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>> such a troubling story in wisconsin. investigators reveal new information in the deadly christmas crash near milwaukee. >> he still continued through the crowd. cohen? and trying to fight off a fifth surge as thanksgiving nears. the white house pushes for more people to get their booster shots. >> the increase in protection you get from a boost over and above the original vaccination is substantial. >> the state is now saying you need a booster to be considered fully vaccinated. good monday. thanks for joining us.
>> a lot is happening on this monday. a gut wrenching investigation as to what led to the tragic parade, the crash near milwaukee. police now are saying the suspect was trying to get away from another crime. the death toll is now at five people with nearly 50 people injured. many of them are kids. a warning here. the video you are about to see is disturbing. let's bring in nbc's jay gray in wisconsin. >> reporter: the investigation continues today in waukesha where an suv turned a weekend holiday parade into a scene of panic and pain. >> i saw maybe three people right in front of me get hit. >> reporter: 39-year-old darrell e. brooks from milwaukee is in custody after the event. >> the suspect prior to the incident was involved in a domestic disturbance. at this time the waukesha police department is referring five counts of first-degree intentional homicide. >> reporter: an suv crashing through the holiday parade
route. everyone marching and watching the parade struggling to find safety. >> my wife got out of the way and by the time she did the car came right past me within at least two feet. i could have touched the car going by. >> reporter: in waukesha, prayers for those lost and injured as the search for answers continues. still not a lot of clear information. we know dozens are injured including at least 12 children, some in criticalwaukesha, wisconsin. closing arguments are under way in the trial of the three white men accused of killing jogger ahmaud arbery last year in georgia. the prosecution argued that arbery had no gun, no weapon of any kind, not even a cell phone. the defense, however, says a neighborhood crime spree had been under way and the men who chased arbery wanted to question him about that. arbery ran and that is when the defense attorney for travis mcmichael says he fired his gun
in self-defense. the prosecution maintains you can't claim self-defense if you instigated or provoked the situation to begin with. more high profile allies of former president trump have been subpoenaed now by the committee investigating the january 6th attack at the capitol. long time friend roger stone is ordered to produce documents and testify to the events that led up to the attack. president trump commuted stone's prison sentence before leaving office. the committee also wants to hear from alex jones, a conspiracy theorist who claimed the 2012 sandy hook elementary school massacre was a, quote, hoax. the committee has also subpoenaed three others who organized and promoted president trump's rallies. former trump lawyer michael cohen has completed his three-year prison term. today cohen left manhattan federal court after signing documents and speaking with authorities about his three-year term of supervised release. he also read a statement telling reporters he will continue to cooperate with law enforcement
investigations. cohen pleaded guilty back in 2018 to campaign finance charges and to lying to congress among other crimes. with the thanksgiving holiday just days away and covid cases rapidly rising, top health officials are urging all adults to get boosters as soon as possible. increased travel, indoor gatherings, and the colder weather are driving worries of a fifth covid surge. nbc's alice barr has the latest from washington. >> reporter: a surge in holiday travel this week slamming airports cross the country with more than 2 million passengers expected each day just as covid cases are once again on the rise. >> we've been traveling. we're all vaccinated. i feel perfectly safe. >> reporter: health officials urging everyone to bring one thing to your thanksgiving gathering, the protection of full vaccination including a booster for all adults. >> the increase in protection you get from a boost over and above the original vaccination
is substantial. >> reporter: the effects start kicking in right away so there is still time for an extra dose before dinner. with every adult now eligible, some states are shifting their standards. the governors of connecticut and new mexico now say you'll need a booster to be considered fully vaccinated. >> if you are vaccinated more than six months ago, you're not fully vaccinated. >> reporter: the white house announcing 95% of federal workers have now met president biden's requirement to get at least one covid shot or an approved exemption by today. that includes 93% of all tsa workers, with a spokesperson tweeting, quote, the employee vaccine mandate will not impact holiday travel. this week testing fears of another virus surge as people gather inside for winter months and adding urgency to the drive to vaccinate. the white house says there is enough supply for all adults to
get a covid booster shot though you may still have some challenges finding an open appointment. doctors reminding us it is okay to mix and match if you're able to find pfizer's more widely available booster with johnson & johnson and moderna in shorter supply. in washington, alice barr, nbc news. >> thank you. now to the house of representatives that passed the build back better bill, the senate is getting encouragement to change a key provision called salt. it stands for state and local tax and matters especially for a lot of people here in the bay area. let's bring in our political analyst. we've talked about this for many years. salt is about high earners for the most part. give us a quick explanation again. >> there are high earners here, but i mean here not so high. we have such a high area of income and cost of living. what is high in say iowa $150,000, $200,000 here, unfortunately, is not so high. that is what happens with salt.
it caps your state and local deductions to $10,000. no more than that. that is fine in iowa or nebraska but not so much in california. quite often housing costs are in seven figures here which means you won't get the property tax in there all of it much less any other tax. when the trump tax cut was passed in 2017, they included the deduction now ending at $10,000. that affects 2.3 million californians and is costing them $33 billion a year. >> so a quick way to look at it, the rich people against the middle or lower class, that is the controversy. what is likely to happen here? >> it is a controversy. let's remember we have a number of senators on the east coast, new york, new jersey, connecticut, massachusetts, where there are high end, high cost states as well as
california. they have been pushing. remember, one of those is charles schumer, chuck schumer who is the majority leader. they have been pushing to ease this up to $80,000 for people making 400 -- excuse me. $80,000 in exemptions for people making $400,000 a year. so you can raise that salt tax up to 80,000 at the most for people making $400,000. no more than that. and so the idea is to take these folks sort of like in the middle or upper middle class in california, which is not so upper middle here, and give them back much of the break they lost. remember, it's $33 billion this state is paying but it wasn't paying before. >> quickly, when could this happen if it does pass? is this asap? >> look, we've been saying if forever. schumer would like to get this done by christmas. if it is not done by christmas we've got a brand new ball game come january because that's an election year and if you think things are political now, wait
till january when they'll really be political. so a lot of pressure on the senate to pass. then it has to go back to the house. then if everything goes well it goes to the president. a lot to do in a very short a senate that doesn't operate too quickly. >> that salt tax will be a big conversation with a lot of people and their accountants especially as we head into tax season. thank you, larry gerston. well, president biden will row nominate jerome powell as federal reserve chair. the president was joined by powell and his choice for vice chair lael brainerd in a brief announcement this morning. brainerd was a rival for chair but our business and tech reporter says by sticking with powell biden is sticking with a known entity. >> powell's term was due to expire in february but with biden nominating him to a second term, wall street and the american economy get eight years with the same fed chair. it also ruffles as few feathers as possible in the democratic
flock. brainerd had support for more liberal democrats who thought she might be tougher on wall street and banks. she was under secretary for the treasury under barack obama and reserve board of governors sinc whoever he picked would disappoint someone and that the decision really came at a lousy time when he is trying to unify democrats around build back better, not split them apart. but in the case of build back better, now that it's passed the house, satisfying conservative democrats is probably way more important than making the liberal wing happy. >> thanks, scott. you can see scott mcgrew and the rest of our morning team every week day. "today in the bay" runs 4:30 to 7:00 here on nbc bay area. up next you're probably used to seeing security dogs but these aren't sniffing for explosives. we'll tell you what they're out looking for. the cashier says buy now. pay later.
she is making public appearances and says she is okay but people are still concerned about chinese tennis star peng shuai. she took part in a video call with the head of the international olympic committee yesterday. the ioc says the player reassured them she is well while asking for privacy. following a three-week absence from the public worldwide concern grew after peng accused a senior chinese official of sexual assault. she did this on a chinese social media platform. that post was quickly deleted. social media debate grew on whether it was quashed by censors. >> if you wonder how you're going to pay for everything this holiday season many stores say
hey they have you covered with a small loan right there at the cash register. >> be alerted when you hear that. stop and think would be the common sense but a lot of people want to spend money and buy gifts for loved ones so you get vulnerable people here. >> just read first. we'll talk about the new wave of buy now pay later offers. they talk up things like easy payback maybe three or four easy payments and even offer to finance small purchases like 30, 40, or 50 bucks. let's call this what it is, an old school loan in new wrapping. you still have to pay it back on time or else. you might pay interest. you might face fees. it is a loan, folks. in some cases info about the little loan might be sent to the big credit bureaus. that might help your credit file but it might not if you miss a payment. also, carlos medina at the credit score company score sense says watch out for a surprise if you later return something that you took home with buy now pay
later. >> you only get credit for the principal amount which is the cost of the goods but if youen kurd interest rates you would still be responsible for the interest rates. >> you no longer have it but you have to pay the interest. he says don't just blindly buy in at the register. stop for a second. read what you are really getting into. get answers to two fundamental questions. first, what is this really going to cost me? second, what happens if you miss a payment? you might find that buy now pay later works for you. it might also find it is not for everyone. if you have trouble with buy now pay later, tell us whenever. go to nbc bay area.com and click the responds option from the main menu or give us a call. the number is 888-996-tips. have you seen this at the register or online? >> every time i go to the store, would you like to open a credit card? if you open a credit card you
get 10% off right now. but i just don't -- >> just have to be careful. thank you, chris. another tool in detecting a covid-19. dogs are now being used to sniff out the virus in public places including an ice arena in san diego. joe little from our sister station in san diego has the story. >> reporter: gromit is still learning. >> good boy. >> reporter: his handler just demonstrated how he can sniff out a positive covid-19 sample. they believe he can sniff it out on a person as well. so can robin. the 2-year-old lab started life in guide dog school. >> she flunked out because she likes squirrels too much. >> reporter: that is when veterinarian patty unger found robin and started training her for this hair brained idea of getting dogs to sniff out covid-19. i mean, a dog's nose is used in so many professions. >> waste water management, finding pcbs in landfills, using them in idaho to find bee
colonies. >> why not sniffing for a virus? dr. unger says when we have a disease or virus our body makes chemicals that give off a certain smell that dogs can detect. >> ten people that have covid all make the same smell. >> reporter: so far unger says after extensive training robin and gromit have a near perfect track record of sniffing out the virus in people. >> well that gee whiz moment of, this works. she actually knows what she is doing. >> reporter: the dogs are still learning and are merely doing this as a courtesy at the ice arena. unger thinks with proper research and methods they could be used across the country in places like airports. >> schools, nursing homes. it is low tech, high efficiency, way simpler than a lot of high tech stuff. >> reporter: not bad for a guide dog school flunky who sometimes listens. [ laughter ] >> hey, if they can sniff out covid-19 run off and do whatever you want. >> let's bring in jep ranieri
now as we kick off this monday. a lot of big things. thursday, a big event? >> i am hungry and ready. >> we're taking a look at the airport delays. if you are heading out tonight or expecting somebody we did want to show you the national weather map. we just have a little rainfall up toward the pacific northwest. also rain holding on over toward the east coast. but again, nothing too major. currently when it comes to airport delays we're running 41 minutes behind at newark. washington 30 minutes behind. across the midwest no delays to speak of. we are tracking this system just offshore. it looks like it is going to be producing big weather here at least on the first glance but i can tell you there is no rainfall with it. we'll get on and off cloud cover. the biggest thing no doubt is the chillier temperatures coming our way as we roll through tomorrow morning. got to have the jacket weather. but hey, it is november. we're in the week of thanksgiving. so it'll make it feel like the holidays.
you can see as we started off tomorrow morning we are down to an average of, yes, 43 in the south tri valley 40. coming in with the crill chest weather in the north bay at 39. san francisco 48. east bay at 40. as we move through tomorrow i think we are still in for a good rebound. in the south bay up to 64 in los gatos and also mid 60s through san jose. a little bit of a breeze here, 5 to 10 miles per hour. over toward the east bay no big adjustments in the temperatures through our micro climate. if you are in the south bay heading to the east bay also look for mid 60s. for the peninsula anywhere from 61 in daly city to 65 in redwood city. let's move off to san francisco. low 60s from downtown to the mission right to the outer sunset and for the north bay 63 in ukiah, 65 sonoma. all good as we move through tomorrow. just a little cloud cover there for the afternoon. what about your thanksgiving? we're looking good. dry, mixed with some sun, clouds, start off cold here with some 40s.
great weather to be inside or outside. what ever you got planned. low 60s through the afternoon. on the seven day forecast we keep it dry in san francisco as you'll see in my forecast. 60s for highs. 40s for the morning lows. for the inland valleys, here is how the temperatures are going to shake out this week. 63 there for the average on thursday. 67 on saturday. go to some low to mid 60s into next week's forecast. i think we're all good to go with this forecast this week. it is looking mighty josephine. i put the air conditioner on in my car today. >> wow. >> it was warm. >> it was a beautiful day. great. >> thanks, jeff. up next, backing off the vax mandate. the reason disney world is no longer enforcing it.
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things are looking good. the warriors have the best record in the nba and the niners have their groff back. >> fun to watch. people are smiling more when the niners win. monday everyone was like hey good to see you. >> thanks, raj and janelle. i have a look at what to watch this week. warriors domination continued over the weekend with wins over the pistons and raptors with just two losses on the season and sit atop the nba with the best record. their three-game home stand continues this wednesday against the 76ers who lost 6 of their last 7 games. the home stand wraps up on friday against the trailblazers. catch both of those games and our preand post game show coverage over on nbc sports bay area. on the ice the sharks are now 8-8 on the season after dropping the last two games. they are back at the tank tonight but it will be a very tough test. the hurricanes come to town riding a four-game win streak with a 14-2 record and sit atop
the metro division. carolina allows just two goals per game. that is for second in the nhl. the sharks will be without their second leading goal scorer in jonathan dolan after he was injured in saturday's loss. sharks coverage begins tonight at 7:00 p.m. over on nbc sports california. the 49ers have shifted the narrative surrounding their season after sunday's win over the jaguars. the niners are 5-5 as they prepare to host another nfc wild card contender in the minnesota vikings on sunday at levi stadium. they are back in this thing. the latest edition of 49ers talk. we dive into the dominant win over jacksonville and the outlook for the remainder of the season. listen to 49ers talk wherever you get your podcasts and check it out over on the nbc sports bay area youtube channel. a big game for san francisco on sunday. >> okay. >> they have the groove and their momentum. fingers crossed. >> hi, jessica.
right now at 6:00, what is going on? a rash of retail robberies all across the bay area. high priced stores, large groups of thieves targeting and the fallout today. >> i don't want to be in the middle of the chaos when it happens. get knocked down. >> the move some stores in cities are taking to stop those thieves. also lined up before the sun came up. dozens of people waiting in the san jose courtroom area to get inside to hear elizabeth holmes testify in person. we'll break down what she said today on the stand. a covid outbreak at the santa clara county jail system. why their options are limited. good evening. the news at 6:00 starts right now. >> robbery, free for all. more than a dozen stores hit hundreds of thousands of dollars
stolen goods, so far only a handful of arrests. the bay area is seeing a wave of brazen, mob style retail robberies just as the holiday shopping season kicks off. we'll go to downtown walnut creek where nordstroms was hit over the weekend and tonight, melissa, they've closed early, which is crazy because this is a big shopping day. >> reporter: it is a huge shopping day. it's going to be a huge shopping weekend. but, yes. tonight nordstrom did close early instead of 9:00 p.m., the regular hours, they closed at 5:00 p.m. tonight. out of an abundance of caution. this is called a broadway plaza. this is a road that leads to pretty popular stores not just nordstrom but you also have apple store. now the only way to access this road is on foot because the city has put in place these bright, orange barriers. the reason essentially trying to prevent what we saw happen on