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as some people think a settlement for a 2012 refinery fire isn't nearly big enough. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. chevron has just been ordered to pay $2 million for the incident in 2012. >> that fire in august of 2012 caused a lot of health issues, and a lot of anger at the company. >> it happened at the richmond plant and sent huge plumes of smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles. elissa harrington has more of the reaction. elissa? >> reporter: this settlement includes changes to the refinery that would cost in excess of $15 million. this is the largest penalty in settlement in cal ocean's history, but for a company that's worth billions of dollars, a lot of people say this is not enough. and they don't feel any safer. this is the scene the bay area never wants to see again. august 2012, a pipe ruptured at the chevron refinery in richmond
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causing a fire, sending toxic black smoke into the air. now cal oh sha, the division that protects workers, reached a settlement to improve both safety and training practices. >> you had 19 workers that, you know, that were exposed. to hazardous conditions. you had 15,000 people in the community go to the hospital. >> reporter: osha's statewide manager for safety management said they initially issued 19 workplace violations. chevron appealed. although they did have to withdraw some of those violations, he said this settlement goes above and beyond. chevron must replace all carbon steel piping, better monitor equipment and provide more thorough training. the company was also fined more than $1 million. jeffrey ritterman used to be on the city council. he feels this settlement is just a slap on the wrist. >> i guess what's nice about the settlement is we're always happy when regulatory agencies are out there protecting the community. i guess what's disappointing is
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they really don't have to put up much money. >> the pipe replacement which is what the city council really wanted, and monitoring, those are above and beyond the regulation. i can't enforce any other refinery to do those two things right now. but we're able to force chevron. >> reporter: chevron released a statement that said in part, as included in the agreement we will continue to make improvements to our facility, consistent with our ongoing efforts to protect our employees and the community. elissa harrington, abc 7 news. a 69-year-old woman died in a crash along niles canyon road in fremont this afternoon. sky 7 flew over the accident near the railroad trestle. the car hit an embankment, veered 50 feet off the road and crashed. they're investigating the cause. chp said both directions between mission boulevard and fremont and main street will be closed until 6:00 tonight, about an hour from now.
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a woman pushing a 2-year-old in a stroller was hit by a car this morning at d and fourth. it appears both the woman and child were in the crosswalk when they were struck. the driver is cooperating with police. a woman in burlingame has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a man that she lived with. this mugshot of the suspect in the case, mia smith, is just in the newsroom. the stabbing happened on saturday night on myrtle road. melanie woodrow has the story. >> reporter: well, this couple had been together for a few years. the victim had just begun a new job, just a few moments ago a couple of his co-workers stopped by, and they along with everyone they've talked to today said that they are shocked. there's a coroner seal on the door. burlingame police say saturday night just before 10:00 they received a call for an
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unresponsive mail. >> it was obvious he had sustained stab wounds. >> reporter: first responders pronounced the victim dead at the scene. smith has been at the jail on homicide charges. smith worked at union bank where co-workers declined to work on camera. the couple was known by employees at sunrise market as well as this independent car dealership. a man who works here said mia and ed were engaged at one point. also, that he just stopped to talk to ed who was with his grandson saturday afternoon. he was shocked to hear police arrested smith. she'll be arraigned tuesday afternoon. in burlingame, melanie woodrow, abc 7 news. police arrested a man after an early morning shooting at the santana row complex. residents reported gunshots from inside one of the units at the apartments. police say one bullet apparently passed through the wall from one unit to the other. police made contact with two men inside. officers detained them and made an arrest.
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no one was hurt in the shooting. the abc 7 news i-team has uncovered new information on the terror case against a west oakland man. >> prosecutors say he was willing to die in a suicide bombing here, but that he was planning a series of attacks. >> dan is here with the story you'll see only on 7. dan? >> dan and ama, i knew about this case almost a year ago after obtained this bulletin from law enforcement. the fbi asked me to hold the story for fear of the suspect fleeing. now they've obtained a recording of the detention hearing in which a prosecutor describes the suspect's conversation with a confidential source working for the fbi. >> he continued to say his gain was to get up to 10,000 people. he wanted to target chinatown, downtown, mission street. he told a confidential source, i know i'll probably get near 500. my goal is 10,000. the areas here are very crowded with a lot of traffic
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everywhere. >> his plot didn't end in san francisco. i'll tell you about his plans for the cal campus and for poisoning patrons for nightclubs coming up on abc 7 news at 6:00. >> thank you, dan. a fire burned two tents this morning. it broke out near west grand avenue and martin luther king jr. way. oakland firefighters quickly put it out. the fire started when someone tried to cook something. another fire burned at an oakland homeless encampment yesterday. a suspected arsonist was arrested for setting that fire. no one was hurt in either case. protesters blocked the gates at kinder morgan richmond refinery this morning. they secured themselves to a mock 12-foot long pipeline and oil barrels. they were demanding a halt to the company's transmountain pipeline in canada. it would triple the capacity of the pipeline that runs from edmonton in calgary.
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>> the big corporation, the facility and other fossil fuel infrastructures only care about the money. that's not what it's about. it's about our own health and well-being here on mother earth. >> kinder morgan had no comment on the protest. they will start communication on the pipeline in september. from fierce opposition from native americans and other communities near its planned route. the bay area's fourth largest city may also be the safest. san francis"san francisco chron reports there hasn't been a homicide in fremont since 2015. back in 1998 the city had nine killings. police say it's a combination really of people staying hyper vigilant about what's going on in their community. and the city's abundance of both public and private security cameras. the faces of facebook you may not think about. next at 5:00, the workers struggling to make ends meet and how they plan to increase their paycheck. plus -- >> i just cast go in such short
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notice. >> a concert rescheduled and now he can't go or get a refund. the warning the next time you buy a concert ticket. and a south bay city is getting its first image makeover in 46 years. you may be surprised at how much it costs.
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500 cafeteria workers at facebook today decided to join a union. to get higher pay and benefits. david louie is live near facebook in menlo park with the details about what's driving this trend. david? >> reporter: well, ama, a coalition of faith, labor and community organizations started this campaign three years ago, called silicon valley rising.
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and they're just past the halfway point in organizing 10,000 workers. wages and benefits are improving. the numbers keep growing. 500 cafeteria workers at facebook joined nearly 5,000 others who have organized and voted to unionize in the past three years. jackie espinoza said the process is empowering. she's worked as a barista at cisco for three years. >> once the union did come in, like we did have a voice. and our managers were hearing us. everything that we had to say. so that was very cool. >> reporter: these are photos from a number of organizing rallies since silicon valley rising started its campaign three years ago. in that time it has paved the way for 3,000 security officers to join united service workers west and 1,000 shuttle drivers to become teamsters. they're getting health coverage along with an average raise of $3 an hour from $12 to $17.48.
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plus sabbaticals for workers. >> income inequality in silicon valley has gotten so extreme, that the workers very clearly see their interests in getting together, and organizing in order to get better wages and benefits. >> reporter: jackie espinoza continues to live with her family. they pool their wages to pay rent and buy food. but some of her co-workers work two or three jobs to raise their children. they believe the unionization will improve the workers' quality of life. >> our hope is that these workers can be able to go home to their families in the afternoon, they can do homework with their daughters and sons, that they can go to baseball practice and everything. >> reporter: in menlo park, david louie, abc 7 news. starting today, there are new restrictions on a popular beach in a remote part of san mateo county. the beach is off of highway 1 and is only accessible from
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private property. the county board of supervisors will ban overnight camping, camp fires, firearms, alcohol, fireworks, smoking and vehicles on the beach. it comes after excessive partying there with lots of trash that destroyed trees and even the carcass of a barbecue pig left behind. this picture is from the pacifica beach coalition, by the way. some people who were turned away from an amphitheater last friday are upset. >> the concert was supposed to feature the counting crows. janine de la vega is explaining the problem some people are running into. janine? >> reporter: dan, the concert has been rescheduled for tomorrow night. but without the counting crows, and because it was just postponed and rescheduled and
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not canceled, some ticket vendors are refusing to refund. matchbox 20 will hit the stage at the shoreline amphitheater tuesday night. but people who bought tickets are coming back to the box office to get refunds. >> i can't make it tomorrow night. i was supposed to go last friday. i really want to see them. now they won't be here tomorrow night. >> reporter: last friday the counting crows was supposed to perform with matchbox 20, but the concert was canceled that day because of a problem at the loading docks at shoreline. the pavement collapsed creating a sinkhole. hugo velasquez spent more than $300. he said they're refusing to refund him. >> i can't go. since i can't get my money back, the concert's still going on. >> reporter: ticket master and live nation are offering refunds to people who bought directly through their site. many others bought through third-party vendors. a spokesperson said they don't provide tickets to those
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vendors, and therefore they can't refund tickets they didn't sell directly to people. >> they're responsible for this. i think live nation should reschedule in a couple of months to give people to set up the whole thing so they can go and enjoy the concert. not just in two days, in the middle of the week. >> reporter: on facebook, shoreline amphitheater had frustrated fans. glad we drove from sacramento. can you also get reimbursed for the hotel and gas? construction crews were out today making repairs. the asphalt will be down soon and shoreline should be ready to go tomorrow. abc 7 news. good news for one concertgoer. hugo, the abc 7 news employee interviewed is going to get his money back. ticket monster, who he bought his tickets from, said they will refund the money he spent. >> good news there. amazon is in hot water with federal regulators about fake prices. >> automakers are fighting the latest takata air bag recall.
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>> michael finney is here with that story tonight. >> yeah, this is pretty amazing actually. amazon is investigated for posting fake prices and then discounting them. the consumer watchdog has been making the claims for weeks, and according to published reports, the federal trade commission is looking into the allegations. the watchdog accused amazon of posting fake prices and crossing them out to make their prices look better. consumer watchdog in the study they said is flawed, saying the conclusions of the watchdog reach are flat-out wrong. we validate the prices provided by manufacturers, vendors and sellers against actual prices recently found across amazon and other retailers. fighting the latest expansion of the takata air bag inflater recall. takata filed documents with the government, adding another 2.5 million vehicles to the recall from ford, nissan and mazda.
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i told you about that last week. well, nissan has agreed to recall more than half a million vehicles. but ford and mazda have filed petitions to avoid a recall. those automakers say the air bag inflaters have shown no problems in the recently identified vehicles. so they're seeking a recall exemption. california is paving the way for self-driving cars, and you will start seeing the changes by the end of summer. many self-driving vehicles have difficulty following thin or dotted lane lines. cal trans officials say new lane lines will grow from four to six inches in width. this will help auto economists and vehicles and california drivers. >> they'll be wider and more retro reflective. they'll be reflecting back the light shown on it. there will be brighter lanes, thicker striping. it will be easier to see where the lane lines are. >> more than 30 companies have
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permits to test robo cars on california roads. >> they need to repaint those lines anyway. >> yeah. >> thanks, michael, very much. well, you may soon be able to watch your abc 7 and all your favorite channels through a cable service from sony. the cable would come through a play station which has the american headquarters in foster city. it's called play station view, and it's being marked as a cable alternative. sony is partnering with a nonprofit to offer the broadband service. it's available on play station as well as several apple, amazon, ro ku and amazon devices. accuweather today, cooler air has arrived to rid us of that weekend warmth. right now, the accuweather highlights showing you'll have coastal clouds tonight. you'll probably notice the wind out there this afternoon. breezy overnight tonight. tuesday, if you love the cool weather, that's the pick of the week. that is the coolest day we have in the seven-day forecast. that heat is going to return
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again on thursday. one of the ways you get rid of warm weather, an active wind. that's what we have right now. sfo, gusts to 40 miles per hour at this time. that makes for some very interesting landing and takeoffs today. 14 miles per hour at oakland. san jose right now gusting to about 25. satellite showing you we have a thick bank of coastal clouds right now. and that onshore breeze we have is keeping us well, well, well below where we were this time yesterday. look at our warmest spots right now. only in the mid-80s. yesterday this time we had temperatures right around 100 degrees. fairfield feels much better today at 82 degrees. we're at 84 right now in livermore. 83 that number in san jose. much cooler with clouds in san francisco at 63 in oakland. pretty comfortable at this hour at 72 degrees. here's the call. overnight tonight, we have the clouds building on the coast. we're going to see some patchy fog build not only around the
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bay, but also communities inland. temperatures will drop into the mid and upper 50s for the most part overnight tonight. here's your 12-hour day planner. tuesday, morning clouds early on. those clouds quickly pull back to the coast midday. by 4:00 we're calling it nice for july around here. temperatures either at or just slightly below normal for where they should be this time of the year. highs on your tuesday, take a look at this, a lot of sunshine in the south bay, 80 in san jose tomorrow afternoon. it will be breezy in san francisco. 66 your afternoon high. about 72 in oakland. 80 in santa rosa. inland, really comfortable for this time of year, 88 the high in antioch and 86 in concord. if you hit the coast tomorrow, a fair amount of morning cloud cover. peeks of sunshine out there. but a sea breeze is going to kick in 10 to 15 miles per hour. that will keep the beaches on the cool side. ocean water temperature about 57
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degrees. watch what happens on thursday. future tracker temperatures showing you a relief from the heat is very short-lived. it turns warm to hot for many of us on thursday. and once again, look at those numbers inland. into the 90s we go. even warm in the south bay. 80s and 90s. you'll have to head to the coast like we do this time of year with temperatures only in the 60s. your accuweather forecast, next seven days for you. tomorrow, much like today. temperatures uncomfortable side. breezy, though. there you go with the midweek warm-up. by thursday we're in the steady pattern of mild to warm temperatures. over the weekend, not out of the question that our inland spots hit 100 degrees. the warmth will even hold on for monday. the warm weather will stick around for quite some time. >> all right. the war over comic-con souvenirs, why the tsa and united airlines are squaring off. that's next. at 5:30 on "world news" with david muir. >> coming up, jared kushner
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breaking his silence. the deadly ambush the u.s. army green berets coming under fire. the crash of a young lady streaming driving while her sister was dying. palo alto takes two steps toward going green, both inside and outside a parking
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the energy conscious whopeople among usle? say small actions can add up to something... humongous. a little thing here. a little thing there. starts to feel like a badge maybe millions can wear. who are all these caretakers, advocates too? turns out, it's californians it's me and it's you. don't stop now, it's easy to add to the routine. join energy upgrade california and do your thing.
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the city of sunnyvale spent nearly $100,000 on a new logo. this was the old logo. now take a look at the new logo. some people are wondering if it looks more like a pot leaf or pacman. federal transportation officials took to twitter today
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to tell comic-con fans they could take their comic books onto airplanes. it started when one fan tweeted the foet off the united airlines sign at the airport. it told attendees to remove all books from checked bags. united then tweeted that the restriction was set by the tsa. some fans reacted online to ask if tsa were banning items on flights. they've been screaming fans in san diego for ten years. they do suggest fans ship home some items, like replica weapons. one comic-con stand in san diego this week displayed a bit of history. sunday press books revived some comics, some more than 100 years old. among the titles, dick tracy and little nemo. they also include some very rare comic strips from the early 1900s. they're reprinted as close to the original as possible using computer software.
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some are printed in as many as 11 colors. they're also larger than your average comic book, some are almost two feet. the oakland a's are sending fans on a treasure hunt. one of five golden snitches hidden in and around oakland, the ball used in quitich in the harry potter series. the a's are doing a fireworks show after the game saturday called witches and wizards. they tweeted this map of where the snitches are hidden. again, there are five of them out there. and each one contains a pair of tickets to saturday's game. fun. >> yeah. life-saving lessons for the heroes of tomorrow. >> coming up next, the firefighters boot camp for kids and how it aim
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coming up on abc 7 news at 6:00, a sneak peek of b.a.r.t.'s new cars. abc 7 news goes inside the fleet of the future. find out the big changes for riders. a 9-year-old girl brings hope for the future of hiv. born with the aids virus, the virus is now wiped out in her body. find out how. and we visit a north bay distillery with a unique technique. does music really make whiskey as smooth as a good song. coming up in half an hour on abc 7 news at 6:00. fire departments obviously save lives every day. >> one department may have found a new way to save lives in the future. dozens of kids turned out for
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the junior fire academy. >> a week-long camp where they learn the ins and outs of rescuing victims and putting out fires directly from the people who do it for a living. the morning class stressed cpr. >> most of the kids told us they would be confident to face an emergency. >> after this class, i'll probably be able to know what to do in that situation and not panic. and then ask for help, and do the right thing, and then just give cpr. >> assess the situation, make sure it is safe, and there's the -- make sure people are aware of what's going on. call the right authorities. and perform cpr. >> they're learning a lot. later on the students will also train for real-life rescue scenarios and even how to use a hose and fire engine to battle a fire. "world news tonight" is next.
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>> for all of us here, we appreciate your time. hope to see you again at 6:00. tonight, several developing stories as we come on. the president's son-in-law, jared kushner, breaking his silence. on capitol hill facing questions about his meetings with the russian ambassador, with the russian lawyer, with the russian banker. >> will you be back on the hill? >> and walking up to the mic outside the west wing. the driver charged tonight. we have new reporting. the horror inside the rig. about 100 people discovered in the back of a truck taking turns breathing through a hole in the trailer. the stunning video just released. the deadly ambush. the army green berets coming under fire. our correspondent inside syria tonight. the last stand. this evening, witnessing the fire fight with isis and what our team discovers what

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