<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usSun, 22 Jan 2017 19:08:40 -0800Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:08:40 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Third Storm Lashes Bay Area with Heavy Rain, Gusty Winds]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:29:03 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ChuckCreek.jpg

A third system in a series of storms on Sunday battered the Bay Area with widespread rain, gusty winds and dangerous surf conditions.

The recent round of wet weather, which doused parts of the Bay Area already saturated by previous storms prompted a number of weather warnings, including flood warnings for Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties.

Portions of the Santa Cruz Mountains on Sunday expected to receive three to five inches of rain. North Bay rainfall totals could measure around three inches. Rainfall amounts across San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland are likely to fluctuate between one and two inches.

Those precipitation amounts on Sunday morning prompted flash flood warnings for Napa and Sonoma counties, but those alerts expired by the afternoon hours. A flash flood warning remained in effect for Santa Clara County into the evening hours.

Another flash flood warning was implemented in the Santa Cruz Mountains for the areas surrounding the Loma Fire burn scar. The National Weather Service said high rain rates and possible debris flow created a "life-threatening situation." People in the area were advised to stay off of mountain roads in order to avoid any potential hazards such as rushing water or mudslides. A similar flash flood warning was issued for the Soberanes Fire burn area in Monterey County.

The rest of the Bay Area is under a flash flood watch as of Sunday afternoon. North Bay creeks in Sonoma and Marin counties, the San Lorenzo River in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Uvas Creek and Llagas Creek in the South Bay, and the Pacheco Creek near Hollister are just some of the spots under close attention as flooding concerns return to the Bay Area.

Reservoirs in the South Bay also rose quickly after Sunday's early morning soaking and afternoon downpours. The Lexington Reservoir was 101.5 percent of capacity as of late Sunday morning. The Coyote Reservoir was 104.7 percent of capacity and the Uvas Reservoir was 106.9 percent of capacity.

Wet weather created a number of headaches for Bay Area drivers. A slew of mudslides and fallen trees blocked lanes of traffic along Highway 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Highway 37 in Novato between U.S. Highway 101 and Atherton Avenue was also closed once again because of heavy flooding.

Aside from the rain, gusty winds early Sunday lashed the region and prompted high wind warnings across eight Bay Area counties. Those warnings expired by the end of the morning.

The blustery conditions knocked down trees and toppled some power lines, prompting some Bay Area residents to wake up to darkness. One of the most severe power outage as of Sunday morning was reported along the Peninsula. A total of 7,716 PG&E customers in Pacifica were without power as of 6:30 a.m.

Along the coast from Sonoma County and Monterey County, dangerous waves prompted a high surf advisory. Beachgoers were warned to keep an eye out for large breaking waves and powerful rip currents.

On the other side of the state, poor visibility and traction issues along Interstate-80 in the Sierra Nevada on Sunday morning temporarily shut down the popular stretch of roadway to and from Lake Tahoe. Westbound traffic was closed at the California-Nevada state line while eastbound lanes were closed in Colfax. Both directions of traffic re-opened later in the day.



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<![CDATA[Sunday's Forecast: Scattered Thunderstorms, Heavy Downpours]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:39:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1-22-17_Rob_Noon_Weather.jpg NBC Bay Area meteorologist Rob Mayeda previews what to expect as a new wave of wet weather barrels toward the Bay Area.]]> <![CDATA[Reversing Campaign Pledge, Trump Won't Release Taxes: Aide]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:05:03 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kellyanneeee.jpg

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, said Sunday the president would not be releasing his tax returns, reversing months of repeated campaign-trail promises to do so after an audit is completed, NBC News reported.

The comments were a response to a Whitehouse.gov petition with more than 200,000 signatures calling on Trump to release his tax returns.

Conway also added that Trump's returns are irrelevant. "They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: Most Americans are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like," Conway said in an interview on ABC's "This Week."

Conway's statements are false — multiple polls showed a majority of Americans believe Trump should release his tax returns, including an ABC News/Washington Post survey out last week that found three-fourths of Americans believe he should release them.



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<![CDATA[How Women Upstaged President Trump]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:33:21 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17021729412593.jpg

For President Trump, the inauguration should have been his Super Bowl – the kind of spectacle everybody talks about at work all day Monday and beyond.

But for once Trump, the self-styled showman who upended media and politics to become chief executive, got upstaged. The Women's March on Saturday, a day after the inauguration, gave the world a far bigger and better show. 

The event packed all the elements of a yuge spectacular: epic scale (a cast of hundreds of thousands spread across the globe); family drama (emotional moments shared by multiple generations); humor (creative signs and chants, the cleverest of which can't be repeated here); colorful costumes (most prominently those pink hats); celebrities (Scarlett Johansson, among many others); songs (Alicia Keys sang “Girl on Fire”); and high stakes (the future of women's rights).

It marked a by turns defiant, raucous and joyful display of force by masses angry about Trump's taped vulgar comments declaring his carte blanche to accost women and fearful of life under his leadership.

As comedian Aziz Ansari put it on "Saturday Night Live," a program Trump went from hosting to regularly decrying: “Yesterday, Trump was inaugurated. Today, an entire gender protested against him. Wow."

The New York Times reported three times as many people participated in the main march in Washington than attended Trump's inauguration. The rookie president, though, wasn't only behind in the in-person audience category. In another sense, the marchers, all performers of a sort for the day, outnumbered him on the world stage.

That seemed to unnerve the now officially powerful Trump, who vastly exaggerated inauguration attendance Saturday and scapegoated journalists for using photographic evidence to show Obama attracted a far larger crowd to the National Mall eight years ago. Meanwhile, Trump’s spokesman, Sean Spicer, made the demonstrably erroneous claim that his boss commanded the "largest audience ever to witness an inauguration – period – both in person and around the globe."

On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted that his inauguration ratings were bigger than President Obama’s 2013 numbers (true, though Trump’s viewership tally landed well below that of Obama’s history-making 2009 festivities). The new president said he watched march coverage and suggested something that he could not possibly know: that the protesters hadn’t cast ballots: “Why didn't these people vote?”

He later posted a tweet that most would recognize as presidential: “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”

Still, the overall tone Trump set in his first weekend as star of the biggest reality show of them all echoed his attention-at-all-costs campaigning style.

The point of Trump's sore-winner act remains unclear. The inauguration, despite a lack of major performers (Toby Keith, Sam Moore and the Rockettes were among the bigger names), offered some memorable moments.

The limited dancing prowess Trump exhibited while shuffling to "My Way" with his wife, Melania, actually helped humanize him. The stylish new first lady showed signs of becoming a fashion leader (unlike his counselor, Kellyanne Conway, whose Paddington Bear-like outfit inspired mocking memes).

Some folks, on both sides of the political aisle, likely found something comforting and elegant in the pageantry and tradition surrounding the peaceful transfer of power, even amid Trump's speech, with its jarring "American carnage" declaration.

His strong words, like his attempts to steal back the show from the marchers (and just perhaps deflect attention from the major challenges facing his administration), defy presidential precedent.

But it's not unprecedented behavior for Trump.

After Arnold Schwarzenegger debuted Jan. 2 as the new ringmaster of "Celebrity Apprentice," then-President-Elect Trump taunted his successor via Twitter.

"Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got 'swamped' (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT," read tweet, written in the third-person with Trump referring to himself by his initials.

This weekend, President Donald J. Trump got swamped, if not in the ratings, then in the race for notice that appears to drive him. The throngs from around the world who marched grabbed the spotlight and beat him at his own game.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Medical Emergency Causes Major BART Delay in SF]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:24:44 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart-generic.jpg

Emergency crews rescued a man on the BART tracks near the Powell Street station in San Francisco on Sunday afternoon; he was in stable condition and being evaluated at the scene, according to the San Francisco Fire Department.

The Fire Department tweeted at 4:22 p.m. an active rescue of a man on the tracks was taking place. The man managed to roll out of the way of oncoming trains before rescue crews arrived and pulled him to safety, officials said.

The rescue caused a major delay on BART for about an hour, the agency said.

BART reported as of 5 p.m. Sunday all trains were back on schedule.

The man was conscious and taken to San Francisco General Hospital, officials said. They were not clear how the man ended up on the tracks, but said foul play is not suspected.



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<![CDATA[Woman, 18, Missing After Car Crashes Into Alameda Creek]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:42:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/niles-river-fatal2.jpg

An 18-year-old woman is missing after a vehicle went off the roadway and plunged into Alameda Creek, near Fremont, on Saturday, according to a release by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office on Sunday.

According to a California Highway Patrol report, the car, a silver Honda Accord, crossed the center divide on Niles Canyon Road, collided with a white Honda Accord and went into the creek. Initial reports indicated it was a solo vehicle crash.

Emergency crews responded to the scene, about a quarter-mile east of Palomares Road, on reports of a crash into the creek at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The car is believed to be submerged in the creek, and the driver is unaccounted for, sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said Sunday the driver is an 18-year-old woman, and while it's likely she did not survive the crash, officials were hoping for a miracle. Drones were deployed Sunday to search the area, Kelly said.

It was unsafe for emergency recovery crews to enter the water Saturday. They were working with the state water resource agency to reduce the volume of water being released into the creek, Kelly said. Crews cannot begin recovery until the water level and current subside, he said.

Kelly did not say how soon recovery crews would be able to enter the water.

Alameda County Sheriff's deputies were working with Dublin CHP, Fremont Fire, Fremont Police, Alameda County Fire and other state, county and city agencies in the recovery effort.

Niles Canyon Road, also known as Highway 84, was closed Sunday due to an unrelated rock and mudslide, which further hampered recovery efforts, Kelly said.



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<![CDATA[Sunday's Forecast: Two Systems Dump Rain on Bay Area]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:27:11 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1-22-17_Kari_930_2.jpg NBC Bay Area meteorologist Kari Hall takes a look at Sunday's forecast, which includes two systems packed with rain and wind.]]> <![CDATA[Sunday's Forecast: Heavy Downpours Prompt Flood Warnings]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:16:10 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1-22-17_Kari.jpg NBC Bay Area meteorologist Kari Hall takes a look at Sunday's forecast, which includes heavy downpours, gusty winds and flood concerns across the Bay Area.]]> <![CDATA['Despicable': Ex-CIA Boss Rips Trump Speech at Memorial]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:40:35 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trumpattheciafeuerherd.jpg

Donald Trump traveled to CIA headquarters Saturday to offer reassurance to the workforce after he spent weeks criticizing American intelligence, but his unscripted, self-referential remarks before a wall of stars memorializing fallen officers are drawing criticism, including a pointed denunciation from the agency's recently departed director, NBC News reported.

"Former CIA Director Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump's despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA's Memorial Wall of Agency heroes," Nick Shapiro, a former aide to John Brennan at CIA, told NBC News' Andrea Mitchell.

Brennan, Shapiro said, believes Trump "should be ashamed of himself."



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<![CDATA[Violent Waves, Crashing Trees Batter Peninsula Coast]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:20:13 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1-22-17_HMB_Tree_Home.jpg

From uprooted trees to ferocious waves, the California coast over the weekend was pummeled by a string of storms.

Employees working inside of a Half Moon Bay restaurant received quite the shock when powerful waves decided to make a surprise visit.

"I was just recording waves and then a big one came up and then a huge one hit the front of the restaurant and damaged the garden," Luis Valdez of Half Moon Bay said.

Across the street, a group of people were enjoying a movie when a nearby tree came toppling down.

"We were watching The Shining actually, then we heard a big boom," Jeremy Harrison, a visitor to Half Moon Bay, said.

No one was hurt, but the house did not fare so well.

"The branch punctured part of the roof, then it popped out part of the inside ceiling," Harrison said. "Water then started dripping down."

Cleanup is needed, but residents still have a few more days of wet weather in the forecast.



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<![CDATA[Waterlogged Highway 37 Closed Yet Again]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:46:14 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Highway37Flooded2.jpg

Another round of rain on Sunday completely shut down Highway 37 in Novato between Highway 101 and Atherton Avenue, just days after that stretch of roadway re-opened following previous spells of flooding.

The California Highway Patrol believes this recent bout of flooding is just as deep, if not deeper, than last week's episode.

CHP officials hope to re-open the roadway at some point on Monday, potentially during the afternoon hours.

A vehicle on the westbound side of traffic was trapped by flood waters as of Sunday morning, but the driver was able to be rescued, according to the CHP.

Authorities are reminding drivers to never traverse across flooded roads.



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<![CDATA[Mudslides, Fallen Trees Wreak Havoc on Highway 17]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:36:59 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Highway17Mudslide.JPG

A slew of mudslides and fallen trees on Sunday blocked portions of Highway 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains, creating a traffic headache for drivers.

The first major mudslide, which happened near a recently constructed rock wall designed to prevent such an episode from happening, was reported around 7:30 a.m., and it blocked both lanes of northbound traffic near Vine Hill Road for roughly two hours. The left lane of northbound Highway 17 reopened at roughly 9:20 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The right lane reopened Sunday afternoon.

To make matters worse, a semi-truck driver slammed into the mudslide and had to be towed away from the scene.

"When I was driving north, I saw the grass and mud ahead of me and I stepped hard on the brakes, but still went into it," truck driver Roy Trevino said.

Trevino was not injured, according to the CHP.

Two other minor hazards along Highway 17 included a downed tree in the southbound direction near Redwood Estates Road. Another mudslide also blocked the right lane of southbound traffic near Summit Road.

Sunday's hazards were not the first this winter season to plague the stretch of roadway linking Santa Cruz and the South Bay. Locations throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains have been bombarded by heavy rains, which have subsequently triggered a host of mudslides and erosion.

On a positive note, runoff from the mountain range has also filled nearby reservoirs to the brim. The Lexington Reservoir, which was over capacity as of Sunday afternoon, sent water gushing into nearby creeks.

Joe MacGuire of San Jose was pleasantly surprised to see the Los Gatos Creek roaring with water.

"This is as full as I've ever seen it," he said.



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<![CDATA[Warriors Surge in Second Half to Take Down Magic]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:23:23 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/176*120/StephCurryFile.jpg

After an understandably drowsy first half, the Warriors snapped awake after intermission Sunday and raced off with a 118-98 win over the Orlando Magic.

It was the seventh consecutive win for the Warriors, who lifted their record to an NBA-best 38-6.

Clearly affected by the noon tipoff (9 a.m. Pacific) at Amway Center, the Warriors committed 12 turnovers in the first half before settling in and totaling seven giveaways in the second.

Six Warriors scored in double figures, with Stephen Curry pouring in 27 points in three quarters to lead the way. Klay Thompson finished with 21 points, Kevin Durant 15 and Zaza Pachulia 15. JaVale McGee added 12 and Pat McCaw put in 10.

Orlando (18-28) lost for the ninth time in 11 games. Guard Elfrid Payton was the Magic’s leading scorer, with 23 points.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Nearly all of the Warriors eventually woke up, but none did so with the energy and enthrallment of Curry.

Curry’s line: 27 points (8-of-15 from the field, including 7-of-13 from deep, 4-of-4 from the line), six assists and three rebounds. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-32 for the game.

With his seven 3-pointers, Curry (1,763) passed Peja Stojakovic (1,760) to move into 13th place on the all-time list. Next up is Rashard Lewis (1,787).

TURNING POINT

Trailing 55-50 with 10:30 left in the third quarter, the Warriors perked up and roared back with a 19-2 run punctuated by a Curry 3-point bomb to go up 69-57 with 6:54 left in the quarter.

The Warriors outscored the Magic 42-24 in the quarter, taking a 92-74 lead. Orlando got no closer than 18 in the fourth.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: G Shaun Livingston (rest) was a healthy inactive. F/C David West (L thumb fracture) was listed as out.

Magic: G Evan Fournier (R foot soreness) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out. G Jodie Meeks (R thumb sprain) and G C. J. Wilcox (L Achilles tendinitis) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors go back to work Monday, when they face the Heat at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.



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<![CDATA[DC Metrorail Trips for Women's March Top One Million]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:42:44 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DC+metro+train+front.jpg

Metrorail set a record, carrying the second most number of trips in its history on the day of the Women’s March in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

Metro said 1,001,613 entries were recorded into the rail system. News4’s Adam Tuss said the busiest Metrorail day was Jan. 20, 2009, the first inauguration of President Barack Obama, where 1.12 million trips were taken.

“We can all feel proud of providing safe, reliable service for large numbers of riders over two consecutive days on a world stage,” said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul Wiedefeld. “This success is especially impressive given the monumental challenge of sustaining such an operation over back-to-back days, along with the logistical challenges that come from national special security events.”

Tuss reported Saturday was only the second time Metrorail has surpassed 900,000 trips.

Metro said over the two days of the presidential inauguration and Women‘s March, trains, buses, and paratransit served over 2 million passenger trips. Metrorail trains provided 1.6 million trips over the two days.

Roughly 600,000 Metrorail trips were recorded on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.



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<![CDATA[Conway: White House Gave ‘Alternative Facts’ on Crowd Size]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:26:35 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/conwayfeuerherdINB.jpg

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, said the White House press secretary gave "alternative facts" when he inaccurately described the inauguration crowd as "the largest ever" during his first appearance before the press this weekend.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gathered the press to deliver a five-minute statement Saturday in which he issued multiple falsehoods, including declaring erroneously that "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe," NBC News reported.

Asked on "Meet the Press" why Spicer used his first appearance before the press to dispute a minimal issue like the inauguration crowd size, and why he used falsehoods to do so, Conway pushed back.

 "You're saying it's a falsehood and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that," she told NBC's Chuck Todd.



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<![CDATA['We Will Not Be Silent': Bay Area Women's Marches Packed]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:18:47 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1-21-17_SF_March.jpg

As the nation comes to grips with Donald Trump assuming his seat in the Oval Office, thousands of people from across the Bay Area on Saturday continued to take the opportunity to voice their opinions about the new reality.

People scattered across the region's three major metropolitan areas, in addition to a number of other smaller communities, gathered at a multitude of locations to either fight for women's rights, decry the election of Trump, safeguard the environment or stand up for immigrant communities among a slew of other issues.

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Police said an estimated 25,000 people flocked to San Jose City Hall for a roughly one-mile-long walk and rally in solidarity with the national Women's March in Washington D.C., an event that witnessed hundreds of thousands of people pack the National Mall.

Signs spotted in the San Jose crowd read, "We Will Not Be Silent," "Stop the War on Women" and "Women Can!" Men, women and children could also be heard chanting, "Yes we can!"

Nicole Hadsell of San Jose partook in Saturday's event because she is concerned about the future of reproductive rights.

"No one should have a choice about what we can and cannot do with our own bodies," she said.

Fellow San Jose resident Anette Dow is worried about Trump's stand on climate change.

"I'm worried he's going to roll back and that any gains made over the last year will be undone and the health of the planet will deteriorate past the point of saving," she said.

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Droves of people clad in pink, pointy-eared "pussyhats" also took to the streets of Oakland to take aim at the new president and propagate the message that women will not remain silent over the coming years. The scene was raucous, but people remained peaceful while voicing their opinions.

"It's just amazing, so amazing that so many people are opposed to the new regime and what's happening with women's rights," Kathryn White from Oakland.

An estimated 60,000 people walked in unison near Frank Ogawa Plaza and Lake Merritt during the march, according to city officials.

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Hours later, droves of people stood shoulder-to-shoulder outside San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza preaching similar messages.

Marchers could be seen flashing signs reading "Women's Rights are Human Rights" and "We are All Immigrants."

The Women's March in San Francisco just so happened to take place hours after anti-abortion advocates graced city streets during the Walk for Life West Coast rally.

Those taking part in Bay Area marches and rallies were advised to expect traffic delays both on city streets and public transportation. BART and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority increased service in hopes of accommodating those attending the various events.

Smaller scale marches also popped up in Bay Area cities such as Albany, Walnut Creek and Redwood City.

A unifying theme among speakers in Redwood City was a call for active citizenship as community leaders each vowed to continue work at the local level on education, protection of minorities and constitutional rights for all Americans.

Aside from the national Women's March in the nation's capital, an estimated 600 "sister marches" were planned to stretch across the United States, according to The Associated Press. In total, organizers believe roughly three million people took time on Saturday to speak up for women.

Follow NBC Bay Area on Twitter for the latest updates pertaining to the marches around the Bay Area:

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<![CDATA[Mudslides, Fallen Trees Wreak Havoc on Highway 17]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:29:02 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000020780542_1200x675_860219459988.jpg A slew of mudslides and fallen trees on Sunday blocked portions of Highway 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains, creating a traffic headache for drivers.]]> <![CDATA[A Tale of Two Americas? Pro-Trump vs. Anti-Trump]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:11:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632228824.jpg NBC Bay Area political analyst Larry Gerston reviews the events surrounding Donald Trump's inauguration and the Women's March.

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<![CDATA[Attack on Transgender Woman Caught on Facebook Live]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:30:12 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Man+Attacks+Transgender+Woman+_22240557.jpg

Philadelphia Police have arrested a 25-year old homeless man accused of attacking a transgender woman while yelling anti-gay slurs in an assault captured on Facebook Live.

Ryannah Quigley, 23, of Seattle, Washington, told NBC10 she was attending the Creating Change conference in Philadelphia. Quigley said she was walking along the 1300 block of Filbert Street in Center City at 4:40 p.m. Friday with two of her friends when an unidentified man began staring at her. She greeted the man, but he continued to stare at her.

"I said, 'Is there a reason why you're staring at me up and down?' And he stopped and turned and looked and he said, 'Whatever bro.' So that's when I said, 'Please don't call me bro,'" Quigley said.

Quigley said the man then started shouting at her and yelling anti-gay slurs.

"He just kept telling me, 'You're a f-----,' and 'You're going to hell.' Then he kept saying, 'You'll never be a real woman,'" Quigley said.

Quigley told NBC10 she then took out her phone and began recording the encounter on Facebook Live. That’s when she says the man threw a bag of food at her and then punched her in the face before running away.

She reported the incident to Philadelphia Police. On Sunday morning, officers saw a man standing in the Frankford Terminal, wearing the same clothes that the suspect in the Facebook Live attack had on. He was arrested and will be charged for the assault, police said.

Quigley said she suffered cuts and a bruise but is doing okay. Quigley told NBC10 she’s been the victim of violence before. She was attacked by a group of people a few years ago.

"Often times we are not believed," Quigley said. "We are often looked at as the problem. Because as trans women people assume that, 'Oh, you must have been hitting on him.'"

Quigley's friend Keyonna Fowler witnessed the incident and said the suspects comments were "horrible."

"Just because a trans woman speaks to you does not mean that she wants you," Fowler said.

Quigley said the video of the attack was later taken down by Facebook administrators who claimed it violated their terms of service. Quigley also claimed she was blocked from accessing her Facebook account. Her friends and supporters have posted updates on her recovery to her page for her.

"Transgender individuals, they are people," Quigley said. "They are living and they will continue to be here."

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<![CDATA[Dangerous Waves Pound Bay Area Beaches]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:21:27 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1-22-17_Pacifica_Waves.jpg People along the coast are keeping an eye on the coast as large waves and dangerous rip currents wallop the area. Rick Boone reports.

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<![CDATA[Flooding Concerns Across Saturated South Bay]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:19:08 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1-22-17_Saratoga_Flooding.jpg A recent storm system has South Bay offiicals and residents keeping a close eye on rivers, creeks and levees. Chuck Coppola reports.

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<![CDATA[George H.W. Bush Breathing on His Own in Texas Hospital ]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:39:49 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1943442.jpg

A spokesperson for George H.W. Bush said the health of the former president and former first lady Barbara Bush is improving.

In a statement on Sunday afternoon, Jim McGrath said the President could be moved out of the Intensive Care Unit of Houston Methodist Hospital "in the next day or two."

Even better news for former first lady Barbara Bush. Mrs. Bush could have been discharged Sunday, but decided to remain in the hospital for another night to finish her recovery and stay close to her husband. 

The two became hospitalized last week, missing the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.



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<![CDATA[Trump Official Blasts Media, Madonna in Response to Marches]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:19:28 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/AP17021755160983_opt.jpg

A Trump administration official responded to the women's marches yesterday after Press Secretary Sean Spicer ignored shouted questions about the matter on Saturday, NBC News reported.

The comment from the Trump administration official said it was a "shame" that the March for Life next Friday "will not get anywhere near the same amount of coverage that this march got—and those pro-life members were NOT welcome at the Women’s March."

"The organizers noted that their platform is pro-choice and they revoked partnership status’ from pro-life groups," the comment continued.

The comment also called out Madonna, one of many celebrities to speak at marches across the country, for telling crowds that she had "thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House."

The administration official's comment does not include the rest of Madonna's comment, which continued: "But I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair." Instead, Madonna called for a "revolution of love."

"Comments like [Madonna's] are absolutely unacceptable and had they been said about President Obama, the mainstream media would be in an uproar," the official continued. "The Trump administration welcomes a robust discussion regarding the critical issues facing America’s women and families."

Hundreds of thousands of women and men poured into the nation's capital Saturday for a march aimed at showing Donald Trump they won't be silent over the next four years.

The Washington, D.C., event was the largest of more than 600 "sister marches" planned across the country and around the world. Organizers estimated 3 million people would march worldwide, and city centers across the U.S. were flooded with people in rallies that lasted for hours.

President Trump responded to the march on Twitter Sunday morning, accusing the marchers of not voting and adding more criticism to the celebrities who attended. 

"Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly," Trump wrote. 

About an hour and a half later, Trump responded with another tweet, writing, "Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views."

The marchers brandished signs with messages such as "Women won't back down" and "Less fear more love" and decried Trump's stand on such issues as abortion, health care, diversity and climate change.

The rallies were a peaceful counterpoint to the window-smashing unrest that unfolded on Friday when self-described anarchists tried to disrupt the inauguration. Police used pepper spray and stun grenades against demonstrators. More than 200 people were arrested. 

But the Women's March on Washington didn't yield a single arrest, according to D.C. Homeland Security Director Christopher Geldart.

While the march organizers' "mission and vision" statement never mentions Trump and stresses broad themes, including the message that "women's rights are human rights," the unifying factor among those turning out appeared to be a loathing for the new president and dismay that so much of the country voted for him.

The administration official's full reaction is below:

It's a shame that the March for Life, which estimates the same number of marchers in DC (650,000 in 2013) and will be happening next Friday, will not get anywhere near the same amount of coverage that this march got — and those pro-life members were NOT welcome at the Women’s March. The organizers noted that their platform is pro-choice and they revoked partnership status’ from pro-life groups.

Madonna, who was one of the celebrities headlining the march, was quoted saying “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House” — comments like these are absolutely unacceptable and had they been said about President Obama, the mainstream media would be in an uproar.

The Trump administration welcomes a robust discussion regarding the critical issues facing America’s women and families.



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<![CDATA[Third Storm Packs Heavy Rain, High Winds, Flooding Concerns]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:20:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rainzo.jpg

The Bay Area on Saturday morning and afternoon experienced a brief break from widespread soggy and blustery conditions, but a third system arrived by the evening hours.

The latest storm, which is expected to batter the region beginning late Saturday, has triggered a number of serious weather warnings, including a flood warning for Solano and Santa Clara counties.

Residents in Hollister are bracing for the worst after a broken levee on Friday flooded several roads, homes and farms. With rain in the forecast, folks are being told to stay alert and prepare for possible evacuations.

Flash flood watches across the Bay Area will go into effect late Saturday before expiring on Sunday. The areas that could see the highest amount of rainfall include the North Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

High wind warnings have also been implemented across nearly every Bay Area county.

High winds on Saturday night and early Sunday could fluctuate anywhere from 30 to 50 mph. Gusts could peak near 60 mph.

Folks along the California Coast are also being alerted to a high surf warning. Large breaking waves reaching 25 to 30 feet on Saturday are expected to pound shorelines from Sonoma to Monterey counties. The high surf warning is scheduled to expire at 3 p.m. on Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Analysis: How Russia Plans to Trump US as Superpower]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:54:17 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Putin.jpg

This week, Moscow hosted a summit of divided Palestinian factions that yielded a fresh unity agreement. And on Sunday, Russian diplomats will again unite prominent Syrian rebel groups and regime negotiators in Kazakhstan for a peace summit.

Promoting Russia's status as a major global power is part of Putin's push to compensate for domestic failures, Alexey Malashenko, a Russia analyst with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Moscow Center, told NBC News.

Russia's ambitions may get another boost following Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday.

"I think the common thread is [Putin] positioning in view of a deal with Trump," said said Mattia Toaldo, a Middle East analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations. "The interesting thing is that in most cases, Russia is in the driving seat and Trump will simply react."



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<![CDATA[White House Slams Coverage of Inaugural Crowd Size]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:21:04 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/182*120/spicer-slams-size-inauguration.jpg

The new White House press secretary used his first press briefing to launch a furious tirade against media coverage of President Donald Trump's inauguration, calling it "shameful and wrong" for focusing on the fact that it was noticeably smaller than Barack Obama's in 2009.

Sean Spicer harangued the media for not taking the administration's point of view on how to cover Trump's inauguration, and claimed that the National Mall was full during the president's oath of office when photographs from multiple vantage points showed that it wasn't. 

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe," Spicer said. "These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong."

There is no evidence to suggest it was the largest ever, by Spicer's own admission that "no one had numbers" for official crowd size estimates, and Nielsen released data Saturday saying about 7 million fewer people watched Trump’s inauguration than Obama’s first in 2009. Ronald Reagan's 1981 inauguration remains the most-watched in American history, with 41.8 million viewers.

Spicer took no questions at the briefing, which came hours after Trump told CIA officials at Langley that the media was inventing a feud between him and the intelligence community, despite suggesting the intel community leaked information to the press and comparing it to something that would be done in Nazi Germany. Trump also said the crowd "looked like a million, million and a half people" to him.

It's the latest bump in a rocky relationship between the Trump team and the national press corps, but the first to take place in the White House press briefing room. And it came as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators filled the streets in Washington and many cities both in America and abroad, all aimed at showing Trump that they will not be silent during his time in office. 

Spicer did not comment on the Women's March on Washington and it's "sister marches" other than to stipulate there are no official estimates about crowd sizes at the rallies. 

Trump had promised an "unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout" for his inauguration, but various planning groups predicted between 700,000 and 900,000 people would attend the swearing-in and parade. Obama drew an estimated 1.8 million people to the National Mall in 2009, though The Washington Post later questioned whether it was too high.

Spicer claimed that spaces on the national mall with a total capacity of 720,000 were full. He also said that images were distorted by protective plastic lawn coverings, and incorrectly claimed they had never been used before — they were used during the 2013 inauguration as well.

The turf covering Spicer referred to has been used in multiple events on the Mall, a National Park Service representative confirmed in a statement. It was not in use in 2009, before restoration began in 2011.

Spicer did not provide any pictorial evidence backing up his claim that the inaugural crowd was the largest ever, though ahead of the briefing, TV screens on either side of the podium showed pictures from behind the president. There were large crowds in the foreground, while the Washington Monument, where crowds appeared to be sparse in other shots, was far in the distance.

D.C. Metro released ridership numbers for 11 a.m. on the most recent inauguration days showing a marked drop in rides between Obama's 2009 inaugural (513,000) and Trump's (193,000).

Crowd sizes are notoriously hard to estimate, and the National Park Service has not offered official estimates since it was threatened with a defamation lawsuit by organizers of the Million Man March in 1995.

Spicer also singled out a reporter's tweet that said a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. was missing from the Oval Office. It was incorrect — the bust is still in the office — and the reporter corrected the report and apologized.

Spicer called that tweet "irresponsible and reckless." But less than 24 hours before, Spicer tweeted that he accepted the reporter's apology. 

Hillary Clinton's former campaign spokesman, Brian Fallon, tweeted that Spicer was "a failure in this job on his first full day" for not refusing to lie to the press.

Ari Fleischer, the press secretarty for George W. Bush, noted on Twitter that it was the kind of statement "you're told to make by the President," who you know is watching. 

"So, while press is stunned & can't believe it, Sean is getting praised by his boss & co-workers now. MSM is from Venus. WH is from Mars," he said. 



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<![CDATA['American Justice' for 'El Chapo']]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:39:58 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/el+chapo+ready+court+police.jpeg

It was a long time coming, but notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman finally walked into an American courtroom Friday to face charges that he was the murderous architect of a three-decade-long web of violence, corruption and drug addiction in the United States.

As he was taken before a federal judge, prosecutors announced they were seeking a $14 billion forfeiture from Guzman, who arrived overnight after the sudden decision by Mexican authorities to grant his extradition to the United States.

"Today marks a milestone in our pursuit of Chapo Guzman,'' said Robert Capers, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn. "He's a man known for a life of crime, violence, death and destruction, and now he'll have to answer for that.''

As boss of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Guzman presided over a syndicate that shipped tons of heroin and cocaine to the U.S., using tanker trucks, planes with secret landing strips, container ships, speedboats and even submarines, prosecutors said. Perhaps most famously, Guzman's cartel built elaborate tunnels under the U.S. border to transport drugs, according to Wifredo Ferrer, the U.S. attorney in Miami.

The cartel made billions of dollars in profits -- hence prosecutors' bid for a $14 billion forfeiture -- and employed hit men who carried out murders, kidnappings and acts of torture, according to prosecutors. The Sinaloa smugglers also helped fuel an epidemic of drug abuse in the U.S. in the 1980s and '90s, the prosecutors said.

Guzman was recaptured a year ago in Mexico after escaping from a maximum-security prison for a second time. The episode was highly embarrassing for President Enrique Pena Nieto's government, and Mexican officials were seen as eager to hand him off to the U.S.

By finally bringing their case in the Eastern District of New York, prosecutors chose that city over Chicago and other jurisdictions that have long hoped to put Guzman on trial.

“After the tunneling into a maximum security prison which had to have the involvement of government officials, that was a huge embarrassment for the government of Mexico,” said Thomas Shakeshaft, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago. “There was still a chance that he was running the cartel behind bars, but this is a symbolic victory both for the government of Mexico, and the United States.”

The Chicago case did carry a big plus, or perhaps more accurately, two of them. Two brothers, Pedro and Margarito Flores, who had been the prime distributors for Guzman’s Sinoloa cartel in Chicago, had agreed to cooperate with authorities and would have been the chief witnesses in a Chicago trial. It isn’t clear if the two will still be called in the New York case.

“It took ten years to get Osama bin Laden,” notes Shakeshaft, who spent years developing the Chicago prosecution. “It took more than that to get to Chapo, but ultimately we did!”

The Drug Enforcement Administration flew Guzman to New York from the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday, hours before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who has criticized Mexico for sending the U.S. "criminals and rapists'' and vowed to build a wall at the Mexican border.

When Guzman got off the plane, "as you looked into his eyes, you could see the surprise, you could see the shock, and to a certain extent, you could see the fear, as the realization kicked in that he's about to face American justice,'' said Angel Melendez, who leads U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's homeland security investigations in New York.

The U.S. has been trying to obtain custody of Guzman since he was first indicted in California in the early 1990s. Now in his late 50s, he faces the possibility of life in a U.S. prison.

Prosecutors had to agree to not seek the death penalty as a condition of the extradition. While he faces federal charges in several U.S. states, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn won the jockeying to get the case. The U.S. attorney's office there has substantial experience prosecuting international drug cartel cases and was once led by outgoing U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

After breaking out of prison the first time in 2001, Guzman spent more than a decade at large, becoming something of a folk legend among some Mexicans for his defiance of authorities. He was immortalized in ballads known as "narco-corridos."

Captured in 2014, Guzman then made an even more audacious escape, coolly stepping into a hole in the floor of his prison cell shower and whizzing to freedom on a motorcycle modified to run on tracks laid the length of the tunnel.

While on the run, he secretly met with actors Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo in a fall 2015 encounter that Penn later chronicled in Rolling Stone magazine.

In Penn's article, Guzman was unapologetic about his criminal activities, saying he had turned to drug trafficking at age 15 because it was "the only way to have money to buy food, to survive.''

The piece was published shortly after Mexican marines rearrested Guzman in a January 2016 shootout that killed five of his associates and wounded one marine.



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<![CDATA[Women's March Generates Nationwide Rallies]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:34:06 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Washington_March.jpg From Washington D.C. to San Francisco, droves of people gathered at Women's Marches across the country to stand up for women's rights. Raj Mathai reports.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Women's March Draws Tens of Thousands]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:58:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WomensMarchSJ.jpg Droves of people on Saturday took to the streets of San Jose to speak up for women's right and a host of other issues that may be in question as President Donald Trumps takes office. Marianne Favro reports.

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<![CDATA[Marchers Take to the Streets of San Francisco]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:36:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1-21-17_SF_March.jpg Thousands of people gathered at San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza to participate in the Women's March. Sharon Katsuda reports.

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<![CDATA[Flooded Hollister on Edge as Next Round of Rain Approaches]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:38:30 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0120-2017-Hollister.jpg The city of Hollister, which was overwhelmed by flood water earlier in the month, is doing what it can to prevent a similar episode as a new storm rolls into the Bay Area. Thom Jensen reports.

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<![CDATA[Sea of Pink: Live Updates from Women's March]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:31:11 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RiyaBlogPhoto.jpg

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<![CDATA[Third Storm Barrels Toward Bay Area]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:45:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1-21-17_Rob_Weather.jpg The next system in a round of storms is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the Bay Area beginning Saturday evening. NBC Bay Area meteorologist Rob Mayeda provides an update on the winter weather.]]>