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peninsula congresswoman jackie speier lashed out on the house floor. >> when a player is arrested for domestic violence, the nfl should immediately suspend the player. >> reporter: blistering criticism is also coming from domestic violence groups. kathleen crennick is executive director of next door solutions. >> now is the time for them to say we have values in our community and if you are going to come to our community, you have to adhere to those values. >> reporter: she has submitted a resolution to the city council asking it to denounce the niners' decision to keep ray mcdonald playing after his arrest over two weeks ago for alleged domestic violence. that could be a touchy subject for the council, considering how it partnered with the niners to move the team here. coach jim harbaugh deflected my question at his weekly news conference whether all this pressure is having any influence. >> we have been very clear on what we're basing our decisions on, the principles that we are basing them on and the information and the facts that
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are being gathered and the respect for the process. >> reporter: playing mcdonald doesn't sit well with nancy pelosi. >> the coach said innocent until proven guilty, due process, all of that. but the fact is he shouldn't have played. >> reporter: the nfl has an image problem, says stanford sports economist roger noll and it lacks damage control. >> that hasn't happened here. in particular, the nfl has done an extremely bad job of working itself out of this. i think the reason is, it doesn't fully understand what's going on, has never faced a situation like this. not in recent years. >> reporter: in santa clara, david louie, abc 7 news. late today, word that two more players have run into problems. arizona cardinals running back jonathan dwyer has been arrested for domestic violence and benched. and the carolina panthers put greg hardy on the exempt list until his domestic violence case is resolved. despite what happens with these players, ten others with
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domestic violence arrests are still playing. they include chris cook of the san francisco 49ers, tony mcdaniel and kevin williams of the seattle seahawks, brandon marshall and santonio holmes of the chike bears. deepwater horizon brooint /* dez bryant of the cowboys. randy starks of the miami dolphins and frosty rucker. this is according to a "usa today" data base that tracks player arrests. recommendations were presented at the regents meeting in san francisco to create a consistent approach to respond to and investigate sexual assault and also calls for establishing an independent sexual victims advocate at each school and to develop an education and awareness campaign of all its sexual violence
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awareness programs. >> all of this is now explicit. it's not just sending an e-mail, not just giving a flyer that somebody is going to ignore. it's ongoing education. >> the recommendations come from a task force that was created after a lawsuit was filed against uc berkeley. the school was accused of failing to fully investigate reports of sexual assault on campus. about a dozen wildfires are burning across the state right now and that includes a big one in el dorado county which simply exploded in size overnight. it's now threatening roughly 1600 homes. you're looking at a live picture, aerials of the fire right now. look at the smoke in the sky. so far it's burned more than 29 square miles. highway 50 was closed earlier today but at this time, only westbound traffic through that area is being delayed. highway 50 is the main route to south lake tahoe. this fire which started saturday is just 5% contained. it's burning through steep and
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inaccessible terrain and residents in some areas are under mandatory evacuation orders. a wild fire strike team that left san francisco this morning has arrived to battle that fire. the six-member crew from san francisco will be joined by strike teams from four other northern california cities. one of them is palo alto. firefighters will be on the job by tonight. people in the northern california town of weed are assessing the damage there. the fire isn't the largest fire but the impact on the town is enormous. abc 7 news reporter wayne freedman has the story. >> reporter: in weed, the wind returned today, the same wind that blew the fire that wrecked a good portion of this town on monday. the only difference, in much of weed there's nothing left to burn. >> if it hadn't been for the wind they would have stopped this at its origin. >> reporter: that's frank schumaker. his home is one of the homes that exist in ash and rubble now. he wanted to take a look today but never got past the road
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block. >> it will be nostalgic. i want to see if there are mementos i can pick up that remind me of the homestead. >> you got to understand, they're concerned for our safety. >> reporter: the damage so widespread and difficult to identify that even on day three, cal fire and local law enforcement is reluctant to allow residents back into their neighborhoods. daniel is one of the rare few who did make it through today. >> we had a big garage right here, our living room, it was a four bedroom, two bathrooms. >> reporter: this is the house in which he grew up. the house he hoped to some day own. the house his mother lived in with her kids and grandkids. we met her last night digging through donated clothes to put on those kids' backs and not complaining. >> people are helping. yeah. we've got food, we have everything we need to start over. and we have our jobs. >> reporter: it's a surprising attitude from this small
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community. the same small size that makes them vulnerable also appears to keep them strong. >> everybody knows everybody in this town. >> reporter: two days ago, flames engulfed this community. now a spirit of recovery. >> falling apart is not going to help you. it's just not going to help you. it will be defeating, self-defeating if you fall apart. you just got to hold on. >> reporter: they are. from weed, wayne freedman, abc 7 news. >> they are indeed holding on. the bay area is about to get hit with some rare summertime showers. abc 7 news meteorologist sandhya patel is outside with more on when we can expect a little rain. >> little is the key. it's coming tonight, but of course, the rain is expected for northern california as well so hopefully the firefighters will get a hand from mother nature. let's look at live doppler 7 hd. i will show you where we are starting to see some clouds. across the north bay at this hour, we are going to start to see some of this that you're looking at up around the northern portion of california's coastline. they have seen some
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thunderstorms developing around the eureka area. crescent city picked up a few hundredths of an inch of rain. 6:00 p.m. tonight, when you are preparing dinner perhaps, not a lot going on, by 9:00 p.m., some light showers begin to develop and they are still going at midnight. we are not done with the showers yet. tomorrow morning's commute is looking messy. if the showers come in, i will let you know how long you will need the umbrellas. cheryl? >> thank you so much. the face-off between facebook and some members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community has not been resolved in spite of a meeting today. the social media giant wants users to use real names on the site but critics say that's not always safe. carolyn tyler joins us from city hall in san francisco. >> reporter: facebook now says it will reactivate the account of lgbt users, hundreds of them they locked out citing safety concerns. we talked to critics here at city hall today and they said that this really does nothing to
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change a policy they feel is misguided and dangerous. drag queens are a tradition in san francisco but some say facebook is making them disappear. >> i have been edwina for 20 years and i have facebook telling me i do not exist. they are basically wiping you out of existence. >> reporter: she and others say about a week ago facebook began insisting everyone use legal names to access their accounts. supervisor david campos and members of the lgbt community arrived at facebook for a meeting this morning but came away disappointed. >> at a minimum if we are going to work together on this, we want an acknowledgment that this policy is misguided in that it is harming people. >> reporter: even though drag queens started this protest, they say they made it clear to facebook they aren't the only ones with safety and privacy concerns. >> we talked about abused women. we talked about bullied teens. we talked about transgender issues.
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we talked about people, a million different people who use facebook with a million different great reasons for having fake names. >> reporter: in a statement, facebook says that today's meeting, they stressed how the real name standard helps prevent bad behavior while creating a saver, more accountable environment. the social media site has now temporarily reactivated the profiles of hundreds that were deactivated. but that gesture may not be enough. a protester even boycott menlo-based company is possible. >> this is san francisco. you are dealing with a bunch of drag queens and throwing together a rally and demonstration is second nature to us. >> reporter: they expect to meet with facebook again but a date has not been set. in san francisco, carolyn tyler, abc 7 news. still ahead tonight, walking can easily turn into distracted walking. the new effort to ensure the life of a teenager was not taken in vain. plus, road rage.
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the manhunt for a driver who made a u turn to shoot a pedestrian. also, road warriors. the bay area company putting out a help wanted sign to get military veterans behind the wheel. and skinny pizza? could there really be such a thing? >> i hope so.
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a campaign is now under way in california to improve pedestrian safety around trains and railroad tracks. today, rail travelers signed a giant banner at the emoryville amtrak station which calls on californians to be track smart. among them was dina betty of martinez. her 14-year-old daughter was killed last march when she tried to retrieve a cell phone she had dropped on the tracks. >> you can't really hear the
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trains until they're right upon you, and they take a long time to stop. having even the idea that you can clear it, that you can be safe, isn't always the case. >> this is one of three new public service announcements from cal trans, amtrak and others about rail safety. officials say california has more preventible rail-related fatalities than any other state in the country. san francisco police are looking for a driver who shot a pedestrian in a road rage incident. police have released a sketch of the driver. they describe him as an asian male in his 20s. police say he tried running down a pedestrian near golden gate and brodrick streets august 31st. police say the driver then shot the man, then drove closer and shot him again before driving away. the pedestrian survived his injuries. this is the car the gunman was driving, looks like this, a newer model two door gray honda
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civic or accord. a search is intensifying for a man suspected of gunning down a state trooper in pennsylvania. i spoke with david muir about this earlier today. >> great to see you. breaking right now, the massive manhunt at this hour, the man armed and dangerous and the new pictures coming in wearing a military uniform, doing war re-enactments and tonight terrorizing several towns. also breaking the two nfl stars benched tonight and of course, millions of americans now bracing for that historic flooding. we are on that, too. >> before you go, you've got to tell me about the jimmy kimmel appearance. >> the moment we were on last night, he had a few laughs at our expense. we will show it to you tonight. what you didn't see behind the scenes also coming up right here. >> that's coming up right after this newscast at 5:30 on abc 7. the taxi industry in san francisco is taking a dramatic dive. taxi use has dropped 65% in the past 15 months, according to a report presented to the municipal transportation agency board this week. the reason?
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the increased use of those ride sharing services. >> this is competition. we are not afraid of competition. we are not discouraging competition. we are just trying to adapt to the society we're in right now and what we're trying to do is to adapt and to make sure we are providing as much service as we can. >> the mta is also trying new services like smartphone apps that can help hail a cab and having more taxis out there on the streets. >> in the meantime, uber has launched a new program called uber military. uber says it will hire 50,000 veterans and their spouses as drivers. abc 7 news reporter katy marzullo has the story. >> reporter: ht tran is a wounded iraq veteran and the president and ceo of a construction company he started in san francisco to help fellow vets. >> the reason why i hire veterans is i feel like i was given a second chance to give back. the guys i served with saved my life. >> reporter: he says there needs
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to be more awareness about veterans so hearing uber is making a push to get them behind the wheel is great news. >> i think uber is a very young company, so that's incredible. i commend them on that action. >> reporter: that action is called uber military. the company plans to hire 50,000 veterans as drivers over the next 18 months and former secretary of defense robert gates has signed on to be volunteer chairman of the project. >> military family unemployment rates remain much higher than the national average. as part of this program, we are committed to helping make that transition smoother for military families. >> reporter: to bring veterans on board, uber in 100 u.s. cities will host hiring events and offer incentives, including help with financing if a veteran needs to buy a car to get started. uber has released this promotional video featuring veterans who are already drivers and the general manager says service men and women are among the highest rated by riders. >> all the things that make them a great military member and military family, i think all the same qualities that make them great partners on the uber
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platform. >> reporter: katie marzullo, abc 7 news. a lot of people trying to buy a house right now have run into a real wall. >> that's because cash is king right now. 7 on your side's michael finney is here with your consumer news. >> it's tough to buy a home. it's always been tough here in the bay area. now with these all cash buyers for many home seekers, it seems impossible which begs the question, where do all these all cash buyers come from? bashay nicholas is with a mortgage training center. >> competing with a lot of foreign buyers, especially. folks from china, from japan, from all over the world, in fact, are still buying u.s. real estate because it's so cheaply priced compared to real estate in their own countries. >> that's tough. here's what you need to do. get your mortgage paperwork all set up to go so that when you are bidding on a home, the buyer
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will know there will not be a problem with the closing. get ready to see more home construction in your area. u.s. home builders are more confident in the market for new single family homes than they have been in nearly nine years. the national association of home builders and wells fargo sentiment index has risen substantially. it is now nearly as high as the very highest which was reached back in 2005, before the housing bubble burst. the index has risen four months in a row. pizza hut is testing a new lighter pizza called skinny slice. right now the lower calorie pizza is only available at select restaurants. the low cal secresecret? it uses less of the ingredients used in the heavier pizza and less topping. they turned to the lighter pizza to win back market share. last year sales fell 2% at u.s.
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locations that had been opened at least a year. >> skinny pizza. >> i love it. thanks. let's head outside right now. >> meteorologist sandhya patel is here with the forecast. a little rain, maybe? >> yeah, little bit of rain. right now, it's beautiful out here. breezy, though, and i am watching some clouds moving in to the north and to our south. so we are going to see some changes by tonight. let me show you live doppler 7 hd. let's talk about the weather changes will mean you have to reach for your umbrella. live doppler 7 hd is picking up moisture just along the sonoma county coast but most of that is actually not going to hit the ground immediately. it's going to take some time before it moves through the drier layers. here's where it is hitting the ground, up along the northern california coastline, northwest coast there. they have been seeing showers and thunderstorms as we take a look at the beach hazard, it has been extended again for marin and santa cruz counties later
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tonight. the swell kicked up by the low that's off the coastline still bringing the risk of rip current. showing you a few clouds rolling in, temperatures 71 in san francisco, 76 in oakland, 82 san jose, 81 in morgan hill, beautiful view from san jose, where it hit 82 today. it's sunny right now, 73 in santa rosa. napa, 75. it's in the low 80s for fairfield, concord and livermore. here's another lovely view from the east bay hills camera. those aren't rain clouds, they are just clouds ahead of the system that will bring us showers tonight and tomorrow. slight chance of thunderstorms, warmer pattern setting up for the upcoming weekend. satellite radar showing you the low pressure system and the cold front just off the coast here. it's going to take awhile before we start to see the showers arrive. it's going to be tonight so just keep this in mind. 7:00 p.m., some green showing up on the screen around cloverdale and ukiah. by 10:00 p.m., we may see light showers or drizzle along the coast and really, the most numerous showers showing up
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during tomorrow morning's commute. they will be very light but this could mess up your commute. you might want to set your alarm clocks a little earlier than what you're used to getting up for because this could be slow going and you might need the extra time for the little ones. isolated showers are still possible around the lunch hour tomorrow, although many of you will start to see the shsun bre through tomorrow afternoon. rainfall totals not impressive. not expecting a lot. .13 in santa rosa. .50 in livermore. half moon bay, .09 inch of rain. typically in september, san francisco, livermore, average about .02 inch of rain for the entire month. this isn't completely unheard of. upper 50s to mid 60s tomorrow morning with all the cloud cover. it's really going to be a mild start but don't forget your umbrella when you leave home tomorrow morning. tomorrow afternoon, we will see lingering clouds, a few showers possibly lingering, especially
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around the cloverdale area. temperatures will be in the mid 60s to the mid 80s so cooler tomorrow. temperatures do rebound as we hit the weekend, upper 60s to low 90s. check out monday. autumn arrives 7:29 p.m. we do have warmth to go along with it. we are welcoming this rain. >> we are. thanks, sandhya. still ahead, the alternative to sugar may be leaving a sour taste. the new health risks from going artificial. that's next. and a computerized head band that can actually read your mind. we will show you what it can do if you put your mind to it. and how else are they going to take a time-out? a look at athletes resting in hammocks during the international meeting in the northern italian alps.
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fire crews evacuated a target store this morning because of strong odors from a
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sewage leak inside the store. people complaint of nausea. the store reopened just before 11:00 this morning. waistlines are getting thicker. a report in the journal of the american medical association says 54% of adults have belt sizes inching up. that compares to 46% a decade ago. women's midsections are widening faster than men's. people with fat cells around their waistline are known to run a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and other obesity related ailments. a new study finds artificial sweeteners may be setting the stage for people to get diabetes. researchers suspect artificial sweeteners could be disrupting bacteria in our system and triggering higher blood glucose levels. that contributes to problems including diabetes and obesity. president obama is planning a return visit to the bay area next month. the president will be at san francisco city hall on october 10th for a democratic national
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committee fund-raiser. tickets range between $1,000 and $10,000. this will be the president's last visit to the bay area before the midterm elections. a group of bay area residents took a bay cruise this morning that changed their lives forever. the group gathered this morning at pier 41 in san francisco. among the crowd were 23 immigrants who went to angel island for special naturalization ceremony. >> now that i'm a little older, i'm feeling very strongly i really am an american and i really should become a citizen and start contributing a little bit more. >> it took me time but i did it because i want to do it. not because anyone told me to do it. >> angel island served as the point of entry for about one million asian immigrants from 1910 to 1940. the immigration station is now a museum. congratulations to the new citizens. coming up, a big piece of hollywood memoribilia is going on the auction block. >> here's a hint. ♪ get your motor running ♪ head
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coming up new at 6:00, hard times at an east bay hospital. employees pay the price but not the ceo. tonight, why dozens are losing their jobs. and a couple sounds the alarm to 7 on your side about a service contract made useless by the napa earthquake. that's all coming up in half an hour on abc 7 news at 6:00. you can get a piece of hollywood and counterculture history. >> the customized captain america motorcycle peter fonda rose in "easy rider" is up for sale. >> the harley davidson chopper will be auctioned off next month online and at the profiles in history auction house. >> it's expected to rake in more than $1 million. >> this is the most famous
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motorcycle in the world. this is the bike that's the symbol of that born to be wild, get on the motorcycle, blaze the trail. it's the anti-establishment. it's everything about america that was great in the '60s and '70s. >> four motorcycles were created for the movie but only one is known to have survived. >> the other three were stolen before the movie was released. they are believed to have been sold off for parts. if you can believe it. like a chop shop operation. >> a million bucks. >> yeah. i got to say, if i had a million bucks i would buy it. that is a cool, cool piece of culture. >> you would not. >> i would. i love that movie. great film. >> if you are rich, you can do it. that will do it for us. world news is coming up next. don't forget, he was on jimmy kimmel last night. >> he was funny. >> he's got behind the scenes stuff you have to see. >> for all of us here, we appreciate your time. see you at 6:00.
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welcome to "world news tonight." happening now, the urgent man hunt. the cop killer on the loose, armed and dangerous. schools closed. and the new pictures just coming in, the man in military uniform, now terrorizing communities. we're on the scene. also, breaking tonight, the two nfl stars now benched. the famous player in trouble for disciplining his boy, tonight, sidelined. the teams about-face, their new explanation coming in. and now, that new player, taken off the field, as well. the extreme weather hitting tonight. millions of americans bracing for floods, downed trees, blocking highways. cars crushed. the worst, still on the way. and look at this tonight. caught on camera. the images just now surfacing. an officer pulling over this driver and the move that comes next, saving the driver's life.

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