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the u.s. supreme court strikes down california's law banning the sale of violent video games to children. >> but the san francisco lawmaker behind the ban is promising the battle is not over. abc7's amy hollyfield is live in san francisco with the latest. amy? >> reporter: yeah, the state senator leland yee feels strongly about this, kristen. he is even accusing the supreme court of siding with the interest of corporate america. instead of the interest of children. >> i am rather disappointed today, by the decision of the u.s. supreme court. >> reporter: in an effort to show his defeated law has
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broad support, lee provided representatives from the medical community and from law enforcement to react to today's supreme court ruling. declaring california cannot ban the sale of violent video games to children. >> we see a lot of them are enforcing targets. it's not in development of an industrial. we're concerned about this. we will stay involved. >> reporter: the bill enjoyed bipartisan support in the california legislature. the u.s. supreme court declared the law violates the first amendment with justice antonin scalia write manage the majority opinion. no doubt the state processes legitimate power to protect children from harm, but it does not include free floating power to restrict the idea may be exposed. they told us via skype that the current rating system do enough to keep kids from playing violent games. >> we do understand the concern that some parents
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have about the content of certain video games. the court acknowledged that. it noted that the existing video game ratings are very good and do assist parents in choosing the appropriate content for their games. >> this group believes the law does not violate the first amendment. >> in the past we protected them from alcohol and cigarette and pornography. we felt that this was on that level. >> today's decision was a 7-2 vote but senator ye sees a glimmer of hope in the opinions offered by justices roberts and alito that maybe he could try again to get a new version of the ban passed. >> even with this existing court, there may be, if we craft the bill differently, there may be basis for trying to get another hearing. >> here is a statement from
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the ceo of entertainment arts, bay area video game company. everybody wins in this decision. the court affirmed the constitutional rights of game developers. adult keep the right to decide what is appropriate in their houses. store owner can sell games without fear of criminal prosecution. the decision was issued by the high court, state senator ye says he might try again to get a version of the bill passed. live in san francisco, amy hollyfield, abc7 news. >> thanks very much. other rulings today from the high court, it struck out arizona campaign finance law that gives extra cash to publicly funded candidates who face privately funded rivals and independent group. they said it violates first amendment. however, it will take up the first amendment fight over what broadcasts put on airwaves when the young children may be watching television. it also agreed to review if and when police need a warrant to use gps tracking device to track a suspect's
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movement. >> well, another lawsuit is being filed for discrimination against the retail chain abercrombie & fitch. this case involves a woman who says she was fired from a hollister outlet in san mateo after refusing to remove her head scarf. eric thomas joins us in san francisco with the story. eric? >> cheryl, of course, hollister is owned by abercrombie & fitch. 19-year-old hani kahn was wearing that same scarf when she got the job in october of 2009. the scarf or hijab at the center of the legal fight. she says the store manager told her it wouldn't a problem wearing it every day. but just a couple of months later in february, she says following a visit from a district manager, she was called in, and asked not to wear it anymore. when she explained it's part of religious beliefs to wear the scarf, she was fired. the company said at the time it was because of all-american look policy. well, the equal employment
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opportunity commission has filed suit on her behalf. and legal aid today announced they are filing suit for hani along with the counsel on american islamic relations, trying to get the all-american look policy removed. they also want monetary damages. >> i was completely shocked. nothing like this has happened to me. i was 19 at the time. no one issued with it. >> by failing to attempt to accommodate her in any way they violated federal and state civil rights laws. >> she got death threats after it became public. abercrombie & fitch we tried to contact them for a response. but they have not responded to this point. this is not the first time that the company has been sued for something like this. milpitas woman says she didn't get a job last year at an abercrombie & fitch store because she wore hijab. she is suing, similar case in tulsa, oklahoma, earlier
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that year. so once again, this suit has been filed. another one with the equal employment opportunity commission has been filed. we are waiting for response for abercrombie & fitch. live in san francisco, eric thomas, abc7 news. >> thanks very much. union city police are investigating a shooting at a home where two murders have happened in the past year. witnesses tell officers a man walks up to the 22-year-old victim. and opened fire on them around 8:30 last night. the gunman is at large. the victim had to have surgery. it happened on whipple road. there was a fatal shooting there last month and another murder there last september. they don't know if the three incidents are related. los angeles police want to examine a new video clip that surfaced showing bryan stow inside dodger stadium the night he was badly beaten. celebrity website tmz posted the short clip showing the giants' fan in the bleachers at the giants home opener.
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he seemed to be fending off verbal confrontation with a man wearing a dodgers jersey, a man who does not appear to be suspect giovanni ramirez. stow remains unconscious at san francisco general hospital. doctors upgraded his condition last week to serious and say he has been responding to some commands to open and close his eyes. ramirez is held on probation violation and denies being at the station that day. amtrak says there are five people not accounted for from friday's deadly crash in nevada. a man working for a nevada trucking company drove his big rig through desert crossing gate and into two double-decker train cars. that fiery crash killed him and five people on the train. authorities did not find any additional victims in the wreckage yesterday. one killed the train conductor, laurette lee. >> she was comfortable being a conductor. she liked it and was good at
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it. >> a big person with a big voice. a heart about three times bigger than her voice. >> and she looked out for everyone. >> federal investigators looking at a number of factors that may have played a role in the crash, including fatigue, distracted driver and drugs and alcohol. they are also looking in the trucking company that employed the driver. federal records show the company has been cited repeatedly by the nevada authorities for safety violations. minnesota congresswoman michele bachmann made it official today. she is running for republican presidential nomination. bachmann made the announce in the waterloo, iowa. the tea party favorite says she is waging her campaign not for vanity, but because the voters must make a bold choice for america's future. >> government thinks it knows better they know how to spend our money and know better how to make a bigger life for us. they think they create jobs
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and can make us healthier. that is not the case. >> bachmann says the country can't afford four more years of barack obama. but she steered clear of specific proposals a day after suggesting concerns over averting a debt crisis were scare tactics. new des moines register poll of republican voters shows bachmann in a near tie for first place with former massachusetts governor mitt romney. the poll is closely watched indicator in a lead-off caucus state. the presidential nominating process. do you have trouble getting a preschooler to go to sleep? still ahead, what a new study says is a common cause for the problem. >> first, the decision made today that makes libyan leader muammar gaddafi a wanted international criminal. plus, this story -- >> right. hillary clinton, the secretary of state, weighing in on new york's move to legalize same-sex marriage.
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>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. nato is applauding the decision today by international judges to order arrest of muammar gaddafi. the international criminal court issued warrants for his son and intelligence chief for crimes against humanity. gaddafi is accused of orchestrating the killing, injuring and arrest of hundreds of civilians in first 12 days of uprising to topple him from power after four decades. it's been more than four months of intense fighting in the north african nation. libya today, officials there say a nato airstrike
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fired two missiles targeting the personal bus inside come pound of tripoli. gaddafi is not believed to be staying in that compound. nobody was killed. officials say two people were slightly injured. secretary of state hillary clinton is celebrating new york's legalization of same-sex marriage. she spoke at a gay pride event at the state department. the third event since i became secretary and the first following the historic vote in new york, which i think gives visibility and credibility to everything that so many of you have done over so many years. >> she says the campaign for same-sex rights is one of the most urgent and important human rights struggles of all time. but says much more needs to be done to end discrimination. new york is the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, taking effect next
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month. the l.a. dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection. the team's owner blames major league baseball refusal to approve a multi-billion dollar tv deal to keep them afloat. i allows to team to use $150 million for daily operation and get time to find long financial stability. dodgers say there will be no disruption in day-to-day business, team or dodger fans. the kids got t-ball practice, which is good because tomorrow could be wet. >> i'm could be in the north bay. we could see measurable rain, which is unusual. we'll map it out and talk a the warming trend for holiday weekend. >> thank you. also coming up -- >> knowing someone was throughout and reading my tweet. awesome feeling. two women's twitter account inspire a new website aimed at helping homeless. #t#t#t#t#t#t
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if your preschooler can't sleep, here is advice. turn off the violence and nighttime tv. they found sleep problems the common in watching show after 7:00 p.m. watching tv with violence including cartoons is tied to sleeping difficulty. the they recommend no more than two hours daily for older kids. it was funded online today by journal pediatrics. >> good advice. check in with mike to see how to plan our day. what does the weather look like? >> fog out there. sunshine. system temperatures. but we -- seasonal temperatures. we have another heat wave on the way. show you what is going on. looking down from mount tamalpais, you can see that it's clear over saucelito, tiburon, belvedere. but what a deck of clouds we have pushing through the
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goldp gate and across -- golden gate and across san francisco. we have can't see twin peaks or mount sutro. how about another perspective? you can see where it's getting sunny. the north bay valleys, the east bay and south bay. one finger of fog holding on in monterey bay is starting to see clearing, to the north side. thanks to northwesterly winds. cloudy, the temperatures are in the mid-to-upper 50s. half moon bay, san francisco, oakland, fremont, san rafael. 60-degree temperatures until you get to concord and los gatos at 71. watsonville is cloudy at 63. we have mostly sunny conditions away from the coast and mild temperatures today. a lot like yesterday. rain in the forecast for tomorrow. showers are possible on wednesday. then the big heat wave is come for the holiday weekend. start with today's temperatures. sunshine in the south bay.
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mid-70s to 81 in los gatos. 71 in millbrae. otherwise, upper 70s low 80s on the peninsula. 75 in san mateo. low 60s on the coast, with mainly cloudy all day. we see sunshine eventually in downtown san francisco, probably by 1:00. mid-to-upper 60s for you. upper 70s through low 80s for most of the north bay valley. saucelito, 73. to the beaches, low to mid-60s. in richmond and berkeley, the clouds will keep you in the upper 60s. you will see sunshine later than anybody else on east bay shore. everybody else is warmer in the low to mid-70s. head to valley, low to mid-80s for you. same temperatures with morgan hill and hollister. mid-to-upper 60s for monterey bay. rain moving to eureka. this is our weather maker for tomorrow. low 90s, chico, and sacramento. 99 in fresno. 75 in tahoe. 111 in palm springs. tonight, drizzle is possible in the north bay. the east bay hills and along the coast of the notice what
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the cloud cover, and the temperatures are warmer than this morning. upper 50s to low 60s. for today, area of high pressure barely hanging out. still holding on. we'll be dry and seasonal today. the cold front is starting to roll toward us and rain likely tomorrow. jump ahead to norm morning at 5:00. here you go. light rain in north bay. the drizzle we spoke of. rain in north bay through the morning hours. pushing through the rest of the bay in the afternoon and early evening hours, just falls apart. then we have the scattered showers for tomorrow or wednesday morning. by afternoon, sunshine. rainfall amounts, most impressive in the north bay, up to half an inch there. maybe a tenth for rest of us to nothing in south bay. look at how cool it will be for everybody. 10 degrees cooler tomorrow and wednesday. we jump to the upper 80s to mid-90s around the bay and inland. if you need comfort over the weekend, head to the coast. still in 60s. >> mike, thank you. >> you bet. you know what is comforting? can you hear the bells? after six month of major
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repairs, the california cable car line is back in operation. the first vital overhaul for the 1.5 miles of track since 1984. the city official cut the ribbon at the reopening this morning. $24 million in repairs were all part of the california infrastructure improvement project. the crews replaced warn electrical components, improved sewers and sidewalk and added curb ramp for disabled along the line's 17 blocks. there are new weapons in the fight to help the homeless. it involves social media. facebook, twitter and blogs help those in need. we show how it's working. >> reporter: artie was desperate. >> i needed some way to stay sane. >> reporter: she lost her job and los angeles home. she needed help. found it at her fingertips. >> it's the way people are finding housing. it's the way people are finding food banks. >> it is social networking. blogging, facebooking and tweeting. while she never considered using it before.
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many are embracing it. after five years of living on chicago streets, she became a voracious tweeter. to concur her fears and loneliness. >> to know someone was throughout reading my tweets. >> now both tweets insired a new website aimed at homeless people. >> i was creating we're viz to believe empower homeless people. >> mark had once been homeless himself and was making a career videotaping and posting the stories of homeless people. he created we are visible.com after realizing the social network enable them to tell their own story. the site is offering basic tutorials on social networking. he has a bigger goal. create support. >> homeless person in phoenix would say i'm hungry. a homeless service organization would say okay, here we are.
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let's help you. >> how do those on the street afford to go online? many tell us they had phones before becoming homeless and keeping them had been a priority. they are turning to libraries and shelters, laptop and free wi-fi have become lifelines. this homeless new yorker reunited with his long lost daughter with twitter. and this man raised money for barbecue at the veterans in a homeless shelter. and this year, got them in permanent housing and both credit twitter. there is no accurate couped of the growing number of homeless people online, but since the site launched a year ago, it's attracted thousands of followers. >> it's important to have a sense of community. social media will let every person have it. community at your fingertips. >> yeah. >> we'll be right back. copd makes it hard to breathe,
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today on abc7 news at 4:00 and 5:00, "7 on your side" has test to save you thousands of dollars. see how well the compact professional style stoves work. the adult diaper incident that required an elderly woman to be rescreened going through airport security. we have those stories and more later today at abc7 news at 4:00 and 5:00. >> that is it for now. thank you for joining us on the abc7 news.
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