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>> fear is all part of life. it just depends how you overcome it. >> wiping out in50-foot wave. this local surfer is reacting to what turned out to be 100 very scary long seconds. good afternoon, thanks for joining us. i'm larry beil. >> and i'm ama daetz. a high surf advisory is still in effect. this is new video of the waves at half moon day today. wave heights have diminished a bit but it's in no way calm at pillar point harbor. >> the pounding of the surf overtook him for over a minute and that's a long time to hold your breath. >> reporter: he got up a couple of times but he was pounded a lot. it's an odd case, the story of a surfer who's famous for the wave that he didn't finish. in fact it's the wave that nearly finished him. if you believe in
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understatements, read the sign, if not venture toward the water. it's all any sane person could need. >> it's like being in an uncomfortable position that you just can't get out of. >> reporter: today's discomfort arrived in the form of unwanted fame. >> this is for the camera. get closer. >> reporter: for context, this was monday at mavericks when 50-foot surf lured thrill seekers who came to watch and world class surfers to came to harness the natural forces until this happened. it may be the most spectacular wipeout ever recorded at mavericks. for willam, 140 seconds of being tossed beneath and battered arrive by wave after wave. >> it feels like you're one of those like flag people at a car dealer. you're just getting ripped around. >> reporter: here's how the beginning of that ride looked to photographer matt ord from a jet
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ski. this the view from abc 7's dean smith on the cliff. willam had never seen the video until we showed him today. >> that was the worst of it after i fell and got sucked over the lip. >> reporter: frame by frame, this 22-year-old construction worker deconstructed every second of that ride. >> no, i didn't even feel like i was going to die at all. kind of a meditative mindset. >> even when he closed within 75 feet of these rocks. it's gone crazy on the internet. willam remains unfazed. >> instagram fame doesn't make you famous because it comes and goes really quickly. >> reporter: how fortunate that in this case the subject lived to surf another day. >> get back on the horse for sure. >> reporter: is that guy chill or what? worth noting, this wasn't even the maverick surf contest, this is practice for the contest. we don't have a date for the
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contest. i asked just out of curiosity what he thought that wave might have been worth in that contest, a 9.0 because he finished it. because he didn't finish it, a 4.5. wayne freedman, abc 7 news. >> that is insane. a chill wayne freedman by the way, as well. spencer christian is here with a look at the conditions now along the san mateo coast. not as gnarly as the past couple of days. >> wave heights are still elevated, way above average heights but much diminished from a couple of days ago. right now we're looking between 11 and 15 feet. they continue to get a little lower. this high surf advisory will be in effect until 3:00 a.m. tomorrow. meanwhile looking at some fog developing overnight. not as widespread as last night but othver the central valley we'll see dense fog developing
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overnight. i'll talk about the impact on morning traffic and give you the forecast in a few minutes. >> stay with abc 7 news for the latest on this high surf advisory. we are posting new stories of the surfers at mavericks and giving you the latest forecast on the website and the abc 7 news app. we have developing news in alameda county. a man has been charged with the death of a 17-year-old. >> 21-year-old christian kelling of fremont was arrested last week in texas. he went there after shooting two teenagers in a dispute over marijuana. 17-year-old demani chadly died. he was found in the passenger seat of a car that crashed into a fence the night of december 4th. the 19-year-old driver was also shot but k k san jose police want to find the driver that hit two pedestrians and just took off after 6:30 this morning. one of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries. the other is expected to
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recover. police haven't released a description of the car. the tesla model s fire that we saw yesterday renewing concerns over electric car batteries. >> the vehicle actually caught fire twice in santa clara county after the owner reported a flat tire. here's abc 7 news reporter matt keller. >> reporter: the latest thermal imaging show the temperature of this tesla model s was going in the right direction. >> where it was hottest, it was 170 last night. it's down to 140. >> i don't know the right temperature. certainly the fact that it's going down is a good sign. i don't think we have enough information to know whether we've stopped that chemical chain reaction from occurring in the next minutes or hours. >> reporter: firefighters are still concerned about the possibility the electric car could flame up for a third time. the owner of the model s said he was driving on highway 17 when a sensor went off alerting him to a quick drop in tire pressure. he ended up at a los gatos
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repair shop. >> i heard a funny hissing sounding. >> reporter: that noise was actually his car going up in flames. santa clara county fire put it out but waited six hours for the batteries to cool before towing it to campbell. then at 10:00 last night, this happened. a second fire. firefighters once again doused the tesla with water trying to cool the batteries down. they propped the car up on blocks for easier access. tesla has been responsive and working with them but don't know when this model s will be deemed safe. >> the technology is such that there are some unknowns to it as far as what we've seep in this case. that chemical chain reaction that's occurring. so we need to maintain that direct contact with them so we can work through it and make sure that the public is ultimately safe and the car is in a safe place in the event it does reignite. >> reporter: tesla is investigating this incident and are glad to hear everyone is safe. abc 7 news reporter david
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louie is also following this story. he's been talking to tesla and auto tech experts. his story coming up at 5:00. happening tonight, a yemeni woman whose 2-year-old son is on life support in oakland is due to arrive in the bay area. she was grand granted a visa yesterday. her husband and son are u.s. citizens and have been in the bay area since august to get abdula better medical treatment for his rare brain disease. his family says the boy is dying and they're relieved his mother will be able to see him one last time. she received a waiver and is traveling on a visa which permits entry to close relatives of american citizens. facebook stock dropped 7% today on a report that it let many companies read users' private messages. according to "the new york times," facebook shared data with more than 150 companies through apps on its platform, even if the users had disabled sharing as a feature.
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companies mentioned in the report included microsoft and netflix. now, netflix says it never accessed anybody's private messages or asked for the ability to do so. facebook says it never gave companies access to data without user consent. a major milestone today for mineta san jose airport. it is now the second busiest bay area airport. amy hollyfield shows us the party for the passenger who helped break the record. >> reporter: usually getting pulled aside at the airport means a more thorough check at the security line. but the airport really had a surprise in store for sergio aguilera when they asked him to step aside. mineta san jose airport declared aguilera its 14.3 millionth passenger this year, setting a record for the airport. a record they have been trying to break for 17 years. >> 17 years ago, we peaked out at 14.2 million travelers, but things changed in our world in 2001. and we've been focused on
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growing our facilities, improving our facilities ever since then. and today is a record day for us. >> reporter: this day also means the airport has now surpassed oakland in number of passengers. >> we're now the number two bay area airport in terms of passengers served. >> reporter: aguilera and his family are connecting here, going from washington to mexico for the holidays. airport officials approached him right at the gate when he got off the plane. >> i was surprised being the 14.3 million. i was really surprised. i didn't know what to do. >> reporter: it sounds like aguilera is a symbol rather than the actual person, which would be tough to determine. the airport says it expects to hit the number by the end of the year, and today is the kickoff of the busy holiday travel season. >> you know, in our minding this person is the person that we're focusing on for today to symbolize a very important marker for our airport. >> reporter: as for how the airport reached this point, well, mineta built this terminal
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ten years ago and has added flights, both domestic and international, and hopes that this trend continues. in san jose, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. >> i feel like he should get free flights for life or something. >> that might be a little much. well, we are just over two weeks away from the college football national championship at levi's stadium. >> today it was announced that country music star keith urban will be the pregame headliner at the allstate championship tailgate. pop artist and former "dancing with the stars" contestant andy grammar will perform the national anthem. we don't know who's going to play in the game of course. clemson and notre dame will play in the cotton bowl, oklahoma and alabama face off and the winner of those games meet at levi's at january 7th. you can watch all the games on our sister network, espn. still ahead, sweeping changes to the criminal justice system. three parts to the biggest reform in decades.
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house. the senate overwhelmingly passed the legislation yesterday 88-12. this bill gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders. it boosts prisoner rehab efforts and reduces the life sentence for some drug offenders with three strikes to 25 years. lawmakers say it really changes the outlook on america's system of justice maybe for the first time in decades. >> it's a dramatic change. i think it reflects the fact that we realize that just getting muscular and tough isn't enough, we've got to use our brains. >> this is not just a measure of compassion toward the prisoners, this is basically a public safety measure. >> the bill's passage culminates years of negotiations trying to undo the strict guidelines from the '90s. jared kushner supported the legislation and mr. trump is looking forward to signing it. for the past few years, san francisco billionaire political activist tom steyer has been
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funding campaigns across the country, raising his visibility and speculation that he may be running for president in 2020. >> it appears mr. steye rcr has just taken the most concrete step in doing that and he joins us now in studio with kristen sze. >> tom steyer, nice to have you back here. >> nice to be here. >> last time you were here we talked about you spending over $100 million to support youth voter registration and democratic candidates. when we talked about your own future, you deferred and said let's focus on the midterms, am i right? >> yes. >> the midterms are now over and now the plot thickens, shall we say. i want to show folks a current ad right now on linkedin seeking a state director for a national campaign in three early primary states. it even asks for experience working on presidential campaigns. now, this doesn't have your name on it but uses the same language as job opportunities listed on your next gen america site.
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so, tom, this is your ad. this is your ad, right? >> i assume so. i didn't place it. >> okay. >> but let me say this, kristen. we run a giant national grassroots effort. that effort inspect ter terms o organizing young people across all of those states exists. we've hired people and continue to for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. i didn't place this ad. but i'm just telling you, we will have an organization in all of those states for sure, and we will be hiring in all of those states, regardless of what i decide to do. >> okay. but you don't really go this far to hire state directors if you're not serious about running. so in front of your hometown viewers here in san francisco, let's just be straightforward. are we talking about 50%, 75% chance, 90% chance you running? >> let me give you the way i'm thinking about it.
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what i did after the midterms was put out what i think is a positive vision for america. when i think about the american political scene, what i believe is missing is an idea of what we're trying to accomplish together, so i put out five rights that i believe all americans have in the 21st century, which is the right to an equal vote. >> you do have a video for that. >> the right to clean air and clean water. the right to learn free public education, quality public education, pre-k through college and skills education, the right to a living wage and the right to health. and what i was trying to say is with this kind of protection for american citizens, they're now free to go about their business to create the life they want, and we're free to create the country we want. i put it out there for however many dozens of democrats want to run for president, to say we need to commit to a vision together of what the rights
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americans have, our new bill of rights in the 21st century. >> and those five rights are the themes that you got out of all the town halls that you've been holding the past year, right? >> yes. >> that's what people are telling you. i do want to ask you, though. you rail against big corporations buying democracy, but some of your critics might say, hey, tom steyer has spent tons of money and therefore he is buying influence as well. what would you say to that? >> first of all, i would say i do believe that there has been a hostile corporate takeover of our democracy. and i do believe we need to absolutely redo money in politics for sure. what we've tried to do is to push power down to the people. if you look at our organization, it's all about grassroots. whether it's mobilizing the biggest mobilization of young voters in american history, we did last year. going door to door to people who vote only occasionally to talk to them about the issues and engage them and try to get them
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to vote. running direct propositions. going to voters and saying the elected officials won't pass clean energy, why don't we pass clean energy. >> all right. tom, i want to say if you do run, though, going back to that, we're circling back to that, oh, yes, we are, and we're going to assume you are. it's a crowded field. a new des moines register poll shows you near the bottom in iowa in terms of the potential democrats. biden leads the pack followed by sanders, elizabeth warren, beto o'rourke. so my question to you, does the democratic party and do the american voters need tom steyer in this race? >> i don't think it's about me at all and i also don't think it's about any of those people you listed. i really believe this is a question about the quality of the ideas and the vision. because if you look at where we are, we are clearly at a loss for a positive vision. almost eight out of ten americans believe that corporations have bought the
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democracy and that it no longer looks to serve the people of by and for the people but in fact is looking to serve the corporate donors. so the thing that is going to make a difference between now and the presidential election, i believe strongly, is going to be the quality of the idea and can somebody put forward an idea and a vision where people say good grief, that's absolutely true, we need to do that. and that's the person who people are going to get. >> so if the day comes and you decide you're the person to lead that vision and carry it out into 2020, you come back here and let us know. >> kristen, i owe you. >> thanks, tom. >> thanks for having me. okay, we'll start with a look at live doppler 7. you can see clouds are increasing, although skies are relatively bright. this is a nice view from our rooftop camera. some blue sky breaking through the clouds. it's 58 in san francisco and oakland, 61 mountain view, upper 50s at san jose, morgan hill and half moon bay.
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here's a dramatic view of the setting sun from emeryville. 56 at santa rosa and san rafael, napa 57. 64 at vacaville and upper 50s at concord and livermore. a view from sutro tower looking northward. these are our forecast features, patchy dense fog will develop overnight and be there for the morning commute as well. showers arrive tomorrow night first in the north bay and we'll see brighter skies at the ending of the week. during this overnight period look for a partly to mostly cloudy skies especially in the north bay and we'll see areas of fog, dense at times, especially in the central valley and through the delta into some parts of the north bay valleys. overnight lows will be generally in the low to mid-40s. as we take you through the 12-hour planner tomorrow, we'll see clouds lingering into the noon part of the day. then later afternoon, limited sunshine thaenand then showers e tomorrow night in the north bay. the storm is 1 on the storm impact scale.
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we exact scattered showers. most locations will see under a quarter inch of rainfall. here's the forecast animation taking us into thursday or tomorrow afternoon and evening. that's when the rain is expected to start sweeping through the north bay. shortly after midnight we'll see that frontal system breaking up and there probably won't be much of that left on friday morning. rainfall totals we project will be under a quarter of an inch, in fact under a tenth of an inch for most of the bay area. hghs tomorrow will be mostly in the upper 50s. maybe a few locations will top out at 60 degrees. here is the accuweather seven-day forecast. we'll get brighter skies on friday as winter arrives at 2:23 p.m. even brighter still on saturday. but sunday clouds will increase. we'll have rainy, breezy weather on monday, which is christmas eve. clouds will linger into christmas day. merry christmas, merry christmas. and then partly cloudy on wednesday. i'm dreaming of a cloudy christmas. >> are you going to go door to door, merry christmas, merry
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pit's the holidays santa barbara style. this beach house is on display at the four seasons built more resort. the task of building it started six weeks ago. decorations include sugay palm trees. they used 20 pounds of candies. the holiday season isn't even over but the hotel is planning for next year. the staff hopes to make it even bigger and better. >> so it's low calorie, just so
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i understand. >> low carb. you're good to go. >> fantastic. you have the museum of ice cream and a candy museum here in san francisco. >> but in southern california there's a museum that's in really bad taste. the disgusting food museum in los angeles. okay, that just looks foul. >> it's a celebration of food from around the world highlighting how different cultures may or may not view certain things as disgusting. >> this is a pop-up museum. it includes frog smoothies. >> was that a bat? >> it looks like it's going to eat you or bite back. frog smoothies from peru, maggot cheese from sardinia. you can request samples to taste and a sickness bag is included in the price of admission. hard pass. >> absolutely. coming up next, tackling the housing crisis. the effort that appears to be working when it comes to keeping people from being displaced.
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also it was the strongest tornado to hit washington state in more than 30 years.
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♪thisi'm gonna let it shine. ♪ it's energy saving time, ♪ i'm gonna reduce mine. ♪ californians all align ♪ to let our great state shine.
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♪ let it shine, ♪ the power's ours to let it shine! ♪ and here are the stories making headlines at 4:30. highway 37 near highway 121 in sonoma county is back open after one lane was shut down following a police chase.
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the chp says the car they were chasing crashed near island road. a yemeni woman whose 2-year-old son is on life support in oakland is expected to arrive in the bay area in just a few hours. she was granted a visa after months of being unable to obtain one because of president trump's travel ban. also in the news, the senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation that would make lynching a federal crime. the effort was led by several senators, including kamala harris. there's a concerted effort in san francisco to stabilize housing and keep people from becoming sdplasdisplaced. some nonprofits are buying properties and revitalizing them with the purpose of keeping them peantly affordable. lyanne melendez is in the news room with why this is working. >> think for a moment the last time you went by public housing. many are in poor and unsafe condition, but that has been changing in san francisco where the city has been slowly helping
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to rehabilitate them after they are owned by a nonprofit. no more federal government involvement. not a single resident of this 97-unit building in san francisco's western edition neighborhood was permanently relocated. even though it was completely rehabilitated. here's how it works. public housing units like this one once owned by the federal government are purchased by a nonprofit, which agrees to renovate them using city and private funds. by extending the life of the building, they are getting more from their investment. the owner of this property at 1750 mcallister is the nonprofit community housing partnership, h /o 17 building t , including treasure >> we now own it, manage it and provide services to the 97 residents who live here. >> when you're homeless, you're
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isolated. you have to be always on your toes. >> reporter: robert madison was once homeless before arriving here. he and the other residents are guaranteed to live here in perpetuity. they continue to pay only 30% of their income. the city wants to see more of these conversions. >> the seniors are the fastest growing population too, and we definitely have a lot of vulnerable seniors that need this. >> reporter: today this building was renamed after the late rachel townsend, a youth worker and community leader who ironically could no longer afford to live in san francisco. for people like robert madison, this is a place they will now continue to call home without fear of being displaced. >> if you have hope, you are never a lost cause. >> i've got to remember that. so far more than 2,500 units have been renovated under this program. the goal is to revitalize over 3,500, all with the same purpose of keeping them permanently
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affordable. in the newsroom, lee yanne melez abc 7 news. one san francisco agency has a great track record of creating a successful model for helping homeless people. >> it provides people with housing and supportive services. cheryl jennings is joining us now with that story. it's great to see you. >> thank you. it's a wonderful program. here's how the program is helping to build a better bay area. >> when my daughter was 15, i became homeless. she ended up in the foster care system. >> i used to get hurt because whatever i was doing, smoking, whatever i was doing, people around me, we're all doing it. that became life. >> reporter: katherine and deborah are now off the streets and living positive, productive lives. it's all thanks to safe, low income housing like this through the tenderloin development corporation or tndc for short. it provides a variety of services to support residents in different ways.
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growing fresh food is a key part of tndc's mission. >> i got involved with this garden here, the people's garden. >> reporter: cakatherine met met this urban garden in the shadow of city hall. katherine talked about her terrible struggle with homelessness after she became chronically ill with asthma. the community garden not only offers participants fresh, nutritious food but teaches them how to work together and build a sense of family. >> having access to fresh produce is rough out here in the tenderloin and affordable produce. so being able to provide it f free is -- you know, that's irreplaceable. >> reporter: there are also roof gardens at many of the tndc builds and more gardens and wall gardens are planned. they gave a manager a concept to implement, let's look at housing as health care. >> health is what we're going to commit to. what are we doing about access
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to healthy food. what are we doing about the environment that we're creating, inns theilave social workers're on site. they have a community organizing department that goes out and gets the community involved in different things. >> i try to help people speak up for their rights. i try to help people to see it's time to get educated about what's going on around them. >> debra and katherine became actively involved as community organizers. they're among many residents who are trained through tndc to be advocates for the people in their buildings and other social issues. if there are substance use issues, social workers can get residents into treatment programs. tndc has a program for kids called the tenderloin after school program, and children can get tutoring, enjoy after-school activities or go on college tours. and there are programs for senior citizens. >> we have a whole healthy aging
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focus area that provides, oh, my gosh, activities from workshops to chronic diseases, diabetes, to fall prevention to fitness activities through tai chi and brain fitness. >> tndc is a model that can be replicated. homelessness is something we do know the answer to if we can finding the political will to address it. >> reporter: don falk is the executive director of tndc. >> the answer to homelessness is homes. tndc owns and operators 40 properties, all of them permanently affordable. most of the units occupied by people with under $1,000 a month. >> it now houses 6,000 people with 3500 homes with supportive services and the residents are not just surviving, they are thriving, thanks to tndc's multi-layered approach. >> tndc is my family.
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they gave me my life back. if i don't get it together,th's chance. >> i'm much happier now. i'm much more at peace. i'm much more confident. >> tndc's executive director invites the business community to join him in finding ways to end the homelessness problem in san francisco. it could be as simple as organizing a community garden in available spaces, or becoming a mentor or a sponsor. we posted a link for you with more information on our website, abc7news.com. >> it's awesome that they get a second chance. kind of a restart in many cases. >> but they get all those other services and that's what makes the difference. they build a community. >> we should still everybody, we have a good-bye plan for you tonight at 6:00 because cheryl is kind of going -- >> it's a see you later. >> it's not a retirement, it's semi retirement. you're going to travel all over but you're still going to be here. >> from time to time. >> but not every day. >> that's right. >> and that's at 6:00 and we'll look back at some of your great
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moments. and there were a lot of them. >> thank you. >> we'll do it in 30 seconds. >> that's my life in 30 seconds. >> we'll see you again at 6:00. thank you, cheryl. and we would of course like you to join the conversation about building a better bay area. if you have any ideas when it comes to things like housing or transportation or even schools, you can post them online with the #betterbayarea. the national weather service confirms it was an ef-2 tornado that hit port orchard, washington. >> the strongest tornado to hit the state and today workers surveyed hundreds of homes. >> will carr looks at some of the damage. >> it sounded like a bunch of f-16s going over the top of us. >> it was loud. >> all of a sudden i see this vortex coming right around the side of the house. >> reporter: there was no warning as this tornado swept lu port orchard. it tore this building to shreds. as you walk along and take a wide look, you can see the toll of all of this devastation.
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these buildings have been gutted. roofs were ripped off of homes, trees were snapped for miles. tornados like this are extremely rare. washington state only averages two and a half every year. the last one to hit this county happened back in the early '90s. >> i recognized the sound from living in the midwest, so i grabbed my co-worker and i drug him in the bathroom with us and we hunkered down in the bathroom while the tornado went by. >> reporter: amazingly nobody was seriously hurt. >> i'm also thankful that we had no serious injuries in our community. it's difficult to believe with the amount of devastation i have witnessed out there. >> reporter: in port orchard, washington, will carr, abc news. still ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00, the search for an american tourist who disappeared in peru. where her brother says police spotted her on surveillance video. also, this is a real medical mystery. doctors monitoring a little
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the fbi is joining the search for a legally blind american tourist who van heishe while traveling alone in peru. >> she was last seen a week ago today. according to her brother, police spotted her on surveillance video getting out of a cab near an area where people can catch buses. >> it's not unlike her to embark on trips by herself. she's done it before all over
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the world. she's a very well versed traveler despite her disability. >> a friend of carla's became concerned when she did not show up last thursday in lima when the two were supposed to fly back to the u.s. carla was diagnosed with optic nerve atrophy when she was only 10 years old. that will cause her to go completely blind. her brother said she was a dedicated traveler. she wanted to see the whole world before her world went dark. from no cure to no trace. listen to this. an 11-year-old girl's inoperable brain tumor has just disappeared. doctors can't explain it. >> she was diagnosed in june with a rare tumor. she went through weeks of radiation even though there's no cure. well, doctors from five different hospitals all diagnosed here with a cancerous brain tumor. suddenly, it's undetectable on an mri scan. the family were praying for a miracle and they say they only have god to thank. >> every day, we still say it.
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like it's just kind of our family thing. god healed her. >> we didn't know how long she would be healthy, but look at her. she's just -- she's doing awesome. >> wow. >> an electric smile. her parents say she is just as active as she ever was. doctors are remaining cautiously optimistic. okay. here's live doppler 7 showing increasing clouds over the bay area although we have bright areas in the sky right now. we'll see patches of dense fog develop in some of the valleys. overnight lows in the low to mid-40s and the approaching storm coming in tomorrow night ranks 1 on the storm impact scale. it will produce scattered showers. most locations will see rainfall totals under a quarter of an inch. this night it's just cloudy with patchy fog. then in the morning we'll see clouds continuing to thicken. highs will range from upper 50s at the coast to maybe 60, 61
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degrees in the mildest locations near the bay and inland. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. showers come in tomorrow night and should be over by friday morning. by the way friday is the first day of winter. it arrives officially at 2:23 p.m. brighter skies on saturday, increasing clouds on sunday and a rainy and breezy one comes in on monday. christmas eve looks like it's going to be dry. >> thanks, spencer. up next, will durst joining us live in studio. he's sharing his top ten news stories of the year. i believe comedy made it. >> and a big day for college-bound oh! oh! ♪ ozempic®! ♪ (vo) people with type 2 diabetes are excited about the potential of once-weekly ozempic®. in a study with ozempic®, a majority of adults lowered their blood sugar and reached an a1c of less than seven and maintained it. oh! under seven? (vo) and you may lose weight. in the same one-year study, adults lost on average up to 12 pounds.
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7 on your side's michael finney joining us with what has become a bay area tradition. >> michael is at the interview desk with two special guests. >> hey, guys. it is near the end of the year so it is time for the big fat year end kiss-off comedy show. >> okay. this year it's all over the bay area. comedians are the organizers. how long have you guys been
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doing this now? >> good lord, michael, this is our 26th year. >> 26 years of this? >> we started when we were 12. >> i was 12, he was already 50. but -- yeah. >> ouch. >> so it's stand-up skits. it wraps up the year, is that -- >> it's the big fat year end. so what we do is we just major news stories of what happened during the year. >> but, you know, we're not talking about wildfires or we're not going to be talking about hurricanes or bone saws or any of that. >> no, no. it's the lighter side. >> yes, of the year. >> now, a major part of this always every year is your top 10 comedic news stories. >> which are different from the legitimate news stories. no khashoggi. that was one of the major. no, the top ten comedic news stories. and we don't have time for all
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of them. >> let's do three. let's do the top three -- no, let's do the middle three. >> why don't we do the three that are funny. >> yeah, do the three that are funny. >> scanning, scanning, scanning, file not found. >> so number three on the list. >> it's actually number four but i'm going to skip number three. white house corruption, because it is so large it can be seen from space. we had rick gates who testified that paul manafort stole money from trump, who stole money from everybody. i mean the russian nesting dolls are crying. >> wow, how did you do that? i saw how you did that. >> so that's number three. >> number two is the blue wave, which everybody thought was going to be a blue puddle. >> it turned out to be a wave. >> yeah, the democrats exhibited a pulse. who knew? >> how's that comedic, though? >> well, if anybody -- if anybody can snatch defeat from
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the jaws of victory, it's the democrats, so i trust them. >> and then your number one comedic story of 2018 -- >> what do you think? what do you think? donald john trump. the man has done for political comedy what legalized marijuana did for cheetos. >> okay. >> that counts, right? >> so he just as a person he's the entire comedic -- >> yeah, yeah. you know, the whole thing revolves around him. you've got melania and you've got ivanka and you've got -- yeah, it's the cast of characters. >> yes, but no one ever talks about tiffany. the forgotten trump. >> mar larla, darling, marla. >> how much of your show is just trump this year? is it 90%? >> maybe not 17%. >> we hit both sides. 85% republicans and 15% -- just
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like the bay area. >> we know our audiences. if we were going to do all trump material, we'd have to be on stage now. we have eight hours of material. it's like the stones, we could go on forever. >> we have six hours of material. >> the show is only two hours long. >> do you do a different show in pleasanton than you do in san francisco? >> every show is different. >> really? >> no. >> you're not that hard of workers. >> it's herding drunken cats. we have a cast of six people and we travel to all these different places every single night. it's a different theater. >> and who all is with you?oh i. we've got johnny steele and mari magaloni. >> arthur douse. >> this guy here. >> how do people buy tickets to this thing? >> willdurst.com has all the
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information. we have a facebook page that lists all the venues and how to get tickets. >> or just go to big fat and ignore all the -- >> other things. >> big fat year end kiss-off comedy show. >> and we'll also put a link on our website so everybody can find you guys. will durst, debbie, thanks for joining us. >> great seeing you, michael. >> 26 years. >> yeah. >> thanks. >> no, you're the best. >> i think debbie won the segment actually. will scored with the cheetos line, but it took a few seconds on that. coming up next, it is signing day for college-bound athletes. the bay area students with a lot to look forward to this fall. right now dan is here with what's ahead at 5:00. san francisco's mayor is trying to get her brother released from prison early. new at 5:00, what's motivating her to take that step. a small step in a big fight. a fence comes down in the battle over public beaches. and from far, far away. a tall ship pays a visit, hoping
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you'll come check it out. those
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oh, we have a good holiday lineup tonight. we have olaf's frozen adventure at 8:00 and shrek the halls, followed by modern family, single parents, the goldbergs and american housewife. stay with us for abc 7 news at 11:00. mary poppins returns will hit theaters nationwide today. it's a sequel to the iconic 1964
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film. emily blunt plays the nanny and lin-manuel miranda is the co-star. in college football today was national signing day. that's when schools can officially sign their new recruits. >> this is a big deal. several east bay students announced their intention with family and their classmates at their side. carlos salcedo has more from oakland. >> i'll be continuing my ball and education at ucla. >> reporter: the suspense was quickly shattered with those four letters. oakland high school defensive tackle will be a bruin come next fall. he credits much of his success to the family's humble beginnings. >> we came from nothing. and for the fact that my parents came from a little island of tonga to america, that played a big part with my whole recruiting process. >> reporter: the decision was a hard one for proud parents. >> it's hard for me for him to
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go far. >> reporter: he is the first player to earn an athletic and academic scholarship under jay scory's leadership. >> it's a good way that he's paving for younger kids to see that it is possible to work hard. >> reporter: over at bishop odall high three students announced where they're going, including austin jones, sporting that cardinal red. austin will stay in the bay area. >> when it came to my college decision, i wanted to them to see me play so keep it close for them. >> reporter: os saustin is the decorated football player. >> austin has worked not only on the football field but in the classroom. he's a 4.0 student plus. >> reporter: the future is bright for these talented high school athletes. >> i'm impressed. >> in fact stanford, they recruit nationally but they have
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three local kids this year in their recruiting class. we'll have more on that on abc 7 sports at 6:00. >> i like the young man who wants to stay home so the family can see him. >> it's awesome. >> thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. abc 7 news at 5:00 starts right now. this news is really concerning. why? because now we're talking about your private messages. >> a shocking new report says facebook shared a lot more of your information even after they promised to stop. so what happens now? we told you about that tesla fire last night. now we're learning why electric car fires can be such a big deal. plus the on again, off again plan to tax your text messages and the new plan to get rid of it forever. the sweet reunion as a tall ship arrives in the bay area. and -- >> it's like being in an uncomfortable position that you just can't get out of. >> he's talking about a spectacular wipeout. this picture is right before it happened.
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he has been in this situation before. it seems like another day, another facebook privacy scandal. according to "the new york times," facebook allowed companies like netflix and spotify to read your messages, ones you thought were private. good evening, thanks for joining us. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm kristen sze. the revelation is the latest bad news for facebook. in just the last couple of months, the company has had several serious issues. word that it considers selling user data after pledging not to. >> and a bug that exposed the private photos from nearly 7 million users. abc 7 news reporter chris nguyen looks at what happens now. >> reporter: our personal data is a hot commodity, but now we're learning facebook gave big companies like amazon, netflix and microsoft more access to users' private information than previously thought. >> very alarming to know that these people

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