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globe. we'll be live in washington with the new push to keep americans safe. >> plus, theranos founder elizabeth holmes resumes her testimony in a matter of hours. the recent filing experts argue tipped off a likely defense strategy. >> and black friday bummer. new numbers showing the top holiday shopping day came up far short compared to last year's or past years. the phenomenon experts believe drove a big dip in sales. this is "today in the bay." good morning. i'm scott mcgrew. marcus washington has the day off. >> i'm laura garcia. let's check in with meteorologist kari hall with a look at the monday morning forecast. >> good morning. starting out a little foggy in parts of the north bay. we can see in novato, visibility down to a quarter mile. in santa rosa, two miles. elsewhere some clear visibility as you head out the door. it's a nice drive heading through the tri-valley with that look in dublin. our temperature goes from the mid-40s to the mid-60s today.
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it's going to be a really nice afternoon in some spots warmer than yesterday. reaching 71 degrees in livermore and in palo alto. and 75 in morgan hill. we'll talk about what's ahead for the rest of the week and i'll let you know if there's any rain headed our way. that's coming up in a few minutes. >> 6:01. new travel restrictions today as the u.s. and other countries try to stop the spread of the omicron covid variant. later this morning, president biden will update the nation on the u.s. response. today in the bay's alice barr joins us live in washington. do we know what the president is focusing on here, alice? >> good morning, laura. we are going to hear more about these travel restrictions going out that are taking effect today. and certainly from members of the medical team, the president's medical team, they are pushing this message that you need to be vaccinated now. we need to learn a lot more about how this variant is going to interact with the vaccines,
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but they do believe that you're going to get at least a degree of protection by being vaccinated. the white house in close contact with south africa getting realtime information from them and health officials say that, coupled with the new travel restrictions give a head start on the u.s. response. this morning the race to contain a concerning new covid variant sparking more travel banns. overnight japan joining israel in announcing it will bar all foreigners from entering the country. morocco halting all inbound flights. starting today the u.s. is restricting travel from south africa, where the omicron variant was first detected along with seven neighboring countries, though top health officials say the new strain may already be in the u.s. >> this is a clarion call as far as i'm concerned of saying, let's put aside all of these differences that we have and say, if you aren't vaccinated, get vaccinated. if you are fully vaccinated, get
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boosted. >> having a meeting with my medical team when i get back to the white house. i'll have more to say. >> reporter: president biden preparing to address the nation today. the white house in close communication with south african health officials who are urging calm. >> there's no reason for panicking as we don't see severely ill patients. >> reporter: what is concerning experts say the omicron variant shows signs of mutating easily which could nak more transmissible and potentially able to evade immunity, even from vaccines. top u.s. health officials believe existing vaccines will still add a degree of protection against severe cases, predicting we'll know more in about two weeks. moderna and pfizer say they're already working on potentially reformulating their vaccines to adapt to the omicron variant. if that becomes necessary, there could be new vaccines ready by early next year. but despite that, health
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officials stressing do not wait. that's not certain at this point. what is certain is that they believe being vaccinated, being boosted will protect you now. >> alice barr, thanks for the very latest. while there's still no reported cases of the omicron variant in california, state health officials are closely monitoring its spread. you can read more on their response online at nbcbayarea.com. it's 6:04. a story you'll only see on nbc bay area, a jewelry shop owner in san francisco's chinatown is closing up shop following a quarter million-dollar burglary. thieves broke into her store a week and a half ago after sawing through a steel gate. these are photoed she shared of the shattered display cases. she agreed to speak to us on the condition of anonymity for herself and her store. she doesn't feel safe doing business in san francisco anymore. >> did this last incident push you to decide you don't want to
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keep doing this? >> yeah. i just think -- i told my husband, it's so dangerous. >> she's holding a going out of business sale hoping to recoup some of the money lost. some chinatown leaders fear more small business owners are going to pack up and close because police are focusing on protecting the big retailers. they are pushing for greater police presence. a live look at the federal courthouse in san jose with testimony resuming in just a matter of hours for the theranos founder elizabeth holmes. the line of questioning should get tougher this week. in her criminal fraud trial. holmes' defense has been questioning her ever since she took the stand. soon prosecutors will begin their pros-examination. reports of a court filing by the defense late last week suggest where holmes' attorneys plan to suggest guilt. they asked to use statements made by holmes' former lover. the partner expected to stand trial for the same charges next year. her attorneys hinted at the strategy during opening statements back in september.
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he never testified in the holmes trial threatening to take the fifth if called. follow the reporting of the are the -- theranos trial online. click on the elizabeth holmes trial coverage. if you decided to stay home on black friday you were not alone. disappointing retail numbers across the country. bob redell joins us from pleasanton. a drop in online sales as well. >> good morning, scott. yes, this is the first time that online sales on a black friday have dipped compared to the year before. you can see the numbers, according to adobe analytics that firm found that shoppers spent $8.9 billion online this past friday. that's $100 million less than what they spent last year. adobe suggested this dip in spending may have been caused by an uptick in early spending as some stores started their sales and promotions as early as october. global supply chain issues could
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have been another contributor. adobe analytics is predicting that today is on cyber monday shoppers will spend $10.2 billion and $11.3 billion which would be more or less than the $10.8 billion spent last year, last cyber monday. when it comes to foot traffic, brick and mortar retailers saw an increase of almost 48% this past friday compared to last year. that's according to sensormatic. compared to prepandemic in 2019, food traffic still down 28%. an analyst believes shoppers are spreading out their purchases for two reasons. one, they can't find what they're looking for because of supply chain issues and, two, they don't want to go inside a crowded store because of ongoing concerns about covid. reporting live in pleasanton, bob redell, "today in the bay." >> thanks, bob. 6:07. let's take a peek outside on this monday morning. always a beautiful shot this morning. the golden gate bridge.
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everybody making their way across this morning. got to pay for all that turkey. got go to work. maybe get a little workout in as well, kari. >> absolutely. we will see those temperatures going from the low 40s this morning, patchy dense fog in parts of the north bay to warming up nicely for this afternoon. check out santa rosa. 43 degrees. we'll be at 47 degrees at 8:00. and then all the sunshine, the fog that we're seeing right now clearing out quickly. and we'll see temperatures in antioch reaching 68 degrees. hayward headed for 70 and 70 in oakland. santa rosa today reaching the low 70s. we'll talk about what's ahead coming up. mike, you were looking for a crash in oakland. >> jerry, our buddy jerry was looking for it. we see some flashing lights north 880 in the slow lane. the crash reported over at hagenberger in the fast lane. may be discrepancy on the
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report. i see traffic bunching up a little bit there. we see the sensors slowing. north 880 through oakland. approaching hegenberger. you see the slowdown right there. 580 is very clear. so is the rest of oakland, except for that crash scene. we'll follow that. the metering lightsor on the toll plaza. highway 4, gentle but still the slow pattern developing as it typical. slower for 84 and typical for 880 out of hayward. and a crash saratoga off ramp, 85 northbound past that moving smoothly at the scene. >> thanks, mike. sfo. airport celebrating its ifrt ever nonstop flight to vietnam. starting today vietnam airlines will operate two flights weekly to saigon. tonight at 7:00 leaders will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony. coming up next -- if to-go
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orders are your go to, we've got some bad news. the reason your favorite restaurant may be taking delivery off the menu. and americans hit the railways, road and skies. shaking off the rust in recent staffing shortages. plus -- >> i'm sorry, kid. >> yeah, me, too. >> don't. >> literally crashing the box office. going crazy for tickets to see "spider-man." why some experts call this kind of crash a positive sign for the movie industry. out to the futures. wall street just got robbed on friday. a little money being made back as possibly, possibly, possibly omicron is not as severe as people had feared. first, not your average gingerbread house. san francisco fairmont hotel's
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gingerbread house is on how tor reservation to visit. it's all online at nbc bay area.com.
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happy monday. 6:13 as you head out on this nice, quiet start to the day. oh, there we go. i love all the lights there downtown san jose. christmas in the park. it's going to be a cool start this morning. warming up and a beautiful afternoon. we will see more of this dry weather in the forecast. and i'll let you know if there's any changes headed our way coming up? >> those lights are moving at christmas in the park. these lights moving, too.
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san mateo bridge, crowded a little more. things slowing here. 92 at 35. san mateo hills, reading about an incident. chp reports someone may have lost their -- it may impact your trip to or from the coast. a busy weekend of thanksgiving travel, things should be a little calmer there today. >> a record number of americans hit the roads, rails and skies. as tom costello explains, there were fewer bumps in the road than expected. >> good morning to you. we really have had the airlines under the gun and in the spotlight for the last few months following the high-profile meltdowns involving spirit, southwest and american airlines. and mass cancellations from the summerall the way through october. but really this thanksgiving stretch going very, very well for the airlines. we saw 2 million people plus nearly every single day. yesterday, sunday, we think about 2.4 million people
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traveled. and the airlines really had minimal cancellations and minimal delays. the weather really was a very advantageous factor. blue skies. going forward into the christmas holidays, a lot of concern about the omicron variant, this new covid variant. might that slow passenger volume? we saw that over the summer with the delta variant slowing passenger levels or depressing passenger levels. the concern is that could happen again. at the moment, there isn't enough information about this yet and so the airlines are watching very closely what happens overseas to see if this affects passenger volumes going into the christmas holidays. but if you are traveling over christmas, the advice is book now if you haven't already and book pad time. get to the airport early. make sure you don't have too tight of a connection, if you will, because that is going to be a very difficult situation if you have a lot of people flying
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all at the same time and not a lot of extra room to get from one plane to another at the connecting airport. scott and laura, back to you. some restaurants are now taking delivery and to-go orders off the menu as they struggle with labor shortages and the return of dine-in customers. that's because it's commonly less profitable than dine-in business. olive garden, cheesecake factory and applebees among those cutting down on to-go orders when locations are struggle with staffing. food delivery boomed over the fast years but restaurants are dealing with reopened dining rooms and hiring issues and people finally returning back to the restaurants, you want to make sure they at least get somewhat decent service. n. the restaurant itself that makes sense. it's tough when you are sitting there because they're filling all these others. trending this morning, movie goers rushing to snag seats for one of the most anticipated films, "spider-man no way home."
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>> hello, peter. >> i will tell you, when i was -- when i had kids, i called this a pots and pans movie. that's all it sounds like is bang, bang. tickets went on sale at midnight. amc and fandango were crashing and experts haven't seen this kind of demand since avengers end game and star wars rise of skywalkec went on sale. amc is offering incentives. 86,000 nfts to members of its stubs program. spider-man will be in theaters on december 16th. >> there we go. going back to the movies. i took the kids to see "encanta" this weekend. it's a disney film. it's animated. your kids are a little older. >> i saw "house of gucci" with my girlfriend. it's good. it's very long but kind of brace yourself but it's good. >> and lady gaga. >> yeah, great.
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jared leto deserves an academy award. >> that's a variety. >> i stayed at home. let's get started this morning as you are waking up and coming off of maybe a long weekend. heading back to work as we're waking up. and we're seeing a clear sky ov right now. if you want to head out go hiking, enjoy the beautiful weather that we've had recently. it continues today. we're starting out in the south bay with upper 40s. we can see into this afternoon, we'll reach into the upper 60s. eventually reaching about 73 degrees in san jose. 71 will be the high in livermore and in palo alto. santa rosa reaching 70 and san francisco reaching 66 degrees. the seven-day forecast is already up at the bottom of the screen. if you're going out in san francisco tonight, to enjoy the second lighting of the menorah. it's going to be in the low 60s
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at 4:00 and be the we'll see those temperatures dropping off quickly heading into late evening. here's what's going on. so we've seen very dry weather here recently. all of the rain has been really hammering the pacific northwest and it continues today. and we still have this large area of high pressure blocking any chance of rain head our way. all of those storm systems are going missing the bay area. so once again we're stuck in this weather pattern. usually we're entering into some of our wettest months of the year but recently we haven't seen a lot going on. and it's all because of that high pressure that will keep us from any chances of rain in the near term. hopefully as we go through the month of december, we'll see that pattern changing, but right now it's all sunshine in the seven-day forecast. our temperatures have been slightly warmer compared to what we normally see for late november, early december, and we'll see those temperatures in the upper 60s into the weekend.
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and more of the same in san francisco. also very nice and comfortable for the middle of the day. mike, you've been watching a couple of issues for the commute. how is it looking? >> this just came in. sounds dramatic. it's a wrong way driver on highway 92. in light of the video we showed you from over the weekend at the bay bridge. but this is 92 at 35. a park and ride lot omeone got d around and then corrected themselves after someone passed by. but the note right now, chp watching right around here. 92 at 35. so do be careful. watch for activity there. so far that's not cutting off half moon bay from 280 but traffic map did put that in there as a note. we'll watch that as well. other side of the bay north 880 still at hegenberger. lights bunching up. by the time you get to the coliseum and north of there, everything is clear and fine. traffic just punching up approaching the coliseum. slowing for highway 4.
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37 and bay bridge toll plaza. metering lights on there. the rest of the bay moves clearly. typical patterns for the tri-valley and east bay. good news, warriors fans, klay thompson about to rush to the court, though not at the chase center. you don't have to dry far to see him in action. as we head to break, want to share a post that mike inouye put on instagram out and about doing his part in helping local businesses. this small business saturday. don't forget you can always keep up with our good friend mike by following him on instagram, twitter and facebook. you're watching "today in the bay."
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to san francisco. mayor london breed among those expected to help light the beloved castro holiday tree. local lawmakers, castro merchants the gay man's men's chorus will participate in tonight's festivities tonight. speaking of music, next level on nbc bay area tonight. >> tonight jimmy fallon debuts his musical game show "that's my jam." it features the musical game fallon likes to play with guests on the tonight show. four celebrities compete in teams of two to win money for charity. here's a little sample of what to expect. >> time for random instrument challenge. ♪♪ >> there it is! >> musical genre challenge. you have to sing it's hot in here but in a country rock version. ♪ it's getting hot in here ♪
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>> pretty creative. tonight's premiere features the four judges on "the voice." see who will come out on top. watch the premiere of "that's my jam" tonight at 10:00 following "the voice" and all new nbc bay area news at 11:00. right after that. 6:26. coming up next -- the top stories we're following today. including the manhunt after a deadly shooting during a car burglary. and the latest move from police to try to curb crime. plus -- >> we have the latest on the omicron variant you may have been hearing more about it. the stock market has been reacting. now our borders are starting to close. we're going to talk about travel restrictions and what you need to know to keep your family healthy. take a look at this. frightening moments on the bay bridge. look at that truck going the wrong way. the confrontation authorities say led to the moments of sheer chaos. we'll be right back.
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right now at 6:30, the omicron coronavirus variant are discovered in north america. the new response and warning coming from the white house. a shoe store in the south bay becomes the latest victim of theft. you see the aftermath there. we'll tell you about the details we're learning overnight. plus -- >> it is officially cyber monday. coming up, what you need to know
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before you hit buy now. you're watching "today in the bay." a very good monday to you. thanks for starting your day with us. i'm laura garcia. >> i'm scott mcgrew. marcus washington has a much-deserved day off. >> let's look across the bayuary. kari and mike have a look at weather and traffic together in just a moment. first, 6:30. just as the holidays get into full swing, a new covid variant we may have to worry about. president biden later this morning expected to give an update on our national response. as global health leaders warn the omicron variant is highly transmissible. "today in the bay's" kris sanchez is here with what we know so far. >> there are no known cases of the omicron variant in the bay area or in the u.s. for that matter but many countries are instituting travel banns to try to contain the spread. the u.s. is restricting travel
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for non-u.s. citizens from south africa and seven other countries. overnight japan joined israel and morocco in banning foreigners from entering their countries as well. the world health organization is calling omicron a very high risk because it could be more transmissible. the w.h.o. is calling on nations to start monitoring for that variant in order to better understand it. but here's what we know so far. early data in those first cases shows that it is spreading faster than other variants. however, the symptoms seem to be extremely mild according to one of the first doctors to identify it. some symptoms are similar to the alpha and the delta variant like fatigue and those body aches and headaches. but this mutation seems to make people's throats feel more scratchy than sore and are no reports of cough or loss of smell. so for now medical experts say keep doing whatever you were doing to avoid infection from other covid variants. >> the regular person today, you
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should be doing all the same things you did yesterday for delta. get vaccinated. get your booster. vigilance as transmission is increasing in your communities. get tested if you are traveling. get tested if you're sick. don't go to gatherings. and that's how we can reduce the transmission of this virus. >> medical experts say that it takes about two weeks to understand how the variants react. things like transmission and severity and whether omicron is infecting people with some level of immunity either because they already had covid or got their vaccine. something to remember. if you are on the fence about vaccination. omicron is one variant and the vaccine has been proven effective against all of the other variants so far. >> pfizer and moderna's chief medical officers say if a new vaccine is needed, the company can have it ready by early next year. dr. paul burton calls omicron a dangerous looking variant but he's optimistic they can fight
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it. >> i think we have cause to be hopeful. we've learned a lot about this virus in general. you know, we've learned so much about how to deal with covid as well through simple measures and obviously through vaccines. but until we see how this virus now behaves in populations of older people, people with other co-morbidities, we really will not get a handle on exactly how severe the disease could be, i think. >> pfizer and johnson & johnson are also testing to see how their vaccines stand up to the new variant. our coverage continues on our website. we've posted an explainer about omicron. just head to nbcbayarea.com. click on the story. it's up in our trending bar at the top of our home page. 6:33. new overnight, a south bay boutique, the latest store targeted in an apparent organized retail robbery. workers tell nbc bay area, dozens of people broke into the
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fix kicks. they sell high end shoes and designer clothes. you can see the front door, the window smashed. we don't know what was taken but the store owner said he was hit a week ago as well. we're talking with police but so far don't have details beyond that. online we're reporting about another smash and grab at a walgreens in antioch. four people ransacked the cosmessics section on saturday. a live look now at a much calmer scene this morning on the bay area. there it is. compared to the chaos yesterday afternoon. take a look at the recording. a flat bed truck you can see going through the wrong way on the toll plaza. hits that cph patrol car pushing it backwards. another angle from a driver who pulled turnover avoid the truck. the chp this started with a dispute between the driver and
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workers. there he goes back toward the toll plaza going the wrong way. he goes the wrong way down the approach to the bridge. the chp says the truck crashed into an suv but nobody was hurt. one chp officer did suffer minor injuries. the truck driver was caught. they took him into custody. >> developing in oakland, police searching for a car burglar who shot and killed a man. it started after 3:30 yesterday afternoon on grand avenue close to lake merritt mean was trying to stop a car burglary when the suspect ran him and shot away. it follows new action by oakland police which yesterday said it will enlist additional officers to address the increase in violent crime. this includes new tactical teams which are highly skilled in de-escalating dangerous conditions. law enforcement escorted the body of kevin nishita to the coroner's office. the security guard and former police officer died protecting a
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tv news crew last week in oakland. this is video taken by his former colleagues after his death on saturday. officers followed his body to the alameda county coroner's office. dozens more officers waiting to give his flag-draped coffin a final salute. he was shot last wednesday. he had been working as a private security guard since retiring in 2018. he had also served as a police officer in san jose. the reward leading to information for his arrest now $32,000. take a look at this. this is what police believe is the getaway car. white model year 2004 to 2008 acura tl and no front license plate. that reward in this case more than $32,000. we'll continue to share updates on the investigation on air and at nbcbayarea.com. >> our condolences to that family. switching gears now.
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6:36 on monday morning. they call it cyber monday. the day many deal seekers have been waiting for. it's well under way. experts expect shoppers to put a dent into their holiday shopping by taking advantage of some of those online deals. today in the bay's cierra johnson live in burlingame with a little insight into what shoppers need to know before they hit that buy now button. better make sure you have enough money first of all. >> yeah, that's pretty crucial when you are shopping for others. right now we're in that four-star amazon store to give you insight into what to expect when you do cyber monday shopping. the next big hurdle, cyber monday. we're joined by natalie here. the northern california spokesperson for amazon. and we have a table full of goodies here. cyber monday notorious for those great deals. what are some of those hot items that are marked down. >> you know, this year people are spending more time in their homes so we're seeing home goods
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really be trending. today the biggest deal, hot seller is this ninja foodie. it's a 9 in 1. it bakes, steams, crisps and it's $100 off today only. >> anything else that -- >> technology, of course is a top seller. i love the paper white. it's great for anyone on your holiday list who loves to read. download books directly to the device. it's 25% off today. so you can get it for only $104 today. in addition, the home goods section we've got the soda stream. super popular item. also more ecofriendly than buying cans of soda, water, every week. and this is a whole package. it comes with the kit and has pre -- comes with the flavors so you can get some cherry and grapefruit flavors all in one gift set. >> these are all great items. we've been talking a lot about the supply chain issues. what do folks need to know.
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are the supply chain issues going to impact what folks want to buy today for cyber monday? >> supply chain has been an issue across the country. with that said, i will say we are amazon. this is our super bowl. we've been preparing for this since january 1. and we have items and gifts for procrastinators and planners. >> and so what should a plan of attack be? there's a lot of deals, a lot of retailers having great deals. should we aim for some of those bigger items that may get sold out fast? do everything in one fell swoop? what's the plan? >> we don't anticipate anything to sell out. however, if it does, there are plenty of other third party sellers that sell the same exact item. and i recommend customers when they put items into their cart on amazon.com/cyber monday to look at the cyber deals, you can see the estimated time of delivery window. you can plan according to that. >> great advice there. thank you for waking up so early with us. a lot of good deals. a lot of stuff happening online.
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if you don't want to get out of bed, today is the day to stay inside, cozy up and shop on your phone or computer and don't forget to get something for me. >> always. clickety click, click for sierra. we'll make sure to get a gift card with it, too. this morning on the "today" show, amazon's consumer ceo dave clark speaks out in a live interview on their outlook for this cyber monday and taking a look at inflation and the global shipping crisis. catch a full interview at 7:00 right after "today in the bay." let's take you out to san jose where it's christmas in the park and the lights are lit up already. it's been beautiful out there. continues to -- promises to continue to be. isn't that right? >> yeah, we don't have any changes here. started out with chilly temperatures. need to bundle up and i'm sure each and every one of these cars on 580 through the tri-valley have their heater on full blast.
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it's a chilly start. fremont, upper 40s. 47 at 7:00 to 58 at 10:00. this trend that heads straight up as we go into this afternoon. warming up into the low 70s. it will be warmer than what we see for the end of november. but still pretty nice with all of that sunshine. and at this point you're probably thinking, but don't we need some rain? yes, we do. so we'll take a look at the forecast and see what's ahead coming up. mike, you are looking at some issues on either side of the bay. >> on -- we have four sites, north, south, east and west. east here northbound. the delays have just cleared. hegenberger leaves a bunch of traffic heading north from 238 past hegenberger. thumbs up. everything clear now. heading up to the bay bridge. more traffic building there. on the other side, across the bay on the peninsula side, this issue. it's not the wrong-way driver that's the problem. the wrong-way driver reported
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and not an incident now. there's a kids large riding car there in the middle of the roadway. hopefully not someone's christmas present. meanwhile the rest of the bay, lighter traffic. but the bay bridge metering lights are on. >> always interesting. thank you, mike. coming up next, preventing tragedy after the devastating calder fire in tahoe. one man's mission to help prevent future wildfires. plus -- >> black friday online sales down this year compared to last. the reasons behind this dip. plus, gifts from the heart. we'll take you inside the white house for a look at some of the new holiday decorations going up. >> take you out to the christmassy green of the big board. a little bit of a rise on the dow after it just got smashed on friday. down better than 900 points. make sure to check twice before you enter that credit card information on cyber monday. the top three holiday scams you need avoid right now on nbcbayarea.com.
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throughout the week coming up. >> yeah, hazy but not foggy. good enough to see the traffic flow smoothly but slower than we might like heading across the bay bridge. that's westbound. the backup is at the toll plaza. planes are flow now. traffic recovering through oakland. we'll check on that and the issue on the peninsula coming up. it is 6:46. if you decided to avoid the crowded stores of black friday, trns out you're not alone. retail numbers disappointed analysts across the country. bob redell live in pleasanton this morning. online sales, did you take a look at those? how are they doing? >> they are down for the first time. good morning, laura. yes, black friday online sales dipped for the first time compared to the year prior. according to adobe analytics this past friday, shoppers spent $8.9 billion online. that's a lot of money. but it is $100 million less than
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what they spent the year before last year in 2020. adobe suggests that this dip in online spending might have been caused by an uptick in early spending. you consider the fact some stores started their sales and promotions in early october. or early as october. global supply chain issues could have been another contributor. adobe analytics is predicting today on cyber monday shoppers will spend between $10.2 billion and $11.3 billion. which could be more or less than the 10.8 spent last year. when it comes to foot traffic, brick and mortar saw an increase of 48% this past friday compared to last year. that's according to sensormatic. compared to prepandemic in 2019, still down around 28%. an analyst believes shoppers are spreading out their purchases because they can't find what they are looking for due to supply chain issues and they don't want to go into a crowded store because of ongoing
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concerns about covid. bob redell, "today in the bay." >> maybe people just realize they have enough stuff. thank you, bob. jeremy renner may be an avenger on screen but some could call his actions off screen just as heroic. >> the actor opening up to kelly clarkson about working with crews in lake tahoe to build the new fire station. he's trained as a volunteer firefighter and said after the devastating calder fire last year, it's a good way to give back to the community. >> i work with the fire departments up there and they are pretty awesome. they are teaching me and helping me and i still have to get more hours in with them. it's lovely to give back to the community. i love to do it. i love being in nature. and, you know, heck, you got fire trucks and -- >> it's a helpful thing. >> it's giving me something to do. wonderful to do on my off time. >> see renner's full interview on kelly clarkson's show at 3:00. trending this morning. beginning to look like christmas
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at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. >> jill biden chose the theme gifts from the heart for the decorations display. it's inspired by people the president and first lady met as they traveled the country over the past year. there are 41 christmas trees on display throughout the white house this year. decorated with some 6,000 feet of ribbon and more than 10,000 ornaments and 79,000 lights. and i'm laughing because we have two trees put up with kind of sparse. some work to do, but i doubt all those thousands of feet of ribbon. >> i have one half of one tree where the bottom has been fluffed out because you store it in the garage. the second one, i'll put it on facebook. i'm just going to put a star on the top. >> 41 christmas trees throughout the white house. i think we know why there's a christmas tree shortage. >> exactly. they all went to the white house. how about you, kari. ready for christmas? >> i am. i have both of my trees up. we just decorated the second one
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yesterday. i'm done. let's get a look at our live view in walnut creek as you head out. it's been so hazy out there. if you are sensitive to all that particulate matter and some of the unhealthy air quality, you might want to limit your time out there. we'll see the hazy and moderate air quality conditions continue today. as far as fog, wow, down to zero right now inspect novato. be careful driving around the north bay. it's also looking hazy right now in palo alto with our temperature at 43. we will see sunshine through the day, whatever we're seeing right now, the fog and the patchy dense fog in parts of the north bay clears out quickly. we're headed for low 70s in san rafael. 72 in santa rosa and reaching 68 in antioch today. san jose reaching 73 degrees. also really nice weather in the castro tonight for the tree lighting ceremony going on. that starts at 6:00. it will be about 58 degrees and all clear as we go into the evening. it's going to be very chilly out
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there. but we've had dry weather continuing and all the rain headed toward the pacific northwest you can see that's going on right now. what's happening is high pressure is blocking that. it's created some really warm and windy weather for southern california, for us. it's just been really sunny and hazy and we're seeing all of the rain riding up and over the bay area hitting the pacific northwest. and normally for this time of year we're heading into some of our wettest times of the year. our wettest months. but we're still seeing dry weather going into at least the next week. after that nice start to the water year. unfortunately we're seeing our surplus of rainfall continue to dwindle. and we're going to see that continue as we go through the week as our temperatures only reach into the low 70s. or will reach above normal for the next few days. while san francisco continues to see highs in the mid to upper 60s with sunshine. mike, you're still tracking a problem for highway 92. >> still no word on traffic
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break or not. 280 where the large child's riding car is reported blocking both lanes. traffic may be under a traffic control one way in each direction or perhaps there was a traffic break. we'll continue to check that. expect delays for the time being between 280 and half moon bay. but the freeway is reported open. the backup at the bay bridge toll plaza continues to build. the lanes on the left approach moving slowly. the fog in novato but anything south of there moving slowly. it is 6:52. happening now, former u.s. congresswoman carrie meek has died. the daughter of a sharecropper and daughter of a slave she became the first black woman to serve florida in the congress. her family says she died in her home in miami after a long illness. she was 95 years old. coming up next, a quick look at the top stories, including cyber monday in full swing.
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live to an amazon store. look at the possible impact of supply chain issues on store shelves. plus, new concerns about the omicron covid variant. several nations shutting their borders, including to some degree the u.s. when it comes to travelers from some countries. just ahead, the new response from the white house. we're back in two minutes. you're watching "today in the bay." (soft music) hey dad, i'm about to leave. don't forget your hat . good morning. how can i help? i need help connecting with my students. behind every last minute save, ok, that works. and holiday surprise, thank you! a customer service rep is working unseen, making it happen. and at genesys, we're proud to help them help you everyday.
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it is 6:of 5 on your monday morning. we're moving you forward with a look at our top stories. >> president biden will meet with dr. anthony fauci and members of the covid force team. he'll be briefed on the omicron covid variant. he's expected to speak nationwide, the president is at 8:45 a.m. our time. so far there are no recorded cases of that variant in the u.s. still travel restrictions for non-u.s. citizens from south africa and seven other countries begins today. early data in those first cases show it's spreading faster than other variants but symptoms are commonly mild. police are searching for a car burglar who shot and killed a man in oakland. it all unfolded about 3:30 yesterday on grand avenue near lake merritt. police say the victim was trying to stop a car burglary when the thief shot him and ran off. the victim has not been
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identified. new video shows law enforcement escorting the body of kevin nishita to the coroner's office. the security guard and former police officer died protecting ace tv news crew last week in oakland. this is video taken by his former colleagues after his death on saturday. officers followed his body from oakland to the alameda county coroner's office. dozens more officers were waiting to give his flag-draped coffin a final salute. he was shot last wednesday. 6:57. testimony resumes in a matter of hours for theranos founder elizabeth holmes. prosecutors will soon start cross-examination. in a court filing by the defense late last week, holmes' attorneys reportedly asked to use statements made by holmes' former lover balwani. the partner expected to stand trial for the same charges next year. he never testified in the holmes trial threatening to take the fifth if called. cyber monday is here. you might already be clicking by today in the bay's cierra
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johnson is in burlingame with insight on what to know before they hit confirm on that shopping cart. >> good morning. it's a big day. a lot of folks staying inside shopping online. it's officially cyber monday. we're inside a four-star amazon store here in burlingame joined by natalie. a lot of talk about the supply chain issue. what do shoppers need to know about that and how it could impact what they are purchasing today. >> you know, the supply chain is an issue across the country. with that said, with amazon, this is our super bowl and we've been planning for this since january 1. we have items for planners and procrastinaors. >> we're getting close to christmas. what do folks need to know? what should the plan of attack be in terms of getting their items on time. >> when you shop at amazon.com, check for each item. there is an estimated delivery window time. which that item is expected to
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arrive. plan according to that. i also want to point out that we are delivering for holiday customers up until december 24th. so again, we can help out those procrastinators. >> thank you so much. a lot of information there. a lot of things to keep in mind before you click buy. cierra johnson for today in the bay. >> thanks, cierra. let's check in with kari with a look at the forecast. >> starting out foggy in the north bay and chilly across the bay area but will be a really nice day. our valley temperatures reaching into the low 70s and more weather like that throughout the week. mike? >> 280 moves smoothly but 101 and 87 shows slowing as you pass by the airport and downtown san jose. keep that in mind. i'll show my face for this last part because i have good news. highway 92 has been cleared of that large child's riding car so a big toy that didn't hear about any crash so maybe if that was going to someone's christmas tree or maybe one of the days of hanukkah, we'll see if that
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makes it to its destination. >> i hope it does. >> that's a look at what's happening today in the bay. we're back at 7:25 with a live local news update. join us at 11:00. and the "today" show is next. have a wonderful monday. good morning breaking overnight, sounding the alarm. the world health organization declares the new covid variant omicron a very high global risk, first known cases in north america detected and u.s. travel restrictions take effect today just ahead what the president will say as he addresses the nation this morning and health officials warn, again, get vaccinated now >> this is a clarion call as far as i'm concerned >> we'll have the very latest. what a rush. tens of millions head home after the long holiday weekend, the

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