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live, from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." good afternoon. thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm larry beil. we begin with the arrest of a man accused with a serious hit and run. dan morris, accused of running over a 6-year-old boy in a stolen car last week in castro valley. laura anthony has been following the story and joins us live with the new details. laura? >> reporter: the chp just held a press conference. they told us this arrest was the culmination of a lot of help from the public, that is tips in the days since this little boy was struck just steps from his home in castro valley. we are not identifying the boy at the request of his family, but he and his older brother were talking with their
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grandmother the morning of march 7 when a ford fusion jumped the curb and struck the boy, pinning the younger one against a pole. the driver, 29-year-old daniel morris, jumped from the car and ran away. a large manhunt that day did not locate him, but this morning, officers arrested morris. he's now in jail and while the public was a huge help, the chp says morris' friends and associates were not. >> friends or associates of mr. morris, who possibly had information that they may have withheld, that could be a future avenue that investigators will take as far as potential charges down the road. >> reporter: besides felony hit and run with great bodily injured, he'll be charged with car theft. the fusion was one of five cars
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stolen from this ford dealership just hours before the crash. it's a crime caught on surveillance video. chp still is looking for the other suspects in those car thefts. today, we talked with the grandfather of this little boy who remains in the hospital after losing part of his left leg. we'll hear from the grandfather tonight at 5:00. laura anthony, "abc7 news." the men accused of killing a richmond police officer inside his home pledded not guilty by reason of insanity today. robert vega is accused of murdering officer gus vegas, a 15-year veteran of the force and the grandfather of vega's son. you might be one of the thousands of commuters facing delays on b.a.r.t. today. equipment problems have forced
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b.a.r.t. to stop strains. >> i was taking b.a.r.t. today because i was going to a funeral, and i didn't want to drive. i thought b.a.r.t. would be a good way. wow, bad experience. i missed the funeral. >> and we're taking a live look now at the concord b.a.r.t. station there from sky 7 hd. b.a.r.t. is running shuttle buses between north concord and pittsburgh, bay point. and you can see one of the buses there and the people getting on. now to the tragic death of a 2-year-old in santa clara county. the child died in her father's car who reportedly was living in a home for recovering addicts. >> janet o joins us live with what happened. janet? >> reporter: ama, it's a complicated case. the 2-year-old died while being cared for by her father who
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recently got out of jail and was struggling with drug problems. the mercury news said that child and her father lived here on glenn bury way at a home for recovering adigs. police got a call about an unresponsive 2-year-old on february 8. no one was arrested and the death is currently not being investigated as a homicide. however, the county is reviewing the case, waiting on the medical examine's report. an autopsy has been performed, but the results could take up to six months. >> i think the most important thing that we can do is make sure we carefully and thoroughly investigate what happened so that we understand what the implications of it were, where we could have done a better job. it's our responsibility to do that. >> reporter: a social services manager tells me the priority is to reunite children with the parents. regardless, no child would be placed with an adult or in a home if that's considered
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unsafe. since may of 2010, there have been no deaths in santa clara county foster care services due to abuse. in san jose, janet o, "abc7 news." a man and woman are in critical condition after being shot while sitting in their car overnight in south berkeley. they were near the ashley b.a.r.t. station. neighbors say they heard gunshots around 1:00 in the morning. tony hill spotted a victim and called police. >> i heard about four or five gunshots, sounded like gunshots. so i looked out my front door and i saw a guy limping up the street. >> so far police have not released a description of the shooter. the incident may be related to a shooting yesterday that injured one person. president obama announced his pick for the supreme court today. 63-year-old appellate court judge merrick garland could be one of the oldest justices ever
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confirmed. that's if he can get confirmed. >> today, i am nominating chief judge merrick garland to join the supreme court. >> reporter: as promised, the president announces his supreme court pick, an emotional moment for 63-year-old federal appellate judge merrick garland. his family nearby as he accepts the honor. >> it's also the greatest gift i've ever received, except, and there's another caveat, the birth of our daughters jessie and becky. >> reporter: president obama pointed out he has a long history of bipartisan support and called on the senate to have a hearing and a vote. >> to go down that path would be wrong. it would be a betrayal of our best traditions. >> reporter: but republican leaders are standing firm in opposition, insisting voters should decide the idealogical balance of the court when they elect the next president.
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>> it is the president's constitutional right to nominate a supreme court justice. and sit the senate's constitutional right to act as a check on a president and withhold consent. >> reporter: democrats are pushing back, hoping to reconvince republicans to reconsider. >> i hope that president obama's nominations will get republicans to change course. >> reporter: some say they won't even bother to meet with him. in a tweet, president obama wrote he's proud to nominate judge merrick garland to the supreme court. i ask senators to give him a fair hearing. coming up on "abc7 news" at 5:00, we're learning more about merrick garland and his bay area connections. we'll talk with people who know him. uc berkeley announced that
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facebook's coo will give this year's commencement speech. the university says sandberg was chosen because he's a advocate for women. >> if you don't mind spectacular, this is okay. a live look from our camera right now. spencer christian is here with the accuweather update. >> speaking of spectacular, okay, if i must enjoy this weather, then i shall do so. sunny skies across the bay area right now. mild conditions. here's live doppler 7 hd. i don't think you could ask for more picture perfect day. if you like blue skies, check out this view. it's currently 68 degrees in san francisco. 70 in oakland and san jose. 63 in half moon bay. it's 73 right now in santa rosa, napa 69. 72 in fairfield and concord.
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71 in livermore. blue skies own the golden gate bridge. here's our first forecast. skies remain clear this evening. bright skies tomorrow morning. and then tomorrow afternoon, sunny and mild again. in fact, we'll see highs around the bay and in our inland areas ranging from mid to upper 70s tomorrow. how long will that last? i'll have the answer in my seven-day forecast in a moment. >> thank you, spencer. a recent el nino enhanced storms have replenished several key reservoirs. shasta lake has reached average levels for the first time in three years. we are making progress, but it may not be enough. >> the bad news is, average isn't good enough. we've had four incredibly dry years. and it looks like this year, even with the average amount of rain and snow we've gotten, isn't going to be enough to end the drought. >> the water resources control
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board will meet in may to discuss whether to lift or change the mandatory 25% cut in water use. in vacaville, check out what this dam and spillway looks like now. take a look at how dry it was in january. there's really no water at all. the city posted these pictures on its facebook page. a tree trimmer who was trying to clear trees in cupertino went to the hospital today. firefighters had to rescue him from the tree and they posted this video on twitter. sky 7 hd was over the scene of a haz/mat seat this afternoon in dublin. about ten gallons of motor oil spilled on the ramp off north bound 680. fire, chp and dublin police responded. i don't have money to give them. >> air ambulances can save lives, but the bills patients are receiving can destroy them.
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coming up on "abc7 news" at 4:00, what an abc news investigation has uncovered. a chp officer tries to save a life by donating his bone marrow but he too finds out he's sick. michael finney taking your questions on twitter and facebook. michael will answer your questions here live in a few minutes. faking a live look at the san francisco skyway, backed up in both directions. on the left, trying to get on the lower deck of the bay brid
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400,000 americans were rushed to the hospital by helicopter just last year. in many cases, those emergency trips save lives. but in the abc news investigation, found they can leave families with sky high bills. brian ross has the details. >> reporter: emergency workers call it the golden hour. the crucial 60 minutes to get medical care for a patient facing death. >> they're just angels in the sky, truly. >> reporter: that need has spawned a nationwide fleet of helicopter ambulances available around the clock. on an abc news investigation conducted with our stations across the country, has found with some companies they have left many of the people they save facing lawsuits, debt
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collectors, financial turmoil. >> i don't have the money to give them. >> reporter: with bills as high as $40,000 for a short flight whose costs are not disclosed firsthand. and often hand insurance companies refuse to cover what they consider excessive costs. the biggest of the helicopter ambulance companies operates in 48 states, posting a profit last year of more than $100 million. the company says it's expensive to have state of the art helicopters and crews available 24-7. but vice president paul webster concedes air methods charges far more than the costs to make up he says for the low government reimbursements for the poor and elderly. >> if everybody paid their fair share, you know what the charge would be? $12,000. that's the reality. >> reporter: the bill to airlift
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warren and brenda larson came to $47,000 for a 79-mile trip and insurance covered about a third of that. and as is standard, the consent form he signed before the flight made no mention of the cost. why don't you put the price here so people know what they're signing on forsome >> it's a question i can't answer. >> reporter: and some wonder if helicopters are always necessary. jean's teenage daughter was airlifted after complications from a consellectomy. but it took almost an hour for the helicopter to arrive and lift off, and she was able to drive the 37 miles to another hospital in almost the same amount of time. >> i left a few minutes before they took off and arrived five minutes after they did. >> reporter: a ground ambulance would have cost $1,500. but the bill for the helicopter was $35,000. even after insurance and discounts, she still owes
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$17,000. >> it takes advantage of people when they are at their most vulnerable. >> learn more about the high dollar industry of medevac flight companies tonight on "nightline." many people came together trying to save a man who has committed his life to protecting others. officer keith meter suffers from a rare bloody cea disease. he didn't know he had it. today, other officers organized a drive in martinez and another in dublin. a simple test could save the life of somebody like this officer. >> i couldn't be more thankful for all the help that they have given me and the awareness that they're providing. >> this is just another way for us to further that mission and help save a life somewhere. >> you can find out more about other bone marrow drives to help
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the officer on our website employees from abc 7 were among the dozens who gave blood today aboard this blood mobile. they distribute 145,000 pints of blood a year. each pint can save up to three lives. san francisco is getting ready to remove more than half a dozen trees in the city. >> the move to prevent future storm damage is causing debate this afternoon. kristen sze has the details. >> reporter: you know how many trees toppled the past month in san francisco? 150. the majority of them ficuses. "abc7 news" shot video of these trees freshly tagged. the city says they pose a hazard. we saw several of them come down last week. this one at city college of san francisco damaged four parked cars. and this one in the mission
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district took down muni lines. >> the limbs have sopped up all the water and become very heavy and with winds come down. and these trees are more prone to limb failure. we don't plant these trees anymore in san francisco. >> reporter: the friends of the urban forest works with the city to replant after a tree is removed. for now, the idea of replacing healthy trees doesn't sit so well with all of the people in san francisco. norah tweeted, not good. very sad to see them go. too many changes for one neighborhood. and chris tweeted, hopefully they are not just removing but replacing. the fact is yes, in fact they are, chris. back to you. >> thank you, kristen. if you're looking to be around happy people, catch a flight to denmark.
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a united nations initiative ranks denmark at the top of its happiness report. the survey began four years ago and denmark won it three times. last year's winner was switzerland, followed by iceland. the u.s. ranks 13th on the list of 156 countries. danes say their country is the happiest place because they don't have much to worry about. >> neither does spencer christian. he's considering that rayciovic assignment. >> i've been there. i happen to have a tiny bit of danish ancestry. here's live doppler 7 hd. we've got sunny skies across the bay area right now. and my gosh, what a beautiful
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day. just stunning. here's the view looking out towards the golden gate. the warming trend we're experiencing peaks tomorrow. spring begins saturday night and light rain coming in sunday night into monday. for the week ahead, san jose is our indicator of the temperature trend. average high of this time of the year, 67. tomorrow it will be 77, dropping off to the low 70s, friday, saturday, and sunday. now, on our storm impact scale, the approaching rain is a light storm. it continues in sunday evening, producing less than a quarter inch of rain. it will bring breezy conditions. rainfall totals we project by 5:00 p.m. monday will be, as i mentioned, under a quarter of an inch for most of the bay area. the north bay will be a little
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wetter than other regions. overnight, lows in the upper 40s. in the north bay valleys, lows in the low 40s. tomorrow, just another stunningly beautiful late winter day with sunny skies and highs ranging from near 70 at the coast to low and mid 70s around the bay. and even some mid to upper 70s in inland locations like fairfield, morgan hill. even san jose may hit 77 tomorrow. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. temperatures drop off just a few degrees on friday. but still well above average for this time of the year. clouds increase on saturday and on sunday evening, the beginning of the light storm, ranking one on the storm impact scale. showers linger into monday. and there's even a slight chance of light rain or showers on
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tuesday. wednesday, we have sunny and dry weather again. but pretty sharp drop in temperatures on sunday. we won't see these 70s again for a while. >> thank you, spencer. up next, a $400,000 ring. oh, my gosh, did you see that? it was tossed in the trash. what it took to get it back is coming up. another look at the afternoon commute. if you have to head out on the san mateo bridge, go. it is smooth sailing in both directions. back with more on "abc7
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correctly predicted the national champion since he selected north carolina in his first year in 2009. he also picked hawaii to upset cal on friday. as "abc7 news" at 4:00 continues, one step closer to the white house. yesterday, the big primary. why donald trump says he will be the republican nominee. plus, a tourist and father lured into a trap and killed. today, the men convicted of murder are sentenced. just ahead, the emotional response from the victim's father. a new vision for silicon valley. the plan t
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and uncover risk. these are the hands of pitney bowes, the craftsmen of commerce. live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." in news making headlines, the white house is preparing for a battle over president obama's supreme court nomination. merrick garland would fill the seat left vacant by antonin scalia. republican majority leader senator mitch mcconnell vowed not to hold confirmation hearings until after president obama leaves office. but senator harry reid thinks that's an empty threat. he tweeted, no question in my mind that senator mcconnell will cave and president obama will fill this vacancy this year.
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police have found a van that was stolen from a family. hear from them in a live report on "abc7 news" at 5:00. two san francisco men have been sentenced to decades in prison for the 2009 murder of a tourist in san francisco. the victim's father, who works in afghanistan, flew in for the sentencing. he talked to eric thomas, who is live with the latest. >> reporter: it's taken a year and a half to bring this case to resolution. a tourist murdered for $50 and a cell phone by men police call gang members and the victim's father flying halfway around the world to make sure justice was done. the man on the left got 44 years to life for his role in the killing of michael bailey. the woman on the right was acquitted earlier. another defendant william jones got 57 years to life as the
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shooter. >> this is a senseless act. >> reporter: it was october 4, 2009. michael bailey, a senior electrical engineering student from louisiana, and some trefris were visiting san francisco where they were robbed of $50 and a cell phone. >> if you're going to take somebody's money, take it. you don't have to shoot the person. >> reporter: the victim's father is a 24-year military veteran who works in afghanistan. he came back home for the trial. >> those three boys can't know who their dad is, but what can i do about it? it's life. >> reporter: relatives of the defendants did not want to talk to us, but the lawyer for william jones says he hopes his client can be rehabilitated. >> there's hope for change.
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>> reporter: that's not how police say it. >> mr. jones is a cold blooded killer. >> reporter: the victim's father says his son is gone but not forgotten. >> i know he was gone, but in your dreams, he's like with you all the time. >> reporter: eric thomas, "abc7 news." >> $50 and a cell phone? efforts are under way to win the release of an merge college student jailed in north korea. today, the 21-year-old was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. this is video of him last month. the cincinnati native was detained in january and charged with trying to steal a propaganda banner. one day after one of the most defining primary contests yet, we're looking at how long this race will last. >> reporter: the political battle for the white house, now down to just five. >> we are moving closer to
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securing the democratic party nomination and winning this election in november! >> reporter: clinton, now approaching that magic number of 2,283 votes needed to seal the nomination. but despite the math, sanders is looking forward, sending this letter to supporters saying "based on the primary and caucus schedule for the rest of the race, starting today the math now shifts dramatically in our favor." >> he does not have a realistic way to overtake hillary clinton in delegates. >> reporter: as for the republicans, donald trump is firing through, overwhelmingly collecting delegates on his path to the convention in cleveland. john kasich also pushing forward, looking ahead to the upcoming pennsylvania primary. >> if you like me, we need your help. just give us a little bit of time and i know -- i guess i'm not going to be any more overtly political than to say, help if you can. >> reporter: but trump's loss to john kasich in the buckeye state could shred apart the gop.
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>> we have a likelier of a contested convention. >> reporter: trump canceling his appearance for what was supposed to be the next presidential debate in utah. >> clear signal from donald trump, he's done with debates. >> reporter: as for more debates, none are scheduled on either side. candidates are now looking forward to primaries. in arizona, utah, and idaho next tuesday. and trump today said he should win the republican nomination, even if he just gets close to getting all the delegates that he needs. "trump's wins last night only fueled the republican party divide." >> the republican party is fractured right now and we're heading towards potential warfare in a brokered convention based on the results of what we saw this week and the primaries. donald trump, by every measure,
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could be called the presuchtive nominee of the party. >> both trump and ted cruz warned fellow republicans today of what they say are dire consequence it is the gop attempts to have a brokered convention. the metro system in washington, d.c. is expected to reopen in time for tomorrow morning's commute. more than 700,000 daily riders had to find other ways to work today after officials ordered a system wide shutdown for a safety inspection. crews checked 600 electrical cables after a fire in a tunnel monday. did you know posting on fire book might get you in trouble with the law? that's true, if you do what this man did. how his post landed him a traffic ticket. i'm michael finney. ask finney is just ahead. i'm still taking your questions on twitter and facebook. i'll answer your questions here a little later. >> i'm spencer christian. we see it's a beautiful day around the bay, spring-like
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weather. but a little rain on the way and i'll have the accuweather forecast for you in a mome
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>> saz colorado man is crying foul because he got a traffic ticket for something he posted on facebook. he uploaded this video of himself cutting through an apartment complex. about a week later, a police officer stopped by his house and handed him a ticket for reckless driving and running a stop sign.
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you can see it happen in the last few seconds of his video there. >> is this where we're at? can they use videos from facebook to give me traffic violations and can they do that to everybody? >> we've seen stuff on facebook that has led to different things, but this is the first time i'm aware of we gave a ticket for. >> he didn't have to post it. he was cited for harassment and trespassing due to a separate incident at the same apartment complex. big changes were made to instagram today. the site is now arranging posts based on what it thinks you would like to see first instead of in chronological order. facebook did the same thing. another check of the forecast and spencer christian enjoying the sunshine. >> so nice. spring will be here in a couple of days. here's a live look, sunny skies
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and mild conditions around the bay area. tomorrow, another lovely, mild spring-like day. statewide with sunny skies and highs of 78 in los angeles. 90 in palm springs. here in the bay area tomorrow, highs from near 70 at the coast to low and mid 70s around the bay and a few upper 70s in our inland areas. and rain chances over the week ahead are near zero through saturday. nice and warm through saturday. but then spring arrives saturday night and it gets cooler on sunday. 60% chance of rain on sunday, the first full day of spring. 50% chance of rain on monday, tapering off to about 30% on tuesday. so yes, still a little wet weather coming our way. larry and ama? >> thank you, spencer. still ahead on "abc7 news" at 4:00, a modern day bank robbery and your teller could be at the heart of it. the newest way thieves are stealing your identity. i'm michael finney.
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as we close in on the summer travel season, when is the best time to buy airline tickets? i'll h
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a warning out today about identity theft and how thooefks rob your bank account with a simple phone call. rebecca jarvis has the details. >> thanks for calling. sure, would you state your phone number? >> reporter: you're listening to a modern day bank robbery. that caller, authorities say, is really a thief, using stolen bank account information. ordering checks so he can get money from a stranger's account. and prosecutors say he got that stolen info from a bank teller. >> what transactions did you want to go over, sir? >> reporter: it's not just one account. he calls to access several. >> you have $14,327. >> bank tellers have access to confidential data.
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>> reporter: cyrus vance says bad tellers are often part of larger identity theft rings. >> they're selling that to individuals on the outside who will then take that information, turn it into credit cards or checks. >> reporter: and he says he's seen an alarming increase in these crimes. should people around the country be worried? >> we should all be worried. that doesn't mean we should panic. >> reporter: this woman did not want us to show her case, because she continued to have her identity stolen after she became a victim. >> nobody knew this was happening. >> reporter: she says thousands of dollars from her account stolen just weeks before the biggest day of her life. she says she had no idea a bank teller had stolen her identity along with 28 other customers until she received this letter from her bank. they told her, a former employee may have accessed your account information without authorization and gave it to someone outside of chase.
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chase tells "gma" as soon as we discovered this, we called the authorities, fired the emmoyee and reimbursed the customers. we're sorry and angry this happened. but vance says not all banks fight and report these crimes. do you think the banks need to be doing more? >> some banks do. if it's not reported to law enforcement, it's just an invitation for that criminal to keep the money and go on to the next bank. >> reporter: rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. im's time now to ask finney. michael finney is answering questions sent to him on facebook, twitter and e-mail. >> first question, stephanie from san francisco had a question about leasing rights in the city. she said, i moved in with by boyfriend one month after he signed the lease. i asked to be put on the lease and was told i couldn't be. what's the law? >> it's the common practice everywhere. they already have one guy locked in for the money. so if you take off, they only
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have to track down one guy. if you get on it, now they have to track down two guys. almost all the laws that affect tenants here in san francisco, which are a pretty good deal, still apply to you because you are living there. if your boyfriend gets up and splits, you'll probably go too. very unlikely he'll be able to hang around. if my flight gets rebooked, is there any way i can get my money back? >> you get a ton of compensation. here's the main difference. if they say, do we have any volunteers? now the negotiations begin, and all the rules go out the window. if it's involuntary, this is when you get some real money. that is 200% of the price of your ticket. so double the price of your
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ticket, if they don't get you there within two to four hours, it goes to 400% above the price of your ticket. if it's within an hour, you don't get anything at all. if you volunteer to be bumped and you negotiation, that's what they're aiming for. but they're aiming for nothing. >> helen asks, i'm just wondering when is the best time to buy tickets, morning, afternoon, evening, monday through saturday? >> this is changing all the time. everybody who has a travel website is now doing a study of all their data. here's what appears to be the information you need right now. tuesday and wednesday, noon hour time are generally the best days. six weeks out. some say 54 days. pretty close. that's the sweet spot and travel on saturday and sunday. the reason you want to travel on holidays, that's when the business travelers aren't traveling.
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so they tend to be cheaper. turning to health news, drug prices are soaring. >> here's jane king. >> the cost of name brand prescription drugs has doubled in five years. opportunistic manufacturers and scheming pharmacies helple drive up prices by 98%. prices have become an issue in the presidential primary campaign. doctors have been told to avoid prescribing opiates for chronic pain. the cdc says it's taking the action to combat the prescription drug addiction epidemic. difficult pay shetientss may te get worse care from their doctors.
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a study says disruptive patients distract physicians to prevent them from focusing on medical issues. and weekly yoga sessions help lower heart rate, blood pressure, and improved overall quality of life. i'm jane king, here's to your health. if you're looking to quit smoking, today is a great day. today is national kick butts day. it's organized by the campaign for tobacco free kids. the first kick butts day was held in 1996. up next, the future of the south bay. the new high tech vision for san jose and what is it going to take to make that happen? right now dan has a look at what's coming up at 5:00. >> thank you very much. a big promise from bay area kam candy makers. and what is behind the proposal
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to have drivers pay for parking after the day's end. and how a south bay student just won
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tonight on "abc7 news" -- changes are coming to the south bay. the mayor announced his plan to turn san jose into america's most innovative city by the year 2020. >> but what will it take to get there? chris nguyen joins us live from city hall with this story. chris? >> reporter: the city of san jose calls itself the capital of silicon valley. so it's only fitting the strategy uses data and technology to get things done. some call it a bold move in the bay area's largest city. the vision to utilize technology and data driven decision making to improv services and quality
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of life for residents. >> we have to be more effective and more efficient. >> reporter: the mayor hopes to make the city more inclusive and user friendly by enabling online submissions and electronic payment for city fees. steve mitchell says he's stood in countless lines over the years and welcomes the proposal. >> i know the process can be long and drug out. so this would be a very good thing. and i think the mayor is doing a good job by bringing it up. >> reporter: others hope the mayor doesn't lose focus on some of the other major issues. >> how to pave our roads. how to provide enough housing for our people. some of these basic things, how to have enough police officers and firefighters in our community. >> reporter: and some wonder if they'll be left behind. >> when you don't have a computer in your home, it costs you gas, time, bus fare and
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stuff like that to get around. so it's a lot harder to access it. because then you have to find place where is it's easy to access information. >> reporter: the mayor is working with the private sector to broaden access to basic digital infrastructure such as broad band internet. the city council will review the proposal at the end of the month. chris nguyen, "abc7 news." you've got to see this. the brainiacs at stanford university have created six little robots and together they can pull a car. >> what? come on. >> hard to believe. but apparently true. you know how ants work as a team to move objects hundreds their size? same thing here. they use microadhesion and team load hearing, whatever that is, to counter weight of this nearly 4,000 found car. that is amazing. >> why do they have to look like little fighters? >> creepy but effective.
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>> that's going to do it for this edition of "abc7 news" at 4:00. thank you for joining us today. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil. "abc7 news" at 5:00 begins right now. >> i hope he rots in prison. >> blunt comments from a grandfather. police catch the man they say ran over a 6-year-old boy and took off. happening right now, big delays on b.a.r.t. passengers are either late or worse. >> wow, bad experience. i missed a funeral. and moving van odyssey stolen, then found. now a family learns if the thieves left anything behind. feels like spring around here. i'm meteorologist sandhya patel. it's only going to get warmer. i'll show you where it could hit near 80 degrees, coming up. live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc7 news." >> nine days after this incident
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occurred, we have someone in custody. >> the highway patrol makes an arrest for this crash in the east bay. a hit and run that severely injured a little boy. >> the man who police say ran over that 6-year-old boy with a stolen car is in jail. daniel morris was picked up in hayward. tonight, we're hearing from the boy's grandfather. laura anthony has more. >> reporter: we're not saying the man of that little boy at the request of the family. the chp just briefed us on morris' arrest at their head quarters a short time ago. the grandfather of this 6-year-old told us he is relieved about that arrest but it's little consolation given what that little boy is going through. >> i hope he stays in jail a long time. he literally ruined my
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grandson's life. >> reporter: rod rodriguez is the grandfather of the 6-year-old boy police say was injured by this man, 29-year-old daniel morris on march 7. according to the chp, morris was at the feel of this stolen ford fusion, when it struck the boy and his older brother that were on the sidewalks just steps from their home. >> they were walking to school and he said look at this earth worm. >> reporter: the car pinned the younger boy against a pole. >> she asked for help from the driver who was driving the car. he came out, looked at him, got something from the car and ran off. >> reporter: nine days later, daniel morris was arrested in the parking lot of this hayward motel. >> the subject was arrested, mr. daniel morris. and he's the primar


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