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i'm terry mcsweeney live in novato where there is a mystery. i can tell you a body's been found in the back of that house across the street from me but i can't tell you exactly who it was and i can't tell you why a missing man's wife isn't talking to police anymore. the story in a live report. >> i'm amy hollyfield live in san jose where officials are thinking about changing the name of the airport all in the name of marketing. details coming up. >> and good morning. all is quiet as you look from mount sutro to the bridge and through the port of oakland. rain is on the way today. i'll tell you when it will snow and how much snow to expect around the bay area. >> you'll find road work right now in both directions of 680 heading to the danville area. a complete traffic report coming up. >> good morning, everyone. it's a thursday 5 a.m.. thank you so much for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze.
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a bizarre mystery in novato. police will resume digging in the backyard where they say they've already found the body of a missing elderly man whose wife is not talking. terry mcsweeney is live on rebecca way. >> yes, police are confirming they found a body in the backyard and the man who lived in that house is missing. it certainly does add up. take a look at the pictures from yesterday. the search going on in the backyard of this house right here of 74-year-old dale smith reported missing by neighbors two weeks ago, not by his wife but by neighbors two weeks ago. they say he lived here with his wife evelyn but had not seen him in months. now, the wife did give permission for police to search the backyard. they didn't have to get a warrant to go back there. they were allowed to go back there. but having said that, she stopped talking to police at the advice of her attorney. >> neighbors say she has been
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talking about dale in the past tense for a while now, and it was other suspicion behavior. >> quirky. you know she would walk the dog quite a bit each day and then went out four or five times a day to not at all. >> now, dale smith, according to neighbors, had cancer. and evelyn's attorney says one explanation of all this is that he died naturally. he was not killed. leading us to ask the question if that is the case, why would someone bury his body in the backyard underneath the patio. a lot of questions that we can speculate. we hope to get some solid answers later today when police return out here. live in novato terry mcsweeney abc 7 news. >> terry, thank you. the san francisco police commission voted 6-1 last night to allow the police department to look into the use of tasers by officers. the commission's approval to move the issue forward comes nearly a year after shooting down a similar proposal. last march the commission voted
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4-3 against a request by then police chief gorge gascon to study the use of tasers. he's now the district attorney. the interim police chief says the department will study the taser issue and present its findings to the commission in 90 days. >> san jose officials are planning to meet with police union officials again on monday. the city's facing $110 million deficit and may have to lay off officers for the first time in its history. if san jose officers took a 10% cut in pay the department could save 112 jobs. the union says that still isn't enough to avoid the threat of another 237 layoffs which it says is unacceptable. >> yes, we can give 'em a cut in pay but that's still not gonna stop them from laying off officers. quite frankly with our staffing we can't afford to lose one officer let alone 237. >> i think with concessions and
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some other changes in the way we handle things like sick leave payout vacation byback and overtime we could avoid layoffs. >> the union is launching an all-out campaign to save jobs by rolling out newspaper ads, billboards and even a tv spot next week. more than 500 people took part in a somber procession to remember two students killed in a weekend rafting accident. students held candles as they walked through the shell ridge open space. it was for classmates matthew miller and gavin powell. they drowned on saturday rafting down a rain-swollen creek. they were remembered as smart and daring young men who lived life to the fullest. >> new zealand hopes are waning this morning finding more survivors in christ church.
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officials say rescue workers have determined there's no chance of finding any survivors at two of the most heavily damaged sites. they say they have serious concerns for those missing and urge the people looking for loved ones to give police any information that might help them identify their remains. >> it would appear there have been fatalities from a number of countries around the world. but being absolutely sure that is the case and again, how many people that are missing truly, it's a different issue. >> authorities say many of the 98 bodies of that been recovered have not been identified and could be some of those reported missing. san jose leaders are hoping to revive their airport. they're discussing a name change. amy, take a big breath before you try to say the proposed
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name. >> kristen, i'm worried it may not fit in the amount of time they gave me for this live report. it's going to be the norman wymanetta silicon valley international airport. the idea is that the term silicon valley is known worldwide and that it should be used to market this airport. manetta was added in 2001 after nora manetta who was there at the time. they just think silicon valley valley has more zip. passengers are skeptical. >> i don't think that will have too much effect on how many people come and use this airport. i think san jose international is good for now -- i don't know. i think a lot of people come here already. it seems like a great airport. all the renovations and
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everything, it looks great. >> now notice he was from walnut creek. he came here to san jose this morning for a flight to colorado not oakland, which is a big competitor for this airport. oakland is what has officials worried, more people flying out of oakland than san jose. officials would like to change that. they're hoping a name change would help although that passenger from walnut creek chose to come here for this flight this morning because it was cheaper, not because of the name or the terminal. it all comes down at the end of the day to money. we'll see what happens. san jose silicon valley international airport. let us know what you think. reporting live in san jose amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. >> amy thanks. i think sjc sounds fine. >> oh yeah. not sjo which is san jose costa rica. let's see what the weather looks like. >> a little warmer today than it is here. the anticipation of the snow coming in.
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let's look at live doppler 7 hd this morning. you can see it's all up to the north. we're getting radar returns around the santa cruz mountains in south bay but that's just the radar bumping into the cloud cover. that is increasing out ahead of this system. you can see the breezes also picking up. the little freckle marks of clouds over the ocean. it's still i would say a good 10 to 12 hours away at least. that's the cold air. the rain's going to come in around noon in the north bay. low 40s, that's what we're dealing with this morning. definitely warmer than we were this time yesterday but we won't warm up as much in the afternoon, not with the clouds rolling in and the rain. here we are at about 2:00 in the afternoon. you can see the entire area is dealing with some kind of showers, even snow up on hamilton and some of the higher elevations in north bay where clear lake and cloverdale are mid to upper 40s. rain moving in also during that 2:00 hour.
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pollen high amounts before the rain comes in and washes it away. snow moves into the north bay mountains until 4:00 5:00 this evening. the rest of our higher elevations around 10:00 this evening through tomorrow morning. first we'll find out about traffic. >> good morning. if you are getting ready to leave the house, you should have a smooth commute. the road work has been cleared. a live look in san jose. this is 101 at the 880 overcrossing. no problems here heading northbound making your way out of morgan hill all the way up the peninsula. a live look at 280 at the 17 overcrossing. nice and light through the downtown san jose area right now. commuting across the san mateo bridge, traffic is moving nicely in both directions. headlights moving eastbound into hayward. a live look at the golden gate bridge where it's a beautiful ride and a very light commute making its way into sausalito. eric kristen. >> thanks a lot.
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5:09. >> the major project that could make getting around the peninsula a lot easier. >> we'll fill you in on a community event aimed at helping people facing foreclosure to keep their homes. >> catching some z's. if you fight to get a good
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morning. we begin your "moneyscope"
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report with a push by the administration for a deal and relief for homeowners in trouble. it would force big banks to reduce mortgage principals. right now mostly lower interest rates and increased number of payments. the gap between the selling prices of foreclosed homes and other properties is widening. the foreclosure listing firm says the difference last year was 28% and could expand this year. fidelity investment says its 401-k's are a ten-year high. workers are putting about 8% of their paychecks into their 401-k plans. that's your "moneyscope" report. >> 5:13 now. if you are in danger of foreclosure, there's an opportunity today to work out a solution. a help for homeowners community event will be held in san jose all day. homeowners can meet face-to-face with their mortgage lender and a housing counselor. the event is from 11 a.m. to
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7:30 p.m.. we have the details under "7 on your side.." >> president obama will hire karl shapiro, a professor of business and economics. he's currently on leave while working for the department of justice. >> construction is scheduled to start next week on the smart corridors project. it will allow officials to reroute traffic and help advisors to help gridlock. they say the $25 million state-funded project includes new cameras, electronic signs sensors on city streets around highway 101 in san mateo highway 380 and whipple avenue in redwood city. the work will begin in san mateo but the rest of the 14-mile project could face delays next month because of the state's
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budget crisis. >> for millions of people sleeping through the night is a struggle that can cause serious health problems. sleep apnea people stop breathing putting them at risk for memory problems. doctors are testing a new way to treat the disorder. carolyn johnson shows us. >> for peter helm falling into bed rarely meant falling asleep. at least not for long. >> terrible term. i thought it was insomnia. i tossed and turned. i took prescription meds. >> peter was suffering from sleep apnea but it wasn't until he enrolled in the study that he learned how severe his condition was. >> the results were pretty dramatic in the sense that i wasn't really getting any rem sleep at all. >> open your mouth widely. breathe in and out. >> he turned to the doctor and his research team only becoming
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the second patient in the country implanted with this device. >> it's a device that's placed inside your body. it's turned on during sleep. >> first it helps to understand a common cause of sleep apnea. a patient's tongue relaxes backward as they sleep blocking the airway. then the resulting gasp for air wakes them up. >> this lead here connects to the pulse generator. >> the system uses a nerve stimulator that produces an electronic pulse. one gauges the rhythm of the patient's breathing. the other set delivers electricity to the nerve that controls the tongue. >> so this system is designed to deliver stimulation to the nerve to help move the tongue muscle forward during sleep so it doesn't block your breathing during sleep. >> the implantable is an alternate to the c-pap. it does help many patients sleep
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but others find the mask uncomfortable and not always effective. early results are promising. for peter the device came at the perfect time. shortly after the surgery, he became a new dad, the time of life when sleep is more valuable than ever. >> that was carolyn johnson. ucsf plans recruiting for the second phase this summer. go to our website abc7news.com. >> it's 5:17 now. the snow is still relentlessly heading our way. when's it going to arrive. >> as early as this afternoon in the north bay and the rest of us roughly 10:00. this morning everything's pretty quiet. let's take a look outside, show you how quiet it is with our roof cam, the ferry building on the right side of your screen, the bay bridge off in the distance. let's start and talk about what is going to happen and when. that's a great way to start
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eric. your weather advisory 4:00 this the afternoon through 10:00 tomorrow morning. that's when the snow will start accumulating 2500 feet and as the day unfolds the afternoon we'll see that snow level drop 1,000 feet during the overnight hours. over 1 inch to more than 6 inches above 2500 feet. let's head to the rest of our neighborhoods. the east bay hills, santa cruz mountains -- i'm not sure what's wrong with this graphic. it should not be doing that and i wanna make sure you get exactly the gist of this because it's pretty important if we're getting snow for the first time in who knows when. all right. winter storm watch. a winter weather advisory from 10:00 this evening until 10:00 tomorrow evening. that's when the snow could accumulate 3,000 feet. we may even get more snow in these neighborhoods, more than 9 inches. all right. heading out right now we do
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have temperatures the low to mid-40s. upper 30s los gatos and upper 30s to low 40s monterey bay and inland and monterey 49 degrees. so rain today heaviest this evening. rain and snow showers tonight through tomorrow and accumulating snow above 1,000 feet. we'll see snow down to sea level, just won't accumulate. could see it accumulate on trees and maybe cars down to 500 feet tomorrow evening. here's a look at today's temperatures. low 50s for most of us. low to mid-40s clear lake and ukiah. monterey, rain during the afternoon hours. temperatures around your neighborhood and inland low to mid-40s. low 40s around the bay shore and mid to upper 30s in our inland valleys. here we are 5:00 this morning. pretty quiet. by noon rain moves into the north bay. by 5:00 just about all of us dealing with rain and higher elevations. you can see around mount
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hamilton and mount saint helena. the heaviest with the cold front slowly moving through. expect more rain for tomorrow's morning commute. you see the cold air developing behind it. that's when the snow levels drop to around 1,000 feet tomorrow morning in all of our neighborhoods. during the afternoon hours it could drop down to 500 feet but look how sporadic the showers are once the cold front goes through about 8:00, 9:00 tomorrow morning. rainfall totals pretty impressive. where you see green that's up over an inch. santa cruz mountains and north bay and parts of the peninsula and east bay hills. accu-weather 7-day forecast, while we're getting the snow, they're getting 3 to 4 feet up in the sierra tomorrow. be careful if you're traveling that way. we will be clear saturday, sunday and monday with temperatures upper 40s and upper 50s by monday. good morning megan. >> thanks, mike. you may want to allow a little extra time 680 through the danville area. caltran is on the scene doing
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road work until about 6:00 this morning. a live look 680 through the walnut creek. no delays as these taillights move southbound but you will find that road work through the danville area. the east shore freeway, this is interstate 80 heading right through berkeley. headlights are moving westbound and right now the drive time from the carquinez bridge to the maze just about 20 minutes and once you reach the bay bridge toll plaza, look at that! must be early. no delays and heading right on to san francisco. you can always check drive times and traffic updates at our website abc7news.com. just click on the traffic link. eric kristen. >> thank you very much, megan. it's 5:21. >> next the major sports expansion plan getting underway at san jose university. >> if your child plays in one of those inflatable bounce houses there's a major settlement you need to know about. >> first celebrating some of the surprising innovations
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originating in silicon valley long before apple was a household name.
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welcome back. it's 5:24. san jose state is planning to upgrade athletic facility. our media partner the san jose mercury news reports all the projects will be privately funded and built on land on the south campus owned by the csu system. it includes a $10 million football complex next to barton stadium, a state of the art school board in the stadium and practice field. they hope to break ground after the 2011 season. >> two major makers of bounce houses reached an agreement with
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the state to drastically cut the lead in the inflatable structures. the center found up to 300 times federal standards. the state attorney general filed suit against eight suppliers last august. parents should wash children's hands after they played inside them. >> if there's lead dust in the bounce house, you're going to get that dust on their hands. and then when they finish in the bounce house, they're going to run out and grab a piece of birthday cake and that stuff on their hands is going to end up in their mouth. >> under the settlement the two manufacturers agreed to test bounce houses that are already out and replace the dangerous ones. >> question: what did a pet rock frozen waffle and the california honey bee all have in common. they were honored celebrating silicon valley first. the event was hosted by parade
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tv. it was held by firstfest which honors events ideas and personal accomplishments that happened first in the south bay. one gathering there. >> i'm so proud. i've done so much to do what i could in my little city to help the city grow into something bigger. i'm glad to see all the honors of the different things of that happened. >> the south bay's first include lift observatory. the first skater in the modern era, peggy fleming. >> the pitch governor brown will make to lawmakers deciding the fate of his budget plan. >> the airport here in san jose has a beautiful new terminal but it's not enough. i'm amy hollyfield. i'll tell you what officials now want to do to improve the airport coming up next.
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>> also next at 5:30, the vote coming that could change the rules on how utilities report so-called pressure spikes on gas pipelines. what it could mean to pg&e. >> checkouts the huge spread in high temperatures today from 80 in miami, 88 degrees cooler. that's a negative 8 or 8 below zero for a high in great falls. 35 portland. let's head to dallas and new orleans where severe weather is possible near those areas little rock and memphis. no delays now but with all that weather, delays will develop. flight [ female announcer ]
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whose body is it? is it of a man missing for a couple weeks and why is the f.b.i. called in. story in a live report. >> i'm jenelle wang live in the news room. libyan leader moammer gadhafi may be losing control of the country. military pilots purposely crash their planes instead of firing on protestors. >> look at the east bay that is quiet this morning. quiet everywhere weatherwise but it won't be that way come noon and during the overnight hours with rain and the snow starts to move in. i'll have your latest summary in a minute. >> no delays on the span, san mateo bridge. >> good thursday morning, everyone. 5:30 a.m.. thank you for joining us. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. topping our news today police try to dig up the truth behind the discovery of a corpse in the
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yard of a 74-year-old man. terry mcsweeney is live at the home on rebecca way with a strange case. terry? >> a very strange case. a lot of unanswered questions. i can tell you for a fact that police are saying that there is a body in the backyard of that house right there. after that, things get a little americay. take a look at pictures we have for you of the excavation going on out here yesterday and last night in the backyard at this house on rebecca way. the blue tarp it may well be the body of a man who lived in this house and reported missing by neighbors two weeks ago. neighbors say 74-year-old dale smith lived here with his wife evelyn. she is in her fifties. she's no longer answering questions about the discovery of the body on the advice of her attorney. that body found under a brick patio. >> the case is full of unusual circumstances so i'm not gonna comment whether that is suspicious in itself but i think
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you can draw your own conclusions. >> later on in january that neighbor approached me again and said she had talked to evelyn and evelyn had spoke about dale in the past tense. that alerted her that something was up. >> adding to all of this mystery is the fact that neighbors say they have not seen dale since september, and they say that he had cancer. now, evelyn's attorney hue levine is quoted in the chronicle saying one explanation of all this is he died naturally and then he offers that it is only a misdemeanor to improperly dispose of human remains. is he saying he died and she buried him in the backyard? why would she do that. others have done that to continue to collect pensions and social security checks but i'm getting into speculation and -- >> that was terry mcsweeney reporting from novato. moving along at 5:32. in libya another member of moammer gadhafi's inner circle
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expected to crack down on pro-democracy protestors. that crackdown continues in libya as army units continue to attack the demonstrators, including at a holy site. jenelle wang with more. >> as this violence he is calculates tens of thousands of foreigners are trying to flee libya. many are stuck at port because of high winds and rough seas and can't leave until tomorrow. one passenger says they feel like sitting ducks. there are signs that moammer gadhafi is losing his grip on power. they have gained control of eastern cities. they lit fireworks to celebrate and two military pilots disobeyed orders to bomb the heart of the uprising and instead ejected out of their war planes. a top aide has defected to
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egypt. one long-time trusted lieutenant spoke out against him. >> he cannot use the armed forces of libya because they are libyans and they are honest people. they will not kill themselves. because killing their cousins and uncles and friends it means that they are killing themselves. >> but the violence is still apparent today. libyan army unit loyal to qaddafi used anti-aircraft missiles and weapons to kill protestors just west of tripoli. several hundred protestors have been killed this week but that number is difficult to confirm because many are too scared to come out of their homes and talk. they include no-fly zones to prevent further attacks on libyan protestors from the air and proposals to oil companies to stop operations in libya. live in the news room, jenelle wang, abc 7 news. >> jenelle, thanks a lot. this afternoon state regulators are scheduled to vote on
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implementing state regulations on utilities operating natural pipelines in the state. the california public utilities commission will consider new reporting requirements for operators whose pipeline pressures accidentally spiked above legal limits but critics say the changes will not do enough because they apparently would not require pg&e or other utilities to notify regulators if natural gas levels exceed legal limits during planned pressure surges. assemblyman jerry hill says the new requirements would still allow pg&e to continue the same activities that could cause the san bruno pipeline to weaken before last september's explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. >> the name of the south bay's busiest airport is already a mouthful. but san jose city leaders think that name is too short by about two words. abc 7's amy hollyfield is live at manetta and what two words
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are okay. >> that rolled right off your tongue. i don't see the problem. ready? add norman myanatta san jose silicon valley international airport. right on the sign. just squeeze it in there, no problem. adding silicon valley to the name would be more attractive to travelers. the term is known around the world so maybe people from around the world would choose this airport if they realized it's in silicon valley. makes sense. but some passengers tell us i think it would take some time to get used to. >> it's so long that it's clumsy. but this is silicon valley. and not everybody knows that so -- i like it but it's too long. >> the concern is that san jose's airport is in third place in the bay area for the number of passengers with san francisco and oakland having more travelers each year than san jose does. they don't like that so they think maybe they'll change the
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name. they -- we've been asking passengers this morning though why they're here and they say it comes down to convenience and the price of the flight not shiny new terminals or fancy names. i'd love to hear what you think. go to my facebook.com page. give me your thoughts on this new name and if you think it will make a difference. reporting live in san jose amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. >> amy, thanks a lot. 5:37. this morning in sacramento governor jerry brown will address the budget conference committee after lawmakers formed a taxpayer caucus yesterday aimed at stopping anymore tax increases. the caucus says it may be willing to support governor brown's proposal asking voters to extend temporary taxes five years if he gives them the option of cutting taxes by the same amount. an assemblyman introduced a bill that would tax high income
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earners an additional 1% to save social programs the poor rely on. california faces a $26.6 billion budget deficit. >> we're coming up on 5:38. we are also coming up on a winter weather warning or watch? >> i don't know. let's talk to mike about that though. he ought to know. >> it's an advisory which means we're that much closer to the watch which is 24 to 48 out. advisory means, yeah, it's going to happen. here's what's going to happen and what you need to be prepared for. we'll get to all that in a second. let me get you out the door if you're leaving in the south bay with a look at live doppler 7 hd. out ahead of the main system haven't heard any reports of this actually making it to the ground but there is a possibility of a sprinkle or two you saw there from san mateo bridge and southward. the main storm still well to the north but accelerating quickly down to the south. here we are at 8:00. you see those showers developing still around the santa cruz
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mountains, could be snow especially 3,000 feet. temperatures low to mid-40s. by noon the rain is already down to the golden gate and more rain developing around the bay area, upper 40s to low 50s. that's where we're going to hang during the afternoon hours where the rain becomes more widespread and you start to see the snow in the north bay mountains and also mount hamilton. 7-day forecast, the bulk of the snow falls tonight from about 10:00 through 10:00 tomorrow morning. tomorrow morning's commute could become very interesting. more scattered in nature friday afternoon and saturday and sunday look dry with a big warmer trend. when you go from mid-40s to mid-50s it's going to feel warmer. >> you may want to allow a couple minutes. we have caltrain on the scene blocking off a couple lanes for road work until 6:00 this morning. that's both directions of 683 danville.
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taillights moving southbound. this is the north main exit. no slowing in the walnut creek. westbound 580 through the altamont pass, only 20 minutes, still light out of antioch towards concord. no delays heading southbound on 101 through the san rafael area. eric kristen. >> it's 5:40. >> coming up the president's about-face over same sex marriage and what it could mean for california couples wading to wed. >> the man police say may be responsible for putting women in one e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e
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>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. >> welcome back. it's 5:43. oakland police are hoping someone will help identify a sexual assault suspect captured on surveillance video. take a look. this man is suspected of beating a woman inside her apartment complex in oakland's chinatown on february 7th. detectives are trying to determine if the attack is linked to three other assaults on women late last year. they're at lake merritt. >> a law banning recognition of gay marriage is being vilified by those on the other side of
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the issue. >> gay marriage advocates have long opposed the defensive marriage act or doma to define it as marriage between a man and woman. >> it keeps gays and lesbians and couples from having 1,138 federal rights. >> with the attorney general writing to the speaker of the house no longer upholding the constitutionality, it will open up on the federal level from social security to healthcare. >> the obama administration is really splitting. the bipartisan majority in congress and the people in 90% of the states. >> conservatives blasted the president for not defending the laws on the books but for others it was a day of celebrating civil rights. this is a huge watershed moment where president obama is fulfilling his promise to insure
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that all americans are treated equally. >> moves by the president will certainly reinvigorate the debate on the issue in every state including california or prop 8 as still unresolved. >> it's 5:45 now. some struggling homeowners may see their mortgage payments cut. the bloomberg business report is straight ahead. >> also the search for survivors of new zealand's devastating earthquake reaches a critical point. why hope is fating. >> the countdown clock is ticking for the final flight of space shuttle "discovery." >> ouch! pain at the pump! how it could push gas
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save yourself from disaster. welcome back. time for your california forecast. north of i'd say the monterey bay and yosemite we're going to have valley rain and mountain snow. yosemite only 27 today tahoe 30. upper 40s big sur where we'll see sunshine, a little warmer l.a. palm springs san diego upper 50s to low 60s. lake tahoe, a winter storm warning for 4:00 today until 4:00 saturday morning. still looking at 1 to 2 feet of snow at lake level, 2 to 4 feet
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above 7,000 feet and it will be blowing reducing visibility. kristen, eric. >> mike thank you very much. just about 5:49. >> let's take a look the stories we're following this thursday morning. authorities will resume excavating a body found at the home of a novato home. they began digging up the backyard after police opened a missing persons case on a 74-year-old man they hadn't seen in months. the body hasn't been identified. >> this afternoon state regulators are voting on implementing utilities on gas line in the state. they will consider new reporting requirements for operators whose pipeline pressures accidentally spike above the legal limit. >> in libya moammer gadhafi is losing his grip on power. the country's second largest
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city. president obama's considering no fly zones over libya to stop qaddafi from attacking people from air. the story coming up at 6:00. >> hopes are fading for finding more survivors following tuesday's devastating earthquake at christ church. the death toll now stands at 98 and over 200 others are missing including tourists in the aftermath of the quake. rescue workers determined there's no chance of finding any survivors at the two most heavily damaged site. they have serious concerns for those missing and urged people looking for loved ones to give police information that might help them identify remains. >> in about eight hours discovery will lift on for its final loss. discovery's launch has been delays nearly 4 months because of the support beam.
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it will take its 39 voyage into space. it's spent 352 days in orbit in its 26 year career. napa used "discovery" for the first postaccident flight following the challenger and columbia disasters. it delivered the hubble space telescope in orbit. it will make its final flight in april with atlantis making the final mission during the summer. today's launch is scheduled for 1:50 p.m. pacific time. >> how about that. it's been almost one solid year in space if you add it all up together. 5:51 now. winter weather advisory. that's what we have now. >> yeah, yeah. that means it's going to happen and it's almost here. getting very close. show you exactly what we're talking about. first the north bay mountains where we have the winter weather advisory from 4:00 this afternoon until 10:00 tomorrow morning. snow level 2200 feet and drop down to 1,000 feet overnight
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where we could have an inch of snow accumulate. some of the roads around 1500 feet will get covered by 2 to 4 inches of snow. lake county we have a lot of viewers up there so we wanna make sure we cover you guys. 1 to 2 inches at clear lake. 4 to 8 inches in higher terrain. maybe up to 12 inches in some isolated areas. it's definitely gonna be hazardous driving through that area. bring it back down and the east bay hills diablo range. the winter weather advisory starts at 10:00 this evening. that's when the snow levels will start to drop to around 1,000 feet and we'll see accumulating snow. above 3,000 feet we could get more than 9 inches. this winter weather advisory will hang around until at least 10:00 tomorrow evening. let's go outside, show you what's going on right now. it is really quiet as we look down on the financial district from mount sutro. we have the port of oakland off in the distance. actually emeryville off in the
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distance. upper 30s los gatos, livermore santa cruz. everybody else low to mid-40s. monterey bay and inland we have upper 30s. monterey we have 46 degrees. so we'll have rain today. the heaviest will fall during the evening hours. the rain and then the snow will start mixing in during the evening and overnight hours. that accumulating snow about 1,000 feet by tomorrow midday. you can see the rain and the low 50s for most of us. upper 40s antioch cloverdale, low to mid-40s clear lake and ukiah. monterey bay rain before the sunset and temperatures low to mid-50s for you and also inland. tonight we see a tapering of the most intense showers but they'll still be around. mid to upper 30s in our inland valleys. again, higher elevations tonight that gives us snow. 7:00 here we are thursday morning. you can see some of the showers down in the south bay we just showed you live doppler 7 hd
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showing the bulk of the rain. snow developing by 1:00. by 6:00 everybody dealing with rain snow on mount hamilton and mount diablo and the cold front moves through during the overnight hours and into 7:00 saturday morning. you can see the coldest of the air moves in after the precipitation shield has passed. that's why it's scattered snow showers to 500 feet by friday evening. we could get a half inch to an inch of rain in our lower elevations and watch for a hard freeze saturday night and again sunday night. megan? >> good morning. i'm happy to report we have no major problem spots right now. let's start in the south bay with a live look in san jose. 101 at the 880 overcrossing nice and light making your way and heading all the way up the peninsula. san jose a live look at 280 at the 17 overcrossing. no delays here through the downtown san jose area. if you're commuting through the north bay, let's get a live look in san rafael. these taillights are moving
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southbound along 101 and right now the drive time from 37 to 580 still a light 10 minutes. on the golden gate bridge heading into san francisco, no problems making your way into san francisco from sausalito. and for the latest traffic update go to our website. it's abc7news.com. just click on the traffic link. it's under abc 7 extras. eric kristen. >> megan thanks a lot. 5:55 is our time. >> help may be on the way for struggling homeowners. >> here's jane king with the "moneyscope" report. >> good morning. you know how banks last year suspended some foreclosures after accused of using faulty documents and closing on people who thought their mortgages were getting modified. the "wall street journal" says the obama administration says the settlement could involve cutting the amounts some people owe on their mortgages and having the banks foot the $20 billion bill instead. sale of foreclosed homes accounted for almost 23% of
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residential sales last year, less than 2009 but still higher than two years ago. 9 foreclosed homes continued to sell for way less than other properties. as for stocks and with growing tension in the middle east and disappointing profits in sales forecasts including giant hewlett-packard. i'm jane king with the bloomberg business report. >> the unrest in libya continues to send gas prices skyrocketing to over $4 a gallon. a barrel shot up to $100 and settled just under that. moody's says every dollar increase means 2.5 cents more at the pump. we could see prices soar somewhere between 4 and $5 per gallon toward labor day. the bay area will reach those numbers first. >> a san francisco property owner is fighting with the city over an historic billboard. while doing some remodelling,
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the owner of this building discovered a 1940s era coca-cola sign painted on the side and he restored it. they want the owner to remove it or apply for a permit. but the owner says it's not a billboard because he's not getting paid to have it up. he said he's just trying to save a historic part of his neighborhood. >> 5:57. just ahead on abc news at 6:00 a string of two dozen armed robberies. >> beware of the birds. the skies are starting to look like something out of a hitchcock film. >> what's in a name? in san jose apparently a lot. i'm amy hollyfield. find out how they plan to
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