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restaurants in the bay area ask for proof of vaccination before you sit down. one restaurant in canada is now being ordered to temporarily close indoor dining because of something else. it was accepting photos of people's dogs instead of proof of vaccination or negative test results. what? investigators posed as customers to confirm the rumors were true. in a response of facebook, the restaurant in alberta calls the situation an unfortunate incident involving an underage hostess. right now, a sigh of relief for many parents. >> it is possible that we could have enough data. >> enough data for a vaccine for our youngest children. the reason health experts believe pfizer's vaccine for children under 3 could be available soon. and the latest covid surge is creating a historic backlog in asylum cases. the new system now being considered to help immigration
courts across the u.s. and if you're feeling foggy this morning, join the club. meteorologist ckari hall is breaking down when the fog is expected to clear. this is "today in the bay." ♪♪ thanks for joining us on this thursday morning. i'm kris sanchez. >> i'm kira clapper. we're not only on your tv. you can also watch us live on roku, amazon fire, apple tv and on our website, nbcbayarea.com. >> let's start were a quick look at the forecast. kari is back this morning. we're so happy to see you. >> thank you. i don't know if we're so glad to see this fog, though, this morning. it's been hard to make your way to work this morning with low visibility in parts of the north bay, san francisco and east bay. as we go into this afternoon,
that all clears out. we're headed for the low to mid 60s for today. 64 in fremont, 60 in san francisco and sonoma today. a beautiful 63 degrees. we'll talk about more changes in our weather in the forecast coming up. more young people are testing positive for covid during the omicron surge, but there could be help coming for parents of the youngest children. >> brie jackson is live in washington. throughout this pandemic, of course, children under 5 have not been able to get vaccinated. that sounds like that could be changing soon. >> reporter: that's been especially tough, but chief medical advisor to the president dr. anthony fauci says he hopes that the fda will approve pfizer's vaccine for children 2-4 years old within the next month.
if approved, dr. fauci says children would likely need three shots. a pfizer vaccine clinical trial is underway for those young children at stanford. the need for three doses in that age group is normal and something that's been done in other vaccines as well. >> the vaccine trials that have been done so far in the under 5-year-old children have demonstrated strong safety, but just not the debris of antibody responses, especially in 2-4 year olds. it is hoped that a third dose in the under 5-year-olds will provide a strong antibody response. >> reporter: dr. maldonado confirmed stanford should give fda their findings by february march. a san jose pediatrician says she's seen more cases in the past three weeks than so far in the pandemic, including a good number of babies and newborns. but the vaccinated are faring
better than those who are not vaccinated, underscoring the need for vaccines for children. for those free at-home tests, it's not too late to place your order. go to nbcbayarea.com and chick on the link in the trending bar. we have a live look for you across the country at capitol hill, where the house judiciary committee today debates the creation of an independent immigration court system. right now, u.s. immigration courts have hit a historic backlog. according to the research group transactional records access clearinghouse, there are more than 1.6 million cases still pending. the wait time for an asylum claim hearing is just under 5 years. the pandemic is one big reason
for that backlog. advocates say separating the courts from the justice department would speed up that legal process. part of oakland was shut down yesterday and now investigators say the package that was found near a flag pole was, in fact, a hoax device. it forced the evacuation of the federal courthouse. all of the evidence, including a note attached to what appeared to be a pipe bomb, is now in the hand of the fbi. a shakeup for schools in the north bay. the west sonoma school board has voted to buy-out the superintendent's contract following a year of budgetary issues and a deficit that led to the merger of two high schools last year. that decision triggered lawsuits, walkouts and a disagreement over what the new merged school should be called. a former berkeley school superintendent will take over until a permanent replacement can be found. relief is making its way to tonga finally after a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami this weekend. new zealand sent planes carrying fresh water, first aid and communications equipment today.
u.n. leaders say more than 80% of the population was impacted by the volcanic eruption last weekend. more aid from australia and the u.s. will be arriving in the coming days. the eruption also triggered a tsunami warning and advisory for the west coast on saturday for several hours. if you're headed out the door, beware it is foggy out there. you can see the glow from the lights of the san mateo bridge toll plaza. when i was driving about three hours ago it was very foggy. we're going to checkkari hall i moment, but first let's check in with mike on how that could be affecting the drive. >> it's definitely an issue. we are looking at traffic flowing smoothly at the san mateo bridge.
meters lights are on. all lanes are currently blocked northbound 101 heading toward that skyway. there's a crash involving three vehicles. it sounds like there may be other complications. north 101 is jammed up from cesar chavez approaching east 80. the commute is slowing down, definitely foggy through the north bay. a big issue for the golden gate bridge, the richmond bridge and the bay bridge. it's reaching down as far south as palo alto and fremont. use caution.
fairfield today reaching 64 degrees. we see more changes in our forecast going into the weekend with high winds tomorrow and a bit of a cooldown in the forecast in a few minutes. a tesla driver charged in a deadly accident. your tax dollars are going toward this testing company, but a lot of folks are questioning the accuracy of the results.
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manslaughter charges. the l.a. county man is the first person to be accused of a felony after a fatal crash using the auto pilot system. news of the charge just came to light last week. he has pleaded not guilty and is out on bail. united airlines is reporting a smaller fourth quarter loss as it was helped by holiday travel. united says the omicron variant has affected bookings but believes the setback will just be temporary. it's scaling back its schedule in the first few months of the year, expecting to fly less in 2022 than it did in 2019. united says bookings for spring and beyond remain strong. proctor and gamble says it plans to increase prices on fabric care products. the company says price hikes
will come at the end of february. it says reasons for the increases are inflation and the supply chain issues we've been experiencing for months. proctor and gamble has already raised products on other products. you know the jingle, my ball low knee has a first name? >> i love it. where's marcus washington when you need him? >> we need marcus. >> trending this morning, lunch meat seems to be -- oscar myer just sold out of its bologna style face masks.
hayward up to 61 degrees. these temperatures are what we've felt the past few days. the difference is the dense fog this morning, but it does look to clear out later today and warm up nicely to 67 in ukiah. if you think it's cold here, check out what's happens across the rest of the country. bismarck right now 18 degrees below zero. even dallas this morning is well below freezing. this is a look at our wind gust forecast for tomorrow afternoon. we see 20 to 30 miles per hour winds. it may get even higher. where it's purple and red, winds may gust 45 to 50 miles per hour. those strong diablo winds picking up. usually during the summer time
when we get an event like this, we worry about fire danger. we still have enough moisture left in the vegetation, but it's going to dry things out even more. storm track still well to the north of us and we continue to see high pressure blocking any chances of rain over the next few days. it looks like this continues through at least then end of the month. into early february we may see an overall shift in our weather pattern, but it is completely normal to have a 20 to 30-day stretch of dry weather in the middle of our rainy season nap's what we're experiencing right now. temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. it will get a little bit cooler once we get those gusty winds. we'll see high temperatures for early next week in the low 60s, but still no chance of rain here. san francisco will be windy and a little bit warmer tomorrow, but we do see some upper 50s in the forecast for the middle of next week.
mike, fog really slowing a lot of people down and a couple of crashes too. >> yeah. approaching the scene use caution. i'm marking this as breaking news because of a traffic break which continues after ten minutes of initially calling for that break. you'll notice the backup has not grown. it starts at cesar chavez. you can exit the freeway north 101 at cesar chavez. it may be two or three crashes. i think it's the same crash, though, reported multiple times. in oakland westbound bay bridge at treasure island, a crash als
really tough to see, richmond down through oakland all the way down towards palo alto into fremont at times. it looks clear on the map but a live look at the san mateo bridge shows you it's not clear. westbound taillights disappear not too far from our camera. use caution because visibility is a major far to be for you out there. back to you. up next on "today in the bay," nbc bay area responds. >> free covid testst that we now know are not free and aren't always accurate either. i'm consumer investigatorer chris chmura. i'll explain why next. as we head to break, we share this photo behind the scenes.
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888-996-tips. bob saget's widow is opening up for the first time about the death of her husband. saget died a week and a half ago at 65. on the "today" show hoda sits down with his wife kelly rizzo. she says everyone who ever met the comedian and entertainer realized immediately what a special person he was. >> he had gone through so much in his life and he knew how hard life could be. so he always was so kind and loving to everybody. he was just the best man i've ever known in my life. >> rizzo says her new mission in life will be to spread saget's legacy of love and laughter. big changes coming to an iconic location in san
francisco. do you recognize it? berkeley bay's another planet entertainment is taking over program for the 100-year-old castro theater. it will hold live events including film screenings. the group plans to renovate the theater with a new marquee and new technology. the grand opening will be in 2023. >> i cannot wait. i love going to concerts. >> i rarely get out of the house, but i have tickets for three concerts this year and two music festivals. hopefully covid cooperates. >> up next, top stories we're following today, including pg&e turning the page on more than a decade of criminal probation. it is finally free of oversight. as we continue to navigate
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suspect killed in a shooting that shook up one quiet san jose neighborhood. the scientists say the omicron surge is peaking, but now there are new warnings about what future variants could bring. the concerns experts are watching for and what you can do to keep yourself and your family safe. and gone without a trace. a desperate search continues today for a bay area health care worker and the unusual place where his car was found. this is "today in the bay." we are broadcasting live to your television. you can also watch us live on your roku, amazon fire, apple tv and nbcbayarea.com. we want to get a look at that forecast. i forget to put my contacts in
this morning, so i thought it was just me. turns out it's foggy for everyone. >> it's like that for everyone. take a look at the headlights. you can barely see them. this is fremont. that fog is going to linger through about 8:00. then we'll see it clearing out. we have a really nice day ahead. our temperatures reach into the low 60s, 64 in fremont. in los gatos expect a high of about 63. san francisco up to about 60 degrees. once that fog clears, nice day. we'll talk about all of the changes ahead and weekend plans coming up in a few minutes. developing right now, this is a live look in san jose where neighbors experienced a chaotic night that included a deadly police shootout with a suspected car thief. as you can see, officers right now are still on the scene and nearby streets are closed. it all happened after a car crash last night.
this is near the corner of heading street and park avenue in the rose garden district. police say the suspect was driving a stolen car in san jose, then attempted to carjack someone else in santa clara. that failed and he drove back to san jose. on heading is where he crashed into a car with two people inside. police say that stolen car caught on fire and the thief ran. one man who witnessed the crash say this is what authorities told him. >> he crashed the car into another car where there were two occupants. they got injured and sent to the hospital. he took off returning toward the corner of bureau court and heading, then he opened fire at the police officers. after that, he was shot and killed. >> it sounds like there was a lot of gunfire and shots fired
and maybe somebody was deceased. i don't know. it happened. it's random. >> a lot of shots. >> it sounded like a lot of shots. >> the suspected car thief later died at the hospital. the two victims in the other car were treated for minor injuries. no officers were injured in the gunfire. police in san mateo are investigating a shooting in the parking lot of hillsdale mall around 5:30 last night. one person was shot. so far there's no update on their condition, but the injuries, we're told, are not life threatening. police say there was no threat to the public. some health leaders believe we are approaching the peak of the omicron variant surge. there is another new concern. that is what other variants could bring. cierra johnson joins us leave. a lot of doctors are looking ahead to how we're going to navigate this new normal. >> reporter: that's right. good morning.
as we continue to navigate the fallout from omicron, those researchers already getting a leg up, looking at that next variant and how they will respond in the long-term to the coronavirus pandemic. nbc had a chance to speak with dr. smith, the head of infectious disease and global public health at ucsd. he tells us they're already exploring the next variant, which is pi. smith said there's a chance pi might be be as infectious or more infectious than omicron, yet deadly like delta. dr. smith says it's very likely we're going to need shots and boosters over our lifetime and the virus is not going away. how will that change the treatment? he says we'll treat covid more like the flu, which would mean creating new versions of the vaccine each year. >> we're going to figure out
exactly how many boosters somebody needs or what antibody level that's actually needed to protect ourselves. >> reporter: that doctor says it is also crucial that folks continue to get the boosters for those variants as a way to not only prevent the spread but also to protect vulnerable members of our society. live in san francisco, cierra johnson for "today in the bay." sonoma county leaders are trying to be transparent with what is now the most restricted covid related measure in the bay area. supervisors held a virtual public meeting to address the new limits on gatherings and the overwhelming conditions medical workers are facing there. hospitalization rates in sonoma county are higher than anywhere else in the bay area. the order bans gatherings of
more than 50 people indoors, more than 100 people outdoors. gatherings are also not allowed if they include more than 12 people at higher risk of severe illness for covid. the meeting went for hours reportedly without any resolutions. developing this morning, the search for a missing nurse who was last seen leaving during the middle of his shift at stanford medical center. search teams yesterday looked in the area near the dumbarton bridge in fremont for this man, 27-year-old michael o'dell. his roommate says he was last heard from during his overnight shift at stanford early tuesday. then his car was found on the dumbarton bridge in the eastbound lanes. the napa valley register reports napa city council approved retail cannabis sales.
that means anyone over 21 can purchase products without a medical use card. that measure still has to get a second reading before it gets the greening light. pg&e is free of the probation tied to its 2017 criminal conviction. federal officials have decided not to extend probation for its role in the 2010 san bruno pipeline explosion. the blast killed eight people and destroyed an entire neighborhood. in his final summation, the judge overseeing the probation suggested pg&e should be split in two. the department of justice says prosecution for pg&e's potential roles in more recent wildfires will be left to the state and not the feds. it is so foggy out there. this is a live look at the san mateo bridge. you can see those brake lights. we hope you stay safe as you're
headed out this morning and keep some distance between the car in front of you. let's check in with meteorologist kari hall on how the weather will shape up. time for the tahoe report. we are going to see temperatures today reach the low 40s with a lot of sunshine, dipping to the teens tonight. we still have 107 inches of snow on the ground for the upper elevations. 213 trails open. we are going to have cooler weather and windy conditions for the weekend. as you're maybe packing a bag and going to watch the niners this weekend, i will be watching from the comfort of my couch this weekend. bless you if you're going to this game, because you're going
to have to pack everything in your closet to deal with temperatures that are going to feel like it's below zero at times with some snow coming down. i'm just mad that green bay doesn't even have the decency to have a closed stadium. this is ridiculous. three vehicles should be on the shoulder now. that should start to clear up. the 280 extension this evening will be crowded with folks heading to the warriors game.
chase center opens at 5:30. getting into the city from the east bay we had a crash also at the bay bridge treasure island area. that has also cleared. we should see some improvement on the span, but the backup will stay at the toll plaza. things are moving smoothly around the rest of the bay. this is a live view from palo alto. you see those headlights clearly at the bottom of the screen. the fog farther south than most expected. >> i worked in the central valley and had to deal with that fog. the advice was if you really can't see, roll the windows down so you can at least hear if somebody is approaching. >> that's great advice.
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as you're waking up on this thursday morning, we're seeing fog across the east bay, but the south bay is nice and clear to start out. we go from 42 degrees to the upper 50s and low 60s today. and a lot of sunshine this afternoon. we'll take a look at visibility, our drought monitor update and the forecast coming up in a few minutes. and we're still looking at a slower drive north 101, still recovering from a crash as you approach the bay bridge out of san francisco. that's going on right now. looking ahead to tonight, the warriors play. the volume of traffic on the 280 extension. the chase center opens at 5:30.
muni is running shuttles from bart. it's been one year since the presidential inauguration. kamala harris sits down with savannah guthrie for an interview after president biden predicted russia would invade ukraine and the u.s. would step in depending on that that invasion looks like. the white house clarifying those comments. but in a heated exchange this morning the vice president also clarified the president's promise, explaining the u.s. stance.
>> the white house press secretary had to clarify the president's remarks. >> savannah, i'm being clear with you right now. if you're interested, i'll continue to be clear, which is that we have had direct conversations through various levels of diplomacy with putin, with russia and most importantly with our allies and partners. >> you can watch the full interview with the vice president, who also touches on the biden administration's quest for voting rights in a divided senate. that's all on the today show coming up at 7:00. she's set to visit san bernardino county to highlight the benefits of the bipartisan infrastructure bill which was signed into law in november. the vice president will carry a similar message to milwaukee
next week. then she's off to honduras for the inauguration of central america's first woman president. we have breaking news on the latest weekly jobless numbers. 286,000 people filed first time claims, about 50,000 more than the week prior and the most new claims since october. total claims surpassed 1.6 million. happening today, the start of one of the biggest events in the film industry, sundance. the event is virtual this year because of the pandemic for a second year. several bay area documentary filmmakers are set to make their debuts.
you may have noticed kari was out for a few days. that's because she and her family are adapting to a new normal at home. her daughter bella, who has autism, is suffering from severe food aversions and now has a feeding tube. she's back at home after a few days in the hospital. how is bella doing? >> she's smiling. she's healthy now. it was very rough there for a while. she one day just stopped eating. i was running back and forth to emergency rooms and doctors appointments and trying to figure out what's going on. in the end she did have to get a feeding tube to get some nutrition in. she is on the track toward some better health, but it will be a long road to get her to eat again hopefully in the future. >> we are so glad bella is doing better. so many of us didn't know you
were silently suffering. you were so incredibly strong. it wasn't until you posted on social media that you soon learned you weren't alone. a lot of families like yours dealing with feeding challenges like bella's. >> yeah. i was really struggling with whether or not to share what's going on in my personal life because i feel like we're all going through some mess.
so i do suggest whether it's just picky eating or dealing with issues with a child or something you're going through personally, let other people around you know so they can help you. i was to the point of just about to break there. i didn't tell anyone. >> kari has shared some resources. we put those up on your screen. we'll put those up on social. we know now there are so many families in a similar boat. just say something, people are happy to help. >> we are so happy you're back. hopefully this can provide a little distraction for you getting back to the weather and doing what you love. >> i feel better being back here with you guys. also she's going back to school today. she's on the road to recovery. >> and she has her cute little backpack with her. >> yeah. that includes the pump and everything she needs for her feeding tube.
i just really have no idea what this even meant, but it's something that some families have to go through and it's not as bad as you would think, actually. so she's able to be mobile and just be a 5-year-old and do all the things she likes to do. she's getting ready to go to school this morning. it's starting out foggy in some spots. if you're getting the kids ready for school this morning, make sure they have something warm to wear am allow some extra time to get there. in some of those spots we've seen visibility down to zero at this point. so really dense fog in parts of the north bay. that's drifting around oakland as well. then getting a little bit clearer for the tri-valley and the south bay where we're headed for the mid 60s this morning.
san francisco reaching 60 degrees this afternoon. if you think it's cold this morning, take a look at how cold it is for parts of the upper midwest. minneapolis at 11 degrees below zero. that does not even factor in the windchill. that cold air is plunging all the way down to dallas where they're below freezing this morning. we have some of the warmest weather in the country. by tomorrow, it's going to be gusty. it shows the wind gusts in miles per hour, especially for the north bay, parts of the santa cruz mountains. we're going to get some really high wind gusts here with those diablo winds picking up. normally during the summer time when we get a wind event like this, we have worries of fire danger. that doesn't look to be the case right now because we do still have enough of that leftover moisture. still a lot of rain to the north. with the update of the drought monitor this morning, we do still have a severe drought here and we haven't seen any change
this morning with the update that just came out, but we are still on track to some more dry weather. it's just that reminder that we do need to continue to conservative water. it's going to be warm these next few days, windy tomorrow. the weekend is looking nice. slightly cooler for early next week. mike, that fog causing a lot of problems out there for the commute. >> definitely. because it's extending farther south than we often see. i can't show you the palo alto one across the bay because there's nothing really to see. it's just fog. here we see the fog and the glowing lights heading south or knot on 880.
happening now, the board of the marin water district is now lifting some recently approved restrictions. it includes penalties for exceeding water use limits. board members cited the heavy rainfall in october and december which helped fill local reservoirs. some restrictions remain in place including swimming pool and irrigation limits. coming up next, a quick look at our top stories including an update on a deadly police shootout in a quiet south bay neighborhood. also, relief for parents of younger children. the reason health experts believe pfizer's covid vaccine may soon be authorized for children as young as 3.
the suspect was driving a stolen car, then tried to carjack someone. when that failed, he crashed into a car with two people inside. the car caught fire and the suspect ran. the suspect later died at the hospital. two victims in the other car were transported for injuries. they are minor. no officers were injured. stanford is playing a big part in moving forward the vaccine process and saying children 2 to 4 could benefit. stanford is conducting a clinical trial for pfizer's covid vaccine in 2 to 4-year-olds. dr. anthony fauci says he hopes the fda will approve that vaccine in the next months. one of the doctors leading the trial says the need for three doses in that age group is normal and something done in other vaccines as well. stanford should give their findings to the fda by mark. the oakland a's planners
unanimously approved the report for the proposed stadium at howard terminal. it now moves to the security council -- city council. a live look at the san mateo bridge. very foggy out there. mike is tracking the commute and how long it's going to linger. >> it's going to be another couple of hours. temperatures in our inland areas reach into the mid 60s. more mid 60s into the weekend, just windy. windy early next week. mike, how is that fog moving? >> looking well. it's curling around over here. the fog is the big factor for the morning commute. it's moving better at the toll plaza. this is what it's like on the
span which you can't see. be very careful out there. >> we hope everyone stays safe. thank you so much for joining us this morning. that's what's happening today in the bay. we are back at 7:25 with a live local news update. have a great day. good morning. breaking overnight. dead on arrival. the senate voting against a key change to its rules blocking a new voting rights bill from advancing. yet another setback for president biden coming just hours after he used a re and wide-ranging news conference to defend himself and his agenda. >> i don't think i overpromised at all. >> and stirring controversy acknowledging a russian invasion of ukraine appears inevitable.