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the news at 5:30 starts right now. thanks for joining us. i'm janelle wang. >> and i'm raj mathai. locally we have a lot of covid updates and updates nationally. today president biden was in the midwest mandating that big employers require vaccination or weekly testing from their employees. it comes as pfizer requests the emergency authorization to vaccinate kids ages 5 to 11. here's nbc's jay gray. >> reporter: president biden on the ground in illinois and looking to build momentum for his covid strategy, a key aspect of the plan, vaccine mandates for any business with more than 100 employees. >> i'm calling on more employers to act. my message is require your employees to get vaccinated. >> reporter: the battle against the virus now stretching from the workforce to the playground. pfizer today asking federal regulators to allow emergency use of their coronavirus vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old. >> it's incredibly significant.
we've had almost 6 million children in the united states infected with covid, 520 deaths with tens of thousands of hospitalizations. >> reporter: pediatricians say those numbers could change dramatically once the shot is available for kids. overall the rate of new infections continues to trend down. nationwide the number of new cases since september 1st falling by 40%. across the south, hardest hit by the latest wave even bigger. arkansas down 61%, louisiana 71% and florida 77%. still those on the front lines of the fight aren't ready to declare victory. >> i worry that it's -- there's more coming. every day. it's just is this the last of it? i hope so. am i confident that that's correct? no. >> reporter: especially as the country heads into the holiday travel and flu seasons. jay gray, nbc news, washington.
we're following some breaking news at this hour. the senate just voted to increase the country's debt limit. this is impactful and significant. senate majority leader chuck schumer announcing the agreement this afternoon. but the official vote just happened within the last 30 minutes. senator mitch mcconnell says republicans stepped forward to make this agreement possible. >> the majority didn't have a plan to prevent default so we stepped forward. the pathway our democratic colleagues have accepted will spare the american people any near term crisis while definitively resolving the majority's excuse that they lacked time to address the debt limit through the 304 reconciliation process. now there will be no question they'll have plenty of time. >> political angles all the way through. raising the debt ceiling is necessary to allow the country to pay back money it already borrowed and avoid defaulting on its loans. new federal unemployment
numbers show an overall improvement for the first time in three weeks. 326,000 initial jobless claims were received last week. that's down by about 38,000 claims from the week before. the jobless numbers have been hovering in the 300,000 range since july, as the country continues to recover from the pandemic. the overall unemployment rate is expected to drop slightly from 5.2% to 5.1% when the september employment numbers are released tomorrow. we have new video this morning, an up close look at that ruptured pipeline that spewed crude oil into the waters of southern california. you can see it there. the footage shows the damage to the pipeline. no more oil being released, that's the good news, but the cleanup continues and so does the investigation into what caused this spill. and questions are emerging about the timeline of events, including when the company that runs the pipeline actually found out about the spill. nbc's patrick healy from our sister station in l.a. is in
huntington beach for us with the very latest. patrick. >> reporter: good evening from huntington beach. as of yet, still no definitive word on what caused that gash in the pipeline that released the oil but we're getting new estimates on the amount of the release. the minimum may be only a fourth of what we were told earlier in the week is the worst-case scenario. this may not be as bad as first thought. but there is still oil in the water, some of it is still moving south, and today it reached northern san diego county. look closely from under the sea. the broken pipeline is half buried and obscured but the coast guard said this is the section that failed, gushing oil and prompting enormous response. investigators pursuing multiple possible factors, including corrosion and pressure fluctuation, and especially what moved the section that moved 105 feet across the sea floor. the theory is it was snagged and dragged likely by a ship's anchor. >> so this is a snapshot in
time. >> reporter: the image assessment experts at the nonprofit sky truth point to this radar/satellite image taken at 6:58 p.m. friday evening. already apparent is an oil slick just east of where mapping denotes the pipeline to be. all these white dashes are ships, most of them anchored, but some earlier in the day had been moving. sky truth president, john amos. >> seven vessels that were broadcasting ais signals passed across the pipeline during the day on friday. >> reporter: but questions remain not only about the source of the damage but the response timeline. the president of the pipeline's parent company has been at every response team briefing this week until this afternoon. >> amplify energy isn't here with us today but they continue to assist in response efforts. >> reporter: the bulk of the oil plume now appears to be offshore between dana point and catalina island. some small bits being found in northern san diego county.
experts worry onshore wind from the forecast weather event could push more oil ashore. eric terrell of the scripps institute. >> i don't think we're in the clear yet with the oil potentially hitting the coastline. a lot of that will be due in part to what the winds are going to be here friday and i think we're expecting the weather, the winds to increase in the friday time window and another blow on tuesday. >> reporter: the newly released estimate for the minimum size of the spill is put at 588 barrels. that's about 32,000 gallons. an update on wildlife. we're now told that 24 birds were oiled. five died, 19 are being treated. and some beaches in orange county are starting to reopen the sand, though the water still remains off limits. reporting from huntington beach, i'm patrick healy for nbc bay area news. still to come, shaking in tokyo. new video of a strong quake that rattled japan's capital. also caught up in a fraud scheme. the nba players accused of
stealing millions of dollars from the league. i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. i'll have details on a few showers that are moving now back into the forecast and also a fire weather watch. i'm back with that in about ten minutes. (music) ♪ i think to myself ♪ ♪ what a wonderful world ♪ working at recology is more than a job for jesus.
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♪ i think to myself ♪ ♪ what a wonderful world ♪ it's a new discovery that could save lives on nbc nightly news with lester holt. the breast cancer gene that could increase your risk up to 50%. the gene is extremely rare but women may not have been tested for it. anne thompson speaks with a doctor and breast cancer survivor who just found out she's a carrier. >> reporter: here you are, you've done all your homework, you've done all your research, but even you didn't know about this. >> yes. and to me it was outrageous. no one ever said after 2014, there's a gene out there you should be tested for. and to me, that was a huge medical failure.
>> on nbc nightly news, the other cancers this gene can put you at risk for and when to call your doctor. that's at 6:30 tonight. 18 former nba players have been indicted, accused of filing to get reimbursed for medical treatments they didn't receive. today the u.s. government charged those players with filing false medical claims that would have cost the nba nearly $4 million. in one case a player tried claiming benefits for a root canal in the united states, but attorneys say he was actually playing basketball in taiwan on that very same day. >> the plan reimburses medical expenses, but it does not permit players to be reimbursed for services they never received. the defendants charged today defrauded the plan when they falsely made claims for reimbursement of medical and dental services that they had not received. >> u.s. attorneys have identified terrence williams as the linchpin. they say his co-conspirators include former nba champion glen davis and former high school
sensation sebastian telfair. the nba has yet to comment on this matter. a strong earthquake rocked tokyo today. a 5.9 quake was centered just east of the city. this is security camera video from inside a tv station when the earthquake hit. you see people running to duck under the desks as those televisions above them shake. fortunately no major damage was reported and no tsunami warnings were issued. volcanic ash is forcing an airport to close in the canary islands. it's in la palma. that's a spanish island just off the northwest coast of africa. the volcano first erupted last month. now three weeks later it's destroyed about 1,000 buildings. 6,000 people have been evacuated. the airport on the island is closed due to ash from that volcano. a virginia police officer's quick action may have saved his co-worker's life. check out this dash cam video. you can see the officer standing
next to the car. the car comes in and crashed into the patrol car. the officer pulls his co-worker to safety just in time. the co-worker had only a minor leg injury. by the way, the driver was cited for reckless driving. >> that is a close call. that's hard to watch. let's bring in jeff ranieri talking about this weekend forecast. anything going on this weekend? >> maybe some sprinkles, blue angels, dodgers/giants? >> anything happening this weekend? >> there's so much happening. i want to go to all three of those things but i have a feeling there's going to be a problem navigating through all the people that are going to be in san francisco. let's take a look at what we have been dealing with and that's this colder system that dropped down today. i see this headed our way as we move through tomorrow. that will bring some rain and snow to the sierra. we'll keep that chilly air in place. but the brand-new update has a possibility of a few showers for us. let's go ahead and get a look at that. you can see the forecast model. it's not super heavy but by 1:00
a.m. tomorrow morning we get spotty showers up by the north bay. we get some possibilities around contra costa, alameda counties, also the peninsula and the south bay. we hold on to this chance from san jose to gilroy at 7:00 in the morning. now, after this we will get that sun. you can see it right there starting to return. if you're headed to tahoe, we are looking at rain and some snow. snow totals 1 to 2 inches at the highest levels but just be prepared for the winter conditions. tomorrow morning we start off on the chilly side. plenty of low to mid-50s. south bay 53, tri-valley 51. coldest weather over the north bay. we start off with 47, san francisco 55. so clouds to start. then as we head through the middle part of the day, we're going to get sunshine throughout the bay area but temperatures don't warm up a lot. take a look at this. while we get a slight chance of showers in the morning, sun through the day, i do see a
slight chance of a spotty shower by late tomorrow night, right around 11:00 p.m. overall a mixed bag but i still think we have a great forecast coming our way. if you're headed out to san francisco for fleet week tomorrow, we do have temperatures in the 60s. take your sunglasses, it's going to be the first day of the official air show, which also happens on saturday and sunday. we have full coverage at nbcbayarea.com. maybe you're headed from fleet week right over to oracle park, lucky you. game one, 6:37. it's cool with clouds, temps in the 50s. i tell you, pregame on saturday we're going to have sun, mid-60s in san francisco and certainly going off. great stuff as we head through friday and saturday, but i do want to fast forward things into a fire weather watch and give you an early heads up on this. you can see for the north bay, east bay, parts of the south bay next monday into tuesday, 20 to 55-mile-an-hour wind gusts in
the mountains. right here in san francisco, temperatures in the 60s the next several days. for the inland valleys we go up to 79 on sunday, hold with 70s through most of next week. i think overall the key thing, the weekend is looking good, you guys. >> jeff delivered. >> so many things to check off on that. we're going back to our top story right now, vaccines and kids. pfizer asking for emergency use authorization for kids 5 to 11. dr. peter joins us. hi, dr. peter. thanks for being with us. how significant is this, 5 to 11, kids soon getting the vaccine? >> it's huge, janelle, for a variety of reason. the first reason is that kids get ill themselves. there has been an increase in pediatric cases by 250% from the summer during delta compared to regular. not big in the bay area but around the country. the second is that it causes a lot of disruptions in school. the third is kids can be a
vector to bring the virus home to vulnerable individuals, uncles, aunts, grandparents. for multiple reasons it's important that kids contribute to herd immunity. >> will the shot affect a 5-year-old do you believe differently than an 11-year-old in terms of side effects? >> no. we don't think so. it's a great question, but right now it seems that actually the kids in the trials with one-third the dose do better than the adults at the regular dose ages 16 to 25. these were compared in the trials with fewer fevers and fewer chills. the long-term side effects, most of these occur within the first two months. we haven't seen that in the original trial recipients yet in kids, even age 5. >> how soon can this happen? so pfizer asks for authorization. they probably have -- they must review it. when could we expect the
green light? >> great. so the big thing about today is they actually put a date down, which is october 26th for the meeting of the fda scientific advisory board. now, we all know the drill. the fda meets. they are likely going to approve it. then the cdc meets a few days later with their advisory board. and, you know, as soon as a few days later, provided that the right manufacturing is satisfied with the fda, meaning that it has to be a different syringe size because it's going to be a smaller dose, all these things need to be in place. but i think it's a few days after october 26 is what we are thinking. >> that's just weeks away. now let's shift to the mask mandate, dr. peter. the counties announced today if certain criteria is met they're going to lift some of the mask restrictions. we've been there before. we've lifted mask restrictions before and put them back in place. do you think this is the right
move? >> it is the right move because it's safe and i think that there isn't going to be, again, knock on wood, we don't think and many scientists don't believe there's going to be a new delta that is like this particular variant. we have a combination of natural and vaccine immunity that's going to keep our force field high. therefore, i think we're in the right direction. we're not going to be turning back and this is a phased approach. so i think it will work. >> yeah. one of the criteria is that 80% of the population has to be vaccinated. the total population. we're not just talking about eligible people because that's more than 80% in bay area counties, 90 in san mateo and marin county. so 80% of the population. that includes babies. that's the whole population. of course 5 to 11 opening up. when do you think this will likely happen? how soon? >> so it all depends on where you live. san francisco and marin around
77 already of the total population. napa, sonoma, only about 67%. so if you take two weeks -- two months, er october 27th, it kind of takes you around christmas time with some counties and we probably will get there sooner in some of the other counties like marin, san francisco, santa clara, san mateo. >> okay, dr. peter chin-hong with ucsf, thank you for your time. we know you've been very busy, we appreciate it. thanks so much. >> thanks, janelle. we know it can be tricky to keep up with the changes so we've made it easy. go to nbcbayarea.com/coronavirus to find out the rules in your county. you can also search mask mandate in our mobile app. up next, pricey pumpkins. the reason your trip to the pumpkin patch will likely be more expensive. stay with us.
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americans just weeks before halloween. the lack of inventory is another consequence of covid-19 shipping crisis. extreme weather has also impacted the pumpkin crops, crippling the global supply chain. as you would expect, fewer pumpkins means higher prices. halloween is right around the corner. store owners are saying buy your costumes now, don't delay. halloween stores across the country and in the bay area experiencing delivery delays. demand is high, which usually means prices will also spike. >> we're still waiting on about 25% or 30% of the merchandise to come in that we've previously ordered. and some of it probably won't even ever come in before the holiday. >> that's not promising. with covid cancelling many festivities last year, many people will likely go big this year. we're expected to spend a record $10 billion on costumes, decorations and more in the united states for halloween. coming up, a live look at oracle park. our enemy is in town.
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get ready for a lot of giants torture. let's bring in nbc bay area's anthony flores at oracle park. we're trying to look behind you. we see some dodgers on the field, anthony. >> reporter: that's right. you can see the dodgers working out behind me. they just finished infield practice. this is the matchup fans in the bay area, southern california and even the players themselves wanted to see, the giants, the dodgers, the two teams with the best records in baseball going head-to-head in the postseason. when the giants step to the plate in game one of the national league divisional series, they'll be rested after clinching the division title last sunday. >> swing and a drive. >> reporter: the dodgers will be riding a wave of emotion after last night's thrilling walk-off win over the cardinals in the wild card. >> i felt like i didn't even have to watch the game to figure out who we were going to play. it just felt like that was going to be the matchup we were going to have. it's one of those things where it's going to be two good teams battling each other, so looking forward to having a lot of fun,
competing against another really good team. >> reporter: battling all season long for the division title, the giants held off the dodgers by one game, setting a franchise record with 107 wins. this series will mark a new and historic chapter in this heated rivalry. it's the first time the san francisco giants and the l.a. dodgers will face each other in the playoffs. >> this series is going to be a mad house in both places. and from what i understand, it's the first time that the giants and the dodgers have ever met in the postseason somehow, so that just kind of adds fuel to the fire. >> it doesn't feel overwhelming in any way. it feels like the day is just going to start a little bit earlier. and, you know, we're just looking forward to playing exciting, intense, playoff-caliber baseball. >> the giants won the regular season series 10-9 against the dodgers. they'll sent 11-game winner logan webb to the hill as they try to get their first playoff win in five years. >> we know they're going to have
to go through them and they have to go through us to get to the world series. so better to get it out of the way early. >> reporter: now, the giants sent over a playoff swag bag to the station. in it a couple of these, the rally towel. no doubt the rally towel will be waving this weekend at oracle park. live in san francisco, anthony flores, back to you in the studio. >> take that rally towel and go onto the infield right now. i dare you. >> they're not paying attention. they're focused on outfield practice. i don't think they'll notice this towel. >> he'll have a black eye in about ten minutes. >> anthony on the field, we are super jealous. what a matchup. but i guess we were 107, they were 106, it's what we expected. >> it's great for baseball as jessica, are you wearing orange on black tomorrow? >> that's a secret. but i still have my orange rally
towels from when we won the world series. i'm just saying those are vintage, i'm going to pull them out. >> probably have cellar of those. >> yeah, we do. here's what's coming up at 6:00. the criteria is set. we now know what we have to do before we can take off those masks indoors. >> we would like to have some clarity on our mask mandate. >> don't expect the changes right away in most counties. the reason you will still likely need that holiday-themed mask. also developing news from tesla, leaving palo alto and moving its hq to texas. elon musk explains why in an announcement late today. and a grim milestone, a bay area police chief brought to tears because of it. the crime in the east bay leading to so much concern. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for being with us, i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. a lot of people have been wonderin