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i've never actually felt so much love in my life. >> an outpouring of love for family mourning the loss of a husband, father, and police officer, known for helping others. hello, i'm eric thomas. people filled the vallejo church in honor of this man, gus vegas, police officer killed inside his home. a whole lot of community support for the family? >> reporter: officer investigate gas was a long-time member of this church in vallejo and i got a chan to speak with his wife. she wants to thank everybody for their support during this difficult time. a funeral has been scheduled for
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friday. just last sunday, richmond police officer gus vegas was sitting in the front row at his church, the hill in vallejo. today, an overflow crowd honors him. >> for the pastor, the lost is personal. he has been friends with the family more than 25 years. >> my family, his family, we raised our kids together. we've gone on vacation together. i don't think we have words to be able to describe the shock and just how deep the hurt is. >> reporter: officer vegas was shot and killed at his home on thursday. friends say he dedicated his life to his police work, protecting others, but he was also so much more than that. he and his wife, sandra, were foster parents. vegas was slurp loved and respects and leaves hip ten --
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behind ten kids. >> it's important to support sandra and the family. >> reporter: vegas' wife says they're tremendously thankful for the outpouring of support. >> i miss my husband and i love him, and he will be missed. he was a great, great, great, great police officer. >> reporter: a memorial service is planned for friday. the police officers union has set up a fund to help with the costs at the mechanics bank in vallejo, as soon as abc7~news. >> san jose police find a man dead inside a car near pioneer high school. we were at the scene as officers investigated. they say the car crashed into a pole and the driver had been shot. he was discovered just before 4:00 a.m. the case is being investigated as a homicide as police try to identify a suspect. two people died in a traffic collision on highway 1 near bow bodega bait 1:00 this morning. a car was spreading when it
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crashed into a tree and burst in flames, this crash killed a man and his passenger is expected to be okay. the car's roof was crumbled by the impact. police say both people inside the carr from san francisco. the crash happened at 1:00 this morning. flames burned 16 people out of their home in san francisco. abc7~news was in the north panhandle neighborhood as crews bordered up shattered winds. young see the scorched destroy of the building. the assistant fire chief says muni and power lines in the area contributed to difficulty in fighting the fire. a child was hurt, suffering a cut from black, david robinson took this video as flames damaged two building. neighbors were concerned the fire could spread. >> i only see flames between
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houses on the roof. it was pretty scary. i was about four doors down. i was hoping the fire didn't spread. >> the fire was first reported 8:30 last night and took crews an hour to contain it. fremont police are investigating after someone shot a crossbow at a truck. the driver was heading to work on milmont drive when he heard something hit the truck. he discovered a crossbow arrow sticking out of the vehicle. it happened just after 2:00 p.m. on wednesday. police say there were no witnesses and there are no suspects at this time. no autopsy will be performed on supreme court justice antonin schoolie. officials tell abc news the daye the cause was natural and the 79-year-old died of a heart attack. people have been leaving flower out the supreme court in his memory. lawmakers are already arguing over who should name his
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successor. >> reporter: the battle for the bench has started. >> barack obama would ram down our throat a liberal detroit. >> called delay, delay, delay. >> from fighting words to challenge this morning. >> does that mean you're going to fulfill buster anyone that president obama nominates? >> ly. this some be a decision for the people. >> of course i would send somebody but the divisions are real so let's just wait for an election. >> the sudden death of supreme court justice antonin schoola, adding a new bitter divide in this election year. >> the job of the president of the united states to appoint, nominate members to the supreme court, and the senate confirms. >> barack obama is president of the united states until january 20th, 2017. that is a fact, my friends, whether the republicans like or not. >> left hand on the bible. >> scalia served on the high court for three decades. he died in his sleep on saturday
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during a hunting trip. what happens now? president obama has already pledged action. >> i plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to nominate a successorror. >> reporter: but senate republicans quickly said they would block any candidates. the short list includes a circuit court judge, considered a front-runner and someone the republicans like. the court will rule with just eight justices. >> a year, 18 months, of 4 are 4 divisions by a divided court is unprecedented. >> the court is set to address major issues, including abortion and unions. the tie would mean any lower court ruling stands. [chanting] >> pope francis is on the third day of his five-day mexico visit. hundreds of thousands of people turned out today to attend pope
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francis' mass in mexico. the traveled to one of the poorest and most dangerous parts of the country, condemning the drug trade's, quote, dealers of death. love is in the air this valentine's day. abc7 news was in san francisco's castro district where a special proposal happened at this mural on 18th street at the casa indian eatery. the mural features who men. one who helped plan the artwork, wanted to surprise his partner with a proposal. the artist says the mural has an important message about race and same-sex marriage. >> it's covering different type of prejudice as well. it's like putting it out there and being, like, love is love. it's basically that to me as long as that message was in there love conquers anything. >> george said yes and the couple celebrated with friends.
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a springlike day to celebrate our valentine. drew tuma is here now. drew, big changes for our work week ahead. >> not only love was in the air but record warmth. san rafael, tying a high, 78 degrees this afternoon. even warmer air arrives before we track another chance for some rainfall across the bay area. we'll time out all of this in future weather in fuel accuweather forecast. >> plus, a look at the dramatic impact after a powerful earthquake shakes a city in new zealand. >> broke my heart. >> the path to love is rarely might but this two finally made the love connection, their reunion some 70 years in the making, coming up.
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take a look at this video from new zealand, showing a cliff crashing down into the sea following a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. the epicenter was a little more than ten miles east of christ church, a driveway security camera captured some of the shaking. the earthquake comes five years after one that destroyed much of the city, killing 185 people. so far there have been no reports of serious damage or injuries from the quake. to developing news. much of the northeastern u.s. woke up to record cold today, and they're now bracing for snow tomorrow. the national weather service says the temperature new york's central park on sunday was minus
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one. that's a record low for the date. chilly wind gusts made it feel even worse. >> been in the back of the head, hurts. like being on a rollercoaster. >> look at this. so-called sea smoke forming in boston, actually fog that forms when the frigid air moves over relatively warmer waters and that relatively is important. ahead, meet a high school senior who will likely be voted most popular, at least by the girls in his class. how he has been making valentine's day one to remember for every girl at his school. the start of a mild evening as we take a look outside. see the sun getting ready to set there in the west. our temperatures will continue to climb tomorrow. drew will tell us where we can see some 80s. now here's a look at what is ahead on abc7's world news at 5:30. >> good evening. coming up tonight, remembering justice scalia, and now the political battle to replace him. plus, the arctic blast and the
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new winter storm on the move tonight. and did a social media app encourage a young driver to go too fast with
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a world war ii vet as has reunited with his long lost love after 70 year, norwood thomas and joyce morris met in 1944. she was 17 years old, living in london, he was a 21-year-old paratroop are for the u.s. army. their brief romance end when thomas went to normandy. after the war he returned to the u.s. and invited morris to join him but there was misunderstanding and both went their separate ways. last year his son found morris online and they reconnected on skype. >> what would you if i could give you a squeeze?
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>> it would be lovely. >> a crowd funding campaign raised money to fly thomas from virginia to australia. they're together in time for the day, valentine's day. in the spirit of valentine's day, a high school senior in utah brought a smile to every girl's face in his school by buying each of them flowers, all 800 of them. he works as a grocery store and saved money to buy the flower. he asked for permission from the school's principal to deliver them. >> around 800 flours out there. i don't think a girl should be left out on valentine's day. >> the flowers cost $500. hayden started the tradition his freshman year and says he's not doing it to get dates. he already has a girlfriend. she says the thinks his valentine's tradition is sweet. in or of black history month we're using our bay area instagram feed to celebrate the people making a difference where
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you live. today we remember jazz legend duke ellington, named an honorary citizen of oakland. the washington, dc native was a favorite at bay area jazz spots in the '30s and '40s. this picture shows him at the claremont hotel in berkeley. take the a-train right over there to where drew is with the forecast. >> we're tracking even warmer temperatures. what a lovely day today for valentine's day, mainly sunny skies and well above average temperatures on the sunday. live doppler 7hd showing high thin clouds, looking at temperatures-all about the numbers and right now it's mild in concord. 63 in downtown san francisco. 70 in mountain view, 68 in san jose, a mild 74 right now in santa rosa. a live look outside our santa cruz cam. can you believe it's february? folks on the beach. the water temperature, 57. that's why you don't see folks
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dipping their toes in the chilly ocean water, but the evening ahead, a nice night on the way. high clouds and temperatures are going to be very slow to fall overnight. by 11:00, lot of spots are still hovering in 50s and in fact that's where a lot of places are going to bottom out overnight. overnight lows at 55 in san francisco, 50, san jose, drop to 53 in oakland 50, napa, 47 in antioch. such a mild morning on the way, that's going to help to excel temperatures above records. 80 in fairfield, high of 74 in downtown san francisco. so records for monday, napa, forecasted high of 80, one degree shy of the record of 81. san francisco, oakland, and san jose, very close to record territory but just shy by one or two degrees, and looks like livermore is a forecasted high of 77, will tie the record set last year. records are lower on tuesday.
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the records are hold can in the mid-70s and a lot of spots will meet or exceed those numbers. so more records fall on tuesday. watch wednesday. this is a reality check. temperatures really cool off into the 50s and low 60s. this is a one storm. the one coming wednesday night is a one. it's a light storm on our storm impact scale, and very light amounts of rain. so future weather. hour by hour. wednesday morning, dry. just lot of clouds in atmosphere. by 6:00 in the evening, likely tracking steady showers in the north bay, and by 11:00 wednesday night, most spots are seeing wet weather. unfortunately doesn't last all that long. by thursday morning, 5:00 in the morning, starting to wrap up the system. so total rainfall, light in nature, quarter to a third of an inch. right now we can take anything we get since february has been
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so dry. the accuweather seven-day forecast shows you beach weather on the way for monday. records likely around here on tuesday. temperatures really drop. by some 20 degrees inland. so much colder wednesday with the rain moving in late in the night. morning showers linger thursday. by friday, a slight chance in the north bay, and saturday and sunday, we're dry with a mix of sunshine and clouds and temperatures a little closer to normal. so more warmth tomorrow. >> all right, drew, thank you very much. that trooper, larry beil, taking it on the chin temperature-wise while we're enjoying the weather. >> he's in toronto. we'll have a live preview of the nba all-star game. nba all-star game. and pebble nba all-star game. and pebble it took joel silverman years to become a master dog trainer.
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yesterday klay tom son took the three-point shooting title away from steph curry, and today the actual game will be played in toronto. that's where we join larry beil with a preview. >> this is going to be kobe bryant's final all-star game appearance as he wraps up what has been a brilliant 20-year nba career, and warrior star steph curry surprised kobe because he told him he plans to feed him the ball so be ready. kobe said, what? you're going to pass the ball? in an all-star game? nobody does that. actually been some chatter amongst the west players about trying to get kobe the all-star mvp award tonight. >> that would be a cool story
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for him to go out like that. never know how the game is going to unfold. every all-star game is different. and i think the nba and obviously the players trying to do the best job we can honoring his career and his last stop for all-star weekend. >> are you getting the ball to him, game on the line, down one. >> he might have to steal it out of my hands. but i'm pretty confident, and he either one of us taking a shot. >> just to play with kobe, i was just telling him on the court, showing them highlights, said, man, you used to have bonus. he said, man, i know. seems like that was a long time ago. i said it was, i was seven. i'm 25 now. >> a lot of us used to have bounce years ago. this is kobe's 18th all-star game appearance. next hour we'll talk warriors and their pursuit of 72 wins, and a final weather update. drew mentioned 80 in napa.
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we're having a heat wave from zero up to 10 degrees root now. live in toronto, abc7 sports. >> thank you, sir. final round of pebble beach, phil mickelson had a chance to win his first tournament since 2013 but another near 40-year-old extolled his thunder on the back nine, another deposit day at pebble. mickelson the birdie putt on eight. gets to 16-under but four bogeys on the day, click this one on 11. that opened the door for 39-year-old vaughn taylor. birded four on the front and even better on the back. nearly holes out his approach on 14. birdies here to tie for the lead. taylor had four straight birdies. moves to 17-under and takes the joust right lead here on 16. he had the clubhouse lead at 17-under. mickelson birdies 17.
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needed this five-foot birdie to force a playoff. never misses these. oh, my. vaughn taylor first win since 2005. he is with his first pga tour victory in 11 years, one better over lefty. quite a day for a guy who isn't on a regular tour, and more to come. >> i at any time even have my tour card, and got in this week off past champion status, and i'm playing in the masters pretty soon. so that's just a dream come true. >> great story. more from pebble at 6:00 p.m. and that was typical kind of pebble beach ending. somebody comes out of nowhere and wins it. >> absolutely. larry beil, keep warm out there. up next, for some nothing says loving like hash brownes this
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on abc7~news at 6:00, prowling our neighborhoods. a look at the shifting diet of mountain lions that now includes more of man's best friend. and let the feathers fly. we'll take you live to valentine's day alternative enjoyed by hundreds of pillow-swinging people. join us at 6:00. couples with an appetite for romance are spending this valentine's day at the waffle house, believe it another nor. the georgia-based chain suffered a drop in business during the day so it added romance with white table cloths, candles and rose petals.
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how romantic, the waffle house, make sure you get the grills. see you later. welcome to "world news tonight." remembering justice antonin scalia. and now, the battle to replace him. the conservative titan of america's highest court. brilliant, sharp, provocative. his sudden death in an election year. obama vowing to appoint his successor. the republicans saying no way. the new justice could shape the supreme court for a generation. southern brawl. the fiery republican debate in south carolina, the next primary state. the rowdiest, loudest, and angriest yet. >> the world trade center came down during your brother's reign. remember that. arctic express. the bitter blast of sub-freezing cold. bone-chilling and dangerous. the whiteouts. the accidents. and the new winter storm on the move. 100 million people in the way. and, deadly stunt?

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