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this entire crisis is not new. >> this is not a new issue. this is a humanitarian issue. >> manier fallo >> more fallout from the trump administration's policy that's left 2,000 kids being separated from their families at the border. >> i'm kristen sze. the president continued to blame democrats for what's happening. we're live with what is going on right now. >> president trump is falsely blaming democrats but at the same time defending the policy of arresting undocumented immigrants seeking asylum and separating them from their children. it's the trump administration's zero-tolerance policy that's resulted in some 2,000 kids being taken away from their families who were seeking asylum.
>> we have the worst immigration laws in the entire world. nobody has such sad, such bad, and actually in many cases such horrible and tough -- you see about child separation, what's going on there. >> reporter: president trump is blaming democrats but the zero-tolerance policy isn't a law. it is being carried out by his administration, arresting undocumented immigrants and separating them from their children. >> why wouldn't you bring children with you if you know you would be released and not prosecu prosecuted? >> reporter: images from the homeland security show men, women, and children behind chain linked cage, some on bare floors. nancy pelosi went to the boarder to see for herself. >> it so's 's so heartbreaking t be changed immediately. >> reporter: the battle of undocumented immigrants crossing over into the u.s. rages on. new numbers from health and
human services show just under 12,000 kids in their custody, most of whom were unaccompanied minors. president trump tweeting, big mistake made all over europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture. >> the united states will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility. >> reporter: and house speaker paul ryan says the house could take up two immigration bills as early as this week. at this point, it's still unclear exactly what those bills will say, but sources tell abc news both will address the issue of families being separated. >> we've heard from all five living first ladies on this issue, some of them republican, others democrat, yet they seem to be finding some consensus on where they stand. >> reporter: absolutely. all four former living first ladies, rosalynn carter, hillary
clinton, michelle obama, as well as laura bush, who wrote in "the washington post," calling that zero-tolerance policy immoral and cruel, and also current first lady melania trump releasing the statement saying in part she believes we should be a country that follows all laws but also a country that governs with heart. back to you. >> thank you. so what do you think? our question today, do you agree with the policy that ends up effectively separating families? weigh in on abc7news.com/vote. >> watch the vote in real time at the bottom of our screen and people will begin voting now at abc7news.com/vote. you can continue voting through the 6:00 p.m. newscast until 7:00. it will be interesting to see the results, although i think we know from a humanitarian perspective which way people are most likely to vote. it has become a political issue as well. >> we know the politics of the bay area, too, but we'd like to hear you, so please weigh in. kamala harris says the head of homeland security needs to
go. senator harris said kirstjen nielsen should resign over her department's policy of separating children from their families at the border and from making what the senator says are misleading statements. yesterday nielsen quoted -- was tweeted quoting, we do not have a policy of separating families at the border, period. harris says there's no law that says is administration has to rip children from their families. >> stay with abc7 news and abc7news.com for the latest on this still-developing story. you can download the abc7 news app to get the very latest sent to your phone as it happens. we'll check back on your polling coming up at 5:00. all right. to bay area news, or actually one more statement here. >> that is coming from the american academy of pediatrics. their view ofn this is, quote, we know that family separation causes irreparable harm to children. this type of highly stressful experience can disrupt the building" and there is more to
that. they're saying to the psyche of the children, "children's brain architecture, prolonged exposure to serious stress known as toxic stress, can lead to life-long health consequences." doctors weighing in. >> 78% people not agreeing with the current policies. to bay area news now. a community rebuilding from the october wildfires is now on the alert for a possible arsonist. abc7 news reporter amy hollyfield has the details from santa rosa. >> reporter: the view from drone view 7 shows the path of saturday night's arsonist. you see charred spots every few feet along the santa rosa creek. it really surprised joggers and bikers this morning as they came across one after the other. >> i was surprised that they kept going for as far as they did. like it seems weird that someone would do that over and over again. >> reporter: firefighters say a total of 13 fires were set saturday night within two hours of each other, three next to the railroad tracks and ten aclong
the santa rosa creek trail. it is especially distressing to residents, who are still traumatized from the deadly wildfires that swept through here in october. >> it's pretty distressing, i guess. if anybody is familiar with the community, they would know that -- i guess i would say disrespectful. >> we know the community has been through a lot and is on edge, so we're taking this seriously to put this to a stop. >> reporter: firefighters respond differently since the october fires. they call other agencies sooner and ask for help. >> we inundated the air with law enforcement, santa rosa fire department, cal fire. we're very fortunate in the sense all the fires were kept relatively small. >> reporter: they believe the person used some type of lighter and is like i getting around by bicycle. residents say it is cruel to do this here. >> it's hard to understand what goes through people's minds. it's obviously that was intende. >> reporter: santa rosa police o
$2,500 for anyone who can ge them information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person who did this. no one was hurt in these fires and no structures were damaged. in santa rosa, amy the national transportation safety board is investigating this, a tesla battery fire in southern california. this is a model it caught fire on friday in west hollywood. actress mary mccormack shared video of her husband's tesla shooting out flames from the front wheels. there was no accident involved in this. tesla called the incident an extraordinary, unusual occurrence and says it is investigating. a new report on rising sea levels shows much of the bay area could be impacted in the next 20 years. the report and this map from the union of concerned scientists, the pink and white shaded areas you see would all be at risk for moderate sea level rise by 2035. >> you can see almost every community in the bay, or at least along the bay itself,
would be impacted. abc7 news reporter wayne freedman looks at the areas that would be most at risk. wayne? >> reporter: i'm standing in san rafael, and that body of water behind me might put me standing in water today. people think about sea level rise and assume it's well down the road. not anymore. not according to this study. if you just bought a 30-year mortgage and you live near water, you'll want to pay attention to this. a clear, dry, sunny day in the san rafael. at the davis sign company, time to dredge up inchent hancient h with this floodwater photo. >> right at our front door. >> reporter: milton davis doesn't worry about it, but he might after this report. they project sights like these becoming common around the bay area after a sea level rise of two feet by 2045. >> in a worst-case scenario, by
the end of the century, we could see hugehomes, neighborhoods, schools, all sorts of public infrastructure, hospitals, officebuildings, seeing chronic flooding. >> reporter: they estimate some 13,000 properties around the bay area subjected to every other day in 2045 with marin county first on the list of impact zones. if you could build marin county up, how many feet would you build it up? >> depends on the scenario. but safely, 10 feet. >> reporter: the study did not surprise chris chu from marin county's department of public works. they supplied these photos from that same 1982 flood. anyplace along the water lies at risk, both property loss or solutions could run in the billions of dollars. is it too soon to start? >> not at all. it's too late. >> reporter: that applies to marin and all of this region.
milton davis says he's certain the county will find a solution. when we asked if his head is in the sand like many of us? >> more in the water than the sand, but it's not stuck. >> reporter: not stuck but a lot toet a person's head around for certain. we have some maps on abc7news.com. if you access that site, affected you would be surp is one you might not suspect, foster city. they have a four-foot seawall but they're building it up to make it even higher. live if san rafael, wayne freedman, abc7 news. >> wayne, thank you. we may need a lot of seawalls in the years ahead. this week marks 30 years since a nasa scientist spoke before congress saying global warming had arrived. dr. james hanson testified he was 99% certain the warming trend was not natural but instead caused by a buildup of carbon dioxide and other
artificial gases in the atmosphere. his testimony was published on the front page of "the new york times" the next day with the headline, global warming has begun. in accuweather, we have nothing but sunshine for much of the region this afternoon. live doppler 7 showing you we are seeing the clouds bumped up along the coastline, but the majority of us, we have bright skies and temperature-wise 60s and 70s in a lot of spots. 65 in oakland, 76 in san jose, 60 in san francisco. future weather showing you later on tonight, that marine layer going to spill back in and around the bay. we'll take a look at how warm we get tomorrow and i'm tracking intense heat to finish out the workweek. hearings into interim san francisco mayor mark ferrell's $11 billion budget proposal are under way. today a collation of 40 labor and community-based organizations gathered outside
city hall demanding a budget that prioritizes housing, child care, immigrant, and workers' rights and fair wages. >> we have a much smaller pot of funds for the next two years, only $20 million at a time when we've already added $1 billion to the city's budget overall. >> he'the budget calls for more money for muni and transportation and boosting services for homeless. neighbors evacuated after a gas leak in san francisco. the worries about aging infrastructure and the potential for delay on one huge project. and the health effects from the north bay wildfires. what's happening to residents there months later. plus -- >> i was jealous. i wish i had been there. i wish it had been me.
no thank you. try my spicy chicken club combo today. a gas main break disrupted business and traffic along busy van ness avenue this morning. >> residents near van ness and philbetter street in san francisco were evacuated or told to shelter in place. crews on the extensive corridor project were doing work when this happened. abc7 news reporter lyanne melendez joins us now. the infrastructure is old. >> reporter: that's right. very old, up to 100 years old. now, because of what happened today and because of all the delays and construction, people around here aren't really feeling all the love for this two-mile-long project meant to speed up buses and public transportation. pg&e crews had to break up the
street to get to the damaged gas line near corner of van ness and philbetter. theype it. >> a lot of to -- associated with the gas leak. pg&e arrived on scene quickly and started the mitigation process. >> reporter: firefighters went door to door asking people to immediately evacuate. >> someone came and vigorously knocked on the door and i thought there was a psycho in the building. they said there was a gas leak and we need to evacuate. >> reporter: ryan wasn't home at the time but was concerned about his dog. firefighters managed to get the dog out. >> i wouldn't have felt good there was an explosion and my dog died so i'm glad they were willing go in and do that for me. >> reporter: the area was closed to traffic for two hours. no one was injured. >> they've been working on this street for so long and they keep messing things up, and it's a little strange. >> reporter: we contacted walsh construction, who was hired by the city to complete the van ness improveme project, rurn ou the ammu
tr inom inon't have td plans to point oe old utilities are located. >> it is a very old street and the utilities under ground are just as old. i think there are utilities under there that are more than 100 years old. >> reporter: this has caused delays. the project, which was supposed to be completed in the fall of 2019, is now one year behind schedule. now, initially, the cost of the project was going to be $189 million. today because of all these added costs and delays it is up to $316 million. i'm live in san francisco, lyanne melendez, abc7 news. >> thank you. first responders are finally going to have the ability to see where somebody's is calling from if they call 911 using an iphone. apple announced it's adding that feature when it releases a new operating system for the devices
this fall. only the 911 center will be able to see your location. up to 240 million calls made to 911 each year, more than 80% come from mobilece monthfter prd knot, the newaring hisstor open about his daughter's marriage into royalty. here's abc7 news reporter molly hunter. >> reporter: for the first time since meghan markle became a royal princess, her father spoke out today. in a paid interview for "good morning britain," he spoke about the pain of missing out and not getting to walk his daughter down the aisle. >> i can't think of a better replacement than someone like prince charles. he looked very handsome and my daughter looked beautiful with him. i was jealous. i wish i had been there. i wish it had been me. but thank god he was there and thank him for that. >> reporter: meghan's m riand very much part of the family. >> the unfortunate thing for me now is that i'm a footnote in
one of the greatest moments in history. >> reporter: before the wedding, thomas was caught posing for t s mistake.os and today markle also told the show how he first learned about the royal romance. meghan called him to boyfriend,d call, informed him that he was british, and in a third call, explained that actually it was prince harry. >> harry gotten on the phone with harry. they called me together. harry asked for her hand over the phone. >> reporter: markle added the two chatted politics, something british royals don't do. and many are also noting the timing of this interview, one day after father's day. but we haven't heard anything from meghan or kensington palace. molly hunter, abc news, london. >> can you imagine being on the phone and one of your kids saying, oh, i'm marrying into the royal family. >> i don't know about that. what about all the paparazzi? something you have to contend with every day, drew tuma.
>> no, i dodge them. i'm very good at it. i'll teach them my ways. we're talking about a comfortable week ahead. by friday, we'll have intense heat moving in here. live doppler 7 and satellite showing you the clouds bumping up along the coastline, but for most of us we have sunny skies. our cam is pointed towards the western horizon. you can see that baby blue sky. look closely on the horizon and you can see that marine layer lurking to come back in overnight tonight. winds right now, it is a bit breezy out there, generally about 10 to 20 miles per hour across the region, but these winds, they're keeping us on the comfortable side right now. temperatures pretty typical for this time of year, so numbers eighty, 70s, and 80s in our warmest spots. a wide range this afternoon. 60 in san francisco, 83 in cloverdale, 87 in brentwood, so it is warm inland. 76 in san jose and oakland checking in at 65 degrees. overnight tonight, here's the call. temperatures along the coast dropping into the low 50s, away
from the coast inland, mainly clear skies, and a little bit of a mild overnight period. temperatures in the upper 50s from concord to antioch. so future weather, let's go hour by hour, show you that marine layer returning tomorrow morning. we'll stop the clock at 7:00 in the morning on tuesday. i don't think the cloud cover will be as expansive as it was this morning so we'll see clouds over san francisco, oakland, hayward tomorrow, but portions of the north bay, mainly clear skies, a similar story inland, even around san jose and the south bay wake up tomorrow to partly to mostly clear skies. tuesday, fog early in the morning, temperatures in the 50s, but by midday it's that cloud cover just along the coastline. sunshine away from the coast. by 4:00, temperatures in the 70s and 80s across the board. so highs tuesday, not too bad for this time of year. 71 in the afternoon in oakland, about 83 in san jose so warmer tomorrow in the south bay than we are right now. breezy in san francisco, 66 on in santa sa afternoon, 84, thah
sp from fairfield to antioch. what we're watching, the accuweather outlook, there's this yair of high pressure, a dome of it, building off our coastline, and that will move over us with by friday and bring some warm temperatures across the region. early heads up to the heat coming friday and lasting into saturday. it will be high inland, temperatures near triple digit, dangerous heat in vehicles. cars can heat up 40 degrees in one hour. this will also increase our fire danger friday and saturday. the accuweather forecast, morning clouds, afternoon sunshine tomorrow, we keep the trend through hurz as sthursdayr officially arises thursday morning. hot friday, especially into saturday, and still very warm to round out the weekend on sunday. >> all right. drew, thank you. >> sure. the "incdi2" breaks records and disney issues a warning about one scene in this
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here are the stories making headlines today at 4:30. president trump today blamed democrats for his administration's policy of arresting undocumented immigrants seeking asylum and separating them from their children. the practice has resulted in some 2,000 kids being taken away from their parents. u.s. senator kamala harris today called for resignation of homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen. in this tweet frothis
harris says the government has committed human rights abuses under nielsen's watch. wayne freedman tweets about an ominous prediction made by scientists. king tide events could happen every other day by the year 2045 because of climate change. such changes are expected to contribute to sea levels rising, which could significantly impact the bay area. beachgoers in santa cruz county were stunned over the weekend to see this, a great white, a dead one on the beach. it washed ashore sunday morning. abc7 news reporter carlos asero is live with what could have killed shark. >> we still don't know what killed the shark, but at this lab they're trying to figure out what killed this great white. being this close to a great white shark is a once in a lifetime experience that many beacoe cldn't pass up. >> it is pretty sad to see such a majestic animal meet its rorter: this marine
biologist captured these images of the great white on sunday morning. the shark drew a crowd after it washed up. the fearless creature almost nine feet long, not the size of a fully grown great white. >> this is a subadult male. we think he's about 5 years old and weighs about 500 pounds. >> reporter: how the shark got here is still a mystery. it was covered with gashes and cuts but no exerternal signs of serious trauma. >> those wounds are superficial so we do not think that any of those wounds would lead to the shark's death. >> reporter: shark sightings are not uncommon in monterey bay. last year another great white, still alive, struggled in the shallow waters off pleasure point. >> in the previous years there have been many bacterial infections affecting the brains and other organs of the sharks, so my guess is they're going to try to examine the brain, do pathology of the brain, and several other vital organs. >> in recent years, shark
sightings have been driving up tourism as shark seekers hope to catch a glimpse of the real-life jaws. and we won't know the official cause of death until tomorrow, when marine biologists conduc a necropsy. the death toll from japan's earthquake stands at four. the magnitude 6.1 quake struck north of osaka, japan's second largest city, injuring more than 300 people. among the dead are three people in their 80s killed by falling octobers and a 9-year-old girl who was crushed by a concrete wall while she walked to school. poor thing. the quake damaged several buildings and left several homes out water or gas. two alleged victims of a former usc gynecologist accused of sexually molesting students testified before a california senate committee today. >> lawmakers are questioning how health centers like usc report complaints of misconduct. abc news' reporter hasorter hass
testimony. >> i hope by speaking pseudoi can be a voice for all those unable to speak about their experience at usc. >> reporter: two former patients of dr. george tyndall slamming the university. >> i should have never met this man. given the countless complaints the university had against him over a course of decades. >> reporter: the women, among some 400 accusers have come forward claiming he had conducted inappropriate pelvic exams, photographing them, touching them inappropriately, and making sexually and suggestive remarks. >> while on the exam table he told me i was beautiful, complimented my vagina, told me my boyfriend must enjoy having sex with me. >> reporter: the alleged victims hope speaking out will serve as a call to action to lawmakers to hold health centers accountable.
>> it is inexcusable the university paid the doctor to resign without reporting it to the medical board or students like myself. >> reporter: lawmakers hope this will improve the system of alerting proper authorities in a timely manner if a doctor poses a potential safety risk. >> obviously the university is treejs hi sorry, and we are confident this will never happen again. >> reporter: tyndall retired last year and has denied any wrongdoing. president trump is calling on the pentagon to create a sixth branch of the military called the space force. mr. trump made the announcement during a meeting of the national space council today at the white house. this space force would be independent of all other military branches and would focus solely on space. >> we are going to have the air force and we are going to have the space force. separate b >>he presint ideanatiy strategy.
it's similar to legislation to create a space corps the administration opposed last year. a man put the white house in a lockdown mode today after he climbed over a security barrier and then tried to get onto the grounds. witness jim trip shared this video with abc7. the secret service says the person dropped a backpack before he was taken into custody. a witness standing by the suspect said the man turned to him and said, "wanna see if god is real?" before he jumped the barrier. that lockdown lasted for 15 minutes. ivanka trump arrived in fresno today for a republican fund-raiser with house majority leader kevin mccarthy. the motorcade went directly to harris construction from a private jet that touched down at fresno's yosemite airport. guests paid at least $1,250 to hear ivanka speak. coming up, it is floating art. the weighty work in london from an environmental artist, kristo.
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entresto, (sound of footsteps) (sound of car door opening) (car door closes) (sound of engine starting) ♪ ♪ from floods in michigan to heat advisories throughout the east, there's record-breaking weather all across the country today. abc7 news reporter maggie ruly has the latest from the jersey shore. >> reporter: record-breaking floods. and record-breaking heat. they're affecting millions across the country. >> it's hot, but i'm loving it. i love the summer. i love the heat. it's the best day to be outside. >> reporter: in the midwest, rain is still falling, piling onto a weekend of torrential downpours. this drone video out of michigan shows unthinkable damage, flooding, wiping out this road. sinkholes devouring this taco
bell sign. this road gets washed away, leaving behind what looks like an open river. emergency services are reporting pwashouts.60 sinkholes and extreme weather reaching as far as wyoming where hail pounded cheyenne. bouncing off windshields and blanketing this highway. and there was no end in sight. flood watches remain in effect throughout the midwest and rain is expected to continue through thursday. meanwhile, the country is getting hit with another extreme, scorching high temperatures. >> hot like lava. >> reporter: some parts of the the midwest hit record highs this weekend and now the heat is moving east. 18 states from kes kst to maian are under heat warnings. in new jersey, it feels like 100 degrees out here. some schools even shut down early because of the heat. we have a break in our near
future. temps are expected to start dropping tomorrow. back at home tonight, temperature s will be dropping into the 50s, cloudy along the coast, patchy fog around the immediate shoreline. tomorrow afternoon, like today, a lot of sunshine, comfortable temperatures. that breeze will be with us in the afternoon. 71 in oakland, 66 in san francisco, 83 in san jose. we look forward to pride in san francisco over the weekend. it looks to be rather warm in the city, temperatures near 80 degrees by saturday, a lot of sunshine by sunday, but mild temperatures in the 70s. tomorrow, morning clouds and afternoon sunshine. typical june temps midweek, summer officially arriving thursday morning and by friday it gets really hot around here and that heat will peak on saturday over the weekend. about to get very warm.
>> running from the paparazzi, you know, it's -- >> you turned red. my day is made. thanks, drew. the chp crackdown in the south bay. what they're doing to keep you safe on roads, sidewalks and crosswalks. >> i'm michael finney for "7 on your side." should you pay off your credit card in full every month or
day to be impatient on the road. hey, get back in your lane! the chp is conducting a pedestrian safety enforcement operation in san jose. this one is on scott street. officers had no problem finding people breaking the law. >> the reason you're stopped is you ran a red light. i wrote you a citation, okay? >> reporter: the reason, an alarming amount of fatal collisions involving pedestrians. if you combine the chp and san jose police statistics, 31 pedestrians have been killed on the roads since the beginning of 2017. >> the biggest risk to safety is definitely distraction. >> i'm going to write two tickets, okay? so go hit the crosswalk, okay? that's why we're here. people get ran over. >> reporter: police look for drivers on their phones, eating, putting on makeup, anything that takes their eyes off the road. and pedestrians are also at
risk. >> don't assume because you have a green light or a sign saying walk that traffic is going to stop. >> reporter: the chp will be out here all day. they say they're planning on similar oempperations in the fture. in san jose, matt keller, abc7 news. caltrain is kicking off a one this year, $3.5 million project aimed at improving safety. it's improoufg 15 crosses from san jose to san francisco. the changes include more clearly marked pedestrian crossings and guard rails. muni buses are rolling out of the transbay transit center. five lines began using the street-level bus plaza this weekend. the routes include buses that begin and end their runs downtown to city's outer neighborhoods. it's scheduled to open later this year. >> compulsively playing video games qualifies as a new mental health condition. doctors with the world health organization say they made this designation dawes tbecause the r
can take control of the use ears life just like other addictions. critics warn this designation may stigmatize players where only a minority of gamers are affected by this. >> but many gamers may claim that. a lot of parents are watching them closely. >> got to monitor that for sure. time for "7 on your side" with michael finney. let's start with marshall's question. for your fico score, is it bettor pay off your credit card in full or leave a small balance in your account every month? >> i've heard this. it's not true. if your credit score -- for your credit score, i should say, it doesn't make much difference. as long as you keep your balance below 20% of your available credit on each card and overall all your cards, then you're golden. if you can pay off a balance, do it. it could get you an extra point or two on your credit score and you won't be making any interest payments. but it's a were.
>> okay. jan asks, i got an e-mail with a receipt from a transportation agency. after checking my credit card account, i don't see the purchase. should i let them know they send it to the wrong e-mail address or delete it? >> i wouldn't do either of those. this is how a bunch of scams start. don't respond to any e-mail addresses or phone numbers. keep the e-mail for recordkeeping preferences, maybe print it out, and keep track of your credit card account, looking for unthundershowered char -- unauthorized charges. >> would you still recommend buying supplemental travel insurance if you purchased your travel with chase sapphire or any credit card? >> look, it depends on your needs and where you're going. many credit cards offer trip interruption and cancellation insurance along with lost lug anl, that type of thing but do not offer medical and evacuation coverage. if you get sick in a country outside the u.s., your health
insurance usually does not cover you. that's out of pocket. so if you get sick, also, and need medical transport back to the states, that is out of pocket. you're talking 25 grand and more for that. if you are traveling within the united states, you're in pretty good shape with the travel protection offered by your credit card. please read the fine print. and if you're leaving the country, you need to read the small print again very carefully and consider buying additional insurance. i always get it. >> overseas. >> overseas, always. >> and if people have questions? >> use the hashtag >> thank you, michael. >> a man has been arrested in what police are calling a fake return scheme that targeted more than a thousand walmart stores. police in yuma, arizona, say they arrested 23-year-old thomas
broadkerr after he attempted to return a computer at the wall st thstoreecit appeared parts had removed from the computer. investigators with the yuma police department say he had made similar fake returns and more than 1,000 walmart stores over the past 18 months. if you can believe that. officials say the returns totaled $1.3 million. >> wow. environmental artist kristo is back at it. the latest work from the 83-year-old is now floating in serpentine lake in london's hyde park. it's called the london mastada. it's 7,500 brightly colored barrels stacked in the shape of a trapezoid. think back to high school. trapezoid looks like what? it will be on display until september. kristo's work is well-known in california. in 1991 he spent $26 million dot an yair with umbrellas. and in the 'service he built a
25-mile-long fabric fence. the north bay wildfires left devastation in their wake. what are the long-term effects? the study looking at toxic smoke from the fires and what it may have done to pregnant women. details ahead. dan's here with what's coming up at 5:00. >> a dying bay area man takes on a corporation claiming their weed killer gave him cancer. a david and goliath story playing out. a woman's support dog is stolen and now the only hope is someone will do the right thing and give her back. also, uc researchers come up with what could be the future of using dna.
perhaps their unborn children? that is the focus of a new study being conducted by public health researchers at uc, davis. abc7 news reporter laura anthony has the story. >> reporter: his name is phoenix as in one who rises from the ashes, and there's basically what he did, born just days after the devastating napa fires last october. >> it was just such a scary time here. >> reporter: a very pregnant amy whi whiteford took this photo of the heavy smoke she was subjected to. >> the fumes were so bad. it was different than just a wildfire. you are worried about particulate matter. these were houses and garages that burned, you know, house paint and refrigerators. >> reporter: now 8-month-old phoenix and his mom are part of a study to examine the impacts of the north bay fires on pregnant women. dr. d lea researcher. >> we've had a lot of women that seem to be very interested
because i think they're wondering the same things, what was i exposed to, am i still being exposed, and what effects could this have on their child snoorp the pregnan snoorp. >> reporter: the research is funded by the national institute of environmental health. everything from the air to the soils is being studied. phoenix is a happy, healthy baby, but his parents want to learn as much as they can and maybe help others by participating. after all, phoenix didn't get his name by accident. >> driving through the ashes i said something good has to come out of this fire. and i said, oh, i think there's a word for that. so, phoenix. >> reporter: in napa, aura anthony, abc7 news. uc, davis, researchers are still looking for women who were pregnant at the time of the fires or soon after who may want to participate in this study. that contact information is available on our website, abc7news.com. all right. thanks for joini us f abc7 news at 4:00.
abc7 news at 5:00 starts right now. >> the border is being overrun by those who have no right to cross it. >> the administration defends the policy of separating children from their parents at the border. now local lawmakers are headed to texas to see the problem first hand. under water. scientists say the threat from rising sea level is real. and hundreds of millions of dollars of bay area property are at risk. a dying man gets his day in court. a venetia man sues monsanto claiming the company's product gave him cancer. >> and a new report on job cuts at tesla. the numbers are pretty high. the debate over the president's controversial policy of separating children at the border is intensifying tonight. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm kristen sze. thanks for joining us. california's u.s. senator ckamaa harris is weighing in. she said the head of the
homeland security department need to go. harris made a request of kirstjen nielsen today. >> the president of the american academy of pediatrics bluntly says the family separation policy is child abuse. in a tweet, laura bush said sometimes truth transcends party. >> in the meantime, there is now heartwrenching audio of children just separated from their parents at a detention center at the border. take a listen. >> our question tonight, do you agree with the immigration policy? you can weigh in