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there's so much more to it than just, you know, a player standing or a team employee standing. >> we are going to encourage all of them to be on the field. we'd like all of them to be on the field and stand at attention. >> stand up or pay up. nfl addressing the new controversy with the national anthem protest. >> the commissioner's office revealed the plan today. >> reaction to today's decision, eric? >> reporter: well, one oakland raiders player to tell me today he thought this was an infringement on his free speech rights, but mike pence took to twitter to call this a political victory. not everybody is exactly in agreement with that as we saw from the vote today. one of those teams, the san francisco 49ers.
the whole thing started here in the bay area during the 2016 season when 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick started to kneel during the playing of the star-spangled banner. he said it was to protest the unarmed killing of black people by police. >> i think there's so much more to it than just a player standing or a team employee standing. we want to take a broader approach. >> reporter: york says any real solution would have to take social justice matters into a account. but many fans and some owners disagreed. they call the protest an insult to the flag and to the veterans of the armed forces. former 49ers team executive andy dolic said that's unfortunate. >> having this out there as a debate i think is very healthy. but putting it as an overview that you have to do this on
behalf of the league to show patriotism seems to be in question. >> reporter: everyone who comes out on the field must stand otherwise the team will be fined. one team, the new york jets is already rebelling. chair chairman says if the players want to deal they'll pay any fines. finally, this oakland raiders fan told me if the league has to pick between free speech and game attendance he knows which one they'll choose. >> it's all about business and the nfl does have an image to protect. >> reporter: as we know colin kaepernick has been unable to land with a team since this all started back in 2016, and he's currently suing the league and the teams for collusion in keeping him out of a job. live at the oakland colosseum, eric thomas, abc 7 news.
we have some breaking news, a santa clara county judge just demised domestic charges against 49ers ruben foster. foster's wife accused her of dragging her out of the home and punching her multiple times. she later recanted that story and said she falsely accused him. this was just released, body camera video showing an arrest in january of nba player sterling brown. milwaukee's police chief is apologizing for how officers treated brown following a dispute over a parking violation. they tased brown before arresting him. prosecutors never charged brown. he tweeted out a statement today blaming racism for what happened. he hopes situations like this can be prevented in the future and says he plans to take legal action against the police
department. there are new details today on the deadly crash of a tesla model s into a pond in castro valley. we've learned more about what happened before the crash. >> laura anthony live in castro valley with the latest. >> reporter: tesla today released a statement today saying their auto pilot was not involved in this accident. the chp says tesla is cooperating with the investigation, but that statement from the company is separate from the investigation here. while the california highway patrol continues its investigation, tesla has released its own statement about the fatal tesla model s crash that killed a danville man last weekend. a tesla spokesperson now says, quote, we have been able to recover enough data from the vehicle to confirm that the auto pilot was not engaged at the time of this accident. >> we did see the statement that they put out, and really the bottom line for the highway patrol is we still have a long
and thorough investigation to do. >> reporter: danville musician and chemical engineer 34-year-old keith was killed in the crash. his body found by an alameda county sheriff's dive team inside the blue tesla some 65 feet offshore. the car was discovered sunday night off crow canyon road. he hadn't been seen since saturday. the chp says they are still trying to determine if the driver was impaired or may have been speeding. >> they're looking at the vehicle, retrieving data from whatever systems that they can to analyze. they're also looking at damage to the vehicle to see if they can evaluate that and determine the speed. >> reporter: now, tesla's auto pilot has been implicated in at least two fatal crashes and now two u.s. consumer groups are calling the name auto pilot misleading. they're asking for some kind of change. in this case tesla says the technology, whatever you call
it, was not involved in this accident. in castro valley, laura anthony, abc 7 news. the owner of a rare sports car needs your help finding the vehicle after it was stolen. thieves made off with this 1981 deloran. it happened to be parked on a trailer attached to a ford pickup. now that truck and trailer were also stolen. both the deloran and the pickup have nevada plates. a man captured is wanted today for stealing purses from two older women, one in her 90s. they say he ripped the purses away from those women. one victim whose 93 years old was knocked to the ground and seriously hurt. she's still in the hospital. this happened friday at the bank of america. police today were shocked by the viciousness of this crime. >> oh, that's terrible.
i had not heard that at all and something i've heard about in this area. >> it's despicable to think about older women getting targeted by criminals for money. >> police have a picture of the car they think the suspect is driving. they believe it's a chevy malibu white with tinted windows. well, our rather dreary weather pattern continues. we've had lingering low clouds throughout much of the day. and the bigger picture you can see active weather all around us. thunderstorms and lightening streaks to our north and east of the sierra. that is our next storm, a light storm. ranks only one on the storm impact scale. so on friday we can expect this storm to bring us scattered light showers and mainly a nuisance event, not a big storm. as we're going to the memorial day weekend we'll see showers, clouds giving way to sun on saturday. warming up big time on sunday.
and memorial day it's going to ehot in some places. i've gill you details a bit later. we have new details now on what killed two whales in san francisco bay. this one surfaced on friday. scientists determined the 45 foot juvenile whale was killed after it was hit. a second whale also suffered a painful death. scientists say it died because of severe entanglement. santa rosa is like many california cities. it has a homeless problem. an estimated 2,000 homeless there. >> abc 7 reporter wade freeman was in santa rosa as the police department delivered another deadline to the homeless in the city. >> hello park ranger. anyone in the tent? >> reporter: in santa rosa they handle ito often it almost seems like a drill. this encampment the latest front line in
endless effort to help the homeless. this camp formed about a month ago when another camp closed. it is roughly one mile long but hardly the last mile based on previous experience. >> can you anticipate where they'll go next? >> i can't. >> reporter: the departure cannot happen soon enough for residents like bill petty. he rides his black along the trail. last week eight people lined the path and one of them attacked him. >> it's a no-win situation, but this can't happen. >> reporter: as to what does happen we've shown you many times before from the remnants of had hill last august. >> it's not the best environment. >> reporter: amanda freedman, when we last saw her in august she had made it to a homeless shelter but has moved out twice since then. we asked what happened. >> no one's going to kick me out
of here because my dog barked. cannabis growers in california will be closely watching to see if other countries will follow a major step taken by monterey county. supervisors there have voted to reduce cultivation taxes to just a $5. the board sietded with growers who claimed high taxes have hurt sales. and they are off. the warriors taking off for game five in houston. some of us are still getting over the depression from game four. that would be me. even though game five is on the road, you can still be part of the action. how coming up. plus. >> something that connects us together, it's the sky. >> a reunion between the first african-american woman in space and the man whose life she saved
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game five is tomorrow night, and the two teams will be back at oracle on saturday. and while the doves are on the road the teams hosting a watch party at oracle arena. tickets are going for $20 a piece on warriors.com. proceeds will be donated aeg oakland community foundation and the warriors community fund. the first african-american woman in space today at levi stadium where she reunite would a man whose life she saved in war torn west africa. >> dr. may gemson delivered a keynote today at the beyond innovati innovation conference. gemson says growing up in the '60s in chicago she always reached for the stars. her dream took her to stanford, cornell medical school and nasa. in 1982 she became the first
female african-american astronaut to travel to space. today she urged the audience to never forget to lift up others. >> what does it matter if you have a place at the table and you add just like everyone else and you mind your table manners? >> there was also an emotional reunion today between gemson and the man she saved in sierra in the 1980s. other doctors diagnosed him with malaria. gemson disagreed ordering a military vacation to the hospital in germany. >> she put cocktails together and this and that because sierra leon didn't have everything, the electricity was bad and she knew i was not in good condition. >> you have to know how to do your job and you take responsibility for what you're supposed to do.
you can't let other people push you around. >> well, she certainly didn't. as a result he survived. he's a volunteer coach in oakland savoring a very special reunion. >> that is wonderful. thank you so much, christian. a san ramon middle student is making quite the name for himself thanks to his love of geography. check out his victory today, the winner of this year's national geographic be. he beat out 2.6 million students in the fourth through eight grade from more than 10,000 schools across the country. the principal there says he spoke to him today. >> he was able to win the whole thing and was very proud to bring the championship back to california, being the first winner in the 30 years of the competition. >> so the question that made him the winner, which country has a population the size most similar to lebanon? the answer
good morning america about to expand into your afternoon. adding an hour from noon to 1:00 p.m. ginning in september. it currently airs here on abc 7 from 7:00 to 9:00 ale. network executives say this a bittersweet move because gma will produce the chew. the chew will continue on the air until september. good morning america has been the most watched newscast in the country for six consecutive years. spencer returns in a moment with his forecast, but he appeared earlier today on good morning america discussing his memoir, which deals in part to his gambling addiction. >> i still don't know how i was able to hide it as well as i did. i knew i was living a lie. i was being deceptive. people had this one image of me which was a real part of who i was, but i was hiding this other
part of me which was just as real and self-destructive, damaging. >> tonight on abc 7 news at 11:00, spencer explains what finally inspired him to deal with that addiction and how the fbi was involved with it. >> interesting. i want to know more now. >> well, the sfor story is sto i happy ending. here's a look at live doppler 7. how do you spell dreary? we've had low clouds and drizzly spots today. occasionally we've had bright spot in the sky. you can see some bright spots off in the distance there. currently 58 in san francisco, upper 60s in mountain view and san jose. 66 at gilroy, and 57 at half moon bay. emeriville, dramatic sky there. napa, 62. mid-60s in marefield, concord
and livermore. and here's a live view from the sutro tower. and it'll be dreary and drizzly through thursday. showers will be scattered and most mostly light. and we'll have a major warmup over the weekend. it's going to be absolutely hot in our inland areas by monday. more fog and generally in the lo 50s. and low to mid-60s right around the bay and generally mid to upper 60s inland. very few locations will hit 70s tomorrow. it's a light storm moving in on friday bringing a scattered light shower. rainfall totals will be generally just a few hundredths of an inch in most locations. and we call it a nuisance event because going into a holiday weekend it'll be a nuisance event. notice on friday we see little pockets of light showers sort of
breaking up late in the day, but a few more pockets of showers before winding down early saturday. now let's talk about the high temperature range. on saturday we'll see low to mid-70s inland, so it starts to warm up on saturday. then on sunday gets much warmer with mid to upper 80s in our inland areas. 70s right around the bay. and by monday looking at the low to mid-90s. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. we've told you about the light showers on friday and the warmal beginning on saturday. low 90s inland, up to almost 80 around the bay. 70 along the coast. we haven't seen that in a long time. and then a bit of a cool down occurs on wednesday. looks like a pretty good pattern going into the long holiday weekend. >> i've been complaining about the dreariness. next week i will complain about the heat. >> some things never change. >> that's true. all right, well a day of giving
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the gate at the time. these are pictures. an airport spokesperson says the wing hit a concrete post, and while there were passengers onboard at the time nobody was injured. the san francisco marin food bank got help today from a heavy hand legend. presenting the food bank with a check for $5,000 today. it's from a foundation formed by t the band. the heavy metal star also jumped in to do some heavy lifting, distributing food for the food bank. >> our program has been to support the local food banks. we write checks in every city. we just played a 39-date european tour and wrote checks to the local food banks. the band also put the word out on social mead you the fans answered. a 20-year-old from iowa is the newest winner of american
idol. matty poppy says she's really looking forward now to what lies ahead. jessica castro spoke to maddy about the win and her new boyfriend, by the way, kaley hutchinson who came in second place. >> i'm such a big fan of yours. how are you feeling? has it sunk in yet? >> thank you so much. no, it has not. i haven't had much time to process it. >> my jaw dropped when they announced or when kaleb said you were dating. what happened? >> we had talked about how cool it would be if we were the top two, but we thought what were the odds of that happening. he also said the other day i'm so happy your dreams are coming true. he's just always saying sweet things like that. and i know he really supports me, and i'm just really glad to have had him throughout this process. >> american idol will return for
another season next spring. president trump isn't backing down from his theory about a spy infiltrating his campaign. >> i hope it's not true, but it looks like it is. >> the president's call for transparency today. and a lot of uncertainty for san francisco's police chief. will cholula hot sauce is teaming up with jack in the box for the cholula buttery jack. a little hot sauce there... woah. what's happening? jack i'm trying to film this commercial! oh my gosh, sorry. with delicious cholula hot sauce and crispy jalapenos on a signature bun. the new cholula buttery jack. part of the buttery jack family.
a story making headlines as we approach 4:30. nfl owners with a new policy requiring players to stand on the field during the national anthem. players will have the option to stay in the locker room. 49ers owner abstained from the vote partly because the lack of player involvement in the decision making process. less than an hour ago charges were dropped against ruben foster. sunglasses thief in san francisco may have struck again last night. business owners believe it is the same man who broke into multiple businesses last weekend. we may know by the end of the week if san francisco police chief william scott will return to los angeles to become the new chief of the lapd. he's reportedly one of the three finalists for that job. abc 7 news reporter vick lee in the newsroom now with the story.
>> first of all, larry, we know that police chief scott left on a trip to los angeles today. the same day the mayor of l.a. began holding what appears to be his final interview. so far chief scott has deflected all of the questions surrounding his possible depar char. >> in early may rumors began swirling that chief william scott may be a candidate for lapd's top job. this after police chief charlie beck announced his retirement at the end of the career. scott is reportedly one of the top three finalists. the mayor says he's had final interviews with all three. on monday he said he would decide soon. >> i want to do it right but not fast. and i expect probably in the next ten day tuesday announce a decision. >> in december 2016 he gave an exclusive television interview to abc 7 news. he told me he had no plans to apply for l.a. and apply for the top job there when then chief
beck retired. >> the mayor and the police commissioner had put the confidence i'm going to come here and give it my all as long as they will have me here. that is my intent. >> now there is plenty of uncertainty for chief scott. mayor leave has passed. the police union has a new president, but the friction is still there. >> the members as a whole have not felt connected with the current chief, with the command staff. >> and the make-up of the police commission has change. there are now four vacancies on the seven-member commission that supported him. not even enough for a quorum to hold meetings. today a supervisor's committee held a hearing to interview potential candidates. still it'll be at least two weeks before the board can vote on new commissioners. in the meantime no one knows if chief scott will stay or leave. the supervisor.
>> there's a lot of transition happening, and it would be nice to have stability at the head of our police department. >> we are told by reliable sources that chief scott was really, really rattled by the way the supervisors handled the recent rejec of two long time police commissioners. the two members mayor farrell had appointed. flow to the latest on the russia investigation. the president isn't backing off on his unproven theory the department of justice was out to get him during his campaign. >> reporter: president trump hyping his unsubstantiated claims that the fbi infiltrated his campaign to help hillary clinton win the election. >> we now call it spy gate. you're calling the spy gate. >> reporter: departing the white house president trump admitting there might be no evidence to back up the unproven scandal. >> i hope it's not true, but it looks like it is.
>> reporter: "the new york times" reporting last week the fbi sent a confidential informant to gather more information from trump campaign advisers about their contacts. >> they were spying on a term i don't particularly like but on what the russians were doing. >> reporter: the president has since demanded an investigation into political bias at the department of justice. rod rosenstein agreed to fold the president's request into the the inspector general's current investigation into the misconduct of the fbi into the russia investigation. theyul also agreed to turn over some congressional documents. >> i think a lot of people are going to see bad things happened. >> reporter: no democrats. >> if the meeting goes forward as planned right now, only partisan, only the worst actors on the worst side in the room. no one should trust anything they say coming out of that
meeting. it will be a sham. >> what i want is i want toment transparency. >> former fbi director james comey tweeted that facts matter. he said the president's attacks on the fbi will do lasting damage to the country. meanwhile, president trump took credit for firing comey saying he did the country a service. abc news, washington. well, for a second straight day the environmental protection agency barred reporters from attending a summit on toxic chemicals. politico says it was blocked from entering today as were reporters from at least two other publications. yesterday journalists were barred from the summit which included embattled scott pruitt. the epa claims they barred the reporters because of space limitations. residents of the big island continue to deal with the dangers posed from the kilauea
volcano. by the way, these are live pictures from the big island right now. i've got a friend who's in the area and says where you're seeing these lava fountains homes used to exist there just a few weeks ago. they've been kplocompletely ove by the lava. while this goes on we're getting a striking time lapse sequence of the eruptions. it shows the glow from fissures as they pushed out lava overnight monday into tuesday. the camera's lens causing the volcanoic glow pushing up through the clouds, taking on a white bluish color instead of the familiar lava red. fewer americans are heading out on vacation this summer. we're going to tell you why. >> plus how about a staycation? we'll have inidedeas for your sr weekends. it looks like clouds are staying around.
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well, nearly a quarter of americans won't go on vacation this summer simply because they can't afford it. that's according to a new bank rate.com survey. 24% can't afford a vacation. and 11% say they're simply too busy at work. just 51% of those surveyed say they plan ongoing on vacation this summer. and only 30% of those who get paid vacation say they'll actually use up all of their vacation this year. well, if you don't have a lot of time or a lot of money a staycation might be a possibility. you've got ideas all over the bay area. let's start in the south bay. let's say i'm into mysteries. what do you have? >> well, if you're into mystery where recommend starting off at the winchester mystery house. they have 110 rooms out of 160
that were built as part of this elaborate mansion. the proprietor has a has a has a once you head on down there you can head onto santa cruz to the mystery spot which a visual illusion attraction that will play with your perceptions. once you've done that you can head back up to san jose, go to the old st. clair hotel, which is weston and do a bit of ghost busting. there is reportedly the ghost of a bride who was left at the alter. >> i will pass on the ghost. let's say i'm into nature and the outdoors. >> you can go to safari west. they have double-decker jeep tours that will get you eye to eye with giraffes and you can go on a classic safari tour. they also offer luxury tents you
can stay in. they have private decks, spa services. it's glamping to the max. >> spencer love his wine, but if he doesn't go to napa, where go? >> avoid the traffic. you can actually go over to load eye. if you're into red wine you'll be very happy there. they offer cooking class you can take as well, gardens you can hang out in and spa services if you get a little heavy-handed on the course. >> spencer would never do that. back to nature now, what do you have? >> well, you can go north and bring your dog because there are some dog friendly yurts in osdental. fluffy does not have to stay home for this one. you can during the day go to grandville and rent some inner tubes and go down the russian river. i recommend lots of sunscreen and frosty beverages, but it's just a nice lazy day.
it's not rapids, so it's pretty relaxing. >> the lazy river has my name on it. half moon bay i know sometimes in the summertime it can be cool, but you've got a nautical theme there. >> you can go to nantucket whale inn and a victorian house from the 1800s that's bee 1800s thatt into a nautical theme. and you can also pop into half m moon bay's distillery. >> so a beverage theme throughout here is what i've noticed, desiree. >> it's the weekend. >> you've got some tree house recommendations. >> the whole bay area is peppered with tree houses. so if you don't want to go out, you can simply go up. and you can use sites like glamping hub or even airbnb that
can help you get one in your budget. you can get some more serious digs or something a bit more budget friendly. >> if you had to pick any one of these, just your own favorite thing what would it be? >> whichever one does not have a gaus. >> i'm with you. the ghosts are out. thank you for joining us and we'll find you in a tree house somewhere in the bay area. >> absolutely. we have no ghosts here, but i find this weather pattern haunting. here's a look at live doppler 7. we've got low clouds, drizzly spots, and on friday a we expect a light storm to come in. that'll bring us light scattered showers. we'll call it a nuisance event because we're going into a long holiday weekend. and speaking of a long weekend, bottle rock will be taking place friday through sunday in napa. this is festival of music and food and wine.
you might want to check it out. i hope you will because i plan to. friday light showers will dampen spirits a little bit, but it'll cool up. sunny skies in napa and all across the bay area. the nice warmup will begin on saturday, gets even warmer by sunday. and tuesday we'll be looking at inland highs in the low 90s. yes, that's right. almost 80 around the bay and 70 degrees along the coast. a huge warmup. >> that is quite the jump. thanks, spencer. a 30-year-old man, he's fighting to stay in his parent's house even though his parents want him out. what he says he's going to do next. how long do you have to cancel an automotive service
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now to a domestic dispute making gnash headlines. a 30-year-old living at home with his mom and dad rent-free for the past eight years. >> yeah, they want him out now. they're even taking him to court over this now. maggie ruly with the latest. >> reporter: it's a case of parents. >> they have no obligation to provide support. >> reporter: versus son. >> i'm not bothering them living here. >> oh, he needs to get out. >> reporter: suing their 30-year-old son trying to evict him from their home where he's lived rent-free for eight years. >> he's not learning anything staying at home and he's just wasting their time and money. >> reporter: they've tried for months send him thooezhooezhooez
letters asking him to leave and giving him $1,100. on tuesday michael rutundo acting as his own attorney before a new york supreme court insist his parents should have given him six months to find alternative housing. >> i'm not a burden to them in the home. they don't provide lawnry or food. >> reporter: he claims his parents asked him to move out after he lost custody of his son eight months ago when he says he needed them the most. >> after you lose your son and shortly afterwards it's like you lost your son and get out of the house. i was devastated when i lost my son. i don't living here at all. >> reporter: the judge at one point laughing and calling the son's argument outrageous sided with the parents. he has his own web business he says and was planning to make enough money to move out in a few months anyways, but now he
says he plans to appeal the judge's decision. today a pizza chain via italian kitchen offered michael a job. they said he could work at any one of their 250 locs worldwide. they even offered him a signing bonus of 1,101, just one dollar more than his parents offered him to move out. >> yeah, they would hope for an international location i think. time to ask vinny to answer questions. you've never heard anything like that before, right? >> no. >> these are easier to resolve, hopefully. how can i get a $1,300 refund for a service contract but i never used. i sold the car after having it under a year. >> you must cancel the contract under 60 days for a new car and 30 days after a used car. you get a partial refund for the
part you didn't use. this should go very smoothly. if not i want you to complain the department of insurance. >> when is the best time to purchase amtrak train tickets? like day or week or a third party site? >> we don't have as much information on train tickets as we do airline tickets. but let me tell you this, they mirror airline tickets. wait too long and you're going to pay more. ticket prices go up with fewer seats are available. that happens as you get close door the date your going to leave. you should buy 14 days in advance otherwise many of the potential discounts don't apply. >> good to know. bill asks who's responsible when a fence in our backyard needs to %-p? >> call larry beil. he'll come by and fix it for you. california passed the good neighbor fence act in 2013.
it says both neighbors are responsible for the cost to repair a shared fence. the delve is in the details. of course if one neighbor says they are having a finance hardship and can prove it, they don't have to pay. i'll post a link with information about the good neighbor fence act on my page at abc7news.com. what you normally see is two neighbors try to outweigh each other. finally can't take it anymore. >> what if they have a question for you? >> they should contact me. put together a 10 to 15 second video shared on social media. and you can also reach me on facebook and abc7.com. now to breaking news out of san francisco. take a look at sky 7 live at a fire burning a home. that home on fire. so far, though, no word of any injuries. you can see the fire truck, the ladder truck on scene and the firefighter at the top of that
ladder. we will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest right here on abc 7 and abc7news.com. >> got to try to contain that so it doesn't spread to the houses nearby. spotify has announced its predictions for the songs of the summer. yeah, this is america by childish gambino. other contend ers include i lik it by cardi b, and spotify compiled its list on chart purchase, listener play lists as well as industry buzz. dna can do anything from solve cold cases to teaching us about diseases. but now there's a new alternative that's much more durable. we're going to show you how it works. >> right now dan's here with abc 7 news at 5:00. the billion dollar photo-op, a groundbreaking in alameda
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the causes of deadly disease. >> but now researchers are perfecting the technique similar to dna but may have voufrl advantages. >> reporter: they are the sherlock holmes and doctor watson of the lab. they're able to identify suspects by tracking proteins from their bodies. >> what we do is very similar to dna in the sense there are markers in dna you can make a measurement on and link those to an individual. we're trying to find an analogous kind of strategy with proteins. >> reporter: they first perfected the teak neek with hair and then recently bones. they are extracted and then run through a maspectrometer. the result is a unique genetic signature related to dna, but from a source that's much more durable. >> the many instances where, say, the remains have been out
in the environment for a very, very long time and the dna has degraded or they've been in extremely harsh conditions say a fire iftality. in those cases perhaps the dna has destroyed and maybe the protein has lasted. >> reporter: think victims who die in plane crashes or maybe the intense fire that followed the world trade center attacks, the team believes the technique may potentially i.d. soldiers from wars of the past and eliminate cold cases where usable dna evidence no longer exists. she believes the truth is out there. >> my heartthrob moment would be exonerati exonerating an innocent human from being subjected to the box. >> reporter: one day a fragment of bone might unlock a decades old mystery ear perhaps the next crime of the century. dan ashley, abc 7 news. >> dna helped lead to the capture of the golden state
killer suspect. tonight at 6:30, chasing the golden state killer. >> thanks for joining us. >> abc 7 news at 5:00 starts now. mishap at san francisco international airport. the wing of a plane clip the building. the story is unfolding right now. >> also happening now a kdecisin on 49er ruben foster. we're live in san jose. we're also live in castro valley where highway patrol has released new information about a tesla that crashed into a pond. also ahead. >> a smash and grab caught on video. some say this guy is serial thief who is very good at avoiding capture. and today's billion dollar groundbreaking in alameda and the concern that the big project will create big traffic problems, too. and that breaking news is at sfo where the wing of a plane hit a concrete post. you can see just that in this
picture taken by someone at the airport. an airport spokesman says passengers were onboard the air lingus flight that had just arrived from dublin, ireland. >> no one was hurt. and you can see the wing there. that plane was being towed to a gate when the wing hit the post. >> sky 7 was over the scene just about 30 minutes ago. you can see some paint on the concrete post. this is not affecting most flights at the airport, but air lingus may see some delays as a result. also developing right now the domestic violence charges against 49ers star ruben foster have just been dismissed by a judge. >> live with the latest on this, chris. >> reporter: dan and christian, a very big win for foster this afternoon. the 49ers have just released a statement saying he'll have the opportunity to rejoin the team tomorrow.