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wow. >> good company. >> what did you think i was going to say? >> i wasn't sure where you were going with that. i wasn't sure. happy to be with you ladies. >> for sure. >> on the day after christmas. some people wearing their red. i still have to wash all my new clothes before i wear them. i can't wait. >> did you get a lot of new clothes? >> yeah, that's what i asked for, actually. good morning, everybody. here is a look at some of the fog over there. i have it overlaid on live doppler 7 to give you an idea of some of the roads impacted. good news at santa rosa, the visibility is a little better. with err not having any fog at sfo. what you're looking at, 35 to 46 inland to the coast. microclimates this morning about 55 to 58 with more sunshine at noon and more sunshine at afternoon hours, but temperatures about the same as yesterday, mid 50s to near 60. by 7:00 it's time to put on that new coat, 48 here is sue with a look at the
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morning commute. it is virtually nonexistent. it's very light out there and i expect it will be that way most of this holiday week. we had an earlier stall approaching the san matteo bridge toll plaza that's been moved off to the side, traffic is knowing nicely a few brake lights but basically you are looking at about a 15 minute drive from 880 over towards foster city. this is good looking traffic map this morning with all green. tracy to dublin under 25 minutes, highway 4 is looking great into concord. if your travels take you from san rafael into southern marin across the span of the golden gate bridge less than 20 minutes. flags will be flown at half state at state buildings on in honor of a highway patrol officer killed in the line of duty in hayward. officer andrew camilleri of tracy died late christmas eve. he was on maximum enforcement patrol on the side of interstate 880 looking for drivers under the influence when chp says that their vehicle was hit by one of those drivers. the suspect involved in the deadly crash was taken to the hospital where he remains this
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morning. camilleri leaves behind a wife and three children. >> the chp claims the driver who caused the crash is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. the drug becomes legal in california next monday. some lawmakers are concerned because there are still no standard test or tools for law enforcement to determine if a driver is impaired by pot. one dispensary in san jose says its staff will talk to customers about using responsibly. >> a lot of folks are coming in to officer yens cannabis for the first time. we will talk about the effects, also talk about some of the risks and dangers associated with it and we also include it in written form that goes out with every transaction. >> the state will charm a 15% excise tax on marijuana sales. some of that money is expected to go toward education and research, which could lead to a similar test to a blood alcohol content for pot. developing news out of southern california now where tier are still battling the thomas fire.
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that fire has burned more than 281,000 acres, it is 86% contained now. the u.s. forest service expects full containment by january 7th. more than 700 homes have been destroyed so far. the fire is blamed for two deaths including a firefighter from san diego. the cause of the fire is still under investigation. happening today, expect some very busy stores and shopping malls as millions of people start to make their holiday returning. >> a lot of stores opening up early for this. matt keller is live in san jose with it all. hey there, matt. >> reporter: good morning, natasha and jessica. walmart just opened their doors out here at 6:00 a.m. and people rushed in for some holiday deals, but nobody had any returns. today, though, you get a chance to make things right if you have that gift, you really didn't want, or at least you get a chance to get the right size. americans returned nearly $90 billion worth of holiday gifts and many of them will try to do that today creating even bigger lines than you saw for christmas
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shopping. here is some good advice, wait a little while before you go back to the store. >> there is a 40% of people doing their post holiday returns will do it on the 26th and 27th. wait a week and probably return it first or second week of january when you also see some major discounts asorter: here a tips from the experts, snow the store's return policy and how long you have to do it. maybe don't even go back to the store. more than a third of retailers offer free return shipping online. regift those gift cards, some stores will change out the card with that christmas tree on it for a normal one so it's not so obvious you are regifting. there are even websites that will let you sell your gift cards online. there are major deals going on right now, especially for holiday merchandise, bedding, electronics and of course exercise equipment. reporting live in san jose, matt keller, abc 7 news. president trump is headed back to work today after spending his first christmas as
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president at his mar-a-lago resort in florida. he fit in plenty of festivities over the holiday weekend, that included a christmas eve service at the church. he and his wife were married at. in their christmas message president trump and the first lady talked about the importance of the holidays. >> in this season of joy we spend time with our families, we renew the bonds of love and good will between our citizens and most importantly we celebrate the miracle of christmas. >> this season we celebrate our blessings as americans and we pray for peace all over the world. >> the holidays, though, not stopping the president from tweeting. look at that tweet this morning, that he said democrats and republicans will eventually come together and develop a great new healthcare plan. new this morning victims sexual harassment say at the want guarantees that investigations will be independent. according to the sacramento bee one victim who accused matt dee
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bob nay of harassment has asked for assurance rps. she fears investigations will be tainted by politics. diabetes a growing problem in california. coming up, what the state is now doing to try to fight it. >> celebrating kwanzaa, the big event today in san francisco. and the big story weather wise, the potential for what could happen at the beginning of the year. we have a 20% chance of rain new year's eve with a 30 and growing percent chance of rain new year's day. looking outside this morning right now at the bay bridge toll plaza, not that many cars on the roads this day after christmas, but we do have weather and traffic up throughout the commercial break. my wish was a clubhouse, but we call it "the wish house." people visit national parks from all over the world. food tastes better when you don't have to cook it.
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6:09. welcome back. happening today a big crowd will be gathering at san francisco city hall to mark the 51st anniversary of kwanzaa. >> we want to show you the video from last year's celebration. it is hosted by the village project. it is based on seven principles including self determination, creativity, faith and unit.
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events will planned daily until the final day of kwanzaa on sunday. we've got a 12 degree spread on the peninsula this morning from 37 degrees in menlo park, 39 in foster city and also in redwood city, 42 at san matteo, pacifica at 49 degrees. 41 also right now in hayward, 40 oakland, 44 in san jose, about 34 in san ramone, napa and 31 in santa rosa. as far as what's going to happen today, we are looking at a beautiful start to the morning, that will include a light breeze and light chop on the bay. if you are exercising maybe starting that new year's resolution a little early or out playing, watch out for the air quality. a quick look at what's going to happen as far as our air quality right now, we are all moderate, but wood burning still banned all day today. we will take an hour by hour look at that chance of rain coming up. we have a solid stream of traffic on the east shore freeway between golden gate fields and the macarthur maze. it is moving at the limit and there are some gaps there so not
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jammed as you might expect on a normal commute. take a look at the bay bridge, no metering lights and traffic is flowing nicely all the way into san francisco. in fact, if your commute or drive this morning takes you from hercules all the way into the bay bridge and san francisco, it is less than 30 minutes, so that's what we like to see. green is great and we will take a look at some of your mass transit options this morning. 49 trains running on time, we do have reduced service for the golden gate ferry, you can check that schedule at sue hall traffic, my twitter handle and both ace trains getting up and out on time this morning. menlo park will have an interim police chief right after the new year begins. meantime a search also begins for a permanent leader for the force. commander dave bertini will take over as menlo park's interim chief on january 6th. bertini takes over for robert johnson who is leaving menlo park to serve as palo alto's chief of police. bertini has worked in law enforcement for 30 years.
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menlo park city leaders expect it will take about six months to find a permanent chief. 6:11. the world health organization recognizing a new kind of mental condition and it involves video games. the patterns officials say characterize a disorder. as we head to break we leave you with abc 7 news now. after my dvt blood clot, i had a lot on my mind. could this happen again? was my warfarin treatment right for me? my doctor told me about eliquis. eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots and reduces the risk of them happening again. not only does eliquis treat dvt and pelood clots... eliquis also had significantly less major bleeding th t standard treatment. eliquis had both and that turned around my thinking. don't stop eliquis unless your doctor tells you to. eliquis can cause serious and in rare cases fatal bleeding don't take eliquis if you have an artificial heart valve or abnormal bleeding. if you had a spinal injection while on eliquis call your doctor right away if you have tingling, numbness,
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abc 7 mornings. >> all news. >> all morning. a california man who was going to be deported back to cambodia is thankful that he returned home to modesto for christmas. christmas. >> moni neth is jerry brown -- that is when federal agents arrested him during an immigration sweep. >> it is a miracle. it's what i call divine coincidence that i'm here on christmas. our church theme this week -- today, it's welcome home. so it's amazing. it's a miracle. >> nest served nearly two years in prison in 1995 for weapons, gang and possession of stolen property charges. he said he has since stayed trouble free, is not the same person he once was and is
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grateful for a second chance. 6:15 in the morning and a whole lot of people waking up, probably under the covers. we have that good holiday weather. >> got their new jammies on, straying to stay warm. a little chilly in morning and a little bit foggy up in the north bay, but right now look at that from the exploratorium camera at pier 15 showing the clearance that led to cooler conditions this morning. also will lead to a brighter skoo i this afternoon with mild highs once again and another spare the air day. for tonight areas of dense fog, i think it will be more widespread tomorrow morning and just as chilly as this morning and new year offers a hope of some rain, at least another chance. all right. so our recall with aest temperatures are inland, mainly around 60 to 62 degrees, around the bay we will have about 58 to 59, the exception richmond at 56, about 57 at half-moon bay. tonight see the fog kind of developing in the central valley and kind of spreading across more neighborhoods tonight. mid to upper 30s inland for the
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most part, low to mid 40s around the bay, mid to upper 40s the coast and san francisco. we could have some scattered rain saturday night into sunday morning, but it's really sunday evening through monday. so during the new year's ushering it in and celebrating we could be wet according to this model. in fact, more and more models are starting to pick up on the chance of rain sunday into monday. until they pick up on it definitively and pump out really heavy rain we will keep the storm impact scale off that, but i wouldn't be surprised if it changes. until then mild as she goes, sue. we are going to san rafael, no fog here and traffic is very light this morning as you travel southbound past the northgate mall and civic center on into central san rafael. a straight shot into the golden gate bridge. from here we're calling it 16 minutes. the richmond san rafael bridge traffic is light in the westbound direction from the east bay. green is great, look at it while you can because we will be back to normal commute next week more
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than likely. north 101 near dry creek reports of an accident partially blocking a lane here. chp will check in. seems like the driver of the vehicle said that it is undrivab undrivable, says she can't move it out of the roadway but we will check back. "good morning america" is coming up at 7:00 right here on abc 7. >> paula ferris is live with a look at what's ahead. good morning. >> it is great to be with both of you on this tuesday morning. i hope you both have recovered from those huge christmas feasts by the way. coming up on gma we are talking about those dangerous whiteout conditions as millions head home over the holidays. snow and ice coating roads and runways. we are going to tell you what you can expect as temperatures plummet across the country. also ahead, top executives stepping down after that e-mail scandal rocked the miss america pageant. we will speak with former miss america mallory hagan this morning about being targeted in those e-mails and what she
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thinks the future looks like for the organization. plus we will tell you what you need to know about those gift cards and what you can do if they are for a store that you don't really like. also becky worley is here with how you can get the best post christmas deals with some modern day haggling techniques. haggling or is it just wanting to get a bargain? a good deal. there's nothing wrong with that. >> who wants to pay full price, ladies? >> there is some good deals out there. >> becky is bold. i have seen some of her tips before. i am tuning in. i want to know everything. she will get $20 off for no reason. >> and bottom line as you're going to learn today it's best to ask. it is best to ask for that discount. >> the worst they can do is say no. paula, thank you. >> that's right. >> thank you. >> all right, ladies, have a good show. >> you, too. okay. an audit of the state public health department's diabetes prevention efforts has now found that they are not doing enough to stem a growing epidemic. according to the chronicle the
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state lagged behind in spending for nutrition and education programs for prediabetic enrollees in medi cal. california in 2015 spend $1.4 million while new york state was spending more than $7 million. the disease effects more than half of california's adults. and a heads up to those people who may play too many video games. the world health organization will recognize gaming disorder as a health condition starting next year. the agency has identified the disorder as a pattern of persistent gaming behavior which can lead to a, quote, significant impairment of personal, family, social or educational functioning. the description of gaming disorder says the behavior would need to persist for at least 12 months in order for it to be diagnosed and recognized as a problem. 6:20 now. there are two big lottery jack pots up for grabs today and
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tomorrow. there were no winners in the mega millions or powerball drawings. their jack pots now worth more than $600 million combined, mega millions is at $277 million tonight, $337 million is on the night for tomorrow night's powerball. the odds of winning, 1 in 303 million for mega millions, for powerball 1 in 292 million but someone has to win eventually. >> that person could be me. but then i would miss you here. love this next story, two men in hawaii have been best friends for 60 years before they found out they are actually biological brothers. >> their names is alan robinson and walter mcfarland. they first met in the sixth grade, they played high school football together and also and they lived for decades with kind of lingering questions but they went unanswered. one man was adopted, the other never knew his father. >> so both of them happened to use the website an ses ri.com to learn more about their past and those searches resulted in a dna
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match. this weekend both men revealed to family and friends, yes, they share the same birth mother. >> it was a shock. >> yeah, it was a shock. yeah, definitely a shock, but then we thought about it, compared forearms and everything. >> yeah. harry arms, that did it. >> they plan to enjoy their retirement from traveling together. >> how wonderful that nothing has changed for them. best friends before, best friends now. that's just wonderful. happy for them. an act of kindness the center of controversy, the questions half come up now after a a ticket for feeding homeless people in a park. and as you get your day into gear keep on top of weather and traffic throughout the entire commercial break with abc 7 now.
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we're back at 6:25. let's take a look at what's going on in san rafael. south on 101. it's the north bay that could have poor air quality and the south bay later on. all of us moderate right now, but it is a spare the air day, so no burning of that wood. pretty hefty fine if you get
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caught. mike, thank you. a legal fight that is emerged merged after atlanta police gave a woman a ticket for feeding homeless people in a city park. all of those charges were dismissed but her case is sparking questions about whether feeding people for free is good for them had the long runs. they say volunteers may mean well but their efforts can hinder efforts to connect homeless people with much needed services. officials worry about food safety and any garbage that may be left behind. this forgotten port-a-potty became the inn operation for a holiday display that has gone viral. a family who lived nearby put up christmas on it as a joke. it went viral so the family decided to use it for good and put up a donation bin next to it hoping to collect goods for charity. >> if you can work something good out of something that's maybe not so food, i think you look for the positive side of every little thing. in the end it's been great. the port-a-potty company eventually spotted their commode and agreed to keep the display
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up until after the holidays. an unwelcome christmas gift in parts of the country, snow and cold, where travelers are having big problems this morning. remembering the chp officer who was killed on an east bay freeway, the growing memorial now to andrew camilleri and how you will soon be able to help his family. we're following your tuesday post christmas commute, no metering lights at the bay bridge toll plaza, it is an easy drive. we do have one problem in the north bay, north of
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good morning, bay area. let's get up and get going. >> this is abc 7 mornings. good morning, hope you're koez yeend a warm on this tuesday, december 26th. thanks for joining us. i'm natasha zouves. >> i'm jessica castro. reggie is off today and sue is in for alexis who is still on maternity leave. a lot of people heading out the door this morning for those holiday returns. just in case santa didn't get the list quite right. >> 90 -- how many did we say? >> 90 million. come on, folks, no one got it right? >> if your wife tells you what to buy, sometimes you get it right. >> you have to listen. >> it's not exciting. i did buy her a few extra presents she didn't know of. let's move on. visibility is less than a mile in santa rosa, that means there's fog and that means there is some moisture in the air yand the temperature is 31 so black ice is possible.
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watch out on those elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses through about 9:00. my accuweather 12 hour planner, 35 to 46 is our spread. we will be in the mid to upper 50s at noon, it will be brighter this afternoon, 53 to 60 at 4:00 and 48 to 51 at 7:00, notice it is a spare of air day, wood burning ban all day today. commute is fine. it's very light out there and we will take a look for ourselves, 101 the headlines headed northbound in san jose, this is the 880 overcrossing, everybody is behaving and moving at the limit. these head lights north on 280 from downtown san jose. a nine minute drive just to let you know where we are. this is the 17-880 overcrossing here. one problem involving a car versus a tree this is up near litten springs past healdsburg, two lanes apparently blocked. chp was questioning whether they need to issue a sig alert, we
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will find out after this. this morning the community is mourning an officer who died in a crash on christmas eve. >> officer andrew camilleri of tracy leaves behind a wife and three kids. abc 7 news reporter amy hollyfield is live at hayward chp where someone was actually left flowers, amy? >> reporter: that's right, jessica. officers here say they are heartbroken, but look behind me at how the community is responding. there are a couple of flower arrangements here to let them know that the community is with them. the chp did put out a statement to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of support from the community. 33-year-old officer andrew camilleri was killed at midnight christmas morning or right before midnight, maybe it was christmas eve when the car he and his partner were in, it was parked on the shoulder, was slammed into by a red cadillac. it happened on southbound 880 in hayward. investigators say the driver of that car was speeding and was under the influence and that he had just left a party.
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>> this person, a 22-year-old from hayward, chose to drive while under the influence of alcohol and also drugs, and this needs to stop. >> reporter: in hayward friends and neighbors visited the home of the driver. the chp has not released his name yet, but those in the neighborhood say they offer their condolences to the officer's family. they tell us the 22-year-old driver is married and has a new baby. he is in hospital -- he is in the hospital in very serious condition and an officer here at the chp tells me he will be for a while, but when he is released he will face several felony charges. live in hayward, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. governor jerry brown commented on the officer's death issuing this statement saying, quote, anne and i are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of officer camiller. we join his family, friends and the entire california highway patrol in mourning his death and honoring his sacrifice. an alameda county sheriff's
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deputy shot and wounded a man who investigators say tried to attack deputies with a ma sh tee. this incident happened saturday morning o at a home on princeton steet near hayward. they were responding to a domestic violence call at the time. deputies say a woman called 911 saying her husband was attacking her. when they arrived to arrest the man they say he went after them with a machete. one of the deputies shot and wounded the man. he is expected to survive. fortunately no deputies were hurt. we are tracking winter weather at the live desk. not everyone is fortunate as we are here on the west coast. in fact, there are dangerous conditions in parts of the country. in the midwest there's windchill warnings and advisories and some areas on the east coast could be buried under up to four feet of snow. abc news reporter elizabeth hur has more on this story from new york. >> reporter: whiteout conditions from upstate new york to maine,
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massachusetts, western pennsylvania and michigan. with visibilities so poor, authorities warning drivers to slow down or better yet stay home. for some easier said than done. especially when you're trying to fly to your destination and the airport tarmac looks like this. in boston the heavy snow temporarily shut down runways at logan international. the slick conditions also being blamed for a close cal. >> boston tower, are you okay? >> everything is fine, we just skidded on the ice. >> reporter: a jetblue flight while landing, hitting a patch of ice, spinning and kidding off the runway. >> we were straight and then all of a sudden it started fishtailing and, yeah, it started getting rough. >> once i realized we were going off the runway i was like uh-oh. >> reporter: in a brief statement jetblue confirming the incident, adding no one was hurt. snow and icy conditions also wreaking havoc out west. this the scene in portland, oregon, seeing a white christmas
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for only the sixth time since 1884. and in the midwest some residents are waking up this morning to wind chills as low as 48 degrees below zero. >> it's cold. cold is cold. you've got to adjust. >> here in the northeast it won't get that cold, but forecasters say temperatures will drop below 0 in some areas and that bitter cold will be sticking around for days. elizabeth hur, abc news, new york. we have been checking right now there are no delays in or out of sfo, but as always be sure to check your flight status with your airline before heading out to the airport. speaking of planes, look at this, a planeload of airline passengers walked away unharmed after a patch of ice caused their jetliner to spin and slide in boston. jetblue airways flight 50 wound up facing the wrong way at logan international airport yesterday. the plane had just landed from savannah, georgia, when it spun
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out and wound up stuck in a grassy area between runways. thankfully no you one was hurt. firefighters evacuated the passengers and got them safely to the terminal and those passengers praised the pilots for keeping them safe. i remember vividly my welcome to minnesota moment during the cold i went to put gas in the cold, i reached for the handle on the pump, my hand froze to it. that happens once. let's take a look outside, show you what's going on. nothing like that here. what we have is a little bit of fog from santa rosa up to ukiah, temperatures that are hovering around freezing, so black ice is possible. here is a look from our roof camera this morning, beautiful backdrop to talk about moderate air quality right now, nothing poor out there. wood burning is banned all day as the air quality could get worse. in fact, around vallejo at midnight and 1:00 in the morning you had poor air quality. the north bay and the santa clara valley are forecast to
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have it today. wednesday and thursday not much changes in our pattern so i wouldn't be surprised if those are upgraded to spare the air days also. everybody but the peninsula and the south bay, colder this morning, down in the south bay you are in the upper 30s to mid 40s. let's see everybody else, about 36 lafayette, san francisco at about 48. want to show you the san matteo bridge as it's getting busy this morning. roads just caution during your commute planner for the fog across the north bay. chilly and cool on mass transit today and light winds if you will be out on the bay. here is sue. we have this happens about once a week it seems, we have a problem on the bay bridge with a big rig stuck. what we don't know is what direction. the chp is headed there to let us know, but it's on the on ramp or off ramp to treasure eye left hand, either eastbound or westbound. it's not affecting lanes on the bridge but those big rigs have a really hard time taking those turns to get on or off at treasure island. here we have the toll plaza with
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no problems whatsoever, we have not had any metering lights at all. now, it seems the chp is not going to issue a sig alert for this accident up near litten springs, there was a car blocking two lanes of traffic that apparently hit a tree, driver was able to move off to the right shoulder on their own, so it looks like we are pretty much clear of the roadway and we will check back especially on that bay bridge big rig issue in just a few. happening today, muni will begin serving the new san francisco sales force transit center. the five fulton bus to sixth avenue will stop at the transit center from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. monday through friday. riders ma i board at the bus plaza at beil and mission streets or transit island on fremont and market. those heading to the temporary trans bay terminal for ac transit, west cat, bolt and amtrak may transfer at the bus stop on beil between market and mission. christmas gave basketball fans another chapter in the saga between the cleveland cavaliers
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and the golden state warriors. cass pea dunking in the third quarter. warriors kept on charging on their way to a 99-92 win at oracle. last night's game marked the latest rematch of the last three nba finals and the dubs got a big game from kevin durant. >> kevin is at his best under pressure in big games. there are times in some lesser games where he loses his focus a little bit, but you get to these games where there is a lot of energy, a lot of excitement, he tends to be on top of his game. >> the warriors have won 11 of their last 12 games. they lost utah tomorrow night. oakland raider fans are singing a tune of wait until next year after the silver and black were eliminated from the playoffs. the raiders lost in philly to the eagles st night's big highl in the second quarter with this
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touchdown pass. the raiders finish their season sunday when they visit the los angeles chargers. and with just one week left on its schedule, the nfl has made a significant change in the way it handles head injuries. these changes follow at least two recent incidents where quarterbacks hurt their head. league officials feel on site medical personnel mishandled the injuries. neuro trauma consultant will now be present in the nfl's command center and any signs of impact seizure will be considered as a loss of consciousness and those players will then be allowed to return to the field. you can see more coming up at 7:00 on "good morning america." a new record for tesla, how quickly its battery was able to supply electricity after a power plant failed. if you are planning to hit the mall today you definitely will not be alone. the big day expected as people start returning or exchanging christmas gifts or taking advantage of those post holiday
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deals. it's a little chilly to start but let's look at the beach anyway. 6:41. this is a live look at sapt cruz. a little color building in the sky.
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coming up on 6:45 right on the dot. 30% -- 32% of the yearly average for the entire sierra snow pack, that's not good, is it? and it's not going to get any better today. we have high clouds and sunshine down in so cal. 68 l.a., 73 in palm springs, low 60s through the central valley and mid 50s near tahoe and yosemite. here is my seven-day forecast for tahoe. you notice temperatures well above the average high of 43. in fact, some records around 58 to 59, we will be close to those, it will get cooler sunday, monday, with our chance of rain comes a slight chance of snow there. i will have more on that coming up. we got a little bit of a break but you can expect once again busy stores and shopping malls as millions of people start making holiday returns for those unwanted gifts. >> i didn't know this was such a thing, but a lot of stores do know that, they are opening up early today and abc 7 news
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reporter matt keller is live in san jose with it all. >> reporter: good morning. yeah, walmart opened up at 6:00 a.m., there are about ten people outside and i asked them are any of you here for returns and they said, no, they were here for the good christmas deals. if you go inside all the clearance christmas stuff 50% off. that's a good deal. they're getting ready for next year. as the morning goes on we expect to see a lot of people doing returns, that's because americans return nearly $90 billion worth of holiday gifts. here are more tips from the experts, know the store's return who will si and how long you have to do it, many will extend the return date if you bought the item during the holiday season, or you can ship it back. more than a third of retailers offer free return hipg online. you can always wait to go back to the store and avoid the clouds today and tomorrow. if you do come here today, why not now? no lines and you can get the deals on that christmas stuff right now while it's still in stock. reporting live in san jose, matt
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keller, abc 7 news. okay, matt, thank you. pick us up some wrapping paper for next year. did he hear us? >> i think we will have to tweet him. today's morning money report analysts are lowering expectations for iphone x shipments in the first quarter of the next year. >> they are blaming the really high price and also a lack of interesting innovations. they say customers are instead choosing cheaper iphones, the iphone x when on sale a month ago. the world's largest lithium ion bet ri has set another record. last week a coal firepower plant failed leading to a power cut. the battery delivered, as much as 100 megawatts of juice into the national electricity grid in just 140 milliseconds, the state energy minister said that national operators were shocked at how quick and effectively the battery was able to deliver that type of energy. unions are looking to organize a new set of workers as
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recreational cannabis becomes legal here in california next year. the united farmworkers says growers could label their products with the union's logo as a marketing strategy. labor leaders estimate recreational pot could employ at least 100,000 workers, harvesting and trimming the plants, extracting ingredients to put in liquids and edibles and driving it to the stores and people's homes. we have new details this morning about a delivery addressed to treasury secretary steve mnuchin's home in bel-air. >> it was bizarre and stinky. the secret service says it has now interviewed someone claiming responsibility for sending a gift wrapped box filled with horse manure. the secret service did not identify the person, but a man who says he sent the box is now speaking out. robert strong, a los angeles psychologist, says the tax bill that was passed and signed last week is, quote, horse poop. he then documented his acts on social media, posting photos of himself with the box after
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packing it up and then on saturday he actually dropped it off, but he dropped it off at the home of mnuchin's neighbor. >> dear misters mnuchin an trump, we the american people are returning the gift of the christmas tax bill because it's complete and utter horse [ bleep ]. >> it is unbelieve this morning whether or not strong will face any charges. also unclear how that neighbor felt about getting that gift. natasha. >> exactly. united airlines says it apologized and gave $500 to a passenger who claims that the airline gave her first class seat to a congresswoman. an airlines spokesperson says united internal systems shows is that the has per jean simon canceled her seat on a flight from houston to d.c. after a weather delay. simon denies she canceled that flight and simon also claims that united did not apologize. she says she was offered an ultimatum at the gate, take $500 and a voucher for the canceled ticket or find another flight all together. many team in puerto rico
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have extra proof santa claus is real. santa found many of the kids who are now living someplace else after hurricane maria devastated their own homes. santa's sleigh took him to places where many puerto rican children are now living with relatives. he has gone there to puerto rico for centuries. obviously bringing toys and good will and in some cases this year kids wanted a little more than gifts. >> kid yesterday asked me to bring back his house the way it was before maria. >> so apart from all those toys and gifts, he has been giving for centuries, this year parents say santa provided something greater, his presence helped the kids forget at least for a short time about their hardships that they now face after that massive disaster. it's ten to 7:00 now, glad memorial church continued its holiday tradition on christmas day feeding thousands of people in san francisco. abc 7 news was in the tenderloin
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district yesterday where 500 volunteers helped prepare and serve ham and turkey dinners. by the end of the day volunteers had dished up about 5,000 meals including breakfast, lunch and padding meals. salvation army volunteers spend yesterday morning preparing meals for house bound residents in san francisco. they delivered 4500 meals on christmas day. more than 400 volunteers picked up the meals. some southwest airline passengers felt right at home on christmas day while waiting for their flight. ♪ i'll be home for ♪ if only in my >> the crowd goes wild. >> oh, my gosh. >> houston resident charise miles has been a flight attendant for 20 years.
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the 42-year-old says she sings on all her flights to make a positive difference in people's lives. in this particular performance it prompted some soldiers to tear up and thank her for her service. >> this is lovely. >> isn't it beautiful? >> she's very -- she's even holding a frappuccino at an angle and her food and she is just belting it. that's amazing. she's great. okay. the force is strong with the last jedi. >> the eighth film continues to dominate the movie galaxy. it made an estimated $32 million just yesterday, that marks the second highest christmas day at the box office and ranks as the 28th highest grossing film of all time. disney is the parent company of abc 7 and lucas it is followed by "jumanji," "pitch perfect 3," the greatest show man and "ferdinand." a lot of good movies out there. may be the day to go today to keep warm. of course, it is winter, right?
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yeah. >> absolutely. especially those ones that have the recliners in them, those are comfortable. hi, everybody. look at how glasslike the bay is this morning, high pressure taking over. more sunshine today, but unfortunately the possibility of poor air quality does exist on this spare the air day. partly cloudy tonight, but watch out for the fog, it will be more widespread tomorrow morning, i'm tracking the chance of rain for the new year. for today we will have low 60s inland, 56 to 59 around the bay and 57 to 59 at the coast. you can see the wealth of fog tonight with mid to upper 30s inland, low to mid 40s around the bay and mid to upper 40s along the coast into san francisco. now, the rain could start saturday night in the form of some light showers and then sunday into monday starting to pick up on a pretty healthy storm, but the models have done this before and what happens every time we get close? they fall apart. so a third to possibly two-thirds of an inch of rain by the time the end of the first day of 2018 is over.
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i'm holding my breath on it right now, that's just one model and that's why we don't have a storm track on sunday or monday, but the chance is developing to we will keep an eye on it. get used to temperatures in the upper 50s to mid 60s in the afternoon hours. can we get used to this quiet commute? >> it's pretty quiet. let's take a look at the bay bridge coming into san francisco, that upper deck, chp was able to locate that disabled big rig, it is in the eastbound direction lower deck of the treasure island off ramp that is quite often the site when these big rigs get suck. chp is on scene trying to get that unstuck. it's not in lanes blocking the eastbound direction, but you will find a little bit of slowing past that big rig. here we do have a little bit of slow traffic westbound 580, i act surprised because it's been to looity this morning, but we do have an stent partially blocking a lane of traffic here, it's actually in the middle lane west 580 near stroe bridge. they are in the process of clearing that. >> thank you.
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coming up next the seven things you know before you go. >> let's look outside right now, a live look here at san francisco. it is beautiful on the bay this morning. if yyou need to stay downeaway from it. call 911. let our first responders come out and handle it. police and fire will respond as well as pg&e. pg&e will make the scene safe. ♪
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and you smell gas, your first step is to get out, travel to a safe distance until you can't smell the gas anymore, and then call 911. the first responders will come out, and they'll make it safe for you and your community. ♪
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if you are just joining us or heading out the door here are the seven things to know before you go. we do start with number one, flags will be at half-staff today atte buildings in honor of a chp officer who was killed in the line of duty. officer andrew camilleri died in a crash late christmas eve on interstate 880. number two, the chp said the driver who caused that crash is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. when the drug becomes legal next week, money from the sales tax could lead to implementing a test similar to blood alcohol content, but for pot. number three, there are dangerous weather conditions across parts of the country right now. in the midwest windchill warnings and advisories, while some areas on the east coast could see up to four feet of snow. number four, our worries with with the air quality, it is another spare the air day, wood burning ban all day. 35 to 46 at 7:00 this morning, but temperatures hanging around 60 most of the afternoon.
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and number five, we're following your light holiday commute. take a look at the bay bridge, a little tough to see, but just a few head lights heading in, no metering lights and an easy drive on the east shore freeway. one accident to report to you westbound 580 near stroe bridge, traffic backing up to crow canyon road. number six, president trump is tweeting about healthcare, he says, quote, based on the fact that the very unfair and unpopular individual mandate has been terminated as part of our tax cut bill, which essentially repeals obamacare democrats and republicans will eventually come together and develop a great new healthcare plan. number seven the warriors won the latest rematch of the last three nba finals, golden state beat the cleveland cavaliers also and gave really deserving kids laptops as a surprise gift. >> 32 kids got brand-new laptops. >> and they got to go to the
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game, too. >> merry christmas. >> i like that. >> we will be back in 25 minutes with an abc 7 news good morning, america. winter whiteout. as millions of americans head back home after the holiday, snow, rain and ice wreaking

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