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>> reporter: on a hot day ice cream melts really fast? >> yeah. >> reporter: she had it figured out, stick to one-word answers and eat before the ice cream melts. >> i would rather be on the beach in the hot than sitting
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here in the hot. >> reporter: in san jose, david louie, "abc7 news." we want to see how you're dealing with the heat today. maybe you have the a.c. on or out eating ice cream. snap a photo and share it with us on social media using the #abc7now. we may use it on the air or online at abc7news.com. a third man has been arrested in connection with the weekend burglary at san francisco's make a wish offices. 35-year-old jacks mann was arrested yesterday afternoon. police already booked two other suspects. they also found the stolen scooter. make a wish recently auctioned off that scooter signed by hunter pence for $40,000. >> a chunk broke off in february
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and nearly hit a car. a team from the highway administration is using radar to check for corrosion and any cracking inside the tunnel walls. >> between water leakage, the vibration and a host of other possible causes, there are things that have to be addressed here in maintenance. >> before the fha got involved, caltrans was doing surface inspections and hammering the conkroet to check for problems. caltrans does not know when they'll get the results of the new tests. traffic is moving again along i-280 after a shuttle bus caught on fire this morning. no one hurt there. vallejo firefighters had to free a driver from a car after an accident this morning. the driver hit a car just after
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6:00 a.m. the driver was taken to the hospital. his injuries are not considered life threatening. "abc7 news" was in san jose as crews responded to this car fire on park avenue. a decommissioned ambulance burst into flames. firefighters doused it quickly and no one was hurt. the oakland city council has take and dramatic step on rent freeze on homes built before 1943. during the next 90 days, the city will develop a long-term plan to curve evictions. ed lee is banning travel to mississippi after the governor allowed businesses to deny service to gay, lesbian or transgender customers. >> the mayor said we should add more protections to prevent
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discrimination in the united states, not diminish them and deny people their constitutional rights. here are the details. >> reporter: after the bill game law, the rallies are increasing. >> it protects the religious freedom of people with deeply held ready louse beliefs, so we signed it into law. >> reporter: the law allows service to be denied to gays if it violates their religious beliefs. supporters say it's about religious freedom, but critics, including the state's biggest employers -- in north carolina, a similar law just cost the state 400 jobs after pay pal canceled a major expansion plan in charlotte.
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>> the loss of pay pal was predictable. >> georgia is a welcoming state. >> reporter: the mounting pressure from businesses led to governors in georgia and virginia to reject similar bills. more than two dozen major corporations have threatened to leave georgia if the bill became law, which could have cost the state billions in revenue. big businesses in mississippi are now said to be exploring their options. this as lawmakers in tennessee review what passing a similar bill in their state could cost them. > check this out
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>> it would also end a dispute between native american tribes. the plan calls for the removal of the dams by 2020. the dam's owner will pay for part of the $450 million project. the state will cover the rest. sad to say another music legend is gone. country giant merl haggard died after a bout with pneumonia on his 79th birthday. this is something his managers claimed he predicted. he became a country superstar in the late '60s propelled by his mega hit "oaky from maskogee." ♪ >> that twang. >> for sure. his failing health forced him to cancel an upcoming tour with nelson.
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he was 79 years old. the judge who died tesla a preliminary injunction -- the judge says these occurred outside new york and beyond the legal time limit. and she said "every rape is not a gender motivated hate crime." the lawsuit can proceed on contract disputes. still ahead on "abc7 news," the new night against truancy. what one community is doing to help kids in school. a new crackdown on drunk driving. the new test chp could start using. changing rules for drones. the proposal that could mean more drones in the sky above you. take a look at traffic now. this is a live look at 101 in san jose.
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this is "abc7 news." >> one organization in the bay view district is doing something to help students stay in school. >> as lyanne melendez shows us, they began by knocking on the doors of businesses to get them involved. >> reporter: these students have some day graduating from high school and possibly college. they were once truant youth.
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>> instead of being in school, they're out there. the next step is incarceration, some kind of trouble. >> reporter: he marched with students at the annual ymca walk to end truancy. business openers were asked to support students by turning them away during school hours. some were given flyers to put up with the message, there's a graduate inside of you. >> there's a graduate inside of me. >> reporter: the students participating in the merchant walk don't attend a traditional public school. instead, they come here inside this ymca building are two schools that provide enough support to help them transition back. one of the schools is the center for academic reentry and empowerment, known at c.a.r.e. for students 14 to 17 years old. after a semester here, they go back to a traditional public school. >> we have over 385 graduates
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over an eight-year period that are viable assets to the community and their families. >> reporter: the other school is a five keys charter school for the older ones. >> smaller classes, teachers that were more hands on and having a case manager. >> reporter: that case manager happens to be just across the hallway. michelle bettis says coming here helped her graduate and get into a four-year university. in san francisco, lyanne melendez, "abc7 news." >> a bunch of sports news. single game tickets for the warriors went on sale and they sold out in a flash. more will be made available friday. the team took a day off after the stunning loss last night against minnesota. a few players stood out, harrison barnes finding his stroke. iguodala just back from injury. steve kerr says the expectations are high. >> we lose a game it's like, oh,
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my god, they lost. better than the opposite, oh, my god, they won. >> 69-9 now. the warriors hope to do a lot more winning. they need to run the table in the final four games to break the record held by the '95-'96 bulls. they host san antonio tomorrow night at oracle. the warriors will play the grizzlies on saturday in memphis. you can watch that game on our sister network espn. the tipoff is at 5:00 pacific time, but the game is in memphis. once the final buzzer sounds, switch over to abc 7. we're showing the bulls-cavs game at 5:30, after the game with mike shumann and warriors ambassador o'donnell foyle. the luxberg ferry will be back in service tomorrow for the giants' opener.
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that ferry departs for the ballpark tomorrow at 11:50 a.m. first pitch is at 1:35. the future of b.a.r.t. has arrived. "abc7 news" was at the b.a.r.t. in hayward as they showed off the first of what will be 775 new rail cars. take a look. the new cars will undergo six months of testing. they will be delivered cross country at a rate of 16 a month. if the testing goes well, they will be put into service by the end of the year. >> we'll do exterior, and interior noise testing, propulsion testing. and just as importantly, we'll do brake testing. >> the new fleet is a $2.5 billion investment to replace what b.a.r.t. claims is the oldest fleet of rail vehicles in the country. the cars feature fewer but padded seats, more doors.
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the faa is considering loosening the rules for allowing small commercial drones to fly over people. the possible changes come after a group of industry experts made their recommendations they claim reduced risks from flights of the remote controlled aircraft. the recommendations call for all drones to stay at least 20 feet above and ten feet to the side of people. right now the faa limits dones to unoccupied areas. an upgrade today. the company has given the feature on the bottom of the android app. robots that could one day transform aspects of daily life are on full display in san jose. some of them look like this guy. >> looks friendly. >> he looks friendly.
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that's the key. his appearance. a block party being held in honor of national robotics week. creators call it a human engagement robot designed to interact with shoppers in stores. "pepper" is already being used in europe, giving wine recommendations. jonathan bloom will give us a closer look tonight at 6:00. i know humans that have a lot of wine knowledge. >> in fact, he's on the roof right now. spencer christian has the accuweather forecast. >> he's basting. >> ripening you might say. we had a day of record warmth in some spots. very extreme warmth in others. we have sunny skies with high, thin clouds, currently 85 degrees here in san francisco. at oakland airport, it's 80.
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downtown oakland is warmer than that. morgan hill 87. this is the view from our tower looking at those thin clouds over the bay right now, but they're not cooling us down. 88 right now in santa rosa. 86 in fairfield and concord. and 84 at livermore. here's the view from our east bay hill cameras. more clouds tomorrow, further cooling and showers likely on friday and saturday. here's the forecast animation starting at 7:00 this evening. notice the surge of both low clouds near the coast and high clouds during the overnight and early morning hours. so much cooler weather tomorrow, especially along the coast as a result of the surge of coastal clouds and the high clouds, as well. overnight, look for low temperatures on the mild side. and their daytime heating coming in quickly.
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highs tomorrow will be generally about 20 degrees lower than today. inland locations will see highs in the low 70s where we had 90s today. and the rain will be brought by a system that ranks one on the storm impact scale, bringing scattered light showers from quarter to half an inch of rainfall. as we look to sunday morning, most locations will have received maybe right around half inch of rainfall by that time over the two-day period. looking at next wednesday morgue, 7:00 a.m., we'll see some rain advancing in and pushing into the afternoon and evening hours next wednesday. so another wet system headed our way next week. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. further cooling into the weekend, a storm breaking, one on the storm impact scale saturday. a light rainstorm ranking one on
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the storm impact scale. much cooler weather over the next seven days with clouds and unsettled clouds. >> thank you, spencer. >> thank you, spencer. up next, a controversy (music plays from one way or another )♪♪ ♪ i'm gonna find y♪ i'm gonna getcha ♪ ♪ getcha getcha getcha ♪ one way or another ♪ ♪ i'm gonna win ya ♪ i'm gonna getcha ♪ ♪ getcha getcha getcha ♪ one way or another ♪ ♪ i'm gonna see ya ♪ (inhales cigarette) i am totally blind. i lost my sight in afghanistan. if you're totally blind, you may also be struggling with non-24. calling 844-844-2424. or visit my24info.com.
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fashion model backed a state bill to fight a eating disorder. it would impose workplace health standards on modeling agencies. if passed, models would have to get a doctor to certify that they don't suffer from any eating disorders. several talent agencies said it would discourage diversity. carry washington, is that you? so many people talking about this on social media today. calling out a major magazine for this shot. she said they photo shopped her and this isn't the first time. eva pilgrim has the fallout.
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>> reporter: carey washington calling out the new cover in this post. "it felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what i look like when i look in the mirror." this is how we're used to seeing her. and crushing it on the red carpet. compare that to this cover. social media quickly speculating that the -- the cover is like -- the editorial director sweeting that the editors added volume to the hair for dramatic hair, adding carey washington is a class act. we are honored to have her grace our pages. to clarify, we made minimal adjustments solely for the cover's design needs. while washington instagramed, i have to be honest, i was taken
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aback by the cover, adding she hoped her fans would pick it up because she is happy is what is inside the magazine, saying i'm proud of the article. this just the latest in a series of photo shop cover issues for the star. first, it was lucky. and then this cover which sparked a firestorm debate. accusations the magazine lightened her skin and may have changed her nose and lips. >> you can see carey washington on "scandal" thursday nights at 9:00 right here on abc 7. new at 4:00 continues. the end of a line for a bill that making it illegal for men and women to live together. and why california could be a major factor in who gets the nomination. and tasers front and center in san francisco.
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high speed internet from at&t. with 99.9% reliability you can, keep calm, your internet's on. this is "abc7 news." here's a look at the headlines at 4:30. beach weather across the bay area. a summer day in early spring giving people an excuse to get outside and away from the office this afternoon. this was the scene at the beach in san francisco. weather even warm enough for some to brave a quick dip in the
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water. the water is still pretty chilly. definitely shorts weather. spencer christian who may be wearing shorts up on the roof. he'll be back to show us which areas are hovering around record highs. a sexual harassment victim and her attorney called uc berkeley's record outrageous and insulting. alyssa harrington digs into the report that was just released, exposing 17 cases at the school. the san francisco police union has released the results of a survey showing the vast majority of those polled want officers armed with tasers. tonight, police commissioners are set to discuss arming police with those tasers. vic lee is live at city hall with new developments. vic? >> reporter: well, this is the survey that was conducted by the police union, and the timing of its release is not coincidental. as you said, the issue of tasers is on the agenda of the police commission, which meets here at city hall in about an hour.
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a recent survey reveals that 68% of people in san francisco favor tasers for the cops. a marin county deputy sheriffin. the police union released a radio spot after getting a survey it commissioned which shows 68% of those polled supports arming officers with tasers. only 14% of the 500 san francisco voters surveyed said they oppose the electronic controlled devices. 18% were not sure. our informal survey found similar views. >> it's less lethal than shooting everybody. >> i think it's taken too long to get them armed with tasers. >> definitely. >> reporter: the police union president says the poll validates his position that all the officers should be carrying tasers as an alternative when
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possible to lethal force. >> right now, officers go from a baton to a bullet. >> reporter: so far two of the seven police commissioners have come out against tasers. the main argument being that they could result in medical emergencies and even sudden death. the chief has proposed a narrower policy that only select officers, like the tactical unit, should be equipped with them. one hurd toll the police union proposal is the cost of deploying tasers all at once to all officers. >> when it comes to saving a life, what is the cost on a human life in this city? >> reporter: police commissioners are said to discuss the issue tonight. vic lee, "abc7 news." today, officials outlined a new tighter security plan for the boston marathon. the plan comes in the wake of recent terror attacks in three years after the finish line bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260. officials say after 5,000 law
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enforcement officers, and surveillance cameras will line the route. there is no specific threat against the marathon, but they're incorporating lessons learned in attacks abroad. the head of the tsa testified today. he says while there's no known threat against the u.s., we must remain vigilant. he said he arrived tat airport in brussels right at the bombs went off. 32 people died in the attacks at the airport and a subway station on march 22. now the race for the white house. donald trump and hillary clinton are trying to regain their footing after last night's defeat in wisconsin. megan hughes has the latest on the 2016 race. >> reporter: hillary clinton at a rally if philadelphia didn't mention her bruising defeat, but she did go after bernie sanders. >> on a number of important areas, he doesn't have a plan at
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all. >> reporter: and sanders had trouble explaining how he would execute breaking up the big banks. clinton mentioned it directly on msnbc. >> i think he hasn't done his homework and he has been talking for more than a year about doing things that he obviously hasn't really studied or understood. >> reporter: sanders claims momentum is on his side. wisconsin, his sixth win of the last seven contests. he says he's ready to take on clinton on her own turf. >> i believe we've got an excellent chance to win new york. >> reporter: republican ted cruz trying to win over new york voters in the bronx. after earlier remarks he made slamming donald trump for having new york values. >> it's the values of the liberal democratic politicians. if you want to know what liberal democratic values are, follow donald trump's checkbook. >> reporter: his win in wisconsin sets the stage for a battle over delegates in july in cleveland.
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>> trump has to be worried because ted cruz's team is so much more fluent in how to get the delegates that they need to be at the convention. >> reporter: for donald trump to avoid that scenario and lock up the nomination, he would need to win 60% of the remaining delegates. and he has until june to do it. megan hughes, abc news, washington. with california likely still in play in the presidential race, the secretary of state is anticipating a big surge in voter turnout for the june 7th primary. >> all the numbers are pointing in that direction, from an increase in the number of people registering to vote offline or updating their registration, meaning they're getting ready to cast their ballot in june. >> more than 600,000 people have registered to vote online or updated their registration in just the past three months alone. he sent word to county election agencies warning them to be prepared for longer lines at the polls. all the married couples in florida living together are not
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breaking the law as of today. a 148-year-old anti-co-habitation law was struck down. it was largely unenforced. >> otherwise half the state might be locked up. still to come on "abc7 news" at 4:00, an unusual sight on mars. what is that off in the distance? it's a common sight on earth now caught in space. >> i'm michael finney. i'm still taking your questions on twitter and facebook. just post them with the #askfinney. i'll answer your questions live here a little later. i'm spencer christian. we see clouds surging up from the south, i'll have the accuweather forecast coming up as "abc7 news" at 4:00
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those are some good looking tomatoes. yep. how long have you been growing them? for a couple months. me too. hey leonard, if we've been growing our tomatoes the same amount of time, why did your dirt grow more than my dirt? because my dirt's better than your dirt. oh. nature's care organic potting mix produces more tomatoes than those other guys. that's some good dirt.
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>> passengers flying to san francisco from hawaii, their flight had to return to the islands. the airline is blaming stronger head winds for the diversion of flight 74 on sunday, claiming the head winds caused the boeing 777 to burn fuel at a much faster rate. so they put them in a hotel overnight and everybody flew to sfo the following day. coming up, some of the other incidents of low fuel on flights. a new jersey man claims he
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was pulled off a flight for being overweight. he weighs 385 pounds. he was removed from the flight after his seat mate complained about his size. the airline refused to receipt him, even though there were available seats on that plane. the airline says he volunteered to get off just so he would not make a scene. official delivery is headed for the astronauts aboard the international space station. take a look. it's going to arrive on friday. it's meant to be a test for inflatable space habitat. nasa mars exploration with a unique weather picture on mars. scientists are calling this a martian dust devil. you can see it twisting through the valley. they're created much like the ones on earth. a column of air begins to rise,
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making the spinning vortex visible. doppler 7 hd and see what's going on here. we have a hot day here in the bay area. high clouds i might add. the a's take on the white sox again tonight, at oakland coliseum. sunny and warm and the temperature is 78 degrees at the start of the game. clearing down to about 70 by 10:00 p.m. tomorrow statewide, southern california, a surge of widespread rain and showers. not only inland but the coast, as well. so wet over the southern half of the state tomorrow and cooler than average while here in the bay area. we'll cool down from the warmer than average weather today. highs tomorrow generally in the 60s on the coast. upper 60s to low 70s around the bay. low to mid 70s around the bay.
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today we had low to mid 90s. chances of rain, 70% on saturday. about a 30% chance of rain or showers again about midweek next week. larry and natasha? >> looking good for the giants' home opener. >> looking great. not hot like todd but it will be mild and a few clouds around. but we're not talking about that cold kind of breezy, gusty weather we sometimes have for giants' baseball. >> thank you, spencer. still ahead on "abc7 news" at 4:00, a bucket list wish comes true for a 5-year-old girl from ohio. where she wanted to meet the pope. i'm michael finney. it is responsible if you get into an accident when you're borrowing and driving someone else's car. i'll ha
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(music plays from one way or another )♪♪ ♪ i'm gonna find y♪ i'm gonna getcha ♪ ♪ getcha getcha getcha ♪ one way or another ♪ ♪ i'm gonna win ya ♪ i'm gonna getcha ♪ ♪ getcha getcha getcha ♪ one way or another ♪ ♪ i'm gonna see ya ♪ (inhales cigarette) this is "abc7 news." a very special moment today for a 5-year-old ohio girl. she got her wish to see pope francis as part of what her family was calling their bucket list. the people and places she wants to see before she loses her sight. here is that story.
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>> reporter: lizzie myers waved and smiled, hoping to catch the pope's attention as e he drives by. at first, like so many others, the little girl was just glad to have caught a glimpse of the holy father. then this. >> he asked that we pray for him and he said he will be praying for us. >> reporter: it's a meeting the 5-year-old will treasure more than ever. perhaps when she understands the gravity of this blessing. >> there comes a time when we will have to tell her, i dread that day. but right now we just don't feel it's necessary for her to know. >> reporter: she doesn't know it, but she's slowly going blind because of a rare genetic disease. >> because of her interest in
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arts, you know. >> reporter: and she wanted to meet the pope. so with a visual bucket list on hand, they went to rome hoping for a miracle. and once their story made the news, their say the prayers were answered. >> what pope francis has done for her, if there's any chance for a miracle he'll be there. >> reporter: lizzie is already suffering from hearing loss and wears hearing aids. the family is hoping for amazing memories and now they'll continue to pray for that miracle. >> emotional story. time now for ask finney. michael finney is answering your questions sent in. first question is from charlotte from pacifica asking, sometimes i borrow a family member's vehicle to runner rands. am i required to purchase insurance on myself or would i be covered under the owner's policy? >> great question.
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uninsured motorist isn't for someone in your car, for someone in another car that hits you. if you live with this relative or you use the car regularly, then you would have to go on their insurance policy. but if you don't live with them and it's only occasional, you probably don't. here's the catch. you would want to check the policy. who do we contact for our free annual credit report? >> listen closely, annualcreditreport.com. the word "free" is not there. go there and you can get three reports a year, one from each of the credit reporting agencies. so get one now, four months later, get another, and then four months later get another. there's very little difference between the three. mike from san jose asks, the
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homeowner pays property tax every year. isn't the city's responsibility to maintain the trees on the sidewalk and the road? >> look, every city can be different. but most of them, san jose included, has this rule, which is you have to maintain the sidewalk, the trip and the curb that's attached or near your home. that's almost always a rule. sometimes some cities take care of it. also there's a tax that sometimes takes care of that. but normally it's your job. >> that doesn't seem fair. >> somebody's got to do it. >> thank you so much. the obama administration is stepping up the fight against the zika virus. today, the white house redirected $589 million from the country's ebola fund to battle zika, which is spread by
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mosquitos. the president had requested nearly $2 billion two months ago. the white house didn't go into detail how this money would be spent. the cost of insulin in the united states keeps going up. >> here's jane king. >> around 29 million americans who suffer from diabetes are entirely dependent on insulin and the cost is going up. a study found that insulin costs have tripled in the past ten years. the researchers recommend that industry leaders look at noninsulin therapies to see how they work and their cost effectiveness. subway is forging ahead and posting calorie counts nationwide. it's happening right now. the a.p. says the goal is having them installed in all 27,000 subway stores by april 11. could tattoos be good for you? a new study says they could help fight off disease. the university of alabama found that inked up people had a better chance of getting a cold
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than those with no tattoos. it theorizes the body built up a tolerance to help ward off illness. a study in the journal of pediatrics says children spend significantly more time in physical active play when the parents participate. parents can be important role models in shaping children's physical activity habits. i'm jane king. here's to your health. "abc7 news" at 4:00 continues. up next, a possible new tool for the chp. what they could soon use to target drivers high on drugs. right now, dan has a look at what's coming up on "abc7 news" at 5:00. >> thank you very much. coming up, why we all need to get ready for the big phase of the bay bridge demolition. and michael finney will have financial advisers who now have to keep customers first. and how two people are losing their jobs after a kid hugged
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nba star carmelo anthony.
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here's a look at primetime tonight on abc 7. if sacramento, lawmakers are considering legislation designed to crack down on this growing problem that is drugged drivers on california's roads.
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chris nguyen joins us live with the story. chris? >> reporter: larry, good afternoon. those lawmakers say that more people are driving under the influence of drugs than ever before. and that local law enforcement must be given the tools to get them off the road. a handful of state lawmakers are pushing a bill that would give law enforcement permission to use an old swab test on people they think are driving under the influence of a prescription drug or an elicit substance. >> we have to have a way for law enforcement to quickly determine who is posing a danger as a motorist. >> reporter: republican state senator is sponsoring the bill and says between 2009 and 2013, the number of drivers killed in crashes who tested positive for drugs went up by more than 40%. >> this is a quick way to test and see if they are under the influence of something. and then if they fail this particular swab test, they can haul them down to the station for further testing.
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>> reporter: you believed state bill 1462, the test would only be used that there is probable cause that a driver is impaired is. s i think it's a little earlier to get this going until we better understand the science. >> reporter: he wonders if the technology will be accurate. >> cannabis can stay in a person's body up to 30 days. if you tested me today after i smoked no sooner than two weeks ago, you can't say there's a correlation between that consumption and my driving ability today. >> reporter: the california highway patrol says they will be monitoring the bill closely. >> even if you have a prescription for this medication or something that a doctor gave you, you can still be arrested. >> reporter: the bill will be reviewed by a committee later this spring. chris nguyen, "abc7 news." >> thanks for joining us for "abc7 news" at 4:00. i'm larry beil. "abc7 news" at 5:00 begins right now with dan and natasha. disturbing new details about the sexual harassment scandal at
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uc berkeley. the number of victims is growing. police arrested him, so why did prosecutors let him go? new developments you will only see here. plus -- >> this is a yellow train to sfo airport. >> our first look inside b.a.r.t.'s new cars. >> definitely a day of pig out on some ice cream. >> and that spring sizzle has resulted in a record setting day. i'm sandhya patel. i'll show you the pictures coming up. live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." >> good evening. >> one of the most respected universities in the country is grappling with a scandal tonight that threatens to ruin its image. uc berkeley is dealing with a series of sexual harassment allegations, many involving key faculty and staff.
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>> reporter: dan, i spoke with one of the victims. she used to be the executive assistant here at the law school. she's suing the law school dean and the uc regents and is calling on the university for more transparency. he says she was heart broken when she learned her sexual harassment case at uc berkeley was among several others. documents reveal 17 sexual harassment investigations since 2008 involving staff. 11 have resulted in the accused being fired or resigning. these include a custodian, peeking at a woman in the shower. a professor who sent sexual e-mails to a student and a massage therapist accused of touching a woman's genitals. >> i wondered what did the victims of these circumstances go through, was it anytng like i went through? >> reporter: she says she was forced to go on leave for complaining about the law school dean kissing and touching her. he has since resigned.
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among those in the report who kept their jobs, cal's diving coach. he was only docked pay when a co-worker accused him of making inappropriate sexual comments. >> i'm not here to defend past decisions. nor can we turn back the hands of time. what we can do is advance on our commitment to improve policies and culture. >> reporter: but he says the damage has already been done. >> it's really hurt cal. we don't have statistics that show all the brilliant women who have applied to graduate school here. >> reporter: uc berkeley says the mission is to strengthen prevention efforts. in berkeley, alyssa harrington, "abc7 news." it's sure been a hot one today. the thermometer peaked in the 90s in a lot of areas. oakland set a new record high.

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