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5:30. >> we have a lot going on. are we starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel here? cases are starting to drop in some places, but health officials warn it's too early to let up in terms of the covid the surveillance videos are stunning and detectives have hopes of finding them. the news at 5:30 starts right now. thanks for joining us on this tuesday. i'm janelle wang. >> and i'm raj mathai. as we've discovered the last two years, the pandemic is mostly
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regional. there are new signs it could be easing here in the bay area. the positivity rate in california has dropped nearly 2% in the past week. infections appear to be leveling off, even falling, on the east coast, new jersey, rhode island and connecticut. in new york there's been a nearly 47% drop in covid cases from earlier this month. as for schools nationwide, an online tracker shows more than 6,200 u.s. schools respectively disrupted by omicron last week. >> i can tell you virtually all the children we admitted to our hospital with omicron who could be vaccinated aren't, nor their parents, nor their siblings. >> our hospitals and supplies are stretched to the limit in the bay area. we are filling parking lots to help with caseloads. today students across st. paul, minnesota staged a walkout.
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they want the school system there to do more to keep them safe. their list of demands includes returning to remote learning for two weeks and providing n-95 masks to all staff and students. coming up at our 6:00 news about 30 minutes from now, we'll show you a similar walkout here in the bay area and oakland. what will arrive first, the free covid tests from the federal government or the peak in the covid surge? as the biden administration reaches one year in office, they are asked about the status of the 1 billion tests the president promised this month. >> earlier on i was getting all the equipment necessary for the new production facility in carlsbad, california, from tearing the building down to being alive. it took us about nine months. well, we aimed higher, about--
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to hire about 400 more people for that facility. that's been a bit of a challenge. >> you can watch "nightly news" at 6:30. not wearing a mask and making other supreme court justices feel uncomfortable. according to a release by npr, supreme court justice gorsuch will not wear a mask during the proceedings despite being asked to do so by chief justice john roberts. it has led justice sotomayor to attend opening statements virtually. she was nominated by former president trump and has been a justice since 2019. we have many volunteers helping with a food bank. they can answer all your questions, like if you have concerns about vaccines for your younger children, or where to get a testing appointment, they can help you. the number to call so your screen, 833-422-4255.
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phone lines are open from now until 8:00 p.m. we also have this phone number on our website. verizon and at&t decided to hold on the 5g near airports. aviation regulators and airlines repeatedly, though, raised concerns that it would interfere with safety equipment used to determine the planes's altitude. president biden thanked verizon and at&t for agreeing to delay saying in part, this agreement protects flight safety and allows aviation operations to continue without significant disruption and will bring more high-speed internet options to millions of americans. on capitol hill the debate
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about voting rights is underway. the democrats brought two bills to the floor which would raise standards on elections. those bills are expected to hit a dead end this week with all senate republicans unified in opposition. alysha -- chris palombo reports. >> two key priorities in president biden's agenda. the bills passed in 19 states after the 2020 election which opponents make it harder to vote, especially for minorities. >> we need a call to consciousness, but this is not about partisan power. >> reporter: a bill named for congressman john lewis would require cities and states to get approval before changing their voting laws, while the freedom to vote act would set a minimum number of days states have for
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voting and would not allow vote by mail, among other things. but it takes all senate republicans united to pass the reforms. >> this is about the party wanting the power to unilaterally rewrite the rule book of american elections. >> reporter: democrats could pass the bills with a simple majority if they all agree to change the senate rules. >> 50 democrats, all 50, have agreed to the voting rights protection bill. we're just hung on this procedure that effectively gives mitch mcconnell a veto. >> reporter: while the effort appears doomed to fail -- >> the public is entitled to know where each senator stands on an issue as sacrosanct as defending our democracy. >> reporter: democrats are pressing on. some big names in sports are publicly throwing their support behind passing the freedom to vote act. in a letter to west virginia senator joe manchin who opposes changing the filibuster,
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football coach nick saban and jerry west joined others in urging them to pass the bill. chris palombo, nbc news. the state department says the trip to ukraine is to reaffirm the commitment to ukraine. it comes after diplomatic meetings that the u.s., russia and its allies have failed to make any breakthroughs. russia has about 100,000 troops with equipment on stand-by near the ukranian border. tonight we are getting our first look at tonga recovering from this weekend's eruption from an underwater volcano. the pacific island nation is covered in a thick layer of ash. the country's government calls it an unprecedented disaster. the eruption killed at least three people, destroyed homes and even cut communication lines. it led to a tsunami advisory
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which caused some damage in santa cruz. a string of storefront burglaries has business owners scratching their heads. you have one of those burglaries. it happened overnight from the north to the south end of san jose. police say thieves crashed into six stores to get those atm machines. nbc bay area headquarters with more of the surveillance videos. damian? >> reporter: police say the burglaries were coordinated by one group in the span of an hour and a half, but they credit business owners keeping the thefts to a minimum. it shows the brazen burglaries in this video. this one was at a liquor store with they made off with the money machine. then there is the santa clarita smoke shop. and then it appears to be the same cars the one at the smoke
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shop. at the santa clara smoke shop, crews spent the day making repairs. >> they did a lot of damage. we work all day long just to make a couple dollars and they do this. it's wrong. >> reporter: especially, says joe, since the store doesn't even have an atm. the liquor store does but it appears the thieves couldn't get past the metal bars protecting the store. so it looks like the atm was saved. and they couldn't get the next atm onto a truck. police say it appears to be a ring that struck overnight. they credit the many security measures some of the stores have in place. >> one of the businesses, or when this burglary started to occur, these guys were scared off because some lights got turned on. it sounds like these business owners are taking all the necessary precautions. >> reporter: police say they will be extra vigilant overnight
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in case the thieves decide to strike again. in san jose, damian trujillo, nbc bay area news. it's the stuff movies are made of. an unlikely sport in more than two decades. the pandemic canceled her flight. does that mean she loses the miles she used to pay for it? no. i'm chris chmura on "nbc responds," next. i'll have your full forecast coming up in less than 10 minutes.
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nbc bay area responds to a peninsula woman who is battling the biggest air carrier. >> by the way, do you get more phone calls, texts or e-mails? >> e-mails. we prefer them because you'll attach all the good photos.
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she bought a trip to turkey with 100,000 united airlines miles. the trip was canceled because of the pandemic. she said united refunded just 82,000 of her 100,000 miles leaving 18,000 air miles unaccounted for. that's worth a couple grand, easy. barbara wasn't just going to let those 108,000 miles go, no. she called and didn't get anywhere, so she contacted us. we called united airlines and asked them why didn't they refund all of barbara's miles when she canceled? they said this was caused by our system. barbara confirmed she got all 108,000 miles back so she can enjoy luxury in the air if she wants. when airlines don't respond, you can make a federal case out of
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it and complain to the federal government. the airlines are required to respond to a federal complaint. we made a how-to video with each step and advice. you can go to our website nbc bayarea.com/responds. jamaica is sending a bobsled team to the olympics, but we're not talking about a movie, we're talking about the olympics. jamaica will have a bobsled team in the olympics for the first time in 24 years. they will be there for the first time, including the women's event. at the 1988 games for bobsledding, they didn't get the gold, but they responded to cool
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runnings. one of the biggest bobsledders in the world is david raines. he's not taking anything for granted as he goes for a three-peat. we visited his home in reno. >> this year has been about a lot of reflection, how far i've come in my career, all the things i've gotten to do. i'm just kind of approaching it a little lighter. >> i couldn't believe how --
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>> he is known to push on his tricks but he says there is a balance he has to find for the physical and mental part of the sport. >> for the person i am, i have to be pushing or else i'm not mentally happy, either. you have to find this balance between pushing the boundaries. for me being a pioneer, doing something new that no one else is doing, just making a mark. but also not stressing out about it. it kind of comes down to surrounding myself with people who know, love and care about me outside of my sport.
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>> nice try. >> in terms of priorities, i put my family first. >> reporter: alexandra wise has been david's biggest fan for more than a decade. the couple has been married for more than 11 years and have two kids, ten-year-old melli and 15-year-old malachi. >> any job is hard. it's a lot of pressure. >> reporter: what would yourself now tell 19-year-old alexandra about what's coming up? >> be strong. it's going to be okay. >> reporter: you know, i think part of the emotional myth of this whole experience is the fact that you get to experience both sides. she gets to watch me and support
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me when i'm on the podium. they all got to stand up on the podium with me in pyeongchang. then she gets to see me piled up with a broken leg in the hospital for eight days. >> if i could go back and give anyone advice, i would just say enjoy the moment because it's going to be over before you know it, and it's worth it. whatever it takes is worth it to keep the family together. >> i wouldn't go back and rewrite it any other way. the fact that we survived this 11-year grind through two olympics, hopefully three, to me is like an indication that we can get through just about anything. i would be very excited to win another gold medal for my team, but at the end of the day, i can only ski the best i can ski. i'm not out there trying to win in order to prove something to somebody or even prove something to myself. i'm just out there trying to win because i want to. i think it would be fun.
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>> yep, and we are hoping for another gold medal. love the wise family. thanks so much. our coverage of the winter games begin on february 3rd. i'll be in beijing all next month bringing you the stories of our local athletes. you can watch it right here on nbc bay area. >> it tells you just how difficult it is. we see all the tv flashy stuff, but behind the scenes, the wife, the kids, his parents in reno, it is a grind. >> the training, the rehab, it's nonstop. jeff, you've got the weather in beijing. i know it's going to be cold. >> exactly, yeah. i took a look at this. i know you're prepared, but it is the coldest month out of the year in january. they're looking at an average high of 35, average low of 16, and some major wind chill that can make it feel like single digits.
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rainfall, only 2/8 of an inch. in the bay area we have this area of high pressure. this has been keeping the storm track all the way out to the north, unfortunately, pushing all of our rain chances away. it does still look like we'll possibly hear of some increasing rain chances once we roll into february's forecast. the last time we had measurable rainfall was july 7 and that was only two/thirds of an inch. 32 in the south bay, tri valley down to 40 degrees. the east bay, san francisco and the north bay we'll find more of those low 40s. take look at the fog, and you can see it's right around the bay. very thick fog as well in the central valley if you're doing any traveling. won't last too long. as you can see right here, we've got lots of sunshine moving in as we head to tomorrow afternoon. that will make a really nice day for us. down here across the south bay tomorrow. temperatures in the mid-60s, 63 in san jose. let's bring it to the east bay.
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we're 53 in vallejo, pleasanton 53. outer sunset 54, and across the north bay, 64 in ukiah. down to sonoma, 60 degrees. the next seven days we've got upper 50s and low 60s this weekend. we continue with that trend as we head into early next week. across the inland valleys, we're also going to find temperatures somewhat similar, although i do see us warming up as we hit the forecast at 67. the winds will continue thursday night into friday morning. as we head into next week, we'll continue in the low 60s. we started off with sports,
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let's finish it with sports. 49ers/green bay on saturday. we have some snow showers on pre-game kickoff. wind chill of 7, half time wind chill of 6 degrees. so this is actually close to what you'll get in beijing. >> you should go to green bay to acclimate. >> i was just thinking that. >> we need to go to green bay to cover the playoffs. >> you need a meteorologist to go with you as well. we might do that. >> thank you. good suggestion. buying a home is getting even tougher. mortgage rates are rising. the new heights they're reaching for the first time in a while.
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anyone shopping for a home is likely aware of this. mortgage rates are higher and today popular 30-year mortgage rate hit 3.7%. that is the highest since 2020. the feds were buying them
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aggressively during the pandemic to keep interest rates low, but it started pulling out of that market as it makes moves to fight inflation now. the job market is robust, job openings at an all-time high after millions of workers quit back in november. ongoing fears of covid and other factors have made it difficult retaining workers. companies are expected to increase wages even more this year. a major tech deal worth billions -- billions of dollars. microsoft is buying gaming company action company blizzard for nearly $69 billion. the all cash deal will allow microsoft to speed up its mobile gaming and xbox content. activision is the maker of candy crush. can they beat the top-seeded packers? he has his beanie on already like he's there.
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the niners when the packers won on a field goal. >> prepare to dress warm and get your mind right. if you do it's usually not a factor. i think we'll be all right. i don't do well in cold, but i'll be all right in a football game. i think everyone else will be the same. >> what did jeff say, 7 degrees, 8 degrees? ly -- adrenaline is their best defense. right now at 6:00, not one but two vigils held for a bay area woman pushed to her death in new york city. we are live at one of san francisco's in chinatown after they pop up around the country. a site that gives covid
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tests in the bay area. a shortcoming they have discovered. and he's going to get kicked out of his home. we investigate the legal loophole residents say the landlord is using to try and evict those residents. the news at 6:00 starts now. thanks for joining us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. friends and family in both sides of the country are grieving for the death of bay area michelle goh. a man pushed her off a subway platform. >> we're in san francisco's chinatown where a memorial in her honor is underway. sergio? >> reporter: i can tell you this is an event being held in solidarity with the event that was just held a few hours earlier in new york. i can show you right now that this event in san francisco has

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