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good afternoon, everybody. happy new year. i'm larry beil. >> and i'm ama daetz. we are going to begin the day with the weather because it is cold and more rain is heading our way this week. this is a live look at mt. tam where you can see the trees swaying a little bit in the breeze. it's kind of hard to see with that little bit of cloud cover out there. >> it is cloudy out there. looks a little gloomy. people enjoying the day off at san francisco's pier 39. they're all bundled up dealing with the chilly weather and a little bit of rain. wasn't enough to keep the umbrellas out but that is going to change pretty soon. >> check this out, the snow came down pretty hard overnight in napa county. this is along highway 29 at the summit of mt. st. helena.
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let's head right to spencer christian for a look at our forecast. >> we've got snow levels down to about 2,000 feet. that will be the situation tonight overnight. right now on live doppler 7 we're looking at patches of mainly light rain but up in the north bay i it's a bit more widy scattered. it's heavier near hillsburg and eastern sonoma county, up around mt. st. helena area it's quite active there. let's take a look at our storm impact scale. a significant storm is on the way. it will hit us mainly tomorrow. we'll see windy conditions in the afternoon and evening. the commute will be a messy one. generally rainfall totals range from half an inch to 2 inches. starting at 6:00 this evening as we get later into the evening hours, we'll see more snow developing up in the higher elevations of northern sonoma county, parts of mendocino county, lake county and pockets of rain becoming more widespread across the entire region. by 5:00 tomorrow in the morning
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as the morning commute gets under way we'll see more widespread rainfall. generally light to moderate. by mid-afternoon we'll be getting pounded with lots of moderate to heavy rain as indicated by the yellows and oranges here and it's just going to be a mess going into the afternoon and evening commute. expect downpours, ponding on roads, winds gusting 20 to 40 miles an hour. as we look at the rainfall totals for the seven days ahead, santa rosa will get about 5.65 inches of rain we project over the next seven days, which is actually more than one-third of san jose's average annual rainfall. it's going to be wet. i'll have more details a little bit later. larry. >> to say the least. thank you, spencer. the wet, cold weather brought snow to some bay area peaks. this is video from mt. hamilton this morning. elissa harrington was at the south bay mountain where lots of people were out enjoying the snow. >> reporter: at first glance it might look like the sierra, but this is the bay area. snow fell on mt. hamilton in santa clara county overnight.
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>> beautiful. it's beautiful but cold. >> reporter: caltrans closed the road to the top. the lick observatory shut down for the day too. that didn't stop some people. >> i'm not used to it but i could hardly feel my hands. >> reporter: dming domingo sant his family came up any way. they took the opportunity to have a rare bay area snowball fight. >> we were supposed to go to lake tahoe but something happened, but we have like a lake tahoe here. >> i'm stoked on it, very excited. >> reporter: matt brooks works at the observatory. like many employees, he lives on the mountain. >> the snow started last night. i've got some guests here. we weren't really expecting it. woke up, looked outside and everything was covered in snow. >> reporter: the chilly change of weather a surprise for his friends visiting from arizona. >> we came to california not expecting snow, so my feet are wet and i'm pretty cold but this has been pretty cool. >> reporter: we've seen a mix of
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rain and snow flurries throughout the day. you can see it's sticking to the trees and to the ground turning this part of the bay area into a winter wonderland, a pretty special way for some families to start the new year. on mt. hamilton, elisa harrington, abc 7 news. >> chains are required in the sierra. these are the conditions along the highways up there, taking a look at that. several inches of snow have fallen. chains are required on interstate 80, highway 50. conditions are blustery and the highway patrol is reminding drivers to be extra cautious. >> to keep track of the snow and the rain where you live, download the abc 7 news app. you can see live doppler 7 and be sure you ep able the push alerts so you can get breaking news updates. the couple at the center of a kidnapping vallejo police once called a hoax took to social media to share what they continue to endure. >> in september matthew muller pleaded guilty to kidnapping
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denise huskins. denise and her boyfriend were preparing to deliver victim impact statements but now will have to wait a bit longer. melanie woodrow is in the newsroom with the latest. >> reporter: the sentencing has now been moved to march, two years after the kidnapping. despite the fact that he pleaded guilty and vallejo police apologized to denise and aaron in letters, the couple says they continue to be harassed. kidnapping victim denise huskins says in the new year, her past continues to haunt her. are you that horrible, lying woman who faked her own kidnapping, reads part of a stranger's message huskins posted to facebook. the message threatened physical violence and is too vulgar to show here in its entirety. vallejo police initially called the kidnapping a hoax. >> miss huskins has plundered valuable resources away from our community. >> reporter: but police got it wrong. in september, matthew muller pleaded guilty to huskins' kidnapping. after reading the stranger's
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message, huskins said she went into what she calls a ptsd episode of terror, writing all i did was survive and i was criminalized for it. we are trying to do the right thing and let the system do its job, but here we are starting our new year hoping for a more positive future but confronted positive futith hate and ignora. on his page, her boyfriend, aaron quinn, writes denise endured unimaginable horrors. nevertheless, she conducts herself with love and grace. she's my favorite person and unquestionably my hero. according to court documents, muller's sentencing was pushed back to march because he needed additional time to prepare. huskins and quinn will speak at muller's sentencing. in a letter recently submitted to the judge, a man who says he knew muller in the marine corps writes i have always felt that matthew muller was a round peg, struggling to fit into a square hole. melanie woodrow, abc 7 news. family and friends of a couple who disappeared after leaving for big sur before christmas are increasingly
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worried today. owe 85ia hannah gonzalez and brian fernandez were last seen in north hollywood. olivia's sister got a text message saying the couple was about two hours from big sur. three hours later both brian and olivia's phones were off. ten days later, there's still no word from them. flyers have been passed out asking for help in finding the two. a 19-year-old driver is facing felony dui charges after a deadly car crash in santa rosa. police say the teen was intoxicated when she plowed her car into a tree on mountain hawk drive near branch owl place around 11:00 last night. 18-year-old mi kala costeca who was in the front passenger seat died at the scene. the driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries an then placed under arrest. two people are in the hospital after their car crashed in vallejo today. this happened when the car exited from interstate 80 onto westbound highway 37 around 10:00 this morning. fire crews carefully removed the two people inside.
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both had suffered life-threatening injuries. the cause of the crash under investigation. the road appeared to be slick but it was not raining at the time of the accident. a 15-year-old north bay man is in jail after police say he shot another man in the chest with a flare gun. it happened during a fight at a sausalito laund romatlaundromat. brian hagan attacked the victim and then took off. officers found him nearby at a marina. the two know each other. the victim is expected to be okay. bail is set at $50,000. a dog in florida mauled three people and went on a rampage against police after the animal was dressed in a sweater that he apparently did not like. the pit bull mix named scar face, bit the 52-year-old woman who put the sweater on him. it then attacked her husband, who tried pulling the dog off of her. then the couple's 22-year-old son was attacked. he tried stabbing the dog in the head and the neck. police used a tranquilizer gun, a taser and bean bag gun on the
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dog before finally catching it. a lyft driver in southern california was viciously attacked over a parking space. a driver stopped at a gas station in santa ana friday so that her customer could make a purchase. a man yelled at her for the way she parked. the driver admits she parked crookedly. she apologized an moved her car but the man continued his threatening behavior. >> turned around and saw that he was backing up. i thought he may be backing up into my car because he was being so irrationale. >> why would i want to take you? >> are you videoing me? >> ow! >> she said the man punched out of one of her teeth. detectives are looking into the attack and have asked that gas station for their surveillance footage. a day off turned into a day of cleaning up as abc 7 news showed you yesterday. a main break sent water and gravel down a hill and into homes and businesses. 43 customers were affected. today restoration crews and homeowners were busy cleaning up
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and assessing the damage. east bay mud crews replaced ten feet of pipe and said corrosion or ground movement may be to blame for the water main break. coming up, the niners are officially searching for new top brass. >> i apologize for a 2-14 season. >> what owner jed york wants in a new head coach and general manager. plus the illness on the rise in colorado. it was likely caused by legalized pot. and the house hunters who have no interest in buying. they're breaking in and doing much more than just stealing. let's take a look at traffic at 4:10 on a monday afternoon. as you can see, a lot of people have the day off so pretty light in san francisco on the skyway. both directions looking really good at this hour.
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well, it's becoming an annual tradition for the 49ers. owner jed york is dropping off new year's pink slips. >> today york explained his reasons for firing gm, trent ball k baalke and chip kelly. wayne friedman is joining from levi's stadium where another rebuilding project has begun, wayne. >> reporter: happy new year to you. no surprises at all. jed york came out and said what everyone expected him to say. he did so with the appropriate humility. just call it another black monday in the nfl. at levi's stadium today, more waving of the 49ers flag. outfront we found a diehard like jaime jesus staying true to his
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2-14 team. >> today, tomorrow, whenever. >> reporter: inside we had jed york, whose family did own the team, explaining his reasons for firing trent baalke and chip kelly but not firing himself. >> i own this football team. you don't dismiss owners. >> reporter: what jed york said today sounded a lot like last year after he fired jim tomsula. >> this isn't acceptable to me. it's not. like our fans deserve better than this. >> reporter: and it sounded like the year before that after he fired jim harbaugh. >> i can't look backwards. we need to look forward and doing everything we can to get this team back. >> reporter: by instilling a winning culture, he said, by hiring a general manager and head coach on the same page. with pages from this year's playbooks in trash cans in the locker room, one can only wonder who he will hire and from where. >> everybody is [ bleep ] off. everybody is embarrassed. but, again, he's the boss.
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you don't question your boss, do you? >> i did like chip. i liked him a lot. i think he was a great coach. >> reporter: players learned about chip kelly's firing from a text last night. jed had a team meeting with them this morning. >> there's no questions from us, he's the boss. he informed us of what happened. we're rolling from here on. >> thank you. >> reporter: and rolling out, literally, until next year whatever that brings. >> do not stand in the middle of the street. >> reporter: from levi's stadium, wayne freedman, abc 7 news. oh, more changes, all right. so what's your take on all of this, larry? another new coach. >> year after year. you've got to go back a few years but the biggest mistake was jed york a few years ago believing that he and trent baalke were the master minds. they created the foundation for success with jim harbaugh. no. they thought they had given harbaugh the tools and he was
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the workman who took the talent and put it together. no! harbaugh was the guy with the secret sauce. he was the one with the magic. he was the guy that created the winning culture. they were riding piggyback on harbaugh, not the other way around. they still haven't figured it out. the niners have gotten worse every single day since jim harbaugh left the building. jim tomsula was an embarrassment. chip never had a chance. my concern going forward is that jed has shown he's not capable of hiring the right people. he does not know what to be looking for here. what the niners should be doing is hiring a veteran nfl name with credibility and have that person first select your general manager, then the coach. they said today they're not even sure what order they're going to hire in. again a mistake. jed's job should be writing checks and staying out of the way. that's it. instead, again, he said he's not sure whether the coach or the gm will be hired first. this is history repeating itself. it's just the same cycle over
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and over. maybe the niners do get lucky and find the right people. but when you're going on four head coaches in four years, that's a failure of ownership. that's at the very top. that's where the problem is. but as jed in one of his most honest moments said today, owners do not get dismissed. owners get to keep owning. so we'll see how it plays out. but this is not that desirable a job. this and buffalo are the two least desirable openings out of six presently in the nfl. so good luck. let's hope they get it right this time. meanwhile the raiders -- >> would you outline that and send it to the 49ers? >> listen, we've been saying the same thing for how many years already. they don't want to listen to me. i wasn't born into the family. you can watch the silver and black kick off wild card right here on abc 7. the raiders traveling to houston to take on the texans. that's saturday, 1:30 p.m. right here on abc 7. all right, checking on some other news, crab may soon be off the menu in the bay area as our
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fishermen's strike is affecting supply. abc 7 news was at pier 47 as fishermen gathered to discuss a work stoppage north of bodega bay. fishermen in san francisco and half moon bay have decided to stop crabbing as a sign of solidarity. antonelli's fish market have run out of crash and are cancelling orders. some doctors in colorado say the legalization of marijuana is leading to a rise of an uncommon illness. it's a syndrome called chs. emergency room doctors are seeing an increase which can be caused by consuming large amounts of marijuana. >> now we're seeing more people who are smoking marijuana heavily and we're seeing they're having this cyclic vomiting. we're huputting the two and two together and it's the marijuana use causing this nausea and vomiting. >> doctors say too much is not a good thing. marijuana advocates don't
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recommend large amounts but stand by what they say are the medical benefits of cannabis. well, los angeles is considering a ban on adults at city parks if they aren't accompanied by children. l.a. councilmember mitchell ferrell proposed the measure. critics say it's an overreach of government to make it illegal to be an adult in a public space. several bay area parks do require adults to have children present. spencer is back with a look at a very wet weekend. >> we may be required to have umbrellas present the rest of this week. it's going to be pouring sometimes. here's a live look at doppler 7 hd. we have pockets of right rain and showers scattered across the bay area and we'll see the rain become more widespread and less scattered as we get into the nighttime hours. check out this stun viewing from our sister tower camera looking out over san francisco. you can see the clouds getting lower, darker and thicker.
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it's currently right around 50 degrees, give or take a degree, in san francisco, oakland, mountain view, san jose, gilroy and half moon bay. this is the view from our east bay hills camera, looking at clouds getting thicker. it's 45 in santa rosa, napa 51, 50 in novato, 49 at fairfield, concord 52 and 47 at livermore. here's our exploratorium camera looking out over the bay and these are your forecast features. we'll see scattered showers with low snow levels tonight. snow levels down to about 2500 feet, maybe a little higher. heavy rain and wind are expected tomorrow and we'll see unsettled weather through the next seven days. that means likelihood of rain. here's the storm impact scale which indicates tomorrow's storm developing overnight will be a moderate storm producing moderate to heavy rainfall. looks like commuting is going to be challenginchallenging, espec late commute tomorrow. we expect half an inch to 2 inches of rainfall across the bay yar from this storm. here's the forecast animation.
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by 5:00 tomorrow morning as the morning commute begins, we'll see rain becoming a bit more widespread. generally light to moderate at that point. and then by midday we'll see the rain becoming much heavier, much more widespread. these areas of yellow and orange indicate pockets of moderate to heavy rainfall and that will be the pattern right on into the evening hours. so again the commute tomorrow evening will be a very challenging one. the rain continues into wednesday morning. probably less intense than tomorrow evening's rain but pretty widespread and pretty wet until at least midday wednesday before it starts to taper off a bit. it's going to be windy tomorrow, especially in the afternoon hours. look for gusts generally between 20 and 30 miles per hour. we'll see the winds taper off late tomorrow night. now, let's move ahead to rainfall estimates. by 11:00 tomorrow night we expect rainfall totals to range from about 0.7 down in san jose, over an inch in san francisco and the heavier higher totals up north. 2.33 at santa rosa, 2 inches in
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novato. in the sierra a winter weather advisory is in effect until 10:00 tomorrow morning. we expect 5 to 10 inches of snow. gusty over the ridges, chain restrictions likely. then we have a winter weather warning from 10:00 tomorrow morning until 4:00 thursday morning. whiteout conditions are likely over the ridges. winds gusting over 60 miles per hour. by 11:00 wednesday evening we expect 1 to 2 feet of snow generally, maybe more as the snow continues into thursday. overnight tonight look for low temperatures in the low to mid-40s for the most part and our rain chances over the next seven days nearly 100% for most of the period, except only 30% on thursday and about 50% on friday. speaking of friday, we'll skip ahead and show you a little more forecast animation. wet weather saturday and sunday all the way through the weekend. it could be even wetter than tomorrow's storm. so here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. a very wet seven days lie ahead. the only day we might have dry
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conditions is thursday, and even thursday we have a slight chance of rain. wednesday's storm ranks 1 on a storm impact scale. saturday and sunday rank 2 on a storm impact scale. it's going to be wet, there's no other way to put it. >> everybody going back to work tomorrow, brace yourself. >> that's true. >> thank you, spencer. well, coming up, how you can play along with the bachelor just in time for tonight's season premiere. ♪ >> did you happen to see mariah carey on new year's eve? that was bizarre. why her people are claimi with sleep number, there's an adjustment for that. tilt your tormentor and put those snores to sleep.
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reporter maggie ruly has the latest on what happened there. >> reporter: just one minute into her new year's eve performance, a sour note for mariah carey. with 11 million people watching at home, the pop princess is left stranded on stage as her backup dancers and her own backup vocal continue behind her. >> we didn't have a check of this song so we'll just say it went another one. >> reporter: she comes back for more and seems to start off strong. ♪ >> we saw mariah carey come out, drop the mike, but her vocals keep playing, is that unusual? >> it's critical from people that expected her to perform live but pretty much every singer has used backup recordings. >> reporter: carey's people
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blame dick clark productions of sabotaging it. but they call it defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd and said everything was working perfectly. the response from carey herself, she tweeted out a giff shruging it all off. >> this is just a blip. >> reporter: it might be just a blip in mariah carey's long career, but it certainly left its mark on 2016, racking up nearly 140,000 tweets before the ball dropped. >> it was strange. >> yeah. coming up on abc 7 news at 4:00 -- >> i also know things that other people don't know. >> president-elect donald trump promising to reveal new information on the election hacking. plus, the plans for president obama's farewell speech. and some minimum wage workers will be seeing a bigger check in the coming
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and here are the headlines or stories making headlines at 4:30. wet and cold weather brought snow to some of the bay area's highest peaks. here's what mt. hamilton looked like. caltrans closed the road to the observatory because there was too much snow and ice on the road. oakland raiders fans are remaining hopeful as they get
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ready to take on the houston texans in the playoffs. raider nation is optimistic despite matt mcgloin being injured yesterday. president-elect donald trump is back in new york after spending the holiday at his florida estate. this week mr. trump is promising to reveal new information on the election hacking. abc news reporter elizabeth hur is in new york with details. >> reporter: later this week trump is expected give that briefing from intelligence officials but trump is still skeptical claiming he knows a lot about hacking and there's more to the story. regarding allegations of russian hacking, president-elect donald trump offering this cryptic comment. >> i also know things that other people don't know and so they cannot be sure of this situation. >> what do you know that other people don't know? >> you'll find out on tuesday or wednesday. >> reporter: trump, still doubting whether russia interfered in the u.s. election,
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and his incoming white house press secretary sean spicer on "fox & friends" monday with this clarification. >> he is privy to information that nobody else is. but what i think what he is driving at is the fact that there doesn't seem to be conclusive evidence within the intelligence community. >> reporter: but 17 u.s. intelligence agencies concluded russia was behind the hacking and the top democrat on the house intelligence committee says the evidence is as good as it gets. >> if he's going to have any credibility as president, he needs to stop talking this way. >> reporter: trump's team unwavering, instead questioning the harshness of president obama's recent sanctions against russia, closing two diplomatic retreats and evicting dozens of russian diplomats. spicer now suggesting that was politically motivated, despite some fellow republicans saying the punishment doesn't go far enough. >> we will be working for much tougher sanctions against russia. >> reporter: now, all of this as we learned the russians may have
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also targeted the power grid in vermont. malware linked to russian hackers was found there, but right now there is no evidence that the hackers succeeded. live in new york, i'm elizabeth hur for abc 7 news. back to you. the russian hacking isn't the only topic on trump's mind. we understand it's been another busy day for him on twitter. >> reporter: this is true. trump has been weighing in on a range of topics, including the murder rate in chicago. he's still talking about the election also, tweeting that the media outlets said that he was going to lose and he did not and lastly, he also weighed in on reports that north korea was working on developing long-range missiles that could reach the u.s. and he tweeted it won't happen. so, yes, another busy day on twitter for trump. >> thank you, elizabeth. well, president obama will speak to the nation for the last time as president next week. the white house announced today the president will give his farewell address on january 10th.
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that's a week from tomorrow. the president won't deliver his address from the white house. instead he'll give it from his home city of chicago. that's also where his presidential library will be located. new details about the suspected shooter in the turkey nightclub massacre that killed at least 39 people. authorities say they have the man's fingerprints. they hope to have his identity soon. and that would help the manhunt to capture him. >> turkish police have released these new pictures of the suspect still on the loose, with isis calling him one of their soldiers. the terror group also claiming the attack was in response to turkish military operations against them in syria. the scene was a nightclub in istanbul, packed with 600 revelers ringing in the new year. and then at 1:15 a.m., security cameras show the man firing outside the club, then storming inside. the shooting lasted seven terrifying minutes. >> we heard something like a gun
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shooting. after three, four seconds -- >> reporter: authorities believe the suspect then changed his clothes to blend in with the crowd before getting away. >> all i can say is it's massive tragedy. this is very unfortunate. >> reporter: american tourist jacob raak among the dozens injured returning home to delaware this morning. he told reporters he survived the attack by playing dead. >> i was with nine people. seven of us were shot. >> he's lucky to get out of there. turkish police say right now they're questioning eight people in connection with the attack, but the gunman is not among them and their search for him is continuing. at least 60 inmates are dead after the bloodiest prison riot in brazil in years. public security officials are calling it a massacre. this was the scene outside the prison as family members of the inmates and guards tried to get
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information. reports say that two of the biggest crime gangs in brazil began fighting over control of several prisons. the brazil penal system is one of the most overcrowded and violent in the world. royal sources are trying to ease public concern in britain after queen elizabeth has not been seen in weeks. buckingham palace says the queen is still recovering from a heavy cold. she missed church on new year's day and christmas for the first time in many years. but her daughter, princess anne, says the 90-year-old monarch is feeling better. the last time the queen was seen in public was on december the 14th when she prerecorded her christmas message. the wait continues. new images today of the baby eaglet in florida. take a look at that. as we wait for the second of those eggs to hatch. and i'm michael finney. i'm still taking your questions on twitter. just post them with the hash tag
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this is by far my favorite story. harriet, the bald eagle, is still waiting two days after the first eaglet hatched, the second is still in its shell. let's take a live look at the camera above the nest. harriet has no idea that thousands of people are watching a live stream waiting to see her second little one come into the
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world. earlier today we saw harriet feeding e-9, her first eaglet born saturday morning. you can join in on eagle watch 2017 any time on our website, abc7news.com or on the free abc 7 news app. now for a weather watch 2017, the year is getting off to a wet start. here's live doppler 7. we have pockets of light rain scattered across the bay area but that rain will become a bit more widespread overnight. early tomorrow morning look for low temperatures in the low to mid-40s and it will be wet for the morning commute and get even wetter as we get later into the day tomorrow. here's our forecast animation starting at 5:00 a.m. by midday and certainly mid to late afternoon we'll have widespread areas of moderate to heavy rainfall. that pattern will continue until late tomorrow night. so we've got a lot of rain coming our way. tomorrow's storm ranks 2 on the storm impact scale and our rainfall chances over the next several days, 100% tomorrow and wednesday, down to only a 30% chance on thursday.
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that may be a dry day or mostly dry day. then chances of rain comes up to about 50% on friday going into friday evening. 100% pretty much over the weekend as more rain comes f then and a 60% chance next monday. friday, starting at 10:00 friday night, notice a wave of rain comes in saturday, continues through sunday so the weekend looks like it's going to be a washout and here is the accuweather seven-day forecast. tomorrow's storm ranks 2 on the storm impact scale. continuing to wednesday, ranking 1 on the impact scale. mainly dry thursday, although there's a slight chance of rain then. late friday we could get more rain with a system ranking 1 on the storm impact scale and saturday and sunday, both days rainy and windy, moderate storms. >> thanks, spencer. still ahead, with the new year comes an increase in minimum wage for some, but what does that mean for businesses? we'll have a look at the impact just ahead. i'm 7 on your side's michael finney. finney. thinking of switching cell phone
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a new year means a new minimum wage for many bay area cities and still more increases are on the way. amy hollyfield takes a look at
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the issue and the impact. >> reporter: even as the minimum wage goes up across the bay area, the debate over what to pay still rages on. there is support for those who will be making more money. >> it's absolutely necessary. we have so many of our staff that work at the health clinic that rely on us paying a salary to live. >> reporter: there's also concern for those who will be paying it. >> i also know it's hard for employers too. they have to pay rents and there's an issue on both sides. >> reporter: here's a look at the new minimum wages in 2017 across the bay area. san jose is now paying a minimum of $10.50 an hour. it's $12 in san leandro and san mateo, $12.55 in oakland. >> i really think that they're hurting small businesses. it's killing us. >> reporter: insurance company owner reuben rayna says everything is getting more expensive. this is going to force him to shut down one of his locations.
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>> i mean i'm happy for these people. everybody needs a break at the same time. but give the business owners a break too as well taxwise and so forth because we're just getting nailed on it. >> reporter: cities are trying to help business owners by gradually increasing the minimum wage. many cities, like san jose, will see another increase in july and another one next january. one bottom line everyone can agree on, life here is expensive. >> someone that makes a salary that's not minimum wage even, it's hard to live in the bay area. so yeah, the cost of living is so high. >> reporter: in san jose, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. in france a new law that took effect in the new year gives workers the right not to check their e-mails during off hours. this law applies to companies with 50 or more employees throughout the country. companies cannot punish workers if they ignore e-mail and other communications when they're off the clock. lawmakers say that law was implemented as a way for companies to respect their
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workers' work/life balance. it is time for ask finney. michael finney is here to answer questions sent to him. we start off with some great questions. our first comes from barbara from fremont. she asked our mail is delivered at random times, sometimes not until 8:00 p.m. sometimes it's difrd on sundays. is that overtime? we've also experienced mail theft. should this be our future expectation of the postal service? >> look, there's a lot going on at the postal service. the usps does deliver on sunday now. their high end, they have to compete with everyone else, google delivery and everybody else, so they're delivering on sundy now. as for the late delivery, you're probably getting that because everybody was scrambling during the holiday season in order to keep up. when it comes to theft of mail, this tends to happen street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood. when the bad guys figure out no one is around, they'll come through and rip you off. it's important that you report it to the local police who will
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then tell you to report it to the postal service. but police need to know so they're keeping an eye out for it. >> a viewer from daly city asks is it worth it to install a solar panel on our house? >> boy, that's a tough one. if you're talking solely about your carbon footprint, then yes, it is a great idea. if you're talking about saving money on your electricity in much of the bay area, you're going to need at least a ten-year horizon, unless you're somewhere like san francisco that is still offering some rebates. so you have to take a look at the rebates, take a look where your house is, what kind of shadowing you have. if you live out towards the delta, you're going to pay it off very quick. if you live somewhere that's kind of shady with trees, it's going to take more time. so it's really house by house. >> depends if you're going to be in that house for a long time. >> that's what you really need to look at. if you're going to be there ten years or more, go for it. kesie asks i just got out of i contract with my current cell
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phone provider. what should i do before signing a new one. >> go to our website and i've got some consumer report stuff that i'm going to post. the most important thing is to get your phone, whichever company you use, make sure it works at your home and also works at your work and in between. that's the most important thing. then you've got to take a look at do you want a contract or not want a contract. it gets very, very complicated. that's how come i've actually got some great websites posted. go to those. >> outside of these three questions, what do people do if they want to contact you? >> you know, that is a great question. you have great questions too. >> i have a lot of questions. >> not all good. >> give us a call monday through friday from 10:00 to 2:00, 415-954-8151 or reach me through my facebook page or abc7news.com. >> i have more questions than you have answers. thank you, michael. >> thank you, guys. well, the bachelor is back tonight and bigger than ever. for the first time abc and espn
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are teaming up to launch the bachelor fantasy league. the official fantasy game experience for the new season. it's available now on abc.com and the espn fantasy app. last year we told you about how he leagues work and the people who say reality tv is more than just a spectator sport. during the day, these women work together at an east bay health care business, but on this night, they're bonding over "the bachelor." >> a little trash talking. >> and they aren't just watching, they're playing along using an online game site called fantasy 4 reality. >> we're judging people's form, how do they go into the game, what kind of strategy they have. much like how we went into factacy football. >> i was secretly really excited to be a part of it. >> fantasy 4 reality is one of several websites offering bachelor fantasy leagues. >> here is where they have all the different points.
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>> each player drafts a team of bachelorettes and then gets points based on how they behave, good or bad. you get just ten points for kissing or crying, but lots more for juicier stuff like sneaking over to the bachelor's suite or being sent home early. >> i literally did not see that coming. >> fantasy 4 reality is run by a couple guys in chicago. first it was just for family an friends. then about a year and a half ago, the game caught fire. >> so when i first started, there was like 5, 10 people. now we're in the tens of thousands. >> the team also runs fantasy leagues for other reality shows, but "the bachelor" is by far the most popular. >> i think that the next couple years we'll see it grow dramatically. >> they end of each episode, matt enters all the points and the site automatically updates each person's score. >> you don't have to do a lot of the leg work. >> you have to watch and drink a little wine. >> and it's not just women
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choosing teams. >> the more we get to know her, the less we like her. >> this group is long-time friends who first played fantasy football. they have now been hooked on fantasy bachelor for the past six seasons. >> i think all of us can connect to love and dating and relationships. >> each player has his own theory on drafting a team. >> who's got a good personality, some heart there. >> you can have just a total train wreck of a person who is crazy and everybody hates, but gets a ton of points. >> generally based on who i find the most attractive. >> for some, it's a guilty pleasure. >> probably still haven't told my parents that i watch this. >> others embrace it. >> and you can learn more about the fantasy 4 reality website and the abc/espn fantasy league on abc7news.com and catch a whole new season of "the bachelor" starting at 8:00 p.m. right here on abc 7. keep your eye on two local
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bachelorettes, one from santa cruz and one from san francisco. for the 128th time, the rose bowl parade was held in pasadena, this time under double security. >> this float has won the most prestigious pride of the tournament of roses. >> aloha. look at these guys working it right there. the float from dole foods won the sweepstakes award. look at the dog. >> that's awesome. >> in the wave pool. that is cool. we had the parade for you earlier today on abc 7. marching bands combined with incredible floats with a marvelous display of music and art and surfing dogs. barriers were placed along sidewalks to prevent terrorist truck attacks like the one we saw in berlin. well, abc 7 news at 4:00 a surge in break-ins in the east bay but these homes aren't even occupied. why they're being targeted just ahead. coming up on abc 7 news at 5:00, the long walk of shame. why a passenger was arrested on
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a flight to san francisco. google gets serious about your car. find out their android aspirations. and texting in the cold doesn't have to be a pain. those
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or maybe, "mmmmmm mmhmm." but, with 20% of your daily fiber, its actually fiber one. so delicious, it should have another name. here is tonight's primetime lineup. at 8:00 it's "the bachelor" followed by a special "jimmy kimmel live," then stay with us for abc 7 news at 11:00. there's been a surge of burglaries in livermore, specifically targeting homes up for sale. >> wait until you hear what's being stolen. leslie brinkley looked into it. >> reporter: the burglars are specifically targeting homes for sale that have been staged, and there is no forced entry. in december, they hit nine homes just in livermore. >> it appears that they're using some sort of cutting tool to cut the lockbox and then they're defeating somehow the key vault to get the keys to the residence
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and enter the home. >> reporter: police say the burglars have taken things you might expect like electronics and televisions but have also targeted home decor, even taking picture frames off the walls. >> i heard one house, they actually slept in the house, left smoke butts, smotole televisions, appliances, things like that. >> reporter: this realtor knows four agents who experienced the break-ins. keep alarms activated even if the residents have moved out. police even suggest hiring a house sitter and scheduling viewings by appointment only. >> we've heard of agents in other areas reporting these kinds of incidents. i think it's critical that all homeowners have to be on guard for any kind of break-in or criminal activity. >> reporter: livermore police are now processing fingerprints to track down the suspects. i'm leslie brinkley, abc 7 news. thank you for joining us for abc 7 news at 4:00 today.
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i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. abc 7 news at 5:00 starts right now. oh, he immediately verbally almost basically threatened the other two passengers. >> this was a tirade at 30,000 feet. what prompted a midair clash that sent one man away in handcuffs and left other passengers furious. sitting idle on the bay. the fight for $3 that's putting the public in the middle and crab fishermen out of luck. plus -- >> why shouldn't you be dismissed? >> you don't dismiss owners. >> and so it went almost from the very moment that 49ers owner jed york walked up to the podium. and quarterback injuries. why the coach of the raiders says there could be an upside. well, you could say a man started his new year off on the wrong flight. video capturing an angry encounter and that man has been arrested. the flight to san francisco was
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forced to turn around. good evening, everybody, i'm larry beil in for dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz in for kristen sze. thank you for joining us. now four hours into that flight an unruly passenger threatened that his seatmates -- threatened his seatmates and dared the flight crew to turn the flight around and that flight crew did just that. we'll get more on this story in just a few moments but first we want to turn our attention to the weather. >> yes, and all those predictions about snow in the bay area this week. they were right on the money. highway 29 in napa county very slippery this morning. this video was shot along highway 29 at the summit of mount st. helena in napa county. santa clara county got its share of snow as well. abc 7 news was at mt. hamilton. it was cold and slushy there. the lake observatory was closed. caltrans also closed the road to the summit, but some people hiked up to the snow just to get a feel for it.

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