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sky 7 hd takes us live to breaking news along interstate 680 in san jose. all of 680 is shut down both directions because a woman is threatening to jump from an overpass. it's happening at the beginning of the rush hour commute. >> all right. this map shows you where it is happening precisely. a woman has been threatening for some time now to jump. good afternoon. i'm dan ashley in for larry beil. >> i'm ama daetz. let's head back to the scene and sky 7 hd. we are now joined on the phone by officer rob lee, a spokesperson for the california highway patrol. officer, thank you for joining us. what can you tell us about the traffic impact in that area?
officer lee, are you with us? >> definitely impacted at this point. northbound traffic on 680 is being diverted at capital expressway and southbound 680 traffic is being diverted at mckie. there is no estimated time of opening the lanes at this point pending resolution on the overcrossing. >> do you have any sense, officer, how long that is going to take or what they are doing to try to talk this woman off the edge of the overpass? >> i do not, actually. i have no details on where negotiations stand with her at this point or if it's looking like it's going to be something that will resolve itself quickly or be extended into the commute hours. >> once it does get resolved, any sense given how much the traffic is backing up how long will it take traffic to get back to normal? do you have any idea? >> i know traffic on the southbound side was at least backed up to calaveras
approximately 30 minutes ago. it is definitely going to impact and be a delay for people who are traveling southbound and northbound trying to make their way out of the area. for an exact amount of time, for how long it will take to clear those lanes, i don't have that information. >> officer lee with the california highway patrol, thank you so much for the update on 680 shut down in both directions. >> strange sight. well, we are following more breaking news in san jose. right now a building at san jose state has been evacuated after someone reported seeing a person with a gun. >> police have blocked off a large area of the lucas college business building near south 10th and san antonio streets. police have not found anyone with a gun yet. >> but they are searching the building and the surrounding area right now. we will keep you updated on this situation and of course, on the person claiming they are prepared to jump off the overpass in san jose here during
this hour and on our twitter feed. we do have other news this afternoon. there are accusations that san francisco police and prosecutors are holding the wrong teenager for the shooting death of 14-year-old rashawn williams. >> the public defender showed surveillance video that he says proves that. >> abc 7 news reporter lyanne melendez joins us in the newsroom with this story. >> this is a case known well in san francisco involving rashawn williams, a freshman from sacred heart. he knew the two teens that approached him, one of them has been charged. he's in juvenile hall. the other teen has been under the watch of police and with this new video obtained by the public defender, things may change very quickly. these september 2nd photos show two young men walking on mission and 24th. their faces are blurred out. the one circled in blue is the teen accused of stabbing rashawn williams. he is wearing light-colored khakis and a short sleeve shirt. behind him circled in red is his
friend wearing black pants and a sweatshirt. with long sleeves. >> the video shows that it is not our client who is responsible for the stabbing, that it is another individual. >> reporter: it's this video that san francisco public defender says shows the other teen stabbing williams. williams with the yellow circle around him comes out of the convenience store on 26th and fulsom streets and the two teens turn around. keep an eye on the teen in red and his right arm. the public defender says the moment he stabs williams, not the teen in custody, williams stabbed in the heart, then runs but eventually collapses. >> we are asking that the case be dismissed after this review and we are hoping that it happens sooner as opposed to later. >> reporter: the d.a.'s office says it has seen several videos but has not charged the other teen because the investigation is still ongoing. >> these cases are always ongoing. there is always new information that comes around and we have to
be deliberate and measured in the way that we respond. >> reporter: with these new events the d.a.'s office is also investigating whether the teen they have in custody was somehow involved in planning and ordering the stabbing. lyanne melendez, abc 7 news. a san leandro police officer shot a woman after police say she hit him with her car. the woman suffered critical injuries. police say it began with a pursuit last night when police spotted a stolen vehicle and the driver tried to ram police cars. then when she was cornered in oakland, police say she crashed into more patrol cars and officers opened fire. the oakland police department's homicide section is investigating which officials say is department policy. a video showing police arresting a football fan at levi's stadium is raising a lot of questions tonight. >> it was shot during the pac-12 championship game friday night and police say there is much more to the story than what is being seen in that video. >> abc 7 news reporter vic lee
joins us from santa clara with the latest. >> reporter: as you said, the video showed what happened during the scuffle with police. police say there's a lot more which the video did not show. first of all, all of those security guards involved in the arrest were members of the santa clara police department. the officers right over here. they say that the department's p.i.o. says the security guards were members of this department used quote, sufficient force to make the arrest. the p.i.o. says that the oregon fan is exceptionally strong, he is 5'11," weighs 240 pounds. lyden declined to talk to us but referred us to his attorney who did not return our call yet. friday night, halftime at the pac-12 championships at levi's stadium, the oregon ducks against the arizona wildcats. inside levi's stadium, it gets a little wilder.
an oregon fan identified by police as 44-year-old mark lyden gets into an altercation with a security guard, who is an off duty santa clara police officer. the person shooting the video starts rolling when the guard is trying to arrest lyden. after telling the officer not to touch him, he tries to leave on his own through the crowd. this as someone, perhaps the person recording, wonders why the guard is brandishing a taser when lyden is not armed. at least one officer begins hitting the man with his baton. other officers are involved in trying to subdue him. you will see one wrap his arm around the man's neck trying to bring him down. the officers shown in the video with a baton breaks it while hitting his leg. after an intense struggle, lyden is finally forced to the ground and put in handcuffs. this is what you see on the video. what you didn't see was what started the altercation. police say lyden was with a crowd exiting from the stands to
the concourse during halftime. they say he got into an argument with a guest services staffer and he was agitated and appeared drunk. >> he became belligerent, used profanity and our officers were forced to the scene. officers attempted to calm him down and he won't listen to the officers. the officers made a determination to eject him. >> reporter: the lieutenant adds that lyden pushed an officer twice during his attempt to calm him down. to set the record straight, clark says no officer used a taser on him. he is charged with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest, two misdemeanor charges. vic lee, abc 7 news. now to our storm watch coverage. another one is coming, a powerful system with the potential of strong winds and downpours is churning now toward the bay area. >> that's right. spencer christian is here with our accuweather update. >> so far, this is looking like a big powerful potentially damaging storm even though conditions right now seem rather harmless.
live doppler 7 hd, we have lots of clouds around with breaks of sun. the storm is well out to sea but it's steaming in our direction. here's a live view from the emeryville camera, looking at a mostly cloudy sky. it's 66 degrees right now in san francisco, redwood city, san jose, 67 oakland. morgan hill 68. 63 half moon bay. another live view looking up towards the north there under mostly cloudy skies. 60 santa rosa. 64 napa. 58 in fairfield. 61 at concord. 65 at livermore. here's the first forecast as we look again twern sky from the east bay hills camera. increasing clouds this evening, mostly cloudy tomorrow morning and afternoon. we will be bracing for the rain late tomorrow. the rain is expected to arrive on wednesday night so let's take a look at some of the concerns for thursday which will be the day we get the full force of the storm. heavy rain likely, three to five inches possible in the wettest locations. that of course raises the possibility of flooding.
we can expect strong potentially damaging winds. there may be downed trees and power outages with these powerful gusty winds and the driving rain. just be prepared for a messy day on thursday, probably a horrible commute. the rain will arrive first in the north bay wednesday night and all day thursday, not taper off until friday. i will give you a complete look at the forecast animation later. dan and ama? >> thank you. the storm coming in later this week could be the largest we have had in years. people all over the bay area are already preparing. in mill valley there is still flooding from last week's storm. barricades have been set up to prevent drivers from parking in a lot that flooded last week. while flooding is a primary concern, some business owners are also worried about how it will impact business. >> the issue is cars can't get here if it's too flooded. so that's really all it is. there was one day last week we couldn't actually open so that hurt our business. but as far as the water itself, you know, we wait an hour or two, it goes down.
it's not that huge of an issue except for those few hours during the day when we can't actually let customers in because they can't physically get here. >> officials are warning both residents and businesses to have sandbags ready in case of flooding. marin county residents are also encouraged to sign up for alerts so officials can update you on current hazards. workers are scrambling to plug up a huge sinkhole in san francisco before that fierce storm arrives. the hole opened up during last week's rainstorm after a water main burst. that created a 20 foot crater in middle of lake street. this morning workers were still fixing the water main but said they expect to fill in the hole by tomorrow. in the meantime, several blocks around lake street and 6th avenue remain closed to through traffic. happening now, protest leaders plan to rally again in berkeley after marches over the weekend turned violent and put activists at odds with police. >> sky 7 hd found people
breaking windows during last night's protest. a group called by any means necessary is organizing tonight's demonstration. >> they are planning on gathering at bancroft way and telegraph avenue. they are motivated by two recent classes when grand juries declined to indict white police officers in the deaths of unharmed black suspects. protesters will gather again in about an hour and people in berkeley are worried about more violence and vandalism. >> here's a look at where they went last night. they started at telegraph and bancroft and made their way to shaddock. then they split into two groups and made their way down shaddock and telegraph, where they took over and stopped traffic on highway 24 before police chased them off. back up by shaddock by berkeley city hall, busting windows and looting along the way. >> abc 7 news reporter sergio quintana was there last night and joins us with today's cleanup and concerns about what might happen this evening. >> reporter: we spent much of the afternoon watching some
contractors cutting up these big wood panels that they are then installing on some of those stores that were vandalized last night right here on this block of shaddock. there are about five businesses, just a few that were vandalized as last night's protests spiralled into violence. at the radio shack just down the street from here, a rogue demonstrator looted through the store and when he tried to leave, another protester tackled him. then a melee broke out. from sky 7 hd we watched as vandals smashed out store window after store window. at cream, which is an ice cream shop on telegraph avenue, another mob tried to smash through the windows. then other protesters tried to stop the vandalism there. the shop manager today tells me they were employees inside that shop when that attack happened last night. >> they were a little freaked
out. i'm just glad everybody was safe inside and we are honestly very thankful for the protectors who tried to protect the shop. >> reporter: berkeley police took a more hands-off approach. protesters had complained they were too heavy-handed, saying police used rubber bullets and night sticks unnecessarily. police from other alameda county agencies were called in for backup on saturday night but last night, berkeley police tried to simply parallel the demonstrators, that is until they shut down highway 24. of course, it does sound like a construction project out here but they are simply trying to board up a lot of the windows. we will hear more about that coming up on abc 7 news at 5:00. i'm sergio quintana, abc 7 news. abc news is exploring the issue of race relations and equality in the aftermath of grand jury decisions in ferguson and staten island.
>> there will be special reports on good morning america, "world news tonight with david muir" and on "nightline" as well. a raging fire destroyed a massive apartment complex under construction in downtown los angeles. up next, what firefighters say was the biggest challenge in fighting those flames. plus the bay area city that could become one of the first in the nation to impose an air b & b tax. and new at 4:30, a look at a royal day in new york and washington, d.c. what prince william and his wife kate did during a first trip to new york. we will take a look at live traffic outside now. in san jose, it is just a terrible mess as i-680 is closed in both directions because a woman has threatened to jump off an overpass. we are on the story. no traffic there but it's backed up for miles in both directions.
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lower your blood sugar with invokana®. imagine loving your numbers. ask your doctor about invokana®. we take you back to our breaking news. this is a live look from sky 7 hd over 680 at allen rock avenue. it is closed in both directions. you see there, no cars on the road. that's because we are told a woman is threatening to jump from that overpass. in the back you can see all those cars stretching for miles. that is a backup that has been created because of this. it is a rush hour nightmare as we get into the evening commute. it is again closed in both
directions, i-680. we will continue to follow this throughout newscast and on twitter. let's go down south now. flames filled the skies in downtown los angeles this morning after an apartment building under construction caught fire. the flames so intense, firefighters struggled to get it under control. abc news reporter ted rowlands is in l.a. >> reporter: flames so high they could be seen for miles and heat so intense, fire trucks were initially forced to keep back from the scene. >> you are talking about a blow torch of heat on two major high rises in the downtown los angeles area. >> reporter: the inferno ignited overnight at an apartment complex under construction next to l.a.'s main downtown freeway before firefighters could get close enough to battle the blaze two adjacent high rise buildings started to catch fire. >> they did have papers, they had blinds, window screens. they had actually started catching on fire or melting due to the amount of radiant heat.
>> reporter: more than 250 firefighters converged on the raging fire running hoses by hand to get close while trying to prevent the other two high rise buildings from becoming a total loss. >> we had the intense heat that was affecting the freeway that was affecting the high rise and to get resources and everything down here was very difficult. then to know that a high rise is starting to take off behind you, that is an extreme situation. >> reporter: the construction site is likely a complete loss but firefighters were able to save the two other buildings. there were no injuries associated with this fire and at this point, no official cause. ted rowlands, abc news, los angeles. that fire has similarities to one that destroyed an apartment building under construction in san francisco. you may remember the inferno last march in the mission bay neighborhood. just spectacular, devastating fire. we will take a look at how that area has changed since the fire coming up on abc 7 news at 4:30. stay tuned. san jose city council will
likely approve one of america's first taxes on residents who rent their homes to people through services like air b & b. if approved renters would pay a 10% tax, the same rate hotel guests already pay in san jose. the same law will legalize home sharing which is technically illegal under san jose law, and it will cap the number of days a home could be rented. the council will vote on that tax tomorrow. as we touched on earlier, pretty big storm is heading our way and will be here in the not too distant future. >> for the latest let's get to spencer christian with today's accuweather forecast. >> let's get right to it right now. live doppler 7 hd, we have increasing clouds around the bay area. some breaks of blue, it's not completely cloudy yet as you can see from this live view looking back at part of the skyline of san francisco. these are the forecast features. storm arrives wednesday night, heavy rain and wind will be moving through the bay area all day thursday and there is a possibility of flooding and wind damage. let's take a look at this developing storm, well out to
sea at the moment. dry and mild in the bay area tomorrow but that powerful storm is steaming in our direction and we will start to feel its effects by late wednesday. let's start the forecast animation. wednesday evening at 7:00, at which point we will have maybe a little light rain developing up in the north bay. by midnight and into the overnight hours towards the beginning of the morning commute on thursday, we will see heavy rain spreading through all parts of the north bay and beginning to push into the east bay and down to the peninsula just south of the golden gate by the beginning of the morning commute. by the middle of the morning commute we will see moderate to heavy rainfall all across the bay area. very heavy local downfors are likely. midmorning, 10:00 in the morning, we will see just a long line of moderate to heavy rainfall right through the central part of the bay area and on we go into picking up midmorning thursday into thursday afternoon and evening. moderate and heavy rain continues into thursday night. start to lighten up a bit by friday morning and we will
finally wind down by friday night. as we take a look at the rainfall projection for this big storm, you will see that by friday we may be looking at as much as four to six inches of rainfall in the higher elevations, one to three inches in the lower elevations. you can see why there's potential for flooding. flood watch is in effect from wednesday night to thursday night all across the bay area and beyond. we also have high wind advisory, wind watch in effect from wednesday evening to thursday evening. winds could be gusting 40 to 60 miles per hour at times. we may see downed trees and power lines. and a high surf advisory is in effect for the coastal north bay from tuesday night to friday morning. there is a chance of dangerous rip current. in the sierra, winter storm watch in effect. we could see 10 to 20 inches of new snow above 5500 feet with strong gusty winds. back in the bay area, cloudy skies tonight, lows in the low to mid 50s. tomorrow's highs, mild, mainly mid to upper 60s. here's the accuweather seven day
forecast. once again, rain arrives late wednesday night, north bay. heavy wind and rain throughout the day thursday. showers and periods of rain linger into friday, then partly cloudy, mainly dry over the weekend. there's another chance of rain next monday. we are getting a nice much needed but problematic dose of rain this week. dan and ama? >> thank you, spencer. coming up next, she may be grumpy but she's also a gold mine. adding up the earnings from america's favorite sour puss who is making more than some celebrities. new after 4:30 a warning for parents about apps for children. the risk even after federal rules banned the apps from collecting information from ch
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marry him sight unseen. u.s. embassies around the world are bracing for potentially explosive report detailing the interrogation of terrorist suspects. >> some fear the information could threaten american lives. coming up, what we can expect once the report is released. rolling out the red carpet for the royals. what's on the agenda for their whirlwind visit to the u.s. then the bionic ball. 15 years in the works and the prototype is finally revealed. how it is so different from what women wear now.
we are updating that breaking news, as you can see from sky 7 hd traffic is still stopped in both directions on interstate 680 in san jose. right now, no end in sight from this rush hour commute. it is backing up traffic for miles in both directions on 680 in san jose. you can see all those cars stopped there. the trouble began just before 3:00 when a woman began threatening to jump from the overpass. the highway patrol has stopped traffic well before drivers reach that overpass. san jose police negotiators are trying to convince the woman to climb to safety. we want to update you on other breaking news that's happening in san jose. police are doing a floor by
floor search of the business tower at san jose state university. the building was evacuated more than an hour ago when someone reported seeing a person with a gun. police have not found the gunman but have blocked off the business center while they search the area. that has caused traffic problems along south 10th and san antonio streets in downtown san jose. we are monitoring both situations in san jose. we'll have the latest here on the news and as well on our twitter feed. dan? we will keep you up to date on both stories. merchants face the job of cleaning up in berkeley after a night of window breaking and looting, and the city is bracing for more protest marches tonight. they are planning to be out there again. sky 7 hd captured these shots of people smashing windows in downtown berkeley. police eventually fired tear gas to break up the crowd. abc 7 news reporter sergio quintana has followed the story all day long and he tweeted this picture, saying day three of berkeley protests, contractors
are installing wood panels over business windows on shaddock. and be prepared to get wet again. forecasters say the biggest storm to hit the bay area in years is going to arrive later this week. it follows a deluge last week that caused some flooding. local public works crews say they are ready but warnings are going out just the same. we should expect some problems although of course, we badly need every drop of rain. investigators believe there is no connection between two massive fires that lit up the sky in los angeles overnight. one destroyed an apartment complex being built in downtown l.a., huge fire. windows in nearby buildings melted because of the searing heat. another fire damaged at least ten businesses about two miles away. several months ago, remember, up here a large fire swept through an apartment complex being built in san francisco. an enormous blaze. abc 7 news reporter tiffany wilson takes a look at what happened since that fire in march. >> reporter: well, the building behind me is known as nb 360
block 5. it was supposed to open in august. that didn't happen, but they have made a lot of progress since the day after the fire. it took 150 firefighters hours to extinguish a fire that erased months of hard work. this video shows the destruction just a few days later. construction workers estimate the 172 unit complex was 80% complete prior to the march 11th fire. investigators ruled it an accident most likely the result of welding work on the top floor. johnny khan remembers watching the building burn. today, crews hammer nails into new wood, rebuilding every inch of what was lost. off camera, a worker told me there is still about a month of work behind where they were in march. the setback led to significant repercussions for the furniture store across the street. the showroom is empty, alienated by construction, closed off to foot traffic. the owner worries they may have to close.
overhead, cranes crown mission bay. the warriors arena expected to break ground soon and the new ucsf hospital should open in february. mission bay residents consider this an awkward but exciting growth spurt for the neighborhood. >> i think it's going to be a completely different area. we moved here four years ago and it was basically none of these big buildings around. it's going to be amazing. >> i hope there's more shops and restaurants because i work here and there's just not enough around here. >> reporter: the building will offer 18,000 square feet of ground level retail space but is not expected to open until 2016. tiffany wilson, abc 7 news. six people are dead after a private jet crashed into a house in maryland. happened just outside washington, d.c. the three people aboard the plane and three residents of the home were all killed. two nearby homes caught fire after the crash but weren't as
badly damaged. the accident happened less than one mile from the montgomery county airport. the national transportation safety board launched a team to investigate the cause of that crash. a new report by the senate intelligence committee is sparking controversy even before its release. the report details the use of torture by the cia and u.s. intelligence agencies are expecting backlash both here and abroad after the details become public. abc news reporter karen travers has more from washington. >> reporter: around the world, u.s. embassies and consulates are on high alert, bracing for the release of a secretive and controversial senate report on torture. >> the concern is over our military forces, our diplomats and other officials around the world particularly in areas where there are hot spots in the middle east and north africa. >> reporter: president obama banned the use of waterboarding years ago. it's not a secret that u.s. officials used questionable interrogation techniques at the so-called black sites during the
bush administration after september 11th. >> we tortured some folks. we did some things that were contrary to our values. >> reporter: a u.s. official says the senate intelligence committee report is very graphic and will be shocking to some americans. some prisoners sexually humiliated. cia interrogators continuing with torture even after determining there was no more information to be gained. >> the consequence of releasing the report, no one has told me what the good news is by releasing this report. >> reporter: in an interview with cnn, former president george w. bush strongly defended the intelligence community. >> these are patriots and whatever the report says, if it diminishes their contributions to our country, it is way off base. >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry has asked his former senate colleagues to delay the report's release. lawmakers from both parties say making the details public will only inflame america's enemies. karen travers, abc news, washington.
d.c. as the duke and duchess of cambridge make official visits to both cities for the first time. abc news reporter marcy gonzalez has a look at the royal couple's itinerary. >> reporter: the empire state reveling in this royal visit. the duke and duchess of cambridge in new york city for the first time ever met by admirers outside the carlyle hotel and every other stop along the way. >> really big fan. i'm a fan of the royal family in general. >> reporter: it is a jam-packed trip. prince william jetting off to washington, d.c. meeting with president obama, then speaking at the world bank about illegal animal poaching. >> we need new efforts to drive wild life trafficking from our lands, our seas and our skies. >> they are doing a number of things to support charities they really care about. >> reporter: the duchess doing her part, too. five months pregnant and with baby george back home in britain, she spent the first part of today sharing her love of children with students at this development center in
harlem. >> one of the children said we know she lives in a castle. >> it was very exciting. we had to explain to him it's a royal princess, not an animated princess. report the royal couple now reunited in the big apple attending a reception with hillary clinton and chelsea clinton, then heading off for hoops, watching the brooklyn nets take on the cleveland cavaliers. they are getting a glimpse of american royalty with the king lebron james on the court and a possible visit from beyonce and jay-z. >> been wanting to watch this game and it will be a great game. >> reporter: after the game here at the barclay center, they have another big day planned for tomorrow, including a visit to the 9/11 memorial. marcy gonzalez, abc news, brooklyn. a bionic bra that has been in development over a decade is one step closer to reality. the bra automatically tightens in response to chest movement to provide more support. researchers working on the bra say without the right chest support, long term damage can be done including numbness in the fingers and neck and back pain.
advances in technology have enabled researchers to assemble new sensory equipment to monitor movement. while vast improvements are being made in creating the bra, researchers say there are still kinks to iron out before we see it on store shelves. we have a pretty significant storm heading this way. it's quite a big one. >> it is. spencer christian is here with the accuweather update. spencer? >> we will need bionic umbrellas as this storm arrives because it will bring strong driving rain and strong damaging, potentially damaging winds. we need to brace ourselves for this one. things are pretty calm. here's live doppler 7 hd. we have mostly cloudy skies right now with little breaks of blue here and there. sun is about to set now so we won't have any sunshine after about 5:00 p.m. or so. but we will have breaks of clear sky. tomorrow, the national weather picture looks like this. most of the 48 contiguous states will be under dry conditions. there may be light snow over the
great lakes. looks like rain in the northeast from boston to new york down to washington, d.c. and in the pacific northwest, rain and showers from seattle to portland into the northwestern corner of california. eureka will be wet tomorrow. notice state-wide the farther south you go, the sunnier it gets. get down to southern california, sunny and warm in l.a. with a high of 77. san diego, high of 71. 82 in palm springs. here in the bay area, we will see mostly cloudy skies tomorrow with sunny breaks here and there. it will be mild with highs in the mid to upper 60s. here's the accuweather -- let me tell you about the seven-day forecast. i don't have it posted there. the strong rain will begin to move into the north bay wednesday night. overnight it will intensify and spread through much of the bay area. all day thursday we are looking at strong driving rainfall, localized flooding is certainly a possibility, powerful potentially damaging winds. we may see downed trees and power lines and power outages so bear in mind that wednesday night through thursday will be a
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you may soon get contacted by google about refunds after children bought apps without their parents' permission. the federal trade commission launched an unfair billing complaint in september. google will pay at least $19 million to settle claims that consumers were charged while their children made purchases using the apps aimed at kids. the mountain view based tech giant has also changed its in-app purchasing process. privacy researchers and consumer advocates are claiming that many mobile apps marketed to children still collect data on kids even with the new privacy laws on the books. federal regulators started requiring app developers to obtain parental permission in june of last year before they could collect information on kids younger than 13. some games and other apps collect vast amounts of
information including a person's location and even voice recordings. an oregon lawyer wants everyone to know what it's like to drive as an african-american and she made the app to do it. chris willis reports. >> we used the name driving while black because people of color experience a disproportionate number of traffic stops. >> reporter: maryann highlands a portland lawyer. >> african americans are stopped almost two times more than their white counterparts. >> reporter: and now she is an entrepreneur. her new app driving while black is getting a lot of attention. >> black people talk about the phenomena of driving while black and a yearning for resources to help navigate those encounters with the police so they stay safe. >> reporter: by they, she means everyone. the driving while black app is focused on african-americans but she says it's for everybody, to educate best practices to use during traffic stops, to know your rights and to stay safe,
officers included. >> they recognize the challenge officers face on a traffic stop, that they are very unpredictable and a lot of times bad things can happen during a traffic stop to police officers. >> reporter: it was ten years ago when highland vowed to educate people, especially youth, about the dangers involved in a traffic stop. >> about ten years ago, when kendra james was killed during a traffic stop, i went to a community -- >> reporter: there, she met her now business partner, melvin oden-orr. the app includes a contact function. it will have a record function to record the stop. a complaint function that includes a commendation to give police feedback. and a function to help parents educate their kids. in today's racial environment, police say they welcome anything that helps. >> a lot of emphasis on interactions between police officers and african-americans and so understanding that, this seems like an effort trying to improve that relationship. >> the driving while black app
urges people of color to avoid tinted windows and to keep their headlights in working order. portland police say from 2011 blacks are more likely to be pulled over for equipment and license violations than white drivers. let's update you on other breaking news in san jose. an all-clear given at the business tower at san jose state university. the building was evacuated earlier this afternoon after someone reported seeing a person with a gun. police have not found a gunman, thank goodness, but they blocked off the business center while they searched the area. that building has now reopened. up next, why the sounds of a jazz legend will fill san francisco's great cathedral tonight. i'm cheryl jennings in the abc 7 newsroom. coming up, bracing for the storm. how north bay communities are getting ready for one of the strongest storms in years about to hit the bay area. and it's not just santa who should check lists. the toys you need to watch out for.
this month marks the 50th anniversary of a jazz masterpiece. saxophonist john coltrane's a love supreme. carolyn tyler has a unique look at a historic work and special mass tonight. >> reporter: i can tell you we are told that tonight's mass is marking the 50th anniversary of this jazz masterpiece. people all over the world are listening to john coltrane, particularly the legendary love supreme with its spiritual declarations. ♪ praise god >> reporter: archbishop king is getting ready for tonight's celebration. he is the leader of the st. john coltran, african orthodox church where they praise god through
coltrane's music. ♪ >> reporter: and consider the late musician a saint. >> we're not saying that we had 100 cardinals in the vatican with red robes on to vote him. his life speaks to his sainthood. >> reporter: the musician struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. in the liner notes to his legendary "a love supreme" he acknowledged a spiritual awakening saying the album was an humble offering to god. >> his idea of living clean and doing right and in his own words, desiring to be a force that was for real good. so that's what you hear in the music. >> reporter: the musical mess ja age promotes global unity and people from all over the world come here for sunday service. tonight, the special 50th
anniversary mass moves to grace cathedral, where the sounds of saxophones and drums will reverberate off the walls of this episcopal sanctuary. we are told the bishop here loves jazz and the congregation is welcoming. >> they see how it is a unique take on this spiritual idea. doesn't matter what tradition you have. the spirit takes you, explore. >> reporter: the concert is free tonight from 7:00 to 9:00 at grace cathedral. carolyn tyler, abc 7 news. the giants pitcher who broke the hearts of royals fans with a world series win has another accomplishment under his belt today. madison bumgarner is "sports illustrated's" sportsman of the year. the 25-year-old gave up six earned runs in nearly 53 innings of work this post season and in game seven of the world series he pitched five scoreless innings, just two days after he threw a complete game shutout. he is the first san francisco
giant and seventh mlb pitcher to win this award. thank you so much for joining us for abc 7 news at 4:00. i'm ama daetz. abc 7 news at 5:00 begins right now with dan and cheryl. next at 5:00, another demonstration planned in the east bay tonight. how some of the protesters hope to keep this one from turning violent. fire rips through a development in southern california. why authorities think it might have been intentional. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist sandhya patel. we are tracking a powerful storm that could bring significant problems. the timeline coming up. and preparations under way in the north bay, an area that could be the hardest hit by the massive storm that is coming this week. sky 7 hd takes you live to that breaking news on interstate 680 in san jose. drivers have been stranded for more than two hours now in both
directions of the freeway is closed due the a woman threatening to jump. >> this is where it's happening. she is threatening to jump on to 680. the woman climbed on to the overpass just before 3:00 this afternoon. >> negotiators for the san jose police department are trying to convince her to climb back to the street. all of this happening while drivers have been stopped for a little more than two hours now. >> one of those drivers talked with us by phone just a short time ago. >> no one informed us of anything. all we were told was to exit the freeway, they are trying to get five lanes of traffic on to one exit. >> now let's go back live to sky 7 hd and take a look at the backup. nothing moving on the lower deck as you can see. it's hard to tell where the backup is because the freeway looks completely empty right now. >> strange sight, isn't it, this time of day, middle of the afternoon/evening commute. that stretch of highway deserted because it's been closed in both directions. abc 7 news reporter laura
anthony -- all right. we will get to that in a moment. you can see there is aa significant problem. they have been trying to talk this woman off the overpass. she has been threatening to jump. it has caused huge, huge traffic problems. >> let's move on to our other big story. business owners in the east bay still recovering from several nights of violent protests. they have been told to close early because another demonstration is going to get under way soon. thanks for joining us. i'm cheryl jennings. >> i'm dan ashley. sky 7 hd has been following this story. we will show you pictures as we can get them, where it's happening in telegraph and bancroft. that's where protests have heated up over the last couple nights. there's a lot of concern about what might happen tonight. >> abc 7 news reporter laura anthony joins us from berkeley with more. >> reporter: there is another demonstration planned for tonight. you can see folks gathering here at telegraph and bancroft and while mayor tom bates told us