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live where you live, this is abc 7 news. >> opening statements are under way this morning in the trial of a man who sparked a national debate over undocumented immigrants and sank sank ware c. jose enes zarate is accused of second-degree murder in the death of a woman in san francisco. thanks for joining us, i'm kristen sze. kate steinle was shot to death while walking with her father at pier 14. gar see ja cia zarate is undocu this background won't be a factor in the trial. abc 7 is live.
>> reporter: i stopped down from the crowded and rather chaotic hallway out of the courtroom. every single member of the media has to be credentialed. the public has to enter a daily lottery to get a seat inside the courtroom. kate steinle's family arrived after 10:00 this morning, mother, brother and sister and law walked quietly and quickly through the crowd, focused on the courtroom ahead. no sign of her dad. the family did not say anything. >> we're trying to tell mr. garcia zarate's story and hoping to be able to do it effectively. >> reporter: what is his story? >> well, as you know, i think from the very outset i said this could very well be an accidental shooting consistent to what he said to the abc 7 camera team that interviewed him. i think i will make the case that's exactly what happened. >> reporter: that was garcia za zarate's defense attorney. he stopped to talk about his strategy prior to giving his opening statement this morning.
again, 32-year-old kate steinle was shot and killed in july 2015 while walking on san francisco's pier 14 with her father. her death sparked a national debate about immigration, since the accused killer is an undocumented immigrant with a prior criminal record. the focus of this trial, however, what the jury must decide is whether garcia zarate shot steinle. trial experts say this really is going to come down to the experts and which one the jury believes. the trial is expected to last about seven weeks. live in san francisco, tiffany wilson, abc 7 news. >> tiffany, thank you. abc 7 news reporter leeann melendez is inside the courtroom where opening statements are continue. follow her on twitter l endez. a freeway shooting in san bruno. the chp says two cars were hit including an uber car. it happened shortly after 11:00 last night. westbound interstate 380 just
east of the el camino riyal exit. the chp says the uber driveer just picked up two passengers at s sfrks o. they were not hurt in the shooting. the uber driver was taken to the hospital and expected to survive. >> we have our investigators talking to not just the driver, when we can, but also the two passengers in there, interviewing them for what they may have seen. >> another black car that looked similar to the uber driver's black toyota corolla was also shot multiple times. see the bullet hole in the rear viewer mirror. the car was found empty a little ways down on 380. the people inside ran off before officers arrived. firefighters are in the north bay are in the final stages of reaching containment on four different fires burning in napa, sonoma and salolano counties. crews expected to have full containment by wednesday. this morning, the atlas fire is 95% contained after burning nearly 52,000 acres. the most destructive one, the
tubbs fire, is 94% contained. thousand of buildings in its path are gone. right now containment on the nuns fire stands at 90% and the pocket fire is 87% contained. many people living in sonoma county are returning home for the first time since the fires started. evacuation orders were lifted over the weekend in glen ellen and kenwood. in santa rosa, people were allowed to return home to the areas near mark west springs and riebli roads. the communities have is a mandatory curfew in place as some roads remain closed. thousands of students in apa county are back school for the first time since the atlas fire bro crews spent last week deep cleaning classrooms to clear away the ash. mental health could nselors wern site in case any of them needed to talk. the district plan to make adjustments, we the air quality is bad, they'll hold recess inside and cancel outdoor
athletic games. the superintendent posted a video last night thanking first responders and thanking parents and students for their patience and understanding. >> there's amazing stories of our students volunteering at the evacuation centers, the vintage farm, and many other ways that they showed real leadership. they're showing the leadership that we expect in our students and we're so grateful and so honored to be serving them. >> in santa rosa, teachers at hidden valley elementary school will come back to work wednesday. studentss will come back on friday, joined by 80 new students displaced from the school down the street that burned down. hidden valley satellite school is a total loss. officials say 146 students have lost their homes between the two campuses. the red cross has opened a new service center for people impacted by the wildfires at the red cross santa rosa office on arrow drive. it will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. today through sunday.
affected families can meet with case workers who will assess share needs and offeree coverry information. people can also get water, snacks and cleanup items including gloves, trash bags and dust masks. new details now on the bear fire in the santa cruz mountenings. con t con tanment has gone up again. nearly 400 acres have burned. the fire has destroyed four structures and nine firefighters have been injured since it blas. an evacuation order was lifted at 8:00 this morning. new developments now on that phone call controversy involving president trump and the pregnant gold star widow of an army sergeant. here's a picture of ladavid johnson. this morning his wife talked emotionally on "good morning america" saying president trump couldn't even remember her husband's name when he called to offer his condolences. now the president is firing back on twitter. abc's lana zach reports.
>> reporter: she buried her husband, sergeant ladavid johnson over the weekend with a final kiss, final good-bye. today she spoke exculusively to "good morning america" about the man she loved and the call from the president that created a political firestorm. >> i was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it. he couldn't remember my husband's name. and that was hurting me the most because if my husband is out here fighting for our country, and he risks his life for our country, why can't you remember his name? >> reporter: president trump is disputing that on twitter writing "i had a very respectful conversation with the widow of sergeant la david johnson and spoke his name from the beginning without hesitation." mrs. johnson says the president's call made her cry even more and validated congresswoman wilson's account. >> i heard him say, well, i guess you know he knew what he was signing up for, but it still hurts.
and i couldn't believe that he said that. >> what she said pwas 100% correct. >> reporter: the special forces soldier was one of four killed in niger earlier this month after an ambush by isis-pledged militants. now his widow says she still has questions about her husband's death. >> why took them 48 hours to find my husband. why couldn't i see my husband? i don't know what's in that box. it could be empty for all i know. >> reporter: mrs. johnson says she'll continue to press for answers and that their third child, due in january, will know that her father died as a hero. l lana zack, abc news, washington. new this morning from marin county, a construction worker had too be air lifted after falling 200 feet down an embankment. sky 7 was over fairfax at 9:00 this morning as the helicopter rescue crew was lifting the construction workers to safety. the highway patrol tells abc 7
news the worker was operating a piece of heavy equipment when it became unstable and rolled 200 feet down than embankment. the man was crushed causing major injuries. he's in critical condition. today livermore police plan to release more information about an officer-involved shooting. this shows the area where it happened at airway boulevard and north canyons parkway outside the marriott hotel. police shot a woman who they say drove a stolen car into two police cars saturday night. officers ordered the 26-year-old woman to get out of the car but say she just drove toward them. police say the officers fired because they feared for her safety or their safety. it that woman is expected to survive. no officers were injured. developing news in vallejo, police looking for a driver in a hit-and-run crash that left two children in critical condition. happened yesterday afternoon at turner parkway and foothill drive near the gateway plaza shoppi inpin inping center.
police say a woman was pushing her 2-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter in a stroller when the car hit the stroller. the person drove off. the mother was not hurt. new exclusively with the ladies of "the view." >> we've got to lift the national dialogue. let's stop insulting each other. >> right. >> from battling president trump to his personal health battle, we'll tell you what the senator's revealing only on abc. plus the tax plan that could cap how much you can contribute to your retirement. we'll break down what that means for your financial planning. hey, good morning. i'm meteorologist mike nicco. want to open the weather window on a gorgeous picture, in you like sunshine and no marine layer clouds, there you have is it. all the way past the fair lawns. let me show you today's temperatures, 11 to 16 degrees warmer than average. record highs are possible the next three days. i'll show you those and the
new this morning, senator john mccain joined the women of "the view" exclusively this morning to talk about his health, family life and, of course, politics. abc 7 news reporter matt keller shows us what's bothering him the most about washington. >> reporter: senator john mccain brought a special birthday gift for his daughter and "view" host meghan mccain. >> i love you so much. >> reporter: he also brought answers far lot of tough questions from the panel including one about his current fight with the trump administration over the deaths of four soldiers killed in
niger. senator mccain says the armed services committee is not getting enough information about the conflict. >> americans should know what's going on in niger. >> yeah, yeah. >> should know what caused the deaths of four brave young americans. should know what kind of operations we're engaged. >> reporter: he's still taking aim at what he calls one of the great inequities of the vietnam conflict that allowed wealthy americans like president donald trump to avoid the draft due to so-called health issues. >> i don't consider him so much a draft dodger as i feel that the system was so so so so certain americans could evade their responsibilities to serve the country. >> reporter: the arizona senator says he has almost two relationship with president trump. mccain says the personal attacks taking place right now is what bothers him. >> we need to have a kinder, more respectful, but vigorous debate and discussion but based on what we want the country to
do. not whether somebody's a jerk or not. >> reporter: senator mccain is battling brain cancer, but says he's doing fine. he's keeping busy in washington and also writing a memoir titled "the restless wave." matt keller, abc 7 news. now today's morning money report. president trump is trying to calm fears about possible new caps to your retirement savings plan. the president turned to twitter this morning saying "there will be no changes to your he is responding to reports that the say republican leaders are krk considering a plan to sharply limit the amount that workers can save in a traditional tax refered 401(k). abc explains what's at stake for you. >> reporter: today you can put up to $. 18 $18,000 a year into the 401(k). over 50, you can put in $24,000. the changes would reduce the amount to $2,400. >> once again, though, the president says he is ruling out
that option as a way to help pay for tax reform. so more to come on that. new details now on amazon's hunt for its second u.s. headquarters. the company announced this morning it received 238 proposals from cities looking to welcome the new location. amazon plans to invest $5 billion on a project. it's expected to reveal the city it chooses next year. several bay area cities submitted a joint proposal. including concord, san francisco, fremont, richmond and oak la oakland. preparing for the big one. how would the golden gate bridge fare in a major earthquake? the special testing under way to find out. and a live look right now from our exploratorium camera at pier 15 in san francisco, looking pretty clear this morning. meteorologist mik
without pg&e's assistance, without their training our collaboration with pg&e is centered around public safety. we could not do our mission to keep our community safe. anytime we are responding to a structure fire, one of the first calls you make is for pg&e for gas and electric safety. it's my job to make sure that they have the training that they need to make the scene safe for themselves and for the public. it's hands-on training actually turning valves, turning systems off, looking at different wire systems all that training
now your accuweather forecast with mike nicco. >> hey, good morning to you. look what we saw this morning from our exploratorium camera at pier 15. a little bit of a shy sunrise out there. we'll put it into motion, show you how it was hiding behind the bay bridge for a while. not hiding behind any clouds because there weren't any. that's going to be the case for the next several days. popped out the other side there. you can see just how calm the water was this morning also. indicative of the high pressure that's over top of us now. look what it's doing to our temperatures. 69 right now in santa rosa. everybody else except for napa at 68, in the 70s. take you to half moon bay, already 81. you're warmer than everybody right now. how often does that happen? usually this time of year is the only time it happens, exactly right. let's take a look at the accuweather highlights. total sunshine, warm to hot highs at least for the next three days. clear tonight.
the key right there, comfy conditions. we'll have these long october nights, nights that are longer than the days so it will cool off back in the 50s and 60s so houses won't build up with heat like they did during our summer heatwave. heat will gradually taper by the weekend. all right. see the winds mainly blowing offshore. in fact, pretty vigorous around fairfield at 25. gusty up in the north bay mountains last night and east bay hills. because we had the rain friday, we didn't have the high fire danger. look at the sprawling area of high pressure. look where the jet stream is, gulf of alaska. it dumps significantly cool air into the eastern two-thirds of the country. any time that happens we get hot. that's what's going to be the case the next several days. look at this, 81 in downtown san francisco. 79 daly city. south san francisco, 81. 78 in the mission. the other side of the bay, oakland, warm sunshine at 85. hayward, possibly a record high, 86. not quite an official reporting station yet. haven't had enough years. that would be a record high for
you. san leandro, union city, 85. south bay, almost toasty. look at that, 92 at gilroy, 89 at morgan hill, and santa cruz. 86 san millbrae, 81. up in the north bay, 90s. santa rosa, 91. 93 in ukiah. 88 in concord, pittsburg, 90 i i fairfield. temperatures tonight drop to the 50s and 60s. leave the windows open if you'd like. it will feel nice yoin wake up in the morning. we'll bounce back to our warmest temperatures tomorrow afternoon. we could threaten a few more records than today. we'll see a tapering as the hottest part of the air mass starts to move off to the east wednesday and thursday. we'll get closer to average by friday, saturday and sunday. looks like we'll never get back
to average as it's going to be warmer than average all the way through possibly the end of next week and into -- that puts us into november. >> right. a little taste of summer once again. >> yeah, always happens. always this one last push then it's gone. >> last hoorah for the kids. thanks, mike. >> you bet. work is under way to seismically strengthen the golden gate bridge and starting with a fake miniature version of the iconic span. check it out. the video shows winds up to 100 miles per hour pushing against the miniature model. our media partner the "marin independent gepenependent journ will require a snu bracing system so the bridge can pcourse major earthquakes. of this test is giving engineers a better idea of how the bridge will hold up against potential quakes. return to the super bowl. it's official. justin timberlake will be headlining the next halftime show. coming up next, what the singer is now
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coming up on abc 7 news at 4:00, going underground in san francisco's labyrinth of sewers. an inside look at the dirty job that needs constant attention. keeping students safe, how san jose state university is using a.i., artificial intelligence, to add a new layer of security tonight on abc 7 news at 5:00. finally justin timberlake is
getting ready to take on the super bowl again. abc's t.j. holmes has a look at what we can expect. >> reporter: justin timberlake is making it official. he's bringing sexy back to the turf for the first time since his infamous guest appearance in 2004. ♪ come on and dance with me and who can forget, janet jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction. >> that won't happen this time. >> reporter: timberlake's first performance was back in 2001 with nsync ♪ bye, bye, bye ♪ >> reporter: now over 16 years later he's not sure how many on-stage stunts we might see. >> people are flying and lady gaga jumped from the top of the stadium or something. >> yes, she did. >> i don't know, man, i'm 36 now. i don't know how much of that i can do. >> and it's going to be very interesting i'm sure. you can catch his performance february 4th. i'm sure this time there will be, you know, velcro on everybody's clothing, zippers, chain and lock.
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