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>> we have an unresponsive passenger so they are working on her right now. >> that woman in need of help iconic "star wars" actor carrie fisher. tonight her loved ones, friends and fans across the globe are hoping for the best after a mid-earhart attack. >> good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz in for kristen sze. >> new information on her condition. her brother todd fisher says she's stabilized in the icu. >> she's clearly suffered a traumatic event. doctors are doing everything they can. she's a real survivor and hauls has been and i would expect the best from this. >> this after emergency crews rushed the actress to the hospital. once her plane landed at l.a.x. around noon. she was on an 11-hour flight and listen to the audio recording alerting the trial tower of the medical emergency. >> we have some pass jerks nurses assisting the passenger unresponsive passenger so they are working on her right
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now and we'll have them seated here in two minutes hand should hopefully be on the deck in five. >> as we all know fisher rose to stardom in princess leia in the original "star wars" trilogy. >> if only you could be so bold. >> she repriced the role in last year's new installment "the force awakens." she recently published a book called "the princess diarist." >> elissa harrington is gathering a report from her fans in alameda. >> certainly sad news for fans going to "rogue one" tonight. >> reporter: huge deal for "star wars" fans because this is princess leia we're talking about, an iconic character who is portrayed as strong and as a fighter and a lot of people see carrie fisher the same way and say nobody else could have played this role. fans are very sad to hear and of course send their well wishes. i spoke to the people earlier
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who did not even know she was in the hospital. this is back when the news was just breaking. they almost couldn't believe it and were very upset while walking into the movie. they are here to see "rogue one, a star wars story," the latest "star wars" movie very popular. a lot of families showing up and getting bald news right before they go into the theater. she suffered a massive heart attack and everybody hopes she gets well >> you know, seeing the original movie in 1977 and acfanatic about it as a kid. definitely a sad thing to hear about carrie fisher as we're going in to see this movie. >> i hope she pulls through and not just for fans but just for her own health. >> well, i'm a little bothered by it. i said i hope she's well, you know, because we're looking for the next round of movies with her in it and i'm praying for her and hope she has a good recovery. sglrlt r2, where are you? >> need you in the bunker right away. >> show was eager to reprice her
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role as princess leia and just in "star wars, the force awakens." she was just in the london for her book tour. one fan also told me her character was one of the early feminist role models and, again, they believe only fisher could have taken on that role of leia and hope she comes out well. >> fisher "star wars" co-stars are tweeting their support for the actress. mark hamill who played like skwi walker said as if 2016 couldn't get any worse. sending all our worse to carrie fisher and peter mayhew wrote thoughts and prayers for our friend and everyone's well wishers for carrie fisher. leave your will wishes on the facebook post >> let's check in with
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meteorologist drew tuma in for sandhya patel. >> this morning was not a fun travel period. heavy rain is out of here and we still have scattered showers to contend with. let's get you right down to street level. a line of light showers stretching from union stitt to palo alto and light rain dipping to the south and we'll time this out for you. 5, 10 approaching sunnyvale and 5:22 in san jose and 5:22 in evergreen. storm was a 2 downgraded to a 1. scattered showerses. later on tonight 8:00, 9:00, out and about, have the umbrella. no widespread rain and isolated showers around. talk about what's in store and the accuweather forecast in a few minutes. ama? >> thanks, drew. happening now. many holiday travelers face delays at san francisco international airport. you're looking live inside the airport there. you can see people getting ready to hopefully get on their flights. most delays affect the short
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hall flight and they are running on average between one and two hours delayed. oakland is hoping all flights are on time. get the most updated information by checking with your actual airline. >> the north bay's largest reservoir, lake sonoma is now at capacity which is a welcome change, and with all that recent rain a bit of good news for the bay area and much of the region is no longer in a drought. according to the u.s. drought monitor storms this past week tipped the balance. after five years of drought and 15% of the state and the north coast and part of the most northern interior are drought-free and about 60% of california remains in the three worst drought levels,y is vehicles extreme and exceptional, as recently as september. the entire state was at some level of drought so we're not
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out of the woods. you're looking at some. new snow at video provided by lake tahoe tv. snow has fallen along the mountains and chains are required on interstate 80 between baxter and truckee. chains are also required on parts of highway 89 in the lake tahoe area. >> abc news anchor eric thomas tweeted this gorgeous photoed a i-8880 at tennyson. show the photos of the weather where you live use th the #abc7newsnow. >> the new lawsuits have been filed on behalf of mikayla griffin and mark allen. >> mick la's father is grief strichen and wants justice. the ghost ship was a, quote, death trap according to the papers fired. >> not a day that goes by we
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don't miss her. >> reporter: mick la gregory's father talking. mick la died in alec vega's arm. >> today they are attorney filed two wrongful death lawsuits. madden, a uc berkeley graduate wasless killed. the building's owner was named and the landlord e, event promoters and neighboring landlords who according to the lawsuit were supplying electricity to the ghost ship. >> they did not have the permits for residences, didn't have the permits for events. there was no fire alarms, no sprinklers, no egress or way to exit. >> also outside the warehouse a
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memorial. >> the last thing anybody should do is punish him for loving these people when they needed it. >> reporter: the gregorys say those named should be held accountable. >> we'll never see them again, and -- and we just want justice. >> the attorney for the two families also filed claims against the city of oakland and alameda county. the city says it does not comment on pending litigation. attorneys for the building's owner and landlord did not respond to asks for comment. in oakland, melanie road row, abc 7 news. >> well, surveillance cameras captured the dramatic moments when a man rushed to help his brother while he was being raped at gunpoint inside their store in hayward. both brothers wrestled a handgun from the royal market on west sunset boulevard and the gun went off at least twice during tuesday night's struggles. one of the brothers was hit in the hip and the other had his hand grazed. they are both recovering. police cap toured the
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16-year-old suspect. a truckload of uber's self-driving cars parade through the streets of phoenix giving the state's governor another chance to california. uber began moving the cars to arizona yesterday. governor doug duesization california may not want you and we do and his state is everything california is not. >> this is a sign of arizona being a welcoming place, not only to businesses. we're a low-tax light regulation involvement state and plus we try heard. we want to grow our economy. >> uber stopped its self-driving fleet in san francisco wednesday after the dmv said the cars weren't properly registered. crews in san francisco will work through the night trying to fix a broken water main that flooded several businesses. the main at evans avenue and rankins street broke around 9:00 a.m. and took crowds half an hour to turn it off, but as you see the water flooded a tow service and the lot of kings
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tour with mud halfway up the hub cubs of the buses. >> luckily we didn't have buses going out so today we weren't really impacted. the workers, didn't get to work today h.had a long weekend and, you know, we'll have to clean up this mud that's all over the yard. >> evans avenue will be closed through the night. officials believe age had something to do with that break. >> state officials have issued their first citations against a landlord accused of providing his tennants with tainted drinking water. the owner tapped into a spring in san jose after pipes from his well froze. tests found e. coli in the spring water. so far the fines total nearly $15,000 and they are growing every day. the landlord tells abc 7 he filed legal papers today to stop the state's action. he claimed he doesn't need permits to help the spring because it was grandfathered in back in the 1970s. >> a senator wants to prevent
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lithium ion batteries from exploding like this one. a bus rider is still recovering from injuries after his e-rig sets blew up and went up in flames. connecticut senator richard blumenthal was asking the airlines to voluntarily ban e-cigs from airplane cabins and wants the federal government to recall them until they can have clear safety standards for these batteries. >> interim police cheech tony chaplin speaks to abc 7 news for the first time since he did not get the top job. >> a look into a
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san francisco's interim
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police chief tony chaplin are l stay on the force when the new chief takes over. >> vic lee is live at police headquarters with this story you'll see only on 7 news. vic? >> reporter: tony chaplin says it's been a whirlwind seven months as interim police chief, and he says he is thankful for the support he's gotten from the rank and file and also from community leaders, and he also tells me he's going nowhere. he'll stay put right here at the sfpd where he has been for the past decades. >> it's been seven months since tony chaplin was tapped by mayor ed lee to be interim police chief and a 26-year veteran and a street cop who rose through the ranks. >> it's really a tough job. you know, you go from incredible highs to incredible lows and then back up >> enand in his tenure as the top cop chaplin was instrumental in getting the use of norse policy enacted and there's been
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no scandals under his watch and tense situations have been in use without using lethal force. a long steal mitt in a chinatown apartment ending with gunfire and another man in july and another stand glove bought bloodshed and police using less lethal force and chaplin set the guidelines and guests all the credit to the rank and file. >> creating time and distance and the sanctities of human life hand they have done a wonderful job. >> chaplinp suddenly retired after a series of controversial police shoot. >> it's been incredible. >> i've met a lot of people and appreciated the support that they have thrown behind me during these troubling times and quite frankly the department navigated out of the water. >> and now there's a new chief, bill scott from the lapd and chaplin says he'll do everything to support him but his immediate prance have nothing to do with
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his job. >> finally getting ready to put a period on this thing and going back to living. >> vic lee, abc 7 news. >> a concord high school student is charged in the sexual assault of a teenage girl and tonight we're hearing from that girl's father. the girl told her school principal she was assaulted after a football game on november 18th by a 15-year-old de la salle football player. today the girl's father told abc 7 news he admirers his daughter for coming forward. >> she's my hero. i'm asking her for her gault graph because what she did took a lot of courage and strength and she's a very strong person and i'm her biggest fan. >> the 15-year-old is not currently in custody. the case will be handed -- handled within the juvenile court system. police in santa cruz are looking for new leads in an unsolved murder case more than 40 years old. 19-year-old debra cargill was
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kidnapped and killed in 1975. her parents are still hoping someone will be held accountable. >> all this time try to put it aside but you can't. >> reporter: on 491st anniversary of his daughter's moment ed cargill remembers the frantic hours he spent around. >> all over san jose and santa cruz and in the mountains looking and asking if anyone had seen anything. >> reporter: she had just graduated from campbell high school and was going to junior college and working at albertson's grocery store in san jose and last seen on her way into the park lot and herboldy was found the next day in santa cruz in the san lorenzo river. >> a lot of people were interviewed and none of which led to a suspect in this case. >> reporter: dec'edtive ron truitt came out of retirement to work cold cases in santa cruz. >> in this job we don't forget these things. we don't forget the looks on the
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family's faces. we don't forget what we find, we don't forecast it. >> police have launched a cold case website to generate leads in debby's case and others. somebody knows something out there. they really do. >> reporter: it would mean everything to the cargill family. they have lived with loss for 41 years. >> we've got our grandchildren now and great grandchildren so -- she would have been another part of that. she would have had her own children. >> reporter: detective truitt is asking anyone with information to contact him. . >> police in lake county are trying to figure out who dumped a dog in a trash can. this is a picture of that little dog. what a sweet little face, right a person walking along south main sleet lake port found the dog inside a garbage can and called police and authorities found the dog was too small to get out on its own. lake county animal control is
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investigating. >> just awful. >> letters to santa are taking a back seat tonight to letters some children wrote to planet earth. >> a variation of a theme. the letters had different messages. some kids prayed for the world to be safe or promised to protect the planet. >> one wanted everybody to be nicer. the letters were put in a gift box attached to a special balloon and launched into the strats feared by world view. >> a company that wants to send humans to the edge of space. the company had the letters retrieved and signed by astronauts and hopes the project gives kids a world view perspective. >> happy friday. we're tracking just a few isolated showers left over from this morning's soaking we all experiences. you noticed a line of showers, a heavier downpour and pop of yellow north of sunnyvale and this is slowly sinking south and east over the next several minutes. we time it out about 5:19 and san jose once again and probably
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close to 5:24 p.m. to the north we go around san ramon, danville, light showers at this hour and a the activity is really going to wind down as you approach midnight tonight so much of the wet weather experience was in the morning hours, take a look at this. a widespread soaking, half an inch in san jose and three-quarters in san francisco and close that in oakland and even concord. almost two-thirds of an inch of rain. we're seeing those numbers fall into the 40s. currently 47 in santa rosa and right now we're 51 in san jose and watching the light showers approach the south bay and 49 fremont and the storm earlier this morning. it was a 2, a moderate storm and brought the heavy downpours and downgraded it this evening to one. there is a chance of an isolated showers and not anything widespread. future weather and let's go hour by hour. 9:00 if you do have some evening plans and grab the umbrella. don't need it the entire time and if you stay unsettled
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throughout region and by midnight early saturday morning the activity winds down and the system will start to get out of here but what replaces it will be some chilly air. overnight lows and napa and santa rosa approaching the freezing mark. 43 the overnight low and 41 in san jose and 42 will be our starting temperature in oakland. christmas eve tomorrow looking nice. future weather will show you midday and widespread 40s will be the name of the game and into the afternoon we'll see a few clouds and the day looks to be dry with temperatures on the cool side and topping out only in the low 50s. if you're traveling north on i-5, south on i-59 to l.a. tomorrow, over the grapevine we'll have snow showers so that could be some tricky travel there. 4580 in the central valley and heading to tahoe will be slippery and take some caution there. christmas morning and even cooler air arrives. widespread 30s and a couple of
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20s on the board like petaluma and 39 degrees in oakland and san francisco and 37 san jose and 31 in antioch so your christmas day planner. no weather worries. going to feel like there. sunday, christmas day, it's a cold morning but it's a bright afternoon. similar forecast on monday with that cold start and then we start to warm up each and every day. a touch warmer tuesday and thursday and friday above average temperatures. going to feel average with mainly sunny skies. nice weekend on the way. >> thanks, drew. >> sure. next on abc 7 news at 5:00, not too late north last-minute christmas gift. 7 on your side's michael finney has more on the robot revolution hand how to pick the new one for your kids. >> the ground breaking discovery that san francisco doctors made after creating heart
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this season this is a robot revolution, a host of high-tech interactive toys out thereto on the market. >> your child might really want one. which one do you get an do they make good toys? >> 7 on your side's michael finney has your answers. "consumer reports" mechanical engineer emilio gonzalez put five toy roberts through this test checking for responsiveness and level of sophistication and overall fun factor and then he handed the controls over to a tougher crowd. the spin master zoomer chip is a personality-filled robot who responds to voice commands in english or french. unlike many robots he doesn't need a mobile device to work, but after about 20 minutes of play the chimp needs an hour of recharging. the wowwee chip simmonds to verbal commands, head taps and signals from a wrist band.
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chip is supposed to fetch a smart ball and one of the "consumer reports" models never mastered it, even using the lengthy instructions that don't come in the box. sphero bb-8 is a "star wars" style bott. it chirps and tweets all the way and the anki kozmo had fun games like tap and keepaway and it's packed with technology like facial recognition and a software stremt kit so tech-minded kids can program them, and if you're looking for a robot toy that grows with your child check out wonder workship's dash. it has five age-appropriate apps from simple movement and sound commands to showing tweens the fundamentals of coding. i'm michael finney, 7 on your side. >> abc 7 news what is in san jose where roebtsed a valley
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fair mall entertained young customers. the mall was full of shoppers walking around with full bags. many people simply haven't had time to shop before this weekend. san jose base aid dope predicts a record $91 billion in sales for the 2016 holiday season. >> wow. >> still ahead here on abc 7 news at 5:00, you could call this a christmas tradition.
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coming up at 6:00, afternoon i-team investigation tracks down a military imposter who fooled the envelope. what he has to say tore himself. >> and the new rule which changes which children have to sit in rear-face car seats come january. and why it's not the stores that have the biggest lines at the mall just days before christmas. that's all coming up in half han hour hat "abc 7 news at 6:00." >> we'll see you then. what a difference a year makes. fresh and affordable crab is
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flying off the shelves in san francisco. >> abc 7 was at an internelly brothers where they were busy all day filling orders. crab is so plentiful this year that prices are only $so.49 a $are only $10.49 a pound >> finally tonight a different holiday crab tradition of sports is playing out right now halfway across the world on christmas high land. >> every year roughly 50 million red crabs migrate to sea to breed and release their eggs. this is time lapse footage of an incredible proses. >> christmas island is off the coast of western australia. the yearly ritual has been described as one of the wonders of the natural world. >> and it surely is. >> that's something else. >> 50 million of them. that's a lot. >> "world news tonight" with david muir is next. i'm ama daetz in for kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley.
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for all of us here, thanks and hope to see you at 6:00. as we come on the air, holiday travel at a standstill. long delays at some of the nation's busiest airports. the dangerous drive home. and the one-two winter weather punch still on the way. breaking right now, carrie fisher suffering a heart attack midflight. >> we have some passengers, nurses, assisting the passenger. unresponsive passenger. >> what we've just learned. the christmas terror alert. the new warning tonight. isis targeting american churches. the growing furor over donald trump's words on nuclear weapons. is the president-elect doubling down on reigniting an arms race? and the christmas letter he received from vladimir putin. why he calls it "very nice." and, still not done with your holiday shopping? don't worry. even the biggest procrastinators


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