convert the complex into luxury units.

NBC Bay Area revealed in a December story that the city had no program to help relocate or compensate evicted residents.

At City Hall on Tuesday, solutions were in the works regarding property owners making changes that leave tenants out on the street. The city's housing director is planning to propose limited but significant changes to the council on April 18, such as strict notification requirements.

"And it also provides a package of relocation benefits that a tenant can rely on and plan on and can use to move out of their house and find a new home," said Jacky Morales-Ferrand, San Jose Housing Director.

Meanwhile, The Reserve apartment complex is virtually a ghost town. This Friday, the last of the 672 people who used to live in 216 rent control units there will be gone.

The plan is for the property to be part of a market-rate housing-slash-shopping complex, with retail that will benefit the city. But it doesn't include help for those evicted.

The South Bay Tenants Union said it's concerned about many other landlords getting rid of rent-controlled units.

"Any owner can go ahead and do this," said Shaunn Cartwright, the union's organizer. "And it's legal, and they know that. And that's why they do it."

The group points to a complex on Randolph Drive as an example. A new owner evicted rent-control tenants there, reportedly to convert to market-rate housing for veterans.

"It's hard to lose rent-controlled housing," Morales-Ferrand said. "So one of the additions that we're going to be asking the Council to consider is to replace the rent control units that are lost when a building is demolished."

Although both the proposals are limited and short-term oriented, they would be brand new policies in a city where rapid growth is likely to cause the issue to resurface soon.

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<![CDATA[Girl Saved During Hurricane Katrina Reunites With Rescuer]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:32:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/Screen+Shot+2017-03-21+at+10.09.01+AM.png

During Hurricane Katrina, Master Sergeant Michael Maroney was a pararescue jumper, flying over New Orleans picking up survivors in the devastating aftermath of the 2005 disaster, when he saw a little girl -- LaShay Brown -- below. 

Brown was stranded without food or water when Maroney found her. On Saturday at her Junior ROTC Ball in Waveland, Mississippi, she reuinted with her rescuer.

<![CDATA[Trump Reminds Louisville Fans Their Basketball Team Lost]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:05:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_TRUMP_HOOPS-149005682814400001.jpg

During a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, President Donald Trump reminded local basketball fans their beloved Louisville Cardinals lost in the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

<![CDATA[People Skip Work, Class On 'Day Without Immigrants']]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:22:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_1704764688735216x9.jpg People across the country stayed home from work and class, refrained from shopping and marched in public spaces on Feb. 16, 2017. Their actions were part of "A Day Without Immigrants," a demonstration of the economic and cultural contributions of immigrants to life in the U.S. The protest came in response to the Trump administration's pledge to deport more immigrants who are in the country illegally, build a wall along the Mexican border and impose a travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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<![CDATA[Top News: Funeral for US Army Sergeant Killed in Niger]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:52:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ladavid-864710270.jpg View daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Follow the Inaugural Parade in Real Time]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:28:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ap-inaug-parade-th.jpg

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<![CDATA[2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients ]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:02:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Michael_Jordan.jpg The 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients includes entrepreneurs, celebrities, architects, physicists and mathematicians, among others. See the full list of this year's honorees below.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Man One of First to Choose 'Death with Dignity' ]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:41:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N6P+RIGHT+TO+DIE+CONCERNS+PKG+-+00000828.jpg

Just two months after California's Death with Dignity Act became law, a Santa Rosa man suffering from a terminal illness has become one of the first to use it. Tonight, his family is sharing their story. As NBC Bay Area's Jodi Hernandez reports, they say the process is less than perfect, but they have no regrets.

94-year-old Tom House was a marine, pilot and insurance broker. He suffered from colon cancer and congenital heart disease and, with just months to live, decided to end his battle, going out on what his family said were his terms. 

“He did it his way,” said daughter-in-law Esther House through tears. “He went out his way. He really did.” 

After spending the morning sharing stories and memories with family and friends, the Santa Rosa man drank a fatal prescription of barbiturates from his favorite coffee mug. 

“Following drinking that, he had his son mix his favorite drink – a martini – then he said ‘something’s happening here’ and he laid back and went to sleep,” said pastor Jeanie Shaw, a friend of House. 

While the process was peaceful for House, the family had issues with some aspects of the procedure, specifically the administration of the drug cocktail. It required them to open 90 small capsules of powder by hand.

“No one should have to sit there with a little toothpick and open these little things and dump the powder in a cup,” said Esther. “That's absolutely ridiculous. 

Still, the family is grateful that their patriarch was able to die peacefully and painlessly, and they say they are grateful to people like the Bay Area's Brittany Maynard, who brought the physician-assisted suicide back in the spotlight and trailblazed to legalize the procedure. like House, Maynard chose to die surrounded by family and friends. 

“It was a beautiful thing that all those people Tom loved could be here with him on the day he chose to be with God,” Shaw said.

<![CDATA[Fact Checking Day One of the RNC]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:58:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000018170882_1200x675_728263747918.jpg

The Republican National Convention kicked off in Cleveland on Monday, and bold claims peppered the speeches delivered during the event’s primetime festivities.

The theme of the convention’s opening day was “Make America Safe Again,” a sentiment woven into the impassioned remarks delivered by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

“It’s time to Make America safe again,” he said. “I know we can change it because I did it by changing New York City from the crime capital of America to the safest large city in the United States. What I did for New York, Donald Trump will do for America!”

In spite of recent police shootings and racial tension nationwide, the numbers say America has never been safer. The violent crime rate sits at a record low since the FBI began tracking the data in 1995. According to the agency’s 2014 Uniform Crime Report (UCR) , the rate of violent crime nationwide went from 684.5 per 100,000 people in 1995 to 365.5 in 2014, a drop of nearly 47 percent.

Giuliani also missed the mark regarding his claim that New York is the safest large city in America. According to FBI data on cities with a population of 1 million or more, that title is actually held by San Jose, which has a violent crime rate of 321 per 100,000 people. New York has a violent crime rate of 596 per 100,000 people. Large cities with lower rates include Phoenix, San Antonio, Los Angeles and San Diego, along with San Jose.

Another focus of the evening was the “Never Trump” movement, a group of grassroots protesters who demanded changes be made to the conservative party and convention rules. The group had amassed signatures supporting its cause from a majority of delegates in 11 states, though only seven states were required to force a revote.

But that vote didn’t happen, because the Trump campaign killed the last-minute revolt.

Chaos overtook the convention floor when Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack determined that a voice vote approved the rules package without any changes. When protesters demanded a roll call, Womack left the stage.

"We are now in uncharted territory," said Utah Sen. Mike Lee. "Someone owes us an explanation. I've never seen the chair abandoned like that. They vacated the stage entirely."

When Womack returned, he announced that some of the 11 states had withdrawn from the petition to hold a vote on party rules.

Though the party rules were not changed last night, the revolt is not over. After all, the protesters were really concerned with changing the rules for 2020. Essentially, conservatives want closed primaries, where only Republicans can vote in their elections. This improves the chances of a nominee like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Nothing that happened Monday night prevented a future rule change from happening, though, since the party will meet to discuss changes every year leading up to the presidential election in 2020.

<![CDATA[Judge Rules in Favor of Warriors, Key Arena Hurdle Cleared]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 23:04:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0718-2016-WarriorsArena.jpg

A San Francisco Superior Court judge Monday ruled against a group seeking to block a proposed Golden State Warriors arena project in the Mission Bay neighborhood, clearing the way for the project to proceed, according to city officials.

The ruling by Judge Garrett Wong rejected without comment lawsuits filed in December and January by the Mission Bay Alliance challenging the city's environmental review and approval process for the event center and mixed-use development at 16th and Third streets.

"What the court got was that the environmental review was not rammed through City Hall," Warriors spokesman P.J. Johnston said.

In particular, the Mission Bay Alliance, which says it is made up of UC San Francisco donors, stakeholders, physicians and faculty members, argued that the 11-acre project would create major traffic and emergency access issues for the nearby UCSF Medical Center, especially on game days.

"We always knew this would be headed to the appellate courts," Osha Mersrve, a Mission Bay Alliance attorney. "There, we’ll have a three-judge panel to hear our arguments to protect Mission Bay from this bad project."

The lawsuit was joined by the group Save Muni and Jennifer Wade, the mother of a UCSF patient concerned about emergency access for her son.

The Board of Supervisors in December unanimously approved the project, which will include an 18,000-seat event center and 600,000 square feet of office space, in December. The project was also certified as an Environmental Leadership Project by Gov. Jerry Brown, indicating it met economic stimulus and environmental building standards.

"The fact is that this worthwhile project has been thoroughly scrutinized under the law, and it has won overwhelming support every step of the way, from all parts of San Francisco-- including its neighbors," City Attorney Dennis Herrera said.

Mayor Ed Lee said the ruling validated the city's environmental review process.

"The Warriors are inspiring a new generation of fans throughout the Bay Area, and I can't wait to welcome them back home to San Francisco," Lee said.

Litigation by the Mission Bay Alliance prompted the Warriors to announce earlier this year that the planned opening date of the arena was being delayed from 2018 to 2019.

Team president and chief operating officer Rick Welts Monday said the team looked forward to breaking ground soon.

"This decision brings us a huge step closer to building a new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue, which will add needed vitality to the Mission Bay neighborhood and serve the entire Bay Area extremely well," Welts said in a statement.

The alliance also filed a lawsuit in December in Alameda County Superior Court alleging that UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood did not have the legal authority to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Warriors agreeing to traffic mitigations for the project. That lawsuit is still being litigated.

"A lot of public investment has gone into Mission Bay, and to put a stadium there is just bad planning," Merserve said.

"There’s already a lot of lab space, but the people who work there need coffee shops, restaurants and other things," Johnston said. "And they need nightlife."

The Warriors announced in January that the arena will be known as the Chase Center, after financial services firm JPMorgan Chase paid for naming rights for 20 years.

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<![CDATA[Vigil For UC Berkeley Student Killed in Nice, France]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:00:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Nicolas+Leslie.jpg

A UC Berkeley student missing in Nice, France, following Thursday's truck attack has been found dead.

Nicolas Leslie, 20, was confirmed dead by FBI officials, which were notified by counterparts in France early Sunday, Berkeley News reported.

"This is tragic, devastating news," UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks told Berkeley News. "All of us in the UC Berkeley family — both here on campus, and around the world — are heartbroken to learn that another promising young student has been lost to senseless violence. I join Nick’s parents, friends and the entire campus community in condemning this horrific attack, and in mourning the loss of one of our own."

Leslie, a native of Del Mar, in San Diego County, was one of 85 Berkeley students attending a summer study abroad program in the city of Nice when the attacker, identified as 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, drove a truck through crowds departing a fireworks celebration.

Friends told NBC Bay Area that Leslie avoided being hit by the truck but was separated from his group during the stampede and chaos that followed.

On Saturday, Leslie's father, Conrad, left his Southern California home and traveled to Nice in search of his son, NBC News reported. Leslie's uncle, Fabeo Bottini, had been scouring hospitals in the Nice area since the attack looking for Nicolas, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Claire Holmes, a spokeswoman for the program, said the campus is devastated.

"We have been mobilizing over the past few days, cooperating with officials on the ground to find Nick, and bring him home." Holmes said. "Unfortunately, the news was tragic today."

A vigil for Leslie is scheduled for Monday at 4:30 p.m at Sproul Plaza on the Berkeley campus.

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<![CDATA[Democrats and Gun Control]]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:27:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rc-guns2.jpg

From rallies to sit-ins, Democrats have tried a number of strategies in recent weeks to force a vote on gun reform.

Democrats don’t currently have the deciding vote in Congress, so what did the party accomplish when it did have control back in 2009 and 2010?

Congressional records from that time, the 111th Congress and the first under President Barack Obama’s tenure, show that Democrats did pass historic legislation during that time, including the Stimulus Bill, Dodd-Frank and the Affordable Care Act.

Noticeably absent is any significant legislation on guns.

"Let’s put it this way, the government was less intrusive, a little bit less concerned, a little bit less involved with some of the other laws that were already on the books," said NBC Bay Area political analyst Larry Gerston. "No changes really to speak of. I mean that was it."

Gun laws by the 111th Congress include legislation that allowed firearms to be carried in national parks and on Amtrak trains, as well as the Law Enforcement Safety Improvement Act, which helps retired, qualifying police officers carry concealed weapons.

"Unfortunately for the last 20 years or so nothing has happened at the federal level," says Juliet Leftwich, legal director at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. "There's a lot of political cowardice, and the NRA has a stranglehold over Congress."

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and its founders were instrumental in passing the last major piece of federal gun reform legislation, a 1994 federal assault weapons ban. The law went into effect after the 1993 massacre at a law firm in San Francisco, known as the 101 California Street shooting.

Leftwich says the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 shook the nation to its core and was a recent turning point for political sentiment about guns.

"There's just a different feeling in the country now about this issue, and hopefully the politicians will hear that," she said. "Even if it's only for their self-interest, [I hope] that they will act accordingly."

The reality is lawmakers are protesting for gun laws like "No Fly, No Buy," but those reforms were already proposed in the 111th Congress by Democrats and Republicans.

For example, Rep. Mike Castle and Sen. Frank Lautenberg, both Republicans, sponsored legislation to close the gun show loophole. And New York Rep. Peter King, also a Republican, backed a bill aimed at, "denying firearms and explosives to dangerous terrorists."

None of those proposals even made it out of committee. That falls directly at the hands of the ruling party, Gerston says.

"At the end of the day, in the U.S. Senate it is the majority leader," he said. "It is the majority leader. Period. It is the Speaker. Period."

That would be Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, respectively. There’s no guarantee that either leader couldn’t moved those bills through their chamber, after all the 60-vote Democratic “supermajority” was extremely fragile.

It’s also true that those leaders chose to use their political capital on other issues.

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<![CDATA[Businesses Reopen After SF Fire, 58 Displaced]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:59:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SF+Fire1.jpg

Businesses on Mission Street in San Francisco are starting to reopen following a devastating five-alarm fire that spread to at least six buildings and sent two people to the hospital. 

The blaze, which sent billowing clouds of acrid smoke into the air, appeared to have come from a two-story multi-use building, although fire officials are still investigating the fire's cause and origin. It was reported to fire officials shortly after 2 p.m. and jumped up four alarms in a manner of hours. 

All told, it took more than 140 firefighters to knock the flames down, and 58 people were displaced. The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army set up shelters at San Jose Avenue. 

Fire officials said they had the blaze contained as of 7 p.m. Saturday but would be working on the scene until at least Monday, checking for hot spots and assessing the damage. 

A badly burned restaurant and a Cole's Hardware store will likely not be reopening to the public. 

Jonathan Baxter, a public information officer with the San Francisco Fire department, said that two people were taken to the hospital with smoke inhilation. A 1-year-old was also treated at the scene for smoke-related injury at the scene and was shortly released. 

The department reported that it had been able to reunite two cats with their owners, and advised affected residents searching for their pets to call (415) 554 9400. 

As of Sunday morning, traffic in the area was particularly slow. Officers advised taking detours. 

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Tsunami Risk Very Low, Scientists Say]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 19:08:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/tsunami.PNG

It's unlikely that a major earthquake will send a tsunami to devastate the shores of the Bay Area, scientists told NBC Bay Area.

A local earthquake, along the San Andreas fault for example, would not even cause a tsunami because the plates on that fault line move side to side and, thus, do not disrupt water.

An earthquake along a subduction zone, a type of fault line where one plate essentially gets pushed under the other, could trigger a tsunami that reaches the shoes of the Bay Area, but citizens would have hours to evacuate and prepare.

This type of seismic event is most likely to occur in far away locations, in places like Alaska, Chile or Japan, says Dr. Steve Ward, a research geophysicist at UC Santa Cruz.

Bathymetry, or the shape of the earth's features underwater, plays a big role in helping waves from those locations reach the Bay Area, says Brian Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“It can actually steer the tsunami waves into different regions,” he said. “So, we can get impacts from those areas.”

Ward says another way to think about this is to imagine the beam from a flashlight. Much of the energy from an earthquake is directional. It goes forward in the triangular shape of a flashlight beam, he says. Tsunamis follow the path of that energy.

“So if you’re on the flashlight beam, you’re going to get wet,” he said. “If you’re not on the flashlight beam, you’ll probably be safe.”

The Bay Area is on the flashlight beam for a seismic event in Alaska near the Aleutian Islands. If the fault line there ruptures, water displaced at the source would rush down the Canadian coast near Vancouver and saturate the Pacific Northwest coastline before settling in the Bay Area. The water might even pierce the San Francisco Bay by the Golden Gate Bridge, but it shouldn’t do much damage from there.

“It will get into the Bay to a degree, but it’s not going to have any sort of impact especially in the North or South Bay,” Garcia said. “Directly across from the entrance, though, under the Golden Gate, they could have some impacts.”

After the 2011 earthquake in Japan, a small tsunami wave did make its way into the Bay. Pictures of the wave reaching Emeryville can be found online. That wave took several hours to reach the Bay Area, and by that time was less than a foot high.

What’s the tsunami risk where you live? Visit Know Your Zone on the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ website and type in your address to find out.

<![CDATA[Sharks Defeat Penguins 3-2 Trail Series 2-1]]> Sat, 04 Jun 2016 21:50:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5381223781.jpg

The Sharks finally secured their first lead of the Stanley Cup Final, and it came just in time.

In serious danger of going down three-games-to-none against Pittsburgh, Joonas Donskoi scored at 12:18 of overtime to give the Sharks a 3-2 win in Game 3. San Jose had not enjoyed a lead in any of the three games up to that point.

The Sharks trailed 2-1 entering the third, but got the tying goal from Joel Ward. Just as a double-minor to Nick Bonino for high-sticking was about to expire, Ward powered a slap shot through Matt Murray at 8:48.

In overtime, Donskoi skated around the net, turned around and fired it high over Murray to get the Sharks back into the series in what was the first ever Stanley Cup final game in San Jose.

The win was the Sharks’ first in overtime this postseason against four losses, including Game 2 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Game 4 is on Monday at SAP Center.

Pittsburgh opened the scoring on a Ben Lovejoy point shot that glanced in off of Roman Polak at 5:29. The play began with some nervous moments by Martin Jones playing the puck, only to have it taken away by Matt Cullen before it ended up on Lovejoy’s stick.

The Sharks responded on a Justin Braun goal, when the defenseman hummed in a wrist shot from the high slot at 9:34 that Martin never picked up.

San Jose outplayed Pittsburgh in the second period, but it was the Penguins grabbing the lead back before the intermission. Brent Burns caved to the forecheck this time with a pair of soft plays, and the result was Patric Hornqvist deflecting in a Lovejoy shot at 19:07. 

Donskoi had a wonderful chance to tie it in the closing seconds, but lifted his shot on a clean look in front over the net. San Jose outshot the Penguins in the middle frame, 9-6.

The Sharks played without forward Tomas Hertl due to a lower body injury. It was just the second game Hertl missed this season, and first of the playoffs.

Pittsburgh outshot the Sharks for the game, 42-26, the 12th straight playoff game it has had more shots than its opponent. The Pens also blocked 38 shots, including 12 on Burns alone.

Special teams

The Sharks finished 1-for-3 on the power play, as Bonino was exiting the box the second that Ward scored. San Jose had just three total power plays through the first two games, and is 2-for-6 in the series.

Pittsburgh is still looking for its first power play goal in the series. It went 0-for-1 in Game 3, and is 0-for-6 overall.

In goal 

Jones made 40 saves to improve to 13-8 in the playoffs.

Murray, who had allowed just six total goals in his previous four starts, took the loss with three goals allowed on 26 shots. He’s 13-5 in the postseason.


Dainius Zubrus, a healthy scratch in Game 2, returned in place of Hertl, while Melker Karlsson slotted onto the top line left wing for most of the night.

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski continues to be held at bay, as he’s still looking for his first point in the series.

Up next

The Sharks are 3-9 all-time when trailing a playoff series two-games-to-one.

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Standoff on VTA Ties Up Commute]]> Fri, 06 May 2016 07:44:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/VTA+TRAIN+STANDOFF+LIVE+RAW+-+04344316.jpg A standoff between a man on top of a VTA train in San Jose and Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputies early Thursday morning tied up traffic and delayed the morning commute for hours along the train's route.

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<![CDATA[Three Adults, Baby, Injured in Oakland Crash]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 05:57:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/STRINGER+OAKLAND+HEAD+ON+CRASH+-+00020029.jpg

Three adults and a baby were taken to the hospital early Thursday morning after a head-on collision between an SUV and a truck on International Boulevard and 60th Avenue.

The crash was reported about 3:30 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Two-Alarm Vallejo Fire Burns Child, Displaces Six Others]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 08:42:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/STRINGER+VALLEJO+HOUSE+FIRE+-+00021524.jpg

A two-alarm fire in Vallejo injured a child with 2nd degree burns and displaced six others in the house.

The fire was reported about 1:20 a.m. Thursday in the 1400 block of Carl Avenue. One child suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns, officials said. Three adults and three other children were displaced and were receiving help from the Red Cross.

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<![CDATA[12-Hour Standoff on VTA Train Ends Peacefully]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 18:15:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/050516-man-on-train.jpg

A standoff between a man on top of a VTA train in San Jose and Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputies early Thursday morning tied up traffic and delayed the morning commute along the train's route for 12 hours.

It peacefully ended just after 1 p.m. The man was finally convinced to come down by a deputy who arrested him last month that he had built "a rapport with," Sgt. James Jensen said, and who was offered a bag of trail mix he spotted in the cherry picker that took him down.

Kyle Lewis, 25, of Prunedale, who was spitting at deputies and later yelling about wanting to "mess up people's commutes," was escorted away - shirtless - by deputies, Jensen said.  He was later booked for disrupting a VTA line, a misdemeanor, and faces up to a year in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. Jensen said he was also arrested on these misdemeanor charges: resisting arrest, being under the influence of a narcotic, and assault on an officer, for spitting.

Train service in the area was restored soon thereafter.

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The frustrating morning began when Lewis, on probation for nonviolent offenses, first hopped on top of the light rail train at North First and Component streets, just outside the NBC Bay Area studio, about 1:20 a.m., according to Jensen.

Lewis spent hours on top of the train, wrapped in a yellow blanket, as deputies  tried to convince him verbally to come down. Jensen said deputies did not want the situation to turn volatile and did not want to harm him or Tase him. At one point, Lewis was seen taking a nap on top of the train. At some point, his yellow blanket was taken away.

As the standoff entered its 11th hour, Judge Stephen Manley, who oversees the Santa Clara County Court mental health efforts, was pulled from the courthouse to come help and advise. Manley has been critical of Sheriff Laurie Smith's supervision when three of her jail deputies allegedly beat inmate Michael Tyree to death in August. But it was Smith who decided to call the judge in for help, Jensen said. "The sheriff reached out to him just to get his insight," Jensen said, adding that the judge was only there for 20 to 30 minutes.

But it was a deputy who arrested Lewis last month for an undisclosed reason, who recognized the man and offered to come down to try to help. The deputy, who didn't want to be named, talked to some crisis intervention negotiators for advice and was able to get Lewis to come down, Jensen said.

Jensen said despite the commuting headache, he was glad the situation ended without any violence, force or tragedy.

"It's a huge relief that it resolved in a safe manner," Jensen said. "None of the deputies got hurt, and Kyle was not injured."

Lewis' rooftop decision left Silicon Valley VTA commuters, and even those on surrounding highways, delayed for hours. The light rail agency had to set up bus bridges to help out, as the North First Station was closed throughout the standoff.

"It was just really disrupting," said commuter Jorinda Gallardo. "I actually had to have somebody drive me to work because I would have been way too late."

VTA spokeswoman Brandi Childress credited the quick thinking of the VTA operator who first spotted Lewis and kept him from getting hit on the tracks or electrocuted on top.

Childress reminded the public that electricity through the trains carries between 750 and 850 volts of direct current and that trespassing on trains is an obvious no-no.

"Today we were extremely fortunate because we were able to proactively power down before the individual made contact with the high-voltage lines," she said. "Unless there is an emergency or extenuating circumstances, the entire overhead system is fully powered and can cause electrocution upon contact."

The VTA added that it will thoroughly investigate the incident and re-evaluate its policies, if needed.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot in San Jose Driveway]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 13:12:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjdrive2.jpg

A man standing in a San Jose home's driveway was shot Sunday afternoon, police said.

Police believe a black truck pulled up outside a residence in the 1600 block of Havana Avenue and someone inside opened fire on the victim.

The assailants fled the scene and remain at large, according to San Jose police. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Police have not detained anyone and have not provided information about the incident.