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i'm terry mcsweeney live on the golden gate bridge with the story of the big merge. this merge has nothing to do with cars or trucks. the story coming up in a live report. >> sheriff deputies investigate last night's deadly shooting in rodeo. >> a live look downtown san francisco. where it is quiet right now. but i amtraking rain already in the bay area -- i am tracking rain in the bay area. i'll show where you is with live doppler7 h.d. >> traffic across the bay bridge looks great as you head back home, possibly later this evening. you might notice lane configuration change. i have an update on a serious accident in the north bay coming up. >> the family of a missing nursing student posts a reward for her safe return. good tuesday morning. 4:30 a.m. thank you for joining us. i'm eric thomas.
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>> i'm kristen sze. driving out this morning i noticed my driveway was wet. couldn't tell if it was the sprinkles that mike warned about or the sprinkms. >> find out from mike if there could be sprinklers or if it was the sprinker. >> for me, sprinkles. i didn't need to turn the wind shield wipers on but in the north bay you do. santa rosa, tenth of an inch of rain from the system moving through there. we have scattered light sprinkles closer to san francisco, berkeley and oakland. as you head to south bay, nothing going on. very quiet here. look at the big picture and you can see the storms are moving from southwest to northeast. more will develop down the cold front. it expect rest of us to get scattered showers from the morning to the afternoon hours. this is one of many chances in the forecast. kristen has news. >> topping the news, contra costa county sheriff department is investigating a fatal shooting in the city
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of rodeo. this happened shortly after 10:00 last night on tubilee road located near california and mariposa street. they haven't released information on the suspect or circumstances surrounding the shooting. today there could be gridlock in golden gate bridge, not in traffic lane but the east sidewalk, which will have to handle double the foot and bike traffic thanks to construction project. abc7's terry mcsweeney is live at the golden gate bridge with more. kristen asked the question: can we share? >> reporter: can we all get along? that is the question. we'll find out starting today and all through the busy tourist season. as everybody is going to have to be sharing the eastern side. that is the san francisco city side of the golden gate bridge. west side of the bridge, walkway over there will be closed for seismic retrofit work. take a look at what they hope will happen. bicyclists and pedestrians getting along, sharing the
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road. bicyclists no longer having access to the west sidewalk. it's closed. so on weekend, 6,000 bicyclists, 10,000 pedestrians using bridge sidewalks on the same day. wow. >> the bridge officials are thinking about putting stripe around the sidewalk, half for riders and half for walkers. hasn't happened yet. but eastern sidewalk is best view of the city and open through the summer. in september, 300-foot section of the east side will close for retrofit work on that side. the pedestrians will still go out on the bridge but they won't be able to walk all the way across it. so it will be crazy for four months on the east side and then kind of crazy for four months on both sides. in the meantime, bridge district thinking of a bicycle speed limit on this bridge. that hasn't happened yet. they are thinking about having a vote on it in june. live in the golden gate bridge, terry mcsweeney, abc7 news. >> all right.
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terry, thanks a lot. 4:33. the family of a missing bay area nursing student is now offering a $20,000 reward hoping to bring her back home. abc7's lilian kim has the latest. >> reporter: michele le's family went to the hayward neighborhood where her car was found. they posted fliers hoping her picture would jog people's memory. younger brother michael says since her disappearance, the whole family has been worried sick. many of them came from out of town to help with the search. >> it's really crazy, because you just don't know what happened. it could be really good news or it could be really bad news. we really don't know. it's really hard to not assume the worst. but we're trying. >> le, nursing student at samuel merit university was last seen friday night at kaiser hospital where she was doing her clinical rotation. it was 7:00 p.m. during her break when she told fellow student she had to run down to her car. le however, never returned. her brother said there is no way she would take off
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without telling anyone. >> she has been a very protective sister and a better child, you know, daughter than i've been a son in my opinion. >> le is 26 years old and is 5'6" tall. she was last seen wearing white scrubs. her family is hoping a reward will help find her. they pulled their money, offering $20,000 for information leading to her safe return. >> she is not a bad person. she didn't deserve to have this happen to her. i just want her home. >> michele le's mother passed away a decade ago but her father is on the way to the bay area from vietnam. in hayward, lilian kim, abc7 news. 4:35 now. two petaluma toddlers are recovering in bay area hospitals after falling out of a second-story window.
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medical helicopter took the first child, 2-year-old girl to hospital in oakland. petaluma fire department says she has serious injuries but is expected to survive. they took a 3-year-old boy to santa rosa memorial hospital. bushes broke their fall out the window at the apartment complex. the parents were downstairs at the time. the c.h.p. is reporting fewer drunk driving arrests on the road this past memorial day weekend. friday evening and monday morning, the c.h.p. made 184 arrests across the bay area. for driving under the influence. drugs or alcohol. that is compared to 203 drivers arrested during the same period last year. this morning, we're expecting the time numbers from the holiday weekend. but at least through sunday, c.h.p. reported no dui fatalities on bay area roads. well, for many, it was a cold and wet memorial weekend. in fact, fresh snow greeted vacationers this weekend in the sierra near fresno.
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at shaber lake, they traded swimsuits for jackets. more than an inch of snow fell around the lake. >> there could be skiing fourth of july weekend this year. >> that's what i hear. let's check in with mike for his take on that. >> there will be more snow on the way for the sierra in the next couple of days and in the weekend when we are getting more rain. they will get more snow. a look at the rainfall totals. bodega bay, .04. this is over the last 12 hours. the radar not looking impressive, these are low lying clouds. that is why the rainfall amount have been so impressive in some parts. elsewhere, this kind of scattered. but it will pick up in intensity. and in coverage. as the cold front draws near. right now, pushing in to the north bay. it will eventually slide across the entire bay this morning. we'll see up-tick in the coverage of the showers. but they will be lighter for the rest of us than for the
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north bay. talk temperatures because everybody is affected by these. 47 in los gatos. low to mid-50s for the rest of us. we head to the afternoon hours, it will be mostly cloudy with the best showers shifting to the north during the afternoon hours. we'll be in the upper 50s along the coast in san francisco. low to mid-60s around the bay. in the south bay. and the north bay. a few mid-to-upper 60s in the east bay valleys. some of the last areas to see the rain. along the mont mont bay, scattered light shower possible. mainly cloudy. low to mid-60s around the bay. mid-to-upper 60s inland. left's look at the aggressive accuweather seven-day forecast -- the scattered showers today. scattered thunderstorms tomorrow. a break thursday and friday. then a chilly wet weekend with temperatures back in the 50s and 60s. good morning, frances. >> good morning, mike. unfortunately we had a couple of overnight fatal accidents. one is still out there on the north bay. north 101 making your way past the novato dump. it's still blocking the left lane. it happened at 1:00.
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i'm expecting it should clear shortly. traffic is still getting by okay. we'll also check out the bay bridge toll plaza for you. delay-free this morning. but remember, as you head back home to the east bay, you might find or notice the new eastbound lane configuration changes they did over the weekend. eric and mike went across it and said it was no big deal, so shouldn't cause trouble. live shot of the golden gate bridge, we have terry mcsweeney keeping track of the foot and bike traffic. on the roads, it's also still flowing very well. no trouble across the span either direction. eric, kristen? >> nobody out riding or running so far this morning? >> 4:39? >> get up, people. 4:39. >> what are you doing at home now? >> i know! >> anyway, still ahead -- south bay police look for a driver who knocked down not one but nine utility poles over the weekend. >> after 25 misses and 123 million space miles, "endeavor" prepares for one more landing. but tonight's final landing could be among the most
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difficult. we'll update the mission. >> also why california is now looking to europe for at vice on the future of high --
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good morning. 4:42 on the abc7 morning news. live look at traffic on the embarcadero from our rooftop camera. you can see the bay bridge in the background there as well. there is no foot traffic on the bay bridge. nothing to worry about there. on the golden gate bridge, bike and foot traffic is restricted to east sidewalk and that may make for crowding and short tempers. that story is coming up in a little bit. listen to this. san jose police believe teenager drunk driving toppled nine of the big wooden utility poles in san jose. it happened after 2:00 on sunday morning along hillsdale avenue. i have triggered phone outages in the area. crews spent the day repairing the damage. they arrested 18-year-old
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diego reyes on suspension of felony drunk driving. his 17-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries in the wreck. high-speed rail officials in california are getting tips from representatives in spain which is home to the second largest high-speed rail system in the world. the california high-speed rail authority is expected to enter into an agreement with spain on thursday to share information on best practices for creating a high-speed railway. others say the plan is a waste of time and money. >> nothing subtle about the numbers. we could get ten times the passenger capacity putting the same dollar in good old fashioned highways as they plan to squander on high-speed rail. "endeavor" is heading home today, due to land in florida at 11:35 our time. and mark kelly will head for a reunion with his wife, wounded congresswoman
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gabrielle giffords. abc's john hendren has the latest. >> reporter: the space shuttle is heading home. as commanderer mark kelly dells bob woodruff the view of earth from orbit is unforgettable. >> i can see florida lit up, back through new orleans, to atlanta and north carolina. it was, it's spectacular. >> kelly will return to his wife. >> pretty soon she will be an out-patient. we are looking forward to that. it's all really encouraging. >> fincke celebrated 388 days in space but said it's an american record. >> russians have had people in space for up to 800 days in their career. i have got a long way to go. >> "endeavor" often docked for the international space station for the last time after delivering a cosmic ray detector. one scientist hopes to live them insight in what they call "dark matter."
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>> 4% of the matter we understand. other kind of matter we are trying to figure out. one of them is called "dark matter" because they don't understand what it is. >> just one more shuttle flight remains for nasa. atlantis is set to blast off july 8 to bring the 30-year shuttle program to a close. john hendren, abc news. coming up, news expecting that homeowners don't want to hear. >> why home buyers might put down more cash to close the deal. >> is it the future or racism? controversial changes to the grammy award.
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welcome back. coming up on 4:48. look how warm and toasty it is. minneapolis 76. near 90 from chicago, new york, to mid-90s around atlanta, dallas, and 100.
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but that is without humidity in phoenix. look where the storms are right now. heading through kansas city. possibility of severe weather around chicago and detroit. no flight delays any of the major airports right now. when they do develop, the flight tracker will have them. so can you. >> thank you. 4:48. the nation remains divided over the current war in afghanistan. the latest poll show there is increasing opposition to the fight, and lawmakers in congress are responding. abc7's political reporter mark matthews has the story. >> reporter: opponents of the war in afghanistan say in the current economy, we can't afford it. >> we took that $30 billion and used it in america we could employ 300,000 teachers. >> this month, congressman john giramendi introduced an amendment to defund the war in afghanistan. members of the bay area delegation voted for a similar amendment. following the latest polls that show majority of americans want out of afghanistan.
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59 to 36% who think we should remain. dennis and norma are not sure. they walk to their son's grave at san francisco's national cemetery this morning. private first class caesar was killed in 2006. when a roadside bomb blew up his humvee. at this morning's ceremony, they watched the parade. listened to the speeches. and the playing of "taps." [ "taps" ] i asked them is it time to bring the troops home? >> i wouldn't want to see us walk away and leave a mess behind where basically rabble can, you know, undo the good that's been done. >> most of the people at this morning's ceremony had strong ties to the military. most that i talked to said the time to withdraw should be determined by the military commanderers and the president. >> it should be left to the battlefield commanderers. >> the job has to be done to a certain degree of security.
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>> even so, some vets said the time has come. >> i'm against the war in afghanistan at this point. because i think we're throwing a lot of money going down to dubai and bank account accounts. >> as the debate over the deficit rages it's interesting to note in republican budget plan next year and the president own spending plan, both of them call for increases in the pentagon budget. in the newsroom, mark matthews, abc7 news. this morning, a closely watched housing price index is expected to show u.s. home prices are sinking to a new low. standard & poor's case-shiller index will likely show they reached two-year lows and showing many people block from the market because of unemployment, foreclosure or the homes are worth less than the mortgage. those who can't afford to buy a home are choosing not to. percentage of homeowners dropped sharply to 66% from a peak of 69% in 2004.
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>> the battered housing market might be v to brace for another hit. higher down payment. group of regulators believe if it's mandtory to put 20% down there will be fewer defaults. rationale is people are walking away because they have nothing invested. the national association of realtors says 20% down will kill the market because it takes the average person 14 years to save up that much. in the bay area where the average home price is $360,000, that would mean $72,000 before you could get a conventional mortgage. wish we could give you sunnier news in weather department. but it doesn't look likely. >> the only thing i'm happy about is i open the utility bill and it's small. north bay, you could. elsewhere, it's -- well, let the lawn decide and your garden. 4:52. coming out through sutro
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tower and look east. find out where the clouds are dropping rain. it's mainly across the north bay. some is trying to develop over the ocean to move to san francisco. and some of the higher elevations around the bay. most of that is light. the measurable rain is in the north bay. probably be there for the next few hours. 47 in gatga. rest of us in low to mid-50s. monterey bay, 51 in santa cruz and watsonville. everybody else mid-to-upper 40s. the clouds not as thick there. showers expect them anytime today. especially in north bay. thunder is possible tomorrow. we get past this. thursday, friday. look dry. but cooler than average. check out the temperatures this weekend. it will be chilly and wet. we talk about the record rain possible over the weekend. mid-to-upper 60s in south bay. sound familiar? the temperatures are five to ten degrees cooler than average. low to mid-60s in the peninsula to los altos at 67
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degrees. mid-to-upper 60s along the coast. downtown san francisco, 60. north bay beaches to saucelito mid-to-upper 50s. low to lid 60s through the valleys. this is the best area to see the rain today. low to mid-60s along the east bay shore to mid-to-upper 60s in the east bay valleys. one more stop around the monterey bay where we have the low to mid-60s for the bay. 58 in carmel. mid-to-upper 60s inland. look around the state. north of 80, you will find rain and higher elevation snow. 59 in eureka. if you want heat, you have to go to palm springs. 93 and sunshine today. bring it back home. the lows tonight will be cooler than this morning. we have the mid-to-upper 40s in the north bay valley. upper 40s to low 50s. notice a few sprinkles hanging out in the overnight hour. the culprit, the cold front right here. ever so slowly creeping toward our neighborhood. as it does, we will see showers develop. with the southwest to northeast trajectory, the
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best measurable rain will be again in north bay, through noon. then it will disappear in the light sprinkles in the evening and overnight hours. you can see the scattered showers develop. tomorrow, best shower in north bay and east bay. by tomorrow afternoon, they are out of here. thursday looks dry with the temperatures slightly rebounding and more so friday. chilly rain over the weekend. for saturday, sunday. temperatures are back in the 50s. and 60s. by monday, dry. but nowhere near summer. >> still can't believe the seven-day forecast. we have major roadwork going on in the antioch area. again, we have a full freeway shut down eastbound 4, loveridge to summersville. scheduled until 5:30. they clear it up a little bit earlier. but there is a short detour in place. eastbound loveridge onramp is blocked until 10:00 this morning. westbound traffic looking good. making your way toward 680. we have a live shot in walnut creek.
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no trouble at all. we show you a live shot. here we go. southbound is good. check out north bay. southbound traffic, san rafael out of novato is fine. but in the northbound direction, heads up. that earlier fatal crash still blocks a lane. north 101 approaching san antonio. but it's not causing any delays at this point. get the traffic when you want by going to the website, eric, kristen? >> all right. thank you so much. we want to show you breaking news right now from virginia. where a tour bus crash has now taken at least four lives. you can see the scene right here. happening right now. you can see the firefighters trying to free the trapped passengers. again, this is caroline county in virginia, where the breaking news is coming out of. doctors nationwide are calling at it crisis. hospitals are having trouble getting supplies of more than 200 critical drugs. the medication range from ritalin to chemotherapy drugs to ones needed in the emergency room.
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the shortage is blamed on the drug suppliers making fewer less profitable generic drugs, as well as manufacturering problems. university of utah study shows there has been at least 1,000 medication errors because of the shortage. even some deaths. changes are coming to the grammy awards next year and some are calling them a form of subtle racism. the recording academy is consolidating dozens of awards and eliminating 31 categories. for example, no longer be a latin jazz category. the artists have to submit their work to the best jazz instrumental or vocal album categories. hawaiian music, native american music, zydeco and cajun compete in other categories. paul simon and santana says it unfairly targets ethnic music. the academy is doing disservice to musicians. researchers say vacation time is more than just time off from work. it can also lower your blood
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pressure. boost your immune system and help you live longer. but not shocking news, but nice to know that for scientific fact, it's good for you. researchers found it could take some people as long as a month for a stress-impaired brain to get a groove back. mcgill found people planning vacation were happier than those who had no vacation to plan. >> that is a we knew that kind of story. 4:57. next at 5:00 -- another world banking figure arrested for attacking the new york hotel mate. >> could you stand on shore and watch a man drown? what if you were a police officer or firefighter? it happened. i'm amy hollyfield. i'll tell you where and why up next. ♪ it's the way you bring out the sun ♪
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