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♪ in the news this sunday morning, november 28th, u.s. war games with south korea are underway. north korea responds with some artillery fire of its own. a san francisco police chase ends with a crash and one arrest. authorities are looking for a second man believed to have escaped from custody last week. >> good morning.
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i'm meteorologist jeff martinez. more rain across the bay area today? your complete forecast in just a few minutes. carolyn. >> thank you, jeff. i'm carolyn tyler. china is proposing to host an emergency meeting in beijing. it's an 11th hour attempt to ease tensions between north korea and south korea. the china offer come on the heels of new reports of artillery fire in north korea as war games get underway in the south. the u.s. and south korea kicked off their military maneuvers on young jong island where an artillery barrage killed four people on tuesday. a sea of fire if its territory is violated. early 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
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attempted rape in palo alto. that incident occurred early thursday morning but we are just now getting the details. the young victim was walking on almond street. according to investigators, a man pushed her down, pulled down her pants. the victim fought him off and ran toward camino reel where she found her mother. san francisco police arrested one man. they're still looking for a second suspect who escaped from custody earlier this week. police say they spotted the two in a car on 15th street and gave chase. after a short pursuit, the car crashed into another car. one person in that vehicle was hurt. police arrested the driver in the suspect's car. they are still looking for the passenger. they say that is the main suspect. well, you remember the tiger attack of 2007. this weekend we're hearing for the first time from the two surviving victims of that christmas day tiger attack at the san francisco zoo.
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the san francisco examiner obtained audio tapes of police interviews conducted just hours after that incident. the brothers have never spoken publicly about what happened. in the interview police asked them over and over again whether they did anything to provoke the animal. abc 7's amy holyfield reports. >> had you done anything to the tigers to tease it or harass it or scare the tigers? >> no. >> can you think of any reason the tigers would want to attack you or your brother on your friend? >> several times in the interview, then 23-year-old dallywall and his 19-year-old brother paul denied doing anything to provoke the tiger. they say tatiana, the tiger, appeared out of nowhere first pouncing on paul and then attacking carlos jr. who was mauled to death. paul eventually got frustrated with the line of questioning from police. >> when you saw the tigers, were
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you yelling at them, trying to get their attention? >> they were attacking us. scared. i was running from the tigers. have you ever one attack you? >> no, no, i can't say i have. >> the scariest moment in my life. >> the attorney for the souza family says these traps prove the group did nothing wrong. >> those tapes were taken very near to the time this happened when they hadn't lawyered up as some people might think. but they spoke the truth about what had happened. >> 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. and i think this is another example of it. there were incidents of taunting of tatiana 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
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to arrive. >> i had to run to the ambulance with my head like this. i run to the ambulance, knocking on their window like help me out, please (bleep). >> paul says before the ambulance arrived, he didn't think he was going to make it. >> i thought i was gonna die and i couldn't believe -- it was like my last breath. >> amy tells us the victims expressed disbelief the tiger was able to get out of its enclosure. the victims found it did not meet national standards. they 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 milk mossconey march remembered the leaderless last night at the castro. they came to remember the first openly gay supervisor harvey
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milk and the former mayor george mossconey. both were killed over dan white's seat on the board of supervisors. >> every year november 27th the community gathers to commemorate and remember what supervisors harvey milk meant to us across the world. he is our martin luther king. >> this year's march started at the castro muni station and ended at the site of milk's old camera shop on castro between 18th and 19th street. tomorrow the big online shopping day known as cyber monday. but now many retailers trying to figure out how they did black friday. according to the firm shopper track, retail spending rose just three-tenths of a percent to nearly $10.7 billion.
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that's still a record for the day. the web research company says online mer channels saw a 16% spike on black friday. paypal reports an increase of about 27% in payment volume compared with last year. and 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 restaurants. >> it is going to help. it makes people aware 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 people are still opting for the big box stores. downtown martinez filled with boutiques and antique stores was not. >> the expectation it was would catch on. i knew once we saw the weather
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report it was going to hamper the turnout. >> one of the few bay area cities where small businesses united for this day. several stores 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, mostly because of the selection and service small businesses are promoting unique gifts. >> anyone who's been this open, loves this. >> and many are offering free gift wrapping. the hope is the little things might set them apart from major chains and make a difference. >> i guess they're probably more unique and less common sights. you can find more interesting things and handmade things that are sold in low shops that you might not find at a macy's. >> i'd like to support the businesses around here. specialty stores. they have great products.
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>> but for some shoppers, they go where the price is right. >> they pass on the savings to the consumer. definitely better. >> i don't think it's much more expensive to come here. >> martinez wants to make this downtown joint effort a tradition. they're hoping small bills saturday catches on and becomes a success at least in the next few years. in martinez, lisa amin gulezian, abc 7 news. >> well, you might have heard 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 back to sonoma county for thanksgiving. she went through without any incident. she wanted to draw attention to something making travelers uncomfortable. >> and i think travel should be
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something that feels 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 to be doing it. >> well, the news video of tyler has gone viral on the internet. she said she had no idea her light-hearted stunt would become this big. coming up next, a cargo plane crashes in pakistan leaving no survivors. and country music legend willie nelson busted by police in texas. we'll tell you about the charges he's facing. and cal plays its final game at memorial
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>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. >> a fiery plane crash in pakistan this weekend killed all eight russian crew members on board. they say yesterday's crash could have been much worse.
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the cargo plane missed several apartment buildings and those it did crash into were under construction. the plane was being used to transport humanitarian aid to developing countries. it's the third plane crash in pakistan in less than five months. 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 officers smelled marijuana on nelson's biodiesel tour bus 80 miles east of el paso. authorities turned up six ounces of pot. he was released after posting a $20,000 bond. his spokeswoman has no comment. advocates of the second amendment retire to bear arms took their campaign to a nation's hamburg he restaurant in pleasant hill this weekend. members of the group called carry-out flashed their unloaded semiautomatics at the hamburger chain. it's part of the national rifle
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association's program to arm every american. they were met by supporters of the brady campaign to prevent gun violence. >> educating them about the ability for them to hopefully carry a firearm that's unloaded for purposes of self-defense should they be faced with a violent encounter. >> even though people have a right to their self-defense, i think people 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. the cal bears lost to the huskies in their final game at memorial stadium before it gets a $321 million face lift. the 87-year-old stadium sits on the hayward fault and needs to be seismically retrofitted. two-thirds of the stadium will be replaced with a new concrete
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structure. during the renovation cal plays next season home games at at&t park. >> i'm terribly sad to see it go. it's -- have a whole lot of memories here. ever since the '70s i've been coming for the whole time. >> when the work is completed, the stadium will look pretty much like it does now on the outside but on the inside the field will be 4 feet lower to give people in the front row a better view. but i notice they're not going to put a dome over it or anything like that. >> probably nice to see at&t park in the meantime. we're looking at a beautiful day today compared to yesterday with all the scattered showers that we had. clear skies as you can see. sunrise getting ready here. mount ballmer cam to diablo, beautiful shot in high definition. coming up the forecast, tell you what our next rain chances will be and your sunday forecast, of
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course. >> thank you, jeff. also ahead that wet weather creating soggy ground. in some cases trees are toppling over. the larger problem caused by a downed tree in oakland.
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switching to progressive could mean hundreds more in your wallet year after year. feed me! saving you money -- now, that's progressive. call or click today. >> well, 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 around 5:30 last night. pg&e says about 50, 51 customers lost power for a short time. no homes were damaged. and as you said, jeff, there have been some high winds yesterday. we know the ground was already saturated from the recent rains
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that we've had. >> yeah. a little storm system that moved through boosting winds to 30 mph some cases. about a third of an inch to half an inch of rain in most areas. some areas in san rafael had close to an inch of rain. not a bad little storm system but at least it's out of here as we wrap up your holiday weekend. hope you're enjoying your sunday morning. thanks for joining us here. we're taking a look at lake tahoe. boy, they have some pretty good snow yesterday. fresh powder up there right now. more than 10 feet of snow so far this month. great start to the season. the good news, the snow will end today and as we look back towards the city from mount tam cam, a beautiful sunrise getting underway. we'll expect clear conditions today. no rain in the forecast. good news. finally drying things out after a wet saturday. live doppler 7 hd quiet for now. here's a look at the rainfall amount from yesterday. about a half an inch to an inch
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of rain most areas. about a third of an inch in oakland. a little more towards santa cruz there. fast-moving storm system. it is out of here. today's looking good, the next few days as well. our next rain chances will happen by the end of the week. so rain ends today. will be a breezy and cool day today though. temperatures still below average. you notice the winds out of the northwest up to about 20 mph. so still on the chilly side. need that jacket for sure today as you're heading out to do your shopping perhaps. 30 degrees in napa. talk about cold temperatures. same with fairfield, oakland at 37. storm system moved out overnight and with that high pressure will build in through the next couple of days. as our accu-weather computer model shows right through monday, just a few clouds up to our north. that's about it. if you have travel plans, great news. no big storms on the east coast looking good. the rockies could get some of that snow and rain that we had yesterday. but no flight delays going on
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right now. everything's on time in san francisco. and oakland, san jose, all the airports looking good. great news there. clear and chilly for your morning. temperatures in the 40s and should top out around 50, 2 degrees today in the city. yeah, again kind of cool. highs today around the area, rains mid-50s from los gatos to 54 campbell. 52 pacifica, close to half an inch of rain yesterday. redwood city, good morning to you, 55. downtown 54. san francisco down toward the airport, mid-50s. get the idea here. low to mid-50s most areas after a cold start in napa and sonoma. east bay, 56 oakland today and fremont you're looking at 56. further to the east mid-50s. breezy conditions most areas. monterey will be about 55 today. a nice sunday really. monday and tuesday looking good as well.
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clouds increase by witness. that's our next chance of rain thursday and perhaps into next weekend. keep an eye on it for now. union square yesterday, amazed how many people out there. shoulder to shoulder. >> uh-huh. >> we've had the ice skating rink up and open. >> they did. people enjoying that. >> the tree there. >> the tree's beautiful and good day to go for it. >> thank you, jeff. coming up at 7:00 is "good morning america." dan harris is going to join us live now from new york to tell us what's on tap. good morning. >> hey, carolyn. good morning. coming up on "good morning america," the latest on that up the port of oakland. a somali-born teenager was planning a spectacular show of terrorism. what might have caused him to turn to terror. augers on the attack. in south florida an aggressive otter chasing some people, in some cases fighting them.
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how those critters can get dangerous. also what happens when you send a package during the holiday season. you want it to get there safely. there's this new experiment that tracks how often packages are dropped and slipped on the way of destination. some deliverymen throw them football style. which company does the best with handling with care. we have the answer. one small business owner fires herself rather than fire one of her workers. what motivated her to do this? we're going to hear from her and her employees coming up. it's all next on "good morning america" on this sunday morning, carolyn. >> wow, that's pretty self-less of her. >> it is. in fact, a really nice story. >> we will look forward to that and the guys checking those packages, what i want done with mine. we'll see you at 7:00. >> okay. thanks. >> let's check out sports right now. stanford has done its part. now it's up to the bcs experts to find them a bowl game.
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here's shu with the highlights over oregon state. >> 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 bowl game? stanford's opening drive, andrew lutz throwing it on the money. that would be called a dark 21 yards on the score. 7-0 cardinal. lott going deep. all of a sudden 14-0. meanwhile stanford's defense bringin' it. chase thomas on the blitz. forces the fumble. one of five oregon state turnovers that would lead to a field goal. watch him do the rest. four guys miss. 29 yards on the score. 305 yards and four touchdowns 24-0. stefan taylor putting the nail
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in oregon state's coffin. 62-yard sprint. taylor had 115 yards on the ground. stanford making a statement. in the year 11-1. >> i think the best team in the country. i mean, our offense, like you said it's hard to stop right now it's so reliable. and our defense is great. the charge last year. >> i agree. final game at the old memorial stadium. cal hosting washington. third quarter cal up 3-0. throws deep to deandre. good win. races 80 yards. 7-3. cal's defense in check. mike muhammad. scores 20 yards, 10-7 bears. two seconds left. the huskies at 2 yard line. go for the tie. game over 16-13. the final cal finishes the
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season 5-7 and will not make a bowl game for the first time in eight years. a barn-burner in san jose. hosting louisiana. stanford quarter. 7-0. not for long. delivers a beautiful ball. 67 yards. threw for 496 yards and five t. d.'s. but it wouldn't be enough. rushed for 262 yards and score. wins a wild one, 45-38. one man does not make a team but they miss david lee. they're 1-7 without him. rejoined the team last night in minnesota and the boys in blue back in the win column. lee making his presence felt. early on goes by him for the dumping. lee had 10 points, 6 rebounds. late in the second. lee starts the fast break with a steal. gives to monta. curry for the easy lay-in. second half. warriors running.
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reach off the field. gives it right back for the dunk. dwight was on fire hitting a warrior as record 9-3. cruise 104-94 snapping a five-game losing he streak. scored 24 including that pull-up 3. cougars go up 2. then takes it coast to coast. he will miss it with the second left and byu holds on for a 74-73 victory. sharks north of the border in edmonton. second period. game tied at one. one-timer from joe thornton. breaks the tie, 2-1 sharks. in the third patrick marlowe. beat 7-2 through the five hole. the sharks hold on to win it, 4-3 your final. a reminder up next, bill roman nowski and cheryl jennings go beyond the headlines as we talk
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about concussions and football safety. talk with a leading neurosurgeon and that's comin' up right here on abc 7. and the raiders of course hosting the dolphins. looks like gregkowski starts as a quarterback. i'm mike shumann. have a great day. >> up at 6:30, tomorrow cyber monday but retailers say lots of people are already looking for deals online.
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undercover agents who then thwarted his plan. abc's rob nelson has the story. >> the tree-lighting in portland went off as planned friday night just as authorities were arresting a 19-year-old former oregon state university student who was plotting to bomb the event. muhammad, muhammad believed he was being helped by other jihadists when he detonated an explosive. he didn't know he was working with undercover agents following him for months. >> this defendant from the very beginning showed a serious determination to commit jihad. >> the event of portland, he parked it where the explosions would inflict the most damage. he thought it was equipped with 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 unaware of the threat until the next day. >> i was shocked. they work next-door, across the street. when i heard it i was like oh,
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gosh! yeahs, i was, definitely. >> this reaction from the muslim community. >> we condemn strongly any act of violence, sean 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 massive destruction. he's set to appear in court monday. >> two men got away with only mine understand injuries after their small plane crashed just north of sassoon. the cessna went down in a marsh. the cause of the crash is being investigated by the early reports indicate a possible mechanical failure. the two men on board have not yet been identified. police are searching for a man who robbed a pleasant hill bank at gunpoint this weekend. the suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of money from a bank of america branch in the
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court yard shopping center. that man approached a teller, presented a note demanding cash and brandished a pistol. he left the scene on foot. police say he did not appear to have a get-away car. the 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. and as you see, statewide the trend continues. 975 dui arrests 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. yesterday. the current chp crackdown will continue through tonight. tomorrow is cyber monday but a lot of shoppers skipped the
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crowds on black friday giving the online merchants an early boost. the web research company coremetrics say online shoppers spent 12% more than last year with the average ordering rising to $190. online shopping made up between 8 and 10% of holiday shopping. 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 $10 a week. also the rob scam, send 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. a controversial cover on newsweek magazine is igniting international outrage and call for a boycott of the magazine.
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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 from 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 but the caption reading god of all things. the imimagine is similar to the hindu god. >> become an issue of contention for many who don't like their symbols being usurped or used for other purposes. >> the god of creation, destruction and grace. each arm represents a different attribute. the president in india recently is shown trying to balance war, peace and the economy. the hindu-american foundation wants newsweek to apologize and explain to readers what the god
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symbolizes. but asia taking a more drastic measure. they're demanding the government remove the issue from all the country's news stands. professor of advertising has seen the cover. she says the magazine's editors should have known better. >> i just thought what a dumb thing to do. there were just many ways to express there are many things he is balancing and he -- they could have expressed something about him being in india as well without using this. you could talk about italy without him looking like the pope. >> it's a global magazine and in several countries. time had mixed reactions to this week's cover. >> i wasn't sure if it was supposed to be about hinduism. but looks like he's juggling. >> do you find it offensive. >> yeah. >> you're not bothered by it? >> i know they're trying to make an analogy of some kind. i think the person who did it didn't know what they were
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doing. >> newsweek did not return phone calls or requests for a statement. lisa amin gulezian, abc 7 news. >> well, no controversy about the weather. jeff martinez here now with a preview of the forecast. >> carolyn, good morning. looks beautiful today compared to yesterday with all the rain we had that has moved on out of the area. great shot of the bay bridge. a barge going by there. and looking for a beautiful day. i'll have your complete forecast in just a few minutes. >> jeff, as you know the storm that just passed through dropped a lot of snow in
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welcome back, everyone. time now 6:39. this is a live look from one of our cameras in emeryville. nice day on tap today. thank you for spending part of it with us. hope you enjoyed your thanksgiving. and thank you again for watching
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the abc 7 sunday morning news. in the sierra, resorts say they're enjoying the best early season skiing conditions in decades. here's how it looked yesterday at heavenly mountain resort. morning rain turning into snow by the afternoon. skiers and snowboarders have been packing the slopes. all of the major resorts in the lake tahoe area are most of their lifts open. up to 10 feet of snow has already fallen just since last week. and is more on the way? >> yes, possibly. by the latter part of this week, perhaps next weekend could see more snow. but all the rain yesterday equalled a lot of snow in the mountains. as we can see here, a live shot from lake tahoe. beautiful. they saw close to a foot of snow over just the past 24 hours. so there are still chain controls in effect. in fact, you'll need chains or four-wheel drive vehicles to get over the passes i-80 and highway 50. so if you're planning on coming
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on back to the bay area perhaps, keep that in mind. i'm thinking by later on this morning into early this afternoon, those controls should be lifted as all the precipitation has ended. our mountain tam shot looking back toward the bay bridge and the city showing a beautiful sunrise just about ready to get underway. hope you're having a fantastic sunday morning. our live doppler 7 quiet this morning compared to yesterday with all of that rain that moved on through. so good news. looking at a beautiful sunday. if you have any outdoor plans today, that's looking pretty good. kind of chilly and impressive rainfall. out near san rafael, about an inch of rain there. sonoma more than half an inch of rain. san francisco about the same. scattered showers here and there throughout the day yesterday and definitely wet and cool blustery day. today we have a cold start. most areas in the 30s and 40s right now.
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some areas of frost to talk about. rain ends today. it will be breezy and cool. our next storm system will arrive say in the latter part of the week into next weekend. as i mentioned, look at these temperatures. some freezing conditions to talk about. napa and sonoma. concord at 35. you tied your record low yesterday morning. right now you're at 37. so, yes, another cold start most areas with lots of 30s and 40s. here's the latest satellite and radar. high pressure will kind of settle in control for the next couple days bringing us pretty nice weather. we'll be a few degrees blow average as the computer models shows through monday evening things looking good, even tuesday looking good as well. a chilly start, clear, cool conditions. 30s and 40s through the morning hours. by this afternoon a little on the breeze side. mid-50s for highs. you still need a coat as you
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head out and about today for sure. highs around the area, san jose good morning to you. looking at 55 degrees. your high temperature today. 54 santa clara. pacifica almost half an inch of rain yesterday. same for half moon bay. perhaps patchy fog along the coast this morning but most burning off already. should be a pretty nice day sunshinewise. south of san francisco about 55 sas well. we'll see 40s ukiah. about 55 navy and vallejo 55 degrees. your east bay forecast, plenty of sunshine today. a little breezy. looking for northwest winds 10 to 20 mph by this afternoon. we'll add a chilly to the air for sure. danville 53 for you. monterey bay, 55 degrees there. and 57 gilroy. santa cruz almost three-quarters of an inch of rain today.
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beautiful weather the next couple days. here about tuesday. clouds increase wednesday and thursday. that will be our next rain chances into next weekend perhaps we can see another storm system heading our way. 'tis the season. the rainy season is here. has been a wet one and great news for the mountains and all that but at least dries out for your sunday. >> thanks, jeff. a little more weather news here. last week california citrus growers spent three cold sleepless nights keeping their crops safe from subfreezing temperatures. gone are the smudge pots we remember in the past due to pollution laws. water through the orchards is no longer practical. how new high-tech wind machines are saving the fruit and also saving gross money. >> the citrus crop survived a profitty night. this is what it looked like in fresno county early this
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morning. nick hill kept his fruit warm enough using the latest in wind machine technology. >> this hits 29.4 degrees. it will kick the wind machine on. it will idle and start it up. all hydraulic clutch. all works automatically. >> thermometers out 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. the technology doesn't come cheap. each of these wind machines cost $33,000, about ten grand more than the ones that operate manually. but hill says he saves money every night 2 gets cold. >> save anywhere from a third to a half. they do that good of a job of moderating temperatures in the orchard. >> he'll have 27 of these hi-tech wind machines. they'll pay themselves off the next three to five years. priceless reassurance the more sensitive man da rins and lemons
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will survive the winter. >> 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 machine's 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 makes the terry stronger. >> puts the tree into a semidormant state so you don't have as much tissue damage. >> the growers are still concerned dry dangerously low temperatures could return before next string's harvest. don't go away. "7 on your side" is next. will atms and debit cards be will atms and debit cards be pushed switching to progressive could mean hundreds more in your wallet year after year. feed me!
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welcome back, everyone. time right now 6:49. this is a live look from heavenly. we were just telling you how the sierra, the resorts there are saying they have the best early season skiing in a long, long time. they have been packed with the skiers and snowboarders. 10 feet of snow since just last week had most of the major resorts in the lake tahoe area. jeff martinez is here this morning filling in for lisa argen. he'll have more of the accu-weather forecast a bit later in the newscast. oakland is set to become the first u.s. city to offer a municipal i.d. card that whether doubling as a full-fledged debit card. the card will be available to
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undocumented immigrants and the city's poor. the card helps people without bank accounts to avoid carrying large amounts of cash or paying high fees at check cashing outlets. the attorney general is warning against imitating the kardasian systems. it is not a moral judgment of the reality stars. attorney general rich blumenthal is worried about the mastercard they're promoting. >> keeping up with the kardasians is virtually impossible using this card. 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. >> and so blumenthal has sent a letter to the bank distributing that card insisting that connecticut consumers be well-informed of those fees. for many of us it seems like it wasn't that long ago that we
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started using atm's and debit cards. the next step towards a cashless society may already be here. there's a big push now towards mobile money. 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. >> it's innovative, quick, fast. >> customers simply tap their mobile phones near a terminal and the money is debited from their paypal account. >> you don't always have cash so this an easy way instead of using a credit card. >> christa is talking about a bling nation. a bling tag is all she needed to get started. >> i think the size of a quarter and just a sticker that goes on your phone and tap on it. >> bling nation hopes to roll its system out nationally in the beginning of next year and could
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become the first to do so. other players include square, google, discover, mastercard, american express and visa. the head of visa mobile thinks this is the next big thing. >> mobile is the most ubiquitous technology in the word. 5 billion homes in the market. >> most cite convenience as a primary reason. but initial reluctance from consumers could hold back widespread usage. >> always an initial worry, scam that this is going to fleece me rather than help me but eventually people see the benefit. >> we talked to him before he boarded a flight to phoenix. >> how fast is goes is up in the air. my guess is the key is going to be security. >> both bling nation and visa
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tell us they'll offer the same consumer protections with mobile payments 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 a 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 are expected to be among the early users as this new technology as they so often are with any new technology. in fact, bling nation is using stanford university as a testing ground. visa hopes to capitalize on the technology and says the system will soon allow friends to send mobile payments to each other. >> visa developed a new payment type that allows cards to send and receive money. which is kind of a new transaction type for us that
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enables that payment. >> it took debit cards several decades to surpass credit cards. >> i think we're taking a big step eliminating this big wallet that we have to carry with us. >> right now companies are testing their systems in cities around the country. you can expect to receive instant coupons on your cellphone based on your mobile payment history. i'm michael finney, "7 on your side." >> there's lots to see and do for the holidays around the bay area. up next we're gonna get a look at just a few of the special famimimimimimimimimimimimimimimñ
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>> 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. abc 7's arts and entertainment reporter don sanchez takes a look.
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>> let it snow! it may not be the real stuff but close enough to it, biodegradable. it's snowing daily in the atrium lobby diminish the hyatt region city. speaking of heights, get a load of this two-story gingerbread house in the fairmont hotel. 5,000 pieces of gingerbread, 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. >> i decided to go after like the victorians of this era and put an upper level and try to make it feel a little more san francisco. local. >> down the hills in western st. francis, one of the largest sugar castles. i picture a night here trying to eat my way out. for a touch of big apple tradition, there are ice rinks where you can skate outside.
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soap every day here or union square. >> and the great thing about all this stuff, it's free. for more information go to our website, abc7news.com under "see it on tv." and i guess that's going to do it for us. no time for a last minute check of the weather. dry. >> sunny and dry. a little cool. >> all right. we will be back at 9:00. i'm carolyn tyler along with jeff martinez. have a great sunday, everyone.
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