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about xarelto® today. good afternoon, everybody. i'm larry beil. >> i'm ama daetz. we do begin with storm watch coverage as the second wave of rain heads into the bay area. live doppler 7 hd shows you where the rain is now. you can see it's covering most of the bay area but the heaviest rain is expected during the evening commute within the next hour. >> the bay area's already saturated as you know and feeling the aftermath of our most recent storms. take a look. a tree came down along these public stairs that lead to the b.a.r.t. station and another falling tree pulled down power lines in orinda this morning. it knocked out power to nearly 500 customers. pg & e repaired the line and that road reopened around noon. >> let's take a live look at conditions outside from the east bay hills camera.
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you can see obviously there are some drops there on the lens. we turn now to spencer christian, who is tracking the storm with live doppler 7 hd. >> we have raindrops falling over much of the bay area as you can see on live doppler 7 hd. the heaviest activity is still building offshore but we do have reports of light rain right through the central part of the bay area, right across the north bay there. looks like a rather impressive area of downpours about to hit novato, between san francisco and novato. over the north bay counties, sonoma, napa, marin, rain spreading eastward. san leandro getting light rain. down on to the peninsula to san mateo and points southward. again, the heaviest activity still offshore. here's the looping radar. you can see the movement of this mass of moisture. it's likely to complicate the late afternoon and evening commute, producing more wet spots and slowing down the movement of traffic. we will start our forecast animation at 5:00 this afternoon, at which point we expect delays to be more
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widespread, moderate to heavy in isolated locations. during the late night and overnight we will see the system break up into scattered showers. that's what will greet early morning commuters. there will probably be areas of wet pavement early tomorrow morning but we don't expect downpours at that hour. things will get drier after that. i'll have the accuweather forecast in a few minutes. larry? >> see you in a few. to the south bay now and a live look at the drive on highway 101 and interstate 80. it's not raining there yet. neighbors in that area are dealing with downed trees, damaged apartments in a wave of storms. nick smith has a look at all the problems and the cleanup from santa clara. >> it was like sssshhh. >> reporter: what elizabeth smith saw was the sight of this tree, larger than some houses, giving way and smashing to the ground. >> i was like oh, my god, oh, my god, oh, my god, there's nobody around. >> reporter: the huge trunk slammed on to the roof of the
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apartment complex and took out everything in its path. miraculously, no one was hurt. >> it was unreal. i have never seen anything like that. >> reporter: crews believe the saturated soil is to blame. the roof system weakened by the extended drought was no match for the sudden wave of heavy rain. the overnight storm created issues in menlo park as well. crews worked through the night to repair a main break that cut off water to dozens and sent waves of thick heavy sludge rushing into low-lying homes. >> we came out, literally our garage was up a foot. >> reporter: hours later the pipes are fixed but there are still problems. homeowners will have to wait before they can comfortably drink straight from the tap. crews are flushing the pipes with water and air. this homeowner taking it all in stride. >> god comes and brought the rain and we all needed it. it's been great that way but yeah, no, it's too bad this happened to us. but we need the rain. we can't -- i'm not blaming.
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>> reporter: right now this break in the rain is only providing temporary relief because another storm system is headed this way. nick smith, abc 7 news. all of our rain is helping replenish reservoirs in northern california but more rain is needed. here's a look. the party reservoir, the main water supply for east bay mud customers is now at 88% capacity. the east bay also relies on the com comanche reservoir. lexington is now at 30% capacity. heading south, heavy rain sent mud, debris and rocks on to the busy 91 freeway today. the chp shut down several lanes for several hours while crews cleaned up that mess. nobody hurt but a lot of traffic. this is the second of two back-to-back storms to hit that area. reported mud slides prompted voluntary evacuations there last night. >> our storm watch coverage doesn't end here. later in this newscast, a look at how all the rain is making a
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trash problem even worse in one east bay neighborhood. on abc 7 news at 5:00, see how those at a peninsula school are helping out the families of a flooded mobile home park right here on abc 7 news. after months of defending him and the notion of due process, the 49ers cut defensive lineman ray mcdonald today, this after another accusation of sexual assault. police served a search warrant at mcdonald's home in san jose yesterday. police say a woman told doctors she might have been sexually assaulted on monday by mcdonald. 49ers general manager said the team decided to release mcdonald today about 45 minutes after learning of this new investigation. >> ray's demonstrated a pattern of poor decision making that has led to multiple distractions for this organization and this football team that really can no longer be tolerated. >> earlier this year, police arrested mcdonald on allegations of domestic abuse against his
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pregnant fiancee but prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to charge him. abc 7 sports anchor mike shumann joining us with reaction from mcdonald's now former teammates. >> reporter: well, this is not what the 49ers wanted with a week and a half left in the season. the front office found out about it this morning and 45 minutes later, jed york, who was not in the building, was on a conference call with jim harbaugh and trent balke and ray mcdonald was no longer a 49er. he was drafted in 2007. he started 45 of the last 48 games the past three years so he has been a mainstay on the defensive line but as just mentioned, trent said his pattern of behavior and the fact they gave him due process earlier in the season with the other accusation, it was just too much to stomach. colin kaepernick was the first one who broached the subject. >> it's tough. i mean, he's a good friend to a lot of people on this team. no one around him ever thought bad of him.
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he was always a good person to everyone around here. hopefully it's just a misunderstanding. >> it's just tough. i feel bad for everybody around here, the organization, for everybody to continue to have to deal with stuff like this. things haven't went like you would like already. definitely hurts, but i guess that's life sometimes. >> reporter: ray was set to make $4.2 million next year against the salary cap. he wasn't having a stellar year so that made it easier to let him go. you and i were talking about it. they started the season with this ray mcdonald off the field issue. they are ending the season with a ray mcdonald off the field issue. live at levi's stadium, mike shumann, abc 7 news. >> this situation with ray mcdonald unfortunately bookends as you mentioned the entire year. a year that began with such high hopes and expectations for this team moving into a brand new billion dollar facility and it
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just went awry, one thing after another after another, culminating with this. >> reporter: well, there's no question, talk about jim harbaugh all season, the stadium issues, the field, aldon smith, ray mcdonald. you got to believe all this noise outside of the locker room had to affect this team, then maybe that's the reason they are 7-7. tough year, the first year here at levi's stadium all the way around. it just ends i don't want to say on a typical note but kind of a microcosm of what's gone on this year. >> we'll have more on this story at 5:00 and 6:00. also making news today, it's being called the most significant shift in u.s. policy toward cuba in decades. >> president obama announced the two countries will be starting talks about normalizing diplomatic relations and at abc news reporter karen travers shows us, it also means an american prisoner is back home. >> reporter: it's the dawn of a new era in u.s./cuba relations. >> these 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked.
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it's time for a new approach. >> reporter: president obama announced today the u.s. will end what he called an outdated approach to the communist island nation. >> i'm taking steps to place the interests of the the people of both countries at the heart of our policy. >> reporter: those steps including reopening an embassy in havana, high level visits between the u.s. and cuban government and easing some economic sanctions, including the long-standing ban on importing cuban cigars. now licensed american travelers to cuba can come back with up to $100 of tobacco. the conviction of alan gross had long been considered a major impediment to any relationship between the two nations but today, gross was released and is now back home in america. >> i'm incredibly blessed finally to have the freedom to resume a positive and constructive life. >> reporter: in an exclusive interview with abc's david muir, president obama described talking to gross on his flight
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home. >> we had a nice conversation. he obviously is joyful about being reunited with his family. >> reporter: republican senator marco rubio of florida, a cuban-american, blasted the president's announcement. >> the cuban people aren't any more free today than they were yesterday. >> reporter: president obama cannot end the long-standing economic embargo on cuba. that requires congressional approval which the president says he will push for. karen travers, abc news, washington. coming up new after 4:30, a look at what could be a new beginning in u.s./cuba relations and the possible impact it could have on the silicon valley and the central valley as well. an alameda county supervisor wants to take the protests against racial injustice to the next level. >> for keith carson, that means sitting down with protesters and looking for ways to improve relations between the black community and police. the first step, he is hosting a town hall meeting tonight in oakland. he wants to hear directly from
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protesters. >> it really means hearing from the people who feel the pain, are expressing -- experiencing the problems and working with not only law enforcement but whatever they say are the things that need to happen in order to change this paradigm. >> carson says the protests have cost oakland more than $1 million in police overtime, money that could be spent on community programs. the town hall meeting will be held at b.b. memorial cathedral in oakland beginning at 7:00. san francisco police are investigating a string of car fires. they were all within a couple blocks of each other on 17th, liberty and cumberland streets. police tell abc news the first fire happened just after 4:00 this morning and four others happened in the next two hours. this is a look at some of that aftermath. so far, police have not released any information on possible suspects. a bizarre incident in venecia ended with a man being
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shot by a neighbor after he broke into a home likely by mistake. >> a 24-year-old was shot and later booked into the county jail. abc 7 news reporter tiffany wilson joins us from the police department. >> reporter: residents like to joke that the biggest crime in this community is jaywalking. but after a man spent the evening drinking with a buddy, the crime statistics for the entire community changed. at 4:30 this morning, the tranquility of this bedroom community shattered like this sliding glass door. >> i was just completely in shock. >> reporter: the suspect, a 24-year-old, was banging on the back door. the noise woke mike's parents. >> my mom immediately called 911. he was yelling and screaming, i can't believe you locked me out of the house, let me in. my dad, it's a two-story house, went out to the landing on the second story and yelled down, you've got the wrong house, you
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don't belong here, go away. >> reporter: then police say he grabbed this planter and smashed it through the door. >> he came into the house, was pretty much in the living room. again, my dad yelled you don't belong here, get out. he kept coming into the house. so my dad fired a round, hit him in the leg. he went down, he crawled into the kitchen. at the exact time that he made the shot, the p.d. busted in the front door. >> reporter: officers say the dad acted appropriately. >> he feared for his safety and that of his wife. that's why he shot him. >> reporter: the police have stated a woman who recently started renting this home at the bottom of the hill. we spoke to the woman living there. she played coy about her connection to hatch but admitted they went to school together and she is sorry this happened. >> you can't mistake one house for another. this is on a steep hill. the house where he was supposed to be was way down at the bottom. >> reporter: now his parents are left with the cleanup and emotional toll. >> it's hard. they are not used to something like this. no one is.
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>> reporter: hatch was treated at the hospital and booked into jail on charges of trespassing, vandalism, prowling and public intoxication. tiffany wilson, abc 7 news. still ahead, the terrorist threat over a movie release forces unprecedented action by sony pictures. plus -- >> the announcement in washington, d.c. that prompted the biggest stock market gain in more than a year. and new at 4:30, the outrage in pakistan over the deadly taliban attack at a military school and what president obama told the country's leader. at 4:14, taking a live look outside on your wednesday, we are looking at the skyway in san francisco. on the right is traffic heading south towards 101 south and the peninsula. the left-hand side, you are approaching the lower deck of the bay bridge. a crawl in both directions. not looking great out there. we are getting more rain this evening. stay with us.
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sony pictures today canceled the christmas day release of "the interview" a comedy about an assassination plot against north korean leader kim jong-un because of threats from hackers of terrorist attacks. just minutes ago, u.s. officials announced their investigation has in fact connected north korea to the ongoing sony hacking attack. abc news reporter marcy gonzalez has the latest from new york. >> reporter: major fallout today to those ominous threats made by
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hackers. sony, pulling the plug on the christmas release of its controversial comedy "the interview." >> you want us to kill the leader of north korea? >> what? >> reporter: executives making the decision after some of the biggest theater chains in the country decided not to screen the movie because of concerns for patrons' safety. the group calling themselves the guardians of peace warned people considering seeing the film quote, we recommend you to keep yourself distant. soon all the world will see what an awful movie sony has made. the world will be full of fear. the fbi is investigating, putting joint terrorism task forces across the country on alert. sources tell abc news the main suspects are members of an elite north korean cybersecurity team known as bureau 121, believed to be behind several hack attacks on south korea last year. while the department of homeland security says there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the united states, the interview for now is being canned, sony saying in a statement we stand by our film
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makers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome. sources tell abc news at this point it's unclear if the movie will ever be released. marcy gonzalez, abc news, new york. it is the announcement that investors wanted to hear. today the federal reserve announced it's edging closer to raising interest rates but it will be patient, at least for now. the fed is considering raising rates from record lows because of the strengthening u.s. economy and job market but gave no specific guidance on when that might happen. the fed's decision helped drive u.s. stock markets to their biggest gain in more than a year. the dow jones average rose 288 points, closing at 17,356. nasdaq composite soared 98 points closing at 4644. standard & poor's ended the day at 2012. so we are in storm two this
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week? >> that's right. storm three is on its way. a wave, sort of a preliminary wave is coming through right now that will prepare us for storm number three. live doppler 7 hd, we have light rain falling over much of the bay area right now. some heavier rainfall developing offshore. right up against the coastline as you can clearly see, moving right through the heart of the bay area, through parts of the peninsula, marin county, through san francisco and oakland over to other locations on the east bay. so the wet weather is here. looks like it will get wetter over the next hour or so as a more intense area of precipitation is developing right on the coastline and swinging towards the east-southeast. looking at current temperatures, it's pretty narrow range of readings. 56 to 58 degrees in most locations although a little cooler in some north bay locations, 53 right now in santa rosa and napa. 54 in novato. a live view from the rooftop camera shows clouds over the bay. some light rain falling in parts of san francisco, perhaps right along the embarcadero as well.
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i saw people carrying umbrellas on the embarcadero just a moment ago before i walked in the studio. these are the forecast features. showers are likely through tonight and into early tomorrow morning. we will see partly sunny skies in the afternoon tomorrow and our next storm as we have just told you, arrives on friday. satellite radar composite image showing the current wave of m s moisture pushing through the bay area. a little bit of a break tomorrow and the next storm arrives friday, bringing with it a few risks -- few storm risks, i should say. moderate risk of urban flooding and mud and rock sliding. slight risk of downed trees. the soil is saturated and more rain will even make it more saturated. there's a low possibility of river flooding. we expect up to about two inches of rain from this next storm so let's start the forecast animation tomorrow, thursday night at 11:00, at which point it will be mostly cloudy. during the overnight hours into the wee hours of the morning on friday, we will see areas of rain and showers developing first in the north bay, then along the coast and sweeping eastward and south war.
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by 5:00 friday morning, beginning of the morning commute, we will see more widespread areas of rain and showers and perhaps even locally heavy downpours. later in the morning, we will see the cold front beginning to sweep through the north bay towards the golden gate and looks like it will lose some of its intensity as it moves through the bay area. it should be out of here by late afternoon on friday. as we project ahead to friday afternoon, we expect rainfall totals to reach as high as two inches in the north bay mountains, perhaps up to an inch and a half in the south bay mountains, and about four tenths to eight tenths in lower elevations. in the sierra, winter weather advisory until 4:00 tomorrow morning. travel delays and chain requirements are likely. back to the bay area, look for overnight lows mainly in the mid to upper 40s to a couple locations will probably see lows around 50. tomorrow, under partly sunny skies in the afternoon, we will see high temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s generally. here's the accuweather seven day
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forecast. mainly dry day tomorrow after a few morning showers, rainy again on friday, then a dry weekend, getting milder as we get into next week. temperatures in the mid 60s around the bay and inland on monday and tuesday, but with morning fog in the valleys those two days. >> thank you, spencer. up next, candid comments from a former cal bear about what he thinks of the dangers of playing pro football. new after 4:30, one of the bay area's best holiday traditions. a local auto body shop plays santa. the incredible donations to five needy families.
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chicago bear and former cal defensive back chris conte not letting all the talk about the dangers of playing football affect him. he told a chicago radio station that playing the game means so much to him, he's willing to do it even if it's bad for his long-term health. he told wbbm radio quote, i would rather have the experience of playing in the nfl and die 10
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to 15 years earlier than not play in the nfl and have a long life. he's well aware of the risks of playing football. this year alone, he suffered two concussions and has also had injuries to his back, a shoulder and his eye. a toronto man offering a free round the world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found his miss right. he and his then girlfriend elizabeth gallagher bought the tickets in may but they broke up and the ticket has a strict no transfer policy. so the 28-year-old took to social media in search of another elizabeth gallagher with a canadian passport and he found her. a 23-year-old from nova scotia. they leave on their three week trip next week. >> i can't believe that worked. >> i know. wow. >> i'm anxious to see the picture of her. just ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00, a look at how all the rain is making a trash problem even worse in one east bay neighborhood. also, what could be a new beginning in u.s./cuba relations
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and the possible impact it could have on the silicon valley and central valley. later from 7 on your side, why a local lawmaker is working to ban artificial turf fields at schools and parks in california.
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in today's headlines, the
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49ers have released defensive lineman ray mcdonald. today's decision comes after accusations of sexual assault. the g.m. said on releasing mcdonald, this is a team decision, not a league decision. sony pictures is making the decision to pull the plug on the christmas day release of "the interview." the movie that poked fun at north korea's kim jong-un. the news comes after hackers threatened attacks on theaters and big movie chains decided to pull the film. a second wave of rain is moving into the bay area. the bay area is already saturated and feeling the aftermath of our recent storms. there are a lot of downed trees and other problems because of all the rain, including a nasty mix of trash and water in oakland. abc 7 news reporter laura anthony is live with the details. >> reporter: like any city, oakland has its pretty spots and its not so pretty locations. one east oakland neighborhood,
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neighbors saw something ugly and are doing something about it. >> i call it a trash pond because as you can see, you've got trash floating behind us. >> reporter: oakland's dwayne achens has only lived in this apartment complex for nine months but has already seen enough, at least when it comes to the view over the back wall. >> i just don't think that this is a good place for families, of course, and kids and communities to just have to live in stuff like this. this is not okay. >> reporter: the garbage is not in a public space. it's on a private lot that's filled up with water during last week's storms. the owner of the lot told us off-camera every time he cleans it up, it fills up again with garbage. it appears from the apartment complex, where dwayne lives. >> there's a lot of garbage being produced there. when it overflows the cans, they just throw it over the fence. >> reporter: david dawkins hasn't looked behind his house in awhile but doesn't like what he sees either. >> you can say why doesn't public works or why doesn't the
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city. it's not their problem. >> it's not their job. it's our job. it's our community. we need to step it up. >> reporter: it's not his property but dawkins decided to do just that. at least starting to clean up what his neighbors dumped. laura anthony, abc 7 news. find out what's happening on live doppler 7 hd any time with the weather app. we have information at international news now. people in pakistan reacting with outrage after dozens of children died in a bloody attack on a school. there were protests like this one today across the country. some of the protesters held signs saying save our children, save pakistan. yesterday's attack killed 148 people, mostly children. the taliban called the attack revenge for a military offensive against their safe haven in the northwest. some protesters blamed the pakistani government. >> you cannot win the war unless
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you review that umbrella policy of yours that actually creates terror. >> president obama called pakistan's prime minister last night telling him the american people stand with pakistan in the face of this tragedy. president obama is receiving criticism and praise tonight for his decision to try to reestablish diplomatic and economic relations with cuba. house democratic leader nancy pelosi praised it, saying our policies toward cuba is a relic of a bygone era that weakens our leadership and has not advanced freedom and prosperity in cuba. abc 7 news reporter chris winn joins us with reaction from silicon valley. >> reporter: reaction has been mixed. on one hand, some say it could be good for businesses who are hoping to break into a new market, cuba is what we are talking about, but on the other hand, for one family we spoke to who escaped the regime of castro, they say they are not
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going to believe anything positive until they see it for themselves. at this cozy cuban restaurant, reaction this afternoon to the president's announcement regarding u.s./cuba relations. >> we cannot trust the government of castro. we have a lot of family in cuba. >> reporter: she and her 82-year-old mother own and operate this restaurant but their family escaped the communist country. >> so many bad times. my daughter is 17 years old working the farm. for five years working for that place. >> reporter: today the president announced plans to reestablish diplomatic relations, some travel and trade that had been banned under a decades-long embargo will be allowed. the chamber of commerce is keeping a close eye, believing silicon valley tech companies could eventually benefit. >> once the door cracks open it's not going to stop.
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the flow is going to be intense. it's going to grow. the people in cuba will just absorb all the technology, the social media available. >> reporter: but many, including the calvo family, are approaching this with extreme caution. >> i want to see. >> reporter: as they live out their own american dream, they are hopeful the stories and struggles of cubans won't ever be lost in the mix. >> they're people. they are going through all this, the adversity. >> reporter: chris winn, abc 7 news. pope francis actually played a big role in today's announcement and it just happened to occur on his birthday. he made a personal appeal to president obama and cuban leader raul castro to pursue a closer relationship. today, thousands of well wishers gathered in st. peter's square to wish the pope a happy 78th birthday. still to come when abc 7
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news at 4:00 continues, see how the u.s. navy is bringing jaws back to life with a 21st century twist. i'm spencer christian. we see clouds over the bay and rain falling over the bay as well. i'll have the accuweather forecast for the remainder of the week and the weekend coming up. proof of that rain as we give you a live look at the san mateo bridge. oncoming traffic, heavy traffic is eastbound going from the peninsula back toward hayward. you can see the road looks slick. smooth sailing for those folks heading back down to the peninsula. stay with us.
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the california flower market in san francisco's soma district will be preserved and upgraded. that announcement today from the san francisco flower growers association. wholesalers, distributors and the flower loving public had concerns that kilroy realty would buy the building, then turn that space into tech and residential rentals but the market will stay. it signed a 25-year lease with kilroy, which has agreed to update the facilities to help maintain the flowers at a higher level and sell at better quality. all the plants out there are getting some extra water this week. >> spencer christian, i think you might be storm spencer. >> just call me stormy. that's what the weather has been like lately. a look at live doppler 7 hd right now, we can see rainfall covering virtually all of the bay area.
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we've got a stronger impulse moving into the heart of the bay area, producing moderate and heavy rainfall from lower marin county around san rafael to san francisco, down on to the peninsula, san mateo, across the bay to parts of the east bay. we are getting a nice little dose of wet weather right now. it will continue, it looks like right on through the afternoon and evening rush before it starts to break up into scattered showers. meanwhile, how wet has this december been in san francisco? where does it rank among the all time wettest decembers? the wettest on record was 1866. i barely remember that. we are in 11th place right now. we have quite a bit of the month of december to go. in san jose, it's been pretty wet as well, wettest december on record in san jose was 1955 when the city there received just over 9 1/4 inches of rain. already this december is in third place again with a bit more of december to go. we will see if we set any records in the next 14, 13, 14 days. tomorrow, look for some scattered showers early in the morning, partly sunny skies by afternoon.
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we will see high temperatures tomorrow mainly in the upper 50s to low 60s so mainly dry day tomorrow after some morning showers. get ready for another wave of stormy weather on friday. that will be the next big storm. >> yay. >> enthusiasm. the navy is bringing jaws back to life with a 21st century twist. >> this is cool. it's created a drone shark that looks so real, it will have you doing a double-take. they are calling it ghost swimmer. >> frightening. the drone can swim independently and dive as deep as 300 feet. the navy could use it for surveillance to replace california sea lions that it currently trains to spot underwater mines. >> i would like that for christmas. >> put it on your list. still ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00, a mother of five back with her family after seven years freed from jail at least for now. for a crime she says she did not commit. also, an all new way to get
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help in an emergency. a look at what's being called smart 911. i'm 7 on your side's michael finney. it's not the grinch that stole christmas at kmart. we'll explain why the retailer is apologizing today to customers who won't be getting their gifts on christmas.
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a texas police officer who tased a 76-year-old man twice is now under investigation. the victoria police department has also invited the texas rangers to investigate. happened thursday during a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker. the officer's dash cam shows the elderly driver claiming his car was exempt from inspection. the man pulled his arm away when the officer tried to make an arrest. the officer then pushes the man on to the hood of the car, on to the ground, and then tases him. a texas woman is spending her first full day with her family in seven years after being released from a texas jail for a crime that she claims she did not commit. the jury convicted hannah
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overton of killing her foster child back in 2006 and she has been trying to prove her own innocence ever since then. abc news has been tracking this case for years and has this report. >> reporter: this is the moment hannah overton and her family fought for and dreamed of for seven years. tuesday night, a texas judge releasing her on bail after her conviction and life sentence was overturned in the bizarre salt poisoning death of the little boy she was trying to adopt. abc news was there for her emotional reunion with the five children she hasn't been able to touch from behind bars. her saga starting in 2006. the 37-year-old mother accused of force feeding her foster son, andrew bird, enough salt to kill him. she first sat down with 20/20 in 2008. >> my worst nightmare. after your child dies to be told that somebody thinks it's your fault. >> reporter: convicted of
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capital murder, husband larry standing by her through it all. what is the truth in all this? >> that my wife did nothing wrong. that andrew had something going on with him in his body and had done -- something happened with him that we don't know. >> reporter: the jury never got a chance to hear from this salt poisoning expert, who has long believed the 4-year-old ingested the salt on his own due to behavioral problems. after he testified during hannah's appeal, her conviction was reversed. >> even with today's medical technology, under the best medical care, and at major medical centers and even when it happens in the hospital, you die. >> reporter: prosecutors stand by their case and plan to try hannah again. her current defense team led by cynthia orr says they will continue to fight to clear her name. >> we are so thrilled that she stands here presumed innocent. we are very confident the state doesn't have a case. >> reporter: just before her release, hannah told abc news she had just one thing on her mind. catching up on the years she's lost with her children.
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what do you want to do with them? >> anything they want to do. mine, just day to day things. just being mom. cooking dinner and watching tv, whatever. all those things that i have missed out on. >> prosecutors plan to retry hannah overton but no court date has been set. a southern california city is the first in the state to i don't an enhanced emergency system called smart 911. culver city dispatch says the smart system prepares people for emergencies before they happen. people can go online to create a safety profile, including their name, address, medical history, even family photos. all information is kept on a secure national data base. >> i like to describe smart 911 as 911 on steroids. it dramatically increases the amount of information that we have available to our first responders. >> if you call 911 and are in an area that uses the smart 911
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system, your online profile immediately pops up on the dispatcher's screen. they then pass that information on to first responders who could not only potentially get there faster but know who and what to look for upon arrival. a city is applying the deadline to apply for health insurance that takes effect on january 1st. >> 7 on your side's michael finney has the story. >> this is great news. there have been so many people still confused over this. it is still a relatively new program. those who missed out thought they had missed a december 15th deadline to buy coverage through the state insurance exchange, cover california officials now saying many consumers were in the process of signing up when time ran out. now they will have until midnight on december 21st to finish the process. >> we are really excited about the progress that california is making with our enrollment efforts right now, we are looking at combined with
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medical, 592,000 people have been determined eligible for coverage. >> officials say the extension will help the state reach its goal to enroll a total of 1.7 million residents in health plans since last year. a new bill in sacramento would ban schools and parks from installing any new artificial turf fields because of concern it could be causing serious health problems for children. state senator jerry hill proposed the ban because of growing concerns about chemicals in the rubber used to make fake grass. he cited an increase in lieu che leukemia and other diseases. there will be a study on the possible, possible health risks. the week before christmas for any kmart customers finding out the gifts they put on layaway will not be there after all. kmart is apologizing to customers who got e-mails yesterday saying their orders
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were canceled. it happened when the retailer ran out of stock for some merchandise. kmart would not say how many orders were canceled but it affected, it says, only online customers. those who used layaway in stores are fine. their products are there. kmart is issuing full refunds. the retailer is also trying to find another source for those out of stock items. when it finds them, it will let the people know. apparently it will be deeply discounted as well. >> thank you, michael. up next, five families, five cars. the local auto body shop making dreams come true just in time for christmas. i'm cheryl jennings in the abc 7 newsroom. new at 5:00, the manhunt for a west coast tagger ends with an arrest. how police are celebrating this evening. plus -- up next, why santa claus rode in on a harley and how he rode out with a bag of toys.
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tonight on abc 7, the middle airs at 8:00 followed by the goldbergs, modern family and blackish. after that, it's nashville at 10:00 and abc 7 news at 11:00. today was one of the busiest days at san francisco's memorial. several streets were blocked off so the agency could hand out soup to people in need. each bag contained turkey or chicken, fruit, pasta, rice and beans. an army of volunteers were there to make the bags of groceries. the next event is a toy giveaway on saturday. >> great event. so is this next one. a holiday tradition played out in antioch where there are very special people making the holidays special for others. >> that's right. abc 7 news reporter wayne freedman joins us live from antioch. >> reporter: this is one of our favorite stories of the year, maybe that's why we have covered it for 14 consecutive years. it's the story about love and
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commitment and of all places, it begins in an auto body shop after the big bangs. it has evolved into one of those events that signals the holiday season. >> the true meaning of christmas. a chance for us to give back in the best way we can. >> reporter: hence the crowd, the tastings and especially the six very large christmas presents awaiting unwrapping. after what deanna gonzalez has been through, she would take any of them. a mother of three, a victim of domestic violence, she was among more than 200 applicants to this program that gives wheels to deserving people who need them most. sal contreras has run this event for 14 years. he has given away 52 cars and reads every letter. what has surprised you most about this program? >> the amount of people that are out there really in need. >> reporter: from kathy, who needed a car to take her
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12-year-old daughter back and forth to the hospital after a heart and lung transplant. to former marine and iraq veteran, tito ramos, who lost his car after a crash with an uninsured driver. he is studying to be a police officer in antioch. the twist, every one of these cars was totaled and then redeemed. local companies donated parts. mike's employees donated time to fix the cars. local insurance agents donated coverage for the recipients. many of us take cars for granted. what a difference a car can make for someone without one. >> thank you. >> reporter: wayne freedman, abc 7 news. >> seeing the tears of joy. >> that story is fantastic every single year. >> yeah, it is. thank you so much for joining us for abc 7 news at 4:00. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. abc 7 news at 5:00 begins with cheryl and dan. coming up, police open a new
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assault case against ray mcdonald, closing his career as a 49er. >> he will be terminated, released immediately. >> when the niners' gm first heard about this latest investigation and how long it took him to take action. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist sandhya patel. it's a wet evening commute. i will let you know how long live doppler 7 hd will track this rain coming up. a drunken man smashes his way into the wrong home. the father inside stands his ground and calls his son, too. >> he said your mom and i are okay but someone broke into the house and i shot him. the 49ers fire ray mcdonald after a claim of sexual assault. it was just months ago mcdonald was accused but never charged in a domestic violence incident involving his fiancee. >> ray's demonstrated a pattern of poor decision making that really can no longer be tolerated.
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>> good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm cheryl jennings. thanks for joining us. the 49ers say they are done dealing with ray mcdonald. he is now at the center of a sexual assault investigation. police searched mcdonald's house in san jose, the same home where he was accused of an assault in august but not charged. that's where abc 7 news reporter vic lee joins us tonight. >> reporter: well, the 49ers front office simply said enough is enough and they cut mcdonald. they said this is not about due process, this is about accountability for one's actions. mcdonald has not been charged or arrested. let's make that clear. this is simply an investigation that's automatically triggered any time there has been an accusation of sexual assault. >> we as an organization have notified him and his agent that he will be terminated, released immediately, effective immediately. >> reporter: 49er general manager trent balke said he was
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disappointed at mcdonald's behavior off the field, this after an accusation of sexual assault. a woman told police she was at mcdonald's san jose home monday. a local hospital called police tuesday to report that this patient may be the victim of a sexual assault. investigators interviewed her. in this police press release she told them she was possibly sexually assaulted. police armed with a search warrant went to mcdonald's home last night. legal analyst steve clark. >> they want to seize any bedding or clothing that may have a dna transfer to show that a sexual encounter occurred. they are also going to need to establish whether this was a consensual encounter if it occurred. >> reporter: this is the second time in four months that mcdonald has been investigated by the san jose police. in late august, he was arrested at his home after his pregnant fiancee called 911 and accused him of physically abusing her. ultimately, prosecutors did not press charges saying they


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