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people but t sentiment hasn't changed it. sergio quintana is live at san francisco international with a look at what's happening today. sergio. >> reporter: smaller crowds but they have been row placed by a pretty devoted group of people that have turned into a welcoming committee for international travelers arriving here at san francisco international. ♪ this land is your land ♪ this land is my land >> reporter: there are a few flights with family members aboard who may be affected by president donald trump's executive order. friday he banned travel to the u.s. for people from seven primarily muslim countries. over the weekend a federal judge temporarily struck down a portion of that executive order. people with green cards should be allowed through customs and border patrol checkpoints. aboard an afternoon flight from dubai, we talked to a family waiting for a woman who cut short a trip in iraq immediately
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after learning about the travel ban. iraq is one of the banned countries. >> we're afraid. we don't know the details of the order. >> her dad has cancer, and she went to meet him and she hasn't been there in so long. >> reporter: now, we did see some passengers aboard that flight quickly made it out of passport control and customs and they were reunited with their families pretty quickly as well, but other travelers have taken a little bit longer. i just got word from the family members of that woman traveling here from iraq, they tell me that she just walked out of customs a few minutes ago so they have had a very happy reunion. for those people who are taking a little bit longer, there is a legal clinic that has been set up downstairs in case anyone needs legal advice. of course there are more international flights that arrive daily here at san francisco international, so they're going to be here at
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least for several days to continue monitoring the situation. reporting live at san francisco international airport, i'm sergio quintana, abc 7 news. well, president trump signed that executive order friday. it affects immigration from seven countries, as we've said. iraq, iran, libya, somalia, sudan, syria and yemen for the next 90 days. the order includes a blanket ban on all refugees entering the country for 120 days. it also ends the syrian refugee program indefinitely. it also gives the leeway to prioritize refugee claims on the basis of religious persecution making it easier for christians and others in muslim countries to enter the united states. just moments ago the acting attorney general says she has ordered the justice department not to defend the order in court. sally yates was appointed by barack obama. she is serving pending the
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nomination of jeff sessions. president trump tweeted in defense of the executive order. if the ban were announced with a one-week notice, the bad would rush into our country during that week. a lot of bad dudes out there. >> there's been a lot of criticism about this executive order obviously, but there's also been a lot of support for the president's decision, even here in the bay area. carolyn tyler will take a closer look at that part of the story on abc 7 news at 5:00. turning now to a murder mystery solved. today a murder suspect made his first court appearance in the disappearance and death of a 70-year-old cupertino man, a man the suspect worked for. >> tommy shway was a school board member, and respected member of the community. he was last seen in sunnyvale. his body was found in a shallow grave in the town of rivers. >> kate lawson joins us live with the latest. kate. >> reporter: the man accused of murdering tommy shwe was here at
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the hall of justice for his first court appearance today. you'll see him in just a moment. investigators say the evidence against him is overwhelming, as he left a trail of clues from here in santa clara county all the way to the central valley. today christopher charles elebrot barely made his way into a san jose courtroom where he stood quietly in a doorway as he was arraigned on murder and the 38-year-old handyman is accused of abducting, straggling and burying a man that he worked for, tommy shwe. >> any loss of life is tragic but the strangulation and burial to an effort to evade the pursuit of justice is especially troubling. >> reporter: the sheriff's department says shwe, a well-known businessman from cupertino, was last seen at this 24-hour fitness in sunnyvale on january 17th. he never showed up for a work meeting at coldwell banker where he worked as a sales
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associating. his family reported him missing and shortly thereafter detectives discovered that elebrot tried to cash a forged $10,000 check belonging to shwe. >> on january 20th, 2017, the california highway patrol was notified of a white cargo van abandoned on a remote road in the mountains just outside three rivers, california. the van was registered to the suspect. >> detectives found shwe's cell phone near the van and bloody clothing inside, along with a receipt from home depot for a shovel. a few days later police arrested ellebracht after he threatened someone with a knife. they found shwe's wallet on him along with shwe's driver's license and credit card. coming up at 6:00, more on the
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investigative details as well as what the prosecutor believes ellebracht is going to do in court next month. we'll also hear from s shchhwe'. i'm kate larson, abc 7 news. opening statements began today in the trial of the man accused of kidnapping and killing sierra lamar. he has pleaded not guilty to the murder and disappearance of sierra in 2012. her body has never been found. this is video of a previous court appearance. the jury was finally seated today. it is made up of six men and six women. there are seven alternates. if convicted, garcia torres could face the death penalty. david louie will have a live update from court on abc 7 news coming up at 5:00. well, this week is off to a lovely start. it's been mostly sunny and mild today, as you can see on live doppler 7. we have a few high clouds around but this mild pattern may not last all week long. in fact i'm pretty sure it
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won't. this is the view from our rooftop camera looking at mainly blue skies with a few wispy cirrus clouds around. 60 san francisco, 64 oakland, 61 mb mountain view. this is looking westward from emeryville. it is 62 in santa a, napa 61, 59 at novato, 61 at fairfield and concord and 58 in livermore. our next storm will be coming in on wednesday of this week. it ranks 1 on the storm impact scale and will beg with light scattered showers wednesday evening, breezy at times. minor flooding concerns may accompany this storm. notice as we look at the chances of rain, that storm will intensify to a 2 on the storm impact scale on thursday with more rain likely on friday and possibly showers lingering into saturday. i'll have a closer look at the seven-day forecast coming up. dan and ama. >> thank you, spencer. the city of hollister isn't wasting any time getting ready for the next round of rain. check out this tweet from police
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this morning. dozens and dozens of sandbags stacked on pallets and ready to go. the town southeast of gilroy saw record flooding two and a half weeks ago after a levee from a nearby creek broke. you can keep track of the new storm moving into the bay area with live doppler 7 on the abc 7 news app. enable push alerts to get advisories sent right to your phone or tablet. a berkeley couple's mysterious death is still exactly that, a mystery. that word from investigators despite efforts and reports on a cause. valerie and roger morash and their two cats were found dead one week ago inside their home. a report erroneously blamed the deaths on carbon monoxide from a 3-d printer. police are still waiting on the coroner's report. it should be released in about a week. we now know the identity of a man that was the focus of a massive manhunt after a bank robbery. cruz vargas was captured on
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friday. he faces charges for a robbery at the bank of america in scots valley last thursday. sky 7 was above as vargas ran through a construction site trying to evade police. they say the day before he exchanged gunfire with officers. a 31-hour manhunt ensued, which closed down highway 17 near redwood estates for several hours. the battle over shipping coal through oakland is heating up again. ♪ abc 7 news was there as opponents called on the developer to drop his lawsuit against the city. last july the council voted unanimously to ban exports of coal from oakland. tagami has the rights to develop a parcel of land at the former oakland army base. he sued the city in december to try to get the option to ship coal from that location. >> all of us need to be talking to people. this fight is not over yet, but we're not going away. >> tagami's lawyer tells abc 7
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news that due to the litigation over the project, they would not be discussing it with the media. after years of concern that apartment building on pacifica's crumbling cliff is finally gone. >> it's really hypnotic to watch. >> the demolition and what's next for this dwindling neighborhood. and more flights cancelled after a major computer glitch. what you need to know if you have a flight on delta. that morning cup of coffee is going high tech. meet the barista of the future. and let's take you outside on this sparkling monday. here's a live picture of the golden gate bridge. as you can see in both directions, easy, smooth sailing. stay with us. more to come.
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after years of worrying about the safety of residents living on a crumbling block in pacifica, the last building at 310 esplanade avenue was demolished today. >> lyanne melendez was there when it came down and tweeted the before and after image of the building demolition. she tells us what's next live from pacifica. >> reporter: well, as you can see behind me, they have made some serious progress. now, city officials are relieved and neighbors who live across the street now have an amazing view and the value of their properties has just gone up. with self phones in hand, it was a moment many in this pacifica neighborhood wanted to remember. the demolition of this 20-unit apartment building on esplanade avenue began early this morning. from sky 7 you can see how crews carefully dealt with the unstable structure and bluff to
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avoid any pieces falling below. >> it's really hypnotic to watch. i wish they could have done some things with the wood outside of just turning into toothpicks. >> reporter: the debris was loaded and hauled to a landfill in san jose. it was the last of three builds on esplanade that had started collapsing due to the continued bluff erosion. >> i moved here 45 years ago and there was a football field out behind each of these apartments. >> that means -- that means that much erosion. >> we've been worrying about this since last year, before that too. so we're just very happy that we're now again taking the build down, protecting the public safety. >> reporter: the city helped residents relocate earlier this year. taxpayers will have to foot the cost of the demolition, about $330,000. the owner of the property declared bankruptcy in 2015. hazmat crews had already removed the lead and asbestos from its interior, but the air quality
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was still being monitored for any dangerous particles. >> you know, those being on site, they're already taken away, but as a precaution, we added that as a precautionary measure. >> reporter: pacifica will now get an influx of federal grants to help shore up the bluff and secure the road. built in the 1960s, what was home to a few is now an open space with a view for all. in pacifica, lyanne melendez, abc 7 news. san francisco's bayview district is getting a splash of color. city crews began painting street poles along third street with % this red, black and green striping. the colors honor the bayview's african-american heritage. supervisor maliyah cohen wants it to be a unifying symbol in the area. today a civil rights icon born in the bay area was honored by the state of california and google. >> that's right. abc 7 news anchor kristen sze is here with how the tribute to
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this man was made. also a statement on what's happening in the u.s. today. >> that's right. this is today's google doodle. if you click on it, you learn all about the oakland native and high school grad who became a civil rights hero. now, he would have turned 98 today. at age 23 after the pearl harbor attacks, he defied president roosevelt's executive order that japanese americans report to interment camps. he was arrested, sent to a camp in utah where he stayed in a horse stall. they took his case to the supreme court and lost. he was interned for two years before the government closed the camps and we leased the detainees. in 1993 a federal judge overturned his conviction and in 1998 he was awarded the presidential medal of freedom. >> i think that he really would embrace the resistance movement that is happening now because he lived it and he knows how
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important it is to fight for these american ideals. >> governor brown issued this proclamation today including january 30th fred koremats uday. one of the last things korematsu said before he passed away, i'll never forget my government treating me like this, and i really hope that this will never happen to anybody else because of the way they look. if they look like the enemy of our country. dan and ama. >> kristen, thank you so much for that report. delta airlines cancelled dozens of flights today as it recovers from a technical glitch. at least 110 flights were cancelled. that follows the cancellation of 170 flights last night after delta's essential i.t. systems went down. they were restored a few hours later but there are still some lingering issues. people scheduled to fly yesterday and today can rebook flights for free until friday. coffee drinkers in san
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francisco might end up asking this question. do i need to tip a robotic barista? you're looking at a robotic arm that prepares and serves many varieties of coffee made to order. and coffee served by a robot costs less than java poured by a person, just under $3 a cup. cafex's founder explains how he came up with the idea. >> the idea came from spending a lot of time in line. so what people can get is basically specialty coffee but be able to get that very consistently and efficiently. you can order from an app or order from one of our ordering stations. >> cafex says if you order using its smartphone app your coffee will be ready when you walk into the store. now, that is efficient. you know what, you still need a person to give you an accurate weather forecast. >> right. and you don't need to tip him.
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especially on a day like this, right? it's like a spring preview. here's a look at live doppler 7. we have mostly sunny skies right now, although thin, high clouds are becoming a bit more prominent around the bay area. certainly a lovely late afternoon. check out this view from our east bay hills camera of our colorful western sky. a little sunlight reflecting off the calm bay waters. these are our forecast features. partly cloudy and dry again tomorrow. the wet pattern begins late wednesday and it will be rainy and windy on thursday as well. overnight we'll have partly cloudy skies. a little bit of the central valley fog will spill through the delta of the carquinez strait. low temperatures will drop into the mid-30s. we'll see upper 30s to 40s on the bay. tomorrow another relatively mild day. lots of sunshine tomorrow but clouds will be increasing in the north bay tomorrow so it will be a little cooler with high temperatures there in the low 60s. we'll see low to mid-60s elsewhere.
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now, wednesday is the day the first of our stormy wave of weather arrives. that storm on wednesday will rank 1 on the storm impact scale. we'll see mainly light scattered showers developing late in the day on wednesday. it will be breezy at times. there will be minor flooding concerns. here's the forecast animation beginning at noon wednesday at which point we'll see clouds increasing and areas of rain will develop by late afternoon and continue through the evening. they'll become more organized and intensify overnight. so by thursday morning we'll be ranking this storm 2 on the storm impact scale. there will be occasional downpours on thursday with strong gusty wind, over 30 miles per hour at times. notice how the rain becomes more widespread, becomes steadier and heavier thursday morning. so the morning commute thursday is likely to be a wet, slow and slippery one. i did mention wind, right? here's our forecast animation showing winds will gust into the mid-30-mile-per-hour range. point reyes, half moon bay, we
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expect 41-mile-per-hour gusts early. so it's going to be wet and windy. potential rainfall, we're looking at maybe an inch and a half to 2 inches across the north bay, down to the santa cruz mountains, a 10th to a half inch in the south bay. here is the accuweather seven-day forecast. another mild day tomorrow and dry, but wet weather will be with us wednesday through friday. there may even be a shower or two lingering into early saturday and then the sun begins to peek through over the weekend and we'll get milder, drier weather going into early next week. get ready for the rain, it's coming back. >> thanks, spencer. well, the rumors were out this weekend and now it's official. the new general manager for the 49ers has been announced. and an old is new again twist on buying beef. how you can get it straight from the source.
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a big night in hollywood including a big win for oakland native who won the screen actors
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dpi guild award for best support actor in "moonlight." >> several winners spoke against president trump's controversial order on refugees and immigration. >> here's abc news reporter kenneth moten. >> reporter: hollywood sounds off on president trump's immigration ban. >> everyone in airports that belong in my america. we love you and we welcome you. >> reporter: selects at the screen actors guild awards, one after the other -- >> my mother is an ordained minister. i'm a muslim. >> reporter: used their moment in the spotlight to bring politics center stage. >> and because i love this country, i am horrified by its blemishes. >> reporter: support rz of trump and his travel ban not impressed, posting tweets calling for a hollywood boycott. one tweeted actors don't live in the same world i do, so i couldn't care less about their political opinion. >> the truth is actors are activists no matter what because we embody the work and humanity of all people. >> reporter: political watchers point out the star-studded
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criticism only reinforces the white house message that trump stands for what he calls the real america. tim cook wrote the company would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do. executives of google, microsoft, uber and facebook also spoke out against the travel restrictions. the nba and ford also concerned. the automaker says the travel ban goes against the company's values. as for hollywood, it's likely we'll hear more political speech on the awards stage since the oscars are just a few weeks a y away. kenneth moten, abc news, los angeles. we're less than four weeks from oscar sunday. you can watch them live sunday february 26th at 4:00 p.m. jimmy kimmel is hosting for the first time. check out the abc 7 news app for a complete list of nominees. the 49ers made it official today. john lynch will be their new general manager. lynch played safety for 15 years in the nfl, making the pro bowl
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nine times. for the last eight years he's been covering games for fox. lynch is a stanford grad. he played for bill walsh. the niners are also expected to announce atlanta assistant kyle shanahan as head coach. it would put the team in a rare situation in the nfl, having a gm and head coach with no previous experience. super bowl opening night is about to get under way in houston. tonight is when the players meet the media. the new england patriots arrived for the big game this afternoon. bill belichick and tom brady are trying to become the first coach-quarterback combination to ever win five super bowls together. new england has played in a super bowl -- new england has played in a record nine super bowl games, seven in the belichick era. they should face a good test with the atlanta falcons. the falcons arrived in houston yesterday. quarterback matt ryan leads the league's number one ranked offense. this is just atlanta's second-ever super bowl appearance. on the defensive, reaction
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from the white house today. >> if we announced this a lot earlier, it would have given people plenty of time to flood into the country. >> the response after a weekend full of protests at airports across the country. the president rolls out a plan to help small businesses. the reason one in means two out when it comes to n
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and here are the stories making headlines at 4:30. a cupertino man has been charged with the murder of a former cupertino school board member. 38-year-old christopher ellebracht strangled tommy shwe and buried his body in a shallow grave. he worked as a handyman for shwe. the santa clara county sheriff says cruz vargas is the man behind last week's crime spree. he robbed a bank, led police on a chase, carjacked a woman at knife point and stole a law enforcement vehicle. sergio quintana tweeted this picture from sfo of families waiting for passengers traveling on an arab emirates flight. they're hoping loved ones won't be affected by president trump's executive order restricting immigration from seven predominantly muslim countries. the action has led to protests all over the world and criticism from both sides of the aisle.
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stephanie ramos is live in washington with more. stephanie. >> reporter: ama, some democrats and some republicans here in washington say this immigration ban was rushed and that it's just plain sloppy. president trump's immigration ban on visitors from predominantly muslim countries is sending shock waves across the world. protesters pouring into the streets from israel to london, demonstrations spanning several u.s. states. the order bans syrian refugees from entering the u.s. indefinitely and puts a 120-day stop on all other refugees. it also issues a 90-day ban on nearly all travelers from iran, iraq, libya, somalia, sudan and yemen, none of which were involved in a single major terror attack on u.s. soil, including 9/11. >> this isn't just unconstitutional, this is inhumane. >>reporter: lawsuits are being filed against the trump administration over this policy.
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bob ferguson, is the first to announce legal action. >> if successful, this would have the effect of invalidating the president's unlawful action nationwide. >> reporter: the council on american islamic relations also plans to sue the administration. >> we will not allow donald trump to change the tradition of america. >> reporter: the white house says they're trying to get ahead of a possible threat. >> we're not going to wait until we get attacked and figure out how to make sure it doesn't happen again. he's going to do everything in his power to stop every threat that we face in this country and every potential threat. >> reporter: some republicans and most democrats are not on board. >> holy moly, we're -- we're just making a lot of decisions in a very hasty manner. we need to slow it down, think it through. >> reporter: just a few minutes ago, congressional democrats wrapped up a rally in front of the supreme court in protest of trump's travel ban. democratic senator chuck schumer was there.
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he tearfully blasted the ban over the weekend and he said if americans keep pushing, there is a decent chance to repeal this executive order. the white house says the travel ban is working just fine. ama. >> stephanie, we just heard from the justice department about the executive order. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: so the acting attorney general, an obama appointee, she says that she will not defend trump's executive order on immigration because she is not convinced that it is lawful. so here we have the acting attorney general basically not following the president's order. she is telling the department of justice not to enforce it, not to defend it. so we'll just have to wait and see how long she remains in that post. ama. >> stephanie, thank you. former president barack obama weighed in today issuing his first statement since leaving the white house. his spokesman said, quote, president obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. the statement went on to say the president fundamentally
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disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion. a peninsula doctor found herself unexpectedly caught up in the drama of this weekend's airport protests. abc 7 news reporter jonathan bloom has her story. >> so i was home cooking dinner, and watching the news. >> reporter: but the doctor had no idea she was about to become part of the news when some iranian born women who were pregnant were brought to the hospital by federal agents, detained travelers requesting medical attention. >> i said i'm on my way because i knew they'd be comfortable with somebody who spoke their language. that's how i feel. how my mother would feel. >> reporter: the patients were green card holders, permanent residents. united states. >> coming home. this is their home. they live here. they have jobs here. they work here. >> reporter: one, a writer, was six months pregnant. >> she said yesterday i was in a beautiful hall getting awarded for my book and today i was
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treated like garbage in an airport. >> reporter: so the doctor made a decision. >> she was dehydrated and i went and told the security officers that she wasn't going to leave and that she needed to stay. >> reporter: she said she made them promise to let her husband stay with her, all medically necessary, she decided, given the alternative might have been another long flight overseas. >> it truly was not safe. putting a pregnant woman back and forth on a plane risks dehydration, it risks clots. this isn't small. >> reporter: hours later when a judge ruled green card holders were exempt from the executive orders, officers released the patients straight from the hospital. the doctor still remembers the looks on their faces. >> they're terrorized. this is terrorism. >> reporter: the hospital where airport patients are typically brought has not responded to our request for comment and the doctor makes clear she's not representing the hospital, her decisions and her views are strictly her own. and the president signed
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another executive order today designed to cut the number of regulations affecting small businesses in the country. the president signed the order during a meeting with a group of business people in the oval office. president trump described the order as a two out, one in approa approach. it will require government departments that request a government regulation to specify two others it will drop. president trump will reveal his kmois for the supreme court tomorrow afternoon in a nationally televised address. if confirmed by the senate, it would replace justice antonin scalia who died last year. former president obama nominated appeals court judge merrick garland but the republican majority prevented his nomination. quebec authorities have filed charges against the suspect in last night's shooting. investigators say he opened fire inside the quebec islamic
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cultural center during evening prayers. tonight reports are surfacing that he had previously made online remarks critical of feminists and foreigners and had expressed sympathies with the far right political party in france. today canada's prime minister called the act of terror an attack against all canadians. >> we will mourn this devastating attack and we will heal together, as one community, as one country, and as one family. >> a second man arrested after the shooting last night has been released. investigators are now calling him a witness. a veteran is being called a hero by some. you may have seen this video on social media. now the man who stopped protesters burning the flag is telling his side of the story. i'm michael finney. ask finney is just ahead. i'm taking your questions on twitter and facebook. just post them with the #askfinney and i'll answer them right here in just a couple of
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a fedex driver blooechbwho d a flag burning is downplaying what he did. he stopped a group of protesters from trying to set two american flags on fire in iowa city, iowa. he has been universally praised
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on social media since the video went viral, viewed more than 8 million times. but the army vet says he doesn't want the spotlight. >> you know, i don't feel like i deserve the praise. i never wanted it. it just -- it's humbling. >> he says since the incident people have been offering to buy his beers or something to eat but he'd rather have them donate to veterans charities. as for the protests, demonstrators were protesting against racial and social injustice, not against veterans. a wounded warrior hit the ski slopes using someone else's sight. sergio monzan was injured in a mortar blast a decade ago. he suffers from blurred and double vision and no depth perception but he skis like a pro thanks to achieve tahoe, an organization dedicated to getting people, disabled people out on the snow. an instructor concede ahead of sergio and fed him directions on a headset which allowed this wounded warrior to get back on the slopes again.
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we'll start with live doppler 7 showing mostly clear skies over the bay area right now. we'll have another mild day tomorrow with highs ranging from low to mid-60s for the most part. now let's look ahead to our chances of rain the next seven days. 50% chance on wednesday, as we expect some afternoon and evening rainfall. a storm ranking 1 on the impact scale. that storm intensifies on thursday and gets elevated to 2 on the storm impact scale. 100% chance of rain on thursday and friday. the storm weakens a bit on friday and as we get into the weekend our chances of rain will diminish. meanwhile snow will fall in the sierra and a winter storm watch will be in effect from wednesday evening through friday evening. we expect 4 to 8 inches of snow at the 5,000 foot level. 2 to 4 feet over the passes. so mild and dry tomorrow, rainy and windy on thursday and friday. the sun peeks through and
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former president george h.w. bush is out of the hospital. the 92-year-old ex-president was released from houston methodist hospital today. he had been there more than two weeks receiving treatment for some time. a spokesman says the former president is thankful for the prayers and kind messages he received during his stay. barbara bush spent five days in the hospital for treatment of bronchitis. she was released a week ago. the white house is digging in its heels, insisting the executive order on immigration is not a religious ban, saying it's meant to keep the nation safe and all critical agencies were in the loop for its planning and implementation. karen travers has our inside the white house report. >> reporter: the white house is digging in its heels, insisting the executive order on
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immigration is not a religious ban, is meant to keep the nation safe, and all critical agencies were involved in its planning and implementation. those stories of chaos at airports, the white house says they're being blown out of proportion. those who were questioned or detained were merely inconvenienced. and if you predicted it would only take 11 days for former president obama to jump back into the political dialogue, you were right. a spokesman for mr. obama says he's heartened by the level of engagement over this issue and he, quote, fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion. one way for the white house to change the subject, drop a big news headline. that's exactly what president trump is going to do tuesday night when he announces his pick to fill the vacancy on the supreme court. karen travers, abc news, the white house. rock legend bruce springsteen condemned president trump's immigrant band during a concert today in australia.
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>> tonight we want to add our voices to the thousands of americans who are protesting at airports around our country. america is a nation of immigrants, and we find this anti-democratic and fundamentally unamerican. this is an immigrant song. >> springsteen's song "american land" honors the history of immigrants in america. he also sang the song "trapped" and dedicated it to those being detained. the american civil liberties union received more than $24 million in donations after the president signed the executive order on refugees. that's about six times as much money as it gets in online donations during the course of an entire year. the aclu works to preserve the rights and liberties of individuals. it plans to hire additional staff with this new level of donations. rather than bringing us together, social media could actually be driving us apart.
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researchers in italy mapped the spread of conspiracy theories and scientific information on social media. they say instead of sharing content that challenges their views, users tend to post linking that confirm their pre-existing beliefs, even if the information isn't true. researchers say to avoid sharing misinformation, do your own fact checking before posting the link. time now for ask finney. 7 on your side's michael finney here answering questions sent to him via facebook, twitter and e-mail. barbara from walnut creek asks this, how do low income families get a lower interest rate on their mortgage? >> making homes affordable and h.a.r.p. are the two government programs. if your credit score has gone up, you might be able to swing by your local bank or savings and loan or credit union and get a better deal. it's worth checking it out. go online to a place like e-loan as well, find out what you have coming to you. it's always a good thing to check this out every couple of years. even though rates have ticked up
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a little bit if you started out with a bad rate, you may be better. >> ru says i bought a can of white beans. the label on the can showed packed in usa, not made in usa. does that mean the beans come from another country? >> maybe, maybe not. the deal is the fda, the food and drug administration, says you have to have a country of origin. but that means where the food is, i love thisrd woul word, manufactured. that's where they put it into the can, the usa. it could be from anywhere. when it comes to fresh and frozen, they have to tell you where it's actually from. >> diane from hayward asks how do i get rid of my time share? i've not been able to use it once during my nearly three years of owning it. it's now paid for in full. advice? >> i'll tell you, it is really, really tough. i've got two places i want you to go right off the bat. first go to ebay and look up your time share. there's so many of them for sale
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there, believe me one like yours is there. find out what they're selling for and then potentially try to sell your time share there. another place to go, redweek.com. it is a marketplace and has a lot of good information about time shares as well. they charge you $59 or $159 i think it is, two different ways, and they do -- they help market and sell your red week or blue week, whatever it is for your time share on line but be very, very careful. there's a ton of guys that will try to take you for thousands of dollars. so be careful. if you want to get ahold of me, call my hotline. we're open weekdays 10:00 to 2:00, 415-954, 8151. i'm also available on facebook and abc7news.com. quite a few warriors fans are wearing cleveland cavaliers shirts today for good reason. abc 7 news was at st. anthony's in san francisco as volunteers gave away sports gear to people
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in need. the clothes were donated by teams from all over the country. there were oakland a's sweatshirts, memphis grizzlies shirts and, yes, even t-shirts with the cavaliers logo. >> this is a very savvy shorts group here. they have their favorite teams, but when all is said and done, the cavs shirt will be just as warm as a warriors shirt. >> the donation drive is spearheaded by andy dolich. the past four years he's been asking teams to donate out of date gear that went unsold. simple activities like web surfing, card games may help stave off mental decline. a study found a benefit from activities like computer use, crafts, chess or bridge and going to the movies, appeared to help prevent mild cognitive impairment. that condition involves problems with memory, thinking and attention that don't interfere much with daily life.
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>> a new take on an old school idea. the new spin ranchers are putting on buying beef, and it's a lot more than just picking out a tri-tip at the grocery store. kristen has a look at what's coming up at 5:00. thanks. coming up at 5:00, president trump's relationship with the tech industry. why he makes it even more contentious. turning the ordinary into a movement. how ordering a cup of coffee is quickly becoming a lesson in politics. and mankind's earliest ancestor revealed. what? you don't see the resemblance? these stories and moere when i join dan at 5:00.
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old school product. gabe yel carroll has the details. >> reporter: carrie richards is a fifth generation rancher who moved back to run the richards family ranch in may. >> and they moo. >> reporter: for generations the ranch has been selling its beef wholesale. but now richards is trying to bring the ranch's old school grass-fed beef to everyday consumers. >> you look at how beef is traditionally sold. it's big business. it's retail and it's lots of middlemen. >> reporter: through its website, it enables shoppers to buy shares of individual cows. >> what i like about crowd cow is each animal they sell for a ranch, they feature the ranch and explain how the coy is raised and they feature all the different aspects that makes that ranch unique. >> reporter: looking on the site now, four 16-ounce steaks sell
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for just over $100 which the company says rival prices at farmers markets and high-end stores. richards is working to become the first california ranch selling through crowd cow. as it expands its supply base from washington to california. >> a company like crowd cow would increase that retail capability for us. it would be a whole other stream of income for us. >> reporter: as for shoppers, it could be a new way to get your table even closer to the farm. >> what we're really doing is reinventing the way that you get your food from the ground up, as if -- i think in the way it would exist if the internet had been here 100 years ago. >> reporter: gabrielle carroll, abc 7 news. >> remember, you can get the latest news any time with the abc 7 news app. you can download it for free. just enable push alerts to be the first to know about breaking news where you live. that's going to do it for this edition of abc 7 news at 4:00. thank you for joining us.
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i'm ama daetz. abc 7 news at 5:00 starts now. this is it. no more delays for the family of sierra lamar. nearly five years after sierra disappeared, her family has a front row seat at the trial for the man accused of killing their daughter. plus protests at google. the issue uniting demonstrators here and across the country. as airports become center stage for protests against president trump's immigration ban, his supporters are cheering. abc 7 news hears what they have to say. >> kristen, i'm abc 7 news meteorologist sandhya patel. find out when the sun will fade and rain will arrive in the seven-day forecast coming up. no body but plenty of evidence. today the sierra lamar murder trial begins, giving the morgan hill family some answers to sierra's disappearance nearly five years ago. good evening, i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley. thanks for joining us. the trial is expected to take
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several months. sierra lamar was last seen march 16, 2012, on her way to a bus stop just north of morgan hill. her body has never been found, but prosecutors believe they have enough evidence, including dna, to convict the suspect, antonlin garcia torres. david louie was in court all day today. very interesting i'm sure. >> reporter: very much so and a very emotional day for the lamar family. you know, the prosecution went first today in this day of opening statements on both sides, but the prosecution is the only one that got its case presented so far today. it opened by showing the jury of six women and six men the last known photograph of then 15-year-old sierra lamar on the day that she disappeared back in march of 2012. that plus many other details had to be disturbing to the family, which has gone through a lengthy search by hundreds of volunteers to find sierra as well as that

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