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live, from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." well, it's super tuesday again, and this could be a very big decision day. there are enough delegates up for grabs to take donald trump and hillary clinton from front-runner status to likely party nominees. good afternoon. i'm larry beil. >> and i'm ama daetz. marci gonzalez is live in miami with the latest, as the polls get ready to close in five states and hundreds of delegates are up for grabs. marci? >> reporter: here in florida, the first polls are now closed on this primary day that could change the shape of this presidential race. today, voters casting ballots. >> we need a change. >> reporter: in five states. >> how are you feeling about tonight? >> i'll tell you in a few hours.
>> reporter: primaries in the two gop winner take all contests. victories in ohio and florida for front-runner donald trump could take this to a two-man race with ted cruz and potentially clear trump's path for the nomination. >> if donald trump sweeps, there's not going to be a contested convention. >> reporter: trump is facing his toughest battle in ohio. >> this is the place i want to win. this is going to do it. >> reporter: going into today tied in the polls with governor john kasich. >> we're going to win. >> reporter: counting on home state advantage, pamarco rubio florida. polling behind trump and fighting to claim the biggest prize of the day. >> you're marco rubio, if you don't win your home state of florida, you are in a disastrous position. >> reporter: and hillary clinton starting the day ahead in the polls. >> i am in a hunt for delegates and we're going to end up with a lot of delegates tonight.
>> reporter: but carefully watching ohio where bernie sanders threatens another upset. and sanders will be in arizona tonight, already looking ahead to next week's primary there. while clinton, trump, and rubio will be right here in south florida, awaiting tonight's results. live in miami, marci gonzalez, abc news. >> marci, thank you. we'll have the latest throughout this news cast. stay on top of all the primaries with the "abc7 news" app. a carjack suspect is in custody after a few good samaritans wrestled him to the ground. >> the terrifying ordeal started when a man stole a car with a woman still inside it. janet o is live at the scene. janet? >> reporter: larry, thankfully everything turned out okay. the suspect crashed right here, right across the street city officials were meeting inside
the cafe. let's just say they were at the right place at the right time. it's business as usual for city councilman raul parales. last night he put his experience as a former san jose police officer to good use. >> i don't look at it as i did something heroic. there was an opportunity to help in this situation. >> reporter: he says the real heroes are these two young men. both wearing gray sweaters, one on his cell phone calling for help, the other holding down the suspect. >> the victim had been wrestling with him and fighting with him and had managed to tackle him to the ground. >> reporter: it turns out they saw him chase the man who hijacked a man. in the back seat was norma gutierrez who had no idea what was going on. >> translator: all of a sudden
this guy came over, got in the car, and i thought he was somebody that my co-workers sent to drive the car. >> reporter: she thought she was going to be dropped off at home after her shift. when she was realized that was not the case, this is what happened next. >> translator: i got the chance to get out of the car, and i jumped out of the car. >> reporter: gutierrez escaped with a few scratches. today she went back to work thanking god for keeping her safe and thanking everyone else who helped end a crazy situation. in san jose, janet o, "abc7 news." police have released a surveillance image of the white van they say was involved in a fatal hit and run last friday. a man in his 60s was found dead at the scene. here is another look at the vooek involved. police are looking for a white van with no windows.
police are looking for the person who shot a man just before noon. witnesses reported hearing several gunshots. the victim had at least one gunshot wound and was taken to the hospital. a shelter in place for that area has been lifted. a shelter in place in lafayette has just ended. officers were searching the area for two men. no word on why police are searching for those two men. turning to the weather, last week it was raining every day. a live look now from east bay. it was a beautiful day, warm and sunny out there. temperatures rising all around the bay area. >> spencer christian has the accuweather update. >> basking in the bright sunshine this awesome prespring day. here is a live look, we have
sunny skies across the bay area. mild to warm generally. it's 60 degrees right now in san francisco. oakland 65. mountain view and san jose 66. 65 in morgan hill. check out this vow looking out over san francisco. it's 66 right now in santa rosa and fairfield, 64. 68 in concord, livermore 67. and blue skies over the golden gate. here's the first forecast. clear and cool this evening. bright conditions tomorrow morning with lows from the upper 30s and low 40s to near 50 around the bay. tomorrow afternoon, sunny and mild once again with highs on the coast, climbing into the low to mid 60s. around the bay, mid 70s. that pattern will hold for about the rest of the week. larry and ama?
>> thanks, spencer. engineers are working to find out what caused that large sinkhole during this past weekend's storms. "abc7 news" was there as pg&e crews finished patching up a gas distribution line that broke on sunday. that intersection will be closed until city leaders can determine exact cause and make sure it's safe again. >> we see the sinkhole and we don't know what's going on under the pavement. so there is a possibility it is much larger. >> about 300 customers are still about gas service and pg&e continues to go door to door to contact them and turn the gas back on. customers will have to call and make an appointment to restore service. highway 121 will remain closed between wooden valley road and circle oaks drive. a rock slide left trees and
chunks of pachvement scattered across the highway. drivers are urged to use 29 and 1 as alternatives. >> and take a look at this. this is on highway 3 near rush creek road in trinity county, which remains closed until crews can finish repairs. the unified school district board is expected to make a decision about the fate of a mascot. rebel guy has a confederate like image. it dates back to 1997. the proposed change would keep the nickname but would require a makeover of the image. san francisco unified is stepping up its efforts to recruit more black students. this following concerns of discrimination on campus. last month dozens of students walked out to protest a poster
made by another student that was felt insensitive. a traffic amnesty program has helped tens of thousands of california drivers. more than 5,000 drivers have received cost reductions in the first three months of an 18-month program. a los angeles assemblyman introduced legislation to address the illegal use of parking placards. individuals will be required to reapply for one when expired. there are about 3 million disabled parking placards in use in california. still ahead on "abc7 news" at 4:00, a heated hearing on capitol hill as lawmakers come
one of the most dangerous stretches of road in san francisco will be getting a little safer for pedestrians and drivers. just a short time ago, san francisco's municipal transportation agency approved a $12 million safety overhaul for the area. amy hollyfield shows us what is going to change. >> reporter: san francisco is one of the city's most dangerous corridors. we're talking about the straight part that gets you to and from the golden gate bridge, not the crooked tourist attraction. >> i've almost been run over a couple of times. >> reporter: some say it is so bad, they avoid it. >> i'll take chestnut or another road. >> reporter: transit officials have a plan, including building islanding for pedestrians so they have a safe place to stand. they also want to build more
sidewalk at intersections, forcing a car to make a wider turn to the driver has a better chance of seeing a pedestrian. >> that makes sense. >> reporter: officials also want to create more sidewalk at bus stops so people have a safe place to wait. >> that would make sense. as you can see, it's a busy road, so anything they can do to improve safety would be necessary. >> reporter: but this all comes at a cost. not only $12 million it would take to construct it all, but it would lose 46 parking spaces. businesses say that will hurt. >> we're disappointed about that. we're looking for more parking spaces for our clients here and they don't have enough places to park. >> this is part of the city's project. the plan is to start construction this summer. amy hollyfield, "abc7 news."
google went before the senate to ask the government to put self-driving cars in the fast lane. >> they are trying to overcome obstacles put in place by california. kristen sze is here with the details. >> reporter: senators went for a test ride in autonomous cars today before the start of the hearing and they learned about these vehicles directly from the companies. google urged the committee to give the secretary of transportation the power for approval. the dmv wants licensed drivers to be able to take control. >> the technology will never be perfect. but the opportunity to reduce
those accidents and those tragedies is incredible. >> reporter: but google's safety claims took a hit last month when one of their cars hit a bus. today, the group consumer watch dog testified rushing new technology to ted ross will leave safety by the wayside. interesting timing, as the road show tweeted today, google has just received a new patent for detecting buses. now it's up to the government to right rules for driverless cars. it aims to complete the process in six months. >> kristen, thank you. speaking of google, 77% of goggle's online traffic is encrypted. the company says that's how much data is being protected from hackers as it pushes to encrypt all of the online activity. encryption is the security measure that scrambles transmitted information so it's impossible to understand if it's
intercepted by a third party. gamers are getting a look at sony's virtual reality system. during a game developer conference in san francisco, the company showed off the $399 system and announced an october release date. the display works together with the playstation four console. the headset will include an inclusive "star wars" game and will fit people who wear glasses. rock 'n' roll history is on display in san francisco. the legendary concert promoter built his career in san francisco. the exhibit includes iconic posters of jerry garcia and concert footage. >> he really invented this genre of live rock 'n' roll concerts of everybody at every age, being
able to stand up and dance. >> reporter: the exhibit also touches on graham's personal life from escaping the nazis in world war ii to the bronze star he received in the korean war. spencer christian is checking our forecast now. just another nice day out. >> beautiful, spencer. >> and there are more of these to come for the remainder of this week. here is a look at live doppler 7 hd. once again, sunny skies and lovely pre-spring conditions across the bay area. let me give you a little look at the air quality right now. tremendous pollen is high. the primary trees are oak and pine. and we have moderate levels of particulate levels in the atmosphere. blue skies over the bay. this wild pattern will stay with
us over the weekend. spring begins saturday night and spring showers arrive sunday night into monday. so let's take a look at the week ahead, starting with san jose as our indicator. the average high today is 67 degrees. notice how much higher the temperatures will be. low to mid 70s. we'll see a little cooldown on monday. that is going to be the pattern that we'll all see around the bay area in terms of temperatures. the next storm ranks number one on the storm impact scale. a storm of light intensity expected to produce no more than half an inch of rain. it will bring breezy conditions with it. rainfall totals beginning sunday into monday afternoon. by 5:00 monday afternoon, most locations will have received anywhere from 0.01 of an inch to 0.03 of an inch, so you can see
this will not be a major storm, but we'll get some wet weather. overnight, clear skies with cool conditions. lows in the upper 30s and low 40s. maybe a little fog over the central valley. lows around the bay and here the coast will be in the mid to upper 40s. tomorrow, another sunny and mild day is in store. highs ranging from mid 60s at the coast to upper 60s and low 70s around the bay. even some low to mid 70s in the mildest inland olocations. so sunny and warm days through friday. just a little cooler on saturday as clouds increase. once again, saturday night 9:30 pacific daylight time, the first full day of spring on sunday. we have some wonderful spring-like days ahead before
have found true love. they stopped by "good morning america" right here on abc 7. they say it's been fun getting to know each other and they're looking forward to starting a normal life. >> i'm excited to go on a date. >> any big plans in new york tonight? >> well, we're going to stick around for a couple of days. i do have a surprise planned for her. we will have a nice dinner date. >> haven't there been enough surprises? >> i can't get out of it. >> there was a lot of talk about lauren's ring, a $95,000 five-carat diamond. "the real o'neils" tells the story of a seemingly perfect irish catholic family doing their best to manage all of the things they learn about each other. the show based on the life of
dan savage. abc 7 spoke to two of the stars. >> his mother was an extremely brilliant, funny, whitey, and devoutly catholic woman, who did not react well when he came out of the closet. and they really struggled and they were really close. >> you can see how things go for the family of five by watching starting tonight at 8:30 right here on abc 7. new at 4:00 continues. a heated hearing in washington, d.c. >> screwed up and you messed up people's lives. >> today's testimony over the flint, michigan water crisis and why people are still passing the buck. a special honor for a chp officer killed in a traffic accident and why he's being called a hero. some already thought she was a saint. the new title coming for mother teresa.
presidential primary. the election office released some early voting ballots from one county. they show hillary clinton is way ahead of bernie sanders in the democratic primary, more than doubling his numbers. same story for donald trump, who is way ahead in the republican primary with marco rubio running second in his home state. but again, these are just a few of the early voting precincts. we'll bring you more results from florida, ohio, north carolina, illinois, and missouri right here on "abc7 news," just as soon as they come in, as well as on the "abc7 news" app. laura anthony is following the results and tweeted for the first time in a long time, california's primary could matter. she'll explain in a live report at 5:00. 11 bay area restaurants and chefs are one step closer to national acclaim, named along this year's james beard finalists. wayne freedman spoke to some of those in the running. hear that at 5:00. the community is remembering
a chp officer with ties to the south bay. officer nathan taylor was struck and killed by a car near donner summit. melanie, you broke with those who worked with taylor. >> reporter: i did. several chp officers that are based at headquarters here in san jose traveled to sacramento for a service for him this morning. one of those officers tells me that nathan was the same person professionally as he was personally. before his passing, officer nathan taylor made white the impression on patty as he carried her to safety. >> he carried me because i hurt my ankle. >> she was having a little trouble walking. >> reporter: the moment was caught on camera. helping others was second nature to officer taylor. one writes, while hitchhiking
after a ski trip, officer taylor gave him a ride home. he writes -- >> i'm sure anybody who read that, who knew him is not surprised by that. that's the type of thing he did. >> reporter: chp officer ross lee worked with officer taylor for three years in san jose. he attended a sacramento service in his honor this morning. >> incredibly kind, caring, very, very smart. >> reporter: news of officer taylor's death is striking beyond the law enforcement community. >> he was just a really nice guy. >> reporter: it's why paxton brewer decided to share his post, thanking officer taylor. he writes, buying him a six pack or dinner seems so small in scope. i'm sharing e ing iing ie ing io
broaden that scope. in san jose, melanie woodrow, "abc7 news." mel> officers came under fire from inside an apartment in brussels, belgium today. one suspect was shot dead. and as many as two others are now on the run right now. police say the raid was linked to last year's paris attacks. french police also took part in that operation. investigators say a man shot and killed by three chicago police officers was a known gang member who had been arrested more than 40 times. police say they shot and killed harris after he fired at him last night while they were investigating drug activity. three officers were wounded. they are expected to survive. a pennsylvania grand jury indicted three former franciscan leaders on felony charges on their handling of a suspected
pedophile priest. the charges against the three church leaders includes conspiracy and child endangerment. baker killed himself in 2013. in a heated congressional hearing, lawmakers lashed out at former officials in flint, michigan who testified about their roles during the water crisis. >> reporter: flint former officials in the hotseat asked to explain their actions and inaction after a memo warning the city's water was unsafe months before taking aggressive action. >> this is the kind of thing that has to immediately get out into the public. >> we know now we were getting bad information and worse water. >> reporter: the former mayor blamed the state's environmental regulatory agency for reports
claiming the water was okay for consumption. >> i made the decision about the use of the flint river. >> reporter: the former epa director insisted her agency did notify state and local authorities. >> i did not sit on the sidelines. >> reporter: democratic lawmakers blamed michigan's governor. >> the topic of flint water was never raised in any cabinet meeting. >> reporter: republicans focused their ire on the failure at the federal level. >> epa has a responsibility to the citizens. you have to intervene. >> you screwed up! and you messed up people's lives! >> reporter: and the michigan governor faces a recall. he will testify on thursday. more developing news out of washington, d.c. where the
entire subway system will be shut down for more than a day. officials will close it for 29 hours starting at midnight tonight. they will be inspecting electrical components. these inspections come following a fire on the tracks yesterday that led to major delays. the u.s. is easing rules on travel to cuba. today's announcement comes five days before president obama makes a historic trip to havana. the obama administration says americans can now take people-to-people trips to cuba on their own instead of group tours. so any american can legally go there as long as they fill out a form asserting their trip is for educational purposes. mother teresa will come a saint. pope francis signed a decree that she will be canonized in september with four others. it comes just three months after the pope recognized a second
miracle attributed to her, paving the way to her sainthood. she was born in albania and died in 1997. and the pope is heading to instagram. he will make his debut on the social media site on saturday under the handle francis. still to come on "abc7 news," there's a winner making history at the iditarod. >> i'm spencer christian. we're looking at clear skies now and clear skies ahead. i'll have the accuweather forecast coming up, as "abc7 news" at 4
president obama is celebrating st. patrick's day early. he welcomed the irish prime minister to the white house today, two days before the annual holiday honoring all things irish. the president compared progress in ireland's economy to that in the u.s. the two attended the st. patrick's day luncheon on capitol hill. a father-son duo took the top spots at the iditarod in alaska. it took eight days and 11 hours to cover the course. he choks up his success to team work. >> that's a big part, the kennel management and lifestyle. that's where my wife and rest of
our company comes into play is to field the play that can win consistently. and training is a lifestyle. >> his dad finished second, crossing the finish line 45 minutes after his son. this is the second year in a row they've taken the top two spots. the dogs have something to do with it also. our weather is nice when it's dry out. >> and it looks like we're in a dry stretch. >> spring-like weather on the final few days of winter. you can see we've got sunny skies and mild conditions. tomorrow statewide, sunny and mild, way up in chico, high of 74. down south, 85. in los angeles, 89. so all across the state, it's going to be just lovely tomorrow. that includes the bay area. tomorrow, highs on the coast reaching into the mid 60s. low 70s around the bay.
low to mid 70s inland. and our rain chances over the week ahead are near zero through saturday. but clouds increase over the weekend. and by sunday evening got about a 40% chance of rain. and then some showers or light rain likely on monday. 60% chance of rain then and down to zero on saturday. the actual arrival of spring occurs at 9:30 p.m. on saturday night. lara and ama? still ahead on "abc7 news" at 4:00, a fashion giant accused of trying to dupe shoppers, now paying a major fine and why some say it wasn't that bad. i'm michael finney. a warning for computer users. what you need to look out
hottest fashion bloggers all in the same paisley dress on instagram, paid as much as $4,000 each to post these pics on the same day. they got the dress for three, and were among the trendsetters paid by the company behind the ads list. >> they said we have this dress and we want to send it to you and see how they all style it and promote it. >> they had us all post at the same time, between like 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and then tag it. >> reporter: the campaign, a huge success. lord and tailor selling out almost immediately. the photo bomb reaching more than 11 million intragram users in just two days. regulators are calling into question the tactics. >> when consumers are looking at posts on instagram, they may think they really like this dress. >> reporter: now settling
charges saying they violated federal law, claiming the department store giant duped customers by failing to disclose it paid for the post in exchange for endorsements. do you think your followers know you get paid for these posts? >> yeah. i think now it's like an understood thing. i don't think every single person knows but the majority do. >> reporter: in a statement, they told "good morning america" when it came to our attention there were issues, we took immediate action to ensure clear disclosures were made. we cooperated fully into this matter. there is no indication of wrongdoing whatsoever. california's new right-to-die law will likely have no impact on a patient's life insurance policy. >> michael finney joins us with more. >> this is really important. this has been something that hasn't been talked about a lot. a big hitch in california's right-to-die law has been life insurance. there were concerns that
terminally ill californians that took advantage of the death with dignity drugs would forfeit their life insurance, but the law would have no negative impact on terminally ill patients. >> because this law intends to help people in end stages where they're terminal. and for lack of a better way to put it, they're not becoming terminally ill to commit suicide. >> opponents of the law maintain it opens the door to abuse. an old internet scam is finding new life. one small typo could put you in the hands of scammers. unethical people are buying domains of popular websites. the hope is that you mistakenly sign into their phony sites and get tricked into downloading their malware.
this scam is known as typo squatting. people who don't even known a car will soon be able to drive for a ridesharing company. the drivers must make at least 65 trips a week to get the best part of the deal. drivers who don't meet the minimum will play extra on a sliding scale. the program is in its pilot stain. no word on when or if it will come here to the bay area. >> ten years ago, ever think you would be doing a story on typo squatting? >> that sounds awful. >> they don't sleep. they're like rust. a warning for allergy sufferers and there's plenty of us out there. experts say pollen count can be higher during an el nino period, that means more coughing and sneezing.
dr. richard besser has advice. >> use a vacuum cleaner with a heppa filter to suck up all the pollen around your house. it's so nice to open the window and let the breeze in, but that brings in the pollen. when you only in from the outside, change your clothes. that will get the pollen off. then stay on track. track pollen levels online. >> and if you're already suffering, he says nasal steroids and a nasal wash can help with your allergies. double -- the number of women undergoing double masectmies has doubled. despite the high rate of surgery, the survival rate was about the same as those who
chose not to have the surgery. and it's best to go cold turkey when quitting smoking. researchers found those who went cold turkey were more likely than the gradual taperers to succeed in quitting. and if someone is in real distress, virtual assistance fails seriously short. a new study finds that when reporting to siri about a rape, it ordered to do an internet search instead. from t >> not sure i want siri handling my key life issues. "abc7 news" at 4:00 continues. up next, possible relief for towing bills. the plan in san francisco to
drop the fees and how low they night go. kristen is here where a look at what's coming up on "abc7 news" at 5:00. thank you. coming up next, a bay area summit on why hunger is no game at school. and -- >> i decided i would just make my own version of italian food. >> people definitely seem to like it. these stories and more when we join you for "abc7 news" at 5:00.
coming up tonight in primetime on abc 7 -- san francisco's sky high towing fees are set to come down if the board votes to reduce the fee. >> a decision is expected any time now. vic lee joins us live at city hall with the story. vic? >> reporter: larry, ama, last week the supervisors and the staff of the metropolitan transportation commission reached an agreement on provisions to reduce the towing fee here at the city, a fee that almost everyone would agree is ast ast ast astronomicily high. and the board is expected to approve the plan tonight.
david's work truck was towed two months ago. he was physically unable to get to the tow yard until now. total bill so far, $5600. >> i had to buy another truck because the fees were so much, it was cheaper to buy another vehicle. >> reporter: trevor's car was also towed. it too has been sitting here. >> my bill is up to $1700 now after two weeks. >> reporter: the daily storage fees for towed vehicles may be steep. but the towing charges in san francisco are set to be the highest in the country. minimum cost, currently $491 and change. that's not even counting the parking ticket. >> $600 for a single mistake is punitive. >> reporter: the deal reached between the metropolitan transportation agency and the supervisors would reduce towing fees by about $100.
>> for those households, we will be reducing the tow fees by 50%. >> reporter: most of the reduction will come from an administrative fee which the city attaches. a fee that has exploded in recent years. >> in the last seven years, it has grown by over 430% to z 266. that's just unconscionable. >> reporter: there is one catch, don't get towed twice. you can't get the reduced fee the second time around. vic lee, "abc7 news." the teamster's union and lift driver filed a legal challenge tonight. union leaders claim the settlements will allow lift to continue to treat its current and future drivers at independent contractors and avoid properly paying them under california law. thanks for joining us for "abc7 news" at 4:00. i'm larry beil.
>> and i'm ama daetz. "abc7 news" at 5:00 begins right now with dan and kristen. >> how are you feeling about tonight? >> i'll tell you in a few hours. >> it's election day if five states and suddenly california's primary seems to matter. "abc7 news" has the report into the sexual harassment case. tonight, his own statements about pursuing a reporter that got him fired. a carjacking survivor in san jose shares her story only with "abc7 news." and why a celebrity chef finds himself in the middle of a nasty lawsuit. >> i'm sandhya patel. temperatures are up today. i'll have the details in the accuweather seven day forecast. >> live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." like any good block buster, super tuesday has a sequel, and it's playing out right now. results are coming in, and they have all the makings of a
political thriller. thanks for joining us. i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley. we begin with early results just coming in. happening now in five states. >> first, the all-important florida primary on the democratic side. hillary clinton is way ahead of bernie sanders with a more than double digit percentage lead. >> same for the republicans. donald trump has a commanding lead. marco rubio is running second in his home state, where most experts say he must win and ted cruz is a distant third. now to ohio, another winner take all state. clinton is dominating in early voting results, as well. but this is only with 1% of the vote reporting. >> but look at the republican race. governor john kasich has a slight lead over trump and kruz is in third. clinton has a significant lead over bernie sanders in north carolina, more than doubling his numbers there. >> and it's closer in north
carolina, trump is leading cruz by 10%. >> nominations for both parties could come down to california's primary in june. >> laura anthony is live in walnut creek with more. laura? >> reporter: for the first time in decades, california will likely matter. it is one of the last primaries in early june. and as we said, it could help decide the nominee for both parties. it's happening on the other side of the country. but it's being closely watched by many here in the bay area who still see a protracted drama, especially on the republican side that could play out all the way to california. >> the california race is interesting, it could matter in a way that no one really expected a few months ago. it's the last day of primaries. 303 delegates are at stake during the last day on june