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♪ in the news this sunday morning, january 16th, san jose authorities are investigating a murder/suicide that occurred last night inside a coffee shop. and the latest developments in the tucson shootings that took place a week ago including encouraging news about the congresswoman's recovery. >> a dense fog advisory. visibility down to an eighth of a mile through 10:00. >> good morning, everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm carolyn tyler. san jose police are investigating the deaths of two men in what's believed to be a case of murder/suicide. officers responded to the report of a shooting at pete's coffee. the saratoga shopping center just before 9:30 last night.
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they found two men in their forties dead of undershot wounds. witnesses say one man shot the other in the coffee shop then ran a short distance and killed himself. the identities of the victims are not yet been released. there are a series of new developments in the tucson shootings that happened last weekend. first there is more good news about the recovery of critically injured gabrielle giffords. doctors have removed her ventilation tube. yesterday was an emotional day at the spot where it all happened. one of the victims of the shooting was been arrested for threatening violence. leslie has the details. >> thank you so much for being with us. (applause) >> at a town hall style taping of abc this week program in tucson on saturday, one of the shooting victims was seated in the front row. 63-year-old james fuller was shot last week in the back and knee, reportedly took offense to a comment made by a member of the tucson tea party over gun
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control. deputies say he took a photo and then yelled "you're dead." he is undergoing a mental health examine. heroes and survivors included a woman who grabbed the magazine and ammunition away from the gunman. the neighbor spoke out for the first time. >> i wonder living across the street and with that vantage point if you now look back and say there were signs? >> i wish that i would have had more courage to have said more to his parents. >> it was an emotionally trying day at the store in tucson, site of the shooting rampage last saturday. the store reopened for the first time with a moment of silence at 10:10 a.m. local time, exactly one week after the gunfire erupted in the parking lot here. hundreds brought flowers and prayerful intentions. this woman brought her six-year-old son. >> just to show him, you know, that bad things happen but
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there's still good in the world and just to let him know, you know, not to forget special people, you know, the victims, you know. i just wanted him to see it. >> there were two more memorials in tucson, one for gabriel zimmerman and another for 79-year-old fill list sneek. they were among the six who died. more encouraging news for doctors keeping watch over gabrielle giffords who was shot in the head at close range. they removed her breathing tube and performed a tracheotomy on saturday. they are still calling her progress remarkable though she remains in intensive care. >> now giffords is free of the ventilator and having an easier time of breathing and doctors hope to evaluate her ability to speak. >> and you can see the town hall meeting this morning in a special this week after the
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tragedy, an american conversation, continues. it airs here at abc 7 at 8:00 this morning. the victims of the tucson shooting were honored here in the bay area this weekend at an annual non-violence rally in san jose. yesterday's 12th annual martin luther king jr. stop the violence event at evergreen valley college was dedicated to the congresswoman and other victims. it included a prayer for peace, a talent show, and several speakers promoting violence prevention and tolerance. the tucson shootings have reignited that always smolders issue of gun holder rights. it's the topic of discussion at the gun show at the cow palace but in a different way than you might expect. >> thousands filled the cow palace to attend the crossroads of the west gun show. >> $10, ma'am, and you get a free ticket into the show. >> the same promoter is holding a gun show in tucson this
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weekend. we weren't allowed inside but outside attendees lined up looking for deals. >> i already have weapons. but i may be purchasing another one. >> one reaction to saturday's shooting is a surge in gun sales. they've gone up in arizona and a few other states around the country. and word is spreading among second amendment supporters about joe zamutto. he's the open carrier who happened to be shopping nearby when the shooting started. he saw the gunman jared loughner and another man struggling with the gun. at that point he didn't know who the shooter actually was. he chose not to fire his weapon but instead hold both men down. he admits in the chaos things could have gone terribly wrong. >> there was a bunch of people watching. of those people watching seeing me pull a gun out thinking second shooter. in arizona where people keep guns in their cars, somebody could have shot me. >> but now gun owners insist
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zamutto is a perfect example why americans should have the choice to arm themselves. >> opening doors, basically saying people should have weapons in case something like this does happen. >> meantime gun control advocates believe the attack is reason for more regulation. members applaud california's new state law which takes effect in february. it requires handgun ammunition be bought in person with i.d. and thumbprints for extra verification. senator mark leno backed that bill. >> we should be tracking who's purchasing this ammunition. and we know assailant in tucson walked into a store and bought magazine cases of 30 rounds or more. >> gun owners admit they're stocking up on ammo before the laws kicks in. lisa amin gulezian, abc 7 news. >> police are still looking for you two suspects who led them on
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a high-speed chase from lafayette into oakland. police got a call of people breaking into cars. when they arrived, the suspects took off in a van leading police on a chase through the caldecott tunnel. they took highway 13 and came down monterey road. they nearly crashed into a house. >> going about 100 plus mph. she backed off because it was too fast. this is where it ended up in front of my house. >> police say both suspects ran off despite a search using dogs they got away. police have been able to check out their van and say they recovered property believed to have been stolen from those cars in lafayette. oakland mayor jean quan is making good on her promise to walk the walk and talk the talk in one of oakland's toughest areas. >> we're going to clean your parking lot. and we'd really like you guys to
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do it yourself. >> the mayor city officials and local residents gathered to clean up litter and debris in east oakland yesterday. quan says the neighborhood has been victimized by illegal dumping. >> we want the neighbors to help catch those people so people stop using this neighborhood as a dumping ground. i'm helping them organize and keep it clean themselves. >> the mayor's office has planned several other events in east oakland in the coming days. they include installing new computers in an elementary school, cleaning up the park and beautifying international boulevard. the residents of a north beach apartment complex have received a pledge of support from san francisco mayor ed lee. lee and city supervisor david chew toured the burnt out montgomery street apartment complex yesterday to get a look at the progress on reconstruction. that affordable housing complex
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caught fire early new year's morning displacing some 45 residents. they've been living in temporary housing funded by city and red cross vouchers and mayor lee says that assistance will continue. >> we don't need people in stressful situations untouched by help from the city. >> lee promised to work with the property owner and the city's building inspection department to rebuild quickly. he says he knows the importance of affordable housing in the community. some signs of healing in san bruno. one homeowner has filed plans to build a new house on one of the 38 lots where homes were destroyed by last year's pipeline explosion. the september 9th blast killed eight people and devastated that neighborhood. san bruno officials says one family has filed plans with the city. they did it last week. they could start rebuilding their home this spring. another family also plans to rebuild and plans to file their plans in the coming weeks.
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the news. the former president fled to saudi arabia two days ago following accusations of corruption. a caretaker government is in place but things are still uncertain. visitors caught in the turmoil are leaving that country. >> get revenge! get revenge! get revenge! >> members of san francisco's tunisian community are celebrating the successful overthrow of tunisia's president. it marks a milestone for democracy in the arab world. members of the group friends of tunisia are celebrating in front of city hall. they're criticizing the police and military for using what they call excessive force against protestors. in haiti some of the rubble left by last year's earthquake is being recycled in a unique rebuilding project. it's called the crush rebuilding
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project. it's taken materials from structures demolished and using it to build new. that debris is being used to repave roads and backfill to build a foundation for new buildings. organizers say smaller initiatives like that one are helping the country slowly rebuild after after the year's massive quake that killed hundreds of thousands of people. our meteorologist lisa argen is joining us now to give a preview of the accu-weather forecast. >> the dense fog is as bad as we've seen it in quite some time. all around the bay area, visibility about a 16th of a mile. our roof camera shows clouds and when and if we'll see sun coming up. >> also ahead how the bay area is
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high school auditorium. tomorrow the 27th annual freedom train leaves from san jose's station at 9:30 in the morning with stops in sunnyvale, palo alto and san mateo before arriving in san francisco. once in san francisco, there are numerous activities honoring king, including a parade, all-day events at the center for the arts and free admission at the jewish contemporary museum and the museum of the african diaspra. the museum had a family day yesterday in observance of the actual day of king's birthday. there were plenty of fun and educational activities for kids, including a chance to make silk screen images of dr. king and others. during tomorrow's free day, the museum will focus on events for the college-bound with a focus on historically black colleges and universities. the fog out there is just really dense, and i think you checked and sfo has about an hour delay.
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>> just getting started there but visibility down to a 16th of a mile at the airport. it's gonna be some time before we clear. the temperature dewpoint spread, there isn't one so the area is saturated at ballmer peak. you can see the layers of fog, sun not coming up until 7:25. at the airport trying to show you what's out there but through the clouds it's hard to do that. we're looking at the low cloudiness and the dense fog advisory this morning. through 10:00 the entire bay area, that includes the typical places, the carquinez strait and delta but all the way through the peninsula and the south bay, even san jose getting in on the act this morning. we will look at conditions to stay foggy and cool right throughout the morning hours. quarter mile visibility. mountain view was at 8 miles. this is what happens, it moves all around until we're looking at the visibility continuing to decrease over oakland. more like nonbefore we see some
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of that you sunshine. good morning, fremont. 45 for you. 45 redwood city with 50 san jose. our highlights, the dense fog of course this morning right on through 10:00. by 11:00 noon we'll see some clearing. it will be slow and we'll see mild temperatures through the afternoon. it's gonna stray dry right on through next week. high pressure's anchored off the eastern seaboard and today we have a weak system to the north. that's going to allow for not only a few clouds along the north coast but some rain for eureka and reading and also some cloudiness into the sacramento valley. so really the way it's affecting us is that it's allowing for a few high clouds this afternoon. south bay numbers almost as nice, just about as nice as yesterday. 65, san jose and campbell. peninsula, lots of fog right through 10:00, 11:00. 64 redwood city, 65 palo alto.
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normal highs upper 50s. even with the fog this morning. north bay numbers 68 santa rosa, 64 novato. and over into the east bay it will be mid afternoon when we see partly cloudy skies. when we do it will be a nice day in oakland at 65. inland valleys, here's where that fog is going to sit throughout much of the day. that's why you'll see highs in the 50s. 68 brentwood, 53 livermore. monterey bay you have quarter mile visibility now in monterey. later on 56. a little fog tomorrow. i think we see less of it. that means more sun, a little warmer for the holiday tomorrow. i think we'll switch things up just a little, cool it back tuesday, wednesday. you'll maybe notice the difference. but not really, notice that sunday to day and a break on the umbrellas. >> you're saying this is a result of la neenio weather
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phenomenon. >> gives us that heavy rain in the early parts of the winter. it's kind of looking like that. that could change but so far we're looking very dry. >> yeah, reaping the benefits. thank you, lisa. coming up at 7:00 as you know "good morning america" joining us live now from new york to tell us what's on top for your show this morning. >> good morning, carolyn. we know it was a significant day yesterday and significant milestone in tucson. the doctors were finally able to remove congresswoman gabrielle giffords's respirator. a sign she is breathing without assistance. what she can expect on the long road to recoverly. the queen offers an invitation to live in buckingham palace after they wed or will they opt for a less formal residence. a new number one after the i-phone. you may not believe who's behind it. a free game called bubble ball is now the most downloded app
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and the creator is in the 8th grade. take a look how he did it. this is free so i don't think he has a lot of money from this app but it's the next app if everybody thinks it's as good as it is. >> in terms of the royals, would you want to live with the in-laws. >> if i had an 828,000 square foot palace offered to me, i might take them up on it. >> plenty of roof. >> you'd have your own wings. >> beianna, we'll see you at 7:00. we are now gonna check out sports. you know it's the nfl playoffs. mike shumann shows us which teams have advanced so far to the afc and nfc championships. >> good morning. i always thought teams with a buy in the nfl playoffs are at a disadvantage. the team they're facing as already won a game. aaron rogers with the playoff game of his life. but it was the falcons who drew
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first blood. michael turner bouncing off the defenders. 12 yards, 7-0 atlanta. but rogers and the pack would answer in the second. aaron steps up, finds jordany nelson. six-yard score. ties the game at 7. eric ween takes the three yards deep. finds the scene. makes a great move on the kicker and he's gone. the pro bowl returner takes it 103 yards. the last time falcon fans would have a reason to celebrate. that's because rogers simply took over. the former san jose star and jones a sensational grab in the end zone. 21-14 packers. final play in the half. trying to get into field goal range but picked off by williams. he takes this one to the house, 70 yards as time expires. green bay's up 28-14 at the half. rogers 31-36. 366 yards and three scores and
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he ran for another. green bay hammers. top seed in the nfc moving on to the nfc title game. >> this probably was my best performance. i think, you know, at this stage we're on and the importance of this game, it was a good night. >> in the afc, bitter rivals meeting in pittsburgh. the ravens and the steelers. game tide at 7. gets to ben roethlisberger. forces the fumble. everyone on the field stops thinking it's an incomplete pass. picks up the fumble, returns it 13 yards for the score. play until you hear the whistle. after the review, the play would stand. second quarter third and goal. the top heap. ravens up 21-7 at the half. in the third after the first of three raven turnovers in the quarter, keith miller back at the end zone. ravens lead down to 7. later in the third.
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roethlisberger finds eight yards. game tied at 21. steelers' ball. just over two minutes to play. third and 19. big ben finds antonio brown. are you kidding me? 58 yards to the four. brown using his helmet to secure the catch. that leads to this. mendenhall, steelers headed to their fifth title game in the last ten years with a 31-24 victory. all right. the sharks are singin' the blues. six-gay slide and fittingly the blues are in town. the sharks' father in attendance. joe thornton behind healey and healey finds the back of the net. now in the third tied at two. classic shot at healey again, this time with a deflection. healey in a 14-game scoreless streak. later in the third. jamie with his first goal of the year. and began loving it as the
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sharks snap it. took a step towards beating 17th ranked washington. took two steps back losing to wazoo last night. early going anthony brown rattling home the three. he had 12. cardinals take a three-point lead but back the other way. clay thompson drops in the jumper. two of his game highs 21. later in the half, cougars transition. capers soaring through the lane. wazoo down 4. moments later josh owens with the one-hand thunder. 23 at the half. the washington state comes back in the second half for a 61-58 victory. santa clara, you think you can dance! this kid can. and the gales could be dancing in march. drains the three from dv at 18. second half matthew. a great look to kenton walker.
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slams it down with the left hand and won. rod jones on the alley-oop, 84-59 the final. visiting san diego. second half up two. michael williams lining up for two. 54-50 usf. under two minutes to play. green putting the game away with three from the corner. he had 21. go on to win it 65-55. will not renew marshall's contract which expires tuesday. two more nfl games set for today. we'll have that for you at 5:00. have a great day. >> at 6:30, oh, the cost of being california governor. arnold schwarzenegger tells the world what he could have made had he continued his acting career instead. >> and i happened to get hit by bullets, but you got wounded, too. >> a giffords
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♪ welcome back, everyone. now more on developments in the tucson shootings which as you know took place a week ago. a woman who survived two gunshots is already out of the hospital and returning to work. pam simon is one of congresswoman gabrielle giffords' staff evers. she talked with her coworkers and with abc's david muir. >> it was here we first heard from pam simon, the giffords staffer shot in the chest and arm who smiled wide when she was wheeled back to the congresswoman's office standing up to greet the colleagues. >> the bullet went through my wrist. not sure where to where but it did. and miraculously did not hit anything on my right hand.
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i took a bullet to the chest. and when i woke up from the exploratory surgery, the surgeon said you are one lucky lady. >> just like us as we sat in that room with her, so many of you were stunned at her recovery, her bravery. you tweeted us. so many miracles, still not forgetting those that lost their lives. that is truly amazing. she's definitely blessed. one doctor said this is unusual, surprising is what he said. even from trauma doctors who have seen it all. but this survivor doesn't have a medical explanation. she's calling it what so many of you call it, a blessing as she now prays for others. >> i happened to get hit by bullets, but you got wounded, too. >> a private memorial was held this weekend for another of the arizona shooting victims, 30-year-old gabriel zimmerman. he graduated with honors from
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u.c. santa cruz in 2002. he was a congressional aide to gabrielle giffords. there was also a memorial for 79-year-old victim phyllis sneek. one man is dead following a bank robbery in union city this weekend. police got a call yesterday that a bank on niles road was being robbed. officers chased the suspect in their getaway car. i said a passenger started shooting at him. the chase ended at dow avenue where the driver was arrested. the passenger ran away. police returned fire then sealed off the area. that man, the passenger, was later found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. police can't say whether he was hit by police gunfire or if he shot himself. san francisco police had more information today on yesterday's fatal shooting atop twin peaks. police say 100 people were gathered at 3:00 in the morning at christmas tree point. that's a popular vista point. they say an argument broke out between two groups of men.
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shots were hired hitting 23-year-old lewis vanagas who died at the scene. two or three men drove off in a white minivan. wikileaks supporters held a demonstration at the new york times office at clay and montgomery streets. they taped some of the 2,000 documents wikileaks has posted online to the walls of the building. the demonstrators say several media outlets reported wikileaks indiscriminately posted 250,000 sensitive international documents online. they're also criticizing what they say is the persecution of the website's founder julian assange. former governor arnold schwarzenegger is telling an austrian newspaper that his time as governor cost him a huge pile of money and he says it could have cost him his family. schwarzenegger sails he milled out on at least $200 million in acting roles in hollywood films. but he says it was more than worth it.
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schwarzenegger says his family life though is damaged and needs to be repaired. he recalled many sunday evenings when his wife maria and their children cried because of their heavy work schedule. he quoted family members as saying we hate your job. you might recall four years ago then governor schwarzenegger announced plans to open health clinics at 500 elementary schools all over the state. but according to california watch which is a project of the nonprofit center of investigative reporting, not a single center has been established. abc 7's education reporter lee ann melendez follows up. >> i'm going to take your blood pressure. >> el cerrito high has a modern healthcare center for their students. enrichment programs are also offered. this is the center's director. she says if students are healthy physically and mentally it will
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reflect in their school work. >> we knew that if we could create a set of services and connect those services with young people we would support them to do well in school. >> they have tissues when they cry. they are here. they are our shoulder to cry on when we don't have nobody to talk to at home. >> there are 176 health centers in schools in california. there should have been more by now. four years ago then governor schwarzenegger promised to add 500 of them in elementary schools. >> the schwarzenegger initiative came about when the state was trying to pass its own health reform legislation. i think the thinking was that these health centers would be part of that. >> but the california legislature never passed healthcare reform. then came the recession. according to california watch, as a result to date not a single one of these centers has opened. tom is the new state superintendent of schools. >> we are in a fiscal emergency. the state budget is still in
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crisis. the economy is still in crisis. >> school districts like oakland unified are going forward. building healthcare centers by relying on health for the community. they are counting on local bond money, grants, donations and some money from the federal government. any future funding from sacramento is unlikely. >> governor brown has not made healthcare and healthcare reform a major part of his platform, his campaign. he hasn't talked about it since he took office. >> even though there is a financial incentive to fund these centers. >> most health centers get preventive healthcare to kids right away. they prevent illnesses from spreading in the school. they keep kids in school. that saves money for the school because they get to keep their average daily attendance up. and also prevents kids getting really sick and going to the emergency room. >> something that costs three to four times more than a trip to the doctor's office. >> and you can read more of the
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california watch report this weekend online at californiawatch.org. in the news room, lee ann melendez, abc 7 news. >> we have a nice day on tap once this fog lifts. >> it's going to be a while. 55-minute delays at sfo right now. and all across the bay area we're looking at visibilities anywhere from a mile to about a 16th of a mile. here's the look at our high definition emeryville camera where it looks okay now but things will change in your neighborhood. i'll detail your forecast next. >> also next the devastation from flooding in australia is becoming more apparent now that the [ female announcer ] back to school means back to busy mornings. that's why i got them pillsbury toaster strudel.
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death, destruction and tons of debris after three weeks of flooding in northeastern australia. 28 people are dead. cleanup continues in brings ban
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where businesses have been flooded. picking up the pieces could take months, rebuilding years. emergency centers have been set up to offer food and shelter to victims. survivors including baby wildlife whose homes were flooded out are now getting help from the rescue workers. well, lisa argen here to talk about our weather picture and fortunately it's looking good. >> it is. we need like a big fan. >> fix the fog. >> yeah. because the winds are calm. airport delays and visibility down to zero in some spots. this is sfo right now. 16th of a mile visibility. ballmer peak, you can see the beginning of daylight out there where the fog is pretty thick. we have it at many layers at the surface. we've got higher clouds. we told you about the light winds and the surface dewpoints pretty much the same as the temperatures. we're looking at things just
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sitting for the time being from the fog in the north bay down the peninsula across the bay. carquinez straights -- straits, the delta so be careful. after 10:00 hazy sunshine and eventually return to 60s out there. livermore right now is leading the pack with the best visibility but that too will change. quarter mile visibility, san jose, mountain view. look at that oakland, just an 8th of a mile. very dense, especially along the water and the delta this morning. it's 45 in fremont. and 46 napa. good morning, san francisco. 47 for you. it's 50 in san jose. so the dense fog this morning not lifting until after about 10:00. then we'll see mild temperatures return. maybe a couple degrees cooler than yesterday due to that fog sitting longer today. we're staying dry right through next week with subtle changes in the atmosphere. high pressure still in control,
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weak system to our north allowing for higher clouds later on today. we'll look for the mild numbers right on through the middle of the week i think. once this low passes we'll get more of a northerly flow that will mix things out a little bit better. so we'll see less fog. the tradeoff with that may be a cooler afternoon come tuesday and wednesday. high temperatures today, lots of 50s. it will be cloudy here from sacramento to fresno, even some rain. eureka and reading. 50 yosemite, still very mild. lots of sunshine, southern california. low 80s los angeles and palm springs with the fog holding throughout the 9:00, 10:00 hour and monterey temperatures mild there in the upper 60s. back home low 60s for sunnyvale, milpitas today. looking at numbers still about 6 to 7 degrees above the average. very dense fog to start out on the peninsula, at the coast. and 64 half moon bay. about 63 millbrae.
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san francisco coming in at about 63 today. north bay, you saw a wide range yesterday. today mainly the low to mid-60s. further north though ukiah, 68. hercules low 60s with 65 fremont. and down around pleasanton today, 64. notice the upper 50s from pittsburg with very dense fog. not willing to mix out through much of the day. another 70 in salinas and watsonville. here's the 7-day forecast. i think we'll get sunshine sooner tomorrow. maybe a few degrees warmer. a few degrees cooler tuesday and wednesday but no rain. temperatures a little above normal right through next week. >> it's feeling like spring. >> it is. >> thank you, lisa. well, our state's high-speed rail project may be
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by california's project. this weekend chinese officials are visiting fresno where a central construction hub is proposed as well as a four-story train depot. reporter shannon handy reports from our sister station in fresno. >> 12 chinese officials got a bird's-eye view saturday what will be the first phase of california's high-speed rail system. with a price tag of $45 billion, the entire project will link l.a. to san francisco through fresno. fresno county supervisor henry grid says aside from china, other countries including japan, germany and france are all interested in the project. >> i think the chinese are going to be very competitive in the application they put forward. but they understand and they embrace the fact they're going to partner with local valley businesses and hire local labor to do the work.
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it's a win/win all the way around. >> expected to create 100,000 jobs in the valley. the chinese want to build the trains, the tracks and possibly a manufacturing facility in fresno. jeffrey chang works with a group based in beijing. china can bring its money and expertise to the billion dollar project. >> they've built more high-speed rail in the last ten years than the entire world together. they have the experience, the expertise, the most modern technology. >> whether they'll commitment to investing is still unknown. the chinese are impressed what the valley has to offer. >> this is one of their highlights to the seven-day trip they have in california. this is a very important stop. >> two new baby penguins have hatched at the monterey and you with watch them grow up.
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a penguin chick hatched last weekend and another hatched tuesday. they are available for viewing via a nest-cam. that's like "national geographic" meets reality tv. we're putting a direct linking at abc7news.com. just click on "see it on tv." still ahead, young and old muni riders are getting a break when it com can i eat heart healthy without giving up taste? a man can only try... and try...and try. i heard eating wle grain oats can help lower my cholesterol. it's gonna be tough...so tough. my wife and i want to lowe our cholesterol, but finding healthy food that tastes good is torturous. your father is suffering. [ male announc ] honey nut cheerios tastes great and can help lower cholesterol.
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muni metro stations. an instructor at u.c. davis is under fire this weekend. one of his students took a leave from school to have a baby. while she was gone, he polled her fellow students about what grade to give her after she missed several classes because she was pregnant. karen massy has the fallout from that. >> we all make mistakes. i'm thinking maybe it was just a mistake on your part. >> the mistake by u.c. davis veterinarian professor edward feldman is a big one. he's accused having class leaders sending e-mail to fellow students asking how to grade a student mother who was going to miss some quizes. they can choose several optionless. >> why would it be left up to the opinions and whims of however many students in the class. it doesn't seem logical to me. >> the students and workers in the veterinarian complex would talk. we saw the doctor on campus but
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he wouldn't return calls. >> they were very understanding, my professors. >> alisha graduated after her teachers made accommodations for her pregnancy. >> the teacher and professor should speak to the students privately and make special -- whatever her conditions are, you know. work for her and works for the professor. >> the way it should be, the student should receive an incompletely until they take those quizes. there are allowances for these things. >> dave storm who recently adopted a child says perhaps some sensitivity training is in order. >> this is one way to make them aware. if this is a misstep, you need to back up, do it correctly. >> in that e-mail to students, the professor gave six options including awarding the student an automatic a agreed or an automatic c. still ahead, a 17-year-old becomes the youngest contestant
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to win the miss america crown since the first pageant. plus the newly renovated crown jewel of san francisco reopens after a major makeover. [ alarm clock buzzing, indistinct conversations ]
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>> well, we have a winner at the 2011 miss america competition within las vegas. it came to miss nebraska and miss arkansas. >> your miss america 2012 is... miss nebraska! (cheers and applause) >> well there she is, miss america. theresa scanlon at the age of 17. she's the youngest winner since the very first pageant back in 1921. the winner that year was 15.
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scanlon wins a $50,000 scholarship and a year long run with that crown. the runner-up miss arkansas gets $25,000. ms. california from san diego finished in the top ten. the 96-year-old palace of fine arts is open again this weekend after a major renovation. abc 7's arts and entertainment reporter don sanchez shows us this work of art. >> it is a classic landmark restored to its glorious origins. the palace of fine arts was fading, falling apart. now it's been retrofitted, repainted and even the swans back in the clean lagoon. >> we tore everything out. basically started from scratch. all new concrete, allny landscape and irrigation drainage. >> a $20 million project that took seven years. $16 million of that money came from donations. her grandparents fell in love under the dome. she headed up the fund-raising. >> a lot of people have a great
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deal of passion about the palace of fine arts. they have their memories of feeding the ducks and the swans or stories of the 1915 exposition and their relatives being here. so there's a lot of passion out there. over 1200 donors came through for us. >> the palace of fine arts was part of the 1915 panama exhibition. it was never supposed to last but phoebe led a draft to save it. >> reflects the spirit of ancient rome, looking like a roman ruin. a roman it certainly is but ruin, not at all. >> two million visitors a year come here. >> well worth the money spent to actually preserve it. >> they've done a great job. >> the setting inspires performance. the palace of fine arts, meant to be here for another 96 years. >> we hope. that will inspire a lot of people to be involved, to help take care of this legacy
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project. >> in san francisco, don sanchez, abc 7 news. >> one of my favorite spots in the city and the weather beautiful to do whatever this m.l.k. weekend. >> that's right. we have to wait a little while on that sun. a dense fog advisory across the entire bay area until 10:00. a little warmer tomorrow, still no rain in sight. >> thank you, lisa. that is gonna do it for us. thank you for joining us. our next newscast starts at 9:00 this morning. i'm carolyn tyler along with lisa argen. happy martin luther king jr. day. [ thinking ] i know -- i'm going to invent a tool where people can enter the terms of the refinance offer they got from their mortgage guy, and know instantly if they're getting bamboozled.
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