<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usTue, 31 May 2016 20:44:08 -0700Tue, 31 May 2016 20:44:08 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Novato High School Minors to be Charged as Adults: DA]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 19:42:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/novato1.jpg

Two Novato High School students, both minors, will be charged with murder and attempted murder of their classmate as adults, the Marin County district attorney's office said Tuesday.

A 20-year-old man was arrested Sunday in connection with the fatal shooting in Novato last week. Elmer Fernando Machado-Rivera, of San Rafael, who is also the cousin of one of the juvenile defendants, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy after the fact in the homicide case stemming from the shooting death of Novato High School student Edwin Josue Ramirez Guerra, 17, of San Rafael. Another student, Lefferson Diaz, also was shot and stabbed in the incident but survived.

The Marin County DA's office announced Tuesday that it will be filing murder, attempted murder and special circumstances charges against the two minors, Juan Carlos Martinez Henriquez and Edwin Guevara, in the adult court system.

Machado-Rivera is not being charged with the murder or the attempted murder but as an accessory after the fact.

Neither juvenile faces the death penalty because they were juveniles at the time of the offense. Under court decisions and California statutory law death penalty cannot be imposed on juveniles, Marin County District Attorney Edward S. Berberian said. "They are subject to the possibility of life without parole sentences but under California statutory law that punishment is discretionary with the court and if convicted on qualifying crimes would be addressed during the sentencing process," Berberian said.

Law enforcement agencies conducted two raids at two homes in the Novato area on Thursday and arrested the two minors.

The district attorney's office said the two students will be placed in a yet-to-be determined felony criminal department Wednesday morning.

Classes resumed at Novato High School for the first time Tuesday since the fatal shooting. Counselors were present to help the community of 1,400 students to cope with their grief. Student body president Romario Conrado has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for the victim's families.

The account has so far raised $2,470.

"I am always here for anyone, even if we've never even communicated. Do not hesitate on sending me a message if you need an ear, a shoulder, a friend, or even a hug," Conrado says in a message on the page.

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<![CDATA[FBI Recovers Gun Stolen From Agent's Car in SF]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 19:37:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0531-2016-FBIRaid.jpg

A gun that was stolen from an agent's car in San Francisco's Alamo Square over the weekend was recovered from the city's Bayview District on Tuesday, FBI officials said.

An FBI SWAT team served a federal search warrant at a house near the intersection of Keith and Thomas streets in San Francisco around 10:30 a.m. based on information obtained from surveillance footage near where the weapon, a .40-caliber Glock 27, was originally stolen from on Sunday afternoon.

One suspect was taken into federal custody at the house at 1832 Keith Street in connection to the stolen weapon, but the person's identity has not been released.

The FBI agent's identification badge and credentials were also taken, and they are yet to be recovered.

San Francisco police Officer Carlos Manfredi said the FBI agent reported his vehicle was broken into on Hayes and Pierce streets between 12:30 and 12:40 p.m. Sunday.

Neighbors who live near the popular Painted Ladies know all too well that any car parked in the area is a target for thieves.

"Ours was broken into so many times the man at the glass repair place starting giving me a discount," said resident Sue Valentine.

An NBC Bay Area investigation earlier this year revealed that more than 500 weapons have gone missing from local and state agencies since 2010, either stolen or misplaced.

That had other Alamo Square residents wondering why a federal agent would leave his gun and badge in his car in an area known for theft.

It is unknown whether the agent in question will face discipline for leaving his weapon in his car.

A bill by Senator Jerry Hill would require all law enforcement officers to safely stow any handgun left in a car by placing it in a locked box or trunk, out of sight of passersby. Hill introduced SB 869 in January after firearms stolen from the vehicles of law enforcement officers were used in two murders.

In October, three homeless drifters stole a gun from a civilian's car in San Francisco and used it to kill a backpacker and a yoga instructor.

In July, a gun was stolen from the vehicle of a federal agent with the Bureau of Land Management and used to kill 32-year-old Kate Steinle in San Francisco's Embarcadero.

Nine handguns, including the most recent theft over the weekend, have been stolen from law enforcement officers’ vehicles in the Bay Area in the past year.

Passed by the Senate in April, SB 869 is currently before the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

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<![CDATA[Should Trump Worry About a Third-Party Candidate?]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 18:13:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Trump-Third-Party-Challenge-AP_667973104020.jpg

Just as Donald Trump is starting to make up ground in polls against Hillary Clinton, he faces a new problem: third parties.

Over the holiday weekend, the threat advanced on two fronts. First, the Libertarian Convention in Orlando, and then 'Never Trump" activist Bill Kristol.

Kristol's efforts to draft a third party conservative candidate to rival Trump may have paid off, NBC News reported.

The payoff could be a less-than-well-known candidate, however, in David French, a decorated Iraq veteran and staff writer at National Review.

Several sources confirmed to NBC News French's interest, but it's not clear whether a bigger name might take the plunge instead.

A third party would give conservatives ideologically opposed to Trump a megaphone to carry on their message in exile. For his part, Trump has warned Republicans flirting with a third-party bid that they'll hand Clinton the White House if they go through with it.

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<![CDATA[SJPD Release Video of Armed Robbery Suspects]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 20:36:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0531-2016-SJPDSuspects.jpg

Police are asking for the public's help in locating suspects wanted in a brazen armed robbery in San Jose.

The armed robbery occurred on April 23 at HP Foods, located at 830 S. 3rd Street, according to police. Surveillance video shows two men storming the store, with one of the suspects armed with what appears to be a machine gun.

One of the men punched an employee in the face before taking cash. The suspects then drove away from the store in an early 2000 Silver Acura TL with no front license plate.

The first suspect, who police said was armed with a machine gun, is described as a man between 30 to 49 years old, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall, 200 pounds, black hair with a mustache. He was last seen wearing a white undershirt, blue-hooded sweatshirt, brown construction boots and black pants.

The second suspect is described as a man between 25 to 35 years old, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall, 200 pounds and having black hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt with "DBD" on front, gray sweatpants, black ski mask and gray tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mike White of the San Jose Police Department's Robbery Unit at 408-277-4166.

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<![CDATA[Fatality on I-680 Connector in San Jose: CHP ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 19:46:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SDPD-Generic-night-lights.jpg

The California Highway Patrol and San Jose police were at the scene of a highway fatality Tuesday night that did not appear to involve a collision, according to the CHP.

The incident was reported at 6:04 p.m. on a connector ramp from Capitol Expressway onto southbound Interstate 680.

A male victim was found, but there's no indication of a crash at the scene, the CHP said.

The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office also responded to the scene.

Further details were not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Peavy's 7 Shutout Innings Lift Giants Over Braves ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 19:30:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/peavy2.jpg

Major League Baseball didn’t do the Giants any favors this week by having them play a game in Denver on Sunday and a day game in Atlanta on Monday, but the schedule certainly has helped Jake Peavy.

Needing a positive stretch after a disastrous outing against the Cubs earlier this month, Peavy was lined up to face the light-hitting Padres and Braves. He took full advantage, shutting down the Padres last week and then throwing just 77 pitches in seven dominant innings Tuesday in Atlanta.

Pitching on his 35th birthday, Peavy faced the minimum, allowing just one hit and striking out three in a 4-0 win over the Braves. In his past two starts Peavy has found his groove, giving up just seven hits and one run over 13 2/3 innings.

Peavy helped himself at the plate on Tuesday, too, hitting a broken-bat single with two outs in the top of the sixth to help get the game’s first run across. In a scoreless game, Bruce Bochy put his pitcher in motion. Peavy flew home, scoring easily on Denard Span’s liner into the gap that went for a triple.

Afterward, he huddled with trainer Dave Groeschner, who tried to help the veteran recover from a long run on a steaming day in Atlanta.

Pitchers often have trouble recovering from an inning like that, as the Giants saw earlier this season when Shelby Miller tripled off Jeff Samardzija and then fell apart the next half-inning. But Peavy kept rolling. Adonis Garcia opened the bottom of the sixth with a long fly to right that Hunter Pence chased down, and Peavy got out of the frame with a strikeout and lazy fly.

His day ended only because the Giants loaded the bases ahead of the pitcher’s spot in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Matt Duffy drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and it was all Giants from there. They tacked on a couple more runs.

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<![CDATA[Program at Dublin Prison Aims to Help Inmates With Dyslexia]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 19:26:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0531-2016-PrisonInmatesDublin.jpg

The federal prison system is looking at ways to reduce its inmate population by increasing their educational opportunities. And in the Bay Area, former White House lawyer Dabney Friedrich, is pushing for a program she knows will work.

Friedrich invited NBC Bay Area to see the special education at work at the federal women's prison in Dublin. It is a program she said is both better than many in the federal system and still wholly inadequate.

Between her work in Washington, D.C on the seven-member sentencing commission and her family in San Mateo County, Friedrich volunteers once a week as a special education tutor at Dublin's federal prison.

"You know having been a federal prosecutor I've locked a lot of people up and I've always wanted to give back," she said.

Friedrich started volunteering two years ago, about the same time her 8-year-old son was diagnosed as dyslexic. The boy had hidden his inability to ready by memorizing words, a common coping method among dyslexics.

When her son was finally diagnosed, Friedrich and her husband moved heaven and Earth to get him help and found it.

"It's a very explicit method and it's tough in a very specific way," she said. "The child might read a sound, write the sound, hear the sound, maybe use their finger to trace the sound."

Friedrich admits it has been a long and sometimes difficult two years.

"But I'm happy to report that he's currently reading for pleasure at grade level," she said.

At the Dublin prison, Friedrich noticed a lot of the students appeared to have the same difficulty.

"I memorized everything. I'm really kind of smart for everything else but my reading and writing," inmate Zaira Coronel. "I don't understand why it's so hard."

Coronel is one of two inmates NBC Bay Area interviewed in the special education class. Like Friedrich's son, Coronel is dyslexic.

A University of Texas study found 48 percent of prison inmates are dyslexic.

Miriam Salais, the other Dublin inmate NBC Bay Area interviewed, is serving a sentence for smuggling drugs. She has been in and out of the prison's high school equivalence program three times.

Salais said getting her general education degree is harder than kicking her heroin addiction.

The prison's GED program recently had just over 100 graduates for the first time. A few came from the special education class in Dublin, but Salais said half the women she knows cannot read or write.

"We drop out of school at a young age and we start hanging out with the wrong crews, the wrong people, and we start using drugs," Salais said.

Friedrich said she went to the Bureau of Prisons and suggested a variety of pilot programs for teaching dyslexic inmates. The bureau approved the program, but with no funding.

Friedrich discovered that as a member of the government's judicial branch, she is barred from raising the money herself.

"The prisons have to meet these inmates where they are," Friedrich said. "The system has failed them. The schools did not work for them on the outside. Many of them dropped out of school and I think it's no stretch to say that contributed to their path that led to prison."

The Bureau of Prisons required NBC Bay Area to interview Friedrich off the Dublin property. But inside, she said the warden and the staff have been incredibly receptive to her proposal -- they just do not have the resources.

Ten inmates is the maximum amount allowed into the special education class, out of nearly 1,000 inmates.

With studies showing half of the inmates need more help than the class can currently offer, NBC Bay Area asked Salais what it means to be able to read, write and finally get a high school equivalency degree.

"I hope so," she said of the education helping to prevent her from returning to prison. "

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<![CDATA[SJ Considers Lactation Rooms for Nursing Moms]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 19:12:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-186081739.jpg

The San Jose City Council is entering the debate over providing places in offices and public buildings for nursing mothers.

The city is considering building three new lactation rooms at various locations. But some are asking whether the private rooms are helping breastfeeding moms or hiding them.

Mari Lee Jennings, executive director of the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose, says on any given day, nursing moms could be seen taking advantage of any quiet little corner of the museum they can find.

Nicole Parker is one of those moms.

"My preferred chair is the chair in the wonder cabinet because it’s a little more private, and your back is to the crowd," Parker says.

San Jose City Councilman Ash Kalra says that's unacceptable.

On Tuesday, Kalra asked the city to include $165,000 in its next budget to build three lacatation rooms. One at City Hall, one at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo and one at the Children's Discovery Museum.

"Sometimes in our cities and community, we haven’t always provided those places for women," Kalra says. "And in this case, for nursing mothers, in order to be inclusive, we should provide clean places, dignified spaces that make sense."

The private rooms would include sinks, outlets - and quiet.

Parker says she and other nursing mothers just want a place they can be comfortable in their skin. "Because breastfeeding is normal and natural," she says. "But when you have to do it with an audience, it can be a little scary."

Nikki Abercrombie agrees that nursing in public can be uncomfortable for everyone. "Just people looking or they don’t really want you there," she says. "There are certain people who think you shouldn’t be seen."

Other moms hope pushing through the initiative doesn't mean pushing moms out of the public eye.

"As long as it’s not a way for companies, employers to bully women into a particular place," says mother Elena Adams.

Abercrombie says it shouldn't be about promoting a no-breastfeeding-in-public image. "On the other hand, I think it’d be nice to have a place that’s quiet where you can go," she says.

Each of the three proposed lactation stations would cost $55,000, according to the city. The mayor is scheduled to unveil his budget plan on Friday.

If the lactation rooms are approved, the museum hopes to begin construction in September.

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<![CDATA[Pope Calls for Tolerance, Loving Gestures, in Final Mass]]> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 16:05:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490326864.jpg

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims gathered in the heart of Philadelphia to watch as Pope Francis culminates his historic visit to the United States by celebrating Mass and talking once again about the importance of the family — the theme of the World Meeting of Families event that brought him to the country for the first time.

Francis used the Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in downtown Philadelphia to stress tolerance, patience and the acceptance of others.

"To raise doubts about the working of the Spirit, to give the impression that it cannot take place in those who are not 'part of our group,' who are not 'like us,' is a dangerous temptation," he said in a homily. "Not only does it block conversion to the faith; it is a perversion of faith."

According to an "unofficial estimate" by people working the event, a crowd of 860,000 started making its way to security lines early in the day for a chance to get to see His Holiness up close. Even more watched on about 40 large TV screens that were set up in the city. Most of those screens were located about 25 blocks away from the Mass location.

Francis told the pilgrims that "our common house can no longer tolerate sterile divisions."

On family, he said love is shown by small daily signs which make people feel at home, and that faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love.

"That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches," he said. "They are the right place for faith to become life, and life to become faith."

He added: "Anyone who wants to bring into this world a family which teaches children to be excited by every gesture aimed at overcoming evil -- a family which shows that the Spirit is alive and at work -- will encounter our gratitude and our appreciation. Whatever the family, people, region, or religion to which they belong."

Toward the end of his homily, he asked the audience a simple question.

"In my own home, do we shout? Or do we speak to each other in love and tenderness? That is a good way of measuring our love."

At the end of the Mass, Francis had one final message to those in attendance.

"Thank you very much for your participation and your love for the family," he said in English. "And I ask you to pray for me. Don't forget."

The Mass ends Francis' whirlwind six-day U.S. trip in which he has visited the White House, addressed a joint session of Congress, participated in a multi-religious service at Ground Zero, addressed world leaders at the United Nation's General Assembly and met privately with victims of clergy sex abuse at a seminary just outside of Philadelphia. The pontiff, who is known as the people's pope for his outward display of humility, also met with the homeless at a shelter and inmates at a jail.

The City of Brotherly Love opened its doors this weekend not only for Francis (Archbishop Charles Chaput even joked about renaming the city "Francisville"), but to the thousands of people who arrived in the city to catch a glimpse of him at one of his many city-wide events.

Among those in attendance at the final Mass was 61-year-old Junior Isaac, who arrived in Philadelphia without tickets.

"I wanted to be part of history," said Isaac, who was wearing a U.S. Army hat. "I came all the way from Rhode Island without tickets. Within two hours I had four. I think God is a miracle and a feast.”

Latonya Williams, a childcare provider from Philadelphia, attended the event with her three children.

“I think he’s the best," Williams said of Francis. "I love his humble spirit. I wasn’t that interested in the other popes, and I’m not Catholic."

A Grand Arrival

The "Popemobile," a white Jeep Wrangler, began carrying Francis toward the alter at about 3:15 p.m. to the roars of scores of people lining the streets of Philly. His motorcade stopped briefly to view the "Knotted Grotto," a public art installation at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul.

The Grotto is a place anyone can go, write their intentions down, and tie them onto one side of the courtyard fence to be "undone" by another person. People leaving intentions tie their own and then untie someone else's to move it to the other side in homage to Francis' favorite image of the Blessed Mother as Mary Undoer of Knots.

Some 500 students from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, boarded buses Saturday night for their pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families event.

The students, part of the university's campus ministry group, arrived in Philadelphia around 7 a.m.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Nicole Steiner, 19, a sophomore originally from Massachusetts. "It's cool we're able to see him in our own country. He's an inspiring figure."

The students will board buses back to Notre Dame Sunday night.

Courtney Morin, 19, also a sophomore, said she's excited to be part of something so big.

"He's such a huge figure in the world," said Morin, who is from Indiana. "For me, it's being part of a moment when so many things can happen."

The two young woman and several other students from Notre Dame stopped to pose for a photo at Philly's iconic LOVE sculpture before heading to the Parkway to find a spot to watch the Mass. They have tickets to get into the closer areas, they said.

Students from Notre Dame have been following the pope's movement throughout his historic visit to the United States.

"We had papal pancakes Thursday to watch his address to Congress," Morin said.

A flock of Father Thien Nguyen's pilgrims donned bright yellow shirts and waited eagerly in front of a Jumbotron outside Philadelphia's City Hall on Sunday morning.

Nguyen said the group of about 150 people from the Vietnamese Catholic community in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Canada traveled to Philly for Francis' public Mass. Nguyen heard confession from a woman as many of his older pilgrims hunked down by the bigscreen to watch the Mass.

"This group decided to stay here near the screen, food and bathrooms because they're older," Nguyen explained. "One group had tickets and went all the way up (the Parkway)."

Nguyen said the Vietnamese faithful love the pope because of his care for the poor and the way he "represents Christ in the world."

The group celebrated a Vietnamese Mass Sunday morning before the papal service later, he said.

"We pray the pope will continue to be a great leader," Nguyen said. "We love the pope."

Up Next

After the Mass the Pope will travel back to Rome. His exit also means the World Meeting of Families ends. It was announced at the Mass that the next chapter in the religious event will take place in Dublin, Ireland, in 2018.

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<![CDATA[Trump U. Offered 'Trump Elite Packages': Documents]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 17:29:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Donald-Trump-San-Diego-AP_679172170622.jpg

Trump University offered a free seminar to attract potential clients, then tried to sign students to a $1,495 three-day-training course, according to documents released Tuesday.

After that, according to a flow chart released with the documents, the Trump University sales people were asked to convince students to sign up for elite levels of training, according to NBC 7 San Diego. 

The students might pay up to $35,000 for one of the “Trump Elite Packages," according to the confidential documents.

Two class-action lawsuits against the now-closed Trump University are being heard in San Diego courtrooms; another lawsuit is based in a New York court. The San Diego cases include Cohen v. Trump, a nationwide class action lawsuit, and Makaeff v. Trump, a class action in California, Florida and New York.

The documents released Tuesday are associated with the Cohen v. Trump case. 

Trump denies the allegations in the lawsuits. His attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, said, “the case is unwarranted; (Trump) will defend himself fully."

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<![CDATA[New Officers Union President Aims to Ease Tension]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 18:51:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0531-2016-AmyLe.jpg

The public fight between the Santa Clara County Sheriff's office and the jail officers' union is a long running, bitter political battle, with clashes over how the jail and the sheriff's office are run.

Now big changes are looming.

On Wednesday, new union leaders will take over, including a president who says years of fighting have been bad for officer morale and taxpayers.

The sheriff and 750-member correctional officers' union have had serious public fights for years.

Now, the incoming union president says a new approach is needed for the public's good.

Sgt. Amy Le has emerged as a major player who could ease the ongoing tension over the embattled county jail.

The 48-year-old Le ran to be the new correctional peace officers union president, pushing for a more positive, productive relationship with the sheriff's office.

Starting June 1, Le becomes the union's first woman president after a landslide victory that seems to indicate guards are weary of political fights.

"It's not a time to point fingers about 'who messed up' or 'who did something wrong.' There's a lot of reports that came out on the jail and of course some are not that great. We know what the problem is. So let's focus on the problem and work for a solution," Le said.

Many issues will keep the jail in the spotlight, including the murder trial of three jail guards accused of attacking inmate Michael Tyree.

In addition, two officers who self surrendered last week for allegedly beating inmate Ruben Garcia.

"Even though the publicity is not great for us, we hold our heads up high when we go to work and we do a good job every single day," Le said.

In a statement, Sheriff Laurie Smith said she looks forward to a new relationship.

County Supervisor Dave Cortese, who appointed the Blue Ribbon Jail Commission, said change was overdue.

"Sometimes tension is OK, but sometimes it's over the top. Sometimes it's an obstacle to getting things done. And I think there's a lot of hope around here right now that with this kind of 'sea change' that's happening with the new leadership," Cortese said. "It'll open the door a little bit for a much better relationship."

Le said she also plans to repair relations with the Board of Supervisors, but adds it is not going to stop her from asking for more jail staffing and longer paid work hours.

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<![CDATA[Sinkhole Opens on I-5; Northbound Lanes Shut Down ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 17:24:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Interstate5Sinkhole.jpg

A fast-growing sinkhole on Interstate 5 south of Tracy disrupted traffic Tuesday and had road crews scrambling to make repairs, a Caltrans spokesman said.

The sinkhole was discovered late Tuesday morning by Caltrans workers doing routine maintenance along northbound I-5, just south of Highway 33, Caltrans spokesman Greg Lawson said.

The hole was about 1 foot in diameter when first spotted, and one lane was shut down as crews began repairs. But an hour later, it was determined the damage was much more extensive, and both northbound lanes were closed about noon as Caltrans workers used heavy equipment to tear up the road and make repairs, Lawson said.

A 6-mile detour was set up along eastbound Highway 132 and northbound Highway 33.

Caltrans hoped to have the freeway reopened by Thursday afternoon, Lawson said.

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<![CDATA[Concord Woman's Artificial Lawn Stolen ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 17:46:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stolen-grass.jpg

A drought-conscious Concord resident was in shock over the weekend after discovering someone had stolen her artificial lawn.

Sandra Fischer, 79, found out through a call from her neighbor Sunday morning that the artificial grass she recently installed to save water had been ripped right out of her front yard.

"Sick. Just sick over it," Fischer said.

Neighbor Siobhan O'Hara also was outraged. She said Fischer, whose husband died a year ago, was trying to be drought conscious when she spent thousands of dollars to replace her real lawn with low maintenance synthetic turf.

"I'm apalled," O'Hara said. "It's like, good grief, do we not have anything better to do? ... We're very sad, and we're concerned too because if they start taking the grass, what else are they going to take?"

Concord police were stunned too. They said it's the first time the high-priced turf has been targeted, and they hope it's not the start of a trend.

"How low does it go, stealing artificial turf now from a front yard?" Officer Chris Blakely said. "Do you have to lock that down too?"

Police speculated that the thieves intend to resell the artificial grass online or perhaps keep it for themselves.

Fischer wanted to warn others to be on the lookout for lawn thieves. She was still in shock Tuesday: "I couldn't believe it."

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested on DUI Suspicion in Fatal Crash]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 15:45:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/sc-fatal.jpg

A man was arrested in a suspected DUI collision that killed a 65-year-old woman east of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara over the weekend, police said Tuesday.

Nestor Alegria-Hernandez, 34, of San Jose, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI causing injury, police Lt. Dan Moreno said.

The woman who died was identified as Sunnyvale resident Carmencita Masangkay Manaois, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

The collision was reported at Lick Mill Boulevard and Tasman Drive around 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Moreno said.

Masangkay Manaois was alone behind the wheel of a 2000 Honda Accord heading north on Lick Mill Boulevard and turned left to head west on Tasman Drive, where she was struck by an eastbound 2001 Ford F-150 driven by Alegria-Hernandez, according to Moreno.

The 65-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Moreno said.

Alegria-Hernandez was taken to a hospital for minor injuries and was later released, the lieutenant said.

A passenger in the truck suffered moderate injuries and was transported to a hospital where he was treated and released.

The truck blocked Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light-rail tracks at the intersection. The collision disrupted service along Route 902 Mountain

View-Winchester between the Great America and Baypointe stations, VTA officials said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police traffic investigator Dave Machado at 408-615-4764.

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<![CDATA[Man Critically Injured in One-Alarm House Fire]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 15:27:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sf-fire.jpg

A man was critically injured in a one-alarm house fire Tuesday in San Francisco, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to a call at 2:10 p.m. reporting a fire at a home on Cora Street in the city's Visitacion Valley neighborhood, according to San Francsico Fire Department spokesman Jonathan Baxter. When crews arrived, they found a man with critical injuries. He was transported to a trauma center, Baxter said.

Firefighters were working to extinguish the fire Tuesday afternoon and asked residents to avoid the area.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Unites to Root on Warriors in NBA Finals]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 15:04:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/167*120/dubs-couple.jpg Dub Nation shows off their team pride as they root on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

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<![CDATA[Nieto's Speed Could Help Sharks Against Penguins]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 13:44:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/164*120/GettyImages-498039324.jpg

PITTSBURGH – Matt Nieto’s view of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was the same as just about every other Sharks fan back in San Jose. He watched on television from the visiting dressing room at Consol Energy Center, as his teammates went on to a 3-2 loss in the series opener.

His view could be much different for Game 2. Nieto is available to play against the Penguins, recovering from an upper body injury suffered in Game 6 of the second round against Nashville on May 9.

Pete DeBoer would not confirm that Nieto would be in on Wednesday, saying only that he would “sleep on it, and make decisions in the morning.”

“Any time you get a guy like Nieto available, which he just recently got available to us, he’s always a consideration,” said the coach.

Considering Nieto is one of the team’s fastest players, though – and the Sharks were overwhelmed at times by the Penguins’ speed in Game 1 – it’s a strong bet he’ll draw into the lineup.

The 23-year-old was asked if his speed could be an asset against Pittsburgh.

“I definitely think I could help the team,” said Nieto, who has one goal and two assists in 11 playoff games. “When I have my legs going, I’m getting in on the forecheck and backchecking, and playing good two-way hockey. If my name is called, I’ll be ready to do all those things.”

At the time he got hurt, Nieto was skating on the Sharks’ third line left wing with Chris Tierney and Joel Ward. He could potentially return to that spot in place of Melker Karlsson, who has three goals (one in an empty net) and one assist in 19 games in the playoffs.

In Game 1, that trio was the Sharks’ least effective line. Tierney, Karlsson and Ward were the three worst Sharks forwards when measured by shot attempt differential.

DeBoer described the line, “like the rest of our team. Off a little.”

Ward was a bit more forthcoming.

“Not the greatest. I think we can definitely be better, for sure,” he said.

“I thought we’ve got to be a lot [harder] in the offensive zone when we get chances, and pinning it in. We always try to find a way to be better. We definitely as a group have got to find a way to create a little bit more.”

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<![CDATA[1 Hospitalized After Hazmat Incident in Palo Alto]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 13:15:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0531-2016-PAHazmat.jpg

A man was sent to a hospital after he was exposed to an incorrectly mixed chemical at a manufacturing company in Palo Alto Tuesday morning, a fire official said.

Firefighters responded to the incident reported at Stangenes Industries Inc. at 1052 East Meadow Circle shortly before 9 a.m., Palo Alto Deputy Fire Chief Catherine Capriles said.

Two employees incorrectly mixed epoxy resin, a substance used to make the company's transformers, in a plastic bucket and caused a chemical reaction, Capriles said.

They ran the melting bucket outside, where firefighters found it and called for a hazardous materials team, according to Capriles.

The pair had been working on making the material inert to dispose the chemical, she said.

A total of 14 employees complained of shortness of breath and abdominal pain, according to Capriles.

A man was transported to a hospital for treatment and the other 13 people were treated and released at the scene, Capriles said.

The hospitalized man was not one of the two employees mixing the chemical, according to Capriles. An update on his condition wasn't immediately available.

About 50 employees were evacuated from the company's two-story office building and won't be allowed back in until crews finish cleaning up the chemical spill, she said.

Palo Alto-based Stangenes Industries Inc. started in 1974 and operates just west of U.S. Highway 101. It designs and makes moderators, transformers and electromagnetic components, according to the company's website.

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<![CDATA[Search for Missing Vallejo Teen Called Off; Vigil Held]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 23:35:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/13319724_765895380214527_3896715281157815183_n.jpg

Family and friends of Pearl Pinson gathered Sunday evening in Vallejo to hold a vigil for the 15-year-old who was kidnapped last week and has been missing since.

The group gathered on the pedestrian overcrossing in Vallejo where Pearl was last seen Wednesday morning with her suspected abductor, Fernando Castro.

"She’s alive, and I know it," said Rose Pinson, Pearl's sister. "I believe she is going to be found."

Youth pastor Robert Walker came to the vigil to offer prayers.

"It's tragic," Walker said. "I have been emotional for the last three days because I've known her, and just to think that something like this could happen to her is kind of tearing me up."

A search for Pearl in and around the town of Jenner was called off Sunday.

"Nothing was found during the search that would indicate Pearl is there," the Solano County Sheriff's office said in a Facebook post. "Investigators continue to follow-up on leads, and any future search will depend on where those leads take us."

Pearl was abducted Wednesday morning near her home in Vallejo. Castro, 19, whom she knew, was killed in a shootout 300 miles away in Santa Barbara County on Thursday, authorities said.

Officials from several law enforcement agencies searched through 25 square miles in Sonoma County on Saturday. Solano County sheriff's deputies took to Facebook to report that the State Parks and agencies in Sonoma, Mendocino and Marin counties contributed to a group of more than 65 people who searched for Pearl on the ground as well as from the air and in the water.

Pearl has green hair and was last seen wearing a gray sweater, black leggings and had a black and turquoise backpack. Her family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with their search.

Anyone with any information is asked to call their local law enforcement or 911. The Solano County Sheriff's Office also provided a tip line for anyone who may have information about Pearl's whereabouts: 707-784-1963.

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<![CDATA[East Bay Teens Drown While on Sierra Camping Trip]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:51:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/zuleicaGoFundMe.jpg

Two Pittsburg teens drowned Saturday while on a camping trip in Amador County, according to the Amador County Sheriff's Office.

The victims - Zuleica Miranda Ruiz, 18, and Brandon Carranza, 19 - were cousins, according to Pittsburg Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Janet Schultz.

Ruiz was scheduled to graduate from Pittsburg High School next week. Carranza graduated last year, Schulze said in a letter to the school community.

"Our deepest condolences go out to the families of these two teens with such bright futures ahead of them," she wrote. "It is a time of enormous sorrow."

Ruiz participated in the Explorers Program and the Foot Pursuit Running Club with the Pittsburg Police Department. She was planning to attend Sacramento State in the Fall. Carranza was active in the school's AVID program.

Amador County Undersheriff Jim Wegner said the two teens were jumping off rocks into the Mokelumne River when they were swept away downstream around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Wegner said the water was moving very swiftly over the weekend. 

There was no cell service in the area so someone had to drive to call 911.

Sheriff's deputies, a swift water rescue team and a California Highway Patrol helicopter searched for the teens, while PG&E lowered the flow of the river, according to Wegner.

Ruiz and Carranza were eventually located and pronounced dead at the scene.

Schulze said grief counselors are available at the school to speak with students about the tragedy. The school is also planning a vigil at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The teenagers' families set up GoFundMe fundraising accounts to help pay for burial costs. Zulieca Ruiz's is here and Brandon Carranza's is here.

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<![CDATA[Car Goes Off Cliff in East Bay, Two Teens Rescued]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 21:27:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/carcliffoakland.jpg

Two teenagers escaped serious injury Sunday morning after a vehicle went over a cliff off Grizzly Peak in the Oakland Hills, according to fire officials.

The first report of the crash came in at 11:38 a.m. at Fish Ranch Road and Grizzly Peak Boulevard. Two teens, a male and a female, were inside the small SUV and survived with what are considered minor injuries.

One of them was carried out and the other had to be airlifted out and transported to a hospital, according to the East Bay Regional Parks District fire officials, which aided Oakland firefighters and the CHP in the rescue.

The vehicle careened about 250 feet down a steep cliff where the road turns sharply, officials said. It landed on its roof at the bottom of the ravine and was totaled.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the vehicle to go off the road.

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<![CDATA[Neighbors of Airbnb Houses Now Free to Complain]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 19:47:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/airbnb-stock-image-airbnb-generic.jpg

Airbnb provides the opportunity for guests to rate hosts, and vice versa. Now, neighbors of Airbnb listings can chime in.

Coined "Airbnb and your neighborhood," neighbors next to Airbnb houses can express their concerns or complaints directly to the company, according to the Airbnb blog.

Neighbors are free to rant about noise, parties, trash or other disturbances. Any submissions will be anonymous, according to Airbnb.

"We’ll treat each case seriously and ensure that we give hosts and their neighbors the opportunity to resolve concerns themselves, whenever possible," Airbnb said on its blog.

Once a complaint is submitted, Airbnb will verify the email address and create a case number, according to the blog. The company promises to follow up within five days and says it will suspend or kick out Airbnb hosts who repeatedly ignore the rules.

That was something that could have been helpful to Donald Garner, of Los Altos, whose neighbor's Airbnb rental became a repeated "party pad" for hundreds of teenagers.

"It wasn't the first time," Gardner said about the parties. "It was the third weekend in a row."

Los Altos police Chief Tuck Younis said on that third occasion, about 300 teenagers had rented the house, and when officers arrived, the partiers scattered throughout the neighborhood, causing damage.

That Airbnb rental was taken off the website the day after an NBC Bay Area story aired about it last summer.

It remains empty, and neighbors aren't sure what it will be used for.

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<![CDATA[WHO Releases New Guidelines on Zika Virus]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 11:22:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg

The World Health Organization updated its recommendations Tuesday on pregnancy, sex and the risk of Zika virus. WHO now agrees with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which suggests waiting eight weeks after any possible exposure to Zika to have unprotected sex.

Zika's steady spread across Latin America and Pacific island nations — and its inevitable arrival in parts of the continental U.S. — has many people worried. The biggest concerns about Zika are around how the virus can be transmitted. So far, the evidence points to male semen as the source of transmission.

The virus is mostly carried by the Aedes mosquitoes, but there are several clear examples now of sexual transmission, NBC News reported.

At this point it is not clear if a woman is able to pass the virus to a male partner. For women wanting to have children in the future, there is no evidence that if they are infected now, the virus will cause birth defects later.

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<![CDATA[Barkley Doubts Warriors Again, Proven Wrong Again]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 13:30:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/charlesbarkleywarriors.jpg

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley isn't a believer in the Golden State Warriors, again.

The TNT commentator stood by his word and voiced confidence in the Oklahoma City Thunder to beat Golden State in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals Monday night, according to the SF Gate.

He was wrong.

The Warriors stormed back from a three games to one series hole as well as a double-digit deficit in the first half of Game 7 to upend Oklahoma City 96-88, punching their ticket to the NBA Finals for the second-consecutive season.

This time last year, Barkley wasn't too high on the Warriors toppling LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. He said a "jump shooting team" wouldn't be able to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy, according to the SF Gate.

Golden State took care of the Cavaliers in six games to capture its first title since 1975.

Come Thursday, fans will know who Barkley favors this go around.

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<![CDATA[Shark Attack Survivor Beats World's Top Surfers]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 10:41:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP090723026549.jpg

A professional surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack 13 years ago blew away the competition in an impressive performance in Fiji over the weekend, NBC's "Today" reports.

Bethany Hamilton, 26, was an underdog in the World Surf League’s Fiji Women’s Pro, where she went up against a six-time world champion and the world's top-ranked female surfer.

Hamilton stunned spectators to clinch a third-place finish, reaching the semifinals in Tavarua, Fiji. She lost Monday to Johanne Defay of France but still topped her previous career-high finish of ninth in a WLS event.

Hamilton lost her arm when she was attacked by a shark while surfing in Hawaii at the age of 13.

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<![CDATA[State Dept Issues New Travel Alert for Europe]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:48:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_647661787565.jpg

The State Department on Tuesday issued a travel warning for Americans visiting Europe about the risk of terror attacks this summer, NBC News reported. 

"The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists planning attacks in public locations, especially at large events," the State Department said in a travel advisory.

The advisory pointed to two events in particular — the Catholic Church's World Youth Day in late July in Poland and the European Soccer Championship, which France will host from June 10-July 10 — as potential targets.

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<![CDATA[Calif. Gov. Backs Clinton]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 08:54:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gov-jerry-brown-generic.jpg

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he plans to support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton next week in the state's presidential primary election.

Brown said a vote for the Democratic front-runner is the "only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump." Brown made the announcement Tuesday morning in a post on his website titled, "An Open Letter to California Democrats and Independents."

Brown said he is "impressed" with Clinton's rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but called on Democrats to unite around Clinton.

"For her part, Hillary Clinton has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda," said Brown, who waged his own bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976, 1980 and 1992. "Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown — by millions of votes — that they want her as their nominee.

"Next January, I want to be sure that it is Hillary Clinton who takes the oath of office, not Donald Trump."

Clinton is 72 delegates away from the magic number needed for a majority of delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination.

Both Democratic candidates made campaign stops last week in California, hoping to rally support ahead of next week's primary. Sanders spent Memorial Day in the Bay Area with a stop in Emeryville planned for Tuesday as he looks to close Clinton's 2-percentage point lead in California.

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<![CDATA[Oakland Teens Bodies Found: Sheriff]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 16:51:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/two-boys.jpg

The bodies of two Oakland teens who fell into a Stanislaus County reservoir on Saturday have been recovered, a Stanislaus County sheriff's spokesman said.

One of the boys' bodies surfaced Tuesday morning, and the second boy was found in the afternoon, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Anthony Bejaran announced via Twitter.

The names of the 15-year-old Oakland residents have not been released.

The two teens went missing when they and others in their family jumped from a boat into Woodward Reservoir north of Oakdale just before noon Saturday, according to the sheriff's department.

The boat's passengers weren't wearing life vests. While the others safely got back into the boat, they lost sight of the two 15-year-olds.

Rescue crews searched for the pair, using dive teams, air patrols, boats, Jet Skis and sonar to thoroughly search the 2,900-acre reservoir. They found no sign of them until Tuesday, when one of the boys' bodies surfaced.

The boys attended Oakland schools. The Oakland Unified School District is offering crisis counseling for affected students, staff and families.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of the missing boys," school district officials said in a statement.

Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to call the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department at 209-521-4636.

Woodward Reservoir is east of Stockton and just north of Oakdale.


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<![CDATA[Star Swimmer Drowns on Cape Cod]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 10:19:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jakubek-Drowning.jpg

A record-setting college swimmer drowned during a lifeguard fitness test on Cape Cod over Memorial Day weekend, authorities said.

Jack Jakubek, 22, of Newburgh, New York, was reported missing shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Lake, a pond in Orleans, Massachusetts, according to state police and fire officials.

Rescue divers pulled him, unconscious, from the water. His fellow lifeguards tried to revive him, but Jakubek was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Cape Cod Hospital.

Jakubek had recently graduated from the State University of New York-Cortland and was a record-setting member of the swim team. He was set to serve as an assistant coach next season while pursuing his master's degree, school officials said.

"Jack was an outstanding athlete, but he was even more remarkable as a person," head coach Brian Tobin said in a statement posted on the university's Facebook page. "His loss is devastating to the Red Dragon swimming and diving family, the SUNY Cortland community and beyond."

State police detectives assigned to the Cape and Islands district attorney's office are investigating Jakubek's death.

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<![CDATA['Comebacks:' Bernie Sanders to Visit Emeryville, Santa Cruz]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 17:41:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sandersemeryville.jpg

Fresh off a marathon Memorial Day in Oakland and San Francisco where he visited a church, got heckled by animal rights protesters and attended a Warriors game, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn’t plan on slowing down.

On Tuesday, in a raspier-than-usual-voice, Sanders spoke to about 100 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in Emeryville, California about health care and expanding his government-funded "Medicare for All" platform. "We need a radical transformation of the health care system," Sanders said to a sea of health care workers dressed in red. "Health care is a right not a privilege."

Sanders said that 40,000 people die unnecessarily a year because they're not getting the insurance and the medical attention they need - and deserve. He said that insuring people and making sure they go to the doctor is one-tenth the price of an emergency room visit.

Sanders was endorsed by the National Nurses United, where California chapter co-president Deborah Burger spoke Tuesday in suport of the Vermont senator. The union, which says it was the first national union to back Sanders, said members especially like Sanders' voting record on the Affordable Care Act, and his "Robin Hood" approach to tax Wall Street, that could "raise hundreds of billions of dollars annual to pay for healthcare for all." 

After Emeryville, the Sanders entourage planned to head down the coast to Santa Cruz for a rally at the Kaiser Permanente Arena. On Wednesday, Sanders will appear in Palo Alto for a rally at Cubberley Community Center Fields on Middlefield Road. He spent much of his campaign stops in Oakland talking about racial justice and economic disparity, where at one point he got heckled by animal rights protesters. He capped the evening off by cheering on the basketball team and posing for selfies at the Warriors game at Oracle Arena.

It's clear that Sanders, who trails behind Hillary Clinton by just two percentage points in California, is hoping for a fate similar to the Warriors. The basketball team was facing a 3-1 deficit against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals before they rallied and beat them Monday night, 96-88.

With the California primary about a week away, the latest Public Policy Institute of California survey showed Clinton leading Sanders 46 percent to 44 percent among Democrats and independents likely to vote on June 7. The Hoover Institution Golden State Poll, however, on Tuesday released its own poll, showing Clinton has a 13-point lead over Sanders, 51 percent to 38 percent.

And just like the Warriors' MVP Steph Curry, who continues to wow audiences with his famous 3-pointers, Sanders is also hoping to curry some of that same favor with voters.

"Last week, Golden State was down three games to one," Sanders tweeted as he attended the game and was seen laughing and swarmed by adoring fans. "Tonight, they finished off a great comeback in California. I like comebacks."

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<![CDATA[Starbucks Debuts 2 New Summer Drinks]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 08:23:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/starbucks-new-cold-brew-drinks.jpg

As Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of summer, so too did Starbucks, which announced two new cold-brew coffee drinks just in time for the warmer weather.

Both the Nitro Cold Brew and Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew will be available at stores around the country this summer. Starbucks announced the beverages in a press release Tuesday.

The Nitro Cold Brew — cold-brew coffee "infused with nitrogen for a smooth, creamy texture" — is served unsweetened without ice.

The drink is currently served at stores in Seattle and will be offered at 500 locations nationwide by the end of the summer, starting with Portland, New York, Chciago, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles, according to Starbucks.

The coffee giant's second new beverage, the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, consists of cold-brew coffee topped with house-made sweet cream. It will be available this summer in the U.S. and Canada.

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<![CDATA[Warriors Fans: NBA Finals Tickets Go on Sale Tuesday]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:15:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/oraclearena.jpg

Tuesday is the day for dedicated Warriors fans to score tickets to the NBA Finals.

General public tickets for the first three home games of the series go on sale at 5 p.m. after exclusive presale events begin in the morning, according to officials from the team.

The team's season ticket holders get first dibs and can purchase their tickets at 10 a.m. Season ticket priority wait list members, a list that is over 29,000 people deep, are next in line and can look for seats at noon, officials said in a press release.

Beginning at 3 p.m., American Express cardholders and "Warriors Insiders" can grab their spot before tickets go on sale to the general public at 5 p.m.

Don't fret if you can't score any tickets on Tuesday. Fans can buy and sell tickets via the Warriors official resale marketplace, officials said.

Warriors.com is the place to go for purchasing single game tickets.

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<![CDATA[Texas Road Signs Hacked]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:36:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/trump-sign3.gif

Someone altered three Texas Department of Transportation electronic road signs over the holiday weekend and made their political preferences known to the world.

The portable signs — which typically display messages like "Exit Closed" or "Lanes Shift Ahead" — read "Bernie for President" and "Donald Trump Is a Shape-Shifting Lizard" during the morning commute Tuesday. Workers with TxDOT began turning the signs off shortly before 6 a.m.

All the signs were found in west Dallas. The "Trump" sign greeted drivers headed west on Interstate 30 as they approach the Cockrell Hill Road exit. The "Bernie" sign was positioned nearby on Westmoreland Road beneath I-30.

A third sign that read "Work Is Canceled — Go Back Home" was later found on Westmoreland Road, just north of I-30.

TxDOT officials said the signs belong to a contractor who has been performing work along I-30. They believe the signs were turned off and locked before the holiday weekend.

According to TxDOT spokesman Ryan LaFontaine, who is concerned about the hacker's "boldness," the signs cannot be altered remotely and must be changed manually at the control panels.

"You have to actually be there," he said. "Power it up and get in there and break the password."

Similar situations have been reported across the country, with those responsible gaining access to the electronic sign’s control panel and changing the message it displays.

"Any sort of tampering with that sort of stuff is a third-degree felony and it's punishable. We're talking prison time," LaFontaine said. "It's not something that's taken lightly be any means."

A third-degree felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. LaFontaine says if anyone notices suspicious activity around portable signs, especially when there is no construction, to contact TXDOT or local police.

NBC 5's Chris Van Horne and Tim Ciesco contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[2 Units Lost, 14 Displaced in Fire]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 08:08:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SAN+MARTINEZ+FIRE1.JPG

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District crews on Tuesday worked to battle a second-alarm structure fire that affected four apartments in Martinez.

The fire was reported about 5:15 a.m. along Arnold Drive at Morello Avenue.

Fire crews said the fire was under control about 6 a.m. and placed the damage at an estimated $500,000. Fourteen adults were displaced and two units were a complete loss, the fire department said.

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