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>> this crash happened at halas will ondrive and washington boulevard around 1:15 this afternoon. trains on the capital corridor are delayed through the area. david louie is on the scene. he'll have a live report on abc 7 news at fie5. good afternoon, everyone. i'm larry biel. >> and i'm ama daetz. an investigation is under way in san francisco after a body was discovered in a lake at golden gate park. police now say it's a homicide. abc 7 news reporter melanie
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woodrow joins us live with the details. melan melanie? >> reporter: ama, investigators pulled down the crime scene tape that had been surrounding a large perimeter of this park in front of the lake where this man haes body was found. they pulled down that crime scene tape late this afternoon but not before doing something else first. they drained the lake soifrping for evidence. san francisco homicide investigators along with the medical examiner's office spent morning investigating a suspicious death. a city gardner found a man's body facedown in the lake. >> that the point, all that homicide can say is that it does appear there may have been a strug elf. >> reporter: investigators drained the lake searching for clues. at least 12 evidence markers line the path outside the lake. at one point officers expanded their perimeter. >> it looks like there may have been more evidence. >> reporter: though investigators would not say what. >> i find it pretty odd it was in the front of the park. >> reporter: people who walk through the park to get to worker were surprised to see an
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active crime scene. betsy ricks says the investigators asked if she recognized the victim. >> they showed me a picture of an older gentleman, said he was the person who had been found this morning, asked if i had seen him or if we had any camera that's might have picked something up. and i hadn't seen him. it's just eye very sad situation all around. >> reporter: several nearby restaurant employees said officers had been by their businesses as well. in san francisco, melanie woodrow, abc 7 news. santa rosa police say the shooting of a 15-year-old boy last night appears to be an attempted suicide by cop. officers responded to a coffee park around 11:30 last night after receiving a report of a man with a gun. now police say an officer shot the boy in the foot when he pointed a handgun at him. investigators say the weapon the boy had was actually an air soft pellet gun. they believe the boy removed the orange tip so officers would shoot him. they also say the boy was the one who actually phoned in the report of a man about a gun. that boy is now undergoing a
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psychiatric evaluation. police are asking for help finding this man. they've now been looking for him for more than 24 hours. 53-year-old shoe make is accused of setting fire to his vallejo house sunday morning. his son 5-year-old died in that fire. police say shoemake set the home on fire while his family slept reportedly after an argument with his wife. she made it out but suffered severe burns. her 13-year-old son also survived. anyone with information should call the vallejo police department. right now san francisco police are searching for two men who followed a family home and then robbed them. this happened last night inside a home at twechth avenue and nor reaugh area street. they took a wallet and took off in an suv. one victim had a minor injury. animal act visits are trying to get a state bill designed to protect pets. it would allow people to smash animals to save animals from lot
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cars. under the bill, people must first determine the vehicle is locked and try to contact the police, fire or animal control officer. there's a smelly problem on del monte beach in monterey. hundreds of thousands of dead red crabs are covering the short line there. experts say they're usually found off baja but el nino currents are pushing the crabs to the north. a seen like this played out on orange county beaches last week. this phenomena is also bad for local fishermen. the warm el nino waters are preventing nutrient rich water from rising in the surface. impacting squid fisherman. time to turn to our weather and take a live look ott our emeryville cam ray. >> spencer christian is here with our accuweather update. >> hi, a little bit gray and overcast today. we still have some instability in the atmosphere, but the active weather has been on the periphery of the bay area. here's a look at live doppler is
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schaech hd. we have mixed condition in the sierra, some showers, snow up high and thunderstorms rumbling up to our north up in parts of mendocino and lake counties. they've quieted down just a bit but you can see a kwied area of wet weather at least appears to be still wet along highway 101 north of -- up to hopland and ukiah, then eastward a few patches of light rain over in the lake fort area. this is the view from our abc 7 exploratorium camera. 59 in upperer 60s at san jose morgan hill 57 at half moon bay partly cloudy over the golden gait 68 in sanlt rosa, 6471 fairfield upper 60s at concord livermore. quick little forecast animation beginning 7:00 this evening, notice clouds will continue to swirl around the bay area overnight. little spots of moisture passing through here and there. tomorrow afternoon we may see some ice lated showers up in the northernmost part of our viewing area. after that, know, it's smooth
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sailing into the holiday weekend i'll have the forecast in just a moment. >> thank you, espner. in san francisco, parents and teachers rallied this morning to sue pour 8 teacher who spoke against a district policy. parents say she did it to keep students safe. >> abc 7 news reporter lie an melendez with more. >> reporter: students have been choked. shave been slapped. they've been given death threats almost daily. errants say they have come from a single child in the first grade at monroe elementary. but parents are not blaming the student. instead, they are supporting the teacher who they say didn't get the needed resources from the school district to deal with this student. >> to me, she did a fantastic job dealing with this difficult situation. >> reporter: in 2014, san francisco unified adopted the safe and supportive schools policy which says teachers must use every tool to avoid expelling or sending a student to the principal's office. even the teachers union supports the policy. >> so the policy is something we
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po believe in that kids should be in school. >> reporter: but parents tell us the teacher erica kill complained to the principal and was then asked to leave. >> that has remainchild has rem the classroom without proper support. >> reporter: san francisco union i fied said there's instructional coaches and behavior specialists available. because this is the teacher's first year with the district, she is a probationary employee which means that she can be terminated without cause. the district calls it nonreelected. but the school board could vote to bring her back. >> so in this particular case, which i'm not fully familiar with, certainly the school board could rescind the decision. >> reporter: but board apprecia member matt henney says it hasn't happened under her leadership. in the meantime, parents and teachers vow to keep protesting until the teacher is allowed back. in san francisco, lianyanne
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melend melendez. it's a virtual must-win game for the warriors tonight in oklahoma city. draymond green was kennelling his inner marshawn lynch. >> if you remember from the super bowl, if you like i'm just here so i don't get fined, you of will love draymond's that is a great question. abc 7 news sports anchor mike shumann live in oklahoma city for the most important game of the year, shu. >> reporter: well, that's definitely a good question there, larry. of course it's been the draymond green show for the last three days. the warriors and draymond and everybody is kind of tired of talking about it. he blade perhaps his worst game in the last game and he's hoping to also have a better performance tonight. of course he wasn't suspended. they decided to make it a fragrant two. of course he is now one flagrant away from being suspended. and today it was sufficient for him, you know. he's tired of hearing about all the talk about it, what he did, what he didn't, what was his intent. and when we tried to ask him about it today, he was let's
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just say short with his answers. >> that is a great question. that is a great question. that is a great statement. >> obviously we accept the league's ruling. draymond is going to have to be be very careful. one flagrant one he'll be suspended. but this is kind of what we expected, and now we move on. >> trying to bait me every night. nobody else can control what i do. it don't matter. we have to come out and focus on us, and i think when we focus on us as opposed to worry about what anybody else got going on, that's when we're at our best. so tonight it's about us. >> now, draymond plays on pure emotion so he's not going to alter his game whatsoever tonight. in game four. but as i mentioned one more flagrant one foul he'll be suspended. it will be interesting to watch. see if oklahoma city goes after
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him early in the game to force him to fuel. a lot coming up at 5, reporting live from oklahoma city, i'm mike shumann. >> you think okc will try to row provoke him and get draymond to lose his temper. hopefully he'll stay calm and cool like the sharks calm and cool after last night's win in st. louis last night. they've got a great chance to advance to the stanley cup finals for the first time in franchise history. they can clinch the western conference finals tomorrow night in game six at s.a.p. center. of course, that would come with a ticket to the stanley cup finals. the nfl is proving if you build it will come. today super bowls were awarded to atlanta, hosting it in 2019 in its now $1.4 billion stadium set to open next year. miami is going to host its record setting 11th super bowl in the year 2020 followed by los angeles in 2021. and they've got a new $2.6
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billion palace that is under construction in inellwood, and that will open in the year 2019. still ahead on abc serve news at 4, when there are dozens of accusations and now comedian bill cosby will face criminal charges. what a judge told him today. plus, an unusual discovery as crews work to dismantle the old bay bridge. and this magazine cover stirring up a lot of controversy today. and taking a live look at our traffic right now, we are looking at the san mateo bridge. it's moving in both directions, little heavier orn the left hand side, your eastbound
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burlingame. campbell and all the bay area. this is abc 7 news. abc 7 news was at the bay bridge, the old bay bridge, as caltrans began to lower and dismantle another truss. crews made an unexpected discovery just before the demolition today. they found four -- the international bird rescue group is incubating those eggs. caltrans is trying to discourage the birds from nesting in the old bridge but some tenacious ones got through. now, today crews began removing the third out of five truss that's need to come down. we've got a live look for you as the work continues on the demolition of that bridge and work ask expected to wrap up on this section tomorrow. working moms are getting a boost today from the city of san francisco. >> legislation has been introduced to help them continue breast-feeding after they return to work. abc 7 news anchor kristen sze is here with the details. >> larry and ama, for now the effort only involves for moms who work for the city. it does not apply to other homes. the legislation introduced today
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make it's easier for moms to keep breast-feeding ave they return to work. it would allow employees to use normal paid breaks to pump. employees could also request additional unpaid break time. the legislation also calls for more rooms like this one. it's a converted bathroom at city hall that provides a comfortable lactation space. it includes a sink, refrigerator and hospital-grade pumps. the room even has inspiration posters for new moms a far cry from using bathroom stalls. >> if you're stressed or there's noise orring in going on, it's difficult for the milk to come out. when you're relaxed an you feel comfortable, then the milk flows a lot more easily. >> women account for 40% of the city's full-time workforce and 66% of its part-time workforce. according to a c dr c report from 2013, only 16% of women exclusively breest feed six months after giving birth. city health officials hope to boost that figure. the legislation will likely be
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voted on in the next two months. supervisor tangs tells us if it works out she hopes to inspire the private sector to follow suit. larry and uma? >> kristen, thank you. san jose is getting closer to pushing -- >> council members are expected to approve a plan for google fiber that would bring blazing fast internet speeds to much of san jose and throw a lot of pressure on other internet providers. >> here's chris wooun with the stories. >> reporter: we've all been there sitting a download. this software developer in silicon valley says high speed internote is essential to his operation. >> now i'm views'ing the wi-fi here. it's super slow. sometimes i lose up to ten minutes trying to answer a question. >> reporter: relief from those slow speeds could alive in the next year. this afternoon the san jose city council is expected to include meaning an hd movie to could be loupe yoeded in less than a
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minute. >> we don't want other countries to go ahead of us. we ant to be the leader in innovation. we want to be the leader in technology. >> reporter: but some are skeptical and asking, is there really a need for it? >> we want everything pretty much at the snap of the fingers. it makes sense for downloading speeds but i feel like that can be a little excessive. >> reporter: san jose state professor mehdi mohs says google fbi every would force companies like comcast and at&t to ram will p up hir game ff they will have to compete, bring up their data rate, they will have to loaferette brace in order to survive. >> reporter: mayor sam liccardo hopes the lightning speed internet service will close what he refers to as the digital divide. >> with the companies we're working with he. >> nine fiber huts would be inspied stalled this summer. if all goes as plansed, san jose would become one of only a handful of cities across america with citywide google fiber service. chris nguyen, abc 7 news. twitter is about to give
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ifltsz users more troom to get their point across. the san francisco-based company sent out a tweet today saying in the coming months we're introducing new ways for you to express even more with a tweet. starting soon, photos, videos and other media won't count against what is now a 140 character limit. the change is yet another attempt by twitter to attract new users. the company has struggled for years to find a cue for slow user growth. >> i can't be contained by 140 characters. >> who can? magazine is getting exactly what it wanted today and that is attention. >> take a look. that's yahoo!'s embattled ceo marissa meyer kpikted as jesus christ on the cover of "variety" with the caption the end is nigh. abc 7 news reporter matt keller takes a closer look. >> reporter: reaction to the illustration of the yahoo! ceo carrying a y-shaped cross and the words "the end is nigh" drew some passion alt responses. good god, what was variety thinking with this marissa meyer
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as jesus cover? with writer sophie kleiman calling it an exercise in poor taste. responses her in the south bay were mixed. >> it's just blasting a woman who's in power who's a strong person, ceo of yahoo! and minimalizing her. and i just think it's wrong. >> i mean, think he ne who what they're in to. i don't know. it doesn't bother me any. >> reporter: "variety" released the article at about 9:00 a.m. it was entitled yahoo!'s false prophet how marissa meyer failed to purn the company around. while the controversial cover got a lot of taepgs but the actual words seem to be more of the same criticism she's faced over her four-year tenure. it had people calling meyer out of her depth, a miej crow kmanger with no real understanding of the media business and liesing the revenue battle with heavyweights google and facebook. yahoo! does note issue a response to the art i kell but as for the cover a spokesperson said, running that cover illustration is variety's own burden to bear. and no matter what variety
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writes about myers, she may get the last laugh. if the company is sold, she stands to make about $55 million. in the south bay, matt keller, abc 7 news. turn to the forecast now and gloomy outside. >> yeah, it's not bad but just a little gloomy. >> never gloomy spencer christian. >> there you go. the glass is half full in my view. just partly gloomy. here is a look at live doppler 7 hd. we have partly cloudy skies over the bay area right now and right around the periphery of the bay area if you see some active woernlg, showers apz thourps up north in parts of mand seen know and lake counties but wire nainly dry here in the bay 82 right now. but clouds are looming. here are our forecast features over emeryville, shower chances will diminish overnight, they haven't been great the last 24 hours. we'll have see of a warmer pattern developing later this weekend and remain mild to warm through the weekend and through memorial day. on weigh go through our forecast animation starting 11:00 tonight, notice during the
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overnight hours we'll see little pockets of moisture passing through the bay area, 5:00 tomorrow morning as the morning commute gets under way there may be a few isolated spots of wet pavement, bear it that in mind. we're not expecting widespread showers at all. overnight lows will be generally in the low to mid 50s then on we go to tomorrow's highs under partly cloudy skies with a chance of some isolated showers mainly in the higher terrain of the north bay. we'll see high temperatures tomorrow rang ranging from around 60 on the coast to upper 60s around the bay and a few low 70s inland. let's move ahead to the warm-up i talked about starting on zpa, we'll see highs on the coast ranging from low 60s to low 70s around the bay upper 70s to near 80 inland mid to upper 80s. let's move ahead to sunday, a similar range mid to upper 80s inland some 70s on the coast upperer 70s around the bay and monday memorial day? similar pattern as well, temperatures may drop a degree or two, a coast along locations and right around the bay from
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sunday into monday. but the inland areas will remain nice and warm and holiday-like, for festive activities outdoors. we'll see mid to upper 80s in many inland locations. here is a look at the entire accuweather forecast. cooler than average again tomorrow, slight warming on thursday but there will be further warmen on friday when inland highs climb no the low 80s. then the big every warm-up through the weekend into early next week. as a matter of fact, it's within the realm of possibility that inland highs could approach 90 degrees on monday and tuesday, the two warmest days in our forecast period. but we'll just stay with upper 80s for now. happy weekend, happy memorial day early. >> thank you so much, spencer. up next, after nine weeks on the dance floor, the contestants get their final dance tonight on "dancing with the stars." plus -- >> soon a new emoji will apoor on your phone. i'm michael finney. we'll give you a sneak peek and show you how you
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get ready for the sign finale of das be with will stars tonight on abc 7. >> the competition has been narrowed down to a ufc fighter, a meteorologist and a model. lauren lyster has a preview. >> reporter: after nine weeks of dancing, 12 celebrities have shimmied themselves up down and off the leaderboard and now we're down to the final 3. america's top model winner and completely deaf contestant nile demarco. >> i love your fearlessness. >> reporter: ufc fighter paige vanzant. >> i actually saw that break into a swaet. >> reporter: and "good morning america" meteorologist and new mom ginger zee. >> you've all put so much into it. >> reporter: in the two-part finale last night a redemption dance to remedy past mishaps and a freestyle number. after hurting her pelvis, ginger zee bouncing back from more than her injury.
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>> from week three when you did this dance is amazing. >> reporter: and invoking fred astaire and ginger rogers scored perfect 10s. demarco trying to rehab a quick step that first flopped. >> a bit hectic. >> reporter: but impressing the judges. >> in 22 seasons that is the best dance i have ever seen. >> reporter: van zant dancing a salsa, her partner originally had to sit out. >> you get an a-plus. >> reporter: winning the first round and nailing 10s in the second. next one night of performing to determine who takes home the coveted mirror ball trophy. the contestants have had less than 24 hours to rehearse for their last dance in the competition. in the end it will be a combination of judges' scores and fan votes that determines the winner. lauren lyster, abc news, los angeles. >> the two-hour finale kicks up its heels at 9:00 followed by abc 7 news at clichb kmrk. abc 7 news at 4 continues. dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault and now a judge says bill cosby must stand
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trial. and the race for the white house is heating up. who you can expect to see tomorrow on the bay area
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>> announcer: live from the kgo-broadcast center, this is abc 7 news. the news making headlines at 4:30, breaking news a woman and child died when an amtrak train slashed into their suv.
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sky7 hd shows emergency responders on the scene in san leand leandro. david louie is there and we'll have a live report an abc 7 news at 5. a hillsborough woman who is accused in the killing of her ex-boyfriend appeared in court today. abc 7 news reporter vic lee is on the story and tweeted this picture of tiffany li's mother and brother at court. hear from li's attorney ahead also in a live report on abc 7 news at 5. the zika virus is naiking headlines again world news tonight tweeted that officials fear thousands may have contracted the virus before returning to the u.s. at a conference today, federal health experts say they're concerned zika will continue to spread. comedian bill cosby will stand trial in of a sexual assault case. here he is leaving his first hearing in the case. abc news reporter elizabeth hur is in norristown, pennsylvania, with the new details. >> reporter: bill cosby and his defense team now preparing for a showdown against accuser andrea constand in court.
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>> we're here because we want to seek the truth. we're here to serve justice. >> reporter: a pennsylvania judge siding with prosecutors and ruling there is enough evidence to proceed with a criminal case. cosby stands accused of drugging and sexually assaulting the former temple university employee in his pennsylvania home in 2004. the judge reaching her decision after hearing from three officers involved with that initial investigation. including the detective who interviewed constand. that detective testified that constand told police cosby gave her three blue pills an wine. she couldn't talk, had blurred vision and was paralyzing. >> it was intoxicating to her athat she was unable to consent. that's the crime. >> reporter: cosby's defense team has maintained the comedian is completely innocent of the charges and that the encounter was consensual. they tried to argue that were inconsistencies in constand's statements to no avail.
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constand is one of more than dozens of women accusing cosby of sexual assault and misconduct, but this is the only criminal case filed against him. attorney gloria dd allred who represents several other women in civil utes reacted after the ruling. >> i think that was the right decision based on the law and based on the facts. >> reporter: and after the hearing, cosby's defense team said in a statement they have no doubt this case will be resolved in their favorite. elizabeth hur. an egyptian official is dismissing claim it's was an explosion that brought down egypt aerate 04. earlier today a forensics official suggested that burn marks and the small size of retrieved human remains suggest an explosion brought down the plane with 66 passengers aboard. the plane's black boxes have yet to be found. a s.w.a.t. team boarded a plane after a threat was made against american eagle to
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houston. you see that plane operated by campus airlines sign sitting on the airline. 76 passengers an 4 crew were taken off the plane after investigators determined that threat was not credible. a republican lawmaker says the head of the irs should be impeached accusing him of misleading investigators. utah republican jason chaffetz testified today before the house injury committee. chafe etsz said irs boss john caskenen lied and openly disregarded a subpoena. today's hearing stems from four-year-old -- of the tax exempt status of conservative groups. >> now in fair years, mr. koskinen was not there for the initial targeting. he was brought in by president obama as a turnaround artist, somebody to work hand in hand with congress to fix the problem. from my perspective he didn't fix the problem. he maefd made it worse. >> koskinen didn't attend the
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hearing, neither did many democrats. the kands in the race for president are making a west coast swing and it's primary day in washington state for the republicans. abc news reporter kenneth moat be with the latest. >> reporter: the battle for california. it's the last big primary contest of 2016 and the candidates are making the golden state runds. the anticipated general election race between hillary clinton and domd trump have gotten downright nasty and personal. >> but the last thing we need is a bully in the pulpit. >> it's very nervous. >> reporter: trump used the words of monica lewinsky and other women who raised accusations of sexual misconduct to attack former president bill clinton in this video. the presumptive gop nominee defended his tactics against the clintons on fox news. >> you know, they're dirty players. they have been dirty players historically and i have to fight back the way vi to fight back. >> reporter: "the washington post" on the dechblg clinton
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friend and white house staffer vince foster. trump called his sow side very fishy. the clintons are fighting back by attacking trump the businessman. >> her opponent who never tires of telling us how much richer he is than the rest us won't release his tax returns. >> he could bankrupt america like he's bankrupted his companies. >> reporter: clinton is fighting a war on all fronts. rival bernie sanders talked with the ladies of abc's "the view." he blasted clinton for declining to debate in california and resisting accusations that he's harming the party. >> i think i'm invigorating american democracy and the democratic party. >> to prove every vote counts sand rerz s >> abc 7 news was in san francisco's financial district as former president bill clinton wrapped up a fund raiser for
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hillary. those who attended and shared pictures with us say clinton talked about what his wife would do as president and ignored attacks by donald trump. bill clinton had a second fund raiser this afternoon in fremont. hillary clinton will campaign in salinas tomorrow followed by a fund raiser in atherton. just ahead, an unusual door that is out of this world. and a reservation plan at a popular san francisco park has been shelled. the instant backlash from residents. >> reporter: i'm spencer christian. we have storm clouds over lake tahoe as you can see here. there are clouds over the bay why swal but diminishing chance of stormy weather. i'll have the accuweather forecast coming up. a live look at your afternoon kmoutd, this is 1 woun in han sew hey, southbound lanes backed up, even the carpool lane moving slowly. northbound is fine as is 880 over the top.
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well more proof that people are easily amused especially if it's something on the internet and it should happen to involve "star wasrs." all right, that is a sliding door sound at a hotel that sounds just like r2-d2's scream. this video has more than 2 million views on youtube. can't say if it's even real because the name of the hotel was not mentioned. proof once again that the internet can make anything famous. of course, "star wars" is the property of the walt disney company which owns abc 7.
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>> wow. >> dramatic pause there. there's 2 million people who have a lot of time on their hands apparently. >> yes, absolutely. spencer is not one of them because he's busy with the weather. >> exactly. and our weekend forecast is something to scream about. let's get right to it. here's live doppler 7 hd. as you probably know we have a lot of clouds hang" around toem but not as many as you see in mendocino or lake-effect counties where there's been some thunderstorm activity. we're not expecting any of that here in the bay area. but it will be a day of active weather statewide especially over in the sierra where there will be a maix of rain and snow, maybe a thunderstorm or two. in other starts evered state will see scattered showers as well. now here in the bay area tomorrow we can expect partly to mostly cloudy skies. there is a chance of some afternoon showers in our -- in the farthest north viewing area mainly over the higher terrain. high temperatures tomorrow range from 60 at the coast to upper 60s around the bay and low 70s inland. now, looking at the week ahead, here is the high temperature
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trend in santa rosa. we're expecting high temperatures to bounce up sharply to the mid 80s bid friday and remain there through next tuesday. and that's pretty much indicative of what most inland locations around the bay area will see at the end of this week. we'll have a nice sharp increase in temperatures and it will remain warm right on through the model weekend. lara and ama? >> thank you, spencer. still ahead on abc 7 news at 4, this picture was banned from facebook. why the company is now apologizing. i'm "7 on your side's" michael finney. ever wished for an emoji that isn't there? come up, a sneak peek at the emojis coming up next month and you how you can get your requested approved. we're using aur abc sechbl news feed to recognize people making a difference where you live. today our congratulations go oug toity rye ow author of "the sympathizer" which won the 2016 pults desire prize for fiction. learn
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if you can now you can choose from more than 1,000 emoji characters. >> 70 new characters are come being out next month. the question, though, who decides which gets the thumbs up? which emojis are legit? i thought it was is "7 on your side's" michael finney who was the sult mat judge, but you have the answer. >> if i was a judge, there wa would be a sports emoji. >> thank you. that's about time. >> emoji characters now come in a variety of skin tones and google has proposed adding representations of women in the workplace. now a san francisco group says everyone should have a voice in deciding the future of the emoji. and guess what i found out. you can have a voice. >> one emoji says a lot of stuff. >> it just makes you happy. >> they've really taken the world by storm. >> the tiny characters spice up text messages but some say they're more than silly cartoons. >> emoji is a global visual language that is evolving right now. >> writer jennifer lee and designer ye ying liu wanted a voice in that evolution.
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it started with a simple text message about dumplings. >> my friend wanted to send me an image of a dumpling as an emoji, and there wasn't one. >> her iphone had emojis for pizza, hamburgers, even dancing girls but no chinese feed. >> if there's no dumpling e-nothy, whatever system is has failed. >> so who decides which emojis get on our phones? >> they're highly defined and regulated by an organization called the -- >> a little-known tribunal of engineers in mt. view adopt all keyboard characters worldwide. emojis are a tiny part but their explosive popularity brought the obscure group out of the shadows. >> we were taken a bit surprise by how quickly it developed. >> union i code president mark davis met us at fairmont hotel in san jose. he laughs to hear his group called shadow aye loafer records of emoji. but they do control the little
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glyphs. >> i think there's a process around e-noth yil should be more open. >> 11 engineers play $18,000 a year for a voting membership for the consortium. most represent tech giants like google apple and microsoft. but davis insists it's not exclusive. >> anyone can propose an emoji. >> yes, anyone so jennifer and ye fought for their dumplings. they raised money on kick starter to buy a seat on the consorti consortium. in the end, they didn't need it. >> the power is in everyone's head. >> ye designed the dumpling. jennifer wrote the proposal and the consortium gave its blessing. their dumpling will appear on your phones next year. so will their chinese takeout box and a fortune cookie. but not everyone gets their wish. >> a shame that red-heads seem to be the only natural hair color not included. >> ginnier parrot the group petitioned apple to include a
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redheaded emoji. no response. others demanded a giraffe, lobster and leb ra kahn. >> we expect the people that are proposing the emoji to make a case for it. is it going to be used a lot? >> 70 new characters made the cut and are coming out next month. you'll see rolling on the floor laughing fist bump and the avocado. >> we had a runner, that would be nice. >> folks we talked to had their own ideas. >> emoji with a tractor. >> a guy with a helmet. then you could create your own team. >> i would really like one that went something like this. >> jennifer and ye have formed emoej nation, emoji by the people and for the people. they hope you'll submit your own proposals. i posted a link to the application and criteria and a list of all the new emoji characters coming out next month. you can find it at abdz 7 news.com. jut look under "7 on your side." >> thank you so much, michael had no idea it was that
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complicated. breakfast may not be the most important kneel of the day according to an op-ed in the "new york times." a professor of pediatrics at the indiana school of medicine says you should only eat breakfast if you're hungry. now, most experts agree adding, if you think you're not going to eat smart, if you're hungry, then eat breakfast. eat breakfast if you're hungry is basically what we're saying. if you're not hungry, then don't eat it's that simple. >> brilliant. >> i know. that's research. in today's wellness report, extremely prehe mature babes may face life long chal engz. and researchers are learning more about adult adhd. here's jane king. premature babies born with extremely low birth weight are are more likely to face lifelong challenges. new research says that includes health problems and social and economic difficulties. the study found that while many premature babies grow up to be productive members of society
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they are more likely to be unemployed earn less money, have lower self-esteem and report more chronic health irs spf 30 sunscreen can reduce risk 6 melanoma by 80% even on cloudy days sunscreen can help researchers at ohio state's james cancer institute says that skin can kerr cases have been increasing especially among caucasians with light hair and eyes. melanoma is the most serious form of skin can kerr. can adults get a different kind of adhd? the "wall street journal" details two large studies that show that could be the reason why some adults not diagnosed as children met the criteria for adhd as adults. they call it late-onset adhd and say further research is needed to figure out exactly why this happens. one ponl reason is that those people who did have adhd as children but it was masked by supportive family and school environments. and finally, many older adults finding that tie chi can help conquer the fear of falling. the "wall street journal" says
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some medical sitters have implemented thy chi chasss for those 55 and older and found that it has helped with balance and strength. from the nasdaq, i'm jane king. here's to your health. facebook is apologizing for banning morrow photo from its web sites this one involving a plus size model. tess holiday is 4'5" and a size 22. a fem next group used her photo in a facebook ad. the group appealed the rejection and facebook changed its stance and apologized saying the photo does in fact comply with its guidelines. park for rent? not anymore. up next, san francisco is pulling the plug just days after anoupsing a new reservation system at a popular park. right now dan is a look at what's come up on abc 7 news at 5. coming up next, palo alto police say it is proof that their officers acted appropriately.
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well, check out this mess that was left behind after what apparently was a wild weekend at shasta lakes slaughter house island just north of redding. park ranger as rived yesterday and they found dozens of techbts, full coolersable much much more. these photos were shared on a facebook page and they implicate university of oregon fraternities. school officials called the mess disgraceful and promised they would punish those involved. san francisco city officials
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have had a change of heart about a park policy that outraged thousands of users. this all began with a plan to take reservations at dolores park. carolyn tyler joins us live from the park with the story. >> reporter: well, larry, rec and park believes there is confusion about what it calls a longstanding policy but because of the uproar they will step back and try to gather more public input. dolores park in san francisco's mission neighborhood is one of the most popular in the city, especially after a multimillion-dollar makeover. that's why when word went out that rec rec and pac was taking paid reservations not just for picnic areas but for the lawn itself, this has been the typical reaction. >> i think that's really ridiculous. >> reporter: in fact, just since monday, a change.org petition against reservations has gathered more than 13,000 signatures and counting.
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supervisor jane kim introduced a resolution today demanding rec and park back off. >> reserving your own patch of glass for a 30 to $250 just seems like we're nickel-and-diming our city. >> reporter: rec and park believes there's been a misunderstanding. officials say the policy is only for large groups, that it's decades old, and applies to several parks besides dolores. >> groups less than 25, please come and enjoy your parks for a picnic, whatever. we're just trying to be able to be mindful of larger groups that want to use parks also. >> reporter: but because of the backlash an intervention by supervisor scott wiener, the reservation system has been suspended for fan favorite dolores park. >> sometimes you can barely even see the grass and so it doesn't really make sense to reserve lawn space in dolores park. >> reporter: the change takes place immediately. in san francisco, carolyn tyler, abc 7 news. >> thanks for joining us for abc
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7 news at 4. i'm larry biel. abc 7 news at 5 begins right now with dan and kristen. next on abc 7 news at 5, developing news, a woman and her young child are killed when their car was stuck on the tracks and hit by an amtrak train. what investigators say whaped. plus -- >> drop the knife! >> palo alto police say this video is proof that their officers appropriately. and hot dogs in cars. the new push at the state tap tol to help protect pets. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist sandhya patel it's cool out here by may standards but that's about to change. i'll xr your holiday preview coming up. >> announcer: live from the kgo-tv broadcast centre, this is abc 7 news. good evening, i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley. trajts dion the tracks in san lee and low, a woman and child were killed when their suv was trapped between crossing arms and ab amtrak train came barreling along. >> it happened near washington
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avenue around 1:30 this afternoon. david louie is live at the scene with the latest. david? >> reporter: kristen and dan, investigators and police and train crews have just now cleared the track here in san leandro. no one knows exactly how fast the a.m. trok was traveling at the time of the accident, though we're toldly amtrak that the maximum speed is 79 miles an hour. last year, 244 people were killed at crossings. amtrak train 532 was going north from san jose to sacramento when it struck the dark suv at a crossing in san leandro. the impact pushed the suv about a quarter mile down the track before the engine could come to a stop. >> it appear that's the vehicle that was stuck today was trapped in traffic, was stuck there prior to the railroad arms going down and was unable to get off the tracks safely before it was impacted at a high rate of speed by the amtrak train. >> >> reporter: inside the train
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were a woman and a child described by about 3 years old. rescue victims were able to extract one victim but not the other. traffic is often heavy in the area. police say drivers occasionally find themselves caught on the tracks when distracted and don't wait for trachk to clear before trasing. the bells lights and arms appeared to be functioning after the collision. nochbt 39 paechkz and crew members on the train were injured. they were transferred on to buses to continue their journey. this accident was especially difficult for responding police officers and firefighters. it was the second fatal amtrak accident in two days. a passenger was struck and killed at davis street in san low and droe yesterday. >> what i get from a lot of them is a blank stare. i get that because of the fact they are fathers. i get that because of the fact people in that vehicle are the age of their family members. >> reporter: first responders will have access to koujsors to deal with the tragedy. in san leandro, david louie, abc 7 news. on the

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