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decision. they cited o.j. simpson's compliance with prior rules, his lack of prior convictions and his stable release plans. ktvu's ken wayne was outside that hearing. ken, what was it like being there today? >> reporter: frank, it was an emotional day. probably more emotional than many of us expected. there was actually some laughter and a of course some tears, but it was all because o.j. simpson had his life on the line, so to speak. he is 70 years old and he is trying to get out of prison. it is the first time the public has seen o.j. simpson in years via video feed from the lovelock prison 90 miles east of reno. adding to the upbeat mood a slip of the tongue by the chairwoman. >> we have that you very recently turned 90 years old. 90, i'm sorry about that. you look great for 90.
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>> reporter: simpson is actually 70. but the discussion quickly turned serious. should o.j. simpson be set free? he was convicted of robbery, burglary, and weapons charges in a bungled attempt to try to retrieve what he said was stolen personal property. he and several accomplices burst into a las vegas hotel room where simpson's belongings were held. he told the parole board that he had no idea that two men who were with him displayed guns but admitted that's no excuse. >> i thought i was glad to get my stuff back but it wasn't worth it. nine years away from your family is just not worth it. i'm sorry. there's nothing i can do about the kind of media circus that's going on now but i could do something about the whole thing in the beginning if i would have made a better judgment back then none of this would have happened. i take full responsibility. >> are you humbled by this incarceration? >> as i said, i wish it would
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have never happened. i didn't know how we were going to do this. but i want to start by apologizing to the people of nevada. i wish this would have never happened. >> o.j.'s oldest daughter pleaded for his freedom. >> we just want him to come home. we really do. we want him to come home. i know in my heart that he is very humbled. >> reporter: and one of the victims of the robbery, a longtime friend of o.j. blamed two men who were with simpson. >> came up gangster style, acting like a big man. he held the gun on me, not o.j. another man came in, hit me. not o.j. >> reporter: for some, the nine years in prison would never make up for the brutal murders of simpson's ex-wife nicole and ron goldman. but this was not supposed to be about los angeles. simpson was acquitted of murder but convicted of a much lesser crime in las vegas. the drama of his potential release unfolded before an
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international audience. after deliberating for less than a half-hour the board members returned to their carson city hearing room. three of the members voted to release simpson but it would take all four votes to make it happen. the chair gave a final warning to o.j. to not violate the terms of parole, and then -- >> mr. simpson, i do vote to grant parole when eligible. >> thank you. >> reporter: you could hear the emotion in o.j. simpson's voice. it is official. this is a copy of the order granting parole for o.j. simpson. he could be released as early as october 1st. frank. >> ken, what are some of the requirements for his parole? >> reporter: well, i was counting them off. there's a little bit more than a dozen of the requirements. here's the list of where he can live, who he has to contact. basically every action that he takes while he is out of prison is going to be monitored or at least have some kind of effect
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on his life. he has to follow a long list of rules regarding prescription drug use, alcohol, checking in, where he's supposed to check in, who he is supposed to check in with. all of these things have to be followed. and the chairwoman of the parole board here in carson city made it very clear that if he violates any of the terms of his parole key very well end up back in prison. >> ken, one of the things that struck me when o.j. simpson was talking, he said he's never been accused of using a gun on anyone. he said i'm no danger to pull a gun on anyone, i've never been accused of it. i guess technically it's correct but he has been accused of nearly cutting off his wife's head and killing ron goldman. was there any reaction there among the reporters and correspondents to what he said? >> reporter: nothing dramatic but i think there were people looking at each other, kind of raised eyebrows that he had claimed that he had no history
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of violence. and we know there have been many reports of domestic abuse made against o.j. simpson by any coal simpson prior to the murder. and that had been widely reported going up to the murder trial itself. so it is somewhat disingenuous, you could say, for him to say that, especially in such a sensitive area as a parole hearing when there's a document hearing of his spousal abuse. but other than that, no, there wasn't really a reaction. >> are we looking at october 1st when he is released? >> reporter: that's what all signs are pointing to. that's the earliest date key be released to meet that minimum nine-year sentence, october 1st. what happens after that isn't exactly clear. my understanding is he is going to be taken to a halfway house here in nevada, possibly carson city. that's a transition. then he will eventually be allowed to go to florida after the parole officer in florida is designated. he is going to have to check in with a parole officer there in
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florida. he is going to have to tell people where he is living so authorities can keep track of where he is, who he is with. he can't associate with known felons. there's a long list of things he has to comply with but that process is expected to start on october 1st. >> ken wayne in carson city, nevada, thank you. o.j. simpson, of course, has been a national figure for decades. here is a look at a brief timeline of events. on june 12th, 1994, o.j. simpson's ex-wife nicole brown simpson was stabbed to death outside her home along with her friend ron goldman. five days later simpson fled from authorities in a white bronco in a nationally televised slow-speed chase. he later gave himself up and was charged with two counts of murder. the following year a jury acquitted simpson and he walked free. in 1997 a jury in civil court found simpson libel for the deaths of his ex-wife and ron goldman and ordered simpson to pay the victims' families $33
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million. 10 years later o.j. simpson and five men burst into a hotel room in las vegas and took sports memorabilia that simpson claimed was his. in 2008 a jury convicted simpson of armed robbery and kidnapping, all of which brings us to today after serving nine years in prison o.j. simpson won parole and is set to be released possibly by october 1st, in and around that date. >> many legal experts say it is no real surprise that o.j. simpson received parole. on "the four on 2" legal analyst michael cardoza said in his view the sentence was overly harsh. >> in a normal situation in a courthouse what happened would get maybe a year in the county jail but because it was o.j. and because people felt that he got away with mor, which he apparently did, they thought they would mead out the most draconian sentencing they could. >> cardoza went on to say he
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felt the harsh sentence was unethical because it appeared to be payback for the murders which is not how the legal system is supposed to work. we dug into the archives to find details from o.j.'s childhood in san francisco. we have posted those stories on our home page at and if you want to watch today's parole hearing we have posted the entire thing on our youtube channel. the man who was shot and killed while walking his three- month-old in a stroller was identified today. our crime reporter henry lee is at the alameda county sheriff's department with what we know. henry. >> reporter: well, frank, investigators say daniel was targeted but they don't know exactly why. what they do know is there was more than one attacker. and now they need the public to help find his killers. a growing memorial of candles and messages marked the spot
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where 29-year-old daniel del toro was gunned down. he died at the scene. investigators say there is more than one assailant and that they fled in a car. witnesses said they were stunned to learn what happened. >> when we arrived, to our surprise and dismay we found the three-month-old baby that in stroller. >> reporter: the baby boy was not hurt and is now with relatives. detectives believe he was targeted but have not uncovered a motive. a day after the hearing deputies maintain a visible presence in the neighborhood. investigators say they need the public's help especially with an innocent baby boy caught up in the violence and now without a father. >> this child will not know exactly what happened that day but the child will grow up knowing they were present when their father was killed. a crime like this does shock the conscious of the public. and so when they see a crime like this, they are definitely
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more apt to help us. >> reporter: family members, meanwhile, requested privacy to grief. relatives placed this sign at the memorial. it reads in part, rest in peace, uncle dee, i love you with all my heart. a friend told ktvu that del toro had just finished serving time. >> it's just really sad. normally you don't expect something like this to happen especially with a baby. i really like how the community gathered together and our neighbors around here, we texted each other to make sure everybody was okay. >> i mean, i'm heartbroken. i didn't realize at first that he had a child. afterwards when i found out, i just was like, oh my goodness. >> reporter: now, investigators have a number of leads but, frank, at this house, no arrests have been made. >> henry, do we have any
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description at all of the suspects? i think you said there were more than one. what, two people? >> reporter: at least one person, possibly two, maybe others. at this point there's no description of either the attackers or any suspect vehicle. >> henry, we were talking about this at 4:00. they think these people pulled up in a car, got out, shot him, got back in the car and took off? >> reporter: that's one working theory, frank, as opposed to the standard definition of a drive-by where someone is driving by, pulls a gun out the window, shoots and drives away. we think it's possible that someone got out of the car. >> i'm assuming that police are hoping that someone may have surveillance video of this. is there any word on that at all? >> reporter: not yet. they are keeping details of their investigation close to the vest. they are canvassing the neighborhood and are searching for any surveillance video. they are looking for anyone with information to come forward. >> henry lee, thank you.
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just a day after announcing he has brain cancer senator john mccain has vowed he will return to the senate. mccain took to twitter saying i greatly appreciate the outpouring of support. unfortunately for my sparring partners in congress i will be back soon so stand by. his announcement comes as many senators continue to try and find an agreement on healthcare reform but some say that is hard to do without senator mccain. as close as these vote margins are, it's hard for me to imagine moving on without john mccain present. >> but before he can return, senator mccain and his family are considering treatment options as he recupper rates at his home. doctors discovered a brain tumor while removing a blood clot above the eye. more problems between the trump administration and the justice department as the russia investigation intensifies. fox reporter lauren blanchard tells us the president now says he regrets appointing jeff sessions as attorney general. >> reporter: today the white
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house says the president still has confidence in his pick for attorney general and has no plans to fire him, even if mr. trump says he regrets having appointed jeff sessions to the job. >> we love this job. we love this department. and i plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate. >> reporter: attorney general jeff sessions brushing off criticism by the president, instead focusing on the press conference at hand, an an announcement that the justice department successfully dismantled a vast dark web market selling illegal drugs, weapons, and stolen data. >> this is the largest dark market web place take-down in world history. >> reporter: yet questions focusing instead on the president's irritation with sessions. in an interview with the "new york times" president trump revealing he never would have appointed sessions as attorney general had he known sessions would recuse himself from the russia investigation. sessions stepped aside in march after reports he had not disclosed conversations with
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russia's ambassador during his confirmation process. >> i believe that jeff sessions' contact with russia was incidental in the usual duties of beg in senate he should have been more supportive of the president. >> reporter: the president warning that robert mueller would be considered crossing a red line. >> the president can't start drawing red lines. mueller has the right to investigate this. he was given that authority bithe justice department. >> reporter: on monday jared kushner will be testifying in a closed door meeting and on wednesday donald trump jr. and paul manafort have been called to testify before the senate judiciary committee. in washington, lauren blanchard, fox news. a berkeley middle school teacher is locked up in los angeles and facing felony charges. it all stems from a brawl at the state capitol.
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coming up at 5:30, defense that's building. we're tracking that friday forecast. we will let you know how much warmer it is going to get as we look into the coming weekend.
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as we head toward your bay area friday the weather is doing exactly what would you expect. warm inland, low 90s. at the coast, 60s and breezy. a nice looking day out there just like yesterday really. temperature trends very similar if you look at the difference wean today and yesterday, maybe a degree or two cooler. the temperatures right now, there's that 88 in fairfield, 83 in livermore, 82 in walnut
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creek. there's the departure from yesterday. so four degrees cooler in livermore. we're just splitting hairs. there's one live camera shot. off in the district, you're looking from twin peaks. there's emeryville. as we push forward there's going to be fog that returns to the coast. we're looking at temperatures that are going to be trending up as we head towards the bay area weekend. that will set us up with a nice forecast. that is not going to be too hot. last weekend was kind of scaled up. it was hot. temperatures really got going. we are going to be in a better pattern tomorrow and saturday and sunday. even though it is warmer it is not going to go crazy hot. we're not going to see the purple starting to show up. as you look at the forecast, that's where it is. very similar.
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if you like today. we'll do it again tomorrow. and similar for saturday and sunday. as you look at san francisco, that's that fog. 62 at lunchtime. as you get towards the afternoon, 65, just like today and just like yesterday. so a very similar forecast. then the changes are going to come as we head towards saturday and sunday with the inland valleys, even the bay, more 80s around the bay. when i come back we will detail that. i will see you back here in a little bit. now to the detwiler fire burning in mare pose is a county -- mariposa county. it has grown to 70,000 acres, up from 45,000 yesterday. thousands of people have been
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evacuated. more than 3,000 firefighters are battling the flames. the cause of the fire is still under investigation. >> ktvu's maureen naylor was escorted into some of the areas devastated by the fire. she joins us live from mariposa. >> reporter: we have an update. more than 5,000 people have been evacuated. today that number went up. they mentioned the fire is burning north of here. in the last hour we have watched the amount of smoke in this area dramatically increase. take a look at how it is covering the sun and what used to be blue skies. that smoke is affecting areas from yosemite valley throughout the state. back here we're standing in one community where homes were lost and the devastation is still being tallied. in the middle of this gray mess of metal and ash you will find a chair, a teapot. just a few recognizable items that show these were once homes. cal fire says the detwiler fire has destroyed 45 structures including homes, and that number could go up which has
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been devastated for this community. >> this is a huge event. today we have almost half of our county under evacuation order. this is really something significant. so far we have been able to get everyone out from in front of it. we're hoping -- i don't want to make light of it, but that we're just losing property and not lives. >> reporter: in old town mariposa an eerily quiet sight with a community evacuated. >> there's no traffic, there's no cars, there's no people. >> reporter: this innkeeper says the place is empty although she still has luggage from guests who were forced out. >> the sheriff wouldn't let them back to the hotel to retrieve their stuff, so it's been here for three days now. >> while the firefight continues the director of cal fire told us the danger is by no means over. >> so we're at a critical
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point. we think in the next two days we can make good progress. it's 95 degrees out here. we're getting some wind. the weather is going to drive what happens. >> this is definitely one of those career fires that we will remember throughout our lives. >> reporter: these fire captains say they arrived tuesday right after a fireball of sorts rolled through the community west of mariposa. >> if this is what we are seeing in mid-july, looking forward it looks like it is going to be very busy. >> reporter: this is another live look at what firefighters call the moonscape. you know they have been talking about 45 structures. i wondered why they were not calling them homes. as we pan down a little closer, this appeared to have burned. you see gym equipment. there's a lot of out-buildings, some actual homes. there is going to be a meeting tonight at 7:00 for residents.
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cal fire is expected to give an update at that point. >> with only 10% containment they have a lot of work ahead of them. thank you maureen. coming up will obamacare stay the law of the land, or will republicans pass a repeal bill? in a moment, the new numbers just released that estimate how many millions of people will lose healthcare if a repeal bill is passed. and later, new at 6:00, she is only five feet tall but she knows how to defend herself. we will introduce you to a bay area woman who used her martial arts training against a home intruder. >> i punched her a few times, then i grabbed her and took her down.
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new figures could further hinder gop efforts to replace the affordable care act. the budget office released a report estimating the latest plan would still leave 22 million americans without health insurance by the year 2026. that's the same projection made for the previous failed version of the bill. the nonpartisan cbo found that single people buying an individual plan would face an annual deductible of $13,000, far above the $5,000 under current law. republicans need 50 votes to advance a bill. >> there's greater danger to passing something that doesn't work, and we come to 2018 elections, and guess what. we still have the fundamental flaw of obamacare. >> the latest report does not include analysis of the
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controversial amendment brought forward by ted cruz. that amendment would allow insurers to sell low-premium policies with minimal coverage. >> joining us now is brian sobel. why is it that democrats and republicans can't just come together and fix the issues that we all agree are there with obamacare? >> we hope that's what they can do but we have watched year after year of republicans, through the obama administration stone walling everything, or as they say in washington, slow walking things, and now you are seeing it on the flip side. i guess when people get angry enough something will happen but we are not there yet. >> let's talk about jeff sessions and the interview that donald trump, president trump, did with the "new york times" saying that he would not have appointed senator sessions as the attorney general if he had known that he was going to recuse himself from the russia investigation. why would he say that? why do you say that publicly? and who would want to work for
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the administration if you feel like you're maybe one step away there being thrown under the bus by the president? >> that's a great point. i think for whatever reason he gets into these interviews and there are no filters. when he is asked a question he gives the unvarnished answer, and in some case it throws other people under the bus. in this case he is expressing anger towards jeff sessions and a not thinking, this is a guy who has been loyal to me. i appointed him attorney general, and now i'm ready to essential say walk. it doesn't speak well for the president. other cabinet members must sit there and say, wow. >> so next week donald trump jr. and paul manafort will be testifying and jared kushner will be testifying before -- i'm sorry, jared kushner will be before the intelligence committee, donald trump jr. and paul manafort will be before the judiciary committee. >> correct. >> what can we expect from that? and why is jared kushner's
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testimony going to be private and the others public? >> my only guess is that it was worked out as part of a schedule. you have two different committees. somebody was asking whether -- there's an information sharing. all that information will in turn be shared with the special counsel, robert mueller. so all of this is coming together in different committees and that sort of thing. kushner's testimony will not be -- it will be behind closed doors. and it looks like trump's and manafort's will be in public. so that should be very interesting to watch. >> should we look at this as a big deal? >> possibly, depending on what they sphai. they come before those committees and say, you've got it all wrong, well out over the skis, then nothing comes of it. but what happens every time, when you hear the explanation, something else pops up that wasn't told. >> it's almost like the trouble keeps creeping out. >> one drip at a time.
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>> brian, thank you. see you at 6:00. >> perfect. her friends and supporters consider her a leader in the bay area's anti-trump movement but this local middle schoolteacher has been arrested. coming up, the brawl that led to felony charges. and thieves hit cars at bart stations. how to make your car less of a target. and it has been a busy start to the summer for california's firefighters. still to come we look at the teamwork needed to keep firefighters safe whether they're in the air or on the ground.
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a middle schoolteacher from berkeley who is also a prominent political activist has been arrested in southern california for her role in this anti-fascist demonstration that turned violent. the district attorney has filed charges against her. rob roth has more. >> reporter: the woman who also uses the name yvette is currently in los angeles county jail. but her attorney says she should be out of custody tonight. she now faces felony charges in sacramento. the sacramento county district attorney has filed three felony counts against a berkeley middle schoolteacher, a member
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of "by any means necessary" and also goes by the name yvette. she was arrested after boarding a plane at l.a.x. the charges stem from a counter- protest at a rally. she is charged with rioting and assault with intent to commit bodily harm. we spoke biphone with a fellow member of "by any means necessary." >> yvette is the most known anti-trump fighter in the movement. now she is being brought up on baseless charges, basically as an a attempt to intimidate the anti-fascists, or the anti- trump movement. >> she teaches at martin luther king jr. middle school in berkeley. she has frequently protested against the far right and the trump administration. she was a guest on "the four on 2" after riots broke out on the uc berkeley campus that
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prevented the conservative my lo milo yiannopoulos from speaking. >> if that's what it takes, then good. >> reporter: her attorney told us by phone she is innocent of the charges. quote, she was stabbed and hit in the head. to accuse her of doing something when police could have stopped it, it's wrong. no court date has yet been set. by any means necessary says will support her through the process by any means necessary. >> rob, thank you. uc berkeley officials now say a controversial conservative speaker will be able to speak on the campus. the university initially denied the request to have conservative speaker ben shapiro speak on september 14th but now cal says it will not be a problem to accommodate the guest speaker as long as the group works with school officials. >> it's absolutely evident.
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we support their right to bring speak verse their choice. it's absolutely evident that we want to work with them in a collaborative fashion. >> a member of the republicans told us they are pleased the university will allow shapiro to speak. police at stanford university say they have identified a person of interest wanted for raping a woman on campus. students and staff were sent an e-mail alert about the attack. the victim says that she was raped by a man she knew. campus police say they have identified her attacker but they are not releasing his name publicly. authorities say the 53-year-old man sexually assaulted the woman inside a residence hall about 1:30 a.m. yesterday morning. stanford's department of public safety is not saying if the victim is a student at stanford. the crime has startled those who are staying on campus for summer classes. >> it's shocking. i mean, we get alerts from time to time quite often but nothing
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as serious as this. >> stanford has faced criticism in the past for its handling of sexual assault allegation by students. last year former student brock turner was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside of a campus party. he served three months in jail, sentence critics viewed as very lenient. as for yesterday's attacks, the department of public safety is continuing to investigate and authorities say they are hoping to make an arrest soon. in oakland, san leandro and hayward there have been a rash of car break-ins at bart parking lots. that sin creasing the work load on patrols and detectives. >> reporter: there have been reports that there was a rash of car burglaries at bart lots in the east bay. well, there have been some burglaries but let's put it in perspective. >> we have individuals that prey on vehicles that are stationary for long periods of time. at that point we ask our patrons to be cognizant of that, knowing that's what
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they're looking for. >> reporter: oakland had two cars burglarized for cash. san leandro's station had two incidents with a stolen car as a burglary for tools and jewelry. at south hayward one car was stolen, another was burglarized for a fast track. oakland's fruitvale station add theft of cash. coliseum station had a car boosted for cash. the chief took us on a tour of bart's lake merritt parking lot. several cars, a clear minority, though, had openly visible items inside. something as innocuous as a cheap phone charger is frequent game. >> you break the window and you can get that stuff in 10 seconds and a walk away and be out of the area in less than two, three minutes. >> reporter: other cars were clearly tempting fate. >> there's a box in there which, who knows what's in there. so the thief will take a chance to break that window.
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>> reporter: most, however, had nothing obvious. a few had theft deterrents like a club that pretty much prevents thefts. >> if they have any type of valuables, loose change, car chargers, things like that, secure them, or take them. don't make yourself an easy target. >> reporter: to put this in perspective, in the east bay yes, there were seven incidents, but there are 50,000 parking spaces in the bart. >> percentages relative to the number of parking stalls is still relatively low. we have over 50,000 parking stalls. >> reporter: tom vacar, ktvu fox 2 news. well, they are not firefighters but they are on the lookout for fires. coming up, the local eyes in the sky watching for any sign of smoke or trouble.
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the detwiler fire burning in mariposa county has grown to more than 70,000 acres. the flames have destroyed 45 structures and another 1500 are threatened. evacuation orders are in effect. the cause is under investigation. south bay communities are stepping up to aid in the detwiler firefight as pg&e puts eyes in the sky to spot potential problems. jesse gary has that story. >> reporter: every day, from
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late afternoon until dusk, the fight against california wildfires takes flight. for the fourth year this pg&e funded program contracts with local pilots to be on the lookout for trouble. >> what they do is they're spotting fire and smoke and providing those geographic coordinates to fire agencies so that they can stop the fire before it spreads. >> reporter: myra says there are a half-dozen fire spotter flights each day. they're scanning the horizon for the first sign of fire that could grow into a detwiler-type goliath of flames and smoke. last year the june to okay program spotted 142 fires. so far this year 20. >> we've had such hot and dry temperatures, and the dry vegetation is fuel for wildfire. >> reporter: while some private pilots are monitoring conditions from the eight, one
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agency is sending help on the ground to assist detwiler victims and those trying to tap out the blaze. >> we might actually be providing meals. >> reporter: volunteers are packing up for the drive to detwiler. the retirees are trading in days of ease for their burning desire to help those affect by the 70,000-acre fire. >> there's such a need. the folks are in such dire need of help. food, shelter, in some cases clothing. >> reporter: officials say a total of four two-person teams deployed thursday. they will be at or near the front lines for three weeks assisting victims with everything from life's essential to a shoulder to cry on. >> the gratitude of being able to provide some assistance, whether it be psychological, lending a ear, the handshake, the hug, it's very rewarding. >> reporter: this pair is poised to make an impact after a supply stop in fresno while
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these pair of eyes hope vigilance prevents an annual fire season from burning out of control. in san jose, jesse gary, ktvu fox 2 news. today federal authorities announced they're lifting a been on laptop computers which had been imposed on some flights from the middle east. back in march the u.s. placed a ban on all electronics larger than a smart phone for inbound flights from middle eastern countries. the department of homeland security says hat decided to lift the ban because the airlines agreed to impose stricter security measures before passengers get on those flights. aircraft alone don't put out fires. and most of the time just firefighters on the ground don't put out fires. it's a combination of the two. >> coming up next, the teamwork required to fight california's wildfires from the air and the ground. and we are definitely
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tracking the warm-up that's coming. p it didn't really happen today. it is going to start more tomorrow. by the week yerntiond back into the mid-90s in the hot spots.
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volkswagen is being fined another $154 million in penalties over its emissions scandal. california's air resources board says the increase brings vw's total settlement in california to $1.3 billion.
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the automaker acknowledged rigging 11 million of its vehicles with software used to cheat on vehicle emissions tests. environmental regulators say some of the vw vehicles emitted up to 40 times the allowed levels of unhealthy nitrous oxide on the roads. today some san mateo firefighters were deployed to the detwiler fire in the sierra. they will be teaming up with other units as well as a fleet of aircraft. tom vacar spent some time at santa rosa to look at the team effort. >> reporter: more than smarts. more than dead indication. more than courage. firefighters need stamina when they're sent out on huge fires. last week some santa rosa firefighters were deployed to another major fire. >> when i was there last weekend we were expecting temperatures upwards of 112 to 115 degrees on sunday. that's hot. >> reporter: because they are in full turnout gear the chance
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for life-threatening overheating is definitely present. >> crews are making sure that they're watching out for one another that they hydrate and take their breaks. >> reporter: that's why the airborne pilots have such great respect for their ground-borne brothers and sisters. >> i have a great respect for firefighters on the ground. they work hard in very tough conditions. they hike in the heat, the fire, the flames, everything, and these guys after big heart, and we're just above and trying to help them. >> reporter: the firefighters' first priority, protect life. then structures. life can often involve firefighters on the ground. >> we take a good look at the guys on the ground. that's one of our priorities, is make sure they don't get hurt, burned. so we always keep an eye on them and make sure, if we have a drop in front of them to protect them, we'll do it. >> reporter: the tanker's goal,
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keep a new fire to 10 acres or less. the guys on the ground return the respect and admiration for doing it so often. >> it's especially critical on the early stages of the fire, especially in a remote location that might have access issues for the local ground folks to get in there. aircraft are critical. >> is it gets even more critical once a fire blows up and runs wild. >> any time if the fire is moving faster than we can get troops around it or, for example, ahead of the fire, which is the hottest, most active part of the fire, when that's moving too fast or it is too large to do a direct attack putting firefighters in front to try to stop it, aircraft are critical in slowing it down. >> these guys are really doing the job. we're here to support. we do that at our best, and a it looks like it's working. >> aircraft alone doesn't put out fiemplets and most of the time just firefighters on the ground don't put out fires. it's a combination of the two.
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>> reporter: tom vacar, ktvu fox 2 news. and as we press forward here into the bay area weekend temperatures will trend up. a couple of live cameras to show and illustrate how brown everything is out there. those are oak trees in the foreground in lafayette. you are looking back at mount diablo. the green at the top is the oaks. out in the estuary a beautiful color on the water. i was noticing that earlier. sometimes when you don't see a lot of wind on the bay, the water gets real blue buck don't see the sediment mixing. a beautiful night. they had a sailboat race earlier. temperatures today, here they are. and then that is where they go tomorrow. pretty much the same deal. maybe a degree or two warmer but it's steady as she goes. it's been a nice run, especially after saturday and a sunday. it was just hot.
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heat advisories, red flag warnings. it's summer. the fire problem is still an a issue but it is a lot nicer to be 92 as opposed to 106, 105. the winds, 18 miles per hour in novato. sfo is at 31 on the gusts. that wind has a tendency to clear out the atmosphere. forecast highs tomorrow, reds are 90s. you will see more pop in, but just working their way west. that's classic summer. that's what summer looks like in the bay area. 94 tomorrow in vacaville. a little warmer tomorrow. not much. about the same. then warm to hot on saturday and sunday. even that isn't out of control. a good looking plan for this week. smoke is the story in the central valley and the foothills because of the big fire burning there. so air quality is an issue.
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modesto, stockton. >> thanks bill. today thousands of runners likely got their last training run in for the san francisco marathon and half marathon. we talk to one bay area man who is proving age will not slow him down.
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more than 27,000 people are going to hit the ground running 5:30 sunday morning for san
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francisco's 40th marathon and half marathon. >> tara moriarty tells us one of the runners ran the race faster last year than did he when he was 17 years old. >> reporter: the pitter-patter of scott's feet can barely be heard over the din of san francisco's market street. it's the training round as he prepares for the marathon. >> i have never run at the track. >> reporter: some of this year's runners are faster. >> when i was 17 i ran in 3:58:39. when i was 54 years old, a year ago, i ran it in 3:58:06. >> reporter: that's 33 seconds faster as a 54-year-old, and he will take it. when he was 17, he ran in the new york marathon. >> i was in great shape, but i knew nothing about running a
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marathon. >> reporter: now the married father of a 12-year-old son says he's more running savvy. san francisco's course is tougher than new york's but he has developed a better workout strategy and eats two bowls of irish oatmeal before race time. >> he's coin spiring. i can barely run half a mile. >> reporter: coworkers say it is not unusual for him to lace up his shoes at the office and disappear on a run. the staff says proves you can do whatever you set your mind to. >> it was a nice personal thing to do. and if it inspires anybody to get off the couch today and go running, that's a good thing. >> reporter: sidelined from intense training due to a foot injury he is sticking to the half marathon this year. on keeping active as you age, he offered this advice. >> i think by 55 most people know what they like and don't like. i would just -- if it was tennis at an earlier point in your life, pick that up. if it was rugby, probably try
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something else. >> reporter: luckily for him, all he needs is a pair of running shoes, and he's o. in san francisco, tara moriarty, ktvu fox 2 news. mr. simpson, i do vote to grant parole when eligible. >> thank you. thank you. >> o.j. simpson will soon be a free man after the nevada parole board votes unanimously to release the former football star after nearly nine years behind bars for armed robbery. >> i realize in my nine years here that i was a good guy on the street. bruce will tell you i was always a good guy. >> that board crated compliance with prison rules, lack of prior convictions and a stable release plan. he could walk out as soon as october 1st. good evening. i'm cristina rendon. >> i'm frank somerville.
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all of this comes more than 20 years after the so-called trial of the century in which o.j. simpson was acquitted for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend. we get live coverage now from ktvu's ken wayne in carson city, nevada. that's where today's parole hearing took place. ken. >> reporter: frank, i think it is safe to say that this is the best day o.j. simpson has had in the last nine years. he found out today that as soon as october 1st, he will be a free man. it that's first time the public has seen o.j. simpson in years. via video feed from the lovelock prison 90 miles east of reno simpson appeared relaxed, even jovial. adding to the upbeat mood a slip of the tongue by the chairwoman. >> we have that you are currently -- well, very recently turned 90 years old. 90 -- i'm sorry about that. you look great for 90. >> simpson is actually


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