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♪ i'm amy holyfield. more than a car on fire. i'll have the latest coming up. >> divers return to a canal this morning to continue for the search for the cause used in the kidnapping of a four-year-old boy. >> live look from sutro tower. look at that! it's cold, but we could threaten again some record highs for about the sixth day in a row. >> clear on the roads as well
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with 101 and 880. no accidents but there's some road work. i'll have those details. >> the world loses the father of modern fitness. jack lalanne passes away of pneumonia at his home along the central coast. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. let's begin with breaking news in san francisco where police are investigating a body discovered in a burning car less than an hour ago. amy is live at the scene in the western edition. >> the car was parked on the side street. it's called rose. it's right in between haight and page off webster. residents saw the fire. they actually heard a car horn going off. they thought somebody was just being annoying. they saw not only a fire but a huge one. they called 9-1-1, had -- and they grabbed their fire extink wisher ran out here thinking if someone's inside we need to try
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and help them. firefighters did find a body inside the car and the police department is now here. the criminal investigations unit is on the scene talking to residents to try and figure out what happened here and why. who could possibly be in that car. >> after like 3 a.m. i heard the horn of a car going off basically. so i thought maybe it was just somebody. went outside and saw the car was on fire basically. and, yeah, so-called the police and get the fire extinguisher. >> of course, it was very troubling for them to hear there was a body inside. no one wants to hear that happened right here in their neighborhood. they say there's a school a couple blocks away. it's a sad and frightening thing for them to be dealing with right now. but firefighters say they're looking into it. the police are here on the scene. this is brand new. it just happened at 3:30.
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we'll get back to you with the latest at 5:00. amy holyfield, abc 7 news. >> we will check in. thank you. it's about 4:33 now. oakland police are investigating the crash that left two people critically injured, one with life-threatening injuries. the collision occurred just before 11:00 on 98th avenue. a red sedan collided with a van. one woman was put in a patrol car in handcuffs but police would not confirm any arrests. >> the search for a kidnapped four-year-old boy resumes today. so far divers have recovered five weeks from the canal near patterson but none match the car used in the kidnapping of giuliani karvana last tuesday a man reported seeing a vehicle matching that description drive into the canal with two people inside. investigators say there were fresh tire tracks leading into the water. josé rodriguez snatched the boy from his grandmother last
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tuesday. what was once a statewide amber alert is confined to central valley and san jose. >> the suspect in the arizona shooting rampage is expected to be arraigned in federal court in phoenix today but federal prosecutors want all future hearings for jared loughner be held in tucson. the filing sails the case against loughner should be sent back to tucson because all the surviving victims and witnesses live in the area. loughner is charged with killing six people including u.s. district judge john roll and the attempted assassination of congresswoman gabrielle giffords. she remains in intensive care in houston. her condition is improving but they've not given any updates of the excess buildup of brain fluid which is being drained by a tube now. doctors will decide when she's ready to be transferred to a nearby rehabilitation center.
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>> an investigation is underway after an oakland unified school police officer shot and killed a man in the oakland hills. it happened saturday night. two school police officers pulled up behind a honda on joaquin miller road and approached a man and woman sitting inside. the man pulled out a screwdriver and attacked one of the officers. a second officer fired shots killing the man. the woman was not hurt but taken to the hospital for observes evaluation. the officers is being investigated by oakland police and the alameda county district attorney's office. >> san francisco d.a. george gals scone is drafting a plan to reduce a backlog in the city's justice system by moving thousands of petty offenders of volunteer-run community reports. gascon wants mediators in seven or eight courts who would decide cases and hand out non-jail sentences like illegal sidewalk
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spinning or sitting or minor drug offenses. gascon wants to create an option for police and prosecutors to avoid the filing of charges for misdemeanors. offenders can do community service and have the offense wiped off their record. >> america is remembering jack lalanne, the fitness guru who inspired tv clients to exercise. he died at his home on the central coast. lillian kim looks back on his 96 years and his last public appearance here in the bay area. >> i hate workin' out. but i like the results. >> this was jack lalanne in front of our suedios over a year ago. the fitness guru was in san francisco to celebrate his 95th birthday. >> inspiration. and perspiration. >> he was born in san francisco in 1914. twenty years later he opened his first health club in oakland.
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then in the 1950s lalanne launched his exercise show on abc 7. he held noon exercise classes in the studio. >> one, two, three, four. >> and when the show was syndicated out of hollywood, lalanne became a national icon. the show stayed on the air through the 1970s. >> tell the truth, i practice what i preach and i'm helping people to a better life. >> lalanne also designed and invented strength machines still widely used in the fitness industry. he had his name on more than 200 health clubs but lalanne was also known for his amazing feats of strength. when he was 40 he swam from alcatraz from the shore handcuffed. when he was 60 he did it again with a half ton of weight. >> anything you do in life that's beneficial, that's meaningful, it takes effort. if you can't afford a half hour taking care of the most priceless possession of your body, you gotta be sick, your
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stupid. >> worker at john's grill in san francisco say they will miss lalanne. there's even a salad made in his honor. she remembers the words of wisdom passed on to her. always keeping happy. he said that's the secret to long life. >> he last visited there when he was 95 and lillian says on his 95th birthday jack lalanne told us he worked out two hours day lifting weights for 90 minutes and swimming for a half hour. >> love the honest, right. i hate workin' out but i like the results. >> his fame was everywhere. when i was a kid i watched him back in st. louis doing his fitness thing thinking how does he do that. some of the things were difficult. >> people will be wondering for many decades. >> yes. mike is here with a check of the forecast. i guess we could break more temperature records? >> possibly. high clouds and starting off colder this morning so it's going to be more difficult but we're definitely going to get
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near some. a look at our temperatures. 50 san francisco, 54 half moon bay. we have mid to upper 30s through most of the valleys. as you head out to antioch, the tulie fog made it that far to the east. that's why you're 47. that continues to head to the east to highway 4. could get to walnut creek, concord. maybe down to danville and alamo but that will be remote. temperatures around the bay are in the 40s. as far as what's going to happen because we're starting off so cool, look at this, concord, oakland, mountain view at least double digits. harder to get to those temperatures in the afternoon. we'll see pretty much what we're dealing with at 8:00 but as we head towards noon what happens most of time, temperatures become more homogenized, upper 50s to low 60s. afternoon hours a mixture of high clouds, sunshine, and temperatures in the low to mid-60s. accu-weather 7-day forecast, another seven days here and
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another blank spot as far as rain. temperatures will remain mainly in the 60s. look for more valley fog possible the next couple mornings. let's take a look at your commute. >> a major freeway closure in san francisco this morning for at least the next 20 minutes. north 101 completely shut down between caesar chavez and the 80 split. that's for another 20 minutes until 5:00. in the meantime you may want to consider 280 as the detour and you can head to first and harrison. on the other side of the bay we've got the high street on and off-ramp shut down from southbound 880 and the northbound 880 direction the high street on-ramp also closed and that's until 5:00 this morning. >> frances, thanks. we'll keep you posted. >> a cruise ship that spoiled the vacations of thousands of passengers when it broke down is in san francisco this morning. >> right here at pier 70, the
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carnival cruise ship splendor sits. how such a sick ship can make a local economy so healthy. comin' up. >> and santa clara county prepares to make more deep budget cuts. coming up who will be feeling the financial pain this time around.
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>> good morning, everyone. look at this amazing picture. this is out of prince georges county, maryland, near the city of largo. this is a freeway, intersection 95 where an accident caused a water main break. a sinkhole you can see and water bubbling up out of the ground. southbound 95 is completely shut down and will be for several hours. the temperature there is about 10 degrees.
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so it's a cold water main break. we'll have more on this for you coming up. just an amazing picture. is that one car flipped over? appears to be. >> one car appears to have skidded and went right up on an embankment. they have salt and sand trucks sent to the site but an incredible picture there. >> sinkhole, not just water. there's a big sinkhole they have to fill. that's going to take a while. >> if you look in the bay you'll notice a giant cruise ship docked in san francisco. >> it may look splendid from afar but the splendor is here for massive work. >> that work will mean jobs. >> here she is not in all her splendor. the carnal cruise ship splenner behind me. even sitting here in drydock, it truly is a magnificent sight. this is a cruise ship that's gonna come in for repairs. it means jobs for lots of people
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in san francisco. that's the good news. take a look at some beautiful pictures from yesterday. even with a couple of tug boats connected to her, still a beautiful sight coming into san francisco bay to the only drydock on the west coast big enough to handle this kind of work. she needs a new diesel engine, two alternators. damage estimate, $56 million. this is that ship that drifted for three days last november without power. that's bad. without plumbing, that may be worse for 3,000 passengers. food was brought in by helicopter, food such as spam and pop tarts. out here yesterday one of those people on the cruise came back to reminisce. >> since i live so close, i just thought i'd come and check it out to bring back all the memories. >> do you think that's a good idea? >> i mean, it's just cool to see that it's finally getting fixed. >> yeah, and right here in san francisco, ship's gonna be in
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drydock four to six weeks they're saying. may create hundreds of jobs but the port of san francisco will only say it will definitely create thousands of hours of work. so we're not talking about any new jobs but talking about work for people who are down here and ready to work. now, they are hoping that this ship is going to be back in service next month. live in san francisco, pier 70, san francisco, abc 7 news. >> our time now 4:46. >> president obama says his state of the union address will focus on jobs. still ahead on the abc 7 morning news, the major shift in policy republicans say they'll be looking for. >> many people are waking up this morning to the coolest day in years. i'm emily keeping up with the falling temperatures just ahead. >> the next time you reach for ztzp
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>> as far as any delays we have flight arrival delays at o'hare because of snow. check out our flight tracker at abc7news.com. check out eric, he's got the latest news. >> mike, thank you very much. santa clara county supervisors are planning to make sweeping cuts to the social service agency when they meet tomorrow. they're looking to cut $6 million in spending that will affect the foster care system, public health nursing and elderly care. the san jose mercury news reports more than 125 layoff notices have been sent out. the budget plan calls for reducing nearly half of the front line social workers leaving only 27 in the county. the group affected collects
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donated food and clothing, enrolls foster children in school, performs drug tests on parents and supervises family visits. >> president obama is putting the finishing touches on the state of the union speech he'll give tomorrow night. the president says the theme will mostly be about one thing: jobs. he's equities expected to focus on key investments to make u.s. companies more competitive and ready to hire. last month in north carolina, president obama says the key is a greater u.s. commitment to research, innovation and improvements in infrastructure. republican and democratic members of the congress will sit next to one another in a show of unity and cooperation. the president is set to deliver the state of the union at 6:00 tomorrow night. abc news will carry is live. both speeches will be streamed on our website, abc7news.com. the coverage will be followed by
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a special edition of abc 7 news at 6:00. >> the cold snap back east continues this morning. new york is facing the coldest temperatures in a half dozen years. boston could drop below zero for the first time since 2005. emily reports it's the kind of cold that can be life-threatening. >> it isn't record-breaking but it does make typical winter activities a bit more difficult and in some cases much more dangerous. >> this is the type of weather that people die. literally. >> massachusetts elementary school principals have been advised to hold recess indoors today and homeless shelters are extending their hours. >> people get acclimated in a situation like this. they don't realize the difference 20 above and 20 degrees below zero and how lethal that can be. >> some homeless have had to go to an overflow shelter. michigan this reads 30 below zero meaning it would take a
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giant swing just to get up into the single digits. that improvement may be on its way this week. temperatures in chicago are predicted to go up to the 20s. but the south and east coast are keeping their eyes on a midweek storm that could dump a foot of snow if it stays on track. >> if you watched any of the football games yesterday, you saw that firsthand, especially the pittsburgh jets game where it was 10 degrees down on the field. you can hear that from refs because your lips stop working at 10 degrees. >> a lot of things stop working at 10 degrees. to have 300 pound linemen banging each other at that temperature, if you've been in that temperature before, you know it's just painful to walk. amazing to watch them play. i have a friend whose kid is talking about go to the university of new hampshire. i looked at her, 8 below, you sure you want to go. why don't you stay here at home! record high temperatures, you want to go to the university of
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new hampshire. really? hmm. good morning, everybody. 4:53. yes, we are on the complete opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to the weather. record highs possible this week once again. today a little harder because we have some hard clouds out there. hard to see on this picture but it does show how clear in the lower levels from emeryville back to san francisco. all right. let's talk about some high temperatures today that will be in the 60s once again. that's kind of a long way from where our temperatures are right now which is still in the mid to upper 30s inland except where the tulie fog is keeping antioch at 47. 50 san francisco, 54 half moon bay. temperatures mid to upper 40s monterey bay and inland salinas and 35 gilroy. so high clouds and warm temperatures again today. it will be chilly tonight. look for more tulie fog, especially around athe east bay. patchy fog in the north bay valley and the extended still no solid chance of rain. this is not only for seven days
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but it could go out to 16 days also. low to mid-60s what we're looking for in the east bay valleys with mid to upper 60s along the east bay shore. oakland, castro valley and fremont around 69 degrees. 70 around campbell and los gatos. upper 60s everybody else the south bay. as you head into the south bay, los altos and mountain view 70. upper 60s downtown and south san francisco. low 60s at the beaches in the north bay but mid-60s throughout your valleys. and we'll have upper 60s to low 70s around the monterey bay and inland. traveling the state we have dense fog throughout the central valley until about 10:00 this morning, especially sacramento, fresno. that's why they'll only be the low 60s. chico 68 and dry once again at 49 tahoe. but mid to upper 70s l.a. and palm springs. you can see the fog form again tonight. that will move into the east bay valleys keeping your temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s while the north bay valleys will be the mid to upper
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30s. the rest of us low to mid-40s. two areas of high pressure dominate once again but you can see the high clouds that will roam our sky but it's just high clouds which means there's no rain falling from them and it will be dry once again this week. the tulie fog will become more pronounced during the week but plenty of sunshine in the afternoon and the temperatures remaining well above average in the 60s. here's frances with your commute. good morning. >> good morning, mike. pretty quiet in terms of accidents on the freeways. live shot of the bay bridge toll plaza showing no delays at all. we'll check out contra costa county. no slowing on southbound 680 here through walnut creek and it's light through the san ramon valley and sunol grade. we'll check out the north bay drive for you on 101 in san rafael. it's a nine-minute drive from highway 37 down to 580. here's an update on the road work in san francisco. north 101 appears to be open caesar chavez to the 80 split but the connector to the central
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freeway right now is currently blocked. you can always stay updated on our website abc7news.com. it's under the bay area traffic link. kristen? >> frances, thanks a lot. 4:56. incandescent light bulb in california, manufacturers no longer make the traditional 100 watt bulb. the state got a jump start on the federal standards that take effect in 2012. under the new regulations stores will only sell bulbs that use no more than 72 watts. experts say this will cut the country's electric bill by over $10 billion a year and reduce greenhouse gals emissions. >> is it a lack of will power that makes you reach for that extra piece of cake or pie? kristen? researchers at stanford say people have more self-control than they think. they actually do. people who think they have unlimited will power can often
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plow through complicated tasks and better resist temptations like chocolate. you can run out of will power, have difficulty with certain tasks and keeping new year's resolutions and keeping their hands off those sweets. one answer is obviously to teach people to think that they have unlimited will power. in the study they actually tried to do that with some of the subjects. >> to each people. >> to think you have unlimited will power. all about how much will power you think you have. >> next on abc 7 news at 5:00, the missed chance federal regulators had to force pg&e and other utilities to get their gas pipeline records up to snuff. >> i'm amy hollyfield live in the lower haight where arson and homicide investigators are on the scene of a car fire. the story coming up. >> and taking action. marchers take to the streets of oakland to urge more of their neighbors to say enough is enough
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