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lightning strikes early last month. they released this video showing miles of damage but highlighting lush areas untouched by fire, including grant grove where the world's second oldest sequoia safely still stands. raj mathaijoins us with what's going on. >> the first african-american to serve as secretary of state. tonight, the nation remembers colin powell. >> he was the best of aus all and he was the northstar. good monday, everyone.
the news at 5:30 starts right now. thanks for joining us. i'm janelle wang. >> and i'm raj mathai. tonight the nation remembers general colin powell. he broke so many barriers as a soldier and then a statesman. he died this morning at the age of 84 from complications of covid-19. his sterling record complicated by the war in iraq but tributes are pouring in for the towering figure, in military and in foreign policy. alice barr has the latest from washington, d.c. >> very pleased to be -- >> reporter: a four-star general, world renowned statesman, and trail-blazing advocate for human rights, colin powell has died at 84 from complications of covid-19. >> not only a dear friend and a patriot, one of our great military leaders and a man of overwhelming decency. >> reporter: powell's family writing he passed away at walter reed national medical center this morning. noting he was fully vaccinated. his battle with blood cancer,
multiple myeloma made him vulnerable to covid. he was an icon of military and foreign policy, admired across the political spectrum. >> the world lost one of the greatest leaders that we have ever witnessed. >> he was the best of us all and he was the north star for so many of us senior military. >> reporter: born in harlem of jamaican immigrant parents, powell joined the army and served two combat tours in vietnam. he worked under four presidents in both parties, breaking barriers each time, as the nation's first black national security advisor, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and secretary of state. >> he gave the state department the very best of his leadership, his experience, his patriotism. >> reporter: a long-time republican, general powell broke with his party to endorse barack obama for president and then joe biden, speaking out against former president trump. powell regretted making the case for the war in iraq with
information he believed that was true but that later proved false, calling it a blot on his record, a record of service honored with lowered flags today as the nation bids good-bye to a military mentor and steadfast statesman. colin powell was a husband, father and grandfather whose legacy includes the powell doctrine, for evaluating when to take military action. in washington, alice barr, nbc news. >> alice, thank you. general powell has deep ties in the bay area. during one of his many visits he came here to our nbc 7 studios. he was firm, candid and accountable when i asked him about his role in the iraq war. >> is it difficult to digest with the lives lost, almost 5,000 servicemen and women and innocent iraqi civilians as well, to digest your part in history of all of this? >> of course. it's something i have to digest, all of us do. how about the president, he's
the one that made the decision. but the basic problem rests with saddam hussein. he's the one who put us in this position. he's the one who caused the president to believe that we cannot leave this regime in power when we think they have weapons of mass destruction. as it turned out, they didn't but i can assure you he had used them in the past against his own citizens and other countries. >> he was on the boards of salesforce, bloom energy and was an advisor to a vc firm on sam hill road. i knew him professionally and socially. aside from his serious side, he loved to laugh and actually rebuild old volvo cars. former secretary of defense leon panetta is among those remembering colin powell tonight. i spoke with mr. panetta earlier this afternoon about powell's legacy. >> i think of colin powell as really one of the finest military leaders in the post
world war ii era, because he was totally dedicated to men and women in uniform. he was dedicated to protecting our national security. and he was dedicated to our country. >> you can watch more of my conversation with mr. panetta in our 7:00 p.m. newscast including what he thinks is general powell's lasting impact on our country. former president trump is suing the committee investigating the january 6th insurrection and the national archives. his lawsuit seeks to block any handover of documents to investigators claiming they're protected by executive privilege. and today in new york city the former president is seen leaving trump tower after a four-hour deposition. he was questioned under oath for a lawsuit stemming from a 2015 protest three months after announcing his presidential run. protesters opposed his claims that many undocumented immigrants are murderers and rapists. six protesters are suing the former president, claiming they were roughed up by his security
staff. the biden administration is asking the supreme court to block the texas law banning most abortions. aside from a brief pause, the law there in texas has been in effect since september. it bans abortions after six weeks, which is before some women even know that they're pregnant. today the justice department asked the supreme court to allow abortions to continue in texas, while the biden administration's legal challenge works its way through the courts. it contends the texas law is unconstitutional. new details from haiti where negotiations continue after the kidnapping of a group of 17 missionaries and their families. those missionaries, working for a u.s. ministry just outside port-au-prince. fbi agents have joined state department officials in haiti working to secure their police. they were kidnapped by a street gang over the weekend. the group includes five men, seven women and five children who were visiting an orphanage as part of their work for ohio-based christian aid
ministries. data from a port-au-prince based human rights group shows kidnappings have gone up by 300% in the past months. those near the situation say the numbers don't come close to the reality on the ground. >> they have been kidnapping everyone from store merchants on the side of the streets to children going to school. >> local authorities say the gang who kidnapped the missionaries, reportedly kidnapped five priests and two nuns earlier this year. jury selection started today in the murder trial of three men accused of kill ahmad aubry. a father and son as well as their neighbor tried to make a citizen's arrest claiming they thought he was responsible for a burglary in the area. 600 potential jurors make up the
jury pool with another 400 on stand by. it could take up to two weeks to seat a jury. as the nation draws closer to a vaccine mandate for most businesses, some fear it will prompt a wave of firings and hurt their bottom line. three-quarters of businesses that have implemented vaccine mandates have not seen staffing levels change. it would force businesses with 100 or more employees to mandate vaccinations unless their workers have a religious or medical exemption and then they'd face weekly testing. this dates back more than a century but it shines light into what's going on today. larry, i know you've done a lot of research on this subject. what do you find out here? >> it's fascinating. you know, vaccines go all the way back to the revolution when general washington demanded that his troops be vaccinated to participate in the campaign. but more recently around the end
of the 19th century, we had a smallpox breakout in this country, a serious one, an several states began to require that their citizens be vaccinated. it sounds familiar, i trust. with that, some people rebelled, as they are today. well, it went to the supreme court. in a jacobson versus massachusetts case of 1905, the court said states have the right to vaccinate, period. now, the reaction, the negative reaction seemed to have to be with the mandate, raj, because in the '50s and early '60s we had a great polio vaccination campaign. there was very little opposition to that. the reasoning seems to be because this was developed not by the government or a pharmaceutical company, but through the march of dimes. they seem to have clean hands and so the public went along with it much easier than they have gone along with this current campaign. >> the vaccine pushback not just here in america but so many
other countries around the world as well. in terms of opposition to mandatory vaccinations, what are you seeing? >> couple of things. we've also heard with the republican/democratic chasm. 68% support it versus 32%. that's almost equal to 75% you discussed. if you look at political party, democrats 94% say we like the vaccine. republicans at the other end 25%. so, yes, there's a political element here. but there may be other elements as well. >> let's talk about it. if it's politics, is it race related or is it income related? >> here are the things that the experts suggest get into people's minds when they don't want to get a vaccine. they're worried about the science. how proven is it, has it gone on long enough, how do we know something bad won't go down a
decade or two decades away. they're worried about government. government forcing them to do something when in fact government may not be prepared to roll it out the right way. that might sound familiar to a couple of people. they're worried about the regulatory environment in that the regulatory agencies, in this case the fda, may not be careful enough in determining when the time is to give the vaccines. and they're worried about big pharma shoving something down people's throats just to make a good profit. when you put these things together, some of them overlap with the republican/democratic chasm, but some of them don't. clearly we have divisions here and it's more than whether you're an r or a d. >> there are divisions, it is complicated, but it seems that the train has left the station in terms of companies man dating vaccinations. thank you, larry. up next, forget about robo
calls. how many robo texts have you received this month? what the government is looking to do to stop you from getting them. a lifeguard lesson gets sunk along with the student's $400. i'm chris chmura. nbc bay area responds next. i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri tracking three different storm systems this week. i'll let you know more about the rainfall totals and when the worst could hit coming up in about eight minutes.
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♪ so i think to myself ♪ ♪ oh what a wonderful world ♪ ♪ ♪ bong! ♪ bong! nbc bay area responds to a mom who needed her refund rescue. >> our consumer investigator chris chmura tells us how they made a splash. i'm guessing this is a pool-related case. >> they paid watch the pool $399 for a lifeguarding class. two days before it was scheduled to start, the company cancelled.
they offered a choice, another class or a refund, minus $50. he went and agreed to the $349 refund. more than a month later, no money. she tried again, multiple emails, plus messages on the company's website and no refund. she got us involved. called them and three days later $349 back into her account. they said thank you for your understanding and patience through these difficult times. that's a message for its students. she took the right steps here. she kept on the company about her money and she kept a record of each date she reached out as well as what response she did or did not get. any time you're owed cash do the same. i keep all mine in a little red book at my desk right now. now, if that persistence doesn't prompt action, perhaps we can help. go to nbcbayarea.com. click the response option or call us, 888-996-tips.
put the date in the upper right-hand corner and list out everything i'm talking to, what they're telling me and whether they're giving the response that i want. >> did you say puts cash on his desk? >> i think he did. >> cash? what? >> a red book? >> yeah. >> i've got to clean out my ears. >> i don't know where the cash came from. we keep that in a safe. >> thanks, chris. well, are you tired of getting unwanted robo texts? so's the government. the federal communications commission announced today that it will look at a proposal to block them. the fcc says it's seen a 146% increase in complaints for unwanted text messages between 2019 and 2020. they'll need to vote to move ahead to block those robo texts. it would require wireless providers to find a way to block the illegal text messages and potentially apply the same standards for authorizing phone calls to approving text
messages. however, some critics have said this standard isn't enough. toyota is about to get a little more electric. the car maker will build a multi billion dollar battery plant here in the united states. that battery plant is estimated to cost $1.2 billion. it will be used to manufacture batteries for toyota's hybrid and fully electric cars. the big question now, where's it going to be? toyota has not released the location yet or announced it yet, but the company says it will hire and create 1,700 new jobs when it opens. okay, wow, this weekend, it was so warm on saturday and all of a sudden sunday i look outside and it's like pouring rain, jeff. we had a bit of everything. >> did you find out where the umbrella is? >> yes, i still have one. it never left my trunk. >> i had to frantically last night go get the patio furniture. >> i did not do that. >> well, it's a good kind of rehearsal for what's coming our way this week. you've got to get the umbrella.
as raj just mentioned, the patio furniture, make sure if you've got those really expensive cushions, you get them all covered up, good to go, because we do have quite a bit of rainfall coming our way. we are currently dry, but i want to get you out to this expansive view of what's coming our way this week. i showed you this earlier in our 5:00 show but this is really important so we can let you know what's coming in. you can get this early view of it and we'll get the particulars. we have our next rain chance tuesday night into wednesday morning, another one thursday into friday. then a third one saturday night could linger into monday and that's where we might get into some issues, maybe even some flooding concerns up toward the north bay if everything continues on this track. no rainfall expected tomorrow morning. we'll start off dry. cloud cover will begin to increase and it will be chilly with lots of low 50s. 55 for the east bay, san francisco 56, north bay 52.
daytime highs tomorrow don't warm up a whole lot. pretty similar temperatures in the south bay with 67 in san jose. over to the east bay and right up to the north bay. clouds will move through the day and by the evening we get that rainfall returning. now, you're going to see here tomorrow afternoon a storm system lining up right there. remember, the yellow and orange are heavier pockets. we'll begin to see that move over marin, napa, sonoma counties by 10:00 p.m. tomorrow night. as we head into early wednesday morning it passes over the east bay, peninsula and south bay and will hold on to spotty rain chances there into wednesday afternoon. totals on this, the heaviest over the north bay in that half to 1-inch range. some of the high' elevations over the east bay and peninsula three-quarters of an inch. the south bay quite a bit, just trace amounts to maybe 0.2 of an inch for some of you. now, beyond this what we're looking at again is saturday night through monday. i wanted to show you this and watch how the rainfall just
develops here. a little bit to the north but then eventually just stays right over the bay area and a lot of california into monday's forecast. so we'll get in on some high totals, also sierra snow sunday into monday. at least one foot, maybe two. sunday into monday that's treacherous to your travel. you'll see on my seven-day forecast, rain chances on and off through the next seven days. 60s in sf and we'll keep 60s for highs here through the inland valleys. wednesday, 0.05 of an inch. saturday through monday three-quarters to 3 inches of rain, that's the potential there so we could have flooding issues there. still a ways out but we'll give you updates as we get closer. >> gutters, patio furniture. >> the list goes on. >> the whole thing. >> i only have one day to get my pat owe furniture covered. >> rain is nice. thanks, jeff. the wealth gap is widening.
now hiring, amazon is adding 150,000 seasonal jobs this year. they are available across the country with an average starting pay of $18 an hour. this year with workers becoming so hard to find, they're also adding a signing bonus up to $3,000. the seasonal workers will help in fulfillment centers, regionalary hubs and delivery stations. new employees will undergo training to follow strict covid protocols. arizona, texas and georgia are among the states with the highest number of amazon positions available. the wealth divide is deepening in the united states and the main driver of the inequity, stocks. that's according to new data from the federal reserve. it shows the wealthiest 10% of americans now own 89% of all u.s. stocks. the top 1% also gain more than
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sudden. today the giants wrapped up the season really addressing what happened and what the plan is for next season. here's nbc bay area's anthony flores. >> reporter: the giants president of baseball operations compared watching the dodgers in the national league championship series to an actor who loses out on a part to another actor and then has to go to the theater and watch the movie. he says, yeah, it still hurts but doesn't take away from the great season the giants had. he's already looking forward to next year. still feeling the pain of a heart-breaking loss in the division series, the giants leader in the front office and in the dugout say it's still not easy to watch the playoffs after their season ended on a controversial check swing in game five to the dodgers. >> it feels a little bit like so close and yet so far. we could be playing in that game but i'm at home watching this game in my sweats. >> at the end of the day i think we were able to think about the great things that happened during the season and appreciate
those, and appreciate the way we approached and ultimately played game five. >> reporter: even though they came up short in game five, the giants still have a lot to be proud of. their 107 wins set a franchise record for regular season victories. now the question is how do they build off this year's success? they say it's all about pitching. they want to add more quality starters to their rotation. >> it's probably obvious looking at where our roster is going to be on paper, but that's going to be the number one priority for us. >> reporter: another priority, bringing back key veterans like first baseman brandon bell and buster posey. posey had a bounce-back year not to mention the leadership he provides behind the plate and in the clubhouse. >> having him on the team next year is a high priority. >> reporter: the season didn't ending with a championship but the giants believe just playing with fans back in the stands helped refuel a birth of energy
in the city and throughout. anthony flores, nbc bay area. >> okay. now let's focus on the 49ers. they are injured, they are slumping, but it's back to business. take a look. after their bye week, the 49ers back on the practice field. the nation will be watching the next coming weekend. the colts are coming to levi's stadium for sunday night football. today that's jimmy g. back at practice, seemingly recovered from his calf injury that kept him out for the second half of that loss to seattle. trey lance, the rookie quarterback, also banged up. he's dealing with a knee sprain. who's it going to be, jimmy g. or trey lance? kyle shanahan always says if jimmy g. is healthy, he's the starter. sunday night football right here on nbc bay area. by the way, kickoff at 5:20. we'll have special pregame coverage at 3:00 p.m. from the field as well as post game newscasts as well. right now at 6:00, many worked on the front lines throughout the pandemic but all
of them now are being rewarded. a new fight over a plan to give hazard bonuses to every santa clara county worker. >> matt must apologize now. >> reporter: we'll dig into why a san jose councilman says it should not happen. some bay area parents kept their kids at home today. no, it wasn't because of a covid exposure in the classroom. it was all part of a statewide sitout to protest the state's student vaccine mandate. hear from some of those parents. that's coming up. also, a lot of fear on campus. a big cat caught roaming a popular trail less than 100 yards from north bay schools. >> we're actually worried about our dog to be honest, but that's about it. >> how wildlife crews corralled her and why they were able to finding her so quickly.