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days we'll be live with the latest on this on abc7 news at 6:00. >> from that big story to other other top story tonight watch this. that scene happening a bay area high school caught on cell phone video. a transgender student in the middle of the fight. it happened in hercules high school. administrators are hoping that talking about it will lead to heighten add wareness and greater tolerance on campus. laura? >> reporter: it may appear to be mutual combat on the tape officials here say that that fight was a direct result of bullying. police and school district officials here are investigating as a possible hate crime. according to officials this fight came after some female students harassed a transgender student. about her gender identity. it happened on
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wednesday in this courtyard between 6th and 7th period. >> at one point just about every member that was a party to the fight ends up on the ground there is lots of hair pulling hitting and slapping. >> school officials say the transgender student initiated the physical contact but only after she was verbally assaulted. >> after being under stressful situations day after day, being teased teased, at some point you're going to explode. >> reporter: the transgender student complained being bullied two days ago ask a warning was given toerj students. >> they were told knock it off. and then, something transpired yesterday afternoon. >> reporter: those who counsel students hope to turn it into something positive. >> they're teenagers. that is where we come into play to talk a little bit about tolerance ask
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support. and supporting each other. >> reporter: all four students face possible disciplinary action for fighting on campus. in hercules, abc7 news. in the meantime supporters of sasha fleeshman, badly burned on a ac transit bus who when another teenager set fire to a skirt sashy was wearing tonight will start at oakland high school tonight walking about a mile to where the attack happened. abc7 news is across from the high school with the story. carolyn? >> reporter: they're calling this walk the rainbow road. it's a show of support for the 18-year-old. family and friends going to gather there and walk along the 57-bus line. we have family photos of sasha who does the sd not identify as male or female whose skirt was set on
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fire while napping on a 57 bus this month. the 16-year-old richard thomas has been arrested. the 18-year-old victim suffered second and third degree burns in that bus incident. remaining hospitalized in stable condition. classmates have worn skirts in solidarity z they have tied rainbow ribbons on poles they'll do the same tonight. the march kicks off in a half hour. marchers will walk just blocks down the street to ardly avenue. they have been asked to wear bright colors and to bring ribbons live in oakland abc7 news. >> carolyn, thank you very much. sasha's father talked about what happened he also talked about his feelings about richard thomas, the person police say set the clothes on fire. carl fleeshman says none of can know the
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mind of the kid who lit the skin on fire, but if he knew i won't be writing this now. >> investigators released a sketch of a man they say raped a student. here is the picture. authorities considering adding a hate crime charge in this rape. the assault happened insiefd a woman's bathroom last monday. the victim may have been targeted because of her gender identification as pan sexual meaning attracted to people regardless of gender or sexual preference. >> berkeley police arrested a man they say sexual assaulted three women in less than an hour on saturday. police say he sexual assaulted these three women in separate attacks. the attacks took place between 5:15 and 6:00 p.m
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two. women were 18 years old the third, 21. police arrested skinner at a nearby ymca after linking him to all three assaults. sky seven shows where a hit and run driver collided with three other vehicles near hillsborough. it started when a toyota fore runner hit two vehicles stopped along the shoulder of southbound 280. saying the driver then ran from the scene and has not been found. five people including two small children went to the hospital. they're all expected to be okay. this is just terrible. someone stole 19 lap tops from computers in a san jose school. they took some cash. the students raised to buy a class pet. the school faculty member discovered the theft tuesday lap tops taken from a storage room inside of the bird avenue campus a jar with $30 cash was also taken. officials think it happened over the weekend. there were no obvious signs of a break
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in according to police. >> president obama offered a fix to keep millions of americans from having their health insurance cancelled by the end of the year. mr. obama says insurance companies will be allowed to keep customers on existing plans for another year, even if those plans don't meet obamacare standards. this is not a mandate. each state must decide whether they'll follow the president's plan. within hours, california insurance commissioner dave jones sent a letter to the state insurance exchange. jones wants covered california to modify the contract with health insurers. >> neither federal nor state law allow me with action today, to outright stop the cancellation s but i will urge california's insurance companies follow the president's call. >> the state insurance commissioner wants insurers to issue new notices offering a chance to renew policies.
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>> our abc7 news facebook page have you had trouble signing up on health these are responses. one, i had no problem signing up with covered california. i will save $280 for better health care however, pam said yes we had trouble. the site is not available or if you get on the page it keeps freezing up. covered california says despite criticism, surveys show 69% found the process was easy to complete. 88% of the customers visiting covered found information needed to choose a health plan right for them. meanwhile state attorney general harris shut down ten fake covered california web sites, yes, they've been popping up. web sites mimic the marketplace
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private insurers told to cease and dissist. look he'd martin cutting 4,000 jobs, planning to close four buildings in its campus eliminating 200 local jobs lockheed employs roughly 7500 people the company plans to close or consolidate plants in pennsylvania ohio arizona and texas by 2015 saying this isness troy offset a slow down in business brought on by budget cuts triggered by the skwefter this year. >> brown spoke today in san francisco. uc is already getting a 5% increase over last year but, it's asking for an additional $120 million. brown told regents wish list was a fantasy list. >> we're on a track here. for a
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gigantic tuition increase. or you can have a big financial crisis. >> despite the warning regent as proved the budget anyway. uc president napolitano says she'll lobby for the additional money. and if that doesn't work uc may freeze salaries hold back enrollment and cut back on scholarships. abc7 news interviewed napolitano today. that conversation is coming up on abc7 news at 6:00. >> yes. tune in for that. on the subject of college education, there are ways to be smart about paying for it. you know? up next, michael finney teams up with consumer reports on reducing college debtses. plus... >> my moment is okay this is how i'm going to die. and at least it will be quick. >> and every traveller's worst nightmare becoming reality on board a flight southwest
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there is an amazing collection of photo journalists in san francisco tonight. abc7 news has our story. >> just another guy on the street. >> if you didn't have a camera, you won't know what happens every second or minute. >> reporter: he's a man with a
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big eye that captured 40 years of history through a lens for associated press. none of his pictures more famous than this. >> this. yes. >> she's the iconic napalm girl, turning public opinion, bringing american solders home in vietnam. nick saved her life that day in 1972. >> we contact one another. she calls me, i call her. >> one picture among 200 in this history of vietnam published by ap. four of the photographers met in one room this day. >> sal calls it a gift. he won a pulitzer prize for this photo of lieutenant stern coming home from vem vietnam. he never learned the back story. his wife filed for divorce that day. >> that is your most famous?
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>> yes. >> reporter: it's about emotion and access remember peter aroundett? he worked for the ap in vietnam snapping this picture of an invasion force. he says we probably won't see it today. >> in vietnam, we could see it and present it. in the small of wars today where you're required to be embedded under government supervision you don't see the reality of what is going on, much less be prevented from reporting it. >> the book shows fighting and fighting's consequences chick shot this sick baby girl in a box in a street corner. she came to the united states, had heart surgery and remains to this day. >> that is my favorite picture of all time. because it had a good result. >> reporter: every picture, a moment. every detail there for examination. real live. frozen
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as it moves on. >> that picture changed my life and hers too. >> reporter: in san francisco abc7 news. >> that picture changed a lot of lives. federal government unveiled plans to restore federal wetlands calling for spending more than $1 billion to revitalize tight tidal marshes. part of the plan focuses on saving six threatened species including california clapper rail, salt marsh mounts which lost most of the habitat, and sassoon thistle. this is the second biggest wetlands restoration in the united states behind only the ever glades. >> high school seniors busy working on college applications and parents worrying about the debt and loans. >> it's more he expensive every year. consumer reports partnered with seven on your side to reveal problems to be aware of when going into debt for school.
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>> new student debt tops $1 trillion. loans exceeding all other consumer loans aside mortgages. two thirds of the graduates carry a debt burden. consumer reports says it's twisting lives of young people and creating a drag on the economy. krista is proud of hefr college and graduate degrees but says 100,000s ndz loans are crushing her. >> sometimes wondering can i afford to go food shopping today? do i need to wait until the next check. sitting here feel like what was the point? >> she says the loans take a quarter of her pay, leaving barely enough money for living expenses but government loans do
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have advantages over private loans. you may have the right to a temporary deferment or a flexible repayment plan. students should only get loans from private lenders as a last resort advises this attorney >> private lenders don't have to offer flexibility repayment plans to students z they may not come with fixed interest rates. so that may make them costlier. harder to repay. >> other ways to minimize the debt? consider attending a state school. submit the federal loan application as early as you can and borrow only what you need not what you qualify for. consumer union says, however no matter how careful they are they're debt is having an affect on the economy. >> record numbers. young people are delaying major purchases such as a car, buying a home.
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and starting a family. >> how can i fathom having mun non put down on a house. students get standardized information about options including grants and scholarships before they commit to loans now, i'll go more into this topic at 6:00. particularly how to stay debt free. >> it's heart breaking. it's insane. >> chico state cost me 100.50s ndz the 80s. >> that is book not even books for one class. >> and a southwest air plenty of sunshine lines flight yesterday the pilot announced the plane was going down. passengers grabbed cell phones to call
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loved ones and the plane started to take a nosedive. >> what i heard is sounded like static. and then this loud shooting sound down the plane. and then seconds later i heard what sounded like a panicked captain he could have just been deliberate. saying "we're in trouble. we're going down ". you don't want to hear those words, ever. flight attendants secured bins and one told a captain to deploy oxygen masks the plane levelled out and did go on to make a safe landing at raleigh durham. now in an e mail southwest says as the captain was communicating his plan, he activated the the cabin. southwest says the flight had a maintenance issue may have involved cabin pressure was resolved when the plane descended to 25000 feet. south sweft giving passengers $200 vouchers. >> that will make them feel better.
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>> scary. >> well, let's talk about the weather forecast. a little closer to weekend. >> yes. sandhya is not here, she must be outside probably on the roof? >> where can she be? >> hi dan and cheryl. a reality check today it's mid-november and felt like it. visibility is good right now. this morning we had wide spread fog. check this out. almost like lava. sunset from our camera is absolutely spectacular. doi want to know you big cool down we have had. san francisco dropping 11 degrees. and moffett field from a record 74 to 61 today san jose, ten degrees cooler.
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thanks to fog and clouds. you can see the clouds. that is creating after glow here. our tower camera providing this gorgeous view. it's comfortable in redwood city. sutro tower camera showing clouds starting to clear out in the north. 59 in santa rosa. 57 napa, novato. low 60s in concord and fairfield. sunny, breezy tomorrow getting breezy out there tonight. so making it feel colder cooler for weekend. here is a look at radar. this is go to being bring
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rain and snow. and for us moisture staying north. we're going to see a cool down. looking beyond this time period, weekend fine. dry. and there is a chance of rain. we're hoping that that front coming in will bring us moisture. tomorrow morning, breezy on the coast. chilly is well. so this is a time to pull out sweaters. tomorrow afternoon, temperatures will be into 50s and 60s. looking at sunny day. accu-weather forecast, add more
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cloud cover. weekend will be cool mid-50s to 60s. there is a slight chance of showers tuesday night into wednesday. and because october and november have been dry doesn't mean december is going to be dry. i'm sandhya patel. >> and coming up a new antiobesity plan meaning more fitness and fewer silences. >> yes. then at 6:00 an interview with university of california system. uc
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britain has a new initiative to get people to use the stairs. here is the hint. posters posters placed at stairways one calorie for every ten steps climbed like these on greenwich street or one calorie for every 20 steps descended officials say regular use of stairs can reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases let's take steps. >> good idea. a super hero is making a stop in san francisco tomorrow. the 5-year-old miles is fighting leukemia he n wants to be a super hero and with help from make a wish foundation san francisco will be his own gotham city. cool, huh? tomorrow afternoon at 10:15
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miles will rescue a damsel in distress, then thwart a bank robbery. and help arrest the riddler during lunch at union square. a flash mob will help direct him to his next adventure. >> and then at 2:00 p.m there will be a special presentation for bat kid at city hall. we're going to have the action for you on abc7 news. >> and in addition we're going to be live tweeting every step of the way. >> that is so cool. you can follow us on twitter so do that. let's support young miles he's a super hero. >> he is. >> just ahead a rare sight. 8th graders? waiting patiently?
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>> thanks for joining us. >> from all of us here, back tonight the fumble and the scramble by the president. trying to fix obama care, announcing a big change while taking the blame over and over. >> we did fumble the ball on it. i'm the head of this team. that's on me. thinking fast. caught on camera. two homes collapse into a giant sink hole. families forced to clear out as the hole grows wider. and real money. do you have thousands of dollars just lying around your home? >> are you totally surprised right now? >> yeah. >> that's a lot of money. >> we turn one family's clutter into a lot of cash tonight. and a good evening to you on this thursday night as we begin with a moment in the obama


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