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good morning, the white house may release one photo of a dead osama bin laden to give the world proof. and new information about the overnight mission. >> i'm terry mcsweeney at pg&e headquarters in san francisco where the utility is admitting smart meters may not be perfect and some may be overcharging customers. >> good morning. here a shot of embarcadero. look at the trees and they are blowing. sunshine and warmer weather to the bay and coast and eventually near record high temperatures
tomorrow and thursday. overturn crash in the east bay, westbound past solano, i'm keeping track of the drive times. once you get to the toll plaza it's delay free. thank you so much for joining us, i'm eric thomas. >> and i'm kristen sze. c.i.a. is studying the mountain of evidence seized from the pakistani compound where osama bin laden was killed. the u.s. is considering to release graphic photos and video to prove that the terror leader is dead. janelle is in the newsroom with the latest. >> we received word that the white house is considering the to release a photo of his death. no plans to release video of his burial in the arabian sea. we're also learning that the entire mission was recorded by
cameras strapped to the helmets of the navy seals that raided the pakistani compound early monday morning. two helicopters flew in and one of the helicopters stalled and rot are a grazed a wall which disabled it. they brought in a chinook helicopter to replace it. bin laden was shot twice, ones wuns in the head and once in the chest. women and. >> they deny knowing that he was at the compound apparently living there for the past six years. >> we know where he was. >> during his presence you never knew where he was? >> no, absolutely. >> the c.i.a. is confiscating over hard drives and other documents obtained at the compound. they are hoping to find his
successor ayman al-zawahri. president obama plans to visit ground zero on thursday. assault force that raided the bin laden compound got a trove of computer drives and disks on the operation. a u.s. official calls it the mother lode of intelligence. can you imagine what is bin laden's hard drive. he was identified after his death by two women at the compound and c.i.a. did a facial remembering anything analysis from photographs at the scene and dna samples were matched with several of bin laden's relatives for a 99.9% positive i.d.. we have more reaction to his death as well as constant developments on the story at abc7news.com. >> pg&e will replace 1600 smart
meters admitting for the first time to a defect that inflated commerce' bills. terry mcsweeney is live at pg&e headquarters. >> this is the first time they admitted to any problem with smart meters. it's electrical reading problem, 1600 meters have this problem and opponents are saying we have been saying this all along, take a look at some of these smart meters. they are scattered all over northern and central california. smart meters read gas and electrical usage. the problem electrical readings only. opponents accuse the meters of causing health issues. a protest in rohnert park, people say the smart meters are causing headaches and nausea. they say they have installed 8 million meters so far and only
1600 have malfunctioned. that is a pretty small percentage it points out. it is offering a $25 credit to the owners of the problem meters and a state commission report last year concluded that the meters are in general more accurate than the analog meters and not overcharging. there was a problem with meters when they were installed in bakersfield back in 2009. the rates back there or the bills went sky high. pg&e says it was because of increased rates and hotter than usual summer. people are not buying that and now this comes up, 1600 bad meters and people are saying this is exactly we have been saying all along. terry mcsweeney, "abc 7 news." >> at alameda county fairgrounds a gun ban, they say the ban doesn't violate an amendment rights to bear arms.
they have been challenging the ban and supervisors made eight misdemeanor to bring or have a firearm on the property. promoters say they will amend their complaint and continue to fight. >> the president of the now defunct tri-valley university has been arrested on federal charges. she was arrested at her home in pleasanton charged with 33 counts including conspiracy and harboring illegal immigrants. prosecutors say sue collected millions of dollars from students mostly from india in order to provide illegal student visas. hundreds of students listed their address as a single a-in sunnyvale. >> three people are facing embezzlement charges from stealing money from a church. they both worked at the church and one was volunteer there.
they fell under suspicion after funds went missing last summer. the three made fraudulent charges on checks or credit cards. they have better controls to prevent future problems. >> they are trying determine the cause a fire at redwood city statement plant. they issued a shelter in place around the plant. witnesses say the fire started with an explosion. there was only one minor injury reported but a driver whose truck that was engulfed in flames when the asphalt tank blew narrowly escaped injury. >> i feel happy. i am alive. if i had my window down on my truck. >> your window being up, do you think it saved your life? >> oh, yeah, definitely saved my life. >> it took about half an hour to
put out the fire. hazmat teams checked to see if asphalt and oil runoff spilled into drains. >> voters in marin, santa cruz and alameda counties will elect new supervisors and other government officials. voters will decide the fate of 12 tax measures. school districts say without the additional taxes they will be forced to make further budget cuts. parcel tax measures needs two-thirds approval to pass. >> fifth and final snow pack measurement confirms what we know, this will not be a drought year. the water content is 144% of the seasonal average. readings taken yesterday will help scientists forecast the spring and runoff into rivers and reservoirs. it's approximately a third of california's water.
this is one of those weeks where summer isn't too far away. [ laughter ] >> you know what i'm saying. >> you slipped into your summer talk? >> i did. >> everybody is happy and you have been waiting months for it. and northwest wind around 7 miles an hour in oakland. fairfield, 13. 3 at san jose and everybody else is calm. you can see the transition taking away from the strong onshore flow that cooled the bay down. we have mid to upper 40s around napa, santa rosa, san rafael and out toward livermore. low to mid-50s just about every place else else. low to mid-70s around the bay. upper 70s to near 80 as you head
inland and low to mid-50s along the coast. here is the seven-day forecast, look at those potential record highs on wednesday, slightly cooler on thursday and bil biggest cooling trend will move inland on friday and notice it really over the weekend. >> better news for an injury crash it's been cleared. westbound past solano avenue, three lanes are blocked and all lanes are open so traffic is zooming along toward berkeley, but "h" train number one has been running with delays this morning. it's ten minutes late right now. so if you are catching a train out of livermore, take a little more time this morning. major road work, eastbound 4 on leverage and sommersville so next few minutes, detours are in place until then.
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the board of supervisors. the committee has voted to approve the plan and send it on to the finance committee. under this proposal, 8,000 residential units will be built on treasure island along with retail face, a 500 room hotel and 300 acres of parks and open space. they are recalling grape tomatoes that have been distributed in california after they tested positive for salmonella. they were settled under the cherry berry code of d-8. it's made by taylor farms, pacific in tracy. they have expiration dates of may 9th. if you have the product, return them to the store for a full refund. sony says hackers may have taken personal information from an additional 24 million user accounts on top of the 77
million customers identified last week. latest numbers come after the company did a more thorough review of the security breach. the company says it will begin allowing access to parts of the network. users will be asked to change passwords. company officials have apologized for the breach but they still don't know who was behind the outage. in an effort to make it up, sony will be offering freebies to play station customers. after a trip to washington, d.c. that left them with a sense of accomplishment and a thousand dollar prize. gale science team beat 40 other times to wins the national science competition. they defeated a team from vancouver, washington. >> it was definitely a lot harder than what we thought. there was a lot of good teams from all over the nation.
the win was like a real challenge. >> $1,000 prize will go to the science department. that is awesome. they should have more competitions and get excited about science and academic subjects. >> well done, guys. >> and on mike, let's get the forecast. >> well done, if you don't put any sunscreen on. take a look outside, not right now because the sun hasn't come up yet but it will and it will be quite strong once again. looking at sfo i wouldn't expect any delays here because the fog is very sporadic and thickest at the coast. we'll keep an eye on it. talking temperatures, mid to upper 40s, santa rosa, san rafael. low to mid-50s until you get to antioch. upper 40s to low 50s around the
monterey bay and inland. highlights, coastal clouds will fade today. that will bring warmth to you and also to the bay. near record warmth is possible everywhere tomorrow afternoon and to a lesser extent thursday and significant cooling trend will hit all of us over the weekend. 80 in los gatos. mid to upper 70s for everybody else. upper 50s to low 60s along the coast to downtown san francisco and sausalito mid to upper 50s. up to 80 in the north bay valleys. low to mid-70s for the east bay shore. upper 70s to low 80s in east bay valleys. low 50s around carmel to mid 60s and ten degrees warmer, not 13 around santa cruz, salinas. 80 degrees as you head inland. big game at the coliseum, indians are in town to take on the a's, clear and mild, 68
dropping down to a cool 60 degrees. we won't drop as much tonight as we did this morning. in fact most of us are going to be in the low to mid-50s. half moon bay, santa cruz, livermore, fairfield, vallejo, san rafael and santa rosa, mid to upper 40s. we have a cold front that came through yesterday that is going to bring us breezy and mild temperatures and going to shift the winds that tends to push the fog to the south. around 1:00, you'll see some sunshine and this high pressure, where does it go? it brings us that offshore flow or that land breeze and that is why it will be so much warmer. we jumped nearly ten degrees across the board near 90 inland and 70 at the coast. we'll drop about 4-8 degrees on thursday. about another 6 degrees on friday. then about another 6 degrees on saturday and sunday and monday,
we're almost 10-18 degrees cooler. here is frances. >> let's start off with "h" train, running about ten minutes late as it makes its way through livermore. other mass transit systems reporting no delays right now. of course, we'll go outside and take a look at interstate 80 in berkeley, as you make your way westbound through richmond earlier injury crash is cleared. nice ride why is the san mateo bridge, the road work in hay ward has been cleared. no problems across the span and no problems in the south bay. debate traffic when you want it by going to our website at abc7news.com. it's now 5:20.
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available. they can sign up for sessions to study with or chill with their canine companions. >> a bishop claims that the roman catholic church fired him because he advocated from marrying. he claims it was the result of his belief that the church should consider or danger women and married men in light of the priest shortage. a washington state man shaved for the first time since 2001. after the 9/11 attack not to shave until osama bin laden was captured ordinary killed. he took five minutes about what he had to do and started cutting away at his beard.
his wife says she is thrilled for the country and herself now that her husband is finally clean-shaven again. >> she had not seen that man for a decade. a bay area mother returns to the scene of her son's murder. plea she is making to find some measure of justice. >> what the death of osama bin laden to bay area service members who served our country in iraq and afghanistan. >> i'm terry mcsweeney live in san francisco where pg&e is admitting for the very first time it's having a problem with some smart meters. overcharging customers. story is coming up in a live report. >> high temperatures if you are heading the phoenix, 64 and 55 in seattle and 58 in portland. east coast, warmth and humidity and storms will be this afternoon. slight risk of severe weather from charlotte up to new york to
good morning, i'm janelle wang. the white house may release one photo of o lood lad to prove that the al-qaeda leader is death. and did pakistani officials know he was there? >> here is a live look all the way over to where the clouds are starting to break. winds of change will bring normal weather to coast and bay and highs inland. >> hms train number one is running ten minutes late but elsewhere, it's an easier drive right now. no accidents or delays at the bay bridge toll plaza. >> also this morning, pg&e says
it will replace 1600 detective smart meters that may inflate a customers electric bill. and san francisco state university makes a pledge to students in the bay area to maintain grades. good morning, thanks for joining us. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. >> the white house is trying to decide how to handle skeptics to believe that osama bin laden is dead. one move under consideration releasing the graphic photos of bin laden's body after he was killed by navy seals. janelle has more on this. >> the white house is talking seriously about releasing at least one of the photographs of the dead osama bin laden sometime today to give the world proof that many are asking for. it's a sensitive matter and wants to make sure it doesn't
spark retaliation. more details have been released about the compound in pakistan where he lived for the past six years. one of the most trusted aides unknowingly led him to the compound after they traced his telephone calls. in the early morning hours on monday, seals killed two teams of 12 and they say 12-13 women and children will left there handcuffed. they always suspected bin laden would be surrounded by heavily armed security guards and this time he was not. pakistan is denying suggestions that the country may have sheltered bin laden. >> they are perfect seeing their leads. they are trying to determine whether there were individuals in pakistani government that was knowledgeable about his residence there. >> journalist terrorism expert
john brennan watched the mission unfold recorded by cameras strapped to the helmets of the navy seals. meanwhile, they are poring over other documents obtained at the compound. the white house says they have not seen any increased chatter of terror threats in the aftermath of the killing of bin laden. >> for those on the front lines on war on terror, there is mixed reactions, many veterans on active duty they didn't feel like dancing in the streets like others have done. jordan powers says he got a sobering reply after he facebook a marine buddy and say, we got him. >> i'm glad you found osama bin laden and killed him, but i'm still out fighting. taliban is still a real threat for me. >> towers who served in iraq
realizes it does nothing to relieve the pain of losing people at war. we have more on the developments on the story at abc7news.com. >> for the first time, pg&e is admitting a problem with it's new smart meters. yeiy is preparing to replace 1600 of them and refund money to some customers. terry mcsweeney is live at pg&e headquarters in san francisco. terry, what went wrong? >> the problem is with these smart meters, when they get too hot they can overread the amount of electrical use at home. more is being used and overcharging customers. people say, hey, we told you so. take a look at some of the smart meters, there is 1600 problem meters all over northern and central california. they send out a radio frequency
that says, there is a malfunction. there is always also been accusations they cause health problems. people complaining of headaches and nausea from the radio signals. they say the meters are more accurate than the old analog meters. there have been other problems and to overread gas usage. pg&e says we have 1600 problem meters out of 8 million installed. pg&e is trying to rectify the situation by offering a credit and refund the overbilling. you do not have to have a smartmeter installed at least for the moment. you can get on a list and they will be waiting in the puc makes a final decision on whether people will be able to opt out. 8 million have been installed and 2 million more are about to be installed.
a hayward mother is returning to the scene of her son's murder today in hopes of finding the killer. samuel nava was shot one year ago in hayward. police say the shooter stood on the center median and fired into the car. nava's mother and friends will hold a candlelight vigil and hand out flyers hoping the anniversary could stir up some information in the case. >> in san jose, the city council will begin hearings next week on the coming fiscal year's budget proposed budget. san jose mercury news reports that 588 city positions could be cut to help close a $115 million deficit. layoffs could include 122 police officers, first in city history. 64 sworn firefighter positions would be cut. the libraries could lose 72
positions and parks and recreation services stand to lose 182 jobs. >> despite budget problems, san francisco state university is promising to guarantee admission to eighth grade students if they meet academic goals by the time they graduate from high school. they give priority admission in six bay area counties. in 2009 the san francisco unified school district partnered to create a program aimed at getting students in college if they pass certain high school courses and score a certain level on their s.a.t. test. other campuses in the cal state system are not locally focused. >> 5:36 and let's take advantage of some of that weather to enjoy it. >> saw a lot of people working in their yards and probably more
so as we go through the coming week. tomorrow and thursday will be really hot and sunny and it could be a bad combination since we're not used to 90-degree heat in some areas. you can see the cold front move through yesterday and then the clouds have filled in along the coast behind it. winds will continue to shift and i would expect these clouds to keep away from the coast from north to south by about noon or 1:00. look at some of them hanging around 8:00. upper 40s and low 50s in most areas. by noon, all the temperatures jumping significantly from upper 50s to low 60s. half moon bay, san francisco, san rafael, oakland to mid to upper 60s for the rest of us. by 4:00, just about all of us is going to be warmer with mid to upper 60s around the bay shore. same thing up in the north bay valleys and mid to upper 70s in
the east bay valleys. here is a look at accu-weather seven-day forecast, a few records tomorrow, probably not on thursday. cooling will start to take place and over the weekend, we'll drop 10-18 degrees with temperatures cool than that on monday. >> nice commute on the loads, if you are planning to head out the doors no problems to slow you down. live shot in walnut creek toward highway 24. "h" train is leaving on train, "h" train number one is running ten minutes late as it makes its way into fremont and the south bay. don't forget on friday, "h" train will be free for passenger appreciation day. still ahead, donors step in to save sports facing the budget
u.c. berkeley is reinstating the men's gymnastics programs after supporters raised $12.5 million to bring it back. the school announced the limb nation of five teams. men's basketball, rugby, gymnastics and lacrosse previously got reinstatement. they report men's gymnastics fell short but officials decided to bring back the program so athletes could make a decision about their futures. >> private e-mails made public in part of a lawsuit over a concession agreement is raising concerns from critics. san francisco chronicle e-mails show employees of park department worked a lobbyist to win the contract for a new mexico company. attorneys for bruce mcclellan
who has run the concession for more than a half of century says it shows the process was corrupt. mixed news for caltrain this morning. new figures show caltrain ridership has increased but on time performance has slipped. weekday riders increased 4%. trains arrive as schedule only 93% of the time that is less than the 96% goal. caltrain says mechanical and signal problems are to blame. >> and market is cashing in on osama bin laden's demise. bloomberg business report coming up. >> and hundreds of thousands of vehicles were recalled. >> and how hack irs are using the death of osama bin laden as
coming up on the 5:47. it's really quiet across california. sunshine is dominating our weather and low temperatures in the central valley. tahoe at 52. no of rain today a eureka and look at palm springs, l.a. and san diego, no low 90s today. taking a look at the stories we're following this morning. white house is talking seriously release one of the photos of the dead osama bin laden to give the world proof that many are asking for that he is dead. but it understands it's a sensitive matter and wants to make sure it doesn't spark retaliation. >> for the first time pg&e is admitting problems with the smart meters.
they overcharged customers. pg&e is calling customers who were affected by the broken meters and offering a $25 credit for the inconvenience. >> it's been one year since a 17-year-old hayward boy was shot and killed at mission boulevard. samuel nava's mother and friends will hold a candlelight vigil. we'll have the latest on these stories coming up at 6:00 a.m. >> hackers haven't wasted any time using the death of osama bin laden to scam unsuspecting computer users. ceo of v-scaler a cloud based security company, he says internet thieves, people would be online looking for information and scammers were there waiting. >> at the time the president was announcing the news that facebook pages were circulating, if you want to see the video of
bin laden being shot click here. >> those that clicked on the pages were taken to sites that were fake or infected with viruses. people looking for video ended up downloading a virus. >> honda is expanding a recall because of air bags that could inflate with too much force. these are the models. honda says 2400 faulty air bags were installed. if you have the original one you are okay, but if anyone that has has a replacement air bag should get a check. >> the u.s. army corps of engineers is planning two more explosions along the mississippi levee in missouri to try to protect an illinois town from rising floodwaters. >> engineers say the initial
blast last night will relieve river pressure on the flood wall protecting the area. officials had lost a court challenge to stop the move saying the potential levee breaks would ruin 130,000 acres of farmland and cause the region's economy to suffer. >> take a look at weather right here. things will start to warm up. >> areas have cooled and it's spread inland and that is when we get record high temperatures. already -- can you get that image out of your head. i know it's going to ruin the rest of the day. >> and that is what i meant. >> back to the forecast, looking
down from sausalito, hard to see san francisco and marine layer clouds are there once again but unlike yesterday they will retreat yesterday back to the coast and evaporate completely. here we have low to mid-50s throughout the bay shore, heading inland, mid to upper 40s to livermore to los gatos and 57 in antioch. upper 50s to low 50s around monterey bay and inland. coastal clouds will stay today and bring your warming trend and also bay while temperatures inland will stay close to where they were. inland areas will feel the warmth that could send us to near record high temperatures. significant cooling trend for all of us over the mother's day weekend. start in the east bay valleys, we have 76 in dublin and otherwise upper 70s to low 80s. berkeley at 70. richmond 69. some of the coolest spots and everybody else in low to mid-70s
we have 80 in los gatos today. south bay, most of your temperatures mid to upper 70s and overall on the peninsula, 69 at millbrae but san mateo southward we ramp up to low to mid-70s. breezy along the coast that will bring you the sunshine this afternoon. breeze at pacifica at 58. daly city around 61. mid to upper 60s in downtown san francisco, sausalito, breezes will be there in the north bay but that brings you the sunshine low 60s for you at the coast. mid to upper 70s in north bay valleys to 80 in santa rosa. gilroy, 80 and one of the warmest spots, heading to the monterey bay, breezy, mid-70s and mid-70s carmel and san jose. we welcome the indians in town with the best record if all of baseball. first pitch, clear and mild 68
dropping down to 60. it will be mild tonight. mid to upper 40s in inland valleys but everybody else in the low to mid-50s. cold front swept through yesterday. wind shift brought us cooler weather and clouds and another wind shift and eventually the wind will be a land breeze. any time you get a land breeze and that is why we'll threaten some records. still well warmer than average, by sunday and monday, temperatures about 10-18 degrees cooler. good morning, a special mom herself. >> that's right. second time. but it's real nice out on the roads this morning so i'll take you around the bay area. here is the san mateo bridge, traffic is flowing well out of hayward, no trouble on the peninsula. check out the bay bridge toll plaza that is still delay free. in the north bay, it's also nice ride as you make your way
southbound out of novato, 19 minutes from highway 37 down to the golden gate bridge. we'll also head down to san jose and north 101 looks great out of morgan hill. you can see 880 where traffic is still light. so good commute right now. if it changes we update our website 24/7, go to abc7news.com. a group in sausalito, google is cooperating -- some say google collected private information. >> here is a jane king with this morning's business report. >> osama bin laden being celebrated by more than crowds. marketers already cashing in on
futures even songs on the world's most wanted killer. it energy shares dropped and this morning, investors tracking oil prices. we're going find out today if general motors is a step closer to regaining the top spot as the world's biggest automaker as toyota struggles. sony says hackers may have stolen information from 25 million additional online user accounts on top of the 77 million accounts. on security expert 100 million customers were ex it is had. they offer 34 million combinations are toppings and crusts and sauces and would have to hang 21 menu boards in each location. >> check this out.
starbucks offering half price in stores in the u.s. starting from 3:00 to 5:00. first commercial salmon season is getting off to a slow start. fishermen say salmon below the minimum were plentiful but mature ones were difficult to find. state wildlife officials cancelled seasons in 2008 and 2009 and shortened last year's base of diminished pop laying. this year they predicted population, triple last year's number. it runs from may through september. new research suggests there are certain warning signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and may help the military prevent ptsd. those that screen positive for signs before they were deployed
were five more times likely to develop it that those that didn't. it increases the risk of ptsd. details of the study appear in the archives of general psychiatry. >> a new survey measuring the well-being of mothers and babies the best place in the world to be a mom is norway. that is where the childhood mortality rights are low. and average maternity leave is one year. australia, iceland, sweden and denmark round out the top five. the u.s. placed 31st, afghanistan was last out of a 164 countries. >> the average was one year, that means there was more than one year, how about that. just ahead, schools rally for budget support while bay area voters decide parcel tax measures. also a tomato recall is issued after samples test