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the third storm to hit this week is moving through the bay area right now. live doppler 7 hd showing us pockets of rain and it is expected to continue well into the evening so expect a slow and wet commute. here we go again, everybody. good afternoon. i'm larry beil. >> i'm ama daetz. sonoma county rescue crews were called to help a driver stranded in flood waters in sonoma county today. it happened near the town of bloomfield west of petaluma. water on the road was about three feet deep, too deep to drive through. crews had to use a waverunner to reach the car and free that driver. >> great to see how organized the operation was. i appreciate all these young gentlemen coming out to take me
to safety. >> other drivers were still trying to get through deep water on the expressway this afternoon. police have closed down the road from rancho verde mobile home park to stony point road until the flooding subsides. >> it's not just the flooding but falling trees also posing difficulties. two trees being removed after falling overnight. we have a live look for you from our camera in emeryville. as you can see, traffic is very heavy on interstate 80 heading toward berkeley. rain is still coming down. spencer christian happy to be inside with us. >> i am happy, you're right. here's live doppler 7 hd. for much of the north bay which was drenched earlier today, the rain has ended for awhile but we still have pockets of rain which ama and larry referred to a little earlier moving in onshore across the santa cruz mountains, across the peninsula over to san mateo and across the bay out towards san leandro and farther inland to antioch.
we have pockets of rainfall and isolated downpours but the steady widespread rain has pretty much moved out for awhile. it's still wet and the going is slow. in the sierra, snow has tapered off in some spots. chain requirements are still in effect for highway 50 but they have been lifted for interstate 80 going into and out of the central sierra. back to the bay area, rainfall totals past 24 hours, vary widely from nearly three inches to just over a tenth in san jose but there's more to come this evening. i will give you a look at the complete accuweather seven day forecast in a few minutes. >> spencer, thank you. abc 7 news reporter lillian kim is live in san francisco with a look at the damage done there. lillian? >> reporter: this is what's been causing problems on rainy days like today. ficus trees like this one that are all over the city. this morning one came crashing down in one of san francisco's busiest thoroughfares. crews in san francisco have been
busy. at lombard street and buchanan, workers cut up a large tree that crashed on a trius. joe stefani was driving northbound when he saw the tree come crashing down. >> the roots rocked over the top of the car, and the roots were up in the air as it rocked over the car. but it just went right across all lanes of traffic. >> reporter: ficus trees have been problematic this rainy season. the weight of the water on the already top-heavy trees causes them to fall. crews have been eliminating or pruning them to prevent incidents like this one. >> they were planted 40, 50, 60 years ago. we don't plant any more now. really, many of them are not suitable for san francisco. they are very tall trees, big trees, and when they come down, they can crash down hard. >> reporter: crews at the public utilities commission are keeping an eye out for possible street flooding. they have been clearing out one catch basin after another. this one on columbus and taylor streets was filled with dirt. an accumulation of the past couple years.
>> the contractor will let it flow down the drain [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: city workers are looking forward to the stretch of dry days coming up. time, they say, to dry out and rest up for the next storm. lillian kim, abc 7 news. >> you can track the rain with live doppler 7 hd any time with the abc 7 news weather app. it is free on apple's app store or google play. we also have more information at abc7news.com/apps. president obama says the u.s. will respond proportionately now that the fbi has formally blamed north korea for that cyberattack against sony pictures. >> abc news reporter marcy gonzalez has more on the fallout. >> reporter: questioning sony's decision to can the controversial film "the interview" president obama saying despite the threats made by hackers to attack theaters showing the comedy, sony's response sets a bad precedent. >> we cannot have a society in
which some dictator some place starts imposing censorship here in the united states. >> reporter: the threat and the major cyberattack on sony formally blamed today on north korea. the fbi saying we are very concerned. this, as sources tell abc news the hackers have contacted sony again, threatening that they have more potentially destructive information they could release while also praising sony for pulling the plug on the movie. calling the decision very wise. >> it's a time and a world where we pride ourselves on being able to say whatever we want to say and satirize whatever we think deserves to be satirized and now it's like a gag order. >> reporter: george clooney told deadline.com last week he circulated a petition asking other stars to support sony to ignore the criminals' demands and release the movie.
he says not one person would sign on, adding this is just where we are right now, how scared this industry has been made. today, president obama promised a proportional response to the cyberattack on sony though he won't specify what options are being considered. marcy gonzalez, abc news, new york. >> sony's ceo says the president got his facts wrong. in his first interview since the studio canceled the release of "the interview" michael linton said he disagrees with the notion his company made a mistake, signinaying sony had n choice. >> the president and i haven't spoken. i don't know whether he understands the sequence of events that led up to the movie's not being shown in theaters. the movie theaters came to us one by one over the course of a very short period of time, we were completely surprised by it, and announced that they would not carry the movie. at that point in time, we had no
alternative but to not proceed with the theatric release on the 25th of december. we have not caved. we have not given in. we have persevered and we have not backed down. >> you're saying you still want the public to see this movie? >> we would still like the public to see this movie. absolutely. >> a group of hackers sent a new e-mail to sony pictures today telling the studio it was quote, very wise to cancel the release of "the interview." that e-mail goes on to say sony's data is safe as long as they never release that film in any form. it looked like there were flames roaring out of chevron's richmond refinery last night, alarming many residents for miles around who may have thought there was another big fire. chevron is downplaying the incident. critics say the company didn't handle it well at all. >> abc 7 news reporter laura anthony live with more. >> reporter: well, chevron claims they did keep the
community in the loop last night during this event, primarily through social media. we take a look at their twitter account. the first incident, the first report of this incident came in before 7:00 last night but the first official tweet from chevron explaining what was happening didn't come in for nearly an hour. this was no ordinary flare. it was a giant flame that could be seen for miles around chevron's richmond refinery. >> it's part of the natural safety systems that we have in place at the refinery. >> reporter: chevron spokesman says the flaring wasn't planned but he also wouldn't call it an emergency. >> it's important for the community to know that what they saw last night was really the safety systems at work. what was burning off was excess fuel that was in the unit. we were depressurizing the unit making sure it was brought down safely. >> reporter: according to contra costa county's haz/mat director, the fenceline measurements of
particulate matter around the refinery did elevate during the flare, but not enough to exceed state or federal limits. >> disappointed that chevron downplayed the seriousness of what happened. >> reporter: contra costa's supervisor also sits on the board of the bay area air quality management district. >> this was not normal flaring. this was flaring related to a problem at a unit. anyone looking at it could determine it was well above the level you would normally see. >> reporter: the unit that experienced the problem has been shut down. both chevron and the air quality management district will investigate the incident. laura anthony, abc 7 news. three san jose schools were under a shelter in place this morning while police searched for a man wanted in a shooting. shelter in place is ordered for delmar high, blackford elementary and valley christian school after one person was shot near southwest expressway around 5:00 this morning. police closed off the area to search for the gunman, then lifted the shelter in place order just before noon.
the suspect has not been found. the family of a fallen chp officer is putting the finishing touches on a floral portrait that will be part of a rose parade float on new year's day. the officer was killed in the line of duty two years ago on 680. he was a registered organ and tissue donor and helped save the lives of several people. >> i hope one day to meet those that received a part of him. i especially hope to one day have the man that received his heart so i can once again hear his familiar heartbeat. >> the portrait is one of 72 that will be on the california transplant donors network donate life float. more than 125,000 people in the u.s. need organ transplants. 18 die each day because there is no match available for them. still ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00, the adjustment one major ride service is making to help customers feel safer. plus --
>> santa's here. the christmas magic delivered today to kids living in one of the bay area's toughest neighborhoods. and new at 4:30, he's not even in office yet and san jose's mayor elect is already in a political battle with the city council. plus 7 on your side's michael finney taking your questions on twitter and facebook. he will answer them live in a few minutes. contact michael at facebook.com/michaelfinneyabc7. at 4:11 on this friday, we are taking a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. you are much better off if you have fast track breezing through. cash lanes backed up for a long time. we have a lot of rain out there. i'm spencer christian. live doppler 7 hd, the heavier steadier widespread rain has moved out but pockets of showers and local downpours continue, posing problems and challenges and frustration for commuters. i will have the accuweather forecast coming up in just a moment.
ride car company sidecar is making some changes to help riders feel safer driving with strangers. the san francisco based company is now letting customers choose the gender of their driver. sidecar made the move after noticing more female riders choose female drivers when given the option. the company publicized the move in a blog post about riding safely during the holidays just days after an uber ex-driver in boston was accused of raping a passenger. federal health officials are warning consumers not to eat
pre-packaged caramel apples because of listeria poisoning. the centers for disease control and prevention is linking the treats to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in ten states, including california. the people got sick between october 17th and november 27th. the cdc says it's possible other illnesses have occurred since then. investigators are now trying to determine the specific brands involved. some kids who go to school in the heart of san francisco's tenderloin district got an early christmas today. >> all because of a local restaurant owner with a big heart. abc 7 news reporter vic lee with this christmas story. >> reporter: it was a big surprise. santa coming early. >> good morning! how are you all doing? >> reporter: these are the children of the tenderloin. for many, the school is a refuge from the struggles of outside life. >> you ever seen santa before? >> no. >> first time you have seen santa? >> yeah. >> what did you think about
santa claus coming? >> it's cool. >> reporter: the gifts donated by this man, the owner of lefty o'doole's restaurant. he was deeply touched by a story abc 7 news aired last year just before christmas. we told the story of the heartbreaking journals students wrote about the challenges in their young lives. one excerpt. living without my dad is like living without a heart. no emotions come through with me without him. at christmas last year, he brought santa and gifts for everyone just like he did today. he also gave their families turkeys during this thanksgiving. he took the kids to a ball game but christmas is special. >> it touches your heart and you feel like you have to do something but again, we don't want any kid to wake up without a toy. >> reporter: this year, trader joe's also gave toys. this in addition to the hot lunches they donate every school day to the school. >> just being able to see the joy in the kids here and also associating such a good relationship with city impact goes a long way. >> what did santa give you?
>> a transformer. >> a puppy? >> reporter: a puppy? >> yeah. >> a stuffed animal that's a pig. >> reporter: for many of the children here, their toy will be one of the few they receive for christmas. >> that's one reason it makes it even more just special that they are choosing things for brothers and sisters rather than themselves because they won't get that much. >> merry christmas! >> reporter: merry christmas to you. vic lee, abc 7 news. >> that's sweet. >> how cute. very sweet. our weather not so sweet. >> not so sweet and not so neat. localized flooding and heavy rain all over the bay area. it's winding down a bit but we have pockets of downpours coming down. a look at live doppler 7 hd, you can see where the wet spots are. the north bay earlier today was receiving most of this rain, now north bay is kind of quiet but we've got little pockets of precipitation trickling across the santa cruz mountains and the
peninsula, out across the bay, over to the east bay. it's not all trickles. some of this contains isolated downpours so there are lots of wet spots on the pavement, on the roadways and the evening commute is already under way, no doubt slowed down by the rainfall. we also have a high surf advisory in effect until 3:00 tomorrow afternoon for the entire bay area coastline now. we will see occasional breakers over 25 feet. hazardous conditions along the beaches, surf will be rough. there's a possibility of dangerous rip currents so bear that in mind. might be a good time to stay away. temperatures right now generally in the 50s although the mild spot is hayward, with a current reading of 61 degrees. to a live view from the roof totop camera looking along the embarcadero, it's cloudy and dreary looking. here are the forecast features. showers winding down overnight. areas of light rain are possible this weekend but it will be mainly a dry weekend. winter begins at 3:03 sunday afternoon. here's the satellite and radar composite image.
there goes the front bringing us our third storm of the week which is still affecting the bay area although rain will be tapering off this evening. we've got a pretty active jet stream right now, a powerful one as well. long trail of moisture moving generally in our direction. that's why we don't see an actual end to the rainfall for awhile. we start the forecast animation 5:00 tomorrow morning, at which point there will still be spotty showers and areas of rain moving through the north bay mainly at times tomorrow, so all the wet weather hasn't quite pushed out of here yet. we will have a partly wet weekend, a chance of some more light rain going into early sunday morning, then after that, we should see conditions drying out a bit and a milder pattern will settle in after sunday as well. meanwhile, in the sierra, winter weather advisories in effect until 10:00 tonight. we expect one to two inches of snow above 6,000 feet. it's tapering off a bit. travel delays and chain requirements are likely. back to the bay area, look for low temperatures generally in the low 50s overnight. it will be fairly mild overnight with scattered showers we expect. tomorrow once again, chance of more light rain up in the north bay. most of the remainder of the bay
area tomorrow should be dry. high temperatures will be generally in the upper 50s up north and along the coastline and about 60 or just above 60 around the bay and inland. here's the accuweather seven day forecast. notice the mild pattern settling in on sunday, the beginning of winter, it gets even milder monday and tuesday, the first two full days of winter. there may be a little bit of rain on wednesday which is christmas eve. it cools down on christmas day, thursday, but looks like it will be mainly sunny and dry. so santa should have a nice little journey. >> perfect. >> we are counting on that. >> i am, too. >> thank you so much. all that fresh snow in the sierra today has tahoe ski resorts practically doing backflips. their two biggest holiday weekends are just beginning and they can still use more snow. despite our wet december, snow levels are still below average. >> the last snowstorms have done really great things for our sister resorts and the lake tahoe basin in general, delivering over three feet to a lot of the resorts.
they have been able to open a bunch of terrain. >> looks really cold. heavenly says they opened two more lifts during the past two days because of snow making and natural snow. skiers love it. up next, a group of dads pitching in to give a school crossing guard a big surprise this holiday season. new after 4:30, scientists discover a new species of fish and it sets a record. tomorrow on abc 7, watch colorado state and utah in the royal purple las vegas bowl live from vegas, tomorrow at 12:30 on abc 7.
near houston when the woman pulled up to the window to get herod. >> she was so sweet so i just took it off and handed it to her through the drive-in window. >> real, real good. >> workers say cheryl was yelling like she just won $1 million. nadine, the woman who gave her the mink, says it makes her happy to do fun things. a school crossing guard in dallas has received something of a christmas miracle. nathaniel kendrick is beloved by the parents of the kids he safely ushers to school each day but he's having serious money problems because of his sick wife's medical bills. two weeks ago, his car was repossessed. that was unacceptable for one group of dads. they banded together and surprised kendrick with a new car. >> you want to move it for us? it's your car. >> my car? >> it's your car. >> that's right, baby.
>> the dads spent a week raising money to buy the car. he's overwhelmed with emotion. kendrick says he loves it. still to come on abc 7 news at 4:00, controversy already for san jose's new mayor. why some are calling the process to choose a fill-in council member dishonest and unfair. also -- >> water up to my ankles. it was really bad. >> oh, yes. definitely ready for the rain to stop. see where the flooding is so bad that businesses are being forced to close their doors. later, it turns out there's more surveillance video ray rice didn't want shown. what happened after that infa
in today's headlines, more wet weather is moving through the bay area on this friday afternoon. this is a look at live doppler 7 hd. you can see those bands of rain, all that green where we're getting rain this afternoon. well, the ceo of sony pictures is defendingshelve "th interview." he says the company did not give in. instead it was forced to make the decision after movie theater chains backed out of showing the film. earlier today, president obama told reporters the cancellation of the film's release was a mistake. in a tweet from abc news, the
president was quoted as saying north korea engaged in this attack. we will respond. he hasn't taken office yet and san jose's mayor-elect is already storing up controversy. the issue is about appointing someone to fill a vacant seat on the city council. elissa harrington is live in san jose with a look at what's happening during today's council meeting. >> reporter: they could decide who to appoint tonight. right now they are hearing from four candidates and will expect to make a decision a little later on today but some opponents want that seat to stay open until a special election, when the public can vote. >> this unprecedented, it's dishonest, it's unethical. >> reporter: he was joined by the south bay labor council and members of the community blasting the process used to fill his san jose city council seat. two left, elected to state
assembly. >> this is really a trust issue. >> reporter: one he says does not give the public a right to weigh in on who they want. the new mayor is already taking heat from the police union, who backed his opponent during a very close race in november, and he inherited mayor chuck reed's pension reforms. the city council is hearing from several candidates for the spot but lecardo has thrown his report behind margie matthews, who is willing to do the job for free. >> she has a strong record for independence and in fact, has been strongly supported by labor unions in each of her two successful elections and we know those are the same special interests that have been very much opposing me. >> reporter: matthews also supported lecardo's run for mayor. a councilman says he's trying to pack the council with votes in his favor. >> i think this is a sign of not being willing to cooperate. i think it is a sign of weakness. >> reporter: lecardo has set a date for a special election in april with the winner seated in
august. elissa harrington, abc 7 news. residents in marin county have barely cleaned up from the last storm before today's rain hit. abc 7 news reporter nick smith with more from tiburon. >> it's scary. every time it rains this much, it gets scary. >> reporter: the rain is coming down but to understand why some get nervous, just ask myra. >> water was up to my ankles. it was really bad. >> reporter: the watermark on her shop window three days later a reminder of damage flood waters left behind. >> had about 20 inches inside, 20, 22 inches inside my office. >> reporter: she wasn't the only one to find herself wading through water. for some the flooding was so bad it forced them to close their doors. blinds and designs has closed up shop and shifted their orders to their san francisco office. with only six days before christmas, santa won't be picking up any goodies for the boys and girls at this ups store. flood damage forced this owner
to pack up, leaving only a sign behind. around the corner at olympic physical therapy and aquatics, jeff harband is working through the damage and remains open for business. he's had to replace about eight inches of drywall, will need new carpeting and a computer all because of flood waters. >> it was about two or three inches. it was a pain to clean it up. >> reporter: now, as he and the others watch the rain coming down, they are prepared. crews are using blowers to clear away anything that may clog a drain, sandbags sit by every door, and this massive pump stands at the ready, prepared to be fired up if needed. still, myra and her team aren't taking any chances. >> every night after we close, sandbags. we never know what's going to happen overnight. >> reporter: until there's a break in the rain, expect to see a whole lot of these lining the door. in tiburon, nick smith, abc 7 news. coming up on abc 7 news at 5:00, we will talk to two north bay ranchers who are overwhelmed
by all this rain, how their businesses are now booming. victims of suspected colorado theater shooter james holmes are outraged that his parents are pleading for him to be spared from the death penalty. robert and arlene holmes issued a statement today saying their son is mentally ill and they don't want him executed. james holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 attack. his parents say a plea deal of life in prison would keep everyone safe and avoid a traumatic trial. victims' relatives call the statement comical and doubt holmes is mentally ill. los angeles county prosecutors officially charged a woman today with five felony counts related to wednesday night's fatal pedestrian hit and run case in redondo beach. margot bronstein is accused of driving through a red light and into a crowd of people leaving a church concert, killing four people, including a boy.
13 others were hurt. police believe she was driving under the influence of prescription drugs. she had a perfect driving record but was restricted to driving a vehicle with hand-controlled brakes. president obama held his final news conference of the year before heading off to hawaii on a family vacation. abc news reporter karen travers has more from washington, d.c. >> hello, everybody. >> reporter: wrapping up 2014, president obama said there were crises here and abroad and there is still work to do on the u.s. economy, but -- >> america is making significant strides where it counts. >> reporter: with republicans controlling the house and senate in january, the president seemed to have his political new year's resolution ready. >> i want to work with this new congress to get things done. >> reporter: president obama was asked right away about north korea's hacking of sony pictures. he said he thinks sony made a mistake pulling its film "the interview" after threats from cyberhackers. >> i wish they had spoken to me first. i would have told them do not
get into a pattern in which you are intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks. >> reporter: this week, president obama announced a historic shift in u.s./cuba relations, reopening an embassy and reestablishing diplomatic ties severed in 1961, and easing some economic sanctions. but critics, including many cuban american law makers, slam the administration for rewarding the castro regime without getting any concession. >> we have done the same thing for 50 years and nothing's changed. you should try something different. >> reporter: as for firing up air force one for a trip to havana -- >> we're not at a stage here where me visiting cuba is in the cards. >> reporter: this press conference made history. eight questions from eight reporters, all women. a white house first. karen travers, abc news, washington.
still ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00, hackers hit another major retailer just ahead of the holidays. first, a mountain hideaway. the tiny cabin that will have you living in the rocks. i'm michael finney. today's 7 on your side q & a is just ahead so i'm still taking your questions on twitter and facebook. you can contact me at facebook.com/michaelfinneyabc7, and on twitter,@mfinney. i'm spencer christian. we see clouds above, clouds below and a little slice of blue in between. yes, there's more rain on the way. the accuweather forecast in just a moment. at 4:36, taking a live look at the roadways. this is walnut creek and 680, that is southbound on your right-hand side. slow moving in both directions. roads are wet out there. stay with us. the holiday season is here, which means it's time for the volkswagen sign-then-drive event.
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an amazing discovery at the bottom of the ocean. researchers for the palo alto based schmidt ocean institutes say their camera spotted an unknown variety of snail fish in the mariana trench in the pacific, more than 26,000 feet below the surface. the discovery by the institute's research vessel sets a new record for the deepest fish ever recorded. look at it just swimming by.
people are always looking for a hidden gem but this is a bit unusual. look carefully. that big boulder right there, it's actually a cabin. a builder in switzerland came up with the idea of disguising it as a rock. call it architectural camouflage, alpine style. inside is a perfectly detailed wooden cabin complete with a small bed, a fold-down table, window, even its own little fireplace. the architect says it was inspired by the swiss tradition of observing the alps, living with them and hiding inside of them, apparently. >> i like the inside of it. it was just very clean. >> it's cozy. going to be tight. one minnesota woman really got into the christmas spirit during her company's cubicle decorating contest. do we have one of those? >> no, but we should. this is inspiring. check out what angela westfield transformed her bland work space into. it's a holiday themed log cabin.
i'm going to do a hollywood one. >> it comes complete with fake snow, white lights, stockings and a whole christmas village inside, cardboard carpet rolls were crafted into the logs. this is a log cabin. i like it. >> yeah. okay. >> larry's not sold. >> i really like it, too. for the purpose of selling the story. westfield got the help of her husband, a carpenter. b by the way, westfield obviously won the contest. it looks unfinished to me. i wanted to see something a little more -- i do like the rock in the alps better. >> see what you come up with in the sports office. >> after we clean out everything else that's in there right now. let's turn to our weather because this is quite rainy outside and traffic is brutal because of it. >> our storm is unfinished, as a matter of fact. live doppler 7 hd, the heaviest, steady rain of course has passed through the bay area but we have pockets of rainfall scattered across the bay area and some isolated downpours on the santa
cruz mountains, then up across the peninsula near san mateo and across the bay to fremont. we've got areas of rain and of course, the roadways are wet and slippery. we have ponding and pooling on some roadways. it will probably be a slow, challenging afternoon and evening commute. this is the pattern. we have areas of rain forming offshore, moving in our direction. the north bay has the quietest weather condition right now but it also had the heaviest drenching earlier. speaking of drenchings, this december has been quite wet. here in san francisco, 14 of the past 19 days, and we are 19th of december, 14 of the past 19 days have seen some rainfall. how wet has this december been and where does it rank on the all time list of wet decembers in san francisco? the wettest december ever was in 1866 for san francisco, 15.6 inches of rain. already with 12 days left in the month, this december ranks seventh place on the all time list with a shot, an outside shot, at getting up to number one.
tomorrow, state-wide, look for more rain over the northern third of the state. some of that will trickle down into the bay area. down south, partly sunny and mild. here in the bay area, we will see perhaps a shower or two up in the north bay, maybe even steady rain for awhile in the north bay tomorrow. most of the remainder of the bay area will have cloudy conditions tomorrow and it will be dry or drying out a bit. high temperatures tomorrow ranging from upper 50s near the coast and in the north bay to low 60s elsewhere. as we get into sunday, we will see a much drier pattern establishing itself. sunday marks the arrival of winter officially at 3:03 p.m. pacific standard time. >> feels like it down here already. >> it does, doesn't it? still ahead on abc 7 news at 4:00, an abc news exclusive. the new surveillance video showing ray rice and his wife after the infamous elevator punch. plus the punishment for michael phelps and his drunk driving case. what the olympic gold medalist said after his day in court. also, if t-mobile is your
you are looking at exclusive video obtained by abc news showing what happened after former baltimore ravens running back ray rice assaulted his wife in an atlantic city casino elevator. the video appears to show her crying, then kissing her husband as both stand handcuffed beside police. ray rice went to court to stop abc news from getting this recording but lost. rice was suspended indefinitely by the nfl but that was overturned last month by an arbitrator. coming up on "world news tonight with david muir" a full report on this newly uncovered video. olympic gold medalist michael phelps pleaded guilty today to drunk driving charges. he entered the plea inside a baltimore courtroom almost three months after his arrest for having a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit. the judge sentenced him to 18 months probation. former nfl star ray lewis
attended this hearing today to support phelps. >> the last three months of my life have been some of the hardest times i have ever gone through. some of the biggest learning experiences i have ever had. finding out a lot about myself and for this day, i'm happy to be moving forward. >> phelps had a previous dui conviction in 2004. he spent six weeks in a treatment program starting in october and is now serving a six-month suspension by usa swimming. staples confirmed today that more than a million credit cards may have been affected in a series of data breaches. the nation's largest u.s. office supply retailer says the security breach happened from july into september. the company said hackers deployed malware on point of sale systems at 115 stores. staples is among a growing number of retailers with compromised systems. a massive settlement today between federal regulators and
t-mobile over a practice known as cramming. the cell phone company agreed to issue up to $90 million in refunds for billing customers for tech services they didn't order. it also agreed to pay $18 million in fines to all 50 states and $4.5 million to the federal communications commission. t-mobile is the fourth largest cell phone company in the united states. more consumer news now. 7 on your side's michael finney here answering questions sent in by facebook, twitter and e-mail. first comes, i bought a coat, then decided to return it within seven days but the store would only give me credit, not cash. is that legal? >> yeah, totally is. here in the state of california, the rule is pretty simple. the store can do anything they want as long as they told you in advance of your purchase what their policy is. they actually don't have to take any returns or exchanges. as long as they have that posted somewhere near the cash register, then they can do whatever they want. that simple. >> my cable provider is dropping
a channel i like. i have two more years with them. this seems like they're breaching the contract. can i cancel? >> well, depends what your contract says, although i've got to tell you, most cable contracts, if you get to the fine print, says we can change the channels any time we want, blah, blah, blah. so basically you are getting the entire service, you can't pick and choose which ones you want, at least according to that contract. now, if you still have your contract and if it's old enough and i mean really old, like you were an early adopter you might be able to get out of it. you might be able to call up and complain and get out of it. if it were that simple, they would never get anybody for canceling a contract. >> we'll see how it goes. >> yeah. right. good luck. >> and via fiacebook, i ordered something from a company offering something for one price, then they realized they listed the wrong price. do they have to give it to me for the price they advertised it for? >> i get a lot of this, especially this time of year. everybody thinks if someone else made a mistake it's in concrete
and they get free stuff. if they make the mistake it's simply forgiven. here's the state of the law. >> that's the way i look at it. >> here's the deal. if they're setting you up so you will show up, so that you will spend money and they jerk it away from you, that's illegal. that's bait and switch. if they simply put the wrong price on there, they are allowed to come back and say my bad and we're not selling it at that price. >> intent is kind of what it comes down to. >> yeah. truly. yeah. >> thank you, michael. up next, a world war ii veteran jumps for joy tomorrow to celebrate an important milestone. at 5:00, surveillance video captures a man dumping a dog over a fence. getting the dog back to its owner turns into a day-long odyssey that was caught on video. plus, guarding a bay area treasure. the presidential protection local officials are asking for.
here is tonight's prime time lineup on abc 7. last man standing at 8:00 followed by cristela, shark tank, then 20/20 at 10:00. then join us for abc 7 news at 11:00. all those toys donated at toys for tots bins were being handed out today in san bruno. community groups showed up at the marine reserve center to pick up toys which will be handed out before christmas. the rain made it tough to load all the toys this afternoon, also kind of dampened the giving mood a bit. donations are down this year. >> trying to give at least 75%, 50% of what they're asking for. some children got maybe three toys last year, they might only get one or two this year but we still try to make that happen for them. >> the toys for tots program has 10,000 orders to fill this year. you still have time to donate. abc's parent company disney is a partner this year.
the marines will collect toys up until monday. a world war ii veteran in the south bay is putting a daring exclamation point on a 70-year-old experience. >> this is bold. he's going skydiving tomorrow on his birthday to commemorate the day that he was shot down over europe back when he was just 19 years old. >> abc 7 news reporter chris winn has his story. >> reporter: inside this sunnyvale home, thomas boyd's wall offers glimpses of a different time. a world war ii veteran and purple heart recipient, he joined the air force when he was just 18. >> i made up my mind i was going to stay in the military because i liked it. >> reporter: tomorrow, on his 89th birthday, boyd plans to parachute over a field in byron but the day itself has more meaning than meets the eye. flash back to december 20th, 1944, 70 years ago. the last time he jumped out of a plane. boyd was inside a b-24 shot down by the germans. they bailed out over yugoslavia, then made a four-day trek by
foot to safety. >> we walked at night and got to an english mission and stayed at the mission. they contacted italy and italy sent an airplane over to pick us up. >> reporter: boyd went on to fly a total of 26 missions, serving 22 years in the air force before retiring in 1966. he wants today's youth to understand that freedom isn't free. >> you may have to do things that you wouldn't ordinarily do. you are doing that to protect our shores and our way of life. >> reporter: his daughter cindy serves as lieutenant colonel. she, too, will be joining her dad on tomorrow's jump. >> dad is always taking good care of me. i'm kind of scared about this even though i have done it one time before. i am scared about it even though he is not. >> reporter: an adventurous spirit, an undeniable legacy. >> i'm excited for it because she's going to be with me. >> reporter: father and daughter together making another memory. chris winn, abc 7 news.
thank you so much for joining us for abc 7 news at 4:00. >> abc 7 news at 5:00 begins right now. san francisco gets one last storm before getting a chance to dry out. i will have more in a live report. from too little rain to too much. farmers dealing with the deluge and the drought. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist sandhya patel. i will let you know if this soggy weather whether stick around this weekend. also, the sony hacking scandal. sony responds to president obama's criticism of pulling the movie. >> yes, i think they made a mistake. it's scary. every time it rains this much and it doesn't stop for a couple of days it gets scary. >> renewed fears this afternoon in tiburon. more rain, more chances for
flooding, stores closed and pumps working overtime. >> they came out to rescue me. the important thing is to remember not drive through standing water. >> i hadn't even asked for the help. i greatly appreciate it. >> a water rescue in sonoma county. three feet of water shut down the road and left a driver who tried to get through stranded. good evening. thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. dan and cheryl have the night off. let's start everything off with our storm coverage with abc 7 news meteorologist sandhya patel tracking the system on live doppler 7 hd. sandhya? >> yeah, as we take a look at live doppler 7 hd, i will show you where we are still seeing some wet roadways. i will close in a little bit here as we take a look at parts of the east bay. we are seeing very wet roadways right now from hayward to union city, across 880, dublin, livermore also very wet. dublin boulevard, very light returns and really along the san
mateo coast, we are seeing some returns as well with light showers down towards the south bay, santa cruz mountains. as we take a look at rain totals, so far, widely varied from four hundredths to 2 3/4 inches at kentfield. i will be back to let you know how long the wet weather is going to hang around and what's in store for your holidays coming right up. larry? >> thank you, sandhya. at least one driver did not listen to a warning about major flooding along roennert park expressway. a stretch of the road was closed and drivers are being warned not to go around the barricades that have been set up. the southbound lane of highway 1 is closed. two small landslides have caused big headaches on the highway. cal trans is checking the integrity of the hillside the highway sits on.