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i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. an 11-year-old wanted to talk about her dad, and the tragedy that took his life. >> today authorities identified ronny alvarado as he saved his 5-year-old daughter's life. investators say neither was wearing a life jacket. >> leslie brinkley joins us live from the newsroom with the latest. >> kristen and eric, the whole family was having a picnic whe the dad took his 5-year-old daughter on a kayak ride. they were not, as you said, wearing life vests. his other daughter, 11-year-old maria, watched it all happen from the shore. and she wanted to share with me her dad's heroism. >> they were going really fast and they made waves. when the waves hit, the side of
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the kayak flipped over and my dad quickly got my sister and held her up. he really tried to get her to safety first. he was like that. his head was in the water. he couldn't breathe. but he made sure she was safe. >> reporter: this is where it happened in the delta near three mile slew. the sacramento county sheriff's department said the dad handed the girl off to a jet skier who safely brought her to shore uninjured. meanwhile the dad submerged and never resurfaced. for hours, helicopters and boats equipped with side scan sonar searched the waterway. at 11:00 p.m. a dive team recovered the body of 40-year-old ronny alvarado, a construction worker from guatemala who leaves behind a wife and two daughters. the skrnlt county sheriff's department said it's the third drowning in the last two months in which the victim was not wearing a life vest. >> it breaks my heart.
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i couldn't imagine having a daughter, you know, child out there without a vest. it's just scary. it scares me. >> the family here in san francisco has set up a go-fund me page to raise money to bury the dad here in the bay area. you'll find a link on live in the newsroom, i'm leslie brinkley, abc 7 news. >> leslie, thank you. 300 people remain under orders to stay out of their homes because of flooding in the san joaquin valley. the king's river breached one levee. the water has surged in the past few days, after the recent heat wave really sped up the melting of the sierra snow pack. we'll have reports on the efforts to deal with the flooding. tioga pass, still plenty of snow in the sierra. will it be heating up again anytime soon. >> now the details. >> they will be seeing warmer
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weather later on this week. so let me show you the flood warning in effect for kings river until 2:00 p.m. thursday. obviously the levee breach is a concern and flooding is still a possibility. flood warning going for the central and parts of the southern sierra, which is why tioga pass is closed. highs on tuesday, you can see here, 60s, 70s, sequoia 67 degrees. on wednesday the temperatures vary. but thursday, warmer weather on tap, and that means there's going to be rapid runoff, the snow will be melting quickly. obviously there's still a concern, and that's why they have the flood warnings going for that area. i'll be back to let you know if our temperatures will follow a similar trend where we go warmer later on this week, coming right up. >> sounds good. sandia, thank you. california received a green light to change how water is moved from the delta to southern california. governor brown backed the $15 billion plan called california water fix.
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the u.s. fish and woildlife service ruled said it would not jeopardize endangered species like fish. >> they can be pulled into the pumping facilities or they can be killed. by definition, the water fix is helping to re-route that water away from those pumps, and we'll see a decrease in fish entrainment. >> the mega project still faces several more hurdles before any construction can begin. delta farmers oppose the plan because they fear it could hurt their water supply and their crops. investigators in the east bay are working to identify human remains found in a warehouse over the weekend. there's a possibility they could be that of missing san francisco uber driver chai of hayward. melanie woodrow is live at the san francisco hall of justice with more. melanie? >> reporter: well, eric, since those human remains were discovered this weekend, the case has been turned over from the special victims unit to the
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homicide division. today people who knew both the missing man and person of interest are being asked to stop by here to speak with investigators. u.s. trading company's owner said he contacted law enforcement saturday. something didn't smell right. san francisco police say they discovered bags of human remains inside the hayward warehouse. >> i just hope and pray that body parts doesn't belong to my husband. but if it is, he had something to do with it. >> reporter: he's been missing since mother's day. they named family friend tang a person of interest. they wanted to talk to him, but he took off, leaving his car at san francisco international airport. >> we believe that he is in cambodia. >> reporter: u.s. trading company's owner said tang worked at the warehouse where the remains were found, for 20 years. neighbors on burrows street say police were out here late last week interested in another
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vehicle. >> there's a police car parked behind the car as they were towing it away. it was a range rover. >> reporter: the neighborhood mailman noticed a similar vehicle saturday. >> light colored older model range rover with two occupants. >> reporter: the chais and tangs were good family friends, part of an extended network that liked to hike and dine together. friends within that network are being asked to speak with investigators. they shared this text message from an sfpd homicide detective today asking them to call him. >> sounds more and more suspicious for sure. >> reporter: both neighbors and friends say they can't imagine why tang would want to hurt chai. >> if he's the one, i definitely hope they can get him back. >> reporter: melanie woodrow, abc 7 news. update on a campaign to recall the santa clara county judge criticized for handing a lenient sentence to former swimmer brock turner. they're gathering signatures for next year's ballot.
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>> we're tired of seeing sex offenders and domestic abuse perpetrators not being held accountable. >> the group wants county voters to decide whether a judge should keep his job. they held a silent protest this morning as they filed paperwork at the registrar of voters. proponents must collect more than 58,000 signatures for the measure to qualify for the june 2018 ballot. persky was transferred to civil court at his own request last year. efforts to contact the judge for comment were unsuccessful. president trump's ban on refugees from six majority muslim nations got a partial reprieve today from the supreme court. a limited ban was granted until the fall. the news is disturbing to muslims here in the bay area. david louie is live at the airport with reaction. >> reporter: the high court trying to come up with a compromise that was not an outright ban. visitors seeking to come to the u.s., or asylum seekers now from
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six countries will have to come up with specific criteria. the president seems happy about this, but others are not. the muslim community has spent the last month reaffirming its faith. they find themselves trying to digest news that the supreme court is for now allowing a limited travel ban to take effect, until a full hearing can be held in october. the travel ban is expected to be effective in 72 hours to prevent the kind of chaos that impacted those already intransit when first implemented earlier this year. visitors from the countries must present claims of bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the u.s. who will review that and how it will be enforced are unclear. however, there is ccern the ban will create a backlash. >> i doeel that this ban is of great concern with regards to people who may have some predisposed prejudices. we may begin to see some ignorance, and i'm hoping that
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people will take the time to talk to us. >> reporter: a ban on refugees will be effective for 120 days. >> traditionally the u.s. has been an amazing safety for people persecuted in those countries. now i'm afraid those people won't be able to leave that persecution and get to a safe place. >> reporter: president trump calls the supreme court decision a victory for national security. but there could be consequences. >> we feel this will have some backlash on the muslims. and this should not happen. it's unfortunate that this happened. >> reporter: in milpitas, david louie, abc 7 news. new details on a fight that shut down san francisco's westfield mall. police say they made two arrests, one suspect is a teenager. the man faces charges of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. an officer suffered minor injuries during last night's brawl. this is cell phone video taken as police tried to break it up. they have not said what started that fight. they used to be the hottest
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tickets in town, but not anymore. the giants are a mess and that's taking a toll on the team and businesses. now see what's being added to the arsenal to help crack down on car pool lane cheaters. some americans are tired of tv the way it is now. "7 on your side's" michael fi
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the giants are 27-51 in last place, 24 1/2 games behind the rival dodgers who are red-hot. needless to say, giants tickets are no longer a hot item. abc 7 news reporter kate larson joins us live from at&t park with the impact on ticket sales.
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kate? >> reporter: eric, here they are. the cheapest tickets at the giants ticket office tonight, $9 for standing room. cheapest seats, $15. this comes with pros and cons. we wish our g-men were playing better. but families can afford more tickets. not so great for the businesses nearby. or the season ticket holders trying to sell their tickets. i just spoke to a season ticket holder, face value $120, he couldn't get rid of them. sold them at a discount of $75. clearly these tickets not as hot as they used to be. >> a base hit into right field. >> reporter: the hits keep on coming against the giants. the latest strike being ticket sales. which for some are a grand slam. >> they're dropping. it's going to be a lot easier to bring a family. >> reporter: john brought his family all the way from stockton to see tonight's game against the rockies. >> we'll come to more than one game. >> cheap as 15 when we looked. i wouldn't doubt they will go
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down closer to game time. >> reporter: even though they're technically sold out this week, the giants office confirming a softening of ticket prices because of the team's performance. on stub hub the cheapest seats this week, just six bucks. if you want to splurge, a seat behind home plate is $50 tonight. for kneeby businesses, it's a whole other ball game. >> it has affected our business a little bit. not drastically. but i mean, it would help if the giants could start playing a little bit better, that's for sure. >> reporter: the general manager across the street from the park, he says business is definitely slowed, especially during the week. >> like monday, for instance, tonight's game probably not as busy if the giants are doing a little bit better. >> reporter: a similar story at pete's tavern. their gm points out customer and fan loyalty are still strong. >> levels of enthusiasm haven't dropped at all. people are still faithful. it's been a rough year so far, but there's always a chance to
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turn it around. >> reporter: for now, giants fans keep on believing and hopefully will use the leftover ticket money to buy a beer across the street. at at&t park, kate larson, abc 7 news. the mood is a little different on the other side of the bay. the a's swept the white sox in a three-game series over the weekend thanks in large part to three players considered the stars of the future. matt olson, jacob brugman and franklin bareto hit their first career home runs in the same game. like the giants, the a's are in last place but there's a bit of optimism for fans of the green and gold. >> you've likely seen it driving on the freeway. there's a new effort to stop solo drivers from using car pool lanes. officials want to amend a bill to increase the cost of a diamond lanes sticker for electric and alternative fuel vehicles. the extra cash would be used to cover overtime for patrols to crack down on hov lane cheats. a metropolitan transportation commission study found about one in three car pool lane drivers
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really should not be there. voters overwhelmingly back paying higher sales taxes for number of riders cal train can carry. the extra charge would add one-eighth of a cent in san francisco, san mateo county. the tax would have to win by a two-thirds majority. right now cal tran carries 62,000 people per day. a big cleanup effort on interstate 80 is expected to continue late into the night. the davis street on and off ramps are not estimated to reopen until 1:00 in the morning. that's 15 hours after a big rig overturned this morning spilling thousands of gallons of sunflower oil. chp said several drivers stopped and pulled the driver to safety. he was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. the annual debate over the safety and sanity of fireworks sales has begun. there is zero tolerance for
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illegal fireworks in dublin, but one of only two in the east bay still allowing the sale of so-called safe and sane fireworks. 13 groups will open stands this wednesday. but in nearby contra costa county and most of the east bay most fireworks are banned. >> where the problem comes in, though, is if somebody purchases fireworks in one of those communities, and then brings them to our community. we have a great number of fires every year that are caused by both the legal and illegal fireworks. >> even in dub lin, they're not allowed every wrer. several dublin parks were designated fireworks zones. for those living in an apartment or condo where they cannot be used. tsa screening, could change tv as we know it. >> and a big development with takata. >> really amazing. the air bag company at the center of history's largest recall is filing for bankruptcy.
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today we're getting more information about what it all means. let's start with your car. will it be repaired? takata says it will stay afloat and will manufacture all the parts needed to finish the recall. takata owes somewhere between 10 and $50 billion and the company says that's simply too much for it to survive. americans buy most of their tv programming in bundles. but a new study shows that many don't want to do that anymore. cable and satellite providers have long offered packages of channels. but now according to a new study by tivo, americans say they want to buy their tv a la carte, that is one channel at a time. consumers are buying tv programming for hulu, netflix and other services and want their choices expanded. those with cable and satellite are growing, and cites two reasons. the high cost of pay tv. the preference to binge watch the programs they like.
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when going through tsa security this summer, i want you to keep a close eye on your belongings. the tsa agent in florida has been arrested for stealing from a woman while she was being patted down. the passenger noticed a bulge of bills in the agent's pocket. she checked her purse and found her money gone. anytime you lose sight of your belongings make sure nothing has been taken. that's a very odd circumstance. still, it can happen. >> okay. i'm just happy to hear that my kids aren't the only ones binge watching tv series. >> 14% this year. >> wow. >> thanks, michael. >> sure. your accuweather forecast with sandhya patel. winds gusting to 28 miles an hour. when the wind is coming off the cool ocean water, it keeps us from really warming up. that wind is also problematic if
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you have pollen allergies, trees and grasses are running high right now. weeds obviously not too much of a problem. they're low. but tomorrow's going to be a very similar day where the trees and grasses could be problematic. right now live doppler 7 showing you a few clouds off the coast. those clouds will be coming back in, as we head towards the overnight hours and into tomorrow morning. here's a live picture of nothing but blew skies. a great day for sailing from the south beach camera right now. the temperatures, 65 in san francisco, low 70s oakland. mountain view. 74 degrees in san jose. i asked on social media how people are liking this weather, and most people are enjoying the no extremes right here. you can see the breeze is definitely going out there. 74 in santa rosa. currently in the 70s from napa to concord and livermore. so we don't have to worry about the heat. from the sut ra tower camera, below average the next couple of
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days. warmer pattern beginning midweek. tomorrow morning as we start off the day, it will be a cloudy one. temperatures in the low to upper 50s. the hour-by-hour forecast for your tuesday shows you the cloud cover. tomorrow morning, temperatures in the 50s. lingering clouds at noon. right along the coastline. it will be breezy near the coast at 4:00 tomorrow. low 60s to low 80s. a lot like today. the sun goes down at 7:00, and those temperatures will fall. the hour-by-hour forecast, 7:00 tonight, the low clouds begin to fill back in along the coastline. then pushing over the bay and into some of our valleys by 5:00 a.m. so commute time, it will be gray. i wouldn't be surprised if there's a little mist and spotty drizzle between 5:00 and 7:00 a.m. some clouds will linger but it is not going to be a completely gray day around the bay. tuesday looks like this, low 80s for the warmest inland valleys.
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not too warm. in case you're spending part of your day in santa cruz like people are today, it is sunny right now. if you're going tomorrow, there will be some cloud cover around bodega bay and half moon bay. santa cruz, 70 degrees. there will be sunshine with extreme uv index. make sure you put the extra sunscreen on and make sure your kids are slathered with a heavy coat of sunscreen because you certainly will need it. you can always download the accuweather app to keep track of the temperatures hour by hour, and minute by minute. low 60s to low 80s tomorrow. nudging the temperatures up just a little bit as we head towards the end of the work week, with mid-80s, upper 50s to lower 60s coastside. the 90s for the weekend inlands. certainly could see drizzle the next couple of mornings. not out of the question, eric and kristen. >> even in the end of june. >> right. it's typical around this time of
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year. >> ahead at 5:00, taking on terror. the biggest names in social media answer the call from president trump. and european leaders. that's next. at 5:30, on "world news." the critical new numbers on the senate health care bill. how many americans could be left uninsured. also, the raging wildfires in the west. hundreds evacuating. and the midair scare. the pilot telling passengers to pray. next. hunting heartbeats, the break-through research done right here in the bay area that explains how sharks track their prey and what it could mean for you and me.
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the biggest names in social media are taking on calls to take on terror.
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facebook, google, and twitter is forming a working group to remove terrorist content from their platforms. the move comes on the heels of a recent visit to silicon valley by a trump administration officials, as well as last week's call for european leaders to really establish an industry forum and develop new technology and tools to improve the ought mattic detection and removal of extremist content. a popular san francisco play structure is still closed to the public days after it was torched of an arsonist causing upwards of $1 million in damage. it resembled a cme scene, caution tape and barricades keeping it off-limits to the public. the fire left huge holes in the plastic slides and burned the wooden supports. police increased patrols in the area but have not been able to identify a suspect. nintendos bring back the '90s.
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the entertainment system classic edition has the same look and feel as the original, but just much smaller. it features 21 built-in games, such as super mario world and never before released star fox 2. the mini console hits stores this september. the original came out in november 1990. i know you're wondering, eric, it's $79.99. >> i was so wondering that. thank you very much. >> you're welcome. when abc 7 news at 5:00 kointsd, it's one massive lobster. but put down the but
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coming up at 6:00, oakland needs to come up with last-minute plan to keep trash out of the bay. find out what's at stake if it fails to meet the deadline. only abc 7 news has the story of this lost tortoise, and the journey she's now on after showing up in someone's backyard today. all coming up on abc 7 news at 6:00. eric, kristen? finally tonight, it will be quite the dinner for someone. >> someone. this live 20-pound lobster was discovered in a checked suitcase at boston's logan international airport yesterday. a tsa official shared this lovely picture. >> look at the guns on that thing. it was traveling in a cooler and allowed to continue to its destination after an inspection.
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they said it's fairly common in new england, but check with your airline if you want to keep it in your carry-on. see you later. tonight, breaking news. this just in. the critical new numbers of the senate health care bill. how many americans could be left uninsured? and president trump declaring victory for his travel ban. the supreme court reinstating part of his executive order. raging wildfires in the west. nearly two dozen fires burning. homes in flames. hundreds of families evacuating. our reporter on the fire line. collision course. the new report. the captain of that massive cargo ship claiming the "uss fitzgerald" did not respond to warning signals moments before the deadly crash. and panic in the sky. the passenger plane violently shaking in midair. the possible engine damage


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