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looked like there was nowhere to go until we saw them run away. >> animal control officers carrying them to safety one by one. >> i'm eric thomas in for dan ashley. >> i'm kristen sze. >> we sent out a push alert at 1:19 on our abc7 news app about the fire. lonnie rivera joins us now. do investigators have any idea what caused this fire? >> reporter: yes, eric and kristen. they believe it is tied to that transformer explosion, but they're not really sure why it ignited after that. neighbors heard a pop, and then they saw flames out of their window. but many were concerned about some goats that live just on that hillside there. and you'll see why they're so worried. in some video you'll only see on abc7 news. fire crews battled this grass fire from several angles surrounding this milpitas
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hillside. the grassy land is hope for about 20 goats. when the brush fire started, sky 7 was above. you could see the animals trapped between the flames and the fence, backed into a corner. >> before the sploepexplosion y could hear like electricity. and after that the fire started. it caught the whole hill on fire which was all the goats there. and the goats were running like crazy. >> reporter: just around noon fire emergency crews and animal control responded after a report of a transformer explosion. the fire ignited following the blast. it threatened one home and vehicles. but many anxious neighbors were concerned about these little guys, about 20 goats live here and graze on the land. they do their part to reduce the fire risk. >> i was upsetting to me because there's homes right there and there's animals. i have a little one, too. >> reporter: amazingly all of the goats managed to survive. animal control officers transported three with minor injuries. three others are being
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evaluated. as for the hillside where they lived, a good portion is burned. >> we're mopping up some of the vegetation that's on the slope. we're currently estimating the effect to be six acres. >> reporter: the chief says the grass fire was a close call, a reminder we're at the beginning of what's expected to be a busy wildfire season. in milpitas, lonnie rivera, abc7 news. >> if you'd like to take another look at this dramatic video, we posted a longer version with the goats jumping through the flames to escape. check out the abc7 news app for that video. >> the richmond police department released video of a train accident a few weeks ago. the train hit a tractor-trailer stopped on tracks at the intersection. the driver tried to get out of the way but couldn't. they posted the video warning drivers to be careful. two weeks ago, amtrak told us it appeared the truck driver was trying to beat the train that was traveling between bakersfield and oakland.
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two other trains were stuck because of the crash. >> the city of oakland will pay out nearly $1 million to settle a claim involving several police officers caught in a sex scandal. the claim was filed by jasmine abuslin previously known, the 19-year-old former sex worker said she was exploited by the officers. four were charged having sex with a minor and giving her confidential information. she said she had sex with two dozen officers from various departments. she also has claims in richmond and in livermore. police say they've located the vehicle belonging to a person of interest in the search for a missing uber driver. they found the car at sfo. now both men who were friends are missing. abc7 news reporter melanie woodrow is live outside police headquarters with the very latest. melanie? >> reporter: eric, several updates today. investigators have now served additional search warrants, both here in san francisco as well as hayward. and that person of interest vehicle that was found at san francisco international airport
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is now being processed by csi. wife and mother kim was on her way to pickup her children when we spoke today. >> i'm dying inside really bad. i i don't want them to see that. i have to be strong for them. >> reporter: he has been missing since mother's day. the full-time uber driver's car was found stripped in the bay view. they are called 48-year-old bob tang a person of interest in his disappearance. kim says the two families have been friends more than five years. >> we cook together. we eat together like a family members. >> reporter: tuesday tang didn't show up for an interview with police. his family reported him missing yesterday. now police say they found tang's car at sfo. csi is processing it. >> that was the last person supposed to be, you know, my husband. so, where could he go? >> reporter: investigators say they received information tang fled the country possibly to cambodia. missing person posters for chai
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now hang on burrows street where tang was living. >> nice guy, family guy. >> before here, two boys in the hallway, things like that. but now at this moment, very quiet. >> reporter: it's not clear if tang's family is still around. despite their friendship, his wife says she has not spoken to tang's wife. >> i'm sure she probably crying every day, every night, you know, wondering where her husband is the same way i do. >> reporter: investigators have searched properties connected to tang including maple trade corporation in the bay view, just a couple of miles from where the vehicle was found stripped. today sfpd says it served additional search warrants in san francisco and hayward. in san francisco, melanie woodrow, abc7 news. >> there's a new twist in the case of an east bay fruit vendor who was photographed earlier this month as he was being detained by alameda county sheriff's deputy in san that picture touched off an outcry on social media the vendor was being racially profiled. today the sheriff's office say
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he may be a victim of human trafficking, forced to sell fruit against his will. and he was one of two vendors deputies detained that day. >> these interactions didn't go really that well. but looking at it from a different angle we're starting to think maybe it didn't go well because these people fear something, maybe they don't necessarily fear the police. >> the sheriff's office say they contacted the alameda county district attorney's office to see if there is a larger network of people being trafficked to the bay area to sell fruit. long shore men walked off the job at one of the four terminals at the port of oakland today after the discovery of a noose on the property. the second one in two weeks. walk out caused a huge back up of trucks. take a look driving to deliver and pickup containers at the port. many drivers sat for hours. no word about the shut down. the president of the long shore man's union issued a statement saying, quote, we reject in the strongest possible terms racism in all its forms. he added that the matter is being vigorously investigated.
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>> bart officials say they do not expect foul play after a body was found in a pedestrian tunnel at the may fair station in san leandro today. sky 7 was overhead earlier. the man is described as a transient. in an unrelated incident, transit police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman who road to the berkeley r station. lyanne is in the newsroom. the new police chief was sworn in today. lyanne? >> reporter: obviously the chief has read all these reports. after today to be allowed to step back to learn the lay of the land, if you will, he knows running that department will not be easy. he has fewer officers and one santa clara county comes online, he'll have to police five bay area counties. just last night, a woman was sexually battered on a bart train between the richmond and north berkeley stations. the unidentified man then fled. that's the latest incident the
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new bart police chief will begin investigating. the mob-type robberies that have occurred near the coliseum are now also on his radar. bart passengers say they are concerned about these types of crimes. >> we're down about 35 offer certificates. that's pretty significant for a force of less than 200. and riders say to me that they'd like to see visible presence of law enforcement, that there are incidents that come up, or just feeling safe. >> chief rojas says the community needs to be involved when fighting some of these crimes. >> it's about the prevention side of it and also the outreach with the families, members of the community that hopefully we can keep these youth from doing acts like that. >> reporter: he tells reporters his first order of business is getting to know his rank and file, improving the culture of the department, and looking into its resources. >> right now it's a time to hair anywheire for poli
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officers. we need to work smarter and leverage our resources. >> reporter: he listened as community members spoke at the bart board station today asking to change its use of force policy. one of those was oscar grant's uncle whose nephew was fatally shot by a bart officer. >> the significance today is the presentation of life. >> reporter: a citizens watch committee approved revisions to that policy. the bart board is now reviewing it. in san francisco, lyanne melendez, abc7 news. >> an unusual confrontation today on the side of a monterey county highway. sheriff's deputies drew their guns as they approached a man dressed like a clown, standing next to highway 101 near prune dale. the clown was holding a machete that was sustained red. it was prompting drivers to call 911. the man named larry toby of gilroy was not arrested because police concluded he had not threatened anybody.
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>> lake tahoe is drawing the wrong kind of attention. cleaning it up is a full-time job. we're there live. >> i'm abc7 news meteorologist sandhya patel. i'll let you know about changes coming for memorial day weekend straight ahead. >> the state will grab the cash unless you get there first. >> green tea for weight loss. 7 on your side's michael finney looks at whether it's safe.
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lake tahoe locals are fighting back against those who would desecrate their beautiful landscape. it's a war against graffiti that's increasingly popping up in places known for their natural beauty. abc7 news reporter laura anthony is live at lake tahoe right at san harbor on the nevada side. laura? >> reporter: hi, kristen. this is what lake tahoe is known for, this incredible beauty, but lately locals have been
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infuriated by the ugly blemishes left behind. they say by a handful of thoughtless visitors. in a place where it shouldn't be, there is blight, like here near donner summit terrain bow bridge an otherwise pristine overlook in all of its natural beauty. postcard perfect, except for this, rocks that have been here for centuries littered with graffiti. >> it's pretty saddening. i mean, i'm not big into desecrating our forest here. it's not a sight i want to see. >> reporter: some of it has popped up recently, while other tags have been here for more than a year. much to the dismay of nevada county sheriff sergeant dan saunders. >> don't do it because you're just ruining the experience for everybody else that comes to the area because they come for this beautiful view, like i said. the last thing they want to see is somebody's thoughts or expressions. >> some of it is -- they are drug tags, drug related tags.
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>> reporter: it's happening at the lake, too, and places like hidden beach on tahoe's remote shore. and south of the harbor. someone scribbled on the majestic rock out in the lake. part of the tahoe vandalism removal squad, a volunteer group started on facebook with a full mission to clean up graffiti like this. >> we are out here. we are going to clean it up and we're going to turn you in if we can. if you would tag your own house, tag your neighbor's house, tag your own car, then once you do that then we'll see if you come up here and tag where we live. this is the most beautiful place on earth. >> now, the vandalism removal squad is strictly volunteer. they're doing their best to try to keep up with this problem, but all of their supplies are donated. if anyone would like to help, the link to their facebook page is on our website,
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live at san harbor, laura anthony, abc7 news. >> laura, thank you very much. opponents of california's bullet train are headed back to court. they refiled a lawsuit challenging a new law that allows high speed rail money to be spent on the electrification of cal train. the efforts to block the lawsuit, it challenges legislation from last year. it allows high speed rail to be spent. >> a health system for california is one stem closer to reality tonight. but it remains a long shot. that's because of the cost, the so-called single payer system has a price of $400 billion. the state needs to come up with half of it with the federal government taking care of the rest. health care bill passed the appropriations committee today. members say the bill will redirect insurance company profits and administrative costs to patient care. >> through the cost savings we
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incur through single paler system by eliminating insurance companies that are the ones determining and actually contributing to the cost of care, we see a tremendous savings. >> insurance companies say the bill would up end the health care system. >> all right. if you're thinking about losing a little weight and thinking about using green tea to do it, there is a warning out there about these supplements. >> 7 on your side michael -- finney is here with that. >> green tea goes first. supplements are marketed for weight loss. here's the thing. there is little evidence to support those claims. in fact, the supplements could actually be dangerous. consumer reports health experts revealed the potential serious health risks from green tea supplements. you may have heard that green tea can be good for your heart, but don't confuse a cup of tea with green tea extract powder.
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some supplements containing the ingredient are promising weight loss and a healthier metabolism. but the experts of consumer rports have concerns. >> higher concentrations of green tea extract can be really dangerous because it can potentially cause serious liver damage, plus the herb itself has been found to alter the effectiveness of a long list of drugs including cernan at this depressants and clotting medication. >> it can elevate your heart rate and blood pressure. researchers suggest 10% of people who suffer acute liver failure from green tea extract may die as a result. consumer reports put green tea extract powder on its list of 15 supplement ingredients to avoid. >> manufacturers who make these supplements are not required to prove to federal regulators that their products are safe, that they're effective, or even that they're accurately labelled. so you have no idea what you're buying. >> studies have also found that even in high doses, green tea probably won't help you lose weight. >> it's true that green tea can
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raise your metabolic rate so you burn more calories but that's due to the caffeine and cat akins. >> most people can reap the health benefits of green tea with a couple of cups a day. i've told you for years how consumer reports has long advocated for measures that would improve supplement safety and give the fda greater authority to remove potentially harmful dietary supplements from the market place. for now check out its list of 15 supplement ingredients to avoid which include green tea extract powder, kava, cafr even powder and red yeast rice. we have a link to that entire list. go to, look for it under 7 on your side. >> all right, we should make a note of that. >> all right, yeah. michael, you were telling us about hidden money. here is a story for you, folks. yes, he used one of the state area toll bridges. there could be a hunk of money waiting for you.
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they are sitting on roughly 1 1/2 million dollars in refunds. that money is the result of uncashed checks and overpayments of fines. if you don't claim your share by july 11th, the authority gets it. people started receiving notifications last month. to find out if you have a refund, visit for a link. >> winter may be a distant memory here in the bay area, but not elsewhere. cal trans tweeted this picture of snow clean up in the sierra. that is bad news for ebb its pass on state route 4 and state route 108. neither will be open for memorial day weekend. the roads, though, should be open by the 4th of july. >> announcer: now your accuweather forecast with sandhya patel. >> not expecting any snow here or in the sierra for that matter, but certainly staying in this cool pattern. take a look at the forecast for ida b. wells high school in san francisco. the graduation forecast, if you are going, temperatures will be in the mid to upper 50s. so, definitely cool enough to wear -- you'll need to grab that jacket before you head to the graduation and congratulations
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to all of them. live doppler 7 right now showing you that we do have some cloud cover. it's been heavy in the north bay all day long, holding those temperatures in the low 60s in places like santa rosa, along the coast line, still seeing the clouds but not areas around the bay and many have cleerds. despite the clearing here's why it is not so warm. it is because of the dusty on-shore winds out of the southwest at sfo. 31 miles an hour. if you can feel that cool wind and clouds are still lingering, so you do see the view from our east bay hills camera. not much sun there. temperatures have fallen a few more degrees in many areas 61 in san francisco, right now the mid 60s from oakland to san jose, gilroy. here is a live picture from our kgo roof camera. you see trees swaying in the wind a little bit. so definitely a breezy one out there. low to mid 60s from santa rosa to fairfield. getting up to 70 in livermore. temperatures in the warm est spots have been in the low 70s. that's not too warm for me. emeryville camera showing you the view of the clouds stacked
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up on different layers. going with cloudy spotty morning drizzle, breezy and below average tomorrow. it is going to be warming up for your holiday weekend. here is the hour by hour forecast tonight at 7:00. cloud cover will be pretty stenson i. as we head into tomorrow morning. notice the pattern repeats we saw this morning which was extensive gray sky and our little bit of green showing up indicating some drizzle. for your morning commute continuing around 8:00 a.m., and clouds will start to peel back from the inland spots, but not completely. so, we'll go with a mix of sun and clouds like we thought today. tomorrow morning starting you off with some drizzly spots, a cool start upper 40s to the mid 50s. make sure you have that extra layer for the afternoon. hang onto the layer. breezy and staying on the cool side. below normal temperatures again, upper 50s to low 70s for your friday. and as you take a look at what's ahead for bottle rock, the weather actually looks quite plez abts. you don't want it to be too hot if you're going to napa. tomorrow morning clouds giving way to sun, 70s. saturday, sunday, mid to up
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upper 70s. a little bit warmer. you will certainly see brighter conditions as we head into sunday. now look at the temperature trend for livermore. the average high is 77 degrees. the next couple of days you're still going to be below normal as you start off your holiday weekend. but by sunday you're back up to where you need to be for this time of year and monday, tuesday, you spike above average in the 80s. temperatures will fall again as we head towards mid week. you can always download the accuweather app and keep track of the hour by hour forecast. help you plan your holiday weekend. here is a look at the accuweather seven-day forecast. tomorrow with the patchy morning drizzle. temperatures coming up slightly saturday, but you won't notice it until sunday. and me norrial day when we see the 80s inland upper 50s to low 60s coast side. temperatures really on tuesday about the same before we see a cool down mid week and it's really going to be a few degrees of cooling. i don't think we have much to complain about, eric and kristen. >> i'm good with this. >> perfect weather for eric to invite us all over for the barbecue.
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>> sure, why not. >> come on over. i won't be there, but come on over. >> there's reason to celebrate at stanford, how a home away from home set a world record. that's next. then at 5:30 on "world news tonight with david muir." >> coming up, president trump and the moment that goes viral appearing to push another leader out of the way. the congressman who throws a reporter to the ground. and severe weather tonight, thousands of flights canceled and delayed j
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a long way to remodel for the stanford ronald mcdonald house opened its doors today. this marks the first time the 44,000 square foot facility is open at the same time as another nearby center. the combined facilities allow for 123 families of children to live while they seek medical treatment in the stanford children's hospital. that makes it the largest ronald mcdonald house in the world. >> it is so exciting and incredible and just to know how many people pitched in with just
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generous contributions of time, talent and money and the whole community really wrapped their arms around this project. and you can really see it. >> the average length of stay at the stanford facility is 56 days. but some families can stay up to a year. >> we have some dramatic new images of jupiter to share with you that have taken even experienced nasa scientists by surprise. the june omission launched in 2011 and entered jupiter's orbit last year, photos from the first pass of jupiter's south pole show cyclones the size of our planet earth. the images and data collected challenge the view of gravitational forces and the planet's composition. >> the mystery house that just got a little more mysterious. that's next. >> but first we want to thank oakland grant for this picture. use the hashtag #abc7
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i'm alma daetz. coming up on abc7 news at 6:00, the homeless population is skyrocketing. tonight the number one reason these people say they are living on the streets. it's not drugs or mental health issues. also. >> after this training i really could do something to help save someone. >> a timely lesson local teens learn how to save lives in an emergency like the manchester terror attack. and it could be a recipe for disaster. huge clouds after a record setti setting winter, see how rangers are planning. that is up next on abc7 news at
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6:00. eric, kristen? >> thank you, alma. >> today the historic san jose home opened previously inaccessible rooms and spaces. these spaces were previously boarded off or deemed unsafe for public viewing. the first all-new tour of the house in over 20 years includes one of the witch's caps at the top of the house. >> it is just a bizarre space and i think it's something that really is going to be a favorite. >> for the first time visitors can now enter through the front door. there are also still remnants of the 1906 earthquake in the north wing of the house. the tour will only be available for a limited time. >> think it might be popular, renewed interest with the moving coming ut. >> ellen mere en, jason clark. jonathan bloom had the greatest job in the world interviewing them. >> "world news tonight with david muir" is coming up next. i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm eric thomas in for dan ashley. for sandhya patel, thank you for
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inviting us into your homes tonight. >> bye-bye. tonight, breaking news -- president trump on the world stage, once calling nato obsolete. what he told leaders about paying their fair share. and the moment that went viral. the president appearing to push another leader out of the way, now seen all over the world. also breaking -- president trump's son-in-law, jared kushner is now under fbi scrutiny in the russia investigation. also breaking -- the closely watched race for congress. the candidate who allegedly throws a reporter to the ground. >> i'm sick and tired of you guys. >> tonight, that candidate has now been charged, and voters are at the polls right now. severe weather at this hour. several tornadoes confirmed. thousands of flights delayed and cancelled just as we approach the memorial day weekend. the system moving up the east coast. the high school under fire. the student who killed himself after administrators questioned him about what might have been on his phone.


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