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need to do to keep it from spreading. >> bob redell joins us live from dublin. bob, the president says we will not need to fight this new variant with shutdowns and lockdowns. >> correct. good morning, scott and kris. instead, president biden is encouraging all americans to go to your local pharmacy, your health care provider, get vaccinated and if you are eligible, get boosted. he said this would be the best way to protect us and fight this omicron variant. this is during a news conference a couple of hours ago this morning. biden said that sooner or later we will see the cases of the omicron variant here in the united states. he said in the unlikely event that a new vax or boost is needed the federal government will help accelerate development of that. the white house is working with pfizer, moderna and johnson & johnson on contingency plans right now if those were to become necessary. this morning the president also defend his decision to restrict travel between the united states
and south africa where the omicron variant was first detected. >> while we have that travel restrictions can slow the speed of omicron, it cannot prevent it. here's what it does. it gives us time. it gives us time to take more actions. to move quicker to make sure people understand you have to get your vaccine. you have to get the shots. you have to get the booster if you are -- sooner or later we'll see cases of this new variant here in the united states. we'll have to face this new threat just as we faced those that have come before it. >> as you reported this morning, overnight japan joined israel and morocco in banning foreigners from entering their countries. the world health organization is calling omicron a very high risk because it may be more transmissible. here's what we know so far. early data in the first cases shows it's 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 delta variant, but this new muitation seems to make people's throats feel more scratchy, rather than sore. there's been no reports of a cough or loss of smell. again, president biden reiterated this. you also heard it from dr. fauci that your best protection against omicron is to get fully evacuated and if you're eligible to get boosted as well. bob redell, nbc bay area news. >> good advice. bob, thanks. pfizer and moderna's chief medical officers say that if a new vaccine is needed, its company can have it ready by early next year. they called omicron a dangerous looking variant but he said he's optimistic the company can fight it. >> i think we have cause to be hopeful. we've learned a lot about this virus in general. 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 that new variant. our coverage of this new mutation, the omicron, is on our website. we posted an explainer about the virus. we'll go to nbcbayarea.com, click on the story in our trending bar right at the top of the home page to find that. twitter's ceo jack dorsey announced he's stepping down as ceo of the social media platform. he'll stay on the twitter board for the time being. his successor as ceo will be longtime twitter executive parag aguwel. dorsey said i've decided to leave twitter because i believe the company is ready to move on from its founders.
my trust in paraga as twitter ceo is deep. his work has been transformational. i'm deeply grateful for his skill, heart and soul. dorsey is expected to maintain his ceo -- his role as ceo of square, the digital payments company. new overnight, a south bay boutique. the latest score in a targeted retail robbery. dozens of people broke into the fix kicks overnight along camino real in santa clara. they sell high end shoes and designer cloects. the doors, the front windows both smashed. we don't know if anything was taken or what was taken but the store owner says he was hit one week ago as well. we reached out to police but so far no confirmation. online we're reporting about other smash and grabs. this one at a walgreens in antioch. police say four people wielding hammers ransacked the cosmetics section on saturday.
read the nbcbayarea.com article to see how much they got away with. theranos founder elizabeth holmes once again testifying in her criminal fraud trial. holmes' defense called her to the stand last week. the questions had been friendly from the defense lawyers but prosecutors will cross-examine her soon. video of holmes walking into the san jose federal courthouse this morning as part of today's testimony, defense attorneys have been showing the jury text messages from holmes' former lover theranos partner sonny balwani. in opening statements in september, holmes' attorneys seemed to indicate they blame balwani for the problems at theranos. he's expected to stand trial himself later next year. balwani never testified in holmes' trial, threatening to take the fifth if called. follow our reporting of the trial online at nbcbayarea.com. just click on elizabeth holmes. we want to take a live look out our window over walnut creek. looking just a little bit hazy
this morning. pretty darn chilly when we walked out the door at 3:30 this morning, kari. >> it was. it's still cool in some spots. we can see the hazy skies we still have as we take a live look outside in palo alto. but we do have sunshine and our temperatures are heading up. we're right now at 59 degrees hire and take a look at where we'll see our temperatures going for this afternoon. upper 60s, low 70s. feeling really nice. but, of course, once again, we've had a very cool start this morning. so there's a lot of work to do, especially in parts of the north bay but we're headed for 72 degrees. 71 in livermore and san jose will reach 73 degrees while oakland today will top out at about 70 degrees. if you have plans to go out to christmas in the park this evening, it's going to be nice. temperatures dropping to the mid-60s. at the time that everything begins to light up, but then going into tonight, you want to make sure that you're wearing extra layers because those temperatures will drop off quickly and we have a lot going
on around the bay area. so we'll take a look at more events and also our forecast looking beyond the week to see if there's any rain that's coming up just a little bit later. so the much calmer scene this morning than this on the bay bridge. look at that semi truck just smashing into chp cruisers. that happened yesterday afternoon. that flat bed truck going the wrong way through the toll plaza. it slammed into that patrol car pushing it backwards. and there's other video from a driver who pulled over to avoid the truck. the chp says this all started with some sort of dispute between the driver and workers at the toll plaza. the driver apparently took off but then turned around and came back toward the toll plaza going the wrong way. our traffic cameras did spot that truck as it continued going the wrong way down the approach to the bridge. chp says the truck soon crashed into an suv. fortunately, no one was hurt. the chp officer did suffer minor injuries.
the truck driver was taken into custody. first we had black friday. now we've reached cyber monday, today. analysts expect millions of shoppers to put a dent in the holiday shopping by taking advantage of some of those deals. nbc bay area's cierra johnson joins us from burlingame with insight into what shoppers need to know before hitting that buy now button. >> hi, how are you? we've passed black friday shopping and now we're officially into cyber monday shopping right now. we are at the four-star amazon store here in burlingame. this is a reflection of what you can find online in terms of those great deals. i've had a chance to speak with an amazon spokesperson who says amazon has really been preparing for cyber monday since the beginning of the year. although there has been a lot of talk about supply chain issues because the online platform has multiple sellers and various items, shoppers may not feel that much of a ripple effect.
so put it into perspective how much folks are shopping and when they're shopping. look at your screen. thanksgiving day, more than 30 million shoppers were shopping online and in store. black friday, about 108 million shoppers. small business saturday, 31 million shoppers. and as for cyber monday, 62 million. a lot of people getting out there or staying at home and putting a dent in that christmas list regardless of which site. it's sure to be a big day for retailers. >> definitely from amazon's side, you know, looking just a couple of days ago to black friday, we experienced 1600 items purchased per second globally. so it's definitely we're expecting a similar case today on cyber monday. >> if you want to skip all that shipping altogether, you can stop into the store. the same deals that you see online, on amazon are available here for the same price. you can just pick them up, get them, wrap them and have them ready to go for christmas
instead of waiting around for those packages to arrive. cierra johnson for nbc bay area news. >> thank you much. the oakland security guard shot while protecting a news crew has passed away. the way local law enforcement is honoring that sacrifice and the key clue that investigators hope will lead them to his killer. plus, thanksgiving travel certainly was one for the record books. millions taking to the air and roads. how experts say they fared on their journey home from their holiday feast. plus, this is not your average gingerbread house. san francisco fairmont hotel gingerbread house is back. you can book a reservation to visit and even dine in. you can't eat the gingerbread house, though. get the latest on nbcbayarea.com.
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coroner's office. the security guard and former police officer died protecting a tv news crew last week in oakland. this is video from his former colleagues with the colemont police department 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 late wednesday. he had been working as a private security guard ever since retiring in 2018. he also served as a police officer in san jose. the reward for information leading to an arrest is now more than $32,000. here's what police believe is the getaway car in that case. a white model year 2004 to 2008 acura tl with a sunroof and no front license plate. we will continue to share updates on the investigation and on air and on our website,
nbcbayarea.com. another killing in oakland. police are searching for a car burglar who shot and killed a man. this started just after 3:30 yesterday afternoon on grand avenue close to lake merritt. police say the victim was trying to stop a car burglary when the suspect shot him and ran away. this follows new action by oakland police which yesterday said it would enlist additional officers to address the increase in violent crime. this includes new tactical teams which are highly sghild de-escalating dangerous situations. a live look at sfo and all signs indicating this was the heaviest thanksgiving travel season in two years. the pandemic record number of passengers filled airports nationwide. tens of millions of drivers took to the roadways as well. tom costello has more on the post-holiday travel rush. >> reporter: the thanksgiving 2021 travel rush now in the
rear-view mirror with airlines celebrating their heaviest passenger loads in two years. on sunday, the biggest travel day yet. the tsa estimating 2.4 million fliers took to the skies. >> haven't seen family in two years. sometimes you mask up and do what you got to do. >> reporter: over the entire thanksgiving travel period, an average of 2 million passengers and more traveled each day. the most since 2019. to avoid a repeat of the mass cancellations that began over the summer and extended into october, airlines streamlined operations and staffed up. air travelers and road warriors also benefited from blue skies and clear weather across most of the country. though on sunday, rain showers in the northwest and snow flurries in the northeast delayed some flights while traffic volumes slowed travelers at critical airports in florida. including tampa, orlando, and palm beach. here at denver international,
passenger traffic is surging. 69 million passengers in 2019, 80 million expected in 2025. denver, a key hub for united and southwest operates six runways, critical to remaining open during any looming snowstorms this coming winter. >> having the flexibility to keep runways clean, keep the airport open and moving and keeping planes de-iced is key to making sure all our flights operating on time as possible. >> reporter: travel experts advise booking now and pad your itinerary with plenty of time. >> there are just so many people traveling. planes are going to be packed. airports packed. you should leave early, build in some buffer time. i don't recommend 45-minute connections these days because then you're just asking for things to go wrong. >> i think he was talking to me directly. tom costello reporting. the sfo airport is celebrating its first ever nonstop flight to
vietnam. vietnam airlines will operate two flights weekly to the country's capital city. tonight at 7:00 p.m., leaders will hold a ribbon cutting. a holiday tradition returns tonight. mayor breed is among those to help light the castro holiday tree. tonight's ceremony starts at 6:00. >> i feel like we need to be the griswalds and go -- about the weather forecast. >> it's going to be great. i have seen the sun after sun after sun. >> and there's more sun. it doesn't change over the next few days it has been looking a e hazy out there. you can see it from this live camera view as we look at walnut creek. our air quality is moderate so for people who are sensitive to usually that unhealthy air quality, you may want to limit your time out there. we'll see more of that for today. here's a live look in san jose. nice to have christmas in the
park and i know people have been heading out there to enjoy all the sites. the seven-day forecast comes up at the bottom of the screen. just lots of sun in the forecast. temperatures reaching into the low 70s this afternoon. really comfortable with a high of 71 expected today in livermore. oakland reaching 70 degrees and 66 in san francisco. half moon bay in the mid-60s and napa today reaching 69 degrees. and it will continue to be just like this over the next few days. get out there and enjoy all of the sights and sounds of the city in san francisco today. they are lighting up the second candle of the menorah tonight at union square. dropping into the upper 50s. once the wind kicks in, it feels cooler. expect it to be cool and breezy out there this evening. here's what's going on. we've been missing out on the rain. it's all been targeted towards the pacific northwest around seattle and portland. they've dealt with days after
days of rain. and there's another atmospheric river headed that way. and it's being steered to the north because of high pressure and the dry conditions that we've seen, even warm temperatures for southern california. it's not moving so as we go through the rest of the week, we still see all of the rain to the north of us with our drought still continuing for parts of the east bay. looking at the water year update. we started out so well with all of the heavy rainfall that we had in october. each day we don't get rain, these -- what we see the surplus has been shrinking every day. so we're just at about half an inch above normal and it was over 13 inches for santa rosa for a surplus and now down to eight as we enter into one of our usual rainy months. it's looking pretty dry at least the start for the month of december and you can see in our seven-day forecast, just temperatures in the 70s over the next few days. slightly warmer than normal and that continues into the weekend.
kris and scott? >> klay thompson taking the next step in returning to the warriors after his injury. he's been assigned to the g-league team in santa cruz and could return to the warriors by the end of september. on the court, how about a matinee in los angeles yesterday against the clippers. the warriors broke the game open in the second half. steph curry going behind the back to draymond green for the finish. a team high 33 as the warriors won, 105-90 but he didn't do it alone. >> no, he did not. speaking of other people, never hesitates to run into danger on the big screen. now jeremy renner helping those on the front lines of some very real danger. how he's coming to the rescue of the lake tahoe community in the wake of devastating wildfires. and jury selection is now under way in the case involving santa rosa native jussie smollett. he's been charged with felly disorderly conduct after police
say he falsely reported he was the victim of a hate crime. you might remember this back in january of 2019. smollett told police he was attacked by two men. he claimed the men hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him, a makeshift noose around his neck and those claims drew national attention. however, prosecutors later charged him saying he staged that attack to further his career. smollett has pleaded not guilty. we'll be back with you right after this break.
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jeremy renner may be an avenger on screen but you can call his actions off screen heroic as well. >> he's opening up to kelly clarkson today about working with crews in lake tahoe to help build a new fire station. he's trained as a volunteer firefighter and says the devastating caldore fire last year was a good way for him to turn around and try to make that a positive and 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. i've still got to get more hours in with them but it's cool. it's lovely to give back to the community. and i love to do it. i love being in nature. heck, we've got fire trucks and -- >> how neat. >> it gives me something to do. a wonderful thing to do in my off time. >> that's how i describe --
>> it's some thing to do. >> you can see him on kelly clarkson right here on nbc bay area. the dickens christmas fair is back. but you will have to imagine that your car is a carriage. >> because of covid the annual holiday tradition pivoting to a drive-through version. organizers are bringing charles dickens london. they can shop and order the food, listen to performances as well. the story of the christmas carol also illustrated. it will run three weekends starting this coming weekend. >> that's clever. >> it is. it's a way of doing it. >> better than not doing it. if you want to stay home and watch tv, musical games are about to take you to the next level. >> jimmy fallon debuts his new game "that's my jam." it features the musical games fallon likes to play on the
tonight show. four celebrities compete in teams two of to win money for charity. this is a sample of what you can expect. >> time for random instrument challenge. ♪♪ >> yes, 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 ♪ >> i like it. i think it works. tonight's premiere features the four judges from "the voice." you can see them try to come out on top. watch the premiere of "that's my jam" tonight at 10:00 following "the voice" and don't forget an all new nbc bay area news at 11:00. >> let's get a last check of your weather. >> looks pretty good here. we're going to see more sunshine throughout the week. expect it to be another cold morning tomorrow but headed for the low 70s. we'll just repeat this weather pattern into the weekend as our temperatures reach into the mid
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