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now try fiber one protein bars with the great new taste of cookies and crème. good afternoon, everybody. >> we want to begin tonight with a somber day in san jose as thousands from across the country are remembering a hero. sky 7 hd was over officer michael johnson's funeral procession this morning as it made its way to the sapp center. >> inside an officer who was part of johnson's training class called on the training crowd. the rousing ovation went on for more than a minute. johnson's sister also delivered a really moving speech.
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>> worlds of tributes along the procession. hundreds of community members turned out to honor the man who gave his life service to the city. >> we have live team coverage. abc 7 news reporter chris winn will talk with citizens who showed up to pay their respects to officer johnson. >> let's begin with david louie live at the sap center in san jose. david? >> we knew that officer johnson was a black belt in judo and jujitsu. we learned today that he made a mean cheesecake and touched lives in the san jose community in ways that few people knew. >> brother and sister officers came from as far away from new york city to pay their respects. through words and pictures officer johnson was portrayed as a loving son and brother. chief escobel said a woman approached him last week. >> she was quiet before her son listened. it was that talk that changed
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her son for the better. she became interested in school with a no longer defy an the. that was michael. johnson's patrol vehicle sat close to the stage. his coffin flanked by two honor guards at all times. >> safety comes at a supreme price. that must always be remembered by a grateful state and her people. >> johnson's family made her first public appearance at the funeral providing privacy as a greed. this tight knit family interspersed edd tears of sorrow with tears of laughter. jamie said her brother always did things in a big way. >> we may go to starbucks and get a cup of coffee. not my brother, he always ordered a venti, quad shot upside down caramel macciato
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with an have shot of caramel. >> let's rock this place, one two, three. [ cheers and applause ] >> officer johnson you will always be remembered and honored for your service, bravery and sacrifice. end of watch march 24th 2015. >> helicopters flew overhead as his body was transported for burial. david louie, abc 7 news. >> the hearse was officer johnson's casket inside left the funeral home just after 10:00 this morning. 700 people were there silently watching and paying their respects for the fallen officer. a little girl wore the same badge her grandfather had worn when he was on the force. we must continue our live team coverage, chris winn talked with people who showed up today to pay their respects and gratitude
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for officer johnson. chris? >> most of the people out here today were law enforcement personnel, many of them didn't know officer johnson on a personal level. that didn't stop them from calling him a brother. >> at winchester the procession travelled through. darren preshoda among those who were there to say thank you. >> the officers who were injured, we're there it help them. it's like a big family. when this happened it's a deep effect on all of us. >> as people gathered to pay their final respects, workers gravitated toward the crowd. >> hopefully they're taken care of hopefully they saw everyone out here today. >> at the sap center downtown. >> we're trying to do the right thing every day. >> thousands of law enforcement
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personnel came by for a final fair well to their fallen brother. >> colleagues coming from near and far. >> when we look at our profession and what we do on a day in and day out basis we're here to support each other and that's why we're here today. >> a true family gathering in the heart of the city. chris winn, abc 7 news. >> a san jose pub is having its own tribute today. they will donate 100% of its sales today for the johnson family. dozens of people turned out this afternoon at the pub near highway 85 for a bbq. a silent auction and ralph. the owner says it's a regular hangout for san jose police officers, the pub hopes to raise at least $30,000 by closing time at 2:00 a.m. our coverage of officer johnson's memorial continues on you'll find all of today's speeches and a photo gallery.
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>> let's get our first check of the weather forecast right now? >> we check in with spencer christian. >> it's a lovely day around the bay area. winds are still pretty brisk, calmer than yesterday. this is a little warmer than yesterday. you can see we have sunny skies, hardly a cloud to be found anywhere. still pretty brisk in some spots, gusts to 28 miles an hour. it's still breezy across much of the bay area. blue sky over san francisco and over the bay from our camera is currently 63 in san francisco 70 in oakland. san jose 7 h 69. 57, a cool 57 in half moon bay. looking at ocean beach, under clear skies 72 right now, in santa rosa. 70 66 in petaluma. low 70s in fairfield concord and livermore. here's our first forecast it
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will be clear breezy and cool this evening. overnight hours turns pretty chilly. lows could drop into the low to upper 30s. bright excise early tomorrow morning, tomorrow afternoon. sunny and mild, breezy at the coast. not quite so mild at the coast. upper 50s to low 60s. we'll see lower to mid-70s inland tomorrow. i'll have the 7 day forecast in a few minutes. >> thank you. >> there was a massacre in kenya by a band of terrorists. 147 people are confirmed dead in a predawn attack. witnesses say al shabaab gunman stormed the dormitories at the university. they separated muslim students from christians and shot the christians on the spot. kenya's president called for calm.
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>> this is a moment for everyone throughout the country to be vigilant as we confront and zee feet our enemies. >> two police officers, a soldier and a security guard were killed. a reward is being offered for the leader of al shabaab. it was the deadliest attack in kenya by the extremist group from neighboring somalia. marathon negotiations between the united states, iran and six other world powers are over after all eight countries reached what they're calling a framework to curb iran's nuclear program. you can see john kerry taking part in a photo op earlier today in switzerland. >> a framework that officials in washington and switzerland are calling unpress tented. and that seems no less than the voluntary dismantling of iran's
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nuclear program. the very thing that's defined that country in the modern era as one of the world's biggest threats. >> president obama at the white house warning there must be oversight by the international community. >> the united states together with our allies and partners has reached historic understanding with iran. which it fully implemented will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. it will make our country, our allies and world safer. >> under the deal, the final details of which will be negotiated in the coming months, iran will give up two thirds of its centrifuges used to make nuclear weapons. ceased enriching uranium.
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>> if iran cheats, the world will know it. >> they will have regular access to all of iran's nuclear facilities. in exchange, nuclear related sanctions imposed by the u.s. the u.n. and the european union will be listed upon verification that iran has done as promised. >> we have stopped a cycle that was not in danger of anybody. >> the results could rather swiftly lead to a financial windfall for iran as it entered the global economy. just to go back on the pa rammers of those years, in which the new parameters will be in place. john kerry has said there is no sunset on iran's obligation. in washington gloria riviera, abc 7 news. >> thank you. senator dianne feinstein reacted this afternoon to today's framework of a deal with
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iran. there is no realistic solution to iran's nuclear program outside of a verifiable broad based and iron clad diplomatic agreement. she went on to say i believe the negotiators have made substantial progress, and this is a sufficient framework to produce a final agreement by the end of june. >> imagine if this was your home. still ahead at 4:00, the east bay house reduced to rubble the man who was able to walk away. >> trouble on the tracks, how cal trans is hoping to curb a growing problem on its rails. >> one day after refusing to sign a religious rights law the governor of arkansas picks up his pen. >> at 4:00 11 on your thursday, checking your afternoon commute through san rafael. this is highway 101 on the right-hand side. traffic heading southbound toward san francisco. a little lighter than the traffic toward
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there's an incredible story developing now in north oakland. a man made it out alive after his house collapsed. this house had been under construction. nobody was hurt. janet is a neighbor of the man who lives there, and took these pictures of the collapse. she called it a miracle that he survived. abc 7 news reporter allen wong is on the scene. he'll join us live at 5:00 with new information. >> also new at 4:00 fire burned through a home in san francisco's bay view area this
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afternoon. from sky 7 hd, you can see where the flames shot through the top floor window on this home. the fire burned part of the building next door and nobody was hurt thankfully. the pilot aboard a kcbs radio traffic plane was able to land the plane safely this morning. the traffic reporter said the pilot told him the greenish beam hit his eyes around 6:45 he believes it came from an industrial park in san ramon. this could be dangerous for pilots. the pilot is complaining of burning eyes and went to the doctor. he is okay now. the chp and faa are investigating. the board yearoverseeing caltrains, so far this year there have been ten people killed on caltrains tracks. only 10 last year, more than half of those were suicides.
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caltrains has installed 18 miles of new fencing and elevated crossings. the board looked at media coverage of caltrains suicide saying it may spur copycat deaths. >> we cannot ignore the fact that there have been two ways of losses in palo alto in particular. it becomes suggestive. >> in response caltrans has installed suicide hotlines signs along their tracks. they prevented 40 people from taking their lives on the tracks. jeb push is wrapping up two days of fund-raising here in the bay area. the former florida governor is raising money for his right to ride super pack. he spoke at a private luncheon in san francisco. he staged a similar event yesterday on the peninsula. federal rules allow him to raise far more money on his super pac
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committee. many nutritionists drink hot water with lemon every morning. jane king has those stories and more on today's wellness report. >> moms today are working later into their pregnancies and going back do work earlier. data from the 2011 census tells the full story. in the early 1960s, fewer than half of american women were working at the start of their pregnancies. as of 2005, two thirds of women were working at the beginning of the pregnancy and 50% were on the job a month before the due date. more than 50% of moms go back to work within four months of giving birth. air pollution takes an early toll on children. it can hurt children even before they are born. the higher exposure to things like burning gasoline diesel fuel heating oil and cole led to changes in the child's brain.
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if you're trying to cut down on coffee in the morning or a glass of wine before bed at night try hot water with lemon. nutritionists are doing it it helps with detoxing the body, it wakes unthe digestive tract and can soothe an upset tummy. >> time for a check on our weather here's spencer christian outside. we have preseason baseball tonight. i'll have that for you a little later. we have great baseball weather. some brisk breezes. not terribly windy. overnight until 8:00 a.m. for parts of the north bay all the way up into mendocino county. the winds easing up and temperatures dropping into clear skies, there's a possibility of patchy frost to produce damage. forecast features winds easing
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up tonight frost, patchy frost in some spots. sunny and mild tomorrow showers are likely easter sunday, even more rain after that. right now we're talking about temperatures in the upper 60s around the bay and low 70s in our inland locations. here's a gusty wind forecast, 1:00 tomorrow morning, we'll see gusts on the coast over 30 miles an hour in some spots. same picture 7:00 tomorrow morning, it will be breezy to windy on the coast, but not so bad in the inland valleys places like napa and livermore. the winds continuing to ease up as we go in the afternoon hours tomorrow. high pressure holding on for now. and that's bringing us sunny and dry conditions friday and saturday. we have a couple storm systems headed our way that will produce rainfall likely. here's our rainfall outlook beginning on saturday we'll see some light easter showers
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developing on sunday, that will be followed by a rainier pattern into tuesday which could produce some measurable rainfall up to an inch in some locations around the bay area. clear skies chilly in the inland valleys lows will be in the mid to upper 40s. sunny, mild low 70s in the south bay, up to about 70 on the peninsula. mainly upper 50s to 60s on the coast. 64 degrees downtown san francisco, low 70s in the north bay and upper 60s to 70s on the east bay. here's the accuweather 7-day forecast. looks like some showers on easter sunday, under much cooler conditions. highs will reach in the low to mid-60s in the milder spots. temperatures will remain in that range. monday night into tuesday. and then we'll get sunnier conditions next wednesday and thursday. >> thank you spencer. going to take a look at traffic. 24 is our live look at the 360
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camera here. highway 420 going eastbound. i'll spin it around, and we're going about five miles an hour right here. which is typical for the caldicott, you can see there's a very slow crawl as you make your way toward the caldicost t. it gets very tight up here, traffic moving much better in the other direction, heading back toward san francisco and oakland. a lot of people are going to be coming into town for the bay bridge series tonight. they're not going to have any problem until they get to the bridge, the bay bridge, so far, five miles an hour heading to the caldicott in the east bay. up next a bittersweet night in hollywood. the red carpet memories shared by the fast and furious cast as they remember one of their own. >> new after 4:30. the just uncovered evidence okay buddy what's your favorite kind of cheerios? honey nut. but...
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chocolate is my other favorite... but apple cinnamon is my favorite too... and fruity... oh yeah, and frosted! okay, but...what's you're most favorite of all? hmm... the kind i have with you. me too.
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bittersweet celebration in hollywood tonight. all the stars in the film turned out for the latest installment of one of the most successful movie franchises in history. it was the stars that were not there. paul walker died during a car accident during a break from filming in 2013. his memory loomed very large outside the pcl chinese theater. >> our motivation to finish. our inspiration, which is why we're here celebrating for the fans celebrating for the movie. more importantly, celebrating his life. >> he fought back tears as he addressed the crowd. he said to appreciate others in their midst, you don't know the last time you see them. >> very true words. >> from valets to bunnys there's a lot to do this weekend. >> layla has a few suggestions for you. on how you can explore where you
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live. >> the sleek neo-classical style of the ballet will be gracing the stage for the arts tomorrow. the spring season begins with concerto for two violins. the king is also premiering new work that combines dance with a natural sound scape. across the bay at oakland's oracle arena the edgy dream, 2015 music will feature 360 degree rotating stage. remember, it's 18 and over, only. don't forget your rays gear and a designated driver or take mass transit transit. >> you saw them burn up the ballroom floor on dancing with the stars. they heat up the ice at sapp center sunday.
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calling all bunnys. union street's celebration and easter parade. this wacky fun and interactive event will give something for the whole family to smile about. there will be activityies for just about everyone. for information about these and other events where you live, go to abc 7 news at 4:00 continues. the warriors are getting ready to make history at tonight's game. >> be there live tonight. >> how two east bay teenagers made it happen. >> this one is different than the law causing so much controversy in indiana. >> and we'll continue our coverage of the farewell to san jose police officer michael johnson.
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now at 4:30, remembering a fallen officer. friends, family, strainers. and dignitaries came together in the south bay to pay their respects to the san jose police officer who bhad the ultimate sacrifice. >> today's memorial for michael johnson gave us a clear idea of who he was. and the commitment to service and justice that made him become a police officer. >> there were so many poignant moments, officer johnson's
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sister talked about growing up together in the south bay. >> one of johnson's best friends. he went to the police academy. referenced another academy he was the last officer killed in the line of duty in 1941. >> we lost another family member. here we are in class three. to those of you who are out there right now and are either here or watching this, that are thinking of being a police officer, you just started at the academy or you're about to graduate. don't quit. don't let this make you quit. choose to live differently. it's this that brings us together to make us stronger.
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>> whenever mike and i played cops and robbers as kids. he also insisted on being the cop, and i always had to be the bad guy. that turned out to be fortuitous not because he grew up to become a cop, but i grew up to be a lawyer. he loves his family with his entire heart and expressed his love by being present. now that he's gone we know it was truly a gift. mike we will not only miss you you have left emptiness in our lives that cannot be refilled. we love you. we are proud of you. today and every day we will honor you. rest in peace my little brother. thank you. >> so moving. and the tributes to officer johnson continue this afternoon, ahead on abc 7 news at 5:00, the outpouring of community support for his family and how you can contribute.
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>> startling new information found on the computer of the co pilot accused of deliberately crashing a plane into the french alps. days before the crash, andreas lupis searched cockpit security and suicide. marcy gonzalez tells us what the investigators found. >> new insight into the disturbed mind of the co pilot believed to have intentionally crashed germanwings flight 95-25 in the french alps last week, they found a tablet, the search history revealing in the days before the crash he looked up medical treatment methods, ways to carry out suicide as well as cockpit door security measures. investigators also revealing today that after locking the captain out of the cockpit, he deliberately adjusted the plane's speed and altitude guiding it into the side of a mountain. details they hope to learn more about from the plane's second black box found today buried and charred.
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>> the action of the pilots with the control and the different types of pilot of the plane, these elements are absolutely vital in order to find the truth. >> still no explanation for how two european publications would have ended up with what they claim is video showing the final moments before the crash. the search teams say they have found more than 40 other cell phones at the scene. badly damaged but being analyzed for possible clues. we're told more than 2,000 dna samples have been uncovers at the scene. marcy gonzalez abc news new york. new at 4:30, there was action today on controversial religious freedom acts in indiana and arkansas. governor asa hutchinson signed a revised version of the bill proposed earlier this week. hutchinson requires lawmakers to
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change it because it discriminates against gays and lesbians. the new version sets the right tone. >> it does the three things i outlined. it protects religious freedom, establishes a framework for the balancing act for the courts to determine these types of cases. it recognizes the diversity of our culture and workforce. >> indiana's governor said he'll sign a version of that act which he signed into law just last week. the new version passed by state legislators today prohibit service providers for using the law -- for refusing to provide services or accommodations. it also bars discrimination based on factors that include race religion sexual orientation and gender identity. the original law was widely condemned as discriminatory against gays and lesbians. one of the kidnapping victims in 1976 believes it's
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time for james schoenfeld to be set free. schoenfeld has been in prison for nearly 40 years for kidnapping 26 children and their bus driver. that group spent 16 hours buried in a rock quarry in livermore, until they escaped. larry park was one of the kidnapped victims he was only 6 years old back then. he battled severe posttraumatic stress since then. he believes it's time for schonfeld to be set free. >> i told the parole board that his debt to me has been paid. him getting out is not -- it's -- i don't have an adverse reaction to it. but it's still -- it was still a shock. >> schonfeld, his brother richard and their friends each received life sentences. richards was released in 2012. woods remains in prison.
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his case still has to be review reviewed. the soonest he could be free is six months from now. today is world autism awareness day, the hottest team in the nba will make history tonight as it gets ready to mark the occasion for the very first time. the credit goes in part to two east bay teenagers. carolyn tyler joins us live outside oakland's oracle arena with the story. >> world autism awareness day was designated by the united nations in 2008 and the nba has recognized it since then. this is the first big special night by the warrior ss these friends are the cat list behind the first ever autism awareness night hosted by the golden state warriors. >> we personally think that having this night allows people to think about autism and think about ways they can help. 17-year-old jacqueline galob
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have volunteered with these organizations for the last couple of years. jacqueline has been aware of the disorder all her life. her older brother victor was diagnosed as a toddler. victor attends san ramon valley high school where he's involved in a transition program that includes life skills. >> he's inspired me every day to be happy and never give up on your dreams. >> with victor in mind the girls approached the warriors asking golden state to host an autism awareness night. as the hottest team in the nba the warriors are receiving lots of requests these days. community ambassador and former player says this one was compelling. >> when two young ladies affected by this disease and their family come out and say, okay how could we bring more winners. how could we help my little
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brother? i think it comes from a genuine place, it's incumbent upon us, to really embrace something like that. >> victor and several other young people, some with autism some not. will be on the court before tip-off tonight. more than 300 special events tickets will be sold. all this the result of a sister's love. >> he's always there for me. >> steph curry. >> carolyn tyler, abc 7 news. >> there's something unusual tonight at the warriors game. a film crew will be taping a scene for an upcoming pilot. >> a sitcom that takes exactly eight minutes to get this shot. >> larry you're in the shot. please move out of the way. there's a chance the sitcom could be on the fall schedule coming up on abc. we'll see how it turns out.
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eight games left in the regular season. 61 victories, the dubs have set a franchise record for wins in the season. and every steph curry highlight reel i could watch this a million times. gets him closer. err to the award. a reminder abc 7 just happens to be your home for the nba finals. we'd love to be hosting shows from oracle in late june. coverage starts on june 4th. thinking of a vacation to cuba? coming up, a san francisco start-up wants to help you plan your stay. >> first pope francis participates in a holy weak ritual as the countdown to easter continues. >> we see clear skies over the bay area lovely weather going into the weekend.
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♪ ♪ ♪ turn around ♪ ♪ every now and then i get a little bit hungry ♪ ♪ and there's nothing good for me around ♪ ♪ turn around ♪
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♪ every now and then i get a little bit tired ♪ ♪ of craving something that i can't have ♪ ♪ turn around, barbara ♪ ♪ forever i've been praying for a snack in my life ♪ ♪ and now i have a brownie ending all of my strife ♪ ♪ i finally found the right snack ♪ ♪ ♪ pope francis watched as inmates and a baby today were in prison. it was meant to show the pontiff is willing to serve. the pope will reside over the solemn easter vigil and a few hours later he will celebrate easter sunday mass. now, let's go to our 360 camera for a look at traffic with larry. >> we give you our track in the
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east bay we're on highway 24 here, we're heading to the infamous 680/24 split. 680 will be off to the right here, i'll take a little bit of a spin around to show you what traffic looks like. this is about five miles an hour. this view the fish eye lens basically, the cars are going a little faster than usual. it's pretty stacked up, and traffic that goes off to the right-hand side will head down toward alamo and danville, traffic that will move off to the left, we're coming up to the split here, you can see the freeway signs right here traffic that goes to the left will head up toward concord and clayton. that's the way things are right now. moving along. i spent what seems like years right at this very moment going nowhere, spencer, so right now, it's sunny people are moving, that's a good thing. >> how about a little preseason baseball? here's live doppler 7 hd. we have sunny skies right now it's a lovely afternoon around
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the bay area. and the bay bridge preseason series kicks off tonight as at&t park, giants taking on the a's game. it will be sunny, about 59 degrees game time. typical baseball weather in san francisco. tomorrow, a line of showers and thundershowers from new england down to the mid mississippi valley down into western gulf of mexico but the western two thirds of the nation will be mainly sufrnny and dry, across the state of california tomorrow, look for mild conditions from chico to sacramento to fresno. it will be warm in palm springs, here in the bay area we'll have browsedy conditions at the coast once again. not quite so strong as the winds we saw yesterday. and we'll see tamer and milder conditions generally across the area. with sunny skies, highs in the 60s to around 70. low to mid-70s inland. lovely weather going into the end of the week, our next chance of rain looks like it might be easter sunday. we'll tell you about that at 5:00. >> thank you so much, spencer.
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still ahead here on abc 7 news at 4:00. is uncle jesse getting ready for a return to san francisco. details on the possible full house reboot. air b & b looks to cuba. the restrictions that may prevent you from actually books a room. i'm seven on your side's michael finney. radioshack has a new look as it emerges from
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san francisco based air b & b is expanding to cuba. more than 1,000 properties will be listed here's a look at some available. americans still need to obtain a license to visit cuba for business education or 12 other reasons spelled out by the u.s. government. tourism is not permitted. we got our first look at what radioshack stores will look like.
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>> 7 on your side's michael finney shows us what we'll see next. remember we used to go to radioshack radioshack. a lot of people now -- >> do they have a plan? >> yeah i think this can work. radioshack has a new owner. new owner standard general. and a new partner sprint. the future radioshack will look a lot like phone stores. these are the renderings sprint gave to the bankruptcy court judge. you'll see many carriers being sold, but eventually sprint will be the only mobil phone at radioshack. sprint will still share the space with traditional radioshack products. look for changes starting within a couple weeks. a new survey finds that more and more people consider their smart phones essential to their lives. 46% of the smart phone users poll by the pugh research center say they couldn't live without their phones.
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>> i'd rather die without my phone. they are four times likely to submit job applications using their phones. smart phones are more often used for text messaging voice and video calling and e-mail. those under 30 are more likely to use their phones for social networking, video and music. passengers who fly with their dogs will have a new way to monitor fido's activity in the cargo bin. delta airlines has announced the first service of its kind to use on pets. the gadgets will monitor the surrounding temperature and whether the pet is right side up or sitting askew. if something isn't right the delta call center will get an immediate alert. the service costs $50 and will be available initially from 10 major airports. none of those airports are in the bay area.
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last year airlines reported 17 animal deaths during flight. this is when it's really going to be handy to have it. when they land is when the problem is, you lose luggage, they get diverted to the side. you'll be able to go hey wait my dog's on the tarmac. >> good idea. >> thank you michael. jimmy kimmel received quite the midnight april fool's day shock from rihanna. >> i'm going to wake up jimmy now. ♪ get up get up ♪ >> oh, my goodness. could you imagine? she snuck into kimmel's bedroom and woke him up for a late night performance of her newest single. she told jimmy she better have her money aligned from the new song. >> do you think that was staged?
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he looked like he was really out of it. >> worst things than being awakened by rihanna. kimmel's confused before it's over. maybe it was all a dream. jimmy put on his bathroom and they hugged later downstairs. this is a little awkward, isn't it? >> very, very. netflix may be reviving a popular sitcom that aired here in san francisco. >> reports that netflix is close to a deal for a 13-episode continuation of "full house." >> candace cameron bure would reprise her role as d.j. netflix has not yet commented on that deal. still ahead at 4:00 what is the secret to success? >> one east bay teenager was just being hungry how he went from selling drugs to getting ready to walk the campus of cal.
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here's dana with a look at what's coming up at 5:00. >> hi, guys. coming up next police misconduct, the racist text among san francisco officers what the police chief has just decided to do about it. and the next big one, why researchers say we could see a significantly more destructive earthquake along a bay area fault.
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okay buddy what's your favorite kind of cheerios? honey nut. but...
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chocolate is my other favorite... but apple cinnamon is my favorite too... and fruity... oh yeah, and frosted! okay, but...what's you're most favorite of all? hmm... the kind i have with you. me too. how did somebody who started high school with a 1.7 grade point average end up at cal? >> community can create any form of change. >> he is the debater of the year, says the national association of urban debate league, adding raps to his argument and beating out thousands of students. >> the top debater of those many
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many -- i didn't think i would be able to do it. >> he was dealing drugs in oak land. he talks about that other life. >> what that was was probably me getting shot at twice. >> his parents are divorced when he stayed at his father's home. sometimes there was not much to eat. until oddly enough, he discovered the debate team at skyline high school. >> my first tournament i was hungry. >> that would forever change his life. the debate team became his family. >> class for me. i went to washington, d.c., twice all expenses paid. that was not going to happen. i got to go to the white house. >> today he mentors others on his team while receiving top honors at the competition. >> letters coming in congratulateing us. >> thomas is an example of how president obama's initiative called my brother's keeper is helping young men of color succeed.
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in a few years, he went from a 1.7 gpa to a 4.0. all along, cal's debate team was watching him. >> i said, i've come from a very hard life and i'm trying to better myself. >> cal listened and delivered. in oakland, leann melendez, abc 7 news. >> incredible. thank you so much for joining us for abc 7 news at 4:00 i'm anna gates. >> nbc 4 news at 5:00 begins right now. death does not make you a hero, you were already a hero while you lived. >> fallen san jose police officer michael johnson is remembered as a colleague husband, friend and public servant. >> i value our police force. >> we're behind them. >> we're paying our respects. >> thousands of people young and old alike united today to mourn a good man who died too young. >> also tonight an entire house collapses in oakland. here from the man who crawled
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out from that mangled mess. today we honor san jose police officer michael johnson whose end of watch was march 24. >> if you would with me on a count of three i want to give mike a standing ovation for the awesome life he gave for us. one, two, three . [ applause ] >> that applause went on for a full minute. fellow police academy graduate says he is confident officer johnson was watching the whole thing. thanks for joining us i'm cheryl jennings.
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>> sky 7 hd was over michael johnson's funeral procession this morning from los gatos and san jose all stood to salute him. abc 7 news reporter david louie is live with a very emotional day, david? >> emotional indeed. this was the day of loss for the johnson family. a day of loss for the san jose community who considered officer johnson one of the good guys who knew when to be a warrior, and when to be compassionate. >> this was an opportunity for fellow officers to display how law enforcement is one large family. the grief of one department is shared by all. residents of san jose also felt compelled to attend. >> it was hard to hear that one of our men in blue got killed. it's heartbreaking. >> police are sensing a change in attitude for the officers. officer johnson may be a reason


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