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isabelle epps was reportedly taken by antonio aguilar-eliz- arrag at about 2:00 in hayward. at this point it is unclear where they are headed which is why authorities issued a statewide amber alert. ((vicki/fsc))the suspect is believed to be driving a black, 2005 honda ridgeline with a chrome roof rack with a california license plate number 7-y-5-1-0-1-0.....again number 7-y-5-1-0-1-0.....again that's 7-y-5-1-0-1-0((fsc)) take another good look...authorities believe 16 year old isabelle epps has been kidnapped by this man antionia aguilar-eliz-arrag. if you see them, call 9-1-1 immediately.(grant) toss to phoner
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(vicki) (vicki) (vicki) now to our top story
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tonight... new details are emerging about how police were able to track down the man accused of stabbing and killing 18-year-old nia wilson. and now john lee cowell.. is waiting to find out the charges he is facing. (grant) also new tonight at 5... we are hearing from cowell's family for the first time... and the mental illness they say he was diagnosed with. but first... police updated the case just a short time ago.. kron 4's terisa estacio is live in oakland tonight with the latest. terisa? we are learning much more tonight about how police got this alleged killer off the streets... this as a memorial for nia wilson continues to grow out here at the macarthur bart station... (take pkg) caught - while sitting on a bart train... bart police say murder suspect john lee cowell seemed surpised when they boarded a bart train at the pleasant hill station and asked to speak with him about the violent fatal stabbing of 18 year old nia wilson and the vicious attack on her sister. deputy chief ed alvarez, bart
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police dept. he was very calm, sitting on the train, he voluntered to get off, no use of force, and did not find any weapons. bart police believe they found the murder weapon used to kill nia - and sources tell kron four news, they will be running forensic dna tests to determine if it is a match to this henious crime. as for any confession or motive coming from cowell, a transient with a long criminal history... deputy chief alvarez. once we was in custody, and jail, he asked for a lawyer. there was a bay area wide manhunt for cowell following the attack on the sisters sunday night at the macarthur bart station's platform. this picture of cowell was released as he was exiting the station, and shedding clothes - police say as evidence of his guilt - to cover up the crime. on monday - bart police say they contacted by a passenger. alvarez. we put out the picture, and a passenger on the train at coliseum say him and found him on the train. here is another recent picture of cowell, although police say they did not find a weapon, they did find a
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citation on him, cowells picture had recently been taken as he was cited for fare evasion... they say the citation helped them positively identify him. (estcio live) as for charges, police say they are working with the alameda county da's office for one count of murder, and assault with a deadly weapon... but they may ask for attempted murder for the other attack on nia wilson's sister, latifa. here in oakland, te (vicki) (vicki) (vicki) (vicki) thanks terisa. and
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we have team coverage tonight on this investigation. (grant) we are learning more about the suspect tonight john lee cowell grew up in contra costa county... and prosecutors there are very familiar with him. kron 4's dan kerman is live in martinez with the latest. neighbors say john cowell grew up in this home in concord, and then lived here off and on as a adultsot carol kincaid/cowell's neighbor neighbor carol kincaid says when she heard of cowell's arrest for murder she was not surprised.sottrouble is an understatement alonso/cc county da's office the da's office in contra costa county has brought cowell up on charges at least 6 times.following a 2009 assault he plead no contest to 2 counts of batteryin 2013 he plead no contest again to batteryin 2015 he plead no contest to being under the influence of an illegal
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substanceand then in 2016 he was charged with petty theft, illegal possession of teargas, possession of a smoking device and drug possession . those charges ended up being dismissed following his arrest and conviction for 2nd degree robbery in which prosecutors say he stole items from a lucky store and then threatened a loss prevention office with a replica gun and a box cutter so he wasn't detained... he did 2 years in state prisonsotadd to this a restraining order filed in 2016 by kaiser in richmond because of "threats directed at our employeesand a restraining order filed in 2015 to keep him away from the family homesot (grant) (grant) and just in to kron 4...
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the family of john lee cowell released a statement.
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it reads in part... "unfortunately, john has been suffering from mental illness most of his life. he has been in and out of jail and has not had the proper treatment." they then went on to say... "we had to get a restraining order at one time as well for our own protection. he was living on the streets without proper treatment. this is in no way an excuse for this senseless and vicious attack". in the statement his in the statement his family also says he was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. if you would like to read the entire statement... it's on our website at kron-4 dot com. (grant) and stay connected to kron four as we continue to track the latest developments. we will send out push alerts when big news breaks... so make sure you download our kron-4 mobile app. (vicki) turning our attention to weather right now... here's a look at the temperatures on this sizzling day. and due to the hot weather... there is a flex alert in effect right now... lasting until 9:00. and it will be in effect at the same time again tomorrow. you're asked to set the
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air conditioner to 78 degrees or higher... also -- don't use major appliances. (grant) let's check in with chief meteorologist lawrnece karnow with more on the hot weather. lawrence karnow: it was mostly sunny away from the coast with hot temperatures in the valleys in the 90s. at the coast there was patchy fog with highs in the 60s. more thunderstorms can be seen on doppler radar over the sierra. on the satellite image you can see the huge dome of high pressure building over the west coast. it will send temperatures in the central valley in the 100s. around the bay area we will see temperatures climb into the upper 90s to low 100s inland with cool 60s that the coast. the hot weather will continue on thursday before cooling on friday and into the weekend. we can expect similar weather well into next week. we're hear and now we are going to leave(grant) to leave now we are going we're hear and we're hear and now we are going to leave(grant) (grant) hundreds of
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tourists, park rangers and concession employees have been told they have until noon tomorrow to leave yosemite national park. smoke from the ferguson fire has made the air unhealthy. conditions in the park have deteriorated since the fire broke out a few miles to the west 12 days ago. natin yosemite valley, the promise of majestic views attracted visitors from all over the world.park officials posted before=and=after pictures of what they can expect now.we've been breathing this since the 13th and it's getting really old. wendy harrell was evacuated her home in el portal over a week ago... now her bartender job in yosemite valley has fallen victim to the stubborn ferguson fire.we're going down to a bare bones operation, get people out of here for a few
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days, let the firefighters do their work.the park service has closed yosemite valley and wawona to the south, at least through sunday.the fire has burned through 35=thousand acres and is just 25 percent contained.natair tankers have been restricted by the heavy smoke.on the ground, the steep mountain terrain has claimed the life of one firefighter and injured six others,i've ever seen anything like it. this is the height of the season for yosemite visitors. these accommodations in the valley would normally be jam packed.now the handful of remaining visitors have to content themselves with trying to find out half=dome.this man is taking his extended family to hearst castle instead.he's already re=booked his reservation for next year.it's not that frustrating. things happen (grant one road into the park remains open ... highway 12 in the north. and the tuolumne meadows campground has not been closed ... for
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now. (grant) still to come... a murder mystery near of san francisco's busiest intersections. what police are saying about the investigation. (vicki) plus, new developments in the brock turner sex assualt case. what the former stanford swimmer's attorney is now accusing the jury of doing. (grant) and new video of that deadly shooting at a trader joe's in los angeles. plus...what the polioce chief is now saying...after we learned that deadly bullet came from an officer's gun.
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shooting."(grant) dramatic new video shows more details about a deadly shootout at a trader joe's store saturday. one employee died ... and six others were injured. jasmine viel has the latest from los angeles. ... nat sound/sirens and gunshots police dashcam video captured the shootout saturday between the suspect, gene atkins, after he crashed into a pole outside a silver lake trader joe's, and two l-a-p-d officers. nat sound/sirens and gunshotsanother angle from police-worn body cameras shows those officers firing back a reported eight rounds at the suspect as he runs inside. he was hit in the left arm. it was in those moments that store manager melyda corado had come out and was also hit by one of the rounds fired by officers. michel moore/los angeles police chief: "it was a through and through wound to the left arm that moved then into her body. // as chief of police, i am sorry for the loss." police chief michel moore says his officers had to make a split second decision to de ran back inside and collapsed. when she was brought out to be treated by
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paramedics, it was too late. michel moore/los angeles police chief: "i recognize how they will forever go through their mind, debating whether that was what they had to do." the gunman continued to fire from inside the store at officers. you can hear the bullets hitting the wall that they were using as cover. nat sound: "watch out!" dozens of customers and employees were held hostage for hours. nat sound: "shots fired." those officers first chased 28- year-old atkins to the grocery store after learning he had shot his grandmother, mary madison, in her south la home, and kidnapped his 17-year-old girlfriend, who was also injured by a bullet. the police chief said the chase lasted 15 minutes as atkins fired atthose officers through his back window. nat sound: "shots fired, shots fired. officer needs help, west silver lake drive." atkins finally surrendered peacefully. michel moore/los angeles police chief: "i am thankful, given the number of store employees and customers inside, that this violent ordeal did not result in the loss of additional life." (grant) that was jasmine viel rertfaces reporting. jasmi that was (grant)
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(grant) that was jasmine viel reporting. atkins faces 30 charges. they include murder ... attempted murder ... and false imprisonment of hostages. his bail is set at nine- million dollars. (vicki) happening now -- police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and the other injured. it happened near the corner of 16th and mission streets in san francisco's mission district. reports say when they arrived to the scene officers found 34-year-old hubert coleman and another man suffering from gunshot wounds. the pair we're taken to the hospital where coleman was prounced dead. police haven't released any suspect information and the fatal shooting remains under investigation. (grant/on cam) a billion dollars worth of water is in the pipeline and headed for
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the bay area in the form of two badly needed storage projects. (doublebox) kron four's rob fladeboe joins us now live from morgan hill to explain what'sgoing on. rob? (rob live) water managers have been looking for a way to store more water without building new reservoirs like anderson dam here in morgan hill. the solution, which is now beng funded, is to expand a couple of existing reservoirs. the california water commission is expected to approve committing a billion dollars to construct two large water projects in the bay rea. approved by voters in 2014, the water bond issue proposition one has earmarked $485 million-dollars for the santa clara valley water
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district, which would contribute close toanother half billion, to essentially expand the existing pacheco reservoir near pacheco pass.a new 319 foot tall dam would expand the reservoir's capacity from 6,000 acre to 140,000 acre feet, enough water to supply 280,000 familie's of five for an entire year says board chairman richard santos. richard santos/santa clara valley water dist.also expected to win approval from the water comission is a $980 million dollar expansion of the los vaqueros reservoir in contra costa county. it's dam would be increased by 55 feet to 273 which would increase the reservoir's storage capacity from 160 to 275,000 acre feet. both of these projects are still years away and both will have to go through environmental reviews. but starting such a project from scratch would bevrtually impossible nowadays says chairman santos. by the way, the last dam built in santa clara county was uvas dam, near gilroy, in 1957. this one, anderson dam, was bult in 1950. live in morgan hill rob
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fladeboe kron 4 news (anchor) time now to check on our weather... with chief meteorologist lawrence karnow. lawrence karnow: it was mostly sunny away from the coast with hot temperatures in the
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valleys in the 90s. at the coast there was patchy fog with highs in the 60s. more thunderstorms can be seen on doppler radar over the sierra. on the satellite image you can see the huge dome of high pressure building over the west coast. it will send temperatures in the central valley in the 100s. around the bay area we will see temperatures climb into the upper 90s to low 100s inland with cool 60s that the coast. the hot weather will continue on thursday before cooling on friday and into the weekend. we can expect similar weather well into next week. (grant) still ahead... a warning about the (grant) (grant) still ahead... a
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warning about the food your kids might be eating... why one teenager had to get surgery after binging on popular snacks. (vicki) the d-m-v calls it a game changer. but customers we talked too...are not impressed. we'll walk you through the new online options...that's intended to keep you out of those long lines.
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(vicki) the long lines may not disappear... but the hope is to shorten the time you spend at the d-m-v. (grant) the agency recently rolled out a new online option...which allows customers to complete their forms ahead of time. kron four's philippe djegal explains how it works. (philippe) by noon... on another hot day in the east bay... there was still a line outside the walnut creek office of the d-m-v...molly morgan/customer- "it's not better -- it's worse." molly morgan dropped in to help her daughter krystal pick-up a driver license. they didn't set an appointment
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because the next one available was more than a month out. but they did use the new online system launched by the d-m-v last week... allowing customers to complete their driver license or identification card application before coming into the office.molly morgan/custom er- "and, i don't think its helping the situation. but we did it and here we are still waiting." the d-m-v calls the new electronic form a gamechanger... meant to shorten the amount of time customers stand in line here at the field offices.krystal paicos/customer- "hopefully, it's uh, quicker inside." customers are still required to eventually visit a d-m-v office to get their card. computers are also available in the office for customers to complete their applications, if they didn't do so from home.. all you need is an active phone number and e-mail address to verify your identity.mary locke/customer- "that didn't cross my mind that that might be available. so, i should have tried that." the d-m-v says, statewide... last week, nearly 70-thousand customers completed the application
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online.jaime barahas/customer- "just keep waiting."christine derksen/customer- "i think they need to have multiple options. they need to have a whole bunch of options, because standing in line is not going to do any good. its killing everybody. i need to pee, and i need food. i need a bucket and i need a vending machine." earlier this month... the d-m-v announced it will expand the number of field offices offering saturday hours to 60 locations starting august 4th. but this walnut creek office is not one of them. in walnut creek, philippe djegal, kron four news. (grant) for a list of the locations with extended hours.. just go to our website.. kron 4 dot com. (vicki) next at 5:30... a c-h-p patrol car erupts in flames on an east bay freeway... and sends ammunition flying. (grant) plus... bart commuters are speaking out after the deadly stabbing... and arrest of a violent felon in the east bay. hear why they say... they fear for their safety.
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statewide amber alert.(grant) the suspect is believed to be driving a black, 2005 honda ridgeline with a chrome roof rack with a california license plate number 7-y-5-1- 0-1-0.....again that's 7-y-5-1-0-1-0((fsc))take another good look...authoriti es believe 16 year old isabelle epps has been kidnapped by this man antionia aguilar-eliz-arrag. if you see them, call 9-1-1 immediately. (vicki) also tonight at 5:30... kron4 is always tracking local stories. here's a look at what's going on in your neighborhood right now. (grant) a man has been arrested for the deadly stabbing of an 18-year-old girl at an east bay bart station. investigators are searching for a motive... but it appears to be random. kron 4's will tran spoke to commuters at the pleasant hill bart station... where the man was taken into custody. will tran/pleasant hill-bart riders breathing easier after the manhunt for john lee cowell is over. rider tips told bart police to rush to this location, shut it down and arrest him.(it's scary, you don't know why he did it.
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it was so random. your heart goes out to her family. your heart goes out to his family because of the embarrassment) (you said you weren't so much afraid for yourself but for your family? yes, that's right. the fact that the arrest happened here it hits too close to home.)(you stayed aware of what's going on, even zooming in on his picture so you would know how he looked. yes i did. i wanted to make sure i knew him if i spotted him. had he not been arrested would you be comfortable hopping on to the trains this morning? no, i wouldn't. i would have tried to work from home if i could because it's scary)(will tran/pleasant hill-as for a motive, police simply don't know at this time. in pleasant hill, will tran kron 4 news (grant) in the east bay --
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highway 24 is now back open after a c-h-p cruiser caught fire in orinda around 1-30 this morning. chp officials say ammunition inside the car caused the explosion and fire. no injuries were reported. (vicki) in the north bay... police found a man and a woman dead in a san rafael home. they went to the terra linda neighborhood around eight thirty this morning... after they got a call from a man saying he had just shot his wife and was ready to shoot himself. officials ordered a shelter-in- place in the area while a swat team investigated. police found a dead man...woman...and gun inside. this is san
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rafael's first homicide since 20-11. (grant) in the south bay... the attorney for brock turner is arguing the jury's verdict should be overturned because of a lack of evidence. the hearing was at an appeals court in san jose this morning. the former stanford swimmer was sentenced to 6 months in jail back in march of 2016... after being convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. turner was not in court today... but his lawyer argued that the jurors used their imagination as to what had actually happened. the judges now have 90 days to respond to the appeal. (grant) firefighters expect to have the "country fire" fully contained soon. the fire in milpitas has ncit the country fire is 90- percent contained tonight. flames did destroy one building. and a handful of barns and out buildings were threatened for a time-- but the winds pushed flames away from that area. lawrence karnow: it was mostly sunny away from the coast with hot temperatures in the
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valleys in the 90s. at the coast there was patchy fog with highs in the 60s. more thunderstorms can be seen on doppler radar over the sierra. on the satellite image you can see the huge dome of high pressure building over the west coast. it will send temperatures in the central valley in the 100s. around the bay area we will see temperatures climb into the upper 90s to low 100s inland with cool 60s that the coast. the hot weather will continue on thursday before cooling on friday and into the weekend. we can expect similar weather well into next week.
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(grant) (grant) a big story tonight... more than 70 people are killed in the deadliest wildfires to hit greece in a decade. nearly 200 have been injured, including a couple dozen children. several residential areas have been destroyed...leaving many homeless. some people suddenly found themselves trapped by the fire and were forced to flee toward the ocean. natasha chen spoke with some of the survivors. listen to that wind. that's what's carrying flames and smoke in five major wildfires across greece. for some residents near the sea, the only way out is to run for the water. while ash turned the sky yellow in kineta, on the western coast, residents captured video in the port town of rafina, on the eastern coast. the woman who took this video said she and her husband headed
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toward the beach, only to be stuck in a gridlock as the black smoke grew closer. she said they could not breathe, and panic started everywhere. she said the fire eventually stopped a little more than a hundred yards from her house. those who have been able to visit burned out areas took video of shells of cars and frames where buildings stood. doris kountourios / fire survivor: the temperature was so high nobody could do anything just in this area. as you can see, houses, cars, everything destroyed from the fire. i have lost everything. the greek prime minister met with firefighters, while support poured in from around europe. the european commission says they received request for help and quickly had offers from spain, cyprus and bulgaria. the nato secretary general tweeted, nato stands in solidarity with the greek people. and through a kremlin statement, russian president vladimir putin offered condolences and readiness to help. i'm natasha chen reporting. (vicki) the f-b-i
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joins the hunt to find university of iowa student mollie tibbetts. (vicki) she's been missing for nearly a week in eastern iowa. tibbetts was staying at her boyfriend's home in brooklyn last week - watching his dogs while he was out of town for work. she was last seen jogging wednesday night...and reported missing thursday when she didn't show up for work. volunteer searches have been called off while the f-b-i investigates. (grant) a week after downplaying russian interference in the 20-16 election ... president trump tweeted about upcoming meddling. he tweeted this morning saying he's "very concerned that russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming election." he went on to state that no president has been tougher on russia than him ... saying the russians would be pushing for the democrats and not for him. the tweet is the president's firmest confirmation to date of ongoing russian attempts to interfere in the democratic process. the u-s
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intelligence community has concluded russia interfered in the 20-16 election to hurt hillary clinton's campaign and help mr. trump win (vicki) coming up... time is running out to buy your mega millions tickets. how much the jackpot is ahead of tonights drawing. (grant) and after the break... why you might want to think twice the next time you reach for a bag of hot cheetos. you know when you're at ross shopping for backpacks... ...and mom also gets a back-to-school bag? that's yes for less. ross has the brands you want for back to school. and it feels even better when you find them for less. at ross. yes for less.
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you...and mom also gets aoss shoppiback-to-school bag? that's yes for less. ross has the brands you want for back to school. and it feels even better when you find them for less. at ross. yes for less. tonight... a warning from
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a mother after she says get he gall-bladder removed... the reason: she ate too many hot cheetos. the mother says her daughter ate about four bags of flaming hot cheetos and other spicy snacks about four times a week. she says the teen developed stomach pains... and had to get surgery to remove her gallbladder. doctors haven't tied the spicy snacks to gall-bladder problems.. but they have been blamed for stomach issues. (vicki) still ahead... the supreme court decided states can collect onlines sales taxes. but congress says the real challenge is implementing that rule. what it could mean for your wallet... coming up.
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judiciary committee discussed the supreme court's wayfair decision today.... which now allows states to collect sales taxes from online retailers. washington- d.c. correspondent alexandra limon explains that many details remain to be figured out. nat goodlatte:> i want to thank you all for being physically present. the supreme court's ruling allows states to collect sales taxes from out-of-state online retailersrep. bob goodlatte / r -va the courts close and incomplete decision in wayfair, has the potential unleash chaos for consumers and remote sellers congrssman bob goodlatte says the jury is still out on how the ruling will impact small businesses. some business owners--like, chad white, want congress to delay the implementation of the new rules chad white / business owner i honestly do not know how we will handle this collection and remittance compliance, from a few locations, to thousands across the country. but larry sinewitz, with the national retail federation and the owner of appliance stores in south florida, says the court's decision will help his businesses' slumping sales. < larry sinewitz / national
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retail federation> customers come into the stores, learn about the products and then purchase the products online in order to save the sales tax.< alexandra limon / washington correspondent> some lawmakers say the supreme court should have left the internet sales tax issue to congress...but they say since it didn't, congress must now get busy...and create laws to make sure the taxes are fair... < rep. zoe lofgren / ca-d> one that i know of was introduced in this congress, would have granted an exemption to businesses below a certain threshold. the supreme court's decision left one key question unanswered-- whether south dakota's law -at the center of the wayfair case - is itself unconsitutional. that decision is expected from a lower court in the months ahead. in washington alexandra limon. (grant) three days of outdoor music in golden gate park but this year outside lands is taking on a new twist. pam moore is in the newsroom now with the story
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we are working on for the news at six..(pam) thanks grant..coming up at six.. organizers of the popular outside lands annual music event... which features food, wine and beer... will now make way for weed. at this year's mid-august event... there will be a grass lands at outside lands. its all about marijuana. also at six... the idea of a flying car could be getting a lift from congress. what lawmakers are doing to give the idea some new wings. we'll have those stories at six.. but now let's get back to the news at five. (vicki) we've been honoring outstanding teachers in the bay area... tonight - it's an english teacher at westmont high school in campbell.. we're talking about andy evans... the student who nominated him says he consistently proves how much he cares about the kids in his class. she says his interaction with them is amazing...and mr. evans is always available to listen and talk.... adding that he goes 'above and beyond'. his principal agrees....saying
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andy has been instrumental in growing the school's advance placement literature class...is an advisor to westmont's student newspaper...and plays a vital role in welcoming freshmen to campus during orientation. if you know a special teacher you'd like to nominate - just go to our website, kron4-dot-com.click on 'features' - then choose 'teacher of the week.' (anchor) taking a live (anchor) look outside... at the san weather... with chief meteorologist lawrence karnow.
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lawrence karnow: it was mostly sunny away from the coast with hot temperatures in the valleys in the 90s. at the coast there was patchy fog with highs in the 60s. more thunderstorms can be seen on doppler radar over the sierra. on the satellite image you can see the huge dome of high pressure building over the west coast. it will send temperatures in the central valley in the 100s. around the bay area we will see temperatures climb into the upper 90s to low 100s inland with cool 60s that the coast. the hot weather will continue on thursday before cooling on friday and into the weekend. we can expect similar weather well into next week.
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(grant) tonight's mega millions drawing is one of the biggest jackpots in the game's history. right now it's more than 500-million dollars. the drawing is at 8:00 tonight... and you must buy your ticket by 7:45. but if you do win and take the cash option... you'll walk away with over 300-million dollars. (vicki) next on kron4 news at 5... the search is on for a group of thieves who stole some toads. why investigators say they might be using the animals to get high. (vicki) dogs are proving
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they really are man's best friend. a new study suggests they can tell when their owner is in need... and they move quickly to help. researchers found the animals get to their owners faster when they make crying sounds rather than when they hum a tune. they say the study could shed light on what influences canines to rush to help their human companions. (vicki) a group of thieves steals some toads from a conservation area in arizona... and investigators say they believe it's because the sonoran
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desert toads secrete poison that could be used as a psychedelic drug. aldo vazquez reports. aldo vazquez/reporting:"park officials say what these folks did is considered vandalism when a wildlife camera caught them on video taking these toads after hours."in an area known as the solar oasis...just a quarter of a mile into the park..a late night excursion caught on camera..but it's no wildlife... rather three crooks...nat pop of sound from the video maricopa county park officials say these folks stole four sonoran desert toads..you can see them leaping around in those plastic bags..randy babb/arizona game and fish biologist:"they're the largest toad in the southwest. they can reach sizes of more than 2 pounds."but they're not rare, so why steal them? the answer could be in the poison they secrete to defend themselves.
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aldo vazquez/reporting:"we don't know why they would take these toads but one running theory is they were trying to harvest their toxin to use as a psychedelic drug."it's called toad licking..a dangerously, deadly ingestible trend now making a comeback. randy babb/arizona game and fish biologist:"it's a pretty dangerous thing to be playing with."so serious..that the maricopa county sheriff office is taking this theft seriously..randy babb/arizona game and fish biologist: "you're talking about theft of private property."in arizona...you need a license to catch or kill any wildlife.. and if these thieves are selling them..they're in even more trouble. randy babb/arizona game and fish biologist:"it's against the law to buy, sell of trade reptiles and amphibians." (vicki) that was aldo vazquez reporting. investigators are still trying to determine if the toads were stolen to get high.. or to make a profit. (vicki) that wraps up kron 4 news at 5. grant lodes and pam moore are here with kron 4 news at six. (pam) coming up at six... as we have been reporting.. an amber alert has been issued in the east bay for this 16 year old girl... believed to have been kidnapped we will have the latest details. (grant) plus.. the family of the man accused in the
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fatal stabbing of a bart passenger offers their condolences... in an exclusive statement to kron 4.(pam) and the move to ban plastic straws gets the nod in one bay area city. your local news continues in 70 seconds.. on kron 4 news at six. ((2shot)) ((2shot))((pam))
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breaking news tonight at six...i'm pam moore.((grant)) and i'm grant lodes in for ken wayne. a statewide amber alert has been issued out of alameda county.((pam)) authorities say, a 16 year old girl has been kidnapped. ((fsc)) take a good look.16 year old isabelle epps was reportedly taken by antonio aguilar- eliz- arrag ... at about 2:00-this afternoon.. in hayward. at this point it is unclear
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where they are headed... which is why authorities issued a statewide amber alert. ((grant/fsc))the suspect is believed to be driving a black, 2005 honda ridgeline with a chrome roof rack with a california license plate number 7-y-5-1-0-1-0.....again that's 7-y-5-1-0-1-0((fsc)) take another good look...authorities believe 16 year old isabelle epps has been kidnapped by this man antionia aguilar -eliz- arrag...who is 36. if you see them, call 9-1-1 immediately. (pam) another top story tonight. new details are emerging about how police were able to track down the man accused of stabbing and killing 18-year-old nia wilson. and now -the suspect - john lee cowell.. is waiting to find out the charges he is facing. (grant) tonight... we are hearing from cowell's family for the first time... and the mental illness they say he was diagnosed with. kron4's haziq maadyun has more in a story you'll see only here on kron4.
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a woman who described herself as john cowell's aunt told me by phone that she and her family has received multiple death threats since her nephew was identified as the murder suspect in sunday's deadly bart stabbing. she did not want to speak on camera and declined recording her voice out of what she says is fear for herself and her family. instead she faxed us a statement that reads as follows..."first and foremost, we want the wilson family to know that our hearts go out to them...our prayers go out to everyone in their family."we don't know whether these words of condolence have reached the wilson family....in oakland haaziq madyun kron4news (grant) we have team coverage on this investigation tonight... as we continue to learn more about the learn more continue to as we tonight...investigation on this team coverage we have (grant) kron4newskron4newshaaziq madyun ...in oakland haaziq madyun kron4news
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kron4news (grant) we have team coverage on this investigation tonight... as we continue to learn more about the suspect. kron4's terisa estacio is standing by in oakland where police updated the case just a short time ago.
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but first we want to go to dan kerman live in contra costa county... where john lee cowell grew up... and where prosecutors are very familiar with him. sotcarol kincaid talking about murder suspect john cowell... kincaid says cowell grew up in the concord home across the street, and then lived there off an on as an adult until his arrest for murdersot kincaid says she remembers years ago hearing about a waiter making unkind comments about cowell's grandmother as the two had lunch together. they returned home but cowell went back to the restaurantsot carol kincaid/cowell's neighbor 36-46it turns out cowell has had a long list of arrests and convictionssot scott alonso/ c.c. county d.a's office 53-56the da's office in contra costa county has brought cowell up on charges at least 6 times.
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following a 2009 assault he plead no contest to 2 counts of batteryin 2013 he plead no contest again to batteryin 2015 he plead no contest to being under the influence of an illegal substanceand then in 2016 he was charged with petty theft, illegal possession of teargas, possession of a smoking device and drug possession . those charges ended up being dismissed following his arrest and conviction for 2nd degree robbery in which prosecutors say he stole items from a lucky store and then threatened a loss prevention office with a replica gun and a box cutter so he wasn't detained... he did 2 years in state prisonadd to this a restraining order filed in 2016 by kaiser in richmond because of "threats directed at our employees"and a restraining order filed in 2015 to keep him away from the family home.neighbor carol kincaid says she last saw cowell a month agosot212/car with him
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( pam ) our team coverage tonight continues with kron4's terisa estacio.she's live in oakland
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tonight with the latest update from police.terisa? bart deputy police chief ed alvarez says cowell you see here - seemed be hiding in plain sight when cornered on a bart train. cowell wanted in the viscious fatal stabbing of 18 year old nia wilson and the violent attack of her sister latifa. deputy chief ed alvarez, bart police dept. he was very calm, sitting on the train, he voluntered to get off, no use of force, and did not find any weapons. bart police believe they found the murder weapon used to kill nia - and sources tell kron four news, they will be running forensic dna tests to determine if it is a match to this henious crime. as for any confession or motive coming from cowell, a transient with a long criminal history... deputy chief alvarez custody, and jail, he asked for a lawyer. there was a bay area wide manhunt for cowell following the attack on the sisters sunday night at the macarthur bart station's platform. this picture of
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cowell was released as he was exiting the station, and shedding clothes - police say as evidence of his guilt - to cover up the crime. on monday - bart police say they contacted by a passenger. alvarez. we put out the picture, and a passenger on the train at coliseum say him and found him on the train. here is another recent picture of cowell, although police say they did not find a weapon, they did find a citation on him, cowells picture had recently been taken as he was cited for fare evasion... they say the citation helped them positively identify him. (estcio live) as for charges, police say they are working with the alameda county da's office for one count of murder, and assault with a deadly weapon... but they may ask for attempted murder for the other attack on nia wilson's sister, latifa. here in oakland, te (pam)
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(pam) another big story tonight. the attorney for brock turner is arguing .. the jury's verdict should be overturned ... because of what he says, was a lack of evidence. the former stanford swimmer was sentenced to just 6- months in jail back in march of 2016... after he was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. turner was not in court today ... but his lawyer argued, the members of the jury used their imagination... as to what had actually happened. the california appeal court judges now have 90 days to respond to the appeal. (pam) in the north bay... police found a man and a woman dead in a san rafael home. police went to the terra linda neighborhood around eight- thirty this morning... after a man called them saying, he had just shot his wife and was
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ready to shoot himself. officials ordered a shelter-in- place in the area .. while a swat team investigated. we spoke to a neighbor about the incident. "i took a look outside...we had several police vehicles right out here and they were brandishing assault rifles...and we had a couple large armored vehicles in front of the house. the possibility of gunfire this close neighborhood is always fearful."(pam) wilson said he did not hear any gunshots... but when police went inside the house...they found a dead man...woman...and a gun. this is san rafael's first homicide since 20-11. (grant) over to the latest on the ferguson fire burning near yosemite... you can see the smoke in this live picture of yosemite falls... at least a falls...yosemite falls... at least a thousand campground and hotel reservations will now be canceled due to the proximity of the fire. the latest numbers... 36 thousand, five hundred and eighty seven acres have burned. the fire is 25 percent contained. you can
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see here on this map just how close the fire is to yosemite.... about 2 miles from the park. yosemite valley... as well as a 20 mile stretch of state route 41 will close tomorrow at noon. the valley hasn't been closed because of a fire since 1990. reporter angelica lei lani joins us live now from the yosemite valley floor where today... a public meeting was held.
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lawrence karnow: it was mostly sunny away from the coast with hot temperatures in the valleys in the 90s. at in the valleys temperatures
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coast with hot away from the mostly sunny karnow: it was lawrence lawrence karnow: it was mostly sunny away from the coast with hot temperatures in the valleys in the 90s. at the coast there was patchy fog with highs in the 60s. more thunderstorms can be seen on doppler radar over the sierra. on the satellite image you can see the huge dome of high pressure building over the west coast. it will send temperatures in the central valley in the 100s. around the bay area we
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will see temperatures climb into the upper 90s to low 100s inland with cool 60s that the coast. the hot weather will continue on thursday before cooling on friday and into the weekend. we can expect similar weather well into next week. ( pam ) ( pam ) coming up ... no free lunches.. is it a perk you would support in order to boost neighborhood businesses..? local lawmakers are now considering what local businesses should do .. ( grant ) also coming up ... a new perspective on the trader joe's shooting in l.a. from officers' body cameras ....and what the chief is saying after we learned an officer's gun fired the shot that killed an
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(grant)new tonight at (grant) new tonight at 6. lawmakers in two bay area cities are trying to encourage companies to pull the plug on a popular perk for tech . free meals served at on site cafeterias. kron4's maureen kelly explains that the move is an attempt to boost business at local restaurants.
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while the so called twitter tax break brought lots tech companies and workers south of market..but that boom equalled empty tables for local eateries....according to the head of the golden gate restaurant association.....si nce many of those companies opened up in house cafeterias offering free food to their workers.you can't compete with freenow san francisco supervisors asha safai and aaron peskin are introducing legislation encourage employees got outside to get their meals......proposing to change the zoning laws to prohibit new busineses from opening in house cafeteria's. within the last 5 to 6 years they're already 51 of these existing internal cafeterias restaurants that are not open to the public, that are only designed to feed their employees, often times breakfast lunch and dinner and the idea is if you're doing that how are you contributing and being a good neighborthis isn't an only in san francisco
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soluation...mountain view recently tweaked their laws to keep facebook from opening up an inhouse cafeteria at a new campus opening this fall.... they did it through limiting limiting employee benefits we're doing this rezoning amendmenti talked to a microsoft employee holding a free coffee she got at her workplace cafeteria....she says the free food helps her concerntrate on her work, rather than her stomach.i have all the options i'm a vegetarian i am sure i have a vegetarian option in front of me every day and it's healthy and it's organic and i trust, lawmakers aren't opposed to employees getting the benefit of a long as the benefits too.. maureen kelly kron4 (pam) a vallejo man testified against monsanto again today... he says the agro- chemical companys' product caused his cancer. dewayne johnson is suing the maker of the pesticde -
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"round-up" . he says, he used the company's products when he worked as a groundskeeper for the benicia unified school district. in 2013, johnson sought help after rashes appeared on his body... a year after that, he was diagnosed with non-hodgkin lymphoma. johnson says, he contacted monsanto asking about a link between the herbicide and his diagnosis of non-hodgkin's lymphoma. he says, he reached out twice with no response. johnson's case is the first of hundreds against monsanto. his case was allowed to go first, because his doctors say, he does not have long to live. (pam) also new at 6. san francisco supervisors have unanimously approved a ban on plastic straws and takeout containers .... treated . wifol ban on plastic straws and stirrers, that took effect in seattle this month. the san francisco legislation requires a second vote next week. the legislation also makes napkins and utensils with takeout or delivery ....
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available only on request unless there is a self- serve station. starting in january of 20-20 ... food and drink vendors in san francisco, must use carryout containers and food wrappers that are free of fluorinated chemicals. the chemicals ward against grease and water, but supporters of the ban say, the chemicals are harmful and do not break down in compost. (grant) turning our attention to weather right now... here's a look at the afternoon highs on this hot day. and due to the hot weather... there is a flex alert in effect right now... lasting until 9:00. and it will be in effect at the same time again tomorrow. you're asked to set the air conditioner to 78 degrees or higher...avoid using big appliances...and turn off all unnecessary lights. chief meteorologist lawrence karnow joins us now with the four zone forecast.
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lawrence karnow: it was mostly sunny away from the coast with hot temperatures in the valleys in the 90s. at the coast there was patchy fog with highs in the 60s. more thunderstorms can be seen on doppler radar over the sierra. on the satellite image you can see the huge dome of high pressure building over the west coast. it will send temperatures in the central valley in the 100s. around the bay area we will see temperatures climb into the upper 90s to low 100s inland with cool 60s that the coast. the hot weather will continue on thursday before cooling on friday and into the weekend. we can expect similar weather well into next week.
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(pam) still ahead.. some good news for the drought weary bay area.. the promise of more water hopefully leading to less worry about water supplies .. we have the details . (grant ) and next... there is new information and new video ... on the trader joe's shooting in los angeles.. you kn w ...and then the price is like, helllooo! that's yes for less. find the latest trends and styles at prices that are a perfect fit. it feels even better when you find it for less. at ross. yes for less.
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you know when you're at ross and you'rhello.... ...and then the price is like, helllooo! that's yes for less. find the latest trends and styles at prices that are a perfect fit. it feels even better when you find it for less. at ross. yes for less. (pam) new police
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bodycam video shows more details .. about that deadly shootout at a trader joe's store on saturday. six people were injured... and one employee.... assistant manager melyda corado was killed. and now we are learning that she was likely struck by a stray bullet from an officer's gun. jasmine viel has the latest from los angeles. nat sound/sirens and gunshots police dashcam video captured the shootout saturday between the suspect, gene atkins, after he crashed into a pole outside a silver lake trader joe's, and two l-a-p-d officers. nat sound/sirens and gunshotsanother angle from police-worn body cameras shows those officers firing back a reported eight rounds at the suspect as he runs inside. he was hit in the left arm. it was in those moments that store manager melyda corado had come out and was also hit by one of the rounds fired by officers. michel moore/los angeles police chief: "it was a through and througwoof police, i am sorry for the loss." police chief michel moore says his officers had to make a split second decision to defend themselves against atkins, corado ran back inside and collapsed. when she was
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brought out to be treated by paramedics, it was too late. michel moore/los angeles police chief: "i recognize how they will forever go through their mind, debating whether that was what they had to do." the gunman continued to fire from inside the store at officers. you can hear the bullets hitting the wall that they were using as cover. nat sound: "watch out!" dozens of customers and employees were held hostage for hours. nat sound: "shots fired." those officers first chased 28- year-old atkins to the grocery store after learning he had shot his grandmother, mary madison, in her south la home, and kidnapped his 17-year-old girlfriend, who was also injured by a bullet. the police chief said the chase lasted 15 minutes as atkins fired atthose officers through his back window. nat sound: "shots fired, shots fired officer needs help, west silver lake drive." atkins finally surrendered peacefully. michel moore/los angeles police chief: "i am thankful, given the number of store employeecus stomers inside, that this violent ordeal did not result in the loss of additional life."
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(pam) that (pam) (pam) (pam) that was jasmine veil reporting. atkins appeared in los angeles court today.he faces 30- charges. they include murder ... attempted murder ... and false imprisonment of hostages. his bail is set at nine -million dollars. ( grant ) still ahead at six.. we keep hearing about driver- less cars on the ground .. but things are now moving fast on flying cars ... the idea taking flight along with how to handle traffic congestion in the air.. ( pam ) plus, the hot weather reminds us all of drought concerns and the fear of water shortages ... now news of hope for the years ahead. ...
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(grant) ((fsc)) back to our breaking news tonight at 6:30... the man suspected of kidnapping a 16 year old girl out of alameda county has been arrested. pittsburg pd just tweeted out that they have taken antonio aguilar-eliz-arrag into custody. the vehicle... a 2005 honda ridgeline... has been recovered. aguilar-eliz-arrag is suspected of kidnapping 16 year old isabelle epps.
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she is still missing at this hour...the sheriff's department says she contacted her family from the suspect's car this afternoon...indi cating trouble...her family then called 911. if you see isabelle epps...you're asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. (pam) do not look for it in your tap anytime soon.. but more water is in the pipeline to help supply the bay area in the years ahead. (grant) (reference map) (reference map) a project approved today by governor brown will include a dam to enlarge the existing pacheco reservoir to around 25 times its current size.(pam) but as kron 4's rob fladeboe reports ... that is just one of two reservoir storage expansion projects on the way to the bay area. the california water commission is expected to approve committing a billion dollars to construct two large water projects in the bay rea. approved by voters in 2014, the water bond issue proposition one has earmarked $485 million-dollars for the
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santa clara valley water district, which would contribute close toanother half billion, to essentially expand the existing pacheco reservoir near pacheco pass.a new 319 foot tall dam would expand the reservoir's capacity from 6,000 acre to 140,000 acre feet, enough water to supply 280,000 familie's of five for an entire year says board chairman richard santos. richard santos/santa clara valley water dist.also expected to win approval from the water comission is a $980 million dollar expansion of the los vaqueros reservoir in contra costa county. it's dam would be increased by 55 feet to 273 which would increase the reservoir's storage capacity from 160 to 275,000 acre feet.rob fladeboe/morgan hill
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at tonight's top local stories. in walnut creek... in walnut creek... the lines at the
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d-m-v remain long... but the d-m-v says it's working on that, last week, it rolled out it's new online application for a driver license or identification card. customers can fill the application out from home or wherever there's access to the internet... then complete the application at a d-m-v. the new online availability is meant to cut down wait times at field offices. in walnut creek, philippe djegal, kron four news. (grant) more and more companies
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are working on designs for flying cars ... like this recent proposal from rolls royce ... that runs on gas turbine powered batteries to travel at speeds of up to 250 miles per hour. and with plans to make these flying vehicles available in the early 2020's ... members of congress are assembling to discuss their future. kron4 washington correspondent brie jackson reports now on how scientists and researchers hope to nd the potential for traffic jams in the sky. rep. eddie bernice johnson/
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texas 7-13 traffic headaches could soon be a thing of the past as lawmakers examine the future of transportation. riding a flying car and coming out of that traffic and leaping ahead of everyone. well it might be on the waythe concept of flying cars is taking off with scientist, traffic control, reducing noise and environmental impacts. separately, there continue to be concerns about the safety of helicopters and other rotorcrafts and current understanding of privacy and safety concerns of the general publicengineers are working
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with federal agencies and lawmakers to determine what regulations are needed to make personal air travel safe.we don't need a patchwatch of rules and regulations for different areas. we need a uniform set that everybody can identify with.what once seemed like fiction may soon be reality for commercial use. but creators say personal cars that fly are a ways down the road. in washington, brie jackson. ( pam) ( pam) coming up .. how about a little "grass" with your outside lands festival tickets?? not as in 'lawn' grass.. but marijuana grass ... that's right and we have the details.. you could save energy
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by living off the grid. completely. you could generate your own energy, at home. maybe you could save energy by weaving your own shoes... out of flax.
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or... just set the washing machine to cold. do your thing, with energy upgrade california. (grant)new tonight at 6.
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ivanka trump is shutting down her fashion company... saying today that she wants to focus on her work in washington.the first daughter serves as a top advisor to her father. meanwhile her brand has been a source of controversy.critics saying she has financially benefited from an increase in clothing sales after her father took office.the scrutiny left the business operating with limitations ... to reduce potential ethics violations.ivanka now says she plans to stay in washington for the "foreseeable future." (pam) the outside lands festival will have a new twist this year. y are adding a new cannabis exhibit... called grasslands. this comes after california legalized recreational
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marijuana this year. bud - tenders will teach visitors about the plant. you can also experience activities, such as - the 'flower shop and smell wall'. but cannabis products will not be available for purchase or consumption at the festival. you must be 21 or older to attend. the event kicks off august- 10th at golden gate park. a future nfl hall of famer reportedly wants to join the raiders ... we'll tell you who it is... and the a's lose their opening day starter for the season ... and beyond... sports director gary radnich has that story... and all the sports... coming up...
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he hasn't pitched in the majors since
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may 29th and the a's have been the hottest team in baseball without him... but aklans is losing ther opening day starter for this season and likely beyond... kendall graveman will have tommy john surgery...end his season and likely all of next season are done... it typically take 12-15 months to come back from tommy john graveman's surgery will be performed by texas rangers team physician dr. keith meister... athugh a date for the proceedure has yet to be announced. graveman was 0-5 with an 8.89 era in his six starts this season for the a's before getting sent down to triple-a nashville on april 26 april 26a nashville on down to
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triple-getting sent down to triple- a nashville on april 26 and the giants...have been dealing with their own injury issues. the team...is giving itself a little more time before activating evan longoria off the disabled list. the third baseman has been on the 10-day-dl...dealing with a broken hand. in the meantime, he's continuing with a rehab assignment with triple-a sacramento.... and has not played a major league game since june 14th.
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the 49ers and raiders are set to open up camp this week. oakland announced today that tackle donald penn is starting the year on the physically unable to perform list... and also...they could be in the mix for a star defensive back. there are reports out there that seattle seahawks safety earl thomas...wants to be a raider and told team owner mark davis to 'come get him. thomas' time in seattle could soon be at an end...as he's unhappy with the way his contract talks have gone. keep in mind, that the raiders also have to settle their own
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negotiations with khalil mack. the cleveland cavaliers will have a star player in town this year... they have reportedly re-signed
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kevin love to a four-year extension worth 120 million dollars. love is a five time all-star and the only one remaining on the cavaliers roster. the big three of kyrie, lebron james and love won the nba finals in 2016 and made the finals the last four years. love was originally acquired after the cavaliers traded the 1st pick of the 2014 nba draft - andrew wiggins. love averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds in 59 games for cleveland last season.(wipe to wade/chna) elsewhere around the association-- dwyane wade...has received an offer to take his talents overseas. a team from the chinese league...has reportedly offered the former miami heat star a 3-year, 25-million dollar deal. if he accepts, it would make him the highest paid player in the country. the 36-year-old just wrapped up his 15th nba season. reports say the
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12-time all-star be taking a pay cut to stay in the united states...as the heat could offer him a 5-million dollar mid level exception. tour de tour de france... stage 16... a dangerous downhill treck out of the pyranees (peer-ah-knees)... check this out... a police officer tries to tear gas some protestors... but the wind takes the spray the opposite way... right into the pelaton... he race is stopped for about 15 minutes while the riders pour water on their faces to try and shake the effects of the tear gas. look at this... the leader philippe into the curve and goes over the wall into the ravine... amazingly he was okay and contind alaphilippe... took advantage of his downhill skills to win the stagecelebrates to the finish for the win. (geraint thomas remains in possesion of the yellow jersey as the
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overall eader) the most popular player in soccer is 33 years old - but according to his new team - cristiano ronaldo has the physical capacity of a 20-year-old. the juventas (you-vent-ez) training staff had to perform a physical on ronaldo after he signed with the team. the medical results say he has 7 percent body fat and has a muscle mass of 50 percent. so he has less body fat and more muscle mass than the average soccer player. many sports analysts compare ronaldo to lebron james as both players are getting up there in sports age yet are some of the most fit athletes. (grant ) just ahead.. tonight you could become a mega - millionaire.. the latest on the jackpot...
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(grant) ((fs1)) back to our breaking news tonight . 16-year old isabelle epps has been found. police say she was kidnapped earlier this afternoon from hayward. she was found safe at the pleasant hill bart station. pittsburg police say they have taken the man suspected of kidnapping her....34-year old antonio aguilar-eliz-arrag into custody. he reportedly abducted her around 2 pm this afternoon... taking
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epps in a black 2005 honda ridgeline. but again... epps has been found safe... and aguilar-eliz-arrag is in police custody. (pam) tonight's mega millions drawing is one of the biggest jackpots in the game's history. right now, it is more than 500- million dollars. the drawing is at 8:00- tonight... and you must buy your ticket by 7:45. of course the odds of wining are not very good... you are more likely to be struck by lightning. but if you do win and take the cash option... you will walk away with more than 300- million dollars. lawrence karnow: it was mostly sunny away from the coast with hot temperatures in the valleys in the 90s. at the coast there was patchy fog with highs in the 60s. more thunderstorms can be seen on doppler radar over the sierra. on the satellite image you can see the huge dome of high pressure building over the west coast. it will send temperatures in the central valley in the 100s. around the
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bay area we will see temperatures climb into the upper 90s to low 100s inland with cool 60s that the coast. the hot weather will continue on thursday before cooling on friday and into the weekend. we can expect similar weather well into next week. last weather last weather and goodbye
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