<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Breaking News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usThu, 27 Jul 2017 18:03:19 -0700Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:03:19 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[May: UK Threat Level Raised to Critical]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 15:20:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TheresaMay-149557577419400001.jpg

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the United Kingdom's threat level has been raised from severe to critical, its highest level, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, a day after a suicide bombing in Manchester left 22 dead and 59 wounded.

<![CDATA[Trump Denies Asking Comey to Close Flynn Probe]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 14:53:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+TRUMP+PRESSER+051817THUMB.jpg

President Donald Trump responded to questions about the Russia investigation at a news conference Thursday with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Trump denied the allegation that he urged former FBI Director James Comey to back off his investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

<![CDATA[Jeff's Forecast: Rain Exits & Hot Weekend]]> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 23:40:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/amwxjr.jpg Our storm that dropped trace amounts to .40" will exit. This will allow warmer temperatures Thursday & much hotter this weekend. Chief Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri tracks your Microclimate Forecast.]]> <![CDATA[Jeff's Forecast: Cooler & Few Showers]]> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 20:19:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/doppler2.jpg High pressure fades to allow increased clouds this weekend and cooler temperatures. Chief Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri also tracks our slight chance of showers.]]> <![CDATA[Harbaugh: McDonald Will Play vs. Cowboys]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:11:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ray-MCDONALD-mugshot.jpg

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday embattled defensive tackle Ray McDonald will be on the team's flight to Dallas for the Niners' Week 1 game against the Cowboys – and he will play on Sunday.

"Yes. As it stands now, yes," Harbaugh said when asked about McDonald's status. "He has the liberty to play in this game."

McDonald, 30, is out on $25,000 bail following his arrest on domestic violence charges in an upscale San Jose neighborhood early Sunday. His status was undetermined following his arrest.

Harbaugh said on Tuesday the team has "no tolerance" for domestic violence, but he cautioned against any rush to judgment regarding McDonald's arrest. He also said Tuesday that he would not allow any player who was found guilty of domestic violence on his team.

The decision to let McDonald play – despite the allegations – isn't just controversial with 49ers fans, but also with former players. Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott said Friday he thinks the team should bench McDonald.

McDonald's next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 15.

Harbaugh also confirmed on Friday that right tackle Anthony Davis (shoulder) will be out and right guard Alex Boone will be active for Sunday's game, according to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco. 

CSN Bay Area and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Egyptian Forces Clear Cairo Mosque of Protesters]]> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:29:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/egypt+protests1.JPG
Egyptian security forces cleared a Cairo mosque Saturday where protesters had taken refuge and organized an open-air morgue and makeshift field hospital for injured supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. As military forces encircled the al-Fath mosque in Ramses Square, gunman positioned on the mosque's minaret fired on the forces below, triggering the ouster of pro-Morsi protesters, The Associated Press reported. Security officials said the raid was prompted by fears that the Muslim Brotherhood planned to stage a sit-in at Ramses Square similar to those broken up by the military on Wednesday. Also Saturday, disturbing video emerged showing an apparently unarmed protester being shot with his arms raised as he walked toward armored vehicles. With Egypt's death toll rising to 800 over four days of violence, the country's interim government said it was mulling whether to ban the Brotherhood. The group, which rose to power in Egypt's first democratic elections a year ago, has been banned for most of its 85-year history, the AP reported.
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<![CDATA[5 Women Die in Limousine Fire on Calif. Bridge]]> Mon, 06 May 2013 03:34:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/limofirenew.jpg

Five women in their 30s died Saturday night when a stretch limousine burst into flames on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge over the San Francisco Bay, police confirmed to NBC News.

Four other people in the limo escaped with burn and smoke inhalation injuries, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said. The car's driver was unhurt. 

Montiel said the women were "probably killed by the fire," though the cause of death has not been confirmed, NBC News reported.

Witnesses told NBC Bay Area the white Lincoln Town Car was not involved in an accident prior to catching on fire. It was not clear what could have sparked the flames. 

The car was driving from Alameda to Foster City, Montiel said.

When asked if an "explosion" had occurred, Montiel told NBC News it was unconfirmed, however he did say the "vehicle was partially engulfed."'

A viewer named David Solomon sent in the picture above that he said of was of the limo.

The fire was first reported around 10 p.m. in the third lane of westbound state Highway 92, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

The bridge, located about 20 miles southeast of San Francisco, connects San Mateo and Alemada counties. The westbound lanes were closed for several hours.


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Photo Credit: David Solomon]]>
<![CDATA[These Donors May Miss Senator Boxer the Most]]> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 13:03:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/186*120/01-08-2015-barbara-boxer-2.jpg

When Senator Boxer leaves the Senate in 2016, the 33-year congressional veteral will leave a long legacy in many fields in California. But in terms of campaign donations, her absense will be felt most by those in the entertainment industry, women’s rights and the Silicon Valley tech industry.

In an analysis with the non-partisan research organization MapLight, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit took a look at the numbers and broke down who Boxer’s biggest financial campaign supporters have been over the years.

According to the Federal Elections Commission, topping the list of Boxer’s campaign contributors during her career were people associated with Emily’s List—the political action committee that aims to elect Democratic women to office.

Also high on the list of donors were people associated with The University of California.

Time Warner, Twentieth Century Fox and Walt Disney Company were almost among the top 10 donors. And Cisco Systems was the top donor from Silicon Valley over the years, followed by Qualcomm, Kaiser Permanente, Oracle and Google.

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<![CDATA[Two Santa Cruz Police Officers Killed]]> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:16:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/santacruzshooting.jpg

Two Santa Cruz police officers were shot to death Tuesday afternoon - the first time in city history that officers were killed in the line of duty. One suspect was also killed.

The two officers who died, Det. Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler, had a combined 38 years of experience with the Santa Cruz Police Department.

"We at the Santa Cruz Police Department are like family," Santa Cruz police chief Kevin Vogel said. "I've known both of these officers for a long, long time and there just aren't words to describe how I feel personally about this and how our department is reacting to this horrific, horrific tragedy."

Baker had been with the department for 28 years and leaves behind a wife, two daughters and a son, Adam, who works for the department as a community service officer. Credit: Larissa Mueller

Butler leaves her partner, Peter, and two young sons.

"This is the darkest day in the history of the Santa Cruz Police Department," Vogel said.

Baker and Butler went to an address on North Branciforte Avenue as a part of an investigation Tuesday. Details are unclear, but in making contact with the suspect, Santa Cruz resident Jeremy Goulet, 35, an altercation ensued.

Both detectives were killed at the scene.

After going door-to-door in the community authorities say there are no more outstanding suspects or any danger to the community.The Santa Cruz Sentinel said the investigation was possibly domestic violence related, but Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak could not confirm what the investigation was about.

A Santa Cruz resident, who declined to give his name, said he was sitting in his house in the 800 block of North Branciforte Avenue when he heard gunfire across the street around 3:30 p.m. Police arrived soon, he said.  That's when a suspect fired at police, hitting the two officers.

A while later, he heard a "multitude of gunfire" coming from an area nearby. He said police told residents to stay inside and not to leave. 

Following the incident, schools in the immediate area were placed on lockdown. 

"We need to figure out a way to bring our department together and get through this," Vogel said. "It's a horrible, horrible day for the Santa Cruz Police Department and the community of Santa Cruz." 

After the police were killed, a second shooting occurred a half-hour later while police were in pursuit of at least the suspect on Doyle Street. A barrage of gunfire erupted that left Goulet dead on Doyle Street, according to the Sentinel.

Police were on a citywide manhunt for several hours after the initial shooting. The FBI joined the investigation just after 4 p.m. as well as law enforcement from the sheriff's office, Capitola, Watsonville and Scotts Valley police departments and the California Highway Patrol.

NBC Bay Area's George Kiriyama and Bay City News contributed to this report.

Photo credits: Larissa Mueller/Santa Cruz Sentinel; Baker family

<![CDATA[White House Press Secretary Discusses Conn. School Shooting]]> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 09:55:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/whitehouse4.jpg White House Press Secretary Jay Carney discusses Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

<![CDATA[Team Coverage: Bay Area Storm No. 1 Windy, Less Rain]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:18:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/11amstorm_7850512_722x406_10392643793.jpg Reporters Christie Smith and Bob Redell report on Wednesday at 11 a.m. about slow Bay Bridge traffic, Santa Cruz summit winds and 73 cancellations at SFO.]]> <![CDATA[Raw Video: Palo Alto Highway Fatality]]> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:17:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rawpacrash_7817537_722x406_9753667567.jpg Crews raced to Palo Alto on Friday morning to the scene of a major injury crash where one person was killed, a CHP officer was hurt and two others suffered critical injuries.The was reported just before 7 a.m. on northbound U.S. Highway 101 at Embarcadero Road. A Sig-Alert was issued and the highway could be closed for about six hours.]]> <![CDATA[Divers Look for Missing Oakland Man]]> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:08:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CHERYLHURDLIVEWATERRESCUE_7803429_722x406_9588291737.jpg A water rescue is now a recovery in Oakland for a man who went to search for his cat and may have fallen into a lake inside a quarry. Fire crews arrived on scene around 7:15 p.m. and requested the dive team to search the waterway located behind 4400 Montgomery street. The victim may have fallen 75 to 100 feet down the steep cliff and into the water below. Firefighters are telling NBC Bay Area that they believe the man is dead. Cheryl Hurd reports.]]> <![CDATA[Raw Video: OPD Seek Gunman At Holy Names University]]> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:36:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/holynamesweb_7568314_722x406_3845187991.jpg Oakland police searched Thursday for a bald, "disoriented" and "disheveled" man suspected of bringing a gun on campus. Here is an aerial view of some of the search.]]> <![CDATA[Raw Video: 3 Antioch Fires Suspicious]]> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 07:16:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N4AANTIOCHSUSPICIOUSFIRESVOok_7331355_722x406_42146077.jpg Contra Costa County firefighters battled three suspicious fires in less than an hour in Antioch, in what investigators are now saying were probably set by at least one arsonist. Here is raw video of a 99 Cent store on fire.]]> <![CDATA[SJ Cop's Son, 3, Killed By Gun in Gilroy]]> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 06:58:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BOBREDELL6AMHITFORWEB_6811383_722x406_26616694.jpg In what police describe as a tragic accident, the 3-year-old son of a San Jose police officer was shot and killed Wednesday evening at his home in Gilroy.]]> <![CDATA[Alameda Car Crash, Six Teens Injured]]> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 06:56:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MARLA615HITFORWEB_6811395_722x406_26616657.jpg Six teenagers were injured early Friday morning in the 800 block of Island Drive when a car they were driving crashed into a tree, police said.]]> <![CDATA[Fire Rips Through 4 S.F. Buildings]]> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 07:14:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TUESAMWEBFIRETEAMCOVERAGE_6789216_722x406_25388998.jpg Team coverage in San Francisco, where an arson investigation is underway after a four-alarm fire.]]> <![CDATA[Flames Engulf Oakland Big Rig]]> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 06:42:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEDSAMBIGRIGCRASHCHRISTIE_6754577_722x406_24171391.jpg Christie Smith reports live in Oakland where flames engulfed a big rig early Wednesday morning. The driver said he was headed to the Port of Oakland when his engine started smoking. Traffic was temporarily affected on northbound Interstate Highway 880 at Market Street.]]> <![CDATA[Van Shears Gas Line at San Jose Apartment Complex]]> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 08:10:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gasleakweb_6671668_722x406_23196296.jpg Apartment complex dwellers in San Jose awoke to a crash early Friday, after a van plowed into their complex in the southern part of the city.]]> <![CDATA[Fire At Oakland BART Stop Forces Temporary Shutdown]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 08:08:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/OAKLANDFIRELATESTFORWEB_6667123_722x406_23081365.jpg A Thursday morning fire at a construction site near the West Oakland BART station has forced the early-morning closure of the BART Transbay Tube which carries tens of thousands of commuters from the East Bay to San Francisco. Christie Smith reports.]]> <![CDATA[Raw Video: Fire Burning Near West Oakland BART Stop]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 08:02:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/OAKLANDFIRESTRINGER_6666397_722x406_23081358.jpg A Thursday morning fire at a construction site near the West Oakland BART station has forced the temporary closure of the BART Transbay Tube which carries tens of thousands of commuters from the East Bay to San Francisco. Here is a look at the fire.]]> <![CDATA[Sierra Lamar Suspect Charged With Murder]]> Thu, 24 May 2012 20:00:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LAMARSUSPECTINCOURTPKG_6552896_722x406_20506056.jpg The suspect in the Sierra Lamar disappearance stepped into a courtroom for the first time today. Since the murder charge has a special circumstance of kidnapping, the prosecution could pursue the death penalty.]]> <![CDATA[Breaking News: Arrest in Sierra Lamar Case]]> Tue, 22 May 2012 00:34:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SIERRALAMARARRESTPKG_6535868_722x406_19128890.jpg It's the worst possible news -- a 21-year-old man has been arrested in the kidnapping and murder of missing teenager Sierra Lamar. Antolin Garcia-Torres is facing charges after his arrest earlier today in Santa Clara County. NBC Bay Area's George Kiriyama talked to Sheriff Laurie Smith.]]> <![CDATA[Arrest Made in Sierra LaMar Case]]> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 14:23:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sierra1-and-mugshot.jpg

There has been a major break in the disappearance of Sierra Lamar.

Antolin Garcia-Torres, a 21-year-old from Morgan Hill, was arrested Monday night in connection with the murder and kidnap of LaMar, a Morgan Hill teen missing for more than two months, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

“We have arrested a suspect in the kidnapping of Sierra Lamar,” said Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith. “The red car is the car that belongs to Antolin Garcia.”  

Sources tell the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit that the suspect has been under surveillance for several days.

Garcia-Torres was booked into jail Monday evening, after being taken into custody at a Safeway in Morgan Hill.

Not only was it the first public declaration of an arrest or a suspect in the case, but it was the first time detectives have said what the community has feared since the 15-year-old vanished on her way to school on March 16: The murder charge insinuates that the teen is dead.

Investigators say they have not found her body.

“We have a lot of physical evidence that connects the two," said Sheriff Smith. “He is the registered owner, we have had the car and we were looking for anyone who had seen where that car was – we still want more information if there’s more witnesses.”

The sheriff acknowledged this has been a very difficult time for the Lamar family and asked that the family be left alone Monday night.

“He was arrested today because this is how we thought the arrest should be done and public safety is our main concern," said Sheriff Smith. "We don’t want anyone else hurt – we don’t want any more little girls taken."

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department is holding a news conference Tuesday morning when investigators are expected to release more information.

The Lamar family is expected to attend the news conference.

Contact Lisa Fernandez at 408-432-4758 or lisa.fernandez@nbcuni.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/ljfernandez.

Photo Credit: Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Kovaleski on Sierra]]> Thu, 24 May 2012 10:21:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/165*120/sierra.lamar.qrcode.jpg Antolin Garcia Torres is facing one count of murder and one count of kidnapping. Sources tell the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit that the suspect has been under surveillance for several days.]]> <![CDATA[San Jose man dies of stab sounds, SWAT team surrounds home.]]> Thu, 10 May 2012 18:48:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/swat_6391979_722x406_2227716015.jpg San Jose police surround a home in the 200 block of 200 Cleveland Ave. after a man dies of a stab wound.]]> <![CDATA[San Jose man dies of stab sounds, SWAT team surrounds home.]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 06:50:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/swat_6391979_722x406_2227716015.jpg San Jose police surround a home in the 200 block of Cleveland Avenue after a man dies of a stab wound.]]> <![CDATA[Wacky Weather Hammers The North Bay]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 23:46:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stephaniechuangliveeastbayweather_6154263_722x406_2211134219.jpg Rain hammered parts of the North Bay. Trees falling in Sonoma and a scare in Walnut Creek made the day tense. NBC Bay Area 's Stephanie Chuang reports.]]> <![CDATA[Tree Falls on Car, 1 Killed]]> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 16:05:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/oaklandtree.jpg

Crews called to the scene of a deadly accident in Oakland near Park Blvd. Thursday morning. A person driving on Hwy. 13 slams into a tree that just fell across the roadway, another car slammed into the first car.

Two people were trapped inside the cars. One person was killed. The other was taken to a local hospital.

They were not even able to call for help. Neighbors say they heard the crack as the tree broke and then screaming coming from the accident scene. They were the ones to call 911.

The accident happened around 4:20 a.m. When rescue crews arrived they immediately pulled out chainsaws to try and get the people out.

The Alameda County Coroner arrived at the scene just after 6 a.m.

The highway is expected to reopen after investigators examine the tree. They are trying to figure out if it was a collision that caused the tree to fall or the erosion of the ground because of all the rain.

<![CDATA[Car crashes into downed tree, killing one inside]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 06:29:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5A530OAKLANDTREEONTOCARVO_6142895_722x406_2210325919.jpg Breaking News: On Hwy 13 in Oakland near Park Boulevard, a car crashed into a downed tree, killing one inside. It is unclear whether it was the driver or the passenger that was killed. The other was trapped inside and taken to a hospital with injuries. All southbound lanes are closed while the CHP clears the scene. It is estimated to be at least 2 hours before the lanes are reopened. It is unknown what caused the tree to fall.]]> <![CDATA[Two Found Dead in Sunnyvale Home]]> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 23:48:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police+line+yellow+%5Bgenericsla%5D.jpg

Officials have confirmed two bodies have been discovered inside a Sunnyvale home, Tuesday night.

Dave Pitts of  the Sunyvale Public Safety, said the two dead were found at 813 Nectarine Ave. Both were shot to death.

Officials said investigators are questioning a person at headquarters, but they were not saying who the person is.

Sunnyvale Public Safety said they are not ruling a double homicide, nor are they ruling out a murder-suicide.

Neighbors say three people live at that address - a father, mother and teenager.

Pitts confirmed the two people dead are adults, but not if they are the residents of the home.

Photo Credit: Getty Images / Scott Olson]]>
<![CDATA[Nelson Mandela Leaves Hospital]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 06:34:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP071006064407.jpg Former South African President and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, 93, has reportedly left the hospital where he stayed overnight for minor diagnostic surgery to pinpoint the root of a recurrent abdominal complaint. According to NBC News, Mandela underwent a laparoscopy Saturday, a routine procedure in which surgeons make a small incision in the belly to insert a thin, lighted tube to inspect stomach organs. In a statement, the office of sitting South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed that Mandela has gone home and that there is nothing "seriously wrong with him."
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<![CDATA[Parent Speaks Out Against Abuse]]> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 01:00:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/11PPKGRWCTEACHERSREMOVED_5944081_722x406_2195456471.jpg The father of one of children allegedly abused at an Redwood City school talks about the suspect what's been going on at the school as well as the suspect.]]> <![CDATA[Man Pulled Out of Trench Alive]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:46:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MANOUTOFTRENCHVIDEOFORWEB_5893728_722x406_2192245429.jpg A man is rescued from a trench by firefighters.]]> <![CDATA[Trench Rescue]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:44:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7ptrenchrescueintvforweb_5893699_722x406_2192244703.jpg NBC Bay Area's Brent Cannon talks to a neighbor who's watching the trench rescue in Brentwood. He says the victim was working on a pipe outside and was buried as much as 10 feet in the ground.]]> <![CDATA[Trench Rescue]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:28:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/newvideoformaninditchweb_5893669_722x406_2192241604.jpg Breaking News a Brentwood man fell several feet into a trench. He is covered neck down in mud. Neighbors tried to pull him out but were told to stop because of the danger. Crews are still scrambling to keep his head above the mud while trying to figure out a way to pull him out of the trench.]]> <![CDATA[Explosion And Fire Near Microsoft]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 01:14:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBFIREBN_5784176_722x406_2186465575.jpg An explosion and fire near the Microsoft campus in Mountain View. Flames ripped through powerlines. NBC Bay Area's George Kiriyama has the latest.]]> <![CDATA[Explosion and Fire Near Microsoft]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 09:30:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBFIREBN_5784176_722x406_2186465575.jpg

Breaking News: A large explosion and fire right across the street from the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View tonight. The incredible scene all captured on video as the fire raged. Click on the video above to watch fire crews try and put out the blaze. 

Witnesses reported seeing flames shooting several feet into the air after 9:30. The fire was burning on 10695 La Avenida for about an hour. The explosion triggered a blackout in the surrounding area. Some 300 people remain without power.

No one was hurt. The fire is out but there are downed powerlines and fire crews are keeping people away from the scene.

<![CDATA[Police and Protesters Clash in Oakland]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2012 00:58:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/oaklandprotestpkg_5759489_722x406_2184651572.jpg A march against police turned violent tonight in Oakland.]]> <![CDATA[Zynga Introduces New Games]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 12:40:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/182*120/111036286.jpg Zynga has started new games. It's just part of the day's business report by Scott Budman]]> <![CDATA[Berkeley Hills Fire Claims Two Homes]]> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 07:33:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/JEANELLEBERKELEYFIRELIVESHOT_5711356_722x406_2181507998.jpg A live power line fell on a fire truck as it was fighting the fire. Nobody was injured in the fire, as everyone got out of the two homes. The homes are near Keeler Avenue and Grizzly Peak Boulevard.]]> <![CDATA[Super Saturday Is Super!!!]]> Sun, 18 Dec 2011 11:18:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N11PSUPERSATURDAYPKG_5653416_722x406_2177913252.jpg The last Saturday before Christmas is Super Saturday, retailers offer deals to lure shoppers back to the mall.]]> <![CDATA[Jackson Doc Receives 4-Year Sentence]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:31:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/murray-sentence-jackson-hearing.jpg

The doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop star Michael Jackson was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum four years behind bars, but sheriff's officials said Dr. Conrad Murray will probably end up serving about two years because of state sentencing laws.

Murray's sentence was handed down during an emotional hearing that included a statement from the superstar's family. Murray was convicted Nov. 7 in the King of Pop's June 25, 2009 death after a six-week trial that included dramatic recollections of the day Jackson died. That testimony included several witnesses who characterized Murray as acting in his own self-interest -- not the interests of his famous patient.

Conrad Murray Case: Trial Timeline, Images Jackson Family's Full Statement to Court

"Dr. Murray engaged in a recurring pattern of deceit, of lies and that pattern was to assist Dr. Murray," said Judge Michael Pastor, who handed down the sentence after hearing arguments from attorneys. "It is almost inconceivable that Dr. Murray would have persisted in this pattern over a period of time."

The doctor (booking photo, right) sat with his hands folded as the sentence was read.

"It's the maximum, the judge was fair," said Jackson's mother, Katherine, outside of court. "Thank you fans, thank you very much."

Murray told investigators that he gave Jackson the powerful sedative propofol -- usually administered in a surgical setting -- after the superstar repeatedly asked him for something to help him sleep after a concert rehearsal.

Murray's term will be served in an LA County lockup, District Attorney Steve Cooley said after the sentencing hearing. A change in California law - AB 109 -- requires Murray to serve the sentence in jail instead of overcrowded state prisons.

He could be eligible for early release or monitored house arrest. Nonviolent felons typically serve 50 percent of the sentence in California, and

Murray's sentence is automatically being cut in half because of state laws, said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. He will be housed in a one-person cell and kept away from other prisoners.

When asked whether justice was served, Jackson sister La Toya said, "It wasn't enough."

Jackson family members, including mother Katherine and siblings LaToya, Jermaine, Randy and Rebbie, were at the proceedings. Jackson family lawyer Brian Panish was the first to address the court during Tuesday's hearing.

"We are not here to seek revenge," Panish said, reading a family statement. "There is nothing you can do today that will bring Michael back.

"We will keep the love in our hearts. We respectfully request that you impose a sentence that reminds physicians that they cannot sell their services to the highest bidder."

"The maximum is not enough," Jackson's brother Jermaine said on his way into the courtroom Tuesday.

Murray's defense will probably appeal his conviction. The 58-year-old Houston-based cardiologist has been at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility since his conviction.

During their presentation Tuesday, prosecutors recalled trial testimony that characterized Murray as acting in his own self-interest with disregard for his patient.

"At the point Dr. Murray knew his actions caused the death of Michael Jackson, he didn't immediately begin to cure the situation," said Deputy District Attorney David Walgren. "He started looking out for himself. He started cleaning up the room. He waited 20 minutes to have some one call 911. He then lied repeatedly.

"He did not even give the family the answers they deserved."

Pastor agreed, adding that although Murray was eligible for probation, he is "not suitable for probation."

"It should be made very clear that experimental medicine is not going  to be tolerated,'' Pastor said. "And Mr. Jackson was an experiment. The fact  that he participated in it does not excuse or lessen the blame of Dr. Murray  who simply could have walked away and said no as countless others did. Dr.  Murray was intrigued by the prospect and he engaged in this money-for-medicine  madness that is simply not going to be tolerated by me.''

In addition to time in custody, the prosecution also sought restitution of more than $100 million on behalf of Jackson’s three children. Walgren noted that Jackson would have earned an estimated $100 million for 50 London concerts during the scheduled “This Is It” tour.

The restitution amount will be determined at a Jan. 23 hearing.

"The people are under no illusion that Dr. Murray has the ability to pay $100 million, but the people are under the obligation to seek restitution," Walgren said.

Murray's attorneys presented letters of support from his mother and 33 other people. He was described as a self-made man who was active in charitable work.

"I wonder to what extent the court considers the entirety of a man's book of life as opposed to just one chapter," defense attorney Ed Chernoff said Tuesday. "Michael Jackson was a drug seeker. He sought it out from Dr. Murray, who was wrong in providing it."

Chernoff also asked the court to consider Murray's life before he became a personal physician for one of the world's most famous entertainers.

"Whether he's a greeter at Walmart or a barista, Dr. Murray is always going to be the man who killed Michael Jackson -- that's who he is now," Chernoff said. "You listened to two witnesses say straight out, they wouldn't be alive without him. Does any of that matter?"

During an NBC interview before his conviction, Murray denied that he did anything wrong. Walgren asked the court to consider those statements an indication that Murray feels no remorse.

“I don’t feel guilty because I didn’t do anything wrong,” Murray said in the interview.

Jurors convicted Murray after hearing testimony from nearly 50 witnesses, who included medical experts, paramedics who responded to the rented Holmby Hills mansion on the day Jackson died, emergency room staff and detectives. Prosecutors also played for jurors a recording of Jackson as he described for Murray his ambition to please his fans during a series of planned London concerts.

Pastor called the recording, taken from Murray's phone, one of the most compelling pieces of evidence in his decision.

"I can't imagine that happening to any of us because of the horrific violation of trust," Pastor said of Murray's decision to record Jackson, whose voice is slow, slurred and almost unintelligible. "That tape recording was Dr. Murray's insurance policy. It was designed to record his patient surreptitiously at that patient's most vulnerable point."

Some of the most damaging testimony against Murray came from the prosecution's propofol expert, who said were it not for the doctor's critical mistakes, Jackson would be alive today. Prosecutors compared Murray's treatment of Jackson to a "pharmaceutical experiment" with a lack of proper monitoring equipment.

He was followed on the stand by the defense's propofol expert, who also testified that Murray deviated from the standard of care, testifying that he has never heard of someone adminstering propofol in a bedroom.

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Credit unions across the state are gearing up for a possible rush of new customers thanks in part to one local woman's crusade against big banks' high fees.

Like many consumers, 27-year-old Los Angeles gallery owner Kristen Christian was shocked when her bank, Bank of America, announced it would charge customers new fees to use their debit card.

"The announcement of a $5 monthly fee for debit card use directed at customers with less than $20,000 in combined accounts didn't sit well with me," Christian said. "On principle, I couldn't support a company that would choose to target the impoverished and working class."

So she decided to do something about it and launched Bank Transfer Day, a Facebook and Twitter movement aimed at encouraging customers to close their accounts with large corporate banks and move their money to small community banks and credit unions on or before Nov. 5.

"Together we can ensure these banking institutions will always remember the 5th of November," Christian wrote on Facebook. "We will send a clear message that conscious consumers won't support companies with unethical business practices."

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She shared her plan with 500 of her Facebook fans. But to her surprise, things exploded into a national movement. Five-hundred turned into 1,000. Then 10,000. Then 20,000.

"I expected that possibly 200 would respond," Christian said. "After the announcement, a friend and I engaged in a discussion on his Facebook wall. An acquaintance of his responded 'Who cares?' My heart leapt into my throat. I suppose that person now has her answer."

So far, more than 38,000 people have "liked" Bank Transfer Day's Facebook page, 75,000 have RSVP'd to the event and about 1,400 are following the movement's Twitter account.

And banks may be getting the message.

In response to public outrage and what many called "the final straw," Bank of America announced this week "we have listened to our customers very closely" and canceled plans to impose a $5 monthly debit card fee. Wells Fargo, the fourth largest U.S. bank, recently scrapped similar plans.

But the damage may already be done. Local credit unions have seen a spike in business by a rush of angry customers looking for better alternatives.

"Closed mine down...feels good to feel like I'm doing my part!" wrote one user on Bank Transfer's Facebook page.

Locally, Partners Federal Credit Union in Burbank said it has seen a 25 percent jump in new memberships and deposits. Others, such as Burbank City Credit Union, said they have seen a dramatic increase in business.

Christian noted the movement was not affiliated with Occupy Wall Street or other groups but "acknowledges the enthusiasm" behind them. The ultimate goal of Bank Transfer Day, she said, remains to shift as much funding to the local level as possible.

"Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives owned by their members and governed by a volunteer board of directors elected by, and from among, those members," Christian said. "Credit unions utilize profits for loans to individuals and small businesses which will promote growth within our own local economies."

Bank Transfer Day's Facebook page includes links to help consumers find credit unions and gives tips on how to successfully move an account to avoid any problems.