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that was on the table and not the work rules on the table and they forced us to put an offer on the table that was black and white that we set forward. >> reporter: so both sides say they were this close twice to settling this squabble during that 30 hour marathon talk. apparently agreeing on the money 12% over four years, salaries, benefits and pensions but the so-called unions workers rights versus management's efficiencies, got in the way in the end. everything from future technology upgrades to safety concerns to all the way down to pay stubs should they be on paper or only online? unions asked for an arbitration, a third party to make the final call on this. bart management declined. so, elizabeth, things don't look good. we are seven hours away from a strike. apparently the trains will run through the night and the problems will start tomorrow morning for the commute unless there is a miracle happening. but there's nobody to talk
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anymore. both sides went home. >> they seem to have given up tonight. brian, does bart have any plans to have managers drive the trains some of them could run tomorrow? >> reporter: they have been going through some training but we asked about that and bart says that has to be approved by the bart board before it could happen so it doesn't look like it will happen immediately anyway. >> thank you, brian webb. let's get right to ryan takeo in berkeley. bart riders are getting the dreaded news. ryan. >> reporter: this all went down in the last 90 minutes. you can imagine the commuters' surprise. we are here at the ashby station. we talked to a couple of commuters already. they say that they had no idea that this went down. we had to tell them about these developments. take a listen. >> that's too bad, though. a lot of people gonna be stranded. >> back in you will, i tried a little bit of everything, did ac transit one day, the ferry another day, carpool the other
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day. carpool seemed to be the most successful. i'll probably do that. >> reporter: he was one of many who thought they were in the clear for the week until talks broke down today. we also talked to a station agent here today. we asked him how long he could hold out in the event that there is a strike. we were surprised by his answer. we'll tell you what he said coming up at 6:00. live in berkeley, ryan takeo, kpix 5. >> and we'll bring you any breaking bart developments on kpix 5 and our website, kpix.com. you can also find a strike survival guide and tomorrow, we'll have a special extended edition of our kpix 5 morning show because of the strike threat. our coverage begins a half hour earlier at 4 a.m. tenants made daring escapes from this six-alarm apartment fire in redwood city today as the fire spit out debris some jumped balcony to balance con if i to try to get away even some rock climbers using their equipment to rappel down the burning building for safety. several units are destroyed
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tonight. and their tenants are homeless. cate caugiran tells us the building was missing a key feature that made the fire go from bad to worse. reporter: this couple heard sounds of glass breaking, small explosions, and then a woman scream. >> we didn't know where it was or, you know, where -- where we should go. we were in the apartment and it was scary. >> reporter: they had no idea their apartment complex was burning down. >> we heard commotion so when i went to check on the lady, i thought maybe somebody was breaking into her apartment or something. so i saw the smoke in the stairwell, and that's when we knew it was a pretty big fire and we knew we had to get out. >> reporter: the couple grabbed their son and ran out. meanwhile, another tenant paul jenkinson said it was a woman's scream that saved his life. >> thank god she banged on my door. i don't know when i would have heard about it. the smoke alarm kind of went off a little late. but the smoke was so thick. >> reporter: by the time jenkinson opened his front door, he says the smoke was so thick he couldn't see.
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so he ran out to his balcony looking for help. >> i went to my balcony hoping it was still dissipating but it got worse and worse and i had to go down the ladder of the firemen. >> reporter: the challenge was getting the people out and the fire hoses up to the flames. firefighters say most everyone did a good job of self evacuating. we learned that the building did not have sprinklers. it wasn't required at the time it was built. and this is one reason firefighters say that the flames spread so quickly. we also know that there were five people injured in the fire but firefighters say they were minor injuries from burns to smoke inhalation. so all of those people are expected to be okay. in redwood city, cate caugiran, kpix 5. it's back to business in our nation's capital for now. late last night a deal was reached to increase the debt ceiling and to re-open the federal government. for now. after 16 days of a partial shutdown, federal workers cleared away the barricades and the closed signs to re-open parks and monuments. thousands of furloughed workers
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went back to work at nasa ames and other federal bay area businesses, the irs is processing checks, and even the national zoo's panda cam is back online. the deal only opens the government until january and raises the debt ceiling until february. in the meantime, lawmakers will work on a long-term budget. >> they would just kind of put themselves in our shoes for a moment, maybe not receive a paycheck, maybe it would hit home for them. >> the coming days and weeks, we should sit down and pursue a balanced approach to a responsible budget. >> under this deal, federal workers are expected to receive back pay in their next paychecks. economists at standard & poor estimate the shutdown cost the economy about $24 billion. muir woods is one of the national parks back open. >> it is kind of busy. a lot of people heard we were open and wanted to start their day off walking among these beautiful trees. >> and for some newlyweds for
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philadelphia the shutdown ended just in time. >> for us we're on our honeymoon so what are the chances that we still got to experience the parks? it's been great. >> if it didn't open we would have stayed in napa. >> the national parks in marin county bring an estimated $450 million to the local economy each year. and what could be the biggest sign in the bay area the shutdown has ended? boats started ferrying tourists to alcatraz this morning. the rock draws up to 5,000 visitors a day. one ferry service says all its tours quickly sold out this morning. an underwater dumping ground for toxic treasures. >> we moved two 100-foot tugs there for over 100 years. >> the danger that had police racing into action on a boat. >> applying to college is stressful enough. the glitch to a popular tool that's got students panicking. >> they might be cheering about the forecast for tomorrow. we have a lot of sunshine around the bay area.
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temperatures will approach 80 degrees inland and as we look live, you can see there's nothing but blue out there. the forecast is coming up. >> walk pretty fast, this is a robbery, this is a stickup, i want aller money right now! >> how a termite exterminator took down a bank robber with his bare hands. ,,,,,,,,
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up a major bay area waterwa for ye some abandoned boats pulled from the deep. oakland police joined forces with the feds to clean up a major bay area waterway. >> for years, the oakland estuary has been a dump site collecting abandoned vessels and tugboats. kpix 5's da lin went along and found out about the hugen environmental hazards the boats create. >> reporter: small objects and large abandoned tugboats they are creating an environmental and navigational hazard in the
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oakland estuary. >> radiation. >> reporter: pc bs asbestos and heavy metals. >> these would cause you to be sick or even to die. we have folks like -- that cal's rowing team that rows through here, they have private rowing clubs, folks that rent kayaks. >> reporter: workers pulled this boat out thursday morning. it's one of at least 40 sunken vessels found in the estuary. oakland police officer jim gordon blamed these homeless people for the problem. they live on boats and abandon them once the engines go out. officers gordon last year asked cal-osha to help clean it up after he saw syringes on the water during patrol. >> it's unacceptable. >> reporter: the epa and cal recycles started the clean-up two weeks ago. aside from boats, they picked up plenty of wood. workers even discovered two 100- foot tugboats submerged in this area. >> got divers in the water and they are going to patch up the
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holes in the vessels and then take out the silt and they are going to pump the water out. >> the epa and cal recycle expect to have this site cleaned up by the end of the year. >> reporter: in the oakland estuary, i'm da lin, kpix 5. >> the clean-up project costs more than $5 million paid for by state and federal grants. well, she stole change from a fountain to feed her cat. now she is facing jail time. how complete strangers are rallying to her defense. >> reporter: why did talks break down at bart? it wasn't over the money. i'll tell you what it was coming up after the break. ,, ,,
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midnight. this comes after more than 30 hours of ... both sides bart unions are going on strike tonight at midnight. this comes after more than 30 hours of negotiations. both sides could be seen coming and going from the building mostly for coffee and meal breaks. but even after all this time, there was no compromise. our brian webb is outside the caltrans building in oakland where negotiations have been happening all week. what's happening there now? >> reporter: things broke down in a big hurry today. both sides say they were this close to reaching a deal at least twice and after all these weeks and months of talking,
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what seemed to be money being the big issue in the end it seems to have come down to workers' rights versus management's rights. this all breaking in the past hour. union even called management arrogant today. they were fighting for safety concerns and worker rights but didn't go into detail. management said since they were giving all the money they deserved the right to new rules everything from how they could upgrade the system, the 40-year- old system, on workers and how they bid jobs all the way down to the pay stubs should they be on paper or online only. liz, apparently, the unions asked for arbitration and bart management declined so we are at an official impasse at this hour. live in oakland, brian webb, kpix 5. it's that time of the year when school seniors start stressing out about their college applications. and to make matters worse mark kelly tells the us, an
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important online tool for college admissions is not working. reporter: this high school senior has his list of dream schools ready to go. >> nyu, occidental -- >> reporter: with the online common application having its fair share of technic cam issues students are thinking of plan b especially for early decision deadlines. >> afraid to use the common app. >> reporter: it allows applicants with the single click of the mouse to send a college application to dozens of schools. it's grown popular over the years and helps streamline mounds of college applications paperwork. in the last four years, 300,000 more students started using it. common app revamped its website this year and with that, the organization admits systemic glitches have popped up. everything from the pdf version of the student's final application not showing up on the computer to new student emails confusing their system. fortunately the organization tells kpix 5 one of the biggest issues, making the website
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compatible with the most recent version of google chrome, is now fixed. >> kind of already stressful enough. didn't need this unnecessary stress. >> reporter: emily goldman helped students apply to college and fill out the common app. with these glitches popping up she has some words of wisdom for this year's seniors. one, double-check that your school got the application. and, two, just like with your homework once you get into college, don't procrastinate. >> there are always students every year who try to submit a deadline, application due at midnight. i'm going to try for 11:59. this is not the year to try that. >> reporter: mark kelly, kpix 5. >> more than 500 colleges and universities accept the common application. now in its third week, "covered california" is yanking its directory of doctors from its website. the state says there are problems with the information including doctors being mislabeled. for the most part, the website has managed to iron out its glitches. since enrollment started at the
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beginning of the month almost 95,000 people have applied for health coverage drop, cover and hold on. millions of californians did it today as part of the "great california shake-out." a record 9.6 million people participated in today's earthquake drills including bay area students at san jose's tech museum. the shake-out marks the 24th anniversary of the loma prieta earthquake. 63 people died when a 6.9 magnitude quake struck in october of 1989. and we are getting a peek inside the bay area's new water lifeline that should hold up in the event of a major earthquake. the five-mile-long seismically safe bay tunnel runs under the san francisco bay and it will serve as a main pipeline to save drinking water from the hetch hetchy regional water system. >> studies showed a major earthquake on one of the active faults in the bay area could create a failure of the hetch hetchy system which in turn could results in parts of our service area to be without
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water for up to two months. >> hetch hetchy services 2.6 million people in the san francisco bay area. loma prieta earthquake damaged homes across the bay area. and those who were renting were some of the hardest hit financially. on our consumerwatch tonight, julie watts explains why if you rent you may want to consider renters insurance sooner than later. reporter: earthquakes, fires, floods, disasters that wreak havoc on the heart and the wallet costing consumers hundreds of billions of dollars each year, something many learned the hard way 24 years ago today when the loma prieta earthquake leveled homes and renters are often the most vulnerable when it comes to property loss. >> the biggest misconception that renters have about insurance protection is thinking that their landlord's policy will protect their possessions. it won't. >> reporter: insurance advocate says in most cases your
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landlord's policy only covers the structure itself not your personal belongings inside or the extra rent you might have to pay in case you can't get back into your home right away. it's a recipe for a different kind of disaster. in some areas less than 20% of renters have insurance and many don't know about it at all. >> reporter: just be aware that it's here. >> reporter: so a campaign is being launched to educate consumers about allow to buy renters insurance. they advise compare at least three different insurance companies, buy a policy that pays you for the full replacement costs of your stuff, look for discounts like a home security system or living near a fire department or earthquake insurance. she says policies usually run between $100 to $300 a year, a bargain considering the next disaster won't likely wait another 24. just to be clear, most renters
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insurance does not cover earthquakes so you will have to add an extra earthquakes rider. and for more information, and for a link to this united policyholder's guide, go to our kpix.com. click "links and numbers." >> important information. we were just saying it's -- a lot of me are reluctant, more insurance, do i need this? it's not that much money and you can be protected. >> reporter: if you rent in the bay area, look at the apartment fire this morning? all of those renters have nowhere to go and this can often cover somewhere to stay in the interim. >> you have a lot of neighbors living around you that may not be as responsible as you. thank you, julie. how many years ago was it? >> well, 1989, what is that? 24 years ago? can you believe it? 24 years ago. but now one thing, the farther away from the last big earthquake, the nearer we are to the next one. >> okay. >> the loma prieta was not at the time it was characterized as the san francisco earthquake. it was the santa cruz earthquake 50 miles from san francisco. could you imagine loma prieta
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centered near oakland or san francisco? that would be big trouble. for the time being, things look calm and tranquil out at ocean beach. concord has 80 degrees. oakland is at 75. livermore at 83. and in the city it's 71. san jose has 79 degrees. it is plenty warm out there. 82 in santa rosa. it's just for this time of year, a little above average with 8:00 temperatures forecast to be warm inland. about 73 degrees. clear and mild around the bay and clear and cool at the shoreline. high pressure ridge big dome of high pressure stretches all the way up to the aleutian islands is in firm command of our weather. so we have temperatures warming a little bit tomorrow. and the numbers will be coming up to seasonal averages. it will be chilly tonight with those clear skies. temperatures remain near 80 degrees inland. and weekend looks sunny and warm and a good beach weekend too because we have an offshore push. the winds though are not that strong. the forecast is showing that the winds are pretty much calm by early tomorrow morning. and they will pick up to the
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five to 15-mile-an-hour range tomorrow afternoon. pinpoint forecast for the bay area with the clear skies the numbers come down a bit in napa to 45 degrees all the way down to 43 in santa rosa and 47 at fairfield 55 at livermore and here's how we look for tomorrow. san jose about average for this time of the year at 79. cupertino up to 81. milpitas 78 degrees. and out at livermore going to be in the low 80s inland and the low 80s will be in the forecast all the way through the weekend for much of the tri- valley area. alameda is up to 73 degrees. closer to the bay in sausalito will come in tomorrow morning at the low 70s. five-day forecast we are going to be looking for low 80s through saturday and then we begin just a slight cooling trend for next week. but there's plenty of sunshine for everybody. the readings will be in the mid- 70s for the most part all the way through next week. we are entering the latter part of october so we cool down.
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plenty of warm weather in the meantime, not much to complain about in the weather department. >> lows are there but late at night. >> thank you. the bank robber never saw it coming. >> i'll be darned if some junkie is going to come off street to take it from me. >> highway a good samaritan turned into a hero -- how a good samaritan turned into a hero with a hunch. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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but that's not what happenet this orange county bank. security cameras catch a man walk in waving what he clais a when a bank robber says put your hands up, most people do. but that's not what happened here. security cameras catching a man walking in waving a gun when herb pierce a termite exterminator steps n he grabs the guy's arm and calls his bluff. >> oh, i block him. went back a little bit.
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he came at me again. i hit him again. i'm barely scraping by and i'll be darned if some junkie is going to come off the street and take it from me. >> police arrested the suspect who was not actually armed. pierce broke his hand taking the guy down. he is not sure how he is going to pay his medical bills. but he says he would do it again in a heartbeat. desperate times call for desperate measures and for one woman in ohio, it meant stealing $2.87 from a fountain. >> i'm trying to feed myself and i got four cats and i'm trying to feed them. >> dierdre is jobless and about to lose her apartment. she says she has no money, so she snatched a few coins from that fountain outside a courthouse. a police officer caught her doing it and now she is facing charges for pedestrian p.e.ttie theft. there's now an online donation drive to try to help this woman find the charges for petty theft. so far they have raised nearly $2,000. the world famous mavericks big waves surf contest in half moon bay is coming up again and
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this time it has a new sponsor, body glove will join the team. mavericks' founder is excited to have a long time surf brand to amp up the energy around the event. when the waves are just right, surfers will only have a 24- hour notice to hit the coast and be ready to compete. an opening ceremony will take place in october 25th. now for a look at what's ahead on the "cbs evening news." >> scott pelley is in new york. scott. >> reporter: hi, ken and liz. great to be with you in the bay area. a manhunt is under way this evening for two killers who found a way out of prison that defies belief. we'll tell you about their escape story. plus, scientists say they may have found the missing link that ties all of humanity together. we are going to show you this discovery that may upend what we knew about man. those stories tonight on the "cbs evening news" at 5:30 right after kpix 5 news. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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that bart unions will go on strike at midnight tonight,f a quick update on some breaking news tonight our top story. just over an hour ago, we learned that blart unions will go on strike at midnight tonight if there is no deal this evening. trains would not run tomorrow. after 30 hours straight of negotiations, both sides could not come to a compromise. and new at 6:00 tonight imagine never losing your car keys ever again. the tiny gps device made here in the bay area that can track all your stuff and why it's raising security concerns. >> i'll take 5. >> yeah.
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>> thanks for watching. "cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> p ht, manhunt after a jailbreak. two killers find a way out of prison that defies belief. >> well, it doesn't take a rhodes scholar to realize they had some outside help. >> pelley: john miller has the story. the government reopens. can washington keep it that way? >> let's be clear: there are no winners here. >> pelley: nancy cordes and john dickerson i don't know they go from here. scientists say this may be the missing link that ties all of humanity together. jim axelrod and the discovery that may upend what we knew about humans. and testimony comeback of the humpback. an american biologist tells "60 minutes" about one of the great success stories in all of conservation. >> reporter: so you speak whale but you don't understand it?

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