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>> elections have consequences. we're seeing this play out both in what they're choosing to hear. >> our political analyst breaks down the key cases with wide-ranging impact. thanks for joining us. i'm janelle wang. >> and i'm raj mathai. people on the beach started smelling oil on friday. the spill was obvious on saturday and it's a crisis along the coast of orange county. let's bring in patrick healy joining us from huntington beach with the very latest. patrick, what do you know? >> reporter: good evening, raj, and of course wind and currents have a big bearing on what happens to an oil spill after it's happened, and in this case the oil spill is being pushed south towards the waters off san diego, and at this point not much more is coming ashore in
orange county. where the pipeline failed, it's busy with platforms and ships outside the l.a. long beach port complex. today the pipeline company suggested what may have caused the failure was an anchor for one of those ships. as the orange coast prepares to defend against more oil coming ashore, and as the undersea pipeline company says it's close to confirming the source of the leak, a state official offered a blunt announcement. >> this is a criminal case. >> reporter: no, it wasn't deliberate but possibly the result of negligence or something else, causing beaches to be closed from huntington to dana point. it's led to the closure of people entering or leaving. >> with respect to the hundreds of millions of dollars of devastation that it did to our environment and our economy, we are going to feel the impacts of
this oil spill for generations. >> reporter: orange county d.a. todd spitzer among those listening to a noon hour briefing by the emergency response joint command. the leak began sometime before the operator of the offshore oil platform emergency pipeline reported it on saturday. they said it located the possible leak point and plans to send down divers. >> we've seen the spot that we think could very likely be the source. >> but i was incredibly disappointed about what i heard from him. >> reporter: the d.a. demanded independent observers be present when divers approached the suspected break. the company president suggested the break may have been caused by an anchor from one of the many ships moored outside san pedro and long beach. >> no diver from mr. wilson's company should touch that pipeline. >> reporter: so far they think
it was 27,000 gallons, the largest spill on the coast in a generation. mayor brad avery revealed that returning from catalina saturday, he found himself in it. >> i've never seen anything like it down here. >> reporter: all right, back to that anchor theory. no confirmation yet, but the coast guard did say it is one of the possibilities that it is examining as a part of this investigation. and, again, at this point the spill, most of it ribbons of oil offshore heading south towards san diego. in huntington beach, i'm patrick healy reporting for nbc bay area news. >> patrick, good information. thank you for that information. we'll see you a bit later on. part of the cleanup means rescuing all the birds and other wildlife that are impacted. for now just a handful of oiled birds have turned up on the beaches in orange county. wildlife crews from the wildlife
care network are conducting flyovers just a few miles offshore where that spill originated. they're hoping the number of birds landing onshore continues to be small. president biden today told republican senators to get out of the way after they threatened to block a vote on the nation's debt ceiling. the president's irritation comes as congress faces an october 18 deadline to allow for more barring to keep the government operating. traditionally a bipartisan effort, senator minority leader mitch mcconnell is refusing to help. president biden wants the public to understand the issue. >> let me be really clear. this is really important to know. raising the debt limit is about paying off our old debts. it has nothing to do with any new spending. >> last week treasury secretary janet yellen warned that missing the deadline would be the first time in history the u.s. failed to pay its bills, which could result in, quote, economicroe.
now, abortion, gun rights and religion, some of the nation's most controversial issues will face the u.s. supreme court on this first monday in october. nbc's jay gray has a closer look at the extraordinary docket as they gather in person for the first time since the covid outbreak began. >> reporter: as protesters and police gather outside for the first time in more than a year, justices are assembling in person inside the supreme court. >> the court is now sitting. god save the united states and this honorable court. >> reporter: the high court with six republican appointees and three justices selected by democrats is expected to deal with some highly controversial issues, including the death penalty, gun rights, abortion and religious libertys. >> elections have consequences, and we're seeing this play out both in what they're choosing to
hear, and as we'll see in a couple of weeks, couple of months, how they come down on this issue. >> reporter: the most divisive may be the battle of roe v. wade. this could be the biggest test of the abortion ruling in the last 30 years. >> a lot of people didn't know i existed. >> reporter: shelley thornton's biological mother was jane roe. immediately she gave thornton up for adoption. thornton says while she had no part in the controversial ruling, it's been a burden her entire life. >> my whole thinking is, oh, god, everybody is going to halt me because everybody is going to blame me for abortion being legal. >> reporter: now almost 50 years later, this session of the high court is expected to determine if it stays that way. the justices already working under an intense spotlight right now. a gallup poll last month shows
that americans' opinion of the high court are at an all-time low with an approval rating of just 40%. jay gray, nbc news, washington. >> jay, thank you. the justices won't hear arguments in that mississippi abortion case until october 24. we say this is an extraordinary caseload for the supreme court. how often does this type of caseload happen? >> it's extraordinary because first of all they're very volatile issues, some of them. abortion, capital punishment will be one of them, gun rights, giving public aid to a religious group. my gosh, it goes on. but it's not just because of those issues. it's because of the polarization in american society. it's because of the polarization in the congress. the country is divided in ways that we just haven't seen in decades. you put that together with the court's ability to retool the
way so many important things are done in this country, and you've got the makings of a real tough session. >> you just kind of took the words out of my mouth. it seems like this is more cyclical. maybe it's our own version, our own way of looking at this that stands out. >> it's cyclical in a lot of ways, raj. one way is, yes, we have a very conservative court now. liberals, of course, are pulling their hair out over it. many things they treasure the most are threatened. conservatives say, wow, this is our time, our day. but if you go back to, let's say, between the late '50s to the late '80s, for 30 years we had a very liberal court where things were reversed. liberals were having a great time. things change, times change, values change. as they change, so does the makeup of the supreme court. a lot of people aren't going to like it, other people are, and we're just going to have to ride this out. >> are there two or three items on the court's schedule that stands out to you that will really determine the direction
here? >> abortion. we've heard about it already. abortion, abortion, abortion. why is that? a women's right to choose versus a right to life? we have the mississippi case, also the texas case that actually says after six weeks, a woman could be sued or anybody could be sued for providing an abortion to a woman. these are hot potato items. we have roe v. wade from 1973. some justices, even when they testified, said they considered this settled law. how are you going to go ahead and change that? how can you change what you just said? we don't know. but there is a good possibility. remember, the justices refused 5-4, that texas case. they are expecting the supreme court to come at some decision that some way or another will nip at both sides.
>> it's so powerful ld. thank you for tonight. still to come. >> a hoelgt waives her cancellation fee, but then there's an online travel company that charges her, anyway. i'm talking 2 grand here. nbc bay area does. a high of 65 and fog in san francisco and hot in livermore. i'll be back with that in about 18 minutes.
fda already has a meeting on the books for october 15 to discuss an emergency use authorization for the j&j doses. while looking ahead to the halloween holiday on how to spend it safely. first, practice social distancing. if you are attending a gathering at someone else's home, outdoor parties always the best, always safer than indoor ones. the cdc says generally you don't need your mask outdoors at celebrations if you're fully vaccinated. but always wear a mask at indoor public places and indoor parties. if you are hosting a party indoors, try opening a window and letting some fresh air in. >> another problem linked to the pandemic, a lack of diapers. one in three families in the united states is experiencing a diaper shortage. that's according to a report released last year from a diaper
bank network. experts say the numbers likely increased during the pandemic which continues to disrupt the global supply chain. that has caused many factors to increase prices, putting a strain on lower income families, of course, and causing an overall diaper depletion at stores nationwide. you have to have your diapers. >> i know. it's been an ongoing problem this last 20 months. have you ever bought anything and realized you made a mistake? an east bay woman did just that, leaving two grand on the line. >> chris romero shows us. you got her two grand? >> it was an airline worker. she paid 2,038 bucks on booking.com for a two-night stay at the maritime resort in napa. right after she booked, we're talking immediately, she realize
the dates wouldn't work. so she called booking.com to cancel, then the hotel. cheryl says the hotel waived the cancellation fee. but three days later, the booking.com folks went ahead and charged the full amount. she called them up, provided documents, but months and months went by with no refund. that's when she asked our consumer team to check it out. we wrote to booking.com. two weeks later it sent cheryl a $2,038.50 refund. they told us while cheryl did have a cancellation fee, given the customer reached out when realizing the scheduling conflict, they did a full refund as a gesture of goodwill. that means they didn't have to do it, but they did, anyway. they know it can vary between properties, which is why we say you should always check out the policy before you book. take a few seconds to read it. as cheryl showed us, if you do make a mistake, like raj, make
sure you address it immediately. that might help you out. if you're getting mixed messages from a company, perhaps we can help. go to nbcbayarea.com or call us at 888-96-tips. janelle, did you ever make a mistaken purchase? >> i got a $100 fruit picker i bought by mistake. >> i've bought stuff and said, oh, i changed my mind but it's too late. take a look at some dramatic video out of spain where this volcano continues to erupt. the north side of la palma volcano has collapsed. the collapse of the crater had formed a new lava flow that's threatening several nearby towns. the eruption has already destroyed more than 900 buildings. about 6,000 people have been evacuated off this island out of a population of 83,000 people.
this is on an island near spain. >> raj, did you get the right tool? >> i did. it was an avocado tree at my house. to reach those high limbs, i just ordered two by mistake, and they credited me. >> those are precious. they're like, what, $2 apiece? >> my avocados? >> $3 apiece. >> he charges me $3. >> he charges you? >> no, i don't. those trees need some colder weather, and depending on what stage they're in now, i think all and all it will be good for us. i want to start with this 10-day forecast because we are all tired of this hot weather. i've been hearing from a lot of you and you want that colder fall weather in here and look at this drop. we're going for the low to mid-90s we had today down to 69 in concord on thursday, 69 on friday. going up a little bit this tre
generally down as we head to that next 10-day forecast. let me show you what's changing it up for us. the other thing we'll notice is some clouds moving in from the south. it's going to feel kind of strange. you'll want it to rain a little bit tomorrow, but that's not in the cards for us. the other thing this is doing, i should say, is also pushing any smoke off to the east. we had that haze today, but any kind of smoke, again, would be pushing away from us. it will feel different outside as we roll through tomorrow's forecast. temperatures in the 50s over the south bay peninsula and the tri-valley. down to 52 in the north bay, san francisco 55 and the east bay at 53. let's get to those daytime highs. we're dropping off a solid 10 degrees tomorrow, so down in the south bay, i have you at 79 in los gatos. morgan hill at 80. through the east bay, we're going to 82 in antioch, 82 in
pleasanton, but again, overall numbers are down. 78 in palo alto, and in san mateo, 71. san francisco, it is chilly. if you are here visiting, there is no more 70s returning. we're back down to 59 in the marina and 69 into mission. let's move it off to the north bay. maybe you're going on a road trip here, you have a little staycation happening. sonoma 79, santa rosa 77. novato, 77. we'll see numbers go down as we head to the next couple of days, and that's from a second system this week. unfortunately, the biggest rainfall chances for us would go toward the sierra half to 3/4 of an inch. we're only looking at some spotty chances. you'll see them in my 7-day forecast. up next would be a chance of a spotty shower on wednesday. san francisco stays in the 60s through this weekend. across the inland valleys to
those chillier highs thursday and friday. go back up there this weekend and we're watching out for some wind. i'm ready to pull the jacket out thursday and friday. it's going to be nice. >> good for the blue angels. >> looking forward to the cooldown. up next, captain kirk ready to head to space. jeff bezos' plan to send william shatner up, up and away. no kidding. working at recology is more than a job for jesus. it's a family tradition. jesus took over his dad's roue when he retired after 47 year. now he's showing a new generation what recology is all about. as an employee-owned company, recology provides good-paying local jobs for san franciscans. we're proud to have built the city's recycling system from the ground up, helping to make san francisco the greenest big city in america.
broadway's "aladdin" has put the genie back in the bottle for a while. the show was shut down due to positive covid tests. this is the first broadway covid-19 cancellation since shows returned. all cast and crew members are required to be vaccinated. audience members must also show proof of vaccination and wear masks. a ride to the edge of space in a massive balloon.
another company is joining the space wars, but this one will be a lot different. a company called world view want to send people to the edge of space, but here's the catch. see that thing? they're not going to ride in a rocket. instead it's a pressurized capsule hiding beneath a helium balloon. that balloon is huge. it could fit a football stadium inside. >> what you'll be able to see at the edge of space is the curvature of the earth with the backdrop of space. that means you'll see the stars in broad daylight. you'll see the full curvature of the earth. >> pretty interesting. passengers won't go weightless, though. you would be in a massive capsule with a bar. it starts at 50 there are a seat. 250 people have preordered
[bong!] he has a chance to play on sunday. we're talking about jimmy g. >> he missed the entire second half. today an mri revealed it's a calf contusion. what does that mean? he'll be re-evaluated on wednesday, and if he doesn't play, it's going to be all about the rookie, trey lance, who yesterday threw two tds in lieu of jimmy g. up next the 49ers play in arizona against the undefeated cardinals. an inside look at the giants celebrating their best season in franchise history, 107 wins. today the team released this video inside yesterday's locker room party. the giants took the nfl west
beating the dodgers by one game. they'll host either the dodgers or cardinals game. saturday afternoon, the game is at 6:30 at oracle park. a live look where the sports hall of fame ceremony will be conducted tonight. they include base king, ricky henderson and american swimmer anna caldron. warriors star andrew wiggins has now received the covid vaccine. remember all this talk last week? wiggins had talked about standing his ground and not getting the vaccine, even at the risk of not being able to play in warriors home games, and potentially costing hundreds of dollars. the argument now winded with
where he would be at the start line. i believe they start a pre-season game tonight. >> tonight. against the portland trailblazers. >> right now at 6:00. signaling the fleet week is back, and so are the tourists. >> i can see a lot people going out and having fun. >> reporter: the most populist spot in san francisco reopening just in time for the crowds. >> all the latest crime victim in oakland. the police chief frustrated. >> when someone loses their lives, they leave behind people who care, people who hurt. the pain that is in our community every single day. >> the calls for change as violent crimes continue to rise. the major outage and what we're getting about the possible
cause. the news at 6:00 starts right now. thank you for being with us on this monday. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. you are going to hear them roar. the grew angels streaking across the skies. the annual fleet week began this afternoon and it is expected to draw huge crowds. tom jensen is along the embarcadero, and tom, this is going to be huge for businesses. >> organizers expect more than a million visitors to come to san francisco for fleet week this week, and that really excites business owners here along the embarcadero and fisherman's wharf with all those tourism dollars coming back to the city. the marquee event will happen saturday, but the stars of that show actually roared into the bay area today. the navy's blue angels buzzed the bay in formation to the delight of crowds on fisherman's wharf this