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and breaking news is the verdict that came down only minutes ago against pg&e. guilty in the criminal trial as a result of the san bruno pipeline explosion. they have been found guilty of six charges, including obstructing investigators following the deadly pipeline blast back in 2010. they faced a total of 12 counts in connection with record-keeping and other issues. that blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. the verdicts mean that pg&e will pay a $3 million fine. important to note, even though this was a criminal trial, no individual from pg&e was on trial themself. just the company. abc 7 news has a crew at the courtroom. we will learn more about the
jury decision from lyanne melendez on abc 7 news at 5. for now, good afternoon and welcome to abc 7 news at 4:00. i'm larry beil. >> and i'm ama daetz. sky 7 hd is over breaking news in east oakland where there is a large police presence in a residential neighborhood near the east mont town center. there on 73 and fresno street and they are focusing their attention at a house at the end of the street. we've reached out to the police department for more information and we'll tell you what they share with us during the newscast. download the app and enable push alerts for instant updates. a major shake up at u.c. davis. the chancellor has resigned after several high-profile scandals. kristen zse here now with the details. >> she has been on administrative leave since april and now at the conclusion of an investigation, she has handed in her resignation. she came under fire five years
ago when campus police officers used pepper spray on student protesters during the "occupy" movement and calls for her firing subsided but it was renewed when she used tax money to clean up the university's image on the pepper spray scandal and she billed uc for $200,000 in international travel flying first class and riding in limos and join the board of a to for profit college being sued by the government. and janet napolitano said chancellor was not candid with me, the press or the public and she exercised poor judgment and violated multiple violations. but she has said that investigators have confirmed that as to material gagss concerning my service to this institution, i did not violate policies or laws. she goes back to teaching as her contract requires. and the search for a permanent
chancellor is on. larry and ama. >> thank you so much for that update. abc 7 news has learned city officials from daly city are considering new traffic controls on a crosswalk where a young girl was seriously injured in a traffic accident last week. abc 7 news reporter vic lee is live at that crosswalk at westmore and skyline boulevard. vic. >> reporter: i don't know if you could see this, if you could turn that camera around, the fog is sweeping over the street and residents tell us this is normal. you are seeing skyline boulevard up there and the speed limit is 55 and these cars are -- that is the hollywood stop right there. there is a supermarket and a shopping mall and the crosswalk that we're talking about over here is busy and dangerous. >> it is a bad, bad intersection. they need to do something about it. >> every pedestrian we spoke to last wednesday after the
terrible accident told us the crosswalk is dangerous. the crosswalk at west more and may fair avenue where a young girl was struck by a car. city councilman that grew up in the neighborhood. >> you know, my mother lives around down the street from there. she is 83 years old and we don't let her cross that street any more. >> reporter: the car was turning right from skyline on to west more and struck the girl at the uncontrolled crosswalk. there have been several collisions here but this is the only pedestrian accident in that period but it is enough to convince city officials that something needs to be done. but some say traffic controls like flashing lights or stop signs may, in fact, cause more accidents since the crosswalk is so close to skyline boulevard. >> rear-end collisions with cars turning and cars being stacked up at that stop sign and people slamming into them. >> reporter: instead, city manager suggests restricting car
traffic with a crosswalk -- where the crosswalk is now. >> we think that a possible solution that would work better is actually to limit the vehicle movements by installing an island -- constructing an island there. >> and the crosswalk would be eliminated and pedestrians would be directed to west more and southgate or to the signal intersection at west more and skyline. the plan still needs to be approved by city council. vic lee. abc 7 news. san francisco police released surveillance video today of an unusual store robbery showing the thieves tieing a home made battering ram to the back of a van. we were at frisco electronics as a former employee showed us damage and the battering ram they left behind. and they grabbed some of the most expensive cameras on the shelves. >> everything was full. they took over 200 lenses and
over 300 cameras, and through the show case here. >> losses are estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars. employees tell abc 7 news that thieves have broken into this store five times in the past six months an the property owner went let them install a metal gate to keep thieves out. san francisco prosecutors filed more charges against this member of the fire department. he is a paramedic. he now faces more than 20 counts, including attempted arson. we are told that he set off a home made blom in a planter box outside of a neighbor's home and explosives were found in his home. er back out after jail today. and computer woes in a second day leaving hundreds stranded or delayed nationwide and including many in the bay area. >> today they canceled 620 and delayed more than 700 on top of
the 1,000 that were scrubbed yesterday. matt keller talked to passengers at sfo today. >> reporter: people filed in early to sfo to try to secure a spot on a delta flight today. >> what do you think of this line? >> it is hilarious. >> reporter: why is it so funny. >> i've never seen delta this long. >> reporter: not everyone is laughing. the fallout from the computer glitch that caused them to cancel a thousand flights on monday has come into tuesday. hundreds cancelled this morning nationwide and many more delays. this family isn't sure how or when they will get home to south carolina. >> so what did you find out this morning. >> is that our flight was delayed two hours and we'll miss our connecting flight. >> and your connecting flight is where? >> atlanta, georgia. >> and what does that mean for your family? >> we have to go on a different airline. we're not really sure. >> reporter: delta is still allowing people to rebook flights without fees. the airline is offering compensation to people who have their flight canceled or have a delay of more than three hours. and phyllis's flight was
scheduled to take off last night at 11:15. >> i haven't slept. i haven't slept. i've been up since 10:00 a.m. yesterday. >> at 4:45, he had a boarding pass and headed to the gate. >> and when i got there they gave me 5,000 sky miles and a voucher and this paper that says i'm entitled to a refund, who knows what that means. >> reporter: delta said unaccompanied minors would not be allowed on flights and check your status because once you arrive here, you could wait in a line for several hours. at sfo, matt keller, abc 7 news. >> what a mess. if you got stuck by the delta computer meltdown you may wander what are my rights. coming up at 4:45, michael finney will tell you what you should do if this happens again. sky 7 hd was in san jose over a crash that left one person injured. look at that. the result of that impact, the front of the car was just smashed to pieces.
happened just before 11:00 this morning on northbound 101 north of highway 87 and involved a car and a pickup truck. there is no word on what caused the crash. three lanes of northbound 101 east of the airport were shut down for an hour. the squad is back at work at levi stadium. they rolled out the new turf for the 49ers upcoming season and they will play the first preseason game this sunday against the texans. the sod has been a major problem since they moved there back in 2014 and they've had to replace the turf five times. the most recent embarrassment game when the foot of ravens kicker tucker was consumed by a sinkhole last october. it seems like it is better now. they have kind of figured it out. >> taken a while. >> let's hope. it is time to check on weather. >> another gorgeous day spencer christian. >> and it looks like the whole week ahead will be this way. and maybe even normer. not even maybe. but for sure toward the end of the week. a live look at sky doppler 7 hd
and a grow area of low clouds and fog at the coastline and 24 hour temperature change indicates that someplaces are a few degrees warmer like mountain view and hayward and some places like half moon bay are cooler. and santa rosa 8 degrees cooler than yesterday. here is the view from sutro tower and could you see a finger of fog over san francisco. 65 in the city. 70 in oakland. 78 in mountain view. and 82 in san jose and 69 in half moon bay. here is the other direction from mt. tam. it is 82 in santa rosa. napa 77. 82 in petaluma. 92 in fairfield. upper 90s at concord and livermore. here is a forecast preview for you. starting at 5:00 tomorrow morning, not much fog around the bay. just a little light patches here and there and it will go quickly back to the coastline by mid to late morning and by afternoon we are looking at usual summer pattern with fog at the coast and highs upper 50s to about 60
and 80s inland but 90s on the way. and i'll show you how soon they will arrive there a few minutes. dan and am -- larry and ama. i'm sorry. >> thank you. spencer. poor visibility is complicating efforts to fight a wildfire. it is limited their ability to use aircraft. the pilot fire has grown to ten square miles and it is only 6% contained. it started on sunday in hesperia and the community is under a mandatory evacuation order and several schools are closed. the soberanes fire in monterey county continues to grow. cal fire said the blaze charred an additional 6,000 acres overnight and it has burned 67,000 acres and destroyed 57 homes. it is heading south toward big sur creek. that blaze began july 22nd with an illegal campfire at a state park. it is 50% contained. full containment not expected until the end of the month.
i did a good job -- i will win. >> still ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00, retaliation or valid eviction. a community comes together to try to save a popular richmond restaurant. plus the san jose building that could become part of a national landmark. honoring cesar chavez. and later -- >> nothing you could do, folks. >> although the second amendment people, maybe there is. i don't know. >> new at 4:30, donald trump raised more eyebrows with that attack on hillary clinton today and how clinton is responding. a live look at traffic at the golden gate bridge. traffic is moving -- look at the fog. you could barely see the bridge there. the top of it is covered by the fog that spencer was talking about. back
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a beloved richmond restaurant owner is facing eviction and the community is rallying to fight back. >> as the mayor claims it is all being done in retaliation. lezly brinkley is live outside of the restaurant at the richmond marina. >> reporter: this is a well-known place, this iconic restaurant has been here for 14 years, owned by a woman well-known in the community and won awards for her philanthropy. and as you said, now the community is rallying on her behalf. she got an eviction notice three days ago and they want to save the restaurant. >> you have the community support -- >> reporter: devoted diner at marina bay greeted the owner with dismay and in some cases tears over the news of her sudden eviction. >> the little thing that -- that
is 30 days notice, to get out. pack and leave. >> reporter: the letter came from the property owners, the pough family, which owned the pantera company which claims a severe sewage leak is the restaurant for the eviction. >> we sent someone underneath and took pictures and when i sent to the pictures to mrs. pough, she called me immediately and said oh, my gosh, we have to shut this place down. this is terrible. >> reporter: but leelah said county inspectors gave it a thumbs up. >> the health department, they came and -- not once, but twice in two weeks and they said, everything is perfect. >> reporter: so richmond residents rallied here today. >> the reason we're doing this today is to try to find a way to save a richmond landmark. >> reporter: the mayor accuses the pough family of seeking retaliation against the city for losing an election that blocked them from developing more land here. by phone jackie pough called that accusation unsophisticated.
>> that is hurting the whole community. >> and this is a philanthropist who feeds 1500 homeless at her water front restaurant and she was once homeless herself. >> i want to feel -- i really feel i win because all of this love -- >> reporter: the last day here is set for september 8th. in richmond, i'm leslie brinkley, abc 7 news. police in folsom are looking for a suspected burglar who made off with his loot in an unusual way. a surveillance camera capted the man leaving a home carrying a sombrero stuffed with what police say were stolen items. including a wallet and gift cards. officers say residents need to be vigilant. >> what we're asking citizens to do to help out to protect themselves and keep thieves out of folsom is make sure there is nothing in your car that is attractive to thieves. >> residents are reminded to keep doors locked and garage doors closed and asking for help
to find the man that neighbors are calling the sombrero burglar. a san jose building that is considering the birthplace of the social justice movement for farm workers could become a national landmark. mcdonald hall sits on the grounds of our lady of gut lupe catholic church where cesar chavez launched a battle for farm worker rights. it is also a california historic landmark. it was announced today that officials are working to determine if it qualifies for national landmark status. at&t park is issuing an alert for neighbors nearby. there is a concert there tonight and it is probably going to get loud. 80s rockers guns and roses will perform in a few hours. we're a couple of miles away and we might be able to hear them from here. sky 7 hd was above the venue today and crews setting up the stage. the at&t park sent out an e-mail notice saying it is making efforts to try to reduce the volume and have a staff with decibel readers in neighborhoods nearby and sound up a sound
complaint hotline but when they play "welcome to the jungle" -- and that is what we call the weather department. same theme song. >> sweet child of mine. and let's look at live doppler 7 hd and take a look at this sweet summer day. low cloudiness along the coastline as you could see right here, as evidence of the low clouds at the golden gate where visibility at the driving level is good but cloudy above. forecast features call for fog along the coast and bay overnight. a steady pattern of temperatures over the next couple of days but we'll see warmer weather inland on friday through sunday. overnight, this night, look for fog reaches locally across the bay and inland. low temperatures will be mainly in mid 50s and a few low 50s in the mid valleys. broadcast animation for you, and at 5:00, the fog filling in it along the coastline and reaching over the bay overnight. and then the early morning hours as the compute gets underway at
5:00 p.m., we'll see patches of a low cloud and fog across the bay which may slow down some morning commuter because of reduces visibility but quickly back to the coastline pulling back and giving us a sunny day except along the coast. wednesday through friday, temperature change looks like this. little change tomorrow from the range we saw today. we'll see upper 80s inland and 60s on the coast and a same picture on thursday but friday we begin to see warming as inland high reach in the low to mid-90s and low to mid-60s on the coast and near 80 around the bay and that will take it into an even warmer weekend. sunny spot as long the coastline for those that want to squeeze in activity before school starts and it starts this friday so if you want to get the kids to beach tomorrow, it is a good day to do it. and you might want to apply the sunscreen as you expose yourself to the sun. high temperatures tomorrow will range from about 60 at the coast
to near 90 inland. let's get more specific. here in the south bay, we'll see upper 70s to low 80s, 83 in morgan hill. on the peninsula, 72 san mateo, 77 palo alto. 58 at pacifica. 60 in half moon bay. downtown san francisco, with highs downtown. and east bay highs. 71 in oakland. 75 at union city. inland east bay is the warmest region over all with upper 80s at walnut creek and pleasant ton and livermore and 90 at antioch and here is the accuweather seven-day forecast. we'll see mid 90 the inland on friday, saturday and sunday. temperatures will rise up to about 80 degrees along the bay shoreline on friday and saturday. we'll see low 60s and maybe even mid-60s on the coast and temperatures will gradually taper off a couple of degrees each day beginning on monday so a steady pattern and warming for the weekend and temperatures retreat a little bit. larry and ama. >> sounds good. thanks, spencer. up next, team usa takes a day off from the court and played tourist.
the famous brazil site they visited. coming up on 4:22, a live look at traffic situation in the south bay. this is 101 in san jose, southbound is all backed up, even the carpool lanes are slowing. northbound is looking better. 880 over the top moving nicely in both directions. back with more after the break. >> the abc 7 news app, on the go, on your schedule, on one screen. all of the weather
♪ the lion sleeps tonight. [snoring.] take the roar out of snore. yet another innovation only at a sleep number store. olympic athletes are getting to take in some of the sites in rio. this is the team usa hoops team. they were tweeting videos showing players visiting the christ of the redeemer statue. and anthony and kevin durant among the players striking poses. several team members have been actively snap chatting during their time in rio. in fact, draymond green -- i re-tweeted this out today -- i know, it is totally fine, he was
giving a tour of the fancy yacht that the team is staying on. so it is about a five-minute tour so if you go to my twitter, you could -- and it is all -- everybody is clothed and everything is fine. >> that is good. well tonight in rio, the u.s. women's gymnastics team will take center stage. >> jim ryan has a look at the marquee events today. >> the women's gymnastic team is in the gold medal hunt and simone biles is leading the way. the usa qualified with the highest team score and considered the favorite. biles is the only one to compete in all four apparatus today. and the swim team is set to get back on the podium. ryan lochte helped them advance to the finals. caleb dressle picked up a advance to the semi-finals alongside adrian nathan who narrowly grabbed the final spot. camille adams moved ahead in the 200 meter butterfly. the water polo team scored an
upset win against spain. and the u.s. is looking for more off diving platform. they are competing in the 10 meter sink ronned event. and in boxing, they slug their way into the quarterfinals over japan. and the rugby team suffered the first loss to argentina the first time the game has been played at the olympics since 1924. jim ryan, abc news, rio de janeiro. just ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00, protesters storm the district attorney's office demanding action in a troubling sex case involving police officers. and the trump campaign is in damage mode control. did he suggest violence against hillary clinton. and later, how the illnesses of 19 bay area young people is being used in the campaign against legalizing marijuana in
burglars who ram through a business in fisherman's wharf and le tell us why these break-ins are more common and that is on at 5:00. and delta travelers dealing with day two of delays and cancellations and the airline tweeted they are extending a $200 travel voucher to those who miss their flights. and the delta ceo doesn't know why the computer systems failed. >> i don't know what caused the outage. we did have a redundant back-up power source in place, unfortunately some of the core systems and key systems did not kick over. >> coming up in about 15 minutes, seven on your side michael finney has resources for passengers just -- what recourse do you have if you've been affected by the delays and cancellations. well it is nearly three months since an oakland police department scandal came to light involving sex with a possibly underage girl. >> today members of the anti-police terror project visited the district attorney's office to ask why no charges have been filed. >> abc 7 news reporter melanie
woodrow joins us with more. >> reporter: the d.a. greets us just outside of her office and while the d.a. has not filed charges against any oakland police officers in connections with the issues, their office is working to find the evidence they need to potentially bring cases to court. pat brooks and members of the anti-police terror project calling on alameda county district attorney nancy o'malley today. >> you are committed to investigating and prosecuting any cops that you deem were involved in the rape of this child. >> the answer is yes. >> reporter: brooks is referring to celeste guap who told the i-team she was underage when she had sex with at least one oakland police officers who later committed suicide. as for the other officers, o'malley said her office is investigating. >> we have to have sufficient evidence to be able to bring a case to court. >> reporter: in june the mayor made this vow regarding the oakland police department. >> it is to root out what is clearly a toxic, macho culture.
>> reporter: she said that behavior included racist texts. >> they are wholly inappropriate and not acceptable from anyone who wears the badge. >> reporter: an e-mail statement from the city regarding the text investigation said, quote, the city intends to suspend two officers for violating city and departmental poly -- policy. but meantime the group will be back in a couple of weeks to check on the progress of the investigation into allegations involving celeste guap. melanie woodrow, abc 7 news. a newborn in texas is the state's first zika-related death. harris county health officials say the baby girl was born with microcephaly. they believe the mother was infected during a trip to el salvador. and she returned in her second trimester. >> the mother did not know that the zika virus was -- was in play. and in this case, this is a
situation where the child was born with microcephaly, and the doctors did the right thing, which was to begin the process of testing. >> the baby died shortly after birth. the cdc said 15 babies in the u.s. have been born with zika-related birth defects and nearly a thousand women in the u.s. and territories have been infected with zika. and now to your voice and your vote. both were out campaigning today. trump made a statement about what group may be able to stop hillary clinton. >> hillary wants to abolish -- essentially abolish the second amendment. by the way, if she gets to pick -- if they gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. although, the second amendment people, maybe there is. i don't know. >> clinton's campaign responded telling abc news, what trump is saying is dangerous. abc news reporter karen travis
with more from the campaign trail. >> reporter: trump on the trail in north carolina. >> hillary clinton is going to be four more years of obama, but maybe worse. >> reporter: as a new national poll shows hillary clinton expanding her lead. and trump facing more backlash from republicans. senator suzanne collins of maine right writing in a washington post op ed that she won't vote for him because he lacks the temperament and self-discipline and judgment to be president. she is not sure who she will vote for. >> i have a lot of concerns about hillary clinton and i am not going to support her. >> reporter: clinton continuing her campaign swing through florida, touring a health facility in miami where she pushed for more action to combat zika. >> this is a -- a serious challenge and one that we need to be mobilized to address before it expands even further.
>> but her campaign facing questions about her rally last night south of orlando. right behind here on stage, mr. mateen, the father of orlando nightclub shooter omar mateen. the clinton campaign said he wasn't invited as a guest and the campaign was unaware of his attendance until after the event. >> the clinton campaign is considering expanding its map to georgia and arizona. two traditionally republican states. recent polls show clinton possibly contending there. and the campaign thinks it could be worth the investment. karen traverse, abc news, washington. hillary clinton is facing a wrongful death lawsuit in the deaths of two americans killed in attacks in benghazi, libya. the parents of the state department employee sean smith and security contractor tyrone woods filed suit yesterday. it says her negligent and reckless use of a private e-mail server compromised the american security.
the house select committee on benghazi found no evidence of wrongdoing by clinton in the 2012 attacks that -- in libya that left four americans dead. federal investigators are hoping to learn more about the final moments of the el faro freighter which sank last year near the bahamas during hurricane joaquin. the national transportation safety board said crews recovered the ship data recorder yesterday using a remotely operated vehicle. all 33 crew members died. the 790 foot freighter sank in 15,000 feet of water on october first while traveling between jacksonville and puerto rico. police in kentucky are looking for a man caught on surveillance torching a barber shop and himself at the same time. the man gets doused by the burning fluid after he hurled a device on a building. he is running around trying to put out the flames which he managed to do but instead of leaving, he poured a second bottle of liquid on the building hoping to finish the job. and this happened in
madisonville, about 150 miles southwest of louisville. still ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00. an off duty california police officers said his safe helped save a young boy from a creek. how devine interception stepped in. and a play painful dolphin has a message for those trying to take his picture. we'll show you what he does next. and i'm spencer christian from emeryville looking westward, here comes the low clouds again. how much sunshine will we see tomorrow? i'll have the answer in my accuweather forecast. >> and checking your traffic on 680 through walnut creek and moving through a
connecting with the things that matter most. and because nothing keeps us more connected than the internet, we've created access from at&t. california households with at least one resident who receives snap or ssi benefits may qualify for home internet at a discounted rate of $10 a month. no commitment, deposit, or installation fee. visit att.com/accessnow to learn more. an off duty police officer is crediting devine intervention for saving the life of a five-year-old boy. >> take a look. that is clovis police officer curtis posing for a picture with the boy named gabriel.
she were camping when he heard cries for help. his dad had just pulled his son out of the creek and he wasn't breathing. he jumped into action. he tried cpr for 30 minutes but couldn't get a pulse. that is when he began praying with gabriel's mother. >> i said, in jesus' name i pray. i felt a pulse. and i didn't think it was his pulse because i thought my heart was beating so much, that it was my pulse and it wasn't. and it was his. >> gabriel is now recovering and starting to act like a five-year-old again. >> that is great story. how about this. no more pictures. it seems to be the message from the dolphins at sea world orlando. i'll take you ipad, thank you and put it on e-bay. video was posted on social media. the man who captured it said after the incident he received back-up from his friends who started splashing and soaking the crowd. it is a little revolt there.
we'll take the $10. >> for free -- >> i'm working out here. >> that is fun. spencer is working out there. >> he is. >> indeed i am. and i will not take your ipad. but give me your attention for a moment. here is live doppler 7 hd and a look at current conditions. fog along the coastline. not the entire coastline but enough that it is showing up on the image here. tomorrow statewide there is sunshine away from the coast and warm weather with highs in the low to mid 90s in chico and yosemite. 103 in palm springs. and here in the bay -- here we go. santa cruz beach. want to excuse in beach activity, mainly sunny skies after morning low clouds and fog. high teams in the low 70s tomorrow and thursday. mid-70s on friday. so pretty good beach weather. and as you look at the week ahead in lir livermore, this is the high temperature trend which is reflective of what inland locations will see around the bay area.
low to mid-90s through the remainder of the seven-day period in livermore. and while it is not quite that warm in all of the inland locations, that is the pattern that we'll see, temperatures below average and bouncing up over the weekend. for tomorrow, area wide, near 60s on the coast and upper 70s around the bay and upper 80s through just about 90 degrees in the warmer inland spots tomorrow. friday, as i just pointed out, the inland areas will warm up more as the weekend approaches. larry and ama. >> good enough. thank you, spencer. still ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00, dangerous thrills and growing concerns over summer rides after two accidents in less than a week. and plus if you have homeowner 's insurance from state farm, you could be getting some money. we'll explain. and i'm michael finney. thousands of passengers were stranded during delta's global meltdown. so what
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we can stop them. send them a message. we're going to protect our kids - not their profits. ♪ a woman in colorado recorded this act of distracted driving on a colorado interstate. not only is the woman glued to her phone for a solid ten seconds, as she races down
interstate 25 in denver, but the driver has her left foot on the dashboard. >> what? >> the woman who took the video is marine bust illos and angry at the recklessness. she posted it online to shame that dangerous driver. new questions are being raised this afternoon about the safety of the amusement park rides and how they are regulated days after a ten-year-old boy died, girls fell from a ferris wheel in tennessee. both are under investigation. elizabeth hur has the story. >> i have three kids that fell -- >> a trip to the county fair ending in the emergency room for three girls in tennessee. >> i feel bad for those little kids. they screamed a little bit and then they just hit the ground and laid there. >> reporter: according to police, the ferris wheel they were riding in got caught against another below is turning their cart nearly upside down
and sending the girls tumbling between 30 and 45 feet to the ground. >> and two children were alert and answering the questions. i can't tell you whether the third was or not. but the third -- the third child was -- does have a head injury. >> this morning, an investigation into the incident underway. with all carnival rides closed until further notice. and meanwhile in kansas. >> there was a loud boom, boom and i knew immediately that somebody had fallen off the raft. >> eyewitnesses revealing while riding the tallest water slide in the world, the 10-year-old caleb swab, the son of state representative scott swab was tossed at the end of the ride. police confirm he died of a neck injury. two other passengers in his raft suffered only minor injuries. it was just two years ago early safety checks of this slideshowslidesho slideshowed some going airborne.
and it turns out water slides are among the most dangerous attractions at the amusement park. reporting there were 7200 water slide injuries last year alone. elizabeth hur, abc 7 news. if you flew delta the past two days you are probably not very happy or stuck at the airport. >> they could be watching us from the airport right now. and seven on your side michael finney joins us with more on what your rights are in this kind of situation. michael? >> after a power outage grounded hundreds of delta planes again this morning, you have been reporting on it, passengers learned the meaning of deregulation. when the airlines were regulated, they were forced to have reciprocity with other airlines and that means they would honor each other's tickets when an event like this came up. so now we have long lines of people waiting in airports. now airlines aren't required to do that any more. that is work with each other. so they cut a few deals and not many. some delta passengers got
flights with united and alarma. delta still has deals with those, but most other airlines, including american, were not accepting the delta tickets. so what are passengers owed? a refund if they want it. and that is about it. passengers can ask for compensation but there is not much in terms of laws backing them up. unbelievable, isn't it? >> it seems hard to believe. but explain this. because you hear all of the time about passengers that get free flights and get money for food, hotel rooms, meals, so why is this different? >> people don't understand this at all. this is a compensation that you just talked about that you get for being bumped. that is when an airline sells more tickets than seats. under those conditions the airlines must pay up. but with mechanical problems or the weather and other snafus, passengers, they are completely on their own. if stranded under any situation, you might want to contact flyers' rights.org and they are most involved with this issue and i'll post their web address
on our website. so basically, you are on your own. >> geez. >> not a lot of fun to travel these days. >> thanks, michael. if you are an at&t customer, he will soon get a refund. >> they have been ordered to pay nearly $8 million after it said at&t allowed scammers to charge customers $9 a month for a direct reassistance service that doesn't exist. and they will refund $9 million to the u.s. treasury and plans to send refund checks to customers within 90 days. and refunds coming to 2 million people with homeowners with state farm. today a law judge ruled that the insurance giant has been overcharging policy holders since last year and is ordering the company to refund at least $85 million. the judge also ordered the company to decrease homeowner 's insurance rates by 7% and that will cost state farm nearly $156 million. a new report said there is a
growing threat of drowsy driver. >> here is jane king. >> americans need to get more sleep. the centers for disease control and prevention said one in four drivers is at risk of falling asleep while they are driving the car. now the study author said it is a much bigger problem than they realize. aa said there were 228,000 car accidents related to drowsy driving last year. and women feel better about their bodies and in 31 years, a study by the college of worcester found that body dissatisfaction started in the 90s. women who feel unsatisfied with their bodies are more likely to develop eating disorders. one in eight u.s. adults say they smoke marijuana. pot is the most commonly used drug in the united states. residents in the western u.s. were more likely to tell gallop they smoked pot. and pictures do many things for a reader's brain. pediatricians tell "the new york times" that reading to children,
even young children, could help with bonding, vocabulary and development and showing that reading a real book, not an e-book, offers more development benefits. for the nasdaq, i'm jane king, here's to your health. what an unexpected overdose of 19 people in san francisco means for the effort to legalize marijuana here in california. dan is here with a look at what is ahead at 5:00. >> thanks very much. coming up next, getting the ax. 83 trees in sonoma county that some say are so ugly they need to be chopped down. plus -- >> seven on your side michael finney looks at new technology to safe your child when the temperatures rise. and when we can expect to see one of the world's most swankiest hotels here in the bay area. those stories
massachusetts remains on edge after a google employee jogging in broad daylight was found dead in the woods. abc news reporter elizabeth hur has more. >> reporter: a murder mystery in massachusetts now has some women carrying mace for protection. >> this is very scary. >> we keep our doors locked now. >> for this to happen, we are shocked. >> residents still stunned as police continue to search for a killer. >> we have a young woman who appeared to be a murder victim and you can't be too careful right now. >> reporter: that victim 27-year-old vanessa markot out jogging on sunday never made it home. police sources telling abc news that investigators are looking to signs that she was a victim of sexual assault and had burns on parts of her body. >> very disturbing. that is vicious. >> reporter: markot lived in new york city where she worked as an account manager for google. over the weekend, she was in massachusetts visiting her mother.
until authorities determine if this was a random or targeted homicide, they are asking the public to stay vigilant. >> we are considering anyone and everyone who could have committed this crime. anything that pops -- at the state police or anything that pops on their radar is being investigated. >> reporter: for now police don't have a motive or any suspects. but an autopsy is being performed so they could learn just exactly how she died. elizabeth hur, abc 7 news, new york. black students at uc berkeley will have their own resource center starting next month. the black student union wered for 15 months with the chancellor to create the center after the deadly shooting of brown in ferguson, missouri, two years ago and the union hopes the center will provide a place for students to feel safe and thrive on campus. california voters will vote in november whether to legalize marijuana. if restrictions are lifted will there be more cases like in san francisco in which 19 people got
sick after ingested marijuana-laced candy. david louie is live in san jose with the story. >> reporter: well larry, medicinal marijuana dispensary have to follow tough regulations to make sure the products don't end up in the wrong hands and now brownies and cookie and candy have shown up at school campuses and parties. experts saying it difficult to deduct alteration. the possibility of getting sick isn't restikted to young people or innocent victims. it happens to adults who buy such products at medical dispensaries because they don't feel the effects for up to three hours so they eat even more. >> it is very, very easy to do. especially when there are items that may have a good flavor to them and it might be a piece of chocolate or a brownie or something like that and you might want to eat too much of it. >> reporter: in colorado, where marijuana has been legalized, denver police produced a vird to warn parents before halloween that candyin fused with thc is
impossible to detect. >> the problem is that some of the products look so similar to candy that has been on the market that we've eaten as children that there is really no way for a child or a parent or even an expert in the field to tell you whether or not a product is infused or not. >> reporter: elementary wellness center showed us examples of the tamperproof packaging it uses. manufacturers of the thc infused edibles use child proof caps and seals but with the proposition 64 on the november ballot opponents warn that those who got sick are not surprising. >> well, we are not surprised. we've seen it very -- a very dramatic increase in children being exposed all over the country where marijuana is prevalent, particularly in colorado and washington. >> reporter: county and state officials said they do not keep records on cases of children who get sick from thc infused food.
in san jose, david louie, abc 7 news. thank you for joining us at abc 7 news at 4:00. i'm larry beil. abc 7 news begins right now with kristen and dan. breaking news in the pg&e criminal trial, builty of charges -- guilty of charges prompted by the deadly san bruno pipeline explosion. we are live at the courthouse. plus -- >> for the last six months, like five or six times they break in here. >> and the thieves made a mess of things. that is what happens when they use a battering ram to get in. and a restaurant facing eviction and the owner is caught in a political fire storm. >> i never imagined this would happen to me. the sonoma county trees that some say are so ugly they need to be chopped down. and i'm meteorologist sandhya patel. it is comfortable out here right now but hot days are ahead but i'll give you more ahead. a verdict tonight in pg&e
criminal trial over issues that came to light after the san bruno pipeline explosion. the blast almost exactly six years ago killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. good evening. i'm kristen zse. >> and i'm dan ashley. pg&e stands accused of a dozen charges. 11 pipeline safety violations. and one count of obstructing the federal probe into the 2010 gas explosion in san bruno that left eight dead. >> lyanne melendez is live at the federal courthouse in san francisco. >> reporter: pg&e was found guilty of six of the 12 charges, which means the maximum penalty is $500,000 per count. you have six counts -- do the math and that is $3 million. now the injury deliberated for two weeks after five and a half weeks of testimony. now no one was named in the suit meaning no person or no one inside of that corporation, only the company. now here is our legal analyst
gill soffer to explain that. >> the fact that they didn't bring charges against individuals here, i think, means they didn't have the evidence against them. it is a harder case to bring against individuals. >> reporter: now pg&e was found guilty of not keeping proper records of its maintenance program and not inspecting and testing those pipelines. in court, the u.s. attorney's office said pg&e had chosen profits over safety. now the san bruno explosion killed eight people and injured many more and destroyed 38 homes. now here is reaction today from the mayor of san bruno. >> we are very, very gratified that the jury found out over the last six plus weeks that we've known for a long time, that pg&e put money way ahead of safety. >> reporter: now pg&e issued a statement late this afternoon and they said, well, we are very much focused on the future, we will never forget the