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in the news this sunday morning, u.s. war games with south korea are underway and north korea responds with some artillery fire of its own. a san francisco police chase ends with a crash and one arrest but officers are looking for a second man believed to have escaped from custody last week. >> and can we expect anymore rain today? i'll have your accu-weather forecast in just a few minutes. >> thank you, jeff. good morning, everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm carolyn tyler. china is proposing to host an emergency meeting in beijing in an 11th hour attempt to ease tensions between north korea and south korea. the chinese offer comes on the heels of new reports of artillery fire in north korea as war games get underway in the
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south. the u.s. and south korea kicked off their military maneuvers on young jong island where a north korean artillery barrage killed four on tuesday. a sea of fire if its territory is violated. earlier the north fired its weapons towards the island again. none of the rounds landed. residents were ordered to take cover but that order has since been lifted. here in the bay area police are investigating reports of an attempted rape in palo alto. the incident occurred early thursday morning but we're just now learning details. the victim was walking on almond street according to investigators. a man pushed her down and pulled down her pants. the victim fought him off and ran toward the street where she found her mother. san francisco police have arrested one man. still looking for a suspect who
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escaped from custody earlier this week. they spotted the two in a car and gave chase. after a short pursuit, the car crashed into another car. one person in that car was hurt. police arrested driver in the suspect's car but they're still looking for the passenger who is the main suspects. this weekend we are hearing for the first time of those two surviving victims of the christmas 2007 tiger attack at the san francisco zoo. the san francisco examiner obtained audio tapes of police interviewed conducted just hours of that incident. the brothers have never spoken publicly about what happened. in the interview police asked them several times whether they did anything to provoke the animal. amy holyfield reports. >> had you done anything to the tiger to tease it or harass it or scare the tiger? >> no. >> can you think of anything,
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why the tiger would want to attack you or your brother or your friend? >> no. >> several times in the interview, then the 23-year-old and his 19-year-old brother paul denied anything to provoke the tiger. they say the tiger appeared out of nowhere first pouncing on paul and then attacking carlos who was mauled to death. paul eventually got frustrated with the line of questioning from police. >> when you saw the tigers, were you yelling at them, trying to get their attention. >> they were attacking us and (bleep), scared us. i wasn't wrestling the tiger. have you had that happen? >> no, i can't say i have. >> it was the scariest moment in my life. >> the attorney for the family says these tapes prove the groups did nothing wrong. >> and those tapes were taken during or near the time this happened when they hadn't
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lawyered up as some people might think. but they spoke the truth about what had happened. >> but a spokesman for the zoo remains unconvinced. >> these tapes don't really shed any light on this case. people lie to the police all the time. i think this is another example of it. there were incidents of taunting of the tiger that ultimately left one young man dead. >> in the interview, the brothers are critical how difficult it was to get help and how long it took police and medical workers to arrive. >> i had to walk to the ambulance with my head like this. i went to the ambulance for them to help me out. >> paul says before the ambulance arrived, he didn't think he was going to make it. >> i thought i was going to die. i couldn't even -- it was like my last. >> and amy tells us there are victims also expressing disbelief the tiger was actual able to get out of its closure.
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the structure did not meet national standards. the zoo has settled lawsuits with both families agreeing to pay the brothers a total of $900,000 and an undisclosed amount was paid to the family of carlos sousa. the moss coney member wall march remembers two city leaders last night at the harvey milk plaza at the castro district. they came to remember the city's first openly gay supervisor harvey milk and the former mayor george mossconey who lost his seat on the board of supervisors. >> every year november 27th, the community gathers to commemorate and to remember what supervisor harvey milk meant for the community across the country and across the world. harvey milk is our martin luther king. >> this started at market street
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and ended at the side of milk's old camera shop on castro between 18th and 19th. tomorrow is the big online shopping day known as cyber monday but right now many retailers are trying to figure out how they did on black friday. shoppers spent only slightly more than last year. according to the research firm shoppertrack, retail spending rose just three-tenths of a percent. that's still a record for the day. the web research company says online merchants saw a 16% spike on black friday. meanwhile paypal reports an increase of about 27% in payment volume compared with last year. yesterday the emphasis was on neighborhood businesses in what was called small business saturday. here's lisa amin gulezian. >> it's the launch of a nationwide effort to get people out of the malls after black friday and into their neighborhood shops and
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restaurants. >> it is going to help. it makes people aware that they should support their local businesses. >> retailers need the extra boost. even though consumers are expected to spend 4% more this holiday than last year, many are still opting for the big box stores. union square was packed. downtown martinez filled with antique stores was not. >> the anticipation was it would catch on. i knew once we saw the weather report it was going to hamper the turnout. >> martinez is one of the two bay area cities where small businesses united for this day. they posted signs, blew up balloons and several are offering special saturday discounts. but foot traffic was very light. >> the rain has put a damper on it. but so far it's still early. >> there are shoppers buying into the concept most because of the selection and service. small businesses are promoting unique gifts. >> anyone who's been here loves
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these keys. >> and many are offering free gift wrapping. the hope is that the little things might set them apart from major chains and make a difference. >> guess there are probably more unique and less common sights. you can find more interesting things and handmade things, you know, that are sold in local shops that you might not find at a macy's. i like to support the businesses here. our specialty stores, they have great products. >> but for some shoppers, they go where "the price is right." >> big stores have better discounts because they buy bigger and pass on the savings. so definitely better. >> i don't think it's much more expensive to come here. >> martinez wants to make this downtown joint servant a tradition. they're hoping small business saturday catches on and becomes a success at least in the next few years. in martinez, lisa amin gulezian, abc 7 news. >> well, as you may have heard,
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that planned protest against heightened airport security measures fizzled this holiday weekend but one bay area native stood out. 31-year-old careen tyler wore a black bikini under her coat on her trip back to sonoma county for thanksgiving. she passed through the body scanner at the airport without incident. she wanted to draw attention to something that was making travel uncomfortable. >> i think travel should be something safe and comfortable. if i could do that in a way that made people smile and, you know, brought a different spin to it than everyone else was, i was happy do that. >> now, the news video of her has gone viral on the internet. tyler says she has no idea her light-hearted stunt would become this big. up next, a cargo plane crashes in pakistan leaving no survivors. also the latest on the man the
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f.b.i. arrested accused of planting a violent jihad at an oregon tree-lighting ceremony. and country music star willie nelson busted by police in texas. we'll tell you the charges he's facing. and cal plays its final game at memorial stadadadadadxñxñxñxñxññ
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>> say fiery plane crash in pakistan this weekend killed all seat russian crew members on board. authorities say yesterday's crash could have been much worse. the cargo plane missed several apartment buildings and crashed into several others that were under construction. the plane was being used for ferrying humanitarian aid to developing countries.
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this is the third plane crash in pakistan in less than five months. a teenager is to appear in federal court accused of trying to set off a bomb at a christmas tree lighting in portland, oregon. the 19-year-old is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction at friday night's ceremony. the public was never in danger because undercover f.b.i. agents said they gave him fake explosions in a sting operation. they told the somali-born teenager he would be killing women and children before he agreed to carry out the attack. >> actually really shocked. they work next-door, across the street. so this morning when i woke up and heard it, i was like oh, gosh! >> we condemn strongly any act of violence, any act that would target innocent people. >> the f.b.i. says muhammad tried to blow up a van twice using a cellphone the agents gave him. they also say the former oregon
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state university student believed he was being helped by other jihadists. we'll have more on this story coming up in our next half hour. country singer willie nelson is back on the road again after a brush with the u.s. border patrol. nelson was arrested for marijuana possession at a checkpoint in west texas yesterday. a border patrol officer smelled marijuana on nelson's biodiesel tour bus 80 miles east of el paso. it turned up 6 ounces of pot. he was released after posting a $20,000 bond. his spokeswoman had no comment. the right to bear arms in a hamburger restaurant in pleasant hill this weekend. members of the group called carry out flashed their unloaded semiautomatic pistols at the chain. it's part of the rifle's association program to arm every american. they were met as you saw there by supporters of the brady
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campaign to prevent gun violence. >> the ability for them to openly carry a firearm that's unloaded for the purposes of self-defense should they be faced with a violent encounter. >> even though people have a right to their self-defense, i think that people certainly and communities can make sensible gun laws. >> the brady campaign has been successful in getting other bay area chains like pete's coffee and california pizza kitchen to adopt a no-guns policy in their stores. well, the cal bears lost to the huskies in their final game at memorial stadium. it's getting a $321 million face lift. the 87-year-old stadium sits on the hayward fault so it needs to be seismically retrofitted. about two-thirds of the stadium will be replaced with a new concrete and field structure. during the renovation cal will place next season's home games
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at san francisco's at&t park. >> it's have a whole lot of memories here. ever since the '70s we've been coming up here the whole time. >> when the work is complete, the stadium will look pretty much like it does right now on the outside but on the inside the field will be 4 feet lower to give people in the front rows a better view. well, jeff martinez is here in for lisa and you've got a preview of the accu-weather forecast. >> good morning. looking pretty good today compared to yesterday where we saw about a third of an inch of rain here in the city. about a half inch forward sonoma, san rafael, almost an inch of rain. so the rain will end today. nice on the embarcadero. your accu-weather forecast in just a few minutes, carolyn. >> thank you, jeff. all the wet weather is creating soggy ground. in some cases trees are toppling
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over. next the larger problem caused by a downed tree in oakland. n8
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>> the power is back on in east oakland this morning. the neighborhood around east 25th street and highland avenue went dark after a tree fell on power lines last night. pg&e says 51 customers lost power for just a short time.
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no homes were damaged. that's what happened when the ground gets so saturated. >> yes. the winds yesterday, 20, maybe 30 mph range. breezy conditions yesterday but a much better day for your sunday. a lot of people out there braving union square yesterday. and battling the rain. today's going to be beautiful. looking at a nice day. a little on the cool side. emeryville looking back towards the bay bridge and the city there. a clear finish for the most part other than this morning. nothing to show on our live doppler 7. finally taking a break after yesterday with the rainfall. we will be dry today. not expecting any rain. but yesterday some impressive amounts. more than an inch at kentfield at san rafael. sonoma about 1500th's of an inch. oakland about a third of an inch. so the area getting pretty good rainfall amounts yesterday.
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again kind of a cold start out there. freezing temperatures up for the wine company. sonoma and in valleys cold. rain ends today. by the middle to end of the week ahead. 30 degrees now napa, fairfield 31. so definitely a frosty start up there. oakland 35. san francisco you're at 45. storm system quickly moved on out but again kind of a hit or miss shower type of day yesterday. sprinkles here and there. pretty good downpours as well. kind of had it all yesterday. accu-weather forecast through monday, not much out there. take a break for the next couple days. now watching for lake tahoe if you're coming back to the bay area, we have chains or four wheel drive requirements in effect for all mountain passes. the roads a little dicey up in the mountains. but i'm looking for those conditions to improve later on this morning as the snow has ended. give crews a chance to get
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ahead. cold today around lake tahoe. only upper 20s for high temperatureses and half a foot of snow to close to a foot of snow in the mountains. great news for skiing. highs on the chilly side. low to mid-50s most areas. a little breeze. northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. pacifica, 62 degrees. almost half an inch of rain yesterday. start to dry out today. maybe patchy fog along the coast here in the early morning hours. and 54 downtown today, about 55 south of san francisco. up in the north bay we're looking at cool 49 ukiah, 54 napa. freezing mark now. warm things up a little bit. down towards the east looking at 56 in oakland today, 55 newark. low to mid-50s most areas and, again, kind of breezy as well. toward monterey bay, looking at 55, 53 watsonville.
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your seven-day forecast looking pretty good the next two days. a little on the cool side. next rain chances come late wednesday to thursday. and then perhaps into the weekend we could see another storm system. so watch out. no flight delays now at sfo. everything's on time. big travel day. >> yeah. lots of folks going back home. thank you, jeff. let's check out sports. stanford has done its part. now it's up to the bcf experts to find them a bowl game. mike shumann has highlights of the big cargo win over washington. >> good morning. we'll kick off with a little college football. stanford won their 11th game of the season, a first in school history with a win over oregon state. will it put them at a bcs bowl game. it will fill this christmas wish. opening drive, andrew throwing it on the money. that would be called a dark 21 yards on the school. lots of play action. going deep. wide open ball with 42-yard
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strike. all of a sudden 14-0. stanford defense bringing it. thomas on the blitz. forces the fumble. one of five oregon state turnover that is lead to a field goal. his watches him do the rest. 29 yards on the school. lutz threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns, 24-0. 62 yard sprint right up the gut. taylor had 115 yards on the ground. stanford making a statement. 38-0, the final ending the year 11-1. >> the best team in the country. i mean, my offense hard to stop. defense is great. >> i agree. final game at the old memorial stadium, cal hosting washington. third quarter cal up 3-0.
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walker rolling to his right throws deep to deandre. covers ball the fifth. 80 yards. outside of that play cal defense held locker in check. cameron scores 20 yards, 10-7 bears. cal 13-10. they go to the win, the tie. chris halt! cal finishes the season 5-7 and will not make a bowl game for the first time in eight years. a barn-burner in san jose. san jose state hosting louisiana tech. first quarter spartans down 7-0. delivers a beautiful ball to beechman. 67 yards. cycle through for 496 yards and five td's. but it wouldn't be enough. 352 yards and scores. wins a wild one. one man does not make a team but
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the war years miss david lee. they're 1-7 without him. the boys in blue back in the win column. lee making his presence felt. kevin love early on goes right by him for the dunk. gives it to monta. the easy lay-in. second half, warriors running. reach off the field to wright. gives it right back for the dunk. pride was object fire hitting a warrior's record 9-3. warriors cruise 104-94, a five-game losing streak. saint mary's facing byu. scored 24 including that pull up three with ten seconds left, cougars go up two. then the coast to coast. and he will miss the flow with a second left and byu holds on for
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a 74-73 victory. edmonton, second period. one-timer for joe thornton. breaks it. 2-1 sharks. patrick marlowe. beat through the five hole. defense but the shark olds on to one it, 4-3 your final. i sit down with cheryl jennings on beyond the headlines as we talk about concussions and football safety. we also talk with a leading neurosurgeon and representatives from day lasalle high school on abc 7. and the raiders hosting the dolphins. looks like bruce is going to start as quarterback. all those highlights tonight at 5:00. i'm mike shumann. have a great day. >> up next at 5:30, tomorrow may be known as cyber monday but lots of people already looking for deals online. the latest on a would-be bomber arrested in an f.b.i. sting
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♪ welcome back, everyone. in oregon, a somali-born teenager's in federal custody after trying to set off what he thought was a bomb at a crowded holiday gathering in downtown portland. what he didn't know was that all along he'd been working with undercover agents. abc's rob nelson has the story. >> the tree lighting in portland went off as planned just as authorities were arresting a oregon state student who was plotting to bomb the event. he believed he was getting help from other jihadist. he did not know he was actually working with undercover agents who had been following him from months. >> this from the very beginning
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showed a very serious determination to commit violent jihad. >> he took a van to portland and parked it where the explosions would inflict the most damage. he thought it was a bomb but it was a dud rigged by the f.b.i. thousands gathered in the plaza were never in any danger. in fact, they were unaware of the threat until the next day. >> i was really shocked. they work next-door and across the street. this morning when i woke up and heard it i was like oh, gosh! yeah, i was, definitely. >> and this reaction from the muslim community. >> we condemn strongly any act of violence, any act that would target innocent people. >> twice muhammad tried to blow up the van using a cellphone agents gave him. that's when they took him into custody. the somali-born teen has been charged now with attempted use of weapons of mass destruction. he is set to appear in court on monday. rob nelson, abc news, new york. >> two men got away with only minor injuries after their small
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plane crashed just north of sassoon. the cessna was bound for concord when it wept down in a marsh. the cause of the crash is being investigate but early reports indicate a possible mechanical failure. the two men on board have not been identified. police are searching for a man who robbed a pleasant hill bank at gunpoint this weekend. the suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash with a bank of america in a court yard shopping center. the man approached a teller, presented a note demanding cash and branded a pistol. after the teller gave the man the money, he left the scene on foot. police say he did not appear to have a get-away car. the california highway patrol says the number of dui arrests in the bay area is up this holiday weekend. so far this year the numbers show 177 arrests compared with 137 last year. statewide to date the numbers are down. there have been 975 dui arrests
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or rather the numbers are up compared to 904 last year. traffic deaths are down with 11 fatalities so far this holiday weekend compared to 18 last year. the numbers reflect the period between 6 p.m. wednesday and 6 a.m. saturday. the current chp crackdown will continue through tonight. tomorrow is cyber monday but a lot of shoppers skip the crowds on black friday giving online merchants an early boost. core metrics says online shoppers spent 12% more than last year with the average order rising to about $190. online shopping made up between 8 and 10% of holiday spending. the santa clara-based computer security company has released a list of the top online holiday shopping scams to watch out for. they include offers of free i-pads. these usually end with charges to your cellphone that cost you
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$10 a week. also the rob scam. you set up a phony e-mail that appears to be from a friend or family member requesting money. and fake gift card offers that lure you into sharing your personal information. have you seen this yet? a controversial cover on newsweek magazine. it calls for a boycott. the cover depicts president obama as a hindu god. lisa amin gulezian has bay area reaction. >> this week's issue of newsweek magazine is being met with harsh criticism of hindus. it was on the cover that's causing problems for members of the hindu-american foundation. it shows president obama with six arms standing on one leg with the caption reading god of all things. the image is similar to the hindu god. >> becomes an issue of contention for many who don't
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like their symbols being usurped or used for other purposes. >> it is the god of creation, destruction and grace. each arm represents a different attribute. the president who was in india recent is shown trying to balance war, peace and the economy. >> should have had better sensitivity. >> the head of the american foundation wants newsweek to apologize and explain to readers what the god symbolizes. but they're taking a more drastic measure. they're demanding the government remove the issue from all the country's news stands. she has seen the cover. she says the magazine's editors should have known better. >> i thought what a dumb thing to do. there are many ways to express there are many things he is balancing and they could have expressed something about him being in india as well. you can express him being in italy without making him look like the pope. >> newsweek is a global magazine and available in several
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countries. american readers says time had mixed reactions to this week's cover. >> i wasn't sure it was supposed to be about hinduism. looks like he's juggling. >> you're not bothered by it? >> they're trying to make an analogy of some kind. i think the person who did it didn't know what they were doing. >> newsweek did not return any of our phone calls or requests for a statement. lisa amin gulezian, abc 7 news. >> well, the weather's been pretty nice except, you know, some of the rain. but at least thanksgiving was dry. >> right, exactly. at least yesterday was not a total washout. kind of a scattered shower here and there throughout the bay area. beautiful shot of the bay bridge, emeryville cam and nice day today. rain will end. we'll be cool though. i'll talk about that and tell us when our next chances of rain are. >> the storm that just passed through dropped a lot of snow in
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or go online. welcome back, everyone. time right now is 5:39. this is a live look from a camera on top of the roof here at 900 front street showing you the ferry building in the background and the embarcadero looks lovely out there, nice and dry. hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving. and if you are heading back home or a loved one is heading off, the airports are doing okay this morning. no delays. jeff martinez will be along in just a moment with your full accu-weather forecast. in the sierra, resorts say they are enjoying the best early season skiing conditions in decades. take a look at how it looked yesterday at heavenly. morning rain turned into snow by the afternoon. skiers and snowboarders have been packing the slopes. all the major resorts in the
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lake tahoe area have most of their lifts open. up to 10 feet of snow has already fallen over the last week. and is more of that on the way? >> yeah, possibly by the middle part of the week ahead into next weekend. talking about half a foot of snow yesterday. and still some chain controls in effect for i-80 and highway 50. >> good to know. >> yes. if you're trying to make it back from the lake, may want to wait a few hours. by the late morning hours they should get a handle on the road conditions there as all the snow has ended. nice shot from our heavenly cam. lifts quiet for now but that will be changing. beautiful shot from mount ballmer cam. the winds a bit breezy. expecting gusts 10 to 25 mph out to the northwest. kind of a cool day again. but at least no rain to talk about today. yesterday definitely wet out there. coming down on and off, some of
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those showers on the heavy side. most areas picked up an inch of rain toward the north. san rafael, close to an inch near kent field. santa rosa, about 1600ths offer so. live doppler 7 and hd quiet now. not expecting any rain today. all the showers have ended. it is a cold start to your sunday morning. we have some freezing conditions to talk about. areas of frost out there. some of the coldest valleys. rain ends today, breezy and cool for your sunday. and our next storm system will be here the latter part of the weekend, perhaps next weekend. talking about those cold conditions. 30 now in napa, 35 oakland. bundle up this morning, 31 fairfield. and redwood city at 46 degrees. san francisco at 45 right now. storm system quickly moved out of her last night so it is gone. and high pressure will briefly build in here the next day or
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so. you can see here our computer model takes us through tomorrow evening, not expecting storms until wednesday into thursday. chain controls in effect and we will see that continue through the morning hours. i think by the late morning into early afternoon, those should be lifted as it's going to be cold up there lake tahoe if you're going to be skiing today. upper 20s for highs. any travel plans, not much happening across the country with the exception of the rockies. that storm system moving into colorado today. snow there. east coast looking good. no airport delays to talk about right now. good news there, busiest travel day of the season. highs today in the mid to upper 50s perhaps. most areas along the peninsula here. pacifica close to half an inch of rain. same for half moon bay. maybe patchy fog this morning and a breeze day and northwesterly winds up to 20, perhaps 25 mph. 53 in millbrae for you.
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and out toward the city we'll see 54 today. 55 south of san francisco. so having the union square bundle up. you'll need that coat definitely today. but at least no rain to talk about. 50s in the north bay. ukiah 49. the cool side, up to 5, 8 degrees below average this time of year. 56 degrees in oakland. further to the east, pleasanton, hello to you. brentwood about 56. monterey bay, looking at mid-50s. santa cruz had almost three-quarters of an inch of rain yesterday. again, the rain is gone for today, tomorrow and tuesday looking good. perhaps wednesday, late wednesday into thursday or next chance for rain and into next weekend could see another system. computer model still hashing all that out. the next three or four days looking good, today especially. >> thank you, jeff. california citrus growers have
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spent some cold, sleepless nights trying to keep their crops safe from subfreezing temperatures. gone are the smudge pots due to pollution laws. running precious water through the orchards, that's another technique that's no longer practical. how new high-tech wind machines are saving the fruit and also saving growers money. >> the central valley citrus crop survived a frosty night. this is what it looked like in fresno county early this morning. nick hill kept his fruit warm enough using the latest in wind machine technology. >> this really 29.4 degrees. kicks the wind machine on. it will start it up. all hydraulic clutch. it all works automatically. >> thermometer in the field tells the machine to turn on when it hits 29.4 degrees and turn off when the orchard is at a safe 32 degrees.
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the technology doesn't come cheap. each machine costs $33,000, about ten grand more than the ones that operate manually. but hill says he saves money every night it gets cold. >> saving a third to a half. they do that good of a job of moderating temperatures in the orchard. >> he has 27 of these high-tech wind machines. he says they'll pay themselves off in the next three to five years. whatever the cost, it's priceless reassurance the more sensitive man da rins and lemons will survive the winter. >> lemons biggest concern. they're low in sugar and damage pretty easily. >> with last night's temperatures lower than the night before, hill and a crew of six people still spent the night wide awake monitoring the machines, temperatures and their crops. it appears everything survived. in fact, the cold weather helped their fruit reach its potential. 30 to 35 degree weather makes for a thicker skin, gives the citrus a nice color and actually makes the tree stronger.
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>> puts the tree into a semidormant state so you don't have as much tissue damage as the trees that grow through the fall. >> the growers are still concerned dry dangerously low temperatures could return between next spring's harvest. don't go away. "7 on your side" is next. will atm's and debt cards get pushed aside by the next big technology? michael [ coughing ] [ male announcer ] got a cold? [ sniffles ]
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first u.s. city to offer an i.d. card that will double as a debit card. the card will be available to undocumented immigrants and the city's poor. this card helps people without bank accounts to avoid carrying large amounts of cash or paying high fees at check-cashing outlets. connecticut's incoming attorney general is warning young people against imitating the kardasian sisters. now, it's not a moral judgment of the reality stars. attorney general richard blumenthal is worried of a prepaid master card they're promoting. they say usage fees are out of control. >> keeping up with the kardasians is virtually impossible. the value of the card is swallowed by the fees and charges imposed on young people who use it, and it is marketed actually as a money management teaching tool. >> blumenthal sent a letter to the bank distributing that car
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insisting that connecticut consumers be well informed of those fees. for many of us it don't seem that long ago we started using atms and debit cards. a cashless society may already be here. 7 on your side's michael finney reports. >> it's a busy lunch hour at sprouts café in palo alto. the ingredients the chefs use are fresh and so is the way some customers choose to spend their money. >> very invade tiff. it's quick, it's fast. >> customers simply tap their mobile phones near a terminal and the money is debited from their paypal account. >> they can have cash. so this could be an easy way instead of using a credit card. >> christian is talking about bling nation based in palo alto. a bling tag is all she needed to get started. >> i think these the size of a
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quarter and a sticker that goes on your phone with the chip on it. >> bling nation hopes to roll its system out nationally the beginning of next year and could become the first to do so. other players include google, mastercard, american express and visa. they think this is the next big thing. >> mobile the biggest technology in the world. 5 billion phones on the market which is more than all the computers, tv's and fixed light bulbs combined. >> initial reluctance from consumers could hold back wide-spread usage. >> an initially worry that this is a scam. some way that it's going to fleece me rather than help me. but that eventually, people come around and see the benefit. >> we caught up with john morgan at the high school of business before he boarded a flight to
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phoenix. >> where it goes and how fast is goes is really up in the air. my guess the key is going to be security. >> both bling nation and visa tell us they'll offer the same consumers protections with mobile payment that you now enjoy with debit and credit cards. your liability for fraudulent use will be no more than $50. michelle is with consumers union. >> people should try to make sure if they're using their cellphones to pay it should be tied to a credit card, a debit card or bank account. if you don't have another way of tying it to those three methods, it would be advised that you probably stay away from using your mobile phone to pay. >> the young expected to be among the early users as they so often are with any new technology. bling nation is using stanford university as a testing ground. visa hopes to capitalize on the technology and says it will
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allow friends to send mobile payments to each other. >> allows cards to send and receive money which is a new transaction type for us. >> it took debit cards several decades to surpass credit card use but some predict mobile payment will surpass debit card use much quicker. >> anything this big wallet that we have to carry with us. >> payment in cities around the country, you can also expect to receive instant coupons on your cellphone based on your mobile payment history. i'm michael finney, "7 on your side." >> up next there are many things to see and do for the holidays all over the bay area. just a
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we'll take a look at the winning numbers from last night's superlotto plus, 7, 17,
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18, 24, 37. the meganumber 5. no one picked them all so the $7 million jackpot will grow to an estimated $8 million for wednesday's drawing. well, someone who purchased a lottery ticket in san ramon friday night is more than $300,000 richer today. lottery officials say the winner made the grade on a daily derby ticket. that's the game which winners of the grand prize need to pick three winning horses as well as the final race time. well, there are a variety of holiday sights and activities going on all over the bay area today, including a place where you can enjoy indoor snow. arts and entertainment reporter don sanchez takes a look. >> let it snow. it may not be the real stuff but close enough to it, biodegradable. the tree is 45 feet tall. speaking it have heights, get a
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load of this two-story gingerbread house. 23 feet high, 12 and a half feet wide, 850 pounds of icing alone and 100% edible. it's taken the engineering department 160 hours just to construct the framework for chefs who try to top themselves each year. this is a painted lady. >> decided to go after the victorians of this area and put san upper level on it and try to make it feel a little more san francisco. technically local. >> down the hills in the western straight frances, looks like a bavarian dream. i picture a night here trying to eat my way out. for a touch of big apple, there are ice rinks where you can skate outside. open every day either here in the embarcadero or union scare. don sanchez, abc 7 news. >> the great part about all those things, they are free. if you'd like more information, go to our website abc7news.com
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under "see it on tv." coming up next at 6:00, we're going to hear just-released audio recordings of police interviews with survivors of the 2007 tiger attack at the san francisco zoo. it's the first time we've heard from the victims themselves. and one traveller's practical joke at
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