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across the country and here in the bay area. plus, the damage may have been done months ago. new details investigators are reveal being the oil spill off the coast of southern california. fighting for their day in court. our investigative unit revealed the delays causing many california families great pain. tonight the governor is taking action. >> good friday. the news at 5:30 starts right now. thank you for joining us i'm janelle wang. >> i'm raj mathai. plenty of jobs but not enough people filling the jobs. for a second month in a row new jobs numbers were significantly lower than expected. tonight president biden is defending his economic plan while businesses are still dealing with a lot of problems. here's nbc's jay gray. >> reporter: from the assembly line to the lunch line, businesses across the country are looking for help. but right now there's just not
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enough help on the way. >> we don't know where people are. obviously, they are not at work. >> reporter: for the second straight month the jobs report is short of expectations. u.s. employers adding just 194,000 new jobs in september. president biden says the more important number is the unemployment rate, below 5% for the first time in more than a year. >> the job creation in the first eight months of my administration is nearly 5 million jabs. jobs up, wages up, unemployment down. that's progress. >> reporter: but on main street, businesses continue to deal with problems. limited supplies, slow service. people are frustrated, and there is nothing that we can do. the message from employers desperate to hire in springfield, missouri, is pretty direct. while in wisconsin the grand cheese company is offering more cheddar to potential employees. but even with a $1,000 signing
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bonus, there are still 50 open jobs at their fond lack facility alone? we have never faced this kind of a challenge. >> reporter: a challenge that can only be met by getting back to work. now, for a lot of shoppers, the hiring problems and in turn supply issues could have a huge impact on the holidays. analysts warning, start early, or you likely just won't get what you are looking for. jay gray, nbc news, washington. some of president biden's advisors say the country needs a new bill of rights. the president's top science advisers published an editorial in wired magazine today. with companies from tesla to amazon working on personal robots, the scientists are launching fact-finding research and calling for new safeguards against possible harmful uses of a.i. while some robots are for enter take containment. the exerts warn against. i. applications that unfairly discriminate or violate privacy.
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vice president kamala harris is taking on the issue of child care visiting a child-care center in new jersey today. she spent time in children's classrooms. one boy asked her if she was 8 years old. after the lighthearted moment the vice president sat down with leaders to talk about making child care affordable for all americans. >> the reality that we all face in our nation is that child care is too expensive. in almost every state there are areas where it is not even available. >> mrs. harris says every person should have a meaningful opportunity for work while providing for their children's basic needs. we have news about the oil spill in southern california. underwater video shows a small crack in the pipeline just 13 inches long where that oil leak began. it led to tens of thousands of gallons of oil spilling into the ocean after a pipeline ruptured last weekend. now, the coast guard say the pipeline was likely struck by an
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anchor of a boat several mondays to a year ago. >> that tells us that is refocused the frame and time frame of our investigation to at least several months to a year ago. >> that's a big window. meanwhile, the cleanup continues. the coast guard says more than 5,000 gallon was crude oil have been recovered from the ocean so far. more fallout in the college admissions scandal. 33 parents pleaded guilty. today the first of those parents to go to trial were found guilty. john wilson, a former staples executive seen here walking outs of court. he and a former las vegas casino executive were found guilty. like the parents who pleaded guilty including actress lorie lawland, the men spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to get their children admitted to stanford, usc, and other top schools as athletes even though they weren't qualified.
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-- mr. trump requests the national archives to not release documents regarding his activities on january 6th. federal law alaws former presidents to ask sitting presidents to withhold documents created during previous administrations. former president trump says he has executive privilege over those documents. but the biden administration says not letting congress see the documents is not in the best interest of the country. mr. trump's next step could be filing a lawsuit against the archives. but experts say he face as long legal battle. conflicting numbers have former president trump in trouble with the house committee. members of the oversight and reform committee say his washington, d.c. hotel lost more than $70 million while trump was president. despite $3.7 million in payments from foreign governments. the trump organization filed papers claiming the former u.s. post office brought in $150 million in profits. the committee is accusing him of
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filing misleading public disclosures about the national landmark which his company leases but does not own. major changes may soon be on the way for terminally ill people who are waiting for their day in court here in california. >> the governor signed a new law to address what we first exposed last year. our investigator explains what's at stake. >> reporter: our justice system is still trying to catch up after the pandemic forced courtrooms all across california to shut their doors. some courts, in fact, still aren't back to normal. and the backlog means trials have been delayed for months. for the terminally ill the wait can amount to huge losses. before covid state law already required that terminally ill plaintiffs get a trial within four months. but during the pandemic delays stretched far beyond that. as we first told you last year, here in california, dying before
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the end of your trial could dramatically reduce the amount of money your family can collect as part of a lawsuit. for example, if you become sick or injured as part of an accident you can sue for what's known as pain and suffering. but california is one of just five states that actually prevents pain and suffering damages from being awarded after a plaintiff dies. in these kinds of cases, pain and suffering is usually the largest amount victims can sue for. so not being able to collect can mean a loss of millions of dollars. government documents we obtained show lawmakers put these restrictions in place back in the 1960s at the urging of insurance companies that were trying to limit payouts. now the legislature just passed a new bill that would allow family members to sue for pain and suffering even after their loved one passes away. >> a wrong doer should not get a financial benefit if their victim dies before they have to kate them. >> reporter: this lawyer is with the advocacy group consumer
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attorneys of california and pushed for the new law. >> the people that we represent are people who have been graevously injured. in the case of my clients, exposures to toxic substances like asbestos. the way california is, if someone dies of those injuries their human suffering dies with them. >> reporter: she says the pandemic made what was already a crisis even worse. how often do you have clients who die before they get their day in court? >> i would say about a third to a half. >> reporter: in the past some companies were drag out trials in hopes the victim might pass away before going to court. the new law aims to stop those delays. >> corporations and people who have committed these acts, have sold toxic substances or poisoned communities, they will have incentives to own up to what they did and settle. they won't have the incentive of let's wait and see if this
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person dies and then we save money. >> reporter: the law is set to take eekt january 1st. plaintiffs must be alive on new year's day in order to benefit from the law in the future. that means anyone who may have died from the pandemic still waiting for their day in court may not be allowed to have family members collect pain and suffering damages on their half. also as a compromise with the insurance injury this law has an expiration date. once lawmakers act, it is set to expire in four years w. the investigative yuptd. >> thank you. if you have a story for our investigative unit give us a call. or visit our website. nbcbayarea.com/investigations. okay. we are switching gears to october quest. the giants' hunt for another world series title. it is going to be a fun stretch. it hasn't each begun. orange friday like never before at oracle park. the giants are taking on the dodgers. tip-off -- what do you call it?
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first pitch. >> tip off between the warriors and lakers tonight. but first pitch. >> first time they have met in modern day playoff history. >> it is going to be more stressful than fun. anthony flores is on the field at oracle. what are we missing. the energy and excitement level has been turned up a notch. the moment is here. the giants, the dodgers, the two heated rivals who battled all season long for the division title are finally meeting on one of baseball's biggest stages, the postseason auto. it took a historic 107-win regular soon for the giants to fight off the dodgers and win the national league west. now the teams with the two best records in baseball are meeting for the first time in the storied west coast rivalry. >> this is the first time we have played each other in the playoffs. to be a part of it is cool for me. >> we have been two of the best
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teams all year in baseball. to see us go head-to-head in a series -- it's really exciting for our players. >> giants won the regular season series 10-9, over the blue crew. they are expecting an intense battle during this postseason machb matchup. >> similar to the last couple of games of the season when the national league west was on the line. similar to some of the rather intense moments throughout the year. elevated just a little bit. >> 24-year-old logan web will be making his playoff review when he takes the mounds for game one. he pitched the giants to victory in their biggest win of the season so far when they clinched the division. he says the only time he felt jitters like sunday was when he made his first debut or the dodgers and when he played football in high school. >> fans from both teams are going to be going crazy. >> logan is a pretty confident
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dude. and he thrives when he is prepared. and so -- being a quarterback, he has to prepare for a lot. i think some of that shows up in his pregame studies and his preparation. it also shows up in his confidence level. it tough to run an offense even at the high school level and not have a high degree of confidence. >> reporter: the giants have a lot of confidence in logan web. he has become their ace late in the season. i tell you what, the excitement is building. the first pitch is less than an hour away. guys, back to you in the studio. >> anthony, while we have you, are the players on the field? off the field? what about the fans? are they in the ballpark yet? >> the players are starting to make their way into the dugout. they are trying to throw us off of the field. we have a lot of giants fans behind us. as we pan over to the first base side you see more dodgers fans, but the fans are filing in. there is a lot of orange and black behind me as major league
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baseball is saying, buddy, get off the field. we want to play some baseball. >> okay. we will let you do your thing. thank so much, anthony? buddy, get off the field we have got to get the work. >> a playoff game to play. up next, cracking down on catalytic converter threat. the new california bill aimed at stopping thieves. i'm consumer investigator chris chmura, nbc responds next. i'm meteorologist jeff ranieri. tracking some showers. we will let you know what it means for the giants and fleet week air show coming up in just a couple of minutes.
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victims of revenge porn now have more legal protection against on line abuse. governor newsom signed a bill this week that gives victims more time to report abusers who illegally post intimate photos on line. previously, victims had within a year of pictures being posted to
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complain. the new law states they have one year after the pictures are discovered. california is trying to put the brakes on a certain type of theft. a new bill signed by governor newsom targets thieves who steal catalytic converters from your car. this is a problem we have been exposing. the new law flags illegal shops that buy the stolen parts. the problem is costly for california. the state loses $100 million in sales tax each year. l.a. officials say the problem is worse down there. last year catalytic converter thefts increased 400% from the year before. how can you protect your car from a catalytic converter thief? our consumer investigator chris chmura has handy tips for you. go to nbcbayarea.com/investigations. speaking of chris. each week he and our consumer team helps chase down elusive refunds. >> chris shows us who recent cases where viewers requested
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our expertise. >> let's start in santa rosa. this woman's new refrigerator was leaking water are the condenser. the technicians who went to her house couldn't fix it. she was stuck. she called our correspondent. the manufacturer then refunded her $1100, exactly what she paid for the faulty fridge. the lessan here, when you have problems with a new purchase stands up for your warranty rights. chris in pleasanton asked for help with his internet provider. he canceled a family member's service more than a year ago bee recently noticed monthly charges to his credit card never stopped. he got nowhere with customer services and asked us to take a look. the company said chris didn't fully cancel but compromised with a $236 refund. chris took it. check your credit card statements each and every month.
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maybe we can help n. english, 88-996-tips n. spanish, 8344 on 408-4848. have a great weekend. you too, thank you, chris. the not so friendly skies. the faa says pilots reported more than 130 laser strikes last weekends. so far this year the faa has received as many reports of laser strikes as it did for all of 2020. california tops the list at nearly 1200 reported strikes so far this year. texas is in second place with about half as many strikes as california, followed by florida and tennessee. people who shine lasers at aircraft face fines of up to $11,000 for each violation and nearly $31,000 for multiple violations. jeff ranieri is here. as we head into the weekend -- i see green on the radar screen. >> just offshore. >> just a it is not going to be heavy
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tonight but we will get into a few spotty shower chances just off to the north and also to the east of us. in san francisco where they are getting ready for game one of the nlds we have clouds moving in. you will see in the forecast here once we get to around 10:00 tonight we might get drizzle moving in. but the game likely would be over by then. all in all, if you are headed that way temperatures will be cool n the 50s. for game two on saturday, lots of sun for anything pregame you have got going on. and 66, and more 50s and 60s returning. let's get back to the shower chance. by 11:30 at night. activity offshore. little bit for the north bay. then as we roll into the early morning hours, spotty showers activity. at 4:00 in the morning. hanging on the a little bit of this around 7:00 a.m. after that we clear out and it sets us up for a great weekend. tomorrow morning, chilly, 50 in the trivalley. peninsula, 52, south bay also
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looking at low 50s. we are coming in with the coldest weather across the north bay. it will be down to 47 degrees. daytime highs tomorrow, i am seeing that cooler system that really brought in the fall weather the past couple of days beginning to move out. temperature also warm up by 4 to 7 degrees. down in the south bay this is going to put us back into the 70s. 72 in cupertino. 73 in morgan hill. let's take it over the east bay. 75 in antioch. 72 in walnut creek. oakland, 69. right to the peninsula. 62 at half moon bay. cold at coast. and 73 in redwood city. san francisco, 68 in the mission. downtown and the arena a mix of 50s and 60s. for fleet week make sure you have your sunglasses. the sun is going to be out. fog-free conditions. let's go to wine county. 74 in sonoma. 73 here in napa. seven-day forecast, in san
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francisco, we hold onto the 60s as we run through the next seven-day forecast. we are going to see that wind pick up on monday. and unfortunately, this will be increasing our fire danger, especially across our inland valleys of the north barracks east bay, and also the south bay. mountain winds range 15 to 50 miles per hour. then it will start to slowly taper off there on tuesday. 15 to 35 miles per hour. so that wind is definitely going to be a big focus here as we head to early next week. eventually low 80s rolling in. all in all, that weekend forecast y'all shaping up good for giants, fleet week, whatever you have got going on. >> wine tasting, relaxing, anything. i like it all. >> a lot going on. thanks so much, jeff. talking about the holidays. have you made your plans yet? the reason you might want to jump on that plane ticket.
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can you see my wall of smiles? when i first started using genesys technology i was kind of embarrased at all the love and attention i got from my customers. people are so moved by how much i understand about them. they start including me in their lives. that's helen and her friends. i arranged a wellness retreat for them. look at those ladies. such wisdom. mmm. but it's really genesys that helps me understand people and what they truly need. i'm just glad i can help. working at recology is more than a job for jesus. it's a family tradition. jesus took over his dad's roue when he retired after 47 year. now he's showing a new generation what recology is all about.
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as an employee-owned company, recology provides good-paying local jobs for san franciscans. we're proud to have built the city's recycling system from the ground up, helping to make san francisco the greenest big city in america. let's keep making a differene together. if you are thinking about flying during the holidays experts say you better start planning now and you should put away a little extra money.
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travel experts say americans want to travel like it is 2019 again after skipping holiday celebrations last year due to covid. thanksgiving week bookings are 35% higher than the same time during the pandemic. and december is ramping up to be busy, too. united plans to over 135 flights a day, the most since covid grounded the industry. more demand will mean lays availability and higher prices. travel experts say the average nightly rate for a place to stay is from about $300 to now almost $600. airfares are soaring, too. up 40%. >> folks who are excited to get out on an airplane right now and for the holidays is really rebounding quickly. >> as for vaccinations, most major airlines require their employees to be vaccinated but there is no mandate for air travelers. two journalists are winners of the 2021 nobel peace prize. maria ressa of the philippines
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and dmitry muratov of russia were honored for their fight for freedom of expression. both consider themselves independent reporters who challenge government. >> harassment and intimidation against me and my fellow journalists and an example of a global trend that journalists and freedom of the press facing increasingly adverse conditions. >> so dangerous and so important what they do. dmitry muratov says he will use the money that goes with the nobel prize to help independent journalists who face pressure from authorities. the 49ers made a decision about their quarterback this weekend. is it going to be jimmy g.? trey lance? we asked the head coach.
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i need an entire store. now, i've got one. explore floor & decor in person or online at flooranddecor.com just in case you haven't heard by now, it's official. 49ers rookie trey lance will get his first career start in the nfl this weekend. jimmy g. hasn't practiced all week in santa clara because of a calf injury that he suffered in last sunday's loss to the seahawks. trey lance came into that game this the second half and threw for two touchdowns. he will face the undefeated cardinals this sunday. it is going to be a tough task. who are you rooting for? giants or dodgers? what if your spouse is rooting for the bat guys? >> the dodgers? >> whoever the bad guys here.
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>> this couple posted this picture on twitter this afternoon each wearing their favorite team's gear. the vp is obviously a giants fan growing up in the bay area. she says, the one thing we can't agree on in our household. >> we have dodgers fans in our newsroom. they are bothered in the corner. >> they are very vocal. it is hard to bury them. >> what is coming up at 6:00? >> i want to clarify, this is blue angel blue. just to be clear. right now at 6:00, a smash and grab silicon valley style. a liquor store is broken into and a van pulls away with the bitcoin atm. what a way to start the weekend. fleet week, giants, dodgers, warriors and likers, how businesses tourists are getting ready for all the crowds. and given the go ahead to start testing. we investigate the new developments in the sinking and
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leaning millennium tower. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening, thanks for being with us on this friday. i'm raj mathai. >> i'm jessica aguirre. we begin with a story that's new at 6:00. watch this video. high stakes thieves targeting high-tech in the south bay. bizarre early-morning break-in involving a cryptocurrency machine inside a liquor store. we have the story only on nbc bay area news. >> reporter: this surveillance video from early thursday morning shows thieves pulling their truck up to the sunnyvale liquor store, reaching through the front door and tieing a cord around the atm inside. but this is not your typical atm. this one is a bitcoin atm. >> you put cash into the machine, and it increases your bitcoin account. >> reporter: that's what the thieves wanted, the cash inside. they pulled the bitcoin atm th

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