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abc 7 starts now with live breaking news. >> that breaking news is from concord this afternoon, several people have been involved in a wreck near highway 4. this is a live look from sky 7 hd. see what a mess that is. the accident has been reported on the port chicago highway off ramp to westbound highway 4. the highway patrol says five people were hurt. injuries all considered to be minor. there's still a lot of damage to the vehicles right there. we're told it's going to take some time to move those wrecked cars from the roadway. one has overturned so traffic is going to be impacted for sure. the circumstances surrounding this crash are not known at this point. we'll bring you updates throughout this newscast and on twitter, of course, 24/7 at abc7 news bay area as soon as we get them. good afternoon, everybody, i'm
larry beil. >> check out the super bowl sign behind us, it's wonderful. super bowl week is finally here. live overlooking super bowl city from the top of our abc 7 broadcast center. >> yes. the weather people have given us permission to be up here. >> for now. all right. we begin with an afternoon scare for the denver broncos today. two buses carrying players were involved in an accident following their practice today at stanford. happened at southbound 101 at ellis street south of moffitt field. the team was heading back to the hotel in santa clara when one bus ran into another and a chp motorcycle officer ran into one of the buses. the officer had minor injuries. the team says no one from the broncos was hurt. outside linebacker demarcus ware tweeted the photo of players standing alongside their bus. he posted "to keep the day interesting, we have a small wreck. looks like everyone is okay, though." >> yeah, more interesting than
they would prefer. >> i think so. >> the super bowl is creating obviously a lot of frenzy of activity all across the bay area. >> abc 7 news reporter sergio quintana is live where fans are soaking in the experience. >> reporter: super bowl city of course opened this weekend and it was basically two days of celebrations for san francisco residents and bay area residents but the mayors of bay area city today held a news conference welcoming everyone else who's coming. when you think of football, you think of mariachis, right? okay. how about vij yurtual reality? in super bowl city what might seem bizarre anywhere else suddenly seems okay. like headless football players, where you provide a head. they're one of the most photographed attractions here. the fully-armed police s.w.a.t. team members are probably the second most photographed. bay area residents here said today seemed like the most opportune time to take this spectacle in before everyone else gets here.
>> if you're going to come, come during the weekday and to come early, you know, and because more and more people are going to be pouring in from outside the bay area. >> reporter: everyone else is surely coming, some people from outside the bay area are already here like this guy and his family who just flew inaustrali >> it's a 14-hour flight. it's a family holiday as well. we thought we'd pack it in together. >> reporter: if you live or work in san francisco, sure, traffic is a nightmare and, yes, you may have to g through security lines just to get to your b.a.r.t. stop and, okay parking spots in an already tough city to park in might be off limits for a week. but mayor ed lee says this may be the center set for other future host cities. >> i think super bowl 50 has aligned itself with some of the highest standards ever that i think all the other host cities, maybe it will come back because they can't beat those standards. >> reporter: or maybe even a bigger event. during that welcomed news conference with other bay area
mayors, san jose's mayor joked about a bay area olympics. now, the san jose mayor said a formal application for an olympics has not been made but did call this a fire drill, basically training in case the cities do decide to get together and make a pitch for a larger event. in san francisco, sergio quintana, abc 7 news. >> just to give perspective we're approximately a cam newton touchdown pass away from super bowl city where sergio is. a chance to grill the broncos and players and coaches and fans to witness it all from the first row. >> yeah, this is the first time the nfl has moved media day into a primetime event. abc 7 news reporter matt keller has a preview. >> reporter: busy morning at the s.a.p. center before opening night, bomb-sniffing dogs and a lot of law enforcement officers are on watch. the broncos and panthers landed at san jose's airport yesterday. the players will be at the
s.a.p. center tonight for what used to be called media day. moved it from tuesday morning to monday night, made it a primetime event and opened it up to fans. at b2 coffee, a perfect view of the field. north san pedro street is now super with yards and yards of green grass. >> fun to see people who don't necessarily come downtown come and hang out. it's fun. >> it's great. don't have to worry about traffic and it's pretty. >> reporter: in plaza de cesar chavez, a temp area outdoor garden and beer garden. the areas around the convention center, hotels, and the s.a.p. center have certain restricti restrictions. counterfeit products, food sales from food trucks, distribution of free merchandise and use of drones out of the area. o opening night starts at 5:00. unfortunately for fans tickets are already sold out. matt keller, abc 7 news.
>> a damaged super bowl statue has been removed for good after vandals repeatedly targeted it. several other 50 signs around the city have also been targeted but the host committee says they have no plans to remove those. the statues are coated in g graffi graffiti-proof material. the vandals have done more than simply deface the surfaces. one sign at city hall had the letters rearranged to read, sup bro? >> super bowl events and traffic alerts and more, count on abc 7 news to keep you updated. download our app for free and enable push alerts to get instant alerts on your phone. we have breaking news on the peninsula where the bomb squad is heading to the menlo park cal train station to check out a suspicious package of some sort. >> trains are actually stopped in both directions during the start of the evening commute. the station is evacuated. no one's been hurt. at this point, everything being done is just as a precaution. >> of course, we'll keep you up to date on that. we'll turn to the weather
now. i don't know how this turned out. live look from the east bay hills. for some reason spencer christian is not up here. it's chilly up here, spencer, you're down there in the warm studio. >> i can't believe you're cold. it feels great where i am. this is just wonderful. here's live doppler hd. we got, as you know, partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies right now. a storm is on the way. not a big one but it is taking shape off the north coast of california. see it right there. our storm impact scale with which we number each storm this winter 1 through 5 helps you prepare for the impact. 1 is a light storm, 5 is a severe storm. the one now ranks 1 on the scale. light intensity. we expect less than a quarter of an inch generally from this system. let's take a look at the photograph animation, starting at 11:00 tonight. 5:00 tomorrow morning, beginning of the morning commute, we'll see rain in the north bay area and within a couple hours we'll see that rain spread through just about all the parts of the bay area so it's going to be a wet morning commute between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m., we might see
pockets of moderate to heavy rainfall. so give yourselves a little extra time if you're a morning commuter. i'll give you a look at what to expect after this and for the super bowl week ahead in just a few minutes. larry, ama? >> all right. thank you so much, spencer. well snow in the high sierra kept 7 00 children from coming ohm as scheduled. they were attending a winter camp near hume lake in fresno county but their charter buses were stranded by 2 feet of snow. this is the photo of those buses. check that out. >> a lot of snow. >> the children are from throughout california including the bay area. they're expected to make it home later tonight. >> and cleanup is under way after last night's winds brought down this massive tree. it came crashing down dangerously close to a home in redwood city. the homeowner who's in a wheelchair had to go in through the back just to get into the house. crews are actually still working to demolish a home on a sliding hillside in san francisco. >> yeah, that home is on casidas avenue near mt. davidson. the city determined the home was dangerous so it had to be
demolished. the question is, are other homes at risk? abc 7 news reporter carolyn tyler was at a news conference on this issue and joins us live with the latest. >> reporter: hi, larry, hi, ama. we've been keeping an eye on this situation since last week, ron learned the property he bought and has never lived in is lost. it had to be demolished after the hillside it sits on began shifting. the earth is simply saturated with water. and city crews find an eight-inch water main break which they capped on saturday. it had been spewing a river of water. one neighbor estimates perhaps, you know, millions of gallons of water. he showed us some cell phone video of that big waterspout. but late this afternoon, the head of the department of building inspection and the head of the fspuc said they're not 100% sure that water main break
is the cause. >> we identified the eight-inch water main break, but we're also looking to see if there's ground water because we want to make sure that we secure and make sure we identify all the sources of water so that we can take the next steps. we want to make sure that everything is taken care of. so we're just trying to be very cautious in making sure that we identify all sources. >> reporter: this is sky 7 hd video from last week when five other homeowners, two on either side of the demolished home, and three down below, were told that their homes could be at risk and, again, geotechnical tests to see if their homes are in teenage. we were told late this afternoon that there is no imminent danger. back here live now, tomorrow a well is going to be drilled here to try to pump out some of that water as this investigation
continues. live in san francisco, carolyn tyler, abc 7 news. >> carolyn, thank you. well, pg & e says it's lost gas line repair records from 1979 to 1991 for a portion of the bay area. >> "the san francisco chronicle," the admission came during testimony at a california public utilities commission hearing. the missing records constitute a central issue as a judge considers to fine the utility for documentation problems on its network of gas distribution lines. >> abc 7 news was at candlestick point this afternoon as hundreds of uber drivers set off on a protest drive. >> honking their horns along the way apparently. the drivers say wages can be so low they sometimes work for less than $4 an hour. they want to negotiate better wages with uber. sky 7 hd followed the protests as it made its way from san francisco international airport to uber headquarters downtown. >> we saw one of the cars plastered with protest signs.
rear ended another car on highway 101. take a look. it appears both drooieivers exchanged information. doesn't appear anyone was injured. the damage to the cars didn't look serious, either. it was one of several protests across the country. this video is from queens, new york. see there were dozens of drivers outside uber headquarters there. still ahead, debate over a murder. one of the new details. we're hearing from the escape and capture of three prisoners from a southern california jail. plus new trouble for commuters facing long delays from the super bowl. we'll tell you what happened today. and new at 4:30, a big day in the race for the white house. a preview of tonight's iowa caucus and we'll tell you just what happens in a caucus. and taking a look at our traffic right now through san rafael, 101 moving in both directions. right-hand-side traffic is your southbound traffic. stay
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tieu and nayeri were captured saturday northern after passersby spotted their van and alerted police. the trio was holding a taxi driver captive for part of the time they were in the bay area. they did very little to keep out of sight. investigators say these men arrived at the alameda hotel in san jose tuesday night. the next day, they ate lunch at lee's sandwich shop on east santa clara street. we also learned they had with them a taxi driver they allegedly kidnapped in southern california. and the fate of that faxi drive >> inmate nayeri and duong had a fight in the hotel at the alameda hotel in the city of san jose. the fight was about whether or not to kill the taxicab driver and bury his body. >> according to investigators, duong fled back to southern california with the taxi driver on thursday when the other two inmates went to get the windows
on the stolen van tinted. sheriff's officials say the escape plan had been in the work for about six months. they're not giving out anymore information on how the three managed to escape from the max co maximum security jail january 22nd. larry, ama? >> thank you so much. we want to go back to our super bowl coverage. take a live look from our visa everywhere cam over super bowl city. visitors have been pouring in all day. >> but not necessarily a great day for commuters. ferry passengers got a special escort from the coast guard. >> abc 7 news reporter melissa harrington. >> everyone knew the coast guard was on board or going to be following us. >> reporter: part of a multiagency security force patrolling the bay area for super bowl 50. >> one of the largest events the coast guard has worked. >> reporter: coast guard vessels are escorting some ferries, passengers have been slowed down by security checks through metal
detecters. >> a random bag check boarding the ferry. >> reporter: at the ferry building, k-9s do a sweep of the terminal. >> do sweeps of terminal, passengers making sure no one is sneaking into anything onto the ferry. >> reporter: justin herman plaza has been transformed into super bowl city. you don't need a ticket to get in but do need to go through tight security. police in uniform and in plain clothes are on patrol. they're screening delivery trucks in an effort to keep the family-friendly events safe. so far, the only minor issue was over the weekend three people were detained then released for public intoxication. there's one of the entrances to super bowl city, out front, armed police officers. their goal this week, to keep all of these super bowl events safe. in san francisco, alyssa harrington, abc 7 news. before you take a bite at the big game, abc 7 news shares which health violations inspectors have previously found
at levi's stadium. >> when we're in a facility walking around with our clipboards and taking notes, people pretty much know who we are. >> the most common violation inspectors say they've seen even when employees knew they were watching. that's coming up tonight at 11:00 p.m. >> wow. more preconcerts announced today, hunter hayes, fallout boy will perform at the regency. tickets on a first come/first serve basis. the hunter hayes tickets are actually already gone. the shows will also be streamed online at go90, verizon's social entertainment app. for more information, go to abc 7news.com. the free fun at super bowl city continues all week with more than 35 performances. on wednesday, singer/songwriter matt nathanson performs on the city stage. thursday, country music group the band perry. friday, one republic performs follow by a fireworks show.
saturday, grammy winner alicia keys performs. >> that is going to be good. tickets two on sa s go on sale the bottle reck festival in napa valley. 70 bands will perform on four stages. celebrates food, wine, and craft beer. it's now in its fourth year. here are headliners starting with the legendary stevie wonder. he'll kick off the three-day festival on friday may the 27th followed by indy rock superstars florence and the machine, red hot chili peppers and lumineers and lenny kravitz. find a lineup on our website. >> it should be amazing. it's time to check on our weather. spencer christian, remember the movie "trading places," we're trading places with spencer. >> how is the weather up there? >> not bad right now. i could get used to this. if i don't lean back on the railing too far. >> be careful. be careful.
>> yes. >> let's take a look at live doppler 7 hd. partly cloudy to mainly sunny skies right now. hard to tell by looking at the sky outside here that a storm is on the way. it is. temperature readings in the 50s. 57 across the bay in oakland. not much of a range. 2 degrees separating temperature readings all around the area. here's a view from our tower camera looking northward. look at that. beautiful mainly blue skies. these are our forecast features. showers are likely to arrive early tomorrow morning. there's another chance of rain on wednesday. wednesday afternoon. it will be dry and mild going into the weekend. i mean springlike mild. let's take a look at the next storm. coming our way overnight. it ranks 1 on our storm impact scale, storm of light intensity. showers begin tomorrow morning. we expect less than a quarter inch of rainfall area wide. and light wind. our forecast animation, 9:00 tomorrow morning, the morning commute is going to be wet. we'll see showers and pockets of rain continuing into the afternoon or midday hours. by late afternoon tomorrow, look for just main lly cloudy skies d
the rain will have just about ended by 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. rainfall totals we project will be right around a quarter inch in the wetter locations in the north bay, but much less than that in other parts of the bay area. so on we go. let's take a look at the next approaching storm. we'll pick up our forecast animation 5:00 wednesday morning at which point we'll see clouds increasing. by early wednesday afternoon, look for the arrival of the first wave of rain up in the north bay. although the morning commute wednesday will be a dry one, looks like the afternoon/evening commute will be a wet one because later in the afternoon on wednesday we'll see the rain spreading to all parts of the bay area then continuing into the late night hours. okay. super bowl city under way already in downtown san francisco near the embarcadero, right off the embarcadero. for tomorrow, few clouds around. little bit on the cool side. daytime temperatures mainly in the mid 50s getting even chillier tomorrow night with temperatures dropping to the 40s. but it will be mainly dry in the afternoon and evening hours here in san francisco tomorrow. then looking ahead to super bowl sunday at levi's stadium,
kickoff time, 3:30 in the afternoon. it will be 70 degrees under sunny skies. that is amazing football weather. and so great conditions for the super bowl on sunday. tonight, low temperatures will be generally in the low to mid 40s. and then tomorrow we'll see high temperatures reaching only to the low to mid 50s in most locations. he's the accuweather seven-day forecast. tuesday, wednesday, two con sec recei recei consecutive days of fairly light rainfall. later into the week, it gets milder and milder. by the weekend we'll look at high temperatures near 7 o degrees and next monday highs in the low 70s. could this be an early spring? we'll discuss that later. >> the super bowl committee loves the forecast. >> they do. >> of 70 and sunny for sunday. >> where's my bonus? >> in the mail i think. >> i didn't know you were taking responsibility. thank you, spencer. up next, it's not just about football this week. the warriors are also celebrating. we'll tell you what they're doing in the n
after drubbing yet another opponent last night the nba champion warriors are headed to the nation's capital for a highly anticipated meeting. not so much for the washington wizards on wednesday. with president obama on thursday. it will be the fourth time that mr. obama has welcomed a bay area team to the white house. t stopped by repeatly after their world series wins in 2010, 20 12, and 2014. the warriors going to play the wizards wednesday hoping to build on their league best record 44-4. >> that's phenomenal. >> yeah. players from the oakland raiders and oakland a's banded together today to bring smiles to sick kids. abc 7 news was at kaiser hospital in oakland. raider lorenzo alexander and ace player marcus seeman handed out gifts to cancer patients. this is the fifth year alexander has taken part in the program, a
message to families going through hard times. >> just as a parent to be able to come out and provide and be there and be in a relationship with another parent, helping them go through something, it is pretty cool and humbling all at once. >> theclude toys, coloring books and bibles for the families. abc 7 news at 4:00 continues. big night ahead in iowa. the caucus get under way in 30 minutes. we'll tell you how the whole thing looks coming up. a baby given a 10% chance of
in news making headlines at 4:30, mayors from across the bay area gathered today in san francisco to welcome tourists coming here for the big game. locals try to beat the tourist rush by checking out super bowl city today. football fans are gathering in san jose right now for the chance to see super bowl players during media day. abc 7 news reporter david louie is there and tweeted this picture of a volunteer who will be giving away a foam finger from super bowl xix when the niners beat the miami dolphins. a hoverboard is suspected of sparking a house fire in san
leandr leandro. this tweet after talking with the homeowner who says he wishes he never bought the hoverboard. get the latest on the fire investigation in a live report on abc 7 news at 5:00. now to the race for president. candidates spent the day in iowa in a final frenzy to inspire supporters to turn out for tonight's caucuses. abc news reporter brandi hitt is in iowa where the caucuses are about to get under way. >> wow, what a crowd, what a great -- look at this. >> reporter: it's decision day in iowa. >> i believe we will win. >> i'll unite the republican party. >> reporter: after months of television ads and campaign stops it's down to the wire for the front-runners. hillary clinton and daughter, chelsea, rallying the troops before they canvass neighborhoods convincing voters to caucus. >> i'm so excited about tonight. i'm feeling so energized because of all of you. >> reporter: many voters admit, though, they can still be persuaded to change their mind. >> going to be a very tough
choice. >> i'll just see what i feel at caucus. >> reporter: it's a tight race between clinton and her democratic opponent, bernie sanders. >> if a lot of nontraditional voters, younger people, working class people, if they come out in big numbers, we'll win. >> reporter: on the gop side a new quinnipiac poll out today shows donald trump widening his lead over ted cruz. trump holding this last-minute rally today with sarah palin. >> this is the day we take our country back. >> if donald trump was to pull it out tonight, he'll win overwhelmingly in new hampshire, then win south carolina. it's very difficult to stop. >> reporter: donald trump has spent roughly 28 days campaigning in iowa, less than half the amount of time rick santorum spent here on the ground and his poll numbers aren't even close to trump's. the caucuses begin at 7:00 p.m. central. brandi hitt, abc news, des moines iowa. so much attention on the iowa caucuses yet also so much confusion. that's because the process is so different from how we elect a presidential nominee here in california.
abc 7 news anchor kristen sze. >> caucus, a native american word meaning gathering a tribal leaders. that's what they do. iowans gather to talk about who they want, no voting booths. this mock caucus at drake university was the best tutorial i found. they meet separately in 1,618 precincts. they hear pitches from candidate surrogates. this case, jeb bush sent his son, jeb bush jr. they write down the candidates' name on a piece of paper, the votes are counted attend the winner is named at that caucus site. the democratic side works dichb differently. voters divide themselves into groups standing with others who support the same candidate. if the group is too small, deemed not viable, they have to support a different candidate or recruit others to their camp. this process does take seven hours and begins shortly at 7:00
their time in less than half an hour. so a small state, but huge stakes because it is first. in the last presidential election, that was 2012, of course, candidates and supporters spent $12.5 million on tv ads in iowa. because they know no candidate who's ever finished worse than third in iowa has ever gone on to become president. larry and ama? >> thank you. coming up at 5:30 on world news tonight, david muir will be live from iowa following the caucus tonight 5:30 on abc 7. the two suspects accused of killing a 13-year-old virginia girl made a brief court appearance. prosecutors charged 18-year-old virginia tech student david eisenhower with first-degree murder and abduction in the death of 13-year-old nicole lovell. police found her body saturday near the virginia/north carolina border. also in court today, 19-year-old natalie keepers. she's charged with improper
disposal of a body and accessory after the fact. the world health organization today said the explosive spread of the zika virus in north and south america should be declared an international emergency. the w.h.o. estimates there could be up to 4 million cases of zika in the next year. that virus is spread by mosquitos and is suspected to cause birth defects. zika is being reported worldwide including right here in california. >> indonesia has reported its first case, colombia has reported more than 2,000 pregnant women infected with the virus. in the united states, four pregnant women with zika are being monitored. >> the last public health emergency was declared for the 2014 ebola outbreak in west africa which killed more than 11,000 people. still to come here on abc 7 news at 4:00, the force is fighting the dark side of hunger. the stars who lent a helping hand right here in the bay area
miss piggy rang the opening bell today at the new york stock exchange to celebrate tomorrow night's premiere of a new season of "the muppetts on abc. disney which owns the muppets brand reports its quarterly earnings next week. tesla vehicle submitted applications in michigan in november and recently presented follow-up information. a move criticized by tesla which sells directly to customers. state officials say they're reviewing the paperwork, a decision is expected in the next month or so. toyota is halting production at all car assembly plants in japan for five days next week because of a parts shortage. the shortfall was caused been aexplosion at a plant which
supplies specialty steel for engine transmission and chassis components. the international aid organization unicef enlisted the help of on screen and off field stars to spread an important message today. they brought out the force to get san francisco çschoolchildn active and to promote a global anti-hunger campaign. chewbacca, r 2 d and torrey smith encouraged kids to eat well and exercise regularly. >> they're getting kids out of their seats. working out. you know, the importance of being healthy and also helping feed a child by simply being healthy. >> this morning's pep rally was hosted in partly lucas film which is owned by disney, the parent company of abc 7. >> torrey smith has been very involved in a lot of the early super bowl week activities. great to see involvement by the 49ers this yeek. time to check on our weather. spencer is actually inside. how's that work? >> because i know there's rain on the way.
i wanted to sort of shield myself. here's a look at live doppler 7 hd. partly to mostly sunny skies at the moment. here's our next storm brewing right off the north coast off eureka and will be moving into the bay area during the early morning hours. speak of precipitation, let's take a look at snow pack state wide. we're doing quite well so far this season. at 116% of the average or normal amount of snow pack for this time of the year. much better than last year at this time when we were at only 23% of average. statewide tomorrow, we'll see lots of shower activity. and some snow in the sierra. that's mainly the northern 2/3 of the state. way down south it's going to be mainly sunny and mild. here in the bay area tomorrow, we'll have cloudy skies with some morning showers, probably be a wet morning commute tomorrow. little bit on the chilly side with high temperatures tomorrow only in the low to mid 50s. these are our rain chances for the week ahead. we got about a 60% chance of rain. 30% on wednesday. looks like dry weather after that right on through the weekend and through super bowl sunday. larry and ama?
>> very nice. very nice. >> yeah. still ahead here on abc 7 news at 4:00, the cutting-edge technology that helped save the life of a child before he was even born. i'm michael finney tackling several of your questions today including issues like travel insurance and how to find a contractor. ask finney is coming up. and in honor of black history month, we're using our abc 7 news bay area instagram feed to celebrate the people making a difference where you live. today we recognize concord's blue devil's performing arts, internationally recognized show, performing arts youth development organization. members of the blue devils will be part of super bowl 50 festivities. we have lots more information on our abc 7 news
>> reporter: boy does he look good. his parents say liam is a very happy baby after spending two months at lucille packard, doctors expect him to do everything his peers would do and lead a normal childhood life. quite a different prognosis from what he, his family was told several months ago. against all odds, baby liam shouldn't be here but he is. >> when we came here, you know, they told us same thing, 10% chance of survival, 90% of mortality rate, but we -- took on the rest of treatment. >> reporter: the treatment ended up being none other than oxygen to help baby liam survive until birth. he was diagnosed with epstein's anomaly, a large heart and leaky valves. >> we have been with other physicians across the world try to address the situation. >> reporter: lynn to was given ox again three weeks, 12 hours a day. mom and son are the first people in the world to be treated with oxygen therapy in this case. >> i would lay there in bed with my oxygen and talk to him and tell him, liam, when you come
out, i need you to breath, okay? i need you to breathe, i need you to fight. >> reporter: the oxygen worked but when liam was born, the battle was far from over. liam had to be hooked up to a machine for ten days before he would have his heart reconstructed. the chances for survival now 50/50. the outcome again is nothing short of remarkable. >> remarkable little boy. >> reporter: liam's dad, jose, say through it all they never gave up hope. >> made a vow to stay strong. >> reporter: it's their faith who got them through and both parents get to enjoy being at home with their son. >> the one thing i look forward to is waking up with him in the middle of the night crying, changing diapers. like, i look forward to those things. >> reporter: at stanford, janet o, abc 7 news. well, the health news, in other health news, the annual physical could be a waste of time and money. here's jane king with today's wellness report. >> reporter: there's a debate brewing over annual physicals and if they are necessary. so far, most medical organizations like the society
of general internal medicine and the american heart association do support regular doctor wellness visits. supporters say it builds relationships and can lead to early detection of health problems. some say there is no proof that annual visits reduce deaths or illnesses and they take up time of doctors who could be seeing sick patients. we know almonds are good for us. they're getting cheaper, too. almond prices in california dropped significantly in the past few months. a farmer who can sell a pound of almonds for nearly $5 last summer is getting as little as $3.10. farmers say a town downturn was inevitab inevitable. the cdc could clear an end to the chipotle e. coli outbreak as soon as today. the "wall street journal" says investigators have not been able to pinpoint the ingredient responsible for the contamination. chipotle sales and stock price have been slipping since news of the outbreak began surfacing in the pacific northwest in late october. more kids are doing yoga these days even at schools. fitness and education experts
say yoga can help busy kids have time for reflection and focus. regular yoga can help kids balance, gives them flexibility and increases awareness. from the nasdaq, i'm jane king, here's to your health. time for ask finney. answering questions sent in by facebook, twitter and e-mail. first question asked via facebook, is it true, you have to replace your car seat after any accident? >> no. that's going a little overboard. here's what the recommendation is from the national highway traffic safety administration. if you're in a really bad accident or even a medium accident you should totally replace the seat. but if you're in the kind of accident where the airbags don't deploy, the car was hit on the opposite side from where the child was sitting and you're able to drive the car away, generally your car seat is okay. you should still inspect it. make sure it's strong, make sure it's sturdy but you should be fine. >> bob harren of coursasked is
it to buy the travel insurance airlines offer when you purchase a ticket. >> i have a problem with it, here's why. i don't like it for a traveler to buy insurance from the travel provider. if the travel provider goes out of business, so does your insurance company. you want travel insurance from a different company. also a lot of that insurance you're buying, that you're calling travel insurance is ticket insurance. not covering anything else. just the ticket. you really need to compare prices and take a look at it and say, look, if the airline goes under, not going to have coverage. so is it a good enough deal for that? >> okay. earnest r. e-mails, how does one go about finding a contractor r company for home repairs? >> it's tough. word of mouth is the best thing yaw can do. talk to friends. go on yelp. check it out. after you do all of that, go to the contractor state licensing board, make sure they indeed are a licensed company. if they're not licensed, you don't want anything to do with them whatsoever.
so ask around. go to yelp. check with the bbb. contractor state license for it. >> michael, why don't you come up here and join us, huh? >> weather's great. >> i'm taking care of the desk down here. >> that's nice. we really -- security not only for the super bowl but also our set. thank you, michael. abc 7 news at 4 continues up next. lots of people flocking to the bay area for the super bowl and finding supersized prices to stay. just how much people are willing to spend coming up. and coming up on abc 7 news at 5:00 a former employee is now suing yahoo!. what he says the company is doing illegally. and it is nature versus machine. they're training eagles to take out drones. details on these stories and much, much more coming up with dan and kristen up here from our (scal): good day, m'lady! i am sir-can-a-lot, here to save you from another breakfast bore. wake up those eggs with glorious spam!
primetime lineup on abc 7. at 8:00 we start things off with "the bachelor" followed by "bachelor live" at 10:00 and abc 7 news at 11:00. it has been such a beautiful day to celebrate all things super bowl. this is a live look from our visa everywhere cam over super bowl city. see the folks getting all prepared for the super bowl. >> i tell you what, if you happen to miss the fireworks show on saturday night, i know we reposted it on abc7news.com. we'll have it on our twitter feeds. it was spectacular if you're watching from super bowl city. it was unbelievable. the relighting of the bay bridge lights was amazing. >> you can see super bowl city kind of over our shoulders behind us. see the big super bowl 50 sign. lots of great stuff going on. fans are coming to the bay area for the super bowl. and are finding some super prices when they look for a place to stay. >> yes. abc 7 news anchor looks at what people are willing to pay to see their team play. >> reporter: try to book a hotel room in the bay area for the
super bowl and might be shocked at the price. that is if you can even find a place to stay. >> yeah, i would venture to say the week leading up to super bowl, the hotels in san francisco will be running 95% to 100% full. >> reporter: thomas klein is general manager of the fairmont hotel on nob hill. he says rooms are expensive. many hotels are charging as much as six times their normal rate. >> starting off at $1,600 for regular room, suites go up to $so,0 $10,000 a night, we have a four-day minimum. >> reporter: the price reflects -- >> nobody identi've spoken to s we're going to go out on the market and price gouge. >> reporter: many people are looking for rooms and a house to rent. 6,000 listings available across the region for super bowl weekend with the number of searches for those accommodations up 125% over average. >> we've got places that rent
for $150 a night on home away you can stay in and book today. we have places that rent for there are 10,000 a night for that weekend. >> reporter: home away is the world's largest marketplace for renting rooms. >> you think about the combination of the 50th super bowl in the bay area, and a brand new stadium. beyonce and cold play doing the music. i don't think the stars could align for more epic event than that. >> reporter: that's translating into epic demand for home rentals. >> this is our formal living room. >> reporter: especially in the south bay. >> i don't have to rent it out but it's well worth it for someone if they're going to really do it right and do the super bowl right. this is the place to stay. >> reporter: she's hoping to rent her four-bedroom home near levi's stadium for $20,000 a night with a four-night minimum. she's already getting calls and if she does rent the house, she knows what she'll do with the money. >> our daughter's getting married in may. so to a wonderful young man and we would love to rent the house
to help pay for the wedding. >> reporter: she said she'll also donate some to charity and spend a little on a super bowl week getaway. in hawaii. abc 7 news. >> that is it for this edition of abc news at 4:00. abc 7 news at 5:00 begins now with kristen and dan. >> they're experimenting as kids do. >> talking sex education to a new level. the giveaway for san francisco schools that will have some parents saying, hey, wait a minute. plus, the team bus for one of the super bowl teams in an accident that leaves the front window smashed. find out what happened. and media day insanity in san jose. fans excited about seeing the players. >> cam newton. i got to see cam newton. i do. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist
sandhya patel. live hour hour by hour forecast coming up. how young is too young for students to get condoms at school? some parents say giving them to middle schoolers crosses the line. we're outside as you can see overlooking super bowl city from atop the abc 7 broadcast center. we have a great vantage point. >> it's just gorgeous. bay area mayors kicked off a week of festivities. fans have been pouring into san francisco to take off. >> we'll have much more on this story coming up in just a moment. right now, a hot debate over a serious issue in san francisco. where schools could soon be making condoms available to students as young as sixth grade. >> that's right. a committee will discuss this proposal tonight before a vote by the full board. >> abc 7 news reporter lyanne
m melendez is done. >> they can add or delete before taking it to the board. now san francisco would not be the first in the nation in 2014. oakland unified passed it. it is now offered to middle school students through their health centers and soon to all their middle schools. san francisco unified said a recent survey revealed 5% of their students in middle school say they have had sex. if you doubt that someone that young could be sexually active, ask the director of the third street youth center and clinic in san francisco who says their average client is 14. >> so if 14 is the average, there are some who are older, but there are also some who are younger. >> reporter: that's why the school district wants to bring its wellness program to the more than 10,000 students in middle school and, yes, that would include offering condoms under the supervision of a counselor. the district says it's worked at the high school level. >> we believe that