<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - News as seen on - $cms.content.title]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-onen-usThu, 21 Sep 2017 21:47:34 -0700Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:47:34 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Girl Trapped in School Rubble Didn't Exist: Mexican Navy]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:25:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mex-quake-sch-rescue-EM.jpg

Hour after excruciating hour, Mexicans were transfixed by dramatic efforts to reach a young girl thought buried in the rubble of a school destroyed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. She reportedly wiggled her fingers, told rescuers her name and said there were others trapped near her. Rescue workers called for tubes, pipes and other tools to reach her.

News media, officials and volunteer rescuers all repeated the story of "Frida Sofia" with a sense of urgency that made it a national drama, drawing attention away from other rescue efforts across the quake-stricken city and leaving people in Mexico and abroad glued to their television sets.

But she never existed, Mexican navy officials now say.

"We want to emphasize that we have no knowledge about the report that emerged with the name of a girl," navy Assistant Secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento said Thursday. "We never had any knowledge about that report, and we do not believe — we are sure — it was not a reality."

Sarmiento said a camera lowered into the rubble of the Enrique Rebsamen school showed blood tracks where an injured person apparently dragged himself or herself, and the only person still listed as missing was a school employee. But it was just blood tracks — no fingers wiggling, no voice, no name. Several dead people have been removed from the rubble, and it could have been their fingers rescuers thought they saw move.

Sarmiento later apologized for being so categorical, saying that if a person is still trapped it could be a child or an adult.

"The information existing at this moment doesn't allow us to say if it is an adult or a child," Sarmiento said. "As long as there is the slightest possibility of someone alive, we will continue searching with the same energy."

Twitter users quickly brought out the "Fake News" tag and complained that the widespread coverage had distracted attention from real rescue efforts where victims have been pulled victims from the rubble — something that hasn't happened at the school in at least a day.

Viewers across the country hung on the round-the-clock coverage of the drama Wednesday from the only network that was permitted to enter. The military, which ran the rescue operation, spoke directly only to the network's reporters inside the site.

The Associated Press and others reported about the search for the girl, based on interviews with rescue workers leaving the scene who believed it was true. The workers had been toiling through the night, and the chance of rescuing the girl appeared to give them hope and purpose despite their exhaustion.

Reports about the trapped girl led to the donations of cranes, support beams and power tools at the school site — pleas for help quickly met based on the urgency of rescuing children. It was unclear if that affected other rescue operations going on simultaneously at a half dozen other sites across the city.

Despite all the technology brought to bear at the school, including thermal imaging devices, sensors, scanners and remote cameras, the mistake may have come down to a few over-enthusiastic rescuers who, one-by one, crawled into the bottom of shafts tunneled into the rubble looking for any signs of life.

"I don't think there was bad faith involved," security analyst Alejandro Hope said. "You want to believe there are children still alive down there."

Rescuers interviewed by the AP late Wednesday at a barricade that blocked most journalists from reaching the site believed the story of the girl implicitly. Operating on little sleep and relying on donated food and tools, rescuers were emotionally wedded to the story, and the adrenaline it provided may have been the only thing keeping them going.

Rescue worker Raul Rodrigo Hernandez Ayala came out from the site Wednesday night and said that "the girl is alive, she has vital signs," and that five more children had been located alive. "There is a basement where they found children."

Despite the setback — and the diminishing hopes that anyone was left under the rubble — rescuers appeared unwilling to question the effort.

"It was a confusion," said Alfredo Padilla, a volunteer rescuer at the school. "The important thing is there are signs of life and we are working on that."

In retrospect, the story of "Frida Sofia," had some suspicious points from the start.

Officials couldn't locate any relatives of the missing girl, and no girl with that name attended the school. Rescuers said they were still separated from her by yards of rubble, but could somehow still hear her.

It could have political repercussions: Education Secretary Aurelio Nuno, often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate, had repeated the story about the girl.

Hope noted "something similar happened in 1985," referring to the magnitude 8.0 quake that killed 9,500 people.

Media quickly reported that a 9-year-old boy had been located in the rubble days after the Sept. 19 quake 32 years ago. Rescuers mobilized in a huge effort to find the boy, but he apparently never existed.

"That generated anger against those who had spread the story," Hope said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Man Hits $3 Million Jackpot on Lottery Scratcher]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:23:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-eleven-lottery-0921.jpg

A Bay Area man is the state's latest new millionaire today after hitting the $3 million jackpot on a $5 Set For Life scratcher he bought from a 7-Eleven on Wednesday, according to the California Lottery.

Salvador Reyna purchased the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven store at 40820 Fremont Blvd. in Fremont.

He now has the option of receiving $10,000 a month for 25 years or he can take a lump-sum cash amount of $1.74 million, lottery officials said.

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<![CDATA[Megyn Kelly Hopes for a Trump-Free Zone With New Show]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:30:57 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17170614641641.jpg

Megyn Kelly says she left Fox News Channel to bring more joy to her life. NBC hopes that starting Monday, she can spread some to the network and its viewers.

The former Fox News Channel star and Donald Trump foil debuts her talk show at 9 a.m. EDT, nestled into the four-hour "Today" show block and competing in most of the country with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest's "Live!"

Kelly hosted a Sunday-night newsmagazine this summer to middling ratings, and it returns next spring. It's the daily talk show, in the lucrative morning market, that will ultimately determine the wisdom of NBC News' decision to hire her. She promises that "Megyn Kelly Today," shown live with a studio audience, will be an information-packed hour with a sense of fun.

"It will be very similar to the 'Today' show, but we're going to have a lot more elbow room," she said in an interview.

Ellen DeGeneres initiated Kelly into daytime TV this week by having her awkwardly toss pizza dough, stuff herself into a fat suit and dance with the audience; Kelly smiled and played along. It was a long way from her Fox life of pressing the future president at debates, enduring his Twitter taunts and being the ringleader for an hour of politics each weeknight.

The Trump trauma wasn't why she left Fox, Kelly said. She compared it to her decision to abandon law to become a journalist and ending her first marriage: they weren't bad experiences, but she knew there was something better.

The truth, Kelly said, is that she's not a political junkie and cable television news is all about politics.

"I don't want to talk about Trump all day," she said. "In fact, the bar is very high for Trump coverage (on 'Megyn Kelly Live'). If you want Trump, you can watch virtually every channel in the country and get Trump non-stop. I think people are looking for a break from that. Not just Trump, it's inside the Beltway. I don't want to talk about Mitch McConnell either, or Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi."

"Live! With Kelly and Ryan" is a celebrity- and entertainment-oriented talk show. Kelly said her program will be uplifting and more substantive: recent trial runs had segments on reacting to the Equifax breach and protecting yourself from attack. Mental health, bullying, coping with divorce and tips for job interviews are the type of topics she'll cover.

Not news, but not fluff, either.

Trying to imitate the formula of "Live!" would be a huge mistake given its success over decades, said Bill Carroll, a consultant and expert on the daytime TV market.

Name recognition, a consistent time slot across the country that makes the show easier to promote, and affiliation with the well-established "Today' brand give Kelly some advantages, he said.

"She faces the challenge that every new program has," he said. "Everyone is going to be looking to see if the show maintains the momentum of the 'Today' show."

Expecting Kelly to beat her more established rival is probably unrealistic; NBC will be looking most closely at how "Megyn Kelly Today" compares to the nondescript third hour of "Today" that preceded her. But attesting to the power of "Today," the networks are already closer than you might think: "Live!" averages 2.8 million viewers, while NBC has been at 2.4 million in the hour, according to the Nielsen company.

A few blocks uptown in Manhattan, veteran "Live!" producer Michael Gelman said his focus will stay internal. "I'm not being dismissive, but I don't really think that much about the competition," he said.

The Trump saga and, perhaps, the debate earlier this summer over whether her newsmagazine should have given a platform to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, took a toll on Kelly's image. While audiences are much more familiar with her, she's become a polarizing figure. Among women — the target audience for "Megyn Kelly Today" — her positive "Q'' score tumbled from 21 two years ago to 4 this summer, said Marketing Evaluations Inc., a company whose data measures the relative popularity of individual personalities. The average score for TV hosts is 15.

Figures like the Kardashians, Martha Stewart and Howard Stern are polarizing yet popular, too, said Henry Schafer, company spokesman. It remains to be seen if Kelly's potential audience won't be too turned off to watch.

While Trump himself has moved on, many of his followers haven't. The conservative Breitbart news site has Kelly in its sights, with unsourced stories in recent weeks saying NBC co-workers were bothered by Kelly's "divalike" behavior, and that NBC insiders are in a "total panic" about the show. Kelly has quit social media, saying Twitter is a den of misogyny.

"There's always somebody who wants to pull you down," Kelly said. "The more you mire yourself in that negativity, the more they steal your mojo. I just feel like this is between me and my viewers. The noise along the ride — I can't listen to it and I know my viewers won't listen to it. They're going to watch the show and either they're going to feel a connection to me or they won't. And that will be on me."

The "Today" show is owned and distributed by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News, MSNBC, and this station.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[How to Contact, Determine Status of Loved Ones in PR]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:46:21 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17263009333853.jpg

Puerto Rico's government has asked people who have not been able to determine the status of friends and family who live in the island to reach out to its staffers.

The territory's Federal Affairs Administration on Thursday provided a phone number and an email address.

Phone: 202-800-3133
Email: maria1@prfaa.pr.gov

Those communicating with the agency are urged to provide contact information and as many details about the person whom is sought as possible, including name, age and posssible locations.

The PRFAA is experiencing a high email volume, so officials have urged people not to send more than one email until the status of their loved one is updated.

Puerto Rico's first lady, Beatriz Rosselló, is also requesting donations for her United for Puerto Rico initiative, established for the "purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María."

"Puerto Rico needs your support. Join us and help Puerto Rico recover!" the intiative said on its website.

USA.gov is also encouraging friends and family seeking information to call Puerto Rico's WIPR local radio station at 787-777-094. Concerned loved ones can also used the American Red Cross' Safe and Well registry.

In less than two weeks, the island of Puerto Rico was impacted by both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria -- the latter of which largely knocked out power and communication to Borinquen.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Police Officer Arrested on Misdemeanor Charges]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:55:36 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0921-2017-Babbs.jpg

A San Francisco police officer was arrested Thursday and charged with using false vehicle registration stickers and filing a false police report, according to police.

Officer Joel Babbs came under investigation in June after the police department's Internal Affairs Division was notified of a vehicle code violation.

The investigation found that a false police report was filed regarding the violation by the officer, police said.

An arrest warrant was then issued after the district attorney's office reviewed the case, and Babbs was arrested today on charges of misdemeanor false registration tabs and misdemeanor filing a false police report.

Babbs has been reassigned to a position that does not involve public contact, police said.

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<![CDATA[Crimes Increasing in SF's Popular Tourist Attractions]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:24:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SFPD_Fights_Lombard_Street_Crime_Surge__Report.jpg

San Francisco is seeing a surge in property crime in some of the city's most scenic areas. And it is all happening despite efforts to put more police officers on the streets to combat crime.

The city's central police district, which includes Lombard Street, Fisherman's Wharf and Telegraph Hill, is an area the San Francisco Police Department has doubled foot patrol since April. But care break-ins are up sizeably even with the added attention.

Police say car break-ins are up 24 percent in the central district since they beefed up patrols this spring. The district is a well-trafficked area that includes eight of the 10 most visited sites in the city.

"We're definitely concerned. We're definitely listening to our communities," SFPD Officer Robert Rueca said. "And we want to stop crime altogether."

San Francisco supervisors Norman Yee and Hillary Ronen are spearheading legislation to designate a specific unit in every police district to focus solely on property crime and to make rental cars less of a target for criminals. The proposed legislation would require rental car companies to downsize the bar codes plastered on windows.

"Supervisor Ronen and I just said, 'Enough is enough.' Let's push this through. It's time to relook and support the police department as much as possible with this," Yee said.

Yee and Ronen have co-sponsored the legislation, which he said has taken on greater importance after a police officer's weapon was recently strolen from his car and used in a murder.

New data also shows there have been 3,000 more car break-ins reported in San Francisco in the first seven months of this year when compared to the previous year, according to Yee.

Yee and Ronen's legislation will be up for a vote in the next few weeks.

<![CDATA[Crimes Increasing in SF's Popular Tourist Attractions]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:23:26 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Crimes_Increasing_in_SF_s_Popular_Tourist_Attractions.jpg

Some of San Francisco's most iconic attractions are seeing another spike in crimes.]]>
<![CDATA[49ers Fall Short Against Rams on 'Thursday Night Football]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:31:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/49ers+-0921.jpg

SANTA CLARA – After feasting on the Los Angeles Rams twice last year, the 49ers found out Thursday night that these Sean McVay Rams are not the same ol’ Rams.

McVay, the 31-year-old head coach who served under Kyle Shanahan for several seasons with Washington, got the better of the first head-to-head matchups against his former mentor. It could be their first of many meetings as NFC West rivals.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff looked like the No. 1 overall draft pick of 2016 -- which he was -- and the 49ers made enough critical errors to prevent Shanahan from any chance of his first victory as an NFL head coach.

The Rams took advantage of an early Brian Hoyer mistake and held on for dear life to a 41-39 victory over the 49ers in front of a sparse gathering at Levi’s Stadium.

In the past 22 games entering Thursday’s game, the 49ers were 3-0 against the Rams and 0-19 against all other opponents.

The 49ers made it interesting late. After Hoyer threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to rookie slot receiver Trent Taylor to cut the Rams lead to eight points, 41-33, with 5:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, the 49ers got a quick takeaway on the ensuring kickoff.

Victor Bolden forced a fumble on Rams return man Pharoh Cooper, and Aldrick Robinson made the recovery. Carlos Hyde scored with 2:17 remaining, but Hoyer’s two-point conversion pass intended for Trent Taylor for the tie was intercepted.

Trailing 41-39, Robbie Gould’s onside kick was recovered by Raheem Mostert. But the 49ers could get no closer.

Coming off a poor performance on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, the night could not have started any worse for Hoyer, the 49ers’ starting quarterback.

Hoyer’s first attempt, intended for Marquise Goodwin was off the mark, provided Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman with an easy interception. Robey-Coleman’s 25-yard return set up Todd Gurley’s 3-yard touchdown run.

And just like that, the 49ers trailed 7-0 just 12 seconds into the game.

Hoyer and the 49ers’ offense managed to string together enough plays on the next drive and were aided by a Rams offside penalty on a punt to form a 14-play, 81-yard drive.

Hoyer accounted for the first touchdown in 126 minutes, 47 seconds for the 49ers this season with a 9-yard touchdown run. It was the second running touchdown of Hoyer’s career, and the first since his rookie season of 2009 with the New England Patriots.

Gurley scored three touchdowns in the first half as the Rams built a 24-13 lead. Robbie Gould kicked field goals of 36 and 48 yards for the 49ers. But he also missed an extra point at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Gurley finished with 113 yards and two touchdowns on 28 rushing attempts. He added a 7-yard touchdown reception.

Goff had a strong showing, completing 22 of 28 passes for 292 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating was 145.8.

The 49ers got back into the game in the middle of the third quarter with a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive. Shanahan rolled the dice on fourth down from the L.A. 1-yard line. Hyde scored to make the score 27-20 with 20 minutes to play.

But the 49ers’ defense was not up to the task, allowing the Rams to convert 7 of 11 on third downs.

Hoyer ended up piecing together a decent game, completing 23 of 37 passes for 332 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Pierre Garçon caught seven passes for 142 yards.

INJURY REPORT: Fullback Kyle Juszczyk was ruled out of action for the remainder of the game late in the third quarter due to a neck injury. Juszczyk appeared to be injured during a short-yardage situation that ended up with Hyde scoring on a 1-yard run.

The 49ers also lost two players due to concussions. Safety Jaquiski Tartt and linebacker Brock Coyle both sustained head injuries in the third quarter and were ultimately diagnosed with concussions, the 49ers announced.

Defensive lineman Tank Carradine went down early in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.

The 49ers will return to action on Oct. 1 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Mafia Hit Man 'Sammy the Bull' Gravano Out of Prison]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:53:07 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17265008288470+%281%29.jpg

Former Mafia hit man Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano has been released early from federal prison after serving most of a 20-year sentence for drug-related convictions in Arizona and New York, his attorney said Thursday.

Thomas Farinella said his 72-year-old client was released Monday, but wouldn't disclose where Gravano served his time or where he plans to live now that he's a free man.

"He's very upbeat, very positive," Farinella said from his New York office. "It's been 17 1/2 years. A lot has changed. It takes a little bit of getting used to. He's trying to figure out what he wants to do and he's in no hurry."

Arizona Department of Corrections officials said Gravano got released from the state prison system last year, but was incarcerated federally until recently.

Authorities said Gravano will be on federal parole for the rest of his life.

Gravano was a former underboss for the Gambino crime family and confessed to involvement in 19 murders.

He later became a government informant in 1991 and helped bring down 39 mobsters, including the family's boss John Gotti by testifying against him.

Gravano got a five-year prison sentence in a plea agreement and moved to Arizona in 1994 under the federal witness protection program.

He left the program the following year, began giving television and magazine interviews, wrote the book "Underboss" in 1997 and was involved in an Italian restaurant and swimming pool installation company in the Phoenix area.

Gravano was arrested in 2000 along with his wife, daughter and son in connection with an Ecstacy trafficking ring in Arizona that authorities said made them about $500,000 per week.

He was accused of buying 40,000 Ecstacy pills from a drug gang in New York.

Gravano pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in Arizona and New York in 2001 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison with an expected release date of March 8, 2019.

Farinella said Gravano "was a model inmate" while imprisoned and "did things to improve himself in various programs without any issues." 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Jeff’s Forecast: Chilly AM 40s & Hotter 90s Soon]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:32:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/0921-2017-JeffRanieri.jpg

A chilly morning Friday with isolated 40s possible. Chief Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri has details on where it will be the coldest. Plus, when much hotter 90s return in your Microclimate Forecast.

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