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couple generations, we're going to be investing in working families, putting them first and helping them get ahead. >> the concessions democrats are making to get a resolution. some airlines said that they would stop the practice of bumping passengers, and yet there are thousands of people who don't ending up with a seat. i'm chris chmura, nbc bay area responds, next. >> the news at 5:30 starts right now. good evening and thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm janelle wang. we begin with breaking news we've been tracking all afternoon. the oakland police chief is speaking right now. he's giving an update on a deadly shooting involving a retired police officer this afternoon. this live news conference just got under way a couple of minutes ago. this is what happened earlier today. a retired opd captain was shot around 1:00 while getting gas just north of downtown oakland.
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investigators say he shot and killed another gunman. that retired officer is now recovering and undergoing surgery at highland hospital. we are following the police chief's news conference and of course we'll take notes and bring you updates during our 6:00 newscast. also tonight, the fbi confirming the remains found in a florida wildlife preserve are those of brian laundrie. he's the fiance of gabby petito. authorities used dental records to confirm the identity. law enforcement searched the reserve for weeks and found the human remains just yesterday. laundrie was named the sole person of interest in gabby petito's disappearance. her body was found in wyoming about two weeks after laundrie returned home alone from their cross-country trip that was documented on social media. this follows yesterday's discovery of laundr notebook. >> these items were found in an area that up until recently had
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been under water. our evidence response team is on scene using all available forensic resources to process the area. it's likely the team will be on scene for several days. >> an attorney for brian laundrie's parents tells reporters that they reported brian missing on september 17th after he left to go hiking on september 13th. the leader of a notorious gang in haiti who's accused of kidnapping american missionaries is now threatening to kill them if he doesn't get millions of dollars in return. 17 missionaries were kidnapped last saturday in haiti. yesterday the kidnappers demanded a ransom of $1 million per person. today in a video released on social media, the leader of that gang threatened to start killing them if his demands aren't met. the fbi is working with haitian officials to negotiate their release. 16 of those missionaries are american, including five children. most of them are from ohio and the midwest.
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the house of representatives voted today to hold former trump white house aide steve bannon in contempt of congress. a total of nine republicans voted with democrats after bannon defied a subpoena from the committee investigating the january 6th attack on the u.s. capitol. the contempt citation now goes to the department of justice, which will decide whether to prosecute. earlier today attorney general merrick garland pledged to apply the facts and the law when making his decision. frantic work is under way in washington tonight with just ten days until democrats' self-imposed deadline to pass two giant spending bills. as nbc's alice barr shows us, negotiations between progressives and moderates have kicked into high gear. >> to state the obvious -- >> reporter: president biden today marking the tenth anniversary of the martin luther king jr. memorial and issuing an urgent call to continue the civil rights icon's legacy with policies that lift up struggling americans. >> for the first time in a
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couple generations we're going to be investing in working families, putting them first and helping them get ahead rather than the wealthy and most powerful people. >> reporter: but it's divisions within the president's own party holding up his top priorities. a trillion dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill and a longerer social policy and climate package. moderate democrats have forced the larger bill's price tag down from $3.5 to below $2 trillion. >> we've come to narrowing what the possibilities are as we see what we need to cover. >> reporter: possible cuts include free community college, limiting an expanded child tax credit to just one year, and slashing a major clean energy plan that key centrist senator joe manchin opposes. the divide so deep it raised questions of whether the west virginia democrat was considering changing parties. he denied that while admitting -- >> i said me being a moderate centrist democrat, if that
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causes you a problem let me know and i'd switch to be an independent but i'd still be caucusing with democrats. >> reporter: a second moderate democrat, senator kirsten cinema throwing a wrench into how to pay for it. democrats scrambling for solutions, determined to pass something by the end of the month. in washington, alice barr, nbc news. we now know more about that deadly crash involving a tesla. today the national transportation safety board announced the findings of an investigation on the april 17th crash in spring, texas. the biggest takeaway here, there was a driver behind the wheel of the car when it left the road on a curve and crashed, killing both the driver and a passenger. the ntsb says although one of the victims was found in the back seat, both men were buckled into the front seats at the time of the crash. the driver was going 67 miles per hour and accelerating. the fatal trip began at the owner's home and ended just 550
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feet later. the agency made no determination as to whether tesla's driver assist system was running at the time of this crash. more problems for southwest airlines. it says its recent service issues cost the airline $75 million. two weeks ago four-day operational meltdown forced 2,000 flight cancellations and left thousands of passengers stranded all over the country. the airline says bad weather and air traffic control issues in florida trapped planes and pilots out of position and that just started a domino effect across the country. have you thought about your holiday plans yet? millions of people have already bought airline tickets for the holidays but many of them won't arrive when they expect to, even if their flight is on time. >> how's that? passenger bumping. consumer investigator chris chmura found some airline double-speak about passenger bumping and tricks to protect your seats. >> bumping often happens when you have a confirmed ticket but
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the airlineeat to someone else right there at the gate. it's ugly and luckily it's rare. just 2754 bumped passengers out of 163 million this summer. southwest vowed to end overbooking but we found southwest and other carriers are still blindsiding lots of passengers by bumping them. almost as long as we've had airlines, we've had bumping. >> pan am once bumped ella fitzgerald off a flight. >> reporter: reported on page 6 of "the new york times" december 31st, 1954. this image of fitzgerald's complaint is in the national archives. >> bumping is not new. >> reporter: that's henry, an airline analyst and consultant in san francisco. an aviation insider since twa. >> i have worked for several differenturned upside down four years ago. >> my god. >> reporter: watching
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airport guards forcefully bump a passenger. in aviation lingo, he's being yen voluntarily denied boarding. after the controversy caused by this incident on united, many airlines denounced bumping. >> the last thing we want to do is deny a passenger their flight. >> reporter: that's southwest's ceo gary kelly. >> the company has made a decision to cease to overbook going forward. >> reporter: yet southwest continued to bump passengers. in 2019 southwest involuntarily denied boarding to 2500 people. it blamed the boeing max, the troubled plane the faa had grounded. today southwest max planes are flying again, so has it stopped bumping? no. we just reviewed the monthly report card the government gives airlines. it shows southwest bumped 1314 paying passengers between may and june enough to fill of its
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airplanes. some people sounded off on social media. >> southwest bumped me from my flight. >> terrible service. >> reporter: so we asked southwest what's going on. it insists it has discontinued the practice of overselling flights. but what about those 1,314 people involuntarily denied boarding. southwest explained that it dealt with lousy weather this summer. during periods of irregular operations when flights are cancelled, involuntary denied boardings may occur in circumstances as remaining flights become overbooked. during that same stormy period, other airlines bumped people too, just not nearly as many as southwest. in fact three carriers, hawaiian, allegiant and delta didn't bump anyone. delta told us overselling is a practice we selectively employ. new airline software might do away with bumping eventually. well, we want to protect your seat now. >> there are things you can do. >> reporter: some airline contracts say they can use check-in time to pick who's not going.
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last to check in, first kicked off. so get your boarding possible. usually 24 hours before your flight. >> set an alert for when your flight will open for check-in. >> reporter: some airlines bump whoever is late to the gate so don't push the clock. >> get to your gate early and be ready to board when the flight is ready to board. >> reporter: we wondered if travel insurance, which airlines sell pretty aggressively, will cover you if they bump you. suzanne murrow looked it up for us. she found bumping is neither included or excluded in policies, meaning a bumping claim is a total crap shoot. >> it's an interesting question and i wish there was a straightforward yes answer but there's not. >> reporter: one last note about who gets kicked off. your fare matters. some contracts say low fare passengers get bumped before higher paying passengers. so know that a basic economy ticket does have some risk. you might be wise to upgrade to the next tier. and it might actually pay off,
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pay for itself, if that tier includes things like an assigned seat or a free checked bag. if an airline bumped you agains and click the response option from the main menu or call us, 888-996-tips. >> chris, thank you. up next, get your skis and boards ready. yes, the big sierra ski resort that's opening next week. jeff. and there's going to be a lot of snow on the way. check this out. 1 to 3 feet sunday and monday with that stronger storm. i'm taking a look at our bay area rain totals. i've got an updated view of that in about eight minutes. plus a teacher in southern california placed on leave after this video goes viral. what the math teacher was wearing and chanting in the classroom.
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offensive, insensitive and
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racist. that's how many people are describing video of a southern california math teacher dancing in class while wearing a fake native american head dress. it happened at a high school in the city of riverside. here's tony shin from our nbc station in los angeles. >> reporter: outside john w. north high school, dozens of protesters are gathered because of this. >> i don't know, tomahawk, is that right? >> reporter: a viral video of a white teacher wearing a fake feather headdress dancing while in class. she also talks about a water goddess and says it's ridiculous. >> because obviously this is ridiculous. >> reporter: according to the woman who originally posted the video on social media, it was recorded by a student who identifies as native american and, quote, felt that violence was being committed against him. >> the class was silent. even the students knew what she was doing was not okay. >> reporter: the video has not only infuriated indigenous people in the inland empire but
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all across the country. >> what is wrong with this woman? that was my initial reaction. was she joking? >> reporter: the director of the american indian movement of southern california. >> we were not only appalled at the teacher's behavior, but also purely disgusted by her actions. >> reporter: she wrote a letter of condemnation that she handed over to school officials. >> what led up to that, that is what we want to know. we want a full investigation. >> reporter: this is a pneumonic device that helps a student learn a concept in trigonometry. a former educator condemns the teacher's tactic. >> using culture in a trite way, almost mocking way, but there are so many practices in education unfortunately that treat students of color in a not-so-respectful way. >> reporter: in a statement, the
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school district called the teacher's behavior unacceptable and offensive. she is now on leave during the investigation, but some want her fired. >> to have her come out and apologize to the student and also indigenous people that attending the school. >> that was tony shin reporting. we tried to contact the teacher for comment but so far have not heard from her. as california fazes out its reliance on fossil fuel the governor announced a new limit on where new oil wells can be located. more than 2 million californians live within 3,200 feet of active oil and gas wells, mostly down in l.a. and kern counties. for years people have protested urban drilling and the health problems that come with it. now governor newsom is proposing the setback be extended so no one lives within 3200 feet of active wells. since 19 california has been steadily reducing the amoun oil it extracts. >> in 2020, it dropped down by
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65 plus percent. to about 147 million gallons. 65% reduction in extraction. but at the same time, our demand went up. >> the governor has pledged to end oil drilling in california by 2045. here's some good news, the ski season is starting early. mammoth mountain down south just announced it's opening on october 29th. that's two weeks earlier than planned. that's before halloween. this makes it the first california or nevada resort to open for this season. it's only the tenth time in mammoth history it's opening in october. the resort says it's having its snowiest october in the last decade and there's a couple more feet expected next week. we like to hear that. >> we've got snow, we've got rain. we love to see all of this, jeff. >> i know. just a month and a half ago we were dealing with all that horrible fire danger, the evacuations, the over 300 homes
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that were destroyed throughout the foothills and parts of the sierra. so this again excellent news. sunday and monday when we get our stronger rainstorm here, that's when the snow will stack up over the sierra. kirkwood, 34 inch potential, south lake tahoe 22, over to kingville 23. if you're headed anywhere sunday and monday near the sierra, do prepare for winter conditions. let's bring it out to the latest. i like to show this dashboard when we get a lot of storm systems rolling in. when you hear there's a lot of rain, a lot of rain, you want to make sure you've got that timing down. you know when it's coming in and you know when it's coming out so you can plan. we've got one here friday morning and then that stronger one really looks like at this point sunday into monday. that's going to be the zone where we're going to see that rain stack up from our atmospheric river. so let's bring it right into tomorrow morning. just a little refresher here, it's been a while since we've seen these storms rolling in. you can see the orange and the yellow, those are heavier pockets at 2:00 a.m. developing over the north bay. then more widespread coverage at
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5:00 a.m. for the north bay. starting to move into the east bay and the peninsula. then this eventually would bring us some rainfall, although lesser amounts down here in san jose by 8:00 in the morning. then this pushes out once we get about 10:00, 10:30 in the morning it moves off to the east. totals pretty impressive right up to the north bay. we're at half to three-quarters of an inch. some of the east bay a half inch along with the peninsula. and southern peninsula right there to the south bay we're going to be rain shadowed with a quarter inch and/or less for you. daytime highs tomorrow, we're going to see them in the 60s. we'll get a break in that rain for the afternoon as well, so have the umbrella for the morning and the jacket as we roll through the afternoon. let's go ahead and move it into that stronger storm on sunday. i have seen a few changes with this, primarily on totals. i'm upping the totals based on what i'm seeing right now. so our range is going to be three-quarters of an inch to 3 inches. 3-quarters of an inch for some of the rain shadowed valleys in the south bay and 3 inches for the north bay and coastal
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mountains. that's where we have the best bet of higher totals from that atmospheric river pointed at the bay area as we head into sunday. so you know what this means. if you have tickets to the 49ers game, bring your poncho. we again are looking at some wet and some cold weather for that. if you don't have tickets and want to watch it from the comfort of your home, you're in luck, it will be on nbc bay area with preand postgame coverage. my seven-day forecast for san francisco, we eventually get dry weather by next wednesday and thursday. for the inland valleys, some 70s returning next wednesday and thursday as well. so sunday and monday lining up to be a big one at this point. >> we are prepared for it, thank you, jeff. up next, in more twitter or facebook, we know that, so president trump has his new social media platform. he unveiled it today. we'll tell you about it, next.
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more than 19 months in the making. >> are you ready for it? >> i am ready! >> for the first time since the start of the pandemic, chase center will be at full capacity for a warriors regular season game. 18,000 smiling fans. >> screaming fans too. >> may be cheering as well, screaming as well. anthony flores is courtside. anthony, it's been a while. take it away. >> reporter: it certainly has, guys. i tell you, this is going to be an electric night for the warriors and dub nation. for the first time the warriors will have a capacity crowd for a regular season home game in 590 days. every one of the 18,000 fans in attendance will get this shirt that celebrates tonight's special home opener. the warriors are also going old school. tonight they will wear a throwback jersey that is similar to the original uniforms, paying
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tribute to the 75th anniversary of the franchise and the nba. now, earlier today steph curry was named to the nba 75th anniversary team. now that fans are back in the stands, the warriors are looking forward to the home court advantage, returning to the chase center. >> man, we can't wait to be in here with a full house. it's been so long. you know, we feel like we have a really good team this year and the fans are going to enjoy watching our team play. so this is probably the first of many nights where we get a full house and everybody gets to watch a really good team play and we get to share in the energy and the enthusiasm that the fans bring to us. so we're all really excited. >> reporter: now, the warriors are taking on the l.a. clippers who coincidentally were also the last opponent they faced before the pandemic halted their season. tip-off is 7:00.
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steph curry doing his thing in the far court. we'll have highlights and postgame reaction on the news at 11:00. live at the chase center in san francisco, anthony flores, nbc bay area. >> anthony, thank you. he's so close he could take some shots with the players. >> i'm just going to watch the game from his camera shot. nice. thanks, anthony. basketball and football. are you ready for sunday night? jeff said bring your poncho or just get a good spot on your own couch. the 49ers and colts, levi's stadium. our pregame coverage starts at 3:00 p.m. kickoff, 5:20 followed by a postgame coverage live from levi's. it will be wet but it will be fine. >> it will be fun. wet, wild and fun. okay, still to come right now at 6:00, covid pushed it back and now they have mother nature to contend with. the alameda county fair ready to welcome back guests, but also the rain. >> if we should need to make changes. if something is going to impact someone's safety, we're ready.
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>> reporter: the dilemma this week's storms are creating. also, a mystery involving a family from san francisco. that mystery is solved. the autopsy results for a couple and their 1-year-old daughter found dead in the sierra. >> reporter: covid testing for south bay middle schools, the successes and the challenges. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> and the next storm headed for the bay area and we're able to track it better than anyone else thanks to this, nbc bay area's storm ranger. it's sitting on top of san bruno mountain helping us pick up any rain falling in the bay area. let's bring in chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. jeff, we're just hours away from more rain. >> certainly. you can see with that storm ranger scan up, you always know it's active when you can see the red sweep right there moving through the bay area. we have just a couple of

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