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two. reporting live in pittsburg, amy hollyfield, abc7 news. happening today, a much anticipated public hearing in san jose to review the city's response to that massive flooding from coyote creek. thousands of residents were caught by surprise by the large-scale flooding two weeks ago. san jose didn't issue an evacuation order for neighborhoods along the creek until more than four hours after rock springs was already submerged. accountability for putting lives in jeopardy is expected to come up at this hearing, along with the city's reliance on the internet and social media to push out alerts. the meeting is going to be held today at 3:00 at san jose city hall. chipt restaurants are holding a fund-raiser and donating 100% of the proceeds to the flood relief fund. show this flyer or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause. you can get the flyer on our news app or on our website this morning, a stretch of
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sir francis drake boulevard is back open after being closed by the mudslide. the slide happened near baywood canyon road early yesterday morning. this is not the first problem in that area. mud and rock slides from recent storms have closed sir francis drake off and on for weeks now. developing news, republicans have won their first round in the fight to dismantle obamacare. >> after nearly 18 hours of debate, house ways and means committee approved the measure shortly after 1:30 this morning. a live look at the energy and commerce committee still debating at this hour. abc's lana zach is live in washington. >> reporter: good morning, reggie and natasha. the reason why they are trying to delay, democrats are trying to delay, is not just political the theatrics. they're also trying to give the budget office enough time to score the bill to assess how many americans could be affected. lawmakers on capitol hill have been working overnight on health
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care as democrats and even some republicans tear into the obamacare replacement bill. >> what this bill needs is some extreme vetting. >> reporter: pizza deliveries kept members fueled up for the continuous hours of debate that lasted through the wee hours. as democrats tried various stalling tactics, at one point debating an amendment to change the name of the bill to the republican pay more for less act. and then just after 4:00 a.m., the house ways and means committee became the first to advance the republican bill. >> an important step in the repeal of obamacare and freeing millions of americans, patients and local businesses from that pain. >> reporter: elsewhere, the nation's leading health care groups, include the aarp are denouncing the republican plan. in a letter to congress, the american medical association cited the expected decline in health insurance coverage and the potential harm it would cause to vulnerable patient populations. one early review projects up to 10 million americans could lose their insurance. tea party republicans oppose the
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replacement plan, calling it obamacare 2.0. and one of the fiercest senator ted cruz, tweeted about the warm and gracious reception that his family received at the white house by the first family. san francisco city attorney dennis herrera is asking a judge to halt enforcement of president trump's new sanctuary city order. the order threatens to withhold federal funds. he argues it tramples on state sovereignty and exceeds the president's authority. he also says the order is so vague, cities don't know how much money they could lose. the judge expected to consider an injunction on the president's order next month. san francisco is among about ten sanctuary cities in the bay area. a plea from city leaders in san bernardino to president trump is stirring anger this morning. they're asking him for help in
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fighting crime. the city had a record number of homicides last year and is emerging from bankruptcy. the mayor, city council, and police chief sent a letter to the white house asking for help but it was sent without public input and now critics are threatening to sue. city leaders said they won't do it again but critics want the letter rescinded and are giving the city 30 days to do so. hundreds of women gathered in oaklan last night to mark wims and to make a strike against sexism. the march was noisy but orderly and it carried a clear message. abc7 news reporter kate larsen was there. >> reporter: dressed in red, hundreds marched through the streets of downtown oakland. >> we have to speak up about our rights as a woman. >> reporter: the international women's day strike started in front of city hall. and touched on issues representing the diverse women who make up this fight for equality. >> no matter where you come from, religion, nationality, what gender you are, everyone's
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equal. >> reporter: norma sanchez is marching for her mom who can't be here. >> my mom didn't do anything wrong anybody, so i'm here to stand up for her. >> reporter: five years ago, norma's mom was deported to mexico. she fears president trump's immigration policy will tear children away from their own mothers. >> for a kid to have to go through it, i just can't even imagine. so, i'm here for them. >> reporter: there were women marching with their daughters. >> access to health care and access to education. >> reporter: men joined their female friends and family. >> i'm here to take responsibility for the opportunities that have been stolen from women. >> reporter: many different causes with one common goal. >> it is important to me that we resist donald trump's presidency. >> reporter: a movement the women here on washington and the world to know is only growing stronger. reporting in oakland, kate larsen, abc7 news. and new this morning, u.s. marines arriving in northern
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syria at least 200 troops will provide artillery support to u.s.-backed syrian troops fighting isis. they're getting ready to go into the city of raqqa. "washington post" and cnn report the pentagon and marine corps are being tight lipped about the exact location of deployment out of safety concerns. uc berkeley police are warning students about an armed robbery inside of a campus dorm yesterday. zie sky7 was over the scene yesterday as officers searched for the suspect. police sent out a tweet telling students to shelter in place as they searched. no word on what he got away with. in san francisco, police are looking for two men they say robbed a woman and her 1-year-old daughter at gunpoint. it happened friday night. police released the surveillance video showing the suspects. they robbed the woman inside the parking garage of a complex in florida street in the mission district. police say they wanted her car. >> one of the suspects pointed a
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gun at them and the other suspect grabbed the baby from the vehicle, hanging on to the baby, and basically ended up taking one of her bags from the vehicle. >> the baby was hurt. police say the victim is a single mom and an army veteran. she had just taken money out of the bank to buy a cake for her daughter's birthday. oakland city council is approving a revised plan requiring anyone who owns and operates a legal marijuana business to live in the city. tuesday night, city council vote overhauled legislation on how cannabis businesses will be regulated in oakland. half of all new permits will be issued to people from neighborhoods hardest hit by the war on drugs, including those with a pot conviction in the last two decades. when you step outside this morning, you'll notice the difference, especially in san francisco where we're coolest right around the sunset at 50. warmest at sunnyside at 56, coming across the golden gate is 52, coming through the ferry
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building, 53, heading to the financial district, 55 degrees. daly city, 54, also got richmond and belmont at 52 and pittsburg at 51, tracy at 50, the rest of us in the mid to upper 40s with american canyon's 45 one of the cool spots. here's a look at 280 at 17 in san jose. tree pollen is going to be high. ash, cedar, juniper, and pine. uv index is also going to be high. start to think about putting on some of that sunscreen if you're going to be out and about. see those low clouds, we talked about those coming near the coast. there they are, 62 at half moon bay, san francisco at 64. richmond and oakland at 69, everybody else around 70 to 74 degrees. a few foggy spots across the north bay through 9:00. light breezes on the bay. mass transit is going to be milder all day today and temperatures in the mid 40s too near 50 with patchy fog. really quiet start this morning, mike. and taking a live look in the
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south bay as well. san jose, 101 at 880, you can see some of those low clouds, doesn't look like that is going to be a visibility issue. a little different in the north bay. we do have some fog that is reducing that visibility in a few areas. westbound 580 starting to fill in, tracy to dublin, 34 minutes, westbound 4, antioch to concord, wide open and southbound 101, san rafael to san francisco, looking good in the green at 18 minutes. we'll look at mass transit coming up next. a bay area family is coping with just a terrible loss. the husband of the bay area woman taken off life support after a plane crash reveals the last-second plea that could have kept her off the flight. pressure mounting for elon pressure mounting for elon musk to withdraw
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would you cross a street? would you cross an ocean? would you go if you could use your knowledge to teach someone and, in the process, maybe learn something yourself? life is calling. how far will you go? peace corps. 4:42, welcome back. well, this morning, the federal communications commission is investigating what exactly caused an at&t outage. it prevented customers from being able to call 911 for several hours. the outage started around 6:00 last night and while it was happening, at&t tweeted, aware of the issue affecting some calls to 911 for wireless customers, working to resolve asap. a while later, they tweeted again, issue has been resolved that affected some calls to 911. at&t has not said exactly what
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caused that outage. customers in at least ten states were affected. family and friends are mourning the death of a san jose woman who had survived a plane crash in southern california. stacey pierce was taken off life support and died tuesday night. her mother, her stepfather and a family friend also died in the february 27 crash. reporter rob mcmillan from our sister station in los angeles looks at how the family is doing and the last-second plea that would have kept pierce off that flight. >> they said, we can keep her life support and keep her comfortable until the family made a decision just to keep her comfortable. >> reporter: richard pierce and two of his four children, along with other family members, stopped by the crash site one last time to place candles and flowers to remember 46-year-old stacey pierce before heading home to san jose. >> she was the love of my life. and i can't even wrap my head
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around going forward without her. she was just a beautiful person, inside and out. >> reporter: pierce says his wife, her mother dana, and stepfather noori, along with two family friends were on the small plane when it crashed into two riverside homes on february 27. >> all day the weather was bad and i asked her to get on a commercial flight and i just put all my faith in noori being the pilot that he is and the experience that he had. >> reporter: he says he first saw reports of the crash on the news. >> and i just thought, that can't be them. that's just not them. >> reporter: but it was. they were on the way home from a cheerleading competition his daughter brooke's team got first place. >> they got a trophy this tall. >> reporter: but brooke was not on the doomed flight because there was so much luggage. she took a bus home with the team. pierce says he's thankful for all the support, even from
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complete strangers. >> it's just call after call, text after text, e-mail after e-mail of love and support. >> reporter: after spending about half an hour here at the crash site this morning, the family went to thank some of the local firefighters. from there, it was home to san jose. in riverside, rob mcmillan, abc7 news. drivers using 680 in milpitas are seeing a sign with a specific message for tesla founder elon musk and here it is. the sign at the scene, elon, please dump trump. it's a reference to musk agreeing to join president trump's business advisory panel. while facebook ceo mark zuckerberg and uber's travis cal have declined. he previously defended his position on the panel saying engaging in critical issues serves the greater good. kevin durant still three weeks away from being reevaluated of course after hurting his knee last week.
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>> last night, kd hobbled into oracle arena with crutches and a knee brace and met with the media. durant says he's finally able to straighten his leg out. he's recovering from a knee sprain and bone bruise. at this point, kd says he's not even targeting a day for getting back on the court. >> whenever my body tells me i'll be ready to play, that's when i'll be ready. i'm not thinking too far down the line. i'm just worried about i had a great day today and look forward to having a good one tomorrow. >> the warriors could have used him against the celtics. they lost 99-86 at oracle. the warriors western conference lead over the spurs has been trimmed to a game and a half ahead of saturday's match-up in san antonio. >> you can catch nba saturday primetime featuring the warriors and spurs only on abc7. mike shumann will be courtside at at&t center on abc7 news at 4:30 p.m. followed by nba countdown at 5:00. golden state and san antonio tip off at 5:30 and then join larry
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beil, adonal foyle and carrie keating with mike shumann live at at&t center. >> give us some good news about the weather today. it's going to be almost sunsational. we'll have a few more high clouds than yesterday. definitely need the sunglasses and enjoy the spring warnlt out there. if you have allergies, this isn't the greatest time for you. if you have the medicine, get ahead of it while you can. we're going to talk about more clouds and spring warmth today but through the entire seven-day forecast, there's not a real chance of rain until late last week. we'll have patchy fog and cool conditions the next several nights but nothing too chilly or frosty. here we go with march. the first three days were dry. then we had that stretch of wet weather saturday, sunday, monday and tuesday. yesterday marked the first of what could be about eight or nine days without rain. here's a look at live doppler 7. you can see it's bone dry this morning. take a look at that area of high
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pressure. this is what's going to rule our weather. that and its clockwise flow is going to be pulling that weather from the south up to our neighborhoods and keeping the storm track well to the north. 0s and 70s for the next several days. let me show you one day. monday, our warmest day, we may push 80 in a few neighborhoods. the coast, expect clouds to gather. low clouds today as the marine layer develops, that's why you're in the low 60s most of the forecast while the rest of us in the 70s. you're shaking your head. it's hard to believe. i can't believe it's happening. is this real. i might have to pull all the covers off my deck furniture there. looks like i'm safe for a few days. taking a look at the emeryville commute here, nice and quiet this morning. westbound 80 heading towards the maze and mass transit quiet too. muni, no issues there. 26 b.a.r.t. trains in service and ace rail, boy, what a terrible day yesterday with that track work that they had from
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union pacific around great america. nothing like that scheduled for today and ace 1 out on time. we'll head back to the central valley coming up next. and right now at the live desk, impact want to show you images that came in from the united kingdom just a few moments ago. this was a ceremony that was underway this morning after the queen unveiled a new statue honoring war veterans, specifically meant to honor those who fought in the gulf war and conflicts in iraq and afghanistan. it's located near britain's ministry of defense building. several other members of the royal family are there too, including prince william and kate. prince harry along with the british prime minister also there and they're all expected to be part of the ceremony that's still going on right now and then they have a lot more events scheduled throughout the day. reggie, natasha, back to you. okay, so, i just checked and there still are seats for "hamilton" on saturday at 1:00 p.m. they cost $868. so, if that's not in the budget,
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why not win the lottery. i'm actually serious. you can now enter a daily online ticket lottery for the san francisco run at the orpheum. t if you get selected, tickets are $10 each. 44 seats will be up for grabs for each performance. tomorrow is opening night. you're limited to two tickets per person so to learn more about the deadlines to enter for each show, go to we have a link to the lottery. basically, if you want to see tomorrow's show, you would have to be entered by the 9:00 a.m. today. okay. best of luck to you. >> good luck. the road to college about to get easier for thousands of high school students in san jose. the new program promising free tuition and more. a car crashes into a cafe. one officer's frantic effort to help possible victims caught on his body cam. this weekend, watch "7 on your side's" michael finney anchor our live coverage of the san francisco st. patrick's day parade. our coverage begins saturday at noon on air and on the abc7 news
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app and now this morning's "tech bytes." >> in today's "tech bytes," ninth's new video game system, the switch, isn't coming to any major video streaming services for now. >> the ceo says the company is talking to netflix, hulu and amazon is the services will come in time. no date has been set. >> get this. if you happen to be rich, famous, and good looking. >> check, check, check. >> tinder has been operating a secret version of its dating app just for you. >> tinder select is for members only, it caters to elite users who must be invited to join. who must be invited to join. >> i'm still
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while i was on a combat patrol my c in baqubah, iraq,nned out. a rocket-propelled grenade took my arm off at the shoulder. when i came home, i felt alone. my family was around me, but i couldn't talk to them about what i'd seen and what i'd done. i remember just thinking, man, the way i am right now, i don't want to live. i was discharged from the army, and i've been working with the wounded warrior project since 2007. warriors don't have to be severely wounded to be with the wounded warrior project. we do have a lot of guys that have post-traumatic stress disorder. being able to share your story, i guess it kind of helps you wrap your mind around what did happen over there. just because you've left the military doesn't mean your life is over, because when these guys are coming home, i'm kind of leading and training them, instead of for combat, i'm leading and training them to heal. and if i come away with anything from the wounded warrior project, it's them giving my life back. my name is norbie, and yes, i do suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder,
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but i'm okay.
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a new mexico police officer's body cam recorded the frantic seconds after a car frantic seconds after a car crashed into a cafe. >> completely inside the building. is anybody injured or hurt? >> man, it is wild to see this kind of intimate footage. the driver was reportedly trying to back into a parking space in front of the restaurant, but he hit drive instead and surged forward. seven people complained of pain, four went to the hospital with minor injuries. they're all expected to recover. >> we are getting a sneak peek at a major expansion at one of oakland's most popular attractions. abc7 news was at the oakland zoo for a first look at the
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$80 million california trail project. the exhibit now features gond las to give visitors a chance to see native animals living in the hills above the zoo. the california trail will eventually include grizzlies, jaguars, bald eagles and condors will fly through the exhibit. the exhibit will bring the size of the zoo up to 100 acres, making it one of the largest in the country. i have good news for the ongoing flood threat at lake port, when the clock strikes midnight tonight, the flooding, fingers crossed, should be over. current stage is 9.04 feet, flood stage is 9 feet. so, good luck and good news. here's a look from our golden gate bridge camera today. temperatures jump from 1 degree in san francisco to about 6 in san jose. san ramon jumped about 3 degrees to 72. if you're going to the beaches, go to santa cruz if you want sunshine and warmth, 71. increasing clouds and 50s to mid 60s elsewhere. we're nice and quiet to kick off the thursday morning drive here. here's a live look at the san
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mateo bridge and if you look under these street lamps, you can see just a little bit haziness. we do have areas of fog this morning, especially in the north bay. not too dense here, nothing that's going to slow you down but just be aware, it could be part of your commute here this morning and look at our traffic maps at your commute out of the tracy area, just about 30 miles an hour as you approach altamont pass so not tishl terrible there either. sound like we have a minor issue in the south san francisco area. in health news, researchers say coffee may help protect against dementia. the team out of university of indiana found caffeine can boost the production of an enzyme. they believe the findings could help in developing a new drug for the prevention of alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. worldwide, there are about 37 million people living with dementia. by 2050, that number is expected to more than triple. two years of free community college will become a reality or hundreds of san jose students next year. abc7 news was in san jose as leaders announced san jose
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promise that program will provide two years of free tuition for about 800 stdents who qualify. the state will provide $750,000 each to evergreen valley, west valley and san jose city colleges. students graduated from a san jose high school can start applying for these grants in june. san francisco city college recently announced it would cover tuition for all residents. are you ready to pay more to ride b.a.r.t.? what officials are considering today, despite getting billions of dollars in bonds. and dozens of chihuahuas rescued from a house here in the bay area. how you can help these tiny little survivors. and after a very scary night for the university of michigan, their planes getting off the runway. will they make their tournament this morning? they're flying to play in the big ten. we'll have that update next. terrifying moments where terrifying moments where firefighters hit
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afoot and light-hearted i take to the open road. healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path before me leading wherever i choose. the east and the west are mine. the north and the south are mine.
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easy to use chase technology for whatever you're trying to master. now at 5:00, how do you feel about paying more for b.a.r.t.? why officials are justifying it, despite just receiving billions of dollars from voters. and here's a live look at a house committee still debating the new proposed health care bill to replace obamacare. they've been at this for more than 21 hours. also a driver risks his own life to save an elderly woman from an oncoming train. we're going to show you that and so much more. good morning to you on this march 9. >> busy morning for you. hopefully not going to be traffic-wise a busy morning for you. >> not yet. >> and weather, look like we're


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