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was it a hard place to get to? (laughs) it wasn't too bad. with the chase mobile app, jimmy chin can master depositing his hard earned checks in a snap. easy to use chase technology for whatever you're trying to master. good morning, bay area. let's get up and get going. >> and good morning. it is thursda, january 5. i'm reggie aqui. >> i'm natasha zouves. we have jessica castro here, good morning. alexis smith and mike nicco bringing us one dry day to enjoy. we're going to make the most of it. >> i'm not sure how to read your body language and tone with that one, but i'm thinking it's positive. i think friday for the most part is going to be dry also. so let's try to squeeze in too but then saturday, sunday, monday, you'll complete plooe forget about those dry days. highway 12, 116, all those areas
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affected. it is quiet this morning. temperatures mid 30s to mid 40s, upper 40s with increasing sunshine today. more on the big storm next. and also off to a great start on the roads, especially considering how busy things were yesterday. just one incident here. the morello onramp sounded like a tanker truck slid off the roadway, chp is saying, that's not true. but just a minor issue right now. we'll take a look at some fairly light drive times coming up next. the red tag department building in pacifica teetering on a crumbling cliff above the ocean is finally coming down. >> the city council decided to demolish it last night. amy hollyfield is live with what happens next. >> reporter: reggie, they say this building can collapse any minute now, you see it's got a protective fence in front of it and you see all fence. ocean view now blocked by this
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protective fence but now the city is ready to take it one step further. the cliff is eroding quickly, especially over the last several weeks. officials are worried pieces of this apartment building will fall into the ocean and contaminate it with lead and asbestos. the property owner is not going to pay for the demolition. he has declared bankruptcy so the city of pacifica has decided to do it. >> this is not simple for the city to do and in fact, if the implications of having it fall to the beach weren't so dire, in other words, the cost being so much higher, we would not be taking these action. >> reporter: this demolition will cost the city about $200,000. that will come out of the city's discretionary fund. the city council voted unanimous unanimously to do this. this will be the third apartment building here on esplanade to be demolished. the work could start as early as next week if the weather cooperates. live in pacifica, amy
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hollyfield, abc7 news. >> in santa cruz county, crews are working overtime to get roads in shape. the roads are not in good condition. crews are working to clear mud slides off of the road. they're also working with pg&e pg&e where trees have come down on to the power lines. a lot of residents are watching the san lorenzo river. you can see the drains feeding the river are almost full. there have been plenty of closures because of the flooding and gilroy, the creek overflow crowsing christmas hill park. north bay drivers were not slowing down a bit on todd road. take a look on highway 1 near valley ford, another driver made a typical mistake and you know the general rule, if you can't see the yellow line, you have to turn around. the woman got trapped there and was eventually carried to safety by a milk truck delivery man. boats cut loose from tuesday night's storm floundered on the roksz. most of the boats came from
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sausalito. >> if you're thinking about heading up to the sierra, make other plans. eastbound 80 is closed to certain big rigs. it was closed in both directions yesterday because of all the snow. trucks blocked most of the freeway until crews were able to tow them out. >> there was so many accidents. and a semi was always involved. boom, boom, boom. >> we're going to run our graders up there, clean out some spots in front of them, get them we can get our equipment moving again. that's the big egs thing. if we keep our equipment moving, the roads are going to be fine. >> if you are still deciding to go, chains are required on i-80 right now to the nevada state line. the approaching storm may force yosemite to close because of flooding. it caused extensive damage to roads and campgrounds in the late '90s. the damage was so bad it forced the park to close for go months while if repairs were made. officials will decide in the next day or two whether to shut down the park. they are concerned that intense rain will bring the river well
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above the flood level. and you can track the approaching storm with the abc7 news app. we have live doppler 7 there any time. make sure to enable push alerts to get weather advisories on your phone or tablet. this is breaking news coming in. an oil platform is on fire in the gulf of mexico right now, and the coast guard actually just rescued four people. those people actually jumped into the cold gulf waters to escape from the fire. it's all happening 80 miles south of grand isle, which is off the coast of louisiana. flames could reportedly be seen around 2:30 this morning. in the last few minutes, though, i have seen reports showing that they have a handle on it and it's almost out. i'll be watching for any images that come in from that area. no word if anyone else was on the platform although it does seem at this point that everyone is safe. back to you. >> thank you. coma police need your help
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finding a man who spat on a pregnant employee at a fast food restaurant. detectives shared this image on the man on facebook frozen from the surveillance video inside of the restaurant. witnesses say the trouble all started when the man complained about his order. you're now looking at the car that he drove away in. bay area police unions calling for the removal of a student painting depicting officers in a negative light. our media partner obtained a picture of the painting. this is said to portray social injustice. it actually won a congressional art competition last year. the painting is now hanging at the u.s. capitol but san jose, oakland, and san francisco police unions are now calling on house speaker paul ryan to remove it, saying the painting is disrespectful and that it could actually endanger thelize of officers. an escaped sex offender wanted in washington state is in custody this morning after making it all the way to the bay area. our media partner reports officers arrested 35-year-old
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george blare at a homeless camp near the north berkeley safeway on tuesday. they say that he escaped from a community custody program in spokane in october and had been on the run ever since. he failed to registe as a sex offender following a california conviction in the late '90s. he's being held without bail. the white house wants to speed up plans for california's controversial delta tunnels project. the administration is ordering federal officials to finish a preliminary environmental review of the $15 billion plan this month. it is a big step toward construction of the two tunnels that are intended to carry water from the san joaquin delta to the bay area. critics say diverting water would hurt fish and wildlife. supporters say the tunnel would boost the water supply for 25 million californians. all right, what we're dealing with, cool conditions and eventually gusty winds. let's talk about the cool conditions first. look at that, 41 in san ramon
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and black hawk, lafayette 42, just about everybody else, 44 to 46 degrees in our east bay inland neighborhoods chblt let's take a look at the rest of our neighborhoods. good morning to you. 45, same thing in san francisco, pacifica 43 but look how much cool erp. here's my concern. it's 33 degrees in santa rosa. got really thick fog which means a lot of moisture just hanging in the air ready to cling on to something and freeze if it gets down to 32. so alexis and i are going to keep an eye on the chances of black ice the next hour to hour and a half up around santa rosa. as far as temperatures, the sun will come out rather quickly this morning but will still be chilled. same thing tomorrow with increasing clouds and then look it gets much warmer saturday as the rain rolls in. now, our fastest winds are going to start saturday evening around 8:00, getting up to 40 miles per hour sunday morning and they'll hang in the 40 mirp range
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through about 3:00 sunday afternoon so that's going to be when we have our greatest chance of wind damage and power outages. good morning, mike. and we're off to a quiet start right now so enjoy it while it lasts, certainly a lot better conditions than yesterday and this cometing weekend. san mateo bridge, 24 hours ago we were soaked. but today, everything moving along just fine. and drive times are looking good too. westbound 580, starting to see some stop and go traffic. southbound 680, 17, and northbound 85, you're also in the green at 17 minutes. we have some changes today, some service changes for san francisco bay ferry. i will talk about those coming up next. who can forget this video of a police officer punching a woman in the face? coming up, what he did just hours before he was about to be fired. >> we have a lot of calls on the
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5:13, welcome back and look at this incredible video, this rescue on a frozen lake in washington state. two teenagers are now recovering after they fell through the ice there, and you can see two firefighters trying to get one of the boys.
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they do eventually pull him to safety using a rope. the other teen managed to get out of the lake on his own. the 15-year-olds were taken to the hospital for treatment. crews believe the boys spent about 28 minutes in that freezing water. and arizona police officer caught on camera punching a woman in the face resigned just hours before the department was going to fire him. cell phone video from november shows the altercation. you see it here in just a second. and there you go. the flag staff police department was going to fire the officer yesterday. he ended up calling in the morning and resigned before they got to it. the officer claims that he was defending himself, saying the woman kicked him first. she denies that claim. no charges have been filed yet as two investigations are now underway. the university of california plans to raise tuition for the first time in six years. under the proposal, tuition would increase by $282 and the student services fee would increase by 5$54.
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the university estimated that financial aid would cover the increases for about two-thirds increases for about two-thirds of the university's california residents. campuses a campuses are scrambling to pay for more class officers. you might be thinking about the safety of ski area chair lifts. >> reporter: in this morning's gma first look, it's the heart stopping video of a young boy dangling from a ski lift. >> hang in there, bud. >> reporter: look closely. his backpack is holding him up. workers at the sun dance mountain ski resort immediately stopping the ride to get the boy down. >> we just couldn't believe what we saw. we looked at each other and it was initial shock to witness something like that. >> reporter: within minutes, success. success. but it might have been
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>> we know your arms are hurting. >> reporter: another boy, 11 years oeltd, also got stuck the same way. the national ski area's association tells us riding a ski lift is even safer than riding an elevator and coming up at 7:00 a.m., we'll show you the dos and don'ts of staying safe. 5:16 now and with a big storm headed to the bay area this weekend, roofers are urging residents to check the roofs of their home. crews were at this home yesterday putting tarp on the roof. contractors say leaks are not always found in the roof. >> when you have a lot of wind, that can create a lot of different types of leaks. not all necessarily related to the roof. could be window leaks, could be siding and stucco leaks, chimney leaks, things of that nature. >> contractors are urging you not to delay when you see the first sign of a leak because once the big rain comes, it can
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be disastrous. and mike was saying yesterday that what we're expecting this weekend is going to be the strongest storms he's seen in many years. >> yeah, especially saturday night and into sunday. that's what we've got to be the most prepared. you might wake up, might not have power, you may wake up because an area near you is flooding so that's how serious sunday morning's going to be. what's serious this morning is the fog. the absolute inability to see at times from petaluma to santa rosa more than a quarter of a mile ahead of you, so please slow down there. plus, could get some black ice developing on bridges andover passes. templ temperatures getting close to freezing there. dryer air and sunshine this afternoon. let the umbrella have a break. cold is tonight, some frost in our deepest valleys. friday will be dry but heavy rain this weekend. here's a look at today's temperature. 50 at half moon bay to san jose at about 54, most of us right
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around 52 to 53. we'll be around 29 in danville and alamo, otherwise low to mid 30s inland. even frost around palo alto, redwood city. storm impact scale for saturday, moderate, showers becoming downpours. the winds picking up in the latter parts of the evening hours and then sunday, the storm will hit us with its hardest punch. it's going to be strong with that morning heavy rain, flooding concerns and wind damage in the morning as we could get up to 3 inches in our neighborhoods to even 5 and 6 inches in the mountains. my accuweather seven day forecast. a little bit of a break monday, another potent storm tuesday that will taper into wednesday. good morning. we're enjoying the calm weather for now. we do have that fog in the north bay so use caution there but overall it's a pretty quiet start here to the thursday morning commute. we do have a tanker stuck in the mud. that's not causing any big
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slowdowns. they may have to block a lane but emergency crews are on the scene and so far that's really a nonissue. issue are san francisco bay ferry this morning. mechanical the vallejo 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. trips will be replaced by bus service. return fripz from san francisco will be replaced by buses and the alleged/oakland 7:25 and 7:40 trips all out canceled this morning. this is due to those mechanical issues. we will take a look at our drive times coming up. the makers of a pillow that you probably seen advertised over and over again on television is now being accused of lying to its customers. the better business bureau has downgraded the rating of my pillow from an a minus to an f. you're looking at a you tube video. you probably recognize this. the bureau says a special two for one offer is really the regular price. my pillow says it's disappointed in the rating downgrade and would make changes later in the year. a spokesperson says that he is
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very sorry and called customer service the most important thing. the annual consumer electronics show officially opens today in las vegas. >> a lot of buzz about some of the advances in technology that are about to be unveiled. michael finney has a look. >> reporter: from appliances to automobiles, gadgets are learning to talk to each other and maybe even to you. >> amazon echo. >> reporter: the echo proved to be a popular gift this past holiday. amazon announced days before christmas that it had sold out. whirlpool will showcase a host of products that be be controlled through your smartphone. >> you get these things for the pure novelty of it. >> reporter: consumer reports says after the fun wears off, functionality takes over. the interconnectivity to the internet will make it easier for your appliances to get software updates, even a diagnostic to identify needed repairs. >> people will just sort of expect this of their appliances.
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>> reporter: cars are already beginning to talk to each other too. the new vehicle to vehicle or v to i, vehicle to infrastructure technology, is already here. audi has a system that does it right now. >> that's cars talking to each other, in other words, to avoid collisions, for instance, and provide warnings to the drivers. or talking to infrastructure like stoplights, for instance. the audi system allows you to see how much time is left before the light turns green. >> reporter: fleets of self-driving cars are already being tested in mountain view but consumer reports says, don't expect to see these in wide use outside of these test areas. he says more detailed mapping needs to be done. >> it's going to take a long time for the data about those roads to really become useful enough to these systems that you can expect to drive a self-driving car. michael says one drawback to all this connectivity is a loss of our privacy. he says pay attention to how the data is used after it's collected. coming up next, the seven things you need to know as you start your day.
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. it is 5:24. whether you're just joining us or heading out the door, here's seven things you need to know before you go. the first, it's going to be much quieter today and tomorrow but then yeah the other shoe drops and it's going to hit us pretty hard, 2 to 4 inches of rain this weekend. possibly 1 to 3 in the san jose area in the south bay and then 4 to 8 inches in the santa cruz mountains and about 3 to 6 inches in the north bay mountains. flooding, power outages, you bet they're coming. number two, people across the bay area will be taking advantage of today's dry weather to get ready f storms mike was just talking about. in the santa cruz mountains, they'll be preparing for mud slides, homeowners in other areas advised to prepare to hunker down. and number three, we are
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enjoying that calmer weather for now, anyway, we've got some pretty decent drive times, westbound 80, highway 4 to the maze, 17 minutes, another ten if you're continuing across the bay bridge, san francisco to sfo, that is also in the green at just t minutes. number four from the live desk, horrifying facebook live video has the nation talking. four people are in custody this morning after beating a special needs man while streaming the attack on social media. the victim was found by chicago police wandering the streets. he is hospitalized. number five, demolition crews in pacifica could begin knocking down this red tagged apartment building as early as monday. they are waiting for the weather to em prove. the cliff between 310 esplanade is in danger of collapsing into the ocean due to erosion. number six, today, president obama will get his first briefing on the report about russia's alleged role in cyber attacks during the election and elections dating back to 2008. president-elect donald trump will be briefed tomorrow.
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the unclassified version will be made public monday. number seven, one more interesting nugget to come out of ces in vegas. take a look, kingston coming out with what they're calling the world's biggest flash drive. it's 3 inches and can store up to 2 terra bytes of data, also about 160 hd movies if you wondering. no word on the cost of that. amazon is among the potential buyers for bankrupt retailer american apparel. a bankruptcy auction will determine the future of the company's manufacturing plant in los angeles. keeping jobs in the u.s. has become a hot button political issue since the presidential election, and the american apparel plant employs about 3500 people. the company has already told workers that they could be losing their jobs. we should know the outcome of the auction as soon as next week. the harlem globe trotters are coming back to town in two weeks and to mark the occasion, look at that. buckets blake went to the top of oracle yesterday and hit one that would even challenge steph curry. so for perspective, blake was
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i said that. mike, you're the guy that we need to hear from over the next few days because this is a real monster storm. >> it really is. in all seriousness, it's going to hit hardest saturday night into sunday morning, possibly what a lot of us are sleeping and right now we have issues left over from yesterday's storm, 1/2 mile believe visibility in petaluma. here's a look at your 12-hour day planner. dress warmer this morning but don't worry about getting wet other than a little drizzle near the coast and that's going to dissipate in the next couple hours. good morning. i have a new b.a.r.t. delay for you this morning. if you're going to be getting on at the rock ridge station and heading into pittsburg we've got about a ten-minute delay and that is due to an equipment problem on the tracks so this countercommute that's heading out further east instead of into the city, i don't think that's going to be a major issue but i will keep my eye on that. hearing about a couple new problems. westbound 580, if you're leaving tracy, i'll get to those coming
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up. work to prepare for this weekend's major soaking has to really happen now and that is especially true in the victsant cruz mountains. >> flooding could be a really problem there. matt keller is watching that for us this morning. >> reporter: good morning, natasha and reggie. when you live in the mountains, you need options, especially if you live right here on highway 9. i talked with one resident up here and she says she has three ways to get out of town here because oftentimes two of the ways are blocked. up here in the victsanta cruz mountains you're likely to see road hazards. crews are working overtime to fix problems. 11 roads have been impacted in the past month. most from the last storm. rodeo gulch road is down to one lane because the road is washed out and a new curve and stop signs mark a deep slipout on college drive. people who live up here in the mountains are used to this kind of stuff. it's not easy but they prepare the best they can. >> it's hard because when it's
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consistent, the trees kind of lose their ability to root and so that's when we see a lot of the slides and the trees going down, but you know, we'll buckle down and light a fire and bear through it. >> reporter: yeah, knuckle down, and of course it's not just the roads but the creeks and rivers that are especially dangerous. san lorenzo river could go over flood levels this weekend. public works crews say they'll have all hands on deck this weekend. reporting live in ben lomond, matt keller abc7 news. crews in pacifica are waiting for the weather to improve before they can knock down this apartment building that is on a crumbling seaside cliff. the city council gave the go-ahead last night to use city money to demolish the building before it collapses into the ocean. the cliff beneath 310 esplanade has been eroding quickly over the past several weeks. it's going to cost the city nearly $220,000 to level it. now, this is supposed to be the property owner's responsibility. that owner has declared
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bankruptcy. it will be the third apartment building on esplanade to be demolished because of erosion. all the rain has pushed the loch lomond reservoir in santa cruz to capacity. city officials provided the video and they say the reservoir began spilling yesterday morning. och lomond is the only drinking water reservoir for the city of santa cruz and it holds almost 3 billion gallons. city leaders say having the reservoir full certainly a good way to start the new year. if you want to track the weather where you live, you can definitely download the abc7 news app. you can look at live doppler 7 any time and make sure to enable push alerts so we can send you weather advisories right on your phone. developing news in concord, residence of an apartment complex hit by a fire are waking up without water and power. 20 adults and 10 children managed to escape the fire last night. four units were burned and some residents had to make a harrowing escape. >> we had two females who have been transported to the local hospital to get checked out for
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some minor injuries and that's because they went out the rear window. >> pg&e has a cut off gas and electricity to four other units. an incredible story, san francisco firefighters has to really use quick thinking and creative to pull off a rescue last night at a b.a.r.t. station. these are photos of the firefighters carrying a man up the stairs at the 24th street station. the man somehow got wedged between the platform and a train car, so we're talking about just inches of room there. firefighters actually used air bags to get the car off the man. >> it comes out as a flat pillow, it's a very large -- it's called -- they're called air bags but they're very large, 16 by 16 inches, and they can move 20,000 pounds. >> incredible. a witness tells abc7 news the man appeared to be drunk and stumbled in front of the car. the incident happened at 6:15 and that led to long delays for
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the evening commute. fewer people are taking caltrain between san francisco and santa clara county. a new report shows ridership is down for the first time in six years. the reason? well, officials tell kqed crowded trains during the morning and evening commutes are turning some people away. average weekday rider shin dropped nearly 2% in november. cal terra caltrain is trying to find ways to make the commute less stressful. 5:35 now. oakland's new police chief knows she has a big job in front of her, proving herself to the rank and file, also reforming the department. the selection of anne kirkpatrick was welcomed by the police union. she brings 34 years of law enforcement experience to oakland. she also has a history of leading reform efforts in chicago and spokane. leaders want to find a chief who could change the culture of the force. >> i don't consider it a mess. it's an opportunity.
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okay? and it's all about going forward. it's about going from good to great. >> kirkpatrick's contract still needs to be approved by still council. that's expected to be deal, though. she'll start next month and expects to live in oakland. the city of pittsburg has more fire protection this morning. abc7 news was there as firefighters moved back into station 87. the city closed it in 2013 after revenue from property taxes fell. home prices have rebounded and pittsburg now has enough money to reopen the fire house. fire mar shell tells us they dodged a bullet because there were no major kroefs during the station's closure. a san francisco lawmaker wants california to be relevant in the election process and is proposing to move up the presidential primary. assemblyman kevin mollen plans to introduce a bill that would move the primary from june to march. for all intents and purposes, the primary race was decided before california voters went to the polls.
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interestingly, this has been tried before. in 2008, lawmakers moved the primary to february but grew tired of the long political season but promptly moved it back. all right. no need for the umbrella but you definitely have a need for warmer clothing this morning. look at that. up to 18 degrees cooler, 11 san francisco, 9 in oakland, 9 in san jose to 11 in concord and livermore, fairfield at 10. 33 in santa rosa. watch out for the freezing fog, some black ice could be developing on bridges and overpasses. there's a lot of marriage moisture hanging in the air right now. san rafael the warm spot at 43. low to mid 40s just about every where else because we have cloud cover. here's a look at walnut creek where it's still a little cloudy right now but much drier than it
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was this time yesterday and that activity planner just went right by there but what it would have talked about are a nice commute, compared to yesterday, if you're on the water, it's going to be calm. lot of sunshine, especially glaring off the water. if you wanted to get out and exercise, great day to do that. it's going to get a little bit drier. 101 and 80. still some residual moisture. temperatures much warmer saturday with that heavier rain. good morning. we've got a couple different shooiz for you to get around if you're leaving the central valley this morning. westbound 580, first things first we've got a new collision near grant line road, couple vehicles involved, that is blocking lane 3, does sound pretty minor but backing up on to the 205 merge. altamont pass, we've got a couple large potholes reported around north flynn road and a couple vehicles are off on the shoulder due to flat tires so really want to use some caution, those have been reported before, but apparently they are getting
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worse and cal transhas been called out. 42 minutes right now between tracy and dublin. and taking a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza, those metering lights on for about 10 minutes now. we'll take a look at a minor issue on highway 4 coming up next. a new restroom fight is starting all over again this morning. coming up, where transgender people could soon be banned from using the bathroom. >> i didn't realize how much further out i was. well, that man stranded in the sierra. he's from the bay area and he was forced to spend a night in the snow. he now has a warning for others. it's 5:39 as you get ready for the day, here's a live look outside. you can keep track on what's happening with the weather and traffic duri we live in a pick and choose world. choose. choose. choose. but at bedtime... ...why settle for this? enter sleep number and the lowest prices of the season. sleepiq technology tells you how well
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a quick update on a terrible story out of chicago. four people in custody after apparently beating a man and streaming it live on facebook, and facebook has now taken down that video. the victim is special needs and in the hospital and here's the update, police saying he is visibly traumatized. they are having difficulty talking to him. police say he was beaten, burned, and tortured inside the apartment. the attack could have lasted up to 48 hours before he was let go.
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the man was found wandering the streets and we know police are now in contact with the victim's family who had reported him missing. i'm tracking the story. we'll have much more coming up. thank you, jess. an experienced outdoorsman is warning everyone, including other hikers that they can really get into trouble when bad weather hits. he knows this firsthand. a search and rescue team found eric van wambeke tuesday morning. he faced major challenges after getting disoriented during a snowstorm in the hills of calaveras county on monday. he says he had enough tools to keep him alive and he reminds others to always be prepared. >> i had a compass with me. i mean, i had intended to have the stuff to start a fire. i had first aid kit. i had extra clothing. i was as prepared as really i could have been for just going out on a day hike, recognizing that having that stuff with you really makes a big difference. >> he says even if you're going for a short hike, you need to bring along emergency supplies. 5:43 now.
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two new states are considering controversial bathroom laws similar to the one in north carolina. lawmakers in texas plan to introduce a bill today to require transgender people to use the bathroom which matches the gender on their birth certificate. a similar bill was introduced in virginia yesterday. the north carolina bill has led to months of political fights among state lawmakers and huge economic losses after musicians, businesses, and the nba pulled business from the state. federal investigators are looking at the speed of a train that crashed in new york city. it hurt more than 100 people. this happened during yesterday's morning rush. they say the train did not stop. it smashed into the end of the track in brooklyn. the train went over the bumper that was supposed to stop it, causing it to derail. many passengers brought out on stretchers. the good news here, the injuries are at this point considered minor. the ntsb plans to interview the train's three member crew today. president obama today will receive his first briefing on the classified report detailing
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russia's alleged role in cyber attacks during the election. president-elect donald trump will receive his briefing tomorrow. he continues to say he doesn't believe the intelligence community's conclusion that russia is guilty of cyber attacks, citing fugitive wikileaks founder julian assange's statement that russia did not give his company any documents. the california state legislature just hired eric holder to prepare the state for legal battles with the trump administration. the former attorney general and his law firm will serve as outside counsel to the assembly and senate. potential issues include climate change, the environment, civil rights, immigration, and voting rights. holder's fee, not set yet. the state is going to make it public once it's known. happening today, the 49ers will interview two members o. green bay packers staff for the role of general manager. >> elliot wolf is the packers' director of football operations and brian gutekunst and the director of player personnel. each of them have been with green bay for more than a decade. yesterday, the niners
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interviewed anthony lynn. more scheduled for this week and next week to find a replacement for trent. connor cook set to start as quarterback this saturday for the raiders in their wild card match-up against the texans. his first action as a pro came when matt mcgloin got hurt in denver on sunday. raiders head coach jack del rio said cook performed well over the weekend. as for how the rookie quarterback is feeling? >> i'm embracing the opportunity, going to go out there and have fun, let it all hang out and honestly prepare my butt off, do what i've been doing all season long and just go out there and have fun with my teammates. >> the raiders hope to get mcgloin healthy enough to be cook's back-up this weekend. right now, that's all still up in the air. raider nation, you can watch your team kickoff wild card weekend here on abc7. live coverage starting at noon on saturday, kickoff is at 1:20 all on abc7. and abc7 news reporter wayne
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freedman will have reports live from houston on saturday. let's talk about the weather that is going to hit us over the next couple of days. today's kind of your break from it so enjoy that. >> yeah, little bit of a break today and tomorrow, especially during the afternoon. today and all the way through the afternoon tomorrow. hi, everybody. here's a look at live doppler 7. i have the radar and the satellite so the gray you see that's the cloud cover, notice how it's clearing out across the north bay, that's why fog is forming there and temperatures are cooler. 30s up there. here's a look at the east bay hills camera and you can see how clean the air is. it will be dry this afternoon, give the umbrella a break, let it dry out, increasing sunshine, see if you can find those sunglasses, patchy frost tonight, coldest night this week, dry tomorrow but heavy rain and windy conditions this weekend. on the warm side, we've got san jose, santa cruz at 54. on the cool side, like port at
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48 and clover kale and half moon bay and the about 50 degrees. tonight, some 20s up in the north bay valleys, otherwise low to mid 30s inland so widespread, really thick frost. frost around palo alto, 32, everybody else in the 30s. two for saturday. showers becoming downpours in the afternoon hours, the ooechg hours, the winds will be fasters through sunday morning. sunday morning that we're going to vts heaviest rain and the greatest concern for flooding and winds damage. here's my accuweather seven day forecast. tuesday, moderate storm and wednesday, scattered showers also. hopefully everybody's ready for the weekend. lot of wet roads and weather ahead. we're going to enjoy it today while we don't have that. couple minor issues. westbound 580, we have a multicar crash sounds like that's in the clearing stages near grant line road and then be on the lookout for a couple
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pretty big potholes wups you get through altamont pass area that has caused some flat tires and that is in the two right lanes, two of them are pretty good size. morello onramp, trying to get a tanker truck that was stuck in the mud there. hasn't been a major issue. and also not going to be a major issue with b.a.r.t. this morning. problem on the track has been resolved so a ten-minute delay this the pittsburg bay point direction. we'll check on the bay bridge commute coming up. twitter is about to convert vine from a social media app to a camera app. try to follow this one. the announcement was posted on the company's frequently asked questions page. twitter had planned to shut down vine altogether. they announced that in october. like the original vine, this will allow users to capture six-second clips. the switch is set to take place january 17. do you understand what the difference is? >> i need to learn more about this. that's what i need. >> it's the same thing, right? >> i don't know. >> all right.
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a san francisco drone maker has developed the world's fastest production drone. this is cool. the draco drone can move at 75 miles per hour. this is not sped up. tech launch clocked the kopter at 1080 miles per hour. it can do 360 degree barrel rolls and it also shoots in hd video which is what you're looking at right here. cool and frightening for all the birds. >> i need to take a dramamine after watching this. new at 6:00, lego's teaching kids to code and ipads on stationary bikes for kids. technology is taking over the consumer electronic shows. also filled to capacity, a local animal shelter is suddenly flooded with pets who are looking for good homes. plus a unique find in the north bay, the safe police would like to return to its owner. we're going to quick break now but leave you with abc7 news now but leave you with abc7 news
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it's 5:53 now and in petaluma the call is out for the owner of this safe to come forward. a city worker found it abandoned in a field at the end of willow brook court around 10:00 a.m. yesterday. police think it may be belong to someone who is the victim of a burglary. officers tell us it appears someone pried open the top of the safe. macy's is closing 68 stores and cutting thousands of jobs as a part of a reorganization. the company released the list of stores yesterday. all bay area stores will remain open for now. in san francisco, the buildings that house the men's store at union square and the mace cease's at stonestown will be sold and leased back to the
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company. following disappointing holiday sales, roughly 10,000 jobs are going to be cut. the raiders not the only winning oakland team this year. >> that's right. the warriors won the division 5 a state football championship last month. now the school in oakland unified are ready to celebrate. they've scheduled a rally tomorrow beginning at 12:30 and after that, the players will parade by double decker bus through city streets back to their west oakland campus for another rally. a lot of celebrating. the state championship was the first ever for a football team from the oakland athletic league. and east bay animal shel is desperately looking for people to adopt after dozens of animals got dropped off. >> contra costa county animal services says 42 animals were dropped off on tuesday. the shelter is really close to capacity and it is unfortunately something that tends to happen this time of year. the shelter typically gets 20, maybe 30 pets a day. this week's storms, though, may
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have caused more animals to run away from home or to become lost. >> the best scenario would be for this to be a double run for that panel to be open through there and to have the dog be able to really be able to walk back and forth but when we're overcrowded they have to be what we call half kennelled. >> the shelter currently houses about 400 animals and it's hoping to get the word out. today would be a good day to do this while it's still dry and the animals won't be getting wet as you take them outside. >> activity planner, good day to walk the dog, good day to exercise outside. here's look at our potential rainfall this weekend. 2 to 4 inches for most of us, 1 to 3 in santa clara valley. creek, stream, river flooding this weekend. downed trees and power outages. today, pretty quiet up in the mountains, just some snow showers but look at all the snow that is coming for the weekend. but look at how high those elevations are.
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that means there's going to be a lot of melting and flooding in the footed hills. i'll show you how much snow to expect in the sierra and how fast our winds are going to get coming up. overall, been a pretty quiet start to our commute, westbound 80 and emeryville area around powell street we briefly had a two car crash, very quick traffic break to clear that and we are back on the move. really no delays if you are coming through that stretch. once you get up to the bay bridge toll plaza you will see some delays so you are stop and go, metering lights on since 5:29 this morning and just a quick reminder a lot of those san francisco bay ferry trips to and from vallejo will be replaced by bus service due to a mechanical issue. also the alameda/oakland 7:25, 7:45 sailing is canceled today. heads up if you have a cat. jm smucker is recalling certainly lots of three different cat foods. michael finney first alerted us to this recall last night. the cat food contains low
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levelled of thiamine or vitamin b 1, something essential for cats. the affected cat foods are nine lives, special kitty and ever pet, deficiency of thiamine can lead to decreased appetite, salvation, weight loss. in extreme cases, it can lead to neurological damage. no illnesses connected to this recall have been reported. new at 6:00, we are all gearing up for a major storm this weekend. we're going look at why the state has not spent billions of dollars in bonds meant for flood control. investigators need your of horrible act. . president-elect donald trump will be riding high on inauguration day, but it's what inauguration day, but it's what onlookers are
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meteorologist mike nicco and traffic reporter alexis smith. this is the one day i decided i didn't need that rain jacket. i think that worked out. >> yeah. hang it up, let it dry. it's got another day tomorrow and then boom. hopefully you stay dry this weekend as the rain will come downsideways. hi, everybody, here's a look out live doppler 7, i've also overlayed our clouds on top of it. there's a little bit of drizzle in our hills and that's going to hang around through about 7:30 or 8:00. tower looking pretty quiet. temperatures in the mid 30s to mid 40s a lot of sunshine we'll still hang out in the upper 40s this afternoon. freezing fog, black ice possible. i'll show you that next also before we get to the big storm at about 6:15. good morning, mike. and yeah we're looking much dryer out there this morning, no issues for the san mateo bridge. westbound 92 moving along pretty well. quick check of our drive times. westbound 580, 46

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