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thanks for doing this on this monday. i am kris sanchez. >> i am scott mcgrew. marcus and laura have the day off. if you are on the go or at the gym, we broadcast on the television, on roku and amazon fire and apple tv as well. >> we're on all of them. vianey, we are tracking the forecast. looks lovely for getting outside. >> yeah, and if you follow us on social media, we give you a swipe up option to watch on there so go to our social media accounts. we are starting out cloudy in some spots, but it's going to be a mix of sun and clouds so we will get some sunshine and no real measurable rain. if you catch sprinkle action, it's from a system to the south pushing up, but it could be a couple 0.01 of an inch and some may not register. notice in the icons we don't get to full sunshine until maybe 1:00 or 2:00 in some areas, right around your lunch hour.
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we will top out in the 60s today. it will be a comfortable afternoon. it will set us up nicely for the rest of the workweek, and i will have a closer look at that forecast coming up in a few minutes, but first let's check in with mike. vianey, the tri-valley has all the activity if any at all. we are looking at a light traffic flow, but highway 84 we have a crash on the shoulder as you make the transition. the car was on the shoulder. we have the closure for pleasanton and sunol road along 680, and 680 is your alternate instead of needing to find one through the tri-valley. the rest of the bay shows green sensors, and we will call out a couple other popular spots coming up. back to you. for some bay area health care workers, they are taking a
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day of action. >> a lot centers around the dispute about the day itself and how it should be considered. and unhappy workers are planning to walk off the job. good morning, cierra. >> reporter: good morning, kris. an individual we spoke to said she plans to participate in the walkout and will likely be joined by hundreds of others at the oakland and richmond kaiser locations. these are mental health clinicians that say their holiday was given to them and then taken back. they are calling it a day of action for those kaiser mental health clinicians. not only are those workers at the sites, the oakland and richmond sites protesting a lack of holiday, but they are looking at an inequity in the staffing. staffing does not reflect what their patients of color request, especially to some patients will
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feel more comfortable opening up to. >> as they walk in and see only one or two clinicians that look like me, and they wonder if it's a safe place to go. >> and then we reached out kaiser about not granting those workers the mlk day. kaiser permanente will adopt starting in 2023 mlk day as a scheduled paid holiday across the organization. that worker we spoke with said despite that statement, she as well as others plan to protest to draw attention to that inequity as well as their disappointment with them taking that holiday back, again at the oakland and richmond locations. cierra johnson for "today in the bay." >> good to know. thank you. our celebration is celebrating the life and legacy of martin luther king jr., and one organization is hosting a week full of events in his honor.
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the anti-police terror project organized events for eight straight years, and this is from events held last year. today people will meet at the port of oakland and then a caravan will wind through oakland until 12:30. covid may have changed the format their of their events but not the actions behind it. >> folks get tired and they become complacent when we talk about holding hands and singing kumbaya and waiting for change to come, and we need to organize and activate and leverage the power of the people to continue to push for the same things king was pushing for 50 plus years ago. >> the virtual film festival highlighted king's spirit. it's critical his message continues to be shared today. celebrations in contra costa county, including the 33rd rally
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and car parade in el cerrito. and then richmond green way, an event from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. democrats are vowing to keep pushing their voter rights legislation forward despite almost certain defeat. today in the bay's brie jackson. this comes as the president faces scrutiny over his stalled agenda? >> well, scott, some democrats say they want more action from president biden. this week marks one year since president biden took office and so far we have seen successes such as the president signing the infrastructure bill into law, but there are still challenges ahead including getting voting rights legislation passed. >> hi. >> president biden heading into his first year in office this week with a mix of successes and
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setbacks. >> there's a lot of talk about disappointments and things we have not gotten done. we're going to get a lot of them done, i might add. >> accomplishments include a $1.9 trillion relief bill, and historic investments in infrastructure. there's no clear path forward on priorities like voting rights legislation. a few members of the president's party opposed changing senate rules in order to get the job done. top democrats are pressing ahead anyway. >> we are going to keep pressing. we're not going to give in on this because i am convinced that the people of good will are going to step up and get this done. >> republicans argue in some cases the country is worse off under this administration pointing to record high inflation. >> gasoline prices are 50% higher than when he took office, and the border is a mess and
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covid is resurgent. >> a federal government website goes live this wednesday where families can order up to four free covid test per household and the fate of voting rights hangs in the balance. president biden is expected to face tough questions from reporters about issues including voting rights legislation when he holds his first news conference of the year on wednesday. scott? >> vice president harris has virtual events. what is she doing? >> well, today vice president harris will have a virtual deliverance of remarks at a church in georgia -- that was the church for martin luther king jr. this week the president and vice president visited the church to
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gain a push for voting rights legislation and we expect the vice president to continue that push today. >> thank you for keeping us up to speed on that. if you want to know more about the events going on today, they are online at nbcbayarea.com. police in castro valley looking for the armed robbers that first stole a family's beloved dog and then later their suv. a french bulldog here, and robbers pulled up with a mother and daughter that were walking tito last night. a few hours later police believe the same group went and stole the family's car. this morning the island nation of tonga remains shrouded in ash after the tsunami. the video gives you a better idea of what it looked like following that eruption in the
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middle of the pacific ocean. gas, steam and ash rose like a mushroom. the boom was heard as far away as alaska. that water just swallowing things up. the good news is that up to this point there are no reports of deaths. for people in the bay area, meanwhile, it was a reminder of how powerful the ocean can be. neighbors in tiburon were breathing a sigh of relief, and the waves did tear away a dock. >> we were constantly looking out, and the water would come in and go out, come in and go out. after a point it started to recede and then did not come back in. >> for the most part the tsunami caused minor flooding but had a lot of people saying they would like to take future warnings a little more seriously.
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we are continuing to follow this story for you closely. you can find the latest developments on our website, nbcbayarea.com, just click on the link in our trending bar. taking you live out to san josé as we look at the sun almost up this morning. looks like it's a very promising day. we'll check in with vianey this morning. >> promising. that's a good way to describe a monday. we are going to see chances of widespread sprinkles. we are going to continue with dry weather today, so if you get a little sprinkle action if you live around the coast or in the south bay, we will get a mix of sun and clouds for the daytime highs. the dry weather pattern continues. tempts in the 50s and low 60s. let's get a check of traffic with mike. >> we are looking at a light volume of traffic. the bay bridge toll plaza, a live look all morning and it has been like we see here. pretty much the same number of
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cars, and it's holiday light for many schools and businesses. all over contra costa county, the only issue in tri-valley off of 680. we will talk about those coming up. back to you. >> thank you, mike. maybe trying to figure out a day trip destination for your mlk day. a list of environmentally friendly places to visit, two of which you do not have to travel far to see. and a rise in prices for peloton. one major retail chain get into the met averse. walmart's plans to create its own virtual marketplace. stay with us. you're watching "today in the bay."
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it's 6:14. it's monday. we are starting out in the 40s and 50s in some spots. 51 degrees right now in san francisco. wind not really a factor. nice and calm for the start of your day. i will have a closer look at what you can expect so you can properly plan out your week ahead. mike? >> if you are planning your day, 880 across the screen there, light flow of traffic. we will talk about one adjustment some folks might have
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to make that could cause them to be delayed in where they are getting today. apple will require all store and corporate employees to get a booster shot. this is according to a report siting an e-mail. the workers will have four weeks to comply with the new policy once they become eligible for a booster shot, otherwise they will need to take frequent test to enter a store or office starting on february 15th. peloton not immune or amusing, consumers will feel the pinch. over the weekend the company announced plans to raise the prize of the bike and tread models. depending on what model you by, it's about 20% more than what it used to cost. subscriptions and content do not
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change. america's largest retailer plans to create its own cryptocurrency and collection of nfts. walmart is not commenting on specifics, but it does say it's always exploring how to use emerging technologies and how they could shape future shopping experiences. the 52 places for a changed world lists breaks down places where environmental change is taking place and how travelers can be part of the change. the great highway closed at the start of the pandemic. it did reopen to cars again on weekdays. santa cruz county made the list for initiatives after the wildfires as well. one woman is flying into the
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record books. she's touching down in belgium today becoming the first woman to fly solo around the world. she took off back in august and her journey has taken her to 15 different countries. he is hoping to be an inspiration to women who want to become pilots. she started at 14. >> can you get your pilots and driver's license simultaneously if you want to. >> don't tell my kids. i am a nervous nelly. i still do this. >> yeah, the arm reach. i know all about that. i had to have both parents teach me to drive at some point. my mom was the more nervous one, and she rode with me once. i started driving at 16. the winds are calm and it's a
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beautiful start to our week so far. satellite radar, we do have a little activity down through monterey county and this is a system that pushed up from the south. high pressure has been blocking any chance of rain. we had a system to the north and of course to the south. once we get out of the sprinkle area, we will get a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures will be in the upper 50s for san francisco. 59 degrees in san francisco. martinez, 59. down through the south bay, 69 for san josé. 62 for morgan hill. let's get a check of fog and visibility. not a worry down through the south bay, but if you look at livermore and concord, down to four miles of visibility. novato, we have dry and rough patches through some of the areas there. long range outlook. what can we expect? any real chance of seeing rain? not for the remainder of january. the dry pattern will continue and we will see wind start to
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kick up in the middle of the week. we will see the return of high pressure dominating the forecast. this is what will keep us dry and block any real chance of seeing rain at least for now. another popular question i get for south lake tahoe, and i assume it's because it's a holiday and people have the day off. high clouds at times, you don't have to worry about any advisories, wind advisories or anything like that for now. the next three days, fantastic weather in south lake tahoe. a chance for light morning sprinkles in san francisco. tuesday and wednesday we will continue to see the dry weather in the forecast. not just for san francisco but also for inland areas. in through tuesday, wednesday and thursday, mid-60s on trend and even looking out ahead to next weekend where we will wake up to clouds and eventually sunshine will prevail, and that will remain for the next seven days. looking dry for the rest of
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january but another update coming up in a few minutes. vianey, south shore has casinos and the north shore does not, and i think some folks are deciding if they have to come back to work if they win. still, the traffic volume is light around the bay, as you see from the green sensors all over the map. we zoom into the area i circled in the tri-valley continuing all morning, we have had this closure for pleasanton and sunol road. wires down overnight, around 1:00 this morning. we are still waiting for pg&e to assess whether or not those are live wires and whether it's safe to reopen the roadway. 680 is the main thoroughfare and it's open. a little distraction there on the shoulder. it may slow folks down where they are going today, and we have modified schedules and that means less service for these agencies. cal tran is not running their real life mlk celebration train,
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but can you go to their website to celebrate virtually. >> thank you, mike. counting down the days to the winter games. next on "today in the bay," we will introduce to you one california figure skater looking to win gold as he returns for his second olympics. and you see a photo that cierra johnson posted. cierra along with marcus took time to talk to students going over the importance of the martin luther king jr. holiday. always the role models there. keep up with cierra by keeping up with her on instagram, twitter and facebook. we'll be right back. we learn about covid-19,
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the more questions we have. the biggest question now, what's next? what will covid bring in six months, a year? if you're feeling anxious about the future, you're not alone. calhope offers free covid-19 emotional support. call 833-317-4673, or live chat at calhope.org today.
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we are now just a little more than two weeks away from the 2022 winter olympics and we now know who will be wearing the red, white and blue on the u.s. figure skating team. >> that includes figure skater, jason brown. jason brown has been known for his bubbly personality and ponytail, but when he makes his second olympic appearance in beijing in february, one of the two things will be missing, but it's not his smile. >> hi, i am jason brown. i am from highland park, ater. >> this is where he comes alive! beautifully landed. >> there he goes. >> you know what?
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it was so funny. when i first cut it, i thought it was the power in the hair, it's that whole myth. i cut it and went straight to the rink and tried all my jumps and i landed everything and was at ease. i look back and i really do enjoy it. fortunately in the sport of figure skating we get to travel the world and it was in japan when i started to speak a little japanese, they were so appreciative. i was so determined when i got home. i wanted to make an impact and communicate with the fans there and i have been doing it every since. >> do you have a favorite phrase in japanese? >> this is change, and my word is like a garbage truck man. it's fun to say. >> comes in handy. >> don't forget our coverage starts on february 3rd, the
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opening ceremony on february 4th. you can watch it here on nbc bay area, and streaming live on apple tv and amazon fire. next top stories, the push from democrats as they try to pass new voting legislation, plus. a new age group seeing an increase in hospitalizations for covid. coming up, we break down who those folks are. we joined by top bay area infectious disease bay area specialists, dr. hong, and we will let you know what you need to know during the latest covid surge. as we head to break, vianey has a look at your forecast. when we come back, we will have drive times as well. stay with us. you're watching "today in the bay."
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right now at 6:30, hospitals overwhelmed with covid cases across the nation and more young children are now being admitted. the new, just-released data on the impact on the youngest americans. and then steps you and your family can take to stay healthy. "today in the bay" starts right now. we are coming to you on your tv but you can take us on the go
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if you have roku, apple tv and fire. i am kris sanchez. >> i am scott mcgrew. laura and marcus have the day off. the faithful had a heart-stopping win against the cowboys. yeah, fans cheering all over the bay area. this was an sp2 bar and restaurant. the niners won at that moment. anthony flores will have complete highlights coming up. first, let's start with a look at the forecast. vianey arana in for kari this morning. >> it's always fun to see real fans getting excited about it. you know, i think it's fun -- i like sports. fantasy, that's another thing. too many teams to keep up with. 49 degrees in san mateo right now. i always think it's really fun to look at the temperatures in our area, and then compare it to how the rest of the nation is doing.
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take a look at the map right here. if you know tuesday in d.c., 37 degrees and then in reno, it's about 24 degrees. houston, 54 degrees and miami, 64 degrees. albuquerque, 27 degrees. we are starting out mild compared to some spots. let's get a look at how roads are doing with mike. vianey, we look over and a lot of folks will say it's an easy drive, and then they look at the bay bridge toll plaza, and then we say it's not bad, a holiday for most folks. very few cars is what we have seen all morning. across the bay, no problems or delays. we are at the minimums for the crossings, bay bridge, san mateo bridge, dumbarton bridge, all at the minimum we typical see. we are still following this issue, the crash off 84 and 680. 680 is open and we will talk about the issues coming up. back to you. >> thank you, mike. hospitals in parts of the
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u.s. still overwhelmed by the omicron covid surge. right now more than 140,000 people hospitalized across the nation. in most cases, hospitals are seeing more children. cierra johnson is looking at the cases. >> reporter: it's some of the youngest members of society, those children under the age of five. federal data show they are being hospitalized with covid-19 at higher rates than we have seen at any point in the pandemic before. in a 7-day period that ended last wednesday, the u.s. was averaging 881 newly admitted children and teens with covid-19 each day and the rate of new hospitalizations among that group is six times higher than it was two months ago. the latest surge as been alarming for many kids that are immunocompromised and younger than five.
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federal authorization for a vaccine for the youngest kids still expected to be months away. two months after pfizer's covid vaccine authorized for kids ages 5 to 11. just 20%, a little more than a quarter received one shot. only 18% or 5 million kids have both doses. public health officials warned if children do contract covid-19 there could be really long-term affects, including fatigue and breathing problems. kids infected with covid can get what is called multisymptom inflammatory syndrome, and that's a rare but deadly condition. we will keep a close eye on the hospitalizations of the kids in the coming days. we are live in san francisco, cierra johnson for "today in the bay." >> thank you, cierra. for more on this we want to bring in infectious disease specialist, dr. peter chen hong. thank you for joining us.
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i want to go back to something cierra just said, this long term affect children may be happening, and they may not be getting terribly ill but the long-term affects might frighten parents very much. >> yeah, definitely, scott. i think the long term syndrome is very rare but something that happens. we are not sure if it's going to happen with such frequency with omicron as with the previous variant, and that's a reason to pause and hope. we definitely know when the immune system gets activated that later on you can have some of the chronic symptoms that can affect the heart or other organs that happen a few weeks after the illness. >> doctor, you know, it's concerning, a lot of people feel they are more free because they have their covid vaccinations and booster shots and they are not getting terribly sick if
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they do contact covid, but these children can't be vaccinated. we have to be mindful of masking. anything else we can do? >> yeah, the easiest thing you can do to protect the children that can get vaccinated, those under five, is to build a wall of immunity around them. that means to vaccinate and boost as many adults, adolescence, kids over five in that child's life, and the more you do that it's harder for the virus to penetrate through that wall. of course, looking out for symptoms and doing testing when people are symptomatic, but not worrying too much, only 1% to 2% of kids get hospitalized even though it looks like a big number, and it's a small chance kids will be hospitalized and fewer will die. >> you don't know which kid it's
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going to be. even if it's a few. >> yeah. >> people can now go online and order four free tests per household. we will see more cases as we have more tests, but do you think that will help contain the spread? >> i think to a certain point we will, scott, because that is if a person who is positive stays away from the rest of society who is negative. i mean, it does -- right now you have to assume anybody that you encounter is potentially positive in public, and that's why it comes down to being protected in risky settings. that's indoors, and wearing a higher grade mask. i like a kn-95, it's more comfortable than an n95, and otherwise your basic mask is at minimum a surgical mask that is
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well fitted or double mask as well. >> we are hearing about boosters and how important they are at keeping our immune systems strong enough to handle the covid. what are you saying to people that contracted covid and got the booster shot. we know it's less severe, but how much less severe? >> to tell you the truth, kris, i have not seen a lot of people who have been boosted in the hospital. it's still about 90% unvaccinated. otherwise immunocompromised, and they definitely could get a vaccine and not have a response. if people are getting boosted, actually the most important symptom is no symptoms because their body is so mild -- or taking -- being, you know, dealing with the virus so mildly they may not be symptomatic. it's estimated as much as 20% of people may not know they have
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covid, so that's why it's important to keep your guard up when you are going out and about. >> the folks who are counting on herd immunity and still have not been vaccinated, it's likely they could end up in the hospital if they contract it at this point? >> definitely. i think one of the myths of omicron is it's mild, but, sure, it's not as deadly as previous variants, but people are coming into the hospital because too many people are infected and that's why you are seeing hospitalization rates increase and hospitals are beginning to break at the seams. for all of us, we need to hit that pause button as much as we can. you know, i think for people unvaccinated, it's no guarantee for the future. look at omicron. again, i tell you people are still coming into the hospital. having had delta is no protection for having omicron, and having omicron doesn't mean you will be protected in the future for some other variant.
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>> thank you for joining us this morning. we know it's bright and early. >> thanks so much, kris and scott. don't forget, we have advice on where you can get tested, which masks work best for you. as the doctor said he likes the kn-95 because they are more comfortable. the number of cases in local school districts, and anything you need to know about the virus and how it can impact you, go to nbcbayarea.com/coronavirus. 6:39. taking a live look outside in san josé. let's check in with vianey and get a look at the weather. >> yeah, temperatures are pretty nice. right now in the 50s for san francisco. a live look right here. i do want to show you a look at how the rest of the nation is doing. as you know, the 49ers are going to play the packers and they are going to be in for really cold temperatures. green bay right now at 24 degrees. i looked ahead towards the weekend on saturday and the temperatures will be similar and maybe at times dropping below the 20-degree mark. let's hope they are ready.
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let's send them with good vibes and sunshine from our end. vianey, we are looking at green sensors around the bay right now. a smooth flow of traffic, a holiday for many schools and businesses observing martin luther king day. the closure in the tri-valley continues for pleasanton and sunol road off of 680. 680 itself is open. the crash over on the right at 84 at 680, just got word from chp they cleared that car from the roadway and that slowing should clear up and the transition remained open for the tri-valley. a smooth flow of traffic throughout the rest of the bay, including through the altamont. that's how light it is. back to you. >> thank you, mike. new details emerging about the gunman in a standoff at a texas synagogue. two teenagers are now being questioned overseas. back here in the bay area,
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much happier news. the 49ers' fans, it was close but it was a win. we will break down the moments that had fans on their seats in yesterday's heart stopping game. and why niners think it will help them the next time around. you're watching "today in the bay."
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it is 6:43 right now. we're seeing a little activity
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just south of us but not bringing us any measurable rain. the dry weather is expected to continue for the workweek ahead. i will look at your temperatures coming up in a few minutes. we are looking at a smooth drive here on the peninsula. this is highway 101 through palo alto. it looks about a standard amount of traffic for 6:44. it's lighter around the bay. we do have an issue in the tri-valley. there has been a change there. got my attention and i will give that to you coming up. u.s. leaders stressing the destabilizing impact after north korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles early monday local time. this is north korea's fourth missile test this month. the family of the gunman that took four people hostage in a texas synagogue issued an
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apology to the victims saying they do not condone his actions. authorities shot and killed malik faisal akram after an 11-hour standoff. his two teenage sons are in custody in the uk. a law enforcement source tells nbc news that akram contacted them during the standoff. djokovic, this is new video of his arrival in his native country of serbia. he lost his bid to play in the australian open when a court upheld the decision to deport him because he was not vaccinated. the 49ers made things more tense than i think people
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expected sunday's game to be. >> yeah, heartburn and not because of the wings. anthony flores shows us the game felt like a roller coaster ride. >> wow, what a game. the 49ers moving on to the divisional round. check out the rush just to get into the at&t stadium. i see a lot of red there. mitchell caps a drive and it was 16-7, niners at the break. then the niners go up by 16 points. they were cruising in the fourth quarter and then comes the oh, no, jimmy throw. it's picked off by anthony brown, giving the momentum back to the dallas cowboys. that would lead to this.
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dak prescott calling his own number from five yards out and he scored a touchdown and that cuts the lead to just six points. under 15 seconds to go, dallas with no time-outs, they call a draw. prescott runs up the middle and is tackled but time runs out before they can spike the football. the 49ers survive. they beat the cowboys 23-17. a wild ending. would you expect anything else from the niners' team? >> whenever you have to battle at the end like that, it shows a real team. you can look guys in the eyes and see who is ready for it in that moment, and it will be helpful down the road and not easy go into lambeau. it will be a tough challenge but we are ready for it. >> next up, the 49ers will face the top-seeded packers.
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anthony flores for "today in the bay." next sunday the buccaneers will host the winner of tonight's game, l.a. rams against the arizona cardinals. that game, next sunday, will air here on nbc bay area for a scheduled kickoff for noon. can you watch super bowl lvi right here as well on nbc bay area. that's played in los angeles sunday, february 13th. trending today, it would have been betty white's 100th birthday. >> fans still pay tribute to her life and legacy. >> don't you go away. we will be right back after this commercial message. >> all clear. >> all right, who in the hell is responsible -- >> the documentary "betty white a celebration" will play tonight at 900 movie theaters nationwide.
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on social media people are honoring her by donating to animal organizations as part of the #whitechallenge. >> vianey, i am not saying we should sneak in a bottle of champagne to the movie theater, but you still have the big bag, right? >> they actually only allow a small size now. it's been one of those days today where it's monday, and you are like, it's monday, but at least the weather will be pretty nice. 41 degrees right now in walnut creek. we saw a little shower activity to the south. high pressure has been blocking any sort of real rain from making it to the bay area. we had a system to the north and a system to the south. all in all we will see fog and visibility remain in through parts of livermore and tracy and notice everywhere else. not as bad when it comes to the fog. visibility today, starting out
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with cloud cover. starting out with sunshine, 64 degrees in san josé. 59 in oakland and in san francisco. 61 in napa. santa rosa, 62. we will remain in the mid-60s. this is going to set us up for a long-range outlook of a dry pattern. notice the rain stays to our north. portland and seattle areas will continue to see that system, and in through january 18th, we could see wind from the system. january 22nd and 23rd, we then get the return of high pressure and that's what is going to keep us dry through the end of january. if you have plans to head to south lake tahoe, the weather is absolutely beautiful right now. high clouds at times on tuesday, wednesday and thursday, and daytime highs in the 40s and overnight lows to the 17 and 22
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mark. right now sierra snowpack, statewide average at 126%. that series of storms brought a nice boost to the sierra snowpack, but we should see more storms in january. we could start to see rain moving in but that's in the long range out look. for now the 7-day forecast looks dry. temperatures in the 50s for san francisco and low 60s through the end of the week, and even looking out ahead towards next weekend, friday, saturday and sunday, notice the temperatures, no big fluctuations or anything like that. overnight lows in the 40s once you get rid of the morning sprinkles. we will get peeks of sunshine at times depending on where you are. it will take longer to clear along the coastline and in through san francisco. it will be a nice week ahead. not a bad week to start off for a monday. mike, how are you roads doing? >> great. light traffic right now. we just have one spot. got to call it out. it's a closure but it's not the
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freeway, it's alongside 680. the wires came down just after 1:00 this morning, that's when they were reported. don't know if they are electrical wires so we don't want to reopen that road, caltrans and chp. we did reopen 84, and that's what i was alerted, the slowing sensors that showed up in through sunol but things cleared up and it took five minutes for that recovery. light traffic around the bay, and that's great. limited transit because it's a holiday schedule, lighter schedules for bart, muni, caltrans and cal train does give you an option for a virtual celebration for martin luther king day observed. we look at the bay bridge. no backup, no metering lights and no slowing throughout contra costa county. >> thanks, mike. happening now, contra costa leaders are considering
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requiring electricity be the sole energy source for all new residential, hotel and office buildings. the board is going to debate the changes tomorrow. contra costa county staffers are recommending new rules take affect as early as july. a quick look at the top stories, including vowing to strike in the east bay. why some are planning a day of action on mlk day. spotting a fake in 95 mask. right now on nbcbayarea.com, we will tell you five ways to spot a fake mask. go over to our website. it's on the find the link right on our home page. we're back in two minutes. you're watching "today in the bay."
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welcome back. here's a look at the top stories on "today in the bay." first happening today a day of action on this mlk day for some bay area health care workers. hundreds of kaiser workers are planning a one-day strike after they say kaiser went back on its word by initially giving mental health workers a day off and then taking it back. kaiser permanente released a statement acknowledging the miscommunication they call it,
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and say the holiday will be a scheduled paid day across the organization starting next year. workers plan to address other areas of concern on today's day of action. kids younger are being hospitalized than any other point during the pandemic. the u.s. was averaging 900 newly admitted children and teens with covid per day. that is six times higher than two months ago. the latest surge has been ae especially alarming for families with kids who are younger than 5 and that's the age group not eligible for vaccination. and then three covid testing sites will remain open today for families in the west contra costa school district. the sites open at 9:00 in the morning. covid having an impact on san josé police staffing. department sources tell nbc bay
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area because of cases and exposures the department is having a tough time finding enough officers to patrol. the department's asking all officers to volunteer to work more time this week. in addition, starting one week from today, the department will require that all officers who are not currently on patrol to pull at least one patrol shift per week. as the nation celebrates the life and legacy of martin luther king jr., one organization is hosting a week full of events in his honor. the anti-police project organized events for eight straight years, and they say this year will be no different. this is video from last year. today's events will kick off with people meeting at the port of oakland and then a car caravan will wind through. el cerrito, a car parade starts at 10:00 and rally at
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11:00, and then richmond green way has an event that starts at 10:00 and runs to 1:00. it's going to be mostly dry. we had a couple morning sprinkles. temperatures will be in the 60s for the most part throughout the entire bay area. we will start out with clouds in some spots, eventually the sun will prevail. mike, how are the roads? >> great. no backup at the bay bridge toll plaza. has not been any metering lights all morning. this is the nimitz, and even for the nimitz this is great at 6:59. no backups, all bridges are at speed crossing the bay. >> thank you, mike. that is what is happening on "today in the bay." we will be back at 7:25 with more local news. >> join us for nbc bay area news at 11:00. the "today" show is next. you can view more news at
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nbcbayarea.com and on our app. have a great day. >> have a great day. good morning, holiday weekend headache, tens of millions waking up to the impact of a monster storm. heavy rain, snow and wind across the northeast. ice a major problem in the south causing accidents and knocking out power. your full forecast straight ahead. searching for answers, the fbi identifies the gunman who held four people hostage at a texas synagogue for hours before they were freed in a daring raid. president biden declaring. >> this was an act of terror. >> as we learn more about how the suspect entered the united

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