<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area https://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usWed, 17 Jan 2018 22:17:06 -0800Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:17:06 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Alameda County Sheriff's Office Deputy Arrested]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:30:54 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0118-2018-JosephBailey.jpg

An Alameda County Sheriff's Office deputy has been arrested in connection to a possible "revenge" beating of an inmate at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

Joseph Bailey, 28 and of Tracy, is accused of facilitating and allowing a small group of inmates to physically assault another inmate in minimum security, according to the Sheriff's Office. The alleged incident occurred on Oct. 24, 2017.

After an investigation, the Alameda County District Attorney reviewed the case and filed criminal charges against Bailey, who has served with the Sheriff's Office since Jan. 5, 2015.

Bailey is charged with felonious assault likely to cause great bodily injury and assault under the color of authority, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"The moment I heard of these allegations, I directed my staff to do a complete and thorough investigation," Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern said. "I am confident this single incident is isolated to this individual."

The Sheriff's Office believes Bailey got involved in the jail fight to get back at the victim inmate who got into an argument with him earlier. NBC Bay Area is told the inmate ended up with lacerations, severe bruising and a fractured nose.

Bailey is out on bail and has been placed on paid leave.

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<![CDATA[Caltrain Hits and Kills Woman on Tracks in Mountain View]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:03:19 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Caltrain_to_Increase_Fare.jpg

A Caltrain struck and killed a woman trespassing on the tracks Wednesday night in Mountain View, according to the agency.

The incident occurred at about 8:15 p.m. on the northbound tracks at the Rengstorff Avenue crossing, a Caltrain spokesman said. Emergency personnel were on the scene, and trains were initially stopped in both directions.

Later Wednesday night, passengers on train 193 were transferred to another northbound train. Trains were single-tracking through the area, and delays were as long as 90 minutes, the agency said.

There were about 300 passengers onboard the train. No other injuries were reported.

The incident is under investigation, Caltrain said. The fatality is Caltrain's first of 2018.

No further details were available.

<![CDATA[Steph, Klay Lead Warriors to 14th Straight Road Win]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:48:03 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/klay-lopez-bulls-ap.jpg

Despite losing Jordan Bell inside the first minute and not having Draymond Green or Andre Iguodala at all, the Warriors on Wednesday won their 14th straight road game, tying a franchise-record.

With Klay Thompson (season-high 38 points) and Stephen Curry (30) leading the way, the Warriors rode a tremendous third quarter and held off a late Bulls rally for a 119-112 victory at United Center in Chicago.

The Warriors (37-9) led by as much as 19 in the victory gave them a sweep of the two-game season series with the Bulls for only the second time since 2000-01.

STANDOUT PERFORMER: Thompson and Curry, AKA the Splash Brothers, were fairly equal partners in taking down the Bulls.

Thompson’s line: 38 points (12-of-22 shooting from the field, including 7-of-13 from beyond the arc, 7-of-9 from the line), four rebounds, two assists and a block. He played 37 minutes and finished plus-14.

Curry’s line: 30 points (10-of-18 shooting, 6-of-11 from deep, 4-of-4 from the line), nine rebounds, five assists and one steal. He played 35 minutes and finished plus-21.

TURNING POINT: Trailing 66-63 at the half, the Warriors opened the second half with a 28-6 burst to take a 91-72 lead on a pair of Durant free throws with 2:59 left in the third quarter.

The Warriors at one point during that stretch reeled off 19 unanswered points, holding Chicago to 0-of-13 shooting and three turnovers.

The Bulls rallied late, getting as close as five inside the final minute before the Warriors closed it out.

INJURY UPDATE: Warriors: Jordan Bell left the game with 11: 36 remaining in the first quarter after sustaining a sprained left ankle in an effort to block a dunk by Chicago center Robin Lopez. Bell did not return and will undergo an MRI test on Thursday. F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness) and F Andre Iguodala (L calf contusion) were listed as out.

Bulls: G Cameron Payne (R foot surgery) was listed as out. G Kris Dunn left late in the game after landing on his face following a breakaway dunk.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Warriors return to action on Saturday in Houston, where they face the Rockets at Toyota Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.

Photo Credit: Associated Press]]>
<![CDATA[Last Remaining Video Store in Contra Costa County Closing]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:20:51 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/Screen+Shot+2018-01-17+at+3.43.22+PM.png

Following a prolonged struggle to keep up with streaming services and digital downloads, the last remaining video rental store in Contra Costa County is shuttering for good after 34 years of business. Take One Video's last day in operation is Jan. 20.

The store owners, Tony Ibrahim and Jason Wood, are planning to transition to podcasting and business-to-business communications, a venture the pair hope will be more sustainable while allowing them to keep a tow in the entertainment industry.

Still, they say the closure of the Pleasant Hill store, located in the Oak Park shopping center, is a bittersweet end to what has been a long-time passion project for the two movie buffs.

“Even though over the years we’ve had great customer support and loyalty — the landlords have also been really gracious to us over the years — there comes a time when you’ve got to move on,” Wood said. “Every year, we've had less and less people coming in.”

Wood and Ibrahim purchased the store from the original owners in 1999. There was once multiple branches, including stores in Lafayette, Danville, and San Ramon, but, by 2011, the Pleasant Hill store was the sole survivor.

“This was coming for a while,” Wood said. “People have content in front of them constantly. It definitely is a different time for technology.”

Wood and Ibrahim have tried to keep up the pace, adding video transfer and photography services to the store’s repertoire, which they plan on continuing after Take One shutters.

Midway through the store's final week, the two are still focused on ridding themselves of a massive movie collection. The thousands of DVDs and knick-knacks on the shelves — including a plentiful supply of "Star Wars" merchandise — are for sale at a fraction of the original price. 

“We’re hoping to get as much stuff out of here as possible,” Wood said. “We imagine we’ll have to move some of it to storage.”

The store leaves behind a core group of longtime customers, many of whom said the closure was inevitable but disappointing nonetheless.

“I can’t say I’m surprised, but I am sad,” said Michael Degama, who said he comes to the store whenever he visits his mother, who lives in town. “There’s something to be said for going in, actually holding a copy of the DVD in your hand and talking with the people behind the counter.”

Others said they appreciated the store staying open for as long as possible. For them, Take One Video represented a local business that maintained its charm and family-friendly feel against increasingly tricky industry conditions.

“To be honest, I’m surprised it lasted this long,” said Ashley Gutierrez. “I really can’t remember the last time I saw a video store. It kind of makes me sad because I remember going to the store when I was little and the excitement of picking out a movie. We don’t have that experience anymore.”

Wood said the store survived mainly due to the families who had been shopping there for years and the generosity of their landlord, who kept prices reasonable throughout Take One Video’s tenure.

“We have customers that we’ve known for 18 years,” Wood said. “We talk about everyday things in life, from school to college to sports to religion. And that’s what we’ll miss the most.”

Photo Credit: Gillian Edevane ]]>
<![CDATA[Millennium Tower Ordered to Adjust Handicapped Ramps]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:14:47 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/03-14-2017-millennium-tower.jpg

The sinking and tilting Millennium Tower must adjust its now illegally steep handicapped access ramps within 30 days or face an abatement order issued by the city, NBC Bay Area has learned.

At a hearing Tuesday, Ron Tom, the assistant director of the Department of Building Inspection, declared a 30-day “advisement period’’ related to a fix of the overly steep access ramps.

A year ago, the city issued a violation notice after inspectors determined its wheelchair access ramps were far steeper than allowed by law.

The ramps sloped dramatically after construction as the building continued to sink and tilt. It has now sunk some 17 inches.

At the end of 30 days, according to DBI spokesman William Strawn, “if the ramps are not revised and the permits signed off and proof given to Code Enforcement Staff, an Order of Abatement will be issued and recorded on the title of the property.”

Such an order can be an obstacle in obtaining any loans on the property.

Meanwhile, the Millennium Homeowners Association faces a separate notice of fire safety violation because of gaps between its façade and structural frame.

The openings, according to an outside consultant, are the apparent product of the building’s tilt. Experts say they pose a fire safety hazard because such gaps can allow smoke and flames to shoot up between floors.

This week, the attorney for the Millennium Homeowners Association wrote the city saying the association is “diligently” investigating the wall gaps and will keep the city informed.

“At this point, the (association) does not know if it is an isolated problem, a construction defect, or a problem related to the settling of the building,” attorney Vision Winter said in his letter to the city.

Winter’s letter did not address the handicap access ramp violation. He could not be reached for comment.

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<![CDATA[Rise in Sea Lion Population Means Competition for Fishermen]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:43:43 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sf_sealion3_0117_1439972.JPG

The sea lion population in San Francisco Bay has more than tripled over the past three decades, according to wildlife officials. And while the spike may be good for the ecosystem, it's also creating competition for local fishermen.

Sea lions in many ways have become synonymous with the City by the Bay. But just as people who live San Francisco are being priced out of the city's expensive housing market, there is growing competition between commercial fishermen and sea lions for resources out in the bay.

At Pier 39, the sights and sounds of sea lions draws millions.

"For us, it’s just maintained this always fantastic attraction because it’s always enough, as you can see here, for people to come," Harbor Master Sheila Chandor said.

That hasn’t always been the case. The Marine Mammal Protection Act, landmark legislation signed in the early 1970s, saved the species from extinction after decades of being hunted.

A new report released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the sea lion population has soared from 89,000 in 1975 to a peak of 306,000 in 2012.

"They are very good evidence that the bay is pretty healthy and that there is a lot of available food out there," Chandor said.

But the increase in sea lions also means increased competition with commercial fisherman.

"You end up with too many sea lions, and they end up eating the bottom of the food chain species," fisherman John Barnett said.

Barnett has been fishing out the bay for the past 13 years. He isn’t against the Endangered Species Act, but he said the rise in the sea lion population has impacted the local fishing industry. And it's not just about profits; it’s about he ecosystem as a whole.

"You are saving them and putting them back out there, and it’s affecting the food source for the healthy ones," he said. "So you are actually making it a weaker species."

Environmentalists say it’s important to keep the Marine Mammal Protection Act because one natural disaster or oil spill could wipe out an entire species.

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<![CDATA[Trump Admin Moves to Bar Agricultural, Seasonal Worker Visas]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:05:10 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-2148503.jpg

The Trump administration is moving to prohibit people from Haiti — which the president allegedly insulted in a meeting last week — from applying for visas for seasonal and farm workers.

The Department of Homeland Security has given notice it plans to prohibit people from Haiti, as well as Belize and Samoa, ineligible to apply for H-2A and H-2B visas, which are temporary. The H-2A visa is for agriculture and the H-2B is for non-agricultural seasonal work in places such as resorts.

In the notice, DHS said that Haitians applying for the visas “present extremely high rates of refusal." DHS also said it stopped taking Belize applications because the country is not complying with U.S. anti-trafficking laws. And Samoa is now listed as “at risk of non-compliance” because it has not made progress in accepting back nationals deported from the U.S. 

Michael Clemens, a senior fellow at the non-partisan Center for Global Development, said barring Haitians from the visa will encourage illegal migration to the U.S. and hurt the U.S. economy. "Haitian farmworkers on the H-2A visa that I have studied in Alabama added $4,000 to the U.S. economy per worker, per month," said Clemens, who is a labor economist.

Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Oroville Dam Safety Prompts Lawsuit]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:44:32 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Safety_Report_Calls_Oroville_Dam_Crisis.jpg

An NBC Bay Area investigation into the safety of the Oroville Dam has now prompted the City of Oroville itself to sue the state of California.

Last September, following a six-month investigation, NBC Bay Area's Investigative Unit uncovered several issues that experts say raise questions about the safety of the Oroville Dam itself.

This followed the collapse of the dam's spillway during exceptionally heavy rains last February. Events state officials admitted they were not expecting.

On Wednesday, lawmakers from a prominent Bay Area legal firm announced the filing of a lawsuit against California's Department of Water Resources on behalf of the City of Oroville and its 188,000 residents.

The lawsuit, which cites NBC Bay Area's investigation several times, claims warning of safety issues went ignored by DWR for years and that Oroville's citizens remain at-risk because those safety issues have still not been adequately addressed.

<![CDATA[SF Cracking Down on Abuse of Disabled Parking Placards]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:20:39 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sf_disabled_placards_0117_1439553.JPG

San Francisco transportation officers are starting to crack down on abuse of disabled parking placards at metered parking spaces across the city.

The placards are as good as gold to San Francisco drivers because they allow parking at meters for free. The city is trying to stop people who are not disabled from using them.

Parking control Officer Chris Nichel cited one driver, Jose Barbosa, for using an expired placard. Even though Nichel confirmed Barbosa has a new, valid placard on file with the DMV, it wasn't the one on the vehicle, and Barbosa was hit with a hefty $800 fine.

"The problem is the DMV; same problem every time," Barbosa said.

Parking control officers said the bottom line is drivers can only use a valid disabled parking placard, and the driver must be present; the placard is issued to a person, not a vehicle.

Last year alone, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency issued 2,500 citations for disabled placard misuse.

"It's a problem nationwide, not just here in California," said Shawn McCormick, director of parking enforcement and traffic at SFMTA.

The most common excuse, McCormick added, is ignorance. A for instance: "I thought I could use it because I was going to pick up stuff from the store for Mom."

The penalty for parking in a disabled space without a placard is $875. A driver caught using someone else's placard faces an additional fine of $875 plus the cost of the parking meter, if there is one.

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<![CDATA[Porn Star Described Affair With Trump in 2011 Interview]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:19 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Donald-Trump-Stormy-Daniels.jpg

Adult movie actress Stormy Daniels purportedly denied having an extramarital affair with Donald Trump back in 2006, but she told a different story in 2011, according to a recently rediscovered magazine interview published Wednesday.

InTouch magazine has just made public a 7-year-old interview with Daniels in which she claims that a sexual relationship with Trump began after she met the future president at a celebrity golf tournament in July 2006 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

NBC News has reached out to Daniels, Spears, Moz and the White House for comment on the InTouch interview but received no response.

The InTouch interview surfaced after The Wall Street Journal reported last week that a lawyer for Trump, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000 in hush money a month before the 2016 presidential election.

Cohen also provided a statement that was signed in the name of Daniels that called rumors of the affair and hush money "completely false.”

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<![CDATA[7 Suspect Being Drugged at Stanford Fraternity House: Report]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:27:03 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/FRAT+PHOTO+KRIS.jpg

At least seven students believe they were drugged while paying a visit to the Sigma Chi fraternity house at Stanford University last Friday, according to a report.

Five members of Pi Beta Phi and two male rowers suspect they were drugged by someone who does not attend the Peninsula university, according to the Stanford Daily.

The five Pi Beta Phi members reportedly suffered from symptoms that "aligned with that of Xanax or a similar benzodiazepine," according to an email memo that was sent to Pi Beta Phi members and obtained by the student newspaper.

One of the two rowers was reportedly transported to the hospital even though his blood alcohol content was "too low to have warranted a transport," according to the newspaper. The other rower went to the hospital voluntarily and "tested positive."

An investigation is ongoing, according to the university.

"Both the Title IX office and campus police are investigating, and at this moment the allegation remains unconfirmed," a statement from the university read.

Sigma Chi issued the following statement in response to the report:

"Sigma Chi International Fraternity is aware of the allegations that illegal substances were brought into an event by a non-member and provided to attendees without their knowledge and we have begun our investigation into the matter. We are committed to working collaboratively with local authorities and Stanford University to see the perpetrator brought to justice."

Photo Credit: Kris Sanchez/NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Fremont PD Detective Injured at Scene of Stolen Vehicle]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:55:31 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fremont_detective_0117_1438015.JPG

A Fremont detective was injured Wednesday during a foot pursuit in Hayward, according to the Fremont Police Department.

At about 2:20 p.m., two female suspects were being investigated for a stolen vehicle in the area of Broadmore Avenue and Larchmont Street, police said. One of the suspects fled from the vehicle on foot, and the detective gave chase. The other suspect, meanwhile, managed to drive away after ramming patrol vehicles, police said.

The suspect vehicle hopped a curb and collided with the detective and the fleeing suspect, injuring both, police said. The vehicle fled the scene and was eventually tracked down at Austin and Huntwood avenues, where the driver again collided with a police vehicle before she was stopped and taken into custody. 

The injured detective and suspect were taken to hospitals. No other injuries and no outstanding suspects were reported.

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<![CDATA[4 Injured in Crash Involving Stolen Vehicle in Antioch]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:54:38 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0117-2017-AntiochAx.jpg

At least four people were hospitalized Wednesday after a stolen truck crashed into another vehicle in Antioch, police said.

The collision was reported shortly after 12:47 p.m. Wednesday when the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office received information of a stolen vehicle in Pittsburg. A deputy spotted the vehicle and followed as it headed eastbound on Highway 4.

Authorities said the deputy at the time did not activate his vehicle's emergency lights.

The suspect vehicle moments later went through a red light at Somersville Road in Antioch and collided into a Ford F-150.

Three people, including two children, who were in the Ford F-150 were transported to local hospitals. The suspect is a 23-year-od Pittsburg resident. He was also transported to a hospital and authorities are not releasing his identity.

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<![CDATA[Sanders: Flake Only Criticizing Trump Because of Low Poll Numbers]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:46:05 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_WH_BRIEFING_011718-151622134311900002.jpg

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Senator Jeff Flake's speech on the senate floor was made due to low poll numbers than an actual sincere criticism of President Trump. Sanders also talked about Steve Bannon's lawyer relaying information from the House Intelligence committee's questions to his client directly back to the White House, saying it is "standard procedure."

<![CDATA[Trump Says N. Korea Close on Missile, Russia Helping Regime]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:32:51 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-905685696.jpg

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Russia is helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to developing a long-range missile that could hit the United States, Reuters reported.

"Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea," Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters. "What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing."

With North Korea persisting as the major global challenge facing Trump this year, the president cast doubt during the 53-minute interview on whether talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be useful. And he said Pyongyang is steadily advancing in being able to deliver a missile that could threaten the United States. 

"They're not there yet, but they're close. And they get closer every day," said Trump.

Photo Credit: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Police Activity Reported in South San Jose]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:16:37 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NBC+Bay+Area+Breaking+News+Image31.png

Police activity was reported Wednesday in South San Jose, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers were near Highway 101 and Hellyer Avenue, responding to an incident that began at 11:36 a.m., the CHP said. A perimeter has been set up in the area.

Further details were not immediately available.

Check back for updates.

<![CDATA[Farrow on Allen: ‘Why Shouldn’t I Want to Bring Him Down?’]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:17:49 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_507176038804.jpg

Woody Allen’s adopted daughter, who has accused the legendary filmmaker of sexual abuse, says she has a right to feel angry and hurt after what she described as years of being “ignored and disbelieved and tossed aside.”

“Someone said this to me: ‘She wants to bring Woody Allen down. She’s caught up in the #MeToo, #TimesUp movement,’” Dylan Farrow, 32, told CBS’ Gayle King in what “CBS This Morning” calls her first on-camera interview about her longstanding abuse allegations against Allen, 82.

She added: “Why shouldn’t I want to bring him down? Why shouldn’t I be angry? Why shouldn’t I be hurt? Why shouldn’t I feel some sort of outrage after all these years being ignored and disbelieved and tossed aside?”

Farrow has alleged Allen molested her in an attic in 1992, when she was 7 years old. Allen has denied the accusations and a subsequent investigation did not result in charges. Farrow first discussed her allegations publicly in a 2014 op-ed in The New York Times.

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<![CDATA[9 of 12 National Park Advisory Board Members Quit: Chairman]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:33:30 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_091102018784.jpg

Nine of the 12 members of the National Park System Advisory Board resigned this week out of frustration that the new heads of the Interior Department hadn't met with them, NBC News reported.

Tony Knowles, the board's chairman since 2010 and a former Democratic governor of Alaska, said in an interview with Alaska Public Radio that he and eight other members of the panel quit on Monday over their frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke hadn't met with them even once. He confirmed a report in the Washington Post.

Another contributing factor was department leaders' apparent lack of interest "in learning about or continuing to use the forward-thinking agenda of science," Knowles told Alaska Public Radio. The board advises the interior secretary and the National Park Service on matters such as designation of natural and historic landmarks.

Interior Department Associate Deputy Secretary Todd Willens said Wednesday it's "patently false" to say the department hasn't engaged with the board, the Associated Press reported. He said the terms of two members had expired and their resignations are a "hollow and dishonest political stunt."

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File]]>
<![CDATA[Puerto Rico School Celebrates Return of Power After 112 Days]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:16:37 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/011718+Puerto+Rico+school+electricity+Academia+Bautista+de+Puerto+Nuevo.jpg

A viral video shows students and teachers at a Puerto Rico school jumping for joy and celebrating when the power comes back on after 112 days in the dark.

The Academia Bautista de Puerto Nuevo in San Juan posted the video on their Facebook page last week and it has already been viewed more than 275,000 times and has nearly 6,000 shares.

"After 112 days, THE LIGHT IS BACK! Indisputable joy from all of us who are part of the ABPN," the post reads. "We are grateful to all the parents, students and staff who have stayed with us and continued to support us in this situation."

The video shows students dancing and running through hallways as teachers ring bells in celebration.

The island suffered a widespread power outage after Hurricane Maria made landfall in September. The power has been slowly restored, but nearly 40 percent of the island remains without electricity.

Photo Credit: Academia Bautista de Puerto Nuevo]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Gets Low Grades for Housing Affordability: Report]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:41:37 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/HousingGeneric.JPG

Recently released housing numbers may not come as a surprise to most Bay Area residents.

Apartment List, a website for apartment hunters, has handed down low grades for the three major Bay Area cities when it comes to housing affordability, representing yet another indicator of the region's ongoing housing crunch. 

San Jose earned an overall satisfaction grade of C, according to the report. The South Bay city received an A for weather and a B for jobs and career opportunities but F's for affordability and commute time.

Oakland's overall satisfaction grade was a D, according to the report. It also received an A for weather and then another A grade for public transit, but the East Bay city was hounded by D grades for affordability, recreational activities, state and local taxes, and pet-friendliness. Oakland received F's for school quality as well as safety and crime rates.

San Francisco picked up more favorable ratings, receiving a B+ for overall satisfaction, according to the report. The city by the bay notched A grades for social life, weather, and jobs and career opportunities. It's only F grade came for affordability.

Despite its B+ grade, San Francisco still tops the other two major Bay Area cities when it comes to the median rent price for a two-bedroom abode, according to the report.

The median price in San Francisco checked in around $3,010, which is a 0.5 percent increase from last year, the report indicated. San Jose's median rent price for a two-bedroom place is sitting at about $2,530, up 2.7 percent from last year. Oakland's median rent for a two-bedroom pad dropped 14.2 percent to approximately $2,140.

Apartment List stated that its grades report was put together utilizing responses from more than 45,000 renters nationwide.

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<![CDATA[Fujifilm Recalls Hundreds of Thousands of Wall Plugs Over Shock Concerns]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:20:13 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/digital+cams.jpg

A major New York-based camera maker is recalling nearly 300,000 power adapter wall plugs sold with digital cameras nationwide over concerns about a potential shock hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.

Fujifilm, headquartered in Valhalla, issued the voluntary recall for 270,000 plugs sold in the U.S., along with 24,000 were sold in Canada, because the plugs can crack, break or detach and get stuck in the wall, the company said in a statement. They can also expose live electrical contacts, posing a shock hazard.

No injuries were reported in connection with the recalled products, which were sold with digital cameras in-store at retailers across the country and online at Amazon.com and other websites. The products were made in China. 

Specifically, the recall involves AC-5VF power adapter wall plugs sold with Fujifilm digital camera models XP90, XP95, XP120, XP125, X-A3 and X-A10. The digital cameras were sold in a variety of colors. The recalled wall plugs are black and are combined with a power adapter and USB cord that plugs into the adapter. Model number "AC-5VF" is printed on the back of the power adapter. The serial number is printed on the bottom of the camera or under the battery compartment lid. To check your serial number, click here.

The XP90 and XP95 were sold from June 2016 through January 2018, the XP120 and XP125 were sold from January 2017 through January 2018, the X-A3 was sold from October 2016 through January 2018, and the X-A10 was sold from February 2017 through January 2018. The digital cameras cost between $160 and $600 with the power adapter wall plugs.

Anyone who has a recalled power adapter wall plug should stop using it immediately and contact Fujifilm for a free replacement. Consumers can continue to charge the camera using the USB cable attached to a computer. For more information, call toll-free at 833-613-1200 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email productsafety@fujifilm.com or go to www.fujifilmusa.com and click on "Support & Contact."

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<![CDATA[Lockdown Lifted at Napa HS, School District Offices]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:28:05 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NapaShooting.JPG

Napa High School and Napa Valley Unified School District offices were temporarily placed on lockdown Wednesday morning due to a shooting that occurred outside a Starbucks nearby, according to the school district.

The shooting, which did not involve any students or school district employees, happened around 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Starbucks located at the corner of Jefferson Street and Lincoln Avenue, according to the district. 

The district indicated that students and staff who were placed on lockdown were safe.

The school district's offices are located directly across the street from the Starbucks. The high school is situated down the block along Jefferson Street.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Does Dumervil Figure Into 49ers' Plans for 2018?]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:54:09 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/eeelllvvviiisss.jpg

On Friday, 49ers’ pass rush specialist Elvis Dumervil will turn 34. By NFL standards he’s close to being a senior citizen.

Yet in the 2017 season, Dumervil provided what the 49ers wanted from him. Playing only in pass-rush situations, the edge defender had 6½ sacks and was in on 13 tackles. While that’s a far cry from Dumervil’s glory seasons of the past – twice he’s had 17-sack seasons, including one in 2009 for Denver in which he led the NFL – he can still get to the quarterback.

Dumervil may not fit into the 49ers’ long-term plans. Certainly, San Francisco GM John Lynch will look for more pass-rush help in the draft or free agency, so Dumervil could have to battle to stay on the roster in 2018. But, Dumervil’s contract isn’t a yoke around the neck of the 49ers, who have plenty of room under the salary cap (at this point) for 2018. If he makes the roster, Dumervil will count $4.25 million against the cap.

As James Brady of SB Nation noted this week, Dumervil was very productive.

“Dumervil participated in 341 defensive snaps, or 30.31 percent of all defensive snaps the 49ers took this season,” wrote Brady. “In 16 games played, he had 13 tackles and 6.5 sacks. His tackle numbers weren’t high by any means, but they weren’t supposed to be. He had one job: get after the quarterback.”

Dumervil led the 49ers in sacks. DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas (three each) were the only other defenders with more than two sacks.

Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was happy with Dumervil’s contributions in his first year with the team. Saleh seems fine with bringing him back in 2018. He said it was “awesome” to have him.

“He still has enough in the tank,” said Saleh late in the season. “He’s missed two sacks where he had them in his hands and he had one called back because of a penalty. … He’s been producing. With leads you’ll get even more opportunity for him to get out there so he can produce even more.”

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<![CDATA[In Hindsight, Raiders' 2017 Offseason Was a Problem]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:51:50 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/174*120/kconleee.jpg

At the time, the Raiders’ draft class of 2017 looked pretty good. Oakland needed help in its secondary, so its No. 1 pick of cornerback Gareon Conley and No. 2 pick of safety Obi Melifonwu appeared on the money.

As we know now, however, neither pick helped a team that tumbled from 12-4 in 2016 to 6-10 in 2017.

Now, ESPN’s Mike Sando has re-graded the offseasons of every team from before the 2017 season and given the Raiders a D for their most recent draft and moves in free agency, tied for worst in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos. Before the 2017 season, Sando had given the Raiders a B-minus for their offseason decisions.

It turned out the most damaging part of the Raiders’ offseason was cutting ties with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. Under his successor, Todd Downing, the offense was consistently much worse.

Wrote Sando: “The Raiders’ offseason included firing offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and using a first-round pick on cornerback Gareon Conley, who was facing a rape allegation (a grand jury declined to bring charges just as training camps were opening). Shin troubles limited Conley to two games, making his rookie season a wash. Second-round safety Obi Melifonwu also had trouble staying on the field, and by Thanksgiving, the Raiders had a new defensive coordinator. They finished last in Total QBR allowed.” (QBR is ESPN’s version of quarterback rating.)

Levi Damien of SB Nation noted that he, too, probably had been too optimistic in his initial grades for the Raiders’ offseason moves before the 2017 season. He had given the Raiders a B-minus for their actions in free agency and a B for the draft.

“That too may have been a bit generous,” wrote Damien. “Mainly because I let them off too easily for not signing anyone on the defensive side of the ball in free agency. My grades, being that they focused specifically on free agency and the draft, didn’t factor in coaching.”

Other Raiders draft picks included defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes in the third round, who did play regularly. But fourth-round pick David Sharpe (offensive tackle), linebacker Marquel Lee, safety Shalom Luani, offensive tackle Jylan Ware, running back Elijah Hood and defensive tackle Treyvon Hester made no or little impact.

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<![CDATA[Facebook CEO Calls on Congress to Reach Deal on DACA]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:13:14 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-669889770.jpg

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg took to his social media platform Wednesday and urged lawmakers to reach a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and help its roughly 800,000 recipients.

"This is a basic question of whether our government works," Zuckerberg wrote on his official page. "Can Congress come together and find a path forward, or will we default to forcing almost one million people out of their jobs and country?"

The program, referred to as DACA, began under the Obama administration and has protected about 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children from being deported. Trump ended the program last year, giving Congress until March 5 to fix the legislation. 

Lawmakers continue to debate DACA as they race to beat the Friday deadline for passing a short-term spending bill and averting a government shutdown.

"Every day that Congress doesn't act more DACA recipients are losing their status," Zuckerberg wrote, adding that the "dreamers are members of our communities."

DACA recipients are often referred to as "dreamers" based on the DREAM Act, a proposal that would have offered similar immigrant protections but was never passed by Congress.

The Facebook CEO continued: "I'm optimistic this will get solved. There's been some good bipartisan momentum on legislation recently. From my conversations with leaders in Congress, I believe they want to fix this, but we need to keep the pressure on so they know we'll hold them accountable."

Zuckerberg urged his followers to call their local congresspeople about the program.

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