Skip to main content

tv   ABC7 News 400PM  ABC  December 1, 2016 4:00pm-5:01pm PST

4:00 pm
breaking news, a major san francisco street remains closed at this hour as police investigate a bad accident. police say a vehicle was heading downhill on divisadero when it crossed lombard and slammed into a car as it was heading westbound. the white prius suffered major damage. two people are in critical condition. >> lombard has remained closed for four hours which is a problem for commuters heading to golden gate bridge. good afternoon. thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm larry beil.
4:01 pm
a burglary suspect tried to outrun the police. >> it happened a few hours ago near walnut avenue and guardino drive. eric thomas is live with the details. eric? >> reporter: police have done a good job of clearing and reopening this intersection which was shut down for 2 1/2 hours. debris from cars was spread all over. the suspect landed here after the violent collision. this is how the chase ended, with the suspect in handcuffs in that apartment complex where police say he tried to hide and neighbors are trying to figure out what happened. >> i was curious because i saw more and more coming and it was probably bigger than a crash. >> reporter: it was much bigger. police were chasing this toyota prius based on a 911 call. >> the resident informed our officers that they had just followed a suspect who had been in his apartment complex,
4:02 pm
burglarizing it when he came home. >> reporter: police responded and tried to pull the car over. the driver took off and a little more than a mile away collided with this car, making a left turn at the corner of guardino and walnut. >> unfortunately, we have a victim in that vehicle who has been transported to a trauma center with major injuries. >> reporter: the debris shows the force of the impact. one wheel of the victim's car ripped away and thrown dozens of feet. the muffler went even farther. it's fortunate no one was killed. the car the suspect is driving was heavily damaged as the true owner will find out. >> this vehicle was taken last night. >> reporter: police recovered what appeared to be stolen property from the car. charges against the 21-year-old suspect are pending. in fremont, eric thomas, abc 7 news. san francisco police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of a department of public works employee yesterday.
4:03 pm
officers with the assistance of vallejo police located the man last night. they are not releasing his photo. he's accused of killing 27-year-old jermaine jackson jr. yesterday morning. smelly wo melanie woodrow will have more later. police say e sdplchzekial b entered a home and there were some people injured. a woman is being treated in san jose for exposure to hazardous materials. sky 7 spotted fire crews outside the hospital shortly after they
4:04 pm
decontaminated and transported the woman to the hospital around 11:00. a fremont high school teacher is facing charges for alleged sexual misconduct for a male student. corine audiat has posted bail and has been released. matt keller has more. >> i've never heard of this happening. >> this is obviously a very unsettling, disturbing, emotional type of situation. it's a very difficult conversation to have. >> reporter: district officials sent a letter to all of the parents at washington high letting them know about the arrest. audiat has been a p.e. teacher here since 2012 and with the district since 2008. >> our job this morning is to bring a sense of calmness and normalcy here to the campus at washington. >> reporter: she started a relationship with male student
4:05 pm
at the beginning of the year and escalated to a sexual relationship and was arrested on thanksgiving day on the two charges but the district attorney's office filed five more charges. >> it's bruising. it's a bruise that our community will take. we know this is an isolated event and we have amazing teachers in an amazing school district. >> reporter: audiat is on unpaid leave and will never teach at fremont or in the district again. california governor jerry brown has appointed xavi xavier becerra to be attorney general. kamala harris is the outgoing attorney general. the nomination still needs to be confirmed by state lawmakers. abc 7 news was in berkeley
4:06 pm
today as the first latino mayor was sworn into office. 32-year-old jesse araguine got his job at city hall when he was 19. he still has the issues he dealt with then on his mind now. the new mayor says creating affordable housing is his top priority and he's put developers on notice. now to developing news out of peru, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake just struck southern peru near the bolivian border. there's no immediate word on damage or casualties. enable push alerts for the latest breaking news. what a beautiful day today, at least i think it is. here's a live look at doppler 7. sunny skies mainly across the bay area. thin clouds as you can see from the rooftop camera view. it's 58 in san francisco. upper 50s in oakland, mountain view, san jose, 59. gill row, 58 and 55 in half moon
4:07 pm
bay. it's 58 degrees right now in santa rosa. napa, 62. 58 in fairfield and 58 in livermore. tomorrow it will be chilly. mid-30s in the north bay valleys. upper 30s in other inland locations and only low 40s around the bay and breezy in some spots. starting at 7:00 this evening, overnight we see gusts over 20 miles per hour, not only on the coast but in places like fremont and fairfield. it may feel like we have a windchill but by afternoon tomorrow we'll see the winds getting a little tamer and then after that we've got more mild weather which i'll show you in a few minutes. larry? >> we'll see you then. keith pappini is giving his first interview after his wife's horrifying ordeal, what she went through and how she was let go
4:08 pm
some 150 miles away on thanksgiving day. >> she was coughing up blood from the screaming trying to get somebody to stop. again, just another sign of how my wife is, she's so wonderful that she said, well maybe people aren't stopping because i have a chain. it looks like a broke out of prison. so she tried to tuck in her chain under her clothes. >> she vanished while jogging three weeks ago and as her husband remarks there, she was screaming so hard that she was coughing up blood just hoping to be discovered and rescued. you can watch the full exclusive interview on "20/20" at 10:00. cirque du soleil has
4:09 pm
canceled a show after someone was killed inside the circus' big tent. they have hired psychologists to help them deal with the tragedy. he was the father of four children and he lived in quebec, canada. and now to a coyote alert in san francisco. animals have been spotted in the neighborhood and the problem is people are treating it more like a pet than a wild animal. alyssa harrington is live with the story. alyssa? >> reporter: this coyote plays fetch and walks up to car windows looking for food. i'm told that on thanksgiving someone left a turkey dinner on this trail for the animal. this might sound nice, but people who work closely with coyotes say this behavior by humans is putting the animal at risk. she has become a neighborhood icon. the coyote regularly spotted at the park.
4:10 pm
>> she comes out to play very early in the morning. >> reporter: neighbors say she seems friendly and tame. >> the problem now is people are leaving food for her and so she's coming down to cars on the street and walking up to people's cars. >> people are killing the coyote with kindness. >> reporter: although intentions are good, it's bad for the animal. she took these pictures showing the coyote playing fetch, walking along the road and chasing cars. this video posted by instagram user bernel hilltop, the coyote toe runs over, clearly not afraid. >> normally you can pick up a rock and throw it at a coyote to scare it off. this one will chase it. she thinks it's a ball. >> reporter: this type of behavior is alarming. she's worried he will get hit by a car or get aggressive and bite someone. signs urge people never to feed a coyote.
4:11 pm
>> we want to protect her. >> reporter: >> the best way to do that is to stay away and keep the animal wild. alyssa harrington, abc 7 news. coming up, the second man to walk on the moon had to be rescued from the south pole. we'll tell you how he is doing now. >> these companies are not going to be taking people's hearts out. >> president-elect donald trump is already at work. the agreement that he says will save u.s. jobs. plus, breitbart has been in the news a lot lately but now the conservative website is stirring up controversy here in the bay area. why cal students are taking a stand against an appearance by one of breitbart's biggest stars. taking a live look at our traffic through san jose, 101 southbound backed up as usual. 880 i
4:12 pm
anknows how it feelsiabetes to see your numbers go up, despite your best efforts. but what if you could turn things around? what if you could... love your numbers? discover once-daily invokana®. it's the #1 prescribed sglt2 inhibitor that works to lower a1c. a pill taken just once in the morning, invokana® is used along with diet and exercise to significantly lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. in fact, it's been proven to be more effective at lowering a1c than januvia. invokana® works around the clock by reducing the amount of sugar allowed back into the body, and sending some sugar out through the process of urination. and while it's not for lowering systolic blood pressure or weight loss, it may help you with both. invokana® can cause important side effects, including dehydration,
4:13 pm
which may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, lightheaded, or weak, upon standing. other side effects may include kidney problems, genital yeast infections, changes in urination, high potassium, increases in cholesterol, risk of bone fracture, or urinary tract infections, possibly serious. serious side effects may include ketoacidosis, which can be life threatening. stop taking and call your doctor right away if you experience symptoms. or if you experience symptoms of allergic reaction such as rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing or swallowing. do not take invokana® if you have severe liver or kidney problems or are on dialysis. tell your doctor about any medical conditions and medications you take. using invokana® with a sulfonylurea or insulin may cause low blood sugar. it's time to turn things around. lower your blood sugar with invokana®. imagine loving your numbers.
4:14 pm
there's only one invokana®. ask your doctor about it by name. hundreds of people gathered today at san francisco's golden gate park for world aids day. two more names were added to the names that are now at capacity. the aids memorial is trying to think of new ways to honor victims. dan ashley was there to hand a $115,000 to project inform. $192,000 was raised during this year's aids walk san francisco. those who lived through the dark days of the epidemic want every generation to know how aids swept through the castro district in the early '80s. this morning, a group of san francisco students left their mark to remember the fallen.
4:15 pm
lyanne melendez was there. >> reporter: writing his name on the pavement made people pause to remember him and others who died of aids. >> he worked in walgreens and me and my friend here did a rainbow under his name. >> reporter: this entire block of castro street had names of people long gone. the event called inscribe was put on by a number of organizations. students were told to honor them in a colorful way. >> it's pretty sad that people are dieing from hiv but people are taking pills and surviving from hiv. >> reporter: these are names that one way or another will never be forgotten. for the younger generation, it's also a reminder of how one disease completely transformed this community. >> people just disappeared.
4:16 pm
>> reporter: diagnosed 22 years ago -- >> i want the new generation to be careful and understand that safe sex is still safe sex and it's still needed regardless of prep and everything else out there. >> i do think that a lot of us take for granted our rights and the work that people do and the pain and suffering that people went through and still go through. >> reporter: in san francisco, lyanne melendez, abc 7 news. apollo astronaut buzz aldrin is recovering in a hospital because he got sick during a trip to antarctica. the 86-year-old had to be evacuated after his health deteriorated during the trip with a tourist group. officials aren't saying exactly what's wrong with him. he piloted the first lunar landing and was the second to walk on the moon. he seems to be in good spirits. he tweeted this photo of himself smiling from his hospital bed. a darling of political conservatives is causing a stir
4:17 pm
on two local college campuses. >> an editor from breitbart is set to speak and kristen sze has more. >> reporter: this unlikely conservative hero, twitter banned his account for his attack on leslie jones. he tours college campuses mocking political correctness like he did in a speech last month in florida. >> this is a faith that murders people like me and i'm tired of being polite about the difference between radical islam and islam. i'm done. i'm done. he's going on tour and is scheduled to speak on february 1st. before that, uc davis on january 13th. "the use of campus facilities and resources to host and
4:18 pm
therefore ledgitimatize a white nationalist runs completely counter to the stated goals of uc davis. no response yet from either university. and in another development, breitbart is urging its readers to boycott kelloggs after they stopped branding. larry and ama? >> thanks, kristen. sports fans will be treated to the first of its kind giveaways. they will be handed virtual reality headboards. it's pretty cool. the giveaway is in conjunction with the team's new partnership with a consulting giant. >> this is a working partnership between the warriors to try to
4:19 pm
reimagine the experience of not only coming to a warriors game but every event that will take place at chase center. >> that's the name of the warriors new arena which will open in san francisco in the year 2019. >> all right. it's a nice day outside. windy in some spots. >> it's breezy in some spots, you're right. >> sunny skies as you can see here on live doppler 7. before we get a big chill down starting early next week, let's take a look at november rainfall. you know, the two-month total, october and november, it's pretty good for the bay area. for november, it was dry in most locations. san jose was .37 below it's average november rainfall. oakland was more than one inch below the rainfall total for the month of november. it was a fairly dry month but we have december coming our way, just started today.
4:20 pm
december tends to be a wet month with average rainfall totals ranging from just over two inches for san jose to over 4 1/2 inches in san francisco and over 7 inches in santa rosa. let's hope we hit some december norms in terms of rainfall. here's a view of the western sky from our east bay hills camera. that's stunning. love that sunset. it hasn't set yet. forecast is clear and chilly overnight. once against, mild afternoons through sunday and winter-like chill settles in. here's your friday planner. clear skies in the early morning hours. sunny through the daytime and temperatures rise into the mid-60s by the afternoon tomorrow. under sunny skies. they drop pretty sharply as our evening is under clear skies this time of year and tend to be pretty chilly. tomorrow's highs range from 60 or just above 60 at the coast to low to mid-60s across the remainder of the bay area. as we look at the three days ahead, friday and saturday, it will be pretty mild.
4:21 pm
mid-60s near the bay and inland areas up to 60 or above on the coast. a little bit of a cool down on sunday by a couple of degrees but a much sharper cool down occurs after sunday. projected morning lows for next tuesday. temperatures are near freezing up in clear lake and cloverdale. lows in the upper 30s and other inland areas. even colder on wednesday morning as temperatures drop to almost freezing at antioch and livermore. lots of mid-30s early wednesday morning with lows in the upper 30s to low 40s right around the bay. chilly weather is on the way. accu-weather seven-day forecast. before that chilly weather arrives, december warmth and even sunday, highs -- sundays in the low 6 0s and temperatures o partly cloudy skies and a winter-like pattern in terms of sky conditions and temperatures on monday, tuesday and wednesday before we get a milder pattern developing late next week. >> if winter is in the 60s, i think we can handle it.
4:22 pm
>> we can take that. >> thank you, spencer. well, coming up, a dramatic rescue caught on camera. the quick-thinking police who helped save lives. plus, a famous san francisco house comes full
4:23 pm
we'll play something besides video games. every day is a gift especially for people with heart failure. but today there's entresto®- a breakthrough medicine that can help make more tomorrows possible. tomorrow, i want to see teddy bait his first hook. in the largest heart failure study ever, entresto® was proven to help more people stay alive and out of the hospital than a leading heart failure medicine. women who are pregnant must not take entresto®. it can cause harm or death to an unborn baby. don't take entresto® with an ace inhibitor or or aliskiren. if you've had angioedema while taking an ace or arb medicine, don't take entresto®. the most serious side effects are angioedema, low blood pressure, kidney problems, or high potassium in your blood.
4:24 pm
tomorrow, i'm gonna step out with my favorite girl. ask your heart doctor about entresto®. and help make the gift of tomorrow possible. quick thinking police officers in connecticut helped someone trapped in a car. this is the frantic moments. >> reporter: in this video, you can see officers running to save a 26-year-old driver. look right here, you can actually see that burning car behind the person who is just milling around and unsure of what to do. well, police did not hesitate. watch as they spring out of their vehicles and then run to help save that person. and you'll hear as one of those officers calls out for more help and more extinguishers as more police arrive on scene. >> let's
4:25 pm
let's go! everybody get away from the car. >> they were able to get that victim out and more dash cam video shows how intensely those flames burned after the rescue. they nknocked the fire out a fe minutes later. jessica castro, abc 7 news. >> would you like to hide in the giants batting cage or have your picture taken with olympic champions? now, that sounds awesome, as it should. you'll want to attend holiday heroes at at&t park this monday, december 5th. abc 7 is proud to support
4:26 pm
fund-raiser. this year, oakland raiders offensive guard will be there along with the 49ers offensive tackle and johnny mosely loves bringing his kids down to the party. >> we roam the field and do the smores. that's always on the program. and then we end up stuffing animals. i think i enjoy that the most. >> he will be receiving an inspiration award. a few tickets are still available. go to abc7news.com. >> kids end up with huge bags of toys and gifts and stuff. it's fantastic for them during the holidays. all right, coming up at 4:00, it's the thank you tour. president-elect trump on the road once more, this time to thank voters. plus -- i'm just relieved right now,
4:27 pm
not much going through my mind. a bank robbery turned hostage situation ends
4:28 pm
4:29 pm
of reach for far too long:s have health insurance.that's been out how? they enrolled through covered california. it's the health insurance marketplace where you'll find a range of plans from leading health insurance companies that offer you the best combination of quality, rates, and benefits. and, through covered california, you may get financial help to pay for coverage. to have health insurance starting january 1st, you need to enroll by december 15th. visit covereca.com today. into we want to go back to breaking news in san francisco. the traffic mess on lombard
4:30 pm
street after an accident hours ago, they injured four people and we've learned one of those four have died. >> let's get to cornell bernard. cornell? >> reporter: we can tell you that lombard reopened to traffic just a few minutes ago. it had been gridlocked for at least two to three hours following a terrible accident at lombard involving four cars. we have confirmed -- abc 7 has confirmed that one person died as a result of this crash. four others were injured. police say it began when a car was seen driving possibly at a high rate of speed down divisadero and crashed into cars. injuries ranging from moderate to severe. many were taken to san francisco general hospital tonight. it's unknown what kind of injuries the driver who prompted
4:31 pm
all of this has sustained. police are still investigating. the traffic was gridlock coming into and leaving the city for hours. traffic backed up well on to van ness. police will be here for quite some time. divisadero will be closed near lombard for some time for sure. >> thank you. even though lombard has reopened, it's quite a mess in the marina for commuters heading to the golden gate bridge. you can see the red portion and that's where everything is backed up now. now to big news late this afternoon from donald trump's transition team. cnn is reporting the president-elect is expected to pick hoover institute fellow and retired general james mattis as the secretary of defense. this comes as trump hold as rally to say thank you to voters
4:32 pm
in ohio. in washington, we have that story. >> reporter: donald trump on the road again in indiana. the president-elect praised the deal he struck with carrier air conditioning to save 1,000 factory jobs bound for mexico. >> these companies are not going to be taking people's hearts out. >> reporter: carrier says the state where vp-elect is governor, even before taking office, our president-elect provided real leadership that made a difference. >> reporter: trump's deal is now under scrutiny by critics in washington demanding to know all of the details. senator bernie sanders wrote, "trump has endangred the jobs of all workers and has signaled to corporations that they can threaten jobs in exchange for business friendly tax benefits and incentives. house speaker paul ryan came to his aid. >> we're killing jobs and
4:33 pm
competitiveness in america because of our tax code. tax reform is central to fixing this problem. >> reporter: trump's first leg of his thank you tour is ohio, a battleground state that gave him a divisive victory. his tour will include the next few weeks and will include those states he won and those he could have done better in. meanwhile, the labor intense task of counting wisconsin's votes for president started today. most of the 72 counties will do the recount by hand. they've had to hire scores of temporary workers to go through all of the ballots. observers from the campaigns of donald trump, hillary clinton and the green party's jill stein are now in wisconsin to watch the recount. stein has requested recounts in michigan and pennsylvania. the obama administration is announcing its support for requiring women to register for the military draft. women can volunteer to serve in the military but are not required to register for the
4:34 pm
draft. all adult men must register. a s.w.a.t. team in florida stormed a bank where an armed suspect was holding hostages this morning. jacksonville sheriff officials say the standoff lasted about two hours. they decided to send a s.w.a.t. team in after the suspect pointed his gun at the hostages. he was soon distracted when two people ran out of the bamnk and that's when they took the suspect into custody and freed the hostages and nobody was hurt. dolly parton is coming to the aid of the people affected by the tennessee wildfires. she will provide $1,000 a month to families who lost their homes in this week's fires. the singer was raised in the great smoky mountains and her dollywood theme park was threatened by the flames. >> now, we want to provide a hand up to all of those families that have lost everything in the fires and to recover we want to make sure that the dolly wood foundation provides $1,000 a month to all those families that have lost their homes in the
4:35 pm
fires until they get back oh up on their feet. >> officials say the fire destroyed more than 700 structures and has taken at least ten lives. well, starting today, all it steaks is a single search warrant and investigators can comb through phone records of millions of americans. the justice department says the change is needed to help track down cybercriminals. a bipartisan group of senators tried to stop this rule from taking effect but their vote was denied. ron wyden is promising to introduce a new bill in the next congress to try to repeal it. a multimillion dollar move to make b.a.r.t. safer but it could make it more difficult to get a ride. i'm spencer christian. we're looking at a sunset in progress. this is the view from our emeryville camera. i'll show you the forecast in a mo moment. >> boy, that's a beautiful scene. and another pretty scene.
4:36 pm
that's the traffic. and it's picture-perfect as we look at the golden gate bridge and traffic is flowing pretty nicely in both directions. it's starting to back up northbound just a bit but otherwise a
4:37 pm
life. you never really know what's coming. life just... happens. just when you think you know where it's going, sfx: (ambulance sirens) it takes you someplace else. and that's why covered california is here.
4:38 pm
to help californians who need health insurance get it. so you'll be ready next time life happens. because it's more than just health care. it's life care. did you know slow internet can actually hold your business back? say goodbye to slow downloads, slow backups, slow everything. comcast business offers blazing fast and reliable internet that's 10 times faster than slow internet from the phone company. say hello to internet speeds up to 150 mbps. and add phone and tv for only $34.90 more a month. call today. comcast business. built for business. it turns out the original "full house" home remains in the family from the creator. it was on the market for $4
4:39 pm
million. it will be updated and brought to code and he will repaint the front door red like in the show. >> it's good to be in the famtly. >> definitely. if you're looking for something fun to do, we have you covered. >> that's right. reggie aqui has the details. >> could this be the best hoodline weekend ever? >> do you want me to be your dad for christmas in. >> reporter: how you and your pet can meet santa. first, hoodline takes us to union street for their fantasy of lights. you can't ride rudolph but you can ride a pony or enjoy the shops and meet santa there. 3:00 to 7:00 on saturday. now, get me a puppy. emily, who is this? >> this is clarise. she's only 2 1/2 months old. she's very floppy and very sweet. and she's up for adoption here at macy's holiday windows. >> reporter: i stopped by the
4:40 pm
union square macy's where there are kittens and puppies waiting to be adopted. reserve your tickets to bring your current or newly adopted pet for santa-paws. you can go this saturday to the pacific heights spca location and do the same thing. no tickets are required on saturday but they would love a donation so they can keep taking care of pups like clarise. >> this is seriously dangerous. [ laughter ] >> good-bye. >> and dog patch has a holiday festival as well. go to abc7news.com and we'll link you up with hoodline. i'm reggie aqui, abc 7 news. sunny skies across the bay area right now. sunny skies for the next couple of days as well. it's clear overnight and quite chilly, especially in our inland valleys, where low temperatures
4:41 pm
drop into the mid-to upper 40s. in the coast, low 40s. tomorrow, a spectacular sunny day. breezy at the coast but not cold. highs to 60. we'll certainly see above 60 in our inland areas and near the bay where highs reach to the low to mid-60s. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. nice, mild days coming tomorrow and saturday. slightly cooler on sunday with a few clouds gathering in the sky. temperatures will tumble on monday. daytime highs reach only into the low to mid-50s and overnight lows tuesday morning and wednesday morning, dropping to the freezing level and the coldest inland spots. it will be a bit winter-like next week but it's december. >> thanks, spencer. still ahead, another tech millionaire turns philanthropist where napster founder is sending his money. i'm 7 on your side michael finney. i went to court where a man
4:42 pm
accused i want my blood sugar i to stay in control.ck. so i asked about tresiba®. ♪ tresiba® ready ♪ tresiba® is a once-daily, long-acting insulin that lasts even longer than 24 hours. i want to trim my a1c. ♪ tresiba® ready ♪ tresiba® provides powerful a1c reduction. releases slow and steady. works like your body's insulin. when my schedule changes... i want something that delivers. ♪ tresiba® ready ♪ i can take tresiba® any time of day. so if i miss or delay a dose, i take it when i remember, as long as there's at least 8 hours between doses. once in use, it lasts 8 weeks without refrigeration... twice as long as lantus®, which lasts 4 weeks. tresiba® is used to control high blood sugar
4:43 pm
in adults with diabetes. don't use tresiba® to treat diabetic ketoacidosis, during episodes of low blood sugar, or if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. don't share needles or insulin pens. don't reuse needles. the most common side effect is low blood sugar, which may cause dizziness, sweating, confusion, and headache. check your blood sugar. low blood sugar can be serious and may be life-threatening. injection site reactions may occur. tell your doctor about all medicines you take and all your medical conditions. taking tzds with insulins, like tresiba®, may cause serious side effects like heart failure. your insulin dose shouldn't be changed without asking your doctor. get medical help right away if you have trouble breathing... fast heartbeat, extreme drowsiness, swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, dizziness, or confusion. ask your doctor if you're tresiba® ready. ♪ tresiba® ready ♪ i know every bench, every tree, every squirrel -- -hey, what's up, andy. -andy: hey! same with my banking. with my bank of america mobile banking app, i can see my accounts all in one place. i can easily manage them
4:44 pm
and if something doesn't look right, i'm going to know. plus, i can set up alerts to help detect unusual activity. so i feel secure. in other words, no surprises. morning. hey, abby. like i said. the mayor. b.a.r.t.'s board is moving forward with a major retrofit project to keep commuters safe
4:45 pm
in the event of an earthquake. amy hollyfield has the details. >> reporter: ask riders about safety in an earthquake and they'll tell you, they hope b.a.r.t. is doing everything possible to secure it. >> it should be made safe because i wouldn't want to get stuck down there without any way to get out. >> it's pretty important to me because when the b.a.r.t. strike happened, it's hard to get across the bridge. >> reporter: b.a.r.t. officials get it and today discussed an upcoming project that will secure it in what they call a thousand year event. >> as an earthquake that is so large, it only happens every 1,000 years. >> reporter: the plan calls for with stalling metal plates in the tube. crews would do the work overnight when trains aren't running but would want extra time for the work. so b.a.r.t. is talking about not opening until 5:00 a.m. during the construction. >> we know we need to figure out
4:46 pm
who are the people that ride at that hour and do they have any other options other than b.a.r.t.? what could we possibly do if we don't open until 5:00 a.m. >> reporter: there's still a lot of time to talk about this and plan for it. the construction wouldn't start for another year and a half but would last for up to 2 1/2 years. in oakland, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. an investigation for mortgage fraud ends with an order for restitution and jail time. >> michael finney was in the sonoma county court when the sentence was handed down. >> we've been working on this for years. a judge ordered the defendant to pay over $250,000.
4:47 pm
63 other charges were dropped. today, sentencing increases and agreed amount of restitution of $100,000, not everyone is satisfied. >> he should be getting hard time for that. it's just -- he gets over with jail and probation, i don't think that's fair at all. >> reporter: tonight at 6:00, you'll hear what lopez told me or didn't tell me when i asked if he felt any remorse. what the judge is saying about all of this. that's tonight at 6:00. a new study shows many college students with debt are getting relief from a government program. the department of education will forgive more than $108 billion of loans over the next 20 years. this comes through a student loan repayment program. it limits monthly payments to a per percentage of a borrower's income. after 20 years, any remaining balance is forgiven. however that relief is just a
4:48 pm
fraction student debt topping a record $1.2 trillion. one product on a crowd-funding site is being recalled. the biolite company is recalling their base lantern because it can catch fire causing damage but no injuries. the biolite is a small l.e.d. lantern that also serves as a power source. the company began shipping the products in october. they are powered with a lithium battery. this type of battery is linked to fires in some consumer products like galaxy phones and many of those hover boards. now, i want to hear your consumer questions. i'm going to be at the broadway plaza tomorrow until 7:00 p.m. in walnut creek to meet you and
4:49 pm
solve your problems. bring your question and you may be able to ask it live on abc 7 if you so wish. you can also ask those questions on social media. post them with the #askfinney. we're talking about that debt relief for students. one thing to keep in mind, even with all of that debt relief, the government is making a ton of money off that debt. they are a lender and they are making money. >> still? >> still. >> thank you, michael. >> sure. all right. napster billionaire shawn parker is making a new push to cure cancer. today he announced his institute will work with more than three organizations in search for a cure. they will use predictive algorithms to uncover cancer in coded dna. parker went on to become the first president of facebook. he's already donated $250 million to his foundation. and facebook coo sheryl sandberg is giving $100 million
4:50 pm
in facebook stock to charity. according to the website recode, the money will go to anti-poverty charities and groups focused on empowering money. she also recently renamed her foundation after her late husband, dave goldberg. a controversial substance is shown to help treat depression. >> and nestle has figured out how to cut the sugar in chocolate by as much as 40% so you can get the company an edge as food makers face consumer pressure to make their products healthier. they will start selling the products made that way in 2018. now, a panel of scientists say food labels should be rewritten. peanuts or eggs must be labeled so consumers of food allergy know to avoid them but to many people they are just confusing. it's time for regulators and the
4:51 pm
food industry to clear consumer confusion with the labels that better reflect the level of risk. and there's another study that shows hallucinogens can help people with depression. cancer patients were given a pill with the same ingredients of what is found in some mushrooms. 80% of patients showed improvement with little side effects. and are you a little sleepy? the centers for disease control says sleepiness is an epidemic. from the nasdaq, i'm jane king. well, it's the end of the line for "self" magazine. they are ending its print edition after nearly four decades. it will instead focus on its website and social media. the print run began back in 1979 and will end after the february edition. well, abc news at 4:00 continues. the holidays are about giving
4:52 pm
and there are bins full of donations but is that a good thing? what some charities are saying about the december donation drive and what is on their wish list this year. >> larry, ama, bad drivers. which area has some of the worst in the country. plus, michael finney reveals which washers and driers are best for small spaces in your home. what stanford is learning by putting glasses on parrots and how a dollar bill can get you into 1600 pennsylvania avenue. those
4:53 pm
4:54 pm
of reach for far too long:s have health insurance.that's been out how? they enrolled through covered california. it's the health insurance marketplace where you'll find a range of plans from leading health insurance companies that offer you the best combination of quality, rates, and benefits. and, through covered california, you may get financial help to pay for coverage. to have health insurance starting january 1st,
4:55 pm
you need to enroll by december 15th. visit covereca.com today. tonight at 8:00, catch "a charlie brown christmas" followed by "the great american baking show" and then stay with abc 7 news for 11:00. december is the biggest month for charities. >> leslie brinkley investigated
4:56 pm
what is on the wish list and do not donate list. >> there's an old toilet seat cover, bathroom rug. >> reporter: going through the bins in oakland revealed a wide range of what people think is okay to donate in the busiest month of the year. >> in fact, we receive 30% of our donations in december and this year we are on track of receiving a record number of 800,000 donations. >> reporter: it's an immense challenge to sort through the boxes and bags that people drop off around the holidays. less than 20% of this stuff ends up in a landfill. most is organized and sold in 28 retail stores in solano, contra costa and alameda counties. goodwill says you don't have to feel guilty about donating old, dirty or ripped clothing. they have recyclers and resellers who will take everything from old shoes to old roller skates. here, clothes deemed unsellable
4:57 pm
get bailed up and shipped out. there are art objects and obsolete electronics all good. what's on goodwill's please do not donate list? things like paint and batteries that are sometimes buried in boxes and broken furniture costs them money to get rid of. >> i've been cleaning out my closets and collecting stuff and when i got enough bags, i come and deposit them. >> reporter: trying to help others is behind this december's urge to purge and there's a tax break in the new year. in oakland, leslie brinkley, abc 7 news. a boy battling cancer in australia got a unique wish from the make-a-wish foundation. >> the whole experience is something we'll never forget. and it's completely overwhelming and we can't say thank you enough. >> he also met with members of
4:58 pm
the u.s. marine corps and governor and prime minister. >> thanks for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm larry beil. a fremont man stumbles on to a burglar in his home which set off a chain of events, including a major crash injuring an innocent bystander. a pet fell ill after eating food from a thanksgiving meal. the mystery over what happened intensifies. >> flags fly at half-staff in san francisco after a city man is killed. the suspect is well known to the police. sky 7 shows you the american legion hall in antioch. this is where nearly two dozen people got sick after eating a thanksgiving meal and the mystery surrounding the deadly illness has pathologists working
4:59 pm
overtime. good evening. i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley. they served hundreds in needs last week and more people have taken ill but thankfully no more have died. laura anthony is live in antioch with the efforts on pinpointing the source. >> reporter: this is the church that provided the meal. investigators believe it was a food-borne illness and are not yet sure exactly which one. in the meantime, the church did not have a permit for the meal which would have been required because they served the public. it's a situation they say will be corrected next year. >> i went with some family friends and we all sat down and had thanksgiving dinner together. >> reporter: this is one of two dozen people who found themselves violently ill after eating a thanksgiving meal at an american legion center in antioch, a meal attended by more than 800 people sponsored by the golden hills community church. >> maybe 9:00, 10:00 at night i'm sitting there with a friend
5:00 pm
in my car just talking, you know, shooting the breeze and just out of nowhere i'm like, oh, my god. i had to swing my door open and i started throwing up. >> reporter: officials say they have 21 confirmed cases of food-borne illness related to the thanksgiving feast. three of those people from two assisted living centers died. >> we have tested for a number of common food-borne illnesses, like e. coli, norovirus and salmonella. so far the samples that we have tested, they did not find any of these. >> they will be sent to the centers for disease control for further testing. golden hills put this statement on their website. "we continue to do what we can to help with the investigation that is ongoing. evidence that once pointed away from the meal that we provided to so many now seems to point back that direction." laura brought home leftovers for his 16-year-old chihuahua mix. >> she's doing better but

69 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on